Sunday, 10 December 2017

December Christmas Card #5 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. I grabbed multiple snippets to create this card and here is the end result …

A 145mm square card
It will post okay
All the inky details
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Dies R Us Challenge Christmas Carols: 
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
Scrapy Land Challenge #79 Anything Goes
I used Crafters Companion and Sizzix dies 
That’s Crafty Challenge Christmas


This was a quick to put together card because all of the different papers and card were in my multiple snippets bags. I was looking through the snippets to see what I planned to use next and located all the lilac and lavender coloured snippets.

I used this created by me background snippet which had been coloured with Brusho watercolour crystals and Spectrum Noir AquaTints. The lilac shade is from purple Brusho and the gold is from Essentials AquaTints. This lilac part was from a bigger piece of white card that I had coloured with dark purple Brusho’s and neat gold AquaTints. I have snippets of glitter paper and card which I have owned for ages that I’m trying my hardest to use because I really don’t like the glitter card or paper any more lol! I coloured my brad by tapping it with Versafine ink pad and then using WOW EP in a yummy dark purple.

This Tim Holtz die is going to be used often over the years, it was a really good investment so I’m always happy to use it. 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:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Tim Holtz Bigz Poinsettia die
Marianne Designs leaf die
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; spray bottle of water

Supplies
Card Paper:
Craft UK white 145mm square card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card; glitter paper; glitter card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Brusho watercolour crystals: Purple
Spectrum Noir AquaTints Essentials: gold
WOW EP: purple
Embellishments:
Brad
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP
Collall all purpose glue


Thursday, 7 December 2017

December Christmas Card #4 aka very merry and bright ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I had so much fun creating a card similar to this last month that I decided to do it again and here it is …

An A6 card
Great for posting
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges



Once again I didn’t capture the sparkle on this card, typically it appears that I can manage it some of the time but not all of it. I created this exactly in the same way as I did the one on the 15th November which you can see here.  I stamped and heat embossed the image onto white Sheena card and then applied a layer of clean water. Once I had done that I used the Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens to colour the card.

I deliberately kept this card simple as it is one that is going to be posted. I am happy with it, once again, even though the colours aren’t what is considered normal for Christmas but the one thing I’ve always prided myself on is not being normal or usual lol! In fact as I often remind my lovely hubby I am special and he needs to remember it! It is so pretty and I really wish I could have captured that shimmer. 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:
Hero Arts wooden stamp
Crafters Companion Inspiration Magazine sentiment stamp
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Tutti Designs stitched banners die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; damp paintbrush; anti-static bag

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm A6 card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens: 2016 Special Holiday set
Versafine IP black
WOW Clear EP
Embellishments:
Pearls from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP
Collall all purpose glue

Monday, 4 December 2017

December Christmas Card #3 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was good and you have a good week too. Before I start waffling about this card I want to thank all you lovely ladies for the positive comments you yesterday’s card I truly do appreciate it. Today I have another one of those iridescent background cards to share with you and here it is ...

A 145mm square card
Great for posting
The beautiful reindeer
The beautiful shimmer and shine

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Addicted-to-Stamps-Challenge #158 Monochromatic 
Christmas Cards All Year Round Challenge December Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge #362 Anything Goes 
Creative Artiste Challenge #33 Mixed Media Anything Goes
Crimbo Crackers Challenge #146 Anything Goes 
Dream Valley Challenge #16Christmas
That’s Crafty Challenge Green with Envy


This card was created because I’ve been playing with some of my very old stamps and playing with these acrylic paints to see what backgrounds I could create using the acrylic paints neat and onto Kraft snippets.  I love this, love everything about this!  I used just two colours to create the background and once again I used a make up sponge, from yea oldie pound shop, which was lightly sprayed with water before picking up the paints and swirling it across the Kraft card. I stamped then heat embossed the beautiful reindeer with Emerald Creek embossing powder and I love that too. I was worried that heat embossing such a large image would make the acrylic bubble but it hasn’t and that’s so good. I used Distress Brushed Pewter paint to ink up the stars and then lightly sprayed them with water before stamping them and then heated them to make sure they didn’t budge.

I used coloured snippets for my die cut Merry Christmas, I think the card had been coloured with Peacock Feathers Distress ink. I used some little white stars that came out of snowflake die cuts. I used a few of the beautiful sequins I purchased from Little Lucy’s Cards shop. Before purchasing these sequins I had previously purchased a pack from Dovecraft and I wasn’t happy with them because the colour was chipping off the sequins so I indulged a little just for our Christmas cards and they’re worth it 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 &/ Stencil:
Stamp N Stor Dee Gruenig Reindeer stamp
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Sara Davies Signature Range Merry Christmas die
Whimsy Stamps Snowflake dies
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; make up sponge; spray bottle of water; anti static pad; Tim Holtz Distressing tool

Supplies
Card Paper:
Craft UK 145mm square Kraft card
Snippets: Kraft card; Sheena Douglass white stamping card (for the sentiment)
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Pebeo Dyna Iridescent acrylic paint: Green Blue; Blue Green
Emerald Creek HSE-007 Weathered Wood EP
Peacock Feathers Distress IP
Embellishments:
Little Things from Lucy’s Cards: Iridescent Clear Sequin Mix
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape

Sunday, 3 December 2017

December Christmas Card #2 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. After my stamp improvement with one of my older stamps I decided to get more of those stamps out to play with and here is the end result …

A 145mm square card
Great for posting
The pretty tree stamp
The shimmer and shine of that iridescent paint

Created for me and especially for these Challenges



With the exception of the card blank everything else was created with snippets. The swirling green panel was a snippet of Kraft card that I coloured with my Pebeo Dyna Iridescent green blue and blue green paints. I love the finished look of these paints and that they actually look better on dark card than white. I adore using them on Kraft in particular lol! I used two shades of the Dyna paint and a make up sponge to colour the Kraft snippet. I’ve learnt from my play sessions this year that if I lightly spray the sponge or the card with water and then apply paint I get a much smoother blend and it looks beautiful too. I add small blobs of paint either to the card or my craft paint and then lightly spread them across the card until I have the coverage that I want. Over the past year I’ve also gotten much quicker at doing this too, lol, at last! I put the card aside to dry and the next day I stamped the tree and added Emerald Creek EP and I used WOW EP opaque white to stamp and emboss the stars.

I used snippets of white card to die cut the snowflakes and a left over piece of stencilled card that I had added texture paste to before colouring it with Perfect Pearls green which has a torn edge that shows I used Kraft card or paper for that too. I had to add a little Luminarte H2O watercolours to the torn edge and some splats because I thought it was a bit too dark and dull. I must have forgotten how vibrant the Dyna paint is once it has dried 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 &/ Stencil:
Stamp N Stor Tree stamp by Dee Gruenig (very old)
Prima Finnabair Elementals 7” x 9” Chicken Wire stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Whimsy Stamps: snowflake die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; make up sponge; spray bottle water; anti static pad; palette knife

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
300 gsm card/Craft UK 145mm square card
Snippets:
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Pebeo Dyna High Viscosity Iridescent acrylic paint: Blue Green, Green Blue
Perfect Pearls
Luminarte H2O watercolours: gold
Emerald Creek AAC-NL Northern Lights EP
WOW Opaque White EP
Adhesives/Mediums:
Pebeo texture paste
Versamark IP
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Washi tape (for the stencil)

Friday, 1 December 2017

House of Cards December ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was a good one and you have awesome weekend plans. It’s the beginning of December, oh my, which means we have a lovely blog hop for you and it’s the start of a new challenge theme too whoop whoop!! We are saying goodbye to some of our lovely team mates and I wish you all the very best with wonderful opportunities and I know we’ll still see each other in and around blogland. You should have arrived here from Janes blog and after visiting me you need to go to Katarinas blog.
  
We are very lucky this month in that we are sponsored by MHK Designs, Digistamps 4 Joy, and Imagine That Digistamp. All of these lovely companies provided us with images we could use on our projects: so my heartfelt thanks go to our wonderful sponsors.

 
    
 Imagine That Digistamp                  Digistamps 4 Joy

Here is the photographic inspiration for you …


And here is the blog hop order …

House of Cards Challenge Blog

Mynn | Judy |  Chanya13 Cohenna 
Donna | Em | Heather | Jane
Michele | Rocky | Rosi 
Shawna | Shirley | Sue N. | Susan 


I decided to pick an image from my lovely bosses store, in fact I wanted this image before the blog hop, lol, I love Christmas stockings so it really ‘spoke’ to me as the phrase goes. Another bonus of using this image is that I knew I had the perfect embellishments and the perfect patterned paper that would enhance the lovely stocking even more and here is my card …

I created an A5 card 
You can see how I decoupaged the stocking here
All the lovely details
I managed to capture a little of the shimmer

Luckily for me I can also enter these Challenges
Crimbo Crackers Challenge Anything Goes
Crop Stop Blog Linky Party #34 
I used:Tim Holtz Distress ink and paint and WOW EP & Versamark ink
Dream Valley Challenge #168 Add Texture
Winter Wonderland Challenge Traditional Colours of Red & Green


Because I knew what image, what papers and what embellishments I wanted to use this card turned out being quick to create with the exception of colouring the stocking digi. The think that took me the longest was colouring the stocking so that there were areas of light and shadow where required and here are my steps for you:


1. Print the image twice onto white card and dry the ink with my heat tool.
2. I used a deep red Luminarte Twinkling H2O watercolour to colour every other stripe deep red. I left the other stripe white.
3. I coloured the background around the stocking with silver paint .
4. I coloured a piece of white card with Fired Brick paint so that I had a lovely matt for the stocking image.
5. I coloured the chipboard stocking and hat with the Fired Brick paint, two layers.
6. I folded A4 white card in half and inked the edges with Fired Brick Distress ink and dried it. I cut the patterned paper a little smaller then adhered it onto the card.
7. I piped the snow onto the stocking cuff and hat and sprinkled a little loose white glitter onto it. I found my last two poinsettia flowers and applied the Cosmic Shimmer texture paste to them and once dry I attached them to each other with a white brad.
8. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment onto a snippet of white card and inked the edges with the distress ink.
9. I applied the candy stripe ribbon to my card and I applied Cosmic Shimmer texture paste to the decoupaged stocking lower layer.
10. I figured out how I wanted it to look and glued everything in position.


I do hope you come on over and hop along and play along with us. Don’t forget if you get lost you just need to go back to House of Cards and find your back that way. Only twenty four days until Christmas Day my lovelies!! 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:
MHK Designs: Deck the Halls digital stamp
Unknown with love stamp
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; spray bottle of water; palette knife; computer; printer

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Crafters Companion Single Sided Centura Pearl Snow White Hint of Gold
Papermania patterned paper (more than five years old)
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Luminarte H2O watercolour deep red
Tim Holtz Distress paint: Fired Brick
Copper embossing powder
Embellishments:
Brad, chipboard hat & stocking, fabric poinsettias, glitter, & ribbon are old & from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Cosmic Shimmer Texture Paste: Polar White
Viva Decor 3D Snow
Versamark ink pad
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam