Sunday, 25 February 2018

Watercoloured hearts.


I'm back again with some more of todays projects this time using watercolours!

I stamped this hero arts floral stamp onto watercolour paper and white embossed it. The embossing creates a resist for the paints. I used Kuretake Gansai paints. When it was dry I diecut some hearts, embossed a frame and stamped a sentiment.

I'm linking up to the watercolour challenge at Paper Artsy,

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and to the watercolour hearts challenge at CAS Watercolour Card Challenge.



Supplies:
Hero Arts everything flower stamp; versamark ink and white ep; Kuretake Gansai watercolour paints; Mpress heart dies; Simon Says Stamp happy sentiment stamp; versafine ink & clear ep.; Stately embossing folder.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Embossed butterfly and oxide inks.


Hi everyone, I hope you are enjoying your weekend. I'm alternating between housework and card making so I'm happy!

I was inspired by the photo at Inkspirational for this card.


I'm not a big coffee drinker and don't have any coffee stamps, but thought I'd go with circles, the butterfly and the gorgeous browns.

I embossed the butterfly diecut with some new powders I bought, Lindy's Stamp Gang cafe au lait (sounds like coffee lol!) and midnight bronze. I used versamark to get the powder to stick.

The circle was inked with distress oxides in antique linen and walnut stain, and walnut stain is on the circle border too. I sprritzed the circle with water and got a frothy coffee look! I dried it and embossed with a dot matrix folder for a bit of texture.

The sentiment is from Happy Little Stampers mix mash set and it's embossed with the cafe lait powder. 

I'm linking up to a few challenges.

At Less is More the team is celebrating their 7th birthday with a dry embossing theme.


At AAA Cards it's diecuts only, although stamped sentiments are allowed.
I hope the dry embossing is ok on the diecut.


At Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge the theme is butterfly.
My mixed media elements include wet and dry embossing, stamping, diecuts, oxide inks and vellum.


At Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, the theme is grunge it up.
I've distressed and spritzed the circle element and have given the butterfly a patchy grungy look with the combined embossing powders.

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Supplies:
Spellbinders circle dies; Memory Box Luna and Oriel butterfly dies'Lindys Stamp Gang embossing powder; versamark ink; vellum; distress oxide inks; Sizzix dot matrix embossing folder; Happy Little Stampers Mix Mash sentiment stamp.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Canvas heart and diecut cogs heart.


Hi everyone, boy am I scraping in late to a few challenges! It's ok the midnight candles are burning lol!

I'm linking up these 2 cards to the Twofer Challenge, where the theme is hearts.
You need to use the same diecut or stamp in 2 different designs and for 2 different occasions.


I was asked to make a heart card with cogs in it and had to check the pic when I made it last time to see how to fit them all in! Here's a look at just that card.

I diecut a heart into  the centre of a piece of card then embossed it with a woodgrain texture plate.
I covered the diecut heart in diecut cogs. they are cut from a Johnnie Walker scotch carton, which is red, so no need to colour the cogs!
The sentiment is from a retired set by Annabelle Stamps.

I'm also linking this card up to the paint it red challenge at Stamplorations,


and the heart challenge at Outside the Box. I've used Memory Box antique gear set and mini gears dies.

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It's anything goes at Happy Little Stampers dies challenge,


and at Less is More they are celebrating their 7th birthday with a dry embossing theme. The woodgrain texture is very subtle so I'm hoping it's CAS enough.



Here's a closer look at the canvas heart card.


I used a scribbles stencil with some distress oxide inks on a sheet from a canvas pad. Love the rough texture it has. I diecut it using the same heart die as the cogs card.

I'm linking this card up to the CAS mixup card challenge where the theme was to use canvas, cork or felt.
My elements are canvas, stamping, stencilling and diecutting.


Supplies:
Cogs card: Mpress heart dies; Memory Box antique gear set and mini gears dies; Papertrey Ink woodgrain texture plate; Annabelle Stamps wedding medallion sentiment stamp; versafine ink & clear ep.
Canvas card: Mpress heart dies; Monte Marte canvas pad; distress oxide inks: TH scribbles layering stencil; Spellbinders card creator A2 curved borders one die; Annabelle Stamps wedding medallion sentiment stamp.

Thanks for visiting, and for staying through such a long post!
Cathy x

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Valentine with a diecut stencil


Hi everyone, it's been a busy few weeks but I'm glad to finally have some time in the craft room again!

This solid heart was die cut from an acrylic paint cling wrapped background. I then diecut a dazzling heart from heavy card and used it as a stencil with transparent texture paste. The trickiest part was lifting the stencil! Had to use tweezers and be careful not to touch any of the wet paste.

I'm linking up to a few challenges:

The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge has this gorgeous inspiration pic.

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At Outside the Box the theme is hearts and remeber to use at least 1 Memory Box product.

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At Simon Says Stamp Monday love is in the air.

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At Simon Says Stamp Wednesday it must be love.


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Work it Wednesday also has a love theme.

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Supplies:
Memory Box Grand Heart and Dazzling Heart dies; Liquitex acrylic paint; Ranger transparent matte texture paste; We are Memory Keepers sentiment stamp; versafine ink & clear ep.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Acrylic paint, water and cling wrap.


Hi everyone, this colour has come out a blue ish violet in the photo, yet I used dioxazine purple acrylic, which is very purple in real life!

I wanted to play along with a few challenges so thought I'd try and combine them.

The theme at Less is More is purples.

I've used purple acrylic paint and mixed it with water on some watercolour paper, skooshed  a tiny spray of perfect pearls and then covered it with cling wrap and moved and pressed the cling wrap around to create this texture.

When dry, I stamped silver delicata ink onto the hearts with the Craquelure stamp. It doesn't show up much in the pic so here's a closer look. I just wanted a hint of silver veining.


The theme at CAS Mix Up Card Challenge is to use cling wrap and stamping. My other techniques are diecutting the hearts and wet and dry embossing. Loll, Bonnie and the team have some fabulous video tutorials on the blog. I hadn't had much luck with brushos and inks so I watched the acrylic paint video, loved it! I've got a blue sheet done and am planning a pinky red one too!


At Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, it's add a sentiment. Not quite Valentine's day yet but it's never too early to spread some love around lol!
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At AAA Cards it's the start of something new.This cling wrap technique was a new one for me.


At Stamplorations CAS challenge it's anything goes with the option of using silver.



Supplies:
Mpress heart dies; Liquitex dioxazine purple (quite a mouthful!); perfect pearls spray; delicata silver ink; Impression Obsession craquelure stamp; Mama Elephant Everyday Greetings stamp; versafine ink, clear ep and Stately embossing folder.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x


Sunday, 14 January 2018

ATC with crackle paste.


Hi everyone, I've made a few cards during my holidays but haven't had a chance to upload them as yet!

This is my first ever ATC and I've used it as a trial for some new toys!

I cut a piece of heavy cardstock to 3.5 x 2.5 inches, then spread the crackle embossing paste through the  VI Fibres stencil.  I let it air dry, then sprinkled on some sage green and golden sand infusions powder and spritzed with water.

To add colour to the crackle paste I painted on some raw umber and patina antiquing cream. When that was dry I wiped some of it off with a damp paper towel.

Next I distressed the edges with vintage photo distress ink and gave that a spritz of water too. I should've used watercolour paper as this poor cardstock has been dried so much I was worried it wouldn't straighten out! Adding a couple of mat layers helped to sort that, although it added a little bit to the size of the card.

The butterfly was fussy cut and coloured with prismacolour pencils.

I'm linking up to the challenge at PaperArtsy, where the theme for January is ATCs.

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At Take it Make It Craft Stamper Challenge, it's anything goes as long as you include stamping.

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I used a snippet of kraft card and turquoise card as my mats so I'm also linking up to the snippets playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.

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Edited to add: I'm also linking up to a new to me mixed media challenge at
 The Mixed Media monthly Challenge where the theme is ring in the new. My antiquing cream, crackle paste and stencil were all new toys.

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Supplies:
Visible Image fibres stencil; Ranger opaque crackle paste; PaperArtsy infusions; Deco Art antiquing cream; Stampin Up Best of butterflies stamp; Prismacolour pencils; Technique Tuesday sentiment stamp Take Flight; versafine ink & clear ep.; Sharpie white paint pen.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Acrylic pouring leftovers on yupo paper!


Hi everyone, I've been playing with a new to me technique called acrylic pouring.
I mixed acrylic paints with floetrol, silicone and water and did a flip cup dirty pour!
Sounds bad but it is so good lol!

I poured on a couple of 4x4 inch canvas boards. I'll show these another time.
Lots of paint drips off the canvases and not wanting to waste it I dipped some strips of yupo paper into it.
I almost liked doing this more than the canvas pour!

I'm linking up to these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge where the theme is something new.

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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, where it's also something new.

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Seize the Birthday where it's anything goes.


Stamplorations CAS challenge where it's anything goes CAS with the optional colour of silver.
I've used a silver sentiment sticker, if that counts.


and Just Us Girls where it's anything goes.


Supplies:
Acrylic paints; Floetrol paint conditioner; coconut hair oil (silicon); yupo paper; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy New Year! Here's to mixed media.


Happy New Year! 
I hope 2018 is a great year for everyone and that you find time to do more of what you love, creatively and otherwise! 

This card uses a mixture of old and new things from my stash. 
The stamp set is one of the first I ever bought, from Lucy Stamps. The newbie is Neocolor II watercolour pastels. I used them to colour the daisies and as a colour wash on the base. I decided I wanted more colour so added some jade infusions and spritzed on some water.

I used a technique I saw on Carole Dion's blog. She used a silicone brush to spread nuance crystals once they were spritzed, so that the colour was a bit more controlled. 
My base was gessoed and painted with Neocolors so I had to be careful not to add too much water. Once I sprinkled on the infusions and spritzed a little water I brushed the colour up from the bottom.

(Carole has some video tutorials that are fantastic, you need to scroll down on the left hand side and find videos in her labels.)

I love how the ripped cardboard gives so much texture and lets the colour settle in pools!
The edges are distressed with a touch of vintage photo distress ink.

I'm linking up to the anything goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday,

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and to the party challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday.
 A birthday is a great excuse to party!

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I used a scrap of black and kraft card to layer under the cardboard panel, just to tie in the black and brown on the card, so I'm also visiting the snippets playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop, you only need 1 scrap or snippet to join in.

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I'm also linking up to the watercolour challenge at Happy Little Stampers. There's loads of gorgeous watercolour inspiration from the DT to have a look at too.


Supplies:
Lucy Stamps daisy; versafine ink & clear ep, Neocolor II watercolour pastels; PaperArtsy a bit jaded infusions;Art Basics silicone brush; vintage photo distress ink; distressed stripes embossing folder; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Christmas ginger cat.


Hi everyone, I'm getting to the end of making Christmas cards, writing them up and posting.
I'm hoping they still get to their destinations in time.
Everything has been so "last minute" this year!

This is another Katzelkraft cat. I love his expression! He is coloured with prismacolour pencils and fussy cut.
The presents were stamped with a star stamp and gold embossed, then diecut and inked with distress inks. The hat was fussy cut and coloured with distress markers.

I'm linking up to the challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday where the theme is Christmas/winter holidays.

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At Addicted to Stamps & More the theme is make your mark.


I'm taking the anything goes option.


At Inkspirational the word prompt is gift.



Supplies:
Hero Arts tiny star background stamp; versafine ink, gold ep; Katzelkraft cat stamp, versafine ink & clear ep; distress ink and markers; Stampers Anonymous crazy things hat stamp; MFT tag stax dies; prismacolour pencils; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x