Decorative Dots, Stitched framelits

Happy birthday Grace… for tomorrow

Shhhhhh…. don’t tell Grace but I’m posting the card I made her early! Ha ha! 

This is a card for one of the princess’ friends who turns 12 tomorrow and is slightly flamingo obsessed! 

So i spotted this stamp in the range and bought it with her in mind…

I’d love the SU flamingo stamp layering set but didn’t have time to buy it ready for her birthday…. doh! Maybe for next year’s. 

So instead I stamped in smoky slate and added colour using the retired but still one of my favourite inks… Crisp Cantaloupe. Once it was dry I added wink of stella over the top. 

I die cut the flaming using the stitched shapes and then layered up with some crumb cake which I embossed using decorative dots folder.

The background of the powder pink cardstock I added some feathers which I heat embossed with frantage to add the glitter and white texture.  Then I added the sentiment and her name.

Inside the card I stamped the flamingo again and then coloured and added the shimmer.

And here is a close up of the front… 

Happy with how this came together and will definitely be using this fun stamp again. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Alphabet, Beautiful Brocade, Chevron, Decorative Dots, Embossing Folders, Lacy Brocade

Prepping for art journalling session… Watercolour effect backgrounds with embossing folders

Quite possibly my longest blog post title ever!  Just not sure how to describe the technique that tonight’s art journalling class are doing… So going for the say what we are doing kind of title!  He he!

So tonight, friends descend on my family room and I show them a mixed media technique or product and some pages I have done, and then they get to play.  It’s not exactly teaching … But they learn and I learn and we all have fun! 

This time I have three samples for them to look at and hopefully be inspired by… All were done using the same techniques.  It sort of became a use Distress inks different ways kind of thing! 



The idea is that you use embossing folders to stamp the ink onto the page, and as you have spritzed them with water before “stamping” they give a watercolour effect.  You add different colours to the folder in patches, and the distress inks blend nicely to give tonal effect.  You can use more than one embossing folder onto one panel and as they are generally transparent you can see where they need to go.  

Next step for the backgrounds is adding distress ink with cut and foam, or a distress tool.  This gives a nice blended edge.

Then, I did a full blended piece of cardstock as a panel too, to show how the colours blend and create different colours.  The figures are then using magazines for create an outline, and then turning it into a silhouette.  No need for buying a stencil and being stuck with the one body shape. 



I also added some stamped embellishments for the first two … Hearts that are ones that clever Darcy designed from her first sets of stamps… I adore these stamps! 

Oh and the titles/sentiments for the pages … All created in different ways.

Looking forward to seeing what colours and different patterns people choose.

Happy crafting! 

Catherine

Alphabet, Animal Stories, Decorative Dots, Henry Says, Language of Love

Card in a box for baby Josslyn

One of my friends at work has recently had a gorgeous baby girl, Josslyn.  She also admired the card in a box I made for my cousins little boy.  So I thought as a little treat for her first trip into work with baby Josslyn (that I unfortunately had to miss as had meetings out of the building that day) I would make a card for her to open! 

Here is the starting point… 

Using Strawberry slush, Crisp Canteloupe and Bermuda Bay inks I stamped using the embossing folders the backgrounds in a technique I will be teaching at the next art journalling session.  Creates such a cool effect.  These were then added to the constructed box. 

Next I stamped and cut out lots of cute embellishments.  Heart based things from Language of love, little bunting banners from Henry Says, and the animals from a retired set called Animal Stories.  I kept to the same colour scheme for everything, strawberry slush, crisp Canteloupe, lost lagoon, Bermuda bay.  I didn’t want it to be pastels as such, but more bright pastels as they seem more Mish and Jody’s style! 

Next I started decorating the box… Here are the sides… 

I added sentiments from a couple of different sets I have got. 

Then the front from slightly different angles…





Really pleased with how this came out.  Cute but funky at the same time! 

Fingers crossed next time Josslyn comes to visit work I will be there to say hello in person and dole out many cuddles! 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine

25 Days, Decorative Dots, Modern Ornament Punch, Sheena Douglass Embossing Folders, Winter Frost

Advent calendar update

So I have an update on the advent calendar I shared with you that wasn’t quite going to plan.

Tonight I decided to go for the second option of hanging the pockets on some ribbons. I hunted down some mini clothes pegs, and used both the Pool Party & Island Indigo ribbons to create little washing lines for the pockets.

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I then added some tinsel round the top of the bannister and think it looks quite pretty!

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Plus it all looks nice with the new decorations I got this year for the landing… Rustic, and handmade looking (even if they weren’t!)

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So here is where the advent calendar now lives. Princess and I are very happy with this.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Canvas and Mixed Media art, Decorative Dots, Festive Flurry, Festive Flurry framelits, Modern Ornament Punch, Random Crafts, Sheena Douglass Embossing Folders, Snow Flurry Bigz, Washi tape, Winter Frost

Advent calendar number two!

Yes a second advent calendar to share with you… This time the one for my princess.

I used the same 25 Days stamps, but this time the colour scheme matched the Winter frost DSP which I have plenty left over from last year, and I thought would make a Frozen themed advent calendar! I used plenty of die cut snowflakes, some Festive Flurry stamping and some ornaments and circles to mix it up a bit! I also decided against boxes this year. I’ve used the little milk carton boxes the last couple of years, but decided against hanging on the bannister this year. So I picked up these little bags and used them for the base. But how to display them?

Well this is the main thing to share here… I painted a canvas on which to stick the bags.

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This was the first layer of paint, and added some texture paste to add snow drifts and some hints of snow on the tree. I then added stamping with paint on the canvas and then pushed it back again in the sky with another layer of black. Then the star I painted silver, and added some silver dots to the tree.

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So this is the base to the calendar. Next I used some silver washi tape to add each of the little bags, in a tree sort of shape. The idea is that as the bag gets taken off the tree starts to emerge.

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Well this is the idea anyway. The practice is a little different. Unfortunately the washi tape is not doing a brilliant job of keeping the little bags in place! Instead we keep finding them on the floor in the hallway. So tomorrow I think a rethink may have to happen! I suspect that some little bulldog clips may be bought and the bags may end up on the bannister after all! Ah well, at least I get a nice whimsical canvas to look at for a month whilst the Christmas spirit is in the air!

Unfortunately due to manic times at work, our Christmas decorations have not quite made it up yet. I usually have them up on the 1st! They have got as far as in the house from the garage, but no energy tonight to start decorating. Hoping tomorrow I may find some energy after work and make a start!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Beautiful Brocade, Builder Bird, Decorative Dots, Hardwood, Petite Petals, small flower punch, Square Lattice

Happy wedding day Mr & Mrs Smith

Yes my friend really has gone and become Mrs Smith!

Today my friend got married. Unfortunately the trip to Devon (where she upped and moved to just over a year ago) for one night was a little too much for me to undertake so I didn’t make it to see her in person, so instead made a card on behalf of myself, and the other two friends in the team who will be raising a glass to her from afar!

Just like yesterday’s I tried to do a step by step approach!

The card itself is inspired by so many I have seen before … I went for white on white, but then decided it needed some champagne throwing in!

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I started with the Petite Petals stamp set and heat embossed lots of flowers using both the clear and champagne coloured embossing powders. Then punched them out. Next I dry embossed some scraps of the cardstock using a few different embossing folders and punched them out. Then I drew a circle (I used the bottom of my paintbrush jar to make sure it was a circle, and stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from a Papermania set and then stuck the flowers down layering them up as I went.

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Next I took some more white card and punched out the birds and then embossed them using the Beautiful Brocade folder. Then added them to the bottom of the circle along with the leaves which I didn’t emboss. I also used dimensionals whilst doing this to ensure I had some depth to the artwork.

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I then realised I needed to mount it as it didn’t look right without an edge of some kind, but I don’t have suitably coloured ink or cardstock. So I made a mount using the same embossing powder and the Hardwood background stamp. You will see here I didn’t emboss it entirely, only the edges as that is all that would be on show.

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Final touch was to add a champagne coloured ribbon in a bow and mount it onto the card blank.

Lovely!

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So I hope that Mr and Mrs Smith have had a wonderful day … Wishing them all the best for their married life together! Congratulations Caroline and Dave!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Decorative Dots, Hello, Lovely, Summer Silhouettes, Washi tape

Colour my Monday! Tangelo Twist

Back to another In color this week for the weekly spot of colour!

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And so I bring you…

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This is a real burnt orange type of colour! I decided to go all Summer Silhouettes with this one!

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I started with my favourite embellishment … A doily! My friend M can’t see the use of these and I can’t stop using them! How funny! I also decided to start using some of the gorgeous washi tape I have been hoarding but never think to use!

I also decided to team it with some embossing using the cute Decorative Dots and the lovely brushed gold cardstock and a sentiment from Hello, Lovely

My finishing touches were the lovely pearls I dotted around!

Happy crafting!

Catherine