Category Archives: Festival of Prints

Postcard art swap

This month the theme at Postcard art swap was “red” so I created this postcard.

I used scraps of paper and painted cardstock that I adhered across the postcard base.

I edged the panel with black archival and then also distressed the top with some archival too to blend the background a little more.

Then I added the flower image (Alpaca Pals) which I stamped first onto the base and then also stamped and embossed onto the black cardstock and fussy cut out.

I added black wink of Stella to the flowers and called it done!

Simple and effective and a good use of scraps… think that’s three projects this month using scraps like this as a background.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Bird and scraps ATC

I made this ATC using similar technique to the tag I shared yesterday… in fact the same stack of scraps was used.

I did however change it up quite a lot by coating the Whole ATC with the scraps and then blending distress ink over the top to change the colour.

Then I added one horizontal strip, along with some shimmery wallpaper scrap to give the bird something to sit on.

The bird is a new to me Alpaca Pals stamp which I embossed and then coloured using distress inks and water.

Really love how cute that bird is and can’t wait to use it again.

This ATC was a gift for someone I am doing a swap with called scrap my stash… we send each other a pile of our scraps and in return they send an ATC made using the scraps. Looking forward to seeing what they do with my scraps and what I get to play with in return.

Will no doubt blog what we do later this month.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Decorated tag for UK Stampers Forum swap

Almost every month I join in with the swap of a decorated tag over at UK stampers forum and this month I’ve decided to join in again.

I grabbed lots of strips of scrap paper that were sitting on my desk to coat a tag. They happened to have come from the Christmas papers but weren’t overtly Christmas designs so work for anytime of year.

Once glued down I scraped some gesso down the centre and as it’s old gesso it’s gone quite thick so perfect for stamping into as it holds the shape well. I used a random text stamp from an old magazine set.

Next I stamped the Art by Marlene beach hut stamp onto a panel of cardstock and added that to the front of the tag using dimensional tape.

I coloured elements of the stamp with my water colour pencils and added glossy accents to the roof to add more dimension.

I then added an Art by Marlene sticker as the title and doodled round it.

I finished the tag with black archival ink on the edge and some scraps of ribbon and twine through the top.

Love how this came out and pleased I could use up some of the off cuts that were on my desk for this tag.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Two inchie swaps from December

With all the advent cardmaking posts I didn’t remember to blog about these two inchie collection swaps I made… winter and Christmas.

Both of them were made in November actually but not sent until December.

For the winter one I used some strips of patterned paper to add to the background and used paints to add splashes and colour. Then I heat embossed images in white and black to finish them off. I like how two inages spread across a couple of inchies.

The Christmas one I used patterned paper as the base for each of them and either added a Christmas themed brad, a white heat embossed present image or a black stamped image.

Both sets are very different in style but love them both.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Scraps of DSP all used up

This is the last of the bits and pieces rescued from the mess of my desk last week.  This time some random pieces of Christmas paper I had leftover from another project.  

Finished the cards off with some little stamped toppers.  First the fabulous Festival of Trees set…

I layered the paper pieces onto a black card blank – like the funky feel of this.  

 

Next up used the White Christmas stamp set to create this little topper.  Also did a little bit of embossing to the white cardstock in the background.

So two more Christmas cards made… And from scraps.  Not exactly UIUS I had been planning for this years cards but still no new products bought to create these. 

 

Happy crafting! 

 

Catherine

Advent calendar number one!

Today I delivered the advent calendar I made for my friend. She is not a chocolate fan (yes I think she’s a nutter too!) so she misses out on advent calendars… So I make her one and fill it with little treats as her Christmas present.

Was therefore happy to see the 25 days stamp set in this years Stampin up catalogue. This makes it a little easier for me to make it up… I also slightly cheated and bought boxes this year too!

I used last years Festival of Prints paper stack as I thought it worked nicely with the brown boxes.

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Loved doing this… Mostly loved filling it with treats for my friend! 🙂

Happy crafting!

Catherine