Design Team, Emma Godfrey, Heffy Doodle

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

Hello! Happy 1st September! I’m actually writing this post ahead of time and scheduling it because by the time you read this I will hopefully in the sun by a pool and cocktail in hand on my holidays!

Today I have my design team contribution for Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog and once again I turned to the stack of Making Cards magazine kits and made these two cute boy birthday cards.

Last month I said I don’t use characters in my cards often and then 2 months on the run I’ve ended up with character based cards! Lol! The reality is I needed to make some little boy cards so these images and fun papers came in handy … and so I saved them to share for my design team contribution!

Both cards are similar with the same big Heffy Doodles die cut as a big feature and then the same sentiment stamp, but I did mix them up a little with the colours as the first I added the royal blue into the mix, and the second I made a watercolour/ smooshed ink cardstock to die cut and stamp onto!

For both cards I die cut the 💙 from the top of the i a few extra times to add as embellishments. On the first card I also stacked the sentiment to give it even more dimension.

Inside the cards (and on the envelopes) I added scraps of the paper left over. Oh I also must mention that the stripey paper was not diagonally striped originally but I thought it looked better at the angle hence I ended up with a triangular piece inside the card. May seem like an obvious way to use striped paper but I rarely twist the paper and so thought I ought to mention it!

Love how both of the cards came out, particularly like that watercolour/ smooshed ink die cut.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas Greetings, Design Team, Emma Godfrey, Playful Alphabet

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

How is it the beginning of May already? This year is whizzing past!

So as it’s the start of the month that means it is design team contribution time for Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog. Once again I delved into the old Making Cards magazine papers I have had for ages and wanted to get used this year… and this time it was full of tropical toucans!

I had so much fun putting these together. Lots of fussy cutting was needed but I think it was totally worth it!

I cut more images out than I needed but ended up using 6 in total as I went to town on these cards. There wasn’t actually much patterned paper in the kit I had put aside, just the triangle one and the leaf one but it was enough to make the two cards and decorate inside and the envelopes but really the images take centre stage!

I decided that orange was the best colour to use with the patterns and images and also a little bit of green. I decided both needed to be cheerful birthday cards and so cut out Happy using Playful Alphabets dies and embossed the birthday in white onto scraps of green. A few of the images seemed circular so I went with some die cut stitched shape circles and used these to frame the images.

But then I wanted more greenery for my tropical birds to be nesting in… so I grabbed Christmas Season stamps and dies because three of the elements seem perfectly fine as tropical greenery to me even though they are meant for Christmas foliage!

I stamped them using different green inks from the stash … blending the coloured together by using my stamp platform then die cut them. Again I thought I had done more than I needed but I ended up using them all!

I finished them both slightly differently … glossy accents for one on the Happy and wink of Stella on the other.

I used up the papers and the images inside and on the envelopes…

… so some pretty fun and heavily decorated cards this month. Love them!

Those toucans make me smile!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Avery Elle, Emma Godfrey, Wreath Builder

Happy 14th wedding anniversary to us

The title of the post says it all… 14 years of marriage for me and my hubby.

We have a nice lunch planned for today, but both have work first this morning.

Here is the card I made for him.

I die cut lots of hearts. I went through all the dies I have and die cut multiples of all the heart shaped ones from very vanilla. I then took a piece of black card to make them pop, added a splatter of shimmer ink and white gesso and then stuck down all the hearts. I made sure some were off the edge and that they were covering all of the background.

Next I constructed the main sentiment panel with the Crumb Cake strip and some strips I coloured using the red and purple coloured stampin blends.

I also cut the word smile out of the cardstock 4 times and layered it up twice and added the s to the end with a double layer too.

I coloured the letters too to give them a similar red/ purple colour scheme.

Next I searched through stamps to make up the rest of the sentiment as I wanted it to say Thank you for the smiles. So there were lots of stamp sets pulled out until I found the right ones for this card.

I added a die cut black heart which I coated with glossy accents to give it some shine. I then used my wink of Stella on the smiles letters to give them shimmer too.

A fun card to say happy anniversary to my lovely hubby.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alcohol Inks, Art Alchemy paints, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Ellen Vargo, Emma Godfrey, Honey Bee, In Bloom, Kim Dellow, Lin Brown, Love you More, Oh So Ombre, Pierced Blooms, Raggy Dolls, Ribbons, Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap, Washi tape, YouTube video

Mixed media Monday ATC flipbooks

I decided to make some cute ATC flipbooks for my raggy doll sisters as a little treat to send through the post. It took me a few different sessions to put these together so bear with me with the many pics of the process.

Session 1…

I started with ATC cut from amazon packaging and made lots of layers of paint, paper and stamping.

I used a lot of different supplies and had lots of fun creating these (there are 8 of us in the group so I made one for me to keep too!).

Next I made page two …

Side one (awaiting finishing touches) and side two…

Again it was fun to just play with supplies I had to hand and make some cute ATCs.

Next session I played with alcohol inks on slightly shiny card and created these cards… after playing with the alcohol ink, I stamped and embossed a grungy background stamp from the stash, added back washi and then stamped the Bee onto some French bookprint.

The reverse I used the same alcohol ink but more of a blended finish and added some stamped leaves, die cut flowers and a sentiment with a fun resin centre for each of the flowers.

I also worked on the back card which I also made from corrugated card and added more of the neon pink paint.

This time I added it after adding some Tim Holtz tissue wrap with matt medium and also added some black gesso round the edge. I then used some art alchemy paint in black for some sparkle (it doesn’t really show in the photos unfortunately). I then used black gesso to paint the wooden Love word and glued them into place and added a sparkly gem and some dots of black enamel to finish off. They were still drying in the picture so not the best pics but you get the idea.

I kept the back really simple with scrapbook scrap paper and a stamped and sticker date. I later signed my name but that didn’t make it to the photo archive! Also the odd one out here was the one for me as I ran out of the paper I had been using for the rest!

I did add a couple more pages but didn’t photo them whilst unattached … plus included little messages for my friends. I did however make a little flip through video and share it on YouTube.

Then I punched the top of each card with my cropadile and used a colourful book ring to fix them together.

I then went mad with ribbon scraps adding little colourful bits of trim to each of them… here they all are on my floor ready for packing.

I hope you liked this little project, I certainly had lots of fun making them and thinking lovely thoughts about my friends, whom I got to know 10 years ago this year.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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