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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 

Artful Days Goodie Box, Badass Chick, Masks/Stencils

363, 364 & 365 ATCs in 2017

Well I have actually done it… 365 ATCs have been made this year! Here are the final three… 

I used pieces of the Artful Days Goodie box papers that I had left over from the cards I made a few weeks ago…. love how cute these are! 

So there we go… I have actually completed a challenge I set for myself and two months early too! I’m amazed! 

Don’t think that will be the end of ATCs here though… I have discovered I love making them and that they can make excellent card toppers too as well as swapping with others all over the world.

Hope you have enjoyed my ATC journey this year… have you had any favourites or particular techniques you’ve enjoyed seeing? If so… please do leave me a message and let me know. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Badass Chick, Crafters Companion flourish, Infusions - Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Emma Godfrey, Sizzix, YouTube video

Mini pink canvas

Today I have a mini canvas to share with you that I’ve made for a swap. The theme for the swap is pink and to raise awareness of breast cancer. 

So let’s talk about that first. I have several breast cancer survivors in my group of friends and unfortunately one friend who lost her fight a few years ago. So understandably this is something close to my heart! 

What can you do? Well …

  • checking yourself monthly for changes and abnormalities is one simple thing. Catching it early significantly improves your chances of surviving.  
  • Attending routine screening appointments is another simple thing… if they send you an appointment through the post, prioritise it… you are important and your health is critically important.
  • Spread the message… these two things are simple to tell people about.

And finally… support charities who are supporting those with cancer and those trying to find cures… do what you can and we can hope for a future where breast cancer isn’t an issue.

Ok … So now the crafting… I made a 4×4 canvas board and videoed the process… it’s always fun to watch me create after all!!! (Well that’s what I am told).

And here are some close ups…. it was nice to just play with no real expectation of the outcome.

Love the sentiment from Badass artchick stamps too! It felt so right for this project theme.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Artful Days Goodie Box, Designer Series Paper, Ribbons, YouTube video

World cardmaking day

There really is a day for everything these days… And today is world cardmaking day… So it would seem rude not to make some cards!

I stuck the video on and recorded the process of making these four cards with bits from the stash and some papers left from an Artful Days Goodie Box. 

After I had made the video I decided to use some of the leftover bits and bobs to decorate one of the Acetate boxes from Stampin Up to create a pack of the cards as a gift for a family member/friend at Christmas. 

Hope you like these… And managed to get some cardmaking done today! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Elenazinski stamps, Paperartsy Kim Dellow, PATWITS circle journal

PATWITS circle journal… for Linda

Today I get to share the journal page I made for Linda for the circle journal I am involved with. The rules of this were to decorate one side of the envelope, use Paperartsy products and to decorate the mini envelope somehow.

Well I made a video … it is speeded up to condense several sessions into one watchable video…. of the process I went through to make this… 

The way Linda had constructed her journal allowed me to add some embellishments from the Artful Days goodie box too so it is quite a 3D page… but her journal still closes nicely. 

Hopefully she likes it… And you enjoy the process video

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Artful Days Goodie Box, Canvas and Mixed Media art, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Paperartsy, Eclectica -Darcy, Treasure Gold

Paperartsy aqua challenge

It’s been a while since I joined in with the paperartsy challenge blog but when I saw the challenge was aqua I had to play along. 

I love all aqua based colours and whilst I didn’t have a clue what to make at first I decided to grab this jar shaped Wendy Vecchi Art Part from the stash and use this as the starting point and go wherever the muse sent me. 

Well I started with the Green Patina paint from Seth’s collection. Then crackle glaze and the lovely Mermaid as my aqua coat on top of it. I then chose one of the heart stamps from Darcy’s set and used Baltic Blue to stamp randomly on the background. 

Next I sanded it down to remove some of the mermaid and leave the Green Patina shining through and then added more of the Baltic Blue to the edge and in particular the lid of the jar. 

I then added some green metallic wax around the edge which is more of a teal than a green.  Then I chose an aqua coloured flower from the Artful Days goodie box and some green bakers twine to wrap round the top. 

Finally I finished it off with the little hand stamped sentiment of Jar of Hearts. 

Really happy with how this little play ended up. Not entirely sure what to do with it mind you… ahem! Ah well it was fun playing with it! Maybe I just stick a hook on the back and hang it up! 

Any ideas gratefully received. 

Now as for the Paperartsy challenge I was mainly inspired by the starting post with all the beautiful photos Darcy had selected for the theme… but I did also love seeing the bobbing bottles that Keren did on the blog. Just love that fun way she created water. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine