Thursday, 23 March 2017

March Mixed Media Tag #2 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. This is my second mixed media tag for this months second tag and I absolutely and completely love it, love, love, love it! Anyway after all the build up of it here is my tag …

I adore this tag!
Lots of yummy depth and texture
All the yummy details
I don't have many of these Petaloo flowers left, sadly
To me it screams spring, lovely flowers, pastel colours and
it has pops of richer colour to add depth

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #407 not a card
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge #11 Anything Goes
Fussy & Fancy Challenge #183 Springtime
They want to see lots of flowers and as I don't have any Rubber Dance Art flower stamps so I used Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and a Petaloo fabric flower, coloured my pieces with pastel shades that also have that rich pop of colour that I love

This month firstly for myself and as an extra bonus for some of the lovely challenges in our crafty world I'm trying to channel my inner 'Tim Holtz'. I'm playing with colour, texture, different mediums, substrates, mixed media mediums and I'm having a blast lol. Whilst looking for an art instruction book on EBay I found and purchased a copy of Tim's Compendium of Curiosities Volume III. I've been trying to find and purchase the final issue for a few years so I was ever so chuffed. I already owned Volumes I and II but when III came out we were not financially sound so I didn't purchase it. I got Volume III and I got it for a really good price too, a lot less than I have seen it elsewhere lol! So once my craft room is sorted and properly set up I am planning on working my way through all the lovely techniques and tips, lol, I can't wait!

I stamped and embossed the hearts with white EP. I sprinkled Brusho watercolour crystals onto my craft mat, rose red, blue and yellow, spaced apart so that they could not contaminate each other. I used a wide paintbrush to add a layer of water to the stamped panel and then dipped it into the rose red then I heat dried it. I did that for the blue and the yellow too. I wanted the whole panel covered because I was experimenting. Then I decided to add even more layers of colour. It was too bold and too bright so I used my water spray and kitchen towel to spray water onto the card and the kitchen towel to mop up the water. I did that so much I forgot to keep count. Once I was happy with the look I left it aside to dry. I used my chubby tag template to cut Sheena stamping card to size before wetting that and dipping it into puddles of Distres so that the stamped panel would work beautifully with it. Once I had the right amount of colour on the tag I applied a Perfect Pearls watercolour wash on the whole tag so it shimmers beautifully too. I wanted more texture at this stage so I decided to use both crackle paint and accent beads to the centres of the hearts. I tapped Broken China Distress onto my craft mat and added to water to create a pale blue to use on the Wild Orchid Crafts flowers. Then I used my scissors and my distressing tool to distress the edges of all of the layers. I love using ribbon on my tags and as I had a short piece of velvet ribbon it just fits perfectly and adds another tactile element to the tag. As per usual I tried the layout and positioning before gluing everything in position and leaving it to dry overnight.

I absolutely love the light and airy feel with soft spring colours and pops of richer colour and the distressing is just perfect, and that is/was a real joy to me 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

Rubber Dance: heart stamps
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; Craftwork Cards chubby tag template; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; spray water bottle

Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Brusho watercolour crystals: rose red, turquoise, yellow
Distress inks: Broken China
Perfect Pearls: pearly white
White embossing powder
Wild Orchid Crafts: white cherry blossom; white sweetheart blossoms
Melissa Frances velvet ribbon
Accent beads
Versamark IP
Ranger Crackle Accents
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape

Wednesday, 22 March 2017


You are evils cowards and we will never give in You will never break us

March third sketch'ish ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. Earlier this week I used my Leonie Stamps, a new set of Leonie dies and a new set of Sara Davies dies.
I have the matching stamps but haven't used them, yet, lol, and as I wanted to enter the Spectrum Noir Sketch challenge again I decided to slightly tweak the sketch that my lovely friend Tracy designed. I flipped it on it's side and moved what would be the middle part higher up/to the left and here it is …

An A6 card
Has lovely depth and texture
All the lovely details
I wish I'd captured the shimmer from the Sparkle pens
Lovely flower dies from Sara Davies range and Leonie Pujol
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Dies R Us Challenge #69 Borders &/ Edges 
Fussy & Fancy Challenge #183 Springtime

I was inspired by the sketch and the photograph

Something about this sketch has appealed to me a lot and I wasn't sure what it is was at first but after using it twice as it is I've been flipping it on it's side and adapting it this time. It's a fabulous sketch that is very versatile. You can use it to create something clean and simple or something a little fussier, which is what I decided to do this time.

I'm still trying to use up my big bag of snippets and apart from the card base everything that I used on this card came from my snippet boxes (white card, coloured card and patterned paper). The white banner was left over white stamping card, the Bazzill card was used on another project, the flowers and the doily die cuts are all from snippets tool, a sort of free card, if you like lol!

I stamped the flowers with a Spectrum Aqua pen and then dragged the colour in from the edges on the flowers, the leaves and the stems using a damp paintbrush. Once that was dry it was a little too pastel for my taste so I used my Spectrum Sparkle pens to draw around the flowers, leaves and stems and blending that out and I'm happy with the end result, with the exception of my photographic skills as you can't see the lovely shimmer and shine in the photos. The little bees, so very cute, were stamped with Versafine black and coloured with Spectrum Aqua and Spectrum Sparkle. I am happy with the end result: which is a massive plus!

Apologies for my lack of visits at the moment, I have a lot going on right now as I am trying, once again, to sort out my craft room. At the weekend I filled our large recycling bin and filled three bags of rubbish too. The recycling bin is rarely full, normally over Christmas if we have company. There's still more that I need to sort to either donate, pass on or bin/recycle and I've not even started on my stamps yet

At last though I am starting to see a difference in there and it feels so much lighter and brighter already. I wish I could do a big blitz job and get it all done in a day or two but my back rapidly escalates if I do that so I will keep on doing little and often and hope to be done in a couple of months! 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

Leonie Pujol Everlasting Love stamp set
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Crafters Companion: Downton Abbey Doily die
Crafters Companion: Sara Davies Floral Delight Pretty Petals set
Leonie Pujol: Mixed Media Floral Bursts set
Tutti Designs: banner die
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
300 gsm card
Snippets: white stamping card; Bazzill card; 300gsm card; Craftwork Cards patterned paper
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Aqua: Nature; Primary
Spectrum Sparkle: Holiday set
Black Versafine IP
Ribbon from my stash
Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape; fun foam

Monday, 20 March 2017

AI's and Buttons Aplenty ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was a good one and your week will be good too. Over the weekend I finally managed to locate my hoard of canvas, mini canvas with mini easel, canvas boards, chipboard shapes, chipboard sheets, Paper Mache boxes, sturdy boxes and tins! It turns out I have a lot more of these than I realised, lol, so I will be creating more mixed media projects in the months to come (I may have enough for the rest of 2017!). 

 Today I'm sharing a chipboard circle that I have adapted using alcohol inks, buttons, gesso, torn pages and definitions from an old encyclopaedia and here is how it looked after I had adhered the torn pages, gesso, alcohol ink and buttons …

I had thought that I owned more buttons that were the same size and colour than I do, about the only thing I haven't found more of, yet, in my craft room! So I started out by applying torn or bits of torn pages from an old encyclopaedia and then some white gesso. Once that was dry I added alcohol inks to the background, allowing them to splash onto the chipboard from the AI bottle. I had planned to use my new stencil and Pebeo Dyna iridescent acrylic paints in the middle of the circle but it looked awful so I moved onto the next step of attaching the buttons using matt medium. I realised that the size differences and colour differences in the buttons meant that they didn't look great so once the matt medium had dried I added a layer of thinned white gesso before adding more alcohol inks to just the buttons.

And here is how it looks now ...
A delicious purple decoration
Lovely depth on it
All the lovely details
You can see the green acetate butterfly beneath my stamped three
The old butterfly embellishment has lovely depth
The beautiful rosette
The gorgeous texture on the buttons
I had too much of this bling mesh
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
All Aboard for the Birthday Challenge Celebration
I used a chipboard circle;
Adhered deliberated creased book pages (an old encyclopaedia);
Added a layer of watered down white gesso;
Once dry I splattered Alcohol Inks all over using blending solution to blend;
Then I played with stamps, buttons and embellishments to finish it

Country View Crafts Challenge Inspired by Tim Holtz
Frilly & Funkie Challenge You've Got to Know When to Fold "em"

I've got to admit that I am happy with how this one has turned out. I've loved creating these projects using my lovely Tim Holtz supplies this month and that's because of all the lovely challenges out there inspiring and urging me on - thank you Challenges and your Design Teams!

I love creating these mixed media projects it's always so much fun to see how they are going to turn out and the fact that I can combine stamping and stencilling to my projects depending on my mood adds a cherry on the top too lol!  I got to use my lovely Prima stamps as well as old embellishments, old buttons and a die I don't always remember to use: result lol! I hope you all like it 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

Prima Don't Forget to Fly stamp set
Die Cutting Machine & Die/s:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Sizzix Tim Holtz Rosette die
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; alcohol inks tool and nibs; craft mat

Card Paper:
7" chipboard circle
Torn pages from an old encyclopaedia
Snippets: leftovers of Sheena Douglass white stamping card coloured with AquaTints; patterned paper for die cutting
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Black Versafine IP
Alcohol Inks: Stonewashed; Wild Plum; Stream; Silver Mixative
Bling Trim
Acetate butterfly
Ranger Alcohol Ink Blending Solution
Matt Medium (attaching the buttons)
Collall all purpose glue (attaching the encyclopaedia pages)

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Please welcome Bluebell ... (extremely photo heavy)

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’ve been playing again, lol, and this time I have tried to incorporate one of my girls with a mixed media background and lots of details on the background and here is the end result …

Bluebell has been attached to an A5 alcohol ink panel
Here you can see the depth
All the yummy ink, paint, crackle, texture paste details
Here's Bluebell
The Prima bubbles and butterflies
An air dry clay flower coloured with Pebeo Dyna iridescent and the texture and crackle paste details
The larger butterfly with crackle accents applied
The crackled eyes
Beautiful red crackled lips
This is how the chipboard looked after book pages and AIs had been applied
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #406 Girls/Ladies

All Aboard for the Birthday Challenge Celebration
All Aboard: I used a piece of chipboard to which I adhered book pages
Watered down gesso, Alcohol Inks & texture paste.
The background was inspired by the many artists that have shared AI backgrounds
I wanted/needed more texture so I used a stencil with texture paste 
A full description of how I created this is typed below along with a huge list of all the ingredients is at the bottom of this post.

Country View Crafts Challenge Inspired by Tim Holtz: the AI background
Creative Artiste Challenge #24 Anything Mixed Media Goes

Books: most is covered up

Mixed Media Anything Goes optional twist mood board: 
I was inspired by the cold of the blue and the deep red berries

We Love to Create Challenge #5 Anything Goes

The background on this piece started out as an A5 piece of chipboard. I decided that I wanted to use some old encyclopedia pages to it which I applied with matt medium. Once it was dry I applied a thin layer of gesso and I used a brush because I wanted it to be smooth. Once that was dry I grabbed my alcohol inks and let rip with dots, splashes and splatters of alcohol ink and alcohol ink blending solution until I was happy with the colours on the background.

I used a stencil to add some texture paste. Now my pot of texture paste was more than two years old, I have been stretching it out. Thankfully I now have a couple of new texture pastes. As the texture paste was so runny it was seeping underneath the stencil so I decided to thicken it up. It turns out that adding either Flower Soft or accent beads thicken up texture paste, so happy I've used all of the old and have some new pots lol!

I stamped the Prima butterflies and bubbles onto snippets of coloured card and then fussy cut them out. I adhered the bubbles to the background and added crackle accents to each one. I then attached Bluebell, the butterflies and the crackled heart. I added crackle accents to parts of the butterflies and to Bluebell's eyes and lips, that was an error on my part but I actually love the look now. My hubby thinks it's a bit creepy but I don't mind it lol!

I drew Bluebell with my watercolour pencils and then used watercolour paints and my new Neocolor II crayons. My lovely hubby treated me to some pastel crayons that I have been asking/begging/whining about needing for about two years lol! It was about two years ago I attended a class that was run by the lovely Kim of Paperbabe stamps. I learnt techniques for colouring faces, canvas and backgrounds using multiple mediums. The one medium that stuck in my head was the Neocolor II crayons and I have been trying to save so that I could purchase them but I always needed something, like stamps, stencils, paint, inks, glue etc.

Whilst I was browsing Amazon one day and I found them for a significant reduction my lovely hubby told me to get them because that way I would stop whining about needing them lol! I have to say whatever because I now have a gorgeous tin full of 30 Neocolor II crayons, Now I really need the Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens but I need to wait for a while before I start to comment on how much I need them 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

Prima: Don't Forget to Fly stamp set
That Special Touch of Mica mask: sunray
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Inspiration Magazine Issue 9 heart die
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; Makins push mould

Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
300 gsm card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Ranger Alcohol Inks: Stonewashed; Stream; Lettuce; Wild Plum; Cranberry; Butterscotch
Versafine IP: Black
Derwent: Tin 12 Inktense watercolour pencils
Caran D'ache: Tin 30 Neocolor II Wax Pastels
Pebeo Dyna Acrylics: Iridescent Blue Blac
Copic fine liner black pen
White air dry clay
Flower Soft
Accent Beads
Ranger: Glossy Accents; Crackle Accents
Maimeri Texture Paste
DecoArt Crackle Paste
The Works: white gesso
Collall all purpose glue
Pinflair glue gel