Category Archives: Petite Petals

Colour my Monday! Island Indigo!

Well I have reached the end of the year of my Colour My Monday challenge. I have documented all but three of the main SU colours, and all of the 2012-14, 2013-15 & 2014-16 In colors too!

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It has been great using colours I wouldn’t normally use, and seeing where the colour takes me. But there is one of the colours I haven’t done yet which is actually my favourite colour!

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Yes I adore Island Indigo … Always have, and suspect always will!

The card I made this week is at odds with the time of year, but never mind… It does show Island Indigo off nicely!

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I used the summery Gingham Garden DSP which has the main colour of Island Indigo as its base. Then some Daffodil Delight DSP around which I wrapped some Island Indigo bakers twine. Then a stamped sentiment from a Craft Stamper magazine, which I layered with the coordinating cardstock. Then three little flowers from the Petite Petals set, stamped in Melon mambo and punched with the coordinating punch! Finally some little pearl gems for the flower centres and doodled borders. Love this.

Really this is a lot of colour, but that seems a perfect way to end the year of colour!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Colour my Monday! Soft Sky!

Hi peeps! It’s Monday … It’s time to play with colour!

Soft and subtle this week.

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I decided to create my own DSP to make use of this colour using the fabulous Secret Garden stamp set mixed with Petite Petals. I mixed the Soft Sky with the gorgeous Wisteria Wonder

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I also did some embossing with a polka dot folder, and then die cut a panel out using the lovely Apothecary Accents dies. Then used the sentiment from Itty bitty Banners. I used plenty of dimensionals to keep the depth to the layers, and added lots of lovely texture with the trim and ribbon. Finally the finishing touch of one of the lovely vintage buttons.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy wedding day Mr & Mrs Smith

Yes my friend really has gone and become Mrs Smith!

Today my friend got married. Unfortunately the trip to Devon (where she upped and moved to just over a year ago) for one night was a little too much for me to undertake so I didn’t make it to see her in person, so instead made a card on behalf of myself, and the other two friends in the team who will be raising a glass to her from afar!

Just like yesterday’s I tried to do a step by step approach!

The card itself is inspired by so many I have seen before … I went for white on white, but then decided it needed some champagne throwing in!

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I started with the Petite Petals stamp set and heat embossed lots of flowers using both the clear and champagne coloured embossing powders. Then punched them out. Next I dry embossed some scraps of the cardstock using a few different embossing folders and punched them out. Then I drew a circle (I used the bottom of my paintbrush jar to make sure it was a circle, and stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from a Papermania set and then stuck the flowers down layering them up as I went.

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Next I took some more white card and punched out the birds and then embossed them using the Beautiful Brocade folder. Then added them to the bottom of the circle along with the leaves which I didn’t emboss. I also used dimensionals whilst doing this to ensure I had some depth to the artwork.

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I then realised I needed to mount it as it didn’t look right without an edge of some kind, but I don’t have suitably coloured ink or cardstock. So I made a mount using the same embossing powder and the Hardwood background stamp. You will see here I didn’t emboss it entirely, only the edges as that is all that would be on show.

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Final touch was to add a champagne coloured ribbon in a bow and mount it onto the card blank.

Lovely!

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So I hope that Mr and Mrs Smith have had a wonderful day … Wishing them all the best for their married life together! Congratulations Caroline and Dave!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Making colour swatches more interesting!

My dear friend Darcy shared a colour chart book she had made quite a while ago and so I made one too at the time based on what she did, but unfortunately I did a rubbish job of the cover, and it wasn’t big enough and so I decided to make a new one a while ago which I never shared.

Anyway, as the new In Color inks have now arrived in my inky fingers it was time to add to my little colour book! And this then turned into a major colour swatch job! So be warned there are quite a lot of pics coming up… But hopefully you will like what you see and it may inspire you to create yourself something like this?!

When I get new SU inks, I stamp them on whisper white, and have used the Petite Petals stamps as they have the coordinating punch. I handwrite the colour names, with a family to a page (different flower design dependent on colour family) and then stick the little flower next to their name. I also add a little dot of glossy accents in the middle of the flower in case it changes how the colour looks.

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So after sorting the new In colors (aren’t they scrummy?!) I thought … Why not do my Distress Inks. I have quite a lot of pages in the little sketchbook I am using for this task, and don’t intend to add in any other types of medium to this book… Just ink pads so the distress inks (I don’t have as many and am building my collection slowly) are now the back pages of the book. I used the order that is on the ranger colour swatch pdf and decided that I would use the butterfly from Blooming Marvellous for these inks as it is quite petite and a bit distressed as an image. Having a punch that works with the stamp also helps… Didn’t want to have to fussy cut a lot of the same image out… That would be depressing!

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As you can see, I wrote the ink colours I don’t have in pencil and the ones I have in pen, just so I can keep them in the right order. I haven’t included any ‘special edition’ inks as I haven’t got any of those and think I would treat them like SU In Colors inks and have them as a separate family if I ever got any.

I was really pleased with this little piece of work. I didn’t stop there though!

Next up I decided to do colour swatches for my water colours … But what was the best way of doing this? Well stamping an image and coloring it in was what I thought… So out came Henry says stamps and a lot of colorful elephants arrived! They are all on ATC sized pieces of watercolour paper. Then I finally found a use for an accordion book I bought at least 9 years ago! … So here is my book of elephants. I have two watercolour pencil sets… So each set has a side each and each elephant is labelled so I know which colour relates to which pencil and set!

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So now I have two little books which I can grab if I am looking for a specific colour, or to check if I have a specific colour before I duplicate in error and it was a fun couple of projects that have kept me out of trouble for a couple of hours each! I want to move on to document my other mediums too, but for the moment… This is my lot!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Wreath of loveliness!

I spotted this lovely little wreath in Hobbycraft and decided it would look fab with some flowers added and last night decided it was time to do this!

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With coordinating stamps and punches this is such an easy transformation and a few little pearls and some ribbon and jobs a good un!

Stamps used:
Language of Friendship
Petite Petals
Blooming Marvellous

Punches used:
Builder Bird
Small flower
Small butterfly

Inks used:
Crisp Canteloupe
Calypso Coral
Poppy Parade
Certainly Celery

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Colour my Monday! Cajun Craze!

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Happy Monday World! Well the part of the world that read my blog anyways!

Colour time! I am really enjoying this weekly challenge to focus on colour! It is time for a REGAL colour this week…

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Now this is not a colour I have used much… Mainly as I don’t own the actual ink colour, but also as rustic colours are just not really my thing! But, a couple of months ago, Helen used this colour in a class I had the kit for, but had never got round to doing the class as per her instructions … Partly as at the time I didn’t have the stamps for the specific class! Anyways, in the kit for one card was some Cajun Craze cardstock, so I grabbed that and set to work on creating something for this challenge instead.

Helen had also included a bit of the gold foil cardstock, so I embossed this first with the Square Lattice folder and then sanded it back to show some white through.

Next I inked the cardstock using the Chocolate Chip ink and a sponge to give it a nice even edge of ink. Then I took the small pieces of Very Vanilla and inked them too in Crumb cake and added some distressing with the Gorgeous Grunge and Woodgrain stamps. Then I stamped some of the cute Petite Petals flowers in a mixture of Crumb Cake and Gold Encore pigment ink. To these I added the candy dots in the Cajun Craze. Next up the sentiment was stamped in Chocolate Chip and inked and grunge with the dots stamp from Gorgeous Grunge. I used the Decorative label punch to create the little label for this.

Finally a bit of trim in Baked Brown Sugar to finish off!

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Love this finished card. It is so different from the style I would normally choose, and this is because the colour is out of my comfort zone, but this is what the challenge is about I suppose… To break me out of doing the same things over and over!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

My Mother’s Day bouquet!

I decided for this Mother’s Day that I would attempt one of these “oh so popular” pop up box cards. I happened to catch the talented Nikki from Polkadoodles fame on C and C and she showed how she makes no measure pop up boxes… Will I figured this was my best chance.

So this is what I did and I made this lovely creation for my Mum and brought it out to Spain this week for us to celebrate Mother’s Day a tad late!

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Such a simple but impressive creation to make! May well make some more for some other random occasions over the next few months… Only thing I have to remember is not to make the items in the box overlap too much or the box won’t fit in the envelope!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

How do I do it?

Well as long as you aren’t expecting gory details of my personal life … Which are quite frankly (said in a Miranda way in my head) out of the question … You may find this quite an informative post!

I am of course talking about scrapbooking!

Everyone has their way of scrapbooking… And each one is right! I have friends who have very minimal pages, friends who alter stuff to make layouts, friends who use a lot of products and friends who use kits. All of these are fab in their own way! I wouldn’t say my style stays the same … I notice the different kinds of pages I create, depend on the mood I am in, the time I have to dedicate to a page, and the materials/tools I have on hand. But my process remains fairly similar. Although I have developed a new part of the process thanks to my friend Helen which is “don’t stick things down!”

I was always sticking things down and then deciding on an extra layer, or an embellishment poking out from a layer etc, which I then couldn’t do as I had already stuck it down! Helen taught me to not stick down until I have everything ready and placed as if it is for real, and then, and only then, get the adhesive out!

Anyways I digress. This is a page I started working on 11th March.

I started with a picture. I always choose the photo first (unless I am following a sketch challenge where the sketch is obviously the first starting point) before I choose anything else. If there is a prompt I want to follow (like my Thursday treasures prompts) then I am looking for a photo that speaks to me in relation to that prompt. Otherwise I am just looking at the pictures I have printed off ready to scrap and pull out the ones that I want to scrap at that point. Sometimes this can be months/weeks ahead of actually finishing a page. But for me the picture comes first, as this is the starting point of telling the story. So in this example I chose this picture of the princess, at Arley Hall, Spring 2013 posing with her fingers forming the heart shape (not brilliantly but not bad for a 7year old!).

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So the photo chosen now to decide on the papers and colour of the background. As the beautiful rhododendron flowers rather dominate with the grass in the foreground I decided on using Gingham garden dsp. One sheet has a Melon Mambo background with the flower relief which has brightly coloured flowers inside. On the other side a gingham pattern in Island Indigo. The great thing about double sided paper is you instantly get two patterns to use on a page without cutting into another piece of 12×12!

I decided to cut a wide panel and two thin panels. I chose the width of the large panel based on the pattern on the paper and to try and make the cut point even with where the design had gone up to on the paper. The thin strips were cut to 1″ wide as this seemed right for the gingham pattern. I always start with a linear layout (even if it doesn’t end up like that) and so laid one panel going one direction and the strips going the other. At this point I chose Pear Pizazz as the base. This is a beauty of using SU products I must admit as you know what colour cardstock goes with the dsp! Makes life easier!

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Now as you can probably see I have already moved on the page because I have decided and made some embellishments as a feature! How and why?

Well flowers seem the obvious choice for this page as embellishments and so the Petite Petals with the coordinating punch were the easy choice this time. I wanted something small and didn’t go for a big flower partly because the princess is small on the image and I didn’t want the flowers to take over, partly because the flowers on the dsp are small and again I wanted to keep the balance looking right.

So I stamped and punched a host of flowers from the stamp set. I kept to the one flower type as I thought this suited the paper and layout best. I used the coordinating colours (again SU at its best) and then decided that to mirror the heart shape the princess is making, I would place the flowers into a heart shape.

Now what happens next is a fairly new development for me since I had a craft desk and proper space for my stash … I went shopping! Of course I went shopping before, but rarely in my own stash! Now I have everything to hand it is easier to grabs embellishments or stickers or even inks and tools. As a result layouts are getting busier with more bits. Previously I might have been happy with the above, a title and some journalling. But now I want more!

So I start shopping my stash! I cut out stickers that work with the layout and theme, And grab letters for the title and some rub ons too … This is how it now looks at the end of stage one of shopping the stash. And where I finished for session one on my layout!

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Now I started session two on 16th March … So not many days later! I have been known to leave a layout several years … But usually it’s within a fortnight!

So I started by placing all of the stash into place, and adding some softer bits too like ribbon and the mesh.

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Once I am happy with this and don’t think I need anything else, I clear the page completely, and with this photo in mind I start the sticking things down phase. If at the end of the placing stage I decide I need to ink things, I usually do it all in one go.

Anyways … With the sticking I usually forget halfway through where things should have been I also start making it up. It isn’t usually miles away from where I started, but sometimes I change my mind about placement!

So here it is … My final page!

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The main thing that I changed was the position and use of the rub ons… And I didn’t end up using bakers twine at all. The position and choice of the title came mainly from the letters I had in that set of stickers! Oh and the card candi ended up being used differently, and less of it in the end.

Love my final page and it was fun showing my process as I went through it! Might do one of these again another time to see if my process changes!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Wiping the Petite Petals

It’s time for a catch up post!

On Wednesday my lovely friend Helen (check out her blog) held a fab class on the baby wipe technique!

Now I use a lot of baby wipes… But usually to clean things, not to add ink to stamps! But the thing with the baby wipe technique is it is a lovely subtle way of adding multiple colours to a stamped image.

Helen chose the fabulous Petite Petals set to keep the five cards we were making similar, but with loads of other bits and pieces too!

I didn’t actually finish my cards at the class … I forgot adhesive … Plus concentrated on getting all the stamping done instead! But yesterday I put them together. I didn’t 100% follow the instructions… Only one genuine mistake … Otherwise known as “doing a Catherine” where I affixed the card topper to the card base upside down … But the other slight changes were just where I wanted to add some ink to edges which I sponged on. So sorry Helen, not exact replicas but still all your gorgeous designs are there!

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Hope you like the set … I think they make lovely cards I must admit.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy Birthday Princess!

Today my little baby is 8!!! I can’t believe it! Doesn’t seem long since she was a babe in arms … But given she is a tall girl, and I am a shortie, it won’t be long before she is towering above me I know! Goodness help me then!

So of course, my princess got made a special card!

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Packed full of Petite Petals with a cute bird (Language of Friendship) and butterfly (Papillion Pot Pourri). With some nice texture in the background using both Hardwood & Woodgrain.

Love how it came out! Almost as much as I love the girl herself!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Ps little update photo that shows all the dimension in the card!

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