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

Creative Expressions, Distress oxide ink, Happy Celebrations, JOFY, Masks/Stencils, Playful Alphabet, YouTube video

JOFY flower card

On Sunday I had some fun playing with some supplies I had to hand… and I videoed it and yabbered along whilst I was crafting … just for fun!

This is the resulting card.

The background is one I made with embossing over the blended background d and then black ink added to create a resist effect.

I then added die cut leaves in a mix of autumnal colours. Then I cut out the flowers I had stamped and coloured with distress oxides onto peachy cardstock.

I made the sentiment using the Playful Alpabets in the white to create a space to add in the green letters (die cut inlay). I then embossed the rest onto some Calypso Coral cardstock.

Finished with the white sequins.

Love how this turned out and really enjoyed my crafty playtime.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Designer Series Paper, JOFY, Painted Texture, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Timeworn Type

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

Happy advent all!

As its the first of the month it is time for a Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog design team contribution… and once again I shied away from a OSW and instead decided to play with old dsp and a JOFY stamp to make 4 slimline cards.

They are all individually made and all approx 3×6.5 inches in size so at some point I will also need to make bespoke envelopes but hey ho… aren’t they cute?

I stamped and coloured all the images first and then started pulling out papers that worked with the colours I had used. They were all retired dsps that were in my stack of 6×6 papers.

I also added a double embossed panel on each of them. What’s double embossing, well you add versamark to the inside of the embossing folder, then run it through to create the texture, then add embossing powder and heat. I used a pearl white powder and it have a gorgeous sheen and really stepped up some plain white cardstock.

I added a sentiment to three of them and some wink of Stella to the bow on a couple of them too.

Love how these came out…. mainly using scraps of cardstock and some old dsp!

Of course it helps that the stamped image is pretty fun too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress oxide ink, JOFY, Joy, Masks/Stencils, Peace & Joy

Christmas in July challenge 3

Challenge number 3 for my self imposed Christmas in July thing… and today it is all about the Masterboard!

So I actually have a little confession … I made the actual masterboard for this weeks ago when testing out some new stamps I had bought 2nd hand off a friend but never got the time to do anything with it… so it was perfect for incorporating into the challenge and get something done. It is A4 linen cardstock that has had lots of stamping and inking and stencilling and doodling on it.

I cut it up into panels… although the one tip right got trimmed again to make the tag and the strip adding to the 2nd card as an extra element so didn’t let any of it go to waste and made these 6 cards.

I love the Peace and Joy set from last years catalogue so much. Don’t think I will ever tire of using it!

I chose scraps of cardstock I had in the scraps pouch to cut all of the words out with their mounts.

I also used some scrap white cardstock to stamp and fussy cut out some more stars using the Jofy stamps and the Peace and Joy word stamps.

I added some tiny snowflakes as embellishments and on the tag card a scrap of sari ribbon.

The finishing touch was to add glossy accents to the top of most of the word die cut pieces to add both dimension and shine.

Love how the cards came out. So cool!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artful Days Goodie Box, Artist Trading Coins, Crafters Companion, JOFY, Shrink plastic, Washi tape, YouTube video

Feathered friend AT Coins

Hello!

Today I have the Artist trading coins I make for the swap group I organise over on Facebook. This month the theme is feathered friends and I ended up with feathers floating round the craft room with what I ended up making!

I have videoed the process for making these if you are interested…. here is the link.

I started with Making Cards magazine papers and used Jofy stamp and a Crafters companion sentiment and the feathers from an old Artful Days goodie box… oh and some shrink plastic. Such fun!

Looking forward to seeing what the other swap participants make of this theme!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, JOFY, Prismacolour pencils

UK stampers forum coin swaps… stripes

Hello there blog readers… so today I actually had to produce some output at work, leading to lots of procrastination but eventually getting there. The procrastination period however has led to me finally reading/scanning all of the emails in the inbox from the 4 and half weeks off… so also productive albeit not on the work that I should have been doing. Got there in the end though so all is good.

Hubby got the Wii Fit out today too and did 30 mins on it before work … I’m considering having a go tonight but who knows whether that will actually happen or not!

I have however done a short walk after work to the supermarket and back so I’ve done an attempt at exercise. I might point out that the walk to the supermarket led to eating liqorice allsorts on the sofa under a blanket… my first slip on healthy eating and another reminder that my strength as a result of covid is rubbish!

Ah well… onto the crafting!

Like Monday, I have a stripes based swap to share. This time it’s the artist trading coins I made for the UK Stampers Forum swap.

I followed much the same process for these coins as I did for yesterday’s tag, using scrap strips of cardstock for the backgrounds.

This time I also added stamping and embossing on some strips and coloured stamping on others.

Also I added some dots using my posca pen to some strips. On the white strips I also added some green stripes using my promarker pen.

I then used a scrap of a the Pretty Peacock card to stamp and emboss the mini Jofy flower. Then played with the Prismacolour pencils to add some colour.

The sentiment was stamped on the shaded spruce scraps and then adhered across the flower and gems added to finish off.

I loved playing with the strips to create the stripes background. Made a really fun background to play with.

OK its now or never for the wii fit… decisions, decisions!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

JOFY, Prismacolour pencils, Ribbons

UK stampers forum swap – stripes (tag)

So today was the first day back at real work after a month away (covid and Christmas) and although it was a bit anxiety raising my lovely team made me feel fab within minutes of starting the day. Feel so grateful I work with such lovely people.

Anyways, I thought as I attempt to blog daily I might include a bit more of real life in my blogs, not just craft… what do you think?

Let me know if you want me to shut up about real world in the comments below.

As I type this I am waiting for the groceries delivery … well it is a Gusto meal delivery thing rather than the boring supermarket shop … and thinking I should really be doing something good for me like exercise … but hey I’ve eaten healthy all day exercise too would just make me a saint right? So instead I’m lying on the spare bed doing this and having a bit of a chill out.

The crafty sharing today is actually something I made between Christmas and New year knowing that once I get back into the swing of work that the likelihood of crafting time would significantly reduce!

And now… the crafting bit!

I’ve gone a bit stripes mad with my UK Stampers Forum swap this month…

… I had strips of cardstock leftover from other projects so it was a good way of using them to create a fun background.

After laying down the stripes I added some paint pen dots. I also stamped, embossed, coloured and fussy cut some Jofy circles to add to the background out of some of the scraps.

On separate piece of cardstock I then stamped and embossed the JOFY stamp. I decided to add some coloured pencil colouring to it before fussy cutting it out.

I added the flower and then chose some gems to add and the gingham ribbon from the stash.

This turned out great… and I made some coordinating coins too which I will share on another day and, unless I am sent loads of messages to stop, i will also share another peek into my life.

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

Badass Chick, Baked Texture embossing powder, Brushos, Emma Godfrey, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, JOFY, Kim Dellow, Masks/Stencils

Mini marvels… one basket crafting part 2

More of the cards I made crafting out of one basket of supplies.

This one was lots and lots of layers of paint and then after stamping the flower I created a mask and overstamped using black versafine the Badass artchick stamp which gave a fab background. I decided the flower needed to look different though so stamped it onto bookprint and used the brushos to colour it.

Once dry I fussy cut it out and added it to the card and added posca pen doodles.

I kept the card quite simple as it was such an intense background and focal image so just added doodled lines.

The next one I took the same image and made a very different looking card.

This time i stamped the image onto a piece of paper I had been using to add paint to the previous background. It was originally a piece of map paper so very smooth and originally glossy.

I again added posca doodles.

I chose to add it to a piece of card I had simply stamped one background stamp on and then edged.

To the card I then added some embellishments… a little corrugated tag, and some chipboard hearts I had given the embossing powder treatment using the Deep sea baked texture embossing powder.

A much more simple card but equally fun using the large flower image from Jofy.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

JOFY

Pairing patterns and fun backgrounds

Sometimes I forget to put patterned paper and handmade backgrounds together, so it’s a lovely surprise when I do and it works well. This card is one of those times!

The background I actually made last month as part of crafty play… and the papers were leftover from other projects. Love love love this combo and how it worked together!

Happy crafting!

Catherine