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.

Art With Heart July Blog Hop: Simple Stamping

Art With Heart July Blog Hop: Simple Stamping

Tonight the Art with Heart team are sharing creative projects featuring Simple Stamping, which means our projects feature only paper, stamps and ink.

It’s a great way to create a quick and easy card for new stampers or for when you need a card at short notice. These projects highlight how Stampin’ Up! ink, paper and card stock coordinates perfectly.

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

My cards all feature the stunning Silhouette Scenes stamp stamped on a range of Designer Series Papers. I love how the DSP does all the heavy lifting for me, creating instant backgrounds to match the stamp and the sentiment.

The “together is the perfect place to be” card was inspired by this style of gorgeous photo. The long exposure of the photo and the rain makes the city lights look like blurs of paint.

Don’t you think this design from the Follow Your Art DSP has a similar feel?

I next went in search of some paper to match the child with the binoculars who is looking towards the future and hopefully a life full of possibilities and adventure.

This paper from the Come Sail Away DSP was the perfect match, with its finely detailed map image.

I was now on a roll as the one card quickly morphed into four cards, but when card making is this quick and easy thanks to simple stamping and DSP I just had to go with the flow.

The little girl on the swing card was CASED from the card on page 133 of the Annual Catalogue. I couldn’t use the tree branch die for a simple stamping card but I think the placement of the sentiment is just as effective. The DSP is from the See a Silhouette DSP pack.

My final card uses another piece of DSP from the Follow Your Art DSP – this one looks like a cloudy sky. I also stamped a few clouds and hot air balloons from the Above the Clouds stamp set.

This really is simple stamping at its best, using just one ink pad and one stamp set (for 3 out of the 4 cards) to achieve such a variety of cards.

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

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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:

Tina Gillespie

Kathryn Ruddick

Rebecca Jacovou

Rachel Woollard

Sharon Davern

Vicki Boucher

Christina Barnes

Kate Morgan

Rachel Palmieri

Ros Davidson

Catherine Proctor

Happy Tails Pop Up Tab Card

Happy Tails Pop Up Tab Card

In my family a lot of our birthdays fall in both July and December. One of the July birthdays we have just celebrated is for my niece Mimi, who has just turned three.

Because Mimi is obsessed with my dog, Superman, I decided to use the Happy Tails stamp set to create a special type of pop-up card for her birthday.

I used Kylie Bertucci’s video tutorial HERE to learn how to create the pop up tab mechanism, but altered the design of the card to suit the products I had available.

Here’s a short video of my card. I love cards that move!

The dog house is created by embossing Early Espresso card stock with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder and the grass is simply hand snipped from Pear Pizzaz card stock using my paper snips. The clouds are die cut using a die from the new Detailed Peacock dies.

Inside my card I’ve used the Happy Tails stamp set and matching Dog Builder punch to create a surprise Superman for my niece.

I also had a lot of fun making Mimi’s birthday present: a handmade felt doll.

I also made her a hand knitted and hand sewn wardrobe, including flannelette pjs and her very own felt Miffy Doll (Mimi’s favourite toy!).

And yes, you guessed it, her favourite colour is purple!

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

Or if you’d like me to post you your very own copy of any of the brand new 2019-20 Stampin Up! catalogue or find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 55 Purple Posy

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 55 Purple Posy

Welcome to the final week of the Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop.

We have blogged every Stampin Up colour over 55 weeks in our Colour Creations Blog Hop and our final colour is another 2019-21 Stampin’ Up! in colour: Purple Posy

My inspiration for my card today came from my garden and one of my favourite plants, called Geisha girl. It has beautiful foliage all year round, orange berries and purple flowers.

Here’s a photo of my card in front of the plant.

The colour of these flowers gradiates from a deep purple on the outside, through to a pale purple on the inside, just like the stunning new 3/8″ (1 cm) Tricolor Ribbon on my card. The stripes are Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather and Purple Posy, all on one craft ribbon.

To create my Geisha Girl flower on my card I stamped Purple Posy ink onto Purple Posy card stock using the Pop of Petals stamp set and then punched out the stamped images with my four-petal flower punch.

The flower is made by layering two flowers together and adhering with a glue dot.

Silver and purple are such a classic colour combination so I stamped my silver foil card base with Smokey Slate ink, using other stamps from the Pop of Petals stamp set.

There are no sentiments in the Pop of Petal stamp set so I stamped the “A Little Note” stamp from the Butterfly Gala Stamp set before die cutting it withe the stitched rectangle die.

The gorgeous DSP behind the sentiment is from the Woven Threads Designer Series Paper.

Thank you so much for joining us for the past 55 weeks on the Art With Heart Colour Creations blog hop.

To see what the rest of the team have created, click on the links below.

Kate Morgan

Rachel Woollard

Vicki Boucher

Sharon Davern

Claire Daly

Tina Gillespie

Diane Furniss

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

Or if you’d like me to post you your very own copy of any of the brand new 2019-20 Stampin Up! catalogue or find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Art With Heart June Blog Hop: In Colour Theme

Art With Heart June Blog Hop: In Colour Theme

Tonight the Art With Heart Team are sharing creative projects featuring in colour theme. Check out the new 2019 – 2021 in colours and let’s not forget the current 2018 – 2020 in colours.

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

Why use just one In Colour when you can use all 10 together on your card. Lined up, side-by-side, they create such a stunning rainbow!

I’m excited to share not one but two cards with you this week.

The first card showcases all 10 In Colours, as well as the Free as a Bird stamp set.

The first step is to cut a 1cm strip of card stock from every In Colour. Line then up in rainbow order and adhere together with strips of tear and tape.

Next stamp your image or sentiment in Versamark, dust with white embossing power and heat emboss. Mount onto black card stock.

The background layer is a piece of Whisper White cardstock which has been stamped with black ink and coloured in with a variety of Blends and markers in the various In Colours. I love creating my own Designer Series Paper for my projects.

Mount the rainbow cardstock onto the middle of your DSP and adhere to a cardbase made from black cardstock.

I wasn’t planning on making a second card but I had leftover rainbow strips so I decided to see what they looked like with a sentiment stamped on top.

This time I used the Colourful Seasons stampset for my sentiment and the home made DSP. I deliberately die cut the cardstock on an angle using a stitiched rectangle die to add visual interest.

The background was stamped with two of the smallest dies in black and In Colours. Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots add texture and interest.

These rainbow colours just make me feel very happy and I hope they also put a smile on the face of whoever I post them to.


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

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

Rebecca Jacovou

Sharon Davern

Christina Barnes

Tina Gillespie

Vicki Boucher

Ros Davidson

Kate Morgan

Rachel Woollard

Catherine Proctor

Kathryn Mangelsdorf

Caroline Manwaring 

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 54 Seaside Spray

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 54 Seaside Spray

Welcome to week 54 of the Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop. We have extended our one year Colour Creations Blog Hop for another 5 weeks to introduce the 2019-21 Stampin’ Up! in colours.

This week’s colour is called Seaside Spray and it’s a beautiful pale cornflower blue.

I’m really in my happy place with any shade of blue, which is probably why I love hydrangeas so much. And one of the new stamp sets in the Stampin’ Up! 2019-2020 catalogue – Beautiful Friendship – was top of my wish list because of its hydrangea stamp.

Seaside Spray is such a stunning soft colour I decided to keep the colour palette for my card this week to just 4 colours: Seaside Spray, Old Olive, Whisper White and Silver Foil.

The Silver foil edged notecards with matching envelopes make card making a breeze – there’s no need to add a layer, you can just stamp directly onto a card as I have done here.

To add further colour variation I stamped off both the Old Olive Ink and the Seaside Spray Ink.

A few silver facetted gems, a bow of silver thread and the sentiment punched out with the Everyday Label Punch before adhering with sone dimensionals completes the card.

To see what the rest of the team have created, click on the links below.

Tina Gillespie

Claire Daly

Christina Barnes

Kate Morgan

Vicki Boucher

Rachel Woollard

Diane Furniss

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

Or if you’d like me to post you your very own copy of any of the brand new 2019-20 Stampin Up! catalogue or find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Next week is our final colour creations week.

We will introduce you to the last 2019-21 Stampin’ Up! in colour: Purple Posy. We hope you can hop along with us then.

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 53 Terracotta Tile

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 53 Terracotta Tile

Welcome to week 53 of the Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop. We have extended our one year Colour Creations Blog Hop for another 5 weeks to introduce the 2019-21 Stampin’ Up! in colours.

This week’s colour is called Terracotta Tile – and it’s a colour that looks exactly like you’d expect!

At first I wasn’t sure what colours to use with Terracotta Tile but I’m really happy with this colour combination.

I really don’t know why this happens, but whenever I’m making a card using a colour I find tricky to work with, I often end up making more than one card. Here’s my first card.

Isn’t the pattern on the vases just gorgeous? I used my varied vases builder punch to punch the vases out from the new In Colour Designer Series Paper. It’s pictured here in Rococo Rose but the pack includes all 5 In Colours.

The Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins in Grapefruit Grove add a touch of bling to the card.

I wanted to try another colour combination for my second card. I think this colour combination makes Terracotta Tile look pinker.

Another favourite stamp set here…Rooted In Nature.

This really is simple stamping at it’s best and a great card for a beginner to try.

To see what the rest of the team have created, click on the links below.

Christina Barnes

Kate Morgan

Claire Daly

Vicki Boucher

Tina Gillespie

Diane Furniss

Rachel Woollard

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

Or if you’d like me to post you your very own copy of any of the brand new 2019-20 Stampin Up! catalogue or find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Next week we will introduce you to another 2019-21 Stampin’ Up! in colour: Seaside Spray. We hope you can hop along with us then.

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 52 Pretty Peacock

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 52 Pretty Peacock

Welcome to week 51 of the Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop. We have extended our one year Colour Creations Blog Hop for another 5 weeks to introduce the 2019-21 Stampin’ Up! in colours.

This week’s colour is a new teal coloured greeny blue called Pretty Peacock. Depending on the light and the other colours it is used with it can look either green or blue.

My inspiration this week was this patterned quilt cover I recently purchased from IKEA.

I live in a house full of men (even my dog is male!) so I decided to add a touch of pink to my multipurpose craft room/study/spare bedroom.

In real life, my Pretty Peacock cardstock is very close to the colour of my quilt but in the photos, it looks a lot greener.

I’ve used another gorgeous new in colour – Rococo Rose – to make my card base and then I’ve stamped Tropical Chic stamps in Pretty Peacock ink onto Pretty Peacock cardstock to reflect the watermark background effect on the quilt.

The flowers, bird land other leaves are all stamped using the new Free as a Bird stamp set.

I’ve stamped these images with Basic Black, Shaded Spruce and Pretty Peacock ink and then used watercolour pencils and my blender pens to colour in before fussy cutting my images out.

On the inside, a stamped rectangle of Whisper White provides a space to write a message.

To see what the rest of the team have created, click on the links below.

Vicki Boucher

Christina Barnes

Kate Morgan

Claire Daly

Tina Gillespie

Rachel Woollard

Diane Furniss

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

Or if you’d like me to post you your very own copy of any of the brand new 2019-20 Stampin Up! catalogue or find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Next week we will introduce you to another 2019-21 Stampin’ Up! in colour: Terracotta Tile. We hope you can hop along with us then.

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 51 Rococo Rose

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 51 Rococo Rose

Welcome to week 51 of the Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop. We have extended our one year Colour Creations Blog Hop for another 5 weeks to introduce the 2019-21 Stampin’ Up! in colours.

This week’s colour is a new shade of pink called Rococo Rose. This is the brand new designer series paper for the 2019-21 Stampin’ Up! in colours.

I’ve combined Rococo Rose with Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black and Whisper White.

If you take a close look at my card it looks like I have also used a lighter pink and a lighter green but I have simply stamped off the Rococo Rose and the Pear Pizzazz.

I’ve used the gorgeous Abstract Impressions stamp set – I’m so glad this set carried over to the new catalogue because it is one of those stamp sets that works well with any colour.

There are no punches or dies used on this card so it really is #simplestamping.

I’ve used my black marker pen to hand doodle over the top of my stamped images. This is such a simple technique and I really love the extra detail and dimension this gives to my card.

To finish my card off I mounted the stamped image onto Basic Black before adhering to the Rococo Rose card.

On the inside, a stamped square of Whisper White provides a space to write a message.

To see what the rest of the team have created, click on the links below.

Vicki Boucher

Kate Morgan

Christina Barnes

Diane Furniss

Caroline Manwaring

Tina Gillespie

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

Or if you’d like me to post you your very own copy of any of the brand new 2019-20 Stampin Up! catalogue or find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Next week we will introduce you to another 2019-21 Stampin’ Up! in colour: Pretty Peacock. We hope you can hop along with us then.

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 50 Tranquil Tide

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 50 Tranquil Tide

Welcome to week 50 of the Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop. We have been hopping every week for one year now (with a 2-week break for Christmas and New Year), which means we have now used all of the Stampin’ Up! colours.

This week’s colour is a retiring in-colour called Tranquil Tide. I love this colour and will really miss it when it retires next week, but the great news is there is a similar in colour called Pretty Peacock that will be available to purchase next week.

My card for our Tranquil Tide blog hop contains something old, something new, NOTHING borrowed but something blue.

Something old?

I’ve used Tranquil Tide with Night of Navy, Old Olive and Bermuda Bay.

Something new?

Check out this beautiful new stamp set called Butterfly Wishes.

Something blue?

Night of Navy pairs so well with Tranquil Tide.

The Butterfly Wishes stamp set coordinates with the butterfly duet punch so on the inside of my card I added 3 beautiful butterflies that look as if they might just fly off the card.

To see what the rest of the team have created, click on the links below.

Kate Morgan

Vicki Boucher

Diane Furniss

Tina Gillespie

Rachel Woollard

To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here. Or if you’d like me to post you your very own copy of any of the Stampin Up! catalogues or find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me .

Next week the 2019-2020 catalogue goes live so we will continue our colour Creations blog hop for 5 more weeks to introduce you to the 5 new incolours. We hope you can hop along with us then.

Art With Heart May Blog Hop: 2019 – 2020 Catalogue Preview

Art With Heart May Blog Hop: 2019 – 2020 Catalogue Preview

Tonight the Art with Heart team are sharing creative products using supplies from the upcoming 2019 – 2020 annual catalogue.

If you would like a copy of the brand new annual catalogue, contact any of the girls on the blog hop and we will get in touch with you.

My cards tonight were inspired by the splashback in my powder room. It goes all the way from the basin to the ceiling but here’s just a snippet of these beautiful encaustic tiles.

As soon as I saw the new Verdant Garden stamp set I knew I would use it to make a card inspired by the tiles in my splashback.

Combined with the colour scheme of the Scalloped Linen Ribbon (oh be still my beating heart!!!) it also proved to be an excellent opportunity to introduce you to the new 2019-20 in colours.

First cab off the rank? Seaside Spray.

Seaside Spray is definitely one of my new favourite colours. How good does it look with Crumb Cake? (And yes I have deliberately referenced ScoMo for his incredibly versatile “motherhood and apple pie” statement).

Next, I’d like to introduce you to Terracotta Tile. I think Terracotta tile is going to get on famously with its closest cousin, Cajun Craze.

Rococo Rose is another new favourite, such a soft and gentle pink I just know I’ll be using a lot.

Pretty Peacock is very dark and rich – I can’t wait to team it with Night of Navy!

There is one more lovely 2019-202 in colour called Purple Posy that I haven’t included this week because the ink pad is not orderable yet. If you’re wondering what it looks like it’s a very pale purple, sort of a love child of Highland Heather and Smokey Slate.

Here’s a closer look at the other 4 in colours.

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

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

Christina Barnes

Rachel Woollard

Tina Gillespie

Ros Davidson

Vicki Boucher

Rebecca Jacovou

Claire Daly

Catherine Proctor

Rachel Palmieri

Kimberly Hern

Kate Morgan

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 49 Soft  Suede

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 49 Soft Suede

Welcome to week 49 of the Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop – we have been hopping every week for nearly one year now!

Another week and another colour I really haven’t used much before.

Soft Suede belongs in our neutral colour family but if I want to use a shade of brown I either reach for the Early Espresso (if I want a dark brown) or Crumb Cake, which is my absolute favourite neutral! So I have to admit this colour was quite a challenge for me!

I decided to use a retiring favourite of mine: the Oh So Eclectic stamp set with the matching Eclectic Layering dies for my card this week.

My colour combination is a classic one: shades of brown with a touch of white and pale blue.

And here’s what I came up with.

I photographed my card in front of the lovely Mother’s Day flowers my eldest son bought for me. It’s now over a week since Mother’s Day and they are still looking lovely, brightening up my kitchen and putting a smile on my face every time I walk into the room!

Take a closer look at the stunning copper trim…I love how you can pull this trim apart (as I have done here) or use it off the reel as a narrower trim.

To see what the rest of the team have created, click on the links below.

Vicki Boucher

Christina Barnes

Kate Morgan

Claire Daly

Michelle Taylor

Tania Johnson

Tina Gillespie

Diane Furniss

To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here. Or if you’d like me to post you your very own copy of any of the Stampin Up! catalogues or find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me .

We will be back again next week showcasing our final colour for our 2108/2019 Colour Creations blog hop: Tranquil Tide. We hope you can hop along with us then.

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 48 Soft  Seafoam

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 48 Soft Seafoam

Welcome to week 48 of the Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop!

Our colour this week is a subtle colour: Soft Seafoam.

Because I always forget to use my embossing folders I made sure I used one for my card this week that I knew would really stand out: the Corrugated Dynamic Impressions Embossing Folder.

I love this soft green when it’s paired with black and white. And I also love this stamp set that’s about the retire: All That You Are. It co-ordinates with the Frosted Bouquet Dies and I’ve used both the stamp sets and dies for my birthday card today. It’s such a beautiful font.

If you take a close look at the flower on the bottom right you’ll see I’ve added a touch of dimension by applying some of the fine-tipped glue to the centre of the flower.

To see what the rest of the team have created, click on the links below.

Vicki Boucher

Kate Morgan

Tina Gillespie

Rachel Woollard

Diane Furniss

To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here. Or if you’d like me to post you your very own copy of any of the Stampin Up! catalogues or find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me .

We will be back again next week showcasing a neutral colour: Soft Suede. We hope you can along with us then.

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 47 So Saffron

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 47 So Saffron

Welcome to week 47 of the Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop!

Our colour this week is a subtle colour: So Saffron.

This soft yellow is used in one of my favourite Designer Series Papers: Garden Impressions. So I made a couple of cards to show off these lovely impressionist papers.

To see what the rest of the team have created, click on the links below.

Caroline Manwaring

Kate Morgan

Tina Gillespie

Diane Furniss

Rachel Woollard

Christina Barnes

Vicki Boucher

To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here. Or if you’d like me to post you your very own copy of any of the Stampin Up! catalogues or find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me .

We will be back again next week showcasing another subtle colour: Soft Sea Foam. We hope you can along with us then.

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 46 Smokey Slate

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 46 Smokey Slate

Welcome to week 46 of the Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop!

Our colour this week is a very light neutral colour: Smokey Slate.

Because these neutrals go with every colour I thought it would be a perfect colour to showcase our retiring In-Colours in a series of cards that use other retiring products too.

I like to call this set my typing pool!

I decided to use the delightful “P.S. You’re the Best stamp set” as it was just perfect for my friend Bruce. I’m going to his 50th birthday party this weekend and he is an author and currently writing his next book.

I think I’ll give Bruce the Lemon-lime twist card with the festive balloon paper from the Broadway Bound Designer Series Paper.

What I really like about this stamp set is that you can use it with any colour to make either male or female cards. The Powder Pink card is very feminine.

The Fresh Fig card is also very feminine, using the Petal Promenade DSP

The Berry Burst card and the Tranquil tide card could work for men or women and both use the Tranquil Textures DSP.

My favourite thing about my typing pool cards is the way they open…it is a type of fancy fold but I’m not sure what it’s called!

Another fantastic retiring product I used was the Envelope punch board to make a matching envelope for each card.

To see what the rest of the team have created, click on the links below.

Caroline Manwaring

Kate Morgan

Tina Gillespie

Diane Furniss

Rachel Woollard

Christina Barnes

Tania Johnson

To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here. Or if you’d like me to post you your very own copy of any of the Stampin Up! catalogues or find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me .

We will be back again next week showcasing a subtle colour: So Saffron. We hope you can along with us then.

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 45 Shaded Spruce

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 45 Shaded Spruce

Welcome to week 45 of the Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop!

Our colour this week is a very dark regal colour: Shaded Spruce.

Stampin’ Up has some lovely Designer Series Papers that feature Shaded Spruce and I used two of these for my card today: Garden Impressions and Tropical Escape DSP.

My card uses a mix of die cutting and fussy cutting.

I stamped my birds in black ink onto the Garden Impressions DSP before die cutting them out. The branch they sit on has been die cut from the Wood Textures DSP.

The pink roses have been fussy cut from the Garden Impressions DSP, but the leaves have been die cut from the Tropical Escape DSP.

The card base is Shaded Spruce card stock topped with a rectangle of striped paper from the Tropical Escape DSP.

To see what the rest of the team have made click on the links below.

Kate Morgan

Tina Gillespie

Tania Johnson

Diane Furniss

Rachel Woollard

Christina Barnes

To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here. Or if you’d like me to post you your very own copy of any of the Stampin Up! catalogues or find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me .

We will be back again next week showcasing a neutral colour: Smokey Slate! We hope you can along with us then.

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 44 Sahara Sand

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 44 Sahara Sand

Welcome to week 44 of the Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop!

Our colour this week is one of the lightest neutral colours: Sahara Sand.

There’s a new technique around called the floating frame technique and I decided to try it out for my project this week, using the Rooted in Nature stamp set and the matching Nature’s Root Framelits.

The technique is quite similar to making your own DSP. I began by stamping the leaves and trees and die cutting them out before I arranged them onto a rectangle. Once I was happy with my layout I laid a sheet of Glad Press and Seal over the top of my die cut pieces, turned everything upside down and trimmed off the overlap.

My colour combination is Sahara Sand, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Crumb Cake.

Once I’d trimmed off the excess, I die cut a rectangle out of the middle before removing the Whisper White cardstock from behind the die cuts. The Glad Press and Seal keeps your die cut pieces in place while you do this.

The final step is to use a lot of dimensionals behind the die cut pieces to adhere them to your card base. When your frame is in place you gently peel off the Glad Press and Seal. If you look closely at my card you can see where I’ve stuck the Press and Seal down too hard and it’s lifted some of my ink off.

One of my favourite things about this technique is that you get 2 cards from it. Here’s the second card, made from the inside piece.

I decided to make a third card to showcase the lovely embossing dies in the Nature’s Root Framelits, as well as showing how elegant Sahara Sand looks on its own when paired with Whisper White.

To see what the rest of the team have made click on the links below.

Tina Gillespie

Kate Morgan

Rachel Woollard

Caroline Manwaring

Diane Furniss

Christina Barnes

To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here. Or if you’d like me to post you your very own copy of any of the Stampin Up! catalogues or find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me .

We will be back again next week showcasing a regal colour: Shaded Spruce! We hope you can along with us then.

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 43 Rich Razzleberry

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 43 Rich Razzleberry

Welcome to week 43 of the Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop!

Our colour this week is a regal colour: Rich Razzleberry.

I’ve never seen a razzleberry in a fruit shop so I assumed it must be an American berry, but when I did a bit of Google research I discovered it is actually the name of a type of pie made with a mix of berries. Recipes differ but it is usually made with either raspberries and blackberries or raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.

Yum! I’m definitely going to make a razzleberry pie now that I’ve found the recipe!

I love this colour so much I made two cards this week. I don’t think they’re my best cards ever but hopefully, they can showcase this lovely colour.

My first and favourite card uses the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set. I wanted to show how pretty Rich Razzleberry is stamped at both full strength and stamped off once. I also wanted to use the beautiful Rich Razzleberry velvet ribbon.

My second card is quite an old fashioned layout but it is a great way to use Designer Series Paper. You cut a rectangle into 4 even sections and mount 3 of these onto cardstock. The remaining square is stamped instead. A quick and easy card of any occasion.

I’ve used the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper with the matching Love What You Do Photopolymer Stamp Set to stamp my sentiment and flower in Mossy Meadow before colouring in with Rich Razzleberry. I love this stamp set!

To see what the rest of the team have made click on the links below.

Kate Morgan

Michelle Taylor

Rachel Woollard

Tina Gillespie

Tania Johnson

To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here. Or if you’d like me to post you your very own copy of any of the Stampin Up! catalogues or find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me .

We will be back again next week showcasing the palest of neutrals: Sahara Sand! We hope you can along with us then.

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 42 Real Red

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 42 Real Red

Welcome to week 42 of the Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop!

Our colour this week is a regal colour: Real Red.

Real red is such a classic, stunning colour I wanted to pay homage to it with another classic: a bunch of red roses.

I’ve used one of my favourite stamp sets to create my beautiful rose bouquet: the first frost stamp set with its matching dies.

My colour combination is real red, crumb cake and old olive with a touch of pool party in the backgroud.

In my opinion, real red, just like old olive, really is one of those colours you can almost use as a neutral. It looks amazing with virtually any colour and really makes your card pop even if you only use a touch of it.

Last week I also used used real red in this colour combination.

In my project this week I’ve only used real red for my roses and for a touch of bling and dimension with the addition of the red rhinestones, but I still think it is the dominant colour of the card.

At the bottom of my card I used another all-time favourite of mine, the tiny little tag from the Bouquet Bunch Framelits Dies, stamped with the “for you” stamp from the Beautiful Bouquet Photopolymer Stamp Set.

To lift my bouquet off the front of the card I washed some pool party onto some card stock before cutting it out with my largest oval die. I love pool party with any shade of red.

To see what the rest of the team have made click on the links below.

Kate Morgan

Christina Barnes

Diane Furniss

Caroline Manwaring

Tania Johnson

Rachel Woollard

Michele Taylor

Tina Gillespie

To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here. Or if you’d like me to post you your very own copy of any of the Stampin Up! catalogues or find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me .

We will be back again next week showcasing another one of the regal colours Rich Razzelberry! We hope you can along with us then.

Art With Heart March Blog Hop: Easter

Art With Heart March Blog Hop: Easter

Tonight the Art with Heart team are sharing creative projects with an Easter theme. 

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Easter means different things to different people. For some, it is all about bunnies, Easter eggs, hot cross buns and public holidays. For others, it is the most important day on the religious calendar. But although Easter is a celebration of the resurrection from the dead of Jesus Christ, did you know the Easter holiday is also based on an ancient Pagan ritual?

Easter dates change every year because it is also based on the Pagan ritual of the Spring Equinox, which is a celebration of new life and the change that comes with spring.

For my project tonight decided to celebrate both aspects of Easter – the Pagan and the religious celebration of Easter – by referencing the beautiful stained glass windows of the churches I would celebrate Easter morning in as a minister’s daughter. The Painted Glass Clear-Mount Bundle and Graceful Glass 6″ X 6″ Designer Vellum was just perfect for this.

After colouring in my sheet with my Stampin blends, I used the Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies to make a window frame for my stained glass window.

I then mounted my frame using the Foam Adhesive Strips and hey presto, I had created a beautiful stained glass window!

The Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies were put to good use again for my Daffodil Delight layering mat and for my sentiment, which was stamped using the “You’re Inspiring” stamp set.

To celebrate new life and the change of season my final touch was a butterfly resting gently on my window…I think it makes my butterflies in my window come to life and look like they might fly away too!


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:

Catherine Proctor

Caroline Manwaring

Sue Madex

Kate Morgan

Ros Davidson

Kathryn Mangelsdorf

Rachel Palmieri

Rebecca Jacovou

Judy May

Rachel Woollard

Christina Barnes

Tina Gillespie

Vicki Boucher

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