Dies, Petal Palette, Spellbinders

Petal Palette fussy die cutting

I was gifted some fab dies by a kind crafting online friend and this is my first use of them… to make a pretty lemon and craft card with the fab petal palette stamp and coordinating dies. This is very far from my usual style of cardmaking but love the final look.

I used some thin cardstock for the lemon die cut and kept that simple onto the kraft base card. Then watercoloured and die cut the flowers. I then added the leaf die from the set using some old olive cardstock and then the sentiment and label die from the same set.

I then added some pearl gems as accents and my obligatory bling!

So what do you think? Fancy but still sort of clean? This die set comes with a central piece too but that was too fussy for me. There is also another set I’ve been gifted and looking forward to trying out… I’m imagining a white on white card for a wedding with that one though!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Dies, Gelli Plate

52 mixed media cards… Week 3

Hi… another of my 2018 challenge cards to share tonight that I made a couple of nights ago. This time Chris’ prompt was black and white and colour all over. This is what I made using my box of bits!

Once again I started with a scrap of gelli print and this time a scrap of painted cardstock that had lots of acrylic paint on it… mainly metallic.

I layered them up and then added distress stain in Abandoned Coral all over it… there is the colour all over part. Love how some of the gelli print resists the colour.

Now for the black and white.

I added a scrap of vellum and added a little gesso onto it and adhered that with some gold staples and then a black bird die cut (left over from the class last week) and a sticker sentiment. Finally some doodling to finish with both black and white pens.

Really pleased with this and lovely the playtime I had making it. And of course some more bits from the box used!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Burlap, Butterfly basics, Dictionary, Dies, Distress oxide ink, Gorgeous Grunge, Handcarved, Hardwood, Postscript, Timeless Textures, Watercolor words

Last night’s crafty session

So I had lots of fun with my friends at last night’s crafty session. We each made a background…. 

Then we cut them up to a template and swapped pieces so that we would make 5 cards… two with the backgrounds we had made and the other three cards would be using one piece from the others. 

So my cards … well if I am honest I finished them after work tonight before I put everything away… but they were mostly done last night… 

Using my pieces of background… 

From the piece that Mara made… 

From the piece Mo made…

And finally the piece that Kathie made… 

I loved being able to work with the panels others had made and love how different they all were. I must admit that as I had the luxury of a bit more time than just during the session I did add a few extra bits (the additional elements like the flowers and butterflies) but kept to the same available materials as at the session. 

Really good fun! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Affection Collection, Butterfly basics, Dies, Distress oxide ink, Handcarved, Happy Celebrations, Sheet Music, Stitched framelits, Swirly Scribble thinlits, Timeless Textures

Background swap arty sessionĀ 

Tonight there are a few of my friends coming round for a crafting session.  Originally this was pre Christmas but it ended up being a date no-one could make…so instead it’s tonight for us to have some fun with Distress Oxides. 

I decided that we could all make some pretty papers and then make cards from them… but with a twist… once we’ve made the paper we cut it into pieces and then swap so we have some of each other’s papers. 

I did however need to make a couple of samples to see if we could design cards regardless of the style of the papers we made… with similar elements…. 

… so I first made a vintage themed background with Peeled Paint, Faded Jeans, Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain. 

I used a selection of stamps… Timeless Textures, Affection Collection, Butterfly Basics, Sheet Music.

Next I made a bright and funky one… Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Spiced Marmalade, Cracked Pistachio, broken china.  And stamped using stamps from Tap Tap Tap, Handcarved, Happy Celebrations, Butterfly Basics.

Then I cut them into panels… 

… And then started to put together cards based on the same sketches that I put together (whilst eating lunch at work I managed to get some ideas down on paper! 

I started with an inlay die cut using the swirly scribble thinlits die. This provides a lovely finish and needs very little to finish it off.  I just added a stitched framelit oval and a sentiment to each of them and changed the orientation of the cards.

Next I took the other larger panels and I die cut a frame effect using two rectangle dies.  I popped the frame up on foam pads and then added the diecut birds to the middle panel before sticking it back in place.  I added some wink of Stella to the bids and a die cut sentiment label and added twine to each of them … one the linen thread and the other the bakers twine. 

I decided to change the orientation for each of them again to show two possibilities for the card design.

Next up I wanted to use die cut sentiments.  As I was layering two panels of the cardstock I did add a little ink to the edges to give them more definition.  I felt one needed a white sentiment and the other a black.

So onto another layered layout.  I couldn’t resist using this dragonfly die cut for both of the cards.  I just adjusted the position of the bottom panel for each card and chose a different placement for the sentiment.  I die cut both dragonflies from white adding colour using my clarity brushes to keep it gentle.

And finally I gave both of the final cards a mount of black and on one I tore an edge and the other I left it straight.  Then I layered two flower die cuts that i had done in black and white and reversed the order to give them a different look.  I added lots of wink of Stella to the black top level on the bright card as it needed some shimmer.

I am really happy with how these came together as samples… wonder how the session will go and if we will manage to do something different? I’ve diecut loads of bits and pieces and so it will be interesting to see what people use! 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Digital stamps, Spectrum noir pencils, Stitched framelits

Happy birthday Big Bro

It was my brothers birthday a few days ago and I made this card for him.  No idea why but the grumpy looking dog made me think of him! Ha Ha Ha! 

I used some pieces of patterned paper and scrap cardstock to make the background and the mat for the image and I did the partial die cutting technique so that his ear came out of the oval shape. 

I coloured the inage using my spectrum noir pencils.

I added a tiny drop of glossy accents to the dogs pupils too to add some dimension. 

Cute and fun and hopefully my brother liked his card. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Dies, Sweet little something

Sweet little something

I spotted this cuddly rabbit layered stamping set in the new catalogue and knew I had to have it for making baby cards. So I had a play. 

First lesson … use the right kind of card for the best results… This mixed media cardstock I was playing on is not the best card for stamping… Oh well I decided to persevere. 

Second lesson… choose the right colours or your cuddly starts looking evil! 

The top left got turned over so I could create a grey one instead… much less scary! 

Make sure you line up your stamps properly or the eyes go wonky like the bottom one! 

So once I had the best five I could do I ended up with these cards.

All of them on linen effect card blanks a6 size and using the same set of rounded rectangle stitched dies and the same sentiment stamp I have had for ages.

On each of them I made the cards a little different by changing the design or adding little details in the background. 

Love how these came out. 

Entering these into the celebrations challenge at https://craftaholicsrus.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/challenge-1-celebration-cards.html?m=1

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Carols for Christmas, Dies, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz

Merry Christmas!

I have my final two cards to share today… and as per usual I am last minute Annie and only made them last night!  And yet they are for the loves of my life… the hubby and princess. 

So both of them got painty cards but both individually designed. 

For the hubby trees feature … but also tons and tons of glimmer cardstock so it is super sparkly. 

Lots of layers of cokour and pattern going on with embossing and stencilling and stamping. Plus had to add purple as one of his favourite colours and teamed with the real which is one of mine. 

Added dots with a sharpie pen to add some details and keep the background nice and grungey!

And the princess got a shimmery card with lots of iridescent texture paste.  I kept the colour scheme to blues and greens and added vellum and glimmer cardstock die cut foliage and popped these under the main sentiment and then sequin trim on the top and bottom of the panel and a bow to finish off.

I love how the texture paste makes you want to feel the card. And those Tim Holtz die cuts are fabulous.

Won’t be blogging for a couple of days and then will do an end of year round up no doubt before blogging in earnest again next year! 

So all that I need to do now is relax and enjoy the festivities and wish you a very merry Christmas, full of love and joy! 

Merry Christmas and happy crafting! 

 Catherine