Design Team, Designer Series Paper, Digital stamps, Ribbons, YouTube video

DT: Creative Knockouts – add a sentiment

Hello! Time for another design team contribution and this time for Creative Knockouts where the theme for this fortnight is to add a sentiment.

I chose to use this flowery watering can image which I was gifted by Connie Fong who are sponsoring the challenge. The image is called Garden Bouquet.

I printed it off in a couple of sizes but for this one I went large and ended up making a 7×7 card. I love the colour schemes and the pretty vintage style I ended up with.

I coloured the image using distress inks and water and a paintbrush and kept the painting quite loose so it has some depth but no precision. I also did some fussy cutting around a rectangle shape so some of the image fell off the edge of the rectangle.

I added the lacy trim and some brads and then the sentiment is hand stamped from a magazine freebie set. I then fussy cut, mounted it, and fussy cut the mount. I added foam to both the sentiment, the top rectangle and then the full background so there is plenty of dimension.

Love how it turned out. Think this image would be great for decoupage too so may give that a go at some point.

Also I did make a video of me making this if you fancy watching me in action!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Expressions in Ink, Promarkers, Letraset, Ribbons, YouTube video

Happy birthday to my princess

My gorgeous girl turned 17 today … still can’t believe she’s reached this age already and that I’m old enough to have a 17 year old!

I made a fashion and green themed card for her.

It’s certainly a little different than my usual style with these fun fashion sketches but I thought it would be suitable for my fashion and textiles loving girl!

I used the Expressions in Ink dsp and some little templates from a little booklet I’ve had for ages. Then I made it up! I added in some cotton fabric and a bit of old olive ribbon.

I was going to add sewing but in the end I decided against it.

I added the happy birthday sentiment die stacking the green twice and then the white twice with the white slightly offset so it was a little like a shadow.

I finished off with a few gems. I considered adding Mayas name in gold or the word daughter but in the end decided that it would be too much for the already busy card.

I did video making the card so if you fancy watching me make it check it out on YouTube.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

For the love of stamps, Masks/Stencils, YouTube video

Jazzy distress stains

Todays project was made a couple of weeks ago when I had some playtime with distress stains and videoed it for my You Tube channel.

The play didn’t exactly go to plan mainly because I think my stains are so old that I think they are past their best… certainly the foam tops had started to disintegrate and the ink inside the bottles was a little gloopy … but I persevered and made a rainbow funky background and used some fabulous silhouette stamps for the main focal image.

I love how this looks with the very busy background and the bold silhouette images.

Think it makes a very cool card … full of drama!

I used a strip of the leftover cut off inside the card to finish off.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Emma Godfrey, Ribbons, Splendid Stems, Splendid Thoughts, Stampendous, YouTube video

Another purple background card

This card is like the one I shared last Saturday in that it is using the purple background inspired by … yes you’ve guessed it … Jennifer McGuire and the distress ink resist mono print type technique. This was the background that worked well although I then end up covering most of it up with the stamping and the focal point but still I love how it turned out!

I decided to play with the Splendid Thoughts stamps and added some additional pattern to the background using the more solid stamps. Then I stamped, coloured the images and die cut them and added the finer diecuts to create the cluster.

I decided it needed a frame so I die cut the larger shape from the Seasonal Labels dies. I inked the edge of that and the background panel to frame it.

Then added dimension using foam and texture with the silver bow.

The sentiment I added was from the little tray of bits and bobs I have to the side where I make things for projects and then don’t use them.

Inside I added a piece of white and a leftover stamped piece and die cut to coordinate but forgot to take a pic … oops!

I finished off with the little iridescent gems.

No one would probably work out that the background was handmade not a bought paper I think but I love how this ended up and enjoyed the playtime.

If you fancy watching this one come together than you can watch it as I did video the whole thing!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

P.S. I still have 2 backgrounds left from this playtime but might give purple a rest for a few weeks! But watch this space to see the other things I make from them!

Emma Godfrey, Gummiapan, Ribbons, Sizzix, Stampendous, YouTube video

Playing with purple distress inks

Last weekend I grabbed a stack of distress inks to make a background inspired by Jennifer McGuire but ended up not using the two that I made originally but instead the ‘fail’ background and made that into a card. If you fancy watching it come together I did video the whole thing.

If not … read on!

So the background was made by using distress ink resist mono print type technique. But this one didn’t come out very clearly so I decided as it was pretty to carry on playing with it regardless and come up with something. It ended up quite grungy and I love it!

I used the Gummiapan alphabet stamp and then lots of splatters. Then the Stampendous stamp that had been used as the resist pattern originally.

Then I picked out some new to me dies (I know no spend but I bought these with the money I had used selling stash so I’m not counting it as spends! – yes I’ve found a loophole in my no spend resolution I’m willing to work with!)

Anyways I die cut some leaves and the circle in white and stacked them up.

I grabbed the denim blue ribbon and added that before adding the banner and sentiment. I also die cut the little circles from the same cardstock and die set and added wink of Stella and used them as gem type embellishments.

I used Rich Razzleberry as the base and added a layer of white to frame the background panel and added white inside to make sure it was good for writing on (but didn’t decorate the inside).

Really pleased with this inky card and what’s more from the play I ended up with another three backgrounds to play with.

I did end up using one of them straightaway and filmed another video but I’ll blog about that once I’ve got round to editing and uploading it!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Avery Elle, Biggest Wish, Fern, Forever Flourishing, Ribbons, Tropical Hideaway, YouTube video

Tropical hideaway play

This card was sort of inspired by both Jennifer Maguire (her video made me grab the stamp) and instagram YVON0202 who I had seen using this stamp with a few colours … but I did go for a different style in the end so inspired by but far from copied!

I used stampin write markers to colour the image in using lots of different greens and some water spray which helped to blend them. If you want to see how I made it I did video it!

I decided to then use the Forever Flourishing dies and Biggest wish stamp set for the main elements with an embossed white panel behind the focal image. The twine and the sparkly gems finished it off.

I took some pics the night I made the card but this next one shows the colours better in the daylight.

Love that twine bow and the colour mix in the background and love even more that I have a second background yet to be used.

Once again I also videoed the process which you can watch if you fancy it!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Concord & 9th, Dylusions spray inks, Lawn Fawn stamps, Masks/Stencils, YouTube video

New Concord & 9th goodies

Yes I know that 2023 is no spend on new craft stash but I bought these between Xmas and New year so they don’t really count as spends! Anyway … I bought the Boho Butterfly layered stencils, dies and stamp set and this was my first play with the stencils and the dies (I used a few of the stamps the other day).

Do I love those layered stencils? Yes, yes I absolutely do! They are amazingly easy to use and the results are gorgeous!

I teamed these three with one of those spray backgrounds and some scrap orange cardstock and a Lawn Fawn sentiment I cut apart and mounted onto black to go with the black card base.

Each of the butterflies is stacked a few times and I used one of the sentiments from the stamp set to add to the background to also add in the pink colour.

Love how it turned out… and if you fancy watching the process there is a long craft with me video which shows me making it, along with my usual rambling and also a little tidy up section and haul section!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistically Inked, Distress oxide ink, Gelli Plate, Ribbons, Splendid Stems, True Love, YouTube video

True Love DSP playing

Today blog is a card I made using some of the leftover pieces of the fabulous True Love dsp which I love.

I also used a background I made for another project and never got round to using. I love how this came out but I must admit that I got a little lost in the middle of making this. If you fancy watching me fumble around making this card, check it out on YouTube as once again I videoed making this card.

I love how the ribbon provides a nice border element in the background and the bold sentiment panel.

Really going to miss this paper when I’ve finished off the last bits as it’s been fabulous to play with.

Finished off the card with white Splendid Stems die cuts and the black matt gems.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Creative Expressions, Distress oxide ink, Happy Celebrations, JOFY, Masks/Stencils, Playful Alphabet, YouTube video

JOFY flower card

On Sunday I had some fun playing with some supplies I had to hand… and I videoed it and yabbered along whilst I was crafting … just for fun!

This is the resulting card.

The background is one I made with embossing over the blended background d and then black ink added to create a resist effect.

I then added die cut leaves in a mix of autumnal colours. Then I cut out the flowers I had stamped and coloured with distress oxides onto peachy cardstock.

I made the sentiment using the Playful Alpabets in the white to create a space to add in the green letters (die cut inlay). I then embossed the rest onto some Calypso Coral cardstock.

Finished with the white sequins.

Love how this turned out and really enjoyed my crafty playtime.

Happy crafting!

Catherine