Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Roses ...


Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was a good one and your week has started well. I’ve been experimenting with Distress inks, Distress Oxide inks and watercolours and here is the end result …


A 148mm square card
No problem posting this one!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Arty Diva’s Challenge #4 Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #241 Autumn Colours
Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #101 Anything Goes


Today’s card was all about layering Distress inks with Distress Oxide inks and using snippets of card and collage paper and the ribbon was also the last piece of that design from my stash. I created the background by colouring white stamping card with acrylic paints and once it was dry I adhered snippets of the collage paper to it. I had coloured the flowers, leaves and berries with my Neo Colour II crayons and I very lightly blended the coloured in parts with a barely damp paintbrush.

On a snippet of white stamping card I added colour using ink blending tool and foam, Scattered Straw Distress ink pad was used to colour the whole piece of card and then I used Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink pad on all four edges. I sprayed the card with water and heat set before stamping the flowers and leaves. I added a little more colour to the roses using ink blending tool and foam.

I tied a bow in the ribbon before attaching that to the card and adhered the stamped panel and several sequins to add a little bling. 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 Rose Border stamp set
Miscellaneous Tools:
Tim Holtz stamping platform; spray water bottle; heat tool; ink blending tool & foam; paintbrushes; water pot

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
White card
Snippets: White stamping card; Tim Holtz Botanical Collage paper
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress ink pads: Fossilised Amber; Twisted Citron
Distress Oxide ink pad: Worn Lipstick; Fossilised Amber
Acrylic paints
Neo Colour II Crayons
Embellishments:
Sequins
Ribbon
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Foam pads



Thursday, 12 September 2019

Under the Sea ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’ve been experimenting with multiple stamps, multiple colours of embossing powder, watercolours and acrylic paints and this is the end result …

A large 20cm square card
Okay for posting
All the stamped details
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Arty Diva’s Challenge #4 Anything Goes 
Bleeding Art Challenge August Anything Goes
Craft Stamper Magazine TIMI Anything Goes with a Stamp


I used both gold and silver embossing powder on the main stamped panel. I slowly dabbed the anti static pouch all over the card before I stamped the sea horse and added silver embossing powder then heat set that. Once it had cooled I dabbed all over the card again before stamping the jelly fish and adding gold embossing powder and heat setting. I put the card to one side then stamped the sentiment onto a snippet of card and added gold embossing powder then heat set.

I added a layer of white gesso to the chipboard turtles and the air dry clay mini seahorses and left them to dry. Once dry I coloured the turtles, the mini seahorses and the stamped seahorse using Pebeo Dyna acrylics. I coloured the gelli fish with my Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils with the exception of the perfectly round bubbles down the tendrils of the gelli fishes. I added masking fluid to the round bubbles and then left the fluid and the coloured images to dry. Once the stamped images were dry I coloured the background using my AquaTints and added lots of splashes of gold and silver all over the panel.

Once I was happy with the colouring and embellishments I matted the stamped panels onto blue pearlescent card, then I figured out where I wanted to put everyting in place before finally gluing it all in position once I was happy. This will go into the box of male birthday cards that I am creating for my mum. 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: Create Your Calm; Dare to Swim stamp sets
Miscellaneous Tools:
Tim Holtz stamping platform; spray water bottle; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; seahorse silicone mould

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
8” square card blank
White stamping card
Claritystamp Indian Summer 12” x 12” patterned paper
Navy Blue pearl card
Snippets: white stamping card; navy blue pearl card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Avery Elle Silver EP
Cosmic Shimmer Gold Detail EP
Pebeo Dyna Acrylic paint: Iridescent Blue; Iridescent Green
Pebeo Metallic Iridescent Gold acrylic paint
Brown acrylic paint
Essentials & Landscape Spectrum Noir AquaTints
Faber Castell Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils
Embellishments:
Creative Embellishments Chipboard Turtles
Adhesives/Mediums:
Pebeo white gesso
Versamark IP
Collall all purpose glue
Collall 3D glue gel
Foam pads

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Stamp It #3 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’ve been playing with this beautiful set of stamps again, lol, and here is what I created …

An A5 canvas
Lots of lovely depth and texture
All the details
The beautiful stamp
 A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Bleeding Art Challenge August Anything Goes
Mix it Up Challenge MIUCB#29 Anything Goes & 3D Project
Papercraft Challenge Handmade/Stamped Flowers
Stamping Sensations Challenge Anything Goes with Flowers 
We Love to Create Challenge #Anything Goes Mixed Media Creative


I decided to create a stash busting canvas after I noticed how many bits and bobs I have lurking around or underneath my desk that are desperately waiting for me to use them up lol!

I added texture paste to an A5 canvas and left that to dry then coloured it with acrylic paints. Before deciding exactly what I was going to add to the canvas I inked it with Brushed Corduroy Distress ink pad and dried that with my heat tool. I stamped the flowers onto white card and coloured them with my Faber Castell watercolour pencils. I then fussy cut the image and added some of the outlines and shading details back in with a coloured pencil. I inked the edges of the Lemoncraft ephemera with the Brushed Corduroy ink pad, as well as the stamped and fussy cut flowers and the flower embellishments.

I then did the usual working out or the layout before gluing everything in position and as there were several large gaps still on the canvas I adhered other flowers, charms and ribbons. 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:
Simon Says Stamp SSS101826 Beautiful Flowers stamp set
Crafters Companion Imagination Crafts Weather Wash stencil
Miscellaneous Tools:
Tim Holtz stamping platform; spray water bottle; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; ink blending tool & foam; heat tool

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
A5 canvas board
Snippets: white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Versafine Toffee IP
Albrecht Durer Watercolour pencils
Acrylic paints
Brushed Corduroy Distress IP
Embellishments:
Lemoncraft House of Roses ephemera card set
Prima flowers
WOC Forget Me Not flowers
Key & Padlock charm
Ribbon
Adhesives/Mediums:
Pebeo white gesso
Imagination Crafts Structure Paste
Collall all purpose glue
Collall 3D glue gel


Monday, 9 September 2019

Stamp It #2 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I decided to practice my no line colouring technique again. However I used too dark an ink to stamp with so it hasn’t worked like I hoped. However, I am happy with my watercolouring of this image so here is my card …

An A6 card
No problem posting this card
All the details
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Craft Stamper Magazine TIMI September Anything Goes with a Stamp
Papercraft Challenge Handmade/Stamped Flowers
Stamping Sensations Challenge Anything Goes with Flowers
The Flower Challenge #36 Anything Goes


You will be seeing more flower images soon as I think they are the best stamped image for me to try and improve my no line colouring technique with. Two added bonuses are that I love colouring flowers and I find it really relaxing too. I was really chuffed that I managed to keep this card in the CAS style and didn’t get any splatters of ink or watercolour on the card, for a change 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:
Simon Says Stamp SSS101726 Summer Flowers Cherished stamp set
Tim Holtz wood mounted stamp
Miscellaneous Tools:
Tim Holtz stamping platform; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card:
White stamping card
Ink/Paint:
Pear Tart Memento Dew Drop IP
Black Versafine IP
Perfectly Primary Spectrum Noir AquaTints
Clear Overland Spectrum Noir Sparkle paint
Embellishments:
Sequins
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue


Sunday, 8 September 2019

Stamp It #1 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’ve been using one of my beautiful Simon Says Stamp stamp sets again and here is the end result …

An A5 card
Good to post
All the details
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #240 Pearls &/ Gems
Love to Scrap Challenge LTSCB#125 Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Something Clear: the gemstones
The Flower Challenge #36 Anything Goes


I decided to do some no line watercolouring this time and it was so relaxing and such a joy to do lol! I stamped the flower image twice using a very pale Distress ink pad and then gently coloured the image with Spectrum Noir AquaTints. Once it had dried I added more detail back by adding shading and detail. I left it to dry for a few hours before colouring the background.

I die cut a thank you sentiment and added three little pearls and lots of tiny gems to finish. Unusually I am happy with the end result lol! I really must do this type of stamping and colouring more often as it is good for me. 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:
Simon Says Stamp SSS101872 Strangeness stamp set
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Die’sire Thank you die
Miscellaneous Tools:
Tim Holtz stamping platform; spray water bottle; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
White Linen card
White stamping card
Snippets: polka dot paper
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Antique Linen Distress ink pad
Perfectly Primary & Beautifully Grunge Spectrum Noir AquaTints
Embellishments:
White pearls
Clear mini gems
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue


Friday, 6 September 2019

Watercolour Christmas #1 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’ve been die cutting, stamping, stash busting and watercolouring and here is the end result …

An A5 Christmas card
It won't cost extra to post
All the details
The cute pixie
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
ABC Christmas Challenge S for Sparkle & T for Texture
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge #453 Anything Christmas Goes
Crimbo Crackers Challenge #192 Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #598 Anything Goes
Cute N Crafty Christmas Challenge #17 Anything Christmas/Winter Goes
Merry Little Christmas Challenge MLCCB#14 September Anything Christmas Goes
Penny Black Saturday Challenge Anything Goes &/ Watercolour


I managed to use up a lot of snippets of papers and coloured card along with quite a few old embellishments: yippee!!! It’s a card that I have since given to my mum so that she too can build up a stash of Christmas cards before December, more will be sent to her soon lol!

I can’t believe it’s September already and it’s that fact that has kicked off my Christmas card making. I’m hoping to get a couple made each week so that both mum and I have a nice stash come the end of November. 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:
Penny Black Garland Pixie cling rubber stamp
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Sizzix Retro Bauble die
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 8 die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
Tim Holtz stamping platform; spray water bottle; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
White card for blank
Patterned paper
Snippets: White stamping card; gold card for die cutting; cream card for die cutting
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Versafine Tuxedo Back ink pad
Faber Castell Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils
Embellishments:
Papermania paper doily
Prima flowers
Pearl rings
Wooden Noel embellishment
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Foam pads
Stickles glitter glue