Heart of Christmas Week 11

Heart of Christmas 2019
You may have noticed that I have been missing in action for the past month.
I have been rather unwell and finding it difficult to craft and blog along with everything else I need to do in my life.
Today has been a pretty good day, although I am starting to feel like it’s time to rest, so I will keep my post short and sweet.

My card today features the Let it Snow Designer Series Paper, and all of the cute Christmas trees on my card have been cut from the DSP.

Let it Snow Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up! 2019 Holiday Catalogue Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping Stylish Scroll Embossing Folder Ornate Frames Dies 1

For the background I have used the Stylish Scroll embossing folder which was inked up before putting it through the Big Shot.  And I have also used the versatile Ornate Frames Dies for the sentiment panel.
Let it Snow Christmas Trees Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping 2019 Holiday Catalogue Stampin' Up!

I hope to be back soon with some more creations but in the meantime, you can see all of the inspiration from today’s Heart of Christmas blog hop here.
Happy Stamping!
Chris

Designer Series Paper Blog Hop

Creative Ways to Use Designer Series Paper Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping 2019
Tonight the Art with Heart team are sharing amazing projects featuring Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper, most of which is in the current promotions where you can buy 3 packs of Designer Series Paper and receive a pack for free! Only available until the 30th of September.

All three of my cards today, feature the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper, and very little stamping.
Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper Card 1 Stampin' Up! 2019 Annual Catalogue Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping
The birds and flowers on my cards have all been cut from the DSP.
Bird Ballad DSP Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping

For my second card, I have used some of the Mosaic Mood Specialty DSP, and overlaid a piece of embossed Vellum, making the DSP more subtle.  Again, the bird and flowers were cut from the Bird Ballad DSP.

Mosaic Mood Specialty Designer Series Paper and Bird Ballad DSP Card Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping Stampin' Up! 2019 Annual Catalogue

Bird Ballad DSP by Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping Stampin' Up!

And my third card is one I have shared before in a previous post, but I thought I would go nicely as a set with these two.

Pressed Petals Specialty Designer Series Paper and Bird Ballad DSP Card Stampin' Up! 2019 Annual Catalogue Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping

This is a masculine card which combines the fussy cut bird from the Bird Ballad DSP, with some of the woodgrain and music note DSP from the Pressed Petals Specialty Designer Series Paper.
Bird Ballad DSP Card by Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping

Don’t forget, the fantastic promotion is only available until the 30th September 2019.DSP Sept 2019 Stampin Up Promotion Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping
For more information about the promotion, contact any of the ladies on the blog hop and we will be happy to help you.

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the lovely and talented, Vicki Boucher.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy stamping,
Chris

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

Christina Barnes

Vicki Boucher

Tina Gillespie

Rachel Woollard

Rebecca Jacovou

Sharon Davern

Kate Morgan

Catherine Proctor

Caroline Manwaring

Sujatha Harding

Heart of Christmas Week 6

Heart of Christmas 2019
Welcome to another Heart of Christmas Blog Hop, I do hope you have been enjoying all the wonderful inspiration from the Art of Heart team.
Night Before Christmas Designer Series Paper Card 2 Stampin' up! 2019 Holiday Catalogue Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping
I had a massively busy weekend, last weekend, and in amongst everything else, I ran a Launch party for the 2019 Holiday Catalogue at my home, with some lovely ladies, who wanted some ideas on making cards on a budget, and using up left over bits and pieces.
And what an awesome challenge that is, don’t we all have those left over bits and pieces?
And don’t we all want to find ways to craft on a budget?  Well, I know I have to.

The ladies made two cards at the Catalogue Launch party, but we looked at different ideas and combined different things, depending on what they liked.
I started off showing them just how simple a card can be when it’s made with some gorgeous Designer Series Papers, and some left over scraps of cardstock to stamp a sentiment on.
Night Before Christmas DSP Perfectly Plaid Stamp Set Stampin' Up! Simple Stamping Beginners Card 2019 Holiday Catalogue Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping
Ok yes, I did add a couple of red rhinestones to the card, just because I like a little something shiny on my Christmas Cards.
A very simple card, great for a beginner cardmaker or stamper.

Next we added some of those pesky leftover strips of cardstock – you know the ones!!

Night Before Christmas Designer Series Paper Card Stampin' Up! 2019 Holiday Catalogue Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping

This one is a CASE (Copy and Share Everything) of a card on page 24 of the 2019 Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalogue, but using some of the bits and pieces from my stash.

And this next one started out as a CASE from the same page, but we decided to fussy cut some of the Christmas stockings from the papers to add to our card, as well as some strips of leftovers.
Night Before Christmas Designer Series Paper Card 3 Stampin' Up! 2019 Holiday Catalogue Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping
And last of all, we used some of the Brightly Gleaming Foil Elements over the Designer Series Paper for a different look, and they are another product that makes it so easy to create quick and easy Christmas cards this year.
Night Before Christmas Designer Series Paper Card 4 Stampin' Up! 2019 Holiday Catalogue Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping
All four of these cards uses just a card base, in this case some of the Thick Very Vanilla Cardstock, then one layer of the Night Before Christmas Designer Series Paper, and we used a star from the Brightly Gleaming Foil Elements.  All of the sentiments on my cards are from the Perfectly Plaid stamp set, although you could use whatever stamps you have on hand.  And, I have only used a Real Red ink pad.

If you would like to see some more Christmas inspiration from the Art with Heart team, you can find all of the participants here.

Thanks for stopping by, and 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

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

Heart of Christmas Week 4

Heart of Christmas 2019

Heart of Christmas 2019 – Week 4

I can’t believe it is already the 4th week we have shared Christmas inspiration from the 2019 Holiday Catalogue.  Christmas is coming!
Wrapped in Plaid Suite Pine Tree Punch Perfectly Plaid Stampin Up Embossed Christmas Tree 2019 Holiday Catalogue Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping 2

My cards this week were inspired by my lovely friend and fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in the US, Anne-Marie Hile.  Anne-Marie has been inspiring me for many, many years and makes such beautiful cards.
And while my intention was to CASE Anne-Marie’s card, which you can see here, my card ended up a little different.
Wrapped in Plaid Suite Pine Tree Punch Perfectly Plaid Stampin Up Embossed Christmas Tree 2019 Holiday Catalogue Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping 1

And I decided to make a second card, but keeping it quite clean and simple, but still with some of the Christmas colours from the original.
Wrapped in Plaid Suite 2019 Holiday Catalogue Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping

I have die cut some Gold Foil using one of the Detailed Bands Dies to highlight the words on my card.
Wrapped in Plaid Card Gold Detailed Bands Dies Stampin Up 2019 Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping

Have you started making your Christmas cards yet?
If not, there’s sure to be something to inspire you from all the projects from the blog hop, which you can find links here on Claire’s blog.

Happy hopping, hope you find some inspiration,
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.