Forever Flourishing, Playing with patterns, Ribbons, Scalloped tag topper, Wreath Builder

Tag Thursday… wreath builder meets everything is rosy

Today’s tag… I’m thinking Tag Thursday may become a regular thing… is actually two tags using the lovely Playing with Patterns paper and a whole host of die cuts I had cut from scraps of cardstock.

So it started as a pile of small scraps (less than 2″ wide) which I did a mammoth die cutting session to end up with a whole pile of die cuts. I used forever flourishing, everything is rosy and wreath builder dies to create this little pile of loveliness.

Next I took another couple of scraps of Purple Posy cardstock and cut it into 2″ strips and punched them to create the tags using the Scalloped Tag Topper punch. I then added the dsp.

I chose different green sprigs and then the purple posy large flower and some of the Bumble bee smaller flowers to make a pretty cluster on each of the tags.

I decided to emboss an old sentiment from the stash and cut a little banner sentiment to sit over the flowers. I also chose some cord from the stash for the top.

The finishing touch was to add the little enamel gems.

Love how these little tags came out… a and check back tomorrow to see the matching card I made.

But first my little snippet of life… tiredness is still a thing I can’t quite shift and the last few days of work have been super busy. Crafting in an evening on a work day currently out of the question as the two things mentioned above don’t make a good combination. Hence no blog post yesterday. In other news the brown hair looks fab and cheese is still my healthy eating nemesis … but hoping that the cheese bake I ate for lunch is the last of the Christmas cheese fest!

Oh and after checking with a friend how old her son was I worked out hubby and I have been together for 18 years as of yesterday… both of us forgot yesterday, but with the help of working out how old our friends son is (she was pregnant when we got together) we now know! So well done us!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Fancy Phrases, Flowers for every season, Lots to celebrate, Promarkers, Letraset, Ribbons, Scalloped tag topper

Tag Thursday – Flowers

Today I have a tag I made to accompany a gift I was sending to a friend.

It’s been a mentally tiring day today so I won’t blather on for long. Yesterday evening, not long after I posted, my body gave in to fatigue again so certainly didn’t end up on the wii fit! Managed a much better night’s sleep last night though so woke feeling better.

Unfortunately waking to the news of what went on in Washington yesterday didn’t help my mood. My view… well hoping that blog readers will agree and I don’t end up with scary messages as a result… that man needs arresting, and/or committing! He incited that and I am worried for the future for those in the US who want to progress and remain a sensible democratic country. OK politics over… back to the crafting and the pretty tag I made!

I used my scalloped tag topper punch to create it, with the gorgeous Seaside Spray cardstock. Then I added a strip of the Flowers for every season dsp.

I also added a the band across the tag with the reverse of the same dsp (always the handy thing with SU DSP is the coordinating reverse!).

I decided to use a sentiment from Lots to Celebrate and then the small flower sprig from Fancy Phrases.

Both of these I stamped in night of navy. The flowers I added a little bit of additional colour using promarkers.

I added the gems and some little white dots using a paint pen to outline the sentiment panel.

The ribbon for the top is from my bag of scraps. A bit like my quest to use up patterned paper I am on a similar quest with ribbon – I have a massive amount I just need to use up!

Now to head to bed and hope that tomorrow’s news may be better and calmer.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

JOFY, Prismacolour pencils, Ribbons

UK stampers forum swap – stripes (tag)

So today was the first day back at real work after a month away (covid and Christmas) and although it was a bit anxiety raising my lovely team made me feel fab within minutes of starting the day. Feel so grateful I work with such lovely people.

Anyways, I thought as I attempt to blog daily I might include a bit more of real life in my blogs, not just craft… what do you think?

Let me know if you want me to shut up about real world in the comments below.

As I type this I am waiting for the groceries delivery … well it is a Gusto meal delivery thing rather than the boring supermarket shop … and thinking I should really be doing something good for me like exercise … but hey I’ve eaten healthy all day exercise too would just make me a saint right? So instead I’m lying on the spare bed doing this and having a bit of a chill out.

The crafty sharing today is actually something I made between Christmas and New year knowing that once I get back into the swing of work that the likelihood of crafting time would significantly reduce!

And now… the crafting bit!

I’ve gone a bit stripes mad with my UK Stampers Forum swap this month…

… I had strips of cardstock leftover from other projects so it was a good way of using them to create a fun background.

After laying down the stripes I added some paint pen dots. I also stamped, embossed, coloured and fussy cut some Jofy circles to add to the background out of some of the scraps.

On separate piece of cardstock I then stamped and embossed the JOFY stamp. I decided to add some coloured pencil colouring to it before fussy cutting it out.

I added the flower and then chose some gems to add and the gingham ribbon from the stash.

This turned out great… and I made some coordinating coins too which I will share on another day and, unless I am sent loads of messages to stop, i will also share another peek into my life.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Beautiful Brocade, Everything is Rosy, Forever Fern, Itty Bitty Greetings, Ribbons

Finishing my PHD’s … Projects half done

Yup I’ve spent some time digging into the Projects Half Done box and finishing them off.

Most of these were made about 3 months ago but never stuck down or with sentiments added… and then put away in the box as I needed to tidy up and so forgotten about.

I think they were a project using a template to get the most out of 6×6 patterned paper, but to be honest I can’t really remember. But it is using the fabulous Everything Rosy kit and then a few different sentiments either from Itty Bitty Greetings or Forever Flourishing.

So I ended up with seven cards in total… all lovely and all different! And boy does it make a change from all the Christmas themed projects I have been blogging about!

There are two where I took close ups to show a couple of fun things off…

This first one … the reverse of the little doilies I added into the cards… these were coloured with bright colours on one side but white on the reverse… perfect for adding to any project regardless of colour scheme. Also on this photo Love the rose gold foil elements!

And this second close up shows the embossing I did in the background of the card using a pearlescent embossing powder… how elegant is this? And works perfectly again with any colour scheme! Might try this technique again where there is a lot of white space behind the main card topper. Helps that the stamps coordinate with the papers of course!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Heartwarming Hugs, In the Pines, Itty Bitty Greetings, Merry Moose, Ribbons, Scalloped tag topper, Tree punch

Tags and trees

Some more Heartwarming Hugs dsp cards and this time using up scraps to create fun tags as the focal features…

Both of the tags were created using strips of the leftover papers and then adding a punched out tree for the final bit of decoration.

I used up bits of papers that had been cut up and leftover from all the other projects and love how they look all together like this.

I also created a few other tags using a similar technique.

The moose and the tree were leftovers from the class and then loved adding the glitter glue for the moose ones too! Sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.

And finally one more card with again, leftover bits and pieces… an easel card using the final bits left on the desk… looking forward to working with some different papers in the new year!

Hope you’ve enjoyed these Heartwarming Hugs dsp cards and tags.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Peace & Joy, Ribbons, Scalloped tag topper, Wreath Builder

More scallopped topper tags…

Another set of tags made using old papers and lots of little die cuts…

The papers and cardstock have been in the stash for a long time… Time to get it used.

I decided to use the Wreath Builder flowers and some leaves cut from lots of little scraps.

I then added the sentiments and some gold pen for adding accents and some doodles.

Loved making these cute tags for the Christmas gifts and as most were made using scraps or leftover pieces of paper it felt like an efficient way of doing some Christmas projects!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Pick a Punch, Banner Year, Heartwarming Hugs, In the Pines, Pine Woods, Ribbons, Scalloped tag topper

More heartwarming hugs and In the Pines cards

Today I have some more cards made using the Heartwarming Hugs dsp and the In the Pines stamps and dies.

These are the cards I made as a starting point for designing the card making class. Some of these made the final cut… but with some different papers in some cases! And others I decided against … still love them, but decided they weren’t the ones for sharing with the group.

Entering this first card into the Tartan and Plaid challenge at The male room

Adding this next one to the Red and Green challenge at Cuttlebug mania

Entering this into the Christmas trees challenge at CRAFTING HAPPINESS

Entering this next one into the anything goes challenge at CRIMBO CRACKERS

Loved playing with these papers, stamps and dies. Think these trees would also look fab with very different colour schemes… like pink and turquoise or black and white or dare I say it… glitter!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Emma Godfrey, Peace & Joy, Promarkers, Letraset, Ribbons, Santa's Suit, Scalloped tag topper

Scalloped Tag Topper punch cuties

This time I went for some cutesy images for these random tags… they were ones that didn’t really get a theme in terms of colour or paper… So instead used an old Stampin Up set called Santa’s Suit to add the focal images.

I mean … Santa in a onesie! And those cute elements of his suit. Super cute!

I added some washi to the long pink one and each one got it’s own personality! Cute!

I still have one more set of tags waiting to be finished so there will be at least one more post with those on before Christmas day! Really need to come up with creative ways to use up more of the paper stash though as really do want to get through more of it so I can justify getting new stash for next Christmas season!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Peace & Joy, Ribbons, Tim Holtz

DT: CHNC: use the word Merry

I think word dies have become my thing this past 6 months and so when I saw the challenge for CHNC was to use the word Merry I grabbed the sizzix Tim Holtz dies and die cut the word Merry. But then I went to town using patterned paper and paper piecing to create the background for the card.

I chose papers from an old Making Cards magazine set and embossed the image onto three of them. I then layered up the images using the turquoise and blue as the main colours for the image, leaving the red to the background. Sort of a funky reverse type colour scheme.

I then layered up the panel with the two other colours of paper. I added the ribbon to add some different texture and then added the die cut on top.

I finished off the card with the Peace and Joy stamped image embossed onto the red cardstock with the panel of blue to add a frame.

Super happy with how this came out… a bit of a labour of love to cut out the little pieces but at least the shapes were easy to work with.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Emma Godfrey, Forever Flourishing, Ribbons, Scalloped tag topper

Scalloped Tag Topper punch pt 3

More tags for you… this time using papers from the same making cards magazine set… but with different coloured tags…

First the crumb cake ones which look so pretty with the white background loose foliage type patterned paper…. then the green tags with the darker coloured paper.

I chose to accent both sets with die cuts from the Forever Flourishing set and also the two darker ones I added vellum leaves that were from my stash.

Using the sentiments from a Paperartsy set I embossed them using both silver and white powder.

Finished them off with twine from the stash!

I have more tags to share at some point but not quite finished them off. Will share when I do! But seriously these tags are so easy to make with the punch and cute to decorate in all different ways with minimal supplies. I’ve mainly used scraps and leftover bits for all of the ones I have shared so far!

Happy crafting!

Catherine