Artistically Inked, Design Team, Digital stamps, Playful Alphabet, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

DT: Creative Knockouts – Celebrations

First design team contribution for Creative Knockouts of 2023 to share with you today. The theme is Celebrations and we are sponsored by Alex Sybera designs.

I chose this Lovely Bouquet image which was kindly gifted for using for the challenge.

Our challenge was celebrations so I went with happy birthday as that is the thing we celebrate most in our house.

I printed the image onto cream cardstock and coloured in using my Stampin Blends. Admittedly I should have paused between the printing and colouring as it did move the line art ink a little but not enough for me to consider it ruined.

I then fussy cut the whole image out.

I created a base panel and used my scoreboard to create some border lines … this was because I was also entering this card into a challenge over at UK stampers forum to include dry embossing.

I adhered this panel to the base card, which is slightly larger with foam behind the middle section so it is slightly raised.

I then stuck the flower image in place.

I decided on some ombre letters for the sentiment so I coloured the scrap cardstock with my stampin blends before die cutting the letters using Playful Alphabet dies. I then cut more out of the scrap cardstock so I could stack them for dimension.

Next I used a stamp from the Artistically inked set for the birthday, cut it out, stacked it once and then edged it with the yellow ink to give it a little dimension.

Finally I added the little flowers as embellishments.

Really pleased how it came out and how cute this card is. I must also remember to use the scoreboard more for the creating of borders like this as it is so elegant.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy Moments, Jar, Jar of Flowers, Memories and More, Ribbons, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

Jar of flowers

Firstly I forgot how much I loved this combo of the jar of flowers stamps and the jar punch… but I also forgot how fiddly working with vellum can be if you don’t like seeing adhesive through the vellum! So let me explain what I did for this card.

Well I started with a cream base and used an old Memories and More card I had in the stash to make the background because that has some distraction just in case I needed it when it came to adhering the jar of flowers!

The flowers and stems I stamped, coloured and fussy cut from cream cardstock. What you can’t see is that I didn’t line them up to meet as I knew I would be adding the jar ‘lid’ so I skipped a bit and that helped me extend the length of the stems a little. But I actually ended up cutting them short in the end as they didn’t look right as the longer length! Ah well.

I then punched the jar from the vellum. Stampin up vellum is a nice weight of vellum to deal with and I would not want to do this with a lighter one as it would not sit as well on the card and may curl upwards or not emboss well.

I stamped and embossed the lid. Now I know if the jar did have a lid you wouldn’t be able to put the flowers in but I decided on artistic licence because I needed some part of the vellum jar to not be see through so I could use that part and the part where the twine was to add adhesive.

So once I had heat embossed I added glue behind the stamped element and then added the flowers. I then also tied the twine round so it went round the flowers as well as the jar.

Now I wanted to raise them a little off the background so I added some scraps of cardstock behind the flowers and then a little behind the stems in the jar this allowed the jar to slightly angle as I had more dimension behind the flowers than the stems which I hope means that the jar is less likely to bend upwards as I am not adhering the bottom as such!

What I did do to add to this though was to place a sentiment on both the jar and the background to try and anchor it in place further down.

I then added the little gold flower sequins as embellishment and called it done! What do you think?

I’ve made a lot of cards using the jar of flowers combo and still get pleasure out of doing so … so you can probably tell this one is staying in the stash for a little longer!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy Moments, Splendid Thoughts, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Tropical Hideaway

All the greens card

Todays blog post started because I found a piece of glossy photo paper I had obviously been using as a mop up from ink smooshing. It had been hanging around on the desk and I decided the day had come to play with it.

As you know I am assessing my stash at the moment for its future usefulness and also to make sure I get my use out of it so decided to grab this Tropical Hideaway background stamp and stamp it in black over the top of the inky background.

I don’t actually think I’ve got much use out of this stamp so prepare to see it a few more times as I want to have a few more goes with it before I think to get rid of it.

I love how the smooshed background works well at adding colour and depth to the leaves and with very little effort!

I then grabbed a couple of scraps of green and black to add the banners and the rectangle to add the focal image to.

I chose the splendid thoughts stamps and coloured the leaves with my stampin blends and then cut it out. I did choose to fussy cut as I couldn’t be bothered to grab the Big Shot and die cut it.

Next I added a little sentiment and embossed it in white on the black.

I decided the bright lime green Parakeet Party was perfect for the card base but did add a black base to the stamped background to frame it first.

Finished off with the black gems too.

Simple but I think a really interesting card especially as that glossy photo paper creates a nice different texture from my usual card backgrounds.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas Greetings, Masks/Stencils, Promarkers, Letraset, Ribbons, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

UK stampers forum tag swap

I’m going to try to join in the UK stampers forum tag swap every month this year. I missed a few last year but I really enjoy making them so going to make an effort to keep joining in this year. So here is the first one ready to start the year straight away.

I used some of the gorgeous flowers and leaves from Creative Stamping magazine which I stamped and coloured a while ago and fussy cut ready to be used.

I added in a label die cut from the Christmas labels dies and this became the main focal image but I decided to do a bit of an inked panel in the background.

I used a claritystamps stencil and some distress inks and then added some splatters of water as a subtle finish.

I then used the Arrange a wreath stamps to add the green ring of leaves.

I decided to make this panel slightly smaller than the main tag so there is a little border. Then I cut the bottom part off so it is slightly shorter.

I stamped and embossed the sentiment. And fussy cut it out.

Next I added the little flower embellishments as a little bit of extra texture and the ribbon and twine to finish off.

Hope the recipient likes it as much as I do.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Beautiful Brocade, Design Team, Digital stamps, Fancy Phrases, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

DT: Creative Knockouts… anything goes

Today is a simple Anything Goes challenge at Creative Knockouts for our last post of the year. We’ve been kindly sponsored by Twinkle Lane Designs who gifted me the Calla Lillies image I used for my design team contribution.

I decided to mix things up a little and printed directly onto some book print and then colour the image using my Stampin Blends.

I then fussy cut the image out but I love this cool image on the text. Really makes it look funky!

I teamed it with some cool paper from an Indigo Blu magazine kit and the embossed panel.

I decided Blackberry Bliss for the base of the card to continue the colour on the sentiment and the embossed panel. Of course that meant I had to decorate the inside to give somewhere to write.

Love how this came out and pleased I thought to use book print for the printing!

Finished off with a metal floral embellishment to add that something special.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alpaca Pals, Masks/Stencils, Splendid Stems, Splendid Thoughts, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

Offset background play

A little while ago I saw a video from Jennifer McGuire showing this technique of offset strips to make a cool background. I have tried this technique in the past and thought i would have another go but this time in a blue/green colour scheme.

This time I stencilled the white over the inked background rather than stamping. I also die cut the shape at an angle so the stripes don’t go vertically. I also added some white paint splatters to add a little brightness to the white as the white ink is quite muted.

As much as the background is lovely it is the focal image that I love most about this card. I used the fabulous Splendid Thoughts set and my Stampin Blends to colour the images.

I love how they turned out. I added a couple of die cuts behind each image to stack them (real Jennifer style!). The bowl shape I die cut from the blue cardstock but gave it a very heavy wink of Stella covering to make it very shimmery.

I finished with the gems to add more shine and a sentiment using Alpaca Pals stamps.

I mounted the background panel onto some blue cardstock and then the card base was made from a pale lilac cardstock from the stash.

Love this card so much. The background I wasn’t 100% happy with at the time but by the time the focal image went on it looked amazing!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Digital stamps, Playful Alphabet, Promarkers, Letraset, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

Happy birthday Hugo

Last weekend my youngest great nephew turned two and due to bad weather I decided against popping along (it’s 2.5 hour journey) to see him and so instead posted his card and pressie so have had to hold off on blogging his card until it arrived.

Edit: I don’t think he reads my blog aged 2 … but his Mum might and the card is as much for her as him! Lol!

So here is what I made…

I used the digital stamp from All Dressed Up and some fun graphic papers from the stash to make a bright and cheery card.

I added his name using the Playful Alphabets dies and then a large foam number sticker that I coloured using the Stampin Blends.

Love the Parakeet Party and Tahitian Tide colour cardstock and how bright and fun the card ended up.

I did stamp Happy birthday inside along with some more of the paper but forgot to take a picture before I sealed the envelope so sorry you can’t see that.

So happy birthday Hugo for Sunday.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistically Inked, Digital stamps, Playful Alphabet, Spellbinders, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Very Versailles

Inky background play

Regular visitors to my blog will know I am obsessed with Jennifer McGuire YouTube videos and her cardmaking style. She shared this technique of making a cool background using an inked background, cutting it into strips and then reversing every other one.

So I had a go… just played at random with some reds and oranges but my blending was awful … turned out when you reverse them, go over with a white stamped background type stamp and then die cut it, it really works well!

I decided to use my panel as the background to a digital stamp I had been gifted on a design team project a while ago. I used Stampin Blends to colour the image (non traditional magnolia colouring!) and then added some bright white die cuts for the sentiment and behind the image.

In true Jennifer style I stacked the die cuts to give them dimension and I raised the back panel too.

I also added some gems which picked up the greens from the leaves on the main image.

Love how bright and cheery this card ended up and loved my take on the technique.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy Moments, Martin's Mayhem 30 day challenge, Ribbons, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

Martin’s Mayhem Christmas challenge

Here is the card I made for the Martin’s Mayhem Christmas challenge for day 8… where the theme is all wrapped up.

I decided to use some very old stamps (Happy Moments) and stamped, coloured and fussy cut the stack of presents.

I then teamed it with papers and cut apart the images from a magazine kit.

I also embossed the white panel to give an extra bit of texture then an added a ribbon too and the printed sentiment label.

Also entering the wreaths challenge at Can you handle the pressure?

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Baked Texture embossing powder, Heffy Doodle, Masks/Stencils, Promarkers, Letraset, Ribbons, Splendid Stems, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Washi tape

UK stampers forum swap tag

Hello… I played with some Creative Stamping magazine stamps and die cuts and made a rainbow themed floral tag for this months UK stampers forum tag swap and I love it! ❤🧡💛💚💙💜🤍

I started with a kraft tag that I had previously embossed with the Baked Texture embossing powder using versamark I had added to a stencil and then popped through the big shot to apply the ink. I’ve had this on the desk for the last few months as I actually did this way back in July! I decided however I wanted to play bright rainbow so added the wide rainbow washi tape, then decided on what image I wanted to use. I actually ended up using an image from Creative Stamping magazine kit that the stencil came from as it had the right number of flowers to make a rainbow of flowers.

I coloured the flowers in using a mix of Promarkers and Stampin Blends and then fussy cut it out. I added foam underneath and added the long thin die cuts from Splendid Stems underneath cut from white to add contrast. Then I decided on a simple die cut Hello for the sentiment.

For embellishment I chose some mirror card candi … if you closely enough in the photos you may glimpse me taking the pics because they are that shiny! I also chose the black and white gingham ribbon for trim as again it ties in the black and white for on the tag against all that bright colour!

Hope you like my rainbow themed floral tag.

Happy crafting!

Catherine