Sunday, 23 April 2017

Magical Pink ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. I’ve got several new stamps but I wanted to play with an older tested stamp and try some different techniques with it and here is the end result …

I love the end result this time!
I'm already planning to CASE this into a canvas
I'm going with the flow now and using flowers whatever the end result
I added gesso onto a card and then inked the stamp with Spectrum Aqua
 
I've also fallen in love with my new'ish flower dies
I'm really happy that two different styles of font have worked too
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges 
Craft Stamper Magazine Challenge Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenge #113 Anything Goes optional Birthday

MMW#24 MM Anything Goes optional twist: watercolour

Scrapy Land Challenge #64 Spring Blooms 
I used Crafters Companion, Sizzix & Winnie & Walter dies


I had part of white card that I had gesso some time ago in the snippets box so I grabbed that and started to play with it along with my Spectrum Aqua pens and I had so much fun playing with this old stamp and newer dies. I started out by inking up the stamp with pink and green Spectrum Aqua pens and then stamped it twice onto the white gesso card. I left it for a few moments and then lightly used my Spectrum Noir Sparkle Clear Overlay pen over the pink first and then the green. I then grabbed my Spectrum Noir Sparkle Gold pen and scribbled that onto a piece of acetate and I used a damp brush to colour the centre of the stamped flower.

I grabbed another piece of white card and lightly sprayed the stamp with water and stamped it across the card using the same stamp, not inking it up again, second and third generation stamping by spraying the stamp with water which covered some of the piece of A5 for the background. I repeated the process by inking with the Aquas and stamped onto another area of the white gesso card and did second and third generation stamping and finished the background.

Once again I ferreted through my snippets box and die cut white card, coloured card and patterned paper too. I had a real good blitz on my snippets pile so that I could add lots of lovely die cut flowers and embellishments to this card. The hardest thing was working out the layout so that it would look right and not a hot mess 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:
La Blanche stamp
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Crafters Companion ranges:
Downton Abbey: Ornate Circle Frame
Leonie Pujol: Floral Bursts mixed media dies
Sara Davies: English Country Garden Floral Duo & Pretty Petals dies
Sizzix original die: Fabulous
Winnie & Walter Happy die
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
A4 white card
Large snippets: A6 Sheena Douglass white stamping card for stamping; A5 background
Small snippets: pink pearl card; hot pink card; white card; patterned paper
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Nature Spectrum Aqua pen set
Special Holiday Spectrum Noir Sparkle set
Embellishments:
Gems, pearls and ribbon from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP; Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape; fun foam



Saturday, 22 April 2017

April showers bring May's flowers and Rust too ....

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. Last week on the Frilly & Funkie Blog Cec shared how she puts together a shabby style card, see here, well that set off some ideas in my brain and I decided that I wanted to try Cec's techniques with my own supplies and here is the end result …

A 148 mm square card
It will have to be posted in a box!
All the yummy details and layers
 
Some of the yummy die cuts!
Apologies the glue was still wet when I photographed this!
A final look

I want to enter the following Challenges:
A Vintage Journey Challenge Magical Three's
I die each flower three times,
three triple layered flowers were used, 
three different patterned papers,
three different dies, three Distress Stain colours, 
three Pebeo Dyna colours, three buttons, 
three Spectrum Aqua pen colours


Allsorts Challenge I spy with my little eye:
three buttons, three blossoms, one bird and one bow

Country View Crafts Challenge Rust, I used Rusty Hinge Distress Stain to create layers of rust on my cards from the rain

Frilly & Funkie Challenge Showers: I used my raindrop template along with Broken China Distress Stain and flowers on my patterned paper and die cuts

Scrapy Land Challenge #64 Spring Blooms
I used Crafters Companion, Sizzix & Couture dies


I had no idea we could enter projects without stamps being used on them


I had no idea we could enter projects without stamps being used on them



I also decided that were a couple of other Challenges that I wanted to enter at the same time so I sorted my supplies and tools inspired by Cec's process as well as elements that were required for the challenges listed above. I actually and very unusually remembered to photograph the layers before adhering everything to the card base. It is something I can refer back to if we are ever without internet for a while, or if mojo goes major walkies. Thank you so much Cec! You described your process wonderfully easily and it's something I now hope to build on by adding my own twists here and there in future.

I have held onto the Stampin' Up (top layer) patterned paper for a while as it has a beautiful botanical flower on it and I wanted to try and keep that as visible as possible. I coloured the flower with my green, pink and yellow Spectrum Aqua pens and put it aside to dry. Once dry I attached my raindrop stencil and applied Broken China Distress Stain and left it to dry. I have an old bottle of Glossy Accents which crackles which I recently found so I decided to make some of the raindrops glossy and cracking lol! It's gorgeous and what's even better is that when you layer it over the Rusty Hinge Distress Stain and dry it with a heat tool it browns, that's the only word I can think of to explain it, it colours like a piece of toast lol! I tore the top patterned paper and the other layer and applied lots of Rusty Hinge to it and I sprayed with water so that the ink bled and blended a bit and added some of the Glossy Accents crackle and heated it here and there. I attached one of the patterned papers to my card base and applied Rusty Hinge Distress Stain to all four edges and I left that to dry and started die cutting and colouring the flowers.

I left everything to dry overnight before I started to put together the card and playing with the layout to see how I wanted it to look. After I had attached the flowers and piece of ribbon I decided that the card needed a little something on the RHS of the card and the pale green buttons were just perfect to balance it. So I managed to create a distressed shabby card using colours, rust and many embellishments and I love it! Oh dear, looks like I am going to have to create and play some more in this style 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
Stencil:
Stamplorations Raindrop Stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Pretty Petals from Sara Davies Signature Range Floral Delight Collection
Sizzix Tim Holtz Handwritten Love die set
Create & Craft Couture Songbird Collection
Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; water pot; Tim Holtz Distress spray bottle

Supplies
Card Paper:
Various patterned papers from my stash, they must be over ten years old now!
300 gsm card
Snippets: patterned paper & black card for die cutting
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress Stain: Broken China, Rusty Hinge, Scattered Straw
Nature and Primary Spectrum Aqua pens: Pink, Green and Yellow (I forgot to note the colours)
Pebeo Dyna acrylic paints: Iridescent Blue Black, Iridescent Violet Blue, Iridescent Blue Green
Embellishments:
Buttons, ribbon and silver pearls from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Glossy Accents Crackle medium
Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam


Thursday, 20 April 2017

April Mixed Media Journal #1 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I had a sudden realisation that I forgot to create and post a MM journal page in March. So this is my March Mixed Media Journal page lol! I decided that I wanted to create a page that encompassed both my current mixed media journaling and my watercolour journaling journey. Also I'm trying to gently steer myself away from my obsessive need to use floral stamps right now. So this was a good project to distract me. I used watercolours, acrylics and stamps in my journal and here is the end result …


An A5 page for my journal
Yummy ink and paint plus a sentiment: yay!
One of my favourite quotes, in part because it's true!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Aud Sentiments Challenge #178 Use a Stamp For You Sentiment
Creatalicious Challenge #113 Anything Goes optional Birthday
Love to Scrap Challenge LTSCB#96 Anything Goes

Just For Fun
MMW#2Anything Goes optional twist: watercolour




I used my Spectrum Aqua pens to lightly draw the scene and then I coloured it with a mixture of my Spectrum Noir AquaTints and the Aqua pens. Once I was happy with the landscape I decided that I wanted to also add a stamped sentiment but I didn't want to stamp directly onto my watercoloured scene because I was worried I'd royally screw it up! So I stamped the sentiment and then I took the decision to enrich the colour of the tree trunks, which required a light brown acrylic paint. I am, unusually, pretty happy with the end result. I must try creating trees like this again, I love the texture I achieved on the trees and the lovely colours too.

Just four photographs and a really quick post, lol, that's not normal but I am up to lots of stuff right now so that explains it! I'll be back in a couple of days with some more projects and, yes, they will have flowers on them. Thank you so much for taking the time to 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:
Tim Holtz Nature's Moments stamp set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
My Pink Pig A5 watercolour journal
Snippets: card for stamping the sentiment
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Nature & Primary Spectrum Aqua pens
Bright & Beautiful and Perfectly Primary Spectrum Noir AquaTints
Acrylic paint: brown
Versafine jet black IP
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

April Mixed Media Tag #1 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your Easter was lovely and you've had a nice gentle start to this week too. I sat down at the weekend to make my first April Mixed Media Tag and here it is …

It's my first April MM Chubby Tag!
I got some lovely depth on the paste and extra's
All the yummy details
I love the depth on the texture paste: yummy!
The stencilled and stamped details
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Creative Artiste Challenge #25 Anything Mixed Media Goes

Emerald Creek Dares Challenge Double Duty I love this challenge!
Stencils have to be up to being the star of a project like the post 
and photograph below and as a background above 



Love to Create Challenge #8 Mixed Media Anything Goes

Love to Scrap Challenge LTSCB#96 Anything Goes


Just For Fun
Inspired by the beautiful colours and how fresh they are; 
inspired by the textures of the ice cream, cone & pineapple

MMW#24 Mixed Media Anything Goes optional twist: watercolour

Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Splash it On


Spring Colour Inspiration Board: inspired by the images & colours



I went through my stash and pile of snippets and found a lovely lilac/purple piece that I decided I wanted to add texture paste too. I deliberately used the texture paste quite thickly as I wanted that area to really stand out. I left it to dry overnight. I used my one Indigo Blu stencil (love this design) and traced around the edges using a Spectrum Aqua pen. I then removed the stencil and very gently filled in the colour. I used a piece of plastic to scribble the pens onto and then gently filled in the colour with a lightly damp brush. I also put that aside to dry overnight.

I then looked into my left over stamped snippets wallet and found the Prima circles, the larger die cut circle was in my coloured snippets wallet and the butterflies were die cut from some really beautiful velvet paper that has been in my stash for at least ten years! A great snippety mixed media tag which I actually really love. The texture paste and the pearl pen details are just gorgeous! 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:
Prima Don't Forget to Fly stamp set
Stencil:
Indigo Blu Floral Fantasy stencil
Tim Holtz Lace Layering Stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Sara Davies Butterfly Lullaby Flit & Flutter die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; palette knife

Supplies
Card Paper:
Snippets: velvet paper; Sheena card that had been coloured already
Sheena Douglass white stamping card for the stencil
300 gsm card to create a tag
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Nature & Primary Spectrum Aqua pens
Beautifully Grunge Spectrum Noir AquaTints
Versafine black IP
Embellishments:
Ribbon from my stash
Pearl pen from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Maimeri Texture paste
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam