Monday, 26 September 2016

Travel to Africa ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was a good one and your week has started well.  I’ve mentioned before that I have put craft stuff in a safe place and it has taken me ages to find them again, well that is the case with these stamps too.  I finally re-located these stamps over the weekend and I grabbed my MISTI, different card stocks, dies, stamps, AquaTints and got to play and here is my first attempt …

 
An A5 male birthday card
Loads of love stamps and snippets, lots and lots of snippets!
He is a handsome beastie
 
Loads of snippets used at the bottom and a few at the top too
My thanks to Di for the idea of using the W&W happy with a different die: awesome tip!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Die Cut Diva’s Challenge Autumn/Autumn Celebrations
Fussy & Fancy Friday’s Challenge #173 My Favourite Things:
Stamps, dies & watercolours

Inspired by the October 2015 board

Scrapy Land Challenge #50 Birthday
I used Crafters Companion and Whimsy Stamps brands of dies
Stamping Sensations Challenge September For the Boys


I hope you like him, he is glorious to stamp and to watercolour and it’ll only be a couple of days until you see him again.  I loved creating this card and unusually there are no but I made this mistake or but this didn’t come out so well.  A rare but nice thing for me to completely like my finished result with a new stamp and I am happy to take it.

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:
Sheena Douglass A6 A Little Bit Sketchy: Roar stamp set
Crafters Companion Inspiration Magazine Issue 11clear leaf stamps
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Winnie & Walter: happy die
Whimsy Stamps: Sentimentals Birthday die set
Crafters Companion Inspiration Magazine Issue 11 clear leaf stamps
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; paintbrushes; water pot; trimmer

Supplies
Card Paper:
Crafters Companion: Sheena Douglass A4 stamping card; Kraft card
Snippet pearl card from my stash
Patterned paper from my stash
Snippets white card that had been coloured were used for die cutting then stamping the leaves
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Bright & Beautiful
Stazon Solvent Midi IP: Ganache
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue; fun foam; double sided tape

Friday, 23 September 2016

Snippety Wings and Flowers ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was a good one and you have awesome weekend plans.  I am still trying to shrink my snippets pile in between wedding invitations and I’m hoping this weekend I’ll get the final sign off so I can order the supplies and get to cutting and sticking!  So here is today’s snippety card …

A little C6 card
I had to show the side view separately because I captured the shimmer!!!
All the lovely details!
I had to show it again, lol, the shimmer is beautiful and from a clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen
 This is the butterflies face on.
I will try to remember what I did to capture the shimmer so I can do it again!
I am having a die thing right now!
And you can see the shimmer on the die cut flowers and leaves (Pebeo Dyna paint on leaves)
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
 Deep Ocean Challenge #138 Anything Goes
Die Cuttin’ Divas Challenge #28 Birthday
Fashionable Stamping Challenge Use Autumnal Colours
Fussy & Fancy Friday’s Challenge #173 My Favourite Things: 
 butterflies, stamps, & watercolours
Scrapy Land Challenge #50 Birthday: I used Crafters Companion dies
The Pencil Case Challenge #28 Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl Challenge September Any Image Any Project 


Lots of pearl card snippets, Kraft card snippets and Sheena Douglass card snippets were used to create this card.  I experimented on some Kraft card snippets using my Tim Holtz stencil and Pebeo Dyna paints – love those paints they have lovely shimmer.  I die cut the flowers from card that I had coloured with H2O paints.  The border, the die cut and stamped butterflies were snippets from playing with my Spectrum Noir AquaTints.  After I stamped the butterflies onto AquaTints I fussy cut them and attached them to the C6 card with Washi tape before stamping the body and antenna with black Versafine IP.  I removed the butterflies and then stamped the hearts and sentiment using a Distress IP.  I added the butterflies and attached their bodies to the card and then curled them with my fingers so that they aren’t completely flat.  I had a last snippet of rainbow card which I glued in position and added the ribbon at the top and bottom.  I then played around with the die cuts and once happy with the position I glued them in place simples yet fun to do.

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 butterfly set
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Sara Douglass Signature Collection:  Butterfly Lullaby Flit & Flutter die set
Marianne Design Dies: LR027 Anja Leaves 2
Joy Crafts: 6002/0024 Daisy Flower die set; 6002/0025 Flowers die set
Stencil:
Tim Holtz THS004 Lines Stripes
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; paintbrushes; water pot

Supplies
Card Paper:
Crafters Companion Sheena Douglass A4 stamping card snippets
300 gsm card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Beautifully Grunge; Bright & Beautiful
Spectrum Sparkle: clear overlay
Pebeo Studio Acrylic 100ml Dyna: Violet Blue; Green Yellow
Versafine IP: black
Distress IP: Broken China
Embellishments:
Ribbon from my stash
Brads (old from my stash)
Adhesives/Mediums:
Washi tape; Collall all purpose glue

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Another spotty toadstool ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well.  I have one of my embellished but not fully embellished cards to share again today.  I have really enjoyed creating this one too and I know part of my enjoyment is using rich colours with new die cuts and really old embellishments too lol!  And here it is …

  
An A6 card
Loads of yummy details
I am happy to be using some old stash too
I adore the new stamps with these rich colours and 
I'm now wondering if I can make a winter scene look so good too lol!
Pretty and delicate
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Inky Chicks Challenge Fairies &/ Wings
Pixie’s Snippets Playground #247: all of the die cuts were leftover AquaTints snippets

I have a slightly eclectic inspiration for you: The Super Mario Brothers Theme Song
Today, full of energy, Mario is still running, running; Go save Princess Peach! Go!;
Today, full of energy, Mario runs; Today, full of energy, jumping!;
Today, full of energy, searching for coins; Today, keep going, Mario!;
Get a mushroom - it’s Super Mario!; Get a flower - it’s Fire Mario!;  
Goomba! Troopa! Buzzy Beetle! Beat them all!
Mario is always full of energy and strong! 

I was really into Super Mario when it first appeared lol!

The Pencil Case Challenge #28 Anything Goes


Not quite so busy or quite so bold today but still much fun to create and I’ve learnt that using Kraft as a base means that I can use the bright bold colours that I love without my project looking garish.  I know, because I have done it in the past; very bright colours with large areas of white do tend to look garish so I am happy I figured that one out lol!  Once again I used my Pebeo masking fluid to protect the toadstools white spots and I die cut then coloured quite a few butterflies, massive understatement!

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:
Lavinia Spotty Toadstool stamp set
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Sara Davis Signature Collection: Butterfly Lullaby Flit & Flutter die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; Tim Holtz Distress tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Crafters Companion: Kraft card; Sheena Douglass stamping card
Papers from my stash
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Beautifully Grunge; Bright & Beautiful
Spectrum Aqua: Nature pen set
Versafine IP: black
Pebeo acrylic paints: red and yellow to create the orange
Embellishments:
Woodware chipboard
Adhesives/Mediums:
Pebeo masking fluid; white gesso; double sided tape; fun foam

Monday, 19 September 2016

Not a card ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was good.  Another practice attempt with shabby chic and mixed media to share today and it’s not a card either!  Here it is …

  
An A5 canvas
Loads of lovely details
Close up of one of the flowers and die cut butterflies
The gorgeous leaf stamps and matching dies plus a birdie
One of my clay branches with another leaf stamp plus a mini bird and Prima flowers.
You can just about see some of the texture paste beneath too!
I took this close up so that you could see that there is Kraft underneath the colour
More lush Kraft card leaves
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Craft Stamper Challenge September Take It Make It Anything Goes
Creative Artiste Challenge September Anything Goes
Frilly & Funkie Challenge Things with Wings

I was inspired by the October 2015 board

Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Inspired by a Song: Pretty Wings by Maxwell
Southern Ridge Trading Co. Challenge September Your Favourites
Chipboard; Clay; Dies; Ink; Stamps; Watercolour Paints
 (Acrylics aren’t on my list yet because I’m still learning how to use them)
Spectrum Noir Challenge on Facebook Use Kraft: I die cut the leaves from Kraft card then added colour with AquaTints and once dry I stamped them too
Stamps & Stencils Challenge The Colours of Autumn
Sweet Stampin’ Challenge Anything But A Card 
The Ribbon Girl Challenge September Any Image Any Project


I stamped the flowers and their stems onto white card which I then coloured with my Spectrum Noir AquaTints.  The leaves were die cut from Kraft card and then colour was added to parts of them before I stamped the details.  The background I created on white card which I glued onto a piece of chipboard packaging.  I attached a stencil and added texture paste and once it was dry I used my Distress paints to colour it, spraying with water and then lightly heating to get it to dry.  Some of the butterflies were die cut with white card but the purple ones were die cut with Kraft card snippets before I coloured them with AquaTints.  The branch, large bird and smaller birds were created using air dry clay in a mould.  Once they were dry I coloured them with black gesso before adding the final layer of colour which was Pebeo Dyna iridescent paints (love them so very much!), I also added a little of the Pebeo paint to the spiky flowers to give them the look of dew on the petals.

My OH says it reminds him of a Manga type fairyland scene?!  I really don’t get that idea at all, lol, I see a dark deep forest with beautiful autumnal flowers and fall leaves at ground level.  Birds and butterflies are foraging for as much nutrients as possible before we hit winter and the cold winter months ahead, buy hey it’s all subjective 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:
Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamp set
Crafters Companion Inspiration Magazine Issue 11 clear leaf stamps
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Inspiration Magazine Issue 11 leaf dies
Stencil:
I don’t know the brand of this as it was a gift from the lovely Carol … blog
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; Martha Stewart large bird and branch silicone mould; Cuddly Buddly little birds silicone mould; paintbrushes; heat tool; palette; palette knife

Supplies
Card Paper:
Crafters Companion: Sheena Douglass A4 stamping card; Kraft card
Recycled Chipboard
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Bright & Beautiful
Pebeo Dyna iridescent acrylic paint: orange yellow; violet blue; blue green
Distress IPs: worn lipstick; wild honey; shabby shutters
Distress paints: bronze; platinum; weathered wood; salty ocean; picked raspberry
Embellishments:
Prima mini flowers
Air dry clay
Lace from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Ranger Matt Texture Paste; Collall all purpose glue; Washi tape (for stencil); double sided tape; fun foam


Saturday, 17 September 2016

Colourful snippets ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was good and you are have fabulous weekend plans.  I have been trying to half my stash of created by me backgrounds, stamped and coloured images and die cuts piles.  I have not through as many as I hoped or planned too, lol, anyways here is today’s card …
  
 
A 148mm square card
I have to admit I enjoyed it and I love the end result lol!
I have checked and there are no loose or pilled pieces on the finished card so 
I've no idea why there are so many now!
I love this stamp set so much
And I love these butterfly stamps too!
Loads of lovely die cuts
The ivy will be used a lot
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Butterfly Challenge #62 Butterflies and L for Lavender

Cuttlebug Mania Challenge September Anything Goes with Die Cuts 
Frilly & Funkie Challenge Things with Wings
Scrapy Land Challenge #49 Anything Goes: I used Crafters Companion dies


So I had a snippet of orange and lemon coloured card that I stamped the Pieridae butterflies onto with Versafine before edging the panel with pink and then spraying the living daylights out of it to distress and mottle the stamped card.  I then grabbed some snippets of green card which I die cut using one of my fabulous new dies.  As I had quite a few orange and red snippets from my August creations I die cut the two butterflies too.  As I had a large square piece of purple coloured card I decided to stamp Leonie’s flower onto it and I was able to use the whole piece of card.  I decided to add a bit of depth to the petals to keep it simple.  After I fussy cut the flowers out I started playing with layout and added three more embellishments.  All of these pieces of card were coloured with two sets of my AquaTints and I used three different ink pads.  Snippets piles are a little smaller but I have a way to go to completely catch up with them 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:
Paperbabe Stamps: Pieridae butterfly set
Crafters Companion Leonie Pujol Entwined Collection stamp: Beautiful Bloom
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Sara Signature Collection:
Die’sire:
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; paintbrushes; water pot

Supplies
Card Paper:
Crafters Companion Sheena Douglass A4 stamping card
Crafters Companion A4 Kraft card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Beautifully Grunge; Bright & Beautiful
Spectrum Sparkle: clear overlay
Versafine IP: black
Distress IP: Antique Linen
Embellishments:
The Works: large half pearls
Brad (old from my stash)
Adhesives/Mediums:
Double sided tape; fun foam; Collall all purpose glue