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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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!®

I Love Non-traditional Christmas Cards! Do You?

Welcome to Week 3 of my Coastal Cabana Colour Challenge! If you missed the previous two projects, you can find them here… Week 1 and Week 2. This week the combination is Coastal Cabana, Basic Grey and Pear Pizzazz. Given this combination, you first thought is probably not ‘Christmas’ but I love non-traditional Christmas cards! I’m sure this card will divide opinions for a number of reasons but what do YOU think?

Non-traditional Stampin' Up! Christmas Card by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

Let’s Make It…

Start with a (standard A6) landscape card base created from Basic Grey cardstock. Next trim a piece of the Playing With Patterns DSP to 9.5 x 13.9 cm and adhere it to the card base.

Punch three trees from Pear Pizzazz cardstock using the Pine Tree Punch.

Non-traditional Stampin' Up! Christmas Card by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

Stamp the sentiment in Basic Grey ink onto a small piece of the DSP and cut out using the Tasteful Labels Dies. Use the larger label die to cut out a piece of Basic Grey cardstock and layer these together.

Adhere the trees to the back of the sentiment piece using Multipurpose Liquid Glue and adhere the whole piece to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Non-traditional Stampin' Up! Christmas Card by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

For the final touch, use a few of the Playing With Patterns Resin Dots to decorate the trees!

What do you think to my Non-traditional Christmas Card?

I hope you like my Non-traditional Christmas Card! Do you prefer something a little more traditional? Or maybe its just too early to even be thinking about Christmas (particularly given the weather we’ve had recently!)? What would you have created using this colour combination?

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

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!®

Stitched Stars Wreath

Hello and welcome to part 4 of my Stampin’ Up! So Many Stars bundle showcase. If you missed them, you can find the previous instalments here (part 1, part 2, part 3).

This week I wanted to show you another home décor piece because these are so popular at this time of year and can be expensive to buy. However, they can be simple to make yourself and, if you have the correct products, are guaranteed to impress your friends.

For this project you will need a basic, undecorated, wreath which can be picked up relatively cheaply in craft stores at this time of year.

Let’s make it…

The colour scheme that I chose for my wreath is Whisper White, Silver Foil and Sparkle Glimmer. I think this is a great combination but something like Cherry Cobbler, Shaded Spruce and Gold Foil would also look great. Alternatively, use whichever colours go best with your festive décor.

I used the Stitched Stars dies to cut a number of different sized stars from Whisper White cardstock, Silver Foil Sheets and Sparkle Glimmer Paper. I adhered these to the wreath using a glue gun.

The sentiment is from the So Many Stars stamp set and the sentiment piece was created by heat embossing onto Silver Foil Sheets using White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. This was then cut out using one of the Stitched Rectangles dies. A larger Stitched Rectangle was cut from Sparkle Glimmer Paper and layered behind the sentiment piece. A length of Silver Metallic Thread is attched to the back of the sentiment piece and the whole piece is adhered to the wreath using a glue gun.

The final touch is added with a length of Whisper White ribbon which allows the wreath to be hung up anywhere around the house.

Next time…

I hope you have enjoyed this blog post. If you have any questions or comments please leave them below or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

Next week will be the final instalment of my Stampin’ Up! So Many Stars bundle showcase. I hope you will be able to join me for more inspiration using this gorgeous bundle.

If you would like to purchase any of the products used in this project (or any other Stampin’ Up! products), simply click the links below and you’ll head straight to my online shop.

Happy crafting, h x

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