Friday, 31 March 2017

Guest Design Team at Fussy & Fancy Challenge #184 Embellish It ...



Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was a good one, nearly the weekend. If all goes to plan this post should go live whilst I'm only half awake, lol. My Indigo Blu butterfly card was the lucky pick to be Guest Designer Team at Fussy & Fancy Challenge #180 Fussy & Fancy challenge so I am on their blog today, yipee, thank you so much, I am honoured and chuffed! Here is the project I created for the current Fussy and Fancy Challenge #184 Embellish It Challenge …

This is a 125mm square chipboard circle
I didn't have to worry about the depth!
Lots of lovely details
WOC flowers were coloured with ink, glitter and splatters of white gesso
There are three flowers underneath this lily!
The texture paste was coloured with Distress ink
A final look

Luckily for me this also fits these Challenges
All Aboard for the Birthday Challenge Celebration

Country View Crafts Challenge Inspired by Tim Holtz
Deep Ocean Challenge Flowers Everywhere
MMW#23 AG optional twist mood board: 
I was inspired by the cold of the blue


 


I used another chipboard circle to adhere strips of book paper onto using matt medium. When dry I added a layer of white gesso using a brayer, to get some texture. When dry I used my Lace Tim Holtz layering stencil and added texture paste through the stencil approximately in the centre of the circle. I left to dry and the next day I dripped alcohol inks onto the circle, adding splashes of alcohol ink blending fluid to encourage the colours to move and blend.  I wanted the colours to look much more blended this time so I used more AI and more ink blending solution.

As the challenge is to 'Embellish It' I was able to use a lot of my embellishment stash. I got to play with my lovely mixed media supplies with chipboard, texture paste and colour lol! I have an inkling that this chipboard circle will be picked by my sister in law to be when I share these with family. I end up making more than I expect to especially these sort of projects so family gets to pick if they want anything from the pile I create every couple of months.

I really hope you'll pop on over to see what the lovely Designers have created, they are a mega talented lot and I am so honoured to have been ask to play along with 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
Stencil:
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Lace
Miscellaneous:
Palette knife

Supplies
Card Paper:
Chipboard circle
Old book pages
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Ranger AI's: Stonewashed; Wild Plum; Eggplant
Distress inks: Dusty Concord; Worn Lipstick
Embellishments:
Craftwork Cards: various flowers
Wild Orchid Crafts: lilies
Glitter
Ribbon from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Pebeo matt medium
Maimeri Texture Paste
The Works: white gesso
Collall all purpose glue


Thursday, 30 March 2017

March Rudolph Day ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I had to figure out when I could schedule today's post, lol. I already have scheduled posts but I have been so creative this month that its going to be a very busy end of month, very unusual lol! Anyway here is the card I have created for some of the current challenges as well as for our box of Christmas cards …

A nice large card, for a change, lol!
It has some depth, but I couldn't add too much because of postage costs, boo!
All the yummy details
The main stamped panel
One of my best purchases last year 
Lovely colours and texture
It's a layered die this one, I don't often use it this way but I love it!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Scrapy Land Challenge #62 Favourite Holiday: Christmas
I used Crafters Companion, Sizzix & Whimsy Stamps dies
Scrappy Mo’s Rudolph Day Challenge
Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes


I have to put my hands up and say that I am not sure if I like this Christmas card or not, lol! It was one of my experimental sessions with Distress inks, Spectrum Aqua and Sparkle and the fabric. Whilst I am completely happy with the stamped, distressed pieces, die cuts, texture paste and colours used.

I've just realised that it's the fabric that I'm not sure that I like or not. It's a mesh and I deliberately purchased half a metre to experiment with but, as I said, I'm not sure it has worked, lol, nothing like typing it out and then having a doh response in your brain lol!

However I love this Great Impressions stamp, my Sheena Douglass snowflake stamps, the colours and the little stencil I made myself I absolutely love! In fairness blue and white for Christmas cards is my all time favourite colour mix for Christmas, always has been and will probably always will be.


A quick heads that some of you might like is that Whimsy Stamps have started to have challenges again and that makes me so happy! Enough for now as I have stuff to do in the Craft Room, still so much to sort and to get it exactly how I want but I am making progress, just very slow progress, grr. 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:
Great Impressions 8162 Elegant Berry stamp
Sheena Douglass A5 A Little Bit Scenic Ornate Snowflakes stamp set
Stencil:
I created my own using an old original Sizzix die
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Tim Holtz Mixed Media 1 die set
Crafters Companion Sara Davies Contemporary Christmas Merry Christmas die
Whimsy Stamps Layered Snowflake die
Sizzix Original green die Snowflake
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI
Ranger ink blending tool and foam
Paintbrushes & water pot
Acetate (to scribble & drip pens onto)

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
20cm square Card
Snippets: 300gsm white card; blue textured card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Aqua pens: primary
Sprectrum Noir Sparkle Holiday set
Tumbled Glass & Faded Jeans Distress IP
Ranger Archival Cobalt IP
Embellishments:
Mesh fabric
Adhesives/Mediums:
Cosmic Shimmer Texture Paste
Collall all purpose glue; Double sided tape; Fun foam




Wednesday, 29 March 2017

March final sketch ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well, happy hump day! Before I forget I just wanted to take a minute to welcome some new followers! Yay!!! I love me new followers and my older followers too lol! So Chris, Diane, Enfys and Ingrid welcome ladies, I am honoured you are following me!

Today I was so desperate to enter the Spectrum Noir March Challenge a final time that I had to photograph this card whilst the glue on the flowers was still wet lol! Fabulous sketch my lovely friend Tracy came up and I just tweaked it a little bit because it just fit perfectly this way. Anyway here is my card …

It's a 148mm square card
I will have to make a box for posting this one
All the yummy details
They are one of my favourite flower stamps, still lol!
Lovely dies these are!
  
Such pretty dies
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Butterfly Challenge #75 Repeat and the colour Night Sky
I repeat stamped the flowers & repeat die cut butterflies & flowers
I used a gorgeous deep blue Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen on the butterfly & sentiment
Deep Ocean Challenge Flowers Everywhere
Die Cuttin’ Divas Challenge #310 Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes



I was inspired by the sketch and the photograph



I used my Spectrum Aqua pens to ink up Sheena's Daisy stamp and I stamped it three times onto a piece of card. I die cut the banner next and then used a clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to drag the yellow into the centre of the images. I used a damp paintbrush to drag the green out from the stamping. The stamped flowers are beautiful and twinkle beautifully when you move the card around. I scribbled a blue Aqua pen onto a piece of acetate and then coloured the background with a light blue wash.

The flowers were die cut from blue pearl card snippets using a beautiful new flower die. It's a Sara Davies one and this is the first time it's come out to play, lol, I purchased several of Sara's flower dies when Crafters Companion had their sales in January, too good a deal not to and I really love the end result with these new flower dies. The foliage was cut using other dies and snippets of card coloured with AquaTints. The butterfly die is also a new one, purchased just before Christmas, another deal, and I'm only just starting to play with this one. I die cut the butterflies from snippets of white card or patterned paper, each butterfly is made up of two layers. The deep blue one was coloured with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens.

The sentiment is an old early win from the Snippets Playground Challenge and it gets used a lot. It too was cut from white card and coloured with Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen. Some matting and layering plus ribbon and I'm really happy with the end result. 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:
Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Sketchy Poppies & Daisies set
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Sara Davies English Country Garden: Floral duo
Crafters Companion Sara Davies Floral collection: In Bloom
Tutti Designs 214 die: Stitched Nesting Banners
Memory Box Cheviot Butterfly die
Whimsy Stamps Sentimentables Dies: Birthday set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
300 gsm card
Snippets: patterned paper; white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir Aqua: Primary; Nature
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Holiday Pen set
Embellishments:
Ribbon from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

March Mixed Media #3 Tag ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. Before I get to my next project I just wanted to thank you. You have left such awesome comments for me this month and I seriously really appreciate that. I've always felt a little bit under experienced or more likely lacking skills with mixed media. This month I've felt a little less like that, thank goodness, and I now feel a little more experienced and comfortable with my mixed media skills. There are some peeps in particular that always cheer me on, I know who you are and you know that too, lol, but it's been your belief in me that has kept me going: so to many of my lovely followers I want to send a big sloppy thank you! If I could I would purchase you all a lovely bouquet of flowers and send you a card too, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

This month something set my imagination on fire and it is probably all the fabulous ideas for challenges that all of the talented Design Team persons have come up with. I've loved playing with many different products, trying new and old techniques to create in the mixed media style. I'm about to share a tag that has the most distressing/distressed/shabby look to it, love all the layers, the textures, everything, lol, and here it is …

I love playing with my chubby tags and inks and paints
There are so many layers on this
All the yummy details
I also love my different types of paints
I do love my tree stamps too
And these leaf dies have been really useful too
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
All Aboard for the Birthday Challenge Celebration 
Happy Birthday AVJ this one is especially for you!

Country View Crafts Challenge Inspired by Tim Holtz 
I was so inspired this month using lots of different techniques, layers of colour, layers of product, layers of texture and distressing of everything!


Die Cuttin’ Divas Challenge #310 Anything Goes
Emerald Creek Dares Challenge Splatters
Love to Create Challenge #6 Anything Goes

MMW#23 MM Anything Goes: I was inspired by the Design Team projects. they way they use many layers of texture and many layers of colour: it fires my imagination!



Try It On Tuesday Challenge Botanical: thank you Chris!


The sheer amount of products that I used as well as stamps and dies is amazing. The fact that I created this and am happy with the end result is also amazing to me. I tell you one thing though I loved doing it, loved having many different products out and just going with the flow. New and old products as well as new and old tools and I feel I can finally say that I understand what this mixed media phrase means, well hopefully lol!

I created this chubby tag by using a piece of Sheena stamping card and Distress re-inkers to colour the tag. I dried it with my heat tool and attached a stencil with Washi tape and I put a lot of DecoArt crackle paste on, a lot of it. I left that to dry overnight before moving on to the next step. The background was a little brighter than I what I hoped for so I created an acrylic paint white wash and brushed that over the whole thing. Once dry I used some wax to add colour to the crackles.

The trees were stamped with wood mounted stamps that I won from my blog friend and very talented artist Brenda: thank you huni, it feels good to use them again. 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
Stamps:
Art Impressions tree stamp
Hobby Art mini landscape stamp
Clarity Stamp clock stamp
Stencil:
Tando Creative: Random Circles
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Inspiration Magazine Issue #11 Autumn
Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; palette knife

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Rusty Hinge Distress IP
Sepia Archival IP
Brown & Green Brusho Watercolour Crystals
Various Watercolour/Felt Tip Markers
Rub on waxes
Adhesives/Mediums:
DecoArt Crackle Paste
Washi Tape (for attaching the stencil)
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam