Biggest Wish, Fancy Phrases, Happy Celebrations, Ribbons, Tidings and Trimmings

UK stampers forum tag swap

Today I have the tag I made for this months UK stampers forum tag swap… and I went BIG!

I decided to use a tag I’ve had in the drawer for a long time which is an Art by Marlene one. I decided to cover it with word stamping … using the word Happy from all the stamp sets where I could find it!

I kept to a blue theme choosing blue and teal coloured inks. I then chose some star stamps from the stash and filled in areas around the words with the stars.

Next I added a strip of the black cardstock across the middle. This gave my main star and ‘happy’ a bit of grounding.

I die cut lots of stars from the glimmer speciality paper I still have a bit of in my stash and stuck them down all over the tag.

I finished off the sentiment with the white embossing onto black to make the full sentiment of sending a little Happy your way

I added some silver and blue ribbon to finish the tag off and called it done!

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

Forever Fern, Forever Greenery, Masks/Stencils, Splendid Stems

Texture and Forever ferns

Played with some blending onto white cardstock and then added some stencilling with iridescent modelling paste.

Then I went to town with Forever Fern stamps and a few different coloured inks. I decided to make it into a card for my friend’s who recently got engaged (I unfortunately couldn’t go to their party 😔).

So I then cut a few of the bowl shapes from the Splendid Stems dies set and created a bowl of foliage.

I added a little organza bow and some pearls to finish off.

Not 100% sure about the placement of stencilling, think it might have looked better more central under the bowl of foliage, but love the final card.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Creative Expressions, Happy Moments, Masks/Stencils, Splendid Stems, True Love

Bonus stencil background card

So I made a card that involved lots of ink on a stencil, so I put the ink to use by spritzing with water placing the stencil onto card and running it through my Big Shot to transfer the ink.

Of course this is glorious and required using!

I decided to use some die cuts I already had cut from scraps choosing a rainbow of colours and different shapes and placed them in a circle cluster… but then decided what I needed to use was a black and white flower from True Love dsp (I’ve nearly used all of this up now and not sure what I will do without these trusty flowers to turn to!)

So fussy cut a few flowers and stuck them in the middle with the rainbow of leaf die cuts coming out from underneath.

Because I hadn’t used blue for the leaves I decided that should be the mount for the sentiment that was the tiny sentiment from Happy Moments.

A few little gems and that was a perfectly pretty rainbow themed bonus card!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Amazing Phrasing, Paper Blooms, Ribbons, Tropical Hideaway

UK stampers forum tag swap

Hello! Hope you are having a good day and thanks for popping by to see my blog.

Today I have a tag I made for the UK stampers forum swap over on Facebook. I love making tags from bits and pieces I have on my desk and I decided to grab some of the flowers leftover from the card I shared a couple of days ago as the main images on this tag.

However the rules of the UK stampers forum is to include stamping so I grabbed the Tropical Hideaway background stamp and Parakeet Party to give this a fabulous stamped and bright background. I then added the fussy cut paper flowers.

Next to decide on a sentiment for the tag and this time I chose the saleabration set Amazing Phrasing and from that made my sentiment.

I did pop the Hey up on foam to give some dimension. Then I hunted through the ribbon box and chose this leftover ribbon which coordinated with the flowers. I decided to mount my tag on a slightly larger piece of the Petal Pink as it felt like it needed framing and this worked well.

I finished off with three sequins that are a dark iridescent navy colour.

Hopefully the swap recipient will like this bright and cheery tag!

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

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

Artistic, Artistically Inked, Expressions in Ink

4 artistic thank you’s

A few weeks ago I cut up papers and did stamping with the intention of making a sheetload of cards challenge but then never really finished it (plus messed up the cutting for the template!) So I shared the four I did at the time and put things aside for another day’s play.

Well I decided to grab the pouch that had all the bits and pieces in it and have a go at making some more and managed four more.

Two are pink and two are peach … but all make cute thank you cards!

These pale Papaya ones I used the flower images I had stamped and die cut. As I don’t have Pale Papaya ink I used a mix of retired colours (Crisp Canteloupe and More Mustard) and some Calypso Coral as these all worked with the Pale Papaya.

I mounted both of these onto the Mossy Meadow card blanks I had made. This gave a nice frame to the cards.

The pink ones I actually have a mix of pinks going on as I ran out of the Polished Pink cardstock so had to use a random other bright pink from the stash.

As these also had the pop of Pale Papaya in the patterned paper I used the same peachy themed colours for stamping the flowers … and one of them also got a few of the smaller flowers stamped in Melon Mambo.

Love how summery and bright these cards are… perfect for saying a cheery thank you!

I love too the gold foiling in the papers … really makes them special.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

In the Pines, Peace & Joy, Ribbons, Tis the Season

More technique Christmas cards for swapping

Yesterday I shared cards made for a swap … well I made 8 in total but these ones I kept to a more traditional look.

I decided to use patterned paper, to add some ink blending and splatters and then stamping and fussy cutting to create the focal images.

I’ve been using the Christmas Season set a lot for foliage recently so decided to change it up for these and used the foliage from the retired Peace and Joy which has been a favourite set for quite a while but mainly for the words. So decided to give the other stamps a little more attention!

I stamped each leaf 4 times and chose a different ink for each leaf type (the Holly stamp is a pair of leaves so I ended up with 8 in total!).

I blended ink on the white panels in a slightly different way for each and then splattered with a darker ink. Then I made my little clusters of leaves.

I decided to raise each topper panel up on foam and then add strips of paper underneath the sentiment (from the In the Pines) set. I then added pearls to the images along with a little more stamping using the accent type stamp from the Peace and Joy set.

The patterned paper is from the stash and I love how these coordinating packs work well together. I then chose to use Cherry Cobbler as the base for the card blank.

I also added some twine to these two to add a different texture.

Hopefully the recipient in the swap likes the two different styles I chose to make up the 8 cards.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Indigo Blu, Pine Woods, Ribbons, Scalloped tag topper, Tidings and Trimmings, Tis the Season

Scraps to tags … Christmas

Yesterday I shared with you the 10 tags I made for the challenge of use scraps to make tags … well as the challenge is to make 20 tags I chose to also make 10 Christmas themed ones.

This time I started with scrap cardstock as the base and then grabbed the Christmas box and used papers I had already cut into and the images I had already either die cut or stamped and coloured on other projects and never got around to using.

I did have to stamp a few extra sentiments and the two stars for the Tidings and Trimmings set were new inags, but otherwise all of this was using bits leftover from other projects or things sitting on my desk

Hopefully the swap recipient likes what I made, I’m looking forward to seeing what I get in return.

Happy crafting!

Catherine