“Iced Gingerbread” Ornaments

“Iced Gingerbread” Ornaments

Welcome back to another week of “Heart of Christmas” inspiration from the Art With Heart team. I hope you’re enjoying reading our blog as much as we’re enjoying making these cards!

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I’m just loving all the products from the new holiday catalogue (contact me if you’d like a copy and I’ll post one out to you) and this week I decided to mix up some old and new products to make a box of iced gingerbread Christmas ornaments.

This packaging was so quick to make. I stamped the tag using crumb cake ink and the Merry Little Labels stamp set which I then punched out with its matching label punch. This new everyday label punch is so versatile and it has 2 new stamp sets that match it!

My ornaments are presented in a mini pizza box…so cute! They come in a pack of 8 and are food safe if you want to use them to package up edible gifts. You simply fold the precut and scored pizza box into shape and glue 2 of the bottom flaps. Then it’s all ready for you to pop your gifts inside. I wrapped mine up with burlap ribbon and 1/8 inch gold ribbon, then used some more of the ribbon to attach the gift tag.

Want to take a peek inside the box?

Using crumb cake paper, whisper white paper and ink, white embossing powder, my heat tool and various embellishments and ribbons I’ve made a set of Christmas tree ornaments that (hopefully) look like iced gingerbread ornaments for the tree.

I started by using the new quilt builder framelits and merry little quilt stamps to make the first 3 ornaments. Did you notice the silver ornament hanging from the middle one? Thats a new embellishment called mini ornaments and they also come in a pack of 8.

And I just love how the white embellishments on the star on the far right look like little blobs of royal icing on the gingerbread biscuit!

I then decided to use the cookie cutter punch and its matching stamp set to make another 3 iced gingerbread ornaments, this time using white bakers twine and linen thread to hang them from the tree.

I was having so much fun I also made a very quick and easy snowflake ornament by simply adhering and gold and a silver snowflake together and placing a gold and a clear facetted gem in the middle of each side. This time I used silver thread as the hanger.

If you wanted a last minute present you could make up a set of these snowflake ornaments and present them in one of the little pizza boxes…no stamping or die cutting required, just glue dots and a quick tie of the silver or gold thread and you’re done! I think I might make a set of these for my tree this year…they are so sparkly and beautiful!

Okay, I really, really tried to say no…but one of the naughty reindeers carried on a treat until I relented and said yes, you can be in the blog. I mean he already had the burlap ribbon tied around his neck, so what could I do?

And finally, here are all my little iced gingerbread ornaments lined up in a row!

I did attempt to take a picture of them all hanging on a tree outside but it was already way too dark, so here’s a closeup of just one of them on my very bare maple tree (it’s winter here in Australia).

To see what the rest of the team have made this week, visit Claire’s blog here.

I’ll be back with more Christmas card inspiration next week.

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“Joy to the World” Christmas Card

“Joy to the World” Christmas Card

Welcome back to another week of “Heart of Christmas” inspiration from the Art With Heart team. I hope you’re enjoying reading our blog as much as we’re enjoying making these cards!

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Well I received my “little” order from the holiday catalogue this week but as luck would have it have had very little time to play with my new goodies.

However I was determined to bring you a card made with one of the stunning products and so I decided to make a quick and easy card with the bundle that was at the absolute top of my wish list…”Hearts Come home”.

I love absolutely every stamp, every sentiment and every die in this bundle, and this card only uses a fraction of them all.

The stunning background paper comes from a sensational DSP pack called “Christmas Around the World”. This paper belongs to a different suite but the beauty of Stampin’ Up! is that all the products co-ordinate across the suites and I just love mixing and matching them all.

Here’s a close-up to show you how the paper looks like softly falling snow and the intricate detail of these gorgeous little framelits.

I stamped the “Joy to the World” in whisper white and then embossed it with my heat embossing tool using white embossing power.

Did you notice the tinsel on the top of the card? This is a great way to add a little bling to your cards. It’s called Mini Tinsel Trim and it comes in a pack with a roll of silver and a roll of red. So cute!

I used the off-cuts of my tinsel to make an embellishment that sits on top of the 1/8 inch silver ribbon and bow, and the beautiful pool party shimmer ribbon. Just between you and me I think it might be little too much for this card, but with the clear facetted jewel in the middle, it certainly adds a wow factor to the card!

I love this colour combination of crumb cake (card base), pool party (DSP and ribbon), whisper white (framelits and sentiment) and silver (tinsel, ribbon and facetted jewel).

To see what the rest of the team have made, visit Claire’s blog here. I’ll be back with more Christmas card inspiration next week

 


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“Deck the Halls” Christmas Card

“Deck the Halls” Christmas Card

 

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Oh my goodness me the Holiday Catalogue is quite simply stunning. I’ve just placed a “little” order this morning and hopefully next week I’ll have a new card made from one of the gorgeous suites featured in it.

Luckily I was able to place an early pre-order for the beautiful Carols of Christmas bundle and this week’s Christmas card features that set.

I’ve previously used the little deer in cards I’ve made with this set but this week I’m featuring one of the big sentiments in the stamp set, as well as the gorgeous little ornament stamps and dies.

I CASED this card from a lovely one I saw on Pinterest but I forgot to save it and now can’t remember who to attribute this design to! The original card featured Tranquil Tide as the background, but I’ve decided to use black…not very traditional I know, but it does make the other colours really pop.

You could use any coloured ink to make the baubles, just make sure you stamp first and then die cut using the magnetic platform. On close inspection I realise I didn’t line my stamp and dies up perfectly–I should have used some washi tape to hold the dies in place, but I still think my little baubles look very pretty. The finishing touch is the tiniest rhinestone basic jewel in the centre of the ornaments.

I love how this sentiment fits perfectly into the layering squares framelits…I’ve used the scalloped layer to cut the silver foil sheet that sits behind the sentiment. The silver theme is continued with the bow made out of 1/8 inch silver ribbon, adhered with a stampin dimensional.

This is such a quick and easy card to make and definitely will be one that I reproduce with a variety of colours.

And my little white reindeer are loving getting dressed up in different ribbons and pom poms to be part of my photo shoot every week!

To see what the rest of the team have made, visit Claire’s blog here. I’ll be back with more Christmas card inspiration next week


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Art With Heart Blog Hop Favourite Colour Combination

Art With Heart Blog Hop Favourite Colour Combination

 

The Art with Heart Team ladies are selecting their favourite colour combinations to share with you tonight. Choosing the right colour scheme can be essential to your design and with Stampin’ Up!’s stunning collection, there are 50 colours to choose from. There’s sure to be some combinations that work really well together and you can take inspiration from.

Now sit back and enjoy some time out of your day to cruise through our blog hop and soak up some colour explosion eye candy!

My Favourite Colour Combination

Just take a look at the beautiful colours we have to chose from. Choosing just one or two of these gorgeous colours feels like choosing a favourite child…I mean it’s just not right, is it!

When I tried to decide what my favourite colour combination was I realised I really love monochrome cards that use just 2 colours together, usually a neutral colour (such as whisper white, very vanilla, crumb cake, smoky slate, basic black or one of the metallic papers) with one other colour. I mainly use a lot of crumb cake and whisper white (and I really do love using these 2 colours together on their own) but today I’ve decided to make a card that uses another of my all time favourite colour combinations: navy and white.

Navy and white always looks classic, crisp, cool, clean and elegant. It is a timeless colour combination that works well for both male and female cards and I’ve used it today to make a Christmas card with the new Carols of Christmas bundle.

You can order the “Carols for Christmas” bundle from the 1st August, one month ahead of the Holiday catalogue release date…or you can order it right now if you are a demonstrator or decide to join up as a demonstrator.

The beautiful background DSP in this card is from a non-christmas set, Naturally Eclectic, but it works perfectly with this Christmas card and looks to me like gently falling snow. The frame is cut using card builder framelits that are part of the Carols of Christmas bundle.

The sentiment is from “Oh, What Fun” stamp set and stamped onto whisper white and night of navy card stock, then cut out using the oval stitched shape framelits. The die cut trees and reindeer fitted perfectly around the curve of the stitched shape oval and I layered the deer on top of the trees with Stampin’ dimensionals to provide depth and contrast.

This gorgeous Night of Navy crinkled seam binding ribbon makes the softest bows…here I layered it to the card on top of a bow made out of mini sequin trim in sliver, topped with a rhinestone basic jewel.

For Christmas I’d like to also make a version of this card using some of my other favourite colour combinations, such as real red and whisper white, soft sky and whisper white, and of course my other very favourite colour combination…crumb cake, whisper white and gold or copper foil paper!

Thanks for stopping by.

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

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented Sharon Davern.

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“Three Little Deer” Carols for Christmas Card

“Three Little Deer” Carols for Christmas Card

 

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“Deer”y me I just adore this little deer stamp and matching die in the new Carols for Christmas bundle. You can see the little deer at the very top of the photograph below.

This tiny deer stamp and die is part of a new Christmas bundle called “Carols for Christmas”, which you can order from the 1st August, one month ahead of the Holiday catalogue release date…or you can order it right now if you are a demonstrator or decide to join up as a demonstrator.

This little deer is so very little I decided he needed a mum and a dad to look after him and luckily I had just the right stamps and dies in my other Stampin’ Up! sets!

Don’t they just make the cutest little family?

The daddy deer (far left) is from the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set and is then cut out with the Santa’s Sleigh thinlits. The mummy deer (in the middle) is from the Merry Mistletoe stamp set and then I fussy cut her out (don’t look too closely as fussy cutting isn’t my strong suite!) and the baby deer stamp and die is from Carols for Christmas.

The sentiment is from Oh, What Fun, punched out with the classic label punch. The ends of the sentiment and the deer’s eyes were created by using sequins from the gold mini sequin trim.

I stamped in Lemon Lime Twist ink onto Lemon Lime Twist card stock to pick up the colour of the foil spots on the stunning foil frenzy paper. Burlap ribbon, linen thread and an in colour itty bitty bow finish the card off.

I hope you enjoyed stopped by today. You can see all the other beautiful cards the Art With Heart Team have made by going to Claire’s blog.

You can also click on the links below to purchase any of the supplies I’ve used for this card, apart from the Carols for Christmas bundle.

I’ll be back next week with some more Christmas Card inspiration.

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“Tabs for Everything Advent Calendar” Card

“Tabs for Everything Advent Calendar” Card

 

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Do you love advent calendars as much as I do?

I’ve always loved advent calendars, but the one I remember most vividly from my childhood was a Christmas card that had a mini advent calendar as its front with a tiny image under each of the 24 flaps.

So as soon as we received the “Tabs for Everything” stamp set at Onstage earlier this year, I knew I needed to buy the matching Circle Tap punch and try to recreate this mini advent calendar card from my childhood.

 

The calendar flaps are simply created by punching out garden green, whisper white and cherry cobbler card stock with the circle tab punch, then cutting these punches in half and adhering the “t-bar section” to the card with tear’n’tape. The numbers are stamped with the labeler alphabet stamp set and the wreath in the middle of the card is made using the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set and matching dies, adhered with stamping dimensionals and decorated with silver thread and Rhinestone jewels.

I’m really happy with the final result but I will admit it took me a while to figure out how to make this card because most of my stamps do not have small enough images to fit under the Circle Tab punch. It was only when I got my hands on the Be Merry DSP that I worked out how to do this. I used my 3/4 inch (1.9cm) circle punch to punch out tiny images from the DSP…they were just the right size to fit under the tab. And there was enough variety in the design of the paper to allow me to punch out 24 different images so that every day is a suprise!

Because the pattern of the DSP wasn’t always centred or even around the main image I’d punched out I simply took my Garden Green and cherry Cobbler Markers out and extended the pattern of the DSP to further enhance the tiny images. The picture below show the bottom 5 images before I used the marker to extend the pattern (the rest of the images have already been done).

And here they are all done…I had so much fun doing these!

I needed a fairly large sentiment inside the card because I had to make the card base quite big (6 x 6 inches) to fit the 24 tags onto the front, so I used a combination of the stamps from the “Oh, what Fun” stamp set.

If you look closely at some of the numbered flaps on the advent calendar you’ll see some brand new gorgeous little ornament shapes in whisper white that I’ve used to stamp the numbers onto.

These are dies from a new Christmas bundle called “Carols for Christmas”, which you can order from the 1st August, one month ahead of the Holiday catalogue release date. You can see these little dies on the “Deck the Halls” card below, but in this picture they’re stamped with the ornament stamp from the Carols for Christmas set.

I hope you enjoyed stopped by today. You can see all the other beautiful cards the Art With Heart Team have made by going to Claire’s blog.

You can also click on the links below to purchase any of the supplies I’ve used for this card.

I’ll be back next week with some more Christmas Card inspiration.

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“Boxwood Wreath” Card

“Boxwood Wreath” Card

Hello fellow crafters, it’s time for some weekly “Heart of Christmas” Christmas card inspiration with the Art with Heart Team.

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This week I’ve focused on the gorgeous little boxwood wreath embellishments and the Be Merry Designer Series Paper, which co-ordinates with the Merry Mistletoe stamp set. The colours in this paper are the very traditional Christmas colours of garden green, cherry cobbler and whisper white.

Because the background design of this card is quite simple, I added dimension and interest by attaching one of the lovely boxwood wreaths to the sentiment with a simple bow made out of 1/8 inch sheer ribbon in whisper white. The sentiment is from the Merry Mistletoe stamp set and stamped in whisper white onto cherry cobbler card stock, finished off with some white perfect accents. I always use the sponge daubers to apply whisper white to my stamps.

Here’s a close up of the gorgeous little wreath.

There are so many variations that would work equally well with this design. You could use any combination of this DSP for the background as the papers all coordinate. The sentiment would look beautiful if it was heat  embossed, and the wreath could be tied on with linen thread, whisper white bakers twine or some of the silver or gold 1/8 inch ribbon.

I’m so excited that I’ve already made 6 Christmas cards…and it’s still only the start of July!

Which one do you like best so far?

I hope you enjoyed stopped by today. You can see all the other beautiful cards the Art With Heart Team have made by going to Judy’s blog.

You can also click on the links below to purchase any of the supplies I’ve used for this card.

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“Under the Mistletoe” Christmas Card

“Under the Mistletoe” Christmas Card

I’m really enjoying participating in The Heart of Christmas, a weekly blog bringing you Handmade Christmas Inspiration from the Art With Heart Team.

Every Wednesday morning we post some Christmas card inspiration using products from the new 2017/2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue, and very soon we’ll also be using products from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue (available for sale in September).

Santa’s Sleigh meets Birthday Delivery meets Merry Mistletoe

 

I love using multiple stamps sets on a card, as well as using non-Christmas sets for Christmas cards.

The little girl in the Birthday Delivery Stamp set is supposed to be holding a bunch of flowers or a present, but the teddy from the Santa’s Sleigh Set is also the perfect size for her to hold.

I could just picture her not wanting to go to bed on Christmas Eve, holding her teddy as she looks out the window, waiting for Santa to arrive.

Or standing under the mistletoe, waiting to be kissed.

 

 

I’ve stamped the little girl in crumb cake on whisper white card stock, then cut her out using the Birthday Friends Framelit. Her teddy was stamped with crumb cake on crumb cake card stock then cut out with the matching Santa’s Sleigh Framelit. The red bow was stamped in real red on real red card stock and cut out with the matching Santa’s Sleigh Framelit.

To assemble the card, I layered a mat of real red on a whisper white card, then topped with a crumb cake mat. I stamped the mistletoe stamp from the Merry Mistletoe stamp set (see image on left) in crumb cake onto the crumb cake mat.

I topped the mistletoe with a linen thread bow behind the red bow and topped with a rhinestone jewel. The little girl and her teddy are also mounted with Stampin’ Up! dimensionals and I cut out the sentiment with the modern window punch.

 

I hope you enjoyed stopped by today. You can go back to Claire’s blog to see the beautiful cards the rest of the team have made.

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With Over 50% off, Why Don’t You Treat Yourself to Christmas in July?

With Over 50% off, Why Don’t You Treat Yourself to Christmas in July?

If you’ve got a wishlist of products from the new Stampin’ Up! annual catalogue, there’s never been a better time to buy than now.

By joining as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator between 1st and 31st July, you will receive supplies worth $356 for just $169…with free shipping thrown in as well! You also receive a business supply pack valued at $80.

In addition to your starter kit (where you get to chose $235 worth of your favourite product from the catalogue but only pay $169), your ‘Christmas in July’ bonus includes a bonus Essentials Gift Pack (worth $86) which includes the following supplies:

 

118485 acrylic D Block (X2)
130148 Grid Paper pad
103579 Paper Snips
104332 SNAIL Adhesive
102300 Bone Folder

 

You’ll also receive the stunning 144804 Carols Of Christmas Stamp Set (worth $35) from the upcoming autumn/winter catalogue.

As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator there is absolutely no obligation to hold parties, sell to anyone else, or even buy anymore product yourself, ever again. In fact, many demonstrators enjoy being hobby demonstrators purely to fund their own craft purchases at 20% off RRP every time they order.

 

If you’d like to receive supplies worth $356 for just $169…with free shipping thrown in as well (that’s over 50% off) click here to join or contact me now.

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Heart of Christmas Week 5

Heart of Christmas Week 5

Even though it’s still 25 weeks until Christmas, I’m taking part in The Heart of Christmas, a weekly blog bringing you Handmade Christmas Inspiration from 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).

“Merry Mistletoe” Card

As soon as I saw this stamp set in the new annual catalogue I knew I just had to have it. I loved every single stamp in the the set, including the sentiments, the fonts, the tree, the mistletoe, but most of all…I fell in love with that reindeer.

So you can only imagine just how I excited I was when I discovered there was matching DSP paper for the reindeer in the Be Merry Designer Series Paper–see the paper on the far right in the photo below. It is exactly the same image as the reindeer stamp!

For my Merry Mistletoe card I’ve simply stamped the reindeer stamp onto real red card stock using red red and whisper white ink. I’ve used a small strip of the Be Merry paper so it looks like washi tape and finished it off with some of the new silver 1/8 inch ribbon.

The final touch is part of a sentiment from the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set punched out with the classic punch and a clear faceted gem on my gorgeous white reindeer.

I hope you enjoyed stopped by today. You can go back to Claire’s blog to see the beautiful cards the rest of the team have made.

Or click on the links below to purchase any of the supplies I’ve used for this card.


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