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Technique: Stamping with Bubble Wrap for cool backgrounds.

Today I have something a little bit different for you. Some techniques to create some cool grungy backgrounds or stamped effects, with two of the techniques starring humble bubble wrap!

Bubble wrap card

I wanted to create some cool dimension and texture on this grungy card. Lots of layers, some distressed edges, popping some layers up, using different textures to stamp on and with all give a great feel of dimension and texture.

For the circle above, I used Stampin' Up! snail adhesive to adhere a piece of bubble wrap (smoother side adhered, bumpy side facing outwards) to my clear block like this.

Bubble wrap technique on blog

I then inked that up into the Crushed Curry ink (yummmm, so in love with this deep yellow) and stamped onto watercolour paper. I was really impressed how well the ink took to the bubble wrap. The circle was then cut out with the 2.5" circle punch.

Bubble wrap c

The second way I used bubble wrap was to create a look of texture on my base card. I used the same colour ink and cardstock (Crushed Curry again) which is a good way to give a subtle effect on the base that doesn't detract from the other card elements. All I did was scrunch up a piece of bubble wrap in my hand like this and used this directly onto the Crushed Curry ink pad.

Bubble wrap tutorial

I randomly stamped it over the base card and love the effect I got. 

Bubble wrap tutorial b

The other way I created some interesting effects on this card was in the Bermuda Bay panels.

Bubble wrap card close up

These were spritzed with ink (a few drops of reinker in a mini mister with rubbing alcohol) and sprayed onto White Shimmer cardstock. I then overstamped with a couple of stamps from our Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.

Gorgeous Grunge Stampin UpAnother product I am using so much lately is the awesome Chevron Border punch. It's fab for scrapbooking, cardmaking and everything in between.

Chevron border punch

The Chevron DSP is from Modern Medley, and the die cut 'hi' is from the Label Thinlit Card die set. My colours are Crushed Curry, Strawberry Slush, Bermuda Bay and Black and White.

Current Stampin' Up! Offers

  • Choose one of 13 free gifts when you spend $90  in my online Stampin' Up! store or by phone/email between today and March 31st.
  • Check out all the brand new released products in the 2014 Occasions Catalogue which has just gone live.
  • Get $20 extra free products when you join up as a demonstrator (even just for yourself). That's $255 worth of whatever you choose for just $169. You can join online instantly too! Offer valid until March 31st.
  • Get $50 extra hostess benefits with a $500 order, group order or party total. Email or call me today to book your party or arrange on online, Facebook party with your friends. Offer valid until March 31st.
  • Join a Stampin' Up! by mail hostess club and get 3 free projects from me a month, as well as a minimum of $50 free goodies the month you are hostess. Taking names for the next club starting March. Great for cardmakers or Scrapbookers.
  • Join the many ladies who are on my email list to stay up to date with everything Stampin' Up!. It's easy to sign up and I'll never share your details.

Thanks for spending some time on my blog today. I'll see you back here again soon,



Saleabration starts today! Blog Hop with the Art With Heart Team to see all the goodies!

Hello lovely ladies. Today is my favourite Stampin' Up! day of the year, because we get to give away HEAPS of free items to customers over the coming months.

So today I’m excited to bring you a blog hop with some of the awesome ladies in my direct downline in the Art With Heart Stampin’ Up! Team. Today is also the first day of the brand new Occasions Stampin’ Up! Seasonal Catalogue in Australia. If you place an order with me during Saleabration (from any current catalogue), you can choose a free item with every $90 you spend in one transaction. There are lots of fabulous free items to choose from (email me and ask me for a brochure and an Occasions Catalogue) and the promotion goes right through until March 31st.

Let's show you what you can make with some of the Saleabration and Occasions Catalogue products. You might be starting the blog hop here or you may have come to me from my lovely downline Rachel Woollard.

My first card features a brand new stamp set called Perfect Pennants which is an awesome new greeting set. I have teamed it with Sweet Sorbet DSP which you can earn free with a $90 order (12 sheets of 12x12 paper, 2 each of 6 designs). See the little banners up the top?  That's another new stamp set called Bannr Blast which you can earn with a $90 order, and you can also earn the matching Banner Punch too!  There are lots of free items to earn and they are all shown in the Saleabration catalogue (email me to get a copy).

Saleabration Stampin Up Australia

If you would like a family friendly way to earn some extra cash or just want to make some fun new crafty friends and save on your own craft supplies, why not become part of our awesome fun, friendly and supportive Art With Heart team. We have a really large team Australia wide that has been around since Stampin’ Up! came to Australia. We have a very active team forum and also have in person stamp days, challenges, card swaps, product shares and more. When you join during Saleabration, you get to choose whatever you like from our catalogues, but pay just $169 for $255 worth of product (that’s a 33% discount!). It’s quick and easy to join online too. Email me to ask me how!

The second card I have for you uses the same greeting set but has a cool bold geometric feel, thanks to the Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper pack in the new Occasions Catalogue (email me to get a copy).

SAB blog hop 2

Let’s keep this blog hop hopping. Next up we have my lovely talented  friend Christine Blain.

If you get lost along the way, here's a full list of my those who are participating in the blog hop:

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

Look forward to seeing you back here soon,


Stampin' Up! Butterfly Punch, Flowering Flourishes and Sweet Sorbet DSP

Today's card is a happy hello card. I go through lots of these, so like to keep up my supply.

Saleabration Australia 2014

I've based my card around the Sweet Sorbet DSP, which is one of the free items you get to choose with a $90 order during the Saleabration promotion coming soon to Australia. The colours are Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Canteloupe, Summer Starfruit, Basic Black, Pool Party and Summer Starfruit. The flourishes are from Stampin' Up! Flowering Flourishes, and the greeting from Regarding Dahlias. I have also used the Stampin' Up! Butterfly Punch and Postage Stamp Punch.

Have you tried our Shimmer White A4 cardstock? It's beautiful to stamp on, just like our Very Vanilla and Whisper White, but it have a beautiful shimmer on it when held up to the light. It is quite sturdy too and I really like it for cards. It's hard to catch the effect on camera, so I hope you can try some for yourself soon. Just click on the image for this product at the end of the post and it will take you to that item in my online store.

Stampin Up Butterfly Punch Australia


Get the New Catalogues

We have a brand new Occasions catalogue commencing on January 28th. I can send you out the catalogue for free if you are new to Stampin' Up! or don't already have a regular demonstrator. Just email me and I will pop one in the mail for you.

Join a Stampin' Up! Club to get free Product and Projects

Do you want to learn how to use the products better and learn new techniques and designs? Do you like exclusive projects and free product? Join one of my VIP Stampin' Up! Hostess Clubs and you get all that plus lots more. Next club starts early February. All the details HERE.

Want to get 20% off all the time?

It's quick and easy to sign up to become a demonstrator online. You can join for yourself or to make some money with a flexible home based business like I do. I have a very successful large team and we are always looking for new team members. We have a very active team forum with lots of support, fun and friendship. All the details HERE.

Items used in Today's Project

I can't show you the Saleabration DSP until after the 28th January, but here's a look at the other Stampin' Up! supplies I have used on this project. Just click on each image to be taken to that section of My Online Stampin' Up! store.

 Elegant Butterfly Punch Stampin Up

Elegant Butterfly Punch




Flowering Flourishes  Stampin Up
Flowering Flourishes Stamp Set




Regarding Dahlias Stampin Up
Regarding Dahlia's Stamp Set



Pistachio Pudding stamp pad stampin up
Pistachio Pudding Classic Stamp Pad



Adhesive rhinestones stampin up
Adhesive Rhinestones


Shimmer White cardstock stampin up
Shimmer White A4 Cardstock

Postage Stamp Punch Stampin Up
Postage Stamp Punch

See you back here again soon. Have a happy day and thank you for visiting,


Retro Fresh Masculine Birthday Card

The Retro Fresh suite coming soon in Australia in the new Occasions catalogue is perfect for your male or retro themed creative projects. 

Retro Fresh Stampin up

I have used the Retro Fresh DSP and the journalling cards on this masculine birthday card. The colours are perfect for masculine cards: Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Tangerine Tango and So Saffron. Loved the groovy new embossing folder coming soon too!

Get a copy of the new Occasions Catalogue

If you would like to get a Saleabration or new Occasions seasonal catalogue (both starting January 28th), and you don't already have a regular demonstrator, email me here.

Join one of my Stampin' Up! Clubs for Freebies and VIP Benefits - staring early Feb!

If you would like to receive 3 projects a month from me as well as earn a minimum of $50 in free products, join one of my VIP Stampin' Up! clubs starting in early February. All the details HERE.

Have a great night and see you back here again tomorrow,


Stampin' Up! Saleabration Sweet Sorbet DSP meets Secret Garden

Saleabration is just around the corner! Here's a sneak peek of this years lovely Saleabration DSP, called Sweet Sorbet. The coordinating colours to this DSP are Pool Party, Pistachio Pudding. Crisp Cantaloupe, Summer Starfruit, Sahara Sand and Basic Black.

Stampin Up Saleabration Australia Sweet Sorbet

This DSP is a great match for our Secret Garden stamp set and matching Framelits which I have used in this card. The greeting is from a new stamp set coming soon, called Perfect Pennants.

secret garden stampin up

If you would like to get a Saleabration or new Occasions seasonal catalogue(both starting January 28th), and you don't already have a regular demonstrator, email me here.

Join one of my Stampin' Up! Clubs for Freebies and VIP Benefits

If you would like to receive 3 projects a month from me as well as earn a minimum of $50 in free products, join one of my VIP Stampin' Up! clubs starting in early February. All the details HERE.

I'll be back to posting regularly again now, so see you back here again soon,