Art With Heart December Blog Hop: Add a Little Sparkle

Art With Heart December Blog Hop: Add a Little Sparkle

The Art With Heart Team are back with our last Blog Hop for 2019.

Getting in the spirit of Christmas and New Year celebrations, this month our theme is ‘Add A Little Sparkle’. We have a huge range of sparkly projects to share with you featuring products such as Glimmer paper, Rhinestones, Delicata Ink, Shimmery White card stock and much more. All of these products are available from Stampin’ Up! and any of these lovely ladies would be happy to assist you.

For my cards tonight, I’ve added some sparkle with three products from the 2019 Holiday Catalogue: the Brightly Gleaming Foil Elements, the Star Designer Elements and the Celestial Copper Delicita Metallic Ink.

Brightly Gleaming Foil Elements

Card one is a wreath card, using the sprig elements, overlapped to form a wreath.

The bow at the top of my wreath is the 1/4 inch copper trim and sentiment is from the Christmas Gleaming Stamp Set, stamped in Celestial Copper Delicata Metallic Ink.

Card two uses two of the ornament embellishments, as well as two sprigs.

Again, the sentiment is stamped in Celestial Copper Delicata Metallic Ink and the bow is tied from the 1/4 inch copper trim, but this time using a different sentiment from the Christmas Gleaming Stamp Set.

Card three features the brightly gleaming star elements in different sizes and the star designer elements.

The sentiment for this card comes from an old favourite, the Dashing Deer Stamp set.

Which of the three cards do you prefer? I can’t make up my mind!

The next demonstrator to share their sparkly projects with you is the delightful…..Vicki Boucher!

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

Tina Gillespie

Rachel Woollard

Catherine Proctor

Vicki Boucher

Rebecca Jacovou

Andrea Sargent

Kathryn Ruddick

Caroline Manwaring

Art With Heart November Blog Hop: Boxes and Gift Bags

Art With Heart November Blog Hop: Boxes and Gift Bags

The Art With Heart Team are back with another inspirational Blog Hop.

This month we are featuring Gift Bags and Boxes, just in time for the Christmas gift giving season. The bags and boxes featured are all made using current Stampin’ Up! products and any of our wonderful team members are happy to help you with the supplies you will need to reproduce these beautiful projects.

The project I’ve made for you tonight is a beach bag with matching card featuring brand new products from the upcoming Stampin’ Up! January -June 2020 Mini Catalogue — it used to be called the Occasions Catalogue.

You can order from this catalogue on the 3rd January 2020 but if you can’t wait until then to get your hands on these goodies, contact me about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator so you can order them now.

My first step in making my beach bag was to emboss the Crumb Cake card stock using a new embossing folder called the Coastal Weave embossing folder. I embossed 2 pieces of card stock to make my basket. Here’s a closer look at this gorgeous basket weave effect.

I then die cut out 2 pieces using the largest die from the All Dressed Up Dies. These dies are so cute – they come in a bundle with the Dressed to Impress stamp set and there are shapes for shoes, perfume, lipstick, flowers…and everything you need to make a bag, including buttons, buckles and a strap.

You can see in the photo below that the dies on the bottom left are all stitched, which I love!

Joining the two sides of the basket together is very simple and easy using tear and tape, and then the fun begins with decorating the basket.

Instead of using the die for the basket straps I made my own straps by using the new 5/16 (8mm) Braided Burlap Trim. Attaching it is once again very simple, using tear and tape.

I’ve also added some new Best Dressed Tassels in Petal Pink, Pretty Peacock and Whisper White – aren’t they simply divine! If you want to add these tassels, don’t forget to thread them onto your length of trim before you adhere it to the bag.

My matching card uses materials from the Tropical Oasis Suite, including the “Aloha” die from the In the Tropics Dies, the frangipani flower from the Timeless Tropical stamp set and its matching die from the In the Tropics Dies.

The floral card stock is from the Tropical Oasis Memories & More
Card Pack. I’m so in love with all these products!!!

I have a very special person in mind for my gift bag with matching card and I just know she will love this suite as much as I do!

The next hop in the Blog Hop is the very talented……..Vicki Boucher

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

Rachel Palmieri

Sharon Davern

Rebecca Jacovou

Kathryn Ruddick

Catherine Proctor – (you are here)

Vicki Boucher

Andrea Sargent

Sujatha Harding

Rachel Woollard

Tina Gillespie

Kate Morgan

Kathryn Mangelsdorf

The Most Wonderful Time Product Medley

The Most Wonderful Time Product Medley

Hello friends! Welcome to week fifteen of the 2019 Heart of Christmas blog hop!

A month ago I shared with you two of the cards I made using The Most Wonderful Time Product Medley and this week I have four more I’d like to show you…this time featuring Old Olive with a touch of gold.

Two of these cards use the stunning deer stickers that come in this medley, making card making so quick and easy.

The “Season’s Greetings” sentiment has been die cut with the smallest stitched rectangle die and the trees are all stamped in Old Olive, some at full strength and some stamped off.

For card two I stamped and die cut some of my trees and layered them onto a piece of the star background card stock. Can you see the little gold faceted stars stuck to the top of my trees?

This time I stamped the sentiment straight onto my card.

Card three and four are all about trees. I’ve stamped and die cut the trees again, stamping off once and twice to get the different depth of colour in the trees. One gold faceted star and a hint of gold tinsel add some bling, while the sentiment is die cut with a die that comes in the medley.

My final card features a single tree with a gorgeous little gold angel sitting at the top. This is die cut from gold foil – there is also also a die for a little star to sit on top of the tree, so cute!!!

I’ve wrapped the tree in some of the mini gold tinsel. The background DSP has touches of gold as well – hopefully you can see the gold touches in the photo below.

Just in case you missed it the first time I shared some cards I made using he Most Wonderful Time Medley, here’s a closer look at everything you get.

Christmas is coming fast, with less than a month to go now, so if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to make a lot of Christmas cards, I can highly recommend this medley.

All you need to add is your trimmer, ink and adhesives, because the medley includes:
* an 11-piece Most Wonderful Time photopolymer stamp set
* 48 sheets of 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 cm) Designer Series Paper, 8 each of 6 double-sided designs
* 12 gold foil card fronts, 4 each of 3 designs
* 6 sticker sheets, 2 sheets each of 3 designs
* Gold/white tinsel trim, 10 yards (9.1 m)
* 58 adhesive-backed gold faceted stars
* 6-piece Most Wonderful Time Dies (these co-ordinate with the Most Wonderful Time photopolymer stamp set)

Here’s the two cards I shared with you last month.

The lovely Michele Taylor is hosting our Heart of Christmas blog hop this week – to see what the rest of the team have made this week you can visit Michele’s page here.

To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here.

Product List

Most Wonderful Time Product Medley (En)

Most Wonderful Time Product Medley (En) [150705] $122.00

Stitched Shapes Dies

Stitched Shapes Dies [145372] $50.00

Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad

Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad [147090] $13.00

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad [132708] $10.00

Snail Adhesive

Snail Adhesive [104332] $11.50

Mini Glue Dots

Mini Glue Dots [103683] $8.00

Clear Block Bundle

Clear Block Bundle [118491] $120.50

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

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A Christmas Rose for Any Occasion!

A Christmas Rose for Any Occasion!

Welcome to Week 13 of the Heart of Christmas blog hop.

This week I’m sharing with you a variety of cards I’ve made using Stampin’ Up!’s brand new “Christmastime Is Here Suite”.

This suite is not in the Holiday Catalogue, but you can order it online here.

All of the products in the suite can either be ordered together or individually. This video gives you closer look.

Yes this is a Christmas suite, but the DSP patterns and the rose themed stamps and dies are also ideal for a variety of cards, including Christmas, birthday, Mother’s Day, thank you and sympathy cards.

Card one is a “for you” card that I shared in a blog last week. Here it is again in case you missed it.

After stamping the rose image in Memento ink onto Whisper White card stock I used my marker pens in Rococo Rose, Mossy Meadow and Gray Granite to colour directly onto the stamped image and then I blended using the clear blender pen, NOT the stampin blends.

Card two uses exactly the same stamped image but colouring in with soft saffron and soft sea foam it gives it a totally different effect.

This time I made a square card and mounted the image onto a piece of Sahara Sand, embossed with the pinewood embossing folder.

I’ve also used the Gold 1/4″ (6.4 mm) Shimmer Ribbon and Gold Glitter Enamel Dots from the suite as well as branches die cut in Whisper White using the Frosted Bouquet dies.

I finished of with some Wink of Stella but did go a teeny weeny bit overboard, making my card very glittery!

Card three is a Christmas card that uses a piece of Let it Snow DSP, overlaid with vellum. I fussy cut the image from the Christmastime is Here DSP, before cutting it in half to sit either side of the “Seasons Greetings” sentiment from Itty Bitty Christmas stamped in gold.

Red Rhinestones add a touch of bling and cover a smudge of ink!!!!

Card four uses two different patterns from the Christmastime Is Here DSP to make a birthday card that could very easily be used as a Mother’s Day card if I changed the sentiment.

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

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

My final card is another one I shared with you last week and perhaps the most traditional of the lot – a Merry Christmas card.

I simply die cut out the image from the DSP , using the same die that I used to cut out my stamped rose in the other cards. Very quick and super easy.

The lovely Judy May is hosting our Heart of Christmas blog hop this week – to see what the rest of the team have made this week you can visit Claire’s page here.

To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here.

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

Perfectly Plaid & Pine Tree Punch Christmas Card

Perfectly Plaid & Pine Tree Punch Christmas Card

Welcome to week twelve of the 2019 Heart of Christmas blog hop.

This week I’ve used the Perfectly Plaid Bundle (which includes the Pine Tree Punch and its co-ordinating Perfectly Plaid Photopolymer Stamp Set) to make a silver and white Christmas card.

I’ve used two neat little tricks that you may not realise you can do with your punches and your stamp sets.

The secret to both my tricks…Post It notes!

Did you notice the two smaller trees sitting between the three larger trees on my card? All five trees have been punched using the same Pine Tree Punch, so how did I get two different sizes?

After I punched my tree out I placed the tip of the tree onto the sticky part of a post it note.

The post it note gives me something to hold so I can place the punched tree back into the punch, line it up again and then punch out a smaller tree from the same shape.

The photo below shows how I did this.

Here’s how the two punched shapes look side by side. On the right is the tree punched out once and on the left is the smaller tree created by punching the shape out twice. How cool is that!

As well as different sized trees I used a mixture of papers for my card today, stamping two of them in the Silvery Shimmer Delicata Metallic Ink before punching them out as well as using silver foil sheets and shimmery white cardstock. I love the look of silver and white together.

My card is finished off with a strip of Silver 3/8″ Metallic-Edge Ribbon and a Merry Christmas sentiment stamped in Silvery Shimmer Delicata Metallic Ink onto Whisper White cardstock.

I die cut my sentiment with the smallest Stitched Shape Rectangle and layered it over a rectangle of shimmery white card stock die cut out with the next largest Stitched Shape Rectangle.

My second cool technique using Post It notes on this card is masking the sentiment for my card.

If you look at the images on the Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set below you’ll see the bottom right sentiment says “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” but I only wanted to stamp the Merry Christmas for this card.

I covered up the “and a Happy New Year” section of the sentiment with a post it note BEFORE I inked up my stamp and then removed the post it note before stamping onto the card stock. This ensured I only stamped the “Merry Christmas” section of the sentiment.

A bow of silver thread completes my silver and white Christmas card.

The lovely Claire Daly is hosting our Heart of Christmas blog hop this week – to see what the rest of the team have made this week you can visit Claire’s page here.

To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here.

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

Quick & Easy Christmastime Is Here Designer Series Paper Christmas card

Quick & Easy Christmastime Is Here Designer Series Paper Christmas card

Last week I shared a birthday card with you that I’d made using some of the products from Stampin” Up!’s brand new “Christmastime Is Here Suite” and today I have another card to show you, this time using the Designer Series Paper from this suite

Did you know that just like many other Stampin’ Up! suites there are images on this Designer Series Paper that are designed to be cut out with one of the dies? What a timesaver and just perfect if you don’t enjoy colouring!

If you take a look at the image below you’ll see the die on the bottom right not only matches the co-ordinating stamp above it…it also cuts one of the images from the DSP.

So for my card today I simply die cut out the image from the DSP, used my bone folder to curl up the sides and mounted it onto some Whisper White paper that I had embossed using the Tin Tile Embossing folder.

Does card making get any easier than this?

This suite is not in the Holiday Catalogue because it is a special release, but you can order it online here. All of the products can either be ordered together or individually. This video gives you closer look at all the goodies you get in this suite, including a gorgeous gold bangle in it’s own gift box to either keep for yourself or give to a special friend.

Just in case you missed my post last week, I actually used the same die to cut out a Christmas Rose stamped image and I coloured it in with non Christmas colours to make a birthday card.

Both of these card could work as a thank you card, a Mother’s day card, an engagement card or even a sympathy cards depending on the sentiment you pair with the rose.

Today I’ve stamped the “Merry Christmas” sentiment from the Christmas Gleaming stamp set in Mossy Meadow.

Here’s an outside shot to show you the gold foiling on the DSP, shimmering in the sunlight.

I’ll be sharing some more cards I’ve made with suite over the next few week, so keep a look out for my posts.

To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here.

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

The “Christmastime Is Here Suite” is here!

The “Christmastime Is Here Suite” is here!

Christmas is coming faster than you think (it’s less than 8 weeks to go!!!) and Stampin” Up!’s brand new “Christmastime Is Here Suite” has just been released today.

You won’t find this suite in the Holiday Catalogue because it is a special release, but you can order it online here. All of the products can either be ordered together or individually. This video gives you closer look at all the goodies you get in this suite, including a gorgeous gold bangle in it’s own gift box to either keep for yourself or give to a special friend.

What I love about this suite is its versatility. Yes, it is a Christmas suite but it’s also perfect for birthdays, which is why I decided to make a birthday card to share with you today.

After stamping the largest image in Memento ink onto Whisper White card stock I used my marker pens in Rococo Rose, Mossy Meadow and Gray Granite to colour directly onto the stamped image, creating the darker shades.

I then used a blender pen (the clear blender pen, NOT the stampin blends) to take colour off the nib of my markers and coloured in the rest of the image. Colouring with the blender pen provides the lighter shades of these colours.

Isn’t the background designer series paper in Mossy Meadow so elegant? It’s one of the DSPs from this stunning suite.

I really wanted to use Rococo Rose to colour my rose so it would co-ordinate with the Scalloped linen ribbon. The “For You” sentiment and the die cut white branches sitting behind the rose are from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set and its co-ordinating Bouquet Bunch Dies, finished off with a little double bow of Linen Thread.

I’ll be sharing some more cards I’ve made with suite over the next few week, so keep a look out for my posts.

To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here.

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

Most Wonderful Time Product Medley

Most Wonderful Time Product Medley

Hello friends! Welcome to week eleven of the 2019 Heart of Christmas blog hop!

Last weekend I had the pleasure of an entire day spent making Christmas cards with my friend Jenny at my mum’s place – pure bliss! Take a look of the delicious scones and lemon tarts my mum served up in some of her vintage china. And yes, they tasted as good as they look!!!

Once we’d finished morning tea, I was very excited to finally crack open the Most Wonderful Time Medley and take a closer look at everything you get with this set.

There is so much product included in this medley, making it just perfect for when you’re crafting on the go. All you need to add is your trimmer, ink and adhesives, because the medley includes:
* an 11-piece Most Wonderful Time photopolymer stamp set
* 48 sheets of 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 cm) Designer Series Paper, 8 each of 6 double-sided designs
* 12 gold foil card fronts, 4 each of 3 designs
* 6 sticker sheets, 2 sheets each of 3 designs
* Gold/white tinsel trim, 10 yards (9.1 m)
* 58 adhesive-backed gold faceted stars
* 6-piece Most Wonderful Time Dies (these co-ordinate with the Most Wonderful Time photopolymer stamp set)

This very short video gives you a much better idea of just how much is included in this medley. I love the watercolour feel of this medley.

So what did I make with this set? I have to confess, I had so much fun playing with this set, I spent the whole day making cards with it and totally neglected my other stamp sets!

In fact, I made so many cards there are way too many to share in the one post, so I’ll just start with two of the cards today and show you the rest over the next few weeks.

I’m sharing this card first because it gives you a really close-up view of a lot of the stunning DSP that comes in this medley. And it’s a really easy design that you can use with any double sided papers.

To begin, I used the smallest square die in the Stitched Shapes Dies to cut out the assorted DSP designs before adhering them evenly to a square card base.

The “Comfort and Joy” sentiment is from the Most Wonderful Time stamp set, stamped in black, then die cut with the next largest square die in the Stitched Shapes Dies. It was then mounted onto a pice of old olive card stock die cut with the next largest square die in the Stitched Shapes Dies.

A little gold facetted star from the medley adds the finishing touch to the card.

The other card I’d like to share with you today is one that features the same sentiment, as well as the tinsel and some of the stickers you get in the Most Wonderful Time Medley.

This time I stamped the sentiment in Old Olive and die cut using one of the square dies in the Stitched Shapes Dies. Again I mounted the sentiment onto a piece of old olive card stock die cut with the next largest square die in the Stitched Shapes Dies.

To finish my card off I simply used stickers and a tiny piece of the gorgeous tinsel that also comes in the Most Wonderful Time Medley. Can you see it under the holly stickers?

There are also tree and deer stickers that I’ll show you next time, but for this card I used the holly stickers to match the pattern on the DSP.

All of the cards I’ve created with this medley have been so very quick and easy – I can’t wait to share some more with you this week, so keep a look out for my next post.

The lovely Tina Gillespie is hosting our Heart of Christmas blog hop this week – to see what the rest of the team have made this week you can visit Tina’s page here.

To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here.

Product List

Most Wonderful Time Product Medley (En)

Most Wonderful Time Product Medley (En) [150705] $122.00

Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes

Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes [131527] $12.25

Stitched Shapes Dies

Stitched Shapes Dies [145372] $50.00

Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad

Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad [147090] $13.00

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad [132708] $10.00

Snail Adhesive

Snail Adhesive [104332] $11.50

Mini Glue Dots

Mini Glue Dots [103683] $8.00

Clear Block Bundle

Clear Block Bundle [118491] $120.50

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

Art With Heart October Blog Hop: Embossing folders

Art With Heart October Blog Hop: Embossing folders

Welcome to another Art With Heart Blog Hop. This month we are featuring Stampin’ Up’s! versatile range of Embossing Folders.

There are new Embossing Folders available in every Stampin’ Up! catalogue and they are an inexpensive way of adding WOW! to your projects.

Currently there are 24 different Embossing Folders in the range and tonight we plan on showing you lots of ideas on how to use these folders.

My four cards tonight show case some different techniques you might like to try when next using your embossing folders.

Card Strip Embossing

So simple but so effective…and a fabulous way to use up card strips! I’ve used the new hammered metal embossing folder for this card because this technique works best with an allover pattern.

Card stock colours left to right are Gorgeous Grape, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Real Red. I cut 2cm wide strips, individually embossed them and then used tear’n’tape to adhere each strip to a base card stock rectangle.

The thank you die cut in Whisper White and a scattering of pearls finish the card off. Here’s a closer look at the hammered metal embossing folder pattern.

Vellum Embossing

Vellum embossing really highlights the pattern in the embossing folder. For card two I’ve used the scripty folder.

The great thing about embossing vellum is you can layer it over any colour card stock to instantly add a pop of colour.

I’ve finished this card off with a happy birthday sentiment cut from Whisper White cardstock using the Well Written Dies and a bow of Crushed Curry Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon.

Reverse letterpress embossing

Card three uses a technique called reverse letterpress, where you use your ink pad to apply colour directly onto one side of your embossing folder before you emboss the paper.

I love the look this gives, especially using the tin tile embossing folder I used here. This techniques works with any colour ink but I’m feeling very mellow yellow today so I’ve used Daffodil delight again.

Make sure you ink up the side of your folder that says Sizzex. How cute is the little hello stamp die cut and mounted with the nested label dies?

Stamping on Embossing Folders

My final card is an absolute favourite technique called stamped embossing. I’ve used the Woodland embossing folder to create a scene using stamps from the Natures Beauty stamp set.

After inking the Sizzex side of my folder in Soft Suede ink I then stamped the deer and trees in Early Espresso and Mossy Meadow before embossing a piece of Whisper White card stock.

I then mounted my stamped section onto an embossed a piece of Whisper White card stock, making sure the embossed sections lined up. A framed made from the stitched rectangle dies, a bow of linen thread and a “hello” sentiment cut out with nested label dies completes the card.

Next up is the super talented Caroline Manwaring! I can’t wait to see what she has made.

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

Kate Morgan

Rachel Woollard

Rebecca Jacovou

Sharon Davern

Vicki Boucher

Tina Gillespie

Claire Daly

Catherine Proctor

Caroline Manwaring

Rachel Palmieri

Andrea Sargent

Sujatha Harding

Heart of Christmas Week 10

Heart of Christmas Week 10

Welcome to week ten of the 2019 Heart of Christmas blog hop!

My cards this week features the beautiful Let it Snow Designer Series paper in one of my favourite colour combinations: Coastal Cabana and Real Red.

I don’t have the matching stamp set and punch that goes with this paper so I used the very versatile Merry Christmas To All Photopolymer Stamp Set – this set is on special during our 24 hour stamp sale that ends at midnight tonight.

I’ve created three quick and easy cards that showcase this glittery, gorgeous paper and the very versatile stamp set.

Card one features three of the cheeky snowmen. I’ve used the reverse side of the DSP for the panel below and neat trick to punch out the Merry Christmas sentiment.

If you look closer at the photo below you can see I’ve punched out the words merry and Christmas separately using the classic label punch and then covered the join with a red rhinestone basic jewel.

On card two I stamped the Merry and Christmas in Coastal Cabana and Real Red and again used a strip of the reverse of the DSP. I think it looks like a strip of Washi tape used in this way.

Here’s the card photographed from another angle to show you how glittery this DSP is!

My final card uses the reverse of the DSP, with a lovely soft snowflake pattern.

Because this pattern is less dominant I decided to feature the sentiment, again stamped from the Merry Christmas To All Photopolymer Stamp Set. I die it out with a layering square framelit, mounted onto real red to make it pop. The finishing touch is a bow of real red curly ribbon.

The lovely Claire Daly is hosting our Heart of Christmas blog hop this week – to see what the rest of the team have made this week you can visit Claire’s page here.

To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here.

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

Heart of Christmas Week 9

Heart of Christmas Week 9

Welcome to week nine of the 2019 Heart of Christmas blog hop!

My cards this week feature two of my favourite stamp sets from the Holiday Catalogue: Itty Bitty Christmas and Snowfront. It’s amazing how the same stamp sets can give totally different looks just by using different inks and layouts.

Let’s take a closer look at the blue card first. The colours of this card were inspired by a card made by an overseas Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, but I’ve changed the layout to make it my own.

This monochrome scene is easy to create. I started by using my sponge dauber to add some darker shades of blue to the top of my card.

Here’s how it looks at the start.

I then stamped my scene using stamps from the Snowfront stamped in Night of Navy, basically making it up as I went. Some lighter shades of blue were gently applied to the rest of the scene using another sponge dauber.

To give the card the look of watercolour silk I used my aqua painter to flick water all over it before adhering it to a white card base and adding a sentiment from the fabulous Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set.

The Snowfont stamp set is so much fun to play with! For card two I randomly stamped a background scene to create my own DSP (again inspired by another Stampin’ Up! demo).

I then embossed it both vertically and horizontally using the subtles embossing folder – what a great effect this gives to the image.

How cute is the “Happy Christmas” sentiment from Itty Bitty Christmas, die cut out with the nested labels dies?

I’ll certainly be making a lot more cards using both these versatile stamp sets. Which card is your favourite?

The lovely Claire Daly is back hosting our Heart of Christmas blog hop this week – to see what the rest of the team have made this week you can visit Claire’s page here.

To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here.

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

Heart of Christmas Week 8

Heart of Christmas Week 8

Welcome to week eight of the 2019 Heart of Christmas blog hop!

This week I’m so excited because I got to play with 3 new products.

Stampin’ Up! have a new trimmer (only available to demonstrators at this stage) and I received mine yesterday. Here’s a sneak peek. I’ll let you know as soon as it becomes available to customers.

The second new product I used was the Basic Pattern Decorative Masks from page 35 of the Holiday catalogue. These masks are only $10 for a set of 4 and they are super versatile. You can use them with embossing paste or as a stencil, like I have today. Here’s a closer look at the 4 patterns you get in the pack.

The third new product I played with was the Snowball Accents puff paint – boy it is fun to play with. It kind of looks like PVA glue when you apply it and then once you heat it with your heat tool it puffs up like magic! As you can see on my card below, I went a bit berserk with it, but how much dimension does it add to my card!

I created my trees by sponging Gray Granite onto Whisper White card stock, using the tree mask. I love the simple graphic linocut effect this gives my card.

Texture and dimension was added with the Snowball Accents puff paint and red Rhinestones, before I adhered Real Red card stock deer die cut using the Detailed Deer thinlits and my “Happy Holidays” sentiment from the Dashing Deer stamp set.

The lovely Tina Gillespie is hosting our Heart of Christmas blog hop this week – to see what the rest of the team have made this week you can visit Tina’s page here.

To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here.

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

Heart of Christmas Week 7

Heart of Christmas Week 7

Welcome to week seven of the 2019 Heart of Christmas blog hop!

This week has been hectic at our place with my latest book going to print (code for lots of last minute corrections and working all weekend!), training a new writer at my work and then my youngest son graduating school…did I really just type that sentence????

So what does all of this have to do with my card tonight? Well, it means I only had a very brief window to design, make, photograph and watermark my card before blogging about it. So this week I reached for the tools that make card making super easy and super fast: punches and embossing folders!

The three baubles were punched out using the Gleaming Ornaments punches after I stamped them in Momento Ink using stamps from the co-ordinating Christmas Gleaming stamp set.

Can you guess what coloured Stampin’ Up! blends I used to colour my ornaments? I stepped right outside of my comfort zone and went with an assortment of pinks: Flirty flamingo (dark and light) and the light Lovely Lipstick blender pen.

The “Merry Christmas” sentiment was stamped in Crumb Cake using a stamp from the same stamp set: Christmas Gleaming.

My card this week is finished off with a bows of linen thread and some Melon Mambo rhinestones from the Noble Peacock Rhinestones.

This card was so quick and easy to make and I really love how the woodland embossing folder on the base layer adds so much dimension and texture while also allowing me to make a very clean and simple card.

The lovely Claire Daly is hosting our Heart of Christmas blog hop this week – to see what the rest of the team have made this week you can visit Claire’s page here.

To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here.

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

Art With Heart September Blog Hop: Designer Series Paper

Art With Heart September Blog Hop: Designer Series Paper

Tonight the Art with Heart team are sharing amazing projects featuring Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper, most of which is in the current promotions where you can buy 3 packs of Designer Series Paper and receive a pack for free! Only available until the 30th of September.

Sometimes I’m reluctant to use Design Series Paper in my card making because it’s just so beautiful I don’t want to cover it. So my solution for my cards tonight is to frame the paper instead!

I’ve used my favourite Designer Series Paper from the Annual Catalogue: Bird Ballad DSP.

You can take a closer look at this stunning paper in this short video below.

I made the same sized frame for all four cards, using two of the rectangle stitched dies. Each card features a different piece of DSP from this set, mounted onto a rectangle of Pool Party card stock. Foam adhesive strips made it easy to lift the frames above the image, giving the effect of a picture frame.

In card one I used mini dimensionals to pop up some fussy cut images from the DSP and finished the card off with a bow of linen thread and a pool party rhinestone from the the Holiday Rhinestones Basic Jewels.

In card two I simply used more of the dimensionals from the Holiday Rhinestones Basic Jewels – this time in cherry cobbler – to add a bit of bling to the flowers.

Cards three and four have the stamped “thank you” from the co-ordinating Free as a Bird stamp set, die cut out with the smallest oval in the stitched shapes framelits.

All these photos were taken outside in my garden today – it is spring here and my garden is full of birds and blooming with colour. Because the DSP for card four was more of a background pattern I fussy cut a couple of the birds and adhered them to the edges of the frame for some visual interest and dimension.

Here’s another shot of my stunning clivia!

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

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

Christina Barnes

Vicki Boucher

Tina Gillespie

Rachel Woollard

Rebecca Jacovou

Sharon Davern

Kate Morgan

Catherine Proctor

Caroline Manwaring

Sujatha Harding

Heart of Christmas Week 5

Heart of Christmas Week 5

Welcome to week five of the 2019 Heart of Christmas blog hop!

This week I’ve decided to challenge myself to use three different embossing folders to create my Christmas cards. I often to forget to use my folders because I’m so focussed on DSP, stamps and dies, which is really silly because embossing folders are so quick and easy to use.

With so many beautiful designs to chose from, can you guess which three I chose?

For my first card I used the Pinewood Planks embossing folder, which can be used either way up.

The wreath is made using a combination of dies from the Frosted Bouquet Dies and the Beautiful Boughs Dies.

How cute is that sentiment? It’s from the Itty Bitty Christmas Stamp set – I’m so glad I got this set. It has been die cut with the stunning frame from the Beautiful Boughs Dies.

Card two continues the red and white theme, this time with the Woodland Embossing folder. Those branches were just crying out for some little birds – you might have overlooked these, they are in the Well Written die set.

The two baubles were punched out using the Gleaming Ornaments punches and then stamped with a stamp from the coordinatiing Christmas Gleaming stamp set.

To split the sentiment in half you can cut your stamp with scissors or do what I did and mask one side of your stamp with washi tape before inking up. Before you stamp, remove the washi tape and then stamp your image. Mask up the other side of your stamp with washi tape, ink your stamp, remove the washi and then stamp the other bauble.

My final card uses the Scripty 3D embossing folder, topped with a sentiment from the Peaceful Boughs stamp set, die cut with the largest frame from the Beautiful Boughs Die set.

Here’s a close up of this gorgeous frame and the boughs I’ve die cut with the Peaceful Boughs Dies set. Can you see the lovely script effect this embossing folder gives?

All my cards this week are finished off with a bow (or two) of linen thread and some red rhinestones.

These cards were quick and easy to make and I really love how the embossing folders add so much dimension and texture while also allowing me to make very clean and simple cards.

I will definitely be reaching for my embossing folders more often!

The lovely Claire Daly is hosting our Heart of Christmas blog hop this week – to see what the rest of the team have made this week you can visit Claire’s page here.

To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here.

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

Heart of Christmas Week 3

Heart of Christmas Week 3

Welcome to week three of the 2019 Heart of Christmas blog hop! The brand new 2019 Stampin Up! Holiday Catalogue is live on the website as of today full of wonderful products to get your creative juices flowing.

My cards tonight were inspired by a card created by a Canadian Stampin’ Up! demonstrator called Candace Chisholm, but I’ve tweaked the design to suit the materials I had on hand. Just like Candace’s cards, however, I have based my design on a simple and easy concept using the Seasonal Wreath embossing folder.

One card pairs Whisper White and Silver together, with the other card pairing Very Vanilla and gold. For both cards, the centre sentiment is stamped in Versamark and then heat embossed with either silver or gold embossing powder.

You might miss this stamp when you look through the Holiday Catalogue because it is part of a medley called Most Wonderful Time Medley. Here’s what you get in the Medley.

Did you notice the roll of gold tinsel and the little gold star elements? They decorate my Very Vanilla wreath card, along with a jingle bell embellishment (you get 24 jingle bells in Cherry Cobbler, gold, Shaded Spruce).

My silver card is embellished with Rhinestone Basic Jewels and a double bow in silver thread and Silver 3/8″ Metallic-Edge Ribbon.

The lovely Judy May is hosting our Heart of Christmas blog hop this week – to see what the rest of the team have made this week you can visit Judy’s page here.

I’ll be back tomorrow night with another Christmas blog hop. To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here.

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

Art With Heart August Blog Hop: Christmas

Art With Heart August Blog Hop: Christmas

Tonight the Art with Heart team are sharing creative Christmas projects, many featuring products from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue which starts on the 4th of September.

If you would like a copy of the 2019 – 2020 Annual catalogue or the new Holiday catalogue, contact any of the girls on the blog hop and we will get in touch with you.

I have to admit I have a thing about stamp sets that feature buildings. Ever since I was a little girl I’ve loved floorpans, dolls houses, miniature models…I probably should have studied architecture. So as soon as I saw the “From Our Home to Yours” stamp set I just knew I had to have it!

This set has 33 photopolymer stamps and it stamps the images very crisply and clearly. It can be used for many other occasions apart from Christmas and it works with so many different colours.

It’s good value for money, versatile, easy to use…oh, and did I mention just how adorable the little houses are?

My colour scheme for my cards tonight kind of evolved as my cards did. I was only going to make one card but ended up making three!

I began stamping on my first card with the colours of my own home: a soft light grey on the walls (Smoky Slate), with a dark grey/black roof (Basic Gray), white windows and a bright yellow (Crushed Curry) front door to greet my friends and family.

I fussy cut my little house out and attached it with dimensionals to my card before stamping the smoke coming out of the chimney and the little pine trees in Mossy Meadow.

Cards two and three are variations on the same theme using different colours for the houses and different house stamps from the stamp set.

For all three cards I stamped two of the sentiments (Merry and Christmas) across the bottom of the card in either Merry Merlot or Mossy Meadow. I was inspired to do this after seeing the gorgeous new Classic Weave ribbon from the Holiday Catalogue. Here’s a sneak peek of it…

Holiday Rhinestones Basic Jewels in Cherry Cobbler top my pine trees in card one.

Rhinestone Basic Jewels (from the annual catalogue) add some sparkle to my snow in card two…and cover a mistake!!

Holiday Rhinestones Basic Jewels in Pumpkin Pie add the final touch of bling to my Smoky Slate trees in card three.

I nearly missed these rhinestones in the catalogue as they are hidden right at the back at the bottom of a page, but I’m so glad I saw them because they come in such beautiful colours.

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented, Vicki Boucher. I can’t wait to see what Vicki’s created for us tonight.           

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

Vicki Boucher

Caroline Manwaring

Tina Gillespie

Rebecca Jacovou

Sharon Davern

Claire Daly

Kate Morgan

Sujatha Harding

Rachel Woollard

Catherine Proctor (YOU ARE HERE)

Heart of Christmas Week 2

Heart of Christmas Week 2

Welcome to week two of the 2019 Heart of Christmas blog hop!

This time next week you will be able to view and order from the 2019 Holiday Catalogue but until then I can’t show the inside of the catalogue.

So to get you excited about what’s to come, tonight I’ve made four cards inspired by two samples in the brand new Holiday Catalogue.

The Toile Tidings Suite is what I’d call a mega suite because it has two stamp sets, two sets of coordinating dies, stunning DSP, matching wrapping paper, two different ribbons and the cutest ever glitter enamel dots.

The colours in this suite are Very Vanilla, Real Red and Garden Green. This suite is classic and monochromatic…I just had to buy the lot.

The card bases were super easy to make using a piece of Crumb Cake Card Stock (8×4 inches) folded in half. I stamped the Christmas Wishes sentiment from the Toile Christmas Stamp Set using Versamark ink onto Garden Green and Real Red card stock, heat embossed with white embossing powder and then die cut them out using the Christmas Cardinal dies.

For my Red Christmas Wishes card I chose the DSP with the images of the skaters (so cute!) and used the All-around Wreath Dies to cut a clear vellum wreath to go behind the sentiment. The finishing touch is a triple bow of linen thread, topped with one of the Toile Tidings Glitter Enamel Dots.

I used the same patterned DSP in Garden Green for my second card, this time die cutting my wreath from the Perennial Essence Old Olive vellum DSP in the Annual Catalogue. The Toile Tidings Glitter Enamel Dots in green are used to accent the wreath.

My third card uses the botanical pattern from the Toile Tidings DSP in Real Red. Leaves and branches were cut from Real Red Glimmer paper using the Christmas Cardinal Dies to pick up the botanical accents in the DSP.

The final card uses the same DSP pattern but in Garden Green this time. I cut the leaves and branches from Sparkle Glimmer paper and from the Perennial Essence Old Olive vellum DSP. The Toile Tidings Glitter Enamel dots in Garden Green add a touch of sparkle and dimension.

The lovely Claire Daly is hosting our weekly Heart of Christmas blog hop – to see what the rest of the team have made this week you can visit Claire’s page here.

I’ll be back tomorrow night with another Christmas blog hop. To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here.

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

Heart of Christmas Week 1

Heart of Christmas Week 1

Welcome to the first week of the 2019 Heart of Christmas blog hop!

Around this time every year the Art With Heart Stampin’ Up! team begin our annual weekly blog hop, featuring the Christmas products in both the Annual Catalogue and the brand new forthcoming Holiday Catalogue, my ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE!!!! catalogue of the year.

You will be able to view and order from the 2019 Holiday Catalogue from the 4th September, but in the meantime here’s a peek at the cover.

One of the first products to catch my eye in the brand new Stampin’ Up! 2019 Holiday Catalogue is a suite called the Brightly Gleaming Suite.

I love the beautiful blues and greens of the Brightly Gleaming DSP, the Star Designer Elements, the Hammered Metal 3D embossing folder but most of all I love that the Christmas Gleaming Stamp Set has not just one, but two coordinating punches!

There are so many projects I’m planning to make with these punches but this week I decided to CASE a project I saw another demonstrator CASE from the cover of the 2012 Stampin’ Up! holiday catalogue. Isn’t this ornament simply gorgeous?

The other Stampin’Up! demonstrator used the Gleaming Ornaments punch to make this ornament by firstly stamping and then punching out the images, but I decided to make things even simpler by simply punching out my shapes from the Brightly Gleaming DSP.

Firstly I punched out 20 of the larger punch ornaments using the Night of Navy and Copper paper from the Brightly Gleaming DSP. The geometric design of this DSP made it very easy to score down the centre of 15 of the ornaments before using multipurpose liquid glue to glue them together.

I simply glued 3 of the scored ornaments together before adhering these to one of the unscored ornaments. Repeat 4 times.

Follow the same steps, this time punching out 20 smaller ornaments from a different coloured DSP, and score and glue together.

Punch a 2 inch circle out of Night of Navy cardstock and place a glue dot in the middle. Use your glue dot to position the larger shapes evenly around the circle and adhere the shapes to the with multipurpose liquid glue

Then glue the smaller shapes between the larger ornament shapes.

Tie two bows with the copper trim ribbon and then use your fingers to tease the ribbon out. Adhere these bows to the centre of your ornament using glue dots and then top with a copper star designer element.

To finish off the reverse side die cut a snowflake from copper foil using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies and adhere to the middle of the Night of Navy circle with multipurpose liquid glue.

So you can hang your ornament, add a loop of copper trim ribbon to the back as well and adhere using glue dots. Use another copper star designer element to hide the ends of the copper trim ribbon and then hang from a tree!

The lovely Claire Daly is hosting our weekly Heart of Christmas blog hop – to see what the rest of the team have made this week you can visit Claire’s page here.

I’ll be back next week with two more Christmas blog hops. To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here.

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

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