Art With Heart In Colour Blog Hop

Art With Heart In Colour Blog Hop

Tonight the Art with Heart team are sharing creative projects featuring “in colour” theme. Check out the new 2018 – 2020 in colours and let’s not forget the current 2017 – 2019 in colours. If you would like a copy of the 2018-2019 annual catalogue, contact any of the girls on the blog hop and we will get in touch with you.
Because the 2018-2020 in colours are just so vibrant and beautiful I knew the Graceful Glass Suite would be the perfect suite to showcase these colours.
For this project, I used the gorgeous Graceful Glass designer vellum pack to make four bookmarks and a greeting card. Along the way, I learned a couple of tricks for adhering vellum without any adhesive showing and for making your own coloured ribbon.
These four bookmarks are from just one sheet of this vellum…this sheet can also be used as a single piece or cut in half to make smaller cards or cut into four to make four bookmarks like I have made here.
I love this vellum because you can colour it with markers, pencils or blends, and even add colour by simply laying it on the top of the coloured cardstock. This vellum is super easy to colour in and looks amazing with any colour combination…just be careful not to smudge inky fingers over the top of it like I did, LOL!
I used the new 2018-2020 in colour markers to colour the vellum and I tried to highlight a different in colour on each bookmark. Left to right in the photo below we have: Blueberry Bushel, Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch, and Call Me clover. The lovely red colour is the fifth in colour: lovely lipstick.
Want to know the best ever way to adhere the vellum? All you need is some Tombow glue, a sponge, and a silicon mat. Squeeze a small amount of Tombow onto your silicon mat and use your sponge to lightly and evenly spread it across the reverse side of the vellum and then adhere the vellum to your cardstock. You clean up your sponge and mat by simply running under warm water. Too easy!
To further showcase these in colours I decided to colour the soft and versatile Whisper White 1/4″ (6.4 Mm) Organza Ribbon (this is a retiring item, only available until May 31, or sold out). Once again, this is so easy to do. Simply lay the ribbon on some scrap paper and colour on both sides with your marker or blender pens and then leave it to dry.
I adhered the coloured vellum to whisper white cardstock, and then to some in colour cardstock, punched a hole for the ribbon using the 1/8″ hole punch, and threaded through both a length of white organza ribbon and a length of the hand coloured ribbon.
Finally, I just couldn’t resist making a matching card using another design from the Graceful Glass designer vellum pack because the in colours are the exact colours of Australia Rosellas and Parrots. This card features all of the new in colours but the main one is lovely lipstick, the red cardstock. The bird image on the vellum reminds me of an old Arnotts Biscuit tin my Nan used to have. Nan would keep an assortment of my favourite biscuits in the tin and bring it out for me to choose a biscuit (or two or three!) when I went to her place for a cuppa. 
I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects today and feel inspired to create something yourself with these beautiful 2018-2020 in colours and the versatile Graceful Glass Suite…these products will be available June 1, 2018, just a week away from now! 
Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented, Monika O’Neill. I can’t wait to see what Monika has made!      
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Ros Davidson


Art With Heart Retiring Products Blog Hop

Art With Heart Retiring Products Blog Hop

Tonight the Art With Heart team are sharing creative projects featuring products from the last chance products list.
There are lots of products to choose from with retiring stamp sets, ink pads and ink refills guaranteed to be available until 7 May (and all other products while supplies last).
Contact anyone on the blog hop to place your last chance order today.
Watercolour Wings (and its matching die sets, Bold Butterfly Framelits Dies and Butterflies Thinlits Dies) is one of the stamp sets I’m really going to miss when it retires on May 31 this year. This beautiful set can be used with any combination of colours and the watercolour-look photopolymer 3 step stamps are incredibly forgiving of any mistakes.
To showcase this retiring bundle I decided to make a butterfly display box. I’ve been thinking about making this home decor piece for a while now, but it was a recent trip to America that really triggered this project.
Earlier this year I was incredibly lucky to finally visit a city that I’ve always wanted to visit: New York, New York. We only had a week there but managed to cram so much in, including a visit to the Museum of Natural History, where we walked through an incredible exhibit of live butterflies in a rainforest.
We were surrounded by thousands of these gorgeous creatures as they landed on our heads and our hands, but they were quite tricky to photograph.
Much easier to photograph were the amazing butterfly display boxes in the main section of the museum, and this one below was my absolute favourite.
To make my own butterfly display box I simply stamped a variety of different coloured butterflies using the larger butterfly stamps and then stamped the body of the butterflies in black.
Generally, I found that a lighter colour works best as the background colour, allowing the darker and bolder colours to really pop out the details of the butterflies. Some of my favourite retiring colours – Tempting Turquoise, Perfect Plum, and Soft Sky – worked especially well for this project.
I die cut the butterflies out using the Bold Butterfly Framelit that matches the larger of the 2 butterfly stamps and then arranged them on the backboard of a shadow box. The butterflies were attached using Foam Adhesive Strips to really make them pop.
As I attached the butterflies to the board I bent their wings forward…you can see in the image below (where just the left column has been attached) how the butterflies really come to life once their wings are bent and they are mounted on a foam strip.
It’s really hard to photograph the butterflies inside the shadow box because of the reflection off the glass, so here is the finished product before I put it into the shadow box. Don’t they look like they might all just take flight at any moment?
And here’s the best photo I could get of the shadow box. It’s still a bit glary from the reflected light but it shows you just how pretty they all look lined up inside the shadow box.
Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented, Sharon Davern. I can’t wait to see what Sharon has made!      


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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Catherine Proctor – you are here


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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Thanks for hopping along with our Art With Heart Team this week.
And until next time…happy crafting!







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.


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!


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


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.


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).


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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!