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



Monday, 18 January 2016

The Artful Stampers Blog Hop Challenge #68


Hi Everyone! 

Welcome back for another Artful Stampers Challenge! 

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

This week we have a colour challenge: 


I have to admit these are colours I don't use very often, so I was a bit stumped at first but once I started creating I was fine. 

Here is the end result: 


And I love it! I just love how the green watercolour piece pops off the Rose Red and that the Crushed Curry ties it all in! I would never have used this colour combination if it hadn't been for this challenge! Thanks Alisa! 

Here is a breakdown of the products I used: 


And just in case you want to know the measurements: 


Kathryn's Tips: 

Tip #1 - Use paper snips to create the banner edge, just snip in the middle then cut from the corner to the tip of the snip on both sides.  

Tip # 2 - Use a bit of acetate and smoosh your ink pads on it, then spritz with a bit of water, then smoosh your watercolour paper into the ink. Dry with the heat tool, then pounce the watercolour paper back into the ink to create a layered effect - do this step a couple of times. 

I hope you have enjoyed this weeks project, and I have inspired you to try something new. 

Now let's hop along to Nicole and see what she has been up to this week. 

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

Kathryn Carr---------> YOU ARE HERE 

See you next time! 

Kathryn x

Monday, 11 January 2016

The Artful Stampers Blog Hop Challenge #67

Hi Everyone!

I'm Back!! It gets a little hetic over Christmas working in retail so I haven't had much time to blog, but a new year is here and I have lots of plans for 2016! So let's get the year started with an Artful Stampers Challenge! 

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

This week we have a sketch to work with: 


I had made a batch of cards earlier on the week (which I'll share later on), so I decided to make a box for them to go inside of, the really good thing about this design is you could easily adapt it to suit a card front! I decided to go for a birthday theme as it would make a great birthday gift, here is the end result!


I'm in love! I love how it turned out, and look at that gorgeous paper! It's a freebie from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue - Perfectly Artistic on page 19 a limited time product, so get in quick! It reminds me of the shaving foam technique (without the mess!) 


The cards fit in there perfectly! 

Here are the measurements for the box:



And here is a breakdown of the products used on the box: 


Kathryn's Tips! 

Tip #1- Use hairspray to make your bakers twine stiff, otherwise it'll look limp. 


Tip #2- 

Cut along the lines of the Party Pop-Up thinlet, to separate the image from the cardstock and create an individual element. 


Tip #3- 

Use a sponge to colour and your ink pads to colour the thinlet. I started off with Calypso Coral from the top to the middle, then from the bottom I blended in Smoky Slate and then to finish off I blended some Melon Mambo into the Calypso Coral to give it a gradient effect.

Tip #4- Add some Wink of Stella to the cake stand to add a extra bit of sparkle! 

I hope you have enjoyed this weeks project and inspired you to try something new! 

Now it's time to hop along to Anna's Blog and see what she has been up to! 

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


Kathryn Carr ----------> YOU ARE HERE

See you next time! 

Kathryn x 

Monday, 12 October 2015

Butterfly Bookmark

Hi Everyone! 

I'm back this week for another Artful Stampers Blog Hop Challenge! If you have hopped on over from Tamsin's Blog welcome! 

This week we have a colour challenge:


This week was tough! These are colours I don't use very often, so I don't know if  it was that or if it was the fact that I didn't know what to do!

Anyway after sitting down for half an hour I figured out what to do; I've been reading quite a few books lately, so I thought it would be time to make myself a bookmark, instead of using the odd receipt that I find lying around. 

Here is the end result:


I'm quite happy with it, it's exactly how I wanted it to be. Basically I just stamped in layers, using the Butterfly Basics, Papillon Potpurri, and World of Dreams stamp sets. 

With the butterflies, I stamped them onto a scrap piece of Sahara Sand card stock, I then punched them out and on the bookmark I stamped the butterfly image, and attached the punched out butterfly to the bookmark using a glue dot; this gives it a '3d' look. 


And to finish it off I used the Sahara Sand lace ribbon, and tied it off with the Wild Wasabi seam binding ribbon. And did you know that we actually don't have any matching Elegant Eggplant or Rose Red ribbon? Strange.


I hope you have enjoyed this weeks idea, and now it's time to hop along to Jane's Blog and see what she has created this week!  


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

Kathryn Carr -----> YOU ARE HERE 

See you next time! 

Kathryn x


 

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