Everything Eleanor, Watercolor words, YouTube video

Everything Eleanor

Today I have a YouTube video to share with you of a card I made using the fabulous Everything Eleanor stamp set. This really is a classic set and I hadn’t used it in a while. But I still love it. 

And here is the card I made. I did loads of masking and then watercoloured with the inks. I love the way the early espresso blended with the pinks.

Love the sentiment from Watercolour Words too… Perfect! 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Dictionary, Distress oxide ink, Everything Eleanor, Finnabair, Masks/Stencils

Tag swap for UK stampers forum

This month there was a new swap arranged for UK stampers … to decorate a tag.  I chose to do one of my black tags. Although there is very little black by the end. 

Gesso brushed roughly on the tag to provide a good prime for the surface and then added some distress oxide in blues and greens. 
I stamped the Dictionary background randomly all over and then the Everything Eleanor swirl.  I also added some stencilling with a Paperartsy stencil. 

I then grabbed some scraps of paper and added paint and ink and then added it to the tag. Onto this I stencilled the iridescent medium triangles. 

The main feature is the heat embossed post & butterfly stamp panel (an old Craft stamper freebie stamp) which I coloured using distress stains.  The sentiment is a finnabair one.   I did lots of doodling and outlining and then added some fun pieces of trim and ribbon to finish off. 

Such fun to make.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Brushos, Dictionary, Everything Eleanor, Masks/Stencils, Raggy Dolls

Raggydoll sisters … a new circle journal

My raggydoll sisters are some of my favourite people in the world.  We formed our sisterhood through a circle journal and I know we will be friends for life.  One of the group had had some time away from art journalling and needed some help getting started again so I suggested a journal swap and a few others wanted to join in… so we are currently a group of five on this project. 

The idea is to do a background on a journal page and then pass it to the next person for them to finish.  They then create a background and pass the journal onto someone else who will then finish the page etc.  No idea how this will work in reality but it was a bit different from the usual circle journal ideas so I thought it was worth a try.

So I wanted to keep costs low for this for my journal so created this loose leaf journal from pieces of scrap cardstock that I had to hand. They are all the backs from patterned paper packs or watercolour pads.  I cut them down to roughly 6×6 inches.  The covers were a thicker cardstock and I cut these slightly larger.  For the time being they are bound with book rings to make life easy for posting and for them to be created on.

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So my first background I decided to add some sewing pattern pieces to.

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This added some texture and pattern.  As I had them out I decided to add Brushos and use satin glaze to activate them which should make them more permanent.

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I used Purple, Brilliant Red and Cobalt Blue.  I loved this effect and will be trying this again but for this background I wanted something more.

So next I took my brayer and some cream coloured acrylic paint and added it to the page.

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This picked up the texture and muted the colours a little.

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Next I stamped the Dictionary stamp in archival and the Everything Eleanor swirl in purple acrylic paint.

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I then added the stencilled pattern and loads of white and black splatters.  And done!

The theme for this page is flowers… I wonder how Leanne who will finish the page will finish it… It is such a strange but cool idea to now leave the whole page for her to finish off!   I also get a page to finish off that Marie has started.  This is an exciting project and will share how it goes over the next few months.

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I also started on the journal cover. Not entirely sure that the plan was to do the covers too at this point but at least I’ve got it started.

Here is the first stage.

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I used brushos and satin glaze to add the background and then acrylic paint for the stencil and stamping.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Apothecary Accents, Butterfly basics, Dies, Everything Eleanor, Hello Doily, Ribbons, Timeless Textures

Time to make a pretty card

My parents asked me to make a golden wedding anniversary card for their friends and I finally got round to it.

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I used the Hello Doily stamp (pinched it back off the lose it pile!) And the Everything Eleanor swirl.  Then I brushed round the edge with the stencil brushes.

Next I added a die cut panel using the Apothecary Accents and brushed that too.  Then added a little bit of stamping using Timeless Textures and Butterfly Basics to add a bit of pattern.

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The anniversary panel was die cut from the same cardstock as the mount and then added the little bow and some gold peel offs as accents.

I so rarely use peel offs but in this case it seemed to be the best idea and worked really nicely.

So I hope that they like this for their friends and it is a fitting celebration of 50 years of marriage.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Apothecary Accents, Claritystamps, Everything Eleanor

70th wedding anniversary

A talented cake maker of mine asked me to make a special card for her mum and dad as they are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary.  Imagine that… 70 years of being together. Such an achievement!!!

So I grabbed a large card, some crumb cake and the fabulous Everything Eleanor stamps.  Then the gorgeous letterbox set from Clarity… perfect for personal messages.

I set to stamping using various shades of light brown (Sahara Sand, Baked Brown Sugar, Crumb Cake), did some die cutting and finished off with some fussy cutting!

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I added lots of little dots of liquid pearls too.  Then inside I added the same flowers and swirls…

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… and a similar motif for the envelope too…

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Love how this came out… and importantly so did my friend.

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Happy crafting!

Catherine

Affection Collection, Bliss, Everything Eleanor, Hello Doily, Language of Love, Ribbons

Second golden wedding anniversary card

Hello dear readers

You may recall that a few weeks ago I posted about a golden wedding anniversary card I made as a commission for my parents. Well I made two as they have two couples to give them to in the coming months.

This one I decided on a blue theme for it, the other a red, this way they were both different… And the designs I chose were indeed very different!

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I started with a square of whisper white and decorated it with stamping… Used Hello doily, Bliss, Language of Love, Affection Collection And Everything Eleanor stamps, in all different shades of blues and a bit of Smoky Slate thrown in too! I then cut a small strip out of the square so that it was two panels and stuck them to the Lost Lagoon cardstock. Next some glimmer paper and another mount of white and one in Island Indigo.

I decided to add a doily and I wrapped round the layered panels one of the lovely pleated ribbons… So decadent. This was then affixed to the card blank.

Next I created the topper out of die cut circles, one of which I edged with gold one, and onto this I stamped the sentiment. Not 100% happy with the sentiment… Who would have thought with all the stamps I have I have only one anniversary stamp … And I am not that keen on that!

Overall though, I love this card. Nice a classy and elegant with the right amount of bling for a golden wedding.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Canvas and Mixed Media art, Everything Eleanor, Inktense, Derwent, Perfect Blend, Random Crafts

Art journalling… First of the year… With Fairefoxes!

Hi there. Hope you are well. Today I reclaimed the craft room for a few hours! After taking the parents to the airport to fly home to Spain I managed a couple of hours playtime in the craft room. I do love having the parents here, but miss my crafting time as the spare room is the craft room. So it was good to get back in there in the time I had to myself as I was off for the afternoon.

So what did I do? Well I did a page in my journal. Why? Well because my friend Rae inspired me to do so. She is running an art journalling weekly blog and encouraging art journallers… Experienced and novice to join her. So I count myself somewhere in the middle of that and wanted to join in this week.

The first challenge is … Firsts! So obviously not my first ever page… But my first of this year. I spotted the quote on Pinterest and thought it worked well!

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The journal I grabbed is a not particularly good quality sketchbook I’ve had for a while. The pages bleed through so I decided to glue two together to give them more strength. I also added some washi tape to stop the paper tearing too much near the binding. Suspect there will be a fair few pages torn out if I carry on using this journal… Oh well… Started now and loved this page!

Dylusions spray through a stencil … In a complete aside… Dylusions acrylic paint launching at CHA this week… NEED!!! Anyways, added some ink with a dauber through a circle stencil and then outlined the circles.

Next I added the swirl from Everything Eleanor stamp set using the Inktense blocks to provide the watery look to the stamping. I added the Dictionary stamping then down the left hand side.

Then I stamped the letters out using some random stamps I picked up in Paperchase and handcut each one. Then stuck them down and outlined them.

When I had put them on the page I realised I needed a focal image… Just immediately thought of the coffee cup in Perfect Blend with the rule the world sentiment and thought it was perfect. Used some paper I had wiped the stencil off on for stamping the cup, and added some extra shading using Inktense. Then cut it out and stuck it down. Once it was stuck down I added some more shading to make it look more 3d. Finishing touch was adding the date to the bottom corner!

So two hours play… One page done… Happy girl!

Happy crafting!

Catherine