Saturday, 21 October 2017

Caturday: Belper car park cat

Always a pleasure to bump into the Coppice Car Park cat in Belper. She sits on warm car bonnets (don't park near the houses if you're bothered about potential scratches) and waits for passers-by to stop and stroke her. She's a delight... if a little dirty of paw.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Two black cats and a sparkly sun

Perfect for a wedding card, anniversary, Valentine, or just to say hello to a friend. This is another of the projects from my Caturday Live event.

To create the shiny sun background, we began with the 'smoosh technique' on some watercolour paper. This is how...

  1. Spritz a piece of watercolour paper with water
  2. Take one of your clear stamping blocks and press into an ink pad, then 'smoosh' it onto the wet paper
  3. Take a clean, dry block and repeat with another colour
  4. Allow to dry (or speed up with the heat gun) then die-cut your circle
  5. Ink it all over with Versamark and then emboss with a mixture of clear embossing powder and Dazzling Diamonds glitter. 
The result is a no-mess glitter effect. Hurrah!

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Moon cat

Cat punch time again! I can't get enough of this punch - it's sooooo versatile and, as you may have noticed, I haven't made a single Halloween project (I never do).

This was from my Caturday Live class and is a simple folded card with a piece of Brick Wall embossed cardstock to hold it all together, tucked under the cat for stability. The stars are embossed in white and there's just a hint of the gorgeous stitched Cherry Cobbler ribbon because it's too nice to share!

Monday, 16 October 2017

Mix It Up Monday: Pieces & Patterns

Mix It Up Monday is back! My computer is still broken but I'm working round it (it's a bit laborious though - I don't enjoy change), although photo quality is suffering unfortunately.

Anyway, here's a fun way of using those circle dies and showing lots of images from one stamp set - in this case, one of my favourites; Pieces & Patterns. My daughter dared me to do the doodling... which was a bit scary when I already thought I had a completed card! 

This colour combination from my In Color charts left me a little cold; I'm not a fan of pink as you probably know, but in this case I enjoyed teaming the Powder Pink with Cherry Cobbler and in fact it was the Marina Mist which threw me. But it's worked out ok, I think?

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Caturday: Young Steven

Always a pleasure to bump into this cat - I call him "Young Steven" - on my lunchtime walk. Then a quick getaway to stop him following me home.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Eclipse cat with Wood Words

Eclipse cards don't have to spell out a word, as I showed on Wednesday. Here's another version of the eclipse concept, using the fabulous cat punch.

This was one of the cat punch projects we made at my Caturday Live event last weekend. The Wood Words bundle, Wood Textures Designer Series Paper and Copper Trim all go very nicely with this punched cat I think. And it's so great to have thick Very Vanilla cardstock to make our card bases with now - such a great addition to the catalogue.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Hometown Greetings eclipse card

You don't have to use letter dies to make an eclipse card - this one uses the Hometown Greetings dies, along with the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set... which handily has a little swirl which works just as well as a wisp of smoke.

I love the clean simplicity of this project - and so did the Crafty Friday ladies last week.

The small print

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