All Dressed Up 21st Birthday Card

All Dressed Up 21st Birthday Card

July is a big birthday month in our family – my dad, brother, 2 nieces and 2 nephews all have their birthdays in July! One of the big birthdays last month was my niece’s 21st and because I wasn’t able to see her in person I made a special card to celebrate her special birthday.

She is super sporty but also very girly. Like most 21 year old girls she loves clothes and shoes, which is why I thought the Dressed To Impressed stamp set would be the perfect set to use for her card.

The co-ordinating All Dressed Up dies were also just perfect because we gave her a gift card for her birthday and this die set has a die to create a little bag which is big enough to fit a gift card.

I haven’t used the brand new hot pink, Magenta Madness, very much yet but I love it in this card. The shoes are coloured in using a Bumblebee marker and Magenta Madness and Misty Moonlight blends before cutting out with the co-ordinating shoe die.

The shoe boxes are easy to make using scraps of crumb cake cut down to size with the Stampin’ Up! paper trimmer.

This gorgeous floral paper is from the Flowers for Every Season 6×6 DSP pack and I also used it to make the gift card mini bag holder. There is a die for the bag handle and cut this out of Magenta Madness to match the card – can you see the cute stitched edging on the bag and the handle?

And how great is the “Life is Short. Buy the shoes” sentiment? I’m sure my niece will be using our gift card to buy some shoes very soon!

I’ll be back to share some colour inspiration on Wednesday but in the meantime to purchase any of the products featured in today’s post, simply click on the product links below.

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If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the August-December Mini Catalogue (AKA the holiday catalogue), 2020-21 Stampin Up! Annual Catalogue, the 2020-21 Beginners Brochure, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Dont forget the August-December Mini Catalogue goes live tomorrow morning and you can order from it then. There are so many wonderful new products to create with in the catalogue this year.

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

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 9 Cherry Cobber

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 9 Cherry Cobber

Welcome to week nine of our 2020-2021 Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase. This week we are bringing you some Cherry Cobbler colour inspiration.

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 9 – Cherry Cobbler

Cherry Cobbler is a deep rich red colour that always makes me think of Christmas and there are plenty of lovely new Cherry Cobbler products in the August-December catalogue (AKA the holiday catalogue), available to purchase from August 4, which is just next week.

Today I’ve used a stamp set that is part of a punch bundle called Christmas Gleaming. You might already have because it was in last year’s holiday catalogue and it is returning this year.

My “Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly” card doesn’t use the Gleaming Ornaments punch pack – instead I’ve just used the Christmas Gleaming stamp set and simply fussy cut my holly leaves, which was super easy to do using my paper snips.

The holly leaves were stamped with Memento ink onto Whisper White card stock and then coloured them in with light and dark Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Mossy Meadow blends. I like the contrast between the lighter and the darker leaves.

The Whisper White panel has been embossed with one of the new “Wrapped in Texture” embossing folders – these raised dots reminded me of the holly berries and I think they work well with the holly sprigs. The sentiment was die cut using one of the Stitched So Sweetly dies.

The Wink of Stella pen adds some sparkle and shine to the holly berries. I also heat embossed my sentiment with clear emboss power after I stamped it firstly in Versamark and then in Cherry Cobbler. This is a great technique to remember if you want to emboss in any colour.

Can you see the sparkle and shine? It’s so pretty in real life.

It’s super easy to make your own Cherry Cobbler ribbon and Cherry Cobbler rhinestone jewel. Simply use your dark Cherry Cobbler blend to colour in the Whisper White crinkled seam binding ribbon and the large rhinestone basic jewel and wait a few minutes for the colour to set before adhering to your card.

Hopefully this super close up gives you a better view of my home made Cherry Cobbler ribbon and Cherry Cobbler rhinestone jewel.

I’ll share some other cards I’ve made with this bundle (using the punches as well) later this week.

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

Next Tuesday we’ll be showcasing one of the 2020-22 In Colours: Cinnamon Cider. 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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Bonus Days are happening now! From July 1st to August 3rd you will earn a $9 bonus days coupon for every $90 you spend in one transaction (before post). Stampin’ Up! will email you your Bonus Days vouchers which you redeem for shopping in August. 

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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, the August – December Mini Catalogue (this is the Holiday/Christmas 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

Birds & Branches Birthday Card

Birds & Branches Birthday Card

A few weeks ago I shared some cards I made with this gorgeous Stampin’ Up! Birds & Branches Bundle. I have to admit I’m slightly obsessed with these sweet little birds!

Today I’m sharing a couple more cards made with the Birds & Branches Bundle – this first one has a touch of Misty Moonlight and features some cute little paper flowers from the Boho Indigo product medley.

I love the touch of Misty Moonlight blue on the tummies of the birds, but seriously, how cute are these paper flowers from the Boho Indigo product medley?

They come in two sizes with the little brown wooden button already in the centre of the flower – but you don’t have to buy the entire medley to get the flowers as they also come in the Boho Medley refill.

I cut my branch from one of the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper DSP sheets and the “Happy Birthday” sentiment is from the Blossoms in Bloom bundle.

Card two just uses the Birds and More dies, this time with the In Good Taste DSP as the background layer behind the birds. Doesn’t this wood grain paper look so realistic!

I die cut my birds out of Crumb Cake card stock and finished off the card with a double bow of linen thread.

In case you missed my post four weeks ago, this was the birdhouse card I made also using the Birds & Branches Bundle and the stitched triangle dies. You can see more photos of this card and how I made it here.

These are the stitched triangle dies and Birds and More Dies I used to make my birdhouse card.

The soft pink is Blushing Bride and I used my water painter to add a touch of it to their tummies.

To purchase any of the products featured in today’s post, simply 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

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 8 Calypso Coral

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 8 Calypso Coral

Welcome to week eight 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 8 – Calypso Coral

Calypso Coral is in the subtles family but as the brightest of the subtles it really holds its own when combined with any of the brights, the regals or the neutrals – Calypso Coral really is a versatile colour. So when I saw a card created by Maria Cowans (a Stampin’ Up! demo located in the UK) I decided to create a card like hers, inspired by the Stampin’ Up! logo and using the same stunning colour combination.

Maria’s beautiful card is pictured below beside the Stampin’ Up! folder that inspired her design.

Calypso Coral looks incredible when paired with these other vibrant colours: Night of Navy, Old Olive, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry and Whisper White.

Maria used the brand new “All Things Fabulous” bundle to recreate the Stampin’ Up! floral design. This is a fabulous bundle if you enjoy two step stamping – it reminds me of “Jar of Love” which is one of my all time favourite Stampin’ Up! stamp sets.

Would you believe I had just ordered the “All Things Fabulous” bundle but it hadn’t arrived yet? So I decided to make a quite different card, one that uses the same colours in the Stampin’ Up! folder, but made with the floral stamps in the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set instead.

This card was very quick and easy to make. I stamped the large magnolia image and two of the smaller buds onto Watercolour paper using Black StazOn ink.

The Good Morning Magnolia Stamp is a double stamp set and it has co-ordinating Magnolia Memory dies which I used to cut out my flowers.

I used my new Water Painters to colour in my magnolias with Night of Navy, the buds with Calypso Coral, the leaves with Old Olive and the centre of the main flower with Crushed Curry.

Water colouring with ink pads is so easy to do. You simply tap an acrylic block onto the surface of your ink pad to pick up the colour and then lift the ink off your block with your water painters.

Once my water coloured flowers were dry I cut the flowers away from the leaves with my paper snips and trimmed closer to the stamp outline before rearranged the elements onto a Whisper White panel. I adhered this to a Night of Navy card base, which is simply a sheet of A4 card stock cut in half and then folded in half.

The “Thanks” sentiment is stamped in Night of Navy and comes from the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set as well.

As soon as I had finished this card my “All Things Fabulous” bundle arrived in the post! So I decided to make a second card, this time more closely CASED on Maria’s one.

I used the “Wishing you all things fabulous” sentiment from the All Things Fabulous stamp set – I really love sentiments that have two different fonts on them, like this one.

This was such a quick card to make – it took me less than 5 minutes and the design evolved as I went. You really can’t go wrong with a floral stamp set like this.

For several of the Night of Navy and Calypso Coral flowers I stamped off the ink once before stamping the larger part of the flower and then stamped the ink at full strength for the second stamp that forms the middle of the flower.

I’m not sure which card I prefer. But I do think that this Calypso Coral colour combination really works well whether you use it for water colouring or for two set stamping and stamping off.

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

Kate Morgan

Sharon Davern

Kathryn Ruddick

Sujatha Harding

Fiona Ryan

Theresa Gerrard

Michele Taylor

Tina Gillespie

Rachel Palmieri

Diane Furniss

Christine Blain

Rachel Woollard

Vicki Boucher

Ros Davidson

Andrea Sargent

Caroline Manwaring

Next Tuesday we’ll be showcasing one of the Regal family: Cherry Cobbler. 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.

Product List

Bonus Days are happening now! From July 1st to August 3rd you will earn a $9 bonus days coupon for every $90 you spend in one transaction (before post). Stampin’ Up! will email you your Bonus Days vouchers which you redeem for shopping in August. 

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If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the August – December 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

Heart of Christmas: July

Heart of Christmas: July

Welcome to the Heart of Christmas 2020 where the Art with Heart team share their Christmas inspiration with you on the third Monday of each month.

Today I’m sharing with you a card that features some exciting new products from the upcoming Stampin’ Up! August – December mini catalogue. These products will be able to be purchased from August 4th 2020.

The Coming Home Bundle is part of the Trimming the Town Suite, perfect for Christmas Cards, Welcome to Your New Home Cards, male cards, teenage cards…and even congratulations on getting your licence/buying your first car cards with that adorable little car and its matching die cut. Here’s what you get in this bundle.

For my card today I’ve just used the Home Together dies, along with the gorgeous “Lots of love at Christmas” stamp from the Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set.

I thought this sentiment really suited the card design for two reasons: the curvy shape of the sentiment mirrors the curves of the long horizontal die cuts and the “love at Christmas” references the little Night of Navy house with its silver heart.

I love silver with Night of Navy but Stampin’ Up! doesn’t have a narrow silver ribbon in this current catalogue so I had to get creative! To make my ribbon I cut a narrow strip of silver foil and used the bow die from the “Wreath Builder” dies to cut a bow from silver foil.

The White dot in the centre of my bow is a new embellishment from the Trimming the Town suite – All the Trimmings Embellishments.

Do you recognise the tiny stars, snowflakes and silver circles that embellish my card? They are the Snowflakes Sequins embellishments from last year’s August – December mini and they we be coming back from August 4 in this year’s catalogue too.

My colour combination for this card is very simple but timeless and a real favourite of mine. You can never go wrong with Night of Navy, Smoky Slate, Whisper White and Silver foil.

The lovely Judy May is hosting our Heart of Christmas showcase this year. To see the other Christmas creations go back to Judy’s post.

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.

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

Art With Heart Creative Showcase: Colouring Techniques

Art With Heart Creative Showcase: Colouring Techniques

Welcome to the Monthly Art With Heart Creative Showcase. 

This month the Art With Heart Team are featuring projects using different colouring techniques. The Stampin’ Up! range contains an enormous bevy of functional and effective colouring tools that include:

  • Stampin’ Blends (alcohol markers)
  • Stampin’ Write Markers (dual-tipped markers)
  • Stampin’ Pads (water based dye ink)
  • Stampin’ Ink Refills (dye based ink)
  • Uninked Stampin’ Spots (felt Stampin’ Spots for use with Ink Refills)
  • Watercolour Pencils
  • Water Painters
  • Stampin’ Chalk Marker (permanent white chalk-like ink)
  • Sponges, daubers, sponge rollers and blender pens

With so many tools and over 50 colours to chose from I actually decided to do something different today and show you three different ways of colouring in white onto coloured card stock. These techniques work for any coloured card stock, but I’ve decided to use a favourite colour combination of mine: Whisper White and Crumb Cake.

All three cards that use the stunning Beautiful Moments stamp set – this is a stamp set that makes anybody look like an artist!

For all three cards I began by stamping and heat embossing my image and sentiment. To achieve a black embossed image I inked up my stamp firstly with Versamark ink and then Memento before stamping. I then covered the image in Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heat embossed it the image with my heat tool. I repeated this process for the sentiments.

My “Thinking of you” card is coloured using a Stampin’ Chalk Marker, which is a permanent white chalk-like ink.

I simply coloured in the dress and the flowers, adding more chalk marker if there were any patchy bits as the marker dried.

The sentiment was punched out using the Lovely Label punch to add some dimension to the card.

For card two I used my white watercolour pencil from the Watercolour Pencils assortments one.

You’ll need to press quite hard and layer your colouring to achieve good coverage with the pencil but I love the soft chalkiness the pencil gives to the image.

The white colouring on my final card was achieved using Whisper White pigment ink refill and my smallest Water Painter.

I squeezed a small amount of the pigment ink onto a dish and used a wet nib of my water painter to slightly dilute the pigment ink before colouring in the girl’s dresses. You could also use white ink from your Whisper White stamp pad for this technique – simply tap a small acrylic block onto your stamp pad and then use your water painter to lift the ink off the acrylic block as you colour in.

This card took a bit longer to dry but the effect is well worth the wait.

All three cards were finished off with a double bow of linen thread and I used my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to re-define any black lines that had been covered in white.

I hope my cards have inspired you to try white colouring on coloured card stock as it is such a beautiful and timeless technique you can achieve with a variety of different colouring tools.

The next Art With Heart Team Member to share their colouring technique with you is the very talented Vicki Boucher.

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

Vicki Boucher

Rebecca Jacovou

Kate Morgan

Andrea Sargent

Amie McIlroy

Rachel Woollard

Tina Gillespie

Sharon Davern

Kimberly Hern

Caroline Manwaring

Catherine Proctor (you are here)

Thank you for viewing our Showcase tonight, we’ll be back next month with more inspiration for you.

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

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Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 7 Cajun Craze

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 7 Cajun Craze

Welcome to week seven 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 7 – Cajun Craze

Cajun Craze is in the Regal Family and to be honest it is probably the Stampin’ Up! colour that I use the least, so deciding what to create was a bit of a challenge today.

If I’m ever stumped with a colour combination I usually look to nature for inspiration but it was actually something man made in my home that provided the perfect inspiration for my card today.

These beautiful encaustic tiles are in my “powder room”, which is just a posh way of saying the loo off my laundry, LOL!

When we renovated I couldn’t afford to tile the entire wall so I simply tiled a strip of assorted patterns above the wash basin. It’s just a small detail but actually one of my favourite things in my house.

And what better bundle to create a card that reflects this tile pattern than the new Today’s Tiles stamp set and co-ordinating Field Tile dies.

I went a bit crazy and used a mix of colours that I would never usually put together but they were inspired by my tiles and I think they actually work together. Boy oh boy, am I stepping out of my comfort zone today!

Would you believe I’ve only used the one die to created all four cards? Because of the intricate design of this large tile die I was able to use a combination of layering different coloured card stock and the paper piecing technique to incorporate several colours into each card. Just don’t throw out the negative die pieces as you cut each colour – you’ll need these to all colours to your other coloured tile cards.

I used Cinnamon Cider as a base layer for each of my four cards and then used the large detailed die to cut out a tile in the other four colours: Cajun Craze, Pretty Peacock, Bumblebee and Balmy Blue.

Each card has a different coloured die cut layered over a square of another colour. I then paper pieced left over die cuts into the tile before layering my tile onto Cinnamon Cider, and layers of Whisper White and contrasting colours.

All four cards contain a different pattern that includes Cajun Craze, Pretty Peacock, Bumblebee, Cinnamon Cider and Balmy Blue.

And all the cards are finished off with either a Bumblebee or a Cinnamon Cider 2020-2022 In Color enamel dot in the centre of the tile..

It’s amazing how just one die cut four times can create so many different colour combinations when you mix up all the little die cut pieces! Do you have a favourite?

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

Kate Morgan

Sharon Davern

Kathryn Ruddick

Fiona Ryan

Theresa Gerrard

Tina Gillespie

Diane Furniss

Andrea Sargent

Christine Blain

Rachel Palmieri

Michelle Taylor

Ros Davidson

Rachel Woollard

Vicki Boucher

Caroline Manwaring

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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Next week we will be back with some Calypso Coral inspiration – I hope you can join us then.

Don’t forget that Bonus Days are happening now! From July 1st to August 3rd you will earn a $9 bonus days coupon for every $90 you spend in one transaction (before post). Stampin’ Up! will email you your Bonus Days vouchers which you redeem for shopping in August. 

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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

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 6 Bumble Bee

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 6 Bumble Bee

Welcome to week six 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 6 – Bumblebee

Bumblebee is one of the brand new 2020-22 In Colors. It is available in a wide range of products including:

  • Bumblebee Classic Stampin’ Pad and ink refill,
  • 2020–2022 In Color Stampin’ Write marker,
  • 2020-22 In Color Designer Series 6×6 Paper,
  • World of Good Specialty DSP and Memories & More Pack,
  • Flowers for Every Season 6×6 DSP, Memories & More pack and Memories & More Cards and Envelopes,
  • Ornate Garden DSP,
  • Bumblebee 1/4″ Gingham Ribbon,
  • 2020–2022 In Color Ribbon,
  • 2020–2022 In Colour Enamel Dots
  • Any of the 2020-22 In Colors collections.

I was short of time to create this week so I needed to make some very simple cards that required no stamping, punching, die cutting or embossing …the Flowers for Every Season Memories & More Card Pack and matching card bases and envelopes came to my rescue!

Memories & More Card Packs are so versatile – they can be used for both scrapbooking and card making. Here’s what you get in the Flowers for Every Season Memories & More Card Pack.

I’ve only used Memories & More cards that feature Bumblebee for my cards tonight, but the patterns on the Flowers for Every Season Memories & More Pack include all of the lovely 2020-2022 In Colors. They also co-ordinate with and have many of the same patterns as the Flowers for Every Season 6×6 DSP.

These first four floral cards each have a different sentiment which is cut from one of the small Memories & More cards and simply mounted onto a strip of Whisper White card stock. Each of the small Memories & More cards and layered onto a piece of Bumblebee card stock and adhered to a small Memories & More card.

I also made three cards using the larger Memories & More cards with some co-ordinating elements.

My sunflower card uses stickers from the Flowers for Every Season Memories & More Pack. I love the ombre effect in the “celebrate” sticker and how beautifully the floral cluster stickers co-ordinate with the Memories & More base card.

My second card features a bow of the Bumblebee 2020-2022 In Color Ribbon attached to one of the new gold hoop embellishments. I mounted the Memories & More card onto some Just Jade card stock.

My base card is the Bumblebee card from the Flowers for Every Season Memories & More Cards and Envelopes.

The final card simply needed a bow with a Bumblebee enamel dot. I could have used any of the 2020-2022 In Color ribbons but this sweet bow sticker from the Memories & More pack provided a quick and easy way to finish off the card.

The Flowers for Every Season Memories & More Pack and Memories & More Cards and Envelopes are just so beautiful. I love how they make no-stamping and no-fuss card making a breeze…in no time at all.

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

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

Next Tuesday we’ll be showcasing one of the Regal family: Cajun Craze. 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.

Product List

Bonus Days are happening now! From July 1st to August 3rd you will earn a $9 bonus days coupon for every $90 you spend in one transaction (before post). Stampin’ Up! will email you your Bonus Days vouchers which you redeem for shopping in August. 

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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

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 5 Blushing Bride

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 5 Blushing Bride

Welcome to week five 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 5 -Blushing Bride

Blushing Bride is part of the Subtles collection of colours. It is available as a Classic Stampin’ Pad and ink refill, Stampin’ Write marker, Subtle Designer Series Paper and Gorgeous Posies Card Kit, or you can purchase it within any of the Subtles collections.

My card today is a sweet little birdhouse that features the Stampin’ Up! Birds & Branches Bundle. How cute are these little birds!

Blushing Bride looks amazing with any shade of brown so this is the colour combination I chose today.

I wanted to create a birdhouse very simply without using fussy templates so I decided to make a square card that folds at the top and then attach a roof to the top fold.

The new Triangle stitched dies made this super easy to do – I simply attached them to the top fold with Tear’n’tape after my card was completed.

Here’s a closer look at my sweet little birds. I stamped them in Sahara Sand and then Early Espresso – To create my birds with Two-Step Stampin’, I stamped the silhouette image in Sahara Sand and then stamped the detailed image in Early Espresso. I used my water painter to add a touch of Blushing Bride to their tummies.

The Forever Gold Laser-cut Specialty paper, Gold Metallic Trim and Gilded Gems in the middle of the Blushing Bride flowers are the final touch, with the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Blossoms in Bloom Stamp Set stamped in Early Espresso.

I can’t wait to see what the rest of the Art With Heart team have created with Blushing Bride today.

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

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

Thanks so much for hopping along with the Art With Heart Team on our weekly Colour Creations Showcase. If you missed any of the previous colours you can see them all here.

Next Tuesday we’ll be showcasing one of the new 2020-22 In Colours: Bumble Bee. 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.

Product List

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

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 4 Blackberry Bliss

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 4 Blackberry Bliss

Welcome to week four 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 4 -Blackberry Bliss

Blackberry Bliss is part of the Regals collection of colours. It is available as A4 Card stock, a Classic Stampin’ Pad and ink refill, Stampin Blends combo pack, Stampin’ Write marker, Regals 6×6 Designer Series Paper, Rainbow Glimmer paper and Gorgeous Posies Card Kit, or you can purchase it within any of the Regals collections.

I have to admit that Blackberry Bliss used to scare me! Don’t get me wrong, I always thought it was a beautiful colour but because it’s so very dark I hardly ever used it. But after water colouring with Blackberry Bliss I’m happy to say I will definitely be using this colour more often!

Here’s my colour combination for this week. I don’t usually work with this many colours but with floral images I’ve found that a variety of colours really helps to replicate the subtle mix of colours found in nature.

And here’s the gorgeous Prized Peony bundle that I used to create my card with its matching 3D flower.

Let’s take a closer look at the peony die set. It includes:

  • dies that cut out the stamped images from the Prized Peony stamp set,
  • a stunning scalloped border die,
  • five dies that layer together to make a 3D peony flower,
  • and another six dies that layer into three different leaves.

The 3D peony flower and leaf dies don’t come with assembly instructions but as I soon discovered if you simply line up the bottom of the 3D flower dies they layer together perfectly. You slot them together in the order I’ve shown in this photo from top to bottom, adhering at the base of the flower. The stamen is the final part of the flower to be added.

I cut enough pieces out for two flowers: one in Rich Razzleberry and one in Blackberry Bliss. I did this because when I mix these two colours you can more clearly see the definition of layers in the peony flower. The leaves were cut from Mossy Meadow and Old Olive card stock. Here’s a close up of the completed peony flower with leaves.

I used this flower to top a Whisper White Mini Pizza box that I filled with chocolates before wrapping it with some of the new Gray Granite 1/4″ (6.4 mm) Shimmer Ribbon (also from the Peony Garden suite). Can you see its subtle silver shimmer?

Gray Granite looks so lovely paired with Blackberry Bliss, so I also used it on my matching card. I embossed my Gray Granite card stock with the new Dainty Diamonds embossing folder and used the long scalloped die from the Peony Dies to trim the top and the bottom of my Gray Granite card stock.

You might think that I coloured my flowers using Rich Razzleberry but it’s actually Blackberry Bliss. After stamping the peony flowers in black Stazon ink onto watercolour paper I used the new water painters and my Blackberry Bliss ink pad to watercolour the flowers.

This “Distinktive” Prized Peony Stamp Set has a special texture that gives added depth and dimension in a single step, creating photo-realistic images that are ideal for water colouring. I water coloured the stamens with Crushed Curry and the leaves with a mixture of Mossy Meadow and Old Olive.

I love water colouring stamped images because it makes me feel like an artist. It also lets me tone down colours I find too intense to work with at full strength. These new Water Painters replace the Aqua Brushes and they really make a wide variety of water colour effects so easy to achieve.

I can’t wait to see what the rest of the Art With Heart team have created with Blackberry Bliss today.

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

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

Thanks so much for hopping along with the Art With Heart Team on our weekly Colour Creations Showcase. If you missed any of the previous colours you can see them all here.

Next Tuesday we’ll be showcasing one of the subtles: Blushing Bride. 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.

Product List

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

Art With Heart Creative Showcase: New Catalogue Products

Art With Heart Creative Showcase: New Catalogue Products

Welcome to the Monthly Art With Heart Creative Showcase. 

This month the team are featuring projects using their favourite products from the new Stampin’ Up! 2020-21 Catalogue. The new catalogue is full of amazing new stamp sets, some bundled with dies or punches. The range of kits, papers and accessories complete the range of products you will see featured in this Showcase.

I don’t know about you, but choosing a favourite product is like choosing a favourite child. Impossible to do! However after much consideration I decided to make some cards using products from the stunning Forever Greenery Suite.

I love everything about this suite – the DSP, especially. But I think my absolute favourite part of this suite is the Gold 1/16 ” trim that comes with Vanilla Ribbon in the Forever Greenery Trim combo pack.

Tonight I made three different cards that all use the Forever Greenery Suite as well as some other new products.

My first card is a square card that actually features a different embossing folder – the Dainty Diamonds embossing folder from the Peony Garden Suite. Isn’t this embossing folder just stunning?

The circle is cut out with the largest of the layering circles and I used one of the stamps from the Forever Fern stamp set, stamped in Pretty Peacock, Pear Pizzaz and some Early Espresso.

The Forever Gold Laser-cut Specialty Paper adds an elegant touch of bling.

Card two uses a patterned paper from the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper pack. I love how this rich dark wooden paper makes the elements on top of the card really pop.

But of course the main focal point of this card is the gorgeous Gold Hoop Embellishment tied with a bow of Gold 1/16 ” from the Forever Greenery Trim combo pack and another die cut piece from the Forever Gold Laser-cut Specialty Paper. The different green foliage are stamped and die cut using the Forever Fern Bundle.

The layout for my final card is a design I cased from a card made by Dani Dziama, who was an Artisan Design team member a few years ago. I loved the amount of white space on her card, but I changed all the main elements to make it my own.

The embossed white panel has been embossed using one of the Greenery embossing folders and I used one of the scalloped square layering dies to cut out some of the gorgeous Forever Greenery DSP.

For many of my photos today I’ve used one of the sheets of the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper as my background because I love the way the cards look against this DSP. This paper below looks like real wood – it is amazing!

The next Art With Heart Team member to share their new catalogue projects is the super creative Andrea Sargent. I can’t wait to see what she’s made tonight.

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

Rachel Woollard

Rebecca Jacovou

Sharon Davern

Tina Gillespie

Vicki Boucher

Caroline Manwaring

Catherine Proctor (YOU ARE HERE)

Andrea Sargent

Amie McIlroy

Kathryn Mangelsdorf

Kate Morgan

Michele Taylor

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

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Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 3 Bermuda Bay

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 3 Bermuda Bay

Welcome to week three 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 3 -Bermuda Bay

Bermuda Bay is part of the Brights collection of colours. It is available as a Classic Stampin’ Pad and ink refill, Stampin Blends combo pack, Watercolour Pencils pack, Stampin’ Write marker, Brights 6×6 Designer Series Paper and Artistry Blooms DSP, or you can purchase it within any of the Brights collections.

Any shade of aqua or blue is in my top ten list of colours so I took the opportunity to use both Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana, paired with Basic Black and Whisper White. It’s such a fresh combination that really reflects the beautiful beaches near where I live.

Originally I was just going to make one card but because I didn’t want to waste the leftovers from card one I used them to make card two. And then there were more leftovers from card two and it seemed a crime to waste them so I made card three.

I could have kept going, making more and more cards with leftovers but I had to stop somewhere, so here’s what I made.

All three cards use a new bundle from the 2020-21 Annual Catalogue called the Blossoms in Bloom bundle. I just love the large layered floral dies in this set, as well as the font of the sentiments and the watercolour effect of the floral stamps.

For card one I cut the top layer from Bermuda Bay card stock, the bottom layer of the flower die from Coastal Cabana card stock and layered the dies onto a Basic Black mat to make them really pop.

I had so many beautiful pieces of Bermuda Bay card stock left over from card one, I decided to use the paper piecing technique to make card two.

This time I cut the top flower layer in Basic Black and layered it straight onto a whisper white base. I glued the Bermuda Bay flower petals into the black outline of the die and then cut another top flower layer die out of Coastal Cabana to get some leaf pieces as well as the tiny flower centres.

Yes, this card did take some patience but I love the effect it gives. Here’s another close up to show you the tiny detail you can achieve with this technique. Because the pieces fit so perfectly the card has such impact!

You can probably guess the inspiration for card three?

I now had a spare Coastal Cabana top layer flower die so I decided to use just part of this die cut, layered onto the bottom layer of the flower die which I cut out of Basic Black card stock. I trimmed the Coastal Cabana top layer down so I only used the floral section of the die on my finished card.

There are so many possibilities with the Blossoms in Bloom bundle, both in terms of the range of colours you can use and the different effects you can achieve.

I can’t wait to see what the rest of the Art With Heart team have created with Bermuda Bay today.

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

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

Thanks so much for hopping along with the Art With Heart Team on our weekly Colour Creations Showcase.

Next Tuesday we’ll be showcasing one of the regals: Blackberry Bliss. 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.

Product List

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

Stampin’ Up! Country Home Hello Cards

Stampin’ Up! Country Home Hello Cards

This week our AWH Colour Creations team showcased one of the versatile neutrals: Basic Gray. If you missed the blog hop you can take a look at all the amazing projects here.

If I’m totally honest Basic Gray is not a colour I use that often but I found that once I started playing with it I couldn’t stop. So I thought I’d share with you today a couple more cards I made with Basic Gray.

Both cards feature a tiled background – one background is created with an embossing folder and the other one is with a tile stamp. But both use the lovely Country Home stamp set.

All the colours on both cards are from the Neutrals family, but mainly different shades of grays with just a tiny pop of green .

This tin tile embossing folder is a favourite of mine and it co-ordinates beautifully with this stamp set. I love this little white jug and the flower arrangement which I’ve used my Stampin’ Blends to colour in with Smokey Slate, Gray Granite and Mossy Meadow.

A little bit of shading underneath the jug with my Gray Granite blend really grounds this image and a simple bow of linen thread is the finishing touch.

For my other card I stamped a tile background and layered the other rustic jug onto an oval before fussy cutting the flowers with my paper snips

Once again I shaded underneath the jug – this time with my Smoky Slate blends – and added a bow of crinkle seam binding.

I hope I’ve inspired you to use this versatile neutral. I’ll be back next week with the AWH Colour Creations team to Showcase Bermuda Bay.

To purchase any of the products featured in today’s post, simply click on the product links below.

Product List

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

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week  2 Basic Gray

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 2 Basic Gray

Welcome to week two 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 2 – Basic Gray

Basic Gray is what I would call a “gunmetal” gray and part of the Neutrals collection of colours.

It is available in the following products.

Like all of the versatile neutrals, Basic Gray works with any colour, and today I’ve chosen to pair it with some other neutrals as well as two colours that really pop beside Basic Gray: Mango Melody and Crushed Curry.

Mango Melody and Crushed Curry are two colours I rarely use, but for some reason they are the first colours I seem to reach for when using any shade of grey.

All three of my cards today are CASED from the brand new 2021-22 annual Catalogue as I excitedly wait for my order to arrive!

Luckily, as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I was able to place a pre-order for the new catalogue so I already have some of the new products, including the Lovely You punch bundle.

I love this card on page 22 of the new catalogue because it uses one of my favourite techniques – stamping your own DSP. There are seven little floral stamps in the Lovely You stamp set and they are just the perfect size for creating homemade DSP.

And here’s my CASE of this card, using the Basic Gray palette of colours that I’ve chosen for my cards today.

Strips of card stock give a ribbon effect and gilded gems add a touch of bling.

I also wanted to make a strong masculine card using Basic Gray and I was inspired by a very neutral card layout on page 124 of the catalogue. The card on the bottom right of this photo uses one of the dies from Tasteful Touches bundle and the lovely wooden papers in the “In Good Taste” Designer Series Paper .

I love taking a shortcut where ever I can, so for my card I decided to use a punch instead of a die. Using the Tailored Tag punch enabled me to make a card with a very similar layout…only much faster.

I’m very happy with how this card turned out and I’m going to make a couple more cards using this design but with different coloured card stock.

The “Happy Birthday” sentiment is from the new Blossoms in Bloom Stamp set, stamped in Versamark Ink and then heat embossed using White embossing powder.

My final card was CASED from a card on page 84 of the catalogue that features the stunning new Peony Garden Designer Series Paper. The blue card in the photo below is the one I decided to CASE.

I cannot wait to get my hands on this paper, but in the meantime I’ve recreated this card using the two of the stamps from the  Tasteful Touches Stamp Set and my Mango Melody Stampin’ Blends.

This is such an easy and fun design and also a great way to add a colour to your card if you don’t have any card stock in that colour.

I’ve simply randomly stamped the flower and the branches of the card onto Whisper White card stock using my Basic Gray ink. I then carefully traced around the outline of each images with my Mango Melody Stampin’ Blend before colouring in all of the white area between each image.

The “you are so special” sentiment comes from the Tasteful Touches stamp set.

Basic Gray is such a versatile neutral – I could easily replace the Crushed Curry and the Mango Melody in any of these cards with pinks, red, purples, blues, greens, or even some foil or other neutrals. Any colours would pop really nicely beside Basic Gray.

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

Thanks so much joining the Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase. I hope we’ve inspired you to look at Basic Gray with fresh eyes.

Next Wednesday we’ll be showcasing one of the brights: Bermuda Bay. 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.

Product List

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

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.

Product List

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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