Inky fingered Cat

Being inky and creating pretty stuff… reducing the noise in my head one creative thing at a time.

Apologies for being AWOL again 

Yup I disappeared from blog land again. Continuing dramas of the father in laws ill health and prolonged hospital stays, the unexpected and tragic death of another family member, an amazing holiday in Cornwall and now the move of the father in law into a care home and resulting clearing of his flat has kept me busy and away from crafting … and combined with this, my parents are still living in the craft room so popping in there for 10 mins crafting isn’t possible either.  

The last bit changes tomorrow though as they are heading back to Spain so I get my craft room back and hopefully some time to pop in there in between the chaos of our life! 

I did find an hour a few days ago to complete some ATC’S for a swap and finish a journal page started in early July.  The journal page is one in my Paperartsy challenge journal and was for the theme of Paper piecing.

I made the background using the distress ink pads and just pressing them straight onto the paper in a patchwork type of pattern. Then sprayed them to make them bleed slightly. Then used some die cuts I’ve had for a while from a scrapbook class Helen did.  Then I added gesso and acrylic paint to blend them in a bit.  Next I stencilled using Paperartsy stencils and added some stamping.  The paper pieced girl is a Clare Lloyd girl and I used some Stampin Up dsp for the dress.  Finally some doodles and the quote stamp I’ve had for a while and never got round to using before.

Not as happy with this page as I normally am but putting it down to being a little out of practice due to how long it’s been since I did any art journalling.  But still it is a page done in my challenge journal.  I am now a fair number of topics behind but will get there once the room is mine again I am sure.

See you tomorrow with the ATC share and hopefully some news that I am back in the room!

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

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DT: Incy Wincy designs… 2 different creations

The theme over at Incy Wincy is Anything Goes.  We are sponsored by both Sasayaki Glitter digital stamps and DigiStamp Atelier and I couldn’t decide which to use so did two cards using an image from them both.

This first one is using the DigiStamp Atelier Mermaid 2.

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I used random pieces of paper and the heart doily and die cut Polaroid frame with the glitter washi tape on the bottom layer. I then added th image, coloured with Promarkers and then added some stickles to add extra sparkle.

The other card I made uses the cute Bedtime teddy image from Sasayaki glitter digital stamps.

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Again I coloured the image using Promarkers and then added some die cuts behind the image and a sentiment.   The patterned paper was from the stash.

Love both cards.

Pop over and join in with the Anything Goes challenge at Incy Wincy Designs.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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DT: Fab’n’funky Christmas 

Time for another Design Team project and I am late with this one! Fab’n’Funky do a Christmas challenge every month. I chose to keep my card quite simple due to time constraints.

A simple double mount, some sparkly washi tape and a fun digital stamp. Ideal for mass producing!  

Hop over to the Fab’n’Funky blog and see what everyone else has been upto! 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

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AWOL! 

Ok last time I disappeared I did explain my absence… This time I haven’t had a chance. Basically life happened… All at once…. and is still happening!

Unfortunately my father in law isn’t well and is currently in hospital awaiting the term ‘medically optimised’ before they can assess him for discharge. Then it will be a case of finding him somewhere suitable for his needs to live.  That was drama number one which we are still living with but isn’t quite as fraught as it was as he is safe and cared for. Love our NHS. 

The day after he was admitted my father arrived back from Spain early and was also admitted to hospital. After 3 worrying and busy days he was discharged and now on the waiting list for an operation but infection cleared up and deemed fit enough to carry on, albeit on reduced duties. Drama 2 done and dusted. Love the NHS! 

Then my car broke.  It had been making strange sounds for a while, had even been checked at the garage once (where it refused to make the noise!). I desperately hoped it would either fix itself or wait till after payday but one very large noise later it was clear things were not right … One towed away car, one new water pump and fan belt later, and a resulting big bill later my car is right as rain again. Phew! But yes drama number three.

Now this might not be a drama but we also have the start of school hols, my parents living in the craft room and me desperately catching up on work and time I missed during the last few weeks of being at the hospital.  So crafting has not really been an option, but I have been being creative on and off. 

First there is icad! No need for me to worry about finished pieces or works of amazing art… just a bit of creativity.  Here is my latest project life app round up… and others in the chair at my father in laws whilst waiting for the ambulance to turn up.


So this is one of my creative outlets and another is a bullet journal.  At some point I will get around to blogging about that but for now suffice it to say I am still being creative, just having to do a slight detour from the usual creativity route! Looking forward to getting back into he craft room properly but think that will have to wait till late August when the parents are back in Spain.  In the meantime these mini projects are keeping me going.

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

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DT: Craft your passion : Christmas pixies

Hi there

It’s time for another DT post. This time for Craft your Passion I chose to use this fab pixie image from the sponsor Rick St Dennis. 

I coloured the little pixies using Stampin Up write markers and then added a little die cut from Papermania in the background. A lovely little sentiment and there is one cute christmas card done and dusted! 

Hop over to the Craft your passion blog to see what the rest of the team made, and don’t forget to join in the Anything Goes challenge for a chance to win! 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

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DT: Incy wincy : something magical

The theme over at Incy Wincy this time is something magical and as we are sponsored by the fabulous fantasy art of Nikki Burnette I chose this lovely mermaid to work with. 

I decided that rather than a card I would decorate a notebook and so mixed together lots of layers of papers, doilies, washi tape and the image and then finish with the dream sentiment stamp.

A perfect gift for one of my princess’ friends.

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

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Icad round up… week 6!

Yes another week in the icad challenge…. and it’s been quite a stressful few days and at the beginning of the week my arting was struggling. But it picked back up towards the end. 

Here are the weels cards all together.  

Particularly pleased with the surfboard one and the longitude and latitude creations.

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

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DT: Fab’n’funky: cute puppy dog

Hi there. It’s been a little while since I’ve done a DT project for Fab’n’Funky mainly due to stuff going on in the real world that I have had to take priority. But I am back and have this gorgeous Puppy dog card I made using a digital stamp from All Dressed Up. I love this image. 

It really is so cute. I coloured it in using Spectrum Noir pencils and then cut it out. I decided it needed a funky mixed media background so used the Fresco finish paints and some stamps to create a background and then used a die cut to put a panel behind the puppy.

I brushed both the card blank, the sentiment and the die cut panel with a stencil brush to give some depth. 

The challenge for this week is Add a Sentiment.  Mine is a stamped one I punched out.  What would yours be?  

Head over to the blog to see what everyone else chose. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

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Decorating lolly sticks! Madness

So there is a lovely Facebook group where we celebrate small art and I sometimes take part in swaps and challenges.  This is one of those challenge swaps! And the substrate for the challenge was 6 lolly sticks.  This is what I did! 

A mixture of designs, colours and themes.  Loved doing these mini creations! 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

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Finding zen!

Hello there blog readers! 

Today has been another full on day in the Inky fingered household! An emergency trip to sort out a poorly relative, cleaning and sorting of the house (well a third of the house), Wimbledon watching (well done Andy Murray!), cinema trip (Secret life of pets …. funny!), a bit of crafting and lot of doodles! 

I actually did quite a lot of doodling and this zentangle I am sharing during the tennis.  It helped keep me calm during some of the tense moments. 

I’ve started following a Facebook group where there is a daily pattern challenge and there was an extra challenge today to use three of the patterns from the first week of July in one piece of art. 

Well I loved what I ended up with so I thought I would share it here. 

The piece is 8cm x 8cm and is pen and pencil on my grid paper Bullet Journal. 

I used 4 of the patterns from the week (identified on the right) and a herringbone pattern too. 

I don’t usually share my bullet journal stuff here (mainly on my instagram account @catiecuddles) so this is a rare treat! Ha ha ha.

Anyways after all the drama, hardworking and excitement of the day it is time for me to sleep. No doubt another full on day ahead of me tomorrow too! 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

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