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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

Monday, 19 January 2015

Week 2 Journal 2015: Faux Bleeding Tissue Paper Technique and then too much ink and paint were added ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your weekend was good and your week has started well
A warning – lots of waffles and lots of photo’s too!
Thank you for the lovely comments on my recent creations
You are all very kind and I really do appreciate you

Big thanks to my lovely buddies Darnell and Mister I was finally able to get hold of a Scribbly Bird stamp set.  I was extremely lucky to win a voucher from Darnell’s NBUS challenge and I used my NBUS Scribbly Bird stamp set on my journal page and I love them.  I also used old NBUS pens (I forget them a lot), new stamps (Visible Image Stamps December challenge) and snippet busting in a different way.  
I'm trying to catch up with Journal challenges create your own bleeding tissue paper using items already in your stash and to draw or doodle or sketch something.  If you want to know more about the faux bleeding tissue technique see Rae’s blog here.  When I saw the sketching challenge my heart sank but I'm now practising my sketching skills.  I wanted to do this but I’m hard on myself.  My sketching isn't perfect and stamps are easier and faster lol!  I used to draw animals, birds, flowers and landscapes but then I found stamps.  They are better than my drawings so I stopped.  I’m an idiot lol!  
I’ve a sketch pad, soft pencils and a big eraser out.  I'm not great at it but I will sketch when I can and when I feel up to it.  My skills are very rusty and I need lots of practise.  My ‘inner artist’ has never been shared with friends.  I’m enjoying the journey and this weekend I completed one of the challenges.  Rae (blog here) set up a newly formed Journal HeART Facebook group and there are a lot of us trying this stuff out.   Last year I decided that I needed to push myself creatively but I ran out of time. So 2015 is the start of a new journey for me and I pledged to myself to share all of it (even ugly mistakes too), so here we go …

This is page two before I added the ink and paint!
 
A close up of the technique!
And then I started to add ink and paint
  
I have never used so many different mediums when creating ever!
I'm also learning a lot and using a lot of different techniques too!
 
I love the shimmer from this paint!
It was at this point that I started to make a few mistakes - I forgot to heat set the inks
But you learn and I'm enjoying the process!
I love this Visible Image script stamp and I know I am going to use it a lot!
The two page spread - really wish I hadn't written on the left hand side!
  
A whole lot of Visible Image stamps and Distress inks were used!
 
One of the NBUS Scribbly Bird stamps and the NBUS and new Visible Image stamps
A final look I even started using a pen to add some detail.
I didn't want the birds to look like they are floating mid air so I drew a tree and a branch
I will share more details of the left hand side of the page once I have tweaked it!

After I finished my pages I realised most of the bleeding tissue had been covered with ink and paint.  I want to try the technique again.  Hopefully, next time I won't add so much ink or paint because that is becoming an inky habit and I don’t want to fall into bad habits so early.  I’m out of my normal comfort zone with the challenges.  I'm sketching, writing and creating differently and I’m so grateful to Rae for that.  I’m allowing myself to be more ‘free’ than normal and I challenged myself to leave my mistakes for at least twenty four hours.  
I pledged to myself that I would not tear a page out of my journal (twit or what) lol?  I want to learn from doing this and that is why I’ve shared page two.  I’ve started to work on the next prompt and I’ve added gesso to page two so I will re-do that page and once finished I’ll share the re-made page and new page/s.  I had to get rid of the writing because it was horrible!  Have I learnt?  Yes I have, I’ll leave my mistakes for a day or two and then go back and correct them.  But I won’t write all over those errors again lol!  My pledge was to share it all – so right now I’m sticking to my pledge.

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
Darnell’s NBUS Challenge #3: The Scribbly Birds that I purchased last year and the Adirondack pens are NBUS
Fashionable Stamping Challenge #89 Something New 
Tando Creative Challenge Colours: I used the colours plus others: hope it is allowed?
Unruly Paper Arts Challenge: I used the colours as my prompt


Tools:
Visible Image stamps: Mini Butterfly; Grunge Corner; Splattered Dots; Revolution stamp set
Dina Wakley Scribbly Birds stamp set – thank you Darnell and Mister
Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine; Clearly Besotted die
Pallette knife; paint brushes; Ranger Cut N Dry foam; baby wipes/cloths
Pallette knife; paint brushes; Ranger Cut N Dry foam; baby wipes/cloths

Stash:
Card/Paper: WH Smiths Daler Rowney Artists A5 pad (150g/m); snippets of white card for stamping Scribbly Birds onto
Colours: Brusho Water Colour Crystals; Rub On waxes #; Luna Lights Paints: Aurora Teal #
Imagination Crafts: Silkies Sunshine Satin paint
Distress Ink Pad Colours: stormy sky; picked raspberry
Pens: NBUS Adirondack pens #
Other: The Works gesso; baby wipes; glue

# VOS: + eight years old

Saturday, 17 January 2015

A Christmas Card from Snippets ...

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

In between learning new techniques, playing with my new journal, and attempting to get some order back into my work room I’m trying to use card, paper and embellishments left over from Christmas.  I was also very lucky to have the paint out still from the latest two journal pages and I used that to colour the die cut bell.  It has a fabulous sheen IRL!  I love making my own background papers and these were left over from DH’s Christmas card and here is today’s card …

 
An A6 card good to post too!
 The stamped part.  The bell was die cut from the box that held Christmas crackers.
I will be recycling a lot more this year!
Close up on that central panel
A final look

My current obsession with inks, paints and all things journal is influencing my card creations lol!  I used a lot more ink than I would usually and I love the final effect.  I have created my first 2015 shabby style Christmas card and I think I’ll be making more of these as I like it.
A quick and short post from me today as I am still in a right old mess in my work room and I know that before it gets better it is going to get worse.  There is a lot of schtuff I need to sort through and the room needs a good cleaning and organising session still!

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 Snowflake stamp set
Unknown snowflake stamp #
Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine; Sizzix Sizzlet Christmas Bell die #
Crafting mat; Ranger blending tool & foam; heat gun; spray bottle of water; pot of water; paintbrushes

Stash:
Card/Paper: Crafters Companion A4 Centura Snow White Accents card to create a card and for stamping onto; the bell was die cut using card from the Christmas cracker box; The Works watercolour paper snippets
Colours: WOW WS04 Blue Glitz embossing powder; watercolour paints to colour The Works watercolour paper
Distress Ink Pads: Stormy Sky
Paint: Luna Light Aurora Teal paint #
Embellishments: organza ribbon #; peel off sentiment #
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue; Collall All Purpose glue
Other: Versamark IP


# VOS & VOST: +8 years

Monday, 12 January 2015

Monday's post is a snippet busting Christmas card ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope you had a lovely weekend 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’ve not been crafting much because I’m attempting to organise and clean my work room and desk and I found a load of snippets of Kraft card which is why I’m starting the week with a Christmas card and here it is …

 
Quite a natural look but I love it and I know it won't cost much to post 
The stencil is beautiful! 
 
Just a little detail
A final look

I was lucky enough to get money at Christmas and I used it to purchase Imagination Crafts paints, one of their new panel Christmas stencils and Woodware’s tree stamps. 
I had been on a self imposed pledge of no new Xmas stash for three years but as soon as I saw the stencil and the tree stamps I had to have them.  I did plan to purchase the IC paints though and I am hoping to play with them this week in my journal – they are so easy to use: you will be seeing more cards created with their products over the next few months.  
I loathe loose glitter but I have quite a bit of it.  Once that has all been used up I won’t be purchasing it again.  The Sparkle Medium in Diamond is much easier to use and it doesn’t end up all over the house, me and my lovely companion Eddy the JR terrier!
Before I go off to play I want to welcome Niki to my blog.  Niki is a new follower and she makes some truly beautiful pieces.  I hope you enjoy your time here Niki and thank you for following 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
Card Mania Challenge CMC#64 Make It Sparkle: I wish I could capture the shimmer from the Sparkle Medium
Christmas Cards All Year Round Challenge Anything Goes
House of Cards Challenge Colour Inspiration &/or Glitter: I used the natural shades with glitter medium
Imagination Crafts Challenge Anything Goes
Our Creative Corner Challenge Christmas Leftovers: all of the papers are left over from creating Christmas cards in November and December and some of card is from boxes
Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge #27 Winter Wishes: there is a colour scheme 


Tools:
Imagination Crafts stencil
Pallette knife

Stash:
Card/Paper: DL cream card #; white glitter paper; snippet A4 card from boxes
Colours: Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium: Diamond
Embellishments: white brads #; peel offs #
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue

# VOS: minimum five years old

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Something different Part two of two ...

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

This is part two of my first attempt of a journal I forgot to photograph each time I added ink, stamps and/or paints to the page.  I got completely lost in the process of ‘playing’ and I loved every minute.  
I need to get myself a pen or two so that I can add the details to what DH is calling the pink blob lol!  Now I may be a bit loopy but I can see a rosebud where the pink blob is – is it just me?  
The steps I followed to end up with this finished look are below …

This is what I left you with last night/this morning - my first A5 attempt at a journal. 
This shows the edges where I was adding much more paint and it's quite opaque 
My pink blob aka rosebud 
Those paints over the Maimeri - something completely unexpected and I love it! 
  
I love my IC stencils - you can never have too much of them! 
Look no acrylic block again!   Ooo am I a rebel?
The whole thing once everything had been added

1.     I grabbed gesso and dolloped it onto the stamped and coloured butterfly.  I left it to dry naturally.  When I went back I wasn’t happy with the colour or depth of colour.  I grabbed my really old Luna paints, 10 years, and added and worked my way in and around. 
2.     I was going to stamp over the white gesso but as I was adding colour I could see a rosebud emerging.  DH has seen it and he can’t see it but I can, maybe I’m nuts, but I can see a rosebud lol!
3.     After I achieved the right colours I wanted more detail.  I inked up my stamp set with my DIPs and stamped over the paint and around the page.  I used first and second generation inking. 
4.     I grabbed a baby wipe which I used to blend and remove the ink until I was happy with the end result.
5.     Finally I grabbed an IC stencil and used rub on waxes on parts of the page.

I’ve wanted to try this for more than a year but I was held back by fear and not enough belief in myself.  I was nervous about sharing this with DH, he doesn’t always like heavily inked and painted creations, nor do I at times lol!  Once I shared it with him he surprised me because he loved the colour, the shimmer and the texture.  His opinion means so much to me as I have trained him to be very honest about my crafting and creating.    
A huge thank you to Sarn and Rae for the push, the help and the belief: you will never know how much it meant to 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

Abbreviations used in post:
SS: Distress ink pad stormy sky
PF: Distress ink pad peacock feathers
PR: Distress ink pad picked raspberry
IC: Imagination Crafts stencils

Tools:
Visible Image Revolution stamp set
Imagination Crafts Panel Stencil: Holly
Pallette knife; paint and sponge brushes; baby wipes/clothes;

Stash:
Card/Paper: WH Smiths Daler Rowney Artists A5 pad (150g/m)
Distress Ink Pad Colours: stormy sky; peacock feathers; picked raspberry
Bronze spray ink #
Luna Lights Paints: Aurora Teal #; Farscape Fuchsia #
Rub On waxes #
Other: Maimeri Medium glossy gel; The Works gesso; baby wipes; stencil tape

# VOS: 5 years old minimum (the paints may be 10!)

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Something different, part one of two, an adventure ...

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

Still suffering from the cold lurgy, some days are better than others but I crafted a little on Thursday night and it felt so very good.  This time it’s something I created just for me!  I thought I had taken more pictures than I have but a lot were blurry – I am so sorry, I must have been feeling worse than I realised as it’s been a long time since I took that many bad photographs.  
There is a quick and short list of my step by step process below …

This is an A5 page

This is what I did:

1.     A thin layer of gesso with a pallette knife and heat dried – don’t go too close because it will bubble (learnt from a previous experiment with gesso).
2.    Stamped the VI butterfly in the middle of the page with Memento IP.
3.    I wanted a couple of textured flourishes bottom left and top right.  Attached an IC stencil with masking tape and added MMGG and heat set, saw that the MM gel bubbles if you go to close to it.
4.    I didn’t want a ‘perfect’ stamped background so I didn’t use an acrylic block.  Inked the script stamp with the PR and used first and second generation ink covering page.
5.    Added PR and SS DIPs on the edge and used a wipe to bleed, blend and then heat set.
6.    Couldn’t get my green inky mica to spray, it is blocked (grr!).  Grabbed copper colour, sprayed the page and used a wipe to blend. 
7.     Dipped a brush into the green spray and picked up some of the ink and blobbed onto the stamped butterfly. 
8.     I realised I’d made one enormous boob!  The butterfly stamp was too small for the page.  Left it to dry overnight.

I promise to share part two soon.  Whilst I remember I want to welcome Desire to my blog too.  A new follower for the New Year = a happy Karen.

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





Abbreviations used in post:
SS: Distress ink pad stormy sky
PF: Distress ink pad peacock feathers
PR: Distress ink pad picked raspberry
IC: Imagination Crafts stencils
MMGG: Maimeri Glossy Gel medium

Tools:
Visible Image Revolution stamp set
Imagination Crafts stencil
Pallette knife; paint and sponge brushes; baby wipes/clothes;

Stash:
Card/Paper: WH Smiths Daler Rowney Artists A5 pad (150g/m)
Distress Ink Pad Colours: stormy sky; peacock feathers; picked raspberry
Bronze spray ink #
Other: Maimeri Medium glossy gel; The Works gesso; baby wipes; stencil tape

# VOS: 5 years old minimum

Monday, 5 January 2015

2015 Christmas Card Club #1 Carol's choice ...

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 two favourite posts
You are all very kind and I really do appreciate you

I am popping on very quickly to share my first 2015 Christmas Card Club creation with you.  It was our lovely friend Carol’s choice for this first challenge and the theme was ‘Clean and Simple using red, white and green’ and I could not get my head around it at first.  I created two cards and I thought they were okay until I started to edit the photographs and I need to go back and ‘add more colouring’ to those two.  So I created another two cards and this time I’m not too happy with the second one – I may add more stamping to that and that is why I am so late sharing them. 
I had a longer break from my crafting than planned because of our family sharing their colds with me and DH.  I’ve not crafted for over a week – which is has been hard for me and even worse for DH – I get very grumpy when I can’t play with my stamps, inks and paper/card lol!  Anyways here is the one card I am happy with …


 
An A6 card good to post! 
I am trying out different styles this year and I really like this layout!
A final look at number one

This is the second one.  I think I’m going to add more stamping around the garland and if I do I will upload this one again after I have done so …

 
I am so not sure about this one but it is good to post! 
The stamped part!
A final look and I still think it needs some more stamping but I'm not sure

A quick post from me today and I am hoping to visit all the ladies later because I still feel well rough from this cold so I’m not at my best right now – although I am happy to say that it is just a cold and me being a bit grumpy because of it.

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
Card Mania Challenge CMC#64 Make It Sparkle: I wish I could capture the shimmer from the mini gems and the sparkle from the mica in the red background paper!
Papertake Weekly Challenge Pick A Favourite: Anything Goes – great for new Christmas creations!
Winter Wonderland Challenge Favourite Colour Combination: I have many of these but for traditional Christmas this is my go to colour combination!


Tools:
Papermania Home for Christmas sentiment stamp
Cardio Majestix peg stamps #
Unknown holly stamps #
Flower punch

Stash:
Card/Paper: Crafters Companion A4 Snow White Accent card to create A6 cards; magazine paper #; snippets white card; white paper which I sprayed with inks
Colours: Adirondack IP’s: meadow; cranberry
Sakura Gel & Sparkle pens #
Ranger Perfect Pearls red; red ink spray #
Embellishments: The Works mini gems
Glues: Collall all purpose glue; foam pads

# VOS & VOST: at least 5 years old