Artist Trading Coins, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Indigo Blu, Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz

Artist trading coin UK swap … March … cheers!

Hi… today I have my swap coins for this month and the theme for this month is ‘cheers’.

I chose to play with blue coloured paints and created a background that I adhered to some coins cut from recycled packaging.

I used lots of stamps and paints and ink and created some fun backgrounds. Then I added the focal images but that covered up most of the backgrounds!

I then added some glossy accents to the glasses to give them dimension and shine.

I finished the coins off with some gold paint pen dots round the outside.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Fancy Phrases, Itty Bitty Greetings, Ribbons, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, True Love

Happy birthday Auntie Margaret

Today I have a card I made using leftovers from the online craftalong I did with friends a few weeks ago, using a tutorial from another craftalong I did with a different group of friends!

Confused?!?

So my SU group did a team craftalong during which the lovely Sue showed us how to make a card with different layers and folds. It’s difficult to describe but it was a great project to make and I made my mother’s day card using it … but I can’t blog that yet.

Then a few weeks ago I did some online crafting with some friends using the True Love dsp and had some leftovers so decided to make a birthday card for my auntie using the papers and same colours of cardstock using up leftovers on the desk and some fresh card for the base of the card.

I love the true love dsp …. it is such fun to colour in! I chose to colour in three floral clusters and fussy cut them, and use two different floral backgrounds for the background papers.

I used Rococo Rose and Blackberry Bliss as the main colours of cardstock and coloured the images using Blackberry Bliss, petal Pink (with a touch of flirty flamingo) and cherry cobbler … I didn’t have stampin blends in the rococo rose unfortunately bit think the flowers worked well regardless.

I also used the Blackberry Bliss ribbon and the pastel pearls to finish off the card with Fancy Phrases sentiments (& Itty Bitty Greetings for one of them).

Super happy with the card and the little pops of green from the leaves also work well. Definitely going to try and do more fancy fold type cards from now on… they may be intricate to make but the end result is fabulous!

Entering this into the flowers challenge at Challenge up your life

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Beautiful Brocade, Birds and Branches, Birds and More, Chevron, Decorative Dots, Gorgeous Grunge, Honey Bee, Jar, Jar of Flowers, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Petal Palette, Petals and more, Ribbons, Studio Calico, Watercolor wings

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

Another month has passed so quickly… and it’s time to use up some patterned paper for Craftyhazelnuts challenge. I chose to do another one sheet wonder challenge.

I chose a graphic black and white paper and used the following template I had drawn up…

And I set to with the paper and black card to mat each layer.

Next I added some coloured cardstock as bases.

Then with white cardstock, ribbons from the stash and stamped images I made them up into fun cards.

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Stamps used… Watercolor wings, petal palette, Birds and Branches, jar of flowers, Honey Bee and Gorgeous grunge.

Also used coordinating dies for images where I had them and the accompanying dies for Petals and More and Birds and More for the added elements.

Love how these all came out!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy Celebrations

Happy birthday James …. belatedly

My cousins son turned 12 a couple of weeks ago and I made him a card and posted it late … as per usual! I am terrible at remembering to post things on time!

I went simple and created the background by repeating the stamp Happy from Happy Celebrations set in different blue inks. Then I took some little star stamps from the stash and embossed those in silver.

Then I took a sentiment from a magazine set and added that onto a couple of pieces of cardstock and stuck this down.

Always find cards for boys hard … especially 12 year olds … but think this looks quite cool.

So anyway… Happy birthday James…. very belatedly. Hope to see him, his sister and my cousin and her hubby in the summer … we managed a quick trip in August last year to see them but obviously not seen them since.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

American Crafts, Festival of Prints, Junk Journal 2021, Masks/Stencils, Ribbons, Tis the Season

Junk Journalling- Christmas journal

A few weeks ago I made a signature for a junk journal as a Christmas journal. No rules for what I’m putting in it… except Christmas stuff!

So I used American Crafts and Making Cards magazine papers and some watercolour paper for the signature. I videoed making the signature in case you are interested.

Well I’ve now made a page and used a couple of pics of me from New Years Eve 2020 and part of a Christmas card I received.

I added the photos and bits of journalling tucked behind the Christmas card… and some embellishments made using gloss gel through a stencil onto the green paper.

Really happy with the finished page. I did video it again so feel free to go and see how it came together.

Entering this into the “red” challenge at Academy Scrap Art

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Itty Bitty Greetings, Scalloped tag topper

Tag Thursday – forever greenery meets pierced blooms

Hello all! I have another tag project for you today using the fab Scalloped Tag Topper punch. It really is my favourite punch of all time.

This time I used the forever greenery as the background patterned paper. I used strips of one paper and then punched circles of another.

Next I added different flowers and leaves from the stash of die cut Pierced Blooms. These flowers are just so cute. I added the Forever Flourishing leaves to a few of the flower clusters where I hadn’t got enough of the ones in the pierced blooms set already cut.

I then added the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings set to the base of all the tags.

Then I went through the ribbon stash to find bits that worked with the colours in the tags.

Entering these into the Anything but a card challenge at Simon says stamp challenge blog

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alpaca Pals, Badass Chick, Darcy, Inchies and Twinchies, Mama Elephant, Promarkers, Letraset, Scalloped tag topper, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Washi tape

Heart embellishments

Another swap with hearts! This time I had to make six embellishments for the recipient to use either in a journal or on a card etc.

Here is what I made…

Clockwise from top left…

1. a ribbon and muslin combo with a stamped and gilded heart and a little gem.

2. Canvas stamp with inky collage.

3. Collage paper onto pink card with washi tape and a stamped heart and stamped sentiment.

4. Twinchie with patterned paper and a plastic tape with stamped and embossed glossy hearts.

5. A tag with stamping and collage elements.

6. Little card with stamped and coloured cat and balloon image.

Love how they all came out.

Entering these into the anything but a card challenge at Simon says stamp challenge blog

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Badass Chick, Inchies and Twinchies, Washi tape

Inchies for UK stampers forum

One more project for the heart 💜 filled month of February. This time inchies made for the UK stampers forum.

Used some patterned paper as the base, and then stamped the Badass stamp of two hearts onto them. I then added a strip of the navy washi tape.

I decided to add the sentiment (again a Badass stamp) and the little gem to finish off.

Love how the orange gem contrasts with the turquoise and blue inchies.

Entering these into the Anything but a card challenge at Simon says stamp challenge blog

So a simple project today.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Hot Picks, Junk Journal 2021, Washi tape

Mixed media Monday… Making a junk journal

My new obsession for this year has been junk journal making and watching junk journalling videos on YouTube. It all started because I joined in with a challenge at the Inchies and Twinchies Facebook group to make a junk journal. The plan is to have swap challenges throughout the year to build up a junk journal… of course I am rubbish at following the instructions and already started filling mine up! Lol!

The first challenge was to collect items and construct a junk journal. I decided to create a few signatures and enclose them in a travellers notebook style cover. I did buy the cover but I made the signatures from a mix of old watercolour paper pads, gifted book papers, patterned papers brown paper packaging and cardstock. I also included a background sheet made by one of my swap partners.

I decided to make four signatures with the idea that I would do one for each season. I didn’t make them too many sheets as I didn’t want to feel overwhelmed by too many sheets plus I figure they would get super chunky.

I thought having them as travellers notebooks would aid with working on them too as they might lie a bit more flat that way.

And size wise I went with a5 as I thought it was a nice size to work with.

I did create a few pieces of mixed media artwork before I really knew what a junk journal was with the intention of them going in the journal…

The first additions to the journal was to add these onto a couple of pages once I understood more about how junk journalling is meant to work… I say meant to… there aren’t really rules! But anyway I like that I mixed the mixed media style art journalling in with the junk journal and decided to keep doing that throughout the year. The second one I actually videoed the process for… Link

The challenge in February was to make an envelope pocket for your own journal and two for swapping. My first one went straight into my journal as I was working out how to do tip ins etc…

I made a little pocket on the front or the envelope I had cut down and then also made a little tag/bookmark to go in the main section. The front was just lots of bits off the desk including some old stamps, some gelliprinted card and bookprint… and washi too of course!

The reverse of the envelope I gave a different theme…

Again I created a little pocket, in which I added the painted and stamped piece I received in a swap, and the map just seemed relevant for the travel/foreign theme.

I added journalling to the back of the tag to represent what was going on that day… mainly me watching YouTube videos of other people junk journalling!

I also decorated the page to the left of where I added the pocket … so my first page.

Again my page had a little pocket so I added a tag and did some journalling on that. The rest was just bits and pieces off the desk and from the boxes of stash I’ve been saving up and finally found a use for!

So this was my starting point.

A few days later I made a page all about some new Washi tapes I had bought … because … well why not?

I had such fun just picking bits and pieces out of the box and using up embellishments I’ve been gifted or bought over the years and never got round to using. The tag in the pocket at the top has journalling on it about my new washi tapes!

The next couple of pages were dedicated to the swaps I received this month from the UK stampers forum swap…

So I am busy starting to make more pockets and tip in pages and allsorts of other things now… not sure how long the enthusiasm will continue for, but whilst it lasts this is my new obsession!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Itty Bitty Greetings, Oh So Ombre, Prismacolour pencils, True Love

Stampin Up Sunday- True Love and Oh So Ombre dsp

Hi

Two cards to share for today’s Stampin up Sunday both using the Oh So Ombre dsp (saleabration) and flowers from the True Love dsp. Both done as projects from leftovers from the craftalong I did with friends last week.

Firstly the Rococco Rose one. A really simple card… one piece of the ombre dsp and a strip of the cardstock. The card blank was made from the cardstock … I just love how SU colour coordinates perfectly.

Then a sentiment and the two floral elements cut from the true love dsp and coloured in using stampin write markers.

Embellished with the pastel pearls.

Next the Blackberry Bliss… again card blank made using the cardstock in the same colour. This time two pieces of the Oh So Ombre paper… the patterned one and the plain one, a sentiment strip and this time a flower cluster coloured with prismacolour pencils.

More pastel pearls added for embellishment.

Simple but beautiful cards.

Happy crafting!

Catherine