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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Tuesday's post is owl about owls ....

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 been very lucky to win some fabulous prizes this year from blogs, challenges and giveaways and I love this set of stamps I purchased from a random voucher from Chocolate Baroque’s Design Team blog.  I've wanted this Steam Punk Bird stamp set for a long time and I love it!  You will be seeing more of this stamp set in the future lol!  Anyways enough of my waffle here it is …

A6 again! 
Good to post as I only decoupaged the bird and cog! 
Isn't he fabulous! 
 
Snippets, VOS and a fabulous die 
A final look

Some new stamps, a fabulous die set from the Playground, an old snippet or two and some very old stash items created a very cute card!
Will be MIA for a couple of days due to back pain being an absolute pig and the first autumn virus has taken hold – too tired and a bit run down lol!  DH made sure I stamped some of my new stamp images before doing anything else at the weekend.  He figured that I can sit on the sofa and do a bit of colouring if I was able to.  I really don’t right now which is so blooming frustrating especially as I have some new, don’t tell Mrs A, butterfly stamps – she is not going to be happy with me 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:
Chocolate Baroque A4 Steam Punk Bird stamp set
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
X Cut speech bubble dies
Heat gun; paint brushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water

Stash:
Card/Paper: Craftwork Cards Kraft; snippet white card; Making Cards Magazine Dotty vellum #
Colours: watercolour paints; Distress IPs: Spiced Marmalade
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue; foam pads
Other: Versamark IP; WOW Platinum EP; mini orange brads #

# VOS + 5 years

Monday, 29 September 2014

Monday's post is all about autumn ...

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 show you today and here it is …

 
Another A6 card - reasonably flat so good for posting! 
 
The stamped parts! 
A snippet yay!
A final look

I really love the stamps I won from Inspired by Stamping a couple of months ago.  I’ve already created several summer coloured creations and I’ve been playing with autumnal shades of Adirondack ink pads and they just work perfectly with those colours too. 
Sometimes when I get new stamps I have to ‘stamp/colour/play’ quite a bit before I’m happy with the outcome but I didn’t need to do that with these stamps.  I’m thinking about stamping them with green, red, gold and silver which I think will create beautiful Christmas cards! 
I won’t be around much this week as we are having our boiler replaced and I’m going to my mum’s with our Eddy otherwise he will constantly bark whilst the plumbers are here!  I’ve also picked up some sort of virus so I’m feeling absolutely rotten right now, grr!  Why the heck does that happen when we’re busier than we’ve been for weeks, grr!  Two more days then we are in October – how the dickens did that happen? 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:
Inspired by Stamping stamp set
Cuttlebug Die Cutting machine; Cuttlebug Vine embossing folder
Spellbinders Elongated Oval die set

Stash:
Card/Paper: Craftwork Cards Kraft card; snippet white card for stamping; snippet embossed white card
Colours: Adirondack ink pads: lettuce; butterscotch; currant
Embellishments: Craftwork Cards Candi
Glues: double sided tape; mini foam pads

Sunday, 28 September 2014

A Sunday CAS post for challenges ...

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’ve a very quick post with a card I created especially for some challenges and I just about got this one and a couple of other cards finished from my pile of images to use up.  Here it is …

 
An A6 deckle edged card 
I love these poppies!
A final look

I used one of the stamps that DH purchased as part of my Christmas present and I coloured the poppies with felt tips and managed to use up a whole load of snippets and, I think, the last of these deckle edge cards.  I say ‘I think’ because I have been surprised by some of the stash items I have found where I thought I’d already used all of those items up lol!
A very quick creation which, as I said, helps me to shrink my snippets and my huge pile of stamped images has shrunk just a little too.  I do love this stamp set and am hoping to play some more with my new stamps and inks real soon!

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 A6 A Little Bit Sketchy Poppies & Daisies stamp set
Paint brushes; pot of water; white tile to scribble the markers onto

Stash:
Card/Paper:  Hobbycrafts C6 card; snippet white card for stamping onto; snippets of unknown DP #; snippets of unknown red card #
Colours: Ranger Archival green IP; two shades of red and two shades of green felt tip markers
Glues: double sided tape

# VOS + five years old


Saturday, 27 September 2014

Saturday's post is autumn on the water ...

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

Before I share today I just wanted to say hello to Kate and Viv my two new followers!  Thank you so much for choosing to follow me I really do appreciate it and I hope you enjoy seeing my creations.  This was stamped with Archival and coloured with half pan watercolour paints …

 
Another A6 card which is good to post 
The landscape - looks like a cool day!
A final look

This is quite a simple card which makes it ideal for a man’s birthday card.  I also managed to use an old piece of DP and ribbon all from my stash and I've no idea where they came from lol! 
I can’t believe it’s nearly the end of the month already – time sure is rushing by right now!  Going to have to start thinking about the ‘C’ word soon as it will require some planning and I always feel better once we know if we host or another family member does.  My craft room is another story as I’ve not managed to get it sorted yet so you can guess what we’ll be doing this weekend and next week.  I’m hoping to get enough cleared so that I can actually ‘stamp’ or do something creative soon.

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 stamp set
Paintbrushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water

Stash:
Card/PaperHobbycrafts C6 card; Crafters Companion Centura Card for stamping (reverse); snippet paper for matting#; DP on base #
Colours: Ranger Archival Jet Black IP; half pan watercolours
Embellishments: ribbon from my stash #
Glues: double sided tape

# VOS + 4 years

Friday, 26 September 2014

Friday is photo heavy and my mum's birthday card ...

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

It's been a busy week and I’m exhausted but hoping to have a lie in this weekend!  It was Mum’s birthday last weekend and I was so very, very close to buying a card.  However insanity took over and here is the card I made …

I 
Quite a lot of detail on this card 
 
A bit more depth than usual but not a problem!
The layout - yep a tad busy for me but Mum liked it so I'm happy 
 
I love this orchid stamp and you can see the depth I achieved by stamping and embossing twice
 
Yes I do have a 'thiang' for my Visible Image butterfly stamp 
 
And I still have a 'thiang' for that orchid die
A final look

This is a 7”x10” card which is big for me these days!  I cut into a sheet of SU DP to use as mats, and two different sheets 12” square Bazzill card, which I am desperate to play with! 
  been in my stash for a while.  I used four different stamps, three dies and two heat EP’s.  I coloured the stamped orchid with very pale Brusho watercolours and I’m happy with the finished result.  I stamped and embossed the orchid twice and put a ‘wash’ of water on each petal before colouring.  I created a very pale pink using just a smidgen of Brusho to my paint pallette and lots of water to get the colour I wanted.  Once each petal was pale pink I used a second well and made a slightly deeper pink to use on the ‘inner’ of each petal and then even deeper into the middle of the orchid.  I added more colour to the inside of the flower which is how one of my orchids looks when blooming.
I used the last of some pink grosgrain ribbon with yellow stitching, snippets of white card to stamp mum and birthday sentiment, white snippets were used to create the Cheery Lynn die cut orchids, a snippet of yellow and pink glossy paper and a lot of Craftwork Cards Candi – maybe a bit too much of that, with hindsight, lol!  I think she liked it!
It has taken the whole week to empty two cupboards and I’m not sure if I will have the time or the energy to stamp and colour for the next week or two.  Once again we have got a really busy weekend and week ahead that I know is going to make me rougher.  My back pain is off the grid up and I’m getting grumpier every day that I can’t stamp and play.  Even worse is that I’ve new stamps, thanks to Crafters Companion birthday and Facebook celebration for a lovely discount!  As if I need any more stamps is what the family say and I give them the ‘look’ 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
Inspired by Stamping Challenge September #86 Colours/Sketch/Photo: I followed the sketch and used the beige, pink and white
Time Out Challenges An Extra Challenge Double the Joy: I used two different Bazzill cards and two die cut orchids


Tools:
Visible Image butterfly stamp.  Dimension Fourth orchid stamp set.
Claritystamp Ltd Happy Birthday stamp.  Personal Impressions Alphabet stamp set.
Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Cheery Lynn Orchid die.
Spellbinder’s Large Classic Circle and Large Scalloped Circles Nestability die sets
Heat gun; paintbrushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water; pallette; anti-static bag

Stash:
Card/Paper: QVC 7”x10” card #; Crafters Companion Centura Pearl Snow White (reverse) for stamping onto; Bazzill pink textured #; Bazzill embossed white #; SU DP #; snippets white card; snippet yellow glossy paper
Colours: WOW: WS05 Metallic Copper Sparkle Glitter EP; WL01 Opaque White EP
Brusho watercolour crystals: leaf green; rose red; yellow
Adirondack IP: Wild Plum
Embellishments: Craftwork Cards Candi #; ribbon; Distress Stickles Worn Lipstick
Glues: double sided tape; Collall dimensional glue; mini foam pads for Candi
Other: Versamark IP

# VOS minimum +4 years old

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Thursday's post is an autumnal view ...

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 am so very happy that I stamped and created a few more cards than normal before we switched the dining room and the conservatory around!  There is no part of my desk visible still!  So today I have another card to share with you and here it is …

 
An A6 card good for posting 
The bunny, tree and landscape 
 
I love these leaves and the bunny is so cute!
A final look

This tree stamp is one I won from Brenda and I love it!  It’s fabulous!  I stamped the tree with second generation archival before creating the landscape.  Another fun play with Brusho watercolours, a super cute little bunny and another couple of leaves from one of my Sheena Douglass stamp sets.  One of the leaves was stamped and embossed onto a snippet of orange brayered glossy paper.  The other leaf and whirligig were stamped onto snippets of white card using an Adirondack IP and were coloured with pale green and yellow Adirondack IP’s.  I need to create some more butterflies using one of my Martha Stewart mould and air dry clay – once I can find them 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:
Art Impressions Tree stamp.  Claritystamp Ltd: bunny stamp.  Crafters Companion Sheena Douglass A6 stamp set.
Brayer; heat gun; paintbrushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water

Stash:
Card/Paper:  Hobbycrafts C6 card; K & Co papers #; snippet white card
Colours: Adirondack IP: Hazelnut; Expresso; Lettuce; Meadow. 
Brusho watercolour paints.  WOW gold EP
Glues: double sided tape; foam pads; Collall dimensional glue
Other: Versamark IP; butterfly embellishment from Martha Stewart mould and air dry clay

# VOS + 5 years

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Wednesday's post is techniques and colours ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
Happy Hump Day to you all & 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 am still playing with the gorgeous stamps that I won from the lovely Brenda and this gorgeous stamp is, so far, my second favourite lol!  I am also trying very hard to use up some snippets and other stash and that is exactly why this card was created and here it is …

 
Another Kraft card, this time an A6! 
I love the bold rich colours - not my usual comfort zone but I do love the effect! 
 
My favourite parts of the card: always that butterfly stamp and lots paint and colours!
A final look

I am still having a ‘thiang’ for Kraft I love it so very much!  I had some snippets of shaving foam and ink paper in my snippet box along with the purple card, a thick piece of white card for the butterfly and a snippet of Crafters Companion watercolour card – their watercolour card is amazing!  The stamped oval panel was created from a snippet of Brusho coloured card which is just perfect for this image.  Once again I inked up the stamp with felt tip markers and very lightly sprayed with water before stamping onto the coloured card. 
I coloured the butterfly much more loosely than I normally do by wetting the stamped image and dropping small amounts of pink, purple and red Brusho crystals onto the wings.  Once dry I used a black felt tip direct to the stamped thorax as it did not look right in pale colours.

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 flower stamp; La Blanche butterfly stamp
Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine; Spellbinders Elongated Classic Ovals
Paintbrushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water

Stash:
Card/Paper: Craftwork Cards Kraft; Clairtystamp glossy paper # (shaving foam BG); Crafters Companion water colour paper; snippet Crafters Companion pearl card (reverse)
Colours: Staz On mini IP; Brusho watercolours: purple, red and yellow
Felt tip markers: green and purple; inks to create BG #
Glues: double sided tape; foam pads
Other: shaving foam


# VOS + 5 years