Hetty, who is the list mum for the Enjoy Michael Strong Stamp group, recently posted this message:

On September 28 this group will be 6 years old.

I cannot believe how time flies and so many of you participated all these years.
To celebrate our 6th anniversary I want to do a blog hop with those of you who have a blog.
I will have 2 stamps to give away: 1 for the blog I like best, and 1 for a visitor who leaves a comment to all the blogs.
Please share on your blog the following:
  • what was your first stamp that you bought from the Michael Strong stamps – mine was the Cloisonné Circle
  • and do you still have a picture of that card? – I do, it’s shown below (well, it’s actually three cards made for a blog hop, see this post)
  • and make a new card or other project with it on your blog – see below 🙂

Up until the 22nd of this month I had no intention – well, I thought I didn’t have the time – to join in but then I signed-up for it and went to my craft room and made 2 cards, both are shown below.

Hopefully you arrived here from Lori‘s, once you’ve commented here (for a chance to win a prize) then please hop along to Jill’s if you get lost along the way pop back to Hetty‘s  for the full list of players.


It’s approaching Christmas so any cards I’m encouraged to make for a challenge/blog hop etc. are going to be Christmas cards and will go into my stash.

The first job was choosing the paper I wanted to stamp on, I had a remnant of some double-sided scrapbook paper which I loved and thought the image would show nicely on the dotty side. I have the Spellbinder circle dies and one of them is perfect for the size of this stamp so I cut 3 circles out and then stamped using Verafine Green Onyx ink. These I folded in half and then glued back-to-back to form a half-bauble. I had decided to use a strip of the paper (the other, stripy, side) across the card so had to then choose what colour of base card to use. I was torn between red (discounted immediately), green and kraft – kraft won out although it was then almost totally covered by the layers!

Click on the photos below to see the descriptions:

All 3 cards

All 3 cards

This is the double-sided paper I chose

Choosing paper

This die is just about perfectly sized


I tried using the stamp-positioner but still didn't get it quite right


They're not perfect but will do nicely


Folded in half ready for glueing




The kraft picks up one of the stripes, but then I covered it all with another piece of the dotty!


This is some xmas wrapping paper which is great for layering, I used the Swiss Dots embossing folder

Wrapping paper

Glued the strip of stripe onto the dots


Love my Perfect Layer tools


Layered it all onto black and then more gold


I die-cut snowflakes from gold card and holographic silver


Added some bling for a 'hanger', the holographic snowflakes really catch the flash nicely


Pop Up

I apologise in advance for the photography – I really should let my hubby take the photos.  😉  This time I stamped the Cloisonné Circle onto some pale cream pearlescent card using versamark ink and embossed it with a pearlescent green powder. I swirled a green distress ink over the top and then wiped the excess ink off the embossed parts – it’s very pretty in real life.

I cut out the pop-up using a Sizzix die and silver card and then lined it with the green spotty paper. I wasn’t quite happy with the way it looked so I embossed the whole thing to add some texture. The ‘bauble’ was then glued to the centre with a bit of ribbon.

Outside, I used the same silver card and embossed that too, die-cut a Spellbinder Xmas Tree and glued it on, that’s it!

Stamped circle

Stamped circle



This shows a slightly closer view


The textured silver card and the tree (which is actually green but doesn't really show!)


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