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

Design Team, Distress oxide ink, Gelli Plate, Tidings and Trimmings

DT: Happy Little Stampers CAS … inky

Here I go again with another design team contribution… this time for Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge. This month Kylie has given us the theme Inky to work with… well given my blog name you know I am good with this one.

So remembering the rules for the CAS challenge….

Clean and Simple design with one focal point, lots of white (or open) space and minimal layers and embellishments

Here goes…

I decided to add a panel of gelliprinting using distress oxides and the mini rectangle Gelli plate. I love love this technique as it creates really fun little watercolour effects with very little effort.

I then added the embossed silver heart and the sentiment below… perfect little card topper which I kept to just that … one topper for the finished card, no additional layers.

I did find it hard to resist adding more bling if I am honest but remembered the whole less is more phrase (usually I am a more is more kind of girl!).

Hope you like it. I must admit I love the Gelli plate and oxides ink technique. Could happily make lots of backgrounds using this technique!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Pick a Punch, Biggest Wish, Design Team, Distress oxide ink, Happy Celebrations, Lawn Fawn, Lawn Fawn stamps, Playful Alphabet, Ribbons, Sweet Strawberry, Tidings and Trimmings

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies

Hello! Time for another DT contribution to share with you. This time for Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge blog.

This month I made yet another 16th birthday card, and even though this was for Niamh’s birthday in November I wanted it to be bright and cheerful and tropical.

Now I must admit this project used up some table decorations I had made for a fun night my daughter had had with Niamh so it was a case of just deciding on a layout and putting it all together rather than making from scratch… bit it was fun to do!

All the leaves in the background were made by stamping and then smooshing the inks onto the paper and then fussy cutting them out. These were originally made as table confetti. I then glued them to the white card square and turned them into a patterned paper background.

Next I stamped and embossed the Happy from Biggest Wish onto Polished Pink cardstock.

I then created a banner and added the die cut 16th using the Playful Alphabets dies.

Onto the top I then added the focal cluster of the pineapple and flowers. The pineapple is a Lawn Fawn stamp and coordinating die. I stamped this onto some glossy cardstock I had used to wipe up the ink smooshing (love this for creating a different texture and fun patterned paper). The bottom flower is actually a poinsettia flower from Tidings and trimmings which I fussy cut and then the top flower is from Sweet Strawberry. I added a gem to the centre to finish that element off.

I then decided I wanted a more graphic finish to the sentiment so chose the accompanying stamp from Happy Celebrations and stamped that onto the same Petal Pink card I made the 5×5 card blank from.

Next I rummaged in the ribbons box and found a scrap of ribbon that I thought worked well with the colours.

Next I created a panel for the inside of the card and added three of the leftover leaves to decorate.

Oh and of course some additional gems added for bling to the outside.

Delighted with the final card and the fact I could reuse some of the fun elements was a bonus.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistic, Biggest Wish, Delicate Dahlia, Distress oxide ink, Happy Celebrations, Lovely Inside and Out, Ribbons

Happy for Abbie

My lovely colleague and friend Abbie has a new job and I am delighted for her as much as I am sad that we will no longer be at the same workplace together.

I had to make her a special card though to let her know how happy I am for her.

I started by stamping Delightful Dahlia stamps on cardstock in Versamark and embossing them in white and then plenty of distress oxides and the smooshing technique made a cool background. I also wiped away the excess ink with a piece of glossy photo paper which I ended up using in the card too.

I stamped a few of the smaller flowers for the card too and inked up using the same colour oxides.

I cut down the panel for the background and then got out the Artistic dies as I love the flower cluster one. I cut it from the photo paper and again from white cardstock so I could layer them to give it extra dimension.

Next I created the sentiment. I was inspired by the sentiment in the Delicate Dahlia set but wasn’t keen on the font so instead made my own using lots of other stamp sets and of course the Biggest Wish for that fab Happy part. I added the twine bow and plenty of foam under the sentiment and flower cluster so this is a VERY dimensional card.

I added lilac gems from the stash an a mount of the Blackberry Bliss cardstock. I then stamped (badly) the Dahlia onto the envelope and blended some ink over the corner.

And inside the card a strip of the background I had trimmed off and mounted it on blackberry bliss and added the final small flower.

Love how this came out. I know Abbie will appreciate the love I put into making her card and I hope she knows how much she will be missed.

Best of luck Abbie.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Distress oxide ink, Painted Texture, Seasonal Labels Dies, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Tidings and Trimmings

Happy 16th Birthday

This is the year my daughter and her friends turn 16 so I’m going to be making plenty of 16th cards this year! Here is one of them!

I decided to start with a panel of white cardstock I had embossed with the Painted Texture folder. I added ink using the Speckled Egg distress oxide ink. I also added some splatters of Coastal Cabana ink and some splatters of water too.

Next I added some silver embossed stars from the Trimmings and Tidings stamp set. Then I started playing with the dies from the Christmas Trimmings set and die cut three of the intricate star, lots of little stars and a label from the Seasonal Labels dies.

I added some organza ribbon and then decided to go for the favourite sentiment set… Biggest Wish.

I embossed and fussy cut the birthday sentiment and the Happy I fussy cut and placed each letter separately.

Finally I chose some letter chipboard stickers from the stash and added them. They were originally yellow in colour so I used my Stampin Blends to change them to a colour that went with the theme of the card.

Finally I added a little square with the “th” which was taken from a random birthday stamp where I just inked the 2 letters to create this little added element.

I finished the panel off with a couple of other layers underneath… the bottom layer is the Soft Succulent shimmer vellum, then some coordinating (but retired Tranquil Tide … I think???) cardstock.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress oxide ink

Travel themed postcards

Four travel themed postcards was the challenge… oh and an added element make sure they include one inchie!

Here was my attempt…

2 portrait, 2 landscape… all with parts of an atlas as a background!

I actually will confess that I originally forgot the inchie challenge and made some very flat and not as interesting postcards originally and that when I remembered the Inchies part and started chopping them up I was much happier with what I made! Lol!

I chose a few stamp sets from old Creative Stamping magazine sets to create the main images of different types of transport and created fun pieces that I chopped into panels and then added the inchie elements on top. I either added glossy accents of embossing to make those elements stand out and really had fun just creating.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress oxide ink, For the love of stamps, Masks/Stencils

Artful ATCs swap… silhouettes

I joined in with the silhouettes swap at Artful Atcs Facebook group this month.

The theme chosen was silhouettes and I used For the Love of Stamps for both… one under the sea and one jazz themed.

Both ATCs were cut from packaging and then gessoed and Distress Oxide for the background. I stencilled onto the background and then did heavy black stamping for the silhouettes using the stamp platform so I could ensure coverage.

Love how they both came out.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Distress oxide ink, Forever Fern, Forever Flourishing, Very Versailles

Emboss themed artist trading coins

I got around to making this months Artist Trading coins last weekend. Phew it was warm making these in the craft room, but I am pretty pleased with them!

The theme for the month was EMBOSS and I chose to get straight in there with embossing on the background as well as the die cut leaves and the stamped leaves… three different powders used and love how they turned out… albeit a little autumnal feeling!

Mixed together the Very Versailles and the Forever fern stamps for the coins, also different textures with the shimmer vellum and the bakers twine.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils, Sheena Douglass Embossing Folders

Christmas in July challenge 7

Today I’ve gone a bit mixed media in my approach but the challenge I gave myself was to do ATC based cards.

A few years ago I set myself an ATC challenge and made 365 + in the year, some of which I used on Christmas cards. So decided to grab some ATCs cut from packaging and made up some ATCs and then worked out how to use them in cards.

These were the ATCs I made…

Gesso background, then texture paste through a stencil, onto which I sprinked some pearl embossing powder onto some parts whilst it was wet.

Once dry I heat embossed the powder to create some resist shiny elements and then added distress oxides in Speckled Egg, blueprint sketch, worn lipstick and picked raspberry.

I let them dry thoughly and then wiped off the excess where the resist was.

Next to decide how to use them. We’ll I love this deer image so stamped it 6 times in different dark blue and purple colours and then fussy cut them out.

I added one to each ATC.

Next I grabbed some white cardstock and cut 3.5×5.5 inch panels and embossed them.

I then grabbed three different coordinating colour cardstocks and made my card blanks.

I added the panels and the ATCs.

Then I added sentiments and sequins to finish off!

Some modern, dimensional and pretty cards to add to the stash!

Not sure how many challenges I cam get through this month and whether I will get to the 12 I originally aimed for but will keep going as best I can.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistically Inked, Birds and More, Brilliant Wings, Design Team, Distress oxide ink

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies

Hello all!

Another design team contribution today for Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge blog.

This month I’ve used a mix of vintage images and the branch dies from Birds and More to create the main cluster. I then added the copper thread and the Butterfly as the main image.

The background panel i used basic white and stamped using the Artistically Inked stamp in So Saffron, then splattered with Daffodil Delight and the distress oxide in Speckled Egg.

I edged all the little vintage elements using the Vintage Photo distress ink and the Speckled Egg oxides too.

Really happy with the collection of little elements, the stamped background and the few die cut elements too. Also love the font of the sentiment and quite impressed with my fussy cutting if I do say so myself!

Inside the card I added a panel and repeated the idea of vintage elements and the Butterfly and white leaves.

So there you go… my contribution to the design team, and another card for the stash!

Happy crafting!

Catherine