Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray – Week 3 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray – Week 3 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Welcome to week 3 of our Colour Creations blog hop format for 2020-21!

Today we are showcasing a very dark neutral – Basic Gray – and I’ve teamed it with other neutrals to make an all-purpose masculine slimline card. I’ve deliberately left the inside blank so I can use it for a variety of occasions.

My friend Kate has been making the most fabulous cards with the new Hats Off bundle so I finally caved in and bought it too. I’m so glad I did – what a great bundle for masculine, teenager (and feminine) cards!

There are so many cute little elements in this bundle and options for decorating the emblem on the front of the cap and you can make this cap in any colour you like! I’ve got some great ideas for this bundle…watch this space!

If you take a closer look at the emblem I chose for my cap I think you’ll understand why I decided to pair the Hats Off bundle with the Mountain Air Stamp set and Majestic Mountain dies.

They really were made to to be used together, don’t you think?

To make a quick and easy matching envelope for my slimline card I’ve simply decorated a standard business envelope by adhering a stamped panel of card Sahara Sand card stock to the front of the envelope. I deliberately trimmed the Sahara Sand card stock layer to be smaller than the envelope so there was a border of white that matched the design of the card itself.

The sentiment also perfectly matches the Mountain Air stamp set and was stamped in Basic Gray and die cut using a stitched rectangle die.

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

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

Michele Taylor 

Kate Morgan

Sharon Davern

Ros Davidson

Catherine Proctor – you are here!

Rachel Palmieri

Theresa Gerrard

Kristine D’Auria

Tina Gillespie

Rachel Woollard

Di Furniss

Claire Daly

Christine Blain

Fiona Ryan

Caroline Manwaring

Vicki Boucher

Andrea Sargent

Rosa Leyden 

To purchase any of the products used in my cards today simply click on the images below.

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Stampin’ Up! Balmy Blue – Week 2 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Stampin’ Up! Balmy Blue – Week 2 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

This week we’re showcasing Balmy Blue for week two of our Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop 2020-21.

Balmy Blue is a lovely soft and powdery blue and part of the subtles family. It is available in the following products.

Today I’m sharing a card that uses two really versatile new products from the 2021-22 Annual catalogue: the Basic Border dies and the Biggest Wish stamp set.

To make an ombre card you simply chose a colour and fade from dark to light. Balmy Blue is our colour this week so I’ve paired it with the other blues as well as black and white to get an ombre effect.

Balmy Blue colour combination

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Each strip of card stock was die cut using one of the Basic Borders dies at approximately 3cm wide. Once all my card stock strips were die cut I carefully lined them up in ombre order, then adhered them to a piece of Basic White card stock. This ombre layer was then die cut using the largest stitched rectangle die. (Tip – if you place your rectangle die and card stock on a angle it is much easier to die cut.)

These Basic borders dies are incredible – there are six different shaped dies and the die I’ve used on my card leaves a stitched pattern on one side and a dotted pattern on the other side of the die cut.

My Stamparatus made creating an ombre sentiment quick and easy. I lined up the “happy” and the “birthday” stamps and then used sponge daubers and the Stamparatus to repeatedly stamp and gradually build up ombre colour. The ombre effect was created by stamping in Night of Navy, then Pacific Point and finally Balmy Blue.

A slightly smaller stitched rectangle die was used twice to die cut the sentiment and a single layer of Basic White twine from the Bakers Twine Essentials pack was wrapped around the side of the card.

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

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

Michele Taylor

Rachel Palmieri

Kate Morgan

Catherine Proctor – you are here!

Caroline Manwaring

Sharon Davern

Christine Blain

Tina Gillespie

Diane Furniss

Ros Davidson

Theresa Gerrard

Rachel Woollard

Rosa Leyden

Fiona Ryan

Vicki Boucher

To purchase any of the products used in my cards today simply click on the images below.

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Stampin’ Up! 2021-23 In Colors – Week 1 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Stampin’ Up! 2021-23 In Colors – Week 1 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Welcome to the very first week of our new Colour Creations blog hop format for 2020-21!

From today we are reverting to a traditional blog hop format, starting with a showcase of ALL FIVE 2021-23 InColours, followed by the rest of our beautiful Stampin’ Up! colours in individual alpha order at 8pm every Wednesday.

If you haven’t already seen them, here are the five new 2021-23 In Colours.

And here are the cards I’ve made to showcase these beautiful 2021-23 InColours using the Colour & Contour bundle. I love how the graphic quality of these floral images really make these colours pop.

When I first saw the Color & Contour bundle I was immediately drawn to the scalloped layering dies but not so sure about the stamp set. After just one use I am totally sold on this stamp set! Although I’ve used the new InColour Stampin’ Blends to colour in the flowers and leaves the stamp set comes with stamps you can use to stamp the colour into the flowers and leaves if you prefer.

Polished Pink is the brightest of the new 2021-23 InColours – it’s a slightly “redder” pink than Magenta Madness. I couldn’t resist taking a photo of this card beside some camellias I’ve just picked from the trees in my back garden – how good do these pinks and reds look together?

This close-up shows how stunning the largest scalloped contour die is and gives you a better look at the new 2021-23 InColour Jewels and 2021-23 InColour Polished Pink open weave ribbon. The leaves are coloured using another new 2021-23 InColour – Soft Succulent.

I’m so glad I didn’t have to fussy cut this flower – there’s a die for both of the flowers in this bundle. The buds and the smaller leaves are stamped directly onto the Basic White top layer and then the die cut flower is adhered using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Fresh Freesia is my favourite 2021-23 InColour and this second card uses the other flower stamp, coloured using the Fresh Freesia InColour Stampin’ Blends and die cut with the matching die. The leaves are stamped onto the card front and coloured with the Soft Succulent InColour Stampin’ Blends.

The sentiment stamp on the front of this card is card has a matching stamp that I’ve used on the inside of the card.

For my final card I’ve paired the lightest 2021-23 InColour (Pale Papaya) with the darkest (Evening Evergreen) but I think they really complement each other.

I’ve fussy cut 4 buds as well as the larger flower image (after I die cut it) to create a different floral shape for this card. Did you notice the splattering on the card – it’s another stamp in this really versatile stamp set.

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

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

Kate Morgan

Sharon Davern

Vicki Boucher

Caroline Manwaring

Tina Gillespie

Christine Blain

Rachel Woollard

Theresa Gerrard

Rachel Palmieri

Michele Taylor

Diane Furniss

Andrea Sargent

Ros Davidson

Cathy Proctor – you are here!

To purchase any of the products used in my cards today simply click on the images below.

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Stampin’ Up! Soft Suede – Week 50 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Soft Suede – Week 50 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Welcome back to our 50th week of Colour Creations Showcase for 2020-21!

Today we are showcasing Soft Suede, and it is our final week in this present Colour Creations Showcase format. But don’t worry – we’ll still be sharing weekly colour inspiration with you, going forward!

From next week we will be reverting to a traditional blog hop format, starting with a showcase of ALL FIVE 2021-23 InColours on Wednesday 2nd June, followed by the rest of our beautiful Stampin’ Up! colours in individual alpha order at 8pm every Wednesday.

For my final card in our AWH Colour Creations Showcase I’ve used one of my favourite bundles from the new Annual Catalogue, the What’s Cookin’ bundle.

I bought this bundle with the intention to make a kitchen scene bench fold card, however I thought the scale of the elements would work better as a kitchen bench scene in a slimline card.

I’m so glad the In Good Taste DSP has carried over to the new catalogue because it is just perfect to create a tiled splash back and wooden kitchen bench.

How adorable is this chopping board in Soft Suede! The die embosses the board at the same time and I’ve tied some of the new Crumb Cake bakers twine through the handle. In fact I’ve kept the colour combination for this card entirely from the neutrals family.

After making and photographing my card I realised the Silver foil I used for the whisk, knife and slotted turner is not in the Annual Catalogue – if you don’t have a scrap of silver foil left over, use Basic Gray card stock for the knife blade and any colour for the whisk and the slotted turner as they could be made of coloured silicon.

I die cut the knife twice to create a wooden handle to which I then added three dots with my Basic Black marker for the screws. The utensil holder is die cut using a stitched rectangle die and 2 matte black dots are the “hooks” for the whisk and the slotted turner.

A single slit in the front curve of the the bowl (use a the sharp blade of a craft knife) allows the rolling pin, spoon and spatula to sit inside the bowl.

I’ve deliberately left the inside of the card blank so it can be used for any purpose or any gender.

I can’t wait to see what everyone else has created with Soft Suede today!

We will return next week on Wednesday 2nd June in a traditional blog hop format with the new 2021-23 In Colours.

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 2021-22 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

Stampin’ Up! Soft Sea Foam – Week 49 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Soft Sea Foam – Week 49 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 Soft Sea Foam, the palest green in the Stampin’ Up! colour range.

I’d love to claim credit for the idea for my card today, but sadly I’m not that clever! One of the incredible Artisan Design team members, Martin Stone, originally came up with this super creative use of the grid pattern paper from Handsomely Suited DSP. As soon as I saw his card I knew I just had to make one too.

The design is inspired by needlepoint charts and I based my design on a Cath Kidston needpoint chart.

My colour scheme pairs Soft Sea Foam with Mint Macaron (I love these two greens together), Flirty Flamingo and Real Red.

I used blends to colour my grid paper but markers or watercolour pencils would also work well. The advantage of using blends is that you get a light and dark blend for each colour.

The “you’ve been on my mind sentiment” is from the Simply Succulents Stamp Set, die cut using a stitched rectangle die.

A soft bow using the Blushing Bride bakers twine from the Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack completes the card.

I can’t wait to see what everyone else has created with Soft Sea Foam today!

We will return next week on Wednesday 26th May when we’ll be showcasing our last colour in alphabetical order: Soft Suede. We will then return on 2nd June to showcase our new 2021-22 In Colours.

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 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! Mountain Air Masculine birthday card

Stampin’ Up! Mountain Air Masculine birthday card

Hello to all my crafting friends!

Today I’m sharing my entry for the CASEing the Catty Challenge #CTC317 – Say Hello to the New Catalogue. Just in case you haven’t heard the term before, to CASE is to Copy And Share Everything or to Copy And Selectively Edit.

This week our challenge is to case a project from the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue. The project I chose to CASE is the Fathers Day card (bottom right in photo below) from page 9 of the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue – this is one of the new “kits collection” that will be available to purchase from June 1.

As soon as I saw this card I thought of the Mountain Air stamp set and its co-ordinating Majestic Mountain Dies.

I flipped the layout of the card from vertical to horizontal, but I CASEd the basic design and the colours: Mossy Meadow, Mint Macaron, Gray Granite, Crumb Cake and Sahara Sand.

The card I CASEd is a Father’s Day Card, however I didn’t need a Father’s Day card so I made a birthday card instead using the Handsomely Suited stamp set.

I have to confess the extra Mossy Meadow tree dies on the bottom of my card were added to hide a mistake – I accidentally got glue on the front of my card when I was assembling it! However, I actually like the dimension and height they add to my Mossy Meadow layer.

The inside of my card was finished off with a stamped a die cut row of Mossy Meadow trees.

Just a heads up – as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I get to order new products early and I have already received the kit for the card I CASED on page 9 of the Annual Catalogue – it is a fantastic kit for masculine cards and comes with EVERYTHING you need to make 10 cards with matching envelopes, including this versatile masculine stamp set.

I’ll share some cards I’ve made with this set very soon; however, I’ll be back this Wednesday with the AWH Colour Creations Showcase – we are creating projects with Soft Sea Foam this week. 

To order any of the products I’ve used today, click on the links below.

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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 Soft Sea Foam this week. 

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

Welcome 2021-2022 Catalogue AWH Creative Showcase

Welcome 2021-2022 Catalogue AWH Creative Showcase

Welcome to the Monthly Art With Heart Creative Showcase. 

Tonight we’re sharing projects that use new products from the 2021-22 Stampin’ Up1 Annual Catalogue. If you haven’t seen the new catalogue yet, this 50 second video shows you some of the stunning products inside!

Two of my favourite products from the new 2021-22 Annual Catalogue are the Days to Remember stamp set and the Party Pattern DSP, which is one of the new host products.

The Days to Remember stamp set has everything you need to create calendars and it is also perfect for using on scrapbooking layouts or in a bullet journal.

I can’t tell you how much I love this Pattern Party DSP! It has bright graphic patterns on one side and really versatile black and white patterns on the other side. AND you get 48 sheets – 4 each of 12 double-sided designs!

My easel card is a really practical desk accessory that uses two simple folds to create a combined calendar and Post It note holder. You can use any DSP for this project.

This card folds flat for postage but due to its weight and the thickness it will cost slightly more than a standard letter to post. It will fit into a C6 envelope.

The days to Remember stamp is super easy to line up and stamp because it has been designed to fit the width of an inkpad. My Calendar pages measure 7x7cm – just don’t forget to remove the ink from the number 31 for the months that only have 30 days.

When all months are stamped use a few drops of multipurpose glue along the top of each calendar month to attach them together into a calendar.

For the rest of the card, cut and score as follows:

  • Cut base: Thick Basic White card stock at 29 x 10 cm
  • Cut card front: Thick Basic White card stock at 14.5 x 10 cm
  • Score base: Score and fold card base at 14.5 cm and 27.5 cm
  • Card front DSP layer: Cut Pattern Party DSP at 14 x 9.5 cm
  • Inside card DSP layer: Cut Pattern Party DSP at 14.5 x 10 cm
  • Card stock layer under Post It Note: Basic White card stock 9 x 9 cm
  • Card stock layer under calendar: Pale Papaya card stock 8 x 8 cm

I added the 2021 lettering (die cut AFTER mounting onto foam adhesive sheets) to the top of the calendar and finished my card with a flower fussy cut from the reverse side of the striped DSP and a Pale Papaya 2021-2023 In Colour Jewel.

To see the rest of the AWH team’s projects, go back to Rachel’s blog as she is hosting the monthly showcase.

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 brand new 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! So Saffron – Week 48 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! So Saffron – Week 48 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 So Saffron, a creamy pale yellow from the subtles family.

I’m excited to be sharing another new stamp set from the 2021-22 Annual catalogue: In Symmetry. You can save 10% and purchase the stamp set as a bundle with the Symmetry Stems Border punch, however I’ve only used the stamp set on my card today.

The In Symmetry stamp set has a lovely “Scandi” folk art feel which I’ve tried to replicate in my slimline card today.

This is such a versatile stamp set because it would work with any colour combination. After making this card I realised I’ve used the colours of my house exterior: black, different shades of gray and a pale yellow front door!

The In Symmetry photopolymer stamps are easy to use and easy to align – I simply made up my design as I went along. I think this stamp set has a lot of design possibilities and will be great for wreath and square cards too, as well as making your own DSP.

The Basic Black embossed strip behind the stamped panel has been embossed using one of the Greenery embossing folders – it’s hard to see in these photos but this embossing folder really matches the stamped leaves.

Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels add a co-ordinating touch of bling, picking up on the pale yellow of the So Saffron flowers.

I stamped and fussy cut a spare flower to use on the inside of my card. The sentiment is from this stamp set, stamped in Tuxedo Memento.

I can’t wait to see what everyone else has created with So Saffron today!

We will return next week on Wednesday, May 19, when we’ll be showcasing Soft Sea Foam.

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 brand new 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! Smoky Slate – Week 47 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Smoky Slate – Week 47 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Yippee! The new 2021-22 Stampin’ Up! annual catalogue is live.

Have you placed an order and seen the exciting new items in it yet?

I’ve used some new products in my card today and I’m sure the other AWH team member will too as we showcase Smoky Slate, one of our neutral colours.

For my card this week I’ve decided to CASE a card from page 68 of the new catalogue. It’s the square card on the bottom left of the photo below of cards made using the new Simply Elegant Suite Collection.

The Simply Elegant Suite Collection includes a stamp set, punch, trim and this stunning Simply Elegant Specialty Designer Series Paper that features sophisticated intricate designs in these colours: Basic Black, Basic Gray, copper, gold, silver, Very Vanilla and white.

Although Smoky Slate is not one of the colours in the Simply Elegant Specialty Designer Series Paper I thought it would work very well with this colour palette.

Do you agree?

I don’t (yet!!!) have the Elegantly Said Stamp Set or the Elegant Tag Punch so I’ve used some other exciting new products to make my card.

The Better Place Stamp set is one you might overlook because it is a host set – you’ll find it on page 171 of the catalogue. I’m always very attracted to stamp sets that look like illustrations from books I remember as a child!

Instead of the Elegant Tag Punch I’ve used a new die set: Tailor Made Tags.

I bought with Christmas cards and tags in mind, but I can already see myself using these tags constantly for all types of cards.

I die cut the largest die in both vellum and Smoky Slate Card Stock before stamping in Smoky Slate ink onto the Smoky Slate card stock.

I then used a scrap of gold foil to die cut the little hole re-inforcers.

Did you notice the gold and silver trim tied through the top of the tag? It’s the Simply Elegant Trim from the Simply Elegant Suite Collection. Again, I bought this with Christmas Cards in mind but I doubt it will last that long at this rate!

I hope my card today inspires you to use your catalogue as inspiration to create your cards and projects even if you don’t have the exact same items that were used in the project you’re CASEing.

I can’t wait to see what everyone else has created with Smoky Slate today!

We will return next week on Wednesday May 12th when we’ll be showcasing a pale yellow: So Saffron.

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 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! Shaded Spruce – Week 46 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Shaded Spruce – Week 46 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 Shaded Spruce, a dark green colour from our Regals Family.

This is our last Colour Creations Showcase before the 2020-21 Annual Catalogue retires so I’m using some of my retiring favourites for this card: the Subtles Embossing folder, the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set and the Winter Woods stamp set.

I can’t take credit for the basic design of this card as I’ve CASED it from a beautiful Christmas card made by an overseas Stampin’ Up! demonstrator called Theresa McEntee. However, I felt April was was just a tad early to start making Christmas Cards so I’ve changed the sentiment and some elements of Theresa’s design to make a masculine birthday card instead.

If you don’t already have the Winter Woods stamp set it’s one I definitely recommend adding to your collection for simple stamping and for masculine cards. Although this stamp set only has a Christmas sentiment, I turned it into a birthday card by simply using a “happy birthday” sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set.

Can you see the lovely texture I’ve added to the stamped front panel using the subtle embossing folder? If you want to try this technique don’t forget to always stamp first and then emboss afterwards.

I love the colour combination of Shaded Spruce with Soft Sea Foam. Although they are the darkest and the lightest greens in the Stampin’ Up colour range they work really well together. All of the trees have been stamped in Shaded Spruce but I’ve “stamped off” some of the trees to create depth in my forest.

I can’t wait to see what everyone else has created with Shaded Spruce today!

We will return next week on Wednesday May 5th when we’ll be showcasing a neutral colour: Smoky Slate.

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! 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.

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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

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