Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Very old stamps on November MM Tag #3 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was a good one and your week has started well. I need more tags and I get to play along with a couple of challenges too – bonus lol! Here is my third mixed media tag for November …

  
Full on and side view
All the inky and texture detail
  
I have fallen in love with a very old stamp and I got to use some snippets
I managed to capture some of the shimmering detail

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #442 Glitter
Scrapy Land Challenge #78 Anything Goes
I used Crafters Companion and Tim Holtz Sizzix dies



I’ve been desperately wanting to play along with Tracey’s 25 Days of Christmas tags again and finally I had some time and a snippet of card left over from another project so it was time to put stamp to card and play with my inks and various mediums too!

This piece of card is 88mm wide by 210mm tall, a snippet from creating a 21cm square background that is going to be used on another card. I have a funny story about the stamp below but please feel free to skip. I stamped the tree three times across the snippet using a pale ink pad because I wanted it to look like a painted watercolour and not a stamped tree. I used Spectrum Noir AquaTints to colour the trees and left it to dry. I then did the same for the night sky. I dried the coloured scene with my heat tool and put it to one side whilst I got on with another project. The next day I started to pipe the snow on the trees, the bottle has a piping nozzle lol! My first lot of snow ended up a little green because they drew the ink up so I added more snow on top and so far it’s not too green. A little sprinkle glitter may have helped too. I used die cut snippets to embellish a little and it was done.

A few months ago I put this stamp aside because I didn’t plan to use it again. It is one of my oldest stamps that I purchased from the USA many years ago. One day I was at a friends house and she had QVC on with a stamping show where Dee Gruenig was one of the guests and she was showing unmounted stamps. I had started stamping when I saw the show and I already knew how hard it was to get stamps in the UK. Dee talked about her range of stamps and her online shop and luckily enough I noted those  details. We didn’t have satellite or QVC back then but I found Dee’s online shop and I stamps. Over the years I have used this stamp many times but was never happy.   I’ve been sorting through my craft room for more than a year now and I know it’s time to let some designs go but I noticed this tree stamp and I thought to myself before you do sell it try stamping with it with the MISTI, last years birthday present from OH. 

I squealed, I loudly squealed! I am so very, very happy I tried it in my MISTI! You will be seeing more of this stamp as I now have visions of landscapes and winter scenes and all of that lol! I worked it out this weekend and I think it must be ten years old, which is marvellous. 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:
Stamp N’ Stor Tree stamp
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Tim Holtz Miniature Holiday Greens die set
Crafters Companion Sara Davies Signature Floral Delight Collection: In Bloom die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
300 gsm card/Craft UK 145mm square card
Snippets:
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress IP: Squeezed Lemonade
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Essentials; Landscape; Primary
Embellishments:
Glitter from my stash
Papermania self adhesive gems
Adhesives/Mediums:
Viva Decor 3D Snow
Cosmic Shimmer Texture Paste: Polar White

  

Monday, 20 November 2017

Clean and simple flowers ...


Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was good and your week has started well.  Well that was the plan I had when I started to play with my favourite Leonie Pujol flower stamp set. It evolved into something completely different along the way and here is the Christmas card I’ve created instead …

A 145mm square card
It has some depth but will be okay to post
That beautiful flower stamp, I love it!
Lots of shimmer and shine, some gems and glitter, I love Christmas!
I managed to capture some of the shimmer and shine

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Addicted-to-Stamps-Challenge #157 Use One or more stamps
Allsorts Challenge #442 Glitter
Dream Valley Challenge #168 Add Texture
I think I fit the current challenge as that was the look I ended up with,
if not then please delete


MHK Designs Challenge November Photographic inspiration

Mod Squad Challenge Merry & Bright
Scrapy Land Challenge #78 Anything Goes
I used Crafters Companion, Marianne Designs and Tim Holtz Sizzix dies
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Tear it Up: on my lower layers


My lovely hubby encourages my arts and craft pursuits. However there is one thing that irks him a bit is that I don’t always remember to do this. He reminds me often of it and I know he would be proud of my different use of this stamp. I am a stamp addict and he knows that because I often tell him, lol, in fact I terrified him a couple of weeks ago admitting that now only am I a stamp addict I’m also a stencil addict these days lol! My stamp addiction and my history of papercraft and stamping means that I have a lot of stamps. However, until earlier this year I would say that 90-95% of my stamps were old, as in more than ten years. I won a prize of pre-love stamps from the lovely Brenda that included Christms stamps so I now have a lot of Christmas stamps and I don’t allow myself to purchase them, lol, nor do I look at my floral stamps and think they could be perfect for Christmas. I may have to start thinking that way though.

As I mentioned above I planned to create a clean and simple floral card but that didn’t work so I let myself relax and that led me to create a Christmas card with a stamped and coloured Helleborus Niger (the Christmas rose). Not all Christmas roses are pure white so I decided to create one that had shades of pink and burgundy and then everything clicked into place, lol! A very mixed media card too with many different mediums and paints being used to create it.  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:
Leonie Pujol Entwined Collection: Beautiful Bloom stamp set
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Tim Holtz Mini Holiday Greens die set
Crafters Companion Sara Davis Contemporary Christmas Collection: Merry Christmas
Marianne Design Creatables LR0142 Miniature Poinsettia die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Craft UK Kraft 145mm square card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress IP: Spun Sugar
Pebeo acrylic paint: Chrome Green; Hooker’s Green
Pebeo Dyna Iridescent acrylic: Blue Black; Green Yellow
Luminarte H2O watercolours: deep red
Spectrum Noir AquaTints Essentials & Landscape sets
Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen: Clear Overlay
Embellishments:
Stickles Glitter Glue: frosted lace
Papermania self adhesive gems
Wild Orchid Crafts Resin embellishments
White glitter from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Texture Paste: Polar White
Viva Decor 3D snow
Collall all purpose glue
Collall 3D glue
Double sided tape


Thursday, 16 November 2017

Autumns hues and flowers ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. Another floral card that by sheer luck perfectly matched the stamped and coloured flowers after I had stamped and coloured them and here is that card …

A 145mm square card
It has lovely depth
I didn't manage to capture the shimmer but I promise it is there
These flower stamps and that sentiment are fabulous!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #440 Colours of Autumn
Cards Und More Challenge #197 Anything Goes with Red
Craft Stamper Magazine Challenge November TIMI Anything Goes 
Dream Valley Challenge #167 Add a Sentiment
Scrapy Land Challenge #78 Anything Goes
I used Crafters Companion and Tutti Designs dies


I was somewhat surprised to find more of the flowers from my first play with one of my newer Leonie stamp sets. However that’s really good because in the long run it means this newer set of stamps will be used just as much as the first two sets. I love it when I purchase a set and it creates better projects that I hoped. On my first card I only used the stamps no patterned paper so I wanted to use patterned paper this time. Luckily this paper and the die cuts perfectly fit the stamped and watercoloured flowers. I used one of my very old patterned papers and I know it was a HOTP set via QVC, must be more than eight years old lol! I am pushing myself to use more patterned paper so finding that these already coloured flowers worked with the paper I was delighted. In fact the design has worked better than I hoped but I do hope I’m not creating old fashioned looking cards though!

After I finished this card I realised that these flower stamps would actually work on Christmas cards especially if I do that lovely deep red so that’s something for me to try when I can or remember to do so. 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:
Leonie Pujol Typography Fly Free stamp set
Stamplorations Stamps Forest of Leaves stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus
Sara Davies Butterfly Lullaby Range Flit & Flutter die set
Tutti Designs Nesting Stitched Banners die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Craft UK 145mm square card
HOTP patterned paper
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress ink pad: Barn Door
Brusho Watercolour Crystals: Red; Rose Red; Yellow
Luminarte H2O watercolours
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

A new to me stamp ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I was hunting through my stash of wooden mounted stamps and had a real moment of joy when I found the beautiful Hero Arts stamp that I have used on today’s card and here it is …

Another A6 card
It's good to post too
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
I copied Michelle Lupton’s card this time, loving this challenge!

Deep Ocean Challenge #168 Things with Wings: this stamp has birds!
Mod Squad Challenge Merry & Bright


My only let down with today’s card is that I could not capture the wonderful shimmer on this card! I used my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. Here’s how:

1. I used my anti-static pad to rub across the piece of cut card giving it a very good application.

2. I inked up the stamp with my Versamark ink pad and added the WOW Clear embossing powder onto the card. I used my heat tool to melt the powder and put it to one side.

3. Once it was cool I sprayed it with water and then used my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens and a damp paint brush to cover the stamped panel. I left it to dry naturally.

4. I used a snippet of white card which I cut with my Tutti Designs stitched banner dies and then I used one of the Crafters Inspiration magazine stamp sets and inked the sentiment with Versafine ink pad and heat dry that.

5. Once the stamped panel was dry I trimmed the edges of that panel and attached it to my A6 card and added some bling and pearls to finish!


It is so pretty! I really wish I could have captured the awesome shimmer and shine. 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:
Hero Arts wooden stamp
Crafters Companion Inspiration Magazine sentiment stamp
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Tutti Designs stitched banners die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; damp paintbrush; anti-static bag

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm A6 card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens: 2016 Special Holiday set
Versafine IP black
WOW Clear EP
Embellishments:
Pearls and gems from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP
Collall all purpose glue


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

New stamps ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. Over at A Blog Named Hero Challenge the current theme is to CASE a designers card or project. Thankfully I have this stamp which was a recent purchase that I was able to buy because I got a really great offer and I didn’t intend to use the stamp for Christmas because I wanted it for my landscape scenes and here is the first card I’ve created with it …

I created an A6 card for a change!
It has some depth and texture too
Isn't she beautiful?!  I could have made a male too lol!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
I copied Kimberley Rendino’s card
Addicted-to-Stamps-Challenge #157 Use more than one stamp:
I used four lol!


This was a quick to make card because it is a Hero Arts layering stamp. Working out the order of the colours to stamp with was the longest process with this card. I remembered to stamp onto scrap paper so no card was wasted but it did take me time but I think it was worth it lol! These are the steps:

1. I put Pebeo blue acrylic paint onto my craft mat and lightly sprayed it with a water. I used a make up sponge to apply the paint to my piece of card and I left it to dry naturally.

2. Using snippets of Kraft card I stamped the four layers of deer using Tea Dye and Brushed Corduroy Distress, then Vintage Photo Distress Oxide and finally Walnut Stain.

3. I used two different snowflake stamps and Picket Fence to stamp on the acrylic background. I carefully dried the ink on the background because the stamping with Distress IP onto acrylic means the ink stays wet – so I dried the snowflakes and I was careful not to let the acrylic paint bubble.

4. I die cut the black banner from a snippet and stamped the sentiment with Versamark and white EP. I fussy cut the deer and added the sentiment and deer onto my card. I used a little Stickles glitter glue to give some bling to my card and I added three dots to the banner too.


I did make sure that I created a couple of backgrounds so that I can use them later in the month, I am getting on much better with acrylic paints right now and that’s why you are seeing them so much more on my projects because I am loving the fact that if the background gets damp the acrylic paint won’t run which is a real bonus 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:
Hero Arts CL985 Deer Layering stamp set
Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Scenic Ornate Snowflakes stamp set
Crafters Companion Inspiration Magazine sentiment stamp
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Sara Davies Shabby Chic Signature Range Cherished Memories metal die & stamp set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; anti static pad; sponge

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
300 gsm A6 card
Snippet: black card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Pebeo acrylic paint
Distress IP: Tea Dye; Brushed Corduroy; Walnut Stain; Picket Fence (snowflakes)
Distress Oxide IP: Vintage Photo
WOW white EP
Embellishments:
Platinum Stickles Glitter Glue
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam