Design Team, Itty Bitty Greetings, Sizzix

DT: Happy Little Stampers – Anything goes with dies

Time for another design team contribution… this time it is for Happy Little Stampers and I created a card using dies. I was inspired by the Artist Trading Coins I made for this months swap and made a square landscape using the Sizzix dies.

After die cutting and assembling the scene (I used watercolour for the sky portion) I then die cut the panel as a whole using my stitched squares die…. this took a fair few passes through the machine as there are quite a few layers of green cardstock to make the hills… but it worked!

Then a simple sentiment and a button to embellish and some layers of card and paper for the cardfront.

Loved playing with these stitched landscape dies. Looking forward to seeing what dies others have been using this month over at the Blog challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Designer Series Paper, One Sheet Wonder OSW

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

Hello… February already! Wow!

So this month for Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge I have another one sheet wonder. This time it was based loosely on one that I found on Pinterest (Link) but I created my own version so it translated to inches.

Anyway here is what I made… 15 6×6 cards!

The paper was an old 12 x 12 dsp from SU I got in a kit from a class with Helen. I teamed it with a yellow and bright pink and Night of Navy cardstock and three stamp sets for the focal point.

Make a monster

From all of us

Over the Moon.

I coloured all the images using Promarkers. Some I fussy cut, some I cut into panels. I added embossing and die cut circles. I found ribbons from the stash and card candi to embellish and chose some sentiments either from the afore mentioned stamp sets or other retired stamp sets.

Love how double sided dsp allows you to get different looks but still just using the one OSW template.

The card I put forward for the patterned paper challenge was this one… partly because I love the colouring on the animals with it not attempting to be realistic and because it shows the fun pattern on the dsp!

Off to see what others have used for their patterned paper challenge for this month!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Arrange a Wreath, Design Team, Itty Bitty Greetings, Wreath Builder

DT: Happy Little Stampers – Anything Goes with Dies

I have a new design team position …contributing to Happy Little Stampers for their Anything Goes with dies blog and here is my first contribution…

I actually made this birthday card for my Stampin Up upline whose birthday was the 1st Jan and I figured a pretty and bright wreath card with lots of flowers would be the best way to start the new year and celebrate her birthday!

I used the fabulous and bright Magenta Madness cardstock and then embossed the Arrange a Wreath onto the background using silver embossing powder. Next I added lots of die cut leaf sprigs that I had in the stash having cut them from scraps leftover from other projects. I used soft sea foam, Pear Pizazz and some mint macaron for the leaves and then added the yellow and white flowers to finish the wreath.

I edged the panel with a bit of dry embossing too as I felt it needed something for a frame.

I decided to add some All the Trimmings enamel dots and then embossed the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings onto the pink with a layer of pear pizazz to finish off!

Oh and a twine bow from the stash too of course!

So off to see what everyone else at HLS has been up to with dies.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Birch, Carabelle Studio, Design Team, Hot Picks, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Pinewood planks, Sky's the Limit, Swirly Scribble thinlits, Sycamore Street, Tim Holtz, Woodland

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

I’m joining the Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge for another six months and decided this time to do a one sheet wonder each month…. well that’s the plan anyway!

This time I decided to use old SU paper to create all male themed cards and I managed to make 21 cards!

I used the template from Karamiasu.

I used a map based paper and then some text paper as a secondary paper to add background and to stamp some images on it.

Lots of stamps from the Creative Stamping magazine sets and some random Paperartsy and Carrabelle ones too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Claritystamps, Design Team, Forever Flourishing, Peace & Joy, Wreath Builder

DT: CHNC: anything goes Christmas

Happy Boxing Day!

And here is my last design team contribution for the year, and in fact my last design team contribution for Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge blog. I decided after a few years of keeping up with one card a week, I’ve decided to give it a rest. I’m hoping of course to join in occasionally but not every week! Thanks Hazel for having me!

So this final week the theme is Anything Goes for Christmas. I made the following card.

I used some lovely vintage themed papers and then die cut little sprigs from the Forever Flourishing dies and some flowers from the Wreath Builder dies.

Love how cute the Wreath is!

I used a mix of the Claritystamps stamp and the Peace and Joy stamps for the sentiment.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Claritystamps, Design Team, Peace & Joy, Sizzix, Tim Holtz

DT: CHNC: use the word Christmas

Almost at the big day… So time to get those last minute cards made.

Today I have my design team contribution for you for CHNC. Hazel’s challenge for this week was to use the word Christmas… not a challenge given its a Christmas card! Lol!

I used some making cards magazine patterned paper and used Magenta Madness to add a base and create strips on either side of the sentiment panel.

The sentiment panel I used a Claritystamps stamp and Versafine to get a good dark impression on the Soft Sea Foam cardstock. Then I decided to go funky and use my Tim Holtz moose die. I cut him from black twice and then added the extra elements using the leftover bits of magenta madness and soft sea foam.

I finished off with the little merry stamped image embossed onto black cardstock.

Really fun card and not too challenging to put together.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Peace & Joy, Ribbons, Tim Holtz

DT: CHNC: use the word Merry

I think word dies have become my thing this past 6 months and so when I saw the challenge for CHNC was to use the word Merry I grabbed the sizzix Tim Holtz dies and die cut the word Merry. But then I went to town using patterned paper and paper piecing to create the background for the card.

I chose papers from an old Making Cards magazine set and embossed the image onto three of them. I then layered up the images using the turquoise and blue as the main colours for the image, leaving the red to the background. Sort of a funky reverse type colour scheme.

I then layered up the panel with the two other colours of paper. I added the ribbon to add some different texture and then added the die cut on top.

I finished off the card with the Peace and Joy stamped image embossed onto the red cardstock with the panel of blue to add a frame.

Super happy with how this came out… a bit of a labour of love to cut out the little pieces but at least the shapes were easy to work with.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Designer Series Paper, Joy, Peace & Joy

DT: CHNC: quick and easy

Quick and easy cards for me are ones where the paper does all the work and you just need a finishing touch like a die cut! So this week Hazel asked us to do a quick and easy card for the CHNC challenge.

I chose three papers from the stash, one of which had a focal image I could use.

I cut down the papers to make some strips and then the focal piece into a rectangle with another piece as a mount. Helped that they were double sided papers so they coordinated perfectly.

I used a kraft card blank and then finished off with the gold leaves I’d die cut for another project and not used and then the Joy I’d stamped and die cut again for another project but not ended up using.

I added in the crumb cake sprigs too … again leftovers from another project!

So a simple, fast and effective card.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Claritystamps, Design Team, Wreath Builder

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

Hello! Thanks for visiting my blog.

Today I have my design team contribution to Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge. It’s the Christmas card I’ve made for my parents using lots of patterned paper from an old Making Cards magazine set.

I went a little overboard and used three patterns and some die cutting and some stamping! There is quite a bit of dimension too with foam under the deer and the word Christmas!

Really loved making this card.

The papers are a bit quirky and modern but with traditional images like pointsetta and presents and pinecones.

I decided I wanted to use the deer from a very old Creative Stamping magazine though and the Wreath from the Wreath Builder dies… as I say I went a little overboard!

But hey it’s for my parents so why not?

You can probably see on the photo above I also added wink of Stella to the top layer of the Wreath too!

The funky letters are Claritystamps and I love this set for making cards personal as you can spell out anything and it has the little boxes for making it look finished and cool!

On the inside of the card I added more patterned paper and did a little fussy cutting.

And the envelope I used up the final bits and pieces of the paper!

All in all… lots of fun!

So here we go… we are in December… wonder how many cards I actually remember to send this year (I’m great at making but not sending!) … look forward to seeing your Christmas card makes as I blog hop around!

Happy crafting!

Catherine