Thursday, 30 April 2015

A CAS card Mixed Media style ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  Well my title says it all today.  I have a card I’ve created following a challenge sketch.  I was playing with a NBUS set of Sheena Douglass stamps, my lovely Stamplorations stamps, acrylic paint, a Staz On IP and a die cut scrap of paper to create my own mask.  Here it is …

An A6 card this time! 

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
I don’t ‘do’ CAS cards normally yet I loved creating this one!

When I saw the sketch at Stamplorations I really, really, really wanted to play along.  However I originally had the idea that I would die cut a piece of DP and stick it to the card and then over stamp and heat emboss.  Last night I finally had the time to whip up a couple of cards.  I had the Spellbinder’s Classic Circle dies out because I had used them on the card I created for the DCWV challenge.  There was a lot of wet supplies on my desk and the Americana acrylic paint was one of those supplies and I had a ‘what if’ moment lol!  So I die cut a circle from a scrap of old paper which was going to be recycled and I grabbed stencil tape, Cut N Dry Foam, a snippet of white card, and the DecoArt Americana acrylic paint.  Once I had applied the paint through the ‘aperture’ I grabbed another white snippet and did the same.  I popped both of them to one side to dry whilst I made sure all the paint was used and cleaned from my non stick mat.
 Next is my saying I am a stamp addict lol!  I have two boxes on my desk.  One of the boxes is jammed with new stamps that were (a) challenge wins or (b) stamps purchased with birthday money last year or, finally, (c) Christmas presents, lol.  The other box has stamps in that I have used but not much so they are out to be played with before being sorted and stored. 
I am embarrassed by how many new stamps there are however if I won more I would grab them with grubby painted and inked fingers lol!  The larger box with NBUS stamps isn’t bulging as much as it was previously.  Although previously I had two boxes full of stamps waiting to be used lol!  I do have quite a lot of stamps into the use again soon box but I’m not too worried about that – because they have, at least, been inked at least once lol.  So now maybe you can understand why I don’t buy any paper pads right now.  I’m still trying to stick to my 2012 pledge of use it up before purchasing more papers.  It’s actually, mostly, been quite easy to do and that’s because of how bad my back is rather than not wanting them any more!  I am a norty girl lol!!  Or rather a norty middle aged female!

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

Stamp: Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Scenic Flying Colours A5 stamp set;
Stamplorations It’s All About You Boxed and Typed cling rubber stamp set
Die Cutting Machine and Dies: Cuttlebug die cutter; Spellbinders Large Classic Circle die
Miscellaneous Tools: Ranger Cut N Dry foam; heat gun

Card Paper: white card from my stash
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
That’s Crafty DecoArt Americana acrylic paint: Turquoise Waters; Staz On IP: Teal #
Adhesives/Mediums: stencil tape; foam pads

# VOS + 6 years

Monday, 27 April 2015

A couple of stamps that I'm crazy about right now ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was lovely and your week has started well.  On today’s project I have used a stamp set I recently won and a small Visible Image Butterfly stamp that was also a win from one of their Facebook Challenges.  I played with stamps, paint and ink to create this card …
A little A6 one! 

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
Unruly PaperArts Challenge April Prompt Inspired by the photograph

Recently I took part in a blog hop and won a Stampendous stamp set (it also contained a stencil and a mask) and a Dreamweaver stencil.  When the stamp set arrived I was, embarrassed to admit this but I like to be honest with you all, a little disappointed.  It is not what I thought I had won and most definitely not my style. 
To be blunt I wouldn’t have purchased this stamp set for myself and that is also a blessing, well to me it is.  I am stubborn and I was determined to try this set of stamps out before completely ‘writing them off’ so to speak.  I know I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but this stamp set is grunge style and I really thought I’d loathe it.  
You know what I’m going to say next, come on, be honest you know you do, lol, I love this stamp.  I knew the stencil and mask elementwould be very useful but this first stamp I have fallen in love with, lol.  The large blobby dots, they are one of them; there are two more waiting to be played with.  Now I’m excited about stamping with them and as soon as I’m able I’ll be grabbing my paints and ink pads and having more fun lol!
The strip of dotty card that is in the middle was one I created using Cut N Dry foam to colour the card.  It’s a technique I’ve come to love because it’s easy and quick.  It’s made a big difference to how my painted and stamped card looks once dry.  Using it with paint/s gives a smooth finish, dries quickly, and because no water is used the card doesn't warp.  Also it’s a technique I recently learnt playing along with the PaperArtsy 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 week  ttfn Karen x

Stamp: Stampendous NKCRS03 NK Studio: Grunge stamp, mask & stencil set
Visible Image Stamps: small butterfly
Miscellaneous Tools: Cut N Dry foam; pot of water; paintbrushes; paint pallette

Card Paper: Crafters Companion Matt Black card; Parchment paper
Paints: The Works Crawford & Black Acrylic paint: blue; pink rose
Inks: Dee Gruenig Inkability inks #
Ink Pads: Versamark IP; Brilliance 3 Colour IP Aurora
Embossing Powders: WOW Embossing Powder: platinum sparkle; clear detail
Embellishments: lace #; Wild Orchid Crafts Chrysanthenum
Adhesives/Mediums: Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue; double sided tape; Collall glue gel

# VOS: minimum 5 years old, maybe more

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Two Cards for Christmas Card Club and Another Card for Rudolph Day ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well.  It’s Christmas Card Club Weekend!  That came around very quickly!  I actually have three cards to share with you today.  The first one is for the last challenge I missed out on because my back was playing up really badly.  This week I’ve tried to catch up which is why I have three cards instead of two and here is what I created for our lovely Rachel’s #8 Vintage Style Christmas Card Challenge …

Quick to make and some more stash used up! 

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:

I don’t create vintage or distressed Christmas cards so Rachel’s Challenge was a good experience for me.  I tried to create this card in a vintage style but it didn’t look right, lol, so I grabbed a DIP and added ink on the edges.  I hope this one fits Rachel’s Challenge lol!  One huge bonus is that I finally used up a printed sheet from when I was on a different DT in 2014 and it took me ages to find who the BG was from.
Next up it was our lovely Mrs A’s choice and that was #9 Stars Christmas Card Challenge …
A little A6 card great for posting

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:

And finally the card I created for our lovely Mo’s monthly Rudolph Day Christmas Card Challenge …
Another one bites the dust! 

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:


A final look at all three

Crikey that was a lot of challenges and details!  All the supplies and tools I used are listed below, but there is a lot!  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


First Card Stamp: B Line Designs: bauble and branch stamps #
Miscellaneous Tools: Heat gun; computer and printer
Third Card Stamp: Little Claire Stamps: Santa

First Card Card Paper: snippets of:  Kraft; cream pearl card; Tsunami Rose digital; white card
Second Card Card Paper: Craftwork Cards DP #
Third Card Card Paper: Crafters Companion Kraft card; snippet home made spray paper

First Card EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: DIP: Peeled Paint & Pine Needles; red EP
Third Card EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Memento IP: London Fog; Spectrum Noir Aquatints; Derwent colouring pencils; Black Pigma pen

First Card Embellishments: The Ribbon Girl: red gingham ribbon; twine; button
Second Card Embellishments: M&S Xmas wrapping kit; Craftwork Cards die cuts #; peel off #
Third Card Embellishments: peel off; glitter #

All Cards Adhesives/Mediums: Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue; foam pads; double sided tape

# VOS: old stash more than five years old minimum

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Use a die ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I have finally managed to get some crafty projects finished.  Thankfully I am very grateful that I had so many experiments with different paper, card and mediums.  It has meant that I could create and finish several projects so I will be posting them on and off this week.  Today I have a card I created for Spectrum Noir’s Facebook Challenge and thankfully it fits quite a few other challenges too.  So here it is …

A 148mm square card and it has a lot of depth so won't be posted!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
I used Aquatints to colour different papers and card.  I stamped and embossed my images onto the papers and card then die cut a Diesire Quilling Die from the papers

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

Stamp: Crafters Companion A5 A Little Bit Sketchy: Always Floral and True Colours stamp sets

Machine & Dies: Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Die’sire Quilling Die

Miscellaneous Tools: paintbrushes; pot of water; paint pallette; heat gun

Card Paper: Crafters Companion A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accent card to create base; snippet to stamp and emboss the butterfly onto
Crafters Companion A4 Satin Finish printer paper (for the flowers)
The Works watercolour paper: BG

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Spectrum Noir Aquatints Perfectly Primary
Versamark IP
WOW Embossing Glitter: Platinum sparkle
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder: Peeled Paint
Acrylic paint: black

Embellishments: sequins; stamens; mini flowers

Collall all purpose glue; Collall glue gel

Sunday, 19 April 2015

A second post for this weekend ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well!  I’ve another card to share with you today, yep don’t see me for a week and then you get two posts in a row – the curse of having a bad back lol!  Anyways here it is …

Another 148 mm square card and it's a little deep but I don't mind that!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
Craft Stamper Magazine Challenge April: Bold, Bright, Vibrant Colours
(I hope this is allowed as I used a mask to create the background)
Major re-organisation & learning new techniques and products
Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge: Make your own background

The background on this creation started out as an emergency mop sheet from one of my Brusho Watercolour Crystals experiments.  I used too much water and the Brusho Crystals and I ‘flooded’ my sheet of A4 card and my craft mat.  Thankfully I’ve learnt from those experiments and am more careful of how much water and Crystals/inks/paints I use.  I’m also much better prepared too because I always make sure I have extra paper/card within reach when I’m creating backgrounds.
Last year I was lucky to win some stamps when I took part in the Paperbabe Stamps blog hop and was able to enter last years Paperbabe Stamps challenges and won.  I got to choose another stamp and I had to have this beautiful oriental stamp.  Paperbabe stamps are top notch quality, good value and they are now hosting a monthly challenge.
If you don’t own their stamps you can still enter the challenges using a different brand of stamp/s and you can still win a £10 voucher to spend at their Etsy store.  If you enter their challenge and use one of their stamps the voucher is £20. 
I have not been paid to promote Kim and Paperbabe Stamps but I do like to share any great challenges that are out there and give credit when I find great quality stamps, tools and supplies.
Once again an awful lot of different techniques and mediums were used to create this card – and yes there is another horrendous list of products used below – sorry!

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

Stamp:  Paperbabe Clear Stamp: May Lee Dee Kimono with sentiment

Stencil:  Dutch Doobadoo: 12” square Fantasy mask stencil

Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Memory Box: Branch Die 
Marianne:  LR0163 Curled Flower die set
Joy Crafts: 6002/0024 Daisy die set

Miscellaneous Tools:
Martha Stewart butterfly mould
Heat gun; pot of water; paint brushes; paint pallette

Card Paper:
Crafters Companion:  A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accent card to stamp and colour and to create base; snippets of Kraft card to die cut
Craftwork Cards DP: snippets for die cutting the flower on Geisha #

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Memento IP: London Fog
Faber-Castell Aquarelle Watercolour Pencils
Brusho Crystals to colour the mop up sheet
The Works Acrylic Paint: purple; gold; copper
WOW EP: Black twinkle, pink sparkle, gold sparkle

Craftwork Cards: brown and white twine; die cut Kraft bird cage
Fimo: air dry light clay
Wild Orchid Crafts: peach chrysanthemum
Prima mini flowers #; Pink brad #; Pink glitter heart #

Versamark IP
Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue
Collall glue gel

# VOS: + 7 years old minimum – no idea where I purchased these or if still available

Monday, 6 April 2015

Mixed media with a sketch? Could I do it ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope you are having a lovely Easter weekend – it’s gone a little too quick but hey ho on-wards and upwards.  Today’s creation is, of course, all about the post title.  I wanted to see if I could follow a sketch but on a canvas instead of a card.  
Before I started creating the pages and the canvas I took a little trip around blogland for inspiration and to see what the challenges are/were.  The IBS sketch and colours appealed, next I saw the Scrap Around the World challenge, over at PaperArtsy the current Topic, #6, is Grunge or embossing paste, Frilly & Funkie have an add a ribbon to your creation, That’s Crafty is gold and silver both of which were used to create both masterboards, The Mirror Crack’d is masterboards and I just saw the Simon Says Stamps A for animals!
Sadly I don’t own Grunge Paste yet so I decided to see if I could combine elements from all of the challenges to create something that DH and I would like or, possibly, love.  I had a lot of fun creating each of these elements and here is the finished canvas …
An 8" x 10" canvas   
A final look

Created for these Challenges and for DH & me:
Sketch, twine and I used the colours plus a few more

I don’t have PA paste so I've distressed Dreamweaver paste
I was inspired by the turquoise and the colour & texture of a beach
I've not seen the sea in a long time and your board especially appealed to me

I created a masterboard with embossing paste, pallette knife, plastic fork and different embossing powders but I didn’t photograph it before chopping it up!  I spread embossing paste over a 6”x12” card which was from the back of a paper stack and I used a pallette knife to apply it and a disposable plastic fork to create a pattern/texture.  I added four different colours of WOW EP and put it to one side to dry.  I actually used up three WOW EP bottles that were only about 1/6 full so that’s 3 bottles I don’t need to find a home for lol, just got to use up the other six next lol!  I left it overnight to dry because I know from experience that the embossing paste bubbles if you heat it immediately and I wanted to keep as much of the awesome texture as possible.
I found an old canvas board which I had previously painted with white pearl, no idea what paint I used because this is a canvas I found when we moved my crafting room around.  I grabbed my Dutch Doobadoo stencil and attached it to the board with Washi tape.  I sponged blue acrylic paint through the stencil using Cut N Dry foam and put to one side (because I used the sponge it dried really quickly).
I stamped the kingfisher onto a good size piece of pearly white card and the butterflies onto snippets.  The kingfisher was further stamped onto snippets so that I could decoupage him (there are three layers of the bird).  I coloured the sky background around the kingfisher, the kingfisher and the butterflies.  Once all was dry I fussy cut the kingfisher and butterflies and started to play with some really old bits and pieces from my stash. 

DH loves it and I am, unusually, very happy with 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 this week  ttfn Karen x

Inspired by Stamping Australian Nature 1 stamp set
Dutch Doobadoo Mosaic stencil
Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Sizzix Sizzlets tag die #
Ranger Cut and Dry Foam
Heat gun; paint brushes; post of water; pallette knife; disposable plastic fork

8” x 10” canvas board #
A4 and 6” x 12” card to create masterboard (6”x12” was back board from a pad of paper)
White pearl card snippets for stamping and colouring

Crafters Companion: Pebeo Deco Matt Acrylic paint: #106 blueberry
That’s Crafty online shop: DecoArt Americana Satin Acrylic Paints: turquoise waters; vanilla shake; flamingo pink
That’s Crafty online shop:  DecoArt white gesso
Imagination Crafts Silkie Paints: turquoise satin; white
WOW EP glitter: WS01 black twinkle; WS04 blue glitz; WS06 pearl gold sparkle; WS07 metallic gold rich; WS52 vintage romance
The Works Crawford & Black acrylic paints: ultramarine blue; copper; gold; rose; silver
Dreamweaver Embossing paste: Copper #

Ribbon Girl: twine; Limoges Blue vintage style seam binding; vintage silver Crown charm *
Butterfly beads #

That’s Crafty online shop – DecoArt white gesso
Maimerri Glossy Gel Medium
Crafters Companion Collall: all purpose glue; 3D glue gel

# all of these items are very old stash and I have no idea where they came from or how long I’ve owned them – I think they are at least eight years old!

* The Ribbon Girl online shop but I can’t find these crowns on their website

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Let's Craft & Create Design Team, lots of photographs ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well.  Today I have a card to share with you that I created as a member of the Let’s Craft & Create Challenge!
Eileen, original Let’s Craft & Create Design Team member, asked if I would like to be on the newly revived Let’s Craft & Create Challenge Design Team!
I had to check out what was required and after thinking about it for, um, for, well, a whole five minutes, lol, I accepted!  I am one very happy and chuffed crafter and I’ve lots of new friends and team mates too!  
I wanted to create something extra special for our first challenge and I just happened to need something extra special for my brother and his partner.  They have moved and are more than an hour away from us; it did make me a lot sad but its right for them.  So I wanted to create something extra special for them, extra special for the new DT and something that would fit what I am creating and doing these days.  I am very, very lucky because my baby brother has grown up to be a wonderful young man.  Both Luke and Bethan have done a lot for us physically, especially over the last couple of months and in many other ways too and we are hoping to be able to visit them soon, back and joints permitting!  Anyways here is the card I created …

A lovely big 8" square card - which will be hand delivered 
This card has a lot of depth - thankfully I am hand delivering it 
A final look!  I hope you all like it as much as I do!

I am lucky because this fits these Challenges:
Frilly & Funkie Challenge Ribbon
Mod Squad Challenge Bingo: Flowers/Butterflies; Die Cut or Punch; Dimension
Also fits Sponging – Embossing Powder – Patterned Paper (purchased)
Our Creative Corner Challenge Colour Your World
Scrap & Craft Challenge #6 Frame It: stencil & paint creates a frame for the garland

We have sponsors and some of the DT will donate new stash they've not used so there will be proper prizes too.  If you are interested in what the rest of my lovely new teammies have created here is the link to Let’s Craft & Create Challenge and here are the blogs and links of my team mates:

My Craft Creations my lovely boss aka Eileen
My Crafting Corner aka Ursula
Prendre le temps ... aka Maryvonne
My Crafty Outlook aka Hazel
Ameera Crafts aka Mary
Ammarisart aka Catherine
Our challenges are going live on the 5th of each month and you have until the end of the month to enter.  All the details and updated rules are here So why don’t you come on over and play along with us because we have a lovely new challenge to start off with.

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 lovely Easter weekend  ttfn Karen x

Visible Image small Butterfly stamp

Tando Creative Sequin Waste stencil (thank you Tando Creative Challenge blog): I love it!

Heat gun; pallette knife; pot of water; paintbrushes; Ranger Cut N Dry foam (for sponging the paint through the stencil)

Crafters Companion Online Shop: Craft UK 8” x 8” card base
Craftwork Cards DP pad (huge thank you to my ‘should be my crafty sister from a different mum Helen) #
parchment paper #

The Works white acrylic paint
Dee Gruenig Inkability purple ink #
Pebeo Deco Matt Acrylic paint: #106 blueberry
Sakura Pens: sparkle purple; gloss brown #
WOW Glitter EP: black twinkle

Ribbons (thank you Hazel); self adhesive gems and pearls
Wild Orchid Crafts: white cherry blossoms; white sweetheart blossoms; white and pink mixed blooms; pearl stamens
Craftwork Cards: die cut flowers #; heart shaped create a garland #

Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue; Stix 2 glue gun (thank you Brenda!)

# I have checked and these items are no longer available at Craftwork Cards so I assume they must be 3 + years old.  
The Sakura pens and parchment paper has been in my stash for at least five years lol!
The Dee Gruenig Inkability inks are a lot older + 10 years?