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AWH March Blog Hop: Easter

Tonight the Art with Heart team are sharing creative projects with an Easter theme. 

Don’t forget, sale-a-bration ends on March 31st! There is still time to earn free product with purchase or even join our Stampin’ Up! team. Ask any of the girls on the hop for more details.

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I had to have a BIG hunt through my stamp collection but I did manage to find one Easter related stamp - a greeting from Itty Bitty Greetings.  

Easter cards

I've combined it with one of the frame stamps from Label Me Pretty then popped it on top of a little square note card. 

Make a set of three that look extra cute in one of our boxes made using the Wood Crate Framelits.  I've used the Wood Textures DSP for the crate and for a coordinating trim on the cards.  Some twine is featured on the join.  

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Some Easter Eggs would just finish it off don't you think.  And bonus - I get to eat the props while I type up this blog post.  ;-)

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Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented and always lovely Kate Morgan.

I'm looking forward to hopping around all the stops for some Easter inspiration.  

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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:

Catherine Proctor

Caroline Manwaring 

Sue Madex  - You Are Here

Kate Morgan

Ros Davidson

Kathryn Mangelsdorf

Rachel Palmieri

Rebecca Jacovou

Judy May

Rachel Woollard 

Christina Barnes

Tina Gillespie 

Vicki Boucher 

AWH February Blog Hop: Saleabration

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The Art With Heart team are sharing creative projects using products available for FREE when you make a minimum purchase during Sale-A-Bration. For every $90 you spend before postage, you can choose FREE products from the little brochure.

• If you spend $90, you get one free level 1 product.
• If you spend $180, you get one free level 2 product, OR, you can choose two level 1 items.• If you spend $270, you have the option to choose three level 1 items or one level 1 item and one level 2 items.  

The Sale-A-Bration promotion is current through until March 31st. Be sure to request your copy of the brochure today if you don’t already have one. Sale-A-Bration is also a great time to join our fabulous team - just ask any of the girls on the blog hop for more details! 


I've used the Lovely Lattice stamp set for my cards.  It is one of the Level 1 freebies so spend $90 and you can choose this free.  For this card I've embossed it in white onto shimmery white cardstock then coloured it with some of our Stampin' Blends.  The foil edge cards have coordinating foil edge envelopes.  You can get packs in either silver or gold.  I love them.


We did this at class in Feb and I always like to have an option there for my class regulars who like to keep it simple and are not so into colouring.   This one was also embossed in white onto Crumb Cake cardstock.  I coloured the flowers with my wink of stella pen which is the touches of sparkle you can see there.  



Now it is time to head on over to my lovely talented friend Tina Gillespie to continue along on the hop.

Click here to visit Tina's blog and see her Saleabration creation. 

Cheers, Sue
If you get lost along the way here's the full list of participants this month.  Click their name to see their post or join the hop from any point.

Sue Madex        -------------   You are here but alas my blog is not cooperating

AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop: Pineapple Punch

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Pineapple punchOops that was a slightly longer break from our weekly colour creations blog hop than I'd intended.  Back again with the crew this week though for Pineapple Punch.  

I don't think I've actually used this colour before!  It is a bright, happy yellow. 

Today I decided to give it a whirl with some watercolouring and teamed it with Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay and Mango Melody.  

I coloured the flowers with Pineapple Punch ink and used the cardstock for the word and for the narrow trim.  


This card is based on a beautiful Gail Ellis design (here.) 

I've been enjoying playing with this technique.  I've used watercolour paper and taped off a border using low tack adhesive painters tape from Bunnings.   It helps to wet the watercolour paper first.  I usually pop a few drops of my various colours of reinker onto a clear block which I use as a palette.  I couldn't find my Pineapple Punch reinker so instead I pressed a small clear block into the ink pad then used my aquapainter to grab the colour.  So much fun to just play around with the colours.  I'm going on a craft retreat soon (my first!) so I think I'll take a bunch of these and colour away.  Very relaxing.  


Here's a closer look at a few bits.  I have no idea what I'm doing with watercolouring really but it is fun and you really can't go wrong.  They all seem to dry quite nicely.  Great technique to play with to feel a bit artistic.  


My base card is Crumb Cake and I've embossed the flowers and leaves from Wonderful Romance stamp set with white embossing powder for a soft look.  Rather hard to see when you're starting to colour but got there in the end.  


Want to see some more Pineapple Punch creations.  Head on over here to Catherine's blog to see the full list of participants and click the links to check out all their projects. 

Happy stamping! 

I'll be back on Thursday for our February Blog Hop.  

Cheers, Sue

AWH January Blog Hop: Occasions Catalogue

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Hello!  Nice to be back creating at my newly tidied and decluttered craft desk this week.  Still some piles to finish sorting in the dining room but the desk is all set up ready to go.  

Tonight the Art with Heart team are sharing creative projects using product from the occasions catalogue. The occasions catalogue is current until June 3rd. Request your copy of the catalogue and saleabration brochure today.  Sale-a-bration is also a great time to join our fabulous team. Ask anyone on the blog hop if you’d like more details. 
I enjoyed having a play with some new favourites from the Occasions Catalogue and some Saleabration freebies too.  Butterfly products always make their way into my shopping cart.  
Base: Whisper White Thick.  This and shimmery white are my two favourite cardstocks I think.   The smaller white layer is embossed with the beautiful new Lacy Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder.  One of the thick ones so you only need one acrylic plate when embossing.  I've matted it with the coordinating colour Grapefruit Grove to tie in with the colours in the butterflies.  
I've punched the butterflies from the Saleabration Botanical Butterfly DSP using the Butterfly Duet Punch.  Several of the sheets have butterflies that punch out using this punch - quite handy.  Especially on hot days like this when I'm looking for a few shortcuts.  There is a beautiful butterfly stamp set that coordinates with this punch too.  It looks nice if you curl the wings a little.  A bone folder would work but I just used my thumbnail. 
The wooden elements are from Butterfly Elements - another one of your freebie choices with a $90 purchase.  I love these - it has butterflies, flowers and leaves.  Be careful with the leaves - they're delicate so a nice gentle touch helps.  (Ask me how I know - ha ha.)  I've used glue dots for the wooden bits and punched butterflies.  
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For a little added sparkle I've popped on some of the self adhesive gingham gala sequins.  I've been using sequins much more since we've started carrying adhesive backed ones - makes it much easier.  
I decided to leave off a greeting so it can be an all occasion card.  I think I'll add a greeting inside when I send it to someone.  
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Thanks for stopping by on your way around the hop.     Happy stamping,  Sue
Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, our talented team leader,  Claire Daly.

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! 



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.



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.   


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.


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.) 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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.


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.


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. 


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. 


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. 


And here's the finished card.



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