'What you do speaks so loudly, I can't hear what you say.'
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

For our last theme of the year at Try it on Tuesday,  we would like to see 'Santa' featured on your entries .

As always, style, materials, mediums, etc are entirely up to you. The Challenge runs until Christmas Day and is our last for the year.

We hope you’ll join us for some seasonal fun Smile

My card features one of my favourite Santa images, clear embossed and glittered, then matted over one of my favourite (Hero Arts) Christmas background stamps on a Distress Oxide background. Don’t you just love his snowy beard and kind face? I edged the both panels with Delicata Gold ink to add a glowing Christmas touch.

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Ho, ho, ho and Merry Christmas to you all!

I do hope you’ll join us.

Thank you for popping by…

See you soon

Cath

xxx

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Just sharing a few cards I made this week…

I love Christmas and I love Christmas cards, but I make very few these days. This year I decided to make a few to send to family and special friends, so I dusted off my ‘C’ stamps, glitter and dies and made these.

O COME LET US ADORE HIM 1I used Weathered Wood over a tree stencil on this one and used an old Stampington cube to stamp some subtle background snowflakes, using Delicata Shimmer White, which you can’t see at all on the scan Sad smile so I took a photo to show some of it. The swirls are home made mica spray, to add sparkle and the star is glittered. Of course there are some white acrylic spatters, too.

O HOLY NIGHT 1

O HOLY NIGHT 1C BG STAMPING GLITTER

Once I’d made a few Christmas cards, I needed to kick back and do something for fun, so I grabbed a square of card from my ready cut basket and smooshed some Oxides in greys and pinks. I had no idea there was a Faux Batik image on that piece of card, so I was pleasantly surprised when my favourite fuchsia stamp appeared...and just added more stamping to complete it.

FB FUCHSIAS 3

CAS Watercolour have a Thank you challenge at the moment, so I made this…using embossing resist, to qualify for the CAS Mixup challenge. Not sure it’s very CAS, though… I used Inktense pencils for the wash.

EMBOSS RESIST THANKS

Words 2 Craft By have a Blessings Challenge, so thinking of that, I made the following two cards using backgrounds and images from my stash. I was too late for the challenge, drat Sad smile

SIMPLY BLESSED 1

BIRDIE THANX

There’s a ‘B for…’ Challenge at SSS Mondays and I’m also linking to the following challenges…

Addicted to Stamps and More, Anything Goes

Fussy and Fancy, Winter Christmas

Ellibelle’s Crafty Wednesday, Snowflakes, Snowmen or Winter

Moo Mania and More, Trees

Dare 2B Artsy, Winter

Fashionable Stamping, Winter

Back soon

Thank you so much for popping by…

Cath

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Sunday, 2 December 2018

Allsorts this week is Fairies, Fantasy and Magical and while I was thinking about that, I noticed the challenge at Sunday Stamps is to use 3 of the colours on the photo below, plus one neutral, so I combined them…

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…to make this

FANTASY PINK GREY PHOTO

The above is a photo and this is a scan – the true colours are more in between the two, but the photo shows the different shades of pink more clearly Winking smile

I used three shades of Distress Oxides and Distress Inks; Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose and Victorian Violet, then coloured the wings with similar shades on Promarkers, using a Spun Sugar reinker for the palest pink. It’s mounted on grey, then on a Dusky pink card.

FANTASY PINK GREY

I painted Ice Stickles onto the wings and the stars, so I’m also linking to

Sparkle ‘n’ Sprinkle Creative Challenges and

 Creations in Pink – Mainly Pink

Make My Monday have a Non Traditional Christmas colours challenge, as do

Addicted to Stamps and

Dare 2B Artsy are looking for Winter creations

So I made these…

UNCONVENTIONAL CHRISTMAS 1

UNCONVENTIONAL CHRISTMAS 2

Yes,I have a ‘thing’ for grey at the moment…

Mix it Up are asking for NO STAMPS (eek!)

and

Creatalicious are Anything Goes + optional stencil

JOYEUX NOEL MICA

I used Irridescent Stencil Paste through my stencil, then sprayed over the sponged Distress Ink background with Mica sparkle spray (home made) before adding the die cut Joyeux Noel.

I’m also linking to SSS Wednesday’s Anything Goes challenge.

Thank you for popping by….

Back soon

Cath

xxx

Friday, 30 November 2018

Today, I’m thankful that while every day may not be perfect, there’s something good in every day and always something to be thankful for Smile

NG30 ALWAYS SOMETHING GOOD

This brings me to the end of my month of Thankfulness and I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s been so good for me to focus on the good things every day.

It also brings me to the end of AEDM, which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. Big thank yous to Leah, for organising this and to our small – but very select – group of daily contributors. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you a little bit more and sharing your art.

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THANK YOU!

I know I’ll see some of you on AJJ and other sites

I’m also linking to the

Anything Goes challenge at SSS Wednesdays

I’ll be back soon

Thanks for calling in

Cath

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Thursday, 29 November 2018

Today, I am thankful for language and words.

I’m really enjoying my current book – the latest Sansom novel, Tombland, and I actually look forward to bedtime, so I can go back to England 1549, and relive the peasants’ revolt and catch up with the characters.

A really good book can make us feel we’re actually living in the story and this is one of those that does it for me So I started thinking about language and words and how important they are. I don’t usually watch a lot of TV, but lately, I’ve been watching a lot of French dramas  – thanks to More 4 – so that’s why I sometimes find myself in ‘French mode’. I lived in the suburbs of Paris for a short time and have never tired of being besotted with the French language… I just think it’s so graceful. Yet, they have far fewer words at their disposal than we English do and there are things that are really difficult to express in French.

I can’t help but think about what the Bible says:-

‘The tongue has the power of life and death’ (Proverbs 18).

It’s so true. We can use our words to bless or to harm people. So here’s my page for today…

NG29 BOOKS LANGUAGE WORDS

I went hunting for my collection of words torn or cut from various magazines and was pleased to find they weren’t a casualty of my recent ruthless clearout! I just stuck them onto my page randomly and added a few of my own. There was definitely no plan here, lol.

I’m linking this to AEDM

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and to

Art Journal Journey’s Vintage or Modern

Have a great Thursday!

Thanks for stopping by…

Back soon

Cath

xxx

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

I’ve had a free day today, so I’ve been enjoying the quiet of my craft room… bliss!

Only 2 more days left in November… I thought I’d be relieved, but I’m beginning to realise I’ll miss my (almost) daily visits to the AEDM peeps… but I’m sure Christmas prep will soon take over! Good AND bad but definitely busy… and I can see most of you at Art Journal Journey.

Today, day 28, I’m thankful for flowers.

Earlier today, I went into my yard to check the bulbs I’d planted and was pleasantly surprised at just how many fuchsias are still in bloom. I love them at any time but they just looked especially beautiful this morning because I didn’t expect them. (I should explain that in England a yard isn’t a garden, as it is in the US, but a paved area behind the house, most often found in older terraced (all joined together) houses, like mine. This house is over 100 years old and was owned by the builder of the whole terrace – about 8 houses and 2 small shops - so it’s a little bigger than the others and had just been completely renovated when I moved in . I keep lots of pots of flowers, herbs, hanging baskets and other things there.)

My journal page is a stark contrast to yesterday’s plain page (now with more stamping and stencilling added) – it’s busy – way TOO busy, really but I was having fun Smile I was in French mode, so did a lot of my journalling and stamping in French but the torn text is in English.

NG28 FLEURS

As usual, the die cuts have absorbed some of the Oxide inks behind them but I don’t mind that. The black flowers are stencilled, not stamped, but they are embossed because I used Versafine ink to stencil with.

I’d forgotten I also intended posting this pic of my favourite floral treat – when in season – I’ve only recently begun to love tulips, but love the fact that as they are decaying, they open up and gradually change colour, displaying an amazing range of hues and looking more and more beautiful – a bit like Autumn leaves. I keep them until they really are falling apart.

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I made some cards for a couple of challenges, too.  In keeping with the Floral theme, I made this one…

JARS FLOWERS 1

…which fits in nicely with the challenge over at

Addicted to Stamps and more - photo inspiration

This one is for Moo Mania and More – Trees

TOMORROW IS NEW

I also made another tree card – I think the grey, dark weather was influencing my choices, today.

GREY CLOUDS

This one is for Time Out’s Black, White and one colour challenge

FRIENDS ARE ANGELS BW1

and also for

Craft Creations, Anything Goes

and

Casology – Girl

I am, of course, also linking to AEDM

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Thank you for stopping by

See you again soon, hopefully tomorrow

Cath

xxx

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Am I confusing you?  I confuse myself…

I’m going back a day to journal my Day 26 of thankfulness in November because I was out all day and way too tired to play when I arrived home. But I was SO very thankful to be able to come ‘HOME’.

I spent 17 years (mostly by choice, I hasten to add) living in a house I never really felt was my home and after another 4 years in a small flat, I was so very grateful to move into my current home! So I decided to celebrate it Smile in a very simple journal page.

NG26 MY HOME

I live in what used to be a mining village in the industrial North West of England. It may not be the prettiest of villages and my house may not be a super duper big house, but it’s where I feel at home and I have almost everything I need virtually on my doorstep. I’m blessed.

I thought I’d add a couple of my mop up journal pages while I’m here… this one has a faint image of Icarus flying in the background and is one of my favourite da Vinci quotes. I have it in a stamp but it’s hard to read.

ONCE YOU HAVE FLOWN...

This page is very rough but is one of my favourite Bible verses…

IN HIM I LIVE AND MOVE

Hopefully, I’ll be back to the right day tomorrow…

Linking this to AEDM – even if it IS a day late…

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Thanks for looking

See you soon

Cath

xxx

This fortnight’s challenge at Try it on Tuesday is Winter Wonderland. We’d love to see you there Winking smile

TIOT WINTER WONDERLAND CATH

I used torn paper and Distress Oxides to create mounds of snow around my first and second generation stamped and embossed trees. I painted Ice Stickles on for the glistening snow and sprinkled Stampendous Frantage Chunky White embossing powder around to represent falling snow.

TIOT WINTER WONDERLAND CATH SNOW AND GLITTER

That’s Crafty also have a Winter Wonderland challenge and the SSS Wednesday challenge is Baby it’s Cold Outside.

I’m thankful for seasons for Day 27 of my November Thankfulness… I may not enjoy every single thing about every season, but the hard parts make the good bits all the more enjoyable and I appreciate them more. My brother came back to England from New Zealand because he missed seasons… and while he was living there, came home each Christmas for the winter weather.

The challenge at Sweet Stampin is Whatever the Weather, so thinking of weather and seasons, I made this...

NG27 WEATHER

‘Everywhere you go, you always take the weather with you’… one of my favourite songs!

I’m also linking to AEDM (almost forgot…)

I missed Day 26, so I’ll be back later with more art…

We would love to see you over at TIOT with your Winter Wonderland art Smile

Thank you for looking

See you soon

Cath

xxx

Sunday, 25 November 2018

I’m catching up again…life has a habit of getting in the way of daily blogging. Or maybe I’m just not very good at blogging every single day. Only five days left and I’ll be back to my intermittent, spasmodic posts Winking smile

I journalled my thankfulness for yesterday this evening – after making my day 25! Yesterday, I didn’t go into my craft room once – now that really IS a record these days, lol. BUT I did spend a number of hours colouring and cutting out images I’d stamped previously. I had a huge pile of them waiting, so thought I’d clear them all – and I actually managed it! But when I did venture into my favourite room, I found some more in there, so I have yet another pile of images here, waiting – albeit a much smaller pile – and my box of Promarkers is still here!  Unfortunately, I have a busier week coming up, so they may take me longer to clear.

This was what I did yesterday, for AEDM…a very colourful and productive day!

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I’m looking forward to just being able to glue them on!

Thankfulness Day 24 was for a new day…

I don’t know about you, but there are days I’m glad come to an end, for one reason or another. Someone once said God was very kind to give us night time, because it’s as if he pulls the curtains on the day and when we wake up, it’s a brand new day and a chance to start again. I like that thought Smile    

It’s a very simple page – a Kraft page, painted with white acrylic, stamped, embossed, stencilled around the edges with Espresso Oxide, then a little bit of journalling around the edges.Every day is a new day!

NG24 NEW DAY

I’d also like to enter Art Journalling Journey’s Old and New Challenge.

Today, day 25, I’m thankful for music. I love music of many genres and am usually singing around the house, even when it’s very quiet. Mum played piano and although I only learned to play the recorder at school, that meant I learned to read music, which helped a lot in later years. My two brothers and I all played guitar and I spent many an evening with one of them, playing and singing – as I often did with my oldest friend, who I’ve known since I was sixteen and am very close to. She also joined my brother and me many a time.

My church doesn’t have a choir, but at Christmas, we do have a small one for Carols by Candlelight, and practices begin this week. I’m so looking forward to that – we laugh as much as we sing, and have so much fun.

This week’s challenge at Allsorts is Inspired by a Song, so I used some of my newly (wildly) coloured birdies to make this card.

NG25 MUSIC SONG

I’ll link this to Colour Crazy Challenge – Anything Goes

This one started out as a CAS card but ended up being not so CAS because I cut it down… It’s a while since I’ve used these Paperartsy Christmas stamps.

CHRISTMAS JOY

I may not make tomorrow – but I’ll try to do something quick and if not, catch up on Tuesday.

Thanks so much for calling in…

Back soon

Cath

xxx

Friday, 23 November 2018

Better late than never…

It’s been one of ‘those days’…

I did make a simple journal page, but I dared to do a bit of script handwriting over it and wasn’t happy with it, so spent ages trying to cover it up – badly - with mismatched die cuts and find a way to hide it – duh!

I liked the original much better. I must learn to be more comfortable with my mistakes Winking smile

Today, I’m thankful for the freedom to choose. There’s a story behind this, but I won’t bore you with it… 

NG23 FREEDOM TO CHOOSE

I’m linking this to Art Every Day Month

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I’ll be back soon

Thanks for looking

Cath

xxx