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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Christmas Card Club #5 Margaret's choice Poinsettias in any colour ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors I hope you are having a lovely weekend
Thank you for the lovely comments on my recent creations
You are all very kind and I really do appreciate you

What the heck happened to last week?  One moment I was thinking we’ve got Christmas Card Club next weekend and I have a physiotherapy appointment this week and then the next moment it’s the weekend!  I’ve no idea what happened from Tuesday onwards – must be me getting old lol!

Anyways enough of my waffle, it was the lovely Margaret (aka Dutchess) turn to pick the Poinsettia theme for this weeks Christmas Card Club and even better we got to choose which colours we wanted to use – yippee!!!  So today I’ve two Christmas cards to share with you today and here’s the first …

 
Another C6 card - I make loads this size now and it's good to post 
The card and stamped parts 
Such a pretty stamp
A final look

And here is the second card …

 
Another A6 which is good to post too! 
The actual card 
The pretty flower - looks so different in this colour way
A final look

I was a real goody two shoes when creating both of these cards.  Because I am going through the stash in an effort to shrink the amount of it that (a) I own/hoard and (b) I want to shrink how much room it takes up.  Because of those facts I remembered to check the snippets box before starting to do anything.  I found a piece of the deep pink/plum shade of Bazzill card which I used on the first poinsettia and a larger piece of pink Bazzill card for the second one.  Both flowers and all of the leaves were stamped onto snippets.  Also I used pre-cut Christmas paper snippets too.  The very happy end result was one deep pink snippet, one paler pink snippet and two pieces of green snippets card all used – I just wish I could remember to do that every single time lol!

Thank you 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 soon
ttfn Karen x








Challenges
Fussy & Fancy Friday Challenge #133 Tic Tac Toe: sentiment-wet emboss-sparkle (from the embossing powder and faux gold gems) 
Sparkles Christmas Monthly Challenge #50 Make it Green: really very lucky to be able to link up with this one!


Tools:
Premium Craft Brands Poinsettia stamp set; sentiment from a Woodware Trees stamp set
Heat gun

Stash:
Card/Paper: A4 Crafters Companion Centura Snow White Accents to create base; Craftwork Cards Xmas Papers #; snippets Pink & Plum Bazzill card #; snippets green SU card #
Colours: Embossing Glitter Metallic Brass; White Embossing Powder #Pebeo Gold Cerne Relief Outliner #
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue; foam pads
Other: Versamark IP #


# VOS + 7 years old!


Thursday, 26 February 2015

A snippet and Rudolph Day 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’ve a Christmas card I managed to put together quickly last night.  The bauble image was created when an order from Lisa B Designs arrived, I purchased this IC stencil, several Imagination Crafts Silkie paints and a tree stamp set too.    
I won a candy prize from Ink Stains Roni, a mini Gelli plate and last week I won two stencils from Tando Creations so I’m playing with stencils and paints on the Gelli plate and I need a lot of practice before I share papers I’ve created, so far they are bug ugly lol!  Anyways enough of my waffle here’s my card …

 
An A6 tent fold Christmas card
 
You'll probably get bored because I intend to use this stencil it a lot this year
A final look

This Imagination Crafts stencil and the Silkie paints are wonderful because they’re easy to use, they are not as messy as other paints and you get a beautiful shimmer too.  I’ve also been a good girl by using white card snippets, very old stash papers and embellishments and another card to go into the 2015 Christmas Card box.  
This is a bonus card because I put it together whilst waiting for gesso, IC Silkie paints, white acrylic paint and DecoArt Mixed Media Fluid to dry on canvas and MDF projects – the project I shared on Thursday on my other blog.  I’m learning so many new skills and it is so much fun 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 weekend
ttfn Karen x








Challenges
Papertake Weekly Challenge Take Your Pick: I’ve tried to stay in the cool colour zone
Pixie’s Playground Challenge #165 Snippets
Scrappy Mo’s Rudolph Day Challenge February
Sparkles Monthly Challenge #65 One for the Boys: thankfully I checked with DH as we have to send several Christmas cards for men only


Tools:
Imagination Crafts Christmas Holly Stencil
Ink blending foam

Stash:
Card/Paper: white card snippet; A4 Centura Snow White Accent card for base; Imaginations Papers #
Colours: Imagination Crafts Silkies Sunshine Satin and Turquoise Satin
Embellishments: Imaginations Bubble Sticker
Glues: Double sided tape; masking tape

#VOS: 5 years old minimum and no idea if still being produced


Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Snippet busting with new-ish stash and VOS stash!

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 stamped and coloured a little last night.  I never expected to be obsessed when I started, stamping will always be my favourite craft because it looks good, it's perfectly drawn and it’s quick.  
At the weekend I grabbed pencils and an old notepad and started doodling images which I've not done much of for the past fifteen years of card creating. There are certain flowers I've doodled forever and doodling relaxes me and that makes me very happy.  
I don’t Zentangle because I'm not that tidy and neat when I’m doodling.  I also know I’d go nuts trying to get the tangles clean, even and neat lol!  My lovely friend Sarn has had her beautiful Sarntangles created into stamps and I’m hoping to purchase them at some point and that means I don't need to tangle either! 
I’ll never be a fine artiste but I don’t mind that because I’m happy doodling what I do and trying to improve that as well as improve my decorative painting techniques (like Sheena’s paint fusion/one step decorative painting techniques).  Crikey – sorry didn’t mean to waffle so much lol!  Here is a card I created using a Sheena Douglass stamp set and I created it especially for challenges and to use up more VOS …

 
Another C6 tent fold - I love this shape for C6 as it's unexpected 
You don't need anything more with a beautiful butterfly stamp 
Fabulous way to use up that glitter
A final look

The beautiful butterfly was stamped and embossed with WOW EP.  Then I ‘flooded’ the stamped and embossed areas with water before dropping very small amounts of Spectrum Noir red and blue Aquatints in some areas and unknown yellow ink in others.  I’m going to use the Aquatints quite a lot this year.  They are such lovely deep colours and work beautifully and easily with so many different mediums and stamps.

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








Challenges
Butterfly Challenge #24 Butterfly/flies and Ribbon: I used ribbon on the bows – hope that is allowed
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge A Piece of Paradise creating my own paradise by playing with mediums and stamps
WOW Embossing Powder Challenge February Inspired by DT inspired by this card Sandie created in 2014 in 2014 – I'm trying to use my stamps in more that one way 

  
Tools:
Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Sketchy Butterfly Effect stamp set
Spectrum Noir Perfectly Primary Aquatints: pipettes and paint brushes
Heat gun; paint pallette; pot of water

Stash:
Card/Paper: Crafters Companion A4 Kraft to create card; Snippet Snow White Accents Centura Pearl card for stamping; snippet DP #
Colours: Crafters Companion Spectrum Noir Aquatints: Perfectly Primary
WOW EP: WS01 Black Twinkle
Embellishments: snippet ribbon from stash I won from Hazel; buttons from stash #; glitter from stash #
Glues: Collall All Purpose Glue; Collall Dimensional Glue; Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue
Other: Versamark IP

# VOS: + 7 years no idea if still available

Monday, 16 February 2015

Jolly Santa and Snowy Trees, Christmas Card Club # 3 & # 4 ...

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

I’m running late but I know my lovely ladies will forgive me, thank goodness, so today I have two Christmas cards to share with you.  
The first card was our lovely Lorraine’s challenge and is two weeks late, sorry Lorraine, I had ‘bad news’ so didn’t feel up to creating.  The theme was a Jolly Santa card.  I dug out one of my older Little Claire stamps.  I adore this stamp even because he is such a pleasure to colour!  Anyways enough waffle, here he is …


  
An A6 tent fold 
The very cheeky Santa! 
A resin/bubble sentiment
A final look

Challenges

The second card is lovely Mary’s theme of Snow Covered Trees which was yesterday and is  a favourite challenge because I got to play with Pan Pastels and a new stamp always a win win for me lol!  
Sorry it’s late Mary my back is so bad that I can barely sit up right but I got to craft a little so I’m happy about that …

 
These are my go to card sizes now! 
Love the snowy trees and landscape 
 
Using a new stamp and old stash and stamps!
A final look

Challenges
Sweet Stampin’ Challenge Inspired by a Song: Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Two more Christmas cards to go into our Christmas 2016 card box and I’ve finally started to use Christmas sentiment stickers and papers mum purchased  at least four years ago lol!  My 2016 goal is to use and/or donate paper, ribbons and glitter as much as possible so that I shrink my stash by at least fifty per cent this year.  For 2015 I have pledge to myself not to purchase: DP/PP; ribbon; and loose glitter.

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
Forgive me for the short visit my back is agony so I have to go lie down now!

ttfn Karen x





First Card Tools:
Little Claire Santa/Elf stamp
Paper stumps for blending

First Card Stash:
Card/Paper: Crafters Companion A4 Centura Snow White Accent to create an A6 tent fold card; snippets of above for stamping and colouring; Creative Imaginations DP/PP #
Colours: Derwent Coloursoft pencils; Sigma black pen
Embellishments: Creative Imaginations bubble stickers #; clear glitter
Glues: Collall glue; Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue; foam pads

Second Card Tools:
Woodware Tree stamp set; unknown sentiment stamp
Pan Pastel Knifes & Covers; heat gun; anti static bag

Second Card Stash:
Card/Paper: Crafters Companion A4 Centura Snow White Accent to create an A6 tent fold card; snippets of the above for stamping and colouring onto
Colours: Pan Pastels; Tim Holtz Distress IP’s: Peeled Paint; Pine Needles; Staz On blue IP; Silver EP
Embellishments: Imagination Crafts Diamond Sparkle Medium; gems and stars from my stash #; grosgrain ribbon #
Glues: Collall glue; Cosmic Shimmer dries clear PVA glue
Other: Versamark IP

# VOS: + 4 years old minimum

Thursday, 12 February 2015

A blue Valentine ...

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 148mm square card with lovely depth 
The stencilled base and heart 
I loved creating this
A final look

 I was playing with my Imagination Crafts Silkie paint and a snippet of thin white card.  I used a piece of craft foam and an approx. 150mm square snippet of card and coloured it with the blue paint and popped to one side.  Once I was sure the paint was completely dry and wouldn’t move I attached one of my IC stencils to it and added more IC Turquoise, removed the stencil and washed it under the tap with some hand wash and left it to dry.  Once I was sure the paint was set and dry I trimmed the square, wrapped blue organza ribbon topped with blue satin ribbon onto the card and attached to the back of the card.  I painted a chipboard heart and a WOC cherry blossom with blue acrylic paint and left to dry.  Once dry I grabbed my other IC mask and added Diamond Sparkle Medium through part of the stencil onto the chipboard heart and I ‘painted’ the flower with Diamond SM too.  Left them to dry before attached to the card front: Simples J!

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:
Imagination Crafts Stencils:
Ink blending foam; pot of water; paintbrushes

Stash:
Card/Paper: Crafters Companion A4 Centura snow white accent card folded and cut to create a 148mm square card; snippet of thin white card; snippet blue pearl self adhesive paper #
Colours: Imagination Crafts: Silky paint Turquoise Satin; Diamond Sparkle Medium
The Works Acrylic paint: thank you Brenda!
Embellishments: WOC cherry blossom mulberry paper flower; chipboard heart #; grosgrain ribbon from my stash #; satin blue ribbon from tote I won from Hazel
Glues: double sided tape; foam pads; masking tape for the stencils

# VOS + 8 years no idea if still available to purchase

Monday, 9 February 2015

I finally made a card ...

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

I actually have a card to show you today and here it is …

 
A little A6 landscape card.  Okay 'ish' to post. 
 
I love this stamp and so good to be using up more of my glitter and ribbon!
A final look

It has been at least two weeks since I created a card lol!  I’m having so much fun learning and trying mixed media techniques on my other blog.  Learning and creating mixed media projects takes time especially as I don’t always want to use my heat gun to dry gesso or acrylic paint and they take time to dry which is good for me.

I deliberately set up a second blog because of my sort of obsession to create as perfect and clean as possible.  It sounds daft and I know I sound nuts, it was not planned.  For some obscure and odd reason I can’t create overly inky or mucky cards. 

So I needed to set up a second blog where I don’t allow my obsessive compulsive behaviour hold me back.  I’ve discovered I’m a lot freer using ink and paint on other projects.  I love the sense of freedom and I love what I create and share on my mixed media blog too –I just need two different paths to make it easier for me.

I tried to be ‘free’ with ink and paint in my journal but I was getting so blooming stressed about the journal being wet and mucky that I’ve ended up purchasing a second journal.  I use a loose sheet of A5 card or paper and create individual pages which I then stick into my journal – so the edges and the outside are not wet or mucky, lol, crikey I really am a fruit loop lol!  I’m working on several canvas projects right now and hope to share them soon 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

Tools:
Sheena Douglass A5 A Little Bit Sketchy True Colours stamp set
Crafter’s Companion Spectrum Noir: pipettes; paintbrushes
Pot of water; paint pallette; heat gun

Stash:
Card/Paper:  Crafters Companion: A4 Kraft to create card; Snippet Snow White Accents Centura Pearl card for stamp; snippet DP #
Colours: Crafters Companion Spectrum Noir Aquatints: Perfectly Primary
Ranger Archival Jet Black IP
Embellishments: snippet ribbon from stash #; buttons from stash #; glitter from stash #
Glues: Collall All Purpose Glue; Collall Dimensional Glue; Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue

# VOS: + 7 years no idea if still available

Thursday, 29 January 2015

A snippety Christmas card for Rudolph Day ...

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 creations
You are all very kind and I really do appreciate you

First off from me huge apologies for not being around so much right now.  I’m hoping to get back into the swing but I’m not pushing myself because my back pain has considerably worsened and I’m having other medical problems that are causing more pain and more issues too.  I can only create or sit up straight for fifteen minutes.  I’ll visit and blog when I can which I know won’t be as often as I’d like.  
But hey ho I'm creating little things now and again they're just not for this blog.  I have a load of snippets and I'm determined to shrink that tin this year so I've a Christmas card to share with you today and here it is …

It gives a lovely texture but it is a bit too mucky lol! 
Definitely going to be hand delivering this one 
 
That SU punch does get used quite a lot - love it!
And look at those sweet robins. 
It just was not Christmassy enough!
Oh well I live and I learn!

I know I was OTT with the embossing paste but I’ve been trying to use up any open pots of paints or mediums as well as snippets.   I’m pretty sure I’m over inking and adding too much because I’m playing and learning some Mixed Media techniques from Ink Stain Roni.  I had a muscle spasm halfway through adding the paste and that’s why there’s too much paste at the top of the card lol!
I was channelling the heavy snowfall we’ve seen on the news in the UK that the USA has right now.  I hope all my international buddies are safe and warm wherever you are. 
We had a little dusting here but the cold is more of a problem than the snow.  I’ll not be going out until it’s gone.  I’ve lost count of the number of falls I’ve had over the years on snowy or icy ground and I’m not up for that right now.  It feels like ages since we had any snow but my fibro fug is probably affecting my memory and brain more than usual.

I used an inky reject for the background panel which is another Northern Lights experiment.  I used old Distress EP, inks, watercolour and acrylic paints to create the background.  I stamped and embossed greeting onto a Kraft snippet before using my SU punch.  New Sheena stamps were used to stamp and heat EP the tree branches.  The die cut branches were cut with a new die from a Playground Snippet win and they are snippets that were left over from another project.  The seriously cute little robins are from a recent Playground win with the die - thank you Miss Pixie.

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 stamp set: Highland Silhouette
CB die cutting machine; Memory Box branch die
Heat gun; Splodgeaway mat; pallette knife; paint brushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water

Stash:
Card/Paper: snippets of Crafters Companion Kraft and Snow White Accents card; Crafters Companion Kraft card to create base
Colours: Distress IPs: Stormy Sky; Bundled Sage; Faded Jeans
Distress EP: Vintage Photo
Luna Arts watercolour paints: teal blue and gold #
Embellishments: robin stickers
Glues: Collall all purpose glue
Other: Dreamweaver white EP #

# VOS +5 years