Forever Greenery

A quick post today to share a quick card!
The Forever Greenery was my absolute favourite out of all of the Designer Series Papers in this year’s Annual Catalogue, but I haven’t  really used them much yet, so it was time to make a card with it.
Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper DSP Stampin' Up! 2020 Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping
It’s very simple, some Garden Green cardstock for the base layer, a layer of the Forever Greenery, and then a frame of white cut out with the Stitched Rectangle Dies which are layered over the patterned paper.
The sentiment is from Best Year stamp set and stamped in Garden Green ink.
Because there are so many different patterns in this paper, it would be very easy to completely change the look of this card, just by using a different sheet of DSP from the same pack.
This one I am adding to the current challenge at The Male Room.
I guess that is the beauty of this paper, it can easily be used for either masculine or feminine cards.

Happy stamping!
Chris
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Life IS Beautiful

Life is Beautiful Christmas Tree Stampin' Up! Card 2020 Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping
I have had some time over the past few days to play with some of my new Stampin’ Up! goodies, including the stamp set called Life is Beautiful.
It feels quite appropriate right now, to be loving using a stamp set with this name.
It’s all a choice, the way we see life.  Things might be very different right now, from what we have been used to, but life can still be beautiful if we choose to make it that way.

I have made three different cards using this set, Father’s Day is coming up in a few weeks here in Australia, so I am making some cards to sell at my local markets.
Life is Beautiful Father's Day Card 2020 Plaid Tidings Stampin' Up! Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping

These cards are inspired by a card on Page 50 of the new August – December 2020 Mini Catalogue.

Life is Beautiful Father's Day Card 2020 Stampin' Up! Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping

The cards use the Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper, also from the Mini Catalogue.
And here is a Christmas card, using the same stamp set and papers, but with a completely different look.

Life Is Beautiful Christmas Card Stampin' Up! 2020 Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping

It feels too early to be making Christmas cards, but I know it will creep up on us, as it always does!

If you haven’t had a chance to have a look at the new Mini Catalogue, with all it’s gorgeous Christmas inspiration, stamp sets and so much more, you can view thePDF here.  Alternatively, if you are in Australia and would like a hard copy, please reach out to me, I am happy to send one. If you have a demonstrator who you normally order through, please reach out to them for a copy.

I hope you can find some way to make life beautiful today.

Happy Stamping!
Chris
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Masculine Monday

Summer Days Masculine Card Colouring July 2020

It sure has been a crazy busy few weeks, and I will share more about that later in my post.  I have had time to think and ponder during those few weeks though, and I thought it was time to add a little structure to my creating, and so this is the start of that, Mondays are going to be for my masculine cards. (That’s Monday Australian time!)
Here’s hoping that I can maintain it and that things don’t get too crazy busy again anytime soon.

I made some time to create a card for brother’s birthday though, using the Host stamp set from the Annual Catalogue, called Summer Days.
Summer Days Masculine Card July 2020
In the background is some of the paper from the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper, and the image stamped in Early Espresso ink, before being coloured with Watercolour Pencils, and then gently painted over with an aqua painter.

I had to go with a wood theme for this card after the last few weeks.  My incredible 14 year old son decided late last year that he wanted to have a go at woodturning.  He had been doing some woodwork classes for a few years but had never tried woodturning.
He took to it straight away and started making beautiful things and learning and growing every day.  He just loves it and spends as much time as he can in front of his lathe.
A few weeks ago, he was asked to make 100 Spatulas for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and they wanted them as quickly as possible.
I’m sure you can imagine that this was an amazing opportunity for him, not just to get paid to woodturn but also to get his name out as a talented woodturner.
So here is a photo of my boy, with the 100 spatulas before they were delivered to the Department.  His Spatulas are to be used as gifts for special guests at public diplomacy and cultural programs overseas.
Jamie with 100 Spatulas

Hopefully I will have a little more time for crafting from now on.
Happy stamping!
Chris
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In The Garden

In The Garden Masculine Card French Countryside Trolley Stampin' Up! 2020 Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping

I’m not sure about you, but we have been spending quite a bit of our “shelter at home” time, out in the garden, enjoying the sunshine and fresh air (well, except the last couple of days which have been rather chilly and overcast), and getting stuck into the garden.
Since it’s the end of Autumn here in Australia, it’s a great time to get our garden in to tip-top shape and we are enjoying having the time to make the most of it.

I’m also enjoying some time to do some stamping and cardmaking, and have been sorting out all the retiring things, so that I have room for new goodies that come with a new Stampin’ Up! catalogue.
I do get sad though, I love all of the gorgeous Designer Series Papers, it is my special addiction, I just have to have it all!
But then I don’t like to cut it up and use it.
I don’t think I am the only one with this addiction though.
Anyway, I found some retired Designer Series Paper which was just perfect for the current challenge at The Male Room, which is “In The Garden”, and made up this card especially for the challenge.
In The Garden Masculine Card French Countryside Stampin' Up! 2020 Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping
The gorgeous stamp is from the French Countryside stamp set, one that is, unfortunately, retiring in a week or so.  It’s gorgeous for colouring and hasn’t had enough use in my craft room.
And isn’t that gorgeous pumpkin paper just perfect for Autumn?
I have popped a strip of it inside the card to keep the theme going.

In the Garden Masculine Card Inside French Countryside Stampin' Up! 2020 Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping

Hope you are having a crafty day.
Happy stamping!
Chris
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Masculine Card Showcase

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Welcome to another Creative Showcase with the Art With Heart Team.

This month we are featuring Masculine themed projects.
We have many masculine themed products in the Stampin’ Up! range including Stamp Sets and coordinating Dies, Designer Series Papers, Embellishments and Embossing Folders.
Art With Heart Team have a wonderful selection of projects to inspire you to create Masculine Masterpieces.

I have done something a little different with my masculine card today, in that I have used some Designer Series Paper that is definitely not masculine.
It’s the Best Dressed DSP and probably not one you would have chosen for a masculine card.  But I have used the reverse side of this one….
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and used it as a background for my masculine card.

Masculine Lighthouse Card Stampin' Up! 2020 Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping 1

And I also wanted to keep it nice and simple, so have taken a piece of the fabulous watercolour paper, wet it down with an aqua painter, and then swooshed some ink across it, very quickly and freely.
Then once the watercolour paper was dry, I stamped the lighthouse and birds from the Sailing Home stamp set in Pretty Peacock ink, and the words are from the New Wonders stamp set.
Layered over some Pretty Peacock cardstock, and it’s a very quick and easy card to make.

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The next demonstrator to share their Masculine project with you is the very talented …..
Kate Morgan.

I hope you enjoy all of the inspiration.
Happy stamping!
Chris

If you have a broken link or have come to this blog hop midway, you can view all the participants below:

Christina Barnes 

Kate Morgan

Andrea Sargent

Sharon Davern

Tina Gillespie

Vicki Boucher

Catherine Proctor

Rachel Woollard

Rebecca Jacovou

Sujatha Harding

Michele Taylor

Caroline Manwaring

Using Brads or Eyelets

Tropical Oasis Stampin' Up! Vintage Car Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping 2
Finally, I am organised enough to have joined in with the Design Team for Cardz4Guyz this fortnight.
Crafting has been a bit hit and miss, and blogging even more so, over the past few months.  But it’s good to be back.
Our challenge this fortnight is to use Brads or Eyelets on your projects.
My cards actually use stick on brads, but close enough.  Personally I am going away from the ones that go through the layers, they can be very bulky, so I have gone with this stick-on type.

Tropical Oasis Suite by Stampin' Up! 2020 Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping 1

My cards feature the Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper, and that gorgeous car has been fussy cut from the DSP.  The cards also feature the Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder.

Tropical Oasis Suite by Stampin' Up! Card 2020 Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping 3

The frame on the first card, and the centre panel of the second, were one piece of cardstock which I die cut using the Stitched Rectangle dies.

Make sure you check out what the rest of the Design Team have been up to here, and share your own projects, we love to see what you have been creating.

Happy Stamping!
Chris

Trees or Leaves, or Both

Our new challenge at Cardz4Guyz is to create a project featuring Trees, Leaves or both of those.
It’s spring here in Australia, so the leaves are just starting to shoot on the trees, however, for my card, I have used some of the gorgeous Come To Gather Designer Series Paper.
I love the Autumn colours in this paper, and it’s fantastic for masculine cards.

Autumn Card Come To Gather Designer Series Paper 2019 Stampin Up Holiday Catalogue Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping
I have also run the Vanilla panel through the Big Shot with the Woodland Embossing Folder, so there are some trees in there behind the leaves.
The leaves have all been fussy cut from the Come To Gather Designer Series Paper.
And the sentiment is from the #Elfie stamp set.

Join us at Cardz4Guyz and share your projects, we love to see what you have been doing.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Inspired by the Beatles

Masculine Card Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping Guitar Silhouette Music

This week’s challenge at Cardz4Guyz is to create a project inspired by the band, the Beatles.
My card could just be about the Beatles in general, but in this case it is inspired by their song “While my Guitar Gently Weeps”.
Beetles Inspired Masculine Card Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping Music

I have used a long ago retired Stampin’ Up! image, which I stamped from a friend’s stamp set many years ago, and still had the image lying around in my stash.
It’s good to use up some old bits and pieces I have lying around sometimes.
And the embossing folder, I think I got as a free gift when I first bought a Big Shot, perhaps about 11 years ago!!

You can find out what the rest of the Design Team have created using the Beatles challenge at Cardz4Guyz, and we hope you will share your own ideas with us.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Celebrate!

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This week at Cardz4Guyz we are Celebrating!
That could be celebrating a birthday, an anniversary, or any special occasion.
Celebrate Card by Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping 2019 For The Love of Felt

As my main stamp set for this card, I have chosen one that I bought to go with a kit, called For The Love of Felt, the stamp set has the same name.
I don’t want the stamp set to sit idle and not earn it’s keep, now that I am no longer running the kit class.
The swirl and the “Let’s Celebrate” comes from For The Love of Felt stamp set, and “Celebrate the Best Day Ever” is from the Band Together Stamp Set.
The trusty Stamparatus was the main tool for making this card come together, making it really easy to line the sentiments up and creating the swirl along the side.
The ink colours I have used are Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana and Granny Apple Green.
Find out what the rest of the Design Team have created, or even share your own Celebration project, click here.
Happy stamping!
Chris

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Black and White Masculine Card

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Another card using the Sailing Home stamp set and Smooth Sailing Dies, they make it so easy to create great masculine cards.
This card is for the current challenge at Cardz4Guyz, which is to make a masculine card using only Black and White.
Black and White Sailing Card

So many ideas and options for that one, but I am loving this stamp and die set, so thought I would use it again for this card.
All of the elements on the card are part of this set of stamps and dies, apart from the “Hello”, which is from Good Morning Magnolia stamp set.
And my knotted row of knots…. lined up beautifully because I used my new favourite tool, the Stamparatus.  So much fun!

Hope you have a crafty evening.  Happy stamping!
Chris