Thursday, 25 May 2017

Taking a little break ...

Hello lovelies, just to let anyone who might care know that we're off on our jollies attending my brother's wedding πŸ’!


Hubby decided we deserved a couple of days pampering too, πŸ’„ after all it is a spa hotel 🏨 and it would be rude not to.  We are hoping that when hubby pops me into the hot tub πŸ› it will make my back pain a little less severe and a lovely weekend will be had by all.


My House of Cards post is ready and waiting to publish but please don't worry if you don't see much going on here for a couple of weeks because no doubt attending the big day/weekend is going to cost me dearly in spoons 🍴 and no doubt it will dish up a fare bit more pain on our return journey too.  So I may not be able to create and share anything for a couple of weeks.  But don't worry I shall be back soon as I have some new colours of Distress Oxides to play with!


TTFN Karen πŸ‰ xx


Two Christmas cards ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. If all goes to plan this post will go live whilst we are getting ready to attend my brothers wedding, yep, it's that weekend, lol. I can't believe that I've been this organised to remember to get a couple of Christmas cards ready for the end of the month! Whilst sorting and de-stashing I found several coloured and heat embossed snippets and I realised they would be ideal for creating a couple of quick Christmas cards and here is the first …

 
An A6 card good to post because I only used one lot of foam pads
All the lovely details, and snippets, lots of them!

Here is the second one ...
 
I love the shimmer and shine on this one
All the yummy details

And here is a final look at each one ...



Created for me and especially for these Challenges

I have recently found a bag of left over Christmas themed snippets, as well as stamped toppers that I haven't gotten around to using. So I decided to use them to create a couple of Christmas cards. The main issue with that is that I don't completely remember how I created them but have a pretty good idea so I'm sharing as much as I can here.
The first card I created with a snippet of coloured, stamped and heat embossed card. I know that colour is from my Beautifully Grunge AquaTints and that was a WOW glitter embossing powder. The stamps are from the lovely Visible Image stamp company. The snippets of patterned paper and the die cut rectangle are from Craftwork Cards and they are really old, as is the gel sentiment (I don't remember who from but I know my mum purchased that kit for me several years ago).

The second card, love the shade of pink on the snippet background, was created with Sheena Douglass snowflake stamps and white embossing powder. I then coloured it with my AquaTints (B Grunge again). The stamped baubles were stamped when I first got my Spectrum Aqua pens, so that must be more than two years old. I inked up the stamp and stamped it and then the two further stamping came about because I lightly sprayed the stamp with water and there was enough ink/paint to stamp two more times. That beautiful bauble was a snippets playground win from the lovely Miss Pixie and it's a beautiful Penny Black stamp which I adore. I think I edged the image with the gold from the Essentials AquaTints.

It only took me a couple of minutes to come up with the layout I liked and then time for the sequin glue to dry before I photographed the card. I will be making more of these Christmas cards this year as that bag of Christmas left overs and snippets is quite big 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











Supplies & Tools Card One
Stamp:
Visible Image Snowflake stamp set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette
Card Paper:
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
300 gsm card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Beautifully Grunge; WOW teal sparkle EP
Embellishments from my stash:
Sequins; Craftwork Cards die cut scallop rectangle; gel sticker from an old kit
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP
Collall all purpose glue; foam pads

Supplies & Tools Card Two
Stamp:
Sheena Douglass A5 ALB Scenic Ornate Snowflake set; Penny Black Brushed Bauble stamp
Card Paper:
300 gsm card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Beautifully Grunge; Essentials
Spectrum Aqua Floral pen; White EP
Embellishments:
Sequins
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP
Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Field of flowers ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. It was only as I started to write this post that I realised I've created another project with flowers on it, lol, I've tried not to create any more floral projects but I can't always help it, because I just let myself grab a stamp and go, anyways here is my card …

I also grabbed a snippet of watercolour paper to play with!
I used lots of die cuts but I tried to keep it reasonably post friendly
I am happy with how this one turned out, love my Aqua paint pens!
The final snippet of that ribbon and lots of other snippets were used too!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #416 Happy 8th Birthday Allsorts Challenge 
And I hope you have many, many more!

Artistic Stampers Challenge May Floral Fantasy
Card Mania Challenge CMC#92 Life is Colourful 
Country View Crafts Challenge Flower Power
Craft Stamper Magazine Challenge TIMI Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenge #115 Anything Goes


 Double D Challenge Flowers Galore

Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge A Bit of Sparkle
I used Stickles Glitter Glue on the die cut flowers, used 
Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens & added sequins


I'm still in the midst of my paper crafting re-organisation and I'm trying to de-clutter some of my previous crafty supplies at the same time too. I used to do glass painting, silk painting, knitting and sewing. I would love to get back into the sewing at some point but my fingers no longer like the knitting and glass painting. I'm also struggling with the silk painting because of using gutta so the supplies from that will probably have to be recycled too. I'm trying to sort through my stamps right now as I'm pretty sure there are going to be quite a few that I no longer use. The stamps on this card are NBUS stamps, hangs head in shame, nine years at least I've owned them and it's the first time I've used and created something with them. They're so pretty and lovely that they are not going anywhere. I inked them up with my Spectrum Aqua pens and created this beautiful scene, not much work was required on my part.

I am still surprised that I have stuck with paper crafting for so long, lol, but I am also happy about it too. When I look back at how I started and what was available back then I am both amazed and happy and I also feel blessed. It's much more expensive to start this hobby than it was and I'm lucky that when I started to do this my husband and family, over the years, have either clubbed together or purchased a tool or kit for birthday or Christmas. I freely admit I've been a stamp addict since the start and even though I'm trying to learn to draw, to paint and learn more mixed media techniques, I still regularly fall in love with and need stamps, especially, dare I say it, flower stamps lol, and I now have those moments with dies, masks and stencils too lol!!

Once again this week another quick post from me as I appear to be drowning a little in the stuff that I am trying to do and achieve. I'm hoping things will get back to normal after the end of May as my brother, Luke and Bethan are getting married then and I'm trying to get everything sorted, organised and ready to go well in advance. That is a skill that I do not possess, I do not do organised and I don't do organised and sorted either. It's a real struggle for me. After the wedding, celebrations and our mini break are over I hope to be able to get back to normal visiting. I'm also trying and hoping that the crafty mess will be sorted by then too. Sorry I'm not around and am being a bit cryptic but things will become a bit clearer in a few months time. 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:
La Blanche stamp
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Memory Box Branch die
Whimsy Stamps Sentimentables: Birthday die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
Paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Watercolour card
300 gsm card
Snippets: white stamping card, Kraft card, red card for die cutting
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Aqua pens: Nature & Primary set
Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens: Holiday set
Embellishments:
Sequins
Stickles glitter glue
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam

Saturday, 20 May 2017

For our home ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. I’ve been practising using my Spectrum Aqua pens and this is the end result …

It measures roughly 22 cm x 26 cm

At least I didn't have to worry about the depth for a change lol!
All the details
There are pale areas on the flowers - from the Spectrum Sparkle pens
Lots of lovely texture from all the embellishments
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Creative Artiste Challenge #26 Mixed Media Anything Goes


I was especially inspired by the blue and the flowers 
And I added a pop of yellow with the sun


I didn't start out with the idea of creating a canvas/hanging for our home, it just evolved, lol, and the mister has told me in no uncertain terms that this one is not going anywhere, he wants us to keep it and display it. I've trained my husband to critique my projects and it's taken me a couple of goes to get this right and it's had a few different looks until I felt I had nailed it and when he saw how I had changed it he loved it, as I said I have trained him well, lol! I knew the first two incarnations weren't quite right and that tends to be when I ask him for a second opinion. He can usually find the fault before I can which is good, he has learnt well lovelies!

I used Sheena's white stamping card which I coloured with AquaTints to create a sunset and landscape. Once that was finished I grabbed the silhouette flower stamps and inked them up with the Spectrum Aqua pens and created a garden of flowers. I put that to one side and that was then I decided to create a home decor project. I have sheets of chipboard so I cut one of those down and added two layers of acrylic paint to it. I decided that I didn't want to add texture paste anywhere on it as I wanted to use lots of flowers to decorate it. I attached a length of lace to the top and some ribbon so that we can hang it. Once that was dry I grabbed my box of flowers and started to embellish. Simples lol!

I am very glad that I took the time to reinforce the way that I use the Spectrum Aqua pens to stamp beautifully coloured flowers and I am also very glad that I got to use some of my hoard of flowers too, lol! I hope you like it as much as we do. 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:
Sheena Douglass A6 Silhouette Wild Flowers stamp set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Chipboard
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Nature and Primary Spectrum Aqua pens
Pastel Spectrum Noir AquaTints
Imagination Crafts pale blue acrylic paint
Embellishments:
Wild Orchid Crafts: Chrysanthemums, Sweetheart Blossoms, Pearl & Regular Stamens
The Ribbon Girls: White Starburst Stamens, White Ruffle Edge Sheer Ribbon & White Maisie Cotton Lace
Sisal fibres (from Live and Love Crafts which has sadly closed)
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam

Thursday, 18 May 2017

A piece for my craft room ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I had to get my Altenew Stamps out to play with so that I could enter the Altenew Challenge as well as some other challenges and here is what I managed to create with acrylics, embossing powders, snippets and watercolours …

 
It's about 22 cm tall and 17 cm wide
All the yummy details
The stamped, embossed and coloured details
The flower with the sisal, love this stuff lol1
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges

Artistic Stampers Challenge May Floral Fantasy 
Craft Stamper Magazine Challenge TIMI Anything Goes 



I had quite a few large snippets of Kraft card left over from Bethan and Luke's wedding invitations and I decided to use them to create a piece that I could see in my craft room. My hubby isn't keen on Kraft so I wanted to create something just for me to remind me of my beautiful stamps and tools. I die cut two borders from the first two Kraft snippets and then adhered one to the other. I left them to dry then I trimmed a piece of A4 Kraft card in half and attached the die cut border between them, basically I created a Kraft sandwich lol!

I grabbed another snippet (Sheena's white stamping card) and I stamped and embossed (white EP) the flowers randomly across the card. I then used Spectrum Noir AquaTints to colour the background and I put it to one side to dry completely before I started to colour the flowers. I have, in the past I've coloured the flowers straight away. But I am a bit heavy handed when watercolouring so I left the background to dry overnight because I didn't want any water or paint to colour the flowers green. The next day I coloured the flowers and put the piece of card aside to dry.

The background ended up being much brighter than expected so I decided to add a layer of vellum/parchment paper to diffuse the background and the bonus was that I could stamp and emboss several words that appeal to me. The parchment also toned down the green and as I don't currently own any Altenew sentiment stamps I used one of my Simon Says Stamp sets to stamp 'Amazing, Crazy, Fabulous, Happy' words with Versamark and a second embossing powder colour, Verdigris, the words are there to remind me:

Amazing: life live it and enjoy it
Crazy: in love with my husband and art
Fabulous: I have a small yet fabulous family
Happy: these are all the things that make me Happy, lol!

Yes I'm a nutty fruitcake at times too.

I stamped and heat embossed multiple flower images onto really small snippets of Sheena's stamping card with a third embossing powder and I coloured them with my Spectrum Aqua and Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. Once dry I fussy cut my snippet flowers out and started to play around with the layout and added embellishments, whether they are my own or ones that I have die cut. I didn't manage to photograph any of the shimmer and shine from them. 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:
Altenew: Whimsical stamp sets
Simon Says Stamp stamp set
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Die'sire Large Format Edge'ables Rococo Die
Sara Davies Floral Delight In Bloom dies
Tim Holtz Thinlits: mini greenery
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Crafters Companion Kraft card
Pergamano A4 paper
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Aqua pens: Floral set
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Beautifully Grunge
Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens: Special Holiday set
Pebeo Dyna: Blue Green & Black Blue (used for colouring one of the die cuts)
WOW Embossing Powder: Hot Pink, Verdigris
White Embossing Powder
Embellishments:
Dragonfly brads and large HOTP brad from my stash
Eyelets from my stash
Ribbon from my stash
Live & Love Crafts Natural Sisal
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam