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Wednesday, 18 August 2021

AWHT Colour Creations #12 Coastal Cabana

Coastal Cabana with Delicate Dahlias and Snowflake Wishes

Hello. Welcome to Valley Inspirations with Andrea and the Art with Heart 2021-2022 Colour Creations Blog Hop.

This week’s Blog Hop is focussing on a bright teal called Coastal Cabana.  It is part of the Brights Colour Family and coordinates harmoniously with Pool Party and Bermuda BayCoastal Cabana is produced in Stampin' Up!'s card-stock, both A4 & 12"x12"Classic Stampin' inks (ink pads & re-inkers); Stampin' Write Markers; the Brights Designer Series Paper and some embellishments including the Artistry Blooms Adhesive Backed Sequins, Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels and Playing with Patterns Resin Dots.

Coastal Cabana is a lovely bright colour and great for watery themes, as its name suggests, and that's where my mind first went. Wanting to branch away the "usual" and also to use the gorgeous Delicate Dahlias Sale-a-bration stamp set, I started with creating a watercolour panel. Then my ideas changed and I ended up creating 2 cards. Here they are:

While I first water-coloured a panel of Fluid 100 Watercolor paper, I decided the end result was a stronger coloured background than the one envisaged for use with the Delicate Dahlias Sale-a-bration Stamp Set. So I colour blended a background using Stampin' Ups! amazing Blending Brushes with Coastal Cabana and Pool Party Classic Stampin' inks on Basic White card-stock. To give a little texture to the blended background some water was flicked over as well as some diluted White Craft ink.

Spying a detailed floral die cut on my desk that had been cut using a die from the Artistic Dies set and Basic White card-stock, I tried it layered over the blended background. It looked good - the start of layering the design. The large dahlias, smaller flowers and the leaves were stamped in Versamark Ink on Basic White card-stock and heat embossed with White Stampin' Emboss Powder and a Heat Gun.

The flowers and leaves were coloured with Stampin' Blends, that is Highland Heather, Fresh Freesia, Pool Party Combos and a little Dark So Saffron with touches of the Colour Lifter to add highlights. While the Colour Lifter is great for diluting mistakes, it is brilliant at adding highlights or blending the lighter colours out so lines aren't apparent. The flowers and leaves were all fussy cut, with the second dahlia just being cut around the centre petals.

In arranging all the pieces, the blended background was mounted on a seperate basic White card front with a strip of the lighter mauve foil from the Silver Foil Speciality Pack, which had been embossed with the TimeWorn Type 3D Embossing Folder and added to the LHS of the card front. A piece of White Glittered Organdy Ribbon was added and the card front mounted to the Coastal Cabana card-stock base. 

As mentioned, the detailed die cut floral piece was layered over the background and the flowers and leaves arranged. Another piece of the Glittered Organdy Ribbon was cut into 3 lengthwise, folded into a bow and adhered in place under the flower with some Tear n' Tape. A sentiment from the Delicate Dahlias Stamp Set was white heat embossed onto a strip of Coastal Cabana card-stock and a few of the Artistry Blooms Adhesive-backed Sequins were added for that gentle touch of bling to finish off.

A Basic White card inner was stamped (and 2nd generation stamping) with leaves in Coastal Cabana ink. An off-cut strip from the blended background was added with a very thin strip of Coastal Cabana card-stock. A Stampin' Up! C6 Basic White Envelope was similarly stamped with leaves on the LHS edge.

CARD 2: Having missed the AWHT Heart of Christmas Blog Hop a couple of days ago I have created a Christmas themed card with the water-coloured background using Coastal Cabana and a little Pool Party Classic Stampin' inks on Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper. As I may have mentioned previously, I love snowflakes and even in the hot Aussie summer, I am happy to create snowflake cards for Christmas. I know some Aussies may have a different view.

Having already water-coloured the background, small snowflakes were heat embossed on top of the water-colour background. It brings a clear result. If starting out to create this snowflake card, another option may be to emboss the paper prior to water-colouring for an emboss resist technique. The embossed snowflakes came from the Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set.

A Basic White card front panel was dry embossed using an embossing folder from the Wintry 3D Embossing Folders set. The snowflakes folder is particularly gorgeous. It is hard to see the detail in the photos given the size of the frame and centre panel, but it is gorgeous. The embossed panel was adhered straight onto the Thick Basic White card-stock base.

A frame was die cut using the 3rd & 5th largest rectangular dies from the Stitched Rectangles dies (the centre section has been put aside for a label on another card). The 3rd largest die was also used to cut the water-coloured panel. Dimensionals were added behind the frame to lift it from the water-coloured panel. 

A sentiment from the Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set was stamped on Vellum with Versamark ink and the applied White Stampin' Emboss Powder was heat embossed. I so love Stampin' Up!'s Vellum as it is great quality and copes so well with heat embossing. The Vellum allows the background to still be seen. The Vellum was wrapped around to the back of the water-colour panel and the whole panel was adhered directly to the dry embossed panel. Three snowflakes were cut from Basic White card-stock using the So Many Snowflakes Dies and strategically added to the card. Coastal Cabana Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels were added to snowflake centres to add sparkle.

A Basic White card inner was stamped with snowflakes from the same stamp set in Pool Party & Coastal Cabana inks and a couple of thin strips were added on two edges. An extra Basic White die cut snowflake was also added. A Basic White C6 Envelope was similarly stamped with some snowflakes to coordinate.

It was fun creating these Coastal Cabana cards to share.  I love playing with various colouring techniques. Even though my preference is to work with more muted colours, I think Coastal Cabana is a great colour and can be used in various ways.

If you are in Australia, don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and would like your own copy of Stampin' Up's 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue and or the new July - December 2021 Mini Catalogue, then let me know and I will be delighted to send them to you. Please don't hesitate to make contact with any other queries about this project or Stampin' Up!. 

There is more Coastal Cabana creativity. To continue with the blog hop, click on the "next" graphic below to be taken to the delightful Kate Morgan's blog. I am looking forward to checking out Kate's creation and everyone else's.

Hope to see you next week when we will be featuring Crumb Cakeand don't forget the AWH Heart of Christmas Blog Hop is launched every Monday evening until mid-December.

Stay well, stay safe and be kind to yourself and others.

Andrea 💕🐾

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the full list of participants on Catherine Proctor’s blog.  Check out her amazing creation while you are there.



  1. Two beautiful cards, Andrea. Coastal Cabana ink throws very green when diluted with water ... what a different effect, to blending it with brushes. Your first card is my standout favourite; there's so much to love about it! The heat-embossed, coloured, flowers and leaves are gorgeous, the sparkly ribbon is delightful, and the die cut and embossed foil elements are beautiful touches. A really beautifully composed card!

  2. Andrea there is so much work in both your incredible cards, they really are works of art. The colour scheme of your first card and soft, delicate layers - I just can't stop looking at it.

  3. Love all the layering on the dahlia card, the ribbon, foil etc. Good choice of colours too. Its glorious!

  4. Two gorgeous cards, Andrea, but that Dahlia card is outstanding. It looks so real and I thought there were heaps of layers to the actual flower. I keep going back to look at it!!! All the layering of products is so eyecatching and the recipient is going to adore it too.

  5. Two beautiful cards Andrea but my favourite if the second Christmas one. So soft and lovely

  6. Two gorgeous cards. I love all the extra details you have put into the dahlia card. Both cards will be loved by whoever receives them.

  7. Another pair of wonderful cards. They are both so very pretty. The bloom on the first is magnificent!

  8. As usual you have created two stunning cards with all your lovely texture and layers. You really do inspire me Andrea. You make it look so effortless and beautiful.

  9. Two beautiful cards Andrea. I just love the ribbon treatment on your dahlia card, it’s so pretty and the gorgeous colours on the flowers. Snowflakes are a popular choice for Christmas and they get the tick of approval from me. After all Santa comes from the North Pole where there’s plenty of snow.


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