All posts by Catherine

About Catherine

I am an on-the-side and increasingly up front papercrafter who loves nothing more than getting inky and creating pretty things with paper and stamps! I am also a wife to lovely hubby and mummy to a wonderful 14yr old princess.

World cardmaking day card

So a few weeks ago it was world card making day and I made a card to send to a random person in a card exchange.

I used some of the lovely Flowers for every season dsp and teamed it with Pretty Peacock cardstock. Then used the Jar of Flowers stamps and embossing to add the focal feature.

I added some strips of washi tape to add some glitter and different textures.

I decided to add colour to the flowers using Prismacolour pencils.

Hope my random person liked it!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Stampin Up Sunday: Merry Moose tag

Hello!

Today another Merry Moose project but I thought I would make a tag that wasn’t specifically Christmas so I could send it for the UK stampers forum swap this month.

I started with the kraft tag from Ranger and added the Birch background stamp all over. Then I added some of the trees from the Merry Moose as part of the scenery.

The moose I stamped onto very vanilla and mounted a few layers of the punched moose out so he is quite raised and watercoloured him.

Next the sentiment I added on the very vanilla too and edged that with the brown ink.

I decided that the bottom part of the tag needed something else so I ripped some glittery washi tape and added strips and also added the wooden love sentiment.

I finished the tag with some revealed sari ribbon.

Love my moose tag!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: CHNC: flower

This week at Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge blog Hazel challenged us to use a flower or two or more… I decided to play with watery distress inks and embossing and this beautiful image from a Creative Stamping magazine set.

How beautiful is this stamped image. Love the delicate but modern look it has.

Love how the white embossing works with the loose water colour look.

Added gems and a raised embossed sentiment and lots of layers of cardstock to finish.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Stampin Up Sunday – wreath builder dies

So it turns out that Wreath Builder dies were what I needed to make me use dies as a basis for card making… and here my example is a card I made for my friend Michelle’s special birthday!

I made her a gatefold card using the dies and the bright lime and cerise cardstock in my stash!

I added Gorgeous Grunge splatter and a stamped sentiment from For my Family, a ribbon bow and a label die from Petals and More… but really it’s the dies that do all the work in this card.

Super happy with how this bright and cheery card turned out. Inside the gatefold I put a panel with some more die cuts…

I delivered this card a few weeks ago now so this is a belated happy birthday wish to Michelle… but as it was a special birthday and we’ve agreed to forget this year and celebrate properly next year I am sure she will get another special card then too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: CHNC: stocking

Once again I am here with a Design team contribution for Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge blog. This week Hazel asked the DT to include stockings.

I found these scraps left on the table from another card I made a few weeks ago… and as good luck would have it there was a stocking image there!

So I made up a cute card with the papers and added the sentiment using my favourite stamp set of this year’s Christmas cards… yes Peace and Joy came out to play again!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Tell a story stamped ATCoins

Today I have a swap I did in September where 4 coins had to be stamped.

I chose myself the theme of “Tell a story” using sentiments from an Alpaca Pals stamp set and the background using the Fancy Phrases stampin up set (that slipped into my basket on my last order!).

Each of the coins was stamped with versamark and then coloured with water colour pencils. I wanted each coin to have a different colour but kept the colouring quite simple and loose.

I then added the glittery washi tape and a scrap of dictionary paper before adding the stamped sentiments.

I added little gems to each coin to add sparkle.

And finished each off with a black edge to frame them.

Really happy with these coins. They aren’t challenging, but I think look quite beautiful!

Hoping the recipient likes them too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

UK Stampers Forum swap… fancy phrases coins

Another day, another set of coins… this time for UK stampers forum swap…

I went with a bit of simple stamping using the beautiful flower stamp from Fancy Phrases.

I started with base painted with Cheesecake and Prawn fresco finish paints. Then stamped in sepia archival. I then added a little more paint using the cheesecake and guacamole to define some of the Flowers and leaves.

I also added some sparkle with the shimmer ink and splattering it all over them.

I decided to add a strip of washi tape and the sentiments which I’d stamped on prawn painted cardstock.

I also added some gems I found in the stash.

Love how delicate these are. They are sort of vintage with a pop of modern with the prawn and the glitter.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Blue AT Coin swap

I took part in a pocket letter swap and received an amazing one made by Karen with the Boho Indigo kit. She was generous to also include lots of extras in the back.

I decided to create my artist trading coins for the Artist trading coin swap where the challenge for this month is BLUE using some of the bits and pieces Karen had gifted me.

I layered up the vases and added some of the leaves and then layered it onto coins I had painted with fresco finish paint.

I added the hello sentiment using gold pen to edge the sentiments.

I used the same gold pen to add dots around the edge of the coins.

I finished off with sequins and added some wink of stella to one of the leaf die cuts in each coin.

Love how these came out.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Stampin Up Sunday: pocket letter

Today’s Stampin Up Sunday is a bright and joyful pocket letter!

We were given the supplies and instructed to make a pocket letter for a swap partner at the online retreat a few weeks ago.

I decided to make mine using a mix of both in color dsp and the Flowers for every season dsp. I did lots of fussy cutting and decided to go for the main three colours of Just Jade, Magenta Madness and Bumble Bee.

I used whisper white for the bases and also added some white panels to break up the patterns. I also used the stitched shapes framelits and the Joy dies for the central title panel.

Each third has a base of one of the in colours and then either fussy cut flowers from the Flowers for every season dsp or a panel of the paper. I also included ribbons and gems on a few.

I then added the Joy die cut which I added as the central feature and the stamped sentiment. I had to do a bit of masking to just get the you rather than the full sentiment of “to you and yours”.

I then made little pouches for the back of some of the cards and added into them little treats of the cuts for the recipient using all the same colour scheme and idea of flowers.

Sincerely hope the recipient liked what I made and found the extras useful.

Loved making this. Took me a little while to make but really enjoyed myself.

And then you need to see what I got in return from Karen… it’s stunning and totally blew me away…

Of course it had made me want the Boho Indigo kit… she included lots of extras like die cuts and stamped images from the kit so going to be doing projects using them really soon!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: CHNC: sentiment as focal point

Last week I skipped my DT responsibility as I was moving my parents… back to it again this week!

I decided to use the Making Cards magazine set for the challenge of sentiment as focal point which was the challenge Hazel set us for this week’s CHNC contribution.

I added Wink of Stella to the snow on the top layer and the snowflake sticker as an embellishment. But a pretty simple and effective card thanks to the card topper.

Happy crafting!

Catherine