Wednesday, 16 April 2014

I organised a Matchbox Mingle for KCUK and of course, as usual, I was last minute with mine… only sent it yesterday but thankfully it has arrived today and the deadline is Easter Sunday, so I’m on time :-D

I made my matchbox with the WAMK Envelope board (see You Tube for lots of ideas) and opted for the larger one, simply because I wanted to include one of those little concertinas I made for the Faux Batik class and I wanted to put it IN the box.

Here are the front and back of the box:-

CATH MATCHBOX FRONT   CATH MATCHBOX BACK

And here’s the new front I made for the concertina book.

CATH MATCHBOX SWAP MINIBOOK

Here’s a reminder of what the inside looks like.

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I’m entering these into the Anything Goes challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More.

I’ve managed to spend some time bloghopping this week, catching up with a lot of you who I have SO missed!  Lovely to chat with some of you and thank you all for your inspiration.

xxx

Sunday, 13 April 2014

A special friend of mine, Dot, bought these stamps for my recent birthday (21 AGAIN!) so I played for a little while.

The top and bottom cards were made with what was left on my sponges, after working on the Faux Batik… amazing how much ink we waste.

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JOURNALLING

A little poetic licence here – I’m entering the journal pages into the Allsorts Spring Blossoms Challenge.

And a card for a very special friend…

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Meantime, I just noticed Brenda some Blog Candy, if you’d like to go check it.

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Happy Sunday to you all.  Hope you have a great week.

xxx

Friday, 4 April 2014

Only a couple cos the others are still half done so that I can use them when demoing tomorrow.

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Life’s a gift!

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Here’s the book unwrapped.

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Looking forward to tomorrow and seeing some of my old friends for the first time in a while and spending time with new ones!

Thanks to those who’ve been in touch.

xxx

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

I’m teaching at Stamp club - Victoria  (Vicky) Stampers - this weekend and decided on Faux Batik for my technique, so here are some of my inky samples.

I’m entering these into the new (second week) That’s Crafty Challenge (one of my favourite stamp shops) – Inky Antics.

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This is the first of a few concertina books I’ve also made.  I’m afraid hardly any of the words are stamped straight – oops – will have to apologise for that but I do have an excuse!  Not as much batik on this one, either – it was one of the iron off pieces.

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I’ll post some more in a few days.

Thanks for visiting!

xxx

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

I had a lot of fun making this, then I decided I wanted a shadow effect on the text, but of course I did it the lazy way – no stamp positioner!  It just didn’t work. 

Maybe it wouldn’t have been so bad if I’d let the green ink dry first, but no, I stamped straight over wet ink, then embossed with clear powder – disaster!  It looks blurred!

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Soooo

I wondered if I could still make it work, by adding some shading and highlighting, which I usually do anyway, but I went a little OTT with the Distress pen – oops! (I sometimes find this difficult to use because the effects are delayed and you can’t see exactly where you’ve added it – or I can’t, anyway.)

Another disaster!

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The only way I could salvage it was to layer up the verse, so that’s what I had to do in the end and I used one of my oldest tools – deckle edge scissors – haven’t used them for around 11 years!

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It turned out okay in the end (at least I think so…) but I wonder if I’ll learn from this? 

Unfortunately, I doubt it – but it would be nice to think I will.

xxx

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Addicted to Stamps (and more) are challenging us to use markers, pencils, etc on our projects this week and on KCUK, Janet has chosen the theme of ‘Book pages’, so here are a few cards along those lines.

Love this colour theme AND this lovely CI stamp!

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stamp and colour book page

DREAM CATH

Sunday, 2 February 2014

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This one – a scrapling - is on glossy, so the effect is slightly different – oh, and the resist isn’t acrylic, it’s Versamark! 

SCRAPLING THANK YOU

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Another one on Glossy card.

TYGC

xxx

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Yesterday I had a yearning to play with acrylic paints, so I played with acrylic resist. it’s a long time since I totally lost track of time, but I did yesterday – ooh, it was fun!

I had some thank yous to send, so here are a couple of tags, pre adding ribbons.

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I much prefer the above tag, with one pair of birds.  The second one is a bit too busy!

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And here’s a card. The background is a bit too strong on this one, so the foreground images don’t pop as they ought to – NOTE TO SELF – Remember next time!

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More to come AND I’ve been journalling …. ;-)

xxx

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Hello!  Just thought I’d post another two cards I managed to make, even though I haven’t yet managed to get back into my little ‘den’.  I have, however, arranged for my shelves to be put up, which is a huge step in getting it all organised and workable for me!  Trouble is, I have to wait until February and probably mid-Feb because it’s half term? I’m just grateful to have some kind of idea of when I can get back in there full time. Ooh, bliss!

Meantime, I’ve been resorting things and reorganising bits and using up some of my dry embossed backgrounds. I love these two images.

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I brayered the embossed card with my trusty Fiskars’ brayer, using the hessian roller – I always love its effect. In fact, I think it’s the only one I actually kept of all the ones I had, unless I kept the stars, too. Must check.

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Sorry I’ve still not managed to get around to too many blogs, though I have managed a few. I’ve had visitors all week and a friend rebuilding my wardrobe, so I haven’t had very much time to myself. I will do my best to get around this week, though I have a crafting class to prepare and teach for Wednesday and appointments both Mon and  Tue.

Lovely to hear from those of you who’ve been in touch – thank you so much! I do really treasure my online friends.

See you soon!
xxx

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Today I was inspired for the first time in ages and it felt really good to get inky and excited!

I decided to set a belated January challenge for KCUK because they wanted one and I needed a challenge myself – especially because I have loads of cards to send – including several belated ones - <red face> :-(

The challenge is pink and/or dry embossing and here are a few of the cards I managed to put together.

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I know, this one’s well crooked, lol! I (mistakenly) believed the word ‘Paris’ was meant to be straight and stamped it accordingly – oops! Big mistake…

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This one’s a bit of an experiment and needs to be refined but I like the idea. I actually got out the old stamp positioner in order to get that shadow effect!

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This one’s for someone special, so I hope she doesn’t peep before it arrives. It’s a Magenta image – flutterbies far from perfect, but it was still good to play :-D

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I embossed all images with white embossing powder, then sprayed inks and water, flicked water and overstamped the images in various shades of pink, then added high and low lights with Prismacolour pencils, a gold pencil and a Distress ink marker. All but the pop up butterfly were dry embossed after stamping and colouring.

Thank you for looking. Hope to catch up with you in the next couple of weeks as I bloghop for the first time in ages – yay!

xxx

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Thanks so much to those of you who’ve sent messages – they really, really ARE very much appreciated!

I’ve decided to go to spend a few days with my brother, in York, so before I go, I’m uploading the Stazon Technique cards I promised and the card I made with Lindsay Mason.

These were made around 5 years ago, when the technique was on the Stampers Anonymous website (it no longer appears to be there) so my stamping has changed a little since then.  I still love and use these images.

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It’s a really great technique to get you playing with contrasts and I love contrasts :-)

Here’s my Lindsay Mason card. If I’d done this at home, I wouldn’t have covered up the gorgeous background (acrylic resist and DIs) but I was following instructions (in my own way) so this is how it ended up.

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I still love this Zetti girl – I think she reminds me of me – and I love to use colours that don’t match with her.

Lindsay is a lovely, no airs and graces person – I was speaking to her again at the weekend when she was demoing at a show.  I love her arty designs and her words. Her journalling is fab and I’m sure you’ll agree if you get to see it.  She’s been at Port Sunny the last couple of years, too, so let’s hope she’ll be there again.

See you soon and thanks again.

Cath xxx

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Sorry I haven’t been around much – life does sometimes get in the way.  I haven’t been able to bloghop as much as I like to, so I haven’t been visiting much, either – please forgive me.  Must make some changes….

I haven’t been stamping much, but I have stamped a little and here are a few of the card I’ve made – most of them for the KCUK challenges.

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Shadow stamps in the b/g

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Perfect Pearls lifting technique

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Paper piecing – just the dress.

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I have made more but didn’t scan them all and there are some still waiting.  I also found my old ‘Stazon Technique’ samples, which I taught to several groups at one of our Stamp Camps, so I’ll upload those, along with a card I made at a Lindsay Mason Stamp Club meeting, last week.

Be back soon, unless I go to see my brother…

Have a great week, everyone!

Cath xxx

Friday, 26 July 2013

First of all, I’m sharing a couple of bits I keep forgetting to  blog!  The top two are on glossy card.

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FLEURS

THANK YOU FRIEND

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I spent Tuesday with a lovely friend, who came to visit, and we had a great time.  She arrived with presents of hand made books and brought some of her most recent work to show me.  I was inspired!

Doing as I’m told (as always??? ahem!) I dragged out my BIA and blew away the cobwebs, then  took out my treasure box of backgrounds and proceeded to make a journal from some of them. I added a few other bits I’ve been saving up along the way.

This is the cover, though it’s in its bare bones state at the moment, waiting to be decorated if I ever get my room sorted out – help!!!

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Inside cover and end pages. Sorry, but this won’t load the right way round – it’s A4 landscape size, so too wide!)

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Today, I’ve worked on a couple of the pages, though I’m not quite finished yet.

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HM JOURNAL 4

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I’ve been hoarding some of these papers for years and been trying to use them up when I start things, instead of creating more and more to add to them.  This is a great way to use up some of your stash so that you’re free to make more!  He, he…!

Thanks, Ann.

I’m already looking forward to next time…

Happy Weekend, everyone!

xxx