Butterfly Bijou, Design Team, Old Paper, Ribbons, Spellbinders

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies

Next month I have to start with 17th birthdays …. but there was one last 16th to celebrate and here is the card I made for Amelia. It also happens to be my design team contribution to Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies.

I went very die cut heavy on this one but I think it is very pretty. I also added quite a bit of texture using the Old paper embossing folder. The main dies are Spellbinders ones and then the sentiment is a Stampin Up one. I did double it up to give it more dimension. I forgot to take a picture with the 16 stickers on but they were in the top right hand corner.

The butterflies were fussy cut from the Butterfly Bijou paper.

I added wink of Stella to the sentiment but you can never really see that on the photos… but it does add a little shimmer in real life.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Design Team, Merriest moments, Promarkers, Letraset, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

DT: Creative Knockouts… KLM Designs… birthday wishes

Hello! Thanks for popping by to my bit of the Internet!

Today I have another design team contribution for Creative Knockouts challenge blog and our theme for this week is Birthday Wishes. We are sponsored this week by KLM Designs and I chose to use the lovely Woodland Garden Gnome image for my card.

I knew that she wanted to be dressed in soft greens and yellows and also surrounded by lots of foliage and so I set to with my colouring…

I coloured her in a mix of Stampin Blends and promarkers and then cut her out with a bit of a border of white.

Then I grabbed the Merriest Moments stamps, dies and the embossing folder and made a big cluster of pretty greens and yellows for the gnome to stand amongst.

There is plenty of dimension going on with foam between some layers and also that fabulous texture of the dry embossing. The embossed piece I added colour to the foliage using my stampin blends in a range of green colours (I also coloured the back of them as I knew that some might end up being seen on the reverse).

For the sentiment out came my favourite … Biggest Wish.

I stamped the birthday using the stamp platform to get an ombre look and the Happy I embossed in white over some cardstock I had coloured with the same stampin blends as some of the leaves in the background.

I decided to make a slightly different fold of card too by extending the back of the card with Soft Seam foam cardstock and having the cluster hang over the edge.

I corner rounded the edges too to soften the look. Inside I added one more flower and leaf die cut just to make it match… probably should have found a sentiment to stamp on the inside too but never thought of that till now!

I finished off the front with some pale yellow sequins from the stash.

Love how this little gnome worked well amongst the over the top amount of flowers and leaves. So cute! I also love using a Christmas and winter themed set for something very different.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistic, Artistically Inked, Design Team, Expressions in Ink

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes Birthday

There have been a few changes at Happy Little Stampers and so now we have an Anything Goes Birthday challenge and I’m happy to be on the Design team for this one.

I decided to grab those Expressions in Ink papers that I put aside after failing the sheet load of cards challenge last month and use a couple to make two cards for this months design team contribution.

I used Old Olive as the contrast colour for the mount on the square piece (one of which is a triangle as per the original design on sheetload of cards) and added the sentiment and the die cut from the same Old Olive cardstock. I did also add a panel of the pale Papaya shimmer vellum underneath so that gives it a fancy frame!

Both cards are very similar with the colours and the leaf die cuts but with different papers they look different enough for me to be happy (I never like making the same card more than once).

For the envelopes I used some leftover strips of the cardstock to add a little panel on each.

So off to see what other birthday creations the team have been making … and I encourage you to come and join in on the challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Sizzix

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog

Good morning! First of August (which actually means Happy Birthday Mum but not sharing her card right now!).

Instead it is time for this months Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog design team contribution!

Again I delved into the old Making Cards magazine stash and made these two fun modern cards.

I don’t often use ‘characters’ in my cardmaking, but these cute images I could see myself using and I LOVE the pretty papers that came in the kit.

I decided to team them up with lovely sentiment stamps also from a magazine set and stamped directly onto the main images. Then I decided to play with an old Sizzix die set of those flowers as they are sweet and modern and I think they worked with the images well.

Inside the cards I added more paper, and the same for the envelopes.

Simple finishing touches of some rhinestones made these cards cute but simple and I love how they turned out!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas to remember, Design Team, Digital stamps, Pierced Blooms, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Stitched framelits, Tonic

DT: Creative Knockouts… Pattie’s Creations Christmas in July

Hello! Thanks for popping by. I have another design team creation for Creative Knockouts using an image supplied by Pattie’s Creations. The theme for this week is Christmas in July and so I chose to use the Jingle Bells Trio. The joy of digital stamps is you can make them as big or as small as you would like for your creation… and I decided to go quite big!

I wanted some soft colouring for my bells so went with masking and ink blending to make it soft and with a bit of a gradient.

I then used my Stampin Blends markers to add the bows and the central ribbon and then fussy cut them out.

I have been watching a lot of Jennifer McGuire videos recently and so I fancied having an aperture in the card.

I used my stitched shapes framelits to create the aperture and then adhered the bells over the top … I wanted however to add more dimension so I grabbed the Tonic sentiment die and cut it a couple of times to stack for dimension and coloured the word part using the same Stampin Blend markers.

But when I put it in place I felt it needed something more… I must have been in a more is more mood! So I went a little mad with the Pierced Blooms die cut leaves both on the front and inside the card!

Inside I added a couple more die cut framelits onto one I added a stamped sentiment from Christmas to remember and the other I coloured using the stampin blends to keep the colour scheme going.

I finished with the Card Candi in pink to pick up the soft colouring of the bells in the background.

So the digital stamp became more of a background rather than the focal image, but I think that shows the versatility of using digital images in your projects. Plus this is totally different in the end from how I had imagined it in the beginning … funny how that happens when you just have fun creating!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Brilliant Wings, Design Team, Picture perfect birthday, Ribbons

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Another design team contribution to share with you today. Once again this is for Happy Little Stampers. This is a card I’ve had all the bits and pieces hanging around for ages but only just managed to put it together into a card… and made it a special one too!

So it started with the cover die panel which I die cut for a project back in March which left me with some bits left over I didn’t want to waste so I made up this panel. Now it is really difficult to tell on the picture but the little individual pieces are all different heights as I added extra layers to some of them as I stuck them in. This adds extra texture but doesn’t show at all in the picture!

I still had a large piece of the paper that was perfect for using as a background on this 7×7 card. I then added the flourish die cuts and a butterfly to become the focal point. I also added the die cut sentiment and some linen thread to add texture.

I added wink of Stella and glossy accents to the Butterfly too.

Inside the card I added a couple of strips of the patterned paper and a stamped sentiment with little added stamped details. This then became a card for my auntie’s birthday.

Super happy that I finally used these pieces and love what I created.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Creative Expressions, Design Team, Digital stamps, Funky Fossil, Promarkers, Letraset, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

DT: Creative Knockouts … Dr Digi with diecuts

Well I feel honoured to be part of yet another Design Team, this time with Creative Knockouts. So you’ll get to see me playing along with new challenges and using a few different things that I’ve not played with in a while… like digital stamps. I have quite a large selection but I just got out of the habit of using them when I had printer or laptop issues… now those are sorted it will be good to get back to experimenting.

This weeks challenge is to use die cuts and punches and is sponsored by Dr Digi’s House of Stamps.

I chose to use the One Small Step image and teamed it with the fab star background die from Creative Expressions.

I started with the image printing onto Basic White cardstock and then I coloured it using my Stampin Write markers in soft sea foam and smoky slate colours so it is a very soft green with the grey. I did pull in a promarker for the cool grey moon base colour too.

Then I stuck the printed image to another piece of basic white before fussy cutting out. This gave it some sturdiness as I knew I wanted to raise it up with some foam. I also cut out the flag twice from the same image again to give it some dimension.

Onto the flag I stamped the love you from the Funky Fossil stamps. I intend to give this card to my hubby next week (good job he doesn’t read my blogs!) so a simple love you does the job!

Then I grabbed the Big shot and my star cover plate die and ran it through using both black and the glimmer paper from last years SU catalogue.

I cut down the black background into a 4″ square and mounted it onto white cardstock and then pieced back in a few of the glittery stars.

Then mounted the spaceman on the moon onto some foam and added him to the front of the card. I decided then that a glossy accents finish would work best on his visor so added that too.

Really this is a simple card as the die cut does all the work … but so cute to include that fab little space explorer to create the focal image.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Claritystamps, Design Team

DT: Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge: Christmas

Hi there! Another design team contribution to share with you today. Once again I’m joining the Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge and this month the theme is Christmas!

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.

Also entering this into the Addicted to stamps challenge

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Lawn Fawn, Lawn Fawn stamps, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

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!

Entering these cards into the Anything Goes/ masculine challenge at http://paperfundaychallenges.blogspot.com/?m=1

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Gorgeous Grunge, In Bloom, Masks/Stencils, Oh So Ombre, Pierced Blooms, Playful Alphabet, Ribbons, Very Versailles

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Hello!

Today I have a Happy Little Stampers Design Team contribution to share with you. I will admit I made this quite some time ago but stored it ready to post now as it was such a special card I didn’t want to just blog it on its own.

So the card is for the Anything Goes with Dies challenge and boy did I use a lot of dies!

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.

Now off to see what everyone else has been up to for the Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine