Forever Young, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inchies and Twinchies, Indigo Blu

Time twinchies

Today I’m sharing the twinchies I made for the Time coin swap participants last month… I went for a masterboard and made lots of twinchies from this.I used Paperartsy fresco finish paints and Indigo Blu stamps.Then I cut it up into the twinchies…Next I added some doodled edges and embossed the sentiment.Then I added a shrink plastic embellishment of a clock/pocket watch to each one.I used a mix of black and white shrink plastic to create different effects.Happy crafting!Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Forever Young, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy

Artist Trading Coins… words to live by

Well the coin group started off on another theme on the 1st January… words to live by. I thought it would be good to see positive words and phrases … it’s going to be interesting seeing everyone’s response and interpretation.

I was a little late making mine as I usually make mine just before the month starts but just didn’t get a chance over the festive season.

But here they are…

My word is Grow… I chose this word a couple of years ago and this year it rang true when I was thinking of this challenge. So grow it is…

I gelli printed some bookprint with a few colours of Paperartsy fresco finish paints and used a stencil to get some pattern in the background. Then I used an old but favourite stampin up stamp to get the tree onto the bookprint.

Next I adhered these to the wooden coins I have a stash of and used sandpaper to ensure a nice smooth edge. I edged them with black and the used my white posca pen to make the trees white with lots of white blossom.

I decided they needed more colour so out came pink paint to add pink blossom. I did this using the end of a plastic paintbrush to add the tiny dots.

Next I used the same pink paint to paint some edges of the book paper and stamped grow onto it using black ink. I cut these out and adhered them onto the coins adding black to the edge to frame the sentiment.

Love how these came out! Hope the recipients in the swaps like them too.

Happy crafting!


Art Alchemy paints, Distress Crayons, Distress oxide ink, Forever Young, Hot Picks, Masks/Stencils

JAM ATC swap

A what? A Just Add More swap! Still no idea… neither did I but the lovely Pat guided us through it.

First I cut three ATC and then did a background on each being careful to not go too far with them….

Then I posted them to the next person who got to add stamping and features etc.

And at this point I got three backgrounds made by the lovely Bev to decorate. Here they are as they arrived with me…

Just love all that colour!

And here is how they ended up before I sent them onto Lou to finish them off…

Next I received the cards Lou had decorated the background on, and then Bev had worked on… they looked like this…

And I finished them off adding my own little elements to each…

And finally got my cards back that had transformed into these fab pieces of art!

These were a fun project to work on … Super hard not to go too far with each layer you were working on though!

Happy crafting!


Butterfly basics, Forever Young, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Serene Silhouettes

For ATC’S sake … 64 (who can’t see that number without singing?)

I have a single ATC to share today. 

I grabbed a piece of paper that had some brayered paint on it and cut it down to a little smaller than ATC size as I wanted to mount it onto some silvered cardstock I had found. For once I had a bit of a plan before I started on this one! 

I stamped some silhouette flowers and leaves onto the pink and blue background using black gesso.  As you can see I made a bit of a stamping faux pas and also caught the edge of the rubber in one impression but I knew it wouldn’t matter as the quote would go over the top of that and cover it up! 

I also edged the piece with the black gesso.

Next I used a Seth Apter stamp and cut out the quote I wanted. I then positioned and added the quote with Matt medium.

Then I flicked silver paint over it.

I love that this worked out like it had in my head. Unusual for that to happen for me as I usually just go with the flow and rarely plan.  

Another one in this challenge of 365 in 2017! 352 to go!

Happy crafting !


Brushos, Forever Young, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #19 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 is one of my old favourites… Forever Young.  I rarely use this stamp set now but still love the tree swing image and the lovely clock.

Decided this time to try with the rainbow brusho stamping technique… and wow I love them!


The tree swing stamp didn’t stamp perfectly but it was enough to make a very successful card topper. I die cut it out and layered it onto some scraps and added the handcarved brusho stamp to the card blank.



The clock stamped well although a little wet, at least the clock face is clear.  I kept the background simple with a punched border to the mount.  I think the watercolour paper makes a real difference for this technique.

I was undecided on Sunday about keeping this set… I’ve decided now. It’s not going anywhere!

Happy crafting!


Canvas and Mixed Media art, Forever Young, Gorgeous Grunge, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #19 Forever young

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 reached for one of favourite SU stamp sets which I have not used for ages.  Forever Young was one of the first sets I bought and I used to love creating with it but that stopped a while ago and I just never seem to be drawn to it now.

So that needed to change and it needed to be tested in my challenge.


I decided to make a sample page for art journalling class where the theme is vintage.  I’m not really a vintage kind of girl so this was a challenge but the little frames and silhouette heads worked well I thought.


I used some watercolour paints to add warm tones to the “wallpaper”.


More colour and some distress ink texture using Gorgeous Grunge stamps.


It was based on an image I saw online.

I built up the layers.

And lengthened her skirt.

I thought the other side of the wall needed some colour too so added inks.
Then started defining her and adding shading and depth.
And then the quote finished off the page.

I have to say I am glad those stamps spoke to me this week as this page is lovely. Very happy indeed with how it came out. As for the stamps being keepers or Losers… undecided at this stage. Need to see what else I come up with this week.

Happy crafting!


Time to create a girl for the page…. I fancied Julie Nutting style but my only julie nutting stamps were too modern so had to create