Inky fingered Cat

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

DT: Craft your passion: chicken sign

Hi there  

Decided to make something a bit different for my Craft your passion design team contribution.  BECCYS PLACE are sponsoring the challenge and I used a set that I already owned to create my little sign.

I printed the silhouette panel with the sentiment on black card. I then added distress stains and some water. I love the way they blend and splashed out. Once dry I mounted it onto the black cardstock. I then made a little fabric sign with some scruffy machine sewing and a little coffee stirrer. To then ensure that the chicken family stand out I added some gold highlights.  

And here it is on the wall in my craft room. Love this little bright and fun banner. 

Pop over to the blog to see what others have got up to this week. 

Happy crafting!


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Another ATC based birthday card

Yesterday I shared a couple of cards I made for Paperartsy birthday club where they started as ATC’S. Well i didn’t stop at 2!!!

I made this one too… using the Hot Picks stamps combined with a Darcy heart ! 

I added some hessian, scraps of paper and some foiling.  I love this textural but almost clean and simple card! 

Guess what … I did not stop there… but you’ll have to wait to see what else I made! Pop back in a couple of days to see what else I made! 

Happy crafting! 


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Paperartsy birthday card stash

A facebook friend of mine organises a Paperartsy fan group and a birthday card club. So I made some more for the stash! 

I started with some ATC’S… yes I know you are all probably fed up with my ATC obsession but never mind … that’s where I started. 

Once again these are cut up scratch paper that are my go to stash for the starting point. It makes it so easy to just get on with adding pattern as there is already a layer of colour there.

Next I grabbed the new Lin Brown stamps from Paperartsy and added some background stamped pattern using archival ink and fresco finish paints. 

Next texture added … this time through the Dot Fade stencil that is always one of my favourites. One them I added some pink Borganvillia paint to the paste the other I kept clear. Also added in a little more stamping using a Hot Picks stamp. 

Now for the focal image.  I wanted to use the lovely leaf stamps from the Lin Brown set but decided to use fabric rather than paper to stamp onto. 

Love the texture and the detail in these stamps is wonderful. 

I used Satin glaze to adhere them to the ATC’S and give the whole pieces a nice finish. 

And then out came the pens for some doodling and to adhere them onto some brown mounts.

Now to turn them into card toppers. 

I added the die cut sentiment and then added some dry brushed paint to ‘grunge’ it up a bit. I then inked through a stencil onto the card blank to add to that too. 

Kept this one fairly similar but added the blue outlining and doodling to link the sentiment stamp to the topper.

Love how these both came out and hopefully they will be appreciated when they are finally sent out to their recipients.

Happy crafting! 


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Quick thank you card

It’s on days like today I am glad I prep ahead a little when I can and so have a blog post ready for you…. unfortunately having finally got over the cold from hell that has had made the family ill for weeks (and the hubby has started with again the last few days!), my body decided to pick up another illness of some kind so was rather sick in work this morning.. so although thankfully no longer queasy, I am feeling pretty sorry for myself in bed and not in any mood to get creative… so, here’s one I made earlier… lol! 

I made a quick card for a friend using my ATC sized bits and pieces stash! 

I added lots of lovely stamping and stencilling. I also added some strips of glitter washi… very nice effect… must remember that one again. 

A little bit of twine softened the effect and then a little sticker to finish off before adding the topper to the little blue card.

Happy crafting !


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Happy Halloween house

A couple of days ago I shared with you a Halloween themed card I made for a friend.  I made reference to the halloween house I also made. Well it is time to share it! 

I am making some Christmas houses as part of a Christmas gift with some friends … more about that at Christmas time … well I had a little house that I had made up but wasn’t feeling Christmassy about it so ended up turning this one into a little halloween house. I knew that Hannah would like it so I thought I would gift it to her for her birthday. 

The house is made from wooden blocks on which there used to be stamps mounted. My  friend has been converting her wood mounted SU stamps to cling mount so as a group we have lots and lots of these wooden blocks to play with! 

This had lots of lovely bright pretty colours on it … but I ended up adding the black gesso over the top of that.  I then aadded some coral and autumn fire fresco paints.  as they are translucent I also added a little bit of chalk in too.

I then added stamping using a text stamp from Tim Holtz and black gesso to add random pattern over the house, and then the spider stamp on both the front and back. I then made sure the rroof was black and added glass bead gel and added a purple bead on the top. Next I some black ink around the edges to give it some shading and some flicks of the orange paint too.  Finally I then added little windows and doors. 

These pictures are whilst waiting for the glass bead gel onto dry.  It did get to be clearer. 

Hannah loved the little gift and I kknow my bit of play time was appreciated. 

Happy crafting ! 


One last pic added before I gave her the house… 

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Birthday card for my friend

It’s my friends birthday and I made her this fun arty card.

I chose a piece of dsp and then added a layer of gesso. 

Next I added a stencil and put modelling paste through it. 

Next it was time to add more colour.  Amethyst and Borganvillia fresco finish paint and some Midnight through another stencil. 

Then I chose the Hot Picks image as the focal image. I stamped it onto white cardstock and then fussy cut it out.

I then used an Emma Godfrey stamp for the sentiment. 

Love how this came out and know my friend will like the card I made for her.  

Happy crafting! 


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Halloween themed birthday card! 

A work colleague, who happens to be the lovely daughter of a friend who is in my team at work is celebrating her birthday today and she is obsessed with all things halloween…. so I made her a Halloween themed card.

I used the Tim Holtz stamps and stencils and some funky different techniques to make this mixed media card. 

I started with a black scrap of cardstock and added the iridescent medium through a Tim Holtz stencil onto one part of it. 

Once that was dry I added some flicks of the gorgeous Autumn Fire Fresco finish paint over the top. 

Then I added a scrap of muslin and the Undertaker skull stamped which I stamped and cut out of a white paper. 

I then tore a piece of paper and used a different Tim Holtz stencil to get the Web effect using both the Autumn Fire paint and some black gesso. I know most of it is covered but it looks so fab. I layered them up onto another black card panel.  I then softened it a little with some orange bakers twine and some card candi.

The sentiment is from Good Greetings which I forget has halloween themed sentiments in it as well as Christmas type ones. I tore that once I’d stamped it and edged with the autumn fire paint left on the palette. 

I also made her a little halloween house but you will have to wait until later in he week to see that! 

Happy crafting ! 


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DT: Incy wincy:favourite candy

The theme at Incy Wincy is to be inspired by favourite candy/sweets… well if have always been a sucker for dolly mixtures… so decided to use the pretty shades to colour my project.   We are sponsored by Polkadoodles and I love this lovely batista girl that I was given to work with. 

Love how this came together. 

Wonder how the rest of the team have interpreted the theme. 

Happy crafting!


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Another ATC 

Yes another ATC for you today… 

I started with another scrap. .. this time some music score that I had added some texture paste to and then a magazine photo of eyes to as well. 

Then I added Buff and then an emerald green to the outside.  this have me the shading I needed.

I then used  my Heatwave tool to add the foiling to the piece.   and then used an Inktense pencil to add depth and shading.

I added some doodling to the image and the chit chat stickers as the title and then added it to the ATC blank.

Love this very different ATC from me. 

Happy crafting !


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Playing with the Gorjuss 

I have a Gorjuss decoupage sheet that I got with a magazine that needed to be used today.

It resulted in this cute birthday card.

With the addition of a doily and some patterned paper … jobs a good’un !!!

Happy crafting !


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