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

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

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! 
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


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! 
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
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! 
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
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 
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

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

The great outdoors ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I seem to be always playing with my Spectrum Noir Aquatints at the moment and I have a card to show you today and here it is …

  
Another cute little A6 one
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Mema’s Crafts Final June Challenge Anything Goes: I took the optional twist for a man
My scene is an Australian landscape



This pretty little card has been created with my Spectrum Noir AquaTints, a white pencil, gold sparkle EP and a brown felt tip – sort of simples lol! 

Again different techniques were used to create the scene and I have to admit it’s the first time I have created a lovely scene with these stamps.  When I won them I used them a bit but they just weren’t working right for me.  So they have taken me a while to get a good result and I think all the practice was worth 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






Tools & Supplies

Stamp: 
Crafters Companion: SISET070 Stamp It Australia Luscious Landscapes stamp set

Miscellaneous Tools: 
Heat gun; pot of water; ink blending foam; paintbrushes; pipettes; paint pallette; spray bottle of water

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 felt tip

Adhesives/Mediums
Versamark IP; foam pads

Monday, 15 June 2015

Different inks and H2O Paints ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was good.  I managed to have a little play this evening when I realised that one of the challenges I really wanted to enter was closing early tomorrow morning.  So here it is …
  
A rather busy background but I loved playing with these stamps!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
Country View Crafts Challenge Shabby Chic: enjoying my foray into shabby chic style
I was inspired by the gorgeous green and pink colours and the texture on the cushions


I am working hard at trying to use up some rather old ink pads and having fun with some of my lovely lush H2O paints again.  It’s been a while since I played with the H2O paints and I had forgotten how much I love stamping and colouring with them.

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
Stamp: Inspired by Stamping: Butterflies; Inspiring Sentiments
Miscellaneous Tools: heat gun; paint brushes; pot of water; spray bottle with water

Stash
Card Paper: Crafters Companion A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accents for base and snippets of white card for stamping and embossing on

Colours: H2O paints: pink & purple #; Platinum EP
Ink Pads: Tim Holtz IP: Worn Lipstick
Adirondack IP: Lettuce; Wild Plum
Brilliance IPs: Pearlescent Lime; Pearlescent Orchid
Embellishments: cotton cream lace # ; 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


Saturday, 13 June 2015

At last ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was good and your weekend has started well or awesomely (I’m trying to channel my inner be happy or positivity gene) lol!  Sadly I’ve been MIA because of fibro and RA flares.  But finally, and well to be honest, I very happily got to play with my stash yesterday, I had not stamped, drawn or crafted for twelve days – and for me that is a really long time and not good.  I have a card to show with you today and here it is …

  
An A6 pretty card 
A final look

Created especially for these Challenges:
I chose the middle set of colours because they remind me of summer and butterflies


1.     There is a lot texture on the stamped and embossed butterflies.  I created pink card by sprinkling Brusho watercolour crystals very sparingly onto white card that was slightly damp (I regularly coat my card with a layer of water before adding any sort of paint or ink to colour it: you get a lovely soft blend of colours and spots where the colour is very vivid too). 
2.     Once dry I applied a coat of with white gesso, keeping the bush marks visible.
3.     I left it to completely dry (overnight).  I have found that this technique/experiment requires me to work in stages and not rush the next step. 
4.     The next day I stamped and embossed the butterflies on the white/pink card and gently heat set the EP.  The gesso was flat-ish at this point. 
5.     I grabbed a small paintbrush, brushed water onto the stamped butterflies and coloured with blue, pink and purple H2O, whilst it was still damp.
6.     The final step was to heat set the H2O wash and I had lovely bubbly and very textured  butterflies. 
7.     I die cut the tag from cereal packaging, and added two coats of white acrylic paint.  Quickly, whilst wet, I dragged Perfect Pearl powders through.  That coloured and gave the tag such gorgeous texture.  You can really see the texture from the brush marks in a photograph above.  I was so happy that I was able to do this because it was a deliberate attempt by me! 


I am in love with being able to create texture with gesso or white acrylic paint – yay!  I am hoping to spend the rest of the weekend creating my late Christmas Card Club projects as well as getting some projects created earlier than they are required.  I’m still going through my stuff in my craft room too.  I have a lot of old stuff that I think is going to be passed on to a group or a crafty person in need. 

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
Stamps: WPlus9 Stamp Set; Simon Says Be Stamp Set
Die Cutting: Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Sizzix tag set #
Miscellaneous Tools: Heat gun; pot of water; paintbrushes; spray bottle of water

Stash
Card Paper: Crafters Companion A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accents card for stamping and for base; blue pearl paper #
Colours: H2O paints; Platinum EP; DecoArt white gesso; Perfect Pearls # ; The Works Crawford & Black white acrylic paint; Versamagic dark blue chalk IP #
Embellishments: white sequins from my stash # ; Wild Orchid Crafts white roses which I coloured with H2O’s
Adhesives/Mediums: double sided tape; Versamark Ink Pad


# My Sizzix tags are really old, at least ten years, no idea if they still make them and they were part of a Christmas present.

# My Perfect Pearls I have had for a long time and I can’t remember which colours I was playing with: I apologise.

# The Versamagic ink pad is an old one too and I can’t quite find it at the moment, the blue pearl paper must be five years old:  I am stash busting old stash right now lol!

# I’m not sure when or where I purchased the sequins, think it was last year but can’t remember!

Friday, 5 June 2015

Let's Craft & Create Challenge ... Add Some Sparkle ...

 

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was good and you have fabulous weekend plans.  It’s a new month and that means I have a new project to share today because the theme at Let’s Craft & Create Challenge is Add Some Sparkle and here is my DT card creation …

  
An A6 card 
A final look

I’ve been lucky because my creation also fits these Challenges:
A Sprinkle of Imagination Challenge Anything Goes 
(Stampendous stamp set and Dreamweaver Embossing Paste)
MMC#1 Spray Inks & Mists; MMC#3 Stencils & Paste; 
MMC#4 Colours; MMC#5 Ribbon; MMC#6 Stamps; 
MMC#7 Tic Tac Toe (tape, glitter, stamps); & MMC#12 May Flowers

I just wanted to congratulate the DT on this and thank them too
you have helped me so much with my journey!


A nice and easy challenge for me this time!  I love to add a little sparkle to my projects, lol.  I hope you can enter the challenge with us too – there is a mini kit up for grabs for the randomly drawn winner, a badge if you are one of our Top 3’s, you can enter up to three times and link up with as many other challenges as you want.

If you want to know how I created the snippet of card that is in the middle, with the dotty blobs, supplies and details are here.  For details and supplies of the textured layer at the bottom of my card there is a supply list and details here,

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


Ammarisart aka Catherine
Paper Panacea aka Cheryl
Deb's Crafting Corner
My Craft Creations
 my lovely boss aka Eileen
Gail’s Corner aka Gail
My Crafty Outlook aka Hazel
Ameera Crafts aka Mary
Prendre le temps ... aka Maryvonne
My Crafting Corner aka Ursula


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
Stamp: La Blanche Dogwood Rose stamp
Stamp & Stencil set: Stampendous NKCRS03 NK Studio Grunge stamp, stencil & mask set
Miscellaneous Tools: pot of water; watercolour brushes; heat gun

Stash
Card Paper: snippets card and paper for stamping the flowers; snippets of black matt card that was painted, stamped and embossed; snippets of packaging for the textured piece at the bottom of the card
Colours: Faber-Castell Aquarelles watercolour pencils; Spectrum Noir AquaTints ink to colour the paste; Dreamweaver Embossing Paste Clear
Paints: The Works Crawford & Black Acrylic paint: blue; pink rose
Ink Pads: Memento London Fog; Versamark IP
Embossing Powders: WOW Embossing Powder: Clear detail; WS06 Pearl Gold Sparkle; WS07 Metallic Gold Rich
Embellishments: ribbon from my stash #; Ranger Beadazzles: Hot Pants & Jazz #
Adhesives/Mediums: Collall all purpose glue; Collall dimensional glue; double sided tape


# VOS stash