Sunday, 22 January 2017

A second colouring page card ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. I’ve finished colouring another Colorista colouring page and I knew that I had the perfect papers that would work with it so I whipped it up into a card and here it is …
An A5 card
Good to post too
All the lovely details, sadly I wasn't able to capture the shine 
You can't see it here but the foiling is lush on these pads
Die cut snippets, thank goodness for rejects and snippets!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge #3 Anything Goes
Country View Crafts Challenge Anything Goes

  

I’ve used 2 two NBUS: #1 glitter paper was recently re-found,
hung onto it for over 10 years!
The flower die I purchased in October and it’s the first time I’ve used it.
My technique to try something new was using ink and acrylic paint to make the background (now mostly covered up) it worked and it’s the first time too! 

Scrapy Land Challenge #59 Favourite Colours: green, pink, purple, red, yellow:
I used Crafters Companion dies
Spectrum Noir Facebook Challenge Anything Goes bonus use a colouring page


I have to admit that I am beyond happy with the end result of this. The free Colorista course took me a long time and it exasperated me at times too as my colouring skills weren’t. I learnt from the videos and before I did the course I didn’t find colouring relaxing but I do now. This year I want to learn how to colour with Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol pens too but that will have to wait as I don’t own any Spectrum Noir alcohol pens. I know what I’ll be asking hubby for my my birthday later this year. Because I want the Illustrator pens for my art endeavours as well as for my craft work he’ll be more likely to purchase some of them for me. He has been cheering me on with my art journey and encouraging me all the way.

I used one of my inky backgrounds for the base layer then I matted the Colorista page onto the glitter paper, using brads, because it’s impossible to attach anything to this glitter paper, I have tried lol! Sadly I have managed to cover up most of the gorgeous background sheet, only the dark purple on the edges is visible. But it was such a perfect match for this page that I just had to use it. I still have a lot of background paper and card to use but I reach for my own backgrounds every single time lol!

I’m hoping to take Tim’s three Creative Chemistry 101, 102 and 103 in a couple of months. It’s taken a little time and a lot of planning because I had some of Tim’s stamps and quite a lot of his ink pads but not any of his or Rangers other products. For the past six months I have been purchasing Ranger and Tim’s products a little each month so as not to hit the credit card hard lol! I’m hoping this year is going to be fun with lots of lovely new techniques along the way. Do you have any plans?

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:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Die’sire Classiques: Ivy die
Crafters Companion Sara Signature Floral Delight Pretty Petals die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; ink blending tool and foam; paper stumps for blending

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Spectrum Noir Colorista 5” x 7” Colouring Pencil Pad: Butterfly Garden
Glitter paper from my stash
300 gsm card
Snippets: for die cutting
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir Colorista Colouring Pencils: Set 1
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Beautifully Grunge
Stickles Glitter Glue: Platinum
Embellishments:
Brads from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape; fun foam


Thursday, 19 January 2017

Mixed Media Tag #2 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I did promise a couple of days ago that I would be creating/playing more this year. I’m hoping to be able to create and share on my blog two mixed media tags and one journal page or one canvas each month. I will be continuing my drawing practise, hopefully learning how to draw more and better, practise my watercolour painting skills, play and learning how to use acrylic paints for my drawings too. Plus a couple of cards here and there and that should fill my month completely lol! Anyway here is my second mixed media tag …

Another tag, about 15cm tall
I think it's going to be perfect for adding to a birthday present or a bouquet of flowers
All the yummy details!
I love these new stamps and my Distress crayons lol!
It's a beautiful butterfly die this one
Aren't these little die cuts super cute lol!
I love these WOC flowers and must get some more
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Emerald Creek Dares Bring On The New: Tim Holtz stamps and Distress crayons
Noor Design Challenge January Anything Goes
 Scrapy Land Challenge #58 Favourite Colours: peach, pink, red, yellow  
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Chill Out: I am dreaming of summer 
Simon Says Stamps Work It Wednesday Challenge Make Something New with Something New: Tim Holtz stamps and Distress Crayons


I am most definitely craving spring and sunshine right now as I keep reaching for these colours without thinking! Using a leftover piece of just under A5 size white card I added a layer of water and then orange and red watercolour paints (a really old set that I am trying to finish off). Whilst the card was still wet I layered a piece of cling film onto it and scrunched it up (so that you get those lovely lines on the background). A technique I’ve meant to try but forgetting it. I’ll be making more of these backgrounds in future, lol. I left it to dry then used a pencil to draw around the template and then I cut out my tag.

The background of the stamped panel was created with my new Distress Crayons (thank you to my lovely hubby). It was my first play with them and yes I’ll be using them again soon too. I used a snippet of white card which I coloured with the crayons and once that was dry I inked up the new Tim Holtz bouquet stamps (another Christmas present) with my Spectrum Aqua pens and stamped across the card.

As I had small canvas snippets I used my Simon Says Stamps mini flowers and leaves die to cut the super cute little flowers and leaves. Because canvas sheets are a little more expensive than card I have become very tight with hanging onto those snippets lol! All of the other die cut pieces were created with white snippets or stamped rejects. After I die cut the Downton Abbey doily I added a layer of white Cosmic Shimmer watercolour paint (it has given it a lovely pearly look). I die cut the border then coloured it with my Distress crayons. The die cut butterflies were cut from rejected stamped and watercolour pieces.

I wanted more texture so I used both sheer lemon ribbon and white tulle. I added a WOC flower and some Stickles glitter glue and I was finished and happy with this little shot of sunshine on a cold winters day! I hope you all have a lovely week with lots of time doing what you love to do! I’ll be back again soon, hopefully, 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:
Tim Holtz: Mini Bouquet stamp set
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Downton Abbey range: Ornate Circle Frame
Crafters Companion Large Edge’ables border die: Rococo
Simon Says Stamps SSSD111558 mini flowers and leaves die
Magazine two layer butterfly die
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; Craftwork Cards stencil template; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Snippets: Sheena’s card for die cutting; canvas for die cutting
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Tim Holtz Distress Crayons Set #1
Spectrum Aqua pens: Nature
Stickles Glitter Glue: Platinum
Cosmic Shimmer Iridescent White Pearl paint
Embellishments:
WOC: Chrysanthemum
From my stash: ribbon; tulle
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape; fun foam


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Mixed Media Tag #1 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was good and you have a lovely week planned. I have been able to play, at last, with my stash again lol! It’s been a long craft break but it felt good spending time playing with my bits and bobs and here is the end result …

  
A chubby tag - warning there will be many more!
All the yummy details
I think this is still my favourite butterfly stamp lol!
And it always amazes me how different it looks depending on colour choice
This butterfly, part of a set, is my second favourite
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #398 Wings on Things
A Vintage Journey Challenge Going Round in Circles
Frilly & Funkie Challenge New Years Inspiration (see below)
Noor Design Challenge January Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Chill Out: I am dreaming of late spring early summer with lovely warm and bright days!
That’s Crafty Challenge Gold & Silver 


The idea of this tag came about because of this years first challenge at Frilly & Funkie. Of course it has progressed a little bit more too. The last year and a half my creating/crafting has been about learning how I could incorporate mixed media, shabby chic style and my love of stamping. Quite a lot of these projects have ended up in the bin and didn’t make it onto my blog. Yet every single time I tried to incorporate all of them into a project I learnt a bit more about what works and what doesn’t work for me. I feel and am hoping that I’ve found the way to incorporate all three into something I love. Combining my love of stamping, shabby chic, mixed media, drawing and painting is good for me creatively and that’s what I plan to do more of this year.

This tag was created with snippets of patterned paper glued onto white card and then I added a thin layer of white gesso. Once that was dry I used my Tim Holtz Spun Sugar Distress Paint to lightly colour the card and I left it to dry. I attached my Tando Random Circles stencil onto the background and used gold acrylic paint to make the circles and I left to dry overnight. The next day I attached the stencil again and using a Versamark IP I tapped through the stencil and added a little gold UTEE here and there, just a little though lol! Once I had my background ready I cut it into a tag.

I die cut white snippets and stamped butterflies onto white snippets butterflies and I played around with other elements to create this pretty tag. 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:
Paperbabe stamps: Pieridae
La Blanche stamps: butterfly stamp
Stencil:
Tando Creative: Random Circles stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Die’sire Large Format Edge’ables Rococo die
Crafters Companion Inspiration magazine issue 11
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; Craftwork Cards tag template; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Snippets: white card; patterned paper
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Tim Holtz Distress Paint: Spun Sugar
Spectrum Aqua pens: Floral
Gold acrylic paint
Ranger Gold UTEE
Embellishments:
Wild Orchid Crafts
Grosgrain ribbon
Stickles Glitter Glue: platinum
Adhesives/Mediums:
The Works: white gesso
Versamark IP
Collall all purpose glue; Washi tape



Sunday, 15 January 2017

A colouring page card ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. I’ve been laid up with back pain so I wasn’t able to create very much. However I could and did sit and colour, or lay down and colour lol, so I used one of my Colorista colouring pages and pencils to create a general card which means we have one in the box for a just in case card and here it is …

I had to make this one into an A5 card - the butterfly is too beautiful to cut
Thankfully the flower squishes down!
This is the whole 5"x 7" colouring page
I knew some of the Tim Holtz mini Holiday Greens die set would be great for after Christmas too
Another little die cut and an old chipboard embelllishment
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #398 Wings on Things
Butterfly Challenge #70 J for Jewels &/ Jade
Inkspirational Challenges #126 Word Prompt: Flutter 
Spectrum Noir Facebook Challenge Anything Goes bonus use a colouring page


I used the Colorista pencils to add a complete and soft layer of green to the butterfly. Once I was happy with the first layer of colour I decided that I wanted the butterfly to be darker and richer. I used a paper stump and some blending solution to get a nice even layer of green then I added another layer of colour to the dots and to the borders of the swirly lines. I then used the paper stamps again but just on the dots so that they were a nice solid colour. Once I was happy with the dots I grabbed my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen and added a clear layer on the dots and the swirly lines of the butterfly and I was done with the colouring, I love the end result.

I used a few die cuts and a chipboard embellishment for the sentiment and I kept it at that. Because the colouring pages are 5”x 7” I didn’t want to add too much to them as I wanted them to be the star and that’s why there’s not a lot on this one lol! I will be sharing more projects created around these pages before the end of the month because it’s the Spectrum Noir challenge theme on Facebook. 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:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Tim Holtz Sizzix dies: Holiday Greens mini set
Die-Versions: stitched star dies
Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; paper burnishers

Supplies
Card Paper:
Crafters Companion: A4 Kraft card;
Spectrum Noir Colorista: 5”x7” Butterfly Garden pencil colouring pad
Pink pearl card from my stash
Snippets: die cuts
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir Colorista: Set 1 pencils
Spectrum Noir Sparkle: clear overlay
Embellishments:
Country View Crafts: Blossom
Chipboard embellishment from a magazine
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue; Collall 3D glue gel; double sided tape



Sunday, 1 January 2017

House of Cards January 2017 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. I’m back with my first 2017 House Of Cards post today and once again we have a choice for you. You can use either the colour palette or be inspired by the photograph or use both: so there are plenty of options for you. I decided to use both of the themes and to kick start January 2017 with my first 2017 Christmas card, lol, I am so chuffed that I did that and I need to make sure I make one at least once a week from here on in lol! Anyways here is the inspiration photo for you ... 


Add a building or use the colours or both: it's up to you! Here is my card … 

An A5 card, apologies  for the photo - it's difficult to photograph the shimmer
Not too deep
Such a cute scene
This card has been a pain to photograph but you can see the sparkle in this photo
I had to continue with making the berries red because I love it so much!
This looks beautiful IRL it shimmers and shines beautifully

Luckily for me I can also enter these Challenges
Fashionable Stamping Challenge #118 Anything Goes
Fussy & Fancy Challenge #179 angels or faeries or winter
Scrapy Land Challenge #56 Let it Snow: I used Crafters Companion & Sizzix dies 
Stamps & Stencils Challenge Christmas Wishes
Winter Wonderland Challenge For Someone Special/Happy New Year: this card is for my dad for Christmas 2017: I am determined to make a very early start!


The stamped panel on this card was my first play with Yupo paper/substrate. I purchased Yupo because I’ve read that it works beautifully with watercolour paints as well as Alcohol Inks. Anyways getting back to my scene. On my first attempt I used my Distress re-inkers as watercolour paints along with water. I put the Yupo aside to dry and three days later it was wet so I used kitchen towel to mop up the excess water and Distress ink. One of the great things about the Yupo is that it is re-useable and that’s why I had to have it, I’m going to use it for my watercolour painting, or rather practice watercolour painting on it. Because it’s synthetic you can mop up your mistake and start again, no more wasted watercolour paper lol!

Once the Yupo was dry I used ink blending foam and tool with Distress inks to colour the sky. That worked, thankfully, so now I have to have a little play with Yupo and watercolours &/ inks. I lightly tapped the ink blending tool and foam onto my Distress ink pad and used it to colour the sky, working from the top of Yupo to the bottom. I left it to dry overnight and quickly tested the Yupo the next day to make sure it was dry before I inked the tree stamps with Distress IPs and Spectrum Aqua pens combinations. The Yupo was really wet with ink so I left it a couple of days to dry completely before doing more. It was at this point that I realised I wanted to stamp a house on the landscape too and I was nervous about stamping more onto the Yupo so I stamped the house onto a snippet of white card and adhered in position. I wanted snow and ice, lots of that, so I used texture paste, glitter chips and glitter. Once everything was dry I put it all together.


We’re back home now and Christmas was blooming awesome and lovely but we’re happy to be back in our own home. I have some Christmas present art supplies and Christmas presents stamps that I really really want to play with and I’m practically itching to play with my Alcohol Inks and Yupo lol! Huge apologies if I didn’t get around to visiting you before Christmas, I am trying my best to catch up now as it was frantic here with those wedding invites and getting cards and presents wrapped to take with us 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:
Claritystamp Ltd: tree stamp (cabin in the woods set); large larch tree (larch trees & deer set)
Stampin’ Up’: house (not sure which set or how old this is)
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Sara Davies Signature Contemporary Christmas: Merry Christmas
Tim Holtz Thinlits Sizzix die set: Mini Holiday Greens die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; ink blending foam and tool; palette knife; paint brushes; water pot

Supplies
Card Paper:
Crafters Companion: Kraft card
A4 Yupo paper
300 gsm card
Snippets: K&Co. Blossomwood paper; red pearl card for the border; Pebeo Dyna Iridescent acrylic paint coloured snippets for die cutting the flourish; white card coloured with AquaTints
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Tim Holtz Distress IP: Red Barn; Peeled Paint; Mowed Lawn
Pebeo Dyna Iridescent: Green Blue; Blue Green
Spectrum Aqua pens: Nature
Liquid Pearls: Ruby Red
Embellishments:
Ribbon, glitter & resin sentiment bubble from my stash (old)
Cosmic Shimmer: Glitter Jewels Chips
Wooden embellishments
Adhesives/Mediums:
Cosmic Shimmer Texture Paste; double sided tape