Thursday, 11 September 2014

A White Christmas... and All is Calm

I held my first party of the month last week and was proud to introduce the guests to our fabulous new Autumn/Winter catalogue. It’s proving very popular, with lots of interest in the gorgeous new stamp sets. 

This set is a clear favourite. It’s called White Christmas and is a photopolymer set, which is perfect for lining up the images. I love so many of the images in this set but I did explain to the guests that I find it difficult to comprehend when people stamp the polar bear next to the trees.  There are no trees in the world of polar bears, so I’m afraid I couldn’t create a card like that!

However, as I also explained, I have no problem at all with a blue deer! This card is kept deliberately simple; partly so that it could be created quickly as our Make & Take and partly because, when you’re making a lot of Christmas cards, you don’t want to overcomplicate matters. 

I used Whisper White note cards and envelopes to eliminate the cutting and scoring process. Using circle punches to create the elements also speeds things up as there’s no measuring required.  I’ve used just one ink pad, as I appreciate not everybody has everything (like I do!) and your Christmas cards shouldn’t break the bank. Who knew I put so much thought into your Make & Takes?

But there’s a stepped-up version, too, for your “A-list friends”. This one is a larger card, featuring embossing, another ink colour (Silver) and a rhinestone (but only one because I forgot to order them and need to hold some back for my Christmas workshop!). There’s a hint of Chalk Marker, too, to add a snowy ground beneath the stag’s feet. 

The Merry Christmas on both cards comes from a really lovely stamp set called Good Greetings. It’s free to hostesses who hold a party of £200 or more before the end of October. And it’s in addition to all their other lovely hostess benefits, too! My calendar is pretty tight now but drop me a line and I’ll see if I can squeeze you in!

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