Concord & 9th, Dylusions spray inks, Ribbons

Spray background play

So I blogged yesterday that my daughter had been doing a photo shoot with some of my craft supplies … and whilst playing in the light box she made for the photo shoot she decided to have some sprayed backgrounds to her subject matter. Well I couldn’t let lovely backgrounds go to waste so had a quick play cutting one up and used it on a cute little slimline card.

I used some Concord and 9th stamps to add the butterflies and the sentiment.

I mounted the panel onto black and then used some of the lovely black and white checked ribbon and some black gems to embellish.

I decided to then add to the zingy yellow card stock from the stash which I made into a slimline card base.

Pretty and good use of some paper leftover from the photo shoot. I’ve got a few more pieces so cut them into backgrounds to use at some point in the future!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Concord & 9th, Pierced Blooms, Washi tape

Busy weekend quick crafting

So this weekend has been busy with cleaning the house, decluttering and basically being on the go most of the time. Plus the hubby stole my work desk and chair so I couldn’t really craft as the chair is also my crafting chair!

One of the tasks of the weekend was also my daughter doing a photo shoot for her photography a level and so I was the glamorous lighting assistant pointing iPhone torch lights at the phones she was photographing. And her subject matter for the shoot happened to be my crafting supplies!

As you can probably see some painty splotches were made on the bits of card etc which of course I didn’t want to waste so have a few of them now stored away for future projects. But as soon as the hubby vacated the chair I quickly made this card using one of the splotchy backgrounds, some washi tape, stamping and the paper flowers we unearthed as part of the photo shoot!

I also dug out some old embellishment tins and found a little sparkly one for the centre of the flower. I decided to also add some die cut leaves to finish off the flower as it looked odd without them.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy Moments, Jar, Jar of Flowers, Memories and More, Ribbons, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

Jar of flowers

Firstly I forgot how much I loved this combo of the jar of flowers stamps and the jar punch… but I also forgot how fiddly working with vellum can be if you don’t like seeing adhesive through the vellum! So let me explain what I did for this card.

Well I started with a cream base and used an old Memories and More card I had in the stash to make the background because that has some distraction just in case I needed it when it came to adhering the jar of flowers!

The flowers and stems I stamped, coloured and fussy cut from cream cardstock. What you can’t see is that I didn’t line them up to meet as I knew I would be adding the jar ‘lid’ so I skipped a bit and that helped me extend the length of the stems a little. But I actually ended up cutting them short in the end as they didn’t look right as the longer length! Ah well.

I then punched the jar from the vellum. Stampin up vellum is a nice weight of vellum to deal with and I would not want to do this with a lighter one as it would not sit as well on the card and may curl upwards or not emboss well.

I stamped and embossed the lid. Now I know if the jar did have a lid you wouldn’t be able to put the flowers in but I decided on artistic licence because I needed some part of the vellum jar to not be see through so I could use that part and the part where the twine was to add adhesive.

So once I had heat embossed I added glue behind the stamped element and then added the flowers. I then also tied the twine round so it went round the flowers as well as the jar.

Now I wanted to raise them a little off the background so I added some scraps of cardstock behind the flowers and then a little behind the stems in the jar this allowed the jar to slightly angle as I had more dimension behind the flowers than the stems which I hope means that the jar is less likely to bend upwards as I am not adhering the bottom as such!

What I did do to add to this though was to place a sentiment on both the jar and the background to try and anchor it in place further down.

I then added the little gold flower sequins as embellishment and called it done! What do you think?

I’ve made a lot of cards using the jar of flowers combo and still get pleasure out of doing so … so you can probably tell this one is staying in the stash for a little longer!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Pick a Punch, Brilliant Wings, Chevron

Inspired by Jennifer McGuire… again

This card was inspired by this video of Jennifer’s and I wanted to use my Butterfly Brilliance dies to recreate it a little.

It was also inspired by the case that Michelle did of Jennifer’s original card … I don’t have a tiny thin frame die so just put a chunky one in instead!

Ok mine looks nothing like theirs … but they were what inspired me to create my rainbow background to die cut from and then add the white die cuts over the top.

So I created the background using Stampin Write markers onto mixed media card stock and then I die cut the solid shapes from the Butterfly brilliance. Then I die cut lots of the more intricate butterflies from the white card stock and stacked them up to give them dimension over the colourful background butterflies.

I took a piece of white cardstock and ran it through the chevron embossing folder then cut myself a black frame.

For the sentiment I added some rainbow washi onto black card stock and white embossed the sentiment. I then cut the banner shape and raised it onto foam to add to the card.

The card is a black base and this works well in framing the colourful butterflies and the monochrome base.

I decided to add some multi coloured bling from the stash as my finishing touches.

Love how this ended up. Not quite the brightness of the cards Jennifer and Michelle made but definitely had fun and pleased with the end result.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistically Inked, Ribbons, Splendid Stems, Splendid Thoughts

Thank you card

I always like to send thank you cards after Christmas although these days it isn’t really about thanking people for gifts … but still I like to acknowledge and thank my parents for their presence with us at Christmas and how much it means to us.

This is this years card.

I started out with the stamped panel of vintage French print which I stamped in cherry cobbler. This is a wood mount stamp and I got it a few years ago as a good mixed media/journaling type stamp. As I am assessing the usefulness of all my crafting supplies at the moment I wanted to see how well this stamped… and as it turned out well I thought it would work for a layered element on a card and this then became the thank you card!

I made the card base from cream and then made a layer slightly smaller that I could add as the background. I decided to ink up the Old paper embossing folder with what a sand for a light contrast to the texture.

To be honest I inked up the wrong side and also embossed the panel as portrait not landscape in error but as it’s not a distinct text and was just forming a background I decided it would be fine. Sometimes you just learn to live with these things!

I decided I wanted to use the Splendid Stems as the focal feature and also grabbed a piece of the wide striped ribbon from the stash to add some different texture.

The stamped stem I added colour using stampin Blends pens in cherry cobbler and then die cut the other stems from black and the Kraft.

I also added in a scrunched piece of Kraft which I had added some white pigment ink to just to add something a little different.

I then chose to use the Artistically inked set for the sentiment which I fussy cut out.

I did add some scrap card for dimension under both the background layer and the cherry cobbler stamped print piece but this is less raised than if using foam so a little more subtle.

Then I added pearls as finishing touches.

Whilst that’s taken a while to explain how I made it it actually didn’t take too long at all to make and came together very easily.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy Moments, Splendid Thoughts, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Tropical Hideaway

All the greens card

Todays blog post started because I found a piece of glossy photo paper I had obviously been using as a mop up from ink smooshing. It had been hanging around on the desk and I decided the day had come to play with it.

As you know I am assessing my stash at the moment for its future usefulness and also to make sure I get my use out of it so decided to grab this Tropical Hideaway background stamp and stamp it in black over the top of the inky background.

I don’t actually think I’ve got much use out of this stamp so prepare to see it a few more times as I want to have a few more goes with it before I think to get rid of it.

I love how the smooshed background works well at adding colour and depth to the leaves and with very little effort!

I then grabbed a couple of scraps of green and black to add the banners and the rectangle to add the focal image to.

I chose the splendid thoughts stamps and coloured the leaves with my stampin blends and then cut it out. I did choose to fussy cut as I couldn’t be bothered to grab the Big Shot and die cut it.

Next I added a little sentiment and embossed it in white on the black.

I decided the bright lime green Parakeet Party was perfect for the card base but did add a black base to the stamped background to frame it first.

Finished off with the black gems too.

Simple but I think a really interesting card especially as that glossy photo paper creates a nice different texture from my usual card backgrounds.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Fancy Phrases, Very Versailles

Mountboard panel card

I stumbled across a mountboard panel on my desk so decided to make an inky card using it as a topper.

I started with a blend of yellow and brown inks smooshed on to the mount board. Then using archival ink I inked up a large wood mounted stamp from the stash.

I then added some extra definition with watercolour pencils. I also added some more ink to the edges.

Next I decided to add a little bit of stamping in the background of the mount board with text stamps but only lightly so it doesn’t show so well on the pics.

For the card blank I used a cream card blank and a strip of Kraft card which I embossed using the Old paper embossing folder. I stamped the very Versailles stamp across the back and then the Fancy phrases sentiment.

Once I had it layered up I added some subtle sparkle with a few drops of shimmer ink.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas Greetings, Masks/Stencils, Promarkers, Letraset, Ribbons, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

UK stampers forum tag swap

I’m going to try to join in the UK stampers forum tag swap every month this year. I missed a few last year but I really enjoy making them so going to make an effort to keep joining in this year. So here is the first one ready to start the year straight away.

I used some of the gorgeous flowers and leaves from Creative Stamping magazine which I stamped and coloured a while ago and fussy cut ready to be used.

I added in a label die cut from the Christmas labels dies and this became the main focal image but I decided to do a bit of an inked panel in the background.

I used a claritystamps stencil and some distress inks and then added some splatters of water as a subtle finish.

I then used the Arrange a wreath stamps to add the green ring of leaves.

I decided to make this panel slightly smaller than the main tag so there is a little border. Then I cut the bottom part off so it is slightly shorter.

I stamped and embossed the sentiment. And fussy cut it out.

Next I added the little flower embellishments as a little bit of extra texture and the ribbon and twine to finish off.

Hope the recipient likes it as much as I do.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Ribbons

Happy new year!

Happy new year! Hope 2023 treats you well!

I’m diving straight into the new year with a patterned paper project to keep up with the monthly challenge even though Hazel has retired the blog I was a design team member on. I’ve planned out a bit for the year and decided my plan for this challenge of using up Patterned paper is to do fussy cutting out of 12 x 12 papers and use those to make up the cards. In prep I’ve already chosen 12 pieces of 12 x 12 and for some I’ve done my fussy cutting out already and popped them into pouches so they are ready for me to grab and work out what to do with them.

So this first one I grabbed a beautiful piece of the floral paper and set to with my paper snips. I did cut a couple of panels so I could still get to use the back of the dsp but this is the pile of bits left at the end of my fussy cutting session!

I know there are still some of those tiny flowers left but I didn’t think I would be able to make use of them even if I did cut them out.

So I ended up with a nice selection of flowers to play with … and of course that gorgeous herringbone patterned paper too. I knew when cutting it out I wouldn’t use all of it in one project but having them in a little pouch means that I have them ready to do other projects at another point.

So here is what I made. I went with a Cherry Cobbler base to the card and then just started playing and adding elements together.

As there is a black base to the florals I added in the black cardstock for the mat and the sentiment. I also added some white dots using a paint pen.

The ribbon is a black and white ribbon but I added the colour using my stampin blends so that it had got a cherry Cobbler hue.

Love all the dimension on this card. So pleased to get the first project of the year done and dusted and a piece of dsp all cut with a few additional flowers left to play with on other projects.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alpaca Pals, Emma Godfrey, Prismacolour pencils, Ribbons, Stitched framelits

2023 – budget and use my stash

Happy new years eve!

Thought I would pop on today and give you a flavour of what my crafty plans are for 2023 although clearly the title gives you an idea of what my plan is.

I have a lot of stash in my craft room and over 2022 I did start rationalising and getting rid of unlikely to use stash. I think I need to do that again and be really clear about what I NEED to keep, what I LOVE and can’t part with and what realistically is never really going to get used.

I also need to be a bit frugal this year as we have a lot of things as a family we want to save for … so apart from basic supplies like cardstock, adhesive and envelopes/card blanks … I have decided to say NO BUYING.

I think I could well end up caving but I really don’t want to at the moment as I have so much stash going unused it is silly to buy more.

Small confession in that I did spend a little Christmas money on Boxing Day so I do have a few new bits and bobs to use but my plan is no spend in 2023… so going to ignore that little splurge even though I’m still waiting for it to turn up!

So with this in mind prepare to see some old products and stash appearing rather than lots of new stamps and dies … hope this is not a disappointment to you dear blog reader!

Sure I will find some stash hidden away that I loved using and will find a new way to use it though so hopefully the projects I make will still be fun and not old fashioned! Lol!

So with that in mind I have a project to share today using old stash…. getting myself geared up for 2023’s challenge …

The stamped bird is a polkadoodles image I stamped and coloured probably about 5 years ago and never used till now… the dsp is old magazine kit paper again just sitting there in the stash…. the twine was gifted in a swap and has found its happy place on the card and the cardstock (with the exception of the black card base) were all scraps lying on the desk.

Finished off the inside with another of the birds and some scraps of the dsp on a white panel for writing on.

So here’s to 2023…. let’s be frugal and make good use of stash we already have!

Happy crafting!

Catherine