Category Archives: Punches

Stampin Up Sunday: forever fern tag

Today I’ve combined Stampin up Sunday with my Uk Stampers forum tag for the month.

I wanted to use the Forever Fern stamps and coordinating dies and also the Lots to Celebrate for the jar.

I started by cutting a piece of watercolour card to size and then added ink direct from the ink pads as a background. Then I used the splatter stamp to add the Bermuda Bay splatters and then switched to my usual splatter technique for the rich razzleberry… water and a fan brush!

Next I had a stamping and die cutting session with the Forever Fern stamps and also did some of the dies that don’t match the stamps on a piece of whisper white I had watercoloured the Rich razzleberry ink on. The stamped images were in the Razzleberry and combinations of Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay.

I decided on the bouquet I wanted and then stuck it in place. Then stamped and punched the jar and added it with foam tape, wrapping some raffia around the jar.

Love how this came together…. beautiful colours. Added a ribbon from the stash for the top of the tag to finish off!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Scrimpy blog hop … summer!

So I’m joining the team with a blog hop today showcasing summer themed projects. I decided to use the Jar of Flowers stamps, and a sneak peek of the stamps from the catalogue releasing next week… in this case … Lots to Celebrate and Peace & Joy.

Love how this card came out… now it is time to go hopping!

Smiths Crafty Creations

Craftyhunnypots

Helen’s Heart Creations

Karamiasu

Happy crafting!

Catherine

OSW pt2: Jar of Flowers

Hi there… another of my One Sheet Wonder bundles of cards. This time the focal images were all using the Jar of Flowers stamps and the Jar punch!

I started by stamping three of the flower bundles onto whisper white twice … once using memento ink and the next time using archival in grey. This was because I wanted to use both promarkers and the stampin write markers to see the different looks I could get with the different mediums.

Then I also stamped another in Versamark for the tulip image.

I decided to use the solid cardstock for the Jar for the tulip one… it just looked right with a painted jar.

This rose one I also chose the solid colour jar… I loved the sketchy look I got with the colouring.

Both of these cards I embossed the background with the retired decorative dots embossing folder.

This is probably my least favourite of the flower bunches… I’m not entirely sure how to colour the flowers…

I chose very different approaches with the colouring on these cards… one bright and one pastel.

I do love the sunflowers image … but then I love sunflowers. I think I prefer the colouring on this second one though.

I decided against cutting it out or adding it to a jar for this one.

Both these I also embossed the background with the Woodland embossing folder. The second one I did it upside down to ended up trimming the card and mounting it onto some leftover cardstock.

And finally back to the rose image and my favourite of the cards I made in this bundle.

I love the delicate colouring, the single panel of dsp, the die cut circle nd the decorative dots embossing. Love it!

Again most of the cards I’ve left off a sentiment and will add one once I know what I am using them for. The hello sentiment came from the Forever Fern set.

Ok… tomorrow I’m going to share the smaller of the bundles of cards I made… the ones using Birds and Branches. See you tomorrow.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

One Sheet Wonder… thanks to Karamiasu

So as I’ve rejoined Stampin Up I’ve already made new friends in the SU teams that I’ve joined. One of which, Karen, did a Facebook live and then her YouTube video of her One Sheet Wonder and I of course had to join in…

First decision was which paper to use. I didn’t actually have any current 12 x 12 paper as it’s so long since I’ve bought papers at this size… I still have a massive stash to work through so trying not to go for papers when I buy (even though they are some lovely looking ones!).

So I plumped for a yellow (I think it is so saffron) old style dsp and chose the striped side.

I then hunted through my cardstock for colours that would work with this… again I have a mish mash of old colours and they aren’t labelled as to which colour they are.. so I chose a couple of different yellows and a couple of greens.

I then made card blanks in smoky slate, basic grey, white and a couple of yellow ones too to mix up the blanks a little.

Right next to the cutting… here is the template Karen made for us to use…

As you can see it’s quite fiddly with lots of small bits and you have to be quite methodical in which you cut. I advise watching her video for the best instructions.

Here is mine cut out…

I then started pairing the papers with the card and cutting them out with a small border. Most pieces were cut about one quarter inch bigger to give a sense of the size of border. I did each of the pieces that were one a card design as one colour of mounting cardstock to make sure they looked uniform.

Then I started putting them with the card blanks. I didn’t adhere anything … just put them together.

Next I grabbed my stamps and started stamping and colouring and punching and die cutting till I had enough focal images for each of the cards.

I also did the same with some of the left over cardstock to create some stitched circles as they always look nice as background.

Then I started putting them together.

Some I added texture with embossing folders. I know some I used are old ones and one wasn’t a SU one but just adding some texture helped step up the card. I also added ribbon and gems and pearls and enamel accents…. all to add texture and some embellishment.

So here is my pic of all I made… but I will group them into stamp group for the next few blogs to share them all properly… after all 21 cards is a lot to blog in one go!

Really loved this One Sheet Wonder play… looking forward to grabbing more of my old DSP and doing something similar with it.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

Here is my second design team contribution for today… for Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge.

I used some really old pretty papers and added some sewing shabby chic style before adding the rabbit stamped images that I coloured with water colour pencils.

I added some pearls and to one of them a flower with a pearl centre.

Love these sweet cards.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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

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