Monday, 31 August 2015

I do like to be beside the sea ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well.  It’s a Bank Holiday Monday in the UK and I hope a lot of you have the time and inclination to play with your stamps and supplies.
I am slowly and steadily shrinking my wallets that are full of snippets, backgrounds created with Perfectly Primary Spectrum Noir AquaTints, and Mixed Media backgrounds.  For today’s creation I used a snippet from each folder: yay, and here it is …


  
A 125mm square card again! 
I am very, very happy with the way this one turned out! 
  
He will be used many times in the future
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges

  Paper Sweeties Challenge #34 Happy Birthday  

                              Pixie’s Snippets Playground Challenge #191


I used blue, pink & yellow
Stamplorations Challenge Stamps and Watercolours

Inspired by the colours in the photograph and the summer theme 
Inspired by the colours & still wanting to create male birthday cards


I used a piece of card that I had stencilled Maimeri glossy gel through a mask.  Once the gel was dry I used sky blue SNAT to colour the card (I am obsessed with this technique and this shade of blue right now).  I created a beachy scene with watered down SNATs (left over inks from creations that I will be sharing next week), I don’t waste any of these inks because I adore them.  I stamped part of the beach plate onto a snippet of white card and used SNATs to colour the image.  I was trying to make it look like a beach on a very hot summer day, you can see the ocean and sky behind him and you know it’s hot by the way the colours have blurred.  I have air dry clay embellishments that I’ve coloured but the wrong colour, so I added a layer of white acrylic followed by the Americana Buff Acrylic Paint, once dry I used the blue from the Perfectly Primary set and coloured the butterfly: so happy with the chalky look I achieved on the butterfly.  I put it all together and simples!  Nothing too sparkly or could be considered pink ‘ish’ or girly: result!

I have candy that is open world wide to new and old Followers.  I would love it if my current Followers were to add their name too, for the post with the link you need to go here.  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 stamp set: thank you Bibi I love these!!

Stencil: Dutch Doobadoo A5 Circles Mask

Miscellaneous Tools: Martha Stewart butterfly mould # ; SNAT paint brushes (come with the inks); SNAT pipettes (come with the inks); spray bottle of water; paint palette # ; pot of water; pieces of foam for adding the glossy gel through the mask

Card Paper: 125mm square arch top card #
Snippets of Crafters Companion A4 Centura Snow White Pearl: for the stamped panel; the beach background; and a snippet of the blue piece that I created with Maimeri and the mask

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Perfectly Primary; Ranger Archival Sepia IP; DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint: buff

Embellishments: air dry clay

Adhesives/Mediums: Maimeri glossy gel; Washi tape (great for temporarily attaching a mask/stencil to a piece of card); double sided tape; Stix2 glue gun

 # OS: old stash min. 2 years old


Sunday, 30 August 2015

A final off the page project for August challenges ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well, especially as it’s a Bank Holiday weekend in the UK and some peeps won’t have to work – I hope you all get to play and keep dry.  It has been a typical UK summer of variable weather and talk about getting an entry into a challenge by the skin of my teeth!  I started this project on August 2 and last night I remembered I wanted to finish it lol!  I don’t think I’ve ever made as many of the page projects as I created this month and I’ve loved it lol!  I’ve another experimental piece to share with you tonight and here it is …

 
Another decorated chipboard circle 
Love these stamps! 
  
Some made by me embellishments, it's been a long time since I created some roses, need to practise!
Another decorated circle which will go in my completed off the page projects suitable for Christmas!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
Lavinia Stamps Challenge Anything Goes Not a Card 
 Lisa B Designs Challenge Lavinia Stamps
 Stamp and Create Challenge One for the Girls
Stamping Sensations Challenge Anything Goes with a Stamp and a Die
Try It On Tuesday Challenge Sending You Flowers


Over the summer I’ve played an awful lot with my old H2O’s and newer Spectrum Noir AquaTints.  I’m now experimenting using them both on my projects and because I wanted my air dry clay flowers to shimmer I added Ranger Perfect Pearl powder to my palette along with purple Spectrum Noir AquaTints: it adds a lovely shimmer to my colours. 
This background was another experiment.  I had finished colouring the images I wanted to colour with the H2Os yet there was still some water in the H2O pots.  I’ve a stash of A4 glossy printer paper from when I was on Joanna Sheen’s DT and I wanted to see if I can use it with my different mediums.  I poured the H2O water in puddles on the glossy paper and brushed the colours out which created a gorgeous ombre effect. 
I left the paper to dry whilst I die cut white snippets with my TH Tattered Floral die which I coloured with my new Spectrum Noir AquaTints (thank you Crafters Companion for the July challenge win).  From experimenting with the glossy paper I’ve found that the glossy paper needs to dry naturally because it bubbles if you go too close with a heat gun when embossing.  The rest of the project was relatively simple and easy to do:  another two old stash items used: result!
I have candy that is open world wide to new and old Followers.  I would love it if my current Followers were to add their name too, for the post with the link you need to go here.  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: Lavinia stamps

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

Miscellaneous Tools: heat gun; paintbrushes; pot of water; orchid mould # ; Stix2 glue gun

Card Paper: Crafters Companion A4 printer paper; chipboard circle #; snippets white card for die cutting

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: H2O paints # ; WOW Amethyst Embossing Powder; Adirondack purple IP # ; Spectrum Noir AquaTints sets: yellow from perfectly primary; purple from beautifully grunge set

Embellishments: glitter # ; air dry clay

Adhesives/Mediums: Air dry clay; Versamark IP; Hobbycraft glue sticks; Collall all purpose glue

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


Saturday, 29 August 2015

Rudolph Day ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was good and you have a fabulous weekend planned!  
I wasn’t sure that I'd get a card created for Rudolph Day this month as I am still behind with other projects.  I looked into my folder to see if there were any cards I wanted to get posted before the end of the month and I was very happy to find this.  Thankfully most of the time when I create for CCC I create at least one more and that’s where this one came from.  So here it is …


 
I do love this shape of A6 card - it's a lovely area to work with 
   
Very old stash and snippets were used to create this card and really old peel offs too!
Another one for the box!  
I created the background by stamping and embossing then coloured with Peacock Feather DIP.

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
F for Frosty, G for Glitter & O for Off The Page Stamping
 Crimbo Crackers Challenge #88 Small & Cute 
Deep Ocean Challenge #111 For the Boys
Diva’s That Die Cut Challenge Favourite Holiday: Christmas
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge #54 Snowflakes & Sparkle
Scrappy Mo’s Rudolph Day Challenge create a Christmas card


I received happy mail before we went to the opticians on Friday and am hoping to play with new stencils, stamps and paints.  I’m behind with the Christmas Club (I know the ladies understand that there are times when I struggle but I’m determined to catch up and get another special one created) and I want to start thinking about the first September CCC card.  I’m starting to try and be a bit more pro-active with preparing my DT creations and tutorials a little earlier as I struggled with one of my DT ideas for September.  I have way too many started but never finished projects too which have to be finished and soon: am fed up with those lol! 

But this will all depend on how well I sleep and how much more pain I have after the trip out lol!  I’ve got to check that there isn’t anything else that I have created but not shared that I want to enter before Tuesday – this month has really flown!  I’ve candy that is open world wide to new and old Followers.  I would love it if my current Followers were to add their name too, for the post with the link you need to go here.

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:
Stampendous snowflake stamp #
Mini Merry stamp (unknown brand) #

Die Cutting Dies & Machine:
Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine
Snowflake die #

Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat gun; spray bottle of water

Card Paper:
Crafters Companion A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accents card; snippets white card for stamping & die cutting; snippet blue card for creating a topper #

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
WOW EP: blue sparkle
Tim Holtz DIP: Peacock Feathers; Faded Jeans

Embellishments:
Blue gems #; blue sparkly stickers #; white ribbon with bow and gem #

Adhesives/Mediums:
Double sided tape; foam pads; Versamark IP

# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 10 years old

Friday, 28 August 2015

Happy inky play ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was good and you’ve fabulous plans for the weekend.  This week was an okay one and we went out today, as feared we both need new lenses for our glasses and I have a lovely tale to share with you lol! 
I had an eye test and my eyes were examined by a lovely lady optician.  Once all the stuff was checked and re-checked I was shocked to hear that my vision distance has improved.  What really stumped me was finding out that it’s because of the arts and crafts stuff.  Apparently I’m ‘constantly exercising my eyes’ lol!  I can’t wait to share this with the family lol!  Mum has never really understood my need to create although she does appreciate it.  
Apart from needing new lenses for close up I’ve issues with dry eyes and will have to use eye drops permanently.  The RA medication I’m on to stop my joint degeneration also dries my eyes out too and people with RA are prone to dry eyes.  She’s told me to see my GP and get him to add it to my prescriptions.  Both of us worn out tonight because after the optician DH took me clothes shopping and made me purchase new threads, it’s been a while!  I was shocked at the prices of clothes today lol! 
Anyways I’ve another summer themed card to share with you today and here it is …

  
These squares were ideal to create scalloped DL cards 
  
The hat cards have become lovely embellishments.  The postcard stamp is going be used a lot.
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Come and Get It Challenge Black & White with One Other Colour
Creative Fingers Challenge #90 Anything Goes
Inky Chicks Challenge #55 Use a Heart
Papertake Weekly Challenge Take Your Pick: I choose distressed/vintage
Pixie’s Snippets Playground Challenge #190
Shopping Our Stash Challenge #216 Splish Splash:
I used distress re-inkers to colour a background for the postcard and to tint the roses
Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes 
 Stamp and Create Challenge One for the Girls
We Love to Create Challenge #17 MM or Creative Goes


Creating the elements on this card was fabulous fun.  I got to use some very, very old stash, less old stash, a new stamp, new stash and loads of snippets too.  The postcard background was one of my experiments and I won’t be going quite so pink next time lol!  However I am happy with the end result of this one.  The black, pink and white works fabulously and each element works on their own and with each other.

I have candy that is open world wide to new and old Followers.  I would love it if my current Followers were to add their name too, for the post with the link you need to go here.

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: Lili of the Valley Grunge Postcard clear stamp
Miscellaneous Tools: paintbrushes; pot of water; tile/acetate to use for re-inker
Card Paper: 20cm square scalloped square #; Craftwork Cards hat card #; snippet DP/PP to cover hat and snippet white card to colour with Distress re-inker
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Archival IP: jet black; Ranger Distress re-inker: Picked Raspberry
Embellishments: Country View Crafts paper bloom; WOC roses #; ribbon #; resin heart #
Adhesives/Mediums: double sided tape; Stix2 glue gun


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

Thursday, 27 August 2015

A birthday card for those pesky men ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well,  I’ve created a  couple of male themed birthday cards this past week so that I have a stash for us and a stash to give to my mum and our Beth the next time we’re all together, hopefully in a couple of weeks.  Here is one I’ve created for some challenges and for the male birthday box …

  
A 125mm square card 
A fabulous fun background 
  
I love this cute little robot!
 It's a super fun stamp perfect for those men!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Papertake Weekly Challenge Take Your Pick: Anything Goes in Blue  
Shopping Our Stash Challenge #216 Splish Splash:
I used Spectrum Noir AquaTints like watercolour paints
I used AquaTints on both papers and the robot

Inspired by August colour pallette & theme


I also managed to use quite a lot of different mixed media backgrounds I have previously created.  It’s very hard for me because I’ve found that I love that I love experimenting with old and new products, creating what I want, what colours I want and how I want the papers to feel and look.  I have got to shrink my bulging folder of them before I m8ake any more lol!  I also have a current obsession for texture and there are multiple textures and products on this project and thankfully nothing that could be considered ‘girly’ lol!

I have candy that is open world wide to new and old Followers.  I would love it if my current Followers were to add their name too, for the post with the link you need to go here.

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: Stampendous robot stamp set #
Stencil: Dutch Doobadoo Mask Art: A5 Circles
Miscellaneous Tools: heat gun; paintbrushes; pot of water; ink blending foam
Card Paper: Crafters Companion A4 Centura Pearl Snow White for card and snippets for stamping; The Works A4 card for background experiments
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Spectrum Noir Perfectly Primary AquaTints (sky and blue colours); Ranger Archival Jet Black IP
Embellishments: My Minds Eye embellishments from an old mini kit #; blue brads #
Mediums: Maimeri glossy gel for acting as a resist on the LHS piece; glycerine was used on the larger piece and the inks were blended through a stencil
Adhesives: double side sided tape; Colall tacky glue; Stix2 glue gun

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


House of Cards Design Team Reminder Metallic and My Tutorial ...

 

House of Cards Challenge Blog

Hello my lovely friends, I hope you are having a lovely week.  Over at House of Cards Challenge Blog there is a reminder of our Metallic challenge and a step by step tutorial showing you how to create metallic die cuts using either embossing powder or ultra thick embossing powder.   I have shared a step by step tutorial of how to create your own metallic embellishments and this is the card I shared at the beginning of the month …



I will be adding the tutorial to one of my Page tabs above once the current challenge at House of Cards Challenge Blog ends.  In fact I’m hoping to add more new and re-vamped tutorials soon.  

I have candy that is open world wide to new and old Followers.  I would love it if my current Followers were to add their name too, for the post with the link you need to go here.

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: Stampendous clear Robot stamp set #
Stencil: Dutch Doobadoo stencil
Miscellaneous Tools: Paintbrushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water
Card Paper: Crafter’s Companion A4 Centura Snow White Accents card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Ranger Archival Jet Black IP; Luminarte H2O paints; Silver EP #
Embellishments: Die cut flourish #; Craftwork Cards die cut #; die cuts from an old kit #
Adhesives/Mediums: Versamark IP; Collall all purpose glue; foam pads


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

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Another off the page project ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I’m busy creating my obligations and just for fun and me projects but I wanted to make sure that this was entered into the challenges that inspired me to create it …

  
I do love these hot summery colours and these flower stamps too

 

They have lovely detail and depth

  
I forgot to take a side view photograph but I think you can see the texture
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges 
Country View Crafts Challenge Summer

 Mixed Media World Challenge MMW#6 Gorgeous Textures

#5 Anything Goes with a stencil but not a card

Colours & Optional Twist in the garden



I will have a photographic step by step tutorial but not until October because of commitments so please accept my apologies.  The bits of Windows 10 that were not working for me have, thankfully, been removed yay!!!  Sadly DH has not been so lucky: he has had to delete everything and start from scratch, so happy that didn’t happen to me. 

A very quick post today as I have ‘schtuff’ I need to go back and finish, two are done just two more to do, thank goodness!  I love my bright orange, peach and lemon creation and it is staying in my craft room for the time being.  In fact I can’t wait to start creating another one, hopefully soon!  I have candy that is open world wide to new and old Followers.  I would love it if my current Followers were to add their name too, for the post with the link you need to go here.

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 Floral Garden stamp set; Le Blanche background text stamp #
Stencil: Tando Creative Sequin Waste stencil
Miscellaneous Tools: acrylic paintbrushes; SNAT paintbrushes; plastic pipettes; pot of water
Card Paper: 7” round chipboard circle #; snippets white card for flowers and stems
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Perfectly Primary Spectrum Noir AquaTints; Pebeo Acrylic paints; Ranger Archival Green IP #
Adhesives/Mediums: Maimeri Glossy Gel; Washi tape for attaching the stencil


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


Tuesday, 25 August 2015

An unusual background ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week’s going well.  I’ve projects and posts I need to get back to.  I need to create, finish, photograph, edit photographs, type posts and schedule my posts for DT obligations, Christmas card club and challenges.  I may be MIA for a few days because of trying to catch up. 

We've had severe issues with Windows 10.  We planned to update over the coming UK bank holiday.  The DT obligations, Christmas Card Club and projects I created should have been finished and the steps above covered by now.  I can’t remember the last time I felt so dumb, so lacking and so useless computer-wise.  It’s fair to say that we’re not happy that our computers automatically updated.  DH had to un-install some of it because the laptop wasn't usable, DH is still having serious issues and this laptop is not perfect but I'm now able to get back to and finish my projects, photographs, edit photographs and type my posts.  I know many have not had issues but we have, and that was shocking.  DH was and still is a computer geek and if a computer geek is struggling with updates something’s not right lol!  I’ve wanted to rip my hair out at times grrr!  Anyways I can now get back to what I need to do and I'll be crafting and working in the background this week to catch up: because it all went so wrong over the weekend I had to stop what I was doing and we had to get this sorted for both of us.  

Here is a mixed media card I created especially for some challenges, and thank goodness it was created, photographed, photo’s edited but no post written before the laptop/Windows 10 went potty … 
  
 
A little 125mm square card 
Love the background, the panel and everything!
  
I am obsessed with this stamp!  I used another MM experiment snippet on the inside.
I have several more of this image stamped and ready to colour with watercolour pencils or inks!
Isn't she lovely!  I'll try to play with the other Rubber Dance stamps I own next lol!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
Craft Stamper Magazine Challenge Pens &/or Pencils: watercolour pencils

Colours & Optional Twist in the garden


Try It On Tuesday Challenge Sending You Flowers


A month or two ago I had a bad fibro flare which meant I couldn’t sit upright at my craft desk, our sofa or our chairs for several days.  I was frustrated and grumpy because I’d had an idea for a background that I really wanted to try before I forgot.  DH went into my craft room (aka the room of complete and utter mess) and found the stencil, the watercolour pencils, a rejected canvas and a rejected canvas snippet for me so lying on my front on the sofa I quickly got the rough idea drawn.
A couple of hours later I had an A3‘ish’ sheet of canvas which I covered with watercolour pencilled dots using one of my Tando stencils.  DH then located a small paintbrush and a pot of water for me.  I was still having to lie on my front at this stage and I used a damp (very lightly) paintbrush to draw the colour in (it was barely damp because I wanted the colours to stay where they were and not blend too much).  I am going to do this again soon.  I’ve no idea why or where I thought of this, I may have been inspired by a blog or Pinterest Pin and I don’t really care because I love the background sheet, all from a piece of art that I tried to create and was going to bin lol.  I had a snippet of canvas paper, probably 125mm x 210mm, that DH located and I drew free form blobs on that piece.  That turned out just as good as I hoped it would so now I have one largish background sheet and one small snippet that are unique in the way that I created and coloured them.  I love it when it works!!!  There was a final bonus after creating these backgrounds: I found doing this so relaxing and so soothing that my fibro flare eased and I was able to sit back upright for an hour or two. 

I have candy that is open world wide to new and old Followers.  I would love it if my current Followers were to add their name too, for the post with the link you need to go here.

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 stamp
Stencil: Tando Creative Dots Stencil
Miscellaneous Tools: paintbrushes; pot of water
Card Paper: The Works Canvas paper; 5” square scalloped card #; snippet of MM paper I created with the same stencil and Maimeri glossy gel; a snippet of inky BG paper created with AquaTints underneath the image too
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Faber Castel watercolour pencils; The Works acrylic paints
Ranger Archival IP: Sepia
Embellishments: WOC Daisy’s
Adhesives/Mediums: Double sided tape; Stix2 glue gun (thank you Brenda)

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