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


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

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


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