Starry Sky Teacup Dies Card – Week 3 AWH Colour Creations

Starry Sky Teacup Dies Card – Week 3 AWH Colour Creations

Welcome to week three of our Art With Heart 2022-23 Colour Creations blog hop! We are showcasing each of the 5 new In Colours for the first 5 weeks before we then feature our core colours in alphabetical order for the rest of the year.

Our third new In Colour is Starry Sky, a rich and dramatic midnight blue.

Here’s what Starry Sky looks like in comparison to the other current Stampin’ Up! blues and blue/green aqua colours.

My card today is a belated Mother’s Day card for my mum who loves beautiful old china cups and anything blue and white – blue is her favourite colour. I’ve used both the Teacup Dies and the Flowers of Home Dies to create a Wedgewood like effect on my teacups.

Smaller dies can often be overlooked, but these dies from the Flowers of Home Dies are the perfect scale for these teacups. The “fern” die on the other teacups is one of the dies in the Teacup Die set.

My top tip for adding these detailed dies to the top of your teacups? Make sure you adhere an adhesive sheet to the reverse side of the cardstock you are die cutting BEFORE you die cut it with these floral dies. It makes it so much easier to adhere them without getting glue everywhere.

The Teacup Dies don’t have a saucer die, however that is easily fixed. The plain oval from the Double Oval Punch or the smallest plain oval die from the now retired Oval Layering Dies (these two ovals are virtually identical in size and shape) work perfectly as a saucer for the teacups.

I used my light Gray Granite and light Starry Sky Stampin’ Blends to draw a line under the base of each cup to “anchor” the cups into their saucers.

The “Happy Mother’s Day” sentiment from Flowering Tulips stamp set was the perfect shaped sentiment for this layout, however you could replace this sentiment with the “Happy Birthday” “Thank You”, “Thinking of You” or the “Hello” sentiment from the new Go To Greetings stamp set.

An oversized card requires an oversized envelope, so I made a simple one using one of the DSP patterns from the new stunning Sun Prints DSP.

Both sides of this DSP perfectly match the colours I’ve used in my card today: Starry Sky, Gray Granite and Basic White.

Gray Granite Baker’s Twine and two square white brads make an easy and stylish closure.

As well as mix and matching your dies, don’t forget to mix and match your stamp sets too. To make the perfect sentiment for my mum I combined the “Thank you” sentiment from the Cup of Tea Stamp set and the “love you so much” sentiment from the Flowering Tulips stamp set.

I added a capital “I” to make the sentiment read “I love you so much” by stamping the “/” stamp from the new Alphabest stamp set on an angle and it worked perfectly!

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the lovely Andrea Sargent – I can’t wait to see what Andrea has made this week!

If at any time you find a broken link, you can find the complete list of all participants below.

Andrea Sargent

Diane Furniss  

Theresa Gerrard

Kate Morgan  

Rachel Palmieri

Amie McIlroy  

Tina Gillespie

Rachel Woollard  

Sharon Davern  

Christine Blain  

Ros Davidson  

Michele Taylor   

Rosa Leyden 

Catherine Proctor – you are here!  

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

Product List

Next Wednesday we will showcase another new In Colour – Sweet Sorbet, a very vibrant red,

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

Cath xx



Parakeet Party Paradise Palms card – Week 2 AWH Colour Creations

Parakeet Party Paradise Palms card – Week 2 AWH Colour Creations

Welcome to week two of our Art with Heart 2022-23 Colour Creations blog hop! We are showcasing each of the 5 new In Colours for the first 5 weeks before we feature our core colours in alphabetical order.

Our second new In Colour is Parakeet Party, a vibrant lime green that is almost fluorescent. This colour screams happy and demands to be noticed!

Here’s what Parakeet Party looks like in comparison to the other current Stampin’ Up! greens – we have so many gorgeous greens to choose from I had to shrink this image down to fit it on the page!

My card today is very quick and easy to make and shows just how gorgeous Parakeet Party looks with blue/green colours. The background is created using three different blending brushes and these three colours: Pool Party at the top, Parakeet Party in the middle and Bermuda Bay at the base.

The palm trees and grass die cut in Basic Black cardstock using the Paradise Palm dies really pop against this vibrant background.

The sentiment is from the Paradise Palm stamp set, heat embossed in white and die cut using a Potted Succulent die. I really enjoy making gender neutral designs because they are so versatile.

This scene takes me back to very happy time, sitting on a Hawaiian Beach and watching the sunset with my boys.

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the lovely Kathryn Ruddick – I can’t wait to see what Kathryn has made this week!

If at any time you find a broken link, you can find the complete list of all participants below.

Tina Gillespie

Diane Furniss  

Andrea Sargent  

Amie McIlroy

Kate Morgan

Christine Blain

Michele Taylor

Rachel Woollard

Rosa Leyden

Theresa Gerrard

Ros Davidson

Sharon Davern  

Rachel Palmieri 

Catherine Proctor – you are here!  

Kathryn Ruddick

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 – Starry Sky, a very deep blue.

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

Cath xx



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



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

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



Smoky Slate Symbols of Fortune Screen Card – AWH Colour Creations

Smoky Slate Symbols of Fortune Screen Card – AWH Colour Creations

Welcome to week 43 of our 2021-22 Colour Creations blog hop! Tonight we are showcasing Smoky Slate from the Neutrals family.

This gorgeous Symbols of Fortune Designer Series paper is so stunning I wanted to make a card that allowed me to showcase the 6 foiled sides that also feature Smoky Slate.

A screen card is the perfect type of fancy fold for this Asian-inspired DSP, so I designed a screen card using an A4 sheet of Smoky Slate cardstock, making it narrow enough to fit inside one of the new Slimline Envelopes.

To make the card base, trim 2.8 cm off the end of a piece of A4 card stock, then score and fold the cardstock at 9 cm and 18 cm. Cut 6 foil layers measuring 8.5 x 19 cm and adhere to both sides of the cardstock base as shown below. I didn’t have enough gold foil so I used silver foil instead.

To make the “feet” of the screen card I used the Label Me Lovely punch. Fold the card up and punch through all three layers at once so the feet align when the card is folded flat.

The DSP screen fronts measure 8 x 18.5 cm – there are 6 foiled patterns in the Symbols of Fortune DSP, so I used one of each design. This is the reverse side of the card – if you wanted somewhere to write a message you could add a panel of plain white cardstock to this side of the card.

The “happy birthday” sentiment is from Celebrate With flowers, stamped in Smoky Slate and die cut using the Ornate Layers dies.

I love how this vertical sentiment and the proportions of the Ornate Layer die both perfectly match the dimensions of this slimline card!

A scrap piece of Basic White cardstock was die cut using the same Ornate Layers die to create a matching address label for the front of the slimline card.

This fancy fold is a wonderful card design to send to someone who likes to display their cards as it stands up very well – it really does look like a mini screen!

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.

If you live in Australia, you can find and purchase all these products in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store or by clicking on the links below.

Product List
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We will be back to showcase Smoky Slate on April 13.

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

Cath xx



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

Shaded Spruce Cactus Cuties Card – AWH Colour Creations

Shaded Spruce Cactus Cuties Card – AWH Colour Creations

Welcome to week 42 of our 2021-22 Colour Creations blog hop! Tonight we are showcasing Shaded Spruce from the Regals family.

Have you ever looked at the index of bundles at the back of the Stampin’ Up! catalogues? They are filled with some wonderful card ideas and I often forget to look at them, but this week I’ve CASED the Cactus Cuties bundle card from the back of the January – June Mini Catalogue. I loved the way the background had been created using strips of DSP and cardstock, as well as the fresh vibrant mix of greens and pinks. This is the colour combination I’ve used for my card.

Shaded Spruce Colour Combination

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To make the striped background I simply layered 3/4 inch strips of DSP and card stock onto a card base covered in Stampin’ Seal. Both DSP patterns are from the Pattern Party DSP and the strips of cardstock are Shaded Spruce, Just Jade, Blushing Bride and Flirty Flamingo.

My cactus layer is a mix of stamping directly onto the Basic White layer, stamping and fussy cutting or using the Cactus builder punch to punch out the shapes. I love the slightly retro feel of the images, type fonts and shapes in the Cactus Cuties bundle…for me it evokes those mid-century houses in LA with their incredible cactus gardens.

This is such a fun and versatile bundle for making both male and female cards using all kinds of colours. I’ve stamped the cactus on the left in Mint Macaron with Blushing Bride flowers and popped it into a punched out Shaded Spruce pot. The cactus on the right is stamped in Shaded Spruce and punched out with a Flirty Flamingo pot that is fussy cut using Paper Snips.

The “Just a Note” sentiment is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and a few “Sequins for Everything” add a touch of sparkle to my Cactus Cuties card.

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.

If you live in Australia, you can find and purchase all these products in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store or by clicking on the links below.

Product List

We will be back to showcase Smoky Slate on April 6.

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

Cath xx



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