Brushos, Secret Garden, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #20 project #2

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

This week it was the time of Secret Garden stamps… and I had thought that I might end up using the matching dies but ended up with a very flat set of cards instead….

…. flat but really lovely!

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I started by heat embossing the images with white embossing powder… then wetting areas of the flowers and adding the pigments and then spraying and adding more colours.  As you can see I tried three different approaches…. the single flower, the corner and the all over pattern.  I also went for three colour choices.

Then once they were dry I trimmed them down.

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Next I outlined each panel with Promarkers to frame them… and stamped a sentiment.   Then adhered them to the card blank. 

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I LOVE ALL OF THEM!

They all look fabulous.  But how about the stamp set???  You may think it bizarre but I think this stamp set is going into the Lose them pile.  Why? Isn’t the point to see if I like them and can use them I hear you cry?  Well to be honest the only reason I have kept these stamps is because I have the matching dies… but I never use them (I hate lining up frame lits and can’t afford the magnetic plate for the big shot) and I have other flower stamps I could achieve looks like this with and the same for the Art journal page I shared on Sunday… so do i still need these stamps and dies? No I don’t…. so go they should. So I do like these stamps but don’t need them and have others that work the same… bye bye secret garden.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Canvas and Mixed Media art, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Secret Garden, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #20

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

This week I have nothing prepped in advance which is unusual so decided to play in my dylusions journal and see where my muse too me.  I turned out that I was off to a secret garden!

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The page has this print from a stencil on it to start it off.

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Then some paint scraped over it.  Bora Bora and South Pacific fresco paints.

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Now here comes the stamp set… Secret Garden. A lovely mix of line art and solid flora stamps.  These are the solid ones stamped using some thinned out paint so quite translucent.  Definitely the start of a pretty garden.

I decided to add more layers of stamping and added some touches of distress crayon around the edges too.

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Next I picked up the line art stamps and added some stamping with those.
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I decided they didn’t stand out for me enough and I wanted to add some doodling too.

So out came the Indian ink and white paint pen… and no more pictures until I had finished!

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A lovely bright page full of fun. I really enjoyed doing this.

I must admit I’ve not used the line art flowers in quite some time so going to try and use them for the next project. The solid stamps are great for stamping with paint so think this set might be staying put!

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

Brushos, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Secret Garden, Work of Art

Brusho magic samples for class

So finally I am getting round to doing some blogging. It’s been such a busy few days just didn’t get a chance till now. Sorry for those lovely readers who look out for my daily posts.  Have got quite a few things made I want to share so you should get at least a few days of posts on the run now.

Be prepared I am brusho mad at the moment. This is mainly due to the fact my friends and I were having a brusho play in our art journalling session last night so most of these posts will be samples for that using different techniques … All combining heat embossing in one way or another.

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This was a layout I did using brusho applied with not too much water to keep white space around the edge. I finished it with flowers from secret gardens set I heat embossed, the lines from Work of Art set and then the final image is a digital stamp.

This was stage one of applying brusho and trying not to interfere too much with the colour burst it created.

Tomorrow will share one where I embossed first…. very different resulting page.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Apothecary Accents, Bitty Banner framelits, Bitty Banners, Embossing Folders, Petite Petals, Ribbons, Secret Garden, small flower punch

Colour my Monday! Soft Sky!

Hi peeps! It’s Monday … It’s time to play with colour!

Soft and subtle this week.

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I decided to create my own DSP to make use of this colour using the fabulous Secret Garden stamp set mixed with Petite Petals. I mixed the Soft Sky with the gorgeous Wisteria Wonder

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I also did some embossing with a polka dot folder, and then die cut a panel out using the lovely Apothecary Accents dies. Then used the sentiment from Itty bitty Banners. I used plenty of dimensionals to keep the depth to the layers, and added lots of lovely texture with the trim and ribbon. Finally the finishing touch of one of the lovely vintage buttons.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Random Crafts, Secret Garden, Woodware stamps

Presents for the gang!

I couldn’t stop doodling when it came to prepping yesterday’s zentangle class so I made these cute tags as gifts for each of the lovelies who we’re coming to class!

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I used some precut card tags, and hand drew the initial for each of the ladies names and then added some doodling. Then I added some colour using the Stampin Write markers and then some more doodles using silver, white and black pens.

I then added some sparkly bakers twine I bought from TK Maxx a few weeks ago to finish them off!

And here are the pics from last nights fun and games…

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Happy crafting!

Catherine

Feel Goods, Secret Garden, Woodware stamps

Tangling our Zen class

I must start this post with a disclaimer … I am not trained in the art of Zentangle … Nor an expert on it. But I do find it fun to doodle and have a few Zentangle type books from which I pick up ideas. I am also not the most precise doodler! Having given my disclaimer what hereby follows is about the Zentangle class I hosted for my friends who accept me as I am and my inabilities!

Basically this came about because I have been doodling more and more recently and spotted this Woodware Happy Birthday stamp that was crying out to be zentangled in the Inkyfingeredcat way! I suggested it to the gang and before I knew it they had signed up for me to do a class based on what I knew!

So what did I prep for the class? Well I started with the stamp that had inspired me and made this bright and colourful card…

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All of the doodles are drawn in by hand using a black fine liner pen (SU ones work fine but think of what you will use to colour in the image after as you don’t want the black to run!) I think I used a permanent ink pen and left it to dry a while before I used the SU inks to watercolour the letters in and provide the grey outline to the letters that makes them pop. You could use a SU pen and then maybe Promarkers … But the drying time is important … Do not try and colour images when the zen tangling is wet … You will just ruin the doodling and get very frustrated. For the class I intend for us to do this backwards and colour the letters pre-tangling so that there isn’t as issue of smudging!

Now at the same time as I did this, I had actually stamped it twice … And this is the card I made with that image …

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I decided to go with neutral tones and water coloured it with a mix of Crumb cake, Soft Suede and Chocolate Chip. Because I made a bit of a mess of the colouring I ended up cutting out the word, and then as I had this ready made background to hand (from a class on brayering about four months ago) I decided to stick it on that as a different way of using the stamp as a sample, but not as a card for class!

Now these were my prototypes shall we say … But to do the full blown Happy Birthday from scratch probably isn’t wise … So I instead decided on a couple of warm up projects!

Firstly I decided I wanted to keep costs to a minimum, because everyone is getting a pen, so I decided A6 card blanks and a sheet of whisper white were the way forward!

So card number one… Using Secret Garden stamps and some masking to create three blooms and some leaves (stamped in Gumball Green). The blooms were then coloured in using Primrose Petals SU marker. Then I added the doodling marks to the flowers. I then edged the card with the Gumball Green marker and here is the topper ready to go! Probably about 15 minute job. Just needs a sentiment and the card blank and done!

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Warm up one completed… Warm up two …
More Secret Garden stamps and this time kept it to black and white. This time … Slightly more precision required for the doodling.

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Again I finished the topper off with a black outline, and then it is ready for mounting on a card blank with a sentiment.

Right back to the Happy Birthday stamp… This time I learnt from my lesson and stamped and coloured before doodling!

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Edged this one with the Tempting Turqouise. I also didn’t watercolour them, just used the markers as I wanted a bright finish to this.

Now this left me with another piece of whisper white so I thought I would do an all over Zentangle to use as a background… And this is what I ended up with!

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Not likely to do this in the class … But at least it gives people an idea of what can be done… And hey it was so relaxing to create!

So finished items for the class samples are …

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I have some more doodling efforts to share with you tomorrow … Couldn’t quite contain myself and hopefully will be able to share with you everyone else’s finished cards too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine