Wednesday, October 18, 2017

AWH HOC Week 21

Hi!

Are you ready for your weekly dose of Christmas inspiration with the Art With Heart team? If so, welcome to this week's The Heart Of Christmas post!


This week I have a card for you that was made using the Watercolour Christmas Project kit. I'm a big fan of this kit. You can stamp and assemble the cards as directed, and make 20 Christmas cards in a very short time, or you can do as I've done - have a play, make some cuts, and make many more cards using bits and pieces of the kit.

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For this card I chopped up one of the striped card bases to make the feature strip on my new card. To get a piece long enough, I had to chop it sideways across the card base, which meant that there was score line through the card. This was easily hidden under the sentiment panel,

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I took one of the gold foil envelope liners in the kit and chopped it up to make a mat for the sentiment. I love how it gives a bit of extra glitz to the card. The front was still looking a little plain, so I popped a gold Foil Snowflake under the sentiment. Problem solved!

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For this inside, I used another off cut from the chopped up card front to add a little strip at the bottom of the card. Once again, a piece of Gold Foil from the  envelope liner added the necessary glitz to the inside.

You can see what the rest of the Art With Heart ladies playing along today have created by popping on over to Claire's blog. You'll find all of the links there.

Bye for now,

Tina

Monday, October 16, 2017

A Beautiful Bouquet CASE

Hi!

Today I have for you a fun set of cards that I CASEd from Leonie Schroder. I saw them on a demo Facebook group and thought they looked so fresh and fabulous - I just had to CASE them right away! Leonie CASEd the cards from Jennifer McGuire, who called it the Four From One technique.

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Basically, you cut one card front and die cut a shape into it. Jennifer and Leonie used hearts, but I went for an oval.

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You then need to cut four card bases. I cut them from Thick Whisper White, and cut two in landscape orientation, and two in portrait orientation.

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You then adhere the two pieces from the card front to two of the card bases using temporary adhesive. In my case, this was the oval and the card front with the oval hole. Next, you stamp around the shape, making sure that half the stamp is on either side of the edge of the shape.

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Once you've finished stamping, you carefully peel apart the layers. You should be left with two card bases that have been stamped, and tow pieces of card front that have also been stamped. On two pieces the stamping is on the outside of the oval, and on the other two, it's on the inside. All that's left to do is stamp the sentiments and assemble the two also cards. Oh, and embellish, if required.

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I can't forget to stamp the insides either!

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Here are the four cards together. If you look closely, you can see that the top and bottom card fronts were stamped together, and the two side cards were stamped together. It really is a super fun technique to try!

Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, October 12, 2017

JAI #381: Just Choose Two

Hi!

Welcome to a new challenge!


This week Jan has set the challenge for us at Just Add Ink, and it's a Just Choose Two week.


As you can see, you need to choose two from embossing paste, colouring and sequins. Now, if you had of asked me a couple of weeks ago, I would have said I'd most likely go for the paste and colouring, but to my surprise, I went for sequins instead of the paste.

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I actually started this card with the intent of using it in last night's Art With Heart blog hop, but somewhere along the way I realised it would be better for this week's JAI challenge.

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I started with a piece of the garden themed Just Add Colour SDSP. I was only going to colour a few bits and pieces of the design with my watercolour pencils, but before I knew it, I'd coloured the whole piece. It was far too busy to use sit the girl from Garden Girl on top, so I decided to tone down the SDSP with vellum. I decided to stitch it down, and then thought that I may as week go the whole hog and turn it into a shaker card by adding sequins under the vellum.

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I really loved colouring the girl from Garden Girl, but I think this little bit on the inside is my favourite part. I recently made a similar scene for an ATC swap I hosted, and thought that a simpler version of it would be a great way to finish off the inside.

You canopy on over to see what the rest of the DT at Just Add Ink have made for the Just Choose Two challenge. They re all fabulous, as usual!

Bye for now,

Tina

AWH October Blog Hop: Designer Series Paper

Hi!


Tonight the Art with Heart team girls are sharing some wonderful ideas to inspire you with our Designer Series Papers. This month is the start of the new Stampin’ Up! year and we have a special promotion on our Designer Series Paper, buy 3 get 1 FREE for the month of October and there is no limit!

I decided to go with the Just Add Colour SDSP. It wasn't a pack that originally took my fancy, but once I got hold of some and had a play, I was hooked!


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I especially loved the house paper, so that was the sheet I reached for when starting to think of ideas for this month's Blog Hop. I found this section that was easy to trim down to a small row.  It's slightly longer than a regular sized card, but that didn't worry me. I coloured the houses with my Watercolour Pencils, and used my Wink Of Stella pen to help blend them in places - especially the windows.

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Eclipse cards have been all the rage lately, so I decided to turn this card into one. After I'd coloured the houses, I used my Large Letters dies to cut the word 'home' into the panel. I then adhered the panel to a piece of Basic Black cardstock, and then adhered the letters back in place, but with Dimensionals so that they sat up. From the side you can see bits of black popping through, but from the front it is much less obvious,

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Does this house on the inside remind you a little of a castle? I think it's the roofline.

Well, that's it from me. Next you're off to the blog of Claire Daly. She's always got something amazing to show on her blog.



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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

AWH HOC Week 20

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Welcome, once again, to another week of The Heart of Christmas with the Art With Heart team.


This week, I'm hosting the blog share again. I had so much fun last time that when Claire asked for a volunteer, my hand shot up. Let's get into it, shall we?

This week I decided to make a set of four cards. I had stamped one of the images from Merry Little Labels a few months ago when I had a team stamping day, but I had yet to get around to turning them into a card. This week was the week! I'd stamped the image in four different colours, so each card features the colour.

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This first one was stamped with Berry Burst. I backed it with some coordinating ribbon, a silver Foil Snowflake (why have I waited so long to use these?!?), and some Merry Music SDSP.

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The second card was stamped in Cherry Cobbler. I decided to keep each of the cards similar, but ran into a small snag - I don't have any current Cherry Cobbler ribbon, so I had to use some Black Thread. It's hard to see, but it's placed in messy loops behind the label, and on top of the gold Foil Snowflake.

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The third card features Garden Green with a sliver Foil Snowflake. I love that you get both gold and silver in the pack. I'm definitely a silver girl, but there are times when only gold will do!

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Finally we have Night Of Navy on the fourth card. Here I hit another snag - all I heard in my head was 'black and blue look like a bruise'. I've NEVER been able to mix black and navy, so I had to go for some of the Whisper White Merry Music SDSP. It gives a different look, but just as pretty, I think.

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Here's the four cards together. Apologies for the terrible photo - it was the best I could do to get them all together.

Here's the links to the rest of the Art With Heart team participating today. I don't know about you, but I think the cards get better and better each week.

Kate Morgan

Caroline Manwaring

Ros Davidson

Rachel Woollard

Monika O'Neill

Bye for now,

Tina

Monday, October 9, 2017

Eclectic Colour Theory

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One of the DSP pack that is included in this month's Buy 3 Get 1 Free sale is the Colour Theory DSP stack. It's a great little 6x6 inch stack, that has lovely graduated colour pages. You can see the Old Olive paper behind the diamond grid die cut section in this card.

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I recently purchased the Oh So Eclectic bundle and this was the first card I made with it. Do you ever buy a stamp set, die set or bundle just for one item? Sigh.... I have! In this case, I purchased the bundle just for that diamond grid die. I have come to love the rest of the bundle though.

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There's lots of layers on this card - 6, not counting the flowers and leaves on the top. The colour combo of Fresh Fig, Old Olive and Very Vanilla is one I hadn't tried before, but I'm really loving it. What do you think?

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Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, October 5, 2017

JAI #380: Just Add A Sketch

Hi!

Welcome back to another week of challenges!


This week at Just Add Ink Narelle has designed a fabulous sketch. It's a lovely, simple sketch, which means there's lots of room for interpretation. I've loved seeing the cards that the rest of the Design Team have created, and I'm sure you will too.

What do you think? Love it as much as I do?

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I recently purchased some Harry Potter inspired stamp sets and have been waiting for an opportunity to play with them. As soon as I saw this sketch, I realised that the long, thin element could be a line of footprints, and the card grew from there.

Harry was coloured using my Copic markers, and then I stamped the rest of the card using my SU inks. As well as the Harry Potter stamp sets, I also used Timeless Textures to sort of replicate the look of the Marauder's Map. I was pleased with how it turned out.

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Now, you may notice that I haven't shown a picture of the inside of the card - that's because it's not done yet. It's the first week of the school holidays here, and the kids are keeping me very busy. One of the Harry Potter stamp sets included a Hedwig stamp, so I intend to include her on the inside. For those not in the know, Hedwig is Harry's pet owl.

EDIT: Here's the inside!

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You can join in with the fun this week over at the Just Add Ink blog. Head on over there to see what the rest of the Design team have created, and to link your card for the sketch challenge.

Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, September 28, 2017

JAI #379: Just Add Inspiration

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I hope you're ready for Friday and the new challenge!


This week at Just Add Ink Kelly has provided a beautiful Inspiration Photo for the challenge. I love it, as it makes me think of summer. I am soooo over winter and ready for summer to roll around, so I was excited to create using this photo as my guide.


I decided that rather than my usual literal approach to Inspiration Photos, this time I was going to find inspiration in another way. After a bit of consideration, I decided to use the colours as the basis for my card.

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I mostly went with the pink and the green from the photo, with touches of brown, black and white. The pitcher reminded me of a strawberry champagne cocktail I particularly enjoy over summer, so I decided to include some 'bubbles' in my card as an extra little tribute.

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I used the Lemon Lime Twist Foil Frenzy SDSP to represent the bubbles. The foil finish adds a touch of glam to the card without being overwhelming. Sometimes a little bit of the Foil Frenzy SDSP goes a long way!

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I used a spotty stamp from No Bones About It to carry the bubbly look through to the inside of the card. It seemed a bit funny to use a dinosaur stamp on a girly, butterfly card - but it works!

What do you see in the Inspiration Photo? You can link your card over at Just Add Ink, where you can also see the cards that the rest of the Design team have created. It's a fabulous lot, as usual!

Bye for now,

Tina

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

AWH HOC Week 18

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My apologies for the silence on my blog lately. I've had a couple of minor, and thankfully fixable, health issues, and as well as sucking away my energy they seem to have sucked away my creativity. I'm on the mend again, just in time for this week's Heart Of Christmas blog share. I missed being able to play along last week, so I'm glad to be back in the swing of things this week.


One of the first things I saw in the new Holiday Catalogue was the Brightly Lit bundle, which included the fabulous lamp post stamps and dies. I immediately thought of Narnia - we are all big fans in this house! The bundle, and Christmas Around The World DSP, found it's way to my house, but after that I was stumped. In the end I decided to make a simple Christmas card featuring the lamp post dies.

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One of the things I decided to do on this card, was to have the DSP go edge to edge, rather than the card base forming a mat. When I do this, I always cut my card base to be 4" wide rather than 4 1/8", as it's more cost efficient to cut your DSP 4" rather than 4 1/8" to cover the whole front. Cutting it to 4" means you can get 6 fronts out of one sheet of DSP rather than 4.

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I popped up the main part of the lamp post BEFORE I realised how tiny I'd need to cut my Mini Dimensionals in order to pop up the lamp post arm (I wonder what the correct name is?). I think I cut each Mini Dimensional into 4 tiny strips to be able to fit under the dis cut and not be seen. I'm pretty impressed with that effort!

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Another lamp post and banner completes the inside. I'm really looking forward to having a bit more of a play with this set now that my mojo is slowly returning!

Why don't you pop on over to Claire's blog now? You can find links to the rest of the team there.

Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, September 21, 2017

AWH Blog Hop: Fancy Folds

Hi!


Welcome to another Art with Heart Team blog hop where we are focusing on fancy folds. You will find loads of creative inspiration tonight, showcasing different folding techniques and projects. Don't be afraid of trying some Fancy Fold cards; they may look intimidating, but in fact, they are not that difficult to create.


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I was recently asked to make a birthday card for a woman turning 50, but it had to be big enough for around 30 people to sign. My first thought was to make a super-sized card, but I thought about how annoying that would be to store, so I decided to make something that was the size of a regular card, and add some extra pages for the guests to write on.

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I'm not sure of the name of the fold, but you pretty much take a sheet of cardstock that is double the height of the finished card and 3-4 times the width. In this case I used a sheet of 12x12 cardstock in Elegant Eggplant. I should mention at this point that my brief included using purple and no flowers - the recipient is a really outdoorsy kind of person who enjoys camping, etc.

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I scored the 12x12 at 4 and 8 inches, and then turned it 90 degrees and cut at 6 inches from the edge and stopping at the second score line from the edge. I also cut two extra pieces of cardstock that were 6x4, with an additional flap on one 6 inch side. Here's a diagram that shows what I did. Dashed lines are scored, solid are cutting lines, and all measurements are in inches.

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I adhered the to extra flaps to the edges of b and c. I then adhered A to a, B to b and C to c using Tear And Tape Adhesive. This creates a little book with 8 pages. You could leave the top of each page open, so that you could have extra tags in the pockets too.

I decorated the front and back cover with Wood Textures DSP and used another piece of cardstock to act as a spine, hiding all of the folds. I added a length of twine to the cover before adding the spine, so that the card can be tied shut.

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Each of the pages was decorated with a little more of the DSP, and I also added a few stamps from the Tabs For Everything set to give it a bit more colour. I heard that the card was a hit, so I was very pleased!

Well, that's it for me, so now you're hopping off to visit Kate Morgan's blog. She always has something fabulous that is bound to inspire.
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Bye for now,

Tina