Beautiful Brocade, Bitty Banner framelits, Bitty Banners, Butterfly, Chevron, Designer Series Paper, Dies, Honeycomb, Lacy Brocade, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Papillion Potpourri, Secret Garden, Secret Garden framelits, Stripes, Use them or Lose them, Watercolor wings

One sheet wonder … errrm three sheets

Part of the Use them or Lose them challenge of the year is to use some of the paper I have stashed. I have been trying to use stuff from the scraps box where possible to try and work through that but there is also the mountain of uncut 12 x 12 sheets of dsp so I decided to do a one sheet wonder type project… although ended up using three sheets of DSP so I could get some variety.

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I didn’t follow a osw cutting guide, instead headed over to Mojo Monday and followed a load of sketches from November and October 2015 to design the cards and cut everything up.  I added two sheets of Primrose Petals cardstock, one crumb cake and one wild wasabi plus a few bits and pieces of scrap cardstock that were hanging around the desk.

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Next I started assembling, embossing, die cutting and stamping… and ended up with 15 cards for the box at work!
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Love how these all came out.

Entering this into the Crafty hazelnut patterned paper monthly challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Bitty Banner framelits, Brushos, Wonderland

Brusho wonderland card

Here is the last of the sample cards I designed for my class with friends a few days ago.  Of course I couldn’t have a class not using Brusho crystal colours! & had to choose my favourite colour too… Black!

Also I broke the rule of no new tree stamps when I saw the Wonderland tree stamp set in the SU seasonal catalogue and bought it immediately!  Oops! But promise I will use this stamp loads.

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Especially when I create beauties like this!

White embossing powder for trees and snowflakes. Brusho added with plenty of water. Left to dry. Then sentiment stamped and die cut.  Some snowflakes die cut and some twine wrapped round. A layer of cardstock with a border drawn and then some gems scattered.

Jobs a good’un!  Love this. Love these trees. Love Brusho!

And look how fabulous everyone’s cards looked…
Gwen:
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Caroline:
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Clare:
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I really am a very proud teacher… now just got to come up with some more projects to do with them as they asked to do it again! I think I may have converted them to crafting!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Bitty Banner framelits, Bitty Banners, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy, Eclectica -Darcy

More texture fun … Loving me some modeling paste

So who would have thought modeling paste would be such fun? It really is adding another dimension to my artwork.  And loving being able to join in the challenge over at Paperartsy to use texture/grunge paste.  

Just like the last project I shared I made a card, using leftover gelli prints, some stamped images and some texture paste.  This one I am sharing and hoping my sister in law doesn’t spot it as its destined for her but not till after the challenge has finished…hence sharing it a little early!

  

This is similar in composition as the last one in terms of the bookprint and the focal image to the left of centre.  This time, I used a different stencil and added some orange paint to the dried texture paste so that the crevices would get the paint, and then used a baby wipe to push the colour off the paste. Unlike the last time, the paste was added over the top of the stamped and paper pieced Darcy Paperartsy flowers (I painted the petals and cut each of them out so they were a solid colour) which adds a slightly different effect.  Only slightly disappointed I slightly skewed the quote stamping… Grrrr! 

Love the colours I chose and the mount of the green really complements the yellows and oranges of the picture.  I finished with a simple sentiment, die cut, the card candi and a twist of string.

  

Hope you like the sunset bright card and all that scrummy texture! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Bitty Banner framelits, Henry Says, Make a Monster, Simply Stars

Monster pop up card box!

Firstly I have to share this news… In February my blog was visited by over 200 people… Wowsers!  Thanks everyone!  I think it might be because I actually shared some of my work via challenges etc, but still… As I don’t know 200 people i am a little stunned!  It is spurring my to keep doing what I am doing … Creating and crafting because I want to and not to meet some other need… This seems to be the key to success! 

Now what have I got for you today… This card was made for my cousins son for his 6th birthday several weeks ago… But being as rubbish as I am at posting things or getting these cards to the recipients in time for the birthday I am only sharing it now as he has only just received it!

So without further ado… Here it is! 

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I used lots of things to make it… Simply Stars stamps, Make a Monster stamps, little banners from Henry Says stamps, Itty Bitty banners, some gems, painted cardstock and of course some googlie eyes!

So all the red and blue cardstock was white card that I painted to give a nice texture, then everything was either stamped on plain white or on the painted cardstock. I added the monsters onto some acetate strips to get them to float.

Cute!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Apothecary Accents, Bitty Banner framelits, Bitty Banners, Embossing Folders, Petite Petals, Ribbons, Secret Garden, small flower punch

Colour my Monday! Soft Sky!

Hi peeps! It’s Monday … It’s time to play with colour!

Soft and subtle this week.

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I decided to create my own DSP to make use of this colour using the fabulous Secret Garden stamp set mixed with Petite Petals. I mixed the Soft Sky with the gorgeous Wisteria Wonder

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I also did some embossing with a polka dot folder, and then die cut a panel out using the lovely Apothecary Accents dies. Then used the sentiment from Itty bitty Banners. I used plenty of dimensionals to keep the depth to the layers, and added lots of lovely texture with the trim and ribbon. Finally the finishing touch of one of the lovely vintage buttons.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Bitty Banner framelits, Bitty Banners, Paperartsy, Eclectica -Darcy, Sheena Douglass stamps

Happy birthday to my bestie!

Today is the birthday of one of my best friends, Gwen! Decided to go all inky in creating her card!

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I created the background with Dylusions and then used some Sheena Douglass stamps to add the wings, and created some grungy bits too. Next I grabbed a heart from Darcy’s Paperartsy collection of stamps, and did that on a separate piece of card which I added the bright pink Dylusions to. I also stamped the little verse from Darcy’s stamps onto the background panel.

I raised the heart, and then used the Bitty Banners to create the sentiment. Next I added some white highlights to the wings using a white gel pen, which just lifted the wings a bit. Then I added some slate grey gems to finish off the panel and mounted it onto the Basic Grey cardstock.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Bitty Banner framelits, Bitty Banners

Happy “special” birthday Helen!

Last week it was Helen’s special birthday… So I had to make her a crafty gift of course!

Well I didn’t just make a gift… I made a card, a gift and… Are you ready for it? …. A BOX!!! Helen has shown me how to make boxes many times, but I confess I am usually box challenged…. But I did it! I made a box to out the gift in! Look … See!

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Ok so the decorating could be better… But it coordinates with the card and gift…

So what did I do? Well I made a little book of inspiration for when Helen’s crafting mojo may disappear off on a wander!

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I used a little Moleskine book and added in loads of sketches and little prompts that might help Helen when she has a crafters block. It’s like a non-digital Pinterest I suppose!

The decoration for all items was using the spotty tissue paper, a stamped image from a little Bo Bunny stamp I have had for ages, and Itty Bitty banners stamps/dies.

I hope she likes the gift and card, and appreciates that I made a box … That works! Wonders will never cease!

Happy crafting

Catherine