Thursday, 27 April 2017

April Mixed Media Journal #2 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I got my mixed media journal up to date with an earlier post and now I've managed to get this month's MM journal page completed too! Here it is …

I finally got another page finished before the end of the month!
Lots of lovely mixed media goodness
Another new stamp, in love with it!
You can see some of the texture I lifted off after finishing another project
Lots of lovely rich colour and stamping
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Creative Artiste Challenge #25 Anything Mixed Media Goes
Emerald Creek Dares Challenge Double Duty
I used a stencil and stencil paste not in the 
traditional way so it does double duty
Frilly & Funkie Challenge Put Your Inking Cap On
Love to Craft Challenge LTCCB#9 April Anything Goes
Love to Create Challenge #8 Mixed Media Anything Goes
Love to Scrap Challenge LTSCB#96 Anything Goes
April: I was inspired by the yummy pink ice cream and the beautiful shades of blue


The left hand side of the page was a white snippet which I coloured with Brusho Crystals, watercolours for those that don't know. I had planned to use it as part of one of my tags but because I hadn't played with my Brusho's for a while I was way, way, way too heavy handed with them. The card is deep rich blue, deep rich purple and deep rich red! Way too strong for a background piece so into my possible journal backgrounds folder it went.

The right hand side came about because after I removed my Tim Holtz Lace Layering stencil from another project, I had applied lovely texture paste to that project, and I noticed there was a nice layer of texture paste still on the stencil so I grabbed another white snippet and lightly pressed it into the texture paste. I left that to dry and then I coloured it with Distress paints. I got to do that again! It has yummy texture and depth and my use of three colours (blue, red and purple) is yummy colour mixing that I will be doing again too!

I grabbed a final white snippet that I stamped the beautiful orchid onto using a pale pink Spectrum Aqua pen. I dragged the colour out with a damp paintbrush. Once dry I went back in with the Spectrum Aqua pen and added some of the detail back. The dark snippet on the left hand side was a little too flat for me so I covered the area with a stamp that looks like hessian. Glued it all together and to say I am happy is an understatement 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:
Rubber Dance Art Stamps
Stampendous Orchid stamp
Stencil:
Tim Holtz Lace layering stencil
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Snippets of Sheena Douglass white stamping card
A5 Pink Pig Journal
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Blue, Red & Purple Brusho Watercolour Crystals
Salty Ocean & Picked Raspberry Distress paint
Ranger Archival Blue IP
Worn Lipstick Distress IP
Spectrum Aqua pen
Adhesives/Mediums:
Maimeri Texture Paste
Collall all purpose glue


Tuesday, 25 April 2017

April Mixed Media Tag #2 showers, flowers and rust ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week has started well. I had another attempt at creating a project using the process that was on the Frilly & Funkie Blog, by Cec, here, and here is the end result …

I am happy with the end result, apologies for the white glue still be visible
I finished this last night and had to photograph it then lol!
Thankfully I don't have to worry about postage
All the ink, watercolour and other supplies close up
You can see some of the rusty Distress ink stamping
 
Loads of snippets and gorgeous die cuts & I love the Liquid Pearls texture
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
A Vintage Journey Challenge Magical Three's
Die cut the flowers 3 times; added 3 flowers; made of 3 layers;
3 gems were used; 3 twine lengths to create the bow;
3 butterfly die cuts from 3 different DP/PP;
Three dies were used to create embellishments
(flowers from 1 set, berry branch & butterfly from 3 brands);
Three DP/PP on the tag (not including my stamp or stencil layers);
3 Distress Stain colours; 3 Spectrum Aqua pens for inking the stamps

Allsorts Challenge I spy with my little eye:
Blossoms, Bow & Butterflies
Rusty Hinge Distress Stain was used to create layers of rust
Deep Ocean Challenge Spring

 Double D Challenge Silhouettes:  
I have checked and it appears that silhouettes don't have to be black

Frilly & Funkie Challenge April Showers
I used my raindrop stencil and Broken China Distress Stain to create my showers 
Scrapy Land Challenge #64 Spring Blooms
I used Crafters Companion, Sizzix & Couture dies


 


I felt the urge to create a second April Showers Bring May Flowers and rust project and I wanted to try the technique using my chubby tag template as the starting pad and incorporating some of the things I love to create with. As I mentioned above Cec's post on Frilly and Funkie especially appealed to me in part because I have old designer papers that I am trying to use up. That reminded me of my 2013 Use it Up pledge and I explained that to hubby. He hadn't realised that I have stuck to my self imposed promise not to purchase new DP/PP until I have used 90% or more of what I already have. I can honestly say here that I have kept my pledge with the exception of Christmas PP, I ran out in 2015 and I purchased one 12" square pad and I am trying to use that up too lol!

I incorporated several PP snippets which would not have usually worked together but some Rusty Hinge Distress Stain took care of that lol! With the exception of the tag substrate everything that was added to this tag were from my snippets bags.

I originally inked up the silhouette flower stamps Rusty Hinge and stamped the flowers in the background. But I blended them out too well so I stamped the images again using Spectrum Aqua pens. I used another white card snippet and attached the raindrops stencil to it and used Tumbled Glass Distress Stain to create delicate raindrops.


Once all the elements were prepared and ready to go I had a play with positioning them and eventually found the look above which I am happy with. It was fun to reminisce with hubby as well as remind him what a good crafter I've been trying to use stuff up 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:
Tim Holtz Mini Bouquet stamp set
Stencil:
Stamplorations Teardrop Stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Memory Box Cheviot Butterfly die
Sara Davies Floral Delight Collection Pretty Petals die set
Tim Holtz Mini Holiday Greens die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; spray water bottle

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card; patterned papers
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress Stains: Rusty Hinge; Tumbled Glass
Nature and Primary Spectrum Aqua pen sets
Ranger Perfect Pearls Pearl
Embellishments:
Bakers Twine from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Ruby Red Ranger Liquid Pearls
Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape; fun foam


Sunday, 23 April 2017

Magical Pink ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. I’ve got several new stamps but I wanted to play with an older tested stamp and try some different techniques with it and here is the end result …

I love the end result this time!
I'm already planning to CASE this into a canvas
I'm going with the flow now and using flowers whatever the end result
I added gesso onto a card and then inked the stamp with Spectrum Aqua
 
I've also fallen in love with my new'ish flower dies
I'm really happy that two different styles of font have worked too
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges 
Craft Stamper Magazine Challenge Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenge #113 Anything Goes optional Birthday

MMW#24 MM Anything Goes optional twist: watercolour

Scrapy Land Challenge #64 Spring Blooms 
I used Crafters Companion, Sizzix & Winnie & Walter dies


I had part of white card that I had gesso some time ago in the snippets box so I grabbed that and started to play with it along with my Spectrum Aqua pens and I had so much fun playing with this old stamp and newer dies. I started out by inking up the stamp with pink and green Spectrum Aqua pens and then stamped it twice onto the white gesso card. I left it for a few moments and then lightly used my Spectrum Noir Sparkle Clear Overlay pen over the pink first and then the green. I then grabbed my Spectrum Noir Sparkle Gold pen and scribbled that onto a piece of acetate and I used a damp brush to colour the centre of the stamped flower.

I grabbed another piece of white card and lightly sprayed the stamp with water and stamped it across the card using the same stamp, not inking it up again, second and third generation stamping by spraying the stamp with water which covered some of the piece of A5 for the background. I repeated the process by inking with the Aquas and stamped onto another area of the white gesso card and did second and third generation stamping and finished the background.

Once again I ferreted through my snippets box and die cut white card, coloured card and patterned paper too. I had a real good blitz on my snippets pile so that I could add lots of lovely die cut flowers and embellishments to this card. The hardest thing was working out the layout so that it would look right and not a hot mess 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:
La Blanche stamp
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Crafters Companion ranges:
Downton Abbey: Ornate Circle Frame
Leonie Pujol: Floral Bursts mixed media dies
Sara Davies: English Country Garden Floral Duo & Pretty Petals dies
Sizzix original die: Fabulous
Winnie & Walter Happy die
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
A4 white card
Large snippets: A6 Sheena Douglass white stamping card for stamping; A5 background
Small snippets: pink pearl card; hot pink card; white card; patterned paper
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Nature Spectrum Aqua pen set
Special Holiday Spectrum Noir Sparkle set
Embellishments:
Gems, pearls and ribbon from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP; Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape; fun foam



Saturday, 22 April 2017

April showers bring May's flowers and Rust too ....

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. Last week on the Frilly & Funkie Blog Cec shared how she puts together a shabby style card, see here, well that set off some ideas in my brain and I decided that I wanted to try Cec's techniques with my own supplies and here is the end result …

A 148 mm square card
It will have to be posted in a box!
All the yummy details and layers
 
Some of the yummy die cuts!
Apologies the glue was still wet when I photographed this!
A final look

I want to enter the following Challenges:
A Vintage Journey Challenge Magical Three's
I die each flower three times,
three triple layered flowers were used, 
three different patterned papers,
three different dies, three Distress Stain colours, 
three Pebeo Dyna colours, three buttons, 
three Spectrum Aqua pen colours


Allsorts Challenge I spy with my little eye:
three buttons, three blossoms, one bird and one bow

Country View Crafts Challenge Rust, I used Rusty Hinge Distress Stain to create layers of rust on my cards from the rain

Frilly & Funkie Challenge Showers: I used my raindrop template along with Broken China Distress Stain and flowers on my patterned paper and die cuts

Scrapy Land Challenge #64 Spring Blooms
I used Crafters Companion, Sizzix & Couture dies


I had no idea we could enter projects without stamps being used on them


I had no idea we could enter projects without stamps being used on them



I also decided that were a couple of other Challenges that I wanted to enter at the same time so I sorted my supplies and tools inspired by Cec's process as well as elements that were required for the challenges listed above. I actually and very unusually remembered to photograph the layers before adhering everything to the card base. It is something I can refer back to if we are ever without internet for a while, or if mojo goes major walkies. Thank you so much Cec! You described your process wonderfully easily and it's something I now hope to build on by adding my own twists here and there in future.

I have held onto the Stampin' Up (top layer) patterned paper for a while as it has a beautiful botanical flower on it and I wanted to try and keep that as visible as possible. I coloured the flower with my green, pink and yellow Spectrum Aqua pens and put it aside to dry. Once dry I attached my raindrop stencil and applied Broken China Distress Stain and left it to dry. I have an old bottle of Glossy Accents which crackles which I recently found so I decided to make some of the raindrops glossy and cracking lol! It's gorgeous and what's even better is that when you layer it over the Rusty Hinge Distress Stain and dry it with a heat tool it browns, that's the only word I can think of to explain it, it colours like a piece of toast lol! I tore the top patterned paper and the other layer and applied lots of Rusty Hinge to it and I sprayed with water so that the ink bled and blended a bit and added some of the Glossy Accents crackle and heated it here and there. I attached one of the patterned papers to my card base and applied Rusty Hinge Distress Stain to all four edges and I left that to dry and started die cutting and colouring the flowers.

I left everything to dry overnight before I started to put together the card and playing with the layout to see how I wanted it to look. After I had attached the flowers and piece of ribbon I decided that the card needed a little something on the RHS of the card and the pale green buttons were just perfect to balance it. So I managed to create a distressed shabby card using colours, rust and many embellishments and I love it! Oh dear, looks like I am going to have to create and play some more in this style 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
Stencil:
Stamplorations Raindrop Stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Pretty Petals from Sara Davies Signature Range Floral Delight Collection
Sizzix Tim Holtz Handwritten Love die set
Create & Craft Couture Songbird Collection
Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; water pot; Tim Holtz Distress spray bottle

Supplies
Card Paper:
Various patterned papers from my stash, they must be over ten years old now!
300 gsm card
Snippets: patterned paper & black card for die cutting
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress Stain: Broken China, Rusty Hinge, Scattered Straw
Nature and Primary Spectrum Aqua pens: Pink, Green and Yellow (I forgot to note the colours)
Pebeo Dyna acrylic paints: Iridescent Blue Black, Iridescent Violet Blue, Iridescent Blue Green
Embellishments:
Buttons, ribbon and silver pearls from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Glossy Accents Crackle medium
Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam