CTC Blog Hop – Christmas

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It’s time for the weekly CTC Blog Hop and this week we are looking at the Christmas section of the Annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue (pages 67-72).


You may have joined the Blog Hop here, and if so, you’ve got heaps of awesome projects ahead to hop through. Or you may have come from Tricia Raineri’s Blog – in which case you’re nearly back to the CTC Page. Either way, I hope you enjoy the projects. If you get lost just head back to the CTC Blog Hop page where all the blogs are listed.

For those of you who know me or follow my blog regularly – you’ll know that I LOVE Christmas! I love it all – the reason for the season, the music, the crafts, the Christmas cheer, the decorations … I could go on!  I was so pleased that there were a few Christmas stamps sets in the Annual Catalogue this year – it made the catalogue more complete!

I’ve chosen these two projects to merge in my CASE this week. You can find them on pages 70 and 72.

Annual15_p070_aAnnual15_p072By taking elements from of each of these awesome cards and merging them together – I came up with this:


Sorry about the photo quality – not the clearest!

As I wanted to get some of the vibrant colour of the Real Red across much of the background to contrast against the black,  I laid down much more colour than the subtle tones in the “Noel” card.

I used the 2-way glue pen as a temporary adhesive on the “Joy” – cut using the Wonderful Wreath Framelits. The cutout word formed a mask which I sponged over in Real Red – putting more colour at the bottom of the card and graduating to none at the top of the card. I could easily remove the word cutout after I’d done the sponging as it was only held temporarily. You can do that with the 2-way glue pen by letting the glue dry until it becomes tacky before sticking the item down. Of course if you put the glue on and stick it while the glue is wet – then it will be permanent.

I repeated the masking and sponging on the inside of the card – though much more lightly. I used the same word cutout as a mask – the temporary glue was still adequate to hold while I masked.


I could have added the wreath like on the original card, but I just fell in love with the shaped black cardstock with the gold embossing in the card on page 72.

And the sentiment in Festival of Trees (… lots of joy at Christmas) was a prefect match to my masked background.

The three gold embossed trees represent the three kings.

And is if there wasn’t enough gold with the embossing I added a little more! Gold Satin Ribbon, Metallic Gold Thread, a sequin from the Gold Sequin Trim and dots of Gold Glitz Dazzling Details. You can never have too much bling!


It was fun to have some Christmas in July – I did enjoy getting an early taste of the festive season! I hope you are getting a little festive looking at all the CTC Blog Hop creations.

Next stop is Jess Williams and I’m sure you will love her gorgeous card – no gold in sight!

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1 comment

  1. Jackie you have so much detail here it’s lovely! I especially love the masking and graduated sponging- I have never tried the two way glue pen any other way than straight glue but Im going to give it a try now, Thanks for the tip. Love that you have blended two inspirations too ! Great work

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