Category Archives: Alpaca Pals

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

Tell a story stamped ATCoins

Today I have a swap I did in September where 4 coins had to be stamped.

I chose myself the theme of “Tell a story” using sentiments from an Alpaca Pals stamp set and the background using the Fancy Phrases stampin up set (that slipped into my basket on my last order!).

Each of the coins was stamped with versamark and then coloured with water colour pencils. I wanted each coin to have a different colour but kept the colouring quite simple and loose.

I then added the glittery washi tape and a scrap of dictionary paper before adding the stamped sentiments.

I added little gems to each coin to add sparkle.

And finished each off with a black edge to frame them.

Really happy with these coins. They aren’t challenging, but I think look quite beautiful!

Hoping the recipient likes them too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Till roll swap

So I signed up to do a till roll swap. Rule was to make 3 foot long strips of artwork using the till roll. So here is what I made…

I did lots of stamping and used washi tape. I also added small bits of text print, raffle tickets, stamped sentiments and some correction tape and posca pens.

I added the main feature of the images which I actually received in a swap and some Paperartsy fresco finish paint. Then I used some foiling which I hadn’t used in ages so that we fun and pens for doodling.

Then I did a bit of hand sewing on each to add texture…. this you have to be gentle with or choose areas where there are other layers adhered to strengthen.

I also used my heat tool to make the thermal roll react which creates such a cool effect.

Love how these came out.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Use up scraps AT Coins swap

Today I’ve got the coins I made for the Facebook swap group I run. Each month we do a swap with a theme. This month the theme I chose was “use your scraps”.

I chose this as I had lots of mini scraps on my desk of gelli prints and wanted to use them.

So I collaged the scraps onto coin bases and then mod podged them to give them a glossy finish.

I then embossed the Tim Holtz butterflies onto other scraps and fussy cut them out.

I then added gems and the sentiment which I embossed onto black card. I edged the coins with black gesso and called them done!

Love them!

And the project that I made to create the scraps … well I will be sharing that in another blog! Consider this a sneak peek!

Here are the daylight pics to show the colours better!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Mini marvels… Crafting from a basket part 5

Two more cards to share tonight…

This was a piece of book print on which I added lots of distress oxides keeping to the lime and the blue. I really love twisted citron.

I used stamping and added water to blend the colours.

I then added the stamped floral image from Alpaca Pals. I used a Pitt pen in grey to add shading to the image which gave it some more emphasis. I then added the sentiment to the card blank and some gems for added bling.

This is also using the twisted citron distress oxide for the background. I added stencilling and stamping.

I then added the stamped fabric panel, a painted canvas tag and the embossed butterfly embellishment.

Love these two twisted oxide dominated cards.

And here are the daylight photos to show the colours properly…

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

Good morning! This morning I have another design team contribution for you… This time patterned paper mountain is getting attacked! Link to the blog

I’m using up some old papers from a Making Cards magazine kit to make three cards…

For all of these I used bits and pieces from the kit and a sentiment from Alpaca Pals which I punched out using a circle punch.

I edged the layers with a black pen and added in some cardstock too for some plain colours with all the patterns!

I also added some gems for bling!

Love these cool cats.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Postcard art swap

This month the theme at Postcard art swap was “red” so I created this postcard.

I used scraps of paper and painted cardstock that I adhered across the postcard base.

I edged the panel with black archival and then also distressed the top with some archival too to blend the background a little more.

Then I added the flower image (Alpaca Pals) which I stamped first onto the base and then also stamped and embossed onto the black cardstock and fussy cut out.

I added black wink of Stella to the flowers and called it done!

Simple and effective and a good use of scraps… think that’s three projects this month using scraps like this as a background.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Bird and scraps ATC

I made this ATC using similar technique to the tag I shared yesterday… in fact the same stack of scraps was used.

I did however change it up quite a lot by coating the Whole ATC with the scraps and then blending distress ink over the top to change the colour.

Then I added one horizontal strip, along with some shimmery wallpaper scrap to give the bird something to sit on.

The bird is a new to me Alpaca Pals stamp which I embossed and then coloured using distress inks and water.

Really love how cute that bird is and can’t wait to use it again.

This ATC was a gift for someone I am doing a swap with called scrap my stash… we send each other a pile of our scraps and in return they send an ATC made using the scraps. Looking forward to seeing what they do with my scraps and what I get to play with in return.

Will no doubt blog what we do later this month.

Happy crafting!

Catherine