Thursday, 22 June 2017

Favourite Bundle AWH Bloghop

Today the Art With Heart Team girls are showing you their favourite bundles from the 2017 Stampin' Up!® 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 ask for a catalogue today!

Wood Words from the Wood Textures Suite was my pick to share with you. I fell for the whole suite back in April when we saw it at Onstage. When you take a look at it on pages 158-9 of the catalogue you will see it in lovely country and wood tones.

What about changing them up a bit? There are some shapes included in the stamps and dies, and there are scratches on the surface of these shapes to give a lovely weathered feel.To continue that feeling, I used second & third generation stamping as well. That's only a fancy way to say, 'stamp on scrap first, then stamp twice more without inking in between.' The first card used Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach and Lemon-Lime Twist. It has been left quite plain, with just a few Glitter Enamel Dots scattered about. It's a good card for beginner stampers, but can be jazzed up a bit for more advanced crafters.

Next I tried the berry shades. Fresh Fig was the base and the stamping was Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugar Plum and Berry Burst. I used some of the other shapes this time, and stamped the small stars across the circle using the same colour. Again, a few Glitter Enamel Dots, I love the was they glimmer with different shades. Also, not a very difficult card.

I also used the most popular part of this die set - the crate. It's such a cute little item and can be filled with edible treats or small gift cards. These were fun to make with the circle stamped three times without re-inking. The three flowers are from Daisy Delight stamp set. That stamp set and punch bundle has been overwhelmingly popular and it looks like July before they'll be able to supply more punches. Would you believe they usually expect to sell about 7000 punches of one type per year, but we have already exhausted a year's supply, so I am holding back on sharing my samples from that one for a while until you can buy as a bundle. The stamp set is still available in the meantime.

It's a simple matter to construct this crate, and the cards are super-easy too. Cut white card at 7cm by 14 cm and fold in half. Decorate any way you'd like. I've heard some people who think they won't get the Wood Works stamp set, because all they want is the crate, but it's a mistake I believe. The Farmers Market stamp is very cute, and the straight font sentiments not only fit on the slats of the crate, they make perfect sentiments on these petite cards.

I went all out with my last card!  You can put anything in a crate, can't you? I've seen them made with puppies & kittens, and bunches of flowers, so I think next on the list was the pig. This pig is a pampered pet, and her crate has been adorned with flowers.She's enjoying being the centre of attention.

This Little Piggy isn't a bundle, it doesn't have any punches or dies to cut things out, but it does have some awesome pigs. You'll find it pictured on page 48 of the new catalogue. I'm not a country gal, and I've had very little to do with pigs, but I've fallen for this stamp set too.

Now it's time to head on over to Caroline Manwaring
Cheers, Rachel Palmieri

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Birthdays Begin With B #3 -Love & Sympathy CTC#133

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Welcome back to another blog hop with the crew from CASE-ing The Catty. Do keep on hopping along, to see what else the crew are sharing. Our challenge this week is to CASE from the NEW Annual Stampin' Up!® catalogue, Love & Sympathy section, from page 86-101. I chose to focus on page 98, for a simple sketch and using Best Birds -again! This card falls within the Love & Sympathy pages, and it's for my youngest, who I do love. All along, I've been trying to find the perfect card for my son, who is a bird fancier (and so is his girlfriend!) Each weekend they seem to go out all over Melbourne, visiting locations where they might sight some elusive species. And the title of this post? Well, I noticed that when I began to make my June birthday cards, all the stamp sets, coincidentally began with 'B'. You can see Beautiful You here, and Bella and Friends here.

Originally I made the two birds pictured above, inked them and everything but it felt 'too pretty'. Maybe it will suit Kirsten better when her big day rolls around. I stamped with grey archival ink as its waterproof and watercolored a more realistic bird. There's a die to cut this one too. This picture used the embossing paste too, and I guess it would have been fun to try that too.

When it came to twine, the burlap ribbon was more to my liking, and it sort of goes with the cross-hatched background stamp. There are a couple of branches on my card, they've been lightly water-coloured too.

Five For All was a 'must buy' for my wish list when the catalogue went live. I don't mind a slightly humorous sentiment, but my husband looked it over and immediately saw '25' and informed me our son isn't 25. He's telling the mother this...! In case you can't read it, it says, "You're not old! You're 25 shipping and handling." That's pretty funny isn't it?

I'm loving the wood grain paper, and I've ordered a second pack so I don't run out unexpectedly. So many different shades and grains are included in these 6 inch square paper pack. I'm hoping that it is masculine enough, because the colours are still quite soft. You will find heaps of inspiration in the Stampin' Up!® Annual catalogue. I've just received another shipment of catalogues, so if you're in Australia and needing one, let me know. Otherwise, it is available online. You can shop online anytime too.

Next stop along on this hop is Krissy Buck and her adorable project

Happy crafting

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Bye Bye Birdie CI#11

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We are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from all over Australia and New Zealand, the South Pacific. We love using colour challenges to inspire our creativity, and yours. This week the colours are Early Espresso, Marina Mist and Soft Suede. We have also been joined this week by the very talented Juana Ambida who has made an amazing project for this blog hop. Don't forget to use the 'next' button at the end of the post to proceed along the hop.

For my first card I constructed a base using strips of card in the three colours. With the two shades of brown it is quite a masculine look, and perhaps if I hadn't added a lace doiley, it might have remained masculine. Best Birds co-ordinates with a matching framelits set, and I wanted to die cut some blue blossoms to add to the stamped image. The textured blue stamp you can see behind the bird is another great stamp in Best Birds, a very handy addition to my stash.

It is almost hard to believe that these two cards were made with the same colour palette and stamps.

A piece of DSP (designer series paper/patterned paper) with soft clouds was used in the background. Only a narrow border and the sentiments in Early Espresso this time, gives a much softer card.

A little mix of stamping, water colouring and stamped and diecut images to finish off this card.
Next stop on this hop is Denita, make sure you check out her project

Happy Crafting!

Monday, 12 June 2017

More Retired Stampin' Up!® Stock - For Sale

#hello $20

Mosaic Madness $18

Party Pop Up Thinlets $24 SOLD payment pending

Memorable Moments $18 home printed cover
Happy Congratulations $14

Confetti Celebration $20

Morning Cup $18

Draw The Line $14

Petite Pairs $18 - no cover, originally came in blister pack

Papillon Potpourri $18

Birthday Bright $18

Build a Birthday $15

A Whole Lot Of Lovely $20

Postage Due $15 - originally in a blister pack, home printed cover

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Birthday CTC132

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Welcome back to another blog hop with the crew from CASE-ing The Catty. Do keep on hopping along, to see what else the crew are sharing.Our challenge this week is to CASE from the NEW Annual Stampin' Up!® catalogue, birthdays. I chose to focus on page 70-71. I've mixed together a label off the Pool Party gift bag using Milestone Moments, and elements from the Birthday Blooms card on the other page. It's quite easy to CASE a bag and turn it into a card, and the ribbon and banner could have been included on the card without too much trouble.

I've kept my card quite simple with Shimmery White card cut 10" by 5" to make a square card. Milestone Moments is where you will find an endless supply of these words for special birthdays, anniversaries etc. Firstly, I stamped the 'fiftieth' twice with versamark and heat-embossed with gold, before adding the 'happy' and 'birthday' above and below in Berry Burst. The reason for making two tags was in case of a smudge, but both turned out, so one was cut with the stitched circle and the other with the stitched oval. You'll notice that the oval was chosen, and the circle goes into a basket
of bits and pieces, to use at a later date. The doiley has been included at the bottom of the sentiment
label, but its a gold foil one and there's some gold metallic thread twisted behind.

After trying out where the sentiment would sit I placed Birthday Bloom toward the top left , and stamped the image with Versamark before heat-embossing gold. It did look lovely in plain gold, but I decided to water colour using an Aqua painter and Berry Burst ink for the flower, with Crushed Curry in the centre. The leaves have a mix of Old Olive, Tranquil Tide and Lemon-Lime Twist.

Inside is a lovely verse from Everyday Occasions, also stamped in versamark and heat embossed
gold. The envelope was made on the Envelope Punch Board and also received some gold heat embossing. I've just realised I need another 50th this year too, I wonder what I will choose?

Don't forget, blog hops always travel in an endless circle. Next stop on your hop is Rebecca at the Paper And Stamp Addict. She is sure to dazzle with her creation!

Happy crafting

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Birthdays Begin With B part 2

The next birthday is only 5 days later, D-I-L #3. This family have a very cute 3 year old boy and a slightly older small white dog, called Ruby. I had spruiked this card for a class in May that didn't go ahead, but it was fairly easy to take it from a partially completed piece of work to the coloured version.

Bella and Friends is the name of this delightful stamp set, and its been in 2, or maybe even 3 catalogues already. It pairs up beautifully with another stamp called Pretty Kitty, which I shared in a similar card back here.The reason these stamps are ideal for this style of card is the multiple smaller images and a number of sentiments you can spread across the spaces.

I repeated the 'Happy Birthday, gorgeous' from Beautiful You, on the outside, 'cos these girls are all my favourites!!! There is minimal colouring on the puppy, just some shading in grey and her red collar. I used the Balloon Builder Punch and glued the smaller one of the pair over the top of the stamped image.

You can imagine the fun when this card opens up and twists and pops. I wasn't sure if it was going to survive the afternoon with the young fellow working it pretty hard. I think his mum put it away safely before he wrecked it.

Enjoy some crafting time

Monday, 5 June 2017

Birthday's Begin With B Part One

As I gathered my June birthday cards together for a photography session, I noticed that each one had been made with a stamp set beginning with 'B'. This particular one is Beautiful You. I'm really happy that this stamp set has carried over into our newly-released Annual Catalogue.

The sentiment on this card is perfect for my daughters-in-law, they are all lovely girls, inside and out.The colouring on these is with Watercolor Pencils, and it isn't really as washed-out as it appears in the picture above. Two of this month's cards are for #2 & #3 D-I-L's, the third is for my youngest son (who's not so young anymore!)

You can see more depth here, as the flash hasn't taken the colour away from a greater distance. Unfortunately, I haven't yet learned photo editing, so I endeavour to get them as well-lit as possible at the time they're photographed. All three figures from the stamp set have been used, and a couple more sentiments.

The folded panel with squares is the perfect size for the Stitched Shape Square Framelits, which gives a lovely finish to each decorated panel. I've been calling this card a Twist 'n' Pop card, I think others might call it a Pivot card, but they're actually not too difficult to make.

A circle od Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer Paper (from SALE-A-Bration) and some matching ribbon from the Holiday Catalogue co-ordinated beautifully with this Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper. This is one of the many great things about Stampin' Up!®, you can be sure that everything goes together perfectly. The ink, card and embellishments are all in matching colours, and there are 50 to choose from. The stamp sets often have co-ordinating punches or dies.

 If you live in Australia and would like me to be your demonstrator, you can find my online store here. Need some more information about the card, or the new catalogue, or anything else. You can leave a question in the comments section, email me or phone/text 0417 500 681. 

Happy Crafting!