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

Friday, 16 November 2018

Today I’m thankful for birds and for a song to sing!

So often, we admire someone else’s work – not just their art, but other things they do – or the way they look and we think of ourselves as second rate – just not good enough!

But each of us has a song to sing and the best way to sing that song is to simply be grateful for who you are and be true to yourself. Pale imitations are just that – pale and wishy washy and anything but authentic. But sometimes, it takes courage to just be ourselves.

I love birds… in my last house I was blessed by such a great variety of them and many of them were regular visitors, so they became ‘friends’, some of them even coming into the house to look for food – I kid you not! I miss that, but there’s always something new to celebrate. So today, I journalled my thoughts on singing my song…

NG16 BIRDS

I’m linking this to AEDM – Art Every Day Month

Thanks for stopping by

Back soon…

Cath

xxx

Thursday, 15 November 2018

(Edited…)

(Please accept my apologies if you think I’m not commenting on your posts – I am!  Sadly, my comments seem to be disappearing into the ether, even if I click on Preview, which is my usual ‘fix’. So sorry. I’ll keep trying Winking smile)

I woke up this morning to beautiful Autumn sunshine – again!  I really AM thankful for the mild Autumn we’ve had until now in NW UK. Seeing a bright, sunny day makes it so much easier to be thankful.

I made a quick, very simple journal page to celebrate it... the birds are die cuts and I really like them Smile

I love trees and I know I’m not on my own… my sons have, in turn, called me tree hugger, tree woman and bird woman.  I think they think they’re insulting me but nah, I think it’s great! I’m a nature lover and proud of it and I DO hug trees – or at least touch them. There’s something very powerful about a tree and especially the older ones. They’ve seen a lot of history and withstood a lot, with storms, wind, rain, lightning, drought, snow… yet they stand tall and solid. You can almost hear them breathing if you listen closely enough… Winking smile

This tree doesn’t look very old. It’s one of Lynne Moncrief’s stamp designs from That’s Crafty and there are some fab words on the plate, too. 

NG15 AUTUMN SUNSHINE

There are a couple of Winter Foliage challenges around – a little early for over here, but I thought I’d give it a go. I hunted through my ‘C’ (eeek! the ‘C’ word!) stamps and found this stamp. It came with a spider attached and a little verse about the legend of the Christmas spider. I didn’t want that, so I cut it off.

SSS Wednesday have an All that Glitters is Gold challenge at the moment, so I stamped the verse in Versamark and embossed, but the small font was lost in the dark background, so I stamped again on white and made a narrow tag from it. The small decoration (or spider’s webs…) are gold glittered.

WF WINTER GOLD

WF WINTER GOLD GLITTER

This is a simpler version, with no background colour. I coloured the pine cones and the strings in gold ink. I decided to use a die cut word, so I inked it with Versamark ink, then embossed it with Gold Glitter EP. I haven’t used that for about 10 years! The gems were added as an afterthought, just to add more sparkle. The edges were dragged (roughly, as you can see) through a Gold Delicata inkpad.

WF GLITTER GOLD

WF GLITTER GOLD CLOSEUP

The Winter Foliage challenges are at

Make My Monday
and

Daring Cardmakers

Shopping Our Stash have a Tic Tac Toe challenge:-

nov2018

I’ve used the Diagonal from bottom left to top right; Smooshing Technique, Stamp (way) more than 5 years old and Heat embossing.

I’m also linking to AEDM – Art Every Day Month. I’ll be round to visit your blogs later on today, folks  Winking smile

That’s all for today. Thank you for stopping by.

See you soon

Cath

xxx

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Today I‘m thankful for miracles…those little, everyday miracles we take for granted, the little ‘coincidences’ (or God incidences, as some of us call them) we are thankful for AND the BIG ones we don’t see quite as often, but we DO see them now and again... totally inexplicable events and occurrences.

Time has been short today, so I made a quick card. The Inkylicious words just happened to be on my stamping mat because I took them out for some reason last week and left them out so that I would use them!

I took my favourite Penny Black stamp off the wooden mount last week and attached it to some EZ mount, so I could use it in my Stamping Platform Smile so I decided to use that. The stamp itself is more of an artistic impression than a defined image, so it doesn’t make a great deal of difference, if I’m honest, but it’s better in some ways. I used Tombows and scribbled some onto my mat for spattering over the stamped images.

NG14 EVERYTHING A MIRACLE

I ended up having to mount this onto a 7” square card – it would, perhaps, have been more suitable for a journal page and will probably make its way into one of my journals in this form or a similar one.

These other cards use one of my favourite Miracle stamps, from Impression Obsession. The first was dry embossed after making the card front, the second was an Oxide background, with a white embossed image and some Brilliance Moonlight White overstamping and stencilling. The flowers were coloured with Prismas.

BW EVERYDAY MIRACLE

EVERYDAY MIRACLE 2

I’m sharing this with Art Every Day Month

Retro Rubber Challenge – Anything Goes (I’ve had the PB fuchsia stamp around 15 years!)

Words to Craft by – Blessings

and

Creative Fingers – Anything Goes.

Thanks for visiting today – always lovely to ‘see’ you

Back soon

Cath

xxx

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Good Morning, peeps!

Today, there’s a new challenge from Try it on Tuesday and the theme is Friends and Family.

I am so very thankful for my friends and for my family. We tend to take family for granted when they’re around all the time, don’t we?

During the last twenty years, both of my brothers and my parents emigrated to New Zealand, so I was the only one left in the UK. One brother came back, terribly homesick, but now lives in Shrewsbury.

I’m so blessed because my two boys are here and live not too far away. but my closest friends have become my family and are so, so precious. It’s no surprise, then that I chose to celebrate friends for this challenge. I’m very thankful for lovely friends.

I made this just after Set 5 of the Oxides arrived, so I used Victorian Violet and Dried Marigold inks. I’ve no idea who makes this stamp – it was a Blog Candy prize I won about ten years ago and this is the first time I’ve used it, but I love the simplicity of it.

FRIENDS ARE FAMILY

The small ‘Friends’ stamp, used repeatedly in the background, is an old Hero Arts stamp I use loads and loads – as I do the others in the set.

I do hope you’ll join us for this challenge. It’s a great opportunity to be thankful for precious family and friends.

Look forward to seeing your art!

I’ll link this to Art Every Day Month in November

aedmlogored

Artistic Inspirations, Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday, Thanks/Thanksgiving

Dragonfly Dreams, Anything Goes

Thank you so much for popping by – always good to see you Smile

See you soon

Cath

xxx

Monday, 12 November 2018

Today I’m giving thanks for glorious Autumn sunshine, brightening the world outside!  It really is a beautiful, sunny day (again) and doesn’t it make a difference?

There’s a ‘Resist It’ Challenge at Fashionable Stamping.

I love stamping techniques and my favourite all time technique is  definitely Resist, in all its variations. There are a quite a few different ways to get that ‘resist’ effect and Nancy Curry wrote a book on them… and yes, I have it Smile I must get it out and jog my memory.

I had a play with Faux Batik – just a quick one because my time was limited – I may just have to come back to this in a day or two. Basically, you just stamp an image in Versamark, clear emboss it, then add colour and other images over the top. To achieve the ‘faux batik’ look, you place a piece of paper/kitchen towel over the image, put a hot iron over it and melt off the embossing powder, leaving a white image behind.

A few years ago I experimented with placing another piece of cardstock over the image, instead of using scrap, and using that reverse image to make something else. To my delight (and absolute, sheer excitement at the time) it worked.

Today’s offerings are an example of this, though the image I chose didn’t, perhaps, show the technique too clearly. You can just about see the reverse image on the second card – I hope!

I used Distress Oxides on the first and Distress inks on the second – dye inks work better because they don’t obliterate the image.  Oxides give better coverage and so don’t show the effect as well.

This is the first ‘resist’ image, ironed off, after stamping the words and adding colour, then overstamped with the black images.

NG12 FSC RESIST

Here’s the second, using the reverse image from the above… and Distress dye inks. I also used my favourite ‘feel good’ colours – Turquoise, blue and violet.

NG12 FSC RESIST 2

I just picked up a stamp that happened to be lying on my (very untidy) beautifully organised desk but now I’m seeing it again, I should have used the original image for the background stamping…I may have thought of that IF I’d cleaned my stamp straight away Winking smile

I’ll link this to

Dare 2B Artsy’s ‘Thanks’ challenge (it’s a thank you card for a friend)

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Thanks/Thanksgiving

and to

AEDM – Art Every Day Month in November

Thanks for looking

Back soon

Cath

xxx

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Remembrance Day  is definitely a day for gratitude and thanksgiving, so I played around with some poppies.

First, a napkin, using non traditional colours…

NG11 REMEMBER

Followed by another napkin…I found a few in my stash…

FOREVER GRATEFUL

I stamped the ‘Cry, laugh, remember perfectly straight, then stamped my ‘Forever Grateful’ ridiculously crookedly, so I tried to even them both up by trimming… it really didn’t work. Suffice it to say this will never be mounted onto a card Winking smile I was going to stamp in the background, too but gave up after that.

I decided to use an embossing folder to depict the ripples from the sacrifice of so many… have to admit, I don’t like it very much and should, maybe, have used white again Sad smile

NG11 FOREVER GRATEFUL

Then I remembered my poppy die… so I indulged my current passion for grey…

POPPY THANKS

And finally… I used one of my favourite non traditional poppy stamps. I love this Stampington image but rarely use it. The netting on the edges is also Stampington.

QUIET STRENGTH 1

I’ll link this to the current challenge over at

Allsorts – Poppies or Red 

Happy Little Stampers Dies – ATG with dies

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Thanksgiving

and to

Art Every Day Month for November

Thanks for looking

See you soon

Cath

xxx

Saturday, 10 November 2018

While hunting for some poppy stamps (of which I’m woefully short…) I came across these vintage stamps and decided to make a vintage page in my journal for Art Journal Journey’s Vintage/Modern challenge.

These poor little stamps haven’t seen ink for about 10 years but I loved them when I did a lot of vintage stuff. I love the photo stamp because I live in an old mining village and they look like old miners to me, with their flat caps.

I used Distress Inks for the background and some of the stamping, with Archival Sepia and Versafine Onyx Black.

NG10 MEMORIES

So, today I’m thankful for Memories… but was warning myself to focus on the good ones… the ones that are good for me Winking smile

I’m also linking to AEDM, Lisa’s Art Every Day Month throughout November.

aedmlogored

Thanks for looking

Back soon

Cath

xxx

Friday, 9 November 2018

Sorry I missed posting  yesterday, but I’m catching up with two days today Smile

Yesterday, I was thankful for our amazing night skies, filled with stars – when it’s not cloudy, lol. Where I live, we don’t see the fabulous starry spectacles seen in countries where there are more open areas, fewer built up areas and therefore less light pollution, I love looking at the stars and learning about them and really love the Moon, especially when full!

I used to go to visit my friend in France every year in late July/August and when it went dark, we would lie in the garden, watching for shooting stars. Such a treat. Most of my family live in New Zealand and my brother often sleeps outside under the stars… I think I’d be tempted do the same if I were over there…

I’ve been playing with recreating night skies – needs more work is my conclusion!

This background was made with a variety of different coloured Oxides on white card, covering most of it with black. Some of the stars were then added with Irridescent Embossing paste through a starry stencil. I made the mistake of spattering with silver and white inks before I added them, and a couple of my stars just happen to be touching the spatters (sod’s law?) which makes them look a little misshapen, but they’re actually not. The colours are clearer in real life.

BRILLIANT SKY 1

This one is a night scene by a lake… or a river. My stars are definitely out of proportion, lol – I stamped them and the Moon in Versamark and clear embossed before adding the inks. This time I used the new Chipped Sapphire, Stormy Sky  and Blueprint Sketch inks to create the dark sky over pinks, oranges and yellows.

NG8 NIGHT SKIES

Today, I’m thankful for hands that work – enough said Winking smile

I was speaking to one of my son’s closest friends on Wednesday. I’ve known him since they were at school together, so we go back a while. His dad is a really well known Wildlife artist, specialising in reptile art and known internationally. In fact, if you were Wildlife t-shirts, or know someone who does, it’s quite possibly his art you’re wearing! A few weeks ago, he fell out of bed while asleep – I don’t know about you but I’ve done or almost done that a few times – but landed awkwardly, breaking his neck and leaving him paralysed from the neck down. Can you even begin to imagine the consequences of a freak accident like that?  He isn’t just losing his way of making a living – or his hobby – he isn’t able to do a thing for himself!  It really puts life’s niggles in perspective when you think about losing your independence in such a drastic, unexpected way, don’t you think?

It’s been on my mind ever since, and yesterday was a difficult day for me, so today I made this…

There are days when my hands are really painful and I’m unable to stamp at all – but I can still get around and look after myself. Today I’m thankful for small – and not so small – mercies.

NG 9 HANDS

I’m linking to

Creatalicious, where the challenge is ATG with the option of dry/wet embossing – I’ve heat embossed all the images…

Crafting Gals Corner – Thankful

Inspire Create Challenges – Thanksgiving

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Thanksgiving

Art Journal Journey – New and old – New Perspective…

and (oops! Almost forgot…) of course to

Art Every Day Month

Thanks for looking

See you soon

Cath

xxx

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Today is a really easy day to find something to be thankful for – it’s Izzi’s birthday! She’s six today and I thank God for her every day Smile

I indulged myself in using Victorian Velvet and Weathered Wood for this because it didn’t start out as Izzi’s birthday card – or it may well have been multi coloured, with stars in the background. I intended it to be a card to Make Someone Smile, for the Penny Black and More challenge. However, along the way, I added the balloons and had the idea of adding the number 6 and then her name… much easier to write the shortened version, rather than Isabella!

NG7IZZI

I added the glitter as an afterthought, paining on Ice Stickles. They’ve almost run out but I can’t complain because I’ve probably had them for 15 years or even more!

NG7E IZZI

I’ve used a stencil on the background, so I’ll link this to Make My Monday’s Stencil Stories Challenge.

I’m also linking to Addicted to Stamps and More, where the challenge is to Make your Mark.

I also have a journal page to share. While thinking about all that I’m thankful for, I got stuck in this verse in Ephesians, so just had to journal it. It’s a simple page, using mainly die cuts over an Oxide background, but I like it. I gave up trying to keep my die cuts white when adding them to colourful backgrounds a long time ago – I’m not the cleanest of crafters anyway, and especially not when using glue Sad smile but they also tend to soak up the colour behind them when the background is inky.

NG7B BLESSED WITH EVERY BLESSING

I’ll link this to Art Journal Journey, where the challenge is Old and New. We’re blessed with new blessings every day, so I think this counts Smile

I’m also linking to Word Art Wednesday – ATG.

And of course, I’m linking to AEDM Day 7.  I’m out for the rest of the day, but I’ll try to get round your blogs later, folks!

aedmlogored

That’s all for now… I have a birthday princess to celebrate!

Thanks for looking

See you soon

Cath

xxx

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Today has been a day of cardmaking… no journaling.

First of all, today I’m thankful for YOU, the people who visit my blog. Thank you so very much!

The big plus of the internet – despite all its drawbacks – is the fact that we can have friends from all over the world and, even though we’ve never (in most cases) met, we share a passion for art, which bonds  us together. I’m grateful for that and grateful for all of you.

NG6 GRATEFUL FOR YOU

I’m linking this to AEDM – Art Every Day Month.

aedmlogored

I used a Penny Black stamp I’ve had for over a year… so I’m also linking it to the Anything Goes challenge at Retro Rubber Challenge and to the Thanks challenge on Dare 2B Artsy, so I’ll link to that.

Make My Monday are looking for Stencil Stories; I used stencils in the next card I made, using some new stamps. I enjoyed colouring this, using Prisma Pencils.

ALWAYS TIME FOR TEA

I used a stencil for the ground… My imagination was running riot as I was colouring and I decided these two ladies had come to meet up after their separate holidays, to share all the latest gossip and hear about each other’s fab time away in the sun!  I tried to make them look sunkissed but it doesn’t show very well…

I think the tea and cake links nicely to Inkspirational’s Table Photo challenge.

This blossom was stencilled, using Tombow pens, words stamped.

SAYING HELLO 1

The theme at Sweet Stamping is Trees… this one is from Lavinia Stamps and is a gorgeous stamp, but I NEED the smaller version to go with it Winking smile

PACE OF NATURE

My final – simple - card for today is for Fashionable Stamping and for Paperminutes, who both have a Book pages theme  – stamped or actual pages – this one is (obviously) stamped Smile 

This is one of my favourite older stamps and I really didn’t do her justice – must use her again!  It’s just one of those quirky little images that appeals to me…

BLOSSOM

Last, but not least, Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Make your Own Background. I’ll link one of the above cards to that.

Thank you very much for visiting… I do appreciate each and every one of you!

Thanks for looking

Back soon (hopefully tomorrow…)

Cath

xxx