Category Archives: Stamps

Stampin Up Sunday treat pounches

At the scrimpies team retreat back in September Amanda taught us how to make little treat pouches from a square of dsp… so I was keen to give it a try again and made these for my friends.

I used forever greenery dsp and cut it into 6×6 squares and did each one different.

Then I stamped and die cut a leaf from some scraps of patterned paper and added some sprigs I had die cut too.

Then I stamped the sentiment from Fancy Phrases onto some scraps of either white or crumb cake and turned them into little banners.

I punched a hole in the top where it was folded down to make it stronger. Through this I tied some white satin ribbon from the stash.

I love how each is different but easily made in a batch making kind of way.

Really shows off this beautiful paper too. So glad I ended up buying this paper for the class to go with the stamps and dies. It’s really beautiful.

Into each pouch I slid a herbal teabag and a little chocolate. A simple little treat for my friends who attended the zoom crafting class.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Whale of a Time one sheet wonder

Whilst doing the zoom crafting sessions with my friends I hadn’t got quite enough supplies to make the same cards up… so I used the Whale of a Time dsp and some coordinating cardstock. I die cut some elements that I thought would work as seaweed too.

Here they are…

Love how fun and bright they are!

A couple of the sheets of paper are perfect for cutting apart and so I could use the whales and turtles as focal points.

I also added in some linen thread on a few.

Card 1:

Card 2

Card 3

Card 4

Card 5

Card 6

Card 7

Card 8

For all of them I used the sentiment from the From all of us stanp set.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Crafting with friends forever greenery

I arranged a couple of zoom crafting sessions with friends and sent them all a kit to make this project… a one sheet wonder using forever greenery dsp and lots of lovely die cuts.

We had great fun crafting and the ladies all made some amazing cards… these were mine!

Will be doing a Christmas version in a couple of weeks too… looking forward to it.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy birthday hubby!

Yesterday we celebrated my husband’s birthday. Given the lockdown no meals out, or partying with friends. Instead we played games, ate fish and chips for tea and watched what he wanted on the TV.

I ended up making two cards … one from me, and one from the teenager … here they are …

I decided I wanted to use the Out of this world stamps from Alpaca Pals and used loads of other alpaca pals stamps to make up the background.

I embossed and masked the little alien. Then went to town inking and stamping the background. I chose (oddly as I’ve just moved them to a further from reach shelf as I hadn’t been using them!) to use Distress inks. I really enjoyed blending the colours together to create a fun background. I splattered some water on to lift some colour too… always fun!

I coloured the little alien with promarkers and then added some splashes of shimmer watercolour.

I decided to cut the panel apart a little as when I went to add the sentiment strips it didn’t feel balanced with the alien in the middle … really love how this looked as soon as I separated the panels.

The sentiment I took some random sentiments and some alpha stamps for the 👽 one stamped them out separately using the colours of the card and then added them down the right hand side.

Inside the card I took more Alpaca Stamps to decorate the inside…

Perfect for my husband (who we decided years ago for many reasons is actually an alien! 👽👽👽

OK from the teenager a different card entirely…

I went autumnal and also included a nod to our other family member (Lucky Chuck Johnson is a hedgehog who has been in residence at the raised bed in our garden since July!)

I used a kraft card blank and then created layers of texture and different inking effects using the Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo distress inks. I did some embossing using the Pinewood planks folder. I blended inks with some masked strips. I splattered. I had great fun!

I used the same inks to watercolour the hog images (Paperartsy – Kim Dellow) which I had embossed.

The sentiment I stamped using the Claritystamps letterbox set perfect for making a personalised card.

I finished off with some doodled lines and a little tag I embossed with a gold heart.

And why did I end up having to make this? Well I bought a card from our local supermarket for her to give … but it turns out that was the one she had given him previously! Who knew? Well another reason that handmade is best… no two cards are the same! So it might have been a last minute make on her behalf (she had left it too late to make one herself!).

So happy birthday dear hubby… not the birthday we had hoped for, but still lovely to spend the day together having fun!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Stampin Up Sunday: fancy phrases inchies

Today I have another swap project I made to share with you, this time using the Fancy Phrases stamp set to decorate some inchies.

The inchies are actually cut from the backing board from a foil sheet set … it’s quite thick and good for creating these little pieces of art.

I made these for the UK stampers forum swap.

I stamped them using soft suede ink and then edged each inchies with the same ink to frame them.

Then I used my Prismacolour pencils to add some colour to the flowers and leaves. I love the sketchy nature of these flower images, means no precise colouring is required.

I finished them off with some wink of stella which is difficult to photograph but think you can just about see in the pic above.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: CHNC: add a button

Whilst this week has not gone quickly from a work point of view, the time between CHNC blog posts seems to disappear in a matter of moments!

So this week, Hazel set the DT the challenge of use a button. Here is what I made.

I went with some navy papers from an old Making Cards magazine (they look black on this picture!) and a grey wreath with a white die cut flower and a yellow button to match the accent colour on the paper.

I decided on a simple sentiment embossed with white on the grey and layered onto a silver embossed piece of paper.

All pretty simple and very pretty. Love the pattern on this paper. Very modern.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

UK Stampers Forum swap… Bee Happy Coins

Another day, another set of coins. This time my coins are for the UK stampers forum swap.

I decided to use the Peace and Joy stamps to create backgrounds and then the Honey Bee stamp for the focal element.

I started with a base of Fresco finish paints in Jade and then stamped and embossed the Happy stamp all over the background. I roughed it up a little to add additional embossing.

I then splattered Amethyst paint, and painted some scrap with the same colour before die cutting the honeycomb.

I also stamped another of the happy sentiments onto the amethyst card.

Then stamped and die cut the bee and glued all the layers together. Then I added a gem onto each of them.

I love how the embossing works in the background with the mix of the Matt and shiny finishes.

Hope the recipients like them too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

I got your number AT Coins

Today I’ve got some fun coins I made for my Artist Trading Coins swap group where the challenge I set for this month is “I got your number”.

I decided to create my AtCoins starting with a base of Fresco finish paints and stamping Paperartsy images. I added some torn papers adding more stamping and paint.

Then I took my Indigo Blu clock stamp and added those stamped pieces and the sentiment. I finished off with some die cut numbers and a gem for each coin.

I love the contrast to the coins with the complimentary colours.

So here are my “I got your number” coins. Hope the recipients like them too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Stampin Up Sunday: Peace and Joy tag

I thought I would make a seasonal tag for my UK Stampers Forum swap this month and grabbed for … yup my favourite stamp set of season… peace and joy.

I decided to emboss the Joy stamp in the background using white embossing and then played with the distress oxide inks in green to give a nice blended water colour background.

I then stamped and fussy cut out the leaves. I used the same distress oxide green colours to keep the colour scheme the same.

Next I stamped and embossed the sentiment onto grey cardstock and added that to the front of the tag with the leaves coming out of it. I used coloured staples to add an extra embellishment.

Then I did cut the Joy from the lime green cardstock twice and layered it up for dimension and added the white background die.

I finished off the tag with some green dotty ribbon from the stash and the gems.

Love how it ended up… fresh but festive!

Happy crafting!

Catherine