Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Welcome to the "Art With Heart" team blog hop, showcasing new products in the Stampin' Up! Autumn/Winter Mini catalogue (going 'live' tomorrow!).

The "Art With Heart" team, of some 90 Stampin' Up! demonstrators spread across five states of Australia, is lead by Claire Daly.  It is a team that has provided me with some fantastic friendships - I'm proud to be a part of it!  We have an online forum that is a great source of advice and support from like-minded (mad!) stampers and scrapbookers.  If you'd like to sign up as a demonstrator, and be part of our Stampin' Up! 'family', please email me at

Our team blog hop occurs on the last day of every month.  A number of us take part each month, so you're sure to find lots of inspiration along your way, visiting the blogs of team members involved.

You may have just come from the blog of the gorgeous, bubbly, Kristine Thompson.  If not, don't worry - you can join at any spot on the 'tour'.  There are 14 of us involved in today's blog hop.  Make sure you leave a comment on every one of the blogs along the way, then email Nikki Sadler at  Let Nikki know you've commented on each blog, and you'll go into the draw to win some "blog candy".  There is a deadline of 6.00am (AEST) 3rd April, to email Nikki.  We'd love as much "comment love" as we can get :), but please note that the blog candy will be awarded only to an entrant who is not a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.

Okay, onto my cards using my FAVOURITE new stamp!  I have chosen to use the Medallion stamp, which I'd been hoping-against-hope would be brought out in Australia with this new catalogue.  And whaddya know - we got it!! 

First up is a card using my often-used, and much-loved, colour combo of kraft and red, with a bit of brown:


Stamps: En Francais, Medallion, Occasional Greetings

Card: Kraft, Chocolate Chip

DSP: Bella Rose

Ink: Sahara Sand and Chocolate Chip stampin' pads, Versamark inkpad

Other: Clear embossing powder, Eyelet Border Punch, Curly Label Punch, sponge dauber, Flower Trio Punch, linen thread, paper piercing tool and mat pack, Playground designer button, mini glue dots, Dress Up ribbon originals

(Even though the colour looks a bit 'orange', I've used Riding Hood Red.  Blame the photographer.)

While I had my big, beautiful, Medallion stamp out I decided to make a second card, using the same layout, but a completely different colour combination.  I am in LOVE with Melon Mambo, one of the three new colours introduced with this catalogue.  It's bold and bright (not quite as muted as this photo shows).   What do you think of this one????


Stamps: En Francais, Medallion, Occasional Greetings, Polka Dot

Card: Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Basic Black

Ink: Melon Mambo stampin' pad, Jet Black Staz-On inkpad, Versamark inkpad

Other: Clear embossing powder, Eyelet Border Punch, Curly Label Punch, sponge dauber, black Basic Jumbo Grommet,1/2" circle punch, Build-A-Brad, Valet Ribbon original

You're sure to see many more cards from me, using this stamp.  I'll try to show you some other things as well in the coming days and weeks :)

Thanks for visiting today - I really appreciate it.  Now it's time to go on to Kathryn Mangelsdorf's blog, to see her beautiful creation.  Enjoy the rest of the tour!

Just in case my blog is your starting point for today's blog hop, here's a list of my 13 team-mates who are also involved in this fun 'event'.  (Make sure you leave comments!)

Ros Davidson

Tina Gillespie

Kathryn Lowe

Sue Madex

Gayatri Murali

Di Dunk

Kristine Thompson

Kathryn Mangelsdorf

Tanja Westwood

Judy May

Kim Meiklejohn

Nikki Sadler

Claire Daly



  1. They both look fabulous Christine! Just too yummy. Love how the medallion looks with En Francais background - what a perfect combo!

  2. Beautiful, stunning, WOW.
    The medallion is on my wish list but must have it now.

  3. I love both those cards. They are stunning in their own right. I Love the first as its colour combo is male suited (not easy to do sometimes) and the second is very hot...perfect colours, textures and fun

  4. Wow, unbelieveably beautiful. I love how you have used this background stamp, but that first one and the colour combo just blows my mind. Awesome stamping my clever friend!

  5. What stunning cards. Love, love, love the medellion stamp. These cards have such a soft yet striking design. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your Easter. Cheers Donna Zammit

  6. Wow! Stunning cards, Christine! I still haven't opened my medalion stamp. After seeing your cards, I think I will play with it today. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Christine your cards are gorgeous! I have just ordered this stamp & can feel some CASEing coming on!!

  8. I love what you have done with that medallion stamp honey. The more I see people use this, the more I think I NEED it. Beautiful work as usual honey x

  9. Love love love your cards Chrstine ... just beautiful as usual. Thanks for taking part in the hop.

  10. Stunning Christine as always! I must admit i do love the medallion with the en francais stamp. They do complement each other very well.
    The colour combos (especially on the second one) are divine!

  11. These cards are so elegant. Wonderful colour combos.

  12. Really beautiful Christine. I have to say the green one is my fave. Lovely work. Happy Easter to you and all your boys. Anita. xxx

  13. I am always in awe of what you make Christine and today is no different..they are wonderful

  14. Lovely Christine. The En Francais is a great match with the medallion. I think the pink is my fave (no surprises there!).

  15. You are always so clever with your cards. I love how you used the En Francais with the Medallion stamp. I particularly like your first card. Monica xx

  16. Lovely cards to showcase the Medallion Stamp. Thanks for showing us

  17. Anne Wakefield01 April, 2010 07:34

    lovely cards Anne Wakefield

  18. Christine, what beautiful cards, my wish list is getting bigger and bigger by the moment.

  19. I love both of them Christine! Even though you have used the same design they both look so different!

  20. I wasn't sure about this stamp but I certainly love what you have done with it. May have to re-think this one.

  21. The medallion is one of My favorite stamps! Really good job on these cards! Love them!!

  22. Stunning cards Christine!

  23. Hmm, just when I thought my wishlist was complete....along comes another idea using another stamp and different colour combinations!Just lovely Christine! Thanks for sharing and being part of this fun blog hop!

  24. I love how using the different colours can make a stamp look so totally different. Wonderful cards.

  25. Loving the medallion stamp, so nice to see another use for it, with En Francais. Lovely cards Christine!!

  26. A woman after my own heart. I love the detail yet still overall simplicity of these cards. Beautiful Christine!

  27. Love these cards. I have a feeling the Medallion is going to be a winner. Thank you for giving me more ideas to use this wonderful stamp.

  28. Hi Christine I just love the card. I really like the kraft one. It just goes to show how different a card can be when using different colours as well. Just great!

  29. The Medallion is definitely on my list of stamps to purchase from this new mini. I love the detail in your cards too, gorgeous!!

  30. I'm too late for the blog candy, but had to leave a comment anyway. LOVE these cards, both the elegant vintage feel (er... visually) of the first one and the second one looks positively edible! The Medallion and En Francais stamps work so well together and (as always) your embellishing touches are stunning. "Love your work" :o)