Tuesday, 31 March 2015

A recycled canvas plus snippets ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I’ve another couple of new Followers, hello and welcome to Lesley and Ameera Crafts, I hope you like what you see and if you ever have any questions leave me a comment and I’ll try to get back to you as soon as I possibly can. 
This month seems to have shot by!  I know I’m not blogging as often as I thought I would but I’m not worried about that especially as I am having so much fun just playing with loads of lovely old and new stash! 
Here is the canvas 

This is a 5" x 7" canvas 
I love the blue cherry blossoms with the orange middles and lime green spikes
You can't see it very well but there is a gold embossed hummingbird on the jigsaw piece 
The bird went a bit darker than I hoped but you can see the green on his breast and the copper paint 
The cherry blossom and leaf close up 
I need to get a light copper paint!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:

I do have step by step photographs of what I did and how I did it.  If you would like to see let me know and I will do a mini step by step on a blog page above.

When I created the first canvas I was pleased that I had finally managed to get up the courage to create something that wasn’t a card lol!  I actually used one of my favourite stamp sets on that canvas too.  I coloured the canvas with inks and then stamped and heat embossed directly onto it with Sheena’s corner stamp.  I don’t think I’d do that again as it was a nightmare to get a solid stamped image and it’s been a nightmare to get rid of that lol!  Thank goodness for DecoArt white gesso!

This is one of the projects that I have been working on for a while and I finally managed to finish and photograph it yesterday which is why I can now share it with you.  Once again it’s been a learning experience and there are techniques and products I would use and do again but of course there are always things I would never do again!

I like this, yes it is shabby style, but I love the beautiful soft spring colour scheme with punches of richer colours here and there because it was needed.  I love the texture I was able to achieve although I don’t think I’d use the mesh in the same way next time.  Live and learn and much fun I’m having doing so too!  I hope you all like it too and I hope to be back in a couple of days with another creation to share.

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 coming Easter weekend ttfn Karen x

Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Memory Box dies: Cherry Blossom; Bare Branch
Marianne Designs Creatable: LR016 Chinese Rolled Rose dies (leaves)
Claritystamp Ltd: mini Hummingbird stamp
Tando Creative: Sequin Waste mask
Martha Stewart mold
Heat gun; palette knife; paint brushes; pot of water


The Works 5” x 7” canvas
White mesh fabric from local store
Hobbycraft store: Fimo Air Dry Light Clay
Snippets Crafters Companion A4 Card: Kraft; Centura Pearl Snow White Accents

That’s Crafty online shop - DecoArt Mixed Media Fluid: primary magenta
That’s Crafty online shop - DecoArt Americana Satin Acrylic Paints: turquoise waters; vanilla shake
WOW EP: WS07 Metallic Rich Gold embossing glitter
The Works Crawford & Black acrylic paints: copper; gold; and silver
Spectrum Noir Aquatints: basic primary set to colour the jigsaw pieces
H20 paints to colour the centre of the cherry blossom flowers

Adhesives & Mediums
That’s Crafty online shop - DecoArt: white gesso
Maimeri modelling medium
Maimeri Glossy Gel
Versamark IP

Dutch Doobadoo: Soft Board Jigsaw Pieces

A card created with many different products ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  Once I finished some projects over the weekend I had a little mixed media fluid on my craft mat on my desk and some cream pearl card that I recently found and here is what I whipped up …

A 150mm square card and great for posting 
I love using stencils and stamps together.  I used DecoArt Mixed Media Fluid to stencil the tree, 
felt tips to colour the stamps, and an ink pad to create the background scene
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
(use one CI stamp/product: I use one of 3 CI stamp sets I have)

Recently I found a pile of cream coloured pearl card squares and I was scratching my head for a moment as I don’t use that card colour.  A light bulb went off and I think they are the left over’s from my cousins wedding stationery.  They've been in my stash for five or six year’s lol!  So rather than waste my mixed media fluid I grabbed a stencil and foam and added the fluid through the stencil until it was used up.  Once dry I added a thin layer of Pebeo Matt Medium over the mixed media fluid because I was worried it might bleed out.
I also found some Kanban printed card that once again I can’t remember so I’m guessing that I am getting through a lot of old stash as well as working on new techniques and mixed media projects.  Other than Christmas cards too so I am working very hard to use that up as well! 

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

Crafty Individuals Elements A6 Plate stamp set: CI-234 Bird, Branches & Cages
Retro Café Art Gallery: small Heart Tree stencil
Craft mat; spray bottle of water; paint brushes

Card Paper:  cream pearl card #; Kanban card #
DecoArt Mixed Media Fluid: burnt umber; primary magenta
Old ink pads: used as watercolours for the background/scene
green and brown felt tip pens
Glues: foam pads

# VOS + 8 years minimum

Monday, 30 March 2015

For the Christmas present box ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was great and your week has started well.  Last week I got another of my Imagination Crafts MDF Frame and Charm packs out to decorate because I love them and enjoy altering them a lot.  Here is the finished project … 

It's a 150mm square MDF board 
They have gorgeous texture 
On the RHS the sparkle is much more IRL - I really hope mum I'll like it!

I just realised not stamping!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
ABC Christmas Challenge F for Frosty
Darnell’s NBUS Challenge #4: I’ve had these plaques for at least three years!

I wanted to try something different with one of my Imagination Crafts MDF Frame and Charm packs which contain:
150mm MDF square charm pack, the MDF shapes pop out of it;
150mm MDF frame with a square (50mm) aperture which pops out;
150mm MDF square backing piece; and
43mm square piece.

It’s already good value but I wanted to use in the best and frugal way lol!  I’ve hung onto the 150mm square MDF charm piece and I have used it as a stencil for this project.
I painted the 150mm square MDF piece with the MDF Baltic Blue paint which just happened to be ideal for the project I have been thinking about doing for the last week or two.  I put to one side to dry and added another layer of the paint, IC’s MDF paint does dry quickly so I only had to wait about 15 minutes before adding the second coat of paint.  I had other projects I needed to do and I didn’t have the time to do more until the next day.
I attached one piece of ombré satin ribbon with masking tape and put a couple of dots of Collall Tacky Glue underneath to make sure it stuck. 
On my craft mat I mixed Turquoise Satin and Blue Brocade Silkie paints with Diamond Sparkle Medium.  I attached the MDF charm stencil with Washi tape and I used a stencil brush through the stencil.  I covered the bottom of the first ribbon with it and filled the rest of the bauble with the sparkly paint paste. 
I left it to dry thoroughly (overnight) before moving onto the second bauble and ribbon.  Once all of the baubles were dry I tied some tiny ribbon bows and attached them to hide the top of the ribbon and used a piece of foam to add Diamond Sparkle Medium around the edges of the 150mm square MDF plaque.  It took a little time but I think it was worth it and I’m pretty sure my mum will love it.

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


Imagination Crafts stencil/charm holder; paint brushes; pot of water; pallette knife; foam

Imagination Crafts: 010 Dove MDF Frame and Charm set

Imagination Crafts: MDF Baltic Blue paint
Imagination Crafts: Turquoise Satin and Blue Brocade Silkies
Imagination Crafts: Diamond Sparkle Medium

Washi tape
Collall Tacky Glue

Blue Ombré ribbon from the stash I won from Hazel, at least two years ago

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Christmas Card Club #7 Mo's Choice Feature a Critter/s ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well.  It was nice and sunny for a change this morning although the wind was blowing a holey!

This fortnight has shot by and I have been busy creating things for challenges and other secret squirrel stuff lol!  I made the time yesterday to whip up a Christmas card because it’s our lovely Mo’s choice this fortnight and we were challenged to feature a critter or more.  I used a snippet of Centura Pearl Snow White to create the topper/stamped panel, snippets of white and cream card to die cut the deer’s which I watercoloured with an old ink pad.  I created the background with my torn paper masks, Pan Pastels, Visible Image trees and winter tree stamp set, and old Adirondack ink pads.  It was a quick creation which looks good and is great for posting.  I’m going to spend some time whipping up some Pan Pastel winter landscapes ready for stamping so that I have a pile of snowy scenes ready and waiting – they are one of my favourites to create.  So here is my latest Christmas card …

One more created & great for posting 
very cute die!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:

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 next week ttfn Karen x

Visible Image: winter tree stamp; fir tree stamp set
Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Memory Box deer die
Paper Masks; Pan Pastel Sofft Tools; paintbrushes; pot of water

Card Paper: Kanban card #; snippet Crafter’s Companion Centura Pearl snow white accents card; snippet DP matt #; snippets of white and cream card for die cutting
Colours: Pan Pastels; SU grunge/vintage colour mini ink pads #
Adirondack IP’s:
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue

# VOS: + 8 years minimum no idea if still available to purchase


Friday, 27 March 2015

March Rudolph Day ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well, it’s nearly the weekend.  I’ve a couple of new followers to welcome today, hello and welcome to Neets B and Kevin, I hope you like what you see and if you ever have any questions please leave me a comment and I will get back to you as soon as I can if possible.
Before I share my card I want to thank everyone who left such positive and lovely comments on my very basic doodles – I was terrified about sharing them because I’m no fine artist but I love to doodle! 
I will be sharing more doodles and other stuff in future because I think I’m over the fear/terror of sharing my doodles with you and because I won an awesome step by step drawing book from Unruly PaperArts in January and I’m a bit obsessed with that right now.  Oh yes it’s so much fun and I’m feeling very blessed because of that lol!

Today I have a Christmas card to share with and here it is …

Another A6 card ready to go 
Love this stencil! 
Feels good to be using up old stash too!
Got to use up old stash and some snippets too!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:

I need more Imagination Crafts stencils and Silkies paints because I love them and they’re great for creating quick Christmas cards and even though I’m on a different journey right now we’ll still need them, lol!  Last year I ended up rushing because mum wanted/needed more cards so I had to give her some of the ones I had made for us, she’s done that to me in the past, this year she is finally retiring from work so I hope she won’t need as many and that means December will be a lot less stressful.  I’m hoping that when December does arrive all I’ll have to worry about is approximately six special cards – I had the regular sized ones made and ready to write until mum pinched them 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 weekend ttfn Karen x

Imagination Crafts Christmas Holly Stencil
Ranger Cut N Dry Ink blending foam

Crafters Companion: A4 Centura Snow White Accent snippet for panel; A4 Kraft for base

QVC UK: Imaginations Paper set (an American company) #

Imagination Crafts Silkies Sunshine Satin and Turquoise Satin

Imaginations Set as above Bubble Sticker #
The Ribbon Girl Pleated Ribbon

Double sided tape; masking tape

#VOS: mum purchased it from QVC for me at least five years old and possibly a lot more older than that

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Waffle and my doodles, I'm very nervous ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well – Happy Hump Day everyone!  When I first set up this new blog I typed a post as to the why’s and what I wanted to achieve. 
So here is what I am doing when I’m not blogging and please remember that until January 2015 I had not picked up a pencil and doodled for more than twenty years …

I have always drawn these shaped flowers, like a snowdrop, and the leaf on the LHS 
I've always loved owls and doodled them for years
I definitely prefer the whimsical and it's improving each time
I do love Clarice Cliff pottery but sadly own none!
I am sure I've seen a stamp or stamps like this before lol!

At school I attended art classes but when my family left London I ended up in a different school which meant I could not carry on with my arts because I had to do a science (a complete waste of time for me and the teacher) but I was able to continue my O Level Sewing Skills which I loved.
When DH and I got married he knew I was an avid crafter and I did a lot of sewing back then.  I was working full time in London and by the time I got home and we had dinner and all the other stuff there wasn’t much time for artsy pursuits.  
I was hurt in a car accident and looked around for a hobby to fill the days and went back to sewing and doing a little doodling when I could.  Then I was in a second car accident and we moved here a few months after.  
I was able to find a local weekly course that was art and watercolour class.  I was never 100% happy with my drawings and paintings and I was unsure of myself.  Card making started to take off in the UK and I thought stamping would satisfy the craftsy side of my personality, having created/made stuff on an off all my life.
Over the last year I started to want to do more and wishing so hard that I had kept up with some of my studies, courses and practising those art skills.  So I've been doodling a little, especially flowers and leaves since before Christmas.  I know I need a lot of practise.  But it is loads of fun and I’m actually enjoying it, which I really did not expect to happen.  Personally I think it’s the lovely Sarn’s fault lol!  Sharing your awesome tangles with us made something in my brain click lol!
Hopefully I will have more time to practise my doodles and sketching when I feel able and if I can improve my decorative painting well enough I will definitely try to create my tribute to Clarice Cliff as I love her bold use of 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

Card Paper: a very old blank notepad #
Pencils, charcoal and other #

# VOS + 10 years old

Monday, 23 March 2015

Another MM bird Tag ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was good and your week has started well.  Today I have another MM Arch to share with you and here is how I coloured the original arch and created the coloured card that I stamped and embossed the bird onto …
I started out with a cereal box arch which I added gesso onto,
 I mixed Perfect Pearls into white acrylic paint which created this rose pinkish colour. 
LHS is from an old album which I'm recycling, see here. 
I coloured paper clay embellishments that I had previously made. 
The dried arch was a little too orange in colour so I grabbed the pink paint and added a light wash of colour that I darkened as I went further down the page.  Once dry I wanted a bling arch so I added Dreamweaver gold embossing paste through my Sequin Waste stencil (Tando).  I then left it overnight to make sure it was dry before moving onto the next steps.

I stamped the bird cage onto some recycled white tissue paper and blast it before adhering it to the arch with the Maimeri medium.
Then I took the stamped and embossed bird and butterfly, checking out how items looked on the arch and I realised that I wanted the bird to be lighter.

The lace was out from another project and I wanted a ‘solid line’ between the embossing paste and the lace so I also grabbed the grosgrain ribbon and attached it before adding the bird and butterfly.  Not so simples but also not hard and a lot of fun lol!

A final look!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
(use one CI stamp/product: I use one of 3 CI stamp sets I have)
Frilly & Funkie Challenge Bring On The Bling: plenty on this cute creation
Pan Pastel Challenge #6 Alter It: cereal boxes and tissue paper

I’m having lots of fun learning MM basics and techniques from Roni but this arch is about me and the fun I’m having finding out what I like, what works well for me and what doesn’t.   When I was halfway through this project I was not 100% happy.  So I went back and played more but using colours, stamps and embellishments that I really like and love.  A fabulous bonus is that I used some very old stash 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 this week  ttfn Karen x

Crafty Individuals stamp set: Elements A6 Plate CI-234 Birds, Branches & Cage stamp set

Inspiration Journal On-Line shop: Dina Wakley Scribbly Bird stamp set (thank you Darnell)

Tando Creative: Sequin Waste stencil (thank you Tando Creative Challenge)

Martha Stewart butterfly mould (thank you DH)

Heat gun; pallette knife; pot of water; paintbrushes


Card Paper:
Cereal Box card
Tissue paper from a parcel
Page from an old journal I am recycling, see here for the full post and pictures of before #

That’s Crafty DecoArt Americana Multi Surface Satin Acrylic paint: deep turquoise; turquoise waters; vanilla shake; flamingo

That’s Crafty DecoArt Mixed Media Fluid: raw umber

The Works Crawford & Black acrylic paints: ultra marine; brown; copper; rose; white

Ranger Perfect Pearls Pigment Powders: perfect bronze; perfect gold; copper; forever violet; perfect pearl #

Gold Dreamweaver Embossing Paste #

Cotton lace #; pink grosgrain ribbon
Butterfly created with Fimo Air Dry Light Paper Clay

Double sided tape; foam pads; Stix 2 Hot Glue Gun (thank you Brenda)

Other:  Maimeri Gloss Gel (thank you Pan Pastel Challenge)

# VOS + 5 years minimum

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Mixed Media Kingfisher Arch ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was good and your weekend has had a good start.  Oh my goodness I picked up a lot of new Followers over the last week or so!  I want to welcome the following lovely ladies:

my lovely sister from another mother Helen
my lovely friends: Di (aka Pixie’s Snippets Challenge); Kate, Rocky, the very talented Debs (aka Zodiac Challenge), Annie, Eileen, Julie Ann, AJ Bodine 
my American friend: Darnell,
my new friends: Maryvonne, Ursula, and BSL 60 

I have another mixed media experiment to share with you today.  Am I making you all aware of how fun and enjoyment I am having right now lol?  I have quite a few projects on the go because of how long it talks the acrylic paint to dry.  I’ve tried drying the paint slowly with my heat gun but no matter what I do it bubbles, lol, so I’m taking my time and enjoying every step and process.  Today I’ve another arch to share with you and here it is …

The finished arch 
From left hand side was the first go which I wasn't happy with so out came the gesso again!
I love this bird stamp 
Another multi cut branch die cut and glued together and then one of my felt bunnies care of Waitrose
A final look - love the texture I achieved in the foreground!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:

When I first started this journey I followed Ink Stain Roni’s step by step blog posts and I was terrified.  I know, I know it’s dumb but I really was terrified that I’d make something ugly or too primitive.  You told me to believe in myself, to trust and to experiment, to not worry what others thought.  You reminded me that this is about my journey and not care what others say or don’t say.  Thank you so much for that! 
I’ve still much to learn and a lot more to improve on but today’s arch was created because I wanted to create it.  I wanted to see what I would create with recycled card, recycled tissue paper, acrylic paints, a stamp, die cuts and really old flowers. 
Below are the step by steps of how I created this I’m trying to make my posts with a lot less waffle but I really do struggle to do that!

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

Inspired by Stamping: Australian Nature 1 stamp set
Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Memory Box branch die
Pot of water; spray bottle of water; paintbrushes

Card Paper: recycled cereal box to create arch; snippets white tissue paper to cover arch; snippets white card to stamp onto; snippets for die cutting

Colours: DecoArt Mixed Media Fluid: brown
DecoArt Americana Satin Finish Paints: vanilla shake; turquoise waters
Pebeo Acrylic Paints: green; white; yellow
Ranger Perfect Pearls: copper/rust shades were used to colour the kingfisher #
Felt tip markers/pens

Embellishments: Yellow flowers #
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue

# VOS + 5 years – not sure if still available to buy and I have no idea where the flowers came from

I’ve used this beautiful stamp on my card art creations and I can remember stamping and colouring him six or more times before creating one that I was happy to use on one of my cards.  That obsession I had to stamp and colour him/it ‘perfectly’ and that wasn’t good for me, so this time I did not allow myself to repeatedly stamp and colour until my kingfisher was as near to perfect as he could be. 

If he was not quite right I knew I could add more paint, colour, pen until I was happy with him and that’s exactly what I finally managed to do this time.

I cut up a cereal box to so that I could recycle it and created an arch, which I coloured with white acrylic paint and once dry I added a couple of layers of tissue paper and glue and allowed it to dry naturally.

When I went back to it I was happy to see that there was a textured surface so I started to paint grass, clouds and sky.  Again I left it to whilst I grabbed three card snippets to die cut the branch from.  I glued them together and painted a deep rich brown. 

I stamped and coloured the kingfisher onto white paper snippet in very soft colours before fussy cutting him and placing him on the arch.  

He looked okay but I wasn’t completely happy.  The arch was bland and I wanted much more oomph of colour and texture.  I had used green acrylic paint for the grass and it too looked very flat or dull. 

So I grabbed more colours of acrylic paint to make the kingfisher much richer in colour (BTW I ‘Googled’ photographs of Australian kingfishers and they are much the same as other kingfishers - many different colours).   I added more colour and detail to the beautiful stamped kingfisher.

Next I covered the grass with white acrylic before adding some yellow and two different shades of green.  I was able to add much more colour and texture the second time around and I was happy with the look. 

I may be wrong about this but I think the arch has much more depth because of using richer colours and this time I deliberately kept texture in the grass by not blending the colour out – I kept the strokes in some places and I think because of that the landscape looks much better.