Thursday, 18 January 2018

Cold and frosty journal pages ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I really needed to create with this stamp set again and I wanted to create something for my journal to remind me of some of the goals I want to try and achieve this year. So here is what I’ve created …

An A5 Journal page
All the details
The lower trees close up
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Art Journal Journey Challenge New Year New Adventure
Deep Ocean Challenge #172 Something new
Frilly & Funkie Challenge Word/Phrase of 2018 see below

my new Tim Holtz stamp set and new techniques


Suzz at Frilly & Funkie Challenge can explain to you much more precisely and eloquently than I can why I wanted to create this page:

Hi! Suzz here. Welcome to a brand new year! I am not very good at New Year Resolutions but I do like to think about what I want to focus on in the New Year. To help me do this, I pick a word that is my word for the year and try to use that word to keep me focused on what is important. The challenge to you is to pick a word that will be your inspiration for 2018. Create a vintage or shabby chic project that includes your word of 2018. The word can be part of a sentiment, phrase or stand alone on your project as long as it is featured somewhere in your art.

I have explained in a previous post that there are some things that I really want to achieve this year and one of those is to journal much more often and more frequently. I also need to get over my pathological fear of my Gelli plate. I am determined that I will become comfortable using the Gelli plate and with time my wee issue about wasting card will no longer be an issue either.


So starting out as I mean to go on I covered my Gelli plate with paint and pulled the first print. I was not happy in any way whatsoever so I turned the card over and pulled this print. It’s still not perfect but I have figured out that I made an error so no worries yet. Lol!

As for my issue with wasting or not wasting card that is something else I need to overcome and I’ll worry about that another time. So long story short my journal page is not perfect but I thought it made a lovely abstract landscape and I have written around the outside the words that I need to remember:

Enjoy the imperfections

You see it doesn’t always have to be perfect and it is always better if it’s done and done always trumps perfect. I need to remember to enjoy the imperfections and enjoy the journey!!

After I had pulled the page from the Gelli plate I realised that it hadn’t worked because I had used the wrong paints. I also had the realisation that I could also add a layer or two of white gesso then paint or stamp over the top of it. I plan to play with that Gelli plate an awful lot more and hopefully next time I’ll remember to use the right paints! 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:
Tim Holtz Reindeer Flight stamp set
Tools:
MISTI; Gelli plate
Miscellaneous Tools:
Brayer; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
A5 Pink Pig Journal
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress IPs: Bundled Sage; Mowed Lawn
Pebeo acrylic paint brown
DecoArt Mixed Media Fluids/Distress paints
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Second Christmas card ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’ve whipped up a Christmas card to share with you and here it is …


A 150mm square card
Fabulous for posting
You can see some of the shimmer

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #450 No Patterned Paper
Christmas Cards All Year Round Challenge January Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenge #130 Anything Goes


I created some stencilled panels during the time after Christmas but before New Year and I have quite a few of them so this was a quick to put together card from a quick to create panel. The die cut greenery were left overs f rom the cards I created before Christmas. I quickly attached the stencil to the card and put some the blue black Pebeo Dyna paint on a tile. I have tried sponging with my ink blending tool, ‘painting’ and ‘stippling’ these paints but have found a damp make up sponge gives the best result. Once I had sponged the baubles and string I removed the stencil then cleaned it and waited for the blue black paint to dry before re-attaching and applying the blue green paint for the holly leaves at the top.

Once the paints were dry I glued the panel to my card. I added lashings of Cosmic Shimmer texture paste to the edges, the die cut greenery and the CWC Candi and there’s a second Christmas card done and I will share another next week, once it’s finished 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:
Imagination Crafts PS Holly stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Tim Holtz Sizzix Mini Holiday Greens die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; make up sponges; palette knife

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm card/Craft UK 150mm square card
Crafters Companion black matt card
Snippets: white stamping card for die cutting
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Pebeo Dyna inteference acrylic paints: blue black; blue green
Watercolours for the die cuts
Embellishments:
Craftwork Cards Candi
Adhesives/Mediums:
Cosmic Shimmer Texture Paste
Collall all purpose glue
Mini foam pads

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

New stamps ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. Before Christmas I won at Happy Little Stampers twice and quite close together and I’m only now getting around to playing with my lovely new stamps and here is one of the first cards I’ve created with one of the lovely new sets …

A 150mm square white card
Fabulous for posting!
Such pretty delicate flowers, I am going to enjoy this set
I managed to capture the sheen from the die cut

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #450 No Patterned Paper
Butterfly Challenge # One Layer and Ultra Pink:
I can’t stamp/watercolour directly on these card blanks because they warp.
I’ve stamped, heat embossed and coloured on a piece of card that is attached to a card.  I was rushing to enter so I didn’t read the details as close as I should have.  Please don’t put in for the prize draw Mrs A, I’m playing for fun because I wanted to play along with your first challenge this year.
Craft Stamper Magazine Challenge TIMI Anything Goes 

  
 


I think my brain just goes where it wants when I start playing with new stamps. The trees that are part of the Reindeer Flight set had me creating mixed media distressed style, I created a very mixed media Christmas card or two over the weekend using a stencil, then I have a, shh quietly, unicorn card with rainbow colours and glitter to share with you much later this week and here is a my type of CAS pink and white card with minimal decoration and very clean in style and finish because I was very careful with my new watercolour pencils and new waterbrushes.

I purchased the waterbrushes just after Christmas because my hubby surprised me with the watercolour pencils Christmas present. The waterbrushes I already owned were over ten years old and were not working very well and I wasn’t sure if it was the brushes or me that was the problem so I purchased a new set which were on special. So happy I did because it turned out that the old brushes were the issue but they had well than earnt their cost. 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:
Happy Little Stampers Doodled Flower stamp set
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Sara Signature Range: Butterfly Lullaby Flit & Flutter die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; waterbrush; anti-static pad

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
300 gsm card/Craft UK 150mm square card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Faber Castell watercolour pencils
Cosmic Shimmer Gold details embossing powder
Embellishments:
Sequins from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP
Collall all purpose glue

Monday, 15 January 2018

Layers ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was a good one and you have a lovely week ahead. I’ve been playing with another new stamp. I was hunting for a certain stamp set hoping it was on offer and it was when I found this wee cutie in the sale section too, it was an impulse purchase, a happy one though. Anyway here is a wee card I created over the weekend ...

He's a wee handsome beastie
Lots of lovely layers but still good to post
He really is wonderfully quirky
I added a clear overlay where his glasses lens are, 
it makes his glasses look more realistic

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Colour Crazy Challenge #2 Anything Goes
Country View Crafts Challenge Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenge #13Anything Goes
Dies R Us Challenge #89 kids cards
Optional twist: Something New – my stamp
Penny Black & More Challenge Something new: the cat stamp
Try It On Tuesday Challenge  My Favourite Things: stamps and watercolours


Here’s a quick how:

1. I stamped the cat onto a white snippet which I heat set then die cut into the banner.
2. I coloured the image with Brusho watercolour crystals, adding layers of watercolour and then drying with a heat tool or naturally before adding another layer of colour. I don’t have Brusho watercolour orange I mixed up the red and yellow to create a ginger for the puddy cat.
3. I went through my patterned papers and found this lovely set which has a blue, orange and buff colour pallette. I chose three of the papers and cut the first to fit the card blank and two more layers smaller by 5mm each side. I used my Tim Holtz distressing tool to roughen all four edges before gluing them onto the card. One of the papers is on a piece of foam as I wanted lots of depth and texture.
4. Once the stamped cat was thoroughly dry I coloured the background with blue watercolour and left that to dry thoroughly too. I then added more blue watercolour beneath the stamped image so that he isn’t floating in the middle of the paper, he is sat on a carpet lol!
5. Once the stamped banner was completely dry I added white acrylic paint dots to his eyes, to give them light and when that was dry I used a Sakura sparkle pen to make his spectacles look like glass/plastic.
6. I decided to use three different embellishments for this card so I used natural hemp to infer a ball of wool which puddy cat had unrolled, a bead which is a ball, and a star frisbie. Pet cats we have had in the past have loved frisbie’s, they are great for them to chase across the garden, and I even managed to train one of them to bring it back for me to throw again lol!

I really hope you have enjoyed my wee whimsy and fun card, thankfully I don’t think the cat is too ‘cute’ in style and I know it’s going to be a good stamp for friends and family. Yes the cat isn’t too cutesy style but the bow tie is marvellously cute! 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:
Carabelle Simple Elegance stamp set
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Tutti Designs Stitched Banner die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm card/Craft UK 100mm square card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card; Papermania 8” x 8” square
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Versafine ink pad: black
Brusho watercolour crystals
Pebeo acrylic paint: white
Sakura Sparkle pen: clear overlay
Embellishments:
Natural hemp, mini star & bead from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Cold & Frosty ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. I’m currently working on a journal page with these stamps but I really needed to create something with them and share this weekend so here is the first birthday card I have created with them …

An A5 card
Good to post and great for a male birthday
All the painted and inky details
The upper layer of trees
I managed to photograph some of the shimmer and shine

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Country View Crafts Challenge Anything Goes 
Craft Stamper Magazine Challenge TIMI Anything Goes 
Creatalicious Challenge #130 Anything Goes
Frilly & Funkie Challenge Three is not a Crowd


Stamping Sensations Challenge Cold & Frosty Colours


I deliberately created with the following in mind: 

Three layers of card;
Three main colours: purple then blue (for the skies) and green for the trees (with little accents of brown);
Three different flourish die cuts to be used for the embellishments;
The trees were stamped three times on each mountain;
The trees were stamped three times once on the bottom layer using Mowed Lawn, then on the second layer using Bundled Sage and again on the second layer with a ghost print.

I created the landscape a couple of days ago, before this stamp set arrived, lol, because I was in the mood to create some landscapes. I used acrylics to paint the landscape and then distress inks for the stamping. I think this is the 
way I need to create my landscapes in future as they are much easier to create and layer this way. 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:
Tim Holtz Reindeer Flight stamp set
Tools:
MISTI
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; palette knife

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Crafters Companion A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accents card
Craftwork Cards Patterned Paper
Snippets: silver glitter paper
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress IPs: Bundled Sage; Mowed Lawn
Pebeo acrylic paints: blue; green; brown
Embellishment/s:
Ribbon from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Cosmic Shimmer texture paste
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun Foam