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

Beautiful Brocade, Birds and Branches, Birds and More, Chevron, Decorative Dots, Gorgeous Grunge, Honey Bee, Jar, Jar of Flowers, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Petal Palette, Petals and more, Ribbons, Studio Calico, Watercolor wings

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

Another month has passed so quickly… and it’s time to use up some patterned paper for Craftyhazelnuts challenge. I chose to do another one sheet wonder challenge.

I chose a graphic black and white paper and used the following template I had drawn up…

And I set to with the paper and black card to mat each layer.

Next I added some coloured cardstock as bases.

Then with white cardstock, ribbons from the stash and stamped images I made them up into fun cards.

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Stamps used… Watercolor wings, petal palette, Birds and Branches, jar of flowers, Honey Bee and Gorgeous grunge.

Also used coordinating dies for images where I had them and the accompanying dies for Petals and More and Birds and More for the added elements.

Love how these all came out!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alpaca Pals, Badass Chick, Darcy, Inchies and Twinchies, Mama Elephant, Promarkers, Letraset, Scalloped tag topper, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Washi tape

Heart embellishments

Another swap with hearts! This time I had to make six embellishments for the recipient to use either in a journal or on a card etc.

Here is what I made…

Clockwise from top left…

1. a ribbon and muslin combo with a stamped and gilded heart and a little gem.

2. Canvas stamp with inky collage.

3. Collage paper onto pink card with washi tape and a stamped heart and stamped sentiment.

4. Twinchie with patterned paper and a plastic tape with stamped and embossed glossy hearts.

5. A tag with stamping and collage elements.

6. Little card with stamped and coloured cat and balloon image.

Love how they all came out.

Entering these into the anything but a card challenge at Simon says stamp challenge blog

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Badass Chick, Inchies and Twinchies, Washi tape

Inchies for UK stampers forum

One more project for the heart 💜 filled month of February. This time inchies made for the UK stampers forum.

Used some patterned paper as the base, and then stamped the Badass stamp of two hearts onto them. I then added a strip of the navy washi tape.

I decided to add the sentiment (again a Badass stamp) and the little gem to finish off.

Love how the orange gem contrasts with the turquoise and blue inchies.

Entering these into the Anything but a card challenge at Simon says stamp challenge blog

So a simple project today.

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

Canvas and Mixed Media art, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Hot Picks

Mixed media Monday… another house project

Hi

Once again I gave the post a themed type of title … not sure if it will become a routine thing or not… let’s see shall we?

Well this particular Monday I am sharing a mixed media piece I made for the Mini Marvels house themed swap. I already made a couple of houses but then volunteered myself to make another project for a different recipient. This is what I made!

Both the back and the house pieces are made from chipboard and were in my box of Art Parts I’ve had for ages! I used the fabulous fresco finish paints to decorate them which lots of rough stamping to add texture.

I decided for the hole in the house to add some bookprint onto which I had stamped the paperartsy stamp.

Unlike the other houses I made I added some details to this house (a door and window) with doodles … I also added grass doodles to the background.

I decided to add emphasis to them by adding glossy accents and also to the triangle part of the roof and the centre of the flower.

I also really wanted to use the stamp for the title that is a Paperartsy HotPicks stamp. I stamped it on white and the cut it up so it would fit on the panel.

I decided to also paint the little easel stand so it coordinated.

I made sure that the back of the house and panel also looked decorated with bookprint and some paint.

So I am hoping the recipient likes the little panel and easel I made for her.

Must admit I am super happy with it!

Enyering this into the challenge at Creative Artiste

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Berry Delightful, Sweet Strawberry

UK stampers forum Artist trading coin swap

Well that was an odd 36 hours. Had my covid vaccine but the reaction to is was like a repeat of my covid experience in December on fast forward for 36 hours. No temperatures but instead a very painful arm and then all the other symptoms came and went over the time. Now, a couple of aches but otherwise back to how I was precovid vaccine… and hopefully full of lovely strong antibodies!

Thankful I had this post ready done as I didn’t manage to do anything at all yesterday.

I have three more artist trading coins to share with you this time using the Sweet Strawberry stamps and the Berry Delightful dsp…

I made these for the UK Stampers Forum swap. I added a piece of doily underneath and then stamped and fussy cut the pieces… I would have used the punch but I hadn’t got a large enough piece of card to fit all three on at once so just went for fussy cutting!

I also added the sentiment and then the little gems to finish off.

I went for a theme of the red gingham paper for all three swaps I made for the UK stampers forum swap … I’ll share the other things I made in a few days.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Bullet Journalling, Life... but not as we know it

Bujo/daily journalling

As a result of inspiration from a Facebook group and Terri Dudash I’m doing some daily journalling mixed with a bit of bullet journalling at the moment. Here are some shots of what I’ve done so far. To be honest some of it is also just adding random stuff in the book because I found it! But hopefully it may inspire you. Most of the journalling not private but a few bits I have just obscured for privacy reasons.

Today (the last page above) I am pretty much stuck in bed as a result of a reaction to my covid vaccine but did manage to do a little and find some stickers I wanted to use for tomorrow.

Enjoying this bit of creativity and mindfulness daily at the moment and obsessed with watching journalling YouTube videos too.

Enjoy!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Sizzix

“Landscape” ATCoin swaps

Hello!

Over on my Facebook swap group our theme for February is “Landscape” and I chose to play with some Sizzix dies I was gifted a long time ago by the lovely Mara but hadn’t really got around to using.

They are stitched landscape dies and this seemed like the perfect time to get them out to play!

The great news about using small dies like these and creating a landscape on such a small scale is I used lots of scraps of cardstock to create these little coins… so it felt like I was being thrifty too!

On each I alternated with the cardstock colours for the hills… and I wish I had used the stitched circle to cut out the complete circle so that the stitching continued round but never mind.

I chose a Paperartsy stamp for the sentiment that spoke to me … simply embossed in white on the bottom hill.

Then I used recycled die cuts to make the coin the right size …. and the brown frames the landscape perfectly!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Designer Series Paper, One Sheet Wonder OSW

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

Hello… February already! Wow!

So this month for Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge I have another one sheet wonder. This time it was based loosely on one that I found on Pinterest (Link) but I created my own version so it translated to inches.

Anyway here is what I made… 15 6×6 cards!

The paper was an old 12 x 12 dsp from SU I got in a kit from a class with Helen. I teamed it with a yellow and bright pink and Night of Navy cardstock and three stamp sets for the focal point.

Make a monster

From all of us

Over the Moon.

I coloured all the images using Promarkers. Some I fussy cut, some I cut into panels. I added embossing and die cut circles. I found ribbons from the stash and card candi to embellish and chose some sentiments either from the afore mentioned stamp sets or other retired stamp sets.

Love how double sided dsp allows you to get different looks but still just using the one OSW template.

The card I put forward for the patterned paper challenge was this one… partly because I love the colouring on the animals with it not attempting to be realistic and because it shows the fun pattern on the dsp!

Off to see what others have used for their patterned paper challenge for this month!

Happy crafting!

Catherine