Category Archives: Henry Says

DT: Fab’n’funky: cute puppy dog

Hi there. It’s been a little while since I’ve done a DT project for Fab’n’Funky mainly due to stuff going on in the real world that I have had to take priority. But I am back and have this gorgeous Puppy dog card I made using a digital stamp from All Dressed Up. I love this image. 

It really is so cute. I coloured it in using Spectrum Noir pencils and then cut it out. I decided it needed a funky mixed media background so used the Fresco finish paints and some stamps to create a background and then used a die cut to put a panel behind the puppy.

I brushed both the card blank, the sentiment and the die cut panel with a stencil brush to give some depth. 

The challenge for this week is Add a Sentiment.  Mine is a stamped one I punched out.  What would yours be?  

Head over to the blog to see what everyone else chose. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Three sheet wonder… set 2 and 3 of cards

Yesterday I shared the first part of the three sheet wonder I did from the Gingham Garden dsp I am using up as part of this year’s Use them or Lose them challenge.

Today I have set 2 and set 3 of the cards I made.

Firstly I used the fabulous Clare Lloyd girl stamp to create these two cards…

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I coloured the girl with Promarkers and the sentiment is a Lawn Fawn one I thought worked with the style of card.

The next are using a stamp from a random other set I got in a sale… but quite funky!

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I used the ticket punch and the sentiment from the Henry Says sey.   I used embossing for the bottom layer to add more texture, and the lovely bakers twine too.

These I remembered to stamp the envelope too…

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Simple, but a nice finishing touch I think.
I have a couple more sets of cards to share from this bumper One sheet wonder.  Pop back tomorrow to see how I finished these off.  Love how different the little sets are.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy birthday Sue

Today is my friends birthday (it’s also my niece and my uncles birthday too but this is about Sue’s birthday!).

Every year this coincides with the start of the school term so in the chaos that creates I usually forget to take her card and present with me to school to hand over.  But this year I remembered!!! Whoop! So I can share the card I made nice and early in the day!

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I created a background using the Emerald Brusho and love the different colours that are in this one pot of colour.

I then used a Tiddly Inks digital stamp which I coloured with Promarkers as the focal image.  I have been using a lot of digital stamps recently as I printed a whole load off that I had bought ages ago and never got round to using.  Hey are a nice addition to my (already sizeable) rubber stamp collection and are perfect for adding focal points.

I also added a stamped sentiment from the Henry Says set… i love the funky font on this one.

The layers were created by edging the cardstock with Promarkers green and black India ink making it look like there are lots of layers but really there are only two.

So a bit different… but pleased with this effect. Hope Sue likes her oriental funky and modern card.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Card in a box for baby Josslyn

One of my friends at work has recently had a gorgeous baby girl, Josslyn.  She also admired the card in a box I made for my cousins little boy.  So I thought as a little treat for her first trip into work with baby Josslyn (that I unfortunately had to miss as had meetings out of the building that day) I would make a card for her to open! 

Here is the starting point… 

Using Strawberry slush, Crisp Canteloupe and Bermuda Bay inks I stamped using the embossing folders the backgrounds in a technique I will be teaching at the next art journalling session.  Creates such a cool effect.  These were then added to the constructed box. 

Next I stamped and cut out lots of cute embellishments.  Heart based things from Language of love, little bunting banners from Henry Says, and the animals from a retired set called Animal Stories.  I kept to the same colour scheme for everything, strawberry slush, crisp Canteloupe, lost lagoon, Bermuda bay.  I didn’t want it to be pastels as such, but more bright pastels as they seem more Mish and Jody’s style! 

Next I started decorating the box… Here are the sides… 

I added sentiments from a couple of different sets I have got. 

Then the front from slightly different angles…





Really pleased with how this came out.  Cute but funky at the same time! 

Fingers crossed next time Josslyn comes to visit work I will be there to say hello in person and dole out many cuddles! 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine

Monster pop up card box!

Firstly I have to share this news… In February my blog was visited by over 200 people… Wowsers!  Thanks everyone!  I think it might be because I actually shared some of my work via challenges etc, but still… As I don’t know 200 people i am a little stunned!  It is spurring my to keep doing what I am doing … Creating and crafting because I want to and not to meet some other need… This seems to be the key to success! 

Now what have I got for you today… This card was made for my cousins son for his 6th birthday several weeks ago… But being as rubbish as I am at posting things or getting these cards to the recipients in time for the birthday I am only sharing it now as he has only just received it!

So without further ado… Here it is! 

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I used lots of things to make it… Simply Stars stamps, Make a Monster stamps, little banners from Henry Says stamps, Itty Bitty banners, some gems, painted cardstock and of course some googlie eyes!

So all the red and blue cardstock was white card that I painted to give a nice texture, then everything was either stamped on plain white or on the painted cardstock. I added the monsters onto some acetate strips to get them to float.

Cute!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

UIUS! Batch of ten completed!

Yes I have managed to complete a batch of 10 cards as part of my Use it up Saturday pledge!

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I grabbed ten cards which had a fabulous tree paper backed with Old Olive cardstock, this was my batch!

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The paper worked perfectly with the Festival of Trees stamp and punch of course… So these were next… On some scrap (of course) whisper white…

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Then a delve through the scraps box gave me some lovely Raspberry Ripple to go with the greens, punched and embossed!

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A quick rummage in the ribbons basket secured some lengths of ribbon.

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Ten cards then assembled, including sentiments stamped from Henry Says and stickles added for some quick and easy bling!

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Apart from the cardstock for matting the DSP and the card blanks… A perfect example of how to Use It Up!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Tidying up the scrap box

I have recently had a bit of a tidy up! Mainly of the scrap box and got rid of things I really would never use by making the pieces big enough into envelopes for the lunch money for the princess! Ingenious use of paper that I otherwise would throw into the recycling! Or at least I think it is!

I have also been making up some quick and simple cards with the bits that were a bit to small to save but too pretty to throw away… Those really small bits and pieces you just can’t quite part with … So here is a selection of the cards I made using such cute bits and pieces!

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A bright combination of Afternoon Daydreams, Summer Silhouettes & Papillion Pot Pourri with a splash of additional colour with the chevron ribbon!

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Watercoloured Simply Sketched flower with my Inktense pencils (lush!) and used some random scraps of paper. Lovely little Itty bitty Banners sentiment too!

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The fabulous Henry Says sits happily on the I am Me DSP scraps for this bright celebratory card!

Love how a delve in the scraps box can give me these three very different cards! I did some more but you will have to wait to see them!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Tinsel Tuesday September sketch

Yes yes yes … It really is time for another Tinsel Tuesday sketch … Christmas is creeping up quite quickly now as children go back to school after the holidays so time to start Christmas card crafting to make sure you meet your end of year deadlines.

I create Christmas cards all year round (mainly because I am a little mad) because it helps me make sure I am ready when it gets to the mad month! This challenge I set at the beginning of the year to create two cards based on a sketch I provide on the first Tuesday of the month. I haven’t always managed it but have kept the challenge going regardless!

This month the sketch is…

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And this month I created two very different styles of card!

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I used Woodware stamps to create this simple card and coloured it with a mixture of inks. Quite fancy doing this one again with different colours like pink and blue for a funky themed one!

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This used some scraps I found of the fabulous Winter Frost DSP which I used in combination with come circles and a doily, and then the ornament from Ornament Keepsakes stamp set.

Love the different cards I made using the same sketch as the starting point!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Can’t see the wood for the trees

Tonight I was meant to be hosting class at my house. Unfortunately due to my head and crappy depression I have had to cancel but thought as the blog post was already written to share what we were meant to be doing…

I decided to make use of some of the many tree stamps I have… But for once not Lovely as a Tree. The whole idea is that although I have designed the four cards below, people can choose whichever trees they want for their cards from the many on offer. It should be fun to see what people come up with from the materials on hand.

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This makes use of paper piecing using the Print Poetry DSP stack from last year and the fun Unity Bella stamp. Love this technique, even if my lines did go a bit wonky!

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A brayered background and a silhouette stamp are always a good combination… And the addition of the sentiment from Henry Says punched out of the ticket makes this a bit of a masculine card.

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A Dylusions background with a stencil design and then a freebie stamp from a magazine make this card a bit different.

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Some leaves from the French Foliage stamp set finish off this Clarity split tree stamped image perfectly.

Love using different stamps and creating four very different looks for this tree card class… Looking forward to seeing what others create! Hoping to rearrange to have the class next week instead!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Making colour swatches more interesting!

My dear friend Darcy shared a colour chart book she had made quite a while ago and so I made one too at the time based on what she did, but unfortunately I did a rubbish job of the cover, and it wasn’t big enough and so I decided to make a new one a while ago which I never shared.

Anyway, as the new In Color inks have now arrived in my inky fingers it was time to add to my little colour book! And this then turned into a major colour swatch job! So be warned there are quite a lot of pics coming up… But hopefully you will like what you see and it may inspire you to create yourself something like this?!

When I get new SU inks, I stamp them on whisper white, and have used the Petite Petals stamps as they have the coordinating punch. I handwrite the colour names, with a family to a page (different flower design dependent on colour family) and then stick the little flower next to their name. I also add a little dot of glossy accents in the middle of the flower in case it changes how the colour looks.

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So after sorting the new In colors (aren’t they scrummy?!) I thought … Why not do my Distress Inks. I have quite a lot of pages in the little sketchbook I am using for this task, and don’t intend to add in any other types of medium to this book… Just ink pads so the distress inks (I don’t have as many and am building my collection slowly) are now the back pages of the book. I used the order that is on the ranger colour swatch pdf and decided that I would use the butterfly from Blooming Marvellous for these inks as it is quite petite and a bit distressed as an image. Having a punch that works with the stamp also helps… Didn’t want to have to fussy cut a lot of the same image out… That would be depressing!

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As you can see, I wrote the ink colours I don’t have in pencil and the ones I have in pen, just so I can keep them in the right order. I haven’t included any ‘special edition’ inks as I haven’t got any of those and think I would treat them like SU In Colors inks and have them as a separate family if I ever got any.

I was really pleased with this little piece of work. I didn’t stop there though!

Next up I decided to do colour swatches for my water colours … But what was the best way of doing this? Well stamping an image and coloring it in was what I thought… So out came Henry says stamps and a lot of colorful elephants arrived! They are all on ATC sized pieces of watercolour paper. Then I finally found a use for an accordion book I bought at least 9 years ago! … So here is my book of elephants. I have two watercolour pencil sets… So each set has a side each and each elephant is labelled so I know which colour relates to which pencil and set!

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So now I have two little books which I can grab if I am looking for a specific colour, or to check if I have a specific colour before I duplicate in error and it was a fun couple of projects that have kept me out of trouble for a couple of hours each! I want to move on to document my other mediums too, but for the moment… This is my lot!

Happy crafting!

Catherine