Stampin’ Up! Hats Off Nippers Card

Stampin’ Up! Hats Off Nippers Card

Hello Crafters,

Today I’m sharing another card I made for the “G’day Fri’yay’ Card Making Challenges” Facebook group, a fortnightly Card Making Challenge with Aussie Themes. The last few times I forgot to add the banner for this group, so here it is.

The theme for this challenge is “Aussie Sports” and although my boys play a lot of sport there is one quintessentially Aussie sport that my entire family are very involved in – surf life saving. We came to surf life saving the way that many families do, via their Junior Development Program, commonly known as nippers. As far as I am aware this is a sport that is only played in Australia.

My husband, Pete, is a die-hard surfer and we live at Freshwater beach, however he insisted our kids join the neighbouring South Curl Curl nippers program instead as it is one of the roughest beaches in Australia and he knew if they learnt to handle the waves there they would be safe at any beach. Pete was the age manager for my eldest son Samuel’s age group all the way through nippers, but this scrapbook layout shows Pete holding our youngest son Ben after he finished his first year of nippers.

When I was wondering how to make a card for this sport I realised I could use Hat Builder dies from the fantastic masculine Stampin’ Up! bundle called Hats Off.

By cutting off the brim/visor off the large and the small hats it becomes the perfect shape for a nippers cap! How cool is that!

For the large nippers cap I die cut 2 large hats in Basic White and 1 hat in Pacific Point and 1 hat in Daffodil Delight. I used my paper snips to trim the visor off all 4 caps and cut the 3 colours of so there was one panel of each colour. I adhered these panels to the base cap in Basic White.

The smaller nippers cap is made from just 1 die cut cap with the visor trimmed off and 2 of the panels coloured with my Pacific Point and Daffodil Delight markers.

The ties for the nippers caps were made from White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon and Basic White bakers twine.

The DSP is the retired Sand & Sea DSP inked up with some Sahara Sand ink at the edge to look like the sand on South Curl Curl beach. The Playful Alphabet letters were cut from Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight and Basic White card stock to match our surf club colours and spell out the letters of our surf club: South Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club.

Want to see what that little blond cherub looks like today? My husband and both my boys all patrol South Curl Curl as volunteer surf lifesavers – in fact, my husband is the patrol captain for the first patrol of the season this afternoon. This photo was taken last Christmas day as both my boys headed off the patrol the beach – my niece and dog decided to photobomb my boys! Ben is in the middle of the photo and is now 19, about to turn 20. Where do the years go!

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I’ll be back on Monday with a Christmas Card in the AWH Heart of Christmas blog hop and again on Wednesday in our weekly AWH Colour Creations Showcase – we are showcasing Flirty Flamingo this week.

If you live in Australia, you can find and purchase all these products in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store.  Don’t forget to use my monthly Host Code (if your order is between $50 – $250) and I will send you a thank you gift the following month. If your order is over $250 don’t use the host code because you will qualify for your own stamping rewards.

My September Host Code is WVX3UYCR and it is valid until midnight September 30.

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

Stampin’ Up! Daffodil Delight – Week 15 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Stampin’ Up! Daffodil Delight – Week 15 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Welcome to week 15 of our 2021-22 Colour Creations blog hop! Tonight we are showcasing Daffodil Delight, a bold yellow from the Brights colour collection.

I really wanted to make a daffodil card for our Daffodil Delight blog hop, however as we only use current Stampin’ Up! products in these blog hops and I didn’t have any daffodil stamps, punches or dies. It was time to get creative.

I’m not sure just how botanically correct my daffodils are, so please allow me some artistic licence!

For the embossed Whisper White layer of my card front, I’ve deliberately inked my embossed brick wall darker in some places than others, applying both Crumb Cake and Garden Green with a blending brush to give a more realistic effect.

There are two sizes of daffodils on this card. For the back layer of the larger daffodil I punched two leaves in Daffodil Delight from the Strawberry Builder Punch. I them removed the leaf stems and overlapped the dies when gluing them together.

The middle layer of the large daffodil is die cut in Daffodil Delight using the small double flower dies from the Cherry Blossom Dies. The Pumpkin Pie circle in the centre of the flower is punched with a standard sized hole punch for ring binders.

The two smaller daffodils use the flower die from Birds & More as the background layer and the triple flower die from Pierced Blooms for the middle layer, both cut from Daffodil Delight. The Pumpkin Pie flower centre is punched using the deer nose in the Deer builder punch.

Stems and leaves are die cut from Garden Green card stock using the stem die from Pierced Blooms dies and the offcuts from the circle wreath die in the Painted Labels dies. The cute little pot was stamped in Crumb Cake using a stamp from the Plentiful Plants stamp set and then die cut from Crumb Cake card stock using the coordinating Perfect Plants Dies.

I’ve recently acquired the Artistically Inked bundle and just couldn’t resist adding this gorgeous “hello” sentiment to the front of the card – isn’t this font so eye catching? I die cut it out with one of the Tasteful Labels dies.

My final touch was a Bumblebee trinket. I’ve been hoarding these – it’s time I started adding these adorable embellishments to my cards!

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented Rachel Woollard – I can’t wait to see what she’s made this week!

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

Kate Morgan 

Tina Gillespie 

Ros Davidson 

Sharon Davern 

Michele Taylor

Christine Blain 

Andrea Sargent

Claire Daly 

Diane Furniss 

Theresa Gerrard 

Rachel Palmieri 

Rosa Leyden 

Caroline Manwaring 

Catherine Proctor

Rachel Woollard 

Thanks for visiting my site. I’ll be back with another Christmas card on Monday.

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



Stampin’ Up! Forever Fern Wattle Card

Stampin’ Up! Forever Fern Wattle Card

Hello Crafters,

Today I’m sharing another card I made for the “G’day Fri’yay’ Card Making Challenges” Facebook group, a fortnightly Card Making Challenge with Aussie Themes.

The theme for this challenge is “Spring” and for me nothing announces the start of spring in Australia like wattle does. September 1 is the start of spring as well as Wattle Day, a celebration of our national flower.

To celebrate the arrival of spring I’ve created a jar of wattle sitting on the edge of a wooden table, using the Forever Fern stamp set, the coordinating Forever Flourishing dies and the Jar of Flowers stamp set with coordinating Jar punch.

Three of the new In Colours (Bumblebee, Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen) were paired with Daffodil Delight to stamp and die cut my wattle. I love how “Australian” Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen look when used for foliage.

The wattle was all stamped in either Daffodil Delight or Bumblebee and then I used my Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen markers to draw on the stems of the wattle and turn them from yellow to green. The smaller wattle springs at the front are stamped using the poinsettia petals stamp set.

The large fern die was used to die cut all my foliage and then it was simply a case of chopping up the foliage and arranging it with my flowers. I used my Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen markers to also colour in the stamped stems in the jar – the jar and the stems are from the Jar of Flowers stamp set, punched out with the coordinating jar punch.

The Hello sentiment is also from the Forever Fern stamp set and a bow of Bumblebee gingham ribbon is the finishing touch.

I’ve used a piece of In Good Taste DSP set at an angle to creates the impression of the edge of a wooden table.

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I’ll be back tomorrow on our weekly AWH Colour Creations Showcase – we are showcasing Daffodil Delight this week.

If you live in Australia, you can find and purchase all these products in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store.  Don’t forget to use my monthly Host Code (if your order is between $50 – $250) and I will send you a thank you gift the following month. If your order is over $250 don’t use the host code because you will qualify for your own stamping rewards.

My September Host Code is WVX3UYCR and it is valid until midnight September 30.

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

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 15 Daffodil Delight

Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Week 15 Daffodil Delight

Welcome to week 15 of the Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop!

This week we are showcasing one of the brights colours: Daffodil Delight.

This bright and beautiful colour was just perfect for the card I needed to make this week: a birthday card for one of my very best friends: Rachel, who I originally met at mother’s group. In a few month’s time, our boys will turn 20 and they’re still wonderful friends, as are Rachel and I.

One of the many things I love about Rachel is that she always has a vase of freshly cut flowers in her home, so I decided to make her a floral birthday card in some of her very favourite colours using the Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set and matching Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies.

I love using my marker pens to draw on top of my stamps and add extra interest and details to my background. For this card, I stamped one of the smallest stamps from the Oh So Eclectic set in Daffodil Delight and then added dots to the stamp using my Basic Black Marker.

A touch of bling was to add a strip of the Black Glittered Organdy Ribbon to the base of the card and a couple of gold facetted gems to the card. The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the Hand Delivered Hostess set, stamped in White Craft Ink onto Basic Black cardstock and heat embossed using white embossing powder.

And just because it’s spring, here’s a photo of my card under a bunch of stunning clivias which are blooming in my garden at the moment.

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

Kate Morgan

Ros Davidson

Caroline Manwarring

Claire Daly

Sue Madex

Diane Furniss

Tina Gillespie

Catherine Proctor⇐you are here

Thanks for hopping along with us today. To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here.

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

We hope you can hop along with us all then!

Or if you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the 2018-2019 annual catalogue or find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

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