Christmas Cards

Hearts Come Home For Christmas Card

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Today’s share is the make and take I presented at a recent team get together here in Auckland. I wanted to showcase the Hearts Come Home bundle – one of my personal favorites and a very versatile (not just for Christmas) stamp set.

 

This is one that you, too, can make up in multiples without too terribly much time commitment.     The moon is a quick heat emboss with Clear Embossing Powder, and then the sky is washed over with Soft Sky ink and an Aqua Painter. (full supplies listed below).

These house and scenery dies are just amazing. They layer up so well with the different “hills” and heights.  Simply cut them out of various colours (or the same colour!) and layer with dimensionals.

 

LIke the Chocolate Bar gift I shared recently, I’ve kept this card very neutral and then added a pop of bright ribbon.   You may have remarked already that I adore the Crinkle Seam Binding, and especially in this colour here, Berry Burst. It’s just the right amount of vivid without being over the top.

Aren’t these dies great?

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Wise Men From Afar Swap – Faux Patina

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A few weeks ago we had a big team day here in Auckland for my team of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.  Part of our gatherings usually includes a swap – we each make x number of cards and trade them around. Today’s share is what I made for my swap using the Wise Men from Afar stamp set:

 

I love how these turned out!   I’ve clear embossed the wise men here on Very Vanilla cardstock, and then inked over them with various shades of brown ink (Crumb Cake and Early Espresso used here).

And I’ve been using this Berry Burst Crinkle ribbon like crazy – it’s such a great pop of colour and ties so nicely!

 

One of the wise men got a little bit of Berry Burst accent on his robe, too.  I thought this was a nice, subtle way to tie the colours together.

 

The background is called Faux Patina.  Basically it’s “imperfect embossing with a metallic colour”.  And that’s pretty much it!  I’ve used gold here, but brushed the majority of it off so it’s only there in patches.  I like how this looks!  And it’s a perfect little technique for an ancient story involving gold!

 

And HERE is Custard helping me out with my swaps.  She’s such a good assistant.

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All Stars September Blog Hop – Hearts Come Home

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Welcome to the September Blog Hop for the All Stars team!  You are now in New Zealand with Jacque Williams.  We have a brand new 12 project, full colour tutorial bundle for you and we are kicking it off with a Blog Hop among the designers!

My blog hop and my tutorial project feature the Hearts Come Home Bundle – one that I have found to be so versatile both for Christmas and for non-Christmas projects!  Simply swap the above sentiment out for something else and use this design year round.

I love non-traditional colour Christmas cards. In fact, I don’t think I’ve made a green and red Christmas card for years.  I love the fresh look of this colour combination (Soft Sky, Pumpkin Pie, and Berry Burst), especially here in New Zealand where we celebrate Christmas in the summer.

 

 

 

If you’d like to see what else I’ve made with this bundle (and what the other 11 designers have created), simply place an order with me for $50 NZD or more during September OR you can purchase the tutorial bundle below:





And please do continue to enjoy the hop! Your next stop is the talented Janneke de Jong!

 

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Easy Christmas Table Decor with Hug in a Mug!

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A few weekends ago we had a very large team meeting for the Stampin’ Up! demonstrators on my team here in Auckland to launch the Holiday Catalogue (coming this Friday!).   I wanted to make a little something for the tables that also showcased some of the new product:

I’ve cut the new Acetate Card Boxes in half to create a little pocket box, then covered in various of the new Designer Series Papers.     I created a very simple tag using the new Hug in a Mug stamp set (so cute!!) and the Scallop Tag Topper Punch (so fast!!).

 

As you can see, we filled each box with little goodies for the day – namely drinks, chocolate, and a Stampin’ Up! pen.  My thought was they could use these items on the day and then refill the box for displays or re-gifting.

Love this new Jute Twine. I think we will be using this a lot!

 

What could you put in your box for your table this season?  Or for a birthday party?

The Holiday Catalogue is live this Friday (1 September) and all these exciting products will be available to order well in time for the festivities!

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All Stars Design Team August Blog Hop – Carols of Christmas

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Hi and welcome to New Zealand!  You’ve landed at Jacque Williams’ Blog.

Early release!  Today’s share is a “clean vintage” card using the Carols of Christmas Bundle from the upcoming (1 September) Holiday Catalogue.   (But you can purchase this early right now!)   This is a gorgeous Christmas set with a variety of holiday images in both the stamp set and the dies.

I went with my favorite colors (now) of Fresh Fig, Sweet Sugarplum, and Rich Razzleberry paired with Crumb Cake.

The words in this set are quite large, which is great for making them a real focal point in other projects.  Here, I just used the ‘Peace” from the “Peace on Earth” and embossed in Gold to tie in with the gold in the Metallic Edged Ribbon, the Gold Sequins, and the little bits of Gold Glitter on the ornaments.

 

The little ornaments are easy to cut out with the coordinating dies.  There is a stamp for the strings, but in this case, I used the real thing with a bit of Linen Thread.  I love the texture it creates.

The background is embossed with the Holly Embossing Folder, and then lightly sponged with the Whisper White Craft Ink. That white ink pad is really great for subtly bringing out details.

Inside the card I Gold Embossed the rest of the sentiment, although Peace on its own is perfectly logical, too.

Each of the demonstrators on this hop has also contributed to the All Stars August Tutorial , including 12 full color instructions for 12 gorgeous projects!  Free with any $50 or more order during August OR you can purchase below for $20 NZD:


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I know you’ll enjoy the rest of the hop!  Next is the very talented Jenneke De Jong !

 

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Paisleys & Posies Quick & Easy Card!

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Thursday night and the weather is cold and rainy here in Auckland!  Nice night to be tucked up inside.

Today’s share is a card idea I found on Pinterest last year, and it’s such a winner!  I am using the Paisleys & Posies stamp set here with a variety of colours.  I love projects that look so great with simplicity (actually I love all great-looking projects!):

 

Start by stamping your various paisley images from the Paisleys & Posies stamp set.  Choose any colour combination that appeals, but here I’ve used Mint Macaron, Island Indigo, Always Artichoke, and Cherry Cobbler.   (You can browse all 50 colours of ink pads HERE).

The placement isn’t exact – just decide on the sort of shape you want to create and start with the largest image first and work down to the smallest image.  Finish off with some Enamel Dots and/or Rhinestones.

 

As for the words, you can use any of your die cuts and coordinating stamps.  Crazy for You is a fantastic option (sadly retiring at the end of May!) and so is Sunshine Sayings (this one is staying for another year).

Basically we are stamping a flat background and then making one simple die cut the focal point.

I’ve matted this up a few times to add a bit more interest, too.  This also makes for a nice, sturdy greeting card.

 

And tassels are quite trendy at the moment; you and I will be seeing a lot more of tassels!  They sure do add an element of posh to a project.

Give this one a go!  If you don’t already have a demonstrator and live in New Zealand, I’d be happy to get you the products you need.  Alternatively, you can browse online:

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My Christmas Tree this Year – in a Frame!

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Happy Thursday and 3 days before Christmas!

As many of you know, my daughters are with extended family this year for the holidays, so Robert and I will be having a quiet one.  At first I was sad, but now we are making the most of it and getting some real quality husband/wife time in as well as some serious down time!  And the girls are truly having the time of their lives and being kept very busy.

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So this is our tree this year.

My team member and friend, Ria Kaire, kindly made us this stunning framed art, and it’s perfect!

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She has used the Forever Evergreen set for the images and embellished with the Mini Pinecones, Gold Twine, and Gold Sequins.

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How beautiful is that?!   I have this on display on our mantle now.  We were going to wait until Christmas morning to open our tiny little pile of gifts, but I’m so glad we didn’t wait so we can enjoy this for the week!

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It’s wonderful to be part of a Stampin’ Up! team, especially this one.  Sale-A-Bration will be starting in January – and that means there will be an awesome bonus for anyone who decides to join my team.   Start thinking about it now; I’d be happy to send you an informational packet.

Merry Christmas!

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Pretty Pines Christmas Card in Two Colour Variations

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Good morning and Merry Christmas!  Today’s share is a reasonably “quick to put together” one inspired by my team member and good friend, Paula Dobson:

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This is one of the four projects we did at my recent Holiday Stamp A Stack.  We loved the vibrancy of these colours: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, and Old Olive.

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The mistletoe leaves are from the Pretty Pines die set and that cute oval is from the new Stitched Shapes Framelits set.  (Good news!  This product was temporarily turned off due to a HUGE demand that totally depleted supplies, but these will be available again mid January).

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I tried this project using my current favorite, Sweet Sugarplum, for a softer look.  Which do you prefer?

The Noel and the Joy both come from the Wonderful Wreath die set.

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I thought this image from the Suite Seasons was perfect to tie in with the pines.  And it’s sucha  fun font, too.  Even better – this stamp set is on discount while supplies last!

 

Many thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you have a productive and beautiful day in this sunny weather. I appreciate all of you – the kind comments, the orders, the friendship, and my team members.  Thank you for being part of this community.   You can contact me anytime at jacque@stamphappy.co.nz and I will get back to you.

Merry Christmas!

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