Biggest Wish, Fancy Phrases, Happy Celebrations, Ribbons, Tidings and Trimmings

UK stampers forum tag swap

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!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Pick a Punch, Fancy Phrases, Ribbons, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

Pink layers and fancy phrases

So for this card I went for 2 different kinds of pink … warm and cool pinks … aka Petal Pink and blushing bride… mainly because I had them in my stash of scraps.

I decided to use the beautiful Fancy Phrases stamp set as its so easy to do quick colouring on this as it lends itself to a messier style.

I fussy cut some of the image and then created a panel by straight cutting the rest. It’s a bit fiddly but worth the effort I think.

Then I mounted it on one colour pink cardstock and made the card blank out of the other. This gave it two tones but I think they work well together. I added the sentiment strip which I punched using my Pick a Banner punch. I added some little pink gems and a twine bow to finish.

Inside I added the panel of white with the small branch stamped and coloured.

Happy with how this turned out. Pretty and most importantly Pink!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Year, Biggest Wish, Design Team, Fancy Phrases, Happy Celebrations, Peace & Joy, Ribbons, Tidings and Trimmings

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Hello! Another month flew by and time for another DT contribution for Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge blog.

This month I went to town stamping on a large tag in the stash and embellished with loads of different sized stars which I die cut from the Trimmings and Tidings bundle.

I added some stamped stars too and then made a title for the tag using a stamp set to make the start and the end of the title embossed onto black and then the Biggest Wish stamp to create the focal word.

Just love how this turned out. Fun to make the patterned paper with all those Happy stamps from the stash.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Fancy Phrases, Forever Greenery, One Sheet Wonder OSW

DT: Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper challenge: Forever Greenery one sheet wonder

Hello! Happy May Day!

Another one sheet wonder to share with you for Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge and kept it really simple on this.

I actually had a 6×6 square of the forever greenery in the pile on the desk so decided it was begging to be used for this. I know the paper is usually a 12 x 12 but I had cut this down for a class last year and this was leftover from that project.

I mat each piece with whisper white and then created backgrounds using Pear Pizazz. As I said I kept it simple.

Then I created the sentiments choosing these long thin ones from Fancy Phrases and embossing them with silver powder.

Card 1

Next I decided on the layout for each and adhered them in place, then added them to the card blanks.

I added the rhinestone gems to each of them and called them done!

So a simple 6×6 one sheet wonder for this month’s design team contribution… and another piece of dsp used!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Fancy Phrases, Gummiapan, Pierced Blooms, Ribbons

Tag Thursday… pierced blooms and grunge

Today for Tag Thursday I actually have a video showing how I made this tag which is for UK stampers forum.

I contrasted the Pierced blooms dies with the grungy background. Love how it turned out!

Such fun to make and those dies are fabulous! Love them!

And that gummiapan is one of my favourite background stamps ever!

Entering this into the challenge of flowers at Challenge up your life

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Fancy Phrases, Itty Bitty Greetings, Ribbons, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, True Love

Happy birthday Auntie Margaret

Today I have a card I made using leftovers from the online craftalong I did with friends a few weeks ago, using a tutorial from another craftalong I did with a different group of friends!

Confused?!?

So my SU group did a team craftalong during which the lovely Sue showed us how to make a card with different layers and folds. It’s difficult to describe but it was a great project to make and I made my mother’s day card using it … but I can’t blog that yet.

Then a few weeks ago I did some online crafting with some friends using the True Love dsp and had some leftovers so decided to make a birthday card for my auntie using the papers and same colours of cardstock using up leftovers on the desk and some fresh card for the base of the card.

I love the true love dsp …. it is such fun to colour in! I chose to colour in three floral clusters and fussy cut them, and use two different floral backgrounds for the background papers.

I used Rococo Rose and Blackberry Bliss as the main colours of cardstock and coloured the images using Blackberry Bliss, petal Pink (with a touch of flirty flamingo) and cherry cobbler … I didn’t have stampin blends in the rococo rose unfortunately bit think the flowers worked well regardless.

I also used the Blackberry Bliss ribbon and the pastel pearls to finish off the card with Fancy Phrases sentiments (& Itty Bitty Greetings for one of them).

Super happy with the card and the little pops of green from the leaves also work well. Definitely going to try and do more fancy fold type cards from now on… they may be intricate to make but the end result is fabulous!

Entering this into the flowers challenge at Challenge up your life

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Birch, Fancy Phrases, Venetian Romance

Project half done: Venetian Romance, Birch background & flower die cuts

A quick one today, with more of that Venetian Romance paper I still haven’t finished with! This time just one little strip on the card I made… although it is super cute!

I also videoed the process… here is the link.

I love the embossed background using the Birch stamp and the pearlescent embossing powder.

Then the Calypso Coral and shaded spruce really pop on the patterned paper. Also that little sentiment strip looks great!

As I said, quick and easy but also looks great.

Entering this into the Anything Goes challenge at Crafty Creations

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Birds and Branches, Birds and More, Fancy Phrases, Pinewood planks

Stampin Up Sunday… Keeping it simple… birds and branches

Another crazy week has passed, possibly one of the busiest I’ve had for a few months, so once again crafting had dried up… but then on Friday a SU order arrived. So a few YouTube videos were filmed … unboxing and then tidying up!

I did do plenty of crafting yesterday and today but for projects I can’t blog about yet so I had to make this quick card for today’s blog.

I am doing some sort of creative stuff daily that I started this week … journalling. I’m sort of mixing writing journalling with bullet journalling and junk journalling all in one… fancy seeing it? Well maybe I will share that when I have a decent number of spreads… although will need to cover a fair bit of the writing up for privacy.

Anyways… as I said today I have a card I made using the Birds and Branches stamps and dies but I kept it all really simple.

First an embossed panel of some slightly shiny cardatock. I brought out the embossing by adding some Sahara sand ink and using the blending tool. So pretty and delicate.

Next I stamped and die cut three birds… Blushing Bride, Pool Party, Pistachio Pudding (I would use soft sea foam but don’t own the ink yet!).

Then stamped the sentiment along the bottom.

Finished off with a tied piece of linen thread across the whole front of the card and adhered on the inside with a piece of card.

Pretty and simple.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Birds and Branches, Birds and More, Fancy Phrases

Stampin Up Sunday: Birds and Branches card

Today’s Stampin Up Sunday is showcasing the gorgeous Birds and Branches bundle from the annual catalogue. I know I have new goodies from the Jan-Jun catalogue but this is what I wanted to play with.

I started by cutting some panels for a card and then stamped out the bird and flowers … couldn’t make my mind up on which colour bird so I did a few and then others will all get used at some point I am sure…

So then I did all my die cutting and decided to make use of the large aperture die… I think this is the first time of using this.

I decided to use the linen cardstock for white top panel and then added some ink to the leaves and branches with a water brush.

I decided to use the peach coloured bird, but the lighter coloured one. I also added some flowers and leaves I had die cut out and remembered to stamp the little legs sticking out of the bottom of the birds.

I decided to add some embossing and used the sentiment from Fancy Phrases stamp set and gold emboss it in the aperture onto the Crumb Cake layer.

Next I decided to emboss a frame to the white panel and I decided to have this layer raised up on dimensionals and have the linen thread wrap around.

I used the linen card to make a card blank as a top folding card. I lined the three panels up at the top and adhered them in place.

I finished the front with a bit of gold glimmer under some pearl gem stones.

I decided to add a panel of the Soft Sea Foam on the inside which I had due cut the edge of with the border die from the Birds and More die set.

Then I embossed the rest of the sentiment in gold onto it. I also embellished with a flower and a leaf die cut too.

So that’s my card for today’s Stampin Up Sunday.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Canvas and Mixed Media art, Fancy Phrases, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Gorgeous Grunge, Masks/Stencils, Scalloped tag topper, Tap tap tap, Timeless Textures, Washi tape

Junk journal background page share and a make for mine!

OK let’s talk about sleep, laziness and fatigue….well only for a moment… skip over it straight to the craft if you like!

This past week sleep has not been great at night. I’m finding myself waking lots of times, albeit for only a few mins at a time, resulting in me getting up in the morning feeling far from rested. So I’ve had a few fatigue issues which I think are as a result of covid but in my head I keep getting feelings of guilt that I am being lazy. Does anyone else get like this?

My hubby has often called me a bed based life form as I do love a nap … but this fatigue feels different. It’s like all the muscles in my body have a dull ache and like my brain is in a bit of a fog. I really hope this is a temporary symptom and I can get myself back to my normal energy levels. I also need to work on that negative self talk and remember that this awful virus kills people so count myself lucky.

Anyway … this explains why the blog post last night missed out on a slice of life… I just didn’t have the energy to update the blog post that was scheduled before it went live!

Today’s slice of life was a lie in, a big family task of a kitchen inventory and then meal planning, a food shop and then more rest! There was a bit of crafting too (tomorrow’s blog post in fact!) but to be honest the big job of tidying up and cleaning the fridge, freezer and food cupboards and then the trip to the supermarket was more than enough activity.

This year I’ve joined a few friends to do a junk journal. I’ve never really done a junk journal as such before and I suspect mine will end up more as a mixed media journal but never mind!

First challenge was to make a journal… well I’ve decided on a loose 7×5 journal rather than a bound one and will put the journal together at the end instead. So first task didn’t get done.

Second task was to send some bits and pieces to a swap partner for using in their journal. I got lots of lovely bits and pieces from my partner and sent lots in return.

Next task was to make a background piece of a4 landscape that another person can use in their journal. And now this is something I can share a pic of…

I used my Gelli plate and fresco finish paints to create the background and then stamping and stencilling and modelling paste and washi tape. Love how it came out. I used another piece of cardstock to wipe off my brayer etc and this then became a second piece which will work in my journal.

This was how the background looked before I made it into a page.

And the finished article…

I used book print and a peach envelope from the swap pile of items and also the ribbon on the tag. Everything else, including rub ons, stickers, chipboard and the tag came from the stash.

Really really enjoyed making both the background paper and the finished journal page.

Such fun and so relaxing to just play and create.

Happy crafting!

Catherine