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

Friday, 13 July 2018

and wheat are the colours in this month’s Butterfly challenge. I did attempt to make wire antennae, but couldn’t find any wire thin enough for my hands to manipulate properly. The wire I did find was too thick. That’s what happens when you decide to have a drastic clear out Sad smile

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To be honest, the wheat was a last minute addition. I didn’t think it would work but it’s not too bad, I don’t think. I used Prisma pencils to colour the butterfly (while watching a great Wimbledon semi final) which is on an Oxide background, spattered with white.

WINE WISTERIA WHEAT C_thumb[2]

This one is the same colours (minus the wheat) so was also made with the Butterfly challenge in mind, but was made specifically for the CAS Watercolour Splash challenge.

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Moo Mania and More also have a Butterfly challenge, hence the focus on butterflies.

This one’s a simple card featuring a butterfly and text, coloured with pastel shade Oxides.

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Onto some simpler cards… this one was an attempt at a mono effect, inspired by some cards I saw on Pinterest. I’ve used Hickory Smoke Oxide on this one, stamping the larger flowers with the Black Soot Distress Oxide.

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Along the same lines, this one also uses Hickory Smoke, with some Iced Spruce… though it’s not easy to see it.

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Back to bright and colourful for Dare to be Artsy’s Birthday Challenge, using the lovely sheepses Smile

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I was playing with a technique I saw on someone’s blog – sorry, can’t remember how I got there – smooshing stripes of Distress or Oxide inks across watercolour paper, then blending the colours with a small paintbrush and water. The Picked Raspberry isn’t as washed out as it appears in the photo, though.  I also had an old friend’s birthday in mind as I was making this.

I’d also like to link to the following challenges:-

Try it on Tuesdays – Add a Quote

Everybody art Challenge – Birthdays

Fashionable Challenges – Use Those Inks

Simply Papercraft – Anything Goes

Sorry to anyone who was trying to view these images, but I had to correct a link I’d duplicated, but Live Writer had an error while retrieving and my images disappeared.  Seems to be okay now, though…

Back to the tennis… back soon!

Thanks for looking

Have a great weekend!

Cath

xxx

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

The Challenge at Try it on Tuesday is ‘Add a Quote’, so I played with a few of my quotes…

This is one of my favourite all time quotes and fits in perfectly with one of my ‘God Words of the year, which is ‘Brave’.. It took me ages to decide which image to use but I had to go with this one because she looks so fed up of her monotonous, every day life Smile … I used an acrylic background I’d already made and kept it pretty simple, so as not to detract from the quote.

Courage isn’t always being bold enough to do something big and risky, but is about facing the things life throws at us, no matter what they may be… and sometimes is simply about getting up and facing life itself, when we’d rather turn over and go back to sleep, or just hide away from the world. 

COURAGE1

This next one is simply a nature quote and I had to go looking for the author of the quote. I knew it was a quote because I remembered finding it online at the time. It was easy to find, thankfully, so I just wrote the author’s name underneath..

NATURE PERFECT

This is my entry for the No patterned paper challenge at Simply Create Too. The background is stamped on watercolour paper.

I was rudely interrupted mid-post by a phone call from my lovely brother, thanking me for this card I made him yesterday and posted immediately… not bad going for Royal Mail, whose service has definitely not improved since privatisation. I’m happy about that.

I had to rush out for the bus to get to a Hospital appointment, only to receive a phone call when almost there (10 mins before the appointment and on the second bus) cancelling it… you just have to laugh, don’t you?

Said brother has had to learn to survive on very little sleep over the last five or six years and really struggles with it, so I thought this was pretty apt and might just cheer him up. It did Smile

SHEEP QUESTION

I love these sheep!!!

I’ve had this picture in my head for a couple of weeks and am really pleased with the result.  I love the idea of the bottom one being almost totally squashed and the middle one falling over…

I used snippets for the sheep, so this qualifies it for Pixie’s Snippets Challenge Winking smile

and

I used lovely Oxide inks for the background, which fits Fashionable Challenges ‘Use Your Inks’

Back to florals…

I revamped the card that I managed to mess up with a stamp that didn’t work properly, stamping on scrap and adding it over the top of the misstamped verse.

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I LOVE harebells, so I tried a simple version on Kraft card, too. The Prisma pencils show up so beautifully on Kraft.

HAREBELL

The stamp was a disaster again – this time the word ‘day’ wasn’t straight, but I stamped it again and cut out the word day for a little quirky touch.

I’ll link one to the ‘In My Garden’ challenges at

Stamping Sensations

Country View Challenges

and

Allsorts

and Anything Goes at Perfect Time to Craft.

Make My Monday’s challenge is Fantasy, so this is for that challenge.

LEAVE A LITTLE SPARKLEC

I used LOTS of glitter (Stickles) on this, too. Love that Carabelle border stamp.

I’ll also link it to the Crafty Friends challenge of Fairy and/or Fantasy.

It’s been really nice to craft a bit without melting, even though I do love the sunshine when it’s here.  Lovely again this afternoon, though… a bit of a surprise! Hope you’re all still enjoying the lovely weather.

Back soon

Thanks for looking

Cath

xxx

Friday, 6 July 2018

Another great challenge at Art Journal Journey, chosen by Chris - Art for Art’s Sake.  So I got out my acrylic paints and brushes, added lots of white to my chosen colours, and painted… or is that daubed? 

Then I stamped some lines here and there … and finally, the word ‘play’ which I embossed and outlined in black,  adding the word ‘Just’ by hand.  (But you’d never have guessed that, would you – NOT!)

JUST PLAY

That’s Crafty’s Challenge is Close to Nature, so I’d like to enter the above into that…

… and the challenge at Allsorts is Baby Animals, so I played around a bit with animals…

I don’t think I have any real baby animal stamps, so I improvised a little… is a goose an animal??? Not sure it is but here are my geese…

BABY GEESE

For the next one I used smaller stamps – they COULD be babies!

DOGGY HAPPINESS

I bought this stamp years ago, when staying with my best friend in France (who is actually Swiss) who is a stamper.  I fell in love with it for some strange reason, but of course I’ve never used it.  I genuinely thought it was a baby giraffe in that hammock until I stamped it, lol, so no baby animal here Sad smile but I still like it. I’ve left it blank so that I can stamp a Boy or Girl on it when I use it. 

GIRAFFES

Stamping Sensations have an ‘In my garden’ challenge, so this is my entry…

SPARKLE 2

And this is a stamp gone wrong… I had coloured some pretty flowers with Prismas and decided to add this greeting…  It’s the first time I used the stamp, so I hope it isn’t the acrylic that’s really poor quality. I did notice that the Versafine pooled up a bit on one of my trusty Penny Black stamps, so maybe it’s just the heat. I hope so!

BAD WORDS

BAD STAMPING B

Pretty bad, huh?

I’d like to enter the Anything Goes challenges at

A Bit More Time to Craft

Crafty Creations

and

The Crafty Addicts

Hope you’re all enjoying the lovely sunshine. I am and I’m taking advantage of it while it’s here!  Everything else will still be here when the sun is gone  Smile

Have a lovely weekend.

Thanks for looking

See you soon

Cath

xxx

Friday, 29 June 2018

I think I’m gaining a new respect for those of you who regularly have hot summers… we’re just not used to it in the UK!  I love it, but it does have its drawbacks in that it’s WAY too hot to stamp or even to play with paints!

I deliberately got up early this morning, so I could do a bit of stamping Smile

Try it on Tuesday’s current challenge it ‘Things with Wings’…. 

…and the Butterfly challenge has a colour wheel, with the letter ‘v’ for this month… butterflies, violet and vertical lines…

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SSS Wednesday challenge is ‘Anything Goes’

Dare2bArtzy’s challenge is Bright Colours

Double D Challenges is also Butterflies

and

Moo Mania’s Challenge is Favourite Colours…

This is made with my favourite colour combo (turquoise, sky blue and violet oxides) and I’ve used Stampendous butterflies and one of my favourite Quietfire quotes.

FAV COL WINGS

Since I made the butterflies from snippets, I’d also  like to enter this into Pixie’s current  Snippets Challenge.

I’ve enjoyed stamping butterflies for a change Smile so here’s another one, this time a Paperartsy stamp.

COUNTS NOT MOMENTS

My thoughts turned to one of my favourite places when I was making this one…

MONTMARTRE

I’ve also been making ATCs on the theme of Friends/Friendship for a Tribute Swap to one of our longest standing members, who very recently passed away...

FRIENDS ATCS MG

My blogging program keeps changing font  Sad smile and my laptop is REALLY slow, plus my keyboard isn’t working properly - never has since an old friend of mine tipped a hot cup of tea all over it, but it’s worse some days than others and this is definitely one of them, so I’m using an external keyboard, which means I’m at an angle.   I’m beginning to think nothing in my house likes humidity.  Outside, one of my container tomato plants has actually scorched!  That’s one thing I really didn’t expect.

It’s a good job I REALLY like the sun…

I think I’d better stop there and come back when things cool down a bit… lol. 

Thanks for looking

Back soon

Stay cool!

Cath

xxx

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Today is a good crafting day Smile

I live on the main road, not too far from a large Tesco, Aldi and Iceland, not to mention pretty close to an M6 junction and to the A580, so the roads are always MAD busy here. Not to mention that there’s a primary school behind my house and another one across the road, plu a busy Nursery directly across from me. My craft room is at the front of the house, so I have learned virtually to tell the time by the sound of traffic. I love being in there on Sundays and Bank Holidays because the roads go really quiet when the supermarkets close… it’s great! 

Today, it suddenly went quiet just after 2pm. I wondered what was happening and suddenly remembered the football. Sure enough, the football was live at that moment. The roads are almost empty! If I hadn’t already been shopping, it would’ve been a great time to nip over the road for some Smile

The challenge for this week at Allsorts is Sweet Treats. My first reaction was ‘eek!’ – I don’t have any ‘sweet’ stamps… so I hunted around and surprise, surprise – I actually DO have some ‘sweet’ stamps! I just don’t use them very often – or in some cases have never used them, shame on me Sad smile

So I thought I’d have a change and go seriously cute and sweet… even using a deckle card, which is rare these days.

SWEET TREAT 1

…just realised I forgot to add the glitter to the butter cream!  I’ll so that later.  I coloured these very sweet House Mice with Prisma Pencils. Although they look very sweet here, I wouldn’t be very happy if I found them lurking in my kitchen!

Sweet Stampers have an ‘Animals’ challenge, so I’d like to link that, and Sweet Stamping have a ‘Food and Drink’ challenge, so I’ll link to that, too.

I was playing around with some new stamps and trying to do a CAS design, but I wasn’t over happy with my results…

SILENT WOODS CAS

Then I really messed up on one by adding a few bits of painted Distress Oxide – it just didn’t work. SO, with nothing to lose, I started dipping into Oxides smooshed onto my craft mat and spritzed with water. Then I added a little stencilling with Moonlight White and finally, a few spatters with white paint.  I have to admit, I really like the end result.

I’d like to enter this into the Word Art Wednesday Challenge.

SILENT WOODS 2 OUTSIDE

I liked the inks over the white embossing, so I did a little resist with them, stencilling over the Oxides with Moonlight White. I was also challenging myself to use more die cuts; I used five on this Smile

This is for the Make My Monday Resist embossing Challenge.

SILENT WOODS 1

The previous day I found one of my old ‘Faux Batik’ backgrounds, with a stamp I used to use a lot, so – knowing there was a Faux Batik Challenge at Art Cards Challenge,  I started playing with it, adding inks and experimenting to see if the Oxides would cover the FB image or not. They did, but I used a baby wipe to wipe them off, so you can just about see the (reverse) image in the background on the right hand side. I discovered that if you use another piece of card instead of (or as well as) newsprint or Kitchen roll when you iron off the EP, you get a lovely reverse Faux Batik effect.  You can, of course, take this a little further and create another resisting image, but I hadn’t done this on the piece I found, so I just overstamped it.

FAUX BATIK

With the SSS Wednesday challenge of ‘Bright and Cheerful’ in mind, I made this next card, which was so much fun to make… the astute among you will notice that the words and stamps do NOT belong to the same plate…oops! I may just have ordered two sets…

BRIGHT HOPPY SKIPPY OUTSIDE

I’d like to enter this into

Simply Papercraft Anything Goes challenge

A Perfect Time to Craft – Anything Goes

Back to Basics – Heat Embossing

and

Daring Cardmakers – What a Wonderful World

I’d also like to thank Brenda for sharing the ‘fix’ for receiving Blogger comments again!  Yay Brenda! Many thanks – I really missed being able to reply to the lovely comments people make.

That’s it for now.

Back soon

Thanks for looking

Cath

xxx

Monday, 18 June 2018

On one of my blog wandering moments, I came across a Brushos technique that I hadn’t seen before and I really fancied trying….

Given that the current Allsorts challenge is to use at least 2 die cuts, which I rarely use, I thought this may well fit the bill.

You’ll find my inspiration post here.

Here are my die cut cards… I’ve only used two colours of Brusho on each one.

Using 6 die cuts, 2 double stitched squares, 3 flowers and 1 word… the ‘shadow stamped’ flower is a Penny Black iris.

AS 6 DIE CUTS

This one has 3 die cuts…I’ve edited it because it was showing as much darker, but now it’s showing lighter Sad smile The card base is a very deep green/blue – not quite turquoise – one of my favourite colours. Sorry I can’t get it to show up the way it is but this is a little clearer.

AS DIE CUTS 2

This one has 4 die cuts… and is probably my favourite. You can see the Penny Black stamp on the right hand side in the ‘shadow’ stamping.

AS DIE CUTS 3

So I decided to transfer the technique to my journal…

INSPIRED BY BRUSHOS TECHNIQUE

I did get a little carried away with more imprinting in the Brushos while wet, then stamping some background fillers in Broken Twigs and Delicata gold. I also added a little more red and yellow ink (Oxides) because the colours had lightened over the gesso. I used a gold pen afterwards, for a few highlights. I would love to be able to get more of these Sailor rolling ball pens but they don’t seem to be available anywhere! They really do look like gold, unlike most gold inks.

I used an old double ended Zig glue pen that I’ve probably had for 18 or more years on the flowers, and to my delight, it still works! But later, I noticed that some glue was still a little sticky on the pages, so I was worried they may stick together. Ping! I had a thought! Why not add some gold leaf to them…?

BRUSHOS TECH 1A  BRUSHOS TECH 2A

The words are from a Visible Image plate I found at Port Sunny and I love them! I added bits of journalling before and after photographs.

I’d like to link the journalling to the current Art Journal Journey Challenge and the above cards to

Stamping Sensations – Anything Goes

Penny Black and more – In My Garden 

Dragonfly Dreams – Anything Goes

My Time to Craft – Stamped Background

Mix it Up Challenge – Anything Goes

That’s all for now.

Thanks for looking

See you soon

Cath

xxx