Sunday, 18 February 2018

Love Notes ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going well. I’ve been playing with my beautiful Simon Says Stamps More Spring Flowers stamp set, I can’t seem to get enough of this set right now, and some lovely ephemera that was a recent purchase and here is the end result …

A 148mm square card
Lovely depth and texture
All the awesome details
That beautiful rose stamp
I managed to capture some of the shimmer

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Country View Crafts Challenge Anything But Cute


It has been by pure luck that I have had patterned papers that work beautifully with the ephemera and the stamped and watercoloured flower. It wasn’t planned in any way because when I first received this stamp set I stamped about three of these beautiful roses so that I could colour them when watching TV or like I have this week whilst watching the winter Olympics lol! The patterned paper on the card is one of the magazine papers so it wasn’t even a paper I had picked in my style.

So the roses were stamped and watercoloured without me checking they would work with certain papers. And I ordered the ephemera about two weeks ago independent of the papers and stamps. Although I knew the design and colour of the ephemera pack would fit farely well with what colours I love to use the most. The ephemera arrived last weekend and I started to play with that and my patterned papers and then I remembered I had some of these stamped and watercoloured roses – a very happy and lucky coincidence!

Whilst I was finishing the card I realised that the beautiful sequin mix with lovely lush copper leaves included with it would work beautifully with this colour palette too. I wish creating cards like this was always so easy 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:
Simon Says Stamp: SSS101703 More Spring Flowers stamp set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Craft UK 150mm square card
Lemoncraft House of Roses Collection: Ephemera Card set
Patterned paper from my old stash
Snippets: Sheena Stamping Card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Versafine IP: black
Distress IP: Peacock Feathers
Watercolour pencils
Embellishments:
Little Things from Lucy’s Cards: Fall sequin mix
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Collall 3D glue gel


Saturday, 17 February 2018

February Journal #1 & #2 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was a good one and you’re having a lovely weekend. I have been experimenting on some larger projects but unfortunately I’ve had several major fails and those projects have ended up in the bin. So I needed to create something to soothe my arty soul and journal play seemed the best possible thing and here is the end result …

This is part one of a double page spread
All the stamped details
I managed to capture some of the texture
The shine and texture is amazing!
Here's part two
All the stamped details
The beautiful textured heart
The completed look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Addicted-to-Stamps-Challenge #161 Have a Heart
Country View Crafts Challenge Anything But Cute
Frilly & Funkie Challenge Dare to Resist




This double page journal spread started out with a piece of plain white card. I then used a couple of stencils to add stamped and heat embossed detail which I knew would resist any further colour. Once I had stencilled and heat embossed I started to stamp and then finally stamp and heat emboss. So many lovely layers of stamping and stencilling and lots of lovely texture too. I surprised myself with this page by the amount I had added to it once I finished. I’m also mega happy with the end result too. I’m hoping to create more journal pages than tags each month, fingers crossed lol! Here’s how:

1. Attach the Carabelle stencil to the RHS A4 white card and tape with ink pad through. Add the embossing powder and apply heat.
2. Attach the heart stencil to the LHS and apply embossing paste and then embossing powder and leave overnight to dry. Next morning apply heat.

3. At the top and bottom of the A4 card I used a stamp that looks like fabric with Wild Honey Distress Oxide.
4. I used a script stamp and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide to repeat stamp to fill the rest of the white card.
5. I sprayed the card with a light mist of water and heat dried it. This spread the ink a little but not so much that the stamping wasn’t still visible.
6. I used an anti static pad over the card then repeat stamped and heat embossed the horse with lime green WOW EP.
7. I used Barn Door Distress and Distress Oxide, Spiced Marmalade Distress ink pad, Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide with other stamps from the Visible Image stamp set to add stamped detail. I lightly sprayed the card with water and heat dried.
8. I cut the A4 card in half and added my journaling around the outside edges of both pieces of card using a Sharpie pen.


These Emerald Creek embossing powders are not like other embossing powders that are available. They have texture, and lots of it which I love. Extra texture and detail is always a bonus on my journal pages. One other thing that I have found with the page on the LHS in particular is that it looks totally different depending on how you hold the page, the Mirror Gold almost disappears when you look at the pages head on but the minute you move them POW – a gorgeously big textured shine hits you in the eyes. 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:
Visible Image: Revolutions stamp set
Rubber Dance: Retro Beech stamp set
Bearable Studio stencil
Ebay heat stencil
Miscellaneous Tools:
Rock a Blocks; heat tool; spray bottle of water; anti static pad; palette knife

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
A5 Pink Pig Journal
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress IPs: Spiced Marmalade; Fired Brick
Distress Oxide IPs: Peacock Feathers; Crushed Pistachio; Wild Honey; Fired Brick
Emerald Creek Embossing Powder: Northern Lights; Mirror Gold
WOW EP:
Sharpie black pen fine nib
Adhesives/Mediums:
Pebeo texture paste
Versamark IP
Collall all purpose glue
Washi tape


Friday, 16 February 2018

Ephemera ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was a good one and you have lovely weekend plans. I’ve been playing with some new stamps and stash as well as an old stamp and here is the end result …
A 148mm square card
I'm new to using ephemera but adore it
All the details
The beautiful rose stamp
I'm happy with the end result too

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Country View Crafts Challenge Anything But Cute
Crafty Calendar Challenge February 2 or More Layers


Love to Scrap Challenge LTSCB #106 I Love You 
Penny Black & More Challenge Love Hearts & Flowers


The new stamp is from a Simon Says Stamps stamp set, the beautiful pink rose, the old stamp is a corner stamp that I used on the bottom layer from La Blanche and that’s a really old stamp but I do love it so much. I used my Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink pad to stamp the corner twice. Once when it was freshly inked up and the second time was after I sprayed it with water from the first stamping, I didn’t re-ink the stamp deliberately and I love, love, love the look it has created. The new stash is the beautiful ephemera that I recently purchased that I am really happy with lol! The only thing I changed with the ephemera was that I edged it with my Peacock Feathers Oxide so that it worked beautifully with my stamped background.

A quick post as this was a reasonably quick to make card: yay! 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:
Simon Says Stamp More Spring Flowers stamp set
La Blanche corner stamp
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; spray bottle of water

Supplies
Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
300 gsm card/Craft UK 150mm square card
Lemoncraft House of Roses Collection: Ephemera Card set
Snippets: watercolour card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress Oxide IP: Peacock Feathers
Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils
Versafine IP: jet black
Embellishments:
Little Things from Lucy’s Cards: Fall sequin mix
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Collall 3D glue gel

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Spotty ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’m in the mood to play with a couple of stencils and a particular brand of stamps right now and here is another card I created with them …


An A4 card
Lots of layers but good to post
The stencilled panel
I captured some of the shimmer

Created for me and especially for these Challenges 
Ally’s Angels Challenge #2 Flowers
Country View Crafts Challenge Anything But Cute



Make My Monday Challenge #64 Going Around in Circles
Noor Design UK Challenge February Celebrations
Retro Rubber Challenge #80 Use Dots or Circles
My stamp is about two years old


Thanks to one of my favourite stencils and a favourite set of stamps this card was really quick to create and it was a real joy to colour the tulips with my watercolour pencils. Once I had the tulips and landscape coloured I stamped and heat embossed the wonerfully whimsical dotty butterflies. Digging into my snippets bags I die cut the Happy Birthday sentiment and several little butterflies. I matted the stencilled and stamped panel onto some patterned paper and added inky dots to the A5 card blank and I was finished 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 Stamps: Pieridae stamp set
Simon Says Stamp: stencil
Hero Arts SA254: Confetti stencil pair
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Sara Davis Butterfly Lullaby Collection: Happy Birthday die; Flit & Flutter butterfly dies
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card Paper:
Crafters Companion Sheena A4 White Stamping Card
Crafters Companion A4 Linen Finish White Card
Patterned paper from my stash
Snippets: blue pearl paper; white stamping card that was coloured with inks
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Watercolour pencils
Cosmic Shimmer Gold Detail embossing powder
Embellishments:
Little Things from Lucy’s Cards: Fall sequin mix
Adhesives/Mediums:
Washi tape
Versamark IP
Collall all purpose glue


Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Dotty ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’ve been playing with a couple of my Paperbabe stamp sets and a couple of stencils and here is the end result …

A 148mm square card
Okay to post
All the details
The pretty flower stamps
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Love to Craft Challenge LTCCB #19 February Anything Goes 
Make My Monday Challenge #64 Going Around in Circles
Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #66 Dotty
Retro Rubber Challenge #80 Use Dots or Circles
My stamp sets are about three years old


I must have been in a not mixed media mood when I created this card, lol, no paint in sight all inks or re-inkers lol! I was experimenting with my Paperbabe Because stamp set and although it’s not worked quite how I thought I am happy with the end result. I tried layering different stencils for the first time and that is something I am going to be trying more often as I think the polka dots work beautifully with the dotty background on this card. All the other elements were white card snippets in one of my boxes. So many snippets not enough time lol!

On both the background and the stamped because panel water was sprayed to the inked panels once they had been inked, I am addicted to the slight blurriness you get after you have spreayed water over the Distress ink lol! I also love the beautiful rich orange that the stamped flowers are, thank you Wild Honey. I stamped the flowers onto little snippets then fussy cut them and then decided to use the stamped flowers as an embellishment for a change. I have to admit that Collall 3D glue gel makes the layering and moving around of flowers in this way much easier. 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 Stamps: Because stamp set; Rose Border
Hero Arts SA254: Confetti stencil pair
Tando Creative: Random Circles Mask
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; ink blending tool & foam

Supplies
Card Paper:
300 gsm card/Craft UK 150mm square card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress ink pads: Bundled Sage; Cracked Pistachio; Wild Honey
Distress re-inker: Mowed Lawn
Cosmic Shimmer Gold Detail EP
Embellishments:
Little Things from Lucy’s Cards: Fall sequin mix
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP
Washi tape
Collall all purpose glue
Collall 3D glue gel