Christmas, Stampin' Up!

The Heart of Christmas; Handmade Inspiration from the Art With Heart Team, Week 4

Heart of Christmas Stampin Up Art with Heart Team Christmas Inspiration

Dear Crafters,

Welcome to Week 4 of the Heart of Christmas: Handmade Inspiration from the Art with Heart team!

My card today uses the Foxy Friends & Teeny Tiny Sentiments stamp sets and the Seasonal Layers Thinlits with the Wood Textures DSP!

Heart of Christmas Card using Foxy Friends & Seasonal Layers Thinlits by Kate Morgan, Independent Stampin Up Demonstrator, Australia DIY

I just love this little reindeer stamped in Crumb Cake and Glimmer Red nose! The Fox Builder Punch was used to punch out his little head to pop up on dimensionals.

The Wood Textures DSP is so amazing and it can be used for nearly any style card, including Christmas! Who would have thought?!!!

Heart of Christmas Card using Foxy Friends & Seasonal Layers Thinlits by Kate Morgan, Independent Stampin Up Demonstrator, Australia

Those snowflakes from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits are super cute and add the perfect embellishments to this card, along with the sentiment using the Classic Label Punch.

I hope you have enjoyed my Heart of Christmas post and I look forward to sharing more Christmas inspiration with you next Wednesday! If you would like to see what others in our team have created, you can view the participant list over on the blog of our leader, Claire Daly.


Stamps: Foxy Friends, Teeny Tiny Sentiments (W), Teeny Tiny Sentiments (c)
Inks:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Real Red
Card/Paper:  Cherry CobblerWhisper White, Wild Wasabi, Red Glimmer, Wood Textures DSP
Accessories: Big Shot, Seasonal Layers Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Fox Builder Punch, Classic Label Punch, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Scrub, Tombo Multipurpose Glue, Simply Scored, Clear Block Bundle, 1/8″ Circle Punch

Happy Stamping!

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Soft Blooms at JAI

Hello Crafters,

Today I enter a challenge at Just Add Ink. The challenge this week is an Inspiration Challenge JAI#257.

I loved this picture as soon as I saw it, as it has my favourite colours of Crisp Cantaloupe, Very Vanilla and gorgeous soft tones.

I started with a card base of Calypso Coral, then a layer of Crisp Cantaloupe.

Hexagon Stippled Blossom

Today I showcase a card made using the Six-Sided Sampler Bundle which is on sale until 17 May. It is great value and very versatile. I often make masculine cards with this set, but as you can see it can also be quite feminine!

The Six-Sided Sampler Stamp Set and Hexagon Punch can be purchased as a Bundle for a short time only. Until 17 May 2015 you can get this bundle for only $55.16 (clear) or $63.66 (wood).

Six-Sided Sampler Clear-mount Bundle by Stampin' Up!

I stamped each of the four chosen images, six times each, onto Very Vanilla card stock in Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pear Pizzazz & Sahara Sand. Then punched each one out with the Hexagon Punch.

I applied some double sided sticky paper to the Whisper White card stock and peeled off the top layer so the entire piece is sticky. I added the Hexagons so they nudge up against each other to form the background pattern. Once finished, I trimmed the excess from each edge with paper snips.

I stamped the Stippled Blossom blooms in Crisp Cantaloupe and then Calypso Coral, a two step process using my handy Stamp-a-ma-jig!!! I masked the first one and then stamped a second bloom next to it. Then I fussy cut them out using paper snips before adding to the card with dimensionals.

The leaves are punched fom Silver Glitter paper using the Bird Builder Punch.

Hexagon Stippled Blossom

The greeting is from the Teeny Tiny Sentiments Stamp Set and punched with the Word Window Punch. I poked a small hole on the left hand side and added it to the Crochet Trim with some Linen Thread.

Be sure to decorate the inside panel of your card and even the envelope, it helps tie it all together!

Hexagon Stippled Blossom

I have to say I was very pleased with the outcome of this card!

Please leave a comment below, if you think my card met this challenge.

Why don’t you give a challenge a go, they are so much fun. Head across to the Just Add Ink page for more inspiration and see how the designers interpreted this challenge.


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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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JAI#204 ~ Easter Treat Box

Hello Crafters,

The minute I saw this Colour Challenge at Just Add Ink I knew straight away what I wanted to do, but it’s not a card!

As this year is passing by so quickly already, I have had to think about Easter super early. I have been watching many YouTube videos on different styles of Easter Treat Boxes, but they were either too small or not quite what I wanted, so got creating and came up with my very own style Easter Treat Box with perforated tear opening!  This uses 1 sheet of A4 cardstock for the base!!!

Easter Treat Box  Easter Treat Box

The box is Crumb Cake cardstock with Pistachio Pudding DSP from the In Colours Paper Stack. The clear window is punched with the Extra Large Oval punch with a sheet of acetate behind. A perforating tool was used to create the perforation after the DSP was glued down.

I stamped the bunny, from the Baby We’ve Grown Stamp Set (Wood #133086, Clear #133089) in Crumb Cake Ink on Pistachio Pudding cardstock and fussy cut. The sentiment from Teeny Tiny Sentiments is stamped in gold encore on Whisper White, punched with Word Window and mounted onto Crumb Cake punched from the Modern Label punch. I added some of the Gold Baker’s Twine around the bunny’s neck.


Here it is close up where you can see the acetate window!

Easter Treat Box

This treat box can hold more than 150g of chocolate easter eggs (I have put in 25 eggs)!!!

A few people have asked for instructions on this or for me to make a video…. that would be a challenge in itself, but here goes, Easter Treat Box Tutorial!

Why don’t you have a go at some of the weekly challenges too on the Just Add Ink page!

Yay, I got an Honorable Mention for this at Just Add Ink.

Be sure to visit the Just Add Ink page to view the rest of the Design Team samples, they are just gorgeous!

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Happy Crafting,

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Circle Card Thinlits

Circle Card Thinlits

Hello Stampers,

I am posting for you today, a sneak peek of the latest in Stampin’ Up! products, which will be available very soon to you all ~ one of them is the Circle Card Thinlits, but there will also be more products available so stay tuned!

This thinlit makes it super easy to create a card in a hurry!

Circle Card Thinlits & Flower Shop
Stampin’ Up! products used:

Stamp Sets: Flower Shop & Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Cardstock: White, Pool Party, Winter Frost DSP, Silver Glimmer

Inkpad: Bermuda Bay

Tools: Big Shot, *Circle Card Thinlits, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Pansy Punch

Accessories:  Tombo Glue, Dimensionals, Dazzling Details

*Circle Card Thinlits should be available at the end of October, but stay tuned

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

Happy stamping,


Handmade Cards

Papillon Butterfly Card

Here is a card I have created to demonstrate at an upcoming party!

Card/paper: Very Vanilla, Raspberry Ripple & Print Poetry DPS

Ink: Raspberry Ripple

Stamp: Teeny Tiny Sentiment & Papillon Butterfly

Punch: Word Window & Modern Label

Cloudy Day Embossing Folder, Pearl Jewels, Snail Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Isn’t it so pretty!


Handmade Cards

Masculine Cards

Thought I would share a couple of Masculine Cards for those special men in your life!

I have made 2 today – they are the types of cards you are always needing at short notice!

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Using mainly Midnight Muse and Print Poetry DSP.




Handmade Cards

Cards for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is only 3 weeks away and I have a few cards to show you that are very easy to create!



Stampin’ Pads: Raspberry Ripple

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Confetti

Card: Print Poetry DSP, Whisper White, Raspberry Ripple

Dies: Adoring Accents Edgelits, Windows Frames Collection

Punches: Word Window, Modern Label




Punches: Blossom, Elegant Butterfly, Bitty Butterfly, Modern Label, Word Window

Card: Print Poetry DSP, Whisper White

Stampin’ Pads: Raspberry Ripple



Stampin’ Pads: Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Confetti

Card: Print Poetry DSP, Whisper White, Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green

Dies: Adoring Accents Edgelits, Labels Collection

Punches: Word Window, Modern Label

Ribbon: Stitched Satin in Gumball Green

Fancy Fan Embossing Folder



Punch: Blossom, Circle

Stampin’ Pads: Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green

Stamps: Mixed Bunch, Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder

Die: Bitty Banners Framelits


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!