Casing the Catalogue - Blog Hop

This week I am enjoying creating using new products from the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue, being inspired by projects and pages straight out of the catalogue (or Casing the Catty - as we call it), and sharing that inspiration with members of our wider Art With Heart Stampin' Up! team in a "Case the Catalogue" Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from my lovely friend Kathryn Manglesdorf's blog, welcome. If you are starting here, grab a cuppa and follow the next button on each blog to do a full circle of creativity. And please leave us comments! We love to hear what you think.

Casing the Catty Blog Hop

Last week I was on our casual kiosk at Chirnside Park shopping centre all day Friday, and as I was packing my stuff on Thursday night (and trying to think what I would stamp all day Friday at the kiosk), my mum brought over Sweet Storybook Stamp set and framelits bundle and says, "You do want to stamp mice all day tomorrow, don't you?"

Oooh my! Yes Please!!!

Sweet Storybook Catalogue picHere's the super cute picture that is on page 160 of the Annual Catalogue. It's really hard to make out what format the cards take (which type of fold) because of the very light colours against the white background, but that gave me lots of scope for using my imagination in coming up with my own projects.

I stamped and stamped and cut out mice and leaves and had a fabulous day working with these gorgeous colours and these super cute images. I decorated four gift bags and made 3 cards.

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The ribbon on the bags is Granny Apple Green. A lovely splash of green to match the leaves of the vine image.

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I had a great deal of trouble stamping the little red flowers because of the string handles and the extra layer of strong reinforcing card on the inside of the top of the bag - made my image miss-stamp each time, and because it was such a tiny stamp it was very easy to get an ink halo.

I discovered later that it was much easier to get an awesome image of the flowers by putting all 3 flower stamps on a block at once. There is also a framelit for each of the flowers so you will see that the cards I completed next have the flowers stamped and cut out separately instead of being stamped direct on the background like I tried to do with the bags.

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Here's some close up's of each one.  The first was just a normal fold A5 card, but with 3 layers on the front being 4 Stampin' Dimensionals deep.

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The next card was a tri-fold card with a window through the first two panels to show the inside of the card.

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And lastly I created a diorama card with 3 layers which will fold flat to fit in our standard envelope.

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All of these projects are made using Whisper White Card stock, Soft Sea Foam Card stock, Granny Apple Green Classic Ink Pad, either Lovely Lipstick or Calypso Coral Classic Inkpads for the top of the mushroom and the flowers, Crumb Cake Ink painted on with an Aquapainter for the mushroom stem, and a combination of Crumb Cake or Gray Granite Ink for the mice, with outline stamps in Momento Black.

Aren't these just too cute?

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Blender Pens

 If you've left me a comment (thank you!!) and are ready to continue on in the blog hop and see what everyone else has created, then please click on the next blog picture here and go see what gorgeous projects talented Kate Morgan has created!

Art With Heart July 2017 Next

Catherine Proctor
Kimberly Hern 

Monika O’Neill

Caroline Manwaring

Kathryn Mangelsdorf 

Kathryn Ruddick 

Kate Morgan 

Alisha Watson

Rachel Palmeri 

Andrea Roberts 

Ros Davidson

Rebecca Jacovou

Rachel Woollard

Tina Gillespie

Christmas in July Card Class

Well, it's that time of year again for our wonderful Christmas in July card making and papercraft event.

This is an event where several of my Stampin' Up! team members work together to bring you a variety of Make & Take projects, awesome display of projects and products, a sumptuous afternoon tea and the opportunity to make an extra card or two for a deserving charity.

I have been researching on Pinterest (wink!!) all sorts of amazing Christmas projects using some of the stamp sets and tools which you may have purchased from your demonstrator last year - so you will get a whole range of new ideas for using products already in your collection. Or if you haven't already got them, these are products which carried over into the new annual catalogue, so you can still order them.

Here's a screenshot of some of the ideas I have been gathering - thanks to the clever demonstrators who created them for sharing such fun ideas!

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We won't necessarily be making all of these cards exactly but they are a great source of inspiration and we will have some lovely variations! There will also be some new Christmas products on display.

So, if that has whetted your appetite, you'd probably like to know some of the details right?

WHERE: ParkLife Church Cafe, 1 Saint John's Road, Wonga Park Victoria (easy to find, off street parking, accessible).

WHEN : Saturday 7th July 2018 from 12 noon until 4pm.   Afternoon tea is quite lavish, so feel free to have just a light lunch or brunch before you come and use some of the time in the afternoon to enjoy a cuppa and refreshments while catching up with your stamping friends in between making cards and Christmas projects.

COST: $40 each - tickets to be purchased via Eventbrite prior to the event. Buy Now.

WHAT TO BRING:  Your basic tool kit - pencil, scissors, adhesive, babywipes, bonefolder, etc named and in your little pencil case. No need to bring large tools.

Any questions?

Contact me on 0418 361 931, or via Facebook Messenger.


Better With Basic Gray

 Exploring the Stampin' Up! Colour Families


Hello Again Colour Lovers!

This week the Art With Heart Team Colour Creations Ladies are exploring Basic Gray, one of our long term standard colours. Do you ever use any of the grays in your projects? They are a great neutral if you are looking for something a bit softer than black.

I went for something a bit different this week - I decided to work with our gorgeous new cardmaking kit - Notes of Kindness which is on page 7 of the new Annual Catalogue. This has got to be my favourite Stampin' Up! card kit ever! It's designs and colours are so soft and pretty.

First I made up one of the cards from the kit, exactly according to the instructions.



It's a very pretty simple card just as it is.

Then for a bit of pop, I added a Basic Gray card stock layer to all of the pieces, and stamped a greeting from the Enjoy Life stamp set in Basic Gray ink.  The kit comes with a Basic Black stampin' spot, but I like having a neutral that isn't quite as in your face as black.


Don't you love how those layers make a massive difference to the card?


 If you can't wait to get your hands on the gorgeous kit, or you need to add Basic Gray or Granny Apple Green inkpads to your collection, click on any of the thumbnails below to be taken to my shop.

If you'd like to see what the other Art With Heart ladies created with Basic Gray, you can find the list of links on Cathy's blog here.

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Hello Balmy Blue


With the new Stampin' Up! annual catalogue and the amazing colour refresh comes the excitement of focusing on what Stampin' Up! are most known for : their fabulous coordinating colours.

This week, along with some of my Art With Heart team stamping buddies, I'm excited to introduce a brand new colour, Balmy Blue.

And I've selected a colour combination using the new updated colour coach to choose for me. Love the combo of Night Of Navy, Balmy Blue and Granny Apple Gree.

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I've made a really simple card, featuring a returning stamp set - Daisy Delight and a brand new stamp set, Enjoy Life.


Don't you just love how the Night of Navy is definitely the new black! And how is that pop of Granny Apple Green in the middle of the punched Daisy?

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See how on the petals of the punch daisy I have used the new Balmy Blue marker to add a tiny touch of shade. It's great because if you are lighthanded, you don't need a blender pen or aqua painter to give a subtle shade.

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As I mentioned earlier, a  few lovely ladies on the Art With Heart Stampin' Up! team are also exploring Balmy Blue today. If you'd like to see their creations, their links are all on my friend Catherine's blog here.

And of you NEED to buy any of these supplies, they are available now on my online shop. Click on any of the thumbnail pictures below to see them and order. 

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Daisy Punch

We're planning on coming back about quite regularly to show case one of our favourite Stampin' Up! colours, hope to see you again then, with ink on your fingers!


Kathryn Ruddick

Croydon North VIC

Vintage Leaves for Autumn

Our liquid amber tree has been heavily dropping it's autumn canopy in thick drifts of leaves all over the driveway and front garden. The colours are spectacular as usual, and having been away in Italy for 2 weeks, we nearly missed it!

Yep, that's right, it's almost done, the tree is nearly bare.

It makes me feel a bit like how I felt 2 days ago when I saw a gorgeous card posted on Facebook using the Vintage Leaves stamp set and the person mentioned the stamp set was retiring out of the Stampin' Up! annual catalogue and would no longer be available after Thursday this week!

What?? No Way!!

How did I miss that??

I LOVE that stamp set and matching framelits! I can't believe they are being retired off! I haven't even finished making cards with that set!

Only a few weeks ago I was trialing the Stampin' Slap technique with the Vintage Leaves stamp set and the Stamparatus. So much fun and so effective, and very reminiscent of how my garden looks now!

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Don't you just love the watercolourly effect and those beautiful autumn colours?

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This splattery technique is so much fun and can be achieved so easily with the new Stamparatus, some inkspots or Stampin' Write markers and a mist bottle of water.

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I can see that I need to use these beautiful pieces to make some finished cards in the next day or so! And if you haven't got Vintage Leaves in your collection and need to have it, then you need to order it today or tomorrow as it won't be available after the catalogue finishes midnight tomorrow night.

You can order it online by clicking on either of the thumbnail pictures below - and while you are there, don't forget that it's also the last couple of days to order the Share What You Love - Gotta Have it All early release product suite which includes three (3) free products one being the limited edition "Statement of My Heart" stamp - not available after Thursday.

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Send me a message if you prefer not to order online - I can help you out via email or phone.

Talk soon!


Join Stampin' Up! in May

So, you like the Stampin' Up! products and can see yourself doing a bit more with them?
That's exciting, and clever you!
Stampin' Up! caters for all sorts of demonstrators. Some people want to make cards and sell them and they plow their profit back into getting more stamps/ink/paper so they can make more cards.
Some people want the demonstrator discount for a while as they build up their craft stash. Some have regular papercraft afternoons with their friends and want to be able to source the Stampin' Up! products more easily and even pass on the demonstrator discount to their friends.
Some want to be able to attend Stampin' Up! demonstrator only events (they are awesome!), some just want to meet new stamping friends.
And some, like me, want to turn my hobby into a real business, building a team, selling lots of stamps/ink/paper, setting business goals, earning the incentive trips and other rewards . . .
There's something for everyone.
And the best bit is, your start up fee is a once off, very generous buy in price on a starter kit that includes products which are totally your choice, and if you never do another thing, you just keep the products and that's the end of it, no risk, awesome discount on your first bundle of products!
How does that work?
Well, you select $235 worth of products - I always tell people to write their wishlist first. When you've decided what you want for $235 (without going over), then you go to the join now link which your chosen supporting demonstrator (or new team leader) will send to you, set up your account and add your products in.
You will ONLY pay $169.00 for your $235 product selection (a $66 saving), you will get free postage on it and you will also receive a complimentary business pack valued at around $80 which includes catalogues, order forms, postcard invitations etc to help you get started.
Those who join in May (this month) will receive 2 boxes of catalogues in their business kit, 1 box of the 2017-2018 catalogues and a box of the brand new 2018-2019 catalogues. 
Another benefit of joining in May is being able to get brand new "pre-order" products in your kit. These are products that are not yet available to the general public as they are coming in the new catalogue which starts on June 1st. If someone joins now, they can select some of these new products to get a head start.
What about me and my team?
Why would you want to join under me, instead of someone who lives a teensy bit closer to you?
There is definitely a benefit of living close to your team members as you get to meet in person, stamp together, borrow each others supplies etc. There is also a disadvantage if you and your team leader are both wanting to build a business and you live in a small country town - you become each other's competition, vying for the same small pool of customers - that can get awkward.
I have a mixture of team members. Living in Melbourne's Outer East, I have quite a few team members fairly nearby. I also have a dozen or so team members in regional Victoria, from the Gippsland farming areas, right across to the Western Districts and the central goldfields and Murray River regions. We also have around 10-11 team members across Tasmania (I grew up there and had a foot in the door for recruiting my sister and another dear long time stamping friend who have both grown teams since they joined). We also have team members in WA, SA and Qld.
I communicate with these lovely ladies via a secret Facebook group where we share lots of ideas and inspiration. I try to do a regular team email newsletter, and those who are directly recruited under me also get a great newsletter and team forum from MY team leader (the demonstrator above me), who is also a very active business building demonstrator.
We have a monthly team night which we will often set up Group Skype and chat to some of the Tassie and country girls, or at least Facebook Live video some of the team night so they can watch what we are doing and participate.
At team night, we generally stamp and chat about all things Stampin' Up!, share some techniques, show and tell, eat chocolate, plan get togethers. It's very casual and fun and we try to share lots of photos onto the FB group during the evening for the benefit of those who can't be there in person.
At new catalogue time we organise product shares among the team, so people can get a good selection of papers/ribbons/embellishments without having to buy the whole lot. And we will often organise swaps, card front swaps, or technique swaps where say 6-8 members will have a theme. Each member will make 6-8 identical projects then they will all swap with each other so everyone ends up with 6-8 completely different projects all on a theme. This is great for inspiring each other, for seeing products being used which we might not have in our collection yet, building up a collection of samples to display at our parties, classes and events - projects which might be quite different to what I would normally make, but which my potential customers may love.
Best of all, we have built this gorgeous stamping family of women who love creativity, who love getting together to stamp, who love sharing their creations on our team forum, who love supporting each other, creating for various charity causes, creating for themselves . . . it's beautiful!
There are several places on the world wide web where you can see who I am and what I do!
My blog, right here - where I mostly share my creations and news updates
I have a Facebook business page where I share more creations, do Facebook live videos and set up events:
I am on Instagram : where I intersperse my crafty photos with photos of my gorgeous cat, our chooks, my stamping events, travels and food!
And my Stampin' Up! corporate web page where it all comes together in a more formal setting - with an events calendar, online shop, join now page, and about me pages. 
Another awesome opportunity that is only available this month is including the exclusive, limited Share What You Love "Gotta Have It All" Bundle in you started kit. The bundle contains 13 great Stampin' Up! products with a retail value around $275.00, and is available only this month for $222.75 (so you could buy it for that, plus 5% postage) or so you could select it for your starter kit, still add an extra ink pad/adhesive/embellishments to bring your starter kit items closer to $235, and still only pay $169 for it! A huge saving! Here's the link to that one so you can see what's in it. Share What You Love Bundle
I made this display board for On Stage using all products from the Share What You Love bundle.
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Well, that's a lot of information . . .
If you want to chat over the phone, feel free to give me a call on 0418 361 931 during the day or message me if you'd prefer I phone you back.
Hope to talk soon,
Kathryn Ruddick, Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Croydon North VIC

Cardmaking Background Techniques - Embossed Bubbles

This is post no. 4 in my Bottles and Bubbles Product Suite presentation.

There are so many fun ways to make a bubble background, besides the Blown Bubble Technique I described in my last post.

You can try inking up bubblewrap and pressing your card onto that. You can use the Stampin' Up! Polka Dot embossing folder to give you nice texture and good size circles.

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This Whisper White card front was embossed with Polka Dots embossing folder then sponged with Lemon Lime Twist and Daffodil Delight inks. The sponging really brings up the edges of the raised polka dots from the embossing. 

We also used the wet emboss technique, where we applied the ink to the inside of the Logo side of the embossing folder, then spritzed it with water before placing the card stock in the folder. We got raised white bubbles with an awesome watercolour or wet bubble look background.

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In the above photo you can see three samples of the Blown Bubble Technique, the wet embossed technique in the pale blue card centre left of the photo, dry embossed and sponged yellow card, centre right and bubble wrap technique in the bright pink at the bottom.

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This was probably not a bundle of products I would see in the catalogue and then think to order for myself, so how did I come to be having so much fun creating like crazy with them?

  1. As a member of Stampin' Up!s Global Events Council I was invited to prepare display samples and do a 10 minute presentation at our On Stage Event in Melbourne in November - the products are in the catalogue which started on January 3rd and the On Stage Event doubles as a Catalogue Reveal / Launch /pre-order for demonstrators and members of the Stampin' Up! family. I was one of only 2 demonstrators in Australia who received the product Bundle several weeks before the event so I could prepare display items and my presentation
  2. At my team night in January - after the catalogue went live to customers and everyone was able to order them, we played with all the techniques and cut out lots of bottles, straws and bottle caps. It's so, so nice being able to create with friends -so many inspiring suggestions, colour combinations, rearranging of elements on the card and the cameraderie of the production line as one person ends up making the cups of tea, someone else cuts out stack of bottles using the Big Shot, someone else cuts out bottle caps and straws using the 2nd Big Shot - too much fun!

You too can be a part of this fun stamping family and there is no better time to join the Stampin' Up! family than during Sale-a-bration. To join, you select $235 of whatever Stampin' Up! products you want. You pay only $169, and then on top of what is already a bargain, until the end of March, you also select 2 extra stamp sets (up to $174 total value) for free!

That is such a saving - over $400 in high quality stamping products for only $169.00 and the best bit is, there is no risk whatsoever - if you never do another thing, you just keep the goodies . . . 

OR you can come along to team nights and other events and stamp with us, buy more products with your 20% discount for being a member of the SU! family, be invited to demonstrator only FB groups and forums where you will be totally inspired by all the shared projects, have the opportunity to earn free stamps, or even have your stamps pay for themselves by learning to build a small business.

There are so many reasons for joining, there's sure to be one that matches you! Ask me more about it today so you can join before the end of Sale-a-bration and get those extra two stamp sets worth up to $174.00 for free! 


Cardmaking Background Bubble Techniques

Back late last year in the lead up to my presentation at the Stampin' Up! On Stage event at Melbourne Park, I had so much fun creating arty farty messy bubble backgrounds for some cards using the Stampin' Up! Bottles and Bubbles Product Suite.

So much so that I turned the samples into a kids school holiday class in January and then followed up with a Stamp-a-stack class for adults earlier this week.

The first technique was Blown Bubbles - this is so random and messy and fun!

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You'll need some plastic cups or disposable sauce containers, a couple of bottles of Bubble Magic, or some water and a few drops of dish-washing detergent, and Stampin' Up! Re-Inkers in your chosed colours. We went for Crushed Curry (I wanted a bright yellow, but when watered down in the solution, Daffodil Delight was too light. And Flirty Flamingo for the pink, which ended up being a tad too light as well so we added a drop or two of Melon Mambo to spice it up.

One needs to blow bubbles in the solution with a drinking straw until the mixture piles up over the top of the cup (without spilling down the edges), then press your Thick Whisper White card into it to get bubble patterns. Keep repeating until you have the depth of colour you like - I probably blow and press about 4-5 times.

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Repeat that all again with the second colour, and then I have used the bubble stamp in the Bubble Over stamp set to stamp a few random bubbles just to add a little more depth and definition.

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Cut out a few bottles using the Bottles and Bubbles Framelits, sponge them using the same colours as the background then layer them with torn vellum, bakers twine, a greeting panel and bottle labels to suit your chosen greeting stamp. I also added Silver Foil Card bottle caps and drinking straws also cut with the Bottles and Bubbles Framelits.

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Here are a few colour variations which my team members experimented with at our January team night.

The Bottles and Bubbles bundle of stamps and framelits is available in our Summer Occasions catalogue through until the end of May, but the coordinating Bubble and Fix Designer Series Paper is only available until next Saturday 31st of March as a free Sale-a-bration gift with your $90 product order.  The paper is really fun in bright, versatile colours.

Why not get your free paper in this next week (value $18.95) by ordering the Bottles and Bubbles Bundle online, along with some card or ink so your product total is $90 (plus postage).  Come and see me today at Chirnside Park Shopping Centre all day if you need a hand with that!

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Bottles and Bubbles Coke Bottle Cards

In my last post (read it here), I mentioned that I also made a couple of coke bottle cards. These are terrific for teenagers / masculine cards or just for the Coca Cola addicts in your life.

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The bottle stamps and framelits are very much beer bottles with straight sides, so I used my Stampin' Snips to cut a tiny divet in each side of the bottle to give it more of the traditional Coke bottle shape.

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I also tweaked the shape of the Real Red label - cut with the framelit, but then moved higher up the bottle and trimmed with scissors to a shape more reminiscent of the famous label.

On the next card I went away from the black card stock for the bottles and used Early Espresso - our darkest brown, so I could also sponge it for a bit of depth.

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This card also has the Clear and Glitter Epoxy shapes as effervescent bubbles coming out of the bottle, placed on the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper background.

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I was pleased with how these came out, given I am not a Coke drinker, but there are plenty of people who are, who might appreciate a personalised card like this.  These are also very different cards from the others I made with this product bundle, showing how versatile the Bottle and Bubbles product suite really is.  I'll be back in the next day or so to show you what else we made - particularly the cards we made in the kids school holiday class and what we were working on yesterday in the class.

In the meantime, if you have discovered that you love these products for their versatility - teenagers cards / masculine cards, and you want to get your hands on them while Sale-a-bration is still running, order them online by clicking on the thumbnail pictures below.


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Bottles and Bubbles Wine Crate and "Vintage" Card

Technology is getting the better of me today!

Do you have those days when you just want to throw your phone / laptop out the window?? A few years ago (well, probably 15 years ago) my dad sat his mobile phone on the back wheel of a tractor while he did something that needed both hands. Hours later he was looking for his phone and found the very flat remains on the track where he'd backed over it . . . 

LOL so on days like this, I say I want to take my device out into the driveway and reverse over it a few times!

It's either that, or open a bottle of wine early! Which brings me to what I was trying to share with you!

Last November I presented the Bottles and Bubbles Product Suite at Stampin' Up!'s On Stage Event at Melbourne Park. In preparing my presentation I also took lots of step by step photos and I only just realised I hadn't shared most of them!

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This is the Stampin' Up! Woodcrate Framelit Die cut in Soft Suede card stock and stamped with the Hardwood Background stamp. I also sponged all of the corners with Soft Suede to make them look a bit old and well-loved.

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Bubble Over stamp set bottles stamped in Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green and cut with the Bottles and Bubbles Framelits Dies and mounted onto a soft suede card strip cut and scored to fit inside the crate.

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The labels on the bottles were also stamped and decorated, then some Linen Thread, a hand stamped and sponged tag and a tiny wreath (from our Holiday catalogue) were added to the front of the crate.  Very cute, don't you think?

The bottles in the set are very much beer or cider bottles, but as we're not beer drinkers, I wanted to be able to make more variety of wine bottles with them too,

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I stamped them again in Cherry Cobbler, sponged the white edges that are left from cutting with the framelits, cut and stamped labels in Basic Black and Crumb Cake and sponged the smaller one.

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The background of the card includes lots of collage stamping and some strips of left over Designer Series Paper.

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The bottles are layered on with some bakers twine and a couple of embellishments cut with the framelits and sponged for 3D effect, and the gold foil bottle caps are gold foil card cut using the bottle framelits, then scored across for the ridges and trimmed slightly on the corners to fit.  Not perfect, but I think it works.

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I changed the bottles also to coke bottles and I will share those cards soon (see them here). I am also doing a class next Tuesday - a Bottles and Bubbles Stamp a Stack class where you will get to make 8 cards minimum using this fun bundle and some great simple background techniques. If this interests you, please check out my event details and book in!

If you can't attend the class, buy the products here:

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