Stampin’ Up! Gray Granite – Week 21 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Stampin’ Up! Gray Granite – Week 21 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Welcome to week 21 of our 2021-22 Colour Creations blog hop! Tonight we are showcasing Gray Granite, a really versatile gray from the Neutrals colour collection.

This week I didn’t have a lot of time to craft so I opened up one of my Stampin’ Up! kits: the For the Guys All-Inclusive Card Kit. For $33 this kit is incredible value as you get all the materials you need to make 10 cards with 10 matching envelopes.

After you’ve made your 10 cards you still have leftover adhesives as well as an acrylic block, a Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Spot and a fantastic stamp set full of stamps to suit virtually any man in your life!

You could simply make these cards up as instructed or make your own variations. These are how the cards look when they are made up per the enclosed instructions.

Here’s my first variation. I trimmed and mounted one of the card bases to a layer of Gray Granite cardstock onto a Basic White card base. The mountain scene was layered up as per the card design but It was adhered to the a layer of Basic White and cut into 5 strips before mounting onto the card base using dimensionals.

This card uses the lovely woodgrain pattern from one of the envelopes in this kit as the base layer on the Basic White card base – I’ll simply use another envelope instead for this card. The largest layering circle die cut this scene.

I did make up this card as per the kit instructions, but as I would not use this as a Father’s Day card (as suggested in the instructions) I substituted the Father’s Day sentiment for the birthday one instead.

I’m really happy with these masculine cards – the Gray Granite works so well these other soft neutral colours.

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the lovely Kate Morgan – 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:

Catherine Proctor – you are here!
Kate Morgan
Diane Furniss
Andrea Sargent
Rachel Palmieri
Claire Daly
Theresa Gerrard
Rachel Woollard
Christine Blain
Michele Taylor
Tina Gillespie
Caroline Manwaring

If you live in Australia, you can find and purchase all these products in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store.  

I’ll be back with another Christmas card next Monday. In the meantime, wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm … and keep on crafting xxx

Stampin’ Up! Mountain Air Masculine birthday card

Stampin’ Up! Mountain Air Masculine birthday card

Hello to all my crafting friends!

Today I’m sharing my entry for the CASEing the Catty Challenge #CTC317 – Say Hello to the New Catalogue. Just in case you haven’t heard the term before, to CASE is to Copy And Share Everything or to Copy And Selectively Edit.

This week our challenge is to case a project from the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue. The project I chose to CASE is the Fathers Day card (bottom right in photo below) from page 9 of the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue – this is one of the new “kits collection” that will be available to purchase from June 1.

As soon as I saw this card I thought of the Mountain Air stamp set and its co-ordinating Majestic Mountain Dies.

I flipped the layout of the card from vertical to horizontal, but I CASEd the basic design and the colours: Mossy Meadow, Mint Macaron, Gray Granite, Crumb Cake and Sahara Sand.

The card I CASEd is a Father’s Day Card, however I didn’t need a Father’s Day card so I made a birthday card instead using the Handsomely Suited stamp set.

I have to confess the extra Mossy Meadow tree dies on the bottom of my card were added to hide a mistake – I accidentally got glue on the front of my card when I was assembling it! However, I actually like the dimension and height they add to my Mossy Meadow layer.

The inside of my card was finished off with a stamped a die cut row of Mossy Meadow trees.

Just a heads up – as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I get to order new products early and I have already received the kit for the card I CASED on page 9 of the Annual Catalogue – it is a fantastic kit for masculine cards and comes with EVERYTHING you need to make 10 cards with matching envelopes, including this versatile masculine stamp set.

I’ll share some cards I’ve made with this set very soon; however, I’ll be back this Wednesday with the AWH Colour Creations Showcase – we are creating projects with Soft Sea Foam this week. 

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Thanks for visiting my blog today. I’ll be back this Wednesday with the AWH Colour Creations Showcase – we are creating projects with Soft Sea Foam this week. 

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

Stampin’ Up! Shaded Spruce – Week 46 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Shaded Spruce – Week 46 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Welcome back to our Colour Creations Showcase as we continue our showcase of over 50 beautiful Stampin’ Up! colours in alpha order.

This week we are showcasing Shaded Spruce, a dark green colour from our Regals Family.

This is our last Colour Creations Showcase before the 2020-21 Annual Catalogue retires so I’m using some of my retiring favourites for this card: the Subtles Embossing folder, the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set and the Winter Woods stamp set.

I can’t take credit for the basic design of this card as I’ve CASED it from a beautiful Christmas card made by an overseas Stampin’ Up! demonstrator called Theresa McEntee. However, I felt April was was just a tad early to start making Christmas Cards so I’ve changed the sentiment and some elements of Theresa’s design to make a masculine birthday card instead.

If you don’t already have the Winter Woods stamp set it’s one I definitely recommend adding to your collection for simple stamping and for masculine cards. Although this stamp set only has a Christmas sentiment, I turned it into a birthday card by simply using a “happy birthday” sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set.

Can you see the lovely texture I’ve added to the stamped front panel using the subtle embossing folder? If you want to try this technique don’t forget to always stamp first and then emboss afterwards.

I love the colour combination of Shaded Spruce with Soft Sea Foam. Although they are the darkest and the lightest greens in the Stampin’ Up colour range they work really well together. All of the trees have been stamped in Shaded Spruce but I’ve “stamped off” some of the trees to create depth in my forest.

I can’t wait to see what everyone else has created with Shaded Spruce today!

We will return next week on Wednesday May 5th when we’ll be showcasing a neutral colour: Smoky Slate.

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 forthcoming 2021-22 Stampin Up! Annual Catalogue, the January – June 2020 mini 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 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.

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week  2 Basic Gray

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 2 Basic Gray

Welcome to week two 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 2 – Basic Gray

Basic Gray is what I would call a “gunmetal” gray and part of the Neutrals collection of colours.

It is available in the following products.

Like all of the versatile neutrals, Basic Gray works with any colour, and today I’ve chosen to pair it with some other neutrals as well as two colours that really pop beside Basic Gray: Mango Melody and Crushed Curry.

Mango Melody and Crushed Curry are two colours I rarely use, but for some reason they are the first colours I seem to reach for when using any shade of grey.

All three of my cards today are CASED from the brand new 2021-22 annual Catalogue as I excitedly wait for my order to arrive!

Luckily, as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I was able to place a pre-order for the new catalogue so I already have some of the new products, including the Lovely You punch bundle.

I love this card on page 22 of the new catalogue because it uses one of my favourite techniques – stamping your own DSP. There are seven little floral stamps in the Lovely You stamp set and they are just the perfect size for creating homemade DSP.

And here’s my CASE of this card, using the Basic Gray palette of colours that I’ve chosen for my cards today.

Strips of card stock give a ribbon effect and gilded gems add a touch of bling.

I also wanted to make a strong masculine card using Basic Gray and I was inspired by a very neutral card layout on page 124 of the catalogue. The card on the bottom right of this photo uses one of the dies from Tasteful Touches bundle and the lovely wooden papers in the “In Good Taste” Designer Series Paper .

I love taking a shortcut where ever I can, so for my card I decided to use a punch instead of a die. Using the Tailored Tag punch enabled me to make a card with a very similar layout…only much faster.

I’m very happy with how this card turned out and I’m going to make a couple more cards using this design but with different coloured card stock.

The “Happy Birthday” sentiment is from the new Blossoms in Bloom Stamp set, stamped in Versamark Ink and then heat embossed using White embossing powder.

My final card was CASED from a card on page 84 of the catalogue that features the stunning new Peony Garden Designer Series Paper. The blue card in the photo below is the one I decided to CASE.

I cannot wait to get my hands on this paper, but in the meantime I’ve recreated this card using the two of the stamps from the  Tasteful Touches Stamp Set and my Mango Melody Stampin’ Blends.

This is such an easy and fun design and also a great way to add a colour to your card if you don’t have any card stock in that colour.

I’ve simply randomly stamped the flower and the branches of the card onto Whisper White card stock using my Basic Gray ink. I then carefully traced around the outline of each images with my Mango Melody Stampin’ Blend before colouring in all of the white area between each image.

The “you are so special” sentiment comes from the Tasteful Touches stamp set.

Basic Gray is such a versatile neutral – I could easily replace the Crushed Curry and the Mango Melody in any of these cards with pinks, red, purples, blues, greens, or even some foil or other neutrals. Any colours would pop really nicely beside Basic Gray.

I can’t wait to see what the rest of the Art With Heart team have come up with today.

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

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

Thanks so much joining the Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase. I hope we’ve inspired you to look at Basic Gray with fresh eyes.

Next Wednesday we’ll be showcasing one of the brights: Bermuda Bay. 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.

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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: Masculine Cards

Art With Heart Creative Showcase: Masculine Cards

Welcome to another Creative Showcase with the Art With Heart Team.

This month we are featuring masculine themed projects. We have many masculine themed products in the Stampin’ Up! range including Stamp Sets and coordinating Dies, Designer Series Papers, Embellishments and Embossing Folders.

The Art With Heart Team have a wonderful selection of projects to inspire you to create Masculine Masterpieces, so let’s get started!

I’m sharing some techniques you can use to make masculine cards that feature Designer Series Paper – even when you don’t have the coordinating stamp set bundle from the same suite.

I’ve used the Country Club DSP as the base for all three cards. This DSP and its coordinating Golf club Dies and Clubhouse stamp set are perfect for any golf loving male or female.

My first card is an easel card – this is a super easy fancy fold that stands the card up for display. Here it is standing up. The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Birthdays.

I love how the yellow golf cart pattern looks like a strip of washi tape when trimmed to a narrow line, but most of all I love how one of the papers in the Golf Club DSP has a series of stamped images – this made it so easy to create a card without the co-ordinating stamp set.

I coloured in the male golfer using my Crushed Curry and Smokey Slate Stampin’ Up! markers, before making a custom envelope for my card.

Here’s how it looks when folded down for postage.

For card two I stamped an image from the “A Good Man” stamp set – I especially love the sentiments in this set.

I used a technique called paper piecing to make a golf shirt out of the argyle pattern in the Country Club DSP. I then coloured the rest of the image in with Stampin’ blends before fussy cutting a flag and golf bag out of some of the other Country Club DSP sheets to complete the scene.

My golfer looks like he’s plonked his chair down right on top of the 18th hole with his golf bag leaning in as he finally relaxes after a tough game.

The base of my card is a Whisper White Notecard with matching envelope which I customised to match the card.

First cover the outside of your envelope flap with Multi Liquid Glue and line up the edge of your DSP to the top fold of your envelope. Glue the outside of the envelope flap to the reverse side of the DSP before using your paper snips to trim the DSP around the edge of your envelope flap.

Card three uses the stitched nested labels to cut out lots of different Country Club DSP patterns. I attached some of the Country Club Twine across the middle of the card and then added a sentiment from the “A Good Man” stamp set.

The customised envelope flap was made in the same way as for card two but this time attached to a larger C6 Whisper White envelope to fit the card.

The next demonstrator to share their Masculine project with you is the very talented Rachel Woollard. I can’t wait to see Rachel’s masculine cards.

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

Christina Barnes

Kate Morgan

Andrea Sargent

Sharon Davern

Tina Gillespie

Vicki Boucher

Catherine Proctor – you are here!

Rachel Woollard

Rebecca Jacovou

Sujatha Harding

Michele Taylor

Caroline Manwaring

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Making Birthday Cards with Christmas Supplies

Making Birthday Cards with Christmas Supplies

I really love getting multiple uses from all of my craft equipment which is why I’m super excited to share with you a birthday card I made this week.

To create my birthday card I used 2 products from the holiday catalogue: a Christmas stamp set and a Fall/Autumn/Thanksgiving punch. Can you guess which products I used?

The stamp set is called Merry Patterns. This is a beautiful Christmas stamp set that features so many great stamps: a lovely large sentiment, beautiful candles, a fir branch and the cutest reindeers! Here’s a couple of the cards I’ve already made from this set.

When I went to make another card with this set I wanted to try out the candle stamp this time…and I suddenly realised the candles would also work really well on a birthday card. So I made my first ever double Z fold card using the Merry Patterns stamp set.

I used dapper denim and marina mist ink to stamp my candle stamp and then I decided the card needed something above the candles. I die cut the happy birthday die in gold glimmer paper for one side of the card but I only used the “happy”…the birthday was stamped from the matching Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set…I really love the font on this set.

I made some large candles for the other side of the card using the Colour Theory Designer Series Paper Stack, but my hand-cut candles really needed a flame. Can you guess what I used?

That’s right, I used the new leaf punch! I simply stamped it out of gold glimmer paper as well and cut it in three. I love how the shape of the leaves makes the candle flames look like they are moving in the wind (and close up you can see that I didn’t quite position the 3rd flame correctly, whoops!).

The final touches to this card were stamping the “make a wish’ sentiment on the inside of the double Z fold. You can see on the photo below how when the card is fully opened there’s also a blank section of whisper white to write your own message on.

The big candles were looking a little plain so I decided to stamp the “hip hip hooray” sentiment sideways onto the middle candle…I really like the look of stamps stamped vertically instead of horizontally.

And to keep the card folded flat so it can easily pop into en envelope I attached a length of gold 1/8 ribbon to the back of the card and then used it to tie around the front and make a decorative bow.

I deliberately made this card in blue so it could be used for male or fame, young or old. I think this is a really versatile card for a wide range of ages.

Are you getting the most out of your craft supplies? I’ve got another versatile idea for you, this time using the offcuts of the Happy Birthday Die. I explain it all in my blog last week.

To purchase any others supplies I’ve used you can click on the links below, and I’ll be back with 2 more blogs later this week.

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