Category Archives: Stamps

Artist Trading Coins UK swap group … January swap

Hi all!

We are back to swapping again this month over at my Facebook group. This month I chose the prompt of “art” and this is what I came up with…

I went for a painty background using lots of different Paperartsy fresco finish paints and a brayer and stamps and a stencil and modelling paste and embossing powder… Yes I pretty much used everything! 😄

Then for the focal image I used the Indigo Blu paint tubes and cut them out. I added a layer of the glittery washi tape and then added the paint tube image.

Love how these came out and how sparkly the washing tape is to create a special layer which works with the gold embossing.

Looking forward to seeing what everyone else makes.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy New Year!

Dear blog readers, thank you for joining me for a new year of crafting and sharing creativity at my blog.

Well it has indeed become a new year, although I suspect it will feel very similar to the end of last year for a few months at least. But I live in hope. I live in hope of hugs, social gatherings and travelling. But for now I am going to use my word of the year to keep me going … SMILE. Smiles can do so much… they are infectious and can clear away clouds. Magic! So even if we have to hide them behind masks, smiles will work for ourselves too and people can see smiles in our eyes… so I am going to keep smiling even when I think I don’t want to … and I suspect magic will happen and I will start to feel like smiling!

OK… so after that ramble… yesterday I played with new goodies and videoed it… link

I made the following card and wanted to share it on my blog too.

I used the new (released 5 Jan) In Bloom bundle … first the stamps for the background and then the Pierced Blooms dies for the additional focal images.

Love how it turned out.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

I’m joining the Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge for another six months and decided this time to do a one sheet wonder each month…. well that’s the plan anyway!

This time I decided to use old SU paper to create all male themed cards and I managed to make 21 cards!

I used the template from Karamiasu.

I used a map based paper and then some text paper as a secondary paper to add background and to stamp some images on it.

Lots of stamps from the Creative Stamping magazine sets and some random Paperartsy and Carrabelle ones too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Finishing my PHD’s … Projects half done

Yup I’ve spent some time digging into the Projects Half Done box and finishing them off.

Most of these were made about 3 months ago but never stuck down or with sentiments added… and then put away in the box as I needed to tidy up and so forgotten about.

I think they were a project using a template to get the most out of 6×6 patterned paper, but to be honest I can’t really remember. But it is using the fabulous Everything Rosy kit and then a few different sentiments either from Itty Bitty Greetings or Forever Flourishing.

So I ended up with seven cards in total… all lovely and all different! And boy does it make a change from all the Christmas themed projects I have been blogging about!

There are two where I took close ups to show a couple of fun things off…

This first one … the reverse of the little doilies I added into the cards… these were coloured with bright colours on one side but white on the reverse… perfect for adding to any project regardless of colour scheme. Also on this photo Love the rose gold foil elements!

And this second close up shows the embossing I did in the background of the card using a pearlescent embossing powder… how elegant is this? And works perfectly again with any colour scheme! Might try this technique again where there is a lot of white space behind the main card topper. Helps that the stamps coordinate with the papers of course!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Tags and trees

Some more Heartwarming Hugs dsp cards and this time using up scraps to create fun tags as the focal features…

Both of the tags were created using strips of the leftover papers and then adding a punched out tree for the final bit of decoration.

I used up bits of papers that had been cut up and leftover from all the other projects and love how they look all together like this.

I also created a few other tags using a similar technique.

The moose and the tree were leftovers from the class and then loved adding the glitter glue for the moose ones too! Sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.

And finally one more card with again, leftover bits and pieces… an easel card using the final bits left on the desk… looking forward to working with some different papers in the new year!

Hope you’ve enjoyed these Heartwarming Hugs dsp cards and tags.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Stampin Up Sunday … In the Pines cards

Today for Stampin Up Sunday I have some little cards I made a few weeks ago for the lovely ladies who joined me for some Christmas crafting via Zoom.

I went with 4×4 cards and then created a little scene using Distress oxide inks and embossing and the stamps and dies from the In the Pines set.

Love how cute these are… and such simple little cards to make using the snow bank dies and then the little tree.

The background I made using the splattered stamp with white embossing from the Gorgeous Grunge set. There is a snow stamp in the In the Pines set but for speed it was quicker to use the other one as it would go across the whole panel in one stamp!

After I stamped and embossed the snow I added a post it note circle and then used the Blueprint Sketch and Peacock Feathers oxides before going over it with Black Soot to create a lovely night sky.

The snow banks I layered up, but first brushed the edge of them with a stencilling brush that had a pale blue ink residue on it. I just added a little definition.

The tree I stamped with Pear Pizazz and Mossy Meadow.

Once I had layered it up I then die cut it with the stitched shape square… I love this finish to the panel.

The card bases were made from Mossy Meadow which gave a nice rich finish to the little cards.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: CHNC: anything goes Christmas

Happy Boxing Day!

And here is my last design team contribution for the year, and in fact my last design team contribution for Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge blog. I decided after a few years of keeping up with one card a week, I’ve decided to give it a rest. I’m hoping of course to join in occasionally but not every week! Thanks Hazel for having me!

So this final week the theme is Anything Goes for Christmas. I made the following card.

I used some lovely vintage themed papers and then die cut little sprigs from the Forever Flourishing dies and some flowers from the Wreath Builder dies.

Love how cute the Wreath is!

I used a mix of the Claritystamps stamp and the Peace and Joy stamps for the sentiment.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas dear blog readers… hope you have a lovely day, however you choose to enjoy it. Clearly we all have had very different years all year and Christmas will no doubt be a different experience too. However staying safe is the most important thing and we will get to party and spend time with our loved ones another time as long as we stay safe!

OK… onto the crafting… today I have the cards I made for the child and the hubby to share with you. As usual they were the last cards I’ve made… always left until the last minute!

The Princess got a pretty wreath card with peach and green colours and lots of white.

Hopefully you can see plenty of sparkle on the words too and a bit of soft wool for the bow.

The hubby also had word dies feature, but I went for a wintery scene instead…

I used lots of ink blending and splatter for the background and lots and lots of sparkle on the trees too.

Entering this card into the Stampin Up only challenge for Winter cards.

Really pleased with both cards and they incorporated my new obsession of die cutting which I have really taken to this past few months.

Anyway, thats all from today. Best wishes to you all.

Happy crafting & Merry Christmas!

Catherine

Final advent coins 19-24

Today I have the final advent coins I made. These I made all in one afternoon and chose to make them in pairs to make life easier for myself!

I also used the same old number stamp set to finish them off.

My favourites are definitely the black with white embossing background. Just wish I had used slightly smaller number stamps rather than the large ones. Have to admit these were inspired by the samples Martin made for the Artisan blog hop.

The ones with the text background were also inspired by this blog hop… but by the banner on the card made by Hélène. For both of these the Peace and Joy (My current favourite Christmas stamps ever!) Stamps and dies. I also added a die cut tree scene with the glimmer paper.

Then to contrast I made the more natural ones using the pointsetta die from the Wreath Builder die set. I also added some texture in the background using the Gorgeous Grunge set.

So there you go… my advent coins for this year done… except it’s not exactly true because numpty Catherine sent the first bundle of coins (days 19-21) without a stamp on the parcel … so I had to make more!

These are the ones I made…

This time I went for a different look completely… I went with coins with a stencilled layer of stars and then layers of Fresco finish paints and alchemy paints. Then I chose three different ways to decorate them, but kept to the same colour and number stamps.

I added stamping to each coin using archival ink so each was different.

I used die cuts from the wreath builder dies and some stamped twigs.

I also used some Stamping magazine stamps for the holly and the little winter house. I added sequins for the holly berries and flock for the snowy roof.

Love how different they all came out. Looking forward to next years challenge (we are back to Twinchies and some have been made already! Yup I got organised ahead of time for once!)

Happy crafting!

Catherine

More scallopped topper tags…

Another set of tags made using old papers and lots of little die cuts…

The papers and cardstock have been in the stash for a long time… Time to get it used.

I decided to use the Wreath Builder flowers and some leaves cut from lots of little scraps.

I then added the sentiments and some gold pen for adding accents and some doodles.

Loved making these cute tags for the Christmas gifts and as most were made using scraps or leftover pieces of paper it felt like an efficient way of doing some Christmas projects!

Happy crafting!

Catherine