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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Mother's Day ...

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’ve the card I created for mum to share with you today.  I used up some very old decoupage and didn’t add loads of embellishments but I did use quite a lot of roses which she has always loved.  For the time being this is my final post on this blog.  If you want any further details please see yesterday’s post.  So here is the card …

 
An  A4 card for a change! 
Very pretty image and the roses are the perfect finishing touch 
 
I'm being good and trying to remember to use up old stash!
A final look

I hope this is the last of the Kanban decoupage I bought (8 years ago at least) and it did make a lovely quick card for mum.  I so rarely used shop bought toppers or papers these days!
I’m sketching and drawing again although I’ll never be a ‘proper fine artist’ I do love to doodle, draw and sketch but I’ll never give up my stamps I can create something quickly and perfectly with stamp and I love them too much lol!
I will try to get around to visit everyone this week – I know I’ve not been around much but things are busy – my workroom and desk look like a bomb has gone off and I have so much still to sort.  It takes me ages as I can’t sit up for long and it can and has flared my back on more than one occasion – although I will be chuffed when it’s all done.

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
Papertake Weekly Challenge Happy Anything
Scribble & Scrap Challenge #40 Anything Goes 


Tools:
Happy Mother’s Day stamp #
Heat gun

Stash:
Card/Paper: Kanban A4 card and decoupage #; snippets white and silver card for stamping onto
Colours: Silver EP #
Embellishments: Wild Orchid Crafts: three sizes of roses and rose leaves
Glues: Collall all purpose glue gel; foam pads
Other: Versamark IP

# VOS + 8 years minimum

Monday, 16 March 2015

Christmas Card Club Sylvie's Choice #6 Anything Goes and waffle ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your weekend was a good one
I have my Xmas Card Club card and news to share with you all today

Some of you know I’ve been ‘experimenting’ MM style since the New Year on my other blog.  I decided to share what I was creating on a different blog because I’d received comments that the new projects I was creating weren’t mixed media/alteration or distressed.  That was when I made the decision to start a different blog, try new techniques and figure out what I wanted to do next.  I did not expect to feel so free and happy and that I’d go back to sketching, drawing and painting.  I never thought I would be so completely smitten MM style.  I like/love my mistakes because I’m learning so much.  For someone who was an obsessive and had to create ‘perfect or as near perfect’ stamping and colouring it was a huge revelation and I’m astonished.  I like creating cards for family and friends but I want to do them differently.  After my next post, possibly Tuesday, I don’t expect to publish here again.  
I’ll be creating cards, especially Xmas, but I hope to figure out a different way.  I need some time to figure it out.
I want to thank all of you – for becoming my friends, for following, for helping when I needed and for being lovely friends and followers.  If I am very lucky I hope you will come on over and check out my creations.  I’ll be here if you would like to see what I’m doing now, lol.
Back to today’s post I've a Christmas card to share with you today and here it is …

 
A little 125mm square card 
That stamped and coloured garland 
I love this sentiment
A final look

I stamped the image back in December and I’ve coloured the holly with Sakura sparkle gel pens, Perfect Pearls and used an alcohol pen for the berries.  The papers are snippets, really old ones from the Making Cards magazine, snippets of card to stamp and colour the image and sentiment and some snippets of red card I created with red spray inks.

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






Challenges
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #364 Celebrate 
Loves Rubber Stamps Challenge #142 Three Shades of Green: I used a dark olive green for the sentiment, Sakura Sparkle lime green gel pen, and Perfect Pearls Forever Green 
Scribble & Scrap Challenge #40 Anything Goes 


Tools:
Creative Expressions Holly garland stamp #
Papermania Christmas Stamp
Paintbrushes; pot of water

Stash:
Card/Paper: A4 Crafters Companion Centura Snow White Accents to create card; white card snippets; PP #
Colours: green Sakura Sparkle Gel Pen #; red spray ink to create red card mat #
Ranger Archival Green IP; Perfect Pearls green
Embellishments: gems #
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue; foam pads

# VOS: + 8 years old minimum

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Christmas Card Club #5 Margaret's choice Poinsettias in any colour ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors I hope you are having a lovely weekend
Thank you for the lovely comments on my recent creations
You are all very kind and I really do appreciate you

What the heck happened to last week?  One moment I was thinking we’ve got Christmas Card Club next weekend and I have a physiotherapy appointment this week and then the next moment it’s the weekend!  I’ve no idea what happened from Tuesday onwards – must be me getting old lol!

Anyways enough of my waffle, it was the lovely Margaret (aka Dutchess) turn to pick the Poinsettia theme for this weeks Christmas Card Club and even better we got to choose which colours we wanted to use – yippee!!!  So today I’ve two Christmas cards to share with you today and here’s the first …

 
Another C6 card - I make loads this size now and it's good to post 
The card and stamped parts 
Such a pretty stamp
A final look

And here is the second card …

 
Another A6 which is good to post too! 
The actual card 
The pretty flower - looks so different in this colour way
A final look

I was a real goody two shoes when creating both of these cards.  Because I am going through the stash in an effort to shrink the amount of it that (a) I own/hoard and (b) I want to shrink how much room it takes up.  Because of those facts I remembered to check the snippets box before starting to do anything.  I found a piece of the deep pink/plum shade of Bazzill card which I used on the first poinsettia and a larger piece of pink Bazzill card for the second one.  Both flowers and all of the leaves were stamped onto snippets.  Also I used pre-cut Christmas paper snippets too.  The very happy end result was one deep pink snippet, one paler pink snippet and two pieces of green snippets card all used – I just wish I could remember to do that every single time lol!

Thank you 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 soon
ttfn Karen x








Challenges
Fussy & Fancy Friday Challenge #133 Tic Tac Toe: sentiment-wet emboss-sparkle (from the embossing powder and faux gold gems) 
Sparkles Christmas Monthly Challenge #50 Make it Green: really very lucky to be able to link up with this one!


Tools:
Premium Craft Brands Poinsettia stamp set; sentiment from a Woodware Trees stamp set
Heat gun

Stash:
Card/Paper: A4 Crafters Companion Centura Snow White Accents to create base; Craftwork Cards Xmas Papers #; snippets Pink & Plum Bazzill card #; snippets green SU card #
Colours: Embossing Glitter Metallic Brass; White Embossing Powder #Pebeo Gold Cerne Relief Outliner #
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue; foam pads
Other: Versamark IP #


# VOS + 7 years old!


Thursday, 26 February 2015

A snippet and Rudolph Day 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’ve a Christmas card I managed to put together quickly last night.  The bauble image was created when an order from Lisa B Designs arrived, I purchased this IC stencil, several Imagination Crafts Silkie paints and a tree stamp set too.    
I won a candy prize from Ink Stains Roni, a mini Gelli plate and last week I won two stencils from Tando Creations so I’m playing with stencils and paints on the Gelli plate and I need a lot of practice before I share papers I’ve created, so far they are bug ugly lol!  Anyways enough of my waffle here’s my card …

 
An A6 tent fold Christmas card
 
You'll probably get bored because I intend to use this stencil it a lot this year
A final look

This Imagination Crafts stencil and the Silkie paints are wonderful because they’re easy to use, they are not as messy as other paints and you get a beautiful shimmer too.  I’ve also been a good girl by using white card snippets, very old stash papers and embellishments and another card to go into the 2015 Christmas Card box.  
This is a bonus card because I put it together whilst waiting for gesso, IC Silkie paints, white acrylic paint and DecoArt Mixed Media Fluid to dry on canvas and MDF projects – the project I shared on Thursday on my other blog.  I’m learning so many new skills and it is so much fun too 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
Papertake Weekly Challenge Take Your Pick: I’ve tried to stay in the cool colour zone
Pixie’s Playground Challenge #165 Snippets
Scrappy Mo’s Rudolph Day Challenge February
Sparkles Monthly Challenge #65 One for the Boys: thankfully I checked with DH as we have to send several Christmas cards for men only


Tools:
Imagination Crafts Christmas Holly Stencil
Ink blending foam

Stash:
Card/Paper: white card snippet; A4 Centura Snow White Accent card for base; Imaginations Papers #
Colours: Imagination Crafts Silkies Sunshine Satin and Turquoise Satin
Embellishments: Imaginations Bubble Sticker
Glues: Double sided tape; masking tape

#VOS: 5 years old minimum and no idea if still being produced


Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Snippet busting with new-ish stash and VOS stash!

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 stamped and coloured a little last night.  I never expected to be obsessed when I started, stamping will always be my favourite craft because it looks good, it's perfectly drawn and it’s quick.  
At the weekend I grabbed pencils and an old notepad and started doodling images which I've not done much of for the past fifteen years of card creating. There are certain flowers I've doodled forever and doodling relaxes me and that makes me very happy.  
I don’t Zentangle because I'm not that tidy and neat when I’m doodling.  I also know I’d go nuts trying to get the tangles clean, even and neat lol!  My lovely friend Sarn has had her beautiful Sarntangles created into stamps and I’m hoping to purchase them at some point and that means I don't need to tangle either! 
I’ll never be a fine artiste but I don’t mind that because I’m happy doodling what I do and trying to improve that as well as improve my decorative painting techniques (like Sheena’s paint fusion/one step decorative painting techniques).  Crikey – sorry didn’t mean to waffle so much lol!  Here is a card I created using a Sheena Douglass stamp set and I created it especially for challenges and to use up more VOS …

 
Another C6 tent fold - I love this shape for C6 as it's unexpected 
You don't need anything more with a beautiful butterfly stamp 
Fabulous way to use up that glitter
A final look

The beautiful butterfly was stamped and embossed with WOW EP.  Then I ‘flooded’ the stamped and embossed areas with water before dropping very small amounts of Spectrum Noir red and blue Aquatints in some areas and unknown yellow ink in others.  I’m going to use the Aquatints quite a lot this year.  They are such lovely deep colours and work beautifully and easily with so many different mediums and stamps.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment I really 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 #24 Butterfly/flies and Ribbon: I used ribbon on the bows – hope that is allowed
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge A Piece of Paradise creating my own paradise by playing with mediums and stamps
WOW Embossing Powder Challenge February Inspired by DT inspired by this card Sandie created in 2014 in 2014 – I'm trying to use my stamps in more that one way 

  
Tools:
Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Sketchy Butterfly Effect stamp set
Spectrum Noir Perfectly Primary Aquatints: pipettes and paint brushes
Heat gun; paint pallette; pot of water

Stash:
Card/Paper: Crafters Companion A4 Kraft to create card; Snippet Snow White Accents Centura Pearl card for stamping; snippet DP #
Colours: Crafters Companion Spectrum Noir Aquatints: Perfectly Primary
WOW EP: WS01 Black Twinkle
Embellishments: snippet ribbon from stash I won from Hazel; buttons from stash #; glitter from stash #
Glues: Collall All Purpose Glue; Collall Dimensional Glue; Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue
Other: Versamark IP

# VOS: + 7 years no idea if still available

Monday, 16 February 2015

Jolly Santa and Snowy Trees, Christmas Card Club # 3 & # 4 ...

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

I’m running late but I know my lovely ladies will forgive me, thank goodness, so today I have two Christmas cards to share with you.  
The first card was our lovely Lorraine’s challenge and is two weeks late, sorry Lorraine, I had ‘bad news’ so didn’t feel up to creating.  The theme was a Jolly Santa card.  I dug out one of my older Little Claire stamps.  I adore this stamp even because he is such a pleasure to colour!  Anyways enough waffle, here he is …


  
An A6 tent fold 
The very cheeky Santa! 
A resin/bubble sentiment
A final look

Challenges

The second card is lovely Mary’s theme of Snow Covered Trees which was yesterday and is  a favourite challenge because I got to play with Pan Pastels and a new stamp always a win win for me lol!  
Sorry it’s late Mary my back is so bad that I can barely sit up right but I got to craft a little so I’m happy about that …

 
These are my go to card sizes now! 
Love the snowy trees and landscape 
 
Using a new stamp and old stash and stamps!
A final look

Challenges
Sweet Stampin’ Challenge Inspired by a Song: Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Two more Christmas cards to go into our Christmas 2016 card box and I’ve finally started to use Christmas sentiment stickers and papers mum purchased  at least four years ago lol!  My 2016 goal is to use and/or donate paper, ribbons and glitter as much as possible so that I shrink my stash by at least fifty per cent this year.  For 2015 I have pledge to myself not to purchase: DP/PP; ribbon; and loose glitter.

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
Forgive me for the short visit my back is agony so I have to go lie down now!

ttfn Karen x





First Card Tools:
Little Claire Santa/Elf stamp
Paper stumps for blending

First Card Stash:
Card/Paper: Crafters Companion A4 Centura Snow White Accent to create an A6 tent fold card; snippets of above for stamping and colouring; Creative Imaginations DP/PP #
Colours: Derwent Coloursoft pencils; Sigma black pen
Embellishments: Creative Imaginations bubble stickers #; clear glitter
Glues: Collall glue; Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue; foam pads

Second Card Tools:
Woodware Tree stamp set; unknown sentiment stamp
Pan Pastel Knifes & Covers; heat gun; anti static bag

Second Card Stash:
Card/Paper: Crafters Companion A4 Centura Snow White Accent to create an A6 tent fold card; snippets of the above for stamping and colouring onto
Colours: Pan Pastels; Tim Holtz Distress IP’s: Peeled Paint; Pine Needles; Staz On blue IP; Silver EP
Embellishments: Imagination Crafts Diamond Sparkle Medium; gems and stars from my stash #; grosgrain ribbon #
Glues: Collall glue; Cosmic Shimmer dries clear PVA glue
Other: Versamark IP

# VOS: + 4 years old minimum

Thursday, 12 February 2015

A blue Valentine ...

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 148mm square card with lovely depth 
The stencilled base and heart 
I loved creating this
A final look

 I was playing with my Imagination Crafts Silkie paint and a snippet of thin white card.  I used a piece of craft foam and an approx. 150mm square snippet of card and coloured it with the blue paint and popped to one side.  Once I was sure the paint was completely dry and wouldn’t move I attached one of my IC stencils to it and added more IC Turquoise, removed the stencil and washed it under the tap with some hand wash and left it to dry.  Once I was sure the paint was set and dry I trimmed the square, wrapped blue organza ribbon topped with blue satin ribbon onto the card and attached to the back of the card.  I painted a chipboard heart and a WOC cherry blossom with blue acrylic paint and left to dry.  Once dry I grabbed my other IC mask and added Diamond Sparkle Medium through part of the stencil onto the chipboard heart and I ‘painted’ the flower with Diamond SM too.  Left them to dry before attached to the card front: Simples J!

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:
Imagination Crafts Stencils:
Ink blending foam; pot of water; paintbrushes

Stash:
Card/Paper: Crafters Companion A4 Centura snow white accent card folded and cut to create a 148mm square card; snippet of thin white card; snippet blue pearl self adhesive paper #
Colours: Imagination Crafts: Silky paint Turquoise Satin; Diamond Sparkle Medium
The Works Acrylic paint: thank you Brenda!
Embellishments: WOC cherry blossom mulberry paper flower; chipboard heart #; grosgrain ribbon from my stash #; satin blue ribbon from tote I won from Hazel
Glues: double sided tape; foam pads; masking tape for the stencils

# VOS + 8 years no idea if still available to purchase