Artistic, Crafters Companion dies, Design Team, Old Paper

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Todays design team contribution is actually a card I made way back in March for my parents anniversary but never got round to sharing as I wanted to share it for the Anything Goes with Dies challenge at Happy Little Stampers.

I took some pretty peach and pink coloured cardstock and die cut lots of the pretty leave die from the Stampin Up Artistic die set. Using these I created a spray effect.

Then I took some of the rose gold foiled cardstock from my stash and cut out the main floral cluster and a label from the Christmas Labels set.

I also cut another smaller label for layering under the floral cluster.

I decided rather than stamp a sentiment I would use the Crafters Companion On your anniversary die and cut that out and back it with the rose gold to make sure the word was more visible.

When arranging the card I wanted something a little more… so took a panel of white cardstock and embossed it with the old paper folder (I often forget to emboss and am always kicking myself when I do it as I should use the folders more!). This created a subtle but beautiful texture for the cluster.

I used foam between layers to give the card some dimension and then inside I heat embossed the stamped sentiment and used left over scraps of the same cardstock to add leaves in the corner.

I didn’t end up doing any decorating on the envelope as I hadn’t used any patterned paper and figured the die cut would be unnecessary.

So my parents loved the card (way back in April) and I must admit looking again at the pictures I am so pleased with it too! It also makes a nice change in pace to look at this rather than Christmas stuff!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistic, Artistically Inked, Merriest moments, Painted Texture

Happy birthday ickle cus

Yesterday was my cousin’s birthday and I wanted to share the card I made for her. I will admit I made this several months ago and I am impressed with myself for not losing it, and remembering to post it! That last one in particular is a real achievement for me! 🤣

This started as an experiment to think of different ways to add colour to the Merriest Moments die cut panel … and I thought that the background stamp in Artistically Inked might be a good one for adding different kinds of texture to the colour rather than flat colour. So I die cut the panel out first and then stamped the stamp in Pear Pizazz and Old Olive randomly all over the panel. I also took the three small flower stamps and stamped them randomly in Mossy Meadow to give a few darker patches.

Next I ran it through the embossing folder and I loved the effect. I wasn’t however in the mood to make a Christmas card so I thought why not make my cousin a special birthday card and throw all the dimension at it … so that’s what I did. I chose a colour palette of subtles: So Saffron, Blushing Bride and Calypso Coral and went to town stamping and die cutting. I blended the inks a little for the larger flower to give the edge a darker colour.

I then die cut and embossed another of the Merriest Moments panels in white to give a background to the green one … I layered them the opposite way round so they didn’t line up. I then die cut a white panel for the centre as I like having that bit clean on these panels. I chose how to arrange my flowers and added foam under the large one and then slotted the leaves in too.

The sentiment I did try using a die cut banner but the ones I have were a little too wide for the sentiment so ended up just cutting a strip and edging it with the So Saffron ink to frame it a little and raised it on foam … for some dimension.

I contemplated the back panel being the Merriest Moments embossing but decided instead to use the Painted Texture one and to distress the edges too. I added the main panel onto this with 2 layers of foam and then adhered this to the card blank made from So Saffron.

I finished off with just a single pearl gem that is Petal Pink which I think worked well enough with the other colours.

Inside the card I added a panel of white and then one flower and leaf leftover from my stamping and die cutting.

No fancy envelope for this … didn’t have any inspiration this time … I ended up just putting it in a Kraft coloured envelope for posting which was cute in itself.

So happy birthday Michelle … and hope you all like the card I made her.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistic, Artistically Inked, Design Team, Expressions in Ink

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes Birthday

There have been a few changes at Happy Little Stampers and so now we have an Anything Goes Birthday challenge and I’m happy to be on the Design team for this one.

I decided to grab those Expressions in Ink papers that I put aside after failing the sheet load of cards challenge last month and use a couple to make two cards for this months design team contribution.

I used Old Olive as the contrast colour for the mount on the square piece (one of which is a triangle as per the original design on sheetload of cards) and added the sentiment and the die cut from the same Old Olive cardstock. I did also add a panel of the pale Papaya shimmer vellum underneath so that gives it a fancy frame!

Both cards are very similar with the colours and the leaf die cuts but with different papers they look different enough for me to be happy (I never like making the same card more than once).

For the envelopes I used some leftover strips of the cardstock to add a little panel on each.

So off to see what other birthday creations the team have been making … and I encourage you to come and join in on the challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistic, Artistically Inked, Expressions in Ink

4 artistic thank you’s

A few weeks ago I cut up papers and did stamping with the intention of making a sheetload of cards challenge but then never really finished it (plus messed up the cutting for the template!) So I shared the four I did at the time and put things aside for another day’s play.

Well I decided to grab the pouch that had all the bits and pieces in it and have a go at making some more and managed four more.

Two are pink and two are peach … but all make cute thank you cards!

These pale Papaya ones I used the flower images I had stamped and die cut. As I don’t have Pale Papaya ink I used a mix of retired colours (Crisp Canteloupe and More Mustard) and some Calypso Coral as these all worked with the Pale Papaya.

I mounted both of these onto the Mossy Meadow card blanks I had made. This gave a nice frame to the cards.

The pink ones I actually have a mix of pinks going on as I ran out of the Polished Pink cardstock so had to use a random other bright pink from the stash.

As these also had the pop of Pale Papaya in the patterned paper I used the same peachy themed colours for stamping the flowers … and one of them also got a few of the smaller flowers stamped in Melon Mambo.

Love how summery and bright these cards are… perfect for saying a cheery thank you!

I love too the gold foiling in the papers … really makes them special.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistic, Artistically Inked, Biggest Wish, Expressions in Ink, Splendid Stems, Splendid Thoughts

#SheetloadofcardsJuly2022 … well not exactly!

Well I attempted another Sheet load of cards using the template by Call me Crafty Al but I messed up the cutting … still i managed four cards, and have plenty of leftovers for other projects, but absolutely not really following the template and not as many cards as it should have been… but you know what I am happy with the results so don’t care that it took a different turn!

I decided to use three sheets of the Expressions in Ink dsp but didn’t quite follow the template on one and also my cutting into triangles went squiffy so ended up giving up on the real template and just winging it. To be honest that’s more my thing anyway otherwise I would have ended up with cards that were all too similar and that’s not really me.

Once I had done the cutting I then set to on all the stamping I thought I might use for embellishment….

As the papers were a mix of Pale Papaya and Polished Pink and I don’t own those inks I did a mix of Calpyso Coral, Melon Mambo, Crisp Canteloupe and More Mustard to get some colours that would compliment the Pale Papaya in the dsp.

Most of the leaves were Old Olive but I did do a few in Pear Pizazz to give some variation.

Then I did all the die cutting and fussy cutting needed (fussy cutting the sentiments mainly). And then started to put together the cards. I did end up die cutting some of the standalone elements from the set too and that added some different finishes to some of the cards. I did assemble most as card toppers and then added them to card bases rather than straight onto card bases as I went along.

I also varied on one card and used Splendid Thoughts and Splendid Stems to embellish … just like to mix things up occasionally!

I didn’t however get round to doing much more than putting four cards together properly … these ones where black became the base!

As you can see most of the stanping I did wasn’t used on these… but I’ve die cut everything and put it in a pouch for coming back to … you never know I might get to it soon but I lost inspiration a little after these ones.

I love the drama of the black and the gold … and that Polished Pink alcohol ink effect is everything!

Entering these into the Anything Goes challenge at Crafty Katz

Next time will definitely make an effort to do more with the Pale Papaya … which is gorgeous but I just don’t have the inspiration right now!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistic, Banner Year, Biggest Wish, Christmas Greetings, Design Team, Playful Alphabet, Ribbons, Venetian Romance

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Good morning! Time for another design team contribution… this time the Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge.

I decided to make a thank you card for my parents and went for bright and cheery and the gorgeous Artistically Inked dies.

When I bought these I thought I would be using the floral bouquet all the time, but have only used it occasionally so far… so it seemed a good idea to grab it and get it used!

I teamed it with some lovely bright dsp I’ve had in the stash a long time (I used it a few months ago for a birthday card for my friend so I figured I would use some more again now!

And kept it light and easy with white die cutting etc.

I added some twine and gems to embellishments but made the card a little more fun by decorating the front, and the inside with a fold back.

I die cut the YOU from playful Alphabets three times and stacked them to give dimension.

Then added a panel back in of white so I had somewhere to write my message.

I used an strip of the paper leftover to decorate the envelope and one of the remaining leaves for the decoration!

Love how this turned out… I especially like anchoring the die cut in the panel of white… I think that works well.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistic, Biggest Wish, Delicate Dahlia, Distress oxide ink, Happy Celebrations, Lovely Inside and Out, Ribbons

Happy for Abbie

My lovely colleague and friend Abbie has a new job and I am delighted for her as much as I am sad that we will no longer be at the same workplace together.

I had to make her a special card though to let her know how happy I am for her.

I started by stamping Delightful Dahlia stamps on cardstock in Versamark and embossing them in white and then plenty of distress oxides and the smooshing technique made a cool background. I also wiped away the excess ink with a piece of glossy photo paper which I ended up using in the card too.

I stamped a few of the smaller flowers for the card too and inked up using the same colour oxides.

I cut down the panel for the background and then got out the Artistic dies as I love the flower cluster one. I cut it from the photo paper and again from white cardstock so I could layer them to give it extra dimension.

Next I created the sentiment. I was inspired by the sentiment in the Delicate Dahlia set but wasn’t keen on the font so instead made my own using lots of other stamp sets and of course the Biggest Wish for that fab Happy part. I added the twine bow and plenty of foam under the sentiment and flower cluster so this is a VERY dimensional card.

I added lilac gems from the stash an a mount of the Blackberry Bliss cardstock. I then stamped (badly) the Dahlia onto the envelope and blended some ink over the corner.

And inside the card a strip of the background I had trimmed off and mounted it on blackberry bliss and added the final small flower.

Love how this came out. I know Abbie will appreciate the love I put into making her card and I hope she knows how much she will be missed.

Best of luck Abbie.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistic, Biggest Wish, Delicate Dahlia, Ribbons, Seasonal Labels Dies, Timeworn Type

Happy birthday Sue

Today is my good friend’s birthday and it’s a special birthday this year so she got an all singing all dancing lots of effort kind of card made for her!

I used new stamps, dies and embossing folder plus old stash to make this and I am pretty chuffed with how it came out.

Starting point was I embossed some linen cardstock with my new embossing folder Timeworn Type which I am totally in love with. I then added ink I used distress ink as I wanted a fairly heavy coverage and these work best in my opinion.

I decided to place the panel (quite large piece of card to cover the left hand side of a 5×7 card blank.

Next I took a die cut from Artistic and then the sale-a-bration stamp set Delicate Dahlia and used that to create the main floral focal element.

I also grabbed some very old Cherry Cobbler ribbon.

Then I die cut some labels from the Seasonal Labels in coordinated scraps of cardstock.

Next up I went to the go to sentiment creating stamp set I am obsessed with … Biggest Wish.

Final finishing touches are a button from the stash, some Cherry Cobbler thread and some glittery gems.

Love how this looks and so so happy with that embossing folder, the die cut element, the floral stamp and of course my favourite sentiment stamps!

So all I have left to say is Happy Birthday to Sue… looking forward to celebrating with you in a couple of weeks time. 😀

Happy crafting!

Catherune