Emma Godfrey, Forever Flourishing, Peace & Joy, Scalloped tag topper

Scalloped Tag Topper punch fun

Today I’m starting off a series of blogs using the Tag Topper punch to create sweet little tags from scraps of cardstock and papers from the stash. Perfect for adhering to presents for this Christmas!

I started with a big pile of scraps and sorted through to find pieces that were 2″ wide, or slightly larger that I could trim down. I’m a bit of a bugger for keeping tiny bits of cardstock but I was determined not to just hoard and get them put to good use.

There were a few different colours of cardstock and I made the tags using whatever lengths I had, they are far from uniform but the beauty is I was wanting them all to be individual anyway.

For this set of soft sea foam tags I used some die cuts I had in the stash to add the little sprigs. Again I’ve been trying to use up little pieces of cardstock die cutting little elements and storing them so they are ready to use.

The paper I had added is from an old Making Cards magazine… I used up lots of leftover bits on these tag projects as I’m determined to get through the massive stash!

Most of the sentiments I used are Paperartsy ones, but also added in the Peace and Joy stamps.

I then raided the ribbon and twine stash to add to the top of the tags.

Will be back another day with more of the tags I created!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress oxide ink, Joy, Peace & Joy

Stampin Up Sunday: Peace and Joy postcard

Hello! Happy Sunday everyone!

Today I had another play with the Peace and Joy stamp and die set, this time to create a postcard for the UK stampers forum swap. It is similar in theme to the tag I made and shared a few weeks ago.

I actually did start making this at the same time using my favourite technique… mop up! I used glossy photo paper to mop up the watery distress oxides… this creates an awesome and very quick and easy background! When you polish away the oxidisation element it stains the glossy paper and gives a lovely marble effect.

Then I added the stamping … again this stains the paper and leaves it still shiny! I created the stamping in a circle around where I knew I would place the die cut. I think this is the first project I’ve used the “star” stamp… love how funky it looks… need to use that again!

Next I added the die cut…

… and the little sentiment strips. Then I added the panel to the black cardstock postcard.

Love this shiny postcard. Nice and seasonal and another way of using the fabulous Peace and Joy stamp and die set! Just love this set!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Honey Bee, Peace & Joy

UK Stampers Forum swap… Bee Happy Coins

Another day, another set of coins. This time my coins are for the UK stampers forum swap.

I decided to use the Peace and Joy stamps to create backgrounds and then the Honey Bee stamp for the focal element.

I started with a base of Fresco finish paints in Jade and then stamped and embossed the Happy stamp all over the background. I roughed it up a little to add additional embossing.

I then splattered Amethyst paint, and painted some scrap with the same colour before die cutting the honeycomb.

I also stamped another of the happy sentiments onto the amethyst card.

Then stamped and die cut the bee and glued all the layers together. Then I added a gem onto each of them.

I love how the embossing works in the background with the mix of the Matt and shiny finishes.

Hope the recipients like them too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress oxide ink, Joy, Peace & Joy, Ribbons

Stampin Up Sunday: Peace and Joy tag

I thought I would make a seasonal tag for my UK Stampers Forum swap this month and grabbed for … yup my favourite stamp set of season… peace and joy.

I decided to emboss the Joy stamp in the background using white embossing and then played with the distress oxide inks in green to give a nice blended water colour background.

I then stamped and fussy cut out the leaves. I used the same distress oxide green colours to keep the colour scheme the same.

Next I stamped and embossed the sentiment onto grey cardstock and added that to the front of the tag with the leaves coming out of it. I used coloured staples to add an extra embellishment.

Then I did cut the Joy from the lime green cardstock twice and layered it up for dimension and added the white background die.

I finished off the tag with some green dotty ribbon from the stash and the gems.

Love how it ended up… fresh but festive!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Peace & Joy

DT: CHNC: stocking

Once again I am here with a Design team contribution for Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge blog. This week Hazel asked the DT to include stockings.

I found these scraps left on the table from another card I made a few weeks ago… and as good luck would have it there was a stocking image there!

So I made up a cute card with the papers and added the sentiment using my favourite stamp set of this year’s Christmas cards… yes Peace and Joy came out to play again!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Flowers for every season, Joy, Peace & Joy

Stampin Up Sunday: pocket letter

Today’s Stampin Up Sunday is a bright and joyful pocket letter!

We were given the supplies and instructed to make a pocket letter for a swap partner at the online retreat a few weeks ago.

I decided to make mine using a mix of both in color dsp and the Flowers for every season dsp. I did lots of fussy cutting and decided to go for the main three colours of Just Jade, Magenta Madness and Bumble Bee.

I used whisper white for the bases and also added some white panels to break up the patterns. I also used the stitched shapes framelits and the Joy dies for the central title panel.

Each third has a base of one of the in colours and then either fussy cut flowers from the Flowers for every season dsp or a panel of the paper. I also included ribbons and gems on a few.

I then added the Joy die cut which I added as the central feature and the stamped sentiment. I had to do a bit of masking to just get the you rather than the full sentiment of “to you and yours”.

I then made little pouches for the back of some of the cards and added into them little treats of the cuts for the recipient using all the same colour scheme and idea of flowers.

Sincerely hope the recipient liked what I made and found the extras useful.

Loved making this. Took me a little while to make but really enjoyed myself.

And then you need to see what I got in return from Karen… it’s stunning and totally blew me away…

Of course it had made me want the Boho Indigo kit… she included lots of extras like die cuts and stamped images from the kit so going to be doing projects using them really soon!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Joy, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Peace & Joy, Pinewood planks, Ribbons, Sheena Douglass Embossing Folders

One sheet wonder… vintage Peace and Joy

Hello!

Another one sheet wonder to share with you, this time using am old piece of patterned paper I was gifted which has a vintage feel so I teamed it with browns and creams and used the fabulous Peace and Joy stamps and dies to decorate.

Used a similar one sheet wonder as the one I shared last month using the Merry Moose stamp set but changed up the first card as I made an error when cutting and also added the slim panel for 5 into card 3 as I made an error putting them together thinking there should have been 4 strips not 3!

I mounted each of the panels onto the Early Espresso coloured coredinations card (I’ve found a stash of this in one of the boxes in my craft room so was happy to use it again). Then created panels using cream laid paper and very vanilla cardstock.

Once again I went to town with embossing and added some ribbons from the stash on most of the cards.

The focal images of the Peace and Joy set I did in a few different ways. Either I stamped them in Mossy Meadow or Soft Suede and then added a layer of die cutting. With the very narrow dies I generally layered them so they were two or three tall. And the glimmer paper came out again just for a few bits. And yes there is glitter everywhere as a result. (I will never buy it again… so must use up my stash and get rid of it!)

So here are the close ups…

Card 1

Card 2

Card 3

Card 4

Card 5 (entering this into the distressing challenge at Mix it up challenge blog)

Card 6

Card 7 (entering it into the add sparkle challenge at Craft rocket challenges)

Card 8

Card 9

Card 10

Card 11

Card 12

Card 13

Card 14

Card 15 entering this into the die cutting challenge at Always fun challenges

Love how they all came out and think that the Peace and Joy bundle is one of my favourite ever sets for versatility. It just works so well for creating features as well as little elements such as the holly leaves which create lovely embellishments.

Creating all these cards probably only took about 3 hours if that! You can get in a nice rhythm and almost do it as a conveyor crafting session … paper and card cutting, then stamping, then die cutting and fussy cutting, then sorting layouts and choosing ribbons, then embossing, then adhering. Or at least that’s the way I did it. So ideal if you are a last minute Christmas card maker and haven’t started yet.

I can really recommend the Peace and Joy bundle. And at £42.50 for the bundle it’s not a bad price considering the versatility.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Joy, Peace & Joy, Ribbons, Wreath Builder

DT: Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge blog: Joy

This week at CHNC Hazel gave us the optional challenge of using the word Joy in our projects so of course I went straight to my Peace and Joy stamp and die set. I decided on using the die cut word rather than stamping and die cutting and then wanted to add the wreath too from the Wreath Builder set.

I used some old patterned paper from the stash and then used a few of the All the Trimmings embellishments to decorate the wreath.

I also changed up the sentiment a little to heat emboss in white rather than stamp in colour or black.

I layered up the thin green die cut three times for dimension and the largest bottom layer I added pool party ink to the textured white cardstock to blend with the colour scheme of the paper.

Love how this came out… and know exactly who this going to already! In fact I started writing my Christmas cards last weekend so I know if I have enough or if I need to do a final push on making for the next couple of months. The good news is that I should be fine and should have enough with any I make between now and then as extras… and I’m pretty much done with the sets I need to gift too!

That’s the good news about making them all year round! No mad rush at the end!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Peace & Joy

DT: CHNC: plaid/checked paper

Hi

This week Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge design team challenge was to use plaid/ checked paper.

I found some scraps of this cute green and pink coloured patterned paper and made this little tree card.

All the elements came from the patterned paper stash. All I added was the green cardstock and the stamped sentiment using the Peace and Joy stamps (I am obsessed with this set!). I also added a little yellow star on the tree!

Cute and quick!

Happy crafting!

Catherine