Saturday, 13 January 2018

I’m not feeling blue at all, but there are a couple of ‘Blue’ or ‘Frosty Colour’ challenges around and I thought I’d share some of my latest cards.…

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BLESSINGS

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More pink than blue, perhaps…

SMILE

This one’s clean and simple…

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…and this is a page in my journal from yesterday…

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…which I really liked, so I made a card the same way. Just goes to show how much difference gesso and a bit of white paint makes. I changed the words because I wasn’t too impressed with the way the first two stamped when I used them. They are still there, but in gold ink, so you can’t see them on this. There’s a lot of gold on this card…mainly crackles but you can’t see them in the photo.

SHINE

I’ll enter one of these into the following challenges:

Allsorts Challenge – No Patterned papers

That’s Crafty Challenges – Feeling Blue

Stamping Sensations – Cold and Frosty Colours

Addicted to Stamps – Clean and Simple

Try It On Tuesday – My Favourite Things

Frilly and Funky – Three of Something

Country View Challenges – Anything Goes

I’ll be back soon.

Thanks for looking!

Cath

xxx

PS I’m unable to upload at the moment – Bad Gateway????!? I’ll try again later…x

Monday, 8 January 2018

I’m going to TRY to blog more often this year…famous last words, I hear you say??? We’ll see …

So, there are a few ‘New’ or ‘Something New’ Challenges around at the moment and I thought I’d concentrate on that in this post.

I recently bought a few new Penny Black Stamps – I do love their flowers – so I’ve been playing with them the last few days.

The first is this beautiful blossom stamp..stamped with Tombow Markers and watercoloured afterwards. Some of the inks were smudged by my clumsy painting, but I don’t mind the small smudges.

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Here’s another using the same stamp … Not too happy with the way that ‘Many Thanks’ stamps – it’s unusual for PB stamps, which are usually amazing quality.

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Here’s another one, where I was just messing around, really.  Not sure I’ll keep this one… I stamped over an inked background, so it’s very subtle and the black is a little overpowering.

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This is one I’ve had since December, but hadn’t really used until now.

GRACE

Here’s my latest…I LOVE this stamp! I love magnolias but this is so pretty.

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This is another magnolia stamp I’ve had for a long time but hardly used – seen next to the above, it looks very insignificant!

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And here’s a little Bible Journalling.

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I’ll enter one of the above cards into the following challenges:-

Allsorts – Something New

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Something New

Penny Black and more – Something New

Everybody Art Challenge – Latest Purchase

See you soon!

Thanks for looking.

Cath

xxx

Friday, 5 January 2018

Oh my goodness!  Is it really that long since I blogged???

My apologies – that’s what Christmas does Sad smile when you get stuck into making gifts and cards and gift cards and foodstuffs for peeps!  I always find it saps my creativity and really enjoy the down time afterwards to recharge my creative batteries.

It’s really not what Christmas is all about, is it?  As a Christian, I find it especially difficult when everything is so commercialised and so money driven and I get pulled into the trap…

I’ve decided to cancel next year’s Christmas Smile and am planning on being far away!

Enough of that. I hope you all had a lovely time and spent it with people you love.

I’ve been gradually getting back into my art and it’s been good. I had intended doing snowy things but it just hasn’t happened because I’m already thinking Spring and Spring flowers… I have a beautiful bunch of brightly coloured tulips in front of me and they are so joyful!

I’ve also done more Bible journalling and good old journalling, which has been fun. I started a book of quotations and I’m really enjoying writing and painting that, but maybe I’ll share some of that at a later date. I have stuff from last year I still haven’t shared and I know there are a lot of ‘New’ challenges around at the moment, but I’ll start by showing you a couple of cards from last year…

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… some Bible Journalling…

UNLESS

…and some journalling.

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Onto 2018!

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I’ll enter the above into the Art Journal Journey challenge – New Year, New Adventures!

I’ll enter one of the cards into the Anything Goes challenge on

Country View Challenges

I’ll be back soon to share more…but for now, I wish you all a very happy, healthy and peaceful New Year!

Thanks for looking.

Cath

xxx

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

I recently needed to search for a stamp, which meant I came across stamps I haven’t used for a while and this was one of them…I was so touched by this quote (again – that’s obviously why I bought it!) that I just needed to use it and so I made these cards, all in an attempt to get a design I was happy with…

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It was late afternoon, so I wasn’t able to get a good phot (note the shadows) and of course I gave them all to friends that evening and can’t take more pics, but I hope you’ll get the idea Smile

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  HUMAN SUBTLETY

The quote from daVinci reads:-

‘Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature, because in her inventions nothing is lacking and nothing is superfluous.’

I don’t think any of us could disagree with that!

Thanks for looking.

Cath

xxx

Monday, 20 November 2017

Back again to share some more of my playtimes.

Nothing very different – still playing with colour, stamps and stencils, but this time more focus on stencils and a little bit of Bible Journalling. Is it journalling or journaling?  My ‘English’ head says it’s double ‘l’ but I know the Americans use one…this globalisation thing has really confused our languages…Winking smile

So, a little bit of stencilling…with Oxides.

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This time I removed some colour by spraying with water through a stencil  after stamping.

BELIEVE AND SHINE

and this one is simply sponged through a stencil.

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A little more Bible Journalling/Journaling… rough though it may be…

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BELIEVE

Just did a quick challenge check and there are not one but two Stencil challenges so I can enter one of the above into…

That’s Crafty Stencil it Challenge

and

Country View Challenges – Stencils.

The current challenge at

Addicted to Stamps is to use more than one stamp.

Lots more to share when I get around to it and have no more techy problems!

Thanks for looking and have a great week!

Cath

xxx

Monday, 13 November 2017

A couple of my recent conversations with God.

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Simple bible journaling on the same theme.

FAITH ISAIAH

Thanks for looking.

Back soon with some cards…

Cath

xxx

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

I love, love, LOVE trees!

So I had a couple of days of playing with a Crafty Individuals image I had forgotten I had (sound familiar???) and had great fun.

The first one uses one of my favourite colour combos – turquoise and lime… though the Citrus Oxide all but disappears when used with water…I may have added a touch of blue to this one, too.

AUTUMN BLESSINGS

The next two are more autumnal colours…

EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL TREE

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…and this one is more sunsetty… a new word? I seem to be using a lot of red lately, which is unusual for me.

AUTUMN TREES

This one was inspired by Anke’s gorgeous card here – though I didn’t use her design (which I LOVE) I did use the same stamps, which she reminded me I have!

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OOps! The ‘Thankful’ stamp doesn’t look this crooked in real life…wonder how that happened?  Will have to check it more carefully!

It’s been a week of parties, gigs and Granddaughter’s birthday, PLUS having to reset my laptop AGAIN Sad smile  AND staying up WAY too late (4.30am) chatting to my son… so I’ve had lots of catching up and other stuff to keep me occupied and very little time for crafting…I plan to put that right very soon Winking smile

I’d like to enter the red trees card into the Sparkles Monthly Autumn Colours challenge and the

Addicted to Stamps Autumn Challenge.

Thanks for looking.

See you soon.

Cath

xxx

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Just a simple journal spread… coming from where I’m at right now…

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I’d like to enter this into the Landscapes of the Soul challenge over at Art Journal Journey

Back soon… thanks for looking.

Cath

xxx

Friday, 27 October 2017

I love using circles, though I have made myself have a break from them for a while, but the current challenge over at TIOT is Circles, so I have a good excuse to use my stencils!

This one is made with Distress Oxides and a couple of my favourite Paperartsy stamps.… I watercoloured the flowers with the Oxides, too.

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…as is this one, though I’ve added white paint circles over the top…

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I made the one above with the Addicted to Stamps challenge of ‘Make Someone Smile.’

I think this one would also fit into both categories, made with the same stamp, but a very different background, stencilled with Distress inks.

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More circles, but this time coincidentally. Again, I used Distress Oxides to make the background.

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I’d like to enter the first card into the challenge at Try it on Tuesday,

and also the ‘Anything Goes’ challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

It also fits the ‘Anything Goes with Flowers’ challenge at Addicted to Stamps Sunday/Monday challenge..

I’d like to enter the second card into the Addicted to Stamps Challenge, Make Someone Smile.

See you next time!

Thanks for looking.

Cath

xxx