Category Archives: Designer Series Paper

Tag for UK Stampers Forum

Today I have the tag I made for this month’s swap at UK stampers forum… because guess what… I’ve been creating again! After what felt like forever I have finally got back in the craft room and been making stuff! Finally!Anyways… the tag!I started with lots of off cuts of papers I had lying on the desk and started creating the background on this large Art by Marlene tag from the stash.Once I had covered the tag I then scraped over some white gesso and let it dry. I then added some flicks of Dylusions inks in blue and teal and edged it with teal ink.I also did a little inking with black archival too to grunge it up some more.The top panel I made using wipe up distress oxide ink from another project using the glossy cardstock to wipe it up. This always creates a fun background.I used a handcarved stamp to add the swirls and a random text stamp to add the writing. I added lots of dark ink around the edge to frame the panel and then glued it in place on the tag.Next I stamped the three Tim Holtz butterflies onto mixed media cardstock and added embossing powder. I didn’t quite get all of them embossed but it was enough to provide some texture to the stamping.I then added distress oxides as a watercolour to the butterflies before cutting them out.I glued them in place and used some pencils to add some more definition around the edge of the panel and the two butterflies floating off the edges.I then added the Tim Holtz sticker sentiment and the ribbon to finish!Super happy with how this turned out.Happy crafting!Catherine


DT: CHNC: winter fun

How quickly did that week disappear? For me unfortunately the week was spent in bed poorly but never mind. At least I had this prepped in advance … another design team project to share with you. This time the theme at CHNC is Winter Fun. I used a stamp from a magazine set and coloured it with promarkers. Love the little figures all whizzing by on their skates!

I die cut the circle and edged it with my pen and then added it to a card I had already made up with the Papermania papers and some red cardstock.

I finished it off with a Tim Holtz sticker sentiment and some sequins.

Hope you like this. Now off to see what the rest of the team did for their winter fun!

Happy crafting!


DT: CHNC: Use a bear

So many DT contributions today… and the CHNC one is to use a bear on my Christmas card… so of course I had to use this polar bear from the Creative Stamping magazine set. I do love this bear.

I chose a Winter Frost paper background and then used my promarkers to colour the bear. I hope you get a sense of dimension with the shading I used.

I also added a strip of white with the sentiment and a strip of Tranquil Tide to mount it and give the bear something to sit on.

I added sequins and then some glossy accents to the bears nose and eyes for dimension and shine.

Happy crafting!


Bird themed coins

Today I have four coins I made for a swap where the theme was Birds.

I decided to paper piece my birds using some fun papers I had on my desk. The stamp was from a magazine freebie. I stamped the image onto the coins I die cut from mountboard and then again onto four papers twice. Then I had fun cutting them out and piecing them together.

I then stamped the branches and leaves around the birds and gave them feet where they could be seen. I then took some word stamps and stamped them onto the patterned paper and cut them out. I edged each coin and also gave each bird a bit of a shade border.

I also coated each birds head and wings with some Wink of Stella to give them some shimmer.

Love the modern and fun look these coins have.

Happy crafting!


DT: CHNC: include a bell or two

So when I saw that the challenge at CHNC Christmas blog was use a bell or two I knew I needed to use this stamp from Woodware. I then decided to do paper piecing to fill it in and make a fun modern card.I used some American Crafts papers and stamped the big words a few times… and then went to town cutting out!I added some shading using promarkers and then some snow for the dot on the i!I added the other stamped sentiment from the set as a strip which I edged with the grey promarkers.Then on the inside I paper pieced two of the bell images as a finishing touch!Happy crafting!Catherine

DT: CHNC: a building or house

Today on CHNC the challenge Hazel has come up with is to use a house/building on out Christmas card. I decided to use the stamps that came with a magazine last year that had a coordinating circle die.I chose this woodland lodge image with the deer and added some colour using my watercolour pencils and a waterbrush to blend. Then cut them out.

Next I chose two very different sets of patterned paper from the stack I had put together a few months ago to make my Christmas card making easier.

The first one, a distressed earthy coloured set with brown cardstock mats and a kraft card blank.I added the strip of craft and stamped and embossed the sentiment. Then a bow of twine.The second I used the Winter Frost paper one and added embossing for the sentiment and round the edge of the circle and the paper panels. I added this one to a white card blank I had made from linen cardstock.Love how both of these came out. Both different and yet the same focal image.

Happy crafting!