Category Archives: Punches

DT: CHNC: Use some silver

I am a little late with my blog post today for the CHNC challenge. Sorry! But better late than never the challenge is to use silver and I decided to use both some silver embossing powder and some silver sequins to decorate my green card!

I used some patterned paper and green cardstock mats and gave the paper and the cardstock a little bit of edging with ink and then embossed the sentiment from a magazine set straight into the paper and the tree onto some cardstock and raised it up on foam tape to give it some dimension.

Then I added the sequins as a scatter across the whole card. Now off I jog to see what the rest of the team made over at the blog.

Cute!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy Planner spreads

Recently I’ve started using a Big Happy Planner so I thought I would share a few spreads here so you could see what I’ve been up to…This one is the first weekly one and I’d already started documenting the week by this point. I used Art by Marlene collage papers and butterfly punches to add the fun elements. I also added some washi tape and some stickers from Art by Marlene.Next week I used some old stickers from Stampin Up.The before the pen (ish!) Spread above, and below half the week completed.For the third week I took some printable sheets a Facebook group member had provided to use Game of Thrones as the theme.Finding this a fun way to organise myself and have ordered myself a mini version as a more portable version than this Big planner so will see how that works.Hope you like this little view into my new obsession.Happy crafting!Catherine

Back to Black twinchies

So as per usual I made twinchies for the coin swap peeps… and kept to the same Back to Black theme. This first set of four was using black cardstock and the baked texture embossing powder in Deep Sea to add the dictionary stamping in the background and the butterfly embellishment. Also added the punched leaf from black cardstock and kept it plain as contrast. Then edged the pieces in black embossing powder to finish off.

Second set of four was another scrap piece of black cardstock and this time heat embossed with the handcarved stamp although didn’t ink it fully so it meant it was more of a loose stamping.Then I heat embossed the white splodges on top. Next I coated some cardstock with sparks paint and then heat embossed one of the Watercolour wings stamps before using a punch to punch out the butterfly.

I then used the Tap Tap Tap sentiment which I heat embossed in white and then finished the twinchies off with white gel pen doodles.Pictures don’t really show the sparkle and shine on these but they are fab in real life.Then another pair of twinchies…

Next a set of six…More embossing and this time one embossed background with white craft ink stamped and embossed which created cool effect on the leaves. Then punched and stamped butterflies on top.

Next up a set of eight. Again an embossed background this time using the world map stamp and then the simply sketched leaves using different powders.I found a butterfly in a magazine stamp set and embossed them onto the black card using white powder.Finally two using scraps of patterned paper, and embossed flower and embossed details on punched butterflies.Some fun twinchies … all back to black but also with butterflies thrown in for this month’s theme too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Butterfly Artist Trading Coins

Yesterday I revealed the theme for the swap in my Artist Trading Coins UK swaps group over on Facebook… Butterflies.

I figured it would be an easy theme for people to join in with as there are so many butterfly themed crafting things around and not the hardest things to draw or paint either!

I decided to use a lot of supplies that were hanging around on my desk to make mine.I chose papers from Making Cards magazine kit that I had never got round to putting away for covering the coins and then added another layer of a partially die cut wall (Tim Holtz dies). Then I die cut book print using the leaf die from Petals and More. Then took a shiny leaf from the stash, copper thread and some little flower embellishments.

Then for the butterfly…. Butterfly basics little text butterfly which I white heat embossed on some bronze cardstock and stuck it down. I then stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set onto shrink plastic and heat it so it became a cute embellishment.Absolutely love these textural and layered coins with fun embellishments.

Hopefully the eventual recipients do too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Advent cardmaking: Snowflake

Had fun with failed videos for today’s cardmaking video but got there on the third attempt… and as a result 4 cards got made!

Love using texture paste and brushos together… they create such beautiful shading and tonal colour… and these stencils from claritystamp are delightful.

Love how simple they were to finish into cute cards and how vibrant and jewel like the colours are.

Hope you enjoy the process video.

And here is a pic in daylight to show the true colours…

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy birthday Niamh!

Another friend of the princess turns 13 today… so another card made!

This time I found a stamp I had in the stash that I thought I could make look a little bit like Niamh… so stamped and coloured with promarkers and made a distress ink background to go with the image.

I videoed the process here

Enjoy!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

52 mixed media cards… Week 4

Hi I’ve reclaimed the craft room so expect some more regular blogging for a while. I started playing tonight and made another of the 52 mixed media cards following this week’s prompt of botanical.

I decided to stick the video on and you can see thefull video here but if you are feeling impatient…. here is the photo of the finished card.

I am so happy with how this came out and how different each card is. I really had no idea this was what I would make and loved every second of my playtime!

And stop the clock… here is a short version of the video…

Happy crafting!

Catherine