Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 10

Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 10

Hello crafters! For my cards this week I’m using the Whimsy & Wonder DSP and the Seasonal Swirl dies again, this time pairing them with the Well Defined stamp set and matching embossing folders.

I’ve also created my own matching embellishments using the leftover iridescent foil that surrounds the Wonderful Snowflakes embellishments. There is plenty of spare foil here – don’t waste it! Use your dies and punches to create homemade embellishments to match your cards.

The different elements I used for each card were inspired my the particular definition I chose from the Well Defined stamp set. I think this first card is my favourite.

I’ve used the stamp that has “Winter” as the definition word, so I used the snowflake patterned DSP, the snowflake Wintry Embossing folder, one of the Wonderful Snowflakes embellishments and tiny stitched stars from the Seasonal Swirl dies. Subtle Shimmer Sequins add a final touch of bling.

Card two uses the gratitude definition stamp, so the Thanks embossing folder from the Hello and Thanks embossing folders and stitched hearts were the obvious embellishments choice. The iridescent heart is die cut from leftover iridescent foil using the largest heart die in the Seasonal Swirl dies.

I like that this card uses mainly Christmas products to make a thank you card.

Card three is features the “Christmas” dictionary definition that references presents, so I used the Whimsy & Wonder DSP pattern with presents and holly on it. The holly embellishments are die cut using the Seasonal Swirl dies and the iridescent foil bow is die cut using the bow die from Pierced Blooms dies.

Which card is your favourite?

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the lovely Michele Taylor … I can’t 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, Tina Gillespie, as she has the full list of links for everyone who is participating.

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

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 9

Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 9

This week I was inspired by a beautiful card made by a Dutch Stampin’ Up! demonstrator called Berdien Weideveld. I loved the way her square card featured the Whimsy & Wonder DSP.

Berdien’s card also used a variety of retired products as well as several products I don’t own, so I’ve loosely CASED her card by changing my card to a rectangular design and only using current Stampin’ Up! products I already own.

I originally bought the Sparkle of the Season bundle with the intent to make wreath wards, but I still haven’t made one yet! I am, however, getting a lot of use out of some of the other elements in this bundle, such as the holly berry and holly leaves dies and the “Merry Christmas” sentiment on my card today.

These stitched rectangles would definitely have to be my most used dies, despite the fact that they are designed to fit American sized cards, not our Aussie card bases, which are made from half an A4 sheet of cardstock.

When I lined up four of the stitched rectangles across the card front, there was a much wider border of Basic White at the base of the card compared to the top and the sides. So I used one of the Basic Border dies to turn this problem into a feature instead.

The Wonderful Snowflakes are white cardstock on one side with an iridescent foil on the other side and you get 24 in a pack. They are such a great embellishment and an easy way to quickly add texture, dimension and visual interest to a card.

This card design could be made out of any of our beautiful designer series papers (BONUS: it only uses a small amount of DSP) and the stitched rectangle dies make it so easy to line everything up!

I was soooooo tempted to add a touch of the FREE Be Dazzling DSP to my card but I resisted! I actually made 6 cards over the weekend and I didn’t add the Be Dazzling DSP to a single one. I think I might be having withdrawal symptoms though, so prepared to be dazzled again next week!

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the incredible talented Kate Morgan. It’s her birthday today. Happy birthday my friend! 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, 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

Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 8

Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 8

When I was a child my mum had a box of vintage Christmas cards that I used to love looking at and tonight I’ve combined a few different stamp and die sets to try to recreate this vintage vibe.

This style of card making is a lot of fun but also a little bit risky as I really have no idea what my final card will look like. I gradually add and remove different elements to build up the scene as I go.

I originally intended to use the Christmas Season bundle but the scale just didn’t work with the little bird from the Birds & Branches stamps. So these are the stamp and die sets I’ve used instead.

The shading on the card base is created with a blending brush and Bermuda Bay ink pad. Add ink to your blending brush and then start in the middle of the card and swirl outwards, gradually building up the colour.

The speckled effect is easy to create. Once you’ve finished blending your background use the inner tube of a Stampin’ Spritzer to gently tap to drop water onto the blended background.

The bird was stamped in Pale Papaya and Poppy Parade, the pine needles in Just Jade and the pinecones in Cinnamon Cider. The branch was stamped in Cinnamon Cider and also die cut from Cinnamon Cider cardstock, trimmed to fit my card.

I die cut a wreath and holly leaves in Just Jade cardstock and then cut them up randomly to add texture and dimension to the card. The holly berries are die cut in Poppy Parade cardstock.

A touch of Wink of Stella adds subtle sparkle and shimmer to the little bird.

The Christmas to Remember sentiment stamp set has a lovely mix of fonts. I used two different stamps to mix up the fonts for my Merry Christmas Sentiment.

A bow of linen thread was the final touch.

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the incredible talented Tina Gillespie. I 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, Tina Gillespie, and she will have the list of all who are 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

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