Saturday, 24 June 2017

Under the Sea ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was good and you have lovely weekend plans. I wanted to play with some awesome new toys that I was lucky enough to win, don’t you just love that type of crafty goodies lol?! So I managed to play a little this week with the new goodies and I was able to shrink my snippets pile too and here is the end result …

Another chubby tag: I'm loving feeling creative this month!
You can see the lovely texture and depth from the beads
All the yummy details
I'm sure we had a fish like that once, called Goldie!
A final look


Created for me and especially for these Challenges
A Inky Mess Challenge #11 Anything Mixed Media Goes


 
Love to Create Challenge #12 MM Anything Goes

MMW#26 Anything Goes

Mix It Up Challenge Blog #2 Anything Goes optional stamping
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Let’s go on vacation:
warm seas, lovely fishes, mild sun: I’m there in my dreams lol!


For my base layer I used a piece of card that I had spilt alcohol inks onto when I was avidly playing with those. Then I grabbed a piece of pre-gessoed card and stamped the fish in position. I stamped the fish in position and then added paper masks to them before colouring the background with left over alcohol ink that were on the felt pieces from when I was heavily experimenting a lot with alcohol inks. Once I had the blue ocean coloured I added colour to the bottom layer using a pale lime green. Then I coloured the stamped fish with my Spectrum Aqua pens.

I felt it was missing something at this point so I used a stencil to add details to the water at the top. I still felt something was missing and as I recently located my big box of beads (I used to create jewellery) and I wondered if I could use them mixed with gesso to add texture to any of my mixed media projects. I tried my idea out and now I have air bubbles coming from the mouths of the fishes: awesome result and another old supply I can now use up! Once the beads with gesso were dry I dripped a little alcohol ink onto them and I added another layer of colour to the top of the ocean using the Splash stencil again, it is obvious there is more than one layer of colour there.

I then used one of the lovely chipboard pieces I was lucky enough to win from Creative Embellishments in May. I coloured my turtle with black gesso and then used my Pebeo Dyna iridescent paints to colour him: simples! It was fun and it was good to find a use for an old crafty material. 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:
CM-S5 Cardinalfish Designs by Ryn stamp
Stencil:
Tim Holtz Splash layering stencil
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; paintbrushes; water pot; brayer; palette knife; ink blending tool; felt pads

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Orange Zest Staz On ink pad
Spectrum Aqua: Nature set
Pebeo Dyna Iridescent: Blue/Black; Green/Yellow
Ranger alcohol inks: Stonewash; Stream; Lettuce; Meadow
Embellishments:
Creative Embellishments Chipboard Laser Cut: Turtle
Beads from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Pebeo Black Gesso
The Works White Gesso
Pebeo Matt Medium
Collall all purpose glue

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

June Mixed Media Tag #2 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week has started well. Isn’t this heat awful in the UK right now, lol, I’ve got to say it’s too hot for me right now. However, thankfully, I did manage to add some finishing touches to a couple of projects over the weekend, well, until I started to stew in my craft room that is! I have several of these tags cut out, covered with gesso and some have texture paste on them and some don’t but they are ready and waiting for me to add more stamping and sometimes more stencilling, just in case the need to experiment or a challenge sets off my muse and here it is … 

Such lovely shades of blue, heather and a smidge of green
  
I really love the colours and texture, you can see how that butterfly floats in the air when flat but bounces when the tag is touched
All the yummy bits!
The stamped and sticker panel
The important words
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
I used a small stamp which I inked with two Doxides and because the die cut banner is covered I wanted something less fussy to be my interactive element.  The painted wooden butterfly at the bottom has a spring gadget that helps it to bounce up and down, so he flutters over the flowers and leaves around him lol!

 Butterfly Challenge #80 Bingo Lines
I chose: Bling-Butterfly-Blooms
I was inspired by the different blues, the fluffy flower puffs which I think are called dandelions, and that gorgeous pop of green from the bird

Words with Meaning: Inspiration: is an important word for me. Inspiration is needed for me to create and create multiple times. I’m lucky in that colour, nature and my environment inspire me and I added the sticker to remind me


 
I chose: #32 Put a Stencil On It & #36 Put a Stamp On It


I started with a piece of Sheena stamping card, I know from previous tags that the card copes with gesso, inks, mediums, paints and sometimes too much water, lol! I applied the gesso using a brayer and popped it to one side to dry. I now always use the brayer for this because it dries really quickly. Then I attached one of my lovely new Tim Holtz stencils (I was able to purchase because of a win at the lovely Frilly & Funkie challenge). I applied DecoArt Grit Texture paste on both sides using a palette knife and I left that to dry again.

I used Blue China Distress ink pad to colour the inside part of the tag and I reapplied the stencil and painted the Grit Texture paste with Blue China Distress Oxide re-inker. I left it to dry before adding more colour to the borders. I stamped the little Hero Arts fluffy flower across a die cut Kraft banner first using Cracked Pistachio Doxide and then Wilted Violet Doxide. I hunted through my stash and found the perfect sentiment sticker to add to it. I coloured a laser cut butterfly with a mix of pink and blue paint to create a lovely heather colour. Once it was dry I attached the spring gadget to the back. I coloured some more wooden embellishments and Wild Orchid Crafts flowers with Dusty Concord Distress ink and I glued them in position. I added some glitter to parts of some of the embellishments and then glued them in position.

I recently found this little Hero Arts stamp and I’m not 100% sure where it came from, lol, I think it may one that I won from the lovely Brenda but I can’t say so for sure. Anyways I used this wee little stamp to be the stamped image and lots of lovely heather and purple coloured embellishments. 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:
Hero Arts stamp
Stencil:
Flourish Tim Holtz Layering Stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Tutti Designs Die: Stitched Nesting Banners
Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; water pot; spray bottle; craft mat; brayer; Craftwork Cards template

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass 300gsm white stamping card
Snippets: Kraft card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress Oxide ink pads: Cracked Pistachio; Wilted Violet
Distress Oxide Re-inkers: Blue China
Distress ink pads: Blue China
Embellishments:
Wild Orchid Crafts: Chrysanthemum; Rose hips
Glitter; ribbon; spring gadget; sticker (inspiration); wooden embellishments; are all from my stash and are old items!
Adhesives/Mediums:
DecoArt Grit paste
Pebeo gesso
Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape; Washi tape; fun foam

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Distress Re-Inkers ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. Whilst we were at the hotel and spa ready and waiting for the wedding day I took my Distress Oxide re-inkers and A4 watercolour paper. I am a card making, mixed media making, wannabee artist nerd lol! And finally I’m able to start using them on my projects.

For my first A4 sheet I opted to cut it in half and use it as what would normally be called the background. However I wanted my background to be as much of a star as the stamped element and not be totally covered. Once I had stamped the flower image I used the Doxides to colour it and the background around it and here is my card …

I created a 148mm square card
It has some depth
The inside is where the image is
All that lovely inkyness!
 
Such a pretty stamp!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges


 
June I used a Die-Namics die

there is texture from the watercolour paper and all of the die cuts


I used one of the beautiful stamps that I was lucky enough to win from our lovely Brenda. In fact I have used a couple of those stamps recently so I will be sharing more cards created with more of these stamps soon. Can I just say once again how much I love the Doxides? Lol! I have several pieces of coloured Doxide card that I have added sand texture paste to drying right now and I am itching to play with them, more mixed media projects will be coming soon.

As for my card I added a layer of clean water to the watercolour paper and added some drops of re-inker to my paint palette. I then added layers of ink onto the watercolour paper, blending when necessary with a bit more water or ink. I then left it to dry. I stamped the flower twice onto white stamping card using a Versafine IP. I then coloured both the flowers with the re-inkers. When dry I die cut one using the nested banner die and fussy cut the other one out. I lightly splattered Broken China Doxide mixed with water over to the die cut panel. I used my heat tool to finish drying the panel and then adhered the fussy cut flower on top – that way the blue splatters on the flower were no longer a problem.

I used a smaller nested banner to die cut the aperture and the original one to cut the card base. I applied double sided adhesive around the four edges of the aperture and cut up some product packaging to use as an acetate. I cut lengths of fun foam and framed around the aperture and created the gap for the sequins as my shaker element. A sprinkle of sequins were added, next time I need to remember to add much more, it’s a learning experience as it’s been a long time since I created a shaker card and the last time I did I wasn’t happy with the end result, too untidy, so I know what not to do these days lol!

I went into my box of coloured snippets card and die cut several elements to embellish the front and to add a sentiment too. Simples, if time consuming, and yes I will be creating another shaker card soon, as I loved doing so 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
Stamp:
Hero Arts H5577 Classic Tea Flower wood mounted stamp
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Tutti Designs #214 Nesting Stitched Banners dies
My Favourite Things Dienamics Hello There die set
Funkie Junkie Boutique: Sizzix Thinlits Small Tattered Florals by Tim Holtz
Crafters Companion Crafters Inspiration Magazine Issue 10 heart dies
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm card
Prima A4 watercolour paper pad
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress Oxide re-inkers: Cracked Pistachio; Faded Jeans; Fired Brick; Fossilised Amber
Jet Black Versafine IP
Spectrum Aqua pens         )
Spectrum Noir AquaTints ) were used to colour the die cuts
Embellishments:
Sequins from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam


Thursday, 15 June 2017

Bubba's first birthday card ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. It was recently our beloved niece’s first birthday! I was, to put it mildly, a bit unnerved at what I had that could be used for a little ones birthday card but after a search through my stamps and stash I came up with this card …

  
An A5 card
All the details
I don't normally 'do' teddy bears lol!
I used bling gems to create a number one
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #419 Use at least two dies: I used three
Penny Black & More Challenge June Anything Goes
Love to Craft Challenge LTCCB#11 Anything Goes
The flower petals and leaves, the sentiment, the stamped image, the matt and the ‘st’ were all created using snippets
Scrapy Land Challenge #67 Anything Goes:
I used Crafters Companion dies
There is texture from the die cuts, the cardboard rocking horses, the pearls, the texture from the bling and from all the layers
The Ribbon Girl Challenge June Card Challenge


I finally remembered this stunning Teddy stamp. He is the only teddy bear stamp I own because most other images are too cloying. There is only one other Teddy that I like add that is the lovely Parsnip, Miss Pixie's Teddy, he is cute and sweet and not cloying in any way. Previously I’ve struggled with creating texture from hair or fur but I really wanted to make Teddy look right so I took my time and I think it is okay. I stamped Teddy with a Distress IP and then coloured him in layers using my Spectrum Aqua pens. Once I had one light layer dried I added another over the top and I continued this until I was happy, so many layers of colour went into colouring this wee bear! I think it worked, I think he has textured hair/fur but I’m not sure because I'm too critical of my colouring skills.

Whilst Teddy was drying I went through my stash to find card, paper and embellishments that I wanted to use. I found these Dutch Doobadoo rocking horse embellishments which I coloured with blue acrylic paint because I didn’t want the card to be in shades of pink, just for a girl. The deep pink layer on the front is some packaging that I have recycled and everything else that was used for die cutting, stamping or matting came from my snippets boxes.

I really wanted to add a number one for her first birthday and I wanted to add the ‘st’ too and I had a very rare light bulb moment thinking I could chop up a word for the ‘st’ and that’s exactly what I did. The self adhesive gem embellishments are some really old stash, so much so that the glue had started to dry out so I made sure I added little blobs of glue here and there. I’ve no idea where or when I purchased the gems either. Once I had figured out the layout and I was happy with it I felt that it was little bear so I used more white snippets to cut the petals and leaves and I coloured them with my Spectrum Aqua pens. I also added a line of pearls in between the rocking horses legs.

I have to be honest, mainly for me, and say that there are parts of this card that I like and love and there are other parts which I don’t like or love. With hindsight I should not have added the die cut flower, but hey it’s good because I got to spend time thinking of a design and now I’m not as badly terrified with the idea of a making a card for a child. Some things were learned and I have a better starting point for next year 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:
All Night Media teddy bear stamp (more than 20 years old)
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Sara Davies Butterfly Lullaby Signature Range: Happy Birthday
Sheena Douglass Create A Flower Pointed Petals die set
Simon Says Stamp ‘Absolutely’ word die (I cut the ‘S’ and ‘T’ from this die)
Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm card
Pink card stock from packaging
Snippets: coloured card; Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Aqua Naturals & Primary pen sets
DecoArt Americana blue acrylic paint
Embellishments:
Self adhesive: gems; pearls from my stash
Dutch Doobadoo rocking horse embellishments
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam