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DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

I have another one sheet wonder for my DT contribution for this months Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog. Think I may be close to the point of switching to Christmas themed ones … but for now I’m still working with pretty floral papers.

This one is a salabration set I got called paper Blooms that coordinates with the In Bloom stamps and Pierced Blooms dies. I love the Pierced Blooms dies so much..

I made 8 cards from this sheet of 12 x 12 … not a large amount but loved using both sides of the dsp so some got 2 panels not just one!

I also made one card as a fancy fold which was fun.

I also mixed up the size of the base cards to suit the sizes I had cut the panels so there were 5×5 cards and 6×4 cards.

I went to town in my box of scraps die cuts using flowers and leaves from a mix of sets…. Wreath Builder, Forever Flourishing, Pierced Blooms … and this is how I decorated them combined with various sentiments. In some like the above I combined stamp sets for the sentiment… Hello from Forever Fern and Friend from Lovely Inside and Out.

I also added either gems to flower centres or wink of Stella and glossy accents just add some extra texture.

Loved creating the little jar of flowers for this one using the Jar of Flowers stamp and then fussy cutting rather than punching the jar. So cute.

Also used the fabulous Happy Celebrations to create the sentiment for this one but then the one below chose the Happy from my fave stamp set of last Christmas, Peace and Joy.

I also loved adding the circles to the cards to create focal areas for the flower clusters to sit on.

So this final one is the fancy fold that my friend Valerie taught me to make.

Love how cool this is and makes a really special card.

Such fun working with these pretty papers and die cuts.

Hope you like them too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Beautiful Brocade, Everything is Rosy, Forever Fern, Itty Bitty Greetings, Ribbons

Finishing my PHD’s … Projects half done

Yup I’ve spent some time digging into the Projects Half Done box and finishing them off.

Most of these were made about 3 months ago but never stuck down or with sentiments added… and then put away in the box as I needed to tidy up and so forgotten about.

I think they were a project using a template to get the most out of 6×6 patterned paper, but to be honest I can’t really remember. But it is using the fabulous Everything Rosy kit and then a few different sentiments either from Itty Bitty Greetings or Forever Flourishing.

So I ended up with seven cards in total… all lovely and all different! And boy does it make a change from all the Christmas themed projects I have been blogging about!

There are two where I took close ups to show a couple of fun things off…

This first one … the reverse of the little doilies I added into the cards… these were coloured with bright colours on one side but white on the reverse… perfect for adding to any project regardless of colour scheme. Also on this photo Love the rose gold foil elements!

And this second close up shows the embossing I did in the background of the card using a pearlescent embossing powder… how elegant is this? And works perfectly again with any colour scheme! Might try this technique again where there is a lot of white space behind the main card topper. Helps that the stamps coordinate with the papers of course!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Forever Fern, Forever Flourishing, Forever Greenery, From all of us, Scalloped tag topper

Stampin Up Sunday – forever greenery tags

Today I have a project using the Scalloped Tag Topper. Yes I know I’ve been making loads of tags recently but I’m obsessed with this punch! I don’t own a massive amount of punches and rarely grab them, but this is such a good staple to have in your stash for making pretty tags. Must remember to use it more.

All you need is a strip 2″ wide and then punch the top and hey presto a pretty tag has emerged!

I used Soft sea foam as the base and onto this I stamped in soft suede and then a green embossing powder the dots from Forever Fern.

I then added a strip of Forever Greenery dsp. Then a Pear Pizazz die cut and a sentiment (from all of us) white embossed onto shaded spruce.

The ribbon was a bit of seam binding and some twine from the stash.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Forever Fern, Forever Flourishing, Playing with patterns, Stitched framelits

Stampin Up Sunday: Forever Fern playing with patterns card

I decided to play with the Playing with Patterns dsp and mix in with some Forever Fern stamped images and some die cut shapes.

I used the Purple Posy cardstock to layer up the elements and also some of the stitched shapes.

A simple one really with lots of lovely ink on die cuts… I love blending ink on these stamps.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Fancy Phrases, Forever Fern, Forever Flourishing, Forever Greenery, Ribbons

Stampin Up Sunday treat pounches

At the scrimpies team retreat back in September Amanda taught us how to make little treat pouches from a square of dsp… so I was keen to give it a try again and made these for my friends.

I used forever greenery dsp and cut it into 6×6 squares and did each one different.

Then I stamped and die cut a leaf from some scraps of patterned paper and added some sprigs I had die cut too.

Then I stamped the sentiment from Fancy Phrases onto some scraps of either white or crumb cake and turned them into little banners.

I punched a hole in the top where it was folded down to make it stronger. Through this I tied some white satin ribbon from the stash.

I love how each is different but easily made in a batch making kind of way.

Really shows off this beautiful paper too. So glad I ended up buying this paper for the class to go with the stamps and dies. It’s really beautiful.

Into each pouch I slid a herbal teabag and a little chocolate. A simple little treat for my friends who attended the zoom crafting class.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Fancy Phrases, Forever Fern, Forever Flourishing, Forever Greenery, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Ribbons, Waterfront

Crafting with friends forever greenery

I arranged a couple of zoom crafting sessions with friends and sent them all a kit to make this project… a one sheet wonder using forever greenery dsp and lots of lovely die cuts.

We had great fun crafting and the ladies all made some amazing cards… these were mine!

Will be doing a Christmas version in a couple of weeks too… looking forward to it.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Arrange a Wreath, Forever Fern, Wreath Builder

Stampin Up Sunday: Arrange a Wreath

Decided to make an autumnal feel card today… using the beautiful Arrange a Wreath stamps and accompanying wreath builder dies.

The main wreath image is quite bold and adding the little die cut leaves and berries in different shades of green softens it a little I think. This would work well with some orange and red leaves to make it even more autumnal.

I added the kraft card blank and the kraft die cut bow and the kraft border to the sentiment and this made it more autumnal. The mat of the glitter card just added a hint of shimmer!

Super happy with this little autumnal card.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Forever Fern, Forever Flourishing

Stampin Up Sunday: Forever Fern coins

I decided to play with Forever Fern stamps and the Forever Flourishing dies for the coins I made for this months UK Stampers Forum swap and as it’s a SU project it works for this week’s Stampin up Sunday post too!

I started with a piece of water colour card big enough to die cut three coins (2.5″ diameter) from. I added a mix of Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana on the background just to colour it. Then stamped and die cut the leaves from another piece of whisper white.

Next I added the die cuts to the part of the cardstock I knew would be part of the coins to create a background. This is easier to add them now and then die cut the circle using the Bigz die I use.

Next I added some rich raspberry ink to the remaining whisper white scraps and die cut the little leaves out. And on another scrap of whisper white stamped the Hello sentiment.

I then die cut the coins out and adhered them to some scrap thick cardboard I had already die cut as the coins to give them some strength. I like my coins to be quite sturdy.

I adhered the sprigs to the sentiment and then added them to the coins. I also edged each coin with the coastal cabana to frame it. On two of the coins I had done the same with the sentiment (I forgot on one!).

Next I added the sequins from the stash that work colourwise with the coins.

Love how these came out… and for regular followers of my blog you might work out that I was actually using some of the leaves I had stamped and die cut for a previously shared project … so it was nice to use up the leaves on this as the backgrounds.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Forever Fern, Forever Flourishing, Jar, Lots to celebrate

Stampin Up Sunday: forever fern tag

Today I’ve combined Stampin up Sunday with my Uk Stampers forum tag for the month.

I wanted to use the Forever Fern stamps and coordinating dies and also the Lots to Celebrate for the jar.

I started by cutting a piece of watercolour card to size and then added ink direct from the ink pads as a background. Then I used the splatter stamp to add the Bermuda Bay splatters and then switched to my usual splatter technique for the rich razzleberry… water and a fan brush!

Next I had a stamping and die cutting session with the Forever Fern stamps and also did some of the dies that don’t match the stamps on a piece of whisper white I had watercoloured the Rich razzleberry ink on. The stamped images were in the Razzleberry and combinations of Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay.

I decided on the bouquet I wanted and then stuck it in place. Then stamped and punched the jar and added it with foam tape, wrapping some raffia around the jar.

Love how this came together…. beautiful colours. Added a ribbon from the stash for the top of the tag to finish off!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Forever Fern, Wreath Builder

Stampin Up Sunday: Wreath builder dies.

Today’s Stampin Up Sunday blog is this card I made using the Wreath Builder dies. I did not use the accompanying stamps (Arrange a Wreath) I just used the dies (and a sentiment from Forever Fern set) and the dies alone made a fabulous pretty card.

I decided to make a pretty wreath using the die and sponging/daubing the white card before die cutting to create a lovely arty finish. I also splattered the ink too.

I did the same for the flowers this time using Calypso Coral as the colour.

I added the sentiment to a similar piece of card and then after adding everything to the background I did the Calypso Coral splatter on that too!

A little twist of linen thread below the sentiment helped tie in the kraft card blank.

Hope that you like this week’s Stampin Up Sunday contribution and this use of the dies that I think are pretty and versatile with no need to have the accompanying stamp set.

If you fancy owning these dies too, just let me know via email: catiecuddles@yahoo.co.uk

Entering this into the die cuts challenge at Happy Little Stampers

Happy crafting!

Catherine