Thursday, 26 July 2018

Designer Series Paper - AWH Team - July Blog Hop

Hi friends and welcome to our Art with Heart July Blog Hop.

Tonight the team are sharing creative projects featuring Designer Series Paper. From now until July 31st Stampin' Up! have a special offer on a select range of DSP's. Buy 3, get 1 FREE!
We hope our blog hop inspires you to get crafting with Designer Series Paper.

When I read what our theme was for tonight's hop I thought, how am I going to choose just one DSP pack to feature, when there are so many fantastic designs available. Well I did end up choosing and my project is made using some of the gorgeous designs from Garden Impressions.

Garden Impressions 6" x 6" DSP

I've made a large matchbox style box to hold 6 of the Narrow Note Cards & Envelopes.

I've used these products to create the box and cards:

  • Whisper White Cardstock
  • Night of Navy Cardstock
  • Narrow Note Cards & Envelopes
  • Garden Impressions 6" x 6" DSP
  • Springtime Impressions Thinlits Dies
  • Layering Squares Framelits
  • Stitched Shapes Framelits
  • Itty Bitty Greetings Stamp Set
  • Apron of Love Stamp Set
  • Night of Navy Ink
  • Share What You Love Artisan Pearls

I absolutely love how this little set of note cards turned out, my only problem now is to decide whether to give them away or keep them for myself.

Thanks for joining us on our hop tonight. If you're already hopping then you may have come to me from the lovely Rebecca Jacovou's blog, but hops are full circles, so you can start anywhere and just keep on clicking the 'next blog' button at the end of each post to get back to where you started.

Now it's time to see what the equally lovely and talented Catherine Proctor has created.

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

If you're leaving a comment below, thank you so much.
I read and appreciate them all. 💗

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

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop & Cajun Craze

Welcome friends to tonight's Colour Creations Blog Hop where our featured colour is Cajun Craze.

Cajun Craze 6" x 6" DSP from the Regals Collection.

Cajun Craze is not a colour I would normally work with for my paper projects, maybe as a complimentary colour but certainly not the main one. But that's one of the things I am really enjoying about our weekly colour creations hop, it challenges me to use colours that I normally wouldn't.

Unfortunately, we all need to send these types of cards and just as difficult as it can be to make a masculine card, I find that sympathy cards can be a challenge too. Thinking of an image or a sentiment or colour to use can be quite hard. With this card though, I felt I was on the right track with the Nature's Poem DSP as the recipient, whose husband has just recently passed away, are lovers of the great outdoors and enjoyed many camping trips with their family and friends.

I've made a Z-Fold card using Thick Whisper White and added panels of Cajun Craze cardstock and one of the lovely leaf patterns. The sentiment is from the 'Itty Bitty Greetings' stamped in Memento ink and punched out with the Classic Label punch and then offset layered onto another two labels in Cajun Craze and Tranquil Tide.

Using one of the leaf images from the 'Painted Harvest' stamp set I stamped tone on tone in Tranquil Tide. Stamping full strength then again gives you the darker and lighter tones. I punched these out with the Leaf punch and glued just the stems down and added the double bow of Linen Thread with a glue dot. A touch of Wink of Stella adds a subtle shimmer to the leaves, almost like early morning dew.

I've stamped the butterfly from the 'Painted Glass' stamp set in Tranquil Tide onto Mint Macaron and some vellum and die-cut with the coordinating framelit. I stamped the leaf onto the writing panel, stamping off first so the images were softer.

Thank you for stopping by tonight.

To see more Cajun Craze creations from the Art with Heart team, hop over to Catherine's blog.

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Thursday, 19 July 2018

Petal Promenade Gift Bag

Hi friends, if you follow my blog you would have seen the card I made for our Art with Heart team's weekly Colour Creations blog hop on Tuesday night.
I made the card for my sister-in-law's birthday using Blushing Bride, our featured colour for the hop, and Petal Promenade.

Here's a little reminder.

I wanted to make a matching gift bag to hold the chocolates I had bought for her. I had a few ideas rolling around in my head as to the sort of bag I wanted to make and then I remembered my much neglected Gift Bag Punch Board. In fact I even had a quick check of the catalogue to see if it was still available - thankfully it is!

I trimmed an A4 piece of Blushing Bride cardstock to 11" x 8 1/4" and followed the instructions on the punch board to make a medium sized bag. Once the bag was glued together I added panels of the Petal Promenade DSP to the front and back. I used the 1 3/4" circle punch to cut a half circle on the front and back of the bag for the handles which were made using both the 1 3/4" and 2 1/2" circle punches. *(The 2 1/2" circle punch is retired, but you could use your layering circle framelits to make the handles).
I used the 1 3/4" punch and a circle framelit for the tag and stamped the sentiment in Memento ink from the 'Itty Bitty Greetings' stamp set, it's attached to the bag with dimensionals.

The Gift Bag Punch Board allows you to create a multitude of bag sizes and there are lots of video tutorials on YouTube as well as different closures for the top too! It's a versatile little craft tool and makes it really easy to create a professional looking gift bag. You can use cardstock or DSP and decorate to your hearts content.

Oh so pretty.

Can you spot the difference on my card from the original photo at the top?

I ended up stamping another butterfly but this time I stamped onto some vellum and cut this out using the matching framelit. I ran a tiny amount of Tombow glue along the body of the butterfly and stuck this on top of the cardstock one. This allowed me to give more dimension to the wings.

Well it's time for me to grab some breakfast and decide what I'm going to do for the day.
Housework or time in my craftroom?
I wonder which one I'll choose.......😉

Thanks for stopping by.

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Until next time.....
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