Category Archives: Butterfly

Happy Planner spreads

Recently I’ve started using a Big Happy Planner so I thought I would share a few spreads here so you could see what I’ve been up to…This one is the first weekly one and I’d already started documenting the week by this point. I used Art by Marlene collage papers and butterfly punches to add the fun elements. I also added some washi tape and some stickers from Art by Marlene.Next week I used some old stickers from Stampin Up.The before the pen (ish!) Spread above, and below half the week completed.For the third week I took some printable sheets a Facebook group member had provided to use Game of Thrones as the theme.Finding this a fun way to organise myself and have ordered myself a mini version as a more portable version than this Big planner so will see how that works.Hope you like this little view into my new obsession.Happy crafting!Catherine

Back to Black twinchies

So as per usual I made twinchies for the coin swap peeps… and kept to the same Back to Black theme. This first set of four was using black cardstock and the baked texture embossing powder in Deep Sea to add the dictionary stamping in the background and the butterfly embellishment. Also added the punched leaf from black cardstock and kept it plain as contrast. Then edged the pieces in black embossing powder to finish off.

Second set of four was another scrap piece of black cardstock and this time heat embossed with the handcarved stamp although didn’t ink it fully so it meant it was more of a loose stamping.Then I heat embossed the white splodges on top. Next I coated some cardstock with sparks paint and then heat embossed one of the Watercolour wings stamps before using a punch to punch out the butterfly.

I then used the Tap Tap Tap sentiment which I heat embossed in white and then finished the twinchies off with white gel pen doodles.Pictures don’t really show the sparkle and shine on these but they are fab in real life.Then another pair of twinchies…

Next a set of six…More embossing and this time one embossed background with white craft ink stamped and embossed which created cool effect on the leaves. Then punched and stamped butterflies on top.

Next up a set of eight. Again an embossed background this time using the world map stamp and then the simply sketched leaves using different powders.I found a butterfly in a magazine stamp set and embossed them onto the black card using white powder.Finally two using scraps of patterned paper, and embossed flower and embossed details on punched butterflies.Some fun twinchies … all back to black but also with butterflies thrown in for this month’s theme too!

Happy crafting!


Butterfly Artist Trading Coins

Yesterday I revealed the theme for the swap in my Artist Trading Coins UK swaps group over on Facebook… Butterflies.

I figured it would be an easy theme for people to join in with as there are so many butterfly themed crafting things around and not the hardest things to draw or paint either!

I decided to use a lot of supplies that were hanging around on my desk to make mine.I chose papers from Making Cards magazine kit that I had never got round to putting away for covering the coins and then added another layer of a partially die cut wall (Tim Holtz dies). Then I die cut book print using the leaf die from Petals and More. Then took a shiny leaf from the stash, copper thread and some little flower embellishments.

Then for the butterfly…. Butterfly basics little text butterfly which I white heat embossed on some bronze cardstock and stuck it down. I then stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set onto shrink plastic and heat it so it became a cute embellishment.Absolutely love these textural and layered coins with fun embellishments.

Hopefully the eventual recipients do too!

Happy crafting!


Raggy doll journal catch up

I played catch up at the weekend to get up to date with my raggy doll collaborative journal project. I had to do a Geometric shape themed page with the background Jackie had done and start a winged things background.  Here’s what I got up to…

Jackie had done this fab pink and silver background.  I started adding to it using shape stencils. First the triangles. Then I moved onto the block pattern and some black paint…

Then I got some stamps out and started stamping… I used quite a few including the Kim Dellow ones from Paperartsy. 

Next I chose to create some squares of texture using iridescent medium and then half way through the drying process I blasted it with heat to pump up the texture.

I then did some doodling and added my “quote” as I thought it worked with the theme. 
Next I had to create a background for a ‘winged things’ theme. I started with a base of white Dylusions paint and then a layer of black Dylusions paint.  Whilst that was still wet I added  stencil and wiped through with a baby wipe. 

This created a great diagonal to work with. I punched lots of butterflies using a punch from music and book print. I added these using Matt medium. Once this was dry I added a coat of the Art alchemy opal magic paint (which I am in love with) and this turned the whole page pink… or blue dependent on which way you look at it! 

I then added splatters of back paint and then some stamping in black archival to finished the background off for Leanne to finish. 

Loved working on these pages.  

Lindsay Mason ATC swap – masquerade 

Oh my …. my blog was mad busy yesterday… maybe i should write about strictly more often! Ah well back to the usual sedate number of visitors today I suspect. I’m actually off work today with the poorly princess who is sporting a high temperature and horrible cough. Hopefully a day of snoozing and snuggles and she will be on the mend quickly.  So I can at least blog early on in the day.

I missed a month or so of Lindsay Masons ATC swap but I joined in again in September and here are my ATC’S with the theme of masquerade.

The first one I used a scrap of corrugated card that I distressed, gessoed and painted with fresco finish paints.  I used some stamps to add pattern and then added the Byron quote.  The butterfly was painted and then has some shimmery ink added on top to make it shine.  I mounted it onto a white ATC and then doodled to finish it off.

The second is a simple quote stamped (darkroom door) then onto an acrylic ATC I stamped the Paperartsy Hot Picks image in stayzon. I then added some colour to the back using Promarkers. 

Then I fixed them together with a little bit of sewing.  

The third one… 

The background was made with paints, mainly fresco finish paint. I used stamps and stencils to create the patterns. 

I then hand drew the masquerade mask in black Indian ink. Then I added the glass gel bead medium to it carefully so that it was only on the mask.  Once it dried this created a lovely texture and shine for the mask. 

Loved making these.  Looking forward to seeing what I get in return. 

I am also entering this last one into the More Mixed Media Challenge as I’ve used orange in the background of the ATC. 

Happy crafting!


DT: Fab’n’funky : no patterned paper

Hello! It’s Wednesday and it’s time for a new challenge at Fab’n’Funky.   This week the challenge is not to use patterned paper and I decided to make two projects. For the first I am using this lovely image from Lacy Sunshine, Rory Catching Butterflies which is from our sponsors this week.

Here is my card….


But hang on… that looks like patterned paper. …. but no it is actually where I wiped my brayer whilst gelli printing and it made this lovely colourful but grungey paper… so strictly speaking not patterned paper!

I coloured the image using inktense blocks and a water brush.  Then punched the butterfly out of a scrap of the painty paper and die cut the sentiment. 

Lovely simple card.

The second card I used Lacy Sunshine Rory Cherry picking.
I coloured her using felt tip pens… a mix of brands. Then I die cut her out in a large oval.

I then cut one side off and mounted it onto the pale green card blank.

I added the sentiment to the little stamp piece and some card candi. Another cute card.

Now come and join us at Fab’n’Funky for this weeks challenge.

Happy crafting!