Saturday, December 26, 2015

Stampin' Creative Blog Hop - Sneak Peeks of 2016

Welcome to this Month's Stampin' Creative Blog Hop and compliments of the season to one and all. 

I hope this blog post finds you well and in good spirit and I hope you enjoy the Hop and what we have to share. I feel sure that you'll have already seen some inspirational makes  from Kim and the girls before her and there's more to come ...

I have been enjoying a Christmas Day with hubby and one excited little boy, who turns 5 next month. The magic just grows stronger each year for him and it's wonderful to see. 

It's a season for over indulging and a season when tummy's often expand … well for one dear friend, her tummy is on the shrinking, as she gave birth to a gorgeous little boy about a week ago. When the theme was set for a Blog Hop to showcase some Sneak Peeks of the up coming Spring/Summer Catalogue and/or Sale-a-Bration offerings, I turned to a set that is amazingly versatile …. 'Welcome Words'. The beauty of this Stamp Set is that the words blend beautifully with so many other Stamp Sets and here I coupled it with one of my favourites … Zoo Babies.

I wanted a colour theme that wasn't necessarily your traditional baby blue, so used Lost Lagoon, Delightful Dijon and Very Vanilla. I was mainly influenced by what ribbon I had on the shelf that would have be of suitable size to use.

I didn't want to over clutter the front of the card, so chose to complete the sentiment on the inside. 

With more faux stitching, I edged the inside and added another little monkey holding these gorgeous balloons from Balloon Celebration. I love how these balloons layer so perfectly and with Balloons being so generic and suitable for many an occasion, it's a must have Stamp Set for your collection.

With so many choices of sentiments, I wanted to show how Welcome Words could be used for another completely different occasion …. and what better than to celebrate the New Year and to welcome in 2016?!

I don't know about you, but I ran out of time to send all the cards we normally would for Christmas, so a New Year's card might just have to fill the space.

You can't really see it here, but I've used Shimmery White Cardstock as the top layer on Sahara Sand and Silver Foil Cardstock. I've sponged to create a Bokeh technique behind the sentiment. The numbers came from the Project Life Day to Day stamp set and the silver foil stars created from the Confetti Star Punch … another favourite of mine. If only you could see the shimmer that this card stock creates with this. 

If you were to Join my Team, you'd receive a card made using the Welcome Words set to Welcome you  … it really is such a versatile Set, that you'll be amazed at how many times you'll find yourself turning to it. 

If you'd like to receive a copy of the Spring/Summer Catalogue and upcoming Sale-a-Bration Flyer, then be sure to contact your Demonstrator and if you don't have one, I'd be happy to help … We've a great year of crafting ahead of us, some gorgeous products to use and some amazing FREE goodies to be had within the Sale-a-Bration period, 
5 January to 31 March 2016 … so don't miss out. 

Now continue the Hop and see what lovely creations Caroline has in store for you. 

Enjoy the rest of the Festive Period and as my second card states … Here's to another Year together in 2016. 

Mikaela x

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  1. Both BEAUTIFUL, I must increase my ribbon stash!

  2. Two really super cards Mikaela. Yes, LOVE them! In fact.... can I have them when you're done???x

  3. Greta Inspiration for a stamp seer that never made my wish list, now you have made it a must have, great ideas and how versatile you have made it, xxxx

  4. Beautiful cards again Mikaela, I love the Welcome, I wasn't keen on this set at first, but it's growing on me now I've seen it in action! thank you!

  5. Thanks Pip. I hear exactly what you're saying as I felt the very same when I first saw it, but then saw how it could be used with so many other sets. I'm so pleased that I've helped you to see it in a different light too x

  6. Oh Kim, I'm so pleased that I've helped you to see the versatility of this stamp set. I will look forward to seeing what creations you come up with it when the time comes.

    Lesley, the baby card has already reached it's rightful owners, so I' afraid that one is no long even in my hands, but the other is and we still have a few days to go before the big count down. I'm pleased you like them.

    I could so do with increasing my Ribbon Stash too Emma, which was why I was lead by what ribbon I did have on the shelf x

  7. Both gorgeous and really dies showcase that versatile stamp set. I must remember to create some more DL cards .... In designing for classes I always default to a C6 but these are just lovely. X

  8. Thank you Louise and Happy New Year to you and your family. Yes, I too default to C6 for classes. DL card sizes do take more cardstock, but are lovely for that special occasion. I'm pleased you liked them x