Into The Woods With The Pootler’s Blog Hop

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A big thank you to everyone for joining us on this exciting Pootles Blog Hop. We are showcasing some lovely new products from the Stampin’ Up! Autumn/Winter Catalogue. I don’t know about you but as this goes live I can’t wait to see what everyone has created. I know there will be some great projects as there are some amazing new products to work with.

I hope you enjoy my project and I’d love to welcome you back very soon, but in the meantime please keep on hopping by using the buttons at the end of this post.

Some Lighthearted Leaves go Into The Woods


There are some great products to choose from in the Autumn/Winter Catalogue, but when I was invited to be a part of this blog hop I was both excited and nervous. Excited because I had already worked with some of the wonderful products, but nervous because I didn’t actually have a blog at the time. Well there’s a story behind how I eventually got here, but that’s for another day. For now I will concentrate on this post and ask you to bear with me and my novice blogging and I promise you some good things to come.

I decided on this project as I had quite a few products from the new catalogue, but hadn’t as yet used the Light Hearted Leaves or the Into The Woods DSP. We had a deadline of September 13th to get a picture of our project to Hannah who was doing the organising. So I had to come up with something, and quick. I had two criteria. Firstly to make something simple that would show off the products well and secondly to make it easy to reproduce. I hope I have acheived both. I know these bags and cards are crafting staples that anyone can reproduce, but I hope you enjoy my interpretation and feel inspired to have a go at making them yourself. I will be making an instructional video for this project, so please come back to watch that if you’re interested.


I have a complete product list below, but I will take you through my process with some lovely pictures to reference.

I used the Into The Woods DSP for the bag and the main mat on the card box. Although the background on the DSP is whisper white I used Very Vanilla Card Stock for all my stamping I prefer it’s softness. I also used Very Vanilla for the box that holds the cards and some Mossy Meadow card stock to make the border around the Very Vanilla on the bag. I was intending to do a colour wash as a background for the stamped leaf, but I love the Work Of Art stamp set so much that I just couldn’t resist it. I think it was the right choice. I then used the Stampin’ Gold Embossing Powder to stamp the beautiful Emily Bronte quote from the Light Hearted Leaves stamp set over the Work Of Art stamp. I wanted to stamp the leaves over the embossing as you can then clean the ink off of the embossing and it gives a clearer embossed image because there are no strong colours below. This doesnt really apply if you are using dark embossing powders, but I would always recommend it for anything light. I sponged the edges of the Very Vanilla card with my favourite go to ink for distressing – Soft Suede.

I had already made the leaves for my bag by sponging Very Vanilla card stock with greens, reds and a touch of yellow (full list of ink pads below) and then cutting them out using the smallest of the Leaflet Framelits. The veins are created by careful scoring, folding and sponging. I think they are the perfect autuminal colours, so to keep the continuity I used the same colours  to stamp the leaves on my cards. I did intend to use one of the acorns from the Into The Woods Elements on the leaves, but I made a mistake on my order and they didn’t arrive. Oh well at least I have my faithful old string to hide their nakedness. I think it looks rather fetching.

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I made the bag using the Gift Bag Punch Board but you could make it without. Me personally, I use that board as much as I can…..I love it. The finished bag measures 7.5 x 5 x 14cm (3″ x 2″ x 5 1/2″) and has a handy closure that I have been wanting to try and make for a while. Can you guess what it is? I am really pleased with how it turned out and I would love to show you what it is, but alas I can’t, as I’m saving the reveal for the instructional video that I will be filming for this project. I’m a tease I know…

IMG_3048 (2)Now we all know that you can’t give a gift without a card. So why not give a box of cards. It’s a gift that keeps on giving.

These are 7.5 x 7.5cm (3″ x 3″) note cards and have no sentiment inside which means they are super versatile.

IMG_3049 (2)I have used regular string to tie them with (it really is a favourite of mine), but you could use anything. You could of course leave them free, but personally I like to make them work for their gift. The more things to unravel or untie the better me thinks.

IMG_3052 (2)I have included a few different designs around the same theme to show what can be done with these few products. You could make a set of just one design or a mixture as below. I settled on greens, reds and a yellow which were in keeping with my autumn theme, but you could use any combination of colours and designer paper. What would you choose? You could also take this design and put it on a larger card base and it would look good. I think I would add another slightly larger mat behind the existing one to keep it in proportion. I will have to try that and update it on here.

IMG_3056 (2)So how did I do? I hope you have enjoyed being a part of my first ‘ever’ Blog Hop. I have just started this blog, so I don’t have many post at present and the site needs some work, but I have nine months worth of Stampin’ Up! projects to show, so I would love it if you would come back often and see how I am getting on. You can subscribe to get notified of any new posts or videos. How presumptious of me I know, but when in Rome and all that…

This is all very exciting and I hope I haven’t gone on too long. I have to say bye for now and send you forwards on your journey to visit the lovely Lea at The Crafty Spark. Just click on the next icon below and Enjoy!


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