Category Archives: Bitty Banners

Happy birthday to my bestie!

Today is the birthday of one of my best friends, Gwen! Decided to go all inky in creating her card!

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I created the background with Dylusions and then used some Sheena Douglass stamps to add the wings, and created some grungy bits too. Next I grabbed a heart from Darcy’s Paperartsy collection of stamps, and did that on a separate piece of card which I added the bright pink Dylusions to. I also stamped the little verse from Darcy’s stamps onto the background panel.

I raised the heart, and then used the Bitty Banners to create the sentiment. Next I added some white highlights to the wings using a white gel pen, which just lifted the wings a bit. Then I added some slate grey gems to finish off the panel and mounted it onto the Basic Grey cardstock.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Happy “special” birthday Helen!

Last week it was Helen’s special birthday… So I had to make her a crafty gift of course!

Well I didn’t just make a gift… I made a card, a gift and… Are you ready for it? …. A BOX!!! Helen has shown me how to make boxes many times, but I confess I am usually box challenged…. But I did it! I made a box to out the gift in! Look … See!

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Ok so the decorating could be better… But it coordinates with the card and gift…

So what did I do? Well I made a little book of inspiration for when Helen’s crafting mojo may disappear off on a wander!

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I used a little Moleskine book and added in loads of sketches and little prompts that might help Helen when she has a crafters block. It’s like a non-digital Pinterest I suppose!

The decoration for all items was using the spotty tissue paper, a stamped image from a little Bo Bunny stamp I have had for ages, and Itty Bitty banners stamps/dies.

I hope she likes the gift and card, and appreciates that I made a box … That works! Wonders will never cease!

Happy crafting

Catherine

Commissioned card fun!

My mum and dad ask me to make most of their cards, and this is one such card… For my cousin, whose birthday was earlier this week!

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I used fabulous Indigo Blu stamps that came with a magazine earlier in the year, and the Sanded stamp which I love! Also added the Itty bitty banners sentiment.

Then I decorated the envelope with the matching butterfly stamp.

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Happy crafting!

Catherine

Tidying up the scrap box

I have recently had a bit of a tidy up! Mainly of the scrap box and got rid of things I really would never use by making the pieces big enough into envelopes for the lunch money for the princess! Ingenious use of paper that I otherwise would throw into the recycling! Or at least I think it is!

I have also been making up some quick and simple cards with the bits that were a bit to small to save but too pretty to throw away… Those really small bits and pieces you just can’t quite part with … So here is a selection of the cards I made using such cute bits and pieces!

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A bright combination of Afternoon Daydreams, Summer Silhouettes & Papillion Pot Pourri with a splash of additional colour with the chevron ribbon!

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Watercoloured Simply Sketched flower with my Inktense pencils (lush!) and used some random scraps of paper. Lovely little Itty bitty Banners sentiment too!

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The fabulous Henry Says sits happily on the I am Me DSP scraps for this bright celebratory card!

Love how a delve in the scraps box can give me these three very different cards! I did some more but you will have to wait to see them!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Colour my Monday! Chocolate Chip!

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Here we are again … It’s Monday so time to put some colour into your life!

Well this week I’m all NEUTRAL and this is a very edible colour!

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I ended up making a card for a commission actually this time, and mixed in a bit of Pumpkin Pie, More mustard & cherry cobbler .

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I used a couple of masks and some ink to make the background on the piece of First Edition DSP. I then chose the French Foliage stamp set and fussy cut out some leaves once I stamped them. I also added some of the splodges in the scrummy Chocolate chip. I then added in some That’s the Ticket and a Itty Bitty Banners sentiment. Also added a scrap of linen thread just to add some texture.

Then mounted this onto some papers from the scrap box, including the gold card, and mounted it all onto a cream card blank.

Next I turned to the envelope…

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I masked off an area for the address and then used the stencils and inks again. Then took the mask away, and stamped the leaves and splodges before drawing some lines round the masked area.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Experimenting with the sunflower!

I have wanted the sunflower stamp since I first saw it but it took a while before I managed to get it… And then having got it it took a few months before I used it! Doh! Why exactly I have no idea but hey I suppose it’s the way it goes sometimes!

Anyways eventually I decided to play with it and here is the first experiment

I took some inked paper that had been Dylusions spray ink through a mask and then I stamped the Sunflower by inking it with the Stampin write markers and then spritzing it with water before stamping.

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I actually stamped it twice but it really is just as a background.

Then I used the same technique but this time onto white paper… The bottom image was without the water spritzing to give a cleaner image.

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Next it was time to start fussy cutting…

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And layering…

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Adding a bit of colour to the reverse of the top layer…

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And remembering to shape the petals as flowers aren’t flat!

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Next I decide I want some elements to shine, so embossing pen and clear powder to heat emboss…

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At which point I dislike the finished item and can’t work out what to do next… So I grab my embellishment box, find some flowers and a fabric covered brad, then stamp a sentiment, mount it on some zingy yellow card and then onto a card blank. Not 100% happy with this… But sometimes you learn from the mistakes you make, and the final product was ok I think, even if not what I expected when i started!

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What I do love however is what I did inside the card and envelope… Next use of the stamp will definitely be for a clean and simple card!

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Happy crafting!

Catherine

Emergency birthday card

Well flippin’ ‘eck ! The card I made for the father in law never turned up in the post so this afternoon when he was distracted in the garden with the princess I popped into the craft room to make this …

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Paper was the paper I used to wipe off the stencil from making the original card, and added the World Map stamp image and a number stamp from Kaisercraft in Midnight Muse and some inking. Then I stamped the Simply Stars onto Whisper white in the gorgeous Tangerine Tango, midnight muse & Gumball green. I mounted the piece onto a piece of orange DSP I had to hand and a piece of Sahara Sand. Then stamped the happy birthday from Itty Bitty Banners onto a scrap of Sahara Sand.

Then I did a bit of stamping on the inside of the card and on the envelope to finish it off… Not bad for a thirty minute make from scraps! Obviously the desk is a complete mess now but hey I couldn’t have him not having a card from us!

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Happy crafting!

Catherine