Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Happy Birthday ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I’ve been playing with a couple of new stamps and they were stamps that I purchased especially for a little girls birthday and here is the card I created for her …

An A5 card for a change
I couldn't let it get too deep because of posting
All the lovely details
I couldn't capture the shimmer but it is there!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #436 Happy Birthday:
I thought the DT at Allsorts Challenge might like this card!

Creative Fingers Challenge #147 Anything Goes



Lavinia Stamps Facebook Challenge Bright & Beautiful (0525)
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge 
Inspired by a Song: Happy Birthday! 
Use more than one stamp: I used three


I had so much fun creating this card and if I’m being honest these stamps are stamps that I have wanted for a while lol! I don’t often do Pixie’s or Faeries but I adore the Lavinia Stamps images and love the world of make believe you can create with them. Because our special girl is two years old I thought keeping this bright would be the best way to go.

I don’t often make children’s cards so I’m not completely at ease with what you should use or if there are certain images you should use because they are age appropriate. It’s a real learning curve but one I don’t mind taking if I get to play with my Lavinia stamps every so often lol! Of course in a couple of months there is going to be another little one to make cards for and we’re really looking forward to that occasion too. It also means I’ll get to make more childrens cards which is good practice lol!

We’re hoping to get down to visit the family soon too, I’ve just not been up to that trip and we can’t have the little one here at the moment as there is so much stuff we are trying to sort out. Because we don’t have children we’ve never had to worry about child proofing the house and an energetic two year old let loose among my craft supplies and hubby’s tools and computers is not a good idea 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:
Lavinia Stamps: Freya’s House; Orchid; Spotty Toadstool
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Die’sire Happy Birthday die
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
Crafters Companion A4 Linen textured card
Patterned paper from my stash
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Versafine IP: Black
Distress Re-inkers: Salty Ocean; Mowed Lawn; Picked Raspberry; Barn Door
Embellishments:
K & Co self adhesive alphabet stickers
Ribbon & Butterfly embellishments from my very old stash
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Collall 3D glue gel

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Beside the sea #2 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. After decorating the monolith that I shared yesterday I decided I needed to make a matching card too, lol, and here it is …

A 5" x 7" card
Lots of lovely texture and depth
The beautiful seahorses
The beautiful shimmering seahorses

Created for me and especially for these Challenges


Visible Image Stamps Facebook May Link Your Projects


I used distress ink pads along with Visible Image fibres stencil to add detail to a piece of white card. Once I had inked it up I sprayed it with water and heat dried the ink.
I stamped the seahorses onto snippets of white card using Versafine black ink pad. Once the black ink had dried, very quickly, I inked up the seahorse again with Pebeo Dyna paints and overstamped onto the black to colour the beautiful seahorses. I fussy cut the seahorses and put them aside.
I attached the stencilled card onto my card blank and trimmed it where necessary. I stamped the sentiment and bubbles.
I glued one of the seahorses onto the left hand side of the card. I attached a piece of white mesh fabric onto the right hand side of the card using 3D glue gel. I shaped the second seahorse with my fingers to round it then glued it over the fabric, using the 3D glue gel again.
I glued the beads and resin bling circles onto the card and now I have a matching birthday card to match the seahorse monlith!

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 Stamps: Fibres stencil; Seahorse stamp set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; ink blending tool & foam

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
300 gsm card/Craft UK 5” x 7’” card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress ink pads: Broken China; Cracked Pistachio
Distress Oxide ink pad: Cracked Pistachio
Versafine IP: black
Pebeo Dyna acrylic paints: Iridescent Blue Green; Iridescent Copper; Iridescent Gold
Pebeo studio acrylic paint: Chrome Green
Embellishments:
Brown Bakers Divine Twine
Hobbycraft: Mesh fabric
Buddly Crafts: Beads
Craft Box: Bling resin circles; sea charm
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall 3D glue gel
Collall all purpose glue

Monday, 21 May 2018

Oh we do like to be beside the sea #1 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well. I have some lovely MDF uprights that are ripe for altering and some lovely new acrylic paints courtesy of my lovely hubby and here is the first monolith I have altered …

 
I want to be beside the sea and lots of awesome texture
All the details
The shine from these paints is awesome!
  
Beads bling, crackle & charms!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Card Mania Challenge #104 Anything But a Card
Creative Fingers Challenge #147 Anything Goes


Love to Create Challenge #8 Mixed Media Anything Creative Goes



The Kooks song Seaside


I am so happy with the end result this time! There is nothing wrong with this and I loved creating it lol! I got to play with my new acrylic paints and several new supplies, charms, beads, bling I love the colours, the imagery, the texture, everything lol! I wish that creating more projects like this were just as easy to create as this one seemed to be. Perhaps, fingers crossed, I’ve started to feel more comfortable with acrylic paints, that would be the bright red Marischino on the cake lol!

Here’s how:
1. I used a piece of ink blending foam and Paperartsy Fresco Finish acrylic paints to colour the MDF upright. Two coats of acrylic and I didn’t use any gesso because I didn’t want to make the slot in parts too thick!

2. Once dry I attached the Visible Image stencil with a piece of Washi tape and used Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink pad to add detail to the plaque. I sprayed a light coating of water and used my heat tool to thoroughly dry the ink.

3. I used my MISTI to stamp the seahorses with Tuxedo Black Versafine ink pad and used my heat tool to dry the ink. I carefully and lightly cleaned the stamp, trying not to move it. I made a wash of acrylic paint using Blue Green Pebeo Dyna acrylic and water. I inked up the stamp with the acrylic paint and stamped the seahorses again. I left them to dry naturally overnight.

4. The next day I used the MISTI and Tuxedo Black Versafine IP to stamp the bubbles and sentiment in position. I dried the ink with my heat tool, making sure it was completely dry before moving onto the next steps.

5. I painted more of the seahorse with Pebeo acrylics and Pebeo Dyna acrylic paints. I added Crackle Accents to the bubbles and left the seahorses and bubbles to dry.

6. I glued the upright to the base and put the upright flat on my desk. I positioned then started to adhere the beads, charms and resin bling stones.

It’s the first time I have done so much stamping onto painted MDF. Thankfully the ink was easy to dry and it was easy to see when it wasn’t dry because it was a little shiney or glossy when still a little damp. It’s not going to be the last time I stamp multiple times on MDF as I am so happy with the outcome. I need to see how well I can achieve something like this on canvas as I think I can make a few pretty gifts doing this technique. I wish I were beside the sea with a lovely whippy and flake! 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: Fibres stencil; Create your Calm stamp set
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
Visible Image MDF Monolith
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Versafine IP: Tuxedo Black
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk acrylic paint: Blue Oyster
Pebeo Dyna acrylic paint: Iridescent Blue Green; Iridescent Copper; Iridescent Gold
Pebeo studio acrylic paint: Chrome Green
Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink pad
Embellishments:
Craft Box: Charms; Resin Bling Stones
Buddly Cuddly: beads
Adhesives/Mediums:
Collall all purpose glue
Ranger Crackle Accents


Sunday, 20 May 2018

Happy Birthday Florals #2 ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend is going. I actually ended up getting out both of my sets of Simon Says Stamp Spring Flowers and More Spring Flowers – I really cannot use these designs enough – they are one of my all time favourite flower stamp sets now lol! Here is my card …

A 5" x 7" card 
Good to post
All the yummy details

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Allsorts Challenge #468 Happy Birthday Allsorts!

Mix It Up Challenge Blog MIUCB#12 Anything Goes
Time Out Challenge Inspired by these words:
Friends are the charming gardeners
who make our Souls Blossom


Although I have to admit this month I have become much more aware of how many flower stamps I own and how often I have a habit of opting for new flower stamps over other stamps. Well now that I have become aware of that I will try to be a bit more aware of it in future but there are certain floral designs that I cannot resist lol! The stencilled layer on the base of the card and the sentiment were created with snippets, lol, even though my week of snippets is over I am trying very hard to shrink the piles of them. I attached a Tim Holtz stencil to a snippet of white card and tapped my Versamark ink pad through it. I removed the stencil then added clear embossing powder and used my heat tool to melt the embossing powder. Once it had cooled I used Luminarte H2O watercolours to colour the card – it’s a gorgeous technique that I don’t use often enough!

The floral panel on my card was my attempt at no line colouring and even though I know I still need to improve I am happy with the end look of this one. I stamped the flowers and leaves in a pale ink then watercoloured them. The next day I went back to my panel and coloured the background. Then when it was dry I decided I wanted to add a bit more shading so I got my colouring pencils out and the flowers do now have more shade but again that’s something that I need to practice and I know I don’t do that every time because I don’t always need to.

And of course as always I just had to add some little inky splatters to finish my main panel! 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 Spring Flowers stamp set
Tim Holtz THS032 Flourish layering stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Die’sire Happy Birthday die
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Supplies
Card &/ Paper &/ Substrates:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
300 gsm card/Craft UK 5” x 7” card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card (for the stencilled piece)
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Pumice Stone Distress ink pad
Distress re-inkers: Peacock Feathers; Bundled Sage; Tattered Velvet
Red Luminarte H2O watercolours
Selection of colouring pencils
WOW Clear EP
Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP
Collall all purpose glue
Washi tape