Amazing Phrasing, Cottage Flowers, Dylusions paints, Dylusions spray inks, Indigo Blu, Masks/Stencils, Memories and More, Ribbons

Our amazing princess

Today was GCSE results day for my princess. I am writing this blog post ahead of time as I know that she will have done an amazing job on her GCSEs and at this point we will be out celebrating before packing for a holiday!

I know we will be proud of her regardless of the actual results so I made a card a few weeks ago in readiness …

I used a Dylusions background (promise there aren’t any more left from the stash I made years ago … might actually have to have some inky time sometime soon to make some more! 😀 )

I also used a Memories and More card, another dylusions background cut down and a die cut ring. Then I added some flowers I had stamped and fussy cut out, some black die cut leaves from the Cottage Flowers set and a ribbon.

I chose to then add a sentiment from the Amazing Phrasing saleabration set and finished off with some black gems.

Inside I added a strip I had cut off the background and a remaining flower onto a panel of white as I had chosen a black card base.

Just love this… if I get a chance I will edit this to add in the actual results… but if I don’t get a chance just know we are proud parents regardless!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Edited …all 10 GCSEs passed, she’s happy, we are happy and of course very proud… but then we already were… just have papers to explain one of the reasons why!

Forever Fern, Forever Greenery, Masks/Stencils, Splendid Stems

Texture and Forever ferns

Played with some blending onto white cardstock and then added some stencilling with iridescent modelling paste.

Then I went to town with Forever Fern stamps and a few different coloured inks. I decided to make it into a card for my friend’s who recently got engaged (I unfortunately couldn’t go to their party 😔).

So I then cut a few of the bowl shapes from the Splendid Stems dies set and created a bowl of foliage.

I added a little organza bow and some pearls to finish off.

Not 100% sure about the placement of stencilling, think it might have looked better more central under the bowl of foliage, but love the final card.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Jar, Masks/Stencils, Ribbons

Stencil and scraps play

Hello! More playing with scraps of cardstock and this time a stencil and ink.

This time I grabbed a piece of scrap and after inking the Aall & Create stencil with some ink I spritzed it with water and then pressed the scrap onto it so it picked up the inks.

I trimmed it down into a panel and then decided on how to turn it into a card.

I decided to grab some cardstocks that worked with the stencilled piece and then stamped some flowers from a Creative Stamping set. I coloured them using my Stampin Blends.

I then fussy cut them out and then decided they needed a vase to put them in so grabbed some scrap, punched a jar and inked it with more colour to the right. Then I wrapped it with twine and added a little bow.

I decided to emboss a sentiment and then added some gold sequin flowers as embellishments.

I layered the jar and flowers with some foam and then the main panel with foam.

Love the dimension and the effect that the stencil added to the paper … a lovely watercolour effect but with the pops of white.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Creative Expressions, Happy Moments, Masks/Stencils, Splendid Stems, True Love

Bonus stencil background card

So I made a card that involved lots of ink on a stencil, so I put the ink to use by spritzing with water placing the stencil onto card and running it through my Big Shot to transfer the ink.

Of course this is glorious and required using!

I decided to use some die cuts I already had cut from scraps choosing a rainbow of colours and different shapes and placed them in a circle cluster… but then decided what I needed to use was a black and white flower from True Love dsp (I’ve nearly used all of this up now and not sure what I will do without these trusty flowers to turn to!)

So fussy cut a few flowers and stuck them in the middle with the rainbow of leaf die cuts coming out from underneath.

Because I hadn’t used blue for the leaves I decided that should be the mount for the sentiment that was the tiny sentiment from Happy Moments.

A few little gems and that was a perfectly pretty rainbow themed bonus card!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Brilliant Wings, Butterfly Brilliance, Creative Expressions, Lawn Fawn, Lawn Fawn stamps, Masks/Stencils, Stitched framelits

Stencil play inspired by Martin

Hello!

Todays card was actually inspired by Martin from a Christmas card he made … my result is very different but I think you can see where the inspiration came from.

Look at the colour on this!

I am so pleased with this one I have to admit. So I started with a square of white cardstock and inked it up using a rainbow of colours… the tip to this kind of inking is to keep adding more and going back and forth with the colours so they blend and a decent amount of ink is laid down.

Then I laid the stencil over the top (think this is a Claritystamps stencil) and went back over the colours again adding more yellow where the yellow is, green where the green is etc.

Then when the stencil is removed you get the stencil pattern darker than the background.

This does leave a fair amount of ink on the stencil … so I sprayed it and then ran it through the Big shot to adhere the ink … hey presto a second background created … put this aside for now but sure it will make a pretty card sometime soon!

Back to the actual card… Once I had trimmed it down a little I decided to make a mini shaker and to add a black and white butterfly as the main feature … to be honest I just wanted to enjoy the background! Lol!

I ended up watering down some black gesso and splattering and then die cutting and stacking lots of the black squares to make the shaker element. Then I added some of the die cut stars I had in a pot on my desk and added those both inside the shaker and added a few on the outside too.

I used the Butterfly Brilliance stamp and die to create the butterfly and then grabbed the Lawn Fawn stamps and dies for the sentiment.

I mounted the panel onto another piece of black then onto a 6×6 card blank.

Love how this came out … so vibrant and fun. Looking forward to creating with the bonus panel too!

Entering this into the Anything Goes with Stencils challenge at Happy Little Stampers

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress oxide ink, Joy, Masks/Stencils, Peace & Joy, Stitched framelits

Two for one type of cards

I knew I wanted to use the snowflake stencil but I wasn’t entirely sure where to start but decided to emboss through it and then ink smoosh with my distress oxides. As always when ink smooshing I mopped up the ink with some glossy card stock. Love the effect this has on glossy cardstock and it is always fun to end up with two different pieces to choose from. I ended up using the same stencil to also add some ink through onto the glossy card.

I decided to make both into similar cards so cut the panels down into 4×4 (think the darker one is 4.15×4.15) and then set them aside.

I had black cardstock die cut squares on the desk already so I used them to ground the focal image and chose to add a laser cut snowflake, and then the Joy from Peace and Joy (still an absolute favourite stamp set).

I did die cut the bottom layer of Joy from a scrap of the Soft Succulent vellum I had to hand so that has a slight colour to it but it works with the colours of distress oxides I had used.

I chose to stamp the to the world sentiment in the oxide Blueprint Sketch as I had used that in both of the backgrounds and it seemed the right level of brightness.

I then finished them both off with gems, silver for the dark card and these funky blue ones for the other.

Wanted to share these close ups so you can see both the shine of the glossy cardstock on the top one, and also the texture of the embossing on the bottom. Both so pretty especially the way the oxides work when they have reacted with water.

Lots of pics there… hope you like both projects. I can’t decided which of the cards is my favourite… how about you?

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Dylusions paints, Dylusions spray inks, Forever Flourishing, Masks/Stencils, Playful Alphabet, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

Dylusions birthday

I decided to once again grab a Dylusions background … but this time it is the last one so there won’t be more of these bright and funky backgrounds to share unless I have a fun inky session! This time I went for a pretty and fun birthday card.

After trimming the green background down I added it to some yellow card to give it a frame and then using foam I added it to the card blank.

Next I die cut some foliage from some Cinnamon Cider and Petal Pink cardstock. Next I stamped and fussy cut a large floral image from an old Creative Stamping magazine set. I’ve not really used this set much and it is beautiful so may have to put it to good use again soon.

I coloured it quite loosely using my Stampin Blends in Petal Pink, Granny Apple Green, Just Jade and So Saffron.

Next I die cut the letters for Happy from the Cinnamon Cider and stacked them up three times to give more dimension. I then stamped the Birthday from Biggest Wish using More Mustard.

I added foam under the floral stamped image and also under the birthday part of the sentiment so this really has a lot of dimension.

I finished off with the gold flower embellishments from the stash.

It feels so good to have finally used up all those backgrounds made so long ago. So pleased I could find a use for them and could find a way to mix up my crafting a little.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Amazing Phrasing, Cottage Rose, Masks/Stencils, Stitched framelits

Playing with a stencil and blending tools

Hello! Welcome to my blog and todays bit of creativity is my playtime with a stencil and a blending tool.

I created this gorgeous little card using an old Stampin Up stencil and some ink … I kept it quite simple to be honest in terms of the stencilling … nothing too taxing… just did some simple inking through the stencil to the right hand side of the card blank. After removing the stencil I then inked around the area I wanted to place my focal cluster to give it some depth and then splattered some rose gold shimmer ink to give a bit of shine but you probably can’t see that in the pics unfortunately.

Next I added a white die cut. This hangs off the edge a little but as this is a slimmer design card blank (approx 9cm wide) it still fits in the usual envelope.

I then decided on my focal images and went for a Creative Stamping magazine kit I got a week or so ago with the cute daisy type images. I decided to colour them using my blending brushes rather than colour in with pens or paints…

… this gives a nice soft colouring blend. I then fussy cut them both out.

I added them adhering with Pinflair glue gel to give some dimension without having to add foam and then turned to the sentiment. I chose to ink and emboss the Woo hoo! From the Amazing Phrasing set but manipulated the stamp so it was on a curve rather than straight. Then used the same Calypso Coral to ink the background which gives it a bit of a gradient. I then fussy cut that out, again adding with the pinflair to give some dimension.

The Happy birthday was from the Cottage Rose set as its a nice simple font.

I decided to add gems but wanted some colourful ones so coloured them with my stampin Blends markers so they give a little pop of colour.

Really happy with this. The stencilling in the background really just adds some fun pattern without taking over. Love being part of this design team to remind me to use my stencils more often!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas to remember, Dylusions paints, Dylusions spray inks, Masks/Stencils, Snow Crystal

More Dylusion Snow Crystals

I’m still working my way through using those Dylusion backgrounds I made years go at a class with Dyan Reaveley… only a few left after todays project I am sharing with you.

I am basically doing a similar design to the cards I shared last week (or thereabouts) where I embossed the Snow Crystal background stamp but this time I changed the powder I used to a white glitter one. I rarely use this powder as glitter isn’t usually my thing, but I thought this stamp was the perfect one for a glittery finish!

I decided to go for square 5×5 cards so cut the Dylusions panels down to 9.5cm square (I had originally thought to do 13.9cmx9.5cm panels for an A6 card but changed my mind… hence the cm sizing!)

Two of the cards I mounted onto the black panels, and two I decided to emboss the card blank front using a snowflake embossing folder.

For both cards I used sentiments from the Christmas to Remember stamp set … I love how varied these sentiments are.

Once again I chose to add the iridescent snowflake embellishments to finish off.

Love these and glad I decided to make more using those backgrounds for my own stash as the others went to the swap recipient.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Dylusions paints, Dylusions spray inks, Gummiapan, Indigo Blu, Jar, Masks/Stencils

Dylusion funky flower card

I am still working my way through things on the desk and trying to clear the decks a bit. I find whilst products are on my desk, or half used supplies, I can’t seem to settle on new stuff until I’ve used it up. I constantly want to grab for the same stuff.

In this case it is these Dylusions backgrounds. I’ve had them for years bit now seems to be the time to put them to use or get rid… and that is just not an option!

So I grabbed a couple of them that were more decorated than most with added doodles and some black edges. I added more black with a bit of black stamping (Gummiapan alphabet text stamp) and also grabbed a smaller piece of one and did the same on that).

I added black around the orange piece and then some white dots to make it coordinate.

I mounted the smaller panel onto the top of the other and then looked around for more supplies to finish this off.

I settled for some flowers stamped and fussy cut (again these were already stamped on the desk from some other Christmas themed projects) and then punched a jar from black scrap cardstock to turn it into a feature.

I decided Cinnamon Cider was the perfect card base colour so used a half sheet of that to make the card blank. It wasn’t a full sheet so I felt fine in then also stamping onto the bit left over to create the sentiment which I then fussy cut out and added to the card with a bit of foam in the middle so it had dimension.

Quite a funky and mixed media style card. Love it!

Happy crafting!

Catherine