Saturday, 31 January 2015

Fifteen minutes per page and 2016 January Calendar pages ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well.  I have my final two January 2016 Calendar pages to share with you today and here is the first …


 
 Tick tock - fifteen minutes no more! 
 
Love the snowflake stamps and the fact that I thought to make my own stencils/masks! 
The sparkle is wonderful!  The time goes by quickly though! 
Do you get the feeling that I really enjoyed myself lol?!

And here my third and final 2016 January calendar page …

  
Sorry I didn't get such a good photo of the second page - grr! 
You can see here how much darker the background is with this picture
 
And the way I used the stamps and the mask 
I've embellishments left over from another project that I will use for embellishing
I stamped the label/banner three times onto white snippets and 'January' six times
I have all the pieces now put into a folder waiting for next month's prompts!
  
 
A final look at both.
I love the rich blue on the left and the light but cold blue and sparkle on the right!

I started both of these in the same way by putting some Pebeo blue Acrylic paint into an empty spray bottle and topping it up with water.  Once again I followed the fifteen minute challenge at the Speed Craft Challenge.  I sprayed both white sheets with diluted paint, dried them with my heat gun.  On the one on the left hand side I stamped the little snowflake with one of my favourite DI colours.  Next I heated the card again before using my home made snowflake mask and adding the Cosmic Shimmer paste through the die cut mask and I was finished!  In less than fifteen minutes too – a great way to kick start the year!

On the second sheet I sprayed the card twice with the diluted paint, drying in between each spray.  This time I grabbed one of my Faber-Castell Snow Cone Gelato and rubbed that through my home made mask and lightly sprayed with water and then heat set.  Finally I used DI Peacock Feathers with the beautiful snowflake stamp and randomly stamped across the sheet.  I heat dried it, you can see I got a little too close on more than one occasion lol!  The third and final sheet and put it to one side.  Two more pages finished and ready to be mounted onto card or chipboard some time and ready to be bound in December!  I may add more or not – I have a rough idea of how I wanted it to look but I’m not completely there with the design yet.



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:
Sheena Douglass Ornate Snowflake stamp set
Cuttlebug Die Cutting machine; Sizzix old original green Snowflake die #
Heat gun; pallette knife; spray bottle of water

Stash:
Card/Paper: Crafters Companion Snow White Accent card snippets (left over from Xmas); acetate to die cut
Colours: Distress IP: Peacock Feather
Pebeo blue acrylic paint
That’s Crafty Website: Faber-Castell Tropical Gelato’s: Snow Cone – works brilliantly with Peacock Feathers DI
Embellishments: Shimmer Sparkle Texture Paste: Frosty Dawn


# that was one of my original die purchases when I had an old Sizzix machine and I still use it every so often but it must be sixteen or seventeen years old

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Believe ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  Today I want to share some words of wisdom that I recently found.  I was tempted not to post this at first but I realised these words mean a lot to me and I totally relate to them and they are why I have set up a second blog that has nothing much to do with my card art creations but is more about me and what I want to do.



It took many years to learn and practice how to stamp, colour and create projects I liked.  It also took years of practice to hone those skills enough that these days I actually like what card art I create 95% of the time. 

I want to do the artsy/paint/crafty stuff I used to enjoy at school and twenty years ago when we moved here.  However my skills are not as good as I hoped.   Then I saw a post on Tracy’s blog and I remembered this journal and quote.  It was a complete ‘doh’ moment, it fits exactly how I’m feeling right now.  It has been more than seventeen years since I doodle/sketch/draw/paint.  How dumb and presumptive am I?  I thought those skills were there ready and waiting to be used. 

So I sat down and thought about it and had a discussion with DH, he is so very supportive.  Those skills are rusty and nearly non existent, but they’ve not completely gone.  It took me years to practice and hone my card art skills.  I am going to try and do the same with my artsy/crafty skills.  When I look back at earlier projects when I first learnt to stamp I’m embarrassed and I’m hoping that I will repeat that feat here.

The moral of my waffle and my word for 2015 is BELIEVE.  I will practise drawing/doodling/painting a little every day and BELIEVE in the long run I’ll be happy with my creations and I’ll learn a lot along the way and that is why I set up a second blog.  I’ll share my mistakes and my sketches or paintings with you but I will keep on practising to improve those skills.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this week  ttfn Karen x

A calendar page ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  Crikey I got my first Follower – wow thank you so much Rubber Dance – I love your challenges!  Also thank you to everyone that left me a comment on yesterday’s post – I really do appreciate it and I have to say I was a bit surprised as this is such a new way of sharing my crafting with you all.
I have a calendar page to share with you again today.  It is a lot more minimal than yesterday's page, lol, and here it is …

I was a very good girl and kept an eye on the time
The Aquatints make wonderful, quick and easy backgrounds! 
They also stamp beautifully too.  This was where I had to stop within the time limit.
To be honest I was really shocked that I got this far - will be doing this again!
The finished January page.
I used one of the smaller stamps to a stamp and emboss and then added more sparkle with the paste.
Here are all the pieces ready to be created into a calendar 
With the individual finished pages
The finished stamped and blinged up page!

I recently found the monthly challenge at The Craft Barn Blog.  You create a calendar page each month and at the end of the year you have all the pages you need to complete at least one hand crafted 2016 Calendar/Christmas gift.  Creating Christmas cards throughout the year really paid off big time last year and now I’m trying to also create Christmas presents all year through too.  Sadly I ran out of time to finish the Christmas 2015 presents so I hope to finish them this year and put them away ready for Christmas.  Keep your fingers crossed for me, lol, because that's my current plan too lol!  On this blog I will share mixed media and hand crafted presents and on Stamping in Pink I will create my OCD Christmas and birthday cards.  So I will be sharing both sides of me lol!

I also found the Speed Craft Challenge too.  I really love the idea of this one as you create within a strict time limit.  That means I won’t have the time to panic or overly think about what I'm creating.  That style of crafting is completely the way I want to go this year - so it is well and truly right up my current street.  

DH bought me a set of Aquatints for Christmas and after watching one of Sheena’s videos I've been playing with them.  I was and still am shocked at how easily and quickly you can colour a piece of white card or paper.  You use a little bit of ink and a little blob of glycerine and they blend, colour and stamp beautifully and really quickly!  I coloured the larger snowflake stamp with a blue Aquatint and stamped that across the page.  I heat dried it (that’s quick to do too) and stamped and embossed the smaller snowflake from the same set of stamps.  I really like the Aquatints a lot, so you will be seeing more of them in the future.


Created Especially for Family and these Challenges:


Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really do appreciate it.  I hope you all like one of my new avenues and that you get some time to do what you love to do this week!  ttfn Karen x






Tools:
Sheena Douglass stamp set: Ornate Snowflakes
Splodgeaway mat; scissors; heat gun; ink blending foam; spray bottle of water; pallette knife; heat gun

Stash:
Card/Paper: an A5 piece of paper
Colours: Aquatints Perfectly Primary; Blue Glitz WOW EP; Shimmer Sparkle Texture Paste: Frosty Dawn
Other: Versamark IP; Glycerin

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Wednesday's post is about a new blog and different techniques ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  This is my first post on my new blog!
I decided to set up a second blog to share items that I’m creating for DH, family, friends or myself.  I will still enter challenges but I want this blog to be more about my creative journey.  I want to get back to when I was more artistic and free with my sketching and colouring.  I don’t want to have to create perfect card art all the time.  That is what my Stamping in Pink blog is about and my OCD ways of creating them lol!  This blog is for me and others that may like the craftier than the perfectly stylish style. 
Today I’ve a mixed media calendar page to share.  The lovely Roni of Ink Stains Blog is sharing a weekly tutorial of ‘how to do mixed media’.  Now I’ve only just got my head around letting go of my OCD tendencies to work on my journal!  However it’s something I’ve wanted to get back to and do for a long time but I’ve been very nervous and terrified of being harshly judged lol!  Anyways here it is …

The whole 'page' 
The stamped parts 
I really do have a snowflake stamp obsession!
A final look

I think I was too heavy handed with the gesso, the paint and the sparkly mica!  I’m not 100% happy with the end result I’ve learnt so much doing it – so I am happy enough with my first true mixed media creation.  I know I’ll probably have another go at this lol!  Items I’ve used are listed below but a lot of it is old stash and not easy to purchase any more.  Also I’ve started dabbling with creating my own spray inks from acrylic paints – yep I’ve seriously mucky fingers the last couple of days but DH says I was smiling bigger and a lot more recently and I know I’ll keep going with it!  Hopefully not trying too much to perfect it though lol!
I don’t want to share the step by steps with you as it is very much a personal choice of what you use.  Roni has two posts on her blog, the first is here and the second here, listing the steps for you.  If you are like me and want to learn a bit more about mixed media then do go and have a look at her blog and follow or subscribe.
I will be sharing my journal on this blog as well as more calendar pages that I have created.  The next lot are a lot more in my usual comfort zone of ink, light painting and heat embossing!  I have found a monthly calendar challenge that I plan to enter every month so that I have at least two hand crafted presents for Christmas 2015!

Created Especially for me and These Challenges:
Tando Creative Colour Challenge: I used all the blue shades and the mica is a silvery brown
Unruly Paper Arts Challenge Colours and Prompt: Global Traveller (USA) I used the colours to create a winter scene and I am channelling my inner tourist and imagining the USA with all that snow! 

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really do appreciate it.  I hope you all like one of my new avenues and that you get some time to do what you love to do this week!  ttfn Karen x







Tools: 
Sheena Douglass stamp sets: Ornate Snowflakes & Highlands Silhouette
Computer and printer to download the template
Scissors; heat gun; paint brushes; paint palette; spray bottle of water; pallette knife

Stash:
Card/Paper: an old cereal box cut into the arch shape – template at Roni’s blog
Colours: white gesso #; white acrylic paint #; Luna Lights watercolour paint #; Ranger Archival Green IP; Blue Glitz WOW EP
Embellishments: silver mica flakes; Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Texture Paste: Frosty Dawn
Glues: Collall all purpose glue
Other: Versamark IP

# VOS: +5 years old