Burlap, Butterfly basics, Dictionary, Dies, Distress oxide ink, Gorgeous Grunge, Handcarved, Hardwood, Postscript, Timeless Textures, Watercolor words

Last night’s crafty session

So I had lots of fun with my friends at last night’s crafty session. We each made a background…. 

Then we cut them up to a template and swapped pieces so that we would make 5 cards… two with the backgrounds we had made and the other three cards would be using one piece from the others. 

So my cards … well if I am honest I finished them after work tonight before I put everything away… but they were mostly done last night… 

Using my pieces of background… 

From the piece that Mara made… 

From the piece Mo made…

And finally the piece that Kathie made… 

I loved being able to work with the panels others had made and love how different they all were. I must admit that as I had the luxury of a bit more time than just during the session I did add a few extra bits (the additional elements like the flowers and butterflies) but kept to the same available materials as at the session. 

Really good fun! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Affection Collection, Butterfly basics, Dies, Distress oxide ink, Handcarved, Happy Celebrations, Sheet Music, Stitched framelits, Swirly Scribble thinlits, Timeless Textures

Background swap arty sessionĀ 

Tonight there are a few of my friends coming round for a crafting session.  Originally this was pre Christmas but it ended up being a date no-one could make…so instead it’s tonight for us to have some fun with Distress Oxides. 

I decided that we could all make some pretty papers and then make cards from them… but with a twist… once we’ve made the paper we cut it into pieces and then swap so we have some of each other’s papers. 

I did however need to make a couple of samples to see if we could design cards regardless of the style of the papers we made… with similar elements…. 

… so I first made a vintage themed background with Peeled Paint, Faded Jeans, Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain. 

I used a selection of stamps… Timeless Textures, Affection Collection, Butterfly Basics, Sheet Music.

Next I made a bright and funky one… Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Spiced Marmalade, Cracked Pistachio, broken china.  And stamped using stamps from Tap Tap Tap, Handcarved, Happy Celebrations, Butterfly Basics.

Then I cut them into panels… 

… And then started to put together cards based on the same sketches that I put together (whilst eating lunch at work I managed to get some ideas down on paper! 

I started with an inlay die cut using the swirly scribble thinlits die. This provides a lovely finish and needs very little to finish it off.  I just added a stitched framelit oval and a sentiment to each of them and changed the orientation of the cards.

Next I took the other larger panels and I die cut a frame effect using two rectangle dies.  I popped the frame up on foam pads and then added the diecut birds to the middle panel before sticking it back in place.  I added some wink of Stella to the bids and a die cut sentiment label and added twine to each of them … one the linen thread and the other the bakers twine. 

I decided to change the orientation for each of them again to show two possibilities for the card design.

Next up I wanted to use die cut sentiments.  As I was layering two panels of the cardstock I did add a little ink to the edges to give them more definition.  I felt one needed a white sentiment and the other a black.

So onto another layered layout.  I couldn’t resist using this dragonfly die cut for both of the cards.  I just adjusted the position of the bottom panel for each card and chose a different placement for the sentiment.  I die cut both dragonflies from white adding colour using my clarity brushes to keep it gentle.

And finally I gave both of the final cards a mount of black and on one I tore an edge and the other I left it straight.  Then I layered two flower die cuts that i had done in black and white and reversed the order to give them a different look.  I added lots of wink of Stella to the black top level on the bright card as it needed some shimmer.

I am really happy with how these came together as samples… wonder how the session will go and if we will manage to do something different? I’ve diecut loads of bits and pieces and so it will be interesting to see what people use! 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Butterfly basics, Masks/Stencils

Playing with Distress Inks

Today I am sharing a card I made a few weeks ago for my friend’s, Sue, birthday. It was a chance for me to play with Distress inks as I haven’t used them in a while due to my obsession with Distress Oxides.

So I blended Shaded Lilac, Twisted Citron and Mermaid Lagoon together and then added the stencilling using a Dylusions stencil. 

I then added the circles using a SU stencil and black versafine.  And then I grabbed my stamp platform and the butterfly basics stamp set. I inked the images several times to make sure that they were very black.

I finished with a sentiment stamped and heat embossed on the little banner and a card candi.

Love how vibrant this is and the modern elements to the card. I also love how the linen card stock added another texture to the background. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Butterfly basics, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Finnabair, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz

Spread your wings art journal page

Yes it is finally a none Christmas related post… it is mixed media art journaling time! And boy has it been a while since I did a page in my journal just for me! 

This is the full spread… And here are some close ups… 

I love these warm colours and all of the texture and pattern from using the pieces of patterned paper.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Butterfly basics, Distress oxide ink, Foiling, Gelatos, Faber Castell

Butterfly themed ATC swap (198, 199, 200!!!)

So today I have three ATCs to share with you that I made for a butterfly themed swap with UK stampers forum.

Two started life as the gelato background I did in class a couple of weeks ago. 

I added stamping and doodling and of course the obligatory butterfly. The butterfly I used on all three was a stamp from Creative Stamping magazine. 

I also used the Butterfly basics quote on this. You might just be able to see there is some texture paste on this and some little bits of foiling too. 

The next one is from the same background. But this one I added some grey inking and plenty of stickles.  There are also a few splodges of distress oxides to add some contrast.

To continue on the bling theme I also used some sequins to embellish.

Next a different background entirely.  This was a background I made with Helen in her scrapbooking class and I ended up cutting it up for ATCs. It was using the ink smooshing method and sprays.  To this I added some stamping using the Creative magazine stamps and distress oxides.  I then heat embossed the Butterfly and used the oxides to paint the colour.  I also added sequins and the label sentiment.

So three ATCs using the same butterfly stamps but each different. 

And with a great big fanfare that is 200 ATCs made so far this year! Whoop! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine