Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Flowers with rusting powder.

Hi everyone,
 I've had this corrugated panel sitting on my desk since I made my rustic butterflies card.
 I was tempted to add more butterflies but decided on some flowers for a change.

The panel was cut from a cardboard box and I tore off some of the paper to reveal the corrugations.
I painted on some white gesso and when it was dry sprayed it with some antique bronze distress stain.
Next, I painted on some collage glue, sprinkled on the rusting powder, tapped off the excess then sprayed with vinegar.
 After a little while the rust appears!

The theme at the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge is corrugated card.
I've also stamped a sentiment and used die cutting as my other element.

At Happy Little Stampers it's anything goes with dies.
I used Memory Box Woodland Branch and Cherry Blossom dies.

At Simon Says Stamp Wednesday the theme is fantastic florals.

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At Seize the birthday, I've gone with the no toppings option of anything goes.

Gesso; antique bronze distress stain; rusting powder; versafine ink & clear ep; Annabelle Stamps sentiment from Fanciful Flowers stamp set; sentiment sticker; Memory Box woodland branch and cherry blossom dies; distress inks; liquid pearls.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Vellum flowers on Wood.

Hi everyone, it's been a hectic few weeks so haven't had a chance to do much crafting.
I had these elements sitting in my scrap box so thought I'd put a quick card together, so I could play along in a few challenges.

At Simon Says Stamp Monday you need to use your favourite tool. Mine is my heat gun.
I've used clear embossing powder on the woodgrain stamp, and gold on the flowers. I still love watching the powder melt after all these years lol!

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At Simon Says Stamp Wednesday it's fantastic florals.
I've stamped, embossed and fussy cut a vellum layer over a white layer. It gives a softer look than just using white card.
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At Addicted to CAS the theme is wood.
I had a few cut strips from this woodgrain stamp that I pieced together. Cutting the strips meant I could ink the edges more.

At Addicted to Stamps & More it's a clean and simple week.

Finally, at The Card Concept there is this gorgeous pic for inspiration.

I was inspired by the brown white and gold colours and the texture of the wood.
I think my card fits the clean and simple category, or maybe clean and layered.

Darkroom Door woodgrain stamp: Stampin Up flower shop stamp; versafine ink & clera ep; versacolor gold ink & gold ep; distress ink; vellum; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Rustic heart.

Hi everyone, been back at work for just over a week now, so am catching up on a few challenges this weekend!

At Inspired by all the Little Things there is this gorgeous inspiration pic.

I was inspired by the woodgrain and the distressed red heart. It's a bit hard to see in the photo but I've used a paper distresser tool on the edge of the heart.
My son advised me to go shopping so that I could find a "you" stamp with a font that matched this diecut. That has got to be a first lol! He won't pay if I find one though!

The theme at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday is the colour of love. It's red for me!
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Darkroom Door woodgrain stamp; black versafine ink & clear ep; distress inks in browns and reds; Mpress heart die; Couture Creations love script die; Simon Says Stamp Happy stamp set for the you sentiment; brad, distressing tool and string.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Say it with flowers.

Hi everyone, I was asked to make an anniversary card that was a simple floral one, preferably red!
They didn't really want butterflies, but an accident with some distress ink meant I had to cover it up!

I've used this die a lot lately but it is one of my all time favourites!
I've coloured the stem with distress markers and the red is diecut from a scrap of watercoloured paper, and I do mean a scrap!!

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

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At Allsorts the theme is Let's Celebrate.

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At Addicted to Stamps & More, the theme is anything goes.

Simon Says Stamp Fresh Daisies die; Memory Box Butterfly Delights die; distress markers; Kuretake Gansai paints; Stately embossing folder; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Colourful Congrats!

Hi everyone, I'm having trouble with our nbn satellite internet again! 
It's so slow...
Anyway, I finally managed to upload a card so that I can play along with a couple of challenges. I did a blue and a purple version. 

These are retired Stampin Up sets that I was able to buy recently, so they are new to me, and this is their first inking.
Darnell is hosting another NBUS challenge to use your never before used stash of stuff! Perfect!
There's lots of great inspiration in the gallery, (if your internet lets you have a look!)

At Addicted to Stamps & More the theme is anything goes.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday also has anything goes.
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Distress inks in blues and purples; Stampin Up say it with scallops stamp and extreme elements star stamp;; versafine ink & clear ep; Mpress scallop die; Cuttlebug stars embossing folder.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Friday, 27 January 2017

Rustic Butterflies.

Hi everyone, it was about a year ago that I last played with rusting powder.
I had to look up my post from then to see how I'd done it lol!

I tore a piece of cardboard to reveal some of the corrugations, painted it with white gesso, then sprayed on antique bronze distress stain. When that was dry, I painted on some collage glue, sprinkled on the rusting powder, tapped off the excess and sprayed with white vinegar to watch the magic begin!

These colours remind me of the bark on spotted gum eucalypts that we have growing here. The bark sheds every year, so it's like a new beginning, and that's the theme at Less is More this week.
I hope my card is CAS enough to play along.

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At Simon Says Stamp Monday the theme is spread your wings.
I've gone with butterflies, coloured with Inktense pencils.

At Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, it's anything goes.( I'm having trouble copying and pasting the badges for SSS!)

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At Inkspirational the theme is flutter.

At Seize the Birthday there's an option of dashes or doodling, I've gone with anything goes.

Hero Arts Antique Engravings butterfly stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; Antique bronze distress stain; rusting powder; sentiment sticker; Inktense pencils.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Embossed watercoloured hearts.

Hi everyone, I'm using up the last of my watercoloured panels that I made a few weeks ago.
I thought I'd try embossing the paper and luckily it didn't tear!

 I've also diecut the small hearts from the last scrap from this piece. 

I'm linking up to Happy Little Stampers anything goes with dies challenge.
I've used the love script and heart dies.

I'm also linking up to to a new to me challenge, Inspired by all the Little Things where they have this gorgeous inspiration picture.

I was inspired by the luscious red hearts, the silver Love ornament and the pop of black from the board.

At Stamplorations CAS card challenge, it's anything goes with an optional colour twist.
I've used aged silver frantage enamel on the love script.

At Bizzy Becs Store Blog the theme is anything goes.

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Kuretake Gansai watercolour paints; Couture Creations Love script die; versamark ink and aged silver embossing enamel; Memory Box Heart Delights die; Stampin Up hearts embossing folder; the stamped you is from Happy Little Stampers Thinking of You set; versafine ink & clear ep.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Watercoloured fresh daisies

Hi everyone, having a go at another sketch. I really struggle with layers but in 2017 I want to try some more styles!

The daisy tops were cut from watercolour paper painted with Kuretake Gansai paints and the stems are coloured with distress markers.
 I used to colour the stems with ink and a distress tool and the ink usually got on the back of the diecut, This made it very tricky to glue to the card base as the colour on the back would bleed out!
Haven't had the problem since I used the markers.

I'm linking up to the latest sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches,

and to the anything goes challenge at Word Art Wednesday.

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Simon Says Stamp Fresh Daisies die; Entangled embossing folder; Kuretake Gansai watercolour paints; distress markers; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Friday, 13 January 2017

Yupo and alcohol ink flower.

Hi again, it's been so hot outside that I've been cooped up in the craft room!
Except when I dawdle out to jump in the pool, the water temp is 30 degrees but it's all in the mind right lol!

I used up the rest of my yupo alcohol ink panel that I made the other day to diecut  this flower. The yupo needs to pass a few times through the cuttlebug as it has a plastic coating. I diecut a black flower and inlaid the yupo petals into it.

This is a new to me stamp set called scripty sayings. The squiggle is the length of a card so I masked off an area near the embossed border to contain it.

I'm linking up to these challenges.

At AAA Cards the theme is hello!

At the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge you need to use liquid colours in creating a CAS mixed media card.

I've used masking to stamp the sentiment, wet embossing, alcohol inks, dry embossed a frame and used the inlay technique to assemble the petals.

The challenge at Work it Wednesday is new,



Memory Box tilth floral die; yupo paper; alcohol inks and blending solution, isopropyl alcohol; Lawn Fawn scripty sayings stamp; versafine ink & clear ep, Stately embossing folder.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Recycled perfume box.

Hi everyone, my fave perfume is Chloe Narcisse and it happens to come packaged in a beautifully coloured box. Perfect for recycling! It's my niece's 21st soon and she likes colourful things, so hopefully this card will fit the bill.

I'm linking up to the challenge at The Paper Players where the theme is to use something recycled.

It's anything goes at Seize the Birthday,

Perfume box; Memory Box ribbon candy border, winged circle and Parker number dies; Spellbinders circle die; Stampin Up sentiment; versafine ink & clear ep.; wink of stella clear pen.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Alcohol inks on Yupo.

Hi, I'm back with one of my other alcohol ink experiments!

Loll from Stamping with Loll, has been making some amazing cards with alcohol inks and Yupo paper. I decided to buy some and give it a go. She also has some great videos and tutorials for using these inks and the different effects you can get  by adding blending solution.

I added 3 blues and butterscotch to a piece of yupo and watched the ink spread! Then I pounced the piece with some blending solution on a foam pad, I also misted it with 99% isopropyl alcohol and got some great spotty effects happening, although the effects were more dramatic with the blending solution dropped onto the paper.

This is such a lot of fun! Thanks for the inspiration Loll.

I've used a scrap of black card to frame the yupo, so am popping in to the snippets playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop, you only need to use one snippet to join in.

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I think these colours would be fine for a male so I'm also linking up to the anything goes 
challenge at The Male Room.

Seize the Birthday has an anything goes birthday theme.

and to the anything goes challenge at Bizzy Becs Store Blog.

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Alcohol inks; yupo paper; Poppystamps jumbled birthday die; versamark ink and aged silver frantage enamelling powder; Kaiserkraft sentiment stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; Darice Crackle embossing folder.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Blue & Yellow flowers.

Hi again, been playing with alcohol inks, blending solution and isopropyl alcohol!

These flower tops are diecut from glossy cardstock that has been pounced with a couple of blues and butterscotch alcohol inks. I added some blending solution to the pad and pounced some more, then I sprayed with isopropyl alcohol. Not much changed on the cardstock but I was excited by what happened on the yupo paper! (my next card to be posted).

I'm linking up to these challenges:
Word Art Wednesday where the theme is anything goes.

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CAS MIx Up Card Challenge where in addition to stamping you need to use liquid colours and at least one other technique. I've used die cutting, wet embossing on the sentiment and dry embossing on the frame.

The flower Challenge where it's a colour theme to use blue and yellow. My colours have blended into a bit of green so I hope that's ok.

Simon Says Stamp fresh daisies die; glossy card; alcohol inks; distress markers for the stem; Stampin Up Thoughts & Prayers sentiment; versafine ink & clear ep; Stately embossing folder.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x