Gorjuss, Ribbons, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

UK stampers forum tag swap

Hello… I’m awake at silly o’clock awaiting my pain relief to kick in as feeling pretty rough. So thought I would use my time productively to update my blog.

I have another swap I made using that fab paper from my Making Cards magazine stash… this time on a tag I created for a UK stampers forum swap.

I decided to add a Gorjuss girl as my stamped image and paper pieced her. Then added colour to the background so it looked like she was painting!

I also added the Art by Marlene stickers as the sentiments.

Finally some washi strips and some outlining to finish off.

So pleased I got a little ahead on projects so I can blog even though have jade little time or energy for crafting in the past week.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Banner Year, Biggest Wish

UK stampers forum coin swaps

I decided to use some more of the patterned paper from Making Cards magazine that I had made the cards at the beginning of the month and made these three coins as swaps for UK Stampers forum.

I covered the bases and then heat embossed the Happy from Biggest Wish stamp set.

Next I added the pink strip of card and stamped mail using some alpha stamps.

Then I stamped and cut out the little envelope from Banner Year. I added some wink of Stella and then when dry did some additional doodling to highlight the heart.

Finally I added black to the edge.

Simple but cute coins for this months swap.

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

Christmas Greetings, Christmas to remember, Masks/Stencils, Ribbons

DT: Happy Little Stampers CAS … anything goes

There was a space on the CAS design team for Happy Little Stampers so I thought why not challenge myself to make some CAS cards this year? I don’t often make in this style and yet I always admire those that do so I figured I would go for it! So here is my first one!

The theme for this month is actually anything goes… so first I would go back to basics and check the rules….

Clean and Simple design with one focal point, lots of white (or open) space and minimal layers and embellishments

OK so my first card I went with a layer of simple stencilling (although I did add some embossing to give it a pearlescent shine) and some splatters, and then a simple stamped and die cut sentiment with a twist of ribbon sandwiched underneath.

What do we think? CAS enough? I think there is lots of open space, minimal layers and embellishments and one focal point so yup! I think this qualifies!

Hope you like it. Also added a bit of stencilling to the flap of the envelope to match.

Off to get plenty of inspiration for my next card next month. Why not play along?

Entering this into the Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistically Inked, Biggest Wish, Design Team, Picture perfect birthday, Tidings and Trimmings

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

Happy new year! Let’s hope 2022 is kind to us all!

I’ve kept on with my DT contributions for Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge and decided this year to get a bit organised and have put aside specific papers from the old Making Cards magazine stash. I had too many still hanging around so have decided to just get things made… and to decrease the decision making I’ve put specific papers aside for each month… let’s see how that goes shall we?

So for January I have some stylish fashion images and black and white papers to play with.

And I grabbed the sewing machine and made two cards.

I even decorated the inside and the envelopes.

I teamed the images and papers with purple and cerise cardstock and black too of course and added some die cut stars as embellishments.

I love all the sewn details. I think it works well with the focal images.

Sentiments were from a range of sets including Artistically Inked, Biggest Wish, Tidings and Trimmings and Picture Perfect Birthday.

Inside the card I added a scrap of the paper and another star and a sentiment.

The envelopes I used a strip of paper across the front just to add some fun!

Hope you pop along to Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog and join in yourself. I bet I am not the only one with a stack of paper to be used! This year I am determined not to buy any new. I have too much already going unused. Wonder if I will stick to it or not?

Also linking the 2nd card to the Birthday Card Challenge at Cut it Up

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Inchies and Twinchies, Merry Moose

Advent twinchies… finishing off… 22 23 24 & 25

So we are clearly past the advent stage, and so it is time to finish off sharing the advent twinchies I made!

So these three I concentrated on using some papers from the stash and then added ribbon and the circles for the numbers. Kept them quite simple!

The final number 25…

I decided I had to use my Merry Moose stamps and punch to create the focal image for this one along with some lovely paper and a bit of gold pen.

So that’s my twinchies for this advent… looking forward to seeing what we create for the next advent!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas Greetings, Christmas Pinecone, Christmas Season, Christmas to remember, Painted Christmas, Peace & Joy, Playful Alphabet, Spellbinders

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone. Just popping in to say hi and share the cards I made for my hubby and daughter.

But first…

Well my Christmas card challenge failed abysmally… I only managed 6 of the themes I think and then life got crazy busy and crafting went to the back of the priority list… so sorry for those who were enjoying the challenge. Maybe I will revisit it when I get a chance.

But I did manage to make 2 more cards … one for the hubby and one for the child.

Hubby…

I went to town on this 7×7 card with dsp, dies, stamps a day some bling!

Pretty much everything from the Painted Christmas suite got thrown at it. Love love love this and all the foliage!

Definitely one of my favourite cards I’ve made this year! Entering it into the challenge at The card concept

Next up is the card I made for my daughter.

To be honest I made the cross stitch in 2020 but never found a use for it… until now! I decided it worked will with the Painted Christmas dsp and just created a frame from some old spellbinders dies and the sentiment from the Playful Alphabets dies and last years favourite stamps… Peace and Joy.

A cute and beautiful card … with a sewn element so perfect for my girl.

So these are the last of the 2021 Christmas cards. I actually did well in using the vast majority of the cards I had in the stash this year (between me and my parents!) which means I probably shouldn’t wait too long to start making them for 2022! Good job I have plenty of dsp left to play with!

Wishing you all a fabulous Christmas and festive season.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Heartwarming Hugs, Inchies and Twinchies, Promarkers, Letraset, Santa's Suit, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

Advent twinchies 10 11 12

Wow! December is going fast isn’t it?

So today three more twinchies… and this time I went cute and plumped for the Santa’s Suit stamps and dies.

I actually started with some scraps of the Heartwarming Hugs dsp and made a striped background and then layered the white cardstock on top and for the number 11 placed it on a base of red.

I edged the white panels with some stampin blends ink to define the edges.

Then I chose to create the little tags from some lime cardstock and added the stamped images of Santa in his long John’s and his suit!

I finished with scraps of ribbon and of course the glittery numbers.

Love these little cute twinchies… those images work perfectly as twinchie focal images.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Blast, Forever Flourishing, Inchies and Twinchies, Paper Pumpkin - Joy to the world, Wreath Builder

Advent twinchies 7 8 9

Hello again… three more advent twinchies to share.

This time I created my own patterned paper using word and sentiment stamps in different coloured inks. This created a funky background.

Then I used dies cuts and a circle punch to create the focal points and the base of the numbers.

I added gems to the middle of the flowers to add a further embellishment.

Love these funky modern twinchies.

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