Stampin’ Up! Soft Suede – Week 50 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Soft Suede – Week 50 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Welcome back to our 50th week of Colour Creations Showcase for 2020-21!

Today we are showcasing Soft Suede, and it is our final week in this present Colour Creations Showcase format. But don’t worry – we’ll still be sharing weekly colour inspiration with you, going forward!

From next week we will be reverting to a traditional blog hop format, starting with a showcase of ALL FIVE 2021-23 InColours on Wednesday 2nd June, followed by the rest of our beautiful Stampin’ Up! colours in individual alpha order at 8pm every Wednesday.

For my final card in our AWH Colour Creations Showcase I’ve used one of my favourite bundles from the new Annual Catalogue, the What’s Cookin’ bundle.

I bought this bundle with the intention to make a kitchen scene bench fold card, however I thought the scale of the elements would work better as a kitchen bench scene in a slimline card.

I’m so glad the In Good Taste DSP has carried over to the new catalogue because it is just perfect to create a tiled splash back and wooden kitchen bench.

How adorable is this chopping board in Soft Suede! The die embosses the board at the same time and I’ve tied some of the new Crumb Cake bakers twine through the handle. In fact I’ve kept the colour combination for this card entirely from the neutrals family.

After making and photographing my card I realised the Silver foil I used for the whisk, knife and slotted turner is not in the Annual Catalogue – if you don’t have a scrap of silver foil left over, use Basic Gray card stock for the knife blade and any colour for the whisk and the slotted turner as they could be made of coloured silicon.

I die cut the knife twice to create a wooden handle to which I then added three dots with my Basic Black marker for the screws. The utensil holder is die cut using a stitched rectangle die and 2 matte black dots are the “hooks” for the whisk and the slotted turner.

A single slit in the front curve of the the bowl (use a the sharp blade of a craft knife) allows the rolling pin, spoon and spatula to sit inside the bowl.

I’ve deliberately left the inside of the card blank so it can be used for any purpose or any gender.

I can’t wait to see what everyone else has created with Soft Suede today!

We will return next week on Wednesday 2nd June in a traditional blog hop format with the new 2021-23 In Colours.

To purchase any of the products used in my card tonight, click on the links below.

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If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the 2021-22 Stampin Up! Annual Catalogue, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

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

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 24  Mango Melody

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 24 Mango Melody

Welcome to week twenty-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 24 – Mango Melody

When I saw this beautiful card on Pinterest – created by Tammy Wilson, a USA Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and member of the Artisan Design Team – it instantly evoked a very special memory for me.

In 2018 I visited New York, Indianapolis and Hawaii with my husband and two sons – it was our first big holiday as a family and the first time all four of us went overseas together. We went to celebrate my 50th birthday and more importantly to finally meet and thank my amazing bone marrow donor Ben and his wife Christy.

This incredible trip was one of the happiest times of my life and now with COVID I’m forever grateful we were able to enjoy this special trip together.

Tammy’s card immediately reminded me of the stunning trees in Central Park, New York and Indianapolis – the soft colour of the sky and the shape of the tree branches is totally different to we have here in Australia. Here’s a few photos I took of this soft winter sky with the silhouettes of the winter trees.

My first card today is a much simpler version of Tammy’s card and it uses slightly different colours. I love these shades of orange and brown together: Mango Melody, Cinnamon Cider, Early Espresso and Whisper White.

To create my background I’ve used a really fun watercolour technique that creates a different look every time.

  • Spritz a sheet of Fluid 100 Watercolour paper several times with your Stampin’ Spritzer
  • Tap an acrylic block onto Mango Melody ink pad to cover the surface of the block with the ink
  • Use your widest water painter to lift Mango Melody ink off your acrylic block and paint it onto the Fluid 100 Watercolour paper
  • Tap another acrylic block, this time onto your Cinnamon Cider ink pad and then use your widest water painter to paint some Cinnamon Cider ink onto your Fluid 100 Watercolour paper
  • Spritz the paper again with your Stampin’ Spritzer (watch the inks merge together at the edges) and then dry the ink using your heat tool
  • Stamp the largest tree stamp in Early Espresso ink, and then stamp the “shadows” stamp in Early Espresso ink underneath the group of trees
  • Flick the thick end of your Early Espresso Stampin’ Write marker with your finger to create splatters all over the card

My sentiment is also from the Winter Woods stamp set – I used my Early Espresso marker to colour just the “thinking of you” section of the sentiment before stamping and then die cutting the sentiment out with stitched rectangle die to match the larger stitched rectangle die I used to cut the water coloured layer.

I couldn’t resist making one more card with this stamp set because it also is the perfect stamp set for the acrylic block stamping technique. If you’ve never tried this technique please give it a go – it is so easy and so effective.

You simply ink up an acrylic block (I used size C) by tapping it onto your stamp pad, then spritz it with your Stampin’ Spritzer and stamp the acrylic block directly to your paper. This time I used Whisper White but this technique looks great on watercolour paper too.

Once you’ve dried your ink background, stamp the tree stamp over the top in Early Espresso ink. I wanted a small sentiment to fit in the gap between the two tree branches on the far right and the “Hello” sentiment from the Well Said stamp set was the perfect fit.

Both my cards were finished off with a simple bow of linen thread.

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

Next Tuesday we’ll be showcasing one of the Brights: Melon Mambo. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Week 19 – Granny Apple Green

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Next Tuesday we’ll be showcasing one of the Neutrals: Gray Granite. We hope you can join us all then.

To purchase any of the products featured in today’s post, simply click on the product links below.

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

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

Art With Heart Creative Showcase: Masculine Cards

Art With Heart Creative Showcase: Masculine Cards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To see more masculine card inspiration from the AWH Team head back to Rachel‘s page as she is hosting our monthly blog hops.

To purchase any of the products I’ve used in my cards tonight simply click on the phots of the products below.

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

Birds & Branches Birthday Card

Birds & Branches Birthday Card

A few weeks ago I shared some cards I made with this gorgeous Stampin’ Up! Birds & Branches Bundle. I have to admit I’m slightly obsessed with these sweet little birds!

Today I’m sharing a couple more cards made with the Birds & Branches Bundle – this first one has a touch of Misty Moonlight and features some cute little paper flowers from the Boho Indigo product medley.

I love the touch of Misty Moonlight blue on the tummies of the birds, but seriously, how cute are these paper flowers from the Boho Indigo product medley?

They come in two sizes with the little brown wooden button already in the centre of the flower – but you don’t have to buy the entire medley to get the flowers as they also come in the Boho Medley refill.

I cut my branch from one of the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper DSP sheets and the “Happy Birthday” sentiment is from the Blossoms in Bloom bundle.

Card two just uses the Birds and More dies, this time with the In Good Taste DSP as the background layer behind the birds. Doesn’t this wood grain paper look so realistic!

I die cut my birds out of Crumb Cake card stock and finished off the card with a double bow of linen thread.

In case you missed my post four weeks ago, this was the birdhouse card I made also using the Birds & Branches Bundle and the stitched triangle dies. You can see more photos of this card and how I made it here.

These are the stitched triangle dies and Birds and More Dies I used to make my birdhouse card.

The soft pink is Blushing Bride and I used my water painter to add a touch of it to their tummies.

To purchase any of the products featured in today’s post, simply click on the product links below.

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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

Art With Heart Creative Showcase: New Catalogue Products

Art With Heart Creative Showcase: New Catalogue Products

Welcome to the Monthly Art With Heart Creative Showcase. 

This month the team are featuring projects using their favourite products from the new Stampin’ Up! 2020-21 Catalogue. The new catalogue is full of amazing new stamp sets, some bundled with dies or punches. The range of kits, papers and accessories complete the range of products you will see featured in this Showcase.

I don’t know about you, but choosing a favourite product is like choosing a favourite child. Impossible to do! However after much consideration I decided to make some cards using products from the stunning Forever Greenery Suite.

I love everything about this suite – the DSP, especially. But I think my absolute favourite part of this suite is the Gold 1/16 ” trim that comes with Vanilla Ribbon in the Forever Greenery Trim combo pack.

Tonight I made three different cards that all use the Forever Greenery Suite as well as some other new products.

My first card is a square card that actually features a different embossing folder – the Dainty Diamonds embossing folder from the Peony Garden Suite. Isn’t this embossing folder just stunning?

The circle is cut out with the largest of the layering circles and I used one of the stamps from the Forever Fern stamp set, stamped in Pretty Peacock, Pear Pizzaz and some Early Espresso.

The Forever Gold Laser-cut Specialty Paper adds an elegant touch of bling.

Card two uses a patterned paper from the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper pack. I love how this rich dark wooden paper makes the elements on top of the card really pop.

But of course the main focal point of this card is the gorgeous Gold Hoop Embellishment tied with a bow of Gold 1/16 ” from the Forever Greenery Trim combo pack and another die cut piece from the Forever Gold Laser-cut Specialty Paper. The different green foliage are stamped and die cut using the Forever Fern Bundle.

The layout for my final card is a design I cased from a card made by Dani Dziama, who was an Artisan Design team member a few years ago. I loved the amount of white space on her card, but I changed all the main elements to make it my own.

The embossed white panel has been embossed using one of the Greenery embossing folders and I used one of the scalloped square layering dies to cut out some of the gorgeous Forever Greenery DSP.

For many of my photos today I’ve used one of the sheets of the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper as my background because I love the way the cards look against this DSP. This paper below looks like real wood – it is amazing!

The next Art With Heart Team member to share their new catalogue projects is the super creative Andrea Sargent. I can’t wait to see what she’s made tonight.

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

Rachel Woollard

Rebecca Jacovou

Sharon Davern

Tina Gillespie

Vicki Boucher

Caroline Manwaring

Catherine Proctor (YOU ARE HERE)

Andrea Sargent

Amie McIlroy

Kathryn Mangelsdorf

Kate Morgan

Michele Taylor

To purchase any of the products I’ve used in my card tonight simply click on the phots of the products below.

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