Biggest Wish, Cottage Flowers, Cottage Rose

Playing with Dies and stamps

When I get new stash I like to play with it before I search for how others have used it. Clearly I’ve seen pictures initially that prompt me to buy it in the first place but I’ve usually forgotten by the time I actually get to play.

This Cottage Rose bundle has a large die that cuts out bits of a floral arrangement… four parts of which coordinate with stamps but the rest don’t so it had me stumped. So I decided to create a background panel, put dsp behind it and then add the stamped elements on foam at slight angles so it still exposed the dsp…

I tore the edge of the white panel to expose the dsp and sewed the sentiment into place (always my go to sentiment stamp set … Biggest Wish)

I then went and looked at the catalogue to see how it is meant to work and it looks like it cuts dsp, but of course I hadn’t bought that!

Ah well… I like how I’ve used it. To be honest I ended up fussy cutting the flowers out as they were so easy so can’t imagine using the die for those bits so it is likely not to get used too much unless I go and get the dsp (and seriously I am not a person who needs more dsp in her life right now!)

Any other ideas on how to use it greatly appreciated.

Entering this in the Use flowers challenge at Get Creative Challenges

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Cottage Flowers, Cottage Rose, Natural Prints, Promarkers, Letraset

Another cottage rose hello!

Went for some gentle colouring using soft colours for this card by doing lots of stamping around the edges of the white panel using Sahara Sand.

Used promarkers to then add the colour but kept the tones soft.

I mounted the panel onto foam and then onto Cinnamon Sugar cardstock and then die cut the lab from Mossy Meadow and the pretty die cuts from some random brushed gold cardstock I had in the scraps folder. I then decided to add the Biggest Wish script sentiment which I stamped onto cardstock I had coloured with the promarkers used in the background colouring. Very much an experiment card playing with the promarkers and the scraps to hand.

I did add wink of Stella to the backgrounds but as usual the camera doesn’t pick them up!

A lovely little hello card … Happy with how it turned out.

Adding this to the challenge of Say it with flowers at International Art and Soul blog

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Collage, Designer Series Paper, Tim Holtz

Selling stash and using up scraps

I decided it was time to have a bit of a clear out and sell some of my craft supplies I’m not really using (so i can buy new stash!)

And then it turned into a fun playtime of using up scraps off the desk and making little thank you collages for the little brown paper bags I had got to put sold items into.

I kind of got a little obsessed all afternoon making up these little bags … and of course forgot all about the tidying up!

Here are 12 of the many I made up (I didn’t take pics of all of them!

Such fun to play and just create little collages from scraps.

Now must get back to the tidying and sorting at some point!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistic, Banner Year, Biggest Wish, Christmas Greetings, Design Team, Playful Alphabet, Ribbons, Venetian Romance

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Good morning! Time for another design team contribution… this time the Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge.

I decided to make a thank you card for my parents and went for bright and cheery and the gorgeous Artistically Inked dies.

When I bought these I thought I would be using the floral bouquet all the time, but have only used it occasionally so far… so it seemed a good idea to grab it and get it used!

I teamed it with some lovely bright dsp I’ve had in the stash a long time (I used it a few months ago for a birthday card for my friend so I figured I would use some more again now!

And kept it light and easy with white die cutting etc.

I added some twine and gems to embellishments but made the card a little more fun by decorating the front, and the inside with a fold back.

I die cut the YOU from playful Alphabets three times and stacked them to give dimension.

Then added a panel back in of white so I had somewhere to write my message.

I used an strip of the paper leftover to decorate the envelope and one of the remaining leaves for the decoration!

Love how this turned out… I especially like anchoring the die cut in the panel of white… I think that works well.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Arrange a Wreath, Biggest Wish, Birds and Branches, Birds and More, Gorgeous Grunge, Peace & Joy, Ribbons, Stitched framelits

Happy Easter – upgrading and repurposing

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.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Brushos, Happy Celebrations, Visible Image

Another 16th birthday card

Yes another 16th birthday card made for another of my daughters friends… and I had such a messy time making this… it was so fun!

I don’t know the recipient of this card very well but I know she has been doing textiles with my daughter so I decided to use Brusho and embossing to create the background and to dye some fabric. Then I did torn edges and rough hand sewing to give it a grungy but still pretty look.

I used some Visible Inage stamps both for the background and then the focal image and then used a mix of sentiments (Biggest Wish and Happy Celebrations … they are always my go to one’s now!) And found some coordinating sticker numbers for the large 16.

I finished off with some little green/blue iridescent gems for a bit of sparkle.

Inside the card I used one of the Butterfly images and stamped it a few times then coloured them loosely with coordinating colours of watercolour, and the envelope I stamped in turquoise so it coordinated but didn’t need water applying so it didn’t warp.

As you can see from the last image there was a bit of dimension added too for the top later of the card from the cardstock… I really like how textural this turned out… perfect for my daughters textile studying friend!

Joining in the Happy Little Stampers Watercolour challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, For My Family, Forever Greenery, piercing templates, Ribbons

Happy 16th birthday to my princess

I’m writing this ahead of her day but still in disbelief it has been 16 years since my baby girl arrived. So proud of the woman she is becoming. Love her to the end of the earth (even although occasionally she drives me insane!).

Here is the card I made for her.

Green has become the colour of choice of late and we have just finished decorating her room with green panel effect wallpaper and light green walls. So I decided to use some of the last pieces of the Forever Greenery dsp I had in my stash and the gold die cut to create this 7×7 card.

Of course the Biggest Wish stamps got used… and some foam stickers for the large 16 in the middle!

I added some hand sewing and some lace (to reflect her love of sewing and textiles) and the fussy cut leaves reflect her wish to have lots of plants in her room (albeit fake ones as none of us are good at looking after plants).

I added foam between some layers so this has plenty of dimension and a white string bow to add more texture!

The inside I took some of the remaining paper and some of the die cuts to create a panel. Again a bit of sewing and sentiment stamped to finish off.

The envelope I kept really simple… just paper down one side.

So happy birthday dearest Maya … hope you have a fabulous birthday. We love you lots xxx

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Ribbons, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Tim Holtz, Wreath Builder

UK stampers forum tag swap

This month I joined in the UK Stampers Forum tag swap and used the remaining papers I had pulled out for the Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge design team contribution.

This time after adding the papers for the background I grabbed my Tim Holtz stamps to add a stamped cocktail.

After stamping it, I coloured it in and cut it to size, mounting it on to some peach coloured card.

I added stitch effect doodles around the edges of panels and added the die cut circles and leaves I had in my little box of die cuts. This just added some extra zing to the whole thing.

Next I stamped and cut out the Happy from the Biggest Wish stamp set and stamped hour using little alphas.

I added some card candi to the top and some snippets of lace and ribbon.

Then I decided the glass needed to have something else to finish it off… glossy accents! Perfect!

A fun and bright tag for this months swap! Hope the recipient enjoys the fruity cocktail vibe!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Design Team, Picture perfect birthday, Playful Alphabet, Tidings and Trimmings

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Hello! How is it already the 8th of the month? Well that means it is a design contribution day for Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge blog.

I am actually a little ahead of time for this as James’s birthday isn’t until the 13th but he is very unlikely so be following my blog so should be fine! Lol!

I started with the star cover die which I forgot I owned until I had a sort out of my dies box and when I saw it I knew I had to use it immediately!

I cut it from white cardstock and then played with my distress inks to create a splotchy effect in greens and blues.

Then I mounted it onto black cardstock.

Next I added a panel across the front and stamped the Biggest Wish stamps. I then die cut using the Tidings and Trimmings set the black and white star shapes.

Then I die cut James from black 4 times and stacked them up to create some dimension to his name and added those.

I added the panel to a Pacific Point 5.5×5.5 size card blank.

Inside I added a strip of black and added the white stars down the strip as embellishment. Then stamped and embossed the sentiment from Picture Perfect Birthday.

The envelope I added some faint stencilling using a Star stencil from the stash.

Hopefully James will like his star themed card when he gets it in a few days… until then… if you know James don’t show him this blog! 🤣🤣🤣

Happy crafting!

Catherine