Monday, 19 February 2018

I needed a Birthday card today, so I made this, using Oxides and my trusty Lavinia stamps.

EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL REDORANGE

In the interest of science, I made another one at the same time, using different words, on another type of card…just experimenting.

NATURE ORANGE

As you can see, one turned out much deeper coloured than the other, even though I used the same inks at the same time.

I also made another leafy card – disappointed in the wishy washy results of the other day, I decided to sponge them on this time and lightly spray.  I’m much happier with the result, though I can’t wait for the Spring light, so my photos improve…you can’t really see the background stamping or the differentiation of colour on any of these – shame.  That’s the bit I work hardest at!

THEHEARTSEES

This is for the

A Bit More Time to Craft Challenge - Anything Goes.

While I was a it, I also overstamped the greens/pinks card from the other day, just to finish it off. I like it better now.

PROMISE REDONE

Then because there’s a glossy card challenge over at Paperminutes, I had a self indulgent moment and did a little bit of resist stamping on glossy card, using one of my favourite colour combos, though they look much lighter on glossy – Raspberry Pink and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks. I stencilled a bit of a brick wall in the centre, to give it a bit more depth.

GLOSSRESIST

Back soon.

Thanks for looking.

God Bless!

Cath

xxx

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Happy Mail Day!

The postie brought be some ‘stash’ yesterday and earlier in the week…so I had a quick play.

Love these stamps (Bee Crafty) but the XL is a little limiting and would work much better in my journals…something to try tomorrow, along with the other one I haven’t yet used! For some reason, today has turned out to be a green day…I was just trying out some of the newer Oxide inks for a change. Must confess I’m not as wowed this time around – the colours aren’t my natural choices.

BRAVE HOPE

This is a stamp set I’ve coveted for a little while, so I decided to go for it. I tried two different looks, again using the newer Oxides in the first, which I have mixed feelings about. It’s moody but I think I should’ve added some focal stamping to complete it. I much prefer the Oxides for background work and stencilling, rather than stamping, as I’ve done here.

TIMELESS

This one I like more, but that’s partly because I went back to my trusty Versafine ink for the focal images..

LOVEPRAISLIVE

And just to prove how versatile Lin’s lovely grasses stamp is, I made a CAS card with it.

CAS SYMPATHY

I’d like to enter this one into the Clean and Simple challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.

This is a journal page…

KC JOURNAL 1

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Thanks for looking.

God Bless!

Cath

xxx

Friday, 16 February 2018

Addicted to Stamps and More have a Clean and Simple Challenge this week, so I thought I’d get my CAS head on – not easy on my work surfaces, which are usually covered in ink Rolling on the floor laughing but I had a go…

I used an old Paperartsy Stamp set – not even sure if they sell them any m ore – but I like this quirky lady. We’re doing a ‘Think Spring’ mingle on KCUK, so I thought I’d do just that.

CAS SPRING

While thinking Spring, I was also playing around with birds…

FEATHERS

…and blossom…

BLOSSOM BY BLOSSOM

…and more CAS Flowers…

EARTH LAUGHS

…and another bird!  (I LOVE birds!)

worship

Besides Addicted to Stamps (linked above) I’d like to enter one of the above into

Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes

Stamping Sensations – Anything With Flowers

Dragonfly Dreams – Flowers

Crafty Creations – Anything Goes

Penny Black Saturday Challenge – Anything Goes

and

Sparkles Forum Challenges – Clean and Simple.

Thanks for looking.

See you soon.

xxx

Cath

Sunday, 11 February 2018

All friends are precious, but the most precious friends are those who take the time to just sit with you and listen…even when you have no words or (as often in my case) we talk rubbish!!. The fact that they want to be with you matters more than any words or deeds. I’ve learned a lot this last two weeks about how it isn’t necessary to spout ‘words of wisdom’ when someone is hurting, but just to be alongside them, even when we feel inadequate and unable to help.  I hope I remember the lesson.

I did a bit of journalling this morning, then made a card for a friend.  I used the newest Distress Oxides – Shaded Lilac, Tattered Rose and Squeezed Lemonade, though I did add a touch of Worn Lipstick, too. It amazes me how three colours (ish) can produce such a rainbow of colour!

PRECIOUS GIFT

I’d like to enter this one into the

Stamping Sensations - Anything with Flowers challenge

I had a play around with the Antique Linen and Vintage Photo inkpads today, with mixed results…

BROWNS 

There’s a lot of gold on this one so I took a close up of the crackle effect. When I’d finished, I wasn’t too enamoured with the result, so I decided to try adding some stencilled gold circles over the top. I accidentally stamped onto the card itself, so I decided to do it some more and edge with the gold…

GOLD BITS

This is one I made a few weeks ago but didn’t like… more of a vintage effect, again using the gold.

BLUEBEIGE

Just a couple of pages in my A4 journal to finish off. This one uses the same distress oxides as the first – but they look so different.

CATERPILLAR

MASTER ARTIST

Thanks for looking.

See you soon!

Cath

xxx

Friday, 9 February 2018

A little bit more from the results of  my ink therapy…same stamp, different colours. This is a really nice stamp to play with.  Love how versatile it is Smile

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2a

4

echinacea re

beauty

I’d like to enter one of the Restful cards into the

Penny Black Saturday Challenge – Anything Goes

and one of the others into both

Dragonfly Dreams Challenge – Flowers

and

Stamping Sensations – Anything with Flowers

Thanks for looking

Cath

xxx

Thursday, 8 February 2018

I’ve been enjoying some therapeutic colouring and inking, so today I’m sharing some floral cards.

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daffs

daisies

I’d like to enter the

Stamping Sensations Challenge – Anything with Flowers

and the

Penny Black Saturday Challenge – Anything Goes

Thanks for looking.

See you soon

Cath

xxx

Monday, 5 February 2018

Sorry I’ve not been around much this week..

Sadly, my lovely Dad passed away last weekend and I haven’t really been in the mood for stamping, or much of anything else, to be honest. 

Today, I’m trying to think of other things, so I thought I’d share a couple of cards I made recently and one I made during the week.

This was for my nephew’s birthday.

UNIQUE1

And this was another in the same mode…clearly not yet finished in this photo – oops! Must check to see if I did actually mount this.

UNIQUE2

This was one I played with during the week, playing with the new Distress Oxides while trying to occupy my mind.

PRAYERS

I stamped and stencilled some interference inks (Opalites) over the background, but you can’t really see them, so I took a little close up…

INTERFERENCE CLOSEUP

I’d like to enter one of these in the

Anything Goes Challenge at Simon Says Stamp

and the

Make Your Mark Challenge at Addicted to Stamps.

Hope it won’t be too long before I’m back.

Thanks for looking.

Cath

xxx

Thursday, 25 January 2018

I got to play for a while today and had loads of fun… I’m waiting for my new Oxides and was sorting through some stuff when I found two of my favouritest stamps, so I thought I’d use them. I LOVE these girls!

I’d seen the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge of ‘Tag it’ and realised I hadn’t stamped a tag in YEARS! While playing, I used the inks on a piece of card, too – can’t waste that ink on my mat! I only used two inks – Wilted Violet and Twisted Citron – with a touch of Picked Raspberry - looks as if I used a lot more!

DIFFERENT2   DIFFERENT 1

CRAZY

I’d like to enter the

Tag it Challenge on Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

and the

Anything Goes Challenge on Addicted to Stamps 

Thanks for looking!

See you soon

Cath

xxx

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Just finished a journal page and I thought it would be perfect for the Art Journal Journey Challenge – New Year, New Adventure – so I decided to upload now…before life gets in the way Smile

NEW BEGINNING

While I’m here, I’ll upload another page I completed a while ago…

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Thanks for looking.

See you soon!

Cath

xxx

It feels like a long week this week…it’s been cold and miserable and wet. Some of the country is covered in snow, we in the North West have our usual wet rain but it’s also pretty cold and the hailstone showers have been coming thick and fast. Maybe that’s why I’m thinking of sunshine and spring?

Our Yahoo group had a request for Sunshine this week, so I made the following cards…

SUNSHINE

HOPE

Seems I’m still into frosty colours, lol.

I’ve been making other bits and pieces, amongst which are these…

PA Smile

A Scrapling (left over card after cutting a larger one down)

SCRAPLING 1

MIRACLE

…a watercoloured card…

HEARTFELT

…and some journalling snippets.

ALLELUIA

BRAVE

COURAGE ROAR

PSALM 19

HOPE SHINES

I think that’s enough for now…Winking smile

I’d like to enter the following:-

Penny Black challenge – Anything Goes

Country View Challenges – Anything Goes

Stamping Sensations – Cold and Frosty Colours

Try it on Tuesday’s Favourite Things

and

Inspiration Destination’s Anything Goes challenge.

Thanks for looking and thank you for all the lovely, encouraging comments on my last post! 

See you soon!

Cath

xxx