Sunday, 29 January 2017

Snowscapes for my Watercolour Journal ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. One of my self imposed resolutions or challenges for this year is to improve some of my skills and learn more techniques so I’m planning to take some on line courses for those. I have been lucky enough to find some free watercolour tutorials and as a result of those and some challenges I decided to get my watercolours out to play with and here is the first scene …
I struggled to draw a chalet and the sunset is a little too red, something to remember the next time I try!

Here is my second attempt …
I prefer the mountains on this scene and I went a little too dark with the chalet colours

And finally my third attempt ...
I decided not to add any mountains to this scene.  I love the fence, the sky, the sunset and the trees but not so happy with the placement of the chalet, grr!

So this is my least favourite, poor scene!

I love the fence, the mountains, the sunset, the trees and the placement of the chalet but the chalet is too dark.
I love the chalet itself but it needs to be further back, the fence, the sunset and the trees so it's a mix of number two and three that I like the most lol!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Creative Artiste Challenge #22 Anything Mixed Media Goes
Creative Carte Blanche Challenge Baby It’s Cold Outside
We Love to Create Challenge #2 Anything Goes


I’m hoping to be able to take part in the 2017 Song Challenge that the Craft Barn Blog is holding and I will keep the pages that I create for those in a watercolour journal (I still have to make or purchase one) but for the first challenge I decided to push myself to draw and watercolour my snow scenes.  I’m entering the above challenges because I hope that my watercolour journal pages are allowed but if not please let me know and I’ll remove them from your challenges.

I know I still need to work a lot on my drawing and watercolours but I am, surprisingly, reasonably happy with the end result of these first three pages. I used the Inktense watercolour pencils that my lovely husband purchased for one of my Christmas present. I used both Sheena Douglass white stamping card and watercolour paper (another Christmas present) and I have to say I love the watercolour paper, so lush and luxurious! I have decided that sometimes I will draw and colour these pages and sometimes I will stamp them, it’s going to depend on how brave I am feeling and if I dare to share lol!

So I used watercolour pencils to draw the little chalet and I drew the fence, mountains, and trees with a paintbrush loaded with watercolours. Once the scenes were dry and I was happy with them I went back and added white gesso and glitter to certain areas to make the snow. I hope you like them and that you won’t mind me sharing these along with my usual cards, canvas, tags, and mixed media journal pages (I think these might be mixed media too 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
Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Bockingford watercolour paper
Paint/Pencils:
Inktense watercolour pencils
Windsor & Newton half pan watercolours
Mediums:
White gesso

Saturday, 28 January 2017

January Journal #1 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend has started well. I’m sure it’s no surprise what I’m about to share, lol, and here it is …

An A5 inked and painted journal page
All the yummy details
I know I'm not supposed to have a favourite but I do, lol!
I love that I can see the difference between the acrylic paint and the watercolours
A little buzzy bee!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges 
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #226 Anything Goes


I am trying to keep up with my crafting New Year resolutions, lol, but that’s really about being well organised and that’s not something I do very well but I’m not prepared to admit defeat yet lol! I haven’t played with my birds for a while so it felt like it was a really good idea to get them out and to play with some ink and paint layering too.

I started out adding a light layer of pale blue AquaTints to a damp piece of Sheena Douglass white stamping card. Once I was happy with the colour I used my heat tool to dry it. I decided to stamp the birds but to not colour them. I figured I could work around the birds with stencils and paints so that the birds weren’t heavily coloured. I grabbed silver acrylic paint and a piece of foam and added silver to all four edges. Once dry I used a piece of Washi to attach my stripes stencil with a piece of Washi tape and I used ink, watercolour and acrylic paint to add lines of colour randomly across the page.

I left it to dry overnight, it just worked out that way, lol! I used my AquaTints to colour the birds, keeping the colours light and transparent. It was at this point that I realised I wanted to add more images to my page so I stamped the bee with a Versafine ink pad and coloured them with yellow and gold acrylic paint. I used acrylic to paint the branches for the birds to sit on and used a fine black pen to touch up any parts of the bird that needed 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
Stamp:
Tim Holtz Bird Crazy stamp set
Stencil:
Tim Holtz Stripes Layering Stencil
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; ink blending foam

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Versafine IP: jet black
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Pastels; Beautifully Grunge
Acrylic paint: blue; brown; gold; silver; yellow
Pigma black micron pen

Friday, 27 January 2017

More winter blues ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was a good one and I bet you are looking forward to the weekend! Well I did warn you yesterday that I like to make Christmas cards in January, lol, so here is today’s offering …

An A5 card
It ended up a bit flatter than I expected!
Lots of lovely layers
I adore this stamp!
I have used this die so much recently
I love my ribbons!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge #317 Anything Goes optional use a sentiment




When I started to create this card I knew what colour palette I wanted to use but I decided I wanted to create a distressed Christmas card. So I delved into my box of patterned papers, then into my box of white card snippets and I found two pieces of white card that had been crumpled and snippets of card coloured by me and some navy blue card. I then got these two Great Impressions stamps, Distress IPs and Ranger Archival cobalt blue and my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen set. I also used more of the ribbon that Carol gifted me and a snippet of wide blue grosgrain ribbon too.

I made sure that I distressed every edge of paper and card and I didn’t try to flatten the card. I love the look and hope you do too. 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 stamps: 8162 Elegant Branch; 9802 Berry Spring
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Sara Davies Contemporary Christmas die
Whimsy Stamps snowflake die
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; Tim Holtz Distressing tool; emery board

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm card
HOTP papers
Snippets: blue card, Sheena Douglass stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Ranger Archival Cobalt Blue IP
Distress IPs: Broken China, Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky
Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens: Special Holiday Selection
Embellishments:
Wired ribbon from the lovely Carol
From my stash: grosgrain ribbon snippet; glitter
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape; fun foam
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Thursday, 26 January 2017

Winter blues ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well, it’s so cold in the UK right now! I have to let you know that there’s something a little odd about me, lol, since I’ve had stamps and supplies to do so every year after Boxing Day I start to get the itch to create Christmas cards and here is today’s offering …

An A5 card
It has some depth, which is good!
All the yummy details
I do love to create scenes!
  
You can see the three sets of dies I used RHS and a mesh snippet to create a bow
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge #317 Anything Goes optional use a sentiment
Fashionable Stamping Challenge #119 Winter or Spring
Fussy & Fancy Challenge #179 angels or faeries or winter
Scrapy Land Challenge #58 Anything Goes
I used Crafters Companion & Whimsy Stamps dies
Simon Says Stamps Work It Wednesday Challenge Something New with Something New: Tim Holtz Mixed Media dies and Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens
The Ribbon Girl Challenge January Any Image Challenge


Because we were with family over Christmas and my back was too bad once we returned I assumed that I had managed to dodge that itch this year. However it appears that the cold snap in the UK has kicked in my itch to create Christmas cards and it usually carries on right through to the end of February, sometimes in early March. We think it started about ten to twelve years ago and it’s become a bit of a family and friends joke, lol, I have been doing it for that long!

Anyways back to today’s card. I started out cutting a piece of A4 card in half and added a layer of clean water onto the card. I then painted a sunset and added a very light blue wash beneath the sunset. I am trying to use all of my Windsor & Newton half pans up before I start on the new set I received for Christmas. Once the background was dry I grabbed some unused magazine stamps and using my palest green IP to ink up and stamp a line of trees at the back of the scene. Then I stamped another layer of trees using a slightly darker green IP and I did the same with my darkest green IP.

I really enjoyed making this one so I hope you like 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
Stamp:
A4 sheet of magazine stamp (sorry I can’t remember which)
Sheena Douglass A5 A Little Bit Scenic Ornate Snowflakes stamp set (no longer available)
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Tim Holtz Mixed Media set 1 dies
Snowflake is from Crafters Companion Inspiration magazine issue 12
Whimsy Stamps snowflake die
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
300 gsm card
Snippets: stamped and embossed card; navy blue card; snippets white card for die cutting
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Windsor & Newton half pan watercolours
Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens: Special Holiday Selection
Adirondack IP: Espresso; Lettuce; Meadow
Distress IP: Pine Needles
WOW EP: Blue sparkle
White acrylic paint
Embellishments:
From my stash: Grosgrain ribbon; Mesh (white bow); glitter
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP; Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape; fun foam

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

An old stamp, NBUS dies and NBUS technique ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. When I saw the photograph inspiration for a particular challenge I just had to play along and here is the end result …

An A5 card
Not too deep but there are lots of layers
The flowers turned out a lot darker than I originally planned
Lots of lovely die cuts
I achieved a lovely peachy pink colour on this bright yellow flower
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges

  

It is pure luck that my card fits Darnell’s theme lol!
After I had read Darnell’s post I looked through the photo of the cards I created this weekend and this card is perfect for the optional steganography theme 

 MHK Designs Challenge January Photo Inspiration

Scrapy Land Challenge #59 Favourite Colours: green, pink, red & yellow 
I used Crafters Companion dies 
The Ribbon Girl Challenge January Any Image Challenge


I had some rejected by me drawing and paintings and I didn’t want to waste the card so I turned it over and coloured it with the last of the red and pinks from my old Windsor & Newton watercolour set. Once they were dry I had these lovely pink and red papers ready to be used. Then I saw some of the current challenges and I knew the papers once stamped and coloured would be perfect for them.

I grabbed one of my older stamps, it is my go to stamp when I want to create something with a heart. I think it was the last stamp that I purchased mounted on wood, and I did a quick search to see if the company is still around as this one was purchased in 2005. I didn’t look the date up by the way: it was printed on one side of the wooden block. It turns out that they are lol! I have a far selection of stamps and I know I wouldn’t have so many if they were all mounted! I was very grateful for the move to unmounted stamps 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:
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Sara Davies Butterfly Lullaby range: With Love die
Crafters Companion Inspiration Magazine: Issue 9
Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
300 gsm card
Snippets: coloured card and coloured by me card used for die cutting
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Windsor & Newton watercolour paints
Spectrum Noir Sparkle: Clear Overlay pen
Embellishments:
WOC Chrysanthemum
From my stash: brads; ribbon
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape; fun foam