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Scraps to tags … Christmas

Yesterday I shared with you the 10 tags I made for the challenge of use scraps to make tags … well as the challenge is to make 20 tags I chose to also make 10 Christmas themed ones.

This time I started with scrap cardstock as the base and then grabbed the Christmas box and used papers I had already cut into and the images I had already either die cut or stamped and coloured on other projects and never got around to using.

I did have to stamp a few extra sentiments and the two stars for the Tidings and Trimmings set were new inags, but otherwise all of this was using bits leftover from other projects or things sitting on my desk

Hopefully the swap recipient likes what I made, I’m looking forward to seeing what I get in return.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Kendras card challenge #2

I enjoyed making the cards for challenge #6 so decided to make another set using an older template… template #2.

I chose the Tidings and Trimmings papers and stamps and dies for the main focus… but ended up adding other bits and pieces in too like the shimmery vellum and the sparkly speciality paper… I can never resist going a little mad with those fab Peace and Joy stamps and dies either and felt a big word was perfect as the focus of a few of the cards.

Here they all are…

I make the cards in stages…. cutting, then putting the pieces into labelled envelopes, next the layers of cardstock are cut and added to the envelopes. Then I stamp and cut lots of embellishment pieces so I have a little pile to use. Then I start to assemble but not always finish the card topper (I make these as card toppers first before I add to card blanks/make card blanks). Sometimes I just add layers to the paper pieces and add a few bits into the envelope and come back as I know I want an additional element like a ribbon, or sometimes it comes together immediately with everything to hand. But at least this way I get to just do them a bit at a time and 14 cards isn’t too overwhelming to deal with!

As the template is for US sized cards I did have to fiddle a little with the sizing of the final layers to make it fit the UK size cards but it worked fine. I made the card blanks out of Cherry Cobbler cardstock as I had loads of it and then inside added a white panel and some more dsp strips or panels and a little stamping. They were all different but only took one pic of the inside…

Envelopes again I kept simple with some little banners of dsp leftover from the inside panels and that was all!

So another 14 Christmas cards made. Must admit these were a little heavy because of all the extra cardstock so maybe need to remember this and try to gut the layers a little next time.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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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

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DT: Happy Little Stampers CAS … inky

Here I go again with another design team contribution… this time for Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge. This month Kylie has given us the theme Inky to work with… well given my blog name you know I am good with this one.

So remembering the rules for the CAS challenge….

Clean and Simple design with one focal point, lots of white (or open) space and minimal layers and embellishments

Here goes…

I decided to add a panel of gelliprinting using distress oxides and the mini rectangle Gelli plate. I love love this technique as it creates really fun little watercolour effects with very little effort.

I then added the embossed silver heart and the sentiment below… perfect little card topper which I kept to just that … one topper for the finished card, no additional layers.

I did find it hard to resist adding more bling if I am honest but remembered the whole less is more phrase (usually I am a more is more kind of girl!).

Hope you like it. I must admit I love the Gelli plate and oxides ink technique. Could happily make lots of backgrounds using this technique!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

Happy new year! Let’s hope 2022 is kind to us all!

I’ve kept on with my DT contributions for Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge and decided this year to get a bit organised and have put aside specific papers from the old Making Cards magazine stash. I had too many still hanging around so have decided to just get things made… and to decrease the decision making I’ve put specific papers aside for each month… let’s see how that goes shall we?

So for January I have some stylish fashion images and black and white papers to play with.

And I grabbed the sewing machine and made two cards.

I even decorated the inside and the envelopes.

I teamed the images and papers with purple and cerise cardstock and black too of course and added some die cut stars as embellishments.

I love all the sewn details. I think it works well with the focal images.

Sentiments were from a range of sets including Artistically Inked, Biggest Wish, Tidings and Trimmings and Picture Perfect Birthday.

Inside the card I added a scrap of the paper and another star and a sentiment.

The envelopes I used a strip of paper across the front just to add some fun!

Hope you pop along to Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog and join in yourself. I bet I am not the only one with a stack of paper to be used! This year I am determined not to buy any new. I have too much already going unused. Wonder if I will stick to it or not?

Also linking the 2nd card to the Birthday Card Challenge at Cut it Up

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies

Hello! Time for another DT contribution to share with you. This time for Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge blog.

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.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Christmas challenge #3

Hi… how are you doing? Have you managed to make any cards using my challenge yet? I would love to see them if you have. Just tag them #christmascard2021IFCchallenge so I can pop along to see them.

So as you can see for challenge number three I chose star. There are so many things I could have chosen to play with but I decided to start with a stencilling experiment with different mediums.

I chose a Clarity stamp stencil which I’ve had for ages which is the stars in a circle frame and decided to ink through using Tempting Turquoise on a piece of card I had cut into 4 pieces.

Next I did the same but added a layer of modelling paste through the stencil. And again the same ink but with Iridescent Modelling paste. And finally the same ink but glass bead gel medium.

Aren’t they fabulous and of course all different. I had to leave the ones with the mediums to dry for a while before I could then start adding to them but they are worth the wait in my opinion.

Next I decided to have a die cutting frenzy with the Bedazzled speciality paper from this years saleabration and the dies from the Tidings and Trimmings set.

And then started creating the cards.

I kept to thr Tidings and Trimmings stamps for the sentiments which I embossed and trimmed into strips (one of my favourite ways to add sentiments).

To a couple I added some random patterned paper from the stash and all of them I added a layer of vellum behind the intricate star die cut and used some Pretty Peacock cardstock for the mounts.

This one I added some splatters and air brushing using the Tempting Turquoise as I wanted more of a loose style to go with the more rustic modelling paste texture.

I kept this one quite plain and let the shine do all the work. Just love the iridescent paste for adding glam to a card.

This one I actually was inspired by a sketch I had seen on Instagram for stampinfancyfriday and although just not an exact replica you can see some of the inspiration in the final design I am sure!

I really enjoyed these … they weren’t quick makes but I really enjoyed playing with the different mediums and that sparkly Bedazzled speciality paper.

Hope you enjoy playing with stars this week… look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Christmas Challenge #2

Week 2 = stocking

I decided to just go for it with the Tidings and Trimmings bundle and create some cards using the matching dsp and the stamps and dies from the set.

I had lots of fun then delving in the gems box and the ribbons basket to find some bits and pieces to embellish and add texture.

I kept to a simple colour scheme… Evening Evergreen, Soft Succulent, Cherry Cobbler and Sahara Sand. I also added gold embossing and did die cut some of the sentiments using the Stitched framelits and the Seasonal Frames too.

I stamped the two different stocking stamps in lots of different colour ways and did a bit of colouring in on some too.

And then had fun chopping papers up and matting and layering. I used 3 sheets of the 6×6 in total and made 8 5×5 cards. I also embossed a couple of the card blanks using my new favourite embossing folder: timeworn type.

Just love these … those stockings are so cute and the little bow and the foliage in the set help finish it off perfectly.

Plus love the sentiments and the ones you can create into strips are PERFECT !

So this was my stocking selection for you. A quick reminder that you do not need to make multiple cards to join in … I just love doing this when making Christmas cards as although they are all different they create little sets and I often end up gifting these to my parents and my aunties.

But please do join in … and if you do, use the tag #christmascard2021IFCchallenge so I can find your creations… or comment below!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Happy 16th Birthday

This is the year my daughter and her friends turn 16 so I’m going to be making plenty of 16th cards this year! Here is one of them!

I decided to start with a panel of white cardstock I had embossed with the Painted Texture folder. I added ink using the Speckled Egg distress oxide ink. I also added some splatters of Coastal Cabana ink and some splatters of water too.

Next I added some silver embossed stars from the Trimmings and Tidings stamp set. Then I started playing with the dies from the Christmas Trimmings set and die cut three of the intricate star, lots of little stars and a label from the Seasonal Labels dies.

I added some organza ribbon and then decided to go for the favourite sentiment set… Biggest Wish.

I embossed and fussy cut the birthday sentiment and the Happy I fussy cut and placed each letter separately.

Finally I chose some letter chipboard stickers from the stash and added them. They were originally yellow in colour so I used my Stampin Blends to change them to a colour that went with the theme of the card.

Finally I added a little square with the “th” which was taken from a random birthday stamp where I just inked the 2 letters to create this little added element.

I finished the panel off with a couple of other layers underneath… the bottom layer is the Soft Succulent shimmer vellum, then some coordinating (but retired Tranquil Tide … I think???) cardstock.

Happy crafting!

Catherine