Baked Texture embossing powder, Design Team, Designer Series Paper, Digital stamps, Gummiapan, Heffy Doodle, Masks/Stencils, Time for Tea

DT: Creative Knockouts… embossing fun

Hello! Todays blog is another design team contribution for Creative Knockouts using a gifted image from our sponsor All Dressed Up.

I chose to use the Little Fishes image and to print on mixed media cardstock and watercolour with SU inks. Love how it came out. I decided the image was a little bit large for my card though (I should have printed it smaller!) so did chop off the edge a little.

The theme for this challenge is embossing fun so I grabbed a stencil and a piece of cardstock and using versamark through the stencil, then adding the fabulous Baked Texture embossing powder I created the panel of splashes. This has a lovely texture and mix of colours and is a lovely way of adding something special into the card.

I also chose to emboss the die cut birthday which makes it into a lovely dimensional glossy embellishment.

I did add a panel of dsp in the Tahitian Tide too and put all those elements on a pale green card blank. The cardblank was A4 size but I trimmed it down to 6×6 and then used an offcut to die cut the Happy letters. I did think it needed something else whilst I was putting it together so die cut the cloud from Gummipan as a final element.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Digital stamps, Lawn Fawn, Lawn Fawn stamps, Ribbons, Watercolour paints

DT: Creative Knockouts… Fall

Today I have a fall / autumn themed card made for the latest Creative Knockouts challenge blog as my design team contribution.

I used the lovely Sheepski Designs image called Winter Warmer which I printed onto mixed media cardstock and watercoloured using watercolour pencils.

I used some papers from the stash to make up the background and used Calypso Coral cardstock for the background.

I actually filmed the make (it’s been a long time since I’ve done this!) so check out the video.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Christmas Greetings, Concord & 9th, Design Team, Happy Celebrations, Lawn Fawn, Promarkers, Letraset, Ribbons, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Hi there! Thanks for popping along to my little corner of the Web. I’ve got another Happy Little Stampers design team contribution to share with you today. This was for the Anything Goes with Dies blog.

This card turned into a labour of love … lots of stamping, masking and colouring with just a bit of die cutting!

I made this for my cousins daughters birthday as the girl images reminded me of her.

I cut a piece of 6×6 white and stamped the Polaroid image from Concord and 9th all over it, and then masking I filled in some of the gaps. Next I took the girl images which were magazine stamps and stamped those as the photo images… again lots of masking to keep the images within the frames.

I then coloured them using both Stampin Blends and promarkers until the whole sheet was coloured in. I also edged the panel with black.

Next I stamped and die cut the camera image and then coloured that in. I also die cut some hearts and coloured them using the same colours so they would coordinate.

I decided to then put a few things together to make the sentiment. Firstly the smile die from Lawn Fawn which I stacked a few together to give it dimension and then some little alphas. Then Your from Happy Celebrations and Birthday from Biggest Wish.

I added some foam behind a few elements and behind the main die cut panel I added some ribbon.

I then went to town with wink of Stella on the hearts and the smile die cut.

Inside the card I added three individual Polaroid images I had cut out and coloured and some more of the hearts.

For the envelope I kept it simple and just added the stamped hearts in similar colours.

Love how this turned out.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistically Inked, Christmas Greetings, Cottage Flowers, Cottage Rose, Design Team, Distress oxide ink, Nature's Prints

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes Birthday

So here is my design team contribution for this months Anything Goes Birthday challenge over at Happy Little Stampers.

I’ve gone bright and funky with a pop of gold and black.

I grabbed the Cottage Rose stamps and dies and after a blending inks across the Basic White I decided to stamp in black and have them teamed with a black label to contrast the bright distress oxide inks I used.

I created the cluster and then decided I wanted some background stamping. I decided to use the splotches stamp from Nature’s Print and added that using the Mowed Lawn distress oxide so it was in keeping with the colours of the flowers and leaves.

I had wanted to add in the additional elements of the gold laser cut leaves from Forever gold pack so I slotted a few in so there was some shine, and also the glittery gems from the stash.

Love how this finished up … so bright and cheery.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Emma Godfrey, Heffy Doodle

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

Hello! Happy 1st September! I’m actually writing this post ahead of time and scheduling it because by the time you read this I will hopefully in the sun by a pool and cocktail in hand on my holidays!

Today I have my design team contribution for Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog and once again I turned to the stack of Making Cards magazine kits and made these two cute boy birthday cards.

Last month I said I don’t use characters in my cards often and then 2 months on the run I’ve ended up with character based cards! Lol! The reality is I needed to make some little boy cards so these images and fun papers came in handy … and so I saved them to share for my design team contribution!

Both cards are similar with the same big Heffy Doodles die cut as a big feature and then the same sentiment stamp, but I did mix them up a little with the colours as the first I added the royal blue into the mix, and the second I made a watercolour/ smooshed ink cardstock to die cut and stamp onto!

For both cards I die cut the 💙 from the top of the i a few extra times to add as embellishments. On the first card I also stacked the sentiment to give it even more dimension.

Inside the cards (and on the envelopes) I added scraps of the paper left over. Oh I also must mention that the stripey paper was not diagonally striped originally but I thought it looked better at the angle hence I ended up with a triangular piece inside the card. May seem like an obvious way to use striped paper but I rarely twist the paper and so thought I ought to mention it!

Love how both of the cards came out, particularly like that watercolour/ smooshed ink die cut.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Chevron, Design Team, Paper Blooms

DT: Creative Knockouts… anything goes

Hi!

How quickly the weeks go … how are we already mid August?

Well it is time for me to share another design team contribution, this time for Creative Knockouts where we have an Anything Goes challenge this week. There is a prize sponsored by Pretty Cute stamps so I encourage you to join in.

Here is the card I made…

I decided to have fun fussy cutting and using some old dsp …

This was a half sheet of 12×12 so it have me a big pile of fun flowers to use. I also had half a sheet of one of the other pieces of dsp from the pack so used some of that in the background and as a banner strip.

I decided to have a bit of texture with the chevron embossing folder and then the sentiment strip across the middle raised with the larger flower as the focal image. Of course I used the Biggest Wish stamp set again to do this … I really don’t know what I would do without this stamp set!

I added some of the smaller flower images around the card too and then added the panel to the right hand side of the card.

Inside I added one of the other flower images I had cut out.

Love this … it was actually quite relaxing doing all the fussy cutting and I still have lots left so will pop them in a little pouch so I can come back and use them on another project another time.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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