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

Friday, 19 July 2019

Popping in to meet the deadline - AGAIN! Sorry.
Here's my CAS sheep, which also fits a couple of other challenges...I'll be back to edit once I've entered the Allsorts Challenge.

I'm also playing along with the following challenges:
SSS MONDAY, Animal Magic
Country View Challenges, Blue and Green
and I was going to join the Alphabet Challenge's Bags and Hats challenge, but they JUST posted a new one, so I'll aim for that one...😁

In keeping with the Try it on Tuesday Colours of the Rainbow challenge, I made this... so I can also play along with
Seize the Birthday's Rainbow challenge.

I used part of a watercolour stripe stencil for the rainbow colours and Oxides for the colouring as well as for the stripes... I love silly birds and the idea of these showing off on the back of the poor bird at the bottom just makes me giggle - he really looks as if his eyes are closed and he's really struggling to hold the weight of them all!
For some reason, the wider margins of the white card it's mounted onto aren't showing up - sorry. It isn't just a red card...so I added a (non existent) border.

I'm also playing with Stamping Sensations' The Earth Laughs in Flowers challenge with this one, with
Watercooler Wednesday's Masculine ATG and with Simon Says Stamp Mondays, Make your own Background.
I love these Lavinia blooms and I think the pretty pastel colours will work for the Penny Black and More Summer Colours challenge, too... the raindrops are proof I have the great British Summer in mind! The background is stencilled with a mesh stencil...
Thank you so much for calling in today

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Friday, 12 July 2019

Just popping in to add my card for Allsorts' Summer Fun/Sport challenge...
There are a lot of Summer challenges around, so I'm playing with some of these, too.

Just Add Ink, Just add the Season
Moo Mania & More, Summer holidays

I stamped the lovely ladies stamp, stamped again, cut out and masked before stamping the stone wall stamp...it looks a little bit (ahem) too high...but maybe they're feeling daring, lol. I then played around with the sky and a sun and rays stencil, which didn't work out the way I wanted it to, so I added more colour, ending with a sketchy, mixed sky and added the words over the sun 😊
Thank you for calling in today...

See you soon!


Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Good morning, peeps!

Today, we have a new challenge from


We'd love you to have fun with colour...
and to see rainbow colours on your art of any kind, using any medium you prefer...
Colour is my favourite thing - the brighter the better - and rainbow colours my second favourite...
...so this challenge is definitely a winner for me 😀

I've already shared a couple of cards made with the XL Inkylicious Splatter background, but today, I thought I'd share a mini tutorial, to show you how easy it is to use.
It's worth watching the videos linked on the above page link, too - I did 😉 and enjoyed them.

I started with the stamp on my stamping platform, inking it up with Distress Oxide inks, using the side of the inkpad in stripes, just like a real rainbow 😊then spritzing with water and letting the inks blend for a few seconds. 

I used Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Fossilised Amber, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch and Wilted Violet, some of which are drier than others, as you can see...

Spritz with water, then allow the inks to blend for a few seconds... and stamp.

I did take photos of the stamped card, but it looks as if I've accidentally deleted them and (for once) emptied the recycle bin - oops! Sorry...😞

But here's the result on a completed OLC (One Layer card) using Invisible Image stamps. I kept it simple because I didn't want to cover up the beautiful rainbow circle. For some reason, Visible Image and Inkylicious stamps often seem to work really well together. I think they work particularly well in this instance because VI stamps seem to scream out for bold, bright colour! 
I'm playing with Shopping our Stash's One Layer Card Challenge with this one.

This one is done in exactly the same way, but using Distress inks (same colours). I used simple images from That's Crafty - Lynne's lovely designs. I edited this because I got the two results mixed up and only just realised...I wondered why those DIs had blended better than the Oxides...
I'm playing with A Place to Start's ATG challenge with this one.

Here's another one made with Oxides.
I wanted to make one with just words, to show how easy it is to make quick, bold cards with backgrounds you have ready made with this stamp. It really is a great stamp 😊
 I cut these words up to give me more options in using them, but it wasn't so easy to get them all centred... and I lost the last word for over an hour...that's what you get for working in as much disorder as I do! I'm sure there's a Bermuda triangle hidden in my craft room...you wouldn't believe how often I lose stamps (or images) I've just used! 
I was still going to post it but it does look better with all the words...😊

These are the stamped results together... It really is worth making a whole load of them while you're at it...I played a little at using it like a gelli plate - you can see a couple of those attempts below.

And here's one using my favourite three colours together... Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Wilted Violet around the edges. I used Lavinia's Sebastian stamp for this one and decided to make it a Thank you card, so I can play with Make My Monday's Thank you Challenge. I drew rough circles with a Staedtler black pen, filling them in with Signo White Gel pen for the bubbles. I may add more white gel pen in more of the gaps of the sea horse stamp...I'm also playing with Simon Says Monday challenge's Life on the Ocean waves...my seahorse is IN the ocean, so I hope that works! And with Challenge Up Your Life's Vitamin Sea challenge 😊

You can see that the inks bled a little on the card - I don't think it matters, but you may need to watch out for that if it would bother you.

Sorry it's such a photo heavy post, but I thought you may like to see how easy it is to use and some of the ways I've used the results, as well as those I've already shared.

Please do go see the gorgeous works of art created by the Try it on Tuesday Design Team...and we look forward to seeing your interpretation! The challenge ends 2 weeks from now, so there's lots of time...

Thank you so much for your visit...

I'll be back soon...


Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Good morning - oops, afternoon, girls...thought I'd shock you with another quick post today.

There's a great Blue and Green challenge over at Country View Challenges this month and there WAS a 'You're so Punny' challenge at Shopping Your Stash, but I missed that one :-(  Maybe next time...  Meantime, Time Out's 'Be Funny' challenge is still running (I hope...) so I'll play along with them.

So here's another Splatter background card... this time I brayered the stamp with Versafine Clair inks, using it as a Gelliplate...I then brayered it with a textured roller on my trusty Fiskar's brayer...I LOVE this and was so sad when they discontinued these fab brayers. They are perfectly weighted for a really smooth finish and their 6" size means they cover a bigger area, making them altogether MUCH easier to use 😊 With the 'punny' challenge in mind, I used the two colours as grass and sky... stamped one of my favourite Katzelcraft images, stamped and cut out on white card, gluing over the top, and simply added the words...another stamp I really LOVE! It looks as if I didn't position it straight on the mount, though - that's another reason why I prefer rubber, but clear stamps ARE much easier to use when it comes to words... it will do. I think I'll send this to my lovely little grandaughter! 

I'm also playing with A Place to Start's ATG, Moo Mania and More, who are challenging us to use animals, Send a Smile for Kids ATG for teens and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge's ATG.

Thank you for calling in again...

See you soon

Cath x

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Hi all 😊 I finally managed to get a couple of cards made - despite knocking over a jar of water while in the process, which meant I had to move all the stuff around my stamping area (shock, horror - that meant cleaning 😖 and rearranging a few things because it had gone inside boxes of supplies, under the radiator and all around where I sit) - and that put me out of action for a couple of days! But I finally made my cards - one out of necessity, the other for FUN!

My lovely brother finally bought a house, after three years of renting because of the lack of availability where they live. They moved house last week, though he was still working out of the rented house until this week, and I really wanted to send him a card to wish him Happy New Home. So I made this...it's pretty simple, but it was just what I wanted for him and he likes it. 
The houses are from Stampendous and the words are a mish mash of words from different stamp sets. I just sponged the background and added some white rays to spotlight the houses, adding a bit of grass around the base. 

Today I played with an Inkylicious Splatter background, which I've had loads of fun with the last two days! I'll be sharing more of the backgrounds I made in the next few days.
I wanted to enter the Penny Black & More Blooms, Butterflies and/or Bugs challenge, so this is for that.
The background is stamped with Oxides and the butterfly is a (large) Stampendous stamp, embossed on Vellum and coloured from the back. I also added glitter to parts of it, though it's very hard to show it, despite trying to get photos! 

Here's my attempt to get a photo of the glitter, but you really can't see it very well at all...

Because I used one of my favourite colour combos, I'm also joining Stamping Sensations' True Colours challenge. The Alphabet Challenge is G for Grunge/Glitz, so I'm playing along with them, even if you can't see the glitter clearly 😞
I'm also playing along with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, to make your own Background and Throwdown Tuesday's Anything Goes.

Thanks for calling in today. I'm sorry I'm not able to spend much time on the PC at the moment, so I'm not getting the chance to visit your blogs and leave comments - I hope you'll forgive me.

I'll be back soon, hopefully


Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Good Morning all!

We have a new challenge on the Try it on Tuesday Challenge Blog!

Material Girl

We'd love to see Feminine and fancy lace, fabrics, ribbons, bows and stitching (real or faux)
How do you interpret the theme? 
As usual, you may use any medium you like, including digital

Come play with us over the next fortnight!
Don't forget to check out the gorgeous inspiration created by the Design Team!

In 'another life' I sold stamps and my favourite stamp company was Time to Stamp, now available from I Brake for Stamps, though some of her images are also available from Rubber Dance. This was one of my favourite female images, a lovely red rubber stamp that's around 20 years old! There's just something about it that appeals to me... I also used old Hero Arts mounted stitched  stamps around her, 3 Stampington borders and smooshed with VERY soothing pastel shades of Distress Oxides in the background; Victorian Velvet, Spun Sugar and Dried Marigold. The gorgeous lace (Hero Arts) was a RAK from a very missed friend in California, ribbon and buttons from my stash 😉 It's always good to use real, red rubber!

(A photo, to show the discrepancies in colour...)

Look forward to seeing your art 😊

I'm playing along with:

Allsorts, Soft Pastels
Make My Monday, Begins with a B (buttons, bow)

Thank you for calling in today

I'll be back soon


Friday, 21 June 2019

Shock, horror! Two posts in two days...😵 Bet you didn't expect that! Or to only find one item in the post...

I WAS trying to creep into the Allsorts Challenge by the skin of my teeth, but because my laptop doesn't recognise my scanner until I've removed it from the system, then added it again, I didn't make it 😢 but never mind... I can still enter the SSS Monday challenge, along with a couple of others...

I've been waiting for this stamp set to arrive and when it did, around 1pm today, I wanted to use it straight away...It's designed by Andrea Ockey Parr - one of my favourite stamp designers. I love the simplicity and boldness of her quirky images - they just make me smile 😊

So here's my Journey card/tag/whatever it is when I decide where to put the TH cabinet die card now that it's finished... the background is Oxides and the images are stamped onto some book paper in a language I don't recognise, though it does look Eastern European, so I'd guess at Polish? The words are from a TH set and the scallops are from a Dylusions border I stamped and cut out. I've added a couple of pieces of washi tape across the top, just to add to the spots and stripes themes, which is my chosen 'pattern'.

Don't you just love the thought of a bird on roller skates?  It really makes me giggle!!!

I'm playing along with the following challenges:-

Time Out, Funny
Double D, Pattern (Spots and Stripes)
Creatalicious, ATG with optional  Dots and Stripes
2 Sisters on the Blog, Things with Wings

Lots of challenges - all taken from Paper Playful's list as well as my own Challenge blogroll on the lefthand side...

Thank you for calling in today

I'll be back soon


Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Hello!  I'm still here - just very quiet. But today, I finished a bit of a silly card I've had in my head since I saw the Allsorts theme this week - and it just so happens that Simon Says Monday have chosen a similar theme, so I thought I'd make it...😊

I don't use transport images often - but then I had a thought about one of the stamp sets I have, which is really for using with the crazy animals. There's a scooter stamp... and my first thought was to team it up with 'Les Rats des Villes'. 

The background is very simple, sponged oxides with a bit of water splattering and some cloudy stencilling for the sky. I actually took the word stamp off the mount just to use it here, because it's one of those that's never stamped straight and that stopped me using it 😉

So, I'm playing along with:

Allsorts - Transport

Simon Says Monday - Transport it

Watercooler Wednesday - Masculine ATG

Addicted to Stamps - for a man, boy

Thank you for calling in today

I'll be back soon


Tuesday, 18 June 2019

There's another week left to play with us in our 'It's a Man's World' challenge  at Try it on Tuesday.
We really would love to see you there 😊

My first creation on this theme was very tongue and cheek... Ages (as in a year or more) ago, I got a couple of these through my door, advertising taxis. I really fell in love with bits of them. As I was thinking about this challenge in the midst of a 'tidy up', they appeared again and I had a light bulb idea, to use one of them for my challenge piece, showing the lady screaming because there are men everywhere, coming up out of the water and the ground... so this is how my journal pages were born.

This is how the page ended up... it was a little too crowded, so I chose to journal another page or two, but I'm posting mid challenge as a reminder... One woman's dream, another's absolute nightmare! Which category do you fit into????

I used stamps from several companies, but mainly Stampinback and VLV. The stencil is from Visible Images. Such a shame Icarus was dressed, lol.

Please do play along with the challenge - it's such a treat to see a great variety of styles and ideas.

Thank you for calling in today

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Wednesday, 12 June 2019

'Morning all...hope today finds you well and, if you're in the UK, enjoying the 'Great British Summer' - NOT! I'm afraid it's still piddling down here although the temperature has SOARED to a heady 15C! Heavens above, I'll have to remember my suntan lotion when I venture out... 😉  But let's face it, we are used to it and especially here in the North West... I remember years ago  sending my friend in France a card on which I'd drawn a bird in wellies... telling her that the local birds had great need of them at that time. Her response was to send me a big box, in which was a beautiful metal swallow, wearing a raincoat and boots that she'd borrowed from her adopted (Downs Syndrome) daughter's Bratz - it really made me laugh and I still have them. I often visited her in August/September, when the swallows were getting ready to leave France for warmer climes, so that's the reason for her choice of bird.

On to better things...I was delighted to discover that my name had been chosen (randomly) as winner of the recent Allsorts Birthday Celebration challenge - woohoo!!! Here's what I won:
Lots of yummy foils and a laminator to foil with - plus a great book on foiling AND a beautiful tag from the lovely - and EXTREMELY talented - Brenda 😊
Isn't it gorgeous and wasn't I a lucky girl? 
The tag is 'right up my street' at the moment because I've been playing a lot with Lavinia images. 
Thank you so much Allsorts - and Brenda!!! You brought a lovely, wide grin to my face! 

I'm sorry it's taken me so long to blog, but I have lots of hospital/GP/Physio appointments at the  moment because of some back problems... it doesn't half eat away at your life, especially your crafting life!

This week's Allsorts challenge is Fantasy and I do have a card to link, though I confess it's not one I've made this week because in addition to lots of appointments, I made the mistake of starting to tidy and semi reorganise my craft room, so there has been very little going on in there!

I used a combination of Stampscapes, Carabelle Studio and Lavinia images for this little card, using Oxides for my background. I will be back with at least one more entry. I don't need too much of an excuse to play with my Lavinia images!

Last Tuesday, I saw this blog post on one of the blogs on my inspiration list...Snippets.
Karen used a great Brushos technique I hadn't seen before and I just had to try it, so over the weekend, this was one of the things I made. I used an old Hero Arts stamp, which is pretty solid. Not so sure it was that good a choice because the stems are very thin, but I cheated by going in afterwards and adding a tiny bit of white gel pen where they were almost obscured. I do like the results, though. Basically, you just sprinkle dry Brushos on your card, then spray the stamp (in your Stamping Platform) with water and stamp. The water only activates the Brushos the image on your stamp touches, leaving behind a wonderful imprint. It's best to just set it aside and allow it to dry naturally in your Stamping platform.

I will try this again because it's a great technique that I enjoyed doing.

I'm linking to the Everybody Art Challenge with this (ATG), 
Alphabet Challenge's F for Flowers, and to
Make My Monday, where the challenge is Lots of Flowers.

I'm linking the next CAS card to
A Place to Start, Stencil me in, 
Shopping Our Stash's Stencil Me Challenge, 
Time Out's Nature Challenge
 and to

I used an old Paperartsy stamp, after stencilling in Weathered Wood and Broken China Oxides.

This one is for Addicted to Stamps' For a Boy/Man challenge
Use Your Stuff's Vintage Challenge. 
I used Artistic Outpost stamps on glossy card - one of my favourites - and a Stampendous words background, plus a Stampendous crackle cube for the outer edge.

Thank you so much for stopping by today

I'll be back soon


Tuesday, 11 June 2019

We have a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday... 

It's a Man's World

Think men, boys - of all ages - or maybe something for Father's Day, 16th June - or a celebration of all things men!
You're free to interpret the theme in your own unique way,
using any medium you like 😊

We can't wait to see what you create! 
The challenge will be live until 24th June.

Don't forget to visit the Challenge page to see the wonderful artwork the design team have created. 

I went with a journal spread this time.
While searching for something else, I came across some Artistic Outpost stamps I've had for a long time but never really used - in fact, I think I'd only used one of them, but I lent them to a friend and I think she used a couple of them. Last time I stayed with my friends in France, who I've known for over 30 years, my friend's brother and his wife stayed a couple of nights. While chatting at the dinner table, they were telling me that their hobby is flying balloons - they are 'montgolfiers', named after the first brothers to fly a balloon. Wow! What an unusual hobby - and their daughter is a champion balloonist... 

I used my 6x6 journal and started with a layer of cream coloured paint, with bits of Dark Umber and Yellow Ochre. Looking at it now, I wonder why I bothered covering the kraft paper because it looks as if the background is still kraft coloured 😉
I started by stencilling lots of numbers with various colours of acrylic paint, using a couple of different stencils, then adding text and more numbers with stamps and other paint colours. I then stamped some of the text stamps from the plates, and finally, the images. I stamped and cut out part of the man in the balloon (Monsieur le Montgolfier), part of the 'L'Homme Ailé' poster and the other winged man (Tim Holtz).
The words were all from the two plates, stamped on card, then cut out and edged in black. 
My imagination was running riot while creating, and I could almost feel the excitement of that wonderful day in Paris, so long ago...
Sorry I can't make the image any larger, so you'll have to click on it if you want to see the details.

I do hope you'll join us during this coming fortnight.

I'm linking this to More Mixed Media's Anything Goes Challenge and to Simon Says Wednesday's Masculine Challenge..
I'll link to Art Journal Journey's Challenge, too - Words to Live By.
In the bottom right hand corner you'll see a little snippet of washi tape that says, 'It's never too late...' and they are my words to live by 😊 I think we often limit ourselves because of age - too young, too old - when in fact any time is a good time! Take a risk!

Thank you for visiting

I'll be back soon 


Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Oops! I must apologise... I forgot I'd made a second piece for this challenge and should have posted it yesterday... 😧😧😧  My apologies!

So here it is... the marks I made were the horizontal lines (mimicking one of my favourite stamps from Paperartsy and lots of white pen, including journaling up the (obviously, hand drawn) stems of the flowers, something I do a lot of...  the background is a stencil clean off page from using a stencil with Brushos, with added Neocolours here and there.

We'd love you to join us at 

for this challenge, now in its second (and final) week!

Make your own, unique marks on whatever you're creating and set your imagination free!

Thanks for visiting

I'll be back soon


Tuesday, 4 June 2019

I made a quick card for Seize the Birthday's Presents challenge - simply coloured with Prismas and Promarkers/other alcohol ink markers, although I did add more 'marks' of my own to the stamped images. The top and bottom borders are washi tape and the spotty background behind the die cut is paper.

For Penny Black and More's Blooms, Butterflies and Busgs, I made this one... which I'll also link to Moo Mania and More's Wings ~Challenge. This one was coloured with a mixture of mediums, but  mainly Neocolors and Stylo white ink. I added marks to this one, too, continuing the hexagonal pattern in black pen.

Thank you for visiting today

I'll be back soon


Thursday, 30 May 2019

Morning all - just about... I'm just nipping in to enter a few (?) challenges 😊

First of all, my third and final entry for Allsorts' Birthday Celebration Challenge. My ladies are on their way to painting the town red in honour of your birthday - any excuse, lol. They're coloured with Copics/Promarkers, though there isn't much scope for shading and I always find red hard to shade. I also added a hand drawn frame so that I can link to Paper Minutes, Simon Says Monday Challenge, Ellibelle's Feminine/Sentiment Challenge and Double D Challenges

I had a few hours playing with my favourite technique - Resist - making two very similar cards; one on glossy, with a standard Versamark resist and one on matte card, with an Embossing resist effect. I'm not sure the difference shows up on photos - it's more apparent in real life. I'm linking these to Moo Mania & More's Wings challenge, A Place to Starts' 'Favourite Technique' Challenge and Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday ATG challenge. It will also be good for my next KCUK challenge - lots of shimmery, shiny glitter 😉

The two together

The one on glossy photo card

The one on matte card

The glitter - which also shows the resist technique on both types of card.

For the 'Get your Drink on' challenge at Shopping our Stash  and
Watercooler Wednesday's ATG challenge, here's a simple coffee themed card, coloured with Prisma Pencils... 

Phew!  Lots of Challenges... it just worked out that way, sorry.

Thank you so much for calling in to see me today

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