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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

A second post of a 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 and your comments

Playing with my Pan Pastels and VOST’s over the weekend has been a lot of fun and I have a card to share with you today that is not one ‘for the box’.  This card is for my school friend Jane and this card should have been with her at the beginning of March! We both have big birthdays this year, horrid birthday’s that have a '0' on the end and I struggled because I wanted to create something a little bit special.  Although I did not have a clue what image to use or style of card to create until I started putting this card together and it was then the light bulb went off.  So here it is …

An A5 card 
The coloured and stamped landscape 
 

Some embellishments 
Inside 
Love this verse! 
Side view - it will cost a bit to post but I'm more than happy about that!
A final look

I really hope she likes it.  Took time to create the sky and mountains and I used masks for them.  Once I had the landscape I used cheap hairspray to set the PP’s and put it to one side.  Once completely dry I started to colour the stamps with felt tip pens.  I sprayed the stamp with water just once before stamping.  The grasses and dotty mountain background came out really well.  The tree did not – but I was able to rectify that very easily with PP and a brown felt tip. 
I embellished the card with some of my hoarded Wild Orchid Crafts flowers which I don’t use often enough lol!  The ribbon is from the tote of ribbon I won from Hazel and the PP’s are the set I won last year.  I used a Sofft sponge to create the landscape and to colour the edges.  I used a Sofft tool to add more colour the tree foliage and to colour the ribbon.   I am happy with this end result, I hope you like it 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
Craft A Scene Challenge  Emphasise the Mountains 
Craft-Dee BowZ Challenge  Anything Goes with a Hand Made Bow 
Fashionable Stamping Challenge  #70 Favourite Technique – my PP’s are fast becoming my favourite technique 
House of Cards Challenge  Sketch and shabby vintage or fun – I opted for shabby vintage and followed the sketch as closely as possible
Rhedd and Rosies Challenge  #30 Anything Goes

Huge thanks to the Paper Playful DT


Tools:
All Night Media Stamps: tree; grass *
Purchased from Stamp Addicts, A Stamp in The Hand Co: field of sky~; sand ~
Claritystamp Ltd: sentiment

Stash:
Card/Paper: CWC Kraft card; Lavinia matt card; snippet of white for sentiment; snippet yellow; snippet green
Colours: Pan Pastels; felt tips
Embellishments: Wild Orchid Crafts: Lily flowers; Gladioli flowers; white pearl stamens; rose leaves; Kanban sentiment #; Kanban die cut butterfly #; ribbon from the tote I won from Hazel
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue; foam pads; Collall glue gel

# old stash no idea when or where purchased or if still available

~ I have owned these two stamps for +10 years.  I have checked Stamp Addicts online and they aren’t in the online shop – if you love them I recommend contacting the ladies at Stamp Addicts

* VOSTs = very old stamps

Technique Time Tuesday Challenge reminder ...



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 it!

I wanted to remind you of the current and final challenge at TTTC of a side step card.  I have not got over my issues of cutting, scoring and folding.  I have tried very hard to do this technique again and because I can’t I feel like I am letting the team down lol!  Anyways here is what I have to share with you today …
An A6 deckle card 
That beautiful flower 
Good to post!
A final look

I thought it quite appropriate to use something that I learnt as a new technique last year, although not at TTTC.  I’m not sure what the name of the technique is but it was all about using PP’s to stamp and colour an image over the top of.  I painted a layer of white gesso onto DP, it was paper that I am not so keen on now.  Once dry I added another layer of paint.  That hid some of the DP design.  I left the paper to dry over night.  I chose not to heat set it because I have bubbled gesso on more than one occasion and I wanted this to be smooth to stamp and colour.  Two coats of gesso dried and I could stamp and colour my image!  The piece of DP I used for this was left over from my attempt at this technique last year – you got to love those snippets lol!  In fact the dry embossed purple card and dry embossed white card are both snippets!  The floral embellishment is glitter card, and that has been in my stash for way too many years!

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  April Anything Goes
Inspiration Journal Challenge  Favourite things – stamps
Natalie & Amy Challenge  #19 Embossing
That Craft Place Challenge  Easter/Anything Goes
The Artistic Stamper Challenge  Embossing and Texture

Huge thanks to the Paper Playful DT


Tools:
La Blanche flower stamp; paint brushes; pot of water

Stash:
Card/Paper: Hobbycraft A6 deckle edge card; snippet DP paper; snippet dry embossed oriental card #; CWC snippet dry embossed card #
Colours: Ranger Archival Jet Black IP; The Works white gesso; purple and yellow felt tips to colour image
Embellishments: glitter card stock sticker #
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue


# VOS + 4 years

Monday, 14 April 2014

Blossoms ...

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 it!

I have been playing with stamps and ink pads again. This time I dug out my old Versamagic Dew Drop IP’s which have started to dry.  I think I must have had bought them at least five years ago and given that they are little one’s they have lasted well and are to play with.  So here is today’s creation …

An A5 black card - don't use black very often 
but you will be seeing more over black cards for the next few weeks 
I love the ethereal feel of this - so soft and delicate 
I will be trying to use these dies a bit more often too! 
Not too bad for posting
A final look

Whilst sorting out some of my old stash last weekend I found some black oval aperture cards from when I went through a black and white phase lol.  I’ve had them for quite a while and I think they got put to the back of the drawer as I had got bored and I no longer like black and white that much but they are coming in handy to use right now. 
                                               
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
Allsorts Challenge  #254 Spring Blossoms
Crafters Companion Challenge on Facebook  April challenge is Floral.  I used Crafter’s Companion Sheena Douglass Stamps and Die’Sire Quilling Dies – love them so much!
Fantasy Stamping Challenge  #8 Photograph inspiration: I have been inspired by the colours, pink and green, of the flowers 
Let’s Craft & Create Challenge  #91 Dies and Punches 
Penny Black & More Challenge  Blossoms and Blooms
Rhedd and Rosies Challenge  #30 Anything Goes
Stamp and Create Challenge  Spring Flowers
Stampin' for the Weekend  Your favourite stamp - this set is my favourite as it looks so different just by changing the colours you use!
Stamping Sensations Challenge  Use your Dies and Punches

Huge thanks to the Paper Playful DT


Tools:
Crafters Companion Sheena Douglass A6 Little Bit Sketchy Silhouette Wild Flowers Stamp set
Crafters Companion Die’Sire Quilling Dies: Small Sunflower; Blissful Flower
Quilling tool                                                                       

Stash:
Card/Paper: snippet white card for stamping on; pink and yellow A4 card #; A5 oval aperture card #
Colours: Versamagic Dew Drop IP’s in Sage
Embellishments: Viva Décor Ice White Pearl pen
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue; Colall glue gel; double sided tape


# VOS + 4 years old 

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Christmas Card Club #7 Cute and #8 Asha's choice of Candles ...

Hello lovely peeps!
I hope you are having a good weekend.
I want to say a big thank you for the lovely comments on my recent creations
You are all very kind and I really do appreciate it!

I was very lucky to receive a prize from the Sparkles Challenge blog hop in February.  I have   new EF’s to use, bunting blanks to play with, stamps and House Mouse Decoupage – thank you so much ladies I am enjoying using my goodies. 
Two weeks ago I could not create a ‘proper cute card’ for our friendly challenge.  I had run out of glue gel and using foam pads on these images would have made them huge!  So while I was waiting for the glue to arrive I sat and cut out several pages of the House Mouse Decoupage pack I had won.  They are so cute!
As soon as my glue arrived I made three cards – one for the Cute theme and two for our lovely Asha’s choice of Candles.  We don’t have to make two cards per challenge but I have done so this year because I know my mum used up all of her stock of my Christmas cards and she will need quite a few from me in October so I’m trying to create two when I can.   So happy to find that there were a couple of candle scenes in the decoupage pack as I’ve no candle stamps lol! 
Here is my Cute Christmas Card …
 
A 5"x7" card covered with DP  which is good for posting
A final look

And here is my first Candle Christmas Card …
 
Black snippets great for making cards! And this is okay for posting!
A final look

And here is my second Candle Christmas Card …
 
A 5"x7" card covered with DP  which is good for posting
A final look

No stamps used on these, which is rare for me these days, they were easy to create.  I sat and cut the images out whilst watching TV one evening.  On the second evening I decoupaged and glued them and left them to dry overnight.  On the third day I matted them and attached to a  5”x7” card.  The cards were purchased specifically for these decoupage images – they are a little too big for C6 cards, in my opinion.  I used the sentiments that were on the decoupage sheets.   Two of the cards have DP/PP from a magazine 2012/13.  I used ribbon only on one card and I glitter glued the flame on the match, the candles and the cat’s jingle bell.  These will post 2nd class large and I’m happy to give them to family and friends.  I think they will be liked!

Thank you so much for visiting and commenting
I really do appreciate it
I hope you get some time for you to do what you love to do this week.
ttfn Karen x








Challenges
ABC Christmas Challenge  G for Glitter
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge  #254 Christmas 
Crafty Hazel’s Christmas Weekly Challenge #172 Make a Square Card or add a Square – luckily one of the sentiments I used (black card base) is square! 
Crafty Hazelnut’s Paper Challenge  Anything Goes with patterned paper 
Crafting by Designs Challenge  April Anything Goes
Craftyhands Challenge  #12 Anything Goes
Creative Fingers Challenge  #31 Anything Goes
MFP Speedy TV  2014 Christmas Card Challenge 
Pixie’s Playground Challenge  #120 Always Snippets 
Simply Create Too  #59 No Rubber/Clear stamps or Digital Images

Huge thanks to the Paper Playful Design Team


Tools:
Sharp scissors; glue spreader; pokey tool

Stash:
Card/Paper: House Mouse Decoupage pack; White 5”x7” cards; snippet black card cut and scored to 5”x7” card #; snippet red card for matting; snippet silver card for matting #; background papers #
Embellishments: Stickles glitter glue – clear; ribbon from Hazel’s tote
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer dries clear; Colall glue gel; double sided tape


# VOS + 2 years 

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Especially for some challenges ...

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

I seem to have posted every day for the past week!  I created this especially for a challenge or two and I want to make sure I enter before the challenge closes.  So here is a quick post from a naughty girl who has already posted much more than I should have this weekend lol …

A 148mm square card 
I actually went back over the mountains to make them more visible! 
Great for posting and I have stuck that wrinkly bit of paper down!
A final look

Last night I played with my Pan Pastels (love), chalk IP’s and really old stamps (***love***).  I enjoyed the creative process of just playing with the stamps and whatever medium I fancied using!  Not been doing that enough recently.

Thank you so much to my lovely regulars for you well wishes.  I will try to visit over the rest of the weekend but I know you all understand so thank you in advance.  I want to post before a couple of challenges end so I’ve tried very hard to not waffle so much.
Am watching BGT – my goodness the young lady, Lucy, a beautiful powerful sad voice.  I don’t normally like opera – but I stopped typing so that I could listen to Lucy and I hope she goes all the way.  And the last couple up - well I would love to have the mobility and the flexibility of the dancing couple.  I would also kill for a pair of pins that the beautiful dancing lady has too!  Have a good one

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  Colours: Bermuda, lime, grass, buttercup and mermaid – my colours are as close to this as I can get them
Crafting by Designs Challenge  April Anything Goes
Diva’s by Design Challenge  Easter/Spring 
Eclectic Ellapu Challenge  For a boy/man – I love making these cards and they are perfect for the men too! 
Inspired by Stamping Challenge  IBIS#79 Colour Pallette
MFP & Stamps Speedy Fox & Friends Challenge  #207 the letter 'T' for Trees!
Red Rubber Inspirational Challenge #115 Masculine Birthday
Rhedd & Rosie's Challenge #30 Anything Goes 
Simon Says Monday Challenge  Journey: creative journey using colouring mediums
Vintage Stamping Challenge  #19 Anything Goes 

Huge thanks to the Paper Playful DT


Tools:
Pan Pastel Sofft Tools: sponges
*VOST’s*:  All Night Media and Dee Gruenig Posh Impressions:

Stash:
Card/Paper: Lavinia A5 Matt Card; CWC 148mm square card; snippet watercoloured card coloured with inks;
Colours: Pan Pastels; Versamagic Dew Drop IP's: Jumbo Java, Niagara Mist and Hint of Pesto
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue


* these stamps are more than fifteen years old and when I purchased them you could use a black ink pad or felt tips lol!

Friday, 11 April 2014

Playing with felt tips, well sort of ...

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

I am playing with markers, aka felt tips, a spray bottle of water, watercolour paper and stamps.  I'm also starting to shrink my pile of white snippets too.  I have been a snotty little Goody Two Shoes this week by using images from my stamped box.  Yesterday I wanted to do something different so I figured I'd been a good girl for long enough it was time to start playing and inking again lol.  I have a few of these on the go and will be sharing them with you over the next week or so.  This scene was created with markers/felt tips only and I am happy with it 
A 148mm square card 
It was worth the extra effort to darken the mountains
I must try to use this technique more often!
I do love these quilled flowers! 
It will flatten down a bit for posting!
A final look

A quick breakdown of how I created this, just in case I can tempt you to have a go!

1. Scribbled blue, green and black felt tips onto a tile.  Added water to make a three pale ‘washes’ and put to one side.
2. Inked the stamps with markers, sprayed them very lightly with water and stamped onto a piece of white card.  I experimented with spraying the water and found that using two sprays got the ink to run but not to pour - hope that makes sense!
3. Used the blue wash for the sky and green for the foreground.  Left them to dry a little then I ‘painted’ two grey mountains across the background using a torn paper mask.  Left to dry whilst eating dinner (DH cooks – I'm an accident waiting to happen in the kitchen lol).
4.  I inked up the flower stamp with the felt tips and sprayed lightly with the water and then stamped the flower in position.  Left everything to dry.
5.  The mountains were too pale so I went over them again with a wash of black ink and heat set that. 
6. I used a Sakura clear sparkle pen over the top of the stamped flower.  Played with the felt tips and a couple of other stamps while this was all drying and then I cut, matted and made a card!  I love this technique and will use it again.

None of this was difficult it just took a little time and some planning and I am chuffed, not often do you hear that, chuffed with the outcome!  I love the way I have stepped out of my comfort zone and used brighter colours - Spring is finally springing in Northamptonshire!  I think it is a good piece of stamping onto a snippet of white card and I hope you like it too!  

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







Challenges
BMC Get Inky Challenge  Spring/Easter  
Craft A Scene Challenge  Emphasise the Mountains 
Crafters Companion Challenge on Facebook  April challenge is Floral.  I used Crafter’s Companion Sheena Douglass Stamps and Die’Sire Quilling Dies – love them so much!
Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge  #5 Use a Stamp, any stamp!
Crafting by Designs Challenge  April Anything Goes
Inspiration Journal Challenge  Favourite things – stamps
Loves Rubber Stamps Challenge  #98 inspired by the 1980’s: the pattern and colour of the card
Pixie’s Playground Challenge  #119 Always Snippets 
Simon Says Monday Challenge  Journey: creative journey using colouring mediums
Stamp and Create Challenge  Spring Flowers
Stamping Sensations Challenge  Use your Dies and Punches
Sweet Stamps Monthly Challenge  Inking Stamps with Markers 

Huge thanks to the Paper Playful DT


Tools:
Crafters Companion Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Sketchy A6 Stamp Sets: Silhouette Wild Flowers and Lakeside Shore
Cuttlebug die cutting machine; paint brush; pot of water; spray bottle of water; kitchen towel
Crafters Companion Die’Sire Quilling Dies: Small Sunflower; Blissful Flower; Lace Flower
Quilling tool        

Stash:
Card/Paper: snippet white card for stamping on; grey and pink watercolour paper to mat image onto; Neon Stripe card #; Pink and Yellow card for die cutting #
Colours: Whisper markers; Tesco Felt Tips; Sakura clear sparkle pen
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer Glue; Colall glue gel
Other: Viva Décor Ice White Pearl Pen

# VOS +4 years

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Destination for men ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your week is going well
We’re already more than halfway through to the next weekend!
Thank you for the lovely comments on my recent creations
You are all very kind and I really appreciate you

Another stamped and coloured image from my box of these so that means another image used up – yay!  Now I have not been able to get that piece of music out of my head since I typed it earlier on this week.  Adam Ant is bopping around singing in my head right now lol!  Here is today’s card …
An A6 card 
Gorgeous image 
Cute! 
Good for posting!
A final look

This wee creation was a very old stash buster – for some reason I am in the right mood to use up some old stash.  It may have been finding those peel offs and using them with some caught in crystal acetate has spurred me on to use them when I can, let’s hope this new found enthusiasm lasts for quite a while lol!  I used some peach textured card behind the image and there was a snippet left over from that and I attached the silver peel off onto that.  The flower is one that I made quite a while ago, when I first found Craftyloop’s blog.  Lee really does have the most fabulous flower tutorials!
I’m trying to pop around to visit my lovely friends late of an evening because I am constantly worn out at the present.  We’re not sure if the fibromyalgia or the RA is causing more problems at the moment.  I know I’ve got to go see the GP just want to try and put it off for a little while because I don’t want to be told to rest.  DH gets a bit too pushy and over protective when that happens.  I have actually sat down and sorted out a load of cards and old stash.  I have a huge box of cards to give to one of the Hospice’s at Oxford, a box for our local hospice shop and two boxes, so far, of old stash to go to our local after school classes.

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
Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge  #5 Use A Stamp, any stamp!
Crafting by Designs Challenge  April Anything Goes
Inspiration Journal Challenge  Favourite things – stamps
Pixie’s Playground Challenge  #119 Always Snippets 
Red Rubber Inspirational Challenge #115 Masculine Birthday
Simon Says Monday Challenge  This weeks theme is Journey.  I am on a creative journey of using my inks and stamps in more than just one way – I hope that is allowed!
Without Words Challenge  For a Gentleman

Huge thanks to the Paper Playful DT


Tools:
Sheena Douglass A6 Little Bit Sketchy Destination rubber stamp
Paper stumps; silicon mould

Stash:
Card/Paper: snippet white card to stamp on; black card to make blank #
Colours: Memento Tuxedo Black IP; colouring pencils; water colour paints to colour shell
Embellishments: Craftwork Cards die cut shape #
Glues: Double sided tape; Cosmic Shimmer Glue
Other: Fimo Air Dry Light Clay

# very old stash, minimum three years old

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Colours ...

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


Before I forget to do this I want to thank you all for the lovely compliments and comments on the tag I recently made and blogged, as well as the caught in crystal card that I shared yesterday.  I was not sure about either of them but your wonderful comments have made me look at them with fresh new eyes – so thank you very much, you will never know how much your support means to me.

I have recently found some new challenges which are about using your stamps.  For an OCD compulsive and hoarding stamper that is just pure joy.  So one of those challenges has a coloured challenge right now.  I don’t often do those challenges because I am not confident that I will use the right shades of colour – but hey ho nothing ventured means nothing gained.  So here is today’s card ...

A6 deckle edge card 
She's such a cute image!
Thank goodness for the Tattered Floral die! 
Side view
A final look

This wee creation was a very old stash buster – for some reason I am in the right mood to use up some old stash.  It may have been finding those peel offs and using them with some caught in crystal acetate has spurred me on to use them when I can, let’s hope this new found enthusiasm lasts for quite a while lol!  I used some peach textured card behind the image and there was a snippet left over from that and I attached the silver peel off onto that.  The flower is one that I made quite a while ago, when I first found Craftyloop’s blog.  Lee really does have the most fabulous flower tutorials!

I’m trying to pop around to visit my lovely friends late of an evening because I am constantly worn out at the present.  We’re not sure if the fibromyalgia or the RA is causing more problems at the moment.  I know I’ve got to go see the GP just want to try and put it off for a little while because I don’t want to be told to rest.  DH gets a bit too pushy and over protective when that happens.  I have actually sat down and sorted out a load of cards and old stash.  I have a huge box of cards to give to one of the Hospice’s at Oxford, a box for our local hospice shop and two boxes, so far, of old stash to go to our local after school classes.

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
Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge  #5 Use A Stamp, any stamp!
Crafting by Designs Challenge  April Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge  Things with Wings
Creative Card Crew Challenge  #59 Spring 
Inspiration Journal Challenge  Favourite things – stamps, inks and techniques 
Inspired by Stampin Challenge  IBSIC #81 Inspired by white, blue green and orange
Sister Act Card Challenge  #51 Anything Goes

Huge thanks to the Paper Playful DT


Tools:
Stamp Whimsy – free with magazine
Cuttlebug Die Cutting machine
Hobbycraft Store: Sizzix TH Tattered Floral Die, Marianne Anja Rolled Rose Die – the leaf from the set

Stash:
Card/Paper: Hobbycraft A6 deckle edge card; 6” square peach card #; snippet white card for stamping and colouring; snippets paper for flower and leaf
Colours: Colouring pencils
Embellishments: orange satin ribbon from Hazel
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue; foam pads
Other: Stickles clear glitter glue; silver butterfly peel off  #

# very old stash, more than three years old