Stampin’ Up! Pear Pizazz – Week 33 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Pear Pizazz – Week 33 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 Pear Pizzazz, a light to mid shade of green from our subtles family.

My three cards use the Forever Fern stamp set and the acrylic block stamping technique – one of my favourite techniques because it is so easy and it’s a fast way to create water-coloured looking backgrounds.

All you need for this technique are acrylic blocks, a Stampin’ Spritzer and the ink pad of your choice of colour. I used acrylic blocks sized D, H and C (left to right in the photo below).

My colour combination was inspired by the mix of colours in the beautiful Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper that co-ordinates with the Forever Fern stamp set – I also added a touch of my favourite neutral, Crumb Cake.

Although Pear Pizzazz is probably my least used green, I really love how it looks when it is used beside these other greens and blue greens. Because Pear Pizzazz has a yellow undertone, Crumb Cake is my preferred neutral to use with this colour.

To create the Pear Pizzazz background you simply ink up your acrylic block by stamping it directly onto your ink pad, mist it with a spray of water from your Stampin’ Spritzer and then press firmly into the Basic White card stock.

You can create beautiful water coloured backgrounds by pressing your acrylic block into several different colour ink pads but because I was stamping with multiple colours I simply used one colour for all three backgrounds today.

With this technique I prefer to either chose to use one colour for the background and then stamp over the top in multiple colours OR I create a multicolour background first and then use just one colour to stamp over the top.

My “Hello” card has a Shaded Spruce card stock base (20 x 13.5 cm) scored and folded in half, topped with Pear Pizzazz card stock layer (9.5 x 13 cm) and a stamped Basic White layer (9 x 12.5cm). The acrylic block I used to create the Pear Pizzazz background is size C.

The Forever Fern stamp set has a great splatter stamp and I inked up this stamp and the “Hello” sentiment in Crumb Cake before finishing my card with a simple bow of braided linen thread.

I used acrylic block size D for my next card on a Pretty Peacock card stock base (28 x 10 cm) that folds at the top. The Pear Pizzazz card stock middle layer is 13.5 x 9.5 cm and the stamped Basic White layer measures 9 x 9 cm.

This time I stamped and layered the sentiment separately to the main image using the stitched rectangle dies and I finished the card off with a double bow of linen thread.

Card number three uses acrylic block H on a Garden Green card stock base (half an A4 sheet, scored and folded at the top) with a middle layer of Pear Pizzazz, but this time I embossed the stamped Basic White layer with the Subtle embossing folder (after stamping).

The sentiment is die cut out using a stitched square and attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals and I also added a bow of braided linen thread and some Shaded Spruce embellishments from the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

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

We will be back next Wednesday 3rd February when we’ll be showcasing another one of the Subtles: Petal Pink. We hope you can join us all then.

To purchase any of the products used in my 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 January – June 2020 mini catalogue, the 2020 Sale-a-bration 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

Stampin’ Up! 2021 January to June Mini and SALE-a-bration AWH Creative Showcase

Stampin’ Up! 2021 January to June Mini and SALE-a-bration AWH Creative Showcase

Welcome to the Monthly Art With Heart Creative Showcase. Tonight we’re sharing some ideas for cards that projects using J2J mini (AKA the January – June 2021 Mini Catalogue) and SALE-a-bration products.

Yesterday shared with you a card I made using one of the SALE-a-bration items I earned for FREE by placing an order over $180 – the Berry Blessings Stamp Set & Berry Delightful DSP bundle. This Berry Delightful DSP is just stunning – there’s not a sheet in this DSP pack that I don’t love!

I have to admit that I initially overlooked the Sweet Strawberry Bundle in the January – June 2020 mini catalogue, but when I realised how well it co-ordinated with the Berry Blessings bundle I just had to get it too.

Because the Berry Blessings bundle is a FREE SALE-a-bration item you technically get both these bundles (if your order is over $180) for just $55.75!!!

My favourite thing about these two bundles together is that the Strawberry builder punch punches out images from the Berry Delightful DSP, which is why I decided to make a card today that showcases these punched pieces on both the front and the inside of the card.

Here’s the front of the card.

But it’s inside the card where the magic really happens because there is a pop-up wreath inside!

The large strawberry patterned DSP on the front of this card is the sheet you can use to punch out three shapes using the Strawberry Builder Punch: the strawberry, the blossom and the leaf.

And these three images are in different colours so you can punch out a variety of images with the one punch – it’s so cool!

This co-ordination with the punch and the DSP made this card so easy to make. For the front of the card I used my subtle embossing folder to emboss the DSP before layering it on top of a layer of Basic White and adding a layered sentiment from the Sweet Strawberry Stamp set.

Here’s a close up of the punched out blossoms and leaf that decorate my sentiment.

My pop up wreath card looks a lot harder to make than it actually is thanks to two simple folds in the white card stock layer and a simple wreath made using the Strawberry Builder punch.

Always turn your punch upside down when punching out images and if you want to get more punched images out of this DSP use your paper snips to firstly cut the images apart. Then attach a post-it note to the reverse side of the cut out DSP image and use it as a holder while you punch the images out.

The wreath pieces were layered on a circle of Basic White, cut out with the largest layering circle die. I stamped the sentiment from the Berry Blessings Stamp set in the middle of the circle before arranging and adhering my wreath pieces.

I also decorated the top of the inside of the card using leftover punched leaves, blossoms and a strawberry. Because the Strawberry Builder punch cuts off the top of the strawberry I fussy cut a strawberry top from the DSP and glued it on top of the punched out shape.

The great thing about this fancy fold pop-up wreath card is that is closes flat to pop in an envelope, it sits up open to display the wreath and it also lies flat when fully opened.

To see more January -June 2021 Mini Catalogue and Sale-a-bration inspiration from the AWH Team head back to Rachel’s page as she is hosting our monthly blog hops.

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

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  If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the January – June 2020 mini catalogue, the 2020 Sale-a-bration 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

Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point – Week 32 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point – Week 32 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 Pacific Point, a lovely vibrant blue from our brights family.

Week 32 – Pacific Point

Hands up if you have ever bought an entire pack of Designer Series Paper because you just had to have one of the designs?

As soon as I saw the Berry Blessings Stamp Set & Berry Delightful DSP bundle in the SALE-a-bration catalogue my eye was immediately drawn to this beautiful sheet of DSP, blueberry patterned on one side with a fresh blue check on the other side.

And even better still, because the Berry Blessings Stamp Set & Berry Delightful DSP is one of the SALE-a-bration items I earned this bundle for FREE by placing an order of over $180 – not hard to do with all the lovely new products in the January-June 2021 Mini Catalogue!

The colour scheme for my card today is a lovely fresh mix of the different blues and greens in this DSP. Doesn’t Pacific Point look amazing alongside Night of Navy and Balmy Blue?

I’m not sure what to call this type of card – maybe a “fancy fold belly band” card?

Whatever you call it, I promise you that fancy folds don’t get any easier than this card. Simply take a 25 x 10cm rectangle of Night of Navy card stock and score along the longest side at 10cm. Fold this flap over – this is the front of your card. I decorated my front flap with a 9 x 9cm square of the berry DSP, layered on top of a 9.5 x 9.5cm layer of Whisper White card stock.

The inside of the card is decorated with another 9.5 x 9.5cm layer of Whisper White card stock, stamped with a berry and leaf stamp from the Berry Blessings stamp set and a “birthday” sentiment.

I used the recently retired envelope dies to die cut a piece of the berry DSP to decorate the back of my envelope but if you don’t have these envelope dies you can simply trace around the back of your envelope flap and cut the DSP out with your paper snips.

The other panel on the right hand side of the card uses the reverse side of the berry DSP, cut to 4 x 9 cm and layered on top of a piece of 4.5 x 9.5 cm Whisper White card stock.

To make the belly band I trimmed a 1.5cm wide strip off the longest side of an A4 sheet of Pacific Point card stock. I wrapped it around the card and adhered it behind the “wishing you the berry best” sentiment.

The pretty little flowers on my belly band are punched out from another sheet of DSP in the Berry Delightful DSP pack using the Strawberry Builder punch from the co-ordinating Sweet Strawberry Bundle with a Blue Adhesive-Backed Gem in the centre of each flower.

The strawberry builder punch not only punches out the stamps in the co-ordinating Sweet Strawberry stamp set, it also punches out the blossoms, the leaves and the strawberries from one of the sheets in the Berry Delightful DSP – how cool is that!

I didn’t forget to decorate the front of my envelope – the berry stamps in the Berry Blessings stamp set match this DSP perfectly!

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

We will return next year on Wednesday January 27th when we’ll be showcasing one of the Subtles: Pear Pizzaz. We hope you can join us all then.

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the January – June 2020 mini catalogue, the 2020 Sale-a-bration 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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Stampin’ Up! Old Olive – Week 31 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Old Olive – Week 31 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 Old Olive, a fabulous green that is so versatile I actually use it like a neutral because it really pairs extremely well with any colour you combine it with.

For my cards today I’ve used elements from a brand new all inclusive card kit called Hello Dear Friend. Earlier this week I shared some other cards I made using the Hello Dear Friend Card Kit and today I have three more to share with you.

These three cards were inspired by one of the smaller card designs from the Hello Dear Friend Card Kit.

I loved how the stripes looked behind the yellow rose on this card, so I decided to pair the leftover die cuts with the black and white striped paper from the True Love Designer Series Paper.

You get everything you need in this kit to create 12 cards with matching envelopes…but you can make plenty more with this kit using the leftover die cuts and the stamp set, acrylic block and ink spot that are all included in the kit.

Because I used the leftover rose and leaf die cuts from this card kit with the black and white True Love Designer Series paper (both from the new January to June Mini Catalogue) my colour combination is Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Basic Black and Whisper White.

On my first card I intended to make a wreath with the die cut elements but halfway through adhering the die cuts around the sentiment I decided to create a spray of flowers instead.

By creating a spray instead of a wreath I had plenty room to add a bow of the black and white twine from the Playful Pets trim combo pack.

It also meant I now had some extra die cuts left over that I could use to create a thank you card .

This time I ran the DSP through my subtle embossing folder – it’s hard to see in this photo but it adds such a lovely texture in real life.

You might have noticed the stamped panel behind the “thank you” sentiment on the card above? It’s actually an off cut I didn’t want to waste after stamping the front panel for my third card below.

I stamped this panel using just two of the stamps in the stamp set included in this card kit. Here’s a close up of the stamps you get in this set as the photo of them in the catalogue is very small.

Running this stamped layer through the subtle embossing folder made all the difference to this card. All I had to do was add a bow of the Playful Pets bakers twine and die cut the “Just a Little note” sentiment using one of the Tasteful Label Dies before attaching to my card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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

To purchase any of the products used in my project today, simply click on the links below.

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Next week we we’ll be showcasing one of the Brights: Pacific Point. We hope you can join us all then.

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the January – June 2020 mini catalogue, the 2020 Sale-a-bration 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.

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 January 2021 Host code is VWKV2Z69 and it is valid until midnight January 31.

Would you like to get a 20% discount on everything you order? Click here to join my team:

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I’ll be back soon with another craft project but in the meantime, wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm…and keep on crafting!

Hello Dear Friend Card Kit

Hello Dear Friend Card Kit

Hello to all my crafting friends!

I don’t know about you but card kits are one of my favourite craft products. I especially love all inclusive card kits because as it says on the box, you get everything you need.

The Hello Dear Friend All-Inclusive Card Kit is perfect for new crafters, busy crafters, or crafters on the go with enough supplies for at least 12 cards. Both today and this Wednesday I’m going to show you how to make even more cards with this kit by including just a few other basic supplies.

You can see from the picture above that the Hello Dear Friend All-Inclusive Card Kit includes:
• Set of 7 photopolymer stamps
• Misty Moonlight Classic Stampin’ Spot
• Clear stamp block
• 12 printed card bases
• 12 printed envelopes
• Printed die cuts
• Copper foil die-cut labels
• Vellum die cuts with copper foil
• Copper cord
• Stampin’ Dimensionals
• Adhesive dots
• Printed decorative box

I love the bright colours in this kit. It’s a colour combination I would never think of using myself but it looks amazing.

Here are the cards I made up according to the instructions on the kit. You don’t need any extra supplies to make these cards and if you follow the instructions on the kit you will make 12 cards in total.

Did you know you can also use the stamp set and the extra die cuts to make many more cards with just a few extra products? The cards I’m sharing with you today are created with some Note Cards and Envelopes and some brand new designer series paper.

I wanted to make use of all the beautiful stamps in the stamp set that is included in the Hello Dear Friend card kit so I stamped the back of all my envelopes as well.

The little black stippling in the middle of my flowers was added using my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.

For this card I cut up one of the smaller card bases. I actually find these smaller cards so useful when giving a bunch of flowers, etc, but I also wanted to show you that they can also be used to make larger cards if you prefer.

The die cuts in this kit make these cards so quick and easy card to make – all I had to do was tie a bow of the lovely copper cording that is included in the kit.

My second card uses the largest floral die cut layered onto some new black and white striped designer series paper.

This paper is from the True Love Designer Series Paper. There are so many things you can do with this paper, whether you decide to use it as it is or colour it in!

I’ve decorated my envelope flap to match the main die cut and added a bow of the copper cord to pick up the foiling of the sentiment die cut.

For my final card I’ve fussy cut one of the pink flowers from the largest die cut piece, added some die cut leaves and a copper bow.

The Highland Heather panel was cut using one of the smaller cards in this kit, mounted onto a Basic black layer.

This time the envelope flap was stamped using Old Olive and Highland Heather at both full strength and stamped off.

To purchase any of the products used in my project today, simply click on the links below.

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If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the January – June 2020 mini catalogue, the 2020 Sale-a-bration 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.

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 January 2021 Host code is VWKV2Z69 and it is valid until midnight January 31.

Would you like to get a 20% discount on everything you order? Click here to join my team:

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I’ll be back this Wednesday with some more cards I’ve made with this kit, this time focusing on Old Olive as that is the colour we are showcasing in our AWH Colour Creations Showcase this week. 

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

Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy – Week 30 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy – Week 30 AWH Colour Creations Showcase

Welcome back to our Colour Creations Showcase in 2021 as we continue our showcase of over 50 beautiful Stampin’ Up! colours in alpha order.

Night of Navy is one of my all time favourite colours and because it is a neutral it works so well with so many different colours. This week my colour combination was inspired by the stunning Paper Blooms DSP, one of the free SALE-a-bration items you can earn with any purchase over $90.

I made three cards today using the designer series papers in this pack that consist of mainly Night of Navy, Seaside Spray, Soft Sea Foam, Whisper White…and just a touch of Old Olive. Isn’t this such a soothing and relaxing colour combination?

As well as the Paper Blooms DSP I’ve used another new SALE-a-bration product you can earn with any purchase of $90 or more – the “Heal Your Heart” stamp set.

What I like about this stamp set is the mix of fonts – I think it looks really visually appealing on a card.

Because there is a mix of large and small floral designs and more neutral graphic patterns I created three cards to show the different ways you can use this designer series paper to create both masculine and feminine cards.

The first card was super easy to make using 2cm strips of DSP evenly spaced on an angle on a base piece of Whisper White card stock. Adding strips on an angle immediately creates visual interest.

Once I’d added all the strips I used my paper trimmer to trim the rectangle to measure 14.5 x 9.5cm and adhered it onto a 15 x 10 cm card base.

I wanted to keep this card quite neutral and masculine so I didn’t add any ribbon or flowers. The “We’re in this Together” sentiment is punched out with the story label punch and layered on top of a Night of Navy stitched oval.

My “Sorry for Your Loss” card was inspired by a series of cards created by a German Stampin’ Up! demonstrator who fussy cut the flowers out of the Paper Blooms DSP and used them with the Wreath Builder Dies.

I’ve come up with a much simpler version today that doesn’t require as many layers or as much fussy cutting.

This close up shows you the detail of the Night of Navy flowers I fussy cut for my wreath – these were actually super quick and easy to cut out using my paper snips.

Probably my favourite stamp from the “Heal Your Heart” stamp set is the “Thank You” stamp with its large, elegant floral script. I decided make a super quick and easy thank you card with this sentiment, also adding a few left-over die cuts from my wreath card for extra dimension and interest.

The “Thank You” sentiment was die cut using the “Stitched So Sweetly” dies – I love how this sentiment and the pretty floral design of the DSP do all the work for you on this card.

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

To purchase any of the products used in my project today, simply click on the links below.

Product List

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the January – June 2020 mini catalogue, the 2020 Sale-a-bration 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.

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 January 2021 Host code is VWKV2Z69 and it is valid until midnight January 31.

Would you like to get a 20% discount on everything you order? Click here to join my team:

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I’ll be back soon with another craft project but in the meantime, wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm…and keep on crafting!

Cathy xx

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