Alpaca Pals, Badass Chick, Darcy, Inchies and Twinchies, Mama Elephant, Promarkers, Letraset, Scalloped tag topper, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Washi tape

Heart embellishments

Another swap with hearts! This time I had to make six embellishments for the recipient to use either in a journal or on a card etc.

Here is what I made…

Clockwise from top left…

1. a ribbon and muslin combo with a stamped and gilded heart and a little gem.

2. Canvas stamp with inky collage.

3. Collage paper onto pink card with washi tape and a stamped heart and stamped sentiment.

4. Twinchie with patterned paper and a plastic tape with stamped and embossed glossy hearts.

5. A tag with stamping and collage elements.

6. Little card with stamped and coloured cat and balloon image.

Love how they all came out.

Entering these into the anything but a card challenge at Simon says stamp challenge blog

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alpaca Pals, Brushos, Darcy, Distress Crayons, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inchies and Twinchies, Masks/Stencils, Promarkers, Letraset, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Washi tape, Watercolour paints

11 twinchies… love hearts

A challenge at the Inchies, Twinchies and more group for this month was to make 12 twinchies with the theme of hearts. I had so much fun pulling out all my heart themed stash!

First up is my favourite Darcy paperartsy stamp with the text. I stamped and embossed it in black and then added some metallic watercolour paints. Then a doodled edge!

Second a three layered twinchies and the top one stamped the Alpaca Pals stamp in pink. Then a sticker with a small layer of vellum underneath to finish off.

Next I used a heart stencil and embossed with some modelling paste… then when it was dry I added brushos with some sptays of water… love the texture and the joy if brushos. I added some twine and then an embossed heart on red card stock and then a canvas sticker.

This one more Darcy hearts (she has designed so many great heart stamps over the years) in the background. Next I added some Alpaca Pals stamps… the sentiment stamp I added on the white panel. The back panel I added the red blending. Then added the sentiment and the red little heart. I finished with some glitter glue for the heart.

This one is a play with the fresco finish paints to create the background and the panel to emboss the hearts on. I added some punchinella with staples. I added the smaller panel with the embossed hearts and then the sticker with a mount of the purple cards.

Next some more Darcy hearts… this time a simple stamping and colouring in job with Stampin Blends and promarkers.

The next a Darcy stamp embossed… then some washi on the panel underneath onto the Blackberry Bliss cardstock. Finished with the sticker sentiment and some gems.

Another embossed background with a different heart stencil. This time I added the colour with distress crayons. Then a larger sticker sentiment added to vellum and a piece of washi and stuck down with staples.

Another Alpaca Pals stamp with the cute doodled text hearts. Simple. Stamped on the Melon Mambo card and then added to the white twinchie with a black border to each layer. Added a gem to finish.

Another Darcy heart stamp embossed in silver as a stripe across the pink card twinchie. I also added the pink washi and then the heart gem and the sentiment, which I added glossy accents to so it was shiny.

The final one is a little pocket with some hearts in the middle and sewn around the edge with the top layer of vellum. I then added a heart on the top which I added glossy accents to. Finished with the sentiment sticker with a layer of red cardstock underneath.

Absolutely loved the playtime I had with this project… so much fun! Hope the recipient enjoyed them all as much as I enjoyed making them.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Berry Delightful, Lawn Fawn, Promarkers, Letraset, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Sweet Strawberry

A card sending a smile

Today I have a card I made for my parents sending them a box of goodies and their belongings left at our house.

I also wanted to send them a smile and virtual hugs!

I chose to use the Berry Delightful dsp and the Sweet Strawberry stamps. I also used the new to me Lawn Fawn die to cut out several in green and stack them up on the front of the card.

Love how this came out and it was so simple to put together.

Entering this into the Red challenge at Academy Scrap Art

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Promarkers, Letraset

Boots and shoes postcard

The theme for this months postcard art swap was boots and shoes so I went a bit crazy with three Dylusions dies cuts, promarkers and Stampin Blends to create mine.

I decided to create a scene but focus on the lower halves of the diecuts … I chose the stampin blends in Cherry Cobbler and Just Jade, which I added the promarkers for the blue and skin tones as I haven’t got the right colours in stampin blends.

After colouring in the girls, I created a scene for them to stand in…. sorry just realised I said girls but who knows what gender these characters are… afterall Johannes from strictly can walk better in heels than me!

Anyways back to the scene, I sketched a grassy scene and used the Mossy Meadow pair of stampin blends to colour it in. Then adhered the dies cuts, which I had actually fussy cut out to work better on the scene, and cut them off where the panel ended.

Next I edged the panel with black pen, and adhered it to a white panel, then the Magenta Madness.

I chose the sentiment from the Art By Marlene sticker book and mounted that on the magenta madness cardstock too and stuck that on.

Finally added it to a 6×4 postcard made from black to make the panel nice and strong for going through the post!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Fancy Phrases, Flowers for every season, Lots to celebrate, Promarkers, Letraset, Ribbons, Scalloped tag topper

Tag Thursday – Flowers

Today I have a tag I made to accompany a gift I was sending to a friend.

It’s been a mentally tiring day today so I won’t blather on for long. Yesterday evening, not long after I posted, my body gave in to fatigue again so certainly didn’t end up on the wii fit! Managed a much better night’s sleep last night though so woke feeling better.

Unfortunately waking to the news of what went on in Washington yesterday didn’t help my mood. My view… well hoping that blog readers will agree and I don’t end up with scary messages as a result… that man needs arresting, and/or committing! He incited that and I am worried for the future for those in the US who want to progress and remain a sensible democratic country. OK politics over… back to the crafting and the pretty tag I made!

I used my scalloped tag topper punch to create it, with the gorgeous Seaside Spray cardstock. Then I added a strip of the Flowers for every season dsp.

I also added a the band across the tag with the reverse of the same dsp (always the handy thing with SU DSP is the coordinating reverse!).

I decided to use a sentiment from Lots to Celebrate and then the small flower sprig from Fancy Phrases.

Both of these I stamped in night of navy. The flowers I added a little bit of additional colour using promarkers.

I added the gems and some little white dots using a paint pen to outline the sentiment panel.

The ribbon for the top is from my bag of scraps. A bit like my quest to use up patterned paper I am on a similar quest with ribbon – I have a massive amount I just need to use up!

Now to head to bed and hope that tomorrow’s news may be better and calmer.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Heartwarming Hugs, Inchies and Twinchies, Promarkers, Letraset, Santa's Suit, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

Santa’s suit twinchies

Today I am sharing some Christmas themed twinchies I made for a swap… and aren’t they the cutest with Santa’s suit stamps and tags!

I used the Heartwarming Hugs dsp for square panels just smaller than the 2″ white squares for the base and each of the white panels I edged using the Stampin Blends pens. The focal points were of course Santa and his outfit which I had coloured using a mix of the Blends and promarkers. And I die cut the tags and added snippets of ribbon and trim to them before adding them to the background twinchies.

Super cute! Mounted them on dinensionals onto the 4.5″ square panel ready to be received by the swap recipient.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Emma Godfrey, Peace & Joy, Promarkers, Letraset, Ribbons, Santa's Suit, Scalloped tag topper

Scalloped Tag Topper punch cuties

This time I went for some cutesy images for these random tags… they were ones that didn’t really get a theme in terms of colour or paper… So instead used an old Stampin Up set called Santa’s Suit to add the focal images.

I mean … Santa in a onesie! And those cute elements of his suit. Super cute!

I added some washi to the long pink one and each one got it’s own personality! Cute!

I still have one more set of tags waiting to be finished so there will be at least one more post with those on before Christmas day! Really need to come up with creative ways to use up more of the paper stash though as really do want to get through more of it so I can justify getting new stash for next Christmas season!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

American Crafts, Emma Godfrey, Forever Flourishing, Joy, Peace & Joy, Promarkers, Letraset, Ribbons, Scalloped tag topper

Scalloped Tag Topper punch part 2

Hello again… more tags to share with you today.

This time I went for peach coloured tags, and randomly one navy one! This time I used some American crafts papers for this bunch and added bits and pieces from the tin of leftovers. This is where I die cut or stamp elements for a project and don’t end up using them all so I pop them in a tin for use another day. This is where I had a few sprigs and a few Peace and Joy stamped/ die cut and layered together already!

So I layered and added bits of ribbon and cardstock and sentiments and called them done!

The next set of tags I have to share are completely different in their look… cute and modern and fun!

These ones I used one of my favourite ever Making Cards magazine sets with the winter friends images. I added the Nordic jumper background as the paper and then did some simple colouring using promarkers to the printed images.

As the tags were black I then chose to emboss the sentiments onto the black using either white or silver embossing powder. Again scraps of ribbon to finish off!

Tomorrow I’ll have some more fun tags to share with you!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alpaca Pals, Claritystamps, For My Family, Kim Dellow, Pinewood planks, Promarkers, Letraset

Happy birthday hubby!

Yesterday we celebrated my husband’s birthday. Given the lockdown no meals out, or partying with friends. Instead we played games, ate fish and chips for tea and watched what he wanted on the TV.

I ended up making two cards … one from me, and one from the teenager … here they are …

I decided I wanted to use the Out of this world stamps from Alpaca Pals and used loads of other alpaca pals stamps to make up the background.

I embossed and masked the little alien. Then went to town inking and stamping the background. I chose (oddly as I’ve just moved them to a further from reach shelf as I hadn’t been using them!) to use Distress inks. I really enjoyed blending the colours together to create a fun background. I splattered some water on to lift some colour too… always fun!

I coloured the little alien with promarkers and then added some splashes of shimmer watercolour.

I decided to cut the panel apart a little as when I went to add the sentiment strips it didn’t feel balanced with the alien in the middle … really love how this looked as soon as I separated the panels.

The sentiment I took some random sentiments and some alpha stamps for the 👽 one stamped them out separately using the colours of the card and then added them down the right hand side.

Inside the card I took more Alpaca Stamps to decorate the inside…

Perfect for my husband (who we decided years ago for many reasons is actually an alien! 👽👽👽

OK from the teenager a different card entirely…

I went autumnal and also included a nod to our other family member (Lucky Chuck Johnson is a hedgehog who has been in residence at the raised bed in our garden since July!)

I used a kraft card blank and then created layers of texture and different inking effects using the Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo distress inks. I did some embossing using the Pinewood planks folder. I blended inks with some masked strips. I splattered. I had great fun!

I used the same inks to watercolour the hog images (Paperartsy – Kim Dellow) which I had embossed.

The sentiment I stamped using the Claritystamps letterbox set perfect for making a personalised card.

I finished off with some doodled lines and a little tag I embossed with a gold heart.

And why did I end up having to make this? Well I bought a card from our local supermarket for her to give … but it turns out that was the one she had given him previously! Who knew? Well another reason that handmade is best… no two cards are the same! So it might have been a last minute make on her behalf (she had left it too late to make one herself!).

So happy birthday dear hubby… not the birthday we had hoped for, but still lovely to spend the day together having fun!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art by Marlene, Design Team, Promarkers, Letraset

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

This month for Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge I teamed some papers from a Making Cards magazine set with some Art by Marlene stamped images.

I started by creating the background panels using up the papers to create some bright square cards. Then I stamped the beach hut images and coloured them with promarkers in similar colours to the papers.

I also added ribbons to the papers. The sentiments were stamped on card I had coloured with the same promarkers colours so everything tied in.

Inside the card I stamped a beach hut using a pale grey ink so it was like a watermark.

I also decorated the envelope with a beach hut image but stamped in grey archival to give it more emphasis.

Love how these cards came out. Bright and cheery!

Happy crafting!

Catherine