American Crafts, Festival of Prints, Junk Journal 2021, Masks/Stencils, Ribbons, Tis the Season

Junk Journalling- Christmas journal

A few weeks ago I made a signature for a junk journal as a Christmas journal. No rules for what I’m putting in it… except Christmas stuff!

So I used American Crafts and Making Cards magazine papers and some watercolour paper for the signature. I videoed making the signature in case you are interested.

Well I’ve now made a page and used a couple of pics of me from New Years Eve 2020 and part of a Christmas card I received.

I added the photos and bits of journalling tucked behind the Christmas card… and some embellishments made using gloss gel through a stencil onto the green paper.

Really happy with the finished page. I did video it again so feel free to go and see how it came together.

Entering this into the “red” challenge at Academy Scrap Art

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alpaca Pals, Festival of Prints, Print Poetry

Postcard art swap

This month the theme at Postcard art swap was “red” so I created this postcard.

I used scraps of paper and painted cardstock that I adhered across the postcard base.

I edged the panel with black archival and then also distressed the top with some archival too to blend the background a little more.

Then I added the flower image (Alpaca Pals) which I stamped first onto the base and then also stamped and embossed onto the black cardstock and fussy cut out.

I added black wink of Stella to the flowers and called it done!

Simple and effective and a good use of scraps… think that’s three projects this month using scraps like this as a background.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alpaca Pals, Festival of Prints, Print Poetry

Bird and scraps ATC

I made this ATC using similar technique to the tag I shared yesterday… in fact the same stack of scraps was used.

I did however change it up quite a lot by coating the Whole ATC with the scraps and then blending distress ink over the top to change the colour.

Then I added one horizontal strip, along with some shimmery wallpaper scrap to give the bird something to sit on.

The bird is a new to me Alpaca Pals stamp which I embossed and then coloured using distress inks and water.

Really love how cute that bird is and can’t wait to use it again.

This ATC was a gift for someone I am doing a swap with called scrap my stash… we send each other a pile of our scraps and in return they send an ATC made using the scraps. Looking forward to seeing what they do with my scraps and what I get to play with in return.

Will no doubt blog what we do later this month.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art by Marlene, Festival of Prints, Print Poetry

Decorated tag for UK Stampers Forum swap

Almost every month I join in with the swap of a decorated tag over at UK stampers forum and this month I’ve decided to join in again.

I grabbed lots of strips of scrap paper that were sitting on my desk to coat a tag. They happened to have come from the Christmas papers but weren’t overtly Christmas designs so work for anytime of year.

Once glued down I scraped some gesso down the centre and as it’s old gesso it’s gone quite thick so perfect for stamping into as it holds the shape well. I used a random text stamp from an old magazine set.

Next I stamped the Art by Marlene beach hut stamp onto a panel of cardstock and added that to the front of the tag using dimensional tape.

I coloured elements of the stamp with my water colour pencils and added glossy accents to the roof to add more dimension.

I then added an Art by Marlene sticker as the title and doodled round it.

I finished the tag with black archival ink on the edge and some scraps of ribbon and twine through the top.

Love how this came out and pleased I could use up some of the off cuts that were on my desk for this tag.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Festival of Prints, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inchies and Twinchies

Two inchie swaps from December

With all the advent cardmaking posts I didn’t remember to blog about these two inchie collection swaps I made… winter and Christmas.

Both of them were made in November actually but not sent until December.

For the winter one I used some strips of patterned paper to add to the background and used paints to add splashes and colour. Then I heat embossed images in white and black to finish them off. I like how two inages spread across a couple of inchies.

The Christmas one I used patterned paper as the base for each of them and either added a Christmas themed brad, a white heat embossed present image or a black stamped image.

Both sets are very different in style but love them both.

Happy crafting!

Catherine