Category Archives: Accessories

Art coins January swap … use a stencil

The art coins swap I run over on Facebook has the theme of use a stencil this month and I finally got round to making my coins for the swap.

I chose to use bright paints and a range of stencils and paint pens for my coins.

Once the background was done I added some glossy texture paste through a stencil to add another layer of interest too.

I also added a flower, a gem and a sentiment on the top to finish off

Love how these came out… good fun considering I was just playing with stencils and colours.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: CHNC: Use a sentiment

Ooops I am a bit late posting this but I have the card I made for Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge blog that went live this morning.

This week Hazel challenged us to use a sentiment… easy as I rarely don’t use a sentiment. So I decided to use a big sentiment stamp as the focus of my design.

I started however by lightly brushing over a stencil from clarity to get the snowflakes on the background. Then I stamped the sentiment in Black soot distress oxide.

Next I added the small snowflake stamps to frame the sentiment and added sequins for some texture and shine.

Love how easy this was and how it turned out.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: CHNC: feature a creature

Hi there

It is Saturday and that means it is time for a new DT contribution for Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge blog. This week the challenge was to feature a creature, and I chose this reindeer pulling a sleigh image to fulfil the criteria.

I created the background using distress inks and distress sprays and some random text and sentiment stamps. Then I stamped and embossed the image and sentiment onto white cardstock.

I decided to add to the texture by using staples and sequins to embellish.

Love how funky this came out.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: CHNC: upcycle

Yes I am also lucky enough to stay with the CHNC design team this year and the plan is to get at least 52 cards done as part of the challenge!

Hazel’s first challenge is to upcycle something or use something old.

Well I used a scrap of ribbon off crackers at my cousins Christmas get together and a coin I received in a swap (I actually received two so hence me using one!). Thanks and credit for the coin go to Heidi Green.

The papers are ones from a gift I got in the advent twinchies swap so it was good to get started on that stash pile too!

Hope you like my card.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: CHNC: Use the word Christmas

Today I am late posting… mainly as I forgot which day of the week it was! Doh!

Card with polar bear and texture paste stars and sparkly gem band.

I made this card with the theme of use the word Christmas for the Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge blog.

I started with a piece of card and added texture paste through the stars stencil. Once dry I then added the colour using distress oxides, water and a brush.

Separately I stamped the polar bear and used promarkers to add shading. I then decided to add the frame beneath the bear which I coated with two colours of embossing powder.

Once everything was dried I glued together the layers and added the gem band which was a gifts with a swap.

I also added the sentiment.

Right that’s me for today.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas tree coins

The theme for the swap in December was Christmas trees… here is what I made…

Three coins featuring triangle Christmas trees

I made the coins by die cutting the mountboard and then added some gelli printed patterns using the fresco finish paints.

I then added the triangle trees using post it notes to block out the rest and using a dauber add the paint.

Next I added the doodling with white and black pens and a bit of pink!

Finally the stickers from the stash!

Love how these came out. Hope the recipients liked them too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Stamped tag for UK Stampers Forum swap

I created a wintery tag for this month’s swap…

I added bookprint to the tag, then some stencilling using white acrylic paint. I also added more stencilling using texture paste. This created a nice resist for the shimmer watercolour paint I added.

Then I added stamping using both distress inks and archival. Next more stamping using versamark and embossing powder to add even more texture to the background and also for the focal image which I stamped onto white card and cut out.

I love the wintery feel of this tag. For the finishing touch I added the ribbon and twine by stapling it with coloured staples.

I also defined the edges with darker ink to give it more depth.

Happy crafting!

Catherine