Category Archives: Mixed media products

Steampunk and Alice ATCs

Today I am sharing the ATCs I made for last month’s Artful ATC group swap.

I actually made these twice as the first pair got lost in the post. These second versions however I prefer as they seemed to work better the second time. The theme was Steampunk or Alice and I made one for each theme.

I decided to play with gilding for the steampunk ones and a playing card and die cut for the Alice one.

Lots of fun!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Stampin Up sunday: Bird and Branches inchies

This week I have an odd thing to share with you for my stampin up Sunday post… six inchies using the flower stamp from Birds and Branches.

I made these for a swap at UK stampers and as I haven’t got any other SU projects on that I can share I figured why not share these for the Stampin Up Sunday.

I painted the inchies I’d cut from thick cardboard using my fresco finish paints and then stamped the flower using black versafine ink.

Next I stamped them again in Calypso Coral, die cut them with the coordinating dies and used some old flower brads to embellish before sticking them to the inchies.

Not my usual style but fun inchies nonetheless. And a different stampin up Sunday for me to share!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Autumn Leaves artist trading coins

Today I have the coins I made for the swap I organise on Facebook. This month the theme is Autumn Leaves…

I had a hunt through the stash and found these fab metal leaves from an old Artful Days Goodie box.

I took three precut coins and gave them a coat of paint using mudsplat and autumn fire. I also stamped onto them using mudsplat to give a textured background.

Next I stamped in flitter glu the swirl from timeless textures and added gilding flakes. I love the effect this gives of a mottled metal.

Next I added the leaves with some linen thread. Then finished off with the sentiment stamped in fired brick distress ink.

As the leaves are so cool I didn’t think it needed much else.

Entering this into the autumn mood challenge at Challenge up your life and the anything mixed media challenge at Creative artiste challenge blog

Happy crafting!

Catherine

One sheet wonder part 4 pointsetta

Final installment for my one sheet wonder I’ve been sharing this week… and it was time to grab a flower stamp… the pointsetta from an old Creative Stamping magazine set to create the focal point.

All of them I chose the green 5×7 card base and the white background panel I embossed two of them to give them texture.

I coloured the flower using my promarkers and kept the colouring simple and in blocks as it is quite a graphic image. I also added a layer of wink of Stella over the flower part to give it some shimmer, but it doesn’t show in the photos!

I again raided the ribbon stash for some scraps of ribbon and added enamel dots for the embellishment.

The sentiment I chose the Clarity stamp Merry and the Peace and Joy Christmas to mix it up a bit.

Love how they came out…

Card 12:

Card 13:

Card 14: entering this into the embossing challenge at Dream valley challenges

So that’s all 14 cards shared over the past few days…

I did make one variation to the template

I added a strip from number 5 to number 14 as it wasn’t working with the 4 strips on card 5. Otherwise the template worked well. Especially with the larger 5×7 card blanks. Imagine it would be different again with different size card blanks.

So wonder if anyone else wants to join in and use this template… if so please let me see what you make as I love how different these cards can turn out!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

One sheet wonder part 2… cute animals

Following on from yesterday’s one sheet wonder explanation I have four more cards to share… the ones using old Making Cards magazine images which I coloured using promarkers.

I love these images and have the stamp set, but they are a lot smaller images than these printed ones. Decided as the card blanks were 5×7 they could cope with the larger focal images so went with the printed ones.

As with yesterday’s I added embossed panels, sewing, sequin stars or enamel dots and the Tim Holtz sentiments. I also added some really pretty trim I found in the stash that I think worked perfectly with the papers and images.

Card 5: entering this into the Christmas animals theme at Christmas 24 challenge

Card 6:

Card 7: entering this in the My time to craft embossing challenge.

Card 8: entering this into the Christmas animals challenge at Christmas craft creations blog

Aren’t those animals wearing jumpers the cutest?

Will be back again tomorrow with some more made for the same OSW project.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Under the sea artist trading coins

Last month the theme for my swap was Under the Sea but I was very last minute getting my swaps sorted… I made them on Monday! Ooops! Well they were just in time for the deadline!

I used some indigo Blu stamps I’ve had for a while.

I created a blue background using three colours of fresco finish paints and stamped one of the shell stamps in the background but it is barely visible. I then stamped the bubbles image using white embossing and the seaweed stamp using the Seth Apter Baked Texture embossing powder.

Next I stamped and embossed the seahorses onto kraft card stock and fussy cut them out, then I stamped the sentiment onto some spare card and cut them out.

I die cut the coins and layered up the elements. I then sanded the edge to lighten the colour and frame the coins.

Love how these turned out.

Now this month the theme for the coin swap is Autumn Leaves and I must not be so late this month in my makes! Anyone UK based fancy joining the swap join our group on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/188698838620167/?ref=share

Anyway… here they are…

Entering these into the atc challenge over at Happy Little Stampershttp://happylittlestampers.blogspot.com/2020/07/design-team-call-all-teams-for-2021.html?m=1

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Complimentary colours postcard

This month Alison challenged us to use complimentary colours for our postcard. So I decided to play with blue and orange for mine and got the Fresco finish paints out to play. Admittedly the blue I chose has a green hue to it but I consider it a blue nonetheless!

I used the crackle glaze and some scrapinec pieces for the main layers and then the Magnolia Blooms for the focal point.

The background panel also used the Birch stamp.

Lots of fun to play with paints. No real plan in mind, just playing!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy birthday Mum

It was my mum’s birthday on Saturday… we were meant to be going out to celebrate but the new quarantine for those coming from Spain has meant they are now self isolating for a fortnight… unluckily they arrived back in the UK just 24 hours too late to avoid it!

Anyways I did drop off this card for her and we will celebrate a little belatedly in a couple of weeks.

This card started as a colouring in exercise … a bit of mindfulness …

I stamped the Magnolia Blooms main image several times using different inks onto the whisper white cardstock…

Then using my promarkers I coloured a few in…

I decided the bottom colour scheme would be perfect for a card for Mum… so created a full 5×5 square of the images and coloured them all in.

I chose some coloured cardstock from the stash and some vellum and rose gold foiled cardstock to create some layers. I embossed the bottom layer and the top square using the Pinewood planks folder.

I then die cut the foliage from the Birds and More dies from the foiled card and added a die cut panel from the Everything is Rosy suite. I also added some of the rose gold mirrored dots.

Inside the card I used the Happy Wishes stamp for the greeting.

I also created a panel on the envelope too.

Love how this came together. I know that this particular stamp set isn’t available to buy anymore but there is a gorgeous Magnolia set in the catalogue that would work, or any floral stamps to create something similar.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Stampin Up Sunday… from all of us

Last weekend I grabbed some time to do some colouring experiments with a new stamp set I’d had delivered … From all of us. I thought this was a super cute image and it’s quite a large focal image so good to get some colouring practice on.

I grabbed some whisper white and some watercolour card and stamped it using a variety of inks to try some different effects…

And then I had a colouring spree…

Oddly the one I chose to play with first and make into something was the splodgy mess one…

I had made a right old mess on this and wasn’t entirely sure if I could rescue it. Well the monkey I decided was beyond rescue but the ostrich, bear and bird (toucan?) seemed like they might be worth salvaging.

A few colouring pencils came out to strengthen the lines and features… then chop with the trimmer… outline the edge and mount on white…

Yup… happy with this one!

I found the patterned paper in the stash and mounted it on green with the green stamped sentiment cut at angles…

All in all it made this a quirky and fun card! So pleased I persevered.

It’s a good value red rubber stamp set this one… only ¬£20 for the 8 stamps in the set… and can’t wait to see what I do with the rest of the coloured images…. not sure they will end up looking as funky as this one! If you fancy this stamp set just let me know and I can order it for you… inkyfingeredcat@yahoo.com

Entering this into the Watercolour challenge at Vintage journey

Happy crafting!

Catherine