Artistically Inked, Design Team, Digital stamps, Playful Alphabet, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

DT: Creative Knockouts – Celebrations

First design team contribution for Creative Knockouts of 2023 to share with you today. The theme is Celebrations and we are sponsored by Alex Sybera designs.

I chose this Lovely Bouquet image which was kindly gifted for using for the challenge.

Our challenge was celebrations so I went with happy birthday as that is the thing we celebrate most in our house.

I printed the image onto cream cardstock and coloured in using my Stampin Blends. Admittedly I should have paused between the printing and colouring as it did move the line art ink a little but not enough for me to consider it ruined.

I then fussy cut the whole image out.

I created a base panel and used my scoreboard to create some border lines … this was because I was also entering this card into a challenge over at UK stampers forum to include dry embossing.

I adhered this panel to the base card, which is slightly larger with foam behind the middle section so it is slightly raised.

I then stuck the flower image in place.

I decided on some ombre letters for the sentiment so I coloured the scrap cardstock with my stampin blends before die cutting the letters using Playful Alphabet dies. I then cut more out of the scrap cardstock so I could stack them for dimension.

Next I used a stamp from the Artistically inked set for the birthday, cut it out, stacked it once and then edged it with the yellow ink to give it a little dimension.

Finally I added the little flowers as embellishments.

Really pleased how it came out and how cute this card is. I must also remember to use the scoreboard more for the creating of borders like this as it is so elegant.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Beautiful Brocade, Design Team, Digital stamps, Fancy Phrases, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

DT: Creative Knockouts… anything goes

Today is a simple Anything Goes challenge at Creative Knockouts for our last post of the year. We’ve been kindly sponsored by Twinkle Lane Designs who gifted me the Calla Lillies image I used for my design team contribution.

I decided to mix things up a little and printed directly onto some book print and then colour the image using my Stampin Blends.

I then fussy cut the image out but I love this cool image on the text. Really makes it look funky!

I teamed it with some cool paper from an Indigo Blu magazine kit and the embossed panel.

I decided Blackberry Bliss for the base of the card to continue the colour on the sentiment and the embossed panel. Of course that meant I had to decorate the inside to give somewhere to write.

Love how this came out and pleased I thought to use book print for the printing!

Finished off with a metal floral embellishment to add that something special.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Digital stamps, Playful Alphabet, Promarkers, Letraset, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

Happy birthday Hugo

Last weekend my youngest great nephew turned two and due to bad weather I decided against popping along (it’s 2.5 hour journey) to see him and so instead posted his card and pressie so have had to hold off on blogging his card until it arrived.

Edit: I don’t think he reads my blog aged 2 … but his Mum might and the card is as much for her as him! Lol!

So here is what I made…

I used the digital stamp from All Dressed Up and some fun graphic papers from the stash to make a bright and cheery card.

I added his name using the Playful Alphabets dies and then a large foam number sticker that I coloured using the Stampin Blends.

Love the Parakeet Party and Tahitian Tide colour cardstock and how bright and fun the card ended up.

I did stamp Happy birthday inside along with some more of the paper but forgot to take a picture before I sealed the envelope so sorry you can’t see that.

So happy birthday Hugo for Sunday.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Designer Series Paper, Digital stamps, Prismacolour pencils, Tim Holtz

DT: Creative Knockouts… Time to be Merry

Hello! Another design team contribution for Creative Knockouts and this week we are sponsored by Mirtillamente Digital Stamps

As the theme is Time to be Merry I chose the Christmas Tree digital stamp to play with.

I printed off the image on Smoky Slate and then coloured it with my Prismacolour pencils and cut it out… so actually the fact it was a coloured cardstock base ended up making no difference!

I made quite a small (4×3) card this time so it’s really cute. I added some dsp with a green colour and then a panel of white. Then to finish off I die cut the blue Merry using the Tim Holtz dies. Finished off with the gems.

Cute and although the colouring took some time (and a some fiddling as the image is quite small) an easy card to make. There is a little bit of dimension as I raised up the main image and I stacked the merry die cut a couple of times.

I also added just a touch of sparkle with wink of Stella on the tree decorations and the gift trimmings.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistically Inked, Digital stamps, Playful Alphabet, Spellbinders, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Very Versailles

Inky background play

Regular visitors to my blog will know I am obsessed with Jennifer McGuire YouTube videos and her cardmaking style. She shared this technique of making a cool background using an inked background, cutting it into strips and then reversing every other one.

So I had a go… just played at random with some reds and oranges but my blending was awful … turned out when you reverse them, go over with a white stamped background type stamp and then die cut it, it really works well!

I decided to use my panel as the background to a digital stamp I had been gifted on a design team project a while ago. I used Stampin Blends to colour the image (non traditional magnolia colouring!) and then added some bright white die cuts for the sentiment and behind the image.

In true Jennifer style I stacked the die cuts to give them dimension and I raised the back panel too.

I also added some gems which picked up the greens from the leaves on the main image.

Love how bright and cheery this card ended up and loved my take on the technique.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas Greetings, Christmas to remember, Design Team, Digital stamps, Heartwarming Hugs, Ribbons

DT: Creative Knockouts: Christmas Delight

Hello!

I have another design team contribution for Creative Knockouts and this weeks theme is Christmas Delight.

I chose to use the Candy canes with bow image from Patties Creations which I printed off 9 times and then coloured them in green and red. Then I added them all over the background and then some panels of the Heartwarming Hugs dsp.

I then added a die cut label and the sentiment adding a few of the candy canes and the organza bow on the top. I then added some pearls to the top.

Hope you like what I made. I enjoyed fussy cutting those candy canes out and adding them.

I also added a little bit of decoration to the inside too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas to remember, Design Team, Digital stamps, Promarkers, Letraset, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Stitched framelits, Waffle flower

DT: Creative Knockouts… anything but square

Todays blog post I decided to film the making of … so check it out on YouTube.

It is a design team contribution for Creative Knockouts and the challenge is to make a card that is anything but square. We are sponsored by LeeAnn’s World 101 and I received the Rudy image to work with.

I decided to colour him with promarkers and then fussy cut him out.

I decided a circle shaped card would work OK with the image and my largest circle die was just about the right dimensions to cut out the card blank.

I then used a panel I had already die cut with the stitched snowflakes and die cut the circle and then the green ring were already on my desk.

I added the sentiment on the front and in the middle from the Christmas to remember set in white embossing.

I added the lovely laser cut snowflake embellishments and glossy accents for the finishing touches.

Love how this came out. So cute.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Crafters Companion dies, Design Team, Digital stamps, Seasonal Labels Dies, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

DT: Creative Knockouts… finish the inside

Hello! Gosh these design team projects come round quickly! Todays is for the Creative Knockouts challenge where our theme is to finish the insides. This has been sponsored by Pattie’s Creations and I chose this gorgeous Magnolia Branch image as my gifted image to work with.

I printed it off onto plain old copier paper (admittedly by accident!) and decided to use my Stampin Blends to colour in the image using a mix of yellow and green. I know this is a colour magnolia doesn’t really grow with but it worked with the dsp I wanted to use.

I coloured the image twice as I knew I wanted to continue the image into the inside of the card.

I decided to use some die cuts as additional embellishments and used the swirly flourishes from Crafters Companion.

I chose a pale mint colour for the base of the card and added a die cut panel to break up the dsp background a little more then decided to repeat that colour with the sentiment die which I stacked three times with the white shadow which I stacked twice. This gives it so much dimension.

Of course I grabbed Biggest Wish for the Happy part of the sentiment … seriously can’t get enough of this stamp set.

I know you can’t see it well but I added shimmer to the Birthday die cut using my wink of Stella and finished the front with some tiny pearl gems.

Inside I did a panel of the dsp and added the floral image but this time I only cut out part of the image to keep a white border down one side.

Although the dsp is a heavy pattern I think you could still write a greeting over it or alternatively write on the reverse of the front of the card.

I do like finishing the inside of cards but don’t always do it and certainly rarely plan it. A simple way of finishing the inside is a strip of dsp … but this time clearly I went overboard as it was more planned.

Also a handy thing is that this card base wasn’t the thickest/ strongest cardstock so adding the panel inside as well as the front gives it extra strength to help it stand nicely when displayed.

Hope you like what I made, I love this colour scheme in particular and the mix of the graphic vintage dsp and the beautiful floral.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Baked Texture embossing powder, Design Team, Designer Series Paper, Digital stamps, Gummiapan, Heffy Doodle, Masks/Stencils, Time for Tea

DT: Creative Knockouts… embossing fun

Hello! Todays blog is another design team contribution for Creative Knockouts using a gifted image from our sponsor All Dressed Up.

I chose to use the Little Fishes image and to print on mixed media cardstock and watercolour with SU inks. Love how it came out. I decided the image was a little bit large for my card though (I should have printed it smaller!) so did chop off the edge a little.

The theme for this challenge is embossing fun so I grabbed a stencil and a piece of cardstock and using versamark through the stencil, then adding the fabulous Baked Texture embossing powder I created the panel of splashes. This has a lovely texture and mix of colours and is a lovely way of adding something special into the card.

I also chose to emboss the die cut birthday which makes it into a lovely dimensional glossy embellishment.

I did add a panel of dsp in the Tahitian Tide too and put all those elements on a pale green card blank. The cardblank was A4 size but I trimmed it down to 6×6 and then used an offcut to die cut the Happy letters. I did think it needed something else whilst I was putting it together so die cut the cloud from Gummipan as a final element.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Digital stamps, Lawn Fawn, Lawn Fawn stamps, Ribbons, Watercolour paints

DT: Creative Knockouts… Fall

Today I have a fall / autumn themed card made for the latest Creative Knockouts challenge blog as my design team contribution.

I used the lovely Sheepski Designs image called Winter Warmer which I printed onto mixed media cardstock and watercoloured using watercolour pencils.

I used some papers from the stash to make up the background and used Calypso Coral cardstock for the background.

I actually filmed the make (it’s been a long time since I’ve done this!) so check out the video.

Happy crafting!

Catherine