Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Badass Chick, Crafters Companion flourish, Infusions - Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Emma Godfrey, Sizzix, YouTube video

Mini pink canvas

Today I have a mini canvas to share with you that I’ve made for a swap. The theme for the swap is pink and to raise awareness of breast cancer. 

So let’s talk about that first. I have several breast cancer survivors in my group of friends and unfortunately one friend who lost her fight a few years ago. So understandably this is something close to my heart! 

What can you do? Well …

  • checking yourself monthly for changes and abnormalities is one simple thing. Catching it early significantly improves your chances of surviving.  
  • Attending routine screening appointments is another simple thing… if they send you an appointment through the post, prioritise it… you are important and your health is critically important.
  • Spread the message… these two things are simple to tell people about.

And finally… support charities who are supporting those with cancer and those trying to find cures… do what you can and we can hope for a future where breast cancer isn’t an issue.

Ok … So now the crafting… I made a 4×4 canvas board and videoed the process… it’s always fun to watch me create after all!!! (Well that’s what I am told).

And here are some close ups…. it was nice to just play with no real expectation of the outcome.

Love the sentiment from Badass artchick stamps too! It felt so right for this project theme.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Badass Chick, Dylusions, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils

Big and beautiful ATC swap 338 & 339

This month the swap at Artful ATCs was big and beautiful and I must admit I was a bit stumped… but then I remembered the dylusions die cuts packet I had never opened and then the badassartstamps girl with the big head! 

The background I made by doodling on the patterned paper I had already cut to size.  I then decided to just add colour to the eye section to go with my choice of title! 

The next one… I took a gelli plate print background as the starting point.  I kept it simple with just a few touches of colour added to the stamped girl.

So these are my contribution to the swap this month… and another two towards my ATC count. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Badass Chick, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils, Promarkers, Letraset, Sizzix, Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap, Trish Latimer

A play in my journal – make a wish and sparkle

Another play in my Dylusions journal last weekend led to this spread….

I used a mixture of distress stain spray and distress oxides to create the background using stamps and stencils. As the colour was added over gesso it gave it a lovely pale and creamy texture.

I added the stamping of the circles from #badassartchick stamps across the bottom and then added some of the Tim Holtz tissue wrap in the centre of the two pages. I then added the swirly sizzix die cut and then the cute Trish Latimer fairy. I had coloured her with promarkers and then added the Art Alchemy Sparks paint to her wings and the star. I also splashed some of the sparks over the page to add the sparkle. 

I absolutely love the sketchy nature of this focal image against the washy nature of the background so super happy with this page.

And yes another creation for the Paperartsy challenge over on their blog for using Hybrid inks.
Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Badass Chick, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils

Inchies!!! July swap creations

Yes I have another set of inchies to share. These are for the UK stampers forum swap this month. 

I went for a love heart theme. 

The top three are a painty grungy background with iridescent medium masked hearts. 

The bottom three were distress oxide background and heat embossed Badass chick stamp hearts. 

Love how they came out. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Badass Chick, Beautiful You, Claritystamps, Distress Crayons, Distress oxide ink, Dylusions, Finnabair, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelatos, Faber Castell, Gorjuss, Gummiapan, Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz

Big ATC swap! (259-270)

So today I have a mammoth 12 ATCs to share that I made for a swap with the theme of Mixed Media! Of course I can’t make 12 all the same so I decided instead to go with six pairs. 

So I cut some mixed media cardstock into six panels of 5 x 3.5 inches and then added either tissue paper, sewing pattern paper or wallpaper to each of them and added some gesso too. 

This gave me the following six panels to work with…

I then worked on each of them at a time adding colour and texture. 

This first one was the floral tissue paper that had come on an artful days goodie box and I added distress crayons over the gesso. 

I then added some stamping using the badass chick stamps and a piece of the textured wallpaper in the centre. I then mixed some modelling paste with distress crayon and added it to the card through a stencil.

I left that to dry and moved onto the next card. This one had the sewing pattern paper on it. I added some book print and then distress stains. I love the different vibrancy as a result of the gesso and non gesso papers.  I then got out the sewing machine to add some stitching for extra texture.

The next one was tissue paper from a shoe box which had some pattern and some numbers on it.  I added blue gelatos to colour and then heat embossed the stars with white powder. Then I added pieces of a blue doily and some sequin waste using some blue staples. Finally I added some book print it had added colour to using distress oxides.

Right onto the next one… 

This was some floral vintage style tissue paper. I added some red card that I had impressed a brickwork die onto but by the time I had added gesso over the top and Matte medium this had pretty mich disappeared. I then added some more colour using gelatos and then through a stencil I added some of the art alchemy paint in a pale pink colour.  Finally I added two strips of wax paper that I used the sewing machine to adhere to the panel. 

Next I had a bit of a heat him issue with! But still I love it! 

I used some spotty tissue paper on this and after a very light coat of gesso I added some transparent glossy texture paste through a circles stencil. 

This once dry added a lovely resist so then I added distress stain in blues and greens but when impatient for them to dry I took my heat tool to speed things up forgetting that the texture paste doesn’t play with heat so ended up making a bit of a mess of the circles which meant the ink did seem into them. Ah Well! Never mind. To add to the circle theme I wiped some of the ink away through another stencil and then added the Finnabair circle stamps.

Final one… I had added the textured wallpaper to this one in torn strips. I used the Paperartsy fresco finish paints to add the colour and then used the Art alchemy sparks paint to paint a piece of watercolour paper that I then die cut using a Tim Holtz die. After adhering this I added some text stamping using the Gummipan stamp.

So these were my six panels ready to make into ATCs.  I took each panel and trimmed it to size and then started adding the rest of the pieces on to turn them into mini artworks. I used a mixture of stamps and embellishments to do this.  And this is where they all got organised and adhered. Particularly like the Craft stamper Magazine star that Kim Dellow designed. And I hadn’t used the Clarity tangled heart in a long time! 

Then it was time to finish each piece off.

The first panel I added the Badass chicks girl head stamp and gave her a body from book print. I coloured her with distress crayons and then added stickles to one set of the flowers and glossy accents to the other.  I then chose some sentiments for the titles.

The next one I added some diecuts from craft foam and one of the stamped girls from the Stampin Up Beautiful You set.  I also added a sentiment for each. Then on one I chose to add the glitter flakes and the other got a button.

I think this next set might be my favourite. I added some navy thread behind the stars that I stamped in distress oxide and heat embossed with clear powder. I then added some spots of glitter and on one of them I also added some tiny star sequins. I then added the sentiments.

I didn’t add much to these except two Gorjuss girls and Tim Holtz sentiment stickers.

I ended up adding some netting to these next ones and some more sewing. Then I added the star stamp which again was stamped with distress oxide and heat embossed.  I then added the gems from the artful days goodie box.  Then on the one on the left I added some of the blue stars and some glitter glue. 

And the final set… I heat embossed the heart and then added distress oxides.

So happy with all of these and how I managed to make them all different! 

Happy crafting 

Catherine 

Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Badass Chick, Distress Crayons, Gelatos, Faber Castell, Masks/Stencils, YouTube video

Shine wall hanging

Yesterday I spent a fair amount of the day getting messy and having fun in the craft room. This is one of the projects I made. 
I wanted to play with my artful days goodie box stash and so pulled out some stash and then set to on having fun being creative. 

I filmed the whole process so you can see how the artwork came together… here is the link.

And here is the actual project.

Love how pretty this turned out to be … such a change from more recent crafting endeavours to make something bigger than an ATC too! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine