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

Butterfly Bijou, Cottage Flowers, Cottage Rose

Bookbind fold cottage rose

I had a piece of cardstock cut and prepped to make a bookbind fold card that I never got round to making so decided to use it today. Pretty sure it is Granite Grey. Chose a piece of 6×6 Butterfly Bijoux paper and the now retired Terracotta Tile for my layering and die cutting.

To be honest this was a simple card to make… I just added an element of fussiness with the handsewing of the vellum torn piece as I hate seeing adhesive through vellum.

I embossed the sentiment and then fussy cut that out too.

Inside I added another strip of the paper and cardstock and another die cut flower.

Those gold flowers I’ve had a long time and no idea what kit they came from … but pretty sure it was a kit.

Hope you like my cute little bookbind card.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Butterfly Bijou, Design Team, Oh So Lovely

DT: Happy Little Stampers CAS: Hugs

Hello! Thanks for popping along to my blog to visit.

Today I have a design team contribution for Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge and the theme for this month is …. HUGS!

So before I set off down the route of showing you what I made let’s quickly revisit the rules for the CAS challenge…

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

Now I do this partly because I have recently been a more is more kind of cardmaker rather than CAS so I love this challenge and the fact it makes me reign it in a little even if it is only for one project a month!

I did take inspiration from Martin at Martin’s Mayhem mainly because I happened to have been binge watching his videos on YouTube recently, I love his style. So this was probably mainly inspired by this video. But I used the Butterfly papers that came with Butterfly Brilliance and then the Oh So Lovely stamps for the hugs.

So a few extra details like the sewing and the splatters to make it special but don’t think I went too over the top on this one.

Inside the card, more paper and another stamped Hugs!

So what do you think? CAS enough? I love these butterflies and it was nice to find I still had a little bit of the paper left in my stash!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Butterfly, Butterfly Bijou, Butterfly Brilliance, Butterfly journal, Masks/Stencils, Ribbons, Swallowtail, Washi tape

Butterfly themed journal craftalong

I did a fun craftalong with some friends recently where we made butterfly themed handmade journals. I decided to use mine to document my Brave the Shave event and hair regrowth in 2019, alongside a little of my friends stories about breast cancer.

Here is how far I have got with decorating it and filling it so far. Still got many stories to tell but for now I am pleased with how much I have managed to do on this project.

I used the already sold out Butterfly Bijou dsp, alongside vintage papers, random papers, index cards, colouring book pages, washi, vellum, doilies … basically anything that was around whilst I was playing got thrown in the mix.

Some pages I have just added little collages to and not added documenting which I love to add interest, especially as this is a bittersweet story to document… both a celebration of success and loss for my two friends who have had to face breast cancer along with the story of my shave journey which I am so proud of what I achieved through a simple but brave act.

If anyone fancies seeing the hair disappear there is a speedy version on youtube. Enjoy!

Will share future projects in this journal as they happen… keep your eyes peeled!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Butterfly Bijou, Butterfly Brilliance, Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils, Ribbons, Washi tape

Tag Thursday… more butterfly tags

Today is a little similar to last week in that I am sharing a butterfly themed tag (well three of them) … and they are very similar to last weeks in design but are actually the tags I made for three friends who joined me for an online craftalong last week….

Crumb Cake base, Butterfly Brilliance stamps, Butterfly Bijou dsp, Gorgeous Grunge stamping and washi tape… perfect fun and slightly grungy tags. Didn’t go full on Grunge as the idea is they can go in their journals and so may not fit with their style if I went too far to grungy in the design of these. Love them!

Really need to play with the stamps and dies more for this set. Unfortunately the dsp sold out so almost wishing I had hoarded it more!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Butterfly Bijou, Butterfly Brilliance, Ribbons, Washi tape

Tag Thursday UK stampers forum tag swap

Today for Tag Thursday I have the tag I made for this months swap at UK stampers forum.

I used the lovely Butterfly Bouquet suite… and made my tag from a few layers of the Crumb Cake cardstock.

I was actually making a few things using these papers and stamps at the time so it seemed sensible to make this tag at the same time.

I used the stamp on the background along with Vintage photo distress ink. Then added some splatters using the Gorgeous Grunge stamps and Calypso Coral ink. Next a little bit of stencilling using an old Tim Holtz stencil.

Them I added the strips of the paper and the bookprint and stitched it with my sewing machine… to be honest my sewing machine started having a little hissy fit making this tag so it’s a good job I was going for the grungey look!

I then added the washi tape and the stamped and die cut butterfly, before sewing round the edge, and inking the edges.

I then adhered it to another piece of Crumb Cake that I cut to size and also inked.

Finally a bit of ribbon from the scraps basket and called this done!

Entering this into the Wi ged things challenge at International art and soul

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Butterfly Bijou, Gelatos, Faber Castell, Ribbons, Wreath Builder

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge blog

Today I have another Design Team contribution for Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge. I made three mixed media tags and added the Wreath Builder die cut wreath and flowers and the die cut butterflies.

The tags were made from collaged bookpages using a technique I saw from Joie de Fi on YouTube. There was lots of sewing and then after cutting them to size, more seeing round the edges too.

I then added gelatos to the three tags in three different primary colours and added water and smudged them with my fingers.

Next I die cut three wreaths and flowers and some additional leaves from scraps of cardstock, and three butterflies from the Butterfly Bijou dsp.

I then layered them us and stuck them down and chose a quote sticker for each which I outlined with pen to help it show up against the book print.

I then splattered a glimmer ink to add shimmer all over the tag.

Absolutely delighted with these and the technique Joie has introduced me to. Absolutely going to be doing this again!

Hope you like my mixed media tags for this months die cut challenge… certainly a different way to use your die cuts against this simple to make and fun background.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Butterfly Bijou, Butterfly Brilliance, Crafters Companion

Stampin Up Sunday butterfly frame card

This week one of my friends at work left our team for a superb promotion. It’s been an emotional week, as whilst I am really proud of her and wish her well, I am going to miss working with her on a daily basis.

This is the card I made for her.

I decided to stamp the Butterfly Brilliance stamp onto some of the Butterfly dsp and die cut it. Then I used four of the butterflies to make this card.

I created a frame with the Petal Pink cardstock and the background using some very old embossed speciality paper I stumbled across in my stash. I then had two butterflies inside the frame and two on the top.

I gave the frame panel some splatters of white gesso and some shimmer ink to add some fun arty splashes and also inked up the edges using my distress oxides.

I chose a Crafters Companion stamp set for the sentiment and embossed it in gold and punched one end into a pennant. I then added the frame panel to a card made from soft sea foam which I had lightly inked around the edges.

Inside the card I added some strips of the dsp and cardstock I had cut into little pennants and inked and added a little die cut butterfly to finish off.

Really happy with how it came out.

Wishing Abbie all the best and know however much I will miss her, she is doing the right thing.

Entering this card into the feature a creature challenge at Dragonfly dreams challenge

Happy crafting!

Catherine