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Friday, 19 September 2014

Friday's post is all about the colours, again ...

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

I had another play session last weekend with the stamps that I recently won from Inspired by Stamping, love them, and because I was feeling chilly and was looking at our maple trees and how the leaves were starting to go orange and I was inspired and here is what I created …

 
An A6 card 
The details! 
Love these colours! 
 
Love this sentiment as it will fit many occasions and trying to remember to use WOC roses
A final look

I have put my Distress IP’s away for a little bit – well I do use them an awful lot and I have Adirondack IP’s I forget to use, lol, so out they came to play!  And you may have all noticed that I am now going through a ‘colour challenge’ phase!  I never used to do these but I’ve found that they are really good for me and encourage me to work with colours that I would not normally use and it’s nice to have a rest from my usual pinks and blues!

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 Little Flowers stamp set
Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Spellbinder Nestability Large Classic Circle dies; Couture Creations Embossing Folder

Stash:
Card/Paper:  Hobbycrafts C6 card; snippet white card for stamping and snippet Centura Pearl card for embossing
Colours: Adirondack IP’s: lettuce; cranberry; butterscotch
Distress IP’s: spiced marigold
Embellishments: Wild Orchid crafts roses and stamen
Glues: double sided tape; foam pads; Collall dimensional glue


Thursday, 18 September 2014

Thursday's post is heat embossing and flowers ...

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’m back to share a little card today and here it is …

 
A cute little card 
Lots of sparkle which I actually managed to capture for a change! 
That orchid again! 
A final look

I’ve been meaning to enter the challenges at Paperbabe Stamps Challenge for the last month or so and I finally managed to whip up a little something this weekend for the current challenge.  I am also very lucky that there are some other challenges that this card fits with too and I have listed them below.  A very quick post as I’m now on a higher does of the anti-RA meds and feeling a little dizzy again.  Hoping to get out to my local chemist and pick up some accu-pressure bands this week!  It’s going to be another bumpy couple of weeks but at least I know of something that will help and that my vertigo should, fingers crossed, be only temporary!  I hope you are all having a fabulous week wherever you are and if you need a hug – here is one from me.

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 A6 Ribbed Background stamp, available here  
Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine; Cheery Lynn Orchid die
Heat gun; paint brushes; white tile to tap IP onto

Stash:
Card/Paper: snippet white card to create base, to stamp onto and onto die cut
Colours: WOW WS26 Metallic Platinum Sparkle Embossing Glitter;  IP
Embellishments: pink grosgrain ribbon with white polka dots; Worn Lipstick Distress Stickles
Glues: double sided tape; Cosmic Shimmer glue; Collall dimensional glue
Other: Versamark IP

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Wednesday's post is all about the night ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your week is going well and Happy Hump Day!
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 but good to post! 
That stamped panel 
It is going into the man's birthday box so not much embellishment!

At the weekend I managed to get some inky play in and this is one of pieces that I inked and stamped and I love it!  For a change no if’s, no but’s and no maybe’s, lol!  I only used two stamps on the inky panel and only three ink pads – one of which is one of those sliding IP’s – love all those shades of blue!
I hope to start to be able to catch up with everyone soon as my body is coping better with the new meds and finally starting to lower the RA inflammation!  It feels so good to say that because I have been so much rougher since I stopped taking them in April and we’re hoping so much that there is, finally, some light at the end of the tunnel and that now the meds are starting to work no more damage is being done to my bones and bits and bobs. 

Huge thanks you to all of you for the lovely comments you have left on my recent creations and for the comments about my health.  I’ve still some way to go but the future looks less dizzy and less painful at the moment. 

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








Visible Image Grass stamp
Brayer; Splodgeaway mat; paper mask; Ranger Ink Blending foam to darken the top of the panel
Watercolour background: brayer; paint brushes; paint pallette; spray bottle of water and a pot of water

Stash:
Card/Paper: Crafters Companion A4 black card (base); Crafters Companion A4 Centura Snow White Gold  card to brayer and stamp; The Works watercolour paper for the base
ColoursKA-000-017 Kaleidacolour: Blue Breeze
Adirondack IP: Black & Espresso
Watercolour paper was coloured with Brusho watercolours in blue, red, yellow
Embellishments: Craftwork Cards Candi; old peel off; Broken China Distress Stickles
Glues: double sided tape; mini foam pads (Candi)

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Tuesday's post is all about autumn ...

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 got to play with some of my lovely stamps over the weekend so I’ve a card to share with you today and here it is …
 
An A6 landscape card - not for posting! 
Those beautiful leaves! 
A bit more detail 
Perfick!
A final look

I created all the leaves and acorns individually onto different types of paper, some shiny and some plain, and I used a simple layout on this card because I wanted the stamps to be the stars and the sentiment compliments that. 

I took time to work out the layout before sticking any of the leaves down to make sure I was 100% happy with the layout before gluing them onto the card.  I the sentiment after the glue had dried because I wasn’t sure if I wanted one or where I wanted it to go. Once dried I stamped the sentiment directly onto the card and used an embossing tool to ‘frame it’.  At this point I felt that the card lacked a little something so I coloured some Wild Orchid Crafts white roses and star gladioli with the B&J IP and added yummy rich orange CWC Candi.  I am happy with the end result.  

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:
Crafter’s Companion Sheena Douglass A6 A Little Bit Sketchy Autumn Leaves stamp set
Brayer; heat gun; embossing tool; ruler; paint brushes; pot of water

Stash:
Card/Paper:  Crafter’s Companion Centura Pearl snow white card for the gr4een leaves and the acorns; Claritystamp Ltd glossy paper for the orange leaves; Craftwork Cards Kraft card
Colours: Big & Juicy IP: mountain meadow
Adirondack IPs: hazelnut; espresso; lettuce; meadow; butterscotch
WOW EP: WC04 metallic gold
Embellishments: Wild Orchid Crafts: 10mm & 15mm roses; star gladioli; Craftwork Cards Candi
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue; mini foam pads; Collall dimensional glue
Other: Versamark IP

Monday, 15 September 2014

Monday's post is Autumnal Roses ...

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 share today and here it is …

 
A 5"x7" card - those roses are big!  It's okay to post too. 
I'm quite happy with my watercolouring and 
happy I used colouring pencils to add detail and shadow 
Still trying to use all those butterflies
A final look

As I mentioned in a previous post I love all the autumnal shades and the current colour challenges are right up my street, so to speak.  But that’s not a surprise because very year at the start of autumn or fall there are lots of wonderful challenges lol! 
I’m still sorting through my La Blanche stamps and still trying to use really old papers and other embellishments too.  This time I coloured the stamped image with watercolours and added shading and detailing with my colouring pencils which I’ve also not used for a while too.
We have three very beautiful maple trees in large containers on our patio and I love seeing the leaves change and it reminds us of a trip we took to Boston and New England a long time ago.  Actually that was where I discovered a love of good quality maple syrup 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 week
ttfn Karen x









Challenges


Tools:
La Blanche stamp: double rose *

Stash:
Card/Paper: Hobbycraft 5”x7” card; snippet white card for stamping; K&Co papers #
Colours: Memento London Fog IP; half pan watercolour paints; colouring pencils
Glues: double sided tape
Embellishments: Making Cards magazine butterfly embellishment #


* old stamp + 4 years
# VOS + 5 years

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Saturday's post is all about the colours and sparkle ...

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 you


I have been playing with some inky rejects and have another card to share with you today and here it is …

 
Another A6 kraft creation! I think I may be obsessed! 
Super gorgeous panel - all from a reject! 
I so love this stamp!
A final look


Another card to share that started out as an inky reject last weekend.  I regularly use the reverse of the Centura Pearl Snow White Gold for stamping and playing with inks and watercolours because it does not buckle like a lot of other card does.  But as I mentioned yesterday I had a few issues last weekend so I ended up turning the card to the correct side (which is seriously pearly) and colouring and stamping onto to that to see what would happen, how it would look and if it would work – result!
Last weekend I was looking at my check sheet for the challenges I like to enter every month and I noticed that House of Cards had a colour palette challenge which I promise I used, it looks more lilac here but there is orange above the green, I used a deep copper embossing powder (rich deep red) and the sky was coloured to fade out like a stormy sky which looks purple, grr, on this snippet of card on the shining side of this card. 
I took out the Craftwork Cards Kraft card stock as I knew it would be perfect for the wonderful Darnell’s NBUS Challenge #2 and I have been a tad guilty of hoarding it lol!
At Visible Image September’s challenge is to Sparkle and I love using my WOW Glitter embossing powders to create sparkle. 
At WOW EP Challenge September’s theme is to use ‘My Favourite/s’ which for me is playing with stamps, inks, paints and embossing powders, especially WOW EP’s
Finally but most definitely not least the wonderful Diane, aka Pixie, Playground Challenge is snippets which is what the butterfly started out as – a snippet of left over card from an inky piece of card that was used earlier this month.


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:
Visible Image Butterfly and Grasses stamps
Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine and Script embossing folder
Spellbinder Nestability Labels 9 die set; Cheery Lynn Orchid Die
Paint brushes; spray bottle of water; pot of water

Stash:
Card/Paper:  snippets Crafters Companion snow white card for stamping butterfly and die cutting grasses stamp; snippet white pearl paper for dry embossing; snippets white card for die cutting the orchid; white card for the BG was created with DIP colours below
Colours: Brusho paints: leaf green; rose red; yellow; turquoise
WOW Glitter EP: WS05 Metallic Copper Sparkle
Distress IP’s: Wild Honey; Pink Raspberry; Squeezed Lemonade; Mustard Seed
Embellishments: Stickles glitter glue
Glues: double sided tape; Cosmic Shimmer glue; foam pads

Friday, 12 September 2014

Friday's post is a sparkly autumnal creation ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your week went 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 bit of a busy creation to share today and here it is …

An A6 landscape 
Okay to post as it flattens 
The pearliness of this die is better IRL! 
  
My favourite butterfly and that orchid again!
A final look at this one

I am so into the autumnal colours and challenges right now especially if you add in a butterfly, die cut orchids and a bit of sparkle: right up my street, so to speak!  I happily used lots of snippets from my snippet tin too. 
The base layer on the card was a snippet left over from a larger inked sheet: the orange, pink and yellow are stunning, created with my much loved DIPs, and match the die cut label which I coloured with Brusho watercolour paints and then stamped and heat embossed with one of my well loved WOW glitter EP’s.  In fact the die cut label was created from one of those rejected snippets from earlier rejected creations – I do feel so smug and good when I recycle lol!
The butterfly was stamped onto a different card snippet which had been heavily inked with DIP’s in red and orange – although the photo looks more yellow than it does IRL.
Hopefully my obsession with the orchid die will end soon 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 over the weekend
ttfn Karen x









Challenges
Darnell’s Never Before Used Schtuff Challenge #2: I’ve been hoarding the Kraft card so I made sure to take it out and use it for this challenge
WOW EP Challenge September My Favourites: embossing with your gorgeous EP’s and creating BG’s with ink and paint


Tools:
Visible Image stamps: grasses; butterfly
Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Cuttlebug script embossing folder
Cheery Lynn Orchid die
Heat gun; paintbrushes; pot of water; paint pallette;spray bottle of water

Stash:
Card/Paper:  Craftwork Cards Kraft card; snippets Crafters Companion Centura snow white gold; snippet pearl paper
Colours: Brusho Watercolour Crystals: leaf green; rose red; yellow
WOW Glitter EP: WS05 Metallic Copper Sparkle
Distress IP’s: Wild Honey; Pink Raspberry; Squeezed Lemonade; Mustard Seed
Stickles glitter glue
Glues: double sided tape; foam pads; Cosmic Shimmer glue