Category Archives: Artful Days Goodie Box

Bits and pieces Artist Trading Coins

The swap theme for this month’s swap is bits and pieces and I decided to just go with stuff that was on the desk to make three coins…

This resulted in an eclectic mix of coins.

This has a fabric background that I sewed before cutting to size and then some random bits from the stash.

This has a decent amount of beads and glitter and lots of resin flowers from Artful Days Goodie boxes.

This is a scrap of painted paper and another painted paper die cut and then a wooden laser cut word I added black gesso to it.

Love how these came together easily and using just bits and pieces off the desk.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Circle Journal for Tricia

Another circle journal to share with you today, this time for Tricia.

It is a lovely Kraft background to work on so I decided to go for a white gesso messy background.

In addition to the gesso dry brushing I added some stamping in white craft ink. I used a mixture of stamps from Hot Picks and this gave me a nice finish.

Next I started pulling papers and ribbons from my stash and putting them together as I fancied a layered piece and plenty of sewing. So out came the sewing machine.

Then I got the Neocolours out and added some shading and definition to the layers and added some details.

Next I started bringing together the focal images and started building up the pages. I decided to add images from the stamped fabric stash from our weekend with James Sharpe. I think Tricia (who I was lucky enough to sit opposite all weekend) would appreciate seeing me using them.

I also grabbed tags from an Artful Days kit and added them in, but before they made it into the final pages I added distress inks to change the colour a little. I also decided to add some more details to the layers with a bit of stamping and added some shimmery watercolour to add a different texture, oh and I moved things round a little on the final pages so that Albert was on the other side!

Next I added rub ons and sentiment stickers to the page. I also added some splattered black soot distress ink and some white pen marks.

And then I grabbed the black puffy paint and added some dots around the pages as embellishments. And I called it finished!

Love how eclectic this is and love that white background behind the pop of lime and teal colours.

Also love all the loose threads that come from me being a messy sewer and the loose edges to the layers. Those rub ons also work well in keeping the layers light and fresh.

Hopefully Tricia likes what I made too… and now it is time for me to start work on the next journal.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Lime and Teal circle journal for Claire

Another circle journal page, this time for Claire and I fancied playing with texture… lots and lots of texture.

I started with some gesso to provide a sketchy backdrop. I loved the kraft cardstock that the journal was made from so wanted to preserve that for the edge of the pages.

Once that was dry I added texture paste through a stencil and left it to dry.

Next I added some more texture using the glass bead gel and again left that to dry.

Then I added colour using the distress stains in twisted citron, cracked pistachio and peacock feathers. I then added some strips of papers and some twine. I also added some other stamping in the background to add some different areas of colour.

I also added the cute wooden birds which I added colour to using the oxide and some clear embossing powder to add shine.

I wanted to add some darker colour so I added some Inktense and some splashes of black ink in places to add a different contrast.

Then created the focal point of the stamped element and the sentiments for the titles with embossing and inking.

Super happy with the way this came out and how different it is from my previous pages using these colours… it’s amazing how the colours can lend themselves to these different pages.

And if you are interested I made a video of the process… here it is.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas gift for Lynn

Today I have a project I actually made several months ago but as it was made as a gift for a friend for Christmas I couldn’t share it till now!

So what is it? Well it is a canvas I made as part of a class I did with friends… and I enjoyed making it with Lynn in mind!

So what did we do… well I started with a board and covered it with papers for texture and pattern and then added gesso to take it back a little and blend it a little. Then started constructing a cluster of items … art parts and hessian and some elements from Artful Days boxes.

Then I started adding colour using Paperartsy fresco finish paints and then lots of stamping and texture making.

I also added treasure gold and embossing powder for added shine and texture.

I finished it off by then adding it to a larger board as a frame.

Hopefully Lynn likes it as much as I loved making it.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Sarah’s circle journal

I have another circle journal contribution to share with you today… this is the first in the current round of journals and it’s in Sarah’s journal. And I videoed the process for you to watch.

My colour scheme is lime and teal for the whole year so this was the first of the journals to apply my colour scheme to.

I started with a piece of the handmade paper I had bought cut to the right size to cover the spread. Then I added gesso and then brushos for the background.

Then I added some Inktense marks too and left the page to dry.

Next I took the other special paper I had bought and die cut some rings and added them to the page.

Now I know these don’t look like the colour scheme as they have some purple and gold in them too but I couldn’t resist adding them! Hopefully they will blend in by the end and work with the colour scheme still!

Remember when I am working on this page at this stage I have no plan or idea as to what the final page will look like so it’s just a case of me adding layers and going with the flow!

Next I added more definition and shading with my Inktense before adding some modelling paste through a stencil. I then set it aside to dry again.

Once it was dry I added metallic art alchemy paint to the raised circles and a few splashes with the leftover paint. I also added some pen work using a metallic gelli roll pen to add further definition to the circles.

At this point I forgot photos… so it’s a good job I videoed so you can follow along. I decided to create some clusters of “flowers” using the Kim Dellow stamps water colouring them with oxides. I also added some stamping in the background in both ink and sparks art alchemy paint. I also added some white posca pen doodles and marks.

I then grabbed some leaves from my flower embellishment box to add to the clusters and also some blue gems to add more sparkle.

I finished off with some black gesso splat and lines to make sure it teamed with the edge of the page in the book which I had done in black gesso to frame the page.

And here it is, complete with some Tim Holtz stickers, in the sunshine.

Love the vibrancy of the colours and the textures I created.

It’s definitely not a specific image but instead a collection of colours and textures into a cluster. Hopefully Sarah likes what I made for her.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Collaborative canvas

A few weeks ago I did the background on a canvas and sent it to Millie Moss to finish off… and wow… look at what I got back!

I adore it! So much amazing texture and beautiful colours. I am so lucky!

Of course I also got her background to work on too… daunting is not the word!

So after digging through the Artful Days goodie box bits and pieces I came up with potential pieces to use and decided to video the process.

Here is the pic of the final piece.

I am really happy with how it came out and by now Millie should have the canvas with her and hopefully will like it too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

6 one colour atcs

Today I have 6 atcs to share which I’ve made for a swap where the rule is to use mainly one colour. I chose purple as my colour and made 6 different cards based on the same background.

I started with a piece of mountboard and added colour to it using a dry brush and my fresco finish paints and also using the Seth Apter printing technique to get a few layers into the background. Then I cut out the 6 atcs.

I know they look a little pink here but in natural light they are more purple.

Then I treated each of them differently to create the individual ATCs.

This first one I added the Postscript background stamp with white heat embossing and then the feather with purple embossing. I then added distress ink to add more colour to the feather area and add more focus.

Next is the Tim Holtz Crazy Bird. I coloured the bird with Distress inks and a waterbrush (Kassa style) and then cut it out. I added a layer of vellum underneath the bird which I raised up on foam pads to give it some dimension. For the background I added some stamping using the handcarved stamp and distress oxide which I added clear embossing to. I finished it off with some glossy accents for the the eyes.

Card number three I added a diecut hot air balloon. I die cut this from card I had coloured with distress inks and then paper pieced the white elements. Then added some wink of Stella and a little bit of pink to the heart. I raised this up onto foam tabs for dimension. The background I added lots of shimmer using mica and then heat embossed it in clear before I added some stencilled letters using the same purple paint and a Dylusions stencil.

Card 4… I stencilled using a darker purple the flower stencil and when that was dry I replaced the stencil and added the glitter paste. Kept it simple for this one as that glitter really does the job on making an impact!

Card 5… I decided to make a posy jar. I found some cute jar tags in my Artful Days goodie box stash and cut the top off so I could add my posy and then gave the kraft tag lots of layers of distress oxides. I stamped and die cut the Petal Palette flowers from some inked card and added more colour to the actual flowers using the inks. I also added distress inks and oxides onto the background which gave it a more watery look and a little bit of washi tape to added a different texture. I finished with the wink of Stella all over the jar and some white paint pen.

Final card… I added more stamping using distress oxides and the handcarved stamp in the background. Then I stencilled the oxides and heat embossed the stars. I loved the subtle texture this gave.

Then I added a Trish Latimer girl which I had coloured using the Paperartsy fresco finish paints and promarkers for her skin. I cut her out and added with foam tabs for dimension and then added glossy accents to the star.

So that’s all 6 cards…

Super happy with all of them! Hopefully the recipient likes them too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine