Crafters Companion flourish, Dies, First edition dies, Tim Holtz, Watercolor wings, Woodware stamps

Congratulations Tracy & Mark

Yesterday we celebrated the wedding of Tracy and Mark in the beautiful lake district. Today I can share the card I made for them.

I die cut the flowers from some ombre cardstock and layered them onto vellum and a layer of kraft card and sewed it to adhere it.

Then the butterfly was using the fab watercolour wings and I did one layer of the butterfly into vellum and then another onto whisper white. The vellum one I then heat embossed with clear to give it some texture.

Underneath the butterfly I added some die cut flourishes and sprigs which I added ink to some to give some definition and the sentiment from a Woodware set on a die cut label. The finishing touch was lots of pearl gems scattered around the cluster.

Inside the card I created a panel and edged it lightly with the Wisteria Wonder ink and then stamped the butterfly using the same colours (2nd generation ink) as on the front and added the stamped message.

Really happy with how this intricate card looked and wishing the happy couple love and happiness for their future.

And as an aside the gift bag I got matches the card with the days schedule left in our hotel perfectly so I think I judged them just right.

Because I chose kraft as the base for my card I can also share it on the Paperartsy challenge blog... Love all the inspiration Darcy provides.

And of course I’m going to share a pic or two from yesterday…

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Deco art fluid acrylics, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Gummiapan, Masks/Stencils, Petals and more, Woodware stamps

Gelliprinting challenge

Hi… Yes two blog posts in one day… And they couldn’t really get more different from the Christmas cards I shared earlier…to gelli printing mixed media joy now!

So I spotted via my lovely friend @craftytrog that there was a gelli printing challenge going on in March… And of course I immediately wanted to join in! @birgitkoopson is hosting the challenge… but the best way to find all the lovely prints people are making is to follow the hashtag… #31daysofgelprinting on Instagram. That’s what I did.

So here are the first two days of prints I made…

First prompt… circles. This was a print using Seth Apter paint onto black cardstock and I used stamps and a bottle lid to create the circles. Then I added a little smoosh of distress oxide left from another project on top.

Day 2 prompt… peek through

This time I used Decoarts Americana and Crafters Acrylic paints and used stencils to create some pattern and then punched some circles to use as masks to create the peep through circles. As this is quite translucent paint it shows the layers beneath even with the ‘solid’ print on the top.

In both cases I then made something with the print…

First one I made a card. I heat embossed the Woodware image onto the background and then added Distress Oxides as watercolours to add some colour to the image. Nice and simple.

The second one I am going to frame and hang in my craftroom.. just need a box frame as it is quite dimensional.

I added some stamping to the print along with some doodling. Then mounted it onto the lime cardstock. Then I chose some flowers from the Artful Days goodie box and a resin Eiffel tower. I added some distress resist spray to the flowers and inked them with Distress stains and oxides to give them a more textural and mixed media appearance. Then added the sequin centres.

The Eiffel tower I painted using black gesso and then added layers of paints including some art alchemy sparks paints to give it shimmer and shine.

I did cut some of the lattice die cuts from the petals and more set and added these and adhered everything to the background. Finished with some splatters of paint (of course!) and mounted it onto black cardstock.

Love how both turned out… looking forward to more gel printing projects during March!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art and crafting styles, Distress oxide ink, Lawn Fawn stamps, Woodware stamps

Happy birthday Kizziya

Today is the birthday of one of the princess’ school friends and yesterday after school they had a party. So of course I made a card. Kept it bright and cheery just like the lovely Kizziya! 

First I stamped the fun Woodware happy birthday stamp and heat embossed it then used lots of fun Distress oxides to give it a funky background.

Once it was dry I used peacock feathers to colour the letters in and give them more definition. Then I used lawn fawn stanps and dies for the square balloons. I stamped in the distress oxide and heat embossed it to give them a nice texture then added little strings before adding them to the card. 

So happy birthday Kizziya! 

I am entering this card into the following challenges… 

Crafting with Friends -54 anything goes

Creative Fingers 140 anything goes

Emerald City Crafts challenge _ 5 anything goes 

Jo’s scrap shack – anything goes
Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Distress oxide ink, Festival of Trees, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy, Eclectica -Darcy, Tree punch, Woodware stamps, YouTube video

Christmas in July madness! Distress oxide masterboard ATCs – Paperartsy challenge 290-295

Yes I thought I would join in with the Christmas in July madness … but also enter the Paperartsy aqua challenge again… and make another YouTube!

So the plan is to make ATCs which will end up as card toppers for Christmas cards.

I started with a piece of card 6×11.75 inches and added the distress oxides (cracked pistachio and broken china) with a blending tool. Then added some water drops and lifted some colour. Next I added some stencilled elements. Then took another stencil and removed colour using water again.

Next more pattern using stamping using the Darcy Christmas stamps.

Then I cut up the panel into ATC panels. Then I added clear texture paste through a stencil and left them to dry.

Next step was to add some netting or some muslin and machine sewing to adhere them.

Finally embellishment and feature stamp time! First pictured are the stocking ones. I used a stamp from Creative Stamping magazine set and in one case I darkened it with some peacock feathers and the other I left white. The stamping was using Lost Lagoon SU ink.

The next are Woodware stamps… I love these modern deer. I used a mixture of watercolour and normal pencils to add colour.

And finally (I couldn’t not do a tree based one!) Festival of Trees and embossing to create the last two.

Super happy with these and in total (without drying time) they took about an hour. So that’s 6 card individual arty card toppers made in an hour towards the Christmas batch. Not bad!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress oxide ink, Finnabair, Woodware stamps

Butterfly birthday card

Today the princess went to the birthday party at a trampoline park for a school friend so a card was required. I decided to play with butterflies, masking and the big Woodware Happy Birthday stamps.

I used distress oxides to watercolour the butterflies and the letters.  Then I stamped the little star using the same colour inks. I then added some stickles to both the butterfly and the stars. 

Hope the birthday girl enjoyed her birthday… I know the princess enjoyed her time trampolining! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Paperartsy - JOFY, Paperartsy Kim Dellow, Woodware stamps, YouTube video

Happy birthday H & M

Yesterday was the birthday of one of the princesses friends and her twin brother.  So I had two cards to make… So decided to film the process… especially as I had new stash to play with! 

Yes new Paperartsy Paint is in the house. 

Here are the two cards I made. 

The one for Hannah uses the bright palette from Tracy Scott.

The one for Matthew uses the earthy colour palette Seth Apter chose for his second set of paints. 

Both lovely and I’m really happy with how they both came out. 

Happy birthday H and M!

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Ghoulish Grunge, Woodware stamps

For ATC’S sake… 25

25 done…. already! Wowser! 

And this is for another challenge! 

I love the work of Marta who posts videos under Maremismallart on you tube.  She had now got a fb group called the creative cafe and the challenge this year is a playing card with a theme every week.  Week 1 (we’ve started a little late in the year) is ART.

My card isn’t going to be a playing card exactly but an ATC… if my card is the right size that’s fine… but I figure I will use a mixture of bases. 

This started as the scratch paper from the class I did on Tuesday.  I added distress ink and some stamping using the Ghoulish Grunge stamp. 

I then grabbed the woodware stamps I bought last week and used them to add the feature and sentiment. Then I added some doodling using both a black pen and my white sharpie paint pen.  

I now have week 2’s card to make…. hopefully should get this done in the next day or so. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine