Heart of Christmas Week 9

Heart of Christmas Week 9

Welcome to week nine of the 2019 Heart of Christmas blog hop!

My cards this week feature two of my favourite stamp sets from the Holiday Catalogue: Itty Bitty Christmas and Snowfront. It’s amazing how the same stamp sets can give totally different looks just by using different inks and layouts.

Let’s take a closer look at the blue card first. The colours of this card were inspired by a card made by an overseas Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, but I’ve changed the layout to make it my own.

This monochrome scene is easy to create. I started by using my sponge dauber to add some darker shades of blue to the top of my card.

Here’s how it looks at the start.

I then stamped my scene using stamps from the Snowfront stamped in Night of Navy, basically making it up as I went. Some lighter shades of blue were gently applied to the rest of the scene using another sponge dauber.

To give the card the look of watercolour silk I used my aqua painter to flick water all over it before adhering it to a white card base and adding a sentiment from the fabulous Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set.

The Snowfont stamp set is so much fun to play with! For card two I randomly stamped a background scene to create my own DSP (again inspired by another Stampin’ Up! demo).

I then embossed it both vertically and horizontally using the subtles embossing folder – what a great effect this gives to the image.

How cute is the “Happy Christmas” sentiment from Itty Bitty Christmas, die cut out with the nested labels dies?

I’ll certainly be making a lot more cards using both these versatile stamp sets. Which card is your favourite?

The lovely Claire Daly is back hosting our Heart of Christmas blog hop this week – to see what the rest of the team have made this week you can visit Claire’s page here.

To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here.

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the brand new 2019 Stampin Up! Holiday Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Heart of Christmas Week 8

Heart of Christmas Week 8

Welcome to week eight of the 2019 Heart of Christmas blog hop!

This week I’m so excited because I got to play with 3 new products.

Stampin’ Up! have a new trimmer (only available to demonstrators at this stage) and I received mine yesterday. Here’s a sneak peek. I’ll let you know as soon as it becomes available to customers.

The second new product I used was the Basic Pattern Decorative Masks from page 35 of the Holiday catalogue. These masks are only $10 for a set of 4 and they are super versatile. You can use them with embossing paste or as a stencil, like I have today. Here’s a closer look at the 4 patterns you get in the pack.

The third new product I played with was the Snowball Accents puff paint – boy it is fun to play with. It kind of looks like PVA glue when you apply it and then once you heat it with your heat tool it puffs up like magic! As you can see on my card below, I went a bit berserk with it, but how much dimension does it add to my card!

I created my trees by sponging Gray Granite onto Whisper White card stock, using the tree mask. I love the simple graphic linocut effect this gives my card.

Texture and dimension was added with the Snowball Accents puff paint and red Rhinestones, before I adhered Real Red card stock deer die cut using the Detailed Deer thinlits and my “Happy Holidays” sentiment from the Dashing Deer stamp set.

The lovely Tina Gillespie is hosting our Heart of Christmas blog hop this week – to see what the rest of the team have made this week you can visit Tina’s page here.

To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here.

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the brand new 2019 Stampin Up! Holiday Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Heart of Christmas Week 7

Heart of Christmas Week 7

Welcome to week seven of the 2019 Heart of Christmas blog hop!

This week has been hectic at our place with my latest book going to print (code for lots of last minute corrections and working all weekend!), training a new writer at my work and then my youngest son graduating school…did I really just type that sentence????

So what does all of this have to do with my card tonight? Well, it means I only had a very brief window to design, make, photograph and watermark my card before blogging about it. So this week I reached for the tools that make card making super easy and super fast: punches and embossing folders!

The three baubles were punched out using the Gleaming Ornaments punches after I stamped them in Momento Ink using stamps from the co-ordinating Christmas Gleaming stamp set.

Can you guess what coloured Stampin’ Up! blends I used to colour my ornaments? I stepped right outside of my comfort zone and went with an assortment of pinks: Flirty flamingo (dark and light) and the light Lovely Lipstick blender pen.

The “Merry Christmas” sentiment was stamped in Crumb Cake using a stamp from the same stamp set: Christmas Gleaming.

My card this week is finished off with a bows of linen thread and some Melon Mambo rhinestones from the Noble Peacock Rhinestones.

This card was so quick and easy to make and I really love how the woodland embossing folder on the base layer adds so much dimension and texture while also allowing me to make a very clean and simple card.

The lovely Claire Daly is hosting our Heart of Christmas blog hop this week – to see what the rest of the team have made this week you can visit Claire’s page here.

To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here.

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the brand new 2019 Stampin Up! Holiday Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Art With Heart September Blog Hop: Designer Series Paper

Art With Heart September Blog Hop: Designer Series Paper

Tonight the Art with Heart team are sharing amazing projects featuring Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper, most of which is in the current promotions where you can buy 3 packs of Designer Series Paper and receive a pack for free! Only available until the 30th of September.

Sometimes I’m reluctant to use Design Series Paper in my card making because it’s just so beautiful I don’t want to cover it. So my solution for my cards tonight is to frame the paper instead!

I’ve used my favourite Designer Series Paper from the Annual Catalogue: Bird Ballad DSP.

You can take a closer look at this stunning paper in this short video below.

I made the same sized frame for all four cards, using two of the rectangle stitched dies. Each card features a different piece of DSP from this set, mounted onto a rectangle of Pool Party card stock. Foam adhesive strips made it easy to lift the frames above the image, giving the effect of a picture frame.

In card one I used mini dimensionals to pop up some fussy cut images from the DSP and finished the card off with a bow of linen thread and a pool party rhinestone from the the Holiday Rhinestones Basic Jewels.

In card two I simply used more of the dimensionals from the Holiday Rhinestones Basic Jewels – this time in cherry cobbler – to add a bit of bling to the flowers.

Cards three and four have the stamped “thank you” from the co-ordinating Free as a Bird stamp set, die cut out with the smallest oval in the stitched shapes framelits.

All these photos were taken outside in my garden today – it is spring here and my garden is full of birds and blooming with colour. Because the DSP for card four was more of a background pattern I fussy cut a couple of the birds and adhered them to the edges of the frame for some visual interest and dimension.

Here’s another shot of my stunning clivia!

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

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

Christina Barnes

Vicki Boucher

Tina Gillespie

Rachel Woollard

Rebecca Jacovou

Sharon Davern

Kate Morgan

Catherine Proctor

Caroline Manwaring

Sujatha Harding

Heart of Christmas Week 5

Heart of Christmas Week 5

Welcome to week five of the 2019 Heart of Christmas blog hop!

This week I’ve decided to challenge myself to use three different embossing folders to create my Christmas cards. I often to forget to use my folders because I’m so focussed on DSP, stamps and dies, which is really silly because embossing folders are so quick and easy to use.

With so many beautiful designs to chose from, can you guess which three I chose?

For my first card I used the Pinewood Planks embossing folder, which can be used either way up.

The wreath is made using a combination of dies from the Frosted Bouquet Dies and the Beautiful Boughs Dies.

How cute is that sentiment? It’s from the Itty Bitty Christmas Stamp set – I’m so glad I got this set. It has been die cut with the stunning frame from the Beautiful Boughs Dies.

Card two continues the red and white theme, this time with the Woodland Embossing folder. Those branches were just crying out for some little birds – you might have overlooked these, they are in the Well Written die set.

The two baubles were punched out using the Gleaming Ornaments punches and then stamped with a stamp from the coordinatiing Christmas Gleaming stamp set.

To split the sentiment in half you can cut your stamp with scissors or do what I did and mask one side of your stamp with washi tape before inking up. Before you stamp, remove the washi tape and then stamp your image. Mask up the other side of your stamp with washi tape, ink your stamp, remove the washi and then stamp the other bauble.

My final card uses the Scripty 3D embossing folder, topped with a sentiment from the Peaceful Boughs stamp set, die cut with the largest frame from the Beautiful Boughs Die set.

Here’s a close up of this gorgeous frame and the boughs I’ve die cut with the Peaceful Boughs Dies set. Can you see the lovely script effect this embossing folder gives?

All my cards this week are finished off with a bow (or two) of linen thread and some red rhinestones.

These cards were quick and easy to make and I really love how the embossing folders add so much dimension and texture while also allowing me to make very clean and simple cards.

I will definitely be reaching for my embossing folders more often!

The lovely Claire Daly is hosting our Heart of Christmas blog hop this week – to see what the rest of the team have made this week you can visit Claire’s page here.

To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here.

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the brand new 2019 Stampin Up! Holiday Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

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