Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 1 Balmy Blue

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 1 Balmy Blue

Welcome to week one of our 2020-2021 Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase.

Each week various members of our Art With Heart Colour Creations team will be bringing you weekly colour inspiration as we showcase our range of over 50 beautiful Stampin’ Up! colours in alphabetical order.

Week 1 – Balmy Blue

Balmy Blue is a soft, powdery light blue that is part of the Subtles collection of colours. It is available as a Classic Stampin’ Pad and ink refill, Stampin blends combo pack, watercolour pencil, Stampin’ Write marker, Subtle Designer Series Paper and Whale of a time DSP, or you can purchase it within any of the Subtles collections.

Balmy Blue looks so fresh when paired with both of the darker blues – Pacific Point and Night of Navy – but today I’ve chosen Night of Navy because I wanted colours that are available in our Stampin Blends.

I used Tuxedo Black ink to stamp my flowers onto Whisper White cardstock because I coloured my stamped images with Stampin Blends. If I was going to watercolour with inkpads or watercolour pencils and an aqua brush I would have stamped using Stazon Ink instead and either watercolour paper or shimmery white paper.

The large floral images in the Bloom & Grow stamp set and its matching Budding Bloom dies make card making fast and easy because each stamp and dies creates one large spray of flowers already beautifully arranged!

For my card I’ve stamped and die cut the same flower spray twice. The large sentiment was die cut and layered using the long scalloped edge die.

Here’s a closer look at this gorgeous scalloped edge – it adds so much visual interest.

I’m really looking forward to using Balmy Blue with lots of different colour combinations and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the Art With Heart team have come up with today.

Just click on the links below to see what they’ve all made.

  1. Kate Morgan
  2. Vicki Boucher
  3. Ros Davidson
  4. Christine Blain
  5. Tina Gillespie
  6. Sharon Davern
  7. Theresa Gerrard
  8. Diane Furniss
  9. Michele Taylor
  10. Caroline Manwaring
  11. Christina Barnes
  12. Kathryn Ruddick
  13. Andrea Sargent
  14. Sujatha Harding
  15. Rachel Woollard
  16. Fiona Bell Ryan

Thanks so much for hopping along with the Art With Heart Team on our very first weekly Colour Creations Showcase. Next Tuesday we’ll be showcasing one of the neutrals: Basic Gray. We hope you can join us all then.

To purchase any of the products featured in today’s post, simply contact your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, any of the ladies in the AWH Colour Creations Showcase or click on the product links below.

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If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of 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

2020-21 Annual Catalogue is Live Today

2020-21 Annual Catalogue is Live Today

I’m so excited because two brand new catalogues – the 2020-21 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue and the 2020-21 2020-21 Beginner Brochure are both live today.

If you click on the images below you can download and save the PDF of both the Annual Catalogue or the Beginner Brochure. If you’d prefer your very own paper copy, please contact me and I’ll pop one in the post for you.

Take a look at the new online store

Stampin’ Up! also have a new online store – you can take a look at my online store out here!

If you need a little help navigating your way around this new and improved online store, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Earn bonus Stampin’ Rewards during the month of June

There are two fantastic specials for the month of June, to kick off the new Annual Catalogue and Beginner Brochure.

Earn Extra Stampin Rewards

Stampin’ Rewards are free product you earn every time you place an order of $250 or more. But for a limited time you can earn even more Stampin’ Rewards.

If you place an order over $400 (before postage) between June 3rd to 30th you’ll get an extra $40 in Stampin’ Rewards on top of your normal Stampin’ Rewards.

So for example, if you place a $400 order, you would normally receive $40 Stampin’ Rewards, but if you place that order between 3-30th June you’ll receive $80 instead to spend on any Stampin’ Up! product of your choice!

You can access my online store here.

Receive an Extra FREE Stamp Bundle in Your Starter Kit

Whether you decide to join Stampin’ Up! just for the 20% discount on products or to start your own home business, you’ll get even more bang for your buck during June.

Normally, when you join Stampin’ Up! you get to choose $235 of Stampin’ Up! products of your choice for just $169 – plus you get free postage on your kit.

But from June 3 – 30 you also get an extra FREE die/stamp set or punch/stamp set bundle (of your choice and of any value) in your kit. There are over 30 fabulous new bundles to choose from and depending on which bundle you choose you could save over $100!

If you’d like to find out more about joining Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Take a closer look at the 2020-22 In Colours

I’ll be sharing a lot more projects I’ve made with the new products from the new catalogues over the next few weeks.

In the meantime, here’s some of the gorgeous new products that I’ve already been lucky enough to play with in the past few weeks. You can read more about these beautiful new 2020-22 In Colours in my recent blog.

Join me tonight and every week for the AWH weekly Colour Creations Showcase

At 8pm (AEST) tonight I’ll be launching the 2020-21 Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase, a weekly blog hop that runs for 50 weeks of the year.

Each week various members of our Art With Heart Colour Creations team will be bringing you weekly colour inspiration as we showcase our range of over 50 beautiful Stampin’ Up! colours in alphabetical order.

The Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase is a great source of inspiration for not only different colour combinations but also learning new techniques and seeing different Stampin’ Up! products used in fresh and innovative ways.

Would you like your very own copy of the new catalogues?

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Mini Catalogue, the Beginner Brochure, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm…and keep on crafting xxx

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – Bonanza Buddies

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – Bonanza Buddies

Do you ever buy a stamp set just for the one stamp!

I tried to resist the Bonanza Buddies stamp set but that little koala bear just kept calling my name. And once I’d started using the set, the happy birthday sentiment quickly became a go to for my birthday cards.

For my card today I also used some of the Birthday Bonanza Designer Series Paper – I didn’t want the busyness of the paper to distract from my cute koala bear so I used one of the “quieter” designs in Coastal Cabana and Whisper White.

Do you want to see my koala bear? I just adore this little guy!

To add texture and dimension to the background of my card I embossed the DSP using the Corrugated 3D embossing folder – you can see it better on this photo below.

A strip of Black Glittered Organdy Ribbon tied with bakers twine is threaded through the top of the slit in the stitched die and a black Peaceful Poppies Sequins tops off the party hat and the card.

Tomorrow I will be sharing some more cards with you, but in the meantime you can view all the retiring products in my online shop.

Would you like me your very own Stampin’ Up! 2020-21 Annual Catalogue?

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Mini Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm…and keep on crafting xxx

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – Magnolia Blooms

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – Magnolia Blooms

Today I’m farewelling the Magnolia Blooms stamp set, a stamp set you might have overlooked because it was released in the beginners catalogue. 

I created two cards using the same hand made designer series paper technique and I love how they both turned out.

Home made designer series paper is easy to do and so much fun if you love to colour in. I started with half an A4 sheet of shimmery white card stock (because I knew I was going to use my aqua painter) and stamped all over it with the two flower stamps and the little leaf. I start by stamping the largest image first and then filled in the gaps with the smaller stamps.

Next I used my Old Olive and Rich Razzelberry Watercolour pencils to colour in the images and then I used my aqua painter to blend out the colour.

Step three is to cut the paper in half again before using the dark Basic Black Stampin’ Blend pen to colour in around the images on one of the halves. I carefully outlined each image first using my Basic Black Blend pen before filling in the white space.

To make my cards I used large Memories and More card bases, mounting the black floral pattern onto some Rich Razzleberry card stock first. The “happy Birthday” sentiment is from a brand new stamp set called Blossoms in Bloom – it will be available to purchase June 3 when the new Annual catalogue goers live.

And here’s the other card design using the white floral design layered onto some Basic Black card stock.

This stamp set co-ordinates beautifully with the Good Morning Magnolia stamp, which is not retiring, so if you love magnolias make sure you don’t miss out securing the Magnolia Blooms before it retires on June 2.

Tomorrow I will be sharing some more cards with you, but in the meantime you can view all the retiring products in my online shop.

Would you like me your very own Stampin’ Up! 2020-21 Annual Catalogue?

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Mini Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm…and keep on crafting xxx

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – Lots Of Happy Card Kit

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – Lots Of Happy Card Kit

Today I’m farewelling the Lots Of Happy Card Kit – one of my favourite kits of all time. It includes everything you need to make 20 cards, even the acrylic block to mount your stamps on and the adhesives to attach the elements to the card front.

The watercolour pencils included in the kit are some of my favourite colours. Here’s what the cards look like coloured in with the pencils included in the kit.

For my cards tonight I thought I’d show you how these cards look created with different colours, mixing up the design elements. I used Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point and Granny Apple Green watercolour pencils and my blender pen to blend the colours together.

I love how this bold black and white striped paper works so well with the Sahara Sand Card bases as a neutral palette you can mix with any other colours.

The card bases come in 5 different sizes and shapes. This birthday card is made from one of the large card bases.

And here’s the other birthday card design I made using one of the large card bases.

This smaller, rectangular note card is just perfect to accompany a gift.

And how cool is this hexagonal shape. Like every card in this kit, it comes with its very own matching envelope.

The smallest note card base is so adorable. I like to include little notecards this size when I’m giving a bunch of flowers or a small gift like a pair of earrings.

Tomorrow I will be sharing some more cards with you, but in the meantime you can view all the retiring products in my online shop.

Would you like me your very own Stampin’ Up! 2020-21 Annual Catalogue?

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Mini Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm…and keep on crafting xxx

Art With Heart Creative Showcase: Sketch Challenge

Art With Heart Creative Showcase: Sketch Challenge

Welcome to the Monthly Art With Heart Creative Showcase. 

This month the Art With Heart Team have amazing projects to share with you that have been inspired by the card sketch below. The sketch is to be used as a starting point and has been interpreted in many creative ways by the Art With Heart Team.

I had so many ideas for my card tonight but in the end I decided to showcase the soon to be retired pressed petals specialty washi tape in a card that has a lot of texture and dimension.

I really love the texture that this burlap/hessian looking paper gives to the background of my card. It is from the Pressed Petals Specialty Designer Series paper which is full of photographed images of flowers, wood and burlap on one side and vintage images on the other side.

But the real star of the show is this stunning flower. Can you believe it is made from washi tape?

It comes in a pack with the printed washi tape that runs underneath the flower and the sentiment…and it’s so easy to use. You simple peel the petals off, one by one, and adhere them to a small circle of cardboard to form a flower. The Pressed Petals Specialty Washi Tape pack is on special right now for just $7.80, a bargain! And the Pressed Petals Specialty Designer Series Paper is also reduced before it soon retires too, from $25 to $18.75.

I used my embossing buddy on the back of the petals to take away some of the stickiness – this helps the petals to sit upright rather than cling to each other. To finish my flower off I placed an antique copper designer element in the centre.

Layered behind the flower are some sprigs I die cut from Mossy Meadow card stock and white vellum using the Nature’s Thought dies. And a double bow of white bakers twine and linen thread sits just under the flower for even more texture.

The hugs sentiment is created using the marker technique to colour just the word “hugs” from the “hugs, prayers, love” sentiment in the Positive Thoughts Stamp set. I coloured the stamp using my Merry Merlot marker and then die cut it out using the smallest stitched nested labels dies.

If you have a broken link or have come to this blog hop midway, you can view all the participants below:

Caroline Manwaring

Rebecca Jacovou

Tina Gillespie

Catherine Proctor

Sharon Davern

Vicki Boucher

Christina Barnes

Claire Daly

Kate Morgan

Andrea Sargent

Kathryn Mangelsdorf

Amie McIlroy

Rachel Woollard

Judy May

Michele Taylor

Thanks for visiting, come back next month, our Showcase is featuring our favourite products from the new catalogue.

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Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – Honey Bee Bundle

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – Honey Bee Bundle

Did you know that today, May 20, is International Bee Day?

As soon as I heard this on the radio today I knew exactly which retiring product I would feature in my blog today: the adorable Honey Bee bundle.

I resisted purchasing this bundle for a very long time because I had borrowed my mum’s bundle, but it is just so adorable I had to buy a set for my self before it retired.

Here’s the card I made today for a special friend of mine who has her very own bee hive.

The colours I used were Crushed Curry, Basic Black and Mint Macaroon. I punched the “Thinking of you Sweet Friend” using the new Lovely Label punch which will be available to purchase on June 3 when the 2020-21 Annual Catalogue goes live.

A few Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels finished off my card, just in time before I gave it to my very special bee keeping friend, Amanda.

Tomorrow I will be sharing some more cards with you, but in the meantime you can view all the retiring products in my online shop.

Would you like me your very own Stampin’ Up! 2020-21 Annual Catalogue?

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Mini Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm…and keep on crafting xxx

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – Peaceful Poppies Elements

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – Peaceful Poppies Elements

Something old, something new…

Today I’m giving you a sneak peek of the Forever Gold Laser-cut Specialty paper, the Forever Greenery Trim combo pack…and farewelling a beautiful product you might have previously overlooked: The Peaceful Poppies elements.

Let’s take a look at this stunning new Forever Gold Laser-cut Specialty paper. In each pack you receive 6 sheets in total, three each of two different designs. One side of the paper is gold and the other side is white. This photo shows the two different designs in both gold and in white.

Here’s a close up of the white side of the sheets with card front sized pieces.

The other sheet has a wreath, boughs and beautiful leaves.

The two cards I’ve made today also use the soon to be retired Peaceful Poppies Elements. As you can see in my photo below there are three different elements in the Peaceful Poppies Elements: top left is embossed watercolour paper, top middle are card stock die cut images and top right is embossed vellum.

My “Happy Birthday” card uses the white side of one of the Forever Gold Laser-cut Specialty paper card fronts, and the Peaceful Poppies Elements embossed watercolour paper.

To colour my poppies I transferred Flirty Flamingo ink and Granny Apple Green ink directly from my ink pads onto acrylic blocks and then used my aqua painter brush to lift the ink off the block and colour in the poppies and leaves.

Once they were dry I attached them the card front, added a strip of gold from the edge of the specialty paper, as well as a sentiment and a bow of the new gold trim. Some gold sequins from the Peaceful Poppies Sequins complete my card. I love how this new gold trim frays at the end!

The other card uses the wreath from the other sheet of the Forever Gold Laser-cut Specialty paper, and the vellum and die cut Peaceful Poppies Elements. I used my Old Olive Blend pen to colour the reverse side on the vellum leaves before adhering to the wreath.

Again, a sentiment, a bow of the new gold trim and assorted sequins from the Peaceful Poppies Sequins complete my card.

Tomorrow I will be sharing some more cards with you, but in the meantime you can view all the retiring products in my online shop.

Would you like me your very own Stampin’ Up! 2020-21 Annual Catalogue?

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Mini Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm…and keep on crafting xxx

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – For the Love of Felt

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – For the Love of Felt

Hands up if you love a card kit for super quick, easy to make cards?

With card kits all the hard work is done for you, but I especially love the For the Love of Felt card kit because I’m also a sewer so I have a thing for the feel, texture and look of felt.

The For the Love of Felt card kit comes in the cutest box with almost everything you need to make amazing cards – you just need to add some adhesives and stamps (if you want to add sentiments). 

There is a co-ordinating stamp set for this kit but I wanted to use a different stamp set for my cards to show you how you any sentiments work well with this kit. The sentiments for all three of my cards today come from the Free as a Bird stamp set.

There are three different deigns for the card bases in this kit, and three different images on the card tioppers.

Card one uses the floral card base and the plain white card topper. A little “hello” is the perfect touch for my simple bouquet.

Card two uses the plainest card base and the printed vellum layer. I fussy cut the thank you sentiment with my paper snips..

Card three is my favourite, using the wreath topper and the beautiful “Your friendship means the world to me” sentiment stamped onto the wreath topper.

The picture below shows how the cards are supposed to look is you use the co-ordinating stamp set but I think it really doesn’t matter how you assemble your cards or what stamp set you decide to use…with these gorgeous embellishments you really can’t go wrong!

Tomorrow I will be sharing some more cards with you, but in the meantime you can view all the retiring products in my online shop.

Would you like me your very own Stampin’ Up! 2020-21 Annual Catalogue?

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Mini Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm…and keep on crafting xxx

Using Cards to Connect During COVID

Using Cards to Connect During COVID

Even though restrictions are slowly being lifted here in Australia, it’s going to be a long time until we can interact with family and friends the way we used to.

A lovely way to show you care is by sending a card. Stampin’ Up!’s Share Sunshine digital stamp set has sentiments relevant to the unique social distancing situation we are currently in, with 100% of proceeds going to the World Health Organisation.

Here are some of the cards I’ve made using this digital download, including two that I shared with you yesterday.

I’m going to be sending these cards out tomorrow to connect with friends and family I cannot see in person. I hope these cards will bring a smile to their faces and let them feel the warmth of a virtual hug from me.

The design for this card was created by the amazing Tami White in USA and I changed it to match the colour of the scrubs we have here in Australia.

For this card I used some vellum that I embossed to replicate the look of toilet paper …not something I ever thought I’d be putting on the front of a card!

I only have one image of a house in my current stamp collection – this little one from Still Scenes, but I think it works well with the sentiment.

And here are the two COVID cards I made yesterday, in case you missed them.

Tomorrow I will be sharing some more cards I’ve made with the soon to be retiring For the Love of Felt Kit, but in the meantime you can view all the retiring products in my online shop.

Would you like me your very own Stampin’ Up! 2020-21 Annual Catalogue?

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Mini Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm…and keep on crafting xxx

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – Artfully Aware

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – Artfully Aware

Something old, something new…tonight I’m farewelling the Artfully Aware stamp set and at the same time sharing some cards I made using the Share Sunshine Digital Stamp set.

Here’s a closer look at the Artfully Aware stamp set with its beautiful line illustrations.

As much as I love the sentiments in this set, I decided to pair them with sentiments from a digital stamp set that Stampin’ Up! released last week, because the sentiments match the stamped images perfectly.

The Share Sunshine digital stamp set is packed with both lighthearted and thoughtful sentiments and imagery relevant to the unique COVID-19 and social distancing situation we are currently in. And best of all, 100% of PDF Download proceeds will go to COVID-19 efforts through the World Health Organisation.

Doesn’t this sentiment work perfectly with this image?

For my second card I think the image and sentiment are perfect together too. I kept it super clean in black and white to showcase the stunning simplicity of the line drawing.

Tomorrow I will be sharing some more cards I’ve made with the COVID themed Share Sunshine digital stamp, but in the meantime you can view all the retiring products in my online shop.

Would you like me your very own Stampin’ Up! 2020-21 Annual Catalogue?

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Mini Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm…and keep on crafting xxx

Sneak Peek of 2020-21 Annual Catalogue Products – Lovely You Bundle

Sneak Peek of 2020-21 Annual Catalogue Products – Lovely You Bundle

I’m so excited to give you a sneak peek today of some new products that will be available to purchase from 3rd June: the Lovely You Bundle (Lovely You stamp set and Lovely Labels Pick a Punch), the Flowers for Every Season 6×6 DSP and five brand new 2020-22 In Colours.

Let’s take a closer look at these in colours. I must admit my early favourite is Misty Moonlight – it’s a softer version of Night of Navy and it looks stunning with Seaside Spray

Each of my five cards feature one of the new in colours, co-ordinated matching DSP and topped with a layered sentiment punched out using the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch, which is in a bundle with the Lovely Labels stamp set.

This amazing new punch that lets you punch out 6 different styles of punch in three different widths. I used it on the Mother’s Day card I shared with you here to create a double layered mount.

Because this punch gives you the option of 2 different scalloped ends each in 3 different widths and unlimited lengths you can create perfect layered sentiments for so many of our different punches.

For card one I punched out the sentiment in Misty Moonlight at 1 inch wide and layered it onto white card stock punched out with the Timeless label punch (made longer by threading the card stock in one end at a time).

The next colour is Bumblebee, with the white card stock punched out at 1 inch wide and the top layer in Bumblebee punched out with the different end of the punch at 3/4 of an inch. Because it punches only one end of the card stock at a time I could make it long enough to fit this sentiment.

Isn’t Just Jude just gorgeous! For this tiny sentiment I used the narrowest width strip of card stock (1/2 inch) in Just Jade layered on top of the 3/4 inch width in Whisper White.

Magenta Madness is very bright but it teams so well with Melon Mambo and Blushing Bride. Here I’ve used the 3/4 inch and the 1 inch widths in the two different designs for the “just because” sentiment.

Cinnamon Cider is last but definitely not least and like the Magenta Madness card I’ve used the 3/4 inch and the 1 inch widths to punch and layer my sentiment.

The beautiful DSP I’ve used on all my cards is called Flowers For Every Season and it features all the new in colours. There are 24 different patterns in this 6×6 pack of DSP!

Tomorrow I will be featuring another stamp set that is retiring from the 2019 Annual Catalogue and the 2020 January to June Mini Catalogue, but in the meantime you can view all the retiring products in my online shop.  

Would you like me your very own Stampin’ Up! 2020-21 Annual Catalogue?

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Mini Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm…and keep on crafting xxx

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – Little Elephant

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – Little Elephant

Tonight I’m farewelling an adorable little stamp set called Little Elephant and its co-ordinating Elephant Builder punch. 

Check out the teeny tiny details, such as the punch for the elephant’s ears and eyes, and the little bird stamp!
I love striped DSP but there wasn’t any in the right colours to match the baby quilt I’d made as a gift so I used my Stampin’ Up! trimmer to cut 1cm strips of Basic Gray, Smokey Slate, Whisper White, Powder Pink and Pool Party card stock and layered them horizontally over three vertical strips of tear and tape.
Ta da…my very own custom striped DSP!
The little elephants were stamped and then punched out and layered on top of Powder Pink and Whisper White card stock that I had cut using the layering squares dies.
Did you spot the little Pool Party bird on top of the smallest elephant? And the layered elephant ear on the largest elephant? I just love these little details!
I used the same “Hello little one” sentiment stamp as the original card in the catty for the front of the card, but I’ve also added in the lovely “Welcome to the World” sentiment from the Baby Bear stamp set for the inside of the card.

And the final touch on the card is a little bow made from the Whisper White bakers twine.
Here is a photo of the card and the quilt together…I made this card two years ago now and can you believe the little baby I made it for is turning two next month! How time flies!

Tomorrow I will be giving you a sneak peek at some brand new products from the 2020-21 Annual Catalogue that will be released on June 3, but in the meantime you can view all the retiring products in my online shop.

Would you like me your very own Stampin’ Up! 2020-21 Annual Catalogue?

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Mini Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm…and keep on crafting xxx

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – Beautiful Bouquet

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – Beautiful Bouquet

Something old, something new…

I’ve missed a few days blogging about retiring products because I’ve been busy crafting with some brand new, yet to be released products that will be available to buy June 3 when the new annual catty goes live.

I’ll share some of these new products with you later this week but I’m going to give you a sneak peek on one of my cards today. Can you spot the new product I’ve used? I’ll let you know what it is at the end of the blog…

I’ve made two cards today farewelling the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set and the Bouquet Bunch Dies – I’ve used this bundle so much. If you love flowers don’t miss getting this stamp set.

My first card I made for my mum for Mother’s Day today, using the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set and the Bouquet Bunch Dies, as well as the Lots Of Happy Card Kit that is also retiring.

My second card is a thank you card that features all the different blues in the Stampin; Up! colour range: Night of Navy, Blueberry Bushel, Pacific Point, Seaside Spray and Balmy Blue.

I added at little something special to the top of my Mum’s Mother’s Day present – a couple of handmade magnolias using the Magnolia Memory Dies.

The something new I promised to share with you is an amazing new punch that lets you punch out 6 different styles of punch in infinite lengths. I’ve used it on my card here for my “Happy Mother’s Day” sentiment to create a double layered mount.

Tomorrow I will be featuring another stamp set that is retiring from the 2019 Annual Catalogue and the 2020 January to June Mini Catalogue, but in the meantime you can view all the retiring products in my online shop.  

Would you like me your very own Stampin’ Up! 2020-21 Annual Catalogue?

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Mini Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm…and keep on crafting xxx

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – Verdant Garden

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – Verdant Garden

We’re already up to day eight of my farewell to retiring products and today we’re saying goodbye to the Verdant Garden stamp set.

I’ve made a series of cards with this stamp set that feature four of the 2019-20 in colours: Seaside Spray, Terracotta Tile, Rococo Rose and Pretty Peacock.

First cab off the rank? Seaside Spray. I’ve used the two bottom stamps in this set – they are designed to be used together to create this lovely tile effect.

Next is Terracotta Tile and Crumb Cake. Each of these cards features the same stamped design and this lovely scalloped linen ribbon in each of the In Colours.

Rococo Rose is such a soft and gentle pink – this card might be my favourite!

Pretty Peacock is last but not least and it also looks fantastic with Crumb Cake.

Here’s a closer look at all four cards. I’ve just found out that these beautiful ribbons will be carrying over to the new 2020-21 annual catalogue, which is great, but sadly the Verdant Garden stamp set will be retiring very soon.

Tomorrow I will be featuring another stamp set that is retiring from the 2019 Annual Catalogue and the 2020 January to June Mini Catalogue, but in the meantime you can view all the retiring products in my online shop.  

Would you like me your very own Stampin’ Up! 2020-21 Annual Catalogue?

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Mini Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm…and keep on crafting xxx

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – Enjoy Life

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – Enjoy Life

Day seven of my “Marie Condo” farewell to retiring products brings me to an inspiration stamp set that is especially great for men or for anyone who likes to cycle or watch the Tour de France…the Enjoy Life stamp set.

I love the silhouette images in this set and the sentiments are wonderful too.

I’ve made two cards today that use the cyclist image. For the first card I created a simple sponged background in Balmy Blue and Soft Sea Spray, which is all you need to create a scene, along with the grass stamp stamped at the base of the card in Old Olive.

I love this sentiment – it is just such a lovely reminder of the things we can always be grateful for, even during the strange times we are living in right now.

My second card also farewells five other retiring products, the bold and beautiful 2018-20 In Colours: Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Pineapple Punch, Grapefruit Grove and Lovely Lipstick.

Don’t they look lovely all stamped side by side on this card?

Every day I will be featuring a stamp set that is retiring from the 2019 Annual Catalogue and the 2020 January to June Mini Catalogue and thank it for its service by showcasing a card (or two) that I’ve made with the stamp set.

You can view all the retiring products in my online shop.  

Would you like me to send you your very own Stampin’ Up! 2020-21 Annual Catalogue?

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Mini Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

I’ll be back tomorrow with another card or two to farewell another retiring stamp set.

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

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – Abstract Impressions

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – Abstract Impressions

Day six of farewelling retiring products and I’m saying goodbye to the Abstract Impressions stamp set…a stamp set that makes anyone look like an artist!

These layered stamps give you an amazing depth of colour using just the one ink pad. For my card today I’ve only used Mango Melody and Granny Apple Green.

I’ve achieved that painted look by “stampin off” my inks for some of the stamps and stampin at full strength for the other layers of flower and grass.

This is a stamp set that works with any colour and it’s so quick and easy to make cards with! I love the sentiments that come with this stamp set – especially the one I’ve used on my card today “If flowers were hugs, I’d send you a thousand”!

Tomorrow I will be featuring another stamp set that is retiring from the 2019 Annual Catalogue and the 2020 January to June Mini Catalogue and thanking it for its service by showcasing a card (or two) that I’ve made with the stamp set.

You can view all of the retiring products in my online shop.  

Would you like a copy of the Stampin’ Up! 2020-21 Annual Catalogue?

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Mini Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual 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

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – Dashing Deer

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – Dashing Deer

Day five of my farewell to retiring products and I’m farewelling another absolute favourite: the Dashing Deer stamp set and its co–coordinating Detailed Deer dies.

I used a Memories and More whisper white pre-made card as my base, added a layer of champagne foil and then another layer of whisper white embossed with the softly falling textured impression embossing folder.

The beautiful deer are stamped in gray granite onto whisper white using the Dashing Deer stamp set, then cut out with their matching Detailed Deer thinlits.

Don’t you love the pattern on the biggest deer?

The sentiment is from the same Dashing Deer stamp set, stamped in gray granite and the embellishments are die cut out of foil using the detailed deer thinlits. A tiny double bow of linen thread is the final touch.

 

Here’s another card I made using the Detailed Deer dies, some sparkly glimmer paper and strips of washi tape. You could also cut up strips of Designer Series paper to get the same effect.

Can you see how sparkly my deer is in this photo?

Tomorrow I will be featuring another stamp set that is retiring from the 2019 Annual Catalogue and the 2020 January to June Mini Catalogue and thanking it for its service by showcasing a card (or two) that I’ve made with the stamp set.

You can view all of the retiring products in my online shop.  

Would you like a copy of the Stampin’ Up! 2020-21 Annual Catalogue?

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Mini Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual 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

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – Tea Together

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – Tea Together

We’re up to day four of my “Marie Condo” farewell to retiring products and since it’s only a week until mother’s day I thought it would be the perfect time to farewell a stamp set with a mother’s day sentiment.

The Tea Together stamp set has matching tea time dies, which makes card making super fast and easy.

I’ve used this card to make both birthday cards and mother’s day cards – I love this mother’s day sentiment. I’ve made my teapot for this card using Gorgeous Grape card stock and some retired butterfly DSP but it looks lovely cut out of any patterned paper, especially floral designs.

Here is another card i made with this set …this time using a Christmas paper to make a birthday card.

I picked up on the Poppy Parade and the Mossy Meadow colours in the DSP and used my blender pens in these colours to colour in stamped flowers from the Tea Together stamp set. The teapot, cup and saucer were also stamped from this set and then all cut out using the matching dies.

The happy birthday sentiment is from the Itty bitty Birthdays stamp set die cut out with my stitched rectangle dies.

I also used the stitched rectangle dies on my Mother’s Day card.

I hope you’re enjoying my farewell to retiring products?

Every day I will be featuring a stamp set that is retiring from the 2019 Annual Catalogue and the 2020 January to June Mini Catalogue and thank it for its service by showcasing a card (or two) that I’ve made with the stamp set.

You can view all the retiring products in my online shop.  

Would you like me to send you your very own Stampin’ Up! 2020-21 Annual Catalogue?

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Mini Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

I’ll be back tomorrow with another card or two to farewell another retiring stamp set.

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

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – First Frost

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – First Frost

Day three of my “Marie Condo” farewell to retiring products brings me to one of my absolutes faves…First Frost and its matching dies, the Frosted Bouquet Framelits Dies.

This set is just so incredibly feminine and beautiful and even though it is a Christmas set it’s also perfect for birthday cards and congratualtions cards.
 
I’ve only used the one pink for these cards: Melon Mambo. The variations in the depth of pink colour you see on my cards are due partly to the watercolour effect of the stamp set I used and partly by simply stamping off once for every second flower. 
 
 
 
 
In addition to Melon Mambo, the other colours I’ve used are Crumb Cake, Old Olive and Pear Pizzaz. I really love this colour combination.
 
 
This second card was made with the pieces left over from making my first card – so I literally threw it all together in under a minute. And with the addition of a strip of the gorgeous burlap ribbon (which is also retiring) a second card was quickly created!
 

First Frost “For You” Card

Here’s another card I made using First Frost – this time with Real Red, Crumb Cake and Old Olive. I just love the watercolour effect this stamp gives.

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Every day I will be featuring a stamp set that is retiring from the 2019 Annual Catalogue and the 2020 January to June Mini Catalogue and thank it for its service by showcasing a card (or two) that I’ve made with the stamp set.

You can view all the retiring products in my online shop.  

Would you like me to send you your very own Stampin’ Up! 2020-21 Annual Catalogue?

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Mini Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

I’ll be back tomorrow with another card or two to farewell another retiring stamp set.

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

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