Blog Hops

Colour Challenge Blog Hop


Welcome to the Art With Heart Team Blog Hop for October. This is an awesome Australia-wide team full of fun, friendship, inspiration and support – who wouldn’t want to be a part of that!

This month instead of a theme we have a colour challenge! And I have to admit that I did indeed find this one a challenge! A fun one, but a challenge none the less. Here are our colours…


I love all four of these colours individually and when I set out to play I wasn’t having any trouble combining them in groups of two or three. But I struck some trouble when trying to use all four!

From the outset I looked at these as some really girly colours so thought I might be able to kill two birds with one stone by using them on the birthday card I needed to make my 4-year-old niece. I tried, I really did – and probably for far longer than I should, but I just couldn’t get it to come together for a 4th birthday card.

I decided that I needed a design with lots of white space to accommodate all those different hues. And then I realised that it was the brightness of the gorgeous Watermelon Wonder that was throwing me so I hit on a way to include it without having it compete too much with the other colours – as the outline of my Pink Pirouette flowers! Here’s my first card:


But I’d played so much I had all sorts of ideas buzzing round – and lots of partially completed pieces – so once I’d had some success I salvaged my bright girly butterflies and took them in another direction. Here’s the result:



It is a birthday card, but I didn’t really think it was right for my niece so back to the drawing board on that one.

In the meantime I can’t wait to see what all my fellow blog-hoppers have been doing with these colours – and I’d love to see what you come up with too so feel free to share.


Well that’s it from me, now it’s time see what Kathryn Ruddick has conjured up with these colours.

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Oh, and don’t forget that we’ve got a fabulous opportunity to make the most of being a workshop hostess right now. Until the 9th November there are more benefits on the table so there’s no better time to host a party or even a virtual party on Facebook. Contact me to find out more.




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

  1. Tina Gillespie
  2. Ros Davidson
  3. Genna Gifford (that’s me!)
  4. Kathryn Ruddick
  5. Judy May
  6. Jenny van Dijk
  7. Kate Morgan

Father’s Day Blog Hop


It’ll be September before you know it. Can you believe how fast this year is going? For some reason Father’s Day always sneaks up on me. One minute it’s the middle of winter and the next it’s already September.

So today I’m getting together with some of the Art with Heart Stampin’ Up! team girls to inspire you with some Father’s Day ideas – and remind you that’s it’s really not that far away!

You may have just been inspired by the creativity of Tina Gillespie, if so, I hope I can live up to expectations. If you’re starting from here, welcome, and thanks for taking the time to join in on our hop.

I don’t know about you, but the dads in my life are pretty non-traditional. They don’t really like any of the ‘classic’ dad themes you see on mass produced cards. Some years I can find inspiration in their specific interests but sometimes I find making cards for Father’s Day a bit of a challenge, especially when the stamp sets designed with ‘masculine’ cards in mind don’t necessarily suit the specific men I’m creating for.



My first sample uses stamps from three sets that are a very long way from what would be considered by most as ‘masculine’. It has foliage images from both Butterfly Basics and Awesomely Artistic. And I took the greeting from Hello Life – a set more readily associated with romance. For me what really makes this card work – and makes it suitable for Father’s Day – is the addition of the word ‘Daddy’. I know His Awesomeness gets a huge amount of happiness from just being ‘Daddy’ so the combination of words and images evoke the idea of him spending time outside with his boys – an absolute favourite past time, and much-need antidote to work-related stresses. Except now I have to hope he’s too busy with those stresses to read my blog and see the card he’ll be getting!

Butterfly Basics

Awesomely Artistic

Hello Life

Continuing with the nature theme, my second sample card features a sneak peek of an item from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue. I just couldn’t resist the simplicity and beauty of the new Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. And I loved that all it needed to make it perfect for the occasion was a few well chosen words – from the Crazy About You stamp set. This was such an easy card to make and would suit almost all fathers no matter what their interests.

Bizarrely, for my third sample my train of thought went right off the nature track to almost the complete opposite – an urban grunge look. This uses another great embossing folder – Brick Wall – and it’s incredibly versatile. Depending on the colours you choose and they way you add them you can use it for any occasion and any recipient you can think of. It makes a stunning backdrop or an eye-catching feature. For this card I used the Embossed Embossing technique I taught in this month’s Stamp Club – where you combine dry embossing with heat embossing. And I took the cue from my first sample and die cut the letter panel to tailor it for Father’s Day – or at least for a Dad recipient.


Well that’s it from me, now it’s time see how Kate Morgan will be celebrating the special dads in her life.

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Don’t forget, if you’re already thinking about getting into gear for your Christmas crafting, the 2015 Holiday Catalogue goes live on 1 September. If you’d like a copy sent to you just let us know.




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


Farewell To My Favourite – Blog Hop


The theme for this month’s Art With Heart Blog Hop is ‘Farewell to My Favourite’, and what better way to mark the last days of our much-loved current catalogue!

There’s a lot of excitement around every brand new catalogue and everyone loves to have brand new goodies to play with but the flip side is that so many old favourites are having their last hoorah. There are 13 lovely ladies in this month’s hop so you’re going to be completely spoilt when you’ve hopped around to see what everyone’s favourite retiring products are. If you’re already on your way then you’ve come from the very talented Tina Gillespie, and you’ll find the link to the next blog at the end of this post along with a full list of participants in case you get lost anywhere along the way.

I knew I wouldn’t be able to choose just one retiring product to feature – I’m way too indecisive for that! So when I spotted how many of my favourite Background Stamps are retiring I decided I’d feature them as a category instead.

Our Background Stamps are large single stamps that cost around
$30.95 for wood mount
$24.95 for clear mount.
And they measure approx. 11.7cm x 14.4cm. 

In the current 2014-2015 Catalogue you’ll find most of them on p175. Because of their large size only a small portion of each one is shown at full size, the rest is a significantly reduced representation.

There are 7 Background Stamps retiring and I have 5 of them. My absolute favourite of them is Positively Chevron:

Positively Chevron

I’ve found this to be an incredibly versatile stamp and it looks fantastic as a background on any project. It’s also really easy to use with a whole load of different stamping techniques. Here are some examples of the ways I’ve used it.

Multicoloured by sponging directly onto the rubber

Tone on tone.

Fringed in layers.


The next background stamp is the one I got as a gift at last year’s Manager’s Reception at Convention. I’m not sure I would have jumped to buy it but once I had my hands on it I loved using it.

I Love Lace


Stamped with colour sponged behind.

Stamped to make the inside match the outside.

Embossed in silver!


Next up is Wildflower Meadow. I really loved this when I got it but somehow managed to neglect it for a while and only came back to it again recently. Too little too late, and I really regret that!

Wildflower Meadow


Embossed onto blocks of colour.

 Coloured with markers, spritzed and teamed with the matching embossing folder.


The prize for most underestimated Background Stamp has to go to…Dictionary. I’ve had so many people look at this and wonder what to do with it – until I show them some samples that is!


Overstamped with subtle images for a softer look.

An unobtrusive background.

A perfect way to add texture.


And my final one is Pleasant Poppies. Because of it’s size it’s a background stamp but because of its detail I’ve tended to use it more often as a feature image.

Pleasant Poppies


Embossed in colour. 


Bleached and then watercoloured.

Embossed and coloured on vellum for the Stained Glass technique.



I don’t have the final two retiring Background Stamps so I can’t show you any samples I’ve made, but just wanted to show you what they look like…



Backgrounds Rule


Well that’s it from me, but there’s so much more to see. Click on the link below to see what my lovely friend Ros Davidson is having a hard time saying goodbye to.

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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. Judy May
2. Tina Gillespie
3. Genna Gifford
4. Ros Davidson
5. Claire Daly
6. Nikki Sadler
7. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
8. Kayleen McLean
9. Kathryn Ruddick
10. Jenny Van Dijk
11. Kate Morgan
12. Rachel Woollard
13. Barbara Lindsey

Mother’s Day Blog Hop


Yay, it’s time for another blog hop with some of my very talented colleagues in the Art With Heart Stampin’ Up! Team.

This time the theme is Mother’s Day! We’re a little bit on the early side so don’t panic – you have until Sunday 10th May to be ready for your celebrations.

There are 7 of us in the hop this month, and you’ll find everyone’s details at the end of the post. For now though, welcome to all, whether you’re starting here or if you’ve hopped over to my blog from the lovely, Rachel Woollard.

For my Mother’s Day projects I settled on a little mini-theme of letters and flowers. The first card gets its letters from the Little Letters Framelits Dies and it’s flowers from the Wondrous Wreath stamp set.



The Wondrous Wreath/Wonderful Wreath Framelits combination were in our recent Holiday Catalogue but have been carried over and are still available – and even discounted if you buy them together. You can see their details, along with everything else that was carried over on p49 of the Occasions Catalogue.

I love how the wreath doesn’t have to just be for Christmas, here’s a close up of it in it’s ‘Mother’s Day’ guise:


And those letters were cut using the Little Letters Framelits and the Big Shot. I taught this card at a recent Create & Chat event and left it open to every guest to choose what word they wanted to add to accompany their wreath. The individual dies made it so easy to tailor each card for the recipient.

Little Letters Framelits (p228)
(133730) $48.95

My second project gets its letters AND its flowers from Simply Pressed Clay!

When you look closer you can see that these letters really have some depth. But what you can’t see is how light they are. The air-dry clay is very easy to use and incredibly versatile. Just perfect for embellishments that won’t weigh you cardstock down.


The finished product is still a bit soft, like foam shapes, and you can colour it with ink refills before your mold it (like I did) or you can use inks and markers to colour the white clay when it’s dry.


Alphanumeric Simply Pressed Clay Mold (Occasions p32)
(137854) $16.95

Check out page 208 of the Annual Catalogue for the clay itself and more choices of molds

Simply Pressed Clay (p208)
(130685) $11.95 for 68g

That’s it from me for now, but you won’t be disappointed when you see what Judy May has in store…




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

1. Ros Davidson
2. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
3. Rachel Woollard
4. Genna Gifford
5. Judy May
6. Kate Morgan
7. Nikki Sadler

Easter Blog Hop


I had so much fun last month I’ve joined in on another Art With Heart Blog Hop! This time the theme is Easter! A Hop for Easter, what a great idea!

If you’ve hopped over from the blog of Kathryn Manglesdorf, welcome! There are 11 of us in this hop – all from the Art With Heart team of demonstrators – and you’ll find the links to all the other blogs at the end of this post.

Easter always manages to sneak up on me, all of a sudden summer is over and Easter is here! But at least I was prepared this year – I’d already fallen in love with the For Peeps’ Sake stamp set in the new Occasions Catalogue: 

 For Peeps’ Sake (Occasions p34)
(137179) Wood Mount stamp set $42.95
(138557) Clear Mount stamp set $30.95

I’ve used this stamp set in all my creations for this hop. More and more people seem to be wanting to avoid having excessive chocolate in their households so I’ve concentrate my efforts on making cards. That way I can show people how much I care without adding to their sweetness overload!

First up I have a card I designed for one of my recent Create & Chat classes:

I loved the wavy look of the greeting and had to emphasise this by colouring it with markers in a wavy fashion.

I’m also a huge fan of chevrons for Easter. You’d have a hard job finding eggs wrapped like that in the shops now but it’s certainly a look we all associate with the patterns on Easter egg wrapping! For this card I added the chevron with the mighty Positively Chevron background stamp.

Positively Chevron (Annual Catalogue p175)
(130496) Wood Mount stamp set $30.95
(130499) Clear Mount stamp set $24.95

For my second project I had to make very good friends with my Stamp-a-ma-jig! Those eggs are actually from this single stamp that has 5 eggs in different patterns.

 Although the different colours haven’t shown up very well on my photo, I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig and the masking technique to create my rows of eggs in 5 different colours!


I’m a big fan of the Stamp-a-ma-jig for getting the perfect placement of your stamps but even I have to admit when I was getting towards the end of all the eggs I was starting to get very nervous that I’d mess up and have to start all over again. Luckily my only mistake was quite early on the first time and this piece was second time lucky!

Stamp-a-ma-jig (Annual Catalogue p235)
(101049) $20.95

For my third cad I chose another time consuming but very rewarding technique – Paper Piecing. To create my three crazy chicks I stamped them out several times on different coloured paper and then fussy cut around each element and stuck them all back together to form the whole image. Just as well I love cutting! And that our Paper Snips are such super scissors!



And to head back to those fun Easter chevrons I used a piece of the Sweet Dreams Designer Series Paper:

Sweet Dreams DSP (Occasions Catalogue p39)
(137782) 12 sheets of 12″ x 12″ double-sided paper $18.95

Here’s a close up of those little cuties so you can see all the details in the paper piecing. Yes, I even cut out the dots on the egg pattern!


Finally, something much, much simpler to finish off. I did use the Stamp-a-ma-jig again to stamp my chevrons but with a clear mount stamp set you could probably get away with just eyeing it and getting them close enough. BTW, these are the same colours I used on my rows of eggs in the card above and they show up much better here as 5 separate colours!



When is an oval not an oval? When it’s an egg! It was super easy to cut out my egg with the Oval Framelits and the Big Shot and then sponge some ink around the edges to give it that 3D rounded look.

And if you’re wondering where those coloured chevrons came from, I used one of the stamps from the extremely versatile Work of Art set:



Work of Art (Annual Catalogue p165)
(134111) Wood Mount stamp set $51.95
(134114) Clear Mount stamp set $37.95


Apart from the chevrons did you spot the other common theme running through all four cards?

 All four cards use Lost Lagoon as a card base – my new favourite Easter colour  – it goes with EVERYTHING! 

And three of the four cards also have the Soft Sky Cotton Twine from the Painted Blooms trio:

Painted Blooms Cotton Twine (Occasions p37)
(137873) 3 rolls in 3 colours, 9.2m each. $11.95

Well that’s it from me for this time, I hope you’ve enjoyed stopping by!

Don’t forget, Sale-a-bration must end March 31st! 

Remember, for every $90 you spend on fabulous Stampin’ Up! products from any of our catalogues before the end of March you’ll earn a free Sale-a-bration product! There are no limits and you have loads to choose from – including four brand new ones just for March! 

Have you considered becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and being part of a lovely, supportive team?
Sale-a-bration is a great time to jump on board, with wonderful extra bonuses in your Starter Kit!

 Starter Kit Value = $169 for $235 worth of product 
PLUS 2 FREE Sale-a-bration products!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Next up we have some gorgeous creations from my lovely friend Kathryn Ruddick

Don’t forget to email me at  to get a copy of the Occasions Seasonal Catalogue or Sale-a-bration brochure, or to enquire about joining the Art With Heart team.




1. Nikki Sadler
2. Claire Daly
3. Rachel Woollard
4. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
5. Genna Gifford (This one is me!)
6. Kathryn Ruddick
7. Ros Davidson
8. Angela Lorenz
9. Tamie Holt
10. Kate Morgan
11. Sue Wdowik

Occasions Catalogue Blog Hop


I’m really excited today to be participating in my first ever Blog Hop! 

A Blog Hop is when a group of bloggers post a series of connected posts with an overall theme and you hop from blog to blog to see all the inspiration and ideas everyone has to share.

This hop is hosted by my upline’s Art With Heart team of Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. This is a very large team with members Australia-wide and it has been running since Stampin’ Up! first came to Australia. We have a very active team Facebook Group as well as in-person stamp days, challenges, card swaps, product shares and more. 

I’ve been a demonstrator for over six years and I’ve been blogging for a while now but the timing has never been right for me to join in with a hop. Today is the day to change that!  

This hop is all about products from our two new catalogues – the Occasions Catalogue and the Sale-a-bration catalogue! Click on the links in the sidebar to view these in pdf form, or let me know you want your own copy and I’ll pop one in the post.

Every $90 purchase = 1 one FREE Sale-a-bration product!

Remember, for every $90 you spend on fabulous Stampin’ Up! products from any of our catalogues during Sale-a-bration you’ll earn your choice of product from the Sale-a-bration catalogue for free! There are no limits and you have loads to choose from. 

 Starter Kit Value = $169 for $235 worth of product 
PLUS 2 FREE Sale-a-bration products!

Better still, become part of this fun, friendly and supportive team and you’ll get to choose TWO Sale-a-bration freebies or 1 Occasions Project Kit in addition to the great value Starter Kit – just $169 for $235 worth of product! In addition to the support and events I provide, my team members can get fully involved in everything going on in the Art With Heart world as well! How’s that for a sense of belonging and connectedness!

It’s quick and easy to join online too. Ask me how!

Sale-a-bration offers must end March 31st! 

Now on with the hop! A big hello and welcome if you’re already on your way and have come from the blog of Christine Gibbins. There’s plenty more to show you, and there are links to all the other blogs at the end of this post.

When I decided to join in with the Art With Heart team hop and knew that it was just before Valentine’s day I thought what better theme to tie the two things together than some sweetheart cards using the new Photopolymer stamp set Hello Life. It has some beautiful images and lovely sentiments perfect for creating projects to show how much you care.

 Hello Life (Occasions p6)

(137136) Photopolymer stamp set $42.95

My first project has a great big in-your-face red heart! And just in case you were missing the ‘love’ theme I added a strip of extra red hearts by using the Confetti Hearts Punch to cut heart-shaped holes in a piece of Basic Black cardstock and then mounted it on a Real Red backing panel.  No subtlety here, just a big bold expression of love!

I took advantage of those sweeping lines in the script stamps by stamping them both on my background and my foreground.

Confetti Hearts Punch (Occasions p5)

(137415) $372.95

My second project is one I taught to the ladies who came to my team gathering this week. I wanted to show how it was possible to use the left-over bits on a Dimensionals sheet to create a shaker element of whatever size and whatever shape you like. 

The shaker pieces are kept contained by a piece of clear Window Sheet, which I stamped on with StazOn to form part of my greeting. The ‘you’ comes from the new Hello You Thinlits dies on p31

 Hello You Thinlits (Occasions p31)

(137363) 4 dies for $42.95

(Can be purchased in a bundle with Crazy About You stamp set) 

Because the card base is Basic Black it will be very difficult to write on so I added a simple insert using a piece of Whisper White cardstock. I stamped one of the other script images from the same set to tie the whole theme together and add a bit more interest to the starkness of the white.

And there’s that Confetti Hearts Punch at work again. This time to create my ‘shaker confetti’!

My final project is a variation on one of the cards I’m doing this week in my regular Monthly Class. It’s a quick and easy one that uses collage stamping to create this wonderful waterfall of hearts. My favourite script stamp is there again to provide some balance as it stretches across horizontally, and the whole thing has been given some dimension by raising one of the larger hearts up slightly and adding a little bit of bling.

 The little circles stamp comes from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set:

Perpetual Birthday Calendar (Occasions p17)

(137167) Photopolymer stamp set $41.95

And although I didn’t manage to use this in any of my projects I wanted to finish up by highlighting this amazing stamp from the Hello Life set. For me it just really sums up what being part of this team and a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator means to me!

Let’s keep this blog hop hopping. Next up we have some gorgeous creations from my lovely friend Nikki Sadler

Thanks for visiting today. Don’t forget to email me at  to get a copy of the Occasions Seasonal Catalogue or Sale-a-bration brochure, or to enquire about joining the Art With Heart team.



1. Kate Morgan
2. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
3. Kathryn Ruddick
4. Claire Daly
5. Judy May
6. Christine Gibbins
7. Genna Gifford (This one is me!)
8. Nikki Sadler
9. Rachel Woollard
10. Ros Davidson

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