Banner Pick a Punch, Challenges/projects, Christmas Greetings, Christmas Pinecone, Christmas Season, Christmas to remember, Embossing Folders, Joy, Merry Moose, Old Paper, Painted Christmas, Pinewood planks, Seasonal Labels Dies, Sheena Douglass Embossing Folders, Stitched framelits, Tidings and Trimmings

Kendra’s card challenge 6 … Christmas in April

I haven’t made any Christmas cards in ages … so when I stumbled across Kendras card challenge using 6 pieces of 6×6 to make 15 cards I thought it might help spur me on and help me get started on this years cards.

Of course I forgot using an American template would lead to card sizes that aren’t standard UK sizes so I made mine as card toppers and added them to 5×7 card blanks.

Kendra provides both the cutting guides and the layout/sketches with measurements so this made stage 1 (cutting, layering and grouping together) easy. Next step was to decide how to finish each of the cards off.

I used the Painted Christmas dsp for mine …

And teamed the papers with Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Pear Pizazz and Mossy Meadow cardstock … mainly as that was what I had to hand! I also added in some of the glittery speciality paper too for some fun.

I used different embossing folders, stamp sets, die sets and punches to finish off the cards… some I added inking too, some I kept plainer.

So there you go … 15 cards made ready for December. I always make lots of cards but I then gift them to my parents and my aunties for them to use too … so it helps to get lots done in one go … they then function as a set, although each is very different!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Pick a Punch, Brilliant Wings, Crafters Companion dies, Design Team, Itty Bitty Greetings, Playful Alphabet, Ribbons

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with dies

Hello! Back with another design team project … this time my Mother’s day card which I can share as my Mum doesn’t read my blog! Lol!

This is for the Anything Goes with Dies challenge over at Happy Little Stampers.

I actually used the paper left on my desk from the projects I shared the other day using the cover die with the little blocks. But went extra special with this card because of course my mum deserves extra special!

So the cover die I die cut from the patterned paper and mounted it on white. I think it looks like a pretty trellis. Then the focal image I mounted onto Mint Macaron that teams perfectly with the papers. I then grabbed my Butterfly wings dies and cut the two layers for the butterfly and some flourishes using the Crafters Companion dies.

I then grabbed the Playful Alphabets dies and cut mum out 3 times to stack them up.

Next I stamped and embossed the sentiment from itty Bitty sentiments and punched out the banners as two layers.

I also punched three hearts from the remaining pink cardstock. I added glossy accents to the hearts and wink of Stella to the sentiment.

I found some white seam binding and added a bow to the bouquet.

Inside the card I added the panel of paper, another embossed greeting and a small butterfly.

I am sure my mum will like this pretty card with all the details on it!

I’ve actually made up another of those cover panels from the leftover bits from this project but not sure what to use it for just yet so sealed it in an envelope to keep it safe with the other leftover bits of paper.

Hope you like what I made and you join us at Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge blog.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistically Inked, Banner Pick a Punch, Biggest Wish, Brilliant Wings, Christmas Greetings, Christmas Season, Design Team, Merriest moments, Ribbons, Stitched framelits, Venetian Romance

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Hi! Another design team contribution to share with you today… this time my Anthing Goes with Dies one for Happy Little Stampers.

I actually made this card a couple of weeks ago for my friend Valerie who is my Stampin Up upline as her birthday is New Years Day.

I took some old dsp in bright and cheery colours and cut three square panels. I then decided to cut and emboss the Merriest Moments folder and do some cutting and amending to make a square frame. It was Valerie who gave me this idea as I saw she had done the same with some Christmas cards.

Then I added the stitched shape square on top. I also watercoloured onto the leaves using Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight and Gumball Green to keep the colours bright in keeping with the dsp.

I stamped and die cut some foliage from the Christmas Season set using the same colours. Always like using Christmas themed sets in a different way!

I layered them up and added this to the card as the main element. Now for the sentiment.

Of course Biggest Wish got used, as did Artistically Inked for the sentiment… one in white embossing on the yellow cardstock. Then I die cut the Butterfly and added some bakers twine underneath as the embellishment.

Finally I die cut three little butterflies as final elements.

For the inside of the card, some banners punched from the paper, some small butterflies also die cut and the sentiment stamped on a strip of white.

I also stamped the flap of the envelope and added a die cut butterfly to finish off!

Love this bright and cheery birthday card for my good friend Valerie. Lots of layers and interest, plus using those Christmas stamps, dies and embossing folder for a totally none Christmas feel card!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Pick a Punch, Biggest Wish, Design Team, Distress oxide ink, Happy Celebrations, Lawn Fawn, Lawn Fawn stamps, Playful Alphabet, Ribbons, Sweet Strawberry, Tidings and Trimmings

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies

Hello! Time for another DT contribution to share with you. This time for Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge blog.

This month I made yet another 16th birthday card, and even though this was for Niamh’s birthday in November I wanted it to be bright and cheerful and tropical.

Now I must admit this project used up some table decorations I had made for a fun night my daughter had had with Niamh so it was a case of just deciding on a layout and putting it all together rather than making from scratch… bit it was fun to do!

All the leaves in the background were made by stamping and then smooshing the inks onto the paper and then fussy cutting them out. These were originally made as table confetti. I then glued them to the white card square and turned them into a patterned paper background.

Next I stamped and embossed the Happy from Biggest Wish onto Polished Pink cardstock.

I then created a banner and added the die cut 16th using the Playful Alphabets dies.

Onto the top I then added the focal cluster of the pineapple and flowers. The pineapple is a Lawn Fawn stamp and coordinating die. I stamped this onto some glossy cardstock I had used to wipe up the ink smooshing (love this for creating a different texture and fun patterned paper). The bottom flower is actually a poinsettia flower from Tidings and trimmings which I fussy cut and then the top flower is from Sweet Strawberry. I added a gem to the centre to finish that element off.

I then decided I wanted a more graphic finish to the sentiment so chose the accompanying stamp from Happy Celebrations and stamped that onto the same Petal Pink card I made the 5×5 card blank from.

Next I rummaged in the ribbons box and found a scrap of ribbon that I thought worked well with the colours.

Next I created a panel for the inside of the card and added three of the leftover leaves to decorate.

Oh and of course some additional gems added for bling to the outside.

Delighted with the final card and the fact I could reuse some of the fun elements was a bonus.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistically Inked, Banner Pick a Punch, Biggest Wish, Brilliant Wings, Butterfly Brilliance, Picture perfect birthday

Happy birthday Michelle

A bit of a run on birthday cards this week… this time it was for my friend Michelle.

I decided to use the Butterfly Brilliance stamp which I don’t use nearly enough.

I used some Polished Pink cardstock and embossed the butterflies using white powder. I then added ink in Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo using the blending sponge to add some extra definition and an ombre look to the card stock. I tore one side and then mounted it onto the rose gold cardstock which I also tore down one edge.

I embossed the Happy from the Biggest Wish stamp set. Next I added some strips of green and yellow cardstock from the stash.

I added the birthday stamp from Artistically Inked to one and punched with the banner punch. I then used the same cardstock I die cut the little butterflies.

Inside I added a strip of the embossed cardstock I had cut off the front panel and punched it into a banner. I also added the remaining butterflies and stamped the sentiment from the retired Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set.

Love how this came together.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Pick a Punch, Merry Moose, Ribbons, Scalloped tag topper, Tis the Season

Christmas in July challenge 11

Todays challenge I went with adding a creature… and of course my creature had to be a moose! I love moose at Christmas time … and love the Merry Moose stamps and coordinating punch.

I started with some more of the Tis the Season papers and decided to do another fun fold card that Sue Boothby taught me how to do.

It is sort of a card in a card type of thing with a cute side ribbon closure.

I constructed the card base first with white cardstock and then added all the patterned paper… remembering to sandwich the ribbon on the top panel and behind the back panel.

Next I stamped and punched the moose and sentiments etc. and added them to the cards.

I then used up the leftovers to make this card… I did a faux patchwork effect with layered panels and some faux hand stitched lines.

I added the final bit as a tag and the punched moose as the top embellishment.

Love using up strips as banners inside the card too.

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

Banner Pick a Punch, Paper Pumpkin - Joy to the world, Peace & Joy, Pine Woods, Stitched framelits, Tis the Season

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