I designed my own template to make 8 cards using one piece of 12×12.
I had a lot of fun using the Pierced Blooms and also added piercing to some of the cardstock panels too.
Used one of the butterflies from Butterfly Brilliance stamp set … and loved the jaunty angle.
Pulled out the Artistically Inked stamps too to create the background on some and the focal image/ cluster on others. I also used both the Biggest Wish stamp set and an old stamp set for the sentiments.
The panels that were 1 inch wide (plus one of the 1.5″ strips) I used on the inside of the cards to add some decoration there too.
I loved playing with these papers which I got in saleabration in 2020 and then different stamps to decorate.
Off to see how everyone else got on using their patterned paper this month!
Todays challenge is trees … after all one of my favourite things at Christmas is Christmas Trees.
Last year the In the Pines bundle included this fab die that cuts the inside sections of the tree and didn’t really use it much. I decided to cut the card blank with the die and put the dsp behind onto the inside of the card.
I decorated each with some banners and some random sentiments. I also added the glitter gems.
The papers from the Tis the Season work so well together and I love the traditional colours.
The joy of this kind of card also means the inside of the card looks lovely… and is begging for decoration too!
I got around to making this months Artist Trading coins last weekend. Phew it was warm making these in the craft room, but I am pretty pleased with them!
The theme for the month was EMBOSS and I chose to get straight in there with embossing on the background as well as the die cut leaves and the stamped leaves… three different powders used and love how they turned out… albeit a little autumnal feeling!
Mixed together the Very Versailles and the Forever fern stamps for the coins, also different textures with the shimmer vellum and the bakers twine.
Todays challenge came from what was left on the desk from the previous challenge… namely a pile of scraps! So decided to use the scraps to create some fun cards. And what is more I only had to stamp and die cut the sentiment oval for both as new elements … the rest was either already die cut or scraps from the previous projects!
So here is what I started with…
Of course because SU papers are double sided this gave me 12 patterns to play with!
I decided to create a patchwork piece by inking each piece and then sticking them onto some scrap old paper I had on the desk.
When this was finished I then cut it into 2 panels as background for these cards.
I then grabbed the leftover die cuts from the previous project and some gold laser cut embellishments to create a cluster. I then grabbed some Cherry Cobbler scrap cardstoxk and stamped and embossed and die cut the stitched ovals. I inked the edge to that too so it fit with the inked theme of the background.
What a fun and different way to use up scraps… told you I wanted to get through all the Tis the Season papers… well I’ve not got there yet but these have helped me!
Back again with some more Christmas cards. After all I am currently waiting for the end of the Euros final so I can go and pick the no doubt stress ridden and maybe drunken husband up from his friends where he is watching the game with his friends. So now seems as good a time as any to update my blog.
This time I decided the theme would be to add flowers … not always something you think of when thinking of Christmas cards but I love these stamped images from an old Creative Stamping magazine so went to town and stamped 2 of each image and chose a slightly different colour scheme for each.
I chose some green papers from last years Tis the Season 6×6 dsp pack. I still have a fair amount of this left so really want to use it up so I can feel justified in buying new dsp from the next catalogue!
I decided to do the same fun fold for each card and cut the bases from Crumb Cake and scored at 10.5cm from one end as well and the centre so they can be sealed at the end and then a square element for the opening.
I cut each paper into a square and and a side strip and a small strip for the inside of each card … again keeping the dimensions all the same.
For the Shaded Spruce papers I kept the colour scheme to Real Red and Just Jade colours, and for the Garden Green to Cherry Cobbler and Mossy Meadow colours.
I did lots of die cutting using both Tim Holtz dies and Artistically Inked dies.
I found some red ribbons in the stash to wrap the end part. And the sentiments I chose were from all sorts of different places.
I also used glossy accents to add some shine and dimension in different places.
So happy with these. Love the design of this simple but fun fold to make the cards a little different!
Now come on England… one more goal in the next 8 mins so we can avoid penalties.
This month I’ve used a mix of vintage images and the branch dies from Birds and More to create the main cluster. I then added the copper thread and the Butterfly as the main image.
The background panel i used basic white and stamped using the Artistically Inked stamp in So Saffron, then splattered with Daffodil Delight and the distress oxide in Speckled Egg.
I edged all the little vintage elements using the Vintage Photo distress ink and the Speckled Egg oxides too.
Really happy with the collection of little elements, the stamped background and the few die cut elements too. Also love the font of the sentiment and quite impressed with my fussy cutting if I do say so myself!
Inside the card I added a panel and repeated the idea of vintage elements and the Butterfly and white leaves.
So there you go… my contribution to the design team, and another card for the stash!
Challenge number 3 for my self imposed Christmas in July thing… and today it is all about the Masterboard!
So I actually have a little confession … I made the actual masterboard for this weeks ago when testing out some new stamps I had bought 2nd hand off a friend but never got the time to do anything with it… so it was perfect for incorporating into the challenge and get something done. It is A4 linen cardstock that has had lots of stamping and inking and stencilling and doodling on it.
I cut it up into panels… although the one tip right got trimmed again to make the tag and the strip adding to the 2nd card as an extra element so didn’t let any of it go to waste and made these 6 cards.
I love the Peace and Joy set from last years catalogue so much. Don’t think I will ever tire of using it!
I chose scraps of cardstock I had in the scraps pouch to cut all of the words out with their mounts.
I also used some scrap white cardstock to stamp and fussy cut out some more stars using the Jofy stamps and the Peace and Joy word stamps.
I added some tiny snowflakes as embellishments and on the tag card a scrap of sari ribbon.
The finishing touch was to add glossy accents to the top of most of the word die cut pieces to add both dimension and shine.
This month I actually ended up making four cards. This is because I got a little carried away with the Boho Indigo kit and adding in fun other colours to the Navy and Cream scheme of this kit.
These are the first two I made. I used pieces that my friend had gifted me from the Boho Indigo kit when she made me a Pocket Letter. I added the text paper behind it from my stash and the yellow cardstock and flowers and a few other random diecuts like the leaf sprigs from Forever Flourishing and the flowers from the Wreath Builder dies.
I decided I wanted to add plenty of dimension and also some cute ribbons to my projects… and also gold pen for edging pieces and adding that bit of bling. I used glossy accents for some shine and dimension on the vase on the one above. On the one below the glossy accents added the centre to the flowers.
Both cards I finished with the anniversary sentiment as I think this bright and elegant vase of flowers would be a lovely anniversary gift!
The second set of cards I used Magenta Madness and Coastal Cabana (and a pop of Calypso Coral) for the additional colours.
These change up the little panels of Boho Indigo completely. Love how the bright colours work with the more muted navy and cream patterned paper and die cut elements.
On these two cards I also added some liquid pearls for the accents and turned them both into Congratulations cards.
Sentiment stamps for both were from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.
So a different project this month as there are four cards to choose from… I wonder which is your favourite… I think mine is the coastal cabana one… but then again I do love the yellow ones too!
Off to see what everyone else has been up to with dies this month over at the HLS blog. Please do join us and share your makes with dies.
I have another one sheet wonder for my DT contribution for this months Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog. Think I may be close to the point of switching to Christmas themed ones … but for now I’m still working with pretty floral papers.
This one is a salabration set I got called paper Blooms that coordinates with the In Bloom stamps and Pierced Blooms dies. I love the Pierced Blooms dies so much..
I made 8 cards from this sheet of 12 x 12 … not a large amount but loved using both sides of the dsp so some got 2 panels not just one!
I also made one card as a fancy fold which was fun.
I also mixed up the size of the base cards to suit the sizes I had cut the panels so there were 5×5 cards and 6×4 cards.
I went to town in my box of scraps die cuts using flowers and leaves from a mix of sets…. Wreath Builder, Forever Flourishing, Pierced Blooms … and this is how I decorated them combined with various sentiments. In some like the above I combined stamp sets for the sentiment… Hello from Forever Fern and Friend from Lovely Inside and Out.
I also added either gems to flower centres or wink of Stella and glossy accents just add some extra texture.
Loved creating the little jar of flowers for this one using the Jar of Flowers stamp and then fussy cutting rather than punching the jar. So cute.
Also used the fabulous Happy Celebrations to create the sentiment for this one but then the one below chose the Happy from my fave stamp set of last Christmas, Peace and Joy.
I also loved adding the circles to the cards to create focal areas for the flower clusters to sit on.
So this final one is the fancy fold that my friend Valerie taught me to make.
Love how cool this is and makes a really special card.
Such fun working with these pretty papers and die cuts.