Catch Up Cards

I fell behind a bit at the end of last week. I had no energy left after being done with work each day. The weekend has helped me recover somewhat, and I’ve been doing some catching up on the cards I had wanted to make and share over the days I missed. Not all of them, but some! I still have a little bit more catching up to do, but I’m hoping I won’t fall behind again on the upcoming workdays.

Card 1 – Hooray Burst

My first card is a very die cutting intense design. I started by die cutting a now retired MFT banner die (this swag die looks similar in design) from snippets of card in a multitude of colours. I actually cut a full rainbow of colours, but in the end I didn’t need as many as that.

I trimmed a white panel of card to a little smaller than my card base and lightly marked the centre with pencil, then began arranging my die cut triangles. At the centre the triangles form a circle, but as I moved further out the design becomes looser, almost like a burst. Once I had everything laid out I picked them up all with some Press N Seal. I am frugal and have been reusing the same piece over and over, but after this I scrapped it and have cut a new piece to use as it wasn’t holding the pieces quite as well as it should. I put glue on the back of all the pieces, flipped it over again and pressed it onto my panel to adhere all the pieces into place. I then used my tweezers and glue again to more securely adhere any pieces that were loose.

My sentiment is also die cut. I used MFT’s Hooray die. (This die is also now retired, but they have many other great options of word dies.) I cut it from a snippet of white and a snippet of black, adhering the two together very slightly offset so that the white edge shows just a little behind the black word. I then adhered it to the centre of my panel, adhered the panel to a black card base, and my card was complete.


Digi Choosday Craft Challenge – Anything Goes

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes

My Favorite Things Camp Create Day 4 – Background Bonanza

Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Snippets

Simon Says Stamp Monday – Birthday Celebration

Through The Craft Room Door – Anything Goes

Card 2 – Blue Hugs

Card number two started as a large snippet of watercolour paper smooshed with leftover blue Distress Oxides from one of the cards I’d made last week. I often like to smoosh leftover ink onto watercolour paper rather than letting it go to waste. I cut a piece of it with one of the Never Ending Rectangles from Kat Scrappiness, then embossed it a Fractal embossing folder. I adhered it with double sided tape to a blue card base, and managed to get it very wonky.

Rather than starting over I decided to try to make the wonkiness look intentional. I used two more of the Never Ending Rectangles to cut a frame of white to go within my embossed panel, and adhered it down at an angle counter to the angle of my background panel.

For my sentiment I used the Luscious Script Hugs from Poppy Stamps. I cut the top layer from another piece of the smooshed paper, and the shadow layer from white. I then adhered them onto the panel to complete my second card.


Challenge Up Your Life – Circles

Kat Scrappiness Challenge – Friendship and At Least One Kat Scrappiness Product

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Summertime Blues

Card 3 – Elegant Matchbook

My third card is one you may have already seen if you follow me on Instagram, as I shared a progress picture of it in my Stories. I started by creating a matchbook style card base. This is in essence a top fold card, where the bottom is also folded up so that the top piece tucks in behind the bottom panel, opening like a matchbook. I’m sure I’m explaining that badly!

I had a piece of striped paper on my desk leftover from some stamping for another of last week’s cards, and I trimmed it to fit on the bottom upturned panel of my card. I then used my (brand new – it just arrived this week, and it’s the first time I’ve used it!) We R Memory Keepers Magnetic Staple Board to add a staple into the striped panel, to make it a bit more secure when tucking the top panel into place. When adding the staple, I had the top panel untucked so that I could use it to help me ensure that the staple wasn’t too high up.

For decorating my design I decided to use a floral die from Tonic. This particular die doesn’t seem to be available any more. It’s the first time I’ve used it and I wasn’t entirely happy with it. It’s a little too fiddly and delicate, and even with a metal shim there was a spot that didn’t fully cut. Anyway. I cut it from a snippet of black, then traced the open areas onto Tonic Gold Pearl Satin Mirror card. I fussy cut the pieces out and adhered them behind the openings to create a black and gold floral element, which I then adhered into place, on my card base, hiding the staple. If I were to make this style card again I would not use such a delicate die, as I’m worried the flower will end up broken if the matchbook part is opened and closed too much!

I decided to again use the Luscious Script Hugs die for my sentiment, cutting from the same cards as I’d used for the floral element. I then finished off the design with a scattering of coordinating gold sequins.


Craft Roulette Challenge – Matchbook Card, Any Colours, Flowers, Random Item on the messy desk

Crafter’s Castle Challenge – Anything Goes

Crafty Chefs – Use A Die Cut and Add A Sentiment

NBUS Challenge – Never Before Used Stuff (the flower die, and the staple board)

The Flower Challenge – Use A Die

Uniko Challenge – Flowers

Card 4 – Simply Sweet

I masked off one edge of my fourth card and randomly stamped the food images from various Heffy Doodle stamp sets. Removing my mask I added colour very simply to the design. I didn’t add any shading, and intentionally used white space in some areas of the colouring to give the look of a highlight. I edged the patterned panel with a Clear Pink Glitter Pinstripe Peel-Off, stamped in a sentiment from Heffy Doodle, and as a finishing touch added a trio of pink Love From Lizi enamel dots.


A Perfect Time To Craft – Anything Goes

Classic Design Challenge – Anything Goes

Heffy Doodle Challenge – Easy Peasy Coloring

Krafty Chicks Challenge – Use A Stamp

Try It On Tuesday – Keep It Simple

Card 5 – Narwhal

The final of the cards I’m sharing today took quite a while to make. I started with a white card base and ink blended onto it with Tumbled GlassMermaid Lagoon and Stormy Sky Distress Oxides. I used a narrow blending brush (shaped more like a “l” than the “0” that most seem to be) and started at the edge, sweeping the colour in towards my chosen highlight centre point. I did this first with the lightest shade, then worked through to the darkest, creating the look of sunbeams coming through the water.

Creating the shadowy frame was a bit of trial and error. In the end the easiest way to do it seemed to be direct to paper with Catherine Pooler’s Midnight ink. I used the same ink to stamp the various seaweed and coral images from Lawn Fawn’s Mermaid For You around the edge of my frame.

I stamped the narwhal from the same set onto a snippet of X-Press It Blending Card, and coloured using Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers. I wanted really dark shadows as the light source is coming from above, and we’re viewing from below. I used IG8, BGR4, and then TB2 for strong highlights where the light is hitting. I also used IG8, IG6 and IG2 for the horn. Once I was happy with the colouring I fussy cut the image out and adhered it onto the card. I decided to forgo a sentiment on this one.


Addicted to Stamps and More – Make Your Mark

Just Add Ink – Just Add A Frame

STAMPlorations Summer Challenge – Anything Goes

The Sisterhood Of Crafters – The Ocean Is Calling

Quite a variety of cards, right? And I’m almost all caught up! I really hope I’ll have time and motivation to create and share tomorrow too. I guess you’ll have to come back to see if I manage!


Charlotte E (Lady Joyful)


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23 thoughts on “Catch Up Cards

  1. What a fabulous collection of cards Charlotte! All the thought you put into your shadows for your narwhal card has paid off as it looks fabulous and so eyecatching! Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week. Kim

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  2. Your cards are lovely, Charlotte! I am intrigued with the matchbook card you shared in our challenge. The gold sentiment and flower die cut are beautiful and make such a bold statement.
    Hugs Monica

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  3. Wow Charlotte, what a wonderful selection of cards, you certainly made up for lost time! I do love your snippets card, such a great design – really fresh as well as so clever. Love the reverse dropped shadow on the sentiment die cut! And I really must have a go with my Press ‘n Seal soon!

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  4. What a clever and pretty geometric design Charlotte and the Press ‘n’ Seal would prove invaluable for a complicated design like this, to be able to place them more or less all in one go. I love the colours too and the large white backed sentiment makes it stand out beautifully. A wonderful snippets make. x

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