Sunday, 28 August 2016

Mixed Media Seahorse Panel.

Hi again, it's Father's Day here next Sunday so I thought I'd better try a few designs out.

This scrap of cardboard had gesso applied then some distress ink. I wanted more colour so I tried some of my new Infusions on it, but wasn't happy. Luckily it wiped off ok because of the gesso I think. There's a bit left in the nooks and crannies which is fine.

The starfish and seahorse are cut from scraps of chipboard, covered in versamark ink, then sprinkled with aged taupe or aged aqua frantage embossing enamel. Gives a lovely metallic look, which fits in with the theme at

Bizzy Bec's Store Blog has an anything goes theme.

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I've used the Sizzix mini sea & sand dies and sketchy rings from Memory Box, so I'm also linking up to the Happy Little Stampers anything goes with dies challenge.

Snippets of chipboard means I can visit the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop, you only need one scrap or snippet to join in the fun!

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Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge has a go fish theme,
 so I'm hoping starfish and seahorses are ok.

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Sizzix mini sand & sea dies; Memory Box Sketchy rings die ; gesso; distress ink; Royal Blood Infusions; Aged taupe and aqua frantage embossing enamel; versamark ink; metalic gold rub on paste; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Blended crackle background.

Hi everyone,
I was inspired by one of Tammy Tuterow's Beautiful Blends tutorials to try these
 distress ink colours together.
 Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch and Ground Espresso.
Tammy has some amazing combinations that look great together!

The background Stamp is one I've had for ages and this is it's first inking! 
So I'm entering Darnell's latest NBUS challenge where using your never before used schtuff is all the go!

At AAA Cards the theme is blending.

Simon Says Stamp Monday has a Go Fish theme. 
I'm hoping starfish and seahorses count as fish!

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Impression Obsession craquelure stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; distress inks; Sizzix mini sand and sea die; versamark ink; aged taupe and aged aqua frantage embossing enamel; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

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.
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog

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