Canvas and Mixed Media art, Clare Lloyd, Digital stamps, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Hot Picks, Kim Dellow, Masks/Stencils, PATWITS circle journal

PATWITS circle journal: Chris’s ribbon holder journal 

Today I can share with you the creations I added to Chris’ cute little ribbon holder journal.  Here is side one…

I created the background using fresco finish paint, stamps and stencils and then stamped the main image straight onto the background. I then added translucent paints to add more colour.  I then added a transparent glossy texture paste over the top through a stencil. Love the effect this gives to the final project.

The other side I got a completely different style. 

Again  the background was created using stamps and stencils with Fresco finish paints but this time I also added some Seth style doodles and marks. 

The main feature is a digital stamp from Ppinky dolls. After colouring her with Promarkers I added her to the background and then framed her with a hand drawn frame. I then added gilding wax to the outside of the frame to add some sheen to the finish. 

Love how I achieved two very different looks to the ribbon holder tag. Hope Chris likes them too! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Clare Lloyd, Masks/Stencils, Tap tap tap

Updated page

A quick post tonight to show the final page I shared yesterday with some tweaks.  I knew I wasn’t happy with it so when I got into the craft room today I knew I wanted to do something…. 

I added some pen doodles and white paint pen doodles to the die cut shapes and then to some of the stencilling.  Then I added some black gesso in some splodgy stripes and few flicks. I also added some stamping using the letter stamp from the Tap Tap Tap SU set. 

Much happier with this now.

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Canvas and Mixed Media art, Clare Lloyd, Masks/Stencils

Apologies for being AWOL again 

Yup I disappeared from blog land again. Continuing dramas of the father in laws ill health and prolonged hospital stays, the unexpected and tragic death of another family member, an amazing holiday in Cornwall and now the move of the father in law into a care home and resulting clearing of his flat has kept me busy and away from crafting … and combined with this, my parents are still living in the craft room so popping in there for 10 mins crafting isn’t possible either.  

The last bit changes tomorrow though as they are heading back to Spain so I get my craft room back and hopefully some time to pop in there in between the chaos of our life! 

I did find an hour a few days ago to complete some ATC’S for a swap and finish a journal page started in early July.  The journal page is one in my Paperartsy challenge journal and was for the theme of Paper piecing.

I made the background using the distress ink pads and just pressing them straight onto the paper in a patchwork type of pattern. Then sprayed them to make them bleed slightly. Then used some die cuts I’ve had for a while from a scrapbook class Helen did.  Then I added gesso and acrylic paint to blend them in a bit.  Next I stencilled using Paperartsy stencils and added some stamping.  The paper pieced girl is a Clare Lloyd girl and I used some Stampin Up dsp for the dress.  Finally some doodles and the quote stamp I’ve had for a while and never got round to using before.

Not as happy with this page as I normally am but putting it down to being a little out of practice due to how long it’s been since I did any art journalling.  But still it is a page done in my challenge journal.  I am now a fair number of topics behind but will get there once the room is mine again I am sure.

See you tomorrow with the ATC share and hopefully some news that I am back in the room!

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Canvas and Mixed Media art, Clare Lloyd, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, JOFY, Kim Dellow, Masks/Stencils, PATWITS circle journal, Treasure Gold

Tracy’s PATWITS journal

Time for another patwits journal page to share…. This time in Tracy’s lovely mixed shape journal. All of the spreads have different edges and some reveal the pages below.  I can’t wait to see how it all looks at the end when the pages are complete.  I imagine it will look stunning! 

Anyways… what to do in this fabulous journal???

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A quick round up of the layers!
Fresco finish paints, distress crayons, stamps and stencils.  Then a Clare Lloyd girl. 

Then I stopped… unsure what else to do!

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Decided to add some treasure gold to the girls dress.

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Added some more doodles to the girl and outlined her dress and hair again with Indian ink.

Then decided to add some of Kim Dellow’s circle trees/flowers dangling from the top!

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After colouring the dangling circles I added more doodling to them using the Indian ink and the same to the girl and round the page. I also then stamped the quote stamp onto the page. I wanted the heart word to stand out though so I added a pearl accents heart and then added the heart word on another piece of cardstock I doodled round and embedded it in the heart.
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I added dots of the pearl accents and some glossy accents round the page for a bit of additional texture and of course my name and the month so Tracy knows who did the page.
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Really happy with how this came out. Love doing circle journals and the joy of getting one in the post to pour over the details of what has already been created.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Clare Lloyd, Darcy, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Hot Picks, Kim Dellow, Masks/Stencils

Mini Marvels – altered playing cards

My friend Chris, who organises us for the Patwits circle journal also runs a fb group called Mini Marvels,  where it’s all about small artwork.

A while ago I participated in a mail art swap and this last month I’ve done an altered playing card challenge too.

We had to alter 9 playing cards (ATC size) and then swap them, and in return we get 9 back and then have to bind them and share them. 

I decided 9 individual designs was a bit much completely from scratch so instead went for two different background designs and went from there…

All the cards (I made 12 in total in case of distress! ) got a coat of black gesso.

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Then a strip of book print which wraps round and covers some of the back too.  This is when I realised the gloss finish to the cards may present an issue in terms of getting the paint to adhere. Ah well I decided to plough on.

One got a pink, purple and pale blue background… and some more gesso.

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By this time the paint was adhering better.

The others I went with blue and green and cream…

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In both cases I used Darcy’s stamps from Paperartsy.

By now I had started to separate out the cards and it was more that I had 10 good cards to play with rather than the 14… the others will get finished at some point though!

I then realised I would want to do something to the backs so they got a coat of black gesso too … which invariably ended up on some of the fronts too as I am such a messy crafter!

Next I stamped some of the Darcy images onto tissue paper, coloured them with ink and adhered them.
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Yes by this time I am down to 10 cards due to various little messes! So time to individualise them…
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This one I added a printed little phrase off and also added Dream stamp from Clare Lloyd in the background. A little bit of doodling and some stickles. No 1 done!

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This time I stamped in white and then black for the sentiment and added stickles to the key and edged the card with white. No 2 done!

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This one I over stamped the whole card with the Darcy stamp then added the printed phrase. No 3 done!

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This one I added the compass type stamp and a printed phrase then added some touches of glitter glue. You guessed it… no 4 done!

No 5 is a bit different…. yes I took one of the ones without the key that I had thought was no good and added the Clare Lloyd face stamp… and again on bookprint. Perfect!
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Painted the hair and details and added the sentiment and some glitter glue dots. No 5 done!

Now for the other backgrounds…
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This needed some leaves (Darcy ones) and the sentiment (Hot picks) and some black edging. No 6 done!
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This one I added the word stamping and then the Bird from Hot Picks in white gesso first and then in black. Then added the sentiment from the Hot Picks set. No 7 done!

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More birds and grasses. The birds are the Kim Dellow cute ones and the grasses are Darcy ones. Super cute!
No 8 done!

And finally!

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Added the flying birds from Darcy’s stamps and then the Hot Picks collage type stamp onto book paper and then stamped Fly on to it.

So here is the full set…
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9 different but similar cards.

The backs are all black gesso with a stencilled design on them… ready for people to do as they wish with them.

And here is the collection I received!
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Aren’t they fabulous? Love each of them. Now just got to dream up a way of displaying/keeping them to finish off the challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Clare Lloyd, Digital stamps, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils

Scraping the shoes!

Another card I made on Sunday having a go at scraping paint keeping a white border.  As you will see I need more practice!

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Next a layer of white, with stencilling and a few bits of stamping.  I also added a little bit of doodling round the edge of the panel.  In fitting with the Paperartsy challenge… I am pretty sure that I need to do doodling than this when it comes to my journal page! Lol!

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A bit more stencilling…

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Time to add the sentiment and feature!  I chose the shoes digital stamp from Bugaboo and the Clare Lloyd sentiment.
Final touch was some glossy transparent paste stencilling and mounting it on to pink card stock and a card blank.

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A cute card… scraping needs some work on keeping the lines neat but love it!
Entering this into the Craft stamper challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Clare Lloyd, Masks/Stencils

Playing with a tag and Clare’s girl!

Decided to have a little play with one of Clare Lloyd stamp girls on a tag.  I started by adding gesso to the tag and then added some black gesso through a stencil before adding some Mermaid Lagoon distress ink.

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Then I added the girl which I had stamped and coloured on another sheet of paper.  Added the white dots with a white paint pen.

Finally added the sentiment using black Indian ink.

The card blank I added it to I used a stencil brush to add the same ink colour and also added some pattern using the same stencil.

I found some lovely trims in the scrap box and used them to finish off the tag.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Clare Lloyd, Darcy, Ellen Vargo

Random Paperartsy cards

I am part of a birthday card group where Paperartsy cards get sent to people for their birthday. I made these to go in the stash for the year.

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For both of them I used Clare Lloyd stamps and distress inks.  I also decorated the envelopes.

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I also made a flower card using Ellen Vargo and Darcy stamps with a JOFY sentiment.

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And again decorated the envelope.

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To this card I also added some dots of foiling.  Still not got good results for the foiling heatwave pen except dots and lines but still love the shiny luxurious finish!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Beautiful Brocade, Clare Lloyd, Gingham Garden, Henry Says, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Promarkers, Letraset, Ticket punch, Use them or Lose them

Three sheet wonder… set 2 and 3 of cards

Yesterday I shared the first part of the three sheet wonder I did from the Gingham Garden dsp I am using up as part of this year’s Use them or Lose them challenge.

Today I have set 2 and set 3 of the cards I made.

Firstly I used the fabulous Clare Lloyd girl stamp to create these two cards…

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I coloured the girl with Promarkers and the sentiment is a Lawn Fawn one I thought worked with the style of card.

The next are using a stamp from a random other set I got in a sale… but quite funky!

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I used the ticket punch and the sentiment from the Henry Says sey.   I used embossing for the bottom layer to add more texture, and the lovely bakers twine too.

These I remembered to stamp the envelope too…

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Simple, but a nice finishing touch I think.
I have a couple more sets of cards to share from this bumper One sheet wonder.  Pop back tomorrow to see how I finished these off.  Love how different the little sets are.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Clare Lloyd, Darcy, Ellen Vargo, Masks/Stencils

Trying out the block out method… updated!

A couple of nights ago in the midst of the new Paperartsy releases Leandra (the Paperartsy head honcho) did a periscope (a live video broadcast) where she showed how to do the block out method… I must admit as much as I love the effects of what people have done using this in journal spreads I have never tried it myself… but watching Leandra do it made me brave to try it on a tag!

Here is my process…

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Pink and purple paint blended onto tag.

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Also added some pale blue.

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Stencilling with paint and script stamping.

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More stamping.  Now to add the main feature … I chose to make a flower from Darcy stamps…

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First the stem and some leaves… then I wanted a heart based flower…  but forgot to take a picture at this stage … so instead the next picture is once I had blocked out the background…

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So this is where I got to… and I learnt…
1. deco art crafters acrylic are NOT opaque.  I need more fresco finish paints. 
2. Using more of a contrast for the blocking out would work better for the flower to pop.
3. My painting isn’t very neat so I need to be more careful to not go over the lines of the image as much.
4. Being brave and trying new things is fun.

So this is another entry for the Paperartsy challenge which to be honest is going to play second fiddle at the moment on the blog due to all the new fab stamps, stencils and paints they are releasing this week. But remember it is still all about hearts.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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