Rainbow Butterfly

The Make My Monday Challenge is Dragonflies and Butterflies and here’s a card I made with a little flutterby on it.
I was wanting to try recreating a rainbow, so I tried it with inks, using only 3 colours – red, blue and green.  There isn’t much blue, but you can still see a bit of it.

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I stamped over it, then embossed but because I used watercolour paper, the paper stayed wet and it’s embossed all over, so I had to use white pen to colour.  My Promarkers were downstairs and I didn’t want to come hunt for them.

Can’t believe this is the last post of the month.  Who stole January??

Twinkling stars

Another one of my coloured images, with lots of glitter (Hologram EP) and silver ink to colour the moon. I masked her after colouring and added the background with inks and a few more stamps.

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I took a photo to show the gorgeous glitter effect of the holographic ep – I seem to have had a run on that this last month or so, despite the fact that I rarely use glitters.

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After a really difficult week, I finally got chance to play.  Unfortunately, I only had an hour and spent most of that giving my craft room a much needed tidy up, including putting away Christmas stamps!  I still can’t see much of my desk, so need to tidy some more when I get the chance, but I had to make something while I could!!

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I was lucky enough to win the Craft Barn Journalling Competition and yesterday came home to my lovely prizes!  Unfortunately, one of them was missing but I’m not complaining – I got a lovely new journal, one Cosmic Shimmer Mister and one Americana acrylic paint and I’m really pleased with them, so thank you very much to all at the Craft Barn!


This week’s CAS-ual Friday challenge is black and white and this is my entry.


I’ve really missed blog hopping and stamping but I’ll have to get used to it for a while, due to work commitments and another upcoming inspection! Thanks to everyone who left such lovely comments – all appreciated, as ever xxx

For Friends

A bit of faux batik here – not a new one but one of a batch I stamped and ironed a little while ago, ready to go. I simply sponged on some Adirondack inks, then stamped (and embossed) the flowers and the verse.
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More winter scenery.
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This one fits this week’s TAKE A WORD challenge – Nature, Crazy Amigo’s Winter Colours and Crafty Cardmakers ‘No flowers’. That’s not difficult for me, really, is it, he, he?  In fact, I use very few embellishments if I’m honest!
One more to come from last weekend, so I NEED to stamp!

Happy Sunday!

Just a couple of cards I managed to get finished, tho far from perfect! More Versamagic, first and one of my favourite stamps.
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Birthday bird.
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I really should have added another black layer underneath the bird, or at least edged with black – I’ll remember next time!
Lastly, my KCUK Winter Challenge entry.
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I tried to imitate the sky outside but wasn’t very successful – I like it, though.  I’m entering this into Crazy Amigos’ Winter challenge.
Sorry if you see this and I send one of these to you but I have a lot to make this month and too little time!
I’m really missing blog hopping but just don’t have the time right now.  I’ll try to visit you all later this week, tho it’s more likely to be in a couple of weeks – sorry!
Cath x

Happy New Year!

Can’t believe this is the first chance I’ve had to stamp this year, let alone blog!! 
I wish all of you a wonderful, Happy, healthy and blessed 2012!
Time’s been really short this last week because I was asked to do some extra work at very short notice, which meant lots of prepping and planning and will be the same next week and maybe for a few weeks after that. Add to that the fact that one of my New Year goals is not to spend as much time on the computer because I sometimes let it ‘steal’ my life AND I’ve had nothing but problems with Firefox since I updated Windows for the first time in 9 months – over 85 updates, so I kept having to restart my laptop.  Then a book I’d been waiting for (for two years!) was released in November and since it’s the fourth in a series and I don’t remember the other three well enough, I decided that I need to read them again before starting the new one!  I didn’t get chance before Christmas, with being ill, and we had sad news about a close friend a couple of days ago, so escaping into a book has been a bit of a release, especially when my head’s tired from planning!
I have a lot of cards to make this month and not a lot of time to make them in, so I thought I’d make a start this afternoon.  Before I go any further, though, I think it’s time I chose the blog candy winner, so ………… dum di dum …………….

The winner is SAM!
CONGRATULATIONS, SAM!
I’ll get it ready to post over the weekend, all being well, although my brother is threatening to visit tomorrow, which may set my plans back a bit but I’ll try to get it posted ASAP.
I found it very difficult to choose this time because I knew so many of the people who commented, so I had to get someone else to choose and that’s why it’s taken me so long.  Sorry to keep you waiting and thanks for the comments. Just wish I had half a dozen of them.
I did a bit of CUTE Prisma pencil colouring after Christmas, while watching TV, so I made a couple of cards with the images, adding a bit of ink and some inky backgrounds. This is one of them.
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This one was more for fun and started out as a Challenge entry, using text but I only just managed to finish it.
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Hopefully, I’ll have more to post over the weekend before I start more prep on Monday! I have about ten on my list – eeeek!

Same colours, two slightly different looks

I enjoyed using Versamagic, so made these in pastel colours for two special people who are going through a very sad and difficult time right now.
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They’re more or less the same design, using the same colours but stamping the backgrounds in different colours (alternating between Ocean Breeze and Aquatic Splash for text and flowers) finishing off with two different colours (Purple Hydrangea and Turquoise Gem) which gives them a slightly different look.  Spring Pansy just adds a touch warmth to the otherwise cold colours. It’s not often I stamp without black but I’m quite enjoying the softness of these inks at the moment.
Love this stamp set from Innovative Stamp Creations – the flowers are wonderful and work well for a lot of occasions but will also be perfect for a backdrop in my journal.
Thought I’d have a go at the Craft Barn Journalling challenge and found this – I’d forgotten all about it.  I was upset and frustrated about something at the time – can you tell??????
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So I just finished this page for the Craft Barn Challenge.
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The theme is buildings and I was thinking about a U2 song (or 2).
I still haven’t decided on the Blog Candy – my apologies but I’ve found it difficult for various reasons, so will ask someone else to do it as soon as I can!  Sorry to keep you waiting but I got some other stuff together and there will now be more than one prize, so hang on in there.

Wohoo!  Just found out I won the Craft Barn Journalling prize and am absolutely gobsmacked!  Can you tell I’m from ‘up North’, he, he?  Ooh, I get a prize, too – can’t wait!  Thanks to whoever chose my page xxx

Tone on tone – Crazy Amigos

Couldn’t resist having a go at this one because I used to use this technique an awful lot with chalk inks.  So, I got out my Colorbox Fluid chalks, which I’ve probably only used once in the last 5 years (shame on me) and my trusty stipple brushes and this was the result.

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One of the biggest problems with these inks is the tonal variation from one pad of the same colour to the next and my purply colours seem to be a bit pinkish, but I love it anyway. I used Wisteria and Violet inks, with a little Purple Pansy (Versamagic) in places. The beauty of chalk inks is that you can layer lighter colours over darker ones – a lovely effect.
I’m still in Christmas mode – not sure how long that will last – and this is one of my favourite Christmas stamps.  I thought I’d lost it the other day, but after a frantic hunting for what I reckoned to be about 8 stamps, I actually found a basket full of them – some I’d forgotten all about! Just goes to show what happens when you ‘put things away safely’ instead of in their usual place – they’ll stay with the rest of the Christmas stamps from now on!