Arrange a Wreath, Embossing Folders, Joy, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Peace & Joy, Sheena Douglass Embossing Folders, Winter Frost, Wreath Builder

Another one sheet wonder… more Christmas cards

So another batch of Christmas cards made using the long since retired Winter Frost dsp and this time mainly using the Arrange a Wreath stamps and Wreath Builder dies to decorate… although the Peace and Joy set did get used for sentiments and some odd bits and pieces left from the set of cards I shared yesterday.

I also used the doilies I had bought at a reduced cost… and the Coastal Cabana ones worked fab with the paper.

So I started by just chopping up the paper… no plan was followed at all… and once again I ended up with enough for 13 cards! Again these will be given to the parents for their stash.

I mounted all the pieces onto Smoky Slate cardstock and then moved on to how to decorate them. Once again, I made the most of the double sided dsp, although most I kept to the snowflake design rather than the retro grey. I thought the retro grey was less Christmas themed.

Then I set to stamping and die cutting and fussy cutting elements to decorate. I mainly used the stamps from Arrange a Wreath and dies from the coordinating Wreath Builder set.

I kept to cool colours this time. I used Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana and Smoky Slate. A few of the sentiments I had stamped and not used from the previous OSW I shared also got used so there were some sentiments using the Island Indigo ink.

I didn’t think the pink was needed for these cards as they were more pretty than funky and so better keeping to the cool colours and white and grey than adding in further contrast.

I laid out each card and added a panel of either the smoky slate, or white, or vellum or some foiled cardstock from the stash as a background for each. I then chose which I wanted to add embossing to before I started thinking about adhering anything! I managed to use some off cuts of the foiled card to die cut some little sprigs from the die set too.

Then it was time to start sticking and finishing! What I will say is all those little leaves and sprigs take a bit of fiddling and be prepared to get a bit messy with glue if you are anything like me!

And here are the cards as close ups for each of them. Realised I didnt do close ups of the ones I shared yesterday. Might go back and get photos done and share as a separate blog.

I am super happy with how these came out. Just so pretty! Love how the paper works well with the die cuts and doilies and love the little turquoise leaves etc.

Finished off the cards with pearl gems and wink of Stella on either the flowers or bows or some leaves.

I then chose a different stamp from the set to decorate the envelopes.

This time I did add the pink … thought it needed the contrast and although think it still works nicely with the card.

As you can see in the background for this pic I still have some of this DSP left… May get tempted to do another OSW with what’s left … not sure if I want to choose different stamps and dies to go with it… very tempted with the snowflake wishes set… but not yet bought that so these remaining papers may have to wait.

Happy crafting!

Joy, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Peace & Joy, Ribbons, Sheena Douglass Embossing Folders, Winter Frost

One sheet wonder … Peace and Joy stamp and die set

This week I have yet another one sheet wonder to share using a mix of new and old stash!

The paper is old SU DSP called Winter Frost … I still have a few sheets left and am trying my hardest despite much temptation to not buy new papers until I’ve actually used up what I’ve got!

Teaming it with new stamps and dies brings a new life to the older paper (which is still gorgeous!).

I chose to use the new Peace and Joy stamp set with the coordinating dies.

I didn’t really follow a plan for the one sheet wonder but managed to create different sized panels to make 11 cards in total. I mounted them with either Smoky Slate or Basic Black or Basic Grey to create quite modern cards. I thought they would work well with the fun script words in the Peace and Joy stamp set.

Once I had some vague ideas of how the cards would come together I then started stamping…

I used inks I knew would work with the paper… Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo and Smoky Slate. Then I got started with fussy cutting the leaves and berries and the little sentiment strips.

Once I had a nice pile of bits I decided I needed some contrast and chose a bright pink… Melon Mambo.

Finally I had a tin full of die cuts and little fussy cut elements ready to start putting cards together.

I grabbed ribbons from the stash most of which are retired in both the smoky slate and the melon mambo. I also ran a few of the background panels through embossing folders. Again I haven’t bought any of the new ones just yet because I already have a few Christmas themed ones in my stash and I don’t use embossing folders nearly enough!

I created card blanks from Smoky Slate and Basic Black and layered up elements to create this funky set of cards.

I created three using the Joy stamp and die as a feature.

Three using Peace…

And 5 using Bright as the focal point…

Absolutely love how cool these all look.

Now using a dark card blank such as black or grey causes some issues for writing on and my intention is to give these cards to my parents for their stash this year… so I created inserts and also decorated the envelopes whilst I was at it.

I finished off the cards with some sequins I glued in place.

Love how double sided paper gives you a couple of options for one sheet wonders.

Hope you enjoy this different take on using new stamps with old stash!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Beautiful You, Birch, Forever Fern, Forever Flourishing, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Pinewood planks, Venetian Romance

OSW pt2: Forever Fern

Here is part 2 for the one sheet wonder… using the Forever Fern stamp and Forever Flourishing dies.

I love how the brand new stamps work so perfectly with this old dsp … and how the Calypso Coral works as the accent colour on those strange bobbly stems.

I stamped the background with the Birch background stamp set.

I added the sentiment from the retired Beautiful You stamp set.

I love how distressing the papers and mats add texture.

I also added the embossing on the back panel for this using a snow folder but back to front so it creates a deboss design… I think it looks like distressed concrete surface on this.

Love how all of these look… I just adore these stamps and dies! Such fabulous images!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Arrange a Wreath, Beautiful You, Birch, Birds and Branches, Forever Fern, Forever Flourishing, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Pinewood planks, Venetian Romance

One sheet wonder: Venetian Romance dsp

So after the mammoth OSW I did last month, I decided to dig through the dsp to do another one. I chose an old (2014!) piece of dsp from the stash. This was a set called Venetian Romance and I love it.

I created 12 cards in total and loved pairing this old dsp with my new stamps!

I also distressed the dsp and the kraft cardstock I was using as a mat. This left a large amount of paper fluff everywhere but love the effect it created.

So I’ll share the first four tonight and then rest tomorrow.

So Birds and Branches is the stamp set for the focal images… such a beautiful stamp set.

This first one I added the panel of the craft card and embossed with the Pinewood panel 3d set. I also added the linen thread and the pearl as embellishment.

This card I added some stamping using the Birch background stamp. I also found some ribbon in the stash that seemed to work with the Calypso Coral colour in the dsp.

The Best Wishes sentiment I chose are from the Arrange a Wreath stamp set.

For this one I found a paperclip that was the perfect match too… added that as a different embellishment.

Love the way the four cards finished up… the stamps breathe new life into the old paper. So pleased I got to use it… after 6 years of it sitting in a box!

And for those interested I made up my template as I went along but these are the measurements… (I’ve drawn this out after the fact!) And yes I did and up with a spare 1″ strip but that’s because it was damaged on my original piece of paper!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Birds and More, For My Family, Happy wishes, Magnolia Blooms, Pinewood planks, Promarkers, Letraset

Happy birthday Mum

It was my mum’s birthday on Saturday… we were meant to be going out to celebrate but the new quarantine for those coming from Spain has meant they are now self isolating for a fortnight… unluckily they arrived back in the UK just 24 hours too late to avoid it!

Anyways I did drop off this card for her and we will celebrate a little belatedly in a couple of weeks.

This card started as a colouring in exercise … a bit of mindfulness …

I stamped the Magnolia Blooms main image several times using different inks onto the whisper white cardstock…

Then using my promarkers I coloured a few in…

I decided the bottom colour scheme would be perfect for a card for Mum… so created a full 5×5 square of the images and coloured them all in.

I chose some coloured cardstock from the stash and some vellum and rose gold foiled cardstock to create some layers. I embossed the bottom layer and the top square using the Pinewood planks folder.

I then die cut the foliage from the Birds and More dies from the foiled card and added a die cut panel from the Everything is Rosy suite. I also added some of the rose gold mirrored dots.

Inside the card I used the Happy Wishes stamp for the greeting.

I also created a panel on the envelope too.

Love how this came together. I know that this particular stamp set isn’t available to buy anymore but there is a gorgeous Magnolia set in the catalogue that would work, or any floral stamps to create something similar.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Watercolour paints, Woodland, Woodware stamps

DT: CHNC: a reindeer

Hello! Today it was time to add a reindeer to our cards for the CHNC blog and I chose to make a watercolour background and add some Woodware stamped images to create the scene.

I decided to emboss the card blank using the woodland embossing folder. And then kept it modern with some black card candi.

A simple but pretty card.

Entering this into the water colour challenge at Vintage Journey

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Magnolia Blooms, Pinewood planks, Promarkers, Letraset

Magnolia Blooms thank you notes

So these little thank you cards started life as an exercise in mindfulness. My anxiety was raised so decided to do some colouring in. Stamped out the Magnolia Blooms image in a variety of inks and set to with my promarkers for these ones.

Including some “no line” colouring attempts… (I used so saffron for the ink for these!)

I then used scraps from the desk from other projects and embossing to make up these little 4×4 notelets.

Each of them I also added something to the envelope to finish off, either a light brushing of the ink, or a strip of cardstock or another stamped image…

A lovely project and nice to bring some calm to my racing mind.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Pinewood planks, Wreath Builder

Happy retirement Karen

Yesterday we said good luck to one of our friends and colleague Karen who started retirement today! Gosh we will miss her so much, and we are jealous and happy for her all in one!

I made the card for her.

I chose to use the Wreath Builder dies and some pretty bright colour cardstock to create the card. I love how pretty all the die cuts work together.

I had to choose sentiments from the stash as I didn’t have retirement stamps in my SU stash.

Due to the whole Working From Home situation we had to arrange the whole collection etc as an online thing so I created the insert from all the messages I was emailed to include.

Love the card I made and hope Karen liked it too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Designer Series Paper, Forever Fern, Forever Flourishing, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Ribbons, Sheena Douglass Embossing Folders, Stitched framelits

OSW pt4: Forever Fern

Final bundle from this OSW to share and it is using my favourite new stamp and die sets… Forever Fern and Forever flourishing… and when they make cards like this who can blame me for loving them…

So I stamped all the leaf images out several times, using different colours… yellows, greens and the calypso coral also came out to play. Then die cut them all and started adding them to the cards.

Of all of these cards I really couldn’t choose which I love the most… they are all so pretty with the gorgeous stamped images. I can tell I will definitely be using this set a lot!

So there you go… 21 cards from one sheet of dsp, some random cardstock and some stamped and die cut images. I had so much fun creating them… Looking forward to another fun session with dsp sometime soon to create another OSW!

Happy crafting!

Catherine