Awesomely artistic, Use them or Lose them, Work of Art

Use them or lose them #5 … set 2

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

A couple of days ago I shared a couple of cards made with Awesomely Artistic… well I have another few cards made with the same set, but this time thank you cards.

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I kept this quite a simple card.  White cardstock stamping the main floral image in black.  Then stamped the splodges in a stamped off Melon mambo.  I then stamped the dragon fly in Rich razzleberry on separate paper and cut it out to layer on top.  The sentiment are Work Of Art stamps… I love the You!

I added a border around the edge in the rich razzleberry and some stickles dots to add some bling.

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I finished the envelope with some more stamping too…

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Nice elegant cards and would work with plain neutral card blanks too.

So definitely a keeper of a set!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Use them or Lose them, Work of Art

Use them or lose them #3

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

This stamp set is one I wanted immediately on seeing it but have hardly used at all… so thought it was time to get it out and have a go.  Here I present Work of Art stamps.

My first thought was to make something quite graphic so I grabbed the black card blanks and some scraps of coloured cardstock and black ink.

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I stamped the sentiment first and then stamped the falling hearts around it.  I corner rounded two corners and stuck it down.  Then decided it needed some bling… so gold stickles came out to play.

Inside the card and envelope needed doing too, so chose the colour of the cardstock and made each of them like this…

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Not exactly difficult cards … perfectly simple actually.  I am still undecided about the value of these stamps but going to stick with them for the moment and see if inspiration strikes again when I grab them next time.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Watercolor wash, Work of Art

Pieces of eight!

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Another job of stamping and masking for this card just like a couple of days ago.  This time I used Watercolour wash and work of art stamps to create the background… A nice watery feel!

I added the black border and then mounted on a coordinating card blank.  final touches were some pearls added… needed some treasure for the pirate girl!

Hope you like this.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Brushos, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Secret Garden, Work of Art

Brusho magic samples for class

So finally I am getting round to doing some blogging. It’s been such a busy few days just didn’t get a chance till now. Sorry for those lovely readers who look out for my daily posts.  Have got quite a few things made I want to share so you should get at least a few days of posts on the run now.

Be prepared I am brusho mad at the moment. This is mainly due to the fact my friends and I were having a brusho play in our art journalling session last night so most of these posts will be samples for that using different techniques … All combining heat embossing in one way or another.

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This was a layout I did using brusho applied with not too much water to keep white space around the edge. I finished it with flowers from secret gardens set I heat embossed, the lines from Work of Art set and then the final image is a digital stamp.

This was stage one of applying brusho and trying not to interfere too much with the colour burst it created.

Tomorrow will share one where I embossed first…. very different resulting page.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Canvas and Mixed Media art, Claudine Hellmuth stamps, Gorjuss, Random Crafts, Work of Art

Art journalling… Conversation starters… Journal52

Well now… What a lovely weekend I had. Firstly a trip down memory lane to visit a theatre I spent most of my adolescence and childhood around to see the pantomime. Now whilst I was brought up on panto, it is not my favourite type of theatre by a long shot, in fact I could have quite happily never seen one again (I have seen & been in hundreds of pantoshows already), going with the princess was a very different thing. She had asked to see a panto as her xmas present from my parents and so watching her watch the panto was perfect. Then on Saturday off to the home of one of my raggy doll sisters to meet up as a gang of six of us (we missed the others who were not able to attend). Plenty of giggles, girly chat and hugs galore. Marie and I are doing dryathlon for cancer research, so missed out on the prosecco, but I more than made up for that by eating extra cake at the afternoon tea! And our final bit of time was spent mooching in Jayne’s craft room… What a lovely creative space with plenty of lovely items around she and her Mum have made over the years. Well now, what talents they have. It really was quite inspirational. I arrived home, to a tired hubby and princess who had had guests and a sleepover of their own going on, and so once I had settled the princess into bed early, I grabbed some time to get creative.

Well now, what did I make? Well I made a journal page using the prompt “conversation starters” from Journal52. As I was doing this on the page opposite the Just Be page, I kept to a similar colour scheme …

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I used the same Dylusions spray inks, this time without a mask, just sprayed direct to the page. I blotted them as they were very wet, and due to the rubbish quality paper (I hadn’t added gesso) some of the paper lifted, but this added quite a nice texture and finish to the spray so I didn’t mind.

Then I added some birdcages that I had stamped using the Claudine Hellmuth layer stamps onto book print (Charlie and the great glass elevator) and doodled the string to hold them up. Next I added some stamping (random French script stamps) and some of the Work of Art stamps like the swoosh and the heart.

Next I stamped, and coloured using Promarkers, the Gorjuss girl and rabbit stamp onto separate paper, and cut them out with the craft knife. Once I stuck them down on the page I started adding more depth and shading with some faber castell grey pens. This really adds some dimension to the page. Then I found the phrase “well now” on the page of the book I had been using for the stamping… Perfect as a conversation starter.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Simply Sketched, Work of Art

Colour my Monday! Mossy Meadow

Good day peeps! Hope you are ready to play with colour again… Here is my fun for a dreary Monday!

I am back playing with In Colors again for this weeks colour…

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A nice rich and earthy green! And in a break from the Christmassy crafting I went for a birthday card instead!

I used the fabulous Simply Sketched set to stamp the leaves and the sentiment in the fab Mossy Meadow and then blended the line art out using some water and the ink. Then I added a watercolour splash using the Pistachio Pudding and one of the Work of Art stamps.

I mounted it onto some Blackberry Bliss which I had used for the. Berries and job done!

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Happy crafting!

Catherine

Work of Art

Moments & Memories! October

I’m actually bang on time this month! First time in ages I was ready for the challenge!

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So this is the sketch I’ve been playing with throughout the year to see how many pages I can get from one sketch. Although we are in month ten I have to admit I missed a couple of months so only have eight so far! But still that’s a considerable number to come from the one sketch!

This month I actually kept to the sketch quite a lot… Only the photo ended up placed at an angle!

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I used a random paper that is double sided and some whitewashed Coredinations cardstock for this page, mixed up with the Real red, Basic Black & Daffodil Delight cardstock for the embellishments.

I used the Simply scored board for the first time in age for this to create the running stitch effect down the left hand side and then sanded it back. I also used the work of art stamps to create the white circles. And the final thing was the punch to create the little tabs on the side (one is blank as I need to look up the date)!

I am particularly pleased with the use of the ribbons on the page to add texture.

Happy crafting!

Catherine