Tuesday, 29 March 2016

A yellow sketchy ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your Easter weekend was a good one and your week has started well.  Another sketchy card this time that is also all about the yellow too and here it is …

  
An A6 card
I'm proud of the distressing and I am in love with the colours
 
I need to have a word with my Mr:  I need several new flower stamps lol!
  
I got to use up some VOS too.

A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #356 Add Some Bling
There is shine on the stencilled area, sparkle on the stamped flower,
and gems in the flower embellishments
I used my Spectrum Aqua pens to add colour to the stamp and
Spectrum Sparkle to add a little shimmer to the stamped image

 
It has loads of texture because of the glossy gel, the flowers, the ribbon, the chipboard


I followed the sketch at Stamplorations Stamps March Challenge because I have been having so much finding out if I could follow a sketch and create a one or two layers only card.  This is not a one layer because of an ‘oops’ moment, a blob of acrylic paint on the back of the original card, from another project I had drying whilst working on this one.  I trimmed this panel off the original card but I made it a little smaller.  I also added embellishments because of my quest to use the stash I’ve accumulated over the years.  Delving into my stash I found several die cut yellow flowers, a chipboard word and gorgeous ribbon.  The ribbon actually tones with the stamped flower.  I used my Spectrum Aqua pens to stamp the flower and a damp paintbrush to drag the colour out and left it to dry.  Once the stamped and coloured flower was dry I used my Spectrum Sparkle to add a layer of shimmer to the flower and again I left that to dry (not long) before moving onto the next step.

I positioned the brick wall mask around it and added colour using ink blending foam and yellow ink pad.  I didn’t check the foam before I started and it turns out there was either some green or brown on the foam which created this gorgeous distressed colour and effect: a happy oops for a change lol!  Once I was done adding colour through I felt it was still missing something so I re-positioned the stencil and added some Maimeri Glossy Gel which gives a lovely textured to feel to the card.

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 Stamps: Stamp Lab Large Helenium stamp
Stencil: Stamplorations Stamps: stencil
Miscellaneous Tools: heat tool; ink blending foam; palette knife; water pot

Supplies
Card Paper: 300 gsm card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Spectrum Aqua pens; Adirondack IP: Scattered Straw
Embellishments: Chipboard sentiment #; Craftwork Cards die cut flowers #; ribbon; gems
Adhesives/Mediums: Maimeri Glossy Gel; Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape

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


Monday, 28 March 2016

So excited ...

I don't normally do this but I just wanted to share and say thank you!  I am completely bowled over and grateful beyond words lol!

for this


I'm off to my un-organised craft room to play now lol! ttfn Karen xx


Red and green, plus a little orange/peach too ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope you are having a lovely Easter weekend.  I have a card to share with you and here it is …

  
An A6 card
 
Lots of lovely paint drippiness! 
I am the nut that doesn't stop experimenting and playing!
I love this look and will be playing with some other colours soon!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #356 Add Some Bling 
Crop Stop Blog #14 Linky Party 
Deep Ocean Challenge #125 Fave Colour Combination
I’ve many favourite colour combinations  & I particularly love red/pink and green


That’s Crafty Challenge Red & Green Should Never Be Seen


Upfront I will say that the colour didn’t turn out completely as I expected on this card.  The colour actually changed before my eyes, after being sprayed with water.  This Spectrum Aqua pen is red.  I’ve experimented a lot with my Spectrum Aqua pens this month and I especially love how they react once stamped.  You can drag the colour in from the edges with a damp paintbrush once it’s been stamped.  It all depends on the look or result you want.  I have experimented with printer paper and the Aqua pens but that doesn’t react like card or watercolour card do.  If you heavily spray printer paper it disintegrates in front of you and the end result is completely different on card versus watercolour card let alone paper, play and experimentation with these pens is very important. 

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:
Rubber Dance stamp set: Round in Circles
Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamp set
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat gun; paint brushes; spray bottle of water; water pot

Supplies
Card Paper:
Snippet of Crafter’s Companion Sheena Douglass card
300 gsm card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Aqua pens: red & green
Spectrum Sparkle: clear overlay

Staz On midi IP: teal blue
Embellishments:
DCWV chipboard embellishment #
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue

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


Sunday, 27 March 2016

A Sketchy for Rudolph Day ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope you are having a lovely Easter time.  I have played some more with this gorgeous stamp set I love them!  This time I went the traditional route and created a Christmas card with this set and here is my card …

It's an A5 card!
Not too deep so good for posting
Some of that gorgeous shimmer will be on view soon!
The bits that look a little white are the shimmer!
 
You can see it a bit better above
Taa-daa the bling shot, I was so happy after I took this photo:
I captured the bling for a change lol!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge #186 Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge #356 Wings
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #356 Add Some Bling 
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge #274 Use a Sentiment
Penny Black & More Challenge Feature a Creature
Seven Hills Crafts Challenge Blog A Sketch I flipped it onto it’s side


I got to use up a lot of snippets and some rather old card and patterned paper.  The green and gold card must be more than ten years old and I don’t think the paper is that much younger.  The green card and snippet of patterned paper were from Craftwork Cards.  The gold card: I have no idea where or when I purchased that.  The resin embellishments in the middle of the poinsettias must be about the same age too.  The stamps and the twine are new.  The stamps were a recent blog hop win from the lovely Virginia (Winnie & Walter) and the twine is from my House of Cards team mate Ruza: mwah huni!  I won some stamps and twine from her blog candy.

Unusually I am happy with the photographs because some of the shimmer from the Spectrum Twinkle pens is visible and I am not sure how I managed that either.  I have had different brands of sparkle pens over the many years I have been paper crafting and these are, so far, my favourite, you can add as little or as much as you want and I can say that as I only own the clear overlay pens.  The Spectrum Sparkle colour pens are on my wish list lol!  I used my Spectrum Aqua pens to colour my stamped images, my Spectrum AquaTints to create the gorgeous inky panel, and Spectrum Twinkle to make this a little special and sparkly.  Christmas is the one time of the year that I am happy to add more sparkle 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:
Winnie & Walter Stamps: Happiest of Holidays stamps set
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug Die Cutter
Marianne Design: little poinsettias
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat tool; paintbrushes; paint palette; water pot; pipettes; small sand paper block

Supplies
Card Paper:
Crafter’s Companion Sheena Douglass card & snippets
Craftwork Cards Textured Card #; Craftwork Cards PP #
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Landscape
Spectrum Aqua pens; Spectrum Sparkle clear overlay
Embellishments:
Twine; resin embellishments #
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape

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


Friday, 25 March 2016

AquaTints in the Cosmos ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, Happy Easter Wishes to you all (if you don’t have faith please don’t be offended, it’s a long weekend).  I hope your week is going well.  I decided to play with my Spectrum Noir AquaTints (ATs) and white card snippets and that means I have a card to share with you and here it is …

  
An A6 card which certainly packs a colour punch!
Lots of shimmer and shine and the gorgeous colours
The sentiment seems perfect
Yes I am happy!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges 

I might be stepping out too far but the Industrial theme reminds me of machinery.
Machinery was used to create a spacecraft and a space station. 
A spacecraft took our Major Tim Peakes to the International Space Station.
 That’s my inspiration and I’ve been trying to create something that looked like it might be the Milky Way or view from the I.S.S.

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #356 Add Some Bling 
Crop Stop Blog #14 Linky Party 
 Happy Little Stamper’s Mixed Media Challenge Water: so much of that used here!
February 2014 Three Colour Challenge: Blue; Brown; Purple/Plum no black or white
The Pencil Case Challenge #15 O for Opulent: I think this fits


I used my ATs neat which gives lots of lovely rich colour.  I had two white snippets which I assumed would completely cover a card, but I didn’t check: naughty me!  So I dampened the white snippets with water before using the two shades of blue, two shades of green and one red.  I left them to dry and created my own shimmer spray using my Perfect Pearls ‘Pearl’ (the white) and water into one of my spray bottles and I sprayed it randomly over the cards.  Once that was dry I attached a stencil to the card and added a thin layer of Dreamweaver Copper embossing paste (another tub of supplies used) then I sprinkled deep blue glitter onto the cards. 

I created an A6 card and then realised the two small snippets weren’t big enough to cover a card.  I glued my two star panels onto the card and a coloured snippet from my stash.  I seem to create a lot of backgrounds with shades of blue there were quite a lot like my star background.  I stamped and embossed the sentiment onto another ATs snippet and added that to the card (I’m reasonably sure that one was coloured with the Beautifully Grunge ATs).  So one card created with white snippets and coloured by me snippets.  Yippee the snippets bags aren’t quite as full now and the last of some rather old embossing paste was used up: got to love that!

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 Perspective stamp set (sentiment)
Stencil:
Magazine star stencil (from 2015 I think)
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat tool; Inkessentials spray bottle; paintbrushes; palette knife; pipettes; water pot

Supplies
Card Paper:
Snippets Sheena Douglass stamping card; 300 gsm card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Beautifully Grunge; Landscape
Ranger Perfect Pearls: Pearl
EP: gold detail
Embellishments:
Mrs Grossman metallic stickers #; dark blue glitter #
Adhesives/Mediums:
Dreamweaver Copper embossing paste; Versamark IP

# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 9 years old

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016 March Technique Remix ...


Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I suddenly realised last night why there have been so many Easter adverts on the TV lol!  I finally had some time to play last night with my Tim Holtz Distress paints and I’ve been desperate to play with them since I saw the March Re-Mix and here is my version …
  
Love the rich colour pops & I know they wouldn't look so good without the deep earthy top!

If you want to know how I created this you need to go look at Tim’s post here I learnt a lot.  I loved last month’s and I love this months too!  I used some of my supplies and I made that into another adventure by trying to think like Tim.  So as I haven’t got the little attaching gadget or the word bands I decided to use metallic brads to replace the staples and I die cut a word from metal to mimic the metal word band too.

I didn’t realise how beautiful the Distress paints would look and react after adding water.  Hands up here because I used too much paint and now I know better for next time.  The colours are lush and I know that they are going to become a new favourite supply.  Altering a piece of cardboard box was a new experience for me too: I have used cereal boxes or packaging before.  I have fallen in love with the texture of the top layer.  Because I thought I didn’t have any brown ink I added drops of my shabby shutters Distress re-inker into a spray bottle topped up with water and added a little Perfect Pearls powder and I used that to spray onto the distressed cardboard.  I then remembered my metallic Distress stain and splattered a little of that too.   

Whilst typing this post I’ve remembered my Landscape AquaTints have two shades of brown which I will use to create a spray with soon because I am enjoying my journey into things I didn’t think I liked.   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
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Tim Holtz Thinlits: Handwritten Love set
Spellbinder Nestabilities: blossom die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat tool; spray bottle of water; spray bottles; tag template; water pot; mini filing paper

Supplies
Card Paper:
Inkessentials manila card; cardboard box
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Tim Holtz Distress Paints: weathered wood; salty ocean; barn door; scattered straw
Tim Holtz Distress Stain: antique bronze; wild honey
Embellishments:
From my stash: brads; ribbon; foiling sheet; fabric
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue; Double Sided Tape; Pritt Stick

  

A second journal page ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I’ve had another play in my journal using lovely lush rich colours again and here it is …

 
It isn't subtle lol! I'm aching and the orange warms me
Such fun shapes!
This has some gorgeous texture too!
It's definitely a more minimal look to my usual journalling but I don't mind that!



I was going through my backgrounds folder and dug out a piece of card that I planned to bin.  I didn’t plan on rescuing it: to me it was too ugly, shades of slime green, barf green, asparagus green, then going into chrome yellow and puce yellow all the way through to salmon red/salmon orange the card had all the colours that I avoid using and the colour was saturated the whole way through too.  So off to the bin was the plan.  

Then I had a whoops moment with white gesso.  I ended up adding a thin layer of gesso onto the background.  I wanted there to be a hint of colour and the stamped detail still visible but it worked even better than I thought it would.  It’s not as if I’m running low on card stock either lol!  These experiments and whoops moment are fabulous fun though!

After several stencils and quite a bit of acrylic paint I was happy with the re-purposed background.  To me it wasn’t complete yet though.  As I had a piece of torn parchment paper on my desk I grabbed my lovely Rubber Dance Art Stamps and got to work.  I even remembered to add a little journalling and that’s something that doesn’t come easily to me but it is worth me trying to do and trying to remember to do too.  I love these stamps and I have masterboard plans for them when I have used up some of the already created stash lol!  They are yummy and I love bubbles/circles.

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:
Rubber Dance Art Stamps: Round in Circles stamp sheet
Stencil:
Tando Creative Stencils: sequin waste
Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; water pot; ink blending foam

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
The vellum:
Staz On midi ink pads: teal blue; pumpkin
The background:
I think it was stamped with an old stamp that is no longer available.  I stamped and coloured it with inks and then played with my new (at the time) Distress stains, too much rich colour and too many colours = nasty yellows/greens/oranges so I changed it using the following:

White Gesso; Orange & Yellow acrylic paint
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue