Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Rudolph Day ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. It’s that time of the month again, Rudolph Day, lol, and as it’s nearly October I thought I had better start making two or more anyways here’s the first one …

A6 with several layers
I deliberately didn't use foam pads
All the details
A lovely snowman
And here is the second one ...

A6 again with quite a few layers
As flat as can be again
All the details

Here's the final look at the first card
And a final look at the second one

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge 
#352 Anything Christmas Goes optional twist male: 
I think both of these would be acceptable for the pesky men

These were really quick to create as I was able to dip into my multiple bags of snippets and already stamped images. The patterned paper is really old Craftwork Cards stock as is the die cut oval. The snowflakes on the second card were purchased die cuts and stickers. The sentiment on the first card was die cut from coloured with AquaTints card as were the three baubles. I used pre puchased A6 card blanks and then I found I had enough patterned paper to make two cards so I went with it.

I stamped and heat embossed the snowman and then coloured him very lightly with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. A little more bling and sparkle were added to the bse layer of the snowman using glitter and some mica flakes, I love mica flakes! They give really nice bling without the mess and annoyance of glitter. So very quick and easy to create because of bits of left overs. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x










Tools
Stamp:
Magazine snowman stamp
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Sara Signature Contemporary Christmas Merry Christmas
Crafters Companion Inspiration Magazine dies Issue 12
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Craft UK A6 card
Snippets: Craftwork Cards patterned papers; Sheena stamping card; snippet blue textured card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
White EP
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Holiday pen set
Spectrum Noir AquaTints Primary
Embellishments:
Die Cuts, Gems, Glitter, Mica, Sequins & Stickers from my stash & very old
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape

Monday, 25 September 2017

Pretty colours ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was good and your week has started well. I really wanted to be entered Darnell’s NBUS Challenge and although I’ve entered the challenge at Stamping Sensations already this month but I wanted to play with the beautiful colour scheme so that I could enter again. A bonus is that this stamp is very like the one in the inspiration photograph and here is my entry …

A 145mm square card
Not too deep so I can post this one
I really enjoyed water colouring this beautiful stamp
My two NBUS items - the owl and the bird
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges


for never before used stuff!  The owl and the little bird dies are on their first outing!


Scrapy Land Challenge #74 Anything Goes


The Flower Challenge #12 Tic Tac Toe
I chose Distress Inks – Watercolour – Die Cuts


Everyone one knows that I’m a sucker for pink themes and if you add a beautiful blue colour to a theme then I have to create at least once, well in this case twice, projects to enter the challenge lol! I got to practice my no line colouring technique with watercolours usiing a pale grey ink pad and I have to admit I am really happy with the colouring on the flower for a change. I used my Distress Oxide re-inkers to colour the NBUS owl die and the watercolours for the little bird die cuts.

I got to use multiple snippetss plus two NBUS dies and I got to practice my watercolouring skills – a good day crafting for a change lol! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x










Tools
Stamp:
Stampendous CRS5032 Jumbo Cling Stamp Orchid
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Sizzix Thinlits Regal Owl die
Do Crafts X Cut Dinky dies Bird
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Craft UK 145mm square card
Printer paper which I coloured pale pink to use as a mat
Snippets: patterned paper from my stash; Kraft card for die cutting the owl; Sheena Douglass white stamping card for die cutting the dinky bird
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress IP: Pumice Stone
Brusho Watercolour Crystals: Turquoise; Rose Red
Distress Oxide Re-Inkers (for colouring the owl): Worn Lipstick; Broken China
Do Crafts acrylic paint: Gold
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Clean and simple and one layer card ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I took out a different stamp and used a different colour ink pad to create another one layer card using my Hero Arts stamp along with a home made stencil and here is the end result …

 
I've just realised what this stamp reminds me of
and that's photographs of 1960's design lol!
All the inky details!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
#99 Autumn Colours Now you might not agree with me but the colour purple is all about autumn to me. We had several Acer trees and when they turned in autumn they were purple


I have used a die to create my inky panel as a different way to use a die.  I‘m not sure if this card is allowed so please delete if it doesn’t follow your theme

 



It must be something to do with the light because the stamped puffballs (dandelion heads) look black. I may need to play around with my lighting.  I created a stencil and inked through it this time using a more purple shade and for some odd reason it doesn’t look anywere near as stark this time! Once I had added the ink I then dried the card before putting the mask back in place whilst I spritzed water onto the oval. I’ve tried doing that without the mask in position and the ink bleed out. I didn’t want that look for this card so I used the paper mask again.

Once I had that little oval ready I whipped the mask on and stamped the lovely puffballs. I have to admit this is one of my favourite Hero Arts stamps and it was one that was gifted to me from the lovely and very talented Brenda. I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of the image and I have plans for it too, if I remember lol! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x










Tools
Stamp:
Hero Arts K5585 Starbursts
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Spellbinders Classic Large Oval die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat tool; ink blending tool and foam; spray bottle with water; kitchen towel

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm cream card
Snippets: scrap paper for the mask
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Ranger Green Archival Ink Pad
Ranger Big & Juicy ink pad
Adhesives/Mediums:
Washi tape for the stencil

Saturday, 23 September 2017

September Mixed Media Tag #3 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. The months are really shooting by at the moment, well it feels like that to me, lol. So I have been playing with my mixed media supplies again and this time I used lots of acrylics mediums on the background and I really love the end result …

 
I am so happy with the end result and you can see the depth
All the yummy details 
It's a small stamp but it is very versatile
I think this is becoming my most often used butterfly stamp lol!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
A Inky Mess Challenge #13 Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge #280 Seasonal: Autumn
 MMW#29 Anything Goes

Scrapy Land Challenge #74 Anything Goes
I used Crafters Companion and Spellbinders dies
I have lots of glitter glue added to my stamped elements that can’t sadly be seen
The Artistic Stamper Challenge Take a Little Colour


Here is a quick how I created it:
1. I grabbed a new piece of A4 white card and added a blob of white gesso to it and using my brayer I made sure it was as even as possible. I dried it with my heat tool.
2. I attached the stencil to my piece of card and applied DecoArt Sand Texture Paste. I did this on both sides of the card and left it to dry overnight.
3. The next day I went through my bag of coloured snippets and found a piece that was large enough to cut two circles from. I then cut another circle this time using a green coloured piece.
4. I used one of my little Hero Arts stamps and inked it up with my Distress Oxide ink pad and stamped the seed heads.
5. I then started to colour the tag. I’m not sure what colours I used but I love how the shades of brown and pink have blended to create that beautiful coloured background.
6. Another dip into the snippets bag and I found the lilac velvet paper and a piece of red/orange coloured card that I stamped the Prima butterfly using Versafine ink pad.
7. I die cut the beautiful frame from velvet paper and attached that to my tag.
8. I glued the die cut and stamped circles onto my tag and used my Distress Stickles to add detail to the seed heads and the circles on my butterfly.
9. I tied a bow with burlap ribbon and attached that and the Prima butterfly to my tag!

It appears my stubborness for forcing myself to learn about and use acrylic paints and acrylic mediums is starting to improve my understanding of these products. I know that acrylic paints will never be an easy for me, but there are reasons for that and I understand them. I have used either or both inks or watercolours exclusively for over twenty years now. I was using inks and watercolours before I started my card making and stamping journey so it’s no wonder they feel normal to me. Learning new products and techniques is paying off but it did take time and a lot of mistakes too. I’ve always enjoyed learning new things and when I learn new things it makes me look at my other knowledge and skills in a different way too. What’s happening for me is that I’m blending the new mediums and techniques with the older ones and it’s finally paying off, at last. I hope you are learning and enjoying just as much too! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x










Tools
Stamp & Stencil:
Tim Holtz Flourish stencil
Hero Arts
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Spellbinders large classic circles die set
Crafters Companion Downton Abbey Orate Frame die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; brayer; palette knife

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card; Velvet paper
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Versafine IP: black
Distress Oxide IP: Wilted Violet
Acrylic paints: black; buff; brown; pink
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Perfectly Grunge
Embellishments:
Burlap ribbon
Adhesives/Mediums:
Pebeo white gesso
DecoArt Sand Texture Paste
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam


Friday, 22 September 2017

Welcome Fall ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I think this month I’ve created more mixed media pieces than anything else, lol, and it’s great! Anyway here is a canvas I created to celebrate Fall (in the UK we say autumn but I love the American’s word so now I call it ‘Fall’) …

A canvas to welcome the season
It has lovely depth and texture
All the details
You can see the lace peeping through here
The beautifully delicate branch and leaves
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #433 Feels Like Autumn
Creates and Makes Challenge #14 Anything Goes
Die-Cut-Diva’s Challenge September Masculine
Given that my husband loves this one I think I can say it’s masculine friendly
Emerald Creek Dares September: Celebrate Canada
I hope you can see that my leaves, colours and texture are all about your beautiful country
Frilly & Funkie Challenge To Everything There is a Season 


 MMW#29 Anything Goes


Unstampa Belles Challenge 
Theme: sets of threes twist: use cardboard
I made sure that the different shaped leaves were added in sets of three and the cardboard was coloured with acrylics before adding


This canvas started out life as an experiment on my part. I added a thick layer of gesso and then pushed two ribbon pieces into the gesso, one at the top and one at the bottom. I then sprinkled Flower Soft over the canvas to see what texture it might add. I won’t be doing that again lol! Once it was dry I added watered down acrylic paint to colour it. I tore a piece of cardboard off a box and removed the top layer so that the ribbed bit would be visible. I then coloured that with watered down acrylics. I used a lot of snippets to die cut lots of leaves adding them in batches of three. I coloured a die cut chipboard branch with acrylic paints and once dry I attached it to the coloured cardboard and glued that piece in position.

A quick and easy explanation from me for a change, lol, and hubby loves this one too. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x










Tools
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Inspiration Magazine Issue 11 Autumn: leaf dies
Crafters Companion Die’sire Ivy leaf
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; pallette knife

Supplies
Card Paper:
Box canvas
Piece of a cardboard box
Snippets: patterned papers; coloured card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
DecoArt Mixed Media Fluid: titanium buff; primary magenta; primary yellow; translucent white
Pebeo acrylic paint: brown
Embellishments:
Chipboard branch and leaves
Snippets cotton lace
Flower soft
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Collall dimensional glue