Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 16

Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 16

Hello crafters! Welcome to Week 16 of our AWH Heart of Christmas blog hop.

This week I have another two Christmas Bauble cards, made using the Delicate Baubles dies and Bright Baubles stamp set from the Bright Baubles Bundle.

I’ve used some of the Stampin’ Up! specialty papers for my bauble cards. Card one uses Red Foil for the base of the bauble and Snowy White Velvet Sheets for the intricate “Merry & Bright” pattern detail on the bauble. I’ve taken this super close up photo to show you how shiny the red foil is and how gorgeous this velvet paper is – I wish you could stroke this card!

For both bauble cards I’ve embossed the Basic White layer using the Tasteful Texture Embossing Folder.

There is another layer of red foil behind the embossed Basic White layer. To get the most out of my craft supplies I’ve cut a large rectangle out of the centre of this layer BEFORE I assembled the card.

The “Merry & Bright” sentiment from the Bright Baubles stamp set matches the die cut and it was embossed in silver to match to Metallic Mesh Ribbon bow.
For card two I used the green foil for the base of the bauble and a Snowy White Velvet Sheet for the intricate “Joy” pattern detail on the bauble.
Once again, I die cut the rectangle out before layering so I didn’t waste any foil.
Here’s a close up of the die detail and that gorgeous Snowy White Velvet Sheet.
I decided to make this card horizontal and use two of the sentiments from the Bright Baubles stamp set to match the “Joy” on the die cut.

For both cards I adhered an adhesive sheet to the back of the Snowy White Velvet Sheet before die cutting – this turns it into a sticker and ensures there is no glue mess on the bauble.

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

Stampin’ Up! Granny Apple Green – Week 20 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Stampin’ Up! Granny Apple Green – Week 20 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Welcome to week 20 of our 2021-22 Colour Creations blog hop! Tonight we are showcasing Granny Apple Green, a vivid green from the Brights colour collection.

It’s such a cold, wet and windy day here in Sydney – the sort of weather that calls for a bright and happy rainbow card!

The rainbow colours on this card from top to bottom are:

  • Real Red
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Daffodil Delight
  • Granny Apple Green
  • Pacific Point
  • Gorgeous Grape.

Because I didn’t feel there was enough Granny Apple Green in the card to justify using it for a Colour Creations Granny Apple Green blog hop, I made a matching envelope to showcase this vibrant green, using the Pattern Party DSP.

The layering circle dies make this card quick and easy to make. I created the top and bottom rainbows by die cutting a circle of Real Red with the largest circle die then die cutting it again with the next smallest sized circle and repeating that process with all the colours, using smaller and smaller circle dies. I carefully adhered the colours in rainbow order onto a circle of basic white and cutting it half. The rainbows on the sides of the card use the leftover circles, adhered in the same colour order.

TIP: adhere these circle in 2 sections of 3 layers each and cut them in half BEFORE adhering both sections together. These rainbows are 6 layers thick and too thick to be cut in half with paper trimmer all at once.

The scoring and cutting pattern for the envelope is shown in the photo below – whatever size your card is, make sure your finished envelope allows enough room for the card to slide in and out.

This card measures 11.5 x 11.5cm (4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches) so I made my envelope 12.5 x 12.5 cm (5 x 5 inches). The flaps either side are scored at 2.5 cm (1 inch) wide and, the bottom flap is scored at 9.5 cm (3 3/4 inches) and the top flap is scored at 6cm (2 3/8 inches).

The back flap of the envelope closes with die cut Basic White circles secured to the card with square brads and a tie made using a short length of Basic Black Bakers Twine twisted around them. The “Hello” sentiment is from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set.

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

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the the full list of participants below:

Kate Morgan  

Tina Gillespie 

Andrea Sargent

Rachel Palmieri 

Catherine Proctor – you are here!

Rachel Woollard 

Theresa Gerrard

Michele Taylor 

Christine Blain

Diane Furniss 

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

I’ll be back with another Christmas card next Monday. In the meantime, wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm … and keep on crafting xxx



Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 15

Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 15

Hello crafters! This week I’ve made a Christmas Bauble card using the two stamp sets from the Painted Christmas Suite Collection: Christmas Season (a stamp set with images) and Christmas to Remember (a sentiment stamp set).

To create the bauble shape I used the largest of the layering circle dies as a guide to draw a pencil circle outline to stamp within.

Then I stamped the leaves and berries in a traditional Christmas colour scheme – Shaded Spruce, Granny Apple Green and Real Red – before using the same large layering circle die to cut out my bauble.
The Basic White card base has a layer of Real Red cardstock, topped with another layer of Basic White cardstock, embossed with the Merry Melody Embossing folder.
The “Merry Christmas” sentiment is stamped in Versamark ink onto Basic Black cardstock before heat embossing with white embossing powder.

Some Cherry Cobbler and Shaded Spruce jewels from the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels add sparkle to my Christmas bauble, as well as Wink of Stella applied to the berries.

To “hang” my bauble onto the card I’ve made a hanging loop and a bow of the Real Red Sheer Ribbon. I’ve cut the ribbon ties in half to add extra interest to my card.

The inside has been stamped to match the font of the card, with another lovely sentiment from the Christmas to Remember stamp set.

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

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! Gorgeous Grape – Week 19 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Stampin’ Up! Gorgeous Grape – Week 19 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Welcome to week 19 of our 2021-22 Colour Creations blog hop! Tonight we are showcasing Gorgeous Grape, a bright purple from the Brights colour collection.

I made a card and I wasn’t sure it worked. So I made another card and I still couldn’t decide which one to post …

So, I present to you my “this or that?” Gorgeous Grape cards!

The Hydrangea Haven Bundle includes the Hydrangea Haven Stamp Set and the Hydrangea Dies. There are so many different ways to use this set.

This card has a Crumb Cake cardstock base and the hydrangea is coloured using the Gorgeous Grape and Granny Apple Green Watercolour Pencils, blending them with the Blender pens. Both my cards have a Basic White layer embossed with the Typeworn Type Embossing folder.

The smaller Basic White panel has been coloured in Gorgeous Grape using the blending brushes. Linen Thread and Basic White Bakers Twine are wrapped around the blended panel and Fresh Freesia embellishments from the 2021-2023 In Color Jewels in the hydrangea.

This card has a Basic White card base and the Hydrangea is stamped with Gorgeous Grape and Granny Apple Green. I used the long die from the Hydrangea Dies to cut the individual flowers from Gorgeous Grape cardstock.

I took this card up a notch by splattering and curling up the edges of the background embossed layer, also embossing the smaller front panel and using the Gorgeous Grape ribbon, cut in half for the bow. The stamped hydrangea is a lot darker than the hydrangea coloured in pencils in the other card.

I love the tiny tag that comes in this bundle!

This or that? I’m still not sure which card I prefer!

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

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the the full list of participants below:

Catherine Proctor – you are here!

Kate Morgan

Rachel Woollard  

Tina Gillespie

Vicki Boucher ​​

Rachel Palmieri

Michele Taylor

Theresa Gerrard

Andrea Sargent

Ros Davidson  

Rosa Leyden

Christine Blain

Diane Furniss  

Caroline Manwaring

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

I’ll be back with another Christmas card next Monday. In the meantime, wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm … and keep on crafting xxx



Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 14

Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 14

Hello crafters! It’s a long weekend here in Sydney, Australia and Saturday was World Cardmaking Day. Did you make a card?

Normally, I love to host an open house on World Cardmaking Day, however, as we are still in lockdown I enjoyed a couple of online craft and chat zoom sessions instead. Not quite the same, but hopefully next year we can gather together in person again.

Even since I saw the Christmas Whimsy Card Kit on page 2-3 of the July – December 2021 Mini Catalogue I’ve been waiting for its release. On Saturday afternoon, four of us zoomed together as we created with this kit.

Here’s what you get in this kit – I love that the acrylic block and ink spot are included. After you make up your cards you still have a block, an ink spot and a stamp set that you can use to make even more cards!

Kits are ideal for this sort of virtual crafting as they are not complicated to make, everything you need is included in the kit and everyone has the same materials. With a kit there is no need to do any pre cutting either, which makes it so much faster to make a stack of cards!

Here’s what I made during the zoom. Two of the cards are assembled as per the instructions and two are my own variations.

Card one is an outdoor sleigh card. The only stamping required is the snowflakes on the night sky, the “Merry Christmas to you” sentiment tag and the greeting inside the card.

Card two depicts an indoor scene, with the girl reaching up to pop the star on top of the Christmas tree.

For card three I used my paper snips to chop up the presents from the sleigh and place them under the tree. I also added the boy from card two who is holding the present so it looks like he is about to add another present to the pile under the tree.

I had cut a length of the gold twine to attach the tag in card one but I had found the length suggested to be a bit too short, so I recut a longer piece of gold twine. So as to not waste this shorter piece of twine, I added it to this card to create a Christmas star garland, using some of the gold star stickers from the Christmas Whimsy Card Kit.

Card four uses the leftover sleigh that I had chopped the presents off. I thought it would look cute to have the girl pulling the sentiment across the front of the card.

A bow of the gold twine through the tag finishes this card. All of the cards come with a gorgeous gold edged envelope.

So, which version do you like the best? I love the whimsical feel of them all and the fact that this Christmas Whimsy Card Kit takes all of the hard work out of crafting! It was so relaxing connecting with friends and crafting this kit together on World Cardmaking Day.

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

Stampin’ Up! Garden Green – Week 18 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Stampin’ Up! Garden Green – Week 18 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Welcome to week 17 of our 2021-22 Colour Creations blog hop! Tonight we are showcasing Garden Green, a mid green from the Regals colour collection.

As SALE-a-bration ends tomorrow night I decided to bring together three of my favourite products from SALE-a-bration for my card tonight: the Be Dazzling DSP, the Beautifully Penned Designer Series Paper and the Summer Shadow Dies.

Although Garden Green is not a green I use very often, I really like pairing it with Basic Black and Soft Seafoam.

These Summer Shadow Dies are a great die set because they work so well on their own or you can use them to cut out the stamped images from the Shaded Summer Stamp Set. You can use them as single layer dies or layer them – I’ve done both single and double layers on my card.

The black and white Beautifully Penned Designer Series Paper goes with any colour and you can use it just as it is or you can colour it in.

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

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the the full list of participants below:

Kate Morgan 

Michele Taylor 

Sharon Davern

Ros Davidson 

Tina Gillespie ​​

Diane Furniss 

Catherine Proctor – you are here!

Theresa Gerrard

Caroline Manwaring  

Andrea Sargent

Rachel Palmieri

Christine Blain  

Rachel Woollard

Rosa Leyden 

If you live in Australia, you can find and purchase all these products 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 September Host Code is WVX3UYCR and it is valid until midnight September 30.

I’ll be back with another Christmas card next Monday. In the meantime, wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm … and keep on crafting xxx



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