Butterfly, Butterfly Bijou, Butterfly Brilliance, Butterfly journal, Masks/Stencils, Ribbons, Swallowtail, Washi tape

Butterfly themed journal craftalong

I did a fun craftalong with some friends recently where we made butterfly themed handmade journals. I decided to use mine to document my Brave the Shave event and hair regrowth in 2019, alongside a little of my friends stories about breast cancer.

Here is how far I have got with decorating it and filling it so far. Still got many stories to tell but for now I am pleased with how much I have managed to do on this project.

I used the already sold out Butterfly Bijou dsp, alongside vintage papers, random papers, index cards, colouring book pages, washi, vellum, doilies … basically anything that was around whilst I was playing got thrown in the mix.

Some pages I have just added little collages to and not added documenting which I love to add interest, especially as this is a bittersweet story to document… both a celebration of success and loss for my two friends who have had to face breast cancer along with the story of my shave journey which I am so proud of what I achieved through a simple but brave act.

If anyone fancies seeing the hair disappear there is a speedy version on youtube. Enjoy!

Will share future projects in this journal as they happen… keep your eyes peeled!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Badass Chick, Masks/Stencils

Mixed media Monday Collage masterboard #1

Today I have another You Tube video for you. This time making a collage masterboard for a swap. For this one I used fun bright papers, mixed with bookprint and then stamping and stencilling to finish off.

There is another one to share but made it separately so you’ll have to wait to see that one! 😉

Also the ones I have received are great. Amazing how everyone approaches it differently and you can learn from others art.

I have no idea what we will be using these for so looking forward to find out! Got to wait to the end of the month to find out though!

Edit… actually I do know what we used one for… chopping up and making some bits from it and sending back to the artist… such fun!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Butterfly Bijou, Butterfly Brilliance, Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils, Ribbons, Washi tape

Tag Thursday… more butterfly tags

Today is a little similar to last week in that I am sharing a butterfly themed tag (well three of them) … and they are very similar to last weeks in design but are actually the tags I made for three friends who joined me for an online craftalong last week….

Crumb Cake base, Butterfly Brilliance stamps, Butterfly Bijou dsp, Gorgeous Grunge stamping and washi tape… perfect fun and slightly grungy tags. Didn’t go full on Grunge as the idea is they can go in their journals and so may not fit with their style if I went too far to grungy in the design of these. Love them!

Really need to play with the stamps and dies more for this set. Unfortunately the dsp sold out so almost wishing I had hoarded it more!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Junk Journal 2021, Masks/Stencils, Ribbons, Washi tape, YouTube video

Junk journalling- Christmas journal

Hi there … I’ve somehow posted this earlier when I hadn’t linked up the video so posting it again now… sorry for the repeat project!

Another page added to my homemade Christmas journal. Again I went with a photo from 2020, this time 29th December, when we went for a walk in the snow.

I went for lots of texture with the stencilling and the crochet trim, lace and washi.

Super happy with it!

I added journalling behind the picture and on the tag.

If you fancy seeing how I made it and hearing my rambles, check out the YouTube process video.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art by Marlene collage papers, Junk Journal 2021, Masks/Stencils, Ribbons, Washi tape, YouTube video

Junk Journal Jan – March 2021

Today I did some finishing off on my junk journal and have actually completed the January to March signature.

Filmed a flip through which is here on my YouTube channel. I have a couple of pages however left to blog about so some of the video should be considered a sneak peek! Lol!

Anyway here are the pages I did today…

Firstly a simple page documenting my daughters 15th birthday with some pics I put on social media charting her growth into a beautiful young woman. I used the Art by Marlene collage paper as the backdrop and then some washi, an index card I cut up and some foam stickers and decided that was all I needed with all the pics.

Next a very plain page in comparison… some stencilling and washi tape and the photo on a flip out to hide the journalling… simple and works well with the brown paper page.

Finally the inside back cover which I had added a swap to and then some green spotty doily I also added the lacy trim to the edge with some very suspect sewing! Again let the pictures do all the work.

Looking forward to seeing whatbi can document for the next three months in the next signature!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Deco art fluid acrylics, Elenazinski, Family Journalling, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils, Washi tape

Mixed Media Monday: Family journalling

Yes I have indeed started another journal, although this was one I bought which has really narrow notebooks in it. I chose the one with blank pages to start on (there are lined and grid page notebooks too) and decided to make it into a journal for adding pages about family members… and started with the youngest member of the family… my youngest great nephew, Hugo, born November 2020.

I have yet to meet him (or indeed my youngest niece who is 2) so I am reliant on photos I am sent or see on Facebook etc.

Decided to mainly use the soft green cloud paper I had cut into for another project and other papers on the desk along with the cute journalling card which I created into a flip so I could put some journalling behind it.

The Welcome sign was cut from some packaging I had on the desk and the heart stencilled piece was a Gelli print I made earlier in the day for another project but decided not to use … decided it was perfect for adding to this page, along with the wipe off from my brayer.

I stamped Hugo using some large alpha stamps from Paperartsy and love how that came out.

On the circles I punched and added, I also punched and added hearts and then used glossy accents to make them into dimensional embellishments and went to town with doodled lines etc.

Quite a quick page to put together and good that most of it was using up stash off the desk so required no new items or papers and pleased I could add in a bit of mixed media too with the Gelli print etc.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Animal Stories, Masks/Stencils

Welcome little Penelope

My lovely friend and hairdresser Robyn, gave birth to the beautiful little Penelope a few weeks ago. Of course I am super jealous I can’t go and get my fill of baby cuddles, but I did drop round a card and a present to welcome the new arrival.

Here is the card I made…

I used a really old stamp set which I have kept for the cute animals which make fab baby cards. This time I chose to use the giraffe. I used Petal Pink cardstock and added some inking through a flower stencil, then used white for the focal image panel and gave it a vellum mat to soften the edges.

Love how cute this is.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Elenazinski, Junk Journal 2021, Lollipop Box Kit, Masks/Stencils, Washi tape

Junk Journal 2021 … a couple of pages

I’ve got a few pages in my junk journal for 2021 to share with you.

First up a page documenting a trip to the new office. Admittedly it was only a quick visit to reception to collect a new laptop but still it was my first real visit inside and I love how modern and posh it looked. Lookong forward to the day when we can get in there to actually work for the day and use all the facilities.

I took two pics and got them printed off and created the flip up to fit both pics and the journalling. Used lots of bits of papers I had in the box of bits, plus some bits I received in the post that day (the yellow ombre was a card I received, the brown was part of an envelope).

Next up a simple page documenting the new logo for my blog… well why the heck not?

Love these very different but fun pages.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Forever Flourishing, Masks/Stencils, Pierced Blooms, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, True Love

Stampin Up Sunday… true love, pierced blooms and a stencil

Hi there blog readers.

Today’s Stampin up Sunday blog post is the card I made for my cousins 50th birthday. I had to go pink, although I chose a peachy pink rather than a bold pink, as she is definitely a fan of the pinks. I wanted to use the True Love dsp flowers and also combine with die cut greens and a bit of mixed media.

I started with the stencil which is an Aall and Create one and used a blending tool to add the ink through. I then used gloss gel through the stencil so it would be raised and glossy.

Then I fussy cut two floral elements from the paper and coloured them using Stampin Blends. I decided to then add leaves which I had die cut already … both Pierced Blooms dies and Forever Greenery … to create a really fun and very dimensional element on two diagonal corners of the circle stencilled element.

Next I chose a sentiment. This was from a retired stamp set and used the same colour ink as the stencilled background. I edged the panel and then cut a vellum mat for it.

I adhered this so it nestled into the other elements and then finished off with the Pastel Pearls.

Super happy with the finished card, and hope my big cus liked it too.

Entering the flowers challenge at Challenge up your life

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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