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!

Super Quick Totally Trees Christmas Card

Super Quick Totally Trees Christmas Card


Inspired by Kikki K

wm-red-christmas-cardI don’t know about you but my card making inspirations come from the most unexpected places sometimes. And because Stamping’ Up! is so on trend with its colours and designs I often find I’ve already got the stamp sets, papers or punches in my stash to CASE my ideas inspired by advertising material, home wares and clothing.


So as soon as I opened the latest Kikki K Christmas catalogue I knew exactly what my main Christmas card would be this Christmas, using my absolute favourite stamp set in the Holiday Catalogue: Totally Trees.

I love the Totally Trees.stamp set because it:

  • can be used all year round, not just at Christmas time
  • works with so many different colour combinations
  • has a wonderful retro feel, yet is a thoroughly modern design
  • is just so versatile and easy to use

How do you translate inspiration into a card?

The two things that attracted me to this Kikki K card were the beautiful tree shapes and the colour palette. I also loved the sentiment “’tis the season”.


I realised the scale of my stamps wouldn’t allow me to have as many trees on my card so I just started to play around with my Totally Trees stamp set, using the real red, smoky slate and tuxedo black memento stamp pads on whisper white card stock.

The gorgeous sentiment came from the Christmas Pines Stamp Set, which is on sale this week for $45.75!

kiki-k-stamp-sets-and-other-materialsThen I started layering up using real red and smoky slate card stock. Originally I just mounted the stamped image on the red card stock but it needed something more and when I added a layer of smoky slate card stock it looked so much better.

However, it’s really the little touches that make this card, especially the metalic thread and the super cute mini jingle bells.

wm-kik-k-card-up-closeThis card was so easy to make I’m thinking of mass producing this design for most of my Christmas cards this year.

I might try some different colour combinations as well, such as mint macaroon, emerald envy and black.

Or maybe quite a modern take on Christmas with dapper denim, soft sky and black.

What inspires you?

And how do you translate your inspiration into your card making?

I’d love you to share your creations with me.

Until next time, happy crafting!


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