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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The mighty oak ...

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 inky creation to share with you today and here it is …
 
A 148mm square card 
You can see where the EP has not stuck 
A little embellishment
A final look

I heavily inked a snippet white card and did the cupped hand and splatter technique onto it – love that!  Secondly I inked and embossed the tree onto the card and that was where I had a problem.  The EP was an old pot and it only stuck in places.  I was very tempted to throw the panel out and start again but I love the end result.  Since making this one I have binned that EP because I have Tim Holtz Distress EPs that do the job better lol!
I have bought many types of EP over the many years I have been stamping.  The black detail EP I used for this scene is a brand that which is not cheap and it was less than two years old.  I’ve WOW EP that I’ve owned for + 4 years and I’ve used that on this stamp on another card I shared a while ago.  The WOW EP picked up every little detail of the tree.  The so called expensive ‘detail EP’ is now in the bin and I am reaching for my WOW EPs every time.

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
Crafting by Designs Challenge July Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge #82 Lots of Layers
My Craft Creations Anything Goes July 21 – August 14 
Pan Pastel Challenge #18 Inspired by Tim Holtz
Sarah Hurley Challenge #94 Celebrations


Tools:
Crafter’s Companion Sheena Douglass A6 Mighty Oak stamp set
Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Cuttlebug embossing folder
Tim Holtz Sizzix bird cage die
Splodgeaway mat; ink blending tool and foam; heat gun; spray bottle of water

Stash:
Card/Paper:  Crafters Companion A4 Centura Snow White Gold card; snippet black card; snippet white card #; snippet blue card; snippets dark brown and latte card
Colours: Distress IPs: Salty Ocean; Shabby Shutters; Mowed Grass
Embellishments: Kanban sentiment #
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue; foam pads; Collall dimensional glue
Other: Versamark IP; Black detail EP – now binned!


# VOS + 5 years

Sunday, 20 July 2014

She could have danced all night ...

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 love musicals always have and always will.  When I was younger it was Grease the Movie that captured my heart and made me aware of that genre and then all the wonderful Hollywood ladies and gents singing and dancing to the music and in gorgeous outfits.  Oh yes I really do enjoy a bit Fred and Ginger every so often.  So when I saw the challenge at Simon Says Stamps Monday and Vintage Stamping I was over the moon!  So here is today’s card which I made sure I could enter into other challenges too …

A large (148mm) square card 
Side view 
A beautiful dress - would love to get all gussied up like this! 
 

Some embellishing
A final look

You will be seeing more cards created with dancing and singing themes – I love those images as much as I love the old movies!  I managed to use more of the Making Cards magazine papers to mat the image onto.  
The background on the card is one of my glossy papers, left over inks and water on the Splodgeaway mat and dragging the paper through or 'plonking' it on top of the inks to make a lovely soft pastel inky background.
I found a sheet of sticky back resin stickers in the conservatory.  I bought them in to my work table to use.  They aren't quite as domed as they should be or as sticky as they should be, probably because of the age of them lol!.  If I’d have left them out there recently I think it’s quite possible that they might have melted in this heat lol!  I am happy to be using them up on my cards. 

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
Artistic Inspirations Challenge #100 Anything Goes

Cosmic Strawberry Challenge #3 colours: I used all

Deep Ocean Challenge #82 Lots of Layers
Fussy & Fancy Friday Challenge #118 All About Girls
House of Cards Challenge Classy & Elegant plus a Bow
Sarah Hurley Challenge #94 Celebrations
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge About a Face: I love the side profile of this stamp
Vintage Stamping Challenge  #22 Anything to do with dance and/or music


Tools:
La Blanche stamp (+ 8 years)
Pot of water; spray bottle of water; paint brushes

Stash:
Card/Paper: Crafters Companion Snow White Gold card to create base and to stamp onto; glossy white paper coloured with DIPs #; Making Cards magazine papers #
Colours: Ranger Archival Jet Black IP; half pan watercolours
Embellishments: Wild Orchid Crafts roses; resin sticker #; ribbon from Hazel at Simply Me
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue; doubled sided tape; foam pads; Collall dimensional glue

# VOS + 6 years

Saturday, 19 July 2014

A Saturday sketchy ...

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 am crafting last thing of an evening/early morning as it is just too hot to craft during the day.   Anyways here is today’s card …

 
A little C6 card 
A beautiful image
Perfect sentiment as she looks like she is day dreaming!
A final look

Although I am trying to go through my stamps to see which to keep and which to sell or donate this stamp is staying!  This is one of my favourite vintage lady stamps.  I’ve used her to create CAS cards, not so CAS and inky creations too.  I was so happy that I got to stamp and watercolour her last night.  I used more of the Making Cards BG papers and some very old ribbon from my own stash for a change lol!  The ribbon/trim is really odd as the width of it varies.  I had to find an area big enough to wrap around the card but I didn’t want it to look odd either end because I knew that drive me nuts lol.  
A short post because of the inflammation, lack of sleep and the heat and it is starting to feel like we are going to have a storm as it is so close and I’ve a headache starting.  I think I may have to fall asleep on the sofa in a while for an hour or so!

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
Amusing Challenge Watercolour
Artistic Inspirations Challenge #100 Anything Goes 
Feeling Sketchy Challenge #96 I  followed the sketch closely but had to move the sentiment: hope that is allowed!
Fussy & Fancy Friday Challenge #118 All About Girls
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge About a Face: I love the side profile of this stamp



Tools:
La Blanche stamp
Paint brushes; pot of water; spray bottle filled with water

Stash:
Card/Paper:  Hobbycrafts C6 card; snippet white card for stamping; snippet blue Bazzill bling card for matting #; Card Making Magazine papers #
Colours: Versafine Black IP; half pan watercolours
Embellishments: ribbon from my stash #; DCWV chipboard sentiment #
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue; foam pads


# VOS + 5 years 

Friday, 18 July 2014

A second sketchy ...

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

Before my reason to post I would like to welcome Sid who has decided to follow me and my creations!
Also my heart goes out to anyone out there who is affected by the airplane crash – it’s all so very sad.
Anyways this blog is about my creations and my journey so I have another card to show you today and here it is …

 
A 5" x 7" card 
  
Such lovely faces!
This ribbon reminds me of candy canes and UK sticks of rock 
A final look

I was actually able to stamp for a little time last night and I created this card especially for some of the current challenges.  Once again I’ve stamped with some of my La Blanche stamps.  I am going through them to sort out which ones I want to keep and which I am going to try to sell.  These three stamps are going nowhere – love all three of them! 
Luckily I have a folder full of inky papers and stamped papers that I can stamp onto.  The background paper was a scrap of glossy paper that I created with my Distress IP’s.  I have a hoard of DP/PP paper to use up yet I am still making my own – what is up with that lol!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment
I really do appreciate it Thank You
ttfn Karen x








Challenges
AAA Cards Challenge #11 Enjoy Window Block Pattern; any embellishments and any colours 
Artistic Inspirations Challenge #100 Anything Goes 
Fussy & Fancy Friday Challenge #118 All About Girls
House of Cards Challenge  Classic and Elegant plus add a bow
Pan Pastel Challenge #18 Inspired by Tim Holtz
Shopping Our Stash Challenge #160 Can’t Put It Down (or away): La Blanche stamps and Distress Ink Pads


Tools:
La Blanche lady faces stamps
Splodgeaway mat; spray bottle of water

Stash:
Card/Paper: Crafters Companion Matt Black card; snippets white card
Colours: Versafine Black IP
Stamped Panel: Victorian Velvet; Tattered Rose
Background sheet Distress IPs: Salty Ocean; Peacock Feathers; Picked Raspberry; Squeezed Lemonade
Embellishments: ribbons that I won from Hazel at Simply Me
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue; foam pads; Collall dimensional glue


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Chicken brained!

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 - these images are perfect for the men!
Love this image and it's perfect for men! 
 
Gorgeous details and perfect sentiment!
A final look

Now isn’t that cockerel cute lol!  I was lucky enough to win a Chocolate Baroque £20 voucher.  It took me two weeks to pick the stamp set I wanted!  Way too many stamp sets but the one I kept coming back to was this A4 Steam Punk Birds sheet and I’m enjoying playing with my new stamps and my very stained new’ish MB stencil lol!
The speech bubble was a fabulous prize at Pixie’s Playground Snippets Challenge which is one of the challenges I’m entering this card into.  I used a snippet of CC Kraft card to stamp and heat emboss the bird onto and I painted him with watercolours.  The ‘Cheep Cheep’ sentiment is also on the Chocolate Baroque Steam Punk Birds stamp set.
I’m so sorry that I can’t visit much at the moment the heat, humidity, lack of sleep, RA flaring and other issues have knocked me for six again.  I am so glad that I craft when I can and then rest when I have too!  I can’t believe it is hump day already the time goes too quickly when you get older 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
Artistic Inspirations Challenge #100 Anything Goes 
Crafting by Designs Challenge July Anything Goes
Creative Fingers Challenge  #42 Anything Goes
Great Impressions Challenge July Animal Friends
That’s Crafty Challenge Masks, Stencils, Templates
The Sisters of Craft Challenge July Anything Goes


Tools:
Chocolate Baroque A4 Steam Punk Bird stamp set
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
X Cut speech bubble dies
Memory Box Leaf stencil
Heat gun; paint brushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water

Stash:
Card/Paper: snippet Crafters Companion Kraft Card; snippet white card; Hobbycrafts C6 card
Colours: watercolour paints; Distress IPs: Vintage Photo; Mowed Lawn; Peacock Feathers; Squeezed Lemonade; Spiced Marmalade
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue; foam pads; masking tape
Other: Versamark IP; WOW Platinum EP

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

This weeks first sketchy ...

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 
 
I love this style of card!
The panel - love that flower!
A final look

Huge thank you to all of you enquiring about my pinkies – they are less swollen today.  I've got to bite the bullet and have a steroid injection.  Both of us are shocked by the amount of inflammation I'm suffering with.  I've an appointment on 31st July. We're hoping they can come up with some other medication that does not make me ill.  Sorry enough of my waffle!
Back to the reason for today’s post there is a fabulous sketch at Stamploration Bi-Weekly sketch challenge.   I enjoyed using the sketch and will use it again soon.  I used a La Blanche flower stamp which is a dogwood rose; crikey I know the name of it lol!
I am going through a ‘different experimental phase’ this month lol!  I’m stamping with pale water based ink pads so that there is not a 'solid stamped outline'.  I think it makes flowers look more natural.  It's taken a while to get it right.  After hearing loud moans or, more likely, curses ;-( about blobby flowers and blobby leaves and seeing card thrown across the table DH came in to see what I was struggling with!  He’s helpful that way, lol, and he came up with an idea for colouring this flower as well as being able to keep some of the detail I wanted but with no black lines.  
I’ve been watercolouring for a long time and I didn’t think his suggestion would work but I had a go anyways.  I then apologised to him.  It's a technique I'll use again and again on my stamped images - thank you huni!


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
Amusing Challenge Watercolour
Artistic Inspirations Challenge #100 Anything Goes 
Crafting by Designs Challenge July Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Challenge #239 Flowers 
Fantasy Stampers Challenge #14 Clean and Simple – hope this counts
Time 4 Scrap Challenge #43 Anything Goes


Tools:
La Blanche Dogwood Rose Stamp
Paint brushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water

Stash:
Card/Paper:  Hobbycrafts C6 card; snippets DP; snippets white card for stamping
Colours: Distress Ink Pad: Pumice Stone; half pan watercolour paints
Embellishments: Making Cards magazine butterfly
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue; Collall dimensional glue


Monday, 14 July 2014

Another schparkly butterfly for some Challenges ...

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

 
A 148mm/6" square card which is okay to post! 
I love the texture on this panel! 
The butterfly stamp that many of you envy!
A final look!

I was lucky enough to win the random link thingymabob at Crafters Companion for the May challenge.  I used the voucher to purchase card, a lot of card, lol!  I got the four packs of card for the price of three packs of card offer, two Snow White gold card, one CC Kraft card, one CC Matt black card plus a pack of Sheena’s new card and CC’s watercolour card.  The box was heavy and thankfully DH lifted it for me.  I’m happy that I now have enough card to create with for a few months lol!
I have been playing with matt black card stock, an Imagination Crafts stencil, Dreamweaver embossing paste, glitter and my La Blanche butterfly stamp again.  I’m greatly enjoying playing with the stencils and embossing paste.  I am also very happy that I am using some of my glitter hoard up too!  My favourite butterfly stamp tops it off prettily, well I think so!

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
Butterfly Challenge #10 One Layer and a Butterfly
Stamplorations Challenge Anything Goes Stamps & Glitter
That’s Crafty Challenge Masks, Stencils, Templates Challenge 
Time 4 Scrap Challenge #43 Anything Goes




Tools:
Imagination Crafts stencil
La Blanch butterfly stamp
Pallette knife; pot of water; paintbrushes; spray bottle of water

Stash:
Card/Paper:  Crafters Companion matt black card; snippet card to stamp onto
Colours: Watercolour paints
Embellishments: Dreamweaver embossing paste # ; green glitter #
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue; Collall dimensional glue

# VOS + 5 years