Thursday, 17 May 2018

I’m still creating, though I’ve been a bit stuck on something for a few weeks… but I also went to the show at Port Sunny (Port Sunlight) on the Wirral, which was LOADS of fun and way too expensive… I spent a few lovely hours with my friend Neet (Hickydorums) and met up with lots of old friends (you know who you are…)not that they’re old, just that I’ve known some of them a LONG time, which always makes the show sweeter. I also got to chat to Sarah and Chris and KCUK Chris – so lovely to catch up and to share what we’d bought.  Sarah was doing another of her wonderful demos, but (un) fortunately, I’d already spent too much by the time I got to her, so I didn’t spend TOO much at her stall. I was hunting for something specific, which I didn’t – sadly – find, but I made up for that Embarrassed smile

I’ve been playing with a variety of things lately, so I’ll share a few now.

Here’s another card made with my favourite PB stamp – this time a very quick and easy, using felt tip pens. It’s way too much effort to use a stamp positioner to restamp, so it’s more of an impression than a proper image. I made the mistake of letting Izzi (Granddaughter) play with my Tombows, resulting in some dry ones, so I may have to get an alternative soon.

FUCHSIA FRIENDS

I have a couple more stamped, so will make something with them soon and show you.

I’ll link it to

Penny Black Saturday Challenge – Favourite PB stamp

This one was made for fun, because I love this new stencil and the stamp in the background.

VOICES 1

This is a playtime gone wrong, but I’ll show it anyway… I love the background but I messed up on the tree stamping and the words just don’t show clearly enough.. I included it in a parcel I sent out, explaining it was a reject, lol.

CAST OFF TREE C

This lovely new PB stamp arrived yesterday – a preorder. I coloured the flowers with Gel pens, which was fun – something I haven’t done much of for a long time. one of the pens I picked up just happened to be a Soufflé pen - I loved the result. The words are from the stash I ordered when I won the Simon Says Stamp Voucher and are from Impression Obsession. I used an old ISA stamp in the background, along with a stencil won in an Allsorts Challenge.

I’ll link this to the

Addicted to Stamps and More Make Your Mark Challenge

BUDS 1

These I made a while ago – I really, really wanted these Kay Carley stamps but have found them difficult to use, if I’m honest. Must work on that! The larger stamps are a little TOO large for me  – really must try again.

KC SMILE

KC EARTH LAUGHS

This one is specifically for

TIOT Challenge – Destinations

I realise it’s a little oblique, but that’s cos I was planning to use a stamp that says ‘The journey is more important than the destination.’ I didn’t, so it may not make sense, lol.

THE JOURNEY 1

Last but not least,

Close to Nature is the challenge at Stamping Sensations

I stamped the bamboo on the Oxide background and thought the birds would give the illusion of Japanese brush art, so I hunted out the text and voilà! I quite like the look.

LTT 2

I’ll link that to the

Penny Black and More Anything Goes challenge..

Enough for now.

Thanks for looking

See you soon

Cath

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Saturday, 5 May 2018

The challenge at Penny Black Saturday Challenge is Anything Goes, with optional ‘Use your Favourite Penny Black stamp’.

This one is easy for me…absolutely no hesitation!  This fuchsia stamp is my most loved and most used stamp and definitely my favourite Penny Black stamp, although I usually stamp it with markers for a great watercolour effect, especially on glossy card. It makes a very quick and easy card in CAS fashion or with inky backgrounds.

Here I’ve stencilled the Distress Oxide background with white acrylic paint and used another of my all time favourite stamps, a PSX word stamp, stamped over the background in toning inks..

FAVE STAMPS 2

On this one I’ve taken some colour off, using another word stamp with Versamark ink, misting with water before stamping. You can’t see it very clearly in the photo, but you can see it on the card.

vitality

This one was created just for fun and fits the current Country View Challenge of ‘Use Humour’.

It’s one of the old Designs Ink’d Humorous Seniors stamps – possibly the Red Hatters plate – they’re made with blue rubber, which always amused me.  The words were a gift  (a LONG time ago!) from a very precious friend in the US, who’s having a hard time at the moment.

I’d used a new roses stencil in the background, with the paler Distress Oxides (Squeezed Lemonade and Spun Sugar)  but because it looked empty, I added the thin cuts of black card and the brads, just to break it up and add some contrast.

WOMAN TEABAG 2

This fits the challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks – Women Celebration and

Inspiration Destination’s Anything Goes challenge

and

Sweet Stamping’s Flowers Challenge

That’s all for now… I’m repotting tomatoes and sorting out my pots outside while the weather is good… happy days!

Have a great Bank Holiday weekend if you’re in the UK.

Thanks for looking

See you soon

Cath

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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Aha!  I bet you didn’t expect me to post again so soon… I saw the TIOT Challenge this morning – Dies and Stencils – and when I wandered into my Craft Room to put something away, I started messing tidying and playing with my dies… for someone who uses very few dies, I have a ridiculous number Rolling on the floor laughing in my stash!

I’ll begin by saying this is a HUGE challenge for me because I don’t really do dies, even though I am an occasional collector. BUT you know you’ve had fun in your Craft room when you suddenly realise you’ve been in there for over 4 hours and haven’t even had a drink or a loo break Smile !!!

So the first one didn’t work out very well, but I’ll show it to you anyway… I used the Tim Holtz flowers and dies, die cutting one of my hoarded Glimmer Mist backgrounds from aeons ago. I did add some shading with Prismacolour pencils and I stamped the stems, but the whole thing just didn’t come together well. Too much grass, not enough depth… I’m just not keen, but here it is. Maybe it would have been better on a smaller card base, I don’t know… I’ve also die cut the layers Smile…I actually think these flowers may look better without the stems. I may try that later.

DIES STENCILS 1

My second card was a play with texture paste (home made) and was far from perfect, so I found a word in my stamped words box and wrote another to go with it. I thought it was terrible but I have to admit that it’s growing on me, partly because I actually LIKE the imperfections. I think the choice of a creamy pearlescent card helped because it goes so well with the paste, which picked up a little of the inks behind – though drying with a heat tool may also have caused that... I love the smell of the baby talcum powder.

DIES STENCILS 2

Some of the imperfections…

DIES STENCILS 2C

My third card was shamelessly cased from one I received from a lovely KCUK friend, Linda (whose cards I absolutely love!) when my Dad died recently.  I really fell in love with it, and especially with its simplicity, although I didn’t spatter ink on it, as she did. I used different butterfly dies and words and also added a touch of glitter…

FLUTTER DIES

Last but not least, with Brenda’s Pets Challenge over at Allsorts in mind, I played with the lovely TH dog dies and stamps. I had already cut up this stamp (Penny Black) as I so often do, but decided I didn’t want the ‘is like finding a four leaf clover’ bit at all, so cut that off and may well discard it. I always remove the dots and bits in between the words because they just don’t always fit what I’m doing with them, so cutting them off makes them far more versatile. I know – I’m weird – but words are important to me and this works for me.

DIES STENCILS 3

I have a box of precoloured (while watching TV) doggies and crazy birds, so I like to pull them out now and again. Again, the card layers are die cut with double stitched dies. I really like the stitched ones and these are nice and big. I stamped the ‘Hard to find’ bit before I decided to cut the last bit off, so I decided to play with my Hero Arts circle stamps again to cover up the word behind the doggy’s ear and just carried on playing with them. I love the random effect.

Dogs are dear to my heart. I had an amazing best friend dog for 14 years and haven’t been able to replace him because he was like another child to me. Recently, however, I’ve decided I may well try to find a new friend, now that I’m in a house again and not the flat I lived in for four years. I prefer to rescue a dog that may not otherwise find a loving owner, so I’ve applied to a few places, one of which is just up the road, but they didn’t get back to me as they said they would, then didn’t turn up for the ‘house approval’ visit, so I gave up on them. I realise they’re all volunteers, but it’s such a shame when dogs are desperate for new homes. So I thought long and hard about what kind of dog I’d have if I was buying a pedigree and decided I’d prefer a lab…my last dog was half lab and was such a gentle, loving dog. So I applied to a couple of lab rescue places… I’m still waiting for the house visit, but I’m really hoping they show up soon. They’re a distance away from me, so I know they need to find someone closer to me but it’s been 3 or 4 weeks now and I’m excited about having another dog! My little granddaughter (aged 5) is also desperate for me to get one Smile

Anyway, enough of that…

Thanks for the challenge, TIOT! It was fun.

Unfortunately, there’s no Linky on the Challenge blog – it’s saying ‘closed’ but I’m sure they’ll sort that out quickly… Smile

I’m also linking to

A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes

Back soon.

Thanks for looking

Cath

xxx

Monday, 30 April 2018

I’ve had a great play day today… there was much discussion re Distress Oxides on KCUK, so I was inspired to play some more… I’ve only used one of the backgrounds I made, so they’ll be coming up in the next few days.

BUT I was playing with one of my latest acquisitions (thank you to That’s Crafty for your lovely clearance sale Smile) and thinking of balloons (Addicted to Stamps Challenge) and circles (That’s Crafty Challenge and Sweet Stamping Challenge) so these were what I ended up with.

KNOW YOU ARE PRECIOUS

The words are a mish mash of words I’ve cut out from various stamps – I just saw them and liked them together.

HOPE PINK BLUE

The above was an attempt to use the paler DOs – they seem to get lost when used with the deeper colours – so it’s very baby pink and blue.

BALLOON JOY

In my mind’s eye, the swallow had landed on a bubble or balloon, adding meaning to the text, so I added some string Smile   While there, I thought I’d add more messy string to some of the stamped circles I’d added to that little image (continuing the design elements of the main image). I played around with my circle stamps, adding more circles of different sizes in black and white inks and really like the end result.

This last one started with a long, thin scrap of card left over from another project, to which I added some Distress Oxide (Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers) dipping and spraying.  Because the background was made with Glimmer Mist, the mica shines through in parts. There’s also a bit of Brilliance Resist Technique in there – some of the Moonlight White circles were stamped in between inky layers, giving a lovely 3D effect to the background when the light hits it.

One more balloon image… on one of my darker backgrounds, overstamped and stencilled in Brilliance Moonlight White.  You may be able to see that this image is faulty, but I’ve informed the supplier (Bee Crafty) and I’m waiting for a replacement. I’m using a lot of white ink, lately… I think it really does add an extra dimension.

BALLOON GIRL 2

While I was looking round That’s Crafty Challenge Blog, I discovered that I’d won top 3 in February – I didn’t even know! So I’m proudly displaying my badge Smile Thank you very much!

The challenge over at Make My Monday Challenges is dry or wet embossing and since I’ve embossed all the images on the above, I’ll link to that, too.

That’s all for now…

Back soon

Thanks for looking

Cath

xxx

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Just jumping in to join in the Art Journal Journey Challenge, which is collage and recycle.

I always think I don’t collage much at all, but I do use a lot of torn pages, so I think that counts Smile

I’ve also used bits of old images I have in my ‘cut image’ basket, so I’ve definitely recycled… the girl is from an old Claudine Helmuth stamp and was already a bit spattered with ink.

It’s a (deliberately) simple page – just gesso, oxides and a bit of stamping, then some journaling around the edges, as per usual… oh, and a bit of sprinkled gold embossing powder.

BEYOND MEASURE

The theme is love – love beyond measure.

Thanks for looking

See you soon

Cath

xxx

Friday, 27 April 2018

I decided to name this wonderful lady Pearl because she was made for the ‘Use Pearls’ challenge over at Allsorts Challenge and now I can’t get the song, ‘Pearl’s a Singer’ out of my head! (Unfortunately, I’m already too late and the challenge is now closed Sad smile)

I don’t use pearls or beads very often and had a really hard time trying to put pearls around her neck, so I decided to use Liquid pearls – which isn’t very successful, but it will have to do Smile

I actually enjoyed making this… it was also made for the Shimmer and Shine challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges AND the Feeling Blue challenge at Daring Cardmakers,  but I’m too late for both because I just didn’t get around to blogging her!!!  Oh well ….

PEARL

Just to prove there are pearls on there, here’s a close-up of them.

PEARLS PEARLS

The Simon Says Wednesday Stamp challenge is Anything Goes this week, so I’ll enter the following card.

I was having ink withdrawals, having been spending time using backgrounds I’d already created, so I made a very simple card with one of my old stamps, which I love!

TRUE FRIEND

I kept the background simple because anything else would interfere with the image, but I used a wavy stencil with water after stamping, just to take off some colour and add a little interest. I like the effect.

This one is an Oxide play…yay!  I do enjoy playing with these inks. This is Squeezed Lemonade, Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves. I used the Versamark and water technique over the background, which has the added (dis)advantage of clear embossing when I embossed the images.  The words are among my favourites – I have this saying in 3 different designs – but even with Versafine Clair, the lettering clogged up a little. Shame.

GROWING OLD

I used one of my favourite stencils on this, as well as the stamping, using opaque white ink and a bit of the Oxides.  Love these stamps (Carabelle) - they’re so playful.

GROWING OLD DETAIL

The challenge over at Tuesday Throwdown is Anything Goes

as is the challenge at

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge,

Crafty Creations,

Inspiration Destination

and

Word Art Wednesdays.

This is one of my favourite stamp sets (SU) and although I really ought to get out my stamp positioner and do them properly, I prefer the arty effect of roughly stamping over the top of the flowers with the outlines. Simple but colourful and I think it’s effective.

BLESSING 1

I’d like to enter it into

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Flower Power

and

Everybody Art Challenge – Flower

This one is for Daring Cardmakers ‘Let’s talk about the Weather’… another of my favourite latest purchases Smile on a simple background, stencilled with white, though it doesn’t show up much in the photo.

UNDER WEATHER

Lots of challenges – sorry.  I still have a folder full to upload, but will do that in dribs and drabs…

Hope you’re all enjoying the Spring, though I think you southerners (in the UK) are having much more sunshine than we up North are getting. I shouldn’t complain – I get much more done when the weather isn’t as good.

I’ve been stocking up on tomato plants and buying more fuchsias to replace the ones I lost over the winter, so I’m looking forward to seeing them grow if we ever get enough sunshine…

On another note, I’ve just sent off for my Port Sunlight ticket – if any of you are going, do let me know… it would be nice to say hello. I had one last time but was asked to look after my granddaughter at the last minute and that’s always a possibility again, because it takes place the day of my Daughter-in-law’s birthday and they tend to go out early afternoon… hope that doesn’t happen. It’s ages since I went and I love to catch up with old friends!

Hope you’re all well.

Thanks for looking.

See you soon

Cath

xxx

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

I’m really enjoying trying to make something of my old scraps, so here are more…

This is an old Faux Batik background, which turned out too dark, so I used the same stamps used on the background and added a little more to it to lighten it. I used yellow for a change and did a little shadow stamping in the background.

IN MY PRAYERS FB

I don’t often use die cuts but I saw these used on the Stamps and Stencils Challenge blog and fell in love with them – they’re also a great way of lightening darker backgrounds. Sorry it’s not a good photo but it’s pretty dark here today Sad smile

FLOWER DIES 2

This is another dark (acrylics) background lightened with stencils and white ink or paint, using a Paperartsy Flower stamp and a great Tim Holtz text…

LIVE IN MOMENT

Another Paperartsy stamp and another TH quote…

NEW ENDING

…and the lovely Woodware silhouette again on a simple inky background.

OLDEST AND YOUNGEST

I’d like to link these to the following challenges.

Try it on Tuesday – Beautiful Nature

Creatalicious – Anything Goes with optional dies/punches

Crafting with Friends – Anything Goes

and

Crafty Creations – Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

See you soon

Cath

xxx

Thursday, 12 April 2018

I played a little with a couple of Penny Black Brush stroke stamps yesterday… I have a real weakness for their beautiful designs.

I’ve been wanting this stamp for a long time but wouldn’t get it because I thought it was a bit limiting…I gave in eventually and love the way it’s turned out. Long tailed tits are among my favourite birds, being one of the smallest in the UK. I used to love watching them flying in to the feeders, in flocks of around 13 – they always sound as if they’re ‘tinkling’ like bells and are such a delight to watch. So I tried to emulate their colouring, though it’s not perfect. I like the result, though the beaks look a little more finch like, the way I’ve coloured them…

LTT 1

I’d like to link this to the Penny Black Saturday challenge – Anything Goes.

I also found my Duo Daubers when sorting out my Craft Room, so I thought I’d play with them and this PB stamp.

DUO DAUBLERS

I usually colour with Prisma pencils after stamping, but with the DD being pigment inks, I just embossed, which means they’re a bit bereft of shading, but they’re still ok.

This one is for two challenges and uses up one of the ‘too dark’ backgrounds I made a while ago on linen card, using Glimmer Mists. The texture of the card makes the wording look a bit lost, but it looks better in real life. I used Brilliance Moonlight white, stencilled, to try to lighten it a bit and coloured the SU lady with Prisma colour pencils.

LIVELAUGHLOVE

This is for

Addicted to Stamps and More – Make your Mark

Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes

and

Stamping Sensations One for the Girls

I just went to add my link to Addicted to Stamps and More and discovered my card was chosen as Top Addict – wow!  Thank you so much, peeps. I’m honoured Smile

Then I did a simple page in my Journaling Bible…

BJ HIS CHILD2

More in progress, so I’ll be back soon.

Thanks for looking

Cath

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