10 favourite things…. Contempo Christmas and the Ornament punch

by adele on September 22, 2010

I suspect that the gorgeous new ‘Contempo Christmas’ stamp set and its coordinating ornament punch made it onto many of your wishlists. And I must say, this one’s a no-brainer! Anything that comes with a coordinating punch, triples its must-have value in my books.

I made the little flip open gift tag (top left) by folding over my Very Vanilla cardstock. When I slide it into my ornament punch I positioned the fold of my cardstock at but not beyond the top so that when I punched it out, the fold was intact. I wouldn’t recommend it with anything thicker but it punches through two layers of Whisper White or Very Vanilla with no trouble at all.

The little 3-dimensional bauble (top right) was made using five stamped and punched shapes, folded in half and then stuck edge to edge with a length of crochet thread along the middle. (I’m going to use this in a card project that I’ll show you tomorrow.)

And how sparkly are the Stampin’ Up self-adhesive rhinestones! I know there are cheaper ones out there but truly, you get what you pay for and if you’re doing a special project, particularly if you’ve spent a squillion hours on a scrapbook page, then you’re going to want to use these babies! If it’s worth blinging up, make it good bling.

And here’s a super simple Christmas card!

I’ve used the ‘noel’ sentiment from ‘Many Merry Messages’, the snowflake from the set ‘Snow Swirled’ and the bauble and sentiment from ‘Contempo Christmas’. (If you don’t have the Many Merry Messages stamp set you could improvise by getting the Early Espresso marker and doing it be hand.) 

The cardstock is actually River Rock (although it looks more like Sahara Sand in the photo) and the inks are Early Espresso, Poppy Parade and Sahara Sand (only because I don’t have River Rock ink yet, otherwise I would have used that). I’ve punched out the bauble shape with my ornament punch and popped it up on dimensionals. Seriously, this card took all of 2 minutes!

And how easy would it be to make gorgeous handstamped Christmas wrapping paper this year! All you need is a roll of white or kraft paper and stamp away! Great job for the kids (if you can trust them with your stuff!).

The Contempo Christmas set contains four stamps and is very reasonably priced – just $26.95 for wood and $21.95 for the clear-mount set! The ornament punch is $33.95 so together that’s not a lot to pay considering it’ll take care of your Christmas cards, gift tags, Christmas wrapping paper and some Christmas decorations in one fell swoop! So if you want to take care of your Christmas business, send your order through and I get it processed.



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Christine H September 22, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Loving your cards and loving your enthusiasm, Adele! Looking forward to seeing what’s next on your list. And I agree…I love the ornament punch too :) Chuckled re your rhubarb comment on my blog…can’t imagine eating it raw!

Philippa Petty October 1, 2010 at 1:34 pm

These are great Adele. love the inspiration.

Laura Pinto-Nguyen October 12, 2010 at 10:45 am

Very clever and beautiful card!!!

Michele October 17, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Hey Adele, I just love love your Christmas cards -Beautiful :)

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