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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

Friday, 17 October 2014

Friday's post is Butterflies and a Tag ...

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

I am still finding stamped and/or stencilled pieces that I have created but not turned into cards or finished pieces yet so today I have another card to share and here it is …

 
A little A6 card good for posting! 
The stencilled tag with a lot of butterflies! 
I do love this butterfly stamp
A final look

When I found this tag it had already been glittered with the MB stencil but wasn’t quite right – something was missing lol!  So I decided to add some butterflies and I kept adding butterflies and I think I added a little too many but it was fun to use the tag and it also meant that I could join in with Mrs A’s Butterfly challenge where I really love to play!  I’m trying, but not always managing to do so, to use the many stamped, coloured and/or stencilled images I’ve found and not play with my lovely box full of new stamps!  I think I’m going to find a lot more stamped and coloured images before I have finished my re-organisation and I’m not sure I can hold out any longer to play with my lovely, lovely, brand new stamps that I purchased from my birthday money and even newer stamps that I recently acquired after being a random winter at one of my lovely, lovely, friends challenges.

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:
Memory Box Stencil
Tonic Mini Boot Butterfly Punch

Stash:
Card/Paper:  Hobbycrafts C6 card; Craftwork Cards Kraft card; K & Co papers and snippets #
Colours: light green and dark green glitter #
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue; double sided tape

# VOS + 5 years

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Thursday's post is shades of autumn ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your week is going well: we’re nearly there lol!
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 share today where I have used one of my Inspired by Stamps set of stamps, gorgeous Adirondack IPs and two snippets!  Anyways here it is …

I did tell you I was obsessed with kraft! 
Good to post! 
Love these stamps! 
One of the flowers
A final look

This is a really versatile stamp set and stamps beautifully without much effort from me and I have enjoyed playing with these colours again.  I am still sorting out my work room and not spending as much time stamping or visiting as I would like but it is finally starting to feel a lot less cluttered in there as I have put some supplies away and I can get to my stamps and other supplies much more easily.  I am hoping that normal service will be resumed soon and I can pop around and visit you all again!

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 Stamps Little Flowers stamp set
Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Couture Creations Embossing Folder; Spellbinders Elongated Scalloped Rectangles

Stash:
Card/Paper: snippets of Companion Snow White Accents A4 Centura Pearl card to create card and to die cut; Craftwork Cards Kraft card
Colours: Adirondack IPs: Lettuce; Currant; Butterscotch
Embellishments: Craftwork Cards Candi
Glues: double sided tape; foam pads

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Wednesday's post is Oriental Kraft ...

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

I’ve a new Follower!  Twice in one week!  I am very honoured you've decided to follow me Angela and if you ever have any questions please feel free to leave me a comment and I’ll try to get back to you.  So today I have another card to share with you and here it is …  

 
Another A6 Kraft card: I am obsessed lol! 
I coloured her a little better here but am planning to stamp and colour her with watercolours next 
A fab way to use up those snippets!
A final look

I had another play session with the Paperbabe stamp I recently won this time stamping onto some Kraft card and coloured her with my colouring pencils again.  As I mentioned the last time I used this stamp I really do need to practice colouring character and people stamps as I have not done it for such a long time however I am a little happier with the outcome this time and as I mentioned above I am hoping to stamp and watercolour her next – I just can’t manage it right now – I am too busy and I’m having some RA issues which has been a bit of a surprise.  I managed to use up some fabulous snippets, old Kraft card, the last of that patterned ribbon and my Martha Stewart border punch.  I hope you are having a lovely week wherever you are and get plenty time to craft and play!

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:
Paperbabe May Lee Dee Kimono with Sentiment stamp
Martha Stewart Border punch
Paper stumps for blending

Stash:
Card/Paper: Craftwork Cards Kraft card; snippets of my own inky papers; snippet of DP for matting (+ three years)
Colours: Memento Tuxedo Black IP; colouring pencils
Embellishments: ribbon I won from Hazel
Glues: double sided tape; foam pads
Other: Sansador blending fluid (for the colouring pencils)