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Wednesday 15 May 2024

AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop #3 Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink with Country Birdhouse

Hello. Welcome to Valley Inspirations with Andrea and the Art with Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop. As we commence this new year of Blog Hops, initially we are working though the new In Colours before we focus on the remainder of the Stampin' Up! colours in alphabetical order. We feature one colour each week.

This week’s Blog Hop is featuring on a pretty mid pink called Pretty in Pink. Pretty in Pink is part of the 2024-2026 In Colour Family and is a lovely pink. I’m teaming it with Smoky Slate tonight as I love pink and grey. I’m still exploring other colour combos with this pretty colour. This colour would be lovely for flowers and anything that you wanted pink.

Pretty in Pink is produced in Stampin' Up!'s card-stock, both A4 & 12"x12"Classic Stampin' inks (ink pads re-inkers); Stampin' Write Marker; Stampin’ Blends Combo; In Colour Designer Series Paper and Unbounded Beauty DSP; plus In Color Resin Dots; In Color Shimmer Gems; and Pretty in Pink Bordered Ribbon, to name a few 

This project uses Pretty in Pink Classic ink, card-stock, Stampin’ Blends, Stampin’ Write Marker and In Color Shimmer Gems, together with a range of non-Pretty in Pink products.

One of the large double suites in the new 2024-2025 Annual Catalogue is the Country Woods suite. It contains 2 stamp sets with coordinating dies, 2 different sets of Designer Series Paper, an embossing folder, ribbons and pearls. I love so many different aspects about this suite. In choosing to use the Country Birdhouse bundle I wanted to use some of the oh so gorgeous Country Woods DSP for the birdhouse and Pretty in Pink for most of the flowers.

I created a fancy fold card to show a different way to use the Country Birdhouse dies. I won’t go through the various trials and errors that occurred while creating this project. I am thankful I got there in the end, even with COVID brain. (Yes, I took a RAT last night and it showed positive.) I’m not sure of the name of this fold - I remembered seeing Mikaela Titheridge, a UK Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator create a card using it. I think it’s some sort of flip fold. The Basic White background had a little Pool Party Classic Ink blended over to provide a sense of sky behind the birdhouse.

Numerous flowers from the Country Birdhouse stamp set were stamped in Smoky Slate Classic ink on Basic White card-stock. They were coloured in a mix of Stampin’ Blends, ie Pretty in Pink, Petunia Pop, Lemon Lolly, Shaded Spruce, Lost Lagoon, and touches of Granny Apple Green Combos to harmonise with the little bird that was coloured with Pretty in Pink, Granny Apple Green and Smoky Slate Combos. Of course a Colour Lifter was nearby to add highlights.

I so love Stampin’ Up!s coordination with dies that match the stamped images plus the addition of extra dies that, in this case, cut stand alone flowers and leaves. These flowers and leaves were cut out from Basic White card-stock. Some of the white die cut leaves and flowers were tucked in & around the coloured leaves and flowers. I had wondered about blending a little colour over the die cuts but in between crafting today, I watched Cindy Schuster from the Crafty Carrot Co as she created a home decor piece using the Country Flowers bundle. During the Facebook Live she acknowledged that she loved adding white flowers to her projects. Remembering that, I didn’t add any colour to the die cut flowers & leaves - and I am so glad as the white lifts the overall design so much. The Crafty Carrot Co are hosting on Facebook, a free series of sessions featuring the Country Flowers bundle. The are talented ladies and so worth checking out.

The dies were also used to die cut pieces for the roof and trimmings, as well as the decorative pole that the birdhouse sits on. You may notice that the Smoky Slate roof, stand and dowel for the bird to sit on all had a little tinge of Silver heat embossing in places.

A sentiment from the Country Birdhouse stamps was white heat embossed on Pretty in Pink card-stock and fussy cut out. A little bow of White & Silver Sheer Ribbon (which had been cut lengthwise to cut away the silver edge) was tied into a bow and tucked under part of the sentiment. A number of the beautiful Pretty in Pink In Color Shimmer Gems were scattered around.

When this card opens the birdhouse flips to the inside of the card. Another sentiment is stamped inside the card in Smoky Slate ink and a few extra flowers and bird decorate the card inner. A C6 Basic White envelope was stamped with a small floral arrangement in Smoky Slate ink along the bottom of the envelope.

As you can see below, the card partially flips when it stands partially open. 

Thank you so much for dropping by on you way around the Pretty in Pink Colour Creations Blog Hop

To continue with the Pretty in Pink blog hop just click the "next" graphic below to be taken to the blog of the lovely Christine BlainI am looking forward to checking out Christine’s creation(s). I do love seeing everyone’s' projects - there is always so much inspiration.

I do hope to see you next week when we will be featuring another new In Colour, Shy Shamrock as we continue the weekly 2024-2025 Colour Creations Blog Hop series

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

Andrea 💕🐾

If you find a broken link or would like to view the full list of participants go to Catherine Proctor’s blog @ What Cathy Made. Cathy is our wonderful Art With Heart Team Colour Creations Coordinator. Check out her delightful creation while you are there.

If you live in Australia, don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and would like your own copy of the Stampin' Up 2024-2025 Annual Catalogue, then let me know and I will be delighted to send it to you.  Please don't hesitate to make contact with any other queries about this project or Stampin' Up!. 

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  1. Andrea, this is an amazing fancy fold! I love all the floral details and the way the the birdhouse flips to the inside of the card when the card is opened. What a delight for the lucky recipient!

  2. Such a clever fold, and beautiful use of my favourite suite of products from the new Annual Catalogue, Andrea. Lots of lovely details to look at, as always ... and I agree, including white die-cut pieces is a really nice touch. I hope you don't feel too unwell with COVID. Get well soon. x

  3. Theresa Gerrard16 May 2024 at 07:51

    Such a pretty and intricate fancy fold card Andrea. So many lovely little details. Sorry to read you have Covid. There's a lot of it going around.

  4. Andrea, this is one of the prettiest fancy folds of this design I ave ever seen. Using the birdhouse is brilliant, let alone your execution of the colours, DSPs and all the others bits a bobs you've used. Stunning card!

  5. The birdhouse was the perfect die to use when creating your stunning fancy fold Andrea. Everything about it is simply beautiful.

  6. This is gorgeous. I love how it flips inside so your get to enjoy it again and again.

  7. I don't know how you managed a fancy fold while 'under the weather" but it is very impressive. Great way to show the birdhouse.


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