Monday, 24 July 2017

July Mixed Media Tag #3 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was lovely and your week has started well. I think my mixed media brain went into overdrive this month as I have never created so many mixed media projects in one month and there’s another week left of this month and if I finish them I have several more mixed media projects to share with you. I have been experimenting with using old embellishments with several other mediums (especially Doxides) and here is today’s tag …

I love the beautiful background I created with my Distress Oxides!
I love the depth from the sand texture paste
All the gorgeous ink and paint details
I had one of my oops moments when colouring the flowers!
I remembered to photograph the background before adding anything to it!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Cardz TV Challenge Anything Goes Designers Challenge #6 
Country View Crafts Challenge Things with Wings: 
I know it’s a little one but he’s so cute!
Creatalicious Challenge #119 Anything Goes optional summer

Creative Artiste Challenge #28 Mixed Media Anything Goes

Unstampa Belles Challenge Every Day is Special 
twist use lots of colours: I’m deliberately making sure that there is something good in every single day to make each day special and a pleasure: hope that makes sense


The background on my tag was one of the first play sessions with Doxides. I found the background pieces when tidying my desk over the weekend. I added layers of Doxides by dipping into Worn Lipstick, Red Barn and Fossilised Amber which I had smooched onto my craft mat and sprayed with water before dipping the card, drying the card and doing the same with a different colour or another layer of colour. Once I had the background coloured I attached the stencil with Washi tape and added a layer of the DecoArt Sand texture paste, it has lovely rough texture, just like a pumice stone lol!

Whilst going through, which I am still doing, my old stash I found a box of beautiful K & Co tags and 3D sticker embellishments. I also found matching brads to those embellishments and as soon as I saw them I knew that they would work beautifully with this tag so I got the shaped smaller tag, the beaded flower brad and pulled the 3D stickers out to add to the finished tag. I felt that there was something missing so I retrieved some cherry blossoms and pretty blossoms and then I coloured them with acrylic paint. At the same time I had several pots of glitter out from another project and I managed to knock them over onto the wet paint on the flowers. If you take a close look at the flowers you can see the uneven texture and that’s all because I am 100% klutz lol!

I attached the beaded flower brad to the small tag and then glued it in position. Once the flowers were dry I glued those and as I felt like something was missing I attached a 3D butterfly embellishment onto the tag and I was finished and happy with the end result. 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
Stencil:
Pronty 15cm square Number stencil
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat tool; craft mat; palette knife; Distress water spray; Craftwork Cards tag stencil; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress Oxide ink pads: Worn Lipstick; Red Barn; Fossilised Amber
Pebeo Acrylic paint: Orange; Pink
Embellishments:
K & Co: tag; beaded flower brad; sticker; peach glitter from my stash
Wild Orchid Crafts: Cherry Blossoms; Pretty Blossoms
Adhesives/Mediums:
DecoArt Sand Texture Paste
Collall all purpose glue
Washi tape

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Fiskarettes UK Design Team, pink and white ...


Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well.  I’m going to share one of the cards I created for Fiskarettes UK Facebook page, see here. Below I’ve listed how I created my own stencil using one a Fiskars punch. I’m not sure why but for my first two card projects I went clean and simple style which is okay but I’m playing right now and I doubt very much that the next few projects will be clean style lol, and here is my card …

A 148mm square card
Is good to post
All the inky details
The beautiful butterfly
A final look

Luckily for me I can also enter these Challenges
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge #29 Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenge #119 Anything Goes optional summer
Kort O Mania Challenge #179 Anything Goes
Love to Craft Challenge LTCCB#12 Anything Goes
Love to Scrap Challenge LTSCB#99 Anything Goes
Scrap & Craft Inspiration Challenge #5 Summertime with Butterflies
I moulded the butterfly wings to give them depth and dimension


When I received my a parcel from Fiskars I already had an idea of some of the things that I wanted to create. One of those ideas kept nagging at me to try it so I used my new Fiskars Anemone punch to punch a line of anemone’s through a piece of thin acetate. I deliberately used thin acetate because I didn’t want to kill my new punch before I had used it fully, lol. The overhead acetate turned out to be the best type of acetate for punching. Product acetate or card making acetate is way too thick for any punch to cope with. The overhead acetate is a little thin but it has worked for me with inking, painting and texture paste. So I recommend you got get your punches out and make yourself some new stencils lol!

I attached the stencil to a piece of card using Washi tape and then I used Worn Lipstick Doxide and the small ink blending tool and foam. I worked from the bottom up, placing a piece of paper over the card I had just inked so that I didn’t smudge the ink. I attempted the ombre inking technique so I heavily inked up my ink blending foam and applied the ink through my stencil. My attempt has worked but not as well as I hoped, however, I now know how to fix that so I’ll be trying the ombre technique again soon. So I covered the piece of card with rows of anemones using my home crafted stencil and then heat set the inks. I inked up the continuous butterfly stamp with Worn Lipstick and stamped the butterflies onto another white snippet and fussy cut the butterflies. I trimmed the stencilled card to size used my Distress tool to roughen the edges before using the ink blending tool to ink those distressed edges. I dried the stamped butterflies and the distressed edges using my heat gun. I wrapped ribbon around the background card and attached it to a card blank. I created a bow which I attached to the card.

The last couple of steps were to adhere the butterflies then attach the pretty little bling stones. I hope you like it and I hope this will inspire you to look at your punches in many more ways. I love that I could use a punch to make a stencil and I will be doing that again soon, 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:
Fiskars Continuous stamp
Punch:
Fiskars medium Anemone punch
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; mini ink blending tool and foam

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Craft UK 15 cm square card
Overhead projector acetate
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide: Worn Lipstick
Embellishments:
White Bling gems and Ribbon from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Washi tape

Added ribbon and twine ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors I hope your week was good and you’re having a lovely weekend.  I’m finally getting around to using up some of the background papers I created when we returned from the wedding. I used my Distress Oxide re-inkers and lovely lush watercolour paper, because I wanted that awesome texture and here is the end result …

An A5 card
It has lots of lovely depth but okay to post
All the yummy details
She looks so peaceful
The lovely postcard stamp
The lovely die cuts
More die cuts and the twine
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Creatalicious Challenge #119 Anything Goes optional summer


Kort O Mania Challenge #179 Anything Goes

Mix It Up Challenge Blog #MIUCB#3 Anything Goes optional Distressing


Scrapy Land Challenge #70 Anything Goes
I used Crafters Companion and Sizzix dies
Create something three dimensional or add something three dimensional


So many lovely layers of ink and paint were added to this card and I have to say it’s one of my favourites again because of the postcard stamp, the embossing paste, the die cuts and the colours lol! I think this card is going to be one of the ones I want to replicate on a canvas and I really must start doing that soon!

A very quick explanation for how I created all the details. I laid down a water wash onto the watercolour card, I added drops of the Doxide re-inkers to my paint palette and coloured the card. I dried the card, I smooched my Doxide ink pads onto my craft mat and dipped the card into it as well as splattering and dripping the ink onto the card. I dried the ink in between adding each layer of ink. I attached the Tim Holtz layering stencil with Washi tape to white stamping card snippet and added Dreamweaver pearl embossing paste onto it. I removed and cleaned the stencil and left it dry.

I inked up the image with Versafine black IP and stamped onto another white stamping card snippet and I did the same with the postcard stamp. I coloured my stamped elements with Spectrum Noir AquaTints and then dried them. I ferreted through my bag of coloured by me snippets, coloured card snippets and patterned paper snippets and had a die cutting session. Creating this card turned out to be a great snippet buster! Thankfully the hot weather has meant that any embossing paste that is being used dries really quickly so I then coloured the embossing paste snippet with Spectrum Noir AquaTints and because it wasn’t rich enough I used my Distress Crayons to make it deeper and richer coloured.

Once everything was dry I roughened all the edges using my tools, e.g. Tim Holtz distress tool; scissors; metal files. Until I was happy with the end result. I had a play around with the layout and used snippets of ribbon and twine to create bows which I added to the finished card. I hope you like it as much as I do 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:
Rubber Dance Art stamps: Resting Woman; Vintage Postcard
Stencil:
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: THS077 Floral
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Tim Holtz Small Tattered Florals die set
Memory Box Poppystamp Cheviot Butterfly die
Crafters Companion Sara Davies Signature Floral Delight Range: In Bloom
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; knife palette; Distress water spray; Tim Holtz Distress tool; craft mat

Supplies
Card Paper:
A4 Watercolour card
300 gsm card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Perfectly Primary
Versafine IP: black
Distress Oxide Re-Inkers: Faded Jeans; Cracked Pistachio; Wilted Violet; Fossilised Amber
Distress Crayons Set 1
Embellishments:
Pearl, ribbon, sequins and twine from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Dreamweaver pearl embossing paste
Washi tape
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam


Thursday, 20 July 2017

The sun is shining ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was a good one and you have a lovely weekend. I’ve been stamping and practising my water colouring skills with one of my favourite flower stamps again and here is the end result …

Another 148mm square card
It has nice depth to it and we'll be okay to post too
All the yummy details
The beautiful dogwood rose
The final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Happy Little Stampers Dies Challenge Anything Goes with Dies


Kort O Mania Challenge #179 Anything Goes 
Paperminutes Challenge #496 It’s party time
Scrapy Land Challenge #70 Anything Goes 
I used Crafters Companion, Memory Box and Sizzix dies
I used three D glue gel to make my stamped flower dimensional
Stamping Sensations Challenge Anything with Flowers


I started out by using my Spectrum Aqua pens to colour the yellow flower and then the green leaves. Once I was happy with the inking I stamped it onto white stamping card and then I lightly sprayed the stamp with water before stamping onto another piece of white stamping card. I knew I wanted a decoupage layer and a base layer.

I dried the stamped image that was going to be my base layer using my heat gun. On the flower that was going to be my decoupage layer I barely dampened my watercolour paint brush and blended the yellow out to cover any white spots. I dried that before adding more colour to the centre of the flower. I scribbled my Aqua pen onto a craft mat and picked the ink up with a just dam paintbrush (again). I’ve learned through trial and error along with an innate knack for heavily adding water from my paintbrush that I need to be a lot more careful as the stamped image can basically disappear after I’ve added too much water from my paintbrush.

I attached my favourite Tim Holtz layering stencil to a piece of card and used ink blending tool and foam to add the lemony limes. Once I had finished covering the card I sprayed it lightly with water to soften the colours. I left the stamped flowers and the background overnight as it was the end of the evening and I’ve found that leaving my stamped and coloured projects for a while or overnight really works well for me. I have a habit of trying to hurry along my projects to get them done and that can mean I end up ruining the image or background that I have stamped and coloured in order to get it done. I’m sharing way too much about how my brain works here lol!

I used lots of snippets for my die cuts and coloured the word with lemon ink too. I figured out a layout I liked and was done! 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: La Blanche dogwood rose silicone stamp
Stencil: Tim Holtz Lines layering stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies: Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Tim Holtz Handwritten Love die set
Memory Box Poppystamp die Cheviot Butterfly
Crafters Companion Leonie Pujol Mixed Media Flowers set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; spray water bottle; mini ink blending tool & foam

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Craft UK 148mm square Kraft card
Snippets: patterned papers for matting & die cutting
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Aqua pen sets: Primary (light & dark yellow); Nature (green)
Spectrum Noir Sparkle 2016 Special Holiday set
Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink pad
Embellishments:
Metal pin heads from my old stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam
Washi tape


Fiskarettes UK Facebook ...


Hello my lovely friends and visitors,

Over on the Fiskarettes UK Facebook account one of my cards has been shared today and you can see it here. I will share the card with you in a couple of days.

I really do appreciate you dropping by and I hope you get some to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x