Monday, 30 May 2016

The Open Sea Birthday Card

Hi Everyone! 

Welcome to another blog hop from The Artful Stampers team.  If you have hopped on over from Nicole's Blog welcome! This week we have a theme for our challenge; The Final Farewell: 



Today we are saying goodbye to products retiring from the 2015-2016 Annual Catalogue and the Occasions Catalogue. 

So I thought it would be a fun idea to take a step back in time and re create a card I made way back when The Open Sea stamp set first appeared. The Open Sea first appeared in the Summer Mini Catalogue from Dec 2011 - March 2012, and it actually retired, but then it made a comeback in the 2012-2013 Annual Catalogue, and has carried over in each catalogue until now, where it has finally retired. It has been my favourite go to Masculine stamp, although I'll admit, it hasn't been inked for a while. 

Here is the card I made back in August 2012: 


I love this card and I wanted to re create it, and make it a bit more brighter, using current products, here is what I created: 



And I love it, It would be a really great card for a teenage boy. 

Today's card has been made using mostly retiring products: 


  • The Open Sea Stamp Set
  • Age Awareness Stamp Set 
  • Farmers Market DSP 
  • Lost Lagoon Cardstock 
  • Lost Lagoon Ink 
  • 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch 
  • Early Espresso Ink (Not retiring) 
  • Very Vanilla Cardstock (Not retiring) 
  • Paper Piercing Tool (Not retiring) 
  • Stamping Sponges (Not retiring) 
And as always I have stamped the inside of the card: 



I hope you have enjoyed my little step back in time, and inspired you to take a look at cards you have made in the past and re create them using current products. So which one do you like the most? Now it's time to hop on over to Mercia's Blog and see what she has created this week! 

Here is a list of this week's participants: 


See you next week!
Kathryn x




Monday, 9 May 2016

It's My Party Suite - Birthday Card #3

Hi Everyone, 

If you have hopped on over from Tamsin's Blog welcome! 

This week we have a theme:

Just a quick one this week sorry guys! 

I decided to do my old favourite and do a watercolor background, I love this technique so much! It's very simple and very effective. Here is my card for this week: 






And just by adding a bit of ribbon, and enamel dots can really lift the card! 





I hope I have inspired you to try some watercoloring for yourself, now it's time to hop on over to Anna's blog and see what she has created for us this week!

And as always a list of this week's participants: 

See you next week! 

Kathryn x 







Monday, 2 May 2016

It's My Party Suite - Birthday Card #2

Hey Everyone, 

If you have hopped on over from Tamsin's Blog welcome!

This week we had a colour combination to work with: 



I'm continuing on using the It's My Party suite and this week I have created my own stamped background using the Party Wishes stamp set. I used the little cupcake and stamped it in the alternating colours on Whisper White. Here is the end result: 



For the Happy Birthday, I stamped it in Rose Red on some scrap Whisper White cardstock, I then cut around it leaving a bit of border, I then mounted that onto some scrap Mint Macaron cardstock and again cut around it leaving a border. I mounted it onto the card using some dimensionals.  


 I also stamped the inside of the card: 


This week I also have a stepped up version, just by adding a bit of ribbon, some rhinestones and also a bit of Wink of Stella to the frosting on the cupcakes! 




I hope you have enjoyed this week's card, and I'll see you next week for the final card from the It's My Party Suite. 

And as always here is a list of this week's participants: 

Kathryn x 

Monday, 25 April 2016

It's My Party Suite - Birthday Card #1

Lest we forget. 

Hey Everyone! 

And welcome back! It's been over 2 months since I posted last - Whoops! 

I'm back today with another Artful Stampers blog hop Challenge; Challenge #82, and if you have hopped on over from Tamsin's blog welcome! 

This week we have a sketch to work with: 



I have decided to use the It's My Party Suite from the Occasions catalogue, and make you 3 different cards for the next 3 weeks, I'm going to do a basic card, then a stepped up version. We'll start off with the basic card, and you won't need anything fancy to re create this card, this is all you will need: 

-Scissors
-Trimmer
-Your favourite DSP
-Your favourite stamp set 
-Coordinating cardstock in 3 colours
-Adhesive
-A pencil
-Something circular to trace around like a jar lid

Here is how it turned out: 



I love how it turned out and how simple it is to put together. This is all you need to do: 

For all the measurements see the photo below

1. After cutting an A4 piece of cardstock in half, fold the card base in half (just use your fingers to crease the fold) 
2. Attach the DSP to the card base
3. Cut the banner by snipping the cardstock in the middle about 1/2" in, and then cut up to the middle from the corners (hope that all makes sense) 
4. Trace your jar lid onto some coloured cardstock, and also onto some Whisper White, cut both of these out, except cut the Whisper White circle a little bit smaller so we can layer both these pieces together, and don't be too fussy, the quirky circle really makes this card! 
5. Stamp your desired image, and or greeting onto the Whisper White circle
6. Attach the Whisper White circle onto the coloured circle 
7. Then attach the banner onto your DSP layer, and then layer the circle over top, and your done! How easy was that? 





 Here's a closeup of that banner layer: 




I also stamped the inside of the card: 



Now to step it up! Now all I did, was lifted up both circle layers with some dimensionals, added some pearls to the cake stand, some enamel dots for a pop of colour, and some Whisper White baker's twine underneath the circle layers. 





A closeup of the stepped up card: 





See how a bit of bling/twine can make a card really pop! I also stepped up the inside of the card by adding a layer of Whisper White: 




I hope I have inspired you to try something new, and to show you that you don't need much to create a simple card. 

Now it's time to hop on over to Anna's Blog, where I'm sure she has a gorgeous card waiting for you! 

And as always a list of this week's participants: 



I'll see you next week for another card from the It's My Party Suite!

Kathryn x

PS. Here is a photo with all the products I used for both cards (except the embellishments)



Monday, 15 February 2016

The Artful Stampers Blog Hop Challenge #72

Hi Everyone 

If you have hopped on over from Tamsin's blog welcome!

This week we have a theme set for our challenge, and the theme is: 

Numbers!
I  was bit stuck as to what to do for this week's challenge as, my range of number stuff from Stampin' Up is very limited. I had thought about using punches to make numbers or even cutting my own numbers out by hand (which I could tell would be a disaster without even trying!). But then I remembered I had Project Life, which means the accessory kits have number stickers! and that is where my idea came from. 

This week I have for you a Project Life spread- one that is close to my heart. I decided to go back and pick a bunch of group photos from when I was younger, from birthdays and school events and do a timeline type spread, here is the end result. I'm in love. 



It's nothing flash, just something very simple. I used the Let's Get Away card collection and accessory kit, to create this spread entirely. 

First I chose the photos then, chose all the cards, then added embellishments and journaling. It took me an hour all together. 

This spread is dedicated to my late friend Natasha, who was tragically killed in a car crash in December 2014. Tash was always bright and bubbly and always had a smile on her face!, and that Is what I wanted this spread to be, bright and happy. I think she would have loved this. 

Here is a closeup of Page One: 


And Page Two: 


I hope you have enjoyed my project this week, and inspired you to try something new! 

Now let's hop along to Amanda to see what she has been up to this week! 

And as always here is a list of this week's participants:


See you next time!

Kathryn x


Monday, 1 February 2016

The Artful Stampers Blog Hop Challenge #70

Hi Everyone, 

If you have hopped on over from Anna's Blog welcome!

This week we have a sketch to work with: 



So this week I thought I would try something new, can you believe it, I have never tried triple time stamping? I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try give it a go as this sketch reminds me of it so much! If you Google triple time stamping, when you look at all the images, 99% of the layers are centered, but with this sketch I pushed everything to the left, to create a different look and here is the end result: 



I'm happy with the end result, and definitely will be revisiting this technique in the future, and for my first time i'm pretty impressed. 

Now I had a slight mishap with the Wink of Stella on the card base, before today I had only ever used it on White, so hadn't paid much attention to the colour, or the lid. So today when I used it on the butterfly and card base, It looked like it had 'bleached' the card stock, but paying attention to the lid and some posts in a Facebook group I belong too, I realise that there was batch that had the wrong colour and in fact it is supposed to be clear like it says in the catalouge. So if you have purchased Wink of Stella in clear, be sure to check the colour.

I don't mind the look it gave, but would have preferred it to be clear and shimmery. 

Here is the breakdown of products used: 


and the measurements:


Kathryn's Tips: 

Tip #1 - Make sure you press harder than normal to stamp on all the layers 

Tip #2 - Attach the layers temporary together with some snail to ensure they don't move about when stamping 

Tip #3 - Cut a dimensional in half and stack them on top of each other, to pop the layer up even more 

Tip #4 - Give stamping on an unusual shape a go

Tip # 5 - Tie the ribbon around the last layer before attaching to card 

As always I hope I have inspired you try something new, like I have. Now it is time to hop along to Jane's Blog and see what she has been up to! 

And here is a list of this week's participants: 

Kathryn Carr ---------> YOU ARE HERE  

See you next time! 

Kathryn x


Monday, 25 January 2016

The Artful Stampers Blog Hop Challenge #69

Hi Everyone! 

If you have hopped on over from Tamsin's Blog Welcome! 

This week we have a theme for our challenge and it is:



So for those of you who don't know what monochromatic is, here is a definition off Google:


Sounds easy enough? I decided for this challenge to step outside of the box, and show you another use for our ink refills, so I have made a home decor project, and it's something you can even do with the kids! 

I got the idea from a craft activity I did with my Cubs a couple of months ago, and I decided to see if it would work with Stampin' Up! products and it did. I'm so thrilled with the results! Here is the project: A decorative salt art bottle: 




How cute is it? Does it remind you of something you did back in school? With the Cubs we used food colouring to colour the salt, but today I have used our ink refills, and decorated it with a tag. Now this bottle is sitting proudly in my bedroom, and matches in perfectly with my colour scheme!  The lighting is dodgy (everything's yellow!) in my bedroom, so these photos outside will have to do. 

Here is a breakdown of the products I used: 


And a closeup of the tag: 



Kathryn's Tips: 

Tip #1 - Use about 4-5 drops of ink refill at first, then add more if needed. See below picture of what I used. 

Tip #2 - Use a zip lock bag to mix the salt and ink refill 

Tip #3 - Cut the tip off one of the corners to make pouring into the bottle easier. 

Tip #4 - Have you ever thought about dying linen thread? Just mix some ink refill and water, soak the linen thread, and then dab off any excess with a tissue. 


The dyed linen thread! How gorgeous is that colour! I used Blackberry Bliss.

And here are what colours I used and the different layers, hopefully you can see by the photo: 


Wow lots of photos! But I hope I have inspired you to try something new. Now it's time to hop along to Leah's blog and see what she has been up to this week! 

Just one more photo! 


 And as always here a list of this weeks participants: 

Kathryn Carr -------> YOU ARE HERE

See you next time! 

Kathryn x



 

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