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Hi,

Welcome to my blog. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope that you will find some inspiration for your projects as I have from many lovely people. This is just a little space for me to share some of my cards, scrap book pages and maybe even some of my embroidery and quilting projects.

Enjoy and stop back often.

Sharon



Wednesday, 26 July 2017

The Heart of Christmas - Week 9




Hello and welcome to another beautiful day and week 9 of The Heart of Christmas with the team from Art with Heart.
Wow there are only 19 Wednesdays including today until the last week of November.  I don’t know whether I am wanting to know how many weeks are left but I am loving doing a Christmas card each week. I just love Christmas so this is like having Christmas all year round for me!

Make sure you hop over to the lovely Claire Daly’s blog to see the list of the rest of the team that has played along this week to inspire your Christmas creations.

As you may remember from last week I started on a series of One Page Wonder cards, so I am continuing with another this week using some more of the pieces of Be Merry Designer Series Paper that we cut up last week.



The card that I have made this week uses just 2 narrow strips 1/2'’x5 1/2”. I knew straight away that I would use these 2 strips with the Star of Light stamp set and Starlight thinlits. They make the perfect border framing the star almost as if the lines on the DSP are the lines of a shooting star, shooting across the sky!




I have cut out the solid shape of the star in gold foil paper and then layered each star on top with our fine tip glue. Dazzling diamonds, Cherry cobbler and more gold foil paper finishes of the star perfectly. Popper up on the stampin’ dimensionals above a swirls of cherry cobbler stars.

The sentiment “Guide us to thy perfect Light.” And “The Light of Heaven” are stamped in cherry cobbler and then clear embossed to add a little more sparkle!

On the inside of the card is the perfect matching sayings that Stampin’ Up has with their stamp sets, which I have stamped in cherry cobbler over a smoky slate swirl of stars. It is lovely to do a little bit of decoration on the inside of your cards.

For more product information check out the list below.
PRODUCTS
Stamps
Star of Light
Card Stock and Papers
Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Be Merry DSP, Gold Foil, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Papper.
Ink
Cherry Cobbler, Smokey slate
Acecessories / Embellishments

Tools
Big Shot, Starlight Thinlits, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Trimmer, Fast Fuse, Fine-tip glue pen, bone folder, clear embossing powder, heat tool, embossing buddy

Don’t forget to pop over to our team leader’s blog Claire Daly for some more Christmas inspiration.

Please contact me for any more information on how to make this card, on how to get your hands on the Annual Catalogue and any of your Stampin’ Up goodies.

Hope you have a lovely day. Thank you for spending some time with me.


Take Care

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

The Heart of Christmas - Week 8


Hello and welcome to another beautiful day.

Wow there are only 2o Wednesdays including today until the last week of November.  I have been really busy this week and when you think that there are only 20 weeks left until December you just wonder where the year is going so it is fantastic that we get to make Christmas cards together each week.

Make sure you hop over to the lovely Claire Daly’s blog to see the list of the rest of the team that has played along this week to inspire your Christmas creations.

Well this week I have been busy making candles and cards. I organise a social get together for the ladies at my church once a month and in July we do Christmas in July. So my card from 2 weeks ago inspired my candle creation.
 

I always like to give the ladies a little gift for Christmas in July and this year I chose candles. I had 22 ladies come to the dinner and I don’t suggest you try and adhere all 22 stamped images to the candles at once.

You might want to pace yourself.  Do 3 or 4 for a table setting for your Christmas dinner!
For more product information check out the list below.
PRODUCTS
Stamps
Nature Sings, Sheet Music
Card Stock and Papers
Tissue Paper
Ink
Smoky Slate, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Old Olive
Acecessories / Embellishments

Tools
Paper Snips, heat tool

Well I didn’t want to miss out on making a card as well this week so I have done that as well as the candles. This weeks inspiration came from one of our lovely team members Kathryn Ruddick who had her team around for a 1 page wonder night. Where they made a number of cards using 1 sheet of 12x12 Designer Series paper (DSP). I had never done this and I wanted to give it a try. I have looked on line for a few different templates and I have modified a few out there and this is what I have ended up with. Plus being interrupted by the kids a couple of times so when I was cutting, a couple of the cuts were not what I was planning. But hey lets see what we make with them over the coming weeks.


This is the sheet of DSP from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper pack.
When cutting with a pattern on one side of the sheet make sure you turn it up the right way when you cut your DSP.


This is the other side.

For the first card I used Nature Sings, what a lovely stamp set this is, I am really loving this stamp set.

I have cut out each image using the stitched shapes famelits and layered them with garden green which I cut using the layering squares framelits. The sentiment I have cut out again with the stitched shapes framelit, backed with garden green cardstock, cut out with the layering circles framelits.  The little saying at the bottom of the card was punched out perfectly with the classic label punch. The piece of DSP I used 5 ½” x3” backed by garden green card stock is adhered to the cherry cobbler card stock  then every layer is popped up on Stampin dimensionals except the trees and little deer.


Inside I have stamped the trees and deer  along with the little verse from the stamp set in smokey slate.
For more product information check out the list below.
PRODUCTS
Stamps
Nature Sings
Card Stock and Papers
Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Be Merry DSP
Ink
Old Olive, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Smokey slate
Acecessories / Embellishments

Tools
Big Shot,  Stitched shaped framelits, Layering Square  Framelits, Layering Circle Framelits, Classic Label punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Trimmer, Snail, bone folder

Well I think we are going to be able to make a lot of cards out of this one piece of DSP so I made another one while I was at it. I wanted to make one with the other side of the DSP showing.

I have the Nature Sings stamps set paired back up with Sheet Music

I have stayed with the same colours of cherry cobbler and garden green which is what is in the Be Merry DSP and this time added some gold bling with the gold foil paper and gold metallic thread. How gorgeous is the Old Olive Stitched-Edge Ribbon which is new this year? The DSP is 2 ½ “ x 5 ¼ “ piece and the sheet music is stamped on whisper white and has been cut to the same size and then stuck to the gold foil paper before adding the gorgeous old olive stitched-edge ribbon.  This time I have used the oval shape in the stitched shaped framelts and used the oval layering framelits in garden green. I have added some bling with the gold metallic thread with little loops off the edge of the deer cards. I have popped them ovals up on dimensionals and stamped out the sentiment and cut out in the oval the same as the deer.  The Classic label punch works beautifully for “…and heaven and nature sings”

In the Center of the card I have stamped the deer and the trees and the verse in smokey slate.
PRODUCTS
Stamps
Sheet Music, Nature Sings
Card Stock and Papers
Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Gold Foil, Be Merry DSP
Ink
Old Olive, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Smokey Slate
Acecessories / Embellishments
Gold Metallic Thread
Tools
Big Shot,  Stitched shaped framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Classic Label Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Trimmer, Snail, fast fuse, bone folder

Don’t forget to pop over to our team leader’s blog Claire Daly for some more Christmas inspiration.
Please contact me for any more information on how to make this card, on how to get your hands on the Annual Catalogue and any of your Stampin’ Up goodies.

Hope you have a lovely day. Thank you for spending some time with me.


Take Care

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The Heart of Christmas - Week 7



Hello and welcome to another beautiful day.

In this week’s Heart of Christmas get together I have used the Bokeh technique for the background and the Merry Mistletoe stamp sets. (p113 annual catalogue)

So let the countdown continue …..there are only 21 Wednesdays including today until the last week of November.  

This week I thought I would use the Bokeh technique for the background to my card as it is the technique that we are using for our ATC (Artist Trading Card) swap over at Art With Heart this month. I have never done this technique so I thought why not give it a go for my Christmas card this week as well.

What do you think? Quite a pretty background!

I have photographed  the steps as I made the card so you can see how I made the Bokeh background.
  1.         Tape down a piece of water colour paper with washi tape
  2.          Wet thoroughly with your aqua painter the paper so that the ink can run
        
  3.  Choose your colours. You can use re-inkers but as I didn’t have them in the colours I wanted to use  that is ok you can use your ink pads.
  4.   Squeeze the lid of your ink pads onto the pad so that some ink is left on the lid, use your aqua painter to lift up the ink with lots of water and drop onto the paper. Make sure if you want to use more ink and when you have finished to dry up any water residue with kitchen paper towel so that you don’t get water on your ink pad.
  5.    This is after Daffodil delight. You just drop little bits of ink in different places over your paper. The next colour will bleed right into the next colour.
  6.  Garden green
  7. Real red now making sure you now cover any white patched left.
  8. Now leave to completely dry or use your heat tool to speed up the process.
  9. Once completely dry comes the Bokeh effect. So you could see what I am going to do next. I have cut some circles in an off cut of vellum but you can do it in acetate. I used the 4 smallest layering circle framelits.


10.Randomly place the circles over your dry paper and using your white craft pigment ink with a sponge dauber create over lapping circles.

11. To finish the card I have stamped the greeting from Merry Mistletoe Stamp set in on Whisper white card and cut it out with an oval stitched shaped framelit, cut out a real red scalloped oval to layer your greeting.
12. Cut an A4 piece of real read card stock in half the fold in half for your card base. 13. Cut a mat of Whisper white cardstock of 14.5 cm x 10 cm and adhere to the card base.
14.  Cut your Bokeh background to 9.5cm x 14 cm and adhere to your card base. 
15.  Pop your greeting up on dimensionals and center on your card . 
16. Lastly  add some bling with random rhinestones.

For more product information check out the list below.
PRODUCTS
Stamps
Merry Mistletoe
Card Stock and Papers
Whisper White, Real Red, Water colour Paper
Ink
Memento, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Real Red, Craft Whisper White pigment ink.
Acecessories / Embellishments
Rhinestones basic jewels
Tools
Big Shot,  Stitched shaped framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Trimmer, Snail, bone folder

Make sure you pop over to the lovely Judy May's blog this week for some more Christmas inspiration and a list of other lovely team members who played along this week

Don’t forget to contact me for any more information on how to make this card, on how to get your hands on the Annual Catalogue and any of your Stampin’ Up goodies.

Hope you have a lovely day. Thank you for spending some time with me.

Take Care

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Stampin' Up - Wood Texture DSP and a Real Red Kombi Van

Don’t you just love remembering the good old days? Well if you said yes, my card today is for you!

Hello and Welcome!
My Son is going to a 21st Birthday Party tonight for one of his work mates and he came home with a present and asked me to make a card.

Well with a present like this I just had to make a card to match. His work mate drives a Kombi Van so this present and card are just perfect for him.

I am just loving the new Wood Textures DSP stack along with the new ¼” Copper Trim that Stampin’ Up has introduced in the 2017 annual catalogue.  I think I could use copper embossing powder, copper foil paper, copper trim, Oh you name anything copper and I have fallen in love with it and could use it on every card.



I have used the Special celebrations stamp set for the inside of the card. Normally I would put a sentiment on the front but not this time. This time I have put it on the inside of the card. (Now my Son had already written the card for his mate when I took the photo so I have coloured over where he wrote.)
The Special Celebrations Stamp Set is perfect for all your card needs, lovely sentiments for inside and out.

For more product information check out the list below.
PRODUCTS
Stamps
Special Celebrations
Card Stock and Papers
Early Espresso, Real Red, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Wood Textures DSP, Copper Foil, Basic Grey, Smokey Slate.
Ink
Early Espresso, VersMark Pen
Acecessories / Embellishments
¼” Copper Trim, Copper Embossing Powder
Tools
 Large Number Framelits, Cookie Cutter builder punch,  Stampin’ Mini Dimensionals,  Big Shot, Trimmer, Fast fuse, Paper snips, bone folder, Multipurpose Liquid glue,  Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy

Don’t forget to contact me for more information on how to make this card, on how to get your hands on the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue and any of your Stampin’ Up goodies.

Hope you have a lovely day. Thank you for spending some time with me.


Take Care

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

The Heart of Christmas - Week 6



Hello and welcome to another beautiful day.

I don’t know where in the world you are today but this week it has been rather cold and rainy in Melbourne, Australia, but I can still call it a beautiful day as I get to stay inside with my children and fur-baby and create.  Yesterday also was July 4th and although it is a bit cold for a BBQ to celebrate with my American born children, I do wish my American friends a wonderful and happy July 4th.

In this week’s Heart of Christmas get together I have used the stamp sets Nature Sings and Sheet Music so let the countdown continue …..there are only 22 Wednesdays including today until the last week of November. 


 I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on the Sheet music background stamp (p165) when I saw it in the new annual catalogue. As a musician and a former secondary school music teacher it was a must. Now for all those who would like to know what the music is on the stamp it is Beethoven’s Fur Elise. Many a young piano player has played this piece of music including myself. Plus my daughter just loves nature so Nature Sings and Sheet Music are a match made in heaven.





 Even though Sheet Music is not a Christmas carol when I saw Nature Sings (p115) I just had to put them together. I must admit I have been singing Joy to the World, while putting this card together, especially the line…and Heaven and nature sings! It is part of this stamp set and the stamp I have used at the bottom front of my card.

Don’t forget the beautiful stamped words in the centre of the card too! Stampin’ Up always has such beautiful sayings for the centre of your cards!

On the front of the card I have used the Pretty Pines thinlits to add a bit more of nature singing to the card!


For some more instructions on how this card was put together there are some details at the end of this post and check out this list for all the products used.
PRODUCTS
Stamps
Nature Sings, Sheet Music
Card Stock and Papers
Whisper White, Tranquil Tide, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Gold Foil
Ink
Smoky Slate, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Old Olive
Acecessories / Embellishments
5/8” Burlap Ribbon, 1/8” Gold Ribbon
Tools
Big Shot, Pretty Pine thinlits, Stitched shaped framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, Trimmer, Fast fuse, Fine tip glue pen, Multipurpose liquid glue, mini glue dots, Paper snips, bone folder

Please make sure you pop over to our team leader’s blog Claire Daly for some more Christmas inspiration and the list of who is playing along this week or click on the Christmas banner at the top of the post to pop over to Claire’s blog.
For some more detailed instructions on making this card you can find that at the end of this post.
Don’t forget to contact me for more information on how to make this card, on how to get your hands on the new Annual Catalogue and any of your Stampin’ Up goodies.
Hope you have a lovely day. Thank you for spending some time with me.
Take Care


  •    For this card I have stamped Sheet Music in smoky slate on whisper white card.
  •   I then stamped the 2 little deer in soft suede.
  •  I wanted the 2 little deer to look like they were standing in front of the line of pine trees which are stamped in old olive so I stamped another set of little deer and fussy cut them out and place them over the 2 dear I had already stamped as a mask and then stamped the trees over the top of the masked deer. Completing the row of trees as well.
  • To have the large elk appear in the foreground I stamped him to the bottom of the page and in the darker ink of early espresso.
  • Cut out 2x shortest pine branches from the pretty Pine thinlets and 1x the middles size in tranquil tide card stock
  • Cut out 2x smallest leaf branch in soft suede
  • Cut out 3x little twigs in crumb cake
  •  Cut out 1x pine cone in gold foil
  • Using the fine tip glue pen put glue on just the top 3 or 4 branches down on the tranquil tide and adhere them just slightly down from the top left of the card
  • Then layer the 2 soft suede leaves then the crumb cake twigs before placing the Gold pine cone on top.
  •  On the back of the card use some fast fuse to adhere the Burlap ribbon diagonally across the top left of your card overlapping the branches just to cover the top and stick the ribbon on the back of the card.
  •  Adhere the gold ribbon across the middle of the burlap ribbon and wrap around the back of the card and adhere down with fast fuse.
  • Adhere the card front down onto tranquil tide card which measures 10cmx14.5 which is just slightly bigger than you card front.
  • Adhere this to an Early espresso card base with your favourite adhesive.
  •  With a mini glue dot add a gold ribbon bow to your gold ribbon at the top left of the card.
  •  Stamp “…and heaven and nature sing” on some whisper white card stop and using your stampin’ trimmer cut as close to the words but keeping as straight as possible. Then add a backing of tranquil tide card stock and trim closely and pop up on mini dimensionals and place just next to the knees of the elk on the bottom right of your card. 
  •  Stamp you Christmas sentiment on whisper white and using the smallest oval from the stitched framelits cut it out.
  •  Cut out the smallest scalloped oval and adhere the 2 together pop up on dimensionals and place just down from the top on the right hand side of your card.



The Heart of Christmas - Week 9

Hello and welcome to another beautiful day and week 9 of The Heart of Christmas with the team from Art with Heart. Wow there are o...