Friday, 29 May 2015

A second quick post for challenges ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was good and you have fab weekend plans.  DH has been an angel and photographed and edited my creations so that I could enter them into several challenges before they close here is today’s second card creation …
  
Another A6 card - this time flat

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:



I had a lovely session with several really old stamps to create this landscape.  I don’t think they are to purchase in the UK any longer, I have checked some US sites and I’m struggling with finding them there too.  They were the first landscape builder stamps that I ever purchased more than eighteen years ago, lol!  I had an obsession with creating landscapes back then and I fell in love with these stamps when I saw them at Alexandra Palace.  They were created by: Plaid, Rubber Stampede; Delta or All Night Media – yep they are that old!
My skills weren’t so great back then so I didn’t use them very much.  However when I finally managed to get good results with the brayer (approx five years ago) I started playing with these stamps again.  Then when I won the Pan Pastels from Premium Craft Brands – well they have been taken out and played with an awful lot more since then too lol!
As I was typing I was trying to remember what I used to stamp and colour this scene and suddenly realised that I had use lots of different mediums and this the order that I used them:

#1 left over ink created blue sky and yellow/green ground
#2 paper masks and Pan Pastels to add colour to sky and mountains (sprayed with hair spray before next step)
#3 pine trees coloured with two Memento dew drop IPs
#4 big tree coloured with felt tips before stamping it and pulling the colour out with a water brush
#5 grasses stamped with Versamark and Pan Pastels
#6 more grass stamped with Adirondack IP
#7 I inked the edges with blue and green Staz On before sticking to an A6 card.

Not so easy and simples but lots of lovely ink, Pan Pastel, mediums and stamped fun.  These are really old stamps and I have no idea where they are available any longer.  They were the first ‘landscape’ and tree stamps that I purchased over fifteen years ago, lol!  I had an obsession with landscapes back then.  Sadly my skills weren’t so great and it was only when I could finally start to brayer about four years ago that I started playing with the stamps again 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 this weekend  ttfn Karen x






Tools
Stamps: Plaid/Rubber Stampede/Delta/All Night Media stamps
Stencil: paper stencils I created myself
Miscellaneous Tools: Pan Pastel Sofft Tools and Foam were used to create the scene; water brush

Stash
Card Paper: Crafters Companion snippet of A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accents card for stamping onto and A4 Crafters Companion matt black card cut and folded in half to create base
EP/Ink/Paint/Pen: Pan Pastel basic set; Adirondack lettuce IP; felt tip markers; Staz On blue and green IP; Memento brown and green IPs
Adhesives/Mediums: Collall all purpose glue; hairspray


# stamps are at least ten years old

A quick post for some challenges ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was good!  Because this one was cut so short by other stuff going on I’m sat here thinking it can’t be Friday already let alone the end of the month of May eek!  I’ve another card to share with you and here it is …
  
Another A6 card 
Gorgeous effect! 
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:


The gorgeous stamp that I used on this card is one of the lovely stamps I won from the lovely and very talented Brenda – I adore this flower and foliage stamp.  I created the background behind the flower first using my Spectrum Noir AquaTints and left it to dry before inking up the stamp with the AquaTints and spraying the stamp lightly with water to get bleed look to the stamped image.  The card matt underneath the stamped panel was created by me soaking up left over SNAT from that onto a snippet of card – I was able to soak up the excess ink on my craft mat.  I created the diamond background paper, details here, and used that gorgeous stencil again, as well as lovely lush ribbon and some coloured WOC roses.

Thankfully DH photographed my cards so that I could link them up to the challenges before they close – very grateful I am too!  I am really hoping to be able to get my Christmas Card Club entry finished soon and will have DH photograph that one too.  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
Stamp: Hero Arts H4464 Two Flourish Flowers: thank you Brenda!!
Stencil: Stamps Away Patchwork Template Set One: thank you Miss Pixie!!
Miscellaneous Tools: watercolour/paint brushes; pallette; pot of water; pipettes; Ranger ink blending foam for inking up the stamp

Stash
Card Paper: Yellow paper that was a bit grubby (10 + years old) ##; Crafters Companion A4 Centura Pearl snow white accent card (base and for stamping onto)
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Spectrum Noir Perfectly Primary AquaTints; white acrylic paint
Embellishments: Wild Orchid Crafts roses; ribbon from the stash I won from Hazel
Adhesives/Mediums: Collall all purpose photo glue; Collall glue gel


# VOS: 5 years old minimum
## Very, Very Old Stash: 10 years minimum – I am trying to use these old papers up by adding ink and paint to hide any grubby marks on them!



SNAT: Spectrum Noir AquaTint Inks: the bottles of ink: not the Spectrum Noir watercolour pens

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

She wears flowers in her hair ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well!  Been MIA for a few days but for me it was worth it lol! 
Today I’m sharing with you an idea that I have had for quite a long time.  However it was out of my reach because I couldn't ‘draw’ lol and didn’t have the stamps.  So when I started out sketching earlier this year I was really hoping that at some point I would be able to create this or something similar.  As per usual I have become a little bit obsessed but I really do think it is worth it and here it is …
  
The whole piece is about UK A4 in size and I'm happy with the end result 
I need to practise the eyes and the lips: they are a little too big

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:

the flowers, the pink and the deep blue of the ocean, because of the sand in the background of the ice cream and the cone I was inspired to use cardboard as my base layer.



A lot of different processes and techniques went into creating this hanging.  It took me time to create too: it’s why I’ve been MIA for more than a week.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the end result so I decided to experiment with cardboard rather than a canvas.  The cardboard I used for this was a 300mm square paper delivery – one of those pizza type boxes lol!
I wanted to create a hanging for several of the current challenges so I used my Spectrum Noir AquaTints.  The pizza box was from an old order for scrapbooking paper and I have, in the past, used it as my spraying station for inks.  It had a lovely shimmer to it but the brown was still very visible so I put white acrylic paint into my pallette and added the #12 colour from my set (it is a gorgeous red colour).  I covered the cardboard with a couple of layers of my tinted paint and left it to dry.  Once dry I added a thin layer of PVA in some areas and over painted that with a much paler shade of pink and I left it to dry.   Once happy I attached a stencil and randomly inked it and adding glitter EP which I the heated to emboss.  I put this aside whilst I worked on the rest.
I retrieved my bag of white Centura Pearl Snow White card snippets and coloured those with #11 red and the #34 egg yolk yellow.  Once dry I stamped multiple sizes of the open flowers and fussy cut them out.  I layered them on top of each other and once the glue dried I shaped them to give them depth.
I drew the face with my watercolour pencils onto Centura Pearl Snow White Accents and I coloured her with very watered down AquaTints.  Once all the pieces were ready I started playing with stamped bits, acrylic gem bits, ribbon and some old butterfly embellishments.
This project came about because of several girl stamp images who had flowers and butterflies in their hair.  I really loved the look and because of winning the sketching book, Jane Davenport’s Drawing Whimsical Faces, my idea blossomed, lol, sorry but I really couldn't miss out on that pun 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 this week  ttfn Karen x





Tools
Stamp: Sheena Douglass A5 A Little Bit Sketchy stamp set: Flower Power
Stencil: Premium Art Brands 305mm square Spiral Characters stencil
Miscellaneous Tools: Heat gun; paint brushes; pot of water; pallette; pipettes for inks

Stash
Card Paper: Crafters Companion Centura Pearl Card: snippets for the flowers; and a piece for drawing; cardboard box
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Spectrum Noir Perfectly Primary AquaTints; Faber-Castell Watercolour Pencils; The Works Crawford & Black white acrylic paint; WOW Platinum Sparkle EP; Versamark IP
Embellishments: Wild Orchid Crafts rose buds; Hobbycraft: butterflies and crystal stem; acrylic cabochons; ribbon
Adhesives/Mediums: Collall all purpose glue; really cheap PVA glue


Tuesday, 12 May 2015

A sketch ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week has started well.  Over the weekend I bought the many snippets of paper or card that I have coloured, created or adorned in the past and put them into their own folder.  Whilst doing that I realised that some of the papers would work well with some of the other ones.  Today I put them together to create a coherent card for a sketch challenge and some other challenges.   
I’m really surprised about how well they work together.  In fact when DH saw them he complimented me on how well they all worked together, I laughed lol, all of the different papers/cards were created at different times, with many different products and techniques and luckily, for me, they have worked together beautifully!  So here is the card I created …


  
Okay to post too! 
A final look
Created for me and especially for these Challenges:


The main background piece was in my stash of card that’s been coloured with left over ink on my work mat.  The die cut circular piece is a mop up paper that I attached a stencil to then tapped Versamark all over before throwing on many different colours of EP.  There are snippets of parchment paper that I am using up.  There is an experimental painted background that I have attached a stencil and added embossing paste and pink glitter.  The butterfly stamps and the rose stencil are new NBUS tools (lucky wins), and I was able to play with my watercolour pencils to create lovely softly coloured butterflies.
Unfortunately that means a very long list of supplies and tools – I have done my best to list all of them and apologies if I’ve not managed to do so.  If you have any questions about how I created each piece then let me know and I’ll try to get back to 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 this week  ttfn Karen x




Tools
Stamp: Inspired by Stamping: Butterflies stamp set
Stencil: PaperArtsy JOFY 012 Stencil; Dutch Doobadoo 12” alphabet stencil
Die Cutting: Cuttlebug; Spellbinders Classic Large Circles die set
Miscellaneous Tools: paint brushes; pot of water; pallette knife; heat gun

Stash
Card Paper: Crafters Companion A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accents card for base and snippets for stamping and embossing onto; parchment paper #; paper for mopping up and experimenting #

Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Faber-Castell Aquarelles watercolour pencils; The Works acrylic paints; Inkabilities ink set #
Embossing Paste: Dreamweaver: Copper #
WOW Embossing Powder: WC05 metallic silver; WS01 black twinkle; WS06 pearl gold sparkle; WS38 amber rose

Embellishments: lace from my stash #; glitter #; The Works self adhesive pearls
Adhesives/Mediums: Collall all purpose glue; Versamark IP                  

# VOS: no idea when or where purchased but at least five years old
  

Monday, 11 May 2015

Christmas Card Club #10 Village Scene, not quite, but it is a scene ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was good and your week has started well. 
As above I’ve a card for our Christmas Card Club to share today.  It is/was the lovely Rita’s turn to pick the theme, #10 a village scene; I have been trying to find a particular stamp set since Friday!  Huge apologies Rita: I know I have them but I can’t find them anywhere.  There was a set in the re-cycling candy stamps I won from the lovely and talented Brenda of Floral Fantasies!  The time has, unfortunately, come for me to knuckle down and get my work room sorted.  It’s a very long, painful and distressing process but I think it’ll be worth it in the end.  
I grabbed what I could find today and whipped up this quick little card and until I have found those stamps here is another card for our box ...

 An A6 card - good to post too! 

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:


As soon I have linked this card to the above challenges I will be going off to visit all the lovely ladies of our group: if you ever want to play along with us and create two Christmas cards twice a month just let me know and I will get our lovely leader Margaret to get in touch with you.  They are a seriously talented group and provide a lot of inspiration to me.

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
Stamp: Claritystamp Ltd: fir tree stamps
Die Cutting Machine & Tools: Cuttlebug; Memory Box deer die set
Miscellaneous Tools: Pan Pastel tools

Stash
Card Paper: snippets of white card for stamping and die cutting
Kanban snippet patterned card to create the base #
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Adirondack IP: Meadow
Pan Pastels: basic set I won from the old Pan Pastel blog now known as We Love 2 Craft
Adhesives/Mediums: Collall all purpose glue


# VOS: at least five years old, no idea when or where I purchased it or if still available to buy

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Playing in my journal part two ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope you’re weekend is going well.  Here is the second page that I’ve created in my journal this past week …

Spring has sprung in Northamptonshire

Created for me and these Challenges:


I used to go to art classes and I played with lush pastel sticks and pastel papers which have more grip/texture.  That’s the paper I regularly grab to mop up excess ink and water.  I used my Splodgeaway Steampunk clock stencil again and my pastel sticks over the top of the inky mop up sheet.  You can see yellow, orange and pink spray as well as where I added colour through the stencil.  The pastel sticks are okay and I have found through experimenting and luck that if you spray water or ink over the top of them the colours stick better and stay more colourful.  So after I removed the stencil I sprayed a mica and ink mix over the sheet and left it to dry.

Once dry I put the stencil back into position and applied embossing paste to the top half only.  I didn’t want to complete cover the colour from the inks and pastel sticks.  I randomly added some glitter and again left it to dry.  I stamped and embossed the bird onto a snippet of heavily painted canvas paper and the butterfly onto a parchment paper snippet that had been sprayed purple with ink.  I wanted this journal page to have at least four different textures, some stencilling that I have only really just started to really get into, sparkle (these are my pages), fresh and spring like coloured pages and images.  My journal pages are always about what I love to create and do.  Because I love spring time I use brighter colours, textures and stamps 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 today  ttfn Karen x





Tools
Stamp: Visible Image: small butterfly stamp; Revolution stamp set: script stamp
Dina Wakley Scribbly Birds stamp set
Stencil: Splodgeaway 8” square Steampunk Clock stencil *
Miscellaneous Tools: heat gun; pallette knife; spray bottles for ink

Stash
Card Paper: snippets card, paper and vellum for stamping, stencilling and experimenting
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Faber-Castell soft pastels #; Faber-Castell Aquarelles watercolour pencils; Dreamweaver Embossing Paste: Copper #
WOW EP: WC05 metallic silver EP; The Works acrylic paints; glitter #
Adhesives/Mediums: Collall all purpose glue


# VOS: 5 years minimum old and no idea if still available to purchased or where from

* I won this mask from another blogger and have checked Splodgeaway On-Line shop and it doesn't appear to be available any more

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

AG for the Man in your life at Let's Craft & Create Challenge ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I have to warn you in advance that I have taken a lot of photographs of my project and if you are from a DT please look at the top two photographs and the final photograph.  I have listed what challenges I want to link this project up to much further down the post – so the details of those challenges are, I promise, below.
I don’t often make boxes and regularly have issues when I have to.  However I am planning on using this template again to make myself some more of these boxes because I love the finished project!  I want to make some to store all those little delicate bits and bobs that I have amassed over the years. 



It’s the fifth of the month which means it’s time for me to share my Design Team creation for the new challenge at Let’s Craft & Create Challenge.

We have a sponsor for this challenge.   The Cutting Café is our sponsor this month and the winner gets to choose 1/2 cutting file from their website. 
For all the details and the rules please pop on over to the LC&C Challenge.  It’s worth seeing what my lovely and very talented team mates have created too.
Anyways here is what I’ve created …

  
The finished box is approximately 7½” by 10½”.  Unusually I was really careful before adding the DP to my box and cover because I wanted to be able to see some of the design on the front, back and inside.

 
I wanted to be able to see the hay stack on the inside cover of the book and the flourishes inside the box. 

Has depth so good for storing bits and bobs

A final photograph of my finished book box.  If you have looked at every photograph and read all the descriptions – huge thanks to you because you are a Hero
Although I had to create a project that was for a man I have decided that this beauty is not going anywhere lol!  It’s going to be kept on my desk with some lovely little delicate embellishments stored inside it.  That is how much I love the finished project so my huge thanks to The Cutting Café for the download and to Eileen, boss lady, for getting this sponsor!

This book box was easy to create.  I printed the files onto copy paper and then used them to cut up card.  I actually recycled a cereal box instead of using my A4 chipboard sheets (I’m running a bit low on them).  It was also a fabulous way for me to use more of my old DP/PP, several snippets, and an NBUS Sizzix die too.  As always I had to add some stamped images to the finished project.  I feel like I’ve not completed a project if it doesn’t have any stamped images on it lol!

Huge apologies for the amount of tools and stash I have used – you could create one of these with half the amount I have used but as I have it I’m determined to use it lol!  Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really do appreciate it and I hope you have a fabulously happy day and get some time to do what you love to do this week  ttfn Karen x


I’ve been very lucky and able to enter Challenges too:

If you want to see what my very talented team mates have created take a look here:
My Craft Creations my lovely boss aka Eileen
Paper Panacea aka Cheryl
My Crafting Corner aka Ursula
Prendre le temps ... aka Maryvonne
My Crafty Outlook aka Hazel
Ameera Crafts aka Mary
Ammarisart aka Catherine


Tools
Stamp:
Inspired by Stamping: Australia Nature 1 stamp set

Cutting File:
The Cutting Café: Book Box 2 

Die Cutting Machine, Dies, Folders
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die: Sizzlet Paper Rosette Flower Strip – huge thanks to my lovely friend Helen for purchasing this for my birthday

Miscellaneous Tools:
Computer and printer; embossing tool; ruler; cutting mat & knife; mini bulldog clips #; paint brushes; pot of water; paint pallette  #


Stash
Card Paper:
Cereal box packaging used instead of chipboard
305mm square K & Company Tim Coffey Blossomwood Designer Paper stack #

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress IP
Adirondack IPs: lettuce, meadow, wild plum (to colour the butterflies)

Embellishments:
Brown satin ribbon with loopy edge  #
Cream Grosgrain ribbon: from a bedding set (thanks to my mum) #

Adhesives/Mediums:
Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue
Collall glue gel

 # VOS: at least five years old and no idea where I purchased them or they were purchased for me or if still available

Monday, 4 May 2015

Another mixed media CAS style card ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  We had a lovely weekend with family visiting for dinner on Saturday evening.  I think I’m going to be very sad once my mum moves.  I must try to keep myself busy and spend some time sorting and recycling everything, not just crafty stash lol!  I have another mixed media card that I created in a CAS manner.  Carol’s lovely CAS cards are influencing me lol!  I love Carol’s style and in many things we are both similar but it’s only recently that I have started to push myself again to try CAS and here it is …

Another little A6 card which won't be a problem to post

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:


I am working my way through my huge box of not stamped yet stamps.  When I found out that I was not the only one with NBUS stamps I was so relieved lol!  Thank you Darnell and everyone else for admitting our dirty little secret, it’s very nice to know that I’m not the only one.  Stamping really is my obsession lol!
This butterfly stamp is so very, very gorgeous so you will be seeing it again soon.  It is from one of my 2014 Sheena Douglass stamps purchase – I found it and some others half price and I purchased the sets that I really wanted first off and then the rest of these sets.  I love all of the A5 A Little Bit Scenic sets and finding and purchasing at half price was brilliant lol!
The Stamplorations It’s All About You set is a set I’ve used a couple of times before this and the last CAS card but I am trying a lot harder to use that set more too.  It’s perfect for me as we don’t need many birthday cards.  This set enables me to create many general cards which is why I love it so much.

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
Stamp: Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Scenic Flying Colours A5 stamp set;
Stamplorations It’s All About You Boxed and Typed cling rubber stamp set
Die Cutting Machine and Dies: Cuttlebug die cutter; Spellbinders Large Classic Circle die
Miscellaneous Tools: Ranger Cut N Dry foam; heat gun

Stash
Card Paper: white card from my stash
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
That’s Crafty DecoArt Americana acrylic paint: Turquoise Waters; Staz On IP: Teal #
Adhesives/Mediums: stencil tape; Collall all purpose glue



# VOS: no idea if available to purchase any more