Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Upcycling ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’ve been doing a little upcycling for the last couple of days. Here is the before photograph …

A chipboard box where the decorative panel had dropped off
 
The box without the top and the decorative top

This was a K & Co box with chipboard alphabet. The propped up piece is the decorative top that came unstuck. Recently I located the box and drawer but I found the decorative top in a different box lol! There are still boxes for me to sort in my craft room, ugh! I’ve found a lot of boxes and containers that I’ve hoarded uhm, owned for years with plans to upcycle. I am happy that I’ve figured out the gesso tip so will be upcycling more in the weeks to come, I’m hoping some will be perfect Christmas wrapping lol! Here’s how it looks now …

The pretty little blinged up metallic box
I am happy with how this one turned out!
The inside and bottom of the box
I'm amazed by the quality and rich colours of the metallic paints
The bottom of the box
The stamping on the bottom layer
The beautiful butterfly
I've deliberately hung onto these flowers for a project like this one!
A final look:
Reminds me of a pretty box on a beautiful art deco dressing table!


Created for me and especially for these Challenges

I was inspired by the way the blues have fractured on the photograph
The beautiful soft gold, pastel pink and bling from the flowers




Here’s my steps:

1. I removed the top and ribbon. The lid’s flimsy acetate was loose and it came off and I lost it. I’ve also been hoarding err keeping plastic packaging because I’m going to recycle that and I used one of those pieces to replace the flimsy piece.

2. I applied a layer of gesso to the outside and inside of the box lid and bottom and left it to dry.

3. I applied a layer of the Metallic Emerald Green paint using my ink blending tool and foam and left that to dry overnight.

4. The next day I applied a second layer of the Emerald Green paint and left that to dry whilst getting on with other projects.

5. I used the Harlequin mask and applied transparent texture paste and that left to dry, removed and cleaned the stencil.

6. I put one of the texture stamps from the Rust & Dust set onto my craft mat and inked it up with Cobalt Archival. I went along the sides of the box adding stamped details and then the bottom of the box. I didn’t try to perfectly stamp as I was after a shabby chic vintage look.

7. I attached the Harlequin stencil onto white card and used my ink blending tool and foam and the Emerald Green paint to colour the card. I was astonished at how quickly it dried and how little paint I used to get that deep rich colour! Then I re-positioned the stencil and coloured the white card with the Rose Gold paint and left it to dry.

8. I cut the card to size and adhered into the bottom of the box. I popped a couple of small paint pots into the box to make sure it was flat. I added double sided tape around the aperture on top of the box lid and around the inside edges to make sure it was a strong hold and I left it to dry overnight.

9. I added a line of glue around the outside edge of the box lid and attached the decorative overlay. I put tubs into it and left it to dry overnight along with the inside of the drawer.

10. I stamped the largest butterfly from the Don’t Forget to Fly stamp set onto white card using Versafine black IP. I dried the card then painted the butterfly with the Rose Gold paint and left to dry before fussy cutting and putting aside. I added some details back in with a black Pitt pen.

11. I attached the Harlequin stencil again, over the transparent texture paste on the lid. I applied the Vintage Silk Opal Magic to the diamonds and buffed it in. I folded a piece of ribbon in half and pushed it through the hole on the lid. I attached double sided tape to the inside of the lid and a piece of black card to hide the ribbon.

12. I used very old Prima flowers and leaves out (I think they were either azalea or cherry blossom flowers) and glued two flowers, one leaf and the butterfly to the top of the box and I was finished!


That was an awful lot of steps and a lot of products and tools too! I’m loving playing with the lovely new goodies that I able to purchase because of a random win at one of my regular challenges. My huge thanks to the That’s Crafty shop and blogs. 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:
Prima Marketing Finnabair cling stamp sets: Rust & Dust; Don’t Forget to Fly
Stencil:
Prima Marketing Fiinnabair Elementals stencil: Harlequin
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; ink blending tool and foam; craft mat; palette knife

Supplies
Card/Paper/Substrate:
Recycling: Box; Plastic Substrate
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card; product packaging
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Prima Marketing Finnabair Art Alchemy Sparks Metallique: Emerald Green
Prima Marketing Finnabair Art Alchemy Opal Magic: Rose-Gold
Prima Marketing Finnabair Art Alchemy Opal Magic Wax: Vintage Silk
Ranger Archival ink pad: Cobalt
Embellishments:
Prima Marketing: Cherry Blossom/Azalea flowers and leaves
Ribbon
Adhesives/Mediums:
Pebeo gesso
Ranger Transparent Texture Paste
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape

Monday, 18 September 2017

Full colour but one layer ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was a good one and your week has started well. Today’s card is another experiment with lots of layers of colour but keeping it one layer and here it is …

A6 card, nice and flat
My mum takes my one layer cards because she doesn't have to pay for extra postage when using them lol!
The stamp, H2O and EP details
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
A Blog Named Hero Challenge One Layer
Addicted-to-Stamps-Challenge #153 Stamp a Background



Mod Squad Challenge The Heat is On 
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Shimmer & Shine 
I wish I could capture the beautiful shimmer of the Twinkling H2O’s


I have to admit that I’m a lot happier with this one layer card and it’s all because of that lovely rich pigment. The bottom half looks like fluorescent yellow on my photographs but it is lime green IRL. I’m still out of my comfort zone with these one layers but I’ve learnt that I like pushing myself out of my comfort zone.

I have a tip for you next. A couple of weeks ago I was reading a blog post, the name of the blog and blogger escapes me at the moment but if I do find it I will update this post with their details. Anyways this lovely crafter shared that she can end up with fingerprints of ink and paint where she doesn’t want so she’s learnt to apply Post It Notes to the back of her one layer cards. That protects the backs from ink or paint and I think it’s a genius tip! I’m trying to remember to do that and I thought if it’s useful for me it may be useful for others too.

I’m working on using several of my Twinkling H2O watercolour paints because I had more pinks, purples and reds and that was double the amount of blue and green H2O watercolour paints that I own. I have, sadly, managed to decimate my supplies of blue, gold, green, orange and yellow H2O’s becauseI’ve used those colours more often in the past. So I’m trying not to use those colours whilst using the pinks, purples and reds. I wish I could still purchase the H2O watercolours easilly but they are difficult to purchase in the UK and too expensive to purchase from the US. I have tried the Cosmic Shimmer watercolour paints but they’re disappointing. Maybe they’ll come back in fashion one day 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:
Hero Arts K5585 Starbursts
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; spray bottle filled with water

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Luminarte H2O watercolour paints
White embossing powder
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP


Sunday, 17 September 2017

Snippets and Layers of Acrylic Paint ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. I’ve dipped into my multiple bags of snippets to create this card. I’ve also heavily experimented on the galaxy background but using mainly acrylic paints this time and here it is

Another A5 galaxy card 
It's not too deep because I will post this one
All the details
Layers of ink, Pebeo Iridescent and Luminarte H2O's
Little snippets perfect for die cutting and stamping
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Creates and Makes Challenge #14 Anything Goes

Creative Artiste Challenge #30 Mixed Media Anything Goes

Scrapy Land Challenge #73 Anything Goes
I used Crafters Companion dies
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge It’s Written in the Stars


I’ve been trying to capture the right colours and look of a galaxy background for quite a while. It’s something I have been talking about and discussing with my hubby lol! Both of us love to see the photographs from NASA and I have many favourite galaxy photographs on a Pinterest board to inspire me. Up until recently I have never been happy with the end result and part of that has been adding too much black paint. I’ve created a couple of lovely backgrounds with white card and watercolours that I have had to add some black to make them look right and I finally got it nailed this past week. Hubby recommended that I try starting out with black card. I don’t really like black card. It is why I don’t often do black and white projects because I’m a bright colour creator and lover. 

I’ve been meaning to try my Doxides on black card though and this seemed to be the perfect opportunity. So I added Doxides to black card and I hated it. To my eye there was too much black and not enough colour. I was left with the choice of throwing away the black card or using my Dyna interference paints to see if I could create a galaxy. Luckily for me it worked.

However I and hubby now prefer the galaxy backgrounds created with Brusho Watercolour Crystals and Twinkling Luminarte H2O’s and Ranger Perfect Pearls and black ink and white watercolour paper, talk about being contrary lol! I know that I need to experiment more with my Doxides on black card but at the moment I prefer them on white and Kraft card. If anyone would like to know how I created the above background please let me know. You may have to wait a little while though as I cannot seem to kick the virus I’ve had for a while now and once again I apologise for my lack of visits right now. 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 SSS101640 Seeing Stars stamp set
Stencil:
Creative Embellishments Galaxy Stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Inspiration magazine issue 10 spring dies
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card; Papermania patterned papers; glitter card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Pebeo Iridescent Acrylic paints: Blue Black; Blue Green; Green Yellow; Orange Yellow; Violet Blue
Luminarte H2O watercolours: gold; pink; purple; red
White embossing powder
WOW EP: green; orange; pink; purple
Versafine IP: black
Embellishments:
Brads from my old stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP
Washi tape
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam

Saturday, 16 September 2017

September Mixed Media Tag #2 ...


Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. I’ve played with dies, Distress inks, Pebeo Dyna Iridescent paints, stamps and watercolours and here is the end result …

  
A lovely chubby tag again lol!
All the yummy details
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Butterfly Challenge #85 Silhouette &/ Indigo
Creatalicious Challenge #123 Anything Goes optional leaves
Today I chose Summer


Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #56 Anything Goes
Scrapy Land Challenge #73 Anything Goes
I used Couture Creations dies





I used a mixture of supplies and tools to create this tag and I know I have shared these techniques with you before so there are no step by steps today: hurrah! A quick and easy post for me and you for a change lol! I do love using Distress ink pads with and it’s been a while that I have used them and not the Oxides. If you use Distress inks, Pebeo Dyna paints and watercolours along with my dies, stamps and stencil it’s a fun recipe lol!

If you ever have any questions please feel free to ask. Apologies for my lack of visits right now it’s due to me trying to kick a virus which isn’t letting go! It doesn’t realise I have other projects that I need to create and finish, grr! 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 & Stencil:
Paperbabe Pieridae Stamps
Viva Decor 08 Flowers and Music 29cm square stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Couture Creations
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; ink blending tool & foam; Craftwork Cards tag template

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Snippets: Sheena stamping card for the stamped butterflies & black card for the die cutting
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress ink pads: Blue China; Peacock Feathers; Picked Raspberry; Worn Lipstick
Pebeo Dyna Iridescent Acrylic paints:
Adhesives/Mediums:
Washi tape
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam