Thursday, 12 December 2013

Christmas is Coming!

It has been too long since I shared what I and others have been creating lately! Just over a week ago I had a couple of friends over for the last Stamp & Chat night for the year and we had a wonderful and busy time!
There were three main projects:
   - A box to hold 4 or more cards and envelopes
   - A box to hold 3-6 tea light candles ( depending on height of candle)
   - Decorate a pillar and some tea light candles
This photo of Katerina's shows the card box well - the inside has a green box attached to the back panel of the "book" and the cards sit inside it. It is made using a free tutorial by Jill Hillard. The front panel we decorated quite differently than the tutorial but we used the basic construction recipe! The decoration was a joint effort - nothing quite like putting more than one creative head together! I suggested the white and gold Poinsettia and dear Katerina took it from there! I love the Polka Dot banner and the lovely crisp Merry
In this version I used a Velcro dot to secure the box closed but in hindsight I wouldn't do that again as makes it a little difficult to open. There are 4 moderately decorated cards with envelopes and plastic pockets inside. I made a matching card and decorated a gift bag as well for a good friend who is yet to be a card maker.
On the card the pearls are embossed with gold EP. It is easy to do - simply adhere pearls lightly to a piece of card. This makes them easier to handle. Push the upturned pearls into the Versamark ink and cover with Gold EP and heat as usual. 

Card Stock: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Be Of Good Cheer ( Retired )
Inks: Versamark
Stamp: Joyous Christmas
Accessories: Big Shot, Expressions thinlits (Merry), Gold Embossing Powder, Basic Pearls

Next we made a little box by Becky Roberts it is contained in one of her tutorials for purchase  - 12 Days of Christmas 2010.  Whilst we made the box together,  out of respect for Becky,  I didn't share a copy of this tutorial.
The top of the box has a Window Sheet making it a See Through box! Here also are some of the Tea Light candles decorated to fill it. Normal sized teas will fit 6 in 2 layers or 3 Longer burning candles. I find Hallmark tissue the best to stamp on as it easily absorbed into the candle on heating. And don't forget to punch a hole for the candle wick :-)

Card stock: Cherry Cobbler
Designer Series Paper: be of Good Cheer
Stamps:Joyful Christmas (retired)
Accessories:Old Olive ribbon, Antique brad, Tissue paper, sticky strip

And the award for the best pillar candle….goes to K as well!
Again, keeping to the theme of the night it features the Joyous Celebrations stamp.

Wow! what a busy night that was! So many projects completed though makes for some great Christmas ideas. 

Well, happy stamping until next time,



  1. Great Christmas gift ideas Jan!! Love the decorated matching brown bag and card! Complete gift! -Katerina

    1. Yes, such fun to make and the recipient of the cards and box was really touched so well worth the effort!