All posts by Catherine

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 13yr old princess.

UK stampers forum decorated tag swap

I have a tag I’ve made for UK Stampers Forum swap using gelli prints and Badass artchick stamps.

I had fun with embossing and some random embellishments off the desk too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: CHNC: something funny

How are we all doing? I must admit I found this week slightly easier than last and have sort of settled into a bit more of a rhythm. That being said I am living with much higher levels of anxiety than I have been used to in the last year or so, and that brings it’s own level of exhaustion of course. But the good news is I am safe and well, and that’s what is important right now.

Right back to the crafting… this week’s CHNC challenge is to create something funny. So I decided to team the Clare Lloyd sentiment stamps with a Making Cards magazine stamp.

I stamped the sentiment and the image and used my promarkers to colour the image and provide the border to the card.

I thought this quite apt for the challenge this week!

Hope you have a good week!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

Happy April fools day! Actually it’s so long since I’ve attempted to fool anyone for April fools… is it still a thing? Certainly the strange times we are living through may suggest that April Fools may be the last thing we need… or maybe we need some humour to keep us going?

Anyway, today I am sharing this month’s design team contribution for Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog.

I have three cards I made using very old papers from a magazine… in fact so old I have no idea which magazine they were from.

They are very pretty papers and I used elements from the kit to do the whole card and then just added a stamp for the sentiment for each and some pearls.

Each item I inked up with Tattered rose distress ink to give them a worn look and add some cohesion. I also added a scrap of ribbon to the one above which happened to be sitting on my desk at the time!

I love how all three came out. Shabby chic style.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Index card a day … isolation distraction

So the reality is that my craft desk is now my work desk so suspect there will be less crafting going on for the next few weeks but to keep my creative side satisfied I decided to do an index card every work day just using supplies that are to hand.

Here are the first 5 I made…

All made with papers I had cleared off the desk to make room for the laptop and a few random bits off the shelves.

Fun and a small creative outlet just to keep my mind sane.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: CHNC: Use a star

I have a simple card for this week as I’ve been a tad busy with supporting Adult Social Care as they cope with the joy of life in the current Coronavirus situation.

Anyway enough about that…

The theme for this week that Hazel asked us to play with was to include a star or two… So I chose a bugaboo image and thought it worked well with the paper from a Making Cards kit.

I added Wink of Stella and glossy accents to the star to give it some dimension although it turned out quite textural due to some air bubbles. But I quite like it still!

Hope you have a good week and keep safe and well… And inside for those of you who like me are on lockdown!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Seriously the best project kit

I bought the Seriously the best project kit when I did my little SU splurge the other day, again to make life simple for a few projects… I call it my stick and go time! Gives my brain a break!

Here’s the pic from the catalogue of the contents…

Here are the first few cards I made using it…

One of the cards I added the Magnolia Blooms stamped flower too, and one I pulled in another patterned paper from my stash, but otherwise I kept it pretty simple using mainly items from the kit!

Simple! And my brain got a rest!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Inchies for UK Stampers Forum swap

This month’s inchies are really simple ones… a bit of distress ink blending, a stamped butterfly and some pearlised embossing.

I chose to use a new stamp from Visible Image and then just blended the Picked Raspberry and Twisted Citron distress inks over the little inchie tiles I had cut from mountboard.

Then I pressed each one into Versamark and used the white pearl embossing powder.

This changed the tone of the cokour and provided a lovely pearl finish for the tiles.

Simple and I think cute!

Happy crafting!

Catherine