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.

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 19 Granny Apple Green

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 19 Granny Apple Green

Welcome to week nineteen 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 19 – Granny Apple Green

Last weekend was world card making day and I celebrated by holding a free card making class at my place.

This beautiful bunch of flowers was given to me by my dear friend Nicole who came to my afternoon class. The Granny Apple Green colour of the leaves and stems proved to be the perfect inspiration for my Colour Creations Showcase project this week.

I love using my craft supplies to reproduce gorgeous bunches of flowers. For my card this week I used Granny Apple Green, Magenta Madness, Blushing Bride, Smoky Slate, Soft Sea Foam, Basic Black, Whisper White and Early Espresso.

To make my flannel flowers I used the smaller daisy stamp and Medium Daisy Punch. Smoky Slate was stamped off twice for the petals and Soft Sea Foam stamped off once for the centre of the flannel flowers.

The closest stamp set I found to reproduce the ranunculus was Prized Peony – the darkest pink flower is Magenta Madness stamped off once, with Blushing Bride for the paler pink flowers. The black flower centres are created using the fine tip of a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.

Granny Apple Green reproduced the leaves and the stems, with a piece of In Good Taste DSP set at an angle to reproduce the front hall table where my beautiful vase of flowers greet everyone who walks into the front door.

Isn’t nature always the most amazing source of inspiration?

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

Next Tuesday we’ll be showcasing one of the Neutrals: Gray Granite. 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 18 – Gorgeous Grape

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 18 – Gorgeous Grape

Welcome to week eighteen 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 18 – Gorgeous Grape

Gorgeous Grape is indeed a gorgeous colour, but I have to admit I do sometimes feel intimidated by the bright colours. This is why I decided to create my first card card using water colouring and stamping off to reduce the intensity of the colours.

My colour palette for this week combines Gorgeous Grape with other bright and vibrant colours: Pretty Peacock, Melon Mambo, Old Olive and Whisper White.

I’ve used the Floral Essence stamp set for my card, along with the greenery embossing folder. But because the largest floral stamp in this set is an outline stamp and the two smaller flowers are solid colour stamps, I stamped the largest flower outline stamp in versamark ink before adding white emboss powder and heat embossing it. This technique allowed all the flowers on this card to be a single colour without any black outline.

I used my water painter to watercolour the largest flower with ink from my Gorgeous Grape inkpad, using Old Olive for the centre of the flower.

The other flowers were stamped off once in Pretty Peacock and Melon Mambo, the leaves in Old Olive, before fussy cutting them all out.

The sentiment is also from the Floral Essence stamp set, stamped onto Gorgeous Grape card stock in versamark ink before adding white emboss powder and heat embossing it.

The Gold Hoop embellishment and gold twine bow are the final touch to add some sparkle and bling to my card.

After making my first card I decided to be brave and bold and use these colours at full strength — I know, shock, horror, right???!!!

But how gorgeous indeed do these vibrant colours look against Basic Black!

I used Basic Black instead of Whisper White for my embossed layer – I love the contrast of Basic Black against strong colours. It really makes them pop!

The Gorgeous Grape flower is created using two of the same flowers, layered on top of each other, curled up with a bone folder and adhered using glue dots. The spotted patterned paper layer is from the Brights 6×6 Designer Series Paper.

I’m so glad I used these colours at full strength because I think I actually prefer my second card!

I can’t wait to see what the rest of the Art With Heart team have created with Gorgeous Grape.

Click on the links below to see what they’ve made.

Next Tuesday we’ll be showcasing one of the Brights: Granny Apple Green. 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

Macrame Feather Slimline Cards

Macrame Feather Slimline Cards

Have you ever made a macrame feather? Did you even know macrame feathers are a thing?

Last month I saw a beautiful handmade card with a macrame feather on social media and so I decided to design a birthday card featuring a macrame feather for my crafting partner in crime, Jenny Boffey, who loves to do macrame as much as she loves to make cards.

I don’t tend to use Very Vanilla as often as I prefer to use Whisper White, but Very Vanilla looks amazing with gold foil — and I wanted to use the tag from the Boho Indigo Product Medley to stamp my sentiment on.

The “A Bunch of Birthday Love to You” sentiment I stamped on my card is also from the Boho Indigo stamp set that comes in the Product Medley.

Here’s a close up of the macrame feather – it is knotted onto a Gold Hoop embellishment and made from some retired Very Vanilla bakers twine. The Forever Greenery trim combo pack co-ordinates perfectly and the largest die from the Fabulous Florals dies was used to die cut the gold foil background.

After I made this birthday card I was also been commissioned to make a couple of wedding cards featuring a macrame feather.

The basic design of the card is the same but I’ve used a different sentiment and swapped out the Crumb Cake card base for Very Vanilla.

For my wedding card design I’ve use the “always and forever” sentiment from the Forever Blossoms stamp set, stamped in Versamark ink before adding gold emboss powder and heat embossing it.

The feather is on a different angle on this card but made in exactly the same way as the macrame feather on the birthday card.

Did you notice the gold foiled envelope sitting under my card? I made it to match the gold and Very Vanilla colour theme using gold foiled DSP from the Ornate Garden DSP.

Want to make a macrame feather yourself?

It’s easy to do, just a little bit fiddly working at this small scale. You’ll need a Gold Hoop embellishment, two 25 cm lengths of bakers twine and fourteen 12cm lengths of bakers twine. Then follow the steps below to make your feather.

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 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 17 Garden Green

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 17 Garden Green

Welcome to week seventeen 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 17 – Garden Green

I have to confess that Garden Green is probably my least used green – it’s not that I don’t like this colour, it’s that I always tend to reach for Old Olive or Mossy Meadow instead.

But when I saw Garden Green paired with Very Vanilla in the Boho Indigo leaf die cuts that come in the Boho Indigo Product Medley and the Boho Indigo Refill Kit I wondered why I don’t use Garden Green more often.

I wanted to use as many of these gorgeous Garden Green leaves as possible on my card so I made a modified bridge card with an extra strip inside.

This is what it looks like laying flat for postage or to slide into an envelope.

The vases were stamped in Soft Suede – I just love the different patterns on these vases! For the two front sides of the card I added a layer of the embossed Very Vanilla card stock that comes in the Boho Indigo Product Medley and the Boho Indigo Refill Kit.

Did you notice the gold foliage that matched the gold foiling on the leaves? It’s the Forever Gold Laser-cut specialty DSP. Just like the Garden Green Die cuts it makes card making so quick and easy.

Here’s what the card looks like standing up from above with the extra panel inside.

The striped DSP from toile Tidings DSP perfectly matched so I used it on the inside and the back of the card. The “Thank You” sentiment is stamped onto another die cut, which along with the gold foiled flowers also comes in the Boho Indigo Product Medley and the Boho Indigo Refill Kit.

The final touch on the front of the card is a gold trim bow from the forever Greenery Trim Combo pack.

I quickly made an envelope to match using a sheet of the Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper.

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

Right click on each person’s name below, and open in a new tab to see what they’ve made.

Next Tuesday we’ll be showcasing one of the Brights: Gorgeous Grape. 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: September

Heart of Christmas: September

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 two cards that feature both the Sweetest Time bundle and the Peace & Joy Bundle from the Stampin’ Up! August – December mini catalogue.

I love large die images like these because they make for quick and easy cards that look super impressive, especially when you make them using a specialty paper like this stunning Balmy Blue glimmer paper! Isn’t this paper just the bomb!

Before cutting this paper with the largest of the Sweetest Borders dies and the smallest “joy” die from the Joy dies I attached a section of adhesive sheet to the back of my glimmer paper – it makes adhering the pieces to your card front a breeze.

To create my “Sending Joy” card, I began with a Whisper White card base (half of an A4 piece folded in half) topped with a 14.5 x 10 cm layer of Balmy Blue card stock.

I then used the large holly sprig die to cut both a piece of Whisper White card stock and a piece of Balmy Blue glimmer paper – make sure you save all of the Balmy Blue glimmer paper scraps when you remove the die cut paper from the die.

After adhering and trimming the die cut piece of Whisper White card stock to the Balmy Blue card stock layer I carefully filled in the negative gaps in the die cut image with my Balmy Blue Glimmer paper pieces. The angle of this photo shows you just how sparkly this paper is.

Before die cutting the smallest “joy” die from the Joy Dies I attached a section of adhesive sheet to the back of my glimmer paper – it really helps to keep the true shape of this thin word die. The sentiment is stamped in Balmy Blue from the Peace & Joy stamp set.

My Merry Christmas card was quickly created from the leftover Balmy Blue glimmer paper die cuts – it seemed such a shame to waste them!

Because there was so much white space on this card I thought it needed some subtle texture and once again the Dainty Diamonds embossing folder was just perfect for the job.

I trimmed the die cut Balmy Blue glimmer paper and re-arranged the pieces to get a central image I was happy with – this is so easy to do when it’s cut on an adhesive sheet. Extra dots were cut die cut from scraps of Balmy Blue glimmer paper and scattered around my card.

I love getting two cards from one die cut – I think I might be mass producing these two designs for my Christmas cards this year!

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.

Product List

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

CASEing the Catty #285 with Boho Indigo DSP

CASEing the Catty #285 with Boho Indigo DSP

This week’s CASEing the Catty #CTC285 challenge is to case the sketch on page 29 of the August – December 2020 Mini Catalogue.

And this is the sketch we were given to CASE.

This is such a great layout to showcase designer series paper so for my CASE project I’ve used one of my all time favourite papers: the beautiful Night of Navy and Whisper White DSP from the Boho Indigo Product Medley.

Instead of just four strips (as shown in the sketch) I decided to use five strips, each trimmed to 1 inch wide so they would fit into the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch. I hope the CASEing the Catty team don’t mind, but I always prefer odd number on cards and there are just so many beautiful designs in the DSP.

After trimming and punching the ends of the strips of DSP I sponged the edges of the DSP strips with some Night of Navy ink. The sentiment is stamped in Night of Navy and Sahara Sand (to match the card stock base) and die cut using one of the Stitched So Sweetly dies. A bow of linen thread finishes the card.

Did you notice the beautiful gold foiled envelope sitting under my card? It’s from the special release “Box of Sunshine” Paper Pumpkin kit, available now while stocks last. I cut my Sahara Sand card base to fit this envelope because I loved it so much!

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 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 16 Flirty Flamingo

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 16 Flirty Flamingo

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 16 – Flirty Flamingo

Week 16 brings us to Flirty Flamingo – a bright happy pink with a touch of orange in it. I tried to make a card using Flirty Flamingo with some of the blues but it just wasn’t working for me so I went back to the drawing board and started again with this colour combination.

Have you ever tried the split card technique? It’s a quick and easy way to create more cards in less time and it also gives your cards that lovely stamped off to the edge effect.

To create the split card technique you can either use die cut images adhered to a card stock layer or you can stamp directly onto your card stock. I’m doing the easiest version today – using stamped images from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set, but these co-ordinating Many Layered Blossoms dies would also work really well.

Begin by cutting an A4 sheet of Whisper White in half and then stamping the main image into the centre of the card stock. My large floral image was stamped in Flirty Flamingo, with just a few Pear Pizzaz leaves stamped around the flowers and Basic Black flower centres stamped in Tuxedo Memento.

This large floral stamp is ideal because it covers a large surface area with a single stamp and it’s a non-geometric floral image, which is easiest to work with using the split card technique.

To create two cards I simply cut my image in half and then decided how best to use each half . This photo shows you where I cut the image and how the two sides of the card stock line up.

For the happy birthday card I trimmed the stamped image to 9.5 x 13.8 cm before mounting it on a 10 x 14.2 cm Basic Black card stock layer. The card base is an A4 sheet of Flirty Flamingo card stock cut in half and then folded in half.

The Happy Birthday sentiment was stamped in versamark ink, before adding white embossing power, setting with a heat tool and die cutting using a Stitched Rectangle die.

I trimmed my second half of my stamped card stock to 10.5 x 10.5cm and rotated the image to the top of the card this time before mounting it onto a 11 x 11cm Basic Black card stock layer. The card base is an 11.5 x 11.5 cm square of Flirty Flamingo card stock.

The Thinking of You sentiment was stamped in versamark ink, before adding white embossing power, setting with a heat tool and die cutting using a different Stitched Rectangle die.

Like the Happy Birthday card this card was finished with a bow of Braided Linen Trim.

Just for fun I made a third card, creating my own DSP with the same colours as the other cards, but this time using the smaller stamps in the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set.

Those tiny black dots and the centres of the smaller flowers were created using my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker. The smaller flowers are a lighter pink than the larger flowers because I stamped off the Flirty Flamingo ink once before stamping on the card stock.

Like the two split cards, my homemade DSP Happy birthday card was finished off with a bow of Braided Linen Trim and the sentiment created with heat embossing.

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

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

Next Wednesday we’ll be showcasing one of the Regal family: Garden Green. 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 August -December 2020-21 Stampin Up! 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: Masculine Cards

Art With Heart Creative Showcase: Masculine Cards

Welcome to the Monthly Art With Heart Creative Showcase. Tonight we’re sharing some ideas for masculine cards, something I know many of us can find challenging to make.

I recently made two masculine cards I’d like to share with you: the card I made for my dad’s birthday in July and the card I made last week for him for Father’s Day.

My dad is not a typical card game/car/fishing/treking/BBQ/sport kind of a dad and that can make designing masculine cards for him quite tricky. But there are two Stampin’ Up! stamp sets that perfectly matched the gifts I was giving to my dad: Whiskey Business and Press On.

For Dad’s birthday card I used the Whiskey Business set… no prizes for guessing what I gave him for his birthday!

This card was CASED from the design of the card on page 33 of the Annual Catalogue but I made a few changes to make it my own. I just had to use the Dainty Diamonds embossing folder to emboss the Whisper White card stock because it looks just like the pattern in the cut crystal that the Whiskey decanter and whiskey glasses are made of.

The detailed line drawings of the Whiskey Business are so realistic and the Stampin’ Blends make it so easy to bring these stamps to life. I’ve used light Pool Party for the crystal, and light So Saffron, light Mango Melody and dark Mango Melody for the whiskey.

Here’s a close up showing the detail in this stamp set. I simply fussy cut my decanter and glasses using my paper snips before adhering them to the embossed Dainty Diamonds layer.

Speaking of realistic – how amazing is this wood patterned DSP from the In Good Taste DSP! All of this patterned paper was created from photographs of actual wood, stone, textiles, etc and it’s just perfect for masculine cards.

And finally, here’s the inside of the card.

For my second card I’m sharing the one I made for Father’s Day to accompany a coffee machine and coffee, which is why I decided to use the Press On stamp set.

I kept this card very neutral, using coffee shades (Early Espresso and Crumb Cake) with Whisper White.

The lovely masculine chevron DSP is one you might have overlooked – I certainly did! This DSP is part of the Gilded Autumn specialty DSP which is found on page 45 of the August – December 2020 Mini Catalogue.

The coffee cup and beans were stamped in Early Espresso before being coloured in using Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends and a Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write marker for the coffee beans.

The strip of early espresso faux suede ribbon along the base of the card co-ordinated perfectly and added a luxurious texture to the card.

Inside my card I used a variety of sentiments to create a meaningful Father’s Day message – I’m not sure if it really worked, but my dad seemed to appreciate it and that’s what really counts.

To see more masculine card 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.

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 15 Early Espresso

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 15 Early Espresso

Welcome to week fifteen 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 15 – Early Espresso

I actually made this special card in July for my brother’s 50th birthday but I waited until tonight to share it with you because it features the rich dark chocolate brown of Early Espresso…a colour that is just perfect for male cards.

I love using Early Espresso with other neutral colours and especially with foils – Early Espresso really makes foils pop. For my card today I’ve paired Early Espresso with Crumb Cake, Brass Foil, Whisper White and just a touch of Misty Moonlight.

I wanted to make a birthday card that moved for my brother because he used to be an engineer but I couldn’t find a pattern for a combined spinner and triple cube card so I designed one myself.

This 30 second video shows you how my double spinner triple cube pop-up card goes from lying flat in an envelope to popping up with spinning globes – it’s such a cool card to make if you love cards that move, like I do!

Here’s a close up of what the double spinner triple cube pop-up card looks like lying flat to slip inside an envelope.

And here’s how to make the card.

Triple Cube Instructions

Use your trimmer to score an A4 piece of Crumb Cake card stock at 7cm, 14cm, 21cm and 28cm and then cut across the A4 sheet at 7cm along the 21cm side as shown in photo above.

Trim another A4 piece of Crumb Cake card stock at 7cm x 29.7cm and score at 7cm, 14cm, 21cm and 28cm (this piece is identical to the smaller rectangle in the photo above).

You will now have one larger 14cm x 29.7cm rectangle and two smaller 7cm x 29.7cm pieces. Bevel the side flap of all three rectangle pieces and adhere Tear & Tape to the beveled edges.

Double Spinner Instructions

Create the holes for the two spinner mechanisms by cutting two 7x7cm squares of Crumb Cake card stock and laying them over the top of the two centre panels of the largest rectangle. Use a layering circle die in the centre of the 7cm square pieces to cut through both layers of card stock.

Stamp four globes in Early Espresso onto Whisper White card stock – two of each side of the world. Die cut these four globe pieces with the matching circle die. Use a sponge dauber to gently shade some Misty Moonlight ink onto the globes.

Carefully lay a strip of Tear & Tape from the north pole to the south pole on two of the globes and lay a piece of gold trim (from the Forever Greenery trim pack) along the Tear & Tape. Glue the other side of the globe together – you will now have two complete double-sided globes.

Align the globes onto the card base and glue the 7x7cm square of Crumb Cake to the inside of the card base to hold the spinner globes in place as shown in the photo below. Cut off the excess gold trim.

Double Spinner Triple Cube Pop-up Card Assembly and Decoration

Fold the large cube card base and the two smaller cube bases, closing them into cube shapes by removing the Tear & Tape to adhere the sides of the cubes together.

Use multipurpose glue or Tear & Tape to attach the two smaller cubes to the bottom front of the larger spinner cube base as shown below.

Die cut six 6.5 x 6.5cm squares of Early Espresso card stock and attach to the outer squares of the two smaller cubes. Decorate with sentiments of your choice – I’ve stamped my sentiments in Early Espresso onto Whisper White card stock.

Other decorations on the spinner cube include brass foil circles die cut using the layering circle dies, squares of the World of Good DSP and “Happy 50th birthday” greeting die cut from brass foil with the Well Written dies and the Playful Alphabet Dies.

The back side of my card has Whisper White panels to write a message on and more globes die cut using the World Map dies.

Finally, I used another sheet of the World of Good DSP to make a simple co-ordinating envelope.

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

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

Next Wednesday we’ll be showcasing one of the Brights family: Flirty Flamingo. 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 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 14 Daffodil Delight

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 14 Daffodil Delight

Welcome to week fourteen 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 14 – Daffodil Delight

It’s the first week of spring here in Australia so I wanted to make a sunny, happy card using Daffodil Delight. And if there was ever a sunny happy stamp set that was begging to be inked up with Daffodil Delight it’s the Timeless Tropical stamp set with its co-ordinating In the Tropics dies.

Originally I had intended to make a card by water colouring the hibiscus and the frangipani stamp set but when I opened my stamp I realised I had never used the the pineapple die and little pineapple stamp – and I knew they would look great in Daffodil Delight too.

I began by creating a piece of homemade DSP for my background layer using Whisper White card stock.

This homemade DSP was quick and easy to do using just the one small pineapple stamp inked up with the following colour combination: Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Crumb Cake.

The body of the pineapple was created in two layers: die cutting the pineapple in Daffodil Delight card stock and then tracing around the outline of this pineapple die and fussing cutting the die shape out of another piece of Daffodil Delight card stock to layer under the die.

Having a second layer of Daffodil Delight card stock allowed me to use my Daffodil Delight and Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends to colour inside the holes of the top layer pineapple die to highlight the “knobbly” bits on the pineapple.

Don’t you love the way this highlights the texture of the pineapple?

The leafy pineapple top was die cut from Old Olive card stock and I used my light and dark Old Olive Stampin’ Blends to add colour variation and texture to it as well.

The Whisper White card stock layer the pineapple is adhered to is die cut with a long rectangle die from the Ornate layers dies and it’s just perfect for the size of the pineapple.

Did you realise the In the Tropics dies include a gorgeous little “Aloha” greeting die? I’ve found the best way to cut and adhere this die is by first cutting a rectangle of card stock slightly larger than the Aloha die and then attaching this card stock to some adhesive sheet.

Once you die cut the Aloha sentiment the adhesive sheet helps keep the word straight, as well as providing the easiest way to adhere it to a card.

The final touch for my pineapple card is a simple bow made from Braided Linen Trim with the ends frayed.

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

Next Tuesday we’ll be showcasing one of the Neutrals: Early Espresso. 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

CASEing the Catty – Inlay Technique using Love of Leaves bundle

CASEing the Catty – Inlay Technique using Love of Leaves bundle

This week’s CASEing the Catty #CTC382 challenge is to case your favourite bundle from the 2020 August – December Mini Catalogue.

I have so many favourites in this catalogue but in the end I decided to use a bundle I hadn’t played with yet: the Love of Leaves bundle.

This is the card design I decided to CASE – it’s on page 74 of the 2020 August – December Mini Catalogue.

My card is the same basic layout but I’ve used the die inlay technique to insert the die cut shapes into the card front instead of layering them on top.

I cut my leaves out of the beautiful brushed metallic cardstock instead of the coloured and stamped leavers in the sample I CASED.

This angle better shows the soft sheen of this card stock.

I’ve used all three colours of brushed metallic cardstock: bronze, copper and gold.

The sentiments and fonts in the Love of Leaves stamp set are incredible. I’ve white heat embossed the little Thank You for my card today.

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 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 13 Crushed Curry

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 13 Crushed Curry

Welcome to week thirteen 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 13 – Crushed Curry

Crushed Curry is part of the regals family and it’s a rich, deep, warm yellow colour…which is why I thought it would be perfect to use with the Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle.

This bundle includes the Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp Set and the Sunflowers Dies but you can buy both the stamp set and the dies separately too.

I’ve seen so many different and eye-catching cards made with the sunflower bundle but for my cards tonight I’ve decided to keep to a very simple colour palette. I personally like Crushed Curry best when it’s paired with either black and white. or grey and white.

First things first – colouring in the sunflowers. You can do this in a variety of ways but love water colouring so I stamped in Stazon onto shimmery white card stock and then water coloured using the new Water Painters to lift Crushed Curry ink off the lid of my stamp pad.

Once the sunflowers were water coloured and dried they were die cut with the matching dies.

The custom background for my “Let’s Celebrate You” card was created using the side of my Crushed Curry ink pad randomly stamped onto a large acrylic block and then sprayed with water from a Stampin’ Spritzer.

This created a marbled ink effect on the block – I carefully placed the card stock onto the marbled block to transfer the ink to the paper before letting it dry and embossing it with the tasteful textile embossing folder.

The “Let’s Celebrate You” sentiment was stamped onto Crushed Curry card stock in Versamark Ink before heat embossing with White Emboss powder.

These adorable dies were used to die cut leaves and foliage out of Crushed Curry card stock.

My second card was quickly created to use up my leftover water coloured sunflowers.

I really love the sentiments in this set, especially the mixed font on this “Thanks a bunch” sentiment.

I have to confess I think I actually prefer this card to the first because the Basic Black background layer really makes the sunflowers pop!

Liking my card made from leftovers more than the original card is starting to become a habit with me!

Thanks to the deep vibrant yellow of Crushed Curry, both cards are so bright and happy in real life, but I’m curious to find out which card you prefer?

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

To purchase the products used in these cards simply click on the 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 12 Crumb Cake

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 12 Crumb Cake

Welcome to week twelve 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 12 – Crumb Cake

I have to confess that Crumb Cake is my favourite and most used Stampin’ Up! colour, although Gray Granite has given it a run for its money since joining the Neutrals family.

I like to think of Crumb Cake as a “bridesmaid” colour – not to dark, not too light. It sits beautifully in the background, complementing any colour it is paired with without vying for attention and yet it also looks amazing on its own. This is why for me, Crumb Cake really is the perfect neutral.

There were so many colour combinations I could have used for my projects today but in the end I decided to stick with a combination of neutrals, using stamping off to add some lighter shades to my colour palette.

What started out as a clean and simple card has actually become the opposite, but that’s how I craft! And although this is not my usual style I actually love the soft, feminine and “vintagey” vibe of my wreath card.

The Dainty Diamonds embossing folder is fast becoming my favourite embossing folder – I can’t seem to stop using it! I’ve laid it onto a Crumb Cake card base and framed it with another new favourite – brushed metallic cardstock.

This photo better shows the burnished sheen the card stock gives – it is hard to photograph but simply luscious in real life!

I know it looks like I’ve used Rococo Rose to stamp my flowers, but it is actually Merry Merlot stamped off once, twice and also used at full strength for the middle of the flowers. I’ve also stamped off Crumb Cake to add variety to the leaves and buds.

Did you notice the beautiful Gold Hoop Embellishment that I used to create my wreath peeking out from beneath the foliage?

I had originally designed a card for today based on a pot and vase I had stamped in Memento before colouring in with my Crumb Cake blends, but I ended up making the wreath card instead.

Because I hate wasting leftovers (and I also had leftover flowers and foliage) I quickly made two note cards, this time using Crumb Cake card stock embossed with the Dainty Diamonds embossing folder.

The Crumb Cake blends make it super easy to give dimension to any image. I used the colour lifter bend pen in the middle of my vase card to create the shine that a vase would naturally throw.

The pot card, like the vase card, is finished off with a bow of linen thread – in my opinion linen thread and Crumb Cake really are a match made in heaven!

I have to admit I probably like my last minute leftover note cards as much as the intricate wreath card that took soooo much more time to make! Ain’t that often the way with crafting, LOL!

I deliberately left sentiments of my note cards so they can be used for any occasion. I often do this and leave my card insides blank so I can stamp the appropriate sentiment in the card as I need it.

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

Next Tuesday we’ll be showcasing one of the Regals family: Crushed Curry. 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 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: August

Heart of Christmas: August

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 adorable new products from the Stampin’ Up! August – December mini catalogue.

The Coming Home Bundle is part of the Trimming the Town Suite and one of my favourite items in the catalogue.

Last month I shared a blue, silver and white card I made using the Home Together dies, but this week I’ve used the same dies in a different way to create a double Z fold card.

A double Z fold card is one of the simplest and most versatile fancy folds you can make…and it always looks impressive!

Here are the measurements for the card base and band, although you can make the band what ever width you want and position it at any height you prefer depending on the type of effect you want.

Double Z fold card template

Once I’d cut and scored my base and band I used the long curved line die to die cut my band, creating a hilly base for my houses to sit on.

This is how I cut the 5 1/2 inch (14cm) front section of the band.

And this is how I cut the remaining two sections – I die cut them laying flat, not folded.

Before you attach your band to your card attach the DSP layer to the inside back of your card base. Attach the band and then work out exactly where you want the the little houses and trees to sit.

Did you realise the dies in this bundle cut out the trees and houses from the Trimming the Town Designer Series Paper? I just love this for quick and easy card making – it’s this sheet that co-ordinates with the dies.

I decided to narrow my colour palette to just Early Espresso, Misty Moonlight, Pool Party and Old Olive for this card. I then lined up my die cut houses and trees to ensure they looked good both when the card is closed and when it is open.

Here’s how it looks closed.

Standing up…

And fully open…

The sentiment inside and the little trees are stamped from the Coming Home stamp set but the cute “Happy Holidays” sentiment on the front of the card is cut from this sheet of DSP in the the Trimming the Town Designer Series Paper.

This DSP has sentiments in other languages too, which is great for overseas relatives!

I wanted to make a special envelope for this special card and try my hand at some snail mail art, also known as mail art or envelope art. This is where you decorate an envelope to match a card and it’s so much fun!

I used a C6 Whisper White envelope, which is the perfect size for my Double Z Fold card.

The address panel was created by using an Early Espresso marker to trace around the largest house die. The dotted lines for the address are in the Ornamental envelope Stamp set.

I also stamped and coloured in some tress from the Coming Home stamp set using my Old Olive bends.

The postage stamp was created using the Festive Post stamp set and matching Rectangular Festive Postage Stamp Punch.

Pool Party was sponged around the outside of the postage stamp to give a vintage look.

The inside of my envelope has been lined using matching DSP, die cut with the Envelope dies that coordinate with the Ornamental Envelopes Stamp set.

The C6 envelope takes the widest envelope liner die – cut a strip of DSP 15cm wide and then line up the die at the top of your insert.

Here it is being cut out on my new Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine – I love how well this machine cuts! It will be available to purchase from September.

Fold your insert so it lines up with the fold of the envelope and then all you need to do is trim the length to fit inside the envelope and glue the top flaps together.

You glue on the reverse pattern of your DSP lining.

The final touch was to embellish the outside back flap of my envelope to match the front of the envelope and the card.

I’ve had so much fun creating this fancy fold card and creating some snail mail envelope art!

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.

Product List

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 Creative Showcase: Rainbows

Art With Heart Creative Showcase: Rainbows

Welcome to the Monthly Art With Heart Creative Showcase. 

With all that’s happening worldwide at the moment the Art With Heart Team are here with a Rainbow theme Creative Showcase to brighten your day.

Every month the talented ladies share their inspirational ideas in a monthly Showcase and this month our projects are inspired by Rainbows.

With 40 core colours, 10 in colours and the 3 basic colours of Whisper White, Basic Black and Very Vanilla I found it impossible to chose a just a few of these colours for my rainbow, so I decided to use them all!

The only way I could fit them onto one card was to create a slimline card. For each colour I cut a 5mm thick strip with my paper trimmer and then I organised them into rainbow order onto strips of tear & tape on a Whisper White base.

It took a while to decide on a colour order – there are so many ways you could arrange these colours!

The rainbow strip was trimmed to size, mounted onto a Basic Black card stock layer and a gold foil layer before attaching it all to a Whisper White slimline card base.

The “Happy Birthday” was cut out using the Playful Alphabet dies mounted onto the new foam adhesive sheets – I love the dimension it gives!

Three Gilded Gems add a final touch of bling to tie in the gold foil layer and finish off the card.

I do have a confession to share with you.

After I finished making and photographing my card I planned to list all the colours I used in their rainbow order, but when I counted the strips I realised I have left two colours out and I don’t know which ones they are!

I deliberately didn’t include Whisper White or Very Vanilla card stock in the rainbow strip but I did include Basic Black, which means I should have 51 strips – but I only have 49.

Can you help me out and tell me which two colours I’ve left out!

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

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

Rachel Woollard

Tina Gillespie

Vicki Boucher

Sharon Davern

Ros Davidson

Catherine Proctor (you are here)

Caroline Manwaring

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.

Product List

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 11 Coastal Cabana

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 11 Coastal Cabana

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 11 – Coastal Cabana

Coastal Cabana is one of the brights and such a happy colour – exactly what we all need in our world right now! Today I’ve paired it with Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay, Old Olive, Crumb Cake and Whisper White to create two watercolour scenes.

I’ve used a beautiful stamp set called Seaside View that I gave to my “crafting partner in crime” (AKA known as Jenny Boffey!) as part of her birthday present last week.

I then immediately borrowed it back from her to make my Coastal Cabana Cards!

I stamped my seaside images using Black Stazon ink onto Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper and then used my smallest water painter brush to lift ink off the lids of the my ink pads and water colour my scenes.

The sentiments are also from the Seaside View stamp set but I stamped them with the Saddle Brown Stazon ink – I love this colour and I think it looks great with Soft Suede.

The background layer for my “Take Time for Yourself” card is die cut using the largest Ornate Layer die and the other layers are cut using the stitched rectangle dies.

Card two also uses the largest Ornate Layer die but it was too big for the notecard base so I trimmed the edge off the die and uses it as a lace detail at the top and the base of my card.

Don’t you love it when you already have the matching prop for a photo shoot? I found these miniature chairs at an op shop several years ago – they are so cute and just perfect for this Coastal Cabana seaside card!

Both cards are finished off with a bow of linen thread.

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

Next Tuesday we’ll be showcasing one of the Regal family: Crumb Cake. 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

Social media & sharing icons powered by UltimatelySocial