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 

Design Team, Paperartsy Emma Godfrey

Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge… a cute anniversary card

Hello there.

I am late with this month’s Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge but have finally got my act together and managed to get my card finished and photographed.

I used the the wonderful paper and images from a Making Cards magazine and some crumb cake cardstock. The paper goes with slightly different images but I loved this feather paper and the romantic image.

Now off to do a quick trawl round the rest of the blog dt and see what they made using their patterned paper stash.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Emma Godfrey, Paperartsy Hot Picks, PATWITS circle journal, Timeless Textures

Circle journal for Chris

Today I finally get to share what I made for Chris’ circle journal. She had made her journal using cardboard envelopes… so fab and very unlikely to fall apart with using mediums on them as they are nice and sturdy. She also had a fab idea of giving some prompts and the one I had for mine was to include numbers of different kinds on it. So I went to town with the numbers!

Here was the first layer I created.

I used plenty of soft and earthy colours of Fresco finish paints to create the background and then added stamped numbers from lots of different Paperartsy sets.

Then using an Andy Skinner stencil I added some iridescent medium. Then I left it to dry.

The next day I added some more paint to tone down the background a little and added some stencilling, splatters and marks with the edge of a credit card.

I must admit I still wasn’t sure what to so with this page next. I grabbed some paper that had an index from an atlas on it, ripped it and added distress oxide in fired brick and vintage photo and then the mojo started to work properly. Next thing I knew I had been sewing on the machine and by hand, stamping the main image. Stamping and embossing with frantage and I had this lovely sewing themed page.

The finishing touches were to add some Tim Holtz stickers (including some number ones) adding some inktense to them.

I am so pleased with how this ended up. I really had no idea where to go with it but it came together beautifully and I enjoyed making it immensely. Just hope Chris likes what I did.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Finnabair, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gorjuss, Happy Moments, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Emma Godfrey, Paperartsy Kim Dellow

Masterboard card class

Tonight some friends are popping over to mine to make some cards using a masterboard as the basis. 

Here is the masterboard I created for the basis of the samples.

I used Paperartsy fresco finish paints and a mixture of stencils and stamps.

Here are the samples … but obviously the end products may be very different due to the unique nature of creating a masterboard. 

Card one I used Kim Dellow stamps to create the flowers and added a doily to separate the bright blooms from the background. In all except one card the feature image is watercoloured using SU inks and a waterbrush.

Card two uses the finnabair stamp to add the feature stamped onto the same yellow cardstock as the mount to the panel and sentiment.

Card three I decided to jazz up the panel by die cutting a section out. I also added some shimmer ink on top of the watercoloured presents to add some additional shine.

Card four uses the cut out from card three to add interest behind the Gorjuss Girl image.

All in all a fun set of cards made with one piece of 6 x 12 cardstock for the masterboard.

Love this method of making cards.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Indigo Blu, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Emma Godfrey

Up up and away birthday card

Hi

Today I have a piece of the background I made as part of last week’s crafty session with friends which I cut out to use differently than the sample. 

I then took the hot air balloon I had created for another card that night and added it to this instead.

I don’t like creating the same thing over and over so it was good to find these went together so well! 

What’s more this has given me the idea for the next playtime session with friends! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

P.S. it’s my Dad’s birthday today but I didn’t give him this card …. instead I gave him the boat card I shared last week. But still … Happy birthday to my lovely Dad! 

P.P.S. I actually haven’t given him any cards as he is away…. they are here for when he gets back to the UK! 

Gelli Plate, Paperartsy Emma Godfrey, Paperartsy Kim Dellow

Gelli plate card

Whilst I was trying to sort out the piles of stuff on my craft desk I came across a lovely gelli print I had made last month and decided to do something with it . I decided to keep it simple and just add a bold image and sentiment and make it into a card.

I chose the Kim Dellow Paperartsy stamp and once I had stamped it using archival I then coloured the image using distress oxides inks. This provided a subtle colour.

I then stamped the sentiment using the Emma Godfrey stamps. I edged the paper with black ink and then adhered it to the cardblank. So much a lovely way to use up the gelli print. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine