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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



Thursday, 23 November 2017

Stampin' Up - Add Texture With Embossing - Blog Hop with the Art with Heart Team




Hello and welcome to another beautiful day.
Hope you have had a wonderful day. Tonight the Art with Heart team girls are sharing some creative projects by adding texture with embossing. Embossing can add a lovely dimension, and with our wonderful Stampin’ Up! products, we can create many different looks. These include Heat embossing using embossing powder, dry embossing using our textured folders or by adding embossing paste!

I have made 2 projects to share with you tonight, they are quite different.

The first is a male card and I have used both an embossing folder and heat embossing to create the texture for this card. A Tarnished Faux Foil Technique is what I am calling it.



I have run the most gorgeous Champagne Foil paper through the big shot while in the Hexagon Dynamic TIEF.



After we have embossed with the hexagons I have used memento ink to create some grunge and some of the tarnished look. Just dab it randomly. You really need to let this dry completely or use your heat tool to dry it before the next staged.



The next stage is lots of fun. Grab your VersaMark and just dab it in random places over your blacked hexagons. Now sprinkle some Gold and Copper Embossing powder onto your foil making sure you still have some of the foil and the black showing through and heat set with your heat tool.


Now you have your back ground all set and ready to decorate.

I have decorated the card with some gold metallic thread and I have teased the gorgeous copper trim out to look like netting. Using the Happy Birthday Thinlit I have cut out the greeting using basic black card stock and adhered all of this to the front of the card using the fine tip glue pen.




I think this would make an excellent male birthday card.


I have made a short video showing you how I created the background to this card.

For my next project I thought I would try something a little different. I have created a background to my card by using the flower framelit in the Support ribbon framelits to emboss the card stock.

How I have done this is instead of placing the framelit on the top of the card stock I placed it under the card stock and made sure the catting side was also facing away from the card so I didn’t cut out any flowers. 

I did have to put it through a few times to create the whole background but that is ok. I them sponged the card with powder pink ink so that you could see the definition of the flowers on the whisper white cardstock. It gives just a subtle impression on the card but I’m sure a more intricate die would leave a lovely impression as well.



I have added some flowers cut with the same die from the Support ribbon framelits in Berry Burst and tranquil tide leaves and a powder pink ribbon. The gorgeous Metallic Edge Ribbon in Berry Bust I was able to get when I was at OnStage at the beginning of November and it will be available from January 3rd. You are going to love it, it is divine!


The sentiment cut out using the stitched shaped framelits is from the Ribbon of Courage stamp set and I have stamped that in Berry Burst and the inside of the card is also using the stamps from the same stamp set.



For more product information for both these cards check out the list below.
PRODUCTS
Stamps
Ribbons of Courage
Card Stock and Papers
Whisper White, Basic Black, Tranquil tide, Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Champagne Roil.
Ink
VersaMark, Berry Burst, Early Espresso, Memento
Acecessories / Embellishments
Copper Trim, Gold Metallic Trim, Berry Burst Metallic Edge Ribbon.
Tools
 Stitched shaped framelit dies, Support ribbon framelits, Heagon Dynamic TIEF, Trimmer, paper snips, fast fuse, bone folder, Gold and copper, embossing powder, heat tool, embossing buddy,  Fine tip glue pen

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented and lovely Kate Morgan


 If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

Please contact me for any more information on how to make this card, on how to get your hands on the Annual Catalogue, the Holiday 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, 22 November 2017

The Heart of Christmas - Week 26




Hello and welcome to another beautiful day.
Hope you have had a wonderful week.  We had such a beautiful day in Melbourne yesterday and are expecting one today as well. Welcome back to week 26 of The Heart of Christmas,


A couple of weeks ago I made a tag to put on a little bag of chocolate for the ladies from my church. We go out once a month and it was our end or year Christmas dinner. I thought you might like to know how to make them. I have used the Wise Men Form Afar stamp set and I just love it. You can find it on page 24 of the 2017 Holiday Catalogue.

Here is the front of the tag. I have gold embossed the 3 wise men on black card stock and cut it out with our stitched shaped framelit dies.



Here is the back of the tag where I have gold embossed the beautiful words and sentiments that come in this stamp set.

As you can see I have made the tag part out of real red card stock using the scalloped tag topper and also our layering circle framelits. I have made a short video to show you exactly how to make the tag.

I also wanted to make some cards to go with these chocolates and tags and to use this same colour combination. I have done 3 versions of the same card to show you how you can step it up just a little bit each time.



In this first version I have gold embossed straight onto the black card stock then adhered to a real red card base and have not added anymore embellishment. This card is easy to do with your VersaMarK, gold emboss powder and heat tool. Just make sure you use your embossing buddy so that you don’t get extra flecks of embossing powder sticking to your card.


In this second version I have added an island for the palm trees, some gold 1/8” ribbon and a metallic enamel shaped star in gold to the star to give it that extra bling.


In this 3rd version I have added all the elements of the 2nd version but I have cut out the 3 wise men with the stitched shaped framelits and backed that with real red cut with the layering circle framelit dies.


I’m sure any version your friends would love to receive or any card you make with this fabulous stamp set!

Make sure you don’t forget the inside. Here I have simply gold embossed the beautiful words that came with the stamp set and a little palm tree.


For more product information for on this card check out the list below.
PRODUCTS
Stamps
Wise Men From Afar
Card Stock and Papers
Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red
Ink
VersaMark
Acecessories / Embellishments
1/8” Gold ribbon, Metallic Enamel Shapes
Tools
 Stitched shaped framelit dies, Layering circle framelit dies,Trimmer, paper snips, fast fuse, bone folder, Gold embossing powder, heat tool, embossing buddy,  

Claire Daly our Art with Heart team leader is hosting The Heart of  Christmas so hop on over to her blog to see the list of who played along this week from the Art with Heart team.
Please contact me for any more information on how to make this card, on how to get your hands on the Annual Catalogue, the Holiday 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, 4 October 2017

The Heart of Christmas - Week 19






Hello and welcome to another beautiful day.

Hope you have had a wonderful week.  We had such a beautiful day in Melbourne yesterday and are expecting one today as well. Spring is definitely here and so is the warmer weather which I like.

I am very much liking finding some different fancy folds to do for our Christmas cards and after using The Bethlehem Edgelits Dies last week I just had to use them again this week and do a little twist on the card we made.

So I have made a Triple Banner Standing Card and paired it with the Bethlehem Edgelits Dies and Star of Light stamp set this week.




This card has fewer pieces to cut than last week but I still think is just as effective. As you can see I have come back to my favourite copper for this card and have embossed the sentiment at the top of the card in copper embossing powder and I also used the copper foil paper. I know I can’t help myself!

 I have taken a few different shots of the card so you can get a good idea of how I put it together as well as how it stands so easily.


It folds perfectly flat to fit into the Stampin’ Up envelopes



On the back of course adding a simple decorated piece of whisper white card so that you can write your own personal message.

I have made a short video tutorial showing how to put all the layers together.


Here are all the measurements that you will need to make this Triple Panel Standing Card together:
Basic Grey base card 15 x 21 cm
On the 21cm side score at 5.1 cm (2”) and at 8 cm
Turn card around completely around so that you are still scoring on the 21cm side of the card and score at 5.1 cm (2”) and at 8 cm. I just found this easier to work out in my head to do it this way.
Fold All Score lines so that the middle is out towards you. ((mountain fold) and the other 2 folds are valley folds))
Night of Navy
Cut 3   4.8 x 14.6 cm
Cut 1    10.2 x 8.3 cm
Whisper White
Cut 1x   9.5 x 7.5 cm
Cut 1x   4.8 x 14.6 cm
Designer Series Paper of choice
Cut 3x   4.4 x 14.2 cm

On a small piece of Whisper White card stock stamp sentiment in Versamark and sprinkle with copper emboss powder and heat set with your heat tool. Cut out using your Stitched Shaped framelits. Cut the next size up in Night of Navy card stock from your Layering Oval Framelits.
Also cut a small amount of Copper foil sheet to use with the Bethlehem Edgelit dies and for your Shepherd’s and star.
To get you Shepherd to face the other way with your copper foil paper just turn the paper upside down and cut out your shepherd. Now you will have 1 facing both directions. *
Cut out 2 shepherds in Basic Black card stock as well.
When cutting out your basic black Bethlehem town make sure you don’t roll your edgelit all the way through the big shot so that it doesn’t cut it off then you will be able to lengthen it a little or a lot to suit your purposes.








For more product information for on this card check out the list below.
PRODUCTS
Stamps
Star of Light
Card Stock and Papers
Whisper White, Basic Grey, Night of Navy,Copper Foil Sheets, Year of Cheer Specialty DPS
Ink
Night of Navy, VesaMark
Acecessories / Embellishments

Tools
Bethlehem Edgelits Dies, Trimmer, paper snips, fast fuse, bone folder, copper embossing powder, heat tool, embossing buddy, sponge dauber.

Claire Daly our Art with Heart team leader is hosting The Heart of  Christmas so hop on over to her blogto see the list of who played along this week from the Art with Heart team.
Please contact me for any more information on how to make this card, on how to get your hands on the Annual Catalogue, the Holiday 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, 27 September 2017

The Heart of Christmas - Week 18



Hello and welcome to another beautiful day.
Hope you have had a wonderful week.  Well last week saw the end of our journey through the One Sheet Wonder cards it is amazing how much you can make out of 1 piece of Designer Series Paper. This week I was so inspired by the Art with Heart team blog Hop last week on fancy folds that I thought I would give a different fancy fold a go for The Heart of Christmas this week.

I found this great Dutch fancy fold card and thought yes this is the one for this week. The Night in Bethlehem stamp set and Bethlehem Edgelits Dies were just perfect for this card.


There are quite a few bits a pieces to cut out but it is not hard at all to put together and it makes for a lovely card to send to a loved one for Christmas and you can use this design/layout with any of your Christmas or holiday stamps.
Here are a few shots of the card closed and then open up the layers.

Here I have stamped Blessed Christmas wishes in Night of Navy ink and clear embossed it to give it a little more lift. I have stamped this on to Whisper White card stock then using my sponge dauber I have gone over the edges and then sponged over the front of the card to give it a night time look before I adhered the crush curry back lit Town of Bethlehem in Champagne foil to the card.
When you open the first door so to speak you still have 2 doors closed of our dutch fold but it shows off the gorgeous Year of Cheer Specialty designer Series Paper.
Then we open the last 2 doors to reveal the inside greeting where I have embossed some silver stars and the beautiful verse from the stamp set before again giving it a night time feel with night of navy on my sponge dauber. Adding just a little more of the town of Bethlehem that we had already cut out to this page. Rejoicing in Christ is part of the stamp set also as is Joseph and Mary riding on the donkey and they fit perfectly on our doors.


On the back of course adding a simple decorated piece of whisper white card so that you can write your own personal message. This stamp was inked in Night of Navy and then I clear embossed to give that extra sparkle at night.


I have made a short video tutorial showing how to put all the layers together.


Here are all the measurements that you will need to make this card Dutch fancy fold card:
Basic Grey base card 18.1x20.3 cm (7 1/8 x 8 inchs)
On the 20.3 cm side (8 inch) score at 5.1 cm (2”) and at 15.3 cm (6”)
Turn card around to 18.1 cm side (7 1/8”) Score at 6 cm (2 3/8”) all the way to the bottom
Turn the card completely around still on the 18.1 side score at 6cm down to the score line from the top and then up from the bottom to the score line. DO NOT score in the middle of the card!
Fold All Score lines
Using your paper snips cut out the 2 squares on the bottom right and bottom left  of the card when you have the full score line at the bottom towards you and the broken score line at the top away from you.
Night of Navy
Cut 2 x   11.4x9.5 cm (3 ¾”x4 ½ “)
Cut 1 x    8.3x10.2 cm (3 ¼”x4”)
Cut 2 x   5.4x 9.5 cm (2 1/8”x3 ¾“)
Cut 4 x  4.4x5.4 cm (1 ¾”x2 1/8”)
Whisper White
Cut 2x   8.9x10.8 cm (3 ½”x4 ¼”)
Cut 1x   9.5x7.6cm (3 ¾”x3”)
Cut 2x   3.8x4.8cm (1 ½”x1 7/8”)
Designer Series Paper of choice
Cut 2x   4.8x8.9 cm (1 7/8”x3 ½”)
Cut 2x   3.8x4.8 cm (1 ½”x 1 7/8”)
Also cut a small amount of Champagne foil sheet to use with the Bethlehem Edgelit dies and small pieces of crushed curry card stock to go behind the windows in the cut out of Bethlehem.


There you have it The Dutch fancy fold Night in Bethlehem card. 
For more product information for both cards check out the list below.
PRODUCTS
Stamps
Night In Bethlehem
Card Stock and Papers
Whisper White, Basic Grey, Night of Navy,Champagne Foil Sheets, Year of Cheer Specialty DPS
Ink
Night of Navy, VesaMark
Acecessories / Embellishments

Tools
Trimmer, paper snips,fast fuse, bone folder, clear embossing powder, silver embossing powder heat tool, embossing buddy, sponge dauber.

Claire Daly our Art with Heart team leader is hosting The Heart of  Christmas so hop on over to her blog to see the list of who played along this week from the Art with Heart team.
Please contact me for any more information on how to make this card, on how to get your hands on the Annual Catalogue, the new Holiday Catalogue and any of your Stampin’ Up goodies.
Hope you have a lovely day. Thank you for spending some time with me.

Take Care

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Stampin' Up - Fancy Fold Cards Blog Hop with the Art with Heart team



Hello Lovely Friends,
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.

I wanted to try and pick a fancy fold that maybe the other Art with Heart Team may not pick so I did a little bit of searching to see if I could find something that I hadn’t seen for a while around the blogging world. I found a nice simple card that anyone can try and you can make lots of these if you need to for a special project like Christmas cards or as teacher gifts. I think it is always nice to give teachers practical gifts that they can use and a set of cards that they can use throughout the year is fabulous.
  



Well here it is The Double Front Fancy Fold Card. It is very simple to make and I have used the gorgeous Tranquil Tulip stamp set paired with Special Celebrations to make this stunning card. My Grandma loved the dark black tulips and this reminds me of her. 

I know you can't tell by this photos, you are saying she has gone mad it just looks like an ordinary card so here are all the different photos of the card so you can see the different fold.



This is a great card design to be able to write a lovely message to your friends as it gives you plenty of space to write.

 I have made a video giving step by step instructions on how to make this card


The Measurements/dimensions of the cards are as follows
Base Elegant Eggplant 15x14.8 cm
score at 10.5 cm
Inner Whisper White Card 19x13.5 cm
score at 9.5 cm
Cut 2 x Whisper white 7x11 cm
Cut 2 x Old Olive 7.5x11.5 cm
 The trick is to make sure you line up the Tulip card with the sentiment card before you adhere it to the front of the Elegant eggplant card.

For more product information about this card check out the list below.
PRODUCTS
Stamps
Tranquil Tulips, Special Celebratsion
Card Stock and Papers
Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant,Old Olive.
Ink
Elegane Eggplant, Fresh Fig, Old Olive
Acecessories / Embellishments

Tools
Fast fuse, trimmer, bone folder, paper piercing mat

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented and lovely Tina Gillespie. 




    
If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:
Hope you have a lovely day. Thank you for spending some time with me.

Take Care

Stampin' Up - Add Texture With Embossing - Blog Hop with the Art with Heart Team

Hello and welcome to another beautiful day. Hope you have had a wonderful day. Tonight the Art with Heart team girls are sharing som...