Cherry cobbler love for Christmas!

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I adore using cherry cobbler when it comes to Christmas cards. The fact that this Papermania paper coordinates perfectly is a fabulous bonus too!

Here is a card I made recently using the combination!

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I added the fabulous gold angel hair fabric panel, and some gold washi tape to make the project bling! The embellishment was the Modern Ornament punch in both the DSP and the cardstock and then added the sentiment from Pennant Parade. The wiggly line of sentiment is from a stamp set I can’t remember the name of… I do love this stamped line of words though.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Squiffsquiddling Roald Dahl stamps!

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My dear raggy doll sister Lynn spotted that Docrafts had released some Roald Dahl stamps so I NEEDED them! I adore Roald Dahl. Always have and suspect always will! Such a fabulous talent! Loving reading all the books again at the moment with the princess. So I requested them for my birthday and the hubby generously bought me some, and then I spotted a deal on C and C for the paper crafting kit which I bought (still unopened but stroked many times on the desk!) and then I spotted in Hobbycraft the BFG stamps I had to get as the hubby hadn’t managed to get them for me.

Unfortunately I haven’t had much time to play with them until now… So I started off with some simple watercolouring with ink, and the Very vanilla cardstock. Here are my four simple notecards…

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Love how these turned out and can’t wait to play with everything else in the kit and the other stamps!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Thursday Treasures! colour scheme!

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Straight off I know some people will hate this … But others will LOVE it!

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Have fun being in the pink!

As for me… Well I actually decided to use a page I started a couple of weeks ago and finish it off for this as it had a base of the required pink! But as the papers are very mixed in colour… You may suggest that I strayed from the remit … But hey it is my challenge and this works as a “pink” layout for me!

Here was the starting point with the sketch from Helen but using slightly different DSP and some added bits and pieces!

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I decided on florals rather than spots for mine!

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I also added a large doily as a layer underneath the vertical panel. This was it at the point I started it. It then got left until I finished it today. Before I started putting it together I made some decisions …
1. I changed the DSP vertical panel to also be floral so I had all three florals on show … This is so different for me but I like it!
2. I corner rounded everything!
3. I went stash shopping in my existing stash and found stickers and little hessian tags etc. which I added to the layout.
4. I wanted to incorporate some stamping so I added some stamped, water coloured and then glazed flowers which are my new stamps Darcy designed for Paperartsy. Love them! I kept them washed out in style to contrast with the bold DSP.

So I finished with this…

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I decided on the green strips of journalling with the white pen, and some blue and white squiggly line doodles for outlines.

This is a madly busy page, and quite in contrast from my usual style but the paper spoke to me with these pictures of the princess having fun on the hay bales at the farm and so I just went with the flow!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Colour My Monday! Blackberry Bliss

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Hi there! It’s Monday again! And what’s more it is bank holiday Monday so hope you have had a nice restful day. We have just got back from a fabulous long weekend with friends at Centre Parcs. As much as it was fun and a terrific holiday, I am now absolutely shattered so the hubby and I are allowing the princess to zone out in front of the tv whilst we have a little lie down. Fortunately I had prepared this post in advance so don’t have to interrupt the resting! Ha ha!

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This week I thought I would start on the new In colors 2014-16 which came out a while ago but haven’t really played with much. My first choice had to be the gorgeous (My favourite!)

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I went for a clean and simple type card… And used my favourite Stamp Darcy designed for Paperartsy…

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I love the swirly hearts and love how they look when using the ink and water brush to colour them in. It means the ink colours go together but you can get some depth to the shape. Shows how varied this colour can be too! I also chose the sentiment Darcy had in her stamp set as it spoke to me at that point! Lovely!

Hoping as we are home from hols a couple of days early, as my dear sister we should have been visiting for a few days is poorly, I might get some crafting time in … And of course have to order all the photos I took from our hols. I didn’t take too many this time as we were all too busy being active to stop for pics. Ah well, will instead document the holiday in writing perhaps?

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Thursday Treasures! prompt time!

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Today I have not managed any scrapping despite my intentions to fit some time in finishing off projects, so this week I actually have a few layouts to share all of which are works in progress!

So this weeks prompt is…

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In some ways it gives me a chance to explain what I do when scrapping. All of these layouts are using the papers and bits and pieces Helen provided at the last class. I am following her sketches to one degree or another, but at various stages on each of them.

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These papers are lovely and remind me of folk art. There are plenty of arrow embellishments to add around the pages, and some fun little speech bubbles.

Now back to my process. Although I like to get pages finished, sometimes I like to just rest the pages and come back to them to see if I am happy with the layout and design. This way I haven’t stuck anything down and it can be moved if I decide I don’t like something. Of course there is a danger that they never get finished this way … But usually I manage to get them finished in a reasonably quick time when I manage to sit down and do it. Just a shame today wasn’t the day! So this weeks Thursday Treasures has to be to get on with these works in progress before next week.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Frozen mixed media

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My daughter had another sleepover last night and princess K who was staying over has just had her bedroom changed into a Frozen themed one so she needed a new canvas for the wall… So a perfect time to do a canvas project with princess M and princess K! Of course I had to join in.

We followed the usual process for getting the backgrounds done using the turquoise colours and then girls both wanted an Olaf picture each. I however continued with she art and did a she art Queen Elsa in her coronation outfit. Didn’t take any in progress pics. Just the ones at the end. Well the girls Olaf pictures had a few extra lines added just after this to outline the words/letters but they are basically finished here!

Guest first… Princess K

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Next up … Princess M

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And now my Queen Elsa…

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Really pleased with these lovely pictures… A different take on Disney but hopefully recognizably what they should be! And two happy princesses.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Colour my Monday! Real Red!

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Happy Monday one and all!

Time to get all real and nice and BRIGHT!

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Ok I confess I made this card ages ago and thought I would keep it ready to share when I reached Real red in the Colour My Monday challenge. It was a card I made for my youngest great nephew’s 1st birthday… And I chose Make a Monster for the stamp set as he is a real cheeky monster!

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I used Postively Chevron to stamp the background paper, and then used the colour combo of Gumball Green, Pacific Point & Elegant Eggplant to stamp both the banners for bunting and the little monsters! Of course I had to add the googlie eyes to finish it off!

Happy crafting!

Catherine