Category Archives: Forever Young

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… 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!


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!


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 !


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!


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

Results of playing with friends

Last night was art journaling class at my house and this time only three friends were able to come.  It was a shame others couldn’t come but it did mean it was a very relaxed play session for us.  

The main aim was to use gelatos, but we also got to play with the brushos a little too before I handed them back (reluctantly) to Linda.

Here are the results…

These were all using gelatos and archival ink.

These were using brushos and archival ink.


And everyone else’s creations…

I am still not 100% convinced that I need gelatos but they are fun to play with.  brushos on the other hand… Definitely on my birthday wish list! 

Happy crafting! 


Colour my Monday!  Wild Honey distress ink

It’s been a while since I did a Colour My Monday post, mainly because I have not even thought about it, and this was not done with that in mind but fulfils the brief so thought it could be shared today! 

One of the things I did for the art journalling session last week, was to create some ATCs using the same technique of watercolour effect background using an e bossing folder as a stamp.  I created some paper doing exactly that using a combination of Old Paper and Wild Honey distress inks.. I added this to an Atc sized card onto which I added lots of Wold Honey ink using the cut and dry foam and a little Fired Briick ink too to make it slightly more orange.

Then stamped the little cameo silhouette from the Forever Young set, stamped the words and then did some outlining to finish off.

Happy crafting! 


Colour my Monday! Melon Mambo!


Happy Monday peeps! Hope you are having a good day!

It is the time of the week when I focus on colour… And this week is a good one! Firstly … It makes me think of Strictly Come Dancing and Dirty Dancing which is never a bad thing in my book, and secondly because it is a fun and BRIGHT colour!


Ok so it’s not the most masculine of colours, but other than that … Who can not be cheered by a bit of Melon Mambo in their lives!

However what to make did stump me for a little while. I started with a piece of Whisper White and decided on making a bit of a grungy type background using Midnight Muse, Wisteria Wonder & Smoky Slate and a combination of the Off the Grid, Dictionary and the Gorgeous Grunge stamps. I also edged it with some ink to define the edges a bit more.

Whilst putting these stamps away I spotted my all time favourite set of SU stamps Forever Young and thought the clock would be the perfect focus for the card. So I stamped it in the fabulous bright Melkn mambo direct onto the background, and then again onto another piece of card to fussy cut it out. Then I did the clock part again in the Smoky Slate and cut that out too.

I layered the clock onto the background and then the same with the clock face. I then added glossy accents to the clock face to give it a raised and … “glossy” …. finish.


I mounted it onto the Melon Mambo cardstock, I inked one of these and left the other plain to add a different effect. Then I added my embellishment of the moment … A doily! This softened the look of the card. Then added it to a navy card blank.

For the sentiment I used the fab That’s the Ticket stamp and the coordinating punch on the Melon Mambo cardstock and stuck it off centre. Finally some bling to finish off!

Love this card… And the dark card blank and the grungy background contrasts nicely with the pretty pink and the delicate doily!

Happy crafting!