Category Archives: Random Crafts

Index card a day … isolation distraction

So the reality is that my craft desk is now my work desk so suspect there will be less crafting going on for the next few weeks but to keep my creative side satisfied I decided to do an index card every work day just using supplies that are to hand.

Here are the first 5 I made…

All made with papers I had cleared off the desk to make room for the laptop and a few random bits off the shelves.

Fun and a small creative outlet just to keep my mind sane.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

We will remember postcard

This postcard is a bit different from my usual makes as it features very little in the way of papercrafting.

The theme for this month’s swap is poppies and I bought the commemoration tea towel from the supermarket with its beautiful poppies all over it. I didn’t need another tea towel though so decided to use the tea towel and cut it apart!

I then stitched round the poppy and added seed beads to the centre before glueing to the Hessian and adhering that to the postcard I had cut.

I then added the title using alpha stamps and decided that this textural card was exactly what I needed.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Finishing off last month’s atcs 151 – 153

I thought I should just do a post with so the random atcs left to blog from last month…. So here goes.

This is a painted background and then some bits and pieces from the desk … pretty butterflies! 

Another pretty butterfly sticker and a background that has lots of layers of ink and paper and paint … pretty.

A picture from the Artful Days goodie box plus some bits from other swaps. Also love the moody background piece using distress oxides which is an offcut from another project.

Right I think that’s all the random bits from March finished off. 

And three more for the challenge. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Raggy doll house number 5! 

Another day… another house and card to share! 

The house got a bit of a whitewash type finish but with some purple undertones. The snow is the glass bead gel and Glitter sprinkles.  I then drew on the windows and doors. This one got a little porch at the front too! 

Righto… the card! 

I chose the brighter colours of the paints… amethyst and bora bora . .. and swiped them and printed them using another piece of paper.  That paper then became the tag for the topper. 

Back to the background… I added iridescent medium through a stencil and also some of the Darcy snowflakes.

The house and the card both had a bit of sari scraps ribbon added to them to link the two of them. 

Another lovely house and enjoyed making this one too…. three more to make now!  Come back tomorrow to see another one! 

Happy crafting !

Catherine 

Raggy doll Christmas house #1

For the next few days I will be sharing the houses I made for my raggy doll sisters and their Christmas cards! 

One of the girls, Lynn, had a massive wooden stamp changeover. She took a large selection of Stampin Up wood mounted stamps and removed them from their wooden blocks so she could store more of them in the same space… as a result ended up with many wooden blocks that needed repurpossing! 

We came up with the idea of turning them into little houses and next thing we knew we all had blocks sent to us for us to make Christmas houses for each other as Christmas presents.

So this is the first post sharing what I did with the wooden blocks. 

I gessoed and then stuck together blocks using a hot glue gun into ‘house’ configurations. Then painted all of them with the same combination of paints and with some book print onto some sides too. 

This house was the first I finished and is closest to the Base painting that I did. For the roof on this one I got some sturdy card and used hi tack glue to secure it and then used some paperclay to fill in the gap underneath. Once this was dry I added more gesso and then a layer of glass beads gel and sprinkled it with Glitter whilst it was still wet. 
I drew the windows and doors and doodled on the house a little with white paint pen too. 

I thought it needed something else so I added the painted hessian star to the top to finish off! 

It was as this had been finished that I then decided to make a card for each of the recipients to match their house. I can’t tell you whose this is as the house and card are wrapped up ready for opening on Christmas day! 

So for this one I took the same paint colours and made a background using some of the techniques from the Seth Apter day I went on in September. I used snowflake stamps and the sentiment from a magazine set and the stars were done using a stencil. 

The bottom piece was created from the palette I used to create the background layer and the above picture is when I was waiting for the glass beads gel to dry.

Once the glass beads gel was dry I added more doodles and then the bottom piece on top with some foam pads to give some more dimension. 

Love how this came together and looks so good with the little house to match too! 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Hunkydory card

Yes you read that right… I made something using Hunkydory supplies! 

I got given some supplies by a friend who was clearing ssome space in her stash and they have sat in my stash ever since. 

Well I decided to make something from it … or add it to the get rid pile. 

I also added a little bit of punchinella and some cute little embellishments. 

Now I admit I am not properly hating this, although it is far from my usual style, so I can see I might use some of the stash I have to make similarly pretty cards. 

It’s amazing what you find in the stash when you try to have a clear out! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

DT: Craft your passion: chicken sign

Hi there  

Decided to make something a bit different for my Craft your passion design team contribution.  BECCYS PLACE are sponsoring the challenge and I used a set that I already owned to create my little sign.

I printed the silhouette panel with the sentiment on black card. I then added distress stains and some water. I love the way they blend and splashed out. Once dry I mounted it onto the black cardstock. I then made a little fabric sign with some scruffy machine sewing and a little coffee stirrer. To then ensure that the chicken family stand out I added some gold highlights.  

And here it is on the wall in my craft room. Love this little bright and fun banner. 

Pop over to the blog to see what others have got up to this week. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine