Art With Heart Easter 2018 Blog Hop

Art With Heart Easter 2018 Blog Hop

 
Tonight the Art With Heart team are sharing their Easter creations.
 
Don’t forget, Sale-a-bration has just over a week left to earn free product with purchase…and it is also a fabulous time to join Stampin’ Up! 
 
Ask any of the girls on the hop for more details.
 

Easter Egg Silver Mini Gable Boxes 

 
Don’t you just love these silver mini gable boxes?
 
They are so easy to decorate, look very professional, and their silver foil colour is a great neutral that works with any colour.
 
You can also open them up and turn them inside out if you’d like a plain white surface to work with and add colour to, but I decided to stick with the silver theme for my Easter Egg boxes.
 
 

Box 1: Springtime Foils Easter Egg Box 

 
For my first box I used products from the Occasions catalogue and the Sale-a-bration catalogue.
 
I simply cut some pieces of the gorgeous Springtime Foils specialty DSP and adhered them to four sides of the gable box using double sided tape and attached two matching silver Petal Passion embellishments using Silver Bakers Twine and Whisper White organza ribbon.
 
So quick and easy…but incredibly effective with that stunning foil DSP. 

Box 2: Sweet Soiree Easter Egg Box  

 
For my second box I inserted a window panel into the front of the box so you can see the eggs inside. This was super easy to do.
 
I carefully opened the side seam of the box then ran one side through my big shot and cut an oval window using one of the oval stitched shape framelit dies.
 

The clear window pane was created by using the next largest oval stitched shape framelit die to cut out a piece of window sheet, which attached with glue and double sided tape.

 
 
 
After resealing the box (using double sided tape) and filling the box with my speckled eggs I used some of the pieces from the Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit to decorate my box and tied a bow to the top with Berry Burst metallic-edge ribbon. 
 
 

Box 3: Moon Baby Bunny Easter Egg Box    

 
The third box is my favourite because it is just so much fun. I used the grass die from the Picnic Basket Builder framelits dies to cut Lemon Lime Twist card stock and attached this to the bottom of the box… it is the perfect length for the longer side of the box. For the two shorter ends I simply cut down one piece to size.
 
The darling little bunny is stamped using one of the Moon Baby stamps and then fussy cut…but can you guess what I used to make the various sized eggs?
 
 
The largest egg is punched using the ballon builder punch (use scissors to trim off the base of the balloon and you have an egg shape).
 
The medium egg is punched using the leaf punch (you trim the 3 ‘eggs’ from the leaf), and the smallest egg is cut from the top of the wooden spoon shape in the Apron Builder framelits. 
 
 
I love the glittery effect the Myths and Magic Glimmer paper gives to my little eggs hiding in the grass!

Apron Builder Easter Egg Card   

 
And finally, I just couldn’t resist making this super easy card using another die from the Apron Builder Framelits…it’s a little cracked egg.
 
Although my stamping isn’t perfect on this one, this fun and easy card uses the Labeller Alphabet Stamp set to stamp the sentiment, with the colourful striped Birthday Memories DSP as the background piece.
 
 
Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented, Kathryn Mangelsdorf.           
 
 

 
 
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Art With Heart Sale-a-bration 2018 Blog Hop

Art With Heart Sale-a-bration 2018 Blog Hop

Sale-a-bration Second Release: Eclectic Expressions

Tonight the Art with Heart team are sharing creative projects using products from the sale-a-bration brochure. All sale-a-bration products are earned for FREE with sales of $90+ (AUD).

•If you spend $90, you get one free level 1 product.
•If you spend $180, you get one free level 2 product, OR, they can choose two level 1 items.
•If you spend $270, you have the option to choose three level 1 items or one level 1 item and one level 2 item.

The sale-a-bration promotion is current now until March 31st. Be sure to request your copy of the brochure today.

Sale-a-bration is also a great time to join our fabulous team. Ask any of the girls on the hop!

As soon as I saw the 3 new free Sale-a-bration products, I knew I had to order the Eclectic Expressions stamps set because it’s such a versatile set, just perfect for masculine cards.
There are 9 stamps in this set and it reminds me a lot of the very popular ‘gorgeous grunge’ set. Here’s a close-up of the stamp set so you can see exactly what you get…all for free!!!!!
I was so inspired by the cards in the Sale-a-bration brochure I decided to create a set of 6 cards in soft masculine colours…cards that could be suitable for both men and women.
I used Pool Party, Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand and Marina Mist, all stamped onto Whisper White card stock and mounted onto Whisper White cards and envelopes, which makes creating sets of cards super quick and easy.
Card 1 (below) features the ‘barcode stamp’ and the happy birthday stamp, which I cut in half.
Don’t be scared to cut your stamps in half…it makes sentiments so much more versatile and it’s still really easy to put the sentiment back together. I actually stamped the happy birthday sentiment on this card after I had cut the happy and the birthday apart, and the 2 pieces of the stamp still stamped perfectly together.
Card 2 uses the large circle stamp, overlaid with vellum.
The word ‘celebrate’ was die cut using the free Sale-a-bration Celebrate You Dies, which will be carried over to the new annual 2018-2019 catalogue.
Card 3 uses the larger ‘cloud’ stamp and the ‘Thank You’ stamp, which I stamped onto vellum and then die cut with the stitched shape framelits, mounted onto Crumb Cake card stock.
Card 4 is another thank you card, this time using the smaller ‘cloud’ stamp, the ‘thank you’ stamp, a vellum overlay and some of the gorgeous Pool Party washi tape from the Basics Pack 3.
Card 5 is the reason why I cut the ‘happy birthday’ stamp in half, and I think the button from the new True Gentleman Buttons (tied with tiny bit of linen thread) really finished of this card nicely, while still keeping it masculine enough to send to a man.
Card 6 uses the rest of the stamps in the Eclectic Expressions set (and yes, I did ink up every single stamp!) as well as that lovely Pool Party Washi tape.
Embellishments include the Pool Party sequins from the new ‘Tutti-frutti Adhesive-backed Sequins’ and White Perfect Accents.
Finally, to make this set of cards a lovely gift, I popped then into a C6 Acetate Box, and wrapped the box up with the Bermuda Bay ribbon (another free Sale-a-bration product, part of the ‘Shimmer Ribbon Pack’) tied together with some linen thread.
Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented, Caroline Manwarring.
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And until next time…happy crafting!

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Memory Keeping By Making a Personalised Calendar

Memory Keeping By Making a Personalised Calendar

I think my favourite craft project, both to create and to enjoy, is the personalised calendar I make for my mum every year.

Because my mum’s birthday is January 1, a calendar is a timely gift, and making a personalised calendar ensures I reflect on the year that has passed and ensure our family’s special memories can be enjoyed by my mum for the year to come.

You don’t need a fancy camera…in fact, most of these photos were taken on my iphone. I selected my 12 favourite images and scrapbooked them onto a blank 2018 calendar using matching DSP that picks up the main colour in the photos and sentiment stamps that have a real meaning for the image they’re paired with.

Add a few embellishments or washi tape (not too many as it makes the calendar bulky) and before you know it you have a very special family keepsake.

Here’s what 2018 looked like for our family.

January

This would have to be my favourite photo in the entire calendar, and the sentiment from Beautiful You stamp set sums up the moment perfectly!

February

Miss February shows that many Christmas papers (in this case the Merry Little Christmas DSP) can also be used for other occasions.

March

In terms of quality, this is the worse picture in the calendar but the only one I had of my dad and his beloved granddaughter. To hide the random photo bombers in the background I used the gorgeous new (and free!) Celebrate You thinlits dies from the new Sale-a-bration catalogue.

April

When I’m with my 3 beautiful boys (or should I say men?) …life is indeed a beautiful thing (sentiment and flowers stamped from Colourful Seasons stamp set).

May

This sentiment from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set sums up the beautiful parenting partnership these two have.

June

My baby boy was indeed looking sharp at his year 10 formal! Stamp and punch from the new truely tailored bundle in the Occasions catalogue.

July

Of course there was only one stamp set I could use for a selfie taken at our annual crafting weekend away…Crafting Forever!

August

What to do when there’s no paper to match your dress? Stamp your background to match using Blooms and Wishes and the beautiful sentiment from Paisleys & Posies.

September

My firstborn has indeed been chasing his dreams, having taken a gap year and travelled the world in 2017! Here he is in New Zealand.

October

Love, love, love this design from the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP and the sentiment from the Baby Bear stamp set.

November

Moon Baby is just perfect for this photo of my mum and her granddaughter.

December

It seems appropriate to end the year with a photo of my birthday boy (who was due Christmas day but luckily came a few days earlier) having a coffee with my mum on his birthday!

I’m so glad I make this calendar each year and my only regret is that I didn’t start when my boys were younger. Making this calendar also reminds me how much I enjoy scrapbooking, so watch out for more posts on scrapbooking and memory keeping in 2018!

Until next time, happy crafting!

 

Celebrate the New Year With Free Stamps!

Celebrate the New Year With Free Stamps!

Is there any better way to start the new year than with free craft stuff?

Well, more time to craft is a personal new year’s resolution for me, but while I’m working on finding that extra time in my week, I’ll happily settle for free craft stuff!

Once a year, when Stampin’ Up! releases their Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration Catalogue, for every $90 you spend on product (and it can be anything, from any catalogue or even the clearance rack!) you can chose a free product from the Sale-a-bration Catalogue.

If you’d like to take a look at either catalogue you can view or download the PDFs by clicking on the images below.

And if you’d like to purchase any of these products you can do so by visiting the Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration Catalogue sections of my online store.

Want even more free stuff? Don’t forget to watch for another release of new Sale-a-bration items coming 16 February.

Over the next few weeks I’ll share with you some of the things I’ve made with exciting new products from both of these catalogues, but until then, happy crafting!

 

Art With Heart November Blog Hop Add Texture with Embossing

Art With Heart November Blog Hop Add Texture with Embossing

Tonight the Art with Heart team girls are sharing some creative projects by adding texture with embossing. Embossing can add a lovely dimension, and with our wonderful Stampin’ Up! products, we can create many different looks. These include heat embossing using embossing powder, dry embossing using our textured folders or by adding embossing paste!

 

When it comes to embossing I have a confession to make…I regularly heat emboss my cards but I almost never use my embossing folders! Don’t get me wrong, I really adore embossed paper, I guess it’s more because of the way I design my cards. I usually begin with a stamp set, coloured card stock or Designer Series Paper as my starting point and I simply forget about embossing my cards.
So for this blog hop I decided it was time to really challenge my self and make a card that had no heat embossing, stamping or designer series paper…a card that really showcased the beautiful texture of the Stampin’ Up! embossing folders. And what better way to show case as many embossing folders as possible than a sampler card!
This sample card features 8 embossing folders…one of which is a sneak preview from the forthcoming Occasions catalogue. Can you guess which one it is? If you look to the middle lefthand side of the card you’ll see it. It’s such a gorgeous pattern and it comes in a twin pack, called Petal Pair Textured embossing folder. Here’s a larger sneak peek of this stunning pair!
The complete list of embossing folders are as follows, clockwise from the top left of the card: Winter Wonder; Woodland; Holly; Quilt Top; Petal Burst; Cable Knit; Softly Falling; and the new Petal Pair.
This is such a quick and versatile card design because it works with any coloured card stock; it’s fast to mass produce; and you can quickly and easily cut out the squares of embossed card stock with your trimmer, square framelits, or even a square punch, And this design can be used for any occasion, and for either male or female cards.
If you would like to add a sentiment to the front of the card simply replace the middle square with your sentiment of choice stamped onto any shape card stock. Here I’ve used 2 of the stitched frame lit ovals and heat embossed the sentiment with the gorgeous copper embossing powder.

Which version of my embossed sampler card do you like best? I actually can’t chose and I’m planning on a mass production this weekend to stock up my card supplies as I have a lot of birthday and Christmas cards to send out in November and December!

 

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

 

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Heart of Christmas Week 26

Heart of Christmas Week 26

Welcome back to another week of Christmas Inspiration with the Art With Heart team.

I began this project this time last year, when I was inspired by a biscuit tin that perfectly matched a stamp set from last year’s holiday catalogue…totally trees. The colour scheme also matched our Stampin’ Up! colours (night of navy, pool party, Bermuda bay and whisper white) and I planned to make a card topper to attach to the middle of the lid, covering the words ‘Time for biscuits’.

I ate all the biscuits from the tin (the things we do for crafting!), washed it out, worked out all the measurements, and cut and punched 24 squares of card stock to make the 24 boxes.

Can you guess what happened next? Well, let’s just put it this way, maths never was my best subject! I realised I’d calculated incorrectly…only 15 of my 24 advent boxes fitted into the tin and the whole ‘advent calendar in a tin’ idea was a total flop!

For the past year my mistake has haunted me every time I opened my craft cupboard. I wanted to throw it into the bin but didn’t want to waste all that cardstock. So yesterday I decided it was time to work out how I could save this project.

Just because my boxes don’t fit into the biscuit tin they were designed to fit into doesn’t mean I couldn’t still use them as an advent calendar. I just had to think outside the square. For starters, I could display them on my cake stands.

These little boxes can be displayed either horizontally or vertically.

And they also look great all lined up on my square cake stand.

Heres’ the view from the side…it highlights the cute washi tape and the ribbon

I also popped them into a the lid of a white box I had and layered a sheet of window sheeting over the top, then tied it all up with a bow.

This project is a great way to use a variety of washi tapes, ribbons, silver thread, die cuts and embellishments. I think the more you mix it up, the better it looks.

So how do you make the little boxes? Trust me, you don’t want to follow my measurements, but there’s a great online tool called the ‘box buster’ that lets you type in the finished measurements you want for your box. It then gives you the measurements you need to make that size box. These photos below will give you an idea of how I constructed my boxes using my envelope punch board, paper snips and tear and tape.

Once you’ve constructed your boxes it’s simply a matter of folding and assembling them, filling them with sweets, toys or a little note, wrapping each box with washi tape or ribbon, decorating with all your coordinating embellishments, and numbering 1-24.

Some of the numbers I created using the large numbers die cuts and some were stamped using the labeller stamp set.

Well that’s another project I’m glad I didn’t throw into the bin when it didn’t work out the way I originally intended it to!

To see what the rest of our lovely Art With Heart Team have made hop on over to Claire’s blog.

I’ll be back with some embossing inspiration tomorrow night and them the following week is our last Heart of Christmas blog hop for the year!

Happy crafting!

 

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