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August 9, 2014

Anna Griffin inspired Christmas …

Hi, and welcome to my blog.  

I’m back with another Christmas card for the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown challenge, where I am the hostess for the month of August, and this week I have set a colour challenge for you.

I thought quite a lot about what colours to use for the challenge. Should I go for traditional reds and greens, or maybe a more contemporary look with pastel blues and pinks?  My mum would have hated that – she was a complete traditionalist when it came to Christmas.  If it wasn’t in red and green then it wasn’t Christmas!  I, on the other hand, love both.  So for my colour challenge I chose silver and gold together with white and cream – colours I wouldn’t normally mix together (probably something else I picked up from my mum!) I wonder what she would have made of my card …


Recently, I found a book by Anna Griffin in a secondhand bookshop called “Paper Crafting with Elegance”, and I was inspired by her use of layers and mixed patterns. I love how she uses traditional patterns, often found in wallpapers and textiles, and uses them in her card making. I applied some of her techniques to my card for this week.  I stamped the background with the bella toile stamp in metallic silver encore ink – it looks grey in the photograph, but is really pretty in real life, and shines as the light hits it…


For a Christmassy touch, I stamped snowflakes from the festive flurry stamp set in craft white ink onto brushed gold cardstock, giving a subtle effect, which I quite liked.

The centre layers were stamped with the layered labels stamp set, and heat embossing in silver and gold, then cut out by hand. 


I finally got to use some poinsettia dies by Marianne Designs, which were a present from my friend, Debs (thank you Debs!)  I inked through the stencil with gold metallic encore ink while the cardstock was still in the die, to show the detail on the petals…


So, lots of patterns and lots of layers in an Anna Griffin style.  I hope you like my card for this week.  Now it’s time to see what the rest of the Design Team have been up to at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown

Want to make this blog colours

cardstock: naturals white, whisper white, very vanilla, brushed gold, brushed silver, metallic gold;

stamp sets: teeny tiny wishes, layered labels, festive flurry, bella toile;

inks: versamark, craft white, silver and gold metallic encore;

punches & dies: modern label, window frames collection, poinsettia (by Marianne Designs);

accessories: stampin’ dimensionals, whisper white organza ribbon, mini glue dots, silver and gold embossing powders, heat tool.

All supplies from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise stated. 

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April 27, 2013

French foliage poinsettias …

It has been so cold here over the past few days anyone would think it was winter, not spring!  The sun has at least been shining today, but that wind is still so chilly – brrrrrr!

So I decided to cheer myself up a bit and got out my scrap box to make a card.  Inspired by a card I saw on Maria’s blog – this is what I came up with …

 Christmas poinsettia

Lucky limeade is a beautiful shade of green and one of my favourites – I love how it looks with real red for a fresh, Christmassy look.

I stamped the leaf, from the french foliage stamp set, in cherry cobbler and old olive inks onto scraps of real red cardstock and then cut out each one using my paper snips.

Christmas poinsettia close up

Once I made the first flower it was hard to stop making them, and so I just kept going until I was out of scraps!

I found a strip of punched cardstock amongst my scraps too.  The punch is now retired but I loved how it looked on the edge of the dsp …

Christmas poinsettias

To achieve the two tone effect on the label, I first inked up the large label from the layered labels set using certainly celery ink, and then added some darker ink here and there using an old olive stampin writer marker pen, before stamping the image onto naturals ivory cardstock and cutting out with the matching apothecary accents framelits.

Here’s what I used to make today’s card – all supplies from Stampin’ Up!:

cardstock: lucky limeade, real red, naturals ivory, shimmery white; stamp sets: french foliage, more merry messages, layered labels; inks: cherry cobbler, old olive, basic grey, certainly celery; punches: large oval, border (retired); accessories: adhesive pearls, stampin’ dimensionals, apothecary accents framelits, big shot, parker’s patterns designer series paper, old olive stampin’ write marker pen.

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