Stampin’ Up! Melon Mambo – Week 26 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Stampin’ Up! Melon Mambo – Week 26 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Welcome to week 26 of our 2021-22 Colour Creations blog hop! Tonight we are showcasing Melon Mambo, a vibrant pink from the Brights colour collection.

Inspired by the colour combination I loved on some now retired Designer Series Paper, this week I’ve paired Melon Mambo with Blushing Bride, Night of Navy and Basic White.

Melon Mambo colour combination

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The Night of Navy Cardstock layer really makes the white and both the pinks pop, and using the Pierced Blooms dies makes for a very quick and easy card. I love making this type of card – it’s sort of like creating a 3D DSP!

The only stamping on my card is the sentiment from the Peaceful Moments Stamp Set – I chose this sentiment because it fitted perfectly into the the sentiment die cut from the Pierced Blooms dies.

Did you notice the white dot embellishments in the centre of the flowers? These are a new product coming in the January–June 2022 Mini Catalogue.

Classic Matte Dots are Adhesive-backed enamel dots with a matte finish that come in four colours: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Very Vanilla and Basic White, which is the colour I’ve used on my card today.

The beauty of this design is that it can be made in any colour combination and for any occasion, depending on the sentiment you use.

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 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:

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

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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! Heart of Christmas

Stampin’ Up! Heart of Christmas

Hello crafters! Welcome to Week 21 of our AWH Heart of Christmas blog hop. It’s hard to believe that it’s less than five weeks until Christmas and after tonight’s blog hop we only have one more Heart of Christmas blog hop left this year!

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I don’t use a particular Designer Series Paper because it’s just so beautiful and I don’t want to cut it or cover it. It’s really had to see all the foiling in this photo, but the Peaceful Place is simply stunning and I wasn’t sure exactly how to use it.

With Designer Series Paper as elegant as this, I think it’s best to keep the card quite simple and let the paper be the star of the show, which is why I decided to create a Christmas latch card.

This fancy fold looks pretty fancy, but it is easy peasy to make. The card base is created from two pieces of Basic Black cardstock. The first piece measures 16 x 14.8 cm, scored at 5 cm along the 16 cm side – this is the back of the card and the left flap. The second piece measures 10.5 x 9.5 cm, scored at 1 cm along the 10.5 cm side – this is the right flap and hinge.

Once you adhere the right hinge to the right hand side of the card, you can then decorate the inside and the outside of the cardstock base and flaps with the DSP. I used this lovely foiled DSP for the inside right flap.

Here’s what all of the card looks like on the inside. Both this sentiment and the sentiment on the front of the card are from the Inspired Thoughts stamp set. Isn’t this a beautiful font?

The photo below shows how the outside of the right flap uses the DSP with the cabin print. There is a coordinating Peaceful Cabin Bundle (it includes the Peaceful Cabin Stamp Set and the Cabin Dies), but I don’t own it. This type of fancy fold is ideal for when you want to showcase DSP but you don’t own the matching bundle – all you need is a sentiment from any stamp set that works with the DSP.

The “Peace, Joy, Love” sentiment has been die cut using the Stitched So Sweetly dies and it forms the latch mechanism. After threading a length of silver simply elegant trim through the sentiment, I used a couple of Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the LEFT SIDE ONLY of the sentiment to the card – the right flap of the card slips over the left flap and under the right side of the sentiment to create a latch.

The final touch to my card was the addition of some rhinestone jewels and then tying the metallic silver thread into a bow to the right of the sentiment. This thread wrapped around the card is not only decorative … it also helps the card to sit flat.

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

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

Product List

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! Mango Melody – Week 25 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Stampin’ Up! Mango Melody – Week 25 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Welcome to week 25 of our 2021-22 Colour Creations blog hop! Tonight we are showcasing Mango Melody, a vibrant orange from the Brights colour collection.

Although the dominant colour on my card is Mango Melody, as they say on Sesame Street, “This card is brought to you by the Adhesive Sheets and the Artistic Dies”!

The adhesive sheets and the large leaf die from the Artistic Dies do all the hard work on this thank you card that I have deliberately left unembellished so it can be used for both masculine and feminine occasions. The “Thanks” sentiment is from the Artistically Inked stamp set that you can buy in a bundle with the Artistic dies.

By adding an adhesive sheet to my Basic White card stock BEFORE die cutting the large leaf die several times, I’ve turned this die cut into a sticker. This makes it super easy to chop these branches up and adhere and easily reposition the leaves to the Mango Melody cardstock layer. There’s no fiddly glueing or worrying about glue showing on the cardstock.

Here’s another photo of my Mango Melody card, showing how this colour can either yellowy orange or a darker orange from different angles or in different lights.

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 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:

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

Product List

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! Ever Eden Christmas Crackers

Stampin’ Up! Ever Eden Christmas Crackers

Hello crafters! Welcome to Week 20 of our AWH Heart of Christmas blog hop.

This week I’m using a stunning new product, the limited release Ever Eden Cotton Paper. This soft, delicate tissue-like paper offers a unique way to add dimension and visual interest to any paper project, can be used to wrap gifts, or it can be die cut, ripped, wrinkled or folded.

And it’s also the perfect thickness to create your own Christmas crackers!

The Ever Eden Cotton Paper comes in two colours: Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen. For my Evening Evergreen Christmas Crackers I tied each end with the Soft Succulent Open Weave Ribbon and for the Soft Succulent Christmas Crackers I used the Evening Evergreen Open Weave Ribbon.

These crackers are super easy to make. You can use the cardboard roll from wrapping paper, loo rolls or make your own inner tube from Crumb Cake or Basic White card stock. Each cracker is wrapped with half a sheet of Ever Eden Cotton Paper, attached to the inner tube with Tear and Tape.

Don’t forget to fill your cracker with a snap, a sweet, a joke or a treat before tying the ends with the ribbon. If you forget, you can gently untie one end and insert these things later.

The label on the Soft Succulent “Tis the season” cracker is die cut with the Tailor Made Tag dies and has a second tag cut from this gorgeous Painted Christmas DSP. The sparkly Ever Evergreen In Colour Jewels decorate both crackers.

After I made all my crackers I realised I could have used the Garden Gems from the Eden’s Garden Collection!
The label on the Evening Evergreen cracker has the “Merry Christmas” sentiment from the Christmas to Remember stamp set, die cut using one of the label dies from the Seasonal Label dies – I though the shape of this long narrow die perfectly suited the shape of the cracker.

A pinecone stamped in Crumb Cake and Early Espresso was cut in half and adhered under the long die at each end of the cracker.

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

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

Product List

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! Magenta Madness – Week 24 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Stampin’ Up! Magenta Madness – Week 24 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Welcome to week 24 of our 2021-22 Colour Creations blog hop! Tonight we are showcasing Magenta Madness, a hot pink from the 2020-22 InColour collection.

Whenever I’m not sure how to use a particular colour in a card I turn to nature for inspiration. Take a look at the rich vibrant pink colour of this glorious peony!

I love the intricate detail in the Prized Peony stamp set – it is a “Distinktive” stamp set, which means it has a special texture that gives added depth and dimension in a single step, creating photo-realistic images. It really is one of those stamp sets that does all the hard work for you, especially if you use this larger floral stamp.

For my Happy Birthday card, I paired Magenta Madness with Mossy Meadow and Smoky Slate, but any of the greens or the neutrals will work well with this bold pink.

I love the texture of the Timeworn Type Embossing Folder. The strip of ribbon behind the peony is the Smoky Slate Textured Ribbon and the embellishments are the Subtle Shimmer Sequins.

The co-ordinating Peony Dies cut out the peony and also gave the Basic White cardstock strip and lovely scalloped edge.
There are some lovely sentiments in the Prized Peony Stamp Set, however there is no birthday sentiment so I used this one from the Art Gallery Stamp Set instead.

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 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

Di Furniss

Christine Blain

Vicki Boucher

Theresa Gerrard

Rachel Woollard  

Rachel Palmieri

Michele Taylor

Tina Gillespie

Andrea Sargent

Caroline Manwaring  

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

Product List

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! Delivering Cheer & Welcoming Windows Christmas Card

Stampin’ Up! Delivering Cheer & Welcoming Windows Christmas Card

Hello crafters! Welcome to Week 19 of our AWH Heart of Christmas blog hop.

This week I’m combing a new stamp set and bundle that both work so perfectly together to create a Christmas scene card: the Welcoming Window bundle and the Delivering Cheer stamp set. I love the idea of this girl turning up to the front door with so many presents in her arms you can’t even see her face!

There is no door image in the Welcoming Window bundle, however the shutter stamped side-by-side six times creates a door that is the correct scale for the girl with the presents. I love a big solid front door like this!

The brickwork for the outside of the house is simply the Bricks and Mortar EF that has been swiped with the Crumb Cake ink pad (on the inside top side) before embossing a piece of Basic White cardstock.

This isn’t a quick card to make but it is relaxing (well, I think so!) to colour it all in and fussy cut the elements in this card using my Stampin’ Blends.

The shutter “hinge” dies from the Window Flower Box Dies were used with the Brushed Metallic adhesive-backed dots to create a door handle.

Red Rhinestone jewels decorate the Christmas trees in pots that sit either side of the front door. The pots are from the Welcoming Windows stampset but the Christmas Trees are the top section of another stamp in the Delivering Cheer stamp set.

The sentiment is from an older Christmas stamp set, the Perfectly Plaid Stamp Set. I just had to use this sentiment as it perfectly describes my Christmas scene!

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

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

Product List

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! Just Jade – Week 23 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Stampin’ Up! Just Jade – Week 23 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Welcome to week 23 of our 2021-22 Colour Creations blog hop! Tonight we are showcasing Just Jade a mid teal green from the 2020-22 InColour collection.

Do you enjoy watercolouring? I find it very relaxing and I love the way Stampin’ Up! products make me feel like an artist! If you feel nervous about watercolouring have a go at making this card – it’s actually very easy to do and I just love the way watercolour turns out different every single time.

To make this card I used Shimmery White Cardstock, which is excellent for watercolouring, however you can use the Fluid 100 Watercolour paper if you prefer. Remember to always stamp your images for watercolouring using the Jet Black StazOn Ink Pad NOT the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad.

You’ll also need the Water Painters and I like to use the acrylic blocks as my ink palette or you can simply lift ink off the lid of the ink pads. These are the colours I used to watercolour my card.

Just Jade colour combination

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Using the two largest floral stamps from the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set I stamped around the edge of my Shimmery White Cardstock and then water coloured the flowers in Balmy Blue and Misty Moonlight, the leaves in Just Jade and the centre of the flowers in Mango Melody. I then used the Crumb Cake to watercolour the background space.

I didn’t want to cover up too much of my watercolour pattern so I kept the rest of the card quite simple, tying some linen thread around one side and into a bow and adding a small sentiment to the middle of the card. This sentiment is from the Art Gallery Stamp Set, stamped in Versamark Ink and heat embossed using white embossing powder.

It was only when writing this blog that I noticed my mistake – let’s just call it “artistic licence”! Can you see where I forgot to watercolour my card?

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 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  

Theresa Gerrard  

Di Furniss

Catherine Proctor

Andrea Sargent

Michele Taylor

Christine Blain

Rosa Leyden

Rachel Woollard  

Tina Gillespie

Caroline Manwaring

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

Product List

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! Tidings & Trimmings Christmas Card

Stampin’ Up! Tidings & Trimmings Christmas Card

Hello crafters! Welcome to Week 18 of our AWH Heart of Christmas blog hop.

This week I finally used a bundle I’ve had for ages – I don’t know why it took me so long to open it up! The Tidings & Trimmings Bundle includes the Tidings & Trimmings Stamp Set and the Christmas Trimmings Dies. It’s on page 88 of the 2021-22 Annual Catalogue.

I love creating miniature scenes on cards and the lovely brick background you see on this card is actually a reject from the Christmas card I made for next Monday. I didn’t want to waste this embossed Crumb Cake background so I designed this entire card around it.

TIP: For a more realistic effect I swiped the inside of the Bricks & Mortar EF with my Crumb Cake ink pad BEFORE inserting the Crumb Cake card stock into the EF and running it through the cut’n’emboss machine.

The mantlepiece is simply a strip of In Good Taste DSP that I embossed using the Timber 3D embossing folder. I attached the mantelpiece to the brick chimney using Stampin’ dimensionals so it sits out like a real mantelpiece would.

The three stockings are stamped in Real Red, Crumb Cake and Old Olive (one of my favourite Christmas colour combinations), then die cut out with the stocking die from the Christmas Trimmings Dies.

The little holly leaves and berries decorating the stockings and the sentiment are also cut using the Christmas Trimmings Dies – I used Old Olive for the holly leaves and Real Red for the holly berries.

I couldn’t resist adding a tiny bow of linen thread to each of the stockings – linen thread is hands down my all time favourite Stampin’ Up! product!
I love the tiny upper case font on this sentiment. I’ve stamped it in Early Espresso to contrast with the Crumb Cake embossed background and to tie in with the colour of the mantlepiece.

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the lovely Sharon Davern. I can’t wait to see what she 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! Highland Heather – Week 22 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Stampin’ Up! Highland Heather – Week 22 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Welcome to week 22 of our 2021-22 Colour Creations blog hop! Tonight we are showcasing Highland Heather, a soft purple from the Subtles colour collection.

I know I’m a bit late to the party, but this week I finally tried the Stampin’ Blends alcohol technique. Oh my goodness, gracious me – what a fantastic technique this is! If you haven’t tried this technique yet, just give it a go. There is no right or wrong, it’s easy to do and you get a totally different effect every time. All you need are Stampin’ Blends, 100% Isopropyl Alcohol, vellum and a paintbrush.

For my slimline card (10 x 20 cm) I used my dark Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend and my dark Night of Navy Stampin’ Blend. I simply scribbled random “splotches” of each colour onto vellum and then used a paint brush to gently paint the edges of the splotches with 100% Isopropyl Alcohol.

If I felt the gaps between splotches were too big, I simply waited for the alcohol to dry, added more colour with the Stampin’ Blend and repeated the alcohol painting with my paintbrush.

The sparkly stars are die cut from the from one of the glittering glimmery ombre specialty papers using the star dies from the Give It a Whirl dies. I used the Gorgeous Grape glittering glimmery ombre specialty papers – the lighter end of this ombre paper looks more like Highland Heather than Gorgeous Grape.

TIP: Once the alcohol has dried, adhere your embellishments to the front side of the vellum FIRST and them turn the vellum over and strategically place adhesive BEHIND where the embellishments sit so you can’t see the adhesive behind the vellum layer.

A snowflake from the Wonderful Snowflakes embellishments and the Merry Christmas sentiment from the Sparkle of the Season stamp set complete my Christmas card.

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the lovely Michele Taylor – 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:

Andrea Sargent

Rachel Palmieri

Kate Morgan    

Diane Furniss  

Catherine Proctor

Michele Taylor

Theresa Gerrard

Christine Blain

Rachel Woollard  

Tina Gillespie

Caroline Manwaring  

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

Product List

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 17

Stampin’ Up! AWH Heart of Christmas Week 17

Hello crafters! Welcome to Week 17 of our AWH Heart of Christmas blog hop.

This week I decided to CASE the Stampin’ up! July-December 2021 Mini Catalogue. If you don’t know what CASE stands for, it means to Copy And Share Everything. The Stampin’ Up! catalogues are a great source of inspiration for design ideas, which is why I always hold onto old copies of the Stampin’ Up! catalogues.

The card I cased is on page 57 of the July-December 2021 Mini Catalogue and I loved this card so much I bought the Heartfelt Wishes stamp used on this card.

Although I kept the colours and the layout pretty much the same as the original, I also added in an an embossed layer using one of the wintry embossing folders. Such a simple step, but doesn’t it give a wonderful dimension to the card?

Once again I’ve used the incredibly versatile Seasonal Swirl dies and matching Sparkle of the Season stamp set for the foliage the holly leaves and the pine cones. The holly berries are Red Rhinestones.

The lovely spotted Mossy Meadow strip of DSP is from Heartwarming Hugs DSP – I’ve made a co-ordinating envelope with this DSP too.

The inside of the card uses the “from our family to yours” stamp that I also used on the front of the card, more holly and strips of the Heartwarming Hugs DSP.

This strip of Gold Brushed Metallic 12″ x 12″ (30.5 x 30.5 cm) Cardstock really adds so much interest to the card – this close up shows you just how sparkly it is!

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

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