Friday, 16 September 2016


Hi Crafters - Welcome to the Watercooler Blog Hop for September - I'm thrilled to be a part of this blog hop again this month.  We are focusing on all the great new products in the Winter Catalogue so here are three of my favourite projects so far.

My first one is a cute little tag box - so quick and easy to make.  I've made the box out of Crumb Cake cardstock and used some of This Christmas Suite Designer Series paper.  This is a lovely set of papers with the main colours of Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler - two of my favourites. I'm a traditional girl at heart and love Red and Green for Christmas - they are nature's colours after all for this time of year.

I've filled the little box with some tags using the Merry Tags framelit dies and the Merriest Wishes stamp set which come as a  bundle.  I love them - I can see they are going on everything this Christmas - cards, boxes, tags, even the dogs if they are not careful!!  A touch of our red twine from the Baker's Twine Trio pack finishes off the tags.  This pack comes with red, green and gold.  Yummy!

For my second project - I've been playing with the Sweet Home Stamp Set which also comes in a bundle with the Home Sweet Home Thinlet Dies.  I've switched to Hallowe'en for this project.  Although not as popular in the UK as it is in the US it is gaining in popularity as the years go by.

I do wonder though how many know the real reason for Trick or Treat at Hallowe'en?  Our ancestors believed that All Souls Night was a time when our departed loved ones would come back to visit - they used to set up the table as if their loved ones were still there and leave food out for them.  Hence the idea which developed into giving out sweets or candy at the door.  I still set the table for all my family members who are no longer with us and I have quite a few close family who have left me too early.

Anyway I have turned my little house into a Hallowe'en Ghost house.

I've used  Basic Gray for the house and Basic Black and Rich Razzleberry for the accents.  The ghosts have been made out of Very Vanilla.  I've used a touch of white gel pen on the roof and the door and a basic pearl for the door handle. 

 Don't you just love the way that ghost is peeking through the window!

I found these houses quite tricky to do and needed some help from a UK Demo Elizabeth Shannon to guide me through with her videos.  And then I was off and running.

My final project is also a card.  This time in Rich Razzleberry - I know not traditional red or green but so gorgeous at this time of year.

This set is Christmas Magic -a set of 8 rubber stamps - with three sentiments.  I love a stamp set I can colour in at this time of year and the traditional images in this set are right up my street. Reminds me of that lovely film Polar Express - I've told the story on my blog previously about the magical evening when we lived in Houston Texas in 2004 and went to the cinema Christmas Eve to see this film with the children.  When we came out there was snow -in Texas!!!!! We couldn't believe it and it was so magical after watching the film.

There is also a lovely tree stamp in this set and I've used Versamark to stamp it onto the background - hope it shows up well. 

 I hope you like my projects and are inspired by them to use some of these sets.  If you are in the UK you can purchase from me by clicking on my Online Shopping button above.

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Marie Green said...

Fiona, I'm so glad you joined us again! Fabulous projects. Your tags are super cute! And, it looks like you had a lot of fun creating your adorable house.

Your "polar express" card is too fun! I just got the Christmas Magic set and am looking forward to making some fun cards with it also.

libbystamps said...

All great projects Fiona! I really like the box of tags - very clever!

Penny Hanuszak said...

I'm happy your blog hopping again with us Fiona. What fun to have you on board, and what great projects you've featured. My favourite of the your three projects is your Halloween House. How special that is! I love the details you've included. The little tag box is a super cute idea. Thanks for sharing.

Heidi Weaver said...

Fiona, I love your little tag box and that cute assortment of tags. The Merry Tags dies really do add some Christmas magic to the tags. Of course I love your Hallowe'en ghost house. That bundle is such a lot of fun, isn't it? Love the ghosts, especially the curious one, peeking out the window. While I love traditional Christmas colours, I would say I love the unconventional ones equally. The Rich Razzleberry has such a bold presence in your card and makes a wonderful frame for your Christmas train. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity.

Jan said...

These are 3 beautiful projects, Fiona! I love your tag box and cute tags - such a lovely gift idea too! Your sweet Halloween house is so clever and I love the cute ghosts peeking at the door. We don't really celebrate Halloween here in Australia but I'm thinking this cute house would make a good dog house too :-) And your polar express card really captures the idea of the movie so beautifully! TFS :-) x

Christine said...

Fiona, you have inspired me to get get busy on my tags. Love your projects, especially your Christmas Magic train.

Priscilla Ivler said...

Such a cute box of pretty tags, Fiona--I am going to "borrow" your idea for a class! Your little house with the ghost greeting me at the front door is adorable too. I don't have those dies, but after seeing your house and the one that Heidi made, my reserve is weakening...if I'm enabled, it will be because of you! Thanks for joining us again; your creations are wonderful.