Stampin’ Up! Happy Holly-Days Birthday Card

I have used the Stampin’ Up! Happy Holly-Days stamp set to make a masculine birthday card today, and since today is the first day of 2022, and I am sorting through my stamp sets and taking out the ones that are retiring, I thought I would give my favourites one last inking. Then I realised that I really liked all of the sets that I chose to buy from the retiring catalogue, in fact I will be quite sad to see them go.


I have coloured the bird with the Stampin’ Up! Watercolour Pencils, and while he looks grey in the photos, there is quite a lot of brown in there in real life, so he matches the background a lot better. After colouring the bird, I fussy cut so that I could mount it directly onto the Cork.
Not only have I used my favourite image from this catalogue but also some of my favourite DSP, the Blackberry Beauty Designer Series Paper and also the Cork Specialty Paper.
I have added a little sneak peek at one of the new stamp sets that I am already having some fun with.
Did you recognise the layout? Page 67 of the retiring Mini Catalogue at the bottom right, featuring this same stamp set as a Christmas card.
Well, here’s to 2022. Out with the old and in with the new!! I hope you are ready for it, I know I am.
Happy stamping!
Chris

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Stampin’ Up! Friendly Hello

My card today uses the Stampin’ Up! Friendly Hello stamp set, one that you may not have seen yet. It is a brand new one, available from the 4th January 2022, along with the pretty Friendly Hello Designer Series Paper.



I fell in love this with gorgeous little bird as soon as I saw it, and am so grateful that I am able to earn free goodies from Stampin’ Up! just for choosing to be a demonstrator and share what I love doing. And of course, it’s always fun to receive free things, and this is one that you can also receive for free during this coming January/February Sale-a-Bration.

Cute little birdie is coloured using the Stampin’ Up! Watercolour pencils, but with no water involved, just coloured with the pencils.
Isn’t this just the most gorgeous image?
I have also stamped on the inside of the card with a smaller image from the same set, also coloured with the pencils.

While this one is only available to demonstrators prior to the 4th January, if you really want it, you could join my Stampin’ Up! family of demonstrators, with all the benefits that go along with that.
Of course there are always the items that are on the Last Chance List and in the Clearance Rack to craft with until January, and I will be posting up some projects using those soon.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Stampin’ Up! Prized Peony Sponged Artwork

I spent most of my morning creating this piece, which I’m not quite sure what to call. It’s not really mixed media because it’s all the same techniques we would use on cards.
I have made it for a local art gallery which is having an exhibition where everything that is displayed must be 8 x 8 inches.
So I started with a piece of very heavy card, the type that sometimes comes in with the Specialty Designer Series Papers, which I cut to 8 x 8 inches, and also cut one of my pieces of Basic White cardstock the same size (the very same Basic White that I am trying not to use too much of right now!!). I have sponged the edges with Crumb Cake ink, and then a heap of sponging with daubers over a decorative mask which was actually the front of a retired laser-cut card.
So heaps of sponging and stamping, and then watercolouring the Prize Peony. For that I have used Stazon Black ink onto Watercolour Paper, then coloured with ink and the Water Painter. The ink colours are Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Polished Pink.

I have also used some retired Designer Series Paper and ribbon, the Timeworn Type Embossing Folder, Very Versaille Stamp Set and Beauty of Tomorrow Stamp Set and matching Dies.

Happy Stamping!
Chris

CAS Sketch Challenge

Another card that I made for a challenge again today, and I ended up featuring the Quiet Meadow stamp set again. It seems to be a current favourite! I do like the different elements in this set, which combine so beautifully with many other stamps.

My card uses the largest die from the Beautiful Leaves Dies as a background behind the flowers.

The flowers from Quiet Meadows have been coloured using an Aqua Brush with inks, and then fussy cut (the dies will be in my next order!!) and I have used some of the leaves from Beauty of Tomorrow stamp set to complete my posy of flowers. I have added a few splodges of colour, very lightly to add a little more of the pretty Pale Papaya colour.

Here is the sketch from CAS Colors and Sketches which I used as inspiration for this card.

I hope you are having a crafty week!
Happy stamping.

Chris

Masculine Monday

Summer Days Masculine Card Colouring July 2020

It sure has been a crazy busy few weeks, and I will share more about that later in my post.  I have had time to think and ponder during those few weeks though, and I thought it was time to add a little structure to my creating, and so this is the start of that, Mondays are going to be for my masculine cards. (That’s Monday Australian time!)
Here’s hoping that I can maintain it and that things don’t get too crazy busy again anytime soon.

I made some time to create a card for brother’s birthday though, using the Host stamp set from the Annual Catalogue, called Summer Days.
Summer Days Masculine Card July 2020
In the background is some of the paper from the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper, and the image stamped in Early Espresso ink, before being coloured with Watercolour Pencils, and then gently painted over with an aqua painter.

I had to go with a wood theme for this card after the last few weeks.  My incredible 14 year old son decided late last year that he wanted to have a go at woodturning.  He had been doing some woodwork classes for a few years but had never tried woodturning.
He took to it straight away and started making beautiful things and learning and growing every day.  He just loves it and spends as much time as he can in front of his lathe.
A few weeks ago, he was asked to make 100 Spatulas for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and they wanted them as quickly as possible.
I’m sure you can imagine that this was an amazing opportunity for him, not just to get paid to woodturn but also to get his name out as a talented woodturner.
So here is a photo of my boy, with the 100 spatulas before they were delivered to the Department.  His Spatulas are to be used as gifts for special guests at public diplomacy and cultural programs overseas.
Jamie with 100 Spatulas

Hopefully I will have a little more time for crafting from now on.
Happy stamping!
Chris
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Sketch Challenge

AWH Monthly Showcase

Welcome to the Monthly Art With Heart Creative Showcase.
This month the Art With Heart Team have amazing projects to share with you that have been inspired by the card sketch below.
The sketch is to be used as a starting point and has been interpreted in many creative ways by the Art With Heart Team.

Sketch Challenge May 2020

I have used the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set for my card, a favourite which I am very happy to say, is carrying over to the new Annual Catalogue!!

Watercoloured Magnolia Good Morning Magnolia Pencils Stampin' Up! 2020 Christina Barnes

I have watercoloured the image with watercolour pencils and an aqua painter.
The pencil colours are in Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry colours, but they come out a lot lighter when they have been diluted with the water.
The flag on the top left has been run through the die cutting machine with the Parisian Flourish Embossing Folder.
Watercoloured Magnolia 2 Stampin' Up! Pencils Dot Dot Stamping Christina Barnes
I love this style of watercolouring, stay tuned for a Tutorial coming soon!!

Watercoloured Magnolia 3 Pencils Stampin' Up! 2020 Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping

The next demonstrator to share her interpretation of the sketch is the very talented and lovely Claire Daly.  I am sure Claire will have some wonderful inspiration for you.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy all of the inspiration from this group of talented ladies.
Scroll down to the bottom of the post to see a list of the products used for my card.
Happy Stamping!
Chris

If you have a broken link or have come to this blog hop midway, you can view all the participants below:

Caroline Manwaring

Rebecca Jacovou

Tina Gillespie

Catherine Proctor

Sharon Davern

Vicki Boucher

Christina Barnes

Claire Daly

Kate Morgan

Andrea Sargent

Kathryn Mangelsdorf

Amie McIlroy

Rachel Woollard

Judy May

Michele Taylor

Thanks for visiting, come back next month, our Showcase is featuring our favourite products from the new catalogue.

If you would like to purchase the items I have used to make this card, please see the product list below and head to my online store, which you can find here.

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Masculine Card Showcase

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Welcome to another Creative Showcase with the Art With Heart Team.

This month we are featuring Masculine themed projects.
We have many masculine themed products in the Stampin’ Up! range including Stamp Sets and coordinating Dies, Designer Series Papers, Embellishments and Embossing Folders.
Art With Heart Team have a wonderful selection of projects to inspire you to create Masculine Masterpieces.

I have done something a little different with my masculine card today, in that I have used some Designer Series Paper that is definitely not masculine.
It’s the Best Dressed DSP and probably not one you would have chosen for a masculine card.  But I have used the reverse side of this one….
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and used it as a background for my masculine card.

Masculine Lighthouse Card Stampin' Up! 2020 Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping 1

And I also wanted to keep it nice and simple, so have taken a piece of the fabulous watercolour paper, wet it down with an aqua painter, and then swooshed some ink across it, very quickly and freely.
Then once the watercolour paper was dry, I stamped the lighthouse and birds from the Sailing Home stamp set in Pretty Peacock ink, and the words are from the New Wonders stamp set.
Layered over some Pretty Peacock cardstock, and it’s a very quick and easy card to make.

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The next demonstrator to share their Masculine project with you is the very talented …..
Kate Morgan.

I hope you enjoy all of the inspiration.
Happy stamping!
Chris

If you have a broken link or have come to this blog hop midway, you can view all the participants below:

Christina Barnes 

Kate Morgan

Andrea Sargent

Sharon Davern

Tina Gillespie

Vicki Boucher

Catherine Proctor

Rachel Woollard

Rebecca Jacovou

Sujatha Harding

Michele Taylor

Caroline Manwaring

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

Purple Magnolia

Another card using the gorgeous Magnolia Lane Suite.
Purple Watercoloured Magnolia Card
Not sure that this is a colour for a Magnolia in real life, but it still looks pretty.

I stamped the gorgeous Magnolia using Stazon ink, onto Shimmery White cardstock, and then cut it out using the matching Die, from the Magnolia Memory Dies.
I used an Aqua Painter to spread a thin layer of water over each area before adding colour.  The colours I have used are Old Olive and Mossy Meadow, Early Espresso, and Highland Heather, with some So Saffron for the centre of the flower.

As a background I have combined a piece of Whisper White cardstock, embossed using the Subtle Embossing Folder, and some of the gorgeous Garden Lane Designer Series Papers, layered over a Soft Seafoam card base.

I didn’t think it needed anything extra, so left it just like that.  Of course, you could add some twine or rhinestones.

Happy stamping!
Chris

Watercoloured Magnolia

The Magnolia Embossing Folder is one that is going to get a lot of use here, there are so many ideas and uses for it.  So many ideas in my head that I don’t know which one to choose first!
My card today was inspired by one that the talented Vicki Boucher has on her blog here, which I just loved and thought I would have a go at making.
Watercoloured Magnolia EF Card 1

My colours are similar to the ones Vicki used, I have used Smokey Slate as a background colour to help the flower pop, along with Calypso Coral, So Saffron and Old Olive.  And since I really wanted the flower to be the focal point with nothing to distract from it, I have just added “Hello” from the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set, in Smokey Slate.

First, I have embossed the Magnolia onto Shimmery White cardstock.  I didn’t have any watercolour paper to use, and while it’s not as good as our new watercolour paper, the Shimmery White does hold water quite well, so it’s great as a back up.

To get a really good overall watercolour effect, I have used the Aqua Painter to wash a layer of water over each petal or leaf before I added any colour, then added ink from an ink pad to the areas I wanted darkest first, pulling the colour out.  Then just added more layers of colour if I wanted it darker.

I hope you are having a crafty day,
Happy Stamping!
Chris