Pool Party and Waves of Inspiration – AWH Colour Creations

Pool Party and Waves of Inspiration – AWH Colour Creations

Welcome to week 36 of our 2021-22 Colour Creations blog hop! Tonight we are showcasing Pool Party from the Subtles family.

Tonight’s cards bring together the free Simply Marbleous SALE-a-bration DSP with a brand new bundle that I am super excited about. The Waves of Inspiration Cling Stamp Set and Waves Dies are an early-release product from the 2022–2023 Annual Catalogue and will be available to purchase from March 1.

From 1 March – 2 May there will also be a limited release foil pack (two sheets each of Night of Navy, Coastal Cabana and Silver foil), rhinestone embellishments and the most spectacular Waves of the Ocean 12″ x 12″ (30.5 x 30.5 cm) Designer Series Paper. I can’t order the Waves of the Ocean DSP until next week, but this 3 minute video gives you a sneak peek of all of these these stunning products.

My husband and my boys really do live to surf so I know I will get a lot of use from this set! We are lucky enough to live at one of the best surfing beaches in Australia and surfing is such a wonderful activity they enjoy all year round. This Waves of the Ocean collection is definitely one I will keep and use forever.

The cards I’ve made for today use a pared back colour palette of Pool Party with Basic Black and Basic White.

Whenever I use the die inlay technique I always make two cards so as not to waste the negative images from either die cut.

Die Inlay Technique, step by step

  1. Adhere adhesive strip to one side of a 14×7 cm piece of Pool Party card stock and the reverse side of a 14×7 cm piece of Simply Marbleous DSP.
  2. Use one of the large wave dies to cut a wave from the Pool Party card stock – do not throw away any of the negative pieces.
  3. Use the same wave die to cut a wave from the Simply Marbleous DSP, again keeping the negative pieces.
  4. Adhere the wave outline to the card base and then use the negative pieces from the other die cut wave to fill in the wave.
  5. Repeat for the other card, using the cardstock and DSP in reverse.
The “Happy Birthday” sentiment is from the Waves of Inspiration stamp set – I gently curled the sentiment onto the acrylic block to fit around the wave before stamping. The palms and coconuts are from the new Paradise Palms stamp set and the birds and the sun are from the Waves of Inspiration stamp set.

Can you have a Pool Party sun? I hope so, because didn’t want to introduce another colour into the colour palette.

The Simply Marbleous DSP really does look so realistic for waves, capturing the way light falls across a wave, as well as all the froth!

Card two uses the die offcuts from card one and the “best day ever” sentiment from the Sweet Symmetry stamp set. This is exactly what my boys would say if the waves were pumping like this and they got to ride them all day!

The Playful Alphabet dies are perfect for creating a custom word or phrase on a card – in this case it’s “Surf’s Up!”

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 below.

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

Product List

We will be back to showcase Poppy Parade on February 23.

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

Cath xx



Petal Pink and Friendly Hello – AWH Colour Creations

Petal Pink and Friendly Hello – AWH Colour Creations

Welcome to week 35 of our 2021-22 Colour Creations blog hop! Tonight we are showcasing Petal Pink from the Subtles family.

My cards tonight use the stunning Friendly Hello Designer Series Paper and the Friendly Hello Stamp Set from the The Friendly Hello Bundle, which is one of the free SALE-a-bration products.

The Friendly Hello DSP is so versatile. Some images from the stamp set are designed to be stamped directly onto the paper, some of the papers are printed to look like they have already been stamped on and all the designs can just be used as they are.

To showcase this beautiful DSP I’ve made a couple of “joy fold” fancy fold cards. This simple fancy fold is a “smaller card within a card”, with the front flaps overlapping and it is a great fancy fold for using beautiful DSP.

This 30 second video shows you how this fancy fold works.

Card one is on a Basic Black card base with the top card opening to the left and the base card opening to the right. Instead of using DSP on the front of the top card, I stamped the bird from the Friendly Hello stamp set and the sentiment from the Special Moments stamp set, another free SALE-a-bration stamp set.

I quickly coloured the bird and the flowers using light and dark Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends.

Here is how my joy cards look as you open up the front flap…

…And the middle flap. This inside sentiment is also from the Special Moments stamp set.

And from above!

My second card is on a Basic White card base with the top card opening to the right, the base card opening to the left and DSP on the front flap.

To create the “Hello” sentiment I used a Post It note to mask off the word “friend” from one of the Friendly Hello stamps, inked up the stamp and them removed the post it note BEFORE stamping the sentiment onto Basic White card stock.

Both cards are embellished with the Petal Pink Elegant Faceted Gems.

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 made this week!

If at any time you find a broken link, you can find the complete list of all participants below.

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

Product List

We will be back to showcase Pool Party on February 16.

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

Cath xx



CASEing the Catty #353 with Driving By, Sunshine & Rainbows, Rainbow of Happiness and the Cloud Punch

CASEing the Catty #353 with Driving By, Sunshine & Rainbows, Rainbow of Happiness and the Cloud Punch

Today I’m joining in the #CTC353 challenge, which is to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) the 2022 Sale-a-bration Catalogue. I decided to CASE this card on page 2 of the 2022 Sale-a-bration Catalogue.

Although I CASED the slimline format, the rainbows and the Pool Party/Basic Black/Basic White colour combination, my card ended up looking very different to the card I CASED!

When my order arrived this week I realised that this FREE Sunshine and Rainbows SALE-a-bration DSP has a DSP design that co-ordinates with the new Cloud punch – how cool is that!

I wanted to use as many of these gorgeous clouds as possible on my card so I didn’t waste the partial clouds on the edges of the DSP. I punched these clouds out too and used them on the sides and the top of my card. I also used my Gray Granite Stampin’ Blend! to colour in some of the clouds.

As well as the FREE Sunshine and Rainbows SALE-a-bration DSP I used another SALE-a-bration product on this card – the adorable “Driving By” Stamp set.

This FREE stamp set is the perfect set to try two awesome stampin’ techniques: reverse stamping and paper piecing. I’ve paper pieced the combi van on the left using a different Pool Party DSP from the Sunshine and Rainbows DSP and then I used my silicone mat to the reverse the combi image so I could have the other combi travelling in the other direction on the other side of the road.

The road is a 1″ strip of Basic Black cardstock – the road lines are hand drawn using the Chalk Marker.

The Sunshine and Rainbows DSP coordinates with the Rainbow of Happiness bundle.

I’ve used the “Rainbow of Happiness” stamp set from this bundle to stamp my rainbow in non-traditional colours to match the DSP clouds and the road: Basic Black, Pool Party and Gray Granite.

I used some more of the partial clouds to decorate the inside of the card and couldn’t resist adding another little combi van, this time stamped directly onto my card.

To purchase any of the products featured in today’s post, click on the links below or go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store 

Product List
Cloud Punch
[157749]
$31.00
Paper Snips
[103579]
$17.00

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the 2022 Sale-a-bration Catalogue, the January – June 2022 Mini Catalogue, the 2021-22 Stampin Up! Annual Catalogue or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

I’ll be back on Wednesday night with the AWH Colour Creations team and we will be showcasing Pear Pizzazz.

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

Stampin’ Up! Garden Green – Week 18 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Stampin’ Up! Garden Green – Week 18 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Welcome to week 17 of our 2021-22 Colour Creations blog hop! Tonight we are showcasing Garden Green, a mid green from the Regals colour collection.

As SALE-a-bration ends tomorrow night I decided to bring together three of my favourite products from SALE-a-bration for my card tonight: the Be Dazzling DSP, the Beautifully Penned Designer Series Paper and the Summer Shadow Dies.

Although Garden Green is not a green I use very often, I really like pairing it with Basic Black and Soft Seafoam.

These Summer Shadow Dies are a great die set because they work so well on their own or you can use them to cut out the stamped images from the Shaded Summer Stamp Set. You can use them as single layer dies or layer them – I’ve done both single and double layers on my card.

The black and white Beautifully Penned Designer Series Paper goes with any colour and you can use it just as it is or you can colour it in.

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

Kate Morgan 

Michele Taylor 

Sharon Davern

Ros Davidson 

Tina Gillespie ​​

Diane Furniss 

Catherine Proctor – you are here!

Theresa Gerrard

Caroline Manwaring  

Andrea Sargent

Rachel Palmieri

Christine Blain  

Rachel Woollard

Rosa Leyden 

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

Don’t forget to use my monthly Host Code (if your order is between $50 – $250) and I will send you a thank you gift the following month. If your order is over $250 don’t use the host code because you will qualify for your own stamping rewards. My September Host Code is WVX3UYCR and it is valid until midnight September 30.

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! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 13

Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 13

Hello crafters! It’s the last week of SALE-a-bration so I decided to make a Christmas card that uses my favourite SALE-a-bration item. Yep, you guessed it, it’s the Be Dazzling DSP!

I’m also using a punch bundle that I initially overlooked in the July – December 2021 Mini Catalogue, the Stars are Shining bundle. At just $53 this a really affordable bundle with a versatile stamp set that includes 5 Christmas sentiments, 4 ornament stamps and a large cluster of stars on 1 star stamps you can punch out to create 6 separate stars.

This Be Dazzling DSP just had to be paired with the punched out stars and the “Twinkle Twinkle Christmas Star” sentiment!

My Basic White card base measures 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 “; the Be Dazzling DSP layer measures 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 “; and the stamped Basic White top layer measures 4 1/2 x 4 1/2″.

After stamping in the star stamp in versamark and heat embossing it in gold embossing powder I punched the stars out with the Starlit Punch and also used punched stars out of the Be Dazzling DSP. With these 2 punches I had plenty of stars to cover my card.

A wonderful snowflake embellishment sits behind the largest Be Dazzling star, with the smallest stamped and gold embossed star sitting on top.

Gold metallic Simply Elegant Trim wrapped around the bottom of the card under the sentiment.

I’ve stockpiled a few packets of this Be Dazzling DSP to use on my Christmas cards this year. If you want to use the Be Dazzling DSP on your Christmas cards too it will be retired this Thursday, September 30, so don’t miss out!

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the lovely Kate Morgan. I can’t wait to see what Kate shares with us today!

If at any time you find a broken link please head to the blog of this week’s host of The Heart Of Christmas Blog Hop, Sharon Davern, and she will have the list of all those participating.

You can purchase any of the products I’ve used tonight, here.

Thanks for visiting my site. I’ll be back with another card on Wednesday.

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

Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 12

Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 12

Hello crafters! I had planned to make just one card this week, but a simple mistake and a desire not to waste my craft materials actually led to three cards instead. I think I’ll claim that as a win instead of a loss!

Originally, I intended to make a shaker card using the Christmas Cloche bundle, the Cloche Shaker Domes, the Be Dazzling DSP and this soft, snowy tree patterned paper from the Harvest Meadow DSP. Isn’t this pattern just stunning?

After stamping the cloche outline and the bird image from the Classic Cloche stamp set and colouring it in with my light and dark Crumb Cake Stampin’ blends, I die cut the image out using my Cloche die.

Unfortunately, I then glued the stamped and die cut image to the DSP layer that I had ALREADY ADHERED to my card front. I totally forgot that with a shaker card you use the DSP as the TOP layer to hide the self adhesive edges of the Cloche Shaker Domes!

So my shaker card became a 2D “postal version” of a shaker card instead, embellished with a Pierced Blooms Dies bow cut from the free SALE-a-bration Be Dazzled DSP.

I love these sentiments from the Classic Cloche stamp set. I’ve stamped them in Crumb Cake for each of my three cards, using a different sentiment for each card.

Take two and this time I remembered to use the cloche die to cut my DSP and adhere the DSP over the top of the card front AFTER I had adhered the Cloche Shaker Dome to the Crumb Cake card stock layer.

The shakers inside the Cloche Dome are the metallic gold and silver sequins from the Sequins For Everything embellishments. 

So, why did I make a third card?

After I had die cut the opening for the Cloche Shaker Dome card I realised that the negative die piece looked just like a bell, so I die cut another “cloche bell” from the Be Dazzling DSP to match and made a quick musical card to not waste my scraps.

The Merry Melody 3D Embossing Folder was the perfect choice to emboss the Crumb Cake cardstock layer. In case you are wondering, the musical score is Joy to the World.

Die cut circles of the Be Dazzling DSP to create bell clappers make the bells more realistic.

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the lovely Tina Gillespie. I can’t wait to see what Tina shares with us today!

If at any time you find a broken link please head to the blog of this week’s host of The Heart Of Christmas Blog Hop, Sharon Davern, and she will have the list of all those participating.

You can purchase any of the products I’ve used tonight, here.

Thanks for visiting my site. I’ll be back with another card on Wednesday.

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

Stampin’ Up! Counting Sheep Floating Gatefold Card

Stampin’ Up! Counting Sheep Floating Gatefold Card

I love sheep! Growing up in the country, we always had a pet poddy lamb in our backyard. Poddy lambs are what lambs are called if they have either been orphaned or rejected by their mother and the local farmers would give them to us to hand raise as pets.

My brother and I would bottle feed the lambs and as they grew they would keep our lawn permanently mowed and let us ride them like horses and even dress them up in fancy dress clothes!

For this card I’ve used two FREE SALE-a-bration products: the Counting Sheep stamp set and the coordinating Sheep Dies. These adorable sheep are the perfect size for a Floating Gatefold Card. You could also use the penguins from the Penguin Place bundle or even the Peaceful Deer Bundle.

Here’s what the card looks like when closed with the belly band on (left photo) as well as on the inside of the card with the sheep popping up (right photo).

Because this card has pop up elements inside it is hard to keep it flat when the card is closed, which is why I decided to create a belly band. This card will easily fit into an standard envelope for posting but it was tricky to photograph it closed without the belly band on!

And here is another look at the inside. Because this is quite a busy card on the inside I’d probably write on the back panel instead.

Don’t these sheep just make you laugh!

If you would like the instructions on how to make this card, they are in the August Tutorial bundle, are available on my tutorial page.

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I’ll be back this week with some more Heart of Christmas inspiration and our weekly AWH Colour Creations Showcase on Wednesday.

If you live in Australia, you can find and purchase all these products in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store.  Don’t forget to use my monthly Host Code (if your order is between $50 – $250) and I will send you a thank you gift the following month. If your order is over $250 don’t use the host code because you will qualify for your own stamping rewards.

My September Host Code is WVX3UYCR and it is valid until midnight September 30.

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

Stampin’ Up! Surf’s Up! Penguin Playmates DSP Card

Stampin’ Up! Surf’s Up! Penguin Playmates DSP Card

Hello to all my crafting friends! I’m back with another entry for the “G’day Fri’yay’ Card Making Challenges” Facebook group, a fortnightly Card Making Challenge with Aussie Themes.

The theme for this challenge is “Surf’s UP!”. My husband and my sons are all obsessive surfers so I have a stack of surfing stamps and have made many a surfing card in my time, however, for this challenge I wanted to create a surfing card using non-surfing craft products.

Is it just me who gets a kick out of the idea that you might see penguins dressed in scarves and beanies out in the surf?

I know surfing is not the first thing that might spring to mind with the FREE SALE-a-bration DSP Penguin Playmates, but the stance and movement of these penguins reminded me of the way surfers hold their bodies while surfing.

The Misty Moonlight and white striped DSP was used make waves, with one of the Basic Border dies cut into smaller pieces to create whitewash foam on the edge of the waves.

I did use a die from my stash to use some of the Penguin Playmates DSP to create the two larger surfboards. The two smaller surfboards were just hand trimmed from this DSP. The penguin who is bodyboarding was stamped and fussy cut – the others are all fussy cut from the same Penguin Playmates DSP.
The little penguin getting air is my fave – let’s just crown him the “Gabriel Medina” of surfing penguins right now! I’ve used the arrow dies from the Give it a Whirl dies to draw attention to him (I’ve also used the cloud dies from the Give it a Whirl dies). This penguin really is the “coolest” of the penguins, hence the matching sentiment!

Playful Alphabet dies form the “Surf’s Up”, leaving you in no doubt that, believe it or not, these penguins are actually surfing, not skiing. I had so much fun making this card and I hope my surfing penguins put a smile on your face too!

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I’ll be back tomorrow with some more Heart of Christmas inspiration and on Wednesday our weekly AWH Colour Creations Showcase – we are creating projects with Crushed Curry this week. 

When you shop online in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store  don’t forget to use my monthly Host Code (if your order is between $50 – $250) and I will send you a thank you gift the following month. If your order is over $250 don’t use the host code because you will qualify for your own stamping rewards.

My August Host Code is AHQUWNVQ and it is valid until midnight August 31.

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

Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 7

Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 7

Do you use your Stampin’ Up! catalogues for inspiration? I find them such a wonderful source of ideas and this week I’ve taken my inspiration from the 2019 Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalogue.

The 2019 Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalogue had very clever instructions on how to use your paper trimmer and the small Gleaming Ornaments Punch to make quick and easy Christmas crackers. As these ornament punches are currently available to purchase in the clearance rack (on sale for $35.40) I thought I would adapt this design and make a set of Christmas Crackers using the FREE SALE-a-bration Peaceful Prints DSP.

I’ve used 6 of the patterns from the Peaceful Prints DSP to make 6 crackers – I will make another 6 crackers using the reverse sides of this DSP before Christmas.

Here’s my template to make the crackers using the small ornament punch.

  • Trim a sheet of DSP to 9 x 8 inches
  • Score along the 8 inch side at 1 inch (this creates the flap for adhering the sides of the cracker together) and score again at 3, 5 and 7 inches
  • Fold along all these score lines
  • Fully insert small ornament punch to the edge of the DSP, ensuring the score line is in the centre of the ornament
  • Punch every score line at both ends of the DSP
  • Also punch at the 9 inch edge, lining up the centre of the punch with the edge of the DSP

Now score in the opposite direction, along the width of the cracker at the top, bottom and the centre of the punched out areas (see photo above) and then fold these score lines as per the photo below.

To assemble the cracker, fold up the 1 inch fold flap so that the DSP side that will be on the outside of the cracker is facing up.

Place Multipurpose Liquid Glue on this flap and fold over the cracker at the 5 inch fold, lining up the punched out areas. Press together to adhere.

Cut ribbon of choice into 14 inch (36 cm) lengths and tie into a bow at each end.

You can decorate the crackers any way you want. I used the Peaceful Deer bundle, the FREE SALE-a-bration Be Dazzling DSP and the Tailored Made Tags Dies to create coordinating deer tags for my crackers. I used some Sahara Sand twine to attach them to one end of the cracker, but you could also simply adhere them to the top of the cracker.

These crackers are empty right now because I am going to fill them with yummy treats closer to Christmas, such a Ferrero Rocher chocolate, Lindt Balls and little jokes. To fill them at a later time, simply untie the bow at one end, pop the treats inside and retie the bow.

You can make these Christmas crackers out of any DSP to match your Christmas table decoration.

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the incredible talented Michele Taylor. I wait to see what Michele shares with us today!

If at any time you find a broken link please head to the blog of this week’s Host of the Heart of Christmas Blog Hop, Sharon Davern, as she has the full list of links for everyone who is participating.

You can purchase any of the products I’ve used tonight here.

Thanks for visiting my site. I’ll be back with another card on Wednesday.

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

Never Ending Infinity Card Tutorial

Never Ending Infinity Card Tutorial

Hello to all my crafting friends!

Today I’m sharing a project I made for the Creative Eight Tutorial group. This is the January bundle I am sharing with you today – I have to admit that I actually didn’t realise February had already started! We were all running a little late last month with our tutorials while getting back into the swing of things after a crazy December so please forgive my tardiness with sharing this with you.

Each month Creative Eight Tutorial group has a theme that we all create a project for. This month we are all using FREE products from the 2021 SALE a-bration! Catalogue that finishes at the end of February.

Here’s a sneak peek at all eight projects.

The project I created for this tutorial is a never ending infinity card.

There’s a story behind why I decided to create this never ending infinity card tutorial. If you’ve ever tired to make an infinity card before you’ll know that one of the trickiest things can be knowing which panels you can place your sentiments on so they appear the right way no matter which way your card is folded.

I actually had to remake this card four times because I couldn’t find a tutorial anywhere that told me how to do this. So, if you’re like me and you’d like to get it right the first time, not on the fourth attempt!, this tutorial is for you. That’s right, I’ve done all the hard work for you because my tutorial explains exactly how to get your sentiments right way up for ANY sized infinity card!

The stunning Designer Series Paper I’ve used for this card is called Berry Delightful and comes in a bundle with the Berry Blessings stamp set, which I used for the sentiments on the infinity card. You can earn this amazing bundle for FREE during SALE-a-bration if you spend over $180 in a single order.

This tutorial and the seven other amazing projects in the Creative Eight Wow bundle is available now for for Australian customers FREE with any purchase over $50 in my online store. Or, if you live overseas (or in Australia if you prefer to purchase the bundle ) it is available here to purchase for $12.

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the January – June 2020 mini catalogue, the 2020 Sale-a-bration 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.

When you shop online in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store  don’t forget to use my monthly Host Code (if your order is between $50 – $250) and I will send you a thank you gift the following month. If your order is over $250 don’t use the host code because you will qualify for your own stamping rewards.

My February 2021 Host code is ZYAR6HTF and it is valid until midnight February 28.

Would you like to get a 20% discount on everything you order? Click here to join my team:

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

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

Social media & sharing icons powered by UltimatelySocial