Alcohol Inks, Art Alchemy paints, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Ellen Vargo, Emma Godfrey, Honey Bee, In Bloom, Kim Dellow, Lin Brown, Love you More, Oh So Ombre, Pierced Blooms, Raggy Dolls, Ribbons, Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap, Washi tape, YouTube video

Mixed media Monday ATC flipbooks

I decided to make some cute ATC flipbooks for my raggy doll sisters as a little treat to send through the post. It took me a few different sessions to put these together so bear with me with the many pics of the process.

Session 1…

I started with ATC cut from amazon packaging and made lots of layers of paint, paper and stamping.

I used a lot of different supplies and had lots of fun creating these (there are 8 of us in the group so I made one for me to keep too!).

Next I made page two …

Side one (awaiting finishing touches) and side two…

Again it was fun to just play with supplies I had to hand and make some cute ATCs.

Next session I played with alcohol inks on slightly shiny card and created these cards… after playing with the alcohol ink, I stamped and embossed a grungy background stamp from the stash, added back washi and then stamped the Bee onto some French bookprint.

The reverse I used the same alcohol ink but more of a blended finish and added some stamped leaves, die cut flowers and a sentiment with a fun resin centre for each of the flowers.

I also worked on the back card which I also made from corrugated card and added more of the neon pink paint.

This time I added it after adding some Tim Holtz tissue wrap with matt medium and also added some black gesso round the edge. I then used some art alchemy paint in black for some sparkle (it doesn’t really show in the photos unfortunately). I then used black gesso to paint the wooden Love word and glued them into place and added a sparkly gem and some dots of black enamel to finish off. They were still drying in the picture so not the best pics but you get the idea.

I kept the back really simple with scrapbook scrap paper and a stamped and sticker date. I later signed my name but that didn’t make it to the photo archive! Also the odd one out here was the one for me as I ran out of the paper I had been using for the rest!

I did add a couple more pages but didn’t photo them whilst unattached … plus included little messages for my friends. I did however make a little flip through video and share it on YouTube.

Then I punched the top of each card with my cropadile and used a colourful book ring to fix them together.

I then went mad with ribbon scraps adding little colourful bits of trim to each of them… here they all are on my floor ready for packing.

I hope you liked this little project, I certainly had lots of fun making them and thinking lovely thoughts about my friends, whom I got to know 10 years ago this year.

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

Elenazinski, Happy Celebrations, Paper Blooms, Picture perfect birthday, Pierced Blooms, Scalloped tag topper

Stampin Up Sunday … Happy 15th Birthday Maya

Today is the 15th birthday of my baby girl! Boy do I feel old!

Anyway it’s a day for her (yes I know everyone else is doing mothering Sunday but mine has been postponed for a week!)… and so of course todays blog is her birthday card.

It was mainly SU products… admittedly the paper is saleabration so no longer available, not are the sentiments… but I think it still qualifies! 😄

I went a bit overboard but love how it came out! Paper Blooms dsp, Soft sea foam, Petal Pink and seaside spray cardstock all layered up with a bit of embossing and Pierced Blooms dies.

I added the Happy Celebrations stamping, some letter stickers for her name and foam stickers for the 15.

The focal image was from a Making Cards magazine that I thought worked nicely. Then finished off with pearls and some wink of Stella and a glossy accents on the crown.

Inside the card I used the off cuts of the dsp and stamped a sentiment from an old stamp set (Picture perfect birthday) which I thought worked well, and added more die cuts.

I ended up having to make an envelope as I didn’t have any big enough (it’s a 7×7 card). So I used some of the dsp, and leftover card. I stamped her name and then cut out the large flower from a piece of leftover dsp.

I also made a coordinating tag for on her gift…

So happy birthday to my gorgeous princess Maya xxx

Entering the card into the Use an Embossing Folder challenge at Just us Girls

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Forever Flourishing, Masks/Stencils, Pierced Blooms, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, True Love

Stampin Up Sunday… true love, pierced blooms and a stencil

Hi there blog readers.

Today’s Stampin up Sunday blog post is the card I made for my cousins 50th birthday. I had to go pink, although I chose a peachy pink rather than a bold pink, as she is definitely a fan of the pinks. I wanted to use the True Love dsp flowers and also combine with die cut greens and a bit of mixed media.

I started with the stencil which is an Aall and Create one and used a blending tool to add the ink through. I then used gloss gel through the stencil so it would be raised and glossy.

Then I fussy cut two floral elements from the paper and coloured them using Stampin Blends. I decided to then add leaves which I had die cut already … both Pierced Blooms dies and Forever Greenery … to create a really fun and very dimensional element on two diagonal corners of the circle stencilled element.

Next I chose a sentiment. This was from a retired stamp set and used the same colour ink as the stencilled background. I edged the panel and then cut a vellum mat for it.

I adhered this so it nestled into the other elements and then finished off with the Pastel Pearls.

Super happy with the finished card, and hope my big cus liked it too.

Entering the flowers challenge at Challenge up your life

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Fancy Phrases, Gummiapan, Pierced Blooms, Ribbons

Tag Thursday… pierced blooms and grunge

Today for Tag Thursday I actually have a video showing how I made this tag which is for UK stampers forum.

I contrasted the Pierced blooms dies with the grungy background. Love how it turned out!

Such fun to make and those dies are fabulous! Love them!

And that gummiapan is one of my favourite background stamps ever!

Entering this into the challenge of flowers at Challenge up your life

Happy crafting!

Catherine

In Bloom, Pierced Blooms

Tag Thursday… Pierced blooms tags

Hi… well these tags were actually my first play with both the Pierced Blooms dies and also the In Bloom stamps and I made them a few weeks ago, but they only went out of my house yesterday and wanted them to be received before I blogged about them.

I used some white card which I had on the desk from other projects to create the tags, hence the difference in sizes… it was just what was to hand! Of course I used the Scalloped Tag Topper punch to create them!

Then I went to town die cutting the flowers and leaves using all sorts of scraps from off the desk and the piles of bits and pieces I saved for die cutting tiny bits from!

Once I had a decent stash of bits to work with I chose some of the tiny stamps in the set to create backgrounds on the white tags using colours I thought would work with the colours in the die cuts.

Then I created the cluster of flowers and leaves and glued them into place.

Next I chose a sentiment (from the Waterfront stamp set) that worked for the reason I was making these (for my zoom crafting friends) and stamped that and then cut up the sentiment into little strips. I edged each strip and then adhered them down. I love doing this with stamps so I can place the sentiment in different places.

Finally I finished with wink of Stella which I added to each of the flower centres.

Love how they turned out… they did need some ribbon to finish them off but forgot to photograph them at this point so you are missing that on the pics!

Still not sure if Tag Thursday will be a weekly thing or just random throughout the year… we will have to see how I get on?

And now for a slice of life as its been a few days since I included one in a blog… well sleep has not been good the past week with two terrible nights of very little sleep, not good when it’s busy at work and I have to be alive and use my brain! I am also super obsessed still with journalling … a bit of bujo and a lot of making junk journal signatures and I’ve started filling my first one. I’m also currently obsessed with Ms. Paper Lover on You Tube and could watch her create all day!

In other news I’m trying my hardest to reduce calorie intake but still enjoy my food…. mixed results on how well I am doing with it to be honest, but happy that I am at least trying even if not always succeeding!

That’s it for now folks. Thanks for reading my blogs. I really appreciate it.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Pierced Blooms, Stitched framelits, Venetian Romance, YouTube video

Projects half done: Venetian Romance and… pierced blooms

Hi … how are we all?

Well it was another day of work today… and the first day of term for another odd term of home learning for the teenager. I sincerely hope the exams in 2022 still take into account the amount of time forced out of the classroom. But now is not the time to worry about these things and instead live each day as it comes!

Thought I would quickly also share with you my word of the year … I think it is appropriate given the current world situation.

SMILE.

Yes smile is my word of the year because I think it is an important and magical thing to do. Just think… you can change your mood by smiling, and that of others around you. Plus when smiling you don’t put food in your mouth so it might help with my plan to make healthier food choices! 🤣🤣🤣

Anyways… that’s my glimpse of life for now… onto the craft sharing… I have a project I worked on on Sunday… last chance to craft before work started and desk had to be converted back to work desk! And it was a project I uncovered during the big clear up that was a half planned one sheet wonder!

I must have cut this and started it either late October or early November but then got sidetracked with Christmas projects and covid!

So I decided to scrap the idea of one sheet wonder in the traditional sense and just use a few pieces to make a couple of cards… in fact these two cards…

I videoed the process (link) for those that fancy watching and listening to my waffling. I used the pierced blooms die cuts i had cut the other day and added those using the Melon Mambo for the flowers, rich razzleberry for the centres and Pretty Peacock for the leaves.

The sentiment I chose from the Lots of Love stamp set.

Finished off with the gems.

Simple and pretty cards… love the pop of pink against the coastal cabana card and paper. And plenty more of that paper left so no doubt there will be more Project half done posts to come!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

In Bloom, Pierced Blooms

Happy New Year!

Dear blog readers, thank you for joining me for a new year of crafting and sharing creativity at my blog.

Well it has indeed become a new year, although I suspect it will feel very similar to the end of last year for a few months at least. But I live in hope. I live in hope of hugs, social gatherings and travelling. But for now I am going to use my word of the year to keep me going … SMILE. Smiles can do so much… they are infectious and can clear away clouds. Magic! So even if we have to hide them behind masks, smiles will work for ourselves too and people can see smiles in our eyes… so I am going to keep smiling even when I think I don’t want to … and I suspect magic will happen and I will start to feel like smiling!

OK… so after that ramble… yesterday I played with new goodies and videoed it… link

I made the following card and wanted to share it on my blog too.

I used the new (released 5 Jan) In Bloom bundle … first the stamps for the background and then the Pierced Blooms dies for the additional focal images.

Love how it turned out.

Happy crafting!

Catherine