Hello! I’m so pleased my Happy Little Stampers challenge blogs are back after our little break. This time it is the turn of the Anything Goes with Dies challenge and I have the Mother’s Day card I made for my Mum … so shhhh… don’t tell her you’ve already seen it! Lol!
I used a few different dies… Playful Alphabets, stitched circles and some Splendid stems … and used lots of old dsp and some gorgeous flowers stamps from Creative Stamping magazine. A bit of a hodgepodge if I am honest but I love it!
I also did a bit of hand sewing and added charms and pearls. Just love how it all came together from my stash.
Hope you like this … of course please leave me a message below and then come and join in over at Happy Little Stampers.
Hello! Today I have a tag I made using the bits and pieces still on my desk from the patterned paper playtime blog post from the 1st. I often do this … make stuff from the stash left on my desk as I am rubbish at keeping tidy and hate to put things in the bin if I think I can get a little more use out of them.
So as I had the dictionary print paper there I started by covering a piece of sturdy card in the paper at a slight angle and then cut out the tag shape. I then chose two of the labels that were tag shaped, punched a hole and threaded some twine through. I raised these on foam and added them as background to the main images.
I then stamped and coloured using the stampin blends three of the leaf images from Splendid Thoughts and die cut them out. The bigger of the leaves I also die cut from cardstock to stack it and give it some strength as this paper is quite thin.
I stuck them down and then chose a sentiment and fussy cut that.again I added some dimension underneath to raise it up. Finished by inking the edge of the tag and some lovely silver gems.
Of course because it is a tag I also added some lace trim to the top with more of the twine that has a green running through.
How is it the beginning of March already? Wow this year is going so fast already.
So as its the first of the month it is time for my playtime with patterned paper.
Those of you who have popped by my blog for this before will know I got myself super organised last year, chose some 12×12 dsp and got fussy cutting and popped all the bits into a pouch so I could be ready to go with the starting point of a card! This time it’s an odd one as the dsp I cut up had lots of these labels on one side and the coral pattern on the other and I teamed it with some dictionary type print paper too.
So I grabbed some Pale Papaya cardstock and made up a card blank and used another piece to add texture then started layering up a few of the labels, a strip of the coral and the book paper.
This gave a nice spot for a focal feature to be added and I decided on a jar full of splendid Stems!
I did punch the jar a few times to give it some dimension and covered the top layer in wink of Stella so it’s very shimmery!
Inside the jar I added the die cut Stems and one of the stamped images which I stamped and coloured onto the bookprint which I think looks fabulous!
I finished off with a simple sentiment from For my Family and some pearl gems and a bit of twine wrapped round the jar.
Love how this finished up. A lovely mix of modern and vintage I think!
This card is like the one I shared last Saturday in that it is using the purple background inspired by … yes you’ve guessed it … Jennifer McGuire and the distress ink resist mono print type technique. This was the background that worked well although I then end up covering most of it up with the stamping and the focal point but still I love how it turned out!
I decided to play with the Splendid Thoughts stamps and added some additional pattern to the background using the more solid stamps. Then I stamped, coloured the images and die cut them and added the finer diecuts to create the cluster.
I decided it needed a frame so I die cut the larger shape from the Seasonal Labels dies. I inked the edge of that and the background panel to frame it.
Then added dimension using foam and texture with the silver bow.
The sentiment I added was from the little tray of bits and bobs I have to the side where I make things for projects and then don’t use them.
Inside I added a piece of white and a leftover stamped piece and die cut to coordinate but forgot to take a pic … oops!
I finished off with the little iridescent gems.
No one would probably work out that the background was handmade not a bought paper I think but I love how this ended up and enjoyed the playtime.
If you fancy watching this one come together than you can watch it as I did video the whole thing!
P.S. I still have 2 backgrounds left from this playtime but might give purple a rest for a few weeks! But watch this space to see the other things I make from them!
I always like to send thank you cards after Christmas although these days it isn’t really about thanking people for gifts … but still I like to acknowledge and thank my parents for their presence with us at Christmas and how much it means to us.
This is this years card.
I started out with the stamped panel of vintage French print which I stamped in cherry cobbler. This is a wood mount stamp and I got it a few years ago as a good mixed media/journaling type stamp. As I am assessing the usefulness of all my crafting supplies at the moment I wanted to see how well this stamped… and as it turned out well I thought it would work for a layered element on a card and this then became the thank you card!
I made the card base from cream and then made a layer slightly smaller that I could add as the background. I decided to ink up the Old paper embossing folder with what a sand for a light contrast to the texture.
To be honest I inked up the wrong side and also embossed the panel as portrait not landscape in error but as it’s not a distinct text and was just forming a background I decided it would be fine. Sometimes you just learn to live with these things!
I decided I wanted to use the Splendid Stems as the focal feature and also grabbed a piece of the wide striped ribbon from the stash to add some different texture.
The stamped stem I added colour using stampin Blends pens in cherry cobbler and then die cut the other stems from black and the Kraft.
I also added in a scrunched piece of Kraft which I had added some white pigment ink to just to add something a little different.
I then chose to use the Artistically inked set for the sentiment which I fussy cut out.
I did add some scrap card for dimension under both the background layer and the cherry cobbler stamped print piece but this is less raised than if using foam so a little more subtle.
Then I added pearls as finishing touches.
Whilst that’s taken a while to explain how I made it it actually didn’t take too long at all to make and came together very easily.
A little while ago I saw a video from Jennifer McGuire showing this technique of offset strips to make a cool background. I have tried this technique in the past and thought i would have another go but this time in a blue/green colour scheme.
This time I stencilled the white over the inked background rather than stamping. I also die cut the shape at an angle so the stripes don’t go vertically. I also added some white paint splatters to add a little brightness to the white as the white ink is quite muted.
As much as the background is lovely it is the focal image that I love most about this card. I used the fabulous Splendid Thoughts set and my Stampin Blends to colour the images.
I love how they turned out. I added a couple of die cuts behind each image to stack them (real Jennifer style!). The bowl shape I die cut from the blue cardstock but gave it a very heavy wink of Stella covering to make it very shimmery.
I finished with the gems to add more shine and a sentiment using Alpaca Pals stamps.
I mounted the background panel onto some blue cardstock and then the card base was made from a pale lilac cardstock from the stash.
Love this card so much. The background I wasn’t 100% happy with at the time but by the time the focal image went on it looked amazing!
Today blog is a card I made using some of the leftover pieces of the fabulous True Love dsp which I love.
I also used a background I made for another project and never got round to using. I love how this came out but I must admit that I got a little lost in the middle of making this. If you fancy watching me fumble around making this card, check it out on YouTube as once again I videoed making this card.
I love how the ribbon provides a nice border element in the background and the bold sentiment panel.
Really going to miss this paper when I’ve finished off the last bits as it’s been fabulous to play with.
Finished off the card with white Splendid Stems die cuts and the black matt gems.
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.
Hello… I played with some Creative Stamping magazine stamps and die cuts and made a rainbow themed floral tag for this months UK stampers forum tag swap and I love it! ❤🧡💛💚💙💜🤍
I started with a kraft tag that I had previously embossed with the Baked Texture embossing powder using versamark I had added to a stencil and then popped through the big shot to apply the ink. I’ve had this on the desk for the last few months as I actually did this way back in July! I decided however I wanted to play bright rainbow so added the wide rainbow washi tape, then decided on what image I wanted to use. I actually ended up using an image from Creative Stamping magazine kit that the stencil came from as it had the right number of flowers to make a rainbow of flowers.
I coloured the flowers in using a mix of Promarkers and Stampin Blends and then fussy cut it out. I added foam underneath and added the long thin die cuts from Splendid Stems underneath cut from white to add contrast. Then I decided on a simple die cut Hello for the sentiment.
For embellishment I chose some mirror card candi … if you closely enough in the photos you may glimpse me taking the pics because they are that shiny! I also chose the black and white gingham ribbon for trim as again it ties in the black and white for on the tag against all that bright colour!
This one came from looking at a little pile of scraps of coloured cardstock …
I decided to make all the strips 3\4 of an inch wide and then cover a panel that was 2″ wide… this made the central panel for my card.
Then I grabbed all the leftover paper I had from True Love dsp with this kind of flower on it. I fussy cut them all out so there were lots of flowers to surround the sentiment and the colourful panel. Then I added them all.
All of the flowers were ‘edge’ pieces but this kind of design is perfect as just just tuck them behind and create layers.
I also added in some black die cut pieces from the Splendid Stems set as this works perfectly to add in a bit of contrast without overwhelming.
I then added a cluster of the dsp and cardstock around the sentiment … for which I used both the Picture Perfect sentiment and the Biggest Wish for the bigger Happy.
I then found some cute gems in the stash and added those around the card for some bling!
I’m a little sad I actually covered up most of the strip panel with the mixed colours but still love the final effect on the card of the pop of colour.