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Kendra’s card challenge 6 … Christmas in April

I haven’t made any Christmas cards in ages … so when I stumbled across Kendras card challenge using 6 pieces of 6×6 to make 15 cards I thought it might help spur me on and help me get started on this years cards.

Of course I forgot using an American template would lead to card sizes that aren’t standard UK sizes so I made mine as card toppers and added them to 5×7 card blanks.

Kendra provides both the cutting guides and the layout/sketches with measurements so this made stage 1 (cutting, layering and grouping together) easy. Next step was to decide how to finish each of the cards off.

I used the Painted Christmas dsp for mine …

And teamed the papers with Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Pear Pizazz and Mossy Meadow cardstock … mainly as that was what I had to hand! I also added in some of the glittery speciality paper too for some fun.

I used different embossing folders, stamp sets, die sets and punches to finish off the cards… some I added inking too, some I kept plainer.

So there you go … 15 cards made ready for December. I always make lots of cards but I then gift them to my parents and my aunties for them to use too … so it helps to get lots done in one go … they then function as a set, although each is very different!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Inchies and Twinchies, Merry Moose

Advent twinchies… finishing off… 22 23 24 & 25

So we are clearly past the advent stage, and so it is time to finish off sharing the advent twinchies I made!

So these three I concentrated on using some papers from the stash and then added ribbon and the circles for the numbers. Kept them quite simple!

The final number 25…

I decided I had to use my Merry Moose stamps and punch to create the focal image for this one along with some lovely paper and a bit of gold pen.

So that’s my twinchies for this advent… looking forward to seeing what we create for the next advent!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Heartwarming Hugs, Inchies and Twinchies, Merry Moose

Advent twinchies 4 5 6

Three more twinchies to share today for the advent swap… this time I used up some bits of the Heartwarming Hugs dsp from last years Stampin Up catalogue and the lovely Merry Moose image as the focal point.

I think these two products work so well together… the fun patterns and the solid moose image punched out are a fab combo. I added a layer of Mossy Meadow as a mat and then the Real Red for the base. I varied the colour of the moose… pear pizazz and mossy meadow.

On each moose I also added wink of Stella to give them some shimmer and then the gem and the sticker to finish off!

Love that Moose!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Christmas in July challenge 11

Todays challenge I went with adding a creature… and of course my creature had to be a moose! I love moose at Christmas time … and love the Merry Moose stamps and coordinating punch.

I started with some more of the Tis the Season papers and decided to do another fun fold card that Sue Boothby taught me how to do.

It is sort of a card in a card type of thing with a cute side ribbon closure.

I constructed the card base first with white cardstock and then added all the patterned paper… remembering to sandwich the ribbon on the top panel and behind the back panel.

Next I stamped and punched the moose and sentiments etc. and added them to the cards.

I then used up the leftovers to make this card… I did a faux patchwork effect with layered panels and some faux hand stitched lines.

I added the final bit as a tag and the punched moose as the top embellishment.

Love using up strips as banners inside the card too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Heartwarming Hugs, In the Pines, Itty Bitty Greetings, Merry Moose, Ribbons, Scalloped tag topper, Tree punch

Tags and trees

Some more Heartwarming Hugs dsp cards and this time using up scraps to create fun tags as the focal features…

Both of the tags were created using strips of the leftover papers and then adding a punched out tree for the final bit of decoration.

I used up bits of papers that had been cut up and leftover from all the other projects and love how they look all together like this.

I also created a few other tags using a similar technique.

The moose and the tree were leftovers from the class and then loved adding the glitter glue for the moose ones too! Sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.

And finally one more card with again, leftover bits and pieces… an easel card using the final bits left on the desk… looking forward to working with some different papers in the new year!

Hope you’ve enjoyed these Heartwarming Hugs dsp cards and tags.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Heartwarming hugs zoom craftalong

A few days ago I shared the samples I made for the craft along I did with my friends via zoom.

Well as I really don’t enjoy making the same projects over and over, here is what I made…

One card pretty much stayed as per the sample, but the others I either changed the paper (the joy of double sided papers and everything matching perfectly with Stampin Up means you automatically get a different look just turning over the papers!

Some I changed the placement of the elements and some I did switch the embellishment/focal feature from the trees from the In the Pines to a Merry Moose … because I hadn’t used him an few weeks so I missed seeing him! 😂

But I did keep to the same pieces of paper and cardstock as the kit for all the cards and really enjoyed my different take on the cards.

My friends similarly chose their own way of finishing the cards off and some chose to keep the design the same, but different paper choices and others changed up the design entirely. I love seeing the different versions and people having fun being creative.

Really loved creating with these patterned papers… Good job actually as I ordered a whole extra pack of them… so guessing next year for Christmas cards we will be continuing with the red and green colour scheme!

And those In the Pines tree stamps and the coordinating dies will definitely be coming out to play again… so lovely!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Birch, Merry Moose, Ribbons, Washi tape

Stampin Up Sunday: Merry Moose tag

Hello!

Today another Merry Moose project but I thought I would make a tag that wasn’t specifically Christmas so I could send it for the UK stampers forum swap this month.

I started with the kraft tag from Ranger and added the Birch background stamp all over. Then I added some of the trees from the Merry Moose as part of the scenery.

The moose I stamped onto very vanilla and mounted a few layers of the punched moose out so he is quite raised and watercoloured him.

Next the sentiment I added on the very vanilla too and edged that with the brown ink.

I decided that the bottom part of the tag needed something else so I ripped some glittery washi tape and added strips and also added the wooden love sentiment.

I finished the tag with some revealed sari ribbon.

Love my moose tag!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Merry Moose, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Pinewood planks, Woodland

Merry Moose one sheet wonder

I’m back with another one sheet wonder, but this time I stuck to one stamp set to add the focal feature, whilst going mad with lots of die cuts!

I chose a piece of 12 x 12 I had in the stash … it had actually been folded and gifted to me so it required a bit of flattening out! It’s similar to one of the dsp packs in this year’s mini catalogue but it isn’t actually that!

I created a template to create some cards that I knew wanted to work on square cards rather than the usual rectangle cards.

There isn’t a measurement this but if you can see the little dots each square is half an inch… so number 3 is a 3×3 inch square!

Anyways… there are the 15 cards I made!

I mat and layered the panels with either some brown or cream card stock. I also used some cream laid paper for the background panels, most of which were 5×5 squares.

Some of the brown cardstock is coredinations so I also dug out the sanding block to give it some different textures.

The Merry Moose stamp set came out and I went for some of the detailed image, and some of the block image.

For the block image I went for some as they were using the Soft Suede, and some with kiss stamping using the Dictionary stamp to give the moose image some texture.

The detailed image I did some colouring with pencils… just four of them, but enough to last a few minutes of relaxing!

The final ones I used the coredinations cardstock to punch the image and then used my sanding block to distress it.

I created the sentiments from the same Merry Moose set. I just used the sentiments in the set and Early Espresso set to create panels and banners.

Next I dived into the die stash and cut lots of foliage and decorative elements and circles from cream, satin gold and gold glitter card.

Then it was time to stick them all together and get some embossing done too with old embossing folders and the lovely Woodland and Pinewood Planks.

Card 1: entering this into the Great outdoors challenge at Sir stampalot challenge

Card 2: entering this into the use gold challenge at Jingle Belles Rock

Card 3:

Card 4:

Card 5: including this in the challenge at 2 crafty critters crazy blog as it imclide

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Card 9:

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Card 11:

Card 12: entering this in the challenge at CRAFTY ANIMALS

Card 13:

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Card 15:

I embellished the cards using either the rose gold metal discs or the pearls.

At the end of finishing off all of these I headed off for a shower to “deglitter” myself. I really don’t like glitter but these cards needed the special touch of a bit of shine! So I persisted and added it in!

So happy with these 15 cards and love the Merry Moose so much … such a versatile bundle and good price at £29.50 for the 17 stamps and moose punch! … And if this project makes you think you need this in your life just pop me an email catiecuddles@yahoo.co.uk

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Merry Moose

Stampin Up Sunday… Merry Moose

This week I’m back playing with the Merry Moose set for Stampin Up Sunday and this time the moose came out to play.

I started with a square of whisper white and stamped the solid moose image in Early Espresso on the square to make a patterned paper. Then I created another moose in soft suede.

Next I created the little border of presents using a strip of whisper white. I stamped them in Mossy Meadow and used my wink of Stella to move the ink a little and colour them in.

I decided to use the soft suede card to make the card blank and stamped the small tree image on that in the same ink so it creates a watermark effect.

I then layered up the panel, the moose and the border and added a little sentiment. Next I went to town flicking ink and had a change of heart on the moose focal element and decided to add more ink to him using a paintbrush and watered down ink. This gives him a painted appearance like he was watercoloured.

This was quite a simple card to make… would be even easier with the punch but mine unfortunately broke and so a replacement is on its way so had to fussy cut the moose instead!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Merry Moose, Ribbons

Stampin Up Sunday- Merry Moose

So this week the new Autumn Winter catalogue launched and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to get the Merry Moose bundle as I have a bit of a thing about Moose!

As it was even though I got the bundle a couple of weeks ago I’ve only managed to ink up two of the stamps so far and make one card… and this is the card… and not a moose in sight!

Not sure why but I ended up want to make a vintage shabby chic card using just the tree image. Ah well that’s how the mojo goes sometimes isn’t it?

So I inked a piece of card with Pear Pizazz and Mossy Meadow and the stamped the image of the tree using the same and a bit of soft suede sponged onto the tree trunk part.

Then I splattered it with the green ink, water and some of the rose gold ink I got with the Everything is Rosy set. I love the liquid shimmer inks for adding shine and a mixed media feel.

I also added a piece of card I inked in soft suede after scrunching up and distressing a bit and then took a piece of wood grain paper (this isn’t SU paper but you can get some other similar background papers like this in the In Good Taste dsp pack – I’m just trying to not buy patterned paper until I’ve used up what I already own!) and added soft suede ink to it to make sure the colour tone was right and used this as the base background layer.

I created a tag free hand… a punch would be better but don’t own any of the fab punches that would do this (yet!) and inked that too before stamping the sentiment.

I added seam binding and the linen thread to embellish and a little rose gold mirrored gem from the stash then mounted it on to a soft suede card blank.

Inside the card I created a panel inking it with soft suede and stamping the tree in soft suede off the edge and then doing lots of splatters.

Love this vintage feeling card and how fun it was to make. A very different feel! And I am looking forward to getting the moose inked and punched for future cards.

Happy crafting!

Catherine