Alpaca Pals, Masks/Stencils, Splendid Stems, Splendid Thoughts, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

Offset background play

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!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistically Inked, Distress oxide ink, Gelli Plate, Ribbons, Splendid Stems, True Love, YouTube video

True Love DSP playing

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.

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

Baked Texture embossing powder, Heffy Doodle, Masks/Stencils, Promarkers, Letraset, Ribbons, Splendid Stems, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Washi tape

UK stampers forum swap tag

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! โค๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿค

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!

Hope you like my rainbow themed floral tag.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Design Team, Picture perfect birthday, Splendid Stems, True Love

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes Birthday challenge

Good morning (or evening depending on what time it is where you are right now!!)

Time for another Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes Birthday challenge design team contribution to share with you.

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.

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

Forever Fern, Forever Greenery, Masks/Stencils, Splendid Stems

Texture and Forever ferns

Played with some blending onto white cardstock and then added some stencilling with iridescent modelling paste.

Then I went to town with Forever Fern stamps and a few different coloured inks. I decided to make it into a card for my friend’s who recently got engaged (I unfortunately couldn’t go to their party ๐Ÿ˜”).

So I then cut a few of the bowl shapes from the Splendid Stems dies set and created a bowl of foliage.

I added a little organza bow and some pearls to finish off.

Not 100% sure about the placement of stencilling, think it might have looked better more central under the bowl of foliage, but love the final card.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Creative Expressions, Happy Moments, Masks/Stencils, Splendid Stems, True Love

Bonus stencil background card

So I made a card that involved lots of ink on a stencil, so I put the ink to use by spritzing with water placing the stencil onto card and running it through my Big Shot to transfer the ink.

Of course this is glorious and required using!

I decided to use some die cuts I already had cut from scraps choosing a rainbow of colours and different shapes and placed them in a circle cluster… but then decided what I needed to use was a black and white flower from True Love dsp (I’ve nearly used all of this up now and not sure what I will do without these trusty flowers to turn to!)

So fussy cut a few flowers and stuck them in the middle with the rainbow of leaf die cuts coming out from underneath.

Because I hadn’t used blue for the leaves I decided that should be the mount for the sentiment that was the tiny sentiment from Happy Moments.

A few little gems and that was a perfectly pretty rainbow themed bonus card!

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

Baked Texture embossing powder, Creative Expressions, Masks/Stencils, Promarkers, Letraset, Ribbons, Splendid Stems, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

UK stampers forum tag swap

Was beginning to wonder if I would get round to making a tag or not for this months UK stampers forum tag swap … but then inspiration struck whilst playing with this months Creative Stamping magazine which I treated myself to this past weekend.

I stamped the floral image which was the reason I bought the magazine in the first place and decided to colour them in using soft yellows and greens and then fussy cut the image.

The magazine came with a stencil and so decided to ink through the stencil with versamark and then I was going to get a pearl embossing powder but spotted the Seth Apter Baked Texture rust powder and grabbed that instead … and wo was I happy with the result. I forgot how cool these powders were to play with.

I then grabbed some of the die cuts I spent an hour cutting from scraps the other day and layered those under the floral image.

I decided to grab the baked texture embossing powder and a scrap to make a little strip … but this time multiple layers of versamark and the powder to get the different effect and this went across the tag and under the sentiment.

Finished off with ribbon, twine and some pearls.

Love how easily this came together once the stencilling was done … it was like all the pieces were there and waiting! Nice to get a new stamp set to play with too … been a while since I bought a magazine and must admit I have a real thing about floral images at the moment.

Entering this into the Summer Flowers challenge at Sir Stampalot

Happy crafting!

Catherine