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April Blog Hop - 'Women In Our Lives'






 Welcome to the April Blog Hop with the ‘Art from the Heart team.  Isn’t the year just flying by so fast! The Art with Heart team led by Claire Daly, is a group of more than 90 Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from across Australia. If you would like to be part of this supportive group of talented paper crafters email me for more details. 



You may have come from Di Dunk’s  blog, but if not, you can join the Blog Hop from here by clicking on the link to the next blog at the bottom of this post. We hope you can take the time to visit each blog to see the wonderful creations we have to show you! If you leave a comment on every blog and then email Nikki at, your name will be put into the hat to win some beautiful Blog Candy. You have until 6am EST on 3 May 2010 to leave your comments and only those who are not Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators are eligible to win the Blog Candy.

With Mother’s Day less than 2 weeks away, the theme for this month’s Blog Hop is appropriately ‘Women in our Lives’. The first item I have for you is a scrapbook page featuring a photo of my mother taken in the late 1950’s when she was in her twenties. This is one of my favourite photos of her and I love the look of simple elegance captured in black and white. My goal was to create a similar feel on this page, so I will leave you to judge whether that has been achieved.


The ribbon tails on the left side of the photo is the handle to pull out the journaling panel. I have typed my text on the computer, printed it onto Whisper White cardstock and then cut it out using the Top Note die and the Big Shot. All the details of the products used are provided below.



Scrapbook Page Details 


Brocade Basics 

Cardstock & Papers 

Basic Black, Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette (all textured), Rose Red, Whisper White


Versamark, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Kiwi Kiss


1” Rose Red double stitched grosgrain Ribbon, Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon, Fluerettes (retired), Silver Hodgepodge, Small flower & flat back pearls (Pretties Kit)


Eyelet Border punch, Small Oval punch, Computer & printer, Top Note Die, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet dies, Big Shot, Sponge daubers, Xyron, Paper Piercer & Mat Pack


The second item I have for you is a Mother’s Day card. You are probably familiar with the Flower Pot card and this is my take on it – the ‘Bowl of Roses’ card! The bowl has been formed from a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock folded in half and then dry embossed. The bowl shape was then cut from the embossed card, with the fold at the bottom. The roses and buds have been stamped in Riding Hood Red and Summer Sun using the ‘A Rose Is A Rose’ 2-step stamp set. The two-toned effect was created by stamping off the first image, then using full colour on the second. The roses have been popped up on the top of the panel that slides into the bowl.  I’ve finished it off with some taffeta ribbon and a sentiment from the new ‘Tiny Tags’ stamp set from the Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue. The full details are below.



Here is a view with the rose panel pulled up from the bowl. The card fits into a 15cm square envelope.




Card Details


A Rose is A Rose, Tiny Tags, Occasional Greetings

Cardstock & Papers

Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White


Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip


Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Linen Thread


Medium Jewellery  Tag Punch, Sponge daubers, Dimensionals, Diamonds & Dots embossing folder, Cuttlebug



Your next stop on the “Art with Heart’ team Blog Hop – enjoy the creations from Tina Gillespie. 

Here are links to the other participants in this month’s Blog Hop. 


Ros Davidson
Nikki Sadler
Tanja Westwood
Kristine Thompson
Sue Madex
Gayatri Murali
Christine Blain
Di Dunk
Tina Gillespie
Kathryn Mangelsdorf
Alisha Watson
Nicole Rouillon
Kathryn Lowe





Enjoy your weekend.