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World Card Making Day

Hello Crafters,

Today being World Card Making Day, I’m excited to bring you a blog hop with some of the awesome ladies in our Stampin’ Up! Art With Heart Team and our focus is GIVING.

There is nothing better than checking the mailbox and there is some happy mail from the postie!!! I hesitate and almost cringe wondering what bills are going to face me from the mailbox, but to find some happy mail instead is an absolute bonus, and better still, when it has been handmade by someone who is thinking about you, makes it even more special!

So, let’s share some happy mail cards that I am going to send out to some wonderful people this week ~ get ready to stalk that postie in case you are the lucky recipient!!!!

I also just want to add that I have a great time sharing what I love, and Stampin’ Up!’s Statement of the Heart is To love what we do and share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments…. in this we make a difference! I just love that and I think it sends a message to all of us who love to be creative.

Now let’s get started and see what you can make with some of Stampin’ Up!s amazing products from the Holiday and Annual catalogues.

A6 Card Box Chevron Petite Purse

The envelopes are stamped in Crumb Cake ink with I Love Lace down the left hand side.

Now for the card:

I Love Lace

I started with Island Indigo card stock, layered with a strip of Rich Razzleberry Core’dininations card stock. I took a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock and cut it to the same length of the card and used the Chevron Border punch along one edge. I trimmed it so it has a 1/8″ border on each edge. I repeated this so I have two strips. I then turned one around and intertwined them (as shown).

Chevron Punch     Chevron Punch

I took a piece of Whisper White card and stamped it with the I Love Lace stamp using Versamark and then applied gold embossing powder and heat set it. Once touch dry, I punched the flowers using the Petite Petals and Itty Bitty Accents flower punches. I sponged the edges with the coordinating ink pads.

I Love Lace     I Love Lace

The leaves were die cut from the Flower Fair Framelits!

I added the flowers, leaves , sequins and twine with glue dots. The sentiment is from the Good Greetings Stamp set, a FREE Hostess item with any order (workshop or party) to the value of $300 as well as the Hostess dollars earned.

Don’t forget to decorate the inside of the card also. It doesn’t need to be fancy, but see how I added a little of the I Love Lace along the bottom? It just ties all the elements together!!!!!

I Love Lace

Would you like to see more? Yes?

Petite Purse     Petite Purse

I used the Petite Purse die to cut out an Island Indigo purse, then used Versamark ink and the I Love Lace stamp, before covering with gold embossing powder and heat setting. I attached the handle with gold brads and the petal in the same way.

Well here is another small project, an A6 card box!


although this time, I made a box for the cards to go in to. This would make a quick and easy gift, along with a few cards to give to someone.

A6 Card Box

I started with an A4 piece of card and trimmed it to 29.7 x 20cm. I scored the short side at 2cm, then rotate to the long edge and score at 2, 14, 16, 28cm. Along the bottom edge (shown above), cut up each of the scorelines to the 2cm line.  I used the 2-1/2″ Circle Punch to create the 1/2 circle at the top.

Here is a close up of the decorating (same techniques as the card)!

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I cannot tell you just how much I love these colours together!!!!
Materials List
Stamps: I Love Lace, Good Greetings
Paper: Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry (Core’dinations), Wild Wasabi, Whisper White 
Ink: Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry, Versamark
Dies/Framelits:  Flower Fair Framelits, Petite Purse
Other: Stampin’ Trimmer, Chevron Border Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch, Petite Petals Punch, 2-1/2″ Circle Punch, Big Shot Machine, Sponge Daubers, Glue Dots, Tombo Glue, Gold Embossing Powder, Gold Baker’s Twine, Heat Gun, Gold Sequins, Paper Snips, Brads, Fast Fuse

You have come to my blog from Christine Gibbinsso let’s keep this blog hop hopping along. Next up we have Judy May.

Thank you for visiting today and don’t forget to email me at to get a copy of the Holiday or Annual  catalogue, or to chat about joining the amazingly talented Art With Heart team.

Be sure to leave a comment on each demonstrators blog to let them know what you think and that you have hopped on by!

Many thanks for hopping by and happy crafting,

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Below is the full list of ladies taking part in today’s blog hop in case you find a broken link along the way!

Nikki Sadler

Rachel Woollard

Ros Davidson

Christine Gibbins

Kate Morgan (that’s me!)

Judy May

Kathryn Mangelsdorf


Traveler (part 1)

Hello Crafters,

Another new stamp set in the Annual Catalogue which I am excited to share with you, is the Traveler Stamp Set. Over the next few weeks, I will share with you some of my creations using this set.

I began with the ship image, as my in-laws are currently cruising the Mediterranean for 44 days on something probably similar. Yes I am rather jealous, so I thought I would be creative and make a card instead.


This is a very simple card, as I think the Chevron embossing and the image say it all really.

I only wanted to colour part of the image to create a focal point with the coordinating ribbons.


Be sure to check back next week to see more images from this wonderful Traveler Stamp set!


The new 2014-2015 Annual Catalogue is now live on my blog. This catalogue is full of amazing new products and wonderful coloured pictures for ideas. It is a must have for anyone interested in Ink, Paper and Stamps!

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Happy Stamping,

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Challenges, Masculine


Hello Crafters,

With an extra hours sleep today (daylight savings ending) I have been up and busy entering some card challenges!

At Paper Craft Crew Challenges this week, it’s a Card Sketch Challenge!

Card Sketch 87

I wanted to try something completely different today with this challenge. I felt the need to work on some more masculine cards (certainly not my favourite style with all girls in our family), and also to try the Black Magic technique. So here we go!

I stamped the lobster from the stamp set, By the Tide with White Craft Ink onto black card stock and then heat set it.

Colour over the white ink with watercolour pencils. Start with the lighter colours and then build up the shading with the darker colours. What a cool effect you end up with!

Black Magic Technique

I used a black card base and added a Tempting Turquoise banner embossed with the Chevron TIEF. Before adhering the banner, I stamped a couple of other images from the By The Tide stamp set in White Craft ink.

The anchor image was stamped with Jet Black Stazon ink onto Tempting Turquoise card and punched with the 1″ circle punch and adhered with a dimensional.

The sentiment is stamped from Teeny Tiny Sentiments stamp set and I punched it out with the Word Window punch, before sticking down with more dimensionals.

Black Magic Technique

The Basic Metal Buttons are from the current Occasions Catalogue and give a real masculine feel to finish off this card.

Be sure to have a go at some Challenges, they are great fun to play along and see what others design, so head over to Paper Craft Crew Challenges for more inspiration from the Design Team!


 Happy Stamping,
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Jan-Jun Mini Catalogue and Sale-a-bration, Masculine

PCCCS#78 ~ Card Sketch

Hello Crafters,

This week at Paper Craft Crew Challenges is a card sketch PCCCS078.

This is my first time entering a challenge at Paper Craft Crew Challenges and I am loving the fact that I can try new things, although I do tend to struggle with Card Sketches, but this may have something to do with the fact that I am always trying new things and crafting outside my comfort zone!!!


I love the Chevron punch and the Arrows Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (TIEF) coordinates so well with it. When I embossed the black card though, you couldn’t really see the texture, so I used a sponge and lightly added some White Craft Ink to make it pop!

As you may have noticed, there are a few more “new” items I have used from the latest Occasions Catalogue; the See Ya Later stamp set, Fresh Prints DSP and the Scallop Tag Topper Punch! This punch is sure to be an awesome item that everyone should invest in, to make your own tags and gifts (which you will see soon on my blog, so make sure you return!)

Here is a closer look!


How lovely is this stamp? It could be used for Valentines Day or for someone who may be a little down in the dumps and need a lift to cheer them up!!!
Why don’t you have a go at some of the weekly challenges too on the Paper Craft Crew Challenges page!
Products Used
Stamp: See Ya Later
Card: Real Red, Black, Natural, White, Fresh Prints DSP
Ink: Pool Party, Craft White
Punch: Chevron, Scalloped Tag Topper
Other: Big Shot Machine, Windows Frames Framelits, Arrows TIEF, Paper Trimmer, Red Ribbon, Sponge Dauber, Tombo Glue, Paper Snips, Hung Up Cute Clips
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Be sure to visit the Paper Craft Crew Challenges page to view the rest of the Design Team samples, they are just amazing!
Happy Crafting,

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Masculine Sports Card

Hello Stampers,

This is a very simple card to create and takes no time at all. Have you noticed that I love clean, simple cards that are quick to create? Yes, with 2 young children I am always wanting to be able to create a card in 5 minutes if need be, before they get into mischief.

All you need to create this one is some cardstock, the amazing Chevron Punch, adhesives and some ink!

Baseball Card

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Stamp Set: Loving Thoughts

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Black, Real Red

Ink: Crumb Cake

Tools: Chevron Punch, Big Shot, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Paper Piercing Tool & Mat

Accessories:  Tombo Glue, Dimensionals, Paper Snips

To purchase any of these items, be sure to visit my online store!

Happy stamping,


Kids Cards

Birthday Basics

Hello Stampers,

I want to share with you a card I have made for my niece who turns 6 today! Happy Birthday sweetheart.

Birthday Basics
Birthday Basics

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Stamp Set: Simply Sketched

Inkpads: Raspberry Ripple

Cardstock: Raspberry Ripple, Crisp Cantaloupe, Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi, Lucky Limeade, Silver Glimmer, Birthday Basics DSP

Tools: Simply Scored, Big Shot, Chevron TIEF, Typeset Bigz Number Die, 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, 2 3/8″ & 1 3/4″ Scallop Circle Punches, Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch

Accessories:  Tombo Glue, Dimensionals

To purchase any of these items, be sure to visit my online store!

Happy stamping,


Punch Art

Paper Bow

Morning Stampers,


Today I want to show you how to make Paper Bows.

I love the idea of paper bows and this is how easy it is to make with one single punch and some beautiful double sided DSPs.


Stampin’ Up! products used:

Stamp Sets: Sassy Salutations

Inkpads: Midnight Muse

Cardstock: Summer Smooches DSP (retired), Whisper White

Tools: Oval Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Big Shot, Chevron Embossing Folder, Trimmer

Accessories:  Tombo Glue, Glue Dots

To purchase any of these items, be sure to visit my online store!

Happy stamping,



Father’s Day Card

Morning Crafters,

I think it is well and truly time to get making our Father’s Day cards! It’s only 2 weeks until the 1st September and it will be here before we know it.

These cards are made in a similar way to the washi tape card I posted on Wednesday.  Super duper quick and although these are Father’s Day cards, imagine using Christmas papers instead!!! How fast it would be to make your Christmas cards in no time at all. This card only takes about 5-8 minutes to make!

Adhere a sheet of JAC paper to an A4 piece of Whisper White cardstock. (If you don’t know what JAC paper is, it’s a double sided sticky sheet). Cut a strip of this cardstock at 6cm, turn this strip 90 degrees and cut again at 6cm to create a square.

Cut 6 strips of your favourite Designer Series Paper (DSP) at 1cm. You will need 3 sheets of DSP as the sheets are double sided and coordinating colours.

Pull the other side of the JAC paper off and stick the strips on making sure they line up against each other.

Trim the excess and if you so desire, run your square through the Big Shot machine in an embossing folder for a little extra texture!

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I even made a Happy Birthday one with left over scraps of paper!

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Stamp Sets: Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Inkpads: Baked Brown Sugar

Cardstock: Baked Brown Sugar, Neutrals DSP Stack, Whisper White

Tools: Big Shot, Chevron TIEF, Simply Scored, Trimmer

Punches: Word Window, Modern Label

Accessories:  Tombo Glue, Stitched Satin Ribbon, Glue Dots


This next card is also using JAC paper, but I cut the A4 page in quarters and adhered 1 piece to my A5 folded card. The Baked Brown Sugar strips were stuck on randomly, one across and one up and down, then alternating the strips of DSP and remaining strips of Baked Brown Sugar cardstock. Isn’t it an effective look! The centre piece was die cut and punched and put together with dimensionals and I sponged the edges with Baked Brown Sugar ink before wrapping the twine around 3 times.


Stampin’ Up! products used:

Stamp Sets: Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Inkpads: Baked Brown Sugar

Cardstock: Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White,

Tools: Simply Scored, Trimmer, Big Shot, Window Frames Die

Punches: Word Window, Modern Label

Accessories:  Tombo Glue, Dimensionals, Baker’s Twine, Sponge Dauber


To purchase any of these items, be sure to visit my online store!

Happy stamping,



Simply Stars

Simply Stars


Simply Stars is such a versatile stamp set ~ it can be used for just about anything!

And combine it with Gorgeous Grunge, what a wonderful masculine card it makes.


Stampin Up items used:

Stamp Sets: Simply Stars, Gorgeous Grunge

Ink: Crumb Cake, Pacific Point, Real Red

Paper: Whisper White

Accessories:  Tombo Glue, Big Shot, Chevron & Dots Embossing Folders, Dimensionals, Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon

To purchase any of these items, be sure to visit my online store!

Happy stamping,


Handmade Cards

Cards for the Males, Females and the kids!

A more masculine card for the bloke in your life!


Happy Mother’s Day Card


Aviary Card


Pinwheel Card


aren’t they so cute, I just love the pinwheel card for kids!