Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Floral ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week has started well. I’ve been playing with a couple of older stencils and a stamp set and here is the end result …

A 148 mm square card
Good to post
All the details
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #517 Mother’s Day/Feminine
Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #92 Flowers/Garden

This card came about because I was trying to use up loads of snippets of card and background cards that I had created. The background was created with a large 30cm square stencil onto a whole sheet of A4 card. I coloured through it with inks. I then decided to see how another layer over that stencilling would look so I added texture paste through a smaller stencil. It didn’t turn out quite how I expected so that’s something I need to experiment more with. I die cut the sentiment from the last of some red card snippets left over from Christmas. I stamped the flower and leaves onto more white card snippets and fussy cut them out. 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:
Viva Decor Flower & Music 30cm square stencil
Unknown word stencil
Paperbabe Stamps
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Winnie & Walter happy die
Miscellaneous Tools:
Tim Holtz stamping platform; spray water bottle; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; ink blending tool & foam

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
300 gsm card/Craft UK 150mm square card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card; red card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Versafine Toffee ink pad
Perfectly Primary Spectrum Noir AquaTints
Embellishments:
Sequins from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Imagination Crafts Structure Paste
Collall all purpose glue
Foam pads
Washi tape (for the stencils)


Monday, 29 April 2019

For our home #2 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week has started well. I’ve created another neutral canvas and here it is …

An A5 canvas
Lots of lovely depth and texture
All the details
The beautiful butterfly die cuts!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #517 Mother’s Day/Feminine


We Love to Create Challenge #5 Anything Goes


A couple of days ago I shared a canvas that I created for our home. When my hubby saw it he loved it and it is now on display in our lounge. As much as I love that canvas I felt it was missing something but I didn’t alter it because hubby liked it so much. So I decided to create another canvas with different stencils and with those added details and that’s why I created a second canvas in neutral colours.

I started out by adding Structure Paste through an Imagination Crafts stencil and left that to dry before adding a layer of white gesso to the whole canvas. Once that was dry I coloured the canvas with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish acrylic paints and left that to dry. I attached a second stencil and using brown acrylic paint and a sponge added the script to the canvas and left to dry. On a paint palette I mixed brown acrylic paint mixed with Starlights acrylic paint to create a light brown metallic paint. I then re-attached the Imagination Crafts stencil and applied the brown metallic paint to the Structure Paste. I left that to dry completely and cleaned my stencil. I then edged the canvas and coloured the main part of the canvas with Distress ink pad and ink blending tool and foam. I sprayed the canvas with water and then heat dried the ink.

I coloured some roses with a mix of ink and Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. I then die cut the butterfly three times and coloured it with Starlights acrylic paint and edged the lower die cut butterfly with Imagination Crafts Bronze Sparkle Medium. I glued the three butterflies together and added a body which I had also covered in Bronze Sparkle Medium. I played around with the layout of the embellishments and butterfly before sticking them in position and leaving them to dry. I am happier with this canvas than I was with the first because it seems to represent my style more. The thing that really weirded me out was that my hubby loves this one too 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 A5 Mandala Indian Summer stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Tattered Butterfly die
Miscellaneous Tools:
Tim Holtz stamping platform; spray water bottle; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; ink blending tool & foam; palette knife

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
A5 Canvas
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Imagination Crafts Clotted Cream Starlights acrylic paint
DecoArt Brown acrylic
Vintage Photo Distress ink pad
Clear Overlay Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen
Embellishments:
Wild Orchid Crafts roses
Adhesives/Mediums:
Imagination Crafts Golden Bronze Sparkle Medium
Imagination Crafts Structure Paste
Collall all purpose glue


Sunday, 28 April 2019

Circles ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. I’ve been experimenting with a new stamp and a new stencil and here is the end result …

A 148mm square card
Good to post
All the details
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #173 Lots of Layers
Country View Crafts Challenge Spring &/ Easter
Dies R Us Challenge #119 April Showers (water related) using dies by companies at DRU store: I used Spellbinders dies
DL.ART April 2019 Linky Always Anything Goes
Scrapy Land Challenge #112 AG using dies by companies at Scrapy Land store – I used Spellbinders dies


Lots of layers of different products were used to create this card. I adore these Claritystamp images, they arae so useful for cards for men and a joy to colour too!

I used Versafine to stamp onto a die cut circle and then coloured the image with my Faber Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolour pencils. I used minimal water for a change because I really wanted to keep the colours bright and vibrant. I die cut the scalloped circle and coloured that with my Spectrum Noir AquaTints. I coloured the tiny circle with my Spectrum Noir AquaTints and dried it before stamping the sentiment, which was a magazine freebie. On another piece of card I attached the Imagination Crafts stencil and using a large piece of ink blending foam added acrylic paint – love the light blue background I created with this stencil. Once that was dry I trimmed it to size and used another Distress ink pad and ink blending tool and foam to add colour to all four edges. I trimmed a piece of muslin and puckered it up before gluing to the dotty card using Gel Medium – it dries clear and matt whereas the other papercraft glues that I use tend to leave a shiny patch. I added a twine bow to the anchor and then started to play around with the layout and the embellishment placement.

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:
Claritystamp: Rowers Round fine line stamp
Magazine sentiment stamp
Imagination Crafts: Baby Bubbles stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Spellbinders Large Classic Circle die set
Spellbinders Large Scalloped Circle die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
Tim Holtz stamping platform; spray water bottle; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; ink blending tool & foam

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
300 gsm card/Craft UK 150mm square card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Versafine ink pad: Majestic Blue
Tumbled Glass Distress ink pad
Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils
Perfectly Primary Spectrum Noir AquaTints
DecoArt Americana acrylic paint: Baby Blue
Embellishments:
Muslin from my stash
Bakers Twine from my stash
Craft Box: anchor charm; ship’s wheel charm; mermaid tail
Adhesives/Mediums:
13@rts Gel Medium
Collall all purpose glue
Collall 3D glue gel
Foam pads

Saturday, 27 April 2019

For our home ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend has started well – didn’t we have gorgeous weather over Easter?! I can’t remember the last time we had such a gorgeous Easter weekend. Back to crafts and what I have to share with you today …

A large canvas!
You can see the depth of the beautiful butterflies
I have to admit that this canvas is more in the style of MM CAS lol!
The beautiful steampunk butterflies!
A final look


Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Mix it Up Challenge #24 Anything Goes


When I saw the current theme at A Vintage Journey I knew I wanted to play along. Using neutral colours that I would never normally pick is a good stretch for me. The extra challente was to create something in neutral shades that both my husband and I would love too. Well I managed it, which I am amazed about, and this is now on display in our lounge because as soon as he saw it he loved it lol!

I started out by adding a layer of texture paste to this canvas using Imagination Crafts Mandala stencil and I left it to dry naturally. Once it was dry I added a layer of white gesso to the canvas and to the metal butterflies. I then coloured the canvas with two layers of PaperArtsy acrylic paint and I left to dry again. Then I mixed Imagination Crafts Starlights paint with DecoArt brown acrylic paint and I positioned the stencil back in place and coloured the texture paste. I also coloured the edge of the canvas and the chipboard words with watered down paint. Once I had those looking like I wanted I started on the metal butterflies. I gave them a coat of the PaperArtsy acrylic first and then added some of the Imagination Crafts Starlights paint to them, trying very hard not to create perfectly painted butterflies. I find that harder than anything – not painting things perfectly lol!


The final touches were to adhere the embellishments on with Gel Medium and then show it to hubby to see if he liked it too 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 A5 Mandala Leaf stencil
Miscellaneous Tools:
Spray water bottle; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; ink blending foam

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
Canvas
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
PaperArtsy Stone acrylic paint
DecoArt Milk Chocolate Acrylic paint
Imagination Crafts Clotted Cream Starlight paint
Embellishments:
The Craft Box metal butterflies
Tim Holtz Quote Chips
Adhesives/Mediums:
13@rts Gel Medium
Imagination Crafts Structure Passte
Pebeo white gesso

Saturday, 20 April 2019

More Easter flowers ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your Easter weekend is going well. I’ve been and experimenting with a new set of stamps, a new stencil and attempting to use up some old Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens and here is a card I created …

A 5" x 7" card
Good to post
All the inky details
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #173 Lots of Layers of Stamps
Allsorts Challenge #515/6 Blossoms & Bugs
Craft Stamper Magazine TIMI April Anything Goes with a Stamp




Everything that was used on this card is from my snippets piles and the brads are really old ones that I recently re-discovered and am now attempting to use them up too lol! I started out by applying pure Spectrum Noir AquaTitns watercolour to a largish piece of card and once I had the look I wanted I left it to dry naturally. Once dry I added splashes of gold AquaTints and white watered down gesso. I left it to dry naturally again before attaching the card to an Imagination Crafts stencil and applying the Viva Decor 3D snow through the stencil. For a final time I left it to dry.

Onto another snippet of card I stamped the Visible Image flower three times, masked the flowers with paper masks and then used my stencil to apply Distress ink with ink blending tool and foam. I then coloured the flowers with Spectrum Noir AquaTints. Once the stamped panel was dry I added splashes of AquaTints again.

The Viva Decor 3D snow is a little lumpy and thick so I decided to attach my stamped panel with brads ensuring that it stays in place 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: VIS-CRC-01 Creative Chaos stamp set

Imagination Crafts: 10cm x 25cm Weather Wash stencil

Claritystamp Mask
Miscellaneous Tools:
Tim Holtz stamping platform; spray water bottle; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; ink blending tool & foam

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
Craft UK 5” x 7” card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Essentials; Perfectly Primary; Landscape
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens: blue; green
Distress ink pad: Broken China
Embellishments:
Brads and sequins from my very old stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Viva Decor 3D Snow
Pebeo white gesso
Collall all purpose glue

Friday, 19 April 2019

Easter flowers ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors Happy Easter to you all – whatever religion you follow if you are into the chocolate eggs I hope you get all you desire and I hope your week is going well. I’ve a lovely floral card to share with you today and here it is …

A 148mm square card
You can see the dimension but it's still good to post!
That beautiful bloom!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges



Stamping Sensations Challenge April Showers Brings May Flowers



I used snippets big and small to create this card. I already had an A5 piece of stamping card left over from another project and I used that to create the background. I applied the Imagination Crafts Structure Paste through the 13 Arts stencil and left that to dry for a couple of hours. Once it was dry I coloured it with Spectrum Noir AquaTints. I then stamped the flower using Toffee Versafine mini ink cube onto a largish snippet of stamping card and I stamped the leaves using Bamboo Leaves Memento dew drop ink pad onto little snippets, love using those so and so’s up I do! I then coloured both the leaves and the flower with the AquaTints and some Sparkle pens, which I have thankfully nearly finished. I loved the Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens but they leave my fingers in an awful mess so once I have used the last of the coloured Sparkle pens I’ll replace them with the Clear Sparkle pens which don’t leave my fingers in an awful mess lol!

I have to use my Ranger Scrubbie to get the ink off and it really dries my skin out – so I won’t replace the coloured pens but they do give the most delicious colour intensity and I do love that sparkle 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:
Paperbabe Stamps Peony & Bud stamp set

13@rts Aqua Floral Roses stencil
Miscellaneous Tools:
Tim Holtz stamping platform; spray water bottle; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; spatula

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
Crafters Companion: Sheena Douglass white stamping card; A4 300 gsm linen card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Perfectly Primary
Memento Bambo Leaves dew drop ink pad
Versafine Toffee mini ink pad
Embellishments:
Sequins from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Imagination Crafts Structure Paste
Collall all purpose glue
Foam pads