Forever Fern, Forever Greenery, Masks/Stencils, Splendid Stems

Texture and Forever ferns

Played with some blending onto white cardstock and then added some stencilling with iridescent modelling paste.

Then I went to town with Forever Fern stamps and a few different coloured inks. I decided to make it into a card for my friend’s who recently got engaged (I unfortunately couldn’t go to their party 😔).

So I then cut a few of the bowl shapes from the Splendid Stems dies set and created a bowl of foliage.

I added a little organza bow and some pearls to finish off.

Not 100% sure about the placement of stencilling, think it might have looked better more central under the bowl of foliage, but love the final card.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas Season, Cottage Rose, Forever Fern, Playful Alphabet, Ribbons, Splendid Stems, Splendid Thoughts, Stampendous, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

Happy birthday Mum

Yesterday was my Mum’s birthday and I wanted to share the labour of love that was her birthday card with you.

I had the idea that I wanted to do a wreath design as the main part of the card so I started by stamping lots of leaves from different sets in all the greens. I kept to mainly lighter coloured greens rather than very dark ones after all it is August not winter and wanted it to be bright!

I decided, even though these could be die cut, to fussy cut instead…. after all that is more relaxing and cam be done sat on the sofa…

Then I put together some on a circle to decide if the different styles and types of leaves went OK together… and decided as there were so many types and styles it did…. oh I also coloured in the images from Splendid Thoughts as they were outline images so used stampin blends to colour them.

I decided I wanted more but this time the die cuts from Splendid Stems as something to break up the images…

I decided this was a good mix of the delicate die cuts in solid colour and the stamped or coloured images.

Next to decide how to finish the card and I had a couple of ideas I tried out. By this time I had stuck the leaves together onto a thin ring of scrap paper so that was complete but all other elements are just placed in half finished form to give me an idea of how they look.

I was torn between keeping it green and white and adding in bright colours… bit went for the yellow as it is my Mum’s favourite colour.

So I found some yellow ribbon in the stash for a bow, fussy cut the Stampendous sentiment that I had stamped with blended yellow and coral inks, cut some more Playful Alphabets and coloured them with So Saffron stampin blends and added the little flowers I had bought in a pack from Hobbycraft many years ago.

Then to decide on the background … I went with a Kraft card base in 8×8 as I had one in my stash and the originally planned white 7×7 was a bit too small … but actually I think it frames it nicely.

Then I added a mount of the So Saffron cardstock.

The white base I decided to blend some So Saffron on and do some splatters of green and coral ink to complement the colours in the rest of the card.

I added a foam panel behind this to raise it off the So Saffron and then put foam behind the wreath and a double layer under the middle of the sentiment to support it.

This gives the whole card so much dimension. I love it!

Inside I added a panel of whisper white with some more blending and splatters with a panel of So Saffron on the edge. Then I added a little cluster of the leaves I had left over and added the little sentiment strip.

I decided to add wink of Stella to the mum letters to give them some sparkle and then called it finished!

A real labour of love… but my Mum is worth it!

Hope you like it too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Badass Chick, Christmas Greetings, Forever Fern, Forever Flourishing, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Ribbons

An old Masterboard unearthed

This tiding up and clearing out is definitely leading to finding some rubbish … but also some really cool things … and todays three cards were as a result of such a find! Some time ago (maybe 2 years?) I made a masterboard using Paperartsy fresco finish paint and stencils and stamping and doodling and cut it into three panels for cards, stuck them onto card blanks, added a doddled edge and then did nothing with them! I found them and decided now was the time to finish them off!

I also had found some papers from Alpaca Pals including this cool text paper and figured that would work well with this graphic background. I then decided that some Bermuda Bay themed leaves from Forever Fern would also be perfect embellishments/focal images … so I set tp and started stamping and die cutting … only using scraps from the scrap folder as I didn’t want to start cutting into anything new.

I added some white twine from the stash and die cut the banners for the sentiment using the Christmas Greetings dies. All of the word paper was raised on foam to give some dimension. And then I called these done.

To say I am happy with how this turned out is an understatement… firstly I forgot how much I love these Forever Fern images and the die cuts… secondly that masterboard has me wanting to play with paint and make more things like this!

I have recently sold some of the stamps that I know I used in this particular masterboard so it was nice to see them in use here. (small amounts of sellers regret but know I have plenty of other stamps that will work similarly so pushing that regret away!)

Entering them into the Anything Mixed Media challenge CREATIVE ARTISTE mixed media blog

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas 2021 challenge, Christmas Season, Christmas to remember, Forever Fern, Ribbons, Seasonal Labels Dies, Sheena Douglass Embossing Folders, Tidings and Trimmings, Very Versailles

Christmas challenge #4

Another week has whizzed past and we are already onto week 4 of this challenge… and this week Tree is the prompt.

Now I love tree stamps and dies but this year I haven’t bought any new tree based stamps or dies. I love the Whimsical tree set but not yet managed to sneak that into my basket so I was going to use old stash … but then I spotted the tree themed paper in the Tidings and Trimmings dsp and an idea came to mind! So this is what I did!

I took one sheet of Soft Succulent cardstock cut in 4 and 2 6×6 sheets of the dsp cut into half lengthways and decided to make 4 cards in different styles/finishes using the same base supplies.

Card 1… kept this one simple. Dsp mounted and then run through an embossing folder. I stamped and die cut the sentiment (Christmas to Remember) and a couple of Holly leaves and berries from Christmas Season. I also added some linen thread and a vellum die cut frame to give the sentiment some definition. Simple!

Card 2… again fairly simple … I scrumpled and distressed the paper and the edge of the cardstock panel. I mounted the dsp onto a piece of foam to give it dimension and then stamped and die cut lots of different leaves from Christmas Season to create a central cluster focal point.

Card 3… this time I decided to added some ink to the cardstock panel and make it ombre before adding water splats, ink splats and white splats to create a fun background. Of course I didn’t want to cover it up so added the dsp on an angle after edging the paper to give it definition. Again some stamped die cuts added and the vellum from under the main sentiment.

Finally… Card 4… this time I added to the dsp with ink blending and stamping to make the paper more vintage (Very Versailles text and Forever Fern dots). I decided to die cut the sentiment to create a label and used some brown string from the stash to make it rustic.

I love how these came out and pleased with the ideas I used to make them all different although of course they started the same.

Hope that’s given you some ideas for stepping up a simple bit of cardstock and dsp!

Have a good week.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Forever Fern, Forever Flourishing, Forever Greenery, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Ribbons

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper

One more one sheet wonder for September’s Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog. Once again it is a 6×6 one and this time I used Forever Fern dsp. This was actually something I had as a kit for a card making class I ran last year but never ended up using it at the time.

Love all the die cuts and the snippets of ribbon and twine. I used the coordinating cardstock for the backgrounds.

For those that are interested this one sheet wonder template is one I’ve used before… both the class and other versions… here are the links.

https://inkyfingeredcat.me/?p=20449

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Distress oxide ink, Forever Fern, Forever Flourishing, Very Versailles

Emboss themed artist trading coins

I got around to making this months Artist Trading coins last weekend. Phew it was warm making these in the craft room, but I am pretty pleased with them!

The theme for the month was EMBOSS and I chose to get straight in there with embossing on the background as well as the die cut leaves and the stamped leaves… three different powders used and love how they turned out… albeit a little autumnal feeling!

Mixed together the Very Versailles and the Forever fern stamps for the coins, also different textures with the shimmer vellum and the bakers twine.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Pick a Punch, Design Team, Forever Fern, Forever Flourishing, Happy Celebrations, Lovely Inside and Out, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Paper Blooms, Pierced Blooms, Stitched framelits, Wreath Builder

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