Final day of Martin’s challenge and I made a really cute little card for the theme of Wreathed in Joy.
I definitely struggled with doing Martin’s daily challenge and so after the first week and a bit I’ve not really managed to do much …. but I’ve kept the challenge so it’s always something I can go back to be inspired by. It’s also been amazing seeing everyone’s interpretation of the themes and given me plenty of ideas to try out in future.
It is a 4×4 card and using the fabulous bright and cheery Parakeet Party cardstock… not exactly your traditional colour for Christmas .. but it is cute and I love it.
I used the Arrange a Wreath stamp to stamp the wreath to the right of the panel and a few additional leaves which I fussy cut out to add.
Then the sentiment I added to a banner that I made with the banner punch.
Next up I found some bows I had already die cut from scraps one one of which was a light blue colour and the other white. I added the green ink to both … the blue one heavily so it became very vibrant and darker and the white with a blending brush for a softer look. I added blending too over the stamper wreath to give the card some depth of colour.
I raised up the banner for dimension and added some of the little iridescent snowflakes onto the wreath for embellishment.
So cute and with that … Martin’s Mayhem Christmas challenge is over! What a fab challenge it has been when I’ve joined in. If you go on Instagram and use the hashtag you will see all the amazing cards people have made. It has been so inspirational!
Just three more to finish for my own challenge and I think we can safely say I’ve done my Christmas crafting for the year!
Happy Easter… whether you are a Christian or just enjoy the chocolate eggs I wish you all the best this Easter!
Back in July 2020 I made a One sheet wonder using some yellow dsp and used the Birds and Branches stamps for decorating a card…
… well I’ve never got round to using this card and I’m trying to work my way through existing cards so I grabbed this one and upgraded it and repurposed it into an Easter card for my parents.
I added some additional stamping in the background adding Calypso Coral and Pear Pizazz. Then I stamped and embossed in white on some Pear Pizazz cardstock the Happy from Biggest Wish and the Easter from Arrange a Wreath in Calypso Coral onto white.
I added these sentiments on foam with the scrap of green and white twine behind. Then added the gems to add some bling.
I think this is a nice upgrade and also good to repurpose the card and get it used!
We are off to see my parents for Easter lunch today so hopefully they will like the bright and cheery card.
At the beginning of the year I decided to get a bit organised and have put aside specific papers from the old Making Cards magazine stash. I had too many still hanging around so have decided to just get things made… and to decrease the decision making I’ve put specific papers aside for each month… let’s see how that goes shall we?
This month it was these delicate floral papers and images.
Once again I created two cards… both with one piece of the patterned paper and two of the focal images.
I used a die I have had for a long time and rarely used which is a cover die that cits out lots of little rectangles and squares.
I die cut it from both the patterned paper and some lilac cardstock and created the backgrounds in reverse.
I love this two in one effect and may well use it again to create some more from this set of papers before the end of the month if I get a chance. I then created the toppers using different dies from the stash, including the flourish dies from Crafters Companion.
I also added a piece of the lace as an added texture underneath the focal images.
I finished with sentiments from Picture Perfect Birthday which I die cut and some pretty lilac sequins
I also added banner strips to the envelope fronts and the inside of the cards. I also added some more flourish die cuts and a sentiment to each of them inside.
Really pretty finished cards. Love the texture and the die cut elements.
I actually made this birthday card for my Stampin Up upline whose birthday was the 1st Jan and I figured a pretty and bright wreath card with lots of flowers would be the best way to start the new year and celebrate her birthday!
I used the fabulous and bright Magenta Madness cardstock and then embossed the Arrange a Wreath onto the background using silver embossing powder. Next I added lots of die cut leaf sprigs that I had in the stash having cut them from scraps leftover from other projects. I used soft sea foam, Pear Pizazz and some mint macaron for the leaves and then added the yellow and white flowers to finish the wreath.
I edged the panel with a bit of dry embossing too as I felt it needed something for a frame.
I decided to add some All the Trimmings enamel dots and then embossed the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings onto the pink with a layer of pear pizazz to finish off!
Oh and a twine bow from the stash too of course!
So off to see what everyone else at HLS has been up to with dies.
This week for Stampin Up Sunday I decided to do a tag for UK Stampers Forum swap but as we don’t actually send them to our swap people until January I decided not to go Christmas themed.
I did use a wreath but with flowers but also made it a little grungey using the Baked Texture embossing powder for the background wreath. I also added the Dictionary background stamping and used a splodges stamp from Eclectic Expressions to add ink around the edges. This gave it an interesting look from which the flowers and leaves I stamped and die cut from white pop!
I added them and the twine ribbon to the wreath and then some white All the Trimmings embellishments to add a little extra. I found the sentiment in my Art by Marlene stickers.
I chose some wide striped ribbon that is rich razzleberry in colour to finish the tag off.
Love how this ended up. So many fun ways to use the Arrange the wreath stamps and wreath builder dies. Love experimenting with them and it always seems to work out with a lovely result!
Decided to make an autumnal feel card today… using the beautiful Arrange a Wreath stamps and accompanying wreath builder dies.
The main wreath image is quite bold and adding the little die cut leaves and berries in different shades of green softens it a little I think. This would work well with some orange and red leaves to make it even more autumnal.
I added the kraft card blank and the kraft die cut bow and the kraft border to the sentiment and this made it more autumnal. The mat of the glitter card just added a hint of shimmer!
So another batch of Christmas cards made using the long since retired Winter Frost dsp and this time mainly using the Arrange a Wreath stamps and Wreath Builder dies to decorate… although the Peace and Joy set did get used for sentiments and some odd bits and pieces left from the set of cards I shared yesterday.
I also used the doilies I had bought at a reduced cost… and the Coastal Cabana ones worked fab with the paper.
So I started by just chopping up the paper… no plan was followed at all… and once again I ended up with enough for 13 cards! Again these will be given to the parents for their stash.
I mounted all the pieces onto Smoky Slate cardstock and then moved on to how to decorate them. Once again, I made the most of the double sided dsp, although most I kept to the snowflake design rather than the retro grey. I thought the retro grey was less Christmas themed.
Then I set to stamping and die cutting and fussy cutting elements to decorate. I mainly used the stamps from Arrange a Wreath and dies from the coordinating Wreath Builder set.
I kept to cool colours this time. I used Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana and Smoky Slate. A few of the sentiments I had stamped and not used from the previous OSW I shared also got used so there were some sentiments using the Island Indigo ink.
I didn’t think the pink was needed for these cards as they were more pretty than funky and so better keeping to the cool colours and white and grey than adding in further contrast.
I laid out each card and added a panel of either the smoky slate, or white, or vellum or some foiled cardstock from the stash as a background for each. I then chose which I wanted to add embossing to before I started thinking about adhering anything! I managed to use some off cuts of the foiled card to die cut some little sprigs from the die set too.
Then it was time to start sticking and finishing! What I will say is all those little leaves and sprigs take a bit of fiddling and be prepared to get a bit messy with glue if you are anything like me!
And here are the cards as close ups for each of them. Realised I didnt do close ups of the ones I shared yesterday. Might go back and get photos done and share as a separate blog.
I am super happy with how these came out. Just so pretty! Love how the paper works well with the die cuts and doilies and love the little turquoise leaves etc.
Finished off the cards with pearl gems and wink of Stella on either the flowers or bows or some leaves.
I then chose a different stamp from the set to decorate the envelopes.
This time I did add the pink … thought it needed the contrast and although think it still works nicely with the card.
As you can see in the background for this pic I still have some of this DSP left… May get tempted to do another OSW with what’s left … not sure if I want to choose different stamps and dies to go with it… very tempted with the snowflake wishes set… but not yet bought that so these remaining papers may have to wait.
So after the mammoth OSW I did last month, I decided to dig through the dsp to do another one. I chose an old (2014!) piece of dsp from the stash. This was a set called Venetian Romance and I love it.
I created 12 cards in total and loved pairing this old dsp with my new stamps!
I also distressed the dsp and the kraft cardstock I was using as a mat. This left a large amount of paper fluff everywhere but love the effect it created.
So I’ll share the first four tonight and then rest tomorrow.
So Birds and Branches is the stamp set for the focal images… such a beautiful stamp set.
This first one I added the panel of the craft card and embossed with the Pinewood panel 3d set. I also added the linen thread and the pearl as embellishment.
This card I added some stamping using the Birch background stamp. I also found some ribbon in the stash that seemed to work with the Calypso Coral colour in the dsp.
The Best Wishes sentiment I chose are from the Arrange a Wreath stamp set.
For this one I found a paperclip that was the perfect match too… added that as a different embellishment.
Love the way the four cards finished up… the stamps breathe new life into the old paper. So pleased I got to use it… after 6 years of it sitting in a box!
And for those interested I made up my template as I went along but these are the measurements… (I’ve drawn this out after the fact!) And yes I did and up with a spare 1″ strip but that’s because it was damaged on my original piece of paper!