Alpaca Pals, Masks/Stencils, Splendid Stems, Splendid Thoughts, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

Offset background play

A little while ago I saw a video from Jennifer McGuire showing this technique of offset strips to make a cool background. I have tried this technique in the past and thought i would have another go but this time in a blue/green colour scheme.

This time I stencilled the white over the inked background rather than stamping. I also die cut the shape at an angle so the stripes don’t go vertically. I also added some white paint splatters to add a little brightness to the white as the white ink is quite muted.

As much as the background is lovely it is the focal image that I love most about this card. I used the fabulous Splendid Thoughts set and my Stampin Blends to colour the images.

I love how they turned out. I added a couple of die cuts behind each image to stack them (real Jennifer style!). The bowl shape I die cut from the blue cardstock but gave it a very heavy wink of Stella covering to make it very shimmery.

I finished with the gems to add more shine and a sentiment using Alpaca Pals stamps.

I mounted the background panel onto some blue cardstock and then the card base was made from a pale lilac cardstock from the stash.

Love this card so much. The background I wasn’t 100% happy with at the time but by the time the focal image went on it looked amazing!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Biggest Wish, Distress oxide ink, Emma Godfrey, Gorjuss, Masks/Stencils, Promarkers, Letraset, True Love

Found a background on my desk!

So I found this background I had made a while ago and left on my desk, and decided to make use of it and make it into a card…

I grabbed some of the True Love dsp flowers and a small section of the reverse pattern and this made somewhere for the Gorjuss girl to stand.

I coloured the girl using my promarkers using colours from the background and then added some foam so she has some dimension.

I added the sentiment which is a mix of the Biggest Wish and the Emma Godfrey Paperartsy stamp and then some gems to finish.

A very bright and fun card with the black cardblank to finish off the modern funky look.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Design Team, Masks/Stencils, Spellbinders, Splendid Stems, Splendid Thoughts, Stitched framelits

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies

Hi there!

Today I have another design team contribution for you; my Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies one.

Todays card I used the gorgeous iridescent medium through a stencil I got a long time ago (no idea of brand sorry!) But haven’t used for a while.

I used a palette knife but wasn’t exactly careful so it did seep through the stencil in a few places but as the iridescent finish is so pretty I don’t care!

I had cut the panel to be 15mm smaller than my card blank as I wanted it to have a good border around plus this meant it fit nicely in the stencil area.

I had to let that dry for a while so I didn’t smear it or lose the dimension so I started creating the top cluster I wanted for the card.

I stamped and embossed in silver both the larger leaf image from Splendid Thoughts and the Happy from Biggest Wish. The die cut leaf I then added some colour to using a few colours of pinks and purples and the blending brushes.

I had a die cut circle on the desk already so I decided to ink that up too with the purples.

I stamped the birthday in Perfect Plum and then fussy cut that. Then I grabbed some die cuts from scraps in pinks and purples for adding to the cluster.

I felt it needed something else though to ground it and so die cut a Wreath from white using a spellbinders die. I die cut it twice to give it some more dimension.

Then I clustered them together and adhered them to some foam so they would sit nicely above the texture of the background.

Before sticking them down, and once the texture medium was dry I splattered some purple ink as I felt it needed some splatters to finish it off!

I added the top panel onto more foam to then add it to the card blank and then added the gems I found in the stash.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Baked Texture embossing powder, Heffy Doodle, Masks/Stencils, Promarkers, Letraset, Ribbons, Splendid Stems, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Washi tape

UK stampers forum swap tag

Hello… I played with some Creative Stamping magazine stamps and die cuts and made a rainbow themed floral tag for this months UK stampers forum tag swap and I love it! โค๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿค

I started with a kraft tag that I had previously embossed with the Baked Texture embossing powder using versamark I had added to a stencil and then popped through the big shot to apply the ink. I’ve had this on the desk for the last few months as I actually did this way back in July! I decided however I wanted to play bright rainbow so added the wide rainbow washi tape, then decided on what image I wanted to use. I actually ended up using an image from Creative Stamping magazine kit that the stencil came from as it had the right number of flowers to make a rainbow of flowers.

I coloured the flowers in using a mix of Promarkers and Stampin Blends and then fussy cut it out. I added foam underneath and added the long thin die cuts from Splendid Stems underneath cut from white to add contrast. Then I decided on a simple die cut Hello for the sentiment.

For embellishment I chose some mirror card candi … if you closely enough in the photos you may glimpse me taking the pics because they are that shiny! I also chose the black and white gingham ribbon for trim as again it ties in the black and white for on the tag against all that bright colour!

Hope you like my rainbow themed floral tag.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Masks/Stencils, Prismacolour pencils

Halloween themed monster card

Tonight I have a house full of teenagers having a halloween themed night … so I decided to dig through the folder of images that were already stamped and coloured. This includes images that I no longer own the stamps for or were gifted from swaps. I think this particular monster image I have had for several years and coloured using my Prismacolour pencils. It is good to get some old stash used occasionally. This monster ended up being a Halloween themed card!

I fussy cut it out and then decided to add a stencilled background as I remembered I had some Tim Holtz Halloween stencils.

I decided to just stencil a small patch in the middle and then flicked both the orange ink and some purple ink splatters. Then I stencilled the word Boo as well using the Black Soot ink.

I then added a little foam under the little monster so there was just the smallest amount of dimension and adhered him in place. Then I added the glossy accents to his eyes too.

I finished with three black gems from the stash.

Love how this came out.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Creative Expressions, Distress oxide ink, Happy Celebrations, JOFY, Masks/Stencils, Playful Alphabet, YouTube video

JOFY flower card

On Sunday I had some fun playing with some supplies I had to hand… and I videoed it and yabbered along whilst I was crafting … just for fun!

This is the resulting card.

The background is one I made with embossing over the blended background d and then black ink added to create a resist effect.

I then added die cut leaves in a mix of autumnal colours. Then I cut out the flowers I had stamped and coloured with distress oxides onto peachy cardstock.

I made the sentiment using the Playful Alpabets in the white to create a space to add in the green letters (die cut inlay). I then embossed the rest onto some Calypso Coral cardstock.

Finished with the white sequins.

Love how this turned out and really enjoyed my crafty playtime.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Brushos, Masks/Stencils, Ribbons, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

Crafting to distract!

I’ve been a bit poorly so bought myself a crafting magazine kit to cheer myself up and decided to play with it and see what I came up with to try and distract myself from feeling ill.

It actually took me hours to make these five cards as I had to take breaks and my brain wasn’t exactly working well but chuffed with the final results.

The kit included an embossing folder, stamps, dies and a stencil plus lots of papers. I ended up playing with brushos, modelling paste, blending, stampin blends alcohol pens and had fun.

So this first one was a panel of white, embossed, ink blended and splattered and then added the ribbon and some white die cuts. Love the champagne glimmer ink splatters and centre to the flowers.

The second one took me a bit of thinking on how to use the poinsettia flowers I had coloured with brusho but I spotted the dl card blank and figured it was perfect for a panel of the paper and then the flowers with the white die cut sentiment.

This one took a while to do colouring in all the embossing.. then added gems, pearl accents and the die cut sentiment onto the embossed sentiment.

And this one using the brusho trees … I kept it quite simple in design adding all the lovely silver decorations to the tree and the sentiment as the “trunk”. Entering this into the challenge at TIME OUT CHALLENGES

And finally…

And it might just be the favourite of the set!

The background panel has the modelling paste and then the images were die cut from a couple of brusho panels I painted. That silver sentiment just finishes it off perfectly!

An odd selection of cards but I enjoyed all the playing with the mixed media.

What do you think? Which is your favourite? Mine is definitely the last one and then the tall slim card with those brusho poinsettia.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Baked Texture embossing powder, Design Team, Designer Series Paper, Digital stamps, Gummiapan, Heffy Doodle, Masks/Stencils, Time for Tea

DT: Creative Knockouts… embossing fun

Hello! Todays blog is another design team contribution for Creative Knockouts using a gifted image from our sponsor All Dressed Up.

I chose to use the Little Fishes image and to print on mixed media cardstock and watercolour with SU inks. Love how it came out. I decided the image was a little bit large for my card though (I should have printed it smaller!) so did chop off the edge a little.

The theme for this challenge is embossing fun so I grabbed a stencil and a piece of cardstock and using versamark through the stencil, then adding the fabulous Baked Texture embossing powder I created the panel of splashes. This has a lovely texture and mix of colours and is a lovely way of adding something special into the card.

I also chose to emboss the die cut birthday which makes it into a lovely dimensional glossy embellishment.

I did add a panel of dsp in the Tahitian Tide too and put all those elements on a pale green card blank. The cardblank was A4 size but I trimmed it down to 6×6 and then used an offcut to die cut the Happy letters. I did think it needed something else whilst I was putting it together so die cut the cloud from Gummipan as a final element.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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! ๐Ÿ˜€ )

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 ๐Ÿ˜”).

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