Artistically Inked, Design Team, Digital stamps, Playful Alphabet, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

DT: Creative Knockouts – Celebrations

First design team contribution for Creative Knockouts of 2023 to share with you today. The theme is Celebrations and we are sponsored by Alex Sybera designs.

I chose this Lovely Bouquet image which was kindly gifted for using for the challenge.

Our challenge was celebrations so I went with happy birthday as that is the thing we celebrate most in our house.

I printed the image onto cream cardstock and coloured in using my Stampin Blends. Admittedly I should have paused between the printing and colouring as it did move the line art ink a little but not enough for me to consider it ruined.

I then fussy cut the whole image out.

I created a base panel and used my scoreboard to create some border lines … this was because I was also entering this card into a challenge over at UK stampers forum to include dry embossing.

I adhered this panel to the base card, which is slightly larger with foam behind the middle section so it is slightly raised.

I then stuck the flower image in place.

I decided on some ombre letters for the sentiment so I coloured the scrap cardstock with my stampin blends before die cutting the letters using Playful Alphabet dies. I then cut more out of the scrap cardstock so I could stack them for dimension.

Next I used a stamp from the Artistically inked set for the birthday, cut it out, stacked it once and then edged it with the yellow ink to give it a little dimension.

Finally I added the little flowers as embellishments.

Really pleased how it came out and how cute this card is. I must also remember to use the scoreboard more for the creating of borders like this as it is so elegant.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistically Inked, Ribbons, Splendid Stems, Splendid Thoughts

Thank you card

I always like to send thank you cards after Christmas although these days it isn’t really about thanking people for gifts … but still I like to acknowledge and thank my parents for their presence with us at Christmas and how much it means to us.

This is this years card.

I started out with the stamped panel of vintage French print which I stamped in cherry cobbler. This is a wood mount stamp and I got it a few years ago as a good mixed media/journaling type stamp. As I am assessing the usefulness of all my crafting supplies at the moment I wanted to see how well this stamped… and as it turned out well I thought it would work for a layered element on a card and this then became the thank you card!

I made the card base from cream and then made a layer slightly smaller that I could add as the background. I decided to ink up the Old paper embossing folder with what a sand for a light contrast to the texture.

To be honest I inked up the wrong side and also embossed the panel as portrait not landscape in error but as it’s not a distinct text and was just forming a background I decided it would be fine. Sometimes you just learn to live with these things!

I decided I wanted to use the Splendid Stems as the focal feature and also grabbed a piece of the wide striped ribbon from the stash to add some different texture.

The stamped stem I added colour using stampin Blends pens in cherry cobbler and then die cut the other stems from black and the Kraft.

I also added in a scrunched piece of Kraft which I had added some white pigment ink to just to add something a little different.

I then chose to use the Artistically inked set for the sentiment which I fussy cut out.

I did add some scrap card for dimension under both the background layer and the cherry cobbler stamped print piece but this is less raised than if using foam so a little more subtle.

Then I added pearls as finishing touches.

Whilst that’s taken a while to explain how I made it it actually didn’t take too long at all to make and came together very easily.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistically Inked, Distress oxide ink, Gelli Plate, Ribbons, Splendid Stems, True Love, YouTube video

True Love DSP playing

Today blog is a card I made using some of the leftover pieces of the fabulous True Love dsp which I love.

I also used a background I made for another project and never got round to using. I love how this came out but I must admit that I got a little lost in the middle of making this. If you fancy watching me fumble around making this card, check it out on YouTube as once again I videoed making this card.

I love how the ribbon provides a nice border element in the background and the bold sentiment panel.

Really going to miss this paper when I’ve finished off the last bits as it’s been fabulous to play with.

Finished off the card with white Splendid Stems die cuts and the black matt gems.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistically Inked, Digital stamps, Playful Alphabet, Spellbinders, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Very Versailles

Inky background play

Regular visitors to my blog will know I am obsessed with Jennifer McGuire YouTube videos and her cardmaking style. She shared this technique of making a cool background using an inked background, cutting it into strips and then reversing every other one.

So I had a go… just played at random with some reds and oranges but my blending was awful … turned out when you reverse them, go over with a white stamped background type stamp and then die cut it, it really works well!

I decided to use my panel as the background to a digital stamp I had been gifted on a design team project a while ago. I used Stampin Blends to colour the image (non traditional magnolia colouring!) and then added some bright white die cuts for the sentiment and behind the image.

In true Jennifer style I stacked the die cuts to give them dimension and I raised the back panel too.

I also added some gems which picked up the greens from the leaves on the main image.

Love how bright and cheery this card ended up and loved my take on the technique.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistic, Artistically Inked, Merriest moments, Painted Texture

Happy birthday ickle cus

Yesterday was my cousin’s birthday and I wanted to share the card I made for her. I will admit I made this several months ago and I am impressed with myself for not losing it, and remembering to post it! That last one in particular is a real achievement for me! 🤣

This started as an experiment to think of different ways to add colour to the Merriest Moments die cut panel … and I thought that the background stamp in Artistically Inked might be a good one for adding different kinds of texture to the colour rather than flat colour. So I die cut the panel out first and then stamped the stamp in Pear Pizazz and Old Olive randomly all over the panel. I also took the three small flower stamps and stamped them randomly in Mossy Meadow to give a few darker patches.

Next I ran it through the embossing folder and I loved the effect. I wasn’t however in the mood to make a Christmas card so I thought why not make my cousin a special birthday card and throw all the dimension at it … so that’s what I did. I chose a colour palette of subtles: So Saffron, Blushing Bride and Calypso Coral and went to town stamping and die cutting. I blended the inks a little for the larger flower to give the edge a darker colour.

I then die cut and embossed another of the Merriest Moments panels in white to give a background to the green one … I layered them the opposite way round so they didn’t line up. I then die cut a white panel for the centre as I like having that bit clean on these panels. I chose how to arrange my flowers and added foam under the large one and then slotted the leaves in too.

The sentiment I did try using a die cut banner but the ones I have were a little too wide for the sentiment so ended up just cutting a strip and edging it with the So Saffron ink to frame it a little and raised it on foam … for some dimension.

I contemplated the back panel being the Merriest Moments embossing but decided instead to use the Painted Texture one and to distress the edges too. I added the main panel onto this with 2 layers of foam and then adhered this to the card blank made from So Saffron.

I finished off with just a single pearl gem that is Petal Pink which I think worked well enough with the other colours.

Inside the card I added a panel of white and then one flower and leaf leftover from my stamping and die cutting.

No fancy envelope for this … didn’t have any inspiration this time … I ended up just putting it in a Kraft coloured envelope for posting which was cute in itself.

So happy birthday Michelle … and hope you all like the card I made her.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistically Inked, Christmas Greetings, Cottage Flowers, Cottage Rose, Design Team, Distress oxide ink, Nature's Prints

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes Birthday

So here is my design team contribution for this months Anything Goes Birthday challenge over at Happy Little Stampers.

I’ve gone bright and funky with a pop of gold and black.

I grabbed the Cottage Rose stamps and dies and after a blending inks across the Basic White I decided to stamp in black and have them teamed with a black label to contrast the bright distress oxide inks I used.

I created the cluster and then decided I wanted some background stamping. I decided to use the splotches stamp from Nature’s Print and added that using the Mowed Lawn distress oxide so it was in keeping with the colours of the flowers and leaves.

I had wanted to add in the additional elements of the gold laser cut leaves from Forever gold pack so I slotted a few in so there was some shine, and also the glittery gems from the stash.

Love how this finished up … so bright and cheery.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistic, Artistically Inked, Design Team, Expressions in Ink

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes Birthday

There have been a few changes at Happy Little Stampers and so now we have an Anything Goes Birthday challenge and I’m happy to be on the Design team for this one.

I decided to grab those Expressions in Ink papers that I put aside after failing the sheet load of cards challenge last month and use a couple to make two cards for this months design team contribution.

I used Old Olive as the contrast colour for the mount on the square piece (one of which is a triangle as per the original design on sheetload of cards) and added the sentiment and the die cut from the same Old Olive cardstock. I did also add a panel of the pale Papaya shimmer vellum underneath so that gives it a fancy frame!

Both cards are very similar with the colours and the leaf die cuts but with different papers they look different enough for me to be happy (I never like making the same card more than once).

For the envelopes I used some leftover strips of the cardstock to add a little panel on each.

So off to see what other birthday creations the team have been making … and I encourage you to come and join in on the challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistic, Artistically Inked, Expressions in Ink

4 artistic thank you’s

A few weeks ago I cut up papers and did stamping with the intention of making a sheetload of cards challenge but then never really finished it (plus messed up the cutting for the template!) So I shared the four I did at the time and put things aside for another day’s play.

Well I decided to grab the pouch that had all the bits and pieces in it and have a go at making some more and managed four more.

Two are pink and two are peach … but all make cute thank you cards!

These pale Papaya ones I used the flower images I had stamped and die cut. As I don’t have Pale Papaya ink I used a mix of retired colours (Crisp Canteloupe and More Mustard) and some Calypso Coral as these all worked with the Pale Papaya.

I mounted both of these onto the Mossy Meadow card blanks I had made. This gave a nice frame to the cards.

The pink ones I actually have a mix of pinks going on as I ran out of the Polished Pink cardstock so had to use a random other bright pink from the stash.

As these also had the pop of Pale Papaya in the patterned paper I used the same peachy themed colours for stamping the flowers … and one of them also got a few of the smaller flowers stamped in Melon Mambo.

Love how summery and bright these cards are… perfect for saying a cheery thank you!

I love too the gold foiling in the papers … really makes them special.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistically Inked, Cottage Rose, Gelli Plate, Memories and More, Splendid Stems

Desk clearing distraction

Is it just me? Whenever I set myself a task of clearing the desk and the piles of “stuff” that have accumulated I end up finding a “treasure” and making something! And the tidying up concept disappears! 😆

So this card is one of those creations!

I found another gelliprint ATCs that I had started and not finished and decided it worked perfectly with those Memories and More cards that I have been whittling my way through!

A scrap of the Pretty Peacock cardstock, a die cut and Forever gold laser cut and a few Artistically Inked flowers to embellish… with a cute little sentiment … and jobs a good’un … on the cardmaking front that is… the desk tidying… not so much!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistic, Artistically Inked, Biggest Wish, Expressions in Ink, Splendid Stems, Splendid Thoughts

#SheetloadofcardsJuly2022 … well not exactly!

Well I attempted another Sheet load of cards using the template by Call me Crafty Al but I messed up the cutting … still i managed four cards, and have plenty of leftovers for other projects, but absolutely not really following the template and not as many cards as it should have been… but you know what I am happy with the results so don’t care that it took a different turn!

I decided to use three sheets of the Expressions in Ink dsp but didn’t quite follow the template on one and also my cutting into triangles went squiffy so ended up giving up on the real template and just winging it. To be honest that’s more my thing anyway otherwise I would have ended up with cards that were all too similar and that’s not really me.

Once I had done the cutting I then set to on all the stamping I thought I might use for embellishment….

As the papers were a mix of Pale Papaya and Polished Pink and I don’t own those inks I did a mix of Calpyso Coral, Melon Mambo, Crisp Canteloupe and More Mustard to get some colours that would compliment the Pale Papaya in the dsp.

Most of the leaves were Old Olive but I did do a few in Pear Pizazz to give some variation.

Then I did all the die cutting and fussy cutting needed (fussy cutting the sentiments mainly). And then started to put together the cards. I did end up die cutting some of the standalone elements from the set too and that added some different finishes to some of the cards. I did assemble most as card toppers and then added them to card bases rather than straight onto card bases as I went along.

I also varied on one card and used Splendid Thoughts and Splendid Stems to embellish … just like to mix things up occasionally!

I didn’t however get round to doing much more than putting four cards together properly … these ones where black became the base!

As you can see most of the stanping I did wasn’t used on these… but I’ve die cut everything and put it in a pouch for coming back to … you never know I might get to it soon but I lost inspiration a little after these ones.

I love the drama of the black and the gold … and that Polished Pink alcohol ink effect is everything!

Entering these into the Anything Goes challenge at Crafty Katz

Next time will definitely make an effort to do more with the Pale Papaya … which is gorgeous but I just don’t have the inspiration right now!

Happy crafting!

Catherine