American Crafts, Christmas journal, YouTube video

Christmas journalling… the pj’s! 15 minute challenge

Today I have another of the Journal with me pages in my Christmas journal. Once again I videoed the process so here is the Link.

I chose the busiest page in my journal where I had put down loads of scraps and then grabbed a whole load of supplies gifted to me during the advent coin swaps last year. Decided to journal the Christmas pj’s for last year, it was the first time we had even done matching pj’s, and hubby was far from impressed but went along with the fun despite a few moans!

I did the whole page in 15 mins inspired by the challenge over at Lollipop Box Club and it was good to push myself to make quick decisions. Even within the 15 mins I changed my mind quite a few times and faffed about with the eyelet setter for quite a while!

Love how this finished up with lots of layers and interest on the page and pleased how I used up lots of bits from the stash to make the page work.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Butterfly Bijou, Gelatos, Faber Castell, Ribbons, Wreath Builder

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge blog

Today I have another Design Team contribution for Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge. I made three mixed media tags and added the Wreath Builder die cut wreath and flowers and the die cut butterflies.

The tags were made from collaged bookpages using a technique I saw from Joie de Fi on YouTube. There was lots of sewing and then after cutting them to size, more seeing round the edges too.

I then added gelatos to the three tags in three different primary colours and added water and smudged them with my fingers.

Next I die cut three wreaths and flowers and some additional leaves from scraps of cardstock, and three butterflies from the Butterfly Bijou dsp.

I then layered them us and stuck them down and chose a quote sticker for each which I outlined with pen to help it show up against the book print.

I then splattered a glimmer ink to add shimmer all over the tag.

Absolutely delighted with these and the technique Joie has introduced me to. Absolutely going to be doing this again!

Hope you like my mixed media tags for this months die cut challenge… certainly a different way to use your die cuts against this simple to make and fun background.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Butterfly Bijou, Butterfly Brilliance, Crafters Companion

Stampin Up Sunday butterfly frame card

This week one of my friends at work left our team for a superb promotion. It’s been an emotional week, as whilst I am really proud of her and wish her well, I am going to miss working with her on a daily basis.

This is the card I made for her.

I decided to stamp the Butterfly Brilliance stamp onto some of the Butterfly dsp and die cut it. Then I used four of the butterflies to make this card.

I created a frame with the Petal Pink cardstock and the background using some very old embossed speciality paper I stumbled across in my stash. I then had two butterflies inside the frame and two on the top.

I gave the frame panel some splatters of white gesso and some shimmer ink to add some fun arty splashes and also inked up the edges using my distress oxides.

I chose a Crafters Companion stamp set for the sentiment and embossed it in gold and punched one end into a pennant. I then added the frame panel to a card made from soft sea foam which I had lightly inked around the edges.

Inside the card I added some strips of the dsp and cardstock I had cut into little pennants and inked and added a little die cut butterfly to finish off.

Really happy with how it came out.

Wishing Abbie all the best and know however much I will miss her, she is doing the right thing.

Entering this card into the feature a creature challenge at Dragonfly dreams challenge

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art by Marlene collage papers, Carabelle Studio, Ladybird book journal, Lollipop Box Kit, Ribbons, Washi tape

Double spread in my altered book

Yesterday I was meant to be tidying the craft room… but got distracted and ended up making a double page spread in my Things that make me smile altered book journal.

I used pages that were already decorated so it didn’t take too long to put this together, just the picture, some tissue paper and stickers most of which came from the Lollipop Box Club kit from Feb.

Love how chunky this journal is getting and need to work on flatter pages from now on or it will never close or fit on a shelf! Lol!

Love grabbing quick moments to get creative … but really do need to finish sorting out the mess!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Jar, Lots to celebrate, Paper Blooms, Pierced Blooms, YouTube video

Stampin Up Sunday… artist trading coins

This week for the Stampin up Sunday Post I am sharing the coins I made for this month over at UK Stampers Forum. I also have a Video showing how I made these.

Loved making the bouquets of flowers to sit in the vases. So cute!

Love these pierced blooms dies and the Lots to celebrate jar and punch (I can report for those that watch the video that I managed to fix the punch after I finished filming – phew!).

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art by Marlene collage papers, Junk Journal 2021, Masks/Stencils, Ribbons, Washi tape, YouTube video

Junk Journal Jan – March 2021

Today I did some finishing off on my junk journal and have actually completed the January to March signature.

Filmed a flip through which is here on my YouTube channel. I have a couple of pages however left to blog about so some of the video should be considered a sneak peek! Lol!

Anyway here are the pages I did today…

Firstly a simple page documenting my daughters 15th birthday with some pics I put on social media charting her growth into a beautiful young woman. I used the Art by Marlene collage paper as the backdrop and then some washi, an index card I cut up and some foam stickers and decided that was all I needed with all the pics.

Next a very plain page in comparison… some stencilling and washi tape and the photo on a flip out to hide the journalling… simple and works well with the brown paper page.

Finally the inside back cover which I had added a swap to and then some green spotty doily I also added the lacy trim to the edge with some very suspect sewing! Again let the pictures do all the work.

Looking forward to seeing whatbi can document for the next three months in the next signature!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Berry Blessings, Berry Delightful, Ladybird book journal, Oh So Ombre, Ribbons, Washi tape

Stampin Up Sunday Berry Blessings journal page

For today’s Stampin Up Sunday I added to the Ladybird Book Journal with a page which documents Maya Blackberry picking… and in turn my memories of blackberry picking with my grandad.

Of course I had to use the Berry Delightful dsp and the Berry Blessings stamps… I mean it was the perfect reason to use them!

I created a flip page and also added a slot for the hidden journalling.

I teamed the Berry Delightful papers with the Oh So Ombre papers as the colour match is perfect.

Love how this came together. Feel like I might need to raid the sticker stash for a few finishing touches, but this is how I’ve left it for now.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art by Marlene collage papers, Carabelle Studio, Happy Celebrations, Ladybird book journal, Lollipop Box Kit, Ribbons, Washi tape

Ladybird Book Journal… Happy mail

I am always super happy to receive Happy mail so I included some in this page in my Smile themed altered Lafybird Book journal…

I followed a couple of tutorials Lisa from Lollipop Box Kit had put on the patron group with pockets and faux stitching and incorporated them into these pages and then included tags and artwork from various swaps I’ve received over the years.

I also included the stamped Happy from Happy celebrations and the post stamp from Carrabelle to finish off the pages.

Happy crafting!

Catherine