Category Archives: Beautiful You

OSW pt2: Forever Fern

Here is part 2 for the one sheet wonder… using the Forever Fern stamp and Forever Flourishing dies.

I love how the brand new stamps work so perfectly with this old dsp … and how the Calypso Coral works as the accent colour on those strange bobbly stems.

I stamped the background with the Birch background stamp set.

I added the sentiment from the retired Beautiful You stamp set.

I love how distressing the papers and mats add texture.

I also added the embossing on the back panel for this using a snow folder but back to front so it creates a deboss design… I think it looks like distressed concrete surface on this.

Love how all of these look… I just adore these stamps and dies! Such fabulous images!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

One sheet wonder: Venetian Romance dsp

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!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

This month’s DT contribution is a quick one… sorry but just not had a chance to get round to making recently. So this is for Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge and I made a card with leftover Maggie Holmes papers.

I added pumice stone inking to the edges and added the focal image from Beautiful You stamp set.

Love how this came out. Really just need to carve out some time to be creative!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Beautiful You mixed media card

I needed another just because card and decided to make a slightly more mixed media card but wanted to keep it to a 1 layer card.

This is what I ended up with.

I masked off the edges to leave the rectangle and then added layers of ink to it. Then I added gesso through a stencil using a palette knife, let it dry a little and then wiped it with a baby wipe.

Next I added distress oxides through another stencil. This was the fab hieroglyphic stencil my friend Deborah Wainwright designed.

To this I then added more oxides on top and flicked it with water. This pushed the stencilling pattern back into the background and so i added some white paint pen marks to add to the pattern. Next I decided to add the main image… one of the figures from Beautiful You. I stamped it and the sentiment using the stamp platform so I could make them very strong impressions.

Then I added more colour using the oxides and some white pigment ink to define the woman.

I then added some gold pen marks and a doodled border and some flicks of white and shimmer ink.

Love this card. I had no idea when I started I would end up using these stamps… but they worked perfectly.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge 

Well hello! And happy start of advent. I have a very non-christmas card to share today that I made for my contribution to Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge. I actually stuck the video on to record the process… you can check this out here

And here is the card I made… 

I love these funky papers and the contrast with the delicate butterfly from Watercolour wings. Adorable. 

So now off to see what others have got up to with their stash of patterned paper over on the blog

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Background stamp class

Last Tuesday I hosted a crafting session at my house where the focus was on background stamps. 

I designed four cards using different background stamps. 

1. HARDWOOD

This is a perfect design for any woodgrain stamps and I love this Hardwood stamp from Stampin Up. I masked part of the background and then added another colour cardstock for the raised panel.  I then used the Awesomely Artistic set to embellish and then an old sentiment stamp.

2. POSTSCRIPT

An old but still very good technique of triple time stamping. This time using the Postscript stamp and a mix of colour inks. 

I used a mix of Sweet sugarplum, Berry Burst and Fresh Fig to ink up the stamp and then Fresh Fig for the mounting card. I then added the die cut swirl and stitched framelit before adding the Watercolour wings butterfly using the same colours. 

The sentiment was embossed just to make it pop! 

3. BURLAP

This time I grabbed the gelli plate and Distress oxides to add the fun background for this card. 

Using one colour of the oxide for the first print with some water and then added the burlap to it for the second layer created a nice rustic but imperfect print. 

I then added stamping for the glasses and then created the tag using the new Half Full stamp set from the autumn winter SU catalogue.

4. HANDCRAFTED

This is a retired stamp but I love it, especially for stamping with Brushos. I created a palette on my craft mat and then stamped into it and then straight onto the card blank. I love the mix of the colours and the watery stamped effect.

I then mopped up the remaining colour and die cut that using the Swirly Scribbles thinlits.  I also stamped and die cut the Beautiful You inage with the stitched framelits and added colour with some brusho. I edged panel and the sentiment with some purple from a blending tool.

So four different background stamps each used differently to create some fun cards.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Black tag butterfly time

Today I have a tag I made for a swap to share. I grabbed a black tag from Ranger and started adding distress oxides onto it. As they are slightly opaque they can be used on darker cardstock… just don’t expect the colours to be the same as when on light cardstock. 

So I started with a base of frayed burlap and layered up a few layers before then starting with the stencilling and stamping.

I added some dots from the Watercolour wings set and then stencilled some dots too. Then I stamped the main butterfly image with three colours of oxide. This created a subtle but beautiful feature. I then took a sentiment from Beautiful you and embossed it in white and doodles round some of the dots too. 

I decided the butterfly needed more emphasis… so out came the white gel pen again… 

Love how this came out. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine