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

Saturday, 29 August 2020

 'Dafternoon! Hope you're all well and enjoying the weekend 😊

I thought I'd better get some more stamping uploaded or I'll have even more piling up in my folder, so I'll begin with my recent Mingle for KCUK. My theme was Bright and Beautiful. 

These three colours were on a Challenge Blog I had intended to take part in - can't find it now, but if it's still around, I will. I loved the samples in these colours, so used them on what began as a concertina book, then exploded into something bigger. That isn't the one I'm posting now, but this is what I made immediately after the first one, mainly because I enjoyed it so much AND the inkpads were out on my desk, so I made the pages while listening to podcasts.

The pages are each 4" (10cm) square, so I cut a piece of card 4" x 16" from my A3 card, which is a little thick for folding, as you'll see...😖 I just inked it with sponges, then added some background stamping and stencilling in the same colours, or water spraying with the flowers, and in black and white (Brilliance) inks.

I thought I'd taken a photo of both sides, but I clearly didn't. Sorry. I don't even know if this is the front or the back, lol. 

Then I stamped some of Janet Klein's 'borg stamps' - as I call them - coloured, fussy cut and stuck them in front of whichever stamp I used to ground them, adding little bits of stamps from the sets and a bit of doodling as I went along. I don't think I used washi tape on this one, but I certainly did on the book. 

Here's the front cover, followed by the pages. As you can probably see, I made two covers in black card, attaching each to each end of the accordion, and taping a length of ribbon across the back one so that it would meet and tie at the front. Another 4x4 for the cover and it was done. I almost redid this one, to be honest, because I added way too much background stamping for my liking, but I thought I'd get away with it once the images were on. The wall wasn't a good idea!






Most of the background stamps were StudioLight, but not all of them. This was - again - a delight to make. I don't know if you can see clearly on these photos the cracking folds. That happened with the other one, though it's taller and slimmer, so that was how it became a sewn signature book in an accordion folder... but I'll post that one next time. I made it over a week or so and it was a real labour of love because it was for someone who's very special to me. I've had a bit of an Aall and Create fest lately - it's been a lot of fun 😉

Linking to
Allsorts, Going round in circles (lots of b/g circles)
Color Crazy Challenge, Anything colouring (all images)
More Mixed Media, Anything Goes, Optional Brights

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Cath
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Thursday, 27 August 2020

Hello, Strangers! I do hope you are well and wonderfully surviving in the Covid crisis. Life has definitely changed for most of us - and drastically for some. But change isn't always all bad.

I know, I've been a BAD blogger... sorry. I've had/still have keyboard issues, but that's not why I haven't blogged - I've been busy with one thing and another, including making a lot of mess all over my house. I also went 'off' cards for a while, so when I was able have been making other things, which I've really enjoyed 😁 But, please accept my apologies for not visiting you over the last few weeks. This laptop is the one I use in the evenings, but because I've had to relocate my external keyboard (repair that needs 'fixing' when my son escapes quarantine, following his return from Spain) and this one hasn't been working, it's been difficult. I tend to use the other one for streaming while I'm in my craft room, where I spend most of my day, even if I'm not crafting! 

But I'm here now because my main laptop keyboard decided to work and I know I need to clear some of the artwork in my folder, so I just thought I'd check out the challenges. In the meantime, I've been moved over to the new Blogger - yuk! That shows how long it is since I was here 😟

Firstly, a butterfly from Aall and Create, on a smooshed background... I do like this stamp.


My 'botanical' for SSS Mondays is Penny Black flowers, clear embossed then coloured with Prismas, on a simple sponged background, featuring one of my favourite 'go to' text stamps and a lot of dots 😊

Then the Birds... just a mess about with the owls and a try out of a stamp of some words I already had - you can see the others in the background. The background is some dotty leaves from another set. It's another sponged background. 

And this one was a 'Just for fun' card I made...I'll put photo and scan side by side and you'll just have to imagine it's in between the two! We've had so much dull weather lately, making photo taking much more difficult.
 
I'm linking to...
Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday, Anything beginning with a 'B'
Penny Black and More, Say it with Flowers

Thank you for calling in today...
I'll be back very soon
Stay well and safe!
Cath
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Thursday, 30 July 2020

Good morning!
I'm making a lot of tall, slimmer cards at the moment, and really enjoying the format. It helps that there are more tall, slim stamps available 😁 and just tall stamps in general. I'll have to make a tall, slim journal, I think...

I love these Studio Light images, so easy to use and so much fun to make. This is another of those that the scanner doesn't pick up colour on. It seems to struggle to differentiate between blue/turquoise/green and it can be VERY frustrating...😖 I made these a little wider, just to give more room to add background images and a bit of doodling. I've been playing a lot with blues and greens, such refreshing colours.

 

This one's an old Paperartsy stamp I often pull out to play with.

And, for a change, some flowers on another of my Ecoline backgrounds... I did add lots of Prisma and other bits of colour, though and more b/g stamping. 

Linking to
Penny Black & More, In the Garden
Stamping Sensations, All Creatures Great and Small

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Cath
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Monday, 27 July 2020

Good evening 😀
How are  you? I hope all is well where you are, despite all the sad news we're bombarded with.
I'm back again... I'm just going to plough through some of the stuff I've been making over the last few weeks or so.

We had a music mingle on KCUK, and this was the card I was thinking of using. I had intended doing a concertina type arched booklet, but got to wondering if this would work as a folded card - and it did - but thinner dies don't cut through thicker card well, so it isn't something I'll be doing often. I sent it as a birthday card.


This was for the last mingle in June, which was 'I'll drink to that' - or similar. It's a variation of another I made, which was very socially distanced...this one has the cake, so it's a bit more interesting if you like cake - which I'm not keen on 😉
I made this one yesterday. I'd already made the background, with my VI stencil and thought it would go perfectly with the Katzelcraft 'Zoisos'. She looks as if she's well and truly 'gobsmacked' as we would say... as if life's been absolutely crazy...sound familiar?
I'm ashamed to say I've had those words for over 15 years and never used them once 😞
In my defence, I just didn't seem to have the right images and although I even bought a (cheap) roller coaster die to go with them, I didn't really like it... but I LOVE the words! I loved most of the Inkadinkado 'children's' words but this one made me giggle. They're not easy to cut up because of the way they're written, so I decided to use artistic licence and just go with it.

This one I made just for fun... and, again, I love the words 😊
And this is the Music Mingle I did use... sorry I have to post a few photos to show it as it is...
I can't remember what the folded card is called... I saw one on a friend's blog - though hers was better, with a little concertina on it - then just happened across a video and thought I'd try it out. So that's why I used it for the mingle. This is the front.

This is how it looks half folded...

...and lying flat.
It wasn't easy to get the colours accurate, so the top two are photos. The scan dulls the colours, which is a shame. It was fun to make, though looking at it I'm annoyed I didn't plan it better before jumping in ...It was my prototype really, and I already have ideas for next time 😊

Linking to
Dragonfly Dreams, No Patterned Paper
Alphabet Challenge, H for Hungry - food (cake)
Mix it Up, ATG, Optional Technique (lots of stencilling)
Stamping Sensations, All Creatures Great and Small
Country View Challenges, Do More of What Makes You Happy
(In my case, that's playing around with colour 😁)

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Cath
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Sunday, 19 July 2020

My goodness! When I looked at how long it is since I last blogged, I was horrified. It's not as if I'm not being creative - I am - but I just haven't blogged. I've had some days where I wasn't able to but for now, I can and so I will share a few bits I've been making.

Unusually, I haven't used flowers for a while, until this morning... when I used a very simple design for this Sympathy card. They're never a joy to make and always a challenge because I like to keep them very CAS.

I seem to have an awful lot of WIPs hanging around, so I'll probably end up completing a large number all on the same day or two. I've been painting and background creating, which is always lots of fun. 
I made this for my (7 year old) granddaughter - if she ever gets it 😊 
I had so much fun making the background and trying to create a magical effect with interference acrylic paints and inks, with touches of sparkle. 
Always difficult to capture on camera, though...

 

Neet shamed me (by showing a pic of some images she was working on) into getting out these stampsI had had for a ridiculously long time but never used... do I used one of my super duper long (approx 9") tag dies and created a background for these two I had coloured in readiness.
and this one I also decided I MUST use.

I love these girls, but their eyes are so SAD! I actually altered her lips and eyes slightly on the one above, which added a little life, but I really felt their sad expressions getting to me and it's put me off them.
So I thought I'd finish with a little bit of whimsy. Someone called these girls cute - I don't think they are. They're plain weird, with their flower eyes...in fact, they remind me of the Borg (old Star Trek fan) and that's probably what drew me to them! But they are cute in some ways, I know...I think it's the accompanying words I love, and the fact that they go so well with the images, although I know they could go with anything. I love this background. These are definitely 'feel good' colours for me.
 I have lots more to show you but I think this is enough for now. I need to get my baby brother's birthday card finished and in the post today...he's in NZ, so it has a long way to go!

Linking to...
Inkspirational Challenges, Painting or Colouring
Not Just Cards, Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenges, Anything Goes

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Cath
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Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Hello 😀
Just catching up with some of my recent playtimes. I've been having fun and when I'm feeling creative it makes me reticent to 'break the spell' in order to blog...how sad is that?

Still using up some of my recent Ecoline backgrounds - in fact, I made these before I made the book I posted last week. They're just very simple, plain but colourful backgrounds, featuring those gorgeous Janet Klein images. I love these words and the images make me smile when I'm using them.

This is an Oxide background. It looks almost hazy compared to the one above but it isn't in real life.

This one was just a quick playtime with the stamp, which I love. Again, it's a simple Oxide background.

This is one of those cards we all dislike making, but it just has to be done. This one was for the sister of an ex-colleague.  

And this one I've just finished. It's mainly acrylic paints, but with some Oxides thrown in for good measure 😉 It's another A5 length card, so quite tall, but this time a little wider. I've used a couple of stencils, too, then coloured the flowers with watercolour pencils. I don't use gold paint often these days but I love the effect when I do. I used it both for stencilling and for stamping.
Linking to 
Crafty Cardmakers, Create your own Background
Make My Monday, Use Stencils
Allsorts, So cute
Sweet Stamping, Create your own background
Alphabet Challenge, F is for Flora or Fauna
Tuesday Throwdown, Anything Goes

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Cath
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Saturday, 20 June 2020

Hello!
I've been meaning to blog this all week, but I just got busy - playing! No excuse other than being so wrapped up in what I've been doing 😉 while listening to videos and music. 
I hope you're all surviving and looking forward to more freedom - if you don't already have it. 'Normality' still feels a long way off but I think I'm going to have to get used to it again soon. 

When I was using up my Ecolines - I still have lots left - I made several backgrounds and really loved some of the more colourful ones. This was one of them. Sorry the light is mixed, but this photo was taken in full sunshine. On the other hand, you can see how the sunlight brings out the best in these gorgeous colours.  Look at the contrast where the sun catches it. Wow! It just looks magical. 
As you can see, I did a little bit of basic background stamping on this bit of card before using it.
I decided it couldn't be for anything other than whimsy and quirky and so I pulled out my little stash of Janet Klein images and words. I love these but I think it's the words I love most. I added very little to the background because a) it's so busy with colour and b) I didn't want to cover it too much!
So I folded it in half, then folded it back on itself, stamped and coloured. 
These are the unfolded pages. Although I stamped them directly on the pages, I also stamped, coloured (watercolouring and Prisma pencils) and fussy cut images to cover over the top.
I did attempt stamping the words directly, but I should've realised they just wouldn't show clearly enough. So I stamped on white card and cut them out, which gave me a little more leeway and is my preferred style anyway.
Here are the individual pages.


And this is the cover page


Instead of making a front and back cover, as I normally would, I  used an offcut folded card to make the book. I wish I'd made front and back covers because it won't open up flat but - to be absolutely honest - I didn't want to have to stamp/decorate the back... 😳... shame on me!
Because of the way I'd made it, there wasn't much room to add a greeting to the person I sent it to (she already has it 😉) so... remembering something I'd seen on Dar's Blog, one of our KCUK members, I opted for hiding a tag behind them. It was a bit late to do it well because I'd already attached the pages, but I found a die cut of a gusseted tag holder, so I managed to fix that to the back of one of the pages and inserted a little tag that I could write on. You can see its ribbon popping out above the second page.

Here's the book as it looked when completed.


As you can see, I added lots of white on this, doodling and stencilling, just to brighten it up a little and to add more interest.
The recipient liked it, so I'm happy, and it was fun to make 😊

Linking to
As You Like it, Digital or Rubber and Why?  
I definitely prefer rubber because they are FAR more versatile and give you lots more options with techniques, placement and double stamping - to avoid cutting out the fiddly bits.
Everybody Art Challenge, Favourite stamps... I have too many loved stamps to have a favourite but right now, these JK images are right up there in my Top Ten, especially the Underwear one)
Use Your Stuff, It's a Girl Thing
Stamping Sensations, Make it Colourful

Back to the Craft Room for me!
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Cath
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Sunday, 14 June 2020

Hello!
Just wanted to share some of my playtimes from the last couple of weeks. I watched a video just over a week ago and was really inspired by the technique, so played around a bit, trying out different paints and colouring mediums. I'm still enjoying the technique, so I'm sure it will feature again, soon - in fact, I'm planning to go try something else as soon as I've blogged these.
They're all on watercolour paper, using different types of watercolours.
 (I didn't get to play but I did get to see my little 7 year old granddaughter for the first time since mid March. She's my only grandchild. It was so hard to leave her - I cried - but I got lots of hugs and even some little gifts she'd wrapped up for me, bless her, especially for sharing her precious LOLs with me - even if it was a double 😁)


This is how my first one looked when it had dried and I'd added some text. Far from perfect, of course, but as the stamp says, 'Imperfections make life more interesting', don't you agree?


I tried out more than one set of images for this, pulling them out of my already fussy cut and coloured stash 😉
So here's my first image try out, using Katzelcraft's Les Rats de la Ville. I did like this one, so you'll probably see this design again, but this time I went with the one below, mainly because I liked the addition of more colour. (Katzelcraft again - I love the way the artist gives each animal so much personality.)
It isn't part of anything yet because I used a piece of paper I'd already cut to size, ready for making a book/journal and may well be my front cover because I really love the way it turned out.
This one was an attempt at using Inktense Pencils. I added too much water because I was trying to get the colours to  move a little more, but I think it's still interesting. I only pencilled the colour lightly, but it really didn't want to move, so not the ideal medium for this technique.
In retrospect, I wonder if this would've been better if I'd left areas of more concentrated colour, to give more definition. The circles are also smaller - I think I prefer the larger ones. I added more stamped and doodled circles to it. The colour at the bottom is from when I used it as a stencil mopup. 
This is after the first spray.


I've just finished this one, painted with Daler Rowney Watercolours. I didn't like the butterfly I'd stamped on the bottom circle - but there wasn't much space, so I covered the original stamping with a second Stampendous butterfly. (Only because it's the only one big enough 😁)  I think it would work better with three different types. 
More stamped circles on this one and the words are printed on my labeller. It's been fun to watercolour a little more and just let the inks move around, instead of using pencils or pens.
I'd tried another one on the other side, which really didn't work! The colours seeped through, as you can see at the bottom. I probably also used the wrong side of the paper...I never know which side is best 😊
I will post the video link when I find it, but it's in Dutch, so unless you are fortunate enough to speak Dutch, you'll just have to mute it, as I did...
I'll be back soon to share some other stamping I've been doing, though I can't share one of them yet, until something arrives so I can finish it off - if it isn't lost.

Linking to:
Allsorts, Embossing, wet or dry (all stamping heat embossed)

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I hope you're all enjoying the gradual relaxation of lockdowns, wherever you may be! 
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Cath
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