Alpaca Pals, Claritystamps, For My Family, Kim Dellow, Pinewood planks, Promarkers, Letraset

Happy birthday hubby!

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!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

For My Family, Gorgeous Grunge, Petals and more, Ribbons, Wreath Builder

Stampin Up Sunday – wreath builder dies

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!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Birds and More, For My Family, Happy wishes, Magnolia Blooms, Pinewood planks, Promarkers, Letraset

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, Awesomely artistic, Baked Texture embossing powder, Darcy, Foiling, For My Family, Hot Picks, YouTube video

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