Category Archives: Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #18

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

Can’t believe we are already at week 18 in the year.  This week I grabbed Watercolor Wash as I had it on the desk already.  I use it to add a bit of fun to envelopes quite often and so it was out and about so I decided to use it for this challenge and see how I got on doing something a bit different.

I started with stamping a couple of pieces of white cardstock with the watercolour wash using Soft Sky ink.  Then I added some Hot Picks stamps with Lost Lagoon and Island Indigo.

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I then took some Bermuda Bay ink and gave the fish a little definition
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I then chose two different ways to finish the cards. ..
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A die cut and some copper acrylic ink to make a fathers day card.
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A stamped postcard and a die cut sentiment teamed with some flicks of the copper acrylic ink some trim and a fun clip. I also added some of the watercolour wash to the postcard using Sahara Sand.

Love both of these and definitely can’t see me getting rid of this background stamp.

Finished the envelopes too…
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Such an easy way to decorate a envelope.

Happy crafting!


Catherine

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Use them or Lose them #17 project 2

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

This week I am using the Oh So Lovely stamps and on Sunday I showcased them for a very clean and simple set of cards.  I did wonder as they are perfect for that style if I could use them for another style too… well I turned to a page in my dylusions journal and tried them out…
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The page had some wipe marks from another project.  I have no idea what stencil I had used but could clearly see a frame taking shape.
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I wiped some leftover Nougat fresco paint over the square to act as the base for the page.  Then took a stencil and added the pale green splodges of paint for two corners.

Then I found a framer stencil and placed that over the top and used some more fresco paint to part of this to add some definition and some brighter colour.

Then I added the flowers from the stamp set with only some partial stamping and using paint to stamp. I also stamped in the nougat over the bottom corner of the frame the hessian stamp.
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I brushed some Wisteria Wonder ink in the right hand corner and some island Indigo ink in the left hand top corner. Then I stamped the berry image in black archival and coloured the image in lightly with ink and water.
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Then used a piece of paper to add a line of shadow to the bottom right of the frame and doodled a frame for the Art with pen and then a brush and Indian ink.

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I chose the quote that worked for me at that moment looking at the image and then painted it with my brush and ink diamond ink.

A simple and quick page and yes I can make something with these stamps that isn’t clean and simple.

I knew it anyway though… These stamps are for keeps! Love them too much.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Use them or lose them #17 Oh so lovely

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

While I was thinking about the White space challenge over at Paperartsy I decided to grab the Oh so lovely stamps which are have often been my clean and simple go to choice… so decided to keep these cards as CAS as possible.

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All three of the floral stems used and stamped in black archival and then the hessian pattern stamp over stamped in a colour… Wisteria Wonder,  Pistachio Pudding and Poppy Parade. 

I then took a water brush and some ink to add a little solid colour wash to the images.  The sentiments were the Made for You stamp set.

Simple, clean, plenty of white space!

Ok as for the stamps are the lose them or keep them? For me they are keepers for now as I still love their elegant design and they make perfect CAS cards everytime.  Wonder if I can challenge myself to use them differently though later in the week or if CAS is all I can do with them?

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Use them or lose them #16 project #2

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use! This week I am playing with the Off the Grid background stamp and decided that I needed to see it in art journalling mode to see if changed my mind and became a must keep!

A few weeks ago I had some paint left on my palette from other play and decided to start adding it to a page that already had a fair amount of pattern and stuff applied!   I always add any bits that are leftover from other projects to random places in my journal and this had some paint, ink and glossy texture paste already applied through stencils.

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So I added some pink, lime green and pale blue paint.  None of these are expensive paints and all quite translucent which means that all the pattern and other colours are still very visible.  I have no idea at this stage where I am going with this but I am loving the colour and the patterns.

The next time I went to play I decided to make use of some scrap paper I had used underneath an ATC project and as a palette for my paints… I drew some rough circles on the interesting colours and patterns.
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Then I cut out the circles and started laying them out in the journal.
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Love the contrast between the page and the circles… gorgeous.

I decided it needed more though and decided that circles would be the enduring theme. At the same time as all this play the lovely Helen lost her Mum and this very much was on my mind as I played in the journal… and certainly made me choose the quote for the page.

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Anyway…. I smeared some gelatos in circles around the page and then added some gesso to them and created a few others with just gesso.
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More gelatos added and smeared around… then time to add some black.
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I used some Indian ink and a paintbrush to added the lines around the circles. Love the way this worked, even though it was scary that the black could go very wrong.

Next I added the Off the Grid stamp in archival randomly round the page.

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Next I added the paper circles and adhered them with matt medium. I felt they needed more definition so out came the Indian ink again.
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I added connecting circles and dots of the ink all around the page and then chose the quote.
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I first hand wrote the quote using a fountain pen and purple ink but it didn’t work well enough so back to the ink and paintbrush again.

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Love how this page came out and love the totally random way it developed. Love the grid contrast with the circles but still thinking that the stamp needs to go.

Well I suppose this is what this challenge is about … do I really need what I am trying out. And in this case even though I like it, no I don’t need this stamp.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Late edit… my friend Chris commented to me that she like the use of white space in this layout… which I hadn’t thought about at the time of posting. Now you might be looking at my layout and thinking where is the white space… well the entire background becomes the white space whilst the circles become the none white space …and guess what the current Paperartsy
blog theme is… yes white space… as Darcy reminded us in the explanation and example post, white space doesnt have to be white, or devoid of pattern! So I am linking this to the challenge over there as an example of non white and not thought through aka unintentional white space!

Use them or lose them #16 Off the Grid

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

This week I thought I would see where the small background stamp Off the Grid would take me.  I haven’t used this stamp anywhere near as much as I thought I would and no idea why.

I decided to build some backgrounds using it and some gelatos.

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The first lot of stamping was using Old Olive ink and then just started building up the gelatos in layers.

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A few different colours… and then some more stamping, this time using the gelatos to stamp with.

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I left this to dry and grabbed some Stampotique flowers I had stamped back in February when I was at Art from the Heart.  I coloured them with gelatos and cut them out.

I then added some silk thread and a sentiment and edged the panel and the Old Olive mount.  Perfect modern, fun and arty cards.

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So what do I think of the stamp? Well even though I love the results of this I could easily have used another background stamp and the grid stamp still doesn’t strike me as one I would grab time and time again (unlike dictionary or hand carved) so I think this might be going in the lose it pile.

Will give it one more play later this week and then decide for sure.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Use them or lose them re evaluation

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

A few weeks ago I was undecided about two stamp sets… hello doily and Bliss.  I wasn’t sure if they really needed to be kept or not.   As I felt like doing a journal page I decided to use these stamps within the journal and give them a re-evaluation!

I started with a double spread I had added grunge paste through a finnabair stencil on it.  Then stamped the Hello Doily a few times round the pages in Watering Can archival ink.

Once that was dry I chose some distress stains and added them but tried to leave some ‘white space’.  I struggle with white space when I do art journalling as I seem to want to add colour and pattern everywhere.  So I was pleased I remained restrained and left some of the page untouched.

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This was the page when the inks were still wet.  I had used Fossilised Amber, Cracked Pistachio and blue Lagoon distress stains.  Love the way the colours blend even without adding water. 

Once it was dry I added some stamping in Twisted Citron distress ink using the Bliss flourish I love so much.
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I also added the Bliss stamp used Peeled Paint. Again it was just for background and what I needed.
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Next I added some gesso to tone down the colour and add some more layers

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I kept this quite patchy as I didn’t want to get rid of too much colour.

I grabbed a stencil to add some more pattern in the background. It is very subtle but adds to the final finish.
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I decided I wanted a bit of spray ink so grabbed the Dylusions yellow spray and added a doily as a stencil and then the white over a squiggly stencil.
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Time to add some features and a title. It’s the butterfly from the Bliss which I stamped in the watering can archival in a set of three. I also added some washi tape. Then I decided it needed something else as a pop of colour… so out came the gelatos and some red and metallic green and yellow.

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I added the title using stamping and then a wooden word which I added the Pebeo Fantasy paint to. I did plenty of splattering in black and white and then added a little white paint on some of the raised texture.
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I also used another happy stamp randomly round the pages.
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Love how this came together and although not exactly as white space as I had wanted, I managed to not cover ever last millimetre with colour!

Now are these stamps for keeps or not? I’ve decided no matter how much I like this page I am going to add both stamp sets to the lose them pile as don’t imagine using them again.

Entering this into the challenge over at Anything but Cute as my Earth day themed challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

One sheet wonder time

Time for another attempt at using up the massive stash of paper… so time for another one sheet wonder.  This time I selected the one piece of International Bazaar dsp I had left.  I actually only like one side of this paper so know they will all be blue cards.  I also grabbed dome soft sky cardstock for mounts as I had some slightly damaged sheets.

I followed a Osw cutting guide I found on Pinterest.
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I started with this and created some mounts to go with it.
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Next I popped them with some card blanks into envelopes. This way I knew I had an easy project to pick up and run with when I wanted to! Why not try this yourselves? It makes life easy!

I got this fab set of Art Deco stamps with the Creative Stamping magazine and wanted to use them so that’s where I started with these cards… three with the same panel and same pieces of dsp and cardstock… but put together three different ways.
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Next I decided that I wanted to use the butterfly stamp…
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And the Bird stamp…
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The Bird stamp is actually a circle with the Bird and flowers but you can’t see it against the patterned paper and I only wanted to paper piece the Bird and flower onto white cardstock and colour them with the ink and water.

I kept on with the Bird stamp but on these chose to do the whole image.
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This was using raspberry ripple as the other colour.
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This was using Daffodil delight and a little but of calypso coral for the shading. This is my favourite of the stamped images I think.

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This one I used a different panel stamp and then repeated the sentiment to go with the border stamp.
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This one I used that fab corner stamp again.

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This was another of the larger images which I created a panel from and then also added the border stamp. On this picture it looks wonky but doesn’t in real life so not sure what happened there.
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Finally I let the sentiment take centre stage and added the pretty roses to one side fussy cut and the bouquet onto the card blank on the other.

Of course I had to do them some matching envelopes too…
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I must admit I love these stamps and so I am glad this OSW allowed me a good trial with them. Thinking that some stamping and heat embossing would be good for these stamps too.

Well it’s another piece of dsp used to good effect and another project completed. This year’s Use it up is going well!

Happy crafting!

Catherine