Artist Trading Coins, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Indigo Blu, Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz

Artist trading coin UK swap … March … cheers!

Hi… today I have my swap coins for this month and the theme for this month is ‘cheers’.

I chose to play with blue coloured paints and created a background that I adhered to some coins cut from recycled packaging.

I used lots of stamps and paints and ink and created some fun backgrounds. Then I added the focal images but that covered up most of the backgrounds!

I then added some glossy accents to the glasses to give them dimension and shine.

I finished the coins off with some gold paint pen dots round the outside.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Hot Picks, Junk Journal 2021, Washi tape

Mixed media Monday… Making a junk journal

My new obsession for this year has been junk journal making and watching junk journalling videos on YouTube. It all started because I joined in with a challenge at the Inchies and Twinchies Facebook group to make a junk journal. The plan is to have swap challenges throughout the year to build up a junk journal… of course I am rubbish at following the instructions and already started filling mine up! Lol!

The first challenge was to collect items and construct a junk journal. I decided to create a few signatures and enclose them in a travellers notebook style cover. I did buy the cover but I made the signatures from a mix of old watercolour paper pads, gifted book papers, patterned papers brown paper packaging and cardstock. I also included a background sheet made by one of my swap partners.

I decided to make four signatures with the idea that I would do one for each season. I didn’t make them too many sheets as I didn’t want to feel overwhelmed by too many sheets plus I figure they would get super chunky.

I thought having them as travellers notebooks would aid with working on them too as they might lie a bit more flat that way.

And size wise I went with a5 as I thought it was a nice size to work with.

I did create a few pieces of mixed media artwork before I really knew what a junk journal was with the intention of them going in the journal…

The first additions to the journal was to add these onto a couple of pages once I understood more about how junk journalling is meant to work… I say meant to… there aren’t really rules! But anyway I like that I mixed the mixed media style art journalling in with the junk journal and decided to keep doing that throughout the year. The second one I actually videoed the process for… Link

The challenge in February was to make an envelope pocket for your own journal and two for swapping. My first one went straight into my journal as I was working out how to do tip ins etc…

I made a little pocket on the front or the envelope I had cut down and then also made a little tag/bookmark to go in the main section. The front was just lots of bits off the desk including some old stamps, some gelliprinted card and bookprint… and washi too of course!

The reverse of the envelope I gave a different theme…

Again I created a little pocket, in which I added the painted and stamped piece I received in a swap, and the map just seemed relevant for the travel/foreign theme.

I added journalling to the back of the tag to represent what was going on that day… mainly me watching YouTube videos of other people junk journalling!

I also decorated the page to the left of where I added the pocket … so my first page.

Again my page had a little pocket so I added a tag and did some journalling on that. The rest was just bits and pieces off the desk and from the boxes of stash I’ve been saving up and finally found a use for!

So this was my starting point.

A few days later I made a page all about some new Washi tapes I had bought … because … well why not?

I had such fun just picking bits and pieces out of the box and using up embellishments I’ve been gifted or bought over the years and never got round to using. The tag in the pocket at the top has journalling on it about my new washi tapes!

The next couple of pages were dedicated to the swaps I received this month from the UK stampers forum swap…

So I am busy starting to make more pockets and tip in pages and allsorts of other things now… not sure how long the enthusiasm will continue for, but whilst it lasts this is my new obsession!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Darcy, Deco art fluid acrylics, Distress oxide ink, Emma Godfrey, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Indigo Blu, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Washi tape, Watercolour paints

Lovehearts postcards

Today I have two postcards to share with you because two separate groups had heart themed swaps this month… and I thought why not share them both at the same time! (Actually you will see this isn’t right … but read on to discover more!)

First up is the heart card I made for the Inchies, Twinchies and more group and I used the Darcy paperartsy stamp…

I embossed it onto a Gelli print and then added some colour to the cogs.

I decided to sew a border on the panel to add texture. I then embossed the title onto some card and added that too.

The base was some chipboard painted with black gesso. I added some doodling round the edge and called it finished!

Next up I made this postcard for the Hearts a Flutter challenge at Postcard Art Swap…

I used distress oxides and the smooshing technique with different shades of pink and purple. I also did a bit of subtle stamping in the background.

Then I used Indigo Blu stamp for the wings and then using the wipe up from the oxides onto glossy photo paper I stamped and embossed the heart stamp (another Darcy one) and stuck that down.

I doodled and chose a sentiment from the stash and embossed that before glueing the strip in place.

I finished it off with some enamel dots and some glossy accents on the heart.

So that was me thinking I was done with heart postcards but after I had posted them to the recipients I realised I had made a mistake and the swap for Inchies, Twinchies and More was actually for four postcards … doh!

So off I set again! I chose to use Darcy hearts and keep to the theme…

Card 1… a Gelli print using the mini Gelli plate and a heart stencil and lots of paint splatters and adding the panelled heart on top.

Card 2.. stencilled with distress oxides and gloss gel through an aall and create stencil. Then scrap of cardstock and the cog heart embossed and lightly watercoloured. I love peacock feathers.

I taped off the edge and then watercoloured using the metallic paints from a Rainbow Moon set I bought a while ago. Then when it was dry I stamped the funky hearts into the middle and coloured them with Inktense pencils. Then I added versamark and clear emboss over the whole postcard to give it a glossy finish.

Finally I used vellum and created a pocket for the heart confetti and then sewed around the edge. I added the dotty washi and the embossed heart I coloured with a red pen.

OK think I have now come to the end of heart postcards…. but probably got a few more heart projects to blog about before the month is out!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Hot Picks

Mixed media Monday… another house project

Hi

Once again I gave the post a themed type of title … not sure if it will become a routine thing or not… let’s see shall we?

Well this particular Monday I am sharing a mixed media piece I made for the Mini Marvels house themed swap. I already made a couple of houses but then volunteered myself to make another project for a different recipient. This is what I made!

Both the back and the house pieces are made from chipboard and were in my box of Art Parts I’ve had for ages! I used the fabulous fresco finish paints to decorate them which lots of rough stamping to add texture.

I decided for the hole in the house to add some bookprint onto which I had stamped the paperartsy stamp.

Unlike the other houses I made I added some details to this house (a door and window) with doodles … I also added grass doodles to the background.

I decided to add emphasis to them by adding glossy accents and also to the triangle part of the roof and the centre of the flower.

I also really wanted to use the stamp for the title that is a Paperartsy HotPicks stamp. I stamped it on white and the cut it up so it would fit on the panel.

I decided to also paint the little easel stand so it coordinated.

I made sure that the back of the house and panel also looked decorated with bookprint and some paint.

So I am hoping the recipient likes the little panel and easel I made for her.

Must admit I am super happy with it!

Enyering this into the challenge at Creative Artiste

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

Art and crafting styles, Canvas and Mixed Media art, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Ink & the Dog, Lin Brown, Paperartsy - stamps, Treasure Gold

House themed mini marvel

Sorry I have been AWOL the last few days… I really need a big crafting session to make lots of things I can then post about when I’m too busy to craft that actual day. The past few days, including Sunday ended up being exactly that … so fortunately this project I finished on Saturday has been delivered to the recipient so I can blog about it now.

So why so busy? Well Sunday actually turned into a proper steps competition with the hubby (I won) plus I got the urge to clean which is a rarity and needs seizing on when it happens. Then back to work Monday and so crafting becomes harder as I never want to clear the desk, make it messy and clear it all again in one night… plus I got all the ironing done so go me, housewife of the year for those two days!

And work… well I’ve had some fabulously productive days but they have been a little on the long side! Next two days will hopefully be a bit shorter so I might, just might get some crafting time in!

Anyways… let’s get to the crafting shall we?

My friend Chris challenged us for this month to make a house themed something that is no bigger than 6″ and when I saw the challenge I knew immediately what I wanted to use… the Art Parts shapes that has been sitting in a box in my craft room at least 3 years if not more!

I got them out immediately and added gesso to each of them… plus a canvas board I was inspired to make a start on too!

Next day I added paint and stamping and stencilling and texture paste and ended up with two little houses.

So then I left them to sit for a week in plain view where I could decide what was needed to finish off.

I decided some definition on edges, a sticker sentiment and some tiny bits of doodling with paint pens. And then done!

Absolutely love both of these… decided to send the big one and keep the small one as a keepsake of the swap for now… it may end up as part of something else eventually, you never know?

Hope you enjoyed this little foray into mixed media and the little houses.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Berry Blessings, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Itty Bitty Greetings

Stampin Up Sunday – UK Stampers Forum blues ATC swap – Berry Blessings

Hi lovelies… hope you are well this Sunday morning. I am fine, may have consumed a little more wine last night than strictly wise, but after a face mask this morning I at least look hunan again!

This morning I am contemplating exercise…. I think the hubby has popped for a walk after his trip to the tip this morning to dispose of excess boxes from our house. We are doing a step challenge again this weekend so I think he is trying to compete with the fact I was several thousand steps ahead at the end of yesterday… I don’t mind if he wins this weekend… if it means he actually got off his bum for a while and did a bit of exercise! So maybe I will sit and drink my coffee and not do a little workout whilst he is out? Decisions, decisions!

This afternoon the teenager and I are going to watch Anola Holmes. She’s already seen it but I want to watch it to, so a bit of a blanket session on the couch is planned, before hubby then gets the couch and TV for some football match… I think at that point crafting may happen! Talking of which…

Today I have three ATCs I made yesterday for the UK stampers forum swap using the fab Saleabration Berry Blessinga stamp set.

The theme of the swap was the blues and it had to be using shades of blue with black and white.

I chose to coat the ATCs cut from packaging with some Baltic Blue paperartsy chalk acrylic paint and then dragged the Mermaid colour over the top using a fan brush. Once it had dried I did a bit of stamping in a bright turquoise ink over the top but it didn’t show up very well.

Next I took pieces of scrap fabric and stapled them together with blue staples. I also had some blue and white twine I added into the mix.

I then stamped and cut out three sprigs with blueberries from the stamp set, just using the shading stamps and Night of Navy ink.

I added these on top of the fabric to create a cluster and adhered it to the ATC background.

Next I stamped from the Itty Bitty Sentiments set the little sentiment panels and added ink to the edges and a glossy accents top to give them dimension.

Finally I grabbed some gems from the stash to add to the background.

Love how these turned out… a really enjoyable play with blues!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inchies and Twinchies, Indigo Blu, Masks/Stencils

UK stampers forum inches swap

Hello! Thanks for popping by to my blog. Today has been a busy work day and then trying to increase my steps I did a little you tube video… I say did, but only actually managed half of it before exhaustion hit again.

Tonight the plan is to sort out my hair as I anticipate not getting it done until April as not just lockdown (should have been there last week) but also my hairdresser is expecting a baby in a few weeks so she won’t be considering hairdresser work for a few months to come. Will let you know how the teenager and I get on with dyeing my hair tomorrow !

Today I have a set of 6 inchies for you which I made for the UK stampers forum blog. I actually used them with leftover from the coins I made for my Facebook swap.

Once chopped into 1 inch squares i edged them with the sepia ink and then used a piece of card I had painted with the Guacamole paint to stamp the butterflies from an Indigo Blue stamp set. I then fussy cut each and added them to the inchies.

I decided to add some glossy accents to the body for each to make them dimensional and, well, glossy!

Cute inchies!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Canvas and Mixed Media art, Fancy Phrases, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Gorgeous Grunge, Masks/Stencils, Scalloped tag topper, Tap tap tap, Timeless Textures, Washi tape

Junk journal background page share and a make for mine!

OK let’s talk about sleep, laziness and fatigue….well only for a moment… skip over it straight to the craft if you like!

This past week sleep has not been great at night. I’m finding myself waking lots of times, albeit for only a few mins at a time, resulting in me getting up in the morning feeling far from rested. So I’ve had a few fatigue issues which I think are as a result of covid but in my head I keep getting feelings of guilt that I am being lazy. Does anyone else get like this?

My hubby has often called me a bed based life form as I do love a nap … but this fatigue feels different. It’s like all the muscles in my body have a dull ache and like my brain is in a bit of a fog. I really hope this is a temporary symptom and I can get myself back to my normal energy levels. I also need to work on that negative self talk and remember that this awful virus kills people so count myself lucky.

Anyway … this explains why the blog post last night missed out on a slice of life… I just didn’t have the energy to update the blog post that was scheduled before it went live!

Today’s slice of life was a lie in, a big family task of a kitchen inventory and then meal planning, a food shop and then more rest! There was a bit of crafting too (tomorrow’s blog post in fact!) but to be honest the big job of tidying up and cleaning the fridge, freezer and food cupboards and then the trip to the supermarket was more than enough activity.

This year I’ve joined a few friends to do a junk journal. I’ve never really done a junk journal as such before and I suspect mine will end up more as a mixed media journal but never mind!

First challenge was to make a journal… well I’ve decided on a loose 7×5 journal rather than a bound one and will put the journal together at the end instead. So first task didn’t get done.

Second task was to send some bits and pieces to a swap partner for using in their journal. I got lots of lovely bits and pieces from my partner and sent lots in return.

Next task was to make a background piece of a4 landscape that another person can use in their journal. And now this is something I can share a pic of…

I used my Gelli plate and fresco finish paints to create the background and then stamping and stencilling and modelling paste and washi tape. Love how it came out. I used another piece of cardstock to wipe off my brayer etc and this then became a second piece which will work in my journal.

This was how the background looked before I made it into a page.

And the finished article…

I used book print and a peach envelope from the swap pile of items and also the ribbon on the tag. Everything else, including rub ons, stickers, chipboard and the tag came from the stash.

Really really enjoyed making both the background paper and the finished journal page.

Such fun and so relaxing to just play and create.

Happy crafting!

Catherine