Sunday, 31 July 2016

Ice creams, cupcakes and sweet treats ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I had several small piles of white snippets on my desk and I realised they were the perfect size foe these very cute images.  I stamped then water coloured them and fussy cut them so they were ready to go.  I played around with an embossed background, layout and ribbons and here’s my card …

 
A cute little A6 card and lots of little snippets used to create this one!
I have no idea why the camera has photographed the ribbon like that!  It is flat and smooth?!
Lots of naughty but nice things on this card!
Raspberry sorbet/ice cream = yummy!
Strawberry cream ice cream yes please!
I final look!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges

 Share Joy Challenge #46 I was inspired by the berries

I used an embossing board to score the white card
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #304 Happy Birthday

  Virginia’s View Challenge #22 Colours 

Wednesday’s Creative Inspirations Challenge #255 Extended Summer Challenge


This is another new set of NBUS stamps that I won from my lovely team mate Ruza and this is their first outing, lol!  The introduction of the MISTI has upped my stamping output and I’m trying very hard to use the stamps that I have won that haven’t been inked yet.  I’ve even got a separate box of stamps I won from our lovely Brenda that haven’t been inked yet.  I am a lucky lady to have won them!

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:
Taylored Expressions
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; paintbrushes; water pot; embossing board that came with a magazine

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass A4 stamping card
Snippets HOTP paper
300 gsm card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Beautifully Grunge
Versafine IP: black
Embellishments:
Ribbon from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue; fun foam; double sided tape

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Tree hugs ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was a good one and you have awesome weekend plans.  I have been playing with this Paperbabe stamp set again and watercolour paper and my Spectrum Aqua pens and Spectrum Noir AquaTints and here it is …

  
A cute CAS card
I will be practicing more with this tree stamp
Looks like I need to practice with the branches too!
I love my Aqua pens because I can colour the grasses and the wildflowers
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #304 Happy Birthday

 Virginia’s View Challenge #22 All About Colours 

Wednesday’s Creative Inspirations Challenge #255 Extended Summer Challenge


I have had another play with this stamp set and it was only after I photographed this card that I realised my tree canopy looks a little bit, well, blobby!  I have since tried to rectify this but it’s not working so I am trying to go with the flow and accept that I may not have got this card completely perfect it was a new lesson learnt.  Having said that my tree canopy is a little blobby I love the loose bright summer sky, the stamped grasses and wildflowers and the shadow from the tree.   Then whilst I was looking at the stamp set I realised that one of the fabulous sentiments in this set was ready to be used with the centre word stamped in a different colour so that it packs a punch!

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:
Paperbabe Stamps: Tree hugs stamp set
Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Scenic A5 Silhouette: Garden stamp set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; paintbrushes; water pot

Supplies
Card Paper:
Crafters Companion Watercolour paper
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Primary & Beautifully Grunge
Spectrum Aqua pens: Floral set
Versafine IP: black
Distress IP: peeled paint
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue


Thursday, 28 July 2016

I want to ride my bicycle ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  Please accept my apologies because I only have another card to share with you today.  I am trying to get some canvas finished but I’m struggling, so here is today’s card …

 
I appear to be in a 'green' phase right now!
It's a lovely scene
I just love this stamp!
Snippet!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Sweet Stampin’ Challenge Outdoors
The Corrosive Challenge #7 July Nature/Animals
The Pencil Case Challenge #24 Xanthic Yellow or Anything Goes
I used a paper that has yellow in it deliberately
Wednesday’s Creative Inspirations Challenge #255 Extended Summer Challenge
We Love to Create Challenge #15 Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes


As I mentioned a while ago I had put a Paperbabe stamp set and Little Claire stamps ‘somewhere safe’, it really is the kiss of death for craft supplies and stamps as they go missing for quite a while.  Well when I found the Paperbabe tree stamp set I also found several lovely Little Claire stamps that were NBUS too. 

It felt good to get them inky and I love this pretty bicycle stamp.  It will get quite a bit of use now, hopefully, as it’s ideal to use on any landscapes I create.  The landscape for this card was created with Pan Pastels.  I then stamped grasses and what look like little orange flowers using my Spectrum Aqua pens.  The background was created with left over AquaTints and once that was dry I stamped the whole piece using my Stampin’ Up grunge set.  Several really old stamps, newer stamps and NBUS stamps were used and as I didn’t add much bling so this is good card for those pesky men 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:
Little Claire stamps
Stampin’ Up: Gorgeous Grunge stamp set
Stamp Addicts: Dottiness stamp
Plaid Crafts grasses stamp #
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug
Whimsy die
Stencil:
Paper masks I created to make the landscape
Miscellaneous Tools:
Sofft sponges; paint brushes; water pot

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Primary set
Spectrum Aqua: floral set
Pan Pastels: starter kit
Versafine IP: black
Tim Holtz Distress IP: Weathered Wood
Sakura Sparkle: black (the wheels)
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue

# VOS: very old stamps


Wednesday, 27 July 2016

A summers day ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  Another card to share with you today and I have to say that this would not have been created if I didn’t own a MISTI.  It has made my stamping much quicker and less painful, lol, and here it is …
 
An A5 card and it has a bit of depth
That gorgeous scene
Some lovely die cuts and flowers too!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Die Cut Diva’s Challenge Glitter: the flowers and the embossing powder have glitter

 Pixie’s Snippets Playground #239 the flowers

there is texture paste on the flowers and on the main panel
The Artistic Stamper Challenge July All Things Bright & Beautiful
The Corrosive Challenge #7 July Nature/Animals


Wednesday’s Creative Inspirations Challenge #255 Extended Summer Challenge


A lot of Spectrum Noir AquaTints were used on this card.  I created a pale sky and grass scene just by painting with a weak wash.  I used ink pads if I had the right colour or an AquaTints mixed with glycerine if I didn’t, this was a really organic process and I didn’t think to note down which colours or which colour blends I used, lol, it happens to me when I am really just letting loose and enjoying the creating.  Once the ink and AquaTints stamping was done I left it to dry before stamping and embossing the chairs and table.  The larger flowers were all created from snippets of left over mixed media papers I had created and coloured.  I also added some rather small Craftwork Cards flowers to the middle of my die cut flowers.  I used some Kraft and another background I had created and distressed all of those layers before gluing or attaching them onto fun foam.
Basically I had a ball creating this one and I am hoping that now I have a MISTI I will be able to get back to creating landscapes more often.  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
Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Scenic A5 Silhouette: Garden & Grasses stamp sets
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug
Crafter’s Companion Inspiration Magazine Issue 6
Stencil:
Stamplorations Stencil: Gridlocked
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm card
Crafter’s Companion: Kraft card; Sheena Douglass stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Primary; Beautiful grunge
Adirondack Ink Pads: no idea of the colours I used, sorry!
WOW glitter EP: black
Embellishments:
Craftwork Cards miniature flowers #
Adhesives/Mediums:
Glycerine; Maimeri Glossy Gel;  Versamark IP; Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape; fun foam

# VOS very old stash, may be five plus years old

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Tropical CAS #2 ink versus pen comparison ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  This card is my second comparison between stamping with inks or pens and here it is …

Another A6 card, love these inky yet almost one layer cards lol!
The ribbon is attached to a narrow piece of card cut to length of card;
I turned the ribbon over each edge before attaching that to the card: no edges inside to hide!
A beautiful flower stamp, my favourite colours and splatters too.
The sentiment is straight - it's the angles I struggle with when photographing my cards!
  
Those flowers are so pretty!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
 Creative with Stamps Challenge #4 Ink Splatters

The ribbon is wonderfully textured
Spectrum Noir Challenge on Facebook July Summer
#2 I did all three this time but used ribbon instead of paper


Last weekend (Saturday this post) I shared a card I had created using NBUS stamps and this is my second version of that card.  I originally planned to create two of cards using this stamp but whilst typing this post I’ve realised I need to create another, making it three, lol. 
On the first card I inked up the images and coloured them with my Spectrum Aqua pens.  On this card the flower is second generation inking and stamping.  I then coloured the flowers with my AquaTints and added some splashes of ink/paint before stamping the sentiment first generation.  I need to create one more using first generation inking/stamping, I’ll try to do that later this week so you won’t get another one so quickly. 

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:
Crafter’s Companion Creative Inspirations Magazine Issue: 9
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI tool; paintbrushes; water pot

Supplies
Card Paper:
Crafter’s Companion Sheena Douglass Stamping Card
300gsm card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Beautifully Grunge & Landscape set
Versafine IP: black
Embellishments:
Ribbon from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue