Category Archives: Kim Dellow

Jules’ patwits circle journal 

Oh I am so behind on this project … I had the lovely Jules’ journal for weeks before I got started on it….in fact at least two weeks after I should have sent it on its way to the next person… ah well better late than never! 

So I chose a spread and started with a layer of book print and washi tape and masking tape creating texture a plenty. 

Next a layer of gesso to blend the different papers together. 

Then a sprinkling of bistre (just like Brusho but more coarse) in brown.  This came from the Artful Days goodie box I got a month or so ago and the book print made me reach for it. This was taken whilst it wad very wet. I knew with the gesso it would take on a creamier colour though so I knew the end result would be paler.

I love the way the puddles form on the page and react differently to the different surfaces.  I also love the splashes that spraying the way created too. I also know not to fall in love with it at this stage though as this is only a layer in the page… plenty more to go! 

Skip forward a day and the page is dry and time to attack it again! This time stamping and some paint and some ink. 

I kept adding more and more layer using ink and paint and stamps and stencils. 

Time to add the final pieces… and a title.  I knew I wanted go use the keys from the Artful Days goodie box. I added these and the title to the left hand side of the page and then made a little layered section on the right using more of the Bistre powder this time in with some glass bead gel and corrugated card and a piece of patterned paper.  

This was it when it was still wet. 

Love the colours i chose for this…. and how the page emerged without much prodding. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

PATWITS circle journal… Jo’s ATC journal

It feels like a long time since I shared anything from the PATWITS circle journal.  I actually finished this one a week ago when my ankle forced me into sitting still for a while. The ankle is still causing bother but less painful now thankfully and so although driving is still an issue the pain of standing and hobbling isn’t as bad.

Jo’s journal is a neat idea. It is made up of pockets and the instructions are to make a master board 8×8 size, then cut into 4 ATC’S using the template provided and then stick three in the pocket as they are and decorate another for the front of the pocket. 

So I took some dsp (so that the back was patterned a little too) and created my master board.  I decided on go with autumnal colours because at the time I couldn’t get enough of terracotta and autumn fire fresco finish paints.  I also added Haystack, Mahogany, Taupe, Mermaid and Bora Bora. All of which look delicious together.

I built the patterns using both stencils and stamps. I mainly used Hot Picks stamps and Lin Brown stamps for this as thought they made lovely subtle backgrounds and then the dramatic pop of the mahogany on the top finished it off. 

I loved this so much I had to squeeze 5 atcs out so I could keep one for use another time too! plus there are some of the offcuts I didn’t throw away.

So I popped three into the pocket and started decorating the pocket outside. As per usual I got carried away and forgot to take pics. 

So this is where I got to before I remembered to take a picture. 

I added stamping to the pocket using the same colour paints and also added some to the ATC. Then I opened up my Steampunk Artful Days goodie box and decided to use the laser cut chipboard bits as they colour so nicely and work perfectly as a frame. 

 I had already coloured them with distress stains so I added some of the fresco finish paints and some stamping on the top to bring them into the colour scheme of the pocket.

Once they were stuck down I also infilled a couple of the cogs with the gel bead medium. Next I chose my focal images of the Kim Dellow birds and stamped them onto card I had already coloured with paint. I then added some details in other coloured paints and cut them out and stuck them down. 

I then did the same with the sentiment.

Once it had all dried I then added some highlights with the white pen and some with the gold pen. I also added a little shading using a Pitt big brush pen.

Now to turn it over and add something to the back.  I started by painting an orange tag using the same colours, and added a bit of pattern using the Kim Dellow stamp and paint.  Then I added some torn music paper and then a strip of the leftover master board. I also added another two strips to the little pocket to stick out from underneath the tag. 

I then added some Kim Dellow stamping and a Clare Lloyd word.  

Loved doing this little project and love the master board I created. 

Thanks Jo for the inspiration and hope you like what I made.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

 

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 

PATWITS circle journal… Hazel’s journal

Yes I am back with another journal page. This time it was the turn of Hazel who I recently had the pleasure of meeting in person at the Seth Apter day.she has constructed a fab junk journal using different types of paper and Cardstock.  

I chose a piece of textured paper with really cute ladybirds punched on the edges.

I started adding paint (Coral, Haystack, Chalk, Guacamole, Midnight, Mahogany and Mermaid) and before I knew it a page had come together. 

I used a mixture of stencils and stamps and the feature is built using the gorgeous Kim Dell own stamps.

You can probably tell I also went a bit mad with both a white paint pen and some coloured paint pens. I was pretty much Seth inspired after the fabulous weekend and thought Hazel would appreciate it!

The page is designed so there is a fold and so I decorated this to match…

… although obviously not the same.

Then the other side I did another Seth Apter style project on a little canvas board and adhered this to the back. I used the same palette of paints but the page has a very different feel.

I love the little JoFy birds I added as the features.

I now have one more page to do in another journal… wonder how that will turn out!

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

DT: Fab’n’funky: cute puppy dog

Hi there. It’s been a little while since I’ve done a DT project for Fab’n’Funky mainly due to stuff going on in the real world that I have had to take priority. But I am back and have this gorgeous Puppy dog card I made using a digital stamp from All Dressed Up. I love this image. 

It really is so cute. I coloured it in using Spectrum Noir pencils and then cut it out. I decided it needed a funky mixed media background so used the Fresco finish paints and some stamps to create a background and then used a die cut to put a panel behind the puppy.

I brushed both the card blank, the sentiment and the die cut panel with a stencil brush to give some depth. 

The challenge for this week is Add a Sentiment.  Mine is a stamped one I punched out.  What would yours be?  

Head over to the blog to see what everyone else chose. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Mixed media card class

Late edit… due to extreme tiredness after running around doing chores and sorting out the father in law I ended up postponing the class… Hopefully the class will instead take place next week. 
Tonight some friends are gathering at mine to create some cards… Here are the samples. The very loose theme is metallic!

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Gold die cut brick panel.

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Gold embossing.

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Silver paint stamping and flicking.

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Mirri card and brad.

All very different styles of cards so there should be something for everyone.

Happy crafting!


Catherine


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

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

My first Patwits circle journal page… second circle!

So today I get to share with you a journal page (a front and a back) I made for Linda in her amazing shape journal.  She constructed a journal held together with a nut and bolt in the middle and all the pages are different shapes and colours.

I chose this page made with a kraft colour…

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I started with a layer of stamping.

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I used Hot Picks stamps and brown archival ink to add some pattern.  Then I added more stamping using the Ellen Vargo splodgy circles.  Then I added paint!

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Lots of lovely warm and bright colours to go with the colours Linda had chosen for her covers.  Then more stamping, this time used paints to add more pattern.

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Now time to add some tape and white paint and brown accents through stencils and more stamps.

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Here is how I left it for a day to decide on how I wanted to finish the page now I had plenty of colour and pattern going on.

I decided to stick with the line cut flowers and create a BIG flower as my main image.

First a layer of stamping in Cheesecake paint…
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Then stamped the others in paint onto book paper.
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After this picture I added distress stain on top so that it had two shades of colour. After cutting them out I then started adding them to the page.
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I also added some outlines with distress stain and a paintbrush.
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I then added the sentiment from the same stamp set and then sprayed the whole page with water to soften the lines.
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Next I added some dots of liquid pearls to add some texture and bling.
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So this was side one… time to flip it over and complete the second side! And time to change up the colour scheme.
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Bora Bora and white gesso are the first layer, applied by fingers and blending them together.

Next some stamping and a bit more colour and some stencilling using South Pacific and Taupe, some Hot Picks stamps and a Darcy stencil.
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Next I decided to add a focal feature on some other layers… so a piece of canvas painted with Nougat and South Pacific.
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Then a piece of cream card painted with the leftover paints on the palette and a coat of crackle glaze.
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Love that crackle!

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Stamped the focal image from the Hot Picks stamps in Taupe and the cut and tore the image and layered it onto the canvas. Decided it needed another soft layer… out came some muslin and the sewing machine.
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Whilst the machine was out I added some scruffy sewing to some patterned paper circles I had die cut.
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I added paint and some stencilling to these and then chose my favourite two to add to the layout.
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Love how the elements work together.

Added buttons for the flower centres threaded with twine and then some pearl accents for the stencilled flowers.

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Next I chose my quote and stamped that with some alpha stamps onto Very Vanilla cardstock. I also added some transparent gloss texture paste through a Emma Godfrey stencil… just some dots.
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I used spectrum noir pencils to add some final bits of shading and colour for the words.

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Also added some pearl accents round the centre hole to finish it off as it looked a little rough on this side.

I absolutely loved working on these pages. The central hole added an interesting twist of whether to ignore it or build from it. Also loved that the two sides are so different.

So onto the next person the journal goes and looking forward to starting on my next journal in the circle!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Finishing my Patwits circle journal

So I have one last page to do in my Patwits circle journal number 1!  One from me, for me and then it is complete.

So here are the process pics…
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So… that was an interesting process… suddenly decided against the background and idea I had, and went crazy with paint and a die cut to finish.

Yes completely weird how my brain suddenly didn’t want to do what it had been planning and went in a very different direction instead. The parts of the background that I can see where I wiped through the stencil are great though so happy I had done it this way… just a big surprise it ended up like that!

A lovely way to finish the circle journal though.
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Happy crafting!

Catherine