Biggest Wish, Jar, Jar of Flowers, Nature's Prints, Old Paper

More jar of flowers notecards

I had stamped a few extra floral images so decided to colour then up and use them to create a couple of notecards using the leftover Rich Razzleberry cardstock I had.

I had enough to make the card blanks and the layered panels. I embossed the layered panels using the Old Paper embossing folder. I love this folder for making a grungy texture.

I used the inks to watercolour the images and then fussy cut them out. I decided to have the jars in the Rich Razzleberry too and wrapped them both with some of the linen thread (note to self… must order some more of this as not much left!)

I decided on a different sentiment for each, from the Biggest Wishes and from Cottage Rose.

Quite simple notecards but really pretty I think.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Sweet Strawberry

Making Cards magazine old stash… thank you bags

As I’ve mentioned previously I have been selling a few bits and bobs from the stash that I no longer use and I’ve been added a little thank you card and decorating a bag to send with the sold items. I had a full afternoon of sorting through old papers and leftover scraps that were on the table and made lots of bags for the next batch of sales.

Nearly all were made using old kits from Making Cards magazines… some of which I had used most of the papers up already pn my Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge design team contributions… one of which is a massive kit so still lots left to make with that one!

Think these are all so cute and good way if me using up the kits I’m unlikely to grab to use again.

Plus it’s such fun making these little collages.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Cottage Rose, Designer Series Paper, Jar, Jar of Flowers, Nature's Prints, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

Another #sheetloadofcards

I really am on a mission to use up as much of my old patterned paper as I can and grabbed three pieces of floral themed double sided paper from the random stash and made these six cards using the May 2022 Sheetload of cards template by Call me crafty Al.

I chose to also use retired colours of dsp for the card bases and added in a little Petal Pink and Rich Razzleberry.

I made two of each type… as in what I chose to embellish them with…

Two using Nature’s Prints.

Then two with Cottage Rose…

Finally two using Jar of Flowers…

I kept the cards pretty simple although did use dimension for a few bits and bobs to give them a bit of something going on!

Love how these came together and of course the Biggest Wish sentiments just finish them off perfectly. Please to have used up retired cardstock and three pieces of my 6×6 dsp too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistically Inked

Bright and cheery slimline cards

I’ve made six cute little slimline cards and I’m really chuffed with them as they are so cute.

I went to my stash of random 6×6 papers (I think I was gifted these three) and picked out some that coordinated and I was drawn to work with.  It turned out that they also coordinated with retired colours of cardstock that I have on my desk and am trying to use up!

I created the card blanks … they are 7cm x 14.9cm … using the Pretty Peacock, Magenta Madness and Cinnamon Cider.

I cut two of the papers into panels … ome of these I mounted onto the card blanks directly, others I mat them onto cardstock panels.

The final piece of dsp had some of the floral images that I could fussy cut out to create embellishments.

I then took some of the remaining cardstock and embossed in silver the thanks sentiment from the Artistically Inked stamp set.  I then fussy cut each of these out and adhered them to the cards.

I really love how these all turned out.  I’ll be using them over the next few weeks as I am still trying to get rid of old stash I don’t use anymore so like to send a little card with the package to say thanks… along with the paper bags I am still making up with scraps off the desk… talking of which there is still a little of this paper left so no doubt it will get used to make up some bags over the next few weeks.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Gorgeous Grunge, In Bloom, Masks/Stencils, Oh So Ombre, Pierced Blooms, Playful Alphabet, Ribbons, Very Versailles

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Hello!

Today I have a Happy Little Stampers Design Team contribution to share with you. I will admit I made this quite some time ago but stored it ready to post now as it was such a special card I didn’t want to just blog it on its own.

So the card is for the Anything Goes with Dies challenge and boy did I use a lot of dies!

So the card is one I made for my cousin to celebrate receiving her OBE. She was awarded it quite a while ago but as a result of Covid restrictions had to wait quite some time for the actual ceremony. Again due to restrictions (maybe they have always done this though I am not sure) only one guest was allowed to accompany her and my Uncle was the one who picked the name out of the hat so he got to go with her.

Anyway, the weekend after it happened I made this card, inspired by her pink and navy outfit.

Now the card came together after I had sat and turned lots of scraps of cardstock into pretty flowers and leaves. I do this quite often, save my scraps up and then have a massive die cutting session. This time I concentrated on the Pierced Blooms die set as these flowers and leaves always come in handy as embellishments. I ended up (after 2+ hours diecutting) with a big pile and a sore arm!

So I chose from the pile a selection of pink and purple flowers and pale green leaves that I could use to make a special card. I knew I wanted a bigger card so I chose a 7×7 card blank from the stash.

I cut a piece of white linen cardstock into a 6.25″ square and started creating a background. I used the gorgeous text stamp from Very Versailles, some of the splatter stamps from Gorgeous Grunge and also splashed some ink too. I then grabbed a leaf stencil, masked off some areas and added some leaf images to the background with the fabulous blending brush. I also edged the panel with the blending brush too.

Next I started inking the die cut leaves and flowers to add some depth to the colour. I also added some stamped splatters to the green.

Then started adhering them so that there would be a less populated area for me to add the sentiment.

The sentiment I went for the Playful Alphabets dies and die cut CONGRATS out twice from each colour. I stacked the dies and then using a ruler to line them up I added them so they were off the edge of the strip of cardstock I had prepared. I also added a very thin strip of Oh So Ombre paper to the panel. I stacked a few layers of cardstock behind the panel to lift it up and then added the navy ribbon behind it to frame the sentiment. I added wink of Stella to each of the letters to give them some shimmer.

When I stuck this in place I thought the background needed a little blue so added some splashes of ink. I also added the pink ribbon bow to finish off to sentiment strip.

I decided to go a bit mad with lots of pearls dotted around … but hey… it was a very special card after all!

Inside I took the sentiment from the In Bloom stamp set and added some panels of the Oh So Ombre paper to create some interest. I also added a flower and leaf cluster… after all I had got LOTS already die cut. This finished off the inside of the card.

I know I normally do something with the envelope too but this time I didn’t remember to do it, plus it was being posted to Scotland so I didn’t want loose bits getting caught in the post office machinery.

So there you go… my special OTT card for my cousin. So proud her achievements have been recognised.

Now off to see what everyone else has been up to for the Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Strawberry, Sweet Strawberry

Mini joy fold cards

I wanted to play along with #sheetloadofcards for June which had a template for making joy fold cards using 3 pieces of dsp .. so I chose my 6×6 but then realised the template was for 12×12 … so made them half size!

Kept them all the same in terms of base cardstock and the strawberry focal image and the hello sentiment … but obviously each is different as moved the papers round so none were the same.

Love how these came out.

Very difficult to photograph though as they don’t want to stay flat and closed!

Anyway … cute little project!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Butterfly Bijou, Cottage Flowers, Cottage Rose

Bookbind fold cottage rose

I had a piece of cardstock cut and prepped to make a bookbind fold card that I never got round to making so decided to use it today. Pretty sure it is Granite Grey. Chose a piece of 6×6 Butterfly Bijoux paper and the now retired Terracotta Tile for my layering and die cutting.

To be honest this was a simple card to make… I just added an element of fussiness with the handsewing of the vellum torn piece as I hate seeing adhesive through vellum.

I embossed the sentiment and then fussy cut that out too.

Inside I added another strip of the paper and cardstock and another die cut flower.

Those gold flowers I’ve had a long time and no idea what kit they came from … but pretty sure it was a kit.

Hope you like my cute little bookbind card.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistically Inked

Artistically Inked… a small notecard

Decided to use up the bits on the desk from yesterday’s slimline card and made this cute little note card.

I did have to stamp one more larger flower and one of the double leaves and fussy cut them out… otherwise this is everything I had already got out and already cut ready for yesterday’s card. The card base itself is also leftover cardstock from the slimline card.

Cute and simple.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistically Inked

Artistically Inked slimline card

Decided to have a little playtime with the Artistically Inked stamps and made a slimline card.

Chose the gorgeous (now retired) Purple posy cardstock and Wisteria Wonder ink along with Soft Sea Foam for my colours. Then started stamping.

I decided to make a slimline card … 7cm x 21cm and the top panel is 1 cm smaller to give a nice border as these seem to be very popular at the moment and not something I often make.

I stamped the alcohol ink like background 4 times on the panel and then stamped the more circular flower three times onto white cardstock. I also stamped the leaves a few times using soft sea foam.

I decided rather than using the dies to have a bit of chill out time and did fussy cutting instead.

I then layered up the flowers and the sentiment with foam between the top flower and the bottom flowers for dimension. I then added the little dew drop style embellishments for some shine.

Styled the photograph as professionals like Martin Stone do … lots of work but it looks good as a result.

Love the final card. A nice and simple card. I did think when I saw this in the catalogue when it first came out, that I would use this stamp set lots but to be honest I’ve not used it as much as I thought. It is gorgeous though so maybe should make more of an effort to use it.

Entering into the flowers challenge at Beyond the Blue

Happy crafting!

Catherine