Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Distressed ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I’m trying hard to use the plethora of stamped and coloured images, made by me backgrounds, die cuts and snippets so that my box of them isn’t overflowing quite so much lol!  I started this last week and I am still not even half way through it, lol, and I have new stamps yelling that they weren’t purchased so that they could sit in a box unused lol!  And as we are hurtling through this month I thought it was a good idea to use the zingier coloured pieces before we fall into Fall (yes I use the word Fall because I find it prettier).  For today’s card offering I created a 5” x 7” card and used three different snippets: a DP snippet; a stencilled background snippet; a stamped card snippet and here it is …

 
I'm not quite sure how I have managed it but it has more depth that it looks in the photograph
The card area
You can just see the lavender ink colour coming through the background
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Country View Crafts Challenge Hot
Crafty Boots Challenge Sunshine Colours
Die Cutting Divas Challenge #281 Anything Goes
Fantasy Stampers Challenge #70 Sunshine Colours: I used old Elusive Images stamps
Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes


The bottom layer had a very pale lemony background with leaves and lines and after trimming it down I heavily coloured the edges with yellow, orange and brown.  The next layer was me practicing repeat stamping with different colours of DIP’s, the pale yellow has been covered by the orange and brown.  The next layer was the one that started out this experiment and snippet busting.  A white card snippet which I attached a stencil to and coloured with my AquaTints.  Then I die cut the Memory Box happy birthday die and coloured that using my landscape AquaTints.  Some layering, gluing and fun foam and the card is finished.

The end result is a little darker than I would usually do but I am very happy with the finished card and the colours, for a change, so it seems I can use brown with the rule that it has to be used with bright or bold or neon colours.  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 soon  ttfn Karen x










Tools
Stamp:
Chocolate Baroque stamp #
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Memory Box birthday die
Stencil:
Tim Holtz Layering stencil: wood grain
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; paintbrushes; water pot; ink blending tool and foam

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm card
Snippet DP
Snippets Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Landscape; Primary
Distress IPs: rusty hinge; squeezed lemonade; vintage photo
Embellishments:
Metal pin heads #
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape; fun foam

# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 12 years old


Tuesday, 30 August 2016

August final bird ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I will try not to use these birds so much in September, apologies, I did become very obsessed with them lol!  Here is my final post for August …

 
Back to A6 and lots of bits and bobs added to this one
Loads of yummy colours and textures
Pretty birdie!
I love this sentiment die set: thank you Miss Pixie!
  
Little by little I am shrinking my hoarded embellishments
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #378 Use At Least Two Dies
Crafty Boots Challenge Sunshine Colours
Fantasy Stampers Challenge #70 Sunshine Colours: I used Dina Wakley stamps
Stamping Sensations Challenge August Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge #8 August Hot, Hot, Hot Summer


This card came about because the bird was stamped and coloured and the die cuts were cut from white card snippets so I decided to do a finishing bird for August with the promise that after tomorrow’s post I won’t use this bird stamp set again for the rest of September, lol, obsessed is a bit of an understatement so I am going to put this stamp set away and get my new stamps out to play with lol! 

My huge thanks goes out to the lovely Jane of Jane’s Journal for picking these colours as the theme at Country View Crafts Challenge for this month as I have loved playing with my richer and hotter colours this month and in fact quite a few of these colours were inspired by Jane as she is not afraid of colour like I can be 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 soon  ttfn Karen x











Tools
Stamp:
Dina Wakley stamp set: Scribbly Birds
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutter
Spellbinders: Large Classic Circle & Large Classic Scalloped Circle die sets
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; Martha Stewart border punch; paintbrushes; palette; water pot

Supplies
Card Paper:
Crafters Companion: A4 Sheena Douglass stamping card; A4 Kraft card
Snippets white card for die cutting
Snippet DP
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Beautifully Grunge; Bright & Beautiful; Landscape
Versafine IP: black
White acrylic paint
Embellishments:
Lots of flowers from my stash
Ribbon from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape; fun foam

Monday, 29 August 2016

Another of those large flowers ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week has started well and you had a fabulous weekend.  I have another card to share with you today and here it is …

  
Back to A6 and no designer paper either!
These new dies are lovely!
It certainly is a beautiful flower
  
Such gorgeous dies and it's good to be enjoying my Martha Stewart border punches again
Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Crafty Boots Challenge You Are My Sunshine
Deep Ocean Challenge #136 Things with Wings
Penny Black & More Challenge Anything Goes with a Stamp
Scrapy Land Challenge #48 Use a stamp or digital image
I used Crafters Companion dies
The Corrosive Challenge #8 August Hot, Hot, Hot Summer: I went with hot colours


Not only have I become obsessed with this flower stamp I am also struggling to break away from these wonderful hot shades or lemon, orange and red: talk about the sort of colours I love to play with lol!  You see it’s not just about the blue, green, pink and purple with me!  I am a lover of bold colours, large flower stamps, butterfly stamps, and just any stamp that grabs my attention.
I have to say a huge thank to my lovely OH; a couple of weeks ago I was moaning that I didn’t have the pennies to spend on dies and that some of the dies at the top of my wish list were on special offer at Crafters Companion.  Well you could have knocked me down with a feather when he told me to purchase them: I am a very happy bunny playing with gorgeous new dies and, ahem, I have a couple of sets of new stamps (not Crafters Companion) that were a steal, ahem, I can’t tell you where I got them because there is one other set that I really want and if I am lucky enough to get them at the beginning of September I’ll let you know if they are still a steal.  I’m hoping you will see them soon as I want to try to stamp and create with them this weekend.

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 soon  ttfn Karen x










Tools
Stamp:
Crafters Companion Leonie Pujol Entwined Collection stamp: Beautiful Bloom
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Sara Davis Signature Butterfly Lullaby: Flit & Flutter die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; Martha Stewart border punch; paintbrushes; water pot

Supplies
Card Paper:
Crafters Companion Sheena Douglass: A4 white stamping card snippets
300gsm card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints:
Spectrum Sparkle pens: Clear Overlay
Spectrum Aqua pen set: Nature
Distress IP: Rusty Hinge
Embellishments:
Ribbon from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Double sided tape; fun foam; Collall all purpose glue

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Spectrum Aqua experiment ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well.  I have been playing with another re-cycled stamp that I was lucky enough to win from our Brenda and a gorgeous set of Paperbabe butterfly stamps that I was very lucky to win too.  Both Brenda’s stamp and the Paperbabe butterflies have quickly become favourites that I currently adore.  I think the flower stamp is a Sweet Pea – mum would be able to confirm or deny that for me but she is on her holiday-ma-bobs right now and wouldn’t appreciate me contacting to ask lol!  So here’s my card …

  
Back to A6 in size
Lots of lovely details
The sweet pea stamp is beautiful!
 
Some die cuts and a clay leaf
 
I love this script and sentiment and that little butterfly is going to be used a lot
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #378 Use At Least Two Dies
Deep Ocean Challenge #136 Things with Wings

 Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #40 photo inspiration:
I was inspired by the shades of orange, brown and green

Penny Black & More Challenge Anything Goes with a Stamp
The Corrosive Challenge #8 August Hot, Hot, Hot Summer: hot colours 
The Pencil Case Challenge #27 Anything Goes


It was only after I had stamped the panel that I thought to look through my papers to see if I had any that would work with the stamped image which is really naughty of me.  I used two sheets of really old DP stash and I used card that I had coloured with my very Bright & Beautiful AquaTints and as I had some of the AT in my paint palette I also coloured a white air dry clay leaf as I knew it would look good with the rolled flower.

I inked up the flower stamp using a light green and orange from my Nature Aqua pen set and stamped onto watercolour paper and I immediately sprayed the image with water, unusually for me very lightly which is good, as the image has only bled a little and I wanted that look for this card.  I used my heat tool to dry the watercolour panel before stamping the butterflies (inked orange Aqua pen) and I inked the Just a Note with the Versafine IP and stamped in position.  I love working in this colour palette, it’s rich, gorgeous and warm so I love 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 soon  ttfn Karen x









Tools
Stamp:
Paperbabe Pieridae butterfly stamp set
Stamp Addicts flower stamp
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Marianne D Chinese Rolled Rose die set
The Butterfly die was from a magazine
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI stamping tool; Tim Holtz Distressing tool; Makins air dry clay mould #; paintbrushes; water pot

Supplies
Card Paper:
Crafters Companion watercolour paper
300gsm card
K&Co DP #
Snippets card for die cutting
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Bright & Beautiful
Spectrum Aqua: Nature pen set
Versafine IP: black
Embellishments:
Fimo Light air dry clay
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape; fun foam

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

Friday, 26 August 2016

Another bird ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I am having a bird stamp love affair and add bright, hot and zesty colours to that then I am in my crafting heaven.  Here is today’s card …

 
Back to A6 card size
Lovely papers and wonderful paints
She is a tweet heart!
I do love this W&W die
Another old embellishment
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Country View Crafts Challenge Hot Summer Days
Deep Ocean Challenge #136 Things with Wings
Scrapy Land Challenge #48 Use a stamp or digital image
I used Spellbinder dies
Sparkles Monthly Challenge #83 Lots of Layers
The Craft Barn Challenge Two Weekly Challenge use Blue/Blues
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge TT308 Make it Sparkle:
Sadly my photographic skills do not pick up the bling on the die cut ‘happy’


I think you can probably tell that I got to play with the Bright & Beautiful Spectrum Noir AquaTints on this card.  The orange and the colour that is similar to peacock feathers are gorgeously hot and lush and I adore them and I have to be honest I didn’t plan to use so many colours this just evolved: whatever!  I love it and I think it works.  I also used the yellow from this set along with gold from the Essentials ATs to colour the die cut happy: you should see the sparkle and shine on it – just beautiful!

For some reason I am back on the mixed media fussy as well as MM CAS cards.  I have no idea where or why my moods and ideas come from but it is fun and has stopped me from getting bored.  It was lovely to use the newer colours with an older stamp set and some older designer papers it just made and makes me happy.  I’m going from one extreme to the other – very shabby or CAS.  I’ve learnt to go with the flow rather than fight 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 soon  ttfn Karen x










Tools
Stamp:
Dina Wakley stamp set: Scribbly Birds
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutter
Winnie & Walter: happy die
Spellbinders: Large Classic Circle & Large Classic Scalloped Circle die sets
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; Tim Holtz distressing tool; paintbrushes; palette; water pot

Supplies
Card Paper:
Crafters Companion A4 Sheena Douglass stamping card & snippets of that too
Stampin’ Up DP #
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Bright & Beautiful; Essentials;  Landscape
Archival IP: black
White acrylic paint
Embellishments:
Bird embellishment #
Ribbon from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape; fun foam

# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 4 years old