Monday, 20 February 2017

Springtime blossoms ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was fabulous one and you have a good week too! I’ve been playing with one of my Simon Says Stamps stamp sets, a stencil, gesso and dies and here is the end result …

A DL card, for a change
You can see some of the sparkle on the butterfly and we will hand deliver this
All the yummy details
I am happy with the end result of the stamping and stencilling
I am lucky that the die cuts layer so well
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #403 Anything Goes
Craft Stamper Magazine Challenge February Anything Goes
Emerald Creek Dares Challenge Rock the Red part two 
Frilly & Funkie Challenge Out of the Cold
Scrapy Land Challenge #59 Add Texture: There is texture from the paper lace die cuts, the die cut flowers were painted with acrylic paint which I heated to get it to bubble and I added some crackle paint to the flowers too.
The banner is a Tutti Design die and the rest are Crafters Companion dies
Create with Something New: banner and butterfly dies, stamps & stencil


The paper that I used for the stencil and stamping is actually a small piece of Fabriano watercolour paper and it is so very lush lol! I had a little piece left over from painting one of my girlies and it was too small for that but I didn’t want to waste it so I grabbed the lovely stencil, the stamp set, my Spectrum Aqua and Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens, and then the die. It’s worked so prettily and I am so happy about that and now I need lots more lol!

I attached the stencil to the Fabriano paper and then used my Spectrum Aqua pens to draw around the tulips. I then used a piece of acetate to scribble the Aqua’s onto and then coloured the tulips with those washes. The next step was inking up a couple of flowers from the stamp set as well as the leaves and the stems and I used the acetate again to colour the flowers, leaves and stem. I dried that with my heat tool and coloured the background with any green that was left on my acetate. Unusually, right now, I am actually happy with the end result of this one lol!

Some snippets were used for the die cuts and an old stash item got used too which is a bonus. 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:
Simon Says Stamp stamp set:
Stencil:
Simon Says Stamp stencil:
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Tutti Designs die: 214 Banners
Spellbinders D-Lites Etched Dies: Medallions 2
Crafters Companion Sara Davies Butterfly Lullaby range:
Crafters Companion Downton Abbey range:
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Fabriano paper
DL card
Snippets: Sheena Stamping card; red pearl card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Aqua pens:
Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen:
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue; Washi tape; double sided tape; fun foam; The Works gesso

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Fussy & Fancy with Kraft & pink ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’ve been playing with my stamps, dies and colouring mediums and here is the end result …

A 148mm square card
This will have to be hand delivered!
All the yummy details
I love this new stamp set!
It's the first time I have used this die too!
Apologies for the photo of the flower
You can see the depth here, love it!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #402 Hearts &/ Flowers
Die Cut Divas Challenge Use Pink or Red
Frilly & Funkie Challenge Out of the Cold
Fussy & Fancy Challenge #180 Fussy & Fancy
Scrapy Land Challenge #59 Add Texture: There is texture from the paper lace 
die cuts, the die cut flowers were painted with acrylic paint which I heated 
to get it to bubble and I added some crackle paint to the flowers too.
The banner is a Tutti Design die and the rest are Crafters Companion dies
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Use your favourite tool: stamps!
The Ribbon Girl Challenge February Any Image Challenge


The card/paper used for the doily, the butterfly, the paper lace and the gold matt were pieces of card and paper that were in my snippets box: yay! I had a little die cut session to use them up and coloured the paper lace with the AquaTints Pastel yellow and the butterfly with AquaTints Pastel pink. I stamped the banner onto some paper and used my Colorista pencils to add colour. I am not that happy with the end result this time, but it’s a learning curve and I’m trying not to stress too much about it. After I had die cut the flowers I added a layer of Distress paint to them and left that to dry and then I applied a layer of pink Distress paint and heated that to the point that I got bubbles on the flowers. I then added some more texture to the flowers by using my favourite Distress crackle paint.

Using some very old stash, paper and brads, felt good so I will try to continue doing so when I can, 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:
Simon Says Stamps stamp set: Spring Flowers
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Tutti Designs: Stitched Banners
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; paper stumps; heat tool

Supplies
Card Paper:
Crafters Companion: Decoupage paper; Kraft card
Snippets: various card from my stash
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Colorista pencils: Set 1
Versafine IP: jet black
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Pastel set
Tim Holtz Distress Paints: Salty Ocean; Fired Brick
Tim Holtz Crackle paint: Rock Candy
Embellishments:
Ribbon and brads from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape; fun foam


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Pretty in Pink ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope you’re week is going well and happy hump day to you all! I’ve been playing with my Altenew stamp set and Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens and here’s the end result …


A 125mm square card
Some depth but not too much so I can still post it
All the details
I adore these stamps
I actually captured some of the sparkle on my clay embellishment 
but not on the rest of my card!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #402 Hearts &/ Flowers
 
 Altenew Colour Challenge February Inspiration Photo

the panel I stamped on & die cuts are my snippets
Scrapy Land Challenge #59 Add Texture there is texture on the edges, from the twine and the clay embellishment, I used Crafters Companion dies 
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Use your favourite tool: stamps
Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge Fantastic Florals: I used Altenew stamps


I have some roughly C6 size pieces of card that were left overs from other projects that I am trying to use so I grabbed one of those before I stamped the flowers which I deliberately overlapped using already stamped paper masks. I used a pale colour of Distress Ink to stamp the flowers and leaves and then I scribbled the pink colour onto a piece of acetate and used that to watercolour the flowers and leaves. They have a subtle shimmer and shine in real life and I am happy with the end result for a change, lol, as I didn’t rush it and after the sparkling watercolouring was dry I used my Colorista pencils to add some more depth of colour here and there.

I wanted this card to have a distressed look and feel so I attached the patterned paper to my card and then took an emery board to the edges of the paper and I used my Tim Holtz tool to roughen up the edges of the stamped panel. I added twine and one of my paper clay flowers and three pink little butterflies and I’m actually happy with the end result 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:
Altenew: Whimsical Flowers stamp set
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Sara Davies Signature Butterfly Lullaby Range: Flit & Flutter die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; Tim Holtz Distressing Tool; emery board; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; Makins 39005 Florals push mould

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
300 gsm card
Patterned paper from my stash
Snippets: card for die cutting
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir Sparkle 12 pen set: Holiday set
Distress ink pad: Victorian Velvet
Embellishments:
Twine
Air dry clay
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape; fun foam

Monday, 13 February 2017

February's Mixed Media Tag #2 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was fabulous and your week has started well. I managed to play with my stash a little over the weekend and I’m back with my second mixed media tag experiment of the month and here it is …

I was in the mood to play with blues and a little distressing too
Nice amount of texture and depth to this one
All the yummy details and texture, loving this!
My favourite flower stamp ever!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #402 Hearts &/ Flowers 
Creative Artiste Challenge #23 Anything Mixed Media Goes
Everybody Art Challenge #396 Valentine or Girly
I’ve just realised I’ve covered it up so not sure if it’s still okay to enter or not!
Mixed Media World Challenge MMW#22 Mixed Media Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Use your favourite tool:
My stamps are #1 favourite tool, Tim Holtz Distressing tool is 
#2 my chubby tag template is #3
Stamps & Stencils Challenge Texture, Crackle & Paint
We Love to Create Challenge #3 Anything Goes


This is one of my favourite flower stamps and the idea to use this along with watercolours and snippets popped into my head after seeing the theme at Stamps and Stencils Challenge. I am always trying to learn how to use my acrylic paints and mixed media products. I haven’t figured out fully how to use this crackle paste properly but I am happy with the end result.

So I used my tag template to cut out a tag with white card and applied the background paper, which is part of my old stash. I applied the paste with a palette knife and once it was dry I painted the patterned paper with a blue acrylic paint wash. I used some silver acrylic and a baby wipe to add silver to the crackle paste hoping that it would keep it attached. It didn’t do that completely so I added a layer of gloss gel medium. That has encased the crackle paste but my tag is a little too glossy now lol! I stamped the flower twice onto white card snippets and then used watercolours on the flower and the leaves. I die cut the squares from snippets and attached them to the dry tag. I fussy cut the flowers cutting just the petals on one of them so that I could decoupage it. I created a silver acrylic wash and added that to the petals.

I decided to add a little more shimmer to the flower centre so I applied dries clear glue and added a little glitter and blue and silver accent beads, love those accent beads 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:
La Blanche flower stamp
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Spellbinders:
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; palette knife; Craftwork Cards Tag Template

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
300 gsm card
Snippets: white card coloured brown and blue card for die cutting
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Versafine IP: Smokey Grey
Americana acrylic paint
Silver acrylic paint
Embellishments:
Blue glitter from my stash
Blue & Silver accent beads from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
DecoArt Crackle Paste
Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape; fun foam



Saturday, 11 February 2017

Rocking the red in less than thirty minutes ....

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. I’ve been playing in my journal and here is the end result …

An A5 journal page
All the yummy details
You can see where I used the brayer to add the gesso & the brush strokes! Because I was in such a hurry to get it finished in time and I don't mind that because it's given more texture and that's a bonus.
I tried really hard to capture the crackle around the edges, 
my photographic skills are poor so apologies
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
A Vintage Journey Challenge Words That Are Special
Country View Crafts Challenge 30 minute challenge, see below
Everybody Art Challenge #396 Valentine or Girly
Frilly & Funkie Challenge Be My Valentine
Stamps & Stencils Challenge Texture, Crackle & Paint


Once again because I figured out what I wanted to do before I started I got everything ready to go. I applied a very light coat of white gesso to my page and dried it. I used a small piece of foam to apply a very light coat of red acrylic, it turns out that adding very light coats of gesso or paint means that it dries quicker – something for me to remember. I applied Distress paint to my craft mat and sprayed it with water and then dipped the die cut hearts into it and I dried them very quickly, I decided that I wanted one of my five hearts to be richer in colour so I used my Distress Stain to darken in and dried the darker heart. I attached the hearts to my page using matt medium and then played with my new little tub of Distress Collage Medium, onto the hearts and onto the edges of my page. I dried them and then wrote onto the hearts and the final step was to add Distress Rock Candy paint to the edges of my page, I love that Rock Candy!!

Luckily it took just under 30 minutes to create but it took a bit longer to thoroughly dry. And once again my desk looked like a complete tip after, this speed crafting is messy! 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:
Leonie Pujol Designs ‘Loved’ stamp from Crafters Companion Inspiration Magazine Issue #13
Stencil:
Stampin’ Up 8” Heart stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Hearts Die from Crafters Companion Inspiration Magazine Issue
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat tool; craft mat; spray water bottle; foam; paintbrushes

Supplies
Card Paper:
Snippets Sheena Douglass white stamping card already die cut
Pink Pig A5 Portrait Watercolour Journal
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint: Rock Candy
Tim Holtz Distress Paint & Stain: Fired Brick
Tim Holtz Distress Mica Spray: Tarnished Brass
Archival IP: Jet Black
Faber Castell Medium Black Pitt Pen
Adhesives/Mediums:
The Works: white gesso
Distress Collage Medium: Vintage
Pebeo Matt Medium: