Monday, 30 November 2015

Christmas and Spectrum Noir #3 ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week has started well.  As I mentioned in a post last week I’m attempting to create cards that are shabby chic or OLC & CAS, which is not my normal zone!  This card is my first attempt at a Christmas shabby chic card and it’s not quite there yet.  The really good thing about that is that I’ll have to keep practicing shabby chic style, lol, such hard work trying out new styles of card but I do love playing with inks, paints and stamps so for me trying new or different is my idea of  heaven, and I love all the different shades of blue anyways here it is …

 
An A6 again love the colours of blue 
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges

Colours and theme



It was so good to get one of my Scribbly Bird stamps out again and I got to use several embellishments, glitter and die cuts too.  I created the background by using two shades of Spectrum Noir AquaTints to a snippet of watercolour paper and I blended them together with copious amounts of water and left the paper to dry.  The Scribbly Bird was stamped and heat embossed onto snippets of canvas paper.  I originally coloured it with acrylic paint but I wasn’t happy with the end result so I coloured some white acrylic with the blue from the Primary set, a little black from the Essentials set and something else that I can’t remember – I am very naughty because I don’t write down what I am doing – I just blend the colours in the palette on with paint until I am happy with them 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 & Stash
Stamp:
Dina Wakley Scribbly Bird stamp set

Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Crafter’s Companion Happy Christmas die
Memory Box Branch die
Whimsy Snowflake die

Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; pot of water; pipettes; heat gun

Card Paper:
Crafters Companion: A4 white watercolour card
300gsm card to create base
Snippets white card for die cutting
Snippets Kraft card for die cutting

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Beautifully Grunge; Essentials; Perfectly Primary
WOW Black Sparkle EP

Embellishments:
Wooden embellishments from my stash #; glitter #; Distress Stickles: Broken China

Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP
Collall all purpose glue

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


Saturday, 28 November 2015

Christmas with Spectrum Noir #2 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well.  Another Christmas card and here it is …

Another A6 card nice and easy to post 

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Love to Create Challenge #24 Mixed Media Anything Goes
Love to Scrap Challenge #66 Anything Goes
My card covers both and I’ve been heavy handed with the snow/gesso
Sweet Stamps Challenge November Anything Goes
That’s Crafty Challenge Black & White With a Hint: my hint is red
The Cat’s Pajamas Challenge TCPTUES304 Anything Goes
 Winter Wonderland Challenge Add Some Sparkle & Bling


I’m trying out different card styles at the moment.  I’m concentrating on getting our Christmas cards created so my mixed media experiments on tags or canvas is on hold.  However I am experimenting to see if I can create and like mixed media one layer Christmas cards and I want to get them created as early as possible.  This lovely card I absolutely adore and it’s not in my usual Christmas colours and it falls into the mixed media category.  The stamp is one that I won from the old Pan Pastel challenge blog and this is its first outing lol.  I’ve been going through my box of NBUS stamps and my Christmas stamps to take out stamps that I’ve not used much.

I inked up the house stamped and gave it a quick blast with my heat gun; I wanted to make sure it was completely dry before colouring as I stamped onto an A6 card.  I have to be careful when I’m inking/colouring/stamping because I am a klutz and regularly ruin cards when trying out one layer or CAS.  So I covered most of the card with doubled up kitchen towel before colouring this image with my Spectrum Noir AquaTints, I got the colour and look by adding layers of ink and then heat drying before going back in with more colour.  Once I had finished and the card was dry I scored a border around the card approx. 5mm in from each side.  I often do this when creating a one layer card because I love the texture and detail it gives to the card.  It was at this point that I decided to stamp the sentiment: next time I need to remember to do that before I score the border lol!  I grabbed my Creative Expressions texture paste and went around the scored lines to give it some snow.  I wanted there to be a layer of thick snow at the bottom of the house so I applied a thick layer of gesso which I sprinkled with glitter: simples!

There will be another card later today but it’s not Christmas, I am trying to not bore you all too much 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 & Stash
Stamp:
Premium Brands Snowy Cottage stamp set
Stampin’ Up sentiment set

Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; pipettes; pot of water; glue applicator (gesso); palette knife (texture paste); scoring tool; ruler

Card Paper:
300 gsm card cut and scored to create an A6 card

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Beautifully Grunge; Essentials; Perfectly Primary
Creative Expressions Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Texture Paste: Aurora
The Works: Gesso

Friday, 27 November 2015

Christmas with Spectrum Noir #1 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was good and you have awesome weekend plans.  Mine will be all about getting the Christmas cards we need created, lol, so I’ve a Christmas card to share with you today and here it is …

 
An A6 card, I finally did it: decorated Christmas cards which are multi layered yet flat! 
I love this cute image and all the yummy inkiness, shimmer and embellishing 
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Love to Scrap Challenge #66 Anything Goes

I used the colours and the theme

Rudolph Day Challenge Anything Goes as long as it’s Christmas
Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes
My card covers both and I’ve been heavy handed with the snow/gesso
The Ribbon Girl Use Any Image Challenge
 Winter Wonderland Challenge Add Some Sparkle & Bling


I will apologise in advance there is going to be at least two posts a day for the next four/five days and an avalanche of Christmas cards and several sketch cards too.  I've been using my Spectrum Noir AquaTints heavily to colour stamped Christmas images and thoroughly enjoying it too.  I wanted to colour this image with an Aurora Borealis sky and I managed it.  I’ve got to practice creating one on a much larger scale next.  I am very grateful that I have three different sets of ATs too because I used the blue from the Perfectly Primary, the black from the Essentials, the pink red and green from the Beautifully Grunge.

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 & Stash
Stamp:
Crafter’s Companion: Mulberry Wood Across the Miles stamp set

Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Crafter’s Companion sentiment die; Whimsy Snowflake dies

Stencil:
Stampin’ Up: Hearts & Stars stencil set purchased from my friend Helen

Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; pipettes; pot of water; ink blending tool and foam

Card:
300 gsm card; snippets white card for stamping and die cutting

Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Perfectly Primary; Essentials; Grunge
Versafine IP: black
Adirondack IP: Denim
The Works: gesso
Glitter #

Adhesives/Mediums:
Ranger Distress Stickles: Broken China #
Stickles: Pink #
Collall all purpose glue; Washi tape (to hold stencil in place)


# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 5 years old

Saturday, 14 November 2015

House of Cards stamped punched window technique with snippets & Tim Holtz STAMPtember stamps ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors I really hope that you are all well and safe.  For anyone who was in or are affected by what has happened in Paris I send you my love and my prayers.  Mans inhumanity to others has once again shown its ugly side this weekend.  It seems silly to be sharing a card and I have gone back and forth in my mind many times today but the overwhelming thought is if I don’t post if I allow them to interfere they have won so we will all battle on and so they will never win.  I thought it was worth posting anyway and here it is …

A bigger card today: 15cm square 

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Simon Says Stamps and Tim Holtz are two of my hero’s and both inspire me
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Use a Stamp or a Digi
Crop Stop Challenge Blog #11 Link Party 
Fan-Tastic Tuesday Challenge #10 AG with a twist of B:  for Birthday
Inspiration Emporium Challenge Mission Embossable:
There is embossing powder on my project
Polkadoodles Challenge #46 Autumn Colours
this is one of the stamps from the set I won from Simon Says Stamps 
Stamptember blog hop.  You’ll be seeing more because I love them!
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #209 Anything Goes


I had small and not so small snippets of orange coloured card from Octobers orange obsession and they were absolutely perfect for this project.  Because they started out orange this card was a quick and easy creation.  I have had to hold myself back a little this month because I could have become totally obsessed with the HOC technique this month lol!  I do love trying something new and then loving the end result. 

Using 300 gsm card I cut it to be a 148mm square card blank.  Using more 300 gsm card I cut two 140mm square pieces.  I stamped and heat embossed the birthday hat blueprint onto the bottom left hand side of one of the 140mm square pieces then I played around before deciding the final position for the die cut aperture.  Once happy I used a circle die to cut the 140mm square piece.  I stamped the hat onto another snippet of orange card and die cut more snippets for the scalloped frame and the ‘friend’.
Recently Jennifer McGuire shared a video about using Funky Foam for some of your self adhesive pads.  I tried it out earlier last month and I have continued with it.  I created a test card before creating my DT card and I use normal foam pads on the test run.  The top layer dipped in areas of the card.  So for my DT card and this card I cut 30mm square pieces of funky foam and then I drew around my largest circle die.  I cut out the circular piece larger than the line I drew and attached to the die cut aperture piece with double sided tape before positioning and using more double sided tape to attach it over the stamped layer.  Underneath that top layer there is one big piece of funky foam and there are no dips, it looks great, and, it’s thinner and lighter than shop bought foam pads.

I hope you are well, safe and happy wherever you are.  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: Tim Holtz & Simon Says Stamp 2015 stamp set
Die Cutting Machine & Dies: Spellbinders large classic circle & large scalloped circle dies
Paper Smooches Friend die
Miscellaneous Tools: paint brushes; pot of water; pipettes

Supplies
Card Paper: 300 gsm white card; snippets card coloured with AquaTints
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir Beautifully Grunge AquaTints
Versafine IP: black #
WOW EP: Clear; Orange
Embellishments: metal dot embellishments #
Adhesives/Mediums: double sided tape; funky foam; Collall all purpose glue

# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 5 years old


Thursday, 5 November 2015

Lots of Bling at Let's Craft & Create ...


Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  It’s a new month and that means a new theme at Let’s Craft & Create Challenge and November’s the challenge is Lots of Bling (um I might have gone a bit OTT with the pink and the bling lol) and here is my card …
 
An A5 card and okay to post too
 
A final look

I’m able to enter these Challenges too
Allsorts Challenge #335 Christmas
Inspired by White Christmas & O Tannenbaum whilst creating these cards and 
I was humming merrily away too
Suzy Bee’s Bloomin’ Challenge #104 Anything Goes twist of Shabby Chic:
I am a newbie trying to create Shabby Chic style
Time Out Challenge Christmas with the optional twist of pink &/or purple
Winter Wonderland Challenge Anything Goes Christmas


This card was mostly created with many snippets and very old stash lol.  I folded an A4 piece of 300 gsm card to create an A5 card.  The PP is very old from my use it up paper stash.   The rest of the paper and card are from my snippets box because I have a lot of snippet backgrounds from where I’ve played with colour, inks & paints this past year.  The snowflake panel was coloured with H2O’s and stamped and embossed with one of my favourite snowflake stamps.  The purple panel was a small white card snippet that I coloured with AquaTints (ATs).  The die cut tree was a cream card snippet coloured with ATs.  Snowflakes were die cut from silver paper snippets coloured with my ATs.  Flowers were cut from a thick silver paper, which is almost like fabric on the reverse.

I recommend that you go and see what my team mates have created too: they are very talented card artists and their gorgeous projects can be seen over at Let’s Craft & Create Challenge details below or on the LHS bar.  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



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



Tools
Stamp: Visible Image

Die Cutting: Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Memory Box Tree die; Whimsy Stamps snowflake die (another win from the lovely Playground); Joy Crafts flower die

Miscellaneous Tools: heat gun; pot of water; spray bottle of water

Stash
Card Paper: 300 gsm card; Anya PP #; cream snippets #; silver paper snippets #

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Pink H2O paint; WOW white embossing powder

Embellishments:
Organza ribbon #; white brads #; bling mesh; Wild Orchid Crafts pink stamens

Adhesives/Mediums:
Double sided tape; Collall all purpose glue; funky foam

# VOS: very old stash and tools 7 years minimum, no idea how long I have owned them or if available to purchase

Monday, 2 November 2015

A technique and an old favourite stamp ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was good and you’re having a good start to the week.  I have another card to share with you today.  I have several already created backgrounds ready and because of the several new challenges I thought this was a fabulous chance for me to use them and to push myself a little too.  So here is the card I was inspired to create …
  
An A6 card 

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Little Claire Stamps Challenge #62 this is one of my favourite flower stamps and as I hadn’t used it in a while I decided to get it out


I’m back quicker than I originally planned but after seeing a certain challenge or two I really wanted to play along with several of them and use some of my snippets and stash too, lol, and I wanted to try the Stamped and Cut Window technique (House of Cards Challenge Blog) differently to what I shared yesterday.  I have plans for some Christmas cards created this way too: just giving and early warning to you all, you know how I get obsessed (aka OCD) with techniques, lol.

Because I have many created by me papers and cards I have taken to writing onto a Post It what I used to create them.  I’ve been caught out recently so I’m now trying to remember to do this shortly after I have created a background lol!  I created the base layer (underneath the aperture) using the last of several H2O paints (there were just little dots of colour in the pots).  And yes I am that frugal at times lol!  Sadly the shimmer isn’t showing, as usual, but it is there.  There was only a little of each colour left in the pot so I added water and poured them onto textured paper that had a fingerprint or two on it (when using ink or paint I’m often mucky and always have card/paper with ink or paint splodges).

I grabbed a piece of smooth white card that I coloured with pink AquaTints.  I take about 5-10 ml out of the pot with a pipette and spread it across three wells in my paint palette and create three shades of pink.  After I coloured the card I left it to dry whilst working on the butterfly.  I create some of my embellishments from clay, Friendly Plastic or Thermomorph and I use moulds and/or mini cutters to create them, I also create them in batches so they are ready in advance for when I want to use them (still a little OCD going on lol!).  This butterfly was created with Thermomorph and it was white so added colour with Picked Raspberry DIP but it didn’t look quite right.  I got white acrylic paint out, put it into the paint palette, and added a small amount of pink AquaTints to colour it.  I haphazardly applied the paint to the butterfly and heat set it a little: so glad I did because it has fabulous texture!  I also added some pink Stickles to the butterfly which again adds texture and a little more bling.

When I went back to the background I stamped the flowers with pale ink so that once they were coloured there would not be a dark or solid line from the stamp.  This no line colouring technique is one of my favourites and I go back to it every so often.  I also have a not so little box of very old embellishments to use so I grabbed a solid stamen that I coloured with a Spectrum Noir alcohol marker.  I trimmed bling mesh and attached a line of that to the pink layer which gives another layer of texture.  I die cut the circle from the A6 background once it was dry and used my embossing tool to dry emboss the die cut line, again texture!  I inked the base A6 card and the coloured panel before attaching them to the card.  I have been using Funky Foam as an experiment for replacing foam pads and it’s worked beautifully here as the funky foam completely supports the layer.  I cut the foam smaller than the layer and removed a large area for the aperture.

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: Little Claire stamp

Die Cutting Machine & Dies: Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine and Spellbinders Large Classic Circle die set

Miscellaneous Tools: Martha Stewart Silicon butterfly mould; heat tool; paintbrushes; pot of water, embossing tool

Supplies
Card Paper: 300 gsm card; snippets textured paper #

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints Perfectly Primary & Perfectly Grunge
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Marker dark grey;
Distress IP: Victorian Velvet
Pink Stickles Glitter Glue #; very old H20 colours #

Embellishments: Thermomorph granules; wire stamen #; bling mesh #

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


# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 6 years old

Sunday, 1 November 2015

A stamping technique at House of Cards Challenge ...


Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well.  I am sure the months are coming quicker and faster as time marches on.  I had fun learning this technique, it is quick and easy and the results: fabulous!  So here is my House of Cards Design Team creation …

 
I am happy with this one and I've been playing with this technique to see how many different ways as I can use it lol
A final look

Luckily for me this also fits these Challenges
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Throwback Challenges: home grown; stamp & punch; love this technique; use a stamp
Sweet Stampin' Challenge Dies &/or Punches
The Cat’s Pajamas Challenge TCPTUES302 Anything Goes
Vintage Stamping Challenge #37 use a die or dies 
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #207 Anything Goes


One of our lovely leaders has a video tutorial for this technique over on our blog.  Please go take a look and keep your eyes open for what my very talented DT team mates have created too.  We all started at the same point but they are all gorgeously lovely and different: don’t you just love stamping for this reason: I know I do lol!  All the links for the challenge and for my design team members are in the left hand side column over there on the left lol!

I’ve a couple of cards I’ve creating following this technique so I will be sharing more like this.  I’m actually looking forward to taking my Christmas stamps out and trying it with some of those stamps too lol!

Because I hadn’t done this technique before I wasn’t sure how it would look or what stamps or papers to use.  I decided to do a practice run with the made by me backgrounds snippets box and a previously stamped, coloured and fussy cut image.  The card above was my test run because I figured I wouldn’t be annoyed with myself if it didn’t work because all those bits came from my snippets box.  I have tweaked the technique a little this time and I will be sharing more like this and more that are true to the video during this month.
 
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 & Supplies
Stamp: Sheena Douglass A6 A Little Bit Sketchy Poppies & Daisies stamp set

Die Cutting Machine & Dies: Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Spellbinder Nestability Classic Large Circle die set; Paper Smooches friend die

Stencil: 
12” square Dutch Doobadoo stencil

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

Card Paper:
300 gsm card for base and top layer; snippets created by me backgrounds and stamping card

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir Perfectly Primary AquaTints; Faber Castell: purple gelato

Embellishments: mini metal dot #

Adhesives/Mediums:
Maimeri Glossy Medium; Funky Foam; double sided tape; Washi Tape; Collall all purpose glue

# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 5 years old





Group 2: Donna; Katy; Lillian;  Em
Group 3: Tammy; Toni; Linda; Dotty
Group 4: Rocky; Monika R; Ruza; Lisa
Group 7: Daen’Ys; Emily; Pat; Steph C