Stampin’ Up! Santa Express Memories & More Quick and Easy Christmas Cards

Stampin’ Up! Santa Express Memories & More Quick and Easy Christmas Cards

Welcome to week twelve of the Heart Of Christmas Blog Hop!

This week I’m sharing three cards that are perfect for a beginner cardmaker to make as they require no stamping or die cutting.

All I’ve used is a pack of the Santa Express Memories & More Card Pack, card bases from Memories & More Card Packs and a few embellishments.

The Santa Express Memories & More Card Pack includes:

  • 54 double-sided, printed cards
  • 2 sheets of stickers
  • 4 acetate overlays
  • 2 laser-cut sheets of words and embellishments

I love the colour combinations and the designs of the Memories & More cards in this pack.

For card one I’ve used this graphic Christmas Tree design and a Christmas sentiment cut from another one of the Memories & More cards. Clear Elegant Faceted Gems embellish the tops of some of the trees.

My “Joy” card uses one of the stickers from the pack, an Evening Evergreen Memories & More card, a Wonderful Snowflake and a pink Elegant Faceted Gem.

Card three also uses another one of the stickers from the pack – Happy Holidays –a Petal Pink Memories & More card and another Wonderful Snowflake with a Petal Pink Elegant Faceted Gem in it’s centre and clear Elegant Faceted Gems on the sentiment.

Wonderful Snowflakes are one of my favourite Christmas embellishments as they instantly add an elegant touch to any Christmas card.

Quick and easy but oh so effective – Memories & More cards and notecards and envelopes are great to have in your stash when you really don’t have the time or the inclination for stamping and die cutting.

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the lovely Christine Blain– I can’t wait to see what Christine has created today!

If at any time you find a broken link, you can find the complete list of all participants on Tina’s blog. Tina is running the hop for us tonight as Sharon is very busy running 21st celebrations. Thanks so much Tina!

If you live in Australia, you can find and purchase these products in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store or by clicking on the links below.

Product List

I’ll be back on Wednesday with the AWH Colour Creations blog where we will be showcasing Flirty Flamingo.

Wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm … and keep on crafting xxx

Cath xx

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 4 Blackberry Bliss

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 4 Blackberry Bliss

Welcome to week four of our 2020-2021 Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase.

Each week various members of our Art With Heart Colour Creations team will be bringing you weekly colour inspiration as we showcase our range of over 50 beautiful Stampin’ Up! colours in alphabetical order.

Week 4 -Blackberry Bliss

Blackberry Bliss is part of the Regals collection of colours. It is available as A4 Card stock, a Classic Stampin’ Pad and ink refill, Stampin Blends combo pack, Stampin’ Write marker, Regals 6×6 Designer Series Paper, Rainbow Glimmer paper and Gorgeous Posies Card Kit, or you can purchase it within any of the Regals collections.

I have to admit that Blackberry Bliss used to scare me! Don’t get me wrong, I always thought it was a beautiful colour but because it’s so very dark I hardly ever used it. But after water colouring with Blackberry Bliss I’m happy to say I will definitely be using this colour more often!

Here’s my colour combination for this week. I don’t usually work with this many colours but with floral images I’ve found that a variety of colours really helps to replicate the subtle mix of colours found in nature.

And here’s the gorgeous Prized Peony bundle that I used to create my card with its matching 3D flower.

Let’s take a closer look at the peony die set. It includes:

  • dies that cut out the stamped images from the Prized Peony stamp set,
  • a stunning scalloped border die,
  • five dies that layer together to make a 3D peony flower,
  • and another six dies that layer into three different leaves.

The 3D peony flower and leaf dies don’t come with assembly instructions but as I soon discovered if you simply line up the bottom of the 3D flower dies they layer together perfectly. You slot them together in the order I’ve shown in this photo from top to bottom, adhering at the base of the flower. The stamen is the final part of the flower to be added.

I cut enough pieces out for two flowers: one in Rich Razzleberry and one in Blackberry Bliss. I did this because when I mix these two colours you can more clearly see the definition of layers in the peony flower. The leaves were cut from Mossy Meadow and Old Olive card stock. Here’s a close up of the completed peony flower with leaves.

I used this flower to top a Whisper White Mini Pizza box that I filled with chocolates before wrapping it with some of the new Gray Granite 1/4″ (6.4 mm) Shimmer Ribbon (also from the Peony Garden suite). Can you see its subtle silver shimmer?

Gray Granite looks so lovely paired with Blackberry Bliss, so I also used it on my matching card. I embossed my Gray Granite card stock with the new Dainty Diamonds embossing folder and used the long scalloped die from the Peony Dies to trim the top and the bottom of my Gray Granite card stock.

You might think that I coloured my flowers using Rich Razzleberry but it’s actually Blackberry Bliss. After stamping the peony flowers in black Stazon ink onto watercolour paper I used the new water painters and my Blackberry Bliss ink pad to watercolour the flowers.

This “Distinktive” Prized Peony Stamp Set has a special texture that gives added depth and dimension in a single step, creating photo-realistic images that are ideal for water colouring. I water coloured the stamens with Crushed Curry and the leaves with a mixture of Mossy Meadow and Old Olive.

I love water colouring stamped images because it makes me feel like an artist. It also lets me tone down colours I find too intense to work with at full strength. These new Water Painters replace the Aqua Brushes and they really make a wide variety of water colour effects so easy to achieve.

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

Just click on the links below to see what they’ve all made.

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

Thanks so much for hopping along with the Art With Heart Team on our weekly Colour Creations Showcase. If you missed any of the previous colours you can see them all here.

Next Tuesday we’ll be showcasing one of the subtles: Blushing Bride. We hope you can join us all then.

To purchase any of the products featured in today’s post, simply contact your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, any of the ladies in the AWH Colour Creations Showcase or click on the product links below.

Product List

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

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

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