Monday, 27 March 2017

Vintage style? ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week has started well. I’ve been playing with new stamps, well they are sort of new, I won them before Christmas but I'm only just getting around to using them and now I have I want to use them again and again, lol, and here is the end result …

An A6 card
This one may have to be delivered by hand
All the yummy details
I adore this stamp!
Such pretty colours
Pretty
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges


Colour Crazy Craft Challenge #12 Anything Goes
Country View Crafts Challenge Inspired by Tim Holtz:
use of the inks, the layers of colour, the different textures
Deep Ocean Challenge Flowers Everywhere

 
Rubber Dance Art Stamps Challenge Spring theme 
I've created a vintage style spring inspired romantic card and I used colours, flowers and ribbon to achieve that

The Corrosive Challenge March Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl Challenge March Any Image


I have a thing about postcard stamps, well about lots of stamps but particularly postcard stamps. I love them and need more! I knew that before I picked these beautiful stamps from Rubber Dance Art Stamps, aka Bibi. I adore postcard stamps like this because they help me to create something vintage style. When I got my box of not yet used stamps out I went straight for this one. And because I'm still trying to channel my inner Tim Holtz I thought the postcard would work beautifully with a Distress ink style background. I coloured this background using my Brusho Crystals, bands of blue, red and yellow and once dry I used another Rubber Dance Art stamp, the mesh, with my new white Distress ink. It's ended up giving the background wonderful depth and gorgeous texture!

Once I had my background piece ready I moved onto the postcard stamp. I stamped it three times onto snippets of Sheena stamping card using a Distress ink pad and then I very lightly sprayed it to make the ink blur. Once they were dry I used a piece of ribbon to make them look like they were kept tied up in a bundle. I used my Distress re-inkers to colour the blooms and then I squished them, lol, to make them a little flatter. I stamped the Love using a black Versafine ink pad and started playing around with the layout.

I attached the background panel to my Kraft card at an angle and then realised that the love would also be at an angle but I didn't mind that lol! I wanted a little of shimmer and shine so I grabbed my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen in gold and gently dripped little dots of gold over the postcards, the background and the Kraft card. 

I added gems that are champagne coloured to finish off and I got to say this is one of my favourite cards this month just because I managed to use darker colours and browns to give it a vintage vibe yet I still love the end result.  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: love; mesh; Vintage Postcard stamp
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm card
Kraft card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Brusho watercolour crystals: turquoise; rose red; yellow
White and Vintage Photo Distress ink pads
Gold Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen
Embellishments:
Ribbon from my stash
Blossoms from Country View Crafts
Champagne gems from The Works
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam

Sunday, 26 March 2017

The Birds ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. I must have bought at least three packs of these chipboard circles, no idea where or when, but I have been very grateful for them and here is another one that I have altered …

Lovely colours and texture
Nice depth from the clay embellishments
All the yummy details
The beautiful and regal kingfisher
Such beautiful embellishments and fabulous texture!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
All Aboard for the Birthday Challenge Celebration

Country View Crafts Challenge Inspired by Tim Holtz
I'm currently obsessed with my Tim Holtz alcohol inks
in part probably because of some challenges, more details below.
I was inspired by the blues and ethereal feel, sadly I don’t own any of your products
(yet, lol, hopefully I'll be able to purchase some next month)

Mixed Media Anything Goes optional twist mood board:
I was inspired by the darker shades of blue, the deep red berries and the lines of ice

Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Layer it up


Cheep, Cheep, Cheep 


I've been playing, experimenting and using my alcohol inks a lot this month. I've had them for ages and other than a little play session when I first purchased them I've not really used them. Because I wanted to play with them I also wanted to use them to make several challenge entries too. I adhered torn up encyclopaedia pages to the chipboard then I added a light wash of gesso that had been watered done a lot. 

Once the pages were dry I dripped the two colours of alcohol inks onto the circle and stood it upright so that the drips would drip downwards. The next day I used Ranger Texture Paste and Tim's Lines layering stencil (for some reason I love this stencil lol) and added the lines to the bottom half of the chipboard to create the illusion of water.

I created a bird and a branch from air dry clay then coloured those with acrylic paints and rub on waxes. Looking through my stash I found the bird buttons which I then removed the shanks from the back. Once the texture paste was dry I applied rub on wax to it. I adhered the clay to the texture paste as I was trying to create a place for my stamped and coloured kingfisher to sit upon whilst he looks into the water to catch and eat his fish dinner lol!

Every mixed media project I have created this month has incorporated some technique or other that has been inspired by shabby chic, distressed or Tim Holtz style. I have had an absolute blast doing this and it appears to have fired my passion for creating more mixed media projects and less cards lol. Thank you so much for the awesome challenges and for sharing your wonderful projects with us: every challenge has lit a fuse in my imagination this month and I sincerely thank you for that. 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:
Sheena Douglass A5 A Little Bit Sketchy King for a Day stamp set
Stencil:
Tim Holtz layering stencil: lines
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; Martha Stewart silicone mould; palette knife

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Chipboard circle
Old encyclopaedia pages
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Alcohol inks: stonewashed; wild plum
Black Versafine ink pad
Derwent colouring pencils
Pebeo Dyna acrylics: black, blue green
Gold rub on wax
Embellishments:
Ribbon and buttons from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:

Ranger Transparent Matt Texture Paste 
Ranger alcohol ink blending solution
Collall all purpose glue

Collall 3D glue gel
Air Dry Clay
The Works white gesso


Thursday, 23 March 2017

March Mixed Media Tag #2 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. This is my second mixed media tag for this months second tag and I absolutely and completely love it, love, love, love it! Anyway after all the build up of it here is my tag …

I adore this tag!
Lots of yummy depth and texture
All the yummy details
I don't have many of these Petaloo flowers left, sadly
To me it screams spring, lovely flowers, pastel colours and
it has pops of richer colour to add depth

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #407 not a card
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge #11 Anything Goes
Fussy & Fancy Challenge #183 Springtime
They want to see lots of flowers and as I don't have any Rubber Dance Art flower stamps so I used Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and a Petaloo fabric flower, coloured my pieces with pastel shades that also have that rich pop of colour that I love




This month firstly for myself and as an extra bonus for some of the lovely challenges in our crafty world I'm trying to channel my inner 'Tim Holtz'. I'm playing with colour, texture, different mediums, substrates, mixed media mediums and I'm having a blast lol. Whilst looking for an art instruction book on EBay I found and purchased a copy of Tim's Compendium of Curiosities Volume III. I've been trying to find and purchase the final issue for a few years so I was ever so chuffed. I already owned Volumes I and II but when III came out we were not financially sound so I didn't purchase it. I got Volume III and I got it for a really good price too, a lot less than I have seen it elsewhere lol! So once my craft room is sorted and properly set up I am planning on working my way through all the lovely techniques and tips, lol, I can't wait!

I stamped and embossed the hearts with white EP. I sprinkled Brusho watercolour crystals onto my craft mat, rose red, blue and yellow, spaced apart so that they could not contaminate each other. I used a wide paintbrush to add a layer of water to the stamped panel and then dipped it into the rose red then I heat dried it. I did that for the blue and the yellow too. I wanted the whole panel covered because I was experimenting. Then I decided to add even more layers of colour. It was too bold and too bright so I used my water spray and kitchen towel to spray water onto the card and the kitchen towel to mop up the water. I did that so much I forgot to keep count. Once I was happy with the look I left it aside to dry. I used my chubby tag template to cut Sheena stamping card to size before wetting that and dipping it into puddles of Distres so that the stamped panel would work beautifully with it. Once I had the right amount of colour on the tag I applied a Perfect Pearls watercolour wash on the whole tag so it shimmers beautifully too. I wanted more texture at this stage so I decided to use both crackle paint and accent beads to the centres of the hearts. I tapped Broken China Distress onto my craft mat and added to water to create a pale blue to use on the Wild Orchid Crafts flowers. Then I used my scissors and my distressing tool to distress the edges of all of the layers. I love using ribbon on my tags and as I had a short piece of velvet ribbon it just fits perfectly and adds another tactile element to the tag. As per usual I tried the layout and positioning before gluing everything in position and leaving it to dry overnight.

I absolutely love the light and airy feel with soft spring colours and pops of richer colour and the distressing is just perfect, and that is/was a real joy to me 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: heart stamps
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; Craftwork Cards chubby tag template; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; spray water bottle

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Brusho watercolour crystals: rose red, turquoise, yellow
Distress inks: Broken China
Perfect Pearls: pearly white
White embossing powder
Embellishments:
Wild Orchid Crafts: white cherry blossom; white sweetheart blossoms
Melissa Frances velvet ribbon
Accent beads
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP
Ranger Crackle Accents
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

London


You are evils cowards and we will never give in You will never break us



March third sketch'ish ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. Earlier this week I used my Leonie Stamps, a new set of Leonie dies and a new set of Sara Davies dies.
I have the matching stamps but haven't used them, yet, lol, and as I wanted to enter the Spectrum Noir Sketch challenge again I decided to slightly tweak the sketch that my lovely friend Tracy designed. I flipped it on it's side and moved what would be the middle part higher up/to the left and here it is …

An A6 card
Has lovely depth and texture
All the lovely details
I wish I'd captured the shimmer from the Sparkle pens
Lovely flower dies from Sara Davies range and Leonie Pujol
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Dies R Us Challenge #69 Borders &/ Edges 
Fussy & Fancy Challenge #183 Springtime


I was inspired by the sketch and the photograph



Something about this sketch has appealed to me a lot and I wasn't sure what it is was at first but after using it twice as it is I've been flipping it on it's side and adapting it this time. It's a fabulous sketch that is very versatile. You can use it to create something clean and simple or something a little fussier, which is what I decided to do this time.

I'm still trying to use up my big bag of snippets and apart from the card base everything that I used on this card came from my snippet boxes (white card, coloured card and patterned paper). The white banner was left over white stamping card, the Bazzill card was used on another project, the flowers and the doily die cuts are all from snippets tool, a sort of free card, if you like lol!

I stamped the flowers with a Spectrum Aqua pen and then dragged the colour in from the edges on the flowers, the leaves and the stems using a damp paintbrush. Once that was dry it was a little too pastel for my taste so I used my Spectrum Sparkle pens to draw around the flowers, leaves and stems and blending that out and I'm happy with the end result, with the exception of my photographic skills as you can't see the lovely shimmer and shine in the photos. The little bees, so very cute, were stamped with Versafine black and coloured with Spectrum Aqua and Spectrum Sparkle. I am happy with the end result: which is a massive plus!


Apologies for my lack of visits at the moment, I have a lot going on right now as I am trying, once again, to sort out my craft room. At the weekend I filled our large recycling bin and filled three bags of rubbish too. The recycling bin is rarely full, normally over Christmas if we have company. There's still more that I need to sort to either donate, pass on or bin/recycle and I've not even started on my stamps yet

At last though I am starting to see a difference in there and it feels so much lighter and brighter already. I wish I could do a big blitz job and get it all done in a day or two but my back rapidly escalates if I do that so I will keep on doing little and often and hope to be done in a couple of months! 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:
Leonie Pujol Everlasting Love stamp set
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Crafters Companion: Downton Abbey Doily die
Crafters Companion: Sara Davies Floral Delight Pretty Petals set
Leonie Pujol: Mixed Media Floral Bursts set
Tutti Designs: banner die
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
300 gsm card
Snippets: white stamping card; Bazzill card; 300gsm card; Craftwork Cards patterned paper
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Aqua: Nature; Primary
Spectrum Sparkle: Holiday set
Black Versafine IP
Embellishments:
Ribbon from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape; fun foam