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About Catherine

I am an on-the-side and increasingly up front papercrafter who loves nothing more than getting inky and creating pretty things with paper and stamps! I am also a wife to lovely hubby and mummy to a wonderful 12yr old (the joys of a pre-teen) princess.

DT: CHNC: plaid/gingham/check

Hello! How did it get to be Saturday already?

So this week at CHNC Hazel suggested we use plaid/gingham/checked paper as part of our design… so here is mine!

I used some patterned paper and then wrapped some ribbon round the panels. I then die cut the trees and added some glitter glue to each of them. I also added the Tim Holtz sticker to finish off.

Looking forward to seeing what the others did to incorporate the gingham into their designs.

Happy crafting!



DT: CHNC: patterned paper

Today I am using patterned paper on my card for CHNC as that’s the challenge that Hazel set for us!

I used the Winter Frost paper from the stash and then a laser cut panel from something my friend gave to me.

I coordinated the paper with some grey and teal cardstock.

I finished off with the sentiment sticker and the card candi.

Happy crafting!


Calendar – September

For Christmas I gave my parents and my auntie a calendar I had made with a postcard sized piece of art on each month… so today I am sharing their September artwork.

I wanted an atmospheric fairy page for September. I stamped Darcy trees which look like toadstools and then added a lavinia fairy to the top of one. Then created a moon with a circle mask and a sponge dauber. Then I coloured the toadstools with watercolour pencils and inked the whole piece with black soot distress ink before adding water splatters.

Finally I added Wink of Stella to the fairy so she shimmers.

Love these … not sure which colour scheme I prefer as one has more orange tones and the other pink tones.

Happy crafting!


Stamped tag for UK stampers forum

I managed to make the tag for this month’s swap at UK stampers forum at the weekend.

I used some of the patterned papers I had used for this month’s Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge.

I also used an inked mini tag which I stamped a floral image onto. I then distress oxides to add colour to the flowers and leaves.

I added some details in pen to the papers and a sticker as the sentiment.

I then added a collection of ribbons and stapled them into place.

Happy crafting!


Journey ATCoins

Time to kick off the challenge for the swap group I organise where the challenge this month is “journey”.

I also teamed it with the Birgit Koopsen gel printing challenge on Instagram.

As prompt for yesterday was colours of our flag and so I created a background using candied apple and faded jeans distress oxides and the small square gel press onto mountboard.

I added stamping in the background using some travel themed stamps.

Then die cut the circles and edged them with the faded jeans distress ink.

I then stamped and fussy cut and coloured the focal images.

I also added wink of Stella and some glossy accents to some parts of the campervan.

I love how these came out.

Now to see how others interpret the prompt.

Happy crafting!


DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

This month’s DT contribution is a quick one… sorry but just not had a chance to get round to making recently. So this is for Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge and I made a card with leftover Maggie Holmes papers.

I added pumice stone inking to the edges and added the focal image from Beautiful You stamp set.

Love how this came out. Really just need to carve out some time to be creative!

Happy crafting!


DT: CHNC: some thing beginning with “S”

Happy weekend everyone!

Time for another Design team contribution for Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge blog. This week Hazel asked us to include some thing beginning with the letter “S” … so o went with Santa!

I chose a mix of fun papers and then used the Santa from the Santa’s Gifts stamp set which I coloured with pencils and then added him as a topper. I also added the card candi and chipboard sentiment as embellishments to finish!

I have Santa’s coat some shimmer with Wink of Stella and the white parts I added stickles to give it dimension and sparkle.

Happy crafting!