Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Distress Oxides, Kraft card and Luminarte H2O's ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. Over the weekend I moved on from playing with Distress Oxides and white card to Distress Oxides and Kraft card. OMGee I’m besotted! I had no idea I’d be able to create backgrounds and toppers like this! This deep rich lush patina is one of my favourite colours ever and here is what I have to share with you today …

I created a 150mm square card
Lots of lovely texture and depth
Lots of yummy layers of Doxides and Luminarte H2O's: yummy!
The difference between adding Doxides to white or Kraft is obvious.  
Kraft is the two base layers, the butterfly and flowers were white card.
However isn't this butterfly beautiful!!  It's a Pete Hughes design
I captured some of the bling for a change!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges


Creative Artiste Challenge #29 Mixed Media Anything Goes

Die-Cut-Diva’s Challenge August Anything Goes
Emerald Creek Dares August Challenge Anything Goes
Frilly & Funkie Challenge On the Cutting Edge: use your dies or die to create your project.  This is my first time using this beautiful die which was part of my birthday present this year and it’s so very beautiful!

Mix It Up Challenge Blog 
MIUCB#3 Anything Goes optional Distressing


Scrapy Land Challenge #72 Anything Goes: Sizzix die


I decided to experiment with reject Kraft card from the wedding stationery. Our printer was not happy printing directly onto the card but we only found this out after hubby printed a couple, doing another test print before printing all of them. I grabbed the rejects for two reasons, lol, the first is that I wanted to see how the Doxides react on Kraft card and, to put it simply, I’m very tight where card and paper is concerned. My hubby and I were greenies before it was fashionable to recycle and we’ve done so for many years. The one thing I don’t like to recycle is my card stock. So if there is a teeny tiny chance that I can recycle it I do lol!

I applied multiple layers of Distress re-inker to the Kraft card and I thoroughly dried in between each layer before adding another. I then stamped the flowers onto the coloured Kraft card but they were hard to see so I grabbed some snippets of white card and stamped the flowers onto those and I coloured those with Luminarte H2O watercolour paints. Once dry I fussy cut them and decoupaged over the Kraft stamped flowers. I didn’t add loads of water to the H2O’s before painting the flowers and that’s why they are so rich in colour.

Once my backgrounds were dry I added Gold H2O splatters and added the colour to the edges too. The beautiful butterfly die is a new purchase, I managed to grab a couple of new dies in the summer sales and I die cut that from watercolour snippets and coloured it with H2Os. I adhered one of my panels to a card and then roughened up the edges of the stamped flowers panel before adhering that to the card too. 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:
Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamp set
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Sizzix Rare Butterfly die, designed by Pete Hughes
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; spray bottle of water

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm card
Snippets: Kraft card; white card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Re-inkers: Blue China; Weathered Wood; Cracked Pistachio; Worn Lipstick; Fossilised Amber
Luminarte H2O watercolour paints: gold; orange; pink; red
Versamark IP: Black
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Collall 3D glue


Thursday, 10 August 2017

August Mixed Media Tag #1 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’m still playing with my Distress Oxides but this time I also included new stamps and a new die too. I enjoyed creating this tag and it actually turned out better than I dared to hope when I had to alter the original idea, lol! I wish that would happen more often and here it is …

A chubby tag of course!
I love the side view of this!
All the yummy details
I love the distressed font on this set of stamps
The beautiful butterfly stamp and die
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #420 Colours of your flag: red, white & blue 
Butterfly Challenge #84 Y for you choose &/ the colour Wedge Wood Blue the Y is for You: I need to remember to follow my mad ideas sometimes! 
Cardz TV Challenge Cards Crazy Crafters Anything Goes #7



As requested I’m trying to write my posts in a more orderly way so that it is easier for you lovely peeps yes I know I ramble a lot, honestly I know I do!

1. I attached my Viva Decor stencil to a piece of Sheena stamping card and applied Distress Oxides through the stencil using an ink blending tool and foam.

2. I dried the inks then sprayed with water and I added droplets of water. I added a piece of kitchen towel to mop up the inks because I wanted to create a soft pastel background. Once I was happy with the look I used my heat gun to make sure the inks were completely dry.

3. I used the butterfly die on the card because I hadn’t realised how it works, lol! You can lift the butterfly wings up and leave the body of the butterfly attached to the base layer.

4. As I realised how this die works I decided to die cut the butterfly twice because the idea of a tag with windows through the butterfly wings appealed to me. That and the fact that I have a lot of card I’ve coloured with Distress or Distress Oxides inks. I didn’t stamp the butterfly at this point.

5. I traced around my chubby tag template and cut it out. I didn’t cut the top right butterfly wing off as I wanted to make sure it was still attached.

6. I stamped the ‘Beautiful’ sentiment three times with Distress ink and I dried the ink with my heat tool.

7. I attached the Stamplorations stencil with Washi tape and applied sand texture paste firstly on one end and then the other. I left that to dry overnight.

8. I stamped the butterfly onto another snippet of card and used the outer die to cut out the butterfly out. I did have to fussy cut a little to free up the butterfly and I know I’ll use this stamp and die a little differently in future but I do love how this tag turned out.


Please forgive my current lack of visits to anyone’s blog. We have projects on the go in the house, the garden and the craft room which means I am frazzled right now and very grateful I got my posts ready earlier in the week but I am hoping to return to more measured soon! Also thank you all so much for the positive feed back on my Fiskarettes posts, I am deeply touched and honoured by your lovely comments.

I was very lucky to win the beautiful Tonic butterfly stamp and die set from our lovely Mrs A’s Butterfly challenge because I used both of the prompts the random linky tool picked me lol! Thank you very much Mrs A I love, love, love my new stamp and die! Back when it was my birthday a very sweet friend mailed a birthday card with a set of Stamplorations Stamps inside. That set of stamps could not have been a more perfect gift for me because they’re going to get a lot of use in my journal and in my mixed media projects. So a huge thanks goes out to both of these lovely ladies, the second lady you know who you are but I don’t want to spill the beans so to speak! 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:
Tonic Studios Butterfly Laura Rococo Die and Stamp set (pack of 3)
Stamplorations Stamps Bold Sentiments: Hashtag Authentic stamp set
Stencil:
Viva Decor #08 Flowers and Music 29 cm square stencil
Stamplorations Stamps Artplorations: Bloom Silhouette stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Tonic Studios die above
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; Distress water bottle; palette knife; ink blending tool and foam; Craftwork Cards tag template

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress Oxide ink pads: Broken China; Weathered Wood; Worn Lipstick; Fired Brick
Adhesives/Mediums:
DecoArt Sand Texture Gel
Collall all purpose glue
Washi tape

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Fiskarettes UK Facebook Home Decor ...



Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. On Monday this project was shared on the Fiskarettes UK page on Facebook and that means that I can now share it with you and here it is …

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Flowers, punched petals and punched feathers 
(the feathers make perfect leaves)
My little cross stitch house and not a piece of thread in site!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Craft Stamper Magazine Challenge TIMI August Anything Goes


The Artistic Stamper Challenge August Anything Goes


This was fairly quick to create and I am happy with the outcome. When I learnt I was going to be on the Fiskarettes UK team for a while I had some initial ideas that I hoped nobody had done before so I jotted those ideas down and this project is one of those ideas. I don’t think this one was tried by anyone else although one of my other ideas has had to be scratched off the list because Enfys (Fiskarettes UK DT leader) has since created a project with one of my original ideas. Below I have listed my steps to create this.

1. I painted a rough landscape on watercolour paper and left to dry.

2. I stamped the Paperbabe tree trunks using a brown ink pad and then I stamped them again using the bark overlay stamp.

3. I wanted funky trees so I used the polka dot tree canopy to make it a little whimsical.

4. I used white snippets to cut a house and a roof shape and I coloured them with watercolours and left to dry.

5. I delved into my coloured snippets bag and found white, red, Kraft and green card and I punched the little cross stitches until there was enough and I glued them onto the house & roof.

6. I coloured the embroidery frame with my pale green Adirondack ink pad and left to dry.

7. I traced around the hoop framed onto the back of the landscape using a pencil and then cut it out.

8. I adhered the watercoloured landscape to it by adding thin lines of glue around the edges of the paper and left it to dry overnight.

9. The next day I attached the house and roof using foam pads. I attached a piece of sheer ribbon to the back of the piece so that it can be hung

10. I used the tear drop punch on coloured watercolour card and created a flower. I used the feather punch to create leaves and attached the punched flower, the leaves and the daisies.


There were several bonuses to creating this project. The first one of those is that it is better than I dared hoped, which is always a very good thing lol! The second bonus was that my hubby has fallen in love with it and has told me this is not going to be offered to family or friends because he plans to hang it. Those comments are very, very rare and very precious to me. The final bonus was that apart from the background the house, the cross stitch, the petals and the feathers were created with snippets.

I wanted to show that your old or new punches can be used to create modern home décor items. This was an absolute joy to create and I wish that happened more often lol! If there is anything that I haven’t made clear give me a yell and I will expand on the step by steps. 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 Tree Hugs stamp set
Punch:
Fiskars Cross Stitch hand punch
Fiskars Petal large squeeze punch
Fiskars Feather large squeeze punch
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Watercolour card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card; Kraft card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Perfectly Primary
Adirondack IP’s:
Walnut Stain Distress IP
Embellishments:
White daisies, sheer ribbon, bling stones all from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Embroidery hoop
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

A home decor project ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. For myself and several challenges I wanted to create a home décor project. I have to say I adore the way this has turned out and here it is …

It's turned out so pretty
Lots of depth and details
All the lovely details
That beautiful flower stamp
The lovely die cut flowers and leaves
My favourite butterfly die
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Butterfly Challenge #83 J for jagged edges &/ the colour kiwi I went through my dies to find a leaf die with jagged edges and I used the colour kiwi to colour the leaves
Craft Stamper Magazine Challenge TIMI August Anything Goes 
Fussy & Fancy Challenge #193 favourite colours: blue and pink

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge Anything Goes optional twist Bloom

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #53 Flowers
Scrapy Land Challenge #71 Anything Goes
I used Crafters Companion and Sizzix dies
The Artistic Stamper Challenge August Anything Goes


My step by steps are very simple and I got to use more snippets too, you know the little white snippets that aren’t big enough to use as a panel and it seems a waste to use them for die cutting. Oh dear, maybe that’s just me!!!

1. I drew around the embroidery hoop with a pencil and roughly cut the watercolour card.

2. I used Spectrum Noir AquaTints to create a bright blue wash and coloured the watercolour card.

3. I used my Versafine ink pads to stamp the flower multiple times onto white snippets and I coloured them with my Luminarte H2O watercolour paints, they shimmer beautifully when you lift and tilt the card.

4. Once the flowers were dry I fussy cut them and removed some of the leaves from several of the flowers.

5. I trimmed the watercolour panel quite close and then adhered it to the back using a wet glue and I left it to dry.

6. The next day I trimmed with scissors or used a piece of sand paper to make sure the watercolour card fits the embroidery hoop and so that no card is hung over.

7. I then got my stamped flowers and played around with the layout before gluing them in position.

8. I die cut several of Tim Holtz’s small tattered florals dies using coloured snippets and I created five layered flowers which I glued in position. I also had green coloured snippets that I cut out with this die set too.

9. I added a die cut butterfly and bling stones to the flowers and I was finished with my project.


I hope you like it as much as we do and if you have any questions please feel free to ask. 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:
Paperbabe Oriental Zen stamp set
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Sara Davies Signature Range Butterfly Lullaby Flit & Flutter die set
Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits Small Tattered Florals
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Watercolour card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Perfectly Primary
Luminarte H2O watercolours: Jasmine
Distress re-inker: Shabby Shutters/Peeled Paint (to colour the leaves)
Versafine IP: grey
Embellishments:
Sheer ribbon and bling stones from my stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue