Balloon, Balloon celebrations, Butterfly, Happy Thing, Life... but not as we know it, Papillion Potpourri, Use them or Lose them

Two sheet wonder

Firstly I have to start with a grumble. Depression sucks. People (myself included before I suffered from it) think it is sadness or unhappiness. It really isn’t that. It’s more that for me it is numbness, or emptiness, combined with despair and isolation. I can be surrounded by people who love me and I love back but feel so alone. It really is horrible. Then the anxiety kicks in and it’s like everything is there at once and you just want quiet in your head but you can’t find it. Sorry to put this in the blog but I think if this helps one person understand another’s troubles or helps another person to identify this in themselves and get help then it’s worth it!

I’ve been back to the doctors this morning. We’ve decided on an increase in medication to go alongside the other things I am trying and I need to increase my exercise (from almost nothing to something routine). I have managed a small walk to and from the shop but after only 5 hours sleep I am now shattered and heading back to bed. Not sure I will get round to any crafting so glad I have a project I can blog about already completed…

Yes as part of the yet of Use them or lose them I have another one sheet wonder (using two sheets of dsp). 

I started with some sketches from Freshly Made sketches …  number 1 to 18 to be precise and after roughly cutting cardstock and paper to size I then started teaming up brads as embellishments, black paper as the consistent matting and then card blanks… three different kinds in total.

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This is then how I left them… waiting for the right opportunity to add feature stamps and sentiments. 

A few weeks later I grabbed some coordinating cardstock scraps and black paper and the sentiment dies…
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And had a big old die cutting session. Didn’t end up doing the button dies for this project.

Next I took all the smaller cards and started assembling them with the die cut sentiment and in some cases a stamped image (or three!). Some I had added paper flowers to already so they didn’t need the stamped images and because of the jazzy backgrounds I didn’t want to overdo it!

These I will share today… the others tomorrow!

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Love how these all turned out… and how different they are because of the jazzy paper I probably wouldn’t have used for this type of project normally.

Pop back tomorrow to see how I finished the other cards from this two sheet wonder!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Balloon, Balloon celebrations, Masks/Stencils, Ribbons

Artifartiness sessions with friends

My ‘non – crafting’ friends are coming to play with ink and stamps on Monday … although I am not sure they can be called non – crafting anymore!

Here are the cards we are making.

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All of them are using the Balloon Celebrations SU set of stamps but a few different techniques going on…

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This is plenty of fun with a circle stencil to create the central part and stencil brushes to keep the finish soft.

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This is the simple stamp and colour in one!

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This is using Distress micro glaze as a resist with distress inks, distress stains and water.

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This is traditional distress ink and blending with water through a stencil to lift some colour.

So four different cards using some different techniques.  I also did a bit of envelope and inside card stamping too.

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Can’t wait to see what my friends create.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Balloon, Balloon celebrations

Playing with balloon celebrations

Hello folks!

I got this new stamp set (Balloon celebrations) courtesy of my friend Helen who is a SU demo which has a coordinating punch.  I love it!

This is my first real play with it though.

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These were simple cards made in an hour trying out the different stamps. Particularly like the last one and the one without the balloon best.  Might just have to use these a lot in the next few weeks!

Entering this into the Fabnfunkychallenges.blogspot.co.uk where the theme is Something New.
Also entering it into the Anything Goes challenge at abc-challenge.
And finally also entering it into Cute Card Thursday something new challenge as I am using new stamps!

Happy crafting!

Catherine