Beautiful Brocade, Bitty Banner framelits, Bitty Banners, Butterfly, Chevron, Designer Series Paper, Dies, Honeycomb, Lacy Brocade, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Papillion Potpourri, Secret Garden, Secret Garden framelits, Stripes, Use them or Lose them, Watercolor wings

One sheet wonder … errrm three sheets

Part of the Use them or Lose them challenge of the year is to use some of the paper I have stashed. I have been trying to use stuff from the scraps box where possible to try and work through that but there is also the mountain of uncut 12 x 12 sheets of dsp so I decided to do a one sheet wonder type project… although ended up using three sheets of DSP so I could get some variety.

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I didn’t follow a osw cutting guide, instead headed over to Mojo Monday and followed a load of sketches from November and October 2015 to design the cards and cut everything up.  I added two sheets of Primrose Petals cardstock, one crumb cake and one wild wasabi plus a few bits and pieces of scrap cardstock that were hanging around the desk.

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Next I started assembling, embossing, die cutting and stamping… and ended up with 15 cards for the box at work!
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Love how these all came out.

Entering this into the Crafty hazelnut patterned paper monthly challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alphabet, Beautiful Brocade, Chevron, Decorative Dots, Embossing Folders, Lacy Brocade

Prepping for art journalling session… Watercolour effect backgrounds with embossing folders

Quite possibly my longest blog post title ever!  Just not sure how to describe the technique that tonight’s art journalling class are doing… So going for the say what we are doing kind of title!  He he!

So tonight, friends descend on my family room and I show them a mixed media technique or product and some pages I have done, and then they get to play.  It’s not exactly teaching … But they learn and I learn and we all have fun! 

This time I have three samples for them to look at and hopefully be inspired by… All were done using the same techniques.  It sort of became a use Distress inks different ways kind of thing! 



The idea is that you use embossing folders to stamp the ink onto the page, and as you have spritzed them with water before “stamping” they give a watercolour effect.  You add different colours to the folder in patches, and the distress inks blend nicely to give tonal effect.  You can use more than one embossing folder onto one panel and as they are generally transparent you can see where they need to go.  

Next step for the backgrounds is adding distress ink with cut and foam, or a distress tool.  This gives a nice blended edge.

Then, I did a full blended piece of cardstock as a panel too, to show how the colours blend and create different colours.  The figures are then using magazines for create an outline, and then turning it into a silhouette.  No need for buying a stencil and being stuck with the one body shape. 



I also added some stamped embellishments for the first two … Hearts that are ones that clever Darcy designed from her first sets of stamps… I adore these stamps! 

Oh and the titles/sentiments for the pages … All created in different ways.

Looking forward to seeing what colours and different patterns people choose.

Happy crafting! 

Catherine

Bliss, Butterfly, Chevron, Hip Hip Horrah!, Ribbons, Serene Silhouettes, Soho Subway

Colour my Monday! Lost Lagoon

Happy Monday!

Another of the In Colors for you… Yes it is time to go for a dip in …

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Love this colour! But I have to admit I didn’t end up using a lot of it for this card… But hey, that’s just the way it goes sometimes!

I actually started with the scrap of DSP which was from Soho Subway and then grabbed some bits and pieces that were leftovers from other projects… Like the piece of Strawberry Slush which had been punched out using the Chevron punch, then a circle from Basic Grey and some bakers twine. Finally time to add some Lost Lagoon… I used the Gorgeous Grunge stamps on the card blank, and overlapping some of the DSP, then I took some white linen cardstock and created the two other toppers… One using the Serene Silhouettes circle stamp and the other using a stamp from a card set.

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I then decided it needed some more pink in there so added in a little Bliss butterfly.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Butterfly, Chevron, Everything Eleanor, First Edition, Gorgeous Grunge, Happy Hour, I am me, Papillion Potpourri, Ribbons, Summer Smooches, Sunflower, Tea for Two, Word Window

Scrap box challenge

Does everyone have a problem using up scraps of paper, or throwing them away, or is it just me? My scrap box gets out of control quite quickly, so a few weeks ago I started to clear it out and use some of the bits that had accumulated and were too small to save, but needed using and not just recycling.

Here is batch number two of said cards!

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Bright and busy DSP lent itself to a simple card with the addition of a sentiment, a scrap of ribbon and the two cute butterflies!

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Some more chevron ribbon, a punched sentiment, and a lovely stamped and water coloured flower from the classy Everything Eleanor stamp set. Perfect.

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Another classy card. This time Four Frames to provide the sentiment frame, and a little bit of decoupage to finish off. Once again chevron ribbon is fab!

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Back to the modern look, some cocktails and some texture from the embossing folder. And a different ribbon this time… Some scrap red silky ribbon.

Finally something a bit different again…

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The Sunflower stamp, teamed with grungy papers and some print (First Edition) and the added splotches from Gorgeous Grunge. Fab!

Not bad for an hours play and using up scraps!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Chevron, Confetti Celebration, Thursday treasures, What's Up

Thursday Treasures! Prompt!

Hello hello hello!

This weeks Thursday Treasures is a prompt … And one I hope you will be inspired by…

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One of my favourite Disney animated films has to be Monsters Inc. I love the fluffiness of sully and the cuteness of Boo. So I knew that this would be the focus of the picture to scrap for this theme! What’s more this is in keeping with this weeks “finish it off” challenge as I was using the kits from Helen’s class last week. I also followed one of the samples she had provided… Although as usual went a little bit different!

So here was Helen’s inspiration …

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I used the Confetti Celebrations DSP and took her sketch and made this…

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I kept with Helen’s theme of doodling and using the circles too. For most of the doodling, and the journaling I used the white gel pen … I love this pen … With just a few bits of DSP with some black doodling, and the outline of the full page. I added the candi’s in coordinating colours, and some chevrons and arrow which I punched out using Helen’s chevron & What’s Up punches. I also used an punch of mine I’ve had for ages to punch the two strips of cardstock going vertically down the page to add some interest.

My favourite part of this layout however is the title which I made using lots of different stickers, letter tiles, and some punched words. Love the look of this type of title!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Chevron, Confetti Celebration, Dies, Martha Stewart punches, Pennant Parade, Pennant Punch

Second page from Helen’s class kit

On Wednesday night I made a start on another page, but didn’t finish it until last night. I used the Confetti Celebrations DSP kit from Helen’s class, and this layout was the sketch I started from … But mine ended up nothing like this!

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For a start Helen had designed the pages using retired papers, and we were using the new DSP for our kit. Plus as I wasn’t able to stay at the class I didn’t have the dimensions etc, or what Helen’s plans were for what papers… So I made it up, and then just merrily scrapped away until I was happy with my page!

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I used papers I had already cut into for yesterday’s page rather than going for new ones. The great thing about the SU papers being double sided is that you can get a different look from just one paper, and when designs are geometric like this, the way you place them can also change them.

I ended up adding a couple of different bits and pieces… I kept with the circles theme started on the previous page. I also added a punched border in the Basic Grey cardstock across the panel of papers using a Martha Stewart punch I hadn’t used for ages. I used some of the punched out chevrons from the fab Chevron punch I had used whilst at the beginning of the class… I do love this punch! In fact I need this punch!

I kept with Helen’s idea of doodling, so there were wiggly lines added for a lot of things. I added a little bit of bunting using the pennant punch and pennant parade stamps… Again something I’ve not used for a while! I also added some stickers from the stash and the Mickey Mouse heads … Think these little Mickey heads are going to be a wonderful purchase from eBay! Love them!

So hope you like what I did … I certainly do!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

ABC Sketch alphabet, Angled Tag, Artisan label, Banner Blast, Chevron, Heart to Heart, Hearts a Flutter, Label Love, Language of Love, Love you More, Thursday treasures

Thursday Treasures! Prompt time

Afternoon all! Time for a Thursday Treasures post!

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This weeks prompt I decided to tackle whilst at Helen’s crop a week or so ago. The great news about that was the ability to play with bits and pieces I don’t own myself and give them a good try out! This is exactly what this layout is full of!

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In fact the only thing I used on here that I own would be the Language of Love stamps and of course the paper and inks!

My magic had, of course, to come from Disney and I chose the moment caught on camera by the princess, of the hubby and I re-enacting the kiss in Sleeping Beauty in front of the fabulous stained glass window! Then I filled the page with lots and lots of hearts. Of Helen’s stock I used … Love you More, Hearts a Flutter, Heart to Heart punch and plenty of alpha stamps! I also used Label Love and the coordinating Artisan Label Punch to add the best friend label.

Love how this came out… Oh and I have forgotten to mention the last item of Helen’s that I used … The fabulous Angled Tag punch. Now when I saw these in the catalogue I wasn’t sure … Now I NEED this … So no doubt this will be added to another order soon! Lol!

Layout came from a page I pinned on Pinterest here. I am loving using Pinterest in this way. Makes me think differently about how I scrap pictures and I usually end up making more of an effort as a result!

Happy crafting!

Catherine