Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Fiskarettes UK




Hello my lovely friends and visitors,

Over on the Fiskarettes UK Facebook account one of my projects has been shared today and you can see it here. I will share the project with you in a couple of days.


I really do appreciate you dropping by and I hope you get some to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x


A second sketch ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  After following Kim’s sketch at the Paperbabe Challenge blog on a tag I wanted to create another tag following the sketch as I was so happy with the end result. I decided to use a background piece that is a more distressed style than I normally try to create. Anyway here is the end result …

Another tag!
So many snippets were used to create this tag
I love that I got to use up so many snippets and rejects too
Lots of lovely die cuts
The beautiful rose stamp
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Cardz TV Challenge Anything Goes Designers Challenge #6
Fussy & Fancy Challenge #192 Anything Goes
Scrapy Land Challenge #70 Anything Goes
I used Crafters Companion, Memory Box and Spellbinders dies
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge You’ve got the edge:
I’ve used a stencil on the base layer to add more detail to the lower RHS,then to the top of the tag with the die cuts drawing your eye to the edges


I used a piece of ugly card for the bottom layer. I was playing with colours on it, with blue, green, brown and the whole thing ended up in shades of brown, puce green and putrid yellow. What I love is that the base layer is ugly puce coloured in a grunge way. My twist to that is to add bright coloured details to the upper layers to bring back the beauty. The teal blue on the putrid tag really pops and makes you aware of how beautiful that colour is. Then I used several neutrals for die cutting to lighten up the look. I stamped the roses and leaves onto the die cut circle using a lovely soft pink and I went back to add a more fluorescent fossilised yellow with only a little water to make that a big jarring to the eye.


I pushed myself away from my comfort zone of soft colours gently blending to create a tag which is full of distressed and grunged details. OMGee I really love the end result and I will not be trying to create ugly pages because when I try I can’t but if it just happens, which it does every so often lol, it is awesome!

I dipped into my snippets bag multiple times to create this tag and luckily I was able to bring so many different colours and elements together to end up with a mixed media, grungey, distressed, and beautifully feminine tag. I’m really happy that I can create when my back isn’t too bad and that’s why I have multiple projects on the go. Because one day I might be able to do something a bit harder but the next time I can’t. So having little sessions now and again is working well for me and my back 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 Stamp Set:
Viva Decor 29cm square
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: THS032 Flourishes
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Crafters Companion: Die’sire Classique Ivy die; Sara Signature Floral Delight In Bloom
Memory Box Poppystamp Cheviot Butterfly die
Spellbinders: Large Classic Circle die set; Large Scalloped Circle die set; Die D-Lites Medallion 2 set; 4” x 2” Butterfly Wizard cutting and embossing die
Magazine die
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; mini ink blending tool and foam; Distress spray water bottle

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Snippets: coloured card; patterned papers; Sheena Douglass white stamping card coloured & stamped snippets
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress ink pads: Peacock Feathers, Peeled Paint
Distress Oxides: Broken China, Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio, Worn Lipstick
Memento dew drop ink pad: Rose Bud pink
Primary Spectrum Aqua pens
Embellishments:
Pearls from my stash
Ribbon snippet from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Collall 3D glue gel
Double sided tape
Fun foam
Washi tape (for the stencils)

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

A sketch ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I had a large snippet of Distress Oxides and Viva Decor stencil background from another project so I decided to use that up by following a sketch with multiple layers and details and here it is …

This tag is a little slimmer than usual
But still has lots of lovely layers and textures too
All the lovely details
I followed the sketch as closely as I could
These  rose stamps are going to be very useful
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Cardz TV Challenge Anything Goes Designers Challenge #6 
Craft Stamper Magazine Challenge TIMI Anything Goes


Scrapy Land Challenge #70 Anything Goes
I used Crafters Companion, Memory Box, Sizzix, Spellbinder 
& Tutti Designs dies
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge You’ve got the edge: I’ve used the sketch to create lots of different edges and followed the bottom right one with die cuts to make it more prominent 


Everything on this card was a snippet left over from other projects. I thought I could quickly detail each layer starting from the bottom, the tag, going up. The background is from my first play with Distress Oxides and my Viva Decor music and flowers stencil. Then I die cut a Tutti Designs stitched banner from a card snippet I created using Tim Holtz lines stencil and Spectrum Aqua pens. The next layer is a white card snippet that I coloured using my Distress Oxides using Faded Jeans and Fired Brick Doxides. I attached a Sheena Douglass stencil to that and applied DecoArt sand texture paste through it. The skinny banner that goes across the card was another snippet coloured with Faded Jeans and Cracked Pistachio Oxides. The frame behind the stamped circle was a white snippet coloured with acrylic paints. The die cut circle was a white watercolour card snippet stamped with the roses which I then coloured with Spectrum Noir AquaTints primary set, the yellow. The flowers, coloured with watercolour paints, were first drawn and watercoloured by me before I recycled them for die cutting. The remaining snippets were cut from patterned or solid coloured paper or card.

I’ve used lots of snippets on my projects over the years but I don’t think I have created a whole project including the base layer from snippets, at least I don’t think I have before. The good and bad thing is that I still have loads of snippets lol! I think I need to create a lot more snippet projects. 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 rubber stamps: Rose border
Viva Decor #08 Flower & Music 29cm square stencil
Tim Holtz Layering stencil THS004 Lines
Sheena Douglass 7x7” Distress Grid Stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Die’sire Classiques Ivy die
Crafters Companion Sara Davies Signature Butterfly Lullaby Flit & Flutter die
Memory Box Poppystamp Cheviot butterfly die
Sizzix: Thinlits small Tattered Florals die set
Spellbinders: Large Classic Circle die; Die D-Lites Medallion Two
Tutti Designs Stitched Nested Banners set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; mini ink blending tool & foam; palette knife; Craftwork Cards tag template

Supplies
Card Paper:
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card; snippets patterned paper; watercolour papers; snippet velvet paper
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress Oxide Re-Inkers: Broken China; Faded Jeans; Cracked Pistachio; Worn Lipstick; Fired Brick
Spectrum Aqua: primary set
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: primary
Memento dew drop ink pad: Rose Bud pink
Embellishments:
Pearls from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
DecoArt sand texture paste
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam
Washi tape

Monday, 24 July 2017

July Mixed Media Tag #3 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was lovely and your week has started well. I think my mixed media brain went into overdrive this month as I have never created so many mixed media projects in one month and there’s another week left of this month and if I finish them I have several more mixed media projects to share with you. I have been experimenting with using old embellishments with several other mediums (especially Doxides) and here is today’s tag …

I love the beautiful background I created with my Distress Oxides!
I love the depth from the sand texture paste
All the gorgeous ink and paint details
I had one of my oops moments when colouring the flowers!
I remembered to photograph the background before adding anything to it!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Cardz TV Challenge Anything Goes Designers Challenge #6 
Country View Crafts Challenge Things with Wings: 
I know it’s a little one but he’s so cute!
Creatalicious Challenge #119 Anything Goes optional summer

Creative Artiste Challenge #28 Mixed Media Anything Goes

Unstampa Belles Challenge Every Day is Special 
twist use lots of colours: I’m deliberately making sure that there is something good in every single day to make each day special and a pleasure: hope that makes sense


The background on my tag was one of the first play sessions with Doxides. I found the background pieces when tidying my desk over the weekend. I added layers of Doxides by dipping into Worn Lipstick, Red Barn and Fossilised Amber which I had smooched onto my craft mat and sprayed with water before dipping the card, drying the card and doing the same with a different colour or another layer of colour. Once I had the background coloured I attached the stencil with Washi tape and added a layer of the DecoArt Sand texture paste, it has lovely rough texture, just like a pumice stone lol!

Whilst going through, which I am still doing, my old stash I found a box of beautiful K & Co tags and 3D sticker embellishments. I also found matching brads to those embellishments and as soon as I saw them I knew that they would work beautifully with this tag so I got the shaped smaller tag, the beaded flower brad and pulled the 3D stickers out to add to the finished tag. I felt that there was something missing so I retrieved some cherry blossoms and pretty blossoms and then I coloured them with acrylic paint. At the same time I had several pots of glitter out from another project and I managed to knock them over onto the wet paint on the flowers. If you take a close look at the flowers you can see the uneven texture and that’s all because I am 100% klutz lol!

I attached the beaded flower brad to the small tag and then glued it in position. Once the flowers were dry I glued those and as I felt like something was missing I attached a 3D butterfly embellishment onto the tag and I was finished and happy with the end result. 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
Stencil:
Pronty 15cm square Number stencil
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat tool; craft mat; palette knife; Distress water spray; Craftwork Cards tag stencil; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress Oxide ink pads: Worn Lipstick; Red Barn; Fossilised Amber
Pebeo Acrylic paint: Orange; Pink
Embellishments:
K & Co: tag; beaded flower brad; sticker; peach glitter from my stash
Wild Orchid Crafts: Cherry Blossoms; Pretty Blossoms
Adhesives/Mediums:
DecoArt Sand Texture Paste
Collall all purpose glue
Washi tape

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Fiskarettes UK Design Team, pink and white ...


Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well.  I’m going to share one of the cards I created for Fiskarettes UK Facebook page, see here. Below I’ve listed how I created my own stencil using one a Fiskars punch. I’m not sure why but for my first two card projects I went clean and simple style which is okay but I’m playing right now and I doubt very much that the next few projects will be clean style lol, and here is my card …

A 148mm square card
Is good to post
All the inky details
The beautiful butterfly
A final look

Luckily for me I can also enter these Challenges
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge #29 Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenge #119 Anything Goes optional summer
Kort O Mania Challenge #179 Anything Goes
Love to Craft Challenge LTCCB#12 Anything Goes
Love to Scrap Challenge LTSCB#99 Anything Goes
Scrap & Craft Inspiration Challenge #5 Summertime with Butterflies
I moulded the butterfly wings to give them depth and dimension


When I received my a parcel from Fiskars I already had an idea of some of the things that I wanted to create. One of those ideas kept nagging at me to try it so I used my new Fiskars Anemone punch to punch a line of anemone’s through a piece of thin acetate. I deliberately used thin acetate because I didn’t want to kill my new punch before I had used it fully, lol. The overhead acetate turned out to be the best type of acetate for punching. Product acetate or card making acetate is way too thick for any punch to cope with. The overhead acetate is a little thin but it has worked for me with inking, painting and texture paste. So I recommend you got get your punches out and make yourself some new stencils lol!

I attached the stencil to a piece of card using Washi tape and then I used Worn Lipstick Doxide and the small ink blending tool and foam. I worked from the bottom up, placing a piece of paper over the card I had just inked so that I didn’t smudge the ink. I attempted the ombre inking technique so I heavily inked up my ink blending foam and applied the ink through my stencil. My attempt has worked but not as well as I hoped, however, I now know how to fix that so I’ll be trying the ombre technique again soon. So I covered the piece of card with rows of anemones using my home crafted stencil and then heat set the inks. I inked up the continuous butterfly stamp with Worn Lipstick and stamped the butterflies onto another white snippet and fussy cut the butterflies. I trimmed the stencilled card to size used my Distress tool to roughen the edges before using the ink blending tool to ink those distressed edges. I dried the stamped butterflies and the distressed edges using my heat gun. I wrapped ribbon around the background card and attached it to a card blank. I created a bow which I attached to the card.

The last couple of steps were to adhere the butterflies then attach the pretty little bling stones. I hope you like it and I hope this will inspire you to look at your punches in many more ways. I love that I could use a punch to make a stencil and I will be doing that again soon, 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:
Fiskars Continuous stamp
Punch:
Fiskars medium Anemone punch
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; mini ink blending tool and foam

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Craft UK 15 cm square card
Overhead projector acetate
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide: Worn Lipstick
Embellishments:
White Bling gems and Ribbon from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Washi tape