Category Archives: For My Family

Happy birthday Mum

It was my mum’s birthday on Saturday… we were meant to be going out to celebrate but the new quarantine for those coming from Spain has meant they are now self isolating for a fortnight… unluckily they arrived back in the UK just 24 hours too late to avoid it!

Anyways I did drop off this card for her and we will celebrate a little belatedly in a couple of weeks.

This card started as a colouring in exercise … a bit of mindfulness …

I stamped the Magnolia Blooms main image several times using different inks onto the whisper white cardstock…

Then using my promarkers I coloured a few in…

I decided the bottom colour scheme would be perfect for a card for Mum… so created a full 5×5 square of the images and coloured them all in.

I chose some coloured cardstock from the stash and some vellum and rose gold foiled cardstock to create some layers. I embossed the bottom layer and the top square using the Pinewood planks folder.

I then die cut the foliage from the Birds and More dies from the foiled card and added a die cut panel from the Everything is Rosy suite. I also added some of the rose gold mirrored dots.

Inside the card I used the Happy Wishes stamp for the greeting.

I also created a panel on the envelope too.

Love how this came together. I know that this particular stamp set isn’t available to buy anymore but there is a gorgeous Magnolia set in the catalogue that would work, or any floral stamps to create something similar.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alcohol lift-ink experiments

I’ve got the new alcohol lift-ink from Ranger and made a rather lengthy experiment video … here it is!

And here are the two cards I made by the end of the video…

Both rather difficult to photograph … but hopefully you can see what I made…

Love the lift-ink… think it opens up so many more options with alcohol ink backgrounds and of course with multicoloured stamping. Very very happy with my playtime.

Will share, of course, the other experimental pieces once they get made into something.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas in August … swirly scribble thinlits

I made these 5 cards at the weekend using the swirly scribble thinlits from Stampin Up to create fun wreath motifs.

I started by stamping the Sheet Music background onto the card blanks. I used Mossy Meadow for this and then set them aside. I then die cut the swirly circles in two sizes.

I then stamped and hand cut the leaves and the baubles from the Carols for Christmas set. This took quite a while as I stamped a lot of them! Good job I am patient!

I then started to assemble them and made little banners for the sentiments. To each of the baubles I added some dazzling diamonds clear glitter glue to add sparkle.

The last two I changed it up a bit and used the pointsettia flower instead of the baubles. I did add the glitter to the centre of the flowers on this one.

And on the last one I added some champagne shimmer ink to the die cut and then just added the pointsettia flowers.

I love how these came out and they were well worth the effort of fussy cutting out so many tiny pieces.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas in August! 8 ATC card toppers (296-303)

So I’ve been away from crafting because the parents are staying but yesterday I got some crafting done and made a start on the Christmas cards the parents have requested. So be prepared for a week of christmas starting here.

Of course I had to start with some ATC sized ones to get some more towards the challenge plus to start my creativity flowing!

I’ve also bitten the bullet and signed up as a Stampin Up demonstrator so this was using SU products (mainly) to create a mixed media style cardtoppers. I have to say I am quite impressed with how they came together. The card blanks I used and the mounts were not SU but they were just from the stash I had to hand.

I stuck the camera on whilst I played so you can check out my process here on YouTube and ended up with these 8 cards!

So that’s me into the 300’s on my ATC challenge…. Just 62 to go! Woo hoo!

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

Can’t see the wood for the trees

Tonight I was meant to be hosting class at my house. Unfortunately due to my head and crappy depression I have had to cancel but thought as the blog post was already written to share what we were meant to be doing…

I decided to make use of some of the many tree stamps I have… But for once not Lovely as a Tree. The whole idea is that although I have designed the four cards below, people can choose whichever trees they want for their cards from the many on offer. It should be fun to see what people come up with from the materials on hand.

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This makes use of paper piecing using the Print Poetry DSP stack from last year and the fun Unity Bella stamp. Love this technique, even if my lines did go a bit wonky!

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A brayered background and a silhouette stamp are always a good combination… And the addition of the sentiment from Henry Says punched out of the ticket makes this a bit of a masculine card.

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A Dylusions background with a stencil design and then a freebie stamp from a magazine make this card a bit different.

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Some leaves from the French Foliage stamp set finish off this Clarity split tree stamped image perfectly.

Love using different stamps and creating four very different looks for this tree card class… Looking forward to seeing what others create! Hoping to rearrange to have the class next week instead!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Colour My Monday! Perfect Plum

Hello there dear blog reader! Hoping your Monday has been splendid! Mine hasn’t exactly been splendid as once again I negotiate the crap that is depression. But I am determined to get better and not continue in this slump so I went for a run, lay in the garden in the sunshine and had fun playing with some colour! So tonight it’s a bit of a bumper post which should hopefully make you happy even if it’s just looking at pretty colours!

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This weeks colour is a lovely calm, serene and sophisticated colour … Which doesn’t mean I kept it that way!

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I must admit I do like a purple. Not 100% sure Stamping Up have got a purple that’s perfect for me yet, but do love all the shades of purple they have given us and I pretty much put them all on these cards with some extra pink for good measure. See not so much sophisticated or calm and serene!

And yes … I did say cards!

I did a bit of a one sheet wonder with some Whisper White and made four cards in total with a piece of 7×7″! Here they all are with decorated envelopes for good measure too!

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So I stated with some Wisteria Wonder and stamped the Dictionary stamp randomly all over the cardstock. Then added the Rich razzleberry Hello Doily stamp. Next up wa the flourish stamp from the Bliss stamp set. I fell in love with this Sale a bration set at the first SU card class I went to of my friend Helen’s … And this stamp is the reason why! Anyway, this is stamped in Perfect Plum. Finally I added some dots from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set in the bright Melon Mambo!

This then was the paper I created and then cut into panels to create the four card toppers. I layered them with the mat of the Perfect Plum and then created base panels with some of the retired Pretty in pink cardstock as a contrast.

Next I stamped a lot of butterflies from the Papillion Pot Pourri set and punched them out with coordinating punches. I stamped in the Perfect Plum and then coloured them with both the same ink and the Melon Mambo to give them different effects.

The sentiments were stamped from the For my Family stamp set and used the Word Window punch to punch them out and layer them up on the cards. The card blanks were ready made 6×6″ ones, and of course I added some bling!

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Next I decided to decorate the envelopes with a little bit of a coordinating look. I used the same stamps and same colours to create the envelopes.

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So a bumper post for this CMM! Hope you enjoyed!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy Birthday Princess!

Today my little baby is 8!!! I can’t believe it! Doesn’t seem long since she was a babe in arms … But given she is a tall girl, and I am a shortie, it won’t be long before she is towering above me I know! Goodness help me then!

So of course, my princess got made a special card!

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Packed full of Petite Petals with a cute bird (Language of Friendship) and butterfly (Papillion Pot Pourri). With some nice texture in the background using both Hardwood & Woodgrain.

Love how it came out! Almost as much as I love the girl herself!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Ps little update photo that shows all the dimension in the card!

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