I’ve actually pulled out of doing most swaps, including the one I organised as a result of not having time energy or mojo for making them… but then suddenly I got a bit of motivation to make these coins. So I will be sending them in to the UK stampers forum swap. I used some vintage ephemera papers to cover each of the coins and also the little vintage doll stamps to create the focal image for each.
I then added some crochet trim and the word vintage to each to finish off.
I did also add a little stamping in sepia ink and a splatter of a shimmer watercolour paint to them as I wanted a bit of Grunge.
Yes I know I already did a challenge back in July (which I didn’t quite finish) but I decided to set myself another one! This time for the next 12 weeks we have a weekly challenge and I would love for you to join me and play along. If you do join in … it will take you up to the end of November and 12 Christmas projects done before December starts!
So first up is foliage.
I used the fabulous Christmas Season stamps to create a full piece of A4 patterned paper. I did add the Very Versailles text stamp too because I couldn’t resist. I also added some splatters of the shimmer ink in both champagne and rose gold.
I then cut it up as a one sheet wonder. I chose to mount some on Polished Pink and some on Mossy Meadow. I then stamped and die cut some sentiments from the Christmas to remember set and the added elements of a pine cones and the fir tree pieces.
I then started putting the cards together.
Some I added ribbon or twine to… or both.
On some I also added the gold Holly leaf embellishments which are super cute!
I also grabbed embossing folders (Timeworn Type and Pinewood Planks) to add texture to a few of them.
Really happy with this set of cards.
So the challenge doesn’t require us to make more than one card … it just so happens that this first one I did make 7! But then I also had lots of fun making the patterned paper from those stamps.
If you do join in please comment below so I can see your cards… or add the hashtag on Instagram #christmascard2021IFCchallenge
One more one sheet wonder for September’s Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog. Once again it is a 6×6 one and this time I used Forever Fern dsp. This was actually something I had as a kit for a card making class I ran last year but never ended up using it at the time.
Love all the die cuts and the snippets of ribbon and twine. I used the coordinating cardstock for the backgrounds.
For those that are interested this one sheet wonder template is one I’ve used before… both the class and other versions… here are the links.
I got around to making this months Artist Trading coins last weekend. Phew it was warm making these in the craft room, but I am pretty pleased with them!
The theme for the month was EMBOSS and I chose to get straight in there with embossing on the background as well as the die cut leaves and the stamped leaves… three different powders used and love how they turned out… albeit a little autumnal feeling!
Mixed together the Very Versailles and the Forever fern stamps for the coins, also different textures with the shimmer vellum and the bakers twine.
I must admit I was a little worried I might not get this done in time, but then Monday night I grabbed myself some craft time and made six cards using a piece of 6×6 cut from the Expressions in Ink dsp (I adore this paper and it was a challenge to cut into I promise!) and the coordinating stamps and dies, plus the Biggest Wish stamps which are my current faves!
I split the panels into pairs and so these are the two where I added the panel of Pale Papaya cardstock which I ran through the embossing folder to create additional texture.
Next these two I used Basic white and added some background stamping for behind the smaller panels of dsp and the embellishments.
Finally these two I added the Forever Gold elements as fun backgrounds plus the Pale Papaya cardstock to finish off.
Love the colours and the gold foiling in the dsp and those die cut leaves are amazing. Love how the stamps work well with the papers plus to create background elements too.
And those biggest wish stamps are still my favourites!
I have another one sheet wonder for my DT contribution for this months Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog. Think I may be close to the point of switching to Christmas themed ones … but for now I’m still working with pretty floral papers.
This one is a salabration set I got called paper Blooms that coordinates with the In Bloom stamps and Pierced Blooms dies. I love the Pierced Blooms dies so much..
I made 8 cards from this sheet of 12 x 12 … not a large amount but loved using both sides of the dsp so some got 2 panels not just one!
I also made one card as a fancy fold which was fun.
I also mixed up the size of the base cards to suit the sizes I had cut the panels so there were 5×5 cards and 6×4 cards.
I went to town in my box of scraps die cuts using flowers and leaves from a mix of sets…. Wreath Builder, Forever Flourishing, Pierced Blooms … and this is how I decorated them combined with various sentiments. In some like the above I combined stamp sets for the sentiment… Hello from Forever Fern and Friend from Lovely Inside and Out.
I also added either gems to flower centres or wink of Stella and glossy accents just add some extra texture.
Loved creating the little jar of flowers for this one using the Jar of Flowers stamp and then fussy cutting rather than punching the jar. So cute.
Also used the fabulous Happy Celebrations to create the sentiment for this one but then the one below chose the Happy from my fave stamp set of last Christmas, Peace and Joy.
I also loved adding the circles to the cards to create focal areas for the flower clusters to sit on.
So this final one is the fancy fold that my friend Valerie taught me to make.
Love how cool this is and makes a really special card.
Such fun working with these pretty papers and die cuts.
The project last month was making collaged masterboards. Well this month I had to take someone else’s collaged masterboard and make at least 4 somethings out of it… but using ALL of it.
So Dianne had sent me two masterboards and I chose to use this one.
It was challenging to cut into something so pretty but cut it up I did… and ended up with these bits and pieces to play with…
And the left overs…
I think I am forgiven for chopping these little bits off! Lol!
So what did I make… well I made a postcard…
I added washi, the die cut little circle flowers, the punched butterfly and stickers. I also added ink and the strip of fabric and the corrugated oval. Love how the different elements worked well together.
I also created 2 tags, one slightly larger than the other but based on size 8 ranger tags…
Again I added some extra bits like the tissue paper, fabric, die cuts, washi, sewing, stickers, keys and inking! Also some ribbons and trim for the top of the tags.
Next I made 2 small tags…
I grabbed little elements with texture from my stash… I love the little gold theme for the fairy one… and the sewn elements for the butterfly one. I ended up adding the base tag to this one in the Calypso Coral cardstock to lengthen it a little too.
Finally I made a bookmark with inchies as the element of the masterboard.
Again I added the extra layers such as the wax paper, ribbon, book print, die cut and sewing. Love how this finished up so much!
So hopefully Dianne likes these and can make use of all the different pieces I made for her from her gorgeous background.
Looking forward to making use of the other masterboard she sent to me for things I can then keep and use.
I decided to just start layering up pink colours on my coins and see where I got to with it… no plan!
As you can see I also added black and white to my pink themed coins.
I started with coins cut from packaging so gave them a coat of gesso. Then added neocolours and water, followed by stamping in a different shade of pink. Then patterned paper which I added the neocolours to. I punched part of a circle out of cardstock I had coloured with dylusions inks in pink and purple.
I had a hunt in the box of used foreign stamps and found three in different shades of pink. I also added washi strips too. I didn’t mind that I was mixing different shades and tones of pink… it all worked together.
I hunted in the box where I keep die cut scraps and found flowers and leaves I could also use.
Then I finished off with the hugs die cut (lawn fawn) and the friend stamp (avery elle) and the pink coloured pearls.
Love how this came together and how different it is from the other one I created.
They’ve both been received by the swap recipient and we have now been informed that we have to chop up one and make it into at least 4 different things… wonder what Dianne will choose to make and which she will use and send back to me. I’ve been busy cutting up and using one of hers this weekend which I will share with you what I do with it once I’ve sent the finished items back to Dianne.