7 November 2015

Another art journal page - loving this colour combo

Which is denim blue, gold & teal blue. The sprays are all Lindy's stamp gang & rather than spraying we used a rounded end brush to apply the colours where we wanted exactly. I especially liked that I could fill in some of the window frames with the gold.

The background was prepared with gesso first, then some tissue wrap paper from Tim Holtz was stuck down with gel medium (you can stamp on plain tissue paper for the same effect), also muslin, some shattered windows cut out bits & we stenciled on some round dots using modelling paste & a round stencil.

Then it was play time adding the colours with the rounded brush. I really loved how the different textures changed & alterered the colours, the muslin bits are very vibrant. I also splashed the denim colour with my brush at the end. My final step was to add the black thinlit words (which are also part of the Tim Holtz collection). The black words actually pop. In real life we have a lot of iridescence happening as Lindy's Stamp Gangs sprays have a lot of oomph.

Well I enjoyed creating this page with Fiona Caldwell from Create at our monthly art journal classes & am going to try & reKReate this on a canvas.

November's theme is time & clocks so that should be a lot of fun.

✿ Karen ✿

2 November 2015

Faux metal Christmas

This is the technique that my friend Donna Griffiths shared with Judy & I, at our bring a card project-to-share get together last week.

We basically made an 8-layer thick aluminium foil approximately a tad bigger than the embossing folder & then ran it through our Big Shots, trimmed the edges & attached it to the card. Embellished with a few coloured rhinestones & a few flowers to make it Christmasy.

This was really quick & easy & so effective as it's so shimmery & pretty in real life. I have to say I do like quick & easy when it comes to making Christmas cards.

The words come from the Petite Pairs stamp set (Stampin' Up!).

Thanks Donna I loved the project you shared.

✿ Karen ✿

31 October 2015

Something Scary Art Journal page

This month's theme started off as Halloween but was changed to "Something Scary". To be honest both themes were making me go eek how do I do that?

Thinking about what I found scary I realised that they were my fears, most of them come from childhood & most of them were passed onto me from my mum & her fears.

I wanted my background to be dark & actually am very happy how the page turned out. I used a mixture of sprays, some were homemade using 3-4 drops of re-inkers & 70% iso-proponal in a small mist vial.

Stamps: Free style alphabet by Tia Bennett (Autumn Leaves).
Re-inkers: Early Espresso (SU!), Elegant Eggplant (SU!)
Sprays: Black Smooch Spritz (SU!), Cherry Blossom Walnut ink (Tsukineko), Bronze Glimmer mist (Tattered Angels)
Stencils: Mini Believe Script (TCW), Trees (ImagineIf)
Other: Hazelnut Adirondack acrylic paint dabber (Ranger), gold metallic marker pen, Versafine black ink, clear embossing powder

I love how the branch of the tree looks like lightning & must admit I loved how the hazelnut acrylic paint was so coppery & shimmery

2 October 2015

Non-traditional & easy Christmas card.

I might be the last person in the land to try or spy the Bokeh technique but when I saw it I suggested to my friends that are SU! demos they run it as a class & I'm very glad Sally rose to the challenge.

We created this really effective one for Christmas plus a happy Daffodil Delight & Melon Mambo combo as a thank you card. Both are fab, thanks Sally. This combo is Bermuda Bay & Night of Navy.

Our only comments as a group after we created the cards was that the words need to be embossed with coloured ink (black etc) otherwise the bits that touch the craft white "bubbles" disappear into the ink.

1 October 2015


Isn't this such a fabulous sentiment for me :) Those that know me well, know I like a wine or 2 (or 3)!

This was my fabulous birthday card from my bestest stamping buddy Judy Beetson.

The stamp set is by Art Impressions & rightfully named Girlfriend.

Just a quick post today as I'm mid-way through my night shift & feeling the effects of the changeover to daylight saving in New Zealand.

Until next time, happy stamping.