Stampin’ Up! Seaside Spray – Week 45 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Seaside Spray – Week 45 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Welcome back to our Colour Creations Showcase as we continue our showcase of over 50 beautiful Stampin’ Up! colours in alpha order.

This week we are showcasing Seaside Spray, a soon to be retired 2019-21 In colour that I’m really going to miss!

This week I’m also using a stamp set and co-ordinating punch that are retiring soon – the Basket of Blooms stamp set and the small bloom punch.

For quick and easy colouring I simply stamped my pot and leaves in Memento Ink onto Shimmery White card stock and coloured the pot in using Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends and the leaves using Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.

The ground below the post and the area around the pot were also coloured using Seaside Spray Stampin’ Blends and Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends . I love the stamp in this set that is a piece of twine wrapped around the pot.

The flowers were stamped onto a separate piece of paper and coloured in with Night of Navy and Seaside Spray Stampin’ Blends before being punched out with the small bloom punch or fussy cut. I’ve layered the largest flower and used silver metallic pearls for the centre of the flowers.

Don’t you just love the border created by the touch of whimsy dies? I’m so glad these are not retiring – the metallic pearls and the stitched with whimsy dies are both carrying over to the new catalogue, hooray!

The subtle embossing folder will also be sorely missed – I love the dimension this gives to card stock.

I can’t wait to see what everyone else has created with Seaside Spray today!

We will return next week on Wednesday April 28th when we’ll be showcasing Shaded Spruce.

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the forthcoming 2021-22 Stampin Up! Annual Catalogue, the January – June 2020 mini catalogue, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

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

Stampin’ Up! Sahara Sand – Week 44 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Sahara Sand – Week 44 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Welcome back to our Colour Creations Showcase as we continue our showcase of over 50 beautiful Stampin’ Up! colours in alpha order.

This week we are showcasing Sahara Sand, the lightest neutral in the Stampin’ Up! colour range.

Recognise the colours on my card this week? You probably won’t because they are the brand new 2021-23 In Colours!

From top to bottom in my ink pad stack you can see Polished Pink, Fresh Freesia, Pale Papaya, Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen.

My card is “something old, something new” this week, with the “new” being the InColours and the “old” being the lovely floral stamp set and dies that I’ve white heat embossed onto my Sahara Sand card base.

I’ve loved the Bloom & Grow stamp set and I’m going to miss it a lot when it retires in a few week’s time.

After heat embossing the larger floral stamp (top left on stamp case image), the “thank you” sentiment and some of the smaller sprigs I used my blender pen to lift ink directly off the stamp pads and colour in the images. I snipped the larger image into two pieces and arranged the flowers behind my sentiment.

Before adhering everything to the card with dimensionals, I wrapped linen thread around the Sahara Sand Layer and tied a bow.

The notecards with matching envelopes make card making so quick and easy – I used a few left over leaves to decorate the back of my envelope.

Sahara Sand is a great colour to colour directly onto, especially after you have heat embossed in white. Although I’ve used my ink pads and blender pen for this card, you could also use water colour pencils with the blender pen, Stampin’ Write markers or your Stampin’ Blends.

All of the new InColours are available as Stampin’ Blends as well as Stampin’ Write markers and you can purchase them from the 1st May.

I can’t wait to see what everyone else has created with Sahara Sand today!

We will return next week on Wednesday March 10th when we’ll be showcasing a lovely soft blue 2019-21 InColour that is about to retire: Seaside Spray.

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the forthcoming 2021-22 Stampin Up! Annual Catalogue, the January – June 2020 mini catalogue, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

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

Stampin’ Up! Alphabet Sampler

Stampin’ Up! Alphabet Sampler

Hello to all my crafting friends!

Today I’m sharing a very special project that was a real labour of love – a hand made alphabet sampler for my niece who is about to turn three.

This was such a fun project to make and yes it did involve a lot of my stamp sets. If you’d like to make one of your own, here’s how I created my alphabet sampler.

I began by looking at my stamp sets and making a list of words I could use for each letter.

Once I worked out the word for each letter I then designed the layout to suit the images used.

The final step before I began to stamp was to calculate the size of each square or rectangle. I used a shadow box frame I found at a charity shop and each square worked out to be approximately 7cm (2 3/4 inches) square.

Here’s a close up of the top half of the sampler.

And here is the bottom half.

Letters throughout were created with the Playful Alphabet dies (die cut onto foam adhesive sheets) and the words were stamped using the Make a Difference stamp set.

The complete list of stamps used is as follows:

  • A – Silhouette Scenes
  • B – Butterfly Gala
  • C – Game On
  • D – Hot Dog
  • E – Beautiful World
  • F – Jar of Flowers
  • G & H -Baby Pull Toys
  • I – Whiskey Business
  • J- Country Home
  • K – Kangaroo & Company
  • L – Love of Leaves
  • M – Snail Mail DSP
  • N – Birds & Branches
  • O – By the Dock
  • P & Q – Timeless Tropical
  • R – Nature’s Beauty
  • S – Silhouette Scenes
  • T – Campology
  • U – Under My Umbrella
  • V – Boho Indigo
  • W – Under My Umbrella
  • X – Perfectly Plaid
  • Y – Celebrate Sunflowers
  • Z – Zoo Globe

Here’s what it looks like inside the frame.

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the forthcoming 2021-22 Stampin Up! Annual Catalogue, the January – June 2020 mini catalogue, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

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 April Host Code is ESWKFC2Y and it is valid until midnight April 31.

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Thanks for visiting my blog today. I’ll be back this Wednesday with the AWH Colour Creations Showcase – we are creating projects with Sahara Sand this week. 

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

Mothers Day AWH Creative Showcase

Mothers Day AWH Creative Showcase

Welcome to the Monthly Art With Heart Creative Showcase. 

Tonight we’re sharing Mother’s Day projects. I had a beautiful card prepared for you that used the new Butterfly Brilliance bundle and the Butterfly Bijou paper, but because this paper has now sold out I’ve quickly made a replacement card.

My colour combination was inspired by the beautiful sheet of Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper that I’ve used to decorate the back flap of my envelope.

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I wanted to make a card where the butterflies moved and I found a great technique to do this on Pinterest using a retired Stampin’ Up! Stamp set called Watercolour Wishes. I’ve adapted this technique to work with the new Butterfly Brilliance bundle.

Here’s the inside of my card, where the real magic happens – three beautiful butterflies that pop up and flutter their wings when you open the card!

It’s actually a simple technique that involves folding and scoring a strip of 20 x 5 cm Basic White card stock at 1cm, 7 cm, 13 cm and 19cm. Use washi tape to adhere them to the bottom right butterfly in the Brilliant Wings Die and run it through a Cut’ n’ Emboss machine multiple times to ensure the die cuts through all the layers.

After die cutting I stamped my 3 butterflies with Back Tuxedo Memento Ink and coloured them in using Soft Seaspray and Highland Heather light and dark Stampin’ Blends.

I also stamped and die cut another bigger butterfly for the front of my card and a smaller butterfly for the front of my envelope. The big butterfly was adhered with glue dots to an embossed Seaside Spray layer (Ornate Garden Embossing folder) on top of a Highland Heather card stock layer.

Can you see the glimmer my Wink of Stella pen has added to my butterfly?

Because the Butterfly Brilliance stamp set does not have sentiments I used the Dressed To Impress “Happy Mother’s Day” sentiment on the front of my card and the small dot stamp to create a border for the inside of my card.

Make sure you stamp this inside border BEFORE attaching the edges of the butterfly wings with some multipurpose glue.

Can you see the little butterfly that decorates the front of my envelope?

To see more Mother’s Day ideas from the AWH Team head back to Rachel’s page as she is hosting our monthly blog hops.

To purchase any of the products used in my card tonight, click on the links below.

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If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the forthcoming 2021-22 Stampin Up! Annual Catalogue, the January – June 2020 mini catalogue, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

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 April Host Code is ESWKFC2Y and it is valid until midnight April 31.

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

Stampin’ Up! Terracotta Tile – Week 43 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Terracotta Tile – Week 43 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Welcome back to our Colour Creations Showcase as we continue our showcase of over 50 beautiful Stampin’ Up! colours. We’re jumping out of our alpha order this week to showcase Terracotta Tile before it retires.

The Ornate Garden DSP is retiring soon and on sale now, reduced from $26.00 to $10.40! There are a couple of patterns in this DSP that have gold foiling on white, just perfect for colouring in.

Because Terracotta Tile is not available in our Stampin’ Up! blends I used my Stampin’ Write markers instead to colour in this gold foiled DSP.

The stunning gold foiling on this DSP makes it look like I’ve heat embossed the floral pattern before colouring the flowers, but all I’ve done is to colour in with my markers.

The colour combination I used was Terracotta Tile, Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green, Basic Black and Basic White. Flirty Flamingo really brings out the pinky/red tones of Terracotta Tile.

Terracotta Tile Colour Combination

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The coloured DSP was layered onto Basic Black card stock and then a Note Card. The sentiment is from the Ornate Thanks stamp set, which is also retiring.

Inside my card I fussy cut some of the left over DSP and stamped the word “thanks” using one of the larger stamps from the Ornate Thanks stamp set.

I coloured quite a large piece of this DSP so I can quickly make a a stack of these thank you cards.

I can’t wait to see what everyone else has created with Terracotta Tile today!

We will return to alpha order next Wednesday, April 14, when we showcase Sahara Sand.

To purchase any of the products used in my card tonight, click on the links below.

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If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the forthcoming 2021-22 Stampin Up! Annual Catalogue, the January – June 2020 mini catalogue, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

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

New Stampin’ Up! 2021-23 In Colours

New Stampin’ Up! 2021-23 In Colours

Hello to all my crafting friends!

Today I’m sharing a sneak peek of the new Stampin’ Up! InColours for 2021-23. As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I get to see the new annual catalogue early and also get to place an order of selected new products.

I can’t show you the inside of the new annual catalogue until it goes live, but I can share the cover with you.

I’ve ordered a copy of the new catalogue to be delivered to my customers so if you buy your Stampin’ Up! products through my online store you’ll be receiving your own copy of the catalogue very soon.


Stampin’ Up! 2021-23 InColours

Stampin’ Up 2021-23 In Colours

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What do you think? Do you have a favourite colour?

Let’s see how each of these new InColors compare to our existing colours.


Fresh Freesia

Fresh Freesia is a pinky lilac colour that I think will work really well with bluey pinks and lavenders or purples. It is more of a purple than a pink so I’ve compared it here to the purples, including the retiring Purple Posy, so you can see how it is a pinker purple but still looks amazing with Gorgeous Grape.

Fresh Freesia colour comparison Stampin’ Up 2021-23 In Colours

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Doesn’t it also look amazing when paired with Rich Razzleberry and Misty Moonlight?

Stampin’ Up! Fresh Freesia colour combination

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Soft Succulent

Yes, Soft Succulent is another “blue green” very similar to Mint Macaron but because it is a muddier green I think I will get a lot of use of this colour when stamping leaves and flowers. Soft Succulent will look amazing with any pink or purple as well as all the browns and greys in the neutrals – here’s how it compares to the other soft blue/greens.

Soft Succulent Colour Comparison Stampin’ Up 2021-23 In Colours

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I’m looking forward to creating some Australian bush scenes using this Soft Succulent colour combination.

Soft Succulent Colour Combination

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Pale Papaya

Pale Papaya is a lovely shade of apricot that is at once a pink and an orange. It sits neatly on the apricot/rust colour spectrum between Petal Pink and Calypso Coral and could prove useful as an additional skin tone colour.

Pale Papaya Colour Comparison Stampin’ Up 2021-23 In Colours

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I love using any shade of orange or yellow with gray, so I think this colour combination would look amazing!

Pale Papaya Colour Combination

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Evening Evergreen

Evening Evergreen is a very dark green and like Soft Succulent it will be great for Australian foliage, but I can also see it being used a lot for Christmas or masculine cards – it’s almost another neutral colour so used sparingly it can be incredibly versatile.

Here’s how Evening Evergreen looks compared to the other dark greens.

Evening Evergreen Colour Comparison Stampin’ Up 2021-23 In Colours

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Evening Evergreen will look amazing with the other darker neutrals – what do you think of this “tartan inspired” colour combination for masculine cards or Christmas cards?

Evening Evergreen Colour Combination

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Polished Pink

Can a pink be bright and soft at the some time? Polished Pink certainly is and my favourite thing about this colour is that it is a pure, bluish pink with none of the orange undertones of Petal Pink – I think I’ll be “stamping off” or watercolouring this loverly pink a lot to get a light pure shade of pink.

Not as orange as Flirty flamingo, as bright as Magenta Madness or as red as Melon Mambo, Polished Pink is a welcome addition to the Stampin’ Up! range of pinks.

Polished Pink Colour Comparison Stampin' Up 2021-23 In Colours

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I love using red and pink together and think Polished Pink will work equally well with softer light tones or a lovely bright colour combination like this one.

Polished Pink Colour Combination

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Want to see more on the new InColours?

I’ll be receiving my pre-order very soon and will be posting some projects using these 2021-23 InColours later this week.

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the forthcoming 2021-22 Stampin Up! Annual Catalogue, the January – June 2020 mini catalogue, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

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 April Host Code is ESWKFC2Y and it is valid until midnight April 31.

Would you like to get a 20% discount on everything you order? Click here to join my team:

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I’ll be back this Wednesday with the AWH Colour Creations Showcase – we are creating projects with Terracotta Tile this week. 

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

Stampin’ Up! Rococo Rose – Week 42 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Rococo Rose – Week 42 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Welcome back to our Colour Creations Showcase as we continue our showcase of over 50 beautiful Stampin’ Up! colours in alpha order.

This week we are showcasing Rococo Rose, a a soon to be retired 2019-21 In colour.

I guess you could call my card this week “an ode to some of my favourite retiring items”! That’s right, many of these beautiful products will be retiring soon and many are on sale at a discounted price right now.

I’ve really loved Rococo Rose as an In Colour and regret I haven’t used it more. For today’s card I’ve paired it with Pear Pizzaz, stamped at both full strength and also stamped off once – it’s such a soft and pretty pretty, dusky pink.

Beautiful Friendship is one of my favourite stamps because it is just so easy to make a card with this stamp set – it gives you a beautiful watercolour look. I also love the stamen stamps and the sentiments in this set – it’s retiring soon and on sale now.

For my card today I’ve stamped my flowers and leaves in Rococo Rose and Pear Pizzaz (using Memento Black for the stamens) then fussy cut them with my paper snips to layer them, but they also look gorgeous when stamped directly onto card stock.

The subtle embossing folder is probably the most versatile embossing folder I’ve ever owned and I’m really going to miss it when it retires soon. This close up photo shows you the incredible dimension it gives to my Basic White card stock layer – this really is an embossing folder that works with any card!

I was late to the party with purchasing the so Sentimental bundle but I’m so glad I did get this one. I’ve used it so much, especially the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.

There’s so much to love about this bundle – the shapes of the dies, the stitching on the dies, the fonts on the the sentiments – but my favourite stamp and die from this bundle is the one I’ve used on my card today.

Last but not least, I just need to say that I’m so, so glad the linen thread is not retiring! This is my go to ribbon for any card and a simple bow of this thread is often the perfect finishing touch I need for a card.

I can’t wait to see what everyone else has created with Rococo Rose today!

Next Wednesday March 10th we’ll be showcasing a colour out of alpha order because it will soon be retired: Terracotta Tile, a 2019-21 In Colours. We will then return to alpha order on April 14 with Sahara Sand.

To purchase any of the products used in my card tonight, click on the links below.

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If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the forthcoming 2021-22 Stampin Up! Annual Catalogue, the January – June 2020 mini catalogue, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

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

Stampin’ Up! Rich Razzleberry- Week 41 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Rich Razzleberry- Week 41 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Welcome back to our Colour Creations Showcase as we continue our showcase of over 50 beautiful Stampin’ Up! colours in alpha order.

This week we are showcasing Rich Razzleberry, a lovely mauve/plum shade from our regals family.

Tonight I’ve made two floating element cards using the Pretty Perennials bundle and this colour combination.

Have you ever tried the floating frame technique or the floating element technique? Both these techniques make two cards, which is a great time saver.

The floating element technique uses a window sheet to make the elements on the card look like they are floating – hence the name. After stamping and die cutting your elements you layer them onto a window sheet and adhere with glue.

You then trim around the edges of the window sheet and die cut out a centre piece so you are left with a frame or border piece and a centre piece.

I used the stitched rectangle dies for this – you may need to run the die through the cut-n-emboss machine several times and on an angle.

Use dimensionals (strategically placed behind the elements) to attach your top layer to your card base – the dimensionals make your elements look like they are floating.

I stamped a large sentiment in the middle of my frame and added some matte black dots and extra die cuts.

I love this big “happy” stamp from the Pretty Perennials bundle!

I used my centre “floating element” piece to make a second card.

This time I used Rich Razzleberry card stock for the card base and layered the floating layer onto a die cut Basic White layer.

Once again I added some matte black dots for dimension and texture. The “for you” sentiment is also from the pretty Perennials bundle.

I can’t wait to see what everyone else has created with Rich Razzleberry today!

We will return next week on Wednesday 31 March when we’ll be showcasing one of the soon to be retired 2019-21 In Colours: Rococo Rose. We hope you can join us all then.

To purchase any of the products used in my card tonight, click on the links below.

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If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the January – June 2020 mini catalogue, the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Annual Catalogue, the 2020-21 Beginners Brochure, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

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

Stampin’ Up! Real Red – Week 40 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Real Red – Week 40 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Welcome back to our Colour Creations Showcase as we continue our showcase of over 50 beautiful Stampin’ Up! colours in alpha order.

This week we are showcasing Real Red, a vibrant red from our regals family.

If you have a person in your life who loves playing chess, cards or dice games, the “Game On” stamp set is one you’ll want to add to your collection.

I decided to create a chess board for the chess stamp, using the smallest stitched square die from the Stitched Shapes dies to die cut 6 Real Red squares and 6 Basic Black squares.

I laid the squares in a checkerboard pattern and adhered alternate squares of red and black to a 12 x 9 cm Basic White layer – I wish I’d gone a tiny bit slower to get my alignment more precise!

The card base is half a piece of A4 Basic Black card stock folded in half, with another Basic White layer in between.

Before I adhered the two top layers to my card base I wrapped Whisper White twine twice around these top layers and tied a bow.

The chess pieces were fussy cut using my paper snips and the sentiment die cut using the stitched rectangle dies – two red rhinestone jewels add a tiny touch of bling.

Thanks to my friend Tina, I’m gradually forming the habit of stamping inside all my cards. I’ve used a chequerboard stamp from the “Game On” stamp set and the happy b.day stamp from the “Happiest of Birthdays Stamp Set” – I thought the graphic quality of this stamp worked well with this style of card.

I can’t wait to see what everyone else has created with Real Red today!

We will return next week on Wednesday March 24th when we’ll be showcasing Rich Razzleberry. We hope you can join us all then.

To purchase any of the products used in my card tonight, click on the links below.

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If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the January – June 2020 mini catalogue, the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Annual Catalogue, the 2020-21 Beginners Brochure, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

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

Sketch Challenge AWH Creative Showcase

Sketch Challenge AWH Creative Showcase

Welcome to the Monthly Art With Heart Creative Showcase. 

Tonight we’re sharing some ideas for projects inspired by a card sketch. I’ve never actually participated in a card sketch challenge before but wow, I had so much fun making my card. I love how easy it is to create when someone else has done all the hard work for you in terms of thinking about the design and layout of your card! Thanks Rachel!

The Welcoming Window bundle was a bundle that had been on my wish list since I first saw the January – June mini catalogue and after months of deliberation it sort of “accidentally” fell into my shopping cart when I was placing an order last month. Whoops! Anyway, I must have known it would be just what I needed for this sketch challenge.

I’m always drawn to stamp sets and dies with architectural features – I think it’s because of the incredible dolls house my dad made for me when I was a child. It was my favourite toy ever!

These Window Flower Box Dies are so cute – I’ve only used the embossed window sills and the dies that cut out the flowers and the pots on this card but there are also windows, shutters and hinges.

Apart from the architectural details of this bundle, I just had to have this bundle for this sentiment: “Wishing our paths crossed a little more often” – isn’t that just wonderful? It’s how I feel about a lot of my friends.

The Bricks & Mortar embossing folder was the perfect background to place my window sills on. It gives a wonderful realistic texture. If you don’t have this embossing folder you can use the brick stamp set from this bundle to stamp the background.

Can you also see how the window sill dies emboss as well as cut – all at the same time!

I could have used any colour for the flowers and the sweet little flower pots but I went with two of my favourite In Colours: Seaside Spray and Misty Moonlight. Olive Green is my go to green for foliage and leaves – I really use this colour like a neutral.

The sentiment is die cut with a stitched rectangle die – to get one long enough I had to use a die that was too wide so I die cut it again, using the long edge of the die to make it the right size for the sentiment.

To finish my card off I simply added a bow of linen thread under some of the flowers.

To see more sketch inspiration from the AWH Team head back to Rachel’s page as she is hosting our monthly blog hops.

To purchase any of the products used in my card tonight, click on the links below.

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If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the January – June 2020 mini catalogue, the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Annual Catalogue, the 2020-21 Beginners Brochure, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

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

Stampin’ Up! Purple Posy – Week 39 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Purple Posy – Week 39 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Welcome back to our Colour Creations Showcase as we continue our showcase of over 50 beautiful Stampin’ Up! colours in alpha order.

This week we are showcasing Purple Posy, a soon to be retired pale purple from Stampin’ Up’s 2019-21 InColour collection.

Purple Posy is a feminine and slightly old fashioned (in a good way!) colour that reminds me of my Nana and so I decided to make a card that I think she would have liked to receive. I paired Purple Posy with all neutrals: Crumb Cake, Basic Black and Basic White.

Because there is no Purple Posy stamp pad, I used a floral stamp set that could be coloured using Purple Posy Stampin Blends – Bloom & Grow with its matching Budding Blooms dies.

I could have used virtually any embossing folder on the Basic White card stock layer but decided on the Dainty Diamonds, again with my Nana in mind.

I love this scalloped linen ribbon – it was the Crumb Cake in the centre of this ribbon that inspired me to add Crumb Cake to my colour combination, both in the layer behind the sentiment and the colouring of the leaves.

Because there isn’t a “Happy Birthday” sentiment in the Bloom & Grow stamp set I used the “Happy Birthday” sentiment from Blossoms in Bloom instead.

My friend Tina Gillespie ALWAYS stamps the insides of her cards and she has inspired me to try to remember to do the same too …

I can’t wait to see what everyone else has created with Purple Posy today!

We will return next week on Wednesday March 17th when we’ll be showcasing one of the Regals: Real Red. We hope you can join us all then.

To purchase any of the products used in my card tonight, click on the links below.

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If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the January – June 2020 mini catalogue, the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Annual Catalogue, the 2020-21 Beginners Brochure, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

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

Stampin’ Up! Pumpkin Pie – Week 38 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Pumpkin Pie – Week 38 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Welcome back to our Colour Creations Showcase as we continue our showcase of over 50 beautiful Stampin’ Up! colours in alpha order.

This week we are showcasing Pumpkin Pie, a rich orange from our regals family.

I wanted to make a thank you card for my amazing designer Christine who has just designed and typeset my latest book. We’ve worked together on many books together over the years but I really think this is her best design ever.

The book is being printed overseas now but I’m so excited about Christine’s design I wanted to share a sneak peek at the cover…

And a sample of the internal pages..

Campology is the stamp set I just had to use for this card but I’ve never feel very confident making “scene” cards. I searched Pinterest for inspiration on how to use the “Campology” stamp set and I found a wonderful card by one of the top American Stampin’ Up! demonstrators called Michelle Zindorf – she is amazing at creating blended backgrounds. I have CASED elements of Michelle’s card, including the Pumpkin Pie tent, but changed the rest of the card design and layout to include more Pumpkin Pie.

Thanks to the new Stampin’ Up! blending brushes I’m no longer scared of making “scene cards”! I used blending brushes to make a night sky background with my So Saffron, Just Jade and Mossy Meadow ink pads. The secret to getting a smooth coverage is to start blending off the page and keep moving the brushes in a circular motion.

I then stamped the tent in Memento Ink onto the front layer of the card and also onto a Post-It note to mask the tent – you fussy cut around the top of the tent to create a mask that protects the tent while you stamp the trees in Mossy Meadow over the tent and on either side of the card. Once you’ve stamped the trees remove the Post It note and your tent pops into into the foreground of the scene, with the trees in the background.

The tent is coloured in with Pumpkin Pie and Mango Melody blends – I love how these colours make it look like there is a light on in the tent!

The base of the top layer was coloured in with the Basic Black Stampin’ Blends and the “Thank you” sentiment is from “Blossoms in Bloom” with the ink applied with a sponge dauber for a crisp finish – my go-to tip when inking up sentiments. My trusty Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels just add a tiny bit of bling and dimension.

The card opens at the top and the inside has been stamped in Mossy Meadow using the tall tree stamp from “Campology”. I hope this card brings a smile to Christine’s face and expresses how grateful I am to her incredible design skills that bring my writing to life!

I can’t wait to see what everyone else has created with Pumpkin Pie today!

We will return next week on Wednesday March 10th when we’ll be showcasing one of the soon to be retired 2019-21 In Colours: Purple Posy. We hope you can join us all then.

To purchase any of the products used in my card tonight, click on the links below.

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If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the January – June 2020 mini catalogue, the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Annual Catalogue, the 2020-21 Beginners Brochure, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

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

Stampin’ Up! Pretty Peacock – Week 37 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Pretty Peacock – Week 37 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Welcome back to our Colour Creations Showcase as we continue our showcase of over 50 beautiful Stampin’ Up! colours in alpha order.

This week we are showcasing Pretty Peacock, a deep teal/turquoise blue/green which is one of the soon to be retired 2019-21 InColours.

I don’t know about you, but I love succulents because they are so sculptural, come in amazing colours and shapes, are hard to kill, easy to propagate…and they survive and flourish where other plants don’t.

Plants can be tricky to grow at my home because it sits high on a hill near the sea, with the front of the house facing south and our back garden facing north. Our backyard is flooded with sun year round and at the front of the house southerly winds whip up the hill in the afternoons.

These plants at my front entrance have to survive both the strong salty southerlies AND the hot northern sun streaming through the glass.

On my back deck the only plants that survive the year-round northern sun are my succulents – please excuse the spider webs, it is constant battle!

If you love succulents like I do, the simply succulents bundle from the January-June 2021 mini catalogue is a must have! Take a closer look at the dies – not only are there co-ordinating dies to cut out the pot and the three succulent stamps, but there are also dies for two other succulents (LOVE the hanging succulent), four stitched label dies and an enormous background succulent die!

I was trying to work out how to make a card that reflected the different heights my succulents sit at both on my back deck and my front door, and I realised a side step card was the answer.

I couldn’t find a template for a side step card that worked with our paper sizes here in Australia, so I created one that gives you 2 cards bases from one sheet of A4 card stock.

Making a side step card is quite simple – there is only one single cut and a few folds. One sheet of A4 paper is enough for 2 card bases, each measuring 14.8cm x 21cm each. Use your paper trimmer to cut your A4 card stock in half and then cut and score as per the template below.

  1. Measure in 8cm from the left on the 14.8cm side of your card base and draw a pencil line from top to bottom.
  2. Along this line measure down 4.5cm from the top of the card stock and measure up 2.5cm from the base of the card stock. The solid line in between these 2 measurements is your only cutting line for this card- I’ve marked this as a solid black line in my template.
  3. Cut along this solid line, being very carful not to cut above or below this line.
  4. All the other dotted lines are fold lines – measure and score these with your paper trimmer.
  5. Once you’ve scored these lines, rub out the pencil mark along your cut line and fold the score lines so the folds of your card look like this.

I’ve used a lot of different coloured Stampin’ Blends for my succulents, including light and dark Pretty Peacock, Just Jade, Mint Macaron, Old Olive, Granny Apple Green and Highland Heather. The terracotta pots are coloured with Cinnamon Cider Stampin’ Blends.

For the trailing succulents in the middle pot I die cut one from Pretty Peacock card stock and two in Basic White card stock. I used my dark and light Pretty Peacock Stampin’ Blends to colour the Basic White card stock. You can see in the picture below how this gives three different shades of Pretty Peacock.

The succulent on the back right hand side of the card was coloured by blending together Old Olive and light Pretty Peacock. I love this spiky succulent!

The “happy birthday” sentiment is from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set, stamped in Versamark ink and then white heat embossed onto Pretty Peacock card stock. This sentiment perfectly fits into one of the stitched label dies from the Simply Succulent Bundle.

The final touches are a double bow of linen thread and a few stamped and coloured succulents to decorate a Basic White C6 envelope. I traced around another die from this bundle to create an address border on the front of the envelope.

I didn’t forget the back of the envelope either!

I can’t wait to see what the rest of the Art With Heart team have created with Pretty Peacock today. Click on the links below to see what they’ve made.

We will return next week on Wednesday March 3rd when we’ll be showcasing a Regal Colour: Pumpkin Pie. We hope you can join us all then.

To purchase any of the products used in my project tonight, click on the links below.

Product List

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the January – June 2020 mini catalogue, the 2020 Sale-a-bration catalogue, the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Annual Catalogue, the 2020-21 Beginners Brochure, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

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 February 2021 Host code is ZYAR6HTF and it is valid until midnight February 28.

Would you like to get a 20% discount on everything you order? Click here to join my team:

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

Stampin’ Up! Poppy Parade – Week 36 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Poppy Parade – Week 36 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Welcome back to our Colour Creations Showcase as we continue our showcase of over 50 beautiful Stampin’ Up! colours in alpha order.

This week we are showcasing Poppy Parade, a very bright and happy red!

If you’ve got a “thing” for black and white paper like I do, you’re going to love, love, love this True Love DSP. It’s so very versatile because you can use it for backgrounds, colour it in different ways or fussy cut the flowers to use on your cards or scrapbook layouts.

And the back and white patterns just makes any colour pop!

The colour scheme I’ve used today is such a classic: Poppy Parade, black and white…with just a touch of another bright: Granny Apple Green.

The beautiful red flowers were coloured in with Stampin’ Blends: Poppy Parade for the petals, Granny Apple Green for the leaves, oh, and I nearly forgot the centre of the flowers…Daffodil Delight.

The detail on these flowers in the True Love Designer Series Paper make them so easy to colour and shade – just follow the lines!

The sentiment is from the matching stamp set: “Forever & Always”. After stamping the “Love” stamp I fussy cut it out only to remember I actually own the co-ordinating “Always” dies!!! Duh!!!!

Instead of adding a swirl of the Forever Greenery gold trim behind the “you so very much sentiment” I die cut it using the long rectangle die from the Field Tiles Dies. I then used a needle to thread the gold trim through the holes and then tie a bow, which is secured with a gilded gem.

I really like this effect and must remember to use it again.

I can’t wait to see what the rest of the Art With Heart team have created with Poppy Parade today. Click on the links below to see what they’ve made.

We will return next week on Wednesday February 24th when we’ll be showcasing one of the 2020-22 InColours: Pretty Peacock. We hope you can join us all then.

To purchase any of the products used in my project tonight, click on the links below.

Product List

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the January – June 2020 mini catalogue, the 2020 Sale-a-bration catalogue, the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Annual Catalogue, the 2020-21 Beginners Brochure, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

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 February 2021 Host code is ZYAR6HTF and it is valid until midnight February 28.

Would you like to get a 20% discount on everything you order? Click here to join my team:

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

Stampin’ Up! Pool Party – Week 35 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Pool Party – Week 35 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Welcome back to our Colour Creations Showcase as we continue our showcase of over 50 beautiful Stampin’ Up! colours in alpha order.

This week we are showcasing Pool Party, one of my favourite colours.

It was only after I finished my card that I realised my colour scheme has combined Pool Party with the next two colours in our Colour Creations showcase: Poppy Parade and Pretty Peacock. I love these colours together – it’s quite a retro colour combination and I think it reminds me of illustrations in a book that I had as a child.

Ever used one of the Stampin’ Up! “Reversibles” stamp sets? These stamp sets make for quick and easy cards AND they are so fun to use!

Today I’m using a new Reversibles stamp set from the January-June 2021 Mini Catalogue called Back to Back Blooms. With “Reversibles” you can stamp with both sides of the stamp – one side has the detailed outline image and the other side gives you a solid stamp to add a block of colour.

With the Back to Blooms stamp set the reverse side of the stamp does not perfectly align with the outline side of the stamp, but I personally really like this offset look. However, other “Reversibles” stamp sets, such as “Jar of Flowers”, do align because the reversible stamps are symmetrical.

If you don’t like this offset look, you can simply stamp the outline side of the stamps and then colour these line images in with your watercolour pencils, Stampin’ Blends, markers or even using your water painters or blender pen with your ink pads.

My slimline card was super easy to make – I simply stamped the outline stamps in Tuxedo Memento Black, flipped the stamp over and then I offset stamped in Pool Party, Poppy Parade (stamped off once) and Pretty Peacock (stamped off once).

To show you how you can use the outline stamp in this set and then colour in for a neater look, on the inside panel of my card below I’ve coloured the images with my Stampin’ Blends (instead of using the reverse side of the stamp to stamp the colour).

To finish the front of my slimline card off I used Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels in Cherry Cobbler and Coastal Cabana in the centre of my flowers. I find these Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels so incredibly versatile – the colours always seem to perfectly match whatever red, green, yellow, orange or yellow I use them with.

The Happy Birthday sentiment is from another new stamp set called “In Bloom” that I’ve stamped in Versamark and then heat embossed in white.

I wonder what look you prefer with this stamp set? Is it the water coloured offset look of reverse stamping on the front of my card or the more precisely coloured look of the inside flowers coloured using the blends?

Either way, I think you’ll probably agree that this is such a versatile and beautiful stamp set!

I can’t wait to see what the rest of the Art With Heart team have created with Pool Party today. Click on the links below to see what they’ve made.

We will return next year on Wednesday February 17th when we’ll be showcasing one of the Brights: Poppy Parade. We hope you can join us all then.

To purchase any of the products used in my project tonight, click on the links below.

Product List

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the January – June 2020 mini catalogue, the 2020 Sale-a-bration catalogue, the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Annual Catalogue, the 2020-21 Beginners Brochure, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

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 February 2021 Host code is ZYAR6HTF and it is valid until midnight February 28.

Would you like to get a 20% discount on everything you order? Click here to join my team:

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

Stampin’ Up! Petal Pink – Week 34 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Petal Pink – Week 34 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Welcome back to our Colour Creations Showcase as we continue our showcase of over 50 beautiful Stampin’ Up! colours in alpha order.

This week we are showcasing the lightest pink in the Stampin’ Up! colour range, Petal Pink.

I’ve used products from the Fine Art Floral suite today, as well as the the Blushing Bride and Whisper White twine that comes in the Snail Mail Twine combo pack.

After showcasing Pear Pizzazz last week I realised it was a colour I have overlooked and neglected so I’ve included it in my colour palette today, along with Basic White, Crumb Cake, Flirty Flamingo, and of course, our colour of the week, Petal Pink.

I love the two-step stamping of the flowers in the Art Gallery stamp set – there are so many different colour combinations and looks you can achieve with the two-step stamping stamps and even the single step stamps in this set give you such a wonderful water coloured effect. They really make you look like an artist!!!

Did you notice the stunning Basic White embossed card stock layer on the Crumb Cake card on the left? This is a new embossing folder called painted texture 3D embossing folder. It really does look like paint!

I used the marker technique on this card because this floral image is single step stamping. Even though the Art Gallery stamp set is photopolymer you can still colour different sections with your markers to stamp in multiple colours on the one stamp.

Under the floral image is another beautiful product from the Fine Art Floral Suite – Golden Garden Specially Acetate Sheet. The image on this acetate is gold on one side and silver on the other. I’ve used the gold side on this card – here’s a closer look at the pattern.

On the other card I’ve flipped the acetate over to the silver side and the Basic White card stock layer is embossed using the Tin Tile embossing folder which matches the pattern on the acetate really well.

The large floral image is two step stamping and all of these floral images have been die cut out using the co-ordinating Floral Gallery Dies.

The “Happy Birthday” sentiment and the die I’ve used to cut it out are also from the Art Gallery Bundle.

I can’t wait to see what the rest of the Art With Heart team have created with Petal Pink today. Click on the links below to see what they’ve made.

We will return next year on Wednesday February 10th when we’ll be showcasing another one of the Subtles: Pool Party. We hope you can join us all then.

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the January – June 2020 mini catalogue, the 2020 Sale-a-bration catalogue, the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Annual Catalogue, the 2020-21 Beginners Brochure, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

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 February 2021 Host code is ZYAR6HTF and it is valid until midnight February 28.

Would you like to get a 20% discount on everything you order? Click here to join my team:

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

Never Ending Infinity Card Tutorial

Never Ending Infinity Card Tutorial

Hello to all my crafting friends!

Today I’m sharing a project I made for the Creative Eight Tutorial group. This is the January bundle I am sharing with you today – I have to admit that I actually didn’t realise February had already started! We were all running a little late last month with our tutorials while getting back into the swing of things after a crazy December so please forgive my tardiness with sharing this with you.

Each month Creative Eight Tutorial group has a theme that we all create a project for. This month we are all using FREE products from the 2021 SALE a-bration! Catalogue that finishes at the end of February.

Here’s a sneak peek at all eight projects.

The project I created for this tutorial is a never ending infinity card.

There’s a story behind why I decided to create this never ending infinity card tutorial. If you’ve ever tired to make an infinity card before you’ll know that one of the trickiest things can be knowing which panels you can place your sentiments on so they appear the right way no matter which way your card is folded.

I actually had to remake this card four times because I couldn’t find a tutorial anywhere that told me how to do this. So, if you’re like me and you’d like to get it right the first time, not on the fourth attempt!, this tutorial is for you. That’s right, I’ve done all the hard work for you because my tutorial explains exactly how to get your sentiments right way up for ANY sized infinity card!

The stunning Designer Series Paper I’ve used for this card is called Berry Delightful and comes in a bundle with the Berry Blessings stamp set, which I used for the sentiments on the infinity card. You can earn this amazing bundle for FREE during SALE-a-bration if you spend over $180 in a single order.

This tutorial and the seven other amazing projects in the Creative Eight Wow bundle is available now for for Australian customers FREE with any purchase over $50 in my online store. Or, if you live overseas (or in Australia if you prefer to purchase the bundle ) it is available here to purchase for $12.

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the January – June 2020 mini catalogue, the 2020 Sale-a-bration catalogue, the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Annual Catalogue, the 2020-21 Beginners Brochure, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

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 February 2021 Host code is ZYAR6HTF and it is valid until midnight February 28.

Would you like to get a 20% discount on everything you order? Click here to join my team:

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I’ll be back this Wednesday with the AWH Colour Creations Showcase – we are creating projects with Petal Pink this week.. 

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

Stampin’ Up! Pear Pizazz – Week 33 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Pear Pizazz – Week 33 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Welcome back to our Colour Creations Showcase as we continue our showcase of over 50 beautiful Stampin’ Up! colours in alpha order.

This week we are showcasing Pear Pizzazz, a light to mid shade of green from our subtles family.

My three cards use the Forever Fern stamp set and the acrylic block stamping technique – one of my favourite techniques because it is so easy and it’s a fast way to create water-coloured looking backgrounds.

All you need for this technique are acrylic blocks, a Stampin’ Spritzer and the ink pad of your choice of colour. I used acrylic blocks sized D, H and C (left to right in the photo below).

My colour combination was inspired by the mix of colours in the beautiful Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper that co-ordinates with the Forever Fern stamp set – I also added a touch of my favourite neutral, Crumb Cake.

Although Pear Pizzazz is probably my least used green, I really love how it looks when it is used beside these other greens and blue greens. Because Pear Pizzazz has a yellow undertone, Crumb Cake is my preferred neutral to use with this colour.

To create the Pear Pizzazz background you simply ink up your acrylic block by stamping it directly onto your ink pad, mist it with a spray of water from your Stampin’ Spritzer and then press firmly into the Basic White card stock.

You can create beautiful water coloured backgrounds by pressing your acrylic block into several different colour ink pads but because I was stamping with multiple colours I simply used one colour for all three backgrounds today.

With this technique I prefer to either chose to use one colour for the background and then stamp over the top in multiple colours OR I create a multicolour background first and then use just one colour to stamp over the top.

My “Hello” card has a Shaded Spruce card stock base (20 x 13.5 cm) scored and folded in half, topped with Pear Pizzazz card stock layer (9.5 x 13 cm) and a stamped Basic White layer (9 x 12.5cm). The acrylic block I used to create the Pear Pizzazz background is size C.

The Forever Fern stamp set has a great splatter stamp and I inked up this stamp and the “Hello” sentiment in Crumb Cake before finishing my card with a simple bow of braided linen thread.

I used acrylic block size D for my next card on a Pretty Peacock card stock base (28 x 10 cm) that folds at the top. The Pear Pizzazz card stock middle layer is 13.5 x 9.5 cm and the stamped Basic White layer measures 9 x 9 cm.

This time I stamped and layered the sentiment separately to the main image using the stitched rectangle dies and I finished the card off with a double bow of linen thread.

Card number three uses acrylic block H on a Garden Green card stock base (half an A4 sheet, scored and folded at the top) with a middle layer of Pear Pizzazz, but this time I embossed the stamped Basic White layer with the Subtle embossing folder (after stamping).

The sentiment is die cut out using a stitched square and attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals and I also added a bow of braided linen thread and some Shaded Spruce embellishments from the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

I can’t wait to see what the rest of the Art With Heart team have created with Pear Pizzazz today. Click on the links below to see what they’ve made.

We will be back next Wednesday 3rd February when we’ll be showcasing another one of the Subtles: Petal Pink. We hope you can join us all then.

To purchase any of the products used in my cards, simply click on the links below.

Product List

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the January – June 2020 mini catalogue, the 2020 Sale-a-bration catalogue, the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Annual Catalogue, the 2020-21 Beginners Brochure, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

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

Stampin’ Up! 2021 January to June Mini and SALE-a-bration AWH Creative Showcase

Stampin’ Up! 2021 January to June Mini and SALE-a-bration AWH Creative Showcase

Welcome to the Monthly Art With Heart Creative Showcase. Tonight we’re sharing some ideas for cards that projects using J2J mini (AKA the January – June 2021 Mini Catalogue) and SALE-a-bration products.

Yesterday shared with you a card I made using one of the SALE-a-bration items I earned for FREE by placing an order over $180 – the Berry Blessings Stamp Set & Berry Delightful DSP bundle. This Berry Delightful DSP is just stunning – there’s not a sheet in this DSP pack that I don’t love!

I have to admit that I initially overlooked the Sweet Strawberry Bundle in the January – June 2020 mini catalogue, but when I realised how well it co-ordinated with the Berry Blessings bundle I just had to get it too.

Because the Berry Blessings bundle is a FREE SALE-a-bration item you technically get both these bundles (if your order is over $180) for just $55.75!!!

My favourite thing about these two bundles together is that the Strawberry builder punch punches out images from the Berry Delightful DSP, which is why I decided to make a card today that showcases these punched pieces on both the front and the inside of the card.

Here’s the front of the card.

But it’s inside the card where the magic really happens because there is a pop-up wreath inside!

The large strawberry patterned DSP on the front of this card is the sheet you can use to punch out three shapes using the Strawberry Builder Punch: the strawberry, the blossom and the leaf.

And these three images are in different colours so you can punch out a variety of images with the one punch – it’s so cool!

This co-ordination with the punch and the DSP made this card so easy to make. For the front of the card I used my subtle embossing folder to emboss the DSP before layering it on top of a layer of Basic White and adding a layered sentiment from the Sweet Strawberry Stamp set.

Here’s a close up of the punched out blossoms and leaf that decorate my sentiment.

My pop up wreath card looks a lot harder to make than it actually is thanks to two simple folds in the white card stock layer and a simple wreath made using the Strawberry Builder punch.

Always turn your punch upside down when punching out images and if you want to get more punched images out of this DSP use your paper snips to firstly cut the images apart. Then attach a post-it note to the reverse side of the cut out DSP image and use it as a holder while you punch the images out.

The wreath pieces were layered on a circle of Basic White, cut out with the largest layering circle die. I stamped the sentiment from the Berry Blessings Stamp set in the middle of the circle before arranging and adhering my wreath pieces.

I also decorated the top of the inside of the card using leftover punched leaves, blossoms and a strawberry. Because the Strawberry Builder punch cuts off the top of the strawberry I fussy cut a strawberry top from the DSP and glued it on top of the punched out shape.

The great thing about this fancy fold pop-up wreath card is that is closes flat to pop in an envelope, it sits up open to display the wreath and it also lies flat when fully opened.

To see more January -June 2021 Mini Catalogue and Sale-a-bration inspiration from the AWH Team head back to Rachel’s page as she is hosting our monthly blog hops.

To purchase any of the products I’ve used in my cards tonight simply click on the phots of the products below.

Product List

  If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the January – June 2020 mini catalogue, the 2020 Sale-a-bration catalogue, the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Annual Catalogue, the 2020-21 Beginners Brochure, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

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

Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point – Week 32 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point – Week 32 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Welcome back to our Colour Creations Showcase as we continue our showcase of over 50 beautiful Stampin’ Up! colours in alpha order.

This week we are showcasing Pacific Point, a lovely vibrant blue from our brights family.

Week 32 – Pacific Point

Hands up if you have ever bought an entire pack of Designer Series Paper because you just had to have one of the designs?

As soon as I saw the Berry Blessings Stamp Set & Berry Delightful DSP bundle in the SALE-a-bration catalogue my eye was immediately drawn to this beautiful sheet of DSP, blueberry patterned on one side with a fresh blue check on the other side.

And even better still, because the Berry Blessings Stamp Set & Berry Delightful DSP is one of the SALE-a-bration items I earned this bundle for FREE by placing an order of over $180 – not hard to do with all the lovely new products in the January-June 2021 Mini Catalogue!

The colour scheme for my card today is a lovely fresh mix of the different blues and greens in this DSP. Doesn’t Pacific Point look amazing alongside Night of Navy and Balmy Blue?

I’m not sure what to call this type of card – maybe a “fancy fold belly band” card?

Whatever you call it, I promise you that fancy folds don’t get any easier than this card. Simply take a 25 x 10cm rectangle of Night of Navy card stock and score along the longest side at 10cm. Fold this flap over – this is the front of your card. I decorated my front flap with a 9 x 9cm square of the berry DSP, layered on top of a 9.5 x 9.5cm layer of Whisper White card stock.

The inside of the card is decorated with another 9.5 x 9.5cm layer of Whisper White card stock, stamped with a berry and leaf stamp from the Berry Blessings stamp set and a “birthday” sentiment.

I used the recently retired envelope dies to die cut a piece of the berry DSP to decorate the back of my envelope but if you don’t have these envelope dies you can simply trace around the back of your envelope flap and cut the DSP out with your paper snips.

The other panel on the right hand side of the card uses the reverse side of the berry DSP, cut to 4 x 9 cm and layered on top of a piece of 4.5 x 9.5 cm Whisper White card stock.

To make the belly band I trimmed a 1.5cm wide strip off the longest side of an A4 sheet of Pacific Point card stock. I wrapped it around the card and adhered it behind the “wishing you the berry best” sentiment.

The pretty little flowers on my belly band are punched out from another sheet of DSP in the Berry Delightful DSP pack using the Strawberry Builder punch from the co-ordinating Sweet Strawberry Bundle with a Blue Adhesive-Backed Gem in the centre of each flower.

The strawberry builder punch not only punches out the stamps in the co-ordinating Sweet Strawberry stamp set, it also punches out the blossoms, the leaves and the strawberries from one of the sheets in the Berry Delightful DSP – how cool is that!

I didn’t forget to decorate the front of my envelope – the berry stamps in the Berry Blessings stamp set match this DSP perfectly!

I can’t wait to see what the rest of the Art With Heart team have created with Pacific Point today. Click on the links below to see what they’ve made.

We will return next year on Wednesday January 27th when we’ll be showcasing one of the Subtles: Pear Pizzaz. We hope you can join us all then.

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the January – June 2020 mini catalogue, the 2020 Sale-a-bration catalogue, the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Annual Catalogue, the 2020-21 Beginners Brochure, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

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

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