Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Heart Of Christmas: Week 5


Once again I have managed to create a Christmas card for this week's The Heart Of Christmas blog share. I truly have amazed myself that I have managed to create every week so far. I've been on a bit of a learning curve this week, as I have a new computer, which also includes a new way to manage the files on the computer, but also a new photo editing system to learn. Bits have been easy, bits have been difficult, but I'm getting there.

Anyway, on to my card! I recently hosted an ATC swap that featured the Rock'n'Roll technique. I had fun with it, so I decided to use the same technique on my card. I was hoping for a bit of a wintery, snowy feel with out the typical snow flakes.

The stamp I used is from the new set, Lovely Inside & Out. It's not one you would look at and immediately think Christmas, but sometimes that's half the fun of new rubber - working out alternative uses for it. I stamped it in Soft Sky and then rolled it in Dapper Denim to get the darker outside edge. It's time consuming, as you need to clean the rubber each time you stamp it, but I think you'll agree that the effort is worth it.

After I stamped the 'snowflakes', I went over the Soft Sky section with my Wink Of Stella pen to give them a lovely shimmer. Very hard to photograph though!

Well, that's me for another week. With any luck you'll see me joining in again next week too. In the meantime, head on over to Claire Daly's blog so that you can see what the others have created this time. They are bound to impress!

Bye for now,


Thursday, June 22, 2017

JAI #365: Just Add A Sketch


Here we are again on a Friday with another Just Add Ink challenge. This week it's a sketch, designed by Karren.

I really like this sketch! You don't have to use the same shapes - any will do, as long as we can see the basic sketch in your card. Having said that, I ended up following it quite closely.

I used the new Ribbon Of Courage bundle that I recently purchased. It's one of those sets that I hope I don't have to use much, but I'll always keep it handy. The sentiment is from the new Ronald McDonald House Charities set, Sharing Sweet Thoughts.

The background DSP is from the Petal Garden DSP stack.  It's a 6x6 inch stack that also coordinates with the Memories and More pack of the same name. There's some really sweet florals in the pack, but also some plainer patterns. A very good mix!

I left the inside blank, apart from a few little decorations. I wanted plenty of room to write a heartfelt message to the recipient of this card.

Well, that's it for now. I hope I see your card linked up at the Just Add Ink blog!

Bye for now,


AWH Blog Hop: Favourite New Bundle


Today the Art with Heart Team girls are showing you their favourite bundles from the 2017 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue. Bundles make creating a breeze, because of the perfect coordination. It's a bonus that you get 10% off by bundling the products together too. There are 24 bundles in the new catalogue so ask us about them, or for a catalogue today!

While thinking about which bundle I could use, I decided that this blog hop should be my favourite bundle right now, as often my favourite changes depending on what I'm stamping with! In the end I decided to go with the Tabs For Everything bundle. It's one that's been designed with the new planner in mind, but I've made a card to show that it's more versatile than you might think.


I decided to make a horizontal pocket card, as the tab punch makes an excellent 'handle' for the insert. I started with a piece of DSP from the Birthday Memories pack, and selected the rest of my colours based on the colours in the stripes. Can you see the scalloped edge peeking out? That's the new Decorative Ribbon Border punch.

The Sweet Sugarplum pieces were stamped in the coordinating ink using the star stamp from the Tabs For Everything stamp set. The two tags were also stamped using images from the set.

Here's the insert pulled out of the pocket. There's plenty of room to write a message for the recipient, and you could even tuck a gift card into the pocket with it. How gorgeous is the Daffodil Delight ribbon?  It's Double Stitched, so on one side is two straight stitches (which you might be able to see on the knot part), and on the other is crosses. It took me a few goes, but I finally managed to tie the bow so that the crosses were showing on both loops and tails.

That's it for me, next you're off to see the gorgeous work of Catherine Proctor. If you get lost, or find a broken link, you can find a list of all the blogs at the bottom of this post.
Bye for now,
Caroline Manwaring
Kate Morgan
Alisha Watson
Claire Daly
Rachel Woollard
Rebecca Jacovou
Kimberly Hern
Judy May
Tina Gillespie < you're here!
Catherine Proctor
Andrea Roberts
Sharon Davern
Monika O'Neill
Ros Davidson

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Heart Of Christmas: Week 4

This week's Christmas card was inspired by a desire to have a play with the new Embossing Paste and glitter. I was very pleased with the effect!

I took a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock and use some washi to keep it and the mask in place. After applying the paste, I removed the mask and sprinkled with Gold glitter straight away. I set it aside to dry while I finished the rest of the card.

The paste does a great job of holding the glitter in place. The edges are nice and crisp, except where I need to get a paint brush in to remove the extra glitter!

I used a strip of Gold Glimmer paper to finish the inside. The Basic Black Baker's twine was a great way to tie it all together.

If you'd like to see what the other ladies in the Art With Heart team have created this week, pop on over to Claire Daly's blog. You'll find links to everyone's blogs there.

Bye for now,


Monday, June 19, 2017

A Daisy Windmill


After I returned from On Stage in Perth, I was showing my class ladies some photos I'd taken of the Inspiration Boards. They saw a card made by Kelly Kent to showcase the Daisy Punch, and straight away asked if they could make it in class.

I was keen to do it, especially as we'd been doing a bit of work with the Sponge Brayers, and this was a good way to show them how to do a panel with three colours. We used Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach and Watermelon Wonder to create the stunning background.

I pre-cut all of the pieces for the windmill, so that everyone just had to glue down the bits. The windmill blades where made by punching the daisy twice and then trimming with two different circle framelits to crop them to the correct size. Kelly is so clever to think of this!

We finished the inside by carrying over the silhouette look. I was really struggling with what to do, when Rob suggested I do a fence. I wasn't sure what to use to get the look, but after a quick flick through the catalogue I decided the stamp from Timeless Textures would be fabulous for the wire fence. I think I should have flattened the ends of the Classic Label punch, as it looks a little to picket fence rather than farm fence. Next time!

You can see Kelly's card at the end of this post. There are heaps of gorgeous cards using the Daisy bundle in her post, so it's well worth a look.

Bye for now,


Thursday, June 15, 2017

JAI #364: Just Add Inspiration


It's an Inspiration Challenge this week at Just Add Ink!

Kelly selected this fabulous photo of the flowers in a gorgeous copper jug. I struggled a bit to incorporate the copper into my card, as I don't have any of the metallic paper or embossing powder, but then I remembered I have some of the stunning new Copper Trim.

I was very excited to see the brick wall in the background of the photo, as it gave me a good excuse to break open my new Embossing Paste and Pattern Party Decorative Masks. I mixed a drop of Basic Grey reinker into the paste to get the darker colour. It's quite easy to use, and makes a great textural addition to a card.

I stamped a heap of flowers from the Jar Of Love stamp set to create a bouquet for the front of the card. I also punched two strips of the new Decorative Ribbon Border punch. I love that they look like a lacy ribbon when they are laid down back to back like I have. The overlap was hidden under the Copper Trim.

I had a few extra flowers left over, so I added a smaller bouquet to the inside. I used the new In Colour, Fresh Fig as the base of my card and the feature colour. It's a colour I'm still warming to, but I love how it pairs with Sweet Sugarplum on my flowers.

What do you take inspiration from in the photo? You can see what the rest of the team have done with it, and link your creation over at Just Add Ink. See you there!

Bye for now,


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Heart Of Christmas: Week 3


Wow, can you believe it? I'm three for three with The Heart Of Christmas. I certainly didn't think I'd be this organised!

Having said that, this week I cheated a little and CASEd a card from the new Annual Catalogue. I was running a little short on time and creativity, so CASEing seemed like a good option. The original card is on page 122 of the catalogue.

I've made a few changes, including changing the card from a square base to a full sized base. I also used a larger star die cut, and stamped on the base in Crumb Cake rather than Bermuda Bay.

Here's a closer look at the star. Like the card in the catalogue, I also used one of the new Clear Faceted Gems in the centre of the star. It's a lovely, big chunk of bling to use as a feature on the card.

I received my new Decorative Ribbon Border punch on Friday, and I couldn't resist using it on my card. Can you see the cute little scalloped border at the bottom of the inside? That's it!

How's your Christmas card stash going? You can pop on over to Claire's blog to see the other cards in this week's blog share.

Bye for now,