Thursday, 29 October 2015

A sketch and farewell to summer ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  So nearly at the weekend and the end of the month too!  I’m attempting to use pre stamped images and the backgrounds I’ve created through the year up.  Luckily for me I have several of these butterflies stamped and embossed and a couple of the sentiments too.  Using them also meant I could enter some more challenges too: yay!  So here is the card I have to share…

  
An A6 card 
A final look


Created for me and especially for these Challenges
I used the sketch, followed the colour scheme but used them a bit lighter, 
and added a lot of daisies to my card
I chose the Technique Theme to use my stamps and some Halloween Colours
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Throwback: August 2015 Home Grown
Spectrum Noir Facebook Challenge October use orange &/or grey
The Shabby Tea Room #262 colours & patterns


One thing I need to remember to do in future is make a note of what product I’ve used to create the BGs.  I’m lucky with this one because I knew the base layer was created with Spectrum Noir AquaTints as I don’t have those colours in any of my other inks or paints!  The card I created the BG with was a rejected piece of card that got a tad mucky and I’ve found I can add colour to those so that any of my inky finger prints can be hidden.  I created paints with the SNATs by mixing a little Perfect Pearls into the watered down ink and that gives an awesome shimmer to the page and the shine is softer than when I use my H2O colours.

I also got to use some old flowers, dangles and ribbons as well as lots of snippets from my created by me background snippets.  It feels good using them up and making my hoard a little smaller each time 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: Inspired by Stamping Butterflies stamp set

Miscellaneous Tools: Tonic butterfly punch; heat gun; paintbrushes; pot of water; pipettes; palette

Supplies
Card Paper: 300 gsm white card for base; snippets Crafters Companion Centura Pearl Snow White Accents card for butterfly, sentiment, base layer panel and Brusho layer

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Spectrum Noir Perfectly Primary AquaTints, Ranger Perfect Pearls Pearl, WOW EP: blue sparkle

Embellishments: WOC daisies & stems #; ribbon #

Adhesives/Mediums: Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape


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


Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Embossing powder, stamps, stencils and sparkly texture paste ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I am so grateful that I was very creative earlier this month because the fall I had over the weekend is still affecting me and I’m struggling to sleep grr, hopefully I’ll back to my sort of  normal soon.  I wanted to see if I could create a one layer mixed media tag and here it is …
A one layer tag
I love this one too

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Fussy & Fancy Challenge #150 Orange, Black or Purple
Papertake Weekly Challenge Take Your Pick 
I chose the Technique Theme to use my stamps as well as Halloween Colours 
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Throwback: August 2015 Home Grown
 Spectrum Noir Facebook Challenge October use orange &/or grey 
Stamplorations Stamps Stencil Sunday Mixed Media Challenge
  The Shabby Tea Room #262 colours & patterns
Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenge #87 Fall or Christmas Colours
WOW Embossing Powder Challenge Anything Goes not a card


I created an ombre master board earlier this month using the two reds from the Perfectly Primary Spectrum Noir AquaTints and watercolour card.  If you’ve never tried to create a master board I highly recommend you try it out.  I have several folders of backgrounds that I’ve created myself.  Some were created with distress inks, some with paint and now several with the AquaTints. 

When I create my master boards I start out with all of them by adding ink/paint to card or WC card.  Once I have the look or colour that I want I either heat set or put them to one side whilst working on other projects.  I’ve wanted to try out the ombre technique for a long time and certain challenges this month have also helped with my decision.  I used the two shades of red in the Perfectly Primary AquaTints set.  I add them to my palette and make blends and paler shades before using them to colour my card.
I chose to use the AquaTints instead of distress inks because it’s a lot easier to do with the AquaTints and it doesn't hurt my hands and fingers which it does when I do this with my distress inks.  Also it takes about a quarter of the time to do with the AquaTints than with my distress inks.  Once I have my card the colour I want I decide if I want to add interest to the whole sheet or cut off pieces as I need it this time I cut them as I needed them.  I often add stamped or stencil details onto my backgrounds. 


On today’s tag I used a stencil and Versamark IP to tap through one of my stencils and then removed it and added green EP for the stems and orange EP for the flowers.  I had to heat set each time because repositioning the stencil would have disturbed the embossing and it was worth the extra time it took.  Once I had all of the flowers embossed I stamped the butterfly and used gold EP for that and I had finished the background.  I decided I wanted it to have a lot more texture so I added Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium with my tear drop stencil.  Once it was dry I put the stencil back in the same place and added more sparkle to the thick end of the tear drops and I love the effect I achieved.  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:  Stamplorations 4” x 6” Trendy Butterflies stamp set
Stencil: Artplorations stencils: Droplet
Miscellaneous Tools: heat tool; paint brushes; pot of water; paint palette; palette knife

Supplies
Card Paper: Crafter’s Companion A4 Watercolour card cut to create a tag
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Versamark IP; Spectrum Noir Perfectly Primary AquaTints; WOW EP; Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium
Embellishments: ribbon snippet from my stash #
Adhesives/Mediums: double sided tape; Collall all purpose glue

# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 3 years old

Sunday, 25 October 2015

A possible Christmas present ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well.  I am using my Spectrum Noir AquaTints and all of my stencils an awful lot right now.  This was one of a set of six very old chipboard circles that I purchased many years ago and I think they were supposed to be large coasters but I wanted to try something different with them so here is one I have created that may be a present or we may keep it …
  
This is the first side: very bright and bold just as I love it
  
The second side: a bit more demure 

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Country View Crafts Challenge #32 Add Texture: lots of lovely texture here
Craft Stamper Challenge Take it Make it October
Take a Technique: collage; ink; paint; stamp: yay!
Pixie’s Snippets Playground Challenge #200 snippets that’s a huge achievement Miss!
If you use any large or small snippets come on over and join in
Scrap & Craft Challenge #14 Colours of Autumn
 Spectrum Noir Facebook Challenge October use orange &/or grey
Stamping Sensations Challenge October Colours of Autumn
Stamplorations Stamps Stencil Sunday Mixed Media Challenge


Three different types of card were used to create this.  I think the AquaTints can be used straight onto chipboard but I was worried a lot of the ink would soak into the chipboard and the colours would not be so bright and vibrant.  Because I’ve struggled applying AquaTints over gesso or white acrylic paint I chose to use up some snippets which make the snippet box shrink and I know how these inks react onto the surfaces I used.

I used snippets of Crafters Companion watercolour card that I had previously painted ombre style (orange; peach; red) and Crafters Companion Centura Pearl card (the non shiny side) to paint a landscape with watered down AquaTints (grass, sky, clouds etc).  I put the wet piece aside to dry whilst I got on with other projects.  I was very lucky to be awarded a Top Pick for the September CASEplorations challenge at Stamplorations and I picked this stencil as my prize: thank you Shery (and the whole company).  You make lovely quality stamps and wonderful stencils: the quality of both for the price is outstandingly good.   I love this stencil more than the butterfly stencil so you will be seeing it a lot more in future.  I only have small blue snippets left from this project but I am inspired to create winter landscapes with snowflakes falling with these beautiful shades of blue.  I can already see it in my mind.  Must make a snowflake stencil with my dies and acetate.

The next day I grabbed the coloured watercolour card and picked which stencil I wanted to use before applying the buff Americana Satin Finish paint with a piece of sponge through the stencil.  I removed the stencil and scrubbed it off as best as I possibly could (I need to purchase some stencil cleaner soon). 

I put the watercolour card to one side to thoroughly dry whilst I started on the painted landscape card.  I tried applying the SNATs with a brush then a piece of foam through the stencil but it spread out a bit too much.  So I mopped up the AquaTints and dried the stencil before attaching it with some Washi tape.  I used a watercolour pencil to draw the shapes through the stencil onto the landscape and then used the AquaTints to colour in between the lines.

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: Stamplorations 4” x 6” Trendy Butterflies stamp set

Stencil: Stamplorations Artplorations Bloom Silhouettes stencil

Miscellaneous Tools: heat tool; paint brushes; pot of water; paint palette; palette knife

Supplies
Card Paper: Crafter’s Companion: Centura Pearl Snow White Accents card for the bold layer; large snippet of Watercolour card; small white snippets from my stash
Chipboard circles #

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Spectrum Noir Perfectly Primary AquaTints; Tim Holtz DIP: Scattered Straw (the butterflies); DecoArt Americana Acrylic Satin Finish paint; watercolour pencils #

Embellishments: ribbons from stash I won from Hazel *

Adhesives/Mediums: Collall all purpose glue


# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. six years old and * ribbon about three years old

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Shades of blue and snippets ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was a good one and your week has started well.  I am back with another card following the same sketching but this time trying out the ombre technique in shades of blue.  I will definitely be creating more of these backgrounds in future but especially this blue blend because I think it’s perfect for Christmas cards, scenes and snowflakes.  Anyway here’s today quick creation …
 
A6 tent fold - my favourite! 

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
As You Like It Challenge Monochrome or Colour & Why
I love bright and cheerful colours yet I went blue and white!
 Avenue 613 Challenge #146 Anything Goes
 Country View Crafts Challenge #32 Add Texture
 Craft Stamper Challenge October Take a Technique watercolour inks and painting
Love to Scrap Challenge LTSCB64 Anything Goes
Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #19 Anything Goes
I don’t have a favourite colour because I’ve learnt I love nearly all colours
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #205 Anything Goes


I added ribbon and a couple more stamped butterflies on this one so it’s not as clean and simple as the earlier pink and white version but I love the deeper and brighter colours of the blue and the variegated ribbon from my stash is oh so perfect too. 

I’m not sure how visible it is on my photographs but I carried out another experiment.  I wanted to see if I could emboss the butterflies just by painting the AquaTints blue onto the stamp.  I had made the background the day before so that was completely dry before I experimented.  The embossing powder is not completely smooth yet it catches the eye when holding the card.  The texture it has added to the WC card is lovely too because it’s similar to the look and feel of acrylic paint after it has been blasted with a heat gun, no acrylics or mediums were used, but next time I will try it with the glycerine as I think that would make it smoother.

I was happy with my pink and white card yet I am over the moon with this one, lol, bright zingy fresh colours are my first love and comfort zone right now lol!  One thing I have learnt from this experiment is that mixing card types on one card achieves wonderful texture without even trying – the embossing and ribbon are the cream and cherry on the top.

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:  Stamplorations 4” x 6” Trendy Butterflies stamp set
Miscellaneous Tools: heat tool; paint brushes; pot of water; paint palette
Card Paper: snippets of Crafter’s Companion A4 Watercolour card; 300gm white card
Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Spectrum Noir Perfectly Primary AquaTints; WOW clear EP
Embellishments: ribbon from my stash #
Adhesives/Mediums: double sided tape; Collall all purpose glue

# ribbon I won from Hazel many years ago


Saturday, 17 October 2015

A sketchy ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend has started well. Before I get to today’s creation I wanted to thank all of you for the lovely comments you have left on my last two creations.  I'm happy that you liked my experiments with the SNATs and stamps.  I got to create a quick card for some challenges today and here it is …
  
  
A simple card but I love it! 
The ombre effect is one of my favourite things! 

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
As You Like It Challenge Monochrome or Colour & Why
I love bright and cheerful colours.  Colour can and does regularly help to lift my mood and that’s important because I suffer from S.A.D. and anything that helps is a bonus
Butterfly Challenge #40 Butterflies & E for Embossing
Eclectic Ellapu Challenge For A Cause: Pink for Breast Cancer
Papertake Weekly Challenge two shades of red and two stamps
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Wonderful Watercolour
Spectrum Noir Facebook Challenge October use orange &/or grey
I don’t have a favourite colour because I’ve learnt I love nearly all colours 
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #266 Watercolour 
Wednesday’s Creative Inspirations Challenge #331 CAS/Fussy & Fancy: CAS


When I saw the sketch at Stamplorations at the beginning of the month I knew exactly what I wanted to try to create.  I know I’m very late to the ombre party but I have loved it for a long time.  I attempted ombre with my Distress inks but I could not achieve such lovely depth of colour without streaks in the ink.  I was in pain in my arms, back, hands and neck before I finished my ombre panel too.

If you love the gorgeous seamless and effortless blending that Tim Holtz achieves every time but, just like me, you struggle with the effort required then do yourself a favour and order at least one set of AquaTints inks!  I generally don’t like to encourage more spending but I created an ombre panel using two shades of red in less than ten minutes: and that includes the drying time too!  I used my Perfectly Primary set, #11 and #12, the two reds (IMHO one of those reds is orange lol!). 

The strip at the bottom is am ombre snippet from yesterdays tag (trying to crusade with no snippets left behind and use up my backgrounds), and a last minute brain ping and I love that strip of colour and blended inks.  I plan to add this sketch to my Pinterest board because I want to see if I have small Christmas stamps that would work beautifully for this card.  I’m struggling with my Christmas card preparation and I think quick, CAS and easy may well be the order of the day to get me back on track. 

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:  Stamplorations 4” x 6” Trendy Butterflies stamp set
Stencil: Artplorations Droplets stencil
Miscellaneous Tools: heat tool; paint brushes; pot of water; paint palette
Card Paper: snippets of Crafter’s Companion A4 Watercolour card; 300gm white card
Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Spectrum Noir Perfectly Primary AquaTints; WOW clear EP
Embellishments: skittles #
Adhesives/Mediums: double sided tape; Collall all purpose glue

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

Friday, 16 October 2015

Ombre and texture ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week’s going well we’re nearly at the weekend for those of you who have not been able to craft this week I hope you get a little inky time this weekend.  After typing and publishing my last DT post I started to go through the photographs of what I have created over the last couple of days and realised I am in the midst of a tag obsession lol!  So here is what I want to share with you today ...  
A tag that looks more orange than red lol! 

A final look

Created for me and these Challenges:
Butterfly Challenge #40 Butterflies & E for Embossing
Country View Crafts Challenge #32 Add Texture: lots of lovely texture here!
Fan-Tastic Tuesday Challenge #197 Anything Goes with Autumn colours
 two butterfly stamps;  two reds; two ribbons
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Wonderful Watercolour
 Spectrum Noir Facebook Challenge October use orange &/or grey
Stamplorations Stamps Stencil Sunday Mixed Media Challenge
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #266 Watercolour
WOW Embossing Powder Challenge Anything Goes not a card


I have a lot of snippets of watercolour card that I am doing my best to use up.  They are too small for card or canvas backgrounds but just about perfect for my tag experimentation.  I tried to achieve an ombre effect onto a piece of watercolour card and this one was the final piece where the effect didn’t show up as well as I hoped but it was still good to use for a background with some extra added tweaks.

The watercolour card was coloured with my SNATs.  I added a wash of water and then added the colours in this order: #12 red; then a wash of the red with water; then #11 and a final weaker colour – the effect looks better in real life!  So I used the richest red then a paler red and then the lighter red and a wash of the light red – which actually looks like orange lol!  I so hope that makes sense lol!  Once the background was dry I attached a stencil to it and used a baby wipe to remove some of the ink – creating a fake bleach background: which was what I wanted.  I heat set the tag before attaching the stencil once again and added some Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium through the stencil.  I stamped and embossed the butterflies onto larger snippets and the smaller butterflies onto little snippets.  I added ribbon and those cute bows and it was done: simples.  Quick to create because the paper had already been coloured it just needed some more tweaking and I am a happy bunny.

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:  Stamplorations 4” x 6” Trendy Butterflies stamp set
Stencil: Artplorations Droplets stencil
Miscellaneous Tools: heat tool; paint brushes; pot of water; paint palette; palette knife
Card Paper: Crafter’s Companion A4 Watercolour Card cut to create a tag; snippets white card from other projects
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Versamark IP; Spectrum Noir Perfectly Primary AquaTints; WOW: silver EP; Imagination Crafts Diamond Sparkle Medium
Embellishments: ribbons and bows from my stash #
Adhesives/Mediums: double sided tape; Collall all purpose glue


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

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Ribbon or Twine at Let's Craft & Create ...


Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I am very sad to say that I am fourteen days late with my creation for Let’s Craft & Create Challenge.  I am extending huge apologies to all of the lovely DT ladies and especially Eileen.  It’s the first time I have had to pull back from creating for our challenge but there was nothing I could do about it, sadly.  I am still rough but it felt good to be crafting after a couple of weeks of not being able to.  Anyway the current theme is ribbon and or twine and here’s my DT creation …

  
I made sure it is decorated on both sides! 
  
I tried to create them with roughly the same layout without getting too obsessed with it lol! 
I am happy with the stamping and colouring lol! 
Yes very happy lol!
A final look at my favourite scene

I’ve been very lucky and am able to enter Challenges too:
 Craft Stamper Challenge October Take a Technique: see below
 Frilly & Funkie Challenge Autumn Splendour
Hobby Art Stamps Blog October Challenge Autumn  
I created two balloons, two scenes and used ribbon and twine
Scrap & Craft Challenge #14 Colours of Autumn
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Wonderful Watercolour
Spectrum Noir Facebook Challenge October use orange &/or grey
 Stamping Sensations Challenge October Colours of Autumn 


When we were told that we would be using this hot air balloon shape on our project for October I had a little think about what I would like to create.  I struggled with an idea and created a couple of cards but I wasn’t truly happy with the end result.  I then had a spark: the movie Up!  I wanted my hot air balloon to be above a scene.  I printed the hot air balloon onto computer paper and glued it to a snippet of card so that I can use it as stencil in future too.  I used an A4 sheet watercolour paper with my Spectrum Noir and painted the rectangular pattern very loosely.  Because I wanted to create a mini mobile/hanging I knew I wouldn’t be happy unless I cut out a front and back of an hot air balloon (that old OCD).  I used snippets of red card to cut out the basket of the balloon and adhered it to the bottom of the hot air balloon allowing an overlap.

I used my Hobby Art stamp set and DIP to create a scene with roughly the same layout onto A5 card.  I used my Perfectly Primary Spectrum Noir AquaTints to colour the scenes (not allowing my OCD tendencies to win) and left to dry.   I had a little think about how I wanted my mobile to look and remembered that I’d recently found several old stencils (organising and de-stashing my craft room) and I wasn’t sure if I would them again but the tag shape worked perfectly with my balloon so I cut out a large tag and have attached that to the bottom of the hot air balloon.  I will be, hopefully, using those stencils again and often!


I recommend that you go and see what my lovely team mates have created too: they are very talented card artists and their gorgeous projects and can be seen here:

Catherine Ammarisart
Gail Gail’s Corner aka Gail 
Monika Cohenna.com 


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: Hobby Arts: Tuscany Scene It stamp set

Miscellaneous Tools: pot of water; pipettes; paint brushes; old Craftwork Cards tag stencil

The Cutting Café: Hot Air Balloon set; computer and printer

Stash
Card Paper: Crafters Companion A4: Watercolour Paper and Centura Pearl Snow White Accents card; snippets red card

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Spectrum Noir Perfectly Primary AquaTints; DecoArt Americana Vanilla Shake acrylic paint; Imagination Crafts Pearl Satin Silkies paint; Tim Holtz Walnut Stain DIP

Embellishments: ribbon and twine from my stash

Adhesives/Mediums: double sided tape; funky foam sheets



Thursday, 1 October 2015

Add Texture and/or use the Colour Pallette at House of Cards Challenge ...

  

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  The beginning of the month means that it's a new challenge at House of Cards Monthly Challenge.  We have a choice for you this month, you can add or create texture on your card or you can use the colour choice or you can do both.  Being me I typically wanted to use both, lol, and here is my card which I hope will inspire you …

  
First up I must apologise - I had issues photographing this card because the gold paint is so reflective.  I had to photograph the card at different angles because of the reflection from the gold paint.
  
So much texture!
And this is how rich that gold is when you move the card 
A final look, the texture and the gold paint create a lovely rich autumn colour pallette


I’m very lucky and grateful because I can enter the following challenges
 Deep Ocean Challenge #113 Autumn
 Lisa B Designs Challenge Projects made with Acrylic Paint backgrounds
Little Claire Stamps Challenge #61 autumn theme and colours 
Mixed Media World Challenge MMW#7 Anything Goes with Autumn Colours 
Papertake Weekly Challenge Take Your Pick: I chose the colours and heat embossing
 Uniko Stamps Challenge Autumn/Fall


Please go on over and see the details for the challenge.  You can see what the other talented Design Team members created by clicking on these:
G2: Donna; Katy;Lillian; Em
G3: Tammy; Toni;Linda; Dotty
G4: Rocky; Monika R; Ruza; Lisa


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: Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Sketchy A6 stamp set

Die Cutting Machine & Dies: Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Tim Holtz Sizzix Tattered Floral die

Miscellaneous Tools: pencil and ruler; paintbrushes; pot of water

Card Paper: Crafters Companion A4 Centura Snow White Pearl Accent card; white card snippets for die cutting and to create the panel of the card

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: The Works Crawford & Black: White Acrylic paint; The Works acrylic paints; Luna Lights watercolour paint #; gold embossing powder #

Embellishments: gingham ribbon #; The Works leaves

Adhesives/Mediums: Versamark IP; double sided tape; glue gun; Pritt stick

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