Stampin Up Gray Granite Graduation Card – Week 25 AWH Colour Creations

Stampin Up Gray Granite Graduation Card – Week 25 AWH Colour Creations

Welcome to week twenty five of our Art With Heart 2022-23 Colour Creations blog hop!

This is a weekly blog hop where we showcase the stunning range of Stampin’ Up! colours in alphabetical order over 12 months and this week we are featuring Gray Granite from the neutrals family.

I made this card for a very special ocassion – my eldest son’s university graduation last week! He actually finished uni not last year, but the year before, but thanks to Covid they are running a bit behind with the graduation ceremonies.

I specifically bought the Breaking News Stamp Set to make Samuel’s graduation card, however I think it’s going to be great for all kinds of cards. Working in publishing all my life, I love having a newspaper stamp set in my collection!

I also wanted to also incorporate a Mortar Board on my card and so I used a couple of the Stylish Shapes Dies to make a mini Mortar Board with a Black Brad from the Round & Square Brads and some Black Baker’s Twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack to make the tassel.

I jazzed up the Celebrate Everything 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper using my Gray Granite Stampin’ Blends and some Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

We gave Samuel some cufflinks engraved with his initials, the abbreviation of his degree, the date of his graduation and the name of the university he graduated from – Macquarie University.

The cufflinks arrived in a lovely box and gift bag so there was no need for me to “reinvent the wheel” with the packaging. I simply adhered the Celebrate Everything 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper to the black gift bag and tied some Gray Granite Shimmer Ribbon around the cufflinks box.

This fireworks DSP pattern just screams celebration to me and it could be easily customised with any colour.

Here’s the inside of the card – how cute is that little diploma/degree scroll stamp! Once again, it was coloured with Gray Granite Stampin’ Blends.

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

Tina Gillespie

Kate Morgan  

Di Furniss

Rachel Palmieri

Kathryn Ruddick  

Christine Blain  

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 be showcasing one of the Subtles, Highland Heather.

I hope you can join us then.

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products –  Accented Blooms

Farewell to 2019-20 Retiring Products – Accented Blooms

It’s day two of my “Marie Condo” farewell to the retiring products from the 2019 Annual Catalogue and the 2020 January to June Mini Catalogue. You can view all the retiring products in my online shop.

Every day I will be featuring a stamp set that is retiring and thank it for its service by showcasing a card (or two) that I’ve made with the stamp set.

And today’s stamp set is (drum roll)….. Accented Blooms.

This is such a fun set to play with because the two large sentiments can be punched out using the Tailored Tag punch. However, for my first card today I’ve taken a different approach, using the smallest circle in the Stitched Shapes Die set to die cut out sections from the largest stamp in this set.

After stamping the image in Memento Ink and die cutting the circles I used my blends to colour in the flowers. Here’s a close up of these beautiful flowers.

A simple Crumb Cake Card base is always my go to for any colour and here I’ve added a strip of the retiring Burlap Ribbon to layer my sentiment onto before the final touch – a simple linen thread bow. I die cut the sentiment using a stitched rectangle die to match the stitched circles.

I loved the look of Crumb Cake with this card so much I made a simple square monochromatic card using the large flower image again, but this time featuring the hello stamp, punched out with the tailored tag punch.

Did you notice the bling on this card? They are the brand new Gilded Gems from the Ornate Garden Suite. These are an early order item from the new catalogue and available now. I love these gems!

I hope you are enjoying a daily hit of crafting inspiration…I’m certainly enjoying taking the time to create every day.

Here is the list of products for the card I made today.

Product List

Would you like me to send you your very own Stampin’ Up! 2020-21 Annual Catalogue?

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the 2020-21 Stampin Up! Mini Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue, or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

I’ll be back tomorrow with another card or two to farewell another retiring stamp set.

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

Art With Heart Blog Hop: 2018 Holiday Catalogue

Art With Heart Blog Hop: 2018 Holiday Catalogue

Tonight the Art with Heart team are sharing creative projects featuring the 2018 Holiday Catalogue. 
We hope our blog hop inspires you to get creative and make some fabulous Christmas creations. If you would like a copy of the Holiday Catalogue, contact any of the girls on the blog hop and we will get in touch with you.
Tonight I’m showcasing the cutest bundle from the Holiday Catalogue: Tags & Tidings. What’s so special about this bundle is that it is one stamp and one die, allowing you to make 16 tags at one time! How clever is that?
There are a couple of tricks to using this bundle. Firstly, I used the die to ensure my stamp was correctly aligned before I stamped it and secondly, I highly recommend using the Stamparatus when stamping such a large stamp. 
Here’s how to use the die to align the stamp. I turned it upside down (so the side you stamp on is facing upwards) and ensure the stamp fits into the die. This ensures that your stamped images will fit exactly into the die shapes when you run it through the Big Shot.
And here’s the perfect image you get when you stamp with the Stamparatus…
Oh, and one more trick…I use washi tape to cover and protect my Stamparatus magnets (see my photo above), AND to hold the die in place over my stamped image before I cut it with my Big Shot (I forgot to take a photo of this bit). 
I coloured these images in using my Garden Green and Poppy Parade Markers and then turned them into mini gift cards. Check out all the cards that this one stamp makes…16 of them!!!
Because these tags are teeny tiny, I decided to turn them into gift cards that would fit into Stampin’ Up!’s 3 x3 inches envelopes by firstly making Whisper White card bases slightly smaller than the envelopes.
I used the layering square framelits and the Stitched shape framelits to cut different sized squares of Garden Green and Poppy Parade cardstock with my Big Shot and then I also die cut some squares out of the Santa’s Workshop Memories and More Cards.
The gift cards below are the ones where I used the Memories and More Cards as DSP. It’s a great way to add some extra pattern and interest to your cards.
To embellish my cards I used Garden Green bakers twine, Whisper White bakers twine (although looking at my photos above I can see I accidentally used Very Vanilla bakers twine on one of the cards, Whoops!!!), Poppy Parade 1/2″ Textured Weave Ribbon, stickers from the Santa’s Workshop Memories and More Cards and the darling little Santa’s Workshop Enamel Shapes. 
I’ll present these gift cards as little gifts, packaged up six at a time (with their matching envelopes), in our Stampin’ Up! pizza boxes…all tied up with a bow and using one of the gift cards as the card to go with the box of cards.
Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented, Rachel Woollard.    

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

Caroline Manwaring
Sharon Davern
Tina Gillespie
Ros Davidson

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