Category Archives: Dies

Stampin Up sunday: Bird and Branches inchies

This week I have an odd thing to share with you for my stampin up Sunday post… six inchies using the flower stamp from Birds and Branches.

I made these for a swap at UK stampers and as I haven’t got any other SU projects on that I can share I figured why not share these for the Stampin Up Sunday.

I painted the inchies I’d cut from thick cardboard using my fresco finish paints and then stamped the flower using black versafine ink.

Next I stamped them again in Calypso Coral, die cut them with the coordinating dies and used some old flower brads to embellish before sticking them to the inchies.

Not my usual style but fun inchies nonetheless. And a different stampin up Sunday for me to share!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Stampin Up Sunday: forever fern tag

Today I’ve combined Stampin up Sunday with my Uk Stampers forum tag for the month.

I wanted to use the Forever Fern stamps and coordinating dies and also the Lots to Celebrate for the jar.

I started by cutting a piece of watercolour card to size and then added ink direct from the ink pads as a background. Then I used the splatter stamp to add the Bermuda Bay splatters and then switched to my usual splatter technique for the rich razzleberry… water and a fan brush!

Next I had a stamping and die cutting session with the Forever Fern stamps and also did some of the dies that don’t match the stamps on a piece of whisper white I had watercoloured the Rich razzleberry ink on. The stamped images were in the Razzleberry and combinations of Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay.

I decided on the bouquet I wanted and then stuck it in place. Then stamped and punched the jar and added it with foam tape, wrapping some raffia around the jar.

Love how this came together…. beautiful colours. Added a ribbon from the stash for the top of the tag to finish off!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Stampin Up Sunday: Wreath builder dies.

Today’s Stampin Up Sunday blog is this card I made using the Wreath Builder dies. I did not use the accompanying stamps (Arrange a Wreath) I just used the dies (and a sentiment from Forever Fern set) and the dies alone made a fabulous pretty card.

I decided to make a pretty wreath using the die and sponging/daubing the white card before die cutting to create a lovely arty finish. I also splattered the ink too.

I did the same for the flowers this time using Calypso Coral as the colour.

I added the sentiment to a similar piece of card and then after adding everything to the background I did the Calypso Coral splatter on that too!

A little twist of linen thread below the sentiment helped tie in the kraft card blank.

Hope that you like this week’s Stampin Up Sunday contribution and this use of the dies that I think are pretty and versatile with no need to have the accompanying stamp set.

If you fancy owning these dies too, just let me know via email: catiecuddles@yahoo.co.uk

Entering this into the die cuts challenge at Happy Little Stampers

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Stampin up Sunday: Birds and Branches

Today I have a tag, that I’ve made for the UK stampers forum swap, using the fabulous Birds and Branches stamp set.

I started with a kraft tag and stamped the Birch background stamp using Sahara sand and added some of the same ink around the edge. Next I stamped the word hope in pool party from the retired watercolor words. Then added more ink at the edge using Early Espresso too.

Next I stamped the bird nest, bird, eggs and flowers on Very vanilla using Early Espresso, Pool Party and Soft Suede.

I used the Birds and More dies to die cut all the elements and then also die cut the branches from some wood grain patterned paper.

I assembled everything and added some gems for the centre of the flowers. Then I chose some snippet Tim Holtz stickers for finishing off!

I used the seam binding and linen thread to dress the tag.

Love how this looks and what a wonderful set of stamps and dies these are!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Another one sheet wonder… more Christmas cards

So another batch of Christmas cards made using the long since retired Winter Frost dsp and this time mainly using the Arrange a Wreath stamps and Wreath Builder dies to decorate… although the Peace and Joy set did get used for sentiments and some odd bits and pieces left from the set of cards I shared yesterday.

I also used the doilies I had bought at a reduced cost… and the Coastal Cabana ones worked fab with the paper.

So I started by just chopping up the paper… no plan was followed at all… and once again I ended up with enough for 13 cards! Again these will be given to the parents for their stash.

I mounted all the pieces onto Smoky Slate cardstock and then moved on to how to decorate them. Once again, I made the most of the double sided dsp, although most I kept to the snowflake design rather than the retro grey. I thought the retro grey was less Christmas themed.

Then I set to stamping and die cutting and fussy cutting elements to decorate. I mainly used the stamps from Arrange a Wreath and dies from the coordinating Wreath Builder set.

I kept to cool colours this time. I used Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana and Smoky Slate. A few of the sentiments I had stamped and not used from the previous OSW I shared also got used so there were some sentiments using the Island Indigo ink.

I didn’t think the pink was needed for these cards as they were more pretty than funky and so better keeping to the cool colours and white and grey than adding in further contrast.

I laid out each card and added a panel of either the smoky slate, or white, or vellum or some foiled cardstock from the stash as a background for each. I then chose which I wanted to add embossing to before I started thinking about adhering anything! I managed to use some off cuts of the foiled card to die cut some little sprigs from the die set too.

Then it was time to start sticking and finishing! What I will say is all those little leaves and sprigs take a bit of fiddling and be prepared to get a bit messy with glue if you are anything like me!

And here are the cards as close ups for each of them. Realised I didnt do close ups of the ones I shared yesterday. Might go back and get photos done and share as a separate blog.

I am super happy with how these came out. Just so pretty! Love how the paper works well with the die cuts and doilies and love the little turquoise leaves etc.

Finished off the cards with pearl gems and wink of Stella on either the flowers or bows or some leaves.

I then chose a different stamp from the set to decorate the envelopes.

This time I did add the pink … thought it needed the contrast and although think it still works nicely with the card.

As you can see in the background for this pic I still have some of this DSP left… May get tempted to do another OSW with what’s left … not sure if I want to choose different stamps and dies to go with it… very tempted with the snowflake wishes set… but not yet bought that so these remaining papers may have to wait.

Happy crafting!

One sheet wonder … Peace and Joy stamp and die set

This week I have yet another one sheet wonder to share using a mix of new and old stash!

The paper is old SU DSP called Winter Frost … I still have a few sheets left and am trying my hardest despite much temptation to not buy new papers until I’ve actually used up what I’ve got!

Teaming it with new stamps and dies brings a new life to the older paper (which is still gorgeous!).

I chose to use the new Peace and Joy stamp set with the coordinating dies.

I didn’t really follow a plan for the one sheet wonder but managed to create different sized panels to make 11 cards in total. I mounted them with either Smoky Slate or Basic Black or Basic Grey to create quite modern cards. I thought they would work well with the fun script words in the Peace and Joy stamp set.

Once I had some vague ideas of how the cards would come together I then started stamping…

I used inks I knew would work with the paper… Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo and Smoky Slate. Then I got started with fussy cutting the leaves and berries and the little sentiment strips.

Once I had a nice pile of bits I decided I needed some contrast and chose a bright pink… Melon Mambo.

Finally I had a tin full of die cuts and little fussy cut elements ready to start putting cards together.

I grabbed ribbons from the stash most of which are retired in both the smoky slate and the melon mambo. I also ran a few of the background panels through embossing folders. Again I haven’t bought any of the new ones just yet because I already have a few Christmas themed ones in my stash and I don’t use embossing folders nearly enough!

I created card blanks from Smoky Slate and Basic Black and layered up elements to create this funky set of cards.

I created three using the Joy stamp and die as a feature.

Three using Peace…

And 5 using Bright as the focal point…

Absolutely love how cool these all look.

Now using a dark card blank such as black or grey causes some issues for writing on and my intention is to give these cards to my parents for their stash this year… so I created inserts and also decorated the envelopes whilst I was at it.

I finished off the cards with some sequins I glued in place.

Love how double sided paper gives you a couple of options for one sheet wonders.

Hope you enjoy this different take on using new stamps with old stash!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

OSW pt2: Forever Fern

Here is part 2 for the one sheet wonder… using the Forever Fern stamp and Forever Flourishing dies.

I love how the brand new stamps work so perfectly with this old dsp … and how the Calypso Coral works as the accent colour on those strange bobbly stems.

I stamped the background with the Birch background stamp set.

I added the sentiment from the retired Beautiful You stamp set.

I love how distressing the papers and mats add texture.

I also added the embossing on the back panel for this using a snow folder but back to front so it creates a deboss design… I think it looks like distressed concrete surface on this.

Love how all of these look… I just adore these stamps and dies! Such fabulous images!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

One sheet wonder: Venetian Romance dsp

So after the mammoth OSW I did last month, I decided to dig through the dsp to do another one. I chose an old (2014!) piece of dsp from the stash. This was a set called Venetian Romance and I love it.

I created 12 cards in total and loved pairing this old dsp with my new stamps!

I also distressed the dsp and the kraft cardstock I was using as a mat. This left a large amount of paper fluff everywhere but love the effect it created.

So I’ll share the first four tonight and then rest tomorrow.

So Birds and Branches is the stamp set for the focal images… such a beautiful stamp set.

This first one I added the panel of the craft card and embossed with the Pinewood panel 3d set. I also added the linen thread and the pearl as embellishment.

This card I added some stamping using the Birch background stamp. I also found some ribbon in the stash that seemed to work with the Calypso Coral colour in the dsp.

The Best Wishes sentiment I chose are from the Arrange a Wreath stamp set.

For this one I found a paperclip that was the perfect match too… added that as a different embellishment.

Love the way the four cards finished up… the stamps breathe new life into the old paper. So pleased I got to use it… after 6 years of it sitting in a box!

And for those interested I made up my template as I went along but these are the measurements… (I’ve drawn this out after the fact!) And yes I did and up with a spare 1″ strip but that’s because it was damaged on my original piece of paper!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy birthday Mum

It was my mum’s birthday on Saturday… we were meant to be going out to celebrate but the new quarantine for those coming from Spain has meant they are now self isolating for a fortnight… unluckily they arrived back in the UK just 24 hours too late to avoid it!

Anyways I did drop off this card for her and we will celebrate a little belatedly in a couple of weeks.

This card started as a colouring in exercise … a bit of mindfulness …

I stamped the Magnolia Blooms main image several times using different inks onto the whisper white cardstock…

Then using my promarkers I coloured a few in…

I decided the bottom colour scheme would be perfect for a card for Mum… so created a full 5×5 square of the images and coloured them all in.

I chose some coloured cardstock from the stash and some vellum and rose gold foiled cardstock to create some layers. I embossed the bottom layer and the top square using the Pinewood planks folder.

I then die cut the foliage from the Birds and More dies from the foiled card and added a die cut panel from the Everything is Rosy suite. I also added some of the rose gold mirrored dots.

Inside the card I used the Happy Wishes stamp for the greeting.

I also created a panel on the envelope too.

Love how this came together. I know that this particular stamp set isn’t available to buy anymore but there is a gorgeous Magnolia set in the catalogue that would work, or any floral stamps to create something similar.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: CHNC: use ribbon or twine

This week I used some ribbon as per Hazel’s challenge for the Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge blog.

I also used new stamps and dies from the catalogue that is released on 1st August…

As soon as I saw the large script dies and stamps in the Peace and Joy stamp set I needed to get them.

I teamed them here with some old Making Cards magazine papers.

Also entering this in the challenge at Christmas 24 use ribbon.

Happy crafting!

Catherine