Stampin’ Up! Flirty Flamingo – Week 17 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Stampin’ Up! Flirty Flamingo – Week 17 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Welcome to week 17 of our 2021-22 Colour Creations blog hop! Tonight we are showcasing Flirty Flamingo, a vibrant pink from the Brights colour collection.

The starting point for my card today was the beautiful Flirty Flamingo striped paper from the Pattern Party Designer Series Paper. This is a host product, only available with Stampin’ Rewards, and it includes 48 sheets (4 each of 12 double-sided designs) in these gorgeous colours: Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green, Misty Moonlight, Pale Papaya, Petal Pink, Pool Party and Poppy Parade.

I started my making an 5″ x 5 1/2″ bag, using these instructions for a 6×6 DSP, even though this DSP is 12 x 12″. The bag uses either one sheet of 12×12″ DSP cut into 6×6″ squares or 3 sheets of 6×6″ DSP.

  • Cut piece 1 at 5″ wide x 6″tall and score 1/2″ at the bottom.
  • Cut piece 2 to 3 1/2″wide x 5 1/2 ” tall and score 1/2″ along the left side of 5 1/2 ” edge.
  • Cut piece 3 to 3 1/2″wide x 5 1/2 ” tall and score 1/2″ along the right side of 5 1/2 ” edge.
  • Adhere the folded sides of pieces 2 and 3 to the left and right edges of piece 1.
  • Adhere together the overlapped section of pieces 2 and 3 together.
  • Fold up the bottom flap and adhere.

I wrapped the Fine Art 3/8″ (1 cm) Ribbon and gold metallic Simply Elegant Trim around the bag and tied a bow. The Simply Elegant Trim is slippery and hard to keep sitting in a nice bow shape so I always use a couple of glue dots.

The layered tags are cut using the Tailor Made Tags Dies, Pierced Blooms Dies and Flirty Flamingo and gold sequins from the Sequins For Everything.

I cut the single layer card to fit inside the bag, decorating it with the same embellishments and a strip of the striped DSP I used for the bag. All of the flowers and leaves were die cut in Basic White using the Pierced Blooms Dies and then colored with Pear Pizzazz and Flirty Flamingo ink using sponge daubers.

I added a score line either side of the strip of DSP using the score blade on my paper trimmer.

I love how quick and easy it is to achieve different shades of colour and a variegated effect by adding colour with a sponge dauber.

I’m not sure if there is an official name for a single layer card in an bag that acts like an envelope? Whatever it is called, I think I will be making more of these as they have plenty of room to also enclose photos, a Christmas letter or even gift cards of any size.

I’ve left room to write on the front of the card, however you could simply use the reverse side if you wanted to write a longer message.

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, my friend Kate Morgan – I can’t wait to see what she’s made this week!

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

Diane Furniss 

Catherine Proctor – you are here!

Kate Morgan 

Ros Davidson

Rachel Palmieri 

Caroline Manwaring 

Michele Taylor 

Claire Daly  

Theresa Gerrard 

Tina Gillespie 

Andrea Sargent

Christine Blain 

Sharon Davern 

Rosa Leyden

If you live in Australia, you can find and purchase all these products in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store.  

Don’t forget to use my monthly Host Code (if your order is between $50 – $250) and I will send you a thank you gift the following month. If your order is over $250 don’t use the host code because you will qualify for your own stamping rewards. My September Host Code is WVX3UYCR and it is valid until midnight September 30.

I’ll be back with another Christmas card next Monday. In the meantime, wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm … and keep on crafting xxx



Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 12

Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 12

Hello crafters! I had planned to make just one card this week, but a simple mistake and a desire not to waste my craft materials actually led to three cards instead. I think I’ll claim that as a win instead of a loss!

Originally, I intended to make a shaker card using the Christmas Cloche bundle, the Cloche Shaker Domes, the Be Dazzling DSP and this soft, snowy tree patterned paper from the Harvest Meadow DSP. Isn’t this pattern just stunning?

After stamping the cloche outline and the bird image from the Classic Cloche stamp set and colouring it in with my light and dark Crumb Cake Stampin’ blends, I die cut the image out using my Cloche die.

Unfortunately, I then glued the stamped and die cut image to the DSP layer that I had ALREADY ADHERED to my card front. I totally forgot that with a shaker card you use the DSP as the TOP layer to hide the self adhesive edges of the Cloche Shaker Domes!

So my shaker card became a 2D “postal version” of a shaker card instead, embellished with a Pierced Blooms Dies bow cut from the free SALE-a-bration Be Dazzled DSP.

I love these sentiments from the Classic Cloche stamp set. I’ve stamped them in Crumb Cake for each of my three cards, using a different sentiment for each card.

Take two and this time I remembered to use the cloche die to cut my DSP and adhere the DSP over the top of the card front AFTER I had adhered the Cloche Shaker Dome to the Crumb Cake card stock layer.

The shakers inside the Cloche Dome are the metallic gold and silver sequins from the Sequins For Everything embellishments. 

So, why did I make a third card?

After I had die cut the opening for the Cloche Shaker Dome card I realised that the negative die piece looked just like a bell, so I die cut another “cloche bell” from the Be Dazzling DSP to match and made a quick musical card to not waste my scraps.

The Merry Melody 3D Embossing Folder was the perfect choice to emboss the Crumb Cake cardstock layer. In case you are wondering, the musical score is Joy to the World.

Die cut circles of the Be Dazzling DSP to create bell clappers make the bells more realistic.

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the lovely Tina Gillespie. I can’t wait to see what Tina shares with us today!

If at any time you find a broken link please head to the blog of this week’s host of The Heart Of Christmas Blog Hop, Sharon Davern, and she will have the list of all those participating.

You can purchase any of the products I’ve used tonight, here.

Thanks for visiting my site. I’ll be back with another card on Wednesday.

In the meantime, wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm … and keep on crafting xxx

Stampin’ Up! Hats Off Nippers Card

Stampin’ Up! Hats Off Nippers Card

Hello Crafters,

Today I’m sharing another card I made for the “G’day Fri’yay’ Card Making Challenges” Facebook group, a fortnightly Card Making Challenge with Aussie Themes. The last few times I forgot to add the banner for this group, so here it is.

The theme for this challenge is “Aussie Sports” and although my boys play a lot of sport there is one quintessentially Aussie sport that my entire family are very involved in – surf life saving. We came to surf life saving the way that many families do, via their Junior Development Program, commonly known as nippers. As far as I am aware this is a sport that is only played in Australia.

My husband, Pete, is a die-hard surfer and we live at Freshwater beach, however he insisted our kids join the neighbouring South Curl Curl nippers program instead as it is one of the roughest beaches in Australia and he knew if they learnt to handle the waves there they would be safe at any beach. Pete was the age manager for my eldest son Samuel’s age group all the way through nippers, but this scrapbook layout shows Pete holding our youngest son Ben after he finished his first year of nippers.

When I was wondering how to make a card for this sport I realised I could use Hat Builder dies from the fantastic masculine Stampin’ Up! bundle called Hats Off.

By cutting off the brim/visor off the large and the small hats it becomes the perfect shape for a nippers cap! How cool is that!

For the large nippers cap I die cut 2 large hats in Basic White and 1 hat in Pacific Point and 1 hat in Daffodil Delight. I used my paper snips to trim the visor off all 4 caps and cut the 3 colours of so there was one panel of each colour. I adhered these panels to the base cap in Basic White.

The smaller nippers cap is made from just 1 die cut cap with the visor trimmed off and 2 of the panels coloured with my Pacific Point and Daffodil Delight markers.

The ties for the nippers caps were made from White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon and Basic White bakers twine.

The DSP is the retired Sand & Sea DSP inked up with some Sahara Sand ink at the edge to look like the sand on South Curl Curl beach. The Playful Alphabet letters were cut from Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight and Basic White card stock to match our surf club colours and spell out the letters of our surf club: South Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club.

Want to see what that little blond cherub looks like today? My husband and both my boys all patrol South Curl Curl as volunteer surf lifesavers – in fact, my husband is the patrol captain for the first patrol of the season this afternoon. This photo was taken last Christmas day as both my boys headed off the patrol the beach – my niece and dog decided to photobomb my boys! Ben is in the middle of the photo and is now 19, about to turn 20. Where do the years go!

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I’ll be back on Monday with a Christmas Card in the AWH Heart of Christmas blog hop and again on Wednesday in our weekly AWH Colour Creations Showcase – we are showcasing Flirty Flamingo this week.

If you live in Australia, you can find and purchase all these products in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store.  Don’t forget to use my monthly Host Code (if your order is between $50 – $250) and I will send you a thank you gift the following month. If your order is over $250 don’t use the host code because you will qualify for your own stamping rewards.

My September Host Code is WVX3UYCR and it is valid until midnight September 30.

In the meantime, wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm … and keep on crafting xxx

Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso – Week 16 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso – Week 16 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Welcome to week 16 of our 2021-22 Colour Creations blog hop! Tonight we are showcasing Early Espresso, a rich, dark brown from the Neutrals colour collection.

Our talented Art With Heart team leader, Claire Daly, recently shared some cards she made using a 6×6 One Sheet Wonder template and the stunning Painted Christmas DSP. Her cards were so beautiful, easy to make several at once and simply perfect for showcasing DSP patterns … I just had to have a try at making my own 6×6 One sheet wonder cards too.

I’ve used this pretty pinecone pattern for my One Sheet Wonder cards – it’s my favourite design from the Painted Christmas DSP and it combines Early Espresso with Crumb Cake, Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen and Basic White.

My 6×6 One Sheet Wonder is quite different to Claire’s design – in fact, mine is so simple I’m not sure it actually qualifies as a One Sheet Wonder! You simply trim 0.5cm off one side of the 6×6 inch square, turn the paper once and cut into three 2 inch strips.

You will now have three strips of DSP that measure 5.5 x 2 inches and an extra strip that measures 0.5 x 6 inches. I discarded the long skinny strip and created 3 different card layouts using the 5.5 x 2 inch strips.

For card one I laid the strip of DSP across the top of the card and placed the sentiment in the middle of the card. The sentiments are all from the Christmas To Remember stamp set, stamped in Early Espresso and die cut out with the Seasonal Label dies.

Card two is also a horizontal card with the strip of DSP on the top, however it uses a different sentiment, placed on the right side of the card instead of the centre.

Card three has the DSP across the middle of the card, with a longer more narrow “Merry Christmas” sentiment attached in the middle of the DSP.

For all three cards I die cut the same label in Early Espresso, cut it in half and used it to layer under the sentiments.

The pinecones are stamped with stamps from the Christmas Season Stamp set, stamped in colours to coordinate with the DSP. I’m sure you’ve noticed that I also added some Be Dazzling DSP to my cards. This FREE SALE-a-bration paper is only available until the end of September, so don’t miss out!

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, my friend Kate Morgan – I can’t wait to see what she’s made this week!

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

Catherine Proctor – you are here!

Kate Morgan  

Ros Davidson

Diane Furniss

Rachel Woollard

Andrea Sargent  

Rachel Palmieri

Michele Taylor  

Christine Blain

Tina Gillespie

Caroline Manwaring

Theresa Gerrard

Sharon Davern

Thanks for visiting my site. You can purchase any of the items I’ve used on my blog here.

I’ll be back with another Christmas card next Monday. In the meantime, wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm … and keep on crafting xxx



Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 11

Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 11

Hello crafters! I’ve got two cards for you this week that use a great technique for crafting with scraps of DSP. I was inspired to revisit this “paper patchwork” technique after seeing a Sweet Symmetry DSP paper patchwork card made by Martin Stone, one of the very talented Artisan Design members.

Although these cards use the FREE SALE-a-bration Peaceful Prints DSP, you can use this design/layout with any DSP. The secret to getting great texture is to scrunch up each square of DSP before adhering it to the card base. When you adhere, use Multipurpose glue and don’t adhere right to the edge of each square – let the edges stick up.

I split the Peaceful Prints DSP into the reds and greens and cut 3x3cm squares using my paper trimmer. Each card also has one larger 6x6cm square of DSP which I stuck down first and then added the other squares around it.

This red card uses the DSP in Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Sahara Sand and Basic White. The card base is half an A4 sheet of Cherry Cobbler and the deer from Peaceful Deer is stamped in Real Red.

I added a bow of linen thread to the deer.

The green card has exactly the same size and layout – I just flipped the card over to landscape before attaching my Garden Green Deer and bow of linen thread. The card base is Basic Black and the DSP is Garden Green, Sahara Sand, Basic Black and Basic White.

After photographing my cards and uploading them to my website I suddenly realised the deer and the trees on the DSP are adhered upside down on my card, whoops! Hopefully the elegance of the stamped and punched deer draws your eye away from noticing my mistakes!

Red or green? Which card is your favourite?

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the lovely Christine Blain. I can’t wait to see what Christine shares with us today!

If at any time you find a broken link please head to the blog of this week’s Host of the Heart of Christmas Blog Hop, Tina Gillespie, as she has the full list of links for everyone who is participating.

You can purchase any of the products I’ve used tonight, here.

Thanks for visiting my site. I’ll be back with another card on Wednesday.

In the meantime, wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm … and keep on crafting xxx

Stampin’ Up! Daffodil Delight – Week 15 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Stampin’ Up! Daffodil Delight – Week 15 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Welcome to week 15 of our 2021-22 Colour Creations blog hop! Tonight we are showcasing Daffodil Delight, a bold yellow from the Brights colour collection.

I really wanted to make a daffodil card for our Daffodil Delight blog hop, however as we only use current Stampin’ Up! products in these blog hops and I didn’t have any daffodil stamps, punches or dies. It was time to get creative.

I’m not sure just how botanically correct my daffodils are, so please allow me some artistic licence!

For the embossed Whisper White layer of my card front, I’ve deliberately inked my embossed brick wall darker in some places than others, applying both Crumb Cake and Garden Green with a blending brush to give a more realistic effect.

There are two sizes of daffodils on this card. For the back layer of the larger daffodil I punched two leaves in Daffodil Delight from the Strawberry Builder Punch. I them removed the leaf stems and overlapped the dies when gluing them together.

The middle layer of the large daffodil is die cut in Daffodil Delight using the small double flower dies from the Cherry Blossom Dies. The Pumpkin Pie circle in the centre of the flower is punched with a standard sized hole punch for ring binders.

The two smaller daffodils use the flower die from Birds & More as the background layer and the triple flower die from Pierced Blooms for the middle layer, both cut from Daffodil Delight. The Pumpkin Pie flower centre is punched using the deer nose in the Deer builder punch.

Stems and leaves are die cut from Garden Green card stock using the stem die from Pierced Blooms dies and the offcuts from the circle wreath die in the Painted Labels dies. The cute little pot was stamped in Crumb Cake using a stamp from the Plentiful Plants stamp set and then die cut from Crumb Cake card stock using the coordinating Perfect Plants Dies.

I’ve recently acquired the Artistically Inked bundle and just couldn’t resist adding this gorgeous “hello” sentiment to the front of the card – isn’t this font so eye catching? I die cut it out with one of the Tasteful Labels dies.

My final touch was a Bumblebee trinket. I’ve been hoarding these – it’s time I started adding these adorable embellishments to my cards!

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented Rachel Woollard – I can’t wait to see what she’s made this week!

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

Kate Morgan 

Tina Gillespie 

Ros Davidson 

Sharon Davern 

Michele Taylor

Christine Blain 

Andrea Sargent

Claire Daly 

Diane Furniss 

Theresa Gerrard 

Rachel Palmieri 

Rosa Leyden 

Caroline Manwaring 

Catherine Proctor

Rachel Woollard 

Thanks for visiting my site. I’ll be back with another Christmas card on Monday.

In the meantime, wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm … and keep on crafting xxx



Stampin’ Up! Forever Fern Wattle Card

Stampin’ Up! Forever Fern Wattle Card

Hello Crafters,

Today I’m sharing another card I made for the “G’day Fri’yay’ Card Making Challenges” Facebook group, a fortnightly Card Making Challenge with Aussie Themes.

The theme for this challenge is “Spring” and for me nothing announces the start of spring in Australia like wattle does. September 1 is the start of spring as well as Wattle Day, a celebration of our national flower.

To celebrate the arrival of spring I’ve created a jar of wattle sitting on the edge of a wooden table, using the Forever Fern stamp set, the coordinating Forever Flourishing dies and the Jar of Flowers stamp set with coordinating Jar punch.

Three of the new In Colours (Bumblebee, Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen) were paired with Daffodil Delight to stamp and die cut my wattle. I love how “Australian” Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen look when used for foliage.

The wattle was all stamped in either Daffodil Delight or Bumblebee and then I used my Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen markers to draw on the stems of the wattle and turn them from yellow to green. The smaller wattle springs at the front are stamped using the poinsettia petals stamp set.

The large fern die was used to die cut all my foliage and then it was simply a case of chopping up the foliage and arranging it with my flowers. I used my Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen markers to also colour in the stamped stems in the jar – the jar and the stems are from the Jar of Flowers stamp set, punched out with the coordinating jar punch.

The Hello sentiment is also from the Forever Fern stamp set and a bow of Bumblebee gingham ribbon is the finishing touch.

I’ve used a piece of In Good Taste DSP set at an angle to creates the impression of the edge of a wooden table.

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I’ll be back tomorrow on our weekly AWH Colour Creations Showcase – we are showcasing Daffodil Delight this week.

If you live in Australia, you can find and purchase all these products in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store.  Don’t forget to use my monthly Host Code (if your order is between $50 – $250) and I will send you a thank you gift the following month. If your order is over $250 don’t use the host code because you will qualify for your own stamping rewards.

My September Host Code is WVX3UYCR and it is valid until midnight September 30.

In the meantime, wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm … and keep on crafting xxx

Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 10

Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 10

Hello crafters! For my cards this week I’m using the Whimsy & Wonder DSP and the Seasonal Swirl dies again, this time pairing them with the Well Defined stamp set and matching embossing folders.

I’ve also created my own matching embellishments using the leftover iridescent foil that surrounds the Wonderful Snowflakes embellishments. There is plenty of spare foil here – don’t waste it! Use your dies and punches to create homemade embellishments to match your cards.

The different elements I used for each card were inspired my the particular definition I chose from the Well Defined stamp set. I think this first card is my favourite.

I’ve used the stamp that has “Winter” as the definition word, so I used the snowflake patterned DSP, the snowflake Wintry Embossing folder, one of the Wonderful Snowflakes embellishments and tiny stitched stars from the Seasonal Swirl dies. Subtle Shimmer Sequins add a final touch of bling.

Card two uses the gratitude definition stamp, so the Thanks embossing folder from the Hello and Thanks embossing folders and stitched hearts were the obvious embellishments choice. The iridescent heart is die cut from leftover iridescent foil using the largest heart die in the Seasonal Swirl dies.

I like that this card uses mainly Christmas products to make a thank you card.

Card three is features the “Christmas” dictionary definition that references presents, so I used the Whimsy & Wonder DSP pattern with presents and holly on it. The holly embellishments are die cut using the Seasonal Swirl dies and the iridescent foil bow is die cut using the bow die from Pierced Blooms dies.

Which card is your favourite?

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the lovely Michele Taylor … I can’t wait to see what Michele shares with us today!

If at any time you find a broken link please head to the blog of this week’s Host of the Heart of Christmas Blog Hop, Tina Gillespie, as she has the full list of links for everyone who is participating.

You can purchase any of the products I’ve used tonight.

Thanks for visiting my site. I’ll be back with another card on Wednesday.

In the meantime, wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm … and keep on crafting xxx

Stampin’ Up! Counting Sheep Floating Gatefold Card

Stampin’ Up! Counting Sheep Floating Gatefold Card

I love sheep! Growing up in the country, we always had a pet poddy lamb in our backyard. Poddy lambs are what lambs are called if they have either been orphaned or rejected by their mother and the local farmers would give them to us to hand raise as pets.

My brother and I would bottle feed the lambs and as they grew they would keep our lawn permanently mowed and let us ride them like horses and even dress them up in fancy dress clothes!

For this card I’ve used two FREE SALE-a-bration products: the Counting Sheep stamp set and the coordinating Sheep Dies. These adorable sheep are the perfect size for a Floating Gatefold Card. You could also use the penguins from the Penguin Place bundle or even the Peaceful Deer Bundle.

Here’s what the card looks like when closed with the belly band on (left photo) as well as on the inside of the card with the sheep popping up (right photo).

Because this card has pop up elements inside it is hard to keep it flat when the card is closed, which is why I decided to create a belly band. This card will easily fit into an standard envelope for posting but it was tricky to photograph it closed without the belly band on!

And here is another look at the inside. Because this is quite a busy card on the inside I’d probably write on the back panel instead.

Don’t these sheep just make you laugh!

If you would like the instructions on how to make this card, they are in the August Tutorial bundle, are available on my tutorial page.

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I’ll be back this week with some more Heart of Christmas inspiration and our weekly AWH Colour Creations Showcase on Wednesday.

If you live in Australia, you can find and purchase all these products in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store.  Don’t forget to use my monthly Host Code (if your order is between $50 – $250) and I will send you a thank you gift the following month. If your order is over $250 don’t use the host code because you will qualify for your own stamping rewards.

My September Host Code is WVX3UYCR and it is valid until midnight September 30.

In the meantime, wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm … and keep on crafting xxx

Stampin’ Up! Crushed Curry – Week 14 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Stampin’ Up! Crushed Curry – Week 14 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Welcome to week 14 of our 2021-22 Colour Creations blog hop! Tonight we are showcasing Crushed Curry, a rich bold yellow from the Regals colour collection.

Do you have any colours that you rarely use, but when you do, you wonder why you don’t use them more often? Crushed Curry is one of those colours for me.

Crushed Curry is so vibrant, it immediately draws your eye and it demands your attention. And as today is the first day of spring here in Australia, I decided to celebrate the arrival of spring with a Crushed Curry sunflower card.

This card uses a favourite technique of mine: the die inlay technique. I highly recommend die inlay to anyone who enjoys doing jigsaws. It’s not a technique for fast mass production but it’s not hard to do either, and the extra time it takes is so worth it for the effect it gives.

Did you notice the background spotted DSP? It’s from the FREE SALE-a-bration Beautifully Penned 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper.

Once you’ve layered the spotty DSP onto the Basic Black card base, it’s time to create the die inlay sunflower. The die inlay technique works best if you adhere a piece of adhesive sheet to the back of the Crushed Curry Cardstock and Basic Black Cardstock BEFORE you die cut them.

After you’ve die cut the Crushed Curry Cardstock be careful to keep all of the die pieces together on the cutting platform and use your Take Your Pick Tool to remove the adhesive sheet from the back of the petal pieces and place them into the correct position.

The “Thanks a Bunch” sentiment from Celebrate Sunflowers has been stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in white emboss powder before fussy cutting it out.

The other great pop of Crushed Curry colour is the handmade matching envelope. Isn’t this DSP pattern just gorgeous? It’s from a host set called Pattern Party Designer Series Paper, which has black and white patterns on one side and vibrant colours on the other side.

The envelope closure was made using the same die I used for the centre of the sunflower. I cut two of these dies in Basic Black and attached them to the envelope with white square brads. White bakers twine twists around the closures to open and close the envelope.

The inside of the card was easy to decorate with leftover Crushed Curry die pieces.

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented Caroline Manwaring. I can’t wait to see what she’s made this week!

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

Michele Taylor 

Andrea Sargent 

Rachel Palmieri 

Kate Morgan

Catherine Proctor – you are here!

Caroline Manwaring 

Sharon Davern 

Christine Blain 

Tina Gillespie

Diane Furniss 

Ros Davidson 

Theresa Gerrard 

Rachel Woollard 

Thanks for visiting my site. I’ll be back with another Christmas card on Monday.

In the meantime, wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm … and keep on crafting xxx



Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 9

Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 9

This week I was inspired by a beautiful card made by a Dutch Stampin’ Up! demonstrator called Berdien Weideveld. I loved the way her square card featured the Whimsy & Wonder DSP.

Berdien’s card also used a variety of retired products as well as several products I don’t own, so I’ve loosely CASED her card by changing my card to a rectangular design and only using current Stampin’ Up! products I already own.

I originally bought the Sparkle of the Season bundle with the intent to make wreath wards, but I still haven’t made one yet! I am, however, getting a lot of use out of some of the other elements in this bundle, such as the holly berry and holly leaves dies and the “Merry Christmas” sentiment on my card today.

These stitched rectangles would definitely have to be my most used dies, despite the fact that they are designed to fit American sized cards, not our Aussie card bases, which are made from half an A4 sheet of cardstock.

When I lined up four of the stitched rectangles across the card front, there was a much wider border of Basic White at the base of the card compared to the top and the sides. So I used one of the Basic Border dies to turn this problem into a feature instead.

The Wonderful Snowflakes are white cardstock on one side with an iridescent foil on the other side and you get 24 in a pack. They are such a great embellishment and an easy way to quickly add texture, dimension and visual interest to a card.

This card design could be made out of any of our beautiful designer series papers (BONUS: it only uses a small amount of DSP) and the stitched rectangle dies make it so easy to line everything up!

I was soooooo tempted to add a touch of the FREE Be Dazzling DSP to my card but I resisted! I actually made 6 cards over the weekend and I didn’t add the Be Dazzling DSP to a single one. I think I might be having withdrawal symptoms though, so prepared to be dazzled again next week!

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the incredible talented Kate Morgan. It’s her birthday today. Happy birthday my friend! I can’t wait to see what Kate shares with us today!

If at any time you find a broken link please head to the blog of this week’s Host of the Heart of Christmas Blog Hop, Sharon Davern, as she has the full list of links for everyone who is participating.

You can purchase any of the products I’ve used tonight here.

Thanks for visiting my site. I’ll be back with another card on Wednesday.

In the meantime, wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm … and keep on crafting xxx

Stampin’ Up! Surf’s Up! Penguin Playmates DSP Card

Stampin’ Up! Surf’s Up! Penguin Playmates DSP Card

Hello to all my crafting friends! I’m back with another entry for the “G’day Fri’yay’ Card Making Challenges” Facebook group, a fortnightly Card Making Challenge with Aussie Themes.

The theme for this challenge is “Surf’s UP!”. My husband and my sons are all obsessive surfers so I have a stack of surfing stamps and have made many a surfing card in my time, however, for this challenge I wanted to create a surfing card using non-surfing craft products.

Is it just me who gets a kick out of the idea that you might see penguins dressed in scarves and beanies out in the surf?

I know surfing is not the first thing that might spring to mind with the FREE SALE-a-bration DSP Penguin Playmates, but the stance and movement of these penguins reminded me of the way surfers hold their bodies while surfing.

The Misty Moonlight and white striped DSP was used make waves, with one of the Basic Border dies cut into smaller pieces to create whitewash foam on the edge of the waves.

I did use a die from my stash to use some of the Penguin Playmates DSP to create the two larger surfboards. The two smaller surfboards were just hand trimmed from this DSP. The penguin who is bodyboarding was stamped and fussy cut – the others are all fussy cut from the same Penguin Playmates DSP.
The little penguin getting air is my fave – let’s just crown him the “Gabriel Medina” of surfing penguins right now! I’ve used the arrow dies from the Give it a Whirl dies to draw attention to him (I’ve also used the cloud dies from the Give it a Whirl dies). This penguin really is the “coolest” of the penguins, hence the matching sentiment!

Playful Alphabet dies form the “Surf’s Up”, leaving you in no doubt that, believe it or not, these penguins are actually surfing, not skiing. I had so much fun making this card and I hope my surfing penguins put a smile on your face too!

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I’ll be back tomorrow with some more Heart of Christmas inspiration and on Wednesday our weekly AWH Colour Creations Showcase – we are creating projects with Crushed Curry this week. 

When you shop online in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store  don’t forget to use my monthly Host Code (if your order is between $50 – $250) and I will send you a thank you gift the following month. If your order is over $250 don’t use the host code because you will qualify for your own stamping rewards.

My August Host Code is AHQUWNVQ and it is valid until midnight August 31.

In the meantime, wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm … and keep on crafting xxx

Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake – Week 13 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake – Week 13 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Welcome to week 13 of our 2021-22 Colour Creations blog hop! Tonight we are showcasing Crumb Cake, a very useful colour from the Neutrals colour collection.

Crumb Cake is my favourite Stampin’ Up! colour because it is so incredibly versatile and it just works so well with every other colour. I like to think of it as the “goldilocks” of neutrals – not too dark, not too light … it always looks just right!

Because Crumb Cake looks so good with other colours, I rarely make cards using Crumb Cake on it’s own, however I wanted to challenge myself this week to find a way to really showcase this perfect all rounder colour on its own.

So my colour combination tonight is simply Crumb Cake and Basic White (not even Basic Black!), with the added sparkle of the FREE Be Dazzling DSP, because I just can’t stop using this DSP and it perfectly complements Crumb Cake.

I have to confess I ran out of time this week and only made my card this morning before I began work. In a way, it was fortuitous that I left it to the last minute because my FREE SALE-a-bration Delicate Dahlias stamp set arrived yesterday and it was the perfect stamp set to make a quick and easy card.

The Delicate Dahlias stamp set has four sentiments and both outline and solid stamps for the flowers and the leaves. You can stamp the outline and solid stamps together to create coloured in flowers, or use them separately in a variety of ways.

The outline stamp can be coloured in with your favourite colouring tool and method or you can use both the outline and the solid stamps separately but together on the one card, as I have done with this card.

This card is basically simple stamping with some fussy cutting and it’s a design you could recreate in any colour you want.

The background layer is Crumb Cake ink stamped onto Crumb Cake card stock using a mixture of the solid stamps.

My top layer flowers and leaves were stamped in Crumb Cake ink onto Basic White cardstock using the outline stamps and then fussy cut out using my paper snips.

I stamped the largest flower twice and fussy cut a second smaller flower layer to add dimension to the flower.

A 10mm strip of the Be Dazzling DSP lies across the middle of the card and die cut and punched circles of Be Dazzling DSP form the centre of the flowers.

The sentiment was white heat embossed and die cut out with the banner die from the Tasteful Labels dies.

Some more simple stamping decorated the inside of the card and the envelope too.

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented Theresa Gerrard. I can’t wait to see what she’s made this week!

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

Kate Morgan

Ros Davidson 

Rachel Palmieri 

Tina Gillespie 

Michele Taylor

Andrea Sargent

Sharon Davern

Catherine Proctor – you are here!

Theresa Gerrard

Christine Blain

Rachel Woollard 

Rosa Leyden 

Di Furniss 

Vicki Boucher

Caroline Manwaring  

You can purchase any of the products I’ve used tonight here.

Thanks for visiting my site. I’ll be back with another Christmas card on Monday.

In the meantime, wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm … and keep on crafting xxx



Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 8

Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 8

When I was a child my mum had a box of vintage Christmas cards that I used to love looking at and tonight I’ve combined a few different stamp and die sets to try to recreate this vintage vibe.

This style of card making is a lot of fun but also a little bit risky as I really have no idea what my final card will look like. I gradually add and remove different elements to build up the scene as I go.

I originally intended to use the Christmas Season bundle but the scale just didn’t work with the little bird from the Birds & Branches stamps. So these are the stamp and die sets I’ve used instead.

The shading on the card base is created with a blending brush and Bermuda Bay ink pad. Add ink to your blending brush and then start in the middle of the card and swirl outwards, gradually building up the colour.

The speckled effect is easy to create. Once you’ve finished blending your background use the inner tube of a Stampin’ Spritzer to gently tap to drop water onto the blended background.

The bird was stamped in Pale Papaya and Poppy Parade, the pine needles in Just Jade and the pinecones in Cinnamon Cider. The branch was stamped in Cinnamon Cider and also die cut from Cinnamon Cider cardstock, trimmed to fit my card.

I die cut a wreath and holly leaves in Just Jade cardstock and then cut them up randomly to add texture and dimension to the card. The holly berries are die cut in Poppy Parade cardstock.

A touch of Wink of Stella adds subtle sparkle and shimmer to the little bird.

The Christmas to Remember sentiment stamp set has a lovely mix of fonts. I used two different stamps to mix up the fonts for my Merry Christmas Sentiment.

A bow of linen thread was the final touch.

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the incredible talented Tina Gillespie. I wait to see what Tina shares with us today!

If at any time you find a broken link, please head to the blog of this week’s Host of the Heart of Christmas Blog Hop, Tina Gillespie, and she will have the list of all who are participating.

You can purchase any of the products I’ve used tonight here.

Thanks for visiting my site. I’ll be back with another card on Wednesday.

In the meantime, wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm … and keep on crafting xxx

Stampin’ Up! Coastal Cabana – Week 12 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Stampin’ Up! Coastal Cabana – Week 12 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Welcome to week 12 of our 2021-22 Colour Creations blog hop! Tonight we are showcasing Coastal Cabana, a colour from the Brights family.

Did I hear you say “step away from the Be Dazzling DSP, Catherine”? Well, sorry, not sorry, I just can’t seem to stop using this SALE-a-bration specialty DSP!

Tonight’s Coastal Cabana card pairs something old (the All Things Fabulous stamp set and the Fabulous Floral dies) with something new (the FREE Be Dazzling DSP). The colour combination I’ve used is one I’m always drawn to for summer dresses, scarves and earrings: Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Gray Granite, Basic White and of course, the gorgeous champagne gold sparkle of the Be Dazzling DSP.

The largest flowers on my card are stamped using 3-step stamps that gradually layer up the colour of the flower – each level of stamp is numbered inside the stamp case. There are so many different colour combinations you can create with this type of stamp. Here’s how I inked up my flowers for this card.

  • Stamp the largest flower stamps (1A, 2A and 3A) in Coastal Cabana, stamped off once
  • Stamp the middle stamps (1B, 2B and 3B) in full strength Coastal Cabana
  • Stamp the smallest, top stamp (1C, 2C and 3C) in full strength Bermuda Bay

The leaves were stamped in Gray Granite, both at full strength and stamped off. I also die cut a few leaves from the Be Dazzling DSP and added 5mm strips of the Be Dazzling DSP at the top and bottom of my card, sitting beside the largest, intricate lacy die (from the Fabulous Floral dies) that has been cut in half and placed either side of the main front panel.

I used some left over stamped and die cut sprigs and leaves to decorate the inside of my card.

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented Caroline Manwaring. I can’t wait to see what she’s made this week!

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

Sharon Davern 

Theresa Gerrard 

Christine Blain  

Catherine Proctor – you are here!

Caroline Manwaring

Andrea Sargent

Kate Morgan

Ros Davidson

Rachel Palmieri 

Tina Gillespie 

Michele Taylor 

Rachel Woollard 



Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 7

Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 7

Do you use your Stampin’ Up! catalogues for inspiration? I find them such a wonderful source of ideas and this week I’ve taken my inspiration from the 2019 Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalogue.

The 2019 Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalogue had very clever instructions on how to use your paper trimmer and the small Gleaming Ornaments Punch to make quick and easy Christmas crackers. As these ornament punches are currently available to purchase in the clearance rack (on sale for $35.40) I thought I would adapt this design and make a set of Christmas Crackers using the FREE SALE-a-bration Peaceful Prints DSP.

I’ve used 6 of the patterns from the Peaceful Prints DSP to make 6 crackers – I will make another 6 crackers using the reverse sides of this DSP before Christmas.

Here’s my template to make the crackers using the small ornament punch.

  • Trim a sheet of DSP to 9 x 8 inches
  • Score along the 8 inch side at 1 inch (this creates the flap for adhering the sides of the cracker together) and score again at 3, 5 and 7 inches
  • Fold along all these score lines
  • Fully insert small ornament punch to the edge of the DSP, ensuring the score line is in the centre of the ornament
  • Punch every score line at both ends of the DSP
  • Also punch at the 9 inch edge, lining up the centre of the punch with the edge of the DSP

Now score in the opposite direction, along the width of the cracker at the top, bottom and the centre of the punched out areas (see photo above) and then fold these score lines as per the photo below.

To assemble the cracker, fold up the 1 inch fold flap so that the DSP side that will be on the outside of the cracker is facing up.

Place Multipurpose Liquid Glue on this flap and fold over the cracker at the 5 inch fold, lining up the punched out areas. Press together to adhere.

Cut ribbon of choice into 14 inch (36 cm) lengths and tie into a bow at each end.

You can decorate the crackers any way you want. I used the Peaceful Deer bundle, the FREE SALE-a-bration Be Dazzling DSP and the Tailored Made Tags Dies to create coordinating deer tags for my crackers. I used some Sahara Sand twine to attach them to one end of the cracker, but you could also simply adhere them to the top of the cracker.

These crackers are empty right now because I am going to fill them with yummy treats closer to Christmas, such a Ferrero Rocher chocolate, Lindt Balls and little jokes. To fill them at a later time, simply untie the bow at one end, pop the treats inside and retie the bow.

You can make these Christmas crackers out of any DSP to match your Christmas table decoration.

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the incredible talented Michele Taylor. I wait to see what Michele shares with us today!

If at any time you find a broken link please head to the blog of this week’s Host of the Heart of Christmas Blog Hop, Sharon Davern, as she has the full list of links for everyone who is participating.

You can purchase any of the products I’ve used tonight here.

Thanks for visiting my site. I’ll be back with another card on Wednesday.

In the meantime, wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm … and keep on crafting xxx

Stampin’ Up! Birthday Caravan Card with Sweet Stockings Christmas DSP.

Stampin’ Up! Birthday Caravan Card with Sweet Stockings Christmas DSP.

Hello to all my crafting friends! Have you ever tried to use Christmas paper to make a birthday card?

Today I’m sharing a custom birthday card I made using Stampin’ Up!’s new Christmas Designer Series Paper called Sweet Stockings. It might seem strange at first to use Christmas paper for a birthday card, but if you read on you’ll understand exactly why I used this DSP.

I made this birthday card for my very special friend and “crafting partner in crime”, Jenny, who has has an utterly adorable labrador/golden retriever called Nigel. As soon as I saw this labrador/golden retriever paper in the Sweet Stockings DSP from the July – December 2021 Mini catalogues I knew I had to use it for Jen’s birthday card, even though it is Christmas paper. This labrador/golden retriever looks so much like Nige!

Jen has the most beautiful vintage caravan called Sylvia that we craft in together, so I wanted to make a caravan birthday card for her. I searched for caravan templates on Pinterest, printed one out and used it to make cut a card in the shape of a caravan. Of course, this caravan had to have a labrador/golden retriever looking out the window!

The card fold is at the top of the card – I adjusted the size of the caravan template on my computer to fit the width of a piece of A4 Pool Party cardstock, traced the outline of the van onto the card stock and scored across the the card stock at the top of the caravan. I folded at the scoreline and then cut out the caravan shape through both layers of card stock, making sure to leave a fold at the top.

The door, windows and wheel are hand cut and die cut from silver foil and Basic Black cardstock, with the curtains and the stripe down the side of the caravan made using another pattern from the Sweet Stockings DSP.

The curtain tie back bows are a stamp and die from the All For Baby bundle. I used a blending brush to add dimension around the edge of the caravan and a Matte Black dot made the perfect door handle!

I hand cut the inside card layer in Basic White and shaded some more Pool Party Ink around the edge. Both the dog in the window on the front of the card and the dog inside the card were fussy cut from the Sweet Stockings DSP, as were the fairy lights for the inside of the caravan. The sentiments are both from the Art Gallery stamp set.

I also handmade a matching envelope using the same Sweet Stockings DSP I used for the curtains on the front of the card.

Even though I can’t see Jenny in person ATM, being able to post a special handmade card to her was a great way of letting her know that I was thinking of her on her special day and missing her so much!

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I’ll be back next tomorrow with some more Heart of Christmas inspiration and our weekly AWH Colour Creations Showcase on Wednesday, when we will be sharing projects made using Coastal Cabana.

When you shop online in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store  don’t forget to use my monthly Host Code (if your order is between $50 – $250) and I will send you a thank you gift the following month. If your order is over $250 don’t use the host code because you will qualify for your own stamping rewards.

My August Host Code is AHQUWNVQ and it is valid until midnight August 31.

In the meantime, wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm … and keep on crafting xxx

Stampin’ Up! Cinnamon Cider – Week 11 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Stampin’ Up! Cinnamon Cider – Week 11 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Welcome to week 11 of our 2021-22 Colour Creations blog hop! Tonight we are showcasing Cinnamon Cider, one of 2020-22 In Colours.

I’ve gone a bit berserk with the “Feels Like Home” stamp set today, making not one but four different cards. This stamp set is a free SALE-a-bration stamp set and I wanted to show four different ways of using it, including a “non colouring” option for crafters who don’t feel confident or don’t enjoy colouring.

This beautiful stamp set does all the hard work for you, making you look like an artist. Let me show you how.

Card 1 Watercolor Card

Water colouring is easy with the right tools. Stamp with Stayzon Ink onto either watercolor paper or Shimmery white paper. Either use your inkpad lids or acrylic blocks to pick up ink from the ink pad and then paint the ink onto the image with the finest tipped Water Painter.

I still need a lot of practice with water colouring, but the great thing about water colouring is that there really are no mistakes – at least that’s what I tell myself, ha ha!

The Stitched With Whimsy dies show up really well on this watercolour paper and after embossing the paper with the largest die in this set, I held the die down on the paper and tore the paper around the edge of the metal die to add a lot of texture to the card.

The free SALE-a-bration Beautifully Penned DSP is a lovely neutral black and white, so it is perfect for making a handmade envelope to match a colourful card front like this one.

Card 2 Stampin’ Blends

I’m a lot more confident colouring an image with the Stampin’ Blends – don’t forget to stamp in Tuxedo Black Memento ink when using any alcohol marker, such as Stampin’ Blends. I also experimented a bit more with my colour combinations on this card, using light Gray Granite and Pale Papaya for the brick wall around the Cinnamon Cider door. I quite like this colour combination!

The second largest Stitched With Whimsy die perfectly framed the image and I deliberately didn’t add a sentiment so I could use this card for a variety of purposes.

Card 3 Monochromatic note card

Only colouring in with one colour (the light Cinnamon Cider Stampin’ Blend) on the image stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink really showcases Cinnamon Cider and makes for a fast, easy and effective colouring technique.

Cardstock layers die cut with the stitched rectangle dies in Basic Black and Cinnamon Cider keep a restrained monochromatic colour scheme. I’ve adhered another strip of the free SALE-a-bration Beautifully Penned DSP to the back flap of a notecard envelope to coordinate.

Card 4 Simple Stamping

Okay, yes I did quickly run this card through the sewing machine, but apart from that, it is just Cinnamon Cider stamped onto Basic White cardstock – this image is so lovely I don’t think it really needs anything else. I love the sepia effect Cinnamon Cider gives to this card! I had a bit of fun tearing the Basic White paper and curling the edges with my paper snips – such a simple way to instantly add texture and interest.

I hope my cards have inspired you to give this stamp set a go, even if you don’t feel confident with colouring! Which one do you prefer?

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, Claire Daly. I can’t wait to see what she’s made this week!

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

Kate Morgan

Ros Davidson

Rachel Palmieri

Tina Gillespie

Michele Taylor

Vicki Boucher

Rachel Woollard

Sharon Davern

Theresa Gerrard

Rosa Leyden

Diane Furniss

Christine Blain

Catherine Proctor

Claire Daly

Caroline Manwaring

Andrea Sargent 



Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 6

Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 6

This week I’ve used a sentiment stamp set from the new July-December 2021 Mini Catalogue that could be easily overlooked, but I was lucky enough to win from my upline Claire, the Well Defined stamp set.

I’m not sure why I hadn’t used this stamp set before as I love dictionary definitions. In fact, I’ve just finished reading an amazing novel called “The Dictionary of Lost Words”, based on the true story of the women who were involved in the making of the Oxford English Dictionary. It’s a part of history I had never heard of before, beautifully told in one of the best books I’ve read this year.

Although these stamps have been created to look like an official dictionary entry, I’m not sure they would have been included in either the official Oxford Dictionary or even in the Dictionary of Lost Words!

I’ve got plenty of ideas for cards to make with each of the dictionary definitions, however I’ve just used the “holiday” definition stamp today because I wanted to pair it with the Sweets & Treats stamp set for a fun, festive and food-themed card.

Stampin’ Blends in light and dark Old Olive, Real Red and Soft Suede give my card a traditional Christmas colour scheme, with scribbles of the light Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blend to anchor the images.

The sentiment is stamped in Soft Suede before being mounted onto the chopping board die from the Cookin’ Dies. I love how this little die embosses the card stock at the same time as it cuts out the shape of the chopping board.

I stamped two extra the holly sprigs from the plum pudding image and fussy cut them out to add a little more festive cheer. Red Rhinestone jewels are the perfect fit for the little holly berries and add a touch of bling to the card.

I must admit, although I adore the plum pudding stamp, I actually hate plum pudding, Christmas cake or any desserts that include dried fruit. I would, however, happily eat the cupcakes, toffee apples and definitely the cherry pie!

I had a lot of fun making this card – I hope it puts a smile on your face too!

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the incredible talented Michele Taylor. I wait to see what Michele shares with us today!

If at any time you find a broken link please head to the blog of this week’s Host of the Heart of Christmas Blog Hop, Tina Gillespie, as she has the full list of links for everyone who is participating.

You can purchase any of the products I’ve used tonight here.

Thanks for visiting my site. I’ll be back with another card on Wednesday.

In the meantime, wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm … and keep on crafting xxx

Stampin’ Up! Punch and Die Art Koala Card

Stampin’ Up! Punch and Die Art Koala Card

Hello to all my crafting friends! Do you enjoy being challenged with your crafting? I certainly do!

Today I’m sharing my entry for the inaugural “G’day Fri’yay’ Card Making Challenges” group, who are hosting fortnightly Card Making Challenge with Aussie Themes.

The theme for this challenge is koalas, however, although I don’t have a current Stampin’ Up! set with a koala image I wasn’t going to let that stop me from entering.

So how did I create my koala? It was a combination of dies, punches and an embossing folder. Let’s just call it “die and punch art” and be done with it!

To make the tree I embossed some of the In Good Taste DSP with the Bark 3D embossing folder and used the long, curved Basic Border dies to create the shape of the trunk.

Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent cardstock die cut with Forever Flourishing dies make for pretty realistic eucalypt leaves, don’t you agree? I hope the koala agrees because he doesn’t eat anything else!

I cannot believe how easy it was to make the little koala from Smoky Slate cardstock with the Pansy Dies! These Pansy dies emboss and cut at the same time, making my little koala even more realistic!

The feet of the new Penguin Builder Punch were punched in Blushing Bride for the inside of the ears.

The curve in the stem of one of the Pansy dies was die cut in Basic Black cardstock for the mouth and the nose was made by trimming a punched piece of Basic Black cardstock with the Symmetrical Stems Border Punch.

Two Matte Black Dots worked perfectly for the eyes!

I hope my “die and punch art” koala inspires you too to take a fresh look at your crafting supplies too and find new and creative ways of using them!

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I’ll be back next Monday with Heart of christmas inspiration and our weekly AWH Colour Creations Showcase – we are creating projects with Cinnamon Cider this week. 

When you shop online in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store  don’t forget to use my monthly Host Code (if your order is between $50 – $250) and I will send you a thank you gift the following month. If your order is over $250 don’t use the host code because you will qualify for your own stamping rewards.

My August Host Code is AHQUWNVQ and it is valid until midnight August 31.

In the meantime, wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm … and keep on crafting xxx

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