Wish upon a rainbow…

I did intend to upload some stuff earlier in the week, but firstly my laptop was playing up, meaning I had to reset after reset then reset again – ending up with undoing all changes and getting me back in…grrr!  THEN my phone screen kept disappearing Sad smile 

But I’m here – for now – and ready to upload some rainbows.  I really have had so much fun with my inks lately, and it’s been so exciting to experiment with Oxides!

My first is another Birdie card – this time for my brother. I’m sure you’ll be seeing many more of these because I have a box full of them, coloured, cut out and ready to use – as and when I need them!


This is just a journal background, firstly before spraying…


…then after spraying…


…then after sprinkling with rock salt and more water … always great fun! I prefer it in the second photo, I think.


This one’s just smooshed with Oxides, spritzed and stamped, then brushed with water. After drying, I stamped the edges with a stamp inked in Versamark ink, then sprayed, to take off a little colour.


This one isn’t made with Oxides, but it’s still a rainbow, so it fits in with my title!


The ‘shrooms’ are very autumnal, so I’d like to enter it into the Autumn challenge at

Sweet Stamping Challenges

and the Autumn Glory challenge at

Stamping Sensations

PLUS the Forever Autumn Challenge at

Crafty Stampers Challenges 

Thanks for looking!

See you again soon, all being well…




More birds…

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


I even used glitter…Ooooh!!!


Just a bit of catching up again.




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

Thanks for looking.



Raining Men?

H’mm, not sure about that, but there’s certainly a rainbow!
This month’s Art Journey Challenge is a Man’s card in Rainbow colours, so here’s my entry.

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This is a scan of how it looked before I added the black and white images.

rainbow men

I think the white makes the other colours pop.  The rainbow background was made in the same way as the last one I did, using red, yellow and blue dye inks (Adirondack), but this time on ordinary cardstock.

Not too sure about the rainbow brads – I wanted to tie knots but am having problems with one of my hands, so decided on brads.  I’m a bit happier with them now that I’ve added the other images, though.

Sunday Stamper and Gorgeous Greens

Just nipping in by the skin of my teeth to join in with Hels’ birthday challenge, which is EYES.

Congratulations to Hels and to all the Sunday Stampers Devotees on lasting FOUR YEARS!  Wow!  Long may it continue.

I got the Paperartsy stamps out for this one – and realised just how much I’ve neglected those gorgeous stamps – and killed two birds with one stone by making my card in greens, to fit in with the  Gingersnap Colour Challenge, which is Gorgeous Greens.

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I’ve had a bit of a crafting frenzy the last two days and have been stealing odd moments when I can to do a bit more – definitely withdrawal symptoms!  So I made another gorgeous green entry, using a background I had already made. The card itself is a really gorgeous shade of sea green but it looks almost turquoise here – I give up on scans!  New printer this week, so I hope it scans more realistically!

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It feels so good to be stamping but I’ll be panicking tomorrow because I have to fit all my prep into one and a half days – eek!
See you soon!

Cath xxx

Glorious Autumn days

I love the rich colours of Autumn and after using my leafy stamps for the LIM challenge, I just wanted to do more. So a couple of days ago I started this before going to work, adding a bit to it the morning after. I need to use it now for an assignment, so I thought I’d take a photo before I start journalling – lines pencilled in because it’s official, lol – it needs to be neat-ish and plain writing!

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I’ll rub the pencilling out when I’ve finished.

I began by scraping lots of Gesso on the pages first, because I wanted some texture, so I stamped into it and used various sizes of bottle/jar tops to create some circles. I then used a variety of inks and stamps for leaves and colour, finishing off with an Ochre Acrylic glaze (Golden) to pull it all together, then highlighting the texture with gold and copper Brilliance inks to add a bit of richness and depth. I toned some of it down with a bit of Versamagic wheat reinker, so that’s why there’s a bit of a ‘bloom’. 

Here’s a close up of the texture effect, although it’s taken in sunshine (YES, we have sunshine today!!!) so it looks a lot lighter and the background colour seems to have disappeared.

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Off to prepare a presentation on the Evolution of the English Language, but I’m going to try to start some quick and easy C card stamping later on – I have a ten minute challenge to do and some ATCs!

I’m entering this for the Happy Daze Design Team challenge, which is ‘Explosion of Colour’. We once did a swap on KCUK with a similar title, but I called it ‘Riot of Colour’ – Explosion sounds so much nicer, lol. Distress inks, Brilliance Dewdrops and Gesso can all be bought at Happy Daze.


I had to make a quick card for my niece and decided to use this image for a simple card on glossy.
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I’d used Dylusions spray inks – hot pink and rusty orange, or whatever they’re called and quite liked the effects, so I started playing with another piece, using the same image and this is how it ended up. This one’s going to be a book cover, unless I stick it in my journal!

I stamped the words directly on the glossy paper but didn’t like them because they were hard to read and too close together, so I stamped again on white card, embossed, and cut out to rearrange over the top, using the first lot of stamping as part of the design.