Canvas and Mixed Media art, Fancy Phrases, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Gorgeous Grunge, Masks/Stencils, Scalloped tag topper, Tap tap tap, Timeless Textures, Washi tape

Junk journal background page share and a make for mine!

OK let’s talk about sleep, laziness and fatigue….well only for a moment… skip over it straight to the craft if you like!

This past week sleep has not been great at night. I’m finding myself waking lots of times, albeit for only a few mins at a time, resulting in me getting up in the morning feeling far from rested. So I’ve had a few fatigue issues which I think are as a result of covid but in my head I keep getting feelings of guilt that I am being lazy. Does anyone else get like this?

My hubby has often called me a bed based life form as I do love a nap … but this fatigue feels different. It’s like all the muscles in my body have a dull ache and like my brain is in a bit of a fog. I really hope this is a temporary symptom and I can get myself back to my normal energy levels. I also need to work on that negative self talk and remember that this awful virus kills people so count myself lucky.

Anyway … this explains why the blog post last night missed out on a slice of life… I just didn’t have the energy to update the blog post that was scheduled before it went live!

Today’s slice of life was a lie in, a big family task of a kitchen inventory and then meal planning, a food shop and then more rest! There was a bit of crafting too (tomorrow’s blog post in fact!) but to be honest the big job of tidying up and cleaning the fridge, freezer and food cupboards and then the trip to the supermarket was more than enough activity.

This year I’ve joined a few friends to do a junk journal. I’ve never really done a junk journal as such before and I suspect mine will end up more as a mixed media journal but never mind!

First challenge was to make a journal… well I’ve decided on a loose 7×5 journal rather than a bound one and will put the journal together at the end instead. So first task didn’t get done.

Second task was to send some bits and pieces to a swap partner for using in their journal. I got lots of lovely bits and pieces from my partner and sent lots in return.

Next task was to make a background piece of a4 landscape that another person can use in their journal. And now this is something I can share a pic of…

I used my Gelli plate and fresco finish paints to create the background and then stamping and stencilling and modelling paste and washi tape. Love how it came out. I used another piece of cardstock to wipe off my brayer etc and this then became a second piece which will work in my journal.

This was how the background looked before I made it into a page.

And the finished article…

I used book print and a peach envelope from the swap pile of items and also the ribbon on the tag. Everything else, including rub ons, stickers, chipboard and the tag came from the stash.

Really really enjoyed making both the background paper and the finished journal page.

Such fun and so relaxing to just play and create.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alpaca Pals, Art and crafting styles, Badass Chick, Eclectic Expressions, Foiling, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Magnolia Blooms, Tap tap tap, Till roll art, Timeless Textures, Washi tape

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

Canvas and Mixed Media art, Ellen Vargo, Gelatos, Faber Castell, Gorgeous Grunge, Masks/Stencils, That's the Ticket, Timeless Textures

Art Journal page for me!

Another Art journaling page in my Dylusions journal just for me, with no pressure, love it!

I started with sticking things on the page that had been randomly on my desk either as left over bits from other projects or things I’d not got around to using yet.

This included the stamped flower on the left hand side, a piece of sewing pattern instruction, a stamped tag and the gelli printed circle.

I think the page also had some wipe off from another project on it as the gelatos had some different reactions in a few areas.

So I added gelato to the page with the exception of the flower panel that had already been coloured. I think it was distress inks used on that.

Next I added the iridescent texture paste through a stencil to the right hand side of the page and left it to dry.

I then added stamping using some different stamps… Gorgeous grunge, that’s the ticket etc. I also added some splashes of green acrylic ink and copper acrylic ink.

Next I worked on the flower that I stamped from a Creative Stamping magazine and coloured using promarkers to create a soft, no line effect. I fussy cut it out but decided it needed something between it and the background.

I had a hunt in my stash and found these stickers that I think were meant for scrapbooking.

After adding them and the flowers it was time to add doodling and the sentiment stickers. I also found the orange gems in my stash and stuck them down too.

I decided the flower on the left needed pushing back so added some gesso using my fingers and blending it on that panel and a few other spots.

I also took the Twisted citron distress oxide and did a little bit of stamping to add a little lime green onto the page too.

Once again it was fun to create with no pressure of time or finished product. The photos in the daylight show it off so much better… shame most of my crafting is done in the evening so I don’t enjoy the cokours quite as much when creating… maybe I need to invest in a proper daylight lamp?!?

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alpaca Pals, Be Crafty, Dylusions spray inks, Gorgeous Grunge, Gummiapan, Masks/Stencils, Timeless Textures

Another spray background card

A few days ago I shared a card for the Back to Basics and Beyond challenge blog where the challenge is to use a Spray.

Well once my hands were stained from one lot of Dylusions ink I might as well make another card!

This time I used the reds and pinks and yellows (it also had a little of the teal it picked up from a stencil!).

This time I used water to ghost the ink and create a subtle pattern in the background.

I then did some stamping using the Gummiapan text stamp, the Timeless Textures, the Be Crafty Banksy inspired stamp and some Alpaca Pals text stamps.

You can’t see it too well on the picture but I also sprayed the resist spray and added some embossing powder to it on one side through a stencil. It didn’t work out well but it adds some fun texture regardless.

I added lots of marks using black and white pens and I love this urban graphic themed card.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Timeless Textures, Watercolour paints

Easter cards for the Aunties

So I made two cute Easter cards for my Aunties, both using cute stamps I got with a magazine kit (I used the kit for the Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge at the beginning of the month).I decided to keep the cards clean and simple so stamped them and added pearlescent watercolour to colour them. I stamped a speckled stamp for the grass and then used Tim Holtz stickers for the sentiments.I finished with a silver pen doodle D frame.I chose the two different colour schemes (lemon and greens and lemon and orange) as nice spring fresh colours.I also added some stamping to the envelopes and the same frame idea but using a different stamp for each.Happy crafting!Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Hot Picks, Shrink plastic, Timeless Textures, Watercolor wings

Coins for the UK stampers forum swap

Another set of butterfly coins, this time for UK stampers forum.This time I chose papers from the Making Cards magazine scraps from the desk and added them to the wooden coins. Then I added washi tape across each and a diecut border in a different colour for each which I got as a gift in a swap.Next I heat embossed the coffee stain stamp onto each and then added some more texture across the bottom using another Timeless Textures stamp.I edged each with worn lipstick distress ink and added a little stamping too.Next on another piece of the patterned paper I stamped the Watercolour Wings butterflies in similar colours and cut them out.I added some gems to each.And then using shrink plastic I added the sentiment Fly using a Paperartsy Hot Picks stamp.Love how these came out. Really love the Watercolour Wings stamps… so lovely to work with and come up with different colour combos.Happy crafting!Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Masks/Stencils, Promarkers, Letraset, Timeless Textures

People ATCs for UK stampers forum

Today I have three ATCs I made for the swap at UK stampers forum where the theme is People.

I started with some scraps of card sent to me with another swap which were sturdy and also coated. I knew I was unlikely to use them as they were so chopped them up, stuck them down to create some textures…

… and then coated them in black gesso. I then heat embossed over the gesso with a translucent dark red powder using stamps from a recent Making Cards magazine set and Timeless Textures.

Next I added more texture using a stencil and some clear gesso. This didn’t retain as much of the pattern as I had hoped as the gesso seeped under the stencil but it still looked cool when dried.

Next i added some of the sparks paint in a few areas just to add a different finish.

Then I moved onto my focal image of the girl in the stamp set and stamped her using Memento ink.

Then set to on colouring in using my promarkers.

I fussy cut her out and added her to each card and then used some scraps of black shrink plastic and craft white ink to create the sentiment.

Finally I added the finishing touch of the glossy accents on her glasses!

Love how these came out…

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Baked Texture embossing powder, Hot Picks, Swirly Scribble thinlits, Tap tap tap, Timeless Textures

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

Timeless Textures

Eyes are the window to my soul postcard

Today I have a strange one to share… a postcard that came from a playtime reorganising my inks!

I decided to check my Stampin Up inks as I hadn’t really been using them much so took a wood mounted stamp I got from James Sharpe Art and stamped it multiple times onto a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using all of my yellow, orange, pink, red and purple inks.

This created a fab piece of inky patterned paper. I also added a few Timeless Textures splats too in purple. Then I roughly edged the panel.

Next I found a title for the card thinking of the eyes are the window to my soul….

I mounted it onto mountboard and a nice simple postcard was made for this month’s UK Stampers Forum swap.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress oxide ink, Timeless Textures

Flying in birthday card

Another travel themed card… This time with a plane for the main feature. The theme for the challenge at Countryview Challenges is “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” so I am entering this there.

Used the papers left from the bunting and the other card I made to make this card. This time used the stamp from Creative Stamping magazine to add the focal image and used the Postscript background stamp on the base card.

On the blue panel I also added some stamping and used the stampendous frantage embossing powder to give it a grungey feel. Unfortunately it doesn’t show very well on the photo but it does in real life!

I added card candi to finish off. Nice and simple!

Happy crafting!

Catherine