Christmas to remember, Colorado Craft Company, Natural Prints, Nature's Prints, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Peace & Joy, Pine Woods, Stitched framelits

OSW with a difference

To be honest this project has taken me weeks as the current heatwave in the UK has well and truly zonked me out! I’m not really built for this kind of weather and my craft space is the hottest room in the house! Anyway… it started as playtime for the new Colorado Craft Company stamps and coordinating dies I bought …

and then I wanted to use 12×12 sheet of dsp slightly differently as a OSW!

So I started by cutting the paper into 9 4×4 squares and then played with diecutting using the Stitched Framelits to create different shapes and designs for 6 of them and then the Pine Woods dies for the other three. I did end up with a few circle frames od dsp left at the end but otherwise very little waste from the dsp.

The main feature of course is the word stamps and dies which I am very happy with. Might try embossing them next time as I love the size of these words.

I then decided to do them in batches of three to make them similar but clearly each one different.

For the circles I made them all using the Christmas word and chose to add Merry from the Christmas to Remember set. I stamped and die cut a few trees from the In the Pines set and then the leftover bits of green dsp I die cut the filigree tree and added this to a white die cut.

I added die cut stars from the speciality paper I still have a few sheets of left from last year.

This final one I added more dimension to with foam under the frame element and then the tree and word were floating across the lower circle. These yellow stars are also old embellishments but I thought they made a nice contrast.

Now onto squares…

These ones I chose to use non Christmas stamps and dies to add decoration … the Nature’s Prints bundle. I thought the leaf worked well with the Peace word. I blended the ink on the stamp to give a more interesting stamped image.

My sending word was from the Peace and Joy set as I felt it just needed something simple with that large leaf and the glimmer paper die cuts.

As with the circles I added more dimension as I went along. This one had foam and triple layered squares to give some texture to the background.

And finally the trees…

I love these Pine Woods dies. Especially the one that just cuts out the inside and not the outside edge so it creates a frame. This one I added black card behind and then foam to raise up the panel. Very funky!

The large solid shape die cuts out the full frame for the tree and so I die cut it from the dsp and then white for the filigree and this I could then inlay into the dsp. Behind it I added the glimmer paper for some bling.

This one I kept as an element on my base of dsp … probably the most simple to end on! But can you see the dimension on this and on most of the die cuts I used? I stacked most of them two or three high by diecutting extra trees or leaves and then adhering them together. It gives them dimension without squish like the foam would add and makes them strong so they don’t bend or warp.

So pleased with how they all turned out… now off for another ice-cream to try and cool down!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Inchies and Twinchies, Sweet Strawberry, Very Versailles

Inchies for swaps

I’ve been on a bit of a mission to use up scraps off the desk and give some love to stamps I don’t use often so decided to join in with the UK stampers forum inchie swap this month as a result of having 2 bits of weirdly shaped white card left over from another project.

One piece I stamped some of the Very Versailles stamps, these are perfect for backgrounds. Then cut them into little squares but took the corner off too to give it some interest. Then I edged them with the Just Jade ink.

Next I adhered them to white 1 inch squares so they had a border.

Then using the Crisp Canteloupe ink I stamped the flower from the Sweet Strawberry stamp set and punched it out.

I then grabbed some Funky Fossil word stamps and stamped smile onto the remaining scraps and added this to each of the inchies. Next some stickles to add some glitter to each of the inchies.

Love how these came together and from pieces that were too strangely shaped or awkward to use for much else.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Collage, Designer Series Paper, Tim Holtz

Selling stash and using up scraps

I decided it was time to have a bit of a clear out and sell some of my craft supplies I’m not really using (so i can buy new stash!)

And then it turned into a fun playtime of using up scraps off the desk and making little thank you collages for the little brown paper bags I had got to put sold items into.

I kind of got a little obsessed all afternoon making up these little bags … and of course forgot all about the tidying up!

Here are 12 of the many I made up (I didn’t take pics of all of them!

Such fun to play and just create little collages from scraps.

Now must get back to the tidying and sorting at some point!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Banner Year, Biggest Wish

UK stampers forum coin swaps

I decided to use some more of the patterned paper from Making Cards magazine that I had made the cards at the beginning of the month and made these three coins as swaps for UK Stampers forum.

I covered the bases and then heat embossed the Happy from Biggest Wish stamp set.

Next I added the pink strip of card and stamped mail using some alpha stamps.

Then I stamped and cut out the little envelope from Banner Year. I added some wink of Stella and then when dry did some additional doodling to highlight the heart.

Finally I added black to the edge.

Simple but cute coins for this months swap.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Inchies and Twinchies, Merry Moose

Advent twinchies… finishing off… 22 23 24 & 25

So we are clearly past the advent stage, and so it is time to finish off sharing the advent twinchies I made!

So these three I concentrated on using some papers from the stash and then added ribbon and the circles for the numbers. Kept them quite simple!

The final number 25…

I decided I had to use my Merry Moose stamps and punch to create the focal image for this one along with some lovely paper and a bit of gold pen.

So that’s my twinchies for this advent… looking forward to seeing what we create for the next advent!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Inchies and Twinchies, Promarkers, Letraset, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

Advent twinchies 19 20 21

Good evening… we are almost there, but for now I have a few more advent twinchies to share with you.

This time I went for stamping and colouring for these twinchies using stamps from an old Creative Stamping magazine. I used promarkers and stampin blend markers to colour and then added glitter glue to the centre of the added flowers that I added to the top of the twinchies.

Love these… simple but sweet twinchies.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Inchies and Twinchies, Promarkers, Letraset, Sheena Douglass Embossing Folders

Advent twinchies 13 14 15

Today I have the next three advent twinchies to share with you.

I decided to break out the embossing folder and also some paint to alter the number stickers.

I created these cute snowmen twinchies using the same folder, different inks and different colour schemes for each of the twinchies.

Absolutely love how they finished up and loved remembering the technique to use the ink on the embossing folder for a different look.

And the stickers worked well painted as the red of the original just didn’t look right with the pink and purples.

I added wink of Stella to the snowmen hats and scarves.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Heartwarming Hugs, Inchies and Twinchies, Promarkers, Letraset, Santa's Suit, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

Advent twinchies 10 11 12

Wow! December is going fast isn’t it?

So today three more twinchies… and this time I went cute and plumped for the Santa’s Suit stamps and dies.

I actually started with some scraps of the Heartwarming Hugs dsp and made a striped background and then layered the white cardstock on top and for the number 11 placed it on a base of red.

I edged the white panels with some stampin blends ink to define the edges.

Then I chose to create the little tags from some lime cardstock and added the stamped images of Santa in his long John’s and his suit!

I finished with scraps of ribbon and of course the glittery numbers.

Love these little cute twinchies… those images work perfectly as twinchie focal images.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Blast, Forever Flourishing, Inchies and Twinchies, Paper Pumpkin - Joy to the world, Wreath Builder

Advent twinchies 7 8 9

Hello again… three more advent twinchies to share.

This time I created my own patterned paper using word and sentiment stamps in different coloured inks. This created a funky background.

Then I used dies cuts and a circle punch to create the focal points and the base of the numbers.

I added gems to the middle of the flowers to add a further embellishment.

Love these funky modern twinchies.

Happy crafting!

Catherine