Under the sea artist trading coins

Last month the theme for my swap was Under the Sea but I was very last minute getting my swaps sorted… I made them on Monday! Ooops! Well they were just in time for the deadline!

I used some indigo Blu stamps I’ve had for a while.

I created a blue background using three colours of fresco finish paints and stamped one of the shell stamps in the background but it is barely visible. I then stamped the bubbles image using white embossing and the seaweed stamp using the Seth Apter Baked Texture embossing powder.

Next I stamped and embossed the seahorses onto kraft card stock and fussy cut them out, then I stamped the sentiment onto some spare card and cut them out.

I die cut the coins and layered up the elements. I then sanded the edge to lighten the colour and frame the coins.

Love how these turned out.

Now this month the theme for the coin swap is Autumn Leaves and I must not be so late this month in my makes! Anyone UK based fancy joining the swap join our group on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/188698838620167/?ref=share

Anyway… here they are…

Entering these into the atc challenge over at Happy Little Stampershttp://happylittlestampers.blogspot.com/2020/07/design-team-call-all-teams-for-2021.html?m=1

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

Hello! First of the month means time for another Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge design team contribution. Once again I dug into the Making Cards magazine kits and found some cat papers and images

I kept the cards black and white with just the pop of colour using the card candi.

Because the card blank is black I also added insert panels for the inside.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Stampin Up Sunday: Wreath builder dies.

Today’s Stampin Up Sunday blog is this card I made using the Wreath Builder dies. I did not use the accompanying stamps (Arrange a Wreath) I just used the dies (and a sentiment from Forever Fern set) and the dies alone made a fabulous pretty card.

I decided to make a pretty wreath using the die and sponging/daubing the white card before die cutting to create a lovely arty finish. I also splattered the ink too.

I did the same for the flowers this time using Calypso Coral as the colour.

I added the sentiment to a similar piece of card and then after adding everything to the background I did the Calypso Coral splatter on that too!

A little twist of linen thread below the sentiment helped tie in the kraft card blank.

Hope that you like this week’s Stampin Up Sunday contribution and this use of the dies that I think are pretty and versatile with no need to have the accompanying stamp set.

If you fancy owning these dies too, just let me know via email: catiecuddles@yahoo.co.uk

Entering this into the die cuts challenge at Happy Little Stampers

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: CHNC: something beginning with S

Stockings begin with an S don’t they? In which case that’s my contribution for this week’s CHNC.

I chose to make this bright and traditionally coloured but slightly Nordic in design card using some old Papermania Paper, an embossed panel, some stamped images from an old Creative Stamping magazine set and sentiment from Peace and Joy stampin up set (this is by far my favourite one from the mini catalogue … even beating the Merry Moose set at the moment …. all because of those lovely panel sentiments!).

Hope you like it!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Complimentary colours postcard

This month Alison challenged us to use complimentary colours for our postcard. So I decided to play with blue and orange for mine and got the Fresco finish paints out to play. Admittedly the blue I chose has a green hue to it but I consider it a blue nonetheless!

I used the crackle glaze and some scrapinec pieces for the main layers and then the Magnolia Blooms for the focal point.

The background panel also used the Birch stamp.

Lots of fun to play with paints. No real plan in mind, just playing!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Stampin Up Sunday… Merry Moose

This week I’m back playing with the Merry Moose set for Stampin Up Sunday and this time the moose came out to play.

I started with a square of whisper white and stamped the solid moose image in Early Espresso on the square to make a patterned paper. Then I created another moose in soft suede.

Next I created the little border of presents using a strip of whisper white. I stamped them in Mossy Meadow and used my wink of Stella to move the ink a little and colour them in.

I decided to use the soft suede card to make the card blank and stamped the small tree image on that in the same ink so it creates a watermark effect.

I then layered up the panel, the moose and the border and added a little sentiment. Next I went to town flicking ink and had a change of heart on the moose focal element and decided to add more ink to him using a paintbrush and watered down ink. This gives him a painted appearance like he was watercoloured.

This was quite a simple card to make… would be even easier with the punch but mine unfortunately broke and so a replacement is on its way so had to fussy cut the moose instead!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Stampin up Sunday: Birds and Branches

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!

Happy crafting!

Catherine