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

Wednesday, 4 August 2021

Where did the year go? Just popping in to share some of my recent creations... no excuses for delaying - it's just been a time for doing other things. We just had a 5 and a half day conference' at my church (streamed live instead of the usual camping holiday) which was brilliant, but it was an all day thing. Even though I didn't get to the afternoon sessions, I was doing other things, so I've just been going straight to bed when I did get home. 

I'll check current challenges but I just want to share what's in my folder, so will try to do that this week. The cards I'm posting today feature my favourite colour combinations - definitely feel good colours for me. They also feature mostly florals. Isn't it strange how we go through phases of using different types of images? 

This is one of my favourite Paperartsy stamp sets. These stamps just go so well together and fit a variety of purposes. The Friends stamp is an old Hero Arts stamp I've well and truly had my money's worth from. I love it and use it over and over again.


The next two cards are cut from the same background piece I made with one of my favourite stencils and a Hero Arts background text I'd just unmounted and put on EZ mount.


This next one features Darkroom Door stamps, and is from the same background I used in the previous card..

This was a birthday card for a very special lady. A friend's mum was 80 a couple of weeks ago and I actually got to see her last month, too - which was lovely, though it made me miss my own mum, who's been in New Zealand for 13 years now. My mum wouldn't have appreciated this card, though. She's much more a floral, pastel and traditional die cut type of lady.


I have a few others  (not many unless I finish off the ones I've begun!) and some Bible Journalling to share but I'll come back with that.-

Linking to:

Addicted to Stamps and More, Make Your Mark

Retro Rubber, Anything Goes (Paperartsy stamps around 12 years old)

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, Birthday challenge All and Create (second card)

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes

A Place to Start, Create in 'Your style' - any or all the above

Allsorts, Anything Goes (Optional roses)


Thank you for calling in today

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Cath

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Tuesday, 6 July 2021

 Hello friends. Almost back to normal now - whatever normality may mean to you 😊

I'm trying to reclaim some time for crafting, so this is what came out of my daily (well, almost) playtimes.

First of all, I'll show you Bees and Blooms, because the theme over on Make My Monday is Anything Airborne. Yes, it's another Janet Klein image - but I do love them. This is a photo, and it looks very washed out, so I'll also show you a scan, which is VERY different - and, as usual, it's half way between the two. It is very bright, but that's because I used Ripe Persimmon and Abandoned Coral, with a bit of Squeezed Lemonade, using one of my favourite all time stencils to add some interest This little one doesn't require much colouring but is fun to play with. The words are from a whole plate of Bee words which have come in handy since bee mania began. The white lines are added with a stencil (Uniko).

Scan

This was in my 'half done' basket, so I decided to finish it off because I do actually like it and I love tall cards. I was trying to use up my old Ecoline watercolour inks with a new (at the time) leafy stamp and an old leafy stencil. I have a real weakness for leaves and always have had. It was really tough to find a background colour to match, so I ended up going with white and the nearest shade I could find to the leaves - everything else changed the appearance way too much.

One of my most Janet Klein purchases next. I thought I'd use a cloud stencil for a change and keep it simple. I intended using rainbow shades, but ended up just using Blueprint Sketch. using just the ink I first had on the sponge. I quite like it, though because it's subtle, despite the deeper blue. I didn't use the potted plants that came with her, but chose flowers from other sets and a simple grassy stamp. I've been experimenting with different pencil blending methods, using a variety of pencils.

A gift from a friend, I stamped these flowers (Studio Light) onto a tag I'd used some of my favourite colours on. I'm really not happy with these flowers. I think I'll have to restamp on white and layer over the top. One of my favourite types of background on this tall (22cm) tag. I used the Uniko stencil on it, again - with Moonlight White Brilliance ink.

Linking to the following challenges

Make My Monday - Anything Airborne

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, Fun and Quirky

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, Anything Goes

Country View Crafts Challenge, Use a Stencil or Two

Everybody Art Challenge, Anything Goes

It's good to be stamping again 😉 

I''ll be back to share more in a day or so - too many to share at one time. I'll also do my best to visit some blogs this week, tennis allowing 😎 I love watching Wimbledon! 

Thank you for calling in today

See you soon!

Cath

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Wednesday, 16 June 2021

 A fun playtime today 😁

I couldn't resist this elephant stamp from Katzelcraft, and of course a couple of other small items somehow found their way into my shopping basket 😖 I just don't understand how that happens. Does it happen to you, too?

Anyway, I cheated because I made this background either just before or just after Christmas, when I tried out some watercolour paints on watercolour paper, trying to get a deeper result with them. They are plastered on, so far from a watercolour effect, but that was exactly what I was after at the time. I can't tell you how many images have been on this piece, waiting to be glue(d down, until I changed my mind - again! But I decided it would be a perfect place for Ms Picasso Elephant. I did also end up, somehow, with the Les Pabos sheet I used last week. I have no idea what Pabos are...I should ask my friend in France. She has grandchildren, so maybe she'll know. I just know they make me smile.)

So this is coloured with pencils - a variety of types, with some blending experiments, too. Some is finished off with Inktense pencils and acrylic paint pens because I wanted the vivid rainbow look on Ms Picasso's painting. I thought she'd enjoy a pedicure, so I painted her toe nails to match her beret, and added a few red jewel like dots - the dots were part of the image, so I just coloured them. I used some oddments for the background, which was stamped both in grey and in white - and an Aall and Create Circles background stamp.


Linking to


Word Art Wednesdays, Anything Goes

Creatalicious, Anything Goes/Water

Rainbow Card Challenge, Radically Rainbow


Thank you for calling in today 😊

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Cath
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Saturday, 12 June 2021

 Yay! I stamped...I've been colouring some images the last few days and today I just felt the urge to make something. So, knowing I have a few KCUK birthdays coming up, I made this. They're not colours I use often but I love them. It's Ripe Persimmon, Abandoned Coral and Toasted Marmalade. They work well together. I think they almost look like Pomegranate shades or Watermelon.


Linking to

Creative Fingers, Anything Goes

Mix it Up, Anything Goes + stamping

Crafting Happiness Challenge, Anything Goes + optional Summer

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Cath
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Thursday, 3 June 2021

Hello! Happy June!

I'm here to share the last book I stamped. I've made so little since then but I'm so yearning to get back in the creative space and play again, weather and 'sorting out' allowing 😊 Some of my shelves are looking quite bare, but that's deliberate and it makes me happy. I'll be starting to put some online this weekend, all being well.

This one is a bit of a strange shape - again - because I kept adding to it, as I so often do and got in a bit of a pickle with the closure, etc - but what's new?  It's Janet Klein themed again - these images are so much fun to play with and to colour, plus the pages are small enough to be relatively quick to decorate.

So here it is...






Only showing this one because you hadn't seen the inside cover.

I know it's upside down, but this is the cover I made in the end.

And this is how they look opened up - front and back.

  

Just looking at this makes me want to stamp again and play with some colour! It's so therapeutic, don't you think? 

Linking to

As You Like it - CAS or Full and Fancy and why?
I find it really hard to make CAS because I'm just too messy! Plus, I love the therapeutic effect of colour and colour and more colour!

Fab 'n' Funky - Go Girlie!


Crafty Gals Corner - For the Ladies

Crafters' Café - Anything Goes

Creative Moments - Anything Goes

I don't seem to be able to add links at the moment, so I'll be back in a little while when I've figured out what's wrong - unless it's just a blogger issue, in which case I'll have to try again later.

Thanks so much for calling in today 😉
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Cath
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Friday, 21 May 2021

 Thought I'd shock you and post next day 😍

I found my photos of the book I made for an old friend...a friend I really love and respect, to be honest.  Although more my mum's age than mine, her youngest son is the same age as my younger son and they were best friends at school, until we went to live in France, many, many years ago. She's now one of a group I belong to in the church I'm currently at, and always someone to turn to - a real spiritual Mum. Because of lockdowns, we obviously haven't been able to meet up for the last year, communicating via Whatsapp  instead. The first day we were able to meet up again - socially distanced, in our Community garden - was her birthday, so I was asked to make something for her. 

It was a disaster from beginning to end. I started by trying to make someone else's design - very NOT 'me'. Because of the mess I was in with medication problems I had, I tore it up and restarted it 3 times and was tearing my hair out by the time I finished it, crying every time I went into my craft room.. So, I decided against the die cut book and made a concertina. I still tore out pages and started over again a couple of times, but that was mainly because no matter how hard I tried, I ended up with marks on my white space every single time I touched the book. So by the time I gave it to her, some of these pages were missing - mainly tag pages - but  I'd added a couple, too. I did a LOT of die cutting, as you can see - plus all the pages and layers I threw away!

Front of folded book

Page 1


Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Book open on one side, with the die cut tags for the ladies to each write their birthday messages. I sponged and stencilled the backs, having glued two different sized tags back to back, and added ribbons/threads. Unusually, I used patterned papers to cover it.  Sorry, but you'll have to click to enlarge in order to see each page - though you've seen them all above, really.
So this is what probably put me off going into my craft room - along with the mess I created when I decided to clear a lot of the stash I no longer use, but taking up too much space. That's still in project, though I'm beginning to yearn to get back to creating again 😊
So, still one more 'Janet Klein' book to upload, then I'll have more or less cleared my folder for now.
This is definitely 'for the ladies' so I'm going to enter a few challenges, because that seems to be a common theme at the moment, for some reason. 

Challenges I'm linking to:-
As You Like It - Favourite Colouring Medium and Why
I used Prisma Pencils because I find I have way more control with them than with pens or paint and can vary the shades more by blending and/or shading.

Stinkin Inkers - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

Try it on Tuesday - Make it Feminine

Crafty Gals Corner - For the Ladies

Crafter's Café - Feminine - Girls or Ladies

That's all for now. Thank you so much for coming over today! 

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Blessings

Cath
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Thursday, 20 May 2021

Just been catching up on a friend's blog posts and thought I'd put some more up here. I've done so little since Christmas, other than a few important occasion things. Life has just been focused on other things. I'm also still 'sorting out' my room and getting ready to clear all the stuff. Some of it is photographed and ready to upload. I just brought in the dies so I can take photos, but not in this dark, dreary weather. I'll have to wait until it's sunny again.

So here are a few things I made earlier 😊

This is a card I made for my bestest friend - using the colours we both love to use.

This is the inside. I only added the purple card because I managed to get a tiny bit of ink on it - and then I didn't notice that the scanner had added its own little mark - duh! I really must clean that scanner bed again.

This is one I made simply because I was doing my best not to throw away the background. Why, I don't know. I do love this Katzelcraft seagull, though. I managed to stain him with a bit of blue ink when I left him on my work surface for a couple of days, but I thought it actually looked appropriate. Birds often get bits of 'stuff' on their feathers and it always tickles me 😁


A more recent creation - made early April.
I love these ladies and had a great time colouring them.
I made it for a birthday card, then decided on another one, so it may actually go out as a mingle this week.

This stamp I fell in love with because I'd been reading and reading and reading and so enjoying my books that it fitted my mood at the time. Since the medication affected me so badly, I've read very little - which is sad. My 'to read' pile is still growing as I add to the already big enough pile from when I stopped. I love books, so this actually upsets me if I think about it.


And just one more to get it out of the folder... made for a Coffee challenge, of course - very simply.


It doesn't look as if I have the last little book I made in my folder, though I do have one more to share. It must be on my phone, so I'll try to get round to uploading it to my laptop ASAP.
I'll just check current challenges to see if there's anything I can enter today...

Try it on Tuesday - Something Feminine 
(I hope the girlie card counts cos that's the mingle theme, too!)

Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday - Blooming Beautiful

Paper Funday - Anything Goes, Optional Flowers

Stamping Sensations - Beautiful Blooms


Creatalicious - For a Woman

Sweet Stampers - Bird, Butterfly or Animals


Thank you so much for calling in today - I have missed you all so much!

Back soon-ish

Blessings

Cath
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Thursday, 25 March 2021

Oops! I had a blip - and lost a week 😉 But I'm still determined to clean out my last year's folder, so here are some cards I made towards the end of last year. I've had this post waiting to upload for a week - so sorry. In between, it was my birthday and lots of other things have happened. I'm also working on a special project for a friend's 80th birthday, so it's been a little busy.

This was a Christmas card for someone special. I love Wonky Tonk images, but they're a little limiting. I was practising watercolour with these - lots of room for improvement, but I really enjoyed it and spent a while on them. I used irridescent inks on part of her hair and gel pen for her earrings. It's never easy to stamp words on watercolour paper, especially without a stamping platform. The stars are Jane Davenport and I used a deckle edged die. I cut off her hair... gosh, it's a long time since my own hair was that long! Long hair always looks so good on other people.

This is the same image, but with different words and for a January birthday.
Wonky Tonk 3 - I have another one I haven't yet scanned, and this one isn't quite finished, but I wanted to show it. It's a watercolour again, but I need to add some text to it and decide whether to use it for a card or a journal page...it was masked around the edges, so there's quite a deep border around it. I think this one is my favourite.


A Lavinia birthday card. Lavinia stamps are always fun to let your imagination go and be a little girl again 😊 I enjoy my playtimes with them. This is only a partial main image and it's 6x6 - well, the main card is.

I was repeating a design I made a couple of years ago when I made this - the first one seemed better, but the oxidisation from the inks just looks amazing on Kraft card, and the white embossing is striking amongst the shades of purple. Love these words.
Alcohol inks swiped on glossy, then an ink lift-off technique, using Blending fluid. Not a good example, really but that's mainly because I didn't choose the ideal stencil. I've found some more samples I did at the time and the stencilling shows up much more clearly, so I'm hoping to find a way to use those soon. Such a shame to waste them. I'll post another one below. I love this technique with the inks, though. Just a swipe with three colours on the felt gives you a lovely effect - very quick and easy - once you've found your AIs and got everything out all over the desk 😖 More of the same for the one on the right, but I think you can see the lift off technique through the stencil a little more clearly. I didn't find this technique easy...the blending fluid is really difficult to control. They were for a CAS challenge, hence lots of white space.

And a card I finally put together, after having half most of it made fo rmonths! Having periods of being unable to stamp plays havoc with your organisation 😁 Lots of stencilling and stamping on this one.


Linking to
Dragonfly Dreams, Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore, Anything Goes
Crafting Happiness, Outdoors or Anything Goes
Retro Rubber, Anything Goes (Butterfly OLD)
Try it on Tuesday, Use a Stencil or Two
Day of the Month Card Club, Learn About Butterflies Day
Allsorts, Anything Goes/Optional Monochromatic
Sweet Stamping, For a Special Woman

So lovely to have you visit me today - thank  you.
I'll be back soon.
Stay safe!
Cath(erine)
xxx

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

 I set a tag challenge for my FB group yesterday, so in order to open the album, I made a couple of quick tags, using what was on my (very, VERY messy) desk and in my stash 😊

I'd already die cut this one and used it to mop up some colour, so I smooshed a little more, stamped the Paperartsy text, added some filler stamps and doodling, then the stamped and die cut flowers from my stash - which is where the Janet Klein words came from. Edged in Delicata Gold Shimmer.  
I stamped, coloured and cut out this lovely lady yesterday, so I found another tall piece of card I'd stamped her on, smooshed some colour, added some stamping, some Inktense pencil shading and some doodling, then stuck my image over the top, colouring the stars with Oxides. I then went a bit mad with    
Linking to 
Shopping our Stash, Oh, the places we'll go
Addicted to Stamps and More, Die cuts and/or stencils
Love to Craft, Anything Goes

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Cath
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Sunday, 28 February 2021

 This was the first book I made this year, in my quest to explore different ways of adding pages or bindings. I've made 4 since then...😊 but this is my favourite so far. I played with gluing pages back to back, using my favourite mixed media cardstock, which is quite thick. It worked beautifully, until I decided to add a little 'spine' to the cover, so that they'd fit better... it was very slightly too wide, so the back page and the cover split the pages a little on the fold. I still love the book, so I haven't attempted to fix it, although I did cover the spine with washi tape, inked to blend with the background.  It's a slimline format, which I love, and a nice change from the square/rectangular ones I've been making. Can you see the cracks? Such a shame because the thicker card works so much better.





I can't find the back cover - maybe I deleted it by accident 😕 I'll get a photo and upload it. You'll notice my fave colour combo in the above last two pages, as on the journal cover I just uploaded in the previous post. 
I love this slimline format and always enjoy using this card, despite it being thicker and not as easy to fold, despite scoring multiple times!

Linking to
Simon Says Stamp Mondays, Anything but a card
Paperbabe Challenges, Anything Goes
Always Fun Challenges, Slimline cards (several, made into a book 😉)
Allsorts Challenge, Anything Feminine Goes
We Love 2 Create, Anything Mixed Media Goes
More Mixed Media, ATG - optional Red

Thanks for calling in today - especially if you visited both of today's posts!
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Stay safe! Almost there...
Cath
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 Hello bloggers! Happy Sunday! and wow! We have more sunshine 😁It may still be cold, especially if not in the sun, but it feels so bright and spring like - it's so uplifting. There are flowers everywhere - what a joy! I finished off a couple of things I was doing this week and decided to make two into journal pages for my 'planner journal'. I love these dies because I can die cut the binding side but make the page any size I like - plus I already had some great planner page dies and they all work really well together.

Aren't these stamps (Art by Marlene) fun? Everything Marlene does is BRIGHT, so I had to follow suit. Her t-shirt is actually lime green and white but it scanned as aqua for some reason...??? It's an A5 page.

This one's been lying in my pile of unfinished stuff for ages, so I decided to attach it to a page. It was originally intended to be used as a cover - maybe it still will 😊 I cut the page with my Gemini but - as you can see - it has a habit of stretching card and warping it a bit, so they're now being cut with my Big Shot+. This is possibly my all time favourite colour combo, though I do usually add a touch of Salty Ocean. It's Peacock Feather and Wilted Violet. It's my current favourite cardstock for smooshing and inking - the inks move beautifully on it and produce some great effects, but they also seem to look much brighter on it. It's also pretty thick, which is good and bad - it doesn't score well, but is great for single pages.
Another very simple card finished off, using an old Time to Stamp image, which used to be one of my faves, though I did use her for vintage style stamping at the time. One of the things that frustrates me about Prismas is that they tend to cover the image lines - my bad colouring 😉 I often redraw them with a black gel pen (one of my favourite tools these days) but I have a habit of smudging them and producing black eye looks 😣 or smudged skin... the outside is usually covered when I edge the image in black permanent ink before attaching, but this image was already stamped and embossed - and the text is part of it, so I wasn't able to do that. I stencilled over a lemon background, though I don't really like the way it turned out... just trying to clear my piles of half done stuff...

This is another one I began last year and finished off this week... I've used it before, but this time I'd cut around the top edge so that I could add it to any b/g - don't know why I ended up putting it back on white!

And a very simple one...The image is stamped and clear embossed, then I added colour in the darker parts of the flower and drew them out with water, hoping to create paler colour, but there's so little card remaining after embossing that it doesn't really show up. Nice, bold image, though. This is a 6" x 6" card.

I've just finished and photographed another book, so I thought I'd better post the first one I made after Christmas, when I hadn't been able to stamp for a month or so... but I'll put it in a separate post. 

Linking to
Paperbabes Challenge, Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Mondays, Anything but a card
Allsorts, Anything Feminine Goes
We Love 2 Create, Anything Mixed Media Goes
Creatalicious, Anything Goes
More Mixed Media, Anything Goes, with Optional Red

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Cath
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