Last week I did some stamping and colouring with no actual outcome in mind. I chose to stamp the leaves from the Cottage Rose bundle and then colour them using the Stampin Blend markers.
Next I decided to fussy cut them out rather than grabbing the die. No idea why, just fancied cutting them I suppose.
I decided to grab some of the leftover papers from the Making Cards magazine kit I used at the beginning of the month and some cardstock scraps from the stash to make these little leaf based notecards.
I then took the rest of the paper and some of the images and made a few more.
As I’ve mentioned previously I have been selling a few bits and bobs from the stash that I no longer use and I’ve been added a little thank you card and decorating a bag to send with the sold items. I had a full afternoon of sorting through old papers and leftover scraps that were on the table and made lots of bags for the next batch of sales.
Nearly all were made using old kits from Making Cards magazines… some of which I had used most of the papers up already pn my Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge design team contributions… one of which is a massive kit so still lots left to make with that one!
Think these are all so cute and good way if me using up the kits I’m unlikely to grab to use again.
I wanted to play along with #sheetloadofcards for June which had a template for making joy fold cards using 3 pieces of dsp .. so I chose my 6×6 but then realised the template was for 12×12 … so made them half size!
Kept them all the same in terms of base cardstock and the strawberry focal image and the hello sentiment … but obviously each is different as moved the papers round so none were the same.
Love how these came out.
Very difficult to photograph though as they don’t want to stay flat and closed!
I’ve been on a bit of a mission to use up scraps off the desk and give some love to stamps I don’t use often so decided to join in with the UK stampers forum inchie swap this month as a result of having 2 bits of weirdly shaped white card left over from another project.
One piece I stamped some of the Very Versailles stamps, these are perfect for backgrounds. Then cut them into little squares but took the corner off too to give it some interest. Then I edged them with the Just Jade ink.
Next I adhered them to white 1 inch squares so they had a border.
Then using the Crisp Canteloupe ink I stamped the flower from the Sweet Strawberry stamp set and punched it out.
I then grabbed some Funky Fossil word stamps and stamped smile onto the remaining scraps and added this to each of the inchies. Next some stickles to add some glitter to each of the inchies.
Love how these came together and from pieces that were too strangely shaped or awkward to use for much else.
This month I made yet another 16th birthday card, and even though this was for Niamh’s birthday in November I wanted it to be bright and cheerful and tropical.
Now I must admit this project used up some table decorations I had made for a fun night my daughter had had with Niamh so it was a case of just deciding on a layout and putting it all together rather than making from scratch… bit it was fun to do!
All the leaves in the background were made by stamping and then smooshing the inks onto the paper and then fussy cutting them out. These were originally made as table confetti. I then glued them to the white card square and turned them into a patterned paper background.
Next I stamped and embossed the Happy from Biggest Wish onto Polished Pink cardstock.
I then created a banner and added the die cut 16th using the Playful Alphabets dies.
Onto the top I then added the focal cluster of the pineapple and flowers. The pineapple is a Lawn Fawn stamp and coordinating die. I stamped this onto some glossy cardstock I had used to wipe up the ink smooshing (love this for creating a different texture and fun patterned paper). The bottom flower is actually a poinsettia flower from Tidings and trimmings which I fussy cut and then the top flower is from Sweet Strawberry. I added a gem to the centre to finish that element off.
I then decided I wanted a more graphic finish to the sentiment so chose the accompanying stamp from Happy Celebrations and stamped that onto the same Petal Pink card I made the 5×5 card blank from.
Next I rummaged in the ribbons box and found a scrap of ribbon that I thought worked well with the colours.
Next I created a panel for the inside of the card and added three of the leftover leaves to decorate.
Oh and of course some additional gems added for bling to the outside.
Delighted with the final card and the fact I could reuse some of the fun elements was a bonus.
So at the start of the year I thought I would do one sheet wonders all year for the Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge but this month I didn’t fancy it and instead grabbed what was left of a piece of dsp from a project I made a while ago and created four cards using just 1 panel of dsp for each.
The paper I used was the expressions in Ink dsp in the Pale Papaya pattern. Love this paper so much and with the gold elements in it, it really doesn’t need much else to make it special. But I then grabbed some of the shimmer vellum in soft succulent and pale Papaya to add some more shimmer.
I decided to punch the jar out of the soft succulent and create 4 flower arrangements. Two I did using the Jar of Flowers rose stamps and the other two using the Berry Blessings stamps where I turned the berries into ‘peaches’? Well they look fab regardless of how real they are! 😆
I added some bakers twine to each jar and two of the jars I added some foam behind them to give them dimension.
I added sentiments from the Sweet Strawberry stamps set and then used the banner punch for the ends.
I also added some of the glitter gems in gold to go with the gold bits in the dsp.
A fab set of little cards … sorry I didn’t stick to the OSW idea I had but sometimes you just have to go with the flow of what you fancy creating!
Last year I was shown how to make these little treat pouches and I love them! I made these ones for the lovelies who were joining my online craftalong this month and added little treats for them both.
I used the Oh so ombre dsp for the pouch and then added some flowers cut from the True Love dsp which I coloured using the Stampon Blend markers. I then added some dotty washi tape and the little bow of the Blackberry Bliss ribbon. Because the Oh so ombre paper has a different colour on each side it looks so fun with the contrasting colours and the fun flowers.
I added the embellishment of the sentiment punched with a retired punch just to finish off!
Well that was an odd 36 hours. Had my covid vaccine but the reaction to is was like a repeat of my covid experience in December on fast forward for 36 hours. No temperatures but instead a very painful arm and then all the other symptoms came and went over the time. Now, a couple of aches but otherwise back to how I was precovid vaccine… and hopefully full of lovely strong antibodies!
Thankful I had this post ready done as I didn’t manage to do anything at all yesterday.
I have three more artist trading coins to share with you this time using the Sweet Strawberry stamps and the Berry Delightful dsp…
I made these for the UK Stampers Forum swap. I added a piece of doily underneath and then stamped and fussy cut the pieces… I would have used the punch but I hadn’t got a large enough piece of card to fit all three on at once so just went for fussy cutting!
I also added the sentiment and then the little gems to finish off.
I went for a theme of the red gingham paper for all three swaps I made for the UK stampers forum swap … I’ll share the other things I made in a few days.