Alcohol Inks, Biggest Wish, Decorative Dots, Natural Prints, Nature's Prints

Happy birthday Sue (for Saturday)

Saturday was my lovely friend Sue’s birthday. I made this colourful card for her.

I decided to use the lovely Nature’s Prints stamp and used some glossy photo paper to create a fun alcohol ink background to stamp onto. I must admit my alcohol ink background didn’t blend as well as I would have liked but when die cut and stamped it looked fabulous.

I decided to add them to an embossed panel and then added the sentiment using the Biggest Wish stamps. I also added a little strip which I added some ink to so it had a little rainbow popping under the sentiment.

I finished off with sequins just to add some sparkle.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Chevron, Design Team, Paper Blooms

DT: Creative Knockouts… anything goes

Hi!

How quickly the weeks go … how are we already mid August?

Well it is time for me to share another design team contribution, this time for Creative Knockouts where we have an Anything Goes challenge this week. There is a prize sponsored by Pretty Cute stamps so I encourage you to join in.

Here is the card I made…

I decided to have fun fussy cutting and using some old dsp …

This was a half sheet of 12×12 so it have me a big pile of fun flowers to use. I also had half a sheet of one of the other pieces of dsp from the pack so used some of that in the background and as a banner strip.

I decided to have a bit of texture with the chevron embossing folder and then the sentiment strip across the middle raised with the larger flower as the focal image. Of course I used the Biggest Wish stamp set again to do this … I really don’t know what I would do without this stamp set!

I added some of the smaller flower images around the card too and then added the panel to the right hand side of the card.

Inside I added one of the other flower images I had cut out.

Love this … it was actually quite relaxing doing all the fussy cutting and I still have lots left so will pop them in a little pouch so I can come back and use them on another project another time.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Butterfly Bijou, Design Team, Old Paper, Ribbons, Spellbinders

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies

Next month I have to start with 17th birthdays …. but there was one last 16th to celebrate and here is the card I made for Amelia. It also happens to be my design team contribution to Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies.

I went very die cut heavy on this one but I think it is very pretty. I also added quite a bit of texture using the Old paper embossing folder. The main dies are Spellbinders ones and then the sentiment is a Stampin Up one. I did double it up to give it more dimension. I forgot to take a picture with the 16 stickers on but they were in the top right hand corner.

The butterflies were fussy cut from the Butterfly Bijou paper.

I added wink of Stella to the sentiment but you can never really see that on the photos… but it does add a little shimmer in real life.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Baked Texture embossing powder, Cottage Flowers, Cottage Rose, Masks/Stencils, Old Paper, Ribbons, Watercolour paints

Trellis stencil fun

Had a play with a little trellis stencil this weekend and made this cute card with Cottage Rose stamps.

I started with the stencil and put some versamark through it and then added Baked Texture embossing powder and heated it up. This left a lovely verdigris type colour and texture.

I then stamped the image in Soft Suede and then used some watercolour pencils to colour it in. When I had finished colouring I then die cut it.

I decided to add some inking to both the stencilled panel and the sentiment panel but decided the card needed more so grabbed some Crumb Cake and embossed it with the Old paper folder. Again I added ink.

I added the stencilled panel with foam underneath and then added some twine and some pearl gems to finish off.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Brilliant Wings, Butterfly Brilliance, Cottage Flowers, Cottage Rose, Creative Expressions, Designer Series Paper, Embossing Folders, Happy Celebrations, Ribbons, True Love

Getting creative with golf themed dsp

I am really trying to use up dsp I own and keep playing with different challenges. I think this started as a #sheetloadofcards template but to be honest I started it over a month ago so can’t remember now.

Anyway the plan was to make some masculine cards using this golf themed dsp I had in the stash … bit it didn’t exactly go to plan when I realised I had exactly zero golf themed stuff to make it into a proper themed card… so I went a bit off piste!

I hunted through my bits and pieces box and found this printed topper so this did work with the sports theme. I also added the letters from an old Papermania kit which made them slightly more restricted and masculine.

But then I gave up … couldn’t find anything that would work with the golf theme!

Fortunately for three cards I could avoid the direct golf theme as the papers are double sided and I could use alternative sides where necessary … and so instead I gave up on masculine and added butterflies from the lovely Butterfly Brilliance set.

The next two I opted to cover up the golf themed paper instead …

A complete cheat … but all I could think of to do given I had made up the cards originally thinking I must have something in my stash that would work… only to find nothing except that one printed sports element.

Ah well.. a set of fun and pretty cards using golf themed papers done and dusted!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alphabet, Cottage Rose, Memories and More, Splendid Stems

Playing with Memories and More cards

Grabbed some more of those Memories and More cards I have kept on the desk to try and get some use out of them and made up this cute birthday card.

I added in a panel of the Pale Papaya which I had run through the alphabet embossing folder.

I then added the gorgeous image from the Splendid Thoughts set which I blended the green and blue inks over. I then added the little die cut in the Pale Papaya vellum as a sparkly accent.

I stamped the sentiment onto a strip cut off another one of the cards and cut a little bird out of the middle of the card I had put at the back as the accent embellishment.

Then I decided to grab the little flowers from the stash and add those too.

Really cute card. And I do love these Memories and More packs for providing everything you need to make colourful card toppers … I know they are meant to be for memory keeping really, but as I’ve fallen out of the habit of that at the moment, this is a really good use for them.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas Greetings, Christmas Season, Christmas to remember, Expressions in Ink, Fern, Ribbons

Expressions in Ink meets Christmas Season and Forever Gold

So this project was inspired by my coming across the Forever Greenery foil laser cut pack that I hadn’t really used much of and the Expressions in Ink dsp piece that happened to catch my eye when I was putting some stash away … Next thing I knew I was making 9 Christmas cards!

I mean that Green foiled dsp is so pretty and then with those die cuts on top it doesn’t need much so I just stamped and die cut lots of foliage from the Christmas Season set and then a heap of sentiments (some of which I heat embossed) and started clustering them together.

I used a mix of distress inks to stamp using the stamp platform so they were more varied in colours.

I interrupted my crafting to go see Top Gun with the hubby and then came home and finished them off! I also added some twine and ribbon from the stash to add some different textures in.

On this first one I also added small panel of the soft sea foam which I had run through the Fern 3d embossing folder… love the texture on this.

So happy with this set of cards and what a fun little project. It really wasn’t difficult to put them together as the paper and the foil laser cuts do most of the work. I don’t have any of the larger pieces from this set left now … but still have lots of the rectangle panels and some small leaves … but the leaves I am going to keep on my desk for now in a bid to remember to use them up!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Fern, Splendid Thoughts

Some Splendid Thoughts playing

Yesterday I decided to make a card with just some bit’s left on my desk … so some stamped elements from Splendid Thoughts, some leftover cardstock in Polished Pink and Fresh Freesia and the Fern embossing folder … and this is what I came up with …

Really simple and the only thing I had to get out of the stash as extra was the little flower gem that I must have had for many years in the stash and it seemed like the perfect moment to add it to my project!

I did stamp the background of the card blank with the little Petal type stamp to give it some interest. With hindsight I wish that I had also added some ink blending to give it more depth… but hey, hindsight is a wonderful thing!

I am really liking the Fern embossing… such a lovely new addition to my craft stash, and those Splendid Thoughts stamps are great. Love how you can use just parts of the sentiments too as they aren’t too closely set to mean you can’t fussy cut them , or snip them apart!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas Greetings, Christmas Season, Fern, Funky Fossil, Splendid Thoughts, Stitched framelits

Inspired by Jennifer McGuire ink lift technique

I was watching YouTube videos and stumbled across this one from Jennifer McGuire. It inspired me to have a play with my Stampin Write markers and use the foliage stamps from Christmas Season set to create some fun rainbow coloured cards. 🌈

This first one is the first piece where the colour is laid down, the images stamped on with Versamark and embossed and then the water applied with a clean sheet of paper over the top before running it through the Big shot.

This is the more intense colourful piece and the images are dark where the colour is trapped beneath the embossing.

To this card I added the images stamped and die cut in all the different rainbow colours down one end and added the black contrast (including a Funky Fossil embossed sentiment). I also added a strip of the cardstock I had added the markers to for a rainbow strip! Finished it off with the sequins for some sparkle.

Entering this into the SOMETHING TO SAY challenge at CREATIVE KNOCKOUTS

The second one is the print I created when the water was applied to the first and this white paper added to the top and then run through the big shot. This meant the images are left blank (except the natural bleed of colour) and the colour is soft around them.

This one I added the strip of cardstock I had coloured, plus some Polished Pink cardstock. Then decided I wanted the background panel to be embossed so used the new Fern 3D embossing folder to create some nice texture.

I also wanted a cluster of for the focal element so use a die cut circle of scrap Tranquil Tide and three stamped and die cut leaves behind a circle of white and a fussy cut sentiment. I then added some of the cute little flower elements from my stash as embellishments. I then used a Fresh Freesia card blank as the base.

Love how both these cards looked and how the technique worked. I think I need to experiment more with more ink types and a slightly different papers to see how they all react but definitely a fun technique. I must admit I love the way Jennifer explains techniques and her cards are always so pretty … certainly jealous of her craft supplies collection and in awe of her talent!

Happy crafting!

Catherine