Apothecary Accents, Butterfly basics, Dies, Everything Eleanor, Hello Doily, Ribbons, Timeless Textures

Time to make a pretty card

My parents asked me to make a golden wedding anniversary card for their friends and I finally got round to it.

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I used the Hello Doily stamp (pinched it back off the lose it pile!) And the Everything Eleanor swirl.  Then I brushed round the edge with the stencil brushes.

Next I added a die cut panel using the Apothecary Accents and brushed that too.  Then added a little bit of stamping using Timeless Textures and Butterfly Basics to add a bit of pattern.

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The anniversary panel was die cut from the same cardstock as the mount and then added the little bow and some gold peel offs as accents.

I so rarely use peel offs but in this case it seemed to be the best idea and worked really nicely.

So I hope that they like this for their friends and it is a fitting celebration of 50 years of marriage.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Bliss, Hello Doily, Masks/Stencils, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them re evaluation

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

A few weeks ago I was undecided about two stamp sets… hello doily and Bliss.  I wasn’t sure if they really needed to be kept or not.   As I felt like doing a journal page I decided to use these stamps within the journal and give them a re-evaluation!

I started with a double spread I had added grunge paste through a finnabair stencil on it.  Then stamped the Hello Doily a few times round the pages in Watering Can archival ink.

Once that was dry I chose some distress stains and added them but tried to leave some ‘white space’.  I struggle with white space when I do art journalling as I seem to want to add colour and pattern everywhere.  So I was pleased I remained restrained and left some of the page untouched.

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This was the page when the inks were still wet.  I had used Fossilised Amber, Cracked Pistachio and blue Lagoon distress stains.  Love the way the colours blend even without adding water. 

Once it was dry I added some stamping in Twisted Citron distress ink using the Bliss flourish I love so much.
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I also added the Bliss stamp used Peeled Paint. Again it was just for background and what I needed.
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Next I added some gesso to tone down the colour and add some more layers

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I kept this quite patchy as I didn’t want to get rid of too much colour.

I grabbed a stencil to add some more pattern in the background. It is very subtle but adds to the final finish.
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I decided I wanted a bit of spray ink so grabbed the Dylusions yellow spray and added a doily as a stencil and then the white over a squiggly stencil.
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Time to add some features and a title. It’s the butterfly from the Bliss which I stamped in the watering can archival in a set of three. I also added some washi tape. Then I decided it needed something else as a pop of colour… so out came the gelatos and some red and metallic green and yellow.

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I added the title using stamping and then a wooden word which I added the Pebeo Fantasy paint to. I did plenty of splattering in black and white and then added a little white paint on some of the raised texture.
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I also used another happy stamp randomly round the pages.
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Love how this came together and although not exactly as white space as I had wanted, I managed to not cover ever last millimetre with colour!

Now are these stamps for keeps or not? I’ve decided no matter how much I like this page I am going to add both stamp sets to the lose them pile as don’t imagine using them again.

Entering this into the challenge over at Anything but Cute as my Earth day themed challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Brushos, Hello Doily, Masks/Stencils

Use them or lose them #11 project 2

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

This week I have been trying to use the Hello Doily stamp.  I managed to use it again to make this card.  The card started as a Brusho experiment with a stencil.

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This was using a Clarity stencil and the black brusho powder to create this amazing background. 

I did this several weeks ago and found it on the desk so decided to grab the Hello Doily stamp and gold embossing powder to make it bling!

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After heat embossing the image I then decided it needed some texture and some dimension.  I added a strip of black ribbon, a kraft cardstock die cut panel and the flowers.  The sentiment I also embossed with the gold.

I quite like how the gold worked with the busy brusho background and then the plain die cut. A different but quite cool anniversary card. 

Still undecided about this stamp though.  I do like it but can’t see me grabbing it too many times.  Ho hum!  Think for now it will stay and be re – evaluated at another point.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Hello Doily, Ribbons, Ticket punch, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #11 Hello Doily

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

Today I grabbed another background stamp, Hello Doily.  I have a confession that I bought this stamp ages ago and once again have rarely used it.

I decided that I would make two cards using slightly different colours but starting from the same base.

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I stamped the image in Versamark and embossed using clear embossing powder and this was onto pink cardstock.

Then I grabbed some distress inks and started adding colour.  One I added pinks to and the other I added greys to it. The pink one I also scrumpled up and distressed the edges of! 

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Next I decided they needed some more texture so added some elements from them using the Timeless Textures stamps.

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I needed a focal image and some contrast for the image…. so I got a bit of ribbon, a doily and then some paper flowers.  Then I stamped the girl stamp I got at AFTH and hadn’t got round to using.  I also used the That’s the Ticket stamp and punch for the sentiments.

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The final touch for these had of course needs to be pearls!

Love how these turned out and had forgotten how great the clear emboss resist technique was!  Need to do it more often.  But do I need to do it with this stamp?  It sure is pretty but I find it quite a restrictive image to use as it’s quite pretty pretty and I have other stamps and other ways of doing a pretty background.  So undecided!  Let’s see how the week plays out with this stamp!

Happy crafting!

Catherine