Thursday, 29 June 2017

June Mixed Media Journal ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I actually remembered to have a play in my journal before the end of the month for a change! I combined a couple of my brown eyed ladies, doxides, watercolour pencils, wax crayons and two stamps too and here it is ...

I created a two page spread for a change
Lots of oxides and inky play too!
 The eyes are not right at all, however in a couple of weeks I hope to complete the break through piece I have been working on and will share soon
The eyes are better on this one but the hair is too flat lol!
I final look


I’m using my A5 Pink Pig Journal for most of my mixed media pages and sometimes I’m happy to add my own drawing and painting to them, although after all the ‘rats’ moments this month I may not do that next month!

I prepared both pages by applying a layer of white gesso with a brayer and once dry I used Doxides to completely colour both pages. I smooshed the ink pads onto my craft mat, then sprayed with water and I dipped the pages multiple times, drying in between each dipping so that I didn’t end up with shades of brown. I drew both girls using a watercolour pencil and I used Prima mixed media watercolour pencils 12 pack Julie Nutting Hair and Skin Tone to colour the faces. Hubby treated me to these because they are perfect for my drawing and watercolouring girlie journey! I used Spectrum Aqua pens and Caran D'ache Neo Color II's to add layers of colour to both ladies hair, again a lot of overlapping of colour and drying in between each layer. I then decided to add shimmer to the lips and had an ‘oh no what have I done’ moment! Arrg, the shimmer had made the paint on the ink run so now they are both sticking out their tongues! Hubby asked if I was channelling myself into them because the tongue poking out is what I do when I’m concentrating really hard lol. And then to add insult even more I added a layer of Crackle Accents to the eyes, and another ‘oh xxxxxx’! I thought it was the Glossy Accents that I had in my hand. Some days I just can’t get it to work in the correct way, lol, c’est la vie!

I added stamped flowers to each girlies hair as I happen to have some pink snippets lying around lol. Since I created these two pages I have had to take a break from drawing and watercolouring girlie faces and that’s actually been really good for me, nothing sinister about stopping drawing for a while I just didn’t have the time nor the energy. Anyways if I ever get what I am working on finished I think you’ll agree that it was good for me too, enough with the teasing woman! 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:
Tim Holtz Mini Bouquet stamp set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; spray bottle

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
My Pink Pig A5 Journal
Snippets: coloured with Spectrum Noir AquaTints
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Essential Spectrum Aqua pens
Caran D'ache Neo Color II
Distress Oxides Ink Pads: Weathered Wood; Fossilised Amber
Distress Stain: Rusty Hinge
Staz On IP: pink
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Ranger Crackle Accents
The Works White Gesso


Wednesday, 28 June 2017

A new stencil ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, happy hump day to you all! I hope your week is going well. I’ve been playing with my Distress Oxides, or as I call them Doxides, and a beautiful new stencil I recently purchased and here is the end result …

I'm happy I managed to keep this one CAS for a change
Posting won't be an issue either
All the yummy details
The stencil up close and stamped butterflies
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge #25 Anything Goes
Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #50 Anything Goes
That’s Crafty Challenge Clean and Simple


I’ve been trying to locate this particular stencil for at least two years, lol. I had seen it used somewhere, can’t remember where, and I completely fell in love with it. I really needed it but I couldn’t find it anywhere at the time and so eventually forgot about it. That was until I was purchasing a couple of other items, not paper craft, not mixed media and not card making when I found it for sale. I was so happy to find it and I purchased it immediately in case I couldn’t find it again. So I’ve been playing with this stencil whilst stuck on the sofa (back is bad right now) and so far I’ve at least four large backgrounds created with it. I’ve been comparing the using Distress Oxides, Distress inks and watercolours to see how they each look. It’s been a very timely exercise where my back is concerned lol! Finally over the weekend I was able to sit at my desk for about ten minutes which is why I’m able to share a card today. Luckily for me I was in the mood to create CAS cards as my back wouldn’t allow me to sit at my desk for long lol!


I know that CAS won’t last too long, it never does, lol. My mixed media genes are crying out for me to play but I’m not able to right now. Once I can I will scratch my itch and share my experiments and progress with you. I have to say I’ve loved seeing the difference between Distress v Oxide v watercolour: it’s gorgeous that so many different looks can be achieved just by changing the colouring medium. 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:
Paperbabe Pieridae stamp set
Stencil:
Viva Decor #08 Flowers & Music 29cm square stencil
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; Distress spray bottle; mini ink blending tool & foam

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
15 cm square Craft UK card & envelope
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card (for the butterflies)
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress ink pads: Peacock Feathers & Picked Raspberry (for stamping the butterflies)
Doxide ink pads: Tumbled Glass & Worn Lipstick
Embellishments:
The Hobby House pearls
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

A Christmas card ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’ve been dipping into my bag of Christmas snippets again, lol, and here is the end result …

Another little A6 card
It will go through the post easily too
All the yummy details
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
L for Lovely Lime & M for More than one embellishment
Dies R Us Challenge #75 Celebrations I used a Spellbinders set of dies
Inky Chicks Challenge #85 Christmas
Scrapy Land Challenge #68 Dry or Heat Embossing
Scrappy Mo’s Rudolph Day Challenge Anything Christmas Goes
Sparkles Christmas Challenge #77 Non Traditional Colours:
I think turquoise, teal blue, black, lime and red 
count as non traditional lol!


The stamped and heat embossed panel was in the snippets bag already stamped and embossed so I die cut a rectangle to go underneath. The next step was to attach a resin sticker which had the sentiment and I used several foam pads underneath the card die cut sticker to raise it a little, it didn’t look right flat, however it is still slender enough to not cost extra postage. I know I used WOW glitter EP as the embossing powder and I’m reasonably certain it was coloured with my Spectrum Noir AquaTints.

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:
Visible Image snowflakes stamp
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Large Scalloped Rectangle die
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Craft UK A6 card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card; teal blue pearl card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Beautifully Grunge
WOW Teal Glitter Embossing Powder
Embellishments:
Adhesive & resin sticker from an old kit my mum purchased for me (5+ years old)
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Foam pads

Monday, 26 June 2017

Another Hero Arts stamp ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. I’ve used another of the lovely Hero Arts stamps that I won from our lovely Brenda to create another interactive card today and here it is …

A 148 mm square card
The side view
All the details
 
The stamped and die cut image
It sits flat, well flat'ish and it will go in an envelope
I love the new Tim Holtz dies I won from Frilly & Funkie: thank you Linda
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges


I have to say I am really enjoying playing with these stamps and the fact that some of them aren’t designs I would have purchased myself is inspiring me a lot too. I tend to purchase more open design stamps that I can watercolour so using this one is really refreshing and different for me and funnily enough as I was typing this post I’ve had another idea for using this one that I want to go and create now lol!

To get back to my card to make this an interactive card I decided to create an easel card this time. I got to use some of my rather large, ahem, haul of die cuts along with patterned paper and one of my own really old Hero Arts stamps set for the sentiment. This was a reasonably quick card to create because I stamped the flower circle using Staz On onto a pre-cut by me circle and I coloured the flowers with ink. The little die cut circles that are at the bottom were also already coloured and die cut and I stamped the thank you very much sentiment on one but I used three to create the stop at the bottom of the card. I used snippets of patterned paper or card for the die cuts behind the stamped panel and rejected snippets of drawn and painted by me paper to die cut the flowers out of and I love that they have colour too.

I recycle some of my art work, the stuff I don’t like, lol. You can’t see the design and it stops me feeling guilty for using paper when it doesn’t come out right. As for the large haul of die cuts I need to think of a way of using those up and quick lol! I must have had a die cutting session one week as there are a lot of die cut circles in a pocket in the die cut box. 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:
Hero Arts: Flower Wreath stamp; LL662 Small Greetings stamp set
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Spellbinders Large Classic & Scalloped Circle dies
Funkie Junkie Boutique: Sizzix Thinlits Small Tattered Florals by Tim Holtz
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm card
A5 Papermania Geometric Neon patterned papers
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card; water colour paper
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Staz On Emerald City Midi ink pad
Distress ink pad: Peeled Paint
Distress Oxide re-inkers: Barn Door; Cracked Pistachio
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam



Sunday, 25 June 2017

My Favourite Flower Stamps ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. We need a couple of thank you cards and I suddenly realised that I didn’t have any in my boxes of ready to use. So I decided to play with one of my favourite stamp sets again and here is the end result …

A 15 cm square card
It's not too deep, so okay for us to post
All the yummy details
I love how easy using a pale ink pad makes the flowers look more realistic
I distressed the thanks too!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges


This set of stamps is joint first with another set of my favourite flower stamps. I’ve owned these for quite a bit of time but they are a set that I go back to time and time again. I admit to having several, ahem, sets of flower stamps and I adore every single one of them, lol. I’m very lucky to own some of them because they were purchased as presents or were purchased from a challenge win voucher. I know that I could and would easily create with flower stamps every day of the year. Flower stamps, stencils and Distress Oxides are my current obsessions lol!

I used snippets of stencilled watercolour rejects or snippets of watercolour painting practice rejects to die cut the mats and flowers, I am a bit obsessive in trying to re-use any project that has gone wrong. I don’t like wasting card and I especially hate wasting watercolour paper and I don’t do this because of thriftiness but because of green footprint guilt lol! I used a Craft UK card blank, Prima 15cm square paper and the mats and flowers were created with snippets from other projects.


I inked the flower stamps with pale Distress ink and then I stamped and masked the flowers across the Sheena card. I wanted to practice my no line colouring technique, I love that technique and whenever I can I try to practice it. After I had coloured the stamped flowers I sifted through my patterned papers and found this beautiful Prima Marketing 15cm square paper. I used my beautiful new set of dies, courtesy of Frilly and Funkie Challenge random win, and die cut them multiple times. I have ended up setting up a small divided box to store these little flower die cuts in and that way they are easy to find and ready and waiting to be used on my projects. I die cut the mats using the banner dies and I grabbed an old purchased die cut sentiment which I distressed a little before sticking in position. I added a gem to each of the three flowers that were made of multiple layers and it was finished!

I think this is another of those cards that I would like to try and recreate on a tag or canvas. I’m up to two of those at the moment and as soon as I’ve enough time I will. I’ve started writing down these ideas or else I forget them lol! Apologies for lack of visits to you all I’ve had a fall and my back is the worse it has ever been right now. Hoping it will settle again soon. 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:
A6 A Little Bit Sketchy Poppies and Daisies stamp set by Sheena Douglass
Stencil:
Bouquet of Flowers Simon Says Stamps stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Frilly & Funkie: Small Tattered Florals by Tim Holtz Thinlits die set
Tutti Designs #214 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 card and envelope
Snippets: watercolour card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress ink pad
Nature Spectrum Aqua pen sets
Derwent Inktense pencils (the rejected stencilled mat underneath the stamped and coloured flowers
Embellishments:
Gems and ‘thanks’ die cut from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam
Post It Notes: for masking