Christmas journal, Lollipop Box Kit, Ribbons, UK trips junk journal, Washi tape

Craftanoon with Lisa

I joined Lisa (Lollipop Box Club) for a Sunday afternoon craftalong on zoom and did three pages whilst people chatted and shared what they were upto. It was great fun. Lisa gave us two challenges…

Challenge 1

The first one was a 30 min challenge where we had to use something bin worthy, 2 circles, have 3 places to journal and use no more than 4 colours (excluding black and white).

We were given 10 mins to grab stash and decide on our project. I went for my latest junk journal made with lots of different random papers off the desk in which I’ve decided to document trips in the UK. I grabbed papers and bits from the last Lollipop Box Club kit … including a scrap of fabric that otherwise would have ended up in the bin as too small to use.

I die cut circles from the paper, layered up the tissue and some papers onto the page… my colours were blue, green, yellow and Kraft.

I loved creating the two pockets for journalling tags… the small one and the large tag.

I hadn’t quite finished the tag decorating and journalling when the 30 mins was up but by the time we got to sharing it was all completely finished… and the glue on the sequins was dry! Result!

Challenge 2

The 2nd challenge was a sketch provided by Korrieanncreations with some added bits… use string, stripes, stickers, staples.

For this I worked in my Christmas themed journal and documented my daughters first Christmas Dinner.

I didn’t quite follow the sketch exact… I didn’t add the bottom left cluster but loved what I did create. I also added the journalling into a little pocket on the left hand side which was extra. Love how the crochet trim from another page still works with this page too.

Finally… a third page just created whilst chatting…

This was back in the UK trip junk journal and again used bits from the last lollipop box club kit… I love those cameras on the paper… perfect for capturing the story of my daughter taking this picture.

All in all a lovely afternoon. So pleased I joined as I was close to chickening out as I didn’t know anyone but it was all friendly and felt really comfortable in everyone’s company.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Butterfly Bijou, Butterfly Brilliance, Ribbons, Washi tape

Tag Thursday UK stampers forum tag swap

Today for Tag Thursday I have the tag I made for this months swap at UK stampers forum.

I used the lovely Butterfly Bouquet suite… and made my tag from a few layers of the Crumb Cake cardstock.

I was actually making a few things using these papers and stamps at the time so it seemed sensible to make this tag at the same time.

I used the stamp on the background along with Vintage photo distress ink. Then added some splatters using the Gorgeous Grunge stamps and Calypso Coral ink. Next a little bit of stencilling using an old Tim Holtz stencil.

Them I added the strips of the paper and the bookprint and stitched it with my sewing machine… to be honest my sewing machine started having a little hissy fit making this tag so it’s a good job I was going for the grungey look!

I then added the washi tape and the stamped and die cut butterfly, before sewing round the edge, and inking the edges.

I then adhered it to another piece of Crumb Cake that I cut to size and also inked.

Finally a bit of ribbon from the scraps basket and called this done!

Entering this into the Wi ged things challenge at International art and soul

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alcohol Inks, Art Alchemy paints, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Ellen Vargo, Emma Godfrey, Honey Bee, In Bloom, Kim Dellow, Lin Brown, Love you More, Oh So Ombre, Pierced Blooms, Raggy Dolls, Ribbons, Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap, Washi tape, YouTube video

Mixed media Monday ATC flipbooks

I decided to make some cute ATC flipbooks for my raggy doll sisters as a little treat to send through the post. It took me a few different sessions to put these together so bear with me with the many pics of the process.

Session 1…

I started with ATC cut from amazon packaging and made lots of layers of paint, paper and stamping.

I used a lot of different supplies and had lots of fun creating these (there are 8 of us in the group so I made one for me to keep too!).

Next I made page two …

Side one (awaiting finishing touches) and side two…

Again it was fun to just play with supplies I had to hand and make some cute ATCs.

Next session I played with alcohol inks on slightly shiny card and created these cards… after playing with the alcohol ink, I stamped and embossed a grungy background stamp from the stash, added back washi and then stamped the Bee onto some French bookprint.

The reverse I used the same alcohol ink but more of a blended finish and added some stamped leaves, die cut flowers and a sentiment with a fun resin centre for each of the flowers.

I also worked on the back card which I also made from corrugated card and added more of the neon pink paint.

This time I added it after adding some Tim Holtz tissue wrap with matt medium and also added some black gesso round the edge. I then used some art alchemy paint in black for some sparkle (it doesn’t really show in the photos unfortunately). I then used black gesso to paint the wooden Love word and glued them into place and added a sparkly gem and some dots of black enamel to finish off. They were still drying in the picture so not the best pics but you get the idea.

I kept the back really simple with scrapbook scrap paper and a stamped and sticker date. I later signed my name but that didn’t make it to the photo archive! Also the odd one out here was the one for me as I ran out of the paper I had been using for the rest!

I did add a couple more pages but didn’t photo them whilst unattached … plus included little messages for my friends. I did however make a little flip through video and share it on YouTube.

Then I punched the top of each card with my cropadile and used a colourful book ring to fix them together.

I then went mad with ribbon scraps adding little colourful bits of trim to each of them… here they all are on my floor ready for packing.

I hope you liked this little project, I certainly had lots of fun making them and thinking lovely thoughts about my friends, whom I got to know 10 years ago this year.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

American Crafts, Christmas journal, YouTube video

Christmas journalling… the pj’s! 15 minute challenge

Today I have another of the Journal with me pages in my Christmas journal. Once again I videoed the process so here is the Link.

I chose the busiest page in my journal where I had put down loads of scraps and then grabbed a whole load of supplies gifted to me during the advent coin swaps last year. Decided to journal the Christmas pj’s for last year, it was the first time we had even done matching pj’s, and hubby was far from impressed but went along with the fun despite a few moans!

I did the whole page in 15 mins inspired by the challenge over at Lollipop Box Club and it was good to push myself to make quick decisions. Even within the 15 mins I changed my mind quite a few times and faffed about with the eyelet setter for quite a while!

Love how this finished up with lots of layers and interest on the page and pleased how I used up lots of bits from the stash to make the page work.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Butterfly Bijou, Gelatos, Faber Castell, Ribbons, Wreath Builder

DT: Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge blog

Today I have another Design Team contribution for Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge. I made three mixed media tags and added the Wreath Builder die cut wreath and flowers and the die cut butterflies.

The tags were made from collaged bookpages using a technique I saw from Joie de Fi on YouTube. There was lots of sewing and then after cutting them to size, more seeing round the edges too.

I then added gelatos to the three tags in three different primary colours and added water and smudged them with my fingers.

Next I die cut three wreaths and flowers and some additional leaves from scraps of cardstock, and three butterflies from the Butterfly Bijou dsp.

I then layered them us and stuck them down and chose a quote sticker for each which I outlined with pen to help it show up against the book print.

I then splattered a glimmer ink to add shimmer all over the tag.

Absolutely delighted with these and the technique Joie has introduced me to. Absolutely going to be doing this again!

Hope you like my mixed media tags for this months die cut challenge… certainly a different way to use your die cuts against this simple to make and fun background.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Ladybird book journal, Lollipop Box Kit, Scalloped tag topper, YouTube video

Altered book journal page

Once again I picked up my altered ladybird book to do a journal page and the March Lollipop Box Club kit. I decided to document to pride I felt watching Maya doing her textiles gcse work … definitely fits in with the theme of things that make me smile!

I did video the process and so here is the link if you want to watch…

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Butterfly Bijou, Butterfly Brilliance, Crafters Companion

Stampin Up Sunday butterfly frame card

This week one of my friends at work left our team for a superb promotion. It’s been an emotional week, as whilst I am really proud of her and wish her well, I am going to miss working with her on a daily basis.

This is the card I made for her.

I decided to stamp the Butterfly Brilliance stamp onto some of the Butterfly dsp and die cut it. Then I used four of the butterflies to make this card.

I created a frame with the Petal Pink cardstock and the background using some very old embossed speciality paper I stumbled across in my stash. I then had two butterflies inside the frame and two on the top.

I gave the frame panel some splatters of white gesso and some shimmer ink to add some fun arty splashes and also inked up the edges using my distress oxides.

I chose a Crafters Companion stamp set for the sentiment and embossed it in gold and punched one end into a pennant. I then added the frame panel to a card made from soft sea foam which I had lightly inked around the edges.

Inside the card I added some strips of the dsp and cardstock I had cut into little pennants and inked and added a little die cut butterfly to finish off.

Really happy with how it came out.

Wishing Abbie all the best and know however much I will miss her, she is doing the right thing.

Entering this card into the feature a creature challenge at Dragonfly dreams challenge

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Junk Journal 2021, Masks/Stencils, Ribbons, Washi tape, YouTube video

Junk journalling- Christmas journal

Hi there … I’ve somehow posted this earlier when I hadn’t linked up the video so posting it again now… sorry for the repeat project!

Another page added to my homemade Christmas journal. Again I went with a photo from 2020, this time 29th December, when we went for a walk in the snow.

I went for lots of texture with the stencilling and the crochet trim, lace and washi.

Super happy with it!

I added journalling behind the picture and on the tag.

If you fancy seeing how I made it and hearing my rambles, check out the YouTube process video.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art by Marlene collage papers, Carabelle Studio, Ladybird book journal, Lollipop Box Kit, Ribbons, Washi tape

Double spread in my altered book

Yesterday I was meant to be tidying the craft room… but got distracted and ended up making a double page spread in my Things that make me smile altered book journal.

I used pages that were already decorated so it didn’t take too long to put this together, just the picture, some tissue paper and stickers most of which came from the Lollipop Box Club kit from Feb.

Love how chunky this journal is getting and need to work on flatter pages from now on or it will never close or fit on a shelf! Lol!

Love grabbing quick moments to get creative … but really do need to finish sorting out the mess!

Happy crafting!

Catherine