Pierced Blooms, Stitched framelits, Venetian Romance, YouTube video

Projects half done: Venetian Romance and… pierced blooms

Hi … how are we all?

Well it was another day of work today… and the first day of term for another odd term of home learning for the teenager. I sincerely hope the exams in 2022 still take into account the amount of time forced out of the classroom. But now is not the time to worry about these things and instead live each day as it comes!

Thought I would quickly also share with you my word of the year … I think it is appropriate given the current world situation.

SMILE.

Yes smile is my word of the year because I think it is an important and magical thing to do. Just think… you can change your mood by smiling, and that of others around you. Plus when smiling you don’t put food in your mouth so it might help with my plan to make healthier food choices! 🤣🤣🤣

Anyways… that’s my glimpse of life for now… onto the craft sharing… I have a project I worked on on Sunday… last chance to craft before work started and desk had to be converted back to work desk! And it was a project I uncovered during the big clear up that was a half planned one sheet wonder!

I must have cut this and started it either late October or early November but then got sidetracked with Christmas projects and covid!

So I decided to scrap the idea of one sheet wonder in the traditional sense and just use a few pieces to make a couple of cards… in fact these two cards…

I videoed the process (link) for those that fancy watching and listening to my waffling. I used the pierced blooms die cuts i had cut the other day and added those using the Melon Mambo for the flowers, rich razzleberry for the centres and Pretty Peacock for the leaves.

The sentiment I chose from the Lots of Love stamp set.

Finished off with the gems.

Simple and pretty cards… love the pop of pink against the coastal cabana card and paper. And plenty more of that paper left so no doubt there will be more Project half done posts to come!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress oxide ink, Gorgeous Grunge, In the Pines, Pine Woods, Stitched framelits

Stampin Up Sunday … In the Pines cards

Today for Stampin Up Sunday I have some little cards I made a few weeks ago for the lovely ladies who joined me for some Christmas crafting via Zoom.

I went with 4×4 cards and then created a little scene using Distress oxide inks and embossing and the stamps and dies from the In the Pines set.

Love how cute these are… and such simple little cards to make using the snow bank dies and then the little tree.

The background I made using the splattered stamp with white embossing from the Gorgeous Grunge set. There is a snow stamp in the In the Pines set but for speed it was quicker to use the other one as it would go across the whole panel in one stamp!

After I stamped and embossed the snow I added a post it note circle and then used the Blueprint Sketch and Peacock Feathers oxides before going over it with Black Soot to create a lovely night sky.

The snow banks I layered up, but first brushed the edge of them with a stencilling brush that had a pale blue ink residue on it. I just added a little definition.

The tree I stamped with Pear Pizazz and Mossy Meadow.

Once I had layered it up I then die cut it with the stitched shape square… I love this finish to the panel.

The card bases were made from Mossy Meadow which gave a nice rich finish to the little cards.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Forever Fern, Forever Flourishing, Playing with patterns, Stitched framelits

Stampin Up Sunday: Forever Fern playing with patterns card

I decided to play with the Playing with Patterns dsp and mix in with some Forever Fern stamped images and some die cut shapes.

I used the Purple Posy cardstock to layer up the elements and also some of the stitched shapes.

A simple one really with lots of lovely ink on die cuts… I love blending ink on these stamps.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Designer Series Paper, Forever Fern, Forever Flourishing, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Ribbons, Sheena Douglass Embossing Folders, Stitched framelits

OSW pt4: Forever Fern

Final bundle from this OSW to share and it is using my favourite new stamp and die sets… Forever Fern and Forever flourishing… and when they make cards like this who can blame me for loving them…

So I stamped all the leaf images out several times, using different colours… yellows, greens and the calypso coral also came out to play. Then die cut them all and started adding them to the cards.

Of all of these cards I really couldn’t choose which I love the most… they are all so pretty with the gorgeous stamped images. I can tell I will definitely be using this set a lot!

So there you go… 21 cards from one sheet of dsp, some random cardstock and some stamped and die cut images. I had so much fun creating them… Looking forward to another fun session with dsp sometime soon to create another OSW!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Birds and Branches, Birds and More, Designer Series Paper, Forever Fern, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Sheena Douglass Embossing Folders, Stitched framelits

OSW pt3: Birds and Branches

Another day, another bundle of cards to share from the massive 21 card one sheet wonder that I did. This time it’s only a small set… just three cards.

What’s more all three of these have the smallest sections of the dsp on them… tiny inchies actually in the case of two of them!

So let’s start with the one which has the slightly bigger piece of dsp…

The background is actually an old Christmas themed one… but I think when it’s reverse and the snow is debossed it just looks like a cool texture.

I added a diecut circle and the sentiment and then the Bird from Birds and Branches. So cute!

Next 4 1×1 inch pieces of the dsp, one I turned so the pattern went a different way and then the Bird sitting on a branch. Love how these images stamp and looking forward to playing with them more.

Finally the two 1 inch squares of dsp and two circle stitched circles…

Love the speckled background I created using the Forever Fern set… after all I do love a splatter!

Think this may become an anniversary card once I find the right sentiment for it!

Ok… one more bundle of cards…. and of course it is the Forever Fern set. See you tomorrow to see those!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Decorative Dots, Designer Series Paper, Forever Fern, Jar, Jar of Flowers, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Promarkers, Letraset, Stitched framelits

OSW pt2: Jar of Flowers

Hi there… another of my One Sheet Wonder bundles of cards. This time the focal images were all using the Jar of Flowers stamps and the Jar punch!

I started by stamping three of the flower bundles onto whisper white twice … once using memento ink and the next time using archival in grey. This was because I wanted to use both promarkers and the stampin write markers to see the different looks I could get with the different mediums.

Then I also stamped another in Versamark for the tulip image.

I decided to use the solid cardstock for the Jar for the tulip one… it just looked right with a painted jar.

This rose one I also chose the solid colour jar… I loved the sketchy look I got with the colouring.

Both of these cards I embossed the background with the retired decorative dots embossing folder.

This is probably my least favourite of the flower bunches… I’m not entirely sure how to colour the flowers…

I chose very different approaches with the colouring on these cards… one bright and one pastel.

I do love the sunflowers image … but then I love sunflowers. I think I prefer the colouring on this second one though.

I decided against cutting it out or adding it to a jar for this one.

Both these I also embossed the background with the Woodland embossing folder. The second one I did it upside down to ended up trimming the card and mounting it onto some leftover cardstock.

And finally back to the rose image and my favourite of the cards I made in this bundle.

I love the delicate colouring, the single panel of dsp, the die cut circle nd the decorative dots embossing. Love it!

Again most of the cards I’ve left off a sentiment and will add one once I know what I am using them for. The hello sentiment came from the Forever Fern set.

Ok… tomorrow I’m going to share the smaller of the bundles of cards I made… the ones using Birds and Branches. See you tomorrow.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Dies, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Stitched framelits, Tim Holtz

Painty Christmas cards

I promised yesterday to take some better pics of the cards I made yesterday for the arty play session… and here they are!Be warned there are a lot!And the ones I made as samples…Love these! And all so easy to make… a 12×12 masterboard with lots of layers, some embossing and cutting out, and then some die cut panels and frames.Happy crafting!Catherine

Dies, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Stitched framelits, Tim Holtz

Painty Christmas cards with friends

Tonight I had lots of fun creating painty layers for Christmas cards with my friends. I made the background a few days ago but finished these sample cards just before my friends arrived… and then I got to make more tonight.

I haven’t got the best of pics for the finished articles tonight so will take those tomorrow and post again then!

So let’s start with how I made them.

First I made a background… layers of paint brayered and scraped on, then stencilling and stamping and doodling and more stencilling.

Next I cut that into panels… this 12 x 12 can make 9 backgrounds but I chose not to do that many… I instead have 2 ATCs and 7 backgrounds.

Next I painted panels onto white cardstock and then heat embossed the images using white embossing powder.

Then I chose how to layer up the card, matching images I fussy cut to the panels…

And that is where I got to before tonight.

Well then I added some die cut frames and panels and sentiments to finish them off before adhering them to white card blanks…

I also added sequins… which was the inspiration for the colour scheme originally.

Sorry that I don’t have a close up yet… but will do that tomorrow morning and upload the photos then.

Also I have the panel and cards i made tonight… then same colour scheme and stamp set…

The only difference is rather than the pink cardstock for the die cut frames I used pearlescent cardstock instead… so lovely.

Some of the ones I made tonight need sentiments to finish… but pleased with them all! I’ve got three not quite finished and on card blanks to go too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Stitched framelits, Tim Holtz

Advent cardmaking: wreath

For day 4 I have a wreath card to share… after all wreaths are so beautiful and I love to hang mine on the front door as well as one or two inside the house too if I can get away with it!

I changed my mind creating this just after I started from stamping to die cuts to create the wreath… A lovely three dimensional wreath.

Loved the mix of papers and techniques used for this card… and the chunky chipboard embellishment too!

Here is the video.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Papermania, Promarkers, Letraset, Stamps, Stitched framelits, YouTube video

Advent cardmaking: tree

Happy advent!

After a few days off blogging I am kicking off my Christmas card making season well and truly now with my advent cardmaking series over on YouTube (which is why I’ve not had time to blog as I prepped for this!).

I have a different Christmas theme each day and today I have two “tree” cards to share.

I used the same images for both from Making Cards magazine and coloured them using promarkers. Then die cut them using the stitched shape framelits. I then grabbed some cards I had already made up using random papers. I did this ahead of time to try and get some cards ready for card toppers… it’s an easy way to get ahead on the Christmas crafting… and use up some of the many papers I have in my stash.

Both cards I finished with sequins, glossy accent type glue on the glasses and stars on the trees.

Here are photos taken in daylight…

Enjoy!

Happy crafting!

Catherine