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

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Some days nothing seems to work out right, so today has been a day of sticking with simple and making the best of it! Fortunately, I had already made a couple of cards I was actually happy with, so it’s not all bad, but with all the cleaning, organisation and prep for Mum coming, plus a day with my granddaughter, I seem to have mislaid my inspiration.

I have another week to play because plans changed, so I’m hoping to find it again Smile in the next few days.

Try it on Tuesday have a ‘Book paper’ challenge, and Moo Mania have a ‘Sheet Music’ challenge, so this one fits both, having both music and words on the page (from an old hymn book) I used.


My new Oxides arrived and I had a quick play with them the day they came, just playing around with colour combinations, so I could get a feel for them.

This one uses Dusty Concord and Spun Sugar. I thought the Dusty Concord would overpower the Spun Sugar, but to my surprise, they actually worked well together.

I stencilled opposite colours over each half of the card, then used these lovely Woodware bubble flowers, which I love in white. I then couldn’t decide on words, but this one just seemed to fit because I really liked the colours I was using.


Then a simple Tatty Button card – I do love these images – cute and quirky at the same time… I hadn’t noticed that realise was spelled with a ‘z’ until I was cutting it out… I was good and didn’t change it Smile


I’m determined to use up all my offcuts and bits I found in my reorganisation, so the next two are made with ‘snippets’…


Love the Mowed Lawn and Broken China… though the butterfly isn’t quite to scale, lol. I swiped my Versafine Clair black inkpad across to get the ground bit… and made a mess of it, but it almost looks deliberate!

This is not my usual style but it was actually fun to do, though very difficult to photograph because of the pastel shades I used to colour her! The background is a mop up from another card I was making, with More Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar added over the top. It’s a lot smaller than I usually make these days because it’s another card snippet and the little girl/fairy was already stamped on a scrap of card, ready to cut out  – it’s about 3.5”.

This is for Pixie’s Snippets Playground Challenge.


Another snippet card… made with the Dusty Concord, Spun Sugar and Seedless Preserve, again, stencilled over in opposite colours. I love these Lavinia Thistles. I’ll enter this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge. 


A Kraft card for the Shopping Our Stash challenge… using Brilliance Moonlight White and Broken China Oxide through the stencil. I love this Penny Black Flower, though I tend to forget all about it.


I’ll link this into the Penny Black Saturday ‘Anything Goes’ challenge, too. (Obviously NOT a Baby card, though that is just optional..)

Finally, a card made with Hot Colours for Tuesday Throwdown. I used Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed and Barn Door for this, with a little Picked Raspberry stamping. I added colour with Posca Pens, so I’ll also enter this into the Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge, Make your Mark.


.I have more, but I’ll share them at a later date, hopefully with some more successful results from my next couple of playtimes.

I was fortunate enough to win the SSS Monday Challenge this week – for the second time – yay!!! I’m chuffed about that and have already placed my order.

That’s all for now

Thanks for looking

See you soon



18 very kind comments from lovely people:

Joan said...

Wow! I don't know about mislaying your inspiration I just wish I had what you have! A truly wonderful selection of cards again Kath, I don't know which is my favourite as I love them all, maybe the Paperartsy one ? but also love the penny black stamp one( reminds me I have that stamp)


Rosie said...

Oh, Cath, what a wonderful collection of art. Love them all.

Thank you so much for joining us at MOO MANIA & MOO, as well as for TRY IT ON TUESDAY:

Have a lovely Sunday

froebelsternchen said...

A truly wonderful array of cards Cath! I can't believe you had problems to find your muse -lol!
One card more beautiful than the other! I can't choose a favourite since I love them all!!! Amazing designs and quotes and you made me happy to link to Try It On Tuesday and Moo Mania & More again! Thank you very much! Happy time with your Mum!
Hugs, Susi

Meggymay said...

A wonderful collection of cards Cath, I think you have shared loads of inspiration for us here.
Yvonne xx

hazel said...

A collection of beautiful cards Cath and congratulations on your win.
xxx Hazel.

crafty-stamper said...

Brilliant selection of cards wish mine looked as good as this when mojo was missing!!!Yoy have some fabulous stamps and great sentiments the first one is my absolute favourite and congrats on winning at SSS
Carol x

Sally H said...

All stunning, Cath! I particularly love the purple one and the stencilling on Kraft! There doesn't appear to be a problem with inspiration from where I'm standing x Hope you had a lovely day with all three generations. I am slowly but surely tidying my craft space now I have finished the term...it needed doing!

Rein said...

A wonderful selection of cards!

pearshapedcrafting said...

These cards are all wonderful Cath! I always love seeing the range of cards you make from elegant through to cute and on to CAS! I love the card for TIOT which has such wise words! Thank you so much for this entry! Hugs,Chrisx

debby4000 said...

WOW what an amazing selection of fabulous cards.
Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, all you cards are spectacular! I love the designs and all the words that you used on them, they are so uplifting 😁. Thanks for joining in the fun at Try it on Tuesday with your sweet green bird stamped on book paper - perfect! Many congratulations on your win at Simon Says Stamp and wishing you a happy and creative week! J 😊 x

Di said...

Wow Cath - what a fabulous selection of cards - each one is absolutely gorgeous! Those DI's are wonderful aren't they - love how you've been using them. I do love the little girl on your snippets card - I've come across her previously and may even have her here! LOTV I think?

Many congratulations on your SSS win - richly deserved kiddo!


Di xx

Donna said...

You have been a super busy crafter!!
All of your projects are fab!
Thanks for getting KRAFTY with the crew from SHOPPING OUR STASH!!

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

It’s always a pleasure visiting your blog as you always share lots of your lovely cards. We all have days when the inspiration seems to disappear and I, like you, tend to stick to what I know at those times. Your cards are beautiful, and all so very different. Keep up the good work x

Neet said...

Fabulous cards again Cath, if you do things like this when inspiration is lacking there is no hope for the rest of us - these are really lovely cards, all of them. I must mention your new Distress Ink Colours and the "opposites" for stencilling - I would never have bought those two colours but you have shown that they are perfect together. Love both cards where you used them very very much.
Thanks for sharing
Hugs, Neet xx

Sue said...

What amazing cards Cath, I can't get over how many you make, all so different, and beautifully done. You have some lovely stamps and you really know how to use them! Have a very happy August, Sue xx

Bobby said...

This was like a walk through an art gallery, Cath. So many wonderful cards to check out and admire. The one for Addicted to Stamps and More is one of my favorites and I'm glad you shared it with us.

Mrs.B said...

Well, I'm way behind here - a wonderful array of cards Cath and as for mislaying your inspiration, I just wish mine was as good as that when it's mislaid. Love the stamps and sentiments and the 'opposite coloured/stencilled background looks fabulous.
Thanks for sharing the crazy bird with us at TioT
Avril xx