Digital stamps, Playful Alphabet, Promarkers, Letraset, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

Happy birthday Hugo

Last weekend my youngest great nephew turned two and due to bad weather I decided against popping along (it’s 2.5 hour journey) to see him and so instead posted his card and pressie so have had to hold off on blogging his card until it arrived.

Edit: I don’t think he reads my blog aged 2 … but his Mum might and the card is as much for her as him! Lol!

So here is what I made…

I used the digital stamp from All Dressed Up and some fun graphic papers from the stash to make a bright and cheery card.

I added his name using the Playful Alphabets dies and then a large foam number sticker that I coloured using the Stampin Blends.

Love the Parakeet Party and Tahitian Tide colour cardstock and how bright and fun the card ended up.

I did stamp Happy birthday inside along with some more of the paper but forgot to take a picture before I sealed the envelope so sorry you can’t see that.

So happy birthday Hugo for Sunday.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistically Inked, Digital stamps, Playful Alphabet, Spellbinders, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Very Versailles

Inky background play

Regular visitors to my blog will know I am obsessed with Jennifer McGuire YouTube videos and her cardmaking style. She shared this technique of making a cool background using an inked background, cutting it into strips and then reversing every other one.

So I had a go… just played at random with some reds and oranges but my blending was awful … turned out when you reverse them, go over with a white stamped background type stamp and then die cut it, it really works well!

I decided to use my panel as the background to a digital stamp I had been gifted on a design team project a while ago. I used Stampin Blends to colour the image (non traditional magnolia colouring!) and then added some bright white die cuts for the sentiment and behind the image.

In true Jennifer style I stacked the die cuts to give them dimension and I raised the back panel too.

I also added some gems which picked up the greens from the leaves on the main image.

Love how bright and cheery this card ended up and loved my take on the technique.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Heffy Doodle, Playful Alphabet, Tidings and Trimmings, True Love

Happy birthday Vin

Today is my lovely husbands birthday so I had to make a card for him of course.

I decided to go star themed and bright colours against the black and added in some pops of graphic dsp (the reverse of the True Love dsp) too.

This was lots of die cutting and stacking for the main sentiment and of course all the stars too. I added in a bit of sparkle with the die cut small stars from the glimmer paper too.

Really happy with the fun card I ended up with!

Happy birthday Vin. Love you loads.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Creative Expressions, Distress oxide ink, Happy Celebrations, JOFY, Masks/Stencils, Playful Alphabet, YouTube video

JOFY flower card

On Sunday I had some fun playing with some supplies I had to hand… and I videoed it and yabbered along whilst I was crafting … just for fun!

This is the resulting card.

The background is one I made with embossing over the blended background d and then black ink added to create a resist effect.

I then added die cut leaves in a mix of autumnal colours. Then I cut out the flowers I had stamped and coloured with distress oxides onto peachy cardstock.

I made the sentiment using the Playful Alpabets in the white to create a space to add in the green letters (die cut inlay). I then embossed the rest onto some Calypso Coral cardstock.

Finished with the white sequins.

Love how this turned out and really enjoyed my crafty playtime.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Expressions in Ink, Memories and More, Playful Alphabet, Splendid Stems, True Love

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes Birthday

Hello! Another day, another design team contribution. This is my creation for the Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes Birthday challenge and I once again have been delving into the pouches of half used supplies. Now this one uses flowers cut from the True Love dsp, a strip of Expressions in Ink dsp and a card from an old Memories and More pack. A bit of an eclectic mix … but I think it works well together … along with die cuts and the sentiment of course!

Those flowers are of course fabulous and although you can colour them, I decided black and white was just fine against the background of the card and with the strip of gold foiled stripes.

I did raise them up to give dimension and underneath I slid in some of the Splendid Stems die cut from black.

I decided to die cut the Happy and stack it three times for dimension and then added back in the pink from the background with the Biggest Wish birthday stamp.

I finished off with the black gems from my stash to keep with the drama of the black and pink.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Dylusions paints, Dylusions spray inks, Forever Flourishing, Masks/Stencils, Playful Alphabet, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

Dylusions birthday

I decided to once again grab a Dylusions background … but this time it is the last one so there won’t be more of these bright and funky backgrounds to share unless I have a fun inky session! This time I went for a pretty and fun birthday card.

After trimming the green background down I added it to some yellow card to give it a frame and then using foam I added it to the card blank.

Next I die cut some foliage from some Cinnamon Cider and Petal Pink cardstock. Next I stamped and fussy cut a large floral image from an old Creative Stamping magazine set. I’ve not really used this set much and it is beautiful so may have to put it to good use again soon.

I coloured it quite loosely using my Stampin Blends in Petal Pink, Granny Apple Green, Just Jade and So Saffron.

Next I die cut the letters for Happy from the Cinnamon Cider and stacked them up three times to give more dimension. I then stamped the Birthday from Biggest Wish using More Mustard.

I added foam under the floral stamped image and also under the birthday part of the sentiment so this really has a lot of dimension.

I finished off with the gold flower embellishments from the stash.

It feels so good to have finally used up all those backgrounds made so long ago. So pleased I could find a use for them and could find a way to mix up my crafting a little.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas Season, Cottage Rose, Forever Fern, Playful Alphabet, Ribbons, Splendid Stems, Splendid Thoughts, Stampendous, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

Happy birthday Mum

Yesterday was my Mum’s birthday and I wanted to share the labour of love that was her birthday card with you.

I had the idea that I wanted to do a wreath design as the main part of the card so I started by stamping lots of leaves from different sets in all the greens. I kept to mainly lighter coloured greens rather than very dark ones after all it is August not winter and wanted it to be bright!

I decided, even though these could be die cut, to fussy cut instead…. after all that is more relaxing and cam be done sat on the sofa…

Then I put together some on a circle to decide if the different styles and types of leaves went OK together… and decided as there were so many types and styles it did…. oh I also coloured in the images from Splendid Thoughts as they were outline images so used stampin blends to colour them.

I decided I wanted more but this time the die cuts from Splendid Stems as something to break up the images…

I decided this was a good mix of the delicate die cuts in solid colour and the stamped or coloured images.

Next to decide how to finish the card and I had a couple of ideas I tried out. By this time I had stuck the leaves together onto a thin ring of scrap paper so that was complete but all other elements are just placed in half finished form to give me an idea of how they look.

I was torn between keeping it green and white and adding in bright colours… bit went for the yellow as it is my Mum’s favourite colour.

So I found some yellow ribbon in the stash for a bow, fussy cut the Stampendous sentiment that I had stamped with blended yellow and coral inks, cut some more Playful Alphabets and coloured them with So Saffron stampin blends and added the little flowers I had bought in a pack from Hobbycraft many years ago.

Then to decide on the background … I went with a Kraft card base in 8×8 as I had one in my stash and the originally planned white 7×7 was a bit too small … but actually I think it frames it nicely.

Then I added a mount of the So Saffron cardstock.

The white base I decided to blend some So Saffron on and do some splatters of green and coral ink to complement the colours in the rest of the card.

I added a foam panel behind this to raise it off the So Saffron and then put foam behind the wreath and a double layer under the middle of the sentiment to support it.

This gives the whole card so much dimension. I love it!

Inside I added a panel of whisper white with some more blending and splatters with a panel of So Saffron on the edge. Then I added a little cluster of the leaves I had left over and added the little sentiment strip.

I decided to add wink of Stella to the mum letters to give them some sparkle and then called it finished!

A real labour of love… but my Mum is worth it!

Hope you like it too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Pick a Punch, Biggest Wish, For My Family, Oh So Ombre, Picture perfect birthday, Playful Alphabet, Tidings and Trimmings

Happy Birthday Dad

Frustratingly my Dad’s birthday is always very close to Fathers Day and so I always try to make a completely different style of card for his birthday than I made for Fathers Day. Fathers day this year was all wood and brown elements… so for his birthday I went bright and colourful with dramatic black elements instead!

I found this very old dsp lurking in my box of papers and I am trying really hard to use up old stash when I find it… so the paper with candles and the yellow is from the same sheet of 12×12 (the joys of double sided dsp) but I had no other papers from whatever set it was from so decided to add in pieces of the 6×6 Oh So Ombre I had left in my stash too.

I decided to pick up on the black in the candle paper to add some black elements… the stamped Dad, the die cut stars and the die cut Happy.

The Birthday and the candles though I wanted bright and cheery so did those in Daffodil yellow… in fact I also heat embossed in clear over the yellow for the birthday so it also had some shine!

I cut panels of the paper, mounted the main central panel and then stuck everything down, raising the central panel a little for dimension.

The stars I added wink of Stella to so they had lots of shimmer.

Inside the card I cut some banners and added more die cut stars but smaller this time and then added the sentiment with heat embossing.

The envelope I used up some of the pieces of paper I had left to layer some banners and that was my card finished!

Definitely a very different style to his fathers day card… and very cheerful for his birthday!

Now having a contrasting card became even more important as I’ve not been able to give him either card yet and will be giving them both on Sunday as a result of delaying our plans thanks to C19. Ah well at least we are all on the mend now and just me to get a negative test result… Fingers crossed for tomorrow!

Happy birthday Dad!

Entering this into the layers challenge at The sisterhood of crafters

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Papermania, Pinewood planks, Playful Alphabet

Happy Fathers Day

Today I am sharing the card I made for my Dad for Father’s day even though I’ve not been able to give it to him as a result of our Covid filled household.

I made the card a few weeks ago, and would have posted it if i had known we wouldnt be soending the day together, but that wasnt the plan!

Anyways … I was hunting through my stash for the components for this card as I knew I had bought a Papermania kit many moons ago that was for Fathers Day and had barely used it. For some reason it felt like 2022 was the year to use some of it!

So the kit included 12×12 papers and some of those papers had sentiments and words on and some had various elements like tags and frames. So I decided to collage them together and also add in some textures and die cuts and stamping. The kit had also included the metal tool charms so I also added those.

I set to on fussy cutting everything out and then when I had enough elements I decided to add panels of cardstock I had embossed. I love the effect of embossing so much and rarely remember to use my folders.

Once everything was cut out (including the die cut letters for Dad which I had stacked 3 deep) I inked all the edges and the embossed panels using Vintage Photo.

Then I started sticking things down, adding foam layers to sime parts for dimension. I then took some brads and attached the charms and then added some larger brads as ‘nail heads’ on two of the frames.

I added a tiny scrap of string to the tag too.

I decided rather than use the Happy that was in the patterned paper to go with a stamped one from the Biggest Wish set.

Inside the card I created a little cluster of the paper and cut out elements with a stamped Dad. I also added some of the paper and a little panel with a cut out element to the envelope too!

Love how this came out. Lots and lots of fussy cutting and inking … but my Dad is definitely worth the effort!

Happy fathers day to my Dad, to my hubby and to all the Dad’s out there!

Wishing I was spending today with my Dad but as a result of our little run in with Covid this past week we have postponed our plans for another week to be on the safe side!

Entering this into the challenge of Masculine/Fathers Day at Moving along with the times blog

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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