Good Morning Card

Hello.

Today I am sharing a card with a textured background. I made this card for the stencil techniques class from Altenew Academy.

I wanted to step away from blending inks over a stencil which would be my usual go to technique.

I started by selecting the ‘feeling dotty’ stencil from Altenew. I attached the stencil to a piece of Neenah 80lb cardstock using purple tape. I made sure the card was slightly bigger than my card base to allow me to trim the edges off as the paste I use can be a bit messy!

I took my Cosmic Shimmer paste and mixed it with two different colours of Distress Ink, Broken China and Twisted Citron.

Once it was nicely mixed I used a spatula to spread the paste over the stencil. Covering half the card in each shade and mixing them in the middle. Once I was happy the stencil was evenly covered I removed the stencil and placed the card panel aside to dry.

At this point you should immediately wash the stencil and spatula plus anywhere else the paste has gone because the paste does not come off anything easily once it is dried on.

Next I worked on the plant image. I first stamped the leaf image from the Altenew stamp set ‘potted plants’ using Altenew ‘forest glades’ crisp ink. I then took a pot image from the stamp set and stamped it in black ink making sure I masked the stalk of the plant with a small piece of tape before stamping. I coloured the pot with Copic markers B00, BG000 and BG0000.

I stamped the ‘good morning’ sentiment from the stamp set and cut this and the plant out with my Scan N Cut machine.

To finish the card trimmed the edges of the background panel and adhered the plant and sentiment to the card panel using Gina K connect glue and adhered the panel to my card base.

I love how it turned out and will definitely use textured backgrounds more in the future with my stencils.

Until next time.

Katrina

Pawfect Birthday Card

Hello.

Today I sharing a card using one of the new release digi stamps by Time For Tea Designs.

I printed my image out on Xpress it blending card and coloured it using my Copic markers. I then cut it out with my Scan N Cut machine.

I then blended the background using Distress Oxide inks Dusty Concord and Peacock feathers. I spritzed this with my water spray and soaked up any excess water with a piece of kitchen towel.

Once this was dry I used a paint brush and splattered some Gansai Tambi watercolour white gold and yellow gold from the starry colors collection.

Next I cut a strip of black card and heat embossed a sentiment from MFT stamps ‘New Best Friend’ set using Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder.

To complete the card I attached the sentient and the image to the background panel and adhered this to a card base.

The release is now live so head over to Time For Tea Designs and take a look at the cute new images available to download now.

Take care for now.

Katrina

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Gamer Galaxy Card

Hello.

Today I am sharing a galaxy inspired card I made for the Altenew Educator Certification Programme. This card was made for the class ‘for the guys.’ Focusing on cards for boys and men is not always easy. I was inspired by a lot of ideas in this class and decided to blend a galaxy .

Galaxy backgrounds are always good fun. Each time will give a different result.

To blend the background I used some Arches cold pressed watercolour card. I selected Distress inks in various colours. Starting with yellow I blended 2 spots then added orange, pink then started another area blending pink and purple. Once the brighter colours were down I went between the areas with blue then dark blue. Then I added black working in form each edge. There is no right or wrong way to blend a galaxy and it will always look worst before it looks good but keep going.

Once the background was dry I used a paint brush and splattered some white gauche and some Gansai Tambi stary colours. White gold watercolour over the galaxy.

Once the background was finished I worked on the images. I stamped the controller image from the Altenew set ‘Best Dad ‘twice in Memento tuxedo black ink. I then coloured them with Copic markers and cut them out with my Scan n Cut.

I heat embossed the sentiment from the Altenew set ‘Heartfelt Sentiments’ on to the background using white embossing powder. I then attached the controller images using a tape runner.

To complete the card I attached the finished panel to a card base.

I love how the card turned out and the class has taught me new ways to make masculine cards.

Take care for now.

Katrina

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Unicorn Shaker Card

Hello.

It’s been a little while since I shared a shaker card but when I saw that Doodles Paper Playground were having a Birthday giveaway and contest I decided it was the perfect opportunity to share one to join in the fun #showmeyourshaker.

I immediately though of my cloud dies from Honey Bee stamps and some unicorns would be perfect for a shaker. This is how I made the card.

I started by cutting a card panel from Neenah 80lb to 4 and 1/4 by 5 and a 1/2 inches. I also cut 2 pieces of fun foam to the same size.

I placed 3 of the cloud dies from the Honey Bee Stamps set ‘Partly Cloudy’ on to my piece of card. Once I was happy with the placement I ran it through my Big Shot die cutting machine.

Next I used Distress Oxide inks in Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass and Squeezed Lemonade to add some colour to the card panel. I then used a Distress sprayer to spritz the panel with water and used a price of kitchen towel to soak up any excess.

I stamped out some images from The My Favourite Things stanp set Magical Unicorns and coloured them using Copic markers. I used my Scan n Cut to them out.

I stamped a sentiment from the MFT set and I adhered the images to the panel.

Next I worked on the shaker element. I adhered the 2 pieces of fun foam together. I then lined up the clouds from the front panel and cut 3 sections out of the fun foam that were slightly larger than the clouds.

I took a piece of acetate and adhered it to the back of the front card panel and adhered the fun foam panel on top of the acetate. Once the glue was dry I filled each of the cloud holes with sequins.

I took a card base and used the Distress inks to blend ink where the clouds would sit. Once this was day I brushed over the area with an anti static powder tool.

To complete the card I adhered the card base on top of the fun foam.

Thanks for dropping by.

Katrina.

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Love Card

Hello. i hope you are well and staying warm. Today I am sharing a card for Time For Tea Designs using the First Love Phoebe digital stamp.

Next week Valentines Day is upon us so here is some inspiration for a fun card using a digi stamp. Digital stamps are great because you can download them to use straight away. No waiting round for your pot to arrive and missing that all important date. As much as ‘real’ stamps will always be my go to crafting supply for my cards there is definitely a place for digital stamps too.

I started by printing out the First Love Phoebe stamp on to Neenah solar white 80lb cardstock. For those of you who have not worked with digital stamps before I have a HP home printer and the cardstock goes through fine and the ink does not smudge when you use Copics to colour as long as you make sure the ink is dry before you start colouring. I coloured the image using Copic markers then cut it out using my Scan n Cut machine.

Next I worked on the background. I cut another piece of Nennah cardstock to 6′ by 6″ which is the same size as my base. I took Distress Oxide inks in Squeezed Lemonade and Spun Sugar. Using a round blending tool blended them so that the top part of the card was yellow and the bottom pink. I then flicked a little water off the edge of a paint brush over the background to add some texture. I placed a piece of kitchen towel on top to soak up any excess water. Once this was dry I took a stencil called Radiating Rays by My Favorite Things. I placed the stencil over the background and using the same colours of Distress Oxide already used I went over the stencil to create the rays.

Once my background was dry I trimmed it down so there would be a white border around the edge of the card and adhered it to the card base using a tape runner. I then adhered the image in the same way. To finish off the card I die cute the word Love from some gold cardstock adhered this to the card then finished off by adding some sequins.

I hope you like the card. Until next time.

Katrina

Head over to Time For Tea Designs to get your digi stamp

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Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination

Hello.

I hope you are well and it’s not too cold where you live. It’s very cold here in the UK. I had to bring our rabbits fudge and marshmallow into the conservatory, it’s too cold outside for them at the moment.

I was completely surprised and so happy when a fellow blogger Kathy https://kathyscrafts.blog nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you so much kathy.

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given by bloggers to bloggers who inspire positivity and creativity in the blogging community.

After being nominated to next steps are:

  1. Thank blogger(s) who nominated you for a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate up to 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

So here are the 11 questions Kathy asked and my answers.

  1. When did you start on your creative journey and were you inspired by anyone. I started my creative journey about 10 years ago. I was looking for a hobby. And started card making but everything over here was so frilly and lacy and that just wasn’t me so i stopped. I purchased a cross stitch magazine from a local shop. It had a free kit on it and I was hooked straight away. I picked up card making again after I discovered American branded stamos and loved the cute images. I am completely self taught. My biggest and first inspiration is Kristina Werner and I also love Kelly latevola.
  2. If you had time to learn a new language, what language would you choose to learn? Given the time I would love to learn Spanish.
  3. What is your favorite product or item that you use in your creative process? Stamps are my favourite thing to use.
  4. If time travel was safe and possible, what point in history might you like to visit and why then?History is not really one of my interests but i would like to travel back to the days before mobile phones and internet. The world was a very different place.
  5. What new creative skill would you like to learn to add to what you already know? I would love to learn lettering given some spare time.
  6. If you could visit any city or place in the world to help inspire you to new creative heights, what city or place might that be and why? I would love to visit the USA. I have made lots of crafty friends accross the pond and I would love to visit them. I am inspired by the coast and a beach is my favourite place to sit watching a sunset.
  7. Do you have a favorite animal that you like or that inspires you? I love animals I adore cats, we have three. All animals interest me they all have unique characters. The only animals I dont like are insects!
  8. If you eat salad, what are your favorite things you like in your salad? And favorite dressing for your salad? I do eat salad. I like rocket leaves, cucumber and cherry tomatoes. Also beetroot. Heinz Salad Cream is my favourite dressing.
  9. What new-do-it-yourself thing/skill would you like to learn? I would love yo be able to make items from fabric like curtains, bedding, cushions.
  10. If you could teach a child only one thing that would help them make their way in life, what would that one thing be? I would teach them that if you work hard you can achieve anything you dream of.
  11. When you aren’t with the people you know and care about, or even people you have just met, what nice thing do they hopefully say about you or that you want them to say about you. That’s a hard one. I am never one to praise myself but I always try and see the positive in everything. I think they would say I am kind and think kindness and making others smile is very important.

So there you have it. I hope you enjoyed reading my questions and answers.

Here are my 11 questions for my nominees:

1. What one thing apart from people and animals makes you happy when you see it?

2. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and what would you do there?

3. If you were stranded on a desert island what 2 items would you not be able to live without?

4. What is the one crafty item you can’t live without?

5. What do you do with all the crafty items you make?

6. What started your creative journey?

7. What is your all time favourite meal and what food item would you never eat?

8. Tell me about one item on your bucket list.

9. Where is your favourite place to go for a day trip?

10. What is your favourite song?

11. Tell me one interesting fact that not many people know about you.

I nominate

https://puddlesidemusings.wordpress.com

https://discovercreativityblog.wordpress.com

https://trend-mixblog.com

https://thisnanastitches.com

Baby card.

Congrats baby card.
Hello, today I am sharing a baby card for The Little Paper Tree using the Heffy Doodle Eggcellent news stamp set.
When i saw the set I knew I wanted to make a scene card card but I wanted to do something a little different to one big scene.
Head over to The Little Paper Tree blog for all the details of how I made this card.
Katrina

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