Amazing Phrasing, Cottage Flowers, Dylusions paints, Dylusions spray inks, Indigo Blu, Masks/Stencils, Memories and More, Ribbons

Our amazing princess

Today was GCSE results day for my princess. I am writing this blog post ahead of time as I know that she will have done an amazing job on her GCSEs and at this point we will be out celebrating before packing for a holiday!

I know we will be proud of her regardless of the actual results so I made a card a few weeks ago in readiness …

I used a Dylusions background (promise there aren’t any more left from the stash I made years ago … might actually have to have some inky time sometime soon to make some more! 😀 )

I also used a Memories and More card, another dylusions background cut down and a die cut ring. Then I added some flowers I had stamped and fussy cut out, some black die cut leaves from the Cottage Flowers set and a ribbon.

I chose to then add a sentiment from the Amazing Phrasing saleabration set and finished off with some black gems.

Inside I added a strip I had cut off the background and a remaining flower onto a panel of white as I had chosen a black card base.

Just love this… if I get a chance I will edit this to add in the actual results… but if I don’t get a chance just know we are proud parents regardless!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Edited …all 10 GCSEs passed, she’s happy, we are happy and of course very proud… but then we already were… just have papers to explain one of the reasons why!

Biggest Wish, Dylusions paints, Dylusions spray inks, Forever Flourishing, Masks/Stencils, Playful Alphabet, Stampin Blends alcohol pens

Dylusions birthday

I decided to once again grab a Dylusions background … but this time it is the last one so there won’t be more of these bright and funky backgrounds to share unless I have a fun inky session! This time I went for a pretty and fun birthday card.

After trimming the green background down I added it to some yellow card to give it a frame and then using foam I added it to the card blank.

Next I die cut some foliage from some Cinnamon Cider and Petal Pink cardstock. Next I stamped and fussy cut a large floral image from an old Creative Stamping magazine set. I’ve not really used this set much and it is beautiful so may have to put it to good use again soon.

I coloured it quite loosely using my Stampin Blends in Petal Pink, Granny Apple Green, Just Jade and So Saffron.

Next I die cut the letters for Happy from the Cinnamon Cider and stacked them up three times to give more dimension. I then stamped the Birthday from Biggest Wish using More Mustard.

I added foam under the floral stamped image and also under the birthday part of the sentiment so this really has a lot of dimension.

I finished off with the gold flower embellishments from the stash.

It feels so good to have finally used up all those backgrounds made so long ago. So pleased I could find a use for them and could find a way to mix up my crafting a little.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas to remember, Dylusions paints, Dylusions spray inks, Masks/Stencils, Snow Crystal

More Dylusion Snow Crystals

I’m still working my way through using those Dylusion backgrounds I made years go at a class with Dyan Reaveley… only a few left after todays project I am sharing with you.

I am basically doing a similar design to the cards I shared last week (or thereabouts) where I embossed the Snow Crystal background stamp but this time I changed the powder I used to a white glitter one. I rarely use this powder as glitter isn’t usually my thing, but I thought this stamp was the perfect one for a glittery finish!

I decided to go for square 5×5 cards so cut the Dylusions panels down to 9.5cm square (I had originally thought to do 13.9cmx9.5cm panels for an A6 card but changed my mind… hence the cm sizing!)

Two of the cards I mounted onto the black panels, and two I decided to emboss the card blank front using a snowflake embossing folder.

For both cards I used sentiments from the Christmas to Remember stamp set … I love how varied these sentiments are.

Once again I chose to add the iridescent snowflake embellishments to finish off.

Love these and glad I decided to make more using those backgrounds for my own stash as the others went to the swap recipient.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Biggest Wish, Dylusions paints, Dylusions spray inks, Gummiapan, Indigo Blu, Jar, Masks/Stencils

Dylusion funky flower card

I am still working my way through things on the desk and trying to clear the decks a bit. I find whilst products are on my desk, or half used supplies, I can’t seem to settle on new stuff until I’ve used it up. I constantly want to grab for the same stuff.

In this case it is these Dylusions backgrounds. I’ve had them for years bit now seems to be the time to put them to use or get rid… and that is just not an option!

So I grabbed a couple of them that were more decorated than most with added doodles and some black edges. I added more black with a bit of black stamping (Gummiapan alphabet text stamp) and also grabbed a smaller piece of one and did the same on that).

I added black around the orange piece and then some white dots to make it coordinate.

I mounted the smaller panel onto the top of the other and then looked around for more supplies to finish this off.

I settled for some flowers stamped and fussy cut (again these were already stamped on the desk from some other Christmas themed projects) and then punched a jar from black scrap cardstock to turn it into a feature.

I decided Cinnamon Cider was the perfect card base colour so used a half sheet of that to make the card blank. It wasn’t a full sheet so I felt fine in then also stamping onto the bit left over to create the sentiment which I then fussy cut out and added to the card with a bit of foam in the middle so it had dimension.

Quite a funky and mixed media style card. Love it!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas Greetings, Christmas to remember, Dylusions paints, Dylusions spray inks, Masks/Stencils, Ribbons, Snow Crystal

Funky Christmas cards

I’ve joined in with a swap to make Christmas cards using 2 techniques on the cards and here are what I made…

Now the backgrounds themselves are those Dylusions backgrounds I made years ago with Dyan Reaveley using Sprays and paints and stencils … so I guess technique number one is using stencils!

Then I heat embossed the amazing Snow Crystal background stamp in silver on to each of them. This is a stunning image nd embosses beautifully.

I then embossed the sentiment onto black four times and cut it out using the Christmas Greetings dies. On two I just kept it simple, but on the other two I added a little bit of the gingham ribbon to step them up a little.

On all of them I added the little iridescent snowflake embellishments to add some more sparkle.

I added them onto black card bases and inside I added a white panel onto which I stamped Merry Christmas in black to keep it simple.

Super happy with how these came out. Love the shine of that snowflake against the super bright and fun backgrounds.

Entering these into the Christmas in July Challenge at Dream Valley Challenges

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas to remember, Distress oxide ink, Dylusions spray inks, Gelli Plate, Gemini, Masks/Stencils

Dylusion background Christmas cards

Another of my ‘found treasures’ posts… this time two more of the Dylusions backgrounds made many years ago on a class with Dyan at Art from the Heart. I teamed this with some gelliprint watercolour ink background ATCs I then made, again several years ago, but never finished. I decided these two would work OK as Christmas cards and added a new to me die cut of a deer onto them along with a sentiment.

It took very little work at this point but because the background is so rich and then the gelliprint also has plenty of interest and then the die cut has texture and intricacy it all works well together.

I must admit the Dylusions backgrounds were so lovely to make but I have no time to do anything so messy these days. But it is tempting me to have a play again sometime soon.

Entering these into the Anything Christmas challenge at The Holly and the Ivy

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Dylusions spray inks, Masks/Stencils

Playing Dylusions and Alpacas

Again some more ‘found’ treasures on my clearing up mission… some backgrounds I made many years ago at a Dylusions class at Art from the Heart with Dyan. The class was half making these cards and then half decorating them with magazine images. Well the magazine image journal type thing isn’t my style of cardmakind and I’ve fallen out of love with journal pages at the moment so decided to repurpose some of these left unfinished cards into backgrounds for some cards.

Then I stumbled across a part used Alpaca Pals paper kit I’ve had for years … so made these cute cards just because I could and I fancied using these things I had found, knowing if I put them away they would never get used!

I chose backgrounds that were not too heavily decorated … they were mainly the bright colours that I thought were fine with the papers from the Alpaca Pals kit.

I imagine that only some of my friends would really appreciate these … mainly my Alpaca obsessed friends (several have been on take an Alpaca for a walk days out!) … so will send them to those people as little RAK.

Entering these into the cute animals challenge at DLart blog

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Avery Elle, Dylusions spray inks, Forever Flourishing, Lawn Fawn, Lawn Fawn stamps, Neocolors II, Pierced Blooms, Very Versailles, Washi tape

Artist trading coins… pink

This month the theme for my ATCoin swap is PINK.

I decided to just start layering up pink colours on my coins and see where I got to with it… no plan!

As you can see I also added black and white to my pink themed coins.

I started with coins cut from packaging so gave them a coat of gesso. Then added neocolours and water, followed by stamping in a different shade of pink. Then patterned paper which I added the neocolours to. I punched part of a circle out of cardstock I had coloured with dylusions inks in pink and purple.

I had a hunt in the box of used foreign stamps and found three in different shades of pink. I also added washi strips too. I didn’t mind that I was mixing different shades and tones of pink… it all worked together.

I hunted in the box where I keep die cut scraps and found flowers and leaves I could also use.

Then I finished off with the hugs die cut (lawn fawn) and the friend stamp (avery elle) and the pink coloured pearls.

Super happy with these pink coins!

Hope that the recipients like them too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Dylusions spray inks, Magical day, Magical Mates, Masks/Stencils

Rainbow and unicorn postcard

OK so today’s blog is actually a project I started way back in November (as in that’s when the swap should have happened and I gathered the supplies and the idea) but only finished last weekend.

The postcard art swap group I belong to on Facebook had the theme of unicorns and rainbows for November but due to a busy old time, and then Covid and then Christmas my recipient Pat only actually got my postcard this week. Ah well better late than never!

I also forgot to take a pic of the postcard before I sent it… so this pic is the one Pat posted when she received it!

I took some cardstock that was a bit glossy and used both Dylusions spray inks and distress stains to add the colourful background. Once it was dry I added texture paste and black gesso through the stencil (aall & create) to create the rainbow arch.

The unicorn is from the Magical Day set and after colouring with promarkers I added wink of Stella and glossy accents.

Once dry I adhered it on the panel and then chose the sentiment from the Art by Marlene sticker book which I mounted and also added the glossy accents to.

I then double mounted the panel to make the postcard nice and sturdy.

Love this colourful and whimsical postcard.

Now for my slice of life… brunch, meal prep, a walk in the ice and snow, crafting, tea time and Wandavision… a fab chilled out day! Need I say more? And I’ve made this months postcard swap before the month ends ready for posting tomorrow and blogging next week. Result!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

P.s. thanks Pat for the pic 😀

Artist Trading Coins, Distress oxide ink, Dylusions spray inks

Fanciful floral artist trading coins

Today I have finally got my swaps for the ATCoin group sorted. The theme is fanciful florals so I went for colourful watercolours and a flower stamp from a Creative Stamping magazine set.I added the colour to the flowers first then some round the edges using distress oxides then a spray of water followed by Dylusions sprays.Next I embossed the coins but concentrated on the centre so it gave this cool texture.Happy crafting!Catherine