Category Archives: Tap tap tap

Till roll swap

So I signed up to do a till roll swap. Rule was to make 3 foot long strips of artwork using the till roll. So here is what I made…

I did lots of stamping and used washi tape. I also added small bits of text print, raffle tickets, stamped sentiments and some correction tape and posca pens.

I added the main feature of the images which I actually received in a swap and some Paperartsy fresco finish paint. Then I used some foiling which I hadn’t used in ages so that we fun and pens for doodling.

Then I did a bit of hand sewing on each to add texture…. this you have to be gentle with or choose areas where there are other layers adhered to strengthen.

I also used my heat tool to make the thermal roll react which creates such a cool effect.

Love how these came out.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Coin swap: Back to Black

This month the swap over at my UK swap group on Facebook the theme is “Back to Black”. I love the Amy Winehouse song and when I heard it on the radio I knew that it would be an interesting theme for the group.

So I made my coins mainly black with a tiny touch of blue and the white stamped image!

I used the mdf coins and coated it with black gesso. Then I die cut the swirly image from black cardstock and added that. Next I added stamping and embossing first in black and then with the Deep sea Baked Texture embossing powder (This is the touch of blue as it is translucent but blue tinted).

Then I added the main image which is a Paperartsy inage which I stamped in White pigment ink onto shrink plastic.

I finished with the sentiment stamped and heat embossed onto black cardstock and wink of Stella added for shimmer.

Finally I used black puffy paint to add dots around the edge of the coins.

This last photo shows all the shine and the dimension on these coins as the sun caught it perfectly!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Use it up! Another batch of cards

I’ve been quite determined this year to use up paper packs and card kits I’ve got with magazines… and here is one from a Making Cards magazine from a while ago. I must admit I like their kits as they are usually quite funky and modern.

I thought this one would make some fun kids birthday cards and a few hello cards too.

I ended up with 8 6×4 cards and 1 4×4 card in total, supplementing the papers and images with some cardstock that I felt coordinated perfectly.

On most of the images I also added some touches of wink of Stella to add subtle shimmer and then either added sequins of card candi to embellish. On all of them I also added either the happy birthday from Panda Party or the Hi from Tap Tap Tap to add the sentiment.

Quite a simple cut and stick project but I enjoyed it… probably aided by the fact the images and papers are so cute!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art journaling … 2018 page

Today I have a journal page I’ve been working on for a few weeks on and off and it was for a monthly art journal fb group and the theme for this month is to include 2018 on the page…

So I did!

The page came together using lots of different stencils and a few stamps and then the focal image which was cut from some wallpaper leftover from the princess’ bedroom wall… I had this to hand as I had used another piece for another journal page I’ll be sharing in a few weeks.

This year my one little word is NEW. As I want this year to be about new starts and new experiences so I decided to capture that with this page.

I love all the texture and layers of pattern and colour I got by making this page over a few weeks rather than in one go.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Stamp platform playing (201-204)

I filmed my first use of the stamp platform… but then messed up the editing and lost the video so it has now disappeared… however more importantly here are what I made with what I did on the video. 

These two ATCs were made from the handcarved stampin up stamp I did using the stamp platform.  This first one I added some fish themed stamps and then the embossed seahorse. I also added some washi tape and sewing just to add some additional elements and then the title. I finished off with a generous amount of distress oxide watered down for the edges and over the stamps.

The second one I did some paper piecing with the girl from Beautiful You stampin up set. 

I also added stamping onto the background using the Gorgeous Grunge stamps in a couple of blue colours. The title is stamped using clarity stamps.

I added the grey shading to the image and the edge of the letters using distress oxide in Iced Spruce.

This one I created with lots of layered stamping (only possible with the stamp platform!) and the Oh so succulent stampin up set.

Next is the one I created the multicoloured stamping in the background with the platform. 

I finished it off with some flowers I got as an extra in a swap and a little additional stamping of the title.

I also added the little pearl accents to the centre of the flowers for a little bling! 

Finally the card I made colouring the stamp with markers. I love the multi coloured stamping. 

So there you have it… a few finished projects! And I can safely say I love the stamp platform. So please I have got it and looking forward to more playing with it for some other techniques. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Random ATC time (187, 188, 189)

So I made a few random ATCs on Monday whilst clearing some space on the desk. 

This first one is using a distress oxide background I started a few weeks ago when mopping up the ink off my mat rather than just wiping it away. I added the stamped letters from Tap Tap Tap and some modelling paste leftover from the sample for the class then added a hot air balloon die cut from foam. 

The next one was distress stain on the background which blended so prettily. I then used modelling paste through a feather stencil I have. Then added the frame of feathers using a stamp from a magazine. The quote I printed out. 

And the next one is a scrap of a doodled page from a book I’ve been using for backgrounds. Although the base colour is the book, all the doodles are mine using spectrum noir pencils. I added the die cut flower leftover from the sample making and then the quote is a Tim Holtz sticker. I then had to add the stickles to the flower for the bling!

Loved finishing off these little beauties.  All so different and fun. 

Great what can be made from little bits and pieces! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Lindsay Mason ATC swap  – all about autumn

The theme Lindsay chose for October’s ATC swap was quite open…. all about autumn. So I decided on three very different ATC’S but based on the same base…. cut up bits of scratch paper to which I added texture paste through a different stencil on each one.

I also decided to play along with the mood board provided for the challenge at the mixed media monthly challenge.

This first one I used a Clarity stencil of a seed pod and then added distress stains and nougat fresco finish paint over the top. I wiped it back once it was partly dry to reveal some of the background pattern and colors. 

Once that was dry I added some Inktense pencils and blended with water for the shading on the pod and some outlining. I also added the sticker for the title and some stamping in the background too.

Then I die cut some frilly bits, added distress ink and then stuck them down. 

Next I added some embossing using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp and some metallic brown/red powder. This time stuck on the pod too but I like the effect it created. 

Finally I also added some embossing to the gold metal butterfly charm I found in my bits and bobs box. I added the embossing to give it a more vintage feel.

The next one I added colour using distress crayons to provide a rich autumnal colour scheme. I then stamped using the alphabet stamp from Tap Tap Tap set. Next I added the lovely wooden frame that was in some happy mail I got.

I then hunted through the bits and bobs box again and found a couple of flowers and some punched circles from dsp. I inked them all up and then used a screw top brad to fix them together. 

I chose my phrase from the Tim Holtz stickers and did some more outlining. Finished! 

The last one I went for a Halloween theme and used lots of black gesso through a stencil, then white and orange marker for the highlights and outlining. Finally the image is a Tim Holtz stamp and I thought the muslin behind it looked good with the image and the graphic background. 

Love how all three came out… all very different and hardly any of the background now looks like it came from the same piece of scratch paper. 

Looking forward to seeing the swaps I get back! 
Entering the halloween one into the atc around the world challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Updated page

A quick post tonight to show the final page I shared yesterday with some tweaks.  I knew I wasn’t happy with it so when I got into the craft room today I knew I wanted to do something…. 

I added some pen doodles and white paint pen doodles to the die cut shapes and then to some of the stencilling.  Then I added some black gesso in some splodgy stripes and few flicks. I also added some stamping using the letter stamp from the Tap Tap Tap SU set. 

Much happier with this now.

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Catching up in my Paperartsy journal

I’ve been a little delayed in keeping up with the Paperartsy challenges but finally caught up this weekend.

Tonight I am sharing the ‘our house’ themed page.  I struggled with this but got there eventually.

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The background is scrap bits of paper and cardstock off the desk glued down and then gesso over the top. Then I added texture paste through a brick wall stencil across the bottom. And then the word dream across the top.

Once it was dry I added distress stains with ground espresso at the bottom, abandoned coral over the dream and then Mermaid Lagoon for the left hand side. I let it drip for a bit and settle in places and then patted it dry to keep a more subtle colour.

Then I got stuck.

I finally settled on some art journey stamps which are Dutch houses… always a favourite place of mine… and stamped these onto tissue paper and then adhered them along the bottom. As usual I was slightly heavy handed in places but mainly they were ok.

I finished off the page with some random stamping using Tap Tap Tap stamps and Timeless Textures and the word stamps from the art journey set.

Pleased with the end result on this… Finally got there!

Happy crafting!

Catherine