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Heart of Christmas - Lights Aglow

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Welcome back to the Heart of Christmas Blog Hop where a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from the Art With Heart team, in Australia, share our Christmas card creations with you weekly.


Everyone I know is really loving the beautiful Lights Aglow Specialty Designer Series Paper in the Lights Aglow product suite. I love it too, and since my cards have been featuring a lot of Designer Series Paper recently, I decided to just use the paper, along with the Brightest Glow stamp set to make a stack of quick cards.

Two of the designs in the paper are a collection of stars forming four frames, two square and two round, and the design is easy to cut into four separate 3"x 3" pieces with a frame in the centre of each piece. So I took one Cherry Cobbler sheet and one Soft Succulent sheet and cut them in quarters, giving me the start of eight cards.

#Card cutting hack :

Lights Aglow

Each frame image becomes a 3"x 3" square piece, either with a round or square frame image in gold stars. The inner square is 4.5cm x 4.5cm. On the image on the left you can see a 4.5cm square of Very Vanilla card comes right to the edge of the gold star frame. In the image on the right I have cut the Very Vanilla at 4.2cm and this leaves a lovely border of the plain Cherry Cobbler showing inside the gold star frame.

I used Cherry Cobbler and Evening Evergreen inks to stamp several of the smaller greeting stamps from Brightest Glow stamp set and cut some of these with the Layering Circles dies, and some of them I cut with the trimmer into 4.2cm squares. I cut the long narrow one using the Seasonal Labels Dies.

Lights Aglow Stampin' Up cards (2)

Lights Aglow Stampin' Up cards (1)

The base cards and greeting panels are Very Vanilla card stock and I have created layers with the lightest gold in the Brushed Metallic card, some scraps of Evening Evergreen card and a variety of other sheets from the Lights Aglow DSP.

Lights Aglow Stampin' Up cards (6)

I have added a touch of luxury with some Gold Shimmer Ribbon, which is in our Annual Catalogue - it has such a beautiful sheen and matches perfectly with the Brushed Metallic Card.

Lights Aglow Stampin' Up cards (4)

Lights Aglow Stampin' Up cards (5)

Another favourite ribbon is the Gold & Vanilla Satin-Edged Ribbon in our July-December catalogue. I have actually misplaced mine, but for some reason this very similar one from a year or so ago was on my desk. Maybe I put the wrong one away - that wouldn't surprise me! Either ribbon would go perfectly!

Lights Aglow Stampin' Up cards (3)

These were super quick, simple cards to make, and with the designs in the Lights Aglow Designer Series Paper pack, you can easily whip up a stack of 16 Cherry Cobbler cards and 16 Soft Succulent cards. I made four of each colour this time around, and they were all unique, but very similar. I also used just a very small array of products to make these - you don't need stacks of supplies. The thumbnails of the products are at the bottom of this post, scroll down to see them!

Well, that's enough from me, I'd love you to see what the other Art With Heart creators have made. The next blog on the blog hop is the very talented and creative Andrea Sargent. Click on the next box to go to her blog!

Next Blog ButtonIf you find a broken link on the blog hop, please go to lovely Sharon's blog here where she has the full list of participants and their links.

Thanks for visting me! See you again soon, with inky fingers!

Kathryn Ruddick

(Mansfield VIC)


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Catherine Proctor

Kathryn, this is such a great idea to make a stack of Christmas cards. I love the way you've showcased this stunning DSP in different ways!


Gosh, that's an impressive production line you had going this week, Kathryn! You have showcased these glorious papers so beautifully. I especially like the "Joy" card with the Very Vanilla and gold snowflake patterned paper ... I forget to make that paper the star of the show. The gold shimmer ribbon does look beautiful with the Brushed Metallic Card; thanks for pointing it out! Lovely cards.

Caroline Manwaring

Wow Kathryn, amazing cards! Great tips and I love the addition of ribbon behind each sentiment - just beautiful!

Rosa Leyden

Kathryn your cards are all so elegant and showcase the different designs and colours of this DSP. Both the gold shimmer ribbon and the vanilla/gold are stunning additions.

Claire Daly

Love this pretty set of cards. Really effective!

Kate Morgan

Kathryn, there is nothing wrong with creating some quick and easy cards. These papers don't need much added, as they are so divine. I love what you've done with them too; the addition of the ribbon is all they need. Gorgeous cards!

Sharon Davern

What a great set of cards Kathryn, I love all the different versions and love how quick and easy they are! Nothing wrong with that! This paper is so gorgeous and makes such lovely cards! Love all your additions with the ribbon. Lovely set of cards!

Andrea Sargent

Beautiful cards Kathryn. I love your variations around a theme. The Lights Aglow SDSP is stunning and you have used it delightfully, making the most of the different shapes and colours and changing the ribbons and metallic papers. So gorgeous. Xxx

Michele Taylor

A simple but perfect way to showcase this beautiful DSP Kathryn while also creating a number of cards ready for the upcoming festive season. Your cards a just so lovely.

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