Hello there blog readers… so today I actually had to produce some output at work, leading to lots of procrastination but eventually getting there. The procrastination period however has led to me finally reading/scanning all of the emails in the inbox from the 4 and half weeks off… so also productive albeit not on the work that I should have been doing. Got there in the end though so all is good.
Hubby got the Wii Fit out today too and did 30 mins on it before work … I’m considering having a go tonight but who knows whether that will actually happen or not!
I have however done a short walk after work to the supermarket and back so I’ve done an attempt at exercise. I might point out that the walk to the supermarket led to eating liqorice allsorts on the sofa under a blanket… my first slip on healthy eating and another reminder that my strength as a result of covid is rubbish!
Ah well… onto the crafting!
Like Monday, I have a stripes based swap to share. This time it’s the artist trading coins I made for the UK Stampers Forum swap.
I followed much the same process for these coins as I did for yesterday’s tag, using scrap strips of cardstock for the backgrounds.
This time I also added stamping and embossing on some strips and coloured stamping on others.
Also I added some dots using my posca pen to some strips. On the white strips I also added some green stripes using my promarker pen.
I then used a scrap of a the Pretty Peacock card to stamp and emboss the mini Jofy flower. Then played with the Prismacolour pencils to add some colour.
The sentiment was stamped on the shaded spruce scraps and then adhered across the flower and gems added to finish off.
I loved playing with the strips to create the stripes background. Made a really fun background to play with.
OK its now or never for the wii fit… decisions, decisions!
So today was the first day back at real work after a month away (covid and Christmas) and although it was a bit anxiety raising my lovely team made me feel fab within minutes of starting the day. Feel so grateful I work with such lovely people.
Anyways, I thought as I attempt to blog daily I might include a bit more of real life in my blogs, not just craft… what do you think?
Let me know if you want me to shut up about real world in the comments below.
As I type this I am waiting for the groceries delivery … well it is a Gusto meal delivery thing rather than the boring supermarket shop … and thinking I should really be doing something good for me like exercise … but hey I’ve eaten healthy all day exercise too would just make me a saint right? So instead I’m lying on the spare bed doing this and having a bit of a chill out.
The crafty sharing today is actually something I made between Christmas and New year knowing that once I get back into the swing of work that the likelihood of crafting time would significantly reduce!
And now… the crafting bit!
I’ve gone a bit stripes mad with my UK Stampers Forum swap this month…
… I had strips of cardstock leftover from other projects so it was a good way of using them to create a fun background.
After laying down the stripes I added some paint pen dots. I also stamped, embossed, coloured and fussy cut some Jofy circles to add to the background out of some of the scraps.
On separate piece of cardstock I then stamped and embossed the JOFY stamp. I decided to add some coloured pencil colouring to it before fussy cutting it out.
I added the flower and then chose some gems to add and the gingham ribbon from the stash.
This turned out great… and I made some coordinating coins too which I will share on another day and, unless I am sent loads of messages to stop, i will also share another peek into my life.
Final two cards made from the basket challenge… yes I managed 12 in total!
This one took a bit of time to make as I used glossy texture paste over the inking and that takes a while to dry. I started with a mop up piece of card from spritzing the gelli plate. Then I added the stencil and added more ink before then adding the paste over the top.
I then decided to use the small Jofy flower stamp onto bookprint and used brusho to add colour.
I added gems to the centre of the flowers. Love how the stencilling is all glossy and raised.
This one is a simple case of paint added to the background, onto which I had added a strip of bookprint, and then some stencilling. I then added the stamping to the front and used the white embossing powder.
I added some pink and white posca pen doodling too!
So that’s the 12 cards I made…
… not bad considering they were all made in the course of one afternoon!
Loved this challenge… and ended up with a smaller pile of stuff on the desk at the end. (See below). It was much easier to tidy up as I hadn’t been getting lots out and so could easily put it back so will definitely have another go at this again in future.
With a reduced amount of supplies or colours you have to just get on with the creating. It really helps!
More of the cards I made crafting out of one basket of supplies.
This one was lots and lots of layers of paint and then after stamping the flower I created a mask and overstamped using black versafine the Badass artchick stamp which gave a fab background. I decided the flower needed to look different though so stamped it onto bookprint and used the brushos to colour it.
Once dry I fussy cut it out and added it to the card and added posca pen doodles.
I kept the card quite simple as it was such an intense background and focal image so just added doodled lines.
The next one I took the same image and made a very different looking card.
This time i stamped the image onto a piece of paper I had been using to add paint to the previous background. It was originally a piece of map paper so very smooth and originally glossy.
I again added posca doodles.
I chose to add it to a piece of card I had simply stamped one background stamp on and then edged.
To the card I then added some embellishments… a little corrugated tag, and some chipboard hearts I had given the embossing powder treatment using the Deep sea baked texture embossing powder.
A much more simple card but equally fun using the large flower image from Jofy.
Today I am sharing the art journal page I made for Millie in her circle journal.As a reminder, this time my colours for the journal are teal and lime and I started with a gelli print pattern using the small shape gelli plates and distress oxides.Onto these prints I added some stencilling using the inks and a few different stencils.I love how graphic this design is but still maintaining a lot of white space.Next I added lots of doodles, some stamping and then created some flower focal points onto some music book print and layered them with some paper flowers and the sparkly gems from Artful Days Goodie box stash.I finished with some ink splatters and the sentiment stickers from Tim Holtz.Love how these came out.Happy crafting!Catherine
So this week I left my job of the last 9 years as I start a new job on Monday. It was an emotional week as I worked with a bunch of thoroughly splendid group of people, especially the two girls who worked on my team, Julie and Sue.
I bought them each a gift but also wanted them to have something handmade and for some unknown reason I went for a sewing project and made some bags… it was an odd choice but I went with it!
I took two cotton totes and then created some panels using some fabrics I got from Hobbycraft.
I added the frame of the black and then some more black for under the flower I used as the focal point.
The flower I stamped using black paint and then cut out and hand sewed it onto the panel. I also added the button centres.
My sewing isn’t particularly good so this is definitely a rough and ready and purposefully messy in style! In fact my Mum would be ashamed as to how messy it is. But I like them and so decided to just go with it.
Hopefully J and S liked them too and will then have something of me with them for the future!
On days like today I’m grateful for having prepped some blog posts ahead of time. I’ve been ill for the past few days and crafting and blogging have not been an option… so sorry for being AWOL! Anyways…
For Christmas I gave my parents and my auntie a calendar I had made with a postcard sized piece of art on each month… so today I am sharing their June artwork.
I spotted the bright papers in my stash of scraps and decided they would make some perfect border papers. So first I painted the background using Bourganvillia fresco finish paint.
Then I created a border using the scraps of paper. Next I masked them off again to stamp in the background with the Jofy stamp… should have done this before the border was adhered…. would have been so much easier.
Next I added the black border around each bit of the border. I then heat embossed onto the plaid paper the Jofy stamp. I then added shading to it and some white highlights.
Then I added the flower and added more shading so it looks dimensional.
I then heat embossed the sentiment on to the black card and added it.