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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Stripes and Butterflies ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your week is going well – it’s nearly gone again!!!
Thank you for the lovely comments on my recent creations
You are all very kind and I really do appreciate you

Made it to my appointment yesterday and things are changing which I am very, very happy to say lol!  Never talk to the organ grinder’s monkey just go straight to the organ grinder lol!  Now that’s another story for a different day lol!  I have another card to show you today and here it is …

 
Quite a simple card with the butterflies being the stars! 
I think I may need some more Gelato's!  I'll experiment with my other mediums first to see 
if I can create this soft look before buying new goodies!
A final look

I’ve been mopping up the ‘waster/left over ink off the Splodgeaway mat again, using snippets, left overs and freebies makes me feel good and sort of virtuous!  Now I know it’s not actually virtuous but it’s just the way it makes me feel sometimes lol.  I am still sorting through my stash right now with, at present, two largish boxes for the after school kids club at our local school and I have no doubt whatsoever that there will be another box to go to them soon too.  I’d planned to drop the stamps and consumables before they closed for the summer but I forgot lol!!
A very quick post as I can’t type for long because of my appointments yesterday.  Why oh why do they have to hurt you before agreeing that yes your RA is active and attacking your joints – for goodness sake I already knew that!  And in a week or two I start a new drug regimen which I hope will not be as completely debilitating as the last lot – fingers crossed.
Have yourself a fabulous day dahlings and remember to smile, be happy, laugh and cuddle your nearest and dearest as the lovely Darnell says life is short so enjoy it! O err I must be in a reflective mood after that appointment!

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
Butterfly Challenge #12 Summer plus a Butterfly I hope this fits the brief – it is certainly very bright and cheerful and reminds me of a deck chair!
Crafty Catz Challenge #241 Anything Goes
Lawnscaping Challenge July is Watercolour
Try It On Tuesday Challenge  Things with Wings  
Your Next Stamp Challenge  #14 sketch & photograph: this time I was inspired by the colours and the photograph

  
Tools:
La Blanche butterfly stamp – sorry Mrs A!
Spray bottle of water

Stash:
Card/Paper:  Crafters Companion A4 Centura Snow White Gold for stamping; A5 Kanban stripe card # ; snippet Hunkydory card stock #
Colours: FC Gelato pink from Tropical set
Embellishments: stitched grosgrain ribbon I won from Hazel; butterfly sticker from stash #
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue; foam pads

# VOS + 3 years

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Tuesday's card ...

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’m so sorry if I am boring you with this technique – I can’t help it – I can’t stop myself stamping with the no line technique and colouring with my watercolours!  So I’ve another card to share with you and here it is …

 
A flat A6 card 
Not a colour scheme I usually do but I am loving it! 
Just a little embellishing
A final look

I've been asked how I’m achieving this 'impression'est' effect.  I’ve always loved using watercolours, paints and inks on my stamped images.  When I was a DT member, no name lol, I created a particular piece of card art that received a lot of compliments from crafters because it ‘did not look like’ a stamped and painted piece.  It looked like a watercolour.  
 Unfortunately I was berated for this because they wanted the stamp to be visible and for the piece to look like a stamped and coloured image.  Sadly I completely lost confidence in myself, my stamping and my colouring skills.

I have recently found Sanketi’s blog and her beautiful creations it was, to me, very special and beautiful.  Sanketi uses stamps and watercolours as well as being able to draw and paint and generously shares her skills on YouTube videos showing how she has created certain pieces.  I'm following the blog and I’ve subscribed to Sanketi’s YouTube channel.
Finding Sanketi’s blog has been a blessing to me because I can try to use my stamps and paints how I used to not how I was told that I had to.  I've been playing with my stamps and paints ever since!  Now if you want to see this lady’s beautiful work or video's just click on one of the links above - you won't be disappointed and tell her I sent you lol!

I won't be available for long or around much for the next day or two because I have some appointments.  I have got posts ready to go live and I will come on late evening just to link those creations to the challenges I made them for.  There is nothing to worry about but we know I am going to be really sore, worn out and very grumpy after those appointments!
  
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
Fan-Tastic Tuesday Challenge #46 Anything Goes 
My Craft Creations Anything Goes July 21 – August 14
My Mum’s Craft Shop Challenge #19 Summer or Bright Colours 
Shopping Our Stash Challenge SOS162 Triple Threat: use three from the list of embellishments or three of the same – I opted for the second! 
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge ‘J’ for inspired by All That Jazz!
Sister Act Card Challenge #67 Anything Goes
Treasured Times Challenge #21 Anything Goes
Vintage Stamping Challenge  #22 Anything to do with dance and/or music


Tools:
Kanban stamp set
Pot of water; spray bottle of way; paint brushes

Stash:
Card/Paper:  Hobbycrafts C6 card; snippet A4 Crafters Companion Centura snow white gold card; Kaisercraft papers # (free from magazine – thank you for letting me know the brand Hettie!
Colours: Memento London Fog IP; half pan watercolours
Embellishments: Craftwork Cards Candi; snippet grosgrain ribbon from my own stash #
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue; foam pads

# VOS + 3 years

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Spots, stripes, snippets and a Butterfly ...

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 …

 
A C6 card which is okay for posting 
The snippets came in very useful to create this one!
 
A gorgeous stamp, must ink and colour it again and soon!
A final look

I am cutting it a bit fine for the Butterfly challenge but I had to enter somehow – it would not feel right if I missed one of the challenges because I love using my butterfly stamps so very much!  Trying to find spotty and striped paper was a bit of an issue too, lol, thankfully I keep DP/PP snippets and the templates have come in very handy – I was able to create a pretty layout with them! 

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
Butterfly Challenge #11 Spots & Stripes plus a Butterfly
Crafty Catz Challenge #241 Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenge #65 Monochrome
Creative Fingers Challenge #44 Anything Goes
My Craft Creations Anything Goes July 21 – August 14
Pixie’s Playground Challenge #135 Snippets 
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge ‘J’ for the colour jade
Sister Act Card Challenge #67 Anything Goes
Treasured Times Challenge #21 Anything Goes



Tools:
La Blanche butterfly stamp
Stamps Away Patch Work Template Set One

Stash:
Card/Paper: Hobbycrafts C6 card; The Works Watercolour paper; snippets of PP/DP in my snippets box – no idea which brand or if still available!
Colours: Ranger Archival Jet Black IP; Ranger DIP: Shabby Shutters & Mowed Lawn
Embellishments: Satin ribbon from the tote of ribbon I won from Hazel
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue; Collall Dimensional Glue Gel; Double sided tape
  

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Christmas Card Club #16 Sylvie's choice of Trees ...

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

It is the lovely Sylvie’s choice this fortnight of Trees at our lovely friendly Christmas Card Club.  I love my tree stamps and I love creating landscapes and snowscapes with my Pans and I really enjoyed making these on a boiling hot day lol!  I have two cards to share with you today and here is the first one …

 
A good one for posting! 
The Pan Pastel snow scene and all those trees!
A final look
Challenges for First Card
Crafty Hazel’s Patterned Paper Challenge Anything Goes

And here is the second card …
 
Again another good one for posting - I will be making more of these! 
Another snowy scene with lots of tree's!
A final look
Challenges for Second Card
Aud Sentiments Challenge #111 Christmas in July
Claritystamp Challenge July Anything Goes
Crafting for all Seasons Challenge #82 Christmas in July
Sarn’s Rudolph Day Challenge Christmas Anything Goes + two Christmas cards
Sparkles Christmas Challenge #42 A Winter Scene
That’s Crafty Challenge Christmas in July 
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So happy I created these before I went out on Friday – creating in advance works for me.  I try to have cards ready to be blogged if I can’t create new ones too.  We went out for lunch and a gentle stroll around a local garden centre.  Along with loads of pretty plants and stunning flowers, loads of gorgeous orchids too, I saw many pretty pots and metal containers.  I think I’ll be visiting that place again soon as I would love to use those pretty pots to put my colouring pencils and markers in – well if we have to have the supplies it is nice if they look pretty. According to my family I never look at things ‘normally’ these days but always with an eye to see if I can use it for me or on something I’m creating 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




Tools:
Claritystamp Ltd stamps: large larch tree; lone tree; sprucescape; small lone spruce; small three trees
Pan Pastel Sofft Sponges

Stash:
Card/Paper:  Hobbycrafts C6 card; snippets white card for stamping; snippet Making Cards magazine patterned paper #
Colours: brown felt tip; Adirondack IPs: lettuce; meadow
Pan Pastels: black; blue; yellow
Embellishments: sentiment peel offs #
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue
Other: aerosol hairspray to set the Pans

# VOS + 5 years 

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Saturday's post - a 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 have picked two new followers – yay!!! Welcome Cathy and Diane – am very honoured you have decided to follow my creative journey.  I’ve another sketch card to share with you today and here it is …
 
An A6 card which is okay to post 
I love this poppy stamp! 
A minimal look and a nearly CAS card
A final look

This creation was inspired by the fabulous sketch over at the Your Next Stamp challenge and I have tried to use the colour inspiration too.  I stamped the poppy in pale grey again and I’m hoping the stamped lines are not too obvious.
I’ve got to practice this technique because it seems to work beautifully for flowers too.  It took me a few tries before I was happy with it lol!  I have mentioned before that I don’t like blobby flowers and leaves.  This time around no leaf to worry about and the technique I used to watercolour the flower I think has worked too – yay!!!

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
Ladybug Crafts Challenge Summer Flowers
My Craft Creations Anything Goes July 21 – August 14 
Sister Act Card Challenge #67 Anything Goes
Your Next Stamp Challenge  #14 sketch & photograph


Tools:
La Blanche Poppy stamp
Paintbrushes; pot of water; spray bottle filled with water

Stash:
Card/Paper:  Crafters Companion Centura Snow White Gold A4 card; Hobbycrafts C6 card;  6” square PP and snippets of this paper # (no idea where or when they came from lol!)
Colours: half pan water colours
Embellishments: peel off sentiment #
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue; foam pads
  
# VOS + 5 years

Another Seaside scene ...

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 cards created especially for some of the current challenges and I’ve not blogged them yet – arrggh!  So I have multiple posts for the next couple days.  Anyways here is what I want to share with you right now …

 
A DL card for a change! 
I am happy with the stamping and watercolouring 
 
Such sweet embellishments  
I love this card and it is going into our birthday box
A final look

I used the same set stamp as I did on this card.  However I did not follow a sketch.  The layout is my own which normally means not too fussy with a little embellishing lol!
Again this watercolour panel took time and effort to achieve the look.  However I am very happy with the final result.  I will keep practicing and will be using this colouring technique more in the future.

I have another card I finished and the blog post is done too.  So I will be back later on tonight with a second Saturday post but we need to have some dinner before I do that lol!  And the F1 Highlights of the Qualifying is on the BBC right now so neither of us is in a hurry to get to the kitchen.

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
Fashionable Stamping Challenge #77 Dreaming of Summer
Inspired by Stampin’ Challenge I used was inspired by the photograph, the colours and the natural shells
Loves Rubber Stamps Challenge #113 Summer Fun 
Natalie and Amy Challenge #22 Summertime
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge A Mid-Summer Challenge


Tools:
Sheena Douglass A6 A Little Bit Sketchy On The Water stamp set
Paint brushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water; silicon mould #

Stash:
Card/Paper: DL card #; Making Cards magazine papers and vellum #; Crafters Companion Centura A4 Snow White Gold card
Colours: watercolour paints
Embellishments: Fimo Air Dry light clay; grosgrain teal ribbon from my stash #
Glues: double sided tape; Collall dimensional glue

# VOS + 5 years

Friday's sketch at the Follies Berger ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
Oops it's later than I realised - it's Saturday - yay!!!
Thank you for the lovely comments on my recent creations
You are all very kind and I really do appreciate you

Along with trying out a different watercolour technique I am having another ‘sketchy phase’ right now lol!  Here's a card I made for several challenges …

I actually checked what papers I was wanting to use before I coloured her! 
An unusual look for me - minimal details 
A little decoration
A final look

I stamped the Kanban lady with the pale grey IP, as I love the ‘no lines’ look stamping, and I am, unusually, quite pleased with how this lovely can-can lady turned out!  Yes she is one of the cheeky ladies from the Follies Berger in Paris!  Yep I am quite mad you see – it is this heat boiling me - I’m not enjoying that right now!
Anyways back to the stamping.  I have tried the no line technique with character/people stamps before and I’ve had miserable results.  So I am practicing (aka obsessing/OCD) the no line stamping because I love the end result.  I am trying to improve my watercolouring skills by using a lighter touch with the paint brush when necessary and ensuring the image has light and shadow. 
So what do y’all think?  I think I am trying to capture an Impressionist look to the stamping.  Do you think it works?  Seriously I would love to know what y’all think!

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
Deep Ocean Challenge #82 Lots of Layers
Vintage Stamping Challenge  #22 Anything to do with dance and/or music


Tools:
Kanban stamp set
Pot of water; spray bottle of water; paint brushes

Stash:
Card/Paper: Hobbycraft 5”x7” card ; Crafters Companion Sheena Douglass A4 card; snippets magazine papers are at least a couple of years old
Colours: watercolour paints; Memento London Fog IP
Embellishments: Wild Orchid Crafts daisies; K & Co sentiment embellishment
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue; foam pads


Thursday, 24 July 2014

A seaside sketchy ...

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

A really quick post from me as me pinkies are being naughty so I can’t type much and can’t create tonight – thankfully it is not as hot and humid as it was lol!  Here is a card that I made specifically for a challenge or two …


 
A 5" x 7" card which is okay to post 
More practice is required! 
A little embellishing
A final look

 A 5” x 7” card using some of those old Making Cards magazine papers!  I actually remembered to dig the papers out before stamping and watercolouring the stamp image.  I’m also back to experimenting with my watercolour paints and ink pads again.  This time I stamped the image using a light grey ink so that it would not be so obvious.  I think it has worked and you will be seeing more of these experiments over the next week or so!

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
Deep Ocean Challenge #82 Lots of Layers
Fashionable Stamping Challenge #77 Dreaming of Summer
Inspired by Stampin’ Challenge I used the sketch turned on its’ side and was inspired by the photograph
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge A Mid-Summer Challenge


Tools:
Sheena Douglass A6 A Little Bit Sketchy On The Water stamp set
Paint brushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water; silicon mould #

Stash:
Card/Paper: Hobbycraft 5”x7” card; Making Cards magazine papers #; Crafters Companion Centura A4 Snow White Gold card
Colours: watercolour paints
Embellishments: Craftwork Cards Candi; Fimo Air Dry light clay
Glues: double sided tape; Collall dimensional glue

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The mighty oak ...

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 inky creation to share with you today and here it is …
 
A 148mm square card 
You can see where the EP has not stuck 
A little embellishment
A final look

I heavily inked a snippet white card and did the cupped hand and splatter technique onto it – love that!  Secondly I inked and embossed the tree onto the card and that was where I had a problem.  The EP was an old pot and it only stuck in places.  I was very tempted to throw the panel out and start again but I love the end result.  Since making this one I have binned that EP because I have Tim Holtz Distress EPs that do the job better lol!
I have bought many types of EP over the many years I have been stamping.  The black detail EP I used for this scene is a brand that which is not cheap and it was less than two years old.  I’ve WOW EP that I’ve owned for + 4 years and I’ve used that on this stamp on another card I shared a while ago.  The WOW EP picked up every little detail of the tree.  The so called expensive ‘detail EP’ is now in the bin and I am reaching for my WOW EPs every time.

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 by Designs Challenge July Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge #82 Lots of Layers
My Craft Creations Anything Goes July 21 – August 14 
Pan Pastel Challenge #18 Inspired by Tim Holtz
Sarah Hurley Challenge #94 Celebrations


Tools:
Crafter’s Companion Sheena Douglass A6 Mighty Oak stamp set
Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Cuttlebug embossing folder
Tim Holtz Sizzix bird cage die
Splodgeaway mat; ink blending tool and foam; heat gun; spray bottle of water

Stash:
Card/Paper:  Crafters Companion A4 Centura Snow White Gold card; snippet black card; snippet white card #; snippet blue card; snippets dark brown and latte card
Colours: Distress IPs: Salty Ocean; Shabby Shutters; Mowed Grass
Embellishments: Kanban sentiment #
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue; foam pads; Collall dimensional glue
Other: Versamark IP; Black detail EP – now binned!


# VOS + 5 years