Artful Days Goodie Box

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge 

Hello! My how quickly that first month of 2018 flew past! And the first of the month means another challenge over at Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blogfor me to make my design team contribution to.

Just like last month I decided to use magazine freebie papers and images to do this and came up with two Valentine’s cards.

I added Scrapinec laser cut embellishments from an Artful Days Goodie Box, some ribbon to add texture and the stamped and embossed sentiment from an old Stampin Up set, Good Greetings.

Love these images and papers. So cute!

So now it’s time to go over to the blog and check out what my fellow design team have been up to with their patterned paper stash!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Deco art fluid acrylics, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Gorjuss, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Promarkers, Letraset, Sky's the Limit, Spectrum noir pencils, Tim Holtz, Trish Latimer

My favourites of 2017 pt 1

I see these little videos on YouTube with people celebrating their favourite supplies of the year… of course they are all affiliated so not entirely sure how much I trust their judgements so instead I thought I would share my favourites of 2017! 

Of course I couldn’t not mention ATCs given this year has been all about these small works of art.  I challenged myself to create 365 in the year and I exceeded the challenge by a long shot. 

I’ve made mixed media 3d cards, hand drawn cards, stamped cards and even pocket letters! I’ve participated in swaps all over the world and made most of my Christmas cards using ATCs as the toppers.  So my favourite artworks of the year…

I think these stick in my mind as favourites… so in no particular order…

Fairy cards

Halloween pocket letter

Work of art 

Alphabet ATCs

Hearts

Gorjuss girls

Seaside

I could go on… there were after all over 400 to choose from! So for now this will do. 

So my favourite supplies for making ATCs are… pretty much anything I can grab quickly and smaller sized stamps. 

Hope you enjoyed this little refresher on my ATC journey. 

Will be back with another favourites list of 2017 tomorrow if I get a chance.

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Artful Days Goodie Box, Paperartsy Emma Godfrey, Ribbons

Feeling the love!

Today I have three anniversary cards I made when I needed a bit of no thinking craft time last night. I grabbed a paper pack that came with a magazine quite some time ago and decided to make some cut and stick cards. 

I started by cutting the background papers into 5.25 x 5.25 squares and mounting them on some kraft cardstock I had rescued from an old scrapbook I was getting rid of. 

Then I mounted the inages on the same cardstock and then used the left over bits for the strips in the background. I then added a few embellishments from the stash to finish them off. 

The first one uses some heart satin trim I got in a swap … nice to find a use for it.  I used the same stamped sentiment from the Paperartsy Emma Godfrey set for all and heat embossed in a rich burgundy colour.

The next uses a similar satin trim. I also used a Scrapinec laser cut chipboard embellishment I found in the stash. I added wink of Stella to it to give it some shine.

The final one has another Scrapinec laser cut chipboard embellishment and a Hessian tag which was in an Artful Days Goodie box a while ago. 

Love how simple these were to pull together. Exactly what my frazzled brain needed. 

I’ve still got a few of the images and some of the background papers left so think I may still have some more cards to make from this… and it was only half of the pack as the other half has different designs… ah well maybe another day! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Deco art fluid acrylics, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils, Postscript

Playing with paint cards

I really needed some painty time last week so I took some spare cardstock and started playing. 

I mainly used decoarts fluid acrylic and Americana paints. I added the paint with sponges and a gelli plate and then a paint brush. I then used a stencil too. 

I love all of the different layers I created. I also added some stamping with Postscript background stamp.

Next I added some sparkle using the Art Alchemy sparks paint.  Then I cut it into two panels for card topper backgrounds.


I then decided that I would raid the Artful Days goodie box and assemble some cards. 

The first one I used a metal embellishment and a paper flower and leaf.  Then some stickers and a heat embossed stamped sentiment.

The second one I added a wooden circle and some flowers and sequins.  I also added the heat embossed sentiment too. 

Love how these came out. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Promarkers, Letraset

Countdown to Christmas ATCs pt 15

Today I have some different types of ATCs for my Christmas card topper challenge. 

I wanted to create some full on textural 3d ATCs. I started with a sheet of cardstock and created a fun background using some rich coloured fresco finish paints… mahogany, chocolate pudding, Bourganvillia and guacamole. I also added some of the Art Alchemy Sparks paint which is a green gold colour (fairy wings). 

With layers of colour down I added some stencilling and some doodling and plenty of splats of the Sparks paint and some gesso too to add some more white.

I just love all the details… 

Then it was time to cut it up into the ATC panels…. it’s always a breath holding moment when I do this to a piece of background I love so much.

But now there are six beautiful bits of art to play with! 

I had a rummage through my Artful Days Goodie box supplies and hunted out a few things to play with… starting with the frames.

But although there are clearly two different types of frame going on I still wanted them all to look different so chose different ways of finishing them off. 

1. Frantage frame and Angel

I used lots of layers on the frame of frantage. I find it so annoying to use this stuff as it tends to blow away with the heat tool so creates a lot of mess on my desk… but I love the result. I added the gold Angel hair and then the Tim Holtz die cut (from a piece of card I wiped off the paints on whilst working on the background).  I added some gesso to the resin angel and then sprinkled some of the frantage on that too.  Finished off with edging it with brown ink.

2. Mahogany circle wreath

This one I decided to use the small circle frame and keep it simple so gave it a coat of the mahogany paint. I then die cut the deer and the little bits of greenery out of some cardstock I had wiped my brush off when creating the background. I edged the deer with brown ink though to give it a little more definition and then added the sentiment using a stamp.

3. Feathers and gems

The next one I wanted add a soft feather. I decided to jazz the circle frame up a little and added gold embossing to the dictionary print I had stamped on it once the initial coat of mahogany paint was dry. Then I added the feather and gems and the little Tim Holtz sticker to finish. 

4. Tree and glitz

For this frame I added lots and lots of the Sparks paint on top of a coat of mahogany and it is super sparkly. As a result I kept the rest of it fairly simple. I painted the tree die cut with a mix of the green patina paint, guacamole and the Sparks paint to provide a fun finish.  I edged the Tim Holtz sticker with Inktense pencil to add depth too.

5. Winter Friends squirrel

I had to dig out my favourite stamps of the year and add in a squirrel for this one. 

I rotated the ATC to make it landscape and added the angel hair along one edge and added the frame at an angle. The frame I added lots of layers of paint and sanded it back. This created a really mottled distressed finish. I coloured my squirrel with promarkers and gave him a generous coat of wink of Stella to finish.  Again I used Inktense to add depth and shadow round the sentiment sticker.

6. No frame star

For the last one I decided against using the last circle frame and instead chose to use a wooden star as the main element. I painted it with chalk paint and then lightly added the Sparks paint and stamped a timeless textures stamp in mahogany lightly. I then also embossed some tiny gold dots onto it. I layered it up with some Angel hair.

Then I decided to die cut some holly leaves from a scrap of card I had painted with the green patina and the Sparks paint. These worked perfectly to surround the sentiment. Again Inktense pencil added some shading.

Super happy with these very 3d ATCs. These are not likely to get posted but instead made into cards for people I can hand them to. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Design Team

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge 

Hello everyone… I have a lovely vintage themed card to share with you today using some Prima papers I got with a magazine and some bits and pieces off the desk. This is my contribution for the design team for Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge… where the challenge is to use your patterned paper! 

I chose two pieces of the paper and adhered them to Old Olive cardstock and then added some small pieces to the tag which i had inked and a small piece of the cardstock so it created a few layers. 

I chose some natural trim from my stash and then a chipboard teapot from an Artful Days Goodie box a few months ago. I painted it with the Art Alchemy Sparks paint to add the shine. Then I added the with love sticker and a little brad to add more interest. 

Finally I can’t have a tag without some bakers twine from the top!!! 

Off to see what everyone else has got up to with their patterned paper stash over on the blog

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Foiling, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy - Eclectica Lin Brown, Paperartsy Emma Godfrey, PATWITS circle journal

PATWITS circle journal… Jule’s journal

Hello… another circle journal contribution to share today. And this month I had Julie Bell’s journal.  Her construction was similar to others but with a lovely hard cover and it made it easy to flatten the pages to work in. I decided I wanted to keep it to flat pages and so glued the envelope flap shut. She also gave us each a piece of patterned paper and a mini envelope to keep or use… let’s see what I did.

First I started with fresco finish paints… mermaid, Jade, Beach hut, South Pacific.  I also added some blueberry and amethyst. 

Next I added texture paste coloured with Jade through a Paperartsy stencil. I love this numbers stencil.  I then started with stamping and adding flicks of colour adding in the contrasting colour of Butternut. 

I’ve realised now that this picture does not show the colour very well… oh well… you’ll see at the end the real colours… especially in the closeups. 

I decided to add leaves to the page… so i stamped in versamark the leaves from the Lin Brown Paperartsy set and then embossed with sticky powder. Then I added gilding flakes.  Then I stamped the smaller leaves and heat embossed those with a dark mahogany colour. 

Love how these contrasted with the background. Then I built up a cluster for a focal point. The mini envelope which I added texture paste to through the same stencil, and butternut paint over the Jade with the crackle effect and i sanded it back a little to keep the rustic effect. A piece of gold shimmer paper I added gilding flakes to and tore it, and then some book print pages 

provided some interesting laters. I then found the dream catcher wooden piece which I painted and added some of the Sparks paint to … I love the Sparks paints for giving a really sparkly finish. 

I added some different threads to the dream catcher for some softer texture and a sequin in the centre. Then added the sticker sentiments from Tim Holtz which spoke to me for the layout. 

I them set to with an Inktense pencil and water brush to add some shading and edging.

I love this layout and am really proud of it.  Just hope Jules loves it as much as I do! 

Hope you like seeing it too. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine