Thursday 29 June 2017

JAI #366: Just Add A


Oh, boy, hasn't it gotten cold? I don't know about your part of the world, but here in South Australia we are having a bit of a run of miserable weather. On the upside, it's perfect for staying inside and getting some stamping done!

I have the new Just Add Ink challenge for you today, and it's one of my Alphabet challenges. This week is bought to you by the letter..... A!

What will you create that uses the letter A? Something with animals, Always Artichoke, angels, or even for an anniversary? The choice is yours, just make sure it's clearly an A theme.

I was struggling to think of something for this challenge (my attempt at African Daisies went straight into the bin) until I sat listening to my daughter's saxophone lesson and remembered I had the retired Skating By stamp set, which has an Acoustic Guitar. Bingo!

I stamped the guitar on some of the new Wood Textures DSP. It's perfect for an acoustic guitar, even if the wood grain is a little hard to see in my photographs. I used the rest of the sheet of the DSP on the front of my card.

The Soft Sky DSP is from the Coffee Break pack - another of my favourite packs from the new catalogue. I teamed it with Dapper Denim for a lovely, masculine look.

I had two tiny offcuts left from the papers, so I put them to use to highlight the sentiment. This is a great trick when your sentiment seems too small for the area where you've stamped it. I cut the Wood Textures piece to be the same length as the sentiment, and the Coffee Break layer a little longer to really stretch it out a bit.

Stay warm this weekend, hopefully you can get some stamping done so you can play along with us at Just Add Ink.

Bye for now,


Wednesday 28 June 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 22 June 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 21 June 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 19 June 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 15 June 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 14 June 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,


Monday 12 June 2017

Pop Of Pink Flourishes


Today's card is one I made for one of my nieces for her recent birthday. She's a big fan of a certain AFL football club. Can you tell which one from the background DSP I used? It's a piece from the recently retired Pop Of Pink SDSP pack.

I used the Flourish Thinlits, which carried over, and also three new In Colours on the card. Yes, once again I have used my favourite Powder Pink and Berry Burst, but this time I added Lemon Lime Twist. It adds a real pop to the card I think.

Can you believe I've had these dies for a year and only ever used the flourish? It was well beyond time I used the flowers! They layer together so nicely, and the rhinestone nestles perfectly in the centre.

Did you guess which AFL team? Why it's Collingwood, of course!

Bye for now,


Saturday 10 June 2017

Scrappy Saturday: Colour Theory


While you've been looking at the catalogue, did you notice that Stampin' Up! now has it's own line of pocket scrapbooking products? It's called Memories And More, and I think it was a fabulous move by SU. The company is well known for coordinating products, and Memories and More allow a greater range of coordination than before.

On to my pages. This was my first layout completed with the new Colour Theory Collection. Many of the cards have a seasonal theme in this collection, and they are designed to coordinate with the Colourful Theory suite of products (page 146). I have selected some of the more generic cards for my layout though.

I've put together a quick double page of a trip to Melbourne that my daughter, her bestie and her mum, and myself took last August to see Matilda The Musical.

We had a full weekend in Melbourne, seeing the sights. It was the girl's first time in a plane, and they were lucky enough to get to sit in the cockpit after we landed.

I wanted to keep the layout symmetrical, but I was struggling to find a suitable card to put in the top left pocket on this page. Thankfully I'd saved my ticket, and as it contained similar blues to the Colour Theory cards, I decided to chop it and use it in the pocket.

I'm looking forward to scrapping more with this range, and also the other three packs. What about you?

Bye for now,


Thursday 8 June 2017

JAI #363: Just Add An Anniversary


Are you ready for a new Just Add Ink challenge? I am!

This week Chantell has challenged us to Just Add Anniversary. It could be the anniversary of anything you like, as long as it celebrates an Anniversary.

I recently hosted an ATC swap, and I had a stamped and cut butterfly left over, as well as a 'love' die cut from vellum. I decided to put them to good use for this challenge while they were still floating on the surface of my desk. If I left them too long, they may have been lost forever!

The butterfly was stamped using the solid stamp from Watercolour Wishes in Powder Pink ink. I then inked the flourish from Timeless Textures in Berry Burst ink and 'kissed' the two stamps together. I then repeated on the other wing before stamping the butterfly image on my cardstock. It's such a pretty look, isn't it?

Do you have an upcoming Anniversary to celebrate? I've only just celebrated mine, so this card will go into my stash until such time as I require an anniversary card. They are always handy to have on hand. Why don't you pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog so that you can join in the fun?

Bye for now,


Wednesday 7 June 2017

The Heart Of Christmas: Week Two


I wasn't sure if I'd have the time to make a card for this week's The Heart Of Christmas Blog Share, but a last minute appointment cancellation meant that I had all day yesterday home on my own with no plans at all. So I whacked Mamma Mia in the DVD player and sat and stamped.

It wasn't intentional, but once again I have made a card with non-traditional Christmas colours. This week I used Fresh Fig, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla.  I think it's a great vintage-y colour combo.

I tried colouring some pearls with a permanent marker to match the Fresh Fig, but they turned out rather pink, more like Berry Burst. I went with them anyway, as they add a cute touch to the gingerbread man from Cookie Cutter Christmas.

So there you have it - a second card added to my Christmas card stash! If you'd like to see what the other ladies in the Art With Heart team have created, pop on over to Claire Daly's blog for the full list of links.

Bye for now,


Monday 5 June 2017

Tranquil Tulips in Watermelon


Today I have a card for you that uses a lot of new product from the new Annual Catalogue. It's always such an exciting time of year when you get to see all of the new stamps and papers.

Today's card features a new Hostess set called Tranquil Tulips. I think it's going to be a favourite! I've paired it with the new Delightful Daisy DSP.

Tranquil Tulips is a photopolymer set, so lining up the layers is a breeze. There are 5 layers in this main panel: The stems, leaves, two different layers to the tulips, and finally the stamens.

I can really see myself having fun with this set!
Bye for now,