5 February 2016

Pretty in purple

It's a long weekend in New Zealand as we celebrate our National Day but I'm working through on a shift at the hospital, but I sincerely hope kiwis enjoy the 3-day weekend & have some free crafting time.

I'm loving the Stampin' Up! free Sale-a-bration stamp sets on offer this year, so love the size of the lettering & the font.

My dear friend Sally had her birthday this week & anyone that know her knows she LOVES purple, so I wanted to make her a purple card.

I decided to make a watercolour wash background using my Distress Inks. I love how it turned out & will be making a few more cards like this in other shades.




  1. I used Scotch painters tape to hold down the watercolour paper to a board which is why it has a wee "border" if you look closely at the top layer. 
  2. I then used a wide paint brush to wet the paper (flat 1). 
  3. The inks I just rubbed on my craft mat & added the lightest colour first with another paint brush (round 10). 
  4. The Ranger inks really blend well & I tilted the board to get some mixing going going on as well.
  5. Then dried it all with my heat gun. 
  6. I then sprayed my hand with water & threw droplets at the background which I then dabbed with a paper towel to make the splotches. 
  7. Then dried again with my heat gun. 
  8. I then rubbed an embossing buddy all over the background before embossing "hello" in black. Rather than using Versamark & black embossing powder I used Versafine Black Onyx & clear embossing powder so I didn't get stray black embossed bits on the card - much cleaner.
  9. I added various purple & gold sequins using Ranger Matte Multi Medium which I have in a small bottle with a precision tip needle to just add a wee dab where I want the sequin to stick.
  10. The "- birthday girl-" also comes with the stamp set and is white embossed on the black card stock. I used one of my square punches to make the banner.


Recipe:
Stamp Set: Hello (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark
Distress Inks (Ranger): Victorian Velvet, Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves, Wilted Violet
Card: Strathmore cold pressed watercolor, Neenah Solar White, black
Embellishments: Various companies including SU!, Lucy's bright copper kettle, CTMH sick-on purple glitter gems
Other: Clear & white embossing powder, embossing buddy, heat gun, various paint brushes, dimensionals, square punch, craft mat, Ranger Multi Matte Medium.

The Hello stamp set is only available free until February 16th from your Stampin' Up! demonstrator with a $110 order. So if you love it too, you only have 11 days to go to get your own.

Enjoy your weekend & hope you get your fingers inky!

✿ Karen ✿

1 February 2016

Bright & Cheerful Balloons to kick start 2016 & blogging again ....

Hi everyone just a very quick post to kick 2016 off.


It was my dear friend Debbie's birthday yesterday & as she is a Stampin' Up! demo I thought I'd better make her a card with one of the new stamps from their latest Occasions Catalogue & I also got to use one of the Sale-a-bration stamp sets I earned for FREE after spending $110, even though I have too, too many stamp sets in all honesty the Sale-a-bration stamp sets are just fabulous this year.

I found this awesome card on Pinterest which was created by Cornelia Janssen from Denmark - I pin so much it was great to actually go & case & KReate it.

When I first started stamping a few balloons I wasn't too sure about it but when all the colours were down I just loved it!.

Recipe (all products Stampin' Up!):
Stamp sets: Balloon Builders, Botanicals For You
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Rose Red, Smokey Slate, Versamark
Card stock: Whisper White, Vellum
Others: Gold EP, glue dots (to stick down the vellum overlay), dimensionals

Cutting dimensions:
Whisper white 9 x 13.3cm, 9.5 x 13.8cm, 1/2 A4 - thick whisper white (mountain fold)
Vellum 6.5 x 13.3cm

Inside I stamped a happy birthday message.

Love, love the font of the Just For You and as it such a big stamp it made making a card very easy.

✿ Karen ✿

10 December 2015

Out of this world


Guess what Santa bought me, an early present as I have so wanted this stamp set from Altenew called To the Moon for ages. I bought my set from Simon Says Stamp but you can buy directly from Altenew as well as it is often out of stock at SSS so it must be popular. If you're like me & go wow I want that moon, also look at buying Altenew's Shadow Play stamp set as well as it really co-ordinates with the moon.

 It is a really cool moon with 3 different moon stamps. I used Hero Arts Shadow inks for all the 3 steps. The solid base was silver, the 2nd  layer of moon I used soft granite & the 3rd layer I used charcoal (mid-tone). Having the 3 stamps/layers makes a really realistic moon. I then used a circle dye to cut out the moon, unfortunately my closest circle was a little bit smaller than the moon which is 2", so another thing to add to the wish list.


 I coloured in my night sky using Ranger Distress inks with their mini ink blending tool. I started off with Seedless Preserves, then Salty Ocean, then Peacock Feathers, followed by Broken China. At this stage it didn't look dark enough so I also added some Black Soot to the top as well. I then quickly dried before adding a background of tiny stars using Hero Arts Tiny Star Background and Stampin' Up! Illuminate ink.

The greeting is white embossed & used Greetings of the Season (Stampin' Up! - now retired). I thought the saying was perfect. I've added in a few silver glimmer stars which I made using the Confetti Stars Border punch from Stampin' Up!.

The base card is Midnight Muse (SU!) as I felt it blended the best with the night sky I had KReated.

I'll leave you today with one cool tip for storing the right foam circle for your distress ink (or any ink for that matter), place a grip spot on the base so when you're finished with the foam pad you can add it to the grip spot.



✿ Karen ✿

4 December 2015

Clocks & Time Art Journal Page



Hi everyone, time is surely zooming along fast at the moment but I still took some time out to play with this month's theme for the Create Art Journal group this week. We meet monthly & I'm sure there is room to join us next year if you are interested - contact Fiona via the Create website.

I must admit I was really excited with the theme as I had clock stamps & clock stencils so was rearing to go.

I really liked this page HERE and wanted to use the same technique of applying the spray directly to the page with a rounded brush as opposed to "spraying" and I wanted to make a bright and cheery page.

I prepared my page with white gesso before starting & then used a variety of materials which I adhered down with Multi Medium Matte (Ranger). I used scraps of muslin, white tissue paper I had stamped with clocks & a white scallop die cut. When dry I added some modelling paste though my clock stencils.

When that was all dry it was time to have fun adding the spray dye directly to the page with a rounded brush. It was interesting to see how the colours blended in places and how the intense the colour is when it reacts with the muslin. I noted also that Dylusion sprays do not like "mixing" with other dyes & that created some interesting effects/resists.

When all the colours were dry I still felt it lacked a bit of pop so added some more stenciling with a black modelling paste (which was homemade using my black licorice Gelato mixed with the modelling paste), some stamped clock images plus a few black Roman numerals.

On the whole I'm happy with my page & the only thing I was unhappy with was the "turquoise" colour - so maybe one colour too many to the mix!

Recipe:
Stamps: Clockworks, Artifacts - both Stampin' Up! - the 2nd one is long time retired.
Ink: Ranger Black Archival
Stencils: Clockwork (Tim Holtz), Mini Time Travel (TCW)
Cutting Dies: Striped Scallop Thinlits (SU!), Timeless Type Alphabet Junior Sizzlits (SU!/Sizzix) - the latter is also long time retired.
Dylusions Ink Sprays: Vibrant Turquoise, Lemon Zest, After Midnight (purple one), Funky Fuchsia
Lindys Stamp Gang spray: A Bit o' Bubbly (Starburst)
Gelato: Black Licorice
Other: White gesso, modelling paste, matte multi medium, tissue paper, muslin, white & black cardstock, no. 5 round brush


✿ Karen ✿

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 ✿