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Oh Joy

… yes that’s what I said when I heard that Pinkfresh Studio had released their new Christmas collection , co-incidentally called OH JOY !

It’s no secret that I love their designs so it seemed fitting that this would be my last post for the Hey Little Magpie design team – moving on to  a new challenge in my life but not before I’d got stuck into this gorgeous collection.

The bold design on this paper only requires a single photo or a small group as I’ve used here.




The embellishments in this collection include puffy stickers, clear acetate die cuts, foiled words, washi strips and gold mirror stickers – spoilt for choice, in my favourite Christmas colours, white, black, turquoise and red. The stamp set is so sweet – lots of Christmas phrases and images which tie in with the papers. A smattering of red sequins and some foam dot mounted trees complete the scene.








The 12″ x 12″ Gold Transparency Sheet has a delightful selection of cut-aparts on high quality acetate and at £1.99 I think it’s very good value especially as most embellishment packs cost much more than that these days. This sheet has 9 elements – a mixture of 4″ x 3″ , ideal for Project Life and 6″ x 4″ . I always have a collection of frames just waiting for something to go inside and this one ( from M&S incidentally in case you want to make this ) had a 3D mount inside which lent itself to a shadow box effect.




All I had to do was slip the photo in the back then layer a 6″ x 4″ acetate on top then add a few thicker sticker elements to the bottom right and top left corners for balance – it also enabled me to anchor the actual acetate without having to resort to ugly glue which you might see – always a problem with acetates.






This would make a lovely Christmas gift .




I’m a Christmas cracker addict . When they start hitting the shelves in October I can usually be found stalking the shopping aisles peering at the contents on the back of the pack. Having acquired a lifetime’s supply of shoe horns , miniature playing cards and those ghastly wire egg cups ( does anyone actually use those ? ) I usually resort to tipping out the contents and using my own gifts – these are crackers for scrappers – they’re filled with little packages of stash !




This time I bought some plain white cracker die cut blanks online ( wish someone would produce a die for these – hint hint ) and embellished them with Oh Joy. They’re way too nice to pull apart – but hey !




Makes sure you use extra strong adhesive – the first set I made unravelled !

And finally , it wouldn’t be Christmas without an Advent Calendar . The Advent Love patterned paper is all ready to cut apart.





All I had to do was adhere the numbered pieces onto small kraft white envelopes and layer up with a selection of stamped images and embellishments then fill with chocolate coins.











The entire collection can be found here – grab yours now whilst it’s still available – you won’t be disappointed…

Pinkfresh Studi0  – Oh Joy 

So … ‘Keep Scrapping’ …. and ‘Happy Christmas’ xxx





  1. Nat

    These are just lovely Claire! You rocked the Pink Fresh Studio once more! Love the crackers and the fact the advent pockets have made a return in this new collection. 🙂

  2. furrypig

    Clare you will be missed! Have loved seeing all your projects and hoping you will continue to share on your blog…by the way there are cut files available for crackers!

  3. Jo

    Well Claire you’re going out with a bang, pun intended! Love everything you’ve made, the crackers look amazing! I’m going to miss your gorgeous projects. All the best with your career, lots of love Jo x

  4. Jackie xxx

    love how you have used this collection, love the use of the advent paper. I will miss seeing your work, all the best for the future xxx

  5. SandraB

    I’m so impressed with all the different projects you have created here. A stunning layout, a beautiful gift, an advent and then those crackers! Everything is such a delight. Thank you for all the inspiring ideas you have shared with us while you’ve been on the design team. Best of luck with your future plans. x

  6. julie

    you truly rock Pinkfresh Studio collections. i just love how minimal your pages are & yet lots to look at at the same time. you’ll be missed from the team, all the best for your future plans xx