Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Modern Heart for CASology 360 Guest Design


Just before Christmas, I was delighted to be chosen as the winner at CASology with this card, using Friend Like You. As an added bonus, I was asked to be guest designer this week!


 The cue card this week is CRYSTAL, which I'll admit did throw me a little!


So after dismissing crystal glasses, I got to thinking about the crystalline structure of this heart stamp from Modern Heart and decided to use that.


After dripping some diluted ink into the wet, embossed outline and letting it dry, I added some Wink of Stella for a bit more crystalline shine. Finally, I added a couple of rhinestone crystals to emphasise the sentiment. 


I liked the idea so tried it out with a blue variation. This one is coloured with a mix of different blue Stampin' Blends. The rhinestones have been coloured with a Dark Night of Navy Stampin' Blend. It was hard to choose between them. Do you have a favourite?


I'll be really interested to see how other people have interpreted the cue word, CRYSTAL and look forward to seeing the entries. 

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Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Music from the Heart for TGIF 247

I was happy to join in with the Birthday theme challenge at TGIF this week because I needed to make my son a birthday card.


I was delighted with the Music from the Heart set in the January-June Mini Catalogue since my son is a musician. He's involved in many musical activities but his biggest love is playing classical piano so it's fabulous to have a set that's perfect for him. It arrived just in time to get something made and in the post for him.


I wanted to keep it is unfussy and masculine, so went for the grays and Cherry Cobbler.  The Stamparatus made repeat stamping the sentiment a breeze. The piano did have to be fussy cut after colouring it but it only took a moment or two, then I popped it up on dimensionals over a vellum circle.


If you have a musician in the family, then this set is a must have.

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Friday, 17 January 2020

Pleased as Punch for AYSI 217

It's theme week at As You See It Challenge and it's one you'll love: Love!


I've used the soon-to-be-available Designer Series Paper, Pleased As Punch. This paper is especially designed to make the most of the new punches that appear in the January-June Mini-catalogue. They're part of a special Coordination Product Release which also includes dies that coordinate with some of the Catalogue and Sale-abration sets.

I like the pretty colours in this DSP and enjoy the fun, modern feel of it. I've paired it up with the punches that are part of the From My Heart suite.


The patterned hearts are cut straight from the paper with a punch. The frilly edge was created by stamping the frilly-edged heart from the Heartfelt set and punching it with the scalloped heart punch and layering the two together. It's a pretty effect, isn't it?


For me, the big surprise discovery was the two tiny heart dies that are part of the Detailed Bee dies. They let me cut out the two tiny hearts for accents from a scrap of DSP.

We'd love to see what you do with this theme. Will it be for an engagement? A wedding? An anniversary? Or maybe for Valentine's Day? You can see what the rest of the team have done, and link up your entry, at the As You See It Challenge site. The challenge is open until Wednesday 29 January (11.55p.m. PST).

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Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop - From My Heart




I'm delighted to welcome you to my first monthly Artisan Design Team blog hop. For January, we're showcasing the From My Heart Suite. In addition to the stamps, punches and specialty DSP, the suite also includes the versatile heart-shaped lidded baking tins, pretty doilies, a gorgeous Real Red satin ribbon and chunky faceted gems. I've got three projects to share with you that, between them, show off the whole suite.

Here they are together: a lidded box with rose decoration, a small gift box and a card.


First up, the card. I created the background by repeat stamping the small heart stamp. Believe it or not, I used Real Red ink, heavily stamped off. I like the soft variations in colour you get with this technique. The red doily makes a lovely frame for the stamped and punched sentiment. Doesn't the sentiment look good with the slight shimmer that comes from using the Black Shimmery Embossing powder? Cupid's arrow is fussy cut, and popped up on dimensionals. With just straight edges, it's very easy to do.


I think these little heart shaped baking tins have lots of uses. Decorated up, they make a lovely small gift but I think they'd make for gorgeous wedding favours too. I opted for a simple project here. I used a picture of my daughter and partner and punched it out with the heart punch. The heart punch fits nicely inside the doily, as you see. Then I masked out the two words I wanted from the sentiment stamps and popped them up on dimensionals.  I added in a couple of the faceted gems to bling it up a bit. Simple, yet effective. Then I filled it up with Hershey's Kisses, just because that seemed appropriate.


The third item I made was a decorated gift box. The base is made with Thick Whisper White card and the top from one of the DSP sheets. If you're unfamiliar with box making, there are instructions all over the internet with ready-made sizing you can try. My one piece of advice is to always cut the lid piece 2-3mm bigger than the base. That way, the lid goes on and off much more easily.

I only made a box because I really, really wanted to see if I could make a rose out of the heart punches and I needed something to put it on!  Just before Christmas, I was dead-heading my roses when a very full bloom fell off and came to pieces. I noticed that the petals were shaped like an elongated heart. So, the experimentation began and I came up with this.


I used 16 punched hearts, each one scored at the bottom at about 3mm. That gives you a small tab to glue onto the base. Then I curled the edges inward with my bone folder, increasing the amount of curl with each layer: that is, the outside layers are less curled than the inside ones. They're glued onto a 1" circle of Real Red card in concentric circles, working from the outside in. For the centre, I opted to put in a cluster of faceted gems. For this, the Take Your Pick tool was invaluable! Depending on how you glue, you might need one more or less heart.

The scalloped heart punch was perfect for leaves. I cut them out of Shaded Spruce and inked the edges for definition. I didn't shape them as I wanted them to lie flat on the box.

Finally, I'll share this photo because it shows the 3D items at a better angle and you can see better how the gift box and rose look. And look at that fabulous red ribbon!


Next up on the hop is the magnificent Lauren Alarid, aka The Crafty Peach.


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