Orchid Oasis tea bag holder and card – Week 1 AWH Colour Creations

Orchid Oasis tea bag holder and card – Week 1 AWH Colour Creations

Welcome to first last week of our Art with Heart 2022-23 Colour Creations blog hop! This year we are going to showcase each of the 5 new In Colours for the first 5 weeks and then we are going to feature our core colours in alphabetical order.

This is our gorgeous new header image.

And this is our first new In Colour: Orchid Oasis, a pretty periwinkle blue that looks stunning with soft grays, lilac, greens and other blues.

Here’s what Orchid Oasis looks like in comparison to the other current Stampin’ Up! blues.

Orchid Oasis & other Stampin’ Up! 2022-23 blues

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My card’s colour scheme has been inspired by the colours in the Tea Boutique cards and envelopes. There are 20 card bases and envelopes, 4 of each in the new In Colours: Orchid Oasis, Parakeet Party, Starry Sky, Sweet Sorbet and Tahitian Tide, as well as touches of Crushed Curry, Fresh Freesia, Garden Green and Petal Pink.

I’ve chosen the Orchid Oasis card base and envelope and used the coordinating Cup of Tea Bundle to stamp and die cut the elements for the front of my card.

Isn’t this little teabag stamp and die adorable? I stamped it in Fresh Freesia and attached it to the teacup with some Basic White Bakers Twine.

Some soft sponging with a blending brush around the edge of my stamped Basic White layer really adds another layer of interest.

I’ve also designed a very easy-to-make coordinating teabag holder for a single teabag using Orchid Oasis Cardstock and Tea Boutique 6×6 DSP. This single size is just perfect for popping in the post for when you want to send more than just a card.

If you’d like to make this simple tea bag holder, here are the instructions:
  1. Cut Orchid Oasis cardstock base 24 x 9 cm
  2. Score and fold at 8cm and 16 cm
  3. Cut 2 x pieces of DSP 7.5 x 8.5 cm and adhere to the outside of the left and middle panel
  4. Mark 4cm from the bottom right hand side of the far right panel (this is the one without any DSP) and then cut on the diagonal from this point to the top of the 16cm fold
  5. Add a strip of tear’n’tape along the bottom and far right edge of the far right panel
  6. Fold this angled panel in and adhere
  7. Insert teabag and close the holder
  8. Tie with ribbon and use bakers twine to attach a stamped and die cut tea bag sentiment to the front bow.

The ribbon around the teabag holder is the White Crinkled seam binding ribbon coloured in with the dark Orchid Oasis Stampin’ Blend.

I’m really enjoying playing with this versatile and so pretty Tea Boutique suite! I can see so many uses for this suite – after all, who doesn’t love a cuppa tea!

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.

Kate Morgan
Andrea Sargent
Tina Gillespie
Rachel Palmieri
Rachel Woollard
Theresa Gerrard
Christine Blain
Diane Furniss
Rosa Leyden
Sharon Davern
Michele Taylor
Kathryn Ruddick
Catherine Proctor – you are here!

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

Next Wednesday we will showcase another new In Colour – the very bright and vibrant Parakeet Party!

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

Cath xx



Soft Suede Home and Garden Double Z Fold Card – AWH Colour Creations

Soft Suede Home and Garden Double Z Fold Card – AWH Colour Creations

Welcome to our last week of our 2021-22 Colour Creations blog hop! Tonight we are showcasing Soft Suede from the Neutrals family.

Soft Suede is a great colour for earth, so I’ve created a garden scene double Z fold card using the gorgeous Home and Garden bundle, the Plentiful Plants bundle, the Horizons dies and the soon to be retired In Good Taste DSP.

This is what it the card looks like when it is folded up to fit inside an envelope.

This is what it looks like when opened up and laid out flat.

And this is what it looks like standing up for display. Double Z fold cards stand up very well if you like to display your cards.

I love creating “scene” cards using a double Z fold because it is such an incredible simple fancy fold to make, but it gives you a lot of “wow” factor. This is the cutting and scoring template I made for a previous double Z fold card – my front band for this card only measures 1 inch high.

This Father’s Day card is a real celebration of neutrals – Early Espresso for the card base, Soft Suede for the front Z fold and the wooden shelves, Basic Black for the hooks and Mossy Meadow for the grass, with a touch of Old Olive, which is actually a Regal but in my head I always think of it as an neutral! There is also Gray Granite in the stone patterned In Good Taste DSP.

I love the detail in these tiny tools – I’ve coloured them in with Soft Suede and Gray Granite Stampin’ Blends. My dad is such a wonderful gardener, I just know he will love these tools too. My challenge is keeping this card somewhere safe and remembering where that place is when Father’s Day eventually comes around in September!

How cute are these Pebbles Enamel Shapes! The grass is die cut using the Horizons dies and the grass die in the Home and Garden bundle. The pots and the plants inside the pots are both from the Plentiful Plants bundle, another fave of mine.

Next Wednesday we start all over again with our Colour Creations hop for 2022-23. We’re showcasing the 5 new Incolours first, starting with the stunning Orchid Oasis.

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.

Kate Morgan  

Andrea Sargent

Tina Gillespie

Christine Blain

Rachel Palmieri

Caroline Manwaring

Diane Furniss

Sharon Davern  

Catherine Proctor – you are here!

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

Can’t wait to see you next Wednesday, when the new Annual Catalogue goes live and we showcase the new 2022-23 In Colours.

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

Cath xx



Soft Sea Foam Pansy Petals Card – AWH Colour Creations

Soft Sea Foam Pansy Petals Card – AWH Colour Creations

Welcome to week 45 of our 2021-22 Colour Creations blog hop! Tonight we are showcasing Soft Sea Foam from the Subtles family.

This very pale green is combined with Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent in the striped paper in the soon to be retired and currently half price ($10) Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper. This monotone striped paper (top right sheet in the photo below) inspired the colour combination for my card today.

Did you know there are actually several variety of green pansies in real life? Regardless, I still would have still made green pansies as I love taking a bit of artistic licence when making my cards.

This Basic Border die provides a lovely scalloped and stitched edge to the Basic White layer and the 2021-2023 In Color Jewels (also retiring soon) add a touch of bling to the centre of my pansies.

I just love how these Pansy dies add so much texture at the same as they die cut the flowers out.

The sentiments in the Pansy Patch Stamp Set have the most delightful mix of fonts – I’m so happy these Pansy dies and the Pansy Patch Stamp Set are both carrying over to the new annual catalogue.

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the lovely Diane– I can’t wait to see what Di 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 these products in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store.

We will be back next Wednesday to showcase our final colour for our AWH Colour Creations blog – Soft Suede – on April 27. But don’t worry, we are not finishing the blog hop. We will be hopping the week after, starting the next year with the new 2022-23 In Colours and continuing for another year.

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

Cath xx



So Saffron Happiness Abounds Card – AWH Colour Creations

So Saffron Happiness Abounds Card – AWH Colour Creations

Welcome to week 44 of our 2021-22 Colour Creations blog hop! Tonight we are showcasing So Saffron from the Subtles family.

As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator we get to see and order from the new catalogue early, so when my 2022-23 annual Catalogue preorder turned up this week I couldn’t resist giving you a sneak peek one of one of the new products. The Happiness Abounds bundle includes the Happiness Abounds stamp set and the Blossoming Happiness dies.

This gorgeous bundle is part of the Hues of Happiness suite collection featured on the front cover of the new catalogue. It comes with the most stunning DSP with images that you can die cut using the Blossoming Happiness dies.

My card uses the Happiness Abounds bundle, with images coloured using my So Saffron, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.

My yellow rose sits on a layer of Basic White cardstock die cut using one of the scalloped contour dies and a piece of Subtles 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 cm) Designer Series Paper, on sale now for 50% off as it is retiring soon.

Isn’t this “happy birthday” sentiment just gorgeous?

I love the different depths of yellow that can be achieved by using the So Saffron and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends.

The Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels add just a touch of bling.

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the lovely Caroline Manwaring – I can’t wait to see what Caroline 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 most of these products (apart from the Happiness Abounds bundle) in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store.

We will be back to showcase Soft Sea Foam on April 20.

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

Cath xx



Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 4

Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 4

I’m loving the challenge of creating a Christmas card each week and I hope you’re being inspired to create some too.

If you enjoy colouring techniques the Happy Holly-Days stamp set from the forthcoming July-December 2021 mini catalogue is a must!

Both this bird stamp and the holly stamp could be coloured using a variety of watercolour techniques or the Stampin’ Up! watercolour pencils, but for my card today I’ve quickly coloured the images in using our Stampin’ Blends.

The holly is coloured in using light and dark Soft Succulent and light Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blends, while the bird is coloured with Light and dark Crumb Cake, light Flirty Flamingo and light Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blends…love this colour combination!

The softly patterned Sahara Sand DSP is from the Tidings of Christmas 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper – on sale until August 2.

It was very easy to fussy cut both the bird and the holly. This Happy Holly-Days stamp set is actually part of a bundle with the holly border punch, but I only used the stamp set on this card.

To ‘anchor’ the bird onto the card I used the light Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blend on the Basic White cardstock layer that has been die cut using the second largest Scalloped Contour die.

I inked up the word ‘Happy’ from the “Happy Christmas’ sentiment and stamped it first and then inked and stamped the word ‘Christmas’ below it. Crumb Cake twine wrapped around the card and tied into a soft bow finishes off the card.

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented Ros Davidson – I can’t wait to see what Ros 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.

Thanks for visiting my site. I’ll be back with another card on Wednesday. If you’d like a copy of the forthcoming July-December mini catalogue and the Sale-a-bration catalogue please get in touch.

Stampin’ Up! Seaside Spray – Week 45 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Seaside Spray – Week 45 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Welcome back to our Colour Creations Showcase as we continue our showcase of over 50 beautiful Stampin’ Up! colours in alpha order.

This week we are showcasing Seaside Spray, a soon to be retired 2019-21 In colour that I’m really going to miss!

This week I’m also using a stamp set and co-ordinating punch that are retiring soon – the Basket of Blooms stamp set and the small bloom punch.

For quick and easy colouring I simply stamped my pot and leaves in Memento Ink onto Shimmery White card stock and coloured the pot in using Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends and the leaves using Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.

The ground below the post and the area around the pot were also coloured using Seaside Spray Stampin’ Blends and Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends . I love the stamp in this set that is a piece of twine wrapped around the pot.

The flowers were stamped onto a separate piece of paper and coloured in with Night of Navy and Seaside Spray Stampin’ Blends before being punched out with the small bloom punch or fussy cut. I’ve layered the largest flower and used silver metallic pearls for the centre of the flowers.

Don’t you just love the border created by the touch of whimsy dies? I’m so glad these are not retiring – the metallic pearls and the stitched with whimsy dies are both carrying over to the new catalogue, hooray!

The subtle embossing folder will also be sorely missed – I love the dimension this gives to card stock.

I can’t wait to see what everyone else has created with Seaside Spray today!

We will return next week on Wednesday April 28th when we’ll be showcasing Shaded Spruce.

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

Stampin’ Up! Purple Posy – Week 39 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Purple Posy – Week 39 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Welcome back to our Colour Creations Showcase as we continue our showcase of over 50 beautiful Stampin’ Up! colours in alpha order.

This week we are showcasing Purple Posy, a soon to be retired pale purple from Stampin’ Up’s 2019-21 InColour collection.

Purple Posy is a feminine and slightly old fashioned (in a good way!) colour that reminds me of my Nana and so I decided to make a card that I think she would have liked to receive. I paired Purple Posy with all neutrals: Crumb Cake, Basic Black and Basic White.

Because there is no Purple Posy stamp pad, I used a floral stamp set that could be coloured using Purple Posy Stampin Blends – Bloom & Grow with its matching Budding Blooms dies.

I could have used virtually any embossing folder on the Basic White card stock layer but decided on the Dainty Diamonds, again with my Nana in mind.

I love this scalloped linen ribbon – it was the Crumb Cake in the centre of this ribbon that inspired me to add Crumb Cake to my colour combination, both in the layer behind the sentiment and the colouring of the leaves.

Because there isn’t a “Happy Birthday” sentiment in the Bloom & Grow stamp set I used the “Happy Birthday” sentiment from Blossoms in Bloom instead.

My friend Tina Gillespie ALWAYS stamps the insides of her cards and she has inspired me to try to remember to do the same too …

I can’t wait to see what everyone else has created with Purple Posy today!

We will return next week on Wednesday March 17th when we’ll be showcasing one of the Regals: Real Red. We hope you can join us all then.

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 January – June 2020 mini 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.

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

Stampin’ Up! Pumpkin Pie – Week 38 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Pumpkin Pie – Week 38 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Welcome back to our Colour Creations Showcase as we continue our showcase of over 50 beautiful Stampin’ Up! colours in alpha order.

This week we are showcasing Pumpkin Pie, a rich orange from our regals family.

I wanted to make a thank you card for my amazing designer Christine who has just designed and typeset my latest book. We’ve worked together on many books together over the years but I really think this is her best design ever.

The book is being printed overseas now but I’m so excited about Christine’s design I wanted to share a sneak peek at the cover…

And a sample of the internal pages..

Campology is the stamp set I just had to use for this card but I’ve never feel very confident making “scene” cards. I searched Pinterest for inspiration on how to use the “Campology” stamp set and I found a wonderful card by one of the top American Stampin’ Up! demonstrators called Michelle Zindorf – she is amazing at creating blended backgrounds. I have CASED elements of Michelle’s card, including the Pumpkin Pie tent, but changed the rest of the card design and layout to include more Pumpkin Pie.

Thanks to the new Stampin’ Up! blending brushes I’m no longer scared of making “scene cards”! I used blending brushes to make a night sky background with my So Saffron, Just Jade and Mossy Meadow ink pads. The secret to getting a smooth coverage is to start blending off the page and keep moving the brushes in a circular motion.

I then stamped the tent in Memento Ink onto the front layer of the card and also onto a Post-It note to mask the tent – you fussy cut around the top of the tent to create a mask that protects the tent while you stamp the trees in Mossy Meadow over the tent and on either side of the card. Once you’ve stamped the trees remove the Post It note and your tent pops into into the foreground of the scene, with the trees in the background.

The tent is coloured in with Pumpkin Pie and Mango Melody blends – I love how these colours make it look like there is a light on in the tent!

The base of the top layer was coloured in with the Basic Black Stampin’ Blends and the “Thank you” sentiment is from “Blossoms in Bloom” with the ink applied with a sponge dauber for a crisp finish – my go-to tip when inking up sentiments. My trusty Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels just add a tiny bit of bling and dimension.

The card opens at the top and the inside has been stamped in Mossy Meadow using the tall tree stamp from “Campology”. I hope this card brings a smile to Christine’s face and expresses how grateful I am to her incredible design skills that bring my writing to life!

I can’t wait to see what everyone else has created with Pumpkin Pie today!

We will return next week on Wednesday March 10th when we’ll be showcasing one of the soon to be retired 2019-21 In Colours: Purple Posy. We hope you can join us all then.

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 January – June 2020 mini 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.

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

Art With Heart Creative Showcase: Masculine Cards

Art With Heart Creative Showcase: Masculine Cards

Welcome to the Monthly Art With Heart Creative Showcase. Tonight we’re sharing some ideas for masculine cards, something I know many of us can find challenging to make.

I recently made two masculine cards I’d like to share with you: the card I made for my dad’s birthday in July and the card I made last week for him for Father’s Day.

My dad is not a typical card game/car/fishing/treking/BBQ/sport kind of a dad and that can make designing masculine cards for him quite tricky. But there are two Stampin’ Up! stamp sets that perfectly matched the gifts I was giving to my dad: Whiskey Business and Press On.

For Dad’s birthday card I used the Whiskey Business set… no prizes for guessing what I gave him for his birthday!

This card was CASED from the design of the card on page 33 of the Annual Catalogue but I made a few changes to make it my own. I just had to use the Dainty Diamonds embossing folder to emboss the Whisper White card stock because it looks just like the pattern in the cut crystal that the Whiskey decanter and whiskey glasses are made of.

The detailed line drawings of the Whiskey Business are so realistic and the Stampin’ Blends make it so easy to bring these stamps to life. I’ve used light Pool Party for the crystal, and light So Saffron, light Mango Melody and dark Mango Melody for the whiskey.

Here’s a close up showing the detail in this stamp set. I simply fussy cut my decanter and glasses using my paper snips before adhering them to the embossed Dainty Diamonds layer.

Speaking of realistic – how amazing is this wood patterned DSP from the In Good Taste DSP! All of this patterned paper was created from photographs of actual wood, stone, textiles, etc and it’s just perfect for masculine cards.

And finally, here’s the inside of the card.

For my second card I’m sharing the one I made for Father’s Day to accompany a coffee machine and coffee, which is why I decided to use the Press On stamp set.

I kept this card very neutral, using coffee shades (Early Espresso and Crumb Cake) with Whisper White.

The lovely masculine chevron DSP is one you might have overlooked – I certainly did! This DSP is part of the Gilded Autumn specialty DSP which is found on page 45 of the August – December 2020 Mini Catalogue.

The coffee cup and beans were stamped in Early Espresso before being coloured in using Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends and a Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write marker for the coffee beans.

The strip of early espresso faux suede ribbon along the base of the card co-ordinated perfectly and added a luxurious texture to the card.

Inside my card I used a variety of sentiments to create a meaningful Father’s Day message – I’m not sure if it really worked, but my dad seemed to appreciate it and that’s what really counts.

To see more masculine card inspiration from the AWH Team head back to Rachel‘s page as she is hosting our monthly blog hops.

To purchase any of the products I’ve used in my cards tonight simply click on the phots of the products below.

Product List

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the August – December 2020 Mini 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.

Heart of Christmas Week 7

Heart of Christmas Week 7

Welcome to week seven of the 2019 Heart of Christmas blog hop!

This week has been hectic at our place with my latest book going to print (code for lots of last minute corrections and working all weekend!), training a new writer at my work and then my youngest son graduating school…did I really just type that sentence????

So what does all of this have to do with my card tonight? Well, it means I only had a very brief window to design, make, photograph and watermark my card before blogging about it. So this week I reached for the tools that make card making super easy and super fast: punches and embossing folders!

The three baubles were punched out using the Gleaming Ornaments punches after I stamped them in Momento Ink using stamps from the co-ordinating Christmas Gleaming stamp set.

Can you guess what coloured Stampin’ Up! blends I used to colour my ornaments? I stepped right outside of my comfort zone and went with an assortment of pinks: Flirty flamingo (dark and light) and the light Lovely Lipstick blender pen.

The “Merry Christmas” sentiment was stamped in Crumb Cake using a stamp from the same stamp set: Christmas Gleaming.

My card this week is finished off with a bows of linen thread and some Melon Mambo rhinestones from the Noble Peacock Rhinestones.

This card was so quick and easy to make and I really love how the woodland embossing folder on the base layer adds so much dimension and texture while also allowing me to make a very clean and simple card.

The lovely Claire Daly is hosting our Heart of Christmas blog hop this week – to see what the rest of the team have made this week you can visit Claire’s page here.

To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here.

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

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