Design Team, Itty Bitty Greetings, Sizzix

DT: Happy Little Stampers – Anything goes with dies

Time for another design team contribution… this time it is for Happy Little Stampers and I created a card using dies. I was inspired by the Artist Trading Coins I made for this months swap and made a square landscape using the Sizzix dies.

After die cutting and assembling the scene (I used watercolour for the sky portion) I then die cut the panel as a whole using my stitched squares die…. this took a fair few passes through the machine as there are quite a few layers of green cardstock to make the hills… but it worked!

Then a simple sentiment and a button to embellish and some layers of card and paper for the cardfront.

Loved playing with these stitched landscape dies. Looking forward to seeing what dies others have been using this month over at the Blog challenge.

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

In Bloom, Pierced Blooms

Tag Thursday… Pierced blooms tags

Hi… well these tags were actually my first play with both the Pierced Blooms dies and also the In Bloom stamps and I made them a few weeks ago, but they only went out of my house yesterday and wanted them to be received before I blogged about them.

I used some white card which I had on the desk from other projects to create the tags, hence the difference in sizes… it was just what was to hand! Of course I used the Scalloped Tag Topper punch to create them!

Then I went to town die cutting the flowers and leaves using all sorts of scraps from off the desk and the piles of bits and pieces I saved for die cutting tiny bits from!

Once I had a decent stash of bits to work with I chose some of the tiny stamps in the set to create backgrounds on the white tags using colours I thought would work with the colours in the die cuts.

Then I created the cluster of flowers and leaves and glued them into place.

Next I chose a sentiment (from the Waterfront stamp set) that worked for the reason I was making these (for my zoom crafting friends) and stamped that and then cut up the sentiment into little strips. I edged each strip and then adhered them down. I love doing this with stamps so I can place the sentiment in different places.

Finally I finished with wink of Stella which I added to each of the flower centres.

Love how they turned out… they did need some ribbon to finish them off but forgot to photograph them at this point so you are missing that on the pics!

Still not sure if Tag Thursday will be a weekly thing or just random throughout the year… we will have to see how I get on?

And now for a slice of life as its been a few days since I included one in a blog… well sleep has not been good the past week with two terrible nights of very little sleep, not good when it’s busy at work and I have to be alive and use my brain! I am also super obsessed still with journalling … a bit of bujo and a lot of making junk journal signatures and I’ve started filling my first one. I’m also currently obsessed with Ms. Paper Lover on You Tube and could watch her create all day!

In other news I’m trying my hardest to reduce calorie intake but still enjoy my food…. mixed results on how well I am doing with it to be honest, but happy that I am at least trying even if not always succeeding!

That’s it for now folks. Thanks for reading my blogs. I really appreciate it.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Sizzix

“Landscape” ATCoin swaps

Hello!

Over on my Facebook swap group our theme for February is “Landscape” and I chose to play with some Sizzix dies I was gifted a long time ago by the lovely Mara but hadn’t really got around to using.

They are stitched landscape dies and this seemed like the perfect time to get them out to play!

The great news about using small dies like these and creating a landscape on such a small scale is I used lots of scraps of cardstock to create these little coins… so it felt like I was being thrifty too!

On each I alternated with the cardstock colours for the hills… and I wish I had used the stitched circle to cut out the complete circle so that the stitching continued round but never mind.

I chose a Paperartsy stamp for the sentiment that spoke to me … simply embossed in white on the bottom hill.

Then I used recycled die cuts to make the coin the right size …. and the brown frames the landscape perfectly!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Birds and Branches, Birds and More, Fancy Phrases, Pinewood planks

Stampin Up Sunday… Keeping it simple… birds and branches

Another crazy week has passed, possibly one of the busiest I’ve had for a few months, so once again crafting had dried up… but then on Friday a SU order arrived. So a few YouTube videos were filmed … unboxing and then tidying up!

I did do plenty of crafting yesterday and today but for projects I can’t blog about yet so I had to make this quick card for today’s blog.

I am doing some sort of creative stuff daily that I started this week … journalling. I’m sort of mixing writing journalling with bullet journalling and junk journalling all in one… fancy seeing it? Well maybe I will share that when I have a decent number of spreads… although will need to cover a fair bit of the writing up for privacy.

Anyways… as I said today I have a card I made using the Birds and Branches stamps and dies but I kept it all really simple.

First an embossed panel of some slightly shiny cardatock. I brought out the embossing by adding some Sahara sand ink and using the blending tool. So pretty and delicate.

Next I stamped and die cut three birds… Blushing Bride, Pool Party, Pistachio Pudding (I would use soft sea foam but don’t own the ink yet!).

Then stamped the sentiment along the bottom.

Finished off with a tied piece of linen thread across the whole front of the card and adhered on the inside with a piece of card.

Pretty and simple.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Dylusions spray inks, Magical day, Magical Mates, Masks/Stencils

Rainbow and unicorn postcard

OK so today’s blog is actually a project I started way back in November (as in that’s when the swap should have happened and I gathered the supplies and the idea) but only finished last weekend.

The postcard art swap group I belong to on Facebook had the theme of unicorns and rainbows for November but due to a busy old time, and then Covid and then Christmas my recipient Pat only actually got my postcard this week. Ah well better late than never!

I also forgot to take a pic of the postcard before I sent it… so this pic is the one Pat posted when she received it!

I took some cardstock that was a bit glossy and used both Dylusions spray inks and distress stains to add the colourful background. Once it was dry I added texture paste and black gesso through the stencil (aall & create) to create the rainbow arch.

The unicorn is from the Magical Day set and after colouring with promarkers I added wink of Stella and glossy accents.

Once dry I adhered it on the panel and then chose the sentiment from the Art by Marlene sticker book which I mounted and also added the glossy accents to.

I then double mounted the panel to make the postcard nice and sturdy.

Love this colourful and whimsical postcard.

Now for my slice of life… brunch, meal prep, a walk in the ice and snow, crafting, tea time and Wandavision… a fab chilled out day! Need I say more? And I’ve made this months postcard swap before the month ends ready for posting tomorrow and blogging next week. Result!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

P.s. thanks Pat for the pic 😀

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

Joy

Gift box making

OK I’ve an odd little project to be blogging about today, mainly because I completely forgot about it before Christmas like I had planned and came across the pic in my photos and thought ooops!

Sorry I didn’t get around to blogging last night… it was another crazy work day and once again no crafting done, instead watched the two WandaVision episodes that have been released on Disney+ which I enjoyed… they are weird, but riveting!

Today there are plans for shopping and some household chores but hoping to also get some crafting time in the bag! But now let me tell you about this project I actually made in November!

So I bought a box of three beautiful soaps from Temple Spa which I wanted to split up as little gifts for my Auntie’s and my Mum… and so I needed a box for each of them.

I made three boxes using Soft Sea Foam cardstock using the Crafters Companion tool so it was easy and no real measuring required

Then I cut papers for the tops and used some paper twine to tie them into more secure packages.

Of course I added tags to them too… and used the beautiful Joy dies to create a dimensional embellishment onto them.

Quite simple (the box making tool is what makes it simple!) But effective prettily packaged gifts. Oh and the smell of those soaps is divine!

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