Friday, 22 September 2017

Welcome Fall ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I think this month I’ve created more mixed media pieces than anything else, lol, and it’s great! Anyway here is a canvas I created to celebrate Fall (in the UK we say autumn but I love the American’s word so now I call it ‘Fall’) …

A canvas to welcome the season
It has lovely depth and texture
All the details
You can see the lace peeping through here
The beautifully delicate branch and leaves
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #433 Feels Like Autumn
Creates and Makes Challenge #14 Anything Goes
Die-Cut-Diva’s Challenge September Masculine
Given that my husband loves this one I think I can say it’s masculine friendly
Emerald Creek Dares September: Celebrate Canada
I hope you can see that my leaves, colours and texture are all about your beautiful country
Frilly & Funkie Challenge To Everything There is a Season 


 MMW#29 Anything Goes


Unstampa Belles Challenge 
Theme: sets of threes twist: use cardboard
I made sure that the different shaped leaves were added in sets of three and the cardboard was coloured with acrylics before adding


This canvas started out life as an experiment on my part. I added a thick layer of gesso and then pushed two ribbon pieces into the gesso, one at the top and one at the bottom. I then sprinkled Flower Soft over the canvas to see what texture it might add. I won’t be doing that again lol! Once it was dry I added watered down acrylic paint to colour it. I tore a piece of cardboard off a box and removed the top layer so that the ribbed bit would be visible. I then coloured that with watered down acrylics. I used a lot of snippets to die cut lots of leaves adding them in batches of three. I coloured a die cut chipboard branch with acrylic paints and once dry I attached it to the coloured cardboard and glued that piece in position.

A quick and easy explanation from me for a change, lol, and hubby loves this one 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
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Inspiration Magazine Issue 11 Autumn: leaf dies
Crafters Companion Die’sire Ivy leaf
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; pallette knife

Supplies
Card Paper:
Box canvas
Piece of a cardboard box
Snippets: patterned papers; coloured card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
DecoArt Mixed Media Fluid: titanium buff; primary magenta; primary yellow; translucent white
Pebeo acrylic paint: brown
Embellishments:
Chipboard branch and leaves
Snippets cotton lace
Flower soft
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Collall dimensional glue

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Happy Birthday ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. Rather than creating a new background I decided to delve into my multiple bag of snippets to today’s project. I found the embossed background and a stamped snippet ready and waiting to be used and here is the end result …

  
An A6 birthday card
All the yummy details
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge #37 Anything Goes
Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #56 Anything Goes
Scrapy Land Challenge #74  Anything Goes
I used a Memory Box die, a Whimsy Stamps die 
and a Couture Creations Embossing Folder


This was a really quick one to create because I had stamped the lovely candles using the solid stamp that is part of this very versatile set and then I used my heat tool to quickly dry the candles before stamping the black solid outer edge. I also stamped the lovely bubbles/circles from this set. The background was already dry embossed so I wrapped satin ribbon around the stamped panel and added Stickles to the flame of the candle. The Happy Birthday and butterfly were also cut from coloured card snippets. I’m definitely polishing my halo right now 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:
Paperbabe Birthday Wishes stamp set
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Memory Box butterfly die
Whimsy Stamps happy birthday die
Couture Creations embossing folder
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card; Kraft card; red pearl card; 300 gsm card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress ink pads: Broken China; Peeled Paint; Picked Raspberry
Distress Oxide ink pads: Wilted Violet; Fossilised Amber
Versafine IP: black
Embellishments:
Ribbon from my stash
Stickles glitter glue
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Upcycled again ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I have to say upfront I had no idea what to call this post. I started out with a piece of packaging and the end result is so much more than I ever dreamed to hope for and here it is …

An A5 home decor piece
It has lots of lovely depth!
All the yummy details
 
I love the depth I achieve with this beautiful mould
One of the beautiful chipboard hummingbirds
I really adore this one too!
I have to say a big thank you to my hubby too!
Because he gifted me a bigger die cutting machine I purchased this really beautiful huge die, which I'm also going to use on my fabric projects too
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #433 Feels Like Autumn


Altered Art: I used old product backing for the base layer



I was inspired by the multiple layers of paint and the numbers so I stamped and stencilled them onto my canvas once painted
I used two of your beautiful hummingbirds to embellish my canvas.

To Everything There is a Season Challenge


 MMW#29 Anything Goes


If you don’t want to know all the ins and outs of how I created this one please just move on. I’m trying to make my posts easier to read for some followers and labelling and laying it out like this works better for them and me lol!

So here is a rough idea of the steps I took to create this:

1. The piece of packaging backboard I decided to recycle was not very firm so I added a couple of layers of white gesso first and left to dry between each coat and before the next step.

2. I attached the flourish stencil and applied Ranger Texture Paste and left to dry.

3. I watered down my DecoArt Primary Magenta mixed media fluid and coloured the background. It was a little too pale so I grabbed some silver acrylic paint to add some metallic highlights and left to dry.

4. I attached the number stencil with and used Primary Magenta with an ink blending tool and foam and stencilled the numbers over the whole thing.

5. Once dry I re-attached the flourish stencil and used a blend of silver acrylic paint and Titan Buff to colour the texture paste (I’m trying to create my own metallic paints as I’m awaiting an order of them but I really wanted to play).

6. I stamped the dogwood rose four times onto white snippets and coloured the roses with watered down Primary Magenta and the leaves with Brusho Leaf Green. I love that deep rich red colour of the roses. Once dry I fussy cut two of the roses with leaves and two of the roses only. I applied a layer of Ranger Crackle Glossy Accents to the roses without leaves and once dry I decoupaged the crackled roses using silicon glue gel so that they have depth.

7. On another project I altered a piece of white card by attaching a stencil with Washi tape and applying a layer of black Dreamweaver embossing paste. I removed the stencil then randomly sprinkled three different colours of UTEE onto the black paste and left it to dry overnight. The next day I used my heat tool to melt the UTEE.

8. I coloured this snippet with Blue-Black Pebeo Dyna Interference acrylic paint to darken it and I adhered it onto the board. Once the glue was dry I coloured the torn edge of it with watered down MM fluid.

9. I adhered the decoupaged dogwood roses with the stems tucked under the UTEE card.

10. I retrieved two beautiful chipboard hummingbirds (thank you so much Creative Embellishments). Normally I would add a layer of gesso to the birds but I knew I wanted to use the Pebeo Dyna interference and I know that worlds better on dark surfaces. So I coloured the chipboard birds with Pebeo Dyna interference.

11. I retrieved one of my air dry clay hummingbirds and coloured him with my Luminarte H2O watercolour paints. Once dry I randomly splodged Pebeo Dyna iridescent with my fingers, yep I’m finally loving the acrylics, so I used my fingers to colour my air dry clay bird lol!

12. I used my huge tattered florals die to cut six layers of patterned paper to create the beautiful blousy rose and used snippets of green patterned paper for the leaves.

13. I sprayed the huge die cut flowers and leaves with water and scrunched them up in my hand and left them to dry overnight.

14. The next day I prepared my Twinkling H2O watercolours and flattened the two die cut flowers that were going to be at the very top of the flower stack and I coloured the reverse of them with H2O’s because they were white. Once the paint had dried I used a bone folder and an embossing tool to heavily curl the two petals.

15. I flattened the rest of the flowers and leaves then lightly curled the ends of both of them. I put the flowers in the order that I was going to use at the end and made a large hole with my pokey tool.

16. I threaded several strands of pearl stamens through all the layers of flowers and added a splodge of glue to the back. I also added another piece of paper over the top of the stamen threads and left it to dry.

17. I figured out the rest of the layout then attached everything and this canvas was finished!


I hope you all like it as much as we do. Hubby was very, very complimentary and he loves that flower too lol! I have to say I have a good one as he indulges and encourages me and my arts and crafts obsessions. I hope you are all enjoying yourself and creating art no matter what form that takes. 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 Dogwood Rose
Stencil:
THS032 Tim Holtz Flourish Layering Stencil
Pronty Stencils: 15cm square Numbers; 30cm square Characters
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Tim Holtz Jumbo Tattered Floral die
Miscellaneous Tools:
Silicone mould; palette knife; spray bottle filled with water; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; ink blending tool & foam

Supplies
Card Paper:
Packaging backboard
Various patterned papers from my stash
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Pebeo Dyna Interference: Blue-Black; Blue Green Violet-Blue
Pebeo Acrylics
Luminarte Twinkling H2O’s watercolour paints
DecoArt Mixed Media Fluid: Primary Magenta; Titan Buff
Brusho Watercolour Crystals Leaf Green
Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel: red; gold; brass
Embellishments:
Creative Embellishments: Chipboard Hummingbirds
Fimo light air dry clay
Wild Orchid Crafts white pearl stamens
Adhesives/Mediums:
Pebeo white gesso
Ranger Transparent Texture Paste
Ranger Crackle Glossy Accents
Dreamweaver matt black embossing paste
Versamark IP
Collall all purpose glue
Collall 3D glue gel
Double sided tape

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Upcycling ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’ve been doing a little upcycling for the last couple of days. Here is the before photograph …

A chipboard box where the decorative panel had dropped off
 
The box without the top and the decorative top

This was a K & Co box with chipboard alphabet. The propped up piece is the decorative top that came unstuck. Recently I located the box and drawer but I found the decorative top in a different box lol! There are still boxes for me to sort in my craft room, ugh! I’ve found a lot of boxes and containers that I’ve hoarded uhm, owned for years with plans to upcycle. I am happy that I’ve figured out the gesso tip so will be upcycling more in the weeks to come, I’m hoping some will be perfect Christmas wrapping lol! Here’s how it looks now …

The pretty little blinged up metallic box
I am happy with how this one turned out!
The inside and bottom of the box
I'm amazed by the quality and rich colours of the metallic paints
The bottom of the box
The stamping on the bottom layer
The beautiful butterfly
I've deliberately hung onto these flowers for a project like this one!
A final look:
Reminds me of a pretty box on a beautiful art deco dressing table!


Created for me and especially for these Challenges

I was inspired by the way the blues have fractured on the photograph
The beautiful soft gold, pastel pink and bling from the flowers




Here’s my steps:

1. I removed the top and ribbon. The lid’s flimsy acetate was loose and it came off and I lost it. I’ve also been hoarding err keeping plastic packaging because I’m going to recycle that and I used one of those pieces to replace the flimsy piece.

2. I applied a layer of gesso to the outside and inside of the box lid and bottom and left it to dry.

3. I applied a layer of the Metallic Emerald Green paint using my ink blending tool and foam and left that to dry overnight.

4. The next day I applied a second layer of the Emerald Green paint and left that to dry whilst getting on with other projects.

5. I used the Harlequin mask and applied transparent texture paste and that left to dry, removed and cleaned the stencil.

6. I put one of the texture stamps from the Rust & Dust set onto my craft mat and inked it up with Cobalt Archival. I went along the sides of the box adding stamped details and then the bottom of the box. I didn’t try to perfectly stamp as I was after a shabby chic vintage look.

7. I attached the Harlequin stencil onto white card and used my ink blending tool and foam and the Emerald Green paint to colour the card. I was astonished at how quickly it dried and how little paint I used to get that deep rich colour! Then I re-positioned the stencil and coloured the white card with the Rose Gold paint and left it to dry.

8. I cut the card to size and adhered into the bottom of the box. I popped a couple of small paint pots into the box to make sure it was flat. I added double sided tape around the aperture on top of the box lid and around the inside edges to make sure it was a strong hold and I left it to dry overnight.

9. I added a line of glue around the outside edge of the box lid and attached the decorative overlay. I put tubs into it and left it to dry overnight along with the inside of the drawer.

10. I stamped the largest butterfly from the Don’t Forget to Fly stamp set onto white card using Versafine black IP. I dried the card then painted the butterfly with the Rose Gold paint and left to dry before fussy cutting and putting aside. I added some details back in with a black Pitt pen.

11. I attached the Harlequin stencil again, over the transparent texture paste on the lid. I applied the Vintage Silk Opal Magic to the diamonds and buffed it in. I folded a piece of ribbon in half and pushed it through the hole on the lid. I attached double sided tape to the inside of the lid and a piece of black card to hide the ribbon.

12. I used very old Prima flowers and leaves out (I think they were either azalea or cherry blossom flowers) and glued two flowers, one leaf and the butterfly to the top of the box and I was finished!


That was an awful lot of steps and a lot of products and tools too! I’m loving playing with the lovely new goodies that I able to purchase because of a random win at one of my regular challenges. My huge thanks to the That’s Crafty shop and blogs. 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:
Prima Marketing Finnabair cling stamp sets: Rust & Dust; Don’t Forget to Fly
Stencil:
Prima Marketing Fiinnabair Elementals stencil: Harlequin
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; ink blending tool and foam; craft mat; palette knife

Supplies
Card/Paper/Substrate:
Recycling: Box; Plastic Substrate
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card; product packaging
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Prima Marketing Finnabair Art Alchemy Sparks Metallique: Emerald Green
Prima Marketing Finnabair Art Alchemy Opal Magic: Rose-Gold
Prima Marketing Finnabair Art Alchemy Opal Magic Wax: Vintage Silk
Ranger Archival ink pad: Cobalt
Embellishments:
Prima Marketing: Cherry Blossom/Azalea flowers and leaves
Ribbon
Adhesives/Mediums:
Pebeo gesso
Ranger Transparent Texture Paste
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape