I’m back with more floral elements from the perfectly penned and this time rainbow themed.
I coloured each of the clusters a different colour of the rainbow using stampin blends and promarkers. I added them to a dotty background (leftovers from the True Love dsp) raising some up on foam for dimension.
I then created my sentiment layering it on some rainbow washi covered cardstock.
Finished off inside the black cardblank a white insert with an added floral element and washi strip.
Todays card is one I made with the bits and pieces that were left over from other projects. Firstly some fussy cut dsp from projects I made in January (the flowers) and then the dsp I made this months patterned paper playtime project with and the UK stampers forum tag swap with.
From these bits and pieces a cute card came together with the gorgeous lace trim, some sewing and some scraps of black. All mounted on a Cherry Cobbler base card blank.
I love how easily this came together just using bits and pieces left over from other projects.
Finished off the card with the black gems and a sentiment stamped on one of those labels leftover.
How is it the beginning of March already? Wow this year is going so fast already.
So as its the first of the month it is time for my playtime with patterned paper.
Those of you who have popped by my blog for this before will know I got myself super organised last year, chose some 12×12 dsp and got fussy cutting and popped all the bits into a pouch so I could be ready to go with the starting point of a card! This time it’s an odd one as the dsp I cut up had lots of these labels on one side and the coral pattern on the other and I teamed it with some dictionary type print paper too.
So I grabbed some Pale Papaya cardstock and made up a card blank and used another piece to add texture then started layering up a few of the labels, a strip of the coral and the book paper.
This gave a nice spot for a focal feature to be added and I decided on a jar full of splendid Stems!
I did punch the jar a few times to give it some dimension and covered the top layer in wink of Stella so it’s very shimmery!
Inside the jar I added the die cut Stems and one of the stamped images which I stamped and coloured onto the bookprint which I think looks fabulous!
I finished off with a simple sentiment from For my Family and some pearl gems and a bit of twine wrapped round the jar.
Love how this finished up. A lovely mix of modern and vintage I think!
So I’m writing this a little ahead of time so it is all ready for posting on Christmas Day. Wishing all my blog visitors and readers a lovely festive season.
We had a bit of a naff week as I got hit with a flu virus so everything got put off until the last minute but fortunately been feeling a little more human by Christmas Eve and so we got ready in time! But just admit I am in bed early on Christmas Eve as so exhausted!
Anyways I didn’t come on here to moan but instead to share the card I made for my hubby for Christmas as I realised I hadn’t shared it yet. I also realise the only pics I have of it in daylight are before the glue had dried on the gems so it doesn’t look it’s best but hey ho that’s how it goes sometimes!
I decided to keep it quite ‘simple’ with an embossed background and then stamped images. Even though the stamped images could be die cut I actually fussy cut them as I was in the mood for it and die cutting sometimes is difficult to line them up straight.
I stamped all the leaves from a selection of greens and then the berries from cherry cobbler and the pine cones in early espresso and soft suede. I must admit my brown inks are quite dry now though so they did stamp quite lightly.
I raised a few of the pine cones up on foam to give dimension and then the sentiment I cut into strips and added some gold paint pen to the edges to add some shine. I also dotted the gold pen around the cluster.
I finished with the clear gems which as I say I took the pic whilst the glue was still drying but the dried glue is clear so it doesn’t look as messy!
Edit… took a pic of it on display so you can see it without the messy glue.
I raised the whole panel up on foam. This is a larger card (7×7 card blank) so the card blank frames the panel well.
Ok so that is the final card for this Christmas and whilst I don’t currently feel well enough to craft at the moment I am definitely thinking ahead to what 2023 crafting might bring.
Thank you so much for joining me for my crafty exploits this year and if I get a chance I will pop back again post Christmas festivities to let you know how Christmas went and any plans I may have made.
Frustratingly my Dad’s birthday is always very close to Fathers Day and so I always try to make a completely different style of card for his birthday than I made for Fathers Day. Fathers day this year was all wood and brown elements… so for his birthday I went bright and colourful with dramatic black elements instead!
I found this very old dsp lurking in my box of papers and I am trying really hard to use up old stash when I find it… so the paper with candles and the yellow is from the same sheet of 12×12 (the joys of double sided dsp) but I had no other papers from whatever set it was from so decided to add in pieces of the 6×6 Oh So Ombre I had left in my stash too.
I decided to pick up on the black in the candle paper to add some black elements… the stamped Dad, the die cut stars and the die cut Happy.
The Birthday and the candles though I wanted bright and cheery so did those in Daffodil yellow… in fact I also heat embossed in clear over the yellow for the birthday so it also had some shine!
I cut panels of the paper, mounted the main central panel and then stuck everything down, raising the central panel a little for dimension.
The stars I added wink of Stella to so they had lots of shimmer.
Inside the card I cut some banners and added more die cut stars but smaller this time and then added the sentiment with heat embossing.
The envelope I used up some of the pieces of paper I had left to layer some banners and that was my card finished!
Definitely a very different style to his fathers day card… and very cheerful for his birthday!
Now having a contrasting card became even more important as I’ve not been able to give him either card yet and will be giving them both on Sunday as a result of delaying our plans thanks to C19. Ah well at least we are all on the mend now and just me to get a negative test result… Fingers crossed for tomorrow!
I’m writing this ahead of her day but still in disbelief it has been 16 years since my baby girl arrived. So proud of the woman she is becoming. Love her to the end of the earth (even although occasionally she drives me insane!).
Here is the card I made for her.
Green has become the colour of choice of late and we have just finished decorating her room with green panel effect wallpaper and light green walls. So I decided to use some of the last pieces of the Forever Greenery dsp I had in my stash and the gold die cut to create this 7×7 card.
Of course the Biggest Wish stamps got used… and some foam stickers for the large 16 in the middle!
I added some hand sewing and some lace (to reflect her love of sewing and textiles) and the fussy cut leaves reflect her wish to have lots of plants in her room (albeit fake ones as none of us are good at looking after plants).
I added foam between some layers so this has plenty of dimension and a white string bow to add more texture!
The inside I took some of the remaining paper and some of the die cuts to create a panel. Again a bit of sewing and sentiment stamped to finish off.
The envelope I kept really simple… just paper down one side.
So happy birthday dearest Maya … hope you have a fabulous birthday. We love you lots xxx
Yesterday we celebrated my husband’s birthday. Given the lockdown no meals out, or partying with friends. Instead we played games, ate fish and chips for tea and watched what he wanted on the TV.
I ended up making two cards … one from me, and one from the teenager … here they are …
I decided I wanted to use the Out of this world stamps from Alpaca Pals and used loads of other alpaca pals stamps to make up the background.
I embossed and masked the little alien. Then went to town inking and stamping the background. I chose (oddly as I’ve just moved them to a further from reach shelf as I hadn’t been using them!) to use Distress inks. I really enjoyed blending the colours together to create a fun background. I splattered some water on to lift some colour too… always fun!
I coloured the little alien with promarkers and then added some splashes of shimmer watercolour.
I decided to cut the panel apart a little as when I went to add the sentiment strips it didn’t feel balanced with the alien in the middle … really love how this looked as soon as I separated the panels.
The sentiment I took some random sentiments and some alpha stamps for the 👽 one stamped them out separately using the colours of the card and then added them down the right hand side.
Inside the card I took more Alpaca Stamps to decorate the inside…
Perfect for my husband (who we decided years ago for many reasons is actually an alien! 👽👽👽
OK from the teenager a different card entirely…
I went autumnal and also included a nod to our other family member (Lucky Chuck Johnson is a hedgehog who has been in residence at the raised bed in our garden since July!)
I used a kraft card blank and then created layers of texture and different inking effects using the Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo distress inks. I did some embossing using the Pinewood planks folder. I blended inks with some masked strips. I splattered. I had great fun!
I used the same inks to watercolour the hog images (Paperartsy – Kim Dellow) which I had embossed.
The sentiment I stamped using the Claritystamps letterbox set perfect for making a personalised card.
I finished off with some doodled lines and a little tag I embossed with a gold heart.
And why did I end up having to make this? Well I bought a card from our local supermarket for her to give … but it turns out that was the one she had given him previously! Who knew? Well another reason that handmade is best… no two cards are the same! So it might have been a last minute make on her behalf (she had left it too late to make one herself!).
So happy birthday dear hubby… not the birthday we had hoped for, but still lovely to spend the day together having fun!
So it turns out that Wreath Builder dies were what I needed to make me use dies as a basis for card making… and here my example is a card I made for my friend Michelle’s special birthday!
I made her a gatefold card using the dies and the bright lime and cerise cardstock in my stash!
I added Gorgeous Grunge splatter and a stamped sentiment from For my Family, a ribbon bow and a label die from Petals and More… but really it’s the dies that do all the work in this card.
Super happy with how this bright and cheery card turned out. Inside the gatefold I put a panel with some more die cuts…
I delivered this card a few weeks ago now so this is a belated happy birthday wish to Michelle… but as it was a special birthday and we’ve agreed to forget this year and celebrate properly next year I am sure she will get another special card then too!
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.