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

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).


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!



10 very kind comments from lovely people:

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

I love visiting your blog because your cards are always full of colour and fun. Fabulous cards again today...thank you for making me smile x

My name is Erika. said...

I can tell you are having fun because this art is lots of fun Cath. I am with you about those Janet Klein people. I like the bee lady a lot and haven't seen that one. Your leaf card and tag are always beautiful You do know how to use color and keep it bold. I like bold myself. Glad to see you back posting. Hugs-Erika

Sue said...

What fabulous cards Cath, beautifully done! Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Country View Crafts and have a very happy week, Sue xx

Neet said...

Love them all but that tag is something special. I think it is the colours that jump out at me. So rich and just gorgeous.
Funnily enough I was making a card this morning and almost used the Bee Girl from Janet Klein - changed my mind at the last minute. Love how you used your image - that background is lovely.
Absolutely adore the clouds on your Gardener card - what a fabulous effect you have got there.
All delightful cards, as always.
Hugs, Neet xx

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Wonderful tag and cards! I am a big Janet Klein fan, too - her characters are so much fun! Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog. I just wanted to let you know there is a Katzelkraft sale going on with code 25JULY. You will get 25% discount. That is a rare thing, so perhaps you want to take advantage of it!

Dawn Phillips said...

Your cards are stunning. Thanks for joining my challenge at Make My Monday. Love Dawn x

Rosie said...

These cards are awesome, love every card

Have a wonderful weekend

crafty-stamper said...

LOve the cute Janet Klein image and little Bees.Beautiful Autumn leaves you make some fabulous backgrounds and love the beautiful tag and flowers
Carol x

Uschi said...

Lovely cards and really great design. I love those bright colours and those wonderful backgrounds. But the tag is the one I prefer. Maybe because of the deep blue and violet colours which match wonderful to those flowers.
Thank you for joining the EAC challenge.
Hugs Uschi

Evelyn Walter said...

Beautiful cards, Cath!
Thank you for joining in with our July challenge over at Country View Crafts!
Evelyn xx