Saturday, 24 June 2017

Butterflies & Texture Paste.

Hi everyone, I'm having a restful weekend in the craft room.
It's been such a busy week at work that housework can wait lol!

Edited to add: Just had a request to make my pic bigger so I hope it's not too big now :)

This tag was made from a texture paste disaster! (I'm afraid to admit I never throw anything out.)
I diecut an area on the card that was ok and blended on some distress oxide inks. I spritzed with water until I was happy with the colours.

The butterflies are stamped,embossed and fussy cut. I chose yellow and grey inktense pencils that matched the background pretty well and blended the colours out with a water brush.

 The edges of the bottom tag are painted with pewter twinkling H2Os then brushed with iced spruce oxide ink, just to tie in with the colours since white was too stark.

The theme at CAS Mix Up Card Challenge is to use texture paste .
I've also used stamping, watercolouring with DO inks and inktense pencils and fussycutting.

At Addicted to Stamps & More the theme is to make your mark.
I've used inks and inktense pencils.

At Seize the Bithday it's anything goes birthday.


Antique Engravings butterfly stamp, versafine ink & clear ep; iced spruce & fossilized amber distress oxide inks; sienna gold and charcoal inktense pencils; Tim Holtz dot fade stencil; antique silver crackle embossing paste; pewter twinkling H2Os; sentiment sticker and brad from stash.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Friday, 23 June 2017

Dragonfly Birthday

Hi everyone, this is my last card as a party guest with 
Seize the Birthday. It's been so much fun and my stash of birthday cards has increased as a bonus!
The theme this time is anything goes, so it's an easy one to play along with.

I've used a new to me die from Stamplorations for the bold birthday, and
  stamped and fussy cut Indigo Blue dragonflies and painted them with twinkling H2O's. They are so sparkly in real life, bit hard to capture in the photo.
I've stencilled texture paste through a stencil to give some texture to the background.

I'm also linking up to the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge.
I've used stamping, texture paste, fussy cutting and die cutting.

At Addicted to Stamps and More the theme is to make your mark. I've painted with twinkling H2Os.
They are also celebrating their 5th birthday so congratulations to Kylie and the team!

At Stamplorations CAS Card Challenge it's anything goes CAS with the option of masculine colours.
I've used  blue and green, so I hope it's still masculine even though there's a sparkle!

At CAS Watercolor Card Challenge the theme is Summer. Dragonflies remind me of lazy Summer days! I've used twinkling H2Os as my watercolor element.

Indigo Blue dragonfly stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; Stamplorations birthday die; twinkling H2O's; Tim Holtz spatter stencil; texture paste; happy sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Experimenting with brushos & texture paste.

Hi everyone, I had fun playing with some silver embossing paste and brushos with this card.
I didn't want to waste the panel I'd made so thought I'd punch out some shapes and this is the result.

I'm linking up to the challenge at Stamplorations CAS Card Challenge where it's anything CAS with the option of masculine colours. The black brushos have split into blue and grey with a splash of orange so I'm playing along with the twist.

I'm also linking to  CAS Mix Up Card Challenge. I've stamped the sentiment, used silver texture paste, brushos, a punch and spattering in the background.

Stamplorations Noteworthy stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; Memory Box diamond stencil; silver crackle embossing paste; black brushos; SU hexagon punch; birthday sentiment sticker; brushed pewter distress spray stain for spattering in the background.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Friday, 9 June 2017

Stencilled one layer shells.

Hi everyone, I'm back with another card as party guest at Seize the Birthday.
I've gone with the toppings option this time, one layer. But you can always play along with anything goes birthday.

I very rarely make one layer cards, it's way out of my comfort zone lol!

 I wanted to try something other than stamping so I used a sponge dauber to add distress ink with this stencil, then added some white prismacolor pencil to try and give some shading. 
Not sure if I'm totally happy with my efforts, but I had fun trying this!

I'm also linking up to the 3rd birthday celebrations at AAA Cards, congratulations!

Dreamweaver shells stencil; distress inks; prismacolor pencil; stately embossing folder;
sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Dolphin splash.

Hi everyone, I've spent the afternoon playing with distress inks and some dies that I had to have but hadn't got around to using yet!!

I started with a pale blue piece of card and added some tumbled glass and stormy skies DI to both layers and then added chipped sapphire to the bottom layer. Next I spritzed on some water, I love the patchy look it left. I diecut an extra set of ripples and glued them on for more dimension in the water.

The dolphins are diecut from some silver shimmer paper an popped up on foam dots.

I'm linking up to a few challenges.

At Simon Says Stamp Wednesday the theme is anything goes.

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At Happy Little Stampers Watercolour challenge, it's also anything goes with an optional twist of masking.


The Male Room wants us to use diecuts from our stash.
I've used Memory Box splashing puddles and diving dolphins.

At Outside the Box the theme is celebrating birthdays.

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 Memory Box splashing puddles and diving dolphins dies; distress inks; sentiment sticker; silver shimmer paper.

Thanks for visiting,
 Cathy x

Patterned Pinwheel.

Hi everyone, I've been playing with pinwheels and thought they's make a cute baby card!

This patterned paper is from my ageing stash! I need to find some pinks and purples so I can make some for a baby girl.
I'm linking up to a few challenges:

At Simon Says Stamp Wednesday it's an anything goes theme.

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At Simon Says Monday Challenge the theme is going around in circles.
I've used a tiny bubbles embossing folder and I may stretching things a bit, but pinwheels go around in circles. I wish I could work out how to make them spin on a card!

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At Just Us Girls the theme is diecuts.
I love dies and I've used 3 on my card.

At the Stamplorations CAS challenge for June it's anything goes CAS with the optional twist of masculine colours. I've used blue.

Paper Smooches welcome die: Memory Box parker alphabet dies; Stampin Up pinwheel die; tiny bubles embossing folder.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Birthday bunnies!

Hi everyone, my hubby is breeding New Zealand White meat rabbits and has one doe with 6 week old kits, and another doe with brand new babies. They are so cute!

Edited to add: Brenda asked to see a pic so here they are!

I thought this card would be perfect for him on his birthday!
I've glued two rabbits together to give each one some dimension.

I'm linking up to the little critters challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday,

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and to the furry friends challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.

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I'm also linking up to Seize the Birthday. The toppings option is something sweet or anything goes birthday.

At Stamplorations CAS challenge it's anything goes CAS with the optional colour twist.

Memory Box springtime bunnies die; Poppystamps grassland border die; distress inks; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Friday, 26 May 2017

Birthday cogs and gears.

Hi everyone, I'm playing along as a party guest at Seize the Birthday again this month. It's one of my favourite challenges as I always need birthday cards in my stash!

The toppings theme is Something Sweet but you can always play along with the anything goes birthday option too. I think I have a cupcake stamp somewhere but have had no luck finding it, so I went along with the anything goes option.

I diecut these cogs from an empty cereal packet, great source of chipboard that's a great thickness for my cuttlebug! The cogs are coloured with metallic rub ons. I've used brass, gold and pewter. You need to buff some of the colour off as it will rub off onto the white background, ask me how I know lol!!

I'm also linking up to the challenge at The Male Room where they want us to use diecuts from our stash,

and to the Happy Little Stampers anything goes with dies challenge.

Memory Box antique gear set and mini gears dies: MFT pierced tag stax die; Metallic rub ons by Jim Aldred Supply; sentiment sticker; Gear embossing folder, by Darice I think.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Dreamcatcher on blue.

Hi everyone, I hope you had a relaxing Mother's Day if you were celebrating it.
I had a lovely day just pottering around, even had a nanna nap!

A friend asked me to make a birthday card with feathers on it, so I'm hoping she likes dreamcatchers.
I borrowed this Cheery Lynn die from my sister ages ago and thought I'd better use it before she wants it back! 
I enlarged the lacy circle with a border diecut from 2 Spellbinders dies. It made the image just that bit bigger which is what I wanted. I used distress inks to colour the white feathers and also to give a bluish tinge to the silver diecuts.

The background is painted with Kuretake Gansai watercolor paints in a few shades of blue, with a touch of Finetec silver watercolour paint for shimmer.

I'm linking up to a few challenges:

At Addicted to Stamps & More it's anything goes.

At Happy Little Stampers watercolour, I'm choosing the anything goes option.

I'm also adding another entry to Seize the Birthday, going with the no toppings option this time.

Supplies: Kuretake Gansai and Finetec watercolour paints; Cheery Lynn dreamcatcher die; distress inks; silver card; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Friday, 12 May 2017

Seahorse scenery.

Hi everyone, I was so excited when Nancy asked me to be a party guest to play along at Seize the Birthday. It's one of my favourite challenges as I'm always needing birthday cards!

The theme this time is birthday with Creatures or Animals,

or, as always if you don't want to do the toppings it's anything goes as long as it's a birthday theme.

I've had lots of fun playing with gesso and distress paint to create the background for the seahorse and starfish. Old cardboard boxes are no longer safe in my house lol!

The creatures are inked with versamark and then embossed with frantage enamel powders in aged taupe and ochre. I cut down a cereal box to make a base with three sides as an "Ć«mbossing booth". It does a good job of containing the powder which tends to blow everywhere until it starts to melt.

I'm also linking up to the anything goes challenge at Addicted to Stamps & More

Scrap of corrugated card; gesso; weathered wood distress paint; Sizzix mini sand and sea and holiday greens dies; versamark ink; frantage embossing enamels; metallic rub on paint;sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Friday, 28 April 2017

Autumn snippets.

Hi everyone, we are enjoying some gorgeous Autumn weather here at the moment. Cool mornings and evenings and lovely warm days. 

I had a scrap of brown brushos paper left over from another project so diecut these leaves and added some more colour with a few distress inks. There is a lovely gold shimmer that doesn't show in the pic too well, the brushos were misted with a gold spray.

I'm linking up to the anything goes birthday challenge at Seize the Birthday,

and to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday where it's also anything goes.

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I've used Memory Box Marvelous Maple leaves die.

Memory Box marvelous maple leaves die; distressed stripes embossing folder; brushos; distress inks; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x