Now as regular visitors to my blog will know I often make Christmas cards all year round so this one was not exactly a challenge as a theme… but the CAS element still challenges me … especially as of late my cards have been all about excess not clean or simple. So a quick reminder of the rules…
Clean and Simple design with one focal point, lots of white (or open) space and minimal layers and embellishments
OK with these rules in mind… this is what I made…
I went for a smoky slate cardstock and a modern feel. I embossed a foliage stamp in white (stamp from Creative Stamping magazine stamp set) and added some depth of colour with grey watercolour to the leaves then added splatters of both grey and white.
Next I embossed the sentiment using a holographic embossing powder. The sentiment is a Claritystamps one. I then fussy cut that out, added foam behind it and then adhered it to the panel.
I finished with some pearls.
Love the simplicity of this and how pretty and modern it is.
Hello… and here starts the 2nd half of the year… can you believe it? I can’t quite get my head around it!
So as it is the 1st of the month it is time for another Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog design team contribution and once again I am working with old Making Cards magazine stash and these fun confetti themed papers and sentiment panels.
Aren’t they fun papers?
Because the sentiment panels do most of the work and the large one covers most of the front of a 5×7 I had some trouble working out how to decorate them so they were a bit special and not just paper layers.
I ended up using the cute Lawn Fawn robots to add embellishment … after all I haven’t played with these in a long time!
This one I added the bow tie to the head so maybe a more feminine robot … and the cute present and cupcake.
The second one more of a masculine robot with the balloons!
On the second one I also added embossing to the red panel and thought this pattern worked well with the confetti feel.
I embellished both with card candi from the stash which I thought complimented the colours!
Inside the cards I added coordinating panels…
And the envelopes I added strips of the paper.
All done and I must admit I am happy with how these came out… cheery and fun!
A few days ago I shared some cards I made using the Jennifer Maguire ink lift technique I had seen on her YouTube video. Well I had a little panel leftover that was a second pull of ink.
This one was far paler and I wasn’t sure if I would use it but it was pretty so didn’t want to throw it away … so here it is in use and I wanted to play and just grabbed bits and pieces that were on my desk.
I mounted the panel onto Polished Pink and then decided to grab a Memories and More card that was pink based to use as a background. I didn’t want the focal image to show … but fortunately the mounted strip covered it up but I decided I wanted it to look less clean… so I added some blending and some ink splatters … I also added some splattered gesso for the white.
Next to choose a focal point. Well I decided to die cut a leaf shape from the Splendid Stems set and then stamp in Night of Navy and die cut the larger leaf image too from the coordinating Splendid Thoughts stamps. I also added some So Saffron colour by using the background leaf stamp over lapping a couple of times…. this creates an interesting texture to the added colour.
I decided to turn this into a birthday card (I’m starting to build up a stash for the next year of 17th birthdays for the princess’ friends) and so heat embossed the birthday from Biggest Wish and Happy from Cottage Rose onto the polished pink and Pretty Peacock scraps I had on the desk.
After fussy cutting the birthday and then matting and layering the Happy it was time to assemble… with dimension and foam in-between the layers!
I ended up curving the birthday sentiment a little as the middle dimension is bigger than the sides … but I think it looks cute.
Firstly my princess is in the middle of her GCSE exams… OK that isn’t massively stressful as she is calm and feels she is doing ok, but as a parent I am of course still nervous for her.
Then hubby starts with a cold on Sunday, and then tests positive for Covid on the Tuesday so I then have to juggle keeping the teenager and myself away from him, whilst continuing normal life. If she weren’t in the middle of exams I wouldn’t have been too bothered, but this really is the worst timing.
Then Wednesday the Internet decides to disappear completely which certainly makes working from home difficult. Thursday the sky engineer confirms he can’t fix the Internet so we have to wait till Monday and then I test positive for Covid.
Teenager is still negative (phew) but now we have to juggle her keeping away from us both and continuing to try and eat and live in the same house. Oh and on top of all that my hay-fever is awful so sneezing every five seconds!
All that being said, nowhere near as poorly with the Covid as we were in Dec 2020, to be honest the hay-fever is worse than the Covid symptoms so it could be a lot worse.
Anyway … some enforced none working days meant I have slowly been working through clearing more of the craft space and trying to be ruthless and get rid of stuff I know I just won’t use. It’s so difficult as it’s all lovely … but just not what I use anymore and I have to limit the amount of cards I need to make in a year as I end up with far too many otherwise with no where for them to go!
Whilst clearing out drawers and boxes I stumbled across some supplies from a pocket letter swap which were from the Boho Indigo stampin up kit. I also found some leftover cards from the Memories and More kit and was inspired to make some cards with the two treasures I found…
I decided they all made nice anniversary cards and I know my parents often need them (they still send anniversary cards to their friends) so thought it was a good reason to make them. So I added the Happy anniversary sentiment from a Paperartsy set.
Love how all three came out I rarely use Very Vanilla in my cardmaking so it was good to use some today and use some of the supplies I found. I’ve not used them all up … still have enough left of both for quite a few projects but maybe now I’ve re-found them I might remember to get them used on future projects!
So the card is one I made for my cousin to celebrate receiving her OBE. She was awarded it quite a while ago but as a result of Covid restrictions had to wait quite some time for the actual ceremony. Again due to restrictions (maybe they have always done this though I am not sure) only one guest was allowed to accompany her and my Uncle was the one who picked the name out of the hat so he got to go with her.
Anyway, the weekend after it happened I made this card, inspired by her pink and navy outfit.
Now the card came together after I had sat and turned lots of scraps of cardstock into pretty flowers and leaves. I do this quite often, save my scraps up and then have a massive die cutting session. This time I concentrated on the Pierced Blooms die set as these flowers and leaves always come in handy as embellishments. I ended up (after 2+ hours diecutting) with a big pile and a sore arm!
So I chose from the pile a selection of pink and purple flowers and pale green leaves that I could use to make a special card. I knew I wanted a bigger card so I chose a 7×7 card blank from the stash.
I cut a piece of white linen cardstock into a 6.25″ square and started creating a background. I used the gorgeous text stamp from Very Versailles, some of the splatter stamps from Gorgeous Grunge and also splashed some ink too. I then grabbed a leaf stencil, masked off some areas and added some leaf images to the background with the fabulous blending brush. I also edged the panel with the blending brush too.
Next I started inking the die cut leaves and flowers to add some depth to the colour. I also added some stamped splatters to the green.
Then started adhering them so that there would be a less populated area for me to add the sentiment.
The sentiment I went for the Playful Alphabets dies and die cut CONGRATS out twice from each colour. I stacked the dies and then using a ruler to line them up I added them so they were off the edge of the strip of cardstock I had prepared. I also added a very thin strip of Oh So Ombre paper to the panel. I stacked a few layers of cardstock behind the panel to lift it up and then added the navy ribbon behind it to frame the sentiment. I added wink of Stella to each of the letters to give them some shimmer.
When I stuck this in place I thought the background needed a little blue so added some splashes of ink. I also added the pink ribbon bow to finish off to sentiment strip.
I decided to go a bit mad with lots of pearls dotted around … but hey… it was a very special card after all!
Inside I took the sentiment from the In Bloom stamp set and added some panels of the Oh So Ombre paper to create some interest. I also added a flower and leaf cluster… after all I had got LOTS already die cut. This finished off the inside of the card.
I know I normally do something with the envelope too but this time I didn’t remember to do it, plus it was being posted to Scotland so I didn’t want loose bits getting caught in the post office machinery.
So there you go… my special OTT card for my cousin. So proud her achievements have been recognised.
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Today I have a design team contribution for Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge and the theme for this month is …. HUGS!
So before I set off down the route of showing you what I made let’s quickly revisit the rules for the CAS challenge…
Clean and Simple design with one focal point, lots of white (or open) space and minimal layers and embellishments
Now I do this partly because I have recently been a more is more kind of cardmaker rather than CAS so I love this challenge and the fact it makes me reign it in a little even if it is only for one project a month!
I did take inspiration from Martin at Martin’s Mayhem mainly because I happened to have been binge watching his videos on YouTube recently, I love his style. So this was probably mainly inspired by this video. But I used the Butterfly papers that came with Butterfly Brilliance and then the Oh So Lovely stamps for the hugs.
So a few extra details like the sewing and the splatters to make it special but don’t think I went too over the top on this one.
Inside the card, more paper and another stamped Hugs!
So what do you think? CAS enough? I love these butterflies and it was nice to find I still had a little bit of the paper left in my stash!
Once again I played with patterned paper for the design team for Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog using old Making Cards magazine stash. I decided to use some pretty greens and florals and also got the sewing machine out to add some sewn and fabric elements too.
I played with layers and sewing machine stitches and generally had fun making these. I decided to use die cuts from Pierced Blooms as embellishments and a button too.
The sentiments came from an old Creative Stamping magazine set and decided to add them on kraft in gold embossing. That was mainly inspired by the gold leaves on the second card.
Inside the cards I went for another gold sentiment and a strip of the paper.
And the envelopes, more paper and one of the other images from the kit that I fussy cut.
Very pretty, and textured cards … and with the pops of gold I think they turned into pretty special birthday cards too.