Spreading Love and Sunshine with Under My Umbrella Cards

Spreading Love and Sunshine with Under My Umbrella Cards

How are doing right now? Are you okay?

Do you have family or friends that you cannot see at the moment due to COVID19?

Even when we can’t connect in person with the ones we love, we can still pick up the phone, use social media…or surprise them with the gift of a homemade card.

And the heartfelt sentiments in the Under My Umbrella stamp set are simply perfect for making a card that shows how much you care.

I made four cards using the Scalloped Note Cards & Envelopes as my base. This pack of 20 cards with matching envelopes comes in four colours: Balmy Blue, Old Olive, Powder Pink, and Terracotta Tile.

My first card uses the Balmy Blue base and the sentiment stamp: “Rain or Shine you’re always on my mind”. I coloured in my umbrella and gumboots with my light and dark Balmy Blue blends before punching out the umbrella and the umbrella handle and fussy cutting the gumboots.

Card two uses the pink card base, with some of the flowers stamped, coloured in with Calypso Coral and fussy cut.

Card three uses some of the Bird Ballad DSP and more fussy cut and coloured in flowers and gumboots on the Terracotta Tile card.

Card four is on the Old Olive scalloped notecard, with the umbrella, gumboots and flowers all coloured in with Balmy Blue and Old Olive. I love this colour combination.

I love this stamp set and matching punch because it’s suitable for both male and female cards, as well as cards for children and adults.

It’s also one of those sets you can colour in using any colour at all. Which colour combination do you prefer?

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the 2020 Stampin Up! Mini Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue, or the Sale-a-bration 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

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Happy Birthday Card using the Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper

Happy Birthday Card using the Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper

As soon as I saw the Honey Bee bundle and the Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper in the Stampin’ Up! 2020 mini catalogue and Sale-a-bration catalogue I knew it would be perfect for making a card for my friend Amanda.

Amanda lives just around the corner from me and we quilt together, enjoy coffee catch ups at the beach and walk our dogs together. But the reason I was so excited about the Honey Bee suite is because Amanda has recently become the owner of a bee hive.

However, when it was Amanda’s birthday a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to make her a bee birthday card, I realised I hadn’t yet ordered the Honey Bee bundle. Luckily, I had a packet of the beautiful co-ordinating Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper.

This paper is so elegant with its black and white designs highlighted with touches of golden foil and I wanted to make a card that really showcased the beautiful bee patterns on this paper.

And here’s what I came up with!

For the Happy Birthday I used the happy birthday sentiment from the Happy Birthday To You Cling Stamp Set, stamping it with Versamark ink before heat embossing it in white and fussy cutting it with my paper snips.

I used the stitched rectangle dies to create a frame for my card and attached the frame using adhesive strips. I fussy cut a tiny black and white bee from the the DSP, attaching it with a mini dimensional.

Here’s my finished card with the matching envelope I made from a different sheet of the Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper.

The back of the envelope features another bee. This one is golden and larger than the one on the front of the card, but it’s also fussy cut from the Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper. I used a sticky dot behind the bee to make the envelope seal resealable.

Here’s a picture of the back of the envelope with a mini jar of honey and a bee’s wax candle that Amanda gave to me … I love that I could make a card that is just perfect for her, even without the Honey Bee Bundle!

You can earn both the Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper and the Happy Birthday to You stamp set for free when you place any order over $90 in my online store during Sale-a-bration.

You can also purchase matching dies for the Happy Birthday to You stamp set and I’ll be sharing some more cards made with this set later this week.

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the 2020 Stampin Up! Mini Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue, or the Sale-a-bration catalogue or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

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Art With Heart January Blog Hop: Sale-a-bration

Art With Heart January Blog Hop: Sale-a-bration

Welcome to the first Art With Heart Blog Hop for 2020. This month we are featuring cards using the amazing products you can earn for free during our Sale-a-bration promotion.

Until the 31st of March for every $90 you spend on Stampin’ Up! products you will earn free products from our Sale-a-bration brochure.

Hostesses earn bonuses too! When you host a party with sales above $500 you receive this Little Ladybug set in addition to the usual Hostess benefits.

Sale-a-bration also has a bonus for recruits joining during this promotion. For the joining fee of $169 you can choose your starter kit of products to the value of $235 plus a Mini Paper Cutter, a 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper sampler and their choice of stamp set.

Now, let’s get to the projects! I can’t wait to see what everyone has made!

This month I was inspired by a male member of the international Artisan Design Team – his name is Martin Stone and he is a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator from the UK. He created a tattoo style card using the Honey Bee bundle, adding his own elements with a stencil as well as by doodling with the Stampin’ Up! journaling pens.

Isn’t this so cool? It is such a fresh approach and a totally different way to use your stamps.

I’ve always loved to doodle on my stamping and I just loved the sharpness of his geometric style so I decided to give this style a go using a free stamp set from Sale-a-bration: Lovely Lily Pad.

This technique is so fun I ended up making four cards for tonight’s blog hop. I also used some of my other stamp sets and my journalling pens.

My first card features the largest water lily image, along with a circle stamp and the longest straight line stamp from the Swirly Frames stamp set and the “swirly” stamp from the A Big Thank You stamp set.

I used the free lilypad dies (a level 2 Sale-a-bration item) to cut out a mask for my water lily before I stamped the Swirly Frames line over the top of it and then I drew the rest of the image freehand with my journalling pen.

The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Birthday stamp set, stamped in versamark ink and heat embossed using white embossing powder on black card stock.

For card two I used tiny freehand dots to shade my water lily, which I framed with a dotted circle. Geometric compass points were drawn with a ruler and finished off with more doodling.

I doodled lines and dots on the large water lily for card three, before adding doodle circles above and below. The striped black and white background DSP is from another free Sale-a-bration item: the stunning Golden Honey Specially DSP.

Finally, my smallest card uses the smallest water lily stamp, the swirly stamp from A Big Thank You and more free hand doodling and tiny dots.

Which of my cards do you prefer? Even though I need more practice to get to Martin’s standard, I had so much fun creating them all I can’t make up my mind!

The next demonstrator to share their Sale-a-bration inspiration with you is…..Michele Taylor.

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

Rebecca Jacovou

Vicki Boucher

Tina Gillespie

Rachel Palmieri

Kimberly Hern

Kate Morgan

Sharon Davern

Rachel Woollard

Ros Davidson

Christina Barnes

Sujatha Harding

Andrea Sargent

Catherine Proctor

Michele Taylor

What’s so exciting about Sale-a-bration?

What’s so exciting about Sale-a-bration?

From 3rd January to 31st March, it’s Sale-a-bration time!

Whether you’re a customer, thinking of becoming a demonstrator or hosting a party, Sale-a-bration has something for you.

Customers earn free products

With Sale-A-Bration you earn free level 1 product every time you reach a threshold when you shop.

Level 1 items are free products earned for every $90 spent. There are 9 level products to chose from including:

  • 5 stamp sets,
  • 2 packs of designer series paper,
  • 1 all inclusive card kit,
  • a bakers twine and sequins combo pack.

Level 2 items are free products earned for every $180 spent. You can chose from:

  • a die set that co-ordinates with one of the free level 1 stamp sets,
  • a flower punch that co-ordinates with one of the free level 1 stamp sets
  • a stamp set and embossing folder bundle.

Here’s how it works. If you spend $270 you can then choose three level 1 items or one level 1 item and one level 2 item. This gives you flexibility to choose what they want…and there are so many co-ordinating items!

Hosts earn free products and an exclusive stamp set

If you host a party (or place an order greater than $500) you will also receive another free Sale-A-Bration product – the exclusive Little Ladybug stamp set. This stamp set really is the cutest set and from February 1 you can purchase matching dies!

New Demonstrators – it’s never been a better time to join!

If you’re thinking of placing an order for $169 or more why not become a hobby demonstrator? You can drop your demonstrator-ship at any time and there’s absolutely no obligation to continue purchasing products after your initial order.

If you join Stampin’ Up! as an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator between 3 January–31 March 2020 will receive:

Would you like me to send you a catalogue?

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the Sale-a-bration Catalgoue, January-June 2020 Mini Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Art With Heart Easter 2018 Blog Hop

Art With Heart Easter 2018 Blog Hop

 
Tonight the Art With Heart team are sharing their Easter creations.
 
Don’t forget, Sale-a-bration has just over a week left to earn free product with purchase…and it is also a fabulous time to join Stampin’ Up! 
 
Ask any of the girls on the hop for more details.
 

Easter Egg Silver Mini Gable Boxes 

 
Don’t you just love these silver mini gable boxes?
 
They are so easy to decorate, look very professional, and their silver foil colour is a great neutral that works with any colour.
 
You can also open them up and turn them inside out if you’d like a plain white surface to work with and add colour to, but I decided to stick with the silver theme for my Easter Egg boxes.
 
 

Box 1: Springtime Foils Easter Egg Box 

 
For my first box I used products from the Occasions catalogue and the Sale-a-bration catalogue.
 
I simply cut some pieces of the gorgeous Springtime Foils specialty DSP and adhered them to four sides of the gable box using double sided tape and attached two matching silver Petal Passion embellishments using Silver Bakers Twine and Whisper White organza ribbon.
 
So quick and easy…but incredibly effective with that stunning foil DSP. 

Box 2: Sweet Soiree Easter Egg Box  

 
For my second box I inserted a window panel into the front of the box so you can see the eggs inside. This was super easy to do.
 
I carefully opened the side seam of the box then ran one side through my big shot and cut an oval window using one of the oval stitched shape framelit dies.
 

The clear window pane was created by using the next largest oval stitched shape framelit die to cut out a piece of window sheet, which attached with glue and double sided tape.

 
 
 
After resealing the box (using double sided tape) and filling the box with my speckled eggs I used some of the pieces from the Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit to decorate my box and tied a bow to the top with Berry Burst metallic-edge ribbon. 
 
 

Box 3: Moon Baby Bunny Easter Egg Box    

 
The third box is my favourite because it is just so much fun. I used the grass die from the Picnic Basket Builder framelits dies to cut Lemon Lime Twist card stock and attached this to the bottom of the box… it is the perfect length for the longer side of the box. For the two shorter ends I simply cut down one piece to size.
 
The darling little bunny is stamped using one of the Moon Baby stamps and then fussy cut…but can you guess what I used to make the various sized eggs?
 
 
The largest egg is punched using the ballon builder punch (use scissors to trim off the base of the balloon and you have an egg shape).
 
The medium egg is punched using the leaf punch (you trim the 3 ‘eggs’ from the leaf), and the smallest egg is cut from the top of the wooden spoon shape in the Apron Builder framelits. 
 
 
I love the glittery effect the Myths and Magic Glimmer paper gives to my little eggs hiding in the grass!

Apron Builder Easter Egg Card   

 
And finally, I just couldn’t resist making this super easy card using another die from the Apron Builder Framelits…it’s a little cracked egg.
 
Although my stamping isn’t perfect on this one, this fun and easy card uses the Labeller Alphabet Stamp set to stamp the sentiment, with the colourful striped Birthday Memories DSP as the background piece.
 
 
Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented, Kathryn Mangelsdorf.           
 
 

 
 
If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:
Catherine Proctor – you are here
 

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Art With Heart Sale-a-bration 2018 Blog Hop

Art With Heart Sale-a-bration 2018 Blog Hop

Sale-a-bration Second Release: Eclectic Expressions

Tonight the Art with Heart team are sharing creative projects using products from the sale-a-bration brochure. All sale-a-bration products are earned for FREE with sales of $90+ (AUD).

•If you spend $90, you get one free level 1 product.
•If you spend $180, you get one free level 2 product, OR, they can choose two level 1 items.
•If you spend $270, you have the option to choose three level 1 items or one level 1 item and one level 2 item.

The sale-a-bration promotion is current now until March 31st. Be sure to request your copy of the brochure today.

Sale-a-bration is also a great time to join our fabulous team. Ask any of the girls on the hop!

As soon as I saw the 3 new free Sale-a-bration products, I knew I had to order the Eclectic Expressions stamps set because it’s such a versatile set, just perfect for masculine cards.
There are 9 stamps in this set and it reminds me a lot of the very popular ‘gorgeous grunge’ set. Here’s a close-up of the stamp set so you can see exactly what you get…all for free!!!!!
I was so inspired by the cards in the Sale-a-bration brochure I decided to create a set of 6 cards in soft masculine colours…cards that could be suitable for both men and women.
I used Pool Party, Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand and Marina Mist, all stamped onto Whisper White card stock and mounted onto Whisper White cards and envelopes, which makes creating sets of cards super quick and easy.
Card 1 (below) features the ‘barcode stamp’ and the happy birthday stamp, which I cut in half.
Don’t be scared to cut your stamps in half…it makes sentiments so much more versatile and it’s still really easy to put the sentiment back together. I actually stamped the happy birthday sentiment on this card after I had cut the happy and the birthday apart, and the 2 pieces of the stamp still stamped perfectly together.
Card 2 uses the large circle stamp, overlaid with vellum.
The word ‘celebrate’ was die cut using the free Sale-a-bration Celebrate You Dies, which will be carried over to the new annual 2018-2019 catalogue.
Card 3 uses the larger ‘cloud’ stamp and the ‘Thank You’ stamp, which I stamped onto vellum and then die cut with the stitched shape framelits, mounted onto Crumb Cake card stock.
Card 4 is another thank you card, this time using the smaller ‘cloud’ stamp, the ‘thank you’ stamp, a vellum overlay and some of the gorgeous Pool Party washi tape from the Basics Pack 3.
Card 5 is the reason why I cut the ‘happy birthday’ stamp in half, and I think the button from the new True Gentleman Buttons (tied with tiny bit of linen thread) really finished of this card nicely, while still keeping it masculine enough to send to a man.
Card 6 uses the rest of the stamps in the Eclectic Expressions set (and yes, I did ink up every single stamp!) as well as that lovely Pool Party Washi tape.
Embellishments include the Pool Party sequins from the new ‘Tutti-frutti Adhesive-backed Sequins’ and White Perfect Accents.
Finally, to make this set of cards a lovely gift, I popped then into a C6 Acetate Box, and wrapped the box up with the Bermuda Bay ribbon (another free Sale-a-bration product, part of the ‘Shimmer Ribbon Pack’) tied together with some linen thread.
Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented, Caroline Manwarring.
If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:
Thanks for hopping along with our Art With Heart Team this week.
And until next time…happy crafting!

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