Avery Elle, Distress oxide ink, Ribbons, Seasonal Labels Dies, Tropical Hideaway

Playing with Tropical Hideaway and oxides

Had a playtime with the Tropical Hideaway background stamp and this is the card I made…

I had no plan making this card… I videoed the process… which shows how I had zero idea what I was doing, but had fun as I did it!

I teamed it with a label, gold laser cut embellishment and the lovely green twine. I finished off with an Avery Elle sentiment stamp and die set.

Love this!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Digital stamps, Lawn Fawn, Lawn Fawn stamps, Ribbons, Watercolour paints

DT: Creative Knockouts… Fall

Today I have a fall / autumn themed card made for the latest Creative Knockouts challenge blog as my design team contribution.

I used the lovely Sheepski Designs image called Winter Warmer which I printed onto mixed media cardstock and watercoloured using watercolour pencils.

I used some papers from the stash to make up the background and used Calypso Coral cardstock for the background.

I actually filmed the make (it’s been a long time since I’ve done this!) so check out the video.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Christmas Greetings, Concord & 9th, Design Team, Happy Celebrations, Lawn Fawn, Promarkers, Letraset, Ribbons, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Hi there! Thanks for popping along to my little corner of the Web. I’ve got another Happy Little Stampers design team contribution to share with you today. This was for the Anything Goes with Dies blog.

This card turned into a labour of love … lots of stamping, masking and colouring with just a bit of die cutting!

I made this for my cousins daughters birthday as the girl images reminded me of her.

I cut a piece of 6×6 white and stamped the Polaroid image from Concord and 9th all over it, and then masking I filled in some of the gaps. Next I took the girl images which were magazine stamps and stamped those as the photo images… again lots of masking to keep the images within the frames.

I then coloured them using both Stampin Blends and promarkers until the whole sheet was coloured in. I also edged the panel with black.

Next I stamped and die cut the camera image and then coloured that in. I also die cut some hearts and coloured them using the same colours so they would coordinate.

I decided to then put a few things together to make the sentiment. Firstly the smile die from Lawn Fawn which I stacked a few together to give it dimension and then some little alphas. Then Your from Happy Celebrations and Birthday from Biggest Wish.

I added some foam behind a few elements and behind the main die cut panel I added some ribbon.

I then went to town with wink of Stella on the hearts and the smile die cut.

Inside the card I added three individual Polaroid images I had cut out and coloured and some more of the hearts.

For the envelope I kept it simple and just added the stamped hearts in similar colours.

Love how this turned out.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alcohol Inks, Biggest Wish, Decorative Dots, Natural Prints, Nature's Prints

Happy birthday Sue (for Saturday)

Saturday was my lovely friend Sue’s birthday. I made this colourful card for her.

I decided to use the lovely Nature’s Prints stamp and used some glossy photo paper to create a fun alcohol ink background to stamp onto. I must admit my alcohol ink background didn’t blend as well as I would have liked but when die cut and stamped it looked fabulous.

I decided to add them to an embossed panel and then added the sentiment using the Biggest Wish stamps. I also added a little strip which I added some ink to so it had a little rainbow popping under the sentiment.

I finished off with sequins just to add some sparkle.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistically Inked, Christmas Greetings, Cottage Flowers, Cottage Rose, Design Team, Distress oxide ink, Nature's Prints

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes Birthday

So here is my design team contribution for this months Anything Goes Birthday challenge over at Happy Little Stampers.

I’ve gone bright and funky with a pop of gold and black.

I grabbed the Cottage Rose stamps and dies and after a blending inks across the Basic White I decided to stamp in black and have them teamed with a black label to contrast the bright distress oxide inks I used.

I created the cluster and then decided I wanted some background stamping. I decided to use the splotches stamp from Nature’s Print and added that using the Mowed Lawn distress oxide so it was in keeping with the colours of the flowers and leaves.

I had wanted to add in the additional elements of the gold laser cut leaves from Forever gold pack so I slotted a few in so there was some shine, and also the glittery gems from the stash.

Love how this finished up … so bright and cheery.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Emma Godfrey, Heffy Doodle

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

Hello! Happy 1st September! I’m actually writing this post ahead of time and scheduling it because by the time you read this I will hopefully in the sun by a pool and cocktail in hand on my holidays!

Today I have my design team contribution for Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog and once again I turned to the stack of Making Cards magazine kits and made these two cute boy birthday cards.

Last month I said I don’t use characters in my cards often and then 2 months on the run I’ve ended up with character based cards! Lol! The reality is I needed to make some little boy cards so these images and fun papers came in handy … and so I saved them to share for my design team contribution!

Both cards are similar with the same big Heffy Doodles die cut as a big feature and then the same sentiment stamp, but I did mix them up a little with the colours as the first I added the royal blue into the mix, and the second I made a watercolour/ smooshed ink cardstock to die cut and stamp onto!

For both cards I die cut the 💙 from the top of the i a few extra times to add as embellishments. On the first card I also stacked the sentiment to give it even more dimension.

Inside the cards (and on the envelopes) I added scraps of the paper left over. Oh I also must mention that the stripey paper was not diagonally striped originally but I thought it looked better at the angle hence I ended up with a triangular piece inside the card. May seem like an obvious way to use striped paper but I rarely twist the paper and so thought I ought to mention it!

Love how both of the cards came out, particularly like that watercolour/ smooshed ink die cut.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Amazing Phrasing, Cottage Flowers, Dylusions paints, Dylusions spray inks, Indigo Blu, Masks/Stencils, Memories and More, Ribbons

Our amazing princess

Today was GCSE results day for my princess. I am writing this blog post ahead of time as I know that she will have done an amazing job on her GCSEs and at this point we will be out celebrating before packing for a holiday!

I know we will be proud of her regardless of the actual results so I made a card a few weeks ago in readiness …

I used a Dylusions background (promise there aren’t any more left from the stash I made years ago … might actually have to have some inky time sometime soon to make some more! 😀 )

I also used a Memories and More card, another dylusions background cut down and a die cut ring. Then I added some flowers I had stamped and fussy cut out, some black die cut leaves from the Cottage Flowers set and a ribbon.

I chose to then add a sentiment from the Amazing Phrasing saleabration set and finished off with some black gems.

Inside I added a strip I had cut off the background and a remaining flower onto a panel of white as I had chosen a black card base.

Just love this… if I get a chance I will edit this to add in the actual results… but if I don’t get a chance just know we are proud parents regardless!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Edited …all 10 GCSEs passed, she’s happy, we are happy and of course very proud… but then we already were… just have papers to explain one of the reasons why!

Forever Fern, Forever Greenery, Masks/Stencils, Splendid Stems

Texture and Forever ferns

Played with some blending onto white cardstock and then added some stencilling with iridescent modelling paste.

Then I went to town with Forever Fern stamps and a few different coloured inks. I decided to make it into a card for my friend’s who recently got engaged (I unfortunately couldn’t go to their party 😔).

So I then cut a few of the bowl shapes from the Splendid Stems dies set and created a bowl of foliage.

I added a little organza bow and some pearls to finish off.

Not 100% sure about the placement of stencilling, think it might have looked better more central under the bowl of foliage, but love the final card.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas to remember, Colorado Craft Company, Natural Prints, Nature's Prints, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Peace & Joy, Pine Woods, Stitched framelits

OSW with a difference

To be honest this project has taken me weeks as the current heatwave in the UK has well and truly zonked me out! I’m not really built for this kind of weather and my craft space is the hottest room in the house! Anyway… it started as playtime for the new Colorado Craft Company stamps and coordinating dies I bought …

and then I wanted to use 12×12 sheet of dsp slightly differently as a OSW!

So I started by cutting the paper into 9 4×4 squares and then played with diecutting using the Stitched Framelits to create different shapes and designs for 6 of them and then the Pine Woods dies for the other three. I did end up with a few circle frames od dsp left at the end but otherwise very little waste from the dsp.

The main feature of course is the word stamps and dies which I am very happy with. Might try embossing them next time as I love the size of these words.

I then decided to do them in batches of three to make them similar but clearly each one different.

For the circles I made them all using the Christmas word and chose to add Merry from the Christmas to Remember set. I stamped and die cut a few trees from the In the Pines set and then the leftover bits of green dsp I die cut the filigree tree and added this to a white die cut.

I added die cut stars from the speciality paper I still have a few sheets of left from last year.

This final one I added more dimension to with foam under the frame element and then the tree and word were floating across the lower circle. These yellow stars are also old embellishments but I thought they made a nice contrast.

Now onto squares…

These ones I chose to use non Christmas stamps and dies to add decoration … the Nature’s Prints bundle. I thought the leaf worked well with the Peace word. I blended the ink on the stamp to give a more interesting stamped image.

My sending word was from the Peace and Joy set as I felt it just needed something simple with that large leaf and the glimmer paper die cuts.

As with the circles I added more dimension as I went along. This one had foam and triple layered squares to give some texture to the background.

And finally the trees…

I love these Pine Woods dies. Especially the one that just cuts out the inside and not the outside edge so it creates a frame. This one I added black card behind and then foam to raise up the panel. Very funky!

The large solid shape die cuts out the full frame for the tree and so I die cut it from the dsp and then white for the filigree and this I could then inlay into the dsp. Behind it I added the glimmer paper for some bling.

This one I kept as an element on my base of dsp … probably the most simple to end on! But can you see the dimension on this and on most of the die cuts I used? I stacked most of them two or three high by diecutting extra trees or leaves and then adhering them together. It gives them dimension without squish like the foam would add and makes them strong so they don’t bend or warp.

So pleased with how they all turned out… now off for another ice-cream to try and cool down!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Creative Expressions, Happy Moments, Masks/Stencils, Splendid Stems, True Love

Bonus stencil background card

So I made a card that involved lots of ink on a stencil, so I put the ink to use by spritzing with water placing the stencil onto card and running it through my Big Shot to transfer the ink.

Of course this is glorious and required using!

I decided to use some die cuts I already had cut from scraps choosing a rainbow of colours and different shapes and placed them in a circle cluster… but then decided what I needed to use was a black and white flower from True Love dsp (I’ve nearly used all of this up now and not sure what I will do without these trusty flowers to turn to!)

So fussy cut a few flowers and stuck them in the middle with the rainbow of leaf die cuts coming out from underneath.

Because I hadn’t used blue for the leaves I decided that should be the mount for the sentiment that was the tiny sentiment from Happy Moments.

A few little gems and that was a perfectly pretty rainbow themed bonus card!

Happy crafting!

Catherine