Art by Marlene collage papers, Badass Chick, Hot Picks, Ribbons, YouTube video

Mixed media Monday UK stampers forum tag swap

Today I am sharing a tag I made for this months UK stampers forum swap. I decided as I was about to start to do this as a video so if you want to see the process of this then check out my craft with me video here on YouTube.

Loved playing with the Art by Marlene collage paper and die cuts and think the Badass art chicken stamp works so well as the sentiment. Also loved getting out the sewing machine to play too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Avery Elle, Brilliant Wings, Design Team, Masks/Stencils, Pierced Blooms, Stitched framelits

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge blog

Today I actually have 4 cards I made using the same stamp and die set from Avery Elle called Loads of Hello. It reminded of the Peace and Joy stamp set from SU at Christmas that I loved!

This is my design team contribution for Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge.

So I started by stamping the hello four times in Purple ink and then die cut it, and die cut a few extra in white so I could stack them and make the die cut have more dimension for some.

Then I decided to Team the die cuts with stencils as I wanted to try the new stencil brushes out.

The first one I went pink and kept it pretty simple with stencilling and punched hearts which I added the glossy accents to. I also added a pink mat to the word friend.

The next one I went simple with too. I actually created the boxes for the background from post it notes so I could adjust the size of the rectangles. I kept the whole card with blue tones with punched flowers, sequins and some pearl accents for the centre. This was probably the least involved of the cards.

The next one had the most amount of effort with a bit of colour added and then texture paste through the stencil and I did the whole front of the card. Love this funky alpha stencil. Then I die cut the oval stitched shapes and added flowers die cut from scraps using the Pierced Blooms dies. These are my go to dies for embellishments that’s for certain!

I also had a hunt through the gems stash and found these pale green gems for the centre of the flowers.

The final one I went delicate again and added just the light pink stencilling on the top right hand corner. The blending brushes are perfect for this kind of delicate finish.

Then I die cut the Butterfly shape from white and the filigree version in pink and layered them and the sentiment. I decided it needed something else so added some splatter using pink and purple inks. Then the gems to finish.

A lovely way to use the hello die and add different effects. Wonder which is your favourite… I am torn between the Butterfly and the hearts one… although the texture one and the rectangles I love too… ooohh I can’t decide.

OK off to see what the rest of the dt did for the blog, and looking forward to seeing all those that join in the blog too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Avery Elle, Dylusions spray inks, Forever Flourishing, Lawn Fawn, Lawn Fawn stamps, Neocolors II, Pierced Blooms, Very Versailles, Washi tape

Artist trading coins… pink

This month the theme for my ATCoin swap is PINK.

I decided to just start layering up pink colours on my coins and see where I got to with it… no plan!

As you can see I also added black and white to my pink themed coins.

I started with coins cut from packaging so gave them a coat of gesso. Then added neocolours and water, followed by stamping in a different shade of pink. Then patterned paper which I added the neocolours to. I punched part of a circle out of cardstock I had coloured with dylusions inks in pink and purple.

I had a hunt in the box of used foreign stamps and found three in different shades of pink. I also added washi strips too. I didn’t mind that I was mixing different shades and tones of pink… it all worked together.

I hunted in the box where I keep die cut scraps and found flowers and leaves I could also use.

Then I finished off with the hugs die cut (lawn fawn) and the friend stamp (avery elle) and the pink coloured pearls.

Super happy with these pink coins!

Hope that the recipients like them too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Canvas and Mixed Media art, Distress oxide ink, YouTube video

Mixed media Monday… collaged masterboard #2

As promised last week there is a second collaged masterboard to share with you… this time a neutrally coloured one …

This time I went for straight edges and lots of book print before adding the stamps and some images.

I videoed the process again if you want to see how it came together here is the link.

Love how this came together and how different it is from the other one I created.

They’ve both been received by the swap recipient and we have now been informed that we have to chop up one and make it into at least 4 different things… wonder what Dianne will choose to make and which she will use and send back to me. I’ve been busy cutting up and using one of hers this weekend which I will share with you what I do with it once I’ve sent the finished items back to Dianne.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Fancy Phrases, Forever Greenery, One Sheet Wonder OSW

DT: Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper challenge: Forever Greenery one sheet wonder

Hello! Happy May Day!

Another one sheet wonder to share with you for Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge and kept it really simple on this.

I actually had a 6×6 square of the forever greenery in the pile on the desk so decided it was begging to be used for this. I know the paper is usually a 12 x 12 but I had cut this down for a class last year and this was leftover from that project.

I mat each piece with whisper white and then created backgrounds using Pear Pizazz. As I said I kept it simple.

Then I created the sentiments choosing these long thin ones from Fancy Phrases and embossing them with silver powder.

Card 1

Next I decided on the layout for each and adhered them in place, then added them to the card blanks.

I added the rhinestone gems to each of them and called them done!

So a simple 6×6 one sheet wonder for this month’s design team contribution… and another piece of dsp used!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Butterfly, Butterfly Bijou, Butterfly Brilliance, Butterfly journal, Masks/Stencils, Ribbons, Swallowtail, Washi tape

Butterfly themed journal craftalong

I did a fun craftalong with some friends recently where we made butterfly themed handmade journals. I decided to use mine to document my Brave the Shave event and hair regrowth in 2019, alongside a little of my friends stories about breast cancer.

Here is how far I have got with decorating it and filling it so far. Still got many stories to tell but for now I am pleased with how much I have managed to do on this project.

I used the already sold out Butterfly Bijou dsp, alongside vintage papers, random papers, index cards, colouring book pages, washi, vellum, doilies … basically anything that was around whilst I was playing got thrown in the mix.

Some pages I have just added little collages to and not added documenting which I love to add interest, especially as this is a bittersweet story to document… both a celebration of success and loss for my two friends who have had to face breast cancer along with the story of my shave journey which I am so proud of what I achieved through a simple but brave act.

If anyone fancies seeing the hair disappear there is a speedy version on youtube. Enjoy!

Will share future projects in this journal as they happen… keep your eyes peeled!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Badass Chick, Masks/Stencils

Mixed media Monday Collage masterboard #1

Today I have another You Tube video for you. This time making a collage masterboard for a swap. For this one I used fun bright papers, mixed with bookprint and then stamping and stencilling to finish off.

There is another one to share but made it separately so you’ll have to wait to see that one! 😉

Also the ones I have received are great. Amazing how everyone approaches it differently and you can learn from others art.

I have no idea what we will be using these for so looking forward to find out! Got to wait to the end of the month to find out though!

Edit… actually I do know what we used one for… chopping up and making some bits from it and sending back to the artist… such fun!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Butterfly Bijou, Butterfly Brilliance, Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils, Ribbons, Washi tape

Tag Thursday… more butterfly tags

Today is a little similar to last week in that I am sharing a butterfly themed tag (well three of them) … and they are very similar to last weeks in design but are actually the tags I made for three friends who joined me for an online craftalong last week….

Crumb Cake base, Butterfly Brilliance stamps, Butterfly Bijou dsp, Gorgeous Grunge stamping and washi tape… perfect fun and slightly grungy tags. Didn’t go full on Grunge as the idea is they can go in their journals and so may not fit with their style if I went too far to grungy in the design of these. Love them!

Really need to play with the stamps and dies more for this set. Unfortunately the dsp sold out so almost wishing I had hoarded it more!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Junk Journal 2021, Lollipop Box Kit, Washi tape

Junk journal 2021… covid vaccine

This week I am actually off to the hospital for my 2nd jab tomorrow, but I did actually document the first jab in my 2021 junk journal.

I did this page quite quickly with the photos from the day and using the Lollipop Box Club kit from Feb…

I also added some bits of washi I had been sent on a swap, but I had kept for the purpose of using them on a page at some point… I love keeping bits and pieces like this and then finding a use for them.

I added some journalling on the back of the bits I added into the pocket I made from a kit bag. These include the not so pleasant side effects I ended up with from the vaccine…but I still was so happy to be getting the vaccine and to become part of the solution to moving on with our lives!

Now fingers crossed the 2nd jab doesn’t cause too many side effects tomorrow.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art by Marlene collage papers, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Ladybird book journal, Lollipop Box Kit, Washi tape

Coffee page in my Ladybird book journal

Today I am sharing the page I made in my Smile themed junk journal…. and it is based on coffee! After all coffee definitely helps bring a smile to my face every day!

I used Art by Marlene collage papers alongside the Lollipop Box Club kit for February 2021. And the coffee stamped image is a really old SU set I got rid of many years ago but still had one stamped image left which was perfect for adding to this page.

I had fun with adding paint and doodles and stickers… basically a lovely chilled out 20 mins creating the page.

Happy crafting!

Catherine