AWHT Blog Hop, Birthday card, Colour Combinations, Feminine

Favourite Colour Combination Blog Hop

AWHT Blog Hop


AWHT Favourite Colour Combination

The Art with Heart Team ladies are selecting their favourite colour combinations to share with you tonight. Choosing the right colour scheme can be essential to your design and with Stampin’ Up!s stunning collection, there are 50 colours to choose from. There’s sure to be some combinations that work really well together and you can take inspiration from.

Now sit back and enjoy some time out of your day to cruise through our blog hop and soak up some colour explosion eye candy!

I love colour and discovering new combinations that work. Colour can be soothing, uplifting, fun. It can evoke memories and emotions.

When I first joined Stampin’ Up as a hobby demonstrator I wanted to add some inks to my sign up kit. But which ones to choose? I knew I wanted them to be versatile and suit a range of themes and stamp sets. Now of course the deeper you delve, the more you learn and change, but I needed to start somewhere. I was drawn to the Brights Collection first. What could be happier, brighter or more fun? A beautiful rainbow of colours. And to be honest, what drew me to that collection, were two colours: Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay! I love these two colours together, they are so bright and happy, I find myself returning to these two colours a lot!

Today I am sharing 3 cards using these two colours as the main colours! Papercrafts with Andrea, AWHT Fav Colour Combo Blog hop, Stampin' Up! Australia

My first card was using the Bokeh technique:

Papercrafts with Andrea, AWHT Fav Colour Combo Blog hop, Stampin' Up! AustraliaI was inspired by an ATC swap I did with some of the other Art With Heart Team members. To make this card I masked off the edge of the card with long sticky notes and sponged on the colours. I added in a little bit of Night of Navy to the Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay. The Bokeh circles were added by using the White Craft Ink and the sentiment also used the White Craft Ink and was heat embossed using White embossing powder. To finish off the card I used a few silver sequins.

The next card I wanted to make bright and happy, and I also used the Happy Birthday Thinlit die. Papercrafts with Andrea, AWHT Fav Colour Combo Blog hop, Stampin' Up! Australia

I stamped the background using the Diagonal Stripe Clearmount stamp. The flowers are fromthe Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set. I stamped the pink ones in Powder Pink for the solid image and then the detailed stamp using Melon Mambo. The other ones were stamped in Pool Party for the solid image and then Bermuda bay for the detailed stamp.  A few of the larger flowers don’t have the solid colour underneath. I then fussy cut all the flowers and heat embossed the background elements in Gold. The thinlit die is layered with a slight offset. The background image is Whisper White, while the main focal diecut is Melon Mambo.

Here is a close-up of the layered flower elements and also the layered Happy Birthday sentiment:
Papercrafts with Andrea, AWHT Fav Colour Combo Blog hop, Stampin' Up! Australia

My last card that I am sharing for the blog hop also uses the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set (can you tell that I love this set?). I wanted a “prettier” look for this card, so I cascaded the flowers from top to bottom corner.

Papercrafts with Andrea, AWHT Fav Colour Combo Blog hop, Stampin' Up! Australia

I used the same colour combinations before the pink flowers are Powder Pink and Melon Mambo, the blue flowers are using Pool Party and Bermuda Bay. I fussy cut 3 of the flowers and mounted them on SU Dimensionals. The sentiment I stamped in 2 parts to fit it in the Label Me Pretty stamp. Instead of the Label Punch I used the Stitched Oval and die cut the Scallop oval in Melon Mambo.

I used a Melon Mambo mat on a Bermuda Bay base for the card. I also stamped inside the card on a piece of Whisper White:

Papercrafts with Andrea, AWHT Fav Colour Combo Blog hop, Stampin' Up! Australia

A close up of the flowering cascade and the raised flowers:

Papercrafts with Andrea, AWHT Fav Colour Combo Blog hop, Stampin' Up! Australia

Thanks for visiting today! I’m sure you will see some amazing colour combinations from the other Art with Heart ladies. Next up is the lovely Rebeccaart with heart Next Blog

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2. Sharon Davern
3. Tina Gillespie
4. Kathryn Ruddick
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6. Rebecca Jacovou
7. Monika O’Neill
8. Caroline Manwaring
9. Rachel Woollard
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11. Ros Davidson
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AWHT Blog Hop, Feminine, Male card, Retiring Product

2017 Retiring products: Art with Heart Blog Hop

AWHT Blog Hop

Today I am participating in a blog hop along with the super talented ladies in the Art With Heart Team. We thought it would be fun to share some projects using our favourite retiring products from both the 2016-2017 annual and 2017 occasions catalogues!

Select retiring products have discounts of up to 50% off but are only available until sold out. Be sure to place orders before the sun sets on these items on 31 May. You don’t want to miss out – ask me how!

This time of year is so bittersweet with the release of the retiring list! It’s so exciting to think that the new Annual Catalogue is just around the corner (and as Demonstrators we have already seen what is to come!!),  but we also have to say goodbye to some of our favourite products. We always try and guess which products it could be, or ones that would be missed personally, but sometimes they catch you by surprise.

So for today’s blog hop I wanted to use my very favourite products and use them to make cards for both female and male to show you their versatility. These products can be used and paired in so many different ways and if you have been thinking about them, then I wouldn’t hesitate. I can tell you I don’t think I can let them go out of my stash 😉

AWHT retiring products blog hop

First up I have the female version of my card and treat holder. I had originally intended to share a project using some Occasions products that are retiring, but when I looked carefully at the retiring list and saw some old faithfuls on there I quickly changed my mind.


I started by choosing two of the 2015-2017 In-Colours that are retiring; Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe. I then paired them with Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake. I used the Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on the Mint Macaron cardstock. I then used the Gorgeous Grunge stamps (using the second generation stamping method) in the Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride and Mint Macaron. I also used these same colours to stamp and then punch the Petite Petals. To make the Petite Petals pop I placed them on a foam mat and used the bottom of my piercer to gently draw a circle and the petals curl up! I love to use this trick! I glued them down the bottom of the white card.
Using the Endless Birthday Wishes stamps I stamped the “happy birthday” and punched it out using the Decorative label punch. I then punch another Decorative Label with the Tip Top Taupe, cut it in half and glued it to the back of the stamped one to make a faux mat. I centered this embellishment on the white card and then mounted that on to the Tip Top Taupe mat and attached this to the Mint Macaron embossed piece using Dimensionals.

AWHT Retiring products blog hop - card inside
The inside also us stamped using the Gorgeous Grunge, like on the front of the card. I also used some left over Petite Petals in the top left and bottom right of the card.
The retiring products I have used are:
Mint Macaron ink
Tip Top Taupe card
Endless Birthday wishes stamp set
Petite Petals clear stamp set
Petite Petals punch
Decorative label punch
Gorgeous Grunge stamp set
Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

AWHT Retiring Products Blog Hop - Male

For the male version of the card I again started with the Tip Top Taupe as the base. I used a Pumpkin Pie mat. I must say that I always find male cards a bit more challenging than female cards, so this card changed a few times in the process of making. I made my own patterned paper by stamping a piece of Pacific Point card using matching ink, with “birthday boy” from the Endless Birthday Wishes set. I then used the Gorgeous Grunge set again on the Whisper White card, using second generation stamping. The “happy” is from the Hello You Thinlit dies. I die cut this in both Whisper White and Basic Black and slightly off set them to give the appearance of a shadow/ 3D. The word BIRTHDAY was stamped using Wild Wasabi ink and the Labeler Alphabet stamp set, I then used Dimensionals to attach to the card.

The retiring products I have used are:
Tip Top Taupe card
Endless Birthday wishes stamp set
Gorgeous Grunge stamp set
Hello You Thinlit dies

AWHT Retiring Products Blog Hop

The last thing I wanted to share were my little treat holders! They were so easy and quick to make. I started with a strip of Tip Top Taupe, measuring 2″ x 8″. I scored on the long side, at 3.5″ and 4.5″. I then punched both ends using the Tag Topper punch.

For the female version I punched a window using the Decorative label punch and then cut a small piece of acetate to go on the inside of the holder. I decorated the holder using the Petite Petals again and a piece of Whisper White twine to hold it all together.

For the male version I ran the front section (up to the first score line) with the Lucky Stars Textured Embossing folder. I punched a piece of Pumpkin Pie card with the Decorative Label punch, and die cut a piece of Wild Wasabi with the ovals framelits and Whisper White with with Stitched Oval framelits. I glued the two ovals together and attached them on to decorative label diecut using Dimensionals, with a piece of white ribbon between. The sentiment is using the Endless Birthday wishes again in Wild Wasabi ink.

The retiring products I have used are:
Tip Top Taupe card
Endless Birthday wishes stamp set
Petite Petals clear stamp set
Petite Petals punch
Decorative label punch
Lucky Stars Textured Embossing folder

Thanks for stopping by I hope you have enjoyed my projects today using some great classics, the next blog in the hop is the very talented Catherine Proctor! Enjoy!

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

1. Catherine Proctor
2. Ros Davidson
3. Tina Gillespie
4. Monika O’Neill
5. Rebecca Jacovou
6. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
7. Rachel Palmieri
8. Kate Morgan
9. Judy May
10. Rachel Woollard
11. Claire Daly
12. Andrea Roberts

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