Using two colours…

I thought I’d make one but in my new quest to use up all my scraps and half finished bits, I ended up with three cards!  All entered in the Gingersnaps Two Colour Challenge.

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two colours 3

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Sunday Scenes

Not a very apt title because these weren’t made today (Sunday) but I decided it was about time I blogged them because they’ve been made for a few weeks.

nature as its model

grasses

birds on reeds 

I’ve been up in my stamp room for a couple of hours but haven’t really been very productive because I started tidying and sorting through things I really MUST use, including lots of inky background papers and scraps of card!  Going back to it now but may just make a card…

Thanks again for all the lovely comments you’ve been leaving – it really does brighten my day so much.

xxx

Things I love

I’ve been a bit annoyed with myself for being so negative over the last few weeks, although being ill didn’t help – nor did the demands of management as we were coming up to yet another Ofsted visit – not a full inspection, just a check on our progress with the new course we’re now delivering, but still highly pressurised. I knew I needed to start focusing on the good things in my life – of which there are MANY, so when I saw that February’s Crusade over at GPP Street Team Crusades was ‘Honour the things we love’, I knew it was perfect for me right now.

So, today I played with layering paints and inks, using lots of bits and bobs and trying out a few new things – including painting my handwriting and stamping without mounts, which I’m NOT too good at!.  It’s FAR from perfect – you can clearly see all the mistakes and the little unfinished bits – but it helped me focus on the things I love and treasure; family, friends, nature, birds, music, stars,, words, France, colour and Spring. As I was finishing, I was serenaded by my favourite birdsong – blackbirds – enough to make anyone’s heart sing!

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close up things i love

This is a scan of the pages and shows the colours a little more truly. I clear embossed at the end because I’d used some Versafine as well as Stazon, so that affected the way the colours show. I used acrylic paints, acrylic glaze, watercolour crayons, pigment inks, watered down Colorwash, correction fluid and a little distress ink – oh and some charcoal for shading.

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I’ve made a few cards over the week – some very simple ones – and I will upload them in the next few days, but hopefully, I’ll get chance to play a bit more by then, all being well. February is birthday month for most of my closest friends and we haven’t yet had chance to celebrate, so it may well be a busy weekend …

Off to add some journalling now.

xxx

Getting things out of my system…

Bit of journalling for today.  I had intended doing all kinds – stamping wise, that is – but this is all I did in the end.

respect

Page one is about ‘hanging on’.

It’s a mad, mad, world!

respect p1

This page is a little too busy but once I started writing, I couldn’t stop!  I blanked out some of it with a wash of acrylic paint but you can still see bits of it.  It’s about respect and trust and how they need to be earned.

respect p2

One more monoprint and a couple of others

I’m scheduling this because I have a busy week ahead, but I will be checking to make sure it’s okay.

One more monoprint to show you – I hope I get chance to play again with this technique, we’ll see.

This one is made with a solid stamp, using pigment inks, stamping the flowers directly onto the stamp with Versafine ink, then embossing it all.

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Difficult though it is to see, I used a sky blue and a pale green on the stamp, edged with True Blue.  I’m getting so frustrated with the fact that digital technology doesn’t recognise shade variations – this one’s a photo.  Should try with the SLR.  The bottom of the stamp is compressed – it must have been stored underneath others at some point, so it doesn’t stamp very well, so I added a piece of ribbon in a similar shade of blue to the edging, then edged the whole card before mounting onto pale blue.  Good old Hero Arts Solid stamps.

The next one I’ll enter into a few challenges for this week because it fits

Hels’ ‘Heart on my Sleeve’ challenge

 Make My Monday Romance theme and

Try it on Tuesday’s ‘Cards for a True Love’.

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I love this stamp.  Can’t remember where I got him – could be one of the companies which was going out of business, possibly Scrolls Works? Or maybe Lost Coast or Stamp Camp. I’m in a dribby drabby mood at the moment, as you can see from the background.

I’ve had a bit of a ‘bird fest’ lately, although that’s not unusual for me cos I love birds and have a lot of bird stamps, so this was just another play, using Distress inks.

a song to sing

Thanks for all the lovely comments you’ve been leaving – they really are appreciated.  See you soon!

Cath xxx