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

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Good Morning!
It's Tuesday and that means a new challenge over at Try it on Tuesday. Our new theme for the next two weeks is 'Go Green or Recycle'. 

For my first project, I went with greens for this simple card. I just smooshed some Oxides onto my craft mat, using Cracked Pistachio, Lucky Clover and Pine Needles Distress Oxides, gradually adding colour to my card until the effect was 'interesting' enough. I also tilted it a few times to encourage the inks to drip. The gorgeous leaves were stamped in Versafine Onyx Black, clear embossed, then coloured with the same inks and with Prisma Pencils. Finally, I added and clear embossed the words, mounting the panel onto black, then green and finally onto white. I used Delicata Gold reinker to spatter, having already dripped and dried (with the heat tool) some water on the panel. I love the way the water splashes show up negatively, adding so much extra interest to a simple background. I also love the way the hues separate into other shades, looking blue in parts. A very simple card, but also very calming, I think...
Please go to see what the other DT members have done with this. I always enjoy seeing the variety in our creations.
I'll be back with a second project next week, this time I'm recycling.
Linking to
Country View Crafts, Splatters, Splashes and Drips
and 
Alphabet Challenge, W for Anything you Wish

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Friday, 14 February 2020

Hello!
Happy Valentine's Day!
I found this quite pretty background in amongst my stash and thought I'd use it up. It was the result of using a stencil on glossy card, with Versamark ink, to create a resist effect. Unfortunately, I have no idea which inks I used on it, but I'd guess not Distress inks because of the stronger colours. The BIG - for me - drawback of DIs is that they fade. That said, I know this was only made towards the end of the year, so it hasn't had a lot of time to fade, but glossy card is a totally different animal and doesn't absorb colour like matte card.
The experiment worked really well. The resist effect worked beautifully and I was happy with it. So I chose a Brilliance Trio pad to colour coordinate and stamped Art Journey words on one side, followed by the main image from the same set, using Permanent Document Ink. The words on the right are from Stampendous - clear embossed with Spectrum. The beauty of Brilliance inks is that they create a barrier and a perfect resist effect...even through permanent ink. Sometimes it's a distinct disadvantage! Had I thought about it, I may well have stamped her onto matte card, coloured and cut her out - but I didn't. Fortunately, I like the effect  😊😊
The resist pattern is a heart and swirls stencil, but I covered most of it up, so I decided to use toning heart brads - then changed my mind and used punchies.
You can see the Brilliance resisting the ink here... it has a lovely, pearly sheen. I really ought to use them more.
I was really intrigued by Linda's post, showing this technique, so I had to try it out...especially as I found some nice, large tags while sorting through stash. Linda's results are FAR more colourful than mine but I know I was heavy handed with the white acrylic, so I'll try to improve on them.

Basically, you paint a base layer of dark paint - black or, as Linda also used, dark brown - let it dry, spray with water based inks, let it dry, then stencil some white paint over the top - and let it dry. It's fun and the results are pretty cool!
I'm still in 'must use up all my bits of card and paper' mode, so I used whatever was in my die cuts and words stash, refusing to stamp anything new. I really must stop cutting 10 or more of every new die I get! I've had this silky sari ribbon for YEARS!
Linking to 
Sweet Stampin, All you need is love
Allsorts, Add a Heart
Daring Cardmakers, Someone or Something you love
Alphabet Challenge, W for Anything you wish
Ellibelle's Corner, Add a Sentiment
Retro Rubber, Love (stamps over 10 yrs old)
Day of the Month Card Club, Send a Card to a Friend Day!

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Saturday, 8 February 2020

Hello!
I'm currently in the middle of a total reorganisation of my craft room, clearing out loads of things that would be treasures to someone else (sets of inkpads, etc) but I haven't used them for years and they're just taking up much needed space. It's hard to let some of it go 😊😖 

Today, I'm sharing a small book type creation - 4" x 3" - so it's a card with a couple of pages, really, 😉 (a booklet?) made from some die cuts I had in my box. I used Aall and Create florals and words (all but one) on it and stuck to two colours - Wilted Violet and Cracked Pistachio (Oxides) - one of the colour combinations I really like. The backgrounds are made by smooshing the inks, then spraying copious amounts of water and letting the inks drip.  All stamps are clear embossed Versafine. 
It only has three pages with front and back covers, both of which are doubled up.
It's a great little die. Although it has the spaces for a coil, I decided to glue the pages along the edge, then remembered these alternative paper clips - Supaclips - I bought years ago (still available). The purple shade was just right for the colous, so I used three of them to hold the pages together more firmly. The covers are dry embossed, as you'll see from the first page photo.
 
 
There's a bit of stencilling on this page, plus some text.
More stencilling (Brilliance Moonlight White) and stamping
Some of the flowers have been layered
Background stamping and more stencilling - words on the right unknown
Coloured with Prisma Pencils
A little stamping on this - and white gel pen 
The back cover
Can't remember where this stamp came from!
I used to make a lot of mini books and really enjoyed making this, so you may see more in the next few months... 

I'm linking this to
Allsorts, Add a heart
Simon Says Stamp Mondays, A Floral Frenzy
Mix it up, ATG, optional stencilling

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Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Good Morning 😊
It's Tuesday and it's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday
For the next two weeks, we're looking for your creations with the theme of
Share the Love
Even those of us who don't have a significant 'other' in our life know people who celebrate Anniversaries, get married or engaged - and we have friends we care about, so this challenge is all about celebrating the relationships that matter to us. In the UK, Valentine's cards are only really shared between couples, but I know that elsewhere in the world, you also send them to friends...

I made a simple card, using an old Stampendous stamp I love, but only seem to pull out at this time of year, which is a shame, really. 

I stamped in the centre of a 5.5 x 5.5 white card in Versamark ink, then added white Embossing powder and heat set. Using Salty Ocean and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxides, I dragged them over my non stick mat, sprayed with water, then smooshed by dragging the card through it. I let it dry and added more water a couple of times, then left it to dry. Next, I stamped and embossed the larger heart onto a white scrap, coloured it, cut it out and attached over the original image, added some white doodling and colouring, then stamped and embossed in white on a scrap of the pink card I'd chosen for my next layer and attached bottom right. I love the way the pink and blue mingled and created a lovely shade of purple. Looking at it now, I think that colouring a couple of the smaller hearts in the same colour as the large one would be nice...as would a few pearls or gems (not usually my style, but I think they'd work with this stamp.)
 I do hope you'll join us and please do pop over to the blog to see my team mates' wonderful creations...they are all SO talented!

I'm linking this to 
Make My Monday, I heart You
Dare 2B Artzy, Love is in the Air

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Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Hello!
I'm still merrily using up stuff hanging around (and acquiring more...) so I thought I'd share what I made.

First of all, for Allsorts 'Take Flight' Challenge, I used a mop up card, and images stamped on scraps of paper, plus a first try - too crookedly cut to use - die cut. I loved the colours on the card, so decided to use them to colour the images. This cute little girl always looks so happy and free, so I used the die cut scrap to create a hill she'd obviously just run up to gain the momentum she needed to leave the ground and take flight. I coloured it with Oxide Cracked Pistachio, spritzed to oxidise, then added some (very rough) grass using stamps and gel pens. Once I'd stuck her and the hill in place, I couldn't help but doodle a few little flowers to add to the scene, coloured with gel pens. I doodled the string in her hands, then had the idea of doing a heart shaped loop, because I'd seen a 'Use Hearts' challenge. I already had the heart shaped balloon, but my obsession with using odd numbers meant I had to add another one 😊 

The words arrived today and were part of a prize I won from Stamplorations - thank you! I wish I could say I deliberately stamped them crookedly, but I didn't...😉 I really must learn to stand up when I'm stamping words! The background words (run, walk, play, have fun, fly) were added in the Oxides on the background, using one of those 'click together' alphabet things...It's a bit primitive but very useful. I used a mixture of alcohol ink pens and Prisma Pencils for the colouring.
Linking to 
Simon Says Stamp Mondays, All Loved Up and
Double D Challenges, Use Balloons
Sweet Stampin, Use Your Scraps

This page in my journal started as a sponged A5 card, ready to use for my Iris stamp last week...BUT I tried it first on a mount, rather than using my clever stamping thingy...so it was useless. I painted and gessoed over the stamping and decided to use my new Startrish Designs girls, from Trish Latimer. I'd already used the two smaller ones but not the larger one, so I stamped them on some scrap painted and stamped paper, cut out the dresses, then stamped onto the card, stamping and cutting out again on white card to paper piece them. I just added stars and a bit of doodling. So this is for Jo's 'New' Challenge on the Art Journal Journey Blog. I trimmed it to fit into my A5 journal. I don't know why the colour on their cheeks and lips isn't showing...should've taken a photo! Love these colours.
This background was another reject in my stash, but too nice to throw away because it looks like marble. I thought I'd try using yellow on it, because I'd used Lemonade on the b/g, so I stamped an old Paperartsy brick wall, added some scraps of book paper, cut out the already stamped flowers, coloured with Prisma Pencils, edged them, drew some stems and voilà - I love the way they turned out. I found the perfect words in my word stash, attached with a tiny gold brad.
The card itself is a lovely pale banana shade - as you can see better in this photo. There's also a little gold text on there, but it's hard to see.
Linking to
Penny Black Saturday Challenge, with Optional Something new

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Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Morning, all.
Just another White Space sample - because white space isn't necessarily white - just unpatterned 😉

Smooshed background (Oxides) and Simon Says Stamp Flowers, with a little Lemonade stamped text behind the flowers.


There's still one more week for you to join us over at Try it on Tuesday
The more the merrier - AND we're looking for two new DT members, so if you're interested, please mark your post entry DT.

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Thursday, 23 January 2020

Still using up unfinished bits and using up arty 'scraps' hanging around, I found this 'reverse stencil' print I made when stencilling snowflakes. I'd already stamped the penguins both on the card and ready to colour, cut out and piece over, so this didn't take long. The border was scrappy because bits of ink had escaped into it, so I decided to add a washi tape border. I masked the top and bottom of these words to stamp in Versafine Majestic Blue and clear emboss.
I'm linking to
Shopping our Stash Winter Blues, Winter or Blue...I think this is both 😉
Retro Rubber, Winter Themed (stamp bought 2018)
Alphabet Challenge, U for Use Washi tape
Creatalicious, ATG, optional add a snowflake

This card celebrates my love of words - or inspiring sentiments. I love this Visible Image set, with its letters streaming from the typewriter. Words are so powerful - one single word of difference in what we say - and/or the way we say it - can effect people in both good and bad ways. What we say makes a difference! Boy, I wish I'd realised this much, MUCH earlier in life...😬
Linking to Everybody Art Challenge, Everything Goes

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Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Morning Bloggers!
I've been playing around lately, enjoying 'just messing' and having fun, while trying to use up bits that are on - or around - my workspace, or finishing off partly done bits. I found this (torn) piece of card that dripped rich colour, but was a little too dark to do much with - and it was rather autumnal looking. Not very appropriate for this time of year. That made me think of leaves, so I stamped and gold embossed these (new) leaves. My first thought was to bleach out the colour, but then I wondered if water alone would work...and it did! I get frustrated with non permanent inks because they fade, but this is one of the advantages of them. I really like the way it turned out, even if the words aren't perfect.I overheated the powder and because I used Versafine to stamp, that's what you see.
I finished it off with a bit of spattering of gold and brown.
Because it's a new stamp, I can link to the following 'New' challenges.
Daring Cardmakers, Something New
Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday, New Goodies/Old Favourites or Both

I also found this large die cut butterfly, already coloured in rainbow inks. It would have stood alone in a CAS card, but I wanted something a bit more striking. I wanted a stark background, for contrast, so I used a gessoed background (with a little very pale mint paint) in my  journal, but it looked TOO stark, so I added some words stamped in black, a black dotty border (stencilled) and these Visible Image words. I added arrows just to show which way the words go...
...and because it was a new use for the die cut - a repurposing - and new paint, I will link it to Art Journal Journey's 'New' challenge 😀😉😀 (and that's probably the most tenuous link you've ever heard!)

This was my record of a picture I saw when talking to my best friend (AKA praying 😉)... it was virtually finished, but I spent a little time adding finishing touches to what I'd watercoloured.
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Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday
and it's
White Space OR Colourful Grunge

I decided to go for the White Space option because it's something I so rarely do. What's life without a challenge or two? So, I made a CAS card, using an image I've had for a while but only used once - till now. I used my lovely Prisma Pencils and a die I'm quite fond of the die I used for both card and borders - and a little gel pen. The words are from a different set, but I thought they were appropriate for this time of year.
You can't beat journalling with a cuppa (coffee in my case) and a little snack 😉

I used a glitter gel pen for a delicate glittery touch on some bits, as you can see here.

I'm linking this to Allsorts - More than one word
Penny Black and More, Make it Feminine
and to

You have two weeks to join with us, using any medium you like. I hope you do!
Please check the wonderful examples created by my teamies - it's fabulous, as ever!

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Cath
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Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Hello bloggers!
I feel as if I've been away for weeks, but in reality it's less than one week. Every time I've set out to blog what I've been making, something has interrupted and I just haven't gone back to it. 

I've just been playing with a new stamp I was fortunate enough to win as a prize from Allsorts a couple of weeks ago. It's a (very) large iris from Bee Crafty and some lovely words, too! You can see them on the card I made. Thank you very much all you lovely ladies over at Allsorts! So how could I not join the current 'Say it with Flowers' challenge? 

I seem to have a 'thing' for pinks and purples and paler colours than usual - and I'm enjoying it. This one is just a smooshed background with my 'classic' design of (embossed) text and background stamp. I used mainly Oxides (Dusty Concord, Milled Lavender and Tattered  Rose) for both the background and the b/g stamping. It's a folded A4 card, so you can see how big the stamp is! I coloured it with Prismas.
I will probably link this one...it was the result of an enjoyable play time a couple of days ago. I used Peacock Feathers and Picked Raspberry on this one - smooshed - with a touch of Salty Ocean. It looks quite pale, though they're all strong colours. I used Prismas to colour and added a bit of stencilling to complete it, though it was okay without. I love these simple tulips. I noticed this morning that all of mine are growing well and I have a vase of them on my table. I love the colour variations in tulips.
I'm linking this to Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesay Challenge - something new or something old and loved, as well as to Allsorts, and to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Use a Stencil and Addicted to Stamps and More's Make your mark challenge, Tuesday Throwdown's Something New, and Stamping Sensations' Favourite StampS.

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Wednesday, 8 January 2020

I thought it was about time I got down to a bit of journalling, so I created this page for Jo's NEW challenge on Art Journal Journey, I used new stamps.
When I scanned it the colours were totally wrong, so I took a photo instead. The background is smooshed Oxides, Tumbled Glass, Antique Linen and Peacock Feathers, with some Prisma and white Gel pen. I stamped in Fallen Leaves, Warm Breeze and Acorn Versafine Clair, clear embossed. It was fun to make.
Here's a scan to show you what I mean and a close up of the various shades.
I also made some very simple little Thank Ewe cards to send out to some of the kind people who gave me presents this Christmas... I'm on a mission to clear the die cuts and scraps lying around, so that's why nothing is the same! The (rough) backgrounds are watercoloured Oxide inks.
This card has a border of triangles for the final Moo Mania & More Challenge. It's sad to see it end. I'll miss you, girls. The girls are coloured with Prismas.
Linking to 
Always Fun Challenges, Anything New
As You Like It, Thank you
Paperminutes, Embossing Powder
Alphabet Challenge, T for Try something different
(new stamps)

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Cath
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Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Happy New Year to anyone I haven't yet visited you.
I hope 2020 is a happy, healthy and creative year for all of you!

Today's the first challenge of 2020 for 
and it's
What a Cutie 
OR
Make Someone Smile
I chose the fun option of making someone smile. I'd seen these words a few times before I actually managed to get my hands on them, so I couldn't wait to use them. The main image is part of the stamp set, but I added the Katzelcraft potted plant to go with the room background I'd made, using a vertical striped stencil and Bundled Sage Oxide. 
I had planned to add a bit more furniture, but I wasn't happy with what I'd done, so decided to have a go at an aperture card instead. I have some great double stitched dies which leave stitched frames as well as cutting stitched shapes and this is one of them. I deliberately placed it off centre because I was going to staggr the words, then changed my mind... 
The chair is paper pieced in a chintzy fabric style paper. I die cut the speech bubble, too, though I cut it down to the size that worked best for the card.
Please do go to see all the wonderful samples from the Design Team - they're wonderful. I hope you'll join us with your fab art during the next two weeks.
I look forward to visiting you!

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Cath
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Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Just popping in to join Time Out's Current challenge
C S Lewis is one of my favourite authors anyway, but I love this and think it's a good one to focus on for the new year! 
2020 sounds so futuristic, lol, but it's almost here 😵😉
So I made this...
I had so much fun using my favourite colours (Oxides), white embossed text and stitched circle with lots of water. Then I mounted it onto a deep teal card - but it looked so wrong (see below). It just didn't bring out the gorgeous colour, so I demounted it and used this lovely lilac shade instead. Just goes to show how important a background is!
I'm much happier with it now 😁
I'm also linking to
Allsorts, Anything Goes Challenge (almost forgot again!)
I intended making a special New Year card, but life intervened...so all that remains is to wish you all a 
VERY
Happy, Healthy and Blessed New Year!
See you again in
2020 
😁

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Sunday, 29 December 2019

The time between Christmas and New Year always seems a little strange.
I see it as a time to relax and to think about both the year that's coming to an end and the year that's about to begin - there are always new adventures to be had - especially if the old ones were too much!

One of our KCUK members has a birthday in this time, so I made her this card.
I used Oxides for the background with a couple of collage stamps featuring stars and this lovely Startrish Design image as my focal image. I added a few of the stars I die cut from my TH Christmas Tree decorations.
Of course, it's going to be late... oops! I honestly didn't forget the date, I just lost track of which day was which - a consequence of total relaxation - so only realised last night that it was Saturday 😁 
I don't think she'll even notice because she's very Scottish and will be seriously celebrating Hogmanay!
I don't think I shared the one I made for Christmas, although I did share some of the tags I made with the smaller images... it features another of Trish's designs and a background in similar colours, but with Christmas texts stamped behind her, embossed in black and white.
They both seem to have lost the very rosy cheeks I gave them...sometimes alcohol markers blend a little TOO well - or maybe I blend them too much! These girls are larger than I expected, just over 5"/13cm tall, so I'm pleased I decided to get two smaller images, too. 

The Country View Challenges Stars challenge is still live, so I'll link to them and to 
Make My Monday, Female Birthday

Happy In Between Christmas and New Year!
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