WOYWW… Clouds stop play!

Hi there dear readers.

Time for this weeks What’s on your work desk Wednesday. Want to know more? Pop over to Julia’s blog to find out what I’m on about. 

This week I have very little going on in my craft room due to having an issue with my health (depression sucks!) so the desk is relatively clear.

The project that is centre in the desk is the start of my Mothering Sunday card for my mum.  Other than that to the left is a big pile of papers that are being used as underpapers for when I stamp, spray, emboss etc. as they were destined for recycling so I thought I would give them another use first. To the right under the scissors my passport renewal form… Really need to get this done! Under the desk are a couple of dressmaking patterns I got with a magazine and need to get some oomph about me to tackle! 

So that’s it for the desk.

I do have a finished piece of work to share… 

This is a piece for my journal where I was trying out getting the paper covered with Paint and using my new stamps from Clare Lloyd and Darcy for Paperartsy.  I also stuck some gilding flakes on too to add some bling.  Need to get some more flitter glu as forgot how much I love using them! 

Hope visiting some of the other peeps desks will brighten my mood and bring me some mojo! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art journalling… Flash page, well not quite… With Fairefoxes

Today I have a page I did over a few days last week that is a bright contrast to my mood of late. Unfortunately I am having to struggle through a bit of a low with my mood being quite black. This page I am sharing is my way of combatting the blackness, by creating with colour. Rae posted in the Facebook group around her art journalling challenge (have a look at her blog to see what I’m blathering on about) a flash page challenge. Now this was meant to be a ten minute challenge… But mine turned into a labour of love, probably because my energy levels are low as I combat the depression. Anyways onto the art…

The rules were use only the colours… Red, blue, pink, yellow and add song lyrics.

So I didn’t use pink, but the other colours i did… And I had a song title for my page title!

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I used acrylic paint for the background, some stamping, and then added some layers… Papermania postcard stamp, Clarity stamps for the ladies and wiggly sections, Paperartsy fleur de Lis, and washi tape.

Added some glossy accents to embellish the ladies too!

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Hope you like… I think I do! Hopefully this cloud will shift soon and I will be able to better appreciate the colour.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

UIUS! Batch number two in progress!

So before I actually finish one lot of UIUS cards I start on another! Doh!

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There is a reason for this though… It was all part of me tidying up… honestly!
I found more xmas papers that I have had for ages and decided to do a similar task with these as I had with the Papermania ones and so I started pairing them with cardstock.

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As you can see they are all different colours and so required different backing cardstock… Not going to be as easy to then put them together as batches I thought, but still good to Use It Up! Some of these papers I have probably had for about four or five years … If not longer! So they are in desperate need of being used. Most of them will have been magazine freebies, but some are SU or other bought papers.

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The next stage was trimming panels from the papers. As they weren’t a sheet of a4 or 12×12 I wasn’t able to follow a one sheet wonder, but I did follow the principles of one sheet wonders and used as much of the paper as I could when creating the panels. I then cut the cardstock panels to match with slightly larger pieces so they mat the papers. This created a nice neat pile!

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Next I grabbed card blanks and started assembling the cards… By assembling I actually mean sticking the paper to their mounts, deciding on a vague layout and card blank size and then sticking them in their relevant envelopes. This was they are ready to properly assemble with any embellishments/focal images/sentiments when I get to this stage. As you can see in the picture the card blanks vary in size (and in one case colour) as the papers were far more varied than the Papermania set I started for UIUS a few weeks ago. I also ran out of card blanks at this stage so there is a little pile still to be sorted! But this is now my go to box for cards to be assembled. They are in groups too so that I can assemble a few at a time, and maybe package these up as gifts or something.

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Cutting the cardstock to fit the DSP did leave some scraps left over… No fear… Time to grab some punches and start creating embellishments…
A tree punch, bauble punch and circle punch make easy work of the slightly larger pieces, and then the banner punch does the rest. There are some strips left for stamping sentiments on and using the Word window punch too! Think I may run some of the larger shapes through an embossing folder or two as well to give them some texture!

Now I just need to finish some of the cards off!!!

Hope you are liking the progress so far though… And look how much I have managed to use up already, even if there isn’t a finished project in sight! Lol!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

WOYWW! Art journalling! My own writing… With Fairefoxes

This week’s WOYWW is missing the very important part … one might say pivotal… the picture of my desk! This is because I left this morning for work without taking the picture I meant to of my crafting space! Doh! Last night I had been crafting – finishing the journal page – I remembered the picture of that last night – just forgot the actual desk! Doh! If I get a chance later I will rectify this and take a pic and then update this blog post!

Anyways – I am doing this on my lunch at work – trying not to go out at lunch and spend money so thought a bit of blog hopping would be a good distraction… so will be shortly popping to Julia’s blog to go nosey round the other crafty spaces people are sharing – it’s fun to be nosey – and in most cases be inspired!

So what do I have to share… that’s right my journal page!

This page for Rae’s challenge is a few weeks out of sync…. Use my own writing!

I hate my writing and so have got a book to inspire me but not had a chance to use it yet… So this is without that much needed inspiration…

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I used a Julie Nutting stamp which I paper pieced on top of a paint background using bubble wrap to stamp and credit card to create the lines. Also in the background is a crown I was sketching, a foreign stamp that fell out of the ephemera box so I stuck down and then a heart I stamped on some random painted cardstock and added the stamped words from the Happy Thing stamp set.

Then I added some doodling and outlining to the girl and then the words using a Calligraphy pen.

Looking forward to using the book as soon as I get there… Will have to post a review when I have had a chance to read it properly.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Time to reflect… Continued! Treesday!

Back in December, before I made the no challenge statement for 2015, i reflected on how my blog had developed during 2014. Here is the post… Click here . Now in that post I mentioned the tree set I had bought and not used at all. I did pickup the set shortly after that post, but still didn’t use for anything for last Christmas. Well I have been reflecting again. (Yes I know this is usually dangerous! Ha ha!)

Now this is linked to the Use It Up Saturday post a couple of weekends ago, and is to remind myself of how many tree stamps I actually own to try and prevent myself from buying anymore… No matter how fab they look… So here goes promise number two!

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So from now on, all tree stamps will get an airing, and creations with said stamps will be on a Tuesday, hereby to be known as Treesday!

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So it’s not exactly a challenge, but then I can’t really say it is just me crafting however I like… It gives some structure to my blog… So you know and I know trees will be featured, one way or another on a Tuesday! But I’m not promising frequency you will note… I have learnt that lesson!

And my first offering…

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A very simple card… Used my Spectrum Noir Aquatints to create a background on a panel of card and sprinkled water to create some texture in the pigment displacement…. Very posh sounding term for where the Colour sits on the cardstock! Goodness knows if it is the right term or not, but it sounds good!

This weeks tree, is the branches with birds stamp from Serene Silhouettes stamps from Stampin Up. Added the sentiment, and edged the panel using a SU marker in Pacific Point as it worked with the colours of the background and then added to a white card blank.

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I had of course to add some decoration to the envelope too… This is a definite aim of mine for the year to not forget the envelope. I started this off last year and I really think it finishes the project off properly. I won’t always remember to do this I know, but it really does help the whole card look gorgeous if the envelope matches too!

So here is to not challenging myself this year, but to using the stamps already I own (in plentiful supply) and stopping the hoarding!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Trying out new stamps

I love new stamps and love getting the ink on them and trying them out. Helen delivered my order at her class on Wednesday and when I had finished the cards for the class I grabbed my cheapy sketchbook that happened to be in my handbag and started inking them up!

I ended up with this page made with the following stamps:
Something Lacy
Butterfly Basics
Happy Thing

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Gorgeous and such a lovely way to put my new stamps to their first use!

Might have to recreate this on decent paper sometime soon?

Happy crafting!

Catherine

New photopolymer … Trialling the butterfly basics

I knew as soon as I saw them in the spring catalogue for SU I would have to get these Butterfly Basics stamps… They are sooooo scrummy. I placed my order with Helen and then she let me trial hers until my order arrived.

This is what first inking created…

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Such beautiful stamps to layer up and create pretty cards. I also got inspired to try some sewing on the card with my sewing machine. Love the texture this provides for the card.

I of course had to create something on the envelope to go with the card…

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Love these stamps and look forward to using them for more pretty cards. I’ve pinned plenty of gorgeous ones on Pinterest already as inspiration.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

UIUS! First cards completed!

Why there is a moose loose about this hoose!!!

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So my first use it up Saturday did not entirely go without using new stash… I carved a new stamp! Oops! The reality is I was dying to carve a stamp, and thought the best way to test it out was to make a couple of cards using it!

Here is my moose!

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Those of you who are eagle eyed will know I did test him out on an art journal page a few weeks ago… But know he wasn’t super clear on that… Here he gets to be focus of all attention!

Isn’t he the cutest… I used google images to come up with the idea and drew him out on paper several times till I was happy with him. Then I transferred him onto some easy carve rubber (I bought this before Xmas as I fancied the idea of carving a larger stamp and hadn’t got a big enough mount in the Undefined kit that SU sell… So spotted the easy carve and thought it would work for the job … And so it does!

So then I grabbed a couple of the cards I had set aside ready and decided the small piece of Papermania DSP I had for each of them would look good with a small amount of Gorgeous Grunge stamping behind it in Smoky Slate and Cherry Cobbler. Then I stamped the moose onto some white and fussy cut them out with an outline before layering them onto the card blank. The sentiment is an old freebie with a magazine which seemed perfectly quirky to go with my moose! As you can see they didn’t ink up evenly or perfectly, but I was really happy with this as it makes them slightly more in keeping with the grunge stamping. Next time I might try kissing the moose… To another stamp to create a pattern to the stamping too… Think that will work well with a solid stamp like this. I also stamped the envelopes to finish them off.

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So first of my UIUS cards made … And a hand carved stamp thrown in too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Another valentine? Apparently so!

So I have already shared the valentines card I made for the hubby… My one valentine… But today I ended up making another one! And why? Well because the princess made a Valentine’s activity booklet card for both the hubby and I and then wanted a card from us! The ever obliging parent (gave me a good excuse to get into the craft room) I made her one!

Blue is the new fave colour… So red and pink banished!

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Used paint to create the panel of background, and some stamping using the fabulous Darcy Paperartsy stamps. Then the hearts were stamped onto a painted piece of card and cut out, and the little sentiment and tag were on cardstock coloured with the Distress Stain in the new colour of Cracked pistachio…. Expect this will be a new Colour my Monday sometime soon… Love it!

Added a panel where I had added the distress stain around the outside. Doodled some wiggly lines (managed to get a few mucky stains on the white bit too… Ooops) and then mounted on the card blank.

The princess has yet to open her card as she is out at a friends house at the moment, but sure she will be happy with the blue valentines card from her loving parents!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy Valentines Day!

Thought I would quickly show you the card I made for the hubby for valentines… I was actually prepared for once and made this a couple of weeks ago. Not often I remember and craft ahead of time when it’s something I have to make!

Anyway… Used my favourite stamps… Darcy designed ones! And created this vibrant but also clean and simple (ish) card with an artsy twist!

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I used paint to add the colour using an old credit card to apply it and then lots of little alpha stamps for the sentiment.

Love how it came out. Thanks Darcy for creating my perfect go to stamps for masculine cards!

I am sharing this as part of the Paperartsy challenge “paint” too. This is my new thing… Using paint and not just plumping for ink every time… After all it is the paint that adds the texture on the front panel as the shades are different dependent on the scrapes. I love the canvas Sue made for the challenge and although my card is nothing like… It is the scraping of the paint colour to provide the stamped hearts that was inspired by this canvas…. Just need to get back to some canvases… Not done one for a while!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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