Alpaca Pals, Brushos, Darcy, Distress Crayons, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inchies and Twinchies, Masks/Stencils, Promarkers, Letraset, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Washi tape, Watercolour paints

11 twinchies… love hearts

A challenge at the Inchies, Twinchies and more group for this month was to make 12 twinchies with the theme of hearts. I had so much fun pulling out all my heart themed stash!

First up is my favourite Darcy paperartsy stamp with the text. I stamped and embossed it in black and then added some metallic watercolour paints. Then a doodled edge!

Second a three layered twinchies and the top one stamped the Alpaca Pals stamp in pink. Then a sticker with a small layer of vellum underneath to finish off.

Next I used a heart stencil and embossed with some modelling paste… then when it was dry I added brushos with some sptays of water… love the texture and the joy if brushos. I added some twine and then an embossed heart on red card stock and then a canvas sticker.

This one more Darcy hearts (she has designed so many great heart stamps over the years) in the background. Next I added some Alpaca Pals stamps… the sentiment stamp I added on the white panel. The back panel I added the red blending. Then added the sentiment and the red little heart. I finished with some glitter glue for the heart.

This one is a play with the fresco finish paints to create the background and the panel to emboss the hearts on. I added some punchinella with staples. I added the smaller panel with the embossed hearts and then the sticker with a mount of the purple cards.

Next some more Darcy hearts… this time a simple stamping and colouring in job with Stampin Blends and promarkers.

The next a Darcy stamp embossed… then some washi on the panel underneath onto the Blackberry Bliss cardstock. Finished with the sticker sentiment and some gems.

Another embossed background with a different heart stencil. This time I added the colour with distress crayons. Then a larger sticker sentiment added to vellum and a piece of washi and stuck down with staples.

Another Alpaca Pals stamp with the cute doodled text hearts. Simple. Stamped on the Melon Mambo card and then added to the white twinchie with a black border to each layer. Added a gem to finish.

Another Darcy heart stamp embossed in silver as a stripe across the pink card twinchie. I also added the pink washi and then the heart gem and the sentiment, which I added glossy accents to so it was shiny.

The final one is a little pocket with some hearts in the middle and sewn around the edge with the top layer of vellum. I then added a heart on the top which I added glossy accents to. Finished with the sentiment sticker with a layer of red cardstock underneath.

Absolutely loved the playtime I had with this project… so much fun! Hope the recipient enjoyed them all as much as I enjoyed making them.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Canvas and Mixed Media art, Distress Crayons, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Jar, Jar of Flowers, Venetian Romance, Washi tape

Mixed Media Monday – Project half done: Venetian Romance and… junk journalling

So a few weeks ago I shared a post using up some of the Venetian Romance failed One sheet wonder i had found when clearing up. Well today I used some more of the paper… junk journalling!

Well I am not sure if this is junk journalling… its just making a mixed media page but hey ho!

Its a page to go into the journal I am doing under the title of junk journal!

Can you spot the patterned paper piece? I actually used the reverse of the paper in the grey and yellow rather than the coastal cabana … I thought it worked better this way!

I also added lots of other stuff from the junk journal box, including gelli prints, book print and played with plenty of fun mediums like paint and distress crayons.

If you fancy watching how this came together check out my YouTube video here…

Super happy with how this page came together… and two more pieces of the paper used! I still have a fair amount left to use… wonder what else I will make with it?

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress Crayons, Hot Picks, Masks/Stencils, PATWITS circle journal

Hazel’s circle journal

It’s the last of the circle journals for me to work in… the wonderful Hazel’s journal. I had two sides to decorate. So here is what I did for side 1.

I went for a distress oxide background blended onto white gesso. I wiped through a stencil and this left a pattern in which I doodled into with a black posca paint pen.

I also added some white gesso marks with a card and a lid and the same with black gesso. I also added some stamping with some number background stamps.

Next I added the focal part which was the fabric stamped elements which i had added sewing to.

I recoloured the face with some distress ink too so it blended better with the colour scheme.

Then some more doodling and I was done!

Will share the other side tomorrow.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress Crayons, Watercolour paints

Flower ATCs

Following on from the inchies I made and shared a couple of days ago I also made a sunflower ATC using the rest of the embellishments from the stash…

I added them to a distress oxide background that I had added some gorgeous grunge stamping. I also added a printed sentiment and some sequins.

The second flower based ATC I made was very different in style. This one I stamped and watercoloured using watercolour pencils and then embossed the sentiment on top.

A very simple but pretty ATC.

Love how different they both are.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Clare Lloyd, Deco art fluid acrylics, Distress Crayons, Gelli Plate, Neocolors II

Trades box… using up scraps and transforming the junk

I had this square box which a kit from Stampin Up came in a number of years ago and until recently have been storing scraps and playing cards in it which were for my 365 atc challenge of 2017 and 52 playing card challenge (which I didn’t finish) for 2018. Well I decided to sort it out and get rid of scraps and sort out the playing cards in it.

I tipped out all the contents and then had the idea of redecorating the box and turning it into the box I use for storing things I make for swaps before they head out … that way I can keep track of them. So rather than throwing away all of the scraps I used a random selection to cover the entire lid of the box. This is following the Nina Ribena idea of transforming junk into art.

I then added a thin layer of gesso to the whole box and this helps to knock back the mishmash of papers.

So next step was to start adding colour to it.. I chose magenta and ultramarine fluid acrylics for this and added them over the top of the box. Then using distress crayons and neocolors I defined some of the elements. And then started Stamping using white gesso and as well as the fluid acrylics. I had in mind at this point the moodboard that Nina Ribena had shared for her first week challenge… the top left in particular and the blue on the right mixed with the pink flower on the bottom.

My magenta might be a tad more red, but this is what I was thinking of with my colour choices.

Next I decided to get some woodchip letters for the title on the box… And added some distress oxide and some embossing to give them texture.

I carried on with some doodling and more definition on the edges of the panels and then stamped the Clare Lloyd sentiment to go with the swaps letters.

Super happy with how this looks now it’s finished. And happy to be able to keep swaps all in one place until they go out to their new homes.

Thanks for the inspiration Nina… I actually think I might have hit three of the four weeks of challenges with this project … mood board, scraps and junk! Not bad for an impromptu project clearing out my desk.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Art by Marlene, Distress Crayons

Monochrome bunting

Today I have some bunting to share which is for the UK stampers forum swap. The theme for this swap is Monochrome, so I went for the turquoise colours as my monochrome.

I stamped the beach hut from Marlene using the archival inks and then used distress crayons to watercolour the image. I also added some ink blending round the edge and a little bit of stamping to provide some texture. I then splattered the art alchemy sparks paints to give it some shimmer. Next I added the hand stamped sentiment and edged it with some Inktense.

I love this image and the gentle finish this bunting had.

It’s been a fun swap to get involved in and I’ve loved creating the flags and receiving some fun bunting in return.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Distress Crayons, Distress oxide ink, Forever Young, Hot Picks, Masks/Stencils

JAM ATC swap

A what? A Just Add More swap! Still no idea… neither did I but the lovely Pat guided us through it.

First I cut three ATC and then did a background on each being careful to not go too far with them….

Then I posted them to the next person who got to add stamping and features etc.

And at this point I got three backgrounds made by the lovely Bev to decorate. Here they are as they arrived with me…

Just love all that colour!

And here is how they ended up before I sent them onto Lou to finish them off…

Next I received the cards Lou had decorated the background on, and then Bev had worked on… they looked like this…

And I finished them off adding my own little elements to each…

And finally got my cards back that had transformed into these fab pieces of art!

These were a fun project to work on … Super hard not to go too far with each layer you were working on though!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Badass Chick, Distress Crayons, Inchies and Twinchies

Play Inchies

Hello!

Another day… another swap project to share. This time inchies.

I kept these simple… distress crayons in the background with a little wiped away through a stencil … very subtle.

The used a stamp from Badass artchick stanps to stamp the play and scribble circle. Then some dots of sparks paint and enamel accents to add texture.

And here they are in natural light

Simple but cute inchies!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Canvas and Mixed Media art, Distress Crayons, Gelatos, Faber Castell, Masks/Stencils

Stick with it … Got there eventually!

Today I have a journal page I’ve had “in progress” for a long time…. probably over a year in fact waiting for me to find the perfect finishing touch. And it turned out these vintage photo printouts I had were It!

Once I fussy cut them out and stuck them down I knew straight away I was happy with the page and with a few Tim Holtz stickers the page was done!

So the page was gelatos and distress crayons and black gesso and transluscent texture paste and bits of book print in the background… I think that pretty much covers it although also may have added some pencil shading and outlining too. Oh and white paint pen doodling too.

Sometimes you just need to have patience and wait for the perfect element to present itself!

Entering this into the Anything Mixed media goes challenge at Creative Artiste mixed media blog.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artful Days Goodie Box, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Darcy, Distress Crayons, Dylusions paints, Finnabair, Foiling, Masks/Stencils

Playing in my journal

On Sunday I treated myself to a few hours of play in my art journal… here is the result.

I videoed the process which you can check out on YouTube. It really wasn’t going to plan at one point with the page disintegrating but I pulled it back from the brink and happy with the results.

Love the bright colours and fun textures I achieved and most of all enjoyed playing with paint and paper.

Love love love playing with no agenda.

Happy crafting!

Catherine