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 12yr old (the joys of a pre-teen) princess.

Fairy twinchies

Today I have a project I made a few weeks ago but forgot to share on my blog. Don’t know why but I was neglecting blogging. Possibly because it’s been so busy, possibly because my mojo was absent for a while and I got out of the habit!

Whatever the reason… I’m back today!

So these twinchies were for a swap and I loved creating them.

There were lots and lots of layers of distress oxides and smooshing and then stamping. Then embossing and embossing and embossing!

I used the lavinia stamps fairy and then alpha stamps for the sentiment on the top.

I finished off with some bling!

Really lovely ethereal background and you can never go wrong with a lavinia silhouette stamp!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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DT: CHNC: Use some red

I decided to go a little different for this week’s CHNC challenge of use some red and went fabric based for my card topper.

I started with a square of holly printed fabric and glued it to some paper for stability then used a bit of muslin and stamped the sentiment.

My stayzon is not very juicy though and it didn’t stamp well so I went over it with a sharpie and that worked fine.

Then I layered the piece of muslin onto some Hessian and sewed it together. I also did my usual messy stitching round the square.

Then I cut out one of the holly motifs from another square of fabric and added that and a wooden Angel embellishment to the topper.

A lovely textural card topper and actually quite simple to do… I have quite a few fabric squares so may make some more like this to add to the collection.

But for now I wonder how others have interpreted the red challenge for the CHNC blog.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Goodbye gifts

So this week I left my job of the last 9 years as I start a new job on Monday. It was an emotional week as I worked with a bunch of thoroughly splendid group of people, especially the two girls who worked on my team, Julie and Sue.

I bought them each a gift but also wanted them to have something handmade and for some unknown reason I went for a sewing project and made some bags… it was an odd choice but I went with it!

I took two cotton totes and then created some panels using some fabrics I got from Hobbycraft.

I added the frame of the black and then some more black for under the flower I used as the focal point.

The flower I stamped using black paint and then cut out and hand sewed it onto the panel. I also added the button centres.

My sewing isn’t particularly good so this is definitely a rough and ready and purposefully messy in style! In fact my Mum would be ashamed as to how messy it is. But I like them and so decided to just go with it.

Hopefully J and S liked them too and will then have something of me with them for the future!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Tag for UK Stampers Forum

Today I have the tag I made for this month’s swap at UK stampers forum… because guess what… I’ve been creating again! After what felt like forever I have finally got back in the craft room and been making stuff! Finally!Anyways… the tag!I started with lots of off cuts of papers I had lying on the desk and started creating the background on this large Art by Marlene tag from the stash.Once I had covered the tag I then scraped over some white gesso and let it dry. I then added some flicks of Dylusions inks in blue and teal and edged it with teal ink.I also did a little inking with black archival too to grunge it up some more.The top panel I made using wipe up distress oxide ink from another project using the glossy cardstock to wipe it up. This always creates a fun background.I used a handcarved stamp to add the swirls and a random text stamp to add the writing. I added lots of dark ink around the edge to frame the panel and then glued it in place on the tag.Next I stamped the three Tim Holtz butterflies onto mixed media cardstock and added embossing powder. I didn’t quite get all of them embossed but it was enough to provide some texture to the stamping.I then added distress oxides as a watercolour to the butterflies before cutting them out.I glued them in place and used some pencils to add some more definition around the edge of the panel and the two butterflies floating off the edges.I then added the Tim Holtz sticker sentiment and the ribbon to finish!Super happy with how this turned out.Happy crafting!Catherine

Calendar – July 2019

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 July artwork.

I wanted to use this fab rainbow stencil with black embossing paste to create a funky panel.

Once it was dry I added the colour using stampin up inks and a waterbrush and made sure I also splattered each colour on too.

I finished with some doodling and the month stamp white heat embossed onto black cardstock.

Love this stencil… makes such a funky rainbow!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Patwits circle journal… Jules

Today I have another circle journal page to share with you… this time for Jules. This time I used papers as the base and sewed them together. Then I added gesso by dry brushing and then added distress stain in peacock feathers and twisted citron.I then added stamping and doodling. Onto one page I also added fabric and then the focal images from a Kim Dellow stamp set.More doodling and more layers of ink. I also added shimmer and glossy accents for the flower elements.Love how this came together so easily with the fun papers and the sewing textures. Hope Jules likes it too!Happy crafting!Catherine