Thursday, 16 November 2017

Autumns hues and flowers ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. Another floral card that by sheer luck perfectly matched the stamped and coloured flowers after I had stamped and coloured them and here is that card …

A 145mm square card
It has lovely depth
I didn't manage to capture the shimmer but I promise it is there
These flower stamps and that sentiment are fabulous!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #440 Colours of Autumn
Cards Und More Challenge #197 Anything Goes with Red
Craft Stamper Magazine Challenge November TIMI Anything Goes 
Dream Valley Challenge #167 Add a Sentiment
Scrapy Land Challenge #78 Anything Goes
I used Crafters Companion and Tutti Designs dies


I was somewhat surprised to find more of the flowers from my first play with one of my newer Leonie stamp sets. However that’s really good because in the long run it means this newer set of stamps will be used just as much as the first two sets. I love it when I purchase a set and it creates better projects that I hoped. On my first card I only used the stamps no patterned paper so I wanted to use patterned paper this time. Luckily this paper and the die cuts perfectly fit the stamped and watercoloured flowers. I used one of my very old patterned papers and I know it was a HOTP set via QVC, must be more than eight years old lol! I am pushing myself to use more patterned paper so finding that these already coloured flowers worked with the paper I was delighted. In fact the design has worked better than I hoped but I do hope I’m not creating old fashioned looking cards though!

After I finished this card I realised that these flower stamps would actually work on Christmas cards especially if I do that lovely deep red so that’s something for me to try when I can or remember to do so. 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:
Leonie Pujol Typography Fly Free stamp set
Stamplorations Stamps Forest of Leaves stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus
Sara Davies Butterfly Lullaby Range Flit & Flutter die set
Tutti Designs Nesting Stitched Banners die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Craft UK 145mm square card
HOTP patterned paper
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress ink pad: Barn Door
Brusho Watercolour Crystals: Red; Rose Red; Yellow
Luminarte H2O watercolours
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

A new to me stamp ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I was hunting through my stash of wooden mounted stamps and had a real moment of joy when I found the beautiful Hero Arts stamp that I have used on today’s card and here it is …

Another A6 card
It's good to post too
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
I copied Michelle Lupton’s card this time, loving this challenge!

Deep Ocean Challenge #168 Things with Wings: this stamp has birds!
Mod Squad Challenge Merry & Bright


My only let down with today’s card is that I could not capture the wonderful shimmer on this card! I used my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. Here’s how:

1. I used my anti-static pad to rub across the piece of cut card giving it a very good application.

2. I inked up the stamp with my Versamark ink pad and added the WOW Clear embossing powder onto the card. I used my heat tool to melt the powder and put it to one side.

3. Once it was cool I sprayed it with water and then used my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens and a damp paint brush to cover the stamped panel. I left it to dry naturally.

4. I used a snippet of white card which I cut with my Tutti Designs stitched banner dies and then I used one of the Crafters Inspiration magazine stamp sets and inked the sentiment with Versafine ink pad and heat dry that.

5. Once the stamped panel was dry I trimmed the edges of that panel and attached it to my A6 card and added some bling and pearls to finish!


It is so pretty! I really wish I could have captured the awesome shimmer and shine. 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 and gems from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP
Collall all purpose glue


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

New stamps ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. Over at A Blog Named Hero Challenge the current theme is to CASE a designers card or project. Thankfully I have this stamp which was a recent purchase that I was able to buy because I got a really great offer and I didn’t intend to use the stamp for Christmas because I wanted it for my landscape scenes and here is the first card I’ve created with it …

I created an A6 card for a change!
It has some depth and texture too
Isn't she beautiful?!  I could have made a male too lol!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
I copied Kimberley Rendino’s card
Addicted-to-Stamps-Challenge #157 Use more than one stamp:
I used four lol!


This was a quick to make card because it is a Hero Arts layering stamp. Working out the order of the colours to stamp with was the longest process with this card. I remembered to stamp onto scrap paper so no card was wasted but it did take me time but I think it was worth it lol! These are the steps:

1. I put Pebeo blue acrylic paint onto my craft mat and lightly sprayed it with a water. I used a make up sponge to apply the paint to my piece of card and I left it to dry naturally.

2. Using snippets of Kraft card I stamped the four layers of deer using Tea Dye and Brushed Corduroy Distress, then Vintage Photo Distress Oxide and finally Walnut Stain.

3. I used two different snowflake stamps and Picket Fence to stamp on the acrylic background. I carefully dried the ink on the background because the stamping with Distress IP onto acrylic means the ink stays wet – so I dried the snowflakes and I was careful not to let the acrylic paint bubble.

4. I die cut the black banner from a snippet and stamped the sentiment with Versamark and white EP. I fussy cut the deer and added the sentiment and deer onto my card. I used a little Stickles glitter glue to give some bling to my card and I added three dots to the banner too.


I did make sure that I created a couple of backgrounds so that I can use them later in the month, I am getting on much better with acrylic paints right now and that’s why you are seeing them so much more on my projects because I am loving the fact that if the background gets damp the acrylic paint won’t run which is a real bonus 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:
Hero Arts CL985 Deer Layering stamp set
Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Scenic Ornate Snowflakes stamp set
Crafters Companion Inspiration Magazine sentiment stamp
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Sara Davies Shabby Chic Signature Range Cherished Memories metal die & stamp set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; anti static pad; sponge

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
300 gsm A6 card
Snippet: black card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Pebeo acrylic paint
Distress IP: Tea Dye; Brushed Corduroy; Walnut Stain; Picket Fence (snowflakes)
Distress Oxide IP: Vintage Photo
WOW white EP
Embellishments:
Platinum Stickles Glitter Glue
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam


Thursday, 9 November 2017

Bethan's Birthday Card ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. Here is the card I created for our beautiful Sister in law, that’s only the second time I’ve written that lol, the awesome Bethan …

Another A5 card, lots of old stash used too
Thankfully it didn't require extra stampage
That beautiful flower stamp
The beautiful die cuts
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Craft Stamper Magazine Challenge November TIMI Anything Goes
Creative Artiste Challenge #32 Mixed Media Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge Inspired by a Movie/Song: Purple Rain



Love to Create Challenge #2 Mixed Media Anything Goes
Scrapy Land Challenge #77 Anything Goes
I used Crafters Companion dies



Our Bethan loves all things purple, lol, so I always use purple on cards I create for her. When I started to think about her birthday I had this beautiful stamp around from where I had used it last month. I love, love, love this stamp! I adore colouring big flowers and this one is a whopper so it was much fun and lots of pleasure to colour.

I stamped the image with a pale ink pad and then coloured it with Brusho watercolour crystals and I added golden accents with my Luminarte H2O watercolours. The background was coloured with mixed media fluid and the rest was from various sizes of snippet papers! 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:
Stampendous CRS5032 Jumbo Cling Orchid stamp set
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus
Crafters Companion Sara Davies Signature Range Butterfly Lullaby: Butterfly Dance die
Crafters Companion Sara Davies Signature Range Together Forever: Celebrate die
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm A4 card
Pearl paper
Magazine paper
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card; glitter paper
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress IP:
Brusho Watercolour Crystals
Luminarte Twinkling H2O watercolours
DecoArt Buff mixed media fluid
Embellishments:
Pin heads
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam


Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Autumn's floral outburst ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I found a little bag full of these stamped flowers, they are from one of my newer sets of stamps and I wanted to use them along with the sentiment in that set to create a bouquet of autumn flowers and here it is …

Another 148mm square card
It has lots of depth but will flatten down to go in an envelope
Final look, I managed to capture the sparkle anll the shades if orange, peach, pink and red

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Cards Und More Challenge #197 Anything Goes with Red
Country View Crafts Challenge Stencils
Craft Stamper Magazine Challenge November TIMI Anything Goes


Double D Challenge Feeling Fallish


Dream Valley Challenge Inspired by a Song: Lady in Red 
Mod Squad Challenge Cut it Out: no white or ivory on the front
Scrapy Land Challenge #77 Anything Goes
I used Crafters Companion & Tutti Designs dies


I used many different mediums and many snippets to create this card. The patterned background paper is a really old snippet and there wasn’t enough to cover my square card so I attached the patterned paper and then trimmed up a piece of card that I had applied texture paste and embossing powder to through a really beautiful new-ish stencil. The flowers had been stamped onto snippets but not coloured so I used a mixture of Brusho watercolour crystals and Luminarte H2O watercolours to colour them. I applied a light wash of red watercolour to a die cut banner and then stamped the fabulous sentiment on it. I played around with the layout and added a couple of die cut butterflies to finish.

Another piece of patterned paper and lots of snippets were used to create this card, the rotten snippets are breeding like mad at the moment and I can’t keep up with them lol! It did feel good to use a really really old piece of patterned paper though. 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:
Leonie Pujol Typography Fly Free stamp set
Stamplorations Stamps Forest of Leaves stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus
Sara Davies Butterfly Lullaby Range Flit & Flutter die set
Tutti Designs Nesting Stitched Banners die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Craft UK 145mm square card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card; watercolour paper; HOTP patterned paper
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress ink pad: Wild Honey
Brusho Watercolour Crystals: Red; Rose Red; Yellow
Luminarte H2O watercolours
WOW EP
Adhesives/Mediums:
Dreamweaver black texture paste
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Mixed Media Christmas Tag #2 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I had so much fun creating the tag I shared yesterday that I decided I had to create another but this time in a totally different colour scheme and here it is …

I am so happy with this one too, lovely depth of colour and awesome shimmer
Lots of lovely depth and texture
I managed to photograph some of that awesome texture
And it turned out to be a great way to use up old embellishments, ribbon and snippets!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Scrapy Land Challenge #77 Anything Goes
I used Spellbinders dies


I had an A5 piece of red coloured card in my stash that I had coloured with watercolours. It was a bit too brash for my liking and I knew I could alter it to create a background that was more appealing to me and here’s how I created this tag:

1. Coloured card with deep red watercolour paint.

2. Attached the Simon Says Stamp wave stencil to the card and used Faded Jeans Distress Oxide over the red. I love, love, love the deep purple that the blue ink over the red watercolour has created.

3. I dried the ink and added Cosmic Shimmer texture paste to all the edges with a palette knife and I put it to one side to dry.

4. Searching through my snippets I found some green card that had been coloured with Brusho watercolour crystals. I die cut three circles and then attached the die cuts to the stencil and applied texture paste and I put them to one side to dry.

5. Searching through my ribbons I found some silver metallic like ribbon which was perfect for my baubles.

6. In my snippets bag I had some silver fabric like paper, at least it looks like fabric on the back but it is paper, I used that to create the caps for the top of the baubles.

7. I coloured some other ribbon with the Oxide ink and lightly dried the ribbon to set the ink. I tied it into bows that I stuck onto the baubles. I positioned the silver paper to look like caps on top of the baubles and attached them with the ribbons to my tag.

8. Several shop bought embellishments finished the tag off nicely lol!


I’m trying to get the last of our Christmas cards finished this month and creating some tags as well as I know it’s as usual going to be manic in December. The two presents I ordered last week arrived at the weekend so that is a bonus. I just have to get a lot more done soon lol. I am very, very grateful for online shopping generally but most especially this time of year. 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:
Simon Says Stamp Wave stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus
Spellbinders Classic Large Circle die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; palette knife; Craftwork Cards tag template; ink blending tool and foam

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card; silver paper
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide IP: Faded Jeans
Watercolour paints
Embellishments:
Craftwork Cards Flowers
Ribbons from my stash
Pearl from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Cosmic Shimmer texture paste
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam