Avery Elle, Biggest Wish, Fern, Forever Flourishing, Ribbons, Tropical Hideaway, YouTube video

Tropical hideaway play

This card was sort of inspired by both Jennifer Maguire (her video made me grab the stamp) and instagram YVON0202 who I had seen using this stamp with a few colours … but I did go for a different style in the end so inspired by but far from copied!

I used stampin write markers to colour the image in using lots of different greens and some water spray which helped to blend them. If you want to see how I made it I did video it!

I decided to then use the Forever Flourishing dies and Biggest wish stamp set for the main elements with an embossed white panel behind the focal image. The twine and the sparkly gems finished it off.

I took some pics the night I made the card but this next one shows the colours better in the daylight.

Love that twine bow and the colour mix in the background and love even more that I have a second background yet to be used.

Once again I also videoed the process which you can watch if you fancy it!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Pick a Punch, Brilliant Wings, Chevron

Inspired by Jennifer McGuire… again

This card was inspired by this video of Jennifer’s and I wanted to use my Butterfly Brilliance dies to recreate it a little.

It was also inspired by the case that Michelle did of Jennifer’s original card … I don’t have a tiny thin frame die so just put a chunky one in instead!

Ok mine looks nothing like theirs … but they were what inspired me to create my rainbow background to die cut from and then add the white die cuts over the top.

So I created the background using Stampin Write markers onto mixed media card stock and then I die cut the solid shapes from the Butterfly brilliance. Then I die cut lots of the more intricate butterflies from the white card stock and stacked them up to give them dimension over the colourful background butterflies.

I took a piece of white cardstock and ran it through the chevron embossing folder then cut myself a black frame.

For the sentiment I added some rainbow washi onto black card stock and white embossed the sentiment. I then cut the banner shape and raised it onto foam to add to the card.

The card is a black base and this works well in framing the colourful butterflies and the monochrome base.

I decided to add some multi coloured bling from the stash as my finishing touches.

Love how this ended up. Not quite the brightness of the cards Jennifer and Michelle made but definitely had fun and pleased with the end result.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Beautiful Brocade, Design Team, Digital stamps, Fancy Phrases, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

DT: Creative Knockouts… anything goes

Today is a simple Anything Goes challenge at Creative Knockouts for our last post of the year. We’ve been kindly sponsored by Twinkle Lane Designs who gifted me the Calla Lillies image I used for my design team contribution.

I decided to mix things up a little and printed directly onto some book print and then colour the image using my Stampin Blends.

I then fussy cut the image out but I love this cool image on the text. Really makes it look funky!

I teamed it with some cool paper from an Indigo Blu magazine kit and the embossed panel.

I decided Blackberry Bliss for the base of the card to continue the colour on the sentiment and the embossed panel. Of course that meant I had to decorate the inside to give somewhere to write.

Love how this came out and pleased I thought to use book print for the printing!

Finished off with a metal floral embellishment to add that something special.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas Season, Christmas to remember, For My Family, Pinewood planks

Merry Christmas all!

So I’m writing this a little ahead of time so it is all ready for posting on Christmas Day. Wishing all my blog visitors and readers a lovely festive season.

We had a bit of a naff week as I got hit with a flu virus so everything got put off until the last minute but fortunately been feeling a little more human by Christmas Eve and so we got ready in time! But just admit I am in bed early on Christmas Eve as so exhausted!

Anyways I didn’t come on here to moan but instead to share the card I made for my hubby for Christmas as I realised I hadn’t shared it yet. I also realise the only pics I have of it in daylight are before the glue had dried on the gems so it doesn’t look it’s best but hey ho that’s how it goes sometimes!

I decided to keep it quite ‘simple’ with an embossed background and then stamped images. Even though the stamped images could be die cut I actually fussy cut them as I was in the mood for it and die cutting sometimes is difficult to line them up straight.

I stamped all the leaves from a selection of greens and then the berries from cherry cobbler and the pine cones in early espresso and soft suede. I must admit my brown inks are quite dry now though so they did stamp quite lightly.

I raised a few of the pine cones up on foam to give dimension and then the sentiment I cut into strips and added some gold paint pen to the edges to add some shine. I also dotted the gold pen around the cluster.

I finished with the clear gems which as I say I took the pic whilst the glue was still drying but the dried glue is clear so it doesn’t look as messy!

Edit… took a pic of it on display so you can see it without the messy glue.

I raised the whole panel up on foam. This is a larger card (7×7 card blank) so the card blank frames the panel well.

Ok so that is the final card for this Christmas and whilst I don’t currently feel well enough to craft at the moment I am definitely thinking ahead to what 2023 crafting might bring.

Thank you so much for joining me for my crafty exploits this year and if I get a chance I will pop back again post Christmas festivities to let you know how Christmas went and any plans I may have made.

Happy Christmas!

Catherine

Artistic, Crafters Companion dies, Design Team, Old Paper

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Todays design team contribution is actually a card I made way back in March for my parents anniversary but never got round to sharing as I wanted to share it for the Anything Goes with Dies challenge at Happy Little Stampers.

I took some pretty peach and pink coloured cardstock and die cut lots of the pretty leave die from the Stampin Up Artistic die set. Using these I created a spray effect.

Then I took some of the rose gold foiled cardstock from my stash and cut out the main floral cluster and a label from the Christmas Labels set.

I also cut another smaller label for layering under the floral cluster.

I decided rather than stamp a sentiment I would use the Crafters Companion On your anniversary die and cut that out and back it with the rose gold to make sure the word was more visible.

When arranging the card I wanted something a little more… so took a panel of white cardstock and embossed it with the old paper folder (I often forget to emboss and am always kicking myself when I do it as I should use the folders more!). This created a subtle but beautiful texture for the cluster.

I used foam between layers to give the card some dimension and then inside I heat embossed the stamped sentiment and used left over scraps of the same cardstock to add leaves in the corner.

I didn’t end up doing any decorating on the envelope as I hadn’t used any patterned paper and figured the die cut would be unnecessary.

So my parents loved the card (way back in April) and I must admit looking again at the pictures I am so pleased with it too! It also makes a nice change in pace to look at this rather than Christmas stuff!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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

Biggest Wish, Design Team, Painted Texture, Paper Blooms, Ribbons

DT: Happy Little Stampers – Happy Birthday

I’m back for another design team contribution for the Happy Little Stampers Birthday anything goes challenge.

This time I went and grabbed the pouch of fussy cutting from the Paper Blooms dsp I did a few months ago and then set aside …

I used quite a few of the images I had fussy cut on a card I shared at the time but this time decided to choose all the pieces that were off the edge.

I adhered these to the edge of a panel of basic white onto which I stamped the sentiment (yes Biggest Wish came out to play again) I then added foam and added it to a panel I had dry embossed with Painted Texture. I decided to soften it with a border of wrapped bakers twine before then adding the focal pieces of the flower cluster and the leaf.

Love how this came out.

Inside the card I added two more of the off the edge pieces.

A cute and simple card.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Merriest moments, Natural Prints, Old Paper, Painted Texture, Ribbons

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog

Well here we are … Happy advent all!

At the beginning of the year I put aside some Making Cards magazine kits I’d had in my stash for ages and decided that these would be my Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge for the year… and here is my last one for 2022. As it was a Christmas’s type paper I decided to go for it and make a lot of cards rather than just the two I’ve been making all year round.

I used a template I’ve used before (Cards by Kendra challenge 6) and added one more piece of 6×6 as I only had 5 papers in this kit.

It was a challenge to use as many of the large images with the papers too and so I did divert away from the layouts that Kendra had designed a couple of times.

I decided to stick to mainly using the Merriest Moments stamp set alongside the kit and added in a few die cuts from the Natural Prints set too. I also added some embossing … in fact dry embossing and lots of gold embossing as this seemed like a good way to finish off the cards. The sequinned ribbon I have had in my stash for years so it was good to use that too.

I always make these sort of card challenges in stages … First the cutting, then the stamping and arranging, then adhering and finally embellishing.

It was fun to make Christmas cards in less traditional colours too… the autumnal colours however worked well I think … with the regal gold elements.

Inside the cards and on the envelopes I added strips of remaining paper and some stamped elements, just to finish them off too.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this year’s design team contributions. I’ve certainly enjoyed getting good use out of the hoarded supplies.

Unfortunately this is the last challenge for Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge as Hazel is taking a break from running the challenge. I’ve loved taking part and will miss the group.

As there is still a lot of dsp in my stash though I won’t be stopping the making so will just keep on ploughing through it and try to resist buying too much more!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas to remember, Martin's Mayhem 30 day challenge, Sheena Douglass Embossing Folders

Martin’s Mayhem Christmas challenge

I saw the sketch Martin had created for the challenge on day 18 and knew how I wanted it to look … spoiler alert it didn’t end up looking like that! Best laid plans and all that.

I used vellum to create a panel over colourful strips of cardstock ehich i embossed to create the pattern and decided to sew into place. But then I had an argument with the sewing machine.

So I ended up cutting down the vellum to get rid of the ruined part and making a much smaller card.

I did manage to fix the machine but in changing the background and dimensions you kind of lose the coloured strips underneath and one got very wonky. By the point I decided to keep going as vellum is a precious commodity. Added a laser cut snowflake and the embossed sentiment onto the top and of course a few gems.

I do like this card … but you know when you have a plan and it doesn’t quite work … that’s what happened here.

Ah well something pretty came out of the 30 min wrestling session with the sewing machine … Guess that is all that matters!

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