Category Archives: Swirly Scribble thinlits

DT: CHNC : no stamps

The challenge this week at CHNC is “no stamps”. So this challenge is always difficult for me as I rarely make a card without using stamps…But I did it!I used die cuts, stickers, patterned papers and the fab Tim Holtz paper dolls as the focal image instead!So something a little different but I liked it!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Coin swap: Back to Black

This month the swap over at my UK swap group on Facebook the theme is “Back to Black”. I love the Amy Winehouse song and when I heard it on the radio I knew that it would be an interesting theme for the group.

So I made my coins mainly black with a tiny touch of blue and the white stamped image!

I used the mdf coins and coated it with black gesso. Then I die cut the swirly image from black cardstock and added that. Next I added stamping and embossing first in black and then with the Deep sea Baked Texture embossing powder (This is the touch of blue as it is translucent but blue tinted).

Then I added the main image which is a Paperartsy inage which I stamped in White pigment ink onto shrink plastic.

I finished with the sentiment stamped and heat embossed onto black cardstock and wink of Stella added for shimmer.

Finally I used black puffy paint to add dots around the edge of the coins.

This last photo shows all the shine and the dimension on these coins as the sun caught it perfectly!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Advent cardmaking: lights

Of course trees and wreaths and the like wouldn’t be Christmassy if it weren’t for the lights!!! So Day 3’s theme is lights!

Check out the video here.

I chose to use a stencil by Claritystamps to create my card… using inks and glimmer paste… wasn’t convinced by my first one so made a second too.

Here they are after the glimmer paste had dried.

Love the dimension and shimmer from the paste. So cute!

I decided to add paper dolls for the main feature… and plenty of die cuts to add to the cluster.

I am super happy with how these turned out.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

One sheet wonder playtime

I decided to grab one of the many pieces of 12×12 papers that was reasonably neutral and make a one sheet wonder.

No idea where this paper came from originally but it is a marbled and mottled effect with blue, teal and pink tones. So I teamed it with aqua, pink and brown.

I will sort out the cut instructions and post these later.

I also grabbed some glimmer paper and foiled cardstock to add into the mix.

Then I started making the cards up. I decided to keep to a theme and used the Art deco style stamps which were a magazine freebie a long time ago.

So here are the seven cards I made.

Layered pieces with the different coloured cardstock and the silver glimmer paper and then fussy cut two of the stamped images. Coloured both of them using Inktense blocks and a waterbrush. Stamped the sentiment in versamark and used white embossing powder.

Heat embossed the main image onto the paper and also the same with the single rose image onto the back panel. Then added colour with the distress oxides to give more definition to the bird. Also stamped and embossed the sentiment and mounted that onto the brown card too. I love this bird image so much.

Most of the one sheet wonder templates have a diagonal cut in them. I balanced this one with the diecut in the background.

I love the copper foil background I added with the elegant embossing.

I edged the patterned paper with both the stamp and a line of white embossing, then added the sentiment in the same. Next I added the flower image with some copper thread to add texture.

I went with a brighter pink for this one and grabbed this hot pink doily. It worked with the colouring on the flowers.

This one I went with lots of edging in black pen to give each panel a distinct edge. I also embossed the white panel with the embossing folder.

This final one I embossed the patterned paper, adding versamark to the folder first and then adding some jade coloured powder and heating it. This created a fabulous texture.

I then coloured the cardstock underneath with the same embossing powder.

I am super happy with all of these. I still have a couple of pieces left but not quite worked out how to use them…

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Two RAK coins

I have two coins I made as a random act of kindness for a swap friend whose coins got lost in the post (not so random I suppose).

So I posted these two I made for her as a surprise…

I have been loving the Art Alchemy paints recently and these are full on shiny!

Love how easily these came together and all the texture and shine… hopefully they went some way to making up for the original disappointment.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy butterfly wishes

I really liked the card I made for my friend the other day so I made another one similar.

I used similar colours of the Hunkydory cardstock and some mirror card. I then heat embossed the beautiful sentiment onto vellum.

I also added the swirly diecut under the butterfly.

I can’t believe I’ve waited so long to use the Happy wishes stamps… this is gorgeous, especially with this champagne embossing.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Background swap arty session 

Tonight there are a few of my friends coming round for a crafting session.  Originally this was pre Christmas but it ended up being a date no-one could make…so instead it’s tonight for us to have some fun with Distress Oxides. 

I decided that we could all make some pretty papers and then make cards from them… but with a twist… once we’ve made the paper we cut it into pieces and then swap so we have some of each other’s papers. 

I did however need to make a couple of samples to see if we could design cards regardless of the style of the papers we made… with similar elements…. 

… so I first made a vintage themed background with Peeled Paint, Faded Jeans, Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain. 

I used a selection of stamps… Timeless Textures, Affection Collection, Butterfly Basics, Sheet Music.

Next I made a bright and funky one… Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Spiced Marmalade, Cracked Pistachio, broken china.  And stamped using stamps from Tap Tap Tap, Handcarved, Happy Celebrations, Butterfly Basics.

Then I cut them into panels… 

… And then started to put together cards based on the same sketches that I put together (whilst eating lunch at work I managed to get some ideas down on paper! 

I started with an inlay die cut using the swirly scribble thinlits die. This provides a lovely finish and needs very little to finish it off.  I just added a stitched framelit oval and a sentiment to each of them and changed the orientation of the cards.

Next I took the other larger panels and I die cut a frame effect using two rectangle dies.  I popped the frame up on foam pads and then added the diecut birds to the middle panel before sticking it back in place.  I added some wink of Stella to the bids and a die cut sentiment label and added twine to each of them … one the linen thread and the other the bakers twine. 

I decided to change the orientation for each of them again to show two possibilities for the card design.

Next up I wanted to use die cut sentiments.  As I was layering two panels of the cardstock I did add a little ink to the edges to give them more definition.  I felt one needed a white sentiment and the other a black.

So onto another layered layout.  I couldn’t resist using this dragonfly die cut for both of the cards.  I just adjusted the position of the bottom panel for each card and chose a different placement for the sentiment.  I die cut both dragonflies from white adding colour using my clarity brushes to keep it gentle.

And finally I gave both of the final cards a mount of black and on one I tore an edge and the other I left it straight.  Then I layered two flower die cuts that i had done in black and white and reversed the order to give them a different look.  I added lots of wink of Stella to the black top level on the bright card as it needed some shimmer.

I am really happy with how these came together as samples… wonder how the session will go and if we will manage to do something different? I’ve diecut loads of bits and pieces and so it will be interesting to see what people use! 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine