Brushos, Butterfly basics, Gelatos, Faber Castell, Masks/Stencils, Papillion Potpourri, Swallowtail, Watercolor wings

Mixed media card class… flutterbys

Tonight it is time to make cards with my friends and this time I decided to make a whole load of butterfly cards.  I gathered four stamp sets with butterflies and used different medium and techniques to make the samples.  Wonder how the gang will get on with them?

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Love how varied they are and how lovely they all are.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Balloon, Balloon celebrations, Butterfly, Happy Thing, Life... but not as we know it, Papillion Potpourri, Use them or Lose them

Two sheet wonder

Firstly I have to start with a grumble. Depression sucks. People (myself included before I suffered from it) think it is sadness or unhappiness. It really isn’t that. It’s more that for me it is numbness, or emptiness, combined with despair and isolation. I can be surrounded by people who love me and I love back but feel so alone. It really is horrible. Then the anxiety kicks in and it’s like everything is there at once and you just want quiet in your head but you can’t find it. Sorry to put this in the blog but I think if this helps one person understand another’s troubles or helps another person to identify this in themselves and get help then it’s worth it!

I’ve been back to the doctors this morning. We’ve decided on an increase in medication to go alongside the other things I am trying and I need to increase my exercise (from almost nothing to something routine). I have managed a small walk to and from the shop but after only 5 hours sleep I am now shattered and heading back to bed. Not sure I will get round to any crafting so glad I have a project I can blog about already completed…

Yes as part of the yet of Use them or lose them I have another one sheet wonder (using two sheets of dsp). 

I started with some sketches from Freshly Made sketches …  number 1 to 18 to be precise and after roughly cutting cardstock and paper to size I then started teaming up brads as embellishments, black paper as the consistent matting and then card blanks… three different kinds in total.

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This is then how I left them… waiting for the right opportunity to add feature stamps and sentiments. 

A few weeks later I grabbed some coordinating cardstock scraps and black paper and the sentiment dies…
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And had a big old die cutting session. Didn’t end up doing the button dies for this project.

Next I took all the smaller cards and started assembling them with the die cut sentiment and in some cases a stamped image (or three!). Some I had added paper flowers to already so they didn’t need the stamped images and because of the jazzy backgrounds I didn’t want to overdo it!

These I will share today… the others tomorrow!

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Love how these all turned out… and how different they are because of the jazzy paper I probably wouldn’t have used for this type of project normally.

Pop back tomorrow to see how I finished the other cards from this two sheet wonder!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Beautiful Brocade, Bitty Banner framelits, Bitty Banners, Butterfly, Chevron, Designer Series Paper, Dies, Honeycomb, Lacy Brocade, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Papillion Potpourri, Secret Garden, Secret Garden framelits, Stripes, Use them or Lose them, Watercolor wings

One sheet wonder … errrm three sheets

Part of the Use them or Lose them challenge of the year is to use some of the paper I have stashed. I have been trying to use stuff from the scraps box where possible to try and work through that but there is also the mountain of uncut 12 x 12 sheets of dsp so I decided to do a one sheet wonder type project… although ended up using three sheets of DSP so I could get some variety.

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I didn’t follow a osw cutting guide, instead headed over to Mojo Monday and followed a load of sketches from November and October 2015 to design the cards and cut everything up.  I added two sheets of Primrose Petals cardstock, one crumb cake and one wild wasabi plus a few bits and pieces of scrap cardstock that were hanging around the desk.

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Next I started assembling, embossing, die cutting and stamping… and ended up with 15 cards for the box at work!
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Love how these all came out.

Entering this into the Crafty hazelnut patterned paper monthly challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Butterfly, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Papillion Potpourri

ATC gift… Embrace the white space

Hi there

On Tuesday night I held an art journalling session in my family room for some crafting friends… Some of whom have never done any art journalling before, so I started with a nice easy to follow page to start them off! I still maintain that art journalling is about the process more than the end result… But if you get a good end result too it is even better.

I designed a couple of pages and did them a week before the class so that I could show them some ideas of how to end up… Then they set off and did their pages.

Whilst I was thinking about how to teach the class and what order would be sensible for us all to work on the pages given our lack of space and supplies being shared across the whole table, I came up with the idea of showing what else could be made using the same techniques and layout. This way those who maybe aren’t as into art journalling as me, may be able to translate it to other crafts.

So my first port of call was to make a batch of ATC’s so each of them could have one as a gift for attending… Maybe stick it in their journal, or add it as a card topper or stick it on their fridge…. Their choice!

So this atc is a smaller version of the journal pages really… Same techniques, smaller scale!
Process pics…

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Outlined the cardstock 2.25″x3.25″ with Big Brush faber castell pen in warm grey. Sprayed yellow Dylusions ink on one side of the card. Added three doodled lines and used the spritzer and Stampin write marker pen to add some poppy parade ink. On book print stamped a flower and added a wash of Island Indigo ink. Stuck flower onto atc over the doodled lines. Added some stamping of music notes. Stamped and coloured with Promarkers a butterfly from Papillion Pot Pourri and punched it out. Stuck butterfly onto the flower. Added the Enchanting stamped sentiment.

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Next I cut some cardstock I had in the scraps box into ATC size and used this to mount the art work onto it. To this I added the ATC stamp and title etc.

Fast forward an hour later… Ten little lovely ATC’s made.

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I love how these came together and used the same layout and techniques as the journal pages for the class. Not promising I will do a similar thing for all classes in future, but it is a cute idea!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Butterfly, Papillion Potpourri

Colour my Monday! So Saffron!

Happy happy Monday dear blog readers! Wow! Can’t believe how far along this challenge I have got playing with colour! I really am enjoying experimenting with colour and different ways of using it!

This week it is time for a SUBTLE colour! And what a lovely delicate colour this is!

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I decided to play with the Papillion Pot Pourri stamp set to make this simple thank you card using the delicate So saffron. I teamed it with Pumpkin Pie and kept the colour tonal. I also used some of the fab cream neutral cardstock to give it a more natural look.

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Love this colour combination and adore this So saffron gentle colour.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Butterfly, Chevron, Everything Eleanor, First Edition, Gorgeous Grunge, Happy Hour, I am me, Papillion Potpourri, Ribbons, Summer Smooches, Sunflower, Tea for Two, Word Window

Scrap box challenge

Does everyone have a problem using up scraps of paper, or throwing them away, or is it just me? My scrap box gets out of control quite quickly, so a few weeks ago I started to clear it out and use some of the bits that had accumulated and were too small to save, but needed using and not just recycling.

Here is batch number two of said cards!

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Bright and busy DSP lent itself to a simple card with the addition of a sentiment, a scrap of ribbon and the two cute butterflies!

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Some more chevron ribbon, a punched sentiment, and a lovely stamped and water coloured flower from the classy Everything Eleanor stamp set. Perfect.

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Another classy card. This time Four Frames to provide the sentiment frame, and a little bit of decoupage to finish off. Once again chevron ribbon is fab!

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Back to the modern look, some cocktails and some texture from the embossing folder. And a different ribbon this time… Some scrap red silky ribbon.

Finally something a bit different again…

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The Sunflower stamp, teamed with grungy papers and some print (First Edition) and the added splotches from Gorgeous Grunge. Fab!

Not bad for an hours play and using up scraps!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Afternoon Daydreams, Bitty Banners, For My Family, Henry Says, I am me, Papillion Potpourri, Ribbons, Simply Sketched, Summer Silhouettes, Ticket punch, Word Window

Tidying up the scrap box

I have recently had a bit of a tidy up! Mainly of the scrap box and got rid of things I really would never use by making the pieces big enough into envelopes for the lunch money for the princess! Ingenious use of paper that I otherwise would throw into the recycling! Or at least I think it is!

I have also been making up some quick and simple cards with the bits that were a bit to small to save but too pretty to throw away… Those really small bits and pieces you just can’t quite part with … So here is a selection of the cards I made using such cute bits and pieces!

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A bright combination of Afternoon Daydreams, Summer Silhouettes & Papillion Pot Pourri with a splash of additional colour with the chevron ribbon!

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Watercoloured Simply Sketched flower with my Inktense pencils (lush!) and used some random scraps of paper. Lovely little Itty bitty Banners sentiment too!

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The fabulous Henry Says sits happily on the I am Me DSP scraps for this bright celebratory card!

Love how a delve in the scraps box can give me these three very different cards! I did some more but you will have to wait to see them!

Happy crafting!

Catherine