Saturday, 16 November 2019

Black twinkle snowflake.


Hi everyone, I'm taking a break from reality and making some cards.

(There are terrible bushfires in Northern NSW and other areas at the moment.
Fortunately, for now,  we are ok but there are lots who are not, it's a stressful, devastaing time and we just keep praying for rain...snowflakes would be welcome too!!)

I've wet embossed this snowflake die with Wow white twinkle powder before, and recently purchased some black twinkle powder.

Here's a closer look.


The embossed strip is from a retired Stampin Up set.

I'm linking up to some challenges:

It's all about occasions at Watercooler Wednesday


Perfectly CAS has a christmas theme.


AAA Cards I'm hoping my snowflake diecut counts as an image, and I've gone with the shimmer!


Happy Little Stampers CAS has a christmas theme.


Stamplorations CAS without the colour option.



Supplies:
Memory Box Lindemann snowflake die; versamark ink and Wow black twinkle ep; retired SU embossing strip; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x


Friday, 8 November 2019

Owl Birthday


Hi everyone, it's time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and the theme chosen by JoAnn
is off the edge.


You can always play along with the anything goes birthday theme too.
Our party guest and design team have some wonderful cards to inspire you, so I hope you can play along!


This is a new to me stamp set and I thought these guys could sit off the edge of the moon circle.
I stamped them using versafine clair nocturne ink onto a scrap of  watercolour paper that had brown brushos on it. Then I embossed the image with midnight copper powder.

I used a water brush to remove the brown colour from the eyes, feet and beaks so that I could add white and yellow Prismacolour pencil to those areas, before fussy cutting them.

The moon circle was coloured by blending oxide inks in antique linen, scattered straw and fossilized amber.

I'm linking up to some challenges:

Country View Challenges has a hand stamped theme.

Help yourself to our buddy button

Retro Rubber has an anything goes challenge as long as your stamp is at least one year old. These owls are from around early 2017.

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


Watercooler Wednesday where it's a feminine anything goes.


Supplies:
Brutus Monroe owl stamp; brushos; Versafine Clair nocturne ink; Lindys Stamp Gang midnight copper embossing powder; Prismacolour pencils; distress oxide ink; Sizzix woodgrain embossing folder; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Autumn brusho tree


Hi everyone, I've been making some brusho backgrounds using shades of  brown.
I diecut the tree and thought it looked a bit bland so sprinkled on some sandstone brushos and spritzed it with gold shimmer mist.

Here's a closer look.

The thanks diecut is what the tree looked like originally.

I'm playing along with a few challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday has a thanks/thanksgiving theme.

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At Just Us Girls it's thanks.



At Work it Wednesday it's autumn and gratitude.


Dies r Us has a trees and or leaves theme.
I've used the Memory Box Arboscello Trees die.

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Supplies:
Memory Box Arboscello tree die; Thanks die gifted by a friend ; Cuttlebug distressed stripes embossing folder; brushos powder; Tattered Angels gold  glimmer mist.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x


Stencilled monoprint & a butterfly.


Hi everyone, it's time for a new challenge at CAS Stencil

Linda has chosen stencil monoprinting as our technique this month.
There are some video tutorials on the blog, and some wonderful cards by the design team to inspire you, so I hope you can play along.


I inked up my stencil with a few distress inks, spritzed generously with water, then placed the inky side onto some watercolour paper. I used a paper towel to press over the top to make sure the ink absorbed into the paper. 
I blended some milled lavender distress ink over the monoprint panel as I didn't want a stark white background.

There was some distress ink puddles left on my non stick mat, so I smooshed some watercolour paper into it and diecut the butterfly from that. Love the purples!

I'm linking up to these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday where it's anything goes.
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Mix it up challenge blog where it's anything goes with the optional twist of watercolouring.

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Stamplorations CAS Challenge without the optional colour twist.



Supplies:
Simon Says Stamp stencil; distress inks in picked raspberry; abandoned coral; mermaid lagoon and salty ocean; Memory Box Whidbey and Theo butterfly dies; vellum; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Moonlit fog!


Hi everyone, I hope you're enjoying your weekend.
I've been lazy and will make up for that tomorrow lol!

I wanted to play along with the fog challenge at CASology and thought a fog covered moon might work. 


This circle is cut from a hammered card base which has a bumpy texture. I blended on some oxide inks in antique linen, scattered straw and fossilized amber, then added some black soot with a finger dauber.
The layout is similar to a card I made a couple of years ago with a couple of changes.

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

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and The sisterhood of crafters with a CAS theme.

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Supplies:
Memory Box woodland branch, Poppystamps wise owl and Spellbinders circle dies; oxide inks and black soot distress ink; Altenew To the Moon sentiment stamp; Versafine clair nocturne ink and Wow superfine metallic silver powder.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x


Monday, 28 October 2019

Opal painted butterfly.


Hi everyone, I'm trying out some new opal magic paints in violet green and coral teal.
They are much bolder colours than the others that I have and initially I was disappointed that they didn't look the same as the ones on this unicorn card.

Once I'd stamped this detailed butterfly on the painted background though I was happier, I think it needs the stronger colours, whew!

Still a bit of shimmer, here's a closer look.


I'm linking up to these challenges:

Perfectly CAS with a birthday theme.


Addicted to Stamps & More where it's a CAS theme.


AAA Cards where I'm playing without the geometric twist.


Watercooler Wednesday where it's all about occasions.


And a new to me challenge Sisterhood of Crafters where it's also a CAS theme.

Please Grab Our Badge!

Supplies:
Nellie Snellen butterfly stamp; Annabelle Stamps sentiment; versafineclair ink & clear ep; Art Alchemy opal magic paint; hammered card base.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Belated birthday candles!


Hi everyone, I hope you have been enjoying the new challenge at Seize the Birthday!
Shirley has chosen the theme this time and it's candles. 


Of course, you can always play along with the anything goes birthday option instead!


Apologies for being late to the party this round. Hopefully life will settle down again for a while so I have time in the craft room!

This is an ancient candle stamp that I forgot I had! Stamped  in Versafine ink, clear embossed, fussycut and coloured with markers.

The diecut sentiment is from one of my remaining reject pieces of glossy photo paper, smooshed in distress oxide inks and wiped with a baby wipe to remove the chalkiness.

Here's a closer look at the shine.

I'm linking up to a few challenges:

Watercooler Wednesday where it's all about occasions.


Work it Wednesday where it's time to celebrate.
AAA Birthday where it's a colour palette, use any 2 of the colours.


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday where it's fall or autumn colours.

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Supplies:
Amazing Creations candle stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; Zig markers; Simon Says Stamp sentiment die; glossy photo paper and distress oxide inks; Crafts 4 U stitched rectangle die.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Embossed stencilling and patterned paper.


Hi everyone, have you had a chance to enter this month's CAS Stencil challenge yet? 
There's still plenty of time.
 The theme is stencilling on patterned paper. You can use sprays, pastes paints, inks, anything you'd like to stencil with.
The design team and our guest have some great ideas to inspire you, so I hope you can play along.


I had some beige paper with textured patterns on it that I thought went well with this Funky Fossil Design tree stencil. I used the branches at an angle to create a pattern with versamark ink. Next I embossed it with some midnight copper powder. I did a couple of embossing layers to add some height and shine to the embossing.

Here's a closer look:

I fussy cut and coloured the butterfly with Inktense pencils and added a sentiment sticker.

I'm linking up to these challenges:

Mix it Up Challenge Blog where it's anything goes.

SPREAD THE MIXED UP LOVE - grab a badge

Stamplorations CAS challenge where I'm playing along with the optional twist of using orange.



Supplies:
Funky Fossil tree stencil; versamark ink; Lindys Stamp Gang midnight copper ep; Hero Arts Antique Engravings butterfly; versafine ink & clear ep; Imktense pencils; patterned paper from stash; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x