Darcy, Deco art fluid acrylics, Distress oxide ink, Emma Godfrey, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Indigo Blu, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Washi tape, Watercolour paints

Lovehearts postcards

Today I have two postcards to share with you because two separate groups had heart themed swaps this month… and I thought why not share them both at the same time! (Actually you will see this isn’t right … but read on to discover more!)

First up is the heart card I made for the Inchies, Twinchies and more group and I used the Darcy paperartsy stamp…

I embossed it onto a Gelli print and then added some colour to the cogs.

I decided to sew a border on the panel to add texture. I then embossed the title onto some card and added that too.

The base was some chipboard painted with black gesso. I added some doodling round the edge and called it finished!

Next up I made this postcard for the Hearts a Flutter challenge at Postcard Art Swap…

I used distress oxides and the smooshing technique with different shades of pink and purple. I also did a bit of subtle stamping in the background.

Then I used Indigo Blu stamp for the wings and then using the wipe up from the oxides onto glossy photo paper I stamped and embossed the heart stamp (another Darcy one) and stuck that down.

I doodled and chose a sentiment from the stash and embossed that before glueing the strip in place.

I finished it off with some enamel dots and some glossy accents on the heart.

So that was me thinking I was done with heart postcards but after I had posted them to the recipients I realised I had made a mistake and the swap for Inchies, Twinchies and More was actually for four postcards … doh!

So off I set again! I chose to use Darcy hearts and keep to the theme…

Card 1… a Gelli print using the mini Gelli plate and a heart stencil and lots of paint splatters and adding the panelled heart on top.

Card 2.. stencilled with distress oxides and gloss gel through an aall and create stencil. Then scrap of cardstock and the cog heart embossed and lightly watercoloured. I love peacock feathers.

I taped off the edge and then watercoloured using the metallic paints from a Rainbow Moon set I bought a while ago. Then when it was dry I stamped the funky hearts into the middle and coloured them with Inktense pencils. Then I added versamark and clear emboss over the whole postcard to give it a glossy finish.

Finally I used vellum and created a pocket for the heart confetti and then sewed around the edge. I added the dotty washi and the embossed heart I coloured with a red pen.

OK think I have now come to the end of heart postcards…. but probably got a few more heart projects to blog about before the month is out!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Emma Godfrey, Peace & Joy, Promarkers, Letraset, Ribbons, Santa's Suit, Scalloped tag topper

Scalloped Tag Topper punch cuties

This time I went for some cutesy images for these random tags… they were ones that didn’t really get a theme in terms of colour or paper… So instead used an old Stampin Up set called Santa’s Suit to add the focal images.

I mean … Santa in a onesie! And those cute elements of his suit. Super cute!

I added some washi to the long pink one and each one got it’s own personality! Cute!

I still have one more set of tags waiting to be finished so there will be at least one more post with those on before Christmas day! Really need to come up with creative ways to use up more of the paper stash though as really do want to get through more of it so I can justify getting new stash for next Christmas season!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Emma Godfrey, Forever Flourishing, Ribbons, Scalloped tag topper

Scalloped Tag Topper punch pt 3

More tags for you… this time using papers from the same making cards magazine set… but with different coloured tags…

First the crumb cake ones which look so pretty with the white background loose foliage type patterned paper…. then the green tags with the darker coloured paper.

I chose to accent both sets with die cuts from the Forever Flourishing set and also the two darker ones I added vellum leaves that were from my stash.

Using the sentiments from a Paperartsy set I embossed them using both silver and white powder.

Finished them off with twine from the stash!

I have more tags to share at some point but not quite finished them off. Will share when I do! But seriously these tags are so easy to make with the punch and cute to decorate in all different ways with minimal supplies. I’ve mainly used scraps and leftover bits for all of the ones I have shared so far!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

American Crafts, Emma Godfrey, Forever Flourishing, Joy, Peace & Joy, Promarkers, Letraset, Ribbons, Scalloped tag topper

Scalloped Tag Topper punch part 2

Hello again… more tags to share with you today.

This time I went for peach coloured tags, and randomly one navy one! This time I used some American crafts papers for this bunch and added bits and pieces from the tin of leftovers. This is where I die cut or stamp elements for a project and don’t end up using them all so I pop them in a tin for use another day. This is where I had a few sprigs and a few Peace and Joy stamped/ die cut and layered together already!

So I layered and added bits of ribbon and cardstock and sentiments and called them done!

The next set of tags I have to share are completely different in their look… cute and modern and fun!

These ones I used one of my favourite ever Making Cards magazine sets with the winter friends images. I added the Nordic jumper background as the paper and then did some simple colouring using promarkers to the printed images.

As the tags were black I then chose to emboss the sentiments onto the black using either white or silver embossing powder. Again scraps of ribbon to finish off!

Tomorrow I’ll have some more fun tags to share with you!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Emma Godfrey, Forever Flourishing, Peace & Joy, Scalloped tag topper

Scalloped Tag Topper punch fun

Today I’m starting off a series of blogs using the Tag Topper punch to create sweet little tags from scraps of cardstock and papers from the stash. Perfect for adhering to presents for this Christmas!

I started with a big pile of scraps and sorted through to find pieces that were 2″ wide, or slightly larger that I could trim down. I’m a bit of a bugger for keeping tiny bits of cardstock but I was determined not to just hoard and get them put to good use.

There were a few different colours of cardstock and I made the tags using whatever lengths I had, they are far from uniform but the beauty is I was wanting them all to be individual anyway.

For this set of soft sea foam tags I used some die cuts I had in the stash to add the little sprigs. Again I’ve been trying to use up little pieces of cardstock die cutting little elements and storing them so they are ready to use.

The paper I had added is from an old Making Cards magazine… I used up lots of leftover bits on these tag projects as I’m determined to get through the massive stash!

Most of the sentiments I used are Paperartsy ones, but also added in the Peace and Joy stamps.

I then raided the ribbon and twine stash to add to the top of the tags.

Will be back another day with more of the tags I created!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Brushos, Emma Godfrey, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, JOFY, Kim Dellow, Masks/Stencils

Mini marvels… Crafting from a basket part 6

Final two cards made from the basket challenge… yes I managed 12 in total!

This one took a bit of time to make as I used glossy texture paste over the inking and that takes a while to dry. I started with a mop up piece of card from spritzing the gelli plate. Then I added the stencil and added more ink before then adding the paste over the top.

I then decided to use the small Jofy flower stamp onto bookprint and used brusho to add colour.

I added gems to the centre of the flowers. Love how the stencilling is all glossy and raised.

This one is a simple case of paint added to the background, onto which I had added a strip of bookprint, and then some stencilling. I then added the stamping to the front and used the white embossing powder.

I added some pink and white posca pen doodling too!

So that’s the 12 cards I made…

… not bad considering they were all made in the course of one afternoon!

Loved this challenge… and ended up with a smaller pile of stuff on the desk at the end. (See below). It was much easier to tidy up as I hadn’t been getting lots out and so could easily put it back so will definitely have another go at this again in future.

With a reduced amount of supplies or colours you have to just get on with the creating. It really helps!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alpaca Pals, Badass Chick, Distress oxide ink, Emma Godfrey, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Kim Dellow, Masks/Stencils

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

Baked Texture embossing powder, Brushos, Distress oxide ink, Emma Godfrey, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gummiapan, Masks/Stencils

Mini marvels… Crafting from a basket part 4

Ooops… I forgot to finish off sharing the cards I made when following the basket challenge back in February… so I have a couple more to share today.

This one I started with the purple brushos which I applied to a wet piece of card. I then added two layers of music print, one of which I added paint to, and both I edged with black.

Next I added a fabric stamped element from the stash of embellishments I had placed in the basket. I also decided to alter the canvas sticker heart with embossing using the baked texture embossing powder. After adding a couple of layers, I then stamped the text stamp and added white embossing powder. This created an interesting effect when heated as it absorbed into the Deep Sea one.

I also added the white embossed sentiment.

Love how it came out.

This next one is completely different but also uses one of the canvas sticker hearts.

The background I stamped the Gummiapan text stamp in paint but made sure I only stamped part of the image. I then edged the panel with the same paint.

Next I used a piece of book print which I had used to remove some ink from a gelli plate when creating a previously shared card. I added this to a tag and then edged it with a posca pen.

The heart I coloured with the blue paint and then added the posca outline. Once again I added the white embossed sentiment and then some gems to finish off.

Love these Hearts… so versatile.

Photos didn’t show off the colours properly… so here are daylight photos…

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Badass Chick, Brushos, Distress oxide ink, Emma Godfrey, Gelli Plate, Kim Dellow, Masks/Stencils

Mini marvels… Crafting from a basket part 3

Hello… me again… more cards from the basket challenge…

This started life as a gelli print, as did the second card I am sharing and both of them I used Kim Dellow stamps as the focal points.

I used a layer of stamping onto the gelli print background… and then added the set of funky flowers. I also stamped the flowers onto book print and then coloured them using the brushos. I made sure that they were highly pigmented to create the really intense colour.

More posca pen doodling also added to the panel to create a frame.

I also added the little canvas tag and some twine to finish off.

Here is a better picture in daylight…

This second one I added some stencilling, to which I added doodling and I used the same trick of adding the flower heads as another layer of book print coloured with brushos.

This time the tag is a corrugated card one I coated with blue paint and added some embossing too.

I needed to add posca pen to the flowers too to ensure they had the same impact as the doodled stencilling.

And again another picture in daylight…

So that’s half the cards I made shared… Will share more again in a few days.

Happy crafting!

Catherine