Art With Heart, Heart of Christmas Week 25

Art With Heart, Heart of Christmas Week 25

Welcome to another week of Christmas inspiration with the Art with Heart team.

This week I’m playing with holly: holly paper, holly embossing folder, holly embellishments, and holly stamps, including a stamp set I hadn’t inked up yet.

I was really attracted to the Every Good Wish stamp set because I’ve got a soft spot for holly. It’s just so classic and timeless…and so very Christmassy.

Here’s my first card. I’ve used real red and garden green for all of my holly cards…it’s such a great colour combination, at once both classic and crisp.

Don’t you just love the texture the Holly textured impressions embossing folder gives to this card?

I love all of the stamps in the Every Good Wish stamp set and the inside sentiments are as lovely as the main images. I don’t usually ink up the inside of my cards but I just had to use these lovely sentiments to decorate the inside of my holly cards.

For my second card I made a variation of my first card, altering the colours and the orientation of the first card, and I also stamped a greeting on the inside of this one too. The gorgeous Quilted Christmas ribbon makes the perfect embellishment for this colour combination.

I was on a roll with my holly theme so I made 2 more cards…and I actually think these are my favourites! I used the same little holly stamp to make a wreath, this time mounting it onto holly DSP from the Quilted Christmas DSP.

My final card uses the holly embossing folder again, this time with a stamp from the Oh, What Fun stamp set, embellished with a holly stitched felt embellishment.

And here’s all my cards together! Which is your favourite?

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.

 

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Art With Heart, Heart of Christmas Week 23

Art With Heart, Heart of Christmas Week 23

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.

Art With Heart, Heart of Christmas Week 22

Art With Heart, Heart of Christmas Week 22

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.

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Art With Heart, Heart of Christmas Week 21

Art With Heart, Heart of Christmas Week 21

Welcome back to the Heart of Christmas weekly blog.

This week I had such a short window of time to make my cards and luckily Merry Little Christmas Memories & More Card Pack came to the rescue. That’s right, Memories and More Cards are not just for scrapbooking…they also make very quick and easy cards.

I’m almost embarrassed to say how easy it was to make these cards. You see there’s no stamping, colouring, punching or die cutting, which is exactly what I needed when I was so short on time. In fact they were so easy too make I ended up making 4 cards in under 1/2 hour…here they are!

I made card bases using whisper white and then it was simply a case of layering up the Merry Little Christmas Memories & More Cards with ribbons, embelishments and wash tape…super easy!

The joy card is embellished with the gorgeous Cherry Cobbler 1/4″ Double-Stitched Ribbon and a clear facetted gem.

Merry and Bright uses silver foil, Merry Music Specialty DSP, Pick A Pattern Washi Tape, and Basic Black 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon.

Ho Ho Ho features gold foil, burlap ribbon, and Gold 1/8″ (3.2 Mm) Ribbon and jute twine tied together into a bow.

And Holly Jolly is mounted on some lemon lime twist card stock and decorated with Lemon Lime Twist 1/4″ Ombre Ribbon tied into a little bow, and the matching stickers that come in the Merry Little Christmas Memories & More Card Pack (mounted with a Stampin’ Dimensional!).

The Holiday catalogue really doesn’t do this set justice, you get so many cards in the set! And there are some gorgeous acetate cards with silver that I will use in a later blog to show you just hoe beautiful they are. Of course some of the cards are really only suitable for scrapbooking or bullet journaling, but many of them are also perfect for cards.

I’m going to make a stack more cards with this set because they are so quick and easy to make.

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.

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Art With Heart Designer Series Paper Blog hop

Art With Heart Designer Series Paper Blog hop

 
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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Making Birthday Cards with Christmas Supplies

Making Birthday Cards with Christmas Supplies

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.

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