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

Monday, 18 June 2018

An English Country Garden ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week has started well. I’ve owned this stamp set for a few years but for some reason until recently I wasn’t in the mood to play with them, well better late than never …

A 5" x 7" card
It will need a box or to be hand delivered
All the lovely details
I'm sure I've seen that cottage before lol!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Butterfly Challenge #101 Spin the Wheel with the letter M
I’ve used Medium Blue, Moss Green and Mint Green and the matt paper (underneath the stamped and watercoloured panel is marbled with metallic accents!
Country View Crafts Challenge Words the patterned paper
Creatalicious Challenge #141 Anything Goes optional Flowers





I used multiple snippets to create this card. The cottage with the trees and garden were stamped onto a white card snippet, as were the extra foxgloves (those white snippets were much smaller). The patterned paper matt underneath the stamped and coloured images is also a snippet and the bright purple butterfly is the very last of some velvet paper snippets that I managed to stretch out for about a year. The base layer on the card isn't lol! It’s from a new patterned paper pad. I finally used up nearly all of my old patterned papers to the degree that I hand’t the right colours left so when I found this Prima patterned paper on special offer I jumped right in and purchased it.

I used a snippet of most underneath the stamped layers to give more texture and I used quite a few rose hip heads too. They had gotten very bashed about in the box they used to be in and the stems had been knocked off but I knew I would be able to use them at some time and the time is now for a change! I used my Spectrum Noir AquaTints to watercolour the scene and added a little shadow here and there when needed with colouring pencils. Although it’s a very fussy card with the decoupaging it was quick and fun to create and is another card for the box for my mum. 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:
Papermania 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; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
300 gsm card/Craft UK 5” x 7” card
Prima Marketing Inc: A4 Lifetime patterned paper pad
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card; velvet paper
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Black Versafine IP
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Perfectly Primary; Beautiful Grunge
Colouring pencils
Embellishments:
Wild Orchid Crafts: Rosehip flowers
White mesh
Pink fabric bow
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Collall 3D glue gel