Thursday, 30 July 2015

Back to Barbados ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week has is going well.  Whilst I remember to do so I want to say a huge thank you for the lovely comments and wishes. I’ve taken your advice and OH’s nagging and cut down the time I was crafting.  It’s been good and has helped to take the pain back down to bearable lol!  Luckily I have lots of projects I’ve not shared yet and at least fifteen unfinished projects which I’ll try to finish but won’t spend too much time at my desk.  The pain has started to ease and I can manage to sit up for ten minutes at the moment. 
Anyways I just wanted to remind everyone of the candy I’m offering at the moment.  I’m adding more prizes and will update the photo this weekend.  I have a new A5-ish’ stamp set to add to the prize as well as a little Pan Pastel starter set and more ribbons, so make sure you enter!  It’s time for me to pay back some happy and give it to the next person, the link is here.
I will try to spread the future calendar pages out a bit more: sorry if I have bored you all! I’ve July’s final calendar card to show you today and here it is …


I so want to be there! 
I can feel the warmth and the end of a lovely lazy day! 
  
Thought I would mix it up a bit and so a sunset for a change!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Artistic Challenge Blog: Use water (liquid) in some way on your creation
Deep Ocean Challenge #109 Summer Fun
Frosted Designs Challenge Here Comes the Sun
Love to Scrap Challenge #58 Anything Goes
This card stock takes a lot of product and water; inks; more water; lot more water etc. & it still works & doesn’t disintegrate
Sparkles Monthly Challenge #70 Sun, sea and sand
Suzy Bee’s Bloomin’ Challenge #90 Anything Goes twist use Ice Cream Shades
Blackcurrant; Blueberry; Honeycomb; Pistachio; Strawberry


Obviously I need to have the turquoise and the beach huts but I wanted to try a sunset at the beach this time.  I think it has worked, but I’m not sure, any thoughts and tips would be appreciated?
However I can still imagine myself sitting on that beach with the weather being not too hot because it’s the end of the day and you can still feel the warmth of the sun through the sand.  Yes I know, always got told off for day dreaming and being overly imaginative when at school lol, but it helps me to relax so I don’t much mind any criticism from the teachers, although at the time it seemed so important 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:
Free magazine stamp that I have owned for ages and happy to use it at last #

Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat gun; paintbrushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water; paint pallette

Card Paper:
Crafters Companion: A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accents; A4 Matt Black card

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Crafter’s Companion: Perfectly Primary Spectrum Noir AquaTint inks
WOW Embossing Powder: WH03 Evergreen
The Works: Crawford & Black White Acrylic paint
Clear glitter #

Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP; Double sided tape; Collall all purpose glue

# very old stash at least two years old, maybe longer

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Red Riding Hood ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  
I have candy that is open world wide to new and old Followers.  I would love it if my current Followers were to add their name too, for the post with the link you need to go here.
I got use a new stamp from the box of new stamps: yay!  I love this image, so pretty and so fun to colour and here it is …

  
An A6 card with a mixed media twist too! 
She is so cute! 
Some embellishment!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Frilly & Funkie Challenge Raise It Up (see below)
  Paperbabe Stamps Challenge Photo Inspiration


  The Shabby Tea Room #256 Summer Picnic


Another mixed media card that I really enjoyed creating!  Red is a very cute image that was a lot of fun to stamp and colour. 

#1 I created an A6 white card then I stamped and embossed May Lee Dee Red onto large snippet, A6-ish size, and stamped her a second time onto a white snippet. 

#2 I decided to paint a background scene with H2Os, I left the sky and ground to dry for about 15 minutes before colouring May Lee Dee Red with watercolour pencils and H2O paints.  I left it to completely dry before moving onto the next step.
 
#3 I used a paintbrush and white acrylic paint to draw an outline of fluffy white clouds.  Once I was happy with the shape and size of the clouds I used more paint to fill the clouds and I left it to dry overnight (the paint was thick).

#4 I coloured the card snippet that had May Lee Dee Red stamped and embossed with H2Os and watercolour pencils.  I left it to completely dry before fussy cutting and attaching as a decoupage layer on the scene with foam pads.

#5 I used an A6 snippet of white card that I covered with a stamp and inks and attached to the base card with tape.  Lots of depth and dimension: simples 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:
Paperbabe Stamps: May Lee Dee Red Riding Hood
I used an old unknown background stamp to create a background paper

Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Joy Crafts flower dies

Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water; glue spatula (to add texture to the clouds)

Card Paper:
Crafter’s Companion A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accents to stamp on and create a base, and a snippet for stamping and embossing

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Versamark IP; WOW Embossing Powder: black sparkle
Distress IPs: salty ocean; peacock feather; shaded lilac; squeezed lemonade
H2O paints #; The Works white acrylic paint

Embellishments:
Wooden flowers from my stash #; brads from my stash #; metallic pearls from stash #

Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue; foam pads

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

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Summer in California ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  You will be pleased to hear that I have just one more July calendar page to share with you tomorrow, I’m pretty sure I must have bored you with them, however I’ve loved creating them so much!  I also wanted to say thanks to the lovely Lorraine for adding her name to my Google Followers button!  I have candy that is open world wide to new and old Followers.  I would love it if my current Followers were to add their name too, for the post with the link you need to go here.
I’m looking forward to seeing and creating with the new theme in August.  The difference on how you use or water down the SNATs can be seen at this post or this post being able to do different colours, whether they are bold or bright, is one of the reasons why I really love them!  Here is my Californian Summer calendar page …

A5 with plenty of space for me to add the calendar onto! 
I deliberately went over the trees on the island with a little H2Os to give a lovely shimmer 
I love these stamps - so versatile!
   
Some of the details
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
Artistic Challenge Blog: Use water (liquid) in some way on your creation
Frosted Designs Challenge Here Comes the Sun
Love to Scrap Challenge #58 Anything Goes 
#1 Colours: blue and green
This card stock takes a lot of product and water; inks; more water; lot more water etc. & it still works & doesn’t disintegrate
Sparkles Monthly Challenge #70 Sun, sea and sand


I started out by covering the card with a layer of water (a wash) and put it to one side whilst I mixed the blue and yellow inks with water, but not as much water as I did here.  I start at the top of the card/paper and work my way down.  I painted the blue sky and grabbed a tissue to take some of the colour out (for the clouds).  Next I added a little more ink to my blue wash and coloured the ocean.  I waited a couple of minutes before adding a little more water and then the yellow wash.
I used my heat gun to dry the card which caused it to curl up rapidly.  Once it was nearly dry I popped it under a container on my desk to flatten it overnight.  The next day I stamped some grasses with the inks again and grabbed one of my chalk ink pads to add the purple flowers and once dry I stamped and embossed the grasses in gold, then added the final dragonflies.
I’m so very happy with these inks and what they can do.  But I need more of them, at least two more lol!  The Essentials set and the Grunge set are the two I need next, come on Lotto we really need to win some time 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:
Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Sketchy A5 stamp sets:

Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat gun; Ranger ink blending foam; paintbrushes; pot of water; paint pallette with deep wells

Card Paper:
Crafter’s Companion: A4 matt black card; Centura Pearl Snow White Accents card

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir: Primary AquaTints
WOW Embossing Powder:
Ink Pads: purple chalk dew drop #

Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP; Collall all purpose glue


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

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 …


  
A little A6 one again! 
  
Love this scene! 
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 little A6 card good to post too! 
These little wooden decorations have been wonderful embellishments
Created for me and especially for these Challenges
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

Monday, 27 July 2015

Today I am in Barbados ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was good and your week has started well.  During the day on Saturday I finished and photographed several projects I had created.  One of those is my Christmas Card Club card and several that I finished especially for certain challenges too. 
Saturday night I sat down to edit my photos and type my posts so that I could upload them on Sunday.  I finished my editing and I realised I hadn’t photographed the Christmas card and I was too tired to do it then.  I planned to photograph the card as soon as I got up and to quickly edit and watermark my photos.  I didn’t sleep well because I had a dreadful pain laden night.  I’ll get my card photographed and uploaded once I can stand for more than two minutes: I really hate my back issues and how it limits our lives.
Today I’ve another calendar card to show you today and here it is …

Another A5 calendar card
I really love the end result
 This will also be a shed in future!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Card Mania Challenge #70 Anything Goes
 Love to Scrap Challenge #58 Anything Goes 
This card stock takes a lot of product and water; inks; more water; lot more water etc. & it still works & doesn’t disintegrate
Sparkles Monthly Challenge #70 Sun, sea and sand


I’m really happy with how this one page turned out.  In my mind I’m basking in the warmth of the day, relaxing my back on the warm sand, with the sun being warm but not too hot.  I’m also dipping my toes into that lovely lush water.
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:
Free magazine stamp that I have owned for ages and happy to use it at last #

Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat gun; paintbrushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water; paint pallette

Card Paper:
Crafters Companion: A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accents; A4 Matt Black card

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Crafter’s Companion: Perfectly Primary Spectrum Noir AquaTint inks
WOW Embossing Powder: WH03 Evergreen
The Works: Crawford & Black White Acrylic paint
Clear glitter #

Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP; Double sided tape; Collall all purpose glue

# very old stash at least two years old, maybe longer

Saturday, 25 July 2015

A summers day in Provence ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was good and you’re having an awesome weekend.  This is for my 2016 June calendar page; my theme is a summer day in the Provence and here it is …

An A5 French field
The coloured and stamped part! 
French fields with vines or lavender - I can practically smell the aroma 
That lovely time when it's been hot all day but it is starting to cool and the haze is there.

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
Fussy & Fancy Challenge  #144 Things With Wings
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge ‘I’ inspired by summer and flying insects
 The Mod Squad Challenge The Wing’s The Things 


First off I added a layer of water to a piece of Crafters Companion Centura Pearl Snow White Accents card.  I then created two Spectrum Noir AquaTints washes (only a little ink but a lot of water).  I used a paint brush to add the meadow, working from the top of the meadow down and then I painted the sky.  I used my heat gun to completely dry the card before moving on to the next step (often I will heat dry the page but leave it overnight just to make sure).

I used some of my Sheena Douglass stamps with Spectrum Noir AquaTints and ink pads to stamp the flowers, grass, vines and plants in the meadow.  I stamped multiple dragonflies with an ink pad and heat set it again. 

It wasn’t quite right so I grabbed my white Pan Pastel and used that to add clouds, I was whilst trying to create the look of a hot, hazy, and lazy summer day:  I think I managed it lol!  I had a heck of a lot of fun creating this card 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:
Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Sketchy A5 stamp sets:

Miscellaneous Tools:
Ink blending foam; paintbrushes; pot of water; Sofft Pan Pastel Foam; paint pallette with deep wells

Card Paper:
Crafter’s Companion: A4 matt black card; Centura Pearl Snow White Accents card

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir: Primary AquaTints
Ink Pads: Adirondack Wild Plum; Distress Dusty Concord
Pan Pastel: white

Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue


Friday, 24 July 2015

Another floral garden card ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was good and you have awesome, good and nice weekend plans.  I have another card to share with you today and here it is …
 
A 148mm square card this time with more depth 
I love the shimmer from the H2Os.  It comes through even though I covered it with Distress inks!
A final look
Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Distress inks; Flower Garden stamp set
Papertake Weekly Challenge Build It Up: layers & dimension
I have multiple layers of ink, paint, stamping and stencilling on this card
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge ‘I’ for iridescent & inspired by Distress
Stamplorations Challenge Stamps & Distressing
The Craft Barn Weekly Challenge Circle & and Flowers: circles on the DP
Try It On Tuesday Challenge Hot & Wild: I chose hot colours


I can, for once, say that this is a distressed card, lol!  It’s only taken me five years to get to this point.  Five years to find my style of distressed which isn’t dark and I love that the shimmer shows too.  I added a light layer of green H2O around the flowers and then I went over with the Peeled Paint IP: it’s lovely and I love it!
I have been experimenting with my Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamp set and H2O paints again, lol.  This time I wanted to try and create a very distressed look and not only did I manage to do that I am, for a change, really happy and like the end result.  I used Peeled Paint DIP on the DP and on the stamped panel after the H2Os had dried.  If I don’t use dark inks (e.g. brown or black) I can be very happy with the final distressed looks, it’s one of my quirks I suppose lol!

I also got to use old stash up by remembering to use DP, roses and ribbon.  My style really has changed though because I think I prefer the base to be plain or inky these days.  I think some more of my papers are going to be leaving our house 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 weekend  ttfn Karen x






Tools & Supplies
Stamp:
Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamp set

Miscellaneous Tools:
Paint brushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water; ink blending foam

Card Paper:
Snippets of card for stamping # ; Crafters Companion A4 Centura Snow White Accents for base; 6” square DP #

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
H2O paints for stamping and colouring #
Distress IP: Peeled Paint

Embellishments:
Ribbon from stash I won from Hazel
Wild Orchid Crafts: roses

Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue; silicon glue gel; foam pads

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



Thursday, 23 July 2015

On holidaymabobs lol, in my imagination ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was good and you week has started and ends well.  I’m very happy to finally have inked and used this beautiful stamp.  Thank you so much Brenda, this is one of the beautiful recycled candy stamps I won from Brenda.  This one is going to be used a lot and here it is …
  
Another A6 card 
I can feel the sun beating down on me!
A final look with at all the gorgeous colours!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Tando stencil; Ranger Archival IP; Ranger Perfect Pearls; Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Country View Crafts Challenge On Your Travels 
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge ‘I’ for inspired & iridescent

  Tando Creative Challenge July Colours

 That’s Crafty Challenge Stencils &/or Masks


When I got this stamp out from my box of not used yet stamps I knew exactly how I wanted the finished piece to be.  I wanted to create a card that looked like it had been painted or a photograph taken in Provence.  I wanted the whole thing to have that look and feel.  In my mind (I’ve always had an over active imagination), we are travelling through the Provence region of France.  We have parked the car at the turning for this beautiful chateau and we are going to have a lovely holiday staying in a Gites. 
I think I’ve conveyed the look and the feel that I was trying to create with this card.  I used bright Provence style colours on the stamped piece and I had a lot of fun playing with paints, glossy medium, Perfect Pearls and a Tando stencil creating a burnt orange background.  I created the background and left that to dry before stamping and colouring the gate and flower with H2Os.
I was very surprised when I started typing this post, the details and adding the photographs: that this is my 100th post: that happened so quickly!  In fact it happened a lot quicker than I expected.  Once I’ve my current creations finished, photographed and blogged I will add a candy for you lovelies.  Getting more followers would be good but it’s not an obsession for me any longer.  That is so very different to how I felt when I was blogging on Stamping In Pink.  I have changed my outlook since Christmas and although it’s taken me a lot of time I know it was worth it.  Thank you all for believing in me and my journey: you lovely lot will never know how much that means to 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:
La Blanche silicon stamp
Simon Says Stamps: Be sentiment stamp set

Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Stampin Up Label punch

Stencil:
Tando Creative stencil

Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water

Card Paper:
Crafters Companion A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accent card for stamping and stencilling; Crafters Companion A4 Black Matt card for base; snippet coloured with SNATs for stamping sentiment onto

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Ranger Archival IP: Sepia # ; Ranger Perfect Pearls: Copper # ; Gold #
Tim Holtz Distress IP: faded jeans
H2O paints #

Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue; Washi tape (I use this to attach the stencil)
Maimeri Glossy Mediuim

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

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Be a dreamer for a Birthday Celebration, a Blogversary and Challenges ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I got to play a little at the weekend, in between DT projects, and as I still have my H2O paints out I tried out some more different styles.  Also I wanted to create a project for two bloggers I follow.  Here is my card which luckily for me fits both of your link ups and a couple of challenges too 

   
There is something about these birds that really appeals to me! 
The details: this photo has given me another idea! 
  
They are going to be used a lot!
A final look

Created especially for these:
Birthday Week Link Up.  When I first saw Becca’s banner I had to use this stamp, 
he’s on the banner but he’s taken his sunglasses off lol!

I was introduced by Sandy Allnock who did a recent CASE. 
Once I saw Jenn's creations I knew I wanted to follow the blog.
Jenn’s creations are totally inspiring to me.  I chose the card on the right to CASE.

Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge ‘I’ for inspired & irridescent
Jenn’s card for the DT really inspired 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: Tim Holtz Crazy Bird stamp set
Simon Says Stamps: Be stamp set
Miscellaneous Tools:
Paint brushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water
Card Paper:
Crafter’s Companion A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accents
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress IP: dried marigold
Ranger Archival IP: sepia
H2O paints #
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue

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