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Week 23 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop: Gray Granite

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Gray graniteI think I've missed a week here and there - it is DEFINITELY term 4 at our place, the one where the wheels fall off occasionally! 

I've made it this week in time though and our colour today is Gray Granite.  I'm really loving this new addition to our neutral range.  It is a slightly warmer tone. 

 I took inspiration this week from our Mt Macedon hike today.  (We managed to avoid the heavy rain for a nice walk in the mists.)  I love all the beautiful tree trunk colours and lately have been experimenting with using the Woodland embossing folder and some shimmer paint.  Gray-granite-1

Here's a few of my forest inspiration pics.  It was a very gray granite sort of sky I must say! 

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I used Gray Granite cardstock with some extra matching ink sponged over the trunks.  Then I painted some Frost White shimmer paint over the trunks.  Love the silvery effect it gives.  I trimmed the panel with Shimmery White and also copper foil. The greeting is sponged with some of the copper shimmer paint.  Just a simple card but I really am liking these tree trunks.

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I'm putting the feet up this evening after our 8km over a bumpy, muddy trail.  We were all quite happy to get back to the car with no rolled ankles or muddy slips.  I'll be back next week with our next colour. 

Check out the rest of the crew's fabulous gray granite creations over here:  Catherine's blog and the link list

Happy stamping!

Cheers, Sue


AWH October Blog Hop: Theme - Pink

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Tonight the Art with Heart team are sharing creative projects featuring the colour pink. We hope our blog hop inspires you to get creative with the various shades of pink that Stampin’ Up! offer in our collection of 53 different colours available. 

I selected the In Color Powder Pink to feature in my project today.  Love this pretty soft pink.

Pink-blog-hopI've used the First Frost bundle for the stamping and framelit using Powder Pink and Smoky Slate inks.  I borrowed the leaf from Rooted In Nature too - stamped in Soft Sea Foam.   The leaves there are cut from a scrap of the Frosted Floral DSP - loving that paper.  The base card is shimmery white and I've used the Petal Pair embossing folder on the edge.  How handy are the adhesive backed sequins. I usually run a mile from anything fiddly but with the adhesive backs these are just too easy. The basic pack has some nice soft colours including Petal Pink which I've added to this project.   

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When I think of pink I often think of the breast cancer fundraising efforts and of friends and family facing this and other conditions which inspired my choice of greeting for this card.  xx

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented, Rebeccas Jacovou for some more pink themed projects.

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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:
 

Thanks for hopping along with us this month.

Happy stamping!

Cheers, Sue


Week 21 AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop: Granny Apple Green

Oops I missed last week with some internet hassles - I must go back and share my Gorgeous Grape card though now that we're back online (fingers crossed.)

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Granny apple green swatchThis week we are up to Granny Apple Green - a gorgeous, vibrant green.  Quite a nice addition to the ink collection if you like bright happy colours. 

I used my Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends and teamed it up with Lovely Lipstick - a nice bright pink.  (It has photographed a little more red tinged so you'll have to take my word for that.  Lighting must be a little off today.) 

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I've used the flower from Petal Palette stamp set and the greeting is from Wishing You Well.  I've trimmed the white cardstock with some of the Granny Apple Green to help feature the green, and popped it all onto one of our Silver Foil Edged cards.  I am so loving these and will miss them when the Holiday Catalogue finishes.  They come in either silver or gold packs and you get 20 cards and envelopes (also with a foil trim) in the pack.  Such an easy way to add a metallic element with no hassle. 

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Now I'd best save this in case my internet drops out again - repair guy out today but I think it is still being a tad flaky.  Aaah the joys of wi fi. 

 

Oops - helps if I add in the link for you to check out the other Granny Apple Green creations - here it is over at Catherine's blog.

Next week we are back with Grapefruit Grove so stay tuned for that one. 

Happy Stamping!

Cheers, Sue


Week 19 AWH Colour Creations: Garden Green

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Garden greenTuesday means Colour Creations time and this week the AWH team are featuring the colour Garden Green. 

 

This is another colour I tend not to use that often.  I'm loving this colour challenge each week which is prompting me to reach for a few of my less frequently opened inks!  Don't you find you often end up using the same colours over and over.  It is nice to step out of the regular habit sometimes. 

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I've used the Delightfully Detailed Note Cards and Envelopes - one of the Blackberry Bliss cards. 

The leaves are cut from Garden Green cardstock using two of the leaves framelits from the Frosted Bouquet pack. 

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To add another dash of sparkle I've used a brush to add some stripes of shimmer paint to the notecard bases.  Some wink of stella glitter pen on the flowers too.  Always nice to have some extra shimmer and shine isn't it.

The greeting and flower stamps are from Cake Soiree stamp set.

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Head on over to Catherine's blog (click here) to see the rest of the Garden Green creations from our talented team.

Cheers, Sue


Week 18 AWH Colour Creations: Fresh Fig

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Fresh figBack again with our AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop where we are working our way alphabetically through the Stampin' Up! colours. 

This week we are up to Fresh Fig - one of our In Colours.

I decided to make a Christmas card and also to use up a bunch of little bits and pieces that were on my craft desk.

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I've been meaning to get around to stamping the lovely deer from Dashing Deer stamp set.  I used my stamparatus so that I could stamp him a number of times to get a nice inky coverage and rich deep colour with the Fresh Fig ink.  I cut him out with the coordinating framelit.  I had some white pieces around - one stitched circle and one piece embossed with the Corrugated Embossing Folder.  Some copper glimmer paper from the Joyous Noel glimmer paper pack to trim and I used some copper thread from one of our card kits as well. 

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Would you like to see some more Fresh Fig creations?  Each week I look forward to seeing what the girls come up with. 

Head on over to Catherine's blog (click here) to see the other Fresh Fig projects.

We'll be back next Tuesday at 8pm with Garden Green. 

Cheers, Sue


Week 17 AWH Colour Creations: Flirty Flamingo

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Flirty flamingo swatchWelcome back to our Tuesday AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Working our way through the colours each week, and today we are up to Flirty Flamingo.  Not a colour I use that often but I love this combo with Highland Heather and Soft Sea Foam. 

I'm featuring the First Frost stamp set and a simple technique you can try at home - Faux Silk.  All you need is some white tissue paper, white cardstock and a glue stick, plus your favourite stamps and inks.

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First up stamp your images onto your tissue paper.  (Go raid that wrapping paper cupboard or box and I bet you'll find some.)  Collage style stamps work well where you can just plonk on a range of images.  I've used Flirty Flamingo, Highland Heather and Soft Sea Foam inks here. 

Next the fun bit - scrunch up your tissue paper. 

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Now coat a piece of white cardstock in glue - use a glue stick or use Tombow multipurpose glue.  Make sure you coat the whole piece right to the edges. 

Unscrunch your tissue paper but don't smooth out the wrinkles. Gently press it onto your glued cardstock.  Be sure not to do any smoothing as the wrinkles is what gives you the lovely texture of faux silk.  Just tap it down.  Either trim off the excess tissue paper or fold over the edges and adhere on the back.  (I tried both ways this month and think you get a neater edge when you fold the extra over.)  Voila - you're all done. 

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And here's the finished card.

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Gives a lovely touch of soft texture to a card and is quick and simple to do with minimal equipment.  I love this technique.

To check out some more gorgeous Flirty Flamingo creations from the crew head on over to Catherine's blog (click here) for the links to the other projects. 

We'll be back next week with the next colour - Fresh Fig.  I'm having so much fun taking part in this weekly challenge. 

Happy stamping!

Cheers, Sue


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