Design Team, Gorgeous Grunge, In Bloom, Masks/Stencils, Oh So Ombre, Pierced Blooms, Playful Alphabet, Ribbons, Very Versailles

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Hello!

Today I have a Happy Little Stampers Design Team contribution to share with you. I will admit I made this quite some time ago but stored it ready to post now as it was such a special card I didn’t want to just blog it on its own.

So the card is for the Anything Goes with Dies challenge and boy did I use a lot of dies!

So the card is one I made for my cousin to celebrate receiving her OBE. She was awarded it quite a while ago but as a result of Covid restrictions had to wait quite some time for the actual ceremony. Again due to restrictions (maybe they have always done this though I am not sure) only one guest was allowed to accompany her and my Uncle was the one who picked the name out of the hat so he got to go with her.

Anyway, the weekend after it happened I made this card, inspired by her pink and navy outfit.

Now the card came together after I had sat and turned lots of scraps of cardstock into pretty flowers and leaves. I do this quite often, save my scraps up and then have a massive die cutting session. This time I concentrated on the Pierced Blooms die set as these flowers and leaves always come in handy as embellishments. I ended up (after 2+ hours diecutting) with a big pile and a sore arm!

So I chose from the pile a selection of pink and purple flowers and pale green leaves that I could use to make a special card. I knew I wanted a bigger card so I chose a 7×7 card blank from the stash.

I cut a piece of white linen cardstock into a 6.25″ square and started creating a background. I used the gorgeous text stamp from Very Versailles, some of the splatter stamps from Gorgeous Grunge and also splashed some ink too. I then grabbed a leaf stencil, masked off some areas and added some leaf images to the background with the fabulous blending brush. I also edged the panel with the blending brush too.

Next I started inking the die cut leaves and flowers to add some depth to the colour. I also added some stamped splatters to the green.

Then started adhering them so that there would be a less populated area for me to add the sentiment.

The sentiment I went for the Playful Alphabets dies and die cut CONGRATS out twice from each colour. I stacked the dies and then using a ruler to line them up I added them so they were off the edge of the strip of cardstock I had prepared. I also added a very thin strip of Oh So Ombre paper to the panel. I stacked a few layers of cardstock behind the panel to lift it up and then added the navy ribbon behind it to frame the sentiment. I added wink of Stella to each of the letters to give them some shimmer.

When I stuck this in place I thought the background needed a little blue so added some splashes of ink. I also added the pink ribbon bow to finish off to sentiment strip.

I decided to go a bit mad with lots of pearls dotted around … but hey… it was a very special card after all!

Inside I took the sentiment from the In Bloom stamp set and added some panels of the Oh So Ombre paper to create some interest. I also added a flower and leaf cluster… after all I had got LOTS already die cut. This finished off the inside of the card.

I know I normally do something with the envelope too but this time I didn’t remember to do it, plus it was being posted to Scotland so I didn’t want loose bits getting caught in the post office machinery.

So there you go… my special OTT card for my cousin. So proud her achievements have been recognised.

Now off to see what everyone else has been up to for the Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Pierced Blooms

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog

Happy 1st of June!

Once again I played with patterned paper for the design team for Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog using old Making Cards magazine stash. I decided to use some pretty greens and florals and also got the sewing machine out to add some sewn and fabric elements too.

I played with layers and sewing machine stitches and generally had fun making these. I decided to use die cuts from Pierced Blooms as embellishments and a button too.

The sentiments came from an old Creative Stamping magazine set and decided to add them on kraft in gold embossing. That was mainly inspired by the gold leaves on the second card.

Inside the cards I went for another gold sentiment and a strip of the paper.

And the envelopes, more paper and one of the other images from the kit that I fussy cut.

Very pretty, and textured cards … and with the pops of gold I think they turned into pretty special birthday cards too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress oxide ink, Embossing Folders, Indigo Blu, Lacy Brocade, Merriest moments, Old Paper, Pierced Blooms, Ribbons, Sheena Douglass Embossing Folders, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Stitched framelits, Tim Holtz

Kendra’s card challenge #3

Yet another batch of Christmas cards made using the templates and guides from Cards by Kendra. This time I used the one for challenge number 3. You can find all the details at Kendra’s blog.

This particular template makes 16 cards from base of 6 pieces of 6×6. I used papers from the Indigo Blu magazine kit I got last year, admittedly they are double sided so for some of the card layouts I chose to turn over the paper and use the reverse. It definitely gave me more options when I was designing how to finish the cards.

I learnt from last time to not add too many other pieces of cardstock too so I could reduce the weight of the cards.

Here is the full lot…

I used a few different shades of cardstock in the pale blue and greens along with the shimmer vellum in Evening Evergreen. I mainly used images from the magazine kit of stamps or those printed on the paper kit. Occasionally I added die cuts either as part of the sentiment or leaves for the flowers.

I chose to use the die cut snowflake embellishments on quite a few too … sometimes the iridescent side, sometimes the matt side. They worked well with the papers and the feel of the cards I think.

I did a lot of embossing too… this added texture and worked well with the grungy nature of the papers. Especially when I chose to add ink too.

Thoroughly enjoyed putting these together, the whole set took a good few separate sessions over the course of a few weeks. I particularly enjoyed colouring those Holly leaves and berries, although the fussy cutting less so!

Creating these also made me want to do more with the Merriest Moments embossing folder and get the dies and stamps out for that bundle too… so maybe that will be the next set of Christmas cards …. unless another set of papers and one of Kendra’s challenges tempts me first.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Picture perfect birthday, Pierced Blooms, Seasonal Labels Dies

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Hi

So I decided to make another 16th birthday card as there are quite a few ‘sweet 16’s’ to celebrate this year. And as I used a fair few dies it was perfect to use as this months DT contribution for the Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge.

I decided to start with the stamping on the right hand side… no idea where I was going with this but I had woke up with the idea so decided to go with it! And of course it is one of my favourite sets to use … Biggest Wish.

Next I added strips of rose gold washi tape and the panel of the stripey dsp.

I decided to go for a large label panel so grabbed the Seasonal Labels die and cut one in the rose gold cardstock and one from black, and then trimmed the black one down top and bottom so it was a stripe across the label.

Next I embossed the sentiment from an old set (Picture Perfect Birthday) and

I then grabbed the Pierced Blooms dies and used scraps of different pink and peach coloured cardstock to cut flowers and the Soft Sea Foam for the leaves.

I raised the label panel up on foam and then created the flower clusters and dotted a few small ones around.

I finished off with the number stickers and some sparkly gems for the obligatory bling.

Really happy with this. Slightly wishing I had used a different colour for the Happy stamping at the beginning and that it had been more pink rather than Calypso Coral but I still think it works together.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistically Inked, Biggest Wish, Brilliant Wings, Butterfly Brilliance, Design Team, Pierced Blooms

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

Another month, another one sheet wonder for the Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge.

I designed my own template to make 8 cards using one piece of 12×12.

I had a lot of fun using the Pierced Blooms and also added piercing to some of the cardstock panels too.

Used one of the butterflies from Butterfly Brilliance stamp set … and loved the jaunty angle.

Pulled out the Artistically Inked stamps too to create the background on some and the focal image/ cluster on others. I also used both the Biggest Wish stamp set and an old stamp set for the sentiments.

The panels that were 1 inch wide (plus one of the 1.5″ strips) I used on the inside of the cards to add some decoration there too.

I loved playing with these papers which I got in saleabration in 2020 and then different stamps to decorate.

Off to see how everyone else got on using their patterned paper this month!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Pick a Punch, Design Team, Forever Fern, Forever Flourishing, Happy Celebrations, Lovely Inside and Out, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Paper Blooms, Pierced Blooms, Stitched framelits, Wreath Builder

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

I have another one sheet wonder for my DT contribution for this months Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog. Think I may be close to the point of switching to Christmas themed ones … but for now I’m still working with pretty floral papers.

This one is a salabration set I got called paper Blooms that coordinates with the In Bloom stamps and Pierced Blooms dies. I love the Pierced Blooms dies so much..

I made 8 cards from this sheet of 12 x 12 … not a large amount but loved using both sides of the dsp so some got 2 panels not just one!

I also made one card as a fancy fold which was fun.

I also mixed up the size of the base cards to suit the sizes I had cut the panels so there were 5×5 cards and 6×4 cards.

I went to town in my box of scraps die cuts using flowers and leaves from a mix of sets…. Wreath Builder, Forever Flourishing, Pierced Blooms … and this is how I decorated them combined with various sentiments. In some like the above I combined stamp sets for the sentiment… Hello from Forever Fern and Friend from Lovely Inside and Out.

I also added either gems to flower centres or wink of Stella and glossy accents just add some extra texture.

Loved creating the little jar of flowers for this one using the Jar of Flowers stamp and then fussy cutting rather than punching the jar. So cute.

Also used the fabulous Happy Celebrations to create the sentiment for this one but then the one below chose the Happy from my fave stamp set of last Christmas, Peace and Joy.

I also loved adding the circles to the cards to create focal areas for the flower clusters to sit on.

So this final one is the fancy fold that my friend Valerie taught me to make.

Love how cool this is and makes a really special card.

Such fun working with these pretty papers and die cuts.

Hope you like them too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Avery Elle, Brilliant Wings, Design Team, Masks/Stencils, Pierced Blooms, Stitched framelits

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge blog

Today I actually have 4 cards I made using the same stamp and die set from Avery Elle called Loads of Hello. It reminded of the Peace and Joy stamp set from SU at Christmas that I loved!

This is my design team contribution for Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge.

So I started by stamping the hello four times in Purple ink and then die cut it, and die cut a few extra in white so I could stack them and make the die cut have more dimension for some.

Then I decided to Team the die cuts with stencils as I wanted to try the new stencil brushes out.

The first one I went pink and kept it pretty simple with stencilling and punched hearts which I added the glossy accents to. I also added a pink mat to the word friend.

The next one I went simple with too. I actually created the boxes for the background from post it notes so I could adjust the size of the rectangles. I kept the whole card with blue tones with punched flowers, sequins and some pearl accents for the centre. This was probably the least involved of the cards.

The next one had the most amount of effort with a bit of colour added and then texture paste through the stencil and I did the whole front of the card. Love this funky alpha stencil. Then I die cut the oval stitched shapes and added flowers die cut from scraps using the Pierced Blooms dies. These are my go to dies for embellishments that’s for certain!

I also had a hunt through the gems stash and found these pale green gems for the centre of the flowers.

The final one I went delicate again and added just the light pink stencilling on the top right hand corner. The blending brushes are perfect for this kind of delicate finish.

Then I die cut the Butterfly shape from white and the filigree version in pink and layered them and the sentiment. I decided it needed something else so added some splatter using pink and purple inks. Then the gems to finish.

A lovely way to use the hello die and add different effects. Wonder which is your favourite… I am torn between the Butterfly and the hearts one… although the texture one and the rectangles I love too… ooohh I can’t decide.

OK off to see what the rest of the dt did for the blog, and looking forward to seeing all those that join in the blog too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Avery Elle, Dylusions spray inks, Forever Flourishing, Lawn Fawn, Lawn Fawn stamps, Neocolors II, Pierced Blooms, Very Versailles, Washi tape

Artist trading coins… pink

This month the theme for my ATCoin swap is PINK.

I decided to just start layering up pink colours on my coins and see where I got to with it… no plan!

As you can see I also added black and white to my pink themed coins.

I started with coins cut from packaging so gave them a coat of gesso. Then added neocolours and water, followed by stamping in a different shade of pink. Then patterned paper which I added the neocolours to. I punched part of a circle out of cardstock I had coloured with dylusions inks in pink and purple.

I had a hunt in the box of used foreign stamps and found three in different shades of pink. I also added washi strips too. I didn’t mind that I was mixing different shades and tones of pink… it all worked together.

I hunted in the box where I keep die cut scraps and found flowers and leaves I could also use.

Then I finished off with the hugs die cut (lawn fawn) and the friend stamp (avery elle) and the pink coloured pearls.

Super happy with these pink coins!

Hope that the recipients like them too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alcohol Inks, Art Alchemy paints, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Ellen Vargo, Emma Godfrey, Honey Bee, In Bloom, Kim Dellow, Lin Brown, Love you More, Oh So Ombre, Pierced Blooms, Raggy Dolls, Ribbons, Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap, Washi tape, YouTube video

Mixed media Monday ATC flipbooks

I decided to make some cute ATC flipbooks for my raggy doll sisters as a little treat to send through the post. It took me a few different sessions to put these together so bear with me with the many pics of the process.

Session 1…

I started with ATC cut from amazon packaging and made lots of layers of paint, paper and stamping.

I used a lot of different supplies and had lots of fun creating these (there are 8 of us in the group so I made one for me to keep too!).

Next I made page two …

Side one (awaiting finishing touches) and side two…

Again it was fun to just play with supplies I had to hand and make some cute ATCs.

Next session I played with alcohol inks on slightly shiny card and created these cards… after playing with the alcohol ink, I stamped and embossed a grungy background stamp from the stash, added back washi and then stamped the Bee onto some French bookprint.

The reverse I used the same alcohol ink but more of a blended finish and added some stamped leaves, die cut flowers and a sentiment with a fun resin centre for each of the flowers.

I also worked on the back card which I also made from corrugated card and added more of the neon pink paint.

This time I added it after adding some Tim Holtz tissue wrap with matt medium and also added some black gesso round the edge. I then used some art alchemy paint in black for some sparkle (it doesn’t really show in the photos unfortunately). I then used black gesso to paint the wooden Love word and glued them into place and added a sparkly gem and some dots of black enamel to finish off. They were still drying in the picture so not the best pics but you get the idea.

I kept the back really simple with scrapbook scrap paper and a stamped and sticker date. I later signed my name but that didn’t make it to the photo archive! Also the odd one out here was the one for me as I ran out of the paper I had been using for the rest!

I did add a couple more pages but didn’t photo them whilst unattached … plus included little messages for my friends. I did however make a little flip through video and share it on YouTube.

Then I punched the top of each card with my cropadile and used a colourful book ring to fix them together.

I then went mad with ribbon scraps adding little colourful bits of trim to each of them… here they all are on my floor ready for packing.

I hope you liked this little project, I certainly had lots of fun making them and thinking lovely thoughts about my friends, whom I got to know 10 years ago this year.

Happy crafting!

Catherine