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.
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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.
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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.

Heart of Christmas Week 2

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Week 2 of the Heart of Christmas weekly Blog Hops.

Heart of Christmas 2019

I have gone with very traditional Christmas colours for this week’s Heart of Christmas Blog Hop, using some of the products from the Wrapped in Plaid Suite on Pages 12-14 of the 2019 Holiday Catalogue.

Christmas Card Wrapped in Plaid by Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping 2019 Holiday Catalogue

I’ve started with a Very Vanilla base this time, I really like the more vintage look that it gives, and a strip of the gorgeous Wrapped in Plaid Designer Series Paper which has the lovely gold stripe through it.
So gorgeous for Christmas projects.
Wrapped in Plaid DSP Christmas Card Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping
The ribbon is from the current Annual Catalogue, the Metallic-Edge Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon edged wtih gold.  To make the bow, I have doubled up a length of ribbon, tied it in the middle with a piece of twine and then popped one of the Designer Elements from page 178 of the Annual Catalogue, over the twine to hide it.
The rhinestones have been coloured with a Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blend.  I’ve added these to the centre of the Designer Elements.
“Merry Christmas” was stamped in Cherry Cobbler, and then I have run the Wink of Stella over the top to give it some shimmer but unfortunately I wasn’t careful enough and it has just smudged the ink in a couple of places.  The sentiment has been die cut using one of the Ornate Frames Dies from Page 53 of the 2019 Holiday Catalogue.
The Christmas Trees have been punched out using the Pine Tree punch, which makes Christmas cards a breeze!
Pine Tree Punch Perfectly Plaid Christmas Trees Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping

I have guest stamper and cardmaker, Tammy Prince joining me again this week, with another of her fabulous designs.
Tammy Prince Christmas Card 2019 Holiday Catalogue Let it Snow

Tammy has used the Let it Snow Specialty Designer Series Paper for her card today, and combined that with the Frosted Frames Dies, Stitched Seasons Framelits Dies and So Many Stars stamp set, the gorgeous Cherry cobbler 1cm Diagonal Stripe Ribbon, and add some sparkle with Shimmery Crystal Effects and Ice Stampin Glitter.

So gorgeous!  Thanks for sharing with us again, Tammy.

If you would like to see what the rest of the Blog Hoppers made this week, you can find the list of participants on Claire’s blog.
Happy hopping, and happy stamping!
Chris

DIY Card

This week’s challenge at Cardz4Guyz is DIY.

This one was a little challenging for me, until I remembered this great Designer Series Paper called Follow Your Art, with all the brushes and rollers…..perfect!

C4G DIY Aug19

The stamped image comes from the Host set called Believe You Can, and I have set that back behind a frame made by using one of the Stitched Rectangles Dies, and fussy cut some individual items out of the papers.
I hope you will join us at Cardz4Guyz, we love to see your projects.

Happy stamping!
Chris

Cardz 4 Guyz

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Firstly today, I am very excited to let you know that I am now a member of the Design Team for Cardz 4 Guyz, and so will be posting heaps more masculine cards for you.  The challenge is fortnightly, and I hope you will share your projects with us and pop in and check out what is going on.  Here is the link to the challenge blog: https://cardz4guyz.blogspot.com/
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Today I am sharing my first card as a member of the Design Team, and fittingly, the theme is Music.  You may not be aware that I was a professional musician in a former part of my life and still play a lot of music, these days as an amateur in support of my son who also plays an instrument.

Cardz4Guyz Music Card

The only stamping on this card is the sentiment.  Everything else is from various sets of Designer Series Papers.  The music and wood background papers are both from Pressed Petals Designer Series Papers, and the gorgeous little bird has been fussy cut out of the Bird Ballad Designer Series Papers.
The sentiment is normally straight but since it is a photopolymer stamp, I have curved it onto the clear block, to create some nice shape.

Why not come on over to Cardz4Guyz and check out what the rest of the Design Team have been doing with this challenge.
Happy stamping!
Chris

For The Love Of Felt

Today I made my very first stamping video tutorial.
I was pretty nervous, and it was daunting, but I did it anyway.
And I am really happy about it, and plan to do heaps more.
The card that made in my video uses the stamp set For The Love of Felt, which I needed to complete the For The Love of Felt kit.
So here is the set of cards I have made:
For The Love of Felt Card Set

The colours are lovely and bright, great on a cloudy, cold and dismal day like we had here today!
Which one is your favourite?

For The Love of Felt Green CardFor The Love of Felt Orange CardFor The Love of Felt Yellow Card

I think I like the orange one best.
The leaves were left over from the kit, and the flowers coloured using Stampin’ Write markers.
You can see all of the details on how I made the cards on the youtube, I hope you enjoy it.  Please subscribe and give me a thumbs up and some love.
Happy Stamping!
Chris

Simple Stamping Blog Hop

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Tonight the Art with Heart team are sharing creative projects featuring Simple Stamping, which means our projects feature only paper, stamps and ink. It’s a great way to create a quick and easy card for new stampers or for when you need a card at short notice. These projects highlight how Stampin’ Up! ink, paper and card stock coordinates perfectly.

If you would like a copy of the 2019 – 2020 annual catalogue, contact any of the girls on the blog hop and we will get in touch with you.

My cards feature the Very Versailles stamp set, combined with the gorgeous Garden Lane Designer Series Paper.
Green Very Versailles Garden Lane Card

I have double stamped the leaf image, so stamped it once, and then stamped a second time without re-inking the stamp.
The card base colour is Soft Sea Foam, and the ink is Mossy Meadow.

My second card uses the same colours, stamps and papers, I have just added a few more layers and a little bit extra stamping.
Green Very Versailles Card 2

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented Kate Morgan.

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

Tina Gillespie

Kathryn Ruddick

Rebecca Jacovou

Rachel Woollard

Sharon Davern

Vicki Boucher

Christina Barnes

Kate Morgan

Rachel Palmieri

Ros Davidson

Catherine Proctor

Happy Hopping, and 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