Banner Pick a Punch, Merry Moose, Ribbons, Scalloped tag topper, Tis the Season

Christmas in July challenge 11

Todays challenge I went with adding a creature… and of course my creature had to be a moose! I love moose at Christmas time … and love the Merry Moose stamps and coordinating punch.

I started with some more of the Tis the Season papers and decided to do another fun fold card that Sue Boothby taught me how to do.

It is sort of a card in a card type of thing with a cute side ribbon closure.

I constructed the card base first with white cardstock and then added all the patterned paper… remembering to sandwich the ribbon on the top panel and behind the back panel.

Next I stamped and punched the moose and sentiments etc. and added them to the cards.

I then used up the leftovers to make this card… I did a faux patchwork effect with layered panels and some faux hand stitched lines.

I added the final bit as a tag and the punched moose as the top embellishment.

Love using up strips as banners inside the card too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Pick a Punch, Paper Pumpkin - Joy to the world, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Tis the Season

Christmas in July challenge 10

I used more of the Tis the Season dsp again for today’s Christmas in July challenge where I decided the challenge would be fancy fold!

My current favourite fancy fold is the swing fold style that my lovely friend Valerie taught me. I decided to experiment with a few different shapes but had fun creating four cards with 2 different themes.

I decided to use the red sides of the papers mainly and then used some leftover bits and pieces from the Paper Pumpkin Joy to the world kit and some cute penguins from an old card making magazine.

I used bits and pieces of leftover paper to decorate the envelopes and the inside of the cards.

I also used some gems to finish off the cards too.

Swing fold cards, once you get the hang of them are pretty easy to make and lots of fun to choose how to decorate them. Plus they use up more papers… so it is good when you have a lovely collection of papers like the dsp stacks to work with.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Pick a Punch, Paper Pumpkin - Joy to the world, Peace & Joy, Pine Woods, Stitched framelits, Tis the Season

Christmas in July challenge 9

Todays challenge is trees … after all one of my favourite things at Christmas is Christmas Trees.

Last year the In the Pines bundle included this fab die that cuts the inside sections of the tree and didn’t really use it much. I decided to cut the card blank with the die and put the dsp behind onto the inside of the card.

I decorated each with some banners and some random sentiments. I also added the glitter gems.

The papers from the Tis the Season work so well together and I love the traditional colours.

The joy of this kind of card also means the inside of the card looks lovely… and is begging for decoration too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Expressions in Ink, Masks/Stencils

Weird and wonderful postcard

I’m a little late in blogging about this postcard that was sent several weeks ago.

The theme was weird and wonderful and I chose to make a funky postcard for Becky using a Dylusions die cut image as the focal point.

I used some Expressions in Ink dsp as the background and added some stamping to it with some random stamps in my stash. Then I stencilled with texture paste. I also added the die cut which I coloured in and some embossing and some stamped sentiments and a sticker.. basically just played and thre things at the postcard until I was happy with the result!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Pick a Punch, Banner Year, Festival of Trees, Heartwarming Hugs, Scalloped tag topper, Tree punch

Christmas in July challenge 8

Todays challenge was tags… or was it punches… either way I got it covered!

No really the challenge was to create cards featuring tags… but of course my favourite tag is the Scalloped tag topper punch which creates a tag out of any sized 2″ strip… so I made 8 cards and 4 tags from some patterned paper and some other bits and pieces… including a tree punch I’ve had in the stash for a while!

Oh and don’t forget the banner punch that also got to play lots.

OK first of all 2 pieces of 12×12 from the Heartwarming Hugs had 2 2″ strips cut and then cut at 3″, 4″ and 5″

Then punched with the tag topper punch.

The middle 4 I put aside as tags for on gifts … and then the larger and the smaller I decided to make into cards.

I then raided the cardstock scraps folder and found all these pieces of card that made 6x 3.25 cards so decided to make these up into the card blanks as slightly skinny versions of a6 cards.

I also added other elements such as panels of the dsp or the stitched shape die cuts and some embossing.

All the sentiments were from Banner Year and then the focal images the Festival of Trees which is an oldie but a goodie in terms of fun modern trees. And of course it works with the punch.

I added some gems and then these are done as a slightly different size card that still fits in the usual envelopes. Fun!

I added some more strips and bits of patterned paper to the inside of the cards too.

The tags I added a square die cut behind to be able to write on and added trees, seam binding and the little sentiment cut into strips.

Really love how fun and modern these all look and because I was keeping the design similar it was each to batch make … all the stamping and cutting and punching and die cutting in one go and then they all just got stuck together. Simple! Plus punches are the answer to quick and simple cutting out!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Stitched framelits, Tim Holtz, Tis the Season

Christmas in July challenge 5

Todays challenge came from what was left on the desk from the previous challenge… namely a pile of scraps! So decided to use the scraps to create some fun cards. And what is more I only had to stamp and die cut the sentiment oval for both as new elements … the rest was either already die cut or scraps from the previous projects!

So here is what I started with…

Of course because SU papers are double sided this gave me 12 patterns to play with!

I decided to create a patchwork piece by inking each piece and then sticking them onto some scrap old paper I had on the desk.

When this was finished I then cut it into 2 panels as background for these cards.

I then grabbed the leftover die cuts from the previous project and some gold laser cut embellishments to create a cluster. I then grabbed some Cherry Cobbler scrap cardstoxk and stamped and embossed and die cut the stitched ovals. I inked the edge to that too so it fit with the inked theme of the background.

What a fun and different way to use up scraps… told you I wanted to get through all the Tis the Season papers… well I’ve not got there yet but these have helped me!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Year, Biggest Wish, Peace & Joy, Ribbons, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Tim Holtz, Tis the Season

Christmas in July challenge 4

Back again with some more Christmas cards. After all I am currently waiting for the end of the Euros final so I can go and pick the no doubt stress ridden and maybe drunken husband up from his friends where he is watching the game with his friends. So now seems as good a time as any to update my blog.

This time I decided the theme would be to add flowers … not always something you think of when thinking of Christmas cards but I love these stamped images from an old Creative Stamping magazine so went to town and stamped 2 of each image and chose a slightly different colour scheme for each.

I chose some green papers from last years Tis the Season 6×6 dsp pack. I still have a fair amount of this left so really want to use it up so I can feel justified in buying new dsp from the next catalogue!

I decided to do the same fun fold for each card and cut the bases from Crumb Cake and scored at 10.5cm from one end as well and the centre so they can be sealed at the end and then a square element for the opening.

I cut each paper into a square and and a side strip and a small strip for the inside of each card … again keeping the dimensions all the same.

For the Shaded Spruce papers I kept the colour scheme to Real Red and Just Jade colours, and for the Garden Green to Cherry Cobbler and Mossy Meadow colours.

I did lots of die cutting using both Tim Holtz dies and Artistically Inked dies.

I found some red ribbons in the stash to wrap the end part. And the sentiments I chose were from all sorts of different places.

I also used glossy accents to add some shine and dimension in different places.

So happy with these. Love the design of this simple but fun fold to make the cards a little different!

Now come on England… one more goal in the next 8 mins so we can avoid penalties.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Peace & Joy, Ribbons, Tis the Season

Christmas in July challenge 2

Hi again. More Christmas cards in July to share for my little July challenge. Thought I would keep it simple for theme 2 and do something I am familiar with… a one sheet wonder!

I chose a piece of 6×6 paper from the stash (Tis the season) and once I had cut it into pieces I mounted each piece on the coordinating Cherry Cobbler and then set about adding the gold embellishments to create each card.

I did choose 5×7 cards as the base and added some bits of ribbon and sequins as embellishments.

I also kept with the same stamp set as last time (Biggest wish) and combined it with the Peace and Joy stamp set for the word Christmas.

This final one I added the jar punched element too as a finishing touch.

Loved making these… and the gold makes a lovely special card.

Join me for theme 3 in a couple of days… I plan on putting that Biggest Wish stamp set out of arms reach so I might use something different! Lol!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Masks/Stencils, Papermania, Peace & Joy

Christmas in July challenge 1

So I have been neglecting making Christmas cards so far this year as I no longer could commit to CHNC and pulled out of the DT, so decided to boost my supplies for this year with a little Christmas in July challenge.

I looked around blogland in advance and couldn’t see any being advertised so I making my own challenge up instead. I’m not doing a daily challenge… just setting myself 12 themes and in some cases will make multiple cards for the theme. I am also aiming to use all existing supplies… no new purchases to do this! After all I have six zillion Christmas supplies!

So here goes… theme 1 … CASE a non- Christmas card to make a Christmas card

OK this one is easy… I am slightly obsessed with a card that Martin from Martin’s Mayhem made … so that was my inspiration. I grabbed VERY old Papermania papers to mainly make up these cards. I then took the card making on a slightly different twist by adding stencilling in the background and twisting the layout…. but I think the inspiration from Martin’s card is still fairly evident.

So super old stash used… and CASE of a non Christmas card achieved.

Check back in a couple of days to see what the next challenge… and if you want to join in feel free and just let me know so I can come and see what you made!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistically Inked, Biggest Wish, Design Team, Embossing Folders, Expressions in Ink, One Sheet Wonder OSW

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

I must admit I was a little worried I might not get this done in time, but then Monday night I grabbed myself some craft time and made six cards using a piece of 6×6 cut from the Expressions in Ink dsp (I adore this paper and it was a challenge to cut into I promise!) and the coordinating stamps and dies, plus the Biggest Wish stamps which are my current faves!

I split the panels into pairs and so these are the two where I added the panel of Pale Papaya cardstock which I ran through the embossing folder to create additional texture.

Next these two I used Basic white and added some background stamping for behind the smaller panels of dsp and the embellishments.

Finally these two I added the Forever Gold elements as fun backgrounds plus the Pale Papaya cardstock to finish off.

Love the colours and the gold foiling in the dsp and those die cut leaves are amazing. Love how the stamps work well with the papers plus to create background elements too.

And those biggest wish stamps are still my favourites!

Anyway… this is my latest make for the Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog design team and now it is time to go visit everyone else’s blogs and see what they have been up to!

Happy crafting!

Catherine