Category Archives: Undefined stamp carving

Emotion art journal page

One of the Facebook groups I am in has a monthly prompt for an art journal page… and this month it was use words and be about emotions.

Anxiety and depression are issues for me and the last month has been challenging with anxiety in particular… so this tip in in my Dylusions art journal was perfect to work on as the wiped off background of black gesso was just right as the base for my page.

I added some stamping and some handwritten words in black in the background. Then stencilled the word Fear along the bottom. I created the panel using a handcarved stamp I made a few years ago and stamped it in different colours and embossed a couple too to create a crowd and then inked it up with a few muted distress inks.

I added the panel and then the chit chat words to finish off the title. Then my favourite embellishment of the moment… black enamel accents! The return to sender tag at the top was already on but it worked with the page so it got to stay!

A simple but good page and a nice bit of therapy for me too!

Entering this into the Creative Artiste Mixed Media blog challenge of anything mixed media.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Random ATC catch ups… 271-275

Here are some ATCs I made using different techniques and bits and pieces off the desk…. I filmed what I was upto… And originally this was for a swap but I missed the deadline for joining in… ah well never mind! Still 5 more in the bag for my 365 challenge! 

This first one is a distress oxide background and watercolouring.

Next up…. distress ink on gesso and some embossing…

Then there is … A doodles background and then a die cut to finish off.

And then a painted background and some magazine collage.

And finally … lots of texture and an inky coloured flower stamp.

So five very different pieces of art and another five for the challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Bits and Bobs Box challenge (247-253)

So I decided to challenge myself to using stuff from the bits and bobs box which I keep next to my desk. I put in the bits and pieces I’ve been using and want to save, part finished projects or things that people have gifted me in a swap.  Sofilmed the process of going through the bits and bobs box and came up with a few projects.

This is what I ended up making… 

I have to admit it isn’t the shortest video but hopefully you can see how easy it is to come up with something from relative nothing in a short space of time and just adding a few mediums and some imagination. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Sparkle simply ATC #221

Another ATC to share with you. This was a doodles background I made with spectrum noir pencils. I added some book print and stencilled the black circles. I then added my handcarved stamp girl who I coloured with inks. I then added a generous amount of sparkle and a flower embellishment and of course the title!

Finished off with a sponged edge. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Sparkling fairy ATC 171

Another ATC to share with you today… must admit my rate of production of ATCs has slowed of late but know I am well ahead of schedule so not worried about meeting the challenge. It has been good to vary the projects a little more instead. 

Anyway that aside today’s project is the fairy atc above…. and it’s another YouTube video. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Mail art fun

After the mail art swap for Mini Marvels I got a bit of a bug for decorating envelopes and sending random happy mail.  The response from people getting these random pieces of prettiness through the mail has really made me so happy!

So I started playing with paint on another 4 envelopes and kept them all similar although none are identical obviously.

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Here is the back of the envelope.  I used the fresco finish paints and the Lin Brown woodcut stamps from Paperartsy.  I also used some stencils which are the Emma Godfrey ones.

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Love the colours and the different layers of pattern and colour.

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This is the front of the envelope.  Again plenty of colour and pattern and texture and the swirl stamp is one I cut myself which works well as a background.

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Think I might use a little bit of white paper for the address to make sure it is readable for postie and add a little message for the recipient’s on the back.
Loved this free experimentation with paint and stamps over the couple of nights I did these.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Handcarved stamps

Today was a bit of a write off. Two hours sleep does not a happy crafter make. Plus another trip to the doctors for an increase in my medication. All of which resulted in me heading back to bed for the day and pretty much staying there. So much for an empty house and getting back into the craft room.

I didn’t completely waste the day however as I managed to sort some of my pc files out and blog hop and carved a couple more stamps to go with the others I made new years eve.

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Wonder if you can work out the project I am planning to make with these?

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy new year! Introducing the Use them or lose them challenge!

So it is a new year and time for me to clean up my act… well tidy up the craft room at least!  In the last few months my health has not been at its best and I did some thinking about my crafting.  I was struggling to create as I was getting overloaded and have decided to do have a little resort and sense check.

I am guilty of buying new crafting supplies and not really making full use of them.  I am guilty of buying new crafting supplies and then never using them through inertia or lack of inspiration.  No more.  I also have supplies I no longer love or am unlikely to use again. 

So 2016 is the Use them or Lose them year.  I’m going to work through stamp sets to decide if I love them or not and then if they make the grade for staying, so be it. 
I’m also going to start using that massive stash of paper up… If I can’t see a use for it it will not get to stay in my craft room.  Same with dies and embossing folders and any other supplies hanging around.

Anything I can sell, I will.  This way I can reinvest in new supplies…. but only if I can genuinely see why I NEED them.

So who else is like this??? Please tell me I am not alone.  Is anyone else going to join me in the decluttering mission of the year? 

I am also NOT going to join any other challenges with the intention of finishing them… It never happens and then I feel disappointed… so if I never intend to finish them in the first place, disappointment isn’t possible!  I have my circle journal and crafting with friends to keep me going instead. Oh and one more little secret thing going on I can’t tell you about yet! (He he he… you will have to wait for this!).

I didn’t manage to keep to my ‘resolution’ of not buying any tree stamps … Wonderland stamps were my downfall! Nor the one about not buying any christmas paper … blaming the class and commissioned cards for that though and used most of the paper up on paid for projects so think that could be excused.

Going to try my best to try those resolutions again this year… but know full well I will struggle!

Anyways today’s craft is related to a challenge i aim to join in with every december and never manage to… #carvedecember where Julie Fei-fan Balzar inspires us to carve stamps! So last night I finally made a few stamps carved from scraps which will come in handy for a project I have in planning!

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The second I made a typical stamp carving mess…
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Deliberate error to do it the correct way round which means it is actually the wrong way when stamped.

So rescue job…
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Well of a sort!

I then made a few more from the last scraps.
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So with the least successful crafting post of the year done with nice and early it’s time to get back on with the decorating of the princess’ bedroom before spending the rest of the day with the parents.

Happy crafting!

Catherine