Category Archives: Art and crafting styles

Stampin Up Sunday: Forever Fern coins

I decided to play with Forever Fern stamps and the Forever Flourishing dies for the coins I made for this months UK Stampers Forum swap and as it’s a SU project it works for this week’s Stampin up Sunday post too!

I started with a piece of water colour card big enough to die cut three coins (2.5″ diameter) from. I added a mix of Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana on the background just to colour it. Then stamped and die cut the leaves from another piece of whisper white.

Next I added the die cuts to the part of the cardstock I knew would be part of the coins to create a background. This is easier to add them now and then die cut the circle using the Bigz die I use.

Next I added some rich raspberry ink to the remaining whisper white scraps and die cut the little leaves out. And on another scrap of whisper white stamped the Hello sentiment.

I then die cut the coins out and adhered them to some scrap thick cardboard I had already die cut as the coins to give them some strength. I like my coins to be quite sturdy.

I adhered the sprigs to the sentiment and then added them to the coins. I also edged each coin with the coastal cabana to frame it. On two of the coins I had done the same with the sentiment (I forgot on one!).

Next I added the sequins from the stash that work colourwise with the coins.

Love how these came out… and for regular followers of my blog you might work out that I was actually using some of the leaves I had stamped and die cut for a previously shared project … so it was nice to use up the leaves on this as the backgrounds.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Team retreat… one sheet wonder

Last weekend I spent the day on zoom with the Scrimpys SU team doing all sorts of lovely crafty stuff and chat.

The first project was a one sheet wonder using 6×6 dsp from the Flowers for every seasons suite. The project was designed by Karen. And it was a lovely template to use.

Here are my cards…

I added cardstock to the basic kit that Amanda had supplied and a bit of extra ribbon but love how these came out.

I also chose some embossing folders from the stash to add texture to the back panels.

Love how bright and cheery these cards are. And how easily I put them together during the zoom call. The most complicated bits were choosing which of the beautiful papers to use and then which sentiment to use.

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Using some blocks of colour with the background panels really changed how the one sheet wonder looked and I love it!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Merry Moose one sheet wonder

I’m back with another one sheet wonder, but this time I stuck to one stamp set to add the focal feature, whilst going mad with lots of die cuts!

I chose a piece of 12 x 12 I had in the stash … it had actually been folded and gifted to me so it required a bit of flattening out! It’s similar to one of the dsp packs in this year’s mini catalogue but it isn’t actually that!

I created a template to create some cards that I knew wanted to work on square cards rather than the usual rectangle cards.

There isn’t a measurement this but if you can see the little dots each square is half an inch… so number 3 is a 3×3 inch square!

Anyways… there are the 15 cards I made!

I mat and layered the panels with either some brown or cream card stock. I also used some cream laid paper for the background panels, most of which were 5×5 squares.

Some of the brown cardstock is coredinations so I also dug out the sanding block to give it some different textures.

The Merry Moose stamp set came out and I went for some of the detailed image, and some of the block image.

For the block image I went for some as they were using the Soft Suede, and some with kiss stamping using the Dictionary stamp to give the moose image some texture.

The detailed image I did some colouring with pencils… just four of them, but enough to last a few minutes of relaxing!

The final ones I used the coredinations cardstock to punch the image and then used my sanding block to distress it.

I created the sentiments from the same Merry Moose set. I just used the sentiments in the set and Early Espresso set to create panels and banners.

Next I dived into the die stash and cut lots of foliage and decorative elements and circles from cream, satin gold and gold glitter card.

Then it was time to stick them all together and get some embossing done too with old embossing folders and the lovely Woodland and Pinewood Planks.

Card 1: entering this into the Great outdoors challenge at Sir stampalot challenge

Card 2: entering this into the use gold challenge at Jingle Belles Rock

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Card 5: including this in the challenge at 2 crafty critters crazy blog as it imclide

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Card 12: entering this in the challenge at CRAFTY ANIMALS

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I embellished the cards using either the rose gold metal discs or the pearls.

At the end of finishing off all of these I headed off for a shower to “deglitter” myself. I really don’t like glitter but these cards needed the special touch of a bit of shine! So I persisted and added it in!

So happy with these 15 cards and love the Merry Moose so much … such a versatile bundle and good price at ¬£29.50 for the 17 stamps and moose punch! … And if this project makes you think you need this in your life just pop me an email catiecuddles@yahoo.co.uk

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Using gifted till roll

I made a card using a piece of the till roll I received in a swap decorated by Maria Adams.

I started with the wood paper mounted on some white card. Then I added the strip of autumn decorated till roll. Then I went through the bits and bobs box and found the printed sentiment and the printed image.

I also added two circles of card stock and added some doodles.

Lovely mixed media card.

Love how Maria’s artwork works with the printed elements. And love the little shiny patches of gilding flakes.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Stampin Up sunday: Bird and Branches inchies

This week I have an odd thing to share with you for my stampin up Sunday post… six inchies using the flower stamp from Birds and Branches.

I made these for a swap at UK stampers and as I haven’t got any other SU projects on that I can share I figured why not share these for the Stampin Up Sunday.

I painted the inchies I’d cut from thick cardboard using my fresco finish paints and then stamped the flower using black versafine ink.

Next I stamped them again in Calypso Coral, die cut them with the coordinating dies and used some old flower brads to embellish before sticking them to the inchies.

Not my usual style but fun inchies nonetheless. And a different stampin up Sunday for me to share!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Autumn Leaves artist trading coins

Today I have the coins I made for the swap I organise on Facebook. This month the theme is Autumn Leaves…

I had a hunt through the stash and found these fab metal leaves from an old Artful Days Goodie box.

I took three precut coins and gave them a coat of paint using mudsplat and autumn fire. I also stamped onto them using mudsplat to give a textured background.

Next I stamped in flitter glu the swirl from timeless textures and added gilding flakes. I love the effect this gives of a mottled metal.

Next I added the leaves with some linen thread. Then finished off with the sentiment stamped in fired brick distress ink.

As the leaves are so cool I didn’t think it needed much else.

Entering this into the autumn mood challenge at Challenge up your life and the anything mixed media challenge at Creative artiste challenge blog

Happy crafting!

Catherine

One sheet wonder part 4 pointsetta

Final installment for my one sheet wonder I’ve been sharing this week… and it was time to grab a flower stamp… the pointsetta from an old Creative Stamping magazine set to create the focal point.

All of them I chose the green 5×7 card base and the white background panel I embossed two of them to give them texture.

I coloured the flower using my promarkers and kept the colouring simple and in blocks as it is quite a graphic image. I also added a layer of wink of Stella over the flower part to give it some shimmer, but it doesn’t show in the photos!

I again raided the ribbon stash for some scraps of ribbon and added enamel dots for the embellishment.

The sentiment I chose the Clarity stamp Merry and the Peace and Joy Christmas to mix it up a bit.

Love how they came out…

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Card 14: entering this into the embossing challenge at Dream valley challenges

So that’s all 14 cards shared over the past few days…

I did make one variation to the template

I added a strip from number 5 to number 14 as it wasn’t working with the 4 strips on card 5. Otherwise the template worked well. Especially with the larger 5×7 card blanks. Imagine it would be different again with different size card blanks.

So wonder if anyone else wants to join in and use this template… if so please let me see what you make as I love how different these cards can turn out!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

One sheet wonder part 3… stockings

Ok so I may have slightly cheated with this… and one of these cards has been shared already as part of the CHNC challenge of something beginning with S a few weeks ago… but I suppose you know by now I often make ahead of time and write up blogs later!

Anyways back to this blog… this is a continuation of the one sheet wonder I started sharing with you at the beginning of the week where I made 14 cards. Here are three of them in detail.

These ones I chose the green 5×7 cardblanks and added green in my stamping along with basic grey to go with the red and white patterned paper.

I chose stocking stamps from an old Creative Stamping magazine set and fussy cut each out and created a little hanger from twine for each of them.

Then on each card I layered up the dsp panels with a sentiment, the stockings, some ribbon and some rhinestones for bling.

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I love the two where I sort of created a mantle piece for the stockings to “hang” from. Also love the embossing on card 10. Nice and snowy!

One more set of cards to share tomorrow so please remember to pop back and see them!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

One sheet wonder part 2… cute animals

Following on from yesterday’s one sheet wonder explanation I have four more cards to share… the ones using old Making Cards magazine images which I coloured using promarkers.

I love these images and have the stamp set, but they are a lot smaller images than these printed ones. Decided as the card blanks were 5×7 they could cope with the larger focal images so went with the printed ones.

As with yesterday’s I added embossed panels, sewing, sequin stars or enamel dots and the Tim Holtz sentiments. I also added some really pretty trim I found in the stash that I think worked perfectly with the papers and images.

Card 5: entering this into the Christmas animals theme at Christmas 24 challenge

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Card 7: entering this in the My time to craft embossing challenge.

Card 8: entering this into the Christmas animals challenge at Christmas craft creations blog

Aren’t those animals wearing jumpers the cutest?

Will be back again tomorrow with some more made for the same OSW project.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

One sheet wonder… 14 cards

Hi

I challenged a few of my friends to do a one sheet wonder using up old stash as we are all guilty of hoarding paper. I gave them a template to use if they wished… here it is…

and this is what I made… I chose old Papermania paper (I have a lot of this set of papers left but this stitched design I thought would work well as a one sheet wonder).

Here are close ups of the first four … I’ll share the others over the next few days…

I decided to use some Making Cards Magazine images to create card toppers and chose some scraps of ribbon from the stash to add some different texture.

I also added panels in the background which I either embossed or added some sewing to … again to add texture. I finished off by embellishing them with either sequin stars or the enamel dots I got from the SU Christmas catalogue and some Tim Holtz sentiment chips.

Card 1: entering this into the anything Christmas challenge at CRIMBO CRACKERS

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Love how these look. Super cute and fresh and bright. Was nice to play with all the reds.

Will share the next four tomorrow… please come visit again to see them!

Happy crafting!

Catherine