Category Archives: For My Family

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

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

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