Hello! Thanks for popping over to my blog. I really like to see people coming to my little slice of the internet to see what I’m up to! Today I have a design team contribution for Addicted to Stamps and More where our theme is Birthdays! Now regular visitors will know I make a lot of birthday cards so this wasn’t difficult to do … but I decided to mix it up a little and make an easel card just because I fancied something a bit different.
I also wanted to use a new die (yes I sort of failed in my no spend quest but decided that the challenge would be that I can only buy things using the proceeds from selling craft supplies and I’m definitely within that budget still!) … so I started by partially diecutting the panel with my die and then adding that to a black background.
Next I went for the beautiful Cottage Rose stamp set and stamped the main image and coloured it with stampin blend markers. I die cut it out, then die cut another two to stick them together to give them dimension.
Next I constructed the card using black for the bottom panel and embossing the white sentiment and adding gems. I also added the sentiment on the front with the gems to make the card complete.
I love the contrast of the red rose against the black and white and also the partial die cut background.
Fun to create a different shaped card … hope you like it too.
After a few months of holiday from the challenge Happy Little Stampers is back and so here I am with a design team contribution. This is for the Anything Goes Birthday challenge.
I’m trying my hardest this year to not get new stash and to use more of what I already own… so this time I raided the pouch that has already printed and in some cases like this, already coloured digital images.
I also grabbed patterned paper from the stash and decided to make an admittedly autumnal looking card using the beautiful All Dressed Up image and the leaves paper.
Then to make it special I added the rose gold die cut leaves, the pretty peach die cut flowers and the pearls for the centre.
I then embossed the sentiment onto the black which coordinates with the black mats for the image and paper.
So quite quick to put together as the image was already coloured. Pleased I thought to dig into the printed digital stamps folder for this.
I decided to pull out the pouch with printed digital stamps, some of which are already coloured and make up a card using them and paper from the stash… I’m in a use up old stash kind of mood at the moment!
Turned out I also had some stamped images which I think I got rid of the stamps for years ago so this really is a card made from ancient stash!
I had coloured it with my Prismacolours so it just needed die cutting out and then the right papers and embellishments to be found.
I thought these autumnal papers worked perfectly along with the peach/ coral coloured cardstock. I hand cut a mat for the image and also added the lace trim as something to soften the look.
Feels like the kind of card I made a lot of a few years ago and to be honest I really like it. Simple and pretty. Inside I added some more of the paper to decorate.
Might have to do more cards like this and actually use these already printed/ stamped/ coloured images I have to mix up my style every so often! Also it was a lot easier on the arms not doing lots of die cutting which seems to have been more my style of late!
Well here we go… last quarter of the year! I’ve another design team contribution to share with you today for the Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog. The plan I made at the beginning of the year of setting aside Making Cards magazine old kits has worked really well and means it is an easy starting point… plus I’m working my way through the old stash and loving getting some use out of it.
This time some Peacock themed papers and images.
Took the two different papers and kept it simple… just made them into background panels and the remaining bits were cut in strips for the inside and the envelopes.
I first stuck the focal images onto white cardstock using pritstick as I wanted them to have a bit of sturdiness before I fussy cut them. I don’t mind the quality of the paper for the backgrounds, but for the focal images it is a tad thin sometimes.
Anyway, I then fussy cut the main images out and dug into the cardstock stash… all of it was scraps and not a bit of new cardstock was used (I hoard cardstock and hate cutting into new sheets if I can get away with not!
I decided to emboss the cardstock pieces so they have an elegant pattern and then used the Nature’s Prints stamp and the coordinating Natural Prints dies to create some embellishments.
Both cards have a slightly different colour scheme … one pink, one peach. But both very similar with the Pretty Peacock as the other colour cardstock. I then decided to use the Time for Tea birthday sentiment die along with the Happy from Cottage Rose stamps.
With raising some elements on foam these are fairly dimensional cards and of course the embossing gives and lovely texture to them.
Looking forward to blog hopping around and seeing what everyone else has been up to with their patterned paper stash this month.
I’ve gone bright and funky with a pop of gold and black.
I grabbed the Cottage Rose stamps and dies and after a blending inks across the Basic White I decided to stamp in black and have them teamed with a black label to contrast the bright distress oxide inks I used.
I created the cluster and then decided I wanted some background stamping. I decided to use the splotches stamp from Nature’s Print and added that using the Mowed Lawn distress oxide so it was in keeping with the colours of the flowers and leaves.
I had wanted to add in the additional elements of the gold laser cut leaves from Forever gold pack so I slotted a few in so there was some shine, and also the glittery gems from the stash.
Hello! Welcome to my blog and todays bit of creativity is my playtime with a stencil and a blending tool.
I created this gorgeous little card using an old Stampin Up stencil and some ink … I kept it quite simple to be honest in terms of the stencilling … nothing too taxing… just did some simple inking through the stencil to the right hand side of the card blank. After removing the stencil I then inked around the area I wanted to place my focal cluster to give it some depth and then splattered some rose gold shimmer ink to give a bit of shine but you probably can’t see that in the pics unfortunately.
Next I added a white die cut. This hangs off the edge a little but as this is a slimmer design card blank (approx 9cm wide) it still fits in the usual envelope.
I then decided on my focal images and went for a Creative Stamping magazine kit I got a week or so ago with the cute daisy type images. I decided to colour them using my blending brushes rather than colour in with pens or paints…
… this gives a nice soft colouring blend. I then fussy cut them both out.
I added them adhering with Pinflair glue gel to give some dimension without having to add foam and then turned to the sentiment. I chose to ink and emboss the Woo hoo! From the Amazing Phrasing set but manipulated the stamp so it was on a curve rather than straight. Then used the same Calypso Coral to ink the background which gives it a bit of a gradient. I then fussy cut that out, again adding with the pinflair to give some dimension.
The Happy birthday was from the Cottage Rose set as its a nice simple font.
I decided to add gems but wanted some colourful ones so coloured them with my stampin Blends markers so they give a little pop of colour.
Really happy with this. The stencilling in the background really just adds some fun pattern without taking over. Love being part of this design team to remind me to use my stencils more often!
Yesterday was my Mum’s birthday and I wanted to share the labour of love that was her birthday card with you.
I had the idea that I wanted to do a wreath design as the main part of the card so I started by stamping lots of leaves from different sets in all the greens. I kept to mainly lighter coloured greens rather than very dark ones after all it is August not winter and wanted it to be bright!
I decided, even though these could be die cut, to fussy cut instead…. after all that is more relaxing and cam be done sat on the sofa…
Then I put together some on a circle to decide if the different styles and types of leaves went OK together… and decided as there were so many types and styles it did…. oh I also coloured in the images from Splendid Thoughts as they were outline images so used stampin blends to colour them.
I decided I wanted more but this time the die cuts from Splendid Stems as something to break up the images…
I decided this was a good mix of the delicate die cuts in solid colour and the stamped or coloured images.
Next to decide how to finish the card and I had a couple of ideas I tried out. By this time I had stuck the leaves together onto a thin ring of scrap paper so that was complete but all other elements are just placed in half finished form to give me an idea of how they look.
I was torn between keeping it green and white and adding in bright colours… bit went for the yellow as it is my Mum’s favourite colour.
So I found some yellow ribbon in the stash for a bow, fussy cut the Stampendous sentiment that I had stamped with blended yellow and coral inks, cut some more Playful Alphabets and coloured them with So Saffron stampin blends and added the little flowers I had bought in a pack from Hobbycraft many years ago.
Then to decide on the background … I went with a Kraft card base in 8×8 as I had one in my stash and the originally planned white 7×7 was a bit too small … but actually I think it frames it nicely.
Then I added a mount of the So Saffron cardstock.
The white base I decided to blend some So Saffron on and do some splatters of green and coral ink to complement the colours in the rest of the card.
I added a foam panel behind this to raise it off the So Saffron and then put foam behind the wreath and a double layer under the middle of the sentiment to support it.
This gives the whole card so much dimension. I love it!
Inside I added a panel of whisper white with some more blending and splatters with a panel of So Saffron on the edge. Then I added a little cluster of the leaves I had left over and added the little sentiment strip.
I decided to add wink of Stella to the mum letters to give them some sparkle and then called it finished!
Had a play with a little trellis stencil this weekend and made this cute card with Cottage Rose stamps.
I started with the stencil and put some versamark through it and then added Baked Texture embossing powder and heated it up. This left a lovely verdigris type colour and texture.
I then stamped the image in Soft Suede and then used some watercolour pencils to colour it in. When I had finished colouring I then die cut it.
I decided to add some inking to both the stencilled panel and the sentiment panel but decided the card needed more so grabbed some Crumb Cake and embossed it with the Old paper folder. Again I added ink.
I added the stencilled panel with foam underneath and then added some twine and some pearl gems to finish off.
Is it just me? Whenever I set myself a task of clearing the desk and the piles of “stuff” that have accumulated I end up finding a “treasure” and making something! And the tidying up concept disappears! 😆
So this card is one of those creations!
I found another gelliprint ATCs that I had started and not finished and decided it worked perfectly with those Memories and More cards that I have been whittling my way through!
A scrap of the Pretty Peacock cardstock, a die cut and Forever gold laser cut and a few Artistically Inked flowers to embellish… with a cute little sentiment … and jobs a good’un … on the cardmaking front that is… the desk tidying… not so much!
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!