Sunday, 14 May 2017

Dreamcatcher on blue.

Hi everyone, I hope you had a relaxing Mother's Day if you were celebrating it.
I had a lovely day just pottering around, even had a nanna nap!

A friend asked me to make a birthday card with feathers on it, so I'm hoping she likes dreamcatchers.
I borrowed this Cheery Lynn die from my sister ages ago and thought I'd better use it before she wants it back! 
I enlarged the lacy circle with a border diecut from 2 Spellbinders dies. It made the image just that bit bigger which is what I wanted. I used distress inks to colour the white feathers and also to give a bluish tinge to the silver diecuts.

The background is painted with Kuretake Gansai watercolor paints in a few shades of blue, with a touch of Finetec silver watercolour paint for shimmer.

I'm linking up to a few challenges:

At Addicted to Stamps & More it's anything goes.

At Happy Little Stampers watercolour, I'm choosing the anything goes option.

I'm also adding another entry to Seize the Birthday, going with the no toppings option this time.

Supplies: Kuretake Gansai and Finetec watercolour paints; Cheery Lynn dreamcatcher die; distress inks; silver card; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Friday, 12 May 2017

Seahorse scenery.

Hi everyone, I was so excited when Nancy asked me to be a party guest to play along at Seize the Birthday. It's one of my favourite challenges as I'm always needing birthday cards!

The theme this time is birthday with Creatures or Animals,

or, as always if you don't want to do the toppings it's anything goes as long as it's a birthday theme.

I've had lots of fun playing with gesso and distress paint to create the background for the seahorse and starfish. Old cardboard boxes are no longer safe in my house lol!

The creatures are inked with versamark and then embossed with frantage enamel powders in aged taupe and ochre. I cut down a cereal box to make a base with three sides as an "Ć«mbossing booth". It does a good job of containing the powder which tends to blow everywhere until it starts to melt.

I'm also linking up to the anything goes challenge at Addicted to Stamps & More

Scrap of corrugated card; gesso; weathered wood distress paint; Sizzix mini sand and sea and holiday greens dies; versamark ink; frantage embossing enamels; metallic rub on paint;sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Friday, 28 April 2017

Autumn snippets.

Hi everyone, we are enjoying some gorgeous Autumn weather here at the moment. Cool mornings and evenings and lovely warm days. 

I had a scrap of brown brushos paper left over from another project so diecut these leaves and added some more colour with a few distress inks. There is a lovely gold shimmer that doesn't show in the pic too well, the brushos were misted with a gold spray.

I'm linking up to the anything goes birthday challenge at Seize the Birthday,

and to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday where it's also anything goes.

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I've used Memory Box Marvelous Maple leaves die.

Memory Box marvelous maple leaves die; distressed stripes embossing folder; brushos; distress inks; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Purple flowers.

Hi everyone, I made a batch of these flowers a little while ago, and thought I'd use more of them up.

I added the black frame after I'd finished the card as I felt the white circle needed more definition. It was a bit tricky getting it in place but it worked ok I think. 

The challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday is showers and or flowers.

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At Work it Wednesday the theme is April showers bring May flowers.

Inkspirational has a Spring theme, but it's about to close so be quick if you want to join in!

Stampin Up pansy punch; PaperArtsy infusions; Magenta inka gold; Memory Box Lorelai leaf die and parts of the cherry blossom die; distress inks; Darice crackle embossing folder; Spellbinders circle dies; Mama Elephant sentiment stamp; versafine ink & clear ep.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Friday, 21 April 2017

Birthday pinwheel.

Hi everyone, I've been doing so much driving lately that the craft room has been neglected!
I'm off to Brisbane this morning too, about 3 hours each way for a 15 minute doctors appointment!
Luckily he's a great doctor and worth the trip.

Lack of time meant I thought I'd try and CASE some of my own cards. I made one like this years ago when I first got this Stampin Up pinwheel die. 

I've tweaked it a little bit and was  hoping to play along with the patterned paper challenge 
at Seize the birthday, but you need 2 papers and I'v only used 1, so I'm linking up to their anything goes option.

I'm also playing along at Scrapbook Boutique where there is this gorgeous mood board for inspiration. As well as the pastels there's a pop of blue and red in the top left pic that caught my eye and I was inspired by all of the circles.

The coloured letters were cut from scraps of coloured card, so I'm off to the snippets playground at
Pixie's Crafty Workshop. I've been absent for a while and have missed lots of fun!

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Stampin Up pinwheel die; Cuttlebug tiny bubbles embossing folder; sentiment stickes; brad, patterned paper and scraps of bazzil from my stash.

Thanks for visiting, I'm off to have coffee and get ready for my long drive.
Cathy x

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Weathered wood and flowers.

Hi again, more torn card and gesso, but this time I painted it with weathered wood distress paint.
I rubbed on some pewter metallic paint on the edges too.

This fresh daisy was cut from some watercolour papper painted with Kuretake Gansai paints. The stem is coloured with distress markers.

I'm linking up again to the birthday challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday,

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and to Seize the Birthday, the anything goes option.

Simon Says Stamp fresh daisies die; Kuretake Gansai watercolour paints; distress markers; weathered wood distress paint; gesso; sentiment sticker; pewter metallic rub on paint.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Purple mixed media.

Hi everyone, I've been playing with torn cardboard and gesso again!
This time, I sprayed the gessoed card with antique linen distress stain and painted it into the nooks and crannies! I rubbed on some amber metallic paint on the edges, although it's a bit hard to see in the photo.

The flowers were made from a messy infusions experiment!
I was spritzing water and sprinkling on the colour are you cerise then smooshing it on my craft sheet. I added some blue knight and realized I'd gone too far!! Way too much water. I painted on a thin layer of gesso, to tone it down, as you can see from this pic, still didn't look too appealing!

I punched out some flowers, rubbed a tiny bit of magenta inka gold onto the edge of the petals and smoothed it around with a wet brush, Much better!

I'm linking up to  Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge where the theme is sprays,

I've used Poppy stamps meadow leaf and lorelai leaf die, and parts of the Memory Box cherry blossom die.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is celebrating their 8th birthday with a birthday theme! Congratulations!
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At Inkspirational the theme is Spring,

 and at Addicted to Stamps & More it's anything goes.


Stampin Up flower punch; Poppystamps Meadow leaf & Lorelai leaf dies; Memory Box cherry blossom die; Antique linen distress spray stain; gesso; distress inks; amber metallic rub on paint; Paper Artsy infusions; magenta inka gold; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Embossing with wafer dies.

Hi everyone, I've tried a new to me technique on this card, embossing with a die.
It has a lovely quilted feel in real life. 

I also used up leftover negative and positive pieces to make the flowers. I didn't have enough to cover the card, so that's why I thought I'd try the embossing to balance out the design.

I'm linking up to the Happy Little Stampers anything goes with dies challenge.
I've used Memory Box tilth floral and Simon Says Stamp Mum dies.

At Outside the Box the theme is celebrating Mum. You also need to use a Memory Box product on your project.

At CAS mix up card challenge one of the elements needed in inlaid die cutting.
After embossing the card with the die, I glued the negative flower shapes in place, then glued in the petals. The flowers were leftover from another project where I'd diecut them from card painted with Finetec gold watercolours. I've also stamped the tiny for you sentiment.

Memory Box tilth floral and Simon Says Stamp mum dies; Finetec gold watercolour paints; Casual Fridays Mum's the word stamp; versafine ink & clear ep.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Oxide inks and diecuts.

Hi everyone, I did some experimenting with distress oxide inks on watercolour paper, it was great fun!
I did some die cutting to make use of them, and am entering a few challenges.

At Outside the Box the theme is celebrating Mum, plenty of time to get ready for mother's day.
I've used Memory Box dies, fairytale flower border and moonlight butterfly.

AAA Cards where the theme is die cuts. 

I've inlaid the border die, so this fits the theme at CAS Mixup Card Challenge.
I've used this technique, stamping, wet embossing, vellum and smooshing with distress oxide inks.
I won the stamp when Darnell was having a destash, I love this font so thank you again Darnell

At Simon Says Stamp Monday, it's things with wings.

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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday has an anything goes challenge.

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Memory Box fairytale flower border and moonlight butterfly dies; Casual Fridays Mum's the word sentiment stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; distress oxide inks; scrap of blue sparkle vellum.

Thanks for visiting,
enjoy the rest of your weekend,
Cathy x

Friday, 31 March 2017

Thankful butterfly

Hi everyone, I stamped a few of these woodgrain backgrounds a while ago and thought I'd use one for this card.

I used a few distress inks to colour the wood, fussy cut the stamped sentiment and trimmed up a diecut to frame it. The butterfly is coloured with distress inks and fussy cut too.

I'm linking up to the anything goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday,

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Also the things with wings challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday.

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At Word Art Wednesday the theme is anything goes.

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Darklroom Door woodgrain stamp; distress inks, versafine ink & clear ep; Stampin Up sentiment and buterfly stamp; inktense pencils; Mpress die trimmed to suit the shape of the sentiment.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Washi tape balloons

Hi everyone, I am hoping that everyone in the northern rivers area is safe and dry after the terrible floods we've been having! Our roads were briefly cut by flood waters but our thoughts and prayers are with those who have had to be evacuated.

I needed a quick and easy card for a friend and thought I'd put this colourful washi tape to use, finally! It fits the theme at Scrapbook Boutique where they have this gorgeous mood board for inspiration.
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I'm also linking up to the challenge at AAA Cards where the theme is diecuts.

Edited to Add: This also fits the theme at Time Out where the theme is 'When it rains look for rainbows, when its dark look for stars' Thanks Anita!

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Cuttlebug Love Language embossing folder; Memory Box Prima labels die; Paper Smooches balloon die; heart washi tape; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x