Artist Trading Coins, Avery Elle, Dylusions spray inks, Forever Flourishing, Lawn Fawn, Lawn Fawn stamps, Neocolors II, Pierced Blooms, Very Versailles, Washi tape

Artist trading coins… pink

This month the theme for my ATCoin swap is PINK.

I decided to just start layering up pink colours on my coins and see where I got to with it… no plan!

As you can see I also added black and white to my pink themed coins.

I started with coins cut from packaging so gave them a coat of gesso. Then added neocolours and water, followed by stamping in a different shade of pink. Then patterned paper which I added the neocolours to. I punched part of a circle out of cardstock I had coloured with dylusions inks in pink and purple.

I had a hunt in the box of used foreign stamps and found three in different shades of pink. I also added washi strips too. I didn’t mind that I was mixing different shades and tones of pink… it all worked together.

I hunted in the box where I keep die cut scraps and found flowers and leaves I could also use.

Then I finished off with the hugs die cut (lawn fawn) and the friend stamp (avery elle) and the pink coloured pearls.

Super happy with these pink coins!

Hope that the recipients like them too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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

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, Lollipop Box Kit, Washi tape

Junk journal 2021… covid vaccine

This week I am actually off to the hospital for my 2nd jab tomorrow, but I did actually document the first jab in my 2021 junk journal.

I did this page quite quickly with the photos from the day and using the Lollipop Box Club kit from Feb…

I also added some bits of washi I had been sent on a swap, but I had kept for the purpose of using them on a page at some point… I love keeping bits and pieces like this and then finding a use for them.

I added some journalling on the back of the bits I added into the pocket I made from a kit bag. These include the not so pleasant side effects I ended up with from the vaccine…but I still was so happy to be getting the vaccine and to become part of the solution to moving on with our lives!

Now fingers crossed the 2nd jab doesn’t cause too many side effects tomorrow.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art by Marlene collage papers, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Ladybird book journal, Lollipop Box Kit, Washi tape

Coffee page in my Ladybird book journal

Today I am sharing the page I made in my Smile themed junk journal…. and it is based on coffee! After all coffee definitely helps bring a smile to my face every day!

I used Art by Marlene collage papers alongside the Lollipop Box Club kit for February 2021. And the coffee stamped image is a really old SU set I got rid of many years ago but still had one stamped image left which was perfect for adding to this page.

I had fun with adding paint and doodles and stickers… basically a lovely chilled out 20 mins creating the page.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas journal, Lollipop Box Kit, Ribbons, UK trips junk journal, Washi tape

Craftanoon with Lisa

I joined Lisa (Lollipop Box Club) for a Sunday afternoon craftalong on zoom and did three pages whilst people chatted and shared what they were upto. It was great fun. Lisa gave us two challenges…

Challenge 1

The first one was a 30 min challenge where we had to use something bin worthy, 2 circles, have 3 places to journal and use no more than 4 colours (excluding black and white).

We were given 10 mins to grab stash and decide on our project. I went for my latest junk journal made with lots of different random papers off the desk in which I’ve decided to document trips in the UK. I grabbed papers and bits from the last Lollipop Box Club kit … including a scrap of fabric that otherwise would have ended up in the bin as too small to use.

I die cut circles from the paper, layered up the tissue and some papers onto the page… my colours were blue, green, yellow and Kraft.

I loved creating the two pockets for journalling tags… the small one and the large tag.

I hadn’t quite finished the tag decorating and journalling when the 30 mins was up but by the time we got to sharing it was all completely finished… and the glue on the sequins was dry! Result!

Challenge 2

The 2nd challenge was a sketch provided by Korrieanncreations with some added bits… use string, stripes, stickers, staples.

For this I worked in my Christmas themed journal and documented my daughters first Christmas Dinner.

I didn’t quite follow the sketch exact… I didn’t add the bottom left cluster but loved what I did create. I also added the journalling into a little pocket on the left hand side which was extra. Love how the crochet trim from another page still works with this page too.

Finally… a third page just created whilst chatting…

This was back in the UK trip junk journal and again used bits from the last lollipop box club kit… I love those cameras on the paper… perfect for capturing the story of my daughter taking this picture.

All in all a lovely afternoon. So pleased I joined as I was close to chickening out as I didn’t know anyone but it was all friendly and felt really comfortable in everyone’s company.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Butterfly Bijou, Butterfly Brilliance, Ribbons, Washi tape

Tag Thursday UK stampers forum tag swap

Today for Tag Thursday I have the tag I made for this months swap at UK stampers forum.

I used the lovely Butterfly Bouquet suite… and made my tag from a few layers of the Crumb Cake cardstock.

I was actually making a few things using these papers and stamps at the time so it seemed sensible to make this tag at the same time.

I used the stamp on the background along with Vintage photo distress ink. Then added some splatters using the Gorgeous Grunge stamps and Calypso Coral ink. Next a little bit of stencilling using an old Tim Holtz stencil.

Them I added the strips of the paper and the bookprint and stitched it with my sewing machine… to be honest my sewing machine started having a little hissy fit making this tag so it’s a good job I was going for the grungey look!

I then added the washi tape and the stamped and die cut butterfly, before sewing round the edge, and inking the edges.

I then adhered it to another piece of Crumb Cake that I cut to size and also inked.

Finally a bit of ribbon from the scraps basket and called this done!

Entering this into the Wi ged things challenge at International art and soul

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alcohol Inks, Art Alchemy paints, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Ellen Vargo, Emma Godfrey, Honey Bee, In Bloom, Kim Dellow, Lin Brown, Love you More, Oh So Ombre, Pierced Blooms, Raggy Dolls, Ribbons, Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap, Washi tape, YouTube video

Mixed media Monday ATC flipbooks

I decided to make some cute ATC flipbooks for my raggy doll sisters as a little treat to send through the post. It took me a few different sessions to put these together so bear with me with the many pics of the process.

Session 1…

I started with ATC cut from amazon packaging and made lots of layers of paint, paper and stamping.

I used a lot of different supplies and had lots of fun creating these (there are 8 of us in the group so I made one for me to keep too!).

Next I made page two …

Side one (awaiting finishing touches) and side two…

Again it was fun to just play with supplies I had to hand and make some cute ATCs.

Next session I played with alcohol inks on slightly shiny card and created these cards… after playing with the alcohol ink, I stamped and embossed a grungy background stamp from the stash, added back washi and then stamped the Bee onto some French bookprint.

The reverse I used the same alcohol ink but more of a blended finish and added some stamped leaves, die cut flowers and a sentiment with a fun resin centre for each of the flowers.

I also worked on the back card which I also made from corrugated card and added more of the neon pink paint.

This time I added it after adding some Tim Holtz tissue wrap with matt medium and also added some black gesso round the edge. I then used some art alchemy paint in black for some sparkle (it doesn’t really show in the photos unfortunately). I then used black gesso to paint the wooden Love word and glued them into place and added a sparkly gem and some dots of black enamel to finish off. They were still drying in the picture so not the best pics but you get the idea.

I kept the back really simple with scrapbook scrap paper and a stamped and sticker date. I later signed my name but that didn’t make it to the photo archive! Also the odd one out here was the one for me as I ran out of the paper I had been using for the rest!

I did add a couple more pages but didn’t photo them whilst unattached … plus included little messages for my friends. I did however make a little flip through video and share it on YouTube.

Then I punched the top of each card with my cropadile and used a colourful book ring to fix them together.

I then went mad with ribbon scraps adding little colourful bits of trim to each of them… here they all are on my floor ready for packing.

I hope you liked this little project, I certainly had lots of fun making them and thinking lovely thoughts about my friends, whom I got to know 10 years ago this year.

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, Carabelle Studio, Ladybird book journal, Lollipop Box Kit, Ribbons, Washi tape

Double spread in my altered book

Yesterday I was meant to be tidying the craft room… but got distracted and ended up making a double page spread in my Things that make me smile altered book journal.

I used pages that were already decorated so it didn’t take too long to put this together, just the picture, some tissue paper and stickers most of which came from the Lollipop Box Club kit from Feb.

Love how chunky this journal is getting and need to work on flatter pages from now on or it will never close or fit on a shelf! Lol!

Love grabbing quick moments to get creative … but really do need to finish sorting out the mess!

Happy crafting!

Catherine