Wednesday, August 16, 2017

THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS #12: STAMPIN' UP! EVERY GOOD WISH & YEAR OF CHEER



Today I am joining with some other Stampin' Up! demonstrators, in Claire Daly's Art With Heart team, to share Christmas creations made with Stampin' Up!'s gorgeous products.

I am thrilled to now be in possession of a whole lot of new goodies, that I was able to pre-order ahead of the Holiday Catalogue release on 1st September.  My shares today are very simple designs, all about the metallics.  There is a gorgeous suite of products, called Year of Cheer, in the upcoming catalogue, incorporating copper, champagne, gold and silver elements.  Stunning!

Here's the design I have chosen as one that will be easy to make multiples of.  The design on the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper is just so lush ... not much more is needed!



Here's a close-up, that better shows the copper-embossed sentiment, which is from a new stamp set called Every Good Wish:



The scalloped circle peeking out from behind the sentiment circle is (despite looking rather silver!) the new Champagne Foil sheet.  It is beautiful, and perfectly complements the champagne-coloured berries on the Designer Series Paper.  I have laid two strips of copper washi tape across the card, before adhering the circular elements.


While I had these supplies out, I made a slight variation of the above design.  I used different washi tape from the Year of Cheer Designer Washi assortment ... this one has a bit of a holographic look, with copper, silver, gold and champagne in the patterns.  I worked some Copper trim out into a webbed look ... I was going for a stylised representation of holly, with rhinestones as berries.



.... and a close-up of the ribbon treatment:



We'd love for you to visit all the blogs in this week's Heart of Christmas share, and we welcome your comments!  Hopefully you'll come away with lots of inspiration for your own Christmas cards.  You will find a comprehensive list of everyone taking part, on Claire's blog.

I can't yet link, to my online store, to the newest products (you'll be able to order them from 1st September), but I have listed below the current Stampin' Up! products used on my cards.




Product List
Heat Tool
[129056]
$50.00
Big Shot
[143263]
$159.00
Glue Dots
[103683]
$8.00

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS #11: STAMPIN' UP! SANTA'S SLEIGH



I'm back with a Christmas card share, as part of a team initiative started by my upline Claire Daly.  Members of our wider team join forces each Wednesday (when time and family commitments allow) to bring you ideas for Christmas projects, using Stampin' Up!'s beautiful products.

Whilst I was (not-so-patiently) awaiting delivery of some brand new Christmas products to play with this week, I decided to show my Santa's Sleigh stamp set and co-ordinating dies a bit of love.  I decided on Night of Navy as a feature colour on my card, and for it to have a slightly rustic, informal look.  Here's the end result:




I started by stamping the reindeer, bow, and presents onto Watercolour Paper, using (now-retired) Basic Black Craft Ink.  I clear-embossed the images, then watercoloured them, using ink pooled in the lids of my inkpads.   The presents were cut out by hand, but the rest of the elements were cut using the awesome Santa's Sleigh dies.  I am super-proud of how straight I managed to stamp the sentiment, without using a Stamp-a-Ma-Jig!

Listed below are all the products (minus the retired Basic Black inkpad) used to make this card.  I love how it turned out, and hope you do, too.   If you click on one of the thumbnail images below, you can visit my online Stampin' Up! store, to buy these lovely products for yourself, if you so desire!

Be sure to do the rounds of all my stamping friends taking part in today's Heart of Christmas share.  We would love for you to leave us some comments, so we know you have been to visit.  You'll find a comprehensive list of all participants on Claire's blog.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.


Product List
Big Shot
[143263]
$159.00
Heat Tool
[129056]
$50.00
Glue Dots
[103683]
$8.00

Sunday, August 6, 2017

STAMPIN' UP! BEAUTIFUL BOUQUET IN RED AND BLACK

It's my sister's birthday today.  Lynda was born the day before my first birthday, so on this day every year, we're twins!  We celebrate with a "sisters' lunch".  (I'll be enjoying a bit of stamping time for my birthday tomorrow.)

For the birthday girl's card, I pulled out my favourite Beautiful Bouquet bundle, and played with a bold colour combination.  I'm always drawn to red ... here I have used Cherry Cobbler and Real Red inks for the blooms, and popped in some dramatic black tulips.




Here's a closer look at the excessive use of bling (ha ha):



Inside the card I have stamped this gorgeous sentiment.  Doesn't it just sum up what a happy birthday should be?



I have listed below all the Stampin' Up! products I used to make this card.  If you would like to buy them for yourself, just click on one of the thumbnail images, to be taken direct to my online store.


Product List
Big Shot
[143263]
$159.00