Beautiful Brocade, Emma Godfrey, Promarkers, Letraset, Ribbons, Stitched framelits

Playing with scraps…

I had some leftover pieces of patterned paper and I just couldn’t bear to throw them away …. and so I decided to cut them into strips and have them create a new patterned paper! I then sewed down the edge of each side of the strip to secure them in place.

This created a lovely panel for a longer line card (DL). I mounted it on Blackberry Bliss which teamed perfectly with the papers and then had a hunt through the stash for an image to work with the panel.

I settled on this image which was a digital stamp printed and coloured with promarkers. I fussy cut her out and then decided an oval shape would look nice for her to sit on.

After die cutting the oval I grabbed my embossing folder and made the oval all textured and this pattern worked well with the papers.

Now for the card base. I made it out of Smoky Slate but I added a splatter of black wink of Stella so that it had got some interest going on. Then I added the main panel and image.

I embellished with some sari silk ribbon in a bow and some lavender shaded pearls and the bright pink sentiment strip!

So cute and a lovely card considering it started as scraps of paper.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Martin's Mayhem 30 day challenge, Ribbons, Stitched framelits

Martin’s Mayhem Christmas challenge

This is day 6 from Martin’s challenge … and it is Something Green.

I decided to do a mainly green image which was white embossed onto white but used lots of different green colours and added the ink using a waterbrush.

I then added layers under the main image with dsp and cardstock. I then wrapped with a green coloured twine and the sentiment circle is a brown to coordinate.

I then added some green glitter enamel gems.

Love this and think this is different for me especially with the colour scheme.

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

Darcy, Decorative Dots, Martin's Mayhem 30 day challenge, Ribbons, Stitched framelits

Martin’s Mayhem 30 day Christmas card challenge

Because I am a little mad I’ve joined in on another Christmas challenge …. this time the one Martin is hosting.

Day 1 was … Something Red … so here is my card using the lovely Paperartsy stamps my friend Darcy designed. Coloured them using ink blending, embossed a layer and added a ribbon. Sentiment heat embossed with a dark red colour powder.

I raised the sentiment circle and the leaves up on foam to give dimension. Cute! Well I think so.

Will be unlikely to do every day for the 30 day’s but will share what I do/did make.

Happy crafting

Catherine

Christmas to remember, Design Team, Digital stamps, Promarkers, Letraset, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Stitched framelits, Waffle flower

DT: Creative Knockouts… anything but square

Todays blog post I decided to film the making of … so check it out on YouTube.

It is a design team contribution for Creative Knockouts and the challenge is to make a card that is anything but square. We are sponsored by LeeAnn’s World 101 and I received the Rudy image to work with.

I decided to colour him with promarkers and then fussy cut him out.

I decided a circle shaped card would work OK with the image and my largest circle die was just about the right dimensions to cut out the card blank.

I then used a panel I had already die cut with the stitched snowflakes and die cut the circle and then the green ring were already on my desk.

I added the sentiment on the front and in the middle from the Christmas to remember set in white embossing.

I added the lovely laser cut snowflake embellishments and glossy accents for the finishing touches.

Love how this came out. So cute.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas to remember, Colorado Craft Company, Natural Prints, Nature's Prints, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Peace & Joy, Pine Woods, Stitched framelits

OSW with a difference

To be honest this project has taken me weeks as the current heatwave in the UK has well and truly zonked me out! I’m not really built for this kind of weather and my craft space is the hottest room in the house! Anyway… it started as playtime for the new Colorado Craft Company stamps and coordinating dies I bought …

and then I wanted to use 12×12 sheet of dsp slightly differently as a OSW!

So I started by cutting the paper into 9 4×4 squares and then played with diecutting using the Stitched Framelits to create different shapes and designs for 6 of them and then the Pine Woods dies for the other three. I did end up with a few circle frames od dsp left at the end but otherwise very little waste from the dsp.

The main feature of course is the word stamps and dies which I am very happy with. Might try embossing them next time as I love the size of these words.

I then decided to do them in batches of three to make them similar but clearly each one different.

For the circles I made them all using the Christmas word and chose to add Merry from the Christmas to Remember set. I stamped and die cut a few trees from the In the Pines set and then the leftover bits of green dsp I die cut the filigree tree and added this to a white die cut.

I added die cut stars from the speciality paper I still have a few sheets of left from last year.

This final one I added more dimension to with foam under the frame element and then the tree and word were floating across the lower circle. These yellow stars are also old embellishments but I thought they made a nice contrast.

Now onto squares…

These ones I chose to use non Christmas stamps and dies to add decoration … the Nature’s Prints bundle. I thought the leaf worked well with the Peace word. I blended the ink on the stamp to give a more interesting stamped image.

My sending word was from the Peace and Joy set as I felt it just needed something simple with that large leaf and the glimmer paper die cuts.

As with the circles I added more dimension as I went along. This one had foam and triple layered squares to give some texture to the background.

And finally the trees…

I love these Pine Woods dies. Especially the one that just cuts out the inside and not the outside edge so it creates a frame. This one I added black card behind and then foam to raise up the panel. Very funky!

The large solid shape die cuts out the full frame for the tree and so I die cut it from the dsp and then white for the filigree and this I could then inlay into the dsp. Behind it I added the glimmer paper for some bling.

This one I kept as an element on my base of dsp … probably the most simple to end on! But can you see the dimension on this and on most of the die cuts I used? I stacked most of them two or three high by diecutting extra trees or leaves and then adhering them together. It gives them dimension without squish like the foam would add and makes them strong so they don’t bend or warp.

So pleased with how they all turned out… now off for another ice-cream to try and cool down!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Brilliant Wings, Butterfly Brilliance, Creative Expressions, Lawn Fawn, Lawn Fawn stamps, Masks/Stencils, Stitched framelits

Stencil play inspired by Martin

Hello!

Todays card was actually inspired by Martin from a Christmas card he made … my result is very different but I think you can see where the inspiration came from.

Look at the colour on this!

I am so pleased with this one I have to admit. So I started with a square of white cardstock and inked it up using a rainbow of colours… the tip to this kind of inking is to keep adding more and going back and forth with the colours so they blend and a decent amount of ink is laid down.

Then I laid the stencil over the top (think this is a Claritystamps stencil) and went back over the colours again adding more yellow where the yellow is, green where the green is etc.

Then when the stencil is removed you get the stencil pattern darker than the background.

This does leave a fair amount of ink on the stencil … so I sprayed it and then ran it through the Big shot to adhere the ink … hey presto a second background created … put this aside for now but sure it will make a pretty card sometime soon!

Back to the actual card… Once I had trimmed it down a little I decided to make a mini shaker and to add a black and white butterfly as the main feature … to be honest I just wanted to enjoy the background! Lol!

I ended up watering down some black gesso and splattering and then die cutting and stacking lots of the black squares to make the shaker element. Then I added some of the die cut stars I had in a pot on my desk and added those both inside the shaker and added a few on the outside too.

I used the Butterfly Brilliance stamp and die to create the butterfly and then grabbed the Lawn Fawn stamps and dies for the sentiment.

I mounted the panel onto another piece of black then onto a 6×6 card blank.

Love how this came out … so vibrant and fun. Looking forward to creating with the bonus panel too!

Entering this into the Anything Goes with Stencils challenge at Happy Little Stampers

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress oxide ink, Joy, Masks/Stencils, Peace & Joy, Stitched framelits

Two for one type of cards

I knew I wanted to use the snowflake stencil but I wasn’t entirely sure where to start but decided to emboss through it and then ink smoosh with my distress oxides. As always when ink smooshing I mopped up the ink with some glossy card stock. Love the effect this has on glossy cardstock and it is always fun to end up with two different pieces to choose from. I ended up using the same stencil to also add some ink through onto the glossy card.

I decided to make both into similar cards so cut the panels down into 4×4 (think the darker one is 4.15×4.15) and then set them aside.

I had black cardstock die cut squares on the desk already so I used them to ground the focal image and chose to add a laser cut snowflake, and then the Joy from Peace and Joy (still an absolute favourite stamp set).

I did die cut the bottom layer of Joy from a scrap of the Soft Succulent vellum I had to hand so that has a slight colour to it but it works with the colours of distress oxides I had used.

I chose to stamp the to the world sentiment in the oxide Blueprint Sketch as I had used that in both of the backgrounds and it seemed the right level of brightness.

I then finished them both off with gems, silver for the dark card and these funky blue ones for the other.

Wanted to share these close ups so you can see both the shine of the glossy cardstock on the top one, and also the texture of the embossing on the bottom. Both so pretty especially the way the oxides work when they have reacted with water.

Lots of pics there… hope you like both projects. I can’t decided which of the cards is my favourite… how about you?

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Amazing Phrasing, Cottage Rose, Masks/Stencils, Stitched framelits

Playing with a stencil and blending tools

Hello! Welcome to my blog and todays bit of creativity is my playtime with a stencil and a blending tool.

I created this gorgeous little card using an old Stampin Up stencil and some ink … I kept it quite simple to be honest in terms of the stencilling … nothing too taxing… just did some simple inking through the stencil to the right hand side of the card blank. After removing the stencil I then inked around the area I wanted to place my focal cluster to give it some depth and then splattered some rose gold shimmer ink to give a bit of shine but you probably can’t see that in the pics unfortunately.

Next I added a white die cut. This hangs off the edge a little but as this is a slimmer design card blank (approx 9cm wide) it still fits in the usual envelope.

I then decided on my focal images and went for a Creative Stamping magazine kit I got a week or so ago with the cute daisy type images. I decided to colour them using my blending brushes rather than colour in with pens or paints…

… this gives a nice soft colouring blend. I then fussy cut them both out.

I added them adhering with Pinflair glue gel to give some dimension without having to add foam and then turned to the sentiment. I chose to ink and emboss the Woo hoo! From the Amazing Phrasing set but manipulated the stamp so it was on a curve rather than straight. Then used the same Calypso Coral to ink the background which gives it a bit of a gradient. I then fussy cut that out, again adding with the pinflair to give some dimension.

The Happy birthday was from the Cottage Rose set as its a nice simple font.

I decided to add gems but wanted some colourful ones so coloured them with my stampin Blends markers so they give a little pop of colour.

Really happy with this. The stencilling in the background really just adds some fun pattern without taking over. Love being part of this design team to remind me to use my stencils more often!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas to remember, Design Team, Digital stamps, Pierced Blooms, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Stitched framelits, Tonic

DT: Creative Knockouts… Pattie’s Creations Christmas in July

Hello! Thanks for popping by. I have another design team creation for Creative Knockouts using an image supplied by Pattie’s Creations. The theme for this week is Christmas in July and so I chose to use the Jingle Bells Trio. The joy of digital stamps is you can make them as big or as small as you would like for your creation… and I decided to go quite big!

I wanted some soft colouring for my bells so went with masking and ink blending to make it soft and with a bit of a gradient.

I then used my Stampin Blends markers to add the bows and the central ribbon and then fussy cut them out.

I have been watching a lot of Jennifer McGuire videos recently and so I fancied having an aperture in the card.

I used my stitched shapes framelits to create the aperture and then adhered the bells over the top … I wanted however to add more dimension so I grabbed the Tonic sentiment die and cut it a couple of times to stack for dimension and coloured the word part using the same Stampin Blend markers.

But when I put it in place I felt it needed something more… I must have been in a more is more mood! So I went a little mad with the Pierced Blooms die cut leaves both on the front and inside the card!

Inside I added a couple more die cut framelits onto one I added a stamped sentiment from Christmas to remember and the other I coloured using the stampin blends to keep the colour scheme going.

I finished with the Card Candi in pink to pick up the soft colouring of the bells in the background.

So the digital stamp became more of a background rather than the focal image, but I think that shows the versatility of using digital images in your projects. Plus this is totally different in the end from how I had imagined it in the beginning … funny how that happens when you just have fun creating!

Happy crafting!

Catherine