Heart of Christmas Week 8 - Christmas creations brought to you by the Art With Heart Stampin' Up! Team, Australia

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Welcome to Week 8 of our Heart of Christmas weekly blog hops. I'm actually having a week off this week as I enjoy the second week of school holidays with my boys and my Mum and sister who are visiting from interstate. One of my team members (Ros Davidson)  is hosting the blog hop names, and I will refer you to her blog at the end of my post.

For today's card, I am showing you another way to use the copper wire star embellishments. I really love these, and the coordinating Joyous Noel DSP with the lovely copper foil accents.

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I have copper embossed my image, so that it coordinates with the DSP. I love the look of the Merry Merlot shimmer paper with the DSP too. To attach the wire stars, I used some Tear 'n Tape double sided tape for the pieces that would be under the circle (this did most of the work), and then a glue dot for the bit that was showing. 

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Now it's time to head over to Ros Davidson's blog as Ros is hosting the blog hop this week while I take a week off.

Thanks for stopping by this week. Have a happy and creative week,

Claire

 

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Product List

Joyous Noel 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Specialty Designer Series Paper
 
Joyous Noel 6" X 6" Glimmer Paper
 
Snowflakes & Stars Wire Elements
 
Timeless Tidings Clear-Mount Stamp Set
 
Layering Circle Framelits Dies
 
Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels
 
Versamark Pad
 
Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder
 
Heat Tool
 
Shimmery White A4 Card Stock
 
Metallic Pearls
 
Glue Dots
 

Week 18 AWHT Colour Creations Blog Hop - Fresh Fig

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Welcome to week 18 of Colour Creations from the Art with Heart Team. This week's colour is one of the 2017 Incolours, Fresh Frig. It's a beautiful deep colour which I love! It's actually quite similar to the colour of my bridesmaid dresses many years ago. Today I have used it with Soft Sea Foam, Powdered Pink and Bermuda Bay.

Stampin Up Beautiful Baubles from 2018 Holiday Catalogue, coloured with Stampin Blends. Card by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

I love colouring this bauble. We don't have Fresh Fig or Powdered Pink Stampin' Blends, so I used light Blackberry Bliss and light Flirty Flamingo respectively. I have added some texture after the colouring, by running it through the Subtle embossing folder in the BigShot. The other embossing folder used on the Powder Pink layer is Tufted, which was a new one in this years Annual Catalogue. I have already used it so much!

Stampin Up Beautiful Baubles from 2018 Holiday Catalogue, coloured with Stampin Blends. Card by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

I hope you like this week's card. Now it's time to head over to Catherine Proctor's blog so you can see what the rest of the Art with Heart team girls are up to with Fresh Fig this week.

Thanks for stopping by today,

Claire

 

 

Product List

Beautiful Baubles Photopolymer Stamp Set
 
Beautiful Baubles Photopolymer Bundle
 
Tufted Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
 
Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
 
Nature's Twine
 
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
 
Fresh Fig Classic Stampin' Pad
 
Fresh Fig A4 Cardstock
 
Soft Sea Foam A4 Cardstock
 
Powder Pink A4 Cardstock
 
Pearl Basic Jewels
 
Dark Soft Sea Foam Stampin' Blends Marker
 
Light Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blends Marker
 
Blackberry Bliss Light Stampin' Blends
 
Bermuda Bay Light Stampin' Blends Marker
 
Whisper White A4 Thick Cardstock
 

Heart of Christmas Week 7 - Christmas creations brought to you by the Art With Heart Stampin' Up! Team, Australia

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Today for our Heart of Christmas blog hop, I have recreated a fabulous swap card from my recent Stampin' Up! trip to Alaska. The card was by Jill Taylor, our VP of sales at Stampin' Up! in Utah. Here s Jill's card:

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I adapted it to our C6 size card, and used patterned paper instead of ribbon for the banner.

Joyful Noel and Timeless Tidings 2018 Christmas card by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

I'm really in love with the Joyous Noel Designer Series Paper. I love the neutral Grey Granite background, and the copper foil highlights are great for some extra Christmas wow. It looks great with the coordinating colours of Shaded Spruce (my new go to green) and Merry Merlot, a deep burgundy red.

Joyful Noel and Timeless Tidings 2018 Christmas card by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

 You can find all the supplies I used to make today's card in my Stampin' Up! Online Store. Just click on the links of each product below my signature. 

You will find lots more Christmas crafting inspiration from the other Art With Heart girls participating in the blog hop today.  We have:

Kate Morgan

Ros Davidson

Diane Furniss

Tina Gillespie

Caroline Manwaring

Judy May

Catherine Proctor

Theresa Gerrard

Rachel Woollard

 

I hope you have enjoyed this weeks Heart of Christmas. See you back again next week,

Claire

 

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Joyous Noel 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Specialty Designer Series Paper
 
Timeless Tidings Clear-Mount Stamp Set
 
Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies
 
Layering Circle Framelits Dies
 
Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies
 
Merry Merlot A4 Cardstock
 
Shaded Spruce A4 Cardstock
 
Versamark Pad
 
Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder
 
Heat Tool
 
Metallic Pearls
 
Shimmery White A4 Card Stock
 

Art With Heart Stampin' Up! Team September Blog Hop - showcasing the 2018 Holiday Catalogue

 

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It's time for our monthly Art With Heart Stampin' Up! Blog Hop. Tonight the Art with Heart team are sharing creative projects featuring the Holiday Catalogue. We hope our blog hop inspires you to get creative and make some fabulous Christmas creations. If you would like a copy of the Holiday Catalogue, contact any of the girls on the blog hop and we will get in touch with you.

Today I am showcasing a couple of gift packaging options, using decorations from the Holiday Catalogue. These little gift boxes always come in handy at Christmas for gift cards, as well as small gifts for co-workers or friends such as soy melts, tea light candles, handmade soaps, chocolates or other treats. 

My first gift box would be especially good for treats given the image I have used (Macarons maybe?). I love these Kraft Pillow Boxes. They are pre-printed and you get 10 boxes for $8.75. All you need to do is close up the ends and decorate. 

Stampin Up kraft pillow box. Decorated with 2018 Holiday Catalogue products, So Santa stamp set, festive farmhouse elements. Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

To decorate this Kraft Pillow Box, I have used:

  • Mixed Satin ribbon with some Silver Metallic Thread.
  • Image from Sa Santa stamp set, which I coloured with Stampin' Blends.
  • Festive Farmhouse Elements which I have coloured with Champagne Shimmer paint for extra sparkle.

 

My second gift box is a decorated mini pizza box. These are available to purchase in packs of 8 and have a food safe coating. They are also great for mini cards and envelope gifts. I have used the Santa's Workshop Specialty Designer Series paper to decorate this box. I cut the image and the corners from the DSP too, so the only stamping on this one is the greeting on the sign (greeting from Itty Bitty Greeting, cut out with Classic Label punch). There is also a bit of Pool Party spongeing on the background circle.

Stampin Up mini pizza box. Decorated with 2018 Holiday Catalogue products, Santas Workshop DSP, Itty Bitty Greetings . Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

It's a little bit hard to see, but I have used some of the coordinating Poppy Parade 1/2" Textured Weave ribbon on the sides, and also some of the Tranquil Tide glimmer paper (from the Joyous Noel glimmer paper pack)on the top of the box as the very base layer.

Stampin Up mini pizza box. Decorated with 2018 Holiday Catalogue products, Santas Workshop DSP, Itty Bitty Greetings . Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

I hope these projects have given you some ideas for some fun and simple gift boxes. Now it's time to head over to the next blog hop participant, the lovely Rebecca Jacavou. 


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If you get lost at any stage, just refer to the list below to pick up a spot again.

Caroline Manwaring

Sharon Davern

Tina Gillespie

Ros Davidson

Sue Madex

Claire Daly

Rebecca Jacovou

Catherine Proctor

Rachel Woollard

Alisha Watson

June Kempster

Kate Morgan

Rachel Palmieri

Monika O’Neill 

 

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a fabulous and crafty week,

Claire

 


Stampin' Up! 2018 Incentive Trip to Alaska - Part 1

As promised, here's a little run down of the Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip to Alaska that I have just come back from. What an amazing experience. I am so grateful that I had this opportunity.

Overall around 400 demonstators from around the world went on the 7 night cruise. When you count family, friends and Stampin' Up! staff there were 1080 of us on the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas. We all gathered in Seattle to embark. Myself and my family arrived in Seattle a few days early (after some time in Santa Monica and San Franciso). A couple of days before the cruise, I caught up with one of my two team members who were also on the cruise, Kathryn Ruddick.

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We went on a Seattle Locks cruise together with our husbands and my two boys. It was really interesting and I loved going through the locks and seeing the Seattle Skyline from the water. We also sailed past the boat houses, including the one used as Tom Hanks house in Sleepless in Seattle (bit of a movie tragic here!).

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It was really exciting when we all jumped on buses to head to the ship on the Friday morning. We had also started to run into global demonstrator friends in restaurants and the hotel which was super fun. when we got onto the boat, we all had these magnetic trip souvenirs attached to our cabin doors.

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The day we embarked and the first day were 'sea days' (and a bit rocky at that as we were out in the open sea). This is the time we head down to Stampers Base camp which is the hang out place for everyone. The event coordinators in Stampin' Up! that organise the trip are AMAZING! They always theme the event so well. The base camp had comfy seating, mountain themed cushions and lots of hiking / mountain / wilderness props. So fun. I caught up with my other team member Kylie Bertucci on the first day (seen here with myself and the lovely Rachel Tessman on the right).

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On the second day (Saturday, at sea) there was a general session where we have stamping demonstrations, prize patrol, all attendee give aways, and even a gift for the 1st guest that came with us. My husband Paul loved his woodgrain water bottle. We also got the best gift of all - the new Holiday Catalogue! This is always super exciting. 

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Once we get the catalogue, lots of samples and product displays are put on display in the Stamper Base Camp for us to view and photograph. We also handed in our card swaps to the staff to get organised for collection later in the week. Lots of the South Pacific girls also did a 3x4" pocket scrapbooking card swap. More about the swaps and displays in Part 2 tomorrow.

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Stampers Base Camp is also where we go to spin the wheel each day, and win a product prize which is lots of fun!

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There was also a fun photography prop that was very popular. Here is a group shot of lots of the Australian and New Zealand demonstrators with Sara. It's one of my favourite photos of the trip. You will notice a couple of the girls are wearing light grey jackets in the front row. These were our pillow gifts on the first night. I will cover more about pillow gifts in part 2 tomorrow.

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There was also candy everywhere in the Stampers Base Camp (which made my son very happy, and hyper!).

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When we woke up on day 3 (Sunday) we were in the Alaskan inside package and much calmer water. We all had balcony suites, so were able to view the amazing scenery passing us by. It was just so serene and beautiful. Words and pictures can never do the experience justice.

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The ship docked at our first port, Juneau, at midday on the Sunday. We went on a boat excursion out on the water past Mendenhall Glacier (my very first glacier sighting) and on to look for wildlife.

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We were lucky enough to see a pod of 3 Orca whales, sea lions and some hump back whales on our cruise. Seeing these animals in the wild in this beautiful scenery was an experience I wont soon forget.

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We left Juneau Sunday night to make our way to Skagway. The sunset leaving Juneau was spectacular.

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At Skagway the next morning (Monday, day 4), the port was very deep (carved by glaciers), so the ship was able to dock right up against the edge of the steep cliffs. There was also another Royal Caribbean cruise ship in port that day and the ships were so huge in the small port.

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Our excursion in Skagway was in two parts. First we visited a dog sled training farm by coach bus, where we heard about the great dog sled race the Iditarod. We also got to hold the 7 week old puppies which were very cute.

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The bus continued a short distance over the border to Canada, where we borded the White Pass / Yukon Route historic train or the 2 hour scenic trip back to Skagway, The scenery was magnificent. We had such great weather while we were in Alaska - high 20's most days.

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We left Skagway that night, and when we woke up the next morning (Tuesday, day 5), we were in Tracy Arm Fjord, right next to Sawyers Glacier. This glacier is active so there was lots of ice floating in the water. We all spent the morning at various vantage points on the boat viewing the scenery.

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There were lots of pieces of ice floating (the deep blue ones have absorbed lots of water and flipped, which is why they look different), and waterfalls pouring down the mountain-side. It was a bit more chilly that the previous 2 days as well.

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We left Tracy Arm Fjord about lunch time and that afternoon and the next day (Wednesday, day 6) were spent at sea. The fog really rolled in that evening, and the Captian had to sound the fog horn every 2 minutes for a few hours. Luckily we were at the other end of the ship. 

The next day we were at Victoria, British Columbia in Canada.  

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My must see this day was the world famous Butchart Gardens which didn't disappoint. This photo is courtesy of Amy Koenders, as sadly some of my photos didn't turn out that day (only the ones in shade did, as I had accidentally knocked the camera dial to a wrong setting - oops!).

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The hanging baskets of Fuschias and Begonias were so pretty.

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I hope you have enjoyed the touristy part of my Incentive Trip recap. I'll be back tomorrow with Part 2, a bit ore about the swaps and gifts and people I caught up with.

Have a happy day.

Claire