Art by Marlene collage papers, Carabelle Studio, Happy Celebrations, Ladybird book journal, Lollipop Box Kit, Ribbons, Washi tape

Ladybird Book Journal… Happy mail

I am always super happy to receive Happy mail so I included some in this page in my Smile themed altered Lafybird Book journal…

I followed a couple of tutorials Lisa from Lollipop Box Kit had put on the patron group with pockets and faux stitching and incorporated them into these pages and then included tags and artwork from various swaps I’ve received over the years.

I also included the stamped Happy from Happy celebrations and the post stamp from Carrabelle to finish off the pages.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Elenazinski, Happy Celebrations, Paper Blooms, Picture perfect birthday, Pierced Blooms, Scalloped tag topper

Stampin Up Sunday … Happy 15th Birthday Maya

Today is the 15th birthday of my baby girl! Boy do I feel old!

Anyway it’s a day for her (yes I know everyone else is doing mothering Sunday but mine has been postponed for a week!)… and so of course todays blog is her birthday card.

It was mainly SU products… admittedly the paper is saleabration so no longer available, not are the sentiments… but I think it still qualifies! 😄

I went a bit overboard but love how it came out! Paper Blooms dsp, Soft sea foam, Petal Pink and seaside spray cardstock all layered up with a bit of embossing and Pierced Blooms dies.

I added the Happy Celebrations stamping, some letter stickers for her name and foam stickers for the 15.

The focal image was from a Making Cards magazine that I thought worked nicely. Then finished off with pearls and some wink of Stella and a glossy accents on the crown.

Inside the card I used the off cuts of the dsp and stamped a sentiment from an old stamp set (Picture perfect birthday) which I thought worked well, and added more die cuts.

I ended up having to make an envelope as I didn’t have any big enough (it’s a 7×7 card). So I used some of the dsp, and leftover card. I stamped her name and then cut out the large flower from a piece of leftover dsp.

I also made a coordinating tag for on her gift…

So happy birthday to my gorgeous princess Maya xxx

Entering the card into the Use an Embossing Folder challenge at Just us Girls

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Forever Flourishing, Happy Celebrations

DT: Happy Little Stampers – Anything goes with Dies

Another design team contribution to share with you for Happy Little Stampers.

This is my contribution for the Anything Goes with Dies challenge blog. It’s a card I made for a coworkers birthday from the whole team.

I created some paper with inks and water and an acrylic block…

From this paper I die cut the Forever Flourishing die out and then created the card around that using the same colours and the long since retired but extremely useful Happy Celebrations stamps.

I also die cut the circle for the die cut to sit on and raised that onto foam pads.

I finished off with the embossed sentiment and the sequins. This card was then given to our newest team member for her birthday. Fongers crossed she liked it.

Looking forward to seeing what everyone else has got going on with dies this month too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy Celebrations

Happy birthday James …. belatedly

My cousins son turned 12 a couple of weeks ago and I made him a card and posted it late … as per usual! I am terrible at remembering to post things on time!

I went simple and created the background by repeating the stamp Happy from Happy Celebrations set in different blue inks. Then I took some little star stamps from the stash and embossed those in silver.

Then I took a sentiment from a magazine set and added that onto a couple of pieces of cardstock and stuck this down.

Always find cards for boys hard … especially 12 year olds … but think this looks quite cool.

So anyway… Happy birthday James…. very belatedly. Hope to see him, his sister and my cousin and her hubby in the summer … we managed a quick trip in August last year to see them but obviously not seen them since.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Canvas and Mixed Media art, Gummiapan, 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

Birthday Bonanza, Decorative Dots, Happy Celebrations

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

Happy Celebrations

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

Happy Celebrations

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

Art by Marlene collage papers, Happy Celebrations, Happy wishes

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

Darcy, Distress oxide ink, Emma Godfrey, Happy Celebrations, Summer Silhouettes, Tim Holtz

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