Distress oxide ink, Tape it

A surprise ATC (#197)

I trade a lot of my ATCs through Facebook groups and this atc was made especially for one of my trading partners as he had asked for a surprise. 

I used a distress oxide background and overlaid a piece of map paper I had cut to size and then ripped. Then I chose a couple of stamps that I had in my bits and pieces box. I then stamped and cut the Tape it piece. 

As embellishments I added a dried circle of paint, a tiny paperclip and some ribbon that I stitched into place. 

I added outlining to everything and then found a quote I liked and added that too and more outlining. Then I added some gold elements using my heatwave.  I love how this came together and hopefully Wayne likes his surprise ATC too! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Ghoulish Grunge, Gorjuss, Masks/Stencils, Tape it

Postcard Art exchange… monochrome¬†

I joined in the postcard art exchange again this month. The theme was Monochrome and I must admit I struggled to think of what to do at first but then I saw the Gorjuss stamp I bought sitting on my desk begging to be used! 

So this was masking and over stamping and paper piecing and fun stencil play! 

At this point the texture paste (iridescent medium mixed with black gesso) needed to dry so it was a good time to take a picture. I used the lovely Ghoulish Grunge and Tape it stamps to add the background stamping and then the creative impressions mini stencil for the hearts. 

I finished it off with a silver pen… and a little quote. 

Love how this turns out and enjoyed playing with the limited colour scheme.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

DoCrafts, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Tape it

A scrap page… well a very mixed media one!

In early September I did a class with Seth Apter which was fabulous and we made a canvas.  During the class is created a lovely piece of something on the 12 x 12 scratch paper we were using as a method to transfer paint etc.

Well me being me couldn’t throw that lovely away so instead I’ve held onto it and stroked it from time to time. Well now I have found a perfect use for it. And I am using it as the basis for a scrapbook page. I have no idea how long it has been since I did any scrapbooking but it made a nice change to grab a photo for the focal image rather than something stamped or drawn etc. But this is still a far cry from the scrapbook ingredients I used to do as I used to be a clean and simple girl and most definitely wouldn’t have dreamed of tearing paper or having all these colours going on. I’m a changed girl now… not to say I won’t go back to CAS again if the wind turns! 

I have trimmed it down as the edges were a little scruffy and I thought it needed a mount and then started adding to it. Annoyingly I haven’t a picture of the original piece of cardstock as it finished up after the class. 

At this point I have added the papers, some gesso and then the iridescent medium through a Tim Holtz stencil, and flicked some black Indian ink across the page. All the paint and the feature stencil are as they were after the class.

I have also decided on my picture and it’s placement at this point but need to let the medium and gesso dry. 

The next day I added some stamping using the lovely Tape it stamps and then some ink through the other part of the Tim Holtz stencil. I then added some lovely trim and some sewing using the sewing machine. 

Time to add in the picture, add some stickers and stick the whole thing down on the lovely wooden effect paper from DoCrafts.

I also added some Inktense pencils as the shadow etc. And some doodling marks with both a Derwent Line painter and the sharpie white pen. 

Love how this came out. A lovely way to use the paper I created and a nice change to so some scrapbooking. 

And I love that iridescent medium… expect to see more of that in my work in future. 
Entering this into the challenge at mixed media place as I took this scrapbook page to a whole new level for me.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Angled Tag, Bling with Ding DT, Color me Autumn, Hardwood, Ribbons, Tape it

Breaking news! I am a Design team member

Yes that’s right I’ve joined a design team… I am designing some projects for Helen!
She has such a busy time of it designing all her classes that I have offered to help her out every so often and so on Wednesday this week, two of the layouts at her scrapbook class were designed by yours truly. Such a nice thing to have people like what I create enough to allow me to help them with their business.

So what did I design? Well we were using the glorious autumn themed papers… Color me AutumnDSP. (Gosh that has just killed me writing that in the American spelling!) and the theme for the class was hidden journalling/photos!

Layout one …

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I kept to a simple colour scheme with the Mossy Meadow and Blackberry Bliss dsps, and the whisper white. I used the Tape It stamps to create embellishments alongside the brushed gold buttons. Then the journalling is hidden on the tags on the right hand side popped behind the photo.

During the class I got round to creating a title using some alpha dies of Helen’s but not taken a picture of the page with the title yet…. Page is titled… BERRYS KID. This may make very little grammatical sense… Especially as she was picking blackcurrants not berries, but my maiden name was Berry so it is a play on that rather than about the fruit picking itself!

Layout two…

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This time the layout featured a hidden photo… Can you see it! Well that’s the point … You can’t see it on the first photo… But you might be able to see it if I open the layout for a second pic…

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Yes I created a panel with a hinge that opened up to reveal some journalling and another picture from the series of pictures.

I added to this layout by stamping using the Hardwood stamp and also cutting the leaves for the embellishments out of one of the pieces of dsp and adding them with dimension to some circles of cardstock.

Again the title was added after the photo… SMOOCH TASTIC. I die cut it out of coordinating colours and placed it both above the Soft Suede cardstock and below as a sort of frame.

Loved creating these pages, and as I said above, feels so good to be able to help Helen out with some of my creativity. I wonder what my next assignment will be?!?

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Tape it, Thursday treasures

Thursday Treasures! Photo prompt!

A photo prompt for today …

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Oh I could so go and sit under that tree right now!

What do you think when you see this? What does it inspire you to create a page about?

Well for me I thought of a particular paper I had bought to scrap pictures of Toy Story characters from our trip to Disneyland. Perfect blue with white clouds just like the wallpaper on Andy’s walls. So this is where I started.

Then I looked at Pinterest for a layout to inspire me and this is what I found that I thought could work.

So I cut up some papers and this is what I came up with…

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Ok I admit, once again I haven’t actually finished the layout and this is just it at it’s early stages! Ha ha ha… So that’s two layouts mid process for my Thursday Treasures… Promise to get them finished soon and share them again then!

The problem has been that mixed media has been inspiring me a lot these days so scrapping hasn’t been featuring much… Apart for finishing off using kits from classes … But it was Helen’s monthly scrapping class last night and although I wasn’t able to stay for the class I did do some scrapping from the kit last night so there is a post coming up very soon with a finished page on it! Only another three left to do!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Canvas and Mixed Media art, French Foliage, Gorgeous Grunge, Hardwood, Masks/Stencils, Off the Grid, Paperartsy, Eclectica -Darcy, Tape it

Art Journal Basics class -the preparation

A few months ago when friends were gathered at my house they were having a mooch at my Documented Life Journal and expressed a wish for an art journal class. I had a little think and decided to agree to do one. Of course that meant several sleepless nights going … Ooh I could do this or I could do that … Only to remember most journal pages take a while to do, and time to dry, so that did limit what we could achieve in a couple of hours of crafting time. So a couple of days later I set to with my idea and worked out if it was possible to create something in a couple of hours that showed some techniques and basics for them.

I started with a quote…

We can complain that a rose bush has thorns, or we can rejoice that thorn bushes have roses…. Abraham Lincoln

I figured this had a lovely message and also had a visual message to be followed as well.

I took a sheet of thick watercolour card and cut it to 8×8 and then thought about what colour the quote made me think of. I decided on red and spritzed spray inks in red, pink, purple and orange/copper and swished the paper through them to give a good blended coverage.

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I do love the finish that Dylusions inks give when doing this. So different everytime. I also spritzed some water to remove some colour in places … Although by the time the page is finished you can’t see any of this … But still it’s all part of the process.

Next I took a rose stamp which was a freebie with Craft Stamper, and stamped it down one edge in Archival ink, and also lots of times onto old book print. I then took a script background stamp and stamped that down the other side, along with the harlequin stamp and the sun shine stamp. Next it was time to add some paint. I actually started with a layer of gesso thinly brayered across the page. Then added some of the book print roses which I had cut out. To these I added some dark pink/maroon paint with my fingers, and some grey gelatos. I then added more white by using Distress Stain. I actually had a big accident with this as I squeezed the bottle and the dabber came out and flooded the page with white. Fortunately most of it wiped up … It is just a shame I wasted most of it!

Next I added more of the grey gelato and some more of the pink and maroon paint.

I also added silver paint down the edges, and made marks using lids and edge of credit card and the paint. As per usual I forgot to take any pictures of these stage … So my next picture includes, stamping with paint/ ink and using masks to push paint through and ink through. Oh and stamping the number/alphabet stamp with distress stain too!

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At this point I had been working on the page for about an hour and a quarter. So time to move to finishing touches if this is to be a class.

I handwrote the quote (my printer wasn’t switched on so couldn’t be bothered to type it up instead) and then edged each piece, and sprayed with some ink. Next I took the remaining book print roses and coloured them with some gelatos and the spray inks. I added more copper to them to make them stand out a bit. I then layered these up … One of them has several layers to make it more dimensional, and rubbed some stickles over them once they were adhered to the page to give them a sparkle.

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So this was my sample for the class. It meant I had finished a page under 2 hours with some basics in there. I could rule out certain techniques due to drying time, but this sort of thing was definitely doable.

A week or so later I decided to try the same process again but using different stamps for the background and different colour scheme. This time yellows and oranges. I didn’t do process pics as I forgot and just immersed myself in the process. I also didn’t get round to adding a quote at this point!

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So in prep for the class I chose a few different quotes, and have printed them up in readiness. I also thought I would let people choose their own colours rather than dictate to them … After all I had started out choosing red for my first one, and it ended up very much more pink!

For me art journaling is so much more about the process rather than the end result. The hope is that the end result is good, but it isn’t a given, and shouldn’t be given as much consideration. But that’s just me!

Hopefully the girls in the class will take their enjoyment from the class and find their own way of art journalling … Given a few of them mainly like clean and neat things, it may well not be their thing! But company and playing with stuff should hopefully make it an enjoyable evening regardless!

Will post the result from the class in another post!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Blast, Simply Stars, Tape it, Thursday treasures

Thursday Treasures! Colour scheme!

Thursday comes round so quickly doesn’t it!!!

This week is colour scheme week!!!

Here goes …

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I love blue … It really is my favourite colour!!!

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I created this page whilst at a crop my friend Helen runs in January but never got round to posting it. I did however think it was perfect for this challenge as I used Marina Mist as the base colour for the page. The great thing about going to Helen’s crop is that I get to try out some new stamp sets I haven’t bought yet… Of course this usually means I then need the stamp sets I try! In fact the use of both Tape It and Banner blast did result in ordering them that very afternoon I loved them so much on this layout.

Helen had quite a few alpha stamp sets available too. Now these are a considered purchase so didn’t make it onto the order list for this month … But I have to admit I love these alphas so I might have to consider them for a future order!

I did use some of my things though!!! The fab Simply Stars stamps, and some papers and stickers I got especially for the disney scrapping! It is from Simple Stories and is called Say cheese and has Mickey themed stickers to go with the papers. I love it! I teamed the Cherry cobbler and Basic Grey cardstock and coloured ink with the paper.

The layout I based on this page I pinned on Pinterest and then drew the sketch from.

Hope you like what I did with the page.

Happy crafting!

Catherine