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

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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! โค๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿค

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

Christmas to remember, Design Team, Digital stamps, Promarkers, Letraset, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Stitched framelits, Waffle flower

DT: Creative Knockouts… anything but square

Todays blog post I decided to film the making of … so check it out on YouTube.

It is a design team contribution for Creative Knockouts and the challenge is to make a card that is anything but square. We are sponsored by LeeAnn’s World 101 and I received the Rudy image to work with.

I decided to colour him with promarkers and then fussy cut him out.

I decided a circle shaped card would work OK with the image and my largest circle die was just about the right dimensions to cut out the card blank.

I then used a panel I had already die cut with the stitched snowflakes and die cut the circle and then the green ring were already on my desk.

I added the sentiment on the front and in the middle from the Christmas to remember set in white embossing.

I added the lovely laser cut snowflake embellishments and glossy accents for the finishing touches.

Love how this came out. So cute.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Crafters Companion dies, Design Team, Digital stamps, Seasonal Labels Dies, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

DT: Creative Knockouts… finish the inside

Hello! Gosh these design team projects come round quickly! Todays is for the Creative Knockouts challenge where our theme is to finish the insides. This has been sponsored by Pattie’s Creations and I chose this gorgeous Magnolia Branch image as my gifted image to work with.

I printed it off onto plain old copier paper (admittedly by accident!) and decided to use my Stampin Blends to colour in the image using a mix of yellow and green. I know this is a colour magnolia doesn’t really grow with but it worked with the dsp I wanted to use.

I coloured the image twice as I knew I wanted to continue the image into the inside of the card.

I decided to use some die cuts as additional embellishments and used the swirly flourishes from Crafters Companion.

I chose a pale mint colour for the base of the card and added a die cut panel to break up the dsp background a little more then decided to repeat that colour with the sentiment die which I stacked three times with the white shadow which I stacked twice. This gives it so much dimension.

Of course I grabbed Biggest Wish for the Happy part of the sentiment … seriously can’t get enough of this stamp set.

I know you can’t see it well but I added shimmer to the Birthday die cut using my wink of Stella and finished the front with some tiny pearl gems.

Inside I did a panel of the dsp and added the floral image but this time I only cut out part of the image to keep a white border down one side.

Although the dsp is a heavy pattern I think you could still write a greeting over it or alternatively write on the reverse of the front of the card.

I do like finishing the inside of cards but don’t always do it and certainly rarely plan it. A simple way of finishing the inside is a strip of dsp … but this time clearly I went overboard as it was more planned.

Also a handy thing is that this card base wasn’t the thickest/ strongest cardstock so adding the panel inside as well as the front gives it extra strength to help it stand nicely when displayed.

Hope you like what I made, I love this colour scheme in particular and the mix of the graphic vintage dsp and the beautiful floral.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Brushos, Masks/Stencils, Ribbons, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

Crafting to distract!

I’ve been a bit poorly so bought myself a crafting magazine kit to cheer myself up and decided to play with it and see what I came up with to try and distract myself from feeling ill.

It actually took me hours to make these five cards as I had to take breaks and my brain wasn’t exactly working well but chuffed with the final results.

The kit included an embossing folder, stamps, dies and a stencil plus lots of papers. I ended up playing with brushos, modelling paste, blending, stampin blends alcohol pens and had fun.

So this first one was a panel of white, embossed, ink blended and splattered and then added the ribbon and some white die cuts. Love the champagne glimmer ink splatters and centre to the flowers.

The second one took me a bit of thinking on how to use the poinsettia flowers I had coloured with brusho but I spotted the dl card blank and figured it was perfect for a panel of the paper and then the flowers with the white die cut sentiment.

This one took a while to do colouring in all the embossing.. then added gems, pearl accents and the die cut sentiment onto the embossed sentiment.

And this one using the brusho trees … I kept it quite simple in design adding all the lovely silver decorations to the tree and the sentiment as the “trunk”. Entering this into the challenge at TIME OUT CHALLENGES

And finally…

And it might just be the favourite of the set!

The background panel has the modelling paste and then the images were die cut from a couple of brusho panels I painted. That silver sentiment just finishes it off perfectly!

An odd selection of cards but I enjoyed all the playing with the mixed media.

What do you think? Which is your favourite? Mine is definitely the last one and then the tall slim card with those brusho poinsettia.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Christmas Greetings, Concord & 9th, Design Team, Happy Celebrations, Lawn Fawn, Promarkers, Letraset, Ribbons, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Hi there! Thanks for popping along to my little corner of the Web. I’ve got another Happy Little Stampers design team contribution to share with you today. This was for the Anything Goes with Dies blog.

This card turned into a labour of love … lots of stamping, masking and colouring with just a bit of die cutting!

I made this for my cousins daughters birthday as the girl images reminded me of her.

I cut a piece of 6×6 white and stamped the Polaroid image from Concord and 9th all over it, and then masking I filled in some of the gaps. Next I took the girl images which were magazine stamps and stamped those as the photo images… again lots of masking to keep the images within the frames.

I then coloured them using both Stampin Blends and promarkers until the whole sheet was coloured in. I also edged the panel with black.

Next I stamped and die cut the camera image and then coloured that in. I also die cut some hearts and coloured them using the same colours so they would coordinate.

I decided to then put a few things together to make the sentiment. Firstly the smile die from Lawn Fawn which I stacked a few together to give it dimension and then some little alphas. Then Your from Happy Celebrations and Birthday from Biggest Wish.

I added some foam behind a few elements and behind the main die cut panel I added some ribbon.

I then went to town with wink of Stella on the hearts and the smile die cut.

Inside the card I added three individual Polaroid images I had cut out and coloured and some more of the hearts.

For the envelope I kept it simple and just added the stamped hearts in similar colours.

Love how this turned out.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Dylusions paints, Dylusions spray inks, Forever Flourishing, Masks/Stencils, Playful Alphabet, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

Dylusions birthday

I decided to once again grab a Dylusions background … but this time it is the last one so there won’t be more of these bright and funky backgrounds to share unless I have a fun inky session! This time I went for a pretty and fun birthday card.

After trimming the green background down I added it to some yellow card to give it a frame and then using foam I added it to the card blank.

Next I die cut some foliage from some Cinnamon Cider and Petal Pink cardstock. Next I stamped and fussy cut a large floral image from an old Creative Stamping magazine set. I’ve not really used this set much and it is beautiful so may have to put it to good use again soon.

I coloured it quite loosely using my Stampin Blends in Petal Pink, Granny Apple Green, Just Jade and So Saffron.

Next I die cut the letters for Happy from the Cinnamon Cider and stacked them up three times to give more dimension. I then stamped the Birthday from Biggest Wish using More Mustard.

I added foam under the floral stamped image and also under the birthday part of the sentiment so this really has a lot of dimension.

I finished off with the gold flower embellishments from the stash.

It feels so good to have finally used up all those backgrounds made so long ago. So pleased I could find a use for them and could find a way to mix up my crafting a little.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Design Team, Merriest moments, Promarkers, Letraset, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

DT: Creative Knockouts… KLM Designs… birthday wishes

Hello! Thanks for popping by to my bit of the Internet!

Today I have another design team contribution for Creative Knockouts challenge blog and our theme for this week is Birthday Wishes. We are sponsored this week by KLM Designs and I chose to use the lovely Woodland Garden Gnome image for my card.

I knew that she wanted to be dressed in soft greens and yellows and also surrounded by lots of foliage and so I set to with my colouring…

I coloured her in a mix of Stampin Blends and promarkers and then cut her out with a bit of a border of white.

Then I grabbed the Merriest Moments stamps, dies and the embossing folder and made a big cluster of pretty greens and yellows for the gnome to stand amongst.

There is plenty of dimension going on with foam between some layers and also that fabulous texture of the dry embossing. The embossed piece I added colour to the foliage using my stampin blends in a range of green colours (I also coloured the back of them as I knew that some might end up being seen on the reverse).

For the sentiment out came my favourite … Biggest Wish.

I stamped the birthday using the stamp platform to get an ombre look and the Happy I embossed in white over some cardstock I had coloured with the same stampin blends as some of the leaves in the background.

I decided to make a slightly different fold of card too by extending the back of the card with Soft Seam foam cardstock and having the cluster hang over the edge.

I corner rounded the edges too to soften the look. Inside I added one more flower and leaf die cut just to make it match… probably should have found a sentiment to stamp on the inside too but never thought of that till now!

I finished off the front with some pale yellow sequins from the stash.

Love how this little gnome worked well amongst the over the top amount of flowers and leaves. So cute! I also love using a Christmas and winter themed set for something very different.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas Season, Cottage Rose, Forever Fern, Playful Alphabet, Ribbons, Splendid Stems, Splendid Thoughts, Stampendous, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

Happy birthday Mum

Yesterday was my Mum’s birthday and I wanted to share the labour of love that was her birthday card with you.

I had the idea that I wanted to do a wreath design as the main part of the card so I started by stamping lots of leaves from different sets in all the greens. I kept to mainly lighter coloured greens rather than very dark ones after all it is August not winter and wanted it to be bright!

I decided, even though these could be die cut, to fussy cut instead…. after all that is more relaxing and cam be done sat on the sofa…

Then I put together some on a circle to decide if the different styles and types of leaves went OK together… and decided as there were so many types and styles it did…. oh I also coloured in the images from Splendid Thoughts as they were outline images so used stampin blends to colour them.

I decided I wanted more but this time the die cuts from Splendid Stems as something to break up the images…

I decided this was a good mix of the delicate die cuts in solid colour and the stamped or coloured images.

Next to decide how to finish the card and I had a couple of ideas I tried out. By this time I had stuck the leaves together onto a thin ring of scrap paper so that was complete but all other elements are just placed in half finished form to give me an idea of how they look.

I was torn between keeping it green and white and adding in bright colours… bit went for the yellow as it is my Mum’s favourite colour.

So I found some yellow ribbon in the stash for a bow, fussy cut the Stampendous sentiment that I had stamped with blended yellow and coral inks, cut some more Playful Alphabets and coloured them with So Saffron stampin blends and added the little flowers I had bought in a pack from Hobbycraft many years ago.

Then to decide on the background … I went with a Kraft card base in 8×8 as I had one in my stash and the originally planned white 7×7 was a bit too small … but actually I think it frames it nicely.

Then I added a mount of the So Saffron cardstock.

The white base I decided to blend some So Saffron on and do some splatters of green and coral ink to complement the colours in the rest of the card.

I added a foam panel behind this to raise it off the So Saffron and then put foam behind the wreath and a double layer under the middle of the sentiment to support it.

This gives the whole card so much dimension. I love it!

Inside I added a panel of whisper white with some more blending and splatters with a panel of So Saffron on the edge. Then I added a little cluster of the leaves I had left over and added the little sentiment strip.

I decided to add wink of Stella to the mum letters to give them some sparkle and then called it finished!

A real labour of love… but my Mum is worth it!

Hope you like it too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine