Welcome to another week of Christmas inspiration with the Art with Heart team.
This week I’m playing with the new Stampin Blends and matching stamp set, Color Me Happy, which are available for sale from today. Instead of making one of the designs in the Colour Me Happy Kit (which by the way are all so beautiful) I decided to make a Christmas card using one of the bird stamps from the Colour Me Happy Stamp set.
I used four of the Stampin Blends pens: dark cherry cobbler, light cherry cobbler, dark pumpkin pie, and the colour lifter pen to shade my little Christmas bird. The colour lifter pen allows you to remove colour, giving your shading extra depth. Here’s a close-up of my little bird so you can see the shading.
I then cut out my stamped image with a square stitched shapes die and mounted it onto a scalloped square of cherry cobbler, die cut using the layering squares dies. The background DSP is from the wood textures DSP stack, mounted onto a card base made from crumb cake card stock.
Texture was added with some burlap ribbon, touches of nature elements and a sweet little bow made with linen thread. The sentiment is from the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set, punched out with the classic label punch.
To see what the rest of the team have made hop back to Claire’s blog and I’ll be back with some more Christmas inspiration next week.
Welcome back to the Heart of Christmas weekly blog.
This week I was lucky enough to borrow and have a play with 2 sets I don’t own from the Holiday catalogue: Beachy Little Christmas and Wise Men from Afar. I was inspired by the graphic palm tree in the Wide Men from Afar set to make some Aussie Christmas cards, but I actually ended up using a a whole lot of stamp sets to make 3 quite different cards.
My first card uses the beach hut from Beachy Little Christmas…a perfect card for my family as we live at the beach and all my boys surf. I mounted it to the card with some Stampin’ Dimensionals.
I paired my fussy cut beach hut (coloured in with the new Stampin Blends pens which are available in November) with the palm tree from Wise Men from Afar, and used my envelope punch board to make a matching envelope out of the Merry Little Christmas DSP.
My second card features the palm tree again, this time stamped with the High Tide set to create a beach scene.
The Adirondack chair is a super cute die from the seasonal layer thinlets and the little ornaments and present are cut using the Christmas Staircase thinlets.
The beautiful “enjoy the warmth of the season” sentiment is from the Hearts Come Home stamp set…just perfect for a summer Christmas!
Because I used a whisper white notecard to make this card the matching envelope was already made, so I simply decorated it with Washi tape and a label made using the Labels to Love stamp set and Everyday label punch.
My final card uses the tree stamp from “Beach Little Christmas” coloured in with my blender pens and the “enjoy the warmth of the season” sentiment from the Hearts Come Home stamp set. I love the colours of pool party and real red together so I’ve mounted my tree onto both pool party and real red card stock, with the final layer some of the gorgeous Naturally Eclectic DSP.
I took most of these photos in my garden as it seemed only right for these cards…so many of our Christmas celebrations occur outdoors in the glorious Sydney summer.
But my reindeers insisted on an indoor photo as well, although I think they might just be upstaged by my darling little chairs…such a bargain at 10 cents each at my local op shop!
You can go back to Claire’s blog to see what the rest of our team have made this week.
And I’ll be back next week with some more Heart of Christmas inspiration.
Product List (NOTE: stampin blends not available until November 1)
Tonight the Art with Heart team girls are sharing some wonderful ideas to inspire you with our Designer Series Papers. This month is the start of the new Stampin’ Up! year and we have a special promotion on our Designer Series Paper, buy 3 get 1 FREE for the month of October and there is no limit! I’m using one of the gorgeous papers available in this sale: “Be Merry Designer Series Paper”.
Have you ever made your own bunting? If you haven’t now’s the time to give it a go while the paper is on sale. I decided to make some Christmas bunting using the beautiful “Be Merry Designer Series Paper” and here it is hanging on my mantelpiece.
This is such a quick and easy project to make and you can use any of the gorgeous DSPs for this project. For my bunting I used less than half a packet of DSP…and that still left me with 7 full 12 x 12 inch sheets (one of each design and one spare sheet) and plenty of scraps to use for card making or other projects.
To make your bunting you simply use your paper trimmer to cut your paper in half lengthways (from top to bottom, ensuring any pattern is facing the right way up). Once you’ve cut your paper in half, take one piece and fold it in half so you now have a folded square that measures 6 x 6 inches. Mark the middle point (3 inches from either side) on the side opposite the fold, and then cut on the diagonal from your middle mark to the edges of the folded side, as shown in the diagram below.
Save the offcuts to cut out your letters and repeat with the other half of your paper, this time folding it in the opposite direction so the other side of the patterned paper is used. I used 5 sheets of DSP for this project, making 10 bunting flags in total. To work out the order of bunting and space it apart I laid it all out on my kitchen bench so I could see how it looked.
I threaded whisper white bakers twine through the folded side of the flags and used a glue dot at either end of the fold to adhere the flag to the twine and close up the flag. I also used a glue dot at the bottom point of the flag. You can see in the picture below how nicely they hang…I left about 1 inch gap between the flags.
The finishing touch was to decorate the bunting with letters made from the DSP offcuts using the large letters framelits and a Christmas tree using a die from the Santa’s Sleigh die to break up the words “Merry” and “Xmas”.
The season of glitz mini gift bows are just the perfect size to add a little dimension (they come with their own adhesive backing), coupled with the green sprigs that I attached to the bunting with a bow of whisper white bakers twine.
You could make this bunting any length you wanted…I made mine to fit my mantelpiece…and you could leave your paper flags plain or decorate them with other punched or die cut shapes or words, such as “Peace, joy, love” or “ho, ho, ho”…it’s really up to you how you want to personalise your bunting.
Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented,Caroline Manwaring
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I really love getting multiple uses from all of my craft equipment which is why I’m super excited to share with you a birthday card I made this week.
To create my birthday card I used 2 products from the holiday catalogue: a Christmas stamp set and a Fall/Autumn/Thanksgiving punch. Can you guess which products I used?
The stamp set is called Merry Patterns. This is a beautiful Christmas stamp set that features so many great stamps: a lovely large sentiment, beautiful candles, a fir branch and the cutest reindeers! Here’s a couple of the cards I’ve already made from this set.
When I went to make another card with this set I wanted to try out the candle stamp this time…and I suddenly realised the candles would also work really well on a birthday card. So I made my first ever double Z fold card using the Merry Patterns stamp set.
I used dapper denim and marina mist ink to stamp my candle stamp and then I decided the card needed something above the candles. I die cut the happy birthday die in gold glimmer paper for one side of the card but I only used the “happy”…the birthday was stamped from the matching Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set…I really love the font on this set.
I made some large candles for the other side of the card using the Colour Theory Designer Series Paper Stack, but my hand-cut candles really needed a flame. Can you guess what I used?
That’s right, I used the new leaf punch! I simply stamped it out of gold glimmer paper as well and cut it in three. I love how the shape of the leaves makes the candle flames look like they are moving in the wind (and close up you can see that I didn’t quite position the 3rd flame correctly, whoops!).
The final touches to this card were stamping the “make a wish’ sentiment on the inside of the double Z fold. You can see on the photo below how when the card is fully opened there’s also a blank section of whisper white to write your own message on.
The big candles were looking a little plain so I decided to stamp the “hip hip hooray” sentiment sideways onto the middle candle…I really like the look of stamps stamped vertically instead of horizontally.
And to keep the card folded flat so it can easily pop into en envelope I attached a length of gold 1/8 ribbon to the back of the card and then used it to tie around the front and make a decorative bow.
I deliberately made this card in blue so it could be used for male or fame, young or old. I think this is a really versatile card for a wide range of ages.
Are you getting the most out of your craft supplies? I’ve got another versatile idea for you, this time using the offcuts of the Happy Birthday Die. I explain it all in my blog last week.
To purchase any others supplies I’ve used you can click on the links below, and I’ll be back with 2 more blogs later this week.
Welcome back to the Heart of Christmas weekly blog.
This week I had a play with a gorgeous new free Stampin’ Up! hostess set called Merry Patterns. Merry Patterns features the cutest reindeer in its very own knitted jacket. It’s no secret that I adore reindeer and just take a look at this beauty!
There are so many cute stamps in this stamp set but I only used 3 of them here…the pine branch is so lovely and the Merry Christmas sentiment is the perfect size for the modern label punch.
I’m going to make some more cards with this set to share with you in the coming weeks because this is such a versatile set. Here are all the stamps you get in this set:
What I love about this set is that you don’t need a big shot to make stunning cards…the images are just lovely on their own, which makes for quick, easy and inexpensive cards. My kind of cards.
I also think I’ve found a new favourite colour combination while making this card: crumb cake and smoky slate. Don’t you just love this combo?
Originally I mounted the stamped image straight onto the crumb cake layer (see the pic below) but them I went back and added a layer of smoky slate between. I really like both versions.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my Merry Patterns card today and I’ll be back soon with some more cards made from this lovely set.
My last photo is a bit dark but I had to include this shot with my reindeer because I made a reindeer card this week and they haven’t appeared on my blog for a couple of weeks!
To see what the other members of the Art with Heart team have made for you today, please go back to the very talented Claire Daly’s blog.
And to purchase any of the products I’ve used you can click on the links below.
PLEASE NOTE: Merry Patterns cannot be purchased…it is a free hostess stamp set you can earn simply by hosting a qualifying party…contact me to find out more.