Susan Simpson - UK Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Saturday, 26 October 2019

Peaceful Boughs - Hopping Around The World!

Hello and welcome to the very first blog hop with a new group of stamping friends called Hopping Around The World, organised by Claudia Christensen.  On this hop you will travel from the UK, to Europe, America and beyond!  If you are starting here with me or have joined me from Tanja in Austria, welcome - grab a cuppa and hop along with us for lots of inspiration!


The theme for our first hop is Christmas cards.  I have been using a bundle called Peaceful Boughs all week for my usual Coffee & Cards sessions and I have  really enjoyed using this bundle as it is so versatile.  I have so many ideas flying around in my head that I decided to use it for my project today.

Here are the colours I am using for my project with the addition of some Gold Delicata ink.


I used thick whisper white for my card base and a panel cut 5mm smaller than the base.

I stamped an assortment of boughs around the edges of the panel using Garden Green ink.  I then used a sponge and Pear Pizzazz ink around the edges, applying with a soft swirling motion and adding more intense ink along the edges for definition.

Craftyduckydoodah!, Peaceful Boughs, Beautiful Boughs Dies, Susan Simpson UK Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store, Christmas 2019, Hopping Around The World,

I used the Gold Delicata ink to add some dots in the gaps.  The panel was adhered to the card base with dimensionals.

I used some Soft Suede card to die cut some boughs, adhering them to my card with dabs of Tombow.   I die cut some pine cones using Soft Suede for the base and Crumb Cake card for the top layer.  I used Tombow to assemble them.

I used one of the lovely frame dies in this bundle and stamped a sentiment in Gold Delicata ink.  I love the shine on this speciality ink - it almost looks like it has been heat embossed!  The panel has been adhered to the card with dimensionals.

I then adhered the pine cones using a mix of Tombow and dimensionals.

Craftyduckydoodah!, Peaceful Boughs, Beautiful Boughs Dies, Susan Simpson UK Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store, Christmas 2019, Hopping Around The World,

Now all I needed to do was add the finishing touches!  

This card was made with my Aunty Doreen in mind, and she does not like glitter - this is ok because I like it enough for both of us!

I used some puff paint to add a snowy effect to the pine cones.  I chose not to heat the puff paint and left it to dry naturally.  (If this card was not for Aunty D I would have added glitter to the snow).

Craftyduckydoodah!, Peaceful Boughs, Beautiful Boughs Dies, Susan Simpson UK Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store, Christmas 2019, Hopping Around The World,

I also used several of the rather lovely (sparkly) Toile Tidings Enamel dots.  I also added a tiny bow using some retired ribbon from 2018.

Craftyduckydoodah!, Peaceful Boughs, Beautiful Boughs Dies, Susan Simpson UK Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store, Christmas 2019, Hopping Around The World,

As usual, I also stamped the inside of the card and the envelope.

Craftyduckydoodah!, Peaceful Boughs, Beautiful Boughs Dies, Susan Simpson UK Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store, Christmas 2019, Hopping Around The World,

Here is the completed card and envelope.

Craftyduckydoodah!, Peaceful Boughs, Beautiful Boughs Dies, Susan Simpson UK Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store, Christmas 2019, Hopping Around The World,

I'm hoping to surprise my Aunty Doreen with a visit just before Christmas to hand deliver her card where, I'm sure, it will have pride of place on her fireplace!

Next up is Maureen in the USA - I can't wait to see her project!  A list of hop participants can be found below just in case you get lost along the way.

Thanks for joining us on our very first hop.  We will be back again next month!

Happy hopping!

Susan xx

Hop Participants
1.    Claudiasecke
3.    Rachel Macleod
4.    Jennifer Downey
5.    Mo Rootes (UK)
8.    Pamela Poli (FR)  
12. Susan Simpson (UK) – you are here!

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5 comments:

  1. Very Pretty - I haven't seen the snow not puffed - love it! -M

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  2. As a lover of all things pinecones, you rocked it girl! The texture of the snow on them is wonderful! Thanks for sharing and I am incredibly honored be a part of this group with you! =)

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  3. I love your card and alle the details! Thanks for showing us how you build the card. That was really interesting!

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  4. Ooooh! This is stunning and the way it builds over the pictures is fabulous. I'm sure your Aunty Doreen will treasure your card for years to come. Thanks for sharing x

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  5. Loving your card Susan such a great colour combo and loving the non puffed snow. I am sure your Aunty Doreen will love it and if she doesn't you can send it to me ......with added glitter of course x

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