Saturday, 1 December 2018

House of Cards December, end of term and our final challenge ...


Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend has begun well. I’m back with my House Of Cards post today and for this month once again we have a choice for you. You can either use the photograph or use the colours in the photograph and here is the photograph …


I was inspired by both the phograph and the colour palette and here is my card …
An A5 card
Will need to be hand delivered
All the details
The beautiful Poinsettia from Beccy's Place
A final look and you can see the shine on the embossed card

Here is the link to our blog:


For this final challenge we are sponsored by Beccy’s Place and there is a lovely prize up for grabs but you need to go to the main blog, do the blog hop and then enter a card of your own. It is with mixed feelings that I tell you that the House of Cards Challenge blog will be finishing after the end of this challenge. I have to admit I had already handed in my notice at the challenge before I knew that the challenge was closing because I have been rather unwell for the last month or so and that was why I was resigning.

So for this last challenge I put my all into creating a really beautiful Christmas card so that we go out with a bang, so to speak lol! So I grabbed my glycerine and my gold Spectrum Noir AquaTints and created a golden pearl background which once dried I dry embossed. Sequins, a flower with a pearly centre and die cut leaves were the finishing touches and I am over the moon with how beautifully this card has turned out. 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 A4 Nordic Weave embossing folder
Crafters Companion Die’sire Gardenia quilling die
Sizzix Tim Holtz Holiday Greens dies
Miscellaneous Tools:
Computer; printer; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; ink blending foam

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrate:
Crafters Companion A4 cream matt card
Crafters Companion A5 Sheena stamping card
Snippets: patterned papers
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Essential Spectrum Noir AquaTints
Watercolour pencils
Embellishments:
Sequins
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Foam pads
Glycerine

Thursday, 1 November 2018

House of Cards November ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’m back with my House Of Cards post today and for this month once again we have a choice for you. You can either use the theme or the colour palette or be inspired by both of the options in the photograph and here are the options …

Pearl Accents &/ Colours

I was inspired to use both gold and pearl accents and I was inspired by the colour palette too and here is my card …

An A5 card
It has lots of lovely texture and some depth
All the lovely details
The lovely tree image
The lovely pearl!

Luckily for me I can also enter these ChallengesPixi
Allsorts Challenge #490 Pearls & Gems
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge #409 Anything Christmas Goes
Scrapy Land Challenge #100 Celebration
I used Sizzix dies & Crafters Companion embossing folder
The Ribbon Girl Challenge November Anything Goes


I decided to see if I could create my own pearlised card using my Essential Spectrum Noir AquaTints and here’s how I did that:

1. Using a spray bottle of water dampen a piece of card.
2. I mixed gold AquaTints with water to create a gold watercolour wash which I painted onto the card and left it to dry.
3. The colour wasn’t as good as I hoped so I added another layer of gold watercolour wash but I was not completely happy with the end result as there were streaks in the paint, I left the card to dry.
4. I grabbed my bottle of glicerine and poured some into a palette and I added gold AquaTints to it. I applied a third layer of colour using a sponge and the card was completely coloured, no streaks, however it was very gaudy in colour.
5. I had also done the previous four steps using silver AquaTints onto another piece of card as originally I planned to colour two different sheets and have one silver and one gold pearlised card. The silver coloured card was dark and dull.
6. Rather than bin both pieces of card I wondered if I added a layer of silver AquaTints to the gold card and gold AquaTints to the silver card if I could rescue the card. It worked!

And here’s what I did next:

1. Once I had my pearlised gold card I left it to dry and then I run it through my die cutting machine in an embossing folder. I used a Distress ink pad with ink blending tool and foam to lightly add colour to the top of the embossing.
2. I stamped and heat embossed the Christmas tree sentiment onto a snippet of cream card and coloured the card with a Distress ink pad and ink blending tool and foam. I sprayed that with water and dried it with my heat tool. I used a Versamark pen to add ink around the tree stamped image and into the star at the top of the tree then I added Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture embossing powder from Emerald Creek and I used my heat tool to melt the powder.
3. I coloured another snippet of card using a Distress Oxide ink pad to create a very dark matt for the stamped and heat embossed tree topper.
4. I die cut the deer from cream snippets then coloured them with Brushed Corduroy Distress ink pad and the ink blending tool and foam. I sprayed them with water to give them a dappled coat.
5. I coloured the Prima wooden icons using gold and green Spectrum Noir AquaTints.
6. I coloured cream ribbon to make it look older and then tied it in a bow.
7. I folded a piece of A4 cream card in half and edged it with Vintage Photo distress ink pad and ink blending tool.
8. I figured out the layout of the elements then glued all the items in position. My finishing touches was to add gems and pearls to the stamped topper!


Phew! There were an awful lot of steps involved in creating this card. And, unusually for me and hubby, we love the golden brown distressed Christmas card I have created. I think I need to see if I can create some more like this in different colours and I will definitely be creating more of my own pearlised card in future! 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:
Personal Impressions wood mounted stamp
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Tim Holtz Reindeer Flight Bigz die
Crafters Companion Nordic Weave A4 embossing folder
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; ink blending tool and foam; spray water bottle

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrate:
Crafters Companion A4 Cream matt card
Snippets: Crafters Companion Cream Matt card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink pad
Distress ink pads: Vintage Photo; Brushed Corduroy
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Essentials; Primary
Emerald Creek Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture embossing powder
Cosmic Shimmer bright gold detail embossing powder
Embellishments:
Prima wooden icons
White self adhesive pearls and mini bling stones from my stash
Ribbon from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP
Glycerine
Collall all purpose glue
Foam pads

Monday, 29 October 2018

Shades of autumn ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. During Stamptember, aka September, my lovely Mistah treated me to a couple of sets of Simon Says Stamp stamps that I had seen on their blog and fallen in love with and here is my first play with one of the stamp sets …

An A5 card
No issues with posting

All the lovely details
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges 
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #167 Autumn Colours
Creatalicious Challenge #149 Anything Goes optional purple
Creativ Fusion Arts & Crafts Challenge #5 Anything Goes
Crop Stop Challenge #44 October Link Party 
I used Crafters Companion, Spectrum Noir and Tsukineko products on my card





It is such a large and beautiful stamp that I just had to create an A5 card and as there was plenty of space I had to stamp it twice so I got twice the pleasure of colouring it! I didn’t think this one through very well because for the first play I decided to try the no line technique and for such a detailed stamp which I shouldn’t have done for my first play with it.

However I’m reasonably happy with the end result, yes the lines around the flowers and leaves are a bit darker than usual but that’s because I was too heavy handed with the pencils trying to ensure that the detail would still be visible after I added water. But I am still practicing with my no line technique and learning to be happier with my end results so I’m happy to let this one through lol! Once I had coloured the flowers and leaves I coloured the rest of the background with Peeled Paint re-inker and once that was dry I stamped the steniment and added the sequins. I think that this is going to become a much loved stamp set as I have so many ideas I want to try with it and all because of seeing all the different colours and the way it has been used on Pinterest 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:
Simon Says Stamp SSS101826 Beautiful Flowers stamp set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
A5 Sheena Douglass white stamping card
A4 Linen Textured Card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress ink pads: Pumice Stone; Peeled Paint
Albrecht Durer Watercolour pencils
Peeled Paint Distress re-inker
Embellishments:
Sequins from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Traditional #1 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I just had to get this super cute little girl out to stamp with again and here she is …

An A5 Christmas card
Lots of lovely details and okay to post
All the details
So very cute!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
ABC Christmas Challenge ‘U for Upon’ & ‘V for Very Quick’
V for very quick
Allsorts Challenge #489 Traditional Christmas Colours
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge #408 Anything Christmas Goes 
Creatalicious Challenge #149 Anything Goes optional purple


Penny Black Saturday Challenge AG optional colour scheme


Along with using a new stamp I managed to use a lot of very old stash in the way of papers and embellishments that were used on this card. I used a pale ink to stamp the little girl with and then watercoloured the image. Once it was dry I used my Polychromo pencils to add a little shade where necessary. The background papers were, I think, from a My Minds Eye paper pad, which I have very nearly finished using but no longer have the front or back cover for so I have no idea what they were called. The paper doily and the little wreath were embellishments from Papermania, again I’ve had these for so long that I have no idea of the names of the collections. The deep red mulberry paper flowers and the die cut are also very old stash and it feels so good to be using these old supplies up!

One more card for our Christmas box and it was a pleasure once again to colour this image and to put this card together from my box of old stash. 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:
Penny Black Slapstick cling stamp: Garland Pixie
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
My Minds Eye 6” x 6” patterned papers
A4 white card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils
Polychromo pencils
Pumice Stone distress ink pad
Embellishments:
Papermania: doily; wreath
Prima flowers
Self adhesive pearls
Wooden 25th embellishment
Stickles Glitter Glue: Crystal
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Foam pads

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Stars ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. My lovely hubby has purchased me some new paints and they are different to my usual acrylics so I need to experiment with them and here is a tag I’ve coloured with these paints ...


A mixed media tag for a change!
Lots of lovely texture and that gorgeous shimmer
All the lovely details
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges






I hand cut a tag from Sheena Stamping Card and then added the blue and purple paint to the tag, blending between the two colours so there wasn’t a hard line. I left the tag to completely dry. I attached a freebie magazine stencil and applied the texture paste. I die cut the oval from a snippet of Sheena Stamping Card and then coloured the die cut with the gold paint and left it to dry. I stamped the sentiment onto the die cut . I then decided I wanted to colour the texture paste stars so I re-attached the stencil and colourd the stars with the paint and left the tag to dry. I coloured cream ribbon with heavily watered down paint and left that to dry. Once all the supplies were dry I figured out a layout I liked and stuck everything down: simples lol!

I do still need to practice a little more with these paints because they are so rich in colour and in mica. I think they are going to last quite a long time because of that tooo. 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:
Paperbabe Stamps: Your Sparkle
Magazine freebie star stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Spellbinders Classic Large Ovals
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; palette knife

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Black Versafine ink pad
Imagination Crafts Starlights:Sky Blue; Amethyst; Gold
Embellishments:
Ribbons from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Texture paste
Collall all purpose glue