Thursday, 21 September 2017

AWH Team - Fancy Folds - September Blog Hop

Hi crafting friends, and welcome to another Art with Heart Team blog hop where we are focusing on Fancy Folds.
You will find loads of creative inspiration tonight, showcasing different folding techniques and projects. Don't be afraid of trying some Fancy Fold cards; they may look intimidating, but in fact, they are not that difficult to create.
So grab that cuppa, you deserve it, sit yourself down in your favourite chair and enjoy our blog hop.

My Fancy Fold is an Infinity or a.k.a a Never Ending card.

Front of the card.
You start with four pieces of cardstock that measure 6" x 3", and when glued together, they fold over each other again and again and again hence the name - Infinity/Never Ending card. It is such a clever fold and I really enjoyed decorating it as a baby card for a friend's daughter, who is having her third child in October, a little boy. I've used the colours Crumb Cake, Pool Party and Whisper White.
For the DSP, I chose Petal Garden, which is a 6" x 6" pack in the Annual Catalogue and some Year of Cheer from the Christmas/Holiday Catalogue.
We don't have any "baby" related images in our patterned papers, but I feel the ones I chose are soft and subtle and perfect for a baby card. A number of stamp sets were used for the images and sentiments, and I enjoyed inking up sets I hadn't used before.
For the front of the card I have used the following:
'A Little Wild'
'Bookcase Builder'
'In the City' (Hostess set)
'Labeler Alphabet'
'Special Celebrations'
See if you can work out which stamps belong to which set. πŸ˜€

Fold 1.
The side and centre panels have been matted with Crumb Cake and DSP. The sides are in one of the lovely soft Pool Party designs from Petal Garden and just peeking out from underneath the centre squares is one of the Year of Cheer designs. I stamped directly onto the side panels using Pool Party ink. These images from the 'Bookcase Builder' stamp set are so gorgeous! I have die cut a stitched square for the writing panel and a smaller one for the Crumb Cake teddy bear. I've added a little enamel dot to his bow. Cute!

Fold 2.
More stitched square shapes, some Sweet & Sassy hearts and this gorgeous sentiment from 'Bookcase Builder', make up the decorations for this fold.  I've created a little bit of my own DSP by stamping more baby images from the same set, again onto the Petal Garden DSP.

Fold 3.
Here you can see that stamped DSP better. It's really rather cute!

And here we are back at the front of the card, where I took a close up photo of the little bear with his Linen Thread bow.

I have made a little video of how the card folds. You can watch it below by clicking on the arrow.


Well friends, I'll leave you now to continue on your tour of our blog hop. Next up is the lovely and very talented Ros Davidson - I can't wait to see what she has created and all of our other equally lovely and talented team members who have joined in our Fancy Folds blog hop.

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Until next time...
Stay happy and stay crafty! 😊


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

The Heart of Christmas - Week 17

Hi crafting friends - Welcome to Week 17 of the Heart of Christmas.

Today I'm sharing the last of my hand-stamped DSP projects with you. I enjoyed making all of them and I am going to try the same method again, except with Birthday sentiments next time. I think it's a great idea and just imagine how many cards you can stash away so you're not rushing to make that last minute card.

So without further ado.....

Here are the tags I made using the Scalloped Tag Topper punch. 
These little felt embellishments made decorating the tags so simple and I've used the gorgeous Quilted Christmas 1/4" ribbon for the ties. They match perfectly with the cards that I have made and shared here with you over the past three weeks. 

I added the 'to and from' on the back of the tag, and it is from the 'Oh, What Fun' stamp set in the Annual Catalogue. They are stamped in Real Red and cut out using a Stitched Circle die.

The photo above, shows what I had left over after making three cards and three tags and using a couple of strips for the inside of one of the cards. So just a little reminder - I used a sheet of A4 Whisper White and Real Red ink to create the DSP.

Just imagine this stamped in Garden Green or Night of Navy, (ooh, Night of Navy!), or a combination of colours. As I suggested before, why not give it a try yourselves? 
It's fun!

That's it for this week friends. Our lovely Claire is back at the helm this week, so be sure to hop over to her blog and check out her project and the list of our equally lovely team members who joined in this weeks Heart of Christmas.

Until next time.....
Stay happy and stay crafty! 😊


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

The Heart of Christmas - Week 16

Hi Crafting friends, welcome to Week 16 of The Heart of Christmas with the Art With Heart Team.

This is the final card that I have made with my hand-stamped DSP. I continued with the theme from my two previous cards, and next week I will share what I made with the left over pieces of the DSP.

Not only is stamping your own DSP fun and relaxing; by choosing greetings, it eliminates the need to stamp a sentiment. And with the amount of beautiful Stampin' Up! Christmas stamp sets available, the choice is almost endless. This method would look fantastic with birthday sentiments too!
You really should give it a try - I highly recommend it.

The gorgeous felt embellishments really add another dimension to the card and I love matching them with the Stitched Shapes Framelits. 
Once again I wrapped a piece of the Quilted Christmas ribbon around the DSP and Crumb Cake layers, tied a knot and added a Linen Thread bow.

The card measures 7 1/2" x 4 1/4" when folded. I wanted a longer, narrower card for this design and I will make an envelope on the EPB, in some Real Red Envelope Paper that I have left over from last years Christmas/Holiday catalogue, which will match beautifully with the colours in the card.

Inside the card I glued down a matting of Crumb Cake and Whisper White, stamped the sentiment from the 'Christmas Quilt' stamp set in Real Red and added two narrow strips of my DSP that were left over cut offs. It's different, but I think it works okay; it brings the outside in, so to speak. 

Well I'm almost at the end of sharing the projects that I made using my own hand-stamped DSP. Check back next week to see the last of my Christmas inspiration makes.

In the meantime, head on over to the lovely Tina Gillespies' blog to see what she has made this week, and there she will have a list of our team members who joined in this weeks, The Heart of Christmas - Week 16.

Until next time...
Stay happy and stay crafty! 😊


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

The Heart of Christmas - Week 15

Hi crafting friends, welcome to Week 15 of The Heart of Christmas. Join the Art with Heart team each Wednesday as we share our Christmas projects to help inspire you on your way to making your own stash of cards and other projects for Christmas.

Here is my card for this week.

If you saw my post last week, you would have seen that I created my own DSP.

(here is a little reminder)

This is my second card from this piece of homemade DSP.

The card measures 5" x 10" and is scored @ 5".

I have kept with the theme of Crumb Cake and Whisper White and the gorgeous Stitched Felt Embellishments, this time I've used the tree, and from the 'Christmas Quilt' stamp set I stamped the tree base in Real Red onto Crumb Cake. These products are from the Quilted Christmas Suite, on pages 4-5 of the Christmas/Holiday catalogue, and I just love this whole suite.

The tree was adhered to the Stitched Circle Framelit with dimensionals, as was the tree base.
I added a Whisper White Bakers Twine bow and as an after thought I popped on top of the tree an Enamel Shaped star. ( I added it after this photo was taken, but you can see it in the main pic).
And as I did with last weeks card, I wrapped a piece of the 1/4" Quilted Christmas Ribbon around the DSP and Crumb Cake layers.

On the inside of the card, I stamped off twice to get the tree image in the softer shade of Garden Green and then over the top I've stamped the lovely sentiment in Real Red.

Thanks for joining me and our team of lovely ladies again this week, be sure to stop by every Wednesday to see what the team has made for our Heart of Christmas blog posts.
For the next two weeks the lovely Tina Gillespie will have the list of participants over on her blog, so hop across to check that out.

Until next time...
Stay happy and stay crafty πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–

Friday, 1 September 2017

A day just for Dad's.

Hi everyone, I just popped on to share a couple of cards I made for Father's Day, which is this Sunday here in Australia.

For those of you who follow my blog, you may remember this Chocolate Box card from our Art with Heart's Team, June blog hop. I designed this to fit a 200g size Cadbury chocolate block, and I wanted to make it again for a Father's Day gift.

Here, I have used Basic Black cardstock, a little Very Vanilla and some Christmas DSP, which in this instance, is a great design for a masculine card. The DSP is from our Christmas/Holiday catalogue, which went live today - yay!
The name of the DSP is Christmas Around the World, and is on page 29 of the catalogue. If you don't have a copy yet and would like one, just let me know and I will pop one in the post for you.

On the inside, I added a piece of Very Vanilla for the writing panel.

The greeting on the front is from the 'Guy Greetings' stamp set in the Annual Catalogue and it was stamped onto Very Vanilla and cut out with a regular Layering Oval Framelit die and mounted on a Basic Black scalloped oval. It looked a bit plain, so I added a bow-tie made with the Bow Builder punch.

This next card I made is for my hubby.

I've used Night of Navy, Smoky Slate and Whisper White. This card design was CASE'D from Dawn Griffith, an Independent Demonstrator from America, it is called a Z Fold Gift Card Holder and she has a video tutorial on YouTube.

Again, I have used images and words from the 'Guy Greetings' stamp set and dry embossed using the Cable Knit Dynamic TIEF. 

I really like the way this cards sits up. You certainly can't buy this style of card in the shops, and there is something very special about handmade cards - don't you think?

Well that's it for today, thanks for stopping by.

Wishing all dad's a very Happy Father's Day on Sunday.

Until next time...
Happy Crafting 😊

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

The Heart of Christmas - Week 14

Hi everyone and welcome to another Wednesday posting, in our Art with Heart Team's - Heart of Christmas inspirational projects. We're up to Week 14, and the wonderful creations will continue right through until the end of November, so be sure to check in each week to see what we have created.

This week I decided to make my own DSP. So I started with an A4 piece of Whisper White cardstock and then I grabbed every current stamp set that had a Christmas greeting/sentiment and with my Real Red ink, I began stamping. 

Starting with the bold Merry Christmas from the 'Merry Mistletoe' set, and filling in the remaining spaces with the 'Oh, What Fun' set, 'Santa's Sleigh', 'Hang Your Stocking' and 'Star of Light' just to name a few. It was really fun to make and I certainly recommend giving it a try. When the spaces became too small for the words, I then used stars from the Star of Light set, which filled in those little gaps perfectly.

And here is my first card, now I say first, because I was able to create 3 cards and some tags. So for the next few weeks I will share all of these with you. I had no idea of what sizes I wanted to make the cards, but I did begin with a standard size of 5 1/2" x 4 1/8" when folded.

I've used a Whisper White card base and layered with a piece of Crumb Cake and then I cut the DSP an 1/8" smaller than this. I wrapped a piece of the 1/4" Quilted Christmas Ribbon, from the Christmas/Holiday Catalogue, around these two layers. Next, I cut out a Stitched Shape Circle die from Crumb Cake, and onto this I added the gorgeous star from the Stitched Felt embellishments out of the Quilted Christmas Suite of products, and the star is popped up with our dimensionals and they stick perfectly to the felt. I had to add a bow made with the Linen Thread, and I think it's a great match with Crumb Cake.

Here's a close up shot of the star embellishment - I just love how this looks!

Inside the card I added a piece of Whisper White, cut an 1/8" smaller, and then I stamped the sentiment from the 'Christmas Quilt' stamp set in Real Red onto a Stitched Shape Circle and popped on a little Garden Green Enamel Shape star.

The finished card. 

I had so much fun creating the DSP and I'm really looking forward to showing you the other projects I made with it, over the next few weeks. In the mean time, hop across to Claire's blog, to see what she has made this week and check out the list of the other lovely ladies who joined in, sharing their Christmas creations this week.

Until next time...
Happy Crafting 😊

Thursday, 24 August 2017

AWH Team August Blog Hop - Holiday Catalogue


Tonight I'm joining some of the Art with Heart Stampin' Up! Team girls in sharing some fun and fabulous ideas to inspire you from our brand new Holiday Catalogue available on September 1st until 2nd January 2018. If you don't have a copy and would like one, simply let me know and I will post one out to you.

For my project, there was no question as to what I was going to use, it had to be the Quilted Christmas Suite.
This is such a beautiful suite of products from the DSP to the fantastic Framelit dies and everything in between.
I have created this framed sampler and matching note card in the gorgeous colours of Emerald Envy, Pool Party and Whisper White.

 I started with a piece of Whisper White card stock which I stamped around the edge in Pool Party ink, using the 4 point petal stamp from the 'Christmas Quilt' stamp set. Next is a piece of Emerald Envy, and here I used the little blanket stitch stamp, and stamped all the way around the edge using Emerald Envy and then I embossed a piece of Pool Party using the Quilt Top TIEF. Now for the little quilt blocks, I used both Emerald Envy and Pool Party inks in each of them. The one on the left has a Pool Party outline frame and the one on the right has a Whisper White frame. Both have been backed with a Scalloped Layering Square Framelit. For the actual block, I cut a 3" piece of card stock and adhered a piece of our Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets to the back, before running it through the Big Shot. The use of the adhesive sheet made it so easy to put the blocks together, especially the frame as it is quite fine and flimsy to handle. The adhesive gives firmer pieces to work with. When stamping the star pieces for the blocks, I found it easier to ink up the stamp and then lay the pieces directly onto the stamp as the stamp is slightly larger than the die cut pieces. Unfortunately I realised after I had stamped the first block that this was the case, but easily managed if you apply my little tip. It's so much easier to see where you're stamping. To get a good stamped impression, I use another acrylic block and press down over the top.

You can see what I mean in this photo below.

I wrapped some embroidery thread around the little cotton reel, (I managed to find almost a perfect match for Emerald Envy), and threaded the needle - both of these are simply the cutest little dies in the Quilt Builder Framelit Dies set. The little sentiment "When life gives you scraps, make a quilt" is another stamp in the Christmas Quilt stamp set. It is stamped in Emerald Envy and die cut with a Stitched Shape Oval and backed with a scalloped oval.

Add a little note card, and this gift set is complete. (The greeting is from the 'Wood Words' stamp set in our Annual Catalogue)
I had so much fun making this project and I look forward to using this fabulous suite of products a lot more.
Thanks for stopping by on your way through our hop, I hope you're enjoying all of the wonderful creations and feeling inspired.

Now it's time to hop on over to our next participant, the very lovely and talented Catherine Proctor.


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Until next time...
Happy Crafting 😊