Design Team, Merriest moments, Natural Prints, Old Paper, Painted Texture, Ribbons

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog

Well here we are … Happy advent all!

At the beginning of the year I put aside some Making Cards magazine kits I’d had in my stash for ages and decided that these would be my Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge for the year… and here is my last one for 2022. As it was a Christmas’s type paper I decided to go for it and make a lot of cards rather than just the two I’ve been making all year round.

I used a template I’ve used before (Cards by Kendra challenge 6) and added one more piece of 6×6 as I only had 5 papers in this kit.

It was a challenge to use as many of the large images with the papers too and so I did divert away from the layouts that Kendra had designed a couple of times.

I decided to stick to mainly using the Merriest Moments stamp set alongside the kit and added in a few die cuts from the Natural Prints set too. I also added some embossing … in fact dry embossing and lots of gold embossing as this seemed like a good way to finish off the cards. The sequinned ribbon I have had in my stash for years so it was good to use that too.

I always make these sort of card challenges in stages … First the cutting, then the stamping and arranging, then adhering and finally embellishing.

It was fun to make Christmas cards in less traditional colours too… the autumnal colours however worked well I think … with the regal gold elements.

Inside the cards and on the envelopes I added strips of remaining paper and some stamped elements, just to finish them off too.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this year’s design team contributions. I’ve certainly enjoyed getting good use out of the hoarded supplies.

Unfortunately this is the last challenge for Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge as Hazel is taking a break from running the challenge. I’ve loved taking part and will miss the group.

As there is still a lot of dsp in my stash though I won’t be stopping the making so will just keep on ploughing through it and try to resist buying too much more!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Design Team, Merriest moments, Promarkers, Letraset, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

DT: Creative Knockouts… KLM Designs… birthday wishes

Hello! Thanks for popping by to my bit of the Internet!

Today I have another design team contribution for Creative Knockouts challenge blog and our theme for this week is Birthday Wishes. We are sponsored this week by KLM Designs and I chose to use the lovely Woodland Garden Gnome image for my card.

I knew that she wanted to be dressed in soft greens and yellows and also surrounded by lots of foliage and so I set to with my colouring…

I coloured her in a mix of Stampin Blends and promarkers and then cut her out with a bit of a border of white.

Then I grabbed the Merriest Moments stamps, dies and the embossing folder and made a big cluster of pretty greens and yellows for the gnome to stand amongst.

There is plenty of dimension going on with foam between some layers and also that fabulous texture of the dry embossing. The embossed piece I added colour to the foliage using my stampin blends in a range of green colours (I also coloured the back of them as I knew that some might end up being seen on the reverse).

For the sentiment out came my favourite … Biggest Wish.

I stamped the birthday using the stamp platform to get an ombre look and the Happy I embossed in white over some cardstock I had coloured with the same stampin blends as some of the leaves in the background.

I decided to make a slightly different fold of card too by extending the back of the card with Soft Seam foam cardstock and having the cluster hang over the edge.

I corner rounded the edges too to soften the look. Inside I added one more flower and leaf die cut just to make it match… probably should have found a sentiment to stamp on the inside too but never thought of that till now!

I finished off the front with some pale yellow sequins from the stash.

Love how this little gnome worked well amongst the over the top amount of flowers and leaves. So cute! I also love using a Christmas and winter themed set for something very different.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas to remember, Heartwarming Hugs, Merriest moments

A random Festive card

I had some scraps of the Heartwarming Hugs dsp on my table and this made me create a festive card… so the strips of dsp became a border on a Real Red card. I added some circles and then stamped and fussy cut the Holly leaves and the flower from Merriest Moments stamp set.

Next I added the embossed sentiment from Christmas to Remember which I again fussy cut out.

And that was that… another Christmas card for the stash.

Entering this into the Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Merriest moments, Ribbons, Tidings and Trimmings

More Merriest Moments playing

I made these cards over a couple of days and filmed the process for my YouTube channel. I had so much fun playing with the Merriest Moments bundle. The hybrid embossing folder has captured my mojo and I’ve got so many ideas for playing with it.

Firstly I’ve got the plain embossing folder run through where I added colour using the blending tool and then added the sentiment and some of the flowers. I also added in sone die cut sprigs from the Christmas Tidings dies too.

I finished off with a mat of Cherry Cobbler cardstock and some sequins to add a bit of bling. The embossing folder is so pretty and the blending tool makes adding soft colour so easy. Beautiful and simple.

Next up I die cut and embossed the central panel and added colour to the raised foliage with Stampin Blends pens. I kept to a green theme and loved how clean this looked.

Next I added some of the stamped and die cut leaves. Then because I stamped the sentiment slightly wonky I decided to make the whole card a little wonky. I found some sparkly gems in the stash and added those to finish off.

The final one is where the more intricate die I added ink with ink smooshing technique and watercolouring with ink.

I die cut the panel using Evening evergreen to add a lovely base and frame to the panel. The finishing touches for this were some sequins and the pretty green ribbon.

Love how these three cards came together. I still have many more ideas on using these products so watch this space to create more.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Merriest moments, Merriest moments, Merriest moments

New Christmas goodies

A quick play with new Christmas goodies from Stampin Up… the fabulous Merriest Moments bundle. Created this card on my first play.

Went for a slightly unusual colour combo… Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral and Just Jade… but think it works nicely.

It was just a little play using scraps from the scraps box.

Love the texture from the embossing folder and the die cut panel. Also those flowers and leaves are fabulous.

Looking forward to playing more with this.

Happy crafting!

Catherine