Joy Christmas ornament

I did find another picture in my phone of a project I didn’t blog about… the Christmas ornament I made for the advent swap Christmas day recipient!

I painted the wooden heart ornament with fresco finish paints in lilac and pale blue colours and then stamped the snowflakes using both paints and embossing powder to give different textures.

I then die cut the sentiment and the holly sprigs to add a cute embellishment onto the front.

I finished the ornament off with glitter glue dots and ribbon and twine.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Mini marvels… one basket crafting!

My lovely and super creative friend Chris runs a group on Facebook called mini marvels. To start our mojo off she challenged us to create from a basket of goodies we were urged to put together over a few days… e.g. choose three colours of distress oxide and three paints in the same colours on one day, grab stencils and stamps on another. Once the basket/bag was full we had to stop.

Here was my filled basket.

And when tipped out onto the desk there was a lot to choose to play with. We were allowed one thing extra we forgot and three main tools… pens and basic tools were ok. My main tools were a paper trimmer, heat tool and gelli plate.

I decided the thing I wanted to make were cards suitable for teenager girls as I had run out in my stash and the theme for my focal image stamps was flowers so this influenced what I could do for some of my cards. I had also chosen some butterfly greyboard embellishments so they got used too.

So I won’t share all of the cards I made today… hopefully over the next couple of weeks you will see them all.

I will share the first two I made here today though.

I started with a distress oxide smooshed background and built up some layers of stamping. I also added some posca pen doodling.

The butterfly I painted and then added the Deep Sea embossing powder to create a shiny embellishment. I gave it a piece of bookprint to sit on and added some gems and the sentiment label.

Love how zingy this is.

The next one is similar in terms of background was started in the same way. But this one I added stencilling plus different stamping.

The star was a textured finish embellishment which I added layers of the Deep Sea embossing powder to. It maintained it’s texture but love the glossy finish.

So this is two of the many cards I made.

I will share more in a couple of days.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Cards for my parents… pt 7

This week for the “male” themed challenge of making cards for my parents stash I have an overload of stamping for the background and a sweet little picture for the focal image.

The paper I used to frame it is a scrap from the one I used last week to make the paper pieced card. I also added some string to finish off the card.

Not bad for a card using some cheap stamps I bought a while ago.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

UK stampers forum ATC’s

I made these ATCs for the numbers themed swap for the UK Stampers Forum swap.

I decided to use Badass artchick stanps to create these. The fun character I did the heads on separate paper and then fussy cut out to add to the image stamped directly on the ATCs.

I used slightly different colour combos for each one.

But each one is still “FUN”.

Hopefully the recipients like them too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Ribbons and buttons postcard

The theme of the postcard swap for January is bows and buttons although I interpreted it as ribbons and buttons and made this scene using ribbons and a button and lots of messy sewing.

I started by gathering ribbons and adding them to a postcard to create the scene. Then I set to with the sewing machine.

Admittedly the sewing machine drove me mad as there were many many issues and the machine was determined to make me throw it out. But I kept going and was happy with the end result.

I added the ribbon flowers and the button sun using glue and then adhered the whole panel to a postcard base.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

A fun card

Today I have a quick but fun card I made for enclosing some swaps to the organiser over at UK stampers forum.

I used my mini gelli plates to create the background using distress inks.

Then I used Badass artchick stamps and Versafine to add the focal images.

I also added some pen marks to add some fun.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: CHNC: Green

Hello!

This week I have another cute card for the CHNC blog and I used lots of different types of Green as per Hazel’s instruction to the design team. Note you don’t have to follow the challenge to join in on the blog… you just need to make a Christmas card!

So I chose some green coloured cardstock and paper that went with it. I layered them up and added some string as it looked quite rustic to me.

Then I searched through digi images I had printed, found this cute turtle and decided he would be perfect as the focal image.

Using promarkers to colour him I also added wink of Stella to the bubbles and the present bow.

Love how cute this is. Not my usual style but it’s always fun to play with something different!

Happy crafting!

Catherine