Friday, April 30, 2010


It's time, once again, for the blog hop that is held by members of my Stampin' Up! team on the last day of every month.  With Mother's Day celebrated (in Australia and New Zealand, at least) on the second Sunday of May, we thought we'd give you plenty of ideas to mark the occasion.  Equally, if not for Mother's Day, we hope to inspire you with creations that can be given as a gift to any special woman in your life - be it for a birthday, thank you, get well, or just a 'thinking of you' occasion.

Before I show you the cards I've made, I'll explain a little about the blog hop itself.  The Art with Heart team is made up of over 90 Stampin' Up! demonstrators, Australia-wide, led by Claire Daly (based in Melbourne).  We have a fabulous group of women who openly share their talents and lives with one another; our online team forum is a great source of support, business advice, and friendship, and is a highlight for me of being part of this great team.  If you are interested in joining our Stampin' Up! 'family', please email me.

Fourteen of us are taking part in today's blog hop; please follow the links and visit the blog of each participant.  If you leave a comment on each one, then email Nikki Sadler by 6.00am on 3rd of May (to let her know you've commented on every blog), you'll go into the draw to win some wonderful blog candy.  Please note, that Stampin' Up! demonstrators don't qualify for the 'prize', but we'd still love to receive comments from you :)

You may have come from Gayatri Murali's blog, but if not, don't worry - you can start the blog hop at any point along the way.  I've provided below a list of the 13 other participants, so you can ensure you stop by to check out everyone's creations.  We have some very talented stampers and scrapbookers in our team, and I'm sure you'll love seeing the variety of projects on offer today.

Now, to my cards.  For this month's blog hop, I wanted to focus on the beautiful Textured Impressions embossing folders that are now offered by Stampin' Up!  My first card uses the Manhattan Flower folder.  I hope you like the effect I achieved, by embossing a kraft panel, and cutting around the flowers before overlaying the 'debossed side' on a Rich Razzleberry card that had been embossed with the same folder.  (That was a bit 'wordy', wasn't it?  Just take a look and you'll see what I mean!)


Stamps: Vintage Vogue, On Your Birthday, Fifth Avenue Floral

Card: Rich Razzleberry, Kraft, Very Vanilla

Ink: Sahara Sand and Rich Razzleberry stampin pads

Other: Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions embossing folder, Lots of Tags sizzlits die, 5/8" Jumbo Brad (Very Vanilla), Kraft and Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon, linen thread, sponge dauber, Clear Rhinestone brads (rhinestones 'popped out')

Using the same colour combination (just because I love it), I have made a Mother's Day card, featuring a panel embossed using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  Here it is:


Stamps: Vintage Vogue, Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Card: Kraft, Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla

Ink: Versamark inkpad, Rich Razzleberry and Sahara Sand stampin' pads

Other: Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot grosgrain ribbon, Word Window Punch, Wide Oval Punch, Lots of Tags sizzlits die, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder, sponge daubers, Build-a-Brads, 1/2" Circle Punch, Corner Rounder Punch

Thanks for visiting my blog today!  The next stop on your 'tour' is Di Dunk's blog - she's sure to have something lovely to show you, so please visit and leave her some comment love.

Here is a comprehensive list of the rest of today's blog hop participants:

Ros Davidson:

Nikki Sadler:

Tanja Westwood:

Kristine Thompson:

Name: Sue Madex:

Gayatri Murali:

Di Dunk:

Judy May:

Tina Gillespie:

Kathryn Mangelsdorf:

Alisha Watson:

Nicole Rouillon:

Kathryn Lowe:

Have fun visiting all of the blogs, and don't forget to leave a comment on each one before emailing Nikki to enter the draw for blog candy.



  1. Wonderful cards, I love the embossed/debossed idea.The long tag really finished it off nicely.Still stuck on number 7!

  2. These are both gorgeous Christine. Love the 'debossed' look and it is a classic colour combo.

  3. Love the colour combination you've used and that embossed/debossed concept. (Have you just invented a new word?!) Definitely going to give these ones a try.

  4. Gorgeous cards, Christine! I loove the first one a lot. You always find the rarest and the most awesome color combos. You have great eye for colors. Loove your cards.

  5. Great colours Christine! They are both lovely cards. I really must have a play with Vintage Vogue.

  6. I love the debossed card. It looks beautiful!

  7. I know I have said this a million times before, but that is just a stunning colour combination Christine. They are really beautiful cards x

  8. Love the work with the texture fold. Stunning card and love the matching tag on it. Into my BOS.

  9. Fantastic cards Chris! LOVE the embossed/debossed effect and colour combo. well done! (:

  10. Beautiful cards Christine - loving that embossed / bedossed look too and the stamping on that tag is gorgeous. Very proud to have you in the Art with Heart Team :)

  11. Love the second card the most, but both great!

  12. Your cards always amaze me, and this time is no different. Why would we ever buy commercial cards when there is talent out there like you. Thanks for sharing your great cards

  13. Wow Christine...your 2 cards are simply stunning. Such lovely colours and beautifully crafted. xo

  14. Love both cards Christine. Love the colours and vintage vogue. Would never have thought about embossing back the front as you have - must give it a go. Fantastic as usual.

  15. Lovely cards Christine. Especially like the first one. Haven't used my Manhatten Flower embossing folder yet, you have inspired me to do so.

  16. WOW....they are stunning. I love love love the very clever. It really is amazing Christine

  17. WoWzA, these are fabulous! No, they're beyond fabulous ... they're ... they're beyondulous! LOVE the color palette!

  18. Stunning. I love what you have done with the embossing flower. Beautiful choice of colours.

  19. Beautiful cards as always Christine!

  20. so gorgeous, Christine! Love every detail of each card :)

  21. Christine, they are fantastic. I really would like the Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions embossing folder, it just creates wonderful designs.

  22. Ooooh! I LOVE the embossed and debossed card! I'm casing that absolutely! GORGEOUS!!

  23. Kim Colborne03 May, 2010 02:52

    Absolutely lovely - great use of colour and embossing, so envious of your cleverness!

  24. hi Christine, i regularly surf your blog to see your wonderful creations,and i find these creations just as stunning as others you display and share. I am so loving these new colours

  25. These are beautiful, love the colour combo