Welcome to week thirty nine of our Art With Heart 2022-23 Colour Creations blog hop.
This is a weekly blog hop where we showcase the stunning range of Stampin’ Up! colours in alphabetical order over 12 months and this week we are featuring Pool Party from the Subtles family.
Did you know that Stampin’ Up! has now added 10 more products to their SALE-a-bration offerings? Until 28 February you can earn these products or the original SALE-a-bration items for FREE on any order over $90.
One of these new SALE-a-bration offerings is the Into The Clouds embossing folder which to me looks like a linocut or woodcut. I’ve always loved this graphic style of printmaking, especially in illustrations for children’s books.
Steven Kean, from the North shore of Hawaii is one artist, in particular, who our entire family loves because he specialises in this style of surf prints. This is the print we bought from him in on our holiday to Hawaii several years ago.
As I wanted to make Pool Party and the Into The Clouds embossing folder the main focus of my card, I’ve kept my color scheme very monochromatic, using just three colours as well as Basic White.
The Into The Clouds embossing folder is quite a thin embossing folder so the Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine sandwich that worked for me was:
Base Plate – bottom layer
Into The Clouds embossing folder with Pool Party cardstock inside – middle layer
Embossing Plate – top layer
Always remember to run your embossing folders through Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine with the folded spine going through the machine first and the Stampin’ Up! logo facing upwards.
To create my lighthouse scene I used a landscape die from the new Greatest Journey dies, however you could easily freehand cut a cliff if you don’t own these dies.
Don’t forget to use the stamp sets that come in kits on your other cards. This lighthouse stamp is from the You Are My Anchor Photopolymer Stamp Set, part of a kit collection called the You Are My Anchor All-Inclusive Card Kit.
This kit really is fantastic value for money!
For $33 you receive everything you need to make make 10 mini cards, 10 mini printed envelopes and 4 boxes with bands, including: * You Are My Anchor Photopolymer Stamp Set * Pre-cut card bases and die cut pieces * Pacific Point Classic Stampin’™ Spot * Rope Twine * Adhesive to complete projects * Acrylic stamp block
The lighthouse was the perfect size and very easy to fussy cut out with Paper Snips. I also stamped seagulls using the tiny seagull stamp from the same stamp set to create this lighthouse scene.
There are plenty of sentiments that would work really well with this card, however, I don’t own any of these stamp sets so I created my own using stamps I already have.
The word “sending” is from the Full of Love Stamp Set, “light” is stamped using the Alphabest stamp set and the rest of words are from the Sending Smiles stamp set.
I’ve stamped another lighthouse on the inside of my card, along with a sentiment and a heart, all stamps included in the You Are My Anchor Photopolymer Stamp Set.
Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the lovely Tina Gillespie – I can’t wait to see what Tina has made this week!
If at any time you find a broken link, you can find the complete list of all participants below.
Welcome to week four of the Heart Of Christmas Blog Hop!
One of the FREE Sale-a-bration items you can earn with a $90 spend is this gorgeous Silver & Gold 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper. You receive 24 sheets in the pack, 12 each in 2 patterns (spots and stripes) and 2 colours (silver and gold).
In week 2 of our Heart of Christmas blog hop, the lovely Rosa Leyden made some gorgeous cards using the gold patterns from this DSP and the layering circle dies.
I loved her layout so much that I decided to use the silver patterns from this DSP to create 3 quite different cards that are all inspired by Rosa’s layout. Using a layout that you like as a sketch is a fabulous way to create cards. Thank you so much for the inspiration, Rosa!
The color combination for my cards comes from some of the colours in the Storybook Gnomes DSP – Pool Party, Coastal Cabana and Pacific Point, along with the silver and white of the Silver & Gold DSP.
Card one features the adorable caravan from another Sale-a-bration item, the Tree Lot Dies. The die cut circle of Silver & Gold DSP gives the effect of snow falling behind the caravan.
The reverse side of the Storybook Gnomes DSP has some lovely patterns in greens, aquas and blues – this pattern is my favourite. I’ve used a blending brush to add a touch of Pool Party to soften the edge of this DSP.
Did you realise that the “Season’s Greetings” sentiment from the Penguin Place Stamp Set fits perfectly in the caravan window! How cute is that!
The striped pattern from the Silver & Gold DSP works well with the trees from the Trees For Sale stamp set, making the trees look taller. I die cut these trees and the sentiment using the coordinating Sale-a-bration Tree Lot Dies.
The little silver stars are also from the Tree Lot Dies. I can’t stop using this die set, I love it so much!
The “Season’s Greetings” sentiment from the Penguin Place Stamp Set also fits perfectly in this sign die from the Tree Lot Dies.
Like the first two cards, card three also uses the Silver & Gold DSP and the Pool Party sheer ribbon. I’ve also used the soft snowflake pattern from the Storybook Gnomes DSP.
I’ve used the window “offcut” from a caravan that I die cut for another card for the sentiment on this card and the stars/snowflakes (I’m not sure exactly what they are!) are die cut using the Decorated Pine Dies.
Each star/snowflake has a small Rhinestone Basic Jewel in its centre.
Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the lovely Kate Morgan – I can’t wait to see what Kate has made this week!
If at any time you find a broken link, you can find the complete list of all participants on Sharon’s blog. Sharon Davern is the host of our Heart of Christmas blog hop this year – thank you so much Sharon!!!
Hello to all my crafting friends! Have you ever tried to use Christmas paper to make a birthday card?
Today I’m sharing a custom birthday card I made using Stampin’ Up!’s new Christmas Designer Series Paper called Sweet Stockings. It might seem strange at first to use Christmas paper for a birthday card, but if you read on you’ll understand exactly why I used this DSP.
I made this birthday card for my very special friend and “crafting partner in crime”, Jenny, who has has an utterly adorable labrador/golden retriever called Nigel. As soon as I saw this labrador/golden retriever paper in the Sweet Stockings DSP from the July – December 2021 Mini catalogues I knew I had to use it for Jen’s birthday card, even though it is Christmas paper. This labrador/golden retriever looks so much like Nige!
Jen has the most beautiful vintage caravan called Sylvia that we craft in together, so I wanted to make a caravan birthday card for her. I searched for caravan templates on Pinterest, printed one out and used it to make cut a card in the shape of a caravan. Of course, this caravan had to have a labrador/golden retriever looking out the window!
The card fold is at the top of the card – I adjusted the size of the caravan template on my computer to fit the width of a piece of A4 Pool Party cardstock, traced the outline of the van onto the card stock and scored across the the card stock at the top of the caravan. I folded at the scoreline and then cut out the caravan shape through both layers of card stock, making sure to leave a fold at the top.
The door, windows and wheel are hand cut and die cut from silver foil and Basic Black cardstock, with the curtains and the stripe down the side of the caravan made using another pattern from the Sweet Stockings DSP.
The curtain tie back bows are a stamp and die from the All For Baby bundle. I used a blending brush to add dimension around the edge of the caravan and a Matte Black dot made the perfect door handle!
I hand cut the inside card layer in Basic White and shaded some more Pool Party Ink around the edge. Both the dog in the window on the front of the card and the dog inside the card were fussy cut from the Sweet Stockings DSP, as were the fairy lights for the inside of the caravan. The sentiments are both from the Art Gallery stamp set.
I also handmade a matching envelope using the same Sweet Stockings DSP I used for the curtains on the front of the card.
Even though I can’t see Jenny in person ATM, being able to post a special handmade card to her was a great way of letting her know that I was thinking of her on her special day and missing her so much!
Thanks for visiting my blog today. I’ll be back next tomorrow with some more Heart of Christmas inspiration and our weekly AWH Colour Creations Showcase on Wednesday, when we will be sharing projects made using Coastal Cabana.
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