Sunday, 8 October 2017

Taking a wee break ...

Hello my lovely friends, just a quick up date as I won't be around much.  My laptop is, at the moment, broken lol!  We need to get it checked as neither me nor the Mister know what's up with it.  So I will be missing probably for a week or more.  I'm hoping it will be quicker but just in case it's not I thought it was worth leaving a note here.  Thankfully I can and have been checking my email with my mobile and I will continue to do that as and when necessary.  Have yourself a lovely weekend ttfn Karen x

Thursday, 5 October 2017

A little hocus pocus ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’ve been playing again, lol, and here is the end result …

A chubby tag to kick off the season of Halloween!
Lots of lovely depth and texture
All the yummy details
Dragon Scales Mermaid Tears and Magic!
And of course there had to be Antedote and Fairy Dust!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Country View Crafts Challenge Mixed Media with Autumnal Shades
Frilly & Funkie Challenge Show us your Stamps

I used the colours from the photograph but added in richer shades of them too


Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge A Walk on the Dark Side

I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxides

 


I was lucky enough recently to win the challenge at Paperbabe stamps and whilst browsing the shop I found this gorgeous set of stamps and a matching stencil that I just had to have to play with it, lol! Kim has designed a set of stamps that can be used to create pretty girly cards which have perfume and potions in the bottles or a lovely CAS card which is all about the fairy dust bottle or to create a mixed media project which has a love potion stamped on it, or a home décor item or as I have a shelf of witches potions on a mucky mixed media tag and my goodness I really really enjoyed creating this tag. The background is collage paper the bottles were stamped onto white card which I coloured with a mix of H2O watercolours, Brusho Crystal Watercolours and Distress Oxides. I used the the Bottle Of stencil to add the vapours coming off from the back bottles and applied crackle paint to the bottles once they were stamped, coloured and fussy cut.

I then put it together in a way that was pleasing to me and had a good ole chuckle once I had finished. It cheered me up in so many ways to create a mixed media piece of whimsy. 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 & Stencil:
Paperbabe Bottle of stamp set
Paperbabe Bottle of mixed media stencil
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; Craftwork Cards tag stencil

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm card
Snippets: patterned paper; Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress Oxides: Faded Jeans; Cracked Pistachio
Ranger Crackle Paint
Brusho Watercolour Crystals: Rose Red
Pebeo Acrylics were used to colour the collage papers
Black Versafine IP
Perfect Pearls
White EP
Embellishments:
Paper string
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP
Pebeo white gesso
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Shades of purple ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I really wanted to create a few tags this month and luckily for me they fit quite a few challenges too! Here is the first one I’ve created …

 
I do love creating these large chubby tags with all that depth & texture
All the yummy detals
My favourite butterfly and flower stamp
This beautiful flower
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Butterfly Challenge #86 Any Shape & Quartz

I have to say I’m somewhat surprised that it’s the beginning of October already! It feels like I only just got to the beginning of September and I turned around and it’s the beginning of another month again! I am dreading the C word because I know it’s going to be arriving to our TV screens soon. Grr, anyway forgive my grumpiness, I’m here because I created a tag using the colours at Paperbabes Stamp Challenge. Beautiful shades of soft green and lavender through to purple and I’m in my element lol! The piece at the bottom was created using my gorgeous new Finnabair stencil (thank you so much Craft Stamper)! I applied Ranger matt transparent texture paste through the stencil to A4 white card and once that was dry was coloured with purple Brusho Watercolour Crystals.

Everything else was created with white card snippets, lots and lots of lovely snippets which have been breeding! I decided not to add any further details as I’m pretty sure everyone out there knows how I did this and what I used. If you ever have any questions just ask I’m happy to do a tutorial or two 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:
Paperbabe Pieridae stamp set
Stencil:
Prima Elementals 7” x 9” Chicken Wire
Flower stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Jumbo Tattered Floral die
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; spray bottle of water; palette knife

Supplies
Card Paper:
Snippets: Prima watercolour paper; Sheena Douglass white stamping card; patterned paper snippets
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress Re-inkers: Faded Jeans; Cracked Pistachio; Wilted Violet
Finnabair Art Alchemy Opal Magic paint: Rose Gold
Brusho Watercolour Crystals: Purple; Yellow
Luminarte H2O watercolour paints: purple
Black Versafine ink pad
Pebeo acrylic paints
Embellishments:
Half pearl; chipboard branch and leaves; spiral stem all from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Ranger transparent matte texture paste
DecoArt sand texture paste
Viva Decor Inka Gold Rose Quartz
Collall all purpose glue
Collall glue gel
Washi tape

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Floral themed in darker tones ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’ve been practicing my no ink line technique with Brusho Watercolour Crystal’s and acrylics and here is the end result …

A 148mm square card
It will have to be sent in a box
This stamp is so beautiful!
Beautiful die cut which I painted with gold acrylic
The flowers and leaves are from the Jumbo Tattered Florals
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Country View Crafts Challenge Mixed Media with Autumnal Shades 
Creatalicious Challenge #124 Anything Goes 
optional make your own BG 
Creates and Makes Challenge #16 Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenge #164 One for the Girls


Love to Craft Challenge LTCCB#15 October Anything Goes


I used a really pale ink pad to stamp the image and then I put it to one side for a bit because I didn’t want to soak the card immediately. That would have meant that I would have lost all definition so I waited for it to dry a bit. I love this card and the way I coloured it more than the one I shared about ten days ago and it’s a grand stamp for practicing watercolours with lol!

As for colouring the image I took my time and allowed each layer of colour to dry before adding any more colour, definition or lines to it. I think I may have finally figured out how to do this technique my way lol! The flower was coloured with Rose Red Brusho Crystals and just by adding more or less water to it meant I created multiple shades of the same colour. Once the flower was coloured and dry I coloured the background with DecoArt Titanium Buff mixed media fluid. I decided to add some more details to the flower the next day with DoCrafts gold acrylic paint and I love the little shimmer it has from that. I also added gold to the edges of the stamped panel and then I splattered a little on the background.

I die cut the butterfly from Kraft card and coloured him with gold acrylic paint. The flowers were die cut multiple times from patterned paper snippets which were left overs from one of my non card projects. I’m heavily in to using the Jumbo Tattered Florals die because it comes with a leaf. Sounds daft but the leaf dies that I own are far too small for Jumbo Tattered Floral flowers. I used a piece of cream paper to create a mat for the flower and I coloured that with the last of some Rose Red paint that was in my palette. I also tore that piece once dry, and I don’t tear well but I am happy with the look for a change.

I used a beautiful oriental background on the card which was a gift from my lovely teammate Rocky. It was only as I was starting to put this card together that I found the flower works beautifully with the oriental background. More projects using this stamp and oriental themed papers will be around for the foreseeable future. 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:
Stampendous CRS5032 Jumbo Cling Orchid stamp
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Tim Holtz Jumbo Tattered Floral die
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; spray bottle of water

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Craft UK 145mm square card
Snippets: patterned paper for die cutting
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress ink pad: Tumbled Glass
Brusho Watercolour Crystals: Rose Red
DecoArt mixed media fluid: Buff Titanium
DoCrafts: gold acrylic paint
Embellishments:
Pearls from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape

Sunday, 1 October 2017

House of Cards October ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. I’m back with my House Of Cards post today and for this month once again we have a choice for you. You can either use the colour palette or be inspired by the photograph or you can make a clean and simple card, there are lots of options for you. I have been inspired by ….. 


And here is my card …

 
A 145mm square clean and simple card
All the details
The mean pumpkin
A final look


Oh my goodness for me this theme was really difficult this month. The colour palette was not my comfort zone, the theme is not my comfort zone and Clean and Simple is a struggle, to put it mildly. After six attempts ended up in the bin I popped onto Ebay and purchased a pumpkin stamp. I know that stamp will be useful for any Halloween themed projects I want to create in the future. I could not get my head around the limited colour palette and theme this month. Believe me I tried, lol, but in the end it was easier to purchase the stamp so that I could create a CAS card for this month’s theme. Lol I am not a CAS card maker, in fact I don’t like creating CAS or one layer cards but I do it because it challenges me. I just didn’t expect to be so challenged by the theme for my DT post 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:
Ebay no brand pumpkin stamp
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Spellbinders large classic scalopped circle dies
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Craft UK 145mm square card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Versafine IP: Black
DecoArt MM Fluid: Primary Magenta; Burnt Sienna; Primary Yellow
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam

Saturday, 30 September 2017

September Journal ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well.  I got a little behind this month with the virus that I’ve been able to get rid of. It’s been a rush to get this post typed and then blogged before the end of the month, especially as I was still enjoying the late warmth of summer and the colours associated with it at the beginning of this month lol! Anyways here is September’s two page mixed media journal play …

A double page for a change!
The fish in the sea, love the sense of movement I achieved with the fish
I did the fish twice, the first time on the card and they looked awful lol!
Maybe this page should be my farewell to summer
I used the polka dot stamps for the top two, 
not sure which one I used at the bottom
The polka dot butterfly close up
A last look at the ink and paint fun!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Art Journal Journey Challenge Colour in my World
I use colour all the time and I avoid monotone challenges lol!
Creatalicious Challenge #124 Anything Goes
optional make your own background
Creates and Makes Challenge #15 Anything Goes
Love to Create Challenge #1 Mixed Media Anything Goes
Mixed Media World Challenge MMW#29 Anything Goes

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #57 Photographic Inspiration



The colour on the page on the left I created by applying white gesso and I put it to one side until I had time or the inclination to do something with it. I had Distress Oxides left over from another project so I mopped them up with this card, drying in between layers and then mopped them up again. I put it to one side to use on a later date. The colour added to the page on the right was mop up of Spectrum Noir AquaTints which again I used my heat tool to dry. The card was put to one side ready and waiting to be used when the time came.

I love having these backgrounds ready and waiting to use dependent on my mood and what colours I wanted to use. For the left hand page I used a stencil I had only used once before and I used my Caran D’ache watercolour crayons to create the three fishes and then I fussy cut them out and glued them onto the first background. I trimmed the card and then adhered it into my journal.

I had applied texture paste to another project when I remembered the pink background. So I used the left overs on this page by rubbing it onto the background and I left that to dry. I wanted some butterflies on my journal page because I love them and it felt right to use them this time. It won’t be long until it will be inappropriate to use the beautiful butterflies, winter 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:
Paperbabe Pieridae stamp set
Stencil:
Carabelle Studio Origami #1 stencil
Sheena Douglass 7” square Distress Grid stencil
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; craft mat; spray bottle; palette knife

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
A5 pink pig journal
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress Oxides: Broken China; Cracked Pistachio; Worn Lipstick; Fossilised Amber
Spectrum Noir AquaTints Bright & Beautiful
Caran D’ache Neocolor II
Adhesives/Mediums:
Pebeo texture paste
Collall all purpose glue
Washi tape