From Basic to Brilliant

Happy New Year to each and every one of you. I have, once again, been very quiet on the crafting and blogging front, but with so many gorgeous new Stampin’ Up! goodies, I couldn’t resist having a play today.

And since we are about to have a heat wave in this part of Australia, it may well be a good time to stay inside, in the cool, and do some stamping and creating.

One of the things I decided I would like to share with you this year, is that you don’t need a lot of products to make gorgeous cards. Many of us have financial challenges right now, and it’s always good to find ways to make the most of what we already have.

And I also want to show how to take a simple card, and to dress it up in various ways. 

So, my first card for 2021 uses the gorgeous new Designer Series Paper called True Love DSP, I can see myself using this a lot.  This was at the top of my list from all of the beautiful new things in the January – June Mini Catalogue.

I started out with just a black and white card – elegant and quite easy to make, and all you need is the True Love Designer Series Paper, some white and some black cardstock.

The flowers have been cut from the Designer Series Paper using paper snips.

So then to make it different, I coloured the flowers using Stampin’ Blends in Rococo Rose colour, with Old Olive for the leaf.

It’s lovely just like that, but I have some of the Forever Gold Laser Cut accents that were calling out to be used, so I have added one behind the flowers.

The gold accent adds some lovely depth and texture to the card.

I felt it needed a little more Old Olive, and had some spare leaves from another project, which I have added in, and I am happy with the end result. I’m sure there is more that could be added but I like as it is.

It looks like a gorgeous, cheerful bunch of flowers to brighten your day!

Here is the same card with the flowers coloured in Rich Razzleberry.

The words come from the Posted For You stamp set (but you could use anything that you already have), and the lovely curved edge is the Curvy Dies.

I hope the weather is not too extreme wherever you are in the world. And I hope you are able to get in some crafting time, just for yourself.

Happy stamping!

💜 Chris

Colour Creations Showcase Bermuda Bay

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This week the Art with Heart Team is showcasing the Stampin’ Up! colour Bermuda Bay.
In Good Taste Suite Feathers Stampin' Up! 2020 Annual Catalogue Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping

For my card, I have teamed the Bermuda Bay with neutrals, Crumb Cake, White and the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper.
In Good Taste Stampin' Up! 2020 Annual Catalogue Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping
Nearly all of the elements on my card come from the In Good Taste Suite, and the inspiration for my card comes from a card on the left hand side of Page 123 of the Annual Catalogue.
The feathers have been stamped and then fussy cut, and the Bermuda Bay panel has been die cut using the Tasteful Labels Dies and then embossed with the Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder.
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You can find all of the links for this Showcase on Catherine’s blog, with all of the other amazing ways to use Bermuda Bay in your projects.

Happy Stamping!
Chris
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Heart of Christmas Week 11

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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

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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

Final Hugs

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I have enjoyed sharing with you all the different cards I have made using the Hugs From Shelli Paper Pumpkin kit, I’m sure there are a lot more I can come up with, but since today is the last day it is available to buy, I will share something different after today.

Both of these cards use some of the patterned paper that was on the inside of the envelopes.
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I was trying to get the flowers on the pink card to curve around a little more but it didn’t quite work out, but it’s still pretty.
The flowers have been stamped with Stazon ink and coloured with an Aqua Pen and ink pads, and then I fussy cut the flowers.
Yes, I did fussy cut all of those flowers!  Actually it didn’t take all that long, and I find colouring and cutting quite relaxing.

Well, it’s Friday afternoon here in Australia, and I have a new stamp set which arrived this afternoon, so I am going to have some fun playing with that over the weekend.
I hope you have a crafty weekend, too.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Just Add Ink Colour Challenge

Wow, look at these high vibe colours.
I love this colour combo, so I just had to take part in the challenge!
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There was just one problem with it though.  I only have a few ink pads and out of these colours, only one.
So I had to be a little inventive.
I guess that would be the entire point of a challenge, right?
Fortunately, I do have all of these colours in cardstock, so here is what I came up with.

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The balloons come from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, and since I don’t have the punch, the balloons have been fussy cut.
I then attached some white Baker’s Twine to the back of each balloon before I adhered it with dimensionals, and tied the three pieces of twine together in a knot and secured it with a dab of glue to the card.

Happy Stamping!
Chris