Butterfly Bijou, Design Team, Old Paper, Ribbons, Spellbinders

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies

Next month I have to start with 17th birthdays …. but there was one last 16th to celebrate and here is the card I made for Amelia. It also happens to be my design team contribution to Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies.

I went very die cut heavy on this one but I think it is very pretty. I also added quite a bit of texture using the Old paper embossing folder. The main dies are Spellbinders ones and then the sentiment is a Stampin Up one. I did double it up to give it more dimension. I forgot to take a picture with the 16 stickers on but they were in the top right hand corner.

The butterflies were fussy cut from the Butterfly Bijou paper.

I added wink of Stella to the sentiment but you can never really see that on the photos… but it does add a little shimmer in real life.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas Season, Cottage Rose, Forever Fern, Playful Alphabet, Ribbons, Splendid Stems, Splendid Thoughts, Stampendous, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

Happy birthday Mum

Yesterday was my Mum’s birthday and I wanted to share the labour of love that was her birthday card with you.

I had the idea that I wanted to do a wreath design as the main part of the card so I started by stamping lots of leaves from different sets in all the greens. I kept to mainly lighter coloured greens rather than very dark ones after all it is August not winter and wanted it to be bright!

I decided, even though these could be die cut, to fussy cut instead…. after all that is more relaxing and cam be done sat on the sofa…

Then I put together some on a circle to decide if the different styles and types of leaves went OK together… and decided as there were so many types and styles it did…. oh I also coloured in the images from Splendid Thoughts as they were outline images so used stampin blends to colour them.

I decided I wanted more but this time the die cuts from Splendid Stems as something to break up the images…

I decided this was a good mix of the delicate die cuts in solid colour and the stamped or coloured images.

Next to decide how to finish the card and I had a couple of ideas I tried out. By this time I had stuck the leaves together onto a thin ring of scrap paper so that was complete but all other elements are just placed in half finished form to give me an idea of how they look.

I was torn between keeping it green and white and adding in bright colours… bit went for the yellow as it is my Mum’s favourite colour.

So I found some yellow ribbon in the stash for a bow, fussy cut the Stampendous sentiment that I had stamped with blended yellow and coral inks, cut some more Playful Alphabets and coloured them with So Saffron stampin blends and added the little flowers I had bought in a pack from Hobbycraft many years ago.

Then to decide on the background … I went with a Kraft card base in 8×8 as I had one in my stash and the originally planned white 7×7 was a bit too small … but actually I think it frames it nicely.

Then I added a mount of the So Saffron cardstock.

The white base I decided to blend some So Saffron on and do some splatters of green and coral ink to complement the colours in the rest of the card.

I added a foam panel behind this to raise it off the So Saffron and then put foam behind the wreath and a double layer under the middle of the sentiment to support it.

This gives the whole card so much dimension. I love it!

Inside I added a panel of whisper white with some more blending and splatters with a panel of So Saffron on the edge. Then I added a little cluster of the leaves I had left over and added the little sentiment strip.

I decided to add wink of Stella to the mum letters to give them some sparkle and then called it finished!

A real labour of love… but my Mum is worth it!

Hope you like it too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Baked Texture embossing powder, Cottage Flowers, Cottage Rose, Masks/Stencils, Old Paper, Ribbons, Watercolour paints

Trellis stencil fun

Had a play with a little trellis stencil this weekend and made this cute card with Cottage Rose stamps.

I started with the stencil and put some versamark through it and then added Baked Texture embossing powder and heated it up. This left a lovely verdigris type colour and texture.

I then stamped the image in Soft Suede and then used some watercolour pencils to colour it in. When I had finished colouring I then die cut it.

I decided to add some inking to both the stencilled panel and the sentiment panel but decided the card needed more so grabbed some Crumb Cake and embossed it with the Old paper folder. Again I added ink.

I added the stencilled panel with foam underneath and then added some twine and some pearl gems to finish off.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

In the Pines, Peace & Joy, Ribbons, Tis the Season

More technique Christmas cards for swapping

Yesterday I shared cards made for a swap … well I made 8 in total but these ones I kept to a more traditional look.

I decided to use patterned paper, to add some ink blending and splatters and then stamping and fussy cutting to create the focal images.

I’ve been using the Christmas Season set a lot for foliage recently so decided to change it up for these and used the foliage from the retired Peace and Joy which has been a favourite set for quite a while but mainly for the words. So decided to give the other stamps a little more attention!

I stamped each leaf 4 times and chose a different ink for each leaf type (the Holly stamp is a pair of leaves so I ended up with 8 in total!).

I blended ink on the white panels in a slightly different way for each and then splattered with a darker ink. Then I made my little clusters of leaves.

I decided to raise each topper panel up on foam and then add strips of paper underneath the sentiment (from the In the Pines) set. I then added pearls to the images along with a little more stamping using the accent type stamp from the Peace and Joy set.

The patterned paper is from the stash and I love how these coordinating packs work well together. I then chose to use Cherry Cobbler as the base for the card blank.

I also added some twine to these two to add a different texture.

Hopefully the recipient in the swap likes the two different styles I chose to make up the 8 cards.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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

Funky Christmas cards

I’ve joined in with a swap to make Christmas cards using 2 techniques on the cards and here are what I made…

Now the backgrounds themselves are those Dylusions backgrounds I made years ago with Dyan Reaveley using Sprays and paints and stencils … so I guess technique number one is using stencils!

Then I heat embossed the amazing Snow Crystal background stamp in silver on to each of them. This is a stunning image nd embosses beautifully.

I then embossed the sentiment onto black four times and cut it out using the Christmas Greetings dies. On two I just kept it simple, but on the other two I added a little bit of the gingham ribbon to step them up a little.

On all of them I added the little iridescent snowflake embellishments to add some more sparkle.

I added them onto black card bases and inside I added a white panel onto which I stamped Merry Christmas in black to keep it simple.

Super happy with how these came out. Love the shine of that snowflake against the super bright and fun backgrounds.

Entering these into the Christmas in July Challenge at Dream Valley Challenges

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Baked Texture embossing powder, Creative Expressions, Masks/Stencils, Promarkers, Letraset, Ribbons, Splendid Stems, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

UK stampers forum tag swap

Was beginning to wonder if I would get round to making a tag or not for this months UK stampers forum tag swap … but then inspiration struck whilst playing with this months Creative Stamping magazine which I treated myself to this past weekend.

I stamped the floral image which was the reason I bought the magazine in the first place and decided to colour them in using soft yellows and greens and then fussy cut the image.

The magazine came with a stencil and so decided to ink through the stencil with versamark and then I was going to get a pearl embossing powder but spotted the Seth Apter Baked Texture rust powder and grabbed that instead … and wo was I happy with the result. I forgot how cool these powders were to play with.

I then grabbed some of the die cuts I spent an hour cutting from scraps the other day and layered those under the floral image.

I decided to grab the baked texture embossing powder and a scrap to make a little strip … but this time multiple layers of versamark and the powder to get the different effect and this went across the tag and under the sentiment.

Finished off with ribbon, twine and some pearls.

Love how easily this came together once the stencilling was done … it was like all the pieces were there and waiting! Nice to get a new stamp set to play with too … been a while since I bought a magazine and must admit I have a real thing about floral images at the moment.

Entering this into the Summer Flowers challenge at Sir Stampalot

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Indigo Blu, Pine Woods, Ribbons, Scalloped tag topper, Tidings and Trimmings, Tis the Season

Scraps to tags … Christmas

Yesterday I shared with you the 10 tags I made for the challenge of use scraps to make tags … well as the challenge is to make 20 tags I chose to also make 10 Christmas themed ones.

This time I started with scrap cardstock as the base and then grabbed the Christmas box and used papers I had already cut into and the images I had already either die cut or stamped and coloured on other projects and never got around to using.

I did have to stamp a few extra sentiments and the two stars for the Tidings and Trimmings set were new inags, but otherwise all of this was using bits leftover from other projects or things sitting on my desk

Hopefully the swap recipient likes what I made, I’m looking forward to seeing what I get in return.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Memories and More, Ribbons, Scalloped tag topper, True Love

Scraps to tags – Birthday

I’ve joined in with a swap over at Twinchies, Inchies and More over on Facebook and the challenge is to use scraps to make 20 tags… so today’s blog is the 10 I made which are birthday themed… well not exactly all birthday, but non-Christmas ones! Tomorrow will be the turn of the Christmas ones!

So this is my scraps type piles and folders … so I popped them all onto the desk and started creating … using the fabulous Scalloped Tag punch to create 2″ wide bases into tags.

Apart from the sentiments and the ribbons (although some of these were also scraps) the ingredients for these tags were all on the desk or in the scraps folders … and the sentiments were also stamped on scraps!

I am amazed I could make so many lovely tags just from bits and pieces.

I used some of the Dylusions backgrounds I refound a while ago and have been slowly using up for the bases for some tags, I also used Memories and More cards for a few too, along with cutting them up as embellishments.

I also used flower images from the scraps of the True Love dsp that I keep in a pouch for when I want a simple floral element or off the edge flowers… some of these I coloured in, and others I just left black and white.

Love how colourful and bright these tags are.

Join me tomorrow to see the Christmas themed ones.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Brilliant Wings, Butterfly Brilliance, Cottage Flowers, Cottage Rose, Creative Expressions, Designer Series Paper, Embossing Folders, Happy Celebrations, Ribbons, True Love

Getting creative with golf themed dsp

I am really trying to use up dsp I own and keep playing with different challenges. I think this started as a #sheetloadofcards template but to be honest I started it over a month ago so can’t remember now.

Anyway the plan was to make some masculine cards using this golf themed dsp I had in the stash … bit it didn’t exactly go to plan when I realised I had exactly zero golf themed stuff to make it into a proper themed card… so I went a bit off piste!

I hunted through my bits and pieces box and found this printed topper so this did work with the sports theme. I also added the letters from an old Papermania kit which made them slightly more restricted and masculine.

But then I gave up … couldn’t find anything that would work with the golf theme!

Fortunately for three cards I could avoid the direct golf theme as the papers are double sided and I could use alternative sides where necessary … and so instead I gave up on masculine and added butterflies from the lovely Butterfly Brilliance set.

The next two I opted to cover up the golf themed paper instead …

A complete cheat … but all I could think of to do given I had made up the cards originally thinking I must have something in my stash that would work… only to find nothing except that one printed sports element.

Ah well.. a set of fun and pretty cards using golf themed papers done and dusted!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Cottage Rose, Memories and More, Ribbons, Splendid Stems

Bits and pieces card

Today I’m sharing a card made with bits and pieces off the desk. Does anyone else end up accumulating lots of bits from random projects and then feel you have to leave them in sight otherwise they will ‘go to waste’?

So I have a coaster on my desk on which stamped images and die cuts and random embellishments live…

I just can’t bring myself to either file away or throw out these little bits and pieces. And for good reason… sometimes the perfect project comes along that needs these pieces. This card is one such project and absolutely every part of this was sat on my desk waiting to be used!

Firstly … Memories and More cards … they do most of the hard work! Cute birds cut from one card, the Happy is another card cut down as is the floral piece and the dark green background.

The sentiment is one of the prestamped ones from another project. The die cut leaves are either in Pretty Peacock and die cuts from the Splendid Stems set, or the white side of the Forever gold laser cuts.

The gem is from the stash and then the linen thread is the last from the spool that I had on the desk … I’m now in a major panic to get another SU order in as I can’t live without this in my craftroom!

Even the card blank was just sitting on the desk waiting to be used!

This came together in about 10 mins and I am really happy with it!

Happy crafting!

Catherine