Tuesday, 23 January 2018

New stamps ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. After creating some cards with lots of details and lots of layers of ink and paint I was in the mood to create something a little lighter and here is the end result …

A 150mm square card
It has depth but is good to post
All the details
I managed to capture some of the shimmer

Love to Scrap Challenge LTSCB #105 Anything Goes
Scrapy Land Challenge #82 Anything Goes 
I used Crafters Companion dies 
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #TT376 Anything Goes


I stamped and heat embossed the flower and leaf directly onto the card blank and then onto snippets of white watercolour card. I coloured the rose and leaf and once the stamped snippets were dry I fussy cut each one and put them to one side. I then decided that I wanted some extra details added to the card to help all the elements tie together so I used a different set of stamps, which has some small silhouette stamps, and I stamped the little hearts and butterfly directly onto the card. I die cut both the hearts and sentiment from snippets of coloured by me card that were left over from other projects.

As the watercoloured elements were dry at this point I added them to my card using Collall 3D glue gel and then I adhered the die cuts. I am seriously in the mood for creating watercolour cards and the experimenting with different stamp sets continues though lol! I was awfully lucky just before Christmas because I won the Simon Says Stamp Challenge voucher and I knew before I got email what stamp set I would be purchasing next – it was the More Spring Flowers and Winter Flowers and I’ve used the spring flowers today. 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 SSS101703: More Spring Flowers stamp set
Paperbabe Stamps: Pieridea stamp set
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Leonie Pujol Mixed Media: All the Love die
Crafters Companion Die’sire On Your Special Day die
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; anti static pad

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
300 gsm card/Craft UK 150mm square card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Faber Castell Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils
Luminarte H2O watercolours
Cosmic Shimmer Gold detail EP
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP
Tim Holtz Distress Collage medium
Collall 3D glue gel


Monday, 22 January 2018

Flowering bird ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was a good one and you have a great week. I’ve been with different brands and types of stamps for the last couple of days and here is another card I created …

A 150mm square card
It was difficult to photograph!
Here's the RHS & inside
I managed to capture some of the shimmer

Created for me and especially for these Challenges


I retrieved my set of Clearly Besotted flower stamps and stamped the fuchsia, leaves and sentiment in position. It was at this point that I decided to see if the Prima bird stamp would work well with this set and make the image look like the bird is about to steal the shiny sentiment. I think it has worked and I’ve a pretty little card that is suitable for birthday or get well.

The stamp combining is something I have really enjoyed trying and it’s something that I plan to try more of in future. All of the card and paper, with the exception of the card blank, were in my snippets folders. I had the Luminarte H2O watercolours out so I grabbed them to colour the flower and the bird. Simples 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 &/ Stencil:
Prima Bloom: Birds stamp set
Clearly Besotted: Fabulous Fuchsia stamp set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; anti-static pads; orchid silicone moulds

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm card/Craft UK 150mm square card
Snippets: patterned card; Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Luminarte H2O watercolours
Cosmic Shimmer gold detail EP
Embellishments:
Air dry clay
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP
Collall 3D glue gel
Double sided tape

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Twilight ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. Whilst I had the Prima birds, trees and grass stamps I decided to create another landscape. I changed the stamped design and the card layout and here is the end result …

An A5 card
This one is great for posting
The beautiful stamps
I managed to capture some of the shimmer

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Addicted-to-Stamps-Challenge Baby It’s Cold Outside
Creative Artiste Challenge #33 Mixed Media Anything Goes



 


With the exception of the card blank all were snippets
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Birds of a Feather
Stamping Sensations Challenge Cold & Frosty Colours


I created this landscape exactly the same way I did yesterday’s card, see the how here. Once I had the landscape coloured with acrylics I went back with stamps and watercolours to add details and shadows. I changed the stamp I used for the trees in the background and I have not decoupaged the bird. I’ve darkened the sky by using Luminarte H2O watercolours to make it very atmospheric. The landscape was created using a large snippet as was the red matt and the die cut sentiment. I used multiple brands of stamps to create one stamped yet coherent project which makes me really happy lol! I’ve deliberately kept this one a bit simpler because I was trying to create birthday cards for men however that twilight shimmer may make this one unisex 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 &/ Stencil:
Prima Bloom: Birds stamp set
Claritystamp Stamps: mini Christmas tree
Stamp Addicts: Dottiness Cloud
LB Crafts Fern Branch stamp
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Die’sire sentiment die
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Crafters Companion A4 Centura Pearl Card
Anna Marie Designs patterned card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card; red card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Pebeo acrylic paints: blue; green for the landscape
Caran D’ache Neo Color II water soluble crayons
Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils
Luminarte H2O watercolours: lilac; green; purple
Distress ink pads: Shabby Shutters; Bundled Sage; Mowed Lawn
Cosmic Shimmer detail gold EP
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam

Saturday, 20 January 2018

In Flight ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. I have been using my new stamps and older stamps to create some scenes and here is one of the cards I’ve created …

I enjoyed creating a large card
You can see it has depth
All the details
It's a beautiful bird stamp
I managed to capture some of the shimmer on the feathers

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Ally’s Angels Challenge #1 Anything Goes 
Creative Artiste Challenge #34 Mixed Media Anything Goes
Love to Scrap Challenge LTSCB #105 Anything Goes
I followed the sketch with the exception of the sentiment, I put on LHS



One of my other goals/aims this year is to create projects with multiple stamps and multiple brands. I like that a lot of the stamps I have won or purchased/purchased for me this year will all work together. I’ve always loved creating landscapes with stamps and in fact it was that idea that first got me into creating cards for my husband. But it has only been recently that I’ve started to experiment with using multiple stamp designs and multiple brands on one project. I don’t why I had not done this in the past but at least I’m realising it now lol!

1. I roughly painted a blue sky with watered down acrylic paints and left that to dry before applying watered down acrylic paint for the greenery. Once this base layer was dry I was able to start adding stamped grasses and areas of shade using inks and watercolours to do so.
2. I used the trees from the Reindeer Flight set again, that wasn’t planned it just happened as they were out on my desk.
3. Once the landscape was finished I stamped and heat embossed the in flight bird onto the landscape and onto a snippet.
4. I coloured the snippet with watercolour pencils and my beloved Caran D’ache wax crayons and left that to dry.
5. Then I decided to create a bigger than usual card so that I have a few of these ready and waiting to be used for birthdays or other occasions. I used a Stamplorations stencil and light blue acrylic paint to add details to a piece of light blue paper, I covered the whole piece and left that to dry.
6. I distressed the stencilled blue paper then glued onto the card base.
7. I distressed the stamped landscape and glued that in position before gluing the stamped and coloured bird using 3D glue gel. I wanted it to look like the bird is about to capture his lunch lol!

My final step was to play around with several die cuts to add further detail and embellishment to this card. The card does have quite a bit of depth because of the added embellishments so I checked and it will post through second class large if needed. 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:
Tim Holtz Reindeer Flight stamp set
Prima Bloom: Birds stamp set
Stamp Addicts: Dottiness Cloud
LB Crafts Fern Branch stamp
Stamplorations Stamps: Confetti Circles stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Tim Holtz Feather Bigz & Textured Impressions die and embossing folder set
Crafters Companion Leonie Pujol: In a Spin mixed media die
Whimsy Stamps: Celebrate die set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
300 gsm card/Craft UK 200mm square card
Blue pearl paper
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card for stamping the decoupage bird & die cutting the feathers; Kraft card for the die cut sentiment
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Pebeo acrylic paints: blue; green for the landscape
Pebeo Dyna Inteference acrylic paint: Iridescent copper for the feathers
Caran D’ache Neo Color II water soluble crayons
Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils
Prima Finnabair Alchemy Acrylic: Metallique Emerald Green
Luminarte H2O watercolours: lilac; peach; purple
Distress ink pads: Shabby Shutters; Bundled Sage; Mowed Lawn
Cosmic Shimmer detail gold EP
Embellishments:
Feather & ribbon from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP
Collall all purpose glue
Collall 3D glue gel
Double sided tape
Fun foam

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Cold and frosty journal pages ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I really needed to create with this stamp set again and I wanted to create something for my journal to remind me of some of the goals I want to try and achieve this year. So here is what I’ve created …

An A5 Journal page
All the details
The lower trees close up
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Art Journal Journey Challenge New Year New Adventure
Deep Ocean Challenge #172 Something new
Frilly & Funkie Challenge Word/Phrase of 2018 see below

my new Tim Holtz stamp set and new techniques


Suzz at Frilly & Funkie Challenge can explain to you much more precisely and eloquently than I can why I wanted to create this page:

Hi! Suzz here. Welcome to a brand new year! I am not very good at New Year Resolutions but I do like to think about what I want to focus on in the New Year. To help me do this, I pick a word that is my word for the year and try to use that word to keep me focused on what is important. The challenge to you is to pick a word that will be your inspiration for 2018. Create a vintage or shabby chic project that includes your word of 2018. The word can be part of a sentiment, phrase or stand alone on your project as long as it is featured somewhere in your art.

I have explained in a previous post that there are some things that I really want to achieve this year and one of those is to journal much more often and more frequently. I also need to get over my pathological fear of my Gelli plate. I am determined that I will become comfortable using the Gelli plate and with time my wee issue about wasting card will no longer be an issue either.


So starting out as I mean to go on I covered my Gelli plate with paint and pulled the first print. I was not happy in any way whatsoever so I turned the card over and pulled this print. It’s still not perfect but I have figured out that I made an error so no worries yet. Lol!

As for my issue with wasting or not wasting card that is something else I need to overcome and I’ll worry about that another time. So long story short my journal page is not perfect but I thought it made a lovely abstract landscape and I have written around the outside the words that I need to remember:

Enjoy the imperfections

You see it doesn’t always have to be perfect and it is always better if it’s done and done always trumps perfect. I need to remember to enjoy the imperfections and enjoy the journey!!

After I had pulled the page from the Gelli plate I realised that it hadn’t worked because I had used the wrong paints. I also had the realisation that I could also add a layer or two of white gesso then paint or stamp over the top of it. I plan to play with that Gelli plate an awful lot more and hopefully next time I’ll remember to use the right paints! 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:
Tim Holtz Reindeer Flight stamp set
Tools:
MISTI; Gelli plate
Miscellaneous Tools:
Brayer; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
A5 Pink Pig Journal
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress IPs: Bundled Sage; Mowed Lawn
Pebeo acrylic paint brown
DecoArt Mixed Media Fluids/Distress paints
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue