Alcohol Inks, Art Alchemy paints, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Ellen Vargo, Emma Godfrey, Honey Bee, In Bloom, Kim Dellow, Lin Brown, Love you More, Oh So Ombre, Pierced Blooms, Raggy Dolls, Ribbons, Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap, Washi tape, YouTube video

Mixed media Monday ATC flipbooks

I decided to make some cute ATC flipbooks for my raggy doll sisters as a little treat to send through the post. It took me a few different sessions to put these together so bear with me with the many pics of the process.

Session 1…

I started with ATC cut from amazon packaging and made lots of layers of paint, paper and stamping.

I used a lot of different supplies and had lots of fun creating these (there are 8 of us in the group so I made one for me to keep too!).

Next I made page two …

Side one (awaiting finishing touches) and side two…

Again it was fun to just play with supplies I had to hand and make some cute ATCs.

Next session I played with alcohol inks on slightly shiny card and created these cards… after playing with the alcohol ink, I stamped and embossed a grungy background stamp from the stash, added back washi and then stamped the Bee onto some French bookprint.

The reverse I used the same alcohol ink but more of a blended finish and added some stamped leaves, die cut flowers and a sentiment with a fun resin centre for each of the flowers.

I also worked on the back card which I also made from corrugated card and added more of the neon pink paint.

This time I added it after adding some Tim Holtz tissue wrap with matt medium and also added some black gesso round the edge. I then used some art alchemy paint in black for some sparkle (it doesn’t really show in the photos unfortunately). I then used black gesso to paint the wooden Love word and glued them into place and added a sparkly gem and some dots of black enamel to finish off. They were still drying in the picture so not the best pics but you get the idea.

I kept the back really simple with scrapbook scrap paper and a stamped and sticker date. I later signed my name but that didn’t make it to the photo archive! Also the odd one out here was the one for me as I ran out of the paper I had been using for the rest!

I did add a couple more pages but didn’t photo them whilst unattached … plus included little messages for my friends. I did however make a little flip through video and share it on YouTube.

Then I punched the top of each card with my cropadile and used a colourful book ring to fix them together.

I then went mad with ribbon scraps adding little colourful bits of trim to each of them… here they all are on my floor ready for packing.

I hope you liked this little project, I certainly had lots of fun making them and thinking lovely thoughts about my friends, whom I got to know 10 years ago this year.

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

Deco art fluid acrylics, Elenazinski, Family Journalling, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils, Washi tape

Mixed Media Monday: Family journalling

Yes I have indeed started another journal, although this was one I bought which has really narrow notebooks in it. I chose the one with blank pages to start on (there are lined and grid page notebooks too) and decided to make it into a journal for adding pages about family members… and started with the youngest member of the family… my youngest great nephew, Hugo, born November 2020.

I have yet to meet him (or indeed my youngest niece who is 2) so I am reliant on photos I am sent or see on Facebook etc.

Decided to mainly use the soft green cloud paper I had cut into for another project and other papers on the desk along with the cute journalling card which I created into a flip so I could put some journalling behind it.

The Welcome sign was cut from some packaging I had on the desk and the heart stencilled piece was a Gelli print I made earlier in the day for another project but decided not to use … decided it was perfect for adding to this page, along with the wipe off from my brayer.

I stamped Hugo using some large alpha stamps from Paperartsy and love how that came out.

On the circles I punched and added, I also punched and added hearts and then used glossy accents to make them into dimensional embellishments and went to town with doodled lines etc.

Quite a quick page to put together and good that most of it was using up stash off the desk so required no new items or papers and pleased I could add in a bit of mixed media too with the Gelli print etc.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Elenazinski, Happy Celebrations, Paper Blooms, Picture perfect birthday, Pierced Blooms, Scalloped tag topper

Stampin Up Sunday … Happy 15th Birthday Maya

Today is the 15th birthday of my baby girl! Boy do I feel old!

Anyway it’s a day for her (yes I know everyone else is doing mothering Sunday but mine has been postponed for a week!)… and so of course todays blog is her birthday card.

It was mainly SU products… admittedly the paper is saleabration so no longer available, not are the sentiments… but I think it still qualifies! 😄

I went a bit overboard but love how it came out! Paper Blooms dsp, Soft sea foam, Petal Pink and seaside spray cardstock all layered up with a bit of embossing and Pierced Blooms dies.

I added the Happy Celebrations stamping, some letter stickers for her name and foam stickers for the 15.

The focal image was from a Making Cards magazine that I thought worked nicely. Then finished off with pearls and some wink of Stella and a glossy accents on the crown.

Inside the card I used the off cuts of the dsp and stamped a sentiment from an old stamp set (Picture perfect birthday) which I thought worked well, and added more die cuts.

I ended up having to make an envelope as I didn’t have any big enough (it’s a 7×7 card). So I used some of the dsp, and leftover card. I stamped her name and then cut out the large flower from a piece of leftover dsp.

I also made a coordinating tag for on her gift…

So happy birthday to my gorgeous princess Maya xxx

Entering the card into the Use an Embossing Folder challenge at Just us Girls

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Elenazinski, Junk Journal 2021, Washi tape

More junk journalling … very interactive fold out page

Today I have a very interactive fold out page in my junk journal which I made and documented the different fashion statements of lockdown… pj’s or full makeup and nice dress!

I made this page over a series of sessions and threw loads of bits at it… patterned papers, stickers and washi…

Really happy with how it ended up.

Fun to create something with so many elements and fold outs and hidden bits of journalling.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Elenazinski, Junk Journal 2021, Lollipop Box Kit, Masks/Stencils, Washi tape

Junk Journal 2021 … a couple of pages

I’ve got a few pages in my junk journal for 2021 to share with you.

First up a page documenting a trip to the new office. Admittedly it was only a quick visit to reception to collect a new laptop but still it was my first real visit inside and I love how modern and posh it looked. Lookong forward to the day when we can get in there to actually work for the day and use all the facilities.

I took two pics and got them printed off and created the flip up to fit both pics and the journalling. Used lots of bits of papers I had in the box of bits, plus some bits I received in the post that day (the yellow ombre was a card I received, the brown was part of an envelope).

Next up a simple page documenting the new logo for my blog… well why the heck not?

Love these very different but fun pages.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Darcy, Ladybird book journal, Lawn Fawn, Oh So Ombre, Ribbons, Washi tape

Ladybird book journal

I’ve really got a thing for journalling at the moment… especially junk type journals. Well this was following s class that Lollipop Box Club’s Lisa is doing Patreon and I decided not only to follow the class but to make a similar themed journal as her sample/demo… a journal of things that make me smile.

I had loads of fun with an old Ladybird book, taking it apart (carefully) and then decorating it and putting it back together to make a journal.

I started with this second hand book which I bought off Etsy. I’d love to go to a second hand book shop in real life, but it’s just not possible in lockdown so etsy it had to be!

I carefully removed the pages from the book, it handily came out in three signatures and then added some gesso to the cover.

I chose some patterned papers to add to the signatures and then realised I needed to widen the spine so I cut the spine and added patterned paper to create the wider spine. I strengthened it to make sure it was going to hold and then went to town decorating the front.

I used a lot of scraps I had to hand some bits and bobs I had lying around. I included some things that are favourites of mine… bright colours, the Darcy heart, sari silk ribbon, tags, bookprint and glossy accents on the die-cut smile.

Then I bound the signatures in using the brightly coloured twine.

Really looking forward to working in this journal adding in the things and stories that make me smile. Not sure if I have mentioned on the blog already or not but my word of the year is smile so this seems like a good project to help me achieve my goals of bringing a smile to every day.

On this particular day (I made it a couple of weeks ago) what made me smile a lot was sharing the table to create with my daughter who was working on her textiles gcse work. I got so much pleasure out of watching her create.

These little pics may well need printing for inclusion on the first page of the journal in fact!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alpaca Pals, Badass Chick, Darcy, Inchies and Twinchies, Mama Elephant, Promarkers, Letraset, Scalloped tag topper, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Washi tape

Heart embellishments

Another swap with hearts! This time I had to make six embellishments for the recipient to use either in a journal or on a card etc.

Here is what I made…

Clockwise from top left…

1. a ribbon and muslin combo with a stamped and gilded heart and a little gem.

2. Canvas stamp with inky collage.

3. Collage paper onto pink card with washi tape and a stamped heart and stamped sentiment.

4. Twinchie with patterned paper and a plastic tape with stamped and embossed glossy hearts.

5. A tag with stamping and collage elements.

6. Little card with stamped and coloured cat and balloon image.

Love how they all came out.

Entering these into the anything but a card challenge at Simon says stamp challenge blog

Happy crafting!

Catherine

fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Hot Picks, Junk Journal 2021, Washi tape

Mixed media Monday… Making a junk journal

My new obsession for this year has been junk journal making and watching junk journalling videos on YouTube. It all started because I joined in with a challenge at the Inchies and Twinchies Facebook group to make a junk journal. The plan is to have swap challenges throughout the year to build up a junk journal… of course I am rubbish at following the instructions and already started filling mine up! Lol!

The first challenge was to collect items and construct a junk journal. I decided to create a few signatures and enclose them in a travellers notebook style cover. I did buy the cover but I made the signatures from a mix of old watercolour paper pads, gifted book papers, patterned papers brown paper packaging and cardstock. I also included a background sheet made by one of my swap partners.

I decided to make four signatures with the idea that I would do one for each season. I didn’t make them too many sheets as I didn’t want to feel overwhelmed by too many sheets plus I figure they would get super chunky.

I thought having them as travellers notebooks would aid with working on them too as they might lie a bit more flat that way.

And size wise I went with a5 as I thought it was a nice size to work with.

I did create a few pieces of mixed media artwork before I really knew what a junk journal was with the intention of them going in the journal…

The first additions to the journal was to add these onto a couple of pages once I understood more about how junk journalling is meant to work… I say meant to… there aren’t really rules! But anyway I like that I mixed the mixed media style art journalling in with the junk journal and decided to keep doing that throughout the year. The second one I actually videoed the process for… Link

The challenge in February was to make an envelope pocket for your own journal and two for swapping. My first one went straight into my journal as I was working out how to do tip ins etc…

I made a little pocket on the front or the envelope I had cut down and then also made a little tag/bookmark to go in the main section. The front was just lots of bits off the desk including some old stamps, some gelliprinted card and bookprint… and washi too of course!

The reverse of the envelope I gave a different theme…

Again I created a little pocket, in which I added the painted and stamped piece I received in a swap, and the map just seemed relevant for the travel/foreign theme.

I added journalling to the back of the tag to represent what was going on that day… mainly me watching YouTube videos of other people junk journalling!

I also decorated the page to the left of where I added the pocket … so my first page.

Again my page had a little pocket so I added a tag and did some journalling on that. The rest was just bits and pieces off the desk and from the boxes of stash I’ve been saving up and finally found a use for!

So this was my starting point.

A few days later I made a page all about some new Washi tapes I had bought … because … well why not?

I had such fun just picking bits and pieces out of the box and using up embellishments I’ve been gifted or bought over the years and never got round to using. The tag in the pocket at the top has journalling on it about my new washi tapes!

The next couple of pages were dedicated to the swaps I received this month from the UK stampers forum swap…

So I am busy starting to make more pockets and tip in pages and allsorts of other things now… not sure how long the enthusiasm will continue for, but whilst it lasts this is my new obsession!

Happy crafting!

Catherine