Sunday, 19 March 2017

Cactus flowers in a recycled perfume bottle coloured with alcohol inks!

Hi everyone, the weekend is drawing to a close,
 but I've had a lot of fun catching up with family, so I'm happy!

This project cases some paper flowers by Sarita at Little Princess Cards. I saw them on pinterest and loved them! She has a great tutorial on her site and I decided to put mine onto wires in a vase, so poked 2 holes into the circle and "threaded" the florist wire through to create these stems.

 Mine are a little skeletal in the photo, bit more substantial in real life. I've popped the wires into a recycled perfume bottle that I've coloured with alcohol inks. There's some green glass chips from Ikea inside to give some weight to the bottle.

I'm linking up to the challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday where the theme is handmade flowers.

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The flowers are made by cutting pieces of card from a scrap, so I'm also linking up to the snippets playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop. Mind you, I've still got plenty left from the scrap I was cutting from, reckon I could easily make another 3 flowers!!

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Metallic gems from stash coloured with chameleon pens; florist wire; glossy accents; alcohol inks.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Smooshed infusions paint & and butterflies.

Hi everyone, I'm back with the card I made from the leftover infusions and paint from my last post.

I smooshed the panel through the leftover colour a number of times and manipulated it so the brownish tones dripped where I wanted them. In real life it looks a bit like faux marbling.

I'm linking up to a few challenges.

At Happy Little Stampers Watercolour the optional theme is smooshing.

At Addicted to Stamps and More the theme is make your mark.
I've coloured the butterflies with Inktense pencils.

At Seize the Birthday it's anything goes.

At Work it Wednesday the theme is to use the colour green.


Edited to add: I'm also linking up to the CAS Mix up Card Challenge where Loll, Bonnie and the the team are celebrating their 1st birthday, Congratulations!
In addition to stamping and smooshing, I've used fussy cutting and dry embossing.

PaperArtsy pearl glaze and infusions - a little bit jaded; Finetec gold watercolour paint; Hero Arts antique engravings butterfly stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; Inktense pencils; sentiment sticker; Darice crackled embossing folder.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Infusions, paint and ink.

Hi everyone, so glad it's the weekend again! Chores are getting done and I've been playing with infusion powders.

I love how these feathers turned out, although they do look a lot like leaves!
I sprinkled infusions powder onto some watercolour paper then spritzed it with water. I poured a little  Paper Artsy pearl glaze onto a craft mat and diluted it with lots of water using a small brush. I also added some Finetec gold watercolour paint to the mat. Then I smooshed the paper through the glaze and paint on the craft mat a few times until I was happy with the effect. I also brushed a layer of the diluted pearl glaze over the paper, the leaves have a lovely pearly gold sheen to them.

I've made another project with the leftovers on the craft mat, waste not want not lol!

To finish the card I embossed with a Darice folder and used a few distress inks to add some colour. I also swiped walnut stain and some gold ink around the edge.

The PaperArtsy Blog has a challenge that is closing soon! The topic is to use PaperArtsy infusions and paint. There are loads of amazing creations to inspire you. I chose Clare's card here, I was inspired by the jade colour and using diecuts. Clare's card with the diecut silhouette looks fantastic, beautifully CAS. 

Since one of the techniques I used was smooshing paper through the paint, I'm also linking up to the
 Cas mix up card challenge. I've used smooshing, stamping, embossing and diecutting.

PaperArtsy a bit jaded infusions and pearl glaze; distress inks in tumbled glass, peacock feathers, weathered wood, pumicestone and walnut stain. Finetec gold watercolour paints; Stampin Up feathers die and sentiment; Darice feathers on the side embossing folder.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Monday, 27 February 2017

Butterflies & patterned paper.

Hi everyone, I'm back again with more butterflies.
 This patterned paper has been in my stash for quite a few years,so instead of stamping more wood grain I thought I'd give this a go.

The butterflies are stamped and embossed, fussy cut and coloured with Inktense pencils, sicilian yellow and sea blue.

The challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday is anything goes.

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At Seize the Birthday I'm linking up to the no toppings, anything goes.

At Word Art Wednesday the theme is also anything goes.

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Memory Box cocoa bean butterfly stamp; inktense pencils; patterned paper; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting, have a great week,
Cathy x

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Blue, yellow and white.

Hi everyone, it feels like Saturday to me, but sadly it's Sunday!
I think it's because I've had lots of rest, which was much needed lol!

I've got a few timber backgrounds stamped and decided to use one for the challenge at 
Scrapbook Boutique where they have this gorgeous mood board for inspiration.

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I was inspired by the woodgrain and the colours in the lower left section.

My flowers were diecut from scraps of white card and vellum, so I'm off to the snippets playground too at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.

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I've used 3 dies on my card so I'm also linking up to the anything goes dies challenge at

Darkroom Door woodgrain stamp, versafine ink & clear ep; distress inks; Memory Box petal party; prima labels and gentle leaf dies; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
I hope you are enjoying your weekend, or getting lots of rest!
Cathy x

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