‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Kia Ora Koutou

 

Welcome back and today I am so excited with the debut of the stunning Candlelit Christmas collection from Heartfelt Creations.

The snow is gently falling, the decorating has been done, and the soft glow from the candles in the window invite you to just sit, relax and enjoy the peaceful side of the holiday season! Flickering candlelight is always a cozy welcome addition to any Christmas festivities, and is a lovely way to create a warm and welcoming ambiance, allowing for a stillness that leads to reflections of the season! Steeped in traditions for centuries, illuminated candles have been associated with the yuletide season in various ways…from being placed in the window offering a warm welcome to travelers from afar, to representing the Star of Bethlehem guiding the Wise Men to the birthplace of Jesus Christ, to setting the ambiance to a family Christmas dinner! Whether you enjoy the brilliance of candlelit lanterns, grand candelabras or a glowing votive, there is no denying the beautiful luminescence candles bring to the advent season! Join us as we leave behind the hustle and bustle and take time to reflect on the calmer side of the holiday season with the new Candlelit Christmas Collection! Become enraptured in a glimmering paper collection hued in brilliant blues, garland greens and holly berry reds, ensconced in illustrations of glowing candlelit lanterns, pretty centerpieces, and gladdening poinsettias, all dipped in elegant snowflake patterns, breathtaking brocades and festive floral clusters! A brilliant assembling of cling stamp sets, along with coordinating dies, offer radiant illustrations of festive lanterns, stunning ornamental centerpieces and beautifully scripted sentiments, perfect for embellishing all of your Christmas themed paper crafting creations. Stamp, die cut and shape an assortment of traditional flowering poinsettias, along with decorative holly accents quickly and easily with the coordinating cling stamp set, dies and dimensional shaping mold, allowing you to assemble realistic holiday poinsettias ideal for accenting handmade holiday greeting cards, scrapbook layouts, and heirloom albums!  So, join us as we light our favorite candles, take in the beauty of the holiday season, and enjoy the shimmer and incandescence of the Candlelit Christmas Collection!

These poinsettias are just so easy to create and it is fun to make them in different colours.  Today I am sharing an easel shaker card – check out the deer in the snow!

Products Used:

Candlelit Poinsettia Cling Stamp SetHCPC-3882
Christmas Poinsettia & Holly Cling Stamp SetHCPC-3881
Candlelit Christmas Paper CollectionHCDP1-2104
Starry Night Decorative DieHCD1-7252
Candlelit Poinsettia DieHCD1-7250
Christmas Poinsettia & Holly DieHCD1-7249
3D Christmas Poinsettia Shaping MoldHCFB1-478
Window Frame DieHCD1-7148
Window Frame Cling Stamp SetHCPC-3794
Window Box Elements DieHCD1-7150
Decorative Pocket Accents DieHCD1-7211
Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper Pack of 50 – WhiteHCPP1-475
Ranger Archival Ink Pad – Jet BlackRACP468
Ranger Archival Ink Pad – Library GreenRACP475
Ranger Archival Ink Pad – Leaf GreenRACP436
Ranger Archival Ink Pad – OliveRACP482
Ranger Archival Ink Pad – Red GeraniumRACP993
Ranger Archival Ink Pad – ViridianRACP669
Ranger Archival Ink Pad – French UltramarineRACP607

 

Other Products: 

White cardstock, iCraft Iris cardstock, Ranger Archival ink – Cobalt, Clear Sparkles, Viva Decor 3D Stamp Paint – Grass Green

For more tips on creating with the Candlelit Christmas collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/PJeFD_d3AiM.

Instructions: 

Cut a piece of white cardstock 12″ x 6″. Score at 3″ and 6″ to create the base easel card. Cut two 6″ x 6″ panels from the paper collection. Die cut 6 decorative dies from the HCD1–7211 Decorative Pocket Accents Die set and add Frosting Powder to the dies with Dries Clear glue on a damp sponge. Adhere the dies behind the panels as shown. Cut a piece of white cardstock 6″ x 6″ and adhere to the back of one of the panels and adhere to the top easel. Adhere the other panel to the base of the card. Die cut two straight edge snowflake dies from the HCD1-7252 Starry Night Decorative Die out of white cardstock. Add Frosting Powder to the dies with Dries Clear glue on a damp sponge. Add one die to the top of the card and one to the base of the card.

Stamp the window image from the HCPC-3794 Window Frame Stamp set in Jet Black ink on white cardstock and die cut with the coordinating die. Colour the window with French Ultramarine ink. Cut a piece of clear cardstock 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ and adhere to the back of the window. Die cut the lace edge die from the HCD1-7211 Decorative Pocket Accents Die pocket accents die out of white cardstock. Sponge the edge with Viridian ink and add Frosting Powder using Dries Clear glue on a damp sponge. Trim and adhere to the back of the window at the top. Die cut a plain window die without the windowpanes cut out from white cardstock. Die cut the cottage and deer scene from the patterned paper using the inner plain edge die from the HCD1-7148 Window Frame Die set. Adhere to the back plain window die cut. Add Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter – Diamond glitter using Dries Clear glue to the image. Add strips of foam tape around each side leaving no gaps. Add 1/2 tsp of Frosting Powder to the centre and then adhere the base window to the top window to create a shaker. Adhere to the card front to the left. Die cut the window decorative dies from the HCD1–7211 Decorative Pocket Accents Die set out of white cardstock. Add Frosting Powder to the dies, trim the large die in half and adhere to the sides as shown. Add the decorative die to the top of the window.

Stamp the small candle image from the HCPC-3882 Candlelit Poinsettia Cling Stamp Set in Jet Black ink on Iris cardstock. Colour with Zig Clean Colour Brush Markers and die cut with the coordinating die. Add Crystal Clear glitter to the image with Dries Clear glue on a dry sponge. Adhere to the bottom left of the window frame as shown.

Stamp the holly images from the HCPC-3881 Christmas Poinsettia & Holly Cling Stamp Set with Library Green ink on Deluxe Flower Shaping paper. Colour with Red Geranium ink and Leaf Green and Olive inks and die cut with the coordinating die. Add green stamp paint with a damp sponge to the holly leaves and shape using the coordinating mold. Add Crystal Clear glitter with Dries Clear Glue on a damp sponge. Adhere to the top right of the card top and to the bottom left around window. Add Red Berry Nuvo drops to the holly berries.

Stamp the poinsettia images from the HCPC-3881 Christmas Poinsettia & Holly Cling Stamp Set in Cobalt Blue ink on Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper. Colour with Cobalt Blue ink and die cut with the coordinating dies. Shape using the coordinating mold and add Crystal Clear glue using Dries Clear glue on a damp sponge. Add Minnie Pearl Prills to the centres and adhere over the holly leaves.

Base of easel: Cut the sentiment from the paper collection and mat it on white card. Add to the bottom with foam tape to create the ledge for the easel.

Stamp the holly images from the HCPC-3881 Christmas Poinsettia & Holly Cling Stamp Set with Library Green ink on Deluxe Flower Shaping paper. Colour with Red Geranium ink and Leaf Green and Olive inks and die cut with the coordinating die. Add green stamp paint with a damp sponge to the holly leaves and shape using the coordinating mold. Add Crystal Clear glitter with Dries Clear Glue on a damp sponge. Adhere to the left of the sentiment as shown and add Red Berry Nuvo drops to the holly berries.

Stamp the poinsettia images from the HCPC-3881 Christmas Poinsettia & Holly Cling Stamp Set in Cobalt Blue ink on Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper. Colour with Cobalt Blue ink and die cut with the coordinating dies. Shape using the coordinating mold and add Crystal Clear glue using Dries Clear glue on a damp sponge. Add Minnie Pearl Prills to the centres and adhere over the holly leaves.

To finish, add clear sparkles to the snowflake dies as shown.

Happy Crafting

Ka Kite Anu

Patricia

CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our first Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.  If you have arrived here from Sharyn’s Blog then you are in the right place.  If you landed here by accident, no problem please join in following the link at the end of this post.

Today I would like to share some of the fabulous products from the Holidays with Heart Gift Guide live now through December 31st.

My creation is double sided step card which was very easy to do, except that I made the card smaller than the original design which I got from Glimmercraft.blogspot.ca.  The original was a 5 x 7 inch card and I wanted to make a 4 x 6 inch card so  I played around with some scrap paper first to get the dimensions right.  I was then able to cut into the cardstock and use my paper pattern which meant less mistakes and wasted cardstock.  If you would like the dimensions please leave a comment below and I will look at posting them at another date. I have stamped the Santa images using Ruby ink and then fussy cut them out and adhered them using foam tape to make them stand out.   They are sooo cute.

CTMH  Sparkle and Shine Christmas CardMaterials used:

Cardstock – White Daisy, Slate, Ruby

Sparkle and Shine paper

Clear sparkles

Stamp sets – Workshops on the Go Sparkle and Shine, Santa Claus

Bakers twine – grey

Cricut Cartridge – Art Philosophy

All the products in the Holidays with Heart Gift Guide are available through December 31st from your CTMH consultant while stocks last.  Some items are in short supply so order early to avoid disappointment.  Orders totaling over $150 during the promotion can choose one starred item from The Holidays with Heart Gift Guide for free so it is an ideal time to purchase one of our Cricut Collections or our ink and marker organiser.

I hope you have enjoyed my creation and please check out what Monika has done on her blog A Sprinkle of Glitter.  I love the name of her blog and I can’t wait to see what she has done as well.

Happy Crafting

Patricia

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I found the Easter Bunny!

Today I went out to take some photos down at the Hutt River and came across an errant bunny in the bushes around the bridge.  I managed to get one photo of it before it disappeared.  I thought the timing was quite timely especially as we have just had Easter in the weekend.  However, I could not find any Easter eggs – lol!

The Easter Bunny

While on Easter I have just purchased the Creative Memories Border Maker rustic fence cartridge and I could not resist making one last Easter card with it.  I can see myself using this cartridge a lot – and distressing it with inks as well.  This would look lovely with flowers and leaves climbing up on it on a card.  This cartridge is while stocks last only.

It seems strange to put a cute lamb on an Easter card in the southern hemisphere as Easter is a sign of Autumn for us with the changing colours of leaves and cooler temperatures (?), but it is a sign of rebirth that is universal.  I also love using the Classic Stickers from Creative Memories they are so colourful and pretty. Plus they are reasonably priced.

Easter card

 

The sentiment on this card was last weeks freebie from Creative Memories that I printed off from my StoryBook Creator, as well as the background paper.

Materials used in this card:

Creative Memories Cardstock – Green Apple

Creative Memories Stickers – Easter

Creative Memories Border Maker – rustic fence cartridge

Creative Memories Reflections Digital Kit

Creative Memories freebie sentiment

I hope that you all had a great Easter.

Happy Crafting

Patricia