Category Archives: Art and crafting styles

OSW pt3: Birds and Branches

Another day, another bundle of cards to share from the massive 21 card one sheet wonder that I did. This time it’s only a small set… just three cards.

What’s more all three of these have the smallest sections of the dsp on them… tiny inchies actually in the case of two of them!

So let’s start with the one which has the slightly bigger piece of dsp…

The background is actually an old Christmas themed one… but I think when it’s reverse and the snow is debossed it just looks like a cool texture.

I added a diecut circle and the sentiment and then the Bird from Birds and Branches. So cute!

Next 4 1×1 inch pieces of the dsp, one I turned so the pattern went a different way and then the Bird sitting on a branch. Love how these images stamp and looking forward to playing with them more.

Finally the two 1 inch squares of dsp and two circle stitched circles…

Love the speckled background I created using the Forever Fern set… after all I do love a splatter!

Think this may become an anniversary card once I find the right sentiment for it!

Ok… one more bundle of cards…. and of course it is the Forever Fern set. See you tomorrow to see those!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

OSW pt2: Jar of Flowers

Hi there… another of my One Sheet Wonder bundles of cards. This time the focal images were all using the Jar of Flowers stamps and the Jar punch!

I started by stamping three of the flower bundles onto whisper white twice … once using memento ink and the next time using archival in grey. This was because I wanted to use both promarkers and the stampin write markers to see the different looks I could get with the different mediums.

Then I also stamped another in Versamark for the tulip image.

I decided to use the solid cardstock for the Jar for the tulip one… it just looked right with a painted jar.

This rose one I also chose the solid colour jar… I loved the sketchy look I got with the colouring.

Both of these cards I embossed the background with the retired decorative dots embossing folder.

This is probably my least favourite of the flower bunches… I’m not entirely sure how to colour the flowers…

I chose very different approaches with the colouring on these cards… one bright and one pastel.

I do love the sunflowers image … but then I love sunflowers. I think I prefer the colouring on this second one though.

I decided against cutting it out or adding it to a jar for this one.

Both these I also embossed the background with the Woodland embossing folder. The second one I did it upside down to ended up trimming the card and mounting it onto some leftover cardstock.

And finally back to the rose image and my favourite of the cards I made in this bundle.

I love the delicate colouring, the single panel of dsp, the die cut circle nd the decorative dots embossing. Love it!

Again most of the cards I’ve left off a sentiment and will add one once I know what I am using them for. The hello sentiment came from the Forever Fern set.

Ok… tomorrow I’m going to share the smaller of the bundles of cards I made… the ones using Birds and Branches. See you tomorrow.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

OSW pt1: Waterfront

As promised when I shared the one sheet wonder full set last night, I’ve now got a post with one of the bundles I made using Waterfront stamps for the focal point.

I do love this stamp set and don’t use it nearly enough. I was so pleased to see it was still in the annual catalogue and hasn’t yet retired. Phew!

I haven’t added sentiments to most of these yet as I want to wait until I know what I am using them for. The hello one is from the Forever fern stamp set… such a lovely font for this sentiment.

The only card I added extra texture to was the Smoky Slate one where I used the Woodland embossing folder.

The ribbon I added was actually a gift from a friend. It’s the new In Color twill ribbon in Bumble Bee… isn’t that an adorable name for a colour!

Tomorrow will share set 2… using the Jar of Flowers stamps and punch… see you then! 😀

Happy crafting!

Catherine

One Sheet Wonder… thanks to Karamiasu

So as I’ve rejoined Stampin Up I’ve already made new friends in the SU teams that I’ve joined. One of which, Karen, did a Facebook live and then her YouTube video of her One Sheet Wonder and I of course had to join in…

First decision was which paper to use. I didn’t actually have any current 12 x 12 paper as it’s so long since I’ve bought papers at this size… I still have a massive stash to work through so trying not to go for papers when I buy (even though they are some lovely looking ones!).

So I plumped for a yellow (I think it is so saffron) old style dsp and chose the striped side.

I then hunted through my cardstock for colours that would work with this… again I have a mish mash of old colours and they aren’t labelled as to which colour they are.. so I chose a couple of different yellows and a couple of greens.

I then made card blanks in smoky slate, basic grey, white and a couple of yellow ones too to mix up the blanks a little.

Right next to the cutting… here is the template Karen made for us to use…

As you can see it’s quite fiddly with lots of small bits and you have to be quite methodical in which you cut. I advise watching her video for the best instructions.

Here is mine cut out…

I then started pairing the papers with the card and cutting them out with a small border. Most pieces were cut about one quarter inch bigger to give a sense of the size of border. I did each of the pieces that were one a card design as one colour of mounting cardstock to make sure they looked uniform.

Then I started putting them with the card blanks. I didn’t adhere anything … just put them together.

Next I grabbed my stamps and started stamping and colouring and punching and die cutting till I had enough focal images for each of the cards.

I also did the same with some of the left over cardstock to create some stitched circles as they always look nice as background.

Then I started putting them together.

Some I added texture with embossing folders. I know some I used are old ones and one wasn’t a SU one but just adding some texture helped step up the card. I also added ribbon and gems and pearls and enamel accents…. all to add texture and some embellishment.

So here is my pic of all I made… but I will group them into stamp group for the next few blogs to share them all properly… after all 21 cards is a lot to blog in one go!

Really loved this One Sheet Wonder play… looking forward to grabbing more of my old DSP and doing something similar with it.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy Planner monthly spread … almost a twinchie a day!

So as regular readers will know I have been using my happy planner for doing some weekly mixed media spreads… so I thought i would use the inspiration a friend Sheila provides with her inchie calendar and do the same for the monthly spread… but the size of the squares is not quite 2×2 inches… in fact it’s 1 and 7 eighths!

So I’ve been making almost twinchies every day… sometimes they mean or represent the day in some way, other times the are just scraps and fun bits of art.

So this was June.. Love how fun they all look together!

I’ve started on my July one doing the same thing.

Hope this is seen as a fun idea to someone!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy Planner spreads… change of month

So I did something a bit different for the end of June and beginning of July in my happy planner… I did two spreads…

This is what I did for the final days of July… and love these super shiny stamps as I embossed with a pearl finish before I stuck down the stamp centres.

And this is the after the pen…

And then for July I started on a whole new spread… but forgot to photograph before I had added pen…

Different in style for the two spreads but I like them both! And again the carabelle stamp stamp came in to it’s own!

And finally the after the pen for the previous week with the robots…

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Till roll canvas

This time I played with slightly more of the till roll and added it to a canvas I had added paint and stamping to…

I chose the piece with the girl on and the bird and then some random strips to add additional texture and contrast.

Love the bright colour of the canvas and how the till roll adhered nicely to the canvas board.

I added lots of mark making using the posca paint pens and then the sentiment sticker and some gem embellishments from an old Artful Days kit.

Really enjoyed this play on the canvas… it’s been a while since I’ve done anything like this.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Summer flowers ATCoins

So I decided to restart the actual coin swaps up again this month, and the theme I’ve chosen is summer flowers.

Here are my coins…

Bright paint and some stamping on the coin and some doodles with a posca pen, and then the Jar of Flowers stamps to create the focal images.

I used promarkers to colour the sunflower posy and then used some alpha stamps for the title.

Finished off with a bright enamel dot.

Love how these came out… Bright and summery!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Till roll play #2

So the till roll play I shared with you a few days ago continued… Three pieces were used for ATCs…

I added the goat image to the middle one, but the others I just added doodles and some stencilled words to finish them off.

The till roll panels did the rest of the work!

Another couple of projects to share but they will need to wait for another blog post.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Collaged till roll play

So my friend Chris has started me off on a new craze… collaged arty till roll! It’s such an interesting medium to play with as it’s quite strong and then when heat is applied it reacts to the heat and turns black… apart from where the collage medium has been applied.

Here is my first length I have created…

Apologies for the dodgy video but it was the best way I could think of showing it off.

This is a collage of some of the stills…

The collage materials I just pulled from my box of bits with little care and attention as to what they were… mainly focussed on thinner substrates though as the idea is to still be able to roll the till roll back up until ready to use it. I also included washi tapes I thought would be interesting too! So lots of strange and different pieces of printed materials going on. The stamps I just grabbed ones to hand and used a variety of inks as I didn’t know what would be best… so there are versafine, archival and oxides at play… all of which created different effects.

Once I rolled it back up you can see it’s got some interesting textures going on.

Anyway I decided to chop up this first length to be able to use it in some projects. The first project I used this section…

And added to to a large tag I had added paint and found object stamping to.

I added a little bit of additional doodling and then the wooden love title and decided this was done.

It was so nice to add this ready collaged and interesting piece onto the tag… Made it into something very different from anything I’ve made before.

I’ve got a few other projects I’ve made with this first strip which I will share over the next few days… but for now enjoy this mixed media tag!

Happy crafting!

Catherine