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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Wednesday's post we are back to the sea side ...

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 …

 
An A6 card 
A lovely sunny scene reminds me of holidays!
A final look

Today I have another coastal scene because I’m practising and trying to improve my watercolouring techniques.  A bonus is that I love to do this and most of the time it's a stress buster for me.  I got to use up some old ribbon and an inky background too.
I painted this scene after I painted the seaside scene that I shared on Monday and I have learnt a couple more new techniques to create realistic looking water.
  
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
Bunny Zoe Crafts Challenge August is Summer Colours
Fantasy Stampers Challenge #17 By the Sea 
Imagination Crafts Challenge  Holidays or Create A Scene
Lets Craft & Create Challenge #95 Ribbon or Twine 
Little Claire’s Challenge #48 A Man’s Birthday Card
My Craft Creations Challenge Anything Goes 0818-0830
Sarah  Hurley Challenge Favourite Things
The Artistic Stamper Challenge Anything Goes


Tools:
Sheena Douglass stamp
Pot of water; spray bottle of water; paint brushes; silicone mould #

Stash:
Card/Paper: Hobbycrafts C6 card; Crafters Companion A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Gold card; Craftwork Cards DP’s #; snippet red card
Colours: watercolour half pans; Memento London Fog IP
Embellishments: ribbon
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue; foam pads; Collall dimensional glue
Other: Fimo light air dry clay

# VOS + 6 years
  

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

A second post: a die; left over ink; a snippet and a stamp ...

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


A second post from me today which I had not planned for!  I was able to play with stamps and a new die last night.  The die was one of the items I ordered after I was given money for my birthday.  I was aware of this die before my birthday and I really wanted it lol!  I waited and ordered it immediately and last night I actually got to play with the die and that is why I have another card to show you today, here it is …

An A5 card 
Side view - has real dimension but do flatten for posting 
The gorgeous die 
 
There are a couple of ways the inner can be attached
A final look

The background was created by placing white card onto the left over ink on my Splodgeaway mat.  Once the card was mostly covered with ink I sprayed it with water so that the colours blend.  I love the sky and grass scene that I achieved this time!  I used my Visible Images tall grass stamp and the grunge border stamp that came with Crafter Stamper magazine.
I had a deep pink Bazzill card snippet to cut the flower from.  I expected it to be fiddly putting the die cut orchid pieces together but I was pleasantly surprised to find out it wasn’t so I used the practice orchids onto a card and I love it!! 
I have die cut more orchids using snippets and different colours and weight of card there will be more of them shared in the future.  One of the die cuts I did last night was onto white card and I’m playing with those die cuts now.

I am keeping my fingers crossed that tomorrow I will be able to catch up with you all.  I have to admit I am struggling to stay awake and won’t be long for bed lol!  Can’t remember the last time I was this tired and I really don’t like it is like all my energy has been siphoned off.

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
My Craft Creations Challenge Anything Goes 0818-0830
Natalie & Amy Challenge #23 August Dies and Flora 
Stamplorations Challenge August Stamps and Die Cuts 
Sweet Stamps Challenge # 183 Anything Goes 
Visible Image Stamps Challenge August Anything Goes 


Tools:
Visible Image Stamps: Grass; Grunge Border from Craft Stamper magazine
Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Cheery Lynn Orchid die; embossing tool; embossing mat

Stash:
Card/Paper: A5 card from my stash #; A5 white card for inking; snippet Bazzill card for die cutting #; snippet green card for the stem and flower buds #
Colours: Distress IPs: salty ocean; mowed grass; shabby shutters; Sharpie gold and yellow pens #
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue


# VOS + 3 years 

Tuesday's post is a sketch ...

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

A fabulous sketch and colour scheme at Your Next Stamp caught my eye at the beginning of the month and I am so happy that I finally got to create another card to share and here it is …
A 5"x7" card 
Good for posting! 
For me watercolouring is a fabulous relaxation technique! 
I wanted to keep the image as the star of the card and I think I have
A gorgeous sentiment - love that font!
A final look

Before putting this stamp away I inked it up two more times.  I have another card that I made following this sketch and this stamp again.  It’s not ready yet so I can’t share it right now.  I used this stamp on my last entry to their sketch but this time I didn’t decoupage the image.  I was a lot cleaner with my water colouring and I added shadow with my colouring pencils.
My huge thanks to everyone who left lovely comments on yesterday’s post.  I’ve not had a steroid injection in a long time.  I used to have them injected straight into the joint when I had knee issues and that hurt a lot.  I was worried that was what they were going to do yesterday and so relieved when I found out that they weren't lol!
The somewhat sore posterior last night and today is worth it as the injection has made a difference.  The swelling on my hands and feet has eased.  I wasn’t sure if I was imagining it at first but when DH looked at my knuckles and finger joints before bed both of us were amazed at how less swollen they were.  I have promised DH not to go made and do all the chores I haven’t been able to do.  We want the effects last as long as possible and I’m hoping to be able to catch up a little with visiting and commenting – something I can do without going over the top lol!  I hope to be back later on today – but it will depend on my back as there is no drug that can heal or help with those problems yet!

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
Crafty Calendar Challenge August Anything Goes  
DRS Designs Challenge A Birthday Card: this is going into our female birthday cards box!
Let’s Craft & Create Challenge #95 Ribbon or Twine 
My Craft Creations Challenge Anything Goes 0818-0830
Your Next Sketch Challenge YNSFFC15 sketch and photo inspiration


Tools:
Creative Expressions old stamp *; Chocolate Baroque sentiment *
Pot of water; spray bottle of water; paint brushes

Stash:
Card/Paper:  Hobbycraft 5”x7” card; Crafters Companion A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Gold card (reverse)
Colours: Memento London Fog IP; Shaded Lilac Distress IP; watercolour half pans; colouring pencils; Sakura clear sparkle
Embellishments: DCWV chipboard #; ribbon I won from Hazel
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue; foam pads

# VOS + 8 years
* VOSTs + five years minimum

Monday, 18 August 2014

Monday's post we are at the seaside ,,,

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope 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 have another card to share with you today.  Now this scene took me quite a lot of time for two reasons, and I don’t want to harp on about the first, the second reason it took so much time as that I spent ages watercolouring the scene, adding clouds using a Picasso stencil, bleaching the ‘ocean water’ so that it looked more realistic and adding a little bit of white acrylic paint to where the surf hits the shore.  So far this is my favourite August card and I really hope you all like it too!  Here it is …

An A5 card 
Not too bad for posting 
The view! 
 
A little embellishing
A final look

I am sat on the sofa at an odd angle and recovering from a massive steroid injection.  I didn’t realise that the gluteus maximus could tolerate that much fluid being put into the flesh!  It stung a little at first because it always does when I have an injection but it’s really uncomfortable now!   I am hoping that the swelling and inflammation will ease quite a bit this week and that way I will be able to get out and about in blog world and return some of those lovely comments you have left!

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
Bunny Zoe Crafts Challenge August is Summer Colours
Fantasy Stampers Challenge #17 By the Sea 
Great Impressions Challenge Birthday Bash: for our male birthday card box
Imagination Crafts Challenge  Holidays or Create A Scene
Little Claire’s Challenge #48 A Man’s Birthday Card
My Craft Creations Challenge Anything Goes 0818-0830
Stamping Sensations Challenge August Anything Goes
That Craft Place Challenge Nautical  
Vintage Stamping Challenge #23 Summer Days


Tools:
Sheena Douglass stamps; Chocolate Baroque sentiment stamp
Old silicon moulds; Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Couture Creations embossing folder
Pot of water; spray bottle of water; paintbrushes; Dreamweaver Picasso stencil; ink blending tool and foam

Stash:
Card/Paper: Crafters Companion: A4 Centura Pearl snow white gold card for stamping and snippet from an embossed piece of card; CWC Kraft card; snippet K & Co DP; snippet white embossed card
Colours: watercolour half pans; white acrylic paint (thank you Brenda)
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue; Collall dimensional glue gel
Other: Fimo air dry light

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Sunday's post is out of my comfort zone ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your weekend 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 a final entry for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge and here it is …

A distressed by me card! 
It's okay to post! 
That gorgeous butterfly
A final look

Using CB stamps and DIPs I had fun creating a similar pattern to the card I shared Friday.  This time I sprayed the stamped background with water to blur the ink but I didn't want it to run or become muddy so was frugal with the spray.  Once dry I attached to a card, trimmed, and used a sanding block on all edges.  White card was visible in places so peacock feathers and IBF dulled those areas. 
I coloured the Stampbord with IBF and two DIPs, sprayed with water and dried with a heat gun.  I had it too close to the Stampbord and it bubbled, grr!  I've learnt to leave a large gap between the nozzle and the Stampbord next time.  I popped the bubbles immediately and once cool I stamped and embossed the butterfly.  I didn’t realise that stamping over the bubbles would be uneven but I'm lucky as it enhances the distressed look.  
I should have realised at this point that either (a.) I was tired, or, (b.) my back and hands were hurting or (c.) a combination of all of the above and I should have stopped crafting. 
I took a scratching tool to the outer edges of the Stampbord and that was when my hand decided to have a spasm and I scratched the whole length of that side (ever felt like your hands and body are not working with your head and heart lol?!).  I scratched the other three edges and some areas of the central butterfly.
It looks so very, very different to Friday's card, lol.  There are parts I like and parts I don't but hey ho it’s a learning curve and I know what to do and not what to do next time.
I have be a lot gentler on my pinkies for the next month or two!  On that note I 
have finally gotten an appointment for a steroid injection next week – but what a palaver that was!

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
Clear It Out Challenge Theme: Embossing Powder; Stash: EPs/Stencils I’ve used EPs
Crafts 4 Eternity Challenge R#189 Something Old: the stamp I used on the BG, the tulip stamp and the Stampbord 
Creative Card Crew Challenge #68 Embossing Wet or Dry: wet
DL Art August Link Party Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Scratched Up: I used a scratch tool to add highlights to and distress the Stampbord
Unruly Paper Arts Challenge RAQ #1 Colours and RAQ #2 Creative Prompt is Take Flight

Tools:
Various Chocolate Baroque stamps
Scratching tool; water brush; heat gun; spray bottle of water

Stash:
Card/Paper: snippet white card for stamping; scalloped card from Brenda – thank you!
Colours: Memento London Fog IP; Ranger Archival Cobalt IP
Distress IPs: Peacock Feathers; Mowed Lawn; Barn Door; Squeezed Lemonade
Glues:  Cosmic Shimmer glue
Other: Stampbord #; WOW Clear EP

# VOS + 3 years

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Saturday's post is a sketch ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your weekend 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 share that I have used one of the new to me stamps I won from lovely Brenda and here it is …

 
A 5" square card 
The stamped and coloured panel 
A little embellishing
A final look

I recently found another challenge blog and because of the gorgeous sketch and the colours I just had to play along!  It doesn’t seem right to say I dug my watercolour paints out because they are on the unit behind the dining room table right now.  I am either watercolouring with those or my Distress ink pads or re-inkers.  I’m also continuing with my no line stamping experiment and adding shadow with my colouring pencils afterwards – yay!  
Two snippets magazine papers used and I used a pearl stamen and some paper flowers and I am well happy with the end result.  Now Miss Pixie has already seen this and said I can enter it into Pixie’s Playground challenge where we all try to use up those bits and bobs of paper and ends of ribbon we can’t bear to bin lol!  So I am adding that challenge below now on Sunday 17th August before I go to bed! 


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
Clear It Out Challenge Theme: Embossing Powder; Stash: EPs/Stencils I’ve used EPs
Crafting Musketeers Challenge #16 1-2-3 challenge: three flowers; two different DP’s; one image
Creative Craft Cottage Challenge I used the sketch and the colour inspiration too
Great Impressions Challenge Birthday Bash: for our female birthday box
Ladybug Crafts Challenge August Favourite Colours Pink and, in this case, Blue
Pixie’s Playground Challenge #138 Snippets
That’s Crafty Challenge Stamping Ground


Tools:
Stamp Addicts Sweet Pea stamp
Pot of water; paint brushes; spray bottle of water

Stash:
Card/Paper: Crafters Companion A4 Centura Pearl card (the reverse); magazine papers #; Hobbycraft 5” square card
Colours: watercolour paints; Memento London Fog IP; Picked Raspberry DIP
Embellishments: Wild Orchid Crafts pearl stamen and pink daisies #
Glues: double sided tape; foam pads

# VOS + 3 years 

Friday, 15 August 2014

Friday's post for a colour challenge ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your week was good and your weekend will be better!
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 with you today and here it is …

 
A bit of a nightmare to photograph at first! 
I love the inky background and overstamping I achieved on this piece! 
Perfect sentiment because I will stamp 'Happy Birthday' on the inside further down. 
This is how it looks straight on - the tulip can be slightly hidden. 
A final look

Because of the colour challenge at Chocolate Baroque I have dug out my rather old Elusive Images stamps and I’ve been playing with them on an off for the last couple of weeks.  This card was created using three different stamp sets.  I used a background stamp that came with my Nellie stamp set, a sentiment stamp that was a set of six, and that gorgeous tulip stamp onto some old Stampbord that was purchased before EI became CB.  I used a white card snippet to stamp the square across it and I did it by eye which I may have to change in future so that it is more even, lol, although there is a little error on it I do love this card!  I love the colour scheme and I love what can be created with just one little stamp.  
Apologies for the lack of visits it is going to be the norm for the next month or so because I have to wait for the meds to kick in, grr, it has been a very rough week, grr.

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
Bunny Zoe Crafts Challenge August is Summer Colours
Chocolate Baroque Challenge #1 Colour Challenge: Peacock Feather, Mowed Lawn, Barn Door and Squeezed Lemonade 
Crafts 4 Eternity Challenge R#189 Something Old: the stamp I used on the BG, the tulip stamp and the Stampbord 
DRS Designs Challenge A Birthday Card: this is going into our female birthday cards box!  

Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Scratched Up: I used a scratch tool to add highlights to the tulip 
Stamp & Create Challenge August Anything Goes 
Stamping Sensations Challenge August Anything Goes
Without Words Challenge I chose 2013 Flaming June: hot and summery colours

Tools:
Various Chocolate Baroque stamps
Scratching tool; water brush; heat gun; spray bottle of water

Stash:
Card/Paper: snippet white card for stamping; scalloped card from Brenda – thank you!
Colours: Memento London Fog IP; watercolour paints #; green and yellow Pans
Distress IPs: Peacock Feathers; Mowed Lawn; Barn Door; Squeezed Lemonade
Glues:  Cosmic Shimmer glue
Other: Stampbord #


# VOS + 8 years

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Thursday's post is a field of wildflowers ...

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


Once again the week is flashing by – it seems to do that a lot more when I’m busy and very slow when I don’t!  Anyways here is today’s creation that I want to share with you …
 
A 125 mm square card 
Just the card! 
Those squashy flowers which I love and 
I have heavily embellished them which is not my usual style!
A final look

Some serious snippet busting and I’m shrinking the pile of Making Cards PP/DP’s.  I’ve ferreted a lot out and put them with the supplies I’m up-cycling.  The way I create has changed so much and the embellishments and die cuts just don’t fit any longer with what I want and need to create.  The use it up box of embellishments and papers have been sat on the desk for eighteen months and I’ve used what I wanted to.  It is now time to pass them on to someone who will enjoy using them.

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
Bunny Zoe Crafts Challenge August is Summer Colours
Card Mania Challenge #53 Birthday Party 
Sarah Hurley Monthly Challenge  #95 Favourite Items – stamps and inks
Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge Summer: reminds me of hot days and the fields full of wild flowers


Tools:
Paper Inspirations Inc. flower stamp set #
Splodgeaway mat; Ranger ink blending tool and foam; spray bottle of water

Stash:
Card/Paper: Hobbycraft 125mm square card; snippet Centura Snow White Gold card for stamping and colouring; DP/PPs from old Making Cards magazine #
Colours: Distress IPs: Salty Ocean; Bundled Sage; Peacock Feathers; Shabby Shutters; Shaded Lilac; Spiced Marmalade; Squeezed Lemonade; Picked Raspberry
Embellishments: flowers from my lovely friend Helen; the metal inners and large gems I have had for ages and can’t remember where they came from
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue; foam pads; Collall dimensional glue

# VOS very old stuff + 8 years and VOST very old stamps +10 years