Thursday 31 March 2016

Another frantage butterfly

Hi everyone, I've been using a few different colours of frantage on diecuts.
This butterfly is covered in aged black. As you can see it has a lot of silver in it!
Apologies for the dark photo too, my camera is dying!

I'm linking up to the challenge at Less is More where the theme is polka dots.

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At Simon Says Stamp Wednesday it's anything goes.

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At Simon Says Stamp Monday the theme is we can see clearly. I've used vellum as a base for my butterfly.
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Allsorts has a wings theme.

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The sentiment boder is diecut from a snippet of black card, so I'm also visiting the snippets playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.

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Memory Box Oriel & Lunette butterfly dies; Lawn Fawn Mother's Day boder die; Aged black frantage; Universal Crafts Mosaic Constellations embossing folder; vellum.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Saturday 26 March 2016

Frantage butterfly experiment!

Hi everyone, I hope you are having a relaxing Easter break.

I wanted to make a thank you card for a girl I've never even met!
 She works at a chemist over an hours drive from me and was so helpful when I spoke to her on the phone. She deserves an award for outstanding customer service!
 (This card will have to do instead!)

I've been playing with some new toys, a tag die and frantage.
 I cut the tag on a fold so that it could open up as a card. The butterfly top is diecut from a recycled envelope box as I thought I needed to use chipboard rather than cardstock for embossing with the enamel.
 I wasn't sure what colour taupe was when I bought the frantage, but I love it! I also love the font in this HLS sentiment and the smokey grey ink looks like taupe! 

I'm linking up to the challenge at Scrapbook Boutique where they have this fabulous mood board for inspiration. I was inspired by the cutwork on the chair, and the rustic textures.

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

At Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge the theme is to use a butterly + Margins with the optional colour mint. My lacy border fits as the margin.

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Elizabeth Crafts Tags & More #1 Lace die; Memory Box Oriel & Lunette butterfly dies; vellum; distress inks; Happy Little Stampers Thinking of you set sentiment stamp; Versafine smokey grey ink & clear ep; versamark ink & aged taupe frantage; Kaisercraft latte bling.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Wednesday 23 March 2016

Oriental pink & gold


Hi everyone, there's only 1 more work day before he Easter break!
Hubby and my sons are off camping at Bluesfest for 5 days while I 'll look after the animals, feed the chooks and do loads of housework...or maybe not!

This card used up a scrap made with the  faux stained glass watercolor technique, and a scrap of brushos spattered with gold watercolour paint. I think the strip has an oriental feel.

The challenge at Addicted to Stamps & More is anything goes.

At Addicted to CAS the code word is delicate.
I think these butterflies look delicate even though they are solid.

At The Card Concept there is this gorgeous inspiration pic. I was inspired by the pretty pinks and white. My card fits the clean and layered category.

Edited to add: Thanks for the reminder about the butterfly challenge Mrs. A!
The theme is a butterfly + M for margins and an optional colour of mint.
My watercoloured panel fits as a border or margin.

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Memory Box moonlight butterfly die; brushos; Kuretake gansai and Finetec gold watercolour paints; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Wednesday 16 March 2016

Blue & green seascape

Hi everyone, I hope you're having a good week.
 I'm so glad it's just a few more days 'til the weekend!

I misted this tag with dylusions inks and sprayed on some watered down  tarnished brass distress stain for a light shimmer. ( I was trying to clear the blocked nozzle and thought the tinted water was too good to waste lol!)

The starfish have sand texture paste spread lightly on them then I dabbed on a few distress inks. I stamped the sentiment onto tissue paper and attached with glue n seal. A tiny bit of the paper still shows but I think it's ok.

The seahorse is coloured with distress inks, painted over with distress clear rock candy crackle paint.

I'm linking up to the challenge at Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media where the theme is to use water.

At Simon Says Stamp Wednesday the theme is a" bit o green".

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The greenery is diecut from snippets of green cardstock, so I'm also visiting the snippets playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop

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Edited to add: I'm also linking up to the CAS Mix up card challenge.
Thanks for the reminder Bonnie.

Mini sand and sea dies; Sizix embossing folder; Holiday greens die; MFT tag die; sand texture paste : dylusions inks; distress inks; Annabelle Stamps sentiment stamp All things grow; versafine ink & clear ep; tissue paper; glue n seal.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Friday 11 March 2016

Dylusions butterfly on text

Hi everyone, this is the third butterfly I made with my new Tim Holtz toy.
Ï think the Dylusions ink ones are less "luminous" than the one cut from the watercoloured panel, but I love the colours. I only have 4 so now will be looking for more!

I'm linking up to a few challenges.
Addicted to Stamps & More has a CAS theme.

At Allsorts they are celebrating International Women's Day with all things feminine.

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Cuttlebug Mania is welcoming Spring.

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At Seize the Birthday I've gone with the anything goes birthday option.

My vine is diecut from a snippet of leftover watercoloured paper, so I'm visiting the snippets playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.

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Tim Holtz texture fades butterfly duo; Memory Box Savannah border die; Dylusion inks; black soot distress ink; Kuretake gansai watercolours for the vine snippet; Stampin Up embossing folder; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Thursday 10 March 2016

Dylusions butterfly & brushos tag

Hi everyone, I hope you've had a great week, I'm really looking forward to the weekend so I can have lots of r & r!!

I've had this yellow brushos panel for ages and thought it would suit the challenge at Anything but Cute where the crazy for colour mixed media theme requires vibrant colours.

I've used dylusions ink for the butterfly. I bought 4 bottles of blues and purples ages ago and this was my first go with them. I brushed over the embossing and edges with black soot distress ink. Darnell is hosting another challenge to use your never before used schtuff!
It's nearly closed so I'm just scraping in here!

At Simon Says Stamp Monday the theme is to make your own background. I love how brushos look different every time you use them and they make a great background for butterflies.

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At Simon Says Stamp Wednesday the challenge is to use a bit o green.
I thought the tag needed some green to break up the orange and indigo. These pieces of diecuts are coloured with distress inks.

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Loll & Bonnie have a new  CAS mix up card challenge.
Brushos fit the watercolouring, and the other elements are dry embossing on the base and butterfly body, and diecuts  I dread stamping on a nearly finished project so I stamped and embossed the sentiment onto tissue paper and glued it in place with glue n seal. (The brushos and DI on the leaves bled a little but I think it's ok.)
If this card isn't CAS enough please remove it,

Tim Holtz texture fades butterfly duo; Memory Box Fresh Foliage die; MFT tag stax dies;
Hero Arts Find Joy stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; tissue paper; glue n seal; brushos; Dylusions inks; distress inks; Distressed stripes embossing folder; pearl bling.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday 6 March 2016

Trying for luminous not ominous!

Hi everyone, it's been a busy few days here. Had to drive my eldest son to Brissie for an appointment (3 hours away) and took the opportunity to catch up overnight with my sis too! 
Hubby's birthday is 8th March but we decided to celebrate while my eldest son was home, so when I got home I cooked his cake and a special dinner. Whew! 

I wanted to play in a few challenges and have used a new die and embossing set from Tim Holtz, butterfly duo texture fades.

The fabulous Loll and Bonnie have started a new challenge that is CAS but uses mixed media elements, CAS mixup

I've diecut the butterfly from a background painted with Kuretake gansai tambo watercolors. When I embossed it the watercolor paper showed through, so I brushed the raised parts with black soot distress ink, and also swiped around the edges.

My stamping element is a Memory Box stamp and the other elements I chose were the dry embossing of the butterflies and distress ink sponging of the stamped panel.
This challenge feels so much like the sort of cards I like to create anyway and I'm looking forward to using some new techniques to mix things up!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday has a touchy feely theme, it's all about texture!

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Darnell is hosting a challenge to use your never before used stuff! Whether it's old or new!
I'm using a brand newbie, although there was lots of stuff lining up as competition!

Tim Holtz butterfly duo texture fades; Kuretake gansai watercolor paint; distress inks: Memory Box journey stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; Memory Box Darla butterfly die butterfly body cut to fit this one; grey shimmer paper; pearl bling.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x