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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Tuesday's post is another sketch ...

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

Apologies for sharing two sketches one after another.  However it is new and uses a lovely PB stamps so I decided to share anyways and here it is …

 
An A6 card 
I only have two of these PB brush stroke stamps and I do love them!
A final look

A fabulous snippet and old stash buster!  All of the papers used on this card are/were snippets.  I used my old Versamagic dew drop ink pads to colour and added a little Distress ink around the die cut to give this a vintage feel.  Apologies for the photographs but this one has already been sent so I can’t retake them, grr, must try harder 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
Crafting When We Can Challenge #77 Borrow a Sketch: this sketch was from Stamplorations Sketch Challenge and I was too late posting it before the challenge ended


Tools:
Penny Black Carnation brush stroke stamp

Stash:
Card/Paper: Craftwork Cards Kraft card; snippet Bazzill card (mat)#; snippet white card (stamp); snippets 12” square K & Co. Blossomwood papers#   
Colours: Versamagic Dew Drop IP’s: pink and green; Distress IP’s: shabby shutters
Glues: double sided tape; foam pads


# VOS + 5 years  

Monday, 1 September 2014

Monday's post is a sketch ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your weekend was good and 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

A couple of months ago I won a voucher for Inspired by Stamping challenge and I’ve used the stamps I chose on today’s creation and here it is …

 
An A6 card 
Some texture with an embossing folder and an origami butterfly 
 
Lots of lovely stamping!  I love these stamps!
A snippet of paper used to create an origami butterfly 
A final look

I love this stamp set – there is so much that I want to use it for and the usual problem of loads of ideas but not able to do them all lol!  I used snippets on this card but cut and scored the card myself.  The circle die cut is a snippet of Crafters Companion watercolour card and a snippet of their Centura Pearl card, Craftwork Cards kraft card and a snippet of SU DP was used to origami fold the butterfly so a fabulous snippet buster, beautiful stamps and a pretty card so I am happy!

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
Inspired by Stamping Challenge IBSIC95 I followed the sketch and used colours that are the same but slightly brighter than the colour inspiration.
Simply Create Too Challenge #69 Show Us Something New: the stamps are new
Stamplorations Challenge #19 Bi-Weekly Sketch: I did a double take when I saw the sketch at Stamplorations and I used a circle instead of a rectangle: hope that’s allowed 
and I’ll be back with another entry using the rectangle
That Craft Place Challenge Summery Colours: we have the beach (kraft); orange for the sun; blue/green for the ocean!


Tools:
Inspired by Stamping Little Flowers stamp set
Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Couture Creations embossing folder; Spellbinders Nestability Large Circle Classic die

Stash:
Card/Paper: Craftwork Cards Kraft card; Crafters Companion: watercolour card & Centura Pearl Snow White card; Stamping Up paper snippets #
Colours: Distress IPs: Pumice Stone; Peacock Feathers; Spiced Marigold
Glues: double sided tape; foam pads; Collall glue gel

Sunday, 31 August 2014

A quick sketchy ...

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 another card to share today and this is going to be a very short and quick post, for a change, and here it is …

A 5" x 7" card 
Side view 
Just one lot of stamping
A final look

When I saw the sketch at Feeling Sketchy a couple of weeks ago I had a serious ‘doh’ moment as I had no idea what to create or use lol!  I was sorting out some stash when I came across these jigsaw pieces which had been covered with papers and inked around the edges.  I do remember that the paper I used on them is very old Craftwork Cards and I think the jigsaw pieces came from there too. 

The background paper is an old K & Co Blossomwood 12” square paper stack.  I tried doing these on an A6 card but it didn’t look right so I grabbed a 5” x 7” card cut out the paper and played around with the layout of the pieces and because of some really old stash was able to whip up an entry to the lovely Debi’s Feeling Sketchy challenge.  I am not sure if I like it – it looks a bit too heavy on one side but I have run out of time – so warts and all there it is!

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:
Chocolate Baroque sentiment stamp #

Stash:
Card/Paper: Hobbycraft 5”x7” card ; K & Co. 12” square Blossomwood papers; Craftwork Cards paper #
Colours: Adirondack Archival Sepia IP; Ocean Depth Versamagic Dew Drop IP
Embellishments: Jigsaw pieces #
Glues: Double sided tape


# VOS + 6 years

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Hummingbird + Brusho + Distress + Kraft ...

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

I find the end of the month a bit hectic especially if I have had a creative month J.  I’ve another card to share that I created with my new WPlus9 stamp set using Distress inks and Brusho paints and here it is …

 
An A6 card which is good to post
The colours of the flowers is fabulous and beautifully vibrant! 
I love the mix of black, blue and green on the Hummingbird 
Use up an old embellishment - just got a box or two to get through lol!
A final look

I love this stamp set!  It has multiple hummingbirds of different sizes, two different flowers and multiple sizes of butterflies too.  I did gulp a bit when I saw the price but was surprised when it arrived: it is A5 stamp set J.  The different sizes of birds and butterflies means I can use them a lot for stamped landscapes or fields of flowers.  I have tried the ‘no line’ stamping with these birds but I prefer how they look when stamped in black.  You will be seeing this stamp set again 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:
WPlus9 Flora & Fauna 2 stamp set
Tile to tap inks onto; paint brushes; pot of water

Stash:
Card/Paper: Craftwork Cards Kraft card; Crafters Companion watercolour paper
Colours: Distress IPs: Salty Ocean; Mowed Lawn; Spiced Marmalade
Versafine Onyx Black IP; Brusho paints
Embellishments: ribbon from tote I won from Hazel; chipboard vine and leaves #
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue; Collall glue gel


# VOS + 5 years

Friday, 29 August 2014

Rudolph Day in Monochrome ...

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

Now I know my lovely regular visitors will know why I am sharing a card and given that I have entered some other Christmas challenges I would think that most of the lovely DT visitors will know why they are here too.  Anyways here is the first card I have to share with you …

 
An A6 card which is good to post
I love my VI snowflake stamps - just gorgeous!

And here is the second …
 
Not much different but two great for posting creations! 
Gorgeous shimmer and shine on the embossed snowflakes!

A final look at the first one! 
And a final look at the second one!

I can’t believe that in a couple of days it’s September and that means the shops are going to start to show the ‘C’ word stuff and we’ll be counting down the months to the ‘C’ word.  Summer has departed way too soon and there I was hoping we were going to have a late Indian summer with balmy warm days lol!

I am sharing two today because it is my lovely friend Sarn’s monthly Rudolph Day Challenge where anything goes as long as you make two Christmas cards and there are quite a few other challenges that I want to enter.  I used the Visible Image snowflake stamps, some old die cuts, brads and peel offs and another two cards for our Crimbo boxes!!

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:
Visible Image stamps: snowflake stamps
Heat Gun

Stash:
Card/Paper: Crafters Companion A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Gold card; silver glitter card from my local stationers; Craftwork Cards die cuts #
Colours: WOW EP
Embellishments: HOTP brads #; ribbon from the tote I won from Hazel
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue
Other: Versamark IP; black peel offs #


# VOS + 4 years minimum

Thursday, 28 August 2014

A second post using a sketch ...

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 card I created especially for some challenges and to try out some new stamps and new paints to share with you today and here it is …

 
A 148mm square card 
The panels 
I am reasonably happy with this and
 I am working on another as I've learnt what not to do
A final look

I’ve been playing with a new stamp set that I ‘had to’ purchase after seeing the gorgeous images and many beautiful cards on Pinterest.  I’ve been looking for a set that had several different sizes of Hummingbirds for a long time.  They’re an American brand and they weren’t easy to find in the UK.  However I found the website for Make the Day Special stamps and the service was fantastic. 
I’ve seen loads of beautiful creations made with Brusho paints across the internet too.  I decided not to purchase because of the different colouring mediums I already own and am trying to use up.  Some of the old mediums will be replaced and some will not.  I was seriously tempted when I saw the gorgeous creations that Sarn was sharing.  But I was able to sit on my hands for a while and then I saw more of Eileen’s work and Miss Pixie shared a beautiful creation with us and I was completely sunk! 
I am still playing with them when able as I’m a rough but you will be seeing many more samples in the future.  I really, really love these paints!  They are very different compared to watercolour paints and Distress inks and pads.  So far I’ve used them to colour stamped images and the vibrancy of the colours is astounding and I’ve never got the vibrancy of colour that I’ve achieved with these paints!  And finally, well, erm I’ve ordered more and they came today 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:
W Plus 9 Flora & Fauna 2 stamp set; paint brushes; heat gun
Cuttlebug die cutting machine; embossing folder; spray bottle of water; pot of water

Stash:
Card/Paper:  The Works watercolour paper (won’t buy that again); snippet embossed card; snippet old thick watercolour paper which was coloured with inks and scattered with salt #; Stampbord #
Colours: Versafine black IP; Distress IP: Peacock Feather
Brusho paints: turquoise; leaf green; red; yellow
Glues: double sided tape; extra strong double sided tape
Embellishments: sticker #
Other: dishwasher salt

# VOS + 5 years

A seaside view ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your week’s 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 DL card - I appear to be going through a 'DL' phase! 
The two yachts 
The other boat - sorry I can't remember the name of this one! 
Just a little embellishment!
A final look and a male birthday card for our box!

This little beauty was created from two stamped inky rejects lol!  I had created a couple of seaside view and I liked the boats (LHS) but I didn’t like the rest of it so I chopped it up.  I used another rejected seascape that I didn’t like so I cut that one up too.  So some really old card was used to create a DL card and snippets of paper to matt the images onto.   I added some very old ribbon too, one of my paper clay embellishments and another card for our male birthday cards box!  Sometimes I love that I can create a lovely card from rejects and snippets as well as more watercolour practice – I am then in heaven!

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:
Sheena Douglass stamps
Pot of water; spray bottle of water; paint brushes; silicone mould #

Stash:
Card/Paper: Striped card to create DL card#; Crafters Companion A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Gold card (reverse); unknown snippet DP to mat image onto #
Colours: watercolour half pans; Memento London Fog IP
Embellishments: ribbon #
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue
Other: Fimo light air dry clay


# all VOS and VO tools 

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

CAS with a colour challenge ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your week is going well!
Thank you for the lovely comments on my recent creations and TCBH post
You are all very kind and I really do appreciate you


I’ve a CAS card to share today and here it is …

 
An A6 card 
 
Next time I do this I will try to remember to stamp them all going one way lol! 
I don't know why but I have noticed that this one looks darker than it should!
I love this quote stamp and I've had it for a very long time!
A final look

I am sorting my small La Blanche silicon stamps to see if they are to stay or to be passed on.  This pretty little stamp is going back into my stamp trolley.  I love this CAS style card but I also know this one would beautiful if I used it to create a BG.  

This isn’t my usual style of card but I really enjoyed it!  I had to be extra careful because I didn’t want to get ink splashes on it or drop the stamp/ink pad onto it.  Dropping the stamp/ink pad has been happening a lot recently.  I created this card for the current challenge at Cosmic Strawberry as well as the challenges listed below.  I love this stamp and once I have used all the PP/DP I will be able to create my own beautiful BG papers.  I have not purchased a pack of papers for more than two years and I stopped purchasing magazines because they had paper stacks in them more than a year ago.  I still have lots of 6” and 12” square papers left – it is going to take a while to use them – especially as I love stamping my own 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 #
Sentiment stamp #

Stash:
Card/Paper:  Hobbycrafts C6 card
Colours: Distress IPs: peacock feathers; pumice stone; dried marigold; scattered straw
Ranger Archival IP: jet black

# VOST’s + four years