How to make a non-traditional Christmas card

Hello and welcome to the November Stamptastic Friends Blog Hop! The theme this month is a non-traditional Christmas colour challenge! I can’t wait to see what my Stamptastic Friends come up with!

I got the inspiration for my card from the Stampin’ Up! Playing With Patterns Designer Series Paper. The colour palette of this DSP definitely doesn’t scream Christmas! However, one of the sheets really reminded me of a snowy sky – albeit a Calypso Coral one! I hope you like it…

Non-traditional Christmas card by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts using Stampin' Up! Peace & Joy bundle.

Let’s make it… Calypso Coral Christmas

Start with a (standard A6) card base created from Whisper White Thick cardstock. Follow this with a piece of the DSP measuring 10.2 x 14.5 cm.

Non-traditional Christmas card by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts using Stampin' Up! Peace & Joy bundle.

Using the Joy Dies, cut out the three layers in Vellum, Whisper White and Calypso Coral cardstock. I used the Adhesive Sheets on the Calypso Coral layer to make life easier. If you haven’t tried these sheets, they are perfect for this type of die cut with very little surface area for wet adhesive. Once these pieces are layered together, adhere them to the card front.

Non-traditional Christmas card by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts using Stampin' Up! Peace & Joy bundle.

Using the Peace & Joy Stamp Set, stamp ‘merry’ and ‘and’ in Calypso Coral ink onto Whisper White cardstock. Trim these pieces using Paper Snips and adhere to the card front using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Non-traditional Christmas card by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts using Stampin' Up! Peace & Joy bundle.

For the final touch, add a few Pearl Basic Jewels over the ‘snowflakes’!

What do you think? Do you like non-traditional colours for Christmas cards or are you strictly red and green?!

What do you think to my non-traditional Christmas card?

I hope you enjoyed finding out how to make this MERRY AND BRIGHT non-traditional Christmas card. Which other non-traditional colours do you think would work for this card? I’d love to know. Why not send me a photo of your version?

If you have any questions or comments (or photos of your projects), please leave them below or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

Would you like to create this card? You can purchase any of the supplies used (or any other current Stampin’ Up! products) by clicking here or on the individual product links below. 

If you don’t have a copy of the current Stampin’ Up! Catalogues, you can request them here.

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Why not hop along to the next blog to find out what my Stamptastic Friends have in store for you…

Happy hopping, h x



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Joy to the World Paper Pumpkin Kit & FREE Online Class

Hello! Today I want to tell you a little bit more about the Joy to the World Paper Pumpkin Kit and FREE Online Class.

The kit itself contains everything you need (just add a clear block for mounting the stamps) to make 8 Christmas cards. It’s a great way to get started on your Christmas crafting. You will also have supplies left over which you can combine with your stash to create even more projects. Not forgetting, of course, that the stamp set will be yours to use again and again!

These kits are fantastic for so many different crafters – beginners; those who love to make cards but struggle with the design work; those short on time; and those who love to take their crafting on the road – maybe on a caravan holiday or even to craft while waiting for appointments or during your children’s dance class! Where is the strangest place you would take your kit?!

If you purchase the kit using this link, I will include a FREE Online Class showing you how to create the cards and giving you ideas and inspiration for extra / alternative projects. The class will take place on Monday 30th November at 9am but the videos will be available to watch at any time after the event.

Don’t forget…

You can shop anytime in my 24/7 online store. For all orders between £20 and £99, add the Host Code to receive a FREE gift from me next month. To find the current Host Code and how to use it, click here – simply copy this code and paste when prompted in my online shop

For orders of £99/129€ or more, why not purchase the fully customisable Starter Kit and get £130/175€ worth of supplies for just £99/129€? Find out more here. You’ll be eligible to join my team (The Inklings) with all the benefits that come with it – including FREE access to all my online class and PDF tutorials (and much more)!

Happy crafting, h x

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How to create gorgeous Christmas gift tags

Hello and welcome! Today I would like to show you how to create gorgeous Christmas gift tags. For these tags I have used a variety of Stampin’ Up! products.

I think beautiful gift tags are so important. We put so much effort into choosing the perfect gifts for our loved ones. I believe we should put just as much effort into the presentation of the gift!

Gorgeous Christmas Gift Tags by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

Let’s make it… Gorgeous Christmas Gift Tags

All of the tags are created in the same way but in different colours. The colours shown are Sahara Sand, Cherry Cobbler and Shaded Spruce. You can use any colours for which you have Christmas themed DSP.

Trim a piece of Whisper White Thick cardstock to 5 x 10 cm. Use the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and the Detailed Trio Punch to create the tag shape. Repeat this with a piece of Designer Series Paper (I have used the Classic Christmas DSP). Adhere these two layers using Multipurpose Liquid Glue. See here for the Stampin’ Up! DSP collection.

Gorgeous Christmas Gift Tags by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

Using the Perfectly Plaid Stamp Set, stamp the Christmas tree and infill onto Whisper White cardstock in the desired colour. Cut out using the coordinating Pine Tree Punch.

Heat emboss the sentiment using White Stampin’ Emboss Powder onto coordinating cardstock. I have used the ‘Merry Christmas’ sentiment from the Perfectly Plaid Stamp Set. Cut out the sentiment using an appropriately sized die. I have used one of the Tasteful Labels Dies. Adhere the sentiment piece to the main tag using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Gorgeous Christmas Gift Tags by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

Adhere the Christmas Tree to the tag using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The final touch is provided by attaching one of the Glittering Star Ornaments using the Braided Linen Trim.

Would it be great if you created a whole matching set of Christmas card, gift wrap and tag using this design?! I think that would look so cute.

What do you think to my Gorgeous Christmas Gift Tags?

I hope you enjoyed finding out how to make these gorgeous Christmas gift tags. Which colours are you going to use to create yours? I’d love to know. Why not send me a photo?

If you have any questions or comments (or photos of your projects), please leave them below or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

Would you like to create these tags? You can purchase any of the supplies used (or any other current Stampin’ Up! products) by clicking here or on the individual product links below. 

If you don’t have a copy of the current Stampin’ Up! Catalogues, you can request them here.

Don’t forget…

For all orders between £20 and £99, add the Host Code to receive a FREE gift from me next month. To find the current Host Code and how to use it, click here – simply copy this code and paste when prompted in my online shop

For orders of £99/129€ or more, why not purchase the fully customisable Starter Kit and get £130/175€ worth of supplies for just £99/129€? Find out more here.

Happy crafting, h x

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The content of this Blog, Youtube video, website, or other internet, or written medium is the sole responsibility of Helen Chapman as an Independent Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator (UK) and the use of and content of classes, services or products offered is not endorsed by Stampin’ Up!® My original designs are displayed for your enjoyment and inspiration. Please do NOT use any of my original designs for publication, contests or anything that may be in competition with me or Stampin’ Up!®

How to make a simple Triptych Christmas Card

Hello and welcome! Today I’d like to share with you a card I created for the latest Global Design Project Challenge. This was a sketch challenge and I decided to use the Heartwarming Hugs Suite to create this gorgeous but simple triptych Christmas card. You can see the sketch below or visit the link above to find out more, view the other entries or join in!

Simple triptych Christmas card using the Stampin' Up! Warm Hugs Bundle by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

Let’s Make It… Simple Triptych Christmas Card

Start with a (standard A6) card base created from Real Red cardstock. Follow this with a layer of Whisper White cardstock measuring 8.5 x 12.8 cm. Create the three panels using the Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series Paper (DSP), each measuring 7.5 x 3.5 cm.

Adhere the three panels to the Whisper White layer, trying to keep the spacing the same throughout. Use a piece of Tear & Tape to attach a length of Mossy Meadow Diagonal Stripe Ribbon across the panels.

Simple triptych Christmas card using the Stampin' Up! Warm Hugs Bundle by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

Thread a length of Real Red Braided Linen Trim through one of the Glitter Star Ornaments. Tie the trim in place and adhere the star to the ribbon using a Mini Glue Dot.

Stamp the sentiment onto Whisper White cardstock in Real Red ink and trim to size. Stamp the Christmas Tree and Mug onto Whisper White cardstock using Mossy Meadow ink and cut out using the coordinating dies. Adhere one to each end of the sentiment piece.

Simple triptych Christmas card using the Stampin' Up! Warm Hugs Bundle by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

Use two lengths of Foam Adhesive strips to the back of the sentiment such that they avoid the star and attach to the card front.

What do you think to my Simple Triptych Christmas Card?

I hope you enjoyed finding out how to make this simple triptych Christmas card. This card could be recreated for many different occasions by using alternative DSPs that you have in your stash. You might also want to try using three different patterns for the three panels. The possibilities are endless but you are sure to end up with a fabulous card.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

Would you like to create this card? You can purchase any of the supplies used (or any other current Stampin’ Up! products) by clicking here or on the individual product links below. 

If you don’t have a copy of the current Stampin’ Up! Catalogues, you can request them here.

Don’t forget…

For all orders between £20 and £99, add the Host Code to receive a FREE gift from me next month. To find the current Host Code and how to use it, click here – simply copy this code and paste when prompted in my online shop

For orders of £99/129€ or more, why not purchase the fully customisable Starter Kit and get £130/175€ worth of supplies for just £99/129€? Find out more here. This offer is even better throughout September as you will receive two FREE Stamp Sets, a pack of Rhinestones and some pre-cut card kits!

Happy crafting, h x

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The content of this Blog, Youtube video, website, or other internet, or written medium is the sole responsibility of Helen Chapman as an Independent Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator (UK) and the use of and content of classes, services or products offered is not endorsed by Stampin’ Up!® My original designs are displayed for your enjoyment and inspiration. Please do NOT use any of my original designs for publication, contests or anything that may be in competition with me or Stampin’ Up!®