Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Clay, modelling gel, paints and sparkles ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was good and your week has started well.  Sorry I’m not around much at the moment – it’s the usual issue and crafting is taking me a lot longer than usual.  However, I think that sometimes it is worth the wait and that is why I’m here today.  I have been playing with my Imagination Crafts stash.  The plaque, stencil and some of the paints are from Imagination Crafts and, to be honest, I L.O.V.E. I.T., in fact DH loves this too so here it is …

Without the insert
With the insert 
It has some depth 
The top embellishments. 
I love these flowers 
Such a cutie! 
My favourite flower mould. 
I finally got to use one of the rub ons!
I am very chuffed with how this turned out.

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
A big lesson I’ve learnt since starting out on my mixed media journey is to take my time.  It takes me time to create something I like and/or love.  If I rush it I rarely like it and that fact is especially true of this plaque.  I’m trying to be more patient, taking my time, letting things dry naturally and seeing how it looks when it’s dry before throwing anything else at it. 
After trying out two different colours and not liking either of them, I took time to figure out what I wanted to create before colouring it again.  I wanted to create something that had the  shabby vintage look and I think I managed that (I know you lovely peeps will let me know if I did or didn’t).
After the disaster with the dark blue colour that I started with (thank goodness for white gesso) I decided that I wanted a beautiful soft blue and I knew that the IC silkies paint would be perfect.  So once the white gesso was dry I covered the plaque with blue silkies paint using a sponge and left it to dry overnight.
I knew I wanted the plaque to have lots of textures so I attached an IC stencil and added the modelling medium with a pallette knife.  I removed the stencil, scrapped off any excess and put it into a sellable pot before washing the stencil and the knife at the kitchen sink and left to dry overnight, just in case lol!  The next day I applied a second coat of IC silkies paint and popped the plaque to one side, approx. thirty minutes.  I grabbed my acrylic media and dabbed along the outside edges and left it for approx. fifteen minutes before using a baby wipe to remove some of the buff paint because I wanted a naturally distressed look.  Once again I left it overnight before re-attaching the IC stencil and adding Diamond Sparkle Medium with ink blending foam on top of the dry modelling medium.  I loved it but felt it was missing something and I wasn’t comfortable about just throwing stuff at it so once again I left it overnight.  The next day I die cut six branches from snippets and glued three of each together.  Once dry I used brown acrylic paint to colour the top and sides of the branches.  The bird was moulded from chocolate brown clay so using a dry brush I coloured him with blue, buff, and yellow acrylic paint, the flowers were white so I used a little pink to colour the cherry blossoms and red to colour the details.  I took my time to figure out the layout that I liked and then glued it all down.  Whilst photographing the piece I added a vintage rub on to a piece of card and put that behind the aperture – it may not stay there – but it didn’t look right without it!
If you stayed completely with me – thank you so very much.  I thought you might be interested in how I got the end result with you all.  
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 this week  ttfn Karen x


Imagination Crafts Stencil
Martha Stewart moulds
Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Memory Box branch die
Pallette knife; pot of water; paintbrushes

Imagination Crafts MDF frame; snippets of card for die cutting; snippet of card for the vintage rub on
Colours: Imagination Crafts: Turquoise Silkies paint; Diamond Sparkle Medium
DecoArt Mixed Media Fluid: Buff; Brown; Primary Yellow
Embellishments: air dry clay; La Blanche rub on #
Glues: Collall all purpose glue; Collall 3D glue gel medium

# VOS: 8+ years old

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

February's 2nd MM Tag ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I acquired a new follower yesterday, I’m very grateful, and want to say welcome Kelly.  I hope you like what I share and if you’ve any questions please ask and I will get back to you as soon as I can.  
This is my second February mixed media calendar page.  This time I followed the tissue paper texture background tutorial at Ink Stains With Roni.  It's the March technique (I’m behind).  I’ve never seen this technique before and I recycled blue tissue paper that came wrapped around a stash prize, it was a lot of fun to play lol!  
Roni is a generous crafter who shares tips and techniques with all crafters.  Roni encourages using and adapting what we have in our stash and that's exactly what I’m doing these days. With the exception of stamps, tools and glues I've set myself a Use It Up 2015 Challenge.  I’m trying to ensure I use what I have before purchasing any new stash.  With that in mind I used recycled blue tissue paper, VOS chipboard, VOS wood and other VOS embellishments to decorate.
Here is my second February Mixed Media Calendar Page …

There is a lot of red and a lot of shimmer and shine! 
The stamped and embossed flower and the stencilled and painted chipboard heart 
The FP heart and the wooden gilded circle
A final look

 Created for me and especially for these Challenges

I’m grateful to everyone that shares how they create projects and encourage us to use supplies we already own.  I know some peeps don’t like to and in part I understand that.  However we all need to learn and if we aren’t encouraged or inspired by others we can’t do that.
I used VOS embellishments.  I’ve enlarged a calendar so that it’s easy to mark day and time of an appointment and will add the calendar to the back page.  I’ve decided to make two calendar arches each month.  One I'll keep and use as a 2015 calendar and as technique reminders.  I’m going to use a Tim Holtz D ring to keep the pages together.  The other will be my 2016 calendar and I’ll create three or four A5 monthly pages. I’ll bind thein December creating crafted calendars (extra Christmas presents/stocking stuffers).   
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 this week ttfn Karen x

Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Sketchy A5 Flower Power stamp set
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Woodgrain
Pallette knife; pot of water; paintbrushes; heat gun

Card Paper: cereal box card cut to create arch;
blue tissue paper from a stamping prize parcel I received last week;
snippet white parchment paper left over from another project

Colours Crafters Companion: Spectrum Noir Perfectly Primary Aquatints (the flower); Pebeo red acrylic paint
Colours:  Pebeo Vitrail Glass Relief Paste in gold; gold leaf #; DecoArt white gesso

Embellishments: Craftwork Cards chipboard heart #; Red & Gold Friendly Plastic; Prima Wooden Embellishment; green chipboard leaves #; sequin waste #; red glitter card punched heart #; gold accent beads #; red acrylic flowers #

Glues: Maimeri Glossy Gel

# VOS: + 8 years minimum

Monday, 23 February 2015

Drips, drops, alphabets, butterflies and snippets ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was good and your week has started well.  I have three new followers for this mixed media journey and I want to welcome Claire, Shilpa and Kerry – I hope you will like what you see here because I’m having a lot of fun!
I got to have a little with stamps, stencils, inks and paints this weekend and it felt so very good.  When I started to decorate the paper I knew I wanted to push myself a little further than I normally would by adding more ink and paint than usual and I did that and I love the end  result too.  Considering how this paper looked when I started I’m actually quite proud of the fact that I didn’t bin it and just pushed through to make a gorgeous bright page for my journal.  Anyways enough of my waffle here is what I have to share with you today …

The double page spread and this is the end result of using stencils, Gelatos and lots of inky mica sprays

I got to use up a lot of snippets 
The bottom half 
Lots of snippets used up!

A different view
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges

The paper started life as a mop up sheet from me using too much water during my first play with my Crafters Companion Aquatints after Christmas.  I was adding colour to some card when I realised that there was too much water on my non stick craft mat.  I grabbed the closest paper that I could and mopped/blotted the tinted water to stop it dripping onto the floor.  I put the sheets to one side and forgot about them. 
I found them again last week whilst sorting some stash.  Below is a photograph of how this sheet started out.  I hadn’t planned to use these sheets and originally thought they would be re-cycled but something about the ink colours and the way they spread appealed to me and I had a ‘what if moment’.  I let go of worry and expectation and followed my heart adding ink and paint, grabbing a stencil, masking tape, Gelatos, water and finally a script stamp and Distress ink and heat set it.  I grabbed two old bottles of red and green mica sprays and added those to the sheet and sprayed some water and held it up to drip down the sheet.  I grabbed my water spray and blended it out a little.  Some of the ink started to go muddy so I grabbed a baby wipe and mopped it up.  Finally I heat set it and put to one side.  I thought I was going to use this for a card and an A5 journal page so I cut it up.  Then I thought I want a double page spread and stuck both sheets into my journal so that I get to keep it lol!  I grabbed some other snippets of inked paper and card and stamped butterflies and the sentiment, cut them out and stuck them in …

Before and after

I hope you like it as much as I do even if the colours aren’t your type.  I’ll be trying this again because I had so much fun and found it so very, very liberating too!  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 this week ttfn Karen x

Visible Image Revolution text stamp
Premium Art Brands: alphabet stencil
Papermania alphabet stamp set
WPlus9 Flora & Fauna 2 stamp set (butterfly)
Inspired by Stamping Australian Nature 1 stamp set (butterfly)
Heat gun; pot of water; paint brushes

Card Paper: yellow pastel paper #; snippets paper and card for stamping butterflies and sentiment
Colours: Spectrum Noir Perfectly Primary Aquatints; Faber Castel Tropical Gelatos (pink and turquoise ones)
Distress Ink Pad: Salty Ocean; Red and Green shimmer sprays #
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer
Other: La Blanche rub on #

# very old stash + 8 years old so no longer sure if available to purchase

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

A very girly canvas ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was good and your week has started well. 
I’ve picked up two new lovely followers this weekend and so I want to say thank you very much and welcome to both Sid and Becca! 
It’s nice to find new friends especially if those friends have followed me here for the first time.  Not that I want to loose anyone over at Stamping in Pink, lol!  I’m hoping I’m doing something right and you like what I’m learning, creating and sharing right now lol!
IRL I’m trying to organise, shrink and donate some of my old stash and that’s one of the reason’s that I’m not creating and blogging as much as I would like on either of my blogs.  I need to shrink the amount of stamps I own too.  There are many I no longer use.  Thankfully my Stamping in Pink OCD means that they’re clean and in good order.  Hopefully I will get a page set up in the next few months to see if anyone wants to purchase the stamps at a very much reduced rate.
Enough of my waffle and back to the reason for today’s post is that I’ve another canvas to share and here it is … 

It's a 5" x 7" canvas and completely my style! 
I love the butterfly 
WOC mulberry flowers and bling, of course!
A final look

Originally this was a pink/orange canvas that I stamped and embossed directly onto.  I was chuffed when I created it.  It was coloured with watercolours and I thought the stamping and embossing would make it un-usable for something new.  But I thought it was experimenting with so I wiped the canvas down with a wet cloth to remove/weaken the colour and then I slathered gesso over the whole canvas.
I've made notes of how I created it and I’m sure peeps could create their own canvas if they wanted to too.  If you would like in depth instructions let me know and I’ll create a step by step into a tutorial and copy it into one of the pages above.  Creating this was so freeing and I enjoyed every single second of it.  It also helps that I created it just for me, to go in my work room, for my love of colourful butterflies, even though I freak out when they fly into our home - don't do well with things flying around me lol!
This is a canvas board rather than a wooden frame with canvas attached to it, which makes it easier to work on and I know from previous experiments it can take a lot of stuff being thrown at it. 
The butterfly was stamped and embossed onto Crafters Companion Centura Snow White card I coloured with my Spectrum Noir Aquatints.  I love the little bottles of pure colour – they blend beautifully and give amazing colour and depth to every project.
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 this week  ttfn Karen x

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
I’m looking forward to spring and warmth but I don’t want to wish the time away so
I found my own piece of paradise with stamps, paints and lots of different mediums!
Stamping Sensations Challenge Anything Goes

Crafters Companion Sheena Douglass Butterfly stamp set
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Wood Grain
Heat gun; pot of water; paint pallette; pallet knife; ink blending foam

Card Paper: Crafters Companion UK Snow White Accents Card for stamping and embossing the butterfly onto
Colours: Crafter’s Companion UK Spectrum Noir Aquatints Perfectly Primary
The Works gesso and acrylic paints; Distress Stickles Worn Lipstick #
Rub Ons/Waxes #; WOW WS26 Platinum Sparkle embossing glitter
Embellishments: WOC mulberry paper cherry blossoms and flowers; bling from my stash #
Glues: Collall All Purpose Glue
Other: Versamark IP; Glycerin

# very old stash no idea if available to purchase, at least five years old

Friday, 13 February 2015

Pink and red mixed media ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was good and you have fabulous weekend plans.  Today I have a recycled mini canvas to share with you and here it is …
Yep - another mini one canvas - love them!  Gorgeous depth 
And I love the effect I got on the heart!
A final look

I got a wee bit bored with the original canvas that I had created so I removed all of the pieces that were on it and, amazingly, damaged the canvas, oops.  So I grabbed a snippet of cheesecloth which I coloured with pink, red and a little green coloured inks and left to dry.  I painted the chipboard heart with white gesso before using pink acrylic paint to colour it and left to dry.  Once the fabric was dry I attached it to the canvas and waited for the glue to set.  I grabbed my only Tim Holtz layering stencil and using a pallette knife put white gesso through the stencil – it’s amazing what you can create with paints and gesso, and I put that aside and left it to dry overnight. 
I used a script stamp to add detail to the heart with a Cranberry Adirondack IP, left to dry, used Distress Stickles on all edges of the heart which has given a lovely subtle shine and texture to the heart, put aside to dry overnight.
Once the canvas was completely dry I used pink and red watered down acrylic paint to colour the fabric and white gesso.  Finally got to stick it all together and I love it!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:

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 this weekend  ttfn Karen x

Visible Image Revolution stamp set
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Wood Grain
Paint brushes; pallette knife; pot of water

Card Paper: snippet card; snippet cheesecloth fabric #
Colours: The Works acrylic paint and white gesso
Adirondack IP: Cranberry
TH Distress Stickles Worn Lipstick
Embellishments: chipboard heart #
Glues: Maimeri glossy gel

# VOS: plus five years old minimum no idea where I purchased it or if still available

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Mixed Media Tag Fun ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I’ve another mixed media creation to share today.  
I tried something different and I loved the process and I love what I created too, lol.  It just goes to show that if I push myself I can push myself to get inkier/paintier/messier, anyhow, here it is …

A mixed media arch  
Lots of paints and mediums 
The flowers
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:

Below the supplies and tools lists is a quick description of what I did.  It took time but I learned a whole lot again.  I’m amazed, awed and surprised at what I can create with free/cheap/minimal ingredients.  I would love to have PaperArtsy Fresco's, all DecoArt media or TH paints, sprays and other but money doesn't allow and I didn’t think I could do MM techniques without the proper stash.
My thanks to the lovely Brenda because I won Brenda's recycling candy which was a trolley of stamps, some papers and card, and a set of The Works acrylic paints which I've used on my arch.  Roni and Rae have taught me that's not necessarily the case.  I’m learning how to use and adapt what I have.  I'm thankful for the ‘how to’ tutorials on Pinterest and YouTube too.  It's amazing the amount of stuff you can create yourself and that's important for me.  
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 this week  ttfn Karen x

Clearly Besotted Background Builders stamp set
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Wood Grain
Heat gun; pallette knife; pot of water; paintbrushes

Card Paper: Cereal box card was used to create the arch and loads of old and unknown DP/PP snippets to cover the arch; snippet Crafters Companion Snow White Accent Centura Pearl card for the heart
Colours: The Works: gesso and acrylic pains in pink and red; Gold gouache #
WOW Embossing Powder: Copper Glitz
Dreamweaver Embossing Paste: Copper #
Embellishments: Wild Orchid Crafts flowers; DCWV monogram stickers; red grosgrain ribbon
Glues: Collall all purpose glue; foam pads

# VOS: old stash at least eight years or more old so no idea if it is still available to purchase

I cut out an arch shape using Ink Stain Roni’s template, see here.  I actually used two pieces of cereal box which I stuck together as I knew I was going to want to throw a lot of paint, ink and water at it.
I attached snippets of DP/PPs and as I knew I would be painting over them I used papers that I’m not keen on lol!  They add a little interest as you can tell that there is something there when you are holding the arch.
I used The Works white gesso, pink and red acrylic paint, again from The Works, which I diluted quite a lot with water – as I wanted to the embellishments to be the stars of the arch and not the background.  I painted//blended the gesso and pink and red paints and left it to dry (didn’t want the gesso to bubble so I didn’t use my heat gun).
When I was going through my old stash when we moved the rooms around I found a load of embellishments and stickers that I had forgotten about.  They are now on my desk in a box so that hopefully I’ll remember to use them lol! 
Once the paint was dry I attached the ‘love’ stickers.  It’s created with DCWV alphabet stickers that I distressed with pink, red, gold and black acrylic paints.
To my mind there wasn’t enough texture on the arch so I grabbed my Tim Holtz layering stencil and slapped Dreamweaver EP through it and left it to dry.
I grabbed a snippet of card and stamped and embossed my Clearly Besotted background builder stamp across it before colouring with red acrylic paint and once dry I cut it out by hand and added gold paint on the edges before sticking to the arch.  I grabbed a red grosgrain ribbon bow which had been on a shop bought Christmas card and added some gold paint to that before gluing in position on the heart.  I attached three pearly gems in the bottom right hand corner as I’d not positioned the stencil as securely as I should off.  I coloured the pearls with some of the red and fold acrylic once the glue had set.
The final step was to colour the ivory/white mulberry paper flowers with red and gold gouache.  Once dry they were attached to the tag and I was done!

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Just flying by with a tweet birdie ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week going well.  Happy hump day to all of you too – we’re more than half way through the week already.  
Today I’ve a little canvas I created for some challenges to share with you and here it is …

Just a little canvas 
Love these bird stamps!
The lower branch with snow 
The upper branch with snow
A final look

This canvas had a painted background that I wasn’t happy with it.  I tried to clean and remove some of the paint/gesso from the canvas but the colour was still coming through so I decided to stick a white snippet to it.  In fact I was able to use a few white card snippets.  Once it was stuck I covered it with white gesso to give a smooth and non-absorbing base. 
I used my Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean DIP’s to tap onto the canvas to achieve a cold winter sky look.  A snippet of CC Kraft card was stamped with the robin (thank you Darnell – I won a voucher at D’s NBUS challenge before Christmas and I had to have the Scribbly Birds stamps by Dina Wakley ‘cos I’m obsessed with them lol!).  I coloured my cute little robin with acrylic paints using a spatula and my fingers – thanks Rae for the mucky fingers!  Further white card snippets were used to die cut the lovely MB branch die I won from the lovely Miss Pixie’s  Playground Snippet Challenge just before Christmas.  I actually cut it out three times and stuck them together before painting them with white gesso too.  I used white gesso over dried white acrylic paint to give the clouds more texture and finally gesso and clear glitter to add snow to the branches.  I finished this a couple of days ago I’ve not been able to blog it until now. 

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
Mine is from the UK using a robin and lots of red white and blue
Lisa B Designs Challenge Inked Background Techniques: I do use white gesso with ink pads a lot because it’s my go to technique when I’m trying to create a sky
PaperArtsy Challenge Topic 3 Paint
An appropriate for me post on PaperArtsy
I’ve used stamps, inks and watercolour paints for a long time but am just starting my MM journey and I’m not sure how comfortable I am with lumps and bumps right now.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I have to go lie down again now, grr!!!  I really do appreciate that you take time to visit and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this week  ttfn Karen x

Dina Wakley Scribbly Bird stamp set
Pot of water; paint brushes; heat gun

Card Paper: The Works mini canvas; snippets white and kraft card
Colours: The Works acrylic paints; green watercolour pencil; white gesso
Tim Holtz Distress IP Salty Ocean and Tumbled Sky; Tim Holtz Distress EP Vintage Photo #
Embellishments: glitter #
Glues: Collall photo glue
Other: Versamark IP

# VOS no idea if available to purchase as is at least five years old

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Journal page 4 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  Also I wanted to say hello and welcome to Mary and Rachel who have decided to follow me here as well as on my original blog – I am very honoured ladies – thank you!
I’ve been playing with paints and inks in my journal again, lol!  Rae our fearless tutor Journal HeART group challenged us to create a page without using paintbrushes.  Thank goodness I have some of Imagination Crafts Silkies paints and sponges! 
Anyways here it is …

The RHS  

Some of the details
The page itself

A final look at the two pages

I am much happier with the finished result on this page.  I now know that I prefer my journal pages to have more stamping, inkier or paintier, sometimes with pretty flowers and/or butterflies thrown in.  I want to repeat this page again and go a bit darker &/or brighter.  I love my VI stamps and any chance that I get to play with them I am a very happy bunny lol!
I used Imagination Crafts Silkies to colour an A5 snippet piece of lightweight card (their paints are awesome!).  Once dry I stamped the speckled dots over the top using a VOS pink chalk IP.  Once done I stamped and embossed the beautiful sentiment in the top left hand corner and put the card to one side.
On another snippet card I free hand drew a heart in pencil and coloured it with watercolour paint.  Once dry I stamped and embossed my VI Grunge Corner onto the heart before cutting it out (yes I did cut off part of the stamped image). 
I used a lot of snippets of paper/card that had been coloured with inks which I then threw salt onto before leaving them to dry and putting to one side to use on a future project.  I die cut them and layered them together with a little bling – well it is crafting for me isn’t it? 
I love the sparkle and the really awesome texture that I can achieve when I use dishwasher salt onto coloured paper and card in that way lol!  No wonder I don’t use up much of my DP/PP’s – I have too much fun making my own!

Created for me and Especially for these Challenges
I used the colours plus some red

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 this week  ttfn Karen x

Visible Image stamps: Never Grow Up sentiment set; Grunge Corner; Speckle Background
Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Joy Crafts flower dies #; Marianne leaves dies #; Spellbinder two piece butterfly die #
Paint brushes; pot of water for paint; paint pallette; heat gun

Card Paper: snippets white card coloured with old inks; The Works A5 Artist Sketchbook
Crafters Companion: snippets Snow White Accent Centura Pearl card

Colours: Imagination Crafts Silkies: Turquoise Satin; Sunshine Satin; Pearl Satin
Posh Inkabilities Inks were used to colour the card before die cutting #
Ranger Adirondack Pens #; Ranger Distress Embossing Powder #

Embellishments: mini gems from my stash #
Glues: Collall all purpose glue
Other: Versamark IP

# VOS + 8 years minimum and no idea if still available to purchase