Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The Heart of Christmas - Week 25

Welcome friends to Week 25 of The Heart of Christmas from the Art with Heart Team.

I really enjoyed making this weeks cards and I hope you'll enjoy them too and have a go at making some yourself as they are really easy and fun.

I have used the Quilted Christmas 6" x 6" DSP stack from our Christmas/Holiday Catalogue to create the tree branches, which I've cut out using the triple banner punch. They're all 1/2" wide strips and measure 4" for the longest and 1/2" shorter for each one after that - roughly. Just trim with the punch until your happy with each length. I ran a piece of the copper Year of Cheer washi tape down the centre of the Whisper White card base front and then just layered the strips on slight angles. The tree base is cut from a piece of Soft Suede cardstock using the largest triangle from the Quilt Builder Framelits, and I wrapped another piece of washi tape around the middle of this and stuck the tails at the back so that it had a neater finish on the sides. The sentiment is stamped in Real Red and is from the 'Teeny Tiny Sentiments' stamp set, and it's cut out using the Classic Label punch. I coloured two of the smallest basic pearls in Cherry Cobbler using an old (*no longer available) blendabilities marker, and added these to the punched out sentiment.
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Just click on my Shop With Me button in the right hand side bar and it will take you to my online shop where you can see the gorgeous colours available.

I used copper foil to cut the star from the Wood Crate Framelits and I've added a small rhinestone to the centre.

This is how I cut the base for the tree.

On the inside layer I added strips of the DSP to the top and bottom and popped a little rhinestone onto each centre. The sentiment is stamped in Real Red and is from the 'Christmas Quilt' stamp set.

My second card is the same design just using some different colours and patterns from the DSP. I've added a linen thread bow to the tree base and sentiments are stamped in Soft Suede. This time I popped the tree base up on dimensionals.

On the inside of this card I added the DSP strips again and punched out a little motif using the 1/2" circle punch and popped a rhinestone in the centre of this. I think it looks really cute.

Thanks for stopping by today, hope to see you back again next Wednesday for Week 26.

To see more Christmas inspiration hop over to Claire's blog to see what she has made and the list of team members who have shared their designs with us all this week too.

Until next time.....
Stay happy & stay crafty 😘

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Happy Birthday - Beautiful You and Stampin' Blends

Hi friends, thank you for stopping by, I hope you've all had a lovely Sunday.
I've had my first try at using the new Stampin' Blends today, and I have to say I LOVE THEM!
I only purchased a few colours just to start with, but I'm certainly going to order more.

And so, without further ado, here is the card I made.

I decided to use one of the images from the 'Beautiful You' stamp set and I'm so pleased with the result, it was really easy to colour. I watched a few YouTube videos and learnt that the best ink to stamp the image is Memento tuxedo black, then leave it to dry for a few minutes before colouring. I chose Pink Pirouette in both the dark and light shade, starting with the lighter and then adding the darker highlights and going back over these with the lighter shade again to blend.

It's a very subtle colour, but you can just make out the darker lines in this close-up pic.

I used the layering ovals to cut out the image and Sweet Sugarplum C/S and the Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper using one of the scalloped ovals. I chose to match it with some of the gorgeous patterns from the Petal Garden DSP stack, this is a 6" x 6" pack and my card base is Whisper White. The card size is 5 1/2" x 4 1/8".

I heat embossed the sentiment in copper and it is from the 'Special Celebrations' stamp set. Our copper embossing powder goes beautifully with the Sweet Sugarplum.

Other embellishments I've used are the 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon in Powder Pink and a few of the Glitter Enamel Dots.

Inside I layered a piece of Whisper White onto Sweet Sugarplum and stamped the matching sentiment to the greeting on the front of the card.

I am really looking forward to playing with some more of the colours in our Stampin' Blends markers, and I'll be sure to share the projects I make with them here on my blog.

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Well that's it for today, it's getting late in the evening and I think I need a coffee. 😊

Until next time.....
Stay happy & stay crafty 😘

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

The Heart of Christmas - Week 24

Hi friends and welcome to Week 24 of the Heart of Christmas from the Art with Heart Team.
It's almost a wrap on our christmas inspiration blog posts with just three more to go after this one, so I'll get on with sharing today's card with you. 

I decided to use the Foil Frenzy DSP again this week, and this time I've used Berry Burst.

The card is basically the same design as last weeks, where I've used the 'Painted Harvest' sunflower to create the wreath using Powder Pink and Berry Burst. I stamped the berries and then placed rhinestones over the top and added the Smoky Slate gingham bow, and cut out with a stitched square. The Merry Christmas is from the 'Teeny Tiny Sentiments' stamp set, which is heat embossed in silver and I've used the Classic Label to cut this out and the two pieces of Foil Frenzy that I just overlaid on top of each other to create the extended look, and finished off with two clear Faceted Gems.

Inside I added a piece of Crumb Cake and two strips of the Foil Frenzy DSP to the top and bottom.
The sentiment is from the 'Merry Mistletoe' stamp set and stamped in Berry Burst.

Thanks for stopping by today, if you pop over to Claire's blog you'll be able to see what she has made this week and a list of team members who contributed to Week 24 of the Heart of Christmas.

Last weeks card
Week 23

Until next time.....
Stay happy & stay crafty! 😘

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

The Heart of Christmas - Week 23

Hi crafting friends and welcome again to The Heart of Christmas from the Art with Heart Team.
We're up to Week 23 and counting down to our last posting in this series, which will be on Wednesday the 29th of November.

I have seen quite a lot of cards recently of Christmas wreaths made using the sunflower stamp out of the 'Painted Harvest' set, so I just had to make one too.

I'm really happy with the result.
I used Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide inks for the wreath and I heat embossed the berries in copper - I love this colour combination! My card base is Crumb Cake, a perfect match with the Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP, in the Lemon Lime Twist stripe. The wreath and the sentiment were both stamped onto Crumb Cake, with the sentiment stamped in Tranquil Tide. I cut the wreath out with the largest Stitched Shape square and used the Everyday Label Punch for the sentiment from the 'Labels to Love' stamp set. For the layering behind the sentiment, I punched out two Everyday Labels, in TT and LLT, and then cut these in half and offset both of them on each side using some Tombow glue to adhere. I wrapped a piece of 1/4" Ombre Ribbon in Lemon Lime Twist around the Foil Frenzy layer and placed the sentiment over the top of this with dimensionals. A couple of the Faceted Gold Gems finish off the bottom half of the card.

Close up shot of the wreath with the sweet ombre ribbon bow. Dimensionals are added to the back of the Stitched Shape square.

I didn't stamp on the inside of the card as I think the front sentiment says it all, however it needed something, so I added a layer of Crumb Cake and a narrow and wide strip of the Foil Frenzy to the top and bottom. I really think this looks great and leaves a lot more room to write a personal message.

Well folks that's it for this week, be sure to check back here next Wednesday for my Week 24 project.

Head over to Claire's blog now to see her Week 23 creation and what the other ladies in our team have made this week as well.

Until next time.....
Stay happy & stay crafty! 😘

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

The Heart of Christmas - Week 22

Hello crafting friends and welcome to Week 22 of The Heart of Christmas from the Art with Heart Team.

This week I'm sharing a set of 12 Christmas tags packaged beautifully in our clear Tiny Treat boxes.

The little tags measure 1-7/8" x 3-3/4" and scored @ 1-7/8" - they are such a cute size.  I am not the original designer of these, I found them on Pinterest last year and thought they were so sweet. 

If you are able to find the original designer, you will see that she used regular cardstock for the tags and cut small squares of DSP for the fronts. I made mine the same last year, as thank-you gifts for my class ladies at Christmas, but I found it really time consuming. So this time I have used the GORGEOUS! Year of Cheer Specialty DSP - I absolutely love this pack! All the designs are in our beautiful foil colours, so it eliminates the need to add another piece of DSP, and the reverse side is Whisper White, so it's perfect for writing and stamping on.
That's a win, win!

I stamped the Merry Christmas from the 'Teeny Tiny Sentiments' stamp set in our Annual Catalogue and the inside stamp is from the 'Tags & Trimmings' stamp set on page 15 of the Christmas/Holiday Catalogue.
*I've used the Word Window punch and Corded Trim which are both RETIRED products.

These little tags with their shiny foil and sparkly rhinestones would be great as Craft Fair or Fete sellers. I really love them!

Well that's all for this week friends, be sure to stop by next Wednesday, as the Art with Heart Team continue to share some Christmas inspiration with you all.
Remember to hop over to the blog of our lovely team leader Claire to see what she has made this week. Claire also has a list of other team members who participated in Week 22.

Until next time.....
Stay happy & stay crafty! 😘

Monday, 23 October 2017

Matt's card

Hi crafting friends, it's the start of another week and today I wanted to share with you all another masculine card I made recently for our youngest son's birthday in September.

As I've mentioned before I, like a lot of other people, struggle with ideas for masculine cards, but with so many different images and sentiments in the 'Guy Greetings' stamp set, I had an idea of what I wanted to make in no time at all.
So here it is.

I used Very Vanilla and Dapper Denim and a piece of the Eastern Palace DSP. My card base is a tent fold card and I love all of the layers, and the Hexagon embossed piece really adds to the overall masculine look and feel of the card. The man image and World's Greatest are both from the 'Guy Greetings' stamp set. The son is from 'Thoughtfull Banners' and fits perfectly inside the border stamp from 'Happy Birthday Gorgeous', and punched out with the Classic Label punch.

I kept the inside simple with just the Happy Birthday sentiment, which left me more room to write my personal message. I love matting the inside of cards too - it changes the look from plain to something really special.

Thanks for stopping by today, I really appreciate all of you taking the time to look. I'd love to read your comments, if you have any, so please feel free to say hi and add a comment below.

Until next time.....
Stay happy & stay crafty 😘

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The Heart of Christmas - Week 21

Hi crafting friends and welcome to Week 21 of The Heart of Christmas with the Art with Heart Stampin' Up! Team.

I had a few circles left over from last weeks blog hop project, (For Dorothy), so I decided to make a card using them.

I started with a thick Very Vanilla card base that measures 4-1/8" x 5-1/2" when folded.
I cut a piece of the Bundle of Love Specialty DSP the same width as the card front by 3", and ran a strip of the gold Year of Cheer washi tape across the top and also across the top of the card itself. Using the left over Bundle of Love circles, I adhered the gold/vanilla one with Tombow and the Blushing Bride one with dimensionals. I hardly ever use my stash of Metallic Thread, (and I really should!), but I think it looks gorgeous here with the addition of the gold glimmer stars.

The reindeer in Gold Foil and the wreath in Blushing Bride are cut from the Santa's Sleigh Thinlits Dies. The greeting is from the 'Labels to Love' stamp set and is heat embossed in gold. The other embellishments are our Metallic Enamel Shapes in gold.

I decided not to stamp a sentiment inside, but rather leave it for more room to write a personal message. However, I stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed the little deer from the 'Carols of Christmas' stamp set and added some gold foil stars to mimic the card front. I have matted a piece of Very Vanilla onto some Blushing Bride CS to stay with the colour theme and again added a strip of the gold washi tape to bring it all together.

Thanks for stopping by this week, remember to check back next Wednesday to see what the team has created for Week 22.
For now, hop over to the blog of our lovely team leader Claire Daly to see what she has made, and, where you'll find a list of the team members who participated this week.

Until next time.....
Stay happy & stay crafty 😘