Category Archives: Forever Flourishing

Happy birthday ickle cus

It was my cousins birthday on Saturday and so here is the card I made for her.

I used some Forever Greenery dsp and lots of die cut sprigs to create the wreath. I added a few layers of coordinating coloured cardstock and created a gatefold card.

I made sure to carry the theme inside and added some more dsp inside as well as the soft sea foam panel to write on.

Just love how this finished up. Pretty but also modern.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Stampin Up Sunday: Forever Fern coins

I decided to play with Forever Fern stamps and the Forever Flourishing dies for the coins I made for this months UK Stampers Forum swap and as it’s a SU project it works for this week’s Stampin up Sunday post too!

I started with a piece of water colour card big enough to die cut three coins (2.5″ diameter) from. I added a mix of Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana on the background just to colour it. Then stamped and die cut the leaves from another piece of whisper white.

Next I added the die cuts to the part of the cardstock I knew would be part of the coins to create a background. This is easier to add them now and then die cut the circle using the Bigz die I use.

Next I added some rich raspberry ink to the remaining whisper white scraps and die cut the little leaves out. And on another scrap of whisper white stamped the Hello sentiment.

I then die cut the coins out and adhered them to some scrap thick cardboard I had already die cut as the coins to give them some strength. I like my coins to be quite sturdy.

I adhered the sprigs to the sentiment and then added them to the coins. I also edged each coin with the coastal cabana to frame it. On two of the coins I had done the same with the sentiment (I forgot on one!).

Next I added the sequins from the stash that work colourwise with the coins.

Love how these came out… and for regular followers of my blog you might work out that I was actually using some of the leaves I had stamped and die cut for a previously shared project … so it was nice to use up the leaves on this as the backgrounds.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Stampin Up Sunday: forever fern tag

Today I’ve combined Stampin up Sunday with my Uk Stampers forum tag for the month.

I wanted to use the Forever Fern stamps and coordinating dies and also the Lots to Celebrate for the jar.

I started by cutting a piece of watercolour card to size and then added ink direct from the ink pads as a background. Then I used the splatter stamp to add the Bermuda Bay splatters and then switched to my usual splatter technique for the rich razzleberry… water and a fan brush!

Next I had a stamping and die cutting session with the Forever Fern stamps and also did some of the dies that don’t match the stamps on a piece of whisper white I had watercoloured the Rich razzleberry ink on. The stamped images were in the Razzleberry and combinations of Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay.

I decided on the bouquet I wanted and then stuck it in place. Then stamped and punched the jar and added it with foam tape, wrapping some raffia around the jar.

Love how this came together…. beautiful colours. Added a ribbon from the stash for the top of the tag to finish off!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

OSW pt2: Forever Fern

Here is part 2 for the one sheet wonder… using the Forever Fern stamp and Forever Flourishing dies.

I love how the brand new stamps work so perfectly with this old dsp … and how the Calypso Coral works as the accent colour on those strange bobbly stems.

I stamped the background with the Birch background stamp set.

I added the sentiment from the retired Beautiful You stamp set.

I love how distressing the papers and mats add texture.

I also added the embossing on the back panel for this using a snow folder but back to front so it creates a deboss design… I think it looks like distressed concrete surface on this.

Love how all of these look… I just adore these stamps and dies! Such fabulous images!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

One sheet wonder: Venetian Romance dsp

So after the mammoth OSW I did last month, I decided to dig through the dsp to do another one. I chose an old (2014!) piece of dsp from the stash. This was a set called Venetian Romance and I love it.

I created 12 cards in total and loved pairing this old dsp with my new stamps!

I also distressed the dsp and the kraft cardstock I was using as a mat. This left a large amount of paper fluff everywhere but love the effect it created.

So I’ll share the first four tonight and then rest tomorrow.

So Birds and Branches is the stamp set for the focal images… such a beautiful stamp set.

This first one I added the panel of the craft card and embossed with the Pinewood panel 3d set. I also added the linen thread and the pearl as embellishment.

This card I added some stamping using the Birch background stamp. I also found some ribbon in the stash that seemed to work with the Calypso Coral colour in the dsp.

The Best Wishes sentiment I chose are from the Arrange a Wreath stamp set.

For this one I found a paperclip that was the perfect match too… added that as a different embellishment.

Love the way the four cards finished up… the stamps breathe new life into the old paper. So pleased I got to use it… after 6 years of it sitting in a box!

And for those interested I made up my template as I went along but these are the measurements… (I’ve drawn this out after the fact!) And yes I did and up with a spare 1″ strip but that’s because it was damaged on my original piece of paper!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

OSW pt4: Forever Fern

Final bundle from this OSW to share and it is using my favourite new stamp and die sets… Forever Fern and Forever flourishing… and when they make cards like this who can blame me for loving them…

So I stamped all the leaf images out several times, using different colours… yellows, greens and the calypso coral also came out to play. Then die cut them all and started adding them to the cards.

Of all of these cards I really couldn’t choose which I love the most… they are all so pretty with the gorgeous stamped images. I can tell I will definitely be using this set a lot!

So there you go… 21 cards from one sheet of dsp, some random cardstock and some stamped and die cut images. I had so much fun creating them… Looking forward to another fun session with dsp sometime soon to create another OSW!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

One Sheet Wonder… thanks to Karamiasu

So as I’ve rejoined Stampin Up I’ve already made new friends in the SU teams that I’ve joined. One of which, Karen, did a Facebook live and then her YouTube video of her One Sheet Wonder and I of course had to join in…

First decision was which paper to use. I didn’t actually have any current 12 x 12 paper as it’s so long since I’ve bought papers at this size… I still have a massive stash to work through so trying not to go for papers when I buy (even though they are some lovely looking ones!).

So I plumped for a yellow (I think it is so saffron) old style dsp and chose the striped side.

I then hunted through my cardstock for colours that would work with this… again I have a mish mash of old colours and they aren’t labelled as to which colour they are.. so I chose a couple of different yellows and a couple of greens.

I then made card blanks in smoky slate, basic grey, white and a couple of yellow ones too to mix up the blanks a little.

Right next to the cutting… here is the template Karen made for us to use…

As you can see it’s quite fiddly with lots of small bits and you have to be quite methodical in which you cut. I advise watching her video for the best instructions.

Here is mine cut out…

I then started pairing the papers with the card and cutting them out with a small border. Most pieces were cut about one quarter inch bigger to give a sense of the size of border. I did each of the pieces that were one a card design as one colour of mounting cardstock to make sure they looked uniform.

Then I started putting them with the card blanks. I didn’t adhere anything … just put them together.

Next I grabbed my stamps and started stamping and colouring and punching and die cutting till I had enough focal images for each of the cards.

I also did the same with some of the left over cardstock to create some stitched circles as they always look nice as background.

Then I started putting them together.

Some I added texture with embossing folders. I know some I used are old ones and one wasn’t a SU one but just adding some texture helped step up the card. I also added ribbon and gems and pearls and enamel accents…. all to add texture and some embellishment.

So here is my pic of all I made… but I will group them into stamp group for the next few blogs to share them all properly… after all 21 cards is a lot to blog in one go!

Really loved this One Sheet Wonder play… looking forward to grabbing more of my old DSP and doing something similar with it.

Happy crafting!

Catherine