Thursday, 27 July 2017

AWH Team July Blog Hop - Favourite Colour Combination


The Art With Heart Team ladies are selecting their favourite colour combinations to share with you tonight. Choosing the right colour scheme can be essential to your design and with Stampin' Up!s stunning collection of 50 colours there are plenty to choose from. There's sure to be some combinations that work really well together and you can take inspiration from.

Now grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy some time out of your day to cruise through our blog hop and soak up some colour explosion eye candy!

Hi my name is Caroline and I am addicted to Crumb Cake.
Seriously though, when I read what the theme was for our hop this month I actually went into panic mode. What colours will I choose to use together I thought to myself. Of course Stampin' Up! have the most A-M-A-Z-I-N-G-L-Y beautiful colour range, however, I can't use them all! But, I really love the new 2017-2019 In Colours, and I LOVE Crumb Cake, so this is what I came up with. We had to use a maximum of 3 colours with neutrals, so I decided on Berry Burst, Soft Sky, Lemon Lime Twist in our Foil Frenzy DSP, with Whisper White and Crumb Cake. I think this fits the brief quite nicely.

What do you think of this for colour explosion?!
I love how the light is reflected in the flower centres - so pretty! I stamped tone on tone all over the Crumb Cake panel with one of the little flowers from the 'Happy Birthday Gorgeous' Photopolymer Stamp Set and made the centres from the Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP. To make the flower centres I used my Cookie Cutter Builder punch and punched out the foil dots using the smaller circles. (Shown in the photo below). Our Linen Thread and Crumb Cake go beautifully together for a natural look. I just wrapped the thread around the panel three times and separated as I went to get this result. For the centre square I have used our Stitched Shapes Squares and Layering Square Framelits. The little flower was stamped in Crumb Cake on Whisper White and fussy cut. I did add a Lemon Lime Twist centre to the flower as well as a Basic Rhinestone Jewel for added sparkle.

(Looks like I have a polka dot bow-tie to use on another project)😉

Simple and sweet on the inside.

I hope viewing this blog post has added some colour to your day. Be sure to keep hopping along and enjoy some more projects from our lovely Art with Heart Team members as they share their favourite colour combinations in this blog hop.

The lovely Rachel Woollard is up next, so please click here to view her blog.

Until next time...
Happy Crafting! 😊

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, here is the list of participants below.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

The Heart of Christmas - Week 9

Hi everyone, Happy Wednesday!
Here we are at Week 9 of sharing some Christmas inspiration projects with you, the Art with Heart Team girls are doing this every Wednesday from now til the end of November.

Today my card is Pretty in Pink!

I just had to create a card in pink this week - Powder Pink to be exact, and a splash of Berry Burst.
When I first got my copy of the new Annual Catalogue in April at OnStage, I noticed the 'Merry Mistletoe' Stamp set but thought I would hold off purchasing any Christmas stamp sets until the Holiday Catalogue arrives, well, it didn't work...
After seeing some beautiful cards made using it, I gave in - and I'm so glad I did.
It is such an elegant set with gorgeous images and sentiments.

How regal does this reindeer look?

The card base is Thick Whisper White with a layer of Powder Pink and I have used the Fresh Florals DSP stack in three of the four designs, (who say's it has to be Christmas DSP?), I just cut random sizes and backed them with Whisper White which is cut 1/8" larger. I played with the placement of them until I was happy and adhered with the Multipurpose Liquid Glue, the reindeer is cut using the Stitched Shapes Ovals and backed with the Layering Ovals Framelits and then popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals. I've brushed Wink of Stella over him too, for some added sparkle.
Did you know that you can make a rectangle with the Square Stitched Shapes Framelits? This is what I did with the greeting. I made the usual Big Shot sandwich and then placed the top clear Big Shot Cutting Pad, about half way over the stamp, just covering the word Christmas, I ran that through the Big Shot and then positioned the die so that it sat below the word Wishes. You can actually feel where the die catches the section that has already been cut. Place the top cutting pad so that it just covers Wishes and run that through. It may take a little practice, but it's worth it to get that lovely rectangle shape. I think the addition of the Basic Rhinestones to the card gives it just enough sparkle.

Inside the card I stamped the lovely sentiment and reindeer again from the stamp set.

I can see myself making more Christmas cards with this set, it's gorgeous!

Don't forget to stop by again next week to see what the girls have created - in the mean time click here to see what our lovely Claire has made and a list of participants for this week. I'm sure you'll be inspired by what the girls are sharing - I always am. 

Until next time...
Happy Crafting! 😊

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

The Heart of Christmas - Week 8

Thanks for stopping by today. We're up to Week 8 of sharing our Heart of Christmas inspiration blog posts.

Today's card is just a little bit on the cute side. What do you think? 

I've used images from the 'Foxy Friends' photopolymer stamp set and the sentiment and greeting from the 'Oh, What Fun' set. Foxy Friends is such a versatile set, with so many ways of creating different little animals. This has got to be one of the cutest little reindeers I've seen, complete with his Real Red Enamel Shapes nose, sitting atop his stump with magic mushrooms growing around it - I wonder if they're full of Christmas magic!

The 'Wood Textures' DSP Stack is a perfect choice for a woodlands feel to this card, as is the little bow made from our Linen Thread. To curl the tails of the bow, I just ran them between my thumb nail and index finger and added a tiny dot of Multipurpose Liquid Glue behind them to keep them in place. I traced over the letters of the sentiment with the Wink of Stella clear pen.

There are two different sized trees in the Foxy Friends stamp set and here I have stamped the smallest one. They make great Christmas trees. And I've added another Enamel Shape in Real Red, this time it's a star to adorn the top of the tree. For inks I have used Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Sahara Sand and Cherry Cobbler.

For cardstock I've used Thick Whisper White for the base, stamped images and the Stitched Shaped Oval, and Red Glimmer Paper for the scalloped Layering Oval.

This was a fun card to make and I hope you're enjoying browsing our blog posts each week.
Don't forget to click here to see our lovely Claire's creation as well as a list of the equally lovely team members who are sharing this week too.

Until next time...
Happy Crafting! 😊

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The Heart of Christmas - Week 7

Welcome to Week 7 of sharing our Heart of Christmas inspiration from Claire's Art With Heart Team Australia.
How quickly is this year flying by?!
It will be Christmas before we know it!

For this weeks card I decided to use the same background stamp as I did on last weeks card.
(Click here if you missed seeing it.)
I have stamped all of the images with Whisper White pigment ink onto Night of Navy cardstock. I love this effect and I think it would look great stamped onto any of our darker colours.

'Lovely as a Tree' with presents all around - another quick and easy card to put together.

As soon as I saw the Gingham Ribbon in the new Annual Catalogue I just had to have it! Isn't it fabulous?! It's also available in Smokey Slate. See page 198 in the catalogue. I think it gives a great country look to the design, especially teamed with our Layering Ovals Framelits. The greeting is from 'Santa's Sleigh', as is the verse inside the card, pictured below. I inked up the tree with Night of Navy and stamped off 3 times to get the final lighter shade and then the wording is full strength. Oops!, I almost forgot to mention, the curly cues on either side of the card front greeting are from 'Eastern Beauty' stamp set. And the Christmas baubles are our Basic Rhinestone Jewels.

The lovely and talented Judy May has a list of our equally lovely and talented team members who are sharing their Christmas projects with us this week. Click here for Judy's blog.
Thanks for stopping by today, have a great week everyone!

Until next time...
Happy Crafting! 😊

Thursday, 6 July 2017

An offer too good to be true!

Why not celebrate Christmas in July by joining Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator?!
There couldn't be a better time to join. This offer is simply to good to be true!

If you have been a long time customer and LOVE the products, (and who doesn't?), and have thought about becoming a demonstrator, then this offer is for you.

For just $169 you get to choose your own custom designed starter kit. If you join between now and the 31st of July, Stampin' Up! will include a FREE Essentials Gift Pack which includes, Paper snips, snail adhesive, grid paper, bone folder and 2 D size acrylic blocks! Wow! That's $86 worth of added product.
And that's not all!...
You will also receive for FREE the 'Carols of Christmas' photopolymer stamp set! Valued at $35. (This stamp set will be in the Holiday Catalogue and not available to customers until the 1st of August as a pre-release offer). Your Starter Kit, the Essentials Gift Set and Stamp Set are all posted to you FREE!

If presenting at classes, workshops or demonstrations is not for you then no need to be concerned. You are not obligated to do any of these things, you can remain a hobby demonstrator just to get 20% off product whenever you place your own orders.
If after a time you don't wish to continue as a demonstrator, that's absolutely fine. You won't be penalised, you don't return anything, you just simply go back to being a customer.

This truly is an amazing offer and one I would certainly take advantage of if I wasn't already a demonstrator.
There are some fantastic perks to being a demonstrator and I would love to tell you all about them. If you would like to join my team, (I am part of an AMAZING team), then get in touch with me via email or if you're ready to take the leap, (and you won't be sorry), you can join online by clicking on this link.
I would love to hear from you soon. Don't forget you have until July 31st.

Until next time...
Happy Crafting! 😊

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

The Heart of Christmas - Week 6

We're up to Week 6 in our Heart of Christmas series of inspirational cards and creations.
I hope you have been enjoying seeing our blog posts each week and will continue to join us as we post right through til the end of November.

This week I have made a very quick and simple card, using probably my most favourite colour in the whole range of gorgeous Stampin' Up! colours - Crumb Cake.

I love this combination of Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper with a hint of Cherry Cobbler,
and the fine brush tip on our Wink of Stella pen allows you to add sparkle to the smallest of places, in this instance, I have used it on the ribbon of the Christmas presents.

You can see in this photo just where the sparkle is. The little present stamp is from the 'Birthday Delivery' stamp set and the greeting is from 'Santa's Sleigh'.

Isn't the Double Stitched Ribbon in Cherry Cobbler simply gorgeous???!!!
It matches perfectly with the greeting stamped in Cherry Cobbler and a second generation stamping of the present in Crumb Cake, all layered onto another of my favourite Stampin' Up! products - Stitched Shapes and Layering Ovals Framelits.

Thank you for stopping by today and if you click here it will take you to Claire's blog, our wonderful team leader, where you will find a list of other lovely team members who are sharing their Week 6 creations with us all.

Until next time...
Happy Crafting! 😊