Today I have the tag I made for this months UK stampers forum tag swap… and I went BIG!
I decided to use a tag I’ve had in the drawer for a long time which is an Art by Marlene one. I decided to cover it with word stamping … using the word Happy from all the stamp sets where I could find it!
I kept to a blue theme choosing blue and teal coloured inks. I then chose some star stamps from the stash and filled in areas around the words with the stars.
Next I added a strip of the black cardstock across the middle. This gave my main star and ‘happy’ a bit of grounding.
I die cut lots of stars from the glimmer speciality paper I still have a bit of in my stash and stuck them down all over the tag.
I finished off the sentiment with the white embossing onto black to make the full sentiment of sending a little Happy your way
I added some silver and blue ribbon to finish the tag off and called it done!
Hi there! Thanks for popping along to my little corner of the Web. I’ve got another Happy Little Stampers design team contribution to share with you today. This was for the Anything Goes with Dies blog.
This card turned into a labour of love … lots of stamping, masking and colouring with just a bit of die cutting!
I made this for my cousins daughters birthday as the girl images reminded me of her.
I cut a piece of 6×6 white and stamped the Polaroid image from Concord and 9th all over it, and then masking I filled in some of the gaps. Next I took the girl images which were magazine stamps and stamped those as the photo images… again lots of masking to keep the images within the frames.
I then coloured them using both Stampin Blends and promarkers until the whole sheet was coloured in. I also edged the panel with black.
Next I stamped and die cut the camera image and then coloured that in. I also die cut some hearts and coloured them using the same colours so they would coordinate.
I decided to then put a few things together to make the sentiment. Firstly the smile die from Lawn Fawn which I stacked a few together to give it dimension and then some little alphas. Then Your from Happy Celebrations and Birthday from Biggest Wish.
I added some foam behind a few elements and behind the main die cut panel I added some ribbon.
I then went to town with wink of Stella on the hearts and the smile die cut.
Inside the card I added three individual Polaroid images I had cut out and coloured and some more of the hearts.
For the envelope I kept it simple and just added the stamped hearts in similar colours.
Saturday was my lovely friend Sue’s birthday. I made this colourful card for her.
I decided to use the lovely Nature’s Prints stamp and used some glossy photo paper to create a fun alcohol ink background to stamp onto. I must admit my alcohol ink background didn’t blend as well as I would have liked but when die cut and stamped it looked fabulous.
I decided to add them to an embossed panel and then added the sentiment using the Biggest Wish stamps. I also added a little strip which I added some ink to so it had a little rainbow popping under the sentiment.
I finished off with sequins just to add some sparkle.
How quickly the weeks go … how are we already mid August?
Well it is time for me to share another design team contribution, this time for Creative Knockouts where we have an Anything Goes challenge this week. There is a prize sponsored by Pretty Cute stamps so I encourage you to join in.
Here is the card I made…
I decided to have fun fussy cutting and using some old dsp …
This was a half sheet of 12×12 so it have me a big pile of fun flowers to use. I also had half a sheet of one of the other pieces of dsp from the pack so used some of that in the background and as a banner strip.
I decided to have a bit of texture with the chevron embossing folder and then the sentiment strip across the middle raised with the larger flower as the focal image. Of course I used the Biggest Wish stamp set again to do this … I really don’t know what I would do without this stamp set!
I added some of the smaller flower images around the card too and then added the panel to the right hand side of the card.
Inside I added one of the other flower images I had cut out.
Love this … it was actually quite relaxing doing all the fussy cutting and I still have lots left so will pop them in a little pouch so I can come back and use them on another project another time.
I decided to once again grab a Dylusions background … but this time it is the last one so there won’t be more of these bright and funky backgrounds to share unless I have a fun inky session! This time I went for a pretty and fun birthday card.
After trimming the green background down I added it to some yellow card to give it a frame and then using foam I added it to the card blank.
Next I die cut some foliage from some Cinnamon Cider and Petal Pink cardstock. Next I stamped and fussy cut a large floral image from an old Creative Stamping magazine set. I’ve not really used this set much and it is beautiful so may have to put it to good use again soon.
I coloured it quite loosely using my Stampin Blends in Petal Pink, Granny Apple Green, Just Jade and So Saffron.
Next I die cut the letters for Happy from the Cinnamon Cider and stacked them up three times to give more dimension. I then stamped the Birthday from Biggest Wish using More Mustard.
I added foam under the floral stamped image and also under the birthday part of the sentiment so this really has a lot of dimension.
I finished off with the gold flower embellishments from the stash.
It feels so good to have finally used up all those backgrounds made so long ago. So pleased I could find a use for them and could find a way to mix up my crafting a little.
I knew that she wanted to be dressed in soft greens and yellows and also surrounded by lots of foliage and so I set to with my colouring…
I coloured her in a mix of Stampin Blends and promarkers and then cut her out with a bit of a border of white.
Then I grabbed the Merriest Moments stamps, dies and the embossing folder and made a big cluster of pretty greens and yellows for the gnome to stand amongst.
There is plenty of dimension going on with foam between some layers and also that fabulous texture of the dry embossing. The embossed piece I added colour to the foliage using my stampin blends in a range of green colours (I also coloured the back of them as I knew that some might end up being seen on the reverse).
For the sentiment out came my favourite … Biggest Wish.
I stamped the birthday using the stamp platform to get an ombre look and the Happy I embossed in white over some cardstock I had coloured with the same stampin blends as some of the leaves in the background.
I decided to make a slightly different fold of card too by extending the back of the card with Soft Seam foam cardstock and having the cluster hang over the edge.
I corner rounded the edges too to soften the look. Inside I added one more flower and leaf die cut just to make it match… probably should have found a sentiment to stamp on the inside too but never thought of that till now!
I finished off the front with some pale yellow sequins from the stash.
Love how this little gnome worked well amongst the over the top amount of flowers and leaves. So cute! I also love using a Christmas and winter themed set for something very different.
I am still working my way through things on the desk and trying to clear the decks a bit. I find whilst products are on my desk, or half used supplies, I can’t seem to settle on new stuff until I’ve used it up. I constantly want to grab for the same stuff.
In this case it is these Dylusions backgrounds. I’ve had them for years bit now seems to be the time to put them to use or get rid… and that is just not an option!
So I grabbed a couple of them that were more decorated than most with added doodles and some black edges. I added more black with a bit of black stamping (Gummiapan alphabet text stamp) and also grabbed a smaller piece of one and did the same on that).
I added black around the orange piece and then some white dots to make it coordinate.
I mounted the smaller panel onto the top of the other and then looked around for more supplies to finish this off.
I settled for some flowers stamped and fussy cut (again these were already stamped on the desk from some other Christmas themed projects) and then punched a jar from black scrap cardstock to turn it into a feature.
I decided Cinnamon Cider was the perfect card base colour so used a half sheet of that to make the card blank. It wasn’t a full sheet so I felt fine in then also stamping onto the bit left over to create the sentiment which I then fussy cut out and added to the card with a bit of foam in the middle so it had dimension.
Quite a funky and mixed media style card. Love it!
I am really trying to use up dsp I own and keep playing with different challenges. I think this started as a #sheetloadofcards template but to be honest I started it over a month ago so can’t remember now.
Anyway the plan was to make some masculine cards using this golf themed dsp I had in the stash … bit it didn’t exactly go to plan when I realised I had exactly zero golf themed stuff to make it into a proper themed card… so I went a bit off piste!
I hunted through my bits and pieces box and found this printed topper so this did work with the sports theme. I also added the letters from an old Papermania kit which made them slightly more restricted and masculine.
But then I gave up … couldn’t find anything that would work with the golf theme!
Fortunately for three cards I could avoid the direct golf theme as the papers are double sided and I could use alternative sides where necessary … and so instead I gave up on masculine and added butterflies from the lovely Butterfly Brilliance set.
The next two I opted to cover up the golf themed paper instead …
A complete cheat … but all I could think of to do given I had made up the cards originally thinking I must have something in my stash that would work… only to find nothing except that one printed sports element.
Ah well.. a set of fun and pretty cards using golf themed papers done and dusted!
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!