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AWH September Blog Hop: Holiday Catalogue

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I'm very excited to be joining in our team's monthly blog hop this month. It has been on my list for a while and I finally got organised to join the fun.

Tonight the Art with Heart team are sharing creative projects featuring the Holiday Catalogue. We hope our blog hop inspires you to get creative and make some fabulous Christmas creations. If you would like a copy of the Holiday Catalogue, contact any of the girls on the blog hop and we will get in touch with you.

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My card tonight features the Winter Woods bundle.  I've stamped the tree twice in Shaded Spruce ink.  There are two framelits to cut it out with.  One does the outline and another one you can layer over the top.  It has some branch parts that you can lift with a bone folder (or fingernail) to give a little more texture.  I glued the top tree onto the bottom with glue dots after curling the lift up parts. 

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The card base is Whisper White thick, the trims are Shaded Spruce and I've used some of the All Is Bright DSP.  Some red rhinestones to finish it off.  The greeting is cut with the Bunch Of Banners framelits.  One of the framelits cuts that banner and also cuts a frame for it.  Nifty.

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I quite like this slightly 3D tree and look forward to using it again soon at the craft desk.  Thanks for stopping by. 

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, our talented team leader,  Claire Daly

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If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below. Just click the name to go to their project:
Caroline Manwaring
Sharon Davern
Tina Gillespie
Ros Davidson

Sue Madex  - YOU ARE HERE

Happy stamping!

Cheers, Sue


Week 16 AWH Colour Creations: Early Espresso

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Early espressoThis week on our weekly AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop we are featuring the deliciousness that is Early Espresso.  Love this deep, rich brown.

It teams beautifully with so many other colours and I'm looking forward to seeing how the rest of the hoppers have used it.  Links down below. 

I've used it as my background this week for a Christmas card with our neutral colour family.

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All the details:  The base here is Crumb Cake, with the Early Espresso layer embossed using the Tin Tile embossing folder.  (Are you just LOVING this folder?! Gorgeous.)  I trimmed it with a little smidge of the Joyous Noel glimmer paper - the Merry Merlot one.  I've stamped the Cross Stitch stamp set with some help from my Stamparatus. After watching our CEO Sara's FB video the other day I realised I haven't quite lined this up right but who cares - close enough.  Looks OK to me.  (Especially without my glasses - wink!)

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Ink Colours: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Merry Merlot.  The greeting is from the same set and is done with Early Espresso and Merry Merlot Stampin' Write Markers.  Some red rhinestones to finish. 

Use one of your little circle punches to cut the notches in the side of the greeting rectangle for an added detail.

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Keen to check out some more Early Espresso projects?  Head on over to Catherine's blog (click here) and you can find some more Early Espresso inspiration.  (Always makes me feel like a coffee when I type that colour - ha ha.)

Next Tuesday we'll be back with Flirty Flamingo.  Hmm - thinking cap on again for that one.  I love when we do a colour I don't use that often - an extra challenge. 

Cheers, Sue


Week 15 AWH Colour Creations: Daffodil Delight

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Daffodil delightA lovely bright and happy spring colour for you this week on our AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop. 

We are up to Daffodil Delight and I thoroughly enjoyed making a nice cheerful card with it.

Keen to see some more projects featuring this colour.  There's a link down the bottom of this post. 

 

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I was inspired by a Janet Wakeland video to use some of our new Foil Edge Cards and Envelopes. (Page 11 of the Holiday Catalogue.)  Don't they make a lovely base and an effortless silver trim there.  I cut my Daffodil Delight cardstock to 4" x 5 1/4".  Cut it a little smaller if you'd like more of the silver border to show through.  The embossing folder is Swirls and Curls (pg 5.)  This was the perfect time to grab out my Beautiful Day stamp set and give the butterfly a whirl.  I embossed it with silver embossing powder then coloured it using my Stampin' Blends - Daffodil Delight and Pool Party pairs.  This stamp set is a great one if you're just getting started with colouring.  Nice big sections to colour - you can't go wrong. 

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I coloured some sections with the pale colour of the pair, then added a little bit of the darker shade - just plonked it on along the edge of the section.  Go back over the join with the pale colour and it softens the edge. 

I've given our new Chicken Wire Elements a whirl too.  (Find them on page 43.)  Nice for a little touch of silver.  Just snip off the amount that you want or use the whole piece. 

Got some time and love the colour Daffodil Delight - get a nice dose of yellow with a whiz around my teammates posts.  Here's where you'll find the links:  Catherine Proctor's Blog

We'll be back next week with the next colour on the list. 

Cheers, Sue


Week 14 AWH Colour Creations: Crushed Curry

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Crushed curry bannerTuesday evening so it is time for our AWH Colour Creations blog hop. 

This week we're featuring Crushed Curry.  Not a colour I use often so I was a bit keen to give this one a go. 

I did a simple version and a stepped up version.  Can't quite decide which one I like better.  I'm a pretty simple sort of girl so leaning a bit towards the stripped down version.

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I just LOVE the new Frosted Floral Specialty DSP in the Holiday Catalogue (going live tomorrow - yay!)  It has a gorgeous sheen to all the sheets.  I especially love the muted designs like this one in grey.  I thought it would team beautifully with black and crushed curry. 

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I've sponged some Crushed Curry ink on the base and stamped some of the lovely textured stamps from Gallery Grunge stamp set too.  The layers for the greeting are done with Stitched Labels and Stitched Shapes framelits. 

I sponged some Crushed Curry ink onto the white polka dot tulle ribbon too for just a little more texture.

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Some black rhinestones teamed well with the Classic Label punch.

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It was nice to get creating with a colour I don't use frequently.  Might have to get it out more often.

Head on over to Catherine's blog for the full list of participants:  Catherine Proctor

We'll be back next Tuesday with Daffodil Delight - a perfect colour for the start of Spring!

Happy Stamping.

Cheers, Sue


AWH Heart Of Christmas: Week 3

Heart of christmas blog hopBack with you again for our AWH Heart Of Christmas Week 3.  

Each Wednesday night we're bringing you a Christmas creation. 

Check the link at the bottom for projects from the rest of the crew.

I thought I'd give Cross Stitched Christmas stamp set a whirl this week.

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Now the stamparatus is very handy for this card.  It helped me get the 3 layers of tree lined up nicely and I could try out a few colour variations while it was all set up. For my first attempt my two greens were a bit too alike so I tried again with this one using Pear Pizzazz and Shaded Spruce with Poppy Parade for the highlights.  The beauty of the stamparatus is that once you've gotten the reading glasses out and done the work of getting it lined up nicely, you can do a bunch of cards before you pop it back in its case.

The gorgeous DSP is All Is Bright with some really lovely designs.  The Holiday Catalogue goes live on September 5th if you've got your eye on these or other products. 

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I liked the greeting from this set.  Stamped in Poppy Parade and some red rhinestones to finish. 

I've used the Stitched Seasons framelits again to cut out the tree panel.  Don't forget we're on the very last days for this one.  Once Friday is over and August is done - you won't be able to order this anymore. 

Keen for some more festive inspiration.  Head on over to Claire Daly's blog for the full list and links to this week's Heart of Christmas crew.  Claire Daly's Blog Post

Happy stamping!

Cheers, Sue


AWH Heart Of Christmas: Week 2

Heart of christmas blog hopHello and welcome to Week 2 of the Art With Heart team's Heart Of Christmas blog hop.  Each Wednesday evening we'll be bringing you a Christmas creation.  There's a link down the bottom where you can check out the cards from the other hoppers. 

This week I had a few coppery products lying around so thought I'd assemble a card from leftovers.  Love this coppery Christmas addition to my card stash.

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Tips and Tricks: The copper foil piece is embossed with 'Oh My Stars' embossing folder.  The leaves from Blended Seasons are embossed in white and coloured using the gorgeous shimmer paint coming up in the Holiday Catalogue.  Remember that stamp set is only until the end of August then it'll be gone for good. 

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I used my aquapainter to dip into the shimmer paint in the lids.  LOVE shimmer paint.  I daubed some onto the Merry stamp for the greeting.  If you love copper we've got copper glimmer paper coming up soon in 6" combo packs.  The 'Christmas' is cut using the Merry Christmas To All bundle. 

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Keen to get some more Christmas card inspiration.  Head over to Claire Daly's blog post and you can find the rest of the AWH Heart Of Christmas Week 2 links. 

Happy stamping! 

Cheers, Sue


Heart Of Christmas: Joyous Noel DSP

Heart of christmas blog hop Welcome to the first week of our Heart Of Christmas Blog Hop to help get you feeling festive and organised and inspired for some papercrafting.

I'm excited to be taking part in a special Christmas blog event this year for the Art With Heart team that I belong to.  Thanks to our team leader Claire Daly for organising the hop.

 Here's my first Christmas card creation for the year.

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I was cutting some of our new Christmas papers and accidentally cut these ones a little short.  Meant to cut 4" x 6" pieces but I ended up with some 3" and 1" offcuts and thought they'd work together on a card - voila.  The paper is Joyous Noel DSP and it has gorgeous metallic touches of copper here and there.  Love the colours - Tranquil Tide and Merry Merlot are two of the main colours.  

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The ribbon covering the DSP join is a stunner.  Merry Merlot on one side and a beautiful copper sheen on the other.  Isn't it just beautiful. 

I've used the Merry Christmas To All bundle for the greeting.  Mix and match the framelit words, and the script and plain stamped words to make your chosen greeting.  The merry is cut from copper glimmer paper - another favourite from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue.  These products are available from September 5th when the catalogue officially goes live.

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Are you all organised at Christmas? I'm usually a last minute scrambler but perhaps if I get cracking each week with the Heart Of Christmas blog posts I'll have a nice stash of cards all set to go in December.  I know I have a few very organised class regulars who get their cards all made early in the year.  One day Susan!

Click here to see the rest of the cards in this weeks Heart Of Christmas

Happy stamping!

Cheers, Sue


MDS: One Little Word 2014

For each of the last 4 years I've been choosing a word for the year - One Little Word, inspired by Ali Edwards.  I took her online OLW class one year and really enjoyed it.  (Well, I enjoyed the tasks I completed. Apparently my OLW that year wasn't FINISH. Wink.)

This year I've chosen 'Priorities' and I wasn't sure at first that I'd picked a word that resonated with me but it is quite growing on me now that we're back to school and getting back into routines. 

I had lots of fun this evening having a play in MDS to make a little 6 x 4 inch sized project to print and pop on the fridge where I'll see it each day.

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I've used the digital Sweet Sorbet DSP.  I've got the 'real paper' pack of this too and it is just gorgeous.  I love the colours.  Then I added alphabet punches of the letters for my word, filled them with the colours from the paper using the colour picker tool.  I added some digital transparent tape underneath so they'd stand out a little more, plus some drop shadows and grey matting.  Might be hard to see in this picture but I've also added some words faintly in grey on the letters to remind me of some of my priorities this year. 

The first one is 'words and actions.'  I went along to the Junior School info night at the kids' school earlier this week and one of the presentations was from the school counsellor.  Amongst other things she spoke about 'showing kids we care with our words and our actions' and that sentence has really stuck with me this week.

Here's a close up of a few other letters and their little reminder words ......

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What are your priorities for this year?  The challenge for me is always keeping them front of mind when we start to get busy.  I have a bit of an aversion to our calendar getting too hectic but it gets tricky to keep those white spaces some weeks doesn't it.  Anyway - good luck if you're setting forth on renewed efforts towards some of your priorities this year. 

Have a great week.

Cheers, Sue


Pop Up Posies Designer Kit

Hello and I hope you're having a lovely weekend.  Today's card features the Pop Up Posies Designer Kit.

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The kit (on page 18 of the Stampin' Up Seasonal Catalogue) has 9 of those handy tags, plus all the bits and bobs you need to embellish them with 3 styles of flower.  There are 9 fabric covered brads plus the flowers - some as pictured above in Calypso Coral and Pool Party, plus some Very Vanilla patty pan style ones.  You get some bakers twine as well as that Just For You stamp.  Pop the completed tags on a gift, or use them on a card like I have.  The kit including the stamp is $22.95.

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I've used a Crumb Cake base and  piece of patterned paper from the More Amore DSP pack on page 10.

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I had some lace leftover from the Artisan Embellishment kit too.

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Speaking of Amore - Valentines' Day was last month and it was my turn to remember (well only just!)  John and I seem to take it year about.  I remembered rather late so was in my usual rush.  I got a little cake from the bakery,  a card out of my stash from a Stampin' Up event a few years ago, and quickly punched a couple of hearts from the More Amore DSP to pop onto a toothpick and stick into the cake.  Punches are such handy tools!

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Here's a closer look at the card.  The stamp set has long retired (I've forgotten the name of it now) but I thought I'd share the idea to use acetate.  Sort of hard to photograph but the base card is acetate or window sheet, then there's the cardstock panel stuck onto the front and inside ready to write on.  A bit of a fingerprint collector but nice for something different.

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And now I'd best get back to the dining table.  I'm chained to it this weekend filing a gazillion bits of paper while we have a weekend catching up on some tax returns.  And filling up a few boxes of recycling along the way.  It will be nice to get it all done I guess. 

Hope your weekend includes something exciting.  Happy stamping.

Cheers, Sue


Blog Hop: Stamping and Craft Techniques

I've so been looking forward to this blog hop since Ros let us know the theme would be techniques. I know - great idea isn't it!  I always love learning new things, or being reminded of a technique I've forgotten.   Grab a cuppa and have a browse round the 7 stops in today's hop and get some tips for 7 different stamping or craft techniques. 

Waving a hi if you've arrived here from Ros's blog where she's showing us all about washi tape.  And a hello if you're kicking things off from here. 

My card today features glitter panel technique - one my Christmas In July class regulars know well as I think I include it every year. 

First up you need to stamp your image.  I've used the gorgeous gingerbread man (and star) from Scentsational Season and the colours Cherry Cobbler and Baja Breeze.  I used the labels framelit and my Big Shot to cut out the piece of cardstock.

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Grab your Versamark Pad out.   Is yours all beautiful and pristine or has it had a bit of an interesting life like mine!! 

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See!   Tap your cardstock on the versamark pad (stamped image side down) - you'll need to move it a few times. 

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Move and tap, move and tap, until your cardstock is nicely coated with versamark.

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Now it is time to get out the heat gun, heat and stick powder and Dazzling Diamonds.

Tip heat and stick powder to liberally cover the cardstock ......

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And then tap off the excess ...

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... and heat with the heat gun until you see the powder change.  It will look shiny and you'll notice it is quite sticky.   Don't keep at it with the heat gun as this tends to dry it out and it will lose a bit of  tackiness. 

Now time for a dip in the Dazzling Diamonds fine glitter. 

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Tap off the excess and I usually give it one more quick blast with the heat gun.  You won't see a change but it seems to help do that last little bit of setting.  (And blows off any excess that is not stuck down.  We have a nice sparkly floor in July!) 

Here's our glitter panel on a card.  (The card layout is based on this Tina Gillespie card that I really liked.) 

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Some silver glimmer paper 1" circles to form the scallop trim, some Be Of Good Cheer DSP and shimmery white cardstock for the base and embossed panel. 

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I hope you get a chance to get all sparkly trying glitter panel technique.  Holler if you've got any questions.

Now it is time to head along to the lovely Margaret's blog to find out about kissing with an embossing folder - sounds intriguing!  Click here:   Margaret's blog

Have fun and I hope you learn some new techniques while you hop along the stops in today's blog hop.  Now I'd best be off - we have a certain little lad turning 6 this weekend so a cake to decorate and presents to wrap!

Cheers,  Sue