Stampin’ Up! Old Olive – Week 31 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Old Olive – Week 31 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 Old Olive, a fabulous green that is so versatile I actually use it like a neutral because it really pairs extremely well with any colour you combine it with.

For my cards today I’ve used elements from a brand new all inclusive card kit called Hello Dear Friend. Earlier this week I shared some other cards I made using the Hello Dear Friend Card Kit and today I have three more to share with you.

These three cards were inspired by one of the smaller card designs from the Hello Dear Friend Card Kit.

I loved how the stripes looked behind the yellow rose on this card, so I decided to pair the leftover die cuts with the black and white striped paper from the True Love Designer Series Paper.

You get everything you need in this kit to create 12 cards with matching envelopes…but you can make plenty more with this kit using the leftover die cuts and the stamp set, acrylic block and ink spot that are all included in the kit.

Because I used the leftover rose and leaf die cuts from this card kit with the black and white True Love Designer Series paper (both from the new January to June Mini Catalogue) my colour combination is Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Basic Black and Whisper White.

On my first card I intended to make a wreath with the die cut elements but halfway through adhering the die cuts around the sentiment I decided to create a spray of flowers instead.

By creating a spray instead of a wreath I had plenty room to add a bow of the black and white twine from the Playful Pets trim combo pack.

It also meant I now had some extra die cuts left over that I could use to create a thank you card .

This time I ran the DSP through my subtle embossing folder – it’s hard to see in this photo but it adds such a lovely texture in real life.

You might have noticed the stamped panel behind the “thank you” sentiment on the card above? It’s actually an off cut I didn’t want to waste after stamping the front panel for my third card below.

I stamped this panel using just two of the stamps in the stamp set included in this card kit. Here’s a close up of the stamps you get in this set as the photo of them in the catalogue is very small.

Running this stamped layer through the subtle embossing folder made all the difference to this card. All I had to do was add a bow of the Playful Pets bakers twine and die cut the “Just a Little note” sentiment using one of the Tasteful Label Dies before attaching to my card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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

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

Product List

Next week we we’ll be showcasing one of the Brights: Pacific Point. We hope you can join us all then.

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

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

My January 2021 Host code is VWKV2Z69 and it is valid until midnight January 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 soon with another craft project but in the meantime, wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm…and keep on crafting!

Hello Dear Friend Card Kit

Hello Dear Friend Card Kit

Hello to all my crafting friends!

I don’t know about you but card kits are one of my favourite craft products. I especially love all inclusive card kits because as it says on the box, you get everything you need.

The Hello Dear Friend All-Inclusive Card Kit is perfect for new crafters, busy crafters, or crafters on the go with enough supplies for at least 12 cards. Both today and this Wednesday I’m going to show you how to make even more cards with this kit by including just a few other basic supplies.

You can see from the picture above that the Hello Dear Friend All-Inclusive Card Kit includes:
• Set of 7 photopolymer stamps
• Misty Moonlight Classic Stampin’ Spot
• Clear stamp block
• 12 printed card bases
• 12 printed envelopes
• Printed die cuts
• Copper foil die-cut labels
• Vellum die cuts with copper foil
• Copper cord
• Stampin’ Dimensionals
• Adhesive dots
• Printed decorative box

I love the bright colours in this kit. It’s a colour combination I would never think of using myself but it looks amazing.

Here are the cards I made up according to the instructions on the kit. You don’t need any extra supplies to make these cards and if you follow the instructions on the kit you will make 12 cards in total.

Did you know you can also use the stamp set and the extra die cuts to make many more cards with just a few extra products? The cards I’m sharing with you today are created with some Note Cards and Envelopes and some brand new designer series paper.

I wanted to make use of all the beautiful stamps in the stamp set that is included in the Hello Dear Friend card kit so I stamped the back of all my envelopes as well.

The little black stippling in the middle of my flowers was added using my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.

For this card I cut up one of the smaller card bases. I actually find these smaller cards so useful when giving a bunch of flowers, etc, but I also wanted to show you that they can also be used to make larger cards if you prefer.

The die cuts in this kit make these cards so quick and easy card to make – all I had to do was tie a bow of the lovely copper cording that is included in the kit.

My second card uses the largest floral die cut layered onto some new black and white striped designer series paper.

This paper is from the True Love Designer Series Paper. There are so many things you can do with this paper, whether you decide to use it as it is or colour it in!

I’ve decorated my envelope flap to match the main die cut and added a bow of the copper cord to pick up the foiling of the sentiment die cut.

For my final card I’ve fussy cut one of the pink flowers from the largest die cut piece, added some die cut leaves and a copper bow.

The Highland Heather panel was cut using one of the smaller cards in this kit, mounted onto a Basic black layer.

This time the envelope flap was stamped using Old Olive and Highland Heather at both full strength and stamped off.

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

Product List

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

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 January 2021 Host code is VWKV2Z69 and it is valid until midnight January 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 some more cards I’ve made with this kit, this time focusing on Old Olive as that is the colour we are showcasing in our AWH Colour Creations Showcase this week. 

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

Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy – Week 30 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy – Week 30 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Welcome back to our Colour Creations Showcase in 2021 as we continue our showcase of over 50 beautiful Stampin’ Up! colours in alpha order.

Night of Navy is one of my all time favourite colours and because it is a neutral it works so well with so many different colours. This week my colour combination was inspired by the stunning Paper Blooms DSP, one of the free SALE-a-bration items you can earn with any purchase over $90.

I made three cards today using the designer series papers in this pack that consist of mainly Night of Navy, Seaside Spray, Soft Sea Foam, Whisper White…and just a touch of Old Olive. Isn’t this such a soothing and relaxing colour combination?

As well as the Paper Blooms DSP I’ve used another new SALE-a-bration product you can earn with any purchase of $90 or more – the “Heal Your Heart” stamp set.

What I like about this stamp set is the mix of fonts – I think it looks really visually appealing on a card.

Because there is a mix of large and small floral designs and more neutral graphic patterns I created three cards to show the different ways you can use this designer series paper to create both masculine and feminine cards.

The first card was super easy to make using 2cm strips of DSP evenly spaced on an angle on a base piece of Whisper White card stock. Adding strips on an angle immediately creates visual interest.

Once I’d added all the strips I used my paper trimmer to trim the rectangle to measure 14.5 x 9.5cm and adhered it onto a 15 x 10 cm card base.

I wanted to keep this card quite neutral and masculine so I didn’t add any ribbon or flowers. The “We’re in this Together” sentiment is punched out with the story label punch and layered on top of a Night of Navy stitched oval.

My “Sorry for Your Loss” card was inspired by a series of cards created by a German Stampin’ Up! demonstrator who fussy cut the flowers out of the Paper Blooms DSP and used them with the Wreath Builder Dies.

I’ve come up with a much simpler version today that doesn’t require as many layers or as much fussy cutting.

This close up shows you the detail of the Night of Navy flowers I fussy cut for my wreath – these were actually super quick and easy to cut out using my paper snips.

Probably my favourite stamp from the “Heal Your Heart” stamp set is the “Thank You” stamp with its large, elegant floral script. I decided make a super quick and easy thank you card with this sentiment, also adding a few left-over die cuts from my wreath card for extra dimension and interest.

The “Thank You” sentiment was die cut using the “Stitched So Sweetly” dies – I love how this sentiment and the pretty floral design of the DSP do all the work for you on this card.

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

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

Product List

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

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 January 2021 Host code is VWKV2Z69 and it is valid until midnight January 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 soon with another craft project but in the meantime, wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm…and keep on crafting!

Cathy xx

January-June Mini and SALE-a-bration launches today!

January-June Mini and SALE-a-bration launches today!

Hello to all my crafting friends!

I hope you had a relaxing break over Christmas and the new year? I have had a very busy time with so many family birthdays on top of Christmas and ever changing lockdown rules but was so very grateful to be able to see some of my family over Christmas.

Today is an exciting day because it is the launch of two new catalogues: the 2021 January to June Mini Catalogue and the SALE-a-bration catalogue.

You can take a look and download the PDF for both of these catalogues by clicking on the images below. If you haven’t already received a free paper catalogues and you would like a copy please contact me and I’ll pop one in the post for you.

Earn Free Products During SALE-a-bration!

SALE-a-bration begins today and ends on 28th February. During this period there are several ways you can earn free product.

Place an order, combine an order with friends or host a party

Any order of $90 or more in one transaction earns you free product. And the more you order, the more you earn. There are two levels of SALE-a-bration products for you to chose from: level 1 is for orders over $90 and level 2 with orders over $180.

You can see the SALE-a-bration items HERE in my online store that you can earn for the $90+ or $180+ levels.

SALE-a-brations Items which can be earned with a $90 order (for every $90 you spend you earn a free item):

There are three stunning paper packs to chose from.

Or you can chose from these four stamp sets.

SALE-a-bration Items which can be earned with a $180 order: for every $180 you spend you earn a free item):

SALE-a-bration stamp set earned with a $500 order:

Whether you have a large order to place yourself, decide to host a party or combine an order with friends, you can earn this exclusive stamp set (in addition to your normal SALE-a-bration choices) when an individual order, combined order or party order exceeds $500. See it HERE in my online store.

PUNCH PARTY PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET

Join as a demonstrator

If you have a large wish list why not consider joining Stampin’ Up! for the discount? Hobby demonstrators are welcome to join for the discount and community – there is absolutely no pressure to sell or demonstrate to others and no ongoing commitment if you decide it’s not for you.

Starter kits cost just $169 and you get to choose up to $235 product of your choice for $169, a box of 8 catalogues and free postage AND during SALE-a-bration you get even more.

You will also get a bonus of 5 paper packs of 40 double sided colour group 6×6″ papers in all new patterns – that’s a total of $335 product for $169, saving you nearly 50%!

If you’d like to find out more about the new catalogues or joining Stampin’ Up! please don’t hesitate to contact me.

I’ll be back this Wednesday January 6th with the AWH Colour Creations Showcase when we’ll be showcasing one of the Neutrals: Night of Navy. We hope you can join us all then.

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 29 Mossy Meadow

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 29 Mossy Meadow

Welcome to our last Colour Creations Showcase for 2020-2021! Thank you for joining us each week and thank you to my fellow AWH team members who have inspired us all with their amazing colour creations.

We’re taking a break over Christmas and New Year but we will be back on January 6 to continue our showcase of over 50 beautiful Stampin’ Up! colours in alphabetical order.

Week 29 – Mossy Meadow

Mossy Meadow is one of Stampin’ Up!’s neutrals, a dark green that looks like pear pizzaz when it is stamped off. As I needed to make some more Christmas cards (yes I know it’s only a week until Christmas!!) I decided to use a lovely graphic stamp set called Tree Angle that is retiring soon. (NOTE this stamp set has already sold out so you could also use the three different sized pine trees from the In the Pines stamp set if you would like to make these cards but missed out on this stamp set).

The Tree Angle stamp set co-ordinates with the stitched triangle dies but you could easily trim these trees with your paper trimmer if you don’t own the dies.

Mossy Meadow is a neutral that works really well with most colours – my classic Christmas colour scheme today was inspired by colours in the Heartwarming Hugs DSP that I’ve used in one of my cards.

As well as Mossy Meadow, Pear Pizzazz, Real Red and Whisper White I added in Crumb Cake and some metallic highlights.

This card pairs Mossy Meadow with some hints of soft metallics in the brushed metallic card stock layer and the copper stars that sit on top of the trees.

Mossy Meadow also looks great with silver in this monochromatic card. The background DSP layer is from the Neutrals 6×6 stack – I like how the pattern reflects the wooden tree trunks stamp in this stamp set.

Did you notice the little silver star on top of the tree! I love this die – it is from The Most Wonderful Time Medley, also retiring soon. Instead of using the tree trunk stamp again in this card I cut little silver trunk to co-ordinate with the silver star.

There are so many lovely greetings in this stamp set I decided to create a large sentiment panel using all of them together. I love the way it came together with no layout plan – I just started stamping in different colours!

The different colours on the greeting pick up the colours on the striped DSP. You could also create this card using any of your Christmas greetings from different stamp sets – the key to achieving a clean look is stamping the sentiments in the same colours as the stripes on the DSP.

These cards were so quick and easy to make – just as well because I still have so much to do before Christmas Day! Here’s a pic of all three in front of my beautiful Christmas tree.

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

We will return next year on Wednesday January 6th when we’ll be showcasing another one of the Neutrals: Night of Navy. We hope you can join us all then.

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

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

Art With Heart Creative Showcase: Summer

Art With Heart Creative Showcase: Summer

Welcome to the Monthly Art With Heart Creative Showcase. Tonight we’re sharing some ideas for summer cards.

Summer for me means frangipanis, my favourite flower. I have many frangipani trees in my garden in various shades of yellow and pink and most of them have been grown from cuttings. My frangipanis are just coming into flower now and every year the yellow ones always flower before the pink ones do.

I’m sure it will come as no surprise when I tell you that I’ve used the Timeless Tropical stamp set and its co-ordinating In the Tropics dies for my card today. I have to admit I bought this entire bundle just for the frangipani flower and die, but I love this entire stamp and die set!

The palm tree is coloured using the marker technique – I used soft suede for the tree trunk and old olive for the palm branches. Once I coloured the stamp with my markers I “huffed” on it before stamping. To add colour and depth I used Watercolour pencils to lightly add some more old olive to the branches and some early espresso to the trunk.

The frangipani flower was stamped in smoky slate (stamped off once) and then coloured in using my daffodil delight and pumpkin pie watercolour pencils.

The pool party layer is die cut with a stitched rectangle die and embossed with the wrapped in texture embossing folder – on sale now at 50% off as it is retiring at the end of December or when sold out.

This pool party embossed layer is then layered onto Sahara Sand (also die cut with a stitched rectangle die) and adhered to a whisper white notecard.

The sentiment is also from the Timeless Tropical stamp set, stamped in versamark ink and heat embossed with White Emboss powder.

Did you notice the embellishment in the centre of the flower? It’s a clear wonderful gem from the August – December 2020 Mini Catalogue and it adds a lovely sparkle to my frangipani flower.

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

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the forthcoming January-June 2021 Mini Catalogue, 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.

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 28 Misty Moonlight

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 28 Misty Moonlight

Welcome to week twenty-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 28 – Misty Moonlight

I’m so excited to bring you a sneak peek this week of my favourite suite from the forthcoming 2021 January -June mini catalogue: the Hydrangea Hill Suite.

This suite has the most beautiful DSP but tonight I’m focusing on Misty Moonlight so I decided to use the Hydrangea Haven Bundle to showcase Misty Moonlight. I promise I’ll share some cards soon using this stunning DSP.

One of the things I love about this stamp and die bundle is the different ways you can use it. I’ve made three very simple cards today using basically the same colours and same layout, yet they look very different.

For my first card I’ve stamped the largest hydrangea stamp in Memento ink before colouring it in with my Misty Moonlight, Seaside Spray and Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Blends.

All three cards feature sentiments from the Hydrangea Haven stamp set, the Hydrangea dies, are layered on a piece of whisper white that has been embossed with the subtle embossing folder and finished of with a bow of Misty Moonlight, Whisper White and silver bakers twine from the Flowers For Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack.

Card Two uses the same main stamp, this time coloured by using the background stamps that match (they are the dark solid stamps in this set). The Misty Moonlight stamp for the flowers has been stamped off three times and the Mossy Meadow for the stem and leaves just two times.

How adorable is this little tag die – there are five stamps that fit into this tag. Love, love, love this!

My final card uses just dies from the Hydrangea dies.

Can you see how the dies on the flower lift up? I’ve added some of the Seaside Spray Pastel Pearls to finish this square card off.

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

Next Tuesday we’ll be showcasing one of the Neutrals: Mossy Meadow. We hope you can join us all then.

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the 2021 January -June mini catalogue, Sale-a-bration catalogue, August–December 2020 Mini Catalogue, 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 27 Mint Macaron

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 27 Mint Macaron

Welcome to week twenty-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 27 – Mint Macaron

Hello crafters!

Our colour this week is Mint Macaron, a lovely soft green. There were so many possible projects I had in my mind for Mint Macaron but in the end I was inspired by the colour combination and several products from the Gilded Autumn Suite on page 45 of the July – December Mini Catalogue.

I just love Mint Macaron and Copper foil together on these beautiful foiled papers and the Brushed Metallic Card stock, however instead of using this DSP I decided to see what the Today’s Tiles would look like inked up in Mint Macaron, with the second layer heat embossed in copper.

This card is super hard to photograph – either you capture the shine of the beautiful brushed metallic copper card stock and the Mint Macaron looks very dark (photo above) or you capture the true colour of Mint Macaroon but not the shine of the brushed metallic copper card stock (photo below).

The key to lining up the layers of the tile stamp is your trusty Stamparatus. To achieve the copper foiled look I stamped in Versamark ink before applying copper emboss powder. (NOTE I’ve just realised this product is now retired but you could use the gold emboss instead and the gold brushed metallic card stock instead of the copper brushed metallic card stock).

I’ve used the Totally Tile stamp set on purpose because I’ve made these two cards as a thank you to two of my amazing yoga teachers. I was so excited when I saw that Stampin’ Up! had a stamp set with “Namaste”. If you don’t practice yoga you might not be familiar with this word. We say it with our teachers at the end of a class and it can mean “I bow to you” but apparently it is also colloquially used among Hindi speakers as a way of saying hello, especially when greeting someone older.

My second card also uses the “Namaste” sentiment and the same colour combination but I’ve mixed the design up a bit and added some of the Metallic Copper Grosgrain Ribbon from the Gilded Autumn Suite.

Doesn’t that metallic Copper Grosgrain ribbon look beautiful behind the sentiment? I really hope my yoga teachers enjoy receiving their personalised “Namaste” thank you card!

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

Next Tuesday we’ll be showcasing one of the 2020-22 In Colors: Misty Moonlight. We hope you can join us all then.

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 upcoming January-June 2021 Mini Catalogue, the August–December 2020 Mini Catalogue, 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 26 Merry Merlot

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 26 Merry Merlot

Welcome to week twenty-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 26 – Merry Merlot

Hello crafters. This week I’m sharing a Christmas card I’ve made using an entirely neutral colour palette – I really love any combination of neutrals together on a card.

Merry Merlot is our colour for this week and I’ve only used a tiny bit of it on my card because it is a very rich colour. Hopefully I’ve used enough to show you how nicely it pairs with these other neutrals.

If there ever were two bundles just crying out to be used together it’s the Beautiful World bundle on p26 of the annual catalogue and the Peace & Joy bundle on page 18 of the August to December Mini catalogue. I love how Stampin’ Up! co-ordinate their products right through their range.

The “faux embossed” background of my Gray Granite slimline card was easy to make using the globe dies and adhesive sheets. Just remember to attach a sheet to the back of your card stock before you die cut. Next time I make this card I think I’ll add more globes and space them more closely together for even greater impact.

The joy sentiment uses all three joy die cuts from the Peace & Joy bundle. Adding adhesive sheet to the card stock for the thinest joy on the top layer makes it easy to adhere.

Apart from the middle layer of the joy sentiment the other touch of Merry Merlot on the card is the Rhinestone Basic Jewels which I have coloured using my Merry Merlot Stampin’ Write Marker.

The pine fronds were stamped in Mossy Meadow and fussy cut out using my paper snips.

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

Next Tuesday we’ll be showcasing one of the Subtles: Mint Macaron. We hope you can join us all then.

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 August–December 2020 Mini Catalogue, 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 25 Melon Mambo

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 25 Melon Mambo

Welcome to week twenty-five of our 2020-2021 Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase. I can’t believe we are halfway through our 2020-2021 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 25 – Melon Mambo

Melon Mambo is a colour I love to use for two step stamping and especially for stamping off because it is such a gorgeous pink when stamped off, without any of the orange tones of the other pinks in the Stampin’ Up! colour range.

To show you just how beautiful Melon Mambo looks when stamped off I’m using a brand new stamp set with matching dies from the upcoming January – June 2020 Mini Catalogue: the Art Gallery Bundle, which consists of the Art Gallery stamp set and co-ordinating Floral Gallery Dies.

My favourite green to use with Melon Mambo is Pear Pizzaz so here’s the colour combination I’ve used for my card today.

It looks like I’ve used two different pinks on this card but I’ve actually only used Melon Mambo at full strength and stamped off once. The largest flower is two-step stamping and then I’m stamped the smaller flower twice, once at full strength and once stamped off. There is a another stamp (that I’ve used on the inside of the card) for two step stamping on this flower image as well but I wanted to show the colour of Melon Mambo stamped off very clearly.

The two stems are stamped in Pear Pizzaz, one at full strength and the other one stamped off once.

One of the things I really love about this bundle is the font and the size of the sentiments, the number of different sentiments (there are nine in total) and the two rectangular dies designed to fit all these sentiments. I’ve used “Happy Birthday” and the longer rectangle for my card today.

Inside my card I used another sentiment and roughly inked up another stamp from this set in both Pear Pizazz and Melon Mambo, stamping it off once before stamping inside my card. The final touch is the addition of Melon Mambo at full strength for the second part of the floral stamp, using the stamp that also works for the second step of the smaller flower on the front of the card.

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

Next Tuesday we’ll be showcasing one of the Neutrals: Merry Merlot. We hope you can join us all then.

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the forthcoming January-June 2021 Mini Catalogue, 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: November

Heart of Christmas: November

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 an advent calendar that I made for my 4 year old niece – it is the Christmas Countdown kit. Advent calendars are a tradition in our family, in fact last year my boys turned 18 and 21 and it was the first Christmas they didn’t have an advent calendar!

This advent calendar was so easy to make using the Christmas Countdown kit. All I needed was some adhesive because the kit includes the paper for the front of the drawers, the numbers and stickers to personalise each drawer.

The big decision with a refillable advent calendar is what to put inside the drawers. My boys would receive a gold coin and a chocolate coin each day. On Christmas Eve we would go shopping and they would use half their coins to buy a gift for their brother and then we would visit a local street renowned for their Christmas lights where my boys would donate the rest of their coins to a charity.

For my niece I’ve mixed things up a bit. She is just getting into LEGO so I bought a little LEGO set for her and split the pieces between 1/3 of the drawers, filling the other drawers with baubles to hang on her Christmas tree and of course some chocolate coins!

As this will be my niece’s first ever advent calendar and I won’t be there to explain the concept to her I made a matching card and envelope to go with the calendar. I used the left over stickers and paper drawer fronts to decorate my card and envelope.

The tree for the envelope and the card is made by adhering the stickers and paper to some card stock and then punching it out with the tree punch. I’ve also punched out the star from the die cuts included in the kit and used a red bow sticker, also included in the kit.

I don’t want my niece to lose her tiny LEGO pieces so I cut out the front of the LEGO box and stuck it to a mini Paper Pumpkin box. Inside the box I put the LEGO instructions and a ziplock bag to keep everything safe.

Here’s the inside of the card – the “no peeking” sentiment comes from the Itty bitty Christmas stamp set, as does the sentiment on the front of the card.

Once I’d written inside the card and explained the concept of an advent calendar to my niece, I placed the card on top of the mini Paper Pumpkin box and tied them together with the Mossy Meadow diagonal striped ribbon.

I’m so excited to be carrying on this Christmas tradition in our family with this beautiful Christmas advent calendar.

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.

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the August – December Mini catalogue (AKA the Holiday 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

Click on the photos below to purchase the items to make this Advent Calendar and matching card.

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Art With Heart Creative Showcase: Cards Using Only Five Supplies

Art With Heart Creative Showcase: Cards Using Only Five Supplies

Welcome to the Monthly Art With Heart Creative Showcase. Tonight we’re sharing some ideas for cards that only use five supplies or less – a challenge for many avid crafters.

Luckily we all agreed that paper trimmers, paper snips, acrylic blocks and adhesives were core supplies assumed to be already on hand, which meant we could chose five more supplies in addition to these basics.

Although technically you could argue that an all inclusive card kit could be counted as one supply I did feel that would be cheating for the purposes of this challenge, so after much deliberation I settled on the following five supplies:

  • Zoo Globe Stamp Set – this set is perfect for colouring and has both sentiments and images
  • Watercolour Pencils – an affordable and easy way to get a wide range of Stampin’ up! colours
  • Blender Pen – brings watercolours to life and not as wet or messy on the card stock as water painters
  • Memento Stamp Pad – versatile black stamp pad for images and sentiments
  • Whisper White card Stock – an essential and versatile basic for both making the card base and stamping the card layer

I had so much fun playing with the zoo globe stamp set I ended up making three cards to share with you several different techniques you can try even if you only have limited supplies.

TECHNIQUES 1 AND 2: CREATING YOUR OWN DSP AND BLENDING WATERCOLOUR PENCILS WITH BLENDER PENS

All three of my cards today begin with a piece of home made rainbow DSP. I created my rainbow DSP by simply using my watercolour pencils to scribble on my card stock in rainbow order. I could have also created a homemade patterned DSP by stamped images onto the card stock and either coloured them in or left it as black and white but this was much faster.

To blend the colours together I simply coloured over the top of my pencil marks with my blender pen – it’s amazing to watch the pencil lines smooth out with the blender pen. Once I’d finished I rubbed the nip of my blender pen onto some scrap paper until it ran clear. It doesn’t matter if your nib is stained – it’s now ready to use again with any colour.

The photo below shows my homemade DSP with the globe base stamp already stamped onto it, which leads to my next techniques….

TECHNIQUES 3 AND 4 : PAPER PIECING AND FUSSY CUTTING

Once you’ve created your own DSP you can use it in a variety of ways. For card one I’ve stamped the base of the globe onto it before fussy cutting this piece out with my paper snips.

The dome of the globe was stamped directly onto my card base but the balloons, elephant and base of the globe were all coloured in with watercolour pencils and then blended with the blender pen before being fussy cut out and adhered to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Leaving a white space in the middle of the balloons gives them a real dimension.

The “happy birthday” sentiment was stamped onto scrap piece of Whisper White card stock before being trimmed to size with the paper trimmer and adhered using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

TECHNIQUES 5 AND 6: CREATING A BORDER WITH STAMPS AND THE BLENDER PEN DIRECT TO PENCIL COLOURING TECHNIQUE

For my second card I used a rainbow strip of my homemade DSP and the grass stamp to create a double border for the base of my card.

This time, when colouring my animals I first applied the nib of my marker to the tip of the pencil, lifting the colour off the pencil with my blender pen and then colouring the images with my blender pen.

You can also use your blender pen in this way to lift ink from the lid of your ink pad or ink from an acrylic block – it means your clear blender pen can be used to colour in any coloured pencil or ink that you have.

TECHNIQUE 7: USING HOMEMADE DSP AS BACKGROUND LAYER

I hadn’t originally intended to make a third card but the colours on my remaining section of homemade DSP reminded me of the Australian outback…and I hadn’t used the adorable kangaroo and joey stamp yet!

This time I glued both of the stamped, water coloured and fussy cut images directly onto my home made DSP and added dimension behind the DSP by using Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere it to the card base.

So what do you think of my 5 ingredient cards?

Simple cards made with few supplies can be really effective…especially if you have a few techniques and tricks up your sleeve that enable you to maximise whatever supplies you have on hand.

To see more Designer Series Paper inspiration from the AWH Team head back to Rachel‘s page as she is hosting our monthly blog hops.

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

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If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the forthcoming January-June 2021 Mini Catalogue, 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.

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 24  Mango Melody

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 24 Mango Melody

Welcome to week twenty-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 24 – Mango Melody

When I saw this beautiful card on Pinterest – created by Tammy Wilson, a USA Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and member of the Artisan Design Team – it instantly evoked a very special memory for me.

In 2018 I visited New York, Indianapolis and Hawaii with my husband and two sons – it was our first big holiday as a family and the first time all four of us went overseas together. We went to celebrate my 50th birthday and more importantly to finally meet and thank my amazing bone marrow donor Ben and his wife Christy.

This incredible trip was one of the happiest times of my life and now with COVID I’m forever grateful we were able to enjoy this special trip together.

Tammy’s card immediately reminded me of the stunning trees in Central Park, New York and Indianapolis – the soft colour of the sky and the shape of the tree branches is totally different to we have here in Australia. Here’s a few photos I took of this soft winter sky with the silhouettes of the winter trees.

My first card today is a much simpler version of Tammy’s card and it uses slightly different colours. I love these shades of orange and brown together: Mango Melody, Cinnamon Cider, Early Espresso and Whisper White.

To create my background I’ve used a really fun watercolour technique that creates a different look every time.

  • Spritz a sheet of Fluid 100 Watercolour paper several times with your Stampin’ Spritzer
  • Tap an acrylic block onto Mango Melody ink pad to cover the surface of the block with the ink
  • Use your widest water painter to lift Mango Melody ink off your acrylic block and paint it onto the Fluid 100 Watercolour paper
  • Tap another acrylic block, this time onto your Cinnamon Cider ink pad and then use your widest water painter to paint some Cinnamon Cider ink onto your Fluid 100 Watercolour paper
  • Spritz the paper again with your Stampin’ Spritzer (watch the inks merge together at the edges) and then dry the ink using your heat tool
  • Stamp the largest tree stamp in Early Espresso ink, and then stamp the “shadows” stamp in Early Espresso ink underneath the group of trees
  • Flick the thick end of your Early Espresso Stampin’ Write marker with your finger to create splatters all over the card

My sentiment is also from the Winter Woods stamp set – I used my Early Espresso marker to colour just the “thinking of you” section of the sentiment before stamping and then die cutting the sentiment out with stitched rectangle die to match the larger stitched rectangle die I used to cut the water coloured layer.

I couldn’t resist making one more card with this stamp set because it also is the perfect stamp set for the acrylic block stamping technique. If you’ve never tried this technique please give it a go – it is so easy and so effective.

You simply ink up an acrylic block (I used size C) by tapping it onto your stamp pad, then spritz it with your Stampin’ Spritzer and stamp the acrylic block directly to your paper. This time I used Whisper White but this technique looks great on watercolour paper too.

Once you’ve dried your ink background, stamp the tree stamp over the top in Early Espresso ink. I wanted a small sentiment to fit in the gap between the two tree branches on the far right and the “Hello” sentiment from the Well Said stamp set was the perfect fit.

Both my cards were finished off with a simple bow of linen thread.

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

Next Tuesday we’ll be showcasing one of the Brights: Melon Mambo. We hope you can join us all then.

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 2020 Mini Catalogue, 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

Dandy Garden Suite – Sneak Peek

Dandy Garden Suite – Sneak Peek

Today I’m sharing with you a sneak peek of the Dandy Garden Suite which will be in the upcoming January-June 2021 Mini Catalogue. The Dandy Garden suite is a “mega suite” with so many fantastic co-ordinating products.

Today I’m using just some of the products from this suite: 6×6 DSP paper, a Dragonfly stamp set, Dragonfly punch, Mossy Meadow braided linen trim and the cutest mini ladybug embellishments!  

Some of this new collection of products were been made available to Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who registered for Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage @ Home event which I’ve just attended this past weekend. We all made three simple but stunning cards with this suite.

The Dragonflies on these cards were punched out with the Dragonfly Punch. The smallest dragonfly was punched out of Whisper White card stock and largest Dragonfly is punched from the Dandy Garden Designer Series Paper.

This card shows more patterns from the beautiful Dandy Garden Designer Series Paper and the texture of the Mossy Meadow Braided linen trim.

If you look closely at the Designer Series Paper with the dragonfly pattern you’ll see that the Blackberry Bliss dragonfly exactly matches the size of the smaller dragonfly punch so you can actually use your punch to punch out both sizes of dragonfly from the DSP if you don’t feel like stamping and colouring them yourself.

I really like the simplicity of this final card.

Did you notice the shadow under the dragonfly’s wings?

This stamp can either be used either as a shadow or to add colour to the dragonfly’s wings.

And here’s a close-up of another card so you can see the adorable little ladybug embellishments!

I’ll be back with some more samples from the Dandy Garden suite once I’ve had some time to play with this set.

In the meantime, if you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the upcoming January-June 2021 Mini Catalogue or 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

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 23  Magenta Madness

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 23 Magenta Madness

Welcome to week twenty-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 23 – Magenta Madness

This week I’ve drawn inspiration from one of Stampin Up!’s retired products: the Everything is Rosy product medley which featured a stunning colour combination of Night of Navy, Melon Mambo, Rose Gold and Whisper White.

Because Night of Navy and Melon Mambo looked so beautiful together in the Everything is Rosy product medley I thought I’d use a similar colour combination for my Magenta Madness card, using a selection of 2019-21 and 2020-22 In Colours.

Rococo Rose is a lot “muddier” than Magenta Madness but because I used my light Rococo Rose Stampin’ Blend I think I managed to get away with using these very different tones of pink together on my cards today.

All three cards feature the Bloom & Grow Stamp Set, the co-ordinating Budding Blooms dies and the 2020–2022 In colour 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper.

I needed to make some thank you cards for customers so for all three cards I used the lovely thank you sentiment from Bloom & Grow. The floral images and sentiments were stamped in Memento before colouring with Stampin’ Blends.

This first card doesn’t include Rococo Rose – the flowers are coloured using the light and dark Magenta Madness Stampin’ Blends.

My next card includes Rococo Rose and like the other two cards I’ve coloured Rhinestone Jewels with my dark Magenta Madness Stampin’ Blend to customise my embellishments.

The lovely scalloped edge on the Whisper White card stock layer is easy to achieve with the Budding Blooms dies – just use a pencil to mark the middle and the sides of the card stock before you die cut to ensure the angle on both sides matches.

My final card was designed to use up the off cuts of the designer series paper from the previous two cards and as so often happens I end up liking the “use it all up card” the best!

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

Next Tuesday we’ll be showcasing one of the Brights: Mango Melody. We hope you can join us all then.

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 2020 Mini Catalogue, 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 22 Just Jade

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 22 Just Jade

Welcome to week twenty-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 22 – Just Jade

Do you love making your own DSP? I certainly do and my card this week features a very simple DSP stamped in two of the new 2020-22 In Colors: Just Jade and Cinnamon Cider.

My card design and layout was inspired by a non Stampin’ Up! card I saw on Pinterest – I love how just two simple cuts with my Paper Trimmer bring a whole new level of interest to my card. This is a great layout to use up your DSP or you can make your own like I have done today, using the Peaceful Boughs stamp set.

After chopping my DSP I spaced it evenly onto a layer of Whisper White card stock and used white adhesive foam strips to adhere the DSP to the Whisper White card stock layer. I used one of the layering ovals dies to cut a window for the sentiment, which I stamped in Memento Ink.

To ensure the Gold Cord wrapped nicely around my card I added an extra layer of Whisper White on top of the card base, wrapped the cord around this layer and secured my Gold Cord to the back of this layer with sticky tape. Where the bow sits at the front of the card I used a mini glue dot to hold it in place. I could have also used the Just Jade ribbon, Linen thread or the Copper Grosgrain Ribbon from the Basket Weave and Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack.

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

Next Wednesday we’ll be showcasing another one of the 2020-22 In Colors: Magenta Madness. We hope you can join us all then.

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 2020 Mini Catalogue, 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 21 Highland Heather

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 21 Highland Heather

Welcome to week twenty-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 21 – Highland Heather

I love Stampin’ Up!’s stunning tricolour purple ribbon so much I designed my card around it this week, creating a bunch of flowers tied with a double bow of this ribbon – its three stripes are Purple Posy, Highland Heather (our colour this week) and Gorgeous Grape.

The other colours included in my bunch of flowers are Soft Sea Foam, Mint Macaron and Smoky Slate. This is such a soft and feminine colour combination.

The Forever Fern bundle was just perfect for this project – its impossible to make a bad card with this stamp set and co-ordinating Forever Flourishing dies, and there are so many way you can use this bundle.

Because I wanted to create a double bow with the stripes in same direction on both sides of my bow I used a bow maker to carefully tie the double bow. If you don’t have a bow maker you can use a fork or even your fingers – there are heaps of free tutorials on Pinterest that will show you how to make a perfect bow of any size.

Stampin’ up!’s subtle embossing folder gives a lovely texture to the Whisper White card stock layer. The “hello” sentiment was stamped in Versamark ink before being heat embossed using white emboss power.

Because I had so many left over die cut pieces I decided to make a quick pop-up planter basket for the middle of my card. I traced around the smallest stitched rectangle to work out where to cut my pop-up mechanism and then simply used my paper snips to cut two side slits into a Whisper White insert.

Once I cut my two side slits I simply flipped out the pop-up mechanism (so it pops in the opposite direction to the card insert) and added a piece of Gorgeous Grape card stock embossed using the Brick & mortar Embossing Folder to create the planter box.

As well as attaching foliage pieces to the inside of the planter box pop-up section I also attached some to the inside of the Whisper White card base. Just a note of warning, when attaching die cut piece to your pop-up section just make sure they are positioned in a way that your card can close smoothly and they don’t stick out the sides when the card is closed.

Here’s a quick 17 second video showing you how my pop-up card moves.

The “to a friend that makes me smile” sentiment is the final touch for the inside of the pop-up card, stamped in Highland Heather.

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

Next Tuesday we’ll be showcasing one of the new 2020-22 In Colours: Just Jade. We hope you can join us all then.

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 August–December 2020 Mini Catalogue, 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: October

Heart of Christmas: October

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 three cards that feature a brand new suite of products that will be available to purchase from 3rd November: the Curvy Celebrations bundle.

You can purchase these products together as a bundle and get 10% off or you can purchase these products individually.

  • Quite Curvy Stamp Set
  • Curvy Dies
  • Curvy Christmas Stamp Set
  • Classic Christmas 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 cm) Designer Series Paper

My first card is a simple folded card that uses one of the curvy dies to cut the card stock and the Classic Christmas 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 cm) Designer Series Paper.

Here is it folded up.

Unfolded once.

And fully opened up.

Look at this beautiful Designer Series Paper and the detail in these Curvy Dies. I’ve used the Sahara Sand tree pattern DSP for this card because it matches the Curvy Tree Stamp – how cute is this line of trees!

I really love this DSP – it comes in Sahara Sand, Cherry Cobbler and Shaded Spruce, 48 sheets of double-sided patterned paper; with 4 each of 12 designs.

For my next card I used the sprig die to cut out Sahara Sand and Whisper White card stock sprigs to make a wreath.

My little red robin was coloured in using Crumb Cake and Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ blends and the bow was coloured in with Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ blends before fussy cutting out with my paper snips. Holiday Rhinestone Jewels add a touch of bling.

Lastly, for the square card I also used the Gold Hoop embellishments and the sprig dies.

There’s just so many possibilities with this amazing suite!

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.

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the August – December Mini catalogue (AKA the Holiday 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

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 20 Gray Granite

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 20 Gray Granite

Welcome to week twenty 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 20 – Gray Granite

Gray Granite is very similar to Crumb Cake in that it’s an incredibly versatile neutral colour: not too light, not too dark and it looks really fabulous with any colour you’d like to pair it with. And although I usually pair gray with silver, Gray Granite is a brownish gray so I also love pairing it with gold.

My colour combination today uses only three colours: Gray Granite, Gold Foil and Whisper White.

One of the great things about having a mother and a best friend who both share your crafting passion is that we can craft together and borrow each other’s supplies! My mum lent me the the beautiful Dove of Hope bundle this week…and it was the perfect set to showcase Gray Granite.

This is a such a great bundle for quick and easy cards I ended up making three cards. Card one was inspired by this sheet of designer series paper from the Peony Garden DSP – this pack of DSP is on sale for the month of October.

A simple white dove created from three die cuts and a pre-cut gold wreath made this card child’s play. All I had to add was a the “Peace Joy Love” sentiment stamped in Gray Granite and a bow of Wonder of the Season Gold cord topped with a gold dot die.

I created the gold dot using the row of dots die in the Detailed Dove dies to die cut some scrap gold foil from the Forever Gold laser-cut paper.

My square card uses a Gray Granite card base to bring out the pretty detail in the Plush Poinsettia specialty paper – I love the texture of this flocked vellum.

After fussy cutting the word peace from the the “Peace Joy Love” sentiment I used more of the die cut gold dots to embellish the card. The sprig in the dove’s mouth has also been die cut from extra gold foil in the Forever Gold laser-cut paper.

I used the same die cuts as my first dove, but achieved a totally different look just by changing the way the wings sat on the dove’s body.

The final card was inspired by one the incredibly talented members of the Artisan Design team: Martin Stone. Although I’ve copied the basic layout of his card I’ve made this card my own by using different colours, different trim and embellishments and a different embossing folder for the background layer.

The dove is die cut but the “Peace” sentiment is fussy cut. This time instead of using the Wonder of the Season Gold cord for my bow I used the Forever Greenery Gold Trim.

All three cards have three different background layers — flocked vellum, embossed card stock and designer series paper — but their geometric patterns are very similar.

I wonder which background layer and card design you prefer?

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

Kate Morgan

Michele Taylor

Sujatha Harding

Vicki Boucher

Rachel Woollard

Andrea Sargent

Diane Furniss

Tina Gillespie

Rachel Palmieri

Caroline Manwaring

Christine Blain

Ros Davidson

Theresa Gerrard

Sharon Davern

Judy May

Next Tuesday we’ll be showcasing one of the Subtles: Highland Heather. We hope you can join us all then.

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 August–December 2020 Mini Catalogue, 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: Using Designer Series Paper

Art With Heart Creative Showcase: Using Designer Series Paper

Welcome to the Monthly Art With Heart Creative Showcase. Tonight we’re sharing some ideas for using designer series paper because Stampin’ Up! have 15% off a select range of their stunning DSPs for the month of October. You can see the full list of papers on sale here.

To celebrate World Card Making day last Saturday I held a class where I shared two card techniques that really showcase designer series papers: a double z-fold Christmas card and a “Scrappy Strip technique” birthday card.

Both of these cards feature stunning designer series papers that can sometimes be overlooked because they are from Product Medleys, so they are not listed in the paper section of the Stampin’ up! website or the catalogues.

These designer series papers also come in refill packs, so you don’t have to purchase the entire product medley to get your hands on the DSP.

The double Z-fold card is a Christmas card and you could use any of the Christmas DSPs on sale to make this design too. For the front panel of the card you can use a sticker from the product medley or stamp a greeting or a different image – the possibilites are endless.

Here’s how it looks from the side.

And here’s my matching envelope – I simply stamped off the Christmas Tree stamp on the back flap of a C6 envelope.

My scrappy strip technique birthday card uses the stunning blues and whites and creams of the Boho Indigo Product Medley.

To make a scrappy strip technique card you simply cut a piece of Very Vanilla A4 card stock in half and score and fold to make the card base. Cut the other piece of card stock in half and trim 1/4 inch (5cm) off the top and side – this is your middle layer. For the top layer, trim 1/2 inch (10cm) off the top and side.

Trim strips of DSP at an angle before lining them up (alternating dark and light) and lining them up with approximately the same gap between strips. Adhere the strips, turn over so the strips are under the top Very Vanilla layer and trim the strips back to the edges of the top layer.

Once you’ve adhered all your layers, add some ribbon behind your sentiment.

I used the Envelope dies to add DSP to the outer flap of a C6 envelope. The Envelope dies come in four different sizes (to match the four different envelope sizes Stampin’ Up! sells) and you can either use them inside as an envelope liner or outside as a feature flap as I’ve done below.

This scrappy strip technique is the perfect way to use up your scraps of DSP.

I’m going to make both these cards again, this time using some of the lovely DSP on sale this month.

To see more Designer Series Paper inspiration from the AWH Team head back to Rachel‘s page as she is hosting our monthly blog hops.

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

Product List

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

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