Category Archives: Hot Picks

Crafting play session with friends

Tonight I had a few friends come and get inky with me. We played with the gelli plates and inks and brushos and generally had fun making a mess and lots of pretty bright and colourful papers. We didn’t quite get to the point of making a card … I must plan sessions better to make sure we have finished projects! But after they left I sat and cut out images and made up six cards from the stuff I had created… even if they aren’t completely finished cards… they are at least nearly done!

I also still have the pile of images and a few bits of background I can use left too for other projects… I reckon a postcard or two might be featuring some of those bits sometime soon!

Anyway here are the cards.

I think with a little shading, a sentiment and a small amount of embellishing these cards are good to go… and from the stack of paper we gelli printed a good amount of projects can be made!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Inchies for UK stampers forum

My inchies for this month’s swap are using the distress stains again … been a little obsessed with them recently!

After creating them from mountboard I did some stamping using the stains. Once dry, I added the Paperartsy image using versafine.

Love these cute little pieces of art.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Etiquette art journal page

This year I am going to try and do more art journal pages in my own art journal as I neglected it last year in favour of swaps … so I’ve started with this page.

There was some stencilling on the page already in bright pink which started me off and determined the warm colour choice. I added the fossilized amber distress stain all over the page and then added some spiced marmelade and abandoned coral in a few places.

Once dry I added the partial stamping of some random stamps from the bits and bobs stamp box using archival inks. I also added some stencilling using distress ink.

Then I used some ephemera pieces from an old Artful Days goodie box which I inked using the distress stains and then distressed further to give them even more of a shabby chic look.

I also added the image stamped on fabric which I sewed around as per the art weekend we had last year with James Sharpe. I added them together along with stamped tickets. Then I added some flicks of distress resist spray to which I added some baked texture embossing powder so add even more grunge.

I added this to the background and then started adding stickers and the title (cut from some more ephemera) and added doodles using both a gold and a white posca pen. I also added a little bit of additional sparkle using a spectrum noir sparkle pen.

Really love how this came together and it was good to play in my own journal for a change.

Hope you liked seeing the final page too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Hand themed coins

There were a few of us feeling the need to get creative in this period between Christmas and New year so I arranged a quick swap for the coins group I organise… and the theme I chose off the top of my head whilst waiting to have a massage… hands.

These are the three that I made for the swap… I used distress stains to create the background along with the Paperartsy stamps.

Then I stamped the main image in Black versafine and then finished it with a little bit of inking round the edge and splashing some glimmer on them.

Not bad for an impromptu swap make!

Now all that remains is for me to wish you all a very happy New year and to thank for you for supporting my blog in 2018. It’s been the best year for my blog stats wise with new followers and lots of hits … albeit for some older posts via Pinterest! But thank you to regular readers and infrequent visitors alike for popping to my corner of the internet to see what I’ve been up to! Let’s have a colourful and creative 2019!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Rebecca’s circle journal

Today I have something different… a big departure from all the Christmas crafting… my art journal spread in Rebecca’s circle journal.

This is actually the front and back of the spread… so when it is in the journal they are two separate pages…

I used the handmade paper I bought in York for the background and then added panels on top with black gesso and some other papers.

I still kept to the colour scheme with teals/blues and lines/greens. But took different tones for both of the pages.

On the inside I took another approach… but that will have to wait for another day! And if you want to know how it came together… I videoed it here.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

JAM ATC swap

A what? A Just Add More swap! Still no idea… neither did I but the lovely Pat guided us through it.

First I cut three ATC and then did a background on each being careful to not go too far with them….

Then I posted them to the next person who got to add stamping and features etc.

And at this point I got three backgrounds made by the lovely Bev to decorate. Here they are as they arrived with me…

Just love all that colour!

And here is how they ended up before I sent them onto Lou to finish them off…

Next I received the cards Lou had decorated the background on, and then Bev had worked on… they looked like this…

And I finished them off adding my own little elements to each…

And finally got my cards back that had transformed into these fab pieces of art!

These were a fun project to work on … Super hard not to go too far with each layer you were working on though!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Swap distress oxides tag

I made a tag for a swap with lots of layers and funny techniques… I started by using the Lift-ink to stamp with the alcohol inks and added this to the tag. Then I used the distress oxides over the whole tag. Next I used a stencil to add some more distress oxides.

I then stencilled the timeless on the side using another stencil (Seth Apter). Then I splashed some of the sparks paint on the top.

Next I collected together some papers and fabrics including one of the fabric stamped panels I did at the workshop in July. I used staples and some handsewing to then finish off.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alcohol lift-ink experiments

I’ve got the new alcohol lift-ink from Ranger and made a rather lengthy experiment video … here it is!

And here are the two cards I made by the end of the video…

Both rather difficult to photograph … but hopefully you can see what I made…

Love the lift-ink… think it opens up so many more options with alcohol ink backgrounds and of course with multicoloured stamping. Very very happy with my playtime.

Will share, of course, the other experimental pieces once they get made into something.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Circle journal for Wanda

Today I am sharing the last layout I have for this round of circle journals… And it is Wandas fab envelope journal that I get to work in. Her envelopes were a fab texture and purple colour and I didn’t want to cover that up entirely so I decided on a paint scraped background. When I was half way through applying gesso i remembered to put the camera on to record the process. So if you want to see that… here is the link.

Now the final pictures…

I decided to use the lovely Darcy stamps as I love this character so much and wanted her in a magical land of fun flowers and lollipop trees.

So I used lots of layers of colour and mediums to create these interesting flora and had the watercoloured girl with her heart in her hands in amongst them all.

I added lots of sparkly and shiny finishes and I hope Wanda enjoys this whimsical page in her journal.

This weekend I am at a class with some of the other circle journal participants so we will no doubt be spending some time pouring over the finished journals that make their way to the retreat along with creating new art of course!

I’ll share what we are up to here on the blog when I get a chance.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Sarah’s Envelope circle journal

It’s been a while but another circle journal to share today… and this time it is for Sarah.

I had no plan when I started except to pour love into the page because Sarah is going through a tough time at the moment as her son is very poorly… so love and strength were the only things I was thinking of.

I started with a base of collaged book print and then decided to put the camera on to record the process. So you can watch that here

Here is a pic from part way through… lots of paint layers and background stamping and texture paste and cutting out of hearts happened so far…

Still wasn’t sure where to go from here but took a pause (to do boring housework at this point) so it was time to take a pic.

Carried on in a few more sessions and finished up with this…

Absolutely delighted with the final pages. Love all the textures and layers.

Hope that Sarah likes it too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine