Wednesday, 30 September 2015

12 Tags of 2015, September by the skin of my teeth lol!

  


Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  If you want to know how and what you go here: Tim Holtz 2015 September Tag.  

For very obvious reasons this will be a mega quick post as I really wasn’t sure if I was going to get this finished in time and the paste is still damp, even though I’ve heated it a couple of times, grr, lol …

 

I love it!  And I had awesome fun creating it but I'm determined to get it done earlier in October!

I’m also very lucky that this also fits the following challenges
 Eclectic Ellapu Purple Team Challenge use stash that is at least six months old: my alcohol inks must be more than five years old and it was awesome fun to play with them and learn some more new techniques from the talented Tim Holtz
The Artistic Stamper Challenge Things with Wings I wanted to enter the current challenge so when I saw Tim’s tag I knew I could use my Artistic Stamper butterfly stamp set!

I used my Noor stencil especially for this challenge as it’s a perfect match.

The one day I needed it to be warm and for my paste to dry!  It’s still wet but it is drying very slowly and that makes the colours pop even more!  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: The Artistic Stamper butterfly stamps

Stencil: Noor Design stencil

Miscellaneous Tools: craft mat; palette knife

Card Paper:
Glossy card and a TH Manilla tag; some product packaging to attempt the look

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
TH Alcohol Inks: stonewashed; lettuce; wild plum; caramel & Alcohol Blender
Ranger Archival IP: black; Dreamweaver pearlescent embossing paste

Adhesives/Mediums: Glossy Accents; Washi tape for the stencil


I have Updated the Candy for my lovely friends ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope you are well.  I finally did it!  I sorted my new supplies so that I could do a candy prize to thank you all for visiting and encouraging me.

Rules for Candy:

#1 You must be a follower and click that little blue button;

#2 Show the candy in one of your side bars on your blogs;

#3 Leave me a comment below

#4 Candy ends when I reach 60 followers and
 DH will pick a random number for the winner

#5 If I get over 60 followers I’ll purchase more goodies to add to the prize


The hardware: three stamp sets, one embossing folder and one mask 

  
A whole lot of embellishments and ribbon 
That was the tidiest I could get it!

What’s is the Candy
A.   Papermania London themed stamp set

B. Crafters Companion Meadow Cottage Bear stamp with 3 sentiments

C. an Ollyfant clear stamp set

D. a Darice embossing folder

E. a mini Mask

F. three strips of Friendly Plastic

G.  American Crafts premium satin ribbon

H. self-adhesive dimensional Butterfly embellishments

I. self-adhesive dimensional Present embellishments

J. Dutch Doobadoo laser cut Easter paper eggs

K. a whole lot of other ribbon

L. self adhesive braids

M. ten or more sheets of stickers

N. a tub of three different coloured glitters


These are brand new stamps, stash and tools.  I will be checking that all followers are real and not following just for the candy.  To enter please go to this post and current Followers please add your name: you’ve been awesome to me and I would love to repay some of that happiness


The candy will end on 30th September and I will get my OH to draw a winner a couple of days later and I’m hoping to be able to contact the winner through their blog on by leaving a comment on this blog for the winner to get in touch with me.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Crusading with snippets Mixed Media style ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I've another entry for challenges to share with you today.  I've several snippets: stamped BGs, embossed card, another dress form die cut and very old textured paper that I decided to use for a challenge entry and here it is …

 
A normal A6 card for a change! 
A lot of ink and paint were used and I went dark too! 
  
The stamped part is a little darker than I intended but I love it!
A very different look for me but I am one happy bunny!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #330 Numbers 
Quirky Crafts Challenge #20 Quirky Sewn with Love
I chose the August colour palette as it’s my favourite!

 Unruly PaperArts Challenge 
Coffee & Cream colour scheme I added a little pop of red – hope that’s allowed

Uniko Stamps Challenge Autumn/Fall I used fall colours so hope that is allowed


All of these bits were in my boxes to be used up and when I was looking through it to see if I had anything I really wanted to use for the challenges I had a rare light bulb of how I could use them together and make my folders of images and backgrounds a little easier to close.

I added much more colour to the stamped snippet on the LHS because I wanted it to be richer colour wise.  The brown and red snippets of card had been dry embossed with my TH sewing folder but I wanted to make the numbers pop more.  Looking around I had my pot of Americana acrylic paint out and without even thinking about it I poured a little onto my craft mat and used my pinkie to add it to the areas I wanted to pop. Unfortunately I then reached up and brushed my hair out of the way and I got told off for that one, lol, when we had company the next day lol!  Thankfully most of the acrylic paint came out when I washed my hair but I did have a nasty little knot for a few days so I don’t recommend doing this.

Today is your last chance to enter my candy!  It is open world wide to both 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.   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
Stamps:
Clarity Stamp: Vintage Dress Form stamp and Ruler stamp
Oak House Studio: buttons and hearts stamp set
Unknown stamp which has lots of numbers on it and I have no idea where or when I purchased it!

Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Tim Holtz & Sizzix: Sewing Room Bigz die; Pattern & Stitches Texture Fades set

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

Card Paper:
Snippets Crafter’s Companion A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accents card for stamping onto; snippets of coloured card for die cutting and embossing; 300 gm card to created base; snippet DP #; heavily embossed fabric like paper #

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Adirondack IPs: Butterscotch; Mushroom; Meadow; Currant #
DecoArt Americana All Purpose Acrylic paint: Buff

Adhesives/Mediums:  double sided tape; foam pads


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

Monday, 28 September 2015

Throwing it all at a tag and loving it ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  Yep back with a second very quick post as I’ve another project I want to enter certain challenges.  This tag is one of my favourite September creations.  I wanted to stretch myself and my skills too.  I am in love with the end result of this tag and if I could only ever create one style for the rest of my life then this is the style I would choose and here it is …


 
Some of the stamping that is not visible straight on you can see here:
I over stamped with the words in this set of stamps
I am loving my visit to the dark side! 
  
Some of my created details! 
 
Some embellishments that I distressed
A final look
Created for me and especially for these Challenges
 Lisa B Designs Challenge projects created with acrylic paint BGs

I chose the January 2015 colours this time

Stamplorations Stencil Sunday #10 Mixed Media Challenge 
That’s Crafty Challenge Girls Will Be Girls 

  Vintage Stamping Challenge #36 Tic Tac Toe
I chose monochrome; flowers & metal


 I’ve just realised that I used the Stamplorations butterfly mask again lol!  Okay I am not going to explain every single step I took as it would take me a long time and several posts, lol, so if anyone would love to know how I created this tag leave me a comment and I’ll do a tutorial in October.  To be quick and brief I drew around the butterfly images with a colouring pencil then used my SNATs to colour the butterflies.  Once dry I re-positioned that mask and then started playing with acrylic paints, Perfect Pearls, and more SNATs.  The SNAT pops even more when added over acrylic paint and that was a huge surprise!  The butterflies were stamped with old chalk IPs and then fussy cut out.  I coloured the flowers and metal embellishments with acrylics and other products.  The bird is one I made with my MS mould: simples not but fun and educating: heck yes!!

I was hoping to reach 60 Followers with my candy and I am overwhelmed and over the moon with the amount of you lovely new Followers and Friends that I now have: thank you, thank you, thank you!  Your support means more than you would ever know.  

I’ll be back again tomorrow with another project or two and I'm hoping to get my Tim Holtz tag created before the end of the month too, I'm busy right now and loving 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: Stamplorations Trendy Butterflies stamp set

Stencil: Stamplorations Shower of Butterflies stencil

Miscellaneous Tools: paintbrushes; pot of water; heat gun

Card/Paper: Crafter’s Companion watercolour paper and snippets of it too

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints Perfectly Primary
Perfect Pearls Blue
DecoArt Americana Satin Acrylic Paint: buff; turquoise

Embellishments:
Wild Orchid Crafts: Ivory Cherry Blossom
The Ribbon Girl: pale blue striped twine ribbon
7mm thin satin ombre ribbon # ; metal flowers # ; metal stars #
              
Adhesives/Mediums: double sided tape; Collall sticky glue


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

Measuring a Stitch in Time ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week has started well and you had a lovely weekend.  I’ve still got my nose down trying to finish DT projects as well as continuing to sort my room out.  So I dug into my background crusading folder and created this lovely card …


  
An A6 tent fold of course  lol! 
Lots of yummy colours and I love the colours I achieved on the background! 
The inch ruler and dress form are two of my all time favourite stamps 
   
I got to use a lot of rather old embellishments and papers and I loved creating this one!
This all started out because I want to incorporate numbers and sewing!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #330 Numbers 
Card Mania Challenge CMC#72 Pastel Colours 
Cards und More Challenge #141 No DP/PP

 Paper Sweeties Challenge #35 colours

I chose the August colour palette as it’s one of my favourites!

I’ve been very lucky with this challenge.  I love ombre and have been obsessed with it for a while and this is my first attempt!
Uniko Stamps Challenge Autumn/Fall I used fall colours so hope that is allowed


I am so happy I got to use this background as I created it earlier in the month after I had seen some of the challenges I love to play along with.  I grabbed my Clarity Dress Form stamps and my Clarity ruler stamp and created a random background with my Butterscotch AIP and Meadow AIP (Adirondack ink pad).  I dragged the stamped Butterscotch in to colour the dress forms and left to dry.  I watered down the Butterscotch to create a lovely soft peach shade and coloured the background with it.  Once dry I used my Currant AIP and stamped the buttons and hearts across the page, drawing the ink inwards to colour the buttons: simples lol!
Once again this will be a quick post because we’re busy and I’m struggling a bit.  Unfortunately the piper always has to be paid if I have some fun, but I don’t mind as I will be playing with inks and paints and stamps lol!

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.  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
Stamps:
Clarity Stamp: Vintage Dress Form stamp and Ruler stamp
Oak House Studio: buttons and hearts stamp set
Unknown stamp which has lots of numbers on it and I have no idea where or when I purchased it!

Die Cutting Machine & Dies: Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Tim Holtz & Sizzix: Sewing Room Bigz die; Pattern & Stitches Texture Fades set

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

Card Paper: snippets Crafter’s Companion A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accents card and Matt black card; 300 gm card to created base; snippet DP #

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Adirondack IPs: Butterscotch; Mushroom; Meadow; Currant #; Luminarte H2O paint: gold
DecoArt Americana All Purpose Acrylic paint: Buff

Embellishments:
Glittered mask #; button #; stickers # (from a magazine I think)

Adhesives/Mediums:  double sided tape; foam pads; Collall sticky glue


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


Sunday, 27 September 2015

Multi and mixed media crusading again ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well.  The next couple of posts will be quick ones, lol.  We had my lovely family visit us yesterday and today both of us are moving very slowly and rather painfully, lol, got to laugh or else I’ll cry or whimper with the pain lol!   Here is what I have to share today …

  
Lots of yummy techniques and much fun to create! 
Lots of lovely texture too! 
  
I love this flower set and every chance I can I use it, and the texture on the heart: yum!
   
Some of the details up close
A final look

 Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Stamplorations Stencil Sunday #10 Mixed Media Challenge 
Sweet Stamps Challenge Anything Goes
That’s Crafty Challenge Girls Will Be Girls: this is how I get my girly on!  
We Love to Create Challenge #20 Anything Mixed Media or Creative Goes


There are a lot of techniques used to create this tag.  If anyone would like me to do a step by step I am happy to do so in future.  But for today I am trying to keep my post and computer time quick and short.  As I’ve said I'm happy to share how I used the SNATs, acrylic paint or the friendly plastic – just let me know and I will get a tutorial typed next month and add to my tutorials page.

This tag was created with a Spectrum Noir AquaTints background snippet from my background crusading box, the poppies were stamped, coloured and cut out and have been in the other crusading box – the one with images waiting to be used!  I must try and stop creating bits and not using them!  I have huge piles of backgrounds, images, and embellishments I’ve created but not got around to using yet.  So I used items from both of my crusade boxes, as well as a really made by me embellishment and another really old embellishment too!  Yay!!!  So glad to be shrinking these piles a little each day lol!

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. 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 A6 Daisies and Poppies stamp set

Stencil: Sheena Douglass 7” x 7” Distress Grid stencil

Miscellaneous Tools: heat gun; paint brushes; pipettes; pot of water

Card Paper: Crafter’s Companion snippets A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accents card

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints Perfectly Primary; WOW Embossing Powder: green; red; gold; Rub On Waxes #; The Works Crawford & Black gold acrylic paint

Embellishments: Dragonfly #; Friendly Plastic strips #; sequin waste #

Adhesives/Mediums:  Pebeo matt medium; Versamark IP; double sided tape; Collall sticky glue; foam pads

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

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Crusading part two with AquaTints, EP, H2O shimmer and snippets ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I have nearly caught up with upcoming DT duties and I’ll be putting the final touches to the final project tonight and then I just need to photograph, edit, type the posts and tutorials before I can start stamping and playing again.  I'm hoping to be able to be back on Sunday because I'm missing playing with my inks paints and stamps for family, fun, challenges or just for me and I'm organising my craft room too!
Last night whilst waiting for one of my DT pieces to dry I realised I had a little time spare which meant I could put something together for the September Challenges.  I used one of my backgrounds some stamped images.  I’ve several of the cone flowers left over from when I was playing with these stamps early in the summer.  I’ve still not stamped all of them yet, because I reach for this stamp every single time.  Anyway last night I wanted to add a little shimmer to the flowers and I had the H2Os to be out waiting to be organised and here it is …


 
Another A6 tent fold - I'm obsessed with this size and fold, good to post too!
  
Love these gorgeous flowers!
I love the fact that my cards don't always need to have lots!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges 
Allsorts Challenge #329 Sparkle
Card Mania Challenge CMC#72 Pastel Colours 
Cards und More Challenge #141 No DP/PP
Sweet Stamps Challenge Anything Goes


This card was created mainly with Spectrum Noir AquaTints and card snippets from other projects.  I stamped and embossed the stems and leaves with WOW verdigris EP and coloured the stems and leaves with a mix of the lime green with a little of the dark blue ink (I need/want to do more experiments with colour mixing SNATs, the amount of colours you can blend is unbelievable: the sky is the limit!). 

The flowers were stamped with SNATs which I painted onto the stamp and then immediately stamped them.  The background was created by mixing a little sky blue SNAT with glycerine to create a beautifully smooth background (using a little glycerine makes creating beautiful blended backgrounds so easily).  I coloured the background and put to one side to dry.  In fact the background was a complete accident, my experiments with SNATs, they work in a similar way to Distress inks.  Whilst the card was drying I carried on colouring other images.  The water from washing out my brush dripped onto the card and I was horrified and so upset!  I panicked and grabbed a piece of cotton towel to mop up when I realised that the water had acted like a faux bleach technique. 

I’ve awesome faded spots on a background!  The background took a couple of minutes to create and it looks just as good as those I have done with Distress inks in the past.  It is so much quicker and so much easier for my hands than it is with Distress inks: oh happy days!!! 

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.   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 Flower Garden stamp set

Miscellaneous Tools: heat gun; SNAT paintbrushes & pipettes; paint palette; spray bottle with water; pot of water

Card Paper: snippets Crafters Companion Centura Pearl Snow White Accents card; 300 gsm card; kitchen towel

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Spectrum Noir Perfectly Primary AquaTints; H2O paint in Gold # ; WOW EP Verdigris; Tim Holtz DIP: Faded Jeans

Embellishments: Ribbon #

Adhesives/Mediums: Versamark IP; double sided tape; foam pads

# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 7 years old