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

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

…almost!  Well, it is because it was art that was deliberately cathartic…

That’s the current challenge at Art Journal Journey.

I was reading something written by someone and an old song by a Christian band from the 70s and 80s, Second Chapter of Acts, kept playing in my head. This is the title of the song . Not a pretty page, but it says all I wanted to say and was definitely how I felt!

I just dry brushed acrylic paint over a page I wasn’t happy with and rooted through one of my mixed font alphabet boxes for the letters I needed, deliberately mixing them up to get the effect I wanted. The sheepies’ words were perfect for what I wanted…



I have family coming to stay soon - for two months in all - so I’m busy reorganising my spare (storage) room and cleaning the rest of my house – including some necessary reorganisation of my craft room, because that’s now where my printer lives.  I NEEDED to play a little yesterday for a little light relief!

Once upon a time, I really loved this image (Bella Rosa) and stamped it a little while ago, aiming to use it for a project, but then changed my mind. I decided to play a little with her to see what I could come up with. The words are a quote from Audrey Hepburn.


It’s perfect for the Try it On Tuesday Challenge of ‘Add a quote’.

I now have a basket filled with images I stamped, but didn’t use, so I’m on a mission to use them all. I have no idea where the image is from – Lost Coast or Stampinback would be my best guess. The background stamp is a Carabelle image… slightly double stamped, I know, but because it’s muted (Hickory Smoke) I decided it wasn’t noticeable enough to affect the finished card and is barely noticeable in real life.


I’ll enter one of the above into these challenges:-

Creatalicious – ATG with option of no patterned paper

Fashionable Challenges – Use your Inks (third entry)

Simply Papercraft – Anything Goes


Addicted to Stamps – Anything Goes

Here’s another neutral card – again in greys, though I’m not sure which ink because it’s another image (Penny Black) I had already stamped and I decided it would be perfect for a Sympathy card. I just stamped the sentiment, then die cut the bottom with a Penny Black die, to detract from the plainness.


I also made another sheepie card, but I’ll show you that one next time.

Thanks for looking

See you soon – I hope! I’m hoping to get some more playtime in before I go AWOL for a little while…



20 very kind comments from lovely people:

froebelsternchen said...

I love your fab page linked to Art Journal Journey dear Cath! It looks so artsy and the different letters are so cool ! Great idea ! Thank you for yet another fab entry and thank you for joining Try It On Tuesday again - the feminine card with the Audrey Hepburn quotes is stunning! I love the colourful card
you made with the already stamped image - and the symphaty card is very elegant!
Have fun with the guest!Enjoy it!
Hugs, Susi

brenda said...

Sounds like you needed a crafty play time with all that clearing up Cath and as the challenge tile suggests it's always cathartic spening a few hours immersed in ink and stamps. Your jornal page really makes a statament, then the next two are very pleasing on the eye and I really like the use of monochrome with the PB stamp, it's one I am never totally happy with as it's neither silhouette or requring added colour.

B x

Joan said...

A fab journal page, a real statement piece. Another great selection of cards


pearshapedcrafting said...

I am so pleased to see this page for Art Journal Journey - and glad you got some crafting time too! Thank you so much for your support! The card you made for Try It On Tuesday is a beauty - thank you so much for linking there too! I love that you too have images stamped and ready to use up - I have far too many - need to get on with using them! I love those cute kids and you Sympathy card has just the right tone! Hope you get everything ready in time! Hugs, Chrisx

crafty-stamper said...

Love the beautiful image-fabulous background and great quote---Thank you for joining us at Simply Papercrafts
Carol DT xx

crafty-stamper said...

oops meant to say love your other fabulous projects too
Carol x

Meggymay said...

A wonderful journal page and a super set of fantastic cards.
Good to see you are getting some crafting time before your family arrive.
Yvonne xx

Michelle B. said...

Love your style, so creative! Thank you for joining us at Creatalicious Challenges!

Rosie said...

Absolutely gorgeous artwork here, Cath

Thank you for joining us at TRY IT ON TUESDAY

Heidi Weaver said...

What a lovely card, Cath. The old-fashioned lady is stunning against that soft patterned background. But what really grabs me is that wonderful sentiment. Thanks so much for joining our ATSM Challenge this week.

Neet said...

Wow Cath, you have been busy. I missed this posting but my head is all over the place and for no reason at all. Love the journal page and the lettering is superb like that - love the jumbled up letters and the background graffiti/noise.
The Bella Rosa image takes me back a while to when I was in my 'romantic' period - fabulous words - you do have some beauties - and a lovely card with that muted background. The next card is what I always think of as a "Cath card" and it reminds me of one of your favourite colours you used to have - plum. Hope I got that right!
Lovely grey perfect sympathy card to end with - some beautiful work and thank you so much for the lovely comment on my blog - this is my own opinion of your work and no way am I just doing a pay back.
Hugs, Neet (a fan) xx

Marjut said...

A beautiful page and cards. Thank you for joining us at TioT.

Let's Art Journal said...

How exciting to have your family coming to stay, it sounds like you've been busy preparing things too 😁. Nice to get some crafty time and your makes are fabulous! The "on best behaviour" card made me smile and the Audrey Hepburn quote is wonderful 😁. Thanks so much for joining us at Try it on Tuesday! J 😊 x

Mrs.B said...

A great selection of Art today Cath, that's such a bold journal page and a perfect quote. Love the quote and image on the second card and I adore the image of the two little children with the messy background.
Avril xx
p.s. Thanks for linking up to FSC and TioT

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Dear Cath, I realize I am dreadfully late visiting, but I am in LOVE with your journal page. I simply adore those letters and the background is perfect for the phrase. Even the colors speak to the noise factor. Equally wonderful is the fact you shared it with us at Art Journal Journey.

You make beautiful cards, too. I don't make them and this is why. Yours are stunning. Enjoy time with your family.

Unknown said...

They all look amazing hard to choose which I like best.

Thank you for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

Caty said...

Your Art Journal page is fantastique Cath !! Love it, colours and quote are gorgeous. I also love your so beautiful cards, they are all wonderful!!
I wish you a very nice day, big hugs, Caty

Creative world said...

Stunning mix media makes,fabulous design...thank you for joining us at ATSM challenge this week,hopw to see you again
Željka DT xx

Hanne's Kartenstube said...

The card is fantastically designed, especially the background is beautifully matched in colour. The other cards are also stamped ingeniously. Thank you for participating in the Fashionable Stamping Challenge.
Crafty Hugs

Melanie said...

A great card!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes with optional no patterned papers” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

(DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

(DT Crafty Friends)

(DT The Sketchy Challenges)

PS: Sorry for the late comment, life had been very busy these past weeks…