Using the pieces left from class

As regular blog followers know, I attended a class in Harrogate with Karen Hayselden where I decorated a cute bird house.  I also made some backgrounds as part of the class and stamped some images as options for the birdhouse.  Today I am sharing what I did with these…

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This one had a little extra black added to provide a shadow for the Kate Crane Stampotique girl.  I then layered the image up and added more shading with the Pitt pens.  I also added stencilling with the Tim Holtz stencil I bought on the day of the class..  This is definitely my favourite stencil of the moment.

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The next one…

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This I mounted up on a few layers and added black as an outline on the panel.  I added the sentiment from my Kim Dellow Paperartsy stamps and a button brad.  I also added some card candi as a further embellishment.  Again I shaded with pens and paint.

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The next two were the smaller pieces cut off the others…

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This I kept quite simple with just a bit of extra black for shadow and layering on black paper and the card candi.

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The last one I used a different stamp.

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I also took the other off cuts to create some different panels and added a little stencilling on the base card too to bring it all together.  Love the Tim Holt crazy birds and cats collection … so it was good to stamp a couple of these out at the class to play with them.  The sentiment is a Dylusions stamp that I bought on the day 
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So plenty of fun from the 1 piece of a4…

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Hope you like what I did with them.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Another spread in my Paperartsy challenge journal:hearts

Hi all

The second challenge for 2016 on the Paperartsy blog was hearts! As soon as I saw this post from Wanda I knew I wanted to have a go at masking and stencilling texture over the mask to provide the main feature. 

I started by cutting out of scrap a heart and placing it in the centre of my double spread.  I then used the Clarity dotty wave stencil to swipe the grunge paste through.

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This left the shape, and provided an extra piece to be saved for another purpose at some point. (I actually used this a few weeks ago on a card I made).

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A few days later I came back to this as the grunge paste had then completely dried. I started adding colour with distress stains… Starting in the middle and working my way out.

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Next I added some stamping using Indigo Blu stamps (the numbers). Then added the honeycomb stencilling.

The second heart I cut out of book print and added distress ink to it with a blending tool. Then added the image if the winged clock. The quote I had already printed, I just added some distress ink and then outlined it.

I thought the colours needed some softer blending so decided to add a sprinkling of Red brusho and to add plenty of water. Then I left it to dry!

About a week or so ago I went back to this journal page. It was just after I had been to the Karen Hayselden class at art from the heart so many more splats and layers and ink and paint got added. Karen has inspired me to layer up more than I was doing before and to add more and more colour… This is still tonal but still plenty of additional colour.
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I then thought it needed some sparkle too!
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So stickles in two colours added all over and on the wings and some glossy accents to the clock face.

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Just LOVE this page. Not at all like the canvas that Wanda inspired me with in the first place but completely love it!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Use them or lose them stamp challenge #8

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

This is actually a two for one card… Summer Silhouettes and Something Lacy.

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I stamped pieces of Cherry Cobbler and Night of Navy cardstock with the Craft white ink.

I mounted the navy on white cardstock and then mounted them up.

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I decided to die cut a sentiment from a gold cardstock to add to the top and then added some card candi to finish off… oh and added another mat of cherry cobbler card.

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Finished off the envelope with some stamping….

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Love the final card but must admit I am struggling to love the Something Lacy stamp.  Just can’t see that I would ever use this much…. so think it might be one for the lose it pile.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Fun in my journal

A couple of weeks ago I had a little bit of a play in my journal with inktense blocks and a water brush using the reverse image of another page as the guide.

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I really like how this came out as it was a very loose painting.  Particularly pleased with the love.  I used a die cut as a guide and then painted it in with the inktense.

Then last week I had some more fun in my journal using my new Kim Dellow stamps from paperartsy… They are fabulous! I wanted to create a layered watercolour background so created this with layers of gesso and watercolour. I then stamped the images on tissue paper and coloured them with watercolour and then mod podged them in. There was also a layer of stamping with distress ink that I then blended with water and smudged some gesso over the top. Of course also plenty of splats and splashes of watercolour too
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Loved creating this and loved I had no reason to do it other than to play!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Use them or lose them #7 Tap tap tap

A day late with this as the decorating took over… but last night managed to get into the craft room and do some creating… sooooooooooooooooooooo. …

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 week I have been trying to use a new to me set… Tap Tap Tap… This is my second pair of cards made with the set.
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Again I used bits and pieces from the desk that were leftovers from another project with a little bit of Whisper White.

I couldn’t resist some stencilling and splattering of paint though (I was in an art journal frame of mind and wanted to splatter paint after the precision of painting walls!).

Love this set of stamps and will be using them lots so they are for keeps!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Bugaboo and Brushos

Hi there

Thanks for popping along to see my blog today.  We are still decorating so have a project to share I made a week or so ago.

I made this card from things left on the desk after other projects… quite a funky and different card!

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I used the Bugaboo digital stamp coloured with promarkers for the main image but did quite a mixed media card for the background using a mix of Brushos and texture paste.

I love the Keep calm sentiment too!

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Happy crafting!

Catherine

Homework using the gelli plate

My princess had America as her topic this term at school and last week’s homework was to create a piece of artwork inspired by Andy Warhol.  I immediately realised that the gelli plate would be a great tool for her to use to do this.

Here is the artwork that was our muse…

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So we started with a picture that I turned black and white and printed out several times.  I also flipped the image and printed that several times too.  This way we would be able to make masks.

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First she cut herself out and then we used the faces as masks.  I had put the gelli plate on the mega mount and on top of one of the reversed prints so we could line it up accurately.  Then each part was painted and printed.  All of them were her own colour choices, I just helped line things up a bit.

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Next we cut out the hair from one of the spare pics and used the surround as the mask. For some unknown reason she chose green hair!

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Then it was time for the face.  We did attempt to mask eyes and mouth unsuccessfully so we decided to sort that later as we could still see them through the flesh coloured paint.

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We also attempted eye shadow, just like Marylin to some interesting results.  We then left it to dry and we cleaned up the paint and gelli plate.

A few days later I grabbed some tracing paper to show the princess how to outline her face and finish the picture off… she then did it on the actual picture.
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You can see my outline on the left differs from how she finished hers off. But I still think she did a fabulous job. She’s pleased with it and hopefully the teachers like her interpretation of Marilyn.

Happy crafting!

Catherine