Sunday, 16 July 2017

CTC#137 Easy to be Artistic with beautiful papers!

Welcome back for another week's creations inspired by the catalogue. There are loads of images in the artistic expression section, but my card is taken directly from the banner photo today using the wood rings image in the top right. To be honest I didn't realise that was a stamp until I had a closer look but the whole card appealed to me and I used DSP as the background instead. It's easy to be artistic with so many brilliant tools available to us. If you follow by blog (which is easy to do- just register your email address in the little box below the fourth rainbow swirl box on the right side of this page) then you'll know that I am a big fan of a square card, this one is 12cm x 12cm, a good luxurious size.

The inspiration photo this week has so many gorgeous cards and they are all made using background stamps. Just when I think my wish list has gone down to a manageable size it zooms up again! Which one of these beauties will I need first?

For this card I cut the lovely words "hugs" from gold foil but it got a little lost on the paper so I mounted the ring onto a circle of vellum and that gave it a whole new life. The gold thread is a retired SU thread but it worked better than linen thread. And for the flower I simply used the pansy punch and once I had punched out 2 Powder Pink flowers I worked them with my bone folder until the paper fibres became loose enough that I could gently separate the cardstock into 2 pieces- the pieces have a sort of velvet feel on the underside. It's an old technique but a good one, and then you have 4 layers instead of 2 which gives your flower more dimension. If you layer some of the flowers back to front you get a nice texture.The leaves are simply a plain punch pansy cut into wedges.

I made a matching gift bag using a square of 6x6 DSP. 

You can see more of these cute bags and the instructions on my post from 14/06 here

Thanks so much for looking today.
Be sure to hop all the way around and then create something inspired by pages 132-181 and share it with us on our Facebook Page.

Next on the hop this week is Monique

and before me this week is Mel

and remember

"don't just post online
post something pretty!"



  1. What a stunning card!! Isn't that dsp fabulous!!

    1. thanks Bec, yes that paper makes every card look great!

  2. Wow. Gorgeous projects. Love the little bags! And that card is stunning!

  3. Gorgeous card Liz. I love the vellum behind the sentiment.

  4. Love your card, Elizabeth and the sweet gift bag. That DSP looks fabulous and I love the vellum behind the die cut - just perfect.

  5. I love the combination of the daisy dsp and the woodgrain! Gorgeous project.

  6. Love the use of the "Pansy Punch"! Gorgeous! Love Fi

  7. Fantastic card Liz! It's amazing how vellum can come to the rescue!

  8. You always inspire me Elizabeth! What an amazing combination of DSP and framelits and punched shapes that all looks fabulous! What a great card.

  9. Such a cute card and bag - Angela xx

  10. Wow! Beautiful use of the DSP! 2 stunning projects. Kelly x

  11. Superb CASE, Liz. Thanks for making me notice that sweet little card in the catty.

  12. Wow Liz! Such a cute gift bag to go with your lovely card.


thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it, Liz