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

Saturday, 13 October 2018

The theme at Time Out Challenges is Colourful. I love colourful backgrounds and my luvverly postie had just brought me this new set of stamps, so I used an Oxide rainbow I’d already created and stamped over it. I’m not sure about the butterfly, but I just felt it needed a little something to balance it.

RAINDROPS INTO RAINBOWS 1

There are still some Autumn/Fall challenges around, so I made a couple of leafy cards, but this time sticking with greens and using only an SU set mum bought me. They’re both very similar apart from a change in one of the leafy colours and a bit more stamping on the second.

THANKFUL LEAVES 1

THANKFUL LEAVES 2

Dare to be Artsy – Fall

CAS on Friday – Thank you card

Ellibelle’s Crafty Wednesday – Outdoors/Nature

Words to Craft By – Leaves

Shopping Our Stash – Giving Thanks

Then I spotted a pink and grey challenge, which is right up (or down?) my street at the moment because grey is (one of) my latest obsession(s)  Smile

This is pretty Autumnal in theme, too. I used Hickory Smoke Oxide and Prisma Pencils to colour.

Cas-ual Fridays – Pinks and Greys

PINK AND GREY WELLIES

I think the rain is playing on my mind because I made this yesterday, playing with Hickory Smoke and Dusty Concord Oxides.

DUSTY CONCORD RAIN

This is for  the Creative Moments ATG challenge 

and Tuesday Throwdown’s ATG challenge

That’s all for today

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Cath

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Tuesday, 9 October 2018

I couldn’t resist this one when I saw the elemental inspiration on the Daring Cardmaker’s Blog…

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I love these colours and of course I’ve been leaf obsessed for the last month or so. I did, however, decide to do something different for this one, so using Distress Oxides, I made this.

GOD UNDERSTANDS 1

For the Calling All Sisters Challenge, Black and white, I made this…BW AGE 1

…and for My Time to Craft’s Kraft card challenge, I made this, with my favourite all time technique – Versamark resist on glossy card…

BEAUTY EVERYWHERE LEAVES

… which, because of the quote, also fits Fashionable Stamping’s Quote Away challenge.

The challenge on Sweet Stampin is to use a stencil, so I used my Phyllis Harris stamps by Unity to make this.

WIND ON MY FACE 1

The challenge at Allsorts is to use Trees and/or Leaves, so I took a break from what I consider to be Autumn colours and used pink and grey Oxides for this one.

CONFIDENT BRAVE AMAZING 1

That’s all for today...

I’m off to see the dentist now – unfortunately, I have an abscess, so have been in pain the last few days and my face is ridiculously swollen on one side Sad smile

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See you soon

Cath

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Sunday, 7 October 2018

It’s good to ring the changes, so I thought I’d try a couple of CAS Autumn themes.

My first is for Crazy for CAS, whose theme is Fall in love…using an old Stampendous stamp.

AUTUMN BLESSINGS CAS

My second is a design I often come back to because it’s simple but effective.

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

Penny Black and More – Autumn Splendour

Stamping Sensations – Shades of Autumn

Addicted to Stamps – Autumn Colours

Allsorts – Trees and/or Leaves

CAS AUTUMN 2

This next one didn’t turn out as intended… I stamped the image in Aged Mahogany DI, intending to go back in with my Prismas, to add some shading, etc, but first I used a damp paintbrush to work the colour – a bit too enthusiastically! It smudged too much. Giving up on it, I continued to smudge the stamping with more water and went off to do something else. When I came back, I decided I actually like the effect, so I added a bit of text stamping, followed by a sentiment, then layered it up. Looking at it now, I’m thinking I may add a little bit of another colour to make it pop… I’ll go back to it later.

MONO THANK YOU 1

I have a couple of circular gelli plate prints in my background pile and this is one of them, in one of my favourite colour combinations.

GP CIRCLE BLESSING 1

I’ve missed journalling while my visitors were here and really wanted to take part in Art Journal Journey’s Creature Comforts Challenge, but I don’t have any stamps of the things I find comforting and didn’t really want to draw them…  T

hen I remembered the napkin stash I keep on the top of my shelving… et voilà, I found some my Swiss friend, Cathy, who lives in France, gave me last time I was visiting. None of them are straight, but t was fun to mess around  Smile even if I’m not really a chocolate fan (I prefer crisps and fruit) and I prefer a nice medium white wine to a red!

But I do definitely  love a good, black coffee and especially in the morning…

Art Journal Journey – Creature Comforts

CREATURE COMFORTS 1

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Have a great week!

Cath

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Friday, 5 October 2018

I’m still playing with the beautiful, rich shades of Autumn and nature stamps… can’t resist. 

The Dragonfly Dreams challenge is Autumnal Colours and

Ellibelle’s Crafty Challenge is Nature/Outdoors, while Country View Challenges have a Plant-tastic theme..

This one’s a simple leafy card, stamped on watercolour paper with Archival inks, then watercoloured with Distress inks and splattered with Delicata gold ink.

RUSTY LEAVES 1

Then I played with my other Autumn love -  ‘shrooms - for a little while… my friend and I used to go fungus foraging and often found some amazing specimens!

This one’s fungus and faeries… ‘shrooms courtesy of Lavinia Stamps….bunny from Inkylicious.

FAERIES

Then, playing with green, orange and brown , I made this background, then stamped it with Lavinia flowers? and more ‘shrooms… colouring with Prisma pencils and a Mermaid paint pen (Jane Davenport). Both the flowers and the ‘shrooms are stamped with Versafine Clair Fallen Leaves, which is dark brown, but it looks black.

THANK YOU SHROOMS

I was thinking about these colours and suddenly remembered my Chinese Lanterns stamp, so I stamped in Russet Archival, then coloured them, again with Distress Inks, adding a few floating leaves and a bit of Wild Honey stencilling. I love the Impression Obsession words.

EVERY SEASON PALETTE AUT

There’s a a Make Your Mark challenge on Addicted to Stamps and More 

and a ‘Fall’ Challenge at Sisterhood of Crafters.

The Everybody Art Challenge is asking for Orange and Brown.

Lastly, a very simple leafy card, made with the card left after die cutting and one of my scrapling cards for the CASology Gratitude Challenge.

THANKFUL LEAF

Thank you so much for looking

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Cath

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Tuesday, 2 October 2018

We have a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday – Black, white and one other colour. I love black and white, but always enjoy a splash of colour with it.

This is a Lost Coast stamp (I think) and the background is a Darkroom Door stamp.

BLACK WHITE AND ONE

I had a few b&w ideas in my head, so I made this, too, with a bit more ‘smooshing’ of Seedless Preserve Oxide. I coloured the moths (Stampendous)  with Prisma pencils, then overpainted with watery Seedless Preserve ink. The lines and dots are from Paperartsy.

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Double Trouble have a Black and White plus one challenge, as do Crafters’ Café, so I’d like to enter their challenges.

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See you soon

Cath

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Sunday, 30 September 2018

The challenge at Allsorts this week is Autumn Glory, so I thought I’d play around a little more with Autumn shades. There’s also a Nature challenge on Alphabet Challenge.

This is one of two of my favourite leaf stamps – it’s big - this card is 6” square! I made a lot of cards with both stamps last year, but mainly the other one, so I thought I’d ring the changes and use a different word stamp.

IN MY PRAYERS 1

I played with this stamp first, inspired by a card I’d seen at CAS Mix-up., but I’m not happy with the way it turned out, so I decided not to use it for the challenge.

AUTUMN TREE 1

I also made a monochrome card, using Gathered Twigs in both Oxides and Distress, though I first sponged the background with Antique Linen Oxide, stamping an old Hero Arts paper texture stamp over it in the same colour. I stamped the centre leaves in Distress ink, embossed them, then masked before stamping the others in Oxide. Using a damp paintbrush, I blended the colour I’d stamped, then added some second generation background stamping in Oxide. Third generation may have been better on hindsight. I then stamped the words in Distress Ink, clear embossed, and added some touches of Distress ink painting over all the  leaves and around their edges.

This This is for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

ART OF GOD 2018 1

Shopping our Stash have a Smooshing Technique challenge, and since I love smooshing, I had to play! This card is A5 size – not small!

SOS SMOOSHING 1

Addicted to CAS have a Diamond challenge, so I made this simple card as an experiment – I learned from it…

CAS DIAMOND 1

That’s all for now

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See you soon

Cath

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Thursday, 27 September 2018

I couldn’t miss this week’s Allsorts challenge  – blue’s my favourite colour. This is the first card I made… not all blue, but lots of it and water in the form of rain – even if my raindrops are upside down Winking smile

AS WATER RAIN

I was also playing with more Autumnal images… the first two are for the Paperminutes challenge,Torn Paper.

AUTUMN HAS COME 1

LEAVES THANKS 1

This one is just a leafy card in my favourite Autumn shades.

EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL 3

NATURE AUTUMN 1

… and some Autumnal ‘shrooms and thistles!

HAPPY DAY

There are lots of Autumn challenges around:-

Stinkin’ Inkers – Leaves are Falling

Crafty Cardmakers – Autumn Colours

Make My Monday – Autumn Colours

Crafty Friends Challenge – Autumn

SSS Wednesday Anything Goes

Back to Basics and Beyond – Inky Backgrounds

I’ll leave the ATG challenges for another time Smile

That’s all for now, folks.

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Cath

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Friday, 21 September 2018

Hello all!  Just grabbing a few minutes while waiting for my next round of visitors. They’ll arrive later tonight, so before I go AWOL again, I thought I’d better show you my latest cards.

It’s Autumn and what a contrast in the weather!  Here in the North West, we’ve been buffeted by very strong winds and lots of rain, although I’m very thankful it’s been much milder here than it was over in Ireland and Scotland and even in other parts of the North West in the last few days.

I love Autumn colours and particularly love leaves and trees, so I couldn’t help but be inspired by the glorious colours around me.

I’ve used a variety of leaf stamps on this card, and a variety of Autumn shades, ending with gold crackle, to give that warm, autumn glow. I used Oxides but I did a little stamping and edged the main card with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink and also used a bit of Rusty Hinge – it gives a lovely warmth to the other shades. (I have to admit to being disappointed by the Oxide, particularly because I was really looking forward to its arrival).

AUTUMN COLOURS 1

I then had a change and used one of my precious pear stamps – an old Stampers Anonymous image I hadn’t yet tried with the Oxides. The results were mixed – needs more work Winking smile

PEARS PEARS PEARS

This next one isn’t very Autumnal, but the colours are…and I had fun making it. It’s an old Lost Coast stamp – about 8 years old.

BUTTER WOULD NOT MELT 1

The next one was on a background I made with Mum…

PINK MARMALADE

…and this is an attempt to introduce some sunshine.

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That’s all for now, but I’ll be back soon with some more – only one more week to go… Smile

I’d like to enter these challenges:-

Make My Monday, Autumn Colours

Back to Basics and Beyond, Inky Backgrounds

Crafty Creations, Anything Goes

Ellibelle’s Crafty Wednesday, Autumn

Retro Rubber, School

Crafty Cardmakers, Autumn Colours

Dragonfly Journeys, Autumn/Autumn Colours

Thanks for looking.

Back soon

Cath

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

What a great challenge over at TIOT – Slap it on!

I had a great playday, with Gesso and inks, experimenting with Oxides over Gesso and creating a bit of texture with some of my favourite leafy stamps.

My page didn’t work out quite as I’d planned, but I still like the end result.

SIOSCAN

I’d decided to take photos as I played, so here they are:-

First some scribbles with Neocolor watercolour pastels, then painted with water.

SIO1 SIO3

You may wonder why I bothered with that when you see the next step… but so did I, to be honest Winking smile

I applied gesso to the page, which I need to water down a little, but I needed to build it up around the edges, so I left it as it was. I then stamped leaves into the parts where I’d slapped it on thickly, to create some texture. Next, I started to add ink – Oxides – in autumn shades…

SIO4 SIO5

…building up colour gradually, and spritzing with water and drying with a heat tool between colours, then overstamping with various leaf stamps in the same shades of Oxide.

Finally, some touches of Gold (Delicata and Treasure Brass) and Autumn words stamped randomly, with the quote in the centre.

SIO7 SIO9

Final result… I’ll show a photo and a scan side by side. It was hard to photograph the shading because the gold bits were reflecting! Neither is totally accurate.

SIO10 SIO SCAN1

While creating the page, I did another page next to it but started by stamping off the gesso from the stamps, so that there were some gessoed bits and just added Oxides over the top.  The rest of it was completed as above.

AUTUMN 1B AUTUMN 1C

SLAP IT ON 2  SLAP IT ON 2C

Side by Side…

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It was so much fun getting messy with Gesso – something I haven’t done for a while.

I do hope you’ll join us over at TIOT for this fortnightly challenge – it’s a great chance to get messy!

The Throwdown Tuesday challenge is to ‘Add Texture’, so I’d like to enter that with my page along with That’s Crafty’s  Forever Autumn Challenge.

See you soon!

Thanks for looking

Cath

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