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

Biggest Wish, Design Team, Masks/Stencils, Spellbinders, Splendid Stems, Splendid Thoughts, Stitched framelits

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies

Hi there!

Today I have another design team contribution for you; my Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies one.

Todays card I used the gorgeous iridescent medium through a stencil I got a long time ago (no idea of brand sorry!) But haven’t used for a while.

I used a palette knife but wasn’t exactly careful so it did seep through the stencil in a few places but as the iridescent finish is so pretty I don’t care!

I had cut the panel to be 15mm smaller than my card blank as I wanted it to have a good border around plus this meant it fit nicely in the stencil area.

I had to let that dry for a while so I didn’t smear it or lose the dimension so I started creating the top cluster I wanted for the card.

I stamped and embossed in silver both the larger leaf image from Splendid Thoughts and the Happy from Biggest Wish. The die cut leaf I then added some colour to using a few colours of pinks and purples and the blending brushes.

I had a die cut circle on the desk already so I decided to ink that up too with the purples.

I stamped the birthday in Perfect Plum and then fussy cut that. Then I grabbed some die cuts from scraps in pinks and purples for adding to the cluster.

I felt it needed something else though to ground it and so die cut a Wreath from white using a spellbinders die. I die cut it twice to give it some more dimension.

Then I clustered them together and adhered them to some foam so they would sit nicely above the texture of the background.

Before sticking them down, and once the texture medium was dry I splattered some purple ink as I felt it needed some splatters to finish it off!

I added the top panel onto more foam to then add it to the card blank and then added the gems I found in the stash.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas 2022 challenge, Colorado Craft Company, Distress oxide ink, Emma Godfrey, Gelli Plate, JOFY, Spellbinders

Christmas cardmaking 2022 challenge… #3

Hello

Todays Christmas cardmaking challenge theme is star. Now I remember using the Tidings and Trimmings stars last year but as I used that set last week I wanted something different. So I scoured the stash and found these fab Jofy star stamps and decided to go a bit mixed media.

I stamped the stars onto basic white and then ink blended over them to add colour using my distress oxides. Then I grabbed some mixed media cardstock, distress oxides and my Gelli plate to create some fun backgrounds… I love the randomness of this and the different patterns it can create. Onto one of them I decided to stamp more of the stars and snowflakes from the same stamp set and then cut down the background to fit a 5×5 card. Then I added a black die cut branch and some black star and the fabulous Joy die cut from Colorado Craft Company.

This was my simple card … I did pop the star up on foam tabs but kept the whole thing simple.

The other one I grabbed a different Paperartsy stamp set that has lots of sentiments and made them into a square shape on the stamp platform so that I could stamp in one go and make a background.

Whilst it is still subtle I love how it looked (in fact I made two more backgrounds similar but not done anything with them yet so they are in the “still to play with pile” for now.

I decided to make another layer and make this into a bigger card so blended the bottom panel with the same colour of inks but kept it random, like I had on the star.

I added the fab glimmer paper onto this too… with the stars, the little strip that went top and bottom and the word die. I also stacked the word die so it was nice and chunky!

This time I did some grey leaves but top and bottom and also added white paint pen to the design on the star.

So these are my star themed cards for this week. Are you joining in with my challenge? If so I would love to see what you are making so please let me know here or over on Instagram.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Butterfly Bijou, Design Team, Old Paper, Ribbons, Spellbinders

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies

Next month I have to start with 17th birthdays …. but there was one last 16th to celebrate and here is the card I made for Amelia. It also happens to be my design team contribution to Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies.

I went very die cut heavy on this one but I think it is very pretty. I also added quite a bit of texture using the Old paper embossing folder. The main dies are Spellbinders ones and then the sentiment is a Stampin Up one. I did double it up to give it more dimension. I forgot to take a picture with the 16 stickers on but they were in the top right hand corner.

The butterflies were fussy cut from the Butterfly Bijou paper.

I added wink of Stella to the sentiment but you can never really see that on the photos… but it does add a little shimmer in real life.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas Greetings, Christmas Pinecone, Christmas Season, Christmas to remember, Painted Christmas, Peace & Joy, Playful Alphabet, Spellbinders

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone. Just popping in to say hi and share the cards I made for my hubby and daughter.

But first…

Well my Christmas card challenge failed abysmally… I only managed 6 of the themes I think and then life got crazy busy and crafting went to the back of the priority list… so sorry for those who were enjoying the challenge. Maybe I will revisit it when I get a chance.

But I did manage to make 2 more cards … one for the hubby and one for the child.

Hubby…

I went to town on this 7×7 card with dsp, dies, stamps a day some bling!

Pretty much everything from the Painted Christmas suite got thrown at it. Love love love this and all the foliage!

Definitely one of my favourite cards I’ve made this year! Entering it into the challenge at The card concept

Next up is the card I made for my daughter.

To be honest I made the cross stitch in 2020 but never found a use for it… until now! I decided it worked will with the Painted Christmas dsp and just created a frame from some old spellbinders dies and the sentiment from the Playful Alphabets dies and last years favourite stamps… Peace and Joy.

A cute and beautiful card … with a sewn element so perfect for my girl.

So these are the last of the 2021 Christmas cards. I actually did well in using the vast majority of the cards I had in the stash this year (between me and my parents!) which means I probably shouldn’t wait too long to start making them for 2022! Good job I have plenty of dsp left to play with!

Wishing you all a fabulous Christmas and festive season.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Mr & Mrs, Petal Palette, Petals and more, Spellbinders

Congratulations Jayne and Simon

This evening I am going to celebrate the marriage of Jayne (one of my raggy doll sisters) and Simon along with a few of my other raggy doll sisters. I can’t wait!

So as by this time I will be partying this is a scheduled post to show you the card I made.

I chose to use Spellbinders dies for the background and then Stampin Up Petal Palette stamps and dies for the floral elements and the Mr and Mrs stamp again from Stampin Up. I kept to a soft pink colour palette using two tones of pink cardstock and watercolouring the flowers which I had embossed in the champagne embossing powder.

I gave the elements some dimension with foam tabs and added some dots of liquid pearls around the focal images.

Love how this all looked. The inside of the card is similar but a lot more simple…

Leaving me plenty of room for my message of love to the happy couple!

So happy for Jayne and Simon. May they enjoy a lifetime of happiness together.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Spellbinders

DT: CHNC: Candy Canes

Candy canes is the theme over at CHNC and I spotted this paper in my stash that was perfect… but I wanted to change it up a bit and used a die to cut the cover panel which includes the fab little windows which I inlaid with the patterned paper.

I finished it with a banner and cut apart from the same paper and them added a chipboard sentiment for added dimension.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Baked Texture embossing powder, Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils, Spellbinders

Happy birthday big bro!

Today is my brothers 50th birthday and here is the card I made for him…

I went for a textural finish with texture paste through a brick wall stencil and some distress oxide splattered and loosely painted and then lots of embossed elements using a mixture of powders including clear, gold, and baked texture embossing powder.

I really enjoyed putting this together… and the vinyl records really reminded me of Jonathan as he was really into music when he was a teenager.

So happy birthday big brother… hope he has had a fab day!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress oxide ink, First edition dies, Petal Palette, Petals and more, Spellbinders, Stitched framelits, Succulent Garden, Watercolor words, Watercolour paints

Catch up from class

Earlier this month I held a crafting session with friends and I never got round to sharing the cards I ended up making during the class. As per usual I swapped things up so I wasn’t making the same as the samples…

The theme of the class was watercolour and florals and I love how differently these all ended up.

Happy crafting!

Catherine