Thursday, 20 July 2017

The sun is shining ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was a good one and you have a lovely weekend. I’ve been stamping and practising my water colouring skills with one of my favourite flower stamps again and here is the end result …

Another 148mm square card
It has nice depth to it and we'll be okay to post too
All the yummy details
The beautiful dogwood rose
The final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Happy Little Stampers Dies Challenge Anything Goes with Dies


Kort O Mania Challenge #179 Anything Goes 
Paperminutes Challenge #496 It’s party time
Scrapy Land Challenge #70 Anything Goes 
I used Crafters Companion, Memory Box and Sizzix dies
I used three D glue gel to make my stamped flower dimensional
Stamping Sensations Challenge Anything with Flowers


I started out by using my Spectrum Aqua pens to colour the yellow flower and then the green leaves. Once I was happy with the inking I stamped it onto white stamping card and then I lightly sprayed the stamp with water before stamping onto another piece of white stamping card. I knew I wanted a decoupage layer and a base layer.

I dried the stamped image that was going to be my base layer using my heat gun. On the flower that was going to be my decoupage layer I barely dampened my watercolour paint brush and blended the yellow out to cover any white spots. I dried that before adding more colour to the centre of the flower. I scribbled my Aqua pen onto a craft mat and picked the ink up with a just dam paintbrush (again). I’ve learned through trial and error along with an innate knack for heavily adding water from my paintbrush that I need to be a lot more careful as the stamped image can basically disappear after I’ve added too much water from my paintbrush.

I attached my favourite Tim Holtz layering stencil to a piece of card and used ink blending tool and foam to add the lemony limes. Once I had finished covering the card I sprayed it lightly with water to soften the colours. I left the stamped flowers and the background overnight as it was the end of the evening and I’ve found that leaving my stamped and coloured projects for a while or overnight really works well for me. I have a habit of trying to hurry along my projects to get them done and that can mean I end up ruining the image or background that I have stamped and coloured in order to get it done. I’m sharing way too much about how my brain works here lol!

I used lots of snippets for my die cuts and coloured the word with lemon ink too. I figured out a layout I liked and was done! 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 dogwood rose silicone stamp
Stencil: Tim Holtz Lines layering stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies: Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Tim Holtz Handwritten Love die set
Memory Box Poppystamp die Cheviot Butterfly
Crafters Companion Leonie Pujol Mixed Media Flowers set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; spray water bottle; mini ink blending tool & foam

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Craft UK 148mm square Kraft card
Snippets: patterned papers for matting & die cutting
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Aqua pen sets: Primary (light & dark yellow); Nature (green)
Spectrum Noir Sparkle 2016 Special Holiday set
Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink pad
Embellishments:
Metal pin heads from my old stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam
Washi tape


Fiskarettes UK Facebook ...


Hello my lovely friends and visitors,

Over on the Fiskarettes UK Facebook account one of my cards has been shared today and you can see it here. I will share the card with you in a couple of days.

I really do appreciate you dropping by and I hope you get some to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Add ribbon or twine ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’m still playing with my Distress Oxide inks but this time I combined them with one of my own sketched and watercoloured backgrounds. I added one of my treasured Ideaology ephemera elements as well as a double layer die cut butterfly, die cut flowers and leaves, paints, sheer ribbon, stamped hearts, stencils along with gorgeous sand texture paste, and my Tim Holtz Distress Oxide re-inkers has resulted in a project that I will keep and display in my craft room, lol, and here it is …

I love these A5 tags, so many lovely details
The side view, lots of lovely depth
All the lovely details
  
The stamped and die cut details
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges

Creative Artiste Challenge #28 Mixed Media Anything Goes


Mix It Up Challenge Blog #MIUCB#3 Anything Goes optional Distressing


Scrap & Craft Inspiration Challenge #5 Summertime with Butterflies
Scrapy Land Challenge #70 Anything Goes
I used Crafters Companion and Sizzix dies
Create something three dimensional or add something three dimensional


An awful lot of steps and products were used to create this tag and I’ll try to share them but keep it short at the same time too lol! I drew the flowers onto mixed media paper using my Derwent Inktense pencils and then I coloured the flowers and background with my Caran D’ache wax crayons. I fussy cut the tag using my Craftwork Cards template and then attached Tim Holtz layering stencil with Washi tape on both edges of the tag. I added DecoArt sand texture paste to the tag and left it to dry.


I stamped the hearts using my Doxide ink pads and sprayed them with water then dried with my heat tool. I sprayed water on to each stamped heart, dried and did the same again. I fussy cut the hearts and put them to one side whilst getting on with the next step. I used white snippets and die cut all the flowers, leaves and double layer butterfly. I coloured the flowers and leaves with Distress re-inkers and Doxide re-inkers. I added more Doxide re-inkers from my paint palette and I coloured the edges of the tag before spraying with water and re-dipping, drying and splattering the background of the tag.

The flower die cuts were mainly coloured with left over inks or paints that were in my paint palette, some of those were Doxides, some AquaTints, several watercolours etc. I coloured the solid die cut butterfly with the Pebeo Dyna paint and the top layer with whatever ink or paint was in my palette. Unusually for me the layout evolved as I was adding and arranging the individual elements and then I decided I wanted a little bit of bling so sequins were glued on at the end. 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:
Rubber Dance Art Stamps: I Heart Art
Stencil:
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Flourishes
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Sara Davies Signature Floral Delight range: In Bloom (flowers)
Tim Holtz Small Tattered Florals die set (leaves)
Magazine butterfly die
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; palette knife; spray water bottle; Craftwork Cards tag stencil

Supplies
Card Paper:
Daler Rowney A5 Mixed Media Spiral Pad
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Derwent Inktense pencils
Caran D’ache Neocolour II crayons
Distress Oxide Ink Pads & Re-Inkers: Worn Lipstick; Wilted Violet; Fossilised Amber
Pebeo Dyna Iridescent acrylic paint: Blue Black
Embellishments:
Tim Holtz Ideaology Ephemera Pack: Thrift Shop
Sheer ribbon & sequins from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
DecoArt Sand Texture Paste
Washi tape (for attaching the stencil)
Collall all purpose glue
Collall dimensional glue

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Fiskarettes UK Design Team, teal and white wings ...


Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend has started well.  I’m sharing a card today that I created as part of my Design Team duties for Fiskarettes UK Facebook page. I used the beautiful Fiskars Butterfly continuous stamp and I played with one of my all time favourite colours of Distress ink which is Peacock Feathers, I’m hoping to get hold of the Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink pad next month along with a few more, lol. I added a little gold and beautiful pearls and here it is …

A 148mm square card
It has some depth but not too much!
These continuous stamps make it so easy to cover a piece of card
I decoupaged three butterflies and added several pearls
A final look

Luckily for me I can also enter this card into these Challenges 
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge #28 Anything Goes 
Creatalicious Challenge #119 Anything Goes optional summer



Scrap & Craft Inspiration Challenge #5 Summertime with Butterflies
I used very soft feminine distress because I wanted to create a pretty distress style card



This card was really quick to put together and because of the continuous stamp very quick to stamp too. I positioned the stamp roughly in the middle of my MISTI so that I could ink it up then stamp and move my card so that the card was covered. I removed the card from the MISTI, trimmed the edges and then inked them very lightly. I added gold accents with a gel pen to three of the dragonflies and stamped the butterflies again onto another piece of card and fussy cut three of them. I curved the fussy cut butterfly wings with my fingers and then glued them in position. I added two pearls between the butterflies and three in the bottom right hand corner.

I have to admit that the Fiskars Continuous stamps and my MISTI helped me to create a not CAS card but a card that has a CAS feel, lol. Creating a whole background with these stamps and the MISTI is very easy and very quick and it doesn’t make my hands hurt either which if I stamp them by hand with my acrylic mounts or Rock A Blocks 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:
Fiskars Continuous Butterfly stamp
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; ink blending tool and foam

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Craft UK 15cm square card
Snippets: white card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Peacock Feathers
Sakura sparkle gold gel pen
Embellishments:
Pearls and Ribbon from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Layering Distress, Distress Oxides and AquaTints ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I was able to create another card for a couple of challenges and it ended up being a card this time too, lol, unlike yesterday! Anyway you might want to grab your sunglasses …

A 148mm square card
Lots of lovely ink and watercolour layers
All the yummy details
It was fun to play with this stamp again
Snippet busting!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Butterfly Challenge #82 Butterfly/flies & matching pairs &/ the colour orange peel:  My matching pairs are two purple flowers along with the colour orange peel I blended worn lipstick and picked raspberry with a yellow AquaTints colour to create the orange peel colour
Craft Stamper Magazine Challenge TIMI July Anything Goes


Happy Little Stampers Dies Challenge Anything Goes with Dies





Rubber Dance Art Stamps July Colour Challenge


Scrapy Land Challenge #69 Anything Goes 
I used Crafters Companion, Memory Box and Sizzix/Tim Holtz dies



Another fun experimentation session with my Distress ink pads and Distress Oxide ink pads to see how they would look layered and I love the bright and zingy colours I achieved on this card. I stamped the lady with Versafine onto a snippet of white stamping card and then coloured her with my Bright and Beautiful Spectrum Noir AquaTints. I put that to one side whilst I was going through my pile of coloured by me card but I didn’t have the right colours for the bottom level of this card. So I grabbed another piece of white card and I used my mini ink blending tool and foam with Picked Raspberry and I coloured all of the edges. As I had some yellow AquaTints still in my paint palette from colouring the background of the lady I applied that to the rest of the card. I quickly dried the card and then sprayed with water and dried again. Once it was totally dry I went back with my Worn Lipstick Doxide ink pad and sprayed the card and heated it until dry. That was the main background whipped up nice and easy!

I added texture paste to watercolour paper (it was left over from another project) and when dry I coloured it with Lindys Icy Primrose Gold spray. I left that to dry and used it as the matt for underneath the stamped and watercolour lady. The small snippet on the LHS of card base was embossing paste added through a stencil which was then coloured with Distress crayons. I used multiple snippets to die cut the butterfly and flowers and played around with the layout. Simples lol!

I love these hot bold colours, they just make me smile and I hope they make you smile too! 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:
Rubber Dance Art Stamps: Resting Woman
Stencil:
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: THS077 Floral
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus
Memory Box Poppystamp Cheviot Butterfly die
Tim Holtz Small Tattered Florals die set
Crafters Companion Sara Signature Floral Delight In Bloom die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; Distress spray bottle; palette knife; baby wipes

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Watercolour paper
300 gsm card
Snippets: Sheena white stamping card for die cutting
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress Oxide ink pad: Worn Lipstick
Distress IP: Picked Raspberry
Distress Crayons Set 1
Spectrum Noir AquaTints Bright & Beautiful set: purple; red; & yellow
Versafine black ink pad
Lindys Stamp Gang Icicle Creek Starburst spray: Icy Primrose Gold
Embellishments:
Pearls from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Dreamweaver pearl embossing paste (small piece on card)
Ranger clear texture paste (on matt)
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam