Inky fingered Cat

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Two sheet wonder

Firstly I have to start with a grumble. Depression sucks. People (myself included before I suffered from it) think it is sadness or unhappiness. It really isn’t that. It’s more that for me it is numbness, or emptiness, combined with despair and isolation. I can be surrounded by people who love me and I love back but feel so alone. It really is horrible. Then the anxiety kicks in and it’s like everything is there at once and you just want quiet in your head but you can’t find it. Sorry to put this in the blog but I think if this helps one person understand another’s troubles or helps another person to identify this in themselves and get help then it’s worth it!

I’ve been back to the doctors this morning. We’ve decided on an increase in medication to go alongside the other things I am trying and I need to increase my exercise (from almost nothing to something routine). I have managed a small walk to and from the shop but after only 5 hours sleep I am now shattered and heading back to bed. Not sure I will get round to any crafting so glad I have a project I can blog about already completed…

Yes as part of the yet of Use them or lose them I have another one sheet wonder (using two sheets of dsp). 

I started with some sketches from Freshly Made sketches …  number 1 to 18 to be precise and after roughly cutting cardstock and paper to size I then started teaming up brads as embellishments, black paper as the consistent matting and then card blanks… three different kinds in total.

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This is then how I left them… waiting for the right opportunity to add feature stamps and sentiments. 

A few weeks later I grabbed some coordinating cardstock scraps and black paper and the sentiment dies…
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And had a big old die cutting session. Didn’t end up doing the button dies for this project.

Next I took all the smaller cards and started assembling them with the die cut sentiment and in some cases a stamped image (or three!). Some I had added paper flowers to already so they didn’t need the stamped images and because of the jazzy backgrounds I didn’t want to overdo it!

These I will share today… the others tomorrow!

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Love how these all turned out… and how different they are because of the jazzy paper I probably wouldn’t have used for this type of project normally.

Pop back tomorrow to see how I finished the other cards from this two sheet wonder!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Art journalling round up

As I am awake still (considering getting up and playing in the craft room) I thought I would blog about my latest art journalling page.

It is the reverse of the page I did during the session earlier this week in my junk journal. It came together quite quickly.

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This is what the background looked like before I added the tag and more splashes… love all the layers I had created. Defintely still being influenced by Karen and the class at AFTH that’s for sure.
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So now going to either count sheep of forget sleep and head downstairs to faff with paper.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Use them or lose them #6 set 2

Hello

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 week I have been playing with Happy Thing stamps… and not getting blown away if I am honest.  Don’t get me wrong, I like the results and the stamps but just don’t see these being go to stamps at all.  Today I have the lemon cards I made…

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Bright and zingy papers but not a whole lot of excitement generated for me.

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Did some envelope stamping too…

Nope these are going to have to go into the Lose Them pile.  What a shame!

Happy crafting! 

Catherine

Another one for the Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge too!

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Woyww! The craftermath

Yes it is Wednesday and I have just returned from the fortnightly trip to Halton hospital to deposit the father in law for his transfusions and await the call to go pick him up later on.  I’ve walked into the family room seen the big pile of stuff that needs transporting upstairs and decided a coffee and wander round other people’s spaces is what is needed first.

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This is the craftermath of five of us art journalling/painting canvases last night when I had cleared the table so the hubby could set up for working on the table this morning. 

In addition to supplies I brought down yesterday I have also been gifted two huge bags full of card making supplies by Linda (she doesn’t make cards so decided to have a clear out in my direction! )

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Yes these piles are what I’ve been gifted.  Loads of card blanks, envelopes, sentiments, embellishments and cello bags.  Plus some packs of a5 coloured card.  Think this might keep me going for a while! Thanks Linda… but where on earth will I put it???

On the main table I only have the following items left… my junk journal, another journal, and some cards I made from backgrounds from Saturdays class…

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… oh and some pringles Karen brought last night for us to munch on!

So now it is time to nosey at other people’s spaces courtesy of the lovely Julia’s blog before I get the energy up to haul all those supplies back up to the craft room and find somewhere for them all to go.

Have a good day… and happy crafting! 

Catherine

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DT: Fab’n’funky: Space Race

Hi there.  Happy Wednesday! 

Today there is a new challenge over at Fab’n’Funky… the Space Race.  We are sponsored by Sassy studios and they have some fabulous Star wars themed digital stamps which I have been able to use for my projects.

My first project was invites for the princess’ birthday party…

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I coloured the digital stamp with Inktense blocks and a water brush.  Then spent a while fussy cutting them all out… All 9 of them! 

I then grabbed some papers from the stash and used the Tim Holtz picture reel die to cut them out.  Then I added plenty of distress ink with a blending tool.

Then I cut some card blanks from Lucky Limeade cardstock and added the ink to them too. 

Then I did a mammoth amount of stamping with alpha stamps and cutting out words. I added the rest of the yodaesque invitation wording on the inside of the invitations. 

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So this was project 1!

Project 2 is the card I’ve made for the princess… but you have to promise not to show her for a month!
This time I used the space honey stamp and did some decoupage to build her up after colouring with Promarkers.
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The papers are the new Going Global ones from S U and used a few different colours of blue cardstock and black die cuts.

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I hand stamped the sentiment and then added a panel inside the card too…
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Love how this card came out and I am sure she will love it when she gets it next month… so until then… hush!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Also entering this into the Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge And the punches and dies challenge at Craftysentiments

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Quick update from art journalling session

Just a quick update with what we made during our art journalling session where the theme was GRATITUDE.

Linda concentrated on drawing a face.  No pics as yet but will hopefully update once she has finished it.

Mo worked on a canvas board again and made this delicate and pretty piece…

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Mara brought some pieces for her page in her junk journal…

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Karen chose a delicate palette for her page in her journal and although it’s not finished it is looking great already…

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I went a bit mad with letters for mine…

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And very much using the lessons learnt from the weekend added layer upon layer of colour and texture.  The page already had a bit of texture paste on it that was wiped off from other projects and using up pre coloured paste.  I used lots of odd letter stickers and thickers and added them to the page before adding gesso and paint.  The little letters were added later using letters out of the die cut that Mara had brought.

I also used some Indigo Blu stamps that Karen had brought to add the alpha stamping in the backgrounds too.

The sentiment was one I had printed for the class and I added this to the tag which I had been painting as I went along and added the little die cut heart to.  I decided to have it overlap the page and once I’ve decorated the other side I will add some trim to dangle off the tag as I think that will be a nice touch to soften the page more.

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I also created a palette page like in class on Saturday… Here it is at the moment… interesting to see how these develop… and glad there isn’t the massive amount of black like Saturdays.

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I did quite a lot of stamping using other people’s stamps and a bit of die cutting for other future projects and also worked on another journal background whilst I was doing this page… that was fun trying to multi task!

A lovely and relaxing evening with friends! Perfect therapy.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Art journalling sample

Earlier today I shared with you the journal page I made as inspiration for the Art journalling session with friends.  That was a BIG job.  This inspiration sample was a LOT quicker.

I started with the digital stamp I had originally coloured for the journal page and didn’t end up using… and a tag… and some distress inks.

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I thought the purples would work with the colours on the girl… so I inked and stencilled the tag.

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Because the tag was looking a bit dingy I added some abandoned coral to the flowers stencilled to brighten it a bit.

Then I inked some seam binding with the same colours and added this to the tag by stapling a bow of sorts.

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I added the girl, a quote stamped in lots of fonts. And then liberally sprayed using lots of different su markers.  I also went over the line art of the digi stamp to make it look more hand drawn by me than printed out.

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The finishing touch was to add some glossy accents to the flowers in her hand.

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Done in about 20 mins and most of that was stamping the words and cutting them out.  Quite a contrast to the journal page.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Art journalling session: Gratitude 1

Yes it’s time for my friends and I to gather and play in our art journals.  This month’s theme is GRATITUDE and I must admit I was struggling to think of images I might use so instead for this sample I used a letter stencil to put the words gratitude and thankful onto the page.  Then started brayering paint and gesso over the top to get some colour onto the page.

Please note this sample goes seriously awry at one point and ends up being two pages combined into one… so sorry about the long post! But at least I remembered some process photos.

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Next I grabbed some stencils and used them with baby wipes and gesso and paint to get some loose patterns.  I also did a small amount of stamping with paint too.  Then puddled some watery gesso on the top to blend back the colour a little.  After a while I just blotted this away though.

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My next step was to see how the Pebeo Fantasy Prisme paint worked on the journal surface.  I dripped and puddled and drizzled some of the gold onto the page.  I had to use the clips to keep the page flat and left it to dry overnight.

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I also grabbed a digital stamp I had already printed out and watercoloured her with my watercolour pencils. I thought she looked like she might be saying thank you with those lovely flowers so she may end up on my page.
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Later that evening I snuck back into the craft room for a sneak peek.
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The prism effect has stuck in a few places but I wanted more so I dribbled on the red colour and left that… time for family tv time.
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An hour later on our way up to brush teeth and go to bed I was back sneaking another look…
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Happy to see Prisme effect forming in the red I switched off the light and let it do its thing!
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This was the state of play the next morning.
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Look at that gorgeous texture in the paint. Now be prepared as the next few pictures show how I went completely mad!
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Yes … completely and utterly nuts. I just started doodling using my spectrum noir pencils and a black pen and the whole thing turned into a big old mess. So out came the white acrylic but because the pen was not waterproof what I ended up with was grey!

So then I put red paint on with a babywipe and then ended up with a very pink page. Next some stencilling with white paint. And stencilling with Dylusions white linen spray.

Still hating this. What to do with it?

Well I then left it alone and did some sketching in my journal after perusing the Pinterest board I had set up for the group. I ended up with this … but made an error…
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I added in the beautiful later but got it in the wrong place so now the sentence doesn’t make sense. Grrrrrrrrr! This was done using spectrum noir pencils and black pen.

Then I thought… well I like the idea … why not cut the angel out and add it onto the other page…
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This is looking better. It covers up most of the mess and yet there are plenty of layers visible.

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Mod podge applied did make her look a little dirty as the pen wasn’t waterproof but I still like it. I also added some washi tape to provide another layer of interest. Now to add words and depth.
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Plenty of Pitt Pens coming into play adding shading. I also added some stamping to add some more defined shapes.
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Decided that the page needed some more white and that it might help the words stand out. Plus used a red paint liner for some sections.

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Now happy with the page.

Phew! By now you may realise there is little of the Prisme paint visible… so that experiment was a little wasted but have had an idea on how it could be used. Must admit that I couldn’t be used in class anyway as the drying time would make it impossible… so never mind… plus art journals are for trying things out… and it goes to prove I can rescue things even when they go a little (quite a lot) wrong!

Will share the other samples (much quicker and easier than this) later today… so please pop back later.

Happy crafting!

Catherine
P.S. well done on getting to the end of this post!

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Bert the Birdhouse with Tweet, Twit and Twoo!

Evening all

I have now finished my birdhouse I started at Art from the Heart on Saturday in a class with Karen Hayselden.

I wasn’t sure I wanted to use the Kate Crane girl stamped image so instead waited until I was home to make a start on finishing the project.

So here it was when I left Harrogate…

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I had added some doodling and dots whilst in the hotel after the class. 

When I got home the Kim Dellow Paperartsy stamps had arrived and so I knew then that the birds would be perfectly sized for the house.  So I stamped on bookprint, coloured them with spectrum noir pencils and mounted them on black card, and then added a coat of glossy accents.

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How to affix them? Well I had already thought of adding a bead on the top and Marie and I discussed the idea of wire (we both have rusty wire from another project sitting there unused!).

So I cut a length and coiled it loosely round the house and through the bead on the top and attaching it to the boot at the bottom.

Onto the bottom I stuck one bird, and onto to the top another.  The third bird is stood on the little ledge near the entrance.

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Tweet

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Twoo

The wire needed some work though so I found two cute little flower stamps in my stash that I thought worked with the style of the project and stamped them out, coloured them with the pencils and then cut them out with a little white border.  I then dotted them around the wire so they look like they are floating round the house.

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I adore how this has turned out.  I have to thank Kassa for the class.  I learnt so much about layering paint and the idea of the class was just so much fun.  What a darling project.

Hope you like Bert (actually don’t care if you don’t because he’s mine and I love him and that’s all that matters!) and his friends.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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New pots of magic!

Uh oh! I bought something new! It was in the sale at half price so I picked them up without really going through the conversation in my head of the fact I don’t need more supplies!  But at less than £10 for 12 pots of fun, who can blame me?

So what are they? Well they are Pebeo fantasy mixed media paints.  I bought the Moon and the Prisme sets of six in each box.  They are an oil based reactive liquid paint.  They are very odd and smell horrific … defintely not for using for a long time in an unventilated room.

I watched some you tube videos when I got them home and then wondered how on earth I would use them as the demos seemed to be using them for jewellery or for in a special lipped canvas tray thing.  I just wanted to use them in a journal and hadn’t realised how liquid they would be.  Ho hum!

I decided to just take the plunge and grab a canvas board (I found many in my tidying up/sort out) and start dribbling them onto the board.

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These are all the prism ones (three colours).  These are meant to transform into a honeycomb finish when they set (takes between 24 and 72 hours to be set).  The moon ones provide more of a glimmer and ridge type look I think.  I added some of the moon in the dark blue.

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You can see the reaction that adding the blue had.  I then set it aside and watched another you tube video where it explained that it you put the two types together, the moon effect will take over so that may not have been advised.

Anyways I kept looking at it as it was setting and taking pictures to show how it changed over the time.

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This was how it looked after 30 mins and there is hardly any prism effect left.  I loved what it looked like though and was sad I couldn’t watch it any further but I had to leave it and go cook tea and spend time with the family.  I was also pondering at this stage how I might use it? And what other uses I might have for this glorious paint.

A couple of hours later I stole back into the craft room for another look…
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The glaze of the paint is brilliant, and of course very difficult to photograph. All of the Prisme had gone and instead it really does start to look like something out in a far away galaxy. Still not sure what to do with it. Put it down and left it for the night.

Next morning there wasn’t as much change… but this picks up the shine.
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I then left it for another couple of days to finish setting completely. I kept looking at it… completely unsure what to do next. Decided to go crazy!

Blue Dylusions… sprayed into a box in an attempt to keep it from going everywhere!
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Wiped off the Pebeo paint…. then a Paperartsy stencil and white Dylusions spray.
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This is before I wiped off the white.
Left it to dry overnight and completely unsure still what to do with it!

And this is how it has stayed. I have drawn a blank and also not sure that the blue works with the colours in the Pebeo paints. I have now added a layer of Teal Dylusions… This colour looks slightly better.
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Will ponder some more … let me know if you have any bright ideas!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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