Category Archives: Awesomely artistic

Twinchies… words to live by

My twinchies for the coin swap group for last month’s ‘words to live by’ swap were made in a couple of batches… first lot were made using leftover gelli printed and brayered off book print. I knew I wanted to use the word grow again so I stamped the flowers from Serene silhouettes and there was enough for eight inchies.

I punched out the main part of the image (2 weren’t quite wide enough to be the full circle but I didn’t think that mattered in the end). I then glued them down onto the coloured cardstock twinchies I had made from scraps. I thought these two colours worked well with the colours on the backgrounds.

Next I added doodling on each and the stamped part of a Clare Lloyd stamp to get the word grow.

Again I doodled round the titles to make them work with the focal image.

Really happy with batch one… especially as it meant I used up some scraps… but of course 8 would not be enough for all the swap participants so I had to make some more… but that happened on another day.

A few days later I used some distress oxide on watercolour cardstock and then stamped and embossed the flowers with white powder.

I then added some additional colour onto the image using the oxides and a waterbrush. Next I added the sentiment.

And finally I made eight more to make sure there were enough for everyone…

These I used the Awesomely Artistic floral stamp for the focal images and coloured them with two colours of pink SU inks and a green for the leaves.

Love how this looked on the pink cardstock… And the splatter stamp worked well too. Stamped my word onto separate card and then cut it and adhered it onto the twinchies.

And then three more swaps turned up… so three more quick twinchies made…

All done!

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

Additional dragonfly ATC swap (181, 182, 183)

I had missed a dragonfly swap over on the Artful ATC group as it was before I joined the group but when someone suggested a small additional swap I jumped at the chance as I love Dragonflies. 

I had to make three in total so here are my three… 

This started life as a scrap from an inky gelli print and had additional distress stains added and then the dragonfly embossed using an emerald embossing powder. Then mounted onto navy and doodled the edge. 

A distress oxide background which I then added a magazine stamp that has lots of writing scraps on it… Love this stamp a lot. 

I then then stamped with versafine and partially heat embossed with black fine detail powder. As it only caught part of the image this provides a more ethereal quality to the shine. I did the same with the sentiment. 

I then added a little gel pen colour to the dragonfly just to add some contrast.

And the final one… 

This was a gelli plate painted background that I loved as it was so I added the dragonflies to a piece of acetate using Stayzon and mounted the layers using brads. I then mounted it onto a base with some craft foam to raise it off the back.  

This is my favourite and yet it is also so simple. 

Lovely additional swap done and dusted. 

Happy crafting !

Catherine 

Wibble Wobble Gelli plate part 2

So last night was playtime at my house with Gelli plates galore. And I actually made stuff too not just demonstrated…. I made a couple of cards… the first one will be a mothers day card when I get round to adding a sentiment. 

The second I will also add a sentiment to and then it can go into the stash for me to give at some point.

Then I also made two small note cards. These were done using the small hexagon Gelli plate and paint.  I love these small 3×3 plates and the cute Geometric shapes. 

I also ended up with lots of bits ready to be cut up and used on other projects… still no got a clue what to do with the big piece I did yet but sure I will get there eventually. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Cafe cards… 35, 36 and 37

Hello there… another few atcs to share today that are part of the weekly challenge Marta sets up in Maremis Creative cafe fb group.  

These are the cards for weeks 2, 3 and 4…

Week 2 was bubbles… so bubble printing and doodling and quote about bubbles… perfect.  Then added the sparkly domes too. 

Week 3 was coffee… of course I had to use the perfect blend stamps… plus some beads and thread to add texture.

Week 4 was Dragonfly… the feature came from Awesomely Artistic and this was added to a pretty pastel background card to which I added the quote from Darcy’s stamps.  

Love how different these look and grateful for the inspiration in the fb group. 

Happy crafting ! 

Catherine 

Mixed media card class

Tonight it’s time for me and my friends to play card making mixed media style!  This time I decided to play with the large background stamps and see what I ended up with.

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This one I made a Brusho background using Positively Chevron. Then stamped beautiful birdhouse by Claritystamps.

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This time a distress ink blended background with water splodges and used the World Map with Sky’s the Limit stamps.

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Next a painty tag using handcarved and summer silhouettes and some gorgeous silk trim.

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Finally I used a stencil and stencil brushes to create this soft card.  I used the Dictionary stamp and then Awesomely Artistic stamps to finish in a mix of purples and browns.  Love the effect of the brush on the linen cardstock too.

So wonder how we will all get on making these at class… what I know will happen is that we will have fun and feel chilled out doing it!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Use them or lose them #5 … set 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!

A couple of days ago I shared a couple of cards made with Awesomely Artistic… well I have another few cards made with the same set, but this time thank you cards.

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I kept this quite a simple card.  White cardstock stamping the main floral image in black.  Then stamped the splodges in a stamped off Melon mambo.  I then stamped the dragon fly in Rich razzleberry on separate paper and cut it out to layer on top.  The sentiment are Work Of Art stamps… I love the You!

I added a border around the edge in the rich razzleberry and some stickles dots to add some bling.

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I finished the envelope with some more stamping too…

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Nice elegant cards and would work with plain neutral card blanks too.

So definitely a keeper of a set!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Use them or lose them stamp challenge #5

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!  Time to change that!

This time it was the turn of Awesomely Artistic to come and play.  I started with two pieces of white cardstock which I masked off to leave a panel into which I stamped the flowers and splodges in Wisteria Wonder, the circles in Perfect Plum and the leaves in elegant Eggplant.  Then I sponged some Wisteria Wonder to define the masked panel.
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I added a border on two sides using promarkers and then die cut the fancy Happy Birthday from the BlackBerry Bliss cardstock.
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Next it was time for a shiny embellishment… time to heat emboss the dragonfly…
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… and cut them out.

I ended up with two mounts for the topper to finish off and of course a couple of gems.

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And here is the finished card.
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I also gave the envelope some prettification!
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A simple masking job and then stamping.

Loved how this came together. I loved this set in the catalogue and have not used it that often … not sure it’s for passing over yet though… wonder if anything else will get made from this by the end of the week.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Use them or lose them #1 … set 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!

Well I am back with another use for Butterfly Basics… defintely a keeper for my Use them or lose them challenge!

These two thank you cards were created to say thanks for Christmas gifts so have already been received by the people they were destined for!

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I used the SU pens to colour the stamp directly to get the flower and leaves coloured correctly.  I also added some layered stamping with the other stamps.  The little splodges in the background are from Awesomely Artistic and the sentiment from Itty Bitty Banners. I used a piece of dsp from the scraps box for the background.

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The envelopes I added the fern leaves in two colours of green to finish off.

Cute little notelets made with just a few lovely stamps… This set is going nowhere!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Wishes for our friend

Today was a sad day to get through as it was the last day with Maria in my team. She is, under much duress from herself and the rest of us, being moved to do work for another team. 

Anyway it was time to make a card to wish her well.  Here is what I made for her…
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I decided on a Brushos JOFY stamped image and to then edge each panel with black pen. Next a bit of embellishing with some fancy trim, a patterned doily and feather. I used the little panel stamped from the Awesomely Artistic stamp set. Finally some patterned paper and some little black gems.

And here is the planter we bought her to remind her of us!
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Fortunately Maria liked the card… now we have to face the next few weeks without her with us on a daily basis.

Happy crafting!

Catherine