Sunday, August 25, 2019

Holiday Catalogue - Sneak Peak Blog Hop

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Wow!! The year is moving so quickly & it wasn't until I signed up to this Blog Hop that I realised how neglected my Blog is...eeeek!!

So I'm super glad to be here & working on it & finding some inspiration from others.

ESAD is such a wealth of knowledge relating to SU!, as well as giggles, support & inspiration, (as mentioned above!). It is my go-to for SU! questions & beyond!!

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That being said, let's get to why we are here: this Blog Hop!!
I've decided to work on a couple of cards that show-case items & techniques for the Beginner stamper, but it would also work for the time poor & those who may not have many supplies, for many reasons.

There is something organic & magical about blowing the seeds of a dandelion & watching them float away - I still do it, ad an adult & when I watch them drift away with the breeze, the world stops its ugliness, just for a minute... *sigh*

I've used the Hammered Metal 3D embossing folder, Sweet Silhouettes dies and NO STAMPING as such, only some dragging of the Soft Suede cardstock across the ink pad to give the 'dirt' some texture.

Using the negative part of the dandelion for the wispy parts floating away, it gave my card the sense of movement...& adding a bit of bling, is always necessary, right?

I've cared for turtles for many years & this little stamp image made me smile!!
I cased the first card & then made the second card to give to a turtle professional who helped me when my current little friend was ill. 
In this example, the Hammered Metal embossing folder looks exactly like a turtle's shell, so this card didn't need much else to dress it up.

Did you notice the difference between which way I've used the embossed cardstock?

When I stamped the turtle again, for the inside of the card, I used a baby wipe to wipe away his sadness & used the Basic Black marker to lift his smile the right way!!

During my preparing for this Blog Hop, my order wasn't going to arrive in time, so I raced to my fellow demo's house, Alison & she had purchased the Memories of Home stamp set. While I love the tree & its details, I wanted to team it up with something else, so that it didn't take up the whole card. 

The Dashing Deer stamp looks gorgeous on Cherry Cobbler & then clear embossed, (just like the snow falling, behind the tree).

Adding a simple Red Rhinestone to make this deer the very popular Rudolph, was a given!!

I decided to step up my stamping for the next card. It could encourage the Beginner or Casual stamper to learn new techniques.

 Using our Difference Maker stamp set, Nature's Beauty, (when you purchase this set, a portion of the money is given to various charities), I coloured the gentle doe with our Watercolour Pencils, ran the Crumb Cake ink pad over the Woodlands embossing folder before putting it through the Big Shot. 

I teamed these items with Sweet Silhouettes & Stitched Rectangle Dies with the gorgeous Wink of Stella for a little touch of shimmer.

I do love the dimension that the leaves give & her soft face peeking through the branches! I used this as a swap that I participated in also but I just had to share it with you also!!

Well considering I only had 2 of the items & a stamped image from the incredible Holiday Catalogue, (available from 4 Sep to 2 Jan), I'm pretty happy with how they can be added to various items from the Annual Catalogue.
Increasing the use of each item means that they are more affordable, gets the creative juices flowing & therefore makes even more creations, obviously!!

Thanks for looking at my cards, I's love to hear which product grabbed your attention...& don't forget to subscribe so you don't miss any of my posts.

Happy hopping to the next Blog! Cheryl's work is gorgeous!!

Blog hop participant list:
13. Jo Weedon              (This is me :)
24. Jackie Aitken
25. Lauren Meiklejohn

Card #1:
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Basic Black, Soft Suede
Ink: Soft Suede.
Big Shot items: Hammered Metal Embossing Folder, Sweet Silhouette dies.

Accessories:  Red Rhinestones, Fine Tip Glue, Tear n Tape adhesive, Stampin' blocks.

Card #2:
Cardstock: Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla.
Ink: Momento, Mossy Meadow & Old Olive markers.
Big Shot items: Hammered Metal Embossing Folder, Little Alphabet.
Accessories:  Googly eyes, Fine Tip Glue, Tear n Tape adhesive, Stampin' blocks, baby wipes.

Card #3:
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Old Olive
Ink: Crumb Cake, Versamark.
Big Shot items: Dashing Deer dies.
Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Embossing Tray & Brush, Fine Tip Glue, Tear n Tape adhesive, Stampin' blocks.

Card #4:
Cardstock: Mossy Meadow, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla.
Ink: Soft Suede, Mometo Black, Mossy Meadow.
Big Shot items: Stitched Rectangle dies, Sweet Silhouettes dies, Woodlands Embossing Folder
Accessories:  Paper Snips, Watercolor Pencils, Fine Tip Glue, Tear n Tape adhesive, Stampin' blocks.


  1. Wow, Jo!! You out did yourself. I love all your projects and isn't that turtle just the cutest. I love how you have combined new products with existing products too. Thanks for the inspiration

  2. I do love making the newer items work with the older ones, it opens up so many more possibilities!! Thanks for being the first one to comment on my post :)

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    1. Thanks so much for looking at my creations & leaving a comment. There are so many fun things to see in this blog hop!! I hope you are inspired to create...

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    1. Thanks Cathy. Is your head spinning with interest and the need for creating now? I am!!

  5. what a great use of all the new supplies, I love your cards Jo!

    1. Hi Melissa, how much fun was this hop!! I love how we can take something from everyone's ideas and work with them!! Thanks for 'hopping' by!!

  6. Love how you've tied that embossing folder in with the turtle stamp. Perfect

    1. Morning Tan, I find it funny how some products jump at you & this was certainly one of them!! What can I say, Im a sucker for turtles!!

  7. Fabulous cards Jo, the turtle is just the cutest. I love how you've used the different sides of the embossing folder on the same card, they both look great.

    1. Each side looks so different, doesnt it, Peta!! Im happy you like the turtle too, but I did have to make him smile, after he got some professional help for his health!!

  8. Wow - can't believe how you pulled all this together without your order and at the last minute, Jo. Great variety of cards and love the way you tied in the new products to those from the annual catalogue! x

  9. Yes, it was a challenge!! But it made me use items that I may not have originally, hey!! I think I forget about the Annual Catalogue when the Holiday one comes along, so me too, Im happy with the results too!! Thanks for making me smile x

  10. great projects, I think I would have thrown in the towel so to speak, but your certainly pulled it together. Well done

    1. If we were talking about the washing pile, then yes, I would have put a stop to it!! But not when Im creating! Funny how we can do this until crazy hours til the morning, also, but never the housework until 2am, haha!

  11. Wow Jo. So many fab cards. I really love how you used the Hammered Metal embossing folder. Both sides look so good. And using the negative pieces on the dandelion .... genius! x

    1. Thanks Lou! I have always loved your blog hops, they force me to learn on my feet - thanks for your boost of my ego also, Im glad you liked my creations :)

  12. Great selection of cards Jo, the turtle is super cute x

    1. Awww, thanks! Ive since used the sloth from the same stamp set, for a friend & laid him in the same tree as the deer card above. Love the versatility of the stamp sets!!

  13. I completely agree Rebecca! Thanks for your smile :)

  14. Love seeing how you've combined these different sets for such fabulous creations. I agree its great to see how you can add holiday sets to your existing stash. I especially love the "turtley grateful" sentimet - too cute!

  15. Thanks Siobhan, yes, I always try to mesh the products together - more bangs for your bucks, hey? Thanks for leaving a comment, I appreciate them all. x


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