Biggest Wish, Gummiapan, Oh So Ombre, Playful Alphabet

Happy birthday Hugo

I’ve been awol for weeks and weeks now because I’ve had zero time to craft. But my youngest great nephew turned 1 this weekend and I made this card for him.

Love the bright colours I chose and the cute paper from the stash. Used the Biggest Wish stamps and the Playful Alphabets dies to make up the sentiment on the front. Also those little heart dies I found in my stash in a gummipan set. So cute!

The little first I stamped using some mini alphas and then used wink of Stella and glossy accents to turn it into a raised sticker effect.

Had a lovely day yesterday celebrating with Hugo and some of his family.

Hoping to find myself a bit more craft time in the coming days to get back on top of the Christmas challenge that has completely gone to pot!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Year, Biggest Wish, Design Team, Fancy Phrases, Happy Celebrations, Peace & Joy, Ribbons, Tidings and Trimmings

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Hello! Another month flew by and time for another DT contribution for Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge blog.

This month I went to town stamping on a large tag in the stash and embellished with loads of different sized stars which I die cut from the Trimmings and Tidings bundle.

I added some stamped stars too and then made a title for the tag using a stamp set to make the start and the end of the title embossed onto black and then the Biggest Wish stamp to create the focal word.

Just love how this turned out. Fun to make the patterned paper with all those Happy stamps from the stash.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistic, Biggest Wish, Delicate Dahlia, Distress oxide ink, Happy Celebrations, Lovely Inside and Out, Ribbons

Happy for Abbie

My lovely colleague and friend Abbie has a new job and I am delighted for her as much as I am sad that we will no longer be at the same workplace together.

I had to make her a special card though to let her know how happy I am for her.

I started by stamping Delightful Dahlia stamps on cardstock in Versamark and embossing them in white and then plenty of distress oxides and the smooshing technique made a cool background. I also wiped away the excess ink with a piece of glossy photo paper which I ended up using in the card too.

I stamped a few of the smaller flowers for the card too and inked up using the same colour oxides.

I cut down the panel for the background and then got out the Artistic dies as I love the flower cluster one. I cut it from the photo paper and again from white cardstock so I could layer them to give it extra dimension.

Next I created the sentiment. I was inspired by the sentiment in the Delicate Dahlia set but wasn’t keen on the font so instead made my own using lots of other stamp sets and of course the Biggest Wish for that fab Happy part. I added the twine bow and plenty of foam under the sentiment and flower cluster so this is a VERY dimensional card.

I added lilac gems from the stash an a mount of the Blackberry Bliss cardstock. I then stamped (badly) the Dahlia onto the envelope and blended some ink over the corner.

And inside the card a strip of the background I had trimmed off and mounted it on blackberry bliss and added the final small flower.

Love how this came out. I know Abbie will appreciate the love I put into making her card and I hope she knows how much she will be missed.

Best of luck Abbie.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Picture perfect birthday, Pierced Blooms, Seasonal Labels Dies

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Hi

So I decided to make another 16th birthday card as there are quite a few ‘sweet 16’s’ to celebrate this year. And as I used a fair few dies it was perfect to use as this months DT contribution for the Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge.

I decided to start with the stamping on the right hand side… no idea where I was going with this but I had woke up with the idea so decided to go with it! And of course it is one of my favourite sets to use … Biggest Wish.

Next I added strips of rose gold washi tape and the panel of the stripey dsp.

I decided to go for a large label panel so grabbed the Seasonal Labels die and cut one in the rose gold cardstock and one from black, and then trimmed the black one down top and bottom so it was a stripe across the label.

Next I embossed the sentiment from an old set (Picture Perfect Birthday) and

I then grabbed the Pierced Blooms dies and used scraps of different pink and peach coloured cardstock to cut flowers and the Soft Sea Foam for the leaves.

I raised the label panel up on foam and then created the flower clusters and dotted a few small ones around.

I finished off with the number stickers and some sparkly gems for the obligatory bling.

Really happy with this. Slightly wishing I had used a different colour for the Happy stamping at the beginning and that it had been more pink rather than Calypso Coral but I still think it works together.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Distress oxide ink, Painted Texture, Seasonal Labels Dies, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Tidings and Trimmings

Happy 16th Birthday

This is the year my daughter and her friends turn 16 so I’m going to be making plenty of 16th cards this year! Here is one of them!

I decided to start with a panel of white cardstock I had embossed with the Painted Texture folder. I added ink using the Speckled Egg distress oxide ink. I also added some splatters of Coastal Cabana ink and some splatters of water too.

Next I added some silver embossed stars from the Trimmings and Tidings stamp set. Then I started playing with the dies from the Christmas Trimmings set and die cut three of the intricate star, lots of little stars and a label from the Seasonal Labels dies.

I added some organza ribbon and then decided to go for the favourite sentiment set… Biggest Wish.

I embossed and fussy cut the birthday sentiment and the Happy I fussy cut and placed each letter separately.

Finally I chose some letter chipboard stickers from the stash and added them. They were originally yellow in colour so I used my Stampin Blends to change them to a colour that went with the theme of the card.

Finally I added a little square with the “th” which was taken from a random birthday stamp where I just inked the 2 letters to create this little added element.

I finished the panel off with a couple of other layers underneath… the bottom layer is the Soft Succulent shimmer vellum, then some coordinating (but retired Tranquil Tide … I think???) cardstock.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistically Inked, Banner Pick a Punch, Biggest Wish, Brilliant Wings, Butterfly Brilliance, Picture perfect birthday

Happy birthday Michelle

A bit of a run on birthday cards this week… this time it was for my friend Michelle.

I decided to use the Butterfly Brilliance stamp which I don’t use nearly enough.

I used some Polished Pink cardstock and embossed the butterflies using white powder. I then added ink in Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo using the blending sponge to add some extra definition and an ombre look to the card stock. I tore one side and then mounted it onto the rose gold cardstock which I also tore down one edge.

I embossed the Happy from the Biggest Wish stamp set. Next I added some strips of green and yellow cardstock from the stash.

I added the birthday stamp from Artistically Inked to one and punched with the banner punch. I then used the same cardstock I die cut the little butterflies.

Inside I added a strip of the embossed cardstock I had cut off the front panel and punched it into a banner. I also added the remaining butterflies and stamped the sentiment from the retired Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set.

Love how this came together.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Brilliant Wings, Butterfly Brilliance, Design Team, piercing templates, Ribbons, Very Versailles, Watercolour paints

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies

Hello!

Firstly thank you for popping by to my blog. Just wanted to put that there as I know blog reading is not something that everyone does, so thank you.

Today I have another design team contribution for the Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies blog.

I created this tag with lots of different bits and pieces … let me talk you through it as I forgot to take process pics.

I started with stamping and die cutting the Brilliant Wings stamp. This is great as it stamps and cuts out 6 different butterflies in one go. I stamped them onto the Petal Pink cardstock and used a mix of different ink colours and the stamping platform so there was a gradient in the colours stamped.

I also die cut one of the filigree butterflies from the die sets and inked that using my blending tool.

Next I took 2 tags and cut out a panel of one of them as an aperture. I inked and stamped round that using the Very Versailles stamps. And splattered some shimmery watercolour paint too so there was some shine.

I then took 5 of the butterflies and laid them out around the aperture and stuck the aperture tag down. I then trimmed them back so that they were smaller than the tag but visible through the gap.

Next I took my piercing tool and guide and pierced the edge of the tag. Love the effect this creates.

Next I did a little more very versailles stamping on the bottom tag so that I would come through the vellum a little.

I cut a panel of vellum to sit behind the aperture and then sandwiched the two tags together.

Next I stamped the hello sentiment and the fancy frame from very versaille and fussy cut them out and inked the edges to match the tag. I added them to the frame and then affixed the layered butterfly to the top.

Finally I added the trim on the top. Voila! A layered tag with lots of interest.

I’m actually going to enter this into the UK stampers forum tag swap as not joined in yet this month so seems like a good way of doing my DT and joining in a swap!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistic, Biggest Wish, Delicate Dahlia, Ribbons, Seasonal Labels Dies, Timeworn Type

Happy birthday Sue

Today is my good friend’s birthday and it’s a special birthday this year so she got an all singing all dancing lots of effort kind of card made for her!

I used new stamps, dies and embossing folder plus old stash to make this and I am pretty chuffed with how it came out.

Starting point was I embossed some linen cardstock with my new embossing folder Timeworn Type which I am totally in love with. I then added ink I used distress ink as I wanted a fairly heavy coverage and these work best in my opinion.

I decided to place the panel (quite large piece of card to cover the left hand side of a 5×7 card blank.

Next I took a die cut from Artistic and then the sale-a-bration stamp set Delicate Dahlia and used that to create the main floral focal element.

I also grabbed some very old Cherry Cobbler ribbon.

Then I die cut some labels from the Seasonal Labels in coordinated scraps of cardstock.

Next up I went to the go to sentiment creating stamp set I am obsessed with … Biggest Wish.

Final finishing touches are a button from the stash, some Cherry Cobbler thread and some glittery gems.

Love how this looks and so so happy with that embossing folder, the die cut element, the floral stamp and of course my favourite sentiment stamps!

So all I have left to say is Happy Birthday to Sue… looking forward to celebrating with you in a couple of weeks time. 😀

Happy crafting!

Catherune

Biggest Wish, Happy Celebrations, Tidings and Trimmings

More new Christmas goodies … but a bit of a different project!

Yes I bought more new Christmas goodies to play with… I bought the Tidings and Trimmings bundle (and dsp) but I must admit my first play I went off piste and made a birthday card!

The card was very much inspired by the card Martin shared but I went crazy with stars and of course added in the Biggest Wish stamps for the sentiment and the Happy Celebrations too.

I used a range of pink and purple themed cardstocks and ink to created the card using the dies and stamps and then brought in the pop of turquoise with Coastal Cabana card and ink to provide a contrast.

Love how those dies look.. so pretty and can’t wait to create more.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistically Inked, Biggest Wish, Expressions in Ink, Picture perfect birthday

Happy birthday Mum

I made a swing fold card for my Mum’s birthday which we celebrated yesterday using the Expressions in Ink suite.

I love this paper and the effect the stamps create plus the die cut leaves I adore… although only used a tiny amount of this time.

I decided to use kraft card blanks as the base and I die cut the opening using the largest of the stitched shapes square dies.

Once I had sorted out the mechanism I then sorted out covering the panels with the paper and the central swing piece too.

Next it was time to get stamping. I used the Pale Papaya and the Pear Pizazz inks and stamped lots of the middle sized flower and small circular piece and the leaves and then die cut them out.

Next I stamped the sentiment in the Pear Pizazz and the Birthday from Biggest Wish I embossed in gold. I then fussy cut each letter carefully.

I also die cut the leaves from the piece of kraft I had cut out for the mechanism and from white I cut the floral piece.

I then started assembling.

I cut up the white floral piece so I could have a few white leaves on the central panel, then the rest of it I used on the envelope along with a strip of the paper.

I added a stamped and mat and layered sentiment in the middle panel and created one (not shown) for the final panel to add my message to Mum.

The sentiment is from the Picture Perfecy Birthday set.

I finished off with some of the gold glitter gems to add some more sparkle.

A really special card for my Mum!

Happy crafting!

Catherine