Wednesday, 16 August 2017

The Heart of Christmas - Week 12

Welcome everyone to this weeks Heart of Christmas blog post. We are up to Week 12 of sharing our Christmas inspiration projects with you all, from the Art with Heart Team.

For my card this week I have gone monochromatic, using the elegant combination of black, white and silver.

 Certainly not common colours seen on a Christmas card, but I think the combination here is just stunning!
Since receiving my pre-order goodies last week, I knew that I wanted to create a card using the beautiful Merry Music Specialty DSP and the 'Carols of Christmas' stamp set. The DSP consists of just Whisper White and Basic Black, and the designs are fantastic!
I love the detail in the font of the sentiment. I have seen it stamped in other colours and it looks amazing - imagine it embossed in gold or silver.
The card base is Whisper White and layered with the white sheet music on Basic Black and then I have reversed the next layer - black on Whisper White. 
Deck the Halls is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and die cut with a straight edge Layering Square Framelit and backed with a scallop edge square from the same set. I have Silver embossed five of the larger flowers onto Whisper White and Basic Black, from the Carols of Christmas stamp set and die cut with the matching Card Front Builder Thinlits and added a Rhinestone to each of the centres.
The Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon is so gorgeous and I just had to add some to this card.

In this photo you can see the shimmer and shine on the ribbon and embossed flowers.

The inside sentiment is from 'Merry Mistletoe' and the little underline stamp is from Carols of Christmas. 

Click here to pop over to Claire's blog, our lovely team leader, and see what she has created this week. At the end of her post she will also have a list of the other team members who participated in Week 12 of the Heart of Christmas. 💖

Until next time...
Happy Crafting 😊

Thursday, 10 August 2017

The CASE of the Double Slider Card.

Hi everyone. I love reading, although I don't get much of an opportunity these days because I'm too busy making gorgeous cards and paper craft projects with our fabulous range of Stampin' Up! products, but I do love a good mystery novel, hence the title of this blog post today. Especially gothic romance ones like Daphne Du Maurier's 'My Cousin Rachel'. Goodness me, that's enough waffling on about reading! I'm not going to write a mystery novel for you today, but I am going to share with you the mystery behind the making of this fantastic card. It is a CASE of one I found on YouTube. For those not familiar with the term CASE - it means; copy and share everything.

The designer of this card is Samantha Clayton of Mixed Up Crafts. And you can find her blog post for the card here.
As soon as I saw this card, I knew I just had to make one. I have made a few changes to mine but basically it has the same sliding mechanism. It is a very clever design and I thank Samantha for sharing it.

I have used Thick Whisper White, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and Pool Party cardstock, Whole Lot of Lovely DSP and the Daisy Delight Bundle, some Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon, Decorative Ribbon Border Punch, and embellished with the Clear Faceted Gems and Basic Rhinestones and for ink I have used Pool Party.

It is a free standing card and would look lovely displayed on a mantelpiece or anywhere you love to show off your special cards.

Here is a little video showing how it slides.


If you love a bit of "WOW" in your card making, then this is the card for you. I'm sure whoever is lucky enough to receive one of these is going to absolutely love it!
I found it quite easy to put together following the great tutorial from Samantha, so why not give it a try?!

 Thanks for stopping by today. 
Until next time...
Happy Crafting 😊

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

The Heart of Christmas - Week 11

Welcome to Week 11 in our Art with Heart Team Christmas inspiration countdown.
We are sharing weekly projects, posted every Wednesday, with a Christmas theme. This will be done each week until the end of November, so be sure to check out the teams previous projects over on Claire's blog, our wonderful team leader.

This week I'm sharing another simply made card. 

 I have made a card base in Thick Whisper White and layered it with a piece of Night of Navy.
Next I stamped about a half inch of gravelled road in Night of Navy ink along the bottom. These little stones come from the Hostess Set - 'In the City'. The gorgeous swirl of stars and the corner stars are from 'Star of Light' stamp set, stamped with Whisper White Craft Ink.

 How proud does this reindeer look, standing in the lovely moonlight?

He is from 'Santa's Sleigh' stamp set and I have stamped him tone on tone onto Smoky Slate cardstock and die cut with the matching framelits to the set, as is the little bow around his neck, which is cut from our Silver Foil Sheets. The moon is cut from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper with one of our Layering Circle Framelits.
The greeting has been stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with White Stampin' Embossing Powder.

 For the inside of the card, I have again used the swirl of stars from the Star of Light stamp set, stamped in Smoky Slate and the sentiment is from 'Hang your Stocking' stamp set, stamped in Night of Navy.

Adding little touches of sparkle is easy with the Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

Thanks for stopping by this week. Don't forget to have a look over on our lovely Claire's blog to see what she has made this week. At the end of her post she will have a list of the girls who have joined in this week too. Be sure to check out their blogs as well and enjoy the Christmas inspiration we love sharing with you all.

Until next time...
Happy Crafting! 😊

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The Heart of Christmas - Week 10

Hi everyone and welcome to Week 10 of sharing
our Christmas inspiration with you from the Art with Heart Team.

From the soft shades of Powder Pink on last weeks card to the bright and beautiful combination of Real Red and Whisper White this week.
This is a simple design and could be mass produced quite quickly. It would look gorgeous in any colour I think too. Can you imagine it in green or blue? 

I have used images from the sweet 'Feathery Friends' stamp set. It is a Hostess set and is shown on page 221 of the Annual Catalogue.
Even though it isn't a Christmas stamp set, I think it makes a lovely, fresh and contemporary card.
The card base is Thick Whisper White and matted with Real Red and a piece of Whisper White that has been stamped all over with the flower sprig from the stamp set. The greeting is from the 'Merry Mistletoe' set. Stamped on Whisper White and matted with Real Red - it's bold and beautiful.
The little bird is so sweet and looks great in this oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits and backed with a Layering Oval Framelit.
For a little bit of sparkle, our Basic Rhinestones are perfect, and here I've added them in the flower centres. The bow is made using the Metallic-Edge Ribbon in silver. Gold is also available, and it is a stunning ribbon in both colours.

For the inside, I always like to add an insert of just a piece of photocopy paper. I think it finishes off the card nicely. Here I have stamped the lovely sentiment from the Merry Mistletoe stamp set and attached a 1" strip of Real Red that I stamped randomly with the flower sprig to tie in with the front of the card, and again I've added a single Rhinestone to the flower centre.

I decided to make a little Christmas bon-bon to go with my card this week. I gave one of these to each of my lovely ladies at our last Christmas card class last year and it is really surprising just what you can fit inside them! It is made on the Envelope Punch Board and I started with a 6" square of Whisper White stamped all over with the flower sprig again. The greeting is from Santa's Sleigh' and the ends are tied closed with the gorgeous silver metallic edged ribbon. Two star Enamel Shapes added to the bon-bon bring some solid Real Red colour to it, I think it really helps to 
match it with the card.
This would make a lovely little gift set to give to someone who has done something special for you. 
And it would be "extra special" if you stamped it in their favourite colour.
Well, I hope you're getting plenty of inspiration for your Christmas creations, as the Art with Heart team girls post their projects each Wednesday.
Pop over to Claire's blog to see what she has made and to check who is also joining us this week. 

Until next time...
Happy Crafting 😊