Banner Year, Biggest Wish, Peace & Joy, Ribbons, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Tim Holtz, Tis the Season

Christmas in July challenge 4

Back again with some more Christmas cards. After all I am currently waiting for the end of the Euros final so I can go and pick the no doubt stress ridden and maybe drunken husband up from his friends where he is watching the game with his friends. So now seems as good a time as any to update my blog.

This time I decided the theme would be to add flowers … not always something you think of when thinking of Christmas cards but I love these stamped images from an old Creative Stamping magazine so went to town and stamped 2 of each image and chose a slightly different colour scheme for each.

I chose some green papers from last years Tis the Season 6×6 dsp pack. I still have a fair amount of this left so really want to use it up so I can feel justified in buying new dsp from the next catalogue!

I decided to do the same fun fold for each card and cut the bases from Crumb Cake and scored at 10.5cm from one end as well and the centre so they can be sealed at the end and then a square element for the opening.

I cut each paper into a square and and a side strip and a small strip for the inside of each card … again keeping the dimensions all the same.

For the Shaded Spruce papers I kept the colour scheme to Real Red and Just Jade colours, and for the Garden Green to Cherry Cobbler and Mossy Meadow colours.

I did lots of die cutting using both Tim Holtz dies and Artistically Inked dies.

I found some red ribbons in the stash to wrap the end part. And the sentiments I chose were from all sorts of different places.

I also used glossy accents to add some shine and dimension in different places.

So happy with these. Love the design of this simple but fun fold to make the cards a little different!

Now come on England… one more goal in the next 8 mins so we can avoid penalties.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Peace & Joy, Ribbons, Tis the Season

Christmas in July challenge 2

Hi again. More Christmas cards in July to share for my little July challenge. Thought I would keep it simple for theme 2 and do something I am familiar with… a one sheet wonder!

I chose a piece of 6×6 paper from the stash (Tis the season) and once I had cut it into pieces I mounted each piece on the coordinating Cherry Cobbler and then set about adding the gold embellishments to create each card.

I did choose 5×7 cards as the base and added some bits of ribbon and sequins as embellishments.

I also kept with the same stamp set as last time (Biggest wish) and combined it with the Peace and Joy stamp set for the word Christmas.

This final one I added the jar punched element too as a finishing touch.

Loved making these… and the gold makes a lovely special card.

Join me for theme 3 in a couple of days… I plan on putting that Biggest Wish stamp set out of arms reach so I might use something different! Lol!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Masks/Stencils, Papermania, Peace & Joy

Christmas in July challenge 1

So I have been neglecting making Christmas cards so far this year as I no longer could commit to CHNC and pulled out of the DT, so decided to boost my supplies for this year with a little Christmas in July challenge.

I looked around blogland in advance and couldn’t see any being advertised so I making my own challenge up instead. I’m not doing a daily challenge… just setting myself 12 themes and in some cases will make multiple cards for the theme. I am also aiming to use all existing supplies… no new purchases to do this! After all I have six zillion Christmas supplies!

So here goes… theme 1 … CASE a non- Christmas card to make a Christmas card

OK this one is easy… I am slightly obsessed with a card that Martin from Martin’s Mayhem made … so that was my inspiration. I grabbed VERY old Papermania papers to mainly make up these cards. I then took the card making on a slightly different twist by adding stencilling in the background and twisting the layout…. but I think the inspiration from Martin’s card is still fairly evident.

So super old stash used… and CASE of a non Christmas card achieved.

Check back in a couple of days to see what the next challenge… and if you want to join in feel free and just let me know so I can come and see what you made!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistically Inked, Biggest Wish, Design Team, Embossing Folders, Expressions in Ink, One Sheet Wonder OSW

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

I must admit I was a little worried I might not get this done in time, but then Monday night I grabbed myself some craft time and made six cards using a piece of 6×6 cut from the Expressions in Ink dsp (I adore this paper and it was a challenge to cut into I promise!) and the coordinating stamps and dies, plus the Biggest Wish stamps which are my current faves!

I split the panels into pairs and so these are the two where I added the panel of Pale Papaya cardstock which I ran through the embossing folder to create additional texture.

Next these two I used Basic white and added some background stamping for behind the smaller panels of dsp and the embellishments.

Finally these two I added the Forever Gold elements as fun backgrounds plus the Pale Papaya cardstock to finish off.

Love the colours and the gold foiling in the dsp and those die cut leaves are amazing. Love how the stamps work well with the papers plus to create background elements too.

And those biggest wish stamps are still my favourites!

Anyway… this is my latest make for the Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog design team and now it is time to go visit everyone else’s blogs and see what they have been up to!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish

CASE birthday cards

Remember the father’s day card I made where I had used Martin’s card as my inspiration… well I also made these three birthday cards for the stash using the same idea but different colour ways.

I changed up some of the background stamping and the papers but kept to the same idea of fussy cutting the Happy word (Biggest Wish stamp set).

Love how simple these were to make.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Forever Greenery

Happy Birthday Dad

Howdy!

Today is my Dad’s birthday … and as its so close to fathers day I try to make something completely different in style! I did however use my new favourite stamp set Biggest Wish to make up part of the sentiment.

I chose to go full on layers however and used the Forever Greenery dsp and the gold embellishments for the card against the kraft card blank and Crumb Cake cardstock.

It was quite easy to make… just layers and the stamped sentiment as those gold embellishments do all the work… and the white leaves are from the same set, just reversed!

I used the remaining dsp I had on the desk (it was a 6×6 piece I had cut from the 12×12) to finish the inside of the cars off.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish

Happy fathers day Dad!

Today is fathers day so we were due to go out to celebrate later with my hubby and princess, and my parents, but the restaurant has had to close due to staff testing positive, so a change of plans and I have to go to the shop to buy food and then cook. Ah well until then I thought I would quickly drop by and share the card I made for my Dad which was totally inspired by the talented Martin at Martin’s Mayhem.

As soon as I saw his card using the Biggest Wish stamp set I knew I wanted to recreate it. I used my own random scraps of dsp from the stash and different other stamp sets to make the greeting but you can clearly see his cards influence.

In fact I loved this so much I decorated the inside of the card…

… and the envelope!

Really loved making this!

Thanks for the inspiration Martin!

Happy crafting!

Catherine