Sunday, 20 May 2018

Happy Birthday Florals #2 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going. I actually ended up getting out both of my sets of Simon Says Stamp Spring Flowers and More Spring Flowers – I really cannot use these designs enough – they are one of my all time favourite flower stamp sets now lol! Here is my card …

A 5" x 7" card 
Good to post
All the yummy details

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #468 Happy Birthday Allsorts!

Mix It Up Challenge Blog MIUCB#12 Anything Goes
Time Out Challenge Inspired by these words:
Friends are the charming gardeners
who make our Souls Blossom


Although I have to admit this month I have become much more aware of how many flower stamps I own and how often I have a habit of opting for new flower stamps over other stamps. Well now that I have become aware of that I will try to be a bit more aware of it in future but there are certain floral designs that I cannot resist lol! The stencilled layer on the base of the card and the sentiment were created with snippets, lol, even though my week of snippets is over I am trying very hard to shrink the piles of them. I attached a Tim Holtz stencil to a snippet of white card and tapped my Versamark ink pad through it. I removed the stencil then added clear embossing powder and used my heat tool to melt the embossing powder. Once it had cooled I used Luminarte H2O watercolours to colour the card – it’s a gorgeous technique that I don’t use often enough!

The floral panel on my card was my attempt at no line colouring and even though I know I still need to improve I am happy with the end look of this one. I stamped the flowers and leaves in a pale ink then watercoloured them. The next day I went back to my panel and coloured the background. Then when it was dry I decided I wanted to add a bit more shading so I got my colouring pencils out and the flowers do now have more shade but again that’s something that I need to practice and I know I don’t do that every time because I don’t always need to.

And of course as always I just had to add some little inky splatters to finish my main panel! 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:
Simon Says Stamp Spring Flowers stamp set
Tim Holtz THS032 Flourish layering stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Die’sire Happy Birthday die
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
300 gsm card/Craft UK 5” x 7” card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card (for the stencilled piece)
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Pumice Stone Distress ink pad
Distress re-inkers: Peacock Feathers; Bundled Sage; Tattered Velvet
Red Luminarte H2O watercolours
Selection of colouring pencils
WOW Clear EP
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP
Collall all purpose glue
Washi tape


Saturday, 19 May 2018

Happy Birthday Florals ...


Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. I’ve been playing my Simon Says Stamp stamp set again and here is the end result …

They are such a joy to use 
Good to post
All the yummy details

Created for me and especially for these Challenges 
Allsorts Challenge #468 Happy Birthday Allsorts!





Time Out Challenge Inspired by these words:
Friends are the charming gardeners
who make our Souls Blossom 


I stamped and heat embossed the flowers and leaves then coloured them with Distress re-inkers. I die cut the sentiment from a snippet of watercoloured card. I tore some patterned paper to use as a matt underneath the stamped panel and played around with layout. I felt there was something missing so I grabbed a new stencil and added the faded dots to the card base and to the stamped and watercoloured flowers.

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:
Simon Says Stamp More Spring Flowers stamp set
Tim Holtz THS006 Dot Fade layering stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Die’sire Happy Birthday die
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; ink blending tool & foam

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
300 gsm card/Craft UK 5” x 7” card
Patterned paper
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress Re-inkers: Bundled Sage; Peacock Feathers; Wild Honey
Distress Oxide IP: Peacock Feathers
Clear Embossing Powder
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP
Collall all purpose glue

Friday, 18 May 2018

Snippets Week #7 Finale ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was a good one and you have lovely plans for this coming weekend. I’m sharing my final Snippets Week post today, thank goodness, lol, as I have a few non snippets projects I want to share with you soon. Here is my part one of my final snippets project …

  
Red 1 & Red 2

Red 1: Applied a layer of white gesso then red acrylic paint using a baby wipe. Once dry I used Versafine ink pad to ink some areas of the La Blanche text background stamp and added stamped detail onto both cards. I didn’t completely cover the background with the stamp as I was attempting a distressed finish. I dried the ink then I popped a stencil over and used acrylic paint and a foam pad to apply paint through the stencil, again I tried not to be too perfect with my stencilling. I removed the stencil and put the card to one side to dry.

Red 2: Applied a layer of white gesso then red acrylic paint using a baby wipe. Once dry I used Versafine ink pad to ink some areas of the La Blanche text background stamp and added stamped detail onto both cards. I didn’t completely cover the background with the stamp as I was attempting a distressed finish. I dried the ink and then I put the postcard face down onto the stencil removed from Red 1 to monoprint some detail. It picked up some of the detail but not all which adds to the distressed look. I wanted more texture on my second postcard so I grabbed another stencil and a pot of texture paste and added semi transparent bubbles.

Here is part two of my week of snippets finale project my rusty postcards ...

Rusty 1

Rusty 1: I applied a layer of white gesso to a postcard and left to dry. It was then coloured with watercolour paints and splashes of distress re-inkers were splattered onto the postcard. I adhered a torn out stencilled flower and once dry I used Versamark IP and Chunky Rust embossing powder to spread rust across the postcard. I randomly added bronze crackle paste to the opposite corner.

Rusty 2

Rusty 2: I applied a layer of white gesso to the postcard and left to dry. I put the stencil in position and then added a fairly thick layer of Pebeo texture paste. Once dry I coloured the background with an acrylic paint wash and then positioned the stencil in place and coloured the flowers and leaves with acrylic paints. I left the postcard to dry and the next day I started playing with acrylics paints and Prima powder to create a rust like paint that I applied to the postcard.

Rusty 3

Rusty 3: I applied a layer of white gesso to the postcard and left to dry. I then used acrylic paints to completely cover the postcard. Once the acrylic paint was dry I positioned a stencil and added texture paste. I removed the stencil and added the Chunky Rust texture powder over the top and I put the postcard aside for 24 hours so that the texture paste would dry. The next day I heated the texture paste and Chunky Rust to create a lovely textured background.

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
A Inky Mess Challenge #20 Mixed Media Anything Goes
Mix It Up Challenge Blog MIUCB#12 Anything Goes



I get postcard sized white card in with some of the embellishments and supplies that I purchase and I’ve decided that rather than recylcing in the waste bin I would re-use those postcards to create textured postcards which I will keep so that I have a visual record of products and supplies and how they work together. Over time I will add more to these as I become a bit more confident with the supplies and start using and experimenting with them more. I also regularly end up with a left over snippet of white card just about A6 or slightly smaller in size left over from my other projects and I am also going to use them to create my texture postcards. I have punched a hole in the postcards so that I can keep them together and I’m using a large ring to do that.

On the back of each postcard I will list the products and tools that I have used and if necessary a quick explanation of how I created the look. My stack of postcards has seriously grown over the last couple of weeks as I keep trying out new products and I need to see what it looks like and how it reacts and I don’t feel guilty if I end up throwing out a piece of packaging because my what if moment didn’t work 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 &/ Stencil:
Tim Holtz CMS241 Ledger Script cling stamp set
Artistic Flair A4 Craft Stencil: 297 Script
That’s Crafty TC063 Dinky stencil: Bubbly All Over
Stamplorations stencil: Happy Flowers
Tim Holtz THS077 stencil: Floral
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; palette knife

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card; recycled postcards
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Tuxedo Black Versafine IP
DecoArt MM Fluid: Buff; Red
Pebeo acrylic paints: blue, brown, green, grey, red, yellow
Viva Decor Croco Crackling paint: Bronze
Distress re-inker: picked raspberry
Adhesives/Mediums:
Pebeo white gesso
Pebeo white texture paste
Prima texture powder
Ranger transparent matt texture paste
Dreamweaver embossing paste: pearl
Versamark IP
Emerald Creek & Seth Apter’s Baked Texture: Chunky Rust



Thursday, 17 May 2018

Snippets Week #6 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. Another snippets post for you today, as I am desperately trying to shrink those bulging bags and here is my card …

A 148mm square card
Okay to post with lots of lovely texture
All the yummy details
It is lovely and shimmery

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #467 In the Pink
Craft Stamper Magazine Challenge TIMI Anything Goes

Double D Challenge Bling it Up: I wish you could see the shimmery paints




Time Out Challenge Inspired by these words:
Friends are the charming gardeners
who make our Souls Blossom


I kept this card minimal because I really wanted the flower to be the star of the show which it is. I think I must have used undiluted ink to colour the stencilled background snippet as it really pops but that’s good because it works beautifully with the beautiful lilac stamp. I was a random linky choice at Allsorts in April and I won this beautiful lilac flower stamp. For my first play with it I decided I wanted to try out no lines colouring technique which with hindsight was a bit too hard, however I took my time outlining then colouring each of the lilac flowers and I think for a first go it’s come out quite well and beautifully. Unusually I am happy too lol!

I opted for shades of pink and lilac but next time I play with this stamp I am going to go full on lilac and full on purple lol! It’s so gorgeous it’s going to be fun to paint and colour and create more projects. 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:
Woodware Lilac stamp
Tim Holtz THS077 Floral layering stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Die’sire: On Your Special Day die
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; palette knife

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
300 gsm card/Craft UK 150mm square card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress IP: Pumice Stone
Distress re-inker: vintage photo; mowed lawn; dusty concord
Luminarte Twinkling H2O watercolour paint: pink
Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen: Gold
Embellishments:
Velvet ribbon from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Pebeo texture paste
Washi tape
Collall all purpose glue
Crafters Companion foam pads