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Wednesday, 21 August 2019

AWH HOC Week 1

Hi!


Welcome to the first Heart Of Christmas Blog Share for 2019. This is the third year the Art With Heart team have been doing these blog shares, where every Wednesday evening in the lead up to December we will post Christmas cards for your inspiration. This is a great time of year to start, as the Holiday Catalogue is about to launch, and it's also a good idea to start your cards early!

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My card uses three new Holiday Catalogue products. The stamp set is a cute new set, called # Elfie. It has a range of cute elves doing all sorts of Christmassy things - you will definitely be seeing a lot of their antics on my blog! The second is the stunning Brightly Gleaming SDSP. It's a Specialty paper, as it has gorgeous Copper highlights on half of the sheets in the pack. I wasn't really much of a copper fan until I saw this DSP!

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I coloured this cheeky elf using my Blends in Night Of Navy, Crumb Cake and Ivory. The third new product, which is hard to see I the photo, is the new Shimmery Crystal Effects. It's a clear glue that has a shimmer, and that dries like a glaze. It's a lovely, subtle finishing touch.

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The stamps on the inside are also from the Elfie set. It's always fabulous to have a set that combines images and sentiments for easy coordination! The gift was coloured using my Night Of Navy Blends, and then the ribbon got the Shimmery Crystal Effects treatment. It's quite quick drying - touch hard in less than 20 minutes on an area this small.

That's it from me, now it's time to head on over to Claire Daly's blog, where you'll find the rest of this week's cards. I can't wait to see what everyone's made!

Bye for now,

Tina

Sunday, 18 August 2019

CTC 242: Woven Threads

Hi!


It's the end of the weekend, which is sad, but it also means it's time for the new CASEing The Catty Sunday Challenge Blog Hop. Whoot! I always enjoy doing these hops and seeing the wonderful talent in the Design team. This week the blog before mine is the lovely Rachel's Blog, wether you came from there or are staring here, just keep hopping around the complete circle of blogs.


This week we are CASEing the colours in the Woven Threads DSP, and being inspired by the projects on pages 12 to 14. The colours in the DSP are Pretty Peacock, Purple Posy, Rococo Rose, Sahara Sand, Seaside Spray, Terracotta Tile, Whisper White. Lots to choose from!


This monochromatic card at the bottom of page 12 caught my eye. Actually, it was the Woven Threads Trim that hooked me on this card. I haven't used my Trim yet, and I thought this was a good opportunity to do so. As often happens though, my card took a different turn!

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I don't have any of the Woven Threads DSP, so I had to make my own background for this card. I kept the monochromatic look by stamping the pends from Crafting Forever in Pretty Peacock ink on Seaside Spray cardstock. I just eyeballed the stamping of the pens, and I was very pleased (and surprised) at how straight I managed to stay!

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The sentiment labels are why I didn't use the Trim - I thought the two elements would compete too much. These labels are from a new set of Dies in the Holiday Catalogue, called Ornate Frames. You may miss them, because they are in the Halloween section of the catalogue, but they are worth hunting for! I used four of the 11 dies on this label alone.

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I stamped the pens again for the inside, but this time I kept them all lined up in one direction. The tiny scalloped border is from the Decorative Ribbon Border punch - did you notice it on the front of the card too? I don't often make get well cards, but this one is now on it's way to a friend having a rough time in hospital. I hope it cheers her up!

That's it for me this week. Don't forget to check out the CASEing The Catty Facebook Group, where you can join in the fun of the challenges each week. Just create a card using our guidelines, and upload it to the group before the deadline each week. Easy!


To finish the hop, you need to pop on over to Sandra's Blog, where you're bound to be inspired!


Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, 15 August 2019

JAI #470: Just Add No Stamping

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Are you ready for the new Just Add Ink challenge? This week Jo has challenged us to make a card with no stamping. Now that sounds easy, but I actually found it a little difficult!


This challenge means you either have to rely on your artistic talent to create an image or text, Memories And More cards, stickers, or, like me, use dies and DSP.

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The DSP I selected is a new one from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue, and is called Night Before Christmas DSP. It's a cute little 6x6 inch stack with heaps of fun Christmassy patterns. I really loved this sheet with the hanging ornaments.

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How awesome are the stars? They are also from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue, and are from a set called Stitched Stars Dies. There are 6 layered stitched stars in the set, and a whole lot of other star dies - 23 in all. I used tow of the layering dies to cut the Cherry Cobbler frame, and then the smaller star to cut a Very Vanilla star to fill in the middle of the frame. The Night Of Navy star was left over from another project, and the 'merry' is from an old die set called Christmas Greetings Thinlits. The small star and 'merry' are both coated in another new product - Shimmery Crystal Effects. Another must have!

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Here's where I found this challenge to be the hardest - what to do on the inside if I can't stamp a greeting? In the end I used my inner Cherry Cobbler star left over from the front, and another small Night Of Navy star. I guess this inside will just have to have plenty of room to handwrite a message!

Is your mind whirling with ideas for this week's challenge? I hope so! You can see what the rest of the Design Team made over at the Just Add Ink blog, where you can also link up your card for this week's challenge.

Bye for now,

Tina

Sunday, 11 August 2019

CTC #241: CASE A Layout

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Welcome to this week's CASEing The Catty Sunday Challenge Blog Hop. You may be starting here, or have come from Siobhan's blog, either way, just keep hopping until you get back to where you started.

The week the Design team are challenging you to CASE one of the card layouts from page 101 of the Annual Catalogue. There are four to choose from - which one catches your eye?


Mine was caught by the cute foxy card at the top left, in particular the stitching around the aperture. It's such a lovely design feature.


As much as I'd love one of everything in the catalogue, I don't have any of the dies or stamps used to create that card, so I had to get creative!

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I recently purchased the Sweetly Swirled stamp set, and it came to mind as I was pondering how to replicate the stitching. I heat embossed the largest circular swirl using Sliver embossing powder on Basic Black cardstock. I then cut away the inner piece to make a window.

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At this stage my card was looking very masculine, and so I decided to cut some cogs from Copper Foil to line the inside of the opening. I then fussy cut a muscle car from the retired Classic Garage DSP in place of the sweet foxes. I also used some Tranquil Tide DSP to layer under the Basic Black. I like how if frames the card and gives a little relief from all of the black.

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I had some left over cogs in both Silver and Copper, so I used them on the inside rather than toss them. I had originally intended to used the Silver cogs on the front as an extra layer in the aperture, but it looked too fussy. Not great on a masculine card!

Which of the four cards appeals the most to you? How can you change it to make it more 'you'? I can't wait to see your card in our Facebook group.


Before you dash off to get creative, don't forget to finish the hop! Next up is the lovely Elizabeth with her sweet card.


Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, 8 August 2019

JAI #469: Just Add Colour

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Once again, it's time for the new Just Add Ink challenge, and this week it's a colour combo set by the lovely Di. I really love this mix of In Colours.


My first thought was that it looks quite tropical, so that's where I went with my card.

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I started by pulling out my Sponge Brayers and colouring the main panel. I used Terracotta Tile on the bottom, Grapefruit Grove in the middle and Pretty Peacock on top. The two oranges blend very nicely, but the Peacock was a bit of a challenge! I had to make sure I didn't intrude too far into the Grapefruit so that it didn't take over the whole card. I think I got the balance right though.

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I then cut a heap of palm fronds from my Tropical Dies and adhered them over the top. I made this card with my classes, and to save a little time we stamped the palm fronds. It's a great way to cover up any little imperfections in the brayering too!

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I did stamp the fronds on the inside - I think I was very over die cutting by the time I got to the inside!

So, what do you think of our colours this week? What will you do with them? You can pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog, where you can link up your card and see the rest of the Design Team cards for this week. See you there!

Bye for now,

Tina

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

A Super Card For A Super Kid

Hi!

Today I have a card I made for a friend of Hudson's. His 13th Birthday party was on the weekend, and we all had a fabulous time rollerskating. A lot of 13 year old kids are into super heroes, and I hoped this particular kid was no different!

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The design of this card was CASEd from my good friend Chloe Evans. She's an amazing crafter and has been doing a heap of videos lately. I always try to watch when she does her Facebook Lives, but she also has a great YouTube channel. If you like watching paper crafting videos, I do suggest you check her out! Chloe posted a few cards she'd made using the brayered strip across the card. I couldn't wait to CASE, as I adored the cards she made.

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It was very easy to do - I just masked off the section I wanted to colour using sticky notes and my grid paper as a guide and then brayered Daffodil Delight ink at one end and Pacific Point at the other. I flicked some water over the top and then stamped the sentiment once it had dried. My stripe is a little wider than Chloe's, but I needed mine wider to fit my sentiment.

How cool are these stamps? They are from a retired Kindred Stamps set called You're Super. I coloured this dude with my Watercolour Pencils and Blender Pen.

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Most of the inside sentiment is also from the You're Super set, but the numbers are from a Stampin' Up! set called Family Party. Have you noticed it in the catalogue? It's not one that jumps out as a must have, but it's definitely one worth adding to your collection. It covers a wide range of family members, so that you can make a birthday card for anyone of any age. Go check it out!

Bye for now,

Tina

Sunday, 4 August 2019

CTC #240: Everyday Occasions

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Welcome to this week's CASEing The Catty Sunday Challenge Blog Hop. The blog before mine belongs to my lovely friend, Judy. She creates the most stunning cards every week! This week we are CASEing cards from the Everyday Occasions section of the catalogue. It's a ginormous section, so there is plenty of inspiration for everyone.


I didn't have to flick far through the section before I found the card I wanted to CASE. Actually, it was three cards, and you can see them on page 12, which just happens to be the first page of the section.


The cards I chose were the three at the top of this photo. I really loved how the Embossing Paste was applied to the card both on top of the DSP and the card base itself.

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I started by adhering the See A Silhouette DSP to the front of my Seaside Spray card base. I then used my cloud mask and some Shimmery White Embossing Paste to add the moulds to the front. I love how it sort of , but not really, looks like a window, but the clouds are on the inside!

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The sentiment is from a new to me stamp set, called Sweetly Swirled. The hand written font is pretty awesome, don't you think? It was a little tricky getting the Gold Thread to sit under the banner - I had to make sure that most of it hung over the top, not the bottom. A scattering of sequins finished off the front.

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I was a bit stuck on how to finish off the inside for the longest time. As you can see, I ended up sponging a few clouds in Seaside Spray around the sentiment.

You have a huge 59 pages to scan this week for inspiration for our challenge. What fun! Which card will you choose to CASE? Don't forget to add your card to our Facebook group.


In the meantime though, don't forget to finish the hop! Next up is the lovely Monique's blog.


Bye for now,

Tina