Quick and easy cards for me are ones where the paper does all the work and you just need a finishing touch like a die cut! So this week Hazel asked us to do a quick and easy card for the CHNC challenge.
I chose three papers from the stash, one of which had a focal image I could use.
I cut down the papers to make some strips and then the focal piece into a rectangle with another piece as a mount. Helped that they were double sided papers so they coordinated perfectly.
I used a kraft card blank and then finished off with the gold leaves I’d die cut for another project and not used and then the Joy I’d stamped and die cut again for another project but not ended up using.
I added in the crumb cake sprigs too … again leftovers from another project!
This time I went for peach coloured tags, and randomly one navy one! This time I used some American crafts papers for this bunch and added bits and pieces from the tin of leftovers. This is where I die cut or stamp elements for a project and don’t end up using them all so I pop them in a tin for use another day. This is where I had a few sprigs and a few Peace and Joy stamped/ die cut and layered together already!
So I layered and added bits of ribbon and cardstock and sentiments and called them done!
The next set of tags I have to share are completely different in their look… cute and modern and fun!
These ones I used one of my favourite ever Making Cards magazine sets with the winter friends images. I added the Nordic jumper background as the paper and then did some simple colouring using promarkers to the printed images.
As the tags were black I then chose to emboss the sentiments onto the black using either white or silver embossing powder. Again scraps of ribbon to finish off!
Tomorrow I’ll have some more fun tags to share with you!
Today I had another play with the Peace and Joy stamp and die set, this time to create a postcard for the UK stampers forum swap. It is similar in theme to the tag I made and shared a few weeks ago.
I actually did start making this at the same time using my favourite technique… mop up! I used glossy photo paper to mop up the watery distress oxides… this creates an awesome and very quick and easy background! When you polish away the oxidisation element it stains the glossy paper and gives a lovely marble effect.
Then I added the stamping … again this stains the paper and leaves it still shiny! I created the stamping in a circle around where I knew I would place the die cut. I think this is the first project I’ve used the “star” stamp… love how funky it looks… need to use that again!
Next I added the die cut…
… and the little sentiment strips. Then I added the panel to the black cardstock postcard.
Love this shiny postcard. Nice and seasonal and another way of using the fabulous Peace and Joy stamp and die set! Just love this set!
Today’s Stampin Up Sunday is a bright and joyful pocket letter!
We were given the supplies and instructed to make a pocket letter for a swap partner at the online retreat a few weeks ago.
I decided to make mine using a mix of both in color dsp and the Flowers for every season dsp. I did lots of fussy cutting and decided to go for the main three colours of Just Jade, Magenta Madness and Bumble Bee.
I used whisper white for the bases and also added some white panels to break up the patterns. I also used the stitched shapes framelits and the Joy dies for the central title panel.
Each third has a base of one of the in colours and then either fussy cut flowers from the Flowers for every season dsp or a panel of the paper. I also included ribbons and gems on a few.
I then added the Joy die cut which I added as the central feature and the stamped sentiment. I had to do a bit of masking to just get the you rather than the full sentiment of “to you and yours”.
I then made little pouches for the back of some of the cards and added into them little treats of the cuts for the recipient using all the same colour scheme and idea of flowers.
Sincerely hope the recipient liked what I made and found the extras useful.
Loved making this. Took me a little while to make but really enjoyed myself.
And then you need to see what I got in return from Karen… it’s stunning and totally blew me away…
Of course it had made me want the Boho Indigo kit… she included lots of extras like die cuts and stamped images from the kit so going to be doing projects using them really soon!
Another one sheet wonder to share with you, this time using am old piece of patterned paper I was gifted which has a vintage feel so I teamed it with browns and creams and used the fabulous Peace and Joy stamps and dies to decorate.
Used a similar one sheet wonder as the one I shared last month using the Merry Moose stamp set but changed up the first card as I made an error when cutting and also added the slim panel for 5 into card 3 as I made an error putting them together thinking there should have been 4 strips not 3!
I mounted each of the panels onto the Early Espresso coloured coredinations card (I’ve found a stash of this in one of the boxes in my craft room so was happy to use it again). Then created panels using cream laid paper and very vanilla cardstock.
Once again I went to town with embossing and added some ribbons from the stash on most of the cards.
The focal images of the Peace and Joy set I did in a few different ways. Either I stamped them in Mossy Meadow or Soft Suede and then added a layer of die cutting. With the very narrow dies I generally layered them so they were two or three tall. And the glimmer paper came out again just for a few bits. And yes there is glitter everywhere as a result. (I will never buy it again… so must use up my stash and get rid of it!)
Love how they all came out and think that the Peace and Joy bundle is one of my favourite ever sets for versatility. It just works so well for creating features as well as little elements such as the holly leaves which create lovely embellishments.
Creating all these cards probably only took about 3 hours if that! You can get in a nice rhythm and almost do it as a conveyor crafting session … paper and card cutting, then stamping, then die cutting and fussy cutting, then sorting layouts and choosing ribbons, then embossing, then adhering. Or at least that’s the way I did it. So ideal if you are a last minute Christmas card maker and haven’t started yet.
I can really recommend the Peace and Joy bundle. And at £42.50 for the bundle it’s not a bad price considering the versatility.
This week at CHNC Hazel gave us the optional challenge of using the word Joy in our projects so of course I went straight to my Peace and Joy stamp and die set. I decided on using the die cut word rather than stamping and die cutting and then wanted to add the wreath too from the Wreath Builder set.
I used some old patterned paper from the stash and then used a few of the All the Trimmings embellishments to decorate the wreath.
I also changed up the sentiment a little to heat emboss in white rather than stamp in colour or black.
I layered up the thin green die cut three times for dimension and the largest bottom layer I added pool party ink to the textured white cardstock to blend with the colour scheme of the paper.
Love how this came out… and know exactly who this going to already! In fact I started writing my Christmas cards last weekend so I know if I have enough or if I need to do a final push on making for the next couple of months. The good news is that I should be fine and should have enough with any I make between now and then as extras… and I’m pretty much done with the sets I need to gift too!
That’s the good news about making them all year round! No mad rush at the end!
So another batch of Christmas cards made using the long since retired Winter Frost dsp and this time mainly using the Arrange a Wreath stamps and Wreath Builder dies to decorate… although the Peace and Joy set did get used for sentiments and some odd bits and pieces left from the set of cards I shared yesterday.
I also used the doilies I had bought at a reduced cost… and the Coastal Cabana ones worked fab with the paper.
So I started by just chopping up the paper… no plan was followed at all… and once again I ended up with enough for 13 cards! Again these will be given to the parents for their stash.
I mounted all the pieces onto Smoky Slate cardstock and then moved on to how to decorate them. Once again, I made the most of the double sided dsp, although most I kept to the snowflake design rather than the retro grey. I thought the retro grey was less Christmas themed.
Then I set to stamping and die cutting and fussy cutting elements to decorate. I mainly used the stamps from Arrange a Wreath and dies from the coordinating Wreath Builder set.
I kept to cool colours this time. I used Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana and Smoky Slate. A few of the sentiments I had stamped and not used from the previous OSW I shared also got used so there were some sentiments using the Island Indigo ink.
I didn’t think the pink was needed for these cards as they were more pretty than funky and so better keeping to the cool colours and white and grey than adding in further contrast.
I laid out each card and added a panel of either the smoky slate, or white, or vellum or some foiled cardstock from the stash as a background for each. I then chose which I wanted to add embossing to before I started thinking about adhering anything! I managed to use some off cuts of the foiled card to die cut some little sprigs from the die set too.
Then it was time to start sticking and finishing! What I will say is all those little leaves and sprigs take a bit of fiddling and be prepared to get a bit messy with glue if you are anything like me!
And here are the cards as close ups for each of them. Realised I didnt do close ups of the ones I shared yesterday. Might go back and get photos done and share as a separate blog.
I am super happy with how these came out. Just so pretty! Love how the paper works well with the die cuts and doilies and love the little turquoise leaves etc.
Finished off the cards with pearl gems and wink of Stella on either the flowers or bows or some leaves.
I then chose a different stamp from the set to decorate the envelopes.
This time I did add the pink … thought it needed the contrast and although think it still works nicely with the card.
As you can see in the background for this pic I still have some of this DSP left… May get tempted to do another OSW with what’s left … not sure if I want to choose different stamps and dies to go with it… very tempted with the snowflake wishes set… but not yet bought that so these remaining papers may have to wait.
This week I have yet another one sheet wonder to share using a mix of new and old stash!
The paper is old SU DSP called Winter Frost … I still have a few sheets left and am trying my hardest despite much temptation to not buy new papers until I’ve actually used up what I’ve got!
Teaming it with new stamps and dies brings a new life to the older paper (which is still gorgeous!).
I chose to use the new Peace and Joy stamp set with the coordinating dies.
I didn’t really follow a plan for the one sheet wonder but managed to create different sized panels to make 11 cards in total. I mounted them with either Smoky Slate or Basic Black or Basic Grey to create quite modern cards. I thought they would work well with the fun script words in the Peace and Joy stamp set.
Once I had some vague ideas of how the cards would come together I then started stamping…
I used inks I knew would work with the paper… Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo and Smoky Slate. Then I got started with fussy cutting the leaves and berries and the little sentiment strips.
Once I had a nice pile of bits I decided I needed some contrast and chose a bright pink… Melon Mambo.
Finally I had a tin full of die cuts and little fussy cut elements ready to start putting cards together.
I grabbed ribbons from the stash most of which are retired in both the smoky slate and the melon mambo. I also ran a few of the background panels through embossing folders. Again I haven’t bought any of the new ones just yet because I already have a few Christmas themed ones in my stash and I don’t use embossing folders nearly enough!
I created card blanks from Smoky Slate and Basic Black and layered up elements to create this funky set of cards.
I created three using the Joy stamp and die as a feature.
Three using Peace…
And 5 using Bright as the focal point…
Absolutely love how cool these all look.
Now using a dark card blank such as black or grey causes some issues for writing on and my intention is to give these cards to my parents for their stash this year… so I created inserts and also decorated the envelopes whilst I was at it.
I finished off the cards with some sequins I glued in place.
Love how double sided paper gives you a couple of options for one sheet wonders.
Hope you enjoy this different take on using new stamps with old stash!