Distress oxide ink, Embossing Folders, Indigo Blu, Lacy Brocade, Merriest moments, Old Paper, Pierced Blooms, Ribbons, Sheena Douglass Embossing Folders, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Stitched framelits, Tim Holtz

Kendra’s card challenge #3

Yet another batch of Christmas cards made using the templates and guides from Cards by Kendra. This time I used the one for challenge number 3. You can find all the details at Kendra’s blog.

This particular template makes 16 cards from base of 6 pieces of 6×6. I used papers from the Indigo Blu magazine kit I got last year, admittedly they are double sided so for some of the card layouts I chose to turn over the paper and use the reverse. It definitely gave me more options when I was designing how to finish the cards.

I learnt from last time to not add too many other pieces of cardstock too so I could reduce the weight of the cards.

Here is the full lot…

I used a few different shades of cardstock in the pale blue and greens along with the shimmer vellum in Evening Evergreen. I mainly used images from the magazine kit of stamps or those printed on the paper kit. Occasionally I added die cuts either as part of the sentiment or leaves for the flowers.

I chose to use the die cut snowflake embellishments on quite a few too … sometimes the iridescent side, sometimes the matt side. They worked well with the papers and the feel of the cards I think.

I did a lot of embossing too… this added texture and worked well with the grungy nature of the papers. Especially when I chose to add ink too.

Thoroughly enjoyed putting these together, the whole set took a good few separate sessions over the course of a few weeks. I particularly enjoyed colouring those Holly leaves and berries, although the fussy cutting less so!

Creating these also made me want to do more with the Merriest Moments embossing folder and get the dies and stamps out for that bundle too… so maybe that will be the next set of Christmas cards …. unless another set of papers and one of Kendra’s challenges tempts me first.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Claritystamps, Heartwarming Hugs, Peace & Joy, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

#sheetloadsofcards template May 2022

Howdy! Stumbled across a template for making 6 cards using 3 pieces of 6×6… #sheetloadsofcards by CALL ME (CRAFTY) AL … and I had to play along… so here are another 6 Christmas cards done and dusted!

Used the fabulous Creative Stamping magazine stamps I’ve had for ages but LOVE! Lots of colouring in done! Lovely and chilled.

I chose to cut down some of the Heartwarming Hugs dsp into 6×6 and then teamed it with Mossy Meadow cardstock and real red. Chose to mix a Claritystamps sentiment with the Peace and Joy stamps to finish off.

Added either glossy accents or some stickles to finish off.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Collage, Designer Series Paper, Tim Holtz

Selling stash and using up scraps

I decided it was time to have a bit of a clear out and sell some of my craft supplies I’m not really using (so i can buy new stash!)

And then it turned into a fun playtime of using up scraps off the desk and making little thank you collages for the little brown paper bags I had got to put sold items into.

I kind of got a little obsessed all afternoon making up these little bags … and of course forgot all about the tidying up!

Here are 12 of the many I made up (I didn’t take pics of all of them!

Such fun to play and just create little collages from scraps.

Now must get back to the tidying and sorting at some point!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Joy, Merriest moments, Paper Pumpkin - Joy to the world, Peace & Joy, Ribbons, Sheena Douglass Embossing Folders, Stitched framelits, Tidings and Trimmings, Tidings and Trimmings, Tidings and Trimmings

Kendras card challenge #2

I enjoyed making the cards for challenge #6 so decided to make another set using an older template… template #2.

I chose the Tidings and Trimmings papers and stamps and dies for the main focus… but ended up adding other bits and pieces in too like the shimmery vellum and the sparkly speciality paper… I can never resist going a little mad with those fab Peace and Joy stamps and dies either and felt a big word was perfect as the focus of a few of the cards.

Here they all are…

I make the cards in stages…. cutting, then putting the pieces into labelled envelopes, next the layers of cardstock are cut and added to the envelopes. Then I stamp and cut lots of embellishment pieces so I have a little pile to use. Then I start to assemble but not always finish the card topper (I make these as card toppers first before I add to card blanks/make card blanks). Sometimes I just add layers to the paper pieces and add a few bits into the envelope and come back as I know I want an additional element like a ribbon, or sometimes it comes together immediately with everything to hand. But at least this way I get to just do them a bit at a time and 14 cards isn’t too overwhelming to deal with!

As the template is for US sized cards I did have to fiddle a little with the sizing of the final layers to make it fit the UK size cards but it worked fine. I made the card blanks out of Cherry Cobbler cardstock as I had loads of it and then inside added a white panel and some more dsp strips or panels and a little stamping. They were all different but only took one pic of the inside…

Envelopes again I kept simple with some little banners of dsp leftover from the inside panels and that was all!

So another 14 Christmas cards made. Must admit these were a little heavy because of all the extra cardstock so maybe need to remember this and try to gut the layers a little next time.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistic, Banner Year, Biggest Wish, Christmas Greetings, Design Team, Playful Alphabet, Ribbons, Venetian Romance

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Good morning! Time for another design team contribution… this time the Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge.

I decided to make a thank you card for my parents and went for bright and cheery and the gorgeous Artistically Inked dies.

When I bought these I thought I would be using the floral bouquet all the time, but have only used it occasionally so far… so it seemed a good idea to grab it and get it used!

I teamed it with some lovely bright dsp I’ve had in the stash a long time (I used it a few months ago for a birthday card for my friend so I figured I would use some more again now!

And kept it light and easy with white die cutting etc.

I added some twine and gems to embellishments but made the card a little more fun by decorating the front, and the inside with a fold back.

I die cut the YOU from playful Alphabets three times and stacked them to give dimension.

Then added a panel back in of white so I had somewhere to write my message.

I used an strip of the paper leftover to decorate the envelope and one of the remaining leaves for the decoration!

Love how this turned out… I especially like anchoring the die cut in the panel of white… I think that works well.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alpaca Pals, Altenew, Design Team, Everything is Rosy, Masks/Stencils

DT: Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge… Blend

Hello!

Time for me to do some blending for the Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge blog design team contribution.

Because we get the themes in advance I actually made this one a while ago so the recipient has had the card for quite some time! But I made it with this challenge in mind.

Now let’s just go back to the rules of the challenge…

Clean and Simple design with one focal point, lots of white (or open) space and minimal layers and embellishments

So the card I made was to welcome a new baby into the world… Edward Christopher! He is the baby of my friend and is a much wished for and fought for little one.

I decided I wanted a CAS card for him and his parents and so looked ahead to see what challenges there were and blend made most sense so hence the crafting ahead of time!

I started by choosing some pale blue cardstock and cutting a card blank and a card front panel. Then using a mask I gave myself an aperture to blend my inks through.

I blended from pale blue (soft sea foam) to turquoise (coastal Cabana and tempting turquoise) to dark blue (night of navy).

I then kept with those inks and inked the edge of the circle with some leaves, spots, stars and the sentiment. The leaves an spots etc are from Alpaca Pals and the sentiment is from Altenew.

I then looked in my stash for navy paper and found this piece that I thought worked perfectly as a simple layer/frame.

To embellish I decided to use glossy accents to add some shine and dimension to the focal area.

Inside the card I added a panel of white which I did the same blend of inks. Then I added a strip of the paper and some stamping. All the images and sentiments were Alpaca Pals for the inside.

I also did some blending on the envelope using the reverse mask for the area to put their address on and masking the edge of the envelope for the frame.

So a lovely sweet little card for a sweet little baby boy. 💙

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Pick a Punch, Challenges/projects, Christmas Greetings, Christmas Pinecone, Christmas Season, Christmas to remember, Embossing Folders, Joy, Merry Moose, Old Paper, Painted Christmas, Pinewood planks, Seasonal Labels Dies, Sheena Douglass Embossing Folders, Stitched framelits, Tidings and Trimmings

Kendra’s card challenge 6 … Christmas in April

I haven’t made any Christmas cards in ages … so when I stumbled across Kendras card challenge using 6 pieces of 6×6 to make 15 cards I thought it might help spur me on and help me get started on this years cards.

Of course I forgot using an American template would lead to card sizes that aren’t standard UK sizes so I made mine as card toppers and added them to 5×7 card blanks.

Kendra provides both the cutting guides and the layout/sketches with measurements so this made stage 1 (cutting, layering and grouping together) easy. Next step was to decide how to finish each of the cards off.

I used the Painted Christmas dsp for mine …

And teamed the papers with Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Pear Pizazz and Mossy Meadow cardstock … mainly as that was what I had to hand! I also added in some of the glittery speciality paper too for some fun.

I used different embossing folders, stamp sets, die sets and punches to finish off the cards… some I added inking too, some I kept plainer.

So there you go … 15 cards made ready for December. I always make lots of cards but I then gift them to my parents and my aunties for them to use too … so it helps to get lots done in one go … they then function as a set, although each is very different!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, For My Family, Forever Greenery, piercing templates, Ribbons

Happy 16th birthday to my princess

I’m writing this ahead of her day but still in disbelief it has been 16 years since my baby girl arrived. So proud of the woman she is becoming. Love her to the end of the earth (even although occasionally she drives me insane!).

Here is the card I made for her.

Green has become the colour of choice of late and we have just finished decorating her room with green panel effect wallpaper and light green walls. So I decided to use some of the last pieces of the Forever Greenery dsp I had in my stash and the gold die cut to create this 7×7 card.

Of course the Biggest Wish stamps got used… and some foam stickers for the large 16 in the middle!

I added some hand sewing and some lace (to reflect her love of sewing and textiles) and the fussy cut leaves reflect her wish to have lots of plants in her room (albeit fake ones as none of us are good at looking after plants).

I added foam between some layers so this has plenty of dimension and a white string bow to add more texture!

The inside I took some of the remaining paper and some of the die cuts to create a panel. Again a bit of sewing and sentiment stamped to finish off.

The envelope I kept really simple… just paper down one side.

So happy birthday dearest Maya … hope you have a fabulous birthday. We love you lots xxx

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistically Inked, Banner Pick a Punch, Biggest Wish, Brilliant Wings, Christmas Greetings, Christmas Season, Design Team, Merriest moments, Ribbons, Stitched framelits, Venetian Romance

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Hi! Another design team contribution to share with you today… this time my Anthing Goes with Dies one for Happy Little Stampers.

I actually made this card a couple of weeks ago for my friend Valerie who is my Stampin Up upline as her birthday is New Years Day.

I took some old dsp in bright and cheery colours and cut three square panels. I then decided to cut and emboss the Merriest Moments folder and do some cutting and amending to make a square frame. It was Valerie who gave me this idea as I saw she had done the same with some Christmas cards.

Then I added the stitched shape square on top. I also watercoloured onto the leaves using Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight and Gumball Green to keep the colours bright in keeping with the dsp.

I stamped and die cut some foliage from the Christmas Season set using the same colours. Always like using Christmas themed sets in a different way!

I layered them up and added this to the card as the main element. Now for the sentiment.

Of course Biggest Wish got used, as did Artistically Inked for the sentiment… one in white embossing on the yellow cardstock. Then I die cut the Butterfly and added some bakers twine underneath as the embellishment.

Finally I die cut three little butterflies as final elements.

For the inside of the card, some banners punched from the paper, some small butterflies also die cut and the sentiment stamped on a strip of white.

I also stamped the flap of the envelope and added a die cut butterfly to finish off!

Love this bright and cheery birthday card for my good friend Valerie. Lots of layers and interest, plus using those Christmas stamps, dies and embossing folder for a totally none Christmas feel card!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas Greetings, Christmas Pinecone, Christmas Season, Christmas to remember, Painted Christmas, Peace & Joy, Playful Alphabet, Spellbinders

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone. Just popping in to say hi and share the cards I made for my hubby and daughter.

But first…

Well my Christmas card challenge failed abysmally… I only managed 6 of the themes I think and then life got crazy busy and crafting went to the back of the priority list… so sorry for those who were enjoying the challenge. Maybe I will revisit it when I get a chance.

But I did manage to make 2 more cards … one for the hubby and one for the child.

Hubby…

I went to town on this 7×7 card with dsp, dies, stamps a day some bling!

Pretty much everything from the Painted Christmas suite got thrown at it. Love love love this and all the foliage!

Definitely one of my favourite cards I’ve made this year! Entering it into the challenge at The card concept

Next up is the card I made for my daughter.

To be honest I made the cross stitch in 2020 but never found a use for it… until now! I decided it worked will with the Painted Christmas dsp and just created a frame from some old spellbinders dies and the sentiment from the Playful Alphabets dies and last years favourite stamps… Peace and Joy.

A cute and beautiful card … with a sewn element so perfect for my girl.

So these are the last of the 2021 Christmas cards. I actually did well in using the vast majority of the cards I had in the stash this year (between me and my parents!) which means I probably shouldn’t wait too long to start making them for 2022! Good job I have plenty of dsp left to play with!

Wishing you all a fabulous Christmas and festive season.

Happy crafting!

Catherine