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Friday, 17 October 2014

Friday's post is Butterflies and a Tag ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your week was good and TGIF Friday!!
Thank you for the lovely comments on my recent creations
You are all very kind and I really do appreciate you

I am still finding stamped and/or stencilled pieces that I have created but not turned into cards or finished pieces yet so today I have another card to share and here it is …

 
A little A6 card good for posting! 
The stencilled tag with a lot of butterflies! 
I do love this butterfly stamp
A final look

When I found this tag it had already been glittered with the MB stencil but wasn’t quite right – something was missing lol!  So I decided to add some butterflies and I kept adding butterflies and I think I added a little too many but it was fun to use the tag and it also meant that I could join in with Mrs A’s Butterfly challenge where I really love to play!  I’m trying, but not always managing to do so, to use the many stamped, coloured and/or stencilled images I’ve found and not play with my lovely box full of new stamps!  I think I’m going to find a lot more stamped and coloured images before I have finished my re-organisation and I’m not sure I can hold out any longer to play with my lovely, lovely, brand new stamps that I purchased from my birthday money and even newer stamps that I recently acquired after being a random winter at one of my lovely, lovely, friends challenges.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment
I really do appreciate it Thank You
I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this weekend
ttfn Karen x








Challenges

Tools:
Memory Box Stencil
Tonic Mini Boot Butterfly Punch

Stash:
Card/Paper:  Hobbycrafts C6 card; Craftwork Cards Kraft card; K & Co papers and snippets #
Colours: light green and dark green glitter #
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue; double sided tape

# VOS + 5 years

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Thursday's post is shades of autumn ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your week is going well: we’re nearly there lol!
Thank you for the lovely comments on my recent creations
You are all very kind and I really do appreciate you

I have another card to share today where I have used one of my Inspired by Stamps set of stamps, gorgeous Adirondack IPs and two snippets!  Anyways here it is …

I did tell you I was obsessed with kraft! 
Good to post! 
Love these stamps! 
One of the flowers
A final look

This is a really versatile stamp set and stamps beautifully without much effort from me and I have enjoyed playing with these colours again.  I am still sorting out my work room and not spending as much time stamping or visiting as I would like but it is finally starting to feel a lot less cluttered in there as I have put some supplies away and I can get to my stamps and other supplies much more easily.  I am hoping that normal service will be resumed soon and I can pop around and visit you all again!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment
I really do appreciate it Thank You
I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this week
ttfn Karen x









Challenges
Tools:
Inspired by Stamps Little Flowers stamp set
Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Couture Creations Embossing Folder; Spellbinders Elongated Scalloped Rectangles

Stash:
Card/Paper: snippets of Companion Snow White Accents A4 Centura Pearl card to create card and to die cut; Craftwork Cards Kraft card
Colours: Adirondack IPs: Lettuce; Currant; Butterscotch
Embellishments: Craftwork Cards Candi
Glues: double sided tape; foam pads

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Wednesday's post is Oriental Kraft ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your week is going well – Happy Hump Day to you all!
Thank you for the lovely comments on my recent creations
You are all very kind and I really do appreciate you

I’ve a new Follower!  Twice in one week!  I am very honoured you've decided to follow me Angela and if you ever have any questions please feel free to leave me a comment and I’ll try to get back to you.  So today I have another card to share with you and here it is …  

 
Another A6 Kraft card: I am obsessed lol! 
I coloured her a little better here but am planning to stamp and colour her with watercolours next 
A fab way to use up those snippets!
A final look

I had another play session with the Paperbabe stamp I recently won this time stamping onto some Kraft card and coloured her with my colouring pencils again.  As I mentioned the last time I used this stamp I really do need to practice colouring character and people stamps as I have not done it for such a long time however I am a little happier with the outcome this time and as I mentioned above I am hoping to stamp and watercolour her next – I just can’t manage it right now – I am too busy and I’m having some RA issues which has been a bit of a surprise.  I managed to use up some fabulous snippets, old Kraft card, the last of that patterned ribbon and my Martha Stewart border punch.  I hope you are having a lovely week wherever you are and get plenty time to craft and play!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment
I really do appreciate it Thank You
I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this week
ttfn Karen x









Challenges


Tools:
Paperbabe May Lee Dee Kimono with Sentiment stamp
Martha Stewart Border punch
Paper stumps for blending

Stash:
Card/Paper: Craftwork Cards Kraft card; snippets of my own inky papers; snippet of DP for matting (+ three years)
Colours: Memento Tuxedo Black IP; colouring pencils
Embellishments: ribbon I won from Hazel
Glues: double sided tape; foam pads
Other: Sansador blending fluid (for the colouring pencils)

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Tuesday's post is a butterfly, bows, buttons and snippets part two ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your week is going well
Thank you for the lovely comments on my recent creations
You are all very kind and I really do appreciate you

I have another card to show you today and here it is …

 
Another A6 kraft card 
Isn't she a beauty? 
Am trying very hard to use a lot of my buttons up!
A final look

This is the other butterfly in the new stamp set from Crafter’s Companion, another of Sheena’s new stamps.  I’m supposed to be concentrating on organising, sorting and tidying my work room and the dining room as well as trying to do more Christmas projects but I could not help myself as I have such a weakness for butterfly stamps and this is another one that I love! 
Sadly at the time of stamping this I could not find my Brusho watercolours so I used my half pan watercolours a little bit more thickly than usual and I am reasonably happy with the result.  The other bonus is that I have now organised and put away all of my colouring mediums into one unit so they are much easier to find. 
The next work room job I need to do is sort and organise my embellishments before putting them into another storage unit and hopefully I will soon be able to find the floor lol!  I’ve also got to go through all of the boxes that I have almost emptied and get those put away out of sight too.  I have way too many embellishments and more colouring mediums than I realised so once organised and tidied I need to use the mediums and embellishments and not get any new of those for a while.  
There are three exceptions though and they are Spectrum Noir pens, pencils and Aquatints!  Actually there are probably more like six exceptions and they are all three of Spectrum Noirs colouring mediums, Brusho watercolours, and the priority is always stamps and recently stencils too lol.  It never ends as there always seem to be new stamps, new stencils and new mediums that I want/need but I am now trying to use my drawers full of consumables before buying more new ones lol!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment
I really do appreciate it Thank You
I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this week
ttfn Karen x








Challenges


Tools:
Sheena Douglass A5 A Little Bit Sketchy True Colours stamp set
Martha Stewart border punch
Paint brushes; pot of water

Stash:
Card/Paper: Crafters Companion Snow White Accents A4 Centura Pearl card to create card and to stamp onto; snippet DP #
Colours: Ranger Archival Jet Black IP; half pan watercolours
Embellishments: buttons #; satin ribbon; white crochet thread; blue glitter #; Sakura sparkle pen #
Glues: double sided tape; foam pads; Collall 3D glue gel


# VOS + 5 years: no idea when or where these items were purchased!

Monday, 13 October 2014

Monday's post is about birds, bows, buttons and snippets ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope you had a lovely weekend and your week has started well
Thank you for the lovely comments on my recent creations
You are all very kind and I really do appreciate you

I am typing this post and, hopefully, the rest of this weeks post on Sunday evening as you all know I am struggling to sort out my work room right now lol!  I am also trying to remember to welcome new followers and I noticed today that I have a new follower so welcome Marja I’m honoured and hope you like what you see. If you ever have any questions please feel free to leave me a comment and if you have a blog let me know
and I’ll try to come visit you too.  Anyways enough of my waffle I have a card to share with you today, another new Sheena stamp set, and here he is …

 
Another A6 kraft card 
He is a real beauty! 
A little embellishment
A final look

A couple of weeks ago I used some birthday money to purchase Sheena Douglass A5 A Little Bit Sketchy bird and butterfly stamp sets and oh my I really do love them!  The birds are stunning and perfect for large and small cards and perfect for men too – any stamp I can use for male cards is always a bonus for me.  
So you are going to be seeing a lot of them for the rest of this month.  Yep birds and butterflies with buttons and bows and the odd piece of DP thrown in now and again too!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment
I really do appreciate it Thank You
I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this week
ttfn Karen x








Challenges
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge O is for Ornithology: a new bird stamp

Tools:
Sheena Douglass A5 A Little Bit Sketchy King for a Day stamp set
Martha Stewart border punch
Paper stumps (for blending the pencil colours)

Stash:
Card/Paper: Craftwork Cards A4 Kraft card cut and scored to create base; Crafters Companion white card (stamping); snippets SU DP *
Colours: Memento London Fog IP; colouring pencils
Embellishments: buttons #; satin ribbon from the tote I won earlier this year; The Ribbon Girl Divine Twine; white crochet thread
Glues: double sided tape; foam pads; Collall dimensional glue (buttons)
Other: Sansador blending fluid

# VOS + 4 years
* VOS + 2 years

Friday, 10 October 2014

Friday's post is butterflies, buttons, bows, ribbon and snippets ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your week was good and your weekend is a good one!
Thank you for the lovely comments on my recent creations
You are all very kind and I really do appreciate you

I have another card to show you today and here it is …

  
A little A6 card and you can see the sparkle on the side view! 
Isn't she beautiful! 
A little embellishment!
A final look

I love my new butterfly stamps!  These new stamps from Crafters Companion designed by Sheena Douglass are beyond fabulous!  I must warn you that you are probably going to be bored of how often I will be using them for the rest of the month.  So far every time I have used them they look completely different – how great is that?  Today’s card has a lot of sparkle on it and bold rich colours which I love.  I know I mentioned that Sheena’s new bird stamps are large well so are these!  I have played with them on A6 size cards so far but I know they are going to look fabulous on larger cards too.  In fact DH was very enthused about the size of them and thinks they will look good on big cards too – and time will tell!  Right now I am just thoroughly enjoying using them with different mediums and different colour schemes.  Autumn is very much in mind right now and I think that is why this first one is so rich – any way I use these I am falling in love with them right now!
I also managed to use up a couple more snippets of DP, a small piece of satin ribbon and some really old buttons – I am obsessed with using buttons thanks to Crafters Companion current challenge!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment
I really do appreciate it Thank You
I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this week
ttfn Karen x









Challenges
Sheena Douglass A5 A Little Bit Sketchy True Colours stamp set
Martha Stewart border punch
Paint brushes; pot of water

Stash:
Card/Paper: Crafters Companion Snow White Accents A4 Centura Pearl card to create card and to stamp onto; snippet DP #; snippet blue textured paper #
Colours: Ranger Archival Jet Black IP; half pan watercolours; Sakura sparkle pen #
Embellishments: buttons #; satin ribbon; white crochet thread
Glues: double sided tape; foam pads; Collall 3D glue gel

# VOS + 5 years: no idea when or where these items were purchased!

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Thursday's post is oriental in nature ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your week is going well – we are more than half way through already!
Thank you for the lovely comments on my recent creations
You are all very kind and I really do appreciate you

As well as finding images that have been stamped and coloured waiting to be used on a project I have also found some cards not yet blogged so I’ve another card to share you today and here it is …

 
An A5 card for a change! 
She is a real beauty! 
 
Those old embellishments
A final look

I used old’ish DP snippets on the black base and to matt underneath the image, several really old embellishments, an old stamp of a gorgeous autumn scene and ribbon from the tote I won from Hazel earlier this year.  This card is going into our birthday box as I think it’s a perfect female birthday card!  I'm trying to remember to take out and play my old and much loved stamps whenever I can too.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment
I really do appreciate it Thank You
I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this week
ttfn Karen x









Challenges
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Fall in Love with my stamps. It doesn't matter if they are new or if I take an oldie out of my stamp drawers I love them lol!




Tools:
Creative Expressions stamp (at least eight years old)
Chocolate Baroque sentiment stamp (at least ten years old)
Paper blending tools for smoothing out the lines

Stash:
Card/Paper: Crafters Companion Black card to create card; snippet black for matting; snippet white for stamping onto; snippets DP #
Colours: Memento London Fog IP; Colouring Pencils
Embellishments: Crafty Bitz embellishment # (bottom left); K & Co lanterns, wire and brads #, top of the card
Glues: double sided tape; foam pads
Other: Sansodor (blender for pencils)

# VOS + 6 years