Posts tagged ‘Polar party’

June 6, 2015

Polar party by Stampin’ Up …

Hi and welcome to my blog. We have a brand new hostess this month – can you believe we are into June already – where does the time go to? By now, if you’ve been joining in our weekly challenge, your stash of Christmas cards should be growing nicely. Once December comes, you’ll be able to relax, sit back and write your beautiful cards to your friends and loved ones, safe in the knowledge that you have taken the time and effort to make them a beautiful, handmade card.

The first week of the month is always sketch week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, and this month we have a great sketch lined up for you to follow ...


I still have lots of the beautiful Nordic Christmas paper that my friend, Debs, bought for me last Christmas, and this tree pattern was perfect for the background of my card. I chose a cute image for my central tag, stamping this polar bear from the polar party set by Stampin’ Up!


Colouring this little guy in was going so well unto I made one stroke too many with my blender pen and the whisper white cardstock pilled up, making a terrible mess. It was right smack dab in the centre of the image too – pah! So I had a decision to make – do I scrap it and start over again, or do I think of a way of masking my mistake? Well, there are no mistakes in crafting as they say – just opportunities for embellishment, so that’s exactly what I did, I covered it up with dazzling diamonds, maybe a bit too much, but if you can’t have sparkle at Christmas, when can you have?  I kinda like his sparkly fur … I think it makes him look very festive …


I hope you like my card for this week. The Design Team has created lots of lovely cards to inspire you, so do pop over to 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge blog to take a look.

 Want to make this blog colours

stamps: polar party;

inks: black stazon, real red, garden green;

cardstock: whisper white, real red;

punches: scallop tag topper;

accessories:  real red satin ribbon, mini glue dots, stampin’ dimensionals, blender pen, Trimcraft Nordic Christmas paper;

All supplies from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise stated. 

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December 24, 2012

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

Happy Christmas Eve to you – it really is the most wonderful time of the year.

Daves card 2012

Inspired by a triptych card on Splitcoast Stampers, I made a version of my own for my husband using the polar party stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  I added a couple of rows of sticky strip and applied dazzling diamonds for some Christmassy sparkle.

Christmas celebrations are well underway in our house.  My husband and I had a lovely afternoon at a matinee performance of “A Christmas Carol”, performed by the great, great grandson of none other than Charles Dickens himself. It took place in the most ornate and fabulous surroundings of the theatre in St George’s Hall, Liverpool, where Charles Dickens had once performed, celebrating the bicentenary of this amazing author. What a great way to start our celebrations and get into the Christmas spirit.

The performance began with an introduction by local historian, Steve Binns MBE, who shared some of his knowledge of Charles Dickens and the time spent by Dickens in Liverpool.  Then onto the stage walked Gerald Dickens

Dressed in Victorian costume – long coat, ruffed shirt, cravat, top hat and cane – his only other props being a chair and small table – he went on to perform the play single-handedly.  He is such a talented actor, using only his voice, facial expressions and body gestures to play all the parts and convey the story.  He was truly amazing and made it one of the most enjoyable experiences.  Even the tea and mince pies served at the interval were the best tasting of the season!

It was really heart-warming that this was a charitable event, with volunteers giving of their time and with all proceeds going to a local charity for the aged, in particular to help those with dementia, which is a charity particularly close to our hearts having sadly touched several members of our own family.

The message in “A Christmas Carol” is as true today as when Dickens first wrote it, so that just leaves me to say “Merry Christmas and God bless us everyone”.


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

cardstock: bashful blue, whisper white; stamp sets: polar party, more merry messages; inks: bashful blue, marina mist, real red, black stazon; accessories: stampin’ dimensionals, watercolour paper, tombow multi glue, sticky strip, dazzling diamonds, adhesive rhinestones.

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