Sunday, 30 July 2017

Another distressed Christmas card ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. Because of several current challenges I wanted to create another A5 Christmas card for our stash and here it is …

Another one of the A5 Christmas cards done!
I will have to hand deliver or put it in a box
All the yummy distressed edges and fabric
I love the texture that adding fabric brings
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
ABC Christmas Card Challenge N for new and O for old 
My poinsettia die is new and my patterned papers are old
Cardz TV Challenge #4 Christmas in July Ho Ho Ho
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge #344
 Anything Christmas Goes


I’ve loved using my new but not used since I purchased it die. It’s a really gorgeous poinsettia so much so that hubby loves it too. I’ve purchased some crinoline in the UK because of the lovely poinsettias that Sara Emily has created and I want to create poinsettias just like that too!

Thankfully this was an easy card to put together as I used the same papers and card that I did on Friday’s card. I’m trying very hard not to add to my snippets piles and figured that creating two cards whilst the Christmas stuff was on my desk was no hassle so two more Christmas cards: yay! I like creating these quick ones especially as they look so nice without requiring hours of work. 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
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Tim Holtz Sizzix Poinsettia Bigz die
Crafters Companion Inspiration Magazine Issue 9 heart die
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; ink blending tool and foam

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm card
Papermania Christmas patterned paper (a few years old minimum)
Pion Design 5111 Days of Winter 12 x 12 Images
Sheena Douglass white stamping card (for die cutting the poinsettia)
White cheesecloth
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Red Barn Distress ink pad
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: primary set
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Stickles glitter glue: Frosted Lace
Double sided tape
Fun foam

Saturday, 29 July 2017

July Journal ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was a good one and your weekend is going well. I can’t believe that I managed it, lol, I challenged myself to make more mixed media projects than cards in January of this year and as we’re now over half way through the year so far I’ve done so. Yippee!! I don’t enter my craft room to create just a card any more and I love that! After I completed last months journal page I challenged myself to do two pages in my journal and to I wanted to push myself a bit more by not journaling onto card which I then cut up and adhere in my journal. So once I decided to be harder on myself I made sure I got several pages covered with gesso so that leaking ink or paint wouldn’t be a problem and here is the end result …

I got to play with my journal
All the inky details
The beautiful stencilled images and stamps
The lovely die cut
The other page
The other die cut
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #426 Photo Inspiration
I’ve been luckily that I can enter the challenge as I have used the colours in the inspiration photograph as well as lots of flowers, which have faded a little

Cardz TV Challenge Mailbox Smiles Anything Goes #7
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge #30 Anything Goes
Love to Create Challenge #15 Mixed Media Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge You’ve got the edge: I used stencils and inks to add detail and darkness to the edges


I popped a splat of gesso onto the paper and I used my brayer to smooth the gesso flat. Once that was dry I added another splat of gesso and I used a disposable knife to butter and add texture to both of the pages. I left that to dry overnight. The next day I added water to a buff coloured acrylic paint (sorry I don’t have the details any more as I finished that paint on that day). I left that to dry naturally as I didn’t want an uneven base layer and I didn’t want any bubbles for a change lol! Then I grabbed my Doxide re-inkers and added a little of each colour to my paint palette and added little bit of water to loosen them up. I then added a spray of water to my journal pages and started adding little and big puddles of ink onto the pages.  The dies that I used were one of my birthday presents. My hubby purchased me a new and larger die cutting machine along with several dies which was totally unexpected but very much appreciated as I was struggling with my old one.  I die cut them from patterned paper and then coloured them with Distress Oxide re-inkers before attaching them to the page.

When it was my birthday last month I got a beautiful card from an overseas friend that was really beautiful and made me smile. In with the card was a set of beautiful Stamplorations stamps which was an out of the blue surprise and a very unexpected gift, thank you sweet lady (you know who you are), you really couldn’t have picked a better set of stamps for me. Thank you so much you are a special friend and you really made me smile that day. 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:
Stamplorations Bold Sentiments: Hash Tag Authentic stamp set
Stamplorations Artplorations: 045 Bloom Silhouettes stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Do Crafts X Cut: Patterned Birds die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; mini ink blending tool and foam; Distress spray water bottle; brayer

Supplies
Card Paper:
Pink Pig A5 Journal
Snippets: patterned paper for die cutting
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Acrylic paint: Buff
Distress Oxides: Worn Jeans; Cracked Pistachio; Worn Lipstick; Wilted Violet; Fossilised Amber
Adhesives/Mediums:
Gesso
Collall all purpose glue

Friday, 28 July 2017

A distressed Christmas card ....

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well, it’s been a busy one project wise. Last year I finally managed to crack creating shabby style Christmas cards so after the new themes at several challenges I love to play along with I decided it was time for me to see if I could create a distressed and or grunge Christmas card and this is the end result …

Lots of lovely inky and torn layers: my happy place lol!
It has lots of layers and it will hand delivered
All the inky stuff
It felt good to finally use this die
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Cardz TV Challenge #3 Christmas in July  
Christmas Cards All Year Round Challenge July Anything Goes 
Frilly & Funkie Challenge Christmas
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge You’ve got the edge:
I made sure to tear and distress all of the edges.  I love how they lift a little because I deliberately didn’t cover them in glue


I will be creating more in this style as I’m not sure that I completely nailed it this time, lol, but I do love the gorgeous torn edges I created free hand, I adore the rich red colours as well as all of those layers but I think I need to add a little darkness to the very edge of some of the layers so that’s something I will try on the next one. It is a little too much ‘matchy matchy’ with regards to the red but I really did enjoy getting very mucky fingers for a while and it’s another Christmas card made and ready for posting.

I won a challenge at Sweet Stampin’ earlier this and a gift certificate and that’s why I have these lovely 12” x 12” Pion Design papers. I purchased them to use on my Christmas cards and now know I really do love them. After using one of the sheets this week I’ve got to purchase more of them when I can. Back in January I purchased the poinsettia die because I wanted to make my own Christmas embellishments and the bonus of that is that I can create them in any colour I want or I can use patterned papers for them too. I adore this one die of Tim’s because it’s very elegant and classy without trying lol, I hope you get what I mean. I used several small snippets to die cut the fancy frame behind the poinsettia as well as the word Christmas. I’m working on reducing those snippets bags. 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
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Crafters Companion: Downton Abbey Ornate Frame die
Signature Collection by Sara Davies: Contemporary Christmas Merry Christmas die
Tim Holtz Sizzix Poinsettia Bigz die
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; ink blending tool and foam

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm card
Papermania Christmas patterned paper (a few years old minimum)
Pion Design 5111 Days of Winter 12 x 12 Images
Sheena Douglass white stamping card (for die cutting the poinsettia)
Snippets: red pearl card for die cutting
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Red Barn Distress ink pad
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: primary set
Pebeo Dyna Iridescent Acrylic paints: Blue Black; Green Yellow
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Stickles glitter glue: Frosted Lace
Double sided tape
Fun foam

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Pushing my comfort zone ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. For the past couple of weeks I’ve been plotting and experimenting a lot, lol! When I share the challenges I wanted to enter and their themes I think you may understand the title, lol, at least I hope you do! Anyways here is what I have been creating for the last week or so …

 
A 5" x 7" canvas
Lots of lovely depth
All the yummy details
I love this butterfly stamp
This is the stencil I'm in love with right now, can't use it enough
One of my out of comfort zone embellishments

Lace snippets plus that trim that I've owned forever

A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges

  
MMW#7 Anything Mixed Media Goes
with a twist to use natural ingredients: I’ve used mulberry paper, twine and a nectarine stone which was scrubbed to make sure all the flesh was removed and then left to dry for a couple of weeks

Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge You’ve got the edge:
I used laces and a trim to enhance the edges of the canvas


I altered &/ distressed the following:
Roses and Hip roses; Bling Mesh; Lace; Circle drop trimming


At the beginning of the month, when the mixed media challenges are posted, several of them had me scratching my head and no ideas I could come up with. So my next step was, as usual, a chat with hubby and after that was when my brain went into overdrive. Another of the mixed media challenges has asked that you make your old embellishments new again. I knew immediately what I would incorporate and what I could alter to make my embellishments fresh and new. Another of the challenges asks for colour, texture and shape and I knew what I wanted to incorporate for that one and I know the lovely ladies from that particular challenge will let me know if I’ve not covered that correctly lol! I have been lucky in that Simon Says Stamps Monday challenge is all about edges and I’ve used lace and trim to enhance the edges and when I learnt the challenge at Country View Crafts I wanted to enter with a mixed media canvas incorporating butterflies so I’ve very luckily been able to incorporate that into my project too.

I applied a layer of gesso to my canvas and then attached Sheena’s stencil to it and applied Pebeo texture paste through it. Once that was dry I attached the laces and trim to it and left them to dry too. I grabbed a snippet of white card and attached my lovely Tim Holtz stencil to it and used the last of my Dreamweaver pearl embossing paste to it. Once the paste was dry I coloured the card with Distress Crayons and I tore all the edges and put it to one side. I created a bouquet of flowers by using roses, rose hips and a spiral stamen and I twisted them together and I trimmed the wires before wrapping with a ribbon to hide the stems and to make it look a lot nicer. I used Doxide re-inkers to colour the flowers and then I added some vintage gold H2O watercolour paint to distress them a little more. I created a spiral twine circle which simply means using a die cut circle and marking the centre of it. I pierced the die cut circle and threaded the twine through and attached it to the back using double sided tape.

I got all of the separate elements together and started to play around with a layout, this bit takes me a long time! Once I was happy with the way it looked I then glued everything in place using Pebeo matt medium because I want to make sure they are properly stuck on. I added finishing touches like colouring the edges of the canvas and I was done. I really enjoyed creating this canvas and plan to do some more 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:
Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Sketchy A5 Butterfly Effect stamp set
Stencil:
Sheena Douglass 7”x7” Distress Grid stencil
Tim Holtz layering stencil THS077 Floral
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Spellbinders Classic Circle large
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; palette knife; ink blending foam

Supplies
Card Paper:
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
5” x 7” box stencil
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress Oxide re-inkers: Vintage Photo; Worn Lipstick
Distress Crayons Set 1
Luminarte H2O paints: vintage gold; deep pink
Acrylic paints: white; red
Embellishments:
Wild Orchid Crafts: Roses; Hip Roses; Pearl Stamen
The Ribbon Girls: Natural Button Twine
Bling mesh and ribbon from my stash
Nectarine stone
Adhesives/Mediums:
Pebeo: white gesso; texture paste
Dreamweaver pearl embossing paste
Collall all purpose glue
Collall 3D glue gel