Arrange a Wreath, Biggest Wish, Birds and Branches, Birds and More, Gorgeous Grunge, Peace & Joy, Ribbons, Stitched framelits

Happy Easter – upgrading and repurposing

Happy Easter… whether you are a Christian or just enjoy the chocolate eggs I wish you all the best this Easter!

Back in July 2020 I made a One sheet wonder using some yellow dsp and used the Birds and Branches stamps for decorating a card…

… well I’ve never got round to using this card and I’m trying to work my way through existing cards so I grabbed this one and upgraded it and repurposed it into an Easter card for my parents.

I added some additional stamping in the background adding Calypso Coral and Pear Pizazz. Then I stamped and embossed in white on some Pear Pizazz cardstock the Happy from Biggest Wish and the Easter from Arrange a Wreath in Calypso Coral onto white.

I added these sentiments on foam with the scrap of green and white twine behind. Then added the gems to add some bling.

I think this is a nice upgrade and also good to repurpose the card and get it used!

We are off to see my parents for Easter lunch today so hopefully they will like the bright and cheery card.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Birds and More, Design Team, Forever Flourishing, Playful Alphabet, Wreath Builder

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies

Another month has passed and we are back to DT time for Happy Little Stampers.

And this month I have two Easter cards I’ve made.

So I started with some papers I had been gifted in a swap. As they had eggs and bunnies on them they clearly needed to be used for a specific season so I just went with it.

I started with the idea of a back panel and a smaller rectangle but then went a bit off piste and went for angled panels. It’s not often I do this so it was fun to play with different angles and layouts.

I decided to use the Playful Alphabets dies to create the main sentiment and use the Banner punch too.

I also added the Happy from Biggest Wish for this first one. Then I grabbed some of the flower die cuts I had already got in my box of bits (I have a session every so often cutting flowers and leaves and small die cuts from scraps so I have things like these to hand and I make use of my smaller scraps!). The flowers are from Arrange a Wreath and the leaves are from Forever Fern.

Next I added the small gems to the centre of the flowers.

The next card I only added the one small flower and leaf but also added the bird from Birds and Branches, and changed the colour of the die cut letters.

I love the funky bright feel to these cards, and am grateful that the gifted papers inspired me to create.

Now off to see what the gang have been up to at Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge blog… please do go and join the challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistically Inked, Birds and More, Brilliant Wings, Design Team, Distress oxide ink

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies

Hello all!

Another design team contribution today for Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge blog.

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!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Beautiful Brocade, Birds and Branches, Birds and More, Chevron, Decorative Dots, Gorgeous Grunge, Honey Bee, Jar, Jar of Flowers, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Petal Palette, Petals and more, Ribbons, Studio Calico, Watercolor wings

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

Another month has passed so quickly… and it’s time to use up some patterned paper for Craftyhazelnuts challenge. I chose to do another one sheet wonder challenge.

I chose a graphic black and white paper and used the following template I had drawn up…

And I set to with the paper and black card to mat each layer.

Next I added some coloured cardstock as bases.

Then with white cardstock, ribbons from the stash and stamped images I made them up into fun cards.

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Stamps used… Watercolor wings, petal palette, Birds and Branches, jar of flowers, Honey Bee and Gorgeous grunge.

Also used coordinating dies for images where I had them and the accompanying dies for Petals and More and Birds and More for the added elements.

Love how these all came out!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Birds and Branches, Birds and More, Fancy Phrases, Pinewood planks

Stampin Up Sunday… Keeping it simple… birds and branches

Another crazy week has passed, possibly one of the busiest I’ve had for a few months, so once again crafting had dried up… but then on Friday a SU order arrived. So a few YouTube videos were filmed … unboxing and then tidying up!

I did do plenty of crafting yesterday and today but for projects I can’t blog about yet so I had to make this quick card for today’s blog.

I am doing some sort of creative stuff daily that I started this week … journalling. I’m sort of mixing writing journalling with bullet journalling and junk journalling all in one… fancy seeing it? Well maybe I will share that when I have a decent number of spreads… although will need to cover a fair bit of the writing up for privacy.

Anyways… as I said today I have a card I made using the Birds and Branches stamps and dies but I kept it all really simple.

First an embossed panel of some slightly shiny cardatock. I brought out the embossing by adding some Sahara sand ink and using the blending tool. So pretty and delicate.

Next I stamped and die cut three birds… Blushing Bride, Pool Party, Pistachio Pudding (I would use soft sea foam but don’t own the ink yet!).

Then stamped the sentiment along the bottom.

Finished off with a tied piece of linen thread across the whole front of the card and adhered on the inside with a piece of card.

Pretty and simple.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Birds and Branches, Birds and More, Fancy Phrases

Stampin Up Sunday: Birds and Branches card

Today’s Stampin Up Sunday is showcasing the gorgeous Birds and Branches bundle from the annual catalogue. I know I have new goodies from the Jan-Jun catalogue but this is what I wanted to play with.

I started by cutting some panels for a card and then stamped out the bird and flowers … couldn’t make my mind up on which colour bird so I did a few and then others will all get used at some point I am sure…

So then I did all my die cutting and decided to make use of the large aperture die… I think this is the first time of using this.

I decided to use the linen cardstock for white top panel and then added some ink to the leaves and branches with a water brush.

I decided to use the peach coloured bird, but the lighter coloured one. I also added some flowers and leaves I had die cut out and remembered to stamp the little legs sticking out of the bottom of the birds.

I decided to add some embossing and used the sentiment from Fancy Phrases stamp set and gold emboss it in the aperture onto the Crumb Cake layer.

Next I decided to emboss a frame to the white panel and I decided to have this layer raised up on dimensionals and have the linen thread wrap around.

I used the linen card to make a card blank as a top folding card. I lined the three panels up at the top and adhered them in place.

I finished the front with a bit of gold glimmer under some pearl gem stones.

I decided to add a panel of the Soft Sea Foam on the inside which I had due cut the edge of with the border die from the Birds and More die set.

Then I embossed the rest of the sentiment in gold onto it. I also embellished with a flower and a leaf die cut too.

So that’s my card for today’s Stampin Up Sunday.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Birds and Branches, Birds and More, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inchies and Twinchies

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

Birch, Birds and Branches, Birds and More, Ribbons, Two by Two, Watercolor words

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

Birds and More, For My Family, Happy wishes, Magnolia Blooms, Pinewood planks, Promarkers, Letraset

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

Birds and Branches, Birds and More, Designer Series Paper, Forever Fern, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Sheena Douglass Embossing Folders, Stitched framelits

OSW pt3: Birds and Branches

Another day, another bundle of cards to share from the massive 21 card one sheet wonder that I did. This time it’s only a small set… just three cards.

What’s more all three of these have the smallest sections of the dsp on them… tiny inchies actually in the case of two of them!

So let’s start with the one which has the slightly bigger piece of dsp…

The background is actually an old Christmas themed one… but I think when it’s reverse and the snow is debossed it just looks like a cool texture.

I added a diecut circle and the sentiment and then the Bird from Birds and Branches. So cute!

Next 4 1×1 inch pieces of the dsp, one I turned so the pattern went a different way and then the Bird sitting on a branch. Love how these images stamp and looking forward to playing with them more.

Finally the two 1 inch squares of dsp and two circle stitched circles…

Love the speckled background I created using the Forever Fern set… after all I do love a splatter!

Think this may become an anniversary card once I find the right sentiment for it!

Ok… one more bundle of cards…. and of course it is the Forever Fern set. See you tomorrow to see those!

Happy crafting!

Catherine