Artful ATCs – book characters

This month the theme for the Artful ATCs group is Book Characters and I knew immediately I wanted to join in and use my Roald Dahl stash as I rarely use this.

I started by using some of the patterned paper to cover the whole of the ATC I had cut from mountboard and added a strip of the ribbon from the stash too.

Then I added the stamped Enormous Crocodile and elephant image which I coloured with watercolour pencils. And of course the title of the book.

For the Fantastic Mr Fox I decided to stamp the image all over the background and then chose a printed element as the focal feature which I offset from the centre.

I then added the title onto the black card with embossing powder.

Really love how these came out and it reminded me how much I love these stories and the art work.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Magnolia hello notecards

I’ve recently bought some Stampin Up stash and it included a little notecard set. I made up a few of them when I wanted a simple playtime the other day.

Each one I did slightly differently, either with a different embellishment of or by changing the orientation.

I love it when a card kit gives you the basics but you can still make each item individual!

I use little cards like this in with swaps I make as a little extra to send a message to the recipient.

The envelopes I stamped one of the flowers from the Magnolia Blooms stamp set that works well with this little card kit.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy Mothering Sunday!

Happy Mothers day to my Mum, and all the other mums out there. I’m hoping for a cup of coffee in bed from my daughter! And them going to have to endure seeing my mum and remaining at a distance from her as my parents and auntie are self isolating as they are in the vulnerable group! I am lucky that I at least get to see them in person though as I’ve got some shopping supplies to drop off with them, but will be remaining on the opposite side of the room for our short stay and they will be cleaning up where I have been as soon as I leave.

Here is the bright and cheery card I have made for my Mum which will hopefully help bring some sunshine into her day.

I went very zingy and rainbow!

I used a stencil I got with an Indigo Blu magazine kit and added ink through it before then adding glossy texture paste through the stencil and letting it dry.

I then created the focal points with more inking and some stamps. The butterfly is a Visible Image stamp.

I also created some mats to the images using white card and the one for the main background I did blending round the outside to match the main focal images.

I stuck them all together using foam tape to raise the focal image.

I then used some sequins so embellish.

I decided to decorate the envelope too using the stamp platform to stamp and add different colours.

Love how this came out, hope Mum does too!

Now happy mothers day to all who celebrate and love to all those for whom today might be a difficult day!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: CHNC: inspired by a song/ carol

Today the theme Hazel has given us to work with is inspired by a song or carol. My confession is that it was only when I put the sentiment on this card did it become my contribution to the Craftyhazelnuts christmas challenge for this week. I was just making the card and then realised I could use it for this challenge.

I used some scraps of the fabulous Winter Frost Dsp I’ve had for ages and the sticker. I added all the die cut snowflakes and then the gems to finish off the card and give it lots of texture.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Another Art journaling page just for me

I decided to do another page in my journal to finish off the spread from the one I shared a few days ago… after all in the current circumstances it’s a good thing to share art and pretty things!

I decided to use similar colour scheme, but different mediums and used bits that were on my desk from other projects or gifts from various swaps.

The starting point was using stampin up ink pads to add colour to the background in a really loose way, just pressing them and the edges of the pads onto the background. I also used a few stamps to add some shape and variation in depth of colour (Happy Celebrations and Gummiapan).

I then decided to create a large panel using the leftover Art by Marlene paper and a doily. I added texture to this using a Badass artchick stamp and frantage embossing powder.

I found a stamped piece with similar colours to add along with a sticker and then the main sentiment panel which I had been gifted at some point and was certainly something I need to read at the moment. I added stamping on the edge of this and ink to add some framing. Then I added the fussy cut feather that was from a piece of wallpaper I had been gifted in a swap ages ago… I was saving it for the right moment… and it turned out it was this page!

Next I added lots of doodling round panels and the finishing touches of the embossed hearts. The wooden hearts I inked with distress oxide and then embossed with a pearl effect powder which gave them a beautiful finish.

Love how this page looks and how it complimented the other page.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy birthday Auntie M (For a few weeks ago)

It was my Auntie Margarets 70th birthday at the beginning of the month, but she didn’t want a fuss so I decided not to emblazon her card with a number!

Instead I made this pretty and delicate card.

I used the stamps from last month’s Creative Stamping magazine to create a subtle background on the card and for the focal image which I coloured using watercolour pencils.

I then chose some tiny stamps from another set in the stash to add the little flower in Crisp Cantaloupe ink and the little heart in the pale Soft Sky ink just to add a little colour in the background. The hearts I added some wink of Stella to as well, again subtle but there if you are looking at it.

Next I chose the die cut window and the sticker onto which I embossed the sentiment from my box of embellishments. I love how the added dimension of the window just adds some thing special to the card.

I finished with sequins in the pale blue and the stamped green Happy which if I am honest I would have preferred as a die cut, but I don’t have the word happy as a die cut, so need to add that to my shopping list.

Super happy with this pretty card for my lovely auntie M.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Hello doll cards

Today I have the cards I made to send the Russian art dolls to the swap recipients… they include papers from the stash swap challenge I shared over the past few days… and of course are Russian art doll themed!

I used the same template as I used for the dolls… but this time I cut them from patterned paper in the stash.

The faces were from the Art by Marlene die cuts and I added doodling and shading and a little pics of doily for the frill on the headscarf.

I also added the sticky embellishments as buttons.

I adhered both dolls to a piece of card I stamped some texture into the background and doodled the border. I also added the hello sentiment.

I decided to use red card blanks to give the white panel something to contrast against.

Cute and super simple little creations with the use of the Art by Marlene faces.

Lovely way to round off two projects in one.

Happy crafting!

Catherine