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

Banner Pick a Punch, Paper Pumpkin - Joy to the world, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Tis the Season

Christmas in July challenge 10

I used more of the Tis the Season dsp again for today’s Christmas in July challenge where I decided the challenge would be fancy fold!

My current favourite fancy fold is the swing fold style that my lovely friend Valerie taught me. I decided to experiment with a few different shapes but had fun creating four cards with 2 different themes.

I decided to use the red sides of the papers mainly and then used some leftover bits and pieces from the Paper Pumpkin Joy to the world kit and some cute penguins from an old card making magazine.

I used bits and pieces of leftover paper to decorate the envelopes and the inside of the cards.

I also used some gems to finish off the cards too.

Swing fold cards, once you get the hang of them are pretty easy to make and lots of fun to choose how to decorate them. Plus they use up more papers… so it is good when you have a lovely collection of papers like the dsp stacks to work with.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Stampin Blends alcohol pens

Christmas in July challenge 6

Todays theme is ‘Use Fabric’!

I had a little bit of Christmas fabric left in my stash so decided to grab that, and hessian, red cotton, white cotton and seam binding to make three fabric based cards.

I also grabbed these super cute stamps from an old Creative Stamping magazine to make the focal images.

I roughly cut the red fabric to mount the patterned fabric on and then strips of hessian and some seam binding to either make ruffles or as a banner. I also stamped the winter warming accessories for the penguins and bear onto the red and fussy cut those to place onto the images.

I did use the wrong ink for the stamping as I used versafine and it bled slightly when I used my stampin blends for colouring in.

I did a little hand sewing and also the buttons were sewn on.

The sentiments were Tim Holtz rub ons which I added to the Kraft to make sure they worked with the rest of the card.

Inside each card I stamped the big sentiment (it’s a 6×6 card so it can easily accommodate the bigger sentiment).

Love how fun these turned out and it was good to use up that last bit of Christmas fabric.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Year, Biggest Wish, Peace & Joy, Ribbons, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Tim Holtz, Tis the Season

Christmas in July challenge 4

Back again with some more Christmas cards. After all I am currently waiting for the end of the Euros final so I can go and pick the no doubt stress ridden and maybe drunken husband up from his friends where he is watching the game with his friends. So now seems as good a time as any to update my blog.

This time I decided the theme would be to add flowers … not always something you think of when thinking of Christmas cards but I love these stamped images from an old Creative Stamping magazine so went to town and stamped 2 of each image and chose a slightly different colour scheme for each.

I chose some green papers from last years Tis the Season 6×6 dsp pack. I still have a fair amount of this left so really want to use it up so I can feel justified in buying new dsp from the next catalogue!

I decided to do the same fun fold for each card and cut the bases from Crumb Cake and scored at 10.5cm from one end as well and the centre so they can be sealed at the end and then a square element for the opening.

I cut each paper into a square and and a side strip and a small strip for the inside of each card … again keeping the dimensions all the same.

For the Shaded Spruce papers I kept the colour scheme to Real Red and Just Jade colours, and for the Garden Green to Cherry Cobbler and Mossy Meadow colours.

I did lots of die cutting using both Tim Holtz dies and Artistically Inked dies.

I found some red ribbons in the stash to wrap the end part. And the sentiments I chose were from all sorts of different places.

I also used glossy accents to add some shine and dimension in different places.

So happy with these. Love the design of this simple but fun fold to make the cards a little different!

Now come on England… one more goal in the next 8 mins so we can avoid penalties.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Forever Flourishing, Masks/Stencils, Pierced Blooms, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, True Love

Stampin Up Sunday… true love, pierced blooms and a stencil

Hi there blog readers.

Today’s Stampin up Sunday blog post is the card I made for my cousins 50th birthday. I had to go pink, although I chose a peachy pink rather than a bold pink, as she is definitely a fan of the pinks. I wanted to use the True Love dsp flowers and also combine with die cut greens and a bit of mixed media.

I started with the stencil which is an Aall and Create one and used a blending tool to add the ink through. I then used gloss gel through the stencil so it would be raised and glossy.

Then I fussy cut two floral elements from the paper and coloured them using Stampin Blends. I decided to then add leaves which I had die cut already … both Pierced Blooms dies and Forever Greenery … to create a really fun and very dimensional element on two diagonal corners of the circle stencilled element.

Next I chose a sentiment. This was from a retired stamp set and used the same colour ink as the stencilled background. I edged the panel and then cut a vellum mat for it.

I adhered this so it nestled into the other elements and then finished off with the Pastel Pearls.

Super happy with the finished card, and hope my big cus liked it too.

Entering the flowers challenge at Challenge up your life

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Fancy Phrases, Itty Bitty Greetings, Ribbons, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, True Love

Happy birthday Auntie Margaret

Today I have a card I made using leftovers from the online craftalong I did with friends a few weeks ago, using a tutorial from another craftalong I did with a different group of friends!

Confused?!?

So my SU group did a team craftalong during which the lovely Sue showed us how to make a card with different layers and folds. It’s difficult to describe but it was a great project to make and I made my mother’s day card using it … but I can’t blog that yet.

Then a few weeks ago I did some online crafting with some friends using the True Love dsp and had some leftovers so decided to make a birthday card for my auntie using the papers and same colours of cardstock using up leftovers on the desk and some fresh card for the base of the card.

I love the true love dsp …. it is such fun to colour in! I chose to colour in three floral clusters and fussy cut them, and use two different floral backgrounds for the background papers.

I used Rococo Rose and Blackberry Bliss as the main colours of cardstock and coloured the images using Blackberry Bliss, petal Pink (with a touch of flirty flamingo) and cherry cobbler … I didn’t have stampin blends in the rococo rose unfortunately bit think the flowers worked well regardless.

I also used the Blackberry Bliss ribbon and the pastel pearls to finish off the card with Fancy Phrases sentiments (& Itty Bitty Greetings for one of them).

Super happy with the card and the little pops of green from the leaves also work well. Definitely going to try and do more fancy fold type cards from now on… they may be intricate to make but the end result is fabulous!

Entering this into the flowers challenge at Challenge up your life

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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

Oh So Ombre, Ribbons, Small banner, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Sweet Strawberry, True Love, Washi tape

Treat pouches

Last year I was shown how to make these little treat pouches and I love them! I made these ones for the lovelies who were joining my online craftalong this month and added little treats for them both.

I used the Oh so ombre dsp for the pouch and then added some flowers cut from the True Love dsp which I coloured using the Stampon Blend markers. I then added some dotty washi tape and the little bow of the Blackberry Bliss ribbon. Because the Oh so ombre paper has a different colour on each side it looks so fun with the contrasting colours and the fun flowers.

I added the embellishment of the sentiment punched with a retired punch just to finish off!

Such a simple but fun project.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Berry Delightful, Ribbons, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Sweet Strawberry, Washi tape

Tag Thursday… UK stampers forum swap tag

My final project for UK stampers forum this month is the decorated tag… so of course that’s my Tag Thursday project for this week!

In keeping with the other swaps I made for UK stampers forum, I used the Berry delightful dsp, although the tag itself was covered with bookprint and gesso for the actual base.

I added strips of the paper and then an ATCoin I had covered with the paper. I chose the flower stamps for the main stamped images and coloured loosely with the Stampin Blends and cut them out.

I then stamped the sentiment and the panel with the sentiment I added some washi tape underneath to give some contrast.

I finished the tag with the gems and a bright red ribbon from the stash… a lovely fun project and I think a pretty tag!

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