Sunday, 15 April 2018

Slow and steady, snail's pace.

I'm not a huge fan of snail's in the garden, but they are fascinating!

I stamped this one onto a scrap of watercoloured paper and also onto some white card, so I could fussy cut, colour and paper piece onto the card. Close up it looks like 4 antenae and you can see the glossy accents on the shell and wink of stella on the snail, and trail lol!

At Less is More the theme is to bring something back.

 In this case it's the sentiment stamp from Darkrom Door that I haven't used in years. It's stored in a tin so I tend to pile things on top of it!

The tiny greenery stamp is part of a stamp from Flourishes.
Earlier this week I saw one of Darnell's cards (go and check her blog out if you haven't already as she is a wonderful inspiration!)
Darnell said she'd operated on a stamp to remove the daisy and add an umbrella. I recognized the stamp, went searching and then realized the tiny greenery would fit the snail panel! Thanks Darnell!
It's another one that hasn't been used in years.
I must check out my stamps more carefully and see how else I could use them.

At Simon Says Stamp Monday, the challenge is to be influenced by a myth, fable or story.
I know a snail isn't the same as the hare and the tortoise, but that was the fable I got stuck on! I hope that's ok,  think this sentiment is a bit like slow and steady wins the race.

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I've added texture with glossy accents and a touch of black soot ink around the edge of the panel, so I'm also playing at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.

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At Word Art Wednesday it's an anything goes sentiment theme or bible verse.

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Supplies :
Darkroom Door Viva La Flora Vol 2 stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; Flourishes Kid's play stamp; Carabelle un escargot stamp; Versafine green ink; scrap of watercoloured paper; tombow markers; prismacolour pencils; glossy accents; clear wink of stella pen; Stately embossing folder.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Pearl lustre lapis embossing.

Hi everyone, I've been sidetracked all weekend from what I am supposed to be doing, and the card I am supposed to be making!

I'm using a pearl embossing powder that I haven't used for ages. Here's a better look.

Love the metallic blue look.

The theme over at AAA Cards is to use your favourite technique.
I love embossing, and use it on nearly it can make colouring easier.
Embossing or even double embossing diecut shapes and sentiments is also fun, although the powder can get flighty!

At Addicted to Stamps & More it's make a mark.
I used prismacolour pencils for the butterfly.

At Seize The Birthday the toppings option is vibrant colours.

At Simon Says Stamp Wednesday the challenge is to add some texture.
I've added a shiny texture to the sentiment and just a touch of stickles to the butterfly wings.
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Hero Arts antique engravings butterfly stamp; Annabelle Stamps Easter chickadee happy sentiment stamp; versafine ink & cler ep; versamark ink & Stampendous pearl lustre lapis powder; Prismacolour pencils.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Friday, 6 April 2018

Butterfly & grunge.

Hi everyone,
 I made an ATC back in January with a similar design and thought I'd make a card with this background.
That one used crackle paste while on this one I used matte transparent paste.

I started with a piece of leftover brushos watercolour paper that was bluey grey, then stencilled on the matte transparent paste. Next I sprinkled on some infusions powder in brown tones and spritzed with water to get a vintagy splotchy look. 

The butterfly was stamped with versafine, embossed with clear ep and coloured with prismacolour pencils. I emphasized the white dots with a paint pen.

I used some snippets of blue and black card in the layers,
 so I'm linking up to the snippets challenge at Pixie's Crafty Workshop, you only need one scrap or snippet to join in.

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Simon Says Stamp are celebrating their 9th birthday! Woohoo, Congratulations.

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At The Mix it Up Challenge Blog, it's anything goes with the option of bleaching. I've chosen anything goes.


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

And I'm playing again at Seize the Birthday with the anything goes option.

Visible Image fibres stencil; Ranger transparent matte paste; brushos: PaperArtsy infusions; Stampin Up Best of butterflies stamp; Prismacolour pencils; versafine ink & clear ep.; Sharpie white paint pen; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Thursday, 5 April 2018

More acrylic paint with cling wrap.

Hi everyone, I had some acrylic paint and cling wrap backgrounds in my project box and thought I'd make some quick cards. April is another busy month for birthdays here!

The tree die was a gift so I'm not sure of the brand and the woodgrain base is done with a Papertrey Ink coverplate. I've popped the tree panel up on some fun foam for dimension. A sentiment sticker finishes it off.

I'm linking up to the birthday challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.
They are celebrating theiir 9th birthday, Congratulations!

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At Addicted to Stamps & More the theme is anything goes!

At Seize the Birthday, I've gone with the anything goes birthday option.

Thanks for visiting, have a great week,
Cathy x

Monday, 2 April 2018

Colourful alcohol inks & gilding flakes.

Hi everyone, I spent a day playing with alcohol inks and yupo. I really wanted to get some gold veining but the gold mixative doesn't move around very well. 

I watched a video that Jane from Janey's cards had done where she added foil to the tacky alcohol ink. Her piece looked amazing.
 I don't have sheets of foil but I thought I'd try gilding flakes. Bit messy but it sort of worked! I used a lot of colours as it was an experiment but I hate wasting things so decided to diecut some flowers. I should've taken the pic before I cut it up!

The dull gold is the mixative and the shiny gold is the gilding flakes. (I'm going to buy some foil as I think it will look better and no need to scratch off the excess.)

I've inlaid one of the flowers so the other one can lay flush across it.

There's a few challenges I'm linking up to:

At Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, it's anything goes.

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At Work it Wednesday the theme is to use an inking technique.

AAA Cards wants us to use a favourite technique. Hard to pick one favourite but diecutting is up there.

At Just Us Girls, it's a clean and simple theme.

Outside the Box  has a floral challenge. I've used a Memory Box die, Chloe Stem.

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Yupo; alcohol inks; gilding flakes; Memory Box chloe stem die; Simon Says Stamp Thanks clear stamp set sentiment stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; linen card base.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Dreamy in blue and yellow oxides.

Hi everyone, I'm home this Easter looking after rabbits, chooks and dogs, oh and the cat while hubby is away listening to Robert Plant, amongst others at Bluesfest! I'm happy and he's happy so it's all good lol! Even better, all of the rabbits are still alive!! 
(He has 9 breeders at the moment.)

I wanted to play along at a few challenges and had this image in my leftovers box (one of many containers for leftovers littering my desk!)

I blended on some oxide inks in fossilized amber, blueprint sketch and peacock feathers and spritzed with water. I used black soot distress ink around the edges.

Scrapbook Boutique has this gorgeous moodboard for inspiration.

I was inspired by the silhouette of the hand and then the colours blue and yellow leapt out at me.

At Retro Rubber Challenge Blog it's anything goes.
This is my first time playing here and you do need to use a stamp on your project that is at least a year old. Penny Black's Dreamy stamp hales from 2012. I still have the original packet!


At Seize the Birthday I'm playing along with the anything goes birthday option.

Penny Black dreamy stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; oxide inks; bling and sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Friday, 30 March 2018

Greens, stencil and butterfly.

Hi everyone, I'm making the most of a quiet Easter long weekend while hubby and one of my sons are at Bluesfest. My other son and I are minding the animals and relaxing!

I bought some clarity brushes a little while ago and thought I'd have a play with them.
They are so smooth! This was a scrap of textured cardstock that I stencilled on with a few distress inks in greens. It's a Memory Box stencil called Pattern Distressed Tula, though you can only see the centre part of the design.

I'm linking up to the challenge at Outside the Box where the theme is the colour green, and you need to use at least one Memory Box product.
I've also used a Memory Box butterfly stamp, Cocoa Bean butterfly, coloured with inktense pencils.
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At Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, the theme is anything goes.

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At Work It Wednesday the theme is inking techniques.
Memory Box pattern distressed tula stencil and cocoa bean butterfly stamp; distress inks; versafine ink & clear ep; inktense pencils; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Alcohol inks, acetate and diecuts.

Hi everyone, I was remiss in linking up this card to the CAS Mix up Challenge! Time got away before I could finish it. In real life the acetate panel looks like a sliced jewel! But when photographed it needed something else!
 I'm a big fan of Loll's gorgeous CAS cards and she often tops off a beautiful background with a white die cut, so I tried this technique too!

Alcohol inks were dripped and blown onto the acetate then I added a layer of dimensional magic glue. A piece of scrunched then flattened tissue paper was stuck onto this to make a white backing. The gold layer of shimmer paper adds more colour in the gaps where the tissue seems to have disappeared and added a frame to balance the white base.

I'm linking up to these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday where the theme is flower frenzy.
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Work it Wednesday where the theme is to use a fun inking technique.

Thanks is an important part of any friendship!

Poppystamps has a clean and simple challenge this month.


At Addicted to Stamps and More the theme is also clean and simple.

At Craft Stamper Magazine Tke it Make it Challenge, it's anything goes as long as you use a stamp somewhere on your project!

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Alcohol inks; Poppy stamps woodley stem die; acetate; modge podge dimensional magic; white tissue paper; gold shimmer paper; Altenew magnolias for her sentiment stamp; versafine ink &     clear ep.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Diecut blossoms.

Hi everyone, I hope you're having a great weekend. 
It's getting late here and I'm hoping to link up to a few challenges before they close, see how I go!

At Darnell'sTwofer Card Challenge the theme is blossoms.
You need to use the same stamp or diecut for 2 different occasions, I've used Memory Box lovely peony outline die.

 The blue one is really purple in real life! It was a brushos background that I spritzed with perfect pearls. I scrunched some glad wrap on top too and let it dry, although it didn't leave much of a pattern. Here's a closer look.

I'm also linking this card to the anything goes theme at The Flower Challenge

and to the flower frenzy challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday

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At Seize the Birthday, I've gone with the anything goes option.

And, at Addicted to Stamps & More, it's a clean and simple theme.

Here's a look at the second card.

I've cut the peony base and the flourishes from white shimmer card, and the outline from silver shimmer paper.

I'd better get these linked as the clock is ticking lol!
Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x