Cottage Flowers, Ribbons

Scraps on the desk

So today’s card was made with scraps that were just sitting on my desk.

If you recall I made a card using the larger die from the Cottage Flowers dies and I wasn’t entirely sure how useful this die would be if you didn’t get the dsp from the Abigail Rose suite. Well I had some bits from that project still sitting on my desk and I realised I could just use the bits that don’t coordinate with stamps to create my own little cute spray of flowers and leaves…

I stuck them onto a piece of dsp that wasn’t on the desk … then stamped the sentiment onto a scrap of white. Decided to use foam to lift the Sweet Sorbet panel up and used a scrap of navy ribbon to sit behind it.

I decided I might as well use the leftover Sweet Sorbet cardstock to create the cardblank…. jobs a good’un!

So maybe this die might get used again after all! Still looking for other ways of using it as although the dsp on super pretty I just don’t need it so trying not resist buying it.

Happy crafting !

Catherine

Distress oxide ink, Embossing Folders, Indigo Blu, Lacy Brocade, Merriest moments, Old Paper, Pierced Blooms, Ribbons, Sheena Douglass Embossing Folders, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Stitched framelits, Tim Holtz

Kendra’s card challenge #3

Yet another batch of Christmas cards made using the templates and guides from Cards by Kendra. This time I used the one for challenge number 3. You can find all the details at Kendra’s blog.

This particular template makes 16 cards from base of 6 pieces of 6×6. I used papers from the Indigo Blu magazine kit I got last year, admittedly they are double sided so for some of the card layouts I chose to turn over the paper and use the reverse. It definitely gave me more options when I was designing how to finish the cards.

I learnt from last time to not add too many other pieces of cardstock too so I could reduce the weight of the cards.

Here is the full lot…

I used a few different shades of cardstock in the pale blue and greens along with the shimmer vellum in Evening Evergreen. I mainly used images from the magazine kit of stamps or those printed on the paper kit. Occasionally I added die cuts either as part of the sentiment or leaves for the flowers.

I chose to use the die cut snowflake embellishments on quite a few too … sometimes the iridescent side, sometimes the matt side. They worked well with the papers and the feel of the cards I think.

I did a lot of embossing too… this added texture and worked well with the grungy nature of the papers. Especially when I chose to add ink too.

Thoroughly enjoyed putting these together, the whole set took a good few separate sessions over the course of a few weeks. I particularly enjoyed colouring those Holly leaves and berries, although the fussy cutting less so!

Creating these also made me want to do more with the Merriest Moments embossing folder and get the dies and stamps out for that bundle too… so maybe that will be the next set of Christmas cards …. unless another set of papers and one of Kendra’s challenges tempts me first.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Joy, Merriest moments, Paper Pumpkin - Joy to the world, Peace & Joy, Ribbons, Sheena Douglass Embossing Folders, Stitched framelits, Tidings and Trimmings, Tidings and Trimmings, Tidings and Trimmings

Kendras card challenge #2

I enjoyed making the cards for challenge #6 so decided to make another set using an older template… template #2.

I chose the Tidings and Trimmings papers and stamps and dies for the main focus… but ended up adding other bits and pieces in too like the shimmery vellum and the sparkly speciality paper… I can never resist going a little mad with those fab Peace and Joy stamps and dies either and felt a big word was perfect as the focus of a few of the cards.

Here they all are…

I make the cards in stages…. cutting, then putting the pieces into labelled envelopes, next the layers of cardstock are cut and added to the envelopes. Then I stamp and cut lots of embellishment pieces so I have a little pile to use. Then I start to assemble but not always finish the card topper (I make these as card toppers first before I add to card blanks/make card blanks). Sometimes I just add layers to the paper pieces and add a few bits into the envelope and come back as I know I want an additional element like a ribbon, or sometimes it comes together immediately with everything to hand. But at least this way I get to just do them a bit at a time and 14 cards isn’t too overwhelming to deal with!

As the template is for US sized cards I did have to fiddle a little with the sizing of the final layers to make it fit the UK size cards but it worked fine. I made the card blanks out of Cherry Cobbler cardstock as I had loads of it and then inside added a white panel and some more dsp strips or panels and a little stamping. They were all different but only took one pic of the inside…

Envelopes again I kept simple with some little banners of dsp leftover from the inside panels and that was all!

So another 14 Christmas cards made. Must admit these were a little heavy because of all the extra cardstock so maybe need to remember this and try to gut the layers a little next time.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistic, Banner Year, Biggest Wish, Christmas Greetings, Design Team, Playful Alphabet, Ribbons, Venetian Romance

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Good morning! Time for another design team contribution… this time the Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge.

I decided to make a thank you card for my parents and went for bright and cheery and the gorgeous Artistically Inked dies.

When I bought these I thought I would be using the floral bouquet all the time, but have only used it occasionally so far… so it seemed a good idea to grab it and get it used!

I teamed it with some lovely bright dsp I’ve had in the stash a long time (I used it a few months ago for a birthday card for my friend so I figured I would use some more again now!

And kept it light and easy with white die cutting etc.

I added some twine and gems to embellishments but made the card a little more fun by decorating the front, and the inside with a fold back.

I die cut the YOU from playful Alphabets three times and stacked them to give dimension.

Then added a panel back in of white so I had somewhere to write my message.

I used an strip of the paper leftover to decorate the envelope and one of the remaining leaves for the decoration!

Love how this turned out… I especially like anchoring the die cut in the panel of white… I think that works well.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Avery Elle, Ribbons, Washi tape

UK stampers forum tag swap

Hi… I have a tag I made using one of those leftover toucan images from the papers I used for the Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge I sharee yesterday. I’ve entered it into the swap at UK stampers forum.

So the rule is that there has to be stamping so I decided to create my own background for the tag using stamps from an old Creative Stamping magazine. The different tropical leaves work so well with the toucan image. I then added some of the remaining paper as a strip along with a piece of yellow washi that I thought added some additional colour and brightness as I had chosen a craft tag for the base.

Next I added an orange circle (again leftover from the cards I shared on the 1st) and then layered the image onto some foam so there was dimension.

Next I chose the sentiment and stamped and die cut the Avery Elle using an orange ink. I then embellished with some black heart die cuts which I added the black wink of Stella to so there was some shimmer and contrast.

I finished off with scraps of yellow and black and white ribbons and twine to coordinate with the tag.

Hope you like it. I think it is a fun to use images such as this in different ways.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Arrange a Wreath, Biggest Wish, Birds and Branches, Birds and More, Gorgeous Grunge, Peace & Joy, Ribbons, Stitched framelits

Happy Easter – upgrading and repurposing

Happy Easter… whether you are a Christian or just enjoy the chocolate eggs I wish you all the best this Easter!

Back in July 2020 I made a One sheet wonder using some yellow dsp and used the Birds and Branches stamps for decorating a card…

… well I’ve never got round to using this card and I’m trying to work my way through existing cards so I grabbed this one and upgraded it and repurposed it into an Easter card for my parents.

I added some additional stamping in the background adding Calypso Coral and Pear Pizazz. Then I stamped and embossed in white on some Pear Pizazz cardstock the Happy from Biggest Wish and the Easter from Arrange a Wreath in Calypso Coral onto white.

I added these sentiments on foam with the scrap of green and white twine behind. Then added the gems to add some bling.

I think this is a nice upgrade and also good to repurpose the card and get it used!

We are off to see my parents for Easter lunch today so hopefully they will like the bright and cheery card.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Jar, Jar of Flowers, Ribbons, Watercolour paints

UK stampers forum tag swap

Today I have the tag I made for UK stampers forum swap this month.

I used some lilac cardstock and then added stamping from the Very Versailles stamp set. Next I used a strip of the paper I have been using from Making Cards magazine this month. I tore it and inked it before sticking it down.


I then stamped and watercoloured the Jar of Flowers stamps and fussy cut the flowers out and punched the jar. I added these to the tag with some paper twine around the top.

I then stamped the sentiment and added that too.

Then added ribbon and some glossy accents as added texture.

Love this cute tag.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, For My Family, Forever Greenery, piercing templates, Ribbons

Happy 16th birthday to my princess

I’m writing this ahead of her day but still in disbelief it has been 16 years since my baby girl arrived. So proud of the woman she is becoming. Love her to the end of the earth (even although occasionally she drives me insane!).

Here is the card I made for her.

Green has become the colour of choice of late and we have just finished decorating her room with green panel effect wallpaper and light green walls. So I decided to use some of the last pieces of the Forever Greenery dsp I had in my stash and the gold die cut to create this 7×7 card.

Of course the Biggest Wish stamps got used… and some foam stickers for the large 16 in the middle!

I added some hand sewing and some lace (to reflect her love of sewing and textiles) and the fussy cut leaves reflect her wish to have lots of plants in her room (albeit fake ones as none of us are good at looking after plants).

I added foam between some layers so this has plenty of dimension and a white string bow to add more texture!

The inside I took some of the remaining paper and some of the die cuts to create a panel. Again a bit of sewing and sentiment stamped to finish off.

The envelope I kept really simple… just paper down one side.

So happy birthday dearest Maya … hope you have a fabulous birthday. We love you lots xxx

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Pick a Punch, Brilliant Wings, Crafters Companion dies, Design Team, Itty Bitty Greetings, Playful Alphabet, Ribbons

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with dies

Hello! Back with another design team project … this time my Mother’s day card which I can share as my Mum doesn’t read my blog! Lol!

This is for the Anything Goes with Dies challenge over at Happy Little Stampers.

I actually used the paper left on my desk from the projects I shared the other day using the cover die with the little blocks. But went extra special with this card because of course my mum deserves extra special!

So the cover die I die cut from the patterned paper and mounted it on white. I think it looks like a pretty trellis. Then the focal image I mounted onto Mint Macaron that teams perfectly with the papers. I then grabbed my Butterfly wings dies and cut the two layers for the butterfly and some flourishes using the Crafters Companion dies.

I then grabbed the Playful Alphabets dies and cut mum out 3 times to stack them up.

Next I stamped and embossed the sentiment from itty Bitty sentiments and punched out the banners as two layers.

I also punched three hearts from the remaining pink cardstock. I added glossy accents to the hearts and wink of Stella to the sentiment.

I found some white seam binding and added a bow to the bouquet.

Inside the card I added the panel of paper, another embossed greeting and a small butterfly.

I am sure my mum will like this pretty card with all the details on it!

I’ve actually made up another of those cover panels from the leftover bits from this project but not sure what to use it for just yet so sealed it in an envelope to keep it safe with the other leftover bits of paper.

Hope you like what I made and you join us at Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge blog.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Ribbons, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Tim Holtz, Wreath Builder

UK stampers forum tag swap

This month I joined in the UK Stampers Forum tag swap and used the remaining papers I had pulled out for the Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge design team contribution.

This time after adding the papers for the background I grabbed my Tim Holtz stamps to add a stamped cocktail.

After stamping it, I coloured it in and cut it to size, mounting it on to some peach coloured card.

I added stitch effect doodles around the edges of panels and added the die cut circles and leaves I had in my little box of die cuts. This just added some extra zing to the whole thing.

Next I stamped and cut out the Happy from the Biggest Wish stamp set and stamped hour using little alphas.

I added some card candi to the top and some snippets of lace and ribbon.

Then I decided the glass needed to have something else to finish it off… glossy accents! Perfect!

A fun and bright tag for this months swap! Hope the recipient enjoys the fruity cocktail vibe!

Happy crafting!

Catherine