Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 13 Crushed Curry

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 13 Crushed Curry

Welcome to week thirteen of our 2020-2021 Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase.

Each week various members of our Art With Heart Colour Creations team will be bringing you weekly colour inspiration as we showcase our range of over 50 beautiful Stampin’ Up! colours in alphabetical order.

Week 13 – Crushed Curry

Crushed Curry is part of the regals family and it’s a rich, deep, warm yellow colour…which is why I thought it would be perfect to use with the Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle.

This bundle includes the Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp Set and the Sunflowers Dies but you can buy both the stamp set and the dies separately too.

I’ve seen so many different and eye-catching cards made with the sunflower bundle but for my cards tonight I’ve decided to keep to a very simple colour palette. I personally like Crushed Curry best when it’s paired with either black and white. or grey and white.

First things first – colouring in the sunflowers. You can do this in a variety of ways but love water colouring so I stamped in Stazon onto shimmery white card stock and then water coloured using the new Water Painters to lift Crushed Curry ink off the lid of my stamp pad.

Once the sunflowers were water coloured and dried they were die cut with the matching dies.

The custom background for my “Let’s Celebrate You” card was created using the side of my Crushed Curry ink pad randomly stamped onto a large acrylic block and then sprayed with water from a Stampin’ Spritzer.

This created a marbled ink effect on the block – I carefully placed the card stock onto the marbled block to transfer the ink to the paper before letting it dry and embossing it with the tasteful textile embossing folder.

The “Let’s Celebrate You” sentiment was stamped onto Crushed Curry card stock in Versamark Ink before heat embossing with White Emboss powder.

These adorable dies were used to die cut leaves and foliage out of Crushed Curry card stock.

My second card was quickly created to use up my leftover water coloured sunflowers.

I really love the sentiments in this set, especially the mixed font on this “Thanks a bunch” sentiment.

I have to confess I think I actually prefer this card to the first because the Basic Black background layer really makes the sunflowers pop!

Liking my card made from leftovers more than the original card is starting to become a habit with me!

Thanks to the deep vibrant yellow of Crushed Curry, both cards are so bright and happy in real life, but I’m curious to find out which card you prefer?

I can’t wait to see what the rest of the Art With Heart team have created with Crushed curry today. Click on the links below to see what they’ve made.

To purchase the products used in these cards simply click on the links below.

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If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the August–December 2020 Mini Catalogue, 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 Colour Creations Showcase: Week 12 Crumb Cake

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 12 Crumb Cake

Welcome to week twelve of our 2020-2021 Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase.

Each week various members of our Art With Heart Colour Creations team will be bringing you weekly colour inspiration as we showcase our range of over 50 beautiful Stampin’ Up! colours in alphabetical order.

Week 12 – Crumb Cake

I have to confess that Crumb Cake is my favourite and most used Stampin’ Up! colour, although Gray Granite has given it a run for its money since joining the Neutrals family.

I like to think of Crumb Cake as a “bridesmaid” colour – not to dark, not too light. It sits beautifully in the background, complementing any colour it is paired with without vying for attention and yet it also looks amazing on its own. This is why for me, Crumb Cake really is the perfect neutral.

There were so many colour combinations I could have used for my projects today but in the end I decided to stick with a combination of neutrals, using stamping off to add some lighter shades to my colour palette.

What started out as a clean and simple card has actually become the opposite, but that’s how I craft! And although this is not my usual style I actually love the soft, feminine and “vintagey” vibe of my wreath card.

The Dainty Diamonds embossing folder is fast becoming my favourite embossing folder – I can’t seem to stop using it! I’ve laid it onto a Crumb Cake card base and framed it with another new favourite – brushed metallic cardstock.

This photo better shows the burnished sheen the card stock gives – it is hard to photograph but simply luscious in real life!

I know it looks like I’ve used Rococo Rose to stamp my flowers, but it is actually Merry Merlot stamped off once, twice and also used at full strength for the middle of the flowers. I’ve also stamped off Crumb Cake to add variety to the leaves and buds.

Did you notice the beautiful Gold Hoop Embellishment that I used to create my wreath peeking out from beneath the foliage?

I had originally designed a card for today based on a pot and vase I had stamped in Memento before colouring in with my Crumb Cake blends, but I ended up making the wreath card instead.

Because I hate wasting leftovers (and I also had leftover flowers and foliage) I quickly made two note cards, this time using Crumb Cake card stock embossed with the Dainty Diamonds embossing folder.

The Crumb Cake blends make it super easy to give dimension to any image. I used the colour lifter bend pen in the middle of my vase card to create the shine that a vase would naturally throw.

The pot card, like the vase card, is finished off with a bow of linen thread – in my opinion linen thread and Crumb Cake really are a match made in heaven!

I have to admit I probably like my last minute leftover note cards as much as the intricate wreath card that took soooo much more time to make! Ain’t that often the way with crafting, LOL!

I deliberately left sentiments of my note cards so they can be used for any occasion. I often do this and leave my card insides blank so I can stamp the appropriate sentiment in the card as I need it.

I can’t wait to see what the rest of the Art With Heart team have created with Crumb Cake today. Click on the links below to see what they’ve made.

Next Tuesday we’ll be showcasing one of the Regals family: Crushed Curry. We hope you can join us all then.

To purchase any of the products featured in today’s post, simply contact your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, any of the ladies in the AWH Colour Creations Showcase or click on the product links below.

Product List

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

Heart of Christmas: August

Heart of Christmas: August

Welcome to the Heart of Christmas 2020 where the Art with Heart team share their Christmas inspiration with you on the third Monday of each month.

Today I’m sharing with you a card that features some adorable new products from the Stampin’ Up! August – December mini catalogue.

The Coming Home Bundle is part of the Trimming the Town Suite and one of my favourite items in the catalogue.

Last month I shared a blue, silver and white card I made using the Home Together dies, but this week I’ve used the same dies in a different way to create a double Z fold card.

A double Z fold card is one of the simplest and most versatile fancy folds you can make…and it always looks impressive!

Here are the measurements for the card base and band, although you can make the band what ever width you want and position it at any height you prefer depending on the type of effect you want.

Double Z fold card template

Once I’d cut and scored my base and band I used the long curved line die to die cut my band, creating a hilly base for my houses to sit on.

This is how I cut the 5 1/2 inch (14cm) front section of the band.

And this is how I cut the remaining two sections – I die cut them laying flat, not folded.

Before you attach your band to your card attach the DSP layer to the inside back of your card base. Attach the band and then work out exactly where you want the the little houses and trees to sit.

Did you realise the dies in this bundle cut out the trees and houses from the Trimming the Town Designer Series Paper? I just love this for quick and easy card making – it’s this sheet that co-ordinates with the dies.

I decided to narrow my colour palette to just Early Espresso, Misty Moonlight, Pool Party and Old Olive for this card. I then lined up my die cut houses and trees to ensure they looked good both when the card is closed and when it is open.

Here’s how it looks closed.

Standing up…

And fully open…

The sentiment inside and the little trees are stamped from the Coming Home stamp set but the cute “Happy Holidays” sentiment on the front of the card is cut from this sheet of DSP in the the Trimming the Town Designer Series Paper.

This DSP has sentiments in other languages too, which is great for overseas relatives!

I wanted to make a special envelope for this special card and try my hand at some snail mail art, also known as mail art or envelope art. This is where you decorate an envelope to match a card and it’s so much fun!

I used a C6 Whisper White envelope, which is the perfect size for my Double Z Fold card.

The address panel was created by using an Early Espresso marker to trace around the largest house die. The dotted lines for the address are in the Ornamental envelope Stamp set.

I also stamped and coloured in some tress from the Coming Home stamp set using my Old Olive bends.

The postage stamp was created using the Festive Post stamp set and matching Rectangular Festive Postage Stamp Punch.

Pool Party was sponged around the outside of the postage stamp to give a vintage look.

The inside of my envelope has been lined using matching DSP, die cut with the Envelope dies that coordinate with the Ornamental Envelopes Stamp set.

The C6 envelope takes the widest envelope liner die – cut a strip of DSP 15cm wide and then line up the die at the top of your insert.

Here it is being cut out on my new Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine – I love how well this machine cuts! It will be available to purchase from September.

Fold your insert so it lines up with the fold of the envelope and then all you need to do is trim the length to fit inside the envelope and glue the top flaps together.

You glue on the reverse pattern of your DSP lining.

The final touch was to embellish the outside back flap of my envelope to match the front of the envelope and the card.

I’ve had so much fun creating this fancy fold card and creating some snail mail envelope art!

The lovely Judy May is hosting our Heart of Christmas showcase this year. To see the other Christmas creations go back to Judy’s post.

To purchase any of the products featured in today’s post, simply contact your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, any of the ladies in the AWH Colour Creations Showcase or click on the product links below.

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If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the August – December Mini catalogue (AKA the Holiday 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: Rainbows

Art With Heart Creative Showcase: Rainbows

Welcome to the Monthly Art With Heart Creative Showcase. 

With all that’s happening worldwide at the moment the Art With Heart Team are here with a Rainbow theme Creative Showcase to brighten your day.

Every month the talented ladies share their inspirational ideas in a monthly Showcase and this month our projects are inspired by Rainbows.

With 40 core colours, 10 in colours and the 3 basic colours of Whisper White, Basic Black and Very Vanilla I found it impossible to chose a just a few of these colours for my rainbow, so I decided to use them all!

The only way I could fit them onto one card was to create a slimline card. For each colour I cut a 5mm thick strip with my paper trimmer and then I organised them into rainbow order onto strips of tear & tape on a Whisper White base.

It took a while to decide on a colour order – there are so many ways you could arrange these colours!

The rainbow strip was trimmed to size, mounted onto a Basic Black card stock layer and a gold foil layer before attaching it all to a Whisper White slimline card base.

The “Happy Birthday” was cut out using the Playful Alphabet dies mounted onto the new foam adhesive sheets – I love the dimension it gives!

Three Gilded Gems add a final touch of bling to tie in the gold foil layer and finish off the card.

I do have a confession to share with you.

After I finished making and photographing my card I planned to list all the colours I used in their rainbow order, but when I counted the strips I realised I have left two colours out and I don’t know which ones they are!

I deliberately didn’t include Whisper White or Very Vanilla card stock in the rainbow strip but I did include Basic Black, which means I should have 51 strips – but I only have 49.

Can you help me out and tell me which two colours I’ve left out!

The next Art With Heart Team Member to share their colouring technique with you is the very talented Caroline Manwaring.

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

Rachel Woollard

Tina Gillespie

Vicki Boucher

Sharon Davern

Ros Davidson

Catherine Proctor (you are here)

Caroline Manwaring

Thank you for viewing our Showcase tonight, we’ll be back next month with more inspiration for you.

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

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Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 11 Coastal Cabana

Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase: Week 11 Coastal Cabana

Welcome to week six of our 2020-2021 Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase.

Each week various members of our Art With Heart Colour Creations team will be bringing you weekly colour inspiration as we showcase our range of over 50 beautiful Stampin’ Up! colours in alphabetical order.

Week 11 – Coastal Cabana

Coastal Cabana is one of the brights and such a happy colour – exactly what we all need in our world right now! Today I’ve paired it with Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay, Old Olive, Crumb Cake and Whisper White to create two watercolour scenes.

I’ve used a beautiful stamp set called Seaside View that I gave to my “crafting partner in crime” (AKA known as Jenny Boffey!) as part of her birthday present last week.

I then immediately borrowed it back from her to make my Coastal Cabana Cards!

I stamped my seaside images using Black Stazon ink onto Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper and then used my smallest water painter brush to lift ink off the lids of the my ink pads and water colour my scenes.

The sentiments are also from the Seaside View stamp set but I stamped them with the Saddle Brown Stazon ink – I love this colour and I think it looks great with Soft Suede.

The background layer for my “Take Time for Yourself” card is die cut using the largest Ornate Layer die and the other layers are cut using the stitched rectangle dies.

Card two also uses the largest Ornate Layer die but it was too big for the notecard base so I trimmed the edge off the die and uses it as a lace detail at the top and the base of my card.

Don’t you love it when you already have the matching prop for a photo shoot? I found these miniature chairs at an op shop several years ago – they are so cute and just perfect for this Coastal Cabana seaside card!

Both cards are finished off with a bow of linen thread.

I can’t wait to see what the rest of the Art With Heart team have created with Coastal Cabana today. Click on the links below to see what they’ve made.

Next Tuesday we’ll be showcasing one of the Regal family: Crumb Cake. We hope you can join us all then.

To purchase any of the products featured in today’s post, simply contact your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, any of the ladies in the AWH Colour Creations Showcase or click on the product links below.

Product List

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

CASEing the Catty – Shaded Spruce and Silver Christmas Card

CASEing the Catty – Shaded Spruce and Silver Christmas Card

I’ve been following the beautiful creations of the CASEing the Catty team for a while and I decided to finally join in this week for the CTC380 challenge, which is CASEing the cover of the August – December 2020 Mini Catalogue.

There are so many beautiful cards on this cover but in the end I decided to CASE the “Seasons Greetings” card which is on the top left of the cover. I just love that little deer standing proud in amongst the trees.

I don’t have the “In the Pines” bundle yet so I used the Winter Woods and the Rooted in Nature stamp sets (with their matching dies) and the snow globe dies instead.

Slimline cards are all the rage ATM which is why I made my scene horizontal rather than the original vertical. I also switched out the gold for silver, which I personally prefer with Shaded Spruce.

These gorgeous new ribbons are both from the the August – December 2020 Mini Catalogue. The Shaded Spruce Argyle Satin ribbon comes in the “Wonder of the Season” Ribbon Combo pack and I’ve layered it on top of the Silver Metallic Mesh Ribbon.

My deer is die cut from silver foil using the Snow Globe Scenes dies.

And the “Season’s Greetings” sentiment is from the coordinating Still Scenes stamp set.

To purchase any of the products featured in today’s post, simply click on the product links below.

Product List

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

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

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