Art With Heart Blog Hop Favourite New Bundle

Art With Heart Blog Hop Favourite New Bundle

 

 

Today the Art with Heart Team girls are showing you their favourite bundles from the 2017 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue. Bundles make creating a breeze, because of the perfect coordination. It’s a bonus that you get 10% off by bundling the products together too. There are 24 bundles in the new catalogue so ask us about them, or for a catalogue today!

Label Me Pretty Bundle

I must admit, choosing just one bundle from the new catalogue was actually quite tricky, but something about the Label Me Pretty Bundle just kept drawing me back.

I think what attracted me to this bundle is that it features a punch, rather than dies, so it’s portable, quick and easy to use, and customers without a big shot can create cards with this bundle too.

Once I started using this bundle I just went a little beserk, as you can see below.

My favourite design came quite by accident when I was trying to make a wreath with this stamp (see photo on right) but it turned out to be a perfect frame for the thank you stamp in this set.

So instead I decided to make a set of 6 little gift cards that fit in the little wooden crate that I made with the new wood crate framelits and the Wood Textures DSP.

These cards feature the 5 new in colours and the co-ordinating 2017-2018 In Colour Bitty bows. I was so excited to discover these felt bows have their very own Stampin dimensional already attached to their back, making adhering them to cards super easy.

This Christmas card was one I made for an earlier blog this week, but because it uses this punch I decided to include it this blog as well to show just how versatile this punch is.

For this birthday card below I used my watercolour pencils to colour in the stamp, and I also used some of the ribbons, papers and embellishments from the new Annual Catalogue.

To make the blue background piece behind the pretty label punch I simply punched out 2 blue labels in Pacific point, cut each one into 4 and discarded the pieces I didn’t need. The photos below show you how to do this.

My ‘thank you for caring’ card uses the thank you stamp from this set, the new faceted gems and some new ribbon laid over a strip of gold foil paper. I punched out the label shape from the middle of the crumb cake card and then inserted a piece of whisper white cardstock into crumb cake card.

This photo shows how I quickly and easily made 3 very different looking cards from the one versatile bundle. I had so much fun with this bundle and I just love how this punch not only has a stamp set to match, but it also works with so many different sentiments from many other stamp sets, such as the sentiment I’ve used from Christmas Pines on my Christmas card.

Next up on our blog hop is the incredibly talented Andrea Roberts. I can’t wait to see what she’s created!

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

Thanks for stopping by.

I hope you has as much fun reading my blog as I had creating it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Art With Heart the Heart of Christmas Week 4

Art With Heart the Heart of Christmas Week 4

 

Today I am participating in a new weekly blog along with some of the super talented ladies in the Art With Heart Team.

Every Wednesday morning we will be posting some Christmas card inspiration using products from the new 2017/2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue, as well as from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue (available in September).

“Crumb Cake Reindeer” Card

Okay, I’ll admit it.

I seem to be incapable at the moment of making a card without one of these elements:

  • crumb cake,
  • linen thread,
  • burlap,
  • stitched framelit dies, and
  • the new facetted gems.

And now I have one more ‘must include’ to add to this list…the amazing new burlap background stamp.

I just love how it gives my card such texture without adding weight or thickness, which is very important with Christmas cards that will be sent out in the post.

My crumb cake reindeer card ended up looking very different to the card I thought I was going to make.

Originally I intended to put one of the divine little Boxwood wreaths around the reindeer’s neck but they were just too big. So instead I CASED the annual catty’s photo staging (see page 112) and put the wreath around the necks of some porcelain reindeer I found for a couple of dollars at my local op shop…I just adore these reindeer and you’ll being seeing a lot more of these elegant fellows in my upcoming Christmas card blogs.

The gorgeous sentiment is from a new set called Merry Mistletoe and I can see myself using this one a lot too.

This card would work with so many other colour combinations and it really is quick and easy to make, ideal for when you need to mass produce.

Live in Australia?

Listed below are all the supplies I used to make my card.  If you click on one of the images, you will be taken to my online store, where you can buy the products for yourself.

You can go back to Claire’s blog to find the links to the other team members who are participating this week.

Thanks for stopping bye,

Cathy
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Eastern Palace Bundle

Eastern Palace Bundle

Today I wanted to share with you three cards I made with the new Eastern Beauty Bundle. I really challenged myself with these cards because Whisper White or Crumb Cake are my default base colours and I don’t usually feel as comfortable with Very Vanilla, however I really love these colour combinations. And the new Very Vanilla notecards make card making quick and easy because there’s no pre-cutting of card stock required by you.

This first card combines 2 of the new in colours: Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist and I’ve used some of the smaller stamps from the Eastern Beauty stamp set to create the diagonal pattern. The beautiful Eastern Palace Specially DSP is used on the front of the card as well as to make the matching envelope.

My second card teams up Lemon Lime Twist with Dapper Denim. It’s amazing how beautiful Lemon Lime Twist looks with so many other colours. It is such a vibrant colour but it actually works like a neutral, combining easily with such a wide range of colours.

Even though I’m more of a silver girl than a gold girl, I think this card is my favourite of the 3 cards. These Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers and the stunning Gold DSP really pop on this card and gold and purple as such an elegant and timeless colour combination!

Even though I’ve use the matching DSP for these cards, the Eastern Beauty Bundle would work equally well using many other DSPs and ink colours. In fact, as soon as I get my hands on my new DSP this week I am going to try this design with the Foil Frenzy DSP and the matching inks.

What DSP would you use if you were gong to CASE this design and give it a fresh new look?

If you’d like to order any of the products I’ve used for this card, you’ll find the links below.

Happy crafting!

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Art With Heart the Heart of Christmas

Art With Heart the Heart of Christmas

 

Today I am participating in a new weekly blog along with some of the super talented ladies in the Art With Heart Team.

Every Wednesday morning we will be posting some Christmas card inspiration using products from the new 2017/2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue, as well as from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue (available in September).

“May Your Christmas Sparkle” Card

Because it’s winter here I decided to make a Christmas card that made me feel warm and cosy. I began this card with some smoky slate card stock that I embossed with the Cable Knit Dynamic embossing folder.

I just love grey, silver and white together so I used my Pretty Pines thinlits to cut whisper white and silver foil card stock. I wrapped the embossed card stock with some of the new 1/8″ silver and white ribbon–don’t you just adore this ribbon?

Pretty Label Punch, Faceted Gems & Touches of Nature Elements

Three new products that I’ve used here and are so incredibly versatile are the pretty label punch, the touches of nature elements and the faceted gems.

The pretty label punch comes with a matching stamp set (Label Me Pretty) but so many other sentiments from different stamp sets also fit perfectly into it.

This sentiment is from the Christmas Pines stamp set–it is the perfect sentiment for these sparkling faceted gem embellishments!

And the touches of nature elements can be used with either the wood side or the white side (that you can colour with your markers) up–I used the white side for this card.

This card would work in so many different colours and would look equally as beautiful with the gold faceted gems and gold ribbon.

You can go back to Claire’s blog to find the links to the other team members who are participating this week.

Thanks for stopping bye,

Cathy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art With Heart the Heart of Christmas

Art With Heart the Heart of Christmas

 

Today I am participating in a new weekly blog hop along with some of the super talented ladies in the Art With Heart Team.

Every Wednesday morning we will be posting some Christmas card inspiration using products from the new 2017/2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue, as well as from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue (available in September).

Holly Berry Happiness Wreath Card

This card was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest which used the (now retired) Wondrous Wreath bundle. I just loved the colours and the design so I thought I would C.A.S.E. it using the Holy Berry Happiness stamp set instead.

I made the wreath by firstly drawing a circle on very vanilla cardstock. I bent the photopolymer holly stamp slightly and then stamped it in Sahara sand several times around the circle so it formed a wreath.

Then I stamped the matching berry stamp in real red and wrapped the stamped image with linen thread.

The sentiment (stamped in real red) is part of a sentiment from the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set, which I then punched out with the classic label punch.

 

Finally, I used a sponge dauber to add some Sahara sand to the edges, mounted it onto some real red cardstock and then onto a very vanilla notecard.

Matching envelope

To complete this card I simply stamped on the back of the very vanilla envelope with other stamps from the same Holly Berry Happiness card.

I love the simplicity of this card–you don’t need fancy equipment to create something quite timeless.

 

 

 

 

You can go back to Claire’s blog to find the links to the other team members who are participating this week.

And I know it might seem a little early for Christmas cards, but just remember there are only 28 weeks to go!

Thanks for stopping bye,

Cathy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art With Heart 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue Sneak Peek

Art With Heart 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue Sneak Peek

 

Tonight I am participating in a blog hop along with the super talented ladies in the Art With Heart Team. We thought it would be fun to share some fabulous ideas to inspire you from our brand new 2017-2018 annual catalogue, which is available 1st June.

Be sure to request your copy of the catalogue today!

A Sneak Peek at the “In the City” Host Stamp Set

When I first received my copy of the 2017-2018 catalogue I immediately began to mark up my wishlist, however there are so many beautiful things in there it would have actually been quicker to mark up the list of things I didn’t want!

As a demonstrator I not only get a copy of the annual catalogue a month before it is released to the public, but I also get to order in advance from a selected list of products and I was beside myself with excitement when I discovered that the new “In the City” stamp set was available for pre-order.

I am totally in love with this set because:

  • It is perfect for so many occasions (birthday, new home, new baby, wedding & welcome cards)
  • The stamps work for both single or two-step stamping (which I adore)
  • It works with any of the Stampin’ Up ink colours on any of the cardstock
  • The stamps are equally perfect for beginner or advanced stampers
  • It is a great set for male and boy cards

This stamp set is just so versatile…and it contains 60 stamps!

D.I.Y. Plane Slider Card Using Everyday Jars Framelits & Stampin’ Dimensionals

Deciding how to use this set was tricky at first because there is just so much you can do with it!

For my first card I began by stamping a city skyline and I knew I wanted to stamp my little plane flying high in the sky over the buildings. 

But then I thought to myself, “How cool would it be to actually make the plane fly?”

Unfortunately, I’d never made a slider card before and the instructions I’d seen for these cards involved using coins that were much larger than this little plane.

I had to come up with another way to make it work…and I was so excited when I finally worked out how to do it.

Want to see my little red plane fly?

I decided to see if I had any dies that would work as the channel for the slider card and I realised that one of the stems from Everyday Jars framelits would be the perfect size for the job.

After die cutting the channel I then hand cut a small section of a Stampin dimensional to fit inside the channel. I adhered the fussy cut plane to the front of the Stampin dimensional and then attached a piece of black cardstock at the back to become the pull mechanism that “flys” my tiny plane.

The “grass” is made using a firework stamp in the stamp set. Don’t you love the detail in this set?

If you look closely at the cake shop stamp below you can even see the tiny little cakes in the shop window!

D.I.Y. Truck Slider Card Using Everyday Jars Framelits & Stampin’ Dimensionals

I had so much fun making my happy birthday plane card I decided to make another slider card, this time using a truck that also moves.

Here’s a 7 second video showing the truck delivering something special for someone’s special birthday.

This time I stamped a more rural setting using the tree stamps again and the firework stamp as a grass. I used the pebble stamp to make the road and the cloud stamp became smoke coming out of the little red house’s chimney.

The sentiment shape is a new punch called the Pretty Label Punch. It comes with a matching stamp set of its own but also works perfectly with so many other sentiments from different stamp sets. Another incredibly versatile tool I just know I’m going to get so much use out of.

I used a combination of sentiments from the In the City stamp set to create the perfect sentiment to suit my little fussy cut blue delivery truck delivering birthday wishes…and hopefully a present as well.

The same Everyday Jars framelit was used to make the sliding channel but I cut it horizontally this time so the truck could drive along the road to the house. This photo below shows the framelit I used–it is actually a stem!

Get More Out of Your Craft Supplies

Have you ever tried to make a slider card using framelits and Stampin Dimensionals?

This was my first attempt and I’m thrilled with the result. I always enjoy discovering another use for a product I already have and I just can’t wait to play with this set more!

Next up on our blog hop is the incredibly talented Rebecca Jacovou. I can’t wait to see what she’s created!

 

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

1. Tina Gillespie
2. Ros Davidson
3. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
4. Kate Morgan
5. Andrea Roberts
6. Rachel Palmieri
7. Alisha Watson
8. Kimberly Hern
9. Monika O’Neill
10. Claire Daly
11. Sharon Davern
12. Rachel Woollard
13. Caroline Manwaring
14. Judy May
15. Catherine Proctor
16. Rebecca Jacovou

Thanks for stopping by.

I hope you has as much fun reading my blog as I had creating it.

If you’d like a copy of the new 2017-18 catalogue contact me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The importance of writing letters and cards

The importance of writing letters and cards

Last week I was delighted to finally meet in person someone I’ve admired from a distance for a great for many years…our former Governor General, the Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO.

Quite unexpectedly, I found myself sitting next to Dame Quentin at a literary lunch to launch her new book, Dear Quentin, and I’m happy to report she was even more inspiring in person. As much as I would have loved to take a selfie with her, it really wasn’t the done thing, so a photo of her signing my copy of her book will have to surfice.

Over two hours we chatted about so many of the important and interesting issues she is passionate about, but the main thing that I took away from our conversation was a reinforcement of the importance of writing and sending cards and letters.

I must admit I am really shocking at sending cards and letters. I love to make cards but often forget to send them in time or only realise it’s someone’s birthday when Facebook tells me so!

Meeting Dame Quentin in person has inspired me to lift my game…after all if she managed to write and send over 50 letters a week while holding down one of the most important jobs in the country, I really should remember to send birthday and Christmas cards!

 

When I decided to scrapbook this occassion I immediately knew which product I had to use…the gorgeous little envelopes framelits in the Love Notes Framelits Dies, (on sale now) and part of the Sealed with Love Bundle. These are both retiring on 31 May.

The sentiment I used for this page fits the occasion perfectly and is another retiring product, the Endless Thanks stamp set. There really couldn’t be a more fitting sentiment for the former GG then “Thank you for your service”.

Another product that was just perfect for this page is the pretty label punch (it will be available to order from 1st June) in the new annual catalogue. I cut it in half and used it either side of the menu, then stamped it with a beautiful stamp from the retiring Sealed with Love stamp set (on sale now) and also in the retiring  Sealed with Love Bundle.  I love how they look like they were made to go together!

I hope you’re feeling as inspired as I am to write more letters and cards.

Until next time, happy crafting!

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Art With Heart Blog Hop Retiring List

Art With Heart Blog Hop Retiring List

Today I am participating in a blog hop along with the super talented ladies in the Art With Heart Team. We thought it would be fun to share some projects using our favourite retiring products from both the 2016-2017 annual and 2017 occasions catalogues!

Select retiring products have discounts of up to 50% off but are only available until sold out. Be sure to place orders before the sun sets on these items on 31 May. You don’t want to miss out – ask me how!

Such an incredibly versatile product

My beautiful sister-in-law recently turned 50 and instead of a party she decided to take a well-deserved holiday to Thailand. So when we finally caught up over the Easter break it was the first time I’d seen her since her birthday and I wanted to make her something personal to mark the occasion.

For this scrapbooked wall art I used several of my all-time favourite retiring products. Botanical Builder Framelits are the most versatile Stampin’ Up! product I have ever used. It is actually impossible to make a bad card with this set! If you don’t already own them, now’s your last chance to buy them…and they’re on special! They work with any colour card stock and are just so incredibly beautiful, easy to use and versatile.

 

I’ve used the matching  Botanical Blooms polymer stamp set (also so versatile and on sale) and my favourite retiring in-colour: Tip Top Taupe.

This is such a great neutral…don’t you love it here with the whisper white and tip top taupe ink stamped on it?

The lovely blue ink is Marina Mist – I’ve only recently purchased this colour and it’s truely love at first sight.

Other gorgeous retiring products I’ve used here are the Love & Affection stamp set (stamped in Tip Top Taupe) and the 2016-2018 In Colour Enamel Shapes (in Dapper Denim).

For the matching card and envelope I used the retiring Crumb Cake Note Cards & Envelopes stamped with stamps from the retiring Love & Affection stamp set (another favourite!) in retiring Tip Top Taupe and the ever lovely Whisper White. I embellished the little flower stamp with the retiring Gold Glitz Dazzling Details.

Luckily the linen thread and the sentiment (on the wall art and on the card) from Beautiful You are not retiring. Boy am I going to miss all these retiring products!

 

Now it’s time to see what the talented Ros Davidson has made.

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

 

 

1. Catherine Proctor – you are here
2. Ros Davidson
3. Tina Gillespie
4. Monika O’Neill
5. Rebecca Jacovou
6. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
7. Rachel Palmieri
8. Kate Morgan
9. Judy May
10. Rachel Woollard
11. Claire Daly
12. Andrea Roberts

Thanks for stopping by!

Art With Heart Easter Blog Hop

Art With Heart Easter Blog Hop

 

 

 

Today I am participating in a blog hop along with the super talented ladies in the Art With Heart Team.

We thought it would be fun to share some Easter projects, seeing as Easter is only about 3 weeks away!

Saleabration is a great time to join or place a $90 order to get extra free items – ask me how!

Blog Hops are full circles, so you can start hopping here and then at the end of each post is a link to the next one. There is also a list of participants at the end in case of any broken links. Now let’s get started!

‘Punch and Framelit Art’ Easter Bunny

The Stitched Shape Framelits are one of the most versatile products I have ever bought from Stampin’ Up!

I love how the set includes 4 different sizes of 3 different shapes and they work with so many sentiments, stamp sets…and even on their own.

But (until now) I’d never thought of using them in punch art.

Sweet Sugarplum Stitched Rabbit

For my first Easter card I decided to give my rabbit Sweet Sugarplum ears to match the beautiful background paper from the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper.

Can you guess which punch I used for her ears?

I’ll give you a hint…I also used the same punch to make her crunchy carrot.

Believe it or not, it’s the Festive Flower Builder punch!

Both the inside of her ears and the carrot were made out of the long, moustache shaped piece of the punch. For the ears, I cut that piece in half, and for the carrot I punched it in Calypso Coral cardstock and then simply folded it over.

The little green carrot top is made from the cross piece of that punch as well–I punched it out in Old Olive card stock and simply folded it in half on an angle.

Here’s a close-up to show you how I also curved her ears forward to add even more dimmension

Her body and ears are made from Tip Top Taupe card stock and her nose is cut from the Owl builder punch.

The eyes are stamped with another incredibly versatile set, Cookie-Cutter Christmas. When stamping the eyes I just made sure I only inked up the the eyes and not the nose, because I wanted to use the cute little heart piece from the Owl Builder punch for her nose.

And don’t you just love her whiskers, made with the Stamping’ Up! Linen Thread? 

Mint Macaron Stitched Rabbit

 

Well, I had so much fun making my sweet sugarplum rabbit I decided to make her a friend.

This time I used a different sheet of paper from the Succulent Garden Designer as the background paper and then dies and stamps from The Oh So Succulent Bundle to give him the appearance of hiding in the shrubbery.

He looks a little bit shy and a little bit cheeky, doesn’t he?

 

Mint Macaroon, Old Olive and Tip Top Taupe is one of my all-time favourite colour combinations.

For the sentiment on this card I used one of the free Salebration stamp sets, Any Occasion. It actually fits perfectly into the Duet Banner Punch, making for a quick and easy sentiment to finish the card off. 

Get More Out of Your Craft Supplies

Have you ever tried to use your framelits as punch art?

This was my first attempt and I’m thrilled with the result. I really enjoy discovering another use for what was already an incredibly useful and versatile set.

And as a sewer and quilter I just love how quickly and easily the Stitched Shapes Framelits add texture and give my cards that hand-stitched look.

Next up on our blog hop is the incredibly talented Ros Davidson. I can’t wait to see what she’s created!

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

1. Judy May
2. Catherine Proctor
3. Ros Davidson
4. Rebecca Jacovou
5. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
6. Claire Daly
7. Kate Morgan
8. Monika O’Neill
9. Tina Gillespie
10. Rachel Woollard

 

Thanks for stopping by.

I hope you has as much fun reading my blog as I had creating it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stamping’ Up! Beetles and Bugs Birthday Card

Stamping’ Up! Beetles and Bugs Birthday Card

Beetles and Bugs Birthday Card for Boys

Today I’m excited to bring you a blog hop with some of the awesome ladies in the Art With Heart Stampin’ Up! Team.

Today we focus on the kids in our lives, from birthday cards to party ideas.

Sale-a-bration continues and this week we have three new additional items you can earn for free with a $90 order – ask me how!

 

 

 

 

As soon as I received my Occasions catalogue I knew I was just going to have to have the Beetles and Bugs stamp set. It instantly evoked memories of coming to the big smoke (i.e. Sydney) as a child and going to the Australian Museum with my parents when we put on our Sunday best and caught the train into the city.

 

As a child from the country, Sydney was total sensory overload!

We’d have lunch in a smart coffee shop in the city, visit the David Jones Food Hall and we were allowed to chose just one thing from the Nut Shop in the Strand Arcade.

There was always something new and exciting to see in the Australian Museum, but my favourite part was the insect collection. I think I loved the wide wooden drawers the insects were stored in as much as the insects themselves!

My love affair with beetles and bugs has continued to this day…as long they’re not in my house!

 

 

 

Stamp Sets for Boys Can Be So Hard to Find!

…which is why I love this set so much!

As a mother to two boys I instantly knew this stamp set would be incredibly useful. It’s also very versatile because beetles and bugs come in so many different colours, which means you can use any Stampin’ Up! ink you like with this set.

When making this card I decided to try a colour I hadn’t used before – Peekaboo Peach – and I just love how well it co-ordinates with Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White and Basic Black. I’ll definitely be using Peekaboo Peach again.

I used the layering circle framelits with basic black card stock and window sheets to make my magnifying glass and I’m really pleased with how realistic it looks, however it’s hard to photograph the ‘glass’ in the centre of my magnifying glass. Here’s a close-up to give you a bit of a better look.

The sentiment is from the Number of Years stamp set and because it is a photopolymer stamp I was able to bend it to exactly fit around the curve of the magnifying glass. The tiny number 6 is from the incredibly useful and versatile Labeler Alphabet stamp set.

Little Boys Always Love a Surprise!

The Party Pop-up Thinlits die would have to be one of my all time favourite dies to add that ‘wow’ factor to all of my birthday cards.

Both my boys would have loved to receive this card when they were younger…in fact I’m sure that even as teenagers they would still secretly love it today!

I hope you enjoy the versatility and ‘boy friendliness’ of the Beetles and Bugs set as much as I do.

Thanks for stopping by!

Now it’s time to see what the incredibly talented Alisha Watson has created by clicking on the next blog hyperlink below.

 

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

 

 

  1. Rachel Palmieri
    2. Tina Gillespie
    3. Ros Davidson
    4. Rebecca Jacovou
    5. Claire Daly
    6. Catherine Proctor
    7. Alisha Watson
    8. Kim Dallinger
    9. Kate Morgan
    10. Rachel Woollard
    11. Monika O’Neill
    12. Tania Johnson