Art With Heart March Blog Hop: Easter

Art With Heart March Blog Hop: Easter

Tonight the Art with Heart team are sharing creative projects with an Easter theme. 

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Easter means different things to different people. For some, it is all about bunnies, Easter eggs, hot cross buns and public holidays. For others, it is the most important day on the religious calendar. But although Easter is a celebration of the resurrection from the dead of Jesus Christ, did you know the Easter holiday is also based on an ancient Pagan ritual?

Easter dates change every year because it is also based on the Pagan ritual of the Spring Equinox, which is a celebration of new life and the change that comes with spring.

For my project tonight decided to celebrate both aspects of Easter – the Pagan and the religious celebration of Easter – by referencing the beautiful stained glass windows of the churches I would celebrate Easter morning in as a minister’s daughter. The Painted Glass Clear-Mount Bundle and Graceful Glass 6″ X 6″ Designer Vellum was just perfect for this.

After colouring in my sheet with my Stampin blends, I used the Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies to make a window frame for my stained glass window.

I then mounted my frame using the Foam Adhesive Strips and hey presto, I had created a beautiful stained glass window!

The Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies were put to good use again for my Daffodil Delight layering mat and for my sentiment, which was stamped using the “You’re Inspiring” stamp set.

To celebrate new life and the change of season my final touch was a butterfly resting gently on my window…I think it makes my butterflies in my window come to life and look like they might fly away too!


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

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

Catherine Proctor

Caroline Manwaring

Sue Madex

Kate Morgan

Ros Davidson

Kathryn Mangelsdorf

Rachel Palmieri

Rebecca Jacovou

Judy May

Rachel Woollard

Christina Barnes

Tina Gillespie

Vicki Boucher

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 39 Poppy Parade

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 39 Poppy Parade

Welcome to week 39 of the Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop!

Our colour this week is a returning bright: Poppy Parade.

Last weekend I needed to make a very large card for a friend from my mother’s group. Our eldest children were born on the very same day and they turn 21 this year!!! My friend turns 50 today and we celebrated with a girl’s night out for 16 people. We all put in for a group present so there needed to be lots of room on the card for everyone to write a message.

Red is her favourite colour so I made the base of my card by simply scoring a piece of A4 Poppy Parade cardstock in half. I added a layer of Whisper White and then used my large letter dies to cut out “happy birthday” from the stunning Painted Seasons floral DSP. I mounted my letters onto the front of my card with the foam adhesive strips…they really make the letters pop!

Then I stamped some flowers and leaves in the coordinating colours and die cut them out using the Painted Seasons stamp set and the matching Four Seasons framelits.

I also made the birthday cake for dessert for my friend because she is gluten-free. Every time I make this cake I get so many requests for the recipe I thought I might share it here too.

It is so simple to make, not too sweet and very moist. I think Claudia Roden created this recipe but I have also seen Stephanie Alexander and Nigella Lawson make it. My variation is to ice it with a dark chocolate ganache, which is the perfect counterpoint for the orange cake.

Flourless Orange Almond Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 navel oranges
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp gluten free baking powder
  • 250gm almond meal
  • 2 blocks of dark Lindt chocolate
  • 2 tbsp cream

Method

  • Cover the oranges with water in a saucepan and boil for 1-2 hrs or until soft.
  • Remove from water and let cool.
  • Preheat oven to 180 C. Grease and line a springform pan.
  • Leaving the skin on, roughly chop oranges into chunks and blend in a food processor until smooth.
  • Add eggs, sugar, almond meal and baking powder to a food processor and blitz to combine. the mixture will be quite runny.
  • Pour into your lined springform tin and bake for about 1 hour or until a skewer comes out cleanly and cake starts to come away from the sides.
  • Let cool for a few minutes and then gently release cake from the tin.
  • Once the cake has totally cooled, melt chocolate and cream together and combine to make a glassy ganache. Spread over cake, decorate and enjoy!

To see what the rest of the team have made click on the links below.

Claire Daly

Rachel Palmiri

Michelle Taylor

Kate Morgan

Tania Johnson

Tina Gillespie

Diane Furniss

Rachel Woollard

Catherine Proctor (you are here)

To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here. Or if you’d like me to post you your very own copy of any of the Stampin Up! catalogues or find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

We will be back again next week showcasing one of the 2018-20 in colours Powder Pink! We hope you can along with us then.

AWH Heart of Christmas Week Three

AWH Heart of Christmas Week Three

Welcome to week 3 of the Art With Heart “Heart Of Christmas” blog hop.

Stampin’ Up!’s Santa’s Workshop Memories & More Card Pack make it so quick and easy to create professional-looking Christmas cards…in fact, it is so easy I’m almost embarrassed to claim creative credit for these cards.

Luckily, I did a little creative cutting and embellishing to make these cards my own design, but even so, I still managed to make 6 cards in less than 30 minutes!

And as if Stampin’ Up haven’t made it easy enough already with 50 pre-printed cards suitable for both scrapbooking and card making, this year they’ve also released the co-ordinating Santa’s Workshop Memories & More 20 cards in two sizes (with matching envelopes) in Poppy Parade, which I’ve used to make my cards this week.

How gorgeous do the colours Poppy Parade and Coastal Cabana look together? For my first card below, I used one of the smaller Memories & More cards as the background and then chopped up the frosted glittery “ho ho ho” from one of the larger Memories & More cards to mount on top. Silver and white bakers twine complete the card.

My next 2 cards use a Coastal Cabana background card and the same card on top. I used my largest Stampin’ Up! punch to punch the word joy out of the Memories & More card and mounted it onto the card on the right, then flipped over the card and used the reverse side and negative image for the card on the left, embellished with some Santa’s Workshop enamel shapes and stickers from the Memories & More card pack.

For my “Merry Christmas” card below I used my Pretty Label punch to punch out a red and white spotted memories & more card as an extra layer under the “Merry Christmas” sticker, then I added two holly stickers and some red rhinestone jewels. The top card also features a dotty card to which I added further dots, using white Santa’s Workshop enamel shapes to embellish the green bow.

And finally, how cute is this “Merry and Bright” Memories & More card? All it needed was a couple of red rhinestone jewels and a bow of Coastal Cabana ribbon to add a little extra bling.

To see what the rest of the AWH team have made head back to the lovely Claire Daly’s blog.

To purchase any of the products I used in this project from the annual catalogue you can shop with me here. 

You can order the new products from the holiday catalogue from September 5, or if you join as a demonstrator you can order them now…contact me if you’d like to find out more or receive a free copy of the holiday catalogue.