Distress oxide ink, Distress resist spray, Embossing Folders, Foiling

Postcard swap

Another gloriously sunny day… so I spent some of it inside crafting! Lol. Mainly because the princess and her friend were outside having a water fight so I retreated to the craft room.

So I made this postcard for the UK stampers forum swap.

I love all the texture I created using distress stains and an embossing folder, distress resist and foil and embossing powder and distress oxides.

Then the image I stamped, added embossing powder and then watercoloured with oxides. I then fussy cut it out.

I added some definition with pencils.

I added the whole piece to mountboard and then edged it with ink.

Love how it finished up and it was a really enjoyable play time for me.

Entering this into the swap at We love 2 create blog where there’s an anything goes mixed media challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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

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

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 

Brushos, Foiling, Gorjuss

ATC 234 Gorjuss mermaid

Hello there 

I’ve got a single ATC I made to share with you today. 

It features one of the lovely Gorjuss Girl stamps… this time a mermaid design. 

The background was a brushos mop up piece from another project. I then added two cut off pieces of acrylic painted card and a strip of foiling using tape. 

I painted the girl using brushos to paint with. 

I love how this came out although my painting could have been neater.

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Butterfly basics, Distress oxide ink, Foiling, Gelatos, Faber Castell

Butterfly themed ATC swap (198, 199, 200!!!)

So today I have three ATCs to share with you that I made for a butterfly themed swap with UK stampers forum.

Two started life as the gelato background I did in class a couple of weeks ago. 

I added stamping and doodling and of course the obligatory butterfly. The butterfly I used on all three was a stamp from Creative Stamping magazine. 

I also used the Butterfly basics quote on this. You might just be able to see there is some texture paste on this and some little bits of foiling too. 

The next one is from the same background. But this one I added some grey inking and plenty of stickles.  There are also a few splodges of distress oxides to add some contrast.

To continue on the bling theme I also used some sequins to embellish.

Next a different background entirely.  This was a background I made with Helen in her scrapbooking class and I ended up cutting it up for ATCs. It was using the ink smooshing method and sprays.  To this I added some stamping using the Creative magazine stamps and distress oxides.  I then heat embossed the Butterfly and used the oxides to paint the colour.  I also added sequins and the label sentiment.

So three ATCs using the same butterfly stamps but each different. 

And with a great big fanfare that is 200 ATCs made so far this year! Whoop! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Art Alchemy paints, Design Team, Digital stamps, Foiling

DT: Craft your passion: a day for daisies

Hello and happy Monday! 

It is time for another anything goes submission for Craft Your Passion.  we are sponsored this  week by a day for daisies  and I have to say I do love the images. So much so I made 2 projects.

Firstly I made this ATC using one of the images and finished it off with foiling the glow bugs. The book print was Gelli printed and then coated with Art alchemy opal magic paint which I am currently obsessed with! 

This was stuck to grey card and mounted on a pink card I cut into an ATC using the Tim Holtz die. I’ve invested in this die as I have an idea for next year’s challenge so think it will be useful to have! 

The second project is a Christmas card. 

Again an ATC base this time of sheet music that I added the stencilled snowflakes using iridescent medium. once that was dry out came the opal magic paint that I am obsessed with! 

I added some glimmer paper in a strip and adhered the cute stocking baby on the top. The card itself is a patterned one from DoCrafts from the forever Friends collection. 

Love this cute image but the cardstock I used meant the pens didn’t blend very well… ah well still cute and good enough to send to someone at Christmas.  

So now off to see what others have been upto over at the blog

Happy crafting ! 

Catherine