Stampin’ Up! Christmas Season Heart of Christmas Cards

Stampin’ Up! Christmas Season Heart of Christmas Cards

Welcome to week twenty-two of the Heart Of Christmas Blog Hop, our last one for this year!

This week’s Christmas card was created primarily for this hop, but also for a colour challenge that used colours I would not naturally chose to use for Christmas – Cajun Craze, Petal Pink and Early Espresso.

I decided that the pinecones from the Christmas Season stamp set would work well for this very unusual Christmas colour scheme.

I was originally using the Joseph’s coat technique, however, once I added the top layer of Early Espresso ink I realised I’d spaced my pinecones from Christmas Season too far apart to use the cardstock layer I’d created with this technique, so I decided to use the Seasonal Label dies to die cut out the pinecones and turn them into a Christmas ornament instead.

The ombre effect on the background layer was created using a blending brush to add Petal Pink ink, then it was embossed with one of the Wintery embossing folders.

Gold holly leaves, Simply Elegant Gold twine and Champagne Rhinestone Jewels all add a touch of sparkle and elegance – I think they work well with this colour scheme.

The double bow uses both Early Espresso Faux Suede Trim and Simply Elegant Gold twine.

The sentiment is one I use a lot and it’s from the Christmas to Remember stamp set, stamped in Cajun Craze and die cut with the matching die from Seasonal Labels.

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the lovely Sharon Davern who has hosted our Heart of Christmas blog hops this year. Thank you so much Sharon!!!!

If at any time you find a broken link, you can find the complete list of all participants on Sharon’s blog.

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

I’ll be back on Wednesday with the AWH Colour Creations blog where we will be showcasing Mossy Meadow.

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

Cath xx

Stampin’ Up! Flirty Flamingo – Week 17 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Stampin’ Up! Flirty Flamingo – Week 17 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Welcome to week 17 of our 2021-22 Colour Creations blog hop! Tonight we are showcasing Flirty Flamingo, a vibrant pink from the Brights colour collection.

The starting point for my card today was the beautiful Flirty Flamingo striped paper from the Pattern Party Designer Series Paper. This is a host product, only available with Stampin’ Rewards, and it includes 48 sheets (4 each of 12 double-sided designs) in these gorgeous colours: Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green, Misty Moonlight, Pale Papaya, Petal Pink, Pool Party and Poppy Parade.

I started my making an 5″ x 5 1/2″ bag, using these instructions for a 6×6 DSP, even though this DSP is 12 x 12″. The bag uses either one sheet of 12×12″ DSP cut into 6×6″ squares or 3 sheets of 6×6″ DSP.

  • Cut piece 1 at 5″ wide x 6″tall and score 1/2″ at the bottom.
  • Cut piece 2 to 3 1/2″wide x 5 1/2 ” tall and score 1/2″ along the left side of 5 1/2 ” edge.
  • Cut piece 3 to 3 1/2″wide x 5 1/2 ” tall and score 1/2″ along the right side of 5 1/2 ” edge.
  • Adhere the folded sides of pieces 2 and 3 to the left and right edges of piece 1.
  • Adhere together the overlapped section of pieces 2 and 3 together.
  • Fold up the bottom flap and adhere.

I wrapped the Fine Art 3/8″ (1 cm) Ribbon and gold metallic Simply Elegant Trim around the bag and tied a bow. The Simply Elegant Trim is slippery and hard to keep sitting in a nice bow shape so I always use a couple of glue dots.

The layered tags are cut using the Tailor Made Tags Dies, Pierced Blooms Dies and Flirty Flamingo and gold sequins from the Sequins For Everything.

I cut the single layer card to fit inside the bag, decorating it with the same embellishments and a strip of the striped DSP I used for the bag. All of the flowers and leaves were die cut in Basic White using the Pierced Blooms Dies and then colored with Pear Pizzazz and Flirty Flamingo ink using sponge daubers.

I added a score line either side of the strip of DSP using the score blade on my paper trimmer.

I love how quick and easy it is to achieve different shades of colour and a variegated effect by adding colour with a sponge dauber.

I’m not sure if there is an official name for a single layer card in an bag that acts like an envelope? Whatever it is called, I think I will be making more of these as they have plenty of room to also enclose photos, a Christmas letter or even gift cards of any size.

I’ve left room to write on the front of the card, however you could simply use the reverse side if you wanted to write a longer message.

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, my friend 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:

Diane Furniss 

Catherine Proctor – you are here!

Kate Morgan 

Ros Davidson

Rachel Palmieri 

Caroline Manwaring 

Michele Taylor 

Claire Daly  

Theresa Gerrard 

Tina Gillespie 

Andrea Sargent

Christine Blain 

Sharon Davern 

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! Smoky Slate – Week 47 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Smoky Slate – Week 47 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Yippee! The new 2021-22 Stampin’ Up! annual catalogue is live.

Have you placed an order and seen the exciting new items in it yet?

I’ve used some new products in my card today and I’m sure the other AWH team member will too as we showcase Smoky Slate, one of our neutral colours.

For my card this week I’ve decided to CASE a card from page 68 of the new catalogue. It’s the square card on the bottom left of the photo below of cards made using the new Simply Elegant Suite Collection.

The Simply Elegant Suite Collection includes a stamp set, punch, trim and this stunning Simply Elegant Specialty Designer Series Paper that features sophisticated intricate designs in these colours: Basic Black, Basic Gray, copper, gold, silver, Very Vanilla and white.

Although Smoky Slate is not one of the colours in the Simply Elegant Specialty Designer Series Paper I thought it would work very well with this colour palette.

Do you agree?

I don’t (yet!!!) have the Elegantly Said Stamp Set or the Elegant Tag Punch so I’ve used some other exciting new products to make my card.

The Better Place Stamp set is one you might overlook because it is a host set – you’ll find it on page 171 of the catalogue. I’m always very attracted to stamp sets that look like illustrations from books I remember as a child!

Instead of the Elegant Tag Punch I’ve used a new die set: Tailor Made Tags.

I bought with Christmas cards and tags in mind, but I can already see myself using these tags constantly for all types of cards.

I die cut the largest die in both vellum and Smoky Slate Card Stock before stamping in Smoky Slate ink onto the Smoky Slate card stock.

I then used a scrap of gold foil to die cut the little hole re-inforcers.

Did you notice the gold and silver trim tied through the top of the tag? It’s the Simply Elegant Trim from the Simply Elegant Suite Collection. Again, I bought this with Christmas Cards in mind but I doubt it will last that long at this rate!

I hope my card today inspires you to use your catalogue as inspiration to create your cards and projects even if you don’t have the exact same items that were used in the project you’re CASEing.

I can’t wait to see what everyone else has created with Smoky Slate today!

We will return next week on Wednesday May 12th when we’ll be showcasing a pale yellow: So Saffron.

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

Product List

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the 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

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