Bronwyn’s Birthday Blog Hop #2 – 1960s Card

Bronwyn’s Birthday Blog Hop #2 – 1960s Card

Welcome to Bronwyn’s second Birthday Blog hop!

We’re a group of stamping friends who are celebrating Bron’s 60th Birthday in 2022 with six blog hops, over six months, with six fun themes! This is our inspiration pic for tonight’s hop.

My card tonight is inspired by an amazing Irish designer called Orla Kiely and her iconic Stem print. Although she is a modern designer, her prints are inspired by the colours and the patterns of the 1960s.

To create my version of the stem pattern I used the Ladybird builder punch and the following Stampin’ Up! coloured cardstock: Old Olive, Balmy Blue, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Petal Pink, Calypso Coral and Smoky Slate.

I used the wing section of the punch to make my leaves – after punching, cut them in half down the middle and then mix up the colours.

The middle stems are 5mm thick strips of Early Espresso cardstock.
The sentiment is from a new stamp bundle called Sending Smiles – you can purchase this stamp and die bundle from today. I love this long narrow sentiment and matching die!
To say I’m a fan of Orla Kiely’s design is an understatement – I even have a cake tin in the Stem pattern!

Next up on Bronwyn’s Birthday Blog hop is my friend Andrea Sargent– I can’t wait to see what Andrea has created!

I’ll be back tomorrow night with the AWH Colour Creations team, where we will be starting our new 2022-23 Colour Creations blog hop.

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

In Good Taste – Bronwyn’s Birthday Blog Hop

In Good Taste – Bronwyn’s Birthday Blog Hop

Welcome to Bronwyn’s Birthday Blog hop!

We’re a group of stamping friends who are celebrating Bron’s 60th Birthday in 2022 with six blog hops, over six months, with six fun themes! This is our inspiration pic for tonight’s hop. Isn’t it a beauty!

The mix of soft neutrals with a touch of pink and the amazing texture on the basket in this inspiration photo inspired me to use the realistically textured “In Good Taste” DSP to create a home decor scene on my card.

Yes, it’s quite a “busy” card front, but as far as I’m concerned with house plants, more is definitely more! Do you agree?

My basket is die cut from In Good Taste DSP, using the bowl die from the Cookin’ dies with the leather handles made from the hinges in the Window flower box dies.

To create the gorgeous two-toned leaves for my Lady Valentine houseplant I stamped the large leaf stamps from the Plentiful Plants bundles in Soft Suede (stamped off) then coloured them in with Old Olive and Flirty Flamingo light Stampin’ Blends before die cutting.

The In Good Taste DSP is retiring soon and 50% off – I’ve just ordered another pack of this incredibly versatile DSP. A strip of the textured pink DSP creates a pink sisal carpet, and the darker wood tone DSP is die cut using long die from the Garden dies to add extra texture to the wood planks in my plant stand.

The background wood plank DSP is from the Heart & Home DSP (I thought this best matched the wood planks in the inspo photo) with the items on the plant stand stamped and die cut using the following products:

  • Stack of books – Make It Happen stamp set
  • Jug and floral pots – Welcoming Window stamp set & Window flower box dies
  • White pot and plant – Perfect Plants dies

The “Happy Birthday” sign is die cut using the stitched rectangle dies and hung on a Brushed Metallic Adhesive-Backed Dot.

Although this is a busy home decor scene, all the plants and the natural textures make me feel calm and happy. I hope my card puts a smile on your face too!

Next up on Bronwyn’s Birthday Blog hop is Sharon Dalton – I can’t wait to see what Sharon has created.

I’ll be back on Wednesday night with the AWH Colour Creations team, where we will be showcasing Smoky Slate.

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

Sweet Talk DSP Mini Album

Sweet Talk DSP Mini Album

Love is in the air this week with Valentine’s Day today, but more importantly in my household, it’s my wedding anniversary on Thursday!

This month, our AWH Creative Wow Tutorial group decided to create projects that celebrate love in all its variations. I decided to create a mini album using the gorgeous Sweet Talk Designer Series paper.

If you’ve never made a mini album before, give this one a try. It’s quick and easy to make and very addictive! Although the Sweet Talk DSP is a 12” x 12” DSP, because of the way the DSP is cut, you can also use a 6×6 DSP to make this album. 

This is what the hinge mechanism looks like from the outside edge of the album.

Once you’ve made this album and understand how the hinging system works, it’s easy to change the size of the album and of course you can make this with any DSP and decorate it any way you like.

I’ve fussy cut some hearts from another pattern in the Sweet Talk DSP and stamped the “Love You” sentiment from the Plentiful Plants stamp set onto a heart I die cut with the Bouquet of Love Hybrid Embossing Folder.

I will scrapbook the inside pages of my mini album later –  you might prefer to decorate the inside pages before you insert them into the hinges. This photo gives you a better idea of what the hinges look like.

The album is wrapped with a ribbon and closed with a bow – you can use any ribbon to match the Designer Series Paper you are using.

The February AWH Creative Wow Tutorial bundle has the detailed instructions to make this album, as well as five other projects and is available on my tutorial page. You can purchase all of the products you need to make this project in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store.

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 Pool Party.

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

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 

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Cloud Punch
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Paper Snips
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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

CASEing the Catty #351 with Happy Hedgehogs Bundle

CASEing the Catty #351 with Happy Hedgehogs Bundle

It’s been a very long time since I joined the CASEing the Catty challenge so I’m excited to play along again this week. The #CTC351 challenge is to case the 2022 Sale-a-bration Catalogue.

I decided to CASE this card on page 7 of the 2022 Sale-a-bration Catalogue.

I’ve used two new products from the January – June Mini Catalogue for my CASE: the Happy Hedgehogs punch bundle and the Hive Embossing folder. I’ve also used a FREE SALE-a-bration product, the Special Moment stamp set.

I kept the layout and design very similar to the card I’m CASEing in the catalogue, basically changing the colours and the stamp set used.

The “Thanks for brightening up my day” sentiment from the Special Moments stamp set is the perfect sentiment for my bright and shiny gold hedgehog. He certainly brightens up what is otherwise a deliberately monochromatic card!

I used Black Stazon ink to stamp the hedgehog onto the gold foil and then punched the hedgehog out using the hedgehog builder punch.

The sentiment was stamped twice, once in Memento Black and one in Versamark ink that I then gold embossed to match the hedgehog. I fussy cut both sentiments using paper snips and adhered to the card with dimensionals.

I didn’t forget the inside of the card either, using one of the sentiments from the Happy Hedgehogs stamp set. I think it works really well with the sentiment on the front of the card.

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

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 Old Olive.

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

Stampin’ Up! Heart of Christmas Words of Cheer

Stampin’ Up! Heart of Christmas Words of Cheer

Hello crafters – welcome to our last AWH Heart of Christmas blog hop for 2021! I’ve loved being inspired by the incredible creations in our Art with Heart Team.

With less than four weeks to Christmas have you got all your Christmas cards made yet? Have you even started yet? 

I finally caved in and purchased the Words of Cheer bundle after seeing so many amazing cards made with this bundle. I’ve enjoyed using this bundle so much I’ve also used it for my Merry Merlot card for our AWH Colour creations blog hop this week – come back and visit my blog on Wednesday night to see the other card I’ve made with the Words of Cheer bundle.

The large floral image gives you a lot of different options for adding colour to your card. I’ve used Poppy Parade, Mossy Meadow and Crumb Cake Stampin Blends, a Basic Black stamped sentiment and image outline, with gold accents in the die cut letters and the twine. I love how all these neutrals work together to make the Poppy Parade really pop!

Melon Mambo colour combination

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The card design is super simple. Stamp the large floral image on each side of the Basic White card stock layer, colour it in and wrap with some twine or ribbon before adhering to your card base – I used Mossy Meadow.

When die cutting with foil I use use adhesive sheets to eliminate the risk of glue on the foil. The top layer of “happy” is gold foil on an adhesive sheet and the bottom layer is die cut in Crumb Cake card stock and then popped onto the card using Stampin Dimensionals.
Not only do these large double layer dies look amazing, they are so easy to use!

To match the gold metallic Simply Elegant Trim tied around the base of the card I added Gold adhesive backed Metallic Pearls to the centre of the flowers. TIP – to get the Simply Elegant Trim to stay tied in a bow and sitting on the card I used a double knot and also adhered it to the card using glue dots.

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the lovely Christine Blain. I can’t wait to see what Christine 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 those participating.

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

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! Heart of Christmas

Stampin’ Up! Heart of Christmas

Hello crafters! Welcome to Week 21 of our AWH Heart of Christmas blog hop. It’s hard to believe that it’s less than five weeks until Christmas and after tonight’s blog hop we only have one more Heart of Christmas blog hop left this year!

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I don’t use a particular Designer Series Paper because it’s just so beautiful and I don’t want to cut it or cover it. It’s really had to see all the foiling in this photo, but the Peaceful Place is simply stunning and I wasn’t sure exactly how to use it.

With Designer Series Paper as elegant as this, I think it’s best to keep the card quite simple and let the paper be the star of the show, which is why I decided to create a Christmas latch card.

This fancy fold looks pretty fancy, but it is easy peasy to make. The card base is created from two pieces of Basic Black cardstock. The first piece measures 16 x 14.8 cm, scored at 5 cm along the 16 cm side – this is the back of the card and the left flap. The second piece measures 10.5 x 9.5 cm, scored at 1 cm along the 10.5 cm side – this is the right flap and hinge.

Once you adhere the right hinge to the right hand side of the card, you can then decorate the inside and the outside of the cardstock base and flaps with the DSP. I used this lovely foiled DSP for the inside right flap.

Here’s what all of the card looks like on the inside. Both this sentiment and the sentiment on the front of the card are from the Inspired Thoughts stamp set. Isn’t this a beautiful font?

The photo below shows how the outside of the right flap uses the DSP with the cabin print. There is a coordinating Peaceful Cabin Bundle (it includes the Peaceful Cabin Stamp Set and the Cabin Dies), but I don’t own it. This type of fancy fold is ideal for when you want to showcase DSP but you don’t own the matching bundle – all you need is a sentiment from any stamp set that works with the DSP.

The “Peace, Joy, Love” sentiment has been die cut using the Stitched So Sweetly dies and it forms the latch mechanism. After threading a length of silver simply elegant trim through the sentiment, I used a couple of Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the LEFT SIDE ONLY of the sentiment to the card – the right flap of the card slips over the left flap and under the right side of the sentiment to create a latch.

The final touch to my card was the addition of some rhinestone jewels and then tying the metallic silver thread into a bow to the right of the sentiment. This thread wrapped around the card is not only decorative … it also helps the card to sit flat.

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

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

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! Ever Eden Christmas Crackers

Stampin’ Up! Ever Eden Christmas Crackers

Hello crafters! Welcome to Week 20 of our AWH Heart of Christmas blog hop.

This week I’m using a stunning new product, the limited release Ever Eden Cotton Paper. This soft, delicate tissue-like paper offers a unique way to add dimension and visual interest to any paper project, can be used to wrap gifts, or it can be die cut, ripped, wrinkled or folded.

And it’s also the perfect thickness to create your own Christmas crackers!

The Ever Eden Cotton Paper comes in two colours: Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen. For my Evening Evergreen Christmas Crackers I tied each end with the Soft Succulent Open Weave Ribbon and for the Soft Succulent Christmas Crackers I used the Evening Evergreen Open Weave Ribbon.

These crackers are super easy to make. You can use the cardboard roll from wrapping paper, loo rolls or make your own inner tube from Crumb Cake or Basic White card stock. Each cracker is wrapped with half a sheet of Ever Eden Cotton Paper, attached to the inner tube with Tear and Tape.

Don’t forget to fill your cracker with a snap, a sweet, a joke or a treat before tying the ends with the ribbon. If you forget, you can gently untie one end and insert these things later.

The label on the Soft Succulent “Tis the season” cracker is die cut with the Tailor Made Tag dies and has a second tag cut from this gorgeous Painted Christmas DSP. The sparkly Ever Evergreen In Colour Jewels decorate both crackers.

After I made all my crackers I realised I could have used the Garden Gems from the Eden’s Garden Collection!
The label on the Evening Evergreen cracker has the “Merry Christmas” sentiment from the Christmas to Remember stamp set, die cut using one of the label dies from the Seasonal Label dies – I though the shape of this long narrow die perfectly suited the shape of the cracker.

A pinecone stamped in Crumb Cake and Early Espresso was cut in half and adhered under the long die at each end of the cracker.

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the lovely Rachel Woollard. I can’t wait to see what she 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 those participating.

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

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! Delivering Cheer & Welcoming Windows Christmas Card

Stampin’ Up! Delivering Cheer & Welcoming Windows Christmas Card

Hello crafters! Welcome to Week 19 of our AWH Heart of Christmas blog hop.

This week I’m combing a new stamp set and bundle that both work so perfectly together to create a Christmas scene card: the Welcoming Window bundle and the Delivering Cheer stamp set. I love the idea of this girl turning up to the front door with so many presents in her arms you can’t even see her face!

There is no door image in the Welcoming Window bundle, however the shutter stamped side-by-side six times creates a door that is the correct scale for the girl with the presents. I love a big solid front door like this!

The brickwork for the outside of the house is simply the Bricks and Mortar EF that has been swiped with the Crumb Cake ink pad (on the inside top side) before embossing a piece of Basic White cardstock.

This isn’t a quick card to make but it is relaxing (well, I think so!) to colour it all in and fussy cut the elements in this card using my Stampin’ Blends.

The shutter “hinge” dies from the Window Flower Box Dies were used with the Brushed Metallic adhesive-backed dots to create a door handle.

Red Rhinestone jewels decorate the Christmas trees in pots that sit either side of the front door. The pots are from the Welcoming Windows stampset but the Christmas Trees are the top section of another stamp in the Delivering Cheer stamp set.

The sentiment is from an older Christmas stamp set, the Perfectly Plaid Stamp Set. I just had to use this sentiment as it perfectly describes my Christmas scene!

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

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

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! Tidings & Trimmings Christmas Card

Stampin’ Up! Tidings & Trimmings Christmas Card

Hello crafters! Welcome to Week 18 of our AWH Heart of Christmas blog hop.

This week I finally used a bundle I’ve had for ages – I don’t know why it took me so long to open it up! The Tidings & Trimmings Bundle includes the Tidings & Trimmings Stamp Set and the Christmas Trimmings Dies. It’s on page 88 of the 2021-22 Annual Catalogue.

I love creating miniature scenes on cards and the lovely brick background you see on this card is actually a reject from the Christmas card I made for next Monday. I didn’t want to waste this embossed Crumb Cake background so I designed this entire card around it.

TIP: For a more realistic effect I swiped the inside of the Bricks & Mortar EF with my Crumb Cake ink pad BEFORE inserting the Crumb Cake card stock into the EF and running it through the cut’n’emboss machine.

The mantlepiece is simply a strip of In Good Taste DSP that I embossed using the Timber 3D embossing folder. I attached the mantelpiece to the brick chimney using Stampin’ dimensionals so it sits out like a real mantelpiece would.

The three stockings are stamped in Real Red, Crumb Cake and Old Olive (one of my favourite Christmas colour combinations), then die cut out with the stocking die from the Christmas Trimmings Dies.

The little holly leaves and berries decorating the stockings and the sentiment are also cut using the Christmas Trimmings Dies – I used Old Olive for the holly leaves and Real Red for the holly berries.

I couldn’t resist adding a tiny bow of linen thread to each of the stockings – linen thread is hands down my all time favourite Stampin’ Up! product!
I love the tiny upper case font on this sentiment. I’ve stamped it in Early Espresso to contrast with the Crumb Cake embossed background and to tie in with the colour of the mantlepiece.

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the lovely Sharon Davern. I can’t wait to see what she 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 those participating.

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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