Lovely as a Tree, Serene Silhouettes, Woodgrain

ATC swap… June 2014… birds

Just over a month ago I had a bright, or some may say insane, idea of doing a monthly ATC swap with the group of crafty friends whom often come to my house for arty crafty fun… The gang who played bravely with paint and paper and glue and canvases only a few days ago! Well they all thought this was a fab idea, and even though some had never made an ATC before, we agreed to have a theme each month (chosen at random from suggestions from the group) and to make one for each in the group and one for ourselves if we so wished … So 7 of the same (or very similar)!

The first month the theme was birds which was suggested by the lovely Julie. Now I had no idea what I was going to do and when I googled and Pinterested … Yes this is now a verb in my vocabulary … I was blown away by the fab offerings from the web of other peoples interpretations of birds on ATCs.

The first time I sat to work on them, I was actually in the cafe of the library near my work where I sometimes grab a coffee in my lunch break and enjoy the break from my work, and I had a watercolour pad, some watercolour pencils and a playing card to use as a template… Here is what happened …

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Next time I worked on them was at the swimming pool when my princess was in her lesson and I was in the spectator seats… This time I added more colour with the watercolour and some more definition.

When I got home that afternoon it was time to get out the stamps… First Lovely as a Tree in subtle Crumb Cake ink…

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Then to add the birds… Serene Silhouettes stamped in versamark and then heat embossed…

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I then cut out the little topper and rounded the corners and set to on the base of the ATC. I used Tangerine Tango cardstock to compliment the sunset background. I added the Woodgrain stamp in the same ink to create a subtle background.

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On the reverse I used an old Paperartsy ATC stamp ready to be completed with the details of the ATC.

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Then it was time to assemble and put the finishing touches to the ATC. I decided on some gold brads, dream stamped on the side, and a little bit of extra inking to the topper to finish it off.

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I have not made many ATCs before, and never so many in one go… But it was a lot of fun. I must admit as we have chosen the themes for a few months in advance I have already finished next months too… But you will have to wait a month to see those!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Henry Says, Masks/Stencils, Off the Grid, Ribbons, That's the Ticket, Ticket punch, Woodgrain

Inky birthday time!

Yesterday it was my father in laws 80th birthday… So that required a special card. But 80th birthdays and male cards are not my thing so instead I went all funky with his card!

I used the fab Dylusions ink sprays and some distress inks and a fabulous mask to create the background. I used the Off the Grid stamp and then a clock stamp from a random set I have and embossed it in a mixture of green and blues.

Then with plenty of inking around the edges I mounted it onto Midnight muse. Then I took another piece of white cardstock and stamped Hardwood in some midnight muse which I stamped off and added more distress ink to the edge with my sponge. This was the bottom mount for the card topper.

Then I took some Sahara Sand cardstock and stamped the hardwood stamp and stamped it in Crumb cake and cut out the banner shape. Then some of the fab chevron ribbon in Chocolate Chip (I think) and some bakers twine and created the little embellishment. I added a clock charm … I have a few of these (I have a plan for them!) and I added this to the banner.

Then it was time to add the sentiment so I stamped a couple of tickets… One with the Henry says birthday sentiment, and the other one of the tickets from That’s the ticket set.

Raised the whole topper onto dimensionals and added it to a white 8×8 card blank.

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Then did the envelope too… A little inking around the edge and some more cog inking using the mask and Distress Inks.

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Hopefully he liked the card I made. He should have received it yesterday and on Sunday we celebrate with him properly!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Decorative Label, Gorgeous Grunge, Made for You, Petite Petals, Ribbons, small flower punch, Square Lattice, Woodgrain

Colour my Monday! Cajun Craze!

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Happy Monday World! Well the part of the world that read my blog anyways!

Colour time! I am really enjoying this weekly challenge to focus on colour! It is time for a REGAL colour this week…

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Now this is not a colour I have used much… Mainly as I don’t own the actual ink colour, but also as rustic colours are just not really my thing! But, a couple of months ago, Helen used this colour in a class I had the kit for, but had never got round to doing the class as per her instructions … Partly as at the time I didn’t have the stamps for the specific class! Anyways, in the kit for one card was some Cajun Craze cardstock, so I grabbed that and set to work on creating something for this challenge instead.

Helen had also included a bit of the gold foil cardstock, so I embossed this first with the Square Lattice folder and then sanded it back to show some white through.

Next I inked the cardstock using the Chocolate Chip ink and a sponge to give it a nice even edge of ink. Then I took the small pieces of Very Vanilla and inked them too in Crumb cake and added some distressing with the Gorgeous Grunge and Woodgrain stamps. Then I stamped some of the cute Petite Petals flowers in a mixture of Crumb Cake and Gold Encore pigment ink. To these I added the candy dots in the Cajun Craze. Next up the sentiment was stamped in Chocolate Chip and inked and grunge with the dots stamp from Gorgeous Grunge. I used the Decorative label punch to create the little label for this.

Finally a bit of trim in Baked Brown Sugar to finish off!

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Love this finished card. It is so different from the style I would normally choose, and this is because the colour is out of my comfort zone, but this is what the challenge is about I suppose… To break me out of doing the same things over and over!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

French Foliage, Gorgeous Grunge, Swallowtail, Woodgrain

Needed to create … Stepped up my Swallowtail!

So I came home from my hols yesterday and last night needed to create something! I faffed around with the bits and pieces on my desk and then randomly grabbed the Swallowtail stamp, some linen cardstock (because it was there!) and the first colour that came to hand … Summer Starfruit!

I then used some Calypso Coral, Baked Brown Sugar, Bermuda Bay & Crisp Canteloupe and watercolouring brush to add some pattern and detail. I also did an outline of Smoky Slate to make it pop from the page.

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Next I decided to cut the swallowtail out as a panel, and mount it onto some Bermuda Bay & Basic Grey. I also did an outline of theSmoky Slate as a watercolour to the edge of the white panel to keep the same type of theme going. At this point I decided to step it up. What I mean by this is to add an extra effect and make it more special. So I dug out my perfect pearls and with water added some iridescent sheen to the wings. I used mainly a cream coloured perfect pearl, but also a bit of a blue where the Bermuda Bay was to give a slightly different look.

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Pretty special looking … Oh yes. Next I wanted to give the body of the butterfly some dimension so I used a champagne liquid pearl with an edge of champagne stickles to create a raised body.

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Now I was pretty happy that my topper was as good as I was going to get it. I decided that as it was quite a big topper … 5.5″ x 4.5″ I needed to make a big card with it and not just stick it onto a 6×6 card. So I took another piece of 7×7 white linen card and stamped the Swallowtail randomly in the same colours and softened the image with the watercolour technique. I added the same colours as in the main image but kept the colour wishy washy. Next I stamped all over with the Woodgrain background stamp in Baked Brown Sugar, then added some splodges and text from French Foliage and some dots from Gorgeous Grunge in Crisp Canteloupe & Basic Grey. Then I finished it with some Calypso Coral ink to define the edge.

I put the background sheet on the 8×8 card blank at a wonky angle, then the topper also wonky, with a doily underneath to soften it a little. Then pulled some paper flower embellishments out of my box of bits, and a button and some twine to finish off!

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So proud of this card. I made such an effort with each bit of the card… Think I could get used to creating these bigger cards rather than lots of little cards like I normally do! It was satisfying to think of how I could improve what I was doing rather than just accepting it as it was. Think this may eventually be my Mum’s birthday card… Although as her birthday is not until August will have to remember where I put it when I put it in a safe place! Lol!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Builder Bird, Butterfly, Decorative Label, For My Family, Four Frames, Hardwood, Petite Petals, Ribbons, small flower punch, Woodgrain

Happy Birthday Princess!

Today my little baby is 8!!! I can’t believe it! Doesn’t seem long since she was a babe in arms … But given she is a tall girl, and I am a shortie, it won’t be long before she is towering above me I know! Goodness help me then!

So of course, my princess got made a special card!

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Packed full of Petite Petals with a cute bird (Language of Friendship) and butterfly (Papillion Pot Pourri). With some nice texture in the background using both Hardwood & Woodgrain.

Love how it came out! Almost as much as I love the girl herself!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Ps little update photo that shows all the dimension in the card!

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Canvas and Mixed Media art, Claritystamps, Indigo Blu, Lavinia, Off the Grid, Random Crafts, Serene Silhouettes, Swallowtail, Woodgrain

Wibble wobble gelli plate class! Preparation

This post is all about the prep I did for the Gelli plate playing class I hosted tonight. I wanted to have the lovely girls who I craft with be a bit brave and play with getting messy and a gelli plate is a fab easy way to start. But how to plan a class with something that will be different everytime you use it?!

So a few weeks ago I got out the gelli plate and the lovely new paints I had got and started to play. Now I admit the cardstock I used was actually scrap and was the backing for packs of 12×12 dsp! But in using this it did give me an idea on how we would quickly create a few different prints per person.

I started with red, cream and blue. The cream was meant to be a yellow but it turned out more cream to me … But still looked fab!

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Next I tried blues and greens…

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Whilst I was going along I also cleaned off my gelli plate on a piece of scrap patterned paper… This is now ultra messy!

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And with the last bits of paint I decided to try to use some sticky backed plastic for the packing tape technique. It wasn’t 100% successful but I think I hadn’t put down enough paint or let it dry long enough. I ended up sticking this to a print I made with very little texture apart from bubble wrap and it looks quite nice like this I think. If I had been thinking I would have had the tin foil at the ready as that always looks fab as the background. But ho hum!

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So quite a bit of printing in a couple of hours … Not bad seeing as I really wasn’t prepared to start with and gave me a lot of ideas to start my planning off for the class.

A few days later I spent some times looking at the prints and deciding what to do with them. I started by chopping up the 12×12 sheets into 5.5 x 5.5 squares to get rid of tatty edges and make them suitable to use as card toppers in use size they are. I figured this was the easiest way to tackle converting these lovely prints into something usable.

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Then I stamped a couple of images out of newish stamps I have acquired. I stamped them onto white card using black and fussy cut them out. I find stamping detailed images onto acrylic never quite works well… So this collage effect is usually better. I added a mount of some scrap patterned paper too. Given the colours within the gelli prints can be quite different I figured that just having a whole load of scrap out for people to use what they like would work best for mounting them.

First up the La Musique stamp from Claritystamps.

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Next the beautiful fairy silhouette from Lavinia stamps. Sorry about the rubbish photo … Not sure what happened with this but can’t be bothered to take another one right now!

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Then I chose one of the blue and green prints to create this Christmas card topper using some Indigo Blu stamps. The sentiment I thought worked well cut into strips in my usual art journal method and outlined with the black and then fussy cut the snowflake border. Because the stamping on the border isn’t perfect I think it works quite well with the gelli print too… More arty! Well that’s my thought anyway!

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This was my progress on this night and by this time I had made a decision that I would create samples from all eight pieces (not the sticky backed plastic piece or the scrap paper) for the class and have the stamps for people to use if they wish … But it is more likely people will only have time to make one or two card toppers and will have to take home the rest and finish at home with their own supplies. I thought the other two pieces I would use to create some art journal pieces instead…. As other examples of what they could be used for … Which will lead onto the next class I am doing with the gang!

Roll on to one week ago and I finally got round to finishing the samples.
And also took new pictures of the three above mounted on their cards!

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Right so here come the other ones!

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These were both using the fabulous Serene Silhouettes stamps which I usually use with brayered backgrounds but thought they worked well with these gelli plate ones too. I slightly messed up the stamping on the one with the wild flowers though so decided the sentiment stamped separately and then layered up would cover that little ‘creative diversion’!

Next up a tree based card. I heat embossed the Bare Forest Indigo Blu stamp with some black embossing powder. The shiny finish really works as contrast against the acrylic finish.

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Then another Christmas card using freebie HOTP stamps I got with a magazine.

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Finally… A Swallowtail card! It’s been a while since I made a card using this stamp … But it seemed the perfect choice for this Gelli Plate print!

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So there you go … Eight samples made for the class … All different and all fab! Will share pics and links for blogs where relevant for what others created tonight as each persons print and finished product was different!

Such fun!

Catherine