Gingham Garden, Petite Petals, Ribbons, small flower punch

Colour my Monday! Island Indigo!

Well I have reached the end of the year of my Colour My Monday challenge. I have documented all but three of the main SU colours, and all of the 2012-14, 2013-15 & 2014-16 In colors too!

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It has been great using colours I wouldn’t normally use, and seeing where the colour takes me. But there is one of the colours I haven’t done yet which is actually my favourite colour!

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Yes I adore Island Indigo … Always have, and suspect always will!

The card I made this week is at odds with the time of year, but never mind… It does show Island Indigo off nicely!

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I used the summery Gingham Garden DSP which has the main colour of Island Indigo as its base. Then some Daffodil Delight DSP around which I wrapped some Island Indigo bakers twine. Then a stamped sentiment from a Craft Stamper magazine, which I layered with the coordinating cardstock. Then three little flowers from the Petite Petals set, stamped in Melon mambo and punched with the coordinating punch! Finally some little pearl gems for the flower centres and doodled borders. Love this.

Really this is a lot of colour, but that seems a perfect way to end the year of colour!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Apothecary Accents, Bitty Banner framelits, Bitty Banners, Embossing Folders, Petite Petals, Ribbons, Secret Garden, small flower punch

Colour my Monday! Soft Sky!

Hi peeps! It’s Monday … It’s time to play with colour!

Soft and subtle this week.

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I decided to create my own DSP to make use of this colour using the fabulous Secret Garden stamp set mixed with Petite Petals. I mixed the Soft Sky with the gorgeous Wisteria Wonder

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I also did some embossing with a polka dot folder, and then die cut a panel out using the lovely Apothecary Accents dies. Then used the sentiment from Itty bitty Banners. I used plenty of dimensionals to keep the depth to the layers, and added lots of lovely texture with the trim and ribbon. Finally the finishing touch of one of the lovely vintage buttons.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Beautiful Brocade, Builder Bird, Decorative Dots, Hardwood, Petite Petals, small flower punch, Square Lattice

Happy wedding day Mr & Mrs Smith

Yes my friend really has gone and become Mrs Smith!

Today my friend got married. Unfortunately the trip to Devon (where she upped and moved to just over a year ago) for one night was a little too much for me to undertake so I didn’t make it to see her in person, so instead made a card on behalf of myself, and the other two friends in the team who will be raising a glass to her from afar!

Just like yesterday’s I tried to do a step by step approach!

The card itself is inspired by so many I have seen before … I went for white on white, but then decided it needed some champagne throwing in!

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I started with the Petite Petals stamp set and heat embossed lots of flowers using both the clear and champagne coloured embossing powders. Then punched them out. Next I dry embossed some scraps of the cardstock using a few different embossing folders and punched them out. Then I drew a circle (I used the bottom of my paintbrush jar to make sure it was a circle, and stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from a Papermania set and then stuck the flowers down layering them up as I went.

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Next I took some more white card and punched out the birds and then embossed them using the Beautiful Brocade folder. Then added them to the bottom of the circle along with the leaves which I didn’t emboss. I also used dimensionals whilst doing this to ensure I had some depth to the artwork.

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I then realised I needed to mount it as it didn’t look right without an edge of some kind, but I don’t have suitably coloured ink or cardstock. So I made a mount using the same embossing powder and the Hardwood background stamp. You will see here I didn’t emboss it entirely, only the edges as that is all that would be on show.

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Final touch was to add a champagne coloured ribbon in a bow and mount it onto the card blank.

Lovely!

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So I hope that Mr and Mrs Smith have had a wonderful day … Wishing them all the best for their married life together! Congratulations Caroline and Dave!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Blooming Marvellous, Butterfly, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Henry Says, Petite Petals, Random Crafts, small flower punch

Making colour swatches more interesting!

My dear friend Darcy shared a colour chart book she had made quite a while ago and so I made one too at the time based on what she did, but unfortunately I did a rubbish job of the cover, and it wasn’t big enough and so I decided to make a new one a while ago which I never shared.

Anyway, as the new In Color inks have now arrived in my inky fingers it was time to add to my little colour book! And this then turned into a major colour swatch job! So be warned there are quite a lot of pics coming up… But hopefully you will like what you see and it may inspire you to create yourself something like this?!

When I get new SU inks, I stamp them on whisper white, and have used the Petite Petals stamps as they have the coordinating punch. I handwrite the colour names, with a family to a page (different flower design dependent on colour family) and then stick the little flower next to their name. I also add a little dot of glossy accents in the middle of the flower in case it changes how the colour looks.

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So after sorting the new In colors (aren’t they scrummy?!) I thought … Why not do my Distress Inks. I have quite a lot of pages in the little sketchbook I am using for this task, and don’t intend to add in any other types of medium to this book… Just ink pads so the distress inks (I don’t have as many and am building my collection slowly) are now the back pages of the book. I used the order that is on the ranger colour swatch pdf and decided that I would use the butterfly from Blooming Marvellous for these inks as it is quite petite and a bit distressed as an image. Having a punch that works with the stamp also helps… Didn’t want to have to fussy cut a lot of the same image out… That would be depressing!

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As you can see, I wrote the ink colours I don’t have in pencil and the ones I have in pen, just so I can keep them in the right order. I haven’t included any ‘special edition’ inks as I haven’t got any of those and think I would treat them like SU In Colors inks and have them as a separate family if I ever got any.

I was really pleased with this little piece of work. I didn’t stop there though!

Next up I decided to do colour swatches for my water colours … But what was the best way of doing this? Well stamping an image and coloring it in was what I thought… So out came Henry says stamps and a lot of colorful elephants arrived! They are all on ATC sized pieces of watercolour paper. Then I finally found a use for an accordion book I bought at least 9 years ago! … So here is my book of elephants. I have two watercolour pencil sets… So each set has a side each and each elephant is labelled so I know which colour relates to which pencil and set!

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So now I have two little books which I can grab if I am looking for a specific colour, or to check if I have a specific colour before I duplicate in error and it was a fun couple of projects that have kept me out of trouble for a couple of hours each! I want to move on to document my other mediums too, but for the moment… This is my lot!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Blooming Marvellous, Builder Bird, Butterfly, Language of Friendship, Petite Petals, Ribbons, small flower punch

Wreath of loveliness!

I spotted this lovely little wreath in Hobbycraft and decided it would look fab with some flowers added and last night decided it was time to do this!

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With coordinating stamps and punches this is such an easy transformation and a few little pearls and some ribbon and jobs a good un!

Stamps used:
Language of Friendship
Petite Petals
Blooming Marvellous

Punches used:
Builder Bird
Small flower
Small butterfly

Inks used:
Crisp Canteloupe
Calypso Coral
Poppy Parade
Certainly Celery

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Decorative Label, Gorgeous Grunge, Made for You, Petite Petals, Ribbons, small flower punch, Square Lattice, Woodgrain

Colour my Monday! Cajun Craze!

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Happy Monday World! Well the part of the world that read my blog anyways!

Colour time! I am really enjoying this weekly challenge to focus on colour! It is time for a REGAL colour this week…

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Now this is not a colour I have used much… Mainly as I don’t own the actual ink colour, but also as rustic colours are just not really my thing! But, a couple of months ago, Helen used this colour in a class I had the kit for, but had never got round to doing the class as per her instructions … Partly as at the time I didn’t have the stamps for the specific class! Anyways, in the kit for one card was some Cajun Craze cardstock, so I grabbed that and set to work on creating something for this challenge instead.

Helen had also included a bit of the gold foil cardstock, so I embossed this first with the Square Lattice folder and then sanded it back to show some white through.

Next I inked the cardstock using the Chocolate Chip ink and a sponge to give it a nice even edge of ink. Then I took the small pieces of Very Vanilla and inked them too in Crumb cake and added some distressing with the Gorgeous Grunge and Woodgrain stamps. Then I stamped some of the cute Petite Petals flowers in a mixture of Crumb Cake and Gold Encore pigment ink. To these I added the candy dots in the Cajun Craze. Next up the sentiment was stamped in Chocolate Chip and inked and grunge with the dots stamp from Gorgeous Grunge. I used the Decorative label punch to create the little label for this.

Finally a bit of trim in Baked Brown Sugar to finish off!

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Love this finished card. It is so different from the style I would normally choose, and this is because the colour is out of my comfort zone, but this is what the challenge is about I suppose… To break me out of doing the same things over and over!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Builder Bird, Petite Petals, Ribbons, Secret Garden, Secret Garden framelits, small flower punch, Sycamore Street

My Mother’s Day bouquet!

I decided for this Mother’s Day that I would attempt one of these “oh so popular” pop up box cards. I happened to catch the talented Nikki from Polkadoodles fame on C and C and she showed how she makes no measure pop up boxes… Will I figured this was my best chance.

So this is what I did and I made this lovely creation for my Mum and brought it out to Spain this week for us to celebrate Mother’s Day a tad late!

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Such a simple but impressive creation to make! May well make some more for some other random occasions over the next few months… Only thing I have to remember is not to make the items in the box overlap too much or the box won’t fit in the envelope!

Happy crafting!

Catherine