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November Blog Hop - It's Christmas!

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Welcome  crafters, to our last Blog Hop for the year! With Christmas barely a month away, we will be giving you some last minute inspiration for your cards and festive trimmings. I'm way behind in my preparations, so I'm looking for all the inspiration I can get!

You may have come from the blog of  the lovely Di Dunk but if not, you can join the Blog Hop from here using the link to the next blog at the end of the post.  This month we have 9 Stampin' Up! demonstrators sharing their projects and the full list of contributors is at the end of the post.

The first project I have for you is a Christmas card with lots of bling.  I've used one of the new products from the upcoming Summer Mini Catalogue (starts on 1 December)  - the red and silver Glimmer Paper.  This is fabulous to use as the glitter is gorgeous and it doesn't come off, even when using punches.  This is a simple card that can be made with many alternative colour schemes and you could replace some of the circles with photos for a different look. I've popped up some of the circles at different heights for interest . Next time I would make the tree slightly smaller, but overall I was pretty happy with the way it turned out.

Christmas_-Circle_Tree

Project Details
Stamps Heard from the Heart, Pennant Parade
Card stock & Papers Cherry Cobbler, Textured White, Baja Breeze (Smooth & Textured), Red & Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink Versamark, Basic Black
Accessories Basic Rhinestones
Tools     Cherry Cobbler Embossing powder, Heat gun, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, 1", 3/4", 1/2" and 3/8" Circle punches, XL Owl Punch (heart), Small Star punch (retired), Dimensionals, Foam pads of different heights (not SU)

The second project is a treat bag topper using my favourite Two Tags die. With the end of the school year coming up, these would make great gifts for the kid's teachers or their friends. They are a card and gift in one and can be filled with any manner of sweet treats.  I have a couple of different options to show you. The tag sits on a base that is cut to the same size as the tag with the corners rounded. You can attach the tag either way up, depending on your preference. I like the the rounded end facing down, so you open up the tag from the bottom. Here is the first one.

Rosette_Topper

This is what the tag looks like inside.

Rosette_Sep_Inside

Here is another option, using the spray from the 'Easy Events' stamp set. I coloured it with markers and added some ribbon for interest.  To provide more flexibility I cut the sentiment from the image, so it could be moved around. I can pop it back if I need to, which is really easy with clear mount stamps.

Branch_Topper

And the last one shows the alternative option, with the rounded side up. I've filled this one with some yummy bite size shortbread.

Reindeer_Topper_3

Project Details
Stamps Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Easy Events, Winter Post, Confetti, Pennant Parade, Petite Pairs
Card stock & Papers Very Vanilla, Kraft, Real Red, Early Espresso, Real Red & Lucky Limeade Patterns
Ink Real Red, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Basic Black
Accessories Basic Rhinestones, Silver Brads, Kraft Seam Binding ribbon, 1/8" Real Red Taffeta ribbon, Green Rhinestone brad, Basic Rhinestones, Linen thread
Tools     Square Lattice embossing folder, Two Tags die, Little Leaves Die, Big Shot, Large Oval punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch, Jewellry Tag punch, Stampin' Write markers, Itty Bitty Punch pack, Copics (to colour rhinestones), Sponge Daubers

I hope you have found something in these projects to inspire your Christmas crafting.

The next stop is Kathryn Mangelsdorf.  Below is a list of the contributors for this month's Blog Hop.

Tina Gillespie

Nikki Sadler

Sue Madex

Di Dunk

Kathryn Mangelsdorf

Alisha Watson

Christine Blain

Ros Davidson

Thanks for stopping by.

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