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

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Summertime #2 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’ve been playing again, lol, and here is the end result …

A 148mm square card
Great to post!
The stamped scene

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
CAS-ual Friday Challenge CFC201 Boys of Summer

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge


Time Out Challenge #111 Holidays optional twist of a one layer card 
I went for summer holidays and not a one layer card


I am batch making birthday cards to give to my family when I see them in a couple of weeks. It’s been a lot of fun digging out some of my older stamps to play with and colouring them with the mix of watercolours and acrylics that I now use lol! I have been meaning to get some of these older stamps out to play with for a while now and I’m so glad that I finally have. 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 A Little Bit Sketchy A6: Peaceful Lakeside stamp set
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Die’sire Happy Birthday die
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
300 gsm card/Craft UK 150mm square card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Black Versafine ink pad
White acrylic paint
Brusho watercolour crystals: green; purple; red; yellow
Distress re-inkers: Salty Ocean; Antique Linen; Vintage Photo; Peeled Paint; Mowed Lawn; Barn Door
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Flying high ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. I have been playing and experimenting with a new stamp set and here is one of the first things I have created with them …

It's such a beautiful stamp!
Lots of lovely texture and depth
Lots of yummy paint
That beautiful bird!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges

Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge 


Love to Create Challenge # Mixed Media Anything Creative Goes


I was inspired by the shades of blue and the lovely feathers on the photograph



I am in love with this lovely new set of stamps – of course I am – it’s a hummingbird and one big enough that I can easily paint it with acrylics and watercolours lol! He/she really is a beautiful stamp and it takes all the hard work out of the occasion just because it’s prominent and big enough to be the star of the project!

I used on of the Visible Image monoliths to create this project. I coloured it with my PaperArtsy Fresco acrylic paints and left the monolith to dry. I used black Versafine ink pad to ink up the stamp and then stamped the hummingbird onto the monolith. I dried the stamped hummingbird then used a That’s Crafty mini stencil to apply some Viva Decor Crackle paint onto the monolith and I left it to dry overnight.

I used black Versafine ink pad to stamp the hummingbird onto a snippet of Sheena Douglass white stamping card. I made sure the image was dry before colouring him with Pebeo Dyna acrylic paints and left him to dry overnight. The next day I fussy cut the hummingbird and gently shaped him with my fingers to give him some depth.

I attached a snippet of fabric to the monolith and adhered the coloured hummingbird over the stamped humminbird using Collall 3D glue gel. I’ve decoupaged this beautiful bird onto the monolith and I added several gems and a Tim Holtz word chip to finish! My mister has told me I’m not allowed to give this to anyone in the family unless I make a better one for us lol! So I guess I will have to make some more for gifting 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
That’s Crafty: Dinky Circles stencil
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; ink blending foam

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
Visible Image MDF monolith
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Black Versafine IP
Blue Oyster PaperArtsy Fresco Finish acrylic paint
Pebeo Dyna Iridescent acrylic paint: Blue Black; Blue Green; Green Blue; Green Yellow
Pebeo Metallic acrylic paint: Copper
Embellishments:
Snippet fabric
Tim Holtz Quote Chips
Papermania black self adhesive gems
Adhesives/Mediums:
Pebeo white gesso
Bronze Viva Decor Croco Crackle paste
Collall 3D glue gel
Washi tape (for attaching the stencil)

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Summertime #1 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was a lovely one and your week has started well too. I’m using some brand new stamps that I have owned for a while, ahem two years minimum, but this is the first time I have inked and stamped with them. No idea why it has taken me so long but nevermind here is the first card I’ve created with them …


A 5" x 7" male birthday card
Okay to post
All the inky details

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Craft Stamper Magazine Challenge TIMI Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge 


Stamping Sensations Challenge Anything Goes
That’s Crafty Challenge A Summer’s Day
Time Out Challenge #111 Holidays optional twist of a one layer card
I went for summer holidays and not a one layer cardf


I have no idea why it has taken me so long to get around to using these lovely stamps but I’m very happy that I finally broke them open and inked them up. I used a mix of re-inkers and watercolour paints to colour most of this view. I also used ink blending tool and foam to create puffy clouds once the watercolouring was finished. Also I used a newly purchased stencil to add a little detail to the card, some very old patterned paper to matt the image onto and a snippet to die cut the sentiment from lol!

I deliberately didn’t use any embellishments or sparkle on this card as I’m creating a batch of male birthday cards that will post without any extra charge. I’m getting a box put together to give to my mum when we see her in a few weeks. So along with using stamps that hubby purchased me several years ago I’m also able to shine my halo because I’m making a box of cards for mum 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: A5 A Little Bit Scenic All Aboard stamp set; Create a Flower 8” x 8” A Leaf of Graph Paper stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Die’sire Happy Birthday die
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; 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 5” x 7” card
Patterned paper from my very old stash
Snippets: Sheena Douglass stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Versafine ink pad: black
Tumbled glass ink pad
Distress Re-inkers: Broken China; Vintage Photo; Mowed Lawn; Barn Door
Watercolour pencils
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue

Monday, 11 June 2018

Paris ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I decided to create a canvas using some of my newly acquired lovely stash of charms and snip art and here it is …


An A5 canvas
Lots of lovely depth and texture
All the yummy details
The tower!
Lots of lovely details
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Frilly & Funkie Challenge Letter Perfect:
I think you can see the words on the background as well as the chipboard

More Than Words Challenge June Journey & Map
The word journey inspires me to create projects of places that we have visited
The map element of my project I checked out maps of Paris and found that the Eiffel Tower is on those maps and there are mini Eiffel Towers across my papers


This was a project that evolved and changed as I started to create it. It was only after I had finished that I was aware of the different elements and products that I used to create it. I got lost in the making of it and that felt so good to do so lol!

I wanted to create a travel themed canvas and looking through my box I found the Arc de Triomphe chipboard, the phrase chipboard, the charms and the patterned papers that were Paris themed. The colour of the papers dictated the acrylic paint colour I used on the canvas and once that was dry I trimmed the patterned papers then stamped some detail onto them before starting to play – should I use this or that, this lace or no lace etc., a lovely play session. I have set myself up a couple of boxes with charms, chipboard/snip art, lace, papers and other nice bits and pieces that I have put together to use on canvas or home décor projects. I dip in and out of this box picking bits that I think will work together to create a cohesive project. Oh crumbs I really hope that makes sense! If and when I need to change the colour or add colour to a product I do so before sticking it on.

I do make sure that I have positioned all the elements in the order I want them, then I photograph them before starting to stick bits and pieces on. It’s what works for me because I always make mistakes if I stick a piece at a time. I have to nail the finished look before I start in with the glue. 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 CMS241 Ledger Script stamp set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
A5 Canvas Board
Craft Box patterned papers
Lemoncraft House of Roses ephemera paper pack
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
DecoArt Americana Cadmium Yellow acrylic paint
Pebeo Iridescent Metallic acrylic paint: Gold; Copper
Pebeo acrylic paint: black; brown
Black Versafine ink pad
Rub On waxes
Embellishments:
Craft Box: Lace; Charms; Snip Art
The Ribbon Girls: Divine Twine
Wild Orchid Crafts: Roses
Tim Holtz Quote Chips
Adhesives/Mediums:
DecoArt Chalk Finish Medium
Collall all purpose glue
Collall 3D glue