UK Stampers Forum swap… Bee Happy Coins

Another day, another set of coins. This time my coins are for the UK stampers forum swap.

I decided to use the Peace and Joy stamps to create backgrounds and then the Honey Bee stamp for the focal element.

I started with a base of Fresco finish paints in Jade and then stamped and embossed the Happy stamp all over the background. I roughed it up a little to add additional embossing.

I then splattered Amethyst paint, and painted some scrap with the same colour before die cutting the honeycomb.

I also stamped another of the happy sentiments onto the amethyst card.

Then stamped and die cut the bee and glued all the layers together. Then I added a gem onto each of them.

I love how the embossing works in the background with the mix of the Matt and shiny finishes.

Hope the recipients like them too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

I got your number AT Coins

Today I’ve got some fun coins I made for my Artist Trading Coins swap group where the challenge I set for this month is “I got your number”.

I decided to create my AtCoins starting with a base of Fresco finish paints and stamping Paperartsy images. I added some torn papers adding more stamping and paint.

Then I took my Indigo Blu clock stamp and added those stamped pieces and the sentiment. I finished off with some die cut numbers and a gem for each coin.

I love the contrast to the coins with the complimentary colours.

So here are my “I got your number” coins. Hope the recipients like them too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Stampin Up Sunday: Peace and Joy tag

I thought I would make a seasonal tag for my UK Stampers Forum swap this month and grabbed for … yup my favourite stamp set of season… peace and joy.

I decided to emboss the Joy stamp in the background using white embossing and then played with the distress oxide inks in green to give a nice blended water colour background.

I then stamped and fussy cut out the leaves. I used the same distress oxide green colours to keep the colour scheme the same.

Next I stamped and embossed the sentiment onto grey cardstock and added that to the front of the tag with the leaves coming out of it. I used coloured staples to add an extra embellishment.

Then I did cut the Joy from the lime green cardstock twice and layered it up for dimension and added the white background die.

I finished off the tag with some green dotty ribbon from the stash and the gems.

Love how it ended up… fresh but festive!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

I love how this challenge makes me use up old bits and pieces of kits from magazines. Like the Making Cards magazine kit I took the papers and focal sentiments from… I’ve had these a long time, and now used them up!

I used the same decorative panel and a different patterned paper colour for the background layer.

Of course I also used different card candi too!

Both on the bright yellow base card blank.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: CHNC: something beginning with H

Firstly Happy Halloween!

Secondly here is my Christmas card for this week’s CHNC design team contribution.

The theme is something beginning with H … and I chose Holly!

I wanted something striking so chose the Darcy stamps and created a panel and some that I cut out to embellish.

Then embossed the base card and added the sentiment as a strip across with red gems to finish!

I coloured the holly leaves using watercolour pencils and water to blend.

Love how this finished up!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy birthday ickle cus

It was my cousins birthday on Saturday and so here is the card I made for her.

I used some Forever Greenery dsp and lots of die cut sprigs to create the wreath. I added a few layers of coordinating coloured cardstock and created a gatefold card.

I made sure to carry the theme inside and added some more dsp inside as well as the soft sea foam panel to write on.

Just love how this finished up. Pretty but also modern.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Stampin Up Sunday: Arrange a Wreath

Decided to make an autumnal feel card today… using the beautiful Arrange a Wreath stamps and accompanying wreath builder dies.

The main wreath image is quite bold and adding the little die cut leaves and berries in different shades of green softens it a little I think. This would work well with some orange and red leaves to make it even more autumnal.

I added the kraft card blank and the kraft die cut bow and the kraft border to the sentiment and this made it more autumnal. The mat of the glitter card just added a hint of shimmer!

Super happy with this little autumnal card.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: CHNC: my own background

I wanted to play with paints for this week’s CHNC challenge and Hazel had challenged us to make our own background.

So I created a green background with a few different colours of fresco finish paints and stamps and stencils. I also added some splashes and doodles.

Then for the focal I used some kraft cardstock and embossed the flower from a Creative Stamping magazine set. I also added the sentiment in white embossing. I then used mats and layers to build up the card.

Love how cool this looks.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

World cardmaking day card

So a few weeks ago it was world card making day and I made a card to send to a random person in a card exchange.

I used some of the lovely Flowers for every season dsp and teamed it with Pretty Peacock cardstock. Then used the Jar of Flowers stamps and embossing to add the focal feature.

I added some strips of washi tape to add some glitter and different textures.

I decided to add colour to the flowers using Prismacolour pencils.

Hope my random person liked it!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Stampin Up Sunday: Merry Moose tag

Hello!

Today another Merry Moose project but I thought I would make a tag that wasn’t specifically Christmas so I could send it for the UK stampers forum swap this month.

I started with the kraft tag from Ranger and added the Birch background stamp all over. Then I added some of the trees from the Merry Moose as part of the scenery.

The moose I stamped onto very vanilla and mounted a few layers of the punched moose out so he is quite raised and watercoloured him.

Next the sentiment I added on the very vanilla too and edged that with the brown ink.

I decided that the bottom part of the tag needed something else so I ripped some glittery washi tape and added strips and also added the wooden love sentiment.

I finished the tag with some revealed sari ribbon.

Love my moose tag!

Happy crafting!

Catherine