Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Red Riding Hood ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  
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I got use a new stamp from the box of new stamps: yay!  I love this image, so pretty and so fun to colour and here it is …

  
An A6 card with a mixed media twist 
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Frilly & Funkie Challenge Raise It Up (see below)
  Paperbabe Stamps Challenge Photo Inspiration


  The Shabby Tea Room #256 Summer Picnic


Another mixed media card that I really enjoyed creating!  Red is a very cute image that was a lot of fun to stamp and colour. 

#1 I created an A6 white card then I stamped and embossed May Lee Dee Red onto large snippet, A6-ish size, and stamped her a second time onto a white snippet. 

#2 I decided to paint a background scene with H2Os, I left the sky and ground to dry for about 15 minutes before colouring May Lee Dee Red with watercolour pencils and H2O paints.  I left it to completely dry before moving onto the next step.
 
#3 I used a paintbrush and white acrylic paint to draw an outline of fluffy white clouds.  Once I was happy with the shape and size of the clouds I used more paint to fill the clouds and I left it to dry overnight (the paint was thick).

#4 I coloured the card snippet that had May Lee Dee Red stamped and embossed with H2Os and watercolour pencils.  I left it to completely dry before fussy cutting and attaching as a decoupage layer on the scene with foam pads.

#5 I used an A6 snippet of white card that I covered with a stamp and inks and attached to the base card with tape.  Lots of depth and dimension: simples 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 & Supplies
Stamp:
Paperbabe Stamps: May Lee Dee Red Riding Hood
I used an old unknown background stamp to create a background paper

Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Joy Crafts flower dies

Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water; glue spatula (to add texture to the clouds)

Card Paper:
Crafter’s Companion A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accents to stamp on and create a base, and a snippet for stamping and embossing

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Versamark IP; WOW Embossing Powder: black sparkle
Distress IPs: salty ocean; peacock feather; shaded lilac; squeezed lemonade
H2O paints #; The Works white acrylic paint

Embellishments:
Wooden flowers from my stash #; brads from my stash #; metallic pearls from stash #

Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue; foam pads

# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 8 years old

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Christmas Card Club Christine's choice of Let it Snow & Scrappy Mo's Rudolph Day Challenge too ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was good one and your week’s going well.  Well the title says it all today and here it is …

  
An A6 card


Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
Card Mania Challenge #70 Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge Christmas in July
Creative Corner Challenge Christmas in July
 One Crazy Stamper Challenge Anything Goes
Sparkles Christmas Challenges #54 use ribbon, lace or twine
Stamping Sensations Challenge Feature a Creature
  
I created a second card because I wanted to make sure I played along with my lovely friend Crafty Mo’s Monthly Rudolph Day Challenge as well as some other challenges too and here is my second card …
   
Another A6 card good to post too! 

Crafty Boots Challenge Christmas in July
Jingle Belles Challenge Old Fashioned or Retro
Tag and baubles remind me of the 1950’s Christmas designs: love them!
My Time to Craft Challenge #300 Christmas in July
Ooh La La Creations Challenge Christmas in July

A final look at the first one
A final look at this one

My apologies to my lovely friends (Christmas Card Club), I got DH to photograph the card for me this morning as I can’t stand upright for long, blooming sciatica!  After I have visited my lovely ladies I will have to post, link and log off to rest.  I think that will have to be the norm for the next week. 

Although, sadly, um, I’ve figured out what and why the sciatica kicked off: too much craft; I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when I figured it out, lol & grr!  Thankfully I’ve projects created especially for challenge so I’ll still be able to enter challenges with those projects: yay!


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 coming week  ttfn Karen x







Tools & Supplies Card 1
Stamp:
Crafters Companion Mulberry Wood Across the Miles stamp set; Papermania sentiment from an old Christmas stamp set #
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat gun; paint brushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water; pallette knife
Card Paper:
Crafters Companion Centura Pearl Snow White Accents A4 card for base, stamped panel and snippets for die cutting
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Crafters Companion Perfectly Primary Spectrum Noir AquaTints; Versamark IP; WOW EP Black Twinkle
Embellishments:
Ribbon from my stash #; robin stickers (thank you Miss Pixie) #; AB glitter #
Adhesives/Mediums: Collall all purpose glue; foam pads; Dreamweaver pearl embossing paste (to create the snow)

Tools & Supplies Card 2
Card/Paper:
Snippet of inky card
Crafters Companion Kraft card to make the base
Colour:
Red spray ink (the inks are old and I no longer have them so no idea what colour or brand) #
Embellishments:
Tag # (part of a QVC kit, must be about 10 years old)
Small wooden tree sold as a tree bauble in Tesco # (bought four years ago)
Organza ribbon # (same as tag)
HOTP brad # (same as tag)


# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, minimum 7 years old

Friday, 24 July 2015

Another floral garden card ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was good and you have awesome, good and nice weekend plans.  I have another card to share with you today and here it is …
 
A 148mm square card this time with more depth 
A final look
Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Distress inks; Flower Garden stamp set
Papertake Weekly Challenge Build It Up: layers & dimension
I have multiple layers of ink, paint, stamping and stencilling on this card
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge ‘I’ for iridescent & inspired by Distress
Stamplorations Challenge Stamps & Distressing
The Craft Barn Weekly Challenge Circle & and Flowers: circles on the DP
Try It On Tuesday Challenge Hot & Wild: I chose hot colours


I can, for once, say that this is a distressed card, lol!  It’s only taken me five years to get to this point.  Five years to find my style of distressed which isn’t dark and I love that the shimmer shows too.  I added a light layer of green H2O around the flowers and then I went over with the Peeled Paint IP: it’s lovely and I love it!
I have been experimenting with my Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamp set and H2O paints again, lol.  This time I wanted to try and create a very distressed look and not only did I manage to do that I am, for a change, really happy and like the end result.  I used Peeled Paint DIP on the DP and on the stamped panel after the H2Os had dried.  If I don’t use dark inks (e.g. brown or black) I can be very happy with the final distressed looks, it’s one of my quirks I suppose lol!

I also got to use old stash up by remembering to use DP, roses and ribbon.  My style really has changed though because I think I prefer the base to be plain or inky these days.  I think some more of my papers are going to be leaving our house 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 coming weekend  ttfn Karen x






Tools & Supplies
Stamp:
Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamp set

Miscellaneous Tools:
Paint brushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water; ink blending foam

Card Paper:
Snippets of card for stamping # ; Crafters Companion A4 Centura Snow White Accents for base; 6” square DP #

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
H2O paints for stamping and colouring #
Distress IP: Peeled Paint

Embellishments:
Ribbon from stash I won from Hazel
Wild Orchid Crafts: roses

Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue; silicon glue gel; foam pads

# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 8 years old



Thursday, 23 July 2015

On holidaymabobs lol, in my imagination ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was good and you week has started and ends well.  I’m very happy to finally have inked and used this beautiful stamp.  Thank you so much Brenda, this is one of the beautiful recycled candy stamps I won from Brenda.  This one is going to be used a lot and here it is …
  
Another A6 card  I can feel the sun beating down on me!
A final look with at all the gorgeous colours!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Tando stencil; Ranger Archival IP; Ranger Perfect Pearls; Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Country View Crafts Challenge On Your Travels 
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge ‘I’ for inspired & iridescent

  Tando Creative Challenge July Colours

 That’s Crafty Challenge Stencils &/or Masks


When I got this stamp out from my box of not used yet stamps I knew exactly how I wanted the finished piece to be.  I wanted to create a card that looked like it had been painted or a photograph taken in Provence.  I wanted the whole thing to have that look and feel.  In my mind (I’ve always had an over active imagination), we are travelling through the Provence region of France.  We have parked the car at the turning for this beautiful chateau and we are going to have a lovely holiday staying in a Gites. 
I think I’ve conveyed the look and the feel that I was trying to create with this card.  I used bright Provence style colours on the stamped piece and I had a lot of fun playing with paints, glossy medium, Perfect Pearls and a Tando stencil creating a burnt orange background.  I created the background and left that to dry before stamping and colouring the gate and flower with H2Os.
I was very surprised when I started typing this post, the details and adding the photographs: that this is my 100th post: that happened so quickly!  In fact it happened a lot quicker than I expected.  Once I’ve my current creations finished, photographed and blogged I will add a candy for you lovelies.  Getting more followers would be good but it’s not an obsession for me any longer.  That is so very different to how I felt when I was blogging on Stamping In Pink.  I have changed my outlook since Christmas and although it’s taken me a lot of time I know it was worth it.  Thank you all for believing in me and my journey: you lovely lot will never know how much that means 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 & Supplies
Stamp:
La Blanche silicon stamp
Simon Says Stamps: Be sentiment stamp set

Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Stampin Up Label punch

Stencil:
Tando Creative stencil

Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water

Card Paper:
Crafters Companion A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accent card for stamping and stencilling; Crafters Companion A4 Black Matt card for base; snippet coloured with SNATs for stamping sentiment onto

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Ranger Archival IP: Sepia # ; Ranger Perfect Pearls: Copper # ; Gold #
Tim Holtz Distress IP: faded jeans
H2O paints #

Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue; Washi tape (I use this to attach the stencil)
Maimeri Glossy Mediuim

# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 8 years old

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Be a dreamer for a Birthday Celebration, a Blogversary and Challenges ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I got to play a little at the weekend, in between DT projects, and as I still have my H2O paints out I tried out some more different styles.  Also I wanted to create a project for two bloggers I follow.  Here is my card which luckily for me fits both of your link ups and a couple of challenges too 

   
There is something about these birds that really appeals to me
A final look

Created especially for these:
Birthday Week Link Up.  When I first saw Becca’s banner I had to use this stamp, 
he’s on the banner but he’s taken his sunglasses off lol!

I was introduced by Sandy Allnock who did a recent CASE. 
Once I saw Jenn's creations I knew I wanted to follow the blog.
Jenn’s creations are totally inspiring to me.  I chose the card on the right to CASE.

Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge ‘I’ for inspired & irridescent
Jenn’s card for the DT really inspired 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 & Supplies
Stamp:
Simon Says Stamps: Tim Holtz Crazy Bird stamp set
Simon Says Stamps: Be stamp set
Miscellaneous Tools:
Paint brushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water
Card Paper:
Crafter’s Companion A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accents
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress IP: dried marigold
Ranger Archival IP: sepia
H2O paints #
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue

# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 8 years old

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Be Awesome On a Cloudy Day ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your having an awesome weekend! Another card I’ve created with my current obsession with Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamps to share with you today and here it is …
  
I know it's a small one and almost CAS but I love it

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Crop Stop Blog Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Challenge Don’t be Square
Penny Black & More Challenge Add a Sentiment


  The Shabby Tea Room 255 Sweet as Sunshine:
 that is what this looks like to me!


For some reason these stamps and my H2O paints are my complete obsession right now.  For this card I really wanted to keep the colours light, much lighter than I have before and for some reason this card makes me feel that it is sunshine on a plate!  At the moment this spiked flower is my favourite of all the flowers and I love that I get to create the length of the stem that I want too. 

# I used white paper and three distress inks to create a richly coloured yellow paper, I used ink blending foam with the inks, and a spray bottle of water to get the usual dimpling and I used that to cover the card base and a little more to matt the sentiment onto: simples!

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 today  ttfn Karen x








Tools & Supplies
Stamp:
Simon Says Stamp: Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamp set
Simon Says Stamp: Simon Says Be stamp set

Miscellaneous Tools:
Stampin Up label punch; foam; paintbrushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water

Card Paper:
Snippets of card for stamping and colouring; Crafters Companion A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accents card; white paper which I coloured with different DIPs

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Tim Holtz DIP: faded jeans (to stamp the sentiment); Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw & Marigold were used to create a background piece
Luminarte: H2O paints

Adhesives/Mediums:
Double sided tape


# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 8 years old

Thursday, 16 July 2015

A different new stamp ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  My creative buzz is still going, but I’ll have to curtail it for a bit as I’ve chores that require attention, boo, boo!  I created this card with new stamps I won from entering the challenge at Rubber Dance Art Stamps Challenge blog, thank you lovely Bibi! This stamp style is perfect for me and as I’ve several vintage lady stamps I have realised how much I enjoy stamping and colouring them. 
Recently my distress or vintage style button has turned on lol!  Normally I fight it but this time I’m going with it.  I’m hoping to photograph a project I finished last night.  It’s the first time I’ve created something for a specific monthly link and I’m very nervous of sharing it.  Enough of my waffle here’s a card I created especially for challenges and because I wanted to use my new stamp and colour her too …
  
Back to an A6 card 

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Card Mania Challenge #70 Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Challenge Don’t be Square



That Craft Place Challenge Mixed Media Anything Goes
Wednesday’s Creative Inspirations Challenge #322 Let’s Colour
We Love to Create Challenge #14 Anything Mixed Media or Creative Goes



Because I had a little luck and won prizes at a couple of challenges earlier this year I’ve acquired new stamps/sets.  There’s no money in the pot for crafty purchases but I am lucky because I’ve been stamping for a long time I own different colouring mediums, and this is then first time I’ve been happy to be a crafty hoarder lol!
I created the background with Spectrum Noir AquaTints, the vintage lady and the sentiment I stamped with DIP and I coloured her with H2Os.  Because of moving rooms around I found more old stash, grr a bag of chipboard shapes, grr, and so many peel offs, grr! 
If anyone in the UK would like a peel off or peel offs for yourself or your children please contact me and I will post some to you (I think I’ve found about 50 sheets of them so far).  Again if anyone in the UK would like some square or rectangular chipboard shapes I’m more than happy to post some of those too!
I had no idea why I was having a creative buzz but as I was typing this post I realised why but I won’t write or say otherwise I’ll end up with severe insomnia again, grr.  I hope you like this card as much as I do: it was a joy to stamp and colour!  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 & Supplies
Stamp:
Rubber Dance Art Stamps: vintage lady from the CO4 women collage set; memoirs
Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water

Card Paper:
White card for base; snippets white card for stamping and colouring
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTint Inks: Perfectly Primary
Distress IPs:
H2O paints #
Embellishments:
Woodward chipboard flourish #
Adhesives/Mediums:
Double sided tape; foam pads

# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 8 years old

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

The same stamps but different style ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I am sorry but I just couldn’t resist it – I had to play with these stamps again.  So I have a, um well I think, distressed card to share with you today and here it is …

 
A one layer A6 card but so different
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Card Mania Challenge #70 Anything Goes
Stamplorations Challenge Stamps & Distressing


I have no idea where this one came from.  One minute I was colouring the flower stamp with the H2O paints, stamping them, then using a wet brush to colour the flowers with, and I had planned to go for a bright summer coloured background but it didn’t feel right so I allowed myself to go where I don’t normally like to go and used dark distress ink pad and ink blending foam to colour the background.  I put it to one side to thoroughly dry and showed it do DH when it was dry. 
I felt that something was missing and as per usual a chat with OH pointed me in the right direction.  The flowers needed more definition so I over stamped them with paints that were a little darker than the original colours and that made them pop even more.
As I was having a lot fun I just let loose and went with it.  It turned out to be one of the rare times that I know I have created a distressed or vintage or grunge card and what surprised me even more was the fact that I love it!  Playing out of my comfort zone has, once again been so very good for 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 & Supplies
Stamp:
Simon Says Stamps Shop: Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamp set
Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water

Card Paper:
Snippet of white card to stamp and paint; A4 white card to create base
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
H2O paints #; Tim Holtz DIP: Peeled Paint; watercolour pencils (to better define the stem and leaves)
Adhesives/Mediums:
Double sided tape

# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 8 years old

Monday, 13 July 2015

A new set of stamps ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was good and your week has started well.  I love my new Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamps with my old H2O paints.  Now you may need your sunglasses because I went full on colour!  Here is my card …

  
A 150mm square card this time - I wanted to go big with the stamps!   Will be okay to post too
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
  Colour Arte Blog Challenge #1 Colour Scheme

 Craft Stamper Magazine Challenge Take It Make It: AG
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge Thank You
Great Impressions Stamps Challenge Favourite Stamp/s
I am now in love with these new stamps – they are going to be used a lot!
Loves Rubber Stamps Challenge #159 Anything Goes
Noor Design Challenge Something Old & Something New:
Old H2O paints; New Flower Garden stamp set
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge  Anything Goes


I was very lucky to have a very unexpected and very much appreciated win at Papertake Weekly Challenge.  Simon Says Stamps was a sponsored and I won me a $25.00 SSS voucher and as these were at the very top of my ‘Stamp Wish List’ they are what I ordered along with a stencil too.  Huge thanks to Simon Says Stamps for sponsoring the challenge, Dawny P and the DT for the awesome Papertake Weekly challenges. 

I’m so happy I was able to purchase these as I know I’ll use them a lot.  In fact I have created, erm, several cards with these and once I find my canvas boards I will use them to create some lovely stamped and coloured canvases.  Once finished they will go into my box of ‘hand crafted presents’ (and we’re hoping they will be appreciated).  
I plan to use them a lot on their own and I hope they’ll work with most of my own flower stamps.  I’m juggling around in my mind with the idea of using them to create landscapes too – it’s a case of wait and see what will work and when I have the time lol! 

My H2Os are approximately ten years old and I purchased my first set after taking part in a workshop at Creative Expressions I immediately fell in love with the vibrant colours and shimmer and I went through a phase of stamping with permanent ink and colouring with H2Os.  I kept trying to stamp with them but was disappointed with the end result.  I must have not heard the instructions of how to stamp with them at the workshop because I never achieved a crisp image when stamping, my projects would be soft and sometimes blurry.  The result was not as good as I hoped.  I found out recently that it was user error: I made my paint too wet.  Luckily my patience has much improved and as I love to practice and learn new techniques my stamping with H2Os has improved. 

I’m very grateful to the lovely artists and crafters that share tips and tutorials on YouTube.  I recently found a Colour Arté blog  and YouTube channel and that has helped a lot too.  I’ve corrected how I ‘ink up’ the stamp with the paint and now keep the definition from whatever I am stamping.  In fact I’ve figured out a way that I can colour the image and then add definition.  My images now have the definition and aren’t blobs: although I have and probably will still use those blobs as great backgrounds 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 & Supplies
Stamp:
Simon Says Stamps Shop: Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamp set
Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water
Card Paper:
Snippet of white card to stamp and paint; A4 white card to create base; VOS 150mm square paper # (I’ve not got the cover any more but I think they were K & Co or Basic Grey)
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
H2O paints; watercolour pencils (to better define the stem and leaves)
Adhesives/Mediums:
Double sided tape; Maimeri Glossy Medium
Embellishments:
Ribbon I won from Hazel’s ribbon candy
Wild Orchid Crafts: cherry blossoms; sweetheart blossoms


# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 8 years old

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Trees at Christmas Card Club ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well.  I actually managed to do some crafting yesterday and made sure the first project to finish was for our lovely Christmas Card Club.  It was the lovely GranMargaret’s choice for this challenge and she chose Trees.  Now that was fabulous for me because I think I’ve only used this stamp set just once before and as the H2O paints were out I decided to use them to stamp the trees with.  Here is my snippet busting; stamps not used much before; and use paints I only play with every so often card lol 

  
Yep another A6 which is fab for posting! 
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:


It’s a shame that you can’t see the shimmer from the H2O paints on this one but it is there.  I’m experimenting right now, I didn’t plan for it to be distressed it’s just where the creative process is taking me right now 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 over the coming week ttfn Karen x






Tools & Supplies
Stamp:
Woodware Clear Stamp Set: FRS278 Winter Forest
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat gun; paintbrushes; spray bottle of water; pot of water
Card Paper:
Snippets white card to stamp onto; C6 card; snippets glitter card #; snippets Christmas papers #
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Versamark IP; WOW EP: Platinum; two shades of green H2O paints #
Embellishments:
Rick rack ribbon from my stash #; enamel dot from my stash #
Adhesives/Mediums:
Double sided tape

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

Saturday, 11 July 2015

For challenges ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was good and you’re having an awesome weekend.  I am still mid creative boost at the moment and I was so happy that I put some time aside to create a project for a couple more challenges and here it is …

  
Another A6 card 
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
Card Mania Challenge #70 Anything Goes


   Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge

Crop Stop Blog #6 Anything Goes Linky Party
I used Distress inks and Memory Box die
Deep Ocean Challenge: Use Two Stamps
Stamplorations Challenge Stamps & Distressing

Time Out Challenge #35 Nature, optional twist with an animal


This ended up being another multi step creation, lol, I know that a lot of my creations are that way at the moment as I’m still heavily experimenting with inks, paints and other mediums, as well as really getting into my stencils too (aka newly obsessed with adding texture and layers with stencils).  I love the end results too.

This started with me using the last two sheets of an old A4 sketch pad (the paper was no longer bright white and I've no idea where or when I purchased this as the front and back covers were missing and it came to light late last year when moving my craft room).  I was determined not to waste too much old stash just because it wasn't pristine white any more and I have to say the end result is fabulous - it looked a little distressed before I inked, stamped and stencilled it.

The stamp I used was an old Graphicus Stamp Set (aka Elusive Images aka Chocolate Baroque and I can't find this stamp on CB's site).  I’m loving using those old stamps with newer stash.  There are more brands and colours of inks and the quality of the stamping inks and other mediums available today are so much better than when I first started stamping and card making.  Once stamped I put the papers I had created to one side ready to use when I wanted.

I stamped and embossed one of the Steam Punk Bird stamps from Chocolate Baroque and coloured him with my H2O paints.  Whilst the bird was drying I grabbed one of the A4 background sheets I made three weeks ago and cut it in half. Then I attached a mask onto the stamped paper and added a dollop of Maimeri glossy gel to my craft mat and applied that to the background.  I left that to dry whilst cleaning my stencil and stamps and came back to the project the next day (yesterday).

I grabbed Kraft card snippets, my Cuttlebug and MB branch die and cut several branches which I glued onto the background.  I am trying to make more male cards for me and my family so no flowers, no ribbon and no obvious sparkle but I felt it needed a little something.  Light bulb moment!  Craftwork Cards Candi in brown and green to match the colour theme at Chocolate Baroque, simples, not, but much fun yes!

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 & Supplies
Stamp:
Chocolate Baroque A4 Steampunk Bird stamp set and a VOS stamp for the BG #
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Memory Box branch die – thank you Missy Pixie!
Stencil:
Dutch Doobadoo stencil
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat gun; paintbrushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water

Card Paper:
A4 white paper for background #; A4 white card for base; snippets Kraft card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Tim Holtz DIP: Weathered Wood; Rusty Hinge; Peeled Paint; Mustard Seed
WOW Embossing Powder: blue sparkle
Embellishments:
Craftwork Cards Candi
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP; Maimeri Glossy Gel; double sided tape; Washi tape


# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 8 years old