Cottage Rose, Design Team, Lacy Brocade, Natural Prints, Nature's Prints, Time for Tea

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

Well here we go… last quarter of the year! I’ve another design team contribution to share with you today for the Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog. The plan I made at the beginning of the year of setting aside Making Cards magazine old kits has worked really well and means it is an easy starting point… plus I’m working my way through the old stash and loving getting some use out of it.

This time some Peacock themed papers and images.

Took the two different papers and kept it simple… just made them into background panels and the remaining bits were cut in strips for the inside and the envelopes.

I first stuck the focal images onto white cardstock using pritstick as I wanted them to have a bit of sturdiness before I fussy cut them. I don’t mind the quality of the paper for the backgrounds, but for the focal images it is a tad thin sometimes.

Anyway, I then fussy cut the main images out and dug into the cardstock stash… all of it was scraps and not a bit of new cardstock was used (I hoard cardstock and hate cutting into new sheets if I can get away with not!

I decided to emboss the cardstock pieces so they have an elegant pattern and then used the Nature’s Prints stamp and the coordinating Natural Prints dies to create some embellishments.

Both cards have a slightly different colour scheme … one pink, one peach. But both very similar with the Pretty Peacock as the other colour cardstock. I then decided to use the Time for Tea birthday sentiment die along with the Happy from Cottage Rose stamps.

With raising some elements on foam these are fairly dimensional cards and of course the embossing gives and lovely texture to them.

Looking forward to blog hopping around and seeing what everyone else has been up to with their patterned paper stash this month.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alcohol Inks, Biggest Wish, Decorative Dots, Natural Prints, Nature's Prints

Happy birthday Sue (for Saturday)

Saturday was my lovely friend Sue’s birthday. I made this colourful card for her.

I decided to use the lovely Nature’s Prints stamp and used some glossy photo paper to create a fun alcohol ink background to stamp onto. I must admit my alcohol ink background didn’t blend as well as I would have liked but when die cut and stamped it looked fabulous.

I decided to add them to an embossed panel and then added the sentiment using the Biggest Wish stamps. I also added a little strip which I added some ink to so it had a little rainbow popping under the sentiment.

I finished off with sequins just to add some sparkle.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas to remember, Colorado Craft Company, Natural Prints, Nature's Prints, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Peace & Joy, Pine Woods, Stitched framelits

OSW with a difference

To be honest this project has taken me weeks as the current heatwave in the UK has well and truly zonked me out! I’m not really built for this kind of weather and my craft space is the hottest room in the house! Anyway… it started as playtime for the new Colorado Craft Company stamps and coordinating dies I bought …

and then I wanted to use 12×12 sheet of dsp slightly differently as a OSW!

So I started by cutting the paper into 9 4×4 squares and then played with diecutting using the Stitched Framelits to create different shapes and designs for 6 of them and then the Pine Woods dies for the other three. I did end up with a few circle frames od dsp left at the end but otherwise very little waste from the dsp.

The main feature of course is the word stamps and dies which I am very happy with. Might try embossing them next time as I love the size of these words.

I then decided to do them in batches of three to make them similar but clearly each one different.

For the circles I made them all using the Christmas word and chose to add Merry from the Christmas to Remember set. I stamped and die cut a few trees from the In the Pines set and then the leftover bits of green dsp I die cut the filigree tree and added this to a white die cut.

I added die cut stars from the speciality paper I still have a few sheets of left from last year.

This final one I added more dimension to with foam under the frame element and then the tree and word were floating across the lower circle. These yellow stars are also old embellishments but I thought they made a nice contrast.

Now onto squares…

These ones I chose to use non Christmas stamps and dies to add decoration … the Nature’s Prints bundle. I thought the leaf worked well with the Peace word. I blended the ink on the stamp to give a more interesting stamped image.

My sending word was from the Peace and Joy set as I felt it just needed something simple with that large leaf and the glimmer paper die cuts.

As with the circles I added more dimension as I went along. This one had foam and triple layered squares to give some texture to the background.

And finally the trees…

I love these Pine Woods dies. Especially the one that just cuts out the inside and not the outside edge so it creates a frame. This one I added black card behind and then foam to raise up the panel. Very funky!

The large solid shape die cuts out the full frame for the tree and so I die cut it from the dsp and then white for the filigree and this I could then inlay into the dsp. Behind it I added the glimmer paper for some bling.

This one I kept as an element on my base of dsp … probably the most simple to end on! But can you see the dimension on this and on most of the die cuts I used? I stacked most of them two or three high by diecutting extra trees or leaves and then adhering them together. It gives them dimension without squish like the foam would add and makes them strong so they don’t bend or warp.

So pleased with how they all turned out… now off for another ice-cream to try and cool down!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Badass Chick, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Natural Prints, Nature's Prints

Another discovered masterboard project complete

Over the weekend I found three more cards with panels of masterboard on them ready for me to finish … I must have been in a masterboard mood but zero inspiration to turn them into finished projects … or maybe it was because they needed new stash for me to play with to finish them off? In this case … Nature’s Prints.

The colour scheme of the painty background made with Paperartsy fresco finish paints was bright but earthy pinks, oranges and yellows so I grabbed some scraps of cardstock that went with the background and of course white. I ended up with Cinnamon Cider, Calypso Coral, So Saffron. I decided the first one was the large panel that was too busy for me to put something simple on it … so instead I went mad and added three of the wreaths to almost completely cover it up!

I then added a panel of the So Saffron and a smaller layered sentiment and one of the simple daisy type flowers which I stacked to give it some dimension. Handily the gold twine was on the desk as a scrap from something else so that became the embellishment. I stamped the sentiment in Calypso Coral and then again in Versamark and added clear emboss to make it stand out a little more and give it some shine. Entering this into the flowers challenge at Daisy Chain Challenge

The next one I kept simple… one image stamped (and clear embossed over the top) and then die cut. Added with lots of dimensionals and some white twine behind it. Sentiment stamped and layered up from the scraps of cardstock.

The final one I stamped and die cut the two images, but the smaller one I stacked with some more layers of cardstock underneath to give it some dimension.

I decided I just wanted thr thank you part of the sentiment so I cut that out and added some tiny strips of foam underneath it to raise it up in the middle. Then my trusty linen thread for a bow. Kicking myself as have very little left and forgot to order on the latest order so may well run out (disaster looming!).

So pleased with how these turned out … and feel such a sense of achievement to finish off projects that I started so many years ago… I am finding so many treasures in thus much needed clear out and tidy up… I am finding plenty of rubbish too but clearly not going to blog about full bin bags! 🤣

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Natural Prints, Nature's Prints, Painted Texture

Nature’s prints first play

I have another stamp and die bundle that I’ve just bought … Nature’s Prints … and I couldn’t wait to try it out… especially that gorgeous wreath die.

I also love love love the Parakeet Party colour… it is so zingy and fresh.

So I die cut the wreath from white and then added water and the ink in Parakeet Party, Mint Macaron and Old Olive.

I then stamped the main image in Parakeet Party and die cut that. I decided I wanted a textural background so cut a panel of the white and embossed it with the Painted Texture.

I then wanted more of the zing of the Parakeet Party so swiped the ink across the cardstock, dried it and die cut the label panel. I then stamped the sentiment using Mossy Meadow to keep to the green theme!

I raised both the textured panel and the main image up on foam and then added rhinestones for some bling!

Love this and I can image using that wreath a lot. Wondering whether it would work with the retired Arrange a Wreath dies too or not… or maybe the Merriest Moments embossing folder? More experiments required! Lol!

Entering this into the Crafty Calendar challenge

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Cottage Flowers, Cottage Rose, Natural Prints, Promarkers, Letraset

Another cottage rose hello!

Went for some gentle colouring using soft colours for this card by doing lots of stamping around the edges of the white panel using Sahara Sand.

Used promarkers to then add the colour but kept the tones soft.

I mounted the panel onto foam and then onto Cinnamon Sugar cardstock and then die cut the lab from Mossy Meadow and the pretty die cuts from some random brushed gold cardstock I had in the scraps folder. I then decided to add the Biggest Wish script sentiment which I stamped onto cardstock I had coloured with the promarkers used in the background colouring. Very much an experiment card playing with the promarkers and the scraps to hand.

I did add wink of Stella to the backgrounds but as usual the camera doesn’t pick them up!

A lovely little hello card … Happy with how it turned out.

Adding this to the challenge of Say it with flowers at International Art and Soul blog

Happy crafting!

Catherine