Saturday, 13 August 2016

The best Dad!

Hi everyone, I've had fun making a few cards today and thought I'd post this one that uses some of my new goodies that I've been accumulating!!

I fussy cut this Katzelkraft dog stamp and coloured him with Prismacolor pencils, french grey 10 and 30%, and tombows for the black spots. I love the goofy expression he has!

I've used a few diecuts, the brick wall, the speech bubble and the DAD text, so I'm linking up to the anything goes diecuts challenge at Happy Little Stampers.

I sponged my background with pumice stone distress ink, then spritzed it with water to add more texture. Using ink, stamps and sprays is the theme at the CAS Mixup Card Challenge, (it's ok just to use water as your spray element too). I've also used fussy cutting,sponging and heat embossing.

It's anything goes at Word Art Wednesday.

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It's also anything goes at Addicted to Stamps & More.

At Cas-ual Fridays it's time to colour.

Stampin Up Just Sayin stamp and die (retired); Katzelkraft dog stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; Sizzix alterations mixed media die set #3; Impression Obsession alphabet die; distress ink; prismacolor pencils; tombows.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Gum leaves and blossoms

Hi everyone, I hope you are having a great week! I'm looking forward to a crafty weekend as things have been a bit busy lately. Here's hoping anyway lol!

I was asked for an Australian themed birthday card and thought of this Kaszazz stamp I've had for a while. It's a similar design to previous cards I've made but I tried to get a better green for the leaves this time, and left off the flower soft on the blossoms. I've fussy cut and separated the leaves and blossoms to arrange on this twig, cut from a snippet of brown card.

One snippet is all you need to visit the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.

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The challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday is fabulous florals and I'm just scraping in before it closes!
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At Addicted to Stamps & More it's anything goes.

Kaszazz large gum leaves stamp; Memory Box twigs and berries die; Prismacolor pencils; Sizzix woodgrain embossing folder; distress ink; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Monday, 1 August 2016

Irish blessing with butterflies!

Hi again, I was looking for an Irish blessing for a colleague and found this one.
I typed it up and printed it onto some light cardstock and it seems to have blended up ok with distress inks.

The challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday is to add some texture.
I've used an embossing folder to add some interest to the background.
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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday  has an anything goes theme.
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Distress inks; Darkroom Door butterfly stamps; inktense pencils; birds and swirls embossing folder; quote from the internet.

Thanks for visiting, Cathy x

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Dreamy Floral

This is another simple sympathy card I made for a colleague.
I think this dreamy flower is useful for so many occasions!

I used antique linen, tumbled glass, broken china and weathered wood distress inks to create the inky halo effect with an applicator tool.

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

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I'm also linking up to Word Art Wednesday where it's also an anything goes challenge.

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I'm also linking up to the challenge at Penny Black at Allsorts where it's anything goes with a stamp.

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Penny Black Dreamy stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; distress inks; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Fuchsia Floral

Hi everyone, I was inspired by the colours at this month's Scrapbook Boutique challenge where they have this great mood board for inspiration.

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I tend to repeat the same colour schemes and have only made yellow cone flowers but I think I like these fuchsia and deep rose ones just as much. I coloured them with Inktense pencils.

At Seize the Birthday the toppings challenge is pink and brown, I might be stretching the pink with my purply pink, if so then it's anything goes birthday.

At Word Art Wednesday it's anything goes.

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Stampers Anonymous Flower Garden stamp; grey vesafine ink; inktense pencils; Stampin Up text embossing folder; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Spring blossom

Hi again, I was asked to make a couple of sympathy cards recently. They wanted somthing simple and I thought this Memory Box flower would suit.

I coloured the stem with distress markers and used distress inks and a dauber for the blooms.

The challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday is anything goes.

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At Addicted to Stamps & More the theme is CAS.

At AAA Cards the theme is to use one favourite from your stash. I've used distress inks which I love! (in addistion to my other favourite, dies!)

Memory Box Honeyblossom sprig; distress markers and inks; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Brushos butterfly & border

Hi again, a friend asked me to make a couple of thank you cards and left the design up to me, so, of course it has butterflies in it!

I sprinkled orange and prussian blue brushos onto some watercolor paper and smooshed it around to create this 2 tone effect. I spritzed it with blue patina perfect pearls too, though it's hard to see the shimmer in the pic.

I scored a couple of lines either side of the border die for more definition.

I'm linking up to the things with wings challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.

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It's anything goes at Bizzy Becs Store Blog.

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Happy Little Stampers  has an anything goes with dies challenge.
I've used 2 Memory Box dies and a sentiment sticker.

AAA Cards wants us to make a CAS card with one favourite thing from our stash. I love using diecuts!

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday - use wafer thin dies or stencils.


Dies: Memory Box Fairytale Flower Border and Moonlight Butterfly.
Other: brushos; sentiment sticker; bling.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Something old, but new!

Hi everyone, I'm so glad our internet is fixed! It was good in some ways as I got more cards made instead of perusing pinterest and new products to buy lol!

I managed to find this very old Stampin Up stamp called En Francais, so it's old but new to me!
I stamped and embossed the text then applied distress inks to give it a sort of parchment feel.

The butterflies are coloured with Inktense pencils, I couldn't quite get them the same colour!
The background layer is recycled chipboard from a notepad with gold metallic paste rubbed on the edges.

The tag is diecut from a snippet of white card and I distressed it before deciding to add the metallic paste as well.

I'm linking up to these challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop where you only need to use one scrap or snippet to join in the fun!
Pixies Crafty Workshop

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

Bizzy Bec's Store Blog where it's anything goes.
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Word Art Wednesday, also anything goes.

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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday where the theme is things with wings.

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Darkroom Door butterfly stamp; versafine ink, clear ep. Stampin Up En Francais stamp; distress ink; Jim Allred metallic rub ons; Inktense pencils; MFT label die; sentiment sticker. Kaisercraft pearls.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Friday, 22 July 2016

I'm back!!!!

Hi again, it feels like ages since I've been here!

A technician arrived today to replace the faulty power box in our set up so I'm hoping to be posting again real soon :)
Cathy x

Friday, 1 July 2016

Sorry it's been so long....

Hi everyone, I have no internet at home at the moment!

 We had the long awaited NBN skymuster satellite hooked up and have had no internet since. Technicians will get back to us with a solution, soon I hope.

Until then stay safe and happy, Cathy x

Monday, 6 June 2016

Woohoo owl birthday

Hi everyone, I've become a bit obsessed with retired Stampin Up sets lately!
There are still a few I'm searching for (en francais is one!) but I'm having fun with Punch Bunch owl and the Just Sayin stamps and dies.

This card fits a few challenges at the moment.

At Just us Girls it's a bird theme.

For the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge I've used stamping, diecuts, fussy cutting, sponging with distress ink, and dry embossing.

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

Seize the birthday has an option of sunshine, But I've gone with anything goes birthday.

And since I used a green snippet for the leafy branch I'm visiting the playground at 

Pixies Crafty Workshop

Stampin Up Punch Bunch owl stamp; Just sayin sentiment stamp and matching die; Spellbinders circle die; Impression Obsession leafy branch die; versafine ink, clear ep; distress inks; Prismacolor pencils; Papertrey Ink woodgrain texture plate; birthday sentiment sticker; joggle eyes.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Tree tag on embossed woodgrain background

Hi everyone, I've been playing with frantage embossing enamel again, it's such great fun!

Cuttlebug Mania has an embossing theme. I've used Papertrey Ink's woodgrain texture plate to emboss my background. I love the softer look texture plates give over regular embossing folders.

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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday has an anything goes challenge this week.

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MFT tag stax die; Memory Box Arboscello tree die; {a[ertrey Ink woodgrain texture plate; aged silver frantage embossing enamel; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting, Cathy x

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Gold embossed vellum flowers

Hi everyone, I tried a new technique (for me) on these flowers, colouring the vellum on the back with alcohol markers. I love the soft look it gives.
 I also fussy cut a white flower to sit under each coloured bloom as I didn't want the greenery to show through the top layer.

I'm linking up to a few challenges:

Addicted to Stamps & More has a CAS theme.

 CAS Mix up Card Challenge.
I've heat embossed the stamped flowers, used fussy cutting, dry embossing, and die cutting.

Allsorts are celebrating their 7th birthday with a birthday theme. Congratulations!

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AAA Cards are celebrating their 2nd birthday with a birthday themed challenge and a blog hop.

Seize the Birthday has a toppings option of dimension.
I popped my flowers up with foam dots, and the embossed base also adds extra dimension.


Sizzix dot matrix embossing folder; Stampin Up flower stamp; vellum;  versamark ink and gold embossing powder; Lawn Fawn Happy Birthday to you die; gold shimmer paper; chameleon alcohol markers; Elizabeth Crafts curvy leaf die.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x