Burlap, Distress oxide ink, Gelli Plate, Half full, Stitched framelits, Timeless Textures

Scraps off the desk… 347-351

Scraps off the desk always make interesting starting point for ATCs…. and here are some examples… These were using some pieces of paper I had wiped stamps off when playing with my gelli plate, distress oxides and the Burlap stamp.   I added different stamps and different finishes to them to make these ATCs…

1. Dreams take flight.

The feather stamp and sentiment came with a magazine. It’s a two step stamp and I stamped the base and the top in different colours of distress oxide and then added clear emboss to the top layer. I had made sure I dried it in between to only add the embossing on the top layer as the distress oxide can stay wet a while. I then heat embossed the sentiment in Black to make sure it stood out. 

I added a delicate amount of the black soot to the edge and then added a strip of turquoise gems down one side before mounting it on Fresh Fig cardstock.

2. Ruffle your feathers…

This is very similar to the one above but with a different colour scheme and some additional stamping using the Timeless Textures stamps and of course distress oxides again! 

3. Map your dreams…

This time I added a torn piece of map paper and some machine sewing to add texture and some different effects.

4. Fly

Same approach as the one above but this time a die cut and some heat embossing of the gorgeous birdcage image. Then I added the label word to add a graphic element.

5. Layers with wine

This time I took several pieces of the leftover scrap paper, tore them, inked the edges and layered them up. The top piece j added the stamped image from half full stamp set and added a little bit of colour to the grapes and outside edge to add definition. Love how all the layers coordinate and yet provide distinct layers.

So that’s 5 different ways of approaching the scraps on the table and turning them into mini artworks.  Very happy with these! 

And now only 16 to go to the target… whoop! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Badass Chick, Crafters Companion flourish, Infusions - Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Emma Godfrey, Sizzix, YouTube video

Mini pink canvas

Today I have a mini canvas to share with you that I’ve made for a swap. The theme for the swap is pink and to raise awareness of breast cancer. 

So let’s talk about that first. I have several breast cancer survivors in my group of friends and unfortunately one friend who lost her fight a few years ago. So understandably this is something close to my heart! 

What can you do? Well …

  • checking yourself monthly for changes and abnormalities is one simple thing. Catching it early significantly improves your chances of surviving.  
  • Attending routine screening appointments is another simple thing… if they send you an appointment through the post, prioritise it… you are important and your health is critically important.
  • Spread the message… these two things are simple to tell people about.

And finally… support charities who are supporting those with cancer and those trying to find cures… do what you can and we can hope for a future where breast cancer isn’t an issue.

Ok … So now the crafting… I made a 4×4 canvas board and videoed the process… it’s always fun to watch me create after all!!! (Well that’s what I am told).

And here are some close ups…. it was nice to just play with no real expectation of the outcome.

Love the sentiment from Badass artchick stamps too! It felt so right for this project theme.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Art and crafting styles

Enchanted ATCs 344 – 346

Three ATCs for the Lindsay Mason ATC swap, where the theme is Enchanted Forest.

I used the distress inks to create the blue and purple background on the linen cardstock and then overstamped with the Indigo Blu Bare Forest stamp using the stamp platform to try and get the image dark.

Then I die cut the fairies from mirror card and then decided to add some embossing with the sentiment and a little cluster of fairydust.

I then decided to also add embossing to the edge to frame the little artworks.  Cute! 

I’m entering these into the challenge at Artistic Inspiration challenges blog which is an Anything Goes with the option of using Cool Colours challenge. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz

Halloween card swap

Hello

Today I have a card I’ve made for a swap with UK stampers forum. The theme for the card is Halloween.

I inked up the panel using Seedless Preserves and Spiced Marmalade distress oxides. I then added some splodges of water and dried off the panel. I then used a stencil to add the cobweb. 

Next I embossed the sentiment using Black embossing powder.  The skeleton I then heat embossed using white powder onto the black cards and cut it out. 

I added it to the card using the pinflair glue gel.  

I am also entering this into the challenge of Anything Goes at http://craftingfromtheheartchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/challenge-178.html?m=1

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Art and crafting styles, Brushos, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Hot Picks, Paperartsy, Eclectica -Darcy

Deb’s Patwits circle journalĀ 

Hello there

I have another circle journal page to share for the Patwits envelope journal. This time it is Deborah’s journal and her construction is similar to mine but bigger! 

I decided to go all Teesha Moore style. I started with painting the envelope with the Bora Bora paint.
I then cut a piece of paper to the size of envelope (not the base where it opens) and added a base of Autumn fire Paperartsy fresco finish paint and then added all the magazine collage papers.  I then added stamping to them using a mix of number and word stamps from my Hot Picks stamp sets. 

I then stamped the queen stamp onto some paper I had coloured with Paperartsy fresco finish paint. I then added that to the envelope and added black paint for the borders and then some doodling and the sentiment.  I used white paint pen to add the dots. 

I then added some dots through the stencil for the inside part of the envelope still visible as it needed some pattern too!

Next I decorated a tag to peek out of the envelope.  The envelope is partly sealed which means it fits perfectly in the gap and sits in the middle! 

I decorated both sides … but the back gas a message for Debs so only showing the front of the tag here…

I used brushos and distress stains to add colour and then black paint through a stencil to add the zig zags.  Then I used gesso to mute a bit of the colour and pattern and added Darcy’s feather stamp and gilded it with the gilding flakes.

I added the tiny dots to add some interest to the left hand zig zags and then stamped the sentiment from the same Darcy stamp set onto a scrap of paper I had stamped a background onto with Distress oxide. I cut that out and added that on the top. 

And a sneak peek of the other side of the tag…  I used distress oxides and another Paperartsy stamp set to create this autumnal leaf tag! I stamped the leaves with a mix of archival inks to make it a red and brown leaf and then clear embossed… I love my stamp platform for making these techniques so easy!

So there you go… another Patwits circle journal page complete. I hope Debs likes my experimental Teesha Moore style page.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress oxide ink, Gelli Plate, Layering the Love

Geometric postcard

Hello! 

Today I have the latest postcard I made for a swap. The theme is geometric shapes. So I decided to use the triangle gelli plate to add the distress oxide ink to the white card. 

Once this was dry I stamped the Layering the Love sentiment stamp and then the stitched circle stamp that I moved into an oval to frame the words. 

I mounted it onto a black card panel ready for posting when I get my swap partner announced at the end of the month. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Artful Days Goodie Box, Designer Series Paper, Ribbons, YouTube video

World cardmaking day

There really is a day for everything these days… And today is world cardmaking day… So it would seem rude not to make some cards!

I stuck the video on and recorded the process of making these four cards with bits from the stash and some papers left from an Artful Days Goodie Box. 

After I had made the video I decided to use some of the leftover bits and bobs to decorate one of the Acetate boxes from Stampin Up to create a pack of the cards as a gift for a family member/friend at Christmas. 

Hope you like these… And managed to get some cardmaking done today! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine