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

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Good morning peeps.
Today we have a new challenge
at
COLD, COLD, COLD
I hope you'll join us. Don't forget that you can use any medium you like and interpret the theme any way you like.
For inspiration, please check the gorgeous artwork from the TIOT Design Team.
I look forward to visiting your blog 😊

I bought this Crafty Individuals stamp at Port Sonlight last year, but haven't used it until now. It's a brilliantly drawn image and it's easy to imagine expression on the faces of these wonderful penguins, just from body language. They also need VERY little colouring.

The background is a variety of Distress inks (Tumbled Glass, Shaded Lilac, Blueprint Sketch and Hickory Smoke) and a touch of 2 Glimmer Mists, sponged over a torn bit of paper to creat mounds of snow and ice. I finished it off by adding texture paste through a snow stencil. I had planned on adding to the background (before I added the texture paste), but when I looked at it again, it seemed snowy and cold enough.

I'm joining Leah's Art Every Day in November challenge and for Thankful November 12, I'm thankful for animals and pets.
I'm also joining Sweet Stampin's Make Your Own Background challenge 
and
Addicted to Stamps, Anything Goes


Thank you for calling in today
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Cath
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Monday, 11 November 2019

I almost didn't make today - people matter more than things...😉
But I decided to do something quick, so I daubed some blue and blue/grey Oxides across a page, more greys at the bottom, spritzed with water, heat set and stamped one of my favourite rain images (Katzelcraft). I stuck another cut out coloured image (edged with a black Pitt pen) over the top and added the words, spattering with black and blue, then with clear water.

So, because I'd just walked in from a really dark, grey, wet and windy day, today I'm thankful for being warm and cosy in my home - and thankful I have somewhere to call home.

I'm joining Leah's Art Every Day Month challenge.
Thank you for calling in today
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Cath
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Sunday, 10 November 2019

Today I'm thankful for 
COLOUR.
Playing with colour is a great way to bring light into our lives, and especially when we're feeling 'grey'...or 'blue'.
In exactly the same way a touch of bright sunshine - think Spring - changes the way nature appears, bright colours can also change how life looks and therefore how we feel. Not always - but some of the time. Light can make such a huge difference.

I added blobs of Liquitex (vibrant) heavy body acrylics to the top of my page, spritzed with water, stood it upright to let them drip downwards, then spritzed again a few times, to encourage the flow. 
(I had to dab off some of the 'muddy' bits as they flowed a little too much 😉)  
The paintbrushes and words are stamped and clear embossed, then coloured with Posca pens and Stylo White Gel Pen. 
Linking to Leah's Art Every Day Month.
Thanks for calling in...
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Cath
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Saturday, 9 November 2019

Today's page is another stencil clean off from a few days ago, when I was using Oxide reinkers. I scraped some embossing paste through a stencil on the day I made it and left it. So today, I decided to work with what was there and since one of the larger circles looked like a moon to me, that's what it became... and the white lines became a snowy effect. That's possibly because I'm REALLY cold today, so it's on my mind.

I knew I wanted an image slightly over the 'moon' so I had a rummage through my stamped images, found what I thought was the perfect one and (seriously - laboriously) fussy cut it, coloured it, then decided it wasn't what I wanted 😒
So...when looking through my stamps some birdies caught my eye, but they weren't quite right - then I remembered these whimsical owls! So I stamped them on the page and again on some card, knowing that the texture would stop me getting a clear image. After colouring them (with Promarkers) I cut out the larger bits and stuck them over the stamped image on the page, edging it with Hickory Smoke Oxide. 

I like the idea of these two huddling together in the cold moonlight, so I chose friends as my focus for today. I'm thankful for friends and for all the richness they bring to my life. Some friends are only close for a season, but bring enormous joy and blessing to that season - while other friendships last for most of our lives and are all the more precious because of that, made so much deeper by of all you go through together - a shared history. 


I'm joining Leah's Art Every Day Month with this,
Moo Mania & More's Circles challenge
and also 
Thank you for popping in 
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Cath
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Friday, 8 November 2019

Today I'm thankful for the freedom to choose...even though whichever choice you make will upset someone important to you... and for my family.

I started with a stencil clean off page in my small journal, then just added a few stamps and a bit more of the same inks - Oxides. Sorry, but I can't remember where the little girl stamp is from...it's from a time when I ordered a bunch of photographic images from various non-UK companies. 

I'm joining Moo Mania & More with Circles
and
Art Every Day Month with Leah and friends.

Thank you so much for popping in...
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Cath
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Thursday, 7 November 2019

Today is Izzi's 7th birthday...where do the years go?
As with most little girls, I'm sure, she is 7 going on 27 and thinks Nannie (and especially her shoes) just 'has no style'! I love her to bits and am incredibly thankful for her - she's my only grandchild.
I'm going to pick her up from school with my son and his wife, then we're all going out, so I won't be around much at all today.

My contribution to Leah's Art Every Day Month. today is her birthday card... which was fun (but a bit fiddly) to make. I used Oxides for the background, with lots of spatters of water, silver and white acrylic and Promarkers/Copics and Glitter Gel Pens for the aliens. The words didn't stamp properly because the stamp is uneven, which is such a shame, but I think I'll get away with that...there are lots of glittery bits - even glittery starry night embossing powder around the edges AND a few gems...which I very rarely use. Little girls like glittery things 😉
Inside it says, 'You are my favourite earthling'.

I'm playing along with 
Addicted to Stamps and more's ATG challenge
Stamp & Fun = Creativity, Stars
Send a Smile 4 Kids, ATG (or Christmas/holidays)

Thanks for popping in today
I'll be back soon
Cath
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Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Today's offering is an experiment with colours and mediums...it's a bit of a mishmash of vivid colour, using acrylics, Neocolor crayons, gel pen, a stencil or two and Posca pens... I just kept adding bits with no aim in mind. As you can tell, the badly drawn (smaller) leaves are mine...he, he - the larger ones are stencilled. No stamping on this for a change...just lots of doodling.

As I was playing, I was thinking about leaves and the cycle of life. Beautiful, new, green leaves gradually change and become individual works of art, each with their own individual colours...but always beautiful. Seasons are necessary, even if we don't always welcome them with open arms. We can learn a lot from nature. So today I'm thankful for seasons and especially for the different seasons in my life. Each one has its own treasures - its own fruit - and with each one comes new grace for the moment.

The berries are there for Rike's AJJ challenge, which is fruit and/or veggies and I'm linking to Leah's Art Every Day Month
Why not join us? There's no need to create every single day...
Thank you for calling in today
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Cath
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Tuesday, 5 November 2019

It's Bonfire Night - yay!
But no, I'm not celebrating Guy Fawkes night - oh how we used to love this time of year, walking around with our 'swede' (turnip) lanterns in the dark and sharing goodies like treacle toffee, jacket potatoes cooked in the bonfire and black eyed peas...not to mention the fireworks in everyone's gardens...it was so exciting. It's all organised events now, with very few actual bonfires...no competitively created 'guys'... nothing at all like it was. But it IS much safer and that's a good thing. I'm celebrating the beauty and wonder of the everyday.
Today's page is a continuation of yesterday's in some ways ...I'm thankful for the beauty in the things we take for granted and don't even notice most of the time. 
I chose to use a flower again, using a Studio Light image over another Oxide reinker background. This time I used Mustard Seed, Worn Lipstick and Toasted Marmalade and did a bit of simple stencilling, colouring the flowers with acrylic paint, Copics (leaves and stems) and white gel pen, and  part stamping some random words. I found the words in my treasured stamped words box (I try to remember to stamp words more than once, so that I can pick out individual words to use in journalling) and they fitted what was in my head...
May we never lose the wonder of the ordinary things in life, things like the comfort of being able to kick back, relax and unwind in our own home. 

I'm linking to Art Every Day Month again...lovely to see you again if you're popping in. It's wonderful to see the diversity in the other participants' creativity and to learn new things...

Thanks for popping in today.
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Cath
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Monday, 4 November 2019

Today's page was meant as a homage to Tracy Evans, but became almost a  copy...with different stamps and a different stencil, but still the same idea and technique. It looks very different, though.
I used a Donna Downey stencil and a Visible Image flower, stamped on book paper, background created with Oxide reinkers. the contrast is made by spraying part of the stencil, then laying it over the background to oxidise the inks and remove a bit of colour. I love the way it turned out, even though you can see the corner of the stencil...I was trying to avoid the larger circles, so had to use the edge.
So, today I'm thankful for the little things - the things that surprise me and bring a smile to my face. This one was seeing a new flower on my clematis - I'd already been surprised by the appearance of one, last week, but the second one just made a difference, somehow, in the midst of cold, wet and windy weather. Or it could be an unexpected visit (text, call or card) from a friend or family - or a beautiful sunset or starry sky...those little things that make you glad to be alive. But also the times when God speaks to me (and my spirit pings!) or shows me something I hadn't realised until then - those times when he feels especially close. That's why I chose those words...each little surprise strengthens all of these in me. Every little unexpected smile is a precious gift from him.
I am, of course, joining Art Every Day Month with this.
I'm also joining Mix it Up, where the challenge is ATG optional watercolour and Simon Says Stamp Mondays Journalling challenge.
I'll have to remember to journal some fruit and veggies soon, for AJJ. 

Thanks for popping in
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Cath
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Sunday, 3 November 2019

My brother rang out of the blue to say he would be calling in on his way home, and wanted to spend the night here, so - because my playtime was cut short - I had to get my quick and easy head on! 
I rooted through my stamped, coloured image container and found these two friends...and the words were from a Visible Image plate that just happened to be out...so I daubed some Distress Oxide Cracked Pistachio across the bottom of a page, sponged on some baby blue acrylic, blended a little, then used a couple of stencils for the white rain (or snow?). 
Once I'd stuck down my two birds and sketched in the ground, I decided to add the washi tape for interest... I cut the words up, attached them, then decided to draw a speech bubble. For some reason, there's a cloud stamp in the middle of the words and because that was in my head, I had the idea of adding a personal rain cloud over the poor, miserable goosey... I painted it, outlined it and added dots for fun. 
This page was fun to make and made me smile 😊 
But I couldn't get 'Why does it always rain on me?' out of my head, afterwards... 

Voilà... my 'Thankful in November #3' is done. 
Today, I'm thankful that it's okay to not be okay - as long as it's only sometimes! 


Linking, of course, to AEDM 2019
Thanks, Leah. See you all some time later, I hope!
I'm also joining Simon Says Stamp Mondays Journalling Challenge.

Thanks for popping in today
See you soon
Cath
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Saturday, 2 November 2019

Day 2 of Art Every Day Month on Leah's Creative Every Day blog.
I'd already coloured and fussy cut lots of shrooms for TIOT's Colours of Autumn challenge, so my page today is a celebration of Autumn and all its blessings.
I used Distress Inks for the background, including the stamping, adding touches of Warm Umber and Antique Gold paint.
I'm also happy to be able to join the challenge on Art Journal Journey Blog, which is 'Fruit or Veggies' and Mix it Up's Anything Goes challenge, with the option of Watercolour (I watercoloured the leaves with Distress Inks).
I'm also playing along with Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge, which is Journalling, Country View Challenges' Hand Stamped, The Artistic Stamper Challenge's Mix it Up and with More Mixed Media's Orange Challenge (Toasted Marmalade and Rusty Hinge DIs).
Thanks for popping in
I'll be back soon
Cath
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Friday, 1 November 2019

Happy November!
Wow! Where has the year gone? I can't believe it's November again and so little time to go before Christmas!

I've decided to take a risk and try to take part in Art Every Day Month again this year... sadly, I'm unable to promise to create every day but I'll do my best to create on some days and will try to get to a few of the participating blogs each day...  I'll also try again to make it a month of Thanksgiving! Focusing on our blessings is always and only good for all of us.

So, I'm starting November with a Circles page, just for Moo Mania &More's current challenge. I love circles, so had a quick play on an acrylic (Liquitex) smooshed background I made yesterday, just using circle stamps. I spotted the words as I was hunting for the circles and so they became flowers...again! It's not a brilliant page - the larger criss crossed circle looks so out of place - but I like the idea and will do something similar again...this one may or may not make it to my journal, though I did resize it to fit, just in case. Love the way the circle background stamp looks around the edges...and I love squiggled stems!


Why not join us just for the month? It's lots of fun and really good for your art!
Thanks for popping in
I'll be back soon
Cath
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Thursday, 31 October 2019

Thought I'd share another quick Autumn card, which came into being simply because I couldn't read the words on the words stamp, so tried them on a small square of card and embossed in clear ep in order to show them up clearly! 

This Time to Stamp maple leaf is one of my all time favourite leafy stamps - I love the fact that it's so delicate and feathery. The extra fussy cut leaves were added because they were on my desk... the curled leaf on the background is a PSX stamp. I used Distress Inks for the background and to watercolour the leaves, having stamped them in Archival inks.


I'm linking to 
Addicted to Stamps & More's Photo challenge (leaves and colours)

Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday Challenge, Stamp it!
Use Your Stuff, Fall Project with at least 3 leaves...

This card is anything but seasonal... I just fancied using this image, so here it is. It's an Oxide background with some DI watercolouring on the Studio Light flutterbies, which are stamped again, fussy cut and stuck over the stamped images...they're also finished off with some clear acrylic glitter paint from an old bottle I bought when I first started stamping, around 22 years ago! The borders were stamped with no attention to how straight they were - and yes, it's deliberate. I added some random white and black pen on the cross hatch border - I didn't want it to be alternated or 'perfect'. Maybe I should've saved this for Thankful November...sadly, you can't really see the colour variations on this - the scanner didn't pick them up but I can't photograph it because it's already in the mail...it's actually more of a lavender and green - I used Shaded Lilac and Cracked Pistachio inks, stencilling in Brilliance Lavender, to add a little sheen, and spraying in clear mica to finish.
This will be the card I link to a couple of the above challenges...
(For some weird reason, despite trying to reformat several times, Blogger won't let me centre anything above this paragraph - weird - so please accept my apologies for the mixed formatting!)
Thanks for calling in today
I hope to see some of you in November's Art Every Day challenge, as and when I'm able...
I'll be back soon...
Cath
xxx

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Good Morning, peeps! Today, we start a new challenge over at
and the challenge is
Colours of Autumn
So dig out your paints, inks, pens and images and join us in celebrating the luscious colours of beautiful Autumn...

I've focused on 'shrooms for this one...I absolutely love fungi, and used to go hunting them down at this time of year, especially when I had a good camera. There are so many amazing varieties and colours to see - and there are some very varied smells, too 😁
Have you ever come across the humble stinkhorn? It really does live up to its name!

My Tim Holtz 'shrooms aren't really 'shrooms, of course - they're the well recognised Fly Agaric toadstools (even if they're not supposed to be...) instantly recognisable to most of us as the archetypal fairy dwelling...and they are gorgeous, despite being VERY poisonous!
Please allow me a bit of artistic licence here, because they all ended up in pretty similar colours - even the much larger one (Stampotique by Jo Capper Sandon) which is definitely not really in perspective and is a little slender for the FA....although I suppose the others could be babies...h'mm? 
I used Fossilised Amber, Aged Mahogany, Walnut Ink and Toasted Marmalade DI for the background. The words (Hero Arts) are stamped in Versafine Clair Acorn and Walnut Ink DI, while the larger words are die cut alphabet letters. Oh and the blowing leaves are an old PSX stamp which only comes out at this time of year...

I even took a few photos to show off the gold paint bits... it looks really sparkly and rich. I used Promarkers and Prisma pencils to colour - albeit not very well...
 Everything has been beautifully spattered with Walnut ink and Antique Gold Acrylic paint, to give it that 'tattered' windswept look... 
 The colour looks different because it was night time, under daylight white bulbs.
Thank you so much for popping in today. I do hope you'll join us at Try it on Tuesday and don't forget to have a peep at the Design Team's beautiful inspirational pieces... you have two weeks to play. 
We look forward to 'seeing' you!

I'm linking this to Stamping Sensations' Leaves and/or Trees and/or Autumn challenge...
I'll be back soon
Cath
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