Monday, 26 June 2017

Another Hero Arts stamp ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. I’ve used another of the lovely Hero Arts stamps that I won from our lovely Brenda to create another interactive card today and here it is …

A 148 mm square card
The side view
All the details
 
The stamped and die cut image
It sits flat, well flat'ish and it will go in an envelope
I love the new Tim Holtz dies I won from Frilly & Funkie: thank you Linda
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges


I have to say I am really enjoying playing with these stamps and the fact that some of them aren’t designs I would have purchased myself is inspiring me a lot too. I tend to purchase more open design stamps that I can watercolour so using this one is really refreshing and different for me and funnily enough as I was typing this post I’ve had another idea for using this one that I want to go and create now lol!

To get back to my card to make this an interactive card I decided to create an easel card this time. I got to use some of my rather large, ahem, haul of die cuts along with patterned paper and one of my own really old Hero Arts stamps set for the sentiment. This was a reasonably quick card to create because I stamped the flower circle using Staz On onto a pre-cut by me circle and I coloured the flowers with ink. The little die cut circles that are at the bottom were also already coloured and die cut and I stamped the thank you very much sentiment on one but I used three to create the stop at the bottom of the card. I used snippets of patterned paper or card for the die cuts behind the stamped panel and rejected snippets of drawn and painted by me paper to die cut the flowers out of and I love that they have colour too.

I recycle some of my art work, the stuff I don’t like, lol. You can’t see the design and it stops me feeling guilty for using paper when it doesn’t come out right. As for the large haul of die cuts I need to think of a way of using those up and quick lol! I must have had a die cutting session one week as there are a lot of die cut circles in a pocket in the die cut box. 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:
Hero Arts: Flower Wreath stamp; LL662 Small Greetings stamp set
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Spellbinders Large Classic & Scalloped Circle dies
Funkie Junkie Boutique: Sizzix Thinlits Small Tattered Florals by Tim Holtz
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm card
A5 Papermania Geometric Neon patterned papers
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card; water colour paper
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Staz On Emerald City Midi ink pad
Distress ink pad: Peeled Paint
Distress Oxide re-inkers: Barn Door; Cracked Pistachio
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam



Sunday, 25 June 2017

My Favourite Flower Stamps ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. We need a couple of thank you cards and I suddenly realised that I didn’t have any in my boxes of ready to use. So I decided to play with one of my favourite stamp sets again and here is the end result …

A 15 cm square card
It's not too deep, so okay for us to post
All the yummy details
I love how easy using a pale ink pad makes the flowers look more realistic
I distressed the thanks too!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges


This set of stamps is joint first with another set of my favourite flower stamps. I’ve owned these for quite a bit of time but they are a set that I go back to time and time again. I admit to having several, ahem, sets of flower stamps and I adore every single one of them, lol. I’m very lucky to own some of them because they were purchased as presents or were purchased from a challenge win voucher. I know that I could and would easily create with flower stamps every day of the year. Flower stamps, stencils and Distress Oxides are my current obsessions lol!

I used snippets of stencilled watercolour rejects or snippets of watercolour painting practice rejects to die cut the mats and flowers, I am a bit obsessive in trying to re-use any project that has gone wrong. I don’t like wasting card and I especially hate wasting watercolour paper and I don’t do this because of thriftiness but because of green footprint guilt lol! I used a Craft UK card blank, Prima 15cm square paper and the mats and flowers were created with snippets from other projects.


I inked the flower stamps with pale Distress ink and then I stamped and masked the flowers across the Sheena card. I wanted to practice my no line colouring technique, I love that technique and whenever I can I try to practice it. After I had coloured the stamped flowers I sifted through my patterned papers and found this beautiful Prima Marketing 15cm square paper. I used my beautiful new set of dies, courtesy of Frilly and Funkie Challenge random win, and die cut them multiple times. I have ended up setting up a small divided box to store these little flower die cuts in and that way they are easy to find and ready and waiting to be used on my projects. I die cut the mats using the banner dies and I grabbed an old purchased die cut sentiment which I distressed a little before sticking in position. I added a gem to each of the three flowers that were made of multiple layers and it was finished!

I think this is another of those cards that I would like to try and recreate on a tag or canvas. I’m up to two of those at the moment and as soon as I’ve enough time I will. I’ve started writing down these ideas or else I forget them lol! Apologies for lack of visits to you all I’ve had a fall and my back is the worse it has ever been right now. Hoping it will settle again soon. 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:
A6 A Little Bit Sketchy Poppies and Daisies stamp set by Sheena Douglass
Stencil:
Bouquet of Flowers Simon Says Stamps stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Frilly & Funkie: Small Tattered Florals by Tim Holtz Thinlits die set
Tutti Designs #214 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 card and envelope
Snippets: watercolour card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress ink pad
Nature Spectrum Aqua pen sets
Derwent Inktense pencils (the rejected stencilled mat underneath the stamped and coloured flowers
Embellishments:
Gems and ‘thanks’ die cut from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam
Post It Notes: for masking

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Under the Sea ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was good and you have lovely weekend plans. I wanted to play with some awesome new toys that I was lucky enough to win, don’t you just love that type of crafty goodies lol?! So I managed to play a little this week with the new goodies and I was able to shrink my snippets pile too and here is the end result …

Another chubby tag: I'm loving feeling creative this month!
You can see the lovely texture and depth from the beads
All the yummy details
I'm sure we had a fish like that once, called Goldie!
A final look


Created for me and especially for these Challenges
A Inky Mess Challenge #11 Anything Mixed Media Goes


 
Love to Create Challenge #12 MM Anything Goes

MMW#26 Anything Goes

Mix It Up Challenge Blog #2 Anything Goes optional stamping
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Let’s go on vacation:
warm seas, lovely fishes, mild sun: I’m there in my dreams lol!


For my base layer I used a piece of card that I had spilt alcohol inks onto when I was avidly playing with those. Then I grabbed a piece of pre-gessoed card and stamped the fish in position. I stamped the fish in position and then added paper masks to them before colouring the background with left over alcohol ink that were on the felt pieces from when I was heavily experimenting a lot with alcohol inks. Once I had the blue ocean coloured I added colour to the bottom layer using a pale lime green. Then I coloured the stamped fish with my Spectrum Aqua pens.

I felt it was missing something at this point so I used a stencil to add details to the water at the top. I still felt something was missing and as I recently located my big box of beads (I used to create jewellery) and I wondered if I could use them mixed with gesso to add texture to any of my mixed media projects. I tried my idea out and now I have air bubbles coming from the mouths of the fishes: awesome result and another old supply I can now use up! Once the beads with gesso were dry I dripped a little alcohol ink onto them and I added another layer of colour to the top of the ocean using the Splash stencil again, it is obvious there is more than one layer of colour there.

I then used one of the lovely chipboard pieces I was lucky enough to win from Creative Embellishments in May. I coloured my turtle with black gesso and then used my Pebeo Dyna iridescent paints to colour him: simples! It was fun and it was good to find a use for an old crafty material. 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:
CM-S5 Cardinalfish Designs by Ryn stamp
Stencil:
Tim Holtz Splash layering stencil
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; paintbrushes; water pot; brayer; palette knife; ink blending tool; felt pads

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Orange Zest Staz On ink pad
Spectrum Aqua: Nature set
Pebeo Dyna Iridescent: Blue/Black; Green/Yellow
Ranger alcohol inks: Stonewash; Stream; Lettuce; Meadow
Embellishments:
Creative Embellishments Chipboard Laser Cut: Turtle
Beads from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Pebeo Black Gesso
The Works White Gesso
Pebeo Matt Medium
Collall all purpose glue

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

June Mixed Media Tag #2 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week has started well. Isn’t this heat awful in the UK right now, lol, I’ve got to say it’s too hot for me right now. However, thankfully, I did manage to add some finishing touches to a couple of projects over the weekend, well, until I started to stew in my craft room that is! I have several of these tags cut out, covered with gesso and some have texture paste on them and some don’t but they are ready and waiting for me to add more stamping and sometimes more stencilling, just in case the need to experiment or a challenge sets off my muse and here it is … 

Such lovely shades of blue, heather and a smidge of green
  
I really love the colours and texture, you can see how that butterfly floats in the air when flat but bounces when the tag is touched
All the yummy bits!
The stamped and sticker panel
The important words
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
I used a small stamp which I inked with two Doxides and because the die cut banner is covered I wanted something less fussy to be my interactive element.  The painted wooden butterfly at the bottom has a spring gadget that helps it to bounce up and down, so he flutters over the flowers and leaves around him lol!

 Butterfly Challenge #80 Bingo Lines
I chose: Bling-Butterfly-Blooms
I was inspired by the different blues, the fluffy flower puffs which I think are called dandelions, and that gorgeous pop of green from the bird

Words with Meaning: Inspiration: is an important word for me. Inspiration is needed for me to create and create multiple times. I’m lucky in that colour, nature and my environment inspire me and I added the sticker to remind me


 
I chose: #32 Put a Stencil On It & #36 Put a Stamp On It


I started with a piece of Sheena stamping card, I know from previous tags that the card copes with gesso, inks, mediums, paints and sometimes too much water, lol! I applied the gesso using a brayer and popped it to one side to dry. I now always use the brayer for this because it dries really quickly. Then I attached one of my lovely new Tim Holtz stencils (I was able to purchase because of a win at the lovely Frilly & Funkie challenge). I applied DecoArt Grit Texture paste on both sides using a palette knife and I left that to dry again.

I used Blue China Distress ink pad to colour the inside part of the tag and I reapplied the stencil and painted the Grit Texture paste with Blue China Distress Oxide re-inker. I left it to dry before adding more colour to the borders. I stamped the little Hero Arts fluffy flower across a die cut Kraft banner first using Cracked Pistachio Doxide and then Wilted Violet Doxide. I hunted through my stash and found the perfect sentiment sticker to add to it. I coloured a laser cut butterfly with a mix of pink and blue paint to create a lovely heather colour. Once it was dry I attached the spring gadget to the back. I coloured some more wooden embellishments and Wild Orchid Crafts flowers with Dusty Concord Distress ink and I glued them in position. I added some glitter to parts of some of the embellishments and then glued them in position.

I recently found this little Hero Arts stamp and I’m not 100% sure where it came from, lol, I think it may one that I won from the lovely Brenda but I can’t say so for sure. Anyways I used this wee little stamp to be the stamped image and lots of lovely heather and purple coloured embellishments. 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:
Hero Arts stamp
Stencil:
Flourish Tim Holtz Layering Stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Tutti Designs Die: Stitched Nesting Banners
Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; water pot; spray bottle; craft mat; brayer; Craftwork Cards template

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass 300gsm white stamping card
Snippets: Kraft card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress Oxide ink pads: Cracked Pistachio; Wilted Violet
Distress Oxide Re-inkers: Blue China
Distress ink pads: Blue China
Embellishments:
Wild Orchid Crafts: Chrysanthemum; Rose hips
Glitter; ribbon; spring gadget; sticker (inspiration); wooden embellishments; are all from my stash and are old items!
Adhesives/Mediums:
DecoArt Grit paste
Pebeo gesso
Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape; Washi tape; fun foam