Design Team, Itty Bitty Greetings, Sizzix

DT: Happy Little Stampers – Anything goes with dies

Time for another design team contribution… this time it is for Happy Little Stampers and I created a card using dies. I was inspired by the Artist Trading Coins I made for this months swap and made a square landscape using the Sizzix dies.

After die cutting and assembling the scene (I used watercolour for the sky portion) I then die cut the panel as a whole using my stitched squares die…. this took a fair few passes through the machine as there are quite a few layers of green cardstock to make the hills… but it worked!

Then a simple sentiment and a button to embellish and some layers of card and paper for the cardfront.

Loved playing with these stitched landscape dies. Looking forward to seeing what dies others have been using this month over at the Blog challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Sizzix

“Landscape” ATCoin swaps

Hello!

Over on my Facebook swap group our theme for February is “Landscape” and I chose to play with some Sizzix dies I was gifted a long time ago by the lovely Mara but hadn’t really got around to using.

They are stitched landscape dies and this seemed like the perfect time to get them out to play!

The great news about using small dies like these and creating a landscape on such a small scale is I used lots of scraps of cardstock to create these little coins… so it felt like I was being thrifty too!

On each I alternated with the cardstock colours for the hills… and I wish I had used the stitched circle to cut out the complete circle so that the stitching continued round but never mind.

I chose a Paperartsy stamp for the sentiment that spoke to me … simply embossed in white on the bottom hill.

Then I used recycled die cuts to make the coin the right size …. and the brown frames the landscape perfectly!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress oxide ink, In the Pines, Joy, Peace & Joy, Pine Woods, Sheena Douglass Embossing Folders, Sizzix, Tim Holtz, Wreath Builder

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas dear blog readers… hope you have a lovely day, however you choose to enjoy it. Clearly we all have had very different years all year and Christmas will no doubt be a different experience too. However staying safe is the most important thing and we will get to party and spend time with our loved ones another time as long as we stay safe!

OK… onto the crafting… today I have the cards I made for the child and the hubby to share with you. As usual they were the last cards I’ve made… always left until the last minute!

The Princess got a pretty wreath card with peach and green colours and lots of white.

Hopefully you can see plenty of sparkle on the words too and a bit of soft wool for the bow.

The hubby also had word dies feature, but I went for a wintery scene instead…

I used lots of ink blending and splatter for the background and lots and lots of sparkle on the trees too.

Entering this card into the Stampin Up only challenge for Winter cards.

Really pleased with both cards and they incorporated my new obsession of die cutting which I have really taken to this past few months.

Anyway, thats all from today. Best wishes to you all.

Happy crafting & Merry Christmas!

Catherine

Claritystamps, Design Team, Peace & Joy, Sizzix, Tim Holtz

DT: CHNC: use the word Christmas

Almost at the big day… So time to get those last minute cards made.

Today I have my design team contribution for you for CHNC. Hazel’s challenge for this week was to use the word Christmas… not a challenge given its a Christmas card! Lol!

I used some making cards magazine patterned paper and used Magenta Madness to add a base and create strips on either side of the sentiment panel.

The sentiment panel I used a Claritystamps stamp and Versafine to get a good dark impression on the Soft Sea Foam cardstock. Then I decided to go funky and use my Tim Holtz moose die. I cut him from black twice and then added the extra elements using the leftover bits of magenta madness and soft sea foam.

I finished off with the little merry stamped image embossed onto black cardstock.

Really fun card and not too challenging to put together.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gummiapan, Lawn Fawn stamps, Masks/Stencils, Sizzix, YouTube video

More play Artist trading Coins

Hi… another coin video for you to see… and more for the theme of play as I got a little carried away and fancied making more!

So this time robots, spaceships and toy cars are the feature images and the colour scheme is blues and greens… I started with a masterboard.

And then die cut it and moved it onto the features.

Here are the finished articles…

Really cute! Love these so much and love the fact making a masterboard like this gives you the easy option of making multiples… and I also have an ATC background too to finish at another time.

So fun!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Distress oxide ink, Kim Dellow, Masks/Stencils, Sizzix, Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap

Two artist trading coins

Last night I had a spare hour whilst the hubby watched men kicking a ball up and down a field and the child was doing a similar activity in the garden with her friend so decided to make a couple of coins from some mountboard I had leftover on the desk.

I started with a piece of Tim Holtz tissue wrap and added that with a coat of gesso over it. Then I added distress oxides in Fossilized Amber, candied apple and peacock feathers.

Next I added some stamping using one of the Kim Dellow Paperartsy sets. Then chose to add versamark through a stencil … forgetting that the oxides would also grab the powder … but as I had no definite plan and was just creating a background I didn’t mind. The powder I chose was a mixed batch I have in a pot when I mixed a few colours together.

I then cut out the coins using the sizzix die… one moved slightly and it has a small flat bit on one side but not enough to matter!

Next I stamped and cut out the Kim Dellow flowers and also die cut some stems from black cardstock for in the background.

I coloured the flowers with the same colour of distress oxides as the background and then stuck them all down. I also added some highlights with a versamarker pen and added more embossing powder.

I then added the sentiments and decided I wanted to coat them completely in clear embossing to create a glazed tile effect. Three layers later I was happy with these… although they are difficult to photograph due to the shine and dimension.

A question about sealing your artwork came up on a facebook group I am a member of … this is by far my favourite way of doing it and it can completely transform the artwork, especially if there is dimension involved. Love it!

So another set to satisfy my new obsession for these little works of circular art. And don’t forget about the Facebook swap group …. there is still time to get your Light and Dark coins to me! Check it out here!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alcohol Inks, Artist Trading Coins, Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils, Petal Palette, Petals and more, Sizzix

Another Art coin

This artist trading coin was made because I had some yupo on my desk and fancied playing with alcohol inks. I made the background first and let it dry and then added texture paste through a stencil.

Once that was dry I die cut the circle and then added more of the ink and included the gold mixative. This created a fabulous rich finish.

I sanded back the texture a little to see if that made a difference to the numbers… it did but only a bit.

I added the sentiment sticker but then I decided to sew the yupo to a backing piece of cardstock to make sure it stuck well.

Once I had done this I added the die cut flower and then stamped and die cut the bird from the petals palette stamp set. I used oxides to stamp and colour the bird.

I love how this came out and enjoyed playing with my alcohol inks and combining the different textures. And that gold mixative is fabulous!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Hot Picks, Masks/Stencils, Sizzix

More Artist trading Coins for fun

Hello… I made two more ATCoins just for fun and inspiration for the swap group I have started. These were using some mountboard I had added some paint and stamping to for another project and thought why not make another couple of coins… after all I am slightly obsessed with them at the moment.

After creating the painty stencilled and stamped background I added the Paperartsy Hot Picks stamps using Versafine and clear embossing. Just love how the texture underneath the bird is still visible in places.

So these were so simple to make… and pretty much followed the way of making the previous ones but with a simple single image rather than collaging.

If you fancy having a go at making these Art coins and want to swap … pop along and join the group over at Facebook to find out more.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Deco art fluid acrylics, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Hot Picks, Masks/Stencils, Sizzix

Artist Trading Coins … a new swap group

So the crafting world has a new craze… Artist Trading coins! And of course I’m loving this new little canvas to art away on a mini round scale!

I made my first ones a couple of weeks ago (here is the post about them) and now find I am making more and more of them … just because! So I thought why not set up a Facebook swap group and see if others are interested in this too. Turns out I am not alone!

So the Artist Trading Coins UK swap group was born. The rules are make three coins each month to a theme (May’s theme is light and dark), send them to me with an SAE and I will send you three back from different artists. Sound like fun? If you fancy joining pop along to the group and ask to join!

So have I made mine for the month of May? Of course not… but here are some of the coins I have been making!

I added paint using a gelli plate and stencils to mountboard then cut them out using a die.

I then added doodling, stamping, splatters of paint and some black paint edging and then found some printed collage images and started layering them up.

Next I added sentiment and more doodling. Then I added Versamark and clear embossing over the whole coin and this gave it a fab finish.

I love how these came out…

Happy crafting!

Catherine