Biggest Wish, Design Team, Painted Texture, Paper Blooms, Ribbons

DT: Happy Little Stampers – Happy Birthday

I’m back for another design team contribution for the Happy Little Stampers Birthday anything goes challenge.

This time I went and grabbed the pouch of fussy cutting from the Paper Blooms dsp I did a few months ago and then set aside …

I used quite a few of the images I had fussy cut on a card I shared at the time but this time decided to choose all the pieces that were off the edge.

I adhered these to the edge of a panel of basic white onto which I stamped the sentiment (yes Biggest Wish came out to play again) I then added foam and added it to a panel I had dry embossed with Painted Texture. I decided to soften it with a border of wrapped bakers twine before then adding the focal pieces of the flower cluster and the leaf.

Love how this came out.

Inside the card I added two more of the off the edge pieces.

A cute and simple card.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Merriest moments, Natural Prints, Old Paper, Painted Texture, Ribbons

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog

Well here we are … Happy advent all!

At the beginning of the year I put aside some Making Cards magazine kits I’d had in my stash for ages and decided that these would be my Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge for the year… and here is my last one for 2022. As it was a Christmas’s type paper I decided to go for it and make a lot of cards rather than just the two I’ve been making all year round.

I used a template I’ve used before (Cards by Kendra challenge 6) and added one more piece of 6×6 as I only had 5 papers in this kit.

It was a challenge to use as many of the large images with the papers too and so I did divert away from the layouts that Kendra had designed a couple of times.

I decided to stick to mainly using the Merriest Moments stamp set alongside the kit and added in a few die cuts from the Natural Prints set too. I also added some embossing … in fact dry embossing and lots of gold embossing as this seemed like a good way to finish off the cards. The sequinned ribbon I have had in my stash for years so it was good to use that too.

I always make these sort of card challenges in stages … First the cutting, then the stamping and arranging, then adhering and finally embellishing.

It was fun to make Christmas cards in less traditional colours too… the autumnal colours however worked well I think … with the regal gold elements.

Inside the cards and on the envelopes I added strips of remaining paper and some stamped elements, just to finish them off too.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this year’s design team contributions. I’ve certainly enjoyed getting good use out of the hoarded supplies.

Unfortunately this is the last challenge for Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge as Hazel is taking a break from running the challenge. I’ve loved taking part and will miss the group.

As there is still a lot of dsp in my stash though I won’t be stopping the making so will just keep on ploughing through it and try to resist buying too much more!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Designer Series Paper, Digital stamps, Prismacolour pencils, Tim Holtz

DT: Creative Knockouts… Time to be Merry

Hello! Another design team contribution for Creative Knockouts and this week we are sponsored by Mirtillamente Digital Stamps

As the theme is Time to be Merry I chose the Christmas Tree digital stamp to play with.

I printed off the image on Smoky Slate and then coloured it with my Prismacolour pencils and cut it out… so actually the fact it was a coloured cardstock base ended up making no difference!

I made quite a small (4×3) card this time so it’s really cute. I added some dsp with a green colour and then a panel of white. Then to finish off I die cut the blue Merry using the Tim Holtz dies. Finished off with the gems.

Cute and although the colouring took some time (and a some fiddling as the image is quite small) an easy card to make. There is a little bit of dimension as I raised up the main image and I stacked the merry die cut a couple of times.

I also added just a touch of sparkle with wink of Stella on the tree decorations and the gift trimmings.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas Greetings, Christmas to remember, Design Team, Digital stamps, Heartwarming Hugs, Ribbons

DT: Creative Knockouts: Christmas Delight

Hello!

I have another design team contribution for Creative Knockouts and this weeks theme is Christmas Delight.

I chose to use the Candy canes with bow image from Patties Creations which I printed off 9 times and then coloured them in green and red. Then I added them all over the background and then some panels of the Heartwarming Hugs dsp.

I then added a die cut label and the sentiment adding a few of the candy canes and the organza bow on the top. I then added some pearls to the top.

Hope you like what I made. I enjoyed fussy cutting those candy canes out and adding them.

I also added a little bit of decoration to the inside too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Design Team, Masks/Stencils, Spellbinders, Splendid Stems, Splendid Thoughts, Stitched framelits

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies

Hi there!

Today I have another design team contribution for you; my Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies one.

Todays card I used the gorgeous iridescent medium through a stencil I got a long time ago (no idea of brand sorry!) But haven’t used for a while.

I used a palette knife but wasn’t exactly careful so it did seep through the stencil in a few places but as the iridescent finish is so pretty I don’t care!

I had cut the panel to be 15mm smaller than my card blank as I wanted it to have a good border around plus this meant it fit nicely in the stencil area.

I had to let that dry for a while so I didn’t smear it or lose the dimension so I started creating the top cluster I wanted for the card.

I stamped and embossed in silver both the larger leaf image from Splendid Thoughts and the Happy from Biggest Wish. The die cut leaf I then added some colour to using a few colours of pinks and purples and the blending brushes.

I had a die cut circle on the desk already so I decided to ink that up too with the purples.

I stamped the birthday in Perfect Plum and then fussy cut that. Then I grabbed some die cuts from scraps in pinks and purples for adding to the cluster.

I felt it needed something else though to ground it and so die cut a Wreath from white using a spellbinders die. I die cut it twice to give it some more dimension.

Then I clustered them together and adhered them to some foam so they would sit nicely above the texture of the background.

Before sticking them down, and once the texture medium was dry I splattered some purple ink as I felt it needed some splatters to finish it off!

I added the top panel onto more foam to then add it to the card blank and then added the gems I found in the stash.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Design Team, Picture perfect birthday, Splendid Stems, True Love

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes Birthday challenge

Good morning (or evening depending on what time it is where you are right now!!)

Time for another Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes Birthday challenge design team contribution to share with you.

This one came from looking at a little pile of scraps of coloured cardstock …

I decided to make all the strips 3\4 of an inch wide and then cover a panel that was 2″ wide… this made the central panel for my card.

Then I grabbed all the leftover paper I had from True Love dsp with this kind of flower on it. I fussy cut them all out so there were lots of flowers to surround the sentiment and the colourful panel. Then I added them all.

All of the flowers were ‘edge’ pieces but this kind of design is perfect as just just tuck them behind and create layers.

I also added in some black die cut pieces from the Splendid Stems set as this works perfectly to add in a bit of contrast without overwhelming.

I then added a cluster of the dsp and cardstock around the sentiment … for which I used both the Picture Perfect sentiment and the Biggest Wish for the bigger Happy.

I then found some cute gems in the stash and added those around the card for some bling!

I’m a little sad I actually covered up most of the strip panel with the mixed colours but still love the final effect on the card of the pop of colour.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas to remember, Design Team, Digital stamps, Promarkers, Letraset, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Stitched framelits, Waffle flower

DT: Creative Knockouts… anything but square

Todays blog post I decided to film the making of … so check it out on YouTube.

It is a design team contribution for Creative Knockouts and the challenge is to make a card that is anything but square. We are sponsored by LeeAnn’s World 101 and I received the Rudy image to work with.

I decided to colour him with promarkers and then fussy cut him out.

I decided a circle shaped card would work OK with the image and my largest circle die was just about the right dimensions to cut out the card blank.

I then used a panel I had already die cut with the stitched snowflakes and die cut the circle and then the green ring were already on my desk.

I added the sentiment on the front and in the middle from the Christmas to remember set in white embossing.

I added the lovely laser cut snowflake embellishments and glossy accents for the finishing touches.

Love how this came out. So cute.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Crafters Companion dies, Design Team, Digital stamps, Seasonal Labels Dies, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

DT: Creative Knockouts… finish the inside

Hello! Gosh these design team projects come round quickly! Todays is for the Creative Knockouts challenge where our theme is to finish the insides. This has been sponsored by Pattie’s Creations and I chose this gorgeous Magnolia Branch image as my gifted image to work with.

I printed it off onto plain old copier paper (admittedly by accident!) and decided to use my Stampin Blends to colour in the image using a mix of yellow and green. I know this is a colour magnolia doesn’t really grow with but it worked with the dsp I wanted to use.

I coloured the image twice as I knew I wanted to continue the image into the inside of the card.

I decided to use some die cuts as additional embellishments and used the swirly flourishes from Crafters Companion.

I chose a pale mint colour for the base of the card and added a die cut panel to break up the dsp background a little more then decided to repeat that colour with the sentiment die which I stacked three times with the white shadow which I stacked twice. This gives it so much dimension.

Of course I grabbed Biggest Wish for the Happy part of the sentiment … seriously can’t get enough of this stamp set.

I know you can’t see it well but I added shimmer to the Birthday die cut using my wink of Stella and finished the front with some tiny pearl gems.

Inside I did a panel of the dsp and added the floral image but this time I only cut out part of the image to keep a white border down one side.

Although the dsp is a heavy pattern I think you could still write a greeting over it or alternatively write on the reverse of the front of the card.

I do like finishing the inside of cards but don’t always do it and certainly rarely plan it. A simple way of finishing the inside is a strip of dsp … but this time clearly I went overboard as it was more planned.

Also a handy thing is that this card base wasn’t the thickest/ strongest cardstock so adding the panel inside as well as the front gives it extra strength to help it stand nicely when displayed.

Hope you like what I made, I love this colour scheme in particular and the mix of the graphic vintage dsp and the beautiful floral.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Expressions in Ink, Happy Celebrations, Pierced Blooms, Stampendous

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Hello dear blog visitors. Once again I have a Design Team contribution for you, again for Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge blog.

Once again I have a project that was made and sent onto the recipient a while ago but as it was die cut based I figured it would be perfect for getting ahead on my design team work! So it is a 7×7 card for my Auntie who turned a special number but didn’t want it recognising! Personally I think the number is a good one to celebrate but she didn’t want to so I kept the numbers off the card! Lol!

Instead I went for special dsp which is the Expressions in Ink with the gold foiling in it and then chose lots of the gorgeous Pierced Blooms in coordinating colours to add as embellishments. I did want a big sentiment though so I chose a Stampendous stamp I’ve had a long time and using the stamp platform used coordinating inks for an ombre look.

I raised this stamped panel up on foam so I could tuck the flowers and leaves under and on top to create dimension.

I also added some gold die cut leaves in to coordinate with the gold in the dsp. I finished with the large pearls as embellishments.

Inside the card I added a strip of the dsp, another cluster of a flower and leaf and a small sentiment strip and then decided to add another stamped ombre sentiment. This time the Happy Celebrations set.

I used the remaining piece of dsp (it was a half sheet 6×12) on the front of the envelope as 2 strips down either side.

Love the colours and the touches of luxury with the gold on this card.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Cottage Rose, Design Team, Lacy Brocade, Natural Prints, Nature's Prints, Time for Tea

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

Well here we go… last quarter of the year! I’ve another design team contribution to share with you today for the Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog. The plan I made at the beginning of the year of setting aside Making Cards magazine old kits has worked really well and means it is an easy starting point… plus I’m working my way through the old stash and loving getting some use out of it.

This time some Peacock themed papers and images.

Took the two different papers and kept it simple… just made them into background panels and the remaining bits were cut in strips for the inside and the envelopes.

I first stuck the focal images onto white cardstock using pritstick as I wanted them to have a bit of sturdiness before I fussy cut them. I don’t mind the quality of the paper for the backgrounds, but for the focal images it is a tad thin sometimes.

Anyway, I then fussy cut the main images out and dug into the cardstock stash… all of it was scraps and not a bit of new cardstock was used (I hoard cardstock and hate cutting into new sheets if I can get away with not!

I decided to emboss the cardstock pieces so they have an elegant pattern and then used the Nature’s Prints stamp and the coordinating Natural Prints dies to create some embellishments.

Both cards have a slightly different colour scheme … one pink, one peach. But both very similar with the Pretty Peacock as the other colour cardstock. I then decided to use the Time for Tea birthday sentiment die along with the Happy from Cottage Rose stamps.

With raising some elements on foam these are fairly dimensional cards and of course the embossing gives and lovely texture to them.

Looking forward to blog hopping around and seeing what everyone else has been up to with their patterned paper stash this month.

Happy crafting!

Catherine