Birds and More, Design Team, Forever Flourishing, Playful Alphabet, Wreath Builder

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies

Another month has passed and we are back to DT time for Happy Little Stampers.

And this month I have two Easter cards I’ve made.

So I started with some papers I had been gifted in a swap. As they had eggs and bunnies on them they clearly needed to be used for a specific season so I just went with it.

I started with the idea of a back panel and a smaller rectangle but then went a bit off piste and went for angled panels. It’s not often I do this so it was fun to play with different angles and layouts.

I decided to use the Playful Alphabets dies to create the main sentiment and use the Banner punch too.

I also added the Happy from Biggest Wish for this first one. Then I grabbed some of the flower die cuts I had already got in my box of bits (I have a session every so often cutting flowers and leaves and small die cuts from scraps so I have things like these to hand and I make use of my smaller scraps!). The flowers are from Arrange a Wreath and the leaves are from Forever Fern.

Next I added the small gems to the centre of the flowers.

The next card I only added the one small flower and leaf but also added the bird from Birds and Branches, and changed the colour of the die cut letters.

I love the funky bright feel to these cards, and am grateful that the gifted papers inspired me to create.

Now off to see what the gang have been up to at Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge blog… please do go and join the challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Forever Flourishing, Playful Alphabet, Wreath Builder

Valentines wallpaper card

So I did a bit of an odd thing and used wallpaper to make this years Valentines card for my hubby. But it meant something so I suppose that makes sense!

The green wallpaper is the paper that has been on our lounge wall since we moved into the house. I have never loved it. Don’t get me wrong, it is nice paper, clearly expensive and good quality. But not something I would have ever chosen. Its always gotten nice compliments and I know my hubby liked it.

But after 11 years it was time to say goodbye and replace it (with the purple one that I used for the heart). It came off the wall in almost complete sheets and my hubby even joked about reusing it and putting it up in our bedroom! So I decided to keep a portion for his Valentines card… that way he can keep the paper in some way!

I decided on a 7×7 card and used a nice 6×6 piece for the main background. Then cut a few hearts from the new paper leftovers, layered and mounted them, and decided to use leaf and heart die cuts to decorate.

The main heart and little hearts were from the Wreath Builder die set, the leaves from Forever Flourishing set and the YOU letters from Playful Alphabets which is fast becoming an essential die set in my cardmaking for personalising and making statement sentiments.

I did add wink of Stella to the you letters for a bit of shimmer but otherwise didn’t go mad on bling and bits and pieces.

I added a sentiment strip with an old sentiment I’ve had for ages!

Inside the card I added another strip of the wallpaper and some leftover die cut bits.

On the envelope again strips of wallpaper and die cuts and some punched hearts.

Hope you like my fun valentines card and the story behind the wallpaper themed card!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Ribbons, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Tim Holtz, Wreath Builder

UK stampers forum tag swap

This month I joined in the UK Stampers Forum tag swap and used the remaining papers I had pulled out for the Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge design team contribution.

This time after adding the papers for the background I grabbed my Tim Holtz stamps to add a stamped cocktail.

After stamping it, I coloured it in and cut it to size, mounting it on to some peach coloured card.

I added stitch effect doodles around the edges of panels and added the die cut circles and leaves I had in my little box of die cuts. This just added some extra zing to the whole thing.

Next I stamped and cut out the Happy from the Biggest Wish stamp set and stamped hour using little alphas.

I added some card candi to the top and some snippets of lace and ribbon.

Then I decided the glass needed to have something else to finish it off… glossy accents! Perfect!

A fun and bright tag for this months swap! Hope the recipient enjoys the fruity cocktail vibe!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Blast, Forever Flourishing, Inchies and Twinchies, Paper Pumpkin - Joy to the world, Wreath Builder

Advent twinchies 7 8 9

Hello again… three more advent twinchies to share.

This time I created my own patterned paper using word and sentiment stamps in different coloured inks. This created a funky background.

Then I used dies cuts and a circle punch to create the focal points and the base of the numbers.

I added gems to the middle of the flowers to add a further embellishment.

Love these funky modern twinchies.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas 2021 challenge, Heartwarming Hugs, Wreath Builder

Christmas challenge #5

So I am at the point of the challenge where I wonder what my brain was thinking in giving myself the prompt of gifts. Turns out I don’t really have many gift stamps or dies in my collection. So I had to think outside of the box… in fact I had to make the box to think outside of!

I started by grabbing the Heartwarming Hugs dsp and cutting lots of squares and rectangles to make my gifts. Then I started die cutting bows from some scrap coordinating cardstock. This die is the one from the retired Wreath Builder set (I forgot there was a bow in tidings and Trimmings!). I also cut some slithers of cardstock too.

Next to construct my gifts and work out how to use them!

I decided to make piles of boxes and add dimension using shading and pen work… well sort of!

First I went in with my Sahara sand ink and inked the edges of the boxes and created a ‘surface’ for them to sit on.

Next I used the grey alcohol pens to add shadow and dimension.

And on this one I added some sketchy pen lines…

Think I actually prefer this last one of all three but maybe it speaks to my mixed media grungy messy heart.

I had some boxes left over so made three tags to match… so it became a little collection of cards and tags.

Love those bow dies … still think SU should never have retired this bundle! Ah well!

And love those papers… so pleased that they are still available!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Avery Elle, Emma Godfrey, Wreath Builder

Happy 14th wedding anniversary to us

The title of the post says it all… 14 years of marriage for me and my hubby.

We have a nice lunch planned for today, but both have work first this morning.

Here is the card I made for him.

I die cut lots of hearts. I went through all the dies I have and die cut multiples of all the heart shaped ones from very vanilla. I then took a piece of black card to make them pop, added a splatter of shimmer ink and white gesso and then stuck down all the hearts. I made sure some were off the edge and that they were covering all of the background.

Next I constructed the main sentiment panel with the Crumb Cake strip and some strips I coloured using the red and purple coloured stampin blends.

I also cut the word smile out of the cardstock 4 times and layered it up twice and added the s to the end with a double layer too.

I coloured the letters too to give them a similar red/ purple colour scheme.

Next I searched through stamps to make up the rest of the sentiment as I wanted it to say Thank you for the smiles. So there were lots of stamp sets pulled out until I found the right ones for this card.

I added a die cut black heart which I coated with glossy accents to give it some shine. I then used my wink of Stella on the smiles letters to give them shimmer too.

A fun card to say happy anniversary to my lovely hubby.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Boho Indigo, Design Team, Forever Flourishing, Wreath Builder

DT: Happy Little Stampers – Anything goes with dies

Hello!

Today I have my design team contribution for Happy Little Stampers Anything goes with dies blog.

This month I actually ended up making four cards. This is because I got a little carried away with the Boho Indigo kit and adding in fun other colours to the Navy and Cream scheme of this kit.

These are the first two I made. I used pieces that my friend had gifted me from the Boho Indigo kit when she made me a Pocket Letter. I added the text paper behind it from my stash and the yellow cardstock and flowers and a few other random diecuts like the leaf sprigs from Forever Flourishing and the flowers from the Wreath Builder dies.

I decided I wanted to add plenty of dimension and also some cute ribbons to my projects… and also gold pen for edging pieces and adding that bit of bling. I used glossy accents for some shine and dimension on the vase on the one above. On the one below the glossy accents added the centre to the flowers.

Both cards I finished with the anniversary sentiment as I think this bright and elegant vase of flowers would be a lovely anniversary gift!

The second set of cards I used Magenta Madness and Coastal Cabana (and a pop of Calypso Coral) for the additional colours.

These change up the little panels of Boho Indigo completely. Love how the bright colours work with the more muted navy and cream patterned paper and die cut elements.

On these two cards I also added some liquid pearls for the accents and turned them both into Congratulations cards.

Sentiment stamps for both were from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.

So a different project this month as there are four cards to choose from… I wonder which is your favourite… I think mine is the coastal cabana one… but then again I do love the yellow ones too!

Off to see what everyone else has been up to with dies this month over at the HLS blog. Please do join us and share your makes with dies.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Pick a Punch, Design Team, Forever Fern, Forever Flourishing, Happy Celebrations, Lovely Inside and Out, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Paper Blooms, Pierced Blooms, Stitched framelits, Wreath Builder

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

I have another one sheet wonder for my DT contribution for this months Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog. Think I may be close to the point of switching to Christmas themed ones … but for now I’m still working with pretty floral papers.

This one is a salabration set I got called paper Blooms that coordinates with the In Bloom stamps and Pierced Blooms dies. I love the Pierced Blooms dies so much..

I made 8 cards from this sheet of 12 x 12 … not a large amount but loved using both sides of the dsp so some got 2 panels not just one!

I also made one card as a fancy fold which was fun.

I also mixed up the size of the base cards to suit the sizes I had cut the panels so there were 5×5 cards and 6×4 cards.

I went to town in my box of scraps die cuts using flowers and leaves from a mix of sets…. Wreath Builder, Forever Flourishing, Pierced Blooms … and this is how I decorated them combined with various sentiments. In some like the above I combined stamp sets for the sentiment… Hello from Forever Fern and Friend from Lovely Inside and Out.

I also added either gems to flower centres or wink of Stella and glossy accents just add some extra texture.

Loved creating the little jar of flowers for this one using the Jar of Flowers stamp and then fussy cutting rather than punching the jar. So cute.

Also used the fabulous Happy Celebrations to create the sentiment for this one but then the one below chose the Happy from my fave stamp set of last Christmas, Peace and Joy.

I also loved adding the circles to the cards to create focal areas for the flower clusters to sit on.

So this final one is the fancy fold that my friend Valerie taught me to make.

Love how cool this is and makes a really special card.

Such fun working with these pretty papers and die cuts.

Hope you like them too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Butterfly Bijou, Gelatos, Faber Castell, Ribbons, Wreath Builder

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge blog

Today I have another Design Team contribution for Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge. I made three mixed media tags and added the Wreath Builder die cut wreath and flowers and the die cut butterflies.

The tags were made from collaged bookpages using a technique I saw from Joie de Fi on YouTube. There was lots of sewing and then after cutting them to size, more seeing round the edges too.

I then added gelatos to the three tags in three different primary colours and added water and smudged them with my fingers.

Next I die cut three wreaths and flowers and some additional leaves from scraps of cardstock, and three butterflies from the Butterfly Bijou dsp.

I then layered them us and stuck them down and chose a quote sticker for each which I outlined with pen to help it show up against the book print.

I then splattered a glimmer ink to add shimmer all over the tag.

Absolutely delighted with these and the technique Joie has introduced me to. Absolutely going to be doing this again!

Hope you like my mixed media tags for this months die cut challenge… certainly a different way to use your die cuts against this simple to make and fun background.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Forever Flourishing, Joy, Scalloped tag topper, Wreath Builder

Tag Thursday … leftover bits from Christmas

Well that was a rather busy 24 hours… after a busy night cooking and eating tea, helping the hubby with something ‘secret’ and a zoom call with my weightloss ladies, we discovered it was snowing “big style” so at 8.45pm the teenager and I got ourselves all wrapped up and went for a magical walk in the snow.

It only lasted an hour and then rain arrived again to get rid of it so I am glad we made the most of it!

This morning an early dart across town as hubby’s car needed a service and then back to working in the spare room, then another trip back this afternoon to pick the car back up again, with a detour to the hospital so hubby could get his blood test done.

Back home, back to working as needed to get some stuff done for tomorrow and the mad dashes across town had cut down on the time I had had to do it. And before I knew it, it was time to do tea and then come and update the blog… but I did sneak in this little bit of simple crafting first!

After all it is Thursday so why not continue with the tag theme on a Thursday? So I found some bits and pieces on the side of the desk so thought I would finish off these tags and make a start on the stash of tags for Christmas 2021!

The three tags and the patterned paper were already set up but never got round to finishing them off.

I delved into the stash of precut die cuts and started adding bits and pieces to each of the tags.

Love how cute these are and how simple they were to make! And now they’ve been added to the box in readiness for December!

Happy crafting!

Catherine