Badass Chick, Distress oxide ink, Dylusions spray inks, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils

New goodies ATC’s 228-231

Hello! Glad you have popped by.  I have new goodies to share with you… 

… Badass chick stamps! A friend of mine Pat subscribed to this Dutch stamp monthly set and I couldn’t resist so I joined in too! 

I love the first set I’ve received. So I immediately went to work playing and made the following 4 ATC’s.

Embossing and Dylusions sprays for this fun blue card. 

This one is using the Distress stains to create an Monte effect and then stamped the girl three times and then again onto some other card and fussy cut it out. The sentiment came from a digistamp set.

This one was using the heart stamp to emboss and then the girl stamp. I then created a simple dress and decorated it with the little dash stamps. I coloured it using SU inks.

The final one is using distress oxides and a bit of paint…. oh and embossing again. 

I also added the flower and a wooden circle embellishment from Artful Days Goodie box.

Absolutely love this stamp set… so fun and such a joy to get a lovely surprise through the post every month of funky stamps! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Dylusions spray inks, ProjectLifeApp

Craft room clear out and reorganise

My craft room had got VERY out of hand. And the parents visit was looming. These two things mean a major tidy up was required (my craft room is also the spare room where the parents stay!).

I thought I would document the process with my ProjectLife app.

I did make a promise to myself not to create anything until it was sorted! 

At this stage I did create a little something from the stash I found… I needed a notecard to go in a parcel I had put together for a friend. The piece of card with paint/ink on it was found in the mess. I added the stencilled feather with spray Dylusions and the quote I found in the stash too.  Just a couple of doodles and a nice little notecard. 

Right back to it… 

I spent the last hour of the time I spent in the craftroom cutting up an old atlas into usable sized papers.  Wow I know how to spend a Saturday night!!! 

And then finally… 

So the bed is clear and just needs some clean bedding putting on before the parents arrive and they should have some room to move around the room too! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Dylusions, Dylusions paints, Dylusions spray inks, Masks/Stencils

Alphabet quote cards with Dyan 

Today I’ve been in sunny Harrogate taking a class with the lovely Dyan Reaveley. The plan was to make 26 quote cards using the alphabet as inspiration… but making 26 in one day is a little bit of a challenge so I’m just sharing what I managed so far! 

This first step was getting inky…. 

In fact I got very inky! 

Then it was time for paint play… 

Then gluing them together and cutting them all into large cards… 

Then it was time for lunch. I grabbed a lovely smoked salmon bagel with cream cheese, rocket and sweet chilli sauce. Yum! 

Then it was back to the classroom (I might have had a little spend in the shop too of course). 

We then stamped and stencilled borders before grabbing magazines and having fun tearing out images we might want to collage.  I ended up with a big stack of images and then started the mammoth task of cutting out the images…. this was just a small selection of the images I cut out and not sure I used many of these. 

Then I worked my way through the pike selecting images and composing the cards. I did all of this without sticking down and the once I had a stack with some images I then started gluing things in place.  I also got to stamp a few of Dyans images and adding them in the mix too. 

And this is where I had got up to at the end of the class. Not a single finished item but plenty started and only I think 4 without inages yet affixed. 

This type of collage is very outside my comfort zone but I loved it.such a drawing experience to just try something new. 

I’m writing this blog post whilst having a quick coffee break on my way back… May have to go grab a couple of other magazines from the shop to get some more images to play with… I sense a new obsession about to start! 

And the hands? Well the nails look ok… shame about the rest of them! 

Will share how I finish the cards off as soon as I do.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Canvas and Mixed Media art, Designer Series Paper, Dictionary, Dylusions spray inks, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy

Build a tag … a mini marvel project 

I’m participating in a project through my mini marvels Facebook group. Each week we are given an instruction and we need to spend less than 10 mins on doing that on the tag… or whatever substrate you want to work on.

Here is my tag and the progress pics…

Weeks 1 and 2 saw me adding gesso, then some Midnight (with a brayer and a stamp) and Amethyst fresco finish paint. I also added to scribbles in the paint with the end of my brush to add pattern. 

Week three had me adding texture paste through a stencil (I then added some Infusions over it too whilst the texture paste was drying).  The week four instruction was to collage onto the tag. I chose some papers and scrapbook stickers that happened to be on the desk at the time and worked well with the colours.

Now at week 3 I decided to do a second tag too as a comparison! (Yes one challenge was not enough for me!)

I only have pics of it from weeks 3 and 4 but promise I followed the instructions the same for weeks 1 and 2.

Week 5 was a simple instruction… add a layer of translucent paint…. so I did all over both!

To this I added a purple deco arts fluid acrylic.

And for the blue I grabbed the south Pacific Paperartsy fresco finish paint which is a translucent finish.  

Next week the instruction was to add or drip ink or paint.

For the purple tag I added Dylusions white spray ink and the blue tag I added green acrylic ink. Like both of them although drips are not usually my thing. But like that this challenge is challenging me to do something different.

Next instruction is to add some more stencilling. 

I chose copper paint for the purple one and a very pale blue for the blue/green one.

Then the instruction came to add clear gesso. Problem # 1 is I don’t own clear gesso. So used Matt medium instead. Problem # 2 is white Dylusions ink did not stay put and so ended up with smears all over the tag and dulled down the copper stencilling. Grrrrrr! Ah well, sure it will be fine with another layer of something or other on top!

The next week’s instruction is to add stamping so I can try and rescue that Dylusions mess! 

I added stamping to both projects using black gesso. 

And I am really happy with how this looked. It also distracts from the streaky white Dylusions on the purple one. 

I must admit I couldn’t resist edging the tags too. It just felt like the time to start doing that. 

Week 10 saw us adding a focal image… I had a hunt through my box of tricks and found two things that called to me to be used; a butterfly die cut I received in a swap and an image I’ve had in the stash for so long I have no idea where I got it! Of course I forgot to take photos at this point. The following week the instruction was to add doodles.

And then today the final instruction was posted…. add a word from a book or magazine! 

So my tags are now finished…

Love how they both came out and glad I’ve kept the instructions on layers to remind me for other future projects.

Thanks Chris for organising this fab challenge. 

Happy crafting !

Catherine 

Canvas and Mixed Media art, Dylusions paints, Dylusions spray inks, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Hot Picks

Yesterday’s page finished

Yes I managed a little art time today … and finished off my art journal page I shared with you yesterday.

I started with a doodling session! Black and white gel pens and doodling a plenty. Very relaxing.

Then I grabbed stickers and things from the scrapbook box of stuff…. because it was out. I then added a circle of gesso in the centre to add the focal feature of the Seth Apter stencil.  More doodling and jobs a good’un. 

Not entirely sure that I love this layout but I really enjoyed the process and that’s mainly what I journal for. 

And I did this in between having a major tidy up and clean of the bedroom… we haven’t seen this much carpet or tops of the units in a long time! 

Very proud of myself…. and had a nap too when the cold took over again! 

Happy crafting!