Thursday, 10 September 2015

Oyster Blog Hop Sept 2015

Well this is the final Day of the Oyster Stamp Blog Hop. Congratulations if you have made it to the end. If you have left a comment on all the blogs  (including mine please) then you will be entered into a prize draw from Oyster stamps.

If you wish to join in and have not seen the other blogs then go to Neets Blog  /  leave a comment and follow the links to all the other blogs.

Good luck to everyone in the draw.

Well here is a picture of my project incorporating a stamp from the heartfelt poinsetia range and the distressed holiday collage die from Memory box.

I thought the best way to show how I made it was to take photos along the way. A picture is worth a thousand words and this blog is long enough!  

First thing was to make the box. For this I used thick card taken from the back of writing pads. 

I cut 5 pieces for the box,
4 pieces  53/4 inches x 4 inches for the sides
1 piece   4 inches x 4 inches for the base
5 pieces for the Lid
1 piece 41/8  inch x 41/8 inch
4 pieces 41/8 inch x  3/4 inch.
I then covered these using the 6" x 6" papers from the Amy Design Brocante Christmas pad. I used the papers to form hinges.

I covered the base first by placing the 4x4 card in the centre then placing the sides around, making sure I left space for the paper to act as a hinge hinge. I cut the paper in each corner and stuck to the inside

I then covered the sides

I then repeated the process with the lid, but joining the corners.

I then made the acetate embellishments by stamping the image from Sparkling poinsettia Swirl on to acetate with black stazon ink.

I flooded each area with clear art institute glue and covered with the glitter and left to dry overnight.

When dry these were attached to the outside of the box and lid using Pinflair 3d glue. I cut out and layered more of the poinsettia to give a little dimension. Stamp and Emboss a tag using Honey Doo        stamp and add to the lid

I made three identical panels for the inside of the box by cutting the memory box distressed holiday collage from top left and bottom right of pearlescent paper cut to size. I then part stamped the  heartfelt Sparkling poinsettia Swirl  with versamark embossing ink in top right and bottom left corner of the panel then and embossed with wow silver embossing powder. To apply ink to part of the stamp I cover the part not needed wih a piece of copy paper.

I then matted and layered on to silver card. I then used same technique as above to make flowers and added them to the centre of each panel. I made greeting tags for each panel using Honey Doo stamp Seasons Greeting stamps.
For the back panel I stamped and Embossed the Penny Black Snowy Hamlet stamp, then matted and layered on to silver card. 

I then cut out brackets using the Distressed Holliday Collage die. I cut around the edges leaving tags to stick to them to the box. I stuck the tags to the back and base of the box as shown (sorry no original photos so example used) to prevent it falling back. I then placed the side and back panels in place to cover the  tags.

The Chapel was made from the Spellbinders Guilded life Beacon Street Life Chapel. I cut out the components using the die then I used double sided glue sheets to apply Glitter to all of the roof parts. I joined the pieces together to form the chapel and placed some coloured velum inside the windows to give a stained glass effect. I placed this on to the coaster on the front side only to allow a flameless tea light to be placed inside.

I then used viva glitter-paste to add a snowy effect to the coaster. leave overnight to set then this can be glued to the inside of the box.

Your box is now complete.

Everything I used is available from Oyster Stamps

I do hope you have enjoyed taking part in the Oyster stamp Blog hop. The winners of the prizes will be published on each of the blogs in due course.

Good look and thank you for taking the time to look through all of the blogs. I think you will agree we have some very talented designers on the Oyster Design Team.

Take Care


Complete list for blog hop if you missed any

Neet Saturday 29th August
Pam Sunday 30th August
Martine Monday 31st August (  YOU ARE HERE)
Hellen Tuesday 1st September
Margot Wednesday 2nd September
Andy Thursday 3rd September
Eileen Friday 4th September
Marianne Saturday 5th September
Kerry Sunday 6th September
Barbara Monday 7th September
Theresa Tuesday 8th September
Zoe Wednesday 9th September
Janet Thursday 10th September


  1. WOW! What a stunning project to finish off a great blog hop! Thank you for the detailed instructions. xx

  2. Stunning project Janet! what a finish to the blog hop!!!
    Great tutorial.
    Hugs Pam x

  3. Wow that's amazing and a stunning finish to a most enjoyable blog hop. I've been very impressed by the many varied and beautiful ways that the stamps and dies have been used. Thank you for sharing today, Janet and thank you everyone on the team for taking part and sharing your projects and techniques. Hugs Jeanette xxx

  4. Wow as they say ,leave the best to last .
    Great work and fab tutorial Janet.
    Martine xxxx

  5. Wow! These are amazing projects Janet, stunning xx Zoe xx

  6. Wow wow wow, what a beautiful little church. That is stunning and a great tutorial as well, ur other cards are beautiful as well, just love the poinsettia flowers xx

  7. Beautiful and a brilliant tutorial, thank you xxx

  8. Fantastic project and great step by step instructions - thanks, Susan x

  9. WOW - this really is beautiful - you make it sound so easy in your instructions - but I doubt I'd ever be able to put something like this together - though this does make me want to have a go - I don't always follow blog hops but I am so glad I followed this one - I've seen some amazing work - and will be revisiting so many of these blogs - now that I've found them. Thank you to all of the bloggers involved for sharing your talents!

  10. Hi jan, saved the best tell last, lovevthe church, seen it in real life, a masterpiece. Hugs, june smith xxx

  11. Hi, love that church, its so good, all your projects are lovely and so nice to have lots of photos of step by steps.x

  12. Ànother beautiful project useing the stamps and dies in this bloghop well done Janet xx

  13. Beautiful Janet and what an fabulous end ..... Loved your little Church very much.... Marianne xxx.

  14. Hi Janet, This is absolutely stunning, stunning, stunning. I love the piccies of all your creations here, and the Chapel is absolutely stunning.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  15. A lovely project Janet and great to have instructions too. Kx

  16. Wow Janet this is absolutely amazing work. What a wonderful project and I really enjoyed seeing your photos of the process. Barbxx