Polar Pumpkin Carving

Every year, Mr L and I have our very own little carving competition.  When I say competition, it’s not really as there are no winners, losers or even prizes, it’s just a bit of fun and has become a yearly tradition for us. The rules are simple: you are free to case ideas from the internet or just wing it and you can’t look at the other one’s work until it’s finished!  We have had guest carvers on occasion too – my sister joined in the fun a couple of years ago.

This year we are using our home-grown pumpkins! They are a variety called Polar Bear that have white skin but orange flesh inside.  We had a bumper crop due to the hot weather this summer and these two were the second and third largest at 16kg and 17kg – the biggest was just over 20kg!!

Whilst Mr L cooked our tea, I did the prep work, removing the seeds and hollowing out the inside (yielding 5kg of pumpkin flesh for yummy soup making later)  and then the carving began.

I got the idea for mine from the internet.

Mr L’s came straight out of his imagination – I’m not sure what that says about him!

The finished pumpkins lit up!

Until next year……!

Shiny Super Snowflake Card

I love snowflakes, so when I set eyes on the Snow Is Glistening stamp set and Snowfall thinlits which are part of the Snowflake Showcase (the new time limited release from Stampin’ Up!) I just had to have them!

For my first card using this set, I opted to use the giant snowflake die as my focal point and to use the negative space as the background.  It’s clean and simple, stylish and effective…..and dead easy to produce!

The Snowfall Thinlits die set is huge and includes loads of different sizes of snowflake, a snowflake flourish and some leaves and berries – 20 dies in all.  To complete the showcase, there are two coordinating stamp sets; Snow Is Glistening, Happiness Surrounds, flocked paper and other accessories.  This suite of dies and stamps is only available to purchase from 1-30 November so if you like the look of it, you’d better get your skates on!

For this card I used:

11½” x 4⅛” Balmy Blue card base, scored at 5¾”

5⅝” x 4” silver foil cardstock

5½” x 3⅞” thick Whisper White card

5½” x 3⅞” Whisper White card for the liner

A scrap of silver glimmer paper

SU! Snow Is Glistening stamp set

SU! Smoky Slate ink

SU! Snowfall thinlits

Cut out the large snowflake from the top half of the Whisper White card.  Cut out one of the smaller snowflakes and stick in the centre of the large snowflake.

Stamp the greeting on the bottom half of the card with the negative space.  Stamp some snowflakes from Snow is Glistening onto the liner and the envelope.

Stick the silver foil paper onto the card base and then adhere the negative die snowflake onto the silver foil paper.

Apply foam dimensionals to the solid part of the large snowflake.

Stick the snowflake into the centre of the negative space, not directly into the cut-out space but rotated onto the next ‘arm’ of the snowflake to add extra interest.

A ‘same but different’ card using glimmer paper instead of silver foil



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Cool Yule Christmas Tags

I never make enough tags for our Christmas gifts and usually end up frantically cutting out bits of card at the last minute!  To avoid the problem this year, I decided I would start making tags in batches.  I saw a YouTube demonstration of this technique and thought it ideal since you make 10 tags at a time and it allows you to use up a load of scrap pieces.

For this project I used:

A4 sheet of thick card for the tag backs

Scraps of white card for the houses

SU! Hometown Greetings Edgelits

SU! Balmy Blue ink

SU! Pacific Point ink

Shimmer ink in Frost White

‘Merry Christmas’ greeting from SU! Half Full stamp set

SU! Scalloped tag topper punch

2.5m ribbon

In pencil, mark the half way mark on the short sides of the A4 card.  This is a rough guide for your blending as you want the central portion to stay white.  Sponge Balmy Blue ink into the card using circular motions, building up the colour from the long edges and fading toward the centre.  I added some Pacific Point ink to intensify the blue at the edge.  Once the ink blending is complete, spritz lightly with plain water and then immediately use a tissue to absorb the water which will also lift the ink in those spots, giving a distressed, snowy look.

Cut the card in half along the white centre and then into 2” wide strips.  To add some shimmer, I spritzed the tags with a few drops of Frost White Simmer ink mixed into some rubbing alcohol and left them to dry.

Using the scrap pieces of white, cut out 10 houses using the Hometown Greetings edgelits.

Trim off any partial or unwanted houses and then glue the houses onto the blue end of the tag.  Trim off any overhanging house layer.

Punch the tops of the tags with the tag topper punch.

I used the Stamparatus to stamp the ‘Merry Christmas’ greeting on each tag.

Cut the ribbon into 10”/25cm pieces and tie onto the tags.  All finished!


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