Alpaca Pals, Emma Godfrey, Prismacolour pencils, Ribbons, Stitched framelits

2023 – budget and use my stash

Happy new years eve!

Thought I would pop on today and give you a flavour of what my crafty plans are for 2023 although clearly the title gives you an idea of what my plan is.

I have a lot of stash in my craft room and over 2022 I did start rationalising and getting rid of unlikely to use stash. I think I need to do that again and be really clear about what I NEED to keep, what I LOVE and can’t part with and what realistically is never really going to get used.

I also need to be a bit frugal this year as we have a lot of things as a family we want to save for … so apart from basic supplies like cardstock, adhesive and envelopes/card blanks … I have decided to say NO BUYING.

I think I could well end up caving but I really don’t want to at the moment as I have so much stash going unused it is silly to buy more.

Small confession in that I did spend a little Christmas money on Boxing Day so I do have a few new bits and bobs to use but my plan is no spend in 2023ā€¦ so going to ignore that little splurge even though Iā€™m still waiting for it to turn up!

So with this in mind prepare to see some old products and stash appearing rather than lots of new stamps and dies … hope this is not a disappointment to you dear blog reader!

Sure I will find some stash hidden away that I loved using and will find a new way to use it though so hopefully the projects I make will still be fun and not old fashioned! Lol!

So with that in mind I have a project to share today using old stash…. getting myself geared up for 2023’s challenge ā€¦

The stamped bird is a polkadoodles image I stamped and coloured probably about 5 years ago and never used till now… the dsp is old magazine kit paper again just sitting there in the stash…. the twine was gifted in a swap and has found its happy place on the card and the cardstock (with the exception of the black card base) were all scraps lying on the desk.

Finished off the inside with another of the birds and some scraps of the dsp on a white panel for writing on.

So here’s to 2023…. let’s be frugal and make good use of stash we already have!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Beautiful Brocade, Emma Godfrey, Promarkers, Letraset, Ribbons, Stitched framelits

Playing with scraps…

I had some leftover pieces of patterned paper and I just couldn’t bear to throw them away …. and so I decided to cut them into strips and have them create a new patterned paper! I then sewed down the edge of each side of the strip to secure them in place.

This created a lovely panel for a longer line card (DL). I mounted it on Blackberry Bliss which teamed perfectly with the papers and then had a hunt through the stash for an image to work with the panel.

I settled on this image which was a digital stamp printed and coloured with promarkers. I fussy cut her out and then decided an oval shape would look nice for her to sit on.

After die cutting the oval I grabbed my embossing folder and made the oval all textured and this pattern worked well with the papers.

Now for the card base. I made it out of Smoky Slate but I added a splatter of black wink of Stella so that it had got some interest going on. Then I added the main panel and image.

I embellished with some sari silk ribbon in a bow and some lavender shaded pearls and the bright pink sentiment strip!

So cute and a lovely card considering it started as scraps of paper.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Distress oxide ink, Emma Godfrey, Gorjuss, Masks/Stencils, Promarkers, Letraset, True Love

Found a background on my desk!

So I found this background I had made a while ago and left on my desk, and decided to make use of it and make it into a card…

I grabbed some of the True Love dsp flowers and a small section of the reverse pattern and this made somewhere for the Gorjuss girl to stand.

I coloured the girl using my promarkers using colours from the background and then added some foam so she has some dimension.

I added the sentiment which is a mix of the Biggest Wish and the Emma Godfrey Paperartsy stamp and then some gems to finish.

A very bright and fun card with the black cardblank to finish off the modern funky look.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas Greetings, Christmas Pinecone, Christmas Season, Christmas to remember, Emma Godfrey, Martin's Mayhem 30 day challenge

Martin’s Mayhem Christmas challenge

Hello! Today I have the card from day 5 … where the challenge was a sketch. I hadn’t originally planned on doing the sketches but then inspiration struck so I went ahead and did it.

The sketch called for three panels and three embellishments and a sentiment … so I cut up a piece of the glossy paper that was a mop up piece that I had stamped on whilst making the star cards and then set aside. I then cut a piece of the die cut Pines pieces that again were just sitting on the desk.

Next I went for pine cones embellishments using the Christmas Season stamps. And a sentiment from the coordinating Christmas to remember stamps.

Finished off with the pearls to embellish.

Still can’t quite believe I’m still making all these Christmas cards… just hope Martin’s challenge doesn’t stop me from finishing my own!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas 2022 challenge, Colorado Craft Company, Distress oxide ink, Emma Godfrey, Gelli Plate, JOFY, Spellbinders

Christmas cardmaking 2022 challenge… #3

Hello

Todays Christmas cardmaking challenge theme is star. Now I remember using the Tidings and Trimmings stars last year but as I used that set last week I wanted something different. So I scoured the stash and found these fab Jofy star stamps and decided to go a bit mixed media.

I stamped the stars onto basic white and then ink blended over them to add colour using my distress oxides. Then I grabbed some mixed media cardstock, distress oxides and my Gelli plate to create some fun backgrounds… I love the randomness of this and the different patterns it can create. Onto one of them I decided to stamp more of the stars and snowflakes from the same stamp set and then cut down the background to fit a 5×5 card. Then I added a black die cut branch and some black star and the fabulous Joy die cut from Colorado Craft Company.

This was my simple card … I did pop the star up on foam tabs but kept the whole thing simple.

The other one I grabbed a different Paperartsy stamp set that has lots of sentiments and made them into a square shape on the stamp platform so that I could stamp in one go and make a background.

Whilst it is still subtle I love how it looked (in fact I made two more backgrounds similar but not done anything with them yet so they are in the “still to play with pile” for now.

I decided to make another layer and make this into a bigger card so blended the bottom panel with the same colour of inks but kept it random, like I had on the star.

I added the fab glimmer paper onto this too… with the stars, the little strip that went top and bottom and the word die. I also stacked the word die so it was nice and chunky!

This time I did some grey leaves but top and bottom and also added white paint pen to the design on the star.

So these are my star themed cards for this week. Are you joining in with my challenge? If so I would love to see what you are making so please let me know here or over on Instagram.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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 šŸ’™ 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