Category Archives: Art and crafting styles

Whale of a Time one sheet wonder

Whilst doing the zoom crafting sessions with my friends I hadn’t got quite enough supplies to make the same cards up… so I used the Whale of a Time dsp and some coordinating cardstock. I die cut some elements that I thought would work as seaweed too.

Here they are…

Love how fun and bright they are!

A couple of the sheets of paper are perfect for cutting apart and so I could use the whales and turtles as focal points.

I also added in some linen thread on a few.

Card 1:

Card 2

Card 3

Card 4

Card 5

Card 6

Card 7

Card 8

For all of them I used the sentiment from the From all of us stanp set.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Crafting with friends forever greenery

I arranged a couple of zoom crafting sessions with friends and sent them all a kit to make this project… a one sheet wonder using forever greenery dsp and lots of lovely die cuts.

We had great fun crafting and the ladies all made some amazing cards… these were mine!

Will be doing a Christmas version in a couple of weeks too… looking forward to it.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Another one sheet wonder using winter frost and wreath builder dies

I have another one sheet wonder to share using the long since retired Winter Frost Dsp. This time the paper was a lot darker and bolder than the other ones I shared previously. This led to me wanting to add vellum to add a lighter touch to the cards.

Here is the cutting guide I followed…

… and here are all but two of the cards I made.

The remaining three panels (1,3,4) are the 4×4 panels which when they have a mat are too big for these a6 size cards. So I will share those another day!

As you can see they turned out to be quite busy cards with the embossed vellum adding a second pattern as well as texture!

I decided to steer away from stamped images completely and just use coloured cardstock with the white to create my wreaths. I mixed up the different wreath styles and added in foliage and flowers.

I chose to use either Basic Grey, Smoky Slate or White card blanks and cut them lengthways so they open on the left and stand easily even in this landscape format. I also backed most of the panels with a panel of basic black to give a lighter edge to the vellum panel.

Card 1: to be shared another day

Card 2: I actually turned this into two cards…

Card 3: to follow another day

Card 4: to follow another day

Card 5:

Card 6:

Card 7:

Card 8:

Card 9:

Card 10:

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Card 13:

Card 14:

I love the Wreath Builder dies so much but must admit I also added some of the dies from the Forever Flourishing set too just to add some variance to the foliage on the wreaths.

The sentiments were both from the retired Good Greetings stamp set.

I loved adding the pop of pinks on these cards and also how the vellum over the patterned paper on some cards gave it a different look.

I went through scraps of ribbon to make teeny tiny bows for the wreaths too and added the little adhesive snowflake sequins as a little added embellishment.

I chose for those not mounted on white card blanks to make an insert for them… I did this using one sheet of white to create four inserts. I stamped in a cross and then cut it into four parts and then trimmed it down so they were slightly smaller than the card blank.

When I share the three remaining cards I made from this OSW I will link back here so you can see them all.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Stampin Up Sunday: fancy phrases inchies

Today I have another swap project I made to share with you, this time using the Fancy Phrases stamp set to decorate some inchies.

The inchies are actually cut from the backing board from a foil sheet set … it’s quite thick and good for creating these little pieces of art.

I made these for the UK stampers forum swap.

I stamped them using soft suede ink and then edged each inchies with the same ink to frame them.

Then I used my Prismacolour pencils to add some colour to the flowers and leaves. I love the sketchy nature of these flower images, means no precise colouring is required.

I finished them off with some wink of stella which is difficult to photograph but think you can just about see in the pic above.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

UK Stampers Forum swap… Bee Happy Coins

Another day, another set of coins. This time my coins are for the UK stampers forum swap.

I decided to use the Peace and Joy stamps to create backgrounds and then the Honey Bee stamp for the focal element.

I started with a base of Fresco finish paints in Jade and then stamped and embossed the Happy stamp all over the background. I roughed it up a little to add additional embossing.

I then splattered Amethyst paint, and painted some scrap with the same colour before die cutting the honeycomb.

I also stamped another of the happy sentiments onto the amethyst card.

Then stamped and die cut the bee and glued all the layers together. Then I added a gem onto each of them.

I love how the embossing works in the background with the mix of the Matt and shiny finishes.

Hope the recipients like them too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

I got your number AT Coins

Today I’ve got some fun coins I made for my Artist Trading Coins swap group where the challenge I set for this month is “I got your number”.

I decided to create my AtCoins starting with a base of Fresco finish paints and stamping Paperartsy images. I added some torn papers adding more stamping and paint.

Then I took my Indigo Blu clock stamp and added those stamped pieces and the sentiment. I finished off with some die cut numbers and a gem for each coin.

I love the contrast to the coins with the complimentary colours.

So here are my “I got your number” coins. Hope the recipients like them too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Tell a story stamped ATCoins

Today I have a swap I did in September where 4 coins had to be stamped.

I chose myself the theme of “Tell a story” using sentiments from an Alpaca Pals stamp set and the background using the Fancy Phrases stampin up set (that slipped into my basket on my last order!).

Each of the coins was stamped with versamark and then coloured with water colour pencils. I wanted each coin to have a different colour but kept the colouring quite simple and loose.

I then added the glittery washi tape and a scrap of dictionary paper before adding the stamped sentiments.

I added little gems to each coin to add sparkle.

And finished each off with a black edge to frame them.

Really happy with these coins. They aren’t challenging, but I think look quite beautiful!

Hoping the recipient likes them too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

UK Stampers Forum swap… fancy phrases coins

Another day, another set of coins… this time for UK stampers forum swap…

I went with a bit of simple stamping using the beautiful flower stamp from Fancy Phrases.

I started with base painted with Cheesecake and Prawn fresco finish paints. Then stamped in sepia archival. I then added a little more paint using the cheesecake and guacamole to define some of the Flowers and leaves.

I also added some sparkle with the shimmer ink and splattering it all over them.

I decided to add a strip of washi tape and the sentiments which I’d stamped on prawn painted cardstock.

I also added some gems I found in the stash.

Love how delicate these are. They are sort of vintage with a pop of modern with the prawn and the glitter.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Blue AT Coin swap

I took part in a pocket letter swap and received an amazing one made by Karen with the Boho Indigo kit. She was generous to also include lots of extras in the back.

I decided to create my artist trading coins for the Artist trading coin swap where the challenge for this month is BLUE using some of the bits and pieces Karen had gifted me.

I layered up the vases and added some of the leaves and then layered it onto coins I had painted with fresco finish paint.

I added the hello sentiment using gold pen to edge the sentiments.

I used the same gold pen to add dots around the edge of the coins.

I finished off with sequins and added some wink of stella to one of the leaf die cuts in each coin.

Love how these came out.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

One sheet wonder… vintage Peace and Joy

Hello!

Another one sheet wonder to share with you, this time using am old piece of patterned paper I was gifted which has a vintage feel so I teamed it with browns and creams and used the fabulous Peace and Joy stamps and dies to decorate.

Used a similar one sheet wonder as the one I shared last month using the Merry Moose stamp set but changed up the first card as I made an error when cutting and also added the slim panel for 5 into card 3 as I made an error putting them together thinking there should have been 4 strips not 3!

I mounted each of the panels onto the Early Espresso coloured coredinations card (I’ve found a stash of this in one of the boxes in my craft room so was happy to use it again). Then created panels using cream laid paper and very vanilla cardstock.

Once again I went to town with embossing and added some ribbons from the stash on most of the cards.

The focal images of the Peace and Joy set I did in a few different ways. Either I stamped them in Mossy Meadow or Soft Suede and then added a layer of die cutting. With the very narrow dies I generally layered them so they were two or three tall. And the glimmer paper came out again just for a few bits. And yes there is glitter everywhere as a result. (I will never buy it again… so must use up my stash and get rid of it!)

So here are the close ups…

Card 1

Card 2

Card 3

Card 4

Card 5 (entering this into the distressing challenge at Mix it up challenge blog)

Card 6

Card 7 (entering it into the add sparkle challenge at Craft rocket challenges)

Card 8

Card 9

Card 10

Card 11

Card 12

Card 13

Card 14

Card 15 entering this into the die cutting challenge at Always fun challenges

Love how they all came out and think that the Peace and Joy bundle is one of my favourite ever sets for versatility. It just works so well for creating features as well as little elements such as the holly leaves which create lovely embellishments.

Creating all these cards probably only took about 3 hours if that! You can get in a nice rhythm and almost do it as a conveyor crafting session … paper and card cutting, then stamping, then die cutting and fussy cutting, then sorting layouts and choosing ribbons, then embossing, then adhering. Or at least that’s the way I did it. So ideal if you are a last minute Christmas card maker and haven’t started yet.

I can really recommend the Peace and Joy bundle. And at ¬£42.50 for the bundle it’s not a bad price considering the versatility.

Happy crafting!

Catherine