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

Laser-Cut Cards

Magnolia Lane Laser Cut Cards Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping

The Bird Ballad Laser-Cut Card Tin must be one of the most gorgeous products in the Stampin’ Up! catalogue!
Ok, yes, I may have said something similar about a few other products, too.
However, these are just perfect for adding all sorts of other things to, and making beautiful, feminine cards with.
Today I have combined the Laser-Cut Cards with the large magnolia image from the Magnolia Lane Suite.
Magnolia Lane Suite with Bird Ballad Laser Cut Cards Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping 1

The magnolia was stamped onto some of the new Stampin’ Up! watercolour paper – a very worthwhile investment if you haven’t tried it yet, using Black Stazon ink, and watercoloured using an Aqua Painter and ink pads.
I have die cut the magnolia and then cut off a couple of the leaves.
For the finishing touches, the sentiment is from the Buttefly Wishes stamp set, and the gorgeous copper coloured leaves come from the Brightly Gleaming Foil Elements which are on Page 31 of the 2019 Holiday Catalogue.

If you would like to try out some of the Watercolour Paper, or grab yourself some of those gorgeous Laser-Cut cards, you can order them through my online store here.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy stamping,
Chris

Pocketful of Happiness!

Pocketful of Happiness Stampin' Up! 2019 Annual Catalogue Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping
We have been loving the start of spring here in our beautiful part of southern Australia, the weather is already warming up and we have been making the most of the sunshine!
We went on a foraging expedition, with a local lady who specialises in showing people how to find edible weeds, flowers, and some of our Australian bush food that many people are unaware of.  It was a fantastic morning, very educational as well as fun, and we came home with yummy fresh salad for lunch, and lots of ideas.  Perhaps my title should be pocketS full of happiness!  Pockets, and bags, all full of happy, yummy goodness.

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So to continue on with the spring theme of this post, I made this card using the Pocketful of Happiness stamp set.
Pocketful of Happiness Card Scripty Embossing Folder Stitched Rectangle Dies Stampin' Up! 2019 Annual Catalogue Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping

It’s such a gorgeous stamp set, I love the simplicity of it, yet it is lovely to colour and create happy cards with.
My stamping wasn’t very accurate, it’s kind of double stamped in a couple of places, but I wanted to use it anyway.  It’s handmade!!
I have coloured the stamped images with Stampin’ Blends, and then given the flowers a touch of Wink of Stella to add some shimmer.
The top panel was die cut using the Stitched Rectangle Dies.  And the layer underneath is embossed using the Scripty 3D Embossing Folder.

If you would like to buy products to make this simple card, you can find them in my online store here.  And please contact me if you have any questions about my cards or how to order, I happy to help in any way I can.

Thanks for stopping by, and 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

Heart of Christmas Week 3

Heart of Christmas 2019

Heart of Christmas 2019 Blog Hop – Week 3.

This week I have used some of the stunning Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper, combined with Copper Foil to create my card.
Bells Are Ringing Bundle Stampin Up 2019 Holiday Catalogue Christmas Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping
In the background, I have embossed the white cardstock with the Stylish Scroll Embossing Folder (Page 53 of the 2019 of the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue).
The frame is made from the Copper Foil Sheets which I have die cut with the Rectangle Stitched Frames Dies, and the gorgeous Bell is also die cut from the Copper Foil using the new Detailed Bells Dies (Page 17).
Detailed Bells Dies Stampin Up 2019 Holiday Catalogue Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping
The little swirl that’s at the bottom of the frame….. it’s one of the pieces that came out of bell after it was die cut.  It seemed such a shame to waste it.
Detailed Bells Dies Stampin Up 2019 Holiday Catalogue Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping (1)
And my sentiment has also been die cut, using the Ornate Frame Dies, also on Page 53.

And now…..

Tammy Prince is joining us again this week with another of her lovely snowy cards.
Tammy Prince Christmas Card Let It Snow DSP Stampin' Up!
Tammy has used the Let It Snow Specialty Designer Series Paper and created some very clever snowflakes using the Magnolia Memory Dies from the Annual Catalogue.
This DSP makes it so easy to create gorgeous Christmas Cards.
Thanks for sharing with us again, Tammy.

Judy May is our host this week for the Blog Hop, so make sure you click here to see all the rest of the gorgeous inspiration this week.

Happy Stamping
Chris

PS The new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue is now live, and so all the products you see on the blog hop are available for you to order through your demonstrator.

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

Sailing in Winter

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My card today was inspired by a combination of two challenges, one to use the current Season (where ever you might be in the world) from Just Add Ink, and the other is to CASE a card from page 151 of the catalogue.

It’s Winter here in Australia, and recently it has been windy, blustery, cold, rainy, sunny, warm, overcast…. pretty much everything you can think of other than snow.  So I wanted to come up with something that felt like cold, windy and wintery.  Hmmm yes that was a challenge!
Sailing with Birds Card

The flying birds on this paper from the Bird Ballad DSP made me think of windy days, and I combined it with Gray Granite and Pretty Peacock.
The panel in the DSP was cut out using the Stitched Rectangle Dies, and I have used the Sailing Home stamp set and Smooth Sailing Dies from the Come Sail Away Suite, which I am loving, so you will be seeing more of it over the next few weeks.

Happy Stamping!
Chris