Spreading Love and Sunshine with Under My Umbrella Cards

Spreading Love and Sunshine with Under My Umbrella Cards

How are doing right now? Are you okay?

Do you have family or friends that you cannot see at the moment due to COVID19?

Even when we can’t connect in person with the ones we love, we can still pick up the phone, use social media…or surprise them with the gift of a homemade card.

And the heartfelt sentiments in the Under My Umbrella stamp set are simply perfect for making a card that shows how much you care.

I made four cards using the Scalloped Note Cards & Envelopes as my base. This pack of 20 cards with matching envelopes comes in four colours: Balmy Blue, Old Olive, Powder Pink, and Terracotta Tile.

My first card uses the Balmy Blue base and the sentiment stamp: “Rain or Shine you’re always on my mind”. I coloured in my umbrella and gumboots with my light and dark Balmy Blue blends before punching out the umbrella and the umbrella handle and fussy cutting the gumboots.

Card two uses the pink card base, with some of the flowers stamped, coloured in with Calypso Coral and fussy cut.

Card three uses some of the Bird Ballad DSP and more fussy cut and coloured in flowers and gumboots on the Terracotta Tile card.

Card four is on the Old Olive scalloped notecard, with the umbrella, gumboots and flowers all coloured in with Balmy Blue and Old Olive. I love this colour combination.

I love this stamp set and matching punch because it’s suitable for both male and female cards, as well as cards for children and adults.

It’s also one of those sets you can colour in using any colour at all. Which colour combination do you prefer?

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the 2020 Stampin Up! Mini Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue, or the Sale-a-bration 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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Art With Heart Creative Showcase: Monochromatic Cards

Art With Heart Creative Showcase: Monochromatic Cards

Welcome to another Creative Showcase with the Art With Heart Team.

It feels so good to spend some time doing something creative and calming and being able to connect with other people online in these stressful and very uncertain times.

I hope that whoever you are and where ever you are you’re staying safe and feeling okay.

This month the Art With Heart Team are featuring Monochromatic cards, that is cards that only use different shades of the same colour.

I’ve made three cards this week that each feature a different shade of green, and a different stamp set. Can you pick with green is on each card and which stamp sets I’ve used?

Card one is a thank you card that uses Granny Apple Green and the Pop of Petals stamp set. Let’s take a closer look at this card.

I stamped the “thank you so very much” sentiment from the Butterfly Gala stamp set in Memento black ink that I then die cut using the versatile stitched rectangle dies.

To add a pop of green I coloured in some of the stamped image with my light Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blend and added some bling with the Noble Peacock Rhinestones.

Card two uses the Rooted in Nature stamp set and the light Old Olive Stampin’ Blend. The sentiment was die cut with the largest square and then mounted onto Old Olive card stock die cut with a scolloped die from the using the layering scalloped die.

I decided to add some more texture with a few Old Olive fronds die cut with the bouquet bunch framelits, but I think the card would work just as well without these if you don’t have these dies.

Card three was actually the easiest to make and uses a beautiful set from the January -June 2020 Mini Catalogue that I think many people have overlooked: Birthday Jubilee.

All I had to do was stamp the largest Birthday Jubilee stamp twice before colouring the leaves in with my Pear Pizzaz marker. The sentiment is from the same set, trimmed to size and mounted using Stampin’ dimensionals. I added some bling to the centre of the largest flower using Noble Peacock Rhinestones.

All three cards use Basic Black and Whisper White as their neutral base, but Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand or Gray Granite also work really well in place of Whisper White if you’d like to try your hand at making monochrome cards.

The next demonstrator to share her monochromatic project is the amazingly talented…Rachel Woollard!

If you have a broken link or have come to this blog hop midway, you can view all the participants below:

Rebecca Jacovou

Tina Gillespie

Kate Morgan

Sharon Davern

Vicki Boucher

Catherine Proctor

Rachel Woollard

Andrea Sargent

Caroline Manwaring

Claire Daly

Michele Taylor

Reminder Sale-a-bration finishes on the 31st of March.

Contact any of the team members for more information.

Happy Birthday Card using the Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper

Happy Birthday Card using the Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper

As soon as I saw the Honey Bee bundle and the Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper in the Stampin’ Up! 2020 mini catalogue and Sale-a-bration catalogue I knew it would be perfect for making a card for my friend Amanda.

Amanda lives just around the corner from me and we quilt together, enjoy coffee catch ups at the beach and walk our dogs together. But the reason I was so excited about the Honey Bee suite is because Amanda has recently become the owner of a bee hive.

However, when it was Amanda’s birthday a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to make her a bee birthday card, I realised I hadn’t yet ordered the Honey Bee bundle. Luckily, I had a packet of the beautiful co-ordinating Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper.

This paper is so elegant with its black and white designs highlighted with touches of golden foil and I wanted to make a card that really showcased the beautiful bee patterns on this paper.

And here’s what I came up with!

For the Happy Birthday I used the happy birthday sentiment from the Happy Birthday To You Cling Stamp Set, stamping it with Versamark ink before heat embossing it in white and fussy cutting it with my paper snips.

I used the stitched rectangle dies to create a frame for my card and attached the frame using adhesive strips. I fussy cut a tiny black and white bee from the the DSP, attaching it with a mini dimensional.

Here’s my finished card with the matching envelope I made from a different sheet of the Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper.

The back of the envelope features another bee. This one is golden and larger than the one on the front of the card, but it’s also fussy cut from the Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper. I used a sticky dot behind the bee to make the envelope seal resealable.

Here’s a picture of the back of the envelope with a mini jar of honey and a bee’s wax candle that Amanda gave to me … I love that I could make a card that is just perfect for her, even without the Honey Bee Bundle!

You can earn both the Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper and the Happy Birthday to You stamp set for free when you place any order over $90 in my online store during Sale-a-bration.

You can also purchase matching dies for the Happy Birthday to You stamp set and I’ll be sharing some more cards made with this set later this week.

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the 2020 Stampin Up! Mini Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue, or the Sale-a-bration catalogue or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

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Art With Heart Creative Showcase: Masculine Cards

Art With Heart Creative Showcase: Masculine Cards

Welcome to another Creative Showcase with the Art With Heart Team.

This month we are featuring masculine themed projects. We have many masculine themed products in the Stampin’ Up! range including Stamp Sets and coordinating Dies, Designer Series Papers, Embellishments and Embossing Folders.

The Art With Heart Team have a wonderful selection of projects to inspire you to create Masculine Masterpieces, so let’s get started!

I’m sharing some techniques you can use to make masculine cards that feature Designer Series Paper – even when you don’t have the coordinating stamp set bundle from the same suite.

I’ve used the Country Club DSP as the base for all three cards. This DSP and its coordinating Golf club Dies and Clubhouse stamp set are perfect for any golf loving male or female.

My first card is an easel card – this is a super easy fancy fold that stands the card up for display. Here it is standing up. The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Birthdays.

I love how the yellow golf cart pattern looks like a strip of washi tape when trimmed to a narrow line, but most of all I love how one of the papers in the Golf Club DSP has a series of stamped images – this made it so easy to create a card without the co-ordinating stamp set.

I coloured in the male golfer using my Crushed Curry and Smokey Slate Stampin’ Up! markers, before making a custom envelope for my card.

Here’s how it looks when folded down for postage.

For card two I stamped an image from the “A Good Man” stamp set – I especially love the sentiments in this set.

I used a technique called paper piecing to make a golf shirt out of the argyle pattern in the Country Club DSP. I then coloured the rest of the image in with Stampin’ blends before fussy cutting a flag and golf bag out of some of the other Country Club DSP sheets to complete the scene.

My golfer looks like he’s plonked his chair down right on top of the 18th hole with his golf bag leaning in as he finally relaxes after a tough game.

The base of my card is a Whisper White Notecard with matching envelope which I customised to match the card.

First cover the outside of your envelope flap with Multi Liquid Glue and line up the edge of your DSP to the top fold of your envelope. Glue the outside of the envelope flap to the reverse side of the DSP before using your paper snips to trim the DSP around the edge of your envelope flap.

Card three uses the stitched nested labels to cut out lots of different Country Club DSP patterns. I attached some of the Country Club Twine across the middle of the card and then added a sentiment from the “A Good Man” stamp set.

The customised envelope flap was made in the same way as for card two but this time attached to a larger C6 Whisper White envelope to fit the card.

The next demonstrator to share their Masculine project with you is the very talented Rachel Woollard. I can’t wait to see Rachel’s masculine cards.

If you have a broken link or have come to this blog hop midway, you can view all the participants below:

Christina Barnes

Kate Morgan

Andrea Sargent

Sharon Davern

Tina Gillespie

Vicki Boucher

Catherine Proctor – you are here!

Rachel Woollard

Rebecca Jacovou

Sujatha Harding

Michele Taylor

Caroline Manwaring

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Art With Heart January Blog Hop: Sale-a-bration

Art With Heart January Blog Hop: Sale-a-bration

Welcome to the first Art With Heart Blog Hop for 2020. This month we are featuring cards using the amazing products you can earn for free during our Sale-a-bration promotion.

Until the 31st of March for every $90 you spend on Stampin’ Up! products you will earn free products from our Sale-a-bration brochure.

Hostesses earn bonuses too! When you host a party with sales above $500 you receive this Little Ladybug set in addition to the usual Hostess benefits.

Sale-a-bration also has a bonus for recruits joining during this promotion. For the joining fee of $169 you can choose your starter kit of products to the value of $235 plus a Mini Paper Cutter, a 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper sampler and their choice of stamp set.

Now, let’s get to the projects! I can’t wait to see what everyone has made!

This month I was inspired by a male member of the international Artisan Design Team – his name is Martin Stone and he is a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator from the UK. He created a tattoo style card using the Honey Bee bundle, adding his own elements with a stencil as well as by doodling with the Stampin’ Up! journaling pens.

Isn’t this so cool? It is such a fresh approach and a totally different way to use your stamps.

I’ve always loved to doodle on my stamping and I just loved the sharpness of his geometric style so I decided to give this style a go using a free stamp set from Sale-a-bration: Lovely Lily Pad.

This technique is so fun I ended up making four cards for tonight’s blog hop. I also used some of my other stamp sets and my journalling pens.

My first card features the largest water lily image, along with a circle stamp and the longest straight line stamp from the Swirly Frames stamp set and the “swirly” stamp from the A Big Thank You stamp set.

I used the free lilypad dies (a level 2 Sale-a-bration item) to cut out a mask for my water lily before I stamped the Swirly Frames line over the top of it and then I drew the rest of the image freehand with my journalling pen.

The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Birthday stamp set, stamped in versamark ink and heat embossed using white embossing powder on black card stock.

For card two I used tiny freehand dots to shade my water lily, which I framed with a dotted circle. Geometric compass points were drawn with a ruler and finished off with more doodling.

I doodled lines and dots on the large water lily for card three, before adding doodle circles above and below. The striped black and white background DSP is from another free Sale-a-bration item: the stunning Golden Honey Specially DSP.

Finally, my smallest card uses the smallest water lily stamp, the swirly stamp from A Big Thank You and more free hand doodling and tiny dots.

Which of my cards do you prefer? Even though I need more practice to get to Martin’s standard, I had so much fun creating them all I can’t make up my mind!

The next demonstrator to share their Sale-a-bration inspiration with you is…..Michele Taylor.

If you have a broken link or have come to this blog hop midway, you can view all the participants below:

Rebecca Jacovou

Vicki Boucher

Tina Gillespie

Rachel Palmieri

Kimberly Hern

Kate Morgan

Sharon Davern

Rachel Woollard

Ros Davidson

Christina Barnes

Sujatha Harding

Andrea Sargent

Catherine Proctor

Michele Taylor

What’s so exciting about Sale-a-bration?

What’s so exciting about Sale-a-bration?

From 3rd January to 31st March, it’s Sale-a-bration time!

Whether you’re a customer, thinking of becoming a demonstrator or hosting a party, Sale-a-bration has something for you.

Customers earn free products

With Sale-A-Bration you earn free level 1 product every time you reach a threshold when you shop.

Level 1 items are free products earned for every $90 spent. There are 9 level products to chose from including:

  • 5 stamp sets,
  • 2 packs of designer series paper,
  • 1 all inclusive card kit,
  • a bakers twine and sequins combo pack.

Level 2 items are free products earned for every $180 spent. You can chose from:

  • a die set that co-ordinates with one of the free level 1 stamp sets,
  • a flower punch that co-ordinates with one of the free level 1 stamp sets
  • a stamp set and embossing folder bundle.

Here’s how it works. If you spend $270 you can then choose three level 1 items or one level 1 item and one level 2 item. This gives you flexibility to choose what they want…and there are so many co-ordinating items!

Hosts earn free products and an exclusive stamp set

If you host a party (or place an order greater than $500) you will also receive another free Sale-A-Bration product – the exclusive Little Ladybug stamp set. This stamp set really is the cutest set and from February 1 you can purchase matching dies!

New Demonstrators – it’s never been a better time to join!

If you’re thinking of placing an order for $169 or more why not become a hobby demonstrator? You can drop your demonstrator-ship at any time and there’s absolutely no obligation to continue purchasing products after your initial order.

If you join Stampin’ Up! as an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator between 3 January–31 March 2020 will receive:

Would you like me to send you a catalogue?

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the Sale-a-bration Catalgoue, January-June 2020 Mini Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

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