Hello and welcome to this month’s SUBA blog hop which is all about Christmas !  You may have just joined me from the lovely Caro who made us the most delicious brownies at OnStage last week.  If you want to know about OnStage then you can see my post from last weekend here.

Who are the friends of SUBA?

If this is your first time of visiting the hop then we are a group in Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who met at one of Pip and Louise’s Simply Unique Business Angels training events.  You can find out more about them here.

At the Inky Nook we love Christmas and I’m already thinking about mince pies, wrapping presents and sending our Christmas cards….  Stampin’ Up! are exclusively offering the Snowflake Showcase suite for November only and I wanted to share with you why I love it and how you can use it too to make your Christmas cards. I have designed three cards which start with simple stamping and build up to a show stopper !

Are you ready for my Christmas inspiration… let’s get started.

Snowflake showcase simple stamping

The ladies who came to my Crafty Cuppa event on Friday got to make this card. This is a simple card requiring a notecard, one stamp set and two ink colours (Mint Macaron and Call Me Clover).

Snowflake Showcase simple stamping perfect for a beginner crafter or when you need a quick and easy Christmas card from Carrie at The Inky Nook, Indpendent Stampin' Up! demonstrator

This card is perfect for a beginner crafter or when you need a quick and easy card if you are more experienced. It uses a Very Vanilla notecard so it is pre-cut and pre-scored for you.  I’ve stamped the “falling snow” with Mint Macaron and then added the snowflake stamped using Call Me Clover.  The sentiment is stamped on to a rectangle in Call Me Clover.

Snowflake showcase with embossing

I cut a Very Vanilla thick cardstock base plus a slightly smaller matching layer to stamp on which I stamped the bigger snowflake using Call Me Clover.  This was followed by the smaller snowflake stamp which I stamped with Versamark ink and then heat embossed the image with copper embossing powder.  Behind the sentiment I have added a Call Me Clover layer to frame the sentiment.  All of these extra steps just add dimension and a new technique on top of the first card I shared.

Snowflake Showcase Christmas card with copper embossingfrom Carrie at The Inky Nook, Indpendent Stampin' Up! demonstrator

Snowflake showcase show stopper

Finally this card is designed for the more experienced crafter as it uses a variety of techniques.  It also introduces the Sissix Big Shot machine which is one of my favourite craft tools.  I’ve used it here to cut out the Tranquil Tide glitter snowflake and to produce the corrugated vanilla card layer.

Snowflake Showcase show stopperChristmas card from Carrie at The Inky Nook, Indpendent Stampin' Up! demonstrator

You will also notice that I’ve changed the card base from Very Vanilla to Mint Macaron which I’ve stamped with the “falling snow” stamp.  I’ve added in some burlap ribbon and painted some pearl jewels with the copper shimmer paint to complement the embossed sentiment.

Which is your favourite card?

Thank you so much for joining me today and please make sure you hop by us all and tell us what you loved about our project(s) too.  Next on the list is the very creative Cheryl so click the button below to see what she has created.

Friends of SUBA blog hop, ChristmasAfter the blog hop list I have shared the products I’ve used for each card so if you wanted to re-create the projects you can.

Inky hugs,

Carrie xx

Blog hop list

Caro at Craft with Caro

Carrie at the Inky Nookyou are currently here

Cheryl at Stampin n Crafting with cheryldiana

Deborah at DJC Creativity

Gina at Emerald Kreations

Ginny at Celebrate the Journey

Leighsa at Leighsa’s Loft

 Product List

For the notecards you only need the first row of products below.  For the vanilla cards with embossing you will additionally need the first four items on the second row ending with the Call Me Clover cardstock.  To re-create all three cards then you will need everything below unless you already have it in your craft room !