Biggest Wish, Happy Celebrations, Tidings and Trimmings

More new Christmas goodies … but a bit of a different project!

Yes I bought more new Christmas goodies to play with… I bought the Tidings and Trimmings bundle (and dsp) but I must admit my first play I went off piste and made a birthday card!

The card was very much inspired by the card Martin shared but I went crazy with stars and of course added in the Biggest Wish stamps for the sentiment and the Happy Celebrations too.

I used a range of pink and purple themed cardstocks and ink to created the card using the dies and stamps and then brought in the pop of turquoise with Coastal Cabana card and ink to provide a contrast.

Love how those dies look.. so pretty and can’t wait to create more.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Merriest moments, Merriest moments, Merriest moments

New Christmas goodies

A quick play with new Christmas goodies from Stampin Up… the fabulous Merriest Moments bundle. Created this card on my first play.

Went for a slightly unusual colour combo… Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral and Just Jade… but think it works nicely.

It was just a little play using scraps from the scraps box.

Love the texture from the embossing folder and the die cut panel. Also those flowers and leaves are fabulous.

Looking forward to playing more with this.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Jar, Jar of Flowers, Watercolour paints

MIA again… quick little cards

So I’ve been very much MIA the last couple of weeks. Firstly a holiday and also been super busy with work. Today I managed to tidy the craft desk a bit and made some cards using gifted papers from a swap (thank you whoever sent these… they are so pretty) and Jar of Flowers stamped images I had stamped and coloured some time ago.

The photos don’t show the glitter and metallic elements so much but these cards were quick to put together and it was good to just get something made. Going to leave them without sentiments for now and maybe add sentiments another time when I am deciding to use them.

I’ve managed to sort a pile of small scraps out too so likely to do some die cutting soon to get some bits done and dusted ready for projects but for now… this is me done. Hopefully will get some time to finish the Christmas in July challenge and also play with new Christmas goodies I’ve got ordered (some have been delivered!).

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistically Inked, Biggest Wish, Expressions in Ink, Picture perfect birthday

Happy birthday Mum

I made a swing fold card for my Mum’s birthday which we celebrated yesterday using the Expressions in Ink suite.

I love this paper and the effect the stamps create plus the die cut leaves I adore… although only used a tiny amount of this time.

I decided to use kraft card blanks as the base and I die cut the opening using the largest of the stitched shapes square dies.

Once I had sorted out the mechanism I then sorted out covering the panels with the paper and the central swing piece too.

Next it was time to get stamping. I used the Pale Papaya and the Pear Pizazz inks and stamped lots of the middle sized flower and small circular piece and the leaves and then die cut them out.

Next I stamped the sentiment in the Pear Pizazz and the Birthday from Biggest Wish I embossed in gold. I then fussy cut each letter carefully.

I also die cut the leaves from the piece of kraft I had cut out for the mechanism and from white I cut the floral piece.

I then started assembling.

I cut up the white floral piece so I could have a few white leaves on the central panel, then the rest of it I used on the envelope along with a strip of the paper.

I added a stamped and mat and layered sentiment in the middle panel and created one (not shown) for the final panel to add my message to Mum.

The sentiment is from the Picture Perfecy Birthday set.

I finished off with some of the gold glitter gems to add some more sparkle.

A really special card for my Mum!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistically Inked, Biggest Wish, Brilliant Wings, Butterfly Brilliance, Design Team, Pierced Blooms

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

Another month, another one sheet wonder for the Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge.

I designed my own template to make 8 cards using one piece of 12×12.

I had a lot of fun using the Pierced Blooms and also added piercing to some of the cardstock panels too.

Used one of the butterflies from Butterfly Brilliance stamp set … and loved the jaunty angle.

Pulled out the Artistically Inked stamps too to create the background on some and the focal image/ cluster on others. I also used both the Biggest Wish stamp set and an old stamp set for the sentiments.

The panels that were 1 inch wide (plus one of the 1.5″ strips) I used on the inside of the cards to add some decoration there too.

I loved playing with these papers which I got in saleabration in 2020 and then different stamps to decorate.

Off to see how everyone else got on using their patterned paper this month!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Pick a Punch, Merry Moose, Ribbons, Scalloped tag topper, Tis the Season

Christmas in July challenge 11

Todays challenge I went with adding a creature… and of course my creature had to be a moose! I love moose at Christmas time … and love the Merry Moose stamps and coordinating punch.

I started with some more of the Tis the Season papers and decided to do another fun fold card that Sue Boothby taught me how to do.

It is sort of a card in a card type of thing with a cute side ribbon closure.

I constructed the card base first with white cardstock and then added all the patterned paper… remembering to sandwich the ribbon on the top panel and behind the back panel.

Next I stamped and punched the moose and sentiments etc. and added them to the cards.

I then used up the leftovers to make this card… I did a faux patchwork effect with layered panels and some faux hand stitched lines.

I added the final bit as a tag and the punched moose as the top embellishment.

Love using up strips as banners inside the card too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Junk Journal 2021, Lollipop Box Kit, YouTube video

Journal page… all about Chuck

Sat down and did a bit of journalling in my 2021 journal. Did a page about Lucky Chuck (rest in peace little hog). Used a mix of supplies from Lollipop Box Club kits.

It was an unplanned and pulled from many collections type of page … love it!

Considering doing a bit of a purge of the boxes that are almost finished and putting them into one organisation system… stickers in one place, die cuts in others… what do you think? At the moment I have no grasp on what is left in some kits and could do without a big pile of boxes on my desk.

Oh and if you are interested I did film this page being put together… here is the link!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress oxide ink

Travel themed postcards

Four travel themed postcards was the challenge… oh and an added element make sure they include one inchie!

Here was my attempt…

2 portrait, 2 landscape… all with parts of an atlas as a background!

I actually will confess that I originally forgot the inchie challenge and made some very flat and not as interesting postcards originally and that when I remembered the Inchies part and started chopping them up I was much happier with what I made! Lol!

I chose a few stamp sets from old Creative Stamping magazine sets to create the main images of different types of transport and created fun pieces that I chopped into panels and then added the inchie elements on top. I either added glossy accents of embossing to make those elements stand out and really had fun just creating.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Pick a Punch, Paper Pumpkin - Joy to the world, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Tis the Season

Christmas in July challenge 10

I used more of the Tis the Season dsp again for today’s Christmas in July challenge where I decided the challenge would be fancy fold!

My current favourite fancy fold is the swing fold style that my lovely friend Valerie taught me. I decided to experiment with a few different shapes but had fun creating four cards with 2 different themes.

I decided to use the red sides of the papers mainly and then used some leftover bits and pieces from the Paper Pumpkin Joy to the world kit and some cute penguins from an old card making magazine.

I used bits and pieces of leftover paper to decorate the envelopes and the inside of the cards.

I also used some gems to finish off the cards too.

Swing fold cards, once you get the hang of them are pretty easy to make and lots of fun to choose how to decorate them. Plus they use up more papers… so it is good when you have a lovely collection of papers like the dsp stacks to work with.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Pick a Punch, Paper Pumpkin - Joy to the world, Peace & Joy, Pine Woods, Stitched framelits, Tis the Season

Christmas in July challenge 9

Todays challenge is trees … after all one of my favourite things at Christmas is Christmas Trees.

Last year the In the Pines bundle included this fab die that cuts the inside sections of the tree and didn’t really use it much. I decided to cut the card blank with the die and put the dsp behind onto the inside of the card.

I decorated each with some banners and some random sentiments. I also added the glitter gems.

The papers from the Tis the Season work so well together and I love the traditional colours.

The joy of this kind of card also means the inside of the card looks lovely… and is begging for decoration too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine