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Christmas in July challenge 9

Todays challenge is trees … after all one of my favourite things at Christmas is Christmas Trees.

Last year the In the Pines bundle included this fab die that cuts the inside sections of the tree and didn’t really use it much. I decided to cut the card blank with the die and put the dsp behind onto the inside of the card.

I decorated each with some banners and some random sentiments. I also added the glitter gems.

The papers from the Tis the Season work so well together and I love the traditional colours.

The joy of this kind of card also means the inside of the card looks lovely… and is begging for decoration too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Pick a Punch, Banner Year, Festival of Trees, Heartwarming Hugs, Scalloped tag topper, Tree punch

Christmas in July challenge 8

Todays challenge was tags… or was it punches… either way I got it covered!

No really the challenge was to create cards featuring tags… but of course my favourite tag is the Scalloped tag topper punch which creates a tag out of any sized 2″ strip… so I made 8 cards and 4 tags from some patterned paper and some other bits and pieces… including a tree punch I’ve had in the stash for a while!

Oh and don’t forget the banner punch that also got to play lots.

OK first of all 2 pieces of 12×12 from the Heartwarming Hugs had 2 2″ strips cut and then cut at 3″, 4″ and 5″

Then punched with the tag topper punch.

The middle 4 I put aside as tags for on gifts … and then the larger and the smaller I decided to make into cards.

I then raided the cardstock scraps folder and found all these pieces of card that made 6x 3.25 cards so decided to make these up into the card blanks as slightly skinny versions of a6 cards.

I also added other elements such as panels of the dsp or the stitched shape die cuts and some embossing.

All the sentiments were from Banner Year and then the focal images the Festival of Trees which is an oldie but a goodie in terms of fun modern trees. And of course it works with the punch.

I added some gems and then these are done as a slightly different size card that still fits in the usual envelopes. Fun!

I added some more strips and bits of patterned paper to the inside of the cards too.

The tags I added a square die cut behind to be able to write on and added trees, seam binding and the little sentiment cut into strips.

Really love how fun and modern these all look and because I was keeping the design similar it was each to batch make … all the stamping and cutting and punching and die cutting in one go and then they all just got stuck together. Simple! Plus punches are the answer to quick and simple cutting out!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Pick a Punch, Design Team, Forever Fern, Forever Flourishing, Happy Celebrations, Lovely Inside and Out, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Paper Blooms, Pierced Blooms, Stitched framelits, Wreath Builder

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

I have another one sheet wonder for my DT contribution for this months Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog. Think I may be close to the point of switching to Christmas themed ones … but for now I’m still working with pretty floral papers.

This one is a salabration set I got called paper Blooms that coordinates with the In Bloom stamps and Pierced Blooms dies. I love the Pierced Blooms dies so much..

I made 8 cards from this sheet of 12 x 12 … not a large amount but loved using both sides of the dsp so some got 2 panels not just one!

I also made one card as a fancy fold which was fun.

I also mixed up the size of the base cards to suit the sizes I had cut the panels so there were 5×5 cards and 6×4 cards.

I went to town in my box of scraps die cuts using flowers and leaves from a mix of sets…. Wreath Builder, Forever Flourishing, Pierced Blooms … and this is how I decorated them combined with various sentiments. In some like the above I combined stamp sets for the sentiment… Hello from Forever Fern and Friend from Lovely Inside and Out.

I also added either gems to flower centres or wink of Stella and glossy accents just add some extra texture.

Loved creating the little jar of flowers for this one using the Jar of Flowers stamp and then fussy cutting rather than punching the jar. So cute.

Also used the fabulous Happy Celebrations to create the sentiment for this one but then the one below chose the Happy from my fave stamp set of last Christmas, Peace and Joy.

I also loved adding the circles to the cards to create focal areas for the flower clusters to sit on.

So this final one is the fancy fold that my friend Valerie taught me to make.

Love how cool this is and makes a really special card.

Such fun working with these pretty papers and die cuts.

Hope you like them too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Avery Elle, Brilliant Wings, Butterfly, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Ribbons, Tim Holtz, Washi tape

Mixed media Monday – Chopping up the collaged masterboard

The project last month was making collaged masterboards. Well this month I had to take someone else’s collaged masterboard and make at least 4 somethings out of it… but using ALL of it.

So Dianne had sent me two masterboards and I chose to use this one.

It was challenging to cut into something so pretty but cut it up I did… and ended up with these bits and pieces to play with…

And the left overs…

I think I am forgiven for chopping these little bits off! Lol!

So what did I make… well I made a postcard…

I added washi, the die cut little circle flowers, the punched butterfly and stickers. I also added ink and the strip of fabric and the corrugated oval. Love how the different elements worked well together.

I also created 2 tags, one slightly larger than the other but based on size 8 ranger tags…

Again I added some extra bits like the tissue paper, fabric, die cuts, washi, sewing, stickers, keys and inking!  Also some ribbons and trim for the top of the tags.

Next I made 2 small tags…

I grabbed little elements with texture from my stash… I love the little gold theme for the fairy one… and the sewn elements for the butterfly one.  I ended up adding the base tag to this one in the Calypso Coral cardstock to lengthen it a little too.

Finally I made a bookmark with inchies as the element of the masterboard.

Again I added the extra layers such as the wax paper, ribbon, book print, die cut and sewing. Love how this finished up so much!

So hopefully Dianne likes these and can make use of all the different pieces I made for her from her gorgeous background.

Looking forward to making use of the other masterboard she sent to me for things I can then keep and use.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Lawn Fawn, Lawn Fawn stamps, Scalloped tag topper

A quick card …

Made a quick card using some bits of book paper I had previously collaged and sewn and then chopped into a s tag. They were leftovers from another project.

I added stamping and ink, and more bookprint and an old postage stamp. Then added the die cut hugs and the stamped word.

I then chose to add it to a scrap of cardstock I had embossed with a new embossing folder, before adding it to the card blank.

I also added the punched heart and added glossy accents to finish it off. It was such a quick card as it was made from scraps off my desk. Simple!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Butterfly, Butterfly Bijou, Butterfly Brilliance, Butterfly journal, Masks/Stencils, Ribbons, Swallowtail, Washi tape

Butterfly themed journal craftalong

I did a fun craftalong with some friends recently where we made butterfly themed handmade journals. I decided to use mine to document my Brave the Shave event and hair regrowth in 2019, alongside a little of my friends stories about breast cancer.

Here is how far I have got with decorating it and filling it so far. Still got many stories to tell but for now I am pleased with how much I have managed to do on this project.

I used the already sold out Butterfly Bijou dsp, alongside vintage papers, random papers, index cards, colouring book pages, washi, vellum, doilies … basically anything that was around whilst I was playing got thrown in the mix.

Some pages I have just added little collages to and not added documenting which I love to add interest, especially as this is a bittersweet story to document… both a celebration of success and loss for my two friends who have had to face breast cancer along with the story of my shave journey which I am so proud of what I achieved through a simple but brave act.

If anyone fancies seeing the hair disappear there is a speedy version on youtube. Enjoy!

Will share future projects in this journal as they happen… keep your eyes peeled!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Ladybird book journal, Lollipop Box Kit, Scalloped tag topper, YouTube video

Altered book journal page

Once again I picked up my altered ladybird book to do a journal page and the March Lollipop Box Club kit. I decided to document to pride I felt watching Maya doing her textiles gcse work … definitely fits in with the theme of things that make me smile!

I did video the process and so here is the link if you want to watch…

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Jar, Lots to celebrate, Paper Blooms, Pierced Blooms, YouTube video

Stampin Up Sunday… artist trading coins

This week for the Stampin up Sunday Post I am sharing the coins I made for this month over at UK Stampers Forum. I also have a Video showing how I made these.

Loved making the bouquets of flowers to sit in the vases. So cute!

Love these pierced blooms dies and the Lots to celebrate jar and punch (I can report for those that watch the video that I managed to fix the punch after I finished filming – phew!).

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Elenazinski, Happy Celebrations, Paper Blooms, Picture perfect birthday, Pierced Blooms, Scalloped tag topper

Stampin Up Sunday … Happy 15th Birthday Maya

Today is the 15th birthday of my baby girl! Boy do I feel old!

Anyway it’s a day for her (yes I know everyone else is doing mothering Sunday but mine has been postponed for a week!)… and so of course todays blog is her birthday card.

It was mainly SU products… admittedly the paper is saleabration so no longer available, not are the sentiments… but I think it still qualifies! 😄

I went a bit overboard but love how it came out! Paper Blooms dsp, Soft sea foam, Petal Pink and seaside spray cardstock all layered up with a bit of embossing and Pierced Blooms dies.

I added the Happy Celebrations stamping, some letter stickers for her name and foam stickers for the 15.

The focal image was from a Making Cards magazine that I thought worked nicely. Then finished off with pearls and some wink of Stella and a glossy accents on the crown.

Inside the card I used the off cuts of the dsp and stamped a sentiment from an old stamp set (Picture perfect birthday) which I thought worked well, and added more die cuts.

I ended up having to make an envelope as I didn’t have any big enough (it’s a 7×7 card). So I used some of the dsp, and leftover card. I stamped her name and then cut out the large flower from a piece of leftover dsp.

I also made a coordinating tag for on her gift…

So happy birthday to my gorgeous princess Maya xxx

Entering the card into the Use an Embossing Folder challenge at Just us Girls

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Beautiful Brocade, Birds and Branches, Birds and More, Chevron, Decorative Dots, Gorgeous Grunge, Honey Bee, Jar, Jar of Flowers, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Petal Palette, Petals and more, Ribbons, Studio Calico, Watercolor wings

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

Another month has passed so quickly… and it’s time to use up some patterned paper for Craftyhazelnuts challenge. I chose to do another one sheet wonder challenge.

I chose a graphic black and white paper and used the following template I had drawn up…

And I set to with the paper and black card to mat each layer.

Next I added some coloured cardstock as bases.

Then with white cardstock, ribbons from the stash and stamped images I made them up into fun cards.

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Stamps used… Watercolor wings, petal palette, Birds and Branches, jar of flowers, Honey Bee and Gorgeous grunge.

Also used coordinating dies for images where I had them and the accompanying dies for Petals and More and Birds and More for the added elements.

Love how these all came out!

Happy crafting!

Catherine