Today I have a tag, that I’ve made for the UK stampers forum swap, using the fabulous Birds and Branches stamp set.
I started with a kraft tag and stamped the Birch background stamp using Sahara sand and added some of the same ink around the edge. Next I stamped the word hope in pool party from the retired watercolor words. Then added more ink at the edge using Early Espresso too.
Next I stamped the bird nest, bird, eggs and flowers on Very vanilla using Early Espresso, Pool Party and Soft Suede.
I used the Birds and More dies to die cut all the elements and then also die cut the branches from some wood grain patterned paper.
I assembled everything and added some gems for the centre of the flowers. Then I chose some snippet Tim Holtz stickers for finishing off!
I used the seam binding and linen thread to dress the tag.
Love how this looks and what a wonderful set of stamps and dies these are!
I am trying to use up bits off my desk again rather than make anything new or create more bits to pile up and I unearthed a gorgeous gelli print background I had made and forgotten about! So immediately set about turning it into a card.
I kept it simple with some embossing and the printed image I had been gifted in a swap and a piece of ribbon. This way the gorgeous gelli print could speak for itself!
Earlier this month I held a crafting session with friends and I never got round to sharing the cards I ended up making during the class. As per usual I swapped things up so I wasn’t making the same as the samples…
The theme of the class was watercolour and florals and I love how differently these all ended up.
I was watching Jennifer Maguire videos and saw her striped backgrounds and decided to make one of my own using patterned paper.
I chose some cutesy and bright patterned paper from the stash… it’s nice and spring like and the fact it was double sided and so coordinates perfectly with each other!
I love the cheery finish of this and all I needed to add the sentiment using the Watercolor Words stamps and heat embossed it. I also added a couple of flowers cut from the paper to embellish with some glitter gems for the centre.
So I had lots of fun with my friends at last night’s crafty session. We each made a background….
Then we cut them up to a template and swapped pieces so that we would make 5 cards… two with the backgrounds we had made and the other three cards would be using one piece from the others.
So my cards … well if I am honest I finished them after work tonight before I put everything away… but they were mostly done last night…
Using my pieces of background…
From the piece that Mara made…
From the piece Mo made…
And finally the piece that Kathie made…
I loved being able to work with the panels others had made and love how different they all were. I must admit that as I had the luxury of a bit more time than just during the session I did add a few extra bits (the additional elements like the flowers and butterflies) but kept to the same available materials as at the session.
Whilst I had the water colours out to play I made three cards using the lovely Petal Palette new stamps from SU. I did the stamping using the stamp platform to make stamping all three panels super easy and then coloured the images using watercolours.
I then chose to finish each with a different sentiment. This one is a gentle happy birthday using the Watercolor Words stamps and then I added the glitter dots to add some shimmer.
Next I chose to do another with the watercolor words stamps. This time I chose a different colour embossing powder and stickles.
The final card I chose the happy celebrations stamps and embossed the large celebrate and then stamped the rest of the sentiment in the same grey archival as the flowers. I also chose liquid pearls for the dots for this.
This is a beautiful stamp to use and I can see me using it lots and lots in future for these simple but beautiful cards.
Tonight friends will be gathering at mine for a crafting session where the theme I chose was watercolour! Now given I am not an art teacher nor do I know how to watercolour in the way you might be thinking…. I instead chose to add colour in a watery way… or use stamps designed to give a water colour appearance.
So here is what I have got prepped…
Watercolour wings with brushos and some embossing.
Watercolour words with some inky circles using a gelli plate.
Watercolour wash background stamp with a silhouette.
A scrapbook page just for a change. Using the gelli plate to add the inky large circles and the circles from Happy Celebrations set which I applied ink to using the Stampin Write markers to keep with the sketchy look.
Hopefully we will get through these projects in no time at all… or at least get most of them done! Regardless I am sure we will have fun!