Darcy, Ladybird book journal, Lawn Fawn, Oh So Ombre, Ribbons, Washi tape

Ladybird book journal

I’ve really got a thing for journalling at the moment… especially junk type journals. Well this was following s class that Lollipop Box Club’s Lisa is doing Patreon and I decided not only to follow the class but to make a similar themed journal as her sample/demo… a journal of things that make me smile.

I had loads of fun with an old Ladybird book, taking it apart (carefully) and then decorating it and putting it back together to make a journal.

I started with this second hand book which I bought off Etsy. I’d love to go to a second hand book shop in real life, but it’s just not possible in lockdown so etsy it had to be!

I carefully removed the pages from the book, it handily came out in three signatures and then added some gesso to the cover.

I chose some patterned papers to add to the signatures and then realised I needed to widen the spine so I cut the spine and added patterned paper to create the wider spine. I strengthened it to make sure it was going to hold and then went to town decorating the front.

I used a lot of scraps I had to hand some bits and bobs I had lying around. I included some things that are favourites of mine… bright colours, the Darcy heart, sari silk ribbon, tags, bookprint and glossy accents on the die-cut smile.

Then I bound the signatures in using the brightly coloured twine.

Really looking forward to working in this journal adding in the things and stories that make me smile. Not sure if I have mentioned on the blog already or not but my word of the year is smile so this seems like a good project to help me achieve my goals of bringing a smile to every day.

On this particular day (I made it a couple of weeks ago) what made me smile a lot was sharing the table to create with my daughter who was working on her textiles gcse work. I got so much pleasure out of watching her create.

These little pics may well need printing for inclusion on the first page of the journal in fact!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Fancy Phrases, Gummiapan, Pierced Blooms, Ribbons

Tag Thursday… pierced blooms and grunge

Today for Tag Thursday I actually have a video showing how I made this tag which is for UK stampers forum.

I contrasted the Pierced blooms dies with the grungy background. Love how it turned out!

Such fun to make and those dies are fabulous! Love them!

And that gummiapan is one of my favourite background stamps ever!

Entering this into the challenge of flowers at Challenge up your life

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Fancy Phrases, Itty Bitty Greetings, Ribbons, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, True Love

Happy birthday Auntie Margaret

Today I have a card I made using leftovers from the online craftalong I did with friends a few weeks ago, using a tutorial from another craftalong I did with a different group of friends!

Confused?!?

So my SU group did a team craftalong during which the lovely Sue showed us how to make a card with different layers and folds. It’s difficult to describe but it was a great project to make and I made my mother’s day card using it … but I can’t blog that yet.

Then a few weeks ago I did some online crafting with some friends using the True Love dsp and had some leftovers so decided to make a birthday card for my auntie using the papers and same colours of cardstock using up leftovers on the desk and some fresh card for the base of the card.

I love the true love dsp …. it is such fun to colour in! I chose to colour in three floral clusters and fussy cut them, and use two different floral backgrounds for the background papers.

I used Rococo Rose and Blackberry Bliss as the main colours of cardstock and coloured the images using Blackberry Bliss, petal Pink (with a touch of flirty flamingo) and cherry cobbler … I didn’t have stampin blends in the rococo rose unfortunately bit think the flowers worked well regardless.

I also used the Blackberry Bliss ribbon and the pastel pearls to finish off the card with Fancy Phrases sentiments (& Itty Bitty Greetings for one of them).

Super happy with the card and the little pops of green from the leaves also work well. Definitely going to try and do more fancy fold type cards from now on… they may be intricate to make but the end result is fabulous!

Entering this into the flowers challenge at Challenge up your life

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Beautiful Brocade, Birds and Branches, Birds and More, Chevron, Decorative Dots, Gorgeous Grunge, Honey Bee, Jar, Jar of Flowers, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Petal Palette, Petals and more, Ribbons, Studio Calico, Watercolor wings

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

Another month has passed so quickly… and it’s time to use up some patterned paper for Craftyhazelnuts challenge. I chose to do another one sheet wonder challenge.

I chose a graphic black and white paper and used the following template I had drawn up…

And I set to with the paper and black card to mat each layer.

Next I added some coloured cardstock as bases.

Then with white cardstock, ribbons from the stash and stamped images I made them up into fun cards.

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Stamps used… Watercolor wings, petal palette, Birds and Branches, jar of flowers, Honey Bee and Gorgeous grunge.

Also used coordinating dies for images where I had them and the accompanying dies for Petals and More and Birds and More for the added elements.

Love how these all came out!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

American Crafts, Festival of Prints, Junk Journal 2021, Masks/Stencils, Ribbons, Tis the Season

Junk Journalling- Christmas journal

A few weeks ago I made a signature for a junk journal as a Christmas journal. No rules for what I’m putting in it… except Christmas stuff!

So I used American Crafts and Making Cards magazine papers and some watercolour paper for the signature. I videoed making the signature in case you are interested.

Well I’ve now made a page and used a couple of pics of me from New Years Eve 2020 and part of a Christmas card I received.

I added the photos and bits of journalling tucked behind the Christmas card… and some embellishments made using gloss gel through a stencil onto the green paper.

Really happy with the finished page. I did video it again so feel free to go and see how it came together.

Entering this into the “red” challenge at Academy Scrap Art

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Oh So Ombre, Ribbons, Small banner, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Sweet Strawberry, True Love, Washi tape

Treat pouches

Last year I was shown how to make these little treat pouches and I love them! I made these ones for the lovelies who were joining my online craftalong this month and added little treats for them both.

I used the Oh so ombre dsp for the pouch and then added some flowers cut from the True Love dsp which I coloured using the Stampon Blend markers. I then added some dotty washi tape and the little bow of the Blackberry Bliss ribbon. Because the Oh so ombre paper has a different colour on each side it looks so fun with the contrasting colours and the fun flowers.

I added the embellishment of the sentiment punched with a retired punch just to finish off!

Such a simple but fun project.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Berry Delightful, Ribbons, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Sweet Strawberry, Washi tape

Tag Thursday… UK stampers forum swap tag

My final project for UK stampers forum this month is the decorated tag… so of course that’s my Tag Thursday project for this week!

In keeping with the other swaps I made for UK stampers forum, I used the Berry delightful dsp, although the tag itself was covered with bookprint and gesso for the actual base.

I added strips of the paper and then an ATCoin I had covered with the paper. I chose the flower stamps for the main stamped images and coloured loosely with the Stampin Blends and cut them out.

I then stamped the sentiment and the panel with the sentiment I added some washi tape underneath to give some contrast.

I finished the tag with the gems and a bright red ribbon from the stash… a lovely fun project and I think a pretty tag!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Pick a Punch, Itty Bitty Greetings, Prismacolour pencils, Ribbons, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, True Love

True love dsp online craftalong

Last night I had fun crafting along with my friends using the True Love dsp.

The plan for this session was to enjoy colouring in some images and then assembling the cards around these images as the True Love dsp is perfect for fussy cutting and for colouring in with the black and white floral images. The plan was also for us to make six cards but we only managed 3 so will be having another session next Thursday to do the other three.

Here are the samples I made.

The first card is quite dramatic with the stripes and diamond patterned paper that is the reverse to the floral and is balanced by the large flower cluster. I chose the lovely Petal pink colour for colouring in and using as the accent colour with the twine and cardstock. I used Stampin Blends to colour this one. I chose to use Itty Bitty Greetings on all my cards as sentiments, either embossing in white on black or gold on white. I also embellished with black matt dots for this card.

Next card is a very busy daisy like background with little strips of the reverse patterns. This time I chose prismacolour pencils to colour in the image. I added the Blackberry Bliss ribbon and a nice bow to finish this one off. The colours on the pic have come out a little strange as the flower is less neon in real life but even so I love this card with the contrasts.

This one is more subtle than the previous that’s for certain… a small image from the same paper as the background fussy cut and coloured (Stampin Blends) makes a nice embellishment and I raised it on dimensional to sit above the ribbon that wraps the card. This time I chose the Pastel Pearl’s for embellishment.

Entering this in for the challenge at GET CREATIVE

I love this next card… possibly one of my favourites from the set. This time I chose to only colour the green elements and leave the rest white and black. I then chose a similar looking flower from one of the papers and fussy cut that, again only colouring in the leaves. I added the twine for embellishment under the flower and mounted the panel on soft sea foam and then the Rococo Rose. I added the sentiment as a banner and the pastel pearls for further embellishment.

OK I know I said the one above was my favourite… but this is the one that it competes with as most favourite! Terrible English I know, sorry about that! This time I fussy cut the floral element I wanted to colour and used a waterbrush and the Blackberry Bliss ink pad to add some colour to the flowers in the centres and the Old Olive for the leaves/ stem.

I then chose the same paper as a panel but gave it a hand drawn border with with Stampin Blends and panel of soft seam foam for underneath. I laid them wonky and added a twist of the ribbon under the floral focal feature. I added the sentiment right in the middle and embellished with the pearls.

Really can’t decide which I prefer out of those two.

Finally this one I went mad with colouring in. This paper was so busy but I thought a small piece of it fully coloured in would be fun… I used stampin blends in cherry cobbler, blackberry bliss, petal pink and just jade to colour it in and it looks so rich… just love it.

The bottom piece of dsp I also added the petal pink colour … a reminder that all dsp can be coloured in not just the image based ones!

This time some simple white twine and a single pastel pearl did the job to finish off. This is a very different card… but fabulous in its own right!

Love this set of floral cards with the dramatic black and white and the beautiful colours of Petal Pink, Rococo Rose, Blackberry Bliss and Soft Sea Foam… a lovely combo.

Also really enjoyed the colouring in time… so relaxing!

The kit I put together had lots of leftovers after these projects… so look out for more projects using them up… not just the little tag I shared yesterday! Plus of course these are the samples I made… I did slightly change them on the evening for these three versions…

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Itty Bitty Greetings, Ribbons, Scalloped tag topper, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, True Love

Tag Thursday… True Love Dsp

Today I have a quick tag I made using scraps leftover from the card making zoom session kit … what card making zoom session… well the one I am hosting tonight. When making up kits, I portion out the supplies for the attendees and myself as a sample kit, then make the cards and then play with the leftovers… I aways give enough supplies so there are leftovers to play with. Well this time there are a few projects I made with leftovers, but one was this cute little tag.

I backed the dsp with some card and then cut to size and punched it out. I find just punching dsp means the paper tears when you add the ribbon so like to back it in cardstock first

Then the flower was an edge piece from one of the pieces of dsp left over … perfect size for a little tag.

I coloured it in using my Stampin Blends.

In real life the colour match on the flower and the Blackberry Bliss ribbon is much closer but for some reason the colour looks pink on the picture. I added the sentiment on a tiny scrap of cardstock and then the matt black dots and the scrap of ribbon to finish off!

Loved the cute tag and it will make a perfect added element when sending some Happy mail in the post.

Entering this in the pink/red challenge at Get creative

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Carabelle Studio, Darkroom Door, Distress oxide ink, Flowers for every season, Junk Journal 2021, Ribbons, Tap tap tap, Washi tape

Pockets for junk journals

Today I am sharing a couple of junk journal envelope pockets that I’ve made for a swap… I also made one for my journal, but I will share that another time.

Here is the first one I made… with Paris and flowers and Monet as the inspiration.

The starting point was the pretty peach envelope and then some floral paper from the stash. I also found some scraps of other papers that went well with the colours. Then I chose some French postage stamps and that made me go with the Paris theme. The quote was already printed out and so I just needed to cut it up and ink it. I created a little folded area and on the back panel I used an eiffel tower die cut to draw the shape and watercoloured it with black watercolour pencil. I then found the printed sentiment and thought it worked well.

Inside I made a little card and carried on the theme with the flowers and bookprint, also adding the strip of gold ribbon and another quote.

The reverse of the pocket I used these monet themed papers and some bits from a magazine and the die cut I was gifted in a swap to create the floral cover.

The reverse of the card I went with more of the monet themed paper and sentiments and stickers and a bit of the leftover envelope to keep the colour theme going.

I also added the little punched heart that was on the desk.

The second envelope pocket started with lots of stamps and bookprint…

I went with a postal themed pocket and the kraft section with the envelopes opens up to show underneath but I forgot to take a pic.

For the card in the pocket created by the envelope I added the piece of gelliprint I had embossed and added it using stitching, again with a bit of the gold ribbon.

The reverse of the card I added inking and the cute Dylusions dog stamped image.

The actual envelope I used had some lovely pattern to it. I decided to cover the very obvious picture of a Swan which I wasn’t keen on using and used some patterned paper, and book print. I then used a printed image I had been gifted as the main focal image.

Hopefully the recipient likes and can make use of the pockets in their junk journals.

Entering this into the Anything Goes challenge at Crafty Creations

Happy crafting!

Catherine