Design Team, Forever Flourishing, Happy Celebrations

DT: Happy Little Stampers – Anything goes with Dies

Another design team contribution to share with you for Happy Little Stampers.

This is my contribution for the Anything Goes with Dies challenge blog. It’s a card I made for a coworkers birthday from the whole team.

I created some paper with inks and water and an acrylic block…

From this paper I die cut the Forever Flourishing die out and then created the card around that using the same colours and the long since retired but extremely useful Happy Celebrations stamps.

I also die cut the circle for the die cut to sit on and raised that onto foam pads.

I finished off with the embossed sentiment and the sequins. This card was then given to our newest team member for her birthday. Fongers crossed she liked it.

Looking forward to seeing what everyone else has got going on with dies this month too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Forever Flourishing, Masks/Stencils, Pierced Blooms, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, True Love

Stampin Up Sunday… true love, pierced blooms and a stencil

Hi there blog readers.

Today’s Stampin up Sunday blog post is the card I made for my cousins 50th birthday. I had to go pink, although I chose a peachy pink rather than a bold pink, as she is definitely a fan of the pinks. I wanted to use the True Love dsp flowers and also combine with die cut greens and a bit of mixed media.

I started with the stencil which is an Aall and Create one and used a blending tool to add the ink through. I then used gloss gel through the stencil so it would be raised and glossy.

Then I fussy cut two floral elements from the paper and coloured them using Stampin Blends. I decided to then add leaves which I had die cut already … both Pierced Blooms dies and Forever Greenery … to create a really fun and very dimensional element on two diagonal corners of the circle stencilled element.

Next I chose a sentiment. This was from a retired stamp set and used the same colour ink as the stencilled background. I edged the panel and then cut a vellum mat for it.

I adhered this so it nestled into the other elements and then finished off with the Pastel Pearls.

Super happy with the finished card, and hope my big cus liked it too.

Entering the flowers challenge at Challenge up your life

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Forever Flourishing, From all of us, In Bloom, Tap tap tap, Whale of a time

Stampin Up Sunday – Whale of a time Dsp

OK confession time… I actually made these during the craftalong zoom session I had a few weeks ago and have saved them up for a Stampin Up Sunday blog.

I was using the Whale of a Time dsp I had been given and I’ve nearly finished using it up… probably got enough for another 2 or 3 cards max.

I decided to fill the backgrounds on the cardblanks and then layer up panels before adding the fussy cut whales/ turtles and some dies cuts and a sentiment.

There are just so cute! Love how they all came out and they were super simple to make.

I have to admit I would never have bought this paper but it is gorgeous and fun to play with and because of the ones you can cut apart to create the focal points you don’t need to also have the coordinating stamps to work with it!

Entering this into the Anything Goes challenge at Crafty Creations

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Forever Flourishing, Joy, Scalloped tag topper, Wreath Builder

Tag Thursday … leftover bits from Christmas

Well that was a rather busy 24 hours… after a busy night cooking and eating tea, helping the hubby with something ‘secret’ and a zoom call with my weightloss ladies, we discovered it was snowing “big style” so at 8.45pm the teenager and I got ourselves all wrapped up and went for a magical walk in the snow.

It only lasted an hour and then rain arrived again to get rid of it so I am glad we made the most of it!

This morning an early dart across town as hubby’s car needed a service and then back to working in the spare room, then another trip back this afternoon to pick the car back up again, with a detour to the hospital so hubby could get his blood test done.

Back home, back to working as needed to get some stuff done for tomorrow and the mad dashes across town had cut down on the time I had had to do it. And before I knew it, it was time to do tea and then come and update the blog… but I did sneak in this little bit of simple crafting first!

After all it is Thursday so why not continue with the tag theme on a Thursday? So I found some bits and pieces on the side of the desk so thought I would finish off these tags and make a start on the stash of tags for Christmas 2021!

The three tags and the patterned paper were already set up but never got round to finishing them off.

I delved into the stash of precut die cuts and started adding bits and pieces to each of the tags.

Love how cute these are and how simple they were to make! And now they’ve been added to the box in readiness for December!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Everything is Rosy, Forever Flourishing, Playing with patterns, Wreath Builder

Everything is Rosy and wreath builder card

Yesterday I shared some tags that go well with this card… because they were made at the same time!

I used the Playing with Patterns dsp and some of the Purple Posy cardstock to create a few panels.

I then used my big pile of die cuts to create a large bouquet/ cluster of flowers and leaves down one of the panels.

Next I embossed the sentiment from the everything is rosy stamp set.

I finished off with the gems to embellish the die cutting.

Beautiful but simple … due mainly to those gorgeous dies and the pretty papers!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Forever Flourishing, Playing with patterns, Ribbons, Scalloped tag topper, Wreath Builder

Tag Thursday… wreath builder meets everything is rosy

Today’s tag… I’m thinking Tag Thursday may become a regular thing… is actually two tags using the lovely Playing with Patterns paper and a whole host of die cuts I had cut from scraps of cardstock.

So it started as a pile of small scraps (less than 2″ wide) which I did a mammoth die cutting session to end up with a whole pile of die cuts. I used forever flourishing, everything is rosy and wreath builder dies to create this little pile of loveliness.

Next I took another couple of scraps of Purple Posy cardstock and cut it into 2″ strips and punched them to create the tags using the Scalloped Tag Topper punch. I then added the dsp.

I chose different green sprigs and then the purple posy large flower and some of the Bumble bee smaller flowers to make a pretty cluster on each of the tags.

I decided to emboss an old sentiment from the stash and cut a little banner sentiment to sit over the flowers. I also chose some cord from the stash for the top.

The finishing touch was to add the little enamel gems.

Love how these little tags came out… a and check back tomorrow to see the matching card I made.

But first my little snippet of life… tiredness is still a thing I can’t quite shift and the last few days of work have been super busy. Crafting in an evening on a work day currently out of the question as the two things mentioned above don’t make a good combination. Hence no blog post yesterday. In other news the brown hair looks fab and cheese is still my healthy eating nemesis … but hoping that the cheese bake I ate for lunch is the last of the Christmas cheese fest!

Oh and after checking with a friend how old her son was I worked out hubby and I have been together for 18 years as of yesterday… both of us forgot yesterday, but with the help of working out how old our friends son is (she was pregnant when we got together) we now know! So well done us!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Claritystamps, Design Team, Forever Flourishing, Peace & Joy, Wreath Builder

DT: CHNC: anything goes Christmas

Happy Boxing Day!

And here is my last design team contribution for the year, and in fact my last design team contribution for Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge blog. I decided after a few years of keeping up with one card a week, I’ve decided to give it a rest. I’m hoping of course to join in occasionally but not every week! Thanks Hazel for having me!

So this final week the theme is Anything Goes for Christmas. I made the following card.

I used some lovely vintage themed papers and then die cut little sprigs from the Forever Flourishing dies and some flowers from the Wreath Builder dies.

Love how cute the Wreath is!

I used a mix of the Claritystamps stamp and the Peace and Joy stamps for the sentiment.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Forever Fern, Forever Flourishing, Forever Greenery, From all of us, Scalloped tag topper

Stampin Up Sunday – forever greenery tags

Today I have a project using the Scalloped Tag Topper. Yes I know I’ve been making loads of tags recently but I’m obsessed with this punch! I don’t own a massive amount of punches and rarely grab them, but this is such a good staple to have in your stash for making pretty tags. Must remember to use it more.

All you need is a strip 2″ wide and then punch the top and hey presto a pretty tag has emerged!

I used Soft sea foam as the base and onto this I stamped in soft suede and then a green embossing powder the dots from Forever Fern.

I then added a strip of Forever Greenery dsp. Then a Pear Pizazz die cut and a sentiment (from all of us) white embossed onto shaded spruce.

The ribbon was a bit of seam binding and some twine from the stash.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Forever Fern, Forever Flourishing, Playing with patterns, Stitched framelits

Stampin Up Sunday: Forever Fern playing with patterns card

I decided to play with the Playing with Patterns dsp and mix in with some Forever Fern stamped images and some die cut shapes.

I used the Purple Posy cardstock to layer up the elements and also some of the stitched shapes.

A simple one really with lots of lovely ink on die cuts… I love blending ink on these stamps.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Emma Godfrey, Forever Flourishing, Ribbons, Scalloped tag topper

Scalloped Tag Topper punch pt 3

More tags for you… this time using papers from the same making cards magazine set… but with different coloured tags…

First the crumb cake ones which look so pretty with the white background loose foliage type patterned paper…. then the green tags with the darker coloured paper.

I chose to accent both sets with die cuts from the Forever Flourishing set and also the two darker ones I added vellum leaves that were from my stash.

Using the sentiments from a Paperartsy set I embossed them using both silver and white powder.

Finished them off with twine from the stash!

I have more tags to share at some point but not quite finished them off. Will share when I do! But seriously these tags are so easy to make with the punch and cute to decorate in all different ways with minimal supplies. I’ve mainly used scraps and leftover bits for all of the ones I have shared so far!

Happy crafting!

Catherine