Wednesday, 30 August 2017

August Journal Page 1 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. For my first journal page this months I decided to try two techniques to see if I could make them work together. My page looks better than I dared hope so I will be trying this again. Anyway here it is …

An A5 journal page
All the details
One of the flowers close up
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Mixed Media Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge 
Anything Goes optional twist Bloom

Love to Create Challenge #16 Mixed Media Anything Goes

Mixed Media World Challenge MMW#28 Mood board
I was inspired in particular by the beautiful red berries, the shades of green and the beautiful yellow flowers

I was inspired by the beautiful flowers again

I wasn’t sure if trying to merge these two techniques would work so I decided to experiment on a piece of card so that I could die cut or add to my MM journal. Here are the steps I took:

1. Apply a dollop of white gesso to A4 card and use brayer to spread and cover so that a thin layer covers the whole card. I left it to dry overnight but you could speed this up using your heat tool.

2. Ink up stamp with Antique Linen distress ink pad and repeat stamp the image covering the page. Dry using heat tool.

3. I created watercolour washes using my Spectrum Noir AquaTints and coloured the roses first. I know from previous experience that I need to be careful with the amount of water on my paintbrush when adding watercolour on top of gesso. I coloured the roses and leaves and dried with my heat tool. The definition from the stamped images was completely lost and the page looked like it was blobs of green and red with a yellow background.

4. I made a puddle of white gesso mixed with water on my craft mat and ‘inked’ up the stamp with white and stamped over the coloured images. I know from previous experiments that the image will be off because the stamp is rubber and mounted. I know to progress that I need my MM pages to be not perfect and that was a really hard lesson for me lol. These days I absolutely love the off kilter look that is achieved when creating these backgrounds.

I love the finished look and details that this technique shows and I want to do more, lots more! I think I could create a canvas or home décor item next 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 u love to do soon ttfn Karen x

La Blanche dogwood rose stamp
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; palette knife; brayer

Card Paper:
A5 Pink Pig Journal
A5 Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Perfectly Primary
Pebeo white gesso
Collall all purpose glue

Monday, 28 August 2017

Blue & Green for a Man ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was a good one and you have lovely week.  I decided to take out a not much used stamp set as well as a not much used die set and I ended up creating a birthday card for a man and here it is result …

15cm square card
It will be okay to post but still has some depth
The beautiful feather stamp and die
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Country View Crafts Challenge Blue and Green
Die-Cut-Diva’s Challenge August Anything Goes 

Apart from the card blank everything else was created with snippets

Scrapy Land Challenge #72 Anything Goes: 
I used Crafters Companion and Sizzix dies 
That’s Crafty Challenge Cards Only

I seem to never create enough cards for men so I decided to dig out the feather stamp and my Tim Holtz mixed media die set. I’ve had this set for a couple of years and I don’t use it often enough so out it came to play.

1. I stamped the feathers onto white stamping card snippet using my Distress ink pads.

2. I used a damp brush to pull the colour out of the feathers and left it to dry.

3. Delving into the snippets bag I found patterned paper, vellum and pearl paper snippets. I die cut the patterned paper and vellum using the mixed media die and the pearl paper using the Happy Birthday die.

4. I played with the patterned paper and vellum to get the right layout on my card and stuck them in position.

5. The stamping card was dry so I used my Tim Holtz Distress tool on the edges.

6. I coloured the edges of the stamped card using my ink blending tool and foam with the Broken China Distress ink pad and my Splodgeaway mat as I can achieve a soft and pastel look with no hard edges when I use the mat with the ink blending tool.

7. I smooched my ink pad onto the mat and used water to make a wash which I then splattered onto the stamped card. I left that to dry.

8. I attached the happy birthday die cut to the stamped card and attached fun foam and double sided tape to the back of the stamped card before attaching it on the card which already had the paper and vellum attached.

9. I wanted to add some embellishments whilst keeping it masculine so I searched my charms and found the feathers. I tied the feathers together using Bakers Twine and tied that in a bow before attaching it to the stamped panel too.

I really enjoyed playing with this stamp and the dies so I need to see which of my other stamps can be used to create more male suitable birthday cards. Not a bit of glitter or bling in site either 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

Sheena Douglass Feather individual EZ mount stamp
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Mixed Media Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies
Crafters Companion Sara Davies Butterfly Lullaby Range Happy Birthday die
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
300 gsm card
Snippets: patterned paper; self adhesive pearl paper; vellum
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress ink pads: Broken China, Shabby Shutters
Ribbon Girl: Bakers Twine
Feather charms from my stash, very old!
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam

Sunday, 27 August 2017

August Rudolph Day ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. Apologies for my lack of posts and visits. I’ve been a little under the weather and I’m really busy with stuff I can’t share lol! However I made time especially to play with my lovely Tattered Poinsettia die again and of course to support our Mo, here are the two Christmas cards I created …

A 148mm square card and good to post!
All the lovely details
A final look at my red card!
Another 148mm square card!
I splattered a little gold AquaTint onto it
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
ABC Christmas Card Challenge P, Q, & R for People, Quick & Red
Both cards were quick and obviously there is the red one too
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge #348 
Anything Christmas Goes optional twist: use something old – the papers & paints
Die-Cut-Diva’s Challenge August Anything Goes
Dies R Us Challenge #79 Anything Goes using Dies
Scrapy Land Challenge #72 Anything Goes: 
I used Sizzix and Crafters Companion dies
Winter Wonderland Challenge 
Embossing Wet or Dry: wet on the brads 
WOW Embossing Powder Challenge Anything Goes

I recently found two A4 sheets of heavy glitter card that I have no idea when or where they were purchased. Times have changed for me and I don’t like glitter card or paper these days but the frugal nerd within was loathe to bin the two sheets.

1. I cut my 12” x 12” Papermania Christmas paper to use as a background for the red glitter poinsettia and the brown, green and purple background I created a couple of weeks ago using Brusho’s, I wasn’t sure if I was going to use that background because it came out a lot darker than I hoped but it turned out to be perfect for the purple glitter poinsettia.

2. I die cut both of the glitter sheets in my Big Shot Plus with the Tattered Poinsettia die. I cut multiple poinsettias from each piece of card but there are more red poinsettias because I forgot to put the paper in correctly when cutting the purple. However I have more red and purple poinsettias so will make another couple quick cards when I can.

3. I know from previous experience that loose glitter paper or card does not stick well together so after I located my brads I realised I didn’t have the right colour so I held each brad with my tweezers before heating it and dipping it into embossing powder – red for the red card and purple for the other. Once cool I pierced holes through the die cut poinsettias and attached them to each other that way.

4. The Merry Christmas sentiment dies are from Crafters Companion as are the die cut leaves on the red card, the leaves on the purple card are from a Marianne Designs die and all of these were die cut from multiple snippets so I feel well worthy lol!

Two more Christmas cards for our box and I feel like I was a good girl ahem, no a good woman this week! 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

Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Sizzix Tim Holtz Bigz Tattered Poinsettia die
Crafters Companion Sara Davies Signature Contemporary Christmas: Merry Christmas die
Crafters Companion Inspiration magazine Issue #11 Autumn 2016: Leaf dies
Marianne Designs LR0163 Chinese Rolled Roses & Leaves dies
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat tool; long handled tweezers; Distress water spray bottle

Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass White Stamping Card
A4 glitter card
Craft UK 15cm White Square card
Snippets: gold; black; green
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
WOW Embossing Powder: red and purple
Brusho’s watercolour powders
Brads from my stash
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape

Friday, 18 August 2017

Doxides and Watercolours ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was good and you have lovely weekend plans.  After I received my Viva Decor 12” square stencil I knew that at some point I wanted to create an A4 size canvas. I also knew I wanted to use my Distress Oxide inks with my Luminarte H2O’s, one or more butterfly stamps and my Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamp set. It has taken some time and planning but I finally got to to create this …

I created an A4 piece!
Lots of depth and texture
All the gorgeous details
The Paperbabe butterflies and Tim Holtz flower stamps have proved to be very useful
The pearl embossing paste, a bead and some H2O watercolour
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges

Mixed Media World Challenge MMW#28 Mood board

The flower and butterfly inspired me to use Paperbabe Pieridae stamp set

I was inspired by how the beautiful bright flowers pulled my eyes in as well as all the foliage against the fence

I’ve been able to incorporate the different mood boards/photographs from each of the challenges because of the light colours, flowers and nature themes. I wanted to push myself by creating on a larger scale than usual and I wanted to capture each of the photograph/mood boards, I hope I’ve explained that well lol! I’m lucky that it worked and that now I want to create A4 size again. I actually pushed myself creating this canvas because it’s not my usual comfort zone and it took me a lot longer to complete than I expected just because of it being bigger. I have been trying to use up my different Dreamweaver embossing pastes so I stencilled the butterflies with a lot more pearl embossing paste than I usually would. However I’ve finally used up my old tubs of embossing pastes, some of them have been around for eight or nine years so that was a great bonus for me. I’ve also been experimenting with how I apply colour through stencils and I think I’ve figured out a way I can watercolour through the stencils without any going underneath the stencil.

1. I used a piece of A4 watercolour card and attached the Viva Decor stencil with Washi tape. I lightly coloured the areas that were blank with watered down Distress Oxide re-inkers.

2. I applied the Dreamweaver embossing paste, removed the stencil and left it for forty eight hours to dry. I erred on the side of caution, making sure that the embossing paste was completely dry as I never apply it that heavily. I had already started to fall in love with how this canvas was shaping up.

3. Once it was dry I applied glue to the back of the watercolour card and then stuck it onto a piece of A4 chipboard (it was the backing part of a watercolour pad). I worked from the top and used my brayer, taking time smoothing it down. The chipboard was a little bigger than my A4 paper so I wasn’t overly anxious because I knew I had some wriggle/trim room.

4. I used three of the Flower Garden stamps and stamped multiples of them onto Sheena stamping card snippets. I coloured the stamped flowers with multiple mediums, I grabbed whatever colouring supplies were on my desk but I forgot to make a note of the colours or which product I used. I used Distress and Doxide re-inkers and Spectrum Noir AquaTints.

5. I left the stamped flowers to dry overnight and the next day I fussy cut.

6. I stamped the butterflies onto Distress Oxide coloured snippets which were left over from other projects and then fussy cut them and put to one side.

7. I tried different layouts but I felt the canvas was too flat so I decided to decoupage the flowers because I knew I’d then have depth and texture. I stamped more flowers on Sheena stamping card snippets and coloured as best I could until I was happy.

8. I then decoupaged the flowers and stamped the stems onto further snippets which I coloured with the three watercolour mediums. Before sorting out the layout I applied Luminarte H2O watercolours to parts of the decoupaged flowers as I wanted a little shimmer.

Once I was happy with the layout I glued everything in position and looked for some more things to embellish the canvas with. I used beautiful long glass beads to create the body of the butterflies and adhered those in position. I decided to add a little glimmer here and there too so I added some sparkle using the Luminarte H2O watercolours. I was finished, exhausted but happy 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

Tim Holtz Flower Garden Stamp set
Paperbabe Pieridae butterfly stamp set
Viva Decor #08 Flowers and Music 29 cm square stencil
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; spray water bottle; palette knife

Card Paper:
A4 watercolour card
A4 chipboard sheet
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress re-inkers: Broken China; Shabby Shutters; Worn Lipstick; Squeezed Lemonade
Distress Oxide re-inkers: Broken China; Worn Lipstick; Fossilised Amber; Cracked Pistachio
Luminarte H2O watercolours: gold; white; jasmine pink
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Primary
Derwent Coloursoft pencils: Black; Pink; Red; Yellow
Glass beads
Dreamweaver Pearl embossing paste
Collall all purpose glue
Collall 3D glue gel
Washi tape