Art by Marlene,, Gilding flakes, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Ribbons

UK stampers forum tag swap

This month for the tag swap I went a little grungy but also a bit cute!

I decided to use the Art By Marlene beach house stamp and to do some paper piecing but with the base on Kraft cardstock. I then decided to add some white ink behind the main image, some splattering and some stamping using a random wood mounted stamp from the stash. I then decided everything needed a coating of ink to make it blend… this turned my pretty cute house into a cute but grungy house!

I then added more white pigment ink through stencils around the edge but used the sticky embossing powder in the hope that I could add gilding flakes to those sections. This didn’t work well so they look only a little gilded and mainly white and textured. But I like the effect so I didn’t mind.

I stamped and embossed and inked the sentiment from Art Journey nl and added that.

I then used my inktense pencil to add some shading and definition to the image, the sentiment and around the edge of the tag.

I added some ribbons to finish off and decided it was a finished piece ready for the swap.

The first few photos were taken at night with flash, this is the tag in daylight.

It was good to use the Beach house stamp in a different way. It is such a cute set of stamps and I don’t think I’ve ever gone grungy with them before!

Happy crafting!


Advertisement, Claritystamps, Distress Crayons, Hot Picks

Grunge colours new home card

Today I have a new home card that I have made for friends of ours who have recently moved home. I decided to use a new to me Paperartsy stamp as the main focal image but then used an Art Journey stamp for the sentiment on the front.

I decided I wanted to play with distress crayons as I hadn’t used them in quite a while and I am trying to play more with my stash rather than just use the same old items. So I grabbed a few colours of crayon and laid some colour down and blended it with my fingers.

I then chose a brown and added some splatters of that to finish off the panel.

I used my stamping platform to stamp the image so I could intensify the black ink by stamping multiple times until I was happy with the image.

Next the sentiment I stamped twice … once on white in black ink and the second time embossed in white onto black card.

I chopped up the sentiment and then chose to ‘highlight’ the words Heart and Home before choosing how to add them to the card.

I outlined each of the white strips with a black pen to frame it too.

Next I needed some hearts but the only hearts I could find that were the right size were from a Alice in wonderland themed white rabbit die so after some fiddling managed to get them cut and stuck down. I then added black wink of Stella to them to give them a bit of shimmer!

I added this panel to the front of the card with foam behind to give it dimension.

The inside I also did on a separate panel and stuck in. I did the same thing with the distress crayons and then stamped the sentiments using some Clarity letter stamps. The two hearts I adhered were the ones I had tried for the front originally but they had been too wide … but inside they work fine!

The envelope I did a bit of masking and added the crayon to three sides and then added the splatters and some doodled lines to finish off.

Love how this came out.

Happy crafting!

Catherine, Baked Texture embossing powder, Deco art fluid acrylics

52 mixed media cards week 9 … home sweet home

When I saw the challenge prompt this week I knew I was going to be using the chipboard shape I got off Hazel for her circle journal. So I grabbed some bits from the box and made this card …

And of course I stuck the video on …

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Enjoy watching the process.

Happy crafting!

Catherine, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Treasure Gold

Two ATCs from the scraps 232 and 233!

Today I’ve got another video for you … this time of two ATCs I made this weekend from scraps and gifted punched papers.

Check out the process video here… 

… and the finished articles which I love are here. Particularly love the treasure gold shine against the mahogany and Green Patina paints. Scrummy!

Also love the turretted castle stamp from … Particularly when stamped on ombre paper like this. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Masks/Stencils, Tap tap tap, Timeless Textures

Catching up in my Paperartsy journal

I’ve been a little delayed in keeping up with the Paperartsy challenges but finally caught up this weekend.

Tonight I am sharing the ‘our house’ themed page.  I struggled with this but got there eventually.


The background is scrap bits of paper and cardstock off the desk glued down and then gesso over the top. Then I added texture paste through a brick wall stencil across the bottom. And then the word dream across the top.

Once it was dry I added distress stains with ground espresso at the bottom, abandoned coral over the dream and then Mermaid Lagoon for the left hand side. I let it drip for a bit and settle in places and then patted it dry to keep a more subtle colour.

Then I got stuck.

I finally settled on some art journey stamps which are Dutch houses… always a favourite place of mine… and stamped these onto tissue paper and then adhered them along the bottom. As usual I was slightly heavy handed in places but mainly they were ok.

I finished off the page with some random stamping using Tap Tap Tap stamps and Timeless Textures and the word stamps from the art journey set.

Pleased with the end result on this… Finally got there!

Happy crafting!

Catherine, Canvas and Mixed Media art

Playing with black white space

Tonight I decided to do a journal page in my Paperartsy challenge journal which is actually in time for joining in with the challenge.  I decided to flip the white space on its head and do black space instead.  Why? Just because I fancied starting with black gesso and not the usual white.

My pages in the moleskine are starting to get pretty wrinkly now so have to get quite a layer down regardless of what my plan is.


Here it is all wet and shiny…


And dry and matt!

Now what to do with it?

Started with finger painting some white gesso circles… then added some distress crayon.
This was just before I smudged it with water. I ended up with several layers of colour keeping to blues and greens with just a touch of yellow.


Decided to add some stamping in the circles and as I looked through my baskets of stamps I found the ones from Art Journey and knew I wanted to use them to create little peepholes into cities…
So I used just parts of the stamps to create the peepholes and then added the rough outlining with the Indian ink and a paintbrush. I chose the biggest circle for the sentiment.

Next I grabbed a white acrylic pen and added more doodling.
And finally added the splats of white gesso and the theme in the bottom left again in the white acrylic marker.

This was such a simple page to achieve a fab and fun result using partial stamping and keeping significant parts of the page as white (black) space.

You should also go and see what the fab dt have been upto with white space over at the Paperartsy blog.

Happy crafting!