Thursday, 27 July 2017

Pushing my comfort zone ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. For the past couple of weeks I’ve been plotting and experimenting a lot, lol! When I share the challenges I wanted to enter and their themes I think you may understand the title, lol, at least I hope you do! Anyways here is what I have been creating for the last week or so …

 
A 5" x 7" canvas
Lots of lovely depth
All the yummy details
I love this butterfly stamp
This is the stencil I'm in love with right now, can't use it enough
One of my out of comfort zone embellishments

Lace snippets plus that trim that I've owned forever

A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges

  
MMW#7 Anything Mixed Media Goes
with a twist to use natural ingredients: I’ve used mulberry paper, twine and a nectarine stone which was scrubbed to make sure all the flesh was removed and then left to dry for a couple of weeks

Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge You’ve got the edge:
I used laces and a trim to enhance the edges of the canvas


I altered &/ distressed the following:
Roses and Hip roses; Bling Mesh; Lace; Circle drop trimming


At the beginning of the month, when the mixed media challenges are posted, several of them had me scratching my head and no ideas I could come up with. So my next step was, as usual, a chat with hubby and after that was when my brain went into overdrive. Another of the mixed media challenges has asked that you make your old embellishments new again. I knew immediately what I would incorporate and what I could alter to make my embellishments fresh and new. Another of the challenges asks for colour, texture and shape and I knew what I wanted to incorporate for that one and I know the lovely ladies from that particular challenge will let me know if I’ve not covered that correctly lol! I have been lucky in that Simon Says Stamps Monday challenge is all about edges and I’ve used lace and trim to enhance the edges and when I learnt the challenge at Country View Crafts I wanted to enter with a mixed media canvas incorporating butterflies so I’ve very luckily been able to incorporate that into my project too.

I applied a layer of gesso to my canvas and then attached Sheena’s stencil to it and applied Pebeo texture paste through it. Once that was dry I attached the laces and trim to it and left them to dry too. I grabbed a snippet of white card and attached my lovely Tim Holtz stencil to it and used the last of my Dreamweaver pearl embossing paste to it. Once the paste was dry I coloured the card with Distress Crayons and I tore all the edges and put it to one side. I created a bouquet of flowers by using roses, rose hips and a spiral stamen and I twisted them together and I trimmed the wires before wrapping with a ribbon to hide the stems and to make it look a lot nicer. I used Doxide re-inkers to colour the flowers and then I added some vintage gold H2O watercolour paint to distress them a little more. I created a spiral twine circle which simply means using a die cut circle and marking the centre of it. I pierced the die cut circle and threaded the twine through and attached it to the back using double sided tape.

I got all of the separate elements together and started to play around with a layout, this bit takes me a long time! Once I was happy with the way it looked I then glued everything in place using Pebeo matt medium because I want to make sure they are properly stuck on. I added finishing touches like colouring the edges of the canvas and I was done. I really enjoyed creating this canvas and plan to do some more soon! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x










Tools
Stamp:
Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Sketchy A5 Butterfly Effect stamp set
Stencil:
Sheena Douglass 7”x7” Distress Grid stencil
Tim Holtz layering stencil THS077 Floral
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Spellbinders Classic Circle large
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; palette knife; ink blending foam

Supplies
Card Paper:
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
5” x 7” box stencil
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress Oxide re-inkers: Vintage Photo; Worn Lipstick
Distress Crayons Set 1
Luminarte H2O paints: vintage gold; deep pink
Acrylic paints: white; red
Embellishments:
Wild Orchid Crafts: Roses; Hip Roses; Pearl Stamen
The Ribbon Girls: Natural Button Twine
Bling mesh and ribbon from my stash
Nectarine stone
Adhesives/Mediums:
Pebeo: white gesso; texture paste
Dreamweaver pearl embossing paste
Collall all purpose glue
Collall 3D glue gel


Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Fiskarettes UK




Hello my lovely friends and visitors,

Over on the Fiskarettes UK Facebook account one of my projects has been shared today and you can see it here. I will share the project with you in a couple of days.


I really do appreciate you dropping by and I hope you get some to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x


A second sketch ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  After following Kim’s sketch at the Paperbabe Challenge blog on a tag I wanted to create another tag following the sketch as I was so happy with the end result. I decided to use a background piece that is a more distressed style than I normally try to create. Anyway here is the end result …

Another tag!
So many snippets were used to create this tag
I love that I got to use up so many snippets and rejects too
Lots of lovely die cuts
The beautiful rose stamp
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Cardz TV Challenge Anything Goes Designers Challenge #6
Fussy & Fancy Challenge #192 Anything Goes
Scrapy Land Challenge #70 Anything Goes
I used Crafters Companion, Memory Box and Spellbinders dies
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge You’ve got the edge:
I’ve used a stencil on the base layer to add more detail to the lower RHS,then to the top of the tag with the die cuts drawing your eye to the edges


I used a piece of ugly card for the bottom layer. I was playing with colours on it, with blue, green, brown and the whole thing ended up in shades of brown, puce green and putrid yellow. What I love is that the base layer is ugly puce coloured in a grunge way. My twist to that is to add bright coloured details to the upper layers to bring back the beauty. The teal blue on the putrid tag really pops and makes you aware of how beautiful that colour is. Then I used several neutrals for die cutting to lighten up the look. I stamped the roses and leaves onto the die cut circle using a lovely soft pink and I went back to add a more fluorescent fossilised yellow with only a little water to make that a big jarring to the eye.


I pushed myself away from my comfort zone of soft colours gently blending to create a tag which is full of distressed and grunged details. OMGee I really love the end result and I will not be trying to create ugly pages because when I try I can’t but if it just happens, which it does every so often lol, it is awesome!

I dipped into my snippets bag multiple times to create this tag and luckily I was able to bring so many different colours and elements together to end up with a mixed media, grungey, distressed, and beautifully feminine tag. I’m really happy that I can create when my back isn’t too bad and that’s why I have multiple projects on the go. Because one day I might be able to do something a bit harder but the next time I can’t. So having little sessions now and again is working well for me and my back lol! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x











Tools
Stamp & Stencil:
Paperbabe Stamp Set:
Viva Decor 29cm square
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: THS032 Flourishes
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Crafters Companion: Die’sire Classique Ivy die; Sara Signature Floral Delight In Bloom
Memory Box Poppystamp Cheviot Butterfly die
Spellbinders: Large Classic Circle die set; Large Scalloped Circle die set; Die D-Lites Medallion 2 set; 4” x 2” Butterfly Wizard cutting and embossing die
Magazine die
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; mini ink blending tool and foam; Distress spray water bottle

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Snippets: coloured card; patterned papers; Sheena Douglass white stamping card coloured & stamped snippets
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress ink pads: Peacock Feathers, Peeled Paint
Distress Oxides: Broken China, Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio, Worn Lipstick
Memento dew drop ink pad: Rose Bud pink
Primary Spectrum Aqua pens
Embellishments:
Pearls from my stash
Ribbon snippet from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Collall 3D glue gel
Double sided tape
Fun foam
Washi tape (for the stencils)

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

A sketch ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I had a large snippet of Distress Oxides and Viva Decor stencil background from another project so I decided to use that up by following a sketch with multiple layers and details and here it is …

This tag is a little slimmer than usual
But still has lots of lovely layers and textures too
All the lovely details
I followed the sketch as closely as I could
These  rose stamps are going to be very useful
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Cardz TV Challenge Anything Goes Designers Challenge #6 
Craft Stamper Magazine Challenge TIMI Anything Goes


Scrapy Land Challenge #70 Anything Goes
I used Crafters Companion, Memory Box, Sizzix, Spellbinder 
& Tutti Designs dies
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge You’ve got the edge: I’ve used the sketch to create lots of different edges and followed the bottom right one with die cuts to make it more prominent 


Everything on this card was a snippet left over from other projects. I thought I could quickly detail each layer starting from the bottom, the tag, going up. The background is from my first play with Distress Oxides and my Viva Decor music and flowers stencil. Then I die cut a Tutti Designs stitched banner from a card snippet I created using Tim Holtz lines stencil and Spectrum Aqua pens. The next layer is a white card snippet that I coloured using my Distress Oxides using Faded Jeans and Fired Brick Doxides. I attached a Sheena Douglass stencil to that and applied DecoArt sand texture paste through it. The skinny banner that goes across the card was another snippet coloured with Faded Jeans and Cracked Pistachio Oxides. The frame behind the stamped circle was a white snippet coloured with acrylic paints. The die cut circle was a white watercolour card snippet stamped with the roses which I then coloured with Spectrum Noir AquaTints primary set, the yellow. The flowers, coloured with watercolour paints, were first drawn and watercoloured by me before I recycled them for die cutting. The remaining snippets were cut from patterned or solid coloured paper or card.

I’ve used lots of snippets on my projects over the years but I don’t think I have created a whole project including the base layer from snippets, at least I don’t think I have before. The good and bad thing is that I still have loads of snippets lol! I think I need to create a lot more snippet projects. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x











Tools
Stamp & Stencil:
Paperbabe rubber stamps: Rose border
Viva Decor #08 Flower & Music 29cm square stencil
Tim Holtz Layering stencil THS004 Lines
Sheena Douglass 7x7” Distress Grid Stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Die’sire Classiques Ivy die
Crafters Companion Sara Davies Signature Butterfly Lullaby Flit & Flutter die
Memory Box Poppystamp Cheviot butterfly die
Sizzix: Thinlits small Tattered Florals die set
Spellbinders: Large Classic Circle die; Die D-Lites Medallion Two
Tutti Designs Stitched Nested Banners set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; mini ink blending tool & foam; palette knife; Craftwork Cards tag template

Supplies
Card Paper:
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card; snippets patterned paper; watercolour papers; snippet velvet paper
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress Oxide Re-Inkers: Broken China; Faded Jeans; Cracked Pistachio; Worn Lipstick; Fired Brick
Spectrum Aqua: primary set
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: primary
Memento dew drop ink pad: Rose Bud pink
Embellishments:
Pearls from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
DecoArt sand texture paste
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam
Washi tape

Monday, 24 July 2017

July Mixed Media Tag #3 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was lovely and your week has started well. I think my mixed media brain went into overdrive this month as I have never created so many mixed media projects in one month and there’s another week left of this month and if I finish them I have several more mixed media projects to share with you. I have been experimenting with using old embellishments with several other mediums (especially Doxides) and here is today’s tag …

I love the beautiful background I created with my Distress Oxides!
I love the depth from the sand texture paste
All the gorgeous ink and paint details
I had one of my oops moments when colouring the flowers!
I remembered to photograph the background before adding anything to it!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Cardz TV Challenge Anything Goes Designers Challenge #6 
Country View Crafts Challenge Things with Wings: 
I know it’s a little one but he’s so cute!
Creatalicious Challenge #119 Anything Goes optional summer

Creative Artiste Challenge #28 Mixed Media Anything Goes

Unstampa Belles Challenge Every Day is Special 
twist use lots of colours: I’m deliberately making sure that there is something good in every single day to make each day special and a pleasure: hope that makes sense


The background on my tag was one of the first play sessions with Doxides. I found the background pieces when tidying my desk over the weekend. I added layers of Doxides by dipping into Worn Lipstick, Red Barn and Fossilised Amber which I had smooched onto my craft mat and sprayed with water before dipping the card, drying the card and doing the same with a different colour or another layer of colour. Once I had the background coloured I attached the stencil with Washi tape and added a layer of the DecoArt Sand texture paste, it has lovely rough texture, just like a pumice stone lol!

Whilst going through, which I am still doing, my old stash I found a box of beautiful K & Co tags and 3D sticker embellishments. I also found matching brads to those embellishments and as soon as I saw them I knew that they would work beautifully with this tag so I got the shaped smaller tag, the beaded flower brad and pulled the 3D stickers out to add to the finished tag. I felt that there was something missing so I retrieved some cherry blossoms and pretty blossoms and then I coloured them with acrylic paint. At the same time I had several pots of glitter out from another project and I managed to knock them over onto the wet paint on the flowers. If you take a close look at the flowers you can see the uneven texture and that’s all because I am 100% klutz lol!

I attached the beaded flower brad to the small tag and then glued it in position. Once the flowers were dry I glued those and as I felt like something was missing I attached a 3D butterfly embellishment onto the tag and I was finished and happy with the end result. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x









Tools
Stencil:
Pronty 15cm square Number stencil
Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat tool; craft mat; palette knife; Distress water spray; Craftwork Cards tag stencil; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress Oxide ink pads: Worn Lipstick; Red Barn; Fossilised Amber
Pebeo Acrylic paint: Orange; Pink
Embellishments:
K & Co: tag; beaded flower brad; sticker; peach glitter from my stash
Wild Orchid Crafts: Cherry Blossoms; Pretty Blossoms
Adhesives/Mediums:
DecoArt Sand Texture Paste
Collall all purpose glue
Washi tape