Artist Trading Coins, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Indigo Blu, Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz

Artist trading coin UK swap … March … cheers!

Hi… today I have my swap coins for this month and the theme for this month is ‘cheers’.

I chose to play with blue coloured paints and created a background that I adhered to some coins cut from recycled packaging.

I used lots of stamps and paints and ink and created some fun backgrounds. Then I added the focal images but that covered up most of the backgrounds!

I then added some glossy accents to the glasses to give them dimension and shine.

I finished the coins off with some gold paint pen dots round the outside.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

American Crafts, Festival of Prints, Junk Journal 2021, Masks/Stencils, Ribbons, Tis the Season

Junk Journalling- Christmas journal

A few weeks ago I made a signature for a junk journal as a Christmas journal. No rules for what I’m putting in it… except Christmas stuff!

So I used American Crafts and Making Cards magazine papers and some watercolour paper for the signature. I videoed making the signature in case you are interested.

Well I’ve now made a page and used a couple of pics of me from New Years Eve 2020 and part of a Christmas card I received.

I added the photos and bits of journalling tucked behind the Christmas card… and some embellishments made using gloss gel through a stencil onto the green paper.

Really happy with the finished page. I did video it again so feel free to go and see how it came together.

Entering this into the “red” challenge at Academy Scrap Art

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Darcy, Deco art fluid acrylics, Distress oxide ink, Emma Godfrey, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Indigo Blu, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Washi tape, Watercolour paints

Lovehearts postcards

Today I have two postcards to share with you because two separate groups had heart themed swaps this month… and I thought why not share them both at the same time! (Actually you will see this isn’t right … but read on to discover more!)

First up is the heart card I made for the Inchies, Twinchies and more group and I used the Darcy paperartsy stamp…

I embossed it onto a Gelli print and then added some colour to the cogs.

I decided to sew a border on the panel to add texture. I then embossed the title onto some card and added that too.

The base was some chipboard painted with black gesso. I added some doodling round the edge and called it finished!

Next up I made this postcard for the Hearts a Flutter challenge at Postcard Art Swap…

I used distress oxides and the smooshing technique with different shades of pink and purple. I also did a bit of subtle stamping in the background.

Then I used Indigo Blu stamp for the wings and then using the wipe up from the oxides onto glossy photo paper I stamped and embossed the heart stamp (another Darcy one) and stuck that down.

I doodled and chose a sentiment from the stash and embossed that before glueing the strip in place.

I finished it off with some enamel dots and some glossy accents on the heart.

So that was me thinking I was done with heart postcards but after I had posted them to the recipients I realised I had made a mistake and the swap for Inchies, Twinchies and More was actually for four postcards … doh!

So off I set again! I chose to use Darcy hearts and keep to the theme…

Card 1… a Gelli print using the mini Gelli plate and a heart stencil and lots of paint splatters and adding the panelled heart on top.

Card 2.. stencilled with distress oxides and gloss gel through an aall and create stencil. Then scrap of cardstock and the cog heart embossed and lightly watercoloured. I love peacock feathers.

I taped off the edge and then watercoloured using the metallic paints from a Rainbow Moon set I bought a while ago. Then when it was dry I stamped the funky hearts into the middle and coloured them with Inktense pencils. Then I added versamark and clear emboss over the whole postcard to give it a glossy finish.

Finally I used vellum and created a pocket for the heart confetti and then sewed around the edge. I added the dotty washi and the embossed heart I coloured with a red pen.

OK think I have now come to the end of heart postcards…. but probably got a few more heart projects to blog about before the month is out!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alpaca Pals, Brushos, Darcy, Distress Crayons, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inchies and Twinchies, Masks/Stencils, Promarkers, Letraset, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Washi tape, Watercolour paints

11 twinchies… love hearts

A challenge at the Inchies, Twinchies and more group for this month was to make 12 twinchies with the theme of hearts. I had so much fun pulling out all my heart themed stash!

First up is my favourite Darcy paperartsy stamp with the text. I stamped and embossed it in black and then added some metallic watercolour paints. Then a doodled edge!

Second a three layered twinchies and the top one stamped the Alpaca Pals stamp in pink. Then a sticker with a small layer of vellum underneath to finish off.

Next I used a heart stencil and embossed with some modelling paste… then when it was dry I added brushos with some sptays of water… love the texture and the joy if brushos. I added some twine and then an embossed heart on red card stock and then a canvas sticker.

This one more Darcy hearts (she has designed so many great heart stamps over the years) in the background. Next I added some Alpaca Pals stamps… the sentiment stamp I added on the white panel. The back panel I added the red blending. Then added the sentiment and the red little heart. I finished with some glitter glue for the heart.

This one is a play with the fresco finish paints to create the background and the panel to emboss the hearts on. I added some punchinella with staples. I added the smaller panel with the embossed hearts and then the sticker with a mount of the purple cards.

Next some more Darcy hearts… this time a simple stamping and colouring in job with Stampin Blends and promarkers.

The next a Darcy stamp embossed… then some washi on the panel underneath onto the Blackberry Bliss cardstock. Finished with the sticker sentiment and some gems.

Another embossed background with a different heart stencil. This time I added the colour with distress crayons. Then a larger sticker sentiment added to vellum and a piece of washi and stuck down with staples.

Another Alpaca Pals stamp with the cute doodled text hearts. Simple. Stamped on the Melon Mambo card and then added to the white twinchie with a black border to each layer. Added a gem to finish.

Another Darcy heart stamp embossed in silver as a stripe across the pink card twinchie. I also added the pink washi and then the heart gem and the sentiment, which I added glossy accents to so it was shiny.

The final one is a little pocket with some hearts in the middle and sewn around the edge with the top layer of vellum. I then added a heart on the top which I added glossy accents to. Finished with the sentiment sticker with a layer of red cardstock underneath.

Absolutely loved the playtime I had with this project… so much fun! Hope the recipient enjoyed them all as much as I enjoyed making them.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Dylusions spray inks, Magical day, Magical Mates, Masks/Stencils

Rainbow and unicorn postcard

OK so today’s blog is actually a project I started way back in November (as in that’s when the swap should have happened and I gathered the supplies and the idea) but only finished last weekend.

The postcard art swap group I belong to on Facebook had the theme of unicorns and rainbows for November but due to a busy old time, and then Covid and then Christmas my recipient Pat only actually got my postcard this week. Ah well better late than never!

I also forgot to take a pic of the postcard before I sent it… so this pic is the one Pat posted when she received it!

I took some cardstock that was a bit glossy and used both Dylusions spray inks and distress stains to add the colourful background. Once it was dry I added texture paste and black gesso through the stencil (aall & create) to create the rainbow arch.

The unicorn is from the Magical Day set and after colouring with promarkers I added wink of Stella and glossy accents.

Once dry I adhered it on the panel and then chose the sentiment from the Art by Marlene sticker book which I mounted and also added the glossy accents to.

I then double mounted the panel to make the postcard nice and sturdy.

Love this colourful and whimsical postcard.

Now for my slice of life… brunch, meal prep, a walk in the ice and snow, crafting, tea time and Wandavision… a fab chilled out day! Need I say more? And I’ve made this months postcard swap before the month ends ready for posting tomorrow and blogging next week. Result!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

P.s. thanks Pat for the pic 😀

fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inchies and Twinchies, Indigo Blu, Masks/Stencils

UK stampers forum inches swap

Hello! Thanks for popping by to my blog. Today has been a busy work day and then trying to increase my steps I did a little you tube video… I say did, but only actually managed half of it before exhaustion hit again.

Tonight the plan is to sort out my hair as I anticipate not getting it done until April as not just lockdown (should have been there last week) but also my hairdresser is expecting a baby in a few weeks so she won’t be considering hairdresser work for a few months to come. Will let you know how the teenager and I get on with dyeing my hair tomorrow !

Today I have a set of 6 inchies for you which I made for the UK stampers forum blog. I actually used them with leftover from the coins I made for my Facebook swap.

Once chopped into 1 inch squares i edged them with the sepia ink and then used a piece of card I had painted with the Guacamole paint to stamp the butterflies from an Indigo Blue stamp set. I then fussy cut each and added them to the inchies.

I decided to add some glossy accents to the body for each to make them dimensional and, well, glossy!

Cute inchies!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Canvas and Mixed Media art, Fancy Phrases, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Gorgeous Grunge, Masks/Stencils, Scalloped tag topper, Tap tap tap, Timeless Textures, Washi tape

Junk journal background page share and a make for mine!

OK let’s talk about sleep, laziness and fatigue….well only for a moment… skip over it straight to the craft if you like!

This past week sleep has not been great at night. I’m finding myself waking lots of times, albeit for only a few mins at a time, resulting in me getting up in the morning feeling far from rested. So I’ve had a few fatigue issues which I think are as a result of covid but in my head I keep getting feelings of guilt that I am being lazy. Does anyone else get like this?

My hubby has often called me a bed based life form as I do love a nap … but this fatigue feels different. It’s like all the muscles in my body have a dull ache and like my brain is in a bit of a fog. I really hope this is a temporary symptom and I can get myself back to my normal energy levels. I also need to work on that negative self talk and remember that this awful virus kills people so count myself lucky.

Anyway … this explains why the blog post last night missed out on a slice of life… I just didn’t have the energy to update the blog post that was scheduled before it went live!

Today’s slice of life was a lie in, a big family task of a kitchen inventory and then meal planning, a food shop and then more rest! There was a bit of crafting too (tomorrow’s blog post in fact!) but to be honest the big job of tidying up and cleaning the fridge, freezer and food cupboards and then the trip to the supermarket was more than enough activity.

This year I’ve joined a few friends to do a junk journal. I’ve never really done a junk journal as such before and I suspect mine will end up more as a mixed media journal but never mind!

First challenge was to make a journal… well I’ve decided on a loose 7×5 journal rather than a bound one and will put the journal together at the end instead. So first task didn’t get done.

Second task was to send some bits and pieces to a swap partner for using in their journal. I got lots of lovely bits and pieces from my partner and sent lots in return.

Next task was to make a background piece of a4 landscape that another person can use in their journal. And now this is something I can share a pic of…

I used my Gelli plate and fresco finish paints to create the background and then stamping and stencilling and modelling paste and washi tape. Love how it came out. I used another piece of cardstock to wipe off my brayer etc and this then became a second piece which will work in my journal.

This was how the background looked before I made it into a page.

And the finished article…

I used book print and a peach envelope from the swap pile of items and also the ribbon on the tag. Everything else, including rub ons, stickers, chipboard and the tag came from the stash.

Really really enjoyed making both the background paper and the finished journal page.

Such fun and so relaxing to just play and create.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Artist Trading Coins, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gorgeous Grunge, Joy, Masks/Stencils, Peace & Joy, Wonderland, Wreath Builder

Final advent coins 19-24

Today I have the final advent coins I made. These I made all in one afternoon and chose to make them in pairs to make life easier for myself!

I also used the same old number stamp set to finish them off.

My favourites are definitely the black with white embossing background. Just wish I had used slightly smaller number stamps rather than the large ones. Have to admit these were inspired by the samples Martin made for the Artisan blog hop.

The ones with the text background were also inspired by this blog hop… but by the banner on the card made by Hélène. For both of these the Peace and Joy (My current favourite Christmas stamps ever!) Stamps and dies. I also added a die cut tree scene with the glimmer paper.

Then to contrast I made the more natural ones using the pointsetta die from the Wreath Builder die set. I also added some texture in the background using the Gorgeous Grunge set.

So there you go… my advent coins for this year done… except it’s not exactly true because numpty Catherine sent the first bundle of coins (days 19-21) without a stamp on the parcel … so I had to make more!

These are the ones I made…

This time I went for a different look completely… I went with coins with a stencilled layer of stars and then layers of Fresco finish paints and alchemy paints. Then I chose three different ways to decorate them, but kept to the same colour and number stamps.

I added stamping to each coin using archival ink so each was different.

I used die cuts from the wreath builder dies and some stamped twigs.

I also used some Stamping magazine stamps for the holly and the little winter house. I added sequins for the holly berries and flock for the snowy roof.

Love how different they all came out. Looking forward to next years challenge (we are back to Twinchies and some have been made already! Yup I got organised ahead of time for once!)

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils

Advent coins 13 14 15

Thankful that I had prepared blog posts in advance since the last few weeks have been pretty horrific. Unfortunately, through the teenagers attendance at school, the hubby and I also contracted Covid and we got pretty poorly. Grateful that neither of us had problems with our breathing, however both have felt pretty unwell. We are both on the road to recovery now but energy is low and so fortunate to have most of the blog posts prepped in advance.

Today another three coins to share with you from the advent coins I made for the swap.

This time there are a few new styles to share…

The first one is an ink smooshed background and an embossed reindeer and bold black numbers.

The next is using the pointsetta stamp but against a splattered background. I embossed it and then used distress oxide and a water brush to add colour.

The final one is using fresco finish paints and a stencil for the background. Then I added the white embossing.

See you in another few days with the next set of coins.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils

Advent coins 10 11 12

Hello. Another three coins to share with you from my advent series.

Again there are some here that are similar to ones I’ve already shared with you in previous posts.

10 is like day 3 and 11 is similar to day 5 although more of the pointsetta stamped image is showing.

Day 12 I used fresco finish paints to create the background along with some stencilling but I added some different stamped images to ones I’ve used in this series of coins.

See you in a few days for a few more.

Happy crafting!

Catherine