Sunday 29 November 2015

Red & Green floral tag

It's stormy outside at the moment so I'm hoping our power doesn't go off! We do need the rain though.

I'm linking up to the challenge at Scrapbook Boutique where they have this gorgeous inspiration pic.
I was inspired by the red and green but needed a birthday card rather than a christmas card.

Enter Our Challenge - starts 10th each month

My flowers are punched from scarps of red card so I'm also visiting the snippets playground at 

Pixies Crafty Workshop

Distressed stripes embossing folder; MFT tag dies: Stampin Up leaf punch; EK Success flower punch; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Tuesday 24 November 2015

Embossed flourish tag

I've used up the last of my flower shop stash so will have to stamp and fussy cut some more!

The challenge at Cuttlebug Mania is embossing and to use a manual machine.
 This folder is flourish by Kaisercraft. It leaves a  deep impression and only just seemed to fit through my cuttlebug with the normal embossing sandwich. I've used a couple of distress inks to highlight the details.
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At AAA Cards it's anything goes CAS.

MFT tag stax die; Elizabeth Craft Designs curvy leaf die; Kaisercraft flourish embossing folder; Stampin Up flower shop stamp; vellum; versamark ink, clear & gold pearl ep; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Floral anniversary tag

Hi everyone, I'm using up images and diecuts from my stash.
I love fussy cutting so usually stamp lots of flowers and butterflies and put them aside
 to use later.

At Addicted to CAS the code word is dimension.
I've added dimension by using a white layer and a vellum layer for the flowers and popping them up on foam tape. I've also glued the flourish diecut to add dimension to the tag, and shaped the small punched flowers with a stylus.

At Addicted to Stamps & More it's an anything goes theme.


At Allsorts the challenge is to use 3 or more diecuts.
I've used 2 different tag dies and a flourish die.

Grab our logo

I punched my tiny flowers from snippets of gold paper and vellum so I'm visiting the snippets playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.

Pixies Crafty Workshop

MFT tag and pierced tag stax dies; MFT fancy flourish die (cut in two); punch Bunch tiny flower punch; Stampin Up flower shop stamps; vellum; gold & versamark ink; gold and clear ep; sentiment sticker; Kaisercraft pearls.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday 22 November 2015

Crackled Christmas Ornaments

I bought some picket fence distress crackle paint ages ago and decided to have a practice on some diecut ornaments. I used scraps of black cardstock so that shows through the crackles. After colouring with some distress inks I coated them with glossy accents for a bit of shine.

At Allsorts the challenge is to use at least three diecuts.
I've used the Brittany ornament base, the star from the Avondale ornament and woodland branch dies.

Grab our logo

At Simon Says Stamp Wednesday the theme is Christmas.
Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

The Card Concept has a festive glory theme with this gorgeous inspiration pic.
My card fits the clean and layered style.

Just us Girls has a colour challenge of red, green and gold.

I used scraps of black card for the ornaments and green for the branches so I'm also visiting the snippets playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.
Pixies Crafty Workshop

Dies: Poppy Stamps Brittany & Avondale ornaments; Memory Box woodland branch.
Other: Martha Stewart branch punch; gold paper; white picket crackle paint; red & green distress ink; glossy accents; Sizzix embossing folder (part of a christmas set); sentiment sticker; gold cord & bling.

Thanks for visiting, Cathy x

Green butterfly

Hi everyone, I've had this butterfly sitting on my desk for ages and finally got it onto a card today.
Life is pretty hectic at the moment so I'm enjoying a rare day in the craft room!

The challenge at Seize the Birthday has an optional twist of using acetate or vellum.
I've used vellum flourishes to soften the embossed background.

At Addicted to Stamps & More it's anything goes!


Indigo Blu butterfly stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; Inktense pencils; Crafty Ann flourish die; vellum; Stampin Up embossing folder; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Saturday 14 November 2015

Alcohol ink numbers

I was asked to make a card for a 22 year old male that liked skateboarding,
so I hope he liked it!

The board is by Jolees popped up with foam squares.
 I diecut the numbers from silver metal sheets and coloured them with alcohol inks, then painted a thin layer of glossy accents on top to help stop the colour scratching off.

I'm linking up to these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday has a challenge to use the letter N.
I've gone with N for numbers.
Simon Monday Challenge Blog

Seize the Birthday has an anything goes theme.

Virginia's View Challenge is all about texture.
I've used the heavy duty embossing folder and distressed it with black soot and pumice stone to highlight the details.

Jolees skateboard; PTI number dies; metal sheet; alcohol inks; Heavy Duty embossing folder; distress inks; glossy accents; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Congrats baby girl

Hi everyone, there seems to have been a flurry of babies being born lately, so I've been playing with my panda stamps again!

I've used snippets left from the congrats die cut to make the banners so I'm visiting the playground at

Pixies Crafty Workshop

The theme at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge is to use the letter N.
I've gone with N for new baby.

Simon Monday Challenge Blog

Inkspirational has an anything goes with silver theme.
I painted the curve and bows of my banner with Finetec silver paint, it's so shimmery!

Simon Says Stamp party banner die (the curved part & bows);
Penny Black congrats die; Stampin Up fancy fans embossing folder & small banner punch;
Mama Elephant pandemonium stamp; Papertrey Ink Bundle of love stamp; versafine ink; clear ep; Finetec silver watercolor paint; bling.

Thanks for visiting,
enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Cathy x

Sunday 8 November 2015

Gilded butterfly

Hi everyone, I finally got some time to make a few cards today!

The theme at Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge is gilding.
I diecut this butterfly from a scrap of black card and rubbed metallic gold paint on the outer edges.
I rubbed the same paint on the vellum base. 

At Addicted to Stamps & More the theme is CAS.

Using up snippets means I can also visit the girls at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.

Pixies Crafty Workshop

Dies: Poppystamps theo and whidbey butterflies; Memory Box prima label.
Other: Kaisercraft florish embossing folder; Craf-T rub on metallic paint; 
sentiment sticker; vellum.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x