Artistically Inked, Banner Pick a Punch, Biggest Wish, Brilliant Wings, Butterfly Brilliance, Picture perfect birthday

Happy birthday Michelle

A bit of a run on birthday cards this week… this time it was for my friend Michelle.

I decided to use the Butterfly Brilliance stamp which I don’t use nearly enough.

I used some Polished Pink cardstock and embossed the butterflies using white powder. I then added ink in Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo using the blending sponge to add some extra definition and an ombre look to the card stock. I tore one side and then mounted it onto the rose gold cardstock which I also tore down one edge.

I embossed the Happy from the Biggest Wish stamp set. Next I added some strips of green and yellow cardstock from the stash.

I added the birthday stamp from Artistically Inked to one and punched with the banner punch. I then used the same cardstock I die cut the little butterflies.

Inside I added a strip of the embossed cardstock I had cut off the front panel and punched it into a banner. I also added the remaining butterflies and stamped the sentiment from the retired Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set.

Love how this came together.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Brilliant Wings, Butterfly Brilliance, Design Team, piercing templates, Ribbons, Very Versailles, Watercolour paints

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies

Hello!

Firstly thank you for popping by to my blog. Just wanted to put that there as I know blog reading is not something that everyone does, so thank you.

Today I have another design team contribution for the Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies blog.

I created this tag with lots of different bits and pieces … let me talk you through it as I forgot to take process pics.

I started with stamping and die cutting the Brilliant Wings stamp. This is great as it stamps and cuts out 6 different butterflies in one go. I stamped them onto the Petal Pink cardstock and used a mix of different ink colours and the stamping platform so there was a gradient in the colours stamped.

I also die cut one of the filigree butterflies from the die sets and inked that using my blending tool.

Next I took 2 tags and cut out a panel of one of them as an aperture. I inked and stamped round that using the Very Versailles stamps. And splattered some shimmery watercolour paint too so there was some shine.

I then took 5 of the butterflies and laid them out around the aperture and stuck the aperture tag down. I then trimmed them back so that they were smaller than the tag but visible through the gap.

Next I took my piercing tool and guide and pierced the edge of the tag. Love the effect this creates.

Next I did a little more very versailles stamping on the bottom tag so that I would come through the vellum a little.

I cut a panel of vellum to sit behind the aperture and then sandwiched the two tags together.

Next I stamped the hello sentiment and the fancy frame from very versaille and fussy cut them out and inked the edges to match the tag. I added them to the frame and then affixed the layered butterfly to the top.

Finally I added the trim on the top. Voila! A layered tag with lots of interest.

I’m actually going to enter this into the UK stampers forum tag swap as not joined in yet this month so seems like a good way of doing my DT and joining in a swap!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas Pinecone, Christmas Season, Christmas to remember, Ribbons, Seasonal Labels Dies, Timeworn Type

First play… Christmas Season bundle and Christmas to Remember bundle

Had fun with new stash and made a card. I played with both of the stamp and die bundles from the Painted Christmas suite… the Christmas Season stamps and Seasonal frames dies and the Christmas to remember sentiment stamps and the Christmas Pinecone dies. All four of these items (2 bundles) work in tandem with each other and are … fabulous!

I actually videoed this playtime… so check out the YouTube if you want to see how it came together.

But if you are just after the final card…

I mean… how fabulous is this? And how easy? So easy!

Love love love these bundles. I do think this years Christmas selection by SU is their best for a few years.

Can see me making far too many Christmas cards for the stash this year using all of these fabulous products. But that’s fine… they will all get used eventually!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artistic, Biggest Wish, Delicate Dahlia, Ribbons, Seasonal Labels Dies, Timeworn Type

Happy birthday Sue

Today is my good friend’s birthday and it’s a special birthday this year so she got an all singing all dancing lots of effort kind of card made for her!

I used new stamps, dies and embossing folder plus old stash to make this and I am pretty chuffed with how it came out.

Starting point was I embossed some linen cardstock with my new embossing folder Timeworn Type which I am totally in love with. I then added ink I used distress ink as I wanted a fairly heavy coverage and these work best in my opinion.

I decided to place the panel (quite large piece of card to cover the left hand side of a 5×7 card blank.

Next I took a die cut from Artistic and then the sale-a-bration stamp set Delicate Dahlia and used that to create the main floral focal element.

I also grabbed some very old Cherry Cobbler ribbon.

Then I die cut some labels from the Seasonal Labels in coordinated scraps of cardstock.

Next up I went to the go to sentiment creating stamp set I am obsessed with … Biggest Wish.

Final finishing touches are a button from the stash, some Cherry Cobbler thread and some glittery gems.

Love how this looks and so so happy with that embossing folder, the die cut element, the floral stamp and of course my favourite sentiment stamps!

So all I have left to say is Happy Birthday to Sue… looking forward to celebrating with you in a couple of weeks time. 😀

Happy crafting!

Catherune

Design Team, Forever Fern, Forever Flourishing, Forever Greenery, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Ribbons

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper

One more one sheet wonder for September’s Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog. Once again it is a 6×6 one and this time I used Forever Fern dsp. This was actually something I had as a kit for a card making class I ran last year but never ended up using it at the time.

Love all the die cuts and the snippets of ribbon and twine. I used the coordinating cardstock for the backgrounds.

For those that are interested this one sheet wonder template is one I’ve used before… both the class and other versions… here are the links.

https://inkyfingeredcat.me/?p=20449

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, Very Versailles

Trees postcard

This month at the postcard art swap the theme was one I chose … trees!

I decided to play with my new goodies… Merriest Moments and created a frame for the main tree image which was from the In the Pines set.

I am loving the Merriest Moment bundle with the fabulous embossing folder and coordinating dies. It adds so much texture and interest and although clearly this has a bit of a Christmas vibe it isn’t just Christmassy.

I added in a bit of a Vintage element with some Very Versailles stamping and added ink blending and some water drops to change up the green background a little.

I also blended the panel with the trees so give it a misty look and added sentiment stickers from Tim Holtz to finish off.

Really happy with this! Looking forward to plenty more playing with this bundle.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Happy Celebrations, Tidings and Trimmings

More new Christmas goodies … but a bit of a different project!

Yes I bought more new Christmas goodies to play with… I bought the Tidings and Trimmings bundle (and dsp) but I must admit my first play I went off piste and made a birthday card!

The card was very much inspired by the card Martin shared but I went crazy with stars and of course added in the Biggest Wish stamps for the sentiment and the Happy Celebrations too.

I used a range of pink and purple themed cardstocks and ink to created the card using the dies and stamps and then brought in the pop of turquoise with Coastal Cabana card and ink to provide a contrast.

Love how those dies look.. so pretty and can’t wait 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

Jar, Jar of Flowers, Watercolour paints

MIA again… quick little cards

So I’ve been very much MIA the last couple of weeks. Firstly a holiday and also been super busy with work. Today I managed to tidy the craft desk a bit and made some cards using gifted papers from a swap (thank you whoever sent these… they are so pretty) and Jar of Flowers stamped images I had stamped and coloured some time ago.

The photos don’t show the glitter and metallic elements so much but these cards were quick to put together and it was good to just get something made. Going to leave them without sentiments for now and maybe add sentiments another time when I am deciding to use them.

I’ve managed to sort a pile of small scraps out too so likely to do some die cutting soon to get some bits done and dusted ready for projects but for now… this is me done. Hopefully will get some time to finish the Christmas in July challenge and also play with new Christmas goodies I’ve got ordered (some have been delivered!).

Happy crafting!

Catherine