Monday, 16 July 2018

Birds, blossoms & butterflies ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope you had a lovely weekend and have lovely plans for the week. I’ve not been around recently because of my weakened immune system. In the midst of a summer heatwave in the UK I picked up a stinking summer cold lol!! It knocked the stuffing out of me but I am finally on the mend and I got to create a project I have been thinking about for a while now and here it is …

A 148mm square shadow box
Lots of lovely texture and depth
All the details
The inside of the box
&
The top and bottom of the box
One of the sides
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #476/77 Flowers All Over
Butterfly Challenge #103 Spin the Wheel with the letter W:
I chose the colour Wisteria & the option of a Window

Creative Embellishments Challenge July Challenge twist colour blocking
I was inspired to use mainly two colours, purple and yellow and to attempt to colour block those colours in a modern way. I have used a little green here and there too as it needed it for the foliage but the flowers were all kept in shades of purple, the background is all lemon and a little green or bluish greenish was added here and there

Frilly & Funkie Challenge Bees &/ Birds &/ Butterflies 
Love to Create Challenge #10 Mixed Media Anything Creative Goes
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Add a little sparkle:
Both the acrylic and watercolour pains have a little sparkle


I think this wee box is going to end up in our neice’s bedroom as I think it’s perfect for a young girl. I used a lot of old stash items along with some newer goodies to create this and it’s not going to be the last 3D box I decorate, it was much fun to paint and decorate and I’m looking forward to my next home décor project very much!

I have used a lot of different supplies and tools and have tried to list them as best as possible. However if there is anything you have any questions about please feel free to comment and I’ll get back to you asap. 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:
Sheena Douglass A6 A Little Bit Sketchy: Wisteria stamp set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; Martha Stewart silicone moulds

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Craft Buddy 150mm square frame box
White air dry clay
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
DecoArt Americana acrylic paint: Lamp; Cadmium Yellow
Pebeo Dyna Inteference iridescent acrylic paint: Blue Green; Green Blue; Green Yellow; Violet Blue
Pink, Purple & Red Luminarte H2O watercolours
Green Brusho watercolour crystals
Toffee Versafine ink pad
Embellishments:
Creative Embellishments: hummingbirds
Tando Creative Chipboard: butterfly
Wild Orchid Crafts: Cherry Blossom flowers; Stamens white
Snip Art flowers
Prima leaves
Wooden butterflies
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Collall 3D glue gel

Sunday, 1 July 2018

House of Cards July ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. The months appear to be swooshing by and today I’m back with my House Of Cards post. Once again and as per usual we have a choice for you: use the colour palette or be inspired by the photograph or use both options and here they are …


I don’t have any ice lolly images but I do have food images so I decided to incorporate both the image and the colours in my card and here it is …

An A5 card
Lemons and Apples aplenty
All the inky details
Lots of decoupaged lemons
And lots of shimmer and shine too!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges




Many layers of ink, stamping, stencilling and die cutting went into creating this card and I have to admit that I am more than happy with the end result, lol! I started out be stamping the lemons twice onto my A5 card and once I had them in the correct position I worked my way around them with one of my Sheena Douglass stencils with Distress Oxide inks and Distress inks both being used. Once I had that background figured out I stamped each of the lemon branches twice onto snippets of white card so that I could fussy cut and decoupage them once they were coloured. Doing them twice gave me a lot more depth and made the lemons look more natural. I used further snippets of white card for die cutting the sentiment, the three apples and leaves which were also then coloured. I used a combination of my Spectrum Noir AquaTints and Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens to colour the stamped and die cut elements.

My finishing touch was to add a Vintage Style Seam Binding bow as I am trying to remember to use my ribbons, still have way too many and I have culled them multiple times already but the Vintage Style Seam Binding is my favourite and I refuse to cull that 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:
Sheena Douglass Create a Flower stencil range: A Leaf of Graph Paper stencil
Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Sketchy A6 stamps: Lemon Zest stamp set
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Sheena Douglass An Apple A Day die
Crafters Companion Die’sire: On Your Special Day die
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrate:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
A4 300 gsm Linen texture card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Perfectly Primary
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens: Gold; Green; Red
Distress IP: Cracked Pistachio; Fossilized Amber
Distress Oxide IP: Cracked Pistachio
Black Versafine IP
Embellishments:
The Ribbon Girl Vintage Style Seam Binding
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Collall 3D glue gel
Washi tape (for the stencil)

Friday, 29 June 2018

A flock of hummingbirds ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. Anyways it seemed a good time for me to use my beautiful hummingbird again, yes I am obsessed with this beautiful stamp set lol! Here is my card …

An A5 card, full of hummingbirds!
Good to post too
All the inky and painted details
One of the beautiful birds and that lovely phrase
You can see the shimmer from the Pebeo Dyna paint on this photograph

Created for me and especially for these Challenges

  





I’ve been stamping the birds with Versafine black and then using the Pebeo Dyna iridescent acrylic paints over the top which work the best and beautifully over black. I have to practice colouring the humminbirds but these are better than other birds I have coloured with the Pebeo Dyna paints. I love how the sentiment is white, I kept it that way, I used a blue re-inker to colour the background and added lots of splatters of paint which turned out a great way to use up the left over paint in my paint palette. This card did not make it into my mum’s or my Sister-in-law’s box of cards because I loved it so much I kept it for us to use 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:
Visible Image: Beautiful Life stamp set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
300 gsm Linen textured card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Black Versafine IP
Pebeo Dyna Iridescent acrylic paint: Blue Black; Blue Green; Green Blue; Green Yellow
Pebeo Metallic acrylic paint: Copper
Embellishments:
Sequins
Chipboard embellishment
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue


Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Wisteria and Wings ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. We just got back from a mini break visiting my mum, brother, sister in law and niece, it was so very very good to see them! I’ve been playing with one new stamp and using an older one too and here is the end result …

I am in the mood to create A5 cards for some reason right now!
This one is great for posting!
The glorious inky details
Sheena's hummingbird and wisteria stamps a little closer up
You can see some of the shine from the H2O watercolours!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges


That’s Crafty Challenge A Summer’s Day



The new stamp is the wisteria and it’s one of Sheena’s new flower stamps and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to purchase it. The hummingbird is from one of Sheena’s older sets of stamps and I thought it would work beautifully with the wisteria stamp and it does. I used inks, Luminarte H2O watercolours, Pebeo Dyna acrylic paints, Distress re-inkers and my Sakura sparkle pens lol! I deliberately kept the card quite clean and simple only adding a sentiment, lace and several sequins because I wanted these stamps to be the star of the show and luckily for me they are.

We had awesome weather whilst away for a few days but as per usual with extreme heat in the country I couldn’t sit out in it, I get way too hot and bothered for that lol! It was nice that the weather was good for a change though and yet for some odd reason I appear to have caught a summer cold which I am not overly happy about. However we are home now and as much as I love spending time with my family it feels good to be back and to know that we’ll sleep more comfortably tonight in our own bed lol! I have new toys to play with too so I’m itching to get some stamping and creating done. I have missed not being able to create anything much! I really am a crafty stamp addict! 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:
Sheena Douglass A6 A Little Bit Sketchy: Tropical Nectar; Wisteria
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Crafter’s Companion Die’sire: Happy Birthday die
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; spray water bottle

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
A4 300 gsm Linen textured card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Toffee Versafine IP
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Perfectly Primary; Beautiful Grunge
Twinkling Luminarte H2O watercolour paints
Pebeo Dyna acrylic paints: Black Blue
Embellishments:
Laser cut ribbon
Sequins
Adhesives/Mediums:
Double sided tape
Fun foam
Collall all purpose glue