Monday, 28 September 2015

Stamping with Folk Floral

Good morning everyone, hope you have a good week. Today's card is another made with the Docrafts Folk Floral range. I do love the papers in this collection so enjoyed making this one.

This is the first time I have used the large heart stamp from the collection and must say it stamped beautifully. I used Momento ink as I have coloured using Spectrum Noir markers and the image was really clear. The sentiment and banner are stamped with Staz On for a crisper look.

The card itself is very simple to make the heart a real stand out element. I began by layering paper on to a kraft card blank. I cut a circle aperture from one of the papers to place over the heart and added this centrally. I die cut flowers using a First Edition die and finished with contrasting buttons.

Thank you for visiting and commenting today, I really do appreciate your comments. Cathy x

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Sending Hugs

Hi everyone. Today I'm sharing a card for 'Thinking of You' week.

It's been a tough few months for many in my group of friends. Last week, we lost a friend to cancer after a brief but difficult illness. He was only in his 30s and it has affected us all deeply. Other people I know have also lost people recently and many have suffered from illness. It really has been the most difficult year I've known.

I wanted to make a card to help put a smile on all our faces so the Trimcraft Serendipity range was perfect. I layered the card with the 6 x 6 papers andI die cut the flowers from the papers too. The buttons are also from the collection whilst the frame is from the Dovecraft Back to Basics range and the sentiment stamp is fron the Belle and Boo range.

Thank you for visiting today. I hope this card has sent you all a hug. Cathy xxx

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Gorjuss birthday card

Hi everyone. Today I'm sharing a card made for a little girl who is the daughter of some of our best friends. We met when our children were tiny babies and we've built up an amazing friendship since. Special people deserve special cards so I have used the beautiful Docrafts Santoro Gorjuss collection for this.

The stamped image is Little Red and I have coloured her with Spectrum Noir pens. The papers are from the 2014 collection. I have cut a border using a Crafter's Companion BoBunni Floral die and placed this behind a strip of paper layered with lace. The flowers have been cut using First Edition Flower Dies and finished with Scrapberry pearls.

Thank you for visiting and commenting today.

Cathy x

Monday, 21 September 2015

My Besties UK September Same But Different

Hi everyone. We have a new post over at My Besties UK this morning with our Same but Different projects using the gorgeous Little Cutie Patootie digi. Pop over to the blog here and comment on the post to be in with the chance of winning this digi. You can also purchase it in the My Bestie Etsy shop.

Here is my DT make for the post:

I have used BoBunny Isabella papers for this card. They were free with a recent issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine and I love both the colours and Parisian inspired designs. The butterflies were cut using a Crafter's Companion die from the Kimono collection.

As usual, I have used Spectrum Noir markers for colouring. The colours used are:
Clothes: PL1 PL3 BG1 BG2
Skin: FS2 FS4 CR3
Hair: TN8 EB3 EB4

Thanks for popping by today. Don't forget to visit the My Bestie UK blog to see the other fabulous DT creations.
Cathy xxx

Friday, 18 September 2015

Rugby World Cup

My 7 yr old son has been playing rugby (the tag version) for 3 years and we are very excited that it is the start of the Rugby World Cup today. To celebrate I made this Scruffy Little Kitten card, using Alfie the rugby player stamp.

I have used Graphic 45 papers from the Mother Goose 8x8 pad. I hoard Graphic 45 papers so decided to force myself to use them! I have also used the Craftwell Argyle embossing folder which came with my Cut n Boss machine. This was the first time I'd used the machine for embossing and I'm really impressed. The red card is just cheap card from my kids' crafty stash but it has embossed beautifully.

The image has been coloured using Spectrum Noir colours:
Hair TN1 EB1 EB2
Skin FS2 FS4
Clothes IG1 IG2 TB6 TB7 DR2 DR3 IG8 IG9
Ball IG1 IG2 DR3

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Hope you like this little chap as much as I do. Fingers crossed for an England win tonight xxx

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Autumn Leaves

Autumn seems to have come upon us so quickly this year, so I felt an Autumn card was very appropriate.

This card has been made using Trimcraft's new First Edition Falling Leaves paper pads. The papers in these pads are not just beautiful colours but the textures are fabulous too. 

The stamp I've used is The Guide from the Santoro Willow collection. I stamped the image using Staz On ink on watercolour paper. I've used Spectrum Aqua markers to colour her in Autumn colours.

To make the leaves, I started by colouring some thin copier paper with Spectrum Aqua markers, applying the colours with a wet brush to get a wash effect. My using thin paper I not only achieved a crinkly texture like real leaves but also found the colour became mottled in places, an effect I really liked. I then die cut the leaves using X Cut leaf dies.

Spectrum Aqua colours used:
Leaves: Gold, Moss, Chestnut, Marigold
Image: Topaz, Crimson, Gold, Moss, Leaf Green 

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:

Monday, 14 September 2015

Jolly Santa Snowy Aperture Card

Today I am sharing a new Christmas card made using Docrafts Jolly Santa range. I have used the A5 paper pad and a Decoupage sheet for this card.

Firstly, I made up the front of the card, using two papers and with a strip to hide the join.

Next, I die cut a circle aperture in the front of the card (I'll be using the waste to make a bauble for the Christmas tree). I used a piece of paper as an insert for the card and made up the decoupage image inside the card, ensuring it was lined up to show in the aperture.

I took the frame from the decoupage sheet and attached some Hunkydory Snowfall Acetate to the back, trimming to fit. I attached this over the aperture.

I finished the card with a sentiment and Santa image. I love these papers so have kept the front clean and simple.

Thanks for popping by today, I appreciate all of your comments.
Cathy xxx

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Bellissima balloon birthday card

Happy Sunday everyone. This week I was asked to make a 40th Birthday card with an air balloon theme, so I turned to the gorgeous Docrafts Bellissima range to create this simple but pretty card.

I chose the blue dotty paper from the 6x6 paper pack for my background and cut strips from 2 other papers. I love the big dreams sentiment on the second strip so made sure that was showing. 

Next I added the Balloon decoupage from a small decoupage kit to the left of the strip, using Pinflair glue to add the layers.

I fussy cut the balloons from a paper in the pack and added them to the card. Finally I stamped a simple Crafter's Companion sentiment using Momento Sweet Plum ink.

Thanks for popping by today. I really appreciate all your comments xxx

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Little Red Robin Christmas card

We are well into September now and I must admit I'm beginning to panic about how far behind I am with Christmas card making. This week I'm trying to catch up, so I have gone back to this year's fabulous Lelli-Bot Christmas collections.

Everything on this card comes from the Lelli-Bot Little Red Robin Redbreast Fullworks kit. I love the ribbons and embellishments in the kit, especially the charms which look great peeking out from the bow.

I would like to enter this card for the Lelli-Bot Craft Challenge Ribbons and Bows

Thank you for visiting and commenting today, I really appreciate all your comments x

Monday, 7 September 2015

My Besties UK- Anything Goes with option Black and White

Good morning everyone. Today I'm sharing my DT card for the new challenge launching at the My Besties UK blog. Our theme is, as always, Anything Goes but with the option Black and White.

For my card, I chose this gorgeous, elegant Sherri Baldy My Bestie image (img031) and teamed it with Trimcraft Dovecraft Monochrome papers.

This gorgeous image is available to purchase here in the Etsy shop.

I finished the card with some daisies made using a Sue Wilson die, a Lelli-Bot Crafts ribbon and some black Scrapberry pearls.

Prior to the challenge I'd never coloured in black and white. I discovered it is quite tricky but I'm pleased with the results. The Spectrum Noir colours I used for the dress and hair were from IG3 to IG8. Her skin is coloured using FS2, FS4 and CR3.

I'd like to enter this card for the following Challenges:
Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge #74
Creative Craft Cottage Let's Get Spotty
Don't forget to pop over to the My Besties UK blog and look at the other beautiful DT cards. We look forward to seeing all your entries. Thanks so much for visiting my blog today x

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Belle and Boo Christmas Crackers

I am totally in love with Trimcraft's Belle and Boo Christmas collection. The papers and embellishments are so beautiful, I really wanted to make something special with them so I decided to make some Christmas crackers. These papers are a perfect weight for this project.

The crackers are actually so easy to make but I'm really happy with the way they look and they've been a big hit with friends and on my Trimcraft gallery.

1. Cut the cracker shape from paper using a cracker die or template. I used the Tonic A5 cracker die for mine.
2. Assemble the cracker (it really helps to roll it around a tube to give some shape first, I use the inner tube from cling film) and glue tabs in place. I used Cosmic Shimmer glue as it is quick drying and stays in place.
3. Cut strips of paper to decorate the centre and ends of the crackers. The Belle and Boo pack has papers which have strips of images perfect for this.
4. Tie the ends of the images with twine, attaching buttons or charms before tying bows.

Products used:
Trimcraft Belle and Boo Christmas 8x8 paper pack, wooden buttons
Trimcraft Glad Tidings Twine, Snowflake Metal Charms
Tonic A5 Cracker Die

My son loves these crackers- & has decided they are the perfect size to put Lego Minifigures in. I'd love to know what you would put in yours.

Thanks for visiting and commenting today.
Cathy x