Heart of Christmas Week 5

Heart of Christmas 2019

Another week of Christmas inspiration with Week 5 of the Heart of Christmas Blog Hop.
Eventually, I will surpise you with a non-traditional coloured Christmas card, but not this week…..
I have used some of the Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper for my card, and have coloured part of it using a Blender pen.
Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper with Heirloom Frames Christmas Card 2019 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping

I have only coloured the part that is inside the frame, made using the Heirloom Frames Dies and Embossing Folders, using the same colours as the DSP, Garden Green and Real Red, with a touch of Soft Suede for the branches.
Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper Coloured Blender Pens Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping
I have also used Stampin’ Write markers to colour the finer areas rather than the Blender Pen, which I have used on the larger areas.

The sentiment comes from the #Elfie stamp set which has been die cut using the Ornate Frames Dies….. perfect fit!!
#Elfie stamp set sentiment Christmas Card 2019 Holiday Catalogue Stampin' Up! Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping
And a very small piece of the Real Red Curly Ribbon to finish off, which has been knotted in the centre and the ends frayed.

Real Red Curly Ribbon Christmas Card Stampin' Up! 2019 Holiday Catalogue Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping

Toile Tidings Christmas Card 2019 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping

Tammy is joining us again this week with another of her gorgeous cards, this time a great fancy fold card featuring the Jolly Seasons Dies.
Tammy Prince Jolly Season Dies Fancy Fold Card

I love Santa with his reindeer, such a great die.

Tammy Prince Fancy Fold Card
Did you notice Rudolf, with his red nose?

Tammy Prince Fancy Fold Card Jolly Season

Thanks for sharing again, Tammy. Gorgeous card!!

If you would like to see what the rest of the Heart of Christmas team did for this week’s hop, you can find all the names on Claire’s blog here.

Thanks for dropping in, and happy stamping!
Chris

Butterfly Wishes Colour Challenge

Butterfly Wishes Card Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping 2019 Stampin' Up!

My card today uses the colours of the current Just Add Ink Challenge, which are Rococo Rose, Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow.
Butterfly Wishes Stamp Set Stampin' Up! Card Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping 2019 Annual Catalogue

Gorgeous colour combination!
I have used the Butterfly Wishes stamp set for this card, with a few different techniques.
The branch has been coloured using Stampin’ Write markers in the two different colours, and then stamped off twice before stamping onto the piece of white cardstock.
The flowers, which I am not all that happy with, were stamped in the pink and then coloured using Stampin’ Blends, but I didn’t get as much shading as I wanted.
The butterflies were all stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink, and then lightly coloured with Stampin’ Blends in the Rococo Rose colour.
A touch of Wink of Stella on the flowers and some rhinestones for the centres.
Have to add some shiny stuff!!

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

Coloured Vellum

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I shared a card recently where I coloured on the reverse side of a sheet of Vellum, using Stampin’ Blends.  The post is here if you would like to check it out.
Today, I have used Vellum again, but it’s a little different.
Magnolia Lane MM with Vellum 2

I have coloured on the reverse side of the Vellum sheet from the Magnolia Lane Memories and More kit, but this time I have used ink from the ink pads along with a Blender Pen, apart from the leaves which were coloured with Stampin’ Blenders.
It does give a softer look, but the real reason….. because I don’t have the colours that I wanted in Stampin’ Blenders, but I do have the ink pads.
I have layered the Vellum over Petal Pink this time, instead of white which I used last time.
The pretty patterned paper with the gorgeous Magnolia flower on the side, is cut from one of the Memories and More cards.
I’m loving the look of the Vellum, so soft and subtle.

I have used the sketch challenge over at Global Design Project for my inspiration for this card today.

I received a whole heap of gorgeous new Designer Series Papers today, part of a paper share which I was involved with, which means I have all of the new DSP to play with!
I know what I’m doing with my weekend.

Happy stamping!
Chris

Vellum Magnolias

This week’s Just Add Ink challenge is to use the photo up on their blog as inspiration.

I loved the colours, and decided to use those as my inspiration.  Since it’s the middle of winter here, some bright yellow is nice and cheery.

Vellum Magnolias

My card uses one of the printed Vellum sheets that comes with the Magnolia Lane Memories and More card.  I have coloured the Vellum on the reverse side using Stampin’ Blends, in Old Olive and Daffodil Delight – light Daffodil Delight for the petals of the flowers and the dark one for the centres.
The Vellum is simply layered onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock to help the colours pop, but because the colouring is on the reverse side of the vellum, it stays lovely and subtle.
I love the effect!
I have left the card as simple as possible, wanting the flowers to be the focus of the card.
Then I’ve added a little flower which was fussy cut from one of the other sheets of Vellum in the pack, to the inside of the card.
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I have heaps more projects to share now that I have some goodies from the new catalogue.
Hope you have a crafty weekend – mine will be!
Happy stamping!
Chris

Lots of Hugs

Yes, you guessed it, today I have some more cards that I made using the Hugs From Shelli, Paper Pumpkin kit.
I may seem to be a little obsessed with this kit!
But actually I really just love it, and enjoy the challenge of creating new ideas.

Hugs From Shelli Pink Flowers

I have used half of one of the original card fronts, and layered it over some Shimmer White cardstock which has been embossed using the retiring Petal Pair embossing folder.  And then popped one of the Die cut flowers that came in the kit, over the corner.  That little bit of Old Olive cardstock and ribbon just helps the leaves pop a little.

The next two cards use the same colour combo, of Pool Party and Crumb Cake.

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The first uses the Country Floral Embossing Folder in the background, and the second the Tin Tile Embossing Folder – both of them carrying over to the next catalogue.  Yay!!!!
Both of these cards make use of the envelopes from the kit, which I have cut up to create the sentiment layer, and also the patterned papers.
The top card just uses one envelope, and the second card has used one plus the flap off a second.

I have also used the stamp set to create a completely different look….

Hugs From Shelli Yellow Flowers
I have stamped the flower image repeatedly on a piece of white cardstock, using Early Espresso ink, then coloured each flower with Stampin Blends.
The gorgeous little bird is part of a stamp from a new stamp set called Free As A Bird.  It is a beautiful stamp set, part of the Bird Ballad Suite.

I hope there is something there to inspire you to get creative today.
Happy Stamping!
Chris

Vintage Hugs

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I just had to do it!
I had to make a Vintage style card out of the gorgeous Hugs From Shelli Paper Pumpkin kit, I just couldn’t help myself.
The different elements in the kit do lend themselves to a vintagey feel.
Hugs From Shelli Vintage 3
I have used the retiring (sadly) Sheet Music background stamp to add some music images onto the background of the lighter coloured parts.  To do this, I didn’t mount the stamp onto a block, but just splodged some ink (that’s a technical term, by the way) onto part of the stamp and then rolled it, kind of randomly, onto the cardstock.

The edges have been distressed and then sponged with Early Espresso ink.
And I have coloured the main birds nest image.  The nest and leaves were coloured with Stampin’ Blends (Alcohol Ink Markers) in Old Olive and Crumb Cake, the eggs were coloured using Blender Pen and ink pad in Balmy Blue, and the tiny flower dots were coloured using a Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Write Marker.

Hugs From Shelli Vintage 1

I’ve added some of the new, soon to be released Scalloped Lace Trim, some of the gorgeous Velvet ribbon that was in the kit, and some pearls, and then fussy cut one of the stamped bird images from the kit, which has also been coloured with Crumb Cake.
I enjoyed make the card so much that I decided to make a bookmark to match it.

Hugs From Shelli Vintage 4
These ones have been sent off to someone who I know will appreciate them, but I really loved them, so decided to make myself a book mark, too.
After all, I need heaps of bookmarks to go inside the new catalogue!!!!
Hugs From Shelli Vintage 5
Instead of using the gorgeous Pretty Peacock for this one (as I did above), I have used Rococo Rose, both of these are new In Colours, and I can’t wait to use more of these colours.  So gorgeous!
Hugs From Shelli Vintage 6

I may attempt to use something other than the Hugs From Shelli kit soon, maybe…….

It’s so gorgeous, and I am making the most of it for this month, so only a couple more days to go 🙂
Happy stamping!
Chris