Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Christmas Card Club Christine's choice of Let it Snow & Scrappy Mo's Rudolph Day Challenge too ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was good one and your week’s going well.  Well the title says it all today and here it is …

  
An A6 card


Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
Card Mania Challenge #70 Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge Christmas in July
Creative Corner Challenge Christmas in July
 One Crazy Stamper Challenge Anything Goes
Sparkles Christmas Challenges #54 use ribbon, lace or twine
Stamping Sensations Challenge Feature a Creature
  
I created a second card because I wanted to make sure I played along with my lovely friend Crafty Mo’s Monthly Rudolph Day Challenge as well as some other challenges too and here is my second card …
   
Another A6 card good to post too! 

Crafty Boots Challenge Christmas in July
Jingle Belles Challenge Old Fashioned or Retro
Tag and baubles remind me of the 1950’s Christmas designs: love them!
My Time to Craft Challenge #300 Christmas in July
Ooh La La Creations Challenge Christmas in July

A final look at the first one
A final look at this one

My apologies to my lovely friends (Christmas Card Club), I got DH to photograph the card for me this morning as I can’t stand upright for long, blooming sciatica!  After I have visited my lovely ladies I will have to post, link and log off to rest.  I think that will have to be the norm for the next week. 

Although, sadly, um, I’ve figured out what and why the sciatica kicked off: too much craft; I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when I figured it out, lol & grr!  Thankfully I’ve projects created especially for challenge so I’ll still be able to enter challenges with those projects: yay!


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 this coming week  ttfn Karen x







Tools & Supplies Card 1
Stamp:
Crafters Companion Mulberry Wood Across the Miles stamp set; Papermania sentiment from an old Christmas stamp set #
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat gun; paint brushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water; pallette knife
Card Paper:
Crafters Companion Centura Pearl Snow White Accents A4 card for base, stamped panel and snippets for die cutting
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Crafters Companion Perfectly Primary Spectrum Noir AquaTints; Versamark IP; WOW EP Black Twinkle
Embellishments:
Ribbon from my stash #; robin stickers (thank you Miss Pixie) #; AB glitter #
Adhesives/Mediums: Collall all purpose glue; foam pads; Dreamweaver pearl embossing paste (to create the snow)

Tools & Supplies Card 2
Card/Paper:
Snippet of inky card
Crafters Companion Kraft card to make the base
Colour:
Red spray ink (the inks are old and I no longer have them so no idea what colour or brand) #
Embellishments:
Tag # (part of a QVC kit, must be about 10 years old)
Small wooden tree sold as a tree bauble in Tesco # (bought four years ago)
Organza ribbon # (same as tag)
HOTP brad # (same as tag)


# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, minimum 7 years old

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Be Awesome On a Cloudy Day ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your having an awesome weekend! Another card I’ve created with my current obsession with Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamps to share with you today and here it is …
  
I know it's a small one and almost CAS but I love it

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Crop Stop Blog Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Challenge Don’t be Square
Penny Black & More Challenge Add a Sentiment


  The Shabby Tea Room 255 Sweet as Sunshine:
 that is what this looks like to me!


For some reason these stamps and my H2O paints are my complete obsession right now.  For this card I really wanted to keep the colours light, much lighter than I have before and for some reason this card makes me feel that it is sunshine on a plate!  At the moment this spiked flower is my favourite of all the flowers and I love that I get to create the length of the stem that I want too. 

# I used white paper and three distress inks to create a richly coloured yellow paper, I used ink blending foam with the inks, and a spray bottle of water to get the usual dimpling and I used that to cover the card base and a little more to matt the sentiment onto: simples!

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 this today  ttfn Karen x








Tools & Supplies
Stamp:
Simon Says Stamp: Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamp set
Simon Says Stamp: Simon Says Be stamp set

Miscellaneous Tools:
Stampin Up label punch; foam; paintbrushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water

Card Paper:
Snippets of card for stamping and colouring; Crafters Companion A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accents card; white paper which I coloured with different DIPs

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Tim Holtz DIP: faded jeans (to stamp the sentiment); Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw & Marigold were used to create a background piece
Luminarte: H2O paints

Adhesives/Mediums:
Double sided tape


# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 8 years old

Thursday, 16 July 2015

A different new stamp ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  My creative buzz is still going, but I’ll have to curtail it for a bit as I’ve chores that require attention, boo, boo!  I created this card with new stamps I won from entering the challenge at Rubber Dance Art Stamps Challenge blog, thank you lovely Bibi! This stamp style is perfect for me and as I’ve several vintage lady stamps I have realised how much I enjoy stamping and colouring them. 
Recently my distress or vintage style button has turned on lol!  Normally I fight it but this time I’m going with it.  I’m hoping to photograph a project I finished last night.  It’s the first time I’ve created something for a specific monthly link and I’m very nervous of sharing it.  Enough of my waffle here’s a card I created especially for challenges and because I wanted to use my new stamp and colour her too …
  
Back to an A6 card 

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Card Mania Challenge #70 Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Challenge Don’t be Square



That Craft Place Challenge Mixed Media Anything Goes
Wednesday’s Creative Inspirations Challenge #322 Let’s Colour
We Love to Create Challenge #14 Anything Mixed Media or Creative Goes



Because I had a little luck and won prizes at a couple of challenges earlier this year I’ve acquired new stamps/sets.  There’s no money in the pot for crafty purchases but I am lucky because I’ve been stamping for a long time I own different colouring mediums, and this is then first time I’ve been happy to be a crafty hoarder lol!
I created the background with Spectrum Noir AquaTints, the vintage lady and the sentiment I stamped with DIP and I coloured her with H2Os.  Because of moving rooms around I found more old stash, grr a bag of chipboard shapes, grr, and so many peel offs, grr! 
If anyone in the UK would like a peel off or peel offs for yourself or your children please contact me and I will post some to you (I think I’ve found about 50 sheets of them so far).  Again if anyone in the UK would like some square or rectangular chipboard shapes I’m more than happy to post some of those too!
I had no idea why I was having a creative buzz but as I was typing this post I realised why but I won’t write or say otherwise I’ll end up with severe insomnia again, grr.  I hope you like this card as much as I do: it was a joy to stamp and colour!  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 this week  ttfn Karen x







Tools & Supplies
Stamp:
Rubber Dance Art Stamps: vintage lady from the CO4 women collage set; memoirs
Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water

Card Paper:
White card for base; snippets white card for stamping and colouring
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTint Inks: Perfectly Primary
Distress IPs:
H2O paints #
Embellishments:
Woodward chipboard flourish #
Adhesives/Mediums:
Double sided tape; foam pads

# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 8 years old

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

The same stamps but different style ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I am sorry but I just couldn’t resist it – I had to play with these stamps again.  So I have a, um well I think, distressed card to share with you today and here it is …

 
A one layer A6 card but so different
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Card Mania Challenge #70 Anything Goes
Stamplorations Challenge Stamps & Distressing


I have no idea where this one came from.  One minute I was colouring the flower stamp with the H2O paints, stamping them, then using a wet brush to colour the flowers with, and I had planned to go for a bright summer coloured background but it didn’t feel right so I allowed myself to go where I don’t normally like to go and used dark distress ink pad and ink blending foam to colour the background.  I put it to one side to thoroughly dry and showed it do DH when it was dry. 
I felt that something was missing and as per usual a chat with OH pointed me in the right direction.  The flowers needed more definition so I over stamped them with paints that were a little darker than the original colours and that made them pop even more.
As I was having a lot fun I just let loose and went with it.  It turned out to be one of the rare times that I know I have created a distressed or vintage or grunge card and what surprised me even more was the fact that I love it!  Playing out of my comfort zone has, once again been so very good for me. 

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 this week  ttfn Karen x






Tools & Supplies
Stamp:
Simon Says Stamps Shop: Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamp set
Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water

Card Paper:
Snippet of white card to stamp and paint; A4 white card to create base
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
H2O paints #; Tim Holtz DIP: Peeled Paint; watercolour pencils (to better define the stem and leaves)
Adhesives/Mediums:
Double sided tape

# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 8 years old

Monday, 13 July 2015

A new set of stamps ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was good and your week has started well.  I love my new Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamps with my old H2O paints.  Now you may need your sunglasses because I went full on colour!  Here is my card …

  
A 150mm square card this time - I wanted to go big with the stamps!   Will be okay to post too
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
  Colour Arte Blog Challenge #1 Colour Scheme

 Craft Stamper Magazine Challenge Take It Make It: AG
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge Thank You
Great Impressions Stamps Challenge Favourite Stamp/s
I am now in love with these new stamps – they are going to be used a lot!
Loves Rubber Stamps Challenge #159 Anything Goes
Noor Design Challenge Something Old & Something New:
Old H2O paints; New Flower Garden stamp set
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge  Anything Goes


I was very lucky to have a very unexpected and very much appreciated win at Papertake Weekly Challenge.  Simon Says Stamps was a sponsored and I won me a $25.00 SSS voucher and as these were at the very top of my ‘Stamp Wish List’ they are what I ordered along with a stencil too.  Huge thanks to Simon Says Stamps for sponsoring the challenge, Dawny P and the DT for the awesome Papertake Weekly challenges. 

I’m so happy I was able to purchase these as I know I’ll use them a lot.  In fact I have created, erm, several cards with these and once I find my canvas boards I will use them to create some lovely stamped and coloured canvases.  Once finished they will go into my box of ‘hand crafted presents’ (and we’re hoping they will be appreciated).  
I plan to use them a lot on their own and I hope they’ll work with most of my own flower stamps.  I’m juggling around in my mind with the idea of using them to create landscapes too – it’s a case of wait and see what will work and when I have the time lol! 

My H2Os are approximately ten years old and I purchased my first set after taking part in a workshop at Creative Expressions I immediately fell in love with the vibrant colours and shimmer and I went through a phase of stamping with permanent ink and colouring with H2Os.  I kept trying to stamp with them but was disappointed with the end result.  I must have not heard the instructions of how to stamp with them at the workshop because I never achieved a crisp image when stamping, my projects would be soft and sometimes blurry.  The result was not as good as I hoped.  I found out recently that it was user error: I made my paint too wet.  Luckily my patience has much improved and as I love to practice and learn new techniques my stamping with H2Os has improved. 

I’m very grateful to the lovely artists and crafters that share tips and tutorials on YouTube.  I recently found a Colour Arté blog  and YouTube channel and that has helped a lot too.  I’ve corrected how I ‘ink up’ the stamp with the paint and now keep the definition from whatever I am stamping.  In fact I’ve figured out a way that I can colour the image and then add definition.  My images now have the definition and aren’t blobs: although I have and probably will still use those blobs as great backgrounds 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 this week  ttfn Karen x







Tools & Supplies
Stamp:
Simon Says Stamps Shop: Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamp set
Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water
Card Paper:
Snippet of white card to stamp and paint; A4 white card to create base; VOS 150mm square paper # (I’ve not got the cover any more but I think they were K & Co or Basic Grey)
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
H2O paints; watercolour pencils (to better define the stem and leaves)
Adhesives/Mediums:
Double sided tape; Maimeri Glossy Medium
Embellishments:
Ribbon I won from Hazel’s ribbon candy
Wild Orchid Crafts: cherry blossoms; sweetheart blossoms


# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 8 years old

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Trees at Christmas Card Club ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well.  I actually managed to do some crafting yesterday and made sure the first project to finish was for our lovely Christmas Card Club.  It was the lovely GranMargaret’s choice for this challenge and she chose Trees.  Now that was fabulous for me because I think I’ve only used this stamp set just once before and as the H2O paints were out I decided to use them to stamp the trees with.  Here is my snippet busting; stamps not used much before; and use paints I only play with every so often card lol 

  
Yep another A6 which is fab for posting! 
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:


It’s a shame that you can’t see the shimmer from the H2O paints on this one but it is there.  I’m experimenting right now, I didn’t plan for it to be distressed it’s just where the creative process is taking me right now 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 over the coming week ttfn Karen x






Tools & Supplies
Stamp:
Woodware Clear Stamp Set: FRS278 Winter Forest
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat gun; paintbrushes; spray bottle of water; pot of water
Card Paper:
Snippets white card to stamp onto; C6 card; snippets glitter card #; snippets Christmas papers #
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Versamark IP; WOW EP: Platinum; two shades of green H2O paints #
Embellishments:
Rick rack ribbon from my stash #; enamel dot from my stash #
Adhesives/Mediums:
Double sided tape

# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. – years old

Saturday, 11 July 2015

For challenges ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was good and you’re having an awesome weekend.  I am still mid creative boost at the moment and I was so happy that I put some time aside to create a project for a couple more challenges and here it is …

  
Another A6 card 
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
Card Mania Challenge #70 Anything Goes


   Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge

Crop Stop Blog #6 Anything Goes Linky Party
I used Distress inks and Memory Box die
Deep Ocean Challenge: Use Two Stamps
Stamplorations Challenge Stamps & Distressing

Time Out Challenge #35 Nature, optional twist with an animal


This ended up being another multi step creation, lol, I know that a lot of my creations are that way at the moment as I’m still heavily experimenting with inks, paints and other mediums, as well as really getting into my stencils too (aka newly obsessed with adding texture and layers with stencils).  I love the end results too.

This started with me using the last two sheets of an old A4 sketch pad (the paper was no longer bright white and I've no idea where or when I purchased this as the front and back covers were missing and it came to light late last year when moving my craft room).  I was determined not to waste too much old stash just because it wasn't pristine white any more and I have to say the end result is fabulous - it looked a little distressed before I inked, stamped and stencilled it.

The stamp I used was an old Graphicus Stamp Set (aka Elusive Images aka Chocolate Baroque and I can't find this stamp on CB's site).  I’m loving using those old stamps with newer stash.  There are more brands and colours of inks and the quality of the stamping inks and other mediums available today are so much better than when I first started stamping and card making.  Once stamped I put the papers I had created to one side ready to use when I wanted.

I stamped and embossed one of the Steam Punk Bird stamps from Chocolate Baroque and coloured him with my H2O paints.  Whilst the bird was drying I grabbed one of the A4 background sheets I made three weeks ago and cut it in half. Then I attached a mask onto the stamped paper and added a dollop of Maimeri glossy gel to my craft mat and applied that to the background.  I left that to dry whilst cleaning my stencil and stamps and came back to the project the next day (yesterday).

I grabbed Kraft card snippets, my Cuttlebug and MB branch die and cut several branches which I glued onto the background.  I am trying to make more male cards for me and my family so no flowers, no ribbon and no obvious sparkle but I felt it needed a little something.  Light bulb moment!  Craftwork Cards Candi in brown and green to match the colour theme at Chocolate Baroque, simples, not, but much fun yes!

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 this weekend  ttfn Karen x






Tools & Supplies
Stamp:
Chocolate Baroque A4 Steampunk Bird stamp set and a VOS stamp for the BG #
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Memory Box branch die – thank you Missy Pixie!
Stencil:
Dutch Doobadoo stencil
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat gun; paintbrushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water

Card Paper:
A4 white paper for background #; A4 white card for base; snippets Kraft card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Tim Holtz DIP: Weathered Wood; Rusty Hinge; Peeled Paint; Mustard Seed
WOW Embossing Powder: blue sparkle
Embellishments:
Craftwork Cards Candi
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP; Maimeri Glossy Gel; double sided tape; Washi tape


# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 8 years old

Friday, 10 July 2015

Christmas in July ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was good and you have fabulous weekend plans.  I am snippet busting and I’ve a Christmas card to share with you today and here it is …

  
Another A6 landscape, love this fold! 

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
Crafty Calendar Challenge Christmas in July
Crafty Hazel’s Christmas Challenge #236 Include a Sentiment
Tic Tac Toe: 2 die cut flowers – summer colours – lots of layers


I created another one of the pink and white Christmas cards.  I still have quite a lot of pink and blue sparkle card left from playing with the H2O paints.  This card I love!  I actually achieved shabby and distressed.  I’m working on my style and designs, trying very hard to make more shabby style because there are so many designers out there that create gorgeous shabby creations.  I’m deliberately trying not to completely CASE another person, trying to find what I love and like which is inks and paints with my much loved stamps 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 this weekend  ttfn Karen x





Tools & Supplies
Stamp: Visible Image Snowflakes stamp set; sentiment ftom a Woodware Tree stamp set

Die Cutting Machine & Dies: Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Whimsy snowflake die; Marianne mini Poinsettia die set; Memory Box mini bow die

Miscellaneous Tools: heat gun; paint brushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water

Card Paper: Crafters Companion Centura Pearl Snow White Accents A4 card for base, stamped panel and snippets for die cutting

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Versamark IP; White EP #; two shades of pink H2O paints

Embellishments: brads #; AB glitter #; pink brads #; metallic silver pearls; clear snowflake gem  #; white mesh fabric #

Adhesives/Mediums: Collall all purpose glue; Collall glue gel (for the mesh)


# VOS: very old stash, at least five years old


Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Summertime ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week going well!  Whenever I type the word summertime I got to Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, sung by Ella Fitzgerald, and I sing it every single time, my OH laughs at me but I tell him off for turning me into a geek girl who knows lots of musical styles and other geeky stuff.  In fact he laughed out loud on Monday when we saw an article on the Beeb about Reading University losing funding to continue their space research work when I said it’s not right as that was the only space research in this country, lol!  Previously I have said that I think the money would be spent elsewhere – as I said to him what the ‘eck have you done to me lol?!
I had a snippet of already coloured paper (those Spectrum Noir AquaTint inks) left over from when I created the card I shared in June and as I’m on a snippet busting curve right now I thought I would create another one of these and here it is …

  
I was very surprised how alike the two cards are, even though I stamped the other one a month ago
I am happy with the end result for a change!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:


When I shared one of these cards last month I had several comments asking how I created the lush background of this piece.  It’s not difficult – I watched Sheena’s YouTube video. I got my crafting mat, ink blending foam, and glycerine out.  I pre-cut some card into A5 and A6 pieces first.  I added a little glycerine to my mat and used a pipette to add ink to the mat (they come in the kit), then I played: such fun!
Because I love to create scenes with my stamps and to make my own background papers I've played a lot with the SNAT's (Spectrum Noir AquaTint Inks).  I have found a happy medium for me because I tested them out so much at the beginning.  With these inks I can create pastel backgrounds, bold backgrounds, and backgrounds for using stamps to create a land or sea view.  
I've learnt how much I need to dilute the inks for the backgrounds or scenes.  Of course you could use the colours neat but it's not for me, the colours are too rich for me to use them undiluted.   
I've experimenting with using dry or wet card too.  Personally I prefer the card to be wet as this makes the inks blend beautifully.  It also helps me to create different styles and layers of colour, some end up pastel and some end up bold!    It's up to you, your personal choice.  I only used two colours of SNAT's to create the background, yellow and blue sky, and yes they were diluted in my china paint pallette that has deep wells.  
I mixed a little glycerine into my foam, dipped it into the diluted colour and then swiped across white card that I had dampened.  I grabbed another piece of foam, inked it up with the diluted blue and used it to colour the card starting from the bottom and lightly applying it up to where the yellow ink ended: simples J.  
If you want to try this technique but you don’t like having stained fingers or nails then you need to use disposable gloves.  The ink does come off but it takes time and at least two showers (I’ve found out that shampoo works the best as an ink remover).

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 this week  ttfn Karen x





Tools & Supplies
Stamp: Crafters Companion: SISET070 Stamp It Australia Luscious Landscapes stamp set

Miscellaneous Tools: craft mat; ink blending foam; pipettes; paint pallette; spray bottle of water; heat gun

Card Paper: Crafters Companion A4 Centura Pearl Snow White for colouring, stamping and base; A4 white paper mop up sheet

Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Perfectly Primary

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: WOW EP Gold Sparkle; white pencil; brown & green felt tips

Adhesives/Mediums: Versamark IP; foam pads; bottle of glycerine (local chemist shop where they asked me if I would be using it for cake decorations lol!)


Sunday, 5 July 2015

Let's Craft & Create Design Team July Challenge Birds or Butterflies ...


Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well.  It’s the fifth of a new month which means I have a new creation to share with you.  This month at Let’s Craft & Create Challenge the theme is Birds or Butterflies, well you just know what I opted to use, lol, and here is my DT creation …

An A5 card 
Not too deep 
I love this panel 

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 over this coming week ttfn Karen x

I’ve been very lucky and able to enter Challenges too:
Cuttlebug Mania Challenge Sentimental Journey
Deep Ocean Challenge: Use Two Stamps
(I hope this counts as I used two different sizes of butterflies)
Die Cuttin’ Diva’s Challenge #222 Anything Goes
I used Spellbinder Nestabilities (circle) and Memory Box bow
Inspired by Stamping Challenge IBSIC#95 I used the colours and sketch
Natalie & Amy Challenge #34 Summertime: I hope it’s not just me who thinks this screams summer lol!
Noor Design Challenge Something Old & Something New:
The butterfly stamps are new and the old is the flourish and UTEE that I used
I chose chipboard which I covered with UTEE


If you want to see what my very talented team mates have created take a look here:

Tools and Supplies
Stamp:
Inspired by Stamping: butterflies stamp set
Stencil:
Simon Says Stamps: Memory Box 88566 Texture Drip Rings mini stencil (NBUS from winning the $50 voucher from SSS Wednesday challenge on 1 April – true!) 
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug; Spellbinder Nestability Large Classic Circles die set; Memory Box bow die
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat gun; paint brushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water

Card Paper:
Crafters Companion A4 Centura Snow White Accents card for base; I used a snippet of the same card to stamp and emboss the large panel with; snippet blue pearl paper; snippet parchment paper (the die cut circle); a snippet of thick paper was used to create the mini bow  #
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Versamark IP; WOW Blue Glitz EP; blue pearl UTEE #
H2O watercolour paints
Embellishments:
Woodware chipboard flourish #
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue; foam pads


# VOS: at least five years old and no idea where I purchased them or if still available



Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Colour Palette at House of Cards ...


Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well and Happy Hump Day to you all. 
Today I have a bright and, to my eyes, beautifully yummy card, that I created especially for my first House of Cards Design Team post – yippee!!!  Creatively the last couple of weeks have been really good for me and that has been a blessing because being a bit busier has stopped me from moping, lol, nothing bad has happened, yet I’m down and struggling with more depression than usual – the chemical balance in my brain isn’t as good as it could be right now.
Anyways back to happier stuff I took my time to stamp, colour and create this card because I don’t want to let down my lovely friend Mynn as well as the rest of the lovely and talented ladies at HOC and for the month of July we have a choice of challenges for you:

#1 use the colour pallette or #2 use something food related or #3 use both

I love the colour pallette and it’s been good for me because it’s distracted me from using pink and purple paint constantly.  Although red/pink/berry are still my favourite colours.  So here is my card which hopefully will inspire you …

  
A very cute A6 card
A final look
Please do go on over and see the details for the challenge.  You can see what the other talented Design Team members created by clicking on these:

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 this week  ttfn Karen x



I’m happy and grateful because I knew about some of these challenges whilst creating my project and I’ll be back later to link to the following challenges: 


Craft Your Passion Challenge #268 Anything Goes
Cuttlebug Mania Challenge Sentimental Journey
Little Claire Stamps Challenge: #58 Father’s Day/Male
(my dad is not around so I create cards for my male uncles and cousins)
Nothing refreshes me more than a cake, ups my sugar level when struggling



Tools & Supplies
Stamp:
CL158 Hero Arts Clear Cupcake stamp set #
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Spellbinder Nestability Dies: large classic circle and large classic scalloped circle
Stencil:
Memory Box stencil
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat gun; paint brushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water
Card Paper:
Crafters Companion A4 Centura Snow White Pearl Accents
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
H2O watercolour paints: lime, yellow, coral, orange, peach, red #
Versamark IP; WOW Platinum EP;
Versamagic Dew Drop IPs: ripe persimmon and scattered straw
Adhesives/Mediums:
Masking tape (for the stencil); Collall all purpose glue; foam pads

# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min eight years old