Stampin’ Up! Smoky Slate – Week 47 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Smoky Slate – Week 47 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Yippee! The new 2021-22 Stampin’ Up! annual catalogue is live.

Have you placed an order and seen the exciting new items in it yet?

I’ve used some new products in my card today and I’m sure the other AWH team member will too as we showcase Smoky Slate, one of our neutral colours.

For my card this week I’ve decided to CASE a card from page 68 of the new catalogue. It’s the square card on the bottom left of the photo below of cards made using the new Simply Elegant Suite Collection.

The Simply Elegant Suite Collection includes a stamp set, punch, trim and this stunning Simply Elegant Specialty Designer Series Paper that features sophisticated intricate designs in these colours: Basic Black, Basic Gray, copper, gold, silver, Very Vanilla and white.

Although Smoky Slate is not one of the colours in the Simply Elegant Specialty Designer Series Paper I thought it would work very well with this colour palette.

Do you agree?

I don’t (yet!!!) have the Elegantly Said Stamp Set or the Elegant Tag Punch so I’ve used some other exciting new products to make my card.

The Better Place Stamp set is one you might overlook because it is a host set – you’ll find it on page 171 of the catalogue. I’m always very attracted to stamp sets that look like illustrations from books I remember as a child!

Instead of the Elegant Tag Punch I’ve used a new die set: Tailor Made Tags.

I bought with Christmas cards and tags in mind, but I can already see myself using these tags constantly for all types of cards.

I die cut the largest die in both vellum and Smoky Slate Card Stock before stamping in Smoky Slate ink onto the Smoky Slate card stock.

I then used a scrap of gold foil to die cut the little hole re-inforcers.

Did you notice the gold and silver trim tied through the top of the tag? It’s the Simply Elegant Trim from the Simply Elegant Suite Collection. Again, I bought this with Christmas Cards in mind but I doubt it will last that long at this rate!

I hope my card today inspires you to use your catalogue as inspiration to create your cards and projects even if you don’t have the exact same items that were used in the project you’re CASEing.

I can’t wait to see what everyone else has created with Smoky Slate today!

We will return next week on Wednesday May 12th when we’ll be showcasing a pale yellow: So Saffron.

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 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! Shaded Spruce – Week 46 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Shaded Spruce – Week 46 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 Shaded Spruce, a dark green colour from our Regals Family.

This is our last Colour Creations Showcase before the 2020-21 Annual Catalogue retires so I’m using some of my retiring favourites for this card: the Subtles Embossing folder, the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set and the Winter Woods stamp set.

I can’t take credit for the basic design of this card as I’ve CASED it from a beautiful Christmas card made by an overseas Stampin’ Up! demonstrator called Theresa McEntee. However, I felt April was was just a tad early to start making Christmas Cards so I’ve changed the sentiment and some elements of Theresa’s design to make a masculine birthday card instead.

If you don’t already have the Winter Woods stamp set it’s one I definitely recommend adding to your collection for simple stamping and for masculine cards. Although this stamp set only has a Christmas sentiment, I turned it into a birthday card by simply using a “happy birthday” sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set.

Can you see the lovely texture I’ve added to the stamped front panel using the subtle embossing folder? If you want to try this technique don’t forget to always stamp first and then emboss afterwards.

I love the colour combination of Shaded Spruce with Soft Sea Foam. Although they are the darkest and the lightest greens in the Stampin’ Up colour range they work really well together. All of the trees have been stamped in Shaded Spruce but I’ve “stamped off” some of the trees to create depth in my forest.

I can’t wait to see what everyone else has created with Shaded Spruce today!

We will return next week on Wednesday May 5th when we’ll be showcasing a neutral colour: Smoky Slate.

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 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! 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! Sahara Sand – Week 44 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Sahara Sand – Week 44 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 Sahara Sand, the lightest neutral in the Stampin’ Up! colour range.

Recognise the colours on my card this week? You probably won’t because they are the brand new 2021-23 In Colours!

From top to bottom in my ink pad stack you can see Polished Pink, Fresh Freesia, Pale Papaya, Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen.

My card is “something old, something new” this week, with the “new” being the InColours and the “old” being the lovely floral stamp set and dies that I’ve white heat embossed onto my Sahara Sand card base.

I’ve loved the Bloom & Grow stamp set and I’m going to miss it a lot when it retires in a few week’s time.

After heat embossing the larger floral stamp (top left on stamp case image), the “thank you” sentiment and some of the smaller sprigs I used my blender pen to lift ink directly off the stamp pads and colour in the images. I snipped the larger image into two pieces and arranged the flowers behind my sentiment.

Before adhering everything to the card with dimensionals, I wrapped linen thread around the Sahara Sand Layer and tied a bow.

The notecards with matching envelopes make card making so quick and easy – I used a few left over leaves to decorate the back of my envelope.

Sahara Sand is a great colour to colour directly onto, especially after you have heat embossed in white. Although I’ve used my ink pads and blender pen for this card, you could also use water colour pencils with the blender pen, Stampin’ Write markers or your Stampin’ Blends.

All of the new InColours are available as Stampin’ Blends as well as Stampin’ Write markers and you can purchase them from the 1st May.

I can’t wait to see what everyone else has created with Sahara Sand today!

We will return next week on Wednesday March 10th when we’ll be showcasing a lovely soft blue 2019-21 InColour that is about to retire: Seaside Spray.

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! Alphabet Sampler

Stampin’ Up! Alphabet Sampler

Hello to all my crafting friends!

Today I’m sharing a very special project that was a real labour of love – a hand made alphabet sampler for my niece who is about to turn three.

This was such a fun project to make and yes it did involve a lot of my stamp sets. If you’d like to make one of your own, here’s how I created my alphabet sampler.

I began by looking at my stamp sets and making a list of words I could use for each letter.

Once I worked out the word for each letter I then designed the layout to suit the images used.

The final step before I began to stamp was to calculate the size of each square or rectangle. I used a shadow box frame I found at a charity shop and each square worked out to be approximately 7cm (2 3/4 inches) square.

Here’s a close up of the top half of the sampler.

And here is the bottom half.

Letters throughout were created with the Playful Alphabet dies (die cut onto foam adhesive sheets) and the words were stamped using the Make a Difference stamp set.

The complete list of stamps used is as follows:

  • A – Silhouette Scenes
  • B – Butterfly Gala
  • C – Game On
  • D – Hot Dog
  • E – Beautiful World
  • F – Jar of Flowers
  • G & H -Baby Pull Toys
  • I – Whiskey Business
  • J- Country Home
  • K – Kangaroo & Company
  • L – Love of Leaves
  • M – Snail Mail DSP
  • N – Birds & Branches
  • O – By the Dock
  • P & Q – Timeless Tropical
  • R – Nature’s Beauty
  • S – Silhouette Scenes
  • T – Campology
  • U – Under My Umbrella
  • V – Boho Indigo
  • W – Under My Umbrella
  • X – Perfectly Plaid
  • Y – Celebrate Sunflowers
  • Z – Zoo Globe

Here’s what it looks like inside the frame.

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.

When you shop online in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store  don’t forget to use my monthly Host Code (if your order is between $50 – $250) and I will send you a thank you gift the following month. If your order is over $250 don’t use the host code because you will qualify for your own stamping rewards.

My April Host Code is ESWKFC2Y and it is valid until midnight April 31.

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Thanks for visiting my blog today. I’ll be back this Wednesday with the AWH Colour Creations Showcase – we are creating projects with Sahara Sand this week. 

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

Mothers Day AWH Creative Showcase

Mothers Day AWH Creative Showcase

Welcome to the Monthly Art With Heart Creative Showcase. 

Tonight we’re sharing Mother’s Day projects. I had a beautiful card prepared for you that used the new Butterfly Brilliance bundle and the Butterfly Bijou paper, but because this paper has now sold out I’ve quickly made a replacement card.

My colour combination was inspired by the beautiful sheet of Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper that I’ve used to decorate the back flap of my envelope.

www.whatcathymade.com.au

I wanted to make a card where the butterflies moved and I found a great technique to do this on Pinterest using a retired Stampin’ Up! Stamp set called Watercolour Wishes. I’ve adapted this technique to work with the new Butterfly Brilliance bundle.

Here’s the inside of my card, where the real magic happens – three beautiful butterflies that pop up and flutter their wings when you open the card!

It’s actually a simple technique that involves folding and scoring a strip of 20 x 5 cm Basic White card stock at 1cm, 7 cm, 13 cm and 19cm. Use washi tape to adhere them to the bottom right butterfly in the Brilliant Wings Die and run it through a Cut’ n’ Emboss machine multiple times to ensure the die cuts through all the layers.

After die cutting I stamped my 3 butterflies with Back Tuxedo Memento Ink and coloured them in using Soft Seaspray and Highland Heather light and dark Stampin’ Blends.

I also stamped and die cut another bigger butterfly for the front of my card and a smaller butterfly for the front of my envelope. The big butterfly was adhered with glue dots to an embossed Seaside Spray layer (Ornate Garden Embossing folder) on top of a Highland Heather card stock layer.

Can you see the glimmer my Wink of Stella pen has added to my butterfly?

Because the Butterfly Brilliance stamp set does not have sentiments I used the Dressed To Impress “Happy Mother’s Day” sentiment on the front of my card and the small dot stamp to create a border for the inside of my card.

Make sure you stamp this inside border BEFORE attaching the edges of the butterfly wings with some multipurpose glue.

Can you see the little butterfly that decorates the front of my envelope?

To see more Mother’s Day ideas from the AWH Team head back to Rachel’s page as she is hosting our monthly blog hops.

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 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.

When you shop online in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store  don’t forget to use my monthly Host Code (if your order is between $50 – $250) and I will send you a thank you gift the following month. If your order is over $250 don’t use the host code because you will qualify for your own stamping rewards.

My April Host Code is ESWKFC2Y and it is valid until midnight April 31.

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

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