Category Archives: Happy Celebrations

Another Art journaling page just for me

I decided to do another page in my journal to finish off the spread from the one I shared a few days ago… after all in the current circumstances it’s a good thing to share art and pretty things!

I decided to use similar colour scheme, but different mediums and used bits that were on my desk from other projects or gifts from various swaps.

The starting point was using stampin up ink pads to add colour to the background in a really loose way, just pressing them and the edges of the pads onto the background. I also used a few stamps to add some shape and variation in depth of colour (Happy Celebrations and Gummiapan).

I then decided to create a large panel using the leftover Art by Marlene paper and a doily. I added texture to this using a Badass artchick stamp and frantage embossing powder.

I found a stamped piece with similar colours to add along with a sticker and then the main sentiment panel which I had been gifted at some point and was certainly something I need to read at the moment. I added stamping on the edge of this and ink to add some framing. Then I added the fussy cut feather that was from a piece of wallpaper I had been gifted in a swap ages ago… I was saving it for the right moment… and it turned out it was this page!

Next I added lots of doodling round panels and the finishing touches of the embossed hearts. The wooden hearts I inked with distress oxide and then embossed with a pearl effect powder which gave them a beautiful finish.

Love how this page looks and how it complimented the other page.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy birthday to our princess

Today our girl turns 14! How the heck did that happen?!

So I made a bright and cheery birthday card for her using the Stampin Up Birthday Bonanza designer series paper and the Happy Celebrations stamps.

Love how this came out. Lots of dimension and gorgeous colour and yet it was a simple card to make.

Loved adding the little extras like the twine and the gems… And of course personalizing the card for my princess.

It was nice to remember to use an embossing folder too… how long has it been since I used one of those?

So happy birthday to our gorgeous girl.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Cards for my parents… pt 6

Yes… I am still working through the cards I made for my parents stash of “male” themed cards.

This time I used paper piecing for the sentiment and the balloons.

I love how the paper gave the card a bit of an edgy finish.

I added a little more colour and definition using Stampin Write markers to the balloons and the shadow part of the letters.

Cute and once again simple!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Cards for my parents… pt 4

Yes I’m still going on the male themed cards for my parents stash…

… This time I went for clean and simple stamping…

I chose to stamp the splodge from happy celebrations and then a stamp of people dancing from a Creative Stamping magazine and the sentiment from a different magazine set.

I then added a splash of more turquoise ink and some sparkly black ink.

Simple but effective!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy birthday Mum

Yesterday was Mum’s birthday so we celebrated with a meal out.

Here is the card I made for her…

I loved this bold and bright paper from art by Marlene and knew it was perfect for my Mum. I teamed it with the Happy Wishes white embossed sentiment and some light grey cardstock.

I also added in the Happy Celebrations stamp to finish the sentiment and then a scatter of sequins to embellish.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

UK Stampers Forum fireworks and Christmas bunting

I’m on catch up for a couple of projects I never got round to sharing on my blog… two bunting swaps… one themed Fireworks and the other themed Christmas.

So the fireworks one I used paints to create the background and then did lots of stamping using Paperartsy stamps and a few other random stamps that I thought looked a little like fireworks. For each of them I stamped in distress oxide and then heat embossed with clear.

I then stamped the celebrate in versamark and used a sparkly white powder to heat set that. I added the little banner with good times and then some dots of stickles to add more sparkle and shine.

For the Christmas bunting I went for a patchwork background with different papers…

I then cut it down and sewed each of the seams and round the edge.

I then stamped the Darcy snowflakes and heat embossed them and added the Tim Holtz tree die cuts (these were cut from an alcohol ink background)

Next I created the little hill and stamped the snowman and coloured him with water colours.

I added the snow by using some matt medium and then sprinkling on the embossing powder.

I finished off with a Tim Holtz sticker.

Super happy with these bunting… and how different they both are in style.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: Back to Basics and Beyond: colouring on vellum

Hello… I have another design teteam contribution to share today… this is for Back to Basics and Beyond challenge where the theme for this fortnight is “stamping and colouring on vellum”.

So I actually made this a few weeks ago for my hubbys birthday card. I was heavily inspired by a YouTube video I had watched (Link) and made this cocktail themed card.

I used Tim HolHoltz blueprint cocktail stamps in a few colours of SU inks and made the background. Then I made the topper.

Next I embossed the sentiment onto the vellum panel and used SU write markers to colour the reverse which gives a more muted effect … perfperfect against the busy background.

I wrapped that round the panel and then added the rest of the sentiment and the embellishments to finish off.

So big credit goes to xxx for the inspiration… and now off to see what others have done with vellum for the challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy Celebrations card

I made this card for a friend a few days ago using two of my favourite SU stamp sets… handcarved background and Happy Celebrations.

I used my stamp platform to get the variation in the colours on the background and then over stamped with black for the sentiment.

I added the smaller part of the sentiment by embossing in white on black cardstock.

I then thought it needed a little something else so punched some hearts from cardstock coloured with the same inks and added black pen doodles and then black splats using the stamp in Timeless Textures.

A fun and easy modern card.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

P.S. it is also the hubbys birthday todtoday but his card is a design team project so I can’t share it yet. That will have to wait until later in the month

Happy birthday Kizziya

It’s another of the princess’ friends birthdays… how they are all becoming teenagers already is frightening… Anyway here is the card I made for Kizziya.

I used distress oxides to create the background and added a stencilled pattern using Versamark and some clear embossing. I also added some foil whilst the embossing was hot and this added a bit of a silver shine to the texture.

Next I created the star in the same way using a star stencil and then added some white pen to add edges to the star and the panel.

I then added the shrink plastic embellishment sentiments for the front using both the Happy Celebrations and alpha stamps for including Kizziya’s name.

I finished off with some glitter gems… cute!

Hoping Kizziya had a fab birthday and liked the card I made for her.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy birthday Grace

It’s one of the princess’ friends birthday today so I made her a card.

I wanted to play with my small square gelli plate and so layered a few prints up in zingy bright colours of fresco finish paints.

This provided the backdrop for the focal point … a tag I painted in mermaid paint and a flamingo stamped and embossed onto the wipe off card I had been wiping the brayer off on.

I decided to stamp the happy repeatedly on the card blank in two colours of ink (coastal cabana and pool party SU inks) and this creates a fun background for the topper.

Then I heat embossed the script Happy and added a little ribbon tag for the rest of the sentiment.

And finally… black enamel accents… Will I ever get bored of using these? … and some wink of Stella on the flamingo… after all sparkle is always fun!

I also did a little stamping to the envelope using the Lawn Fawn pineapple stamp set. Thought this added a cute little touch to the envelope.

Happy crafting!

Catherine