Fancy Phrases, Itty Bitty Greetings, Ribbons, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, True Love

Happy birthday Auntie Margaret

Today I have a card I made using leftovers from the online craftalong I did with friends a few weeks ago, using a tutorial from another craftalong I did with a different group of friends!

Confused?!?

So my SU group did a team craftalong during which the lovely Sue showed us how to make a card with different layers and folds. It’s difficult to describe but it was a great project to make and I made my mother’s day card using it … but I can’t blog that yet.

Then a few weeks ago I did some online crafting with some friends using the True Love dsp and had some leftovers so decided to make a birthday card for my auntie using the papers and same colours of cardstock using up leftovers on the desk and some fresh card for the base of the card.

I love the true love dsp …. it is such fun to colour in! I chose to colour in three floral clusters and fussy cut them, and use two different floral backgrounds for the background papers.

I used Rococo Rose and Blackberry Bliss as the main colours of cardstock and coloured the images using Blackberry Bliss, petal Pink (with a touch of flirty flamingo) and cherry cobbler … I didn’t have stampin blends in the rococo rose unfortunately bit think the flowers worked well regardless.

I also used the Blackberry Bliss ribbon and the pastel pearls to finish off the card with Fancy Phrases sentiments (& Itty Bitty Greetings for one of them).

Super happy with the card and the little pops of green from the leaves also work well. Definitely going to try and do more fancy fold type cards from now on… they may be intricate to make but the end result is fabulous!

Entering this into the flowers challenge at Challenge up your life

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Itty Bitty Greetings, Scalloped tag topper

Tag Thursday – forever greenery meets pierced blooms

Hello all! I have another tag project for you today using the fab Scalloped Tag Topper punch. It really is my favourite punch of all time.

This time I used the forever greenery as the background patterned paper. I used strips of one paper and then punched circles of another.

Next I added different flowers and leaves from the stash of die cut Pierced Blooms. These flowers are just so cute. I added the Forever Flourishing leaves to a few of the flower clusters where I hadn’t got enough of the ones in the pierced blooms set already cut.

I then added the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings set to the base of all the tags.

Then I went through the ribbon stash to find bits that worked with the colours in the tags.

Entering these into the Anything but a card challenge at Simon says stamp challenge blog

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Itty Bitty Greetings, Oh So Ombre, Prismacolour pencils, True Love

Stampin Up Sunday- True Love and Oh So Ombre dsp

Hi

Two cards to share for today’s Stampin up Sunday both using the Oh So Ombre dsp (saleabration) and flowers from the True Love dsp. Both done as projects from leftovers from the craftalong I did with friends last week.

Firstly the Rococco Rose one. A really simple card… one piece of the ombre dsp and a strip of the cardstock. The card blank was made from the cardstock … I just love how SU colour coordinates perfectly.

Then a sentiment and the two floral elements cut from the true love dsp and coloured in using stampin write markers.

Embellished with the pastel pearls.

Next the Blackberry Bliss… again card blank made using the cardstock in the same colour. This time two pieces of the Oh So Ombre paper… the patterned one and the plain one, a sentiment strip and this time a flower cluster coloured with prismacolour pencils.

More pastel pearls added for embellishment.

Simple but beautiful cards.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Pick a Punch, Itty Bitty Greetings, Prismacolour pencils, Ribbons, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, True Love

True love dsp online craftalong

Last night I had fun crafting along with my friends using the True Love dsp.

The plan for this session was to enjoy colouring in some images and then assembling the cards around these images as the True Love dsp is perfect for fussy cutting and for colouring in with the black and white floral images. The plan was also for us to make six cards but we only managed 3 so will be having another session next Thursday to do the other three.

Here are the samples I made.

The first card is quite dramatic with the stripes and diamond patterned paper that is the reverse to the floral and is balanced by the large flower cluster. I chose the lovely Petal pink colour for colouring in and using as the accent colour with the twine and cardstock. I used Stampin Blends to colour this one. I chose to use Itty Bitty Greetings on all my cards as sentiments, either embossing in white on black or gold on white. I also embellished with black matt dots for this card.

Next card is a very busy daisy like background with little strips of the reverse patterns. This time I chose prismacolour pencils to colour in the image. I added the Blackberry Bliss ribbon and a nice bow to finish this one off. The colours on the pic have come out a little strange as the flower is less neon in real life but even so I love this card with the contrasts.

This one is more subtle than the previous that’s for certain… a small image from the same paper as the background fussy cut and coloured (Stampin Blends) makes a nice embellishment and I raised it on dimensional to sit above the ribbon that wraps the card. This time I chose the Pastel Pearl’s for embellishment.

Entering this in for the challenge at GET CREATIVE

I love this next card… possibly one of my favourites from the set. This time I chose to only colour the green elements and leave the rest white and black. I then chose a similar looking flower from one of the papers and fussy cut that, again only colouring in the leaves. I added the twine for embellishment under the flower and mounted the panel on soft sea foam and then the Rococo Rose. I added the sentiment as a banner and the pastel pearls for further embellishment.

OK I know I said the one above was my favourite… but this is the one that it competes with as most favourite! Terrible English I know, sorry about that! This time I fussy cut the floral element I wanted to colour and used a waterbrush and the Blackberry Bliss ink pad to add some colour to the flowers in the centres and the Old Olive for the leaves/ stem.

I then chose the same paper as a panel but gave it a hand drawn border with with Stampin Blends and panel of soft seam foam for underneath. I laid them wonky and added a twist of the ribbon under the floral focal feature. I added the sentiment right in the middle and embellished with the pearls.

Really can’t decide which I prefer out of those two.

Finally this one I went mad with colouring in. This paper was so busy but I thought a small piece of it fully coloured in would be fun… I used stampin blends in cherry cobbler, blackberry bliss, petal pink and just jade to colour it in and it looks so rich… just love it.

The bottom piece of dsp I also added the petal pink colour … a reminder that all dsp can be coloured in not just the image based ones!

This time some simple white twine and a single pastel pearl did the job to finish off. This is a very different card… but fabulous in its own right!

Love this set of floral cards with the dramatic black and white and the beautiful colours of Petal Pink, Rococo Rose, Blackberry Bliss and Soft Sea Foam… a lovely combo.

Also really enjoyed the colouring in time… so relaxing!

The kit I put together had lots of leftovers after these projects… so look out for more projects using them up… not just the little tag I shared yesterday! Plus of course these are the samples I made… I did slightly change them on the evening for these three versions…

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Itty Bitty Greetings, Ribbons, Scalloped tag topper, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, True Love

Tag Thursday… True Love Dsp

Today I have a quick tag I made using scraps leftover from the card making zoom session kit … what card making zoom session… well the one I am hosting tonight. When making up kits, I portion out the supplies for the attendees and myself as a sample kit, then make the cards and then play with the leftovers… I aways give enough supplies so there are leftovers to play with. Well this time there are a few projects I made with leftovers, but one was this cute little tag.

I backed the dsp with some card and then cut to size and punched it out. I find just punching dsp means the paper tears when you add the ribbon so like to back it in cardstock first

Then the flower was an edge piece from one of the pieces of dsp left over … perfect size for a little tag.

I coloured it in using my Stampin Blends.

In real life the colour match on the flower and the Blackberry Bliss ribbon is much closer but for some reason the colour looks pink on the picture. I added the sentiment on a tiny scrap of cardstock and then the matt black dots and the scrap of ribbon to finish off!

Loved the cute tag and it will make a perfect added element when sending some Happy mail in the post.

Entering this in the pink/red challenge at Get creative

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Itty Bitty Greetings, Sizzix

DT: Happy Little Stampers – Anything goes with dies

Time for another design team contribution… this time it is for Happy Little Stampers and I created a card using dies. I was inspired by the Artist Trading Coins I made for this months swap and made a square landscape using the Sizzix dies.

After die cutting and assembling the scene (I used watercolour for the sky portion) I then die cut the panel as a whole using my stitched squares die…. this took a fair few passes through the machine as there are quite a few layers of green cardstock to make the hills… but it worked!

Then a simple sentiment and a button to embellish and some layers of card and paper for the cardfront.

Loved playing with these stitched landscape dies. Looking forward to seeing what dies others have been using this month over at the Blog challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Berry Blessings, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Itty Bitty Greetings

Stampin Up Sunday – UK Stampers Forum blues ATC swap – Berry Blessings

Hi lovelies… hope you are well this Sunday morning. I am fine, may have consumed a little more wine last night than strictly wise, but after a face mask this morning I at least look hunan again!

This morning I am contemplating exercise…. I think the hubby has popped for a walk after his trip to the tip this morning to dispose of excess boxes from our house. We are doing a step challenge again this weekend so I think he is trying to compete with the fact I was several thousand steps ahead at the end of yesterday… I don’t mind if he wins this weekend… if it means he actually got off his bum for a while and did a bit of exercise! So maybe I will sit and drink my coffee and not do a little workout whilst he is out? Decisions, decisions!

This afternoon the teenager and I are going to watch Anola Holmes. She’s already seen it but I want to watch it to, so a bit of a blanket session on the couch is planned, before hubby then gets the couch and TV for some football match… I think at that point crafting may happen! Talking of which…

Today I have three ATCs I made yesterday for the UK stampers forum swap using the fab Saleabration Berry Blessinga stamp set.

The theme of the swap was the blues and it had to be using shades of blue with black and white.

I chose to coat the ATCs cut from packaging with some Baltic Blue paperartsy chalk acrylic paint and then dragged the Mermaid colour over the top using a fan brush. Once it had dried I did a bit of stamping in a bright turquoise ink over the top but it didn’t show up very well.

Next I took pieces of scrap fabric and stapled them together with blue staples. I also had some blue and white twine I added into the mix.

I then stamped and cut out three sprigs with blueberries from the stamp set, just using the shading stamps and Night of Navy ink.

I added these on top of the fabric to create a cluster and adhered it to the ATC background.

Next I stamped from the Itty Bitty Sentiments set the little sentiment panels and added ink to the edges and a glossy accents top to give them dimension.

Finally I grabbed some gems from the stash to add to the background.

Love how these turned out… a really enjoyable play with blues!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Arrange a Wreath, Design Team, Itty Bitty Greetings, Wreath Builder

DT: Happy Little Stampers – Anything Goes with Dies

I have a new design team position …contributing to Happy Little Stampers for their Anything Goes with dies blog and here is my first contribution…

I actually made this birthday card for my Stampin Up upline whose birthday was the 1st Jan and I figured a pretty and bright wreath card with lots of flowers would be the best way to start the new year and celebrate her birthday!

I used the fabulous and bright Magenta Madness cardstock and then embossed the Arrange a Wreath onto the background using silver embossing powder. Next I added lots of die cut leaf sprigs that I had in the stash having cut them from scraps leftover from other projects. I used soft sea foam, Pear Pizazz and some mint macaron for the leaves and then added the yellow and white flowers to finish the wreath.

I edged the panel with a bit of dry embossing too as I felt it needed something for a frame.

I decided to add some All the Trimmings enamel dots and then embossed the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings onto the pink with a layer of pear pizazz to finish off!

Oh and a twine bow from the stash too of course!

So off to see what everyone else at HLS has been up to with dies.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Itty Bitty Greetings, Whale of a time

Stampin Up Sunday… Whale of a time

Todays blog post nearly didn’t happen… I went into the craft room, found a bomb had hit so decided to tidy up… if you enjoy such things the video is going to be on YouTube when I’ve edited it… I will pop the link in once it’s up and running!

EDIT: HERE IS THE LINK FOR THE CRAFT ROOM CLEAN UP VIDEO

Anyway after tidying up I wasn’t sure what to make… I did however spot on the bookcase some of the Whale of a Time bits and pieces and recided today was the day to make a turtle card for my friend.

I used a couple of different papers and then a stitched shape die for the circle. The turtle was fussy cut out of another piece of the patterned paper and then added some little die cuts from the stash (I have a little tin in which I keep leftover dies from other projects… perfect for little makes like this!).

I decided the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings would work well – my friend gifted me a lovely bottle of gin, hence the card.

I finished off with the gems which are beautiful and iridescent and work perfectly with the ocean feel!

So there you go… it turned out to be a quick project for todays Stampin Up Sunday… but I love it!

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