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A bulk load of random ATC’S 107-116

I caught up with a few random ATC’S last weekend…. no themes… just playing with bits and pieces on the desk! 

Texture paste and stencilling and bistre powder and gilding wax… interesting combo! 

Gelli print on book print and a Crazy cat Coloured with Spectrum noir pencils! Fun! 

Painty background, stamping and some opal magic paint highlights.  

Same as above! Just different stamping.

Mish mash of backgrounds and techniques finished with heat embossing. 

A gorgeous butterfly embellishment I received in a swap with a few layers underneath. 

More embossing on painty layers. 

A fun flower on a Gelli print background. 

A piece of master board I created for a circle journal finishes with a rub on doodled flower. 

Paint and tissue and stamping … oh and a butterfly …. what more could you want? Love these Finnabair stamps. 

That’s me for today… another 10 for the tally… all of which listed onto swap sites so who knows where they will end up?!?

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Masked heart

Today I have a project to share that I started at the weekend inspired by the project that Ingrid Vichova shared on the Paperartsy blog.  Such a lot of details and beautiful layers. And of course because it’s valentines day… it had to have a heart! 

So although my heart is nowhere near as beautiful or amazing as Ingrid’s journal page it was inspired by her work and is my entry for the mask challenge. 

I started with a wooden heart that I’ve had in my stash for quite some time. I put some modelling paste through a stencil … which provided some masked letter shapes  

Once it was dry I then added Brushos to the heart (scarlet and violet) and some water. 

The colours blended beautifully and after drying with a heat tool the pigment settled into the texture really nicely. 

I decided I wanted some shine so grabbed some treasure gold and added that with my finger. 

Next I added Brushos (the same colours) to some flowers and die cut a flourish from a piece of painted paper. I layered them up onto the right hand side of the heart.  Then I removed the ring from the top as it was wonky and added some sheer ribbon to the back and then added some paper to cover the ribbon fastening. 

And so this is the finished little decoration. Unsure that it needs anything else… but maybe a word to finish off? What do you think? 

I loved making this and it really just came together quite naturally. 

Off to see what others have been up to for this challenge. I know I have another entry to make … just need someone to receive the card I made before I can blog it! Lol. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Atc class with the inky fingered Cat gang (for ATC’S sake 13, 14, 15)

Tonight I have the crafty gang back at my house for mixed media fun. With everything happening last year we had to cancel last year by July so it’s been a long time since we’ve got together… I expect there will be a lot of chatting … perhaps more than crafting! Ha ha ha… I shall have to crack the whip!

The request for the class was to create atcs of the sort I made for the Artful Days goodie box a few months ago.  So I came up with the following three ideas. 

This is a mix of distress ink, stickers, book print, embossing and iridescent medium through a stencil.

This is gelatos, tissue paper, trim, gilding wax and embellishments and finished off with some liquid pearls. 

This is using paint as the medium and including stamping and different textured pieces of media. I love the metallic blue frame and the glittery gold combination inside the frame.

Wonder if the ones we make will be anywhere close to these samples? Or if we just spend the night chatting! 

Either way… three more ATC’S for the challenge… 

Happy crafting!

Catherine  

Art journalling session : wishes

I’m back in the craft room! Don’t get me wrong I will miss my parents but so glad to get my space back.

Tonight it is time for another art journalling session with my friends and the theme for tonight is wishes!

I have a spread in my Dylusions journal as inspiration for the gang.

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First a page with some wiped off stencilled dots and then smudges of paint.  A bit of washi tape and then some texture paste through a stencil.

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Then more paint added.

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Now some stamped flowers from Darcy and plenty of dandelion seeds… I added more stamping patterns to add more texture into the background.

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I stamped the title and then added some doodles and some more paint…

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… I thought the coral helped it pop!

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Finally I added some gilding wax to the texture paste numbers.  It adds a special touch to the page having the shine and gleam.

Love this page and really pleased with how it came out.  Hope the gang find something in this they can create from!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Tracy’s PATWITS journal

Time for another patwits journal page to share…. This time in Tracy’s lovely mixed shape journal. All of the spreads have different edges and some reveal the pages below.  I can’t wait to see how it all looks at the end when the pages are complete.  I imagine it will look stunning! 

Anyways… what to do in this fabulous journal???

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A quick round up of the layers!
Fresco finish paints, distress crayons, stamps and stencils.  Then a Clare Lloyd girl. 

Then I stopped… unsure what else to do!

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Decided to add some treasure gold to the girls dress.

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Added some more doodles to the girl and outlined her dress and hair again with Indian ink.

Then decided to add some of Kim Dellow’s circle trees/flowers dangling from the top!

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After colouring the dangling circles I added more doodling to them using the Indian ink and the same to the girl and round the page. I also then stamped the quote stamp onto the page. I wanted the heart word to stand out though so I added a pearl accents heart and then added the heart word on another piece of cardstock I doodled round and embedded it in the heart.
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I added dots of the pearl accents and some glossy accents round the page for a bit of additional texture and of course my name and the month so Tracy knows who did the page.
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Really happy with how this came out. Love doing circle journals and the joy of getting one in the post to pour over the details of what has already been created.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

New Patwits circle (square) journal

I loved the last circle journal with my fellow Paperartsy fans (Patwits) so much I immediately wanted to be involved for the second round… and we inspired others to join in so we are now 12 in number! Whoop!

We each got to choose a shape of journal each and I chose Square as I often create square shaped art.  So I created my journal from Mixed Media cardstock for the pages and some recycled board from the stash.  I punched holes and added the book rings for easy binding.

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Now for the fun part… Starting the art!

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So from grey board to colour!  Gesso first then Haystack and some orange and red paints.  I started to build colours and layers and textures.

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Now some stencilling. I decided to embrace circles in contrast to the square shape.   I grabbed all stencils with circle themes and just started adding colour and contrast.

Then I grabbed the circles from the Kim Dellow stamp set and stamped the little circles in grey archival and the large circles in white gesso.

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Then I took a large circle mask and the dotty wave stencil and through that I added the texture gloss paste from Ranger.  This is new for me so it was a real experiment. Time to set it aside to dry.  It took a few hours.

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Here is a close up of the gorgeous texture …
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Decided to emphasise the circle more with some Chocolate Pudding paint.
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I kept the paint light and wiped it away a little to ensure there was some transparency still through to the under layers. Although the texture paste has some resist, the freco paints pretty much adhere to everything so you need to be careful to not cover everything! I decided it needed more pattern and more paint…. forgot photos for the next 30 mins play! Oops!
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So there are Darcy stamps (again circle themed) and more red and brown paints added. I also added some copper paint to give it a shine too, unfortunately it doesn’t show on this picture.

I wanted a raised part to the cover as the book rings mean that it won’t interfere with what other people want to do as they can remove the pages and work on them outside the journal confines. So grabbed some corrugated card and tore it into a roundish shape and pulled some of the cover off to expose the texture. Then gave it a coat of gesso.
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Once it was dry I added colour and stamping so I could build up the layers.
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I used a few Ellen Vargo stamps… yes circle themed ones to add the interest. I also started adding some copper paint and then later I also added some treasure gold.

On separate cardstock I stamped and painted one of Darcy’s hearts and cut it out. I adhered this on the corrugated card and added a layer of glossy accents to it.
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It was still wet and quite milky in this picture.

Next I needed a title for my journal so stamped it out onto some Cheesecake painted paper using alpha stamps.

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I outlined these little strips once I stuck them down onto the journal. You can see I had also adhered the corrugated card too but was still waiting for the glossy accents to finish drying.

Whilst waiting I wanted some more embellishments so had a hunt through the stash and found some wooden hearts. I wanted to change their colour though and decided the Pebeo Fantasy Moon paints would work well….
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These also take a while to dry so I left the journal overnight to dry before carrying on.

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This is how it looked all stuck together the next day. I was happy with it like this…
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… Now all I needed to do was the inside of the cover so that I could write my ‘instructions’ to my fellow journallers. I had started the inside at the same time as the front so it was the same base colours, but I wanted it to look different.
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I started by adding some white gesso through a stencil.
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Then stamped the JOFY flowers also in the gesso.
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I used the Spectrum Noir pencils to add some colour. Also stamped and coloured the little JOFY circles.

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Next to add the ‘rules’ for the journal by stamping with alphas onto white card and adding them with matt medium.
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So this was the inside cover done and dusted along with the front cover. I also made my page and tag but will share that another day.

Happy travels dear journal.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Wax page in my Paperartsy journal

The third topic this year for Paperartsy blog was wax… wax! Not something I felt confident about.   Gelatos were mentioned in Leandra’s blog post introducing the theme though so I started with them and started on this page way back on 9th February!

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So these photos show the first stage of play… gelatos scribbled randomly in blocks.  Water added with fingers to blend.  More colour added and blended.  Gesso added randomly with finger and blended.

Later that day I added a stamped border on each page using some Dylusions stamps Karen let me use.  I also added more gelatos and more gesso.
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Starting to build a nice background. But not exactly wax in my book! Off I went to watch You Tube videos and of course keep my eye on the Paperartsy blog design team contributors.

I love Darcy’s completely fabulous wax poppy picture which showed lots of wax techniques. I also loved a You Tube video someone posted in the Patwits group showing papers being waxed and sewn. These took me down the route I ended up taking.

But first I used some grunge paste mixed with a purple paint through a stencil to provide some texture.

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Then I added some shavings of kids wax crayons in splodges and melted them with my heat gun with a piece of paper over the top to stop then from moving about too much.
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I must admit this wasn’t really going well. I was struggling to control the wax but I do think it adds some interest to the background.

Next time to do the feature image.

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I stamped the mannequin in Watering Can archival and then the text in Seedless Preserves distress ink onto some photocopy paper and tore it into a nice shape. Then I put the piece on a tray and melted a Yankee candle onto the paper until the whole piece was covered. I then set it aside to dry. The benefits of using a scented candle is that it smelt lovely in the craft room as a result! 🙂

I then took the rest of the photocopy paper and tore that as a mount, crinkled it up and inked it with the distress inks (seedless preserve and abandoned coral).
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Round the edge I stamped the zip stamp from the same Hot Picks Paperartsy stamps.

I then used my sewing machine to sew these together in my usual scruffy sewing style.
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I then added this to the journal with matt medium and left it to dry. I then felt that the title should be in a similar colour to the mounting panel. I stamped that onto the scrap, tore it out and inked it up.

At this point I felt that it needed something else.
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I grabbed some teal coloured gilding wax and added in a few random areas. This gave it some more depth and shine and also incorporated another wax!

Decided it needed some more stamping…
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The scissors were stamped… and then words!
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I grabbed the ink and the Dog buttons plate and stamped words from that in the distress inks randomly which I think really finished the page off nicely. I then edged the pages with Midnight Muse ink and added the topic and month at the bottom.

A really long post showing all the steps so of you got this far… well done! I am trying to show stages as best as I can so people can see how I work when putting together a page. It also helps me document how I got to where I am. Next topic to be tacked is image transfer which is not my best skill… may take some practice!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

PATWITS circle journal… Clare’s journal

Hi lovely blog readers

Today I get to share with you the journal spread I did for Claire in her circle journal.  I was totally inspired by the delicate cover she had done for her journal and wanted to keep some of that delicacy in mine.  This is not something I usually achieve so this was an interesting project for me. This is Claire’s gorgeous cover…
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I started by adhering some different papers and ephemera and fabric into the journal to provide a textured surface.  I also added grunge paste through stencils and then added a layer of gesso over the top to knock back the colour.

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I love how the edge in the middle has picked up everyone’s colours from the previous pages though.

Next I added brushos randomly around the page in Gamboge and Scarlet.

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They are so vibrant when wet… but hang on what about the delicate look… well I knew that on top of gesso the colours fade and pastelise  (is that even a word) as they dry!  So this was, for once,  a deliberate choice! 
I decided I wanted to try a face for Claire’s journal too… so as I am not the best at drawing I grabbed the Paperbabe templates and started sketching.   It was about now I realised that a highly textured surface is not the easiest to draw on.  I then used more brushos this time as a watercolour pigment to add some colour and shading.

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I only used scarlet and light brown to get to this stage.  I wanted only the warm colours on the page (although there is still blue from the fabric I used).

Then I set to with stamping.  I used a Sepia Archival and a brown felt tip for adding definition to the girl and round the title.  I stamped the title on a piece of cardstock separately to be able to cut it up and put it on the page as separate words.

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I used a selection of different Paperartsy stamps for the stamping… Ellen Vargo and Clare Lloyd mainly though.

I decided that the grunge paste needed defining a little more and some of the stamping needed pushing back a little.  So I used a baby wipe to add a little more gesso in places, and then used treasure gold Ruby on the texture paste areas.

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My final touches were some drops of copper acrylic ink which adds a little bit of richness to the page alongside the treasure gold.

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This is the final page in the natural light.  I love how this turned out.  So different from my usual style and so pretty.  Hope Claire likes what I created for her.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

The best of 2015 continued…

… Thanks for joining me again for this quick round up of my favourite crafting projects of the year.

No round up of this year would be complete without mentioning Paperartsy!  And I was lucky and proud to be asked to do two blog posts for them…

The first was as part of the 3UP season… and I made this plaque as a gift for some friends getting married. Here is the link to the post.
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The second was a Brusho themed post and I made these clean and simple cards. Here is the link to the post.
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In both cases I was so nervous, but was then overwhelmed with happiness when people posted such positive comments about them both.  Thanks lovely Paperartsy folk for giving me this opportunity!  I would also urge others who see these sort of opportunities to join in with these sort of challenges to embrace them.

Pop back tomorrow for another pick of the year!

Happy crafting!

Catherine