Inky fingered Cat

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

Taking a break!

Well for the next couple of weeks I have not got much time in the craft room as my parents are here to visit and the room has to turn into their room!

So I am taking a little blog break.  There will be a couple of posts of things pre prepared but generally consider me missing with leave!!!

And in the meantime here are some colour and texture sneak peeks of works in progress…

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Happy crafting!

Catherine

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ICAD 2016 … warm up time

I’ve decided to play along with Yellowdaisy.com Index card a day challenge.  I’m not sure I intend to do all of them, but the ones that appeal I will do.

The challenge runs 1st June to 31st July for 61 days with the idea of creating on an index card every day. 

There are some warm up challenges… of these (10 as of a couple of days ago when I wrote this post) I have done half so far.

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Will try and share a few of the cards as I go along… but probably more likely to just share them in batches like this randomly throughout the period.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Doodling for my Paperartsy journal

This year I am following all the challenges on the Paperartsy blog and making a page in a journal just for these challenges.   The latest theme is doodles and scribbles and I have been loving all the inspiration.

I decided for my page to use a stencil as the guide for my doodles and chose the star stencil which I got with a magazine.   I also decided to try with a masking fluid for the first time ever.  So I drew the stars from the stencil in pencil, then painted them with masking fluid.  I then decided to go for inktense blocks as my medium of choice.

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After adding the colours to the page (2 different blues) and blending them with water, I then used a hot picks stamp and a block to stamp the text randomly over the background.  I also wanted a hill side for the bottom so used black gesso and a round sponge applicator for that.  I then wiped the sponge off lightly on the page to provide some darker spots.

Next I added some white gesso stamping with an Ellen Vargo stamp.  It was then time to rub away the masking fluid.

Lesson number 1 with masking fluid is that you need to apply it thicker than I did so you get full masking effect.  Lesson number 2 is don’t take it off when the paper is still wet as it will rip!

So yes it wasn’t exactly successful but it still shows some star shapes so I am happy enough.  Next to start on the doodles and scribbles!   First a purple ink fountain pen on some of the points of the stars… then I moved onto my black pen.

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I doodled round the page, the stars, the quote I added.  I also got out a white paint pen and added doodles and scribbles with that too.

I decided the stars needed shine too (and to cover up the messed up paper from removing the masking fluid too early).  So out came stickles for the smaller stars and glass bead gel for the large star.  This was how it looked before it had all dried!

The next day the sun came out and made my stars very sparkly!
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I love how the purple ink has bled with the stickles and gel and created some nice accents for the stars.

Really happy with this page… and as next month’s art journal session with my friends is themed as Wishes this is also a perfect sample for that too!

Happy crafting !

Catherine

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Use them or lose them #21 project #2

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

This is another quick project… a fun bit of doodling in a journal.

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I use melon mambo, elegant eggplant & rich razzleberry for stamping the splodges and then doodled the flowers which I then coloured with ink and a white gelli roll pen.

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It is a panel across the page… but got some mucky finger prints on it so prefer the cropped pic above! 

The stamps?  Use them and most definitely keep them!

Also entering this into the doodles and scribbles challenge at Paperartsy inspired by the doodled flowers that Hazel added in her keepsake box.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Mini Marvels – altered playing cards

My friend Chris, who organises us for the Patwits circle journal also runs a fb group called Mini Marvels,  where it’s all about small artwork.

A while ago I participated in a mail art swap and this last month I’ve done an altered playing card challenge too.

We had to alter 9 playing cards (ATC size) and then swap them, and in return we get 9 back and then have to bind them and share them. 

I decided 9 individual designs was a bit much completely from scratch so instead went for two different background designs and went from there…

All the cards (I made 12 in total in case of distress! ) got a coat of black gesso.

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Then a strip of book print which wraps round and covers some of the back too.  This is when I realised the gloss finish to the cards may present an issue in terms of getting the paint to adhere. Ah well I decided to plough on.

One got a pink, purple and pale blue background… and some more gesso.

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By this time the paint was adhering better.

The others I went with blue and green and cream…

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In both cases I used Darcy’s stamps from Paperartsy.

By now I had started to separate out the cards and it was more that I had 10 good cards to play with rather than the 14… the others will get finished at some point though!

I then realised I would want to do something to the backs so they got a coat of black gesso too … which invariably ended up on some of the fronts too as I am such a messy crafter!

Next I stamped some of the Darcy images onto tissue paper, coloured them with ink and adhered them.
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Yes by this time I am down to 10 cards due to various little messes! So time to individualise them…
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This one I added a printed little phrase off and also added Dream stamp from Clare Lloyd in the background. A little bit of doodling and some stickles. No 1 done!

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This time I stamped in white and then black for the sentiment and added stickles to the key and edged the card with white. No 2 done!

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This one I over stamped the whole card with the Darcy stamp then added the printed phrase. No 3 done!

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This one I added the compass type stamp and a printed phrase then added some touches of glitter glue. You guessed it… no 4 done!

No 5 is a bit different…. yes I took one of the ones without the key that I had thought was no good and added the Clare Lloyd face stamp… and again on bookprint. Perfect!
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Painted the hair and details and added the sentiment and some glitter glue dots. No 5 done!

Now for the other backgrounds…
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This needed some leaves (Darcy ones) and the sentiment (Hot picks) and some black edging. No 6 done!
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This one I added the word stamping and then the Bird from Hot Picks in white gesso first and then in black. Then added the sentiment from the Hot Picks set. No 7 done!

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More birds and grasses. The birds are the Kim Dellow cute ones and the grasses are Darcy ones. Super cute!
No 8 done!

And finally!

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Added the flying birds from Darcy’s stamps and then the Hot Picks collage type stamp onto book paper and then stamped Fly on to it.

So here is the full set…
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9 different but similar cards.

The backs are all black gesso with a stencilled design on them… ready for people to do as they wish with them.

And here is the collection I received!
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Aren’t they fabulous? Love each of them. Now just got to dream up a way of displaying/keeping them to finish off the challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Mixed media card class… flutterbys

Tonight it is time to make cards with my friends and this time I decided to make a whole load of butterfly cards.  I gathered four stamp sets with butterflies and used different medium and techniques to make the samples.  Wonder how the gang will get on with them?

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Love how varied they are and how lovely they all are.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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DT: Craft your passion: mouse vase

Hi there.

My how quickly the last fortnight has flown… can’t believe it is time for me to share another Craft your passion design team make.  This time it is sponsored by Sasayaki Glitter stamps and I used the cute Mouse Vase.
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I decided to colour the image using the Spectrum Noir pencils and then cut out the flower pot ignoring the petals on the floor!

Once cut out I grabbed a tag and made a bright background using Distress stains.  I added some texture by stamping some but it was very light and just makes it a little textured.

I then added some die cut circles and then the candy dots with the image slightly raised using pinflair glue gel underneath.  I added the tag to a cream layer of card which I edged with the orange and then mounted on the card.

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Use them or lose them #21 Gorgeous Grunge

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

I don’t use this stamp set as often as I thought I would I have to admit… but know how useful they can be for adding pattern and texture to journal pages… yes it’s Gorgeous Grunge.

Decided to see if I could turn these cute digi stamps from Polkadoodles unto something grungey?

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I had coloured them both with Promarkers and used the same colour palette of browns and yellows but thought I would challenge myself despite this start to end up with two different looking projects.

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First the boy… I layered the stamps straight onto the blue card blank keeping to black ink.  I added the digi stamp with some foam tape to raise him up. Finally added some blue stickles.

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Next the cute bear and cat…

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This time I chose a shaped card blank and used bright colours for the stamping and a coordinating green ribbon.

Of course I also added some clear stickles.

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Love how these both look… simple and easy to achieve with the versatile stamps for the background.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Helen’s class catch up

A good few weeks ago I went to a class Helen held where we made four lovely projects.  I just never got round to sharing what I made… so here you go!

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Aren’t they all gorgeous?!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Watercolouring with distressinks Kassa style!

The lovely Karen Haylesden  (aka Kassa) has a really cool way of colouring images using Distress inks as watercolours.  I decided to practice my way of doing this Kassa style. 

I used an image I printed on hammered card. Ideally it would have been watercolour card but it was what I had to hand so went with it! The image was a freebie I was directed to through one of my DT groups from All Dressed Up… and found they have an Anything goes challenge at their blog as long as you are using their images… so I am of course entering that challenge!

I started with a base of spun sugar, then Worn Lipstick, Wilted violet and Salty ocean.  I let it dry in between layers.

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How cute?

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I dies cut out the image and printed it a second time so I could layer up the sentiment a bit.

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Then chose two pieces of paper from the stash box and some stickers and pearls.

Love this style of colouring and whilst I am nowhere near as talented as Kassa I do love how this worked. 

Happy crafting !

Catherine

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