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Blog Hop: Christmas Theme

Blog-hop-peek It is that time of year isn't it.  The carols are playing at the shopping centres, the decorations are out, the preparations are underway (hmmm or on the mind for those of us not quite so organised!)  


Christmas Blog Hop

Today a group of my stamping pals and I have a Christmas Blog Hop for you.  Grab a cuppa and have a hop around our blogs if you'd like some ideas for festive themed projects. 

You may have come from Judy May's  lovely Christmas project (I do so love her stunning cards), or perhaps you are starting your hop here.  There are 11 stops this month.   Have fun!

My card features one of the designs from the Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper packs (DSP).  Riding Hood Red, Old Olive and Very Vanilla are the coordinating colours I've used in my card, plus I've included some Crumb Cake with embossed dots using the Big Shot and the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder. 


A little sponging is useful when you're using DSP as it covers the white core that shows sometimes on the cut edge.  I've used a sponge dauber with some Old Olive ink.


Did you notice the ruffled ribbon?  This is a trick I learnt at Stampin' Up Melbourne regional training day recently.  You rough up the end of your ribbon (this is Vanilla Taffeta) to fray the threads.  Then find the middle thread and give it a tug.  This is a little fiddly but once you have the centre thread pulled, it is easy then to use this to gather the ribbon.  Once you've gathered the length that will fit on your card, just adhere the 2 ends to the reverse side of the card. 


I used a couple of glue dots to secure the ribbon at the front so it didn't droop.  Remember not to pull your thread ALL the way through or you'll lose your gathers.


A nice easy way to add a little texture and dimension to your card.

I used some of the 5/8" Vanilla satin ribbon too - it has such a gorgeous lustre.  It looked a little bumpy placed over my dotty embossed cardstock so I added a trim using the Scallop Trim Border Punch and some Cherry Cobbler offcuts.   And of course, some pearls are always a lovely finishing touch. 


And that's it from me.  Thanks for stopping by.

Next Stop on the hop .......

is Amy Buchanan  who always has such creative cards and projects on her blog. 

Have fun on the rest of the Christmas Themed blog tour and have a great weekend. Perhaps by the end of the hop you'll be right in the mood for some Christmas card making!

Cheers, Sue

PS Just in case there's any glitches along the way, the other stops on the hop are Gardenia, AlishaRos,   ChristineNikkiKristine,   Tina,   DiJudy,   then you're back to me and have done a full lap. 



Very nice card, love the look of the ribbon, thought you must have got out the sewing needle. Very good much give it a try.

Chris H

Great card, Sue. Love all the extra little touches like the ruffles and the pearls. It's beautiful!

Di Dunk

LOVE it Sue especially the ruffled ribbon. We all learnt lots from Regionals.


Beautiful card that anyone would be stoked to receive!

Sue Bayliss

Lots of wonderful embellishments in your card a beautiful card

Kathryn Ruddick

Very nice Sue, and great photos of the ribbon technique! Now, I need a tuturial on how to align my text and photos in my blog posts like you do!! So clever!!

Tina G

Fantastic card Sue! I think I'll be borrowing this design for some of my cards this year.


Thats one lovely card. and thanks for sharing your wisdom with us on how to create that wonderful ribbon.

Alisha Watson

That is so pretty Sue, all the detail is just amazing. Going to have to case this one. Thanks for sharing

Judy May

Gorgeous Sue, love what you've done with the gathered ribbon.

Christine Blain

Lovely card, Sue. LOVE your ribbon treatment, and the pearls; beautiful details!


Beautiful Sue - and I'd forgotten that trick from Regionals (there was so much to take in wasn't there!) so thanks for the step by step reminder.


what a yummy card my friend - love the ruffled ribbon - yet to give that one a go. Must add that lovely border punch onto my next order :)

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