Tuesday, 31 March 2015

A recycled canvas plus snippets ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I’ve another couple of new Followers, hello and welcome to Lesley and Ameera Crafts, I hope you like what you see and if you ever have any questions leave me a comment and I’ll try to get back to you as soon as I possibly can. 
This month seems to have shot by!  I know I’m not blogging as often as I thought I would but I’m not worried about that especially as I am having so much fun just playing with loads of lovely old and new stash! 
Here is the canvas 

This is a 5" x 7" canvas 
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:


I do have step by step photographs of what I did and how I did it.  If you would like to see let me know and I will do a mini step by step on a blog page above.

When I created the first canvas I was pleased that I had finally managed to get up the courage to create something that wasn’t a card lol!  I actually used one of my favourite stamp sets on that canvas too.  I coloured the canvas with inks and then stamped and heat embossed directly onto it with Sheena’s corner stamp.  I don’t think I’d do that again as it was a nightmare to get a solid stamped image and it’s been a nightmare to get rid of that lol!  Thank goodness for DecoArt white gesso!

This is one of the projects that I have been working on for a while and I finally managed to finish and photograph it yesterday which is why I can now share it with you.  Once again it’s been a learning experience and there are techniques and products I would use and do again but of course there are always things I would never do again!

I like this, yes it is shabby style, but I love the beautiful soft spring colour scheme with punches of richer colours here and there because it was needed.  I love the texture I was able to achieve although I don’t think I’d use the mesh in the same way next time.  Live and learn and much fun I’m having doing so too!  I hope you all like it too and I hope to be back in a couple of days with another creation to share.

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 coming Easter weekend ttfn Karen x




Tools:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Memory Box dies: Cherry Blossom; Bare Branch
Marianne Designs Creatable: LR016 Chinese Rolled Rose dies (leaves)
Claritystamp Ltd: mini Hummingbird stamp
Tando Creative: Sequin Waste mask
Martha Stewart mold
Heat gun; palette knife; paint brushes; pot of water

Stash:

Card/Paper/Fabric
The Works 5” x 7” canvas
White mesh fabric from local store
Hobbycraft store: Fimo Air Dry Light Clay
Snippets Crafters Companion A4 Card: Kraft; Centura Pearl Snow White Accents

Colours
That’s Crafty online shop - DecoArt Mixed Media Fluid: primary magenta
That’s Crafty online shop - DecoArt Americana Satin Acrylic Paints: turquoise waters; vanilla shake
WOW EP: WS07 Metallic Rich Gold embossing glitter
The Works Crawford & Black acrylic paints: copper; gold; and silver
Spectrum Noir Aquatints: basic primary set to colour the jigsaw pieces
H20 paints to colour the centre of the cherry blossom flowers

Adhesives & Mediums
That’s Crafty online shop - DecoArt: white gesso
Maimeri modelling medium
Maimeri Glossy Gel
Versamark IP

Embellishments
Dutch Doobadoo: Soft Board Jigsaw Pieces

A card created with many different products ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  Once I finished some projects over the weekend I had a little mixed media fluid on my craft mat on my desk and some cream pearl card that I recently found and here is what I whipped up …

  
A 150mm square card and great for posting
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
(use one CI stamp/product: I use one of 3 CI stamp sets I have)


Recently I found a pile of cream coloured pearl card squares and I was scratching my head for a moment as I don’t use that card colour.  A light bulb went off and I think they are the left over’s from my cousins wedding stationery.  They've been in my stash for five or six year’s lol!  So rather than waste my mixed media fluid I grabbed a stencil and foam and added the fluid through the stencil until it was used up.  Once dry I added a thin layer of Pebeo Matt Medium over the mixed media fluid because I was worried it might bleed out.
I also found some Kanban printed card that once again I can’t remember so I’m guessing that I am getting through a lot of old stash as well as working on new techniques and mixed media projects.  Other than Christmas cards too so I am working very hard to use that up as well! 

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





Tools:
Crafty Individuals Elements A6 Plate stamp set: CI-234 Bird, Branches & Cages
Retro Café Art Gallery: small Heart Tree stencil
Craft mat; spray bottle of water; paint brushes

Stash:
Card Paper:  cream pearl card #; Kanban card #
Colours:
DecoArt Mixed Media Fluid: burnt umber; primary magenta
Old ink pads: used as watercolours for the background/scene
green and brown felt tip pens
Glues: foam pads

# VOS + 8 years minimum

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Christmas Card Club #7 Mo's Choice Feature a Critter/s ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well.  It was nice and sunny for a change this morning although the wind was blowing a holey!

This fortnight has shot by and I have been busy creating things for challenges and other secret squirrel stuff lol!  I made the time yesterday to whip up a Christmas card because it’s our lovely Mo’s choice this fortnight and we were challenged to feature a critter or more.  I used a snippet of Centura Pearl Snow White to create the topper/stamped panel, snippets of white and cream card to die cut the deer’s which I watercoloured with an old ink pad.  I created the background with my torn paper masks, Pan Pastels, Visible Image trees and winter tree stamp set, and old Adirondack ink pads.  It was a quick creation which looks good and is great for posting.  I’m going to spend some time whipping up some Pan Pastel winter landscapes ready for stamping so that I have a pile of snowy scenes ready and waiting – they are one of my favourites to create.  So here is my latest Christmas card …

One more created & great for posting 

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 next week ttfn Karen x




Tools:
Visible Image: winter tree stamp; fir tree stamp set
Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Memory Box deer die
Paper Masks; Pan Pastel Sofft Tools; paintbrushes; pot of water

Stash:
Card Paper: Kanban card #; snippet Crafter’s Companion Centura Pearl snow white accents card; snippet DP matt #; snippets of white and cream card for die cutting
Colours: Pan Pastels; SU grunge/vintage colour mini ink pads #
Adirondack IP’s:
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue

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

  

Friday, 27 March 2015

March Rudolph Day ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well, it’s nearly the weekend.  I’ve a couple of new followers to welcome today, hello and welcome to Neets B and Kevin, I hope you like what you see and if you ever have any questions please leave me a comment and I will get back to you as soon as I can if possible.
Before I share my card I want to thank everyone who left such positive and lovely comments on my very basic doodles – I was terrified about sharing them because I’m no fine artist but I love to doodle! 
I will be sharing more doodles and other stuff in future because I think I’m over the fear/terror of sharing my doodles with you and because I won an awesome step by step drawing book from Unruly PaperArts in January and I’m a bit obsessed with that right now.  Oh yes it’s so much fun and I’m feeling very blessed because of that lol!

Today I have a Christmas card to share with and here it is …

  
Another A6 card ready to go 
Got to use up old stash and some snippets too!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:

I need more Imagination Crafts stencils and Silkies paints because I love them and they’re great for creating quick Christmas cards and even though I’m on a different journey right now we’ll still need them, lol!  Last year I ended up rushing because mum wanted/needed more cards so I had to give her some of the ones I had made for us, she’s done that to me in the past, this year she is finally retiring from work so I hope she won’t need as many and that means December will be a lot less stressful.  I’m hoping that when December does arrive all I’ll have to worry about is approximately six special cards – I had the regular sized ones made and ready to write until mum pinched them 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 over the weekend ttfn Karen x






Tools:
Imagination Crafts Christmas Holly Stencil
Ranger Cut N Dry Ink blending foam

Stash:
Card/Paper:
Crafters Companion: A4 Centura Snow White Accent snippet for panel; A4 Kraft for base

QVC UK: Imaginations Paper set (an American company) #

Colours:
Imagination Crafts Silkies Sunshine Satin and Turquoise Satin

Embellishments:
Imaginations Set as above Bubble Sticker #
The Ribbon Girl Pleated Ribbon

Glues:
Double sided tape; masking tape


#VOS: mum purchased it from QVC for me at least five years old and possibly a lot more older than that
  

Monday, 23 March 2015

Another MM bird Tag ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was good and your week has started well.  Today I have another MM Arch to share with you and here it is …



The dried arch was a little too orange in colour so I grabbed the pink paint and added a light wash of colour that I darkened as I went further down the page.  Once dry I wanted a bling arch so I added Dreamweaver gold embossing paste through my Sequin Waste stencil (Tando).  I then left it overnight to make sure it was dry before moving onto the next steps.  I stamped the bird cage onto some recycled white tissue paper and blast it before adhering it to the arch with the Maimeri medium.

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
(use one CI stamp/product: I use one of 3 CI stamp sets I have)
Frilly & Funkie Challenge Bring On The Bling: plenty on this cute creation
Pan Pastel Challenge #6 Alter It: cereal boxes and tissue paper

I’m having lots of fun learning MM basics and techniques from Roni but this arch is about me and the fun I’m having finding out what I like, what works well for me and what doesn’t.   When I was halfway through this project I was not 100% happy.  So I went back and played more but using colours, stamps and embellishments that I really like and love.  A fabulous bonus is that I used some very old stash 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





Tools:
Crafty Individuals stamp set: Elements A6 Plate CI-234 Birds, Branches & Cage stamp set

Inspiration Journal On-Line shop: Dina Wakley Scribbly Bird stamp set (thank you Darnell)

Tando Creative: Sequin Waste stencil (thank you Tando Creative Challenge)

Martha Stewart butterfly mould (thank you DH)

Heat gun; pallette knife; pot of water; paintbrushes

Stash:

Card Paper:
Cereal Box card
Tissue paper from a parcel
Page from an old journal I am recycling, see here for the full post and pictures of before #

Colours:
That’s Crafty DecoArt Americana Multi Surface Satin Acrylic paint: deep turquoise; turquoise waters; vanilla shake; flamingo

That’s Crafty DecoArt Mixed Media Fluid: raw umber

The Works Crawford & Black acrylic paints: ultra marine; brown; copper; rose; white

Ranger Perfect Pearls Pigment Powders: perfect bronze; perfect gold; copper; forever violet; perfect pearl #

Gold Dreamweaver Embossing Paste #

Embellishments:
Cotton lace #; pink grosgrain ribbon
Butterfly created with Fimo Air Dry Light Paper Clay

Glues:
Double sided tape; foam pads; Stix 2 Hot Glue Gun (thank you Brenda)

Other:  Maimeri Gloss Gel (thank you Pan Pastel Challenge)


# VOS + 5 years minimum

Friday, 6 March 2015

A MM Tag experiment ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was good and you have lovely weekend plans, TGIF!  I have a mixed media arch to show you today and here it is …

  
Thankfully these arches are for myself 
And can be deep


This is my second tissue paper background arch created after reading Roni’s how to post sharing and if you want to find out how then please look here.  I followed the post tutorial to create the background and before painting it I looked through my stash to see what I thought would work with the arch to see if I had what colour and themed embellishments needed to be used and found the Friendly Plastic hearts, cherry blossoms, roses and a Sheena flower stamp that I’d previously stamped and embossed onto a snippet of parchment paper and coloured with Aquatints.  I used snippets to die cut three branches and painted with brown mixed media fluid.  I grabbed a bird I’d created with MS moulds and air dry clay last year and added colour and worked out the layout before gluing in place – simples and lot of stash used 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 over the weekend  ttfn Karen x




Tools:
Crafters Companion Sheena Douglass stamp sets: A5 A Little Bit Sketchy Flower Power
Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Memory Box branch die
Martha Stewart bird mould
Small heart cookie cutter; heat gun; paintbrushes; pot of water

Stash:
Card Paper: cereal box card; tissue paper from a parcel; snippets of card for die cutting

Colours: Spectrum Noir Aquatints Perfectly Primary
DecoArt Mixed Media Fluid: brown; buff; primary yellow
Pebeo red acrylic paint; rub on waxes #
Pebeo outliner gold #

Embellishments: WOC: red roses; cherry blossoms; rose leaves
Red flowers # ; green accent beads # ; Fimo Light air dry clay

Glues: Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue; Maimeri Glossy Gel Medium

Other: Versamark IP


# VOS + 7 years