Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Mixed Media Experiments ...


Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I know I said that I had posted my last June entry yesterday but I freed up some time so that I could experiment with my mixed media supplies and my MM snippets and that means I could enter this into some more challenges so here it is …

  
I do love these little A6 cards: a great size for experimenting 
In RL I'm afraid of bugs but these stamps are so cute and adorable 
  
I'm planning to stamp them again but colour them really brightly with my SNAT's next
I'm imagining them created in jewel like colours
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Natalie Kalbach n*studio: grunge stamps and Ranger IPs
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #13 A year of choices 1st Birthday
#4 photo inspiration (colours in photograph); #6 stamps; #8 new


Over at the PaperArtsy blog the new Topic is Stencils and I finally have a couple of PaperArtsy mini stamp sets to play with: yay!   I’ve learnt much from PaperArtsy’s blog tutorials about using paints and stencils.  I apply paint through a stencil with a piece of foam or similar and it’s not an issue now.  My painting skills improved this weekend after my weekend jaunt to the point that I now feel comfortable using acrylic paints and paintbrushes. 

My little bugs were stamped onto one of my Gelli Plate experiments.  I wasn’t happy with the first print I pulled so I grabbed a piece of paper that was to be binned and pulled a second print which I loved so I stamped these little bugs onto that paper and used them for this card.

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.  Thank  you too to my lovely friends out there for the birthday wishes, this year it’s more subdued than usual, we’re together and as okay as we can be and still have a roof over our head which is the most important thing ever ttfn Karen x





Tools and Stash:
Stamp:
PaperArtsy JOFY Mini 45 stamp set
Gelli Plate:
5x7” Gelli Plate that I won at the beginning of the year from Roni – thank you huni!
Stamp & Stencil set:
Stampendous NKCRS03 NK Studio Grunge stamp, stencil & mask set
Miscellaneous Tools:
Brayer; ink blending foam

Card Paper:
A4 Crafters Companion Centura Pearl Snow White Accent card
A5 white paper to experiment on; snippets HOTP 8” square paper #
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint: Turquoise Waters; Flamingo
Ranger Archival Cobalt Blue & Jet Black IPs
Brilliance IP: Aurora #; WOW EP: detail clear
Embellishments:
Ribbon from stash I won from Hazel
Adhesives/Mediums:
Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue; Collall photo glue

# VOS: + 5 years old minimum

Monday, 29 June 2015

Journalling ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was good and your week has started well.  A final entry for June’s challenges to share today and here it is …

  
I am quite pleased with my progress.  I'll try to remember to photograph my backgrounds first in future 
  
I'm particularly happy with the eyes and those flowers!
A final look - that background is wonderful and has so much texture too!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
Natalie Kalbach n*studio: grunge stamps and Tim Holtz Distress ink pads
#3 Stencils & Paste; #4 Photo Inspiration; #6 Stamps; #8 New to You (background stamps); #12 May Flowers (in her hair)


I’ve noticed I create gorgeous inky and textured backgrounds and then I glue stuff on top of them, lol, I need to create smaller stuff, lol, so I get to see and touch these backgrounds much more.
I’m very happy I got to do a little journaling this month!  This is a single page spread in my A5 journal.  I had a lot of fun creating the inky background as well as playing with my SNAT’s through a stencil, watercolour pencils to sketch with and using SNAT’s to colour her in with.  A quick step by step is below.

1. Started out with an A4 sheet of white card; attached a Tando Creative stencil; added Maimeri Glossy gel to react as a resist and left to dry. 
2. Once dry I used Stampendous Grunge stamp set with two DIPs; adding EP randomly; heat set the whole sheet before moving on again. 
3. Attached the Tando Creative stencil and used SNAT that I had watered down in a pallette and ink blending foam to add more colour to the background. 
4. Sketched the lady with my watercolour pencils and coloured her with the SNAT’s, fussy cut her out and glued on top of half of the inky background. 
5. Stamped the flowers onto other snippets which had been coloured with SNAT’s;  fussy cut them; glued onto her hair; and glued the whole lot into my journal. 

Yay!  I’ve another piece of this background to play with – hopefully next month if not before!  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 & Stencil set:
Stampendous NKCRS03 NK Studio Grunge stamp, stencil & mask set
Stamps:
Sheena Douglass A5 A Little Bit Sketchy Always Floral stamp set
Stencil:
Tando Creative: Sequin Waste mask
Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; pallette knife; paint pallette; Ranger ink blending foam; pot of water; spray bottle of water; spray bottle of ink (SNAT my own blend of inks to create spray inks)

Card Paper:
Crafters Companion A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accents card for the background; snippets of card for stamping the flowers and for sketching

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
SNAT’s: Spectrum Noir Primary AquaTint inks to colour sketch & BG
Distress Ink Pads: Weathered Wood; Worn Lipstick
WOW Clear Embossing Powder; Watercolour pencils for drawing
Embellishments:
Metal pearls (VOS)
Adhesives/Mediums:
Maimerri Glossy Gel medium (applied through the stencil); Collall all purpose glue

Sunday, 28 June 2015

For a sketch challenge ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was good.  I’ve popped on to quickly link a card I created especially for some challenges.  I am wrecked from my weekend jaunt and my project isn’t finished so I won’t be able to share that with you for a couple of weeks.  As wrecked as I am I really had an awesome time and I learnt a lot, and I do mean a lot.  Anyways it will probably be a couple of weeks before I can finish my project so I won’t talk any more about that for now.  Here is my card …

  
Another A6 card and good to post 
  
The butterflies in this step are gorgeous! 
So very cute the smallest butterfly stamp is!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
Inspired by Stamping Challenge IBSIC#95 I used the colours and sketch


Because I have had my H2O paints out for my stamping projects I decided to play with them on black card, for a change, and I remembered something while painting the card and that is that I don’t like H2O on large black blocks/shape much.  They work beautifully for stamping, painting and fussy cutting individual images and the colours really pop beautifully.  But I don’t like them used on a bigger piece.  It’s a shame I didn’t remember that from the last time I used them on black; mind you that was over five years ago 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 coming week.
I never know what to say or whether to refer to disasters in real life but it seems so many lovely innocent people lost their lives whilst on holiday.  I hope no sadness comes the way of any of my lovely friends or family of those lovely friends.  It is just shocking and so very, very sad and pointless.

Look after yourselves my lovelies: you are so very precious to me  ttfn Karen x






Tools & Supplies
Stamp:
Inspired by Stamping Butterfly stamp set
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug; Spellbinder Nestability Large Classic Circle and Large Scalloped Circle die sets; Memory Box mini bow (it is so very, very cute!)
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat gun; paintbrushes; pot of water; spray bottle with water

Card Paper:
Crafters Companion A4 Matt Black card for base and snippets for stamping; snippets of VOS free papers #
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Versamark IP; WOW Blue Glitz EP; H2O paints #
Embellishments:
VOS wooden embellishment #
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue; foam pads

# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 5 years old

Friday, 26 June 2015

June Rudolph Day ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was good – nearly there lol!  Another new follower on Google Friend: welcome Kathy!  I’m very happy to see you here, I hope you’ll like/love what I create when I’m playing with my crafty stash or anything else I’m in the mood to use.  If you’ve any questions leave me a comment and if it’s possible I will get back to you, that’s if you’re easily contactable through Blogger or Google Plus.  If you don’t have an account or blog I’m sorry to say that I won’t be able to contact you.
It’s our lovely Mo’s monthly challenge of creating a Christmas card and sadly I wasn’t able to create one for the May challenge so I made sure I created another card whilst doing my cards for Christmas Card Club over the weekend and here it is …


 
A rather small and minimal card! 
This stamp will be used often!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
this would be a perfect male Christmas card
I used a spray to create the red card


We’re pretty sure I’m not going to be around much next week because of our plans for this weekend!  We know it’s going to have a negative effect on my health but right now I’m so excited about what I’ll be doing tomorrow.  I won’t share now but I hope that I’ll be able to tell and show all very soon (and yes it is something to do with my crafty obsession lol!).

I will try to visit a.s.a.p.  My huge thanks goes to the DTs and my regulars who regularly visit and leave comments.  I really do appreciate the fact that you do leave lovely comments and that you do so even when you know I’m not able to visit as often as I’d love to


I hope everyone gets time to do what you love to do over this coming weekend  ttfn Karen x






Tools & Supplies
Stamp:
My Mind’s Eye Winter Wonderland stamp set
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat gun

Card/Paper:
Crafters Companion A4 Kraft card; snippets of white card sprayed with a sparkly red
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Brilliance Pearlescent Crimson Red dew drop IP; clear EP #; red spray ink #
Embellishments:
Peel off greeting #
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue

# VOS: old stash and no idea if still available to purchase


Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Loving summer colours and distressing ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well, happy Hump Day!  A new follower on Google Friend has appeared: welcome Jackie.  I am very happy to see you here, I hope you’ll like/love what I create when I’m playing with my crafty stash and anything else I’m in the mood to use.  If you’ve any questions leave me a comment and I’ll try to get back to you as soon as I can, that is if you’re easily contactable through Blogger or Google Plus.  If you don’t have an account or blog I’m sorry to say that I won’t be able to contact you.  So if you do have a question make sure I know where I can get in touch with you.
I’m obsessed with my old H2O paints at the moment and did a lot of experimenting over the weekend.  So here is another card I created especially for some challenges …
  
Another A6 card with those flowers and that butterfly stamp again lol! And it's good to post. 
The H2O paint was a little too wet and the colours bled a little so I sprayed some water on the stamped panel and I love the effect because I think it distresses and ages the card.
  
That butterfly stamp is so lovely and so is the WOC flower.
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 this week  ttfn Karen x





Tools & Stash
Stamp:
Inspired by Stamping: Butterflies stamp set; Inspiring stamp set
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat gun; paint brushes; pot of water; spray bottle with water
Card/Paper:
Crafters Companion A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accents for base; cream card snippets for stamping and embossing on
EPs & Paints:
H2O paints: pink & purple
Platinum EP
Ink Pads:
Adirondack: Lettuce; Wild Plum
Tim Holtz Distress: Worn Lipstick
Brilliance IPs: Pearlescent Lime; Pearlescent Orchid
Embellishments:
Wild Orchid Crafts peach chrysanthemum
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall 3D glue gel; foam pads; double sided tape; Versamark IP

# very old stash: minimum eight years old so no idea if available to purchase



Monday, 22 June 2015

More Butterflies and H2O paints ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was good and your week has started well.  I have loads of chores (not crafty, boo!) that I need to attempt this week so I won’t be blogging as much as I would like.  I will have some news to share soon, as well as more projects ready to be blogged and projects I need to work on but can’t share or hint at yet.
Once again the butterflies on were created from one of my mixed media experiments on A4 card with white acrylic paint.  If you want to know how I created them then the details are here
The background for this butterfly card was created with just water and H2O paints.  I added a ‘coat’ of water and then added H2O’s in pink and blue.  Once again I was experimenting and this time it was for me to see how far the H2Os spread or bleed out.  BTW I love it and will be doing more of these backgrounds!
Anyways today I have another card to share and here it is …

 
I do have an obsession for this size and fold at the moment! 
The texture is fabulous! 
The flower stamps that come with the butterflies and hummingbirds are a real bonus!
A final look
Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
Creating my own backgrounds and stamping
The Artistic Stamper Challenge: Summer is on it's Way


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 and I hope to catch up with you all very soon  ttfn Karen x






Tools & Supplies
Stamps: WPlus9 Stamp Set
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat gun; pot of water; paintbrushes; spray bottle of water
Card Paper:
Crafters Companion A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accents card for stamping and for base; snippet pink card #
Colours:
H2O paints; Platinum EP; DecoArt white gesso; Perfect Pearls # ; The Works Crawford & Black white acrylic paint; Versamagic dark blue chalk IP #
Embellishments:
Wild Orchid Crafts roses (coloured with H2O’s)
Adhesives/Mediums:
Double sided tape; Versamark Ink Pad

# VOS: +5 years old minimum

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Christmas Card Club times three ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well.  I had a spell of not being able to craft or create for a while which meant that I couldn’t keep up with my Christmas Card Club rota.  I have spent the last couple of days trying to catch up with the two themes that I missed as well as making a card for my theme which is due today.  It seems odd to me sharing Christmas cards on Solstice Day, the longest day of the year, but hey ho here is my first creation …

The lovely Zoe’s theme was #11 Gift/s so I decorated another gift bag
I have several House Mouse decoupage papers left and I'm going to use them to decorate paper bags 
 
I love that the mouse is giving the cat cheese!
Created for me and especially for these Challenges:

The lovely Kate’s theme was #12 Create a Scene
 
One more card to go in the box! 
  
Some of the detail
A final look
Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
I used glitter and embossing powder


I picked this one, of course, theme #13 Pink and White
  
A Christmas experiment: could I create a flat shabby chic style card? 
Loads of pink shimmer, stamped with one of my favourite Christmas stamps in my favourite colour mix too! 
  
Snippet die cuts! 
I love this!  A hand cut banner, pink and bling!
Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
Making my own backgrounds with paints or inks and stamping
                         

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 Christmas: Gifts
Card/Paper: House Mouse decoupage #; snippet red card #; Brown Kraft bag (Ebay)

Adhesives: Collall all purpose glue; foam pads

Tools & Supplies Christmas card: Create a Scene
Stamp: Crafters Companion Mulberry Wood Christmas Across the Miles stamp set (a NBUS set which I finally inked!)
                    
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: Crafters Companion Perfectly Primary Spectrum Noir AquaTints; H2O ice blue paint; 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 Christmas card: Pink & White
Stamp: Visible Image Snowflakes stamp set; sentiment from 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

Friday, 19 June 2015

Glamorous hot summery colours with lots of shimmer and sparkle ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I really wish you could see the sparkle and shine on this card, Monday’s card was more sparkly too, lol. 
I’m playing/using my H2O paints and Adirondack IPs  and I’d forgotten how much I love working with the paints and my very old Ranger ink pads, these were all the rage before Tim Holtz’s Distress inks.
Recently I discovered that I really like shabby chic style but struggle to create that style.  The lovely LC&C DT ladies have inspired me to ‘play’ shabby style, lol, they’re all very talented and very lovely too. 
It appears that you all like my use of bolder colour too right now.   A seriously huge thank you for all the lovely comments you’ve been leaving – I hope to be able to visit you all soon.  Another card to share with you today that I created for several of my favourite challenges and here it is …

 
Another A6 pretty little card 
 
I love how this main panel.  I stamped and watercoloured the Gibson girl first and then very carefully painted the background around her with black watercolour before adding pink H2O paint over the top of that - it has wonderful shimmer.

  
These little butterflies are fabulous and will be used a lot. 
  
Three of them which was great snippet busting too.
A final look

I used the colours and two sets of IBS stamps
Ranger Adirondack IPs, Stamps & Luminarte H2O paints


I love the Gibson girl panel and the background!  The background was stamped with Adirondacks.  I then over-stamped randomly with H2O paints – the shimmer is a.m.a.z.i.n.g!  I stamped and used normal WC paint to colour the Gibson girl and left the panel overnight to thoroughly dry.  The next day I very carefully painted around her with black WC paint, I left that to thoroughly dry (couple of hours), before over painting the black WC with a thin layer of H2O paint and left to dry. 
I have to do that technique again soon: it is so lush!  I hope you like this card as much as I do.  I enjoyed using a mixture of old and new stamps and old and new mediums too.  I don’t think this card looks old fashioned.  WC painting is ‘trendy’ right now and adding bright cheery colours and bling means you have a very happy lady here, who has finally used up three pots of H2O paints. 
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 weekend  ttfn Karen x





Tools & Stash
Stamp:
Inspired by Stamping: Butterflies stamp set; Inspiring stamp set
Stampendous Gibson Girl rubber stamps #
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat gun; paint brushes; pot of water; spray bottle with water
Card/Paper:
Crafters Companion A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accents for base and snippets of white card for stamping and embossing on
EPs & Paints:
H2O paints: pink & purple
Platinum EP
Watercolour paints: black, brown and scarlet which was watered down a lot to create a lovely shade of pink for the skin
Ink Pads:
Ranger Archival: Jet Black
Adirondack: Lettuce; Wild Plum
Tim Holtz Distress: Worn Lipstick
Brilliance IPs: Pearlescent Lime; Pearlescent Orchid
Embellishments:
Satin shimmer dotty ribbon I won from Hazel a couple of years ago
Wild Orchid Crafts peach chrysanthemum
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall 3D glue gel; foam pads; double sided tape; Versamark IP


# very old stash: minimum eight years old so no idea if available to purchase