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Friday, 31 October 2014

Friday's post is more buttons and bows ...

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

Using up some more snippets of DP’s and ribbon plus a snippet of card to stamp onto ends up with me having another card suitable for as a thank you or happy birthday for a man and here it is …
 
A little A6 card, landscape kraft again! 
He is a really handsome bird! 
The side view of the birdie 
Buttons and bows!
A final look

I used the last of the brown satin ribbon, some K&Co DP snippets, a snippet of textured paper, white crochet thread (makes great baker’s twine), brown paper raffia and really old buttons I coloured with my alcohol pens and given them a vintage look lol!
On the work room front I have all of my mounted stamps, punches and tools organised and put away too! 
I found way too many boxes and containers to decorate/upcycle!  I’ve recycled items that weren’t top quality.  I can get to the small blanket box and that is where I have put everything that I want to decorate or upcycle and I hope that I’ll be able to start decorating them once I’ve caught up with our lovely Christmas Card Club this weekend.  I can get to my jewellery supplies and Stampbord and after I’ve caught up with our CCC challenges I hope to start creating some personalised Christmas presents.
Once I have sorted through my last three boxes of stash and all of the supplies put away we will clean, dust and de-cobweb and once all done I will take and share some photograph’s of my work room and share with you.  However, I have three Christmas projects to create, photograph and edit and several cards to create before we can clear and clean.  I won’t be photographing until I am up to date with the Christmas cards, thank you cards and other creations that I need.

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:
Crafters Companion Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Sketchy A5 Free as a Bird stamp set
Martha Stewart border punch
Pot of water; paint brushes

Stash:
Card/Paper:  snippet Crafters Companion Snow White card (reverse) for stamping onto; snippets K&Co papers #; snippets blue textured paper #
Colours: Ranger Archival Sepia IP; Brusho Watercolour Crystals
Embellishments: buttons #; ribbon; white crochet thread
Glues: double sided tape; foam pad; brown paper raffia ribbon

# VOS at least 5 years old

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Thursday's post is a sketchy ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your week is good and we are nearly there again!
Thank you for the lovely comments on my recent creations
You are all very kind and I really do appreciate you


I have been playing with some new‘ish’ stamps and some old‘ish’ hoarded flowers and roses and ribbon snippets!  The ribbon ends aren’t quite long enough to make a good sized bow and when I saw this sketch at the beginning of the month I thought I would stamp to create the lines but something about the sketch reminded me of lengths of ribbon so I had a wee play!  Enough of my waffle here it is …

  
An A5 card 
A little busier than my usual style! 
 
I may have gotten a bit carried away with photographing the butterflies! 
 
And I love the soft colours I achieved! 
 
So I am sorry, but not too sorry, to show the front and side view of these butterflies 
 
I just wanted to show my two favourite little butterflies
A final look

I was lucky enough to win some new stamps from Inspired by Stamping and I have used two of the butterflies that are in the set of stamps I chose!  Of course I had to get some more butterflies – I love them!  I created an A5 card for a change; I’ve not made that size for a while. 
The three large butterflies was stamped and embossed with Versamark and WOW EP onto the glossy side of Snow White accent card which I coloured with Brusho Crystals.  The smaller butterflies are again snippets of inked card, coloured on the reverse this time, they were snippets from other projects and they weren’t embossed.

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
Inspired by Stamping Challenge IBSIC87: I was inspired by the colours


Tools:
Inspired by Stamping Australian Nature 1 stamp set
Heat gun; pot of water; spray bottle of water

Stash:
Card/Paper: Crafters Companion Snow White Accent A4 card for base and snippets used from backgrounds made with paints/inks; SU green card #
Colours: Brusho Watercolour Crystals; WOW EP
Embellishments: Wild Orchid Crafts: 10mm and 15mm ivory roses; lilies # ; rose leaves; white and pink pearl stamens #
Ribbons from the tote of ribbon I won from Hazel’s candy; paper blooms from my friend Helen
Glues: double sided tape; foam pads; Collall dimensional glue
Other: Versamark IP


# At least three years old, maybe more

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Wednesday's post is by the light of the silvery moon ...

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

Huge apologies for not having been around much this past week – I needed to rest for at least a week as we knew if I didn’t stop my body was going to close down lol!  I finally felt up to stamping and paper crafting today and that is why I am here tonight!   Enough of my waffle here is today’s creation …


 
Great for posting! 
I love this look and I hope to be able to create another scene soon! 
Beautiful beastie! 
My attempt at a cob web - need to practice some more!
A final look

 I had a little play with some new Visible Image stamps that I recently purchased.  It’s a simple scene but that was good for me as I didn’t want to create anything that was too busy.  I also got to play with my brayer which I’ve not managed to do for quite a while!
I hope to be able to get some visiting and catching up on your lovely creations over the next couple of days – so make sure you are all having fun and time for yourself!

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:
Visible Image Stamps: Winter Tree; Revolution Stamp Set
Splodgeaway mat; brayer; paper masks for landscape; paper circle punch mask; spray bottle for water; heat gun

Stash:
Card/Paper: Crafters Companion A4 Centura Snow White Gold card; silver pearl card snippet #
Colours: Adirondack IP: Stonewashed; Denim; Pitch Black; Espresso
Distress IP: Faded Jeans
Black Gutta #; Wow Embossing Powder WS26 Metallic Platinum Sparkle
Glues: double sided tape; foam pads
Other: Ranger Distress Stickles Broken China; Versamark IP


# VOS + 5 years

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Thursday's post is another Krafty creation ...

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 just popped on before bed to check my email and not all of my photograph's are showing on my blog! I have tried to fix it but one or more photo’s still go missing.  Is anyone else having this problem?
I have been playing with one of the many gorgeous stamps I won from Brenda’s mega candy a couple of months ago and it is a Hero Arts stamp – thank you Brenda!!!  This oval was die cut from an A4 sheet of watercolour card that I coloured with Brusho Watercolour Crystals.  That  gave me a lovely base layer ready to cut/die cut and stamp onto when I wanted to.  I used felt tips to colour the stamp and sprayed the stamp just once before stamping the image and here it is 

 
 Good to post 
Love this image! 
You can just about make out the stitching!
A final look!

I’ve another entry for Craft Stamper magazine October challenge.  I have played quite a bit the technique of colouring stamps with more than one colour and for me it really works well using small ink pads or felt tips with one light spray of water onto the image before stamping that image onto watercolour card.  I die cut and embossed the stamped image with a Spellbinder’s Nestability oval die and I used white snippets from my snippets box which I ran through my Cuttlebug using two of my Tim Holtz mini embossing folders added a gorgeous piece of red grosgrain ribbon stitched with white thread (from last year’s Christmas PJ’s).  I could not bear to bin the ribbon even though I’ve a huge box of ribbon because of the candy I won from Hazel earlier this year!

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:
Hero Arts stamp
Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine; Nestability Large Classic Oval & Large Scalloped Oval dies; Tim Holtz Sizzix Stitching Embossing Folders
Spray bottle of water; pot of water; pencil, knife & ruler to create ‘V’

Stash:
Card/Paper: Crafters Companion Watercolour card; Craftwork Cards Kraft card; snippets white card for embossing; snippet DP
Colours: Brusho watercolour crystals: blue & yellow
Felt tip markers: green & red
Embellishments: red grosgrain ribbon with white stitching from last years Christmas PJ’s
Glues: double sided tape; foam pads

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Wednesday's post is Clean and Simple ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your week is going well and 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

Before I share today’s card I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone that left me such lovely comments on yesterday’s Misty Landscape card.  I like to play with my Pan Pastels, old stamps and inks and I'm not sure if I am doing 'it' the right way so a huge thank you to everyone!  Enough of my waffling, I have another card to show you today and here it is …
 
A 5"x7" card and it's nice and flat! 
I love that I was able to keep this reasonably clean  for a change lol!
The sentiment
A final look

I got to stamp and create a new card last night – yippee!  I’m trying to get my work room how I want and need it to be but it felt so very good to stamp something new.  I need to make two 70th birthday cards: one from mum to her sister and another card from my brother, our Bethan, DH and me!  Thankfully only one card is required from the four of us but I’ve no idea what to create yet lol!  
I’m planning to catch up with the two challenges I missed for Christmas Card Club with the next challenge so that I can do just one post instead of three separate ones.  I’ve still got a pile of stamped and coloured images to use up too.  I wonder if I can get my room sorted, images used up and everything else sorted before Christmas: oh well only time will tell 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:
La Blanche Tudor Rose stamp #
Chocolate Baroque sentiment stamp (when they were Elusive Images)

Stash:
Card/Paper: Hobbycraft 5”x7” card; snippet white card
Colours: Ranger Distress IPs: Pumice Grey; Peacock Feathers; Dried Marigold; Scattered Straw
Adirondack IP: Black Soot
Embellishments: chipboard embellishment #; ribbon from the tote I won from Hazel
Glues: double sided tape

# all old stash no idea when or where purchased and the stamps are more than five years old

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Tuesday's post is a Misty Landscape ...

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 …

 
A very simple card but thankfully not Kraft for a change! 
The Pan Pastel scene and I used Dew Drop Versamagic inks
A final look

Another simple card as I’m trying to use my hoard of stamped images.  Pan Pastels and paper masks were used to create the sky, the mountains and the grass in the foreground.  I used old’ish chalk ink pads to stamp the trees in multiple colours multiple times.  The little dew drop pads are the best ink pads to use when attempting this technique.  A second stamp was used to stamp grass in front of the trees to give the scene depth.  Old snippets to mat the image onto and newish black card to make the base, simples 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 weekend
ttfn Karen x







Challenges
Tools:
Plaid Pine Trees stamp *
Stamp Addicts Grasses stamp
Pan Pastel Tools

Stash:
Card/Paper: snippet white paper; snippet DP #; Crafters Companion A4 matt black card
Colours: Pan Pastel: blue, green and yellow.  Versamagic Dew Drop IP’s: espresso & sage
Glues: double sided tape
Other: cheap hair spray; torn paper masks to create a landscape

# VOS snippet no idea when or where purchased or if still available
* really old stamp that is more than fifteen years old

Monday, 20 October 2014

Monday's post is that butterfly again ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your weekend was good 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


Before I forget, and I know I will unless I do it right now I want to welcome Angela, Colette and Kathy, in alphabetical order, to my blog.  Thank you so much for following me I really do appreciate it.  I am hoping to be able to catch up with you later this week.  Our weekend was manic, to put it mildly, and I had to really push myself to get more of my supplies sorted and put away and, at last, I am beginning to hope that I may get to do some stamping this week and I really, really hope I can!
Of course I have another butterfly card to share with you today.  I have used up the bulk of the Craftwork Cards Kraft card, buttons, ribbon and some old snippets of SU papers.  Yippee!  More using up of old stash but this time with a newer stamp that I managed to stamp before my grand re-organisation and here it is …
 
Another A6 landscape in Kraft - I promise to try and not to use it for a couple of days lol!
That beautiful butterfly! 
A little embellishing, of course!
A final look! I love that butterfly so much!

I hope and think that finally I have tools, colouring mediums, embossing powders, UTEE, ThermoMorph granules, Friendly Plastic strips, paper and fabric flowers sorted, organised and either within grab reach or able to take out of a cupboard– wohoo!  I still need to sort and organise papers, card stock, cards/envelopes and fabric to sort.  I’ll end up with large boxes for donating and once the desk is done and the donation boxes are gone I’ll finally get to do some new stamping before sorting out our new dining room. 

DH has got to attach the top of my desk to its legs and I’ve some crafty stash still waiting to be sorted and organised, grr whimper!  So many lovely new stamps in their wrappers waiting to be played with, grr, it’s getting me down!  To top it all I am at the beginning of coming down with ‘something’ you know – sore throat, hurts to cough, varying from cold to too hot within fifteen seconds and many other issues I have no desire to share and you don’t want to know either, grr, short version is I may be around even less this 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
Tools:
Crafters Companion Sheena Douglass A5 A Little Bit Sketchy True Colours stamp set
Martha Stewart border punch
Paint brushes; pot of water

Stash:
Card/Paper: Crafter’s Companion A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accents card; Craftwork Cards Kraft card; snippets DP’s #
Colours: Ranger Archival Jet Black IP; half pan watercolours; blue glitter #; Sakura Sparkle pen #
Embellishments: ribbon; buttons #; crochet thread #
Glues: double sided tape; Cosmic Shimmer glue; foam pads
  
# Old Stash: maybe 3/4 years and not sure if still available