Saturday, 9 September 2017

I’ve been playing some more and having a great time Winking smile

This is my background after sponging Cracked Pistachio and Wilted Violet:-

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This is the same background after spritzing with water, then stamping with a background stamp first inked with Versamark, then sprayed with water.

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I hope you can see the colour changes and blending – it doesn’t show as realistically on my monitor!

This one is sponged with Picked Raspberry (NOT Oxides) and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks.

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This is the same two colours in the Distress Oxides – yes, I’m having a Lavinia Stamps day - sponged then sprayed with water and heat set. Then I spritzed water through a stencil and dried off with paper towel. The white pen is a bit too much, so I’ll remember that…

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As you can see, the colours are more muted – very different from the standard DIs. I really like the variation in colour that spraying with water creates.

This one is just a rainbow of colour. Again, I spritzed with water, let it drip a little, then heat set and stamped first with the stamps inked with Versamark and sprayed with water, then with Versafine black, clear embossing afterwards.

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The overstamping is done with Standard Distress Inks in matching colours.

I used Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilised Amber, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean.

See you soon… off to play some more.

Thanks for looking.

Cath

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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

I’ve been to Grange-over-Sands for a few days and arrived home to new inkpads – ooooh! I LOVE inks Rolling on the floor laughing

So I had a bit of a play – and will hopefully have another tomorrow…!

I was using just two colours of Distress Oxide, here – Cracked Pistachio and Wilted Violet.

The first one is direct to paper, the second is inked from my non-stick sheet. Love the hues which developed after adding water.

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I played on glossy card, too but haven’t used those, yet.

This is one of my completed cards.

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I’d like to enter this one into the Simon Says Stamp ‘Stamp It’ challenge.

More inky backgrounds to catch up on… these two use my all time favourite Penny Black Fuchsia stamp.

Distress Inks pick up

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Distress Inks, Faux Batik

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I’ll enter these, too, since they’re both stamped Smile

Be back soon with some more inky plays…. maybe longer than expected because my other order was damaged in the post Sad smile but I won’t be long…

Thanks for looking!

Cath

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

My son’s birthday card…. I think it’s a little OTT but I enjoyed making it Smile

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I even used glitter…Ooooh!!!

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The inside…

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Just a bit of catching up again.

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Still more to come, so I’ll be back soon.

Thanks for looking.

Cath

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Sunday, 27 August 2017

I haven’t been blogging, but I’ve been playing…

Izzi (Grandaughter) day is one of those days when it’s impossible to get online, but they’re almost over now… my little darling starts school the week after next Sad smile

August Bank Holiday is always a good family time, though because it’s her Daddy’s birthday and this time is rather special because he will be 40 tomorrow!

Eeek! Where do the years go????

The party was yesterday, so here’s a snippet of my little Treasure.

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Now, back to the artwork… I’ve been journalling and playing with watercolour…

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This one’s à la Maremi… YouTube – pure watercolour play… lots of fun! I highly recommend it!

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And here’s a card that’s a long way from my usual style, but I just felt like doing something a little different Smile

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I have more cards to share, so I’ll be back soon…

Thanks for looking.

Cath

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

A few cards I needed to make fast…

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More to come soon…

Thanks for looking.

Cath

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

One of my very special friends has a birthday today, so I made this in his honour.

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This is the inside…

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I’d like to enter this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.

…and this is a card for another very close friend…

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I’d like to enter this into Country View Crafts current challenge – blue and green.

Thanks for looking.

Cath

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

I love techniques of all kinds, but I especially love resist techniques, and I really couldn’t resist playing around with simple clear embossing resist.

This one was for a Christmas in August mingle on KCUK.

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I’m not over impressed with the next one and of course I found the stamp I really wanted to use when I’d already stamped it! That one says,

‘We’re all stars…we just twinkle at different times’

and I agree wholheartedly with that sentiment.

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There’s nothing subtle about the next one…

I photographed the inks I used when I’d finished sponging.

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I’d like to enter this one into the Try it on Tuesday ‘In my Garden’ challenge’.

The next card was one I made earlier in the year, for the birthday of a very special friend!

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Thanks for looking…

See you soon!

Cath

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

I bought this set of stamps ages and ages ago (from Ebay) but didn’t really use them, so when I spotted them, I thought I’d have a little play and I love the results!

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These two cards are from a set Mum brought me when over from NZ a few months ago… I didn’t find them easy to use but I played with them for a while, just messing, really.

There’s another one somewhere, but I don’t appear to have taken a photo.

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Found it!

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This card is made with one of my all time favourite stamps – the grasses! I tried for a long time to get hold of it and since I have, I’ve used it a over and over again. One of my best ever buys, though you can only see a little of it here.

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And another I made a little while ago…

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Plus, a drawing…

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See you very soon!

Cath

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

I managed to get into my old Blogger account, so I can use my old blog – yoohoo! Is it really 3 years since I blogged here?  My, my how time flies…

I’ve moved (again!) since then and am now well and truly settled where I am. I’ve also rediscovered stamping, which is amazing. Sometimes we have to go through ‘stuff’ to get creative again…Thinking smile

I’m struggling to upload this for some reason but will keep on trying… I’m so pleased I’ve found this app – it’s just as good as Windows Livewriter was!

Last week I decided I really ought to get to grips more with my gelli plate/s so I spent a little time with it, using stamps. I’ll be trying more in the future, but this is the result…

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This one is a small oval plate, just using a stencil.

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More inky layer artwork…

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More Clean and Simple

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Thanks for looking… you’re appreciated.

Cath

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