Butterfly Bijou, Butterfly Brilliance, Crafters Companion

Stampin Up Sunday butterfly frame card

This week one of my friends at work left our team for a superb promotion. It’s been an emotional week, as whilst I am really proud of her and wish her well, I am going to miss working with her on a daily basis.

This is the card I made for her.

I decided to stamp the Butterfly Brilliance stamp onto some of the Butterfly dsp and die cut it. Then I used four of the butterflies to make this card.

I created a frame with the Petal Pink cardstock and the background using some very old embossed speciality paper I stumbled across in my stash. I then had two butterflies inside the frame and two on the top.

I gave the frame panel some splatters of white gesso and some shimmer ink to add some fun arty splashes and also inked up the edges using my distress oxides.

I chose a Crafters Companion stamp set for the sentiment and embossed it in gold and punched one end into a pennant. I then added the frame panel to a card made from soft sea foam which I had lightly inked around the edges.

Inside the card I added some strips of the dsp and cardstock I had cut into little pennants and inked and added a little die cut butterfly to finish off.

Really happy with how it came out.

Wishing Abbie all the best and know however much I will miss her, she is doing the right thing.

Entering this card into the feature a creature challenge at Dragonfly dreams challenge

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artful Days Goodie Box, Artist Trading Coins, Crafters Companion, JOFY, Shrink plastic, Washi tape, YouTube video

Feathered friend AT Coins

Hello!

Today I have the Artist trading coins I make for the swap group I organise over on Facebook. This month the theme is feathered friends and I ended up with feathers floating round the craft room with what I ended up making!

I have videoed the process for making these if you are interested…. here is the link.

I started with Making Cards magazine papers and used Jofy stamp and a Crafters companion sentiment and the feathers from an old Artful Days goodie box… oh and some shrink plastic. Such fun!

Looking forward to seeing what the other swap participants make of this theme!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Crafters Companion, Distress oxide ink, Swallowtail

Butterfly postcard art swap

This month I joined in another swap over at postcard art Facebook group and the theme was butterflies… so of course Swallowtail had to come out to play!

I started by heat embossing it with a dark red/brown embossing powder onto the mountboard panel. Then added colour to the butterfly using a mix of Aged Mahogany, worn lipstick and Fossilized Amber distress oxide. After a few layers of the oxide applies with a water brush I then also added the fossilized amber to the rest of the background and flicks of the aged mahogany. I heat embossed the sentiment from Crafters Companion and also edged the card too with archival inks. I then added a generous amount of wink of Stella to the butterfly.

Then to seal I heat embossed the whole panel with clear embossing. I did this several times especially over the butterfly. This gave it a smoother feel in the centre.

Hopefully from the close up you can see the smooth texture and some of the shimmer to the butterfly.

Love how this came out and very tempted to make another to keep. Hope the recipient likes it too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Crafters Companion, Distress oxide ink, Inktense, Derwent, Petal Palette

Three Petal Palette ATCs

Tonight I have three ATCs which started as a bit of playtime with some book print and Inktense black watercolouring. I adhered the book print to a piece of cardstock to give it strength and coated it with Matt medium. Then started adding lots of water and Inktense colour using a brush. I dried it a couple of times to add layers and then added lots of flicks of colour too plus some splashes of pink shimmer spray.

Once it was completely dry I cut it into three ATCs in landscape.

I added a scrap of patterned paper from the stash and then started stamping. I used the petal palette stamp set for the image and although I changed the position for each one I kept to the same image. I used the stamping platform to ensure I could make the image darker. I then added a little colour using some distress oxide water coloured. I then added the sentiment heat embossed from a Crafters Companion stamp set and then edged them with the distress oxides.

Love how these came out and the soft finish to the background I made.

The theme for this month’s swap at UK stampers is florals so going to be swapping these lovely ATC through that swap.

Happy crafting! Catherine

Crafters Companion, Distress oxide ink

Inchies…. they’re really quite small! 

I’ve never made inchies before but joined in on a swap to make six. When it got to the point of cutting them to size  (1″x1″) I was shocked as to how small they actually are. I know that sounds strange but it was only when I had cut them did I realise that the size was quite restrictive.

Anyway I started with my Distress oxides and some scraps of mixed media cardstock. 

I did two different colour palettes and then cut three from each. 

Now for the stamping. I chose a stamp set from Crafters Companion and chose a couple of stamps that fit the small space! 

I chose to emboss the image with gold embossing powder. Then I edged each tile with sepia archival ink. 

Love how these turned out but not sure that inchies are my thing. Think I’ll stick to atcs as my mini artworks from now on! 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine