Thursday, 1 December 2016

House of Cards December Blog Hop and prizes ...


Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well, it’s so nearly the weekend and not long until Christmas either lol! It’s the first of the month but the end of the fifth term at House of Cards. We will be saying a fond farewell to some of my lovely team mates and fortunately some of us are staying, I am one of those lol!


To say goodbye and thank you we are celebrating with a blog hop with lovely prizes too! The blog hop will run from December 1st until December 15th and we hope you play along with us. Any card style is welcome and we’ve a beautiful photograph inspiration for your crafty enjoyment. Here is the inspiration photograph …


Isn’t that a beautiful photograph of a mantle and Christmas decorations? I love it and I was lucky enough to be able to purchase several beautiful new stamps from one of our sponsors and I have a card to share with your today and here it is …

A nice big A5 card just in time for Christmas!
It will be posted in a box
All the yummy details
  
The beautiful branch and sentiment stamps
  
The poinsettia set is my most used Christmas die set
A final look

Mynn | Cohenna | Donna | Em | Heather | Jane | Judy
Karen | Katarina | Katy | Leslie | Linda | Merethe
Michele | Paula | Rocky | Rosi | Ruza
Shawna | Shirley | Steph | Sue N. | Susan | Tina | Toni

You should have arrived here from Judys blog and your next stop is Katarinablog. If you get lost along the ways return to House of Cards Challenge and start again. I know my multi talented team mates are going to awe and inspire you!

Luckily enough this also fits the following Challenges
Deep Ocean Challenge #143 Santa is Coming to Town
Fantasy Stampers Challenge #76 vintage Christmas
Fashionable Stamping Challenge #117 Tis the Season: Winter/Autumn
Time Out Challenge #71 Christmas; optional twist Glitter/Shimmer

  
I did try very hard to keep my backgrounds white with not much extra detail but I found myself splattering my paint brush so that the pink and the sparkle is on every piece of card. I struggle to create clean and simple cards or cards with no background details, so I just went with the flow and I am reasonably happy with the end result.

When I popped over to Great Impressions to check out their Christmas stamps there were two images and one sentiment that really called to me. I just adore this large twig and berry branch, it’s so pretty and I am going to get a fair bit of use from it too as I can envisage it making beautiful backgrounds as well as focal points and the fact that each colour looks so different is a real bonus too. I also purchased a berry sprig which I used for the background and that’s going to be used the whole year too. So it’s only the sentiment that won’t be used as often, lol. These days I do to purchase stamps that are classics and useful all the year through and not mounted, buying them not mounted means storage space isn’t so much of an issue these days.

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:
Great Impressions stamps: 8161 Merry; 8162 Elegant Branch; 9802 Berry Sprig
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Marianne Creatables: LR0142 Double Poinsettia die set; LR0227 Anja Leaves #2; LR0163 Curled flowers (leaves)
Create & Craft Couture: 335004 The Songbird Collection
Miscellaneous Tools:
Paint brushes; water pot

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm card
Crafters Companion: Sheena A4 stamping card
Snippets: pearl card; stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Versafine IP: black
Tim Holtz Distress IP:
Tim Holtz Distress re-inker: fired brick
Sakura pen: Red Sparkle
Spectrum Noir Sparkle: Clear Overlay
Various watercolour or acrylic paints were used to colour the leaves before they were die cut
Embellishments:
The Ribbon Girl: miniature pine cones
Recycled ribbon from packaging
Stickles glitter glue:
Adhesives/Mediums:
Double sided tape; fun foam; Collall Tacky Glue



Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Another Christmas card ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was great and your week has started well. I have a few projects on the go that I can’t share right now so I thought I could publish another Christmas card and here it is …

An A5 Christmas card
Not too deep so we'll be able to post this one
Lots of lovely details
That gorgeous branch stamp!
  
Some of the details and the little snippets are perfect for die cutting
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges 
 Christmas at Sweet Stampin’ Challenge Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge #143 Santa is Coming to Town
Double D Challenge use red, green and white, optional gold
Fantasy Stampers Challenge #76 vintage Christmas
Time Out Challenge #71 Christmas; optional twist Glitter/Shimmer


When I start to create for my House of Cards position there are options of colours and/or a theme. December is the end of the fifth term at House of Cards and there will be a blog hop with prizes. I love our blog hops because it means I get to play with new stash lol! I was able to purchase three gorgeous stamps from Great Impressions stamps and you will see how I used them for our challenge in a couple of days.

This year I started to use new stamps differently to how I have in the past. When I purchase or win new or new to me stamps I ‘play with them’. I try different ink colours, different colouring mediums, try watercolouring, I try different styles and different looks and it’s made it much more fun because it’s stopped me being obsessed with a stamp and with getting the look perfect. Just play works for me and I’ve been able to try mixed media/shabby style. I love shabby so today I used my play pieces of stamped and coloured card to create a shabby mixed media Christmas card which I actually like!

I stamped the berry twig with Versafine and then coloured the berries with a red Aqua pen. I created a light red watercolour wash with my Primary AquaTints and used that to colour the background. I used the pale red AquaTints to colour an A5 piece of card and then I inked the elegant branch with my Aqua pen and stamped it across the card, I used a Brilliance gold Dew Drop ink pad on the edges. I created a puddle of watercolour using the green I used on the elegant branch stamp and dipped the die cut circle into it to colour it. Once that was dry I stamped the sentiment and added splatters of red to the background card and the berry sprig panel, simples 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:
Great Impressions stamps: 8161 Merry; 8162 Elegant Branch; 9802 Berry Sprig
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Marianne Creatables: LR0142 Double Poinsettia die set
Crafters Companion Downton Abbey:
Ornate Circle Frame die; Half doily die
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; spray bottle

Supplies
Card Paper:
Crafters Companion: Sheena Douglfass white stamping card; 20cm square card
Snippets: kraft card for die cutting & matting; white card for die cutting & stamping; Papermania Christmas paper for die cutting
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Aqua pens: Primary (used to colour the berry sprig); Essentials (used to colour the sentiment and branch before stamping)
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Perfectly Primary
Spectrum Noir Sparkle: Clear overlay pen
Versafine IP: Black
Brilliance Dew Drop IP: gold
Stickles Glitter Glue: Platinum
Embellishments:
Ribbon Girl: wooden heart
The Works: gems
Stickers & tickets from my stash
Ribbon from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape; fun foam



Tuesday, 29 November 2016

A second gift bag ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. Last night I suddenly realised it was the end of the month already so I had to take some photographs to get a couple of projects entered into challenges before they end, lol, always late to the party I am, anyway here is one of my projects …


I love the blue and Kraft!
All the yummy details!
I added some doodling and then sprayed and splattered to make it a bit mucky
I am really happy with this one too!

Here you can see where I attached the stencil and used Versamark & EP to create a resist look
A final look at all the yummy details

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #391 Anything Christmas
Crafty Ribbons Challenge #176 Christmas with Ribbon/s
Sparkles Monthly Challenge #86 Christmas is Coming
Spectrum Noir Facebook Challenge Anything Goes Optional Christmas or Winter
Stamps & Stencils Challenge Gift Bags or Boxes or Tags
The Ribbon Girl Challenge November Any Image Goes Any Creation
Unstampables Challenge #63 Resistance
WOW Embossing Powder Challenge November: Gift Bags or Boxes


I loved creating the first one and this one was even more fun to create. No stamps were used to decorate this bag: I seem to be doing that more these days. I attached a stencil to Kraft card and used Versamark ink pad and clear embossing powder which I heat set. The bauble panel and the chipboard bauble are really old stash so it was good to use those up. I coloured the dry embossed bauble using my Spectrum Aqua pens, the bauble was coloured with Sakura Sparkle pen as was the wooden snowflake. I added white to the chipboard one using my Picket Fence Distress spray. I coloured a piece of white card with my AquaTints and once dry I attached the Penny Black stencil and drew around the mistletoe details, I then used a damp paintbrush to drag the colour inwards. The berries were coloured with a Sakura sparkle pen. I then free hand cut the pointed bauble and added platinum Stickles to the hanger of that bauble. I coloured white card snippets with AquaTints and once dry I die cut the borders.
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I played with my Bakers twine, ribbons, and Christmas embellishments and the final touch of the Picket Fence Distress spray. Another bag created and a few more are required so I have to create more soon.

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
Stencil:
Sheena Douglass: sunrays 20cm square stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Die’sire Edge’ables:
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card; Kraft card
Kraft bag
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Aqua: Nature pen set
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Landscape
Sakura sparkle pen: Teal; Gold
Tim Holtz Distress spray: Picket Fence
Clear embossing powder
Embellishments:
The Ribbon Girls: Bakers Twine; Wooden Hear; mini pinecones
Bling mesh; velvet ribbon; dry embossed Happy Christmas panel; chipboard bauble; wooden snowflake; jingle bells #
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP; Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape; fun foam


# all items from my stash that are 5+ years old

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Second family Christmas card ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. I hope all my American friends had a lovely Thanksgiving. I’ve been playing with three new stamps and create a Christmas card and here is the end result …

Another large card, 200cm square
This is going to be hand delivered, lol!
All the yummy details, I love how pea green instead of dark green is much fresher
Love this berry sprig stamp!
That is one fancy border die!
I have a new set of foliage dies on the way so you won't see the ivy die used every time
This die set has been used every Christmas since I purchased it!
This was natural light wood colour so I turned it into a robin instead
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Addicted-to-Stamps Challenge #136 Dies &/ Punches 
Allsorts Challenge #391 Anything Christmas
Crafty Ribbons Challenge #176 Christmas with Ribbon/s

 Double D Challenge use red green & white 
optional gold

Pixie’s Snippets Playground Challenge #257: the sentiment & matt were white & gold snippets; every die cut was created with white & patterned paper snippets
I stamped the spring three times, added three poinsettias & used three substrates: card, patterned paper and gold paper
Spectrum Noir Facebook Challenge Anything Goes Optional Christmas or Winter
Stamping Sensations Challenge November Christmas Greetings


I have had a blitz of my snippets using them for die cutting, the sentiment panel and two pieces were used for the patterned paper background. I also made sure to use several very old embellishments too, I’m slowly getting through it, lol!

There is one thing in particular that our American buddies have shared with us for which I am very grateful and that is the Black Friday sales. Did you manage to grab yourself a bargain over there in the USA or over here. I’ve been a little spoilt because my mum and my Mr have purchased several bargains as my Christmas presents and they were able to get more for their money because of the Black Friday sales. Mr also told me to order some new arts and crafts supplies if they were on sale, lol, so this weekend I am, for many reasons, feeling very thankful. I am looking forward to Christmas more than I have for a while as Luke and Bethan have invited us to visit with them over the Christmas holidays. Our niece Sophia will not be old enough to understand much but I am extremely grateful and thankful which seems very appropriate given the time of year.

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:
Great Impressions stamps: 8161 Merry; 8162 Elegant Branch; 9802 Berry Sprig
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Inspiration Magazine #11 (leaf dies)
Marianne Creatables: LR0142 Double Poinsettia die set
Crafters Companion Die’sire:
Edge’ables Large Format Fancy Rococo; Christmas Classiques Ivy
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; spray bottle

Supplies
Card Paper:
Crafters Companion: Sheena Douglass white stamping card; 20cm square card
K & Co Blossomwood paper
Gold paper from my stash
Snippets: white card for die cutting
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Aqua pens: Primary (used to colour the berry sprig); Essentials (used to colour the branch before stamping
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Perfectly Primary; Beautifully Grunge
Spectrum Noir Sparkle: Clear overlay pen
Versafine IP: Black
Embellishments:
Stickles Glitter Glue: Platinum
The Works: wooden bird; half pearls; gems
Die cut large poinsettia from my stash
Lace from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape; fun foam