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

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Three challenges today...

SSS Monday Challenge is Wheels

SSS Wednesday Challenge is Black, White and one other colour

Country View Challenges is also Black, White and one other colour




A text card for 

Daring Cardmakers Alphabet Soup
and


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I'll be back soon

Cath
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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Welcome to a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday

The challenge is 'Powder your...' and we'd love to see you play with your powders -  embossing powders, mica powders, brusho powders, paint powder, even images of powders, it's up to you how you interpret the theme … just have fun!

Please r
emember to note on your post which 'powder' you use in your take on the theme.. 

This is a GREAT excuse to play and let your imagination roam wild... 😉

For my playtime, I simply sprinkled some of my favourite coloured Brushos on an A5 piece of card, activated with (lots of) water and left to dry... then used the background to make this card. 

After stamping my (well loved and used) Paperartsy flowers, I did a bit of stencilling with Brilliance Moonlight White ink and added a bit of text and graphic style stamping in colours matching the Brushos. I then stamped the word 'bloom' in Distress Oxide, clear embossing, and finished it off by colouring the blooms with Posca pens for a strong contrast.  The purple card just pulls it all together.


Please visit the Challenge Blog to see the gorgeous inspiration from my team mates.... there is so much you can do with powders! 

I hope you'll join us for this one - you have a whole TWO WEEKS to get out your powders and PLAY!


Look forward to seeing your art 😁

Thank you for calling in...

I'll be back soon

Cath
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Sunday, 17 February 2019

There's a new challenge over at Allsorts - In the Kitchen, Cooking or Baking - sounds like fun!

I had the Paperartsy chef image already coloured, cut out and edged in black, so I hunted in my backgrounds box and found this gorgeous colourful card. I'm almost sure it was made with Ecoline inks - a long time ago! So I found my 'cakey' words, stamped some of them in matching colours, then stamped and coloured the cake to go with it. This is the perfect birthday card for a close friend who loves to bake and has a birthday this week - though we celebrated last night because she's away on her birthday, as every year, because it's half term and she's a teacher.


I went to town on the cake, adding dots of colour for hundreds and thousands and lots of glitter...


It's VERY fine glitter and stuck to all the bits still slightly damp from the glue, too, but that made it a lot more fun! It's very rare that I use glitter but I do like it now and again. Some of my background words were accidentally embossed when I was clear embossing the greeting, which adds more interest.

Thank you for calling in...

I'll be back  soon

Cath
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Saturday, 16 February 2019

There's a Mushroom challenge on over on Tag Tuesday Challenge Blog and I thought I'd play along, using one of my scraps from a previous background. I love shrooms and fungi - both eating them and hunting for them - and used to spend hours photographing them, delighting in their fascinating shapes and colours. 

The one I've used isn't an exciting specimen, but it does have a cute little girl sitting on it. I dusted the cobwebs off one of my Art Journey stamps for this, after adding more colour (Distress Inks)  to a scrap left over from an A4 watercolour paper background, which was already stamped with numbers and text.


There's also a 'Have a Number' challenge over at Fab 'n' Funky, so I'll link to that.

The next two cards are also stamped on scraps used to mop up leftover inks on my craft mat. This one was a Brushos mop up. I loved the red and wanted to add a hint of brickwork behind it, but also to have wildflowers growing in a place where you wouldn't expect to find them.


The colours on this leftover bit of card were just too beautiful not to use, so I just added some die cuts and torn paper, after stamping the Fleurs stamp a couple of times, finishing off with a bit of baker's twine.


Back to greens and I was playing a Tim Holtz number background for this one, stamping all over in a toning shade of green. This is one of my favourite little girl stamps, so I stamped her, cut her out and attached over the background, grounding her with another bit of torn paper. I was looking for a specific stamp and found these words - never before used - and thought they'd be just perfect for my little girl.


Daring Cardmakers have an Alphabet Soup Challenge on at the moment, and are looking for letters, words or numbers, so I'll link to that and also to the Typography challenge over at SSS Monday Challenges.

And for Art Journal Journey, another page including some YELLOW, for Rike's challenge. I used a Gelli print page in one of  my journals, thinking the yellow may be just the thing to add to the colours already there. 



Thank you so much for popping in. It's always lovely to see you.

I'll be back soon

Have a lovely weekend!

Cath
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Tuesday, 12 February 2019

There's a new challenge on the SSS Monday blog - Typography. I LOVE typography and was an avid collector of fonts until I tired of updating my laptop and software every time I had to reset my laptop, following a Windows 10 update - and that was a LOT of times!  But they're all still here on my laptop, waiting until I need them. I just think there's something incredibly magical about letters and words. Even when I was a kid - much to my mum's horror - I used to doodle letters and words all over every book I could find. As a teenager, that turned into decorating all my inner album sleeves (remember those, lol?) with words from the songs and quotes and lots of other doodles. I still do it when I'm on the phone and most of my uni text books are filled with doodles and words 😞 but now I can do it with stamps and magazine or book scraps. I don't do it often enough, so I was chuffed to notice that the challenge at SSS Monday is Typography - yay!  An excuse to play!

So here's my first offering... I thought this may be a card but I don't think it's quite the sort of thing anyone would like to receive, so... it will have to go into one of my journals. I've put it on black card to scan, but it's just a piece of card at the moment. 

I started with a gelli print, using some of my favourite colours, then gradually added stamping of letters and words in various inks, Neocolors and whatever else I could get my hands on. There's a Carabelle Studio  alphabet stamp in the background, too. I had to use these whimsical stamps - they were perfect for this and I really do like them. I love the way the colours turned out.


Here are a couple of closeups, to show the background more clearly.




There's also a Text Challenge at Inkspirational Challenges, so I'd like to link to that, too.

Thanks for calling in.

I'll be back soon...

Cath
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Just a little bit more inspiration for our 'Romance' theme over at Try it on Tuesday.

I bought this PB stamp a long time ago in a sale box at Port Sunny (Sunlight), on the Wirral. I don't use it a lot, but think it's really cute and perfect for a Love or Romance theme.

It's a very simple card; I stencilled the heart with Tumbled Glass (I think) Oxide onto a Kraft card, then stamped and embossed the bird, colouring with Prisma Pencils and stamping the words and hearts later, embossing with white EP. I even added a few gems, which I rarely use, lol. They just seemed to fit so well.


There's some fabulous, inspirational art on the TIOT website and some gorgeous entries so far. It would be so lovely to 'see' you there... there's another week yet, to join in, so no excuses 😁

I'd like to link this to the following challenges:-

Stamping Sensations, All Things Bright and Beautiful

Creatalicious, Love/Hearts

Alphabet Challenge, W is for Wings


Thank you so much for calling in...

See you soon

Cath

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Saturday, 9 February 2019

I've been wanting to make this card for a couple of weeks, but just haven't managed to get around to it, so today, I made my mind up to do it - and to combine two challenges, while at it.

Seize the Birthday have a Black and White Birthday challenge and Daring Cardmakers have a 'So Many Candles' challenge, so I made this card.


My wonderfully straight snippet isn't as straight as I'd hoped - I obviously veered upwards towards the end, lol. I love this little Birthday stamp set - it's just so easy and versatile.

I also made another tag for Penny Black and More's Tag Challenge
I was playing with stencils and stencil paste and found some Paper Plus Pattern Builder, so I thought I'd try that out - I'm NOT impressed, lol, but at least I tried it before binning it... So I added inks and paints over the top and some 'just for fun' Paperartsy characters, then some PB words.


This one is just a playabout with a scrap of card left over from a Brushos project.


  SSS Monday want red on our projects, so I'd like to link to them.

Hope you're all enjoying your weekend...
Thanks so much for calling in 
See you soon
Cath
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Friday, 8 February 2019

There's a Tag Challenge at Penny Black and More, so I thought I'd stamp a tag or two.

I scraped some Gesso onto a scrap of card, then various shades of green Distress ink,  to see what happened. I quite liked the result but wanted to add some words, so I rooted out my old Flower words - the stamp actually perished (no idea why - it's an old rubber PSX stamp and I was pretty upset when I discovered the state it was in) in parts, but I quite like the faded effect, so I kept it for backgrounds. I used Pine Needles Oxide ink and stamped it repeatedly down one side, then added a few circles in Bundled Sage, one of the colours I'd previously used. I wasn't keen on that, so after stamping the silhouette flowers and embossing it all, I added a bit of stencilling in Brilliance Moonlight White. I mounted the whole tag onto black card because it wasn't very thick, then added a couple of cut off strips, punching one of them with a tiny hole punch, just for a bit of interest. Then I stamped my words, punched a hole and threaded some frayed ribbon through.


There's an Anything Goes Feminine Challenge at Watercooler Wednesday, so I used a couple of my 'wino' stamps for a bit of fun and coloured the girls with Prisma Pencils.



I enjoyed playing with the greens, so I made this card, too.


I'll link this to Happy Craft Challenge ATG.

Thank you so  much for visiting.
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Cath
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Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Yay! There’s a new challenge over at TIOT, starting today, and the theme is… Romance!  Just in time for Valentine’s Day, if you send any cards on that day.

There are some fantastic samples from the TIOT team if you’d like to glean some inspiration…

Oops! I posted the wrong card... so sorry.
On this one, I went with an old image from Designs Ink'd, now I Brake for Stamps. It's such a cute image.

The loving couple are coloured with Prisma Pencils and the 'Love' is a die cut. I just had to add a heart, but the Brushos bakcground didn't really need much more, once I'd stencilled a few stars in silver and spattered a bit of paint.


I do hope you’ll join us for this challenge. It’s such a treat to visit your blogs and to see what you’re all up to… you have a whole two weeks to take part.


I'd also like to link to the following challenges.

Look forward to seeing your art!
See you soon
Cath
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Sunday, 3 February 2019

Every now and again I like to challenge myself to make CAS cards - I do love them but they do require a totally different mindset. Mine is normally a 'slap on the colour and see what happens' mindset (well, not quite always)… When doing black and white, I need to change the way I think... almost as if I'm using the other side of my brain, if that makes sense? CAS isn't quite so challenging but it's still a challenge.

I noticed that the new challenge over at Addicted to CAS was birds, so I thought I'd have a go, so here's my CAS bird.

I was going to mount it onto white, but the kraft card looked great, so I went with that.

I did actually make a B&W card a couple of days ago, though...



I'd like to link to the following Anything Goes challenges:-

and

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Cath
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Saturday, 2 February 2019

Yellow is the theme of this month's challenge at Art Journal Journey

I have to confess that yellow it NOT one of my favourite colours, lol. I do use it a lot, but always with other colours - never on its own. I love seeing it on other people, but it makes me look seriously ill - or worse! Even when I've tried painting rooms yellow, I get headaches - or I did until I moved into this house. My living room is - as you probably guessed - yellow, though it's a very pale shade - banana, I think. I would never have chosen  it, but I can live with it until I get around to redecorating!

So, when I sat down, determined to do something,  I had absolutely no idea how I could bring myself to journal in yellows! My craft room was filled with  wonderful, bright  winter sunshine today, which made me think of sunshine...a good starting point.

Starting with a pale lemon (Lemonade) acrylic base in my 8x8 journal, I sponged some Sunshine Yellow through a roses stencil, added a contrasting back edge (an old Rollagraph made into a stamp) then added a strip of black card from my scraps stash. I spotted one of my smiling sheepz,  already coloured in yellows, so I used him, then added the die cut words. He looked so bright I had to make him shine...and add a few hearts because it turned out to be a really positive page and made me think of Spring!

We've had a lot of strong winds and a little snow this week - only one day of snow and, despite the sunshine and warmer temperature, my yard is still filled with it. I made a snowy card with Lynne Moncrief's (That's Crafty) lovely tree set because it was so cold. To be honest, it was almost filed in the bin, but I decided to try to salvage it, adding paler Oxide sponging and a bit of smooshing, though you can hardly see it. It may end up in my smaller journal!

 I've been using pinks and greys for a couple of things this week, and ended up with a rather pretty little mop up card, so I played with it and ended up with this...intending to make a tag, but I mounted it onto a grey background haven't yet decided what to do with it.
That's it for now.
I'll be back soon - probably tomorrow.
Thank you so much for visiting
Cath
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Wednesday, 30 January 2019

I just wanted to nip in quickly to join in the Art Journal Journey Geometric shapes Challenge one last time before it ends. I'm not even going to show you a full page, but I'll show you a partial page I made. I'd been looking at Kim Dellow's floral stamps (Paperartsy) and wondering if I could have a quick go at doing something similar, so I drew these in my Kraft  journal, then doodled - the rest of the page is very personal, so I cut it out... 😉 I know the corners are rounded, but I'm sure that doesn't matter.


I've been doing a lot of 'messing about' but not really completing much, though I have quite a few things which are almost finished.

This image has been in my basket of cut out images for a while, so I thought I'd use her on this interesting looking little snippet, to which I added a bit more stamping before using, just using the stamps within reach. I think she looks quite enigmatic. I cut off the corners but really didn't want to punch a hole and add fibres to it... 

That's all I'm sharing for now... 

Thank you for visiting
I'll be back soon
Cath
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Thursday, 24 January 2019

The challenge at Moo Mania and More this week is Squares. I was playing with Kraft card for the Inkspirational Use Kraft challenge, and had a nicely sized ‘scrapling’ left over when I trimmed my card, so I made this simple little card, drawing three rough squares and using Gel pens for the splashes of colour. I didn't know I had some washi tape with squares on it - perfect.


Some of the DT used photos for their squares, which brought to mind an old Time to Stamp plate, Photo booth. I rooted it out and played around a little, distressing the card with Oxides after stamping the squares along the edge. This is what I ended up with.

The card I used is part of a pack sold as Kraft cards - it really is NOT kraft - it’s more of a matt goldy colour - such a shame.
This card is for Inkspirational Challenge. It’s an old image, from the Stamp Man, but I love these flowers and thought they’d look good on the Kraft card. I coloured with Prisma Pencils, but it’s not so easy to colour ribbed card with pencils, lol.

I made this following a Mood Board for a challenge which had ended by the time I got around to scanning it - story of my life, lol. But I love the colour combination - beige, brown and soft blue. I used Tumbled Glass, Antique Linen and Gathered Twigs Distress Oxides on the background.
I used my Kraft scraps to try out this stamp I'd forgotten about, which is another of my favourite quotes... nothing fancy, just clear embossed Versafine and looking at it here, it isn't very straight, either. I may just have to cut this stamp up so that I can use the words separately.
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Cath
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Wednesday, 23 January 2019

In the interest of science - of course 😉- and in my endless quest to find the perfect white inkpad, wanting to test out my new Squid Ink from Jane Davenport, I added some white to the Kraft paper in one of my journals, direct to paper. I wanted to see how well it covers. It's not a juicy ink and seems quite dry, but it does stamp okay, even if coverage dtp isn't perfect. 

I stamped over it using the black, after adding a bit of stencilling with Distress Oxides, then added bits of white gel pen for interest.


This is also a Blogger test for me... I'm just not used to it any more after using Live Writer for so long.

Thanks for looking
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Cath
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