Distress oxide ink, Embossing Folders, Indigo Blu, Lacy Brocade, Merriest moments, Old Paper, Pierced Blooms, Ribbons, Sheena Douglass Embossing Folders, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Stitched framelits, Tim Holtz

Kendra’s card challenge #3

Yet another batch of Christmas cards made using the templates and guides from Cards by Kendra. This time I used the one for challenge number 3. You can find all the details at Kendra’s blog.

This particular template makes 16 cards from base of 6 pieces of 6×6. I used papers from the Indigo Blu magazine kit I got last year, admittedly they are double sided so for some of the card layouts I chose to turn over the paper and use the reverse. It definitely gave me more options when I was designing how to finish the cards.

I learnt from last time to not add too many other pieces of cardstock too so I could reduce the weight of the cards.

Here is the full lot…

I used a few different shades of cardstock in the pale blue and greens along with the shimmer vellum in Evening Evergreen. I mainly used images from the magazine kit of stamps or those printed on the paper kit. Occasionally I added die cuts either as part of the sentiment or leaves for the flowers.

I chose to use the die cut snowflake embellishments on quite a few too … sometimes the iridescent side, sometimes the matt side. They worked well with the papers and the feel of the cards I think.

I did a lot of embossing too… this added texture and worked well with the grungy nature of the papers. Especially when I chose to add ink too.

Thoroughly enjoyed putting these together, the whole set took a good few separate sessions over the course of a few weeks. I particularly enjoyed colouring those Holly leaves and berries, although the fussy cutting less so!

Creating these also made me want to do more with the Merriest Moments embossing folder and get the dies and stamps out for that bundle too… so maybe that will be the next set of Christmas cards …. unless another set of papers and one of Kendra’s challenges tempts me first.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Beautiful Brocade, Bitty Banner framelits, Bitty Banners, Butterfly, Chevron, Designer Series Paper, Dies, Honeycomb, Lacy Brocade, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Papillion Potpourri, Secret Garden, Secret Garden framelits, Stripes, Use them or Lose them, Watercolor wings

One sheet wonder … errrm three sheets

Part of the Use them or Lose them challenge of the year is to use some of the paper I have stashed. I have been trying to use stuff from the scraps box where possible to try and work through that but there is also the mountain of uncut 12 x 12 sheets of dsp so I decided to do a one sheet wonder type project… although ended up using three sheets of DSP so I could get some variety.

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I didn’t follow a osw cutting guide, instead headed over to Mojo Monday and followed a load of sketches from November and October 2015 to design the cards and cut everything up.  I added two sheets of Primrose Petals cardstock, one crumb cake and one wild wasabi plus a few bits and pieces of scrap cardstock that were hanging around the desk.

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Next I started assembling, embossing, die cutting and stamping… and ended up with 15 cards for the box at work!
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Love how these all came out.

Entering this into the Crafty hazelnut patterned paper monthly challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Butterfly, Butterfly basics, Dies, Embossing Folders, Honeycomb, Lacy Brocade, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them stamp challenge #1

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!  Time to change that! Given I’ve counted over 52 stamp sets that are SU sets I guess that should keep me going throughout the year.
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I thought to make life easy in doing the challenge… I would just work my way through the stamps as I come across them, rather than sticking to an order and then not being inspired.  But any that don’t get used in the year will have to be placed in the unloved pile and get sold/ given away at the end of the year!

So first stamp set for the challenge is Butterfly Basics.  This was a card that was inspired by a 10 in 20 youtube video I saw… but I changed it up a bit as I wanted to also use the embossing folders and dies to add texture and a bit of grunge to the pretty images.

I grabbed six pieces of white card stock and stamped the fern in old olive three times without reining to get the different tones of the same colour.  Then I used Crisp Canteloupe for the flowers, again stamping 1st and 2nd generation ink.  Next I stamped 1 butterfly using Calypso Coral direct onto the cardstock, and then again twice onto different white cardstock for punching them out. I also edged each white cardstock topper with Promarkers…. I used oatmeal and sandstone.

Next I stamped the sentiment in Black Versafine over the top of the stamped images.  To this I then added the little punched butterflies and some dots of liquid pearl. 

I then took pieces of Old Olive cardstock and Crumb cake cardstock to make mats.  The bigger one I embossed using different embossing folders for each one, and the second I die cut parts using some new Tim Holt dies I got.

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I love how they all look different but are obviously part of the set.  I also made an effort on the envelopes…

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So one stamp set down… think this is for keeps as the cards are so pretty!

Might even have a see what else I can use this set to do before the end of the week.

Entering this into the Cute Card Thursday – Anything Goes challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine