Saturday, 22 April 2017

Purple flowers.

Hi everyone, I made a batch of these flowers a little while ago, and thought I'd use more of them up.

I added the black frame after I'd finished the card as I felt the white circle needed more definition. It was a bit tricky getting it in place but it worked ok I think. 

The challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday is showers and or flowers.

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At Work it Wednesday the theme is April showers bring May flowers.

Inkspirational has a Spring theme, but it's about to close so be quick if you want to join in!

Stampin Up pansy punch; PaperArtsy infusions; Magenta inka gold; Memory Box Lorelai leaf die and parts of the cherry blossom die; distress inks; Darice crackle embossing folder; Spellbinders circle dies; Mama Elephant sentiment stamp; versafine ink & clear ep.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Friday, 21 April 2017

Birthday pinwheel.

Hi everyone, I've been doing so much driving lately that the craft room has been neglected!
I'm off to Brisbane this morning too, about 3 hours each way for a 15 minute doctors appointment!
Luckily he's a great doctor and worth the trip.

Lack of time meant I thought I'd try and CASE some of my own cards. I made one like this years ago when I first got this Stampin Up pinwheel die. 

I've tweaked it a little bit and was  hoping to play along with the patterned paper challenge 
at Seize the birthday, but you need 2 papers and I'v only used 1, so I'm linking up to their anything goes option.

I'm also playing along at Scrapbook Boutique where there is this gorgeous mood board for inspiration. As well as the pastels there's a pop of blue and red in the top left pic that caught my eye and I was inspired by all of the circles.

The coloured letters were cut from scraps of coloured card, so I'm off to the snippets playground at
Pixie's Crafty Workshop. I've been absent for a while and have missed lots of fun!

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Stampin Up pinwheel die; Cuttlebug tiny bubbles embossing folder; sentiment stickes; brad, patterned paper and scraps of bazzil from my stash.

Thanks for visiting, I'm off to have coffee and get ready for my long drive.
Cathy x

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Weathered wood and flowers.

Hi again, more torn card and gesso, but this time I painted it with weathered wood distress paint.
I rubbed on some pewter metallic paint on the edges too.

This fresh daisy was cut from some watercolour papper painted with Kuretake Gansai paints. The stem is coloured with distress markers.

I'm linking up again to the birthday challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday,

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and to Seize the Birthday, the anything goes option.

Simon Says Stamp fresh daisies die; Kuretake Gansai watercolour paints; distress markers; weathered wood distress paint; gesso; sentiment sticker; pewter metallic rub on paint.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Purple mixed media.

Hi everyone, I've been playing with torn cardboard and gesso again!
This time, I sprayed the gessoed card with antique linen distress stain and painted it into the nooks and crannies! I rubbed on some amber metallic paint on the edges, although it's a bit hard to see in the photo.

The flowers were made from a messy infusions experiment!
I was spritzing water and sprinkling on the colour are you cerise then smooshing it on my craft sheet. I added some blue knight and realized I'd gone too far!! Way too much water. I painted on a thin layer of gesso, to tone it down, as you can see from this pic, still didn't look too appealing!

I punched out some flowers, rubbed a tiny bit of magenta inka gold onto the edge of the petals and smoothed it around with a wet brush, Much better!

I'm linking up to  Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge where the theme is sprays,

I've used Poppy stamps meadow leaf and lorelai leaf die, and parts of the Memory Box cherry blossom die.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is celebrating their 8th birthday with a birthday theme! Congratulations!
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At Inkspirational the theme is Spring,

 and at Addicted to Stamps & More it's anything goes.


Stampin Up flower punch; Poppystamps Meadow leaf & Lorelai leaf dies; Memory Box cherry blossom die; Antique linen distress spray stain; gesso; distress inks; amber metallic rub on paint; Paper Artsy infusions; magenta inka gold; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Embossing with wafer dies.

Hi everyone, I've tried a new to me technique on this card, embossing with a die.
It has a lovely quilted feel in real life. 

I also used up leftover negative and positive pieces to make the flowers. I didn't have enough to cover the card, so that's why I thought I'd try the embossing to balance out the design.

I'm linking up to the Happy Little Stampers anything goes with dies challenge.
I've used Memory Box tilth floral and Simon Says Stamp Mum dies.

At Outside the Box the theme is celebrating Mum. You also need to use a Memory Box product on your project.

At CAS mix up card challenge one of the elements needed in inlaid die cutting.
After embossing the card with the die, I glued the negative flower shapes in place, then glued in the petals. The flowers were leftover from another project where I'd diecut them from card painted with Finetec gold watercolours. I've also stamped the tiny for you sentiment.

Memory Box tilth floral and Simon Says Stamp mum dies; Finetec gold watercolour paints; Casual Fridays Mum's the word stamp; versafine ink & clear ep.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Oxide inks and diecuts.

Hi everyone, I did some experimenting with distress oxide inks on watercolour paper, it was great fun!
I did some die cutting to make use of them, and am entering a few challenges.

At Outside the Box the theme is celebrating Mum, plenty of time to get ready for mother's day.
I've used Memory Box dies, fairytale flower border and moonlight butterfly.

AAA Cards where the theme is die cuts. 

I've inlaid the border die, so this fits the theme at CAS Mixup Card Challenge.
I've used this technique, stamping, wet embossing, vellum and smooshing with distress oxide inks.
I won the stamp when Darnell was having a destash, I love this font so thank you again Darnell

At Simon Says Stamp Monday, it's things with wings.

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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday has an anything goes challenge.

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Memory Box fairytale flower border and moonlight butterfly dies; Casual Fridays Mum's the word sentiment stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; distress oxide inks; scrap of blue sparkle vellum.

Thanks for visiting,
enjoy the rest of your weekend,
Cathy x

Friday, 31 March 2017

Thankful butterfly

Hi everyone, I stamped a few of these woodgrain backgrounds a while ago and thought I'd use one for this card.

I used a few distress inks to colour the wood, fussy cut the stamped sentiment and trimmed up a diecut to frame it. The butterfly is coloured with distress inks and fussy cut too.

I'm linking up to the anything goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday,

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Also the things with wings challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday.

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At Word Art Wednesday the theme is anything goes.

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Darklroom Door woodgrain stamp; distress inks, versafine ink & clear ep; Stampin Up sentiment and buterfly stamp; inktense pencils; Mpress die trimmed to suit the shape of the sentiment.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Washi tape balloons

Hi everyone, I am hoping that everyone in the northern rivers area is safe and dry after the terrible floods we've been having! Our roads were briefly cut by flood waters but our thoughts and prayers are with those who have had to be evacuated.

I needed a quick and easy card for a friend and thought I'd put this colourful washi tape to use, finally! It fits the theme at Scrapbook Boutique where they have this gorgeous mood board for inspiration.
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I'm also linking up to the challenge at AAA Cards where the theme is diecuts.

Edited to Add: This also fits the theme at Time Out where the theme is 'When it rains look for rainbows, when its dark look for stars' Thanks Anita!

Grab Our Badge!

Cuttlebug Love Language embossing folder; Memory Box Prima labels die; Paper Smooches balloon die; heart washi tape; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Cactus flowers in a recycled perfume bottle coloured with alcohol inks!

Hi everyone, the weekend is drawing to a close,
 but I've had a lot of fun catching up with family, so I'm happy!

This project cases some paper flowers by Sarita at Little Princess Cards. I saw them on pinterest and loved them! She has a great tutorial on her site and I decided to put mine onto wires in a vase, so poked 2 holes into the circle and "threaded" the florist wire through to create these stems.

 Mine are a little skeletal in the photo, bit more substantial in real life. I've popped the wires into a recycled perfume bottle that I've coloured with alcohol inks. There's some green glass chips from Ikea inside to give some weight to the bottle.

I'm linking up to the challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday where the theme is handmade flowers.

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The flowers are made by cutting pieces of card from a scrap, so I'm also linking up to the snippets playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop. Mind you, I've still got plenty left from the scrap I was cutting from, reckon I could easily make another 3 flowers!!

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Metallic gems from stash coloured with chameleon pens; florist wire; glossy accents; alcohol inks.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Smooshed infusions paint & and butterflies.

Hi everyone, I'm back with the card I made from the leftover infusions and paint from my last post.

I smooshed the panel through the leftover colour a number of times and manipulated it so the brownish tones dripped where I wanted them. In real life it looks a bit like faux marbling.

I'm linking up to a few challenges.

At Happy Little Stampers Watercolour the optional theme is smooshing.

At Addicted to Stamps and More the theme is make your mark.
I've coloured the butterflies with Inktense pencils.

At Seize the Birthday it's anything goes.

At Work it Wednesday the theme is to use the colour green.


Edited to add: I'm also linking up to the CAS Mix up Card Challenge where Loll, Bonnie and the the team are celebrating their 1st birthday, Congratulations!
In addition to stamping and smooshing, I've used fussy cutting and dry embossing.

PaperArtsy pearl glaze and infusions - a little bit jaded; Finetec gold watercolour paint; Hero Arts antique engravings butterfly stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; Inktense pencils; sentiment sticker; Darice crackled embossing folder.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Infusions, paint and ink.

Hi everyone, so glad it's the weekend again! Chores are getting done and I've been playing with infusion powders.

I love how these feathers turned out, although they do look a lot like leaves!
I sprinkled infusions powder onto some watercolour paper then spritzed it with water. I poured a little  Paper Artsy pearl glaze onto a craft mat and diluted it with lots of water using a small brush. I also added some Finetec gold watercolour paint to the mat. Then I smooshed the paper through the glaze and paint on the craft mat a few times until I was happy with the effect. I also brushed a layer of the diluted pearl glaze over the paper, the leaves have a lovely pearly gold sheen to them.

I've made another project with the leftovers on the craft mat, waste not want not lol!

To finish the card I embossed with a Darice folder and used a few distress inks to add some colour. I also swiped walnut stain and some gold ink around the edge.

The PaperArtsy Blog has a challenge that is closing soon! The topic is to use PaperArtsy infusions and paint. There are loads of amazing creations to inspire you. I chose Clare's card here, I was inspired by the jade colour and using diecuts. Clare's card with the diecut silhouette looks fantastic, beautifully CAS. 

Since one of the techniques I used was smooshing paper through the paint, I'm also linking up to the
 Cas mix up card challenge. I've used smooshing, stamping, embossing and diecutting.

PaperArtsy a bit jaded infusions and pearl glaze; distress inks in tumbled glass, peacock feathers, weathered wood, pumicestone and walnut stain. Finetec gold watercolour paints; Stampin Up feathers die and sentiment; Darice feathers on the side embossing folder.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Monday, 27 February 2017

Butterflies & patterned paper.

Hi everyone, I'm back again with more butterflies.
 This patterned paper has been in my stash for quite a few years,so instead of stamping more wood grain I thought I'd give this a go.

The butterflies are stamped and embossed, fussy cut and coloured with Inktense pencils, sicilian yellow and sea blue.

The challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday is anything goes.

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At Seize the Birthday I'm linking up to the no toppings, anything goes.

At Word Art Wednesday the theme is also anything goes.

Grab our badge:

Memory Box cocoa bean butterfly stamp; inktense pencils; patterned paper; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting, have a great week,
Cathy x