Penny Copper Trees

Sam Poole

Hey Bloggers! I am back today with a card using the Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Texture Pastes. I had never used them before as I am not much of a glitter person but I love Copper colours so I was immediately drawn to use ‘Penny Copper‘ first. I will be using more of the Sparkle Texture Pastes on my TV show on the 16th August with the Christmas Woodland Animal stamps.

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I started of with a piece of Music paper which was taken out of the American Crafts ‘DIY Shop’ 6×6 Paper Pad. I then placed my ‘Birch Tree’ Mask over the top and used a palette knife to spread the ‘Penny Copper’ Sparkle Texture Paste  through the mask. Once dried I then distressed around the edge of the paper using Vintage Photo Distress Ink and then I layered this up onto some Grey Card.

For the backing piece of the sample I took some Sand Card and stamped the A6 ‘Newsprint Holly’ background stamp all around the edge in ‘Coffee’ Archival Ink. I then coloured all the Holly leaves in Vintage Photo Distress Marker.

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The Robin was stamped onto some scrap Coconut White Card in Black Archival Ink and then coloured in using Prismacolour Colouring pencils and then cut and layered onto the Birch Trees background.

I hope you like today’s creation. All for now, S@m x


Seasons Greetings

Sandie Vincent

Hi there crafters!  I said last week I would be back this week with a non traditional themed christmas card, and I have come up with a card using the Partridge in a Pear tree stamp, and the new Mistletoe Background Stamp.

I started with a piece of Kraft cardstock and stamped all around the edges of it using the Mistletoe Background stamp using Versamark and embossed it with White embossing powder.  I matted this onto white cardstock, teal paper and white cardstock again.

I then took a second piece of Kraft cardstock and stamped the whole background again using Versamark and the star stamp from the Christmas Tree set.  Once again I heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  This was also matted onto white cardstock.  Then adhered to the mistletoe cardstock.

I cut a scalloped circle using a die and stamped the mistletoe stem around the outside using  blue lagoon versafine ink.  I stamped the greeting in the centre using the same ink.  I added glitter to the stems.

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I stamped the Partridge and coloured it using promarkers.  Then cut it out, this was glued to the bottom corner of the card.  I inked using the versafine again a length of  Cotton Hemp, when it was dry I tied it into a bow and adhered it to the top left of the card.

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To finish off I added 2 small circle Clear Dazzlers.

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So there you go, a Christmas card in untraditional colours!  Thanks for taking the time to read my blog post, I’ll see you again next Thursday!

Sandie xx


Dashing Through the Snow!

Pam Smith

I know, it’s only July!! But really, of you have a lot of cards to make you have to get started soon and these new Woodland Animal stamps are just too cute to put to one side until nearer Xmas!

Anyway, I’ve used Dasher Deer for today’s project so let’s get started…

Spray a piece of Coconut White card with Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Ink Spray Mists in Arctic Blue and Soft Moss. Dry thoroughly.

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Ink up the A6 Chicken Wire Background stamp with Stormy Sky Distress Ink and stamp small areas of it randomly over the background. Using the Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Dainty Dots Folder, emboss the piece of card.

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Place the Birch Tree Mask over the top and dab through with Flake and Glitter Glue. Remove the mask and apply Cosmic Shimmer Iced Snow Glitter Jewels.

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Replace the mask to the side of the glittered area and stencil through with Stormy Sky Distress Ink. Distress the edges of the card with the same ink.
Matt and layer onto black card.

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Ink up Dasher Deer with Black Archival Ink and heat emboss with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Powder. Paint with Cosmic Shimmer Mica Powders in Green Pearl, Copper and Dark Bronze. Cut out and mount onto the card with 3d foam pads.

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Stamp one of the small trees from the Xmas Tree set onto Coconut White card using Peeled Paint Distress Ink. Stamp it first onto scrap paper so that it’s 2nd generation stamping for a more faded look.
Choose which area to stamp the Merry Christmas sentiment then cut our using the Spellbinders Spanish Collection Cordoba Oval Die.
With the die still in place, distress with Stormy Sky Ink.

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Draw around the outer edge of the die onto black card and cut out to make a matt for the sentiment.
Attach a piece of white Seam Binding to the back and attach to the card with 3d foam pads.

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And there you have it, the finished card!

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I hope you like it…..I can’t wait to show you some of the other projects I’ve got lined up using more of the animals.

Anyway, that’s all for today except to say, many thanks for visiting and leaving comments. I really do appreciate them. Until next time, have a great week.

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Blue Christmas

Carole Zorzo

Good Morning!

Thank you for stopping by today – I hope you’ve all been enjoying some  gorgeous weather – and here I am about to make you think of cold and snow! I’ve been mixing up stamps from Sam’s new Christmas sets again today, so I’ll list where they all come from at the end of this post.

I am loving playing with theses stamps and am so pleased you liked my little trio of CAS cards using the wreath last week; such a versatile stamp..keep watching as I will be posting a wedding card in a few weeks time. Today’s card in contrast took ages to make and having spent all that time, it was impossible to photograph to best effect as I used acetate and it’s a shaker card!


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My first idea was to have the blue theme running through the design. I started off by making the background using  Chipped Sapphire  Distress ink, post it notes and copy paper…for those of you who may not have tried this technique, all you do to create the moon is cut a circle shape using a punch or die, to the size needed for your project. I used a post-it note so that it sticks to the card and can easily be removed. Simply ink around the circle. I used a brush, but use whatever you prefer when working with distress inks.


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I then used the little star stamp very faintly (you can’t see it in the photo) around the moon. To create the forest I stamped the tree several times, inking, stamping and then stamping again before re-inking to give depth. At the same time I stamped several more trees, which I cut out, glittered and put aside. I used Versafine ink in ‘Deep Lagoon’ for all the detail stamping on this card.

To create the shaker part of the card, I die cut a square with an aperture. I then adhered the square to the acetate with 3d foam strips. The background scene was then adhered to the acetate, using extra strong double-side tape, but at this time I left the top unsealed. For the ‘snow storm’ I used Cosmic Shimmer ‘Iced Snow’ glitter jewels, which I poured in through the top before sealing. They are just the right size for using in a shaker.

The card itself is 7×7 and is matted and layered using blue card and mirri card.

Next I stamped the Partridge…I love this little fellow and have been stamping and colouring him quite a bit since starting to use these stamps, but for this card he really needed to be shades of blue! After stamping him I used a water brush and Chipped Sapphire ink to give him a colour wash and added some Cosmic Twinkles glitter on his wings and breast before attaching him to the front of the card. I also attached the little group of trees that I’d cut out.

To finish, I used the ‘Winter Wishes‘ stamp, with some ribbon and twine. I also added a little snowflake embellishment: this started off as a tarnished gold metal, I rubbed it over embossing ink and then dipped it in glittery white embossing powder before heat drying, love the frosty effect I was left with!

Now you will know  by now that I love to decorate the inside…

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I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s card and will leave a comment as I love to pop back to read them…have a good week everyone and don’t forget to check out these lovely stamps in Sam’s shop and pop back the rest of the week for more inspiration.

Here are the stamps I used on this card:

Patridge and Winter Wishes from Partridge in a Pear Tree

Seasons Greetings from Festive Wreath

Trees and stars from Christmas Tree

Thank You and see you next week!


Carole X

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Robin Redbreast in the Snow

Jackie Trinder

Good morning

I hope this post finds you well. Schools have finally broken up for the long Summer break so I have lots more time to get crafty. I am also  having storage problems with all my stash I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to how they managed to overcome the mountain of stuff that we crafters manage to accumulate.

Today’s card is a simple one  which came  from my first play with the new Christmas range of stamps designed by Sam, aren’t they gorgeous? Like lots of us,  I make many more cards for Christmas than I do for any other occasion and I find I need some simple designs or I would never get finished.

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I started with a 7” x 7” red card blank. I cut a black mat then a gold mat and finally a  piece of white card. I did all my stamping on this piece of  white card. I took the Pinecone branch, that comes with the Pickles stamp set, and used a Distress ink to stamp around the edge of the page. I then heat embossed this with CS Clear fine detail embossing powder. I then took the berries from the Partridge in a Pear Tree stamp set and stamped this using a red Distress ink to stamp around the edge and then they were heat embossed. Finally to finish off the edge of the page I inked round the edges with a green ink.

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I stamped Robin Redbreast and his footprints with black Archival before heat embossing him. I also stamped the robin onto another piece of card. I coloured the robin with Promarkers.


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The last bit was to stamp the sentiment from the Robin Redbreast set with Perfect Medium and them heat emboss it with CS Fine detail gold embossing powder.

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Everything was assembled using CS Dries Clear PVA. I did cut out the body of the robin from the card and then mount it with foam pads over the stamped image on the card.

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Here is the detail from the inside nice and simple just stamped in red Distress ink and inked around the edge.

Thank you for looking and for leaving any comments. I hope you are enjoying the additions to the Woodland range of stamps. Don’t forget to check out all the new products in  Sam’s Shop there are often special offer too.

 Hugs Jackie


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