Sunday, 17 December 2017

December Mixed Media Tag #2 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. The tag I am sharing today is also going to be used for Christmas present gifting too and here it is …

Love the bold zingy colours I used on this one
Lots of depth and texture too
All the details
The lovely Rubber Dance skates stamp
You can see some of the shimmer

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Mix It Up Challenge Blog MIUCB#8 Anything Goes




I got very excited recently when I found what I thought was an old die that the shop must have misplaced. I hadn’t realised until I read Kath’s post on Instagram that Tim Holtz had re-released the Bigz Skates die. The Bigz Skate die is a die that I have wanted for many years. I have kept an eye out on ebay and such put the prices some sellers were asking put it well and truly out of my price range. I can remember seeing one offered for sale for £35 and no way could I pay that! So I have kept an eye out hoping that some crafter would get bored of it and pass it on – with no luck mind! So I was very happy and excited once I knew I purchased one.

In fact I was so excited to use it that I forgot to add laces to the skates on this tag and on another one I am going to share soon lol! I don’t mind that though because I know this is a die that will be used for many years by me because quite simply I love it lol! Funnily enough since purchasing this re-release I have managed to purchase another of Tim’s retired dies that I’m itching to use too 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 &/ Stencil:
Rubber Dance Art Stamps: Skates stamp
Tando Creative Sequin Waste stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Tim Holtz Bigz Skates die
Tim Holtz Mini Holiday Greens die set
Whimsy Stamps Snowflake dies
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; sponge; ink blending tool & foam

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Versafine IP: black
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Essentials; Perfectly Primary
Pebeo acrylics: blue; orage; rose red
Distress Oxide: Cracked Pistachio
DecoArt Mixed Media Fluid: brown; buff
Sakura Sparkle pens: black; clear
Embellishments:
Wild Orchid Crafts frosted white berries
Papermania self adhesive dark gems
Tim Holtz frames (really old)
Stickles Glitter Glue: Platinum
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Collall 3D glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam
Washi tape (for the stencil)

Friday, 15 December 2017

December Mixed Media Tag #1 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was a good one and you have lovely weekend plans – keep yourself nice and warm. I needed a break from Christmas crafting so it seemed a really good idea to get out a lovely new stamp and die to play with and along the way I managed to use multiple snippets too and here is the end result …

It was nice to create a non Christmas project
Lots of depth and texture
All the details
The beautiful lady
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges



Love to Create Challenge #3 Mixed Media Anything Goes
Mix It Up Challenge Blog MIUCB#8 Anything Goes

Scrapy Land Challenge #79 Anything Goes
I used Crafters Companion dies



With the exception of the base layer everything I used on this tag was from my coloured cards and papers or white snippets bags. Here’s my very quick steps:

1. I stamped the image with Versafine and quickly blasted it with my heat tool then I coloured her with Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens.
2. The background around her was coloured with Distress ink pads tapped onto a plastic sheet and then I coloured the beautiful shade of blue. I put the stamped and coloured panel to one side to dry whilst I got on with the other parts.
3. On top of the tag I used a background snippet from another project. I attached the Prima harlequin stencil to white card and then applied DecoArt Crackle paint or paste to it and left it to dry. I coloured this piece using Distress inks and put it aside to dry.

4. When I started to gather all the parts together I noticed that there was a big splat of white acrylic on the stamped dancing lady’s face, grr, so I stamped and watercoloured her again and left that to dry.
5. I dipped into my coloured snippets of backgrounds and found enough to die cut the pink hearts, the blue petals and the green leaves. I glued the petals and leaves together to create a flower and added a pearly embellishment in the centre.
6. I tore the edges of the crackle background and the stamped dancing lady then I wrapped some ribbon around the dancing lady panel and added a pretty bow. I fussy cut the second dancing lady and glued her to the stamped panel using Collall 3D glue gel.
7. I coloured my wooden leaves with Distress inks which I tapped onto a sheet of plastic. I added a little gold over the top of one of the leaves so that it has lovely shimmer and I left that to dry.
8. On the tag I glued the crackle background, the die cut hearts, the decoupaged dancing lady and then the blue flower. I left it to dry for a bit then I glued the plastic dangling bits to the bottom of the dancing lady which has added movement – something for me to do again!
9. My final step was to glue the coloured wooden leaves onto the tag and I used Collall 3D glue gel to stick them on: finished!


It seems daft to say but I loved creating this and I had so much fun too. I knew that I wanted multiple elements on the tag and the struggle for me is usually trying to get them all to work together. I think that it worked more easily this time because I tried to keep to a minimal colour palette of blue, peach and pink. There are different shades of blue and pink yet, luckily for me, it worked and I love 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
Stamp &/ Stencil:
Rubber Dance Art Stamps: Dancing Woman
Prima Finnabair Elementals 6.5” x 10.25”: Harlequin stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Leonie Pujol Mixed Media dies: All the Love
Sheena Douglass: Pointed Petals die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; palette knife

Supplies
Card Paper:
Watercolour card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Versafine ink pad: black
Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens: 2017 Christmas Holiday edition
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Perfectly Primary
Embellishments:
Wooden leaves
Sheer ribbon
Beaded trim
Pearl embellishment
Adhesives/Mediums:
DecoArt crackle paint
Collall all purpose glue
Collall 3D glue gel
Double sided tape

Thursday, 14 December 2017

December Christmas Card #8 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I am hoping that I have finally used these patterned papers snippets, lol, and I’m very sorry that there have been one after another Christmas cards shared this week using the same patterned papers and stamps, I do have something not Christmas related to share tomorrow. However here is this card ...

Another A6 card
Fantastic for posting too!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #445 Snowflakes
Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge


Mod Squad Challenge Non Traditional Christmas Colours

I think pale pink, pale blue and lilac are untraditional
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Christmas/Winter Holidays


I had to come up with a different layout for this card because I didn’t have enough patterned paper to cover the card base and putting them together would have looked odd, lol, I have to admit I did think of recycling them but I’m daft and would have felt naughty for not using them lol! We are recylcers and have been for years, lol, and that’s why I struggle to recycle or throw out my paper snippets.

This time I didn’t stamp and heat emboss, just for something different lol. It was very quick to create and put this one together and it’s another card for our stack of Christmas cards. 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 &/ Stencil:
LB Crafts foliage stamp
Do Crafts Papermania stamp set (must be five years old)
Unknown sentiment stamp
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; paintbrushes; water pot; tile to tap ink pad onto; anti-static pad

Supplies
Card Paper:
Craft UK A6 card
Snippets: Sheena Stamping card; Craftwork Cards patterned papers
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Versafine IP: Black
Archival IP: Green
Distress IP: Dusty Concord
Embellishments:
Sequins from my stash
Platinum Stickles glitter glue
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue


Wednesday, 13 December 2017

December Christmas Card #7 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’ve been dipping into the snippets of Christmas patterned papers and the snippets of white card again lol! Once I knew what patterned paper snippets I was going to use the stamping and light colouring were relatively quick and here is the end result …

An A6 card 
Great to post too
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Addicted-to-Stamps-Challenge #159 Seasons Greetings
Allsorts Challenge #445 Snowflakes
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Christmas/Winter Holiday
Try it on Tuesday Challenge Twinkle Twinkle


I stamped and heat embossed the bauble with Versamark and WOW EP then I stamped the branch with green archival and Versafine black ink for the sentiment. I coloured the bauble using a Distress ink pad then trimmed the panel before attaching the paper and stamped panel to the C6 card. A few silver sequins finished the job and we have more cards for our box. 

A quick post from me today peeps, I hope you are all well and doing okay and for those that aren’t I hope things get better for you soon. 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 &/ Stencil:
LB Crafts foliage stamp
Do Crafts Papermania stamp set (must be five years old)
Unknown sentiment stamp
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; tile to tap ink pad onto; anti-static pad

Supplies
Card Paper:
Craft UK A6 card
Snippets: Sheena Stamping card; Craftwork Cards patterned papers
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Versafine IP: Black
Archival IP: Green
Distress IP: Dusty Concord
WOW EP: Black Sparkle
Embellishments:
Sequins from my stash
Platinum Stickles glitter glue
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP
Collall all purpose glue

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

December Christmas Card #6 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. Here’s my card …

Such a pretty bauble stamp
Great for posting
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges


I will attempt to keep most of my Christmas card posts short and sweet and that really does apply to the cards I created over the weekend. I have my bag of Christmas snippets out and because of that and the fact that we need small flat cards I created a few that were quick to create. For this Christmas card I stamped the bauble with Black Versafine ink pad and black sparkly WOW EP and then I used my heat tool to set the powder. I went back to add the sentiment with Versafine black and the branch with green archival. I coloured the bauble with watercolour paints and put it to one side to dry whilst I stamped the next card. A snippet of patterned paper added to an A6 card and several sequins give it a subtle bling.

Subtle bling is not my comfort spot normally but I am happy with the finished look of these simple cards and at least we won’t be spending a bomb on postage 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 &/ Stencil:
LB Crafts foliage stamp
Do Crafts Papermania stamp set (must be five years old)
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Craft UK A6 card
Snippets: Craftwork Cards patterned papers; a die cut from Craftwork Cards
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Versafine IP: Black
Archival IP: Green
Lilac watercolour paint
WOW EP: Black Sparkle
Embellishments:
Sequins from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue