Inky fingered Cat

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

Fluttering ATC’S 

Tonight I have some ATC’S to share that I made a few nights ago… why? Because I had stamped the Tim Holtz butterflies out and coloured them with distress crayons but then not used them… so decided rather than adding them to the pile of things that needed using I would make some ATC’S. Of course I was actually meant to be tidying the desk … but the creating took over again … but I did manage to create these without getting anything else out… they were created using what I could reach on my desk from where I sat! 

As you know I am #maremismallart obsessed at the moment and she released another ATC video on you tube recently so that may well have inspired me. 

Some time ago I cut up all the scratch papers I had been hoarding into ATC size so that I have a stash of them I can go to… some of them in sets from the same sheet… here is one such set… 

Although they all look different they came from the same scratch paper … love these organic backgrounds.

In this case all I added was a little stamping… and a die cut for each of them that I had added either silver or mother of pearl paint over the top to make them shiny.

I also added plenty of splats of white and black paint and some doodling and shading using the Faber-Castell Pitt big brush pens.

Next for the butterflies. I added a strip of patterned vellum… again it was on the desk … and some brads.

More doodling, some Tim Holtz word stickers and then finished off with some crystal stickles to add some bling and Glitter! 

Each of the panels is slightly smaller than ATC size which allows me to mount them onto a plain card as a base.

Love how all three came out. Not sure what to name them as a set yet… but thinking of framing them as a set as I think that would look nice. 

Wonder what I will make next time I am tidying up? And is the desk tidy? Not a chance!

Happy crafting! 


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DT: Fab’n’Funky: Christmas 

Today’s card for Fab’n’Funky is a Christmas card using the lovely Paper shelter digital image. 

I coloured the image quite loosely using water colours and then did a partial die cut to get the circle.  

For the background I embossed the card using the Woodland folder and them added some distress ink with a stencil brush. 

This is not my usual kind of image but I do like how this came out.

Happy crafting!


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Journal page … another Maremismallart inspired page

I shared with you one page last week where I had been inspired by the You tube videos from Maremismallart.  Here is the facing page I did the background at the same time using the same products.
I didn’t want the page to be a continuation but to complement each other.

Well Marta of Maremismallart inspired me with another video where she used scrapbook stickers to create a collage set of ATC’S and I realised that I have loads of scrapbook stickers I am unlikely to ever use so I grabbed some vintage ones that work with the colour scheme.

I added some corrugated card, gems, glass beads gel and pearl beads and washi tape and some gesso to bring it all together.  This is it drying.

Look at the lovely sparkle and texture.

I would never have dreamed of doing this if I hadn’t watched Marta on her You tube videos. She really is so inspiring. 

Once it was dry it was time to add the finishing touches but had to be careful not to go overboard and ruin this delicately balanced page. 

I chose to add some definition with Pitt pens along the edges of the collage and then some dots and highlights with a white paint pen.  

And here is the page in full… 

And with the facing page…

I love love love how both these pages came out. So beautiful and vintage and not my usual style. I also incorporated some of the techniques from the SETH Apter day too but they are mainly inspired by Marta from Maremismallart. You should check out her amazing You tube channel.

Happy crafting! 


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DT: Craft your passion: Sami stamps

Hello! Time for another design team contribution. This time it’s another anything goes challenge at Craft your passion. I used this fab digital stamp from Sami Stamps and decided to make a page in one of my journals.

I coloured the image using the paints and then added glitter. Then I took a piece of hammered card stock and used the same paints to do the background. I also a Tim Holtz die to cut some honeycomb and then added the pieces and used the die as a stencil for drawing some more hexagons.

More doodling and outlining with paint pens and Indian ink.

Love how this came together. Wonder what everyone else is up to!

Happy crafting! 


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Yesterday’s page finished

Yes I managed a little art time today … and finished off my art journal page I shared with you yesterday.

I started with a doodling session! Black and white gel pens and doodling a plenty. Very relaxing.

Then I grabbed stickers and things from the scrapbook box of stuff…. because it was out. I then added a circle of gesso in the centre to add the focal feature of the Seth Apter stencil.  More doodling and jobs a good’un. 

Not entirely sure that I love this layout but I really enjoyed the process and that’s mainly what I journal for. 

And I did this in between having a major tidy up and clean of the bedroom… we haven’t seen this much carpet or tops of the units in a long time! 

Very proud of myself…. and had a nap too when the cold took over again! 

Happy crafting! 

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Art journal page in progress

I had intended to get some crafting done today but my rotten cold got in the way of that. So instead I have a page in progress to share.  Maybe tomorrow I will finish it? 

It is a page in my Dylusions journal where I had been wiping off stencils and using up texture paste through stencils. 

I started with Dylusions paints. I only have two colours (plus white and black) of these paints so I used them both. Very nice to blend. Then some stencils came out to play. 

I took some stamps to the page next… 

I used Hot Picks number stamps through stencils and over the stencilled areas and then grabbed some chipboard numbers from the stash and added those too. I used the Dylusions paint to colour then and then dripped Dylusions inks around them and let them drip and blend on the page. Again I kept to the same colours of the paint. 

I added more stamping and then used a credit card and a lid to stamp in the black paint too. I also added some doodling but as it was still wet I had had to leave it alone for a while to not ruin the pens.

And this is where it is up to and has been for several days! So check back tomorrow to see what else I get up to if I can shake this cold enough to sit in the craft room. 

Happy crafting!


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Paperartsy challenge journal 

Oh I am on big style catch up again with my Paperartsy challenge journal.  The theme I am sharing today was from ages ago and was colour mixing.

I started with Infusions as a background and decided my colour scheme would be all from the pinks and blues families. When it was wet it looked very vibrant but it did dry slightly paler.  There is also a touch of green and light turquoise showing through from the previous page.

You can probably see that the pages in my moleskine are also pretty fragile and starting to fall out so I had to rescue this with some tape down the middle.

Anyways this sat on my desk in the piles of stuff to do for quite some time! I next added to it on Wednesday night and this is where it got to…

I added a doily over the tape to disguise it a little and add some texture. Then lots of stencils and stamps with paint and texture paste. Love the Lin Brown stamps I used …. love those mosaic type circles and the rough stripes like printing with corrugated card. Also like the new Andy Skinner stencil I bought which is a mask of numbers and letters. I can see me using that a lot. The final layer for this session was some Borganvillia coloured texture paste through the honeycomb stencil.  Then I left that to dry and went to bed.

Three next night I grabbed the fabulous Artful blooms stamp set and started creating my focal point for the page. 

Of course stamping over texture paste in an already bulky journal is not easy nor does it lend itself to perfect images..  but I wasn’t worried about that as I know a black pen can solve these issues later. I also did lots of flicks of white and pink paint over the top… lovely yummy splats! 

Next it was time to grab pens and start doodling… yes I’m still on my Seth Apter journey with the mark making! The bad news is I am in bed with a terrible cold (the rest of the household are also suffering!) But the good news is that I can doodle in bed in between snoozing.

I used both a brush Pitt marker in black and sharpie white paint pen to outline, add definition, scribble and doodle. I then used a couple of grey big brush Pitt pens to add shading for the flowers to bring them out more. 

So this theme was colour mixing and I guess as I am pretty confident with my colour knowledge I just went for the colours I like best and they are from the blue and pink families. Love how the page came out… and glad I am one page nearer to catching up! 

Happy crafting!


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Magazine cards

I have been tidying up and found a kit from a magazine so made a few cards with it. Fairly simple cutting, inking, layering and heat embossing! Chose a couple of different card blanks from an 8×8 white one, a DL one, a glossy peach coloured a5 and a kraft 6 x 6…

Love these images. Wish I could paint like this! 

A simple but effective little crafting session and four things used and not just added to the pile of things to be done. There are more in the pack though so really need to do the rest of them at some point but still a small victory! 

Happy crafting!


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DT: Fab’n’Funky: ribbons or lace


I’m sharing a design team project I made for the Fab’n’Funky ribbons or lace challenge. 

I chose some scraps of ribbons and made a little embellishment for this cute card. The image is an All dressed up Digi Stamps and I used distress inks to colour it Karen Hayselden style. 

Happy crafting !



Inspired by Maremismallart

I’ve been watching you tube videos by Marta from Maremismallart for a while now. I love them. She is inspirational in the way she creates with ease and joy. I also love her butterfly obsession! 

Recently I watched some of her texture based tutorials and it inspired me to get started on a journal page in my Dylusions journal. I made this over several days grabbing 5 minute sessions whenever I could and shared progress on instagram as I went along.

I grabbed book paper and then gesso and here is the first layer.

Already I have a good feeling about this page. Next I added some Paperartsy Infusions… I’ve still got my friends little box of them.  This is them still a little bit wet.

Once this was dry I added more and some more gesso too. I used my palette knife for adding the gesso to keep adding texture rather than brushing it out. 

As per usual when I am creating I have no idea in mind … it is purely about play! I grab things that appeal and just go for it. I figure that it is only a coat of gesso away from being covered again if it looks awful!

Next I grabbed the Donna Downey signatures stencil … why? Well because it was out on the desk and I thought it would work inked over the Infusions background and book print. 

So next I decided to add some paint… Mahogany and Chocolate Pudding Fresco finish paints. I added it with a brayer. 

Then I added some Bora Bora paint too to bring a little contrast.  

I also added a little more distress ink through a Tim Holtz stencil. 

Time to start thinking of some feature images… I grabbed a couple of stencils … on Darcy one and one Clarity one. I mixed some Infusions into some texture paste and put that through the stencils to make some grasses.  

I think they need a little more definition so grabbed distress inks and some gesso to tone down the background a little more. Oh and then added more Infusions…. don’t know where to stop with these! At this rate I may have to buy friend some more! 

I love the earthy feel to the page now. Still not sure where to go from here so this is the point where I left it be for a few days. 

Today I finished off.

Stamping … and a title. Then defining the grasses and leaves using Faber-Castell big brush pens and white paint pen. 

Love this page and how it came together. Strangely just realised it also meets the Paperartsy Autumn leaves challenge with the fabulous Lin Brown leaves I stamped from one of her new sets.

So that’s it for tonight. Off to bed early (ish) as back to work tomorrow after all the disruption from the funeral etc. Life goes back to real life tomorrow! Wish me luck! 

Happy crafting! 


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