Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Hello cat!

Hi everyone, I just love this grumpy cat!
He's fussy cut and coloured with prismacolor pencils, and I've used a couple of NBUS goodies...never before used schtuff as Darnell would say!

The hello die and the sentiment stamp are both new to me, so I'm linking up to Darnell's challenge  where she encourages us to use NBUS,  our stash of stuff we had to have, but haven't got around to using!


I'm also linking up to the challenge at Inkspirational where the word prompt is hello!

It's an anything goes challenge at Word Art Wednesday,

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and since I've layered 2 of the hello bubble diecuts together to add dimension, I'm also linking to the pop it up challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.

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Katzelkraft cat stamp; Stamplorations Trendy Feathers 2 sentiment stamp; Poppystamps hello word balloon die; prismacolor pencils; versafine ink and clear ep; black tombow to define his whiskers.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Indigo butterfly.

Hi everyone, I'm finally on holidays and hoping to catch up with some challenges and increase my stash of cards!

I love purple and I love blue, and this indigo colour is a combination of both! I layered Kuretake Gansai watercolour paints in dark blues and purples together and added some Finetec gold paint to get this combo.(Here's a closer look at the shimmer.)

I'm racing in to the Butterfly Challenge where the theme is to use a silhouette and the optional colour of indigo on a butterfly card. I'm hoping this solid diecut will count as a silhouette.

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At Seize the Birthday I'm choosing the anything goes birthday option.

My butterfly is popped up on some foam squares glued close to the body so it gives lots of dimension. The theme at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday is to pop it up.

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I'm also linking up to the anything goes with dies challenge at Happy Little Stampers.

Kuretake Gansai and Finetec watercolour paints; Memory Box Lucienne Tile and Moonlight Butterfly dies; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Take Flight.

Hi everyone, I thought I'd get another card made before the weekend's over. It'll be school holidays in a week or so and I am really looking forward to the break!

I really wanted to play along with the theme at Less is More this week where the theme is take flight.
This butterfly is perched on the edge of the circle just waiting to do that.

The coloured centre is a watercolour wash with blue and green Stampin Up reinkers so I'm also linking to the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge.

 My other elements are fussy cutting, diecutting, stamping and collage. I stamped and embossed the sentiment onto tissue paper and then cut the words apart as I wanted to space them differently. The tissue paper is glued down with Multi Matte Medium. Here's a closer look.

At Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, the theme is clean and simple.
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and it's also clean and simple at Addicted to Stamps & More.

Stampin Up brocade blue & pistachio pudding reinkers; Inktense pencils; Spellbinders circle dies; Indigo Blu butterfly stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; Technique Tuesday Take Flight stamp; tissue paper; multi matte medium.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Watercolour & sparkle.

Hi everyone, I'm back with another card as a guest designer with
 CAS Mixup Card Challenge for this month.

The theme is to use a watercolour wash with stamping and another element or technique on your card.

I used  green and blue Stampin Up reinkers to create my wash. I added a drop or two to an acrylic block and blended onto watercolour paper with lots of water and an aqua brush.

I added some glass bead glitter gel through a stencil to give some texture and sparkle. The butterflies are fussycut and coloured with Inktense pencils and the sentiment is from a Hero Arts set that I've had for ages. I've used other stamps from the set so it was good to finally use this one!

I'm also linking up to the clean and simple challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.

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The theme at AAA Cards is to use a creature on your card.

At Addicted to Stamps & More, it's also a clean & simple theme.

Stampin Up reinkers pistachio pudding and brocade blue; Darkroom Door butterfly stamp; Hero Arts Find Joy sentiment stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; Tim Holtz dot fade layering stencil; glass bead glitter gel; Inktense pencils.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Saturday, 2 September 2017

You're out of this world!

Hi everyone, I was so excited when Bonnie recently invited me to be a guest designer at Cas Mix Up Card Challenge! I love CAS cards and I also love trying different mixed media techniques. The video tutorials Loll and Bonnie linked to the site were a great help too, as this is still a pretty new  technique to me.

The recipe for this month is to use watercolour washes along with stamping and at least one other component or technique. My extra components are distress inking, wet embossing and diecutting.

 I started by applying a wash to some watercolour paper using Kuretake Gansai paints. I didn't stop with one though!
 I added more blues and water and kept the paint moving by tilting the board the paper was taped to. While the flat washes looked ok I actually loved the texture created as the paint pooled and bloomed.
I added a spatter of silver Finetec paint to add a starry effect.

Next I applied some chipped sapphire and black soot distress ink around the edges. A spray of water helped the inks blend in to the watercoloured area.

(Here's a pic of the other half of the panel before distress ink was applied to the edges.)

I stamped one of the Altenew moon images and embossed it with liquid platinum powder. I diecut it with a small circle die, added some grey distress ink and used a mouse pad and shaping tool to add some dimension. It's popped up on a smaller disc of fun foam to keep the 3d look.
The stamped sentiment is embossed with fine detail silver powder and I diecut the Dad from a snippet of silver paper.

It's Father's Day here on Sunday, so I hope he likes his card!

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

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and to the make your mark challenge at Addicted to Stamps & More.

Kuretake Gansai and Finetec silver watercolour paint; distress inks; Altenew to the moon stamp; versafine ink and liquid platinum and fine silver embossing powder; Impression Obsession alphabet die.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Alcohol inked flowers.

Hi everyone, been a busy few weeks traveling and training for work so I am glad to finally relax in the craft room! 

I've been wanting to play along with quite a few challenges and have missed the deadlines so I'm on a mission now lol!

The theme at CAS Mixup Card Challenges is to use alcohol inks as one of your components.

I had some scraps of metal sheet in my snippets box that I diecut and pounced some alcohol inks on.
I used a purple, a yellow and an orange. I thought some tropical greenery would suit these colours.
My other elements are diecutting, distress inking to colour the greenery and dry embossing.

I'm also linking up to the snippets playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop. You only need one snippet to play along.

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At AAA Cards the theme is summer fun. Time is nearly up so get in quickly if you want to play along!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday want us to add a sentiment.

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and at Happy Little Stampers anything goes with dies, it's anything goes.


Papertrey Ink woodgrain embossing plate; Spellbinders circle, Memory Box Fancy Flowers and MFT Wild Greenery dies; metal sheet; distress inks; alcohol inks; Stampin Up Whimsical Words stamp; versafine ink & clear ep.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Monday, 31 July 2017

Wedding roses.

Hi everyone. I was asked for a wedding card with roses and searched my stash for these ingredients.
The embossing folder is brand new (to me anyway) while the stamp and dies I've had for ages, the greenery and roses never used before!

Here's a close up of the rolled roses.

I wanted to CASE this card on pinterest,
 I think it's by Crafts by Rudlis and it is so beautiful! 

I'm linking up to these challenges.

Simon Says Stamp Monday where the theme is off the edge.
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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday where the theme is anything goes.
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Just Us Girls where it's time to use something old and or new.

Marianne Design embossing folder DF3423; Poppy stamps lorelai leaf outline die; Impression Obsession spiral flowers die; Spellbinders A2 curved borders one die; Annabelle Stamps wedding medallion sentiment; versafine ink and wow fine metallic silver embossing powder; stampin up coral ink reinker; silver textured card base.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Monday, 24 July 2017

Green watercoloured butterfly.

Hi everyone, I've had this diecut panel and a sheet of watercoloured paper lying around for ages and thought I'd combine the two for a card.

The diecut was layered twice to give some dimension. I painted some watercolour paper with Kuretake gansai paints and the gold flecks are from some gold Finetec watercolour paint.

I embossed the butterfly to add some more interest and added a sentiment sticker .
Here's another pic that shows the shimmer from the gold paint.

The challenge at Less is More is anything but stamps.
I often create cards with diecuts and sentiment stickers so this challenge is great for me!

At CAS watercolour challenge the theme is butterfly. 
That's my other favourite image for cards!

At Seize the Birthday I've gone with the no toppings option of anything goes.

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

Memory Box ringo tiles border and Moonlight butterfly dies; Summer fun set embossing folder;
Kuretake gansai and Finetec watercolour paints; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Owl and tissue paper moon.

Hi everyone, I have a friend who loves owls and am hoping they like this card!

It's a similar design to one I created earlier this month, using crinkled tissue paper glued to a circle, sprayed with brushed pewter stain, then embossed with liquid platinum powder to give it lots of shine and texture. Loll has a great video tutorial on this technique. 
The sentiment is stamped in versafine and embossed with fine silver metallic powder.

Here's a closer look at the moon.

I'm linking up to the challenge at The Male Room where the theme is mixed media.

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

At Poppystamps the theme is to add bling.
The brushed pewter distress spray stain, liquid platinum and silver metallic embossing add lots of sparkle and shine, so I hope that counts as masculine bling!

Poppystamps wise owl die: Memory Box woodland branch die; Spellbinders circle die; tissue paper; multi matte medium; brushed pewter distress spray stain; versamark ink and liquid platinum embossing powder; Hero Arts shoot for the moon stamp, versafine ink and wow fine silver embossing powder.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Butterflies on distressed timber.

Hi everyone, it's the end of the weekend and the end of school holidays for me.
I did get some much needed work done around the house and rested a lot, so I feel ready to tackle Monday head on lol!

I wanted to play along with the distress challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday. So I've used a few distress inks on this timber stamped panel and distressed the edges with a tool. 
I decided on blue butterflies as this card has such a masculine feel. They are fussy cut and  coloured with inktense pencils.

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I've used stamps, distress ink, inktense pencils, and my texture elements are distressed edges and the frantage enamel embossed sentiment.

I'm also joining the take it make challenge at Craft Stamper Magazine. The theme is anything goes as long as there is stamping on your project.

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At Seize the Birthday I'm playing along with the anything goes no toppings option.

 Darkroom Door timber stamp; antique linen, pumicestone, weathered wood and vintage photo distress inks; Hero Arts antique engravings butterfly stamp; Stamplorations birthday die; versamark ink and aged black frantage enamel embossing powder; inktense pencils; happy sentiment sticker;
Tim Holtz distressing tool.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x