Monday 24 August 2020

Trimming The Town Suite by Stampin' Up!

 I wasn't a huge fan of this suite when I first saw it but after seeing the DSP I decided I would give it a chance.  Not only is this suite fun & creative, it's a "Making  A Difference set".   Stampin' Up! will donate $4.25AUD from every Coming Home stamp set sold to charities devoted to adoption, foster care & infertility.  Boy, am I glad I did buy this suite as it is now my most favourite suite in the August-December 2020 Mini Catalogue! 

I ordered the full suite collection using the code#155105.  Did you know this is a thing?!  You can order a whole suite in one go! I figured I would use all of these things so hey, why not get it all & I am so glad I did. 

The colours are really bright & fun but subtle in a cool kind of way. Misty Moonlight has a muted tone that really brings this suite to life. 

As always when playing with a full suite I like to CASE the catalogue. I started with what I thought was a simple card using the snowflake DSP & the red house pictured below on the right. 

Boy was I wrong! This card is actually quite time consuming to create. Not only are there 3 layers of snow but 3 houses & 2 trees to colour in.   I got there in the end & must say it does look really lovely in person, so well worth the time it took to create. 

I love how the Trimming The Town DSP has 2 full sheets of words for you to cut out & use on your cards.  Many are in other languages, but there are still plenty in English to use. I've added Wink of Stella to the trees & edges of the snowy hills but its a bit hard to see in the photo. I used a sponge dauber to sponge around the snowflake DSP using Misty Moonlight ink as per the original creation.

Next I felt like another challenge & chose the top right card.  Looks simple enough, but once again there were quite a few layers on this one too. 

I really like these houses in the DSP & the best part is those genius designers at Stampin' Up! made it so the dies cut out these houses - YAY!   You get 2 full sheets of houses to create with, but sadly these particular colours are not featured as much. The Home Together Dies (#153515) cut out not only the houses in this DSP, but also the trees, the wreathe, & create the snow hills, plus there are extra dies to create cute packaging & other decorations for your cards.  For instance when I CASED this next card I used the car die & how cute is it?! 

We've had terrible weather these past few days so it was a great opportunity to dig out my Stampin' Blends & colour in some of these cute houses. To my horror I don't own that punch that is on the original card, so this will need to be rectified soon! The ribbon comes in a combo pack called All The Trimmings with old love & real red. In real life this ribbon is so shiny & sparkly with the gold edging. It's going to be very versatile to use on many Christmas projects.  The sentiment isn't actually from this stamps set. It is from one I used in my last post, Tag Buffet. I've heat embossed it in white as per the original card. 

This next card was the easiest of all the cards to CASE.  This card is a piece of the DSP & I have changed the sentiment to one I wanted to try.  Once again you get 2 full sheets of this fun scene DSP & these would look lovely framed as is or highlighted with more houses. It took a lot for me to cut into this sheet as it is so lovely.

I am not sure I like this sentiment. I played around quite a few times & left it at this, but will most likely change it out again once I find a combination I like.  The original card uses Tag Buffet once again, however I chose the striking Wrapped in Christmas stamp set (#153481) as I wanted to try out highlighting the word JOY & bring a bit more Real Red to the card.  How cute are those Adhesive Snowflakes?!  They are not part of this suite but are available from this catalogue (#153545) & give this card a bit of extra bling.  

I haven't made the last card featured in the original catalogue photo, perhaps you might like to?   You can order all of these products from my online store or contact me to order for you. 

There are so many fun combinations using this DSP.  Next time I will show you another couple of creations made using this suite, but in a very different way. 

Until then, 

Happy Crafting 


Tuesday 11 August 2020

Introducing the new August-December 2020 Mini Catalogue & Tag Buffet Kit

 We have a new catalogue that I know a few of you have been waiting eagerly for. I call it the Christmas catalogue but Stampin' Up! have renamed it the August -December 2020 Mini Catalogue. It's packed with Christmas cheer to take you all the way to the end of the year plus lots of products you can use all year round too.

I will be sharing a few projects over the next few months that I have created using some of my favourite products from this catalogue.  

Today I am sharing some cards I made using the TAG BUFFET KIT on page 5.  This kit was the first thing I added to my collection as I could see just how versatile it was.  I am not a tag person but I knew I could make all of the tags into cards.

You could just make tags like the kit suggests & I have to say they are really lovely. The images are crisp & bright and the gold foil adds a bit of luxury. 

Here is the contents of the kit:
As you can see it comes in a cute little box that you could reuse to house a gift.  You get 5 of the 6 designs so it makes 30 tags.  The coordinating colours are Garden Green, Pool party, Real Red, Shaded Spruce & White.  By adding card bases in these colours it is easy to adapt the tags into standard size Christmas cards. 

For these two cards I have added Garden Green as a card base.

For the rest of the cards I have added Real & Shaded Spruce card bases. I have used the coordinating stamp set TAG BUFFET which has some lovely sentiments as well as some Christmas images like a stocking, bauble & holly. 

After I made these I decided to try a different image to see how it looked using the tags as a base.  I chose to use the cute little reindeer in WARM & TOASTY stamp set on page 42 & have coloured him in with Stampin' Blends in Crumb Cake & Real Red. 

If you are after some fun, quick cards then this kit might be just the thing you are looking for.   Stay tuned for some more Christmas themed projects I will be sharing next week. 

There is so much more to see in this catalogue.  If you would like to see more click here to download a PDF or head over to my online store HERE.  As always you can also download by clicking the picture of the catalogue on the right of my blog.

Happy Crafting,