22 August 2016

Thoughtful Branches

Just sharing an awesome card I made at a class with Sally Williams recently. Fingers crossed this makes the SU! catalogue for real as it is just adorable. At this stage though SU! says limited time only to purchase to the end of this month. I'm off to Aussie for a 2 week holiday & I have had a lot of treats lately with monthly card kit purchases etc so it broke my heart to say I can not afford it at the moment but I did love the card. The bundle is really versatile & has some fab fonts. It's $110 for the bundle of 23 stamps & 9 framelits.

I really liked the new petal burst EF that I can afford and I also liked how Raspberry Ripple complemented the new in-colour Sweet Sugarplum which I also love.

There's heaps of great ideas out there on Pinterest with this bundle, so if you'd like to own your own contact Sally before August 31st. She's got the recipe on her blog of all the products used too. I think on this day I'm day 2 of our Ghan train trip about to arrive in Alice Springs. I can't wait for my flight over Uluru or Ayers Rock. I am sure it is going to be AMAZING!
✿ Karen ✿

13 August 2016

It's party time!

Hi all I've been wanting to use my Party die from SSS forever so when I saw the theme from the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge was Go Wild with animals, wildflowers or colours. I decided that I'd make a bright colourful shaker card for my friend Fee for her birthday. She maybe in her 50s now but she she shook it up real good & had a huge grin on her face.

My base card is 5-1/4" square as I needed quite a bit of room to fit on the bird, pressie & balloons. I also discovered that the largest SSS stitched circle die was the right size to make my hole in the top base card, it was just a smidgeon smaller than the party die which glued very nicely to the "stitch".

I used my Copics to colour all & then added quite a lot of Wink of Stella to make more sparkles, than the lime green glitter. Here's a snap with my phone on my work desk late at night showing a selection of the Copics used :

Stamps: Bird Crazy, Crazy Things (both Stampers Anonymous)
Paper: Thick Whisper White, Xpress-It Blending Card, Green Glitter paper (CTMH)
Ink: Memento Black, various Copics
Dies: Large Party Circle (SSS), Stitched Circles (SSS), matching Bird Crazy & Crazy Things - adore the fine details these dies have - look at those balloon strings
Other: Sequins ($2 shop vial), WRMK Fuse tool to make my acetate bag, foam adhesive strips (SU!), clear Wink of Stella brush (ZIG), Glossy Accents for the bird's eyes

Well there's some lovely colourful & fun images on the challenge site so have a peek or join in on the challenge too.

Have a fab weekend all, my tummy is still groaning from birthday lunch which was a long Italian lunch held to celebrate Restaurant month in Auckland & obviously for us, Fiona's birthday.

✿ Karen ✿

4 August 2016

Mondo-licious Hydrangea

When I saw this stamp set I knew instantly I had to have it as it's so beautiful - it's also really versatile, so I look forward to making some more cards with it.

My first play was with water-colouring with my distress inks plus I was really fortunate a friend had just returned from a paper crafting show in Aussie where she had picked up some Nuance powders so I got to make some washes with them too. To be honest there wasn't much in it, the Nuance wash was a tad brighter (it's the left hand side card). But I liked the background wash the "traditional way" with my Ranger Distress inks (right hand card). I'm sure Tim Holtz would roll over in horror at the thought of being "traditional" ;)

I embossed the flowers & the word (which comes with the stamp set). I used my black Versafine ink so I could clear emboss it which solves all the problem of tiny dots of black embossing powder being in places you don't want it to be. The stamp set also has matching dies which made cutting it all out rather easy. I used foam tape to mount up & added a few clear sequins for raindrops.

The stamp set is Mondo Hydrangea (Essentials by Ellen) and can be purchased only from the Ellen Hutson store & I would recommend getting the matching dies as well.

I also used this stamp as it was out to whip up a sympathy card, "Thinking of You" can cover so many reasons & I dulled it all down & made a very dull pink background wash & paler lilac-coloured flowers.
✿ Karen ✿

26 July 2016

SENZ 2016 : Some of my favourite things I KReated Part 1

Wow not quite a month since SENZ but time flies fast. I must admit I spent a weekend making wedding invites for Pete's daughter plus I've been playing with my Copics working out colour combos & blending a bit. I think I can see why the adult colouring book craze is so big, it truly is very satisfying to straight out colour. More on that another day!

Back to SENZ; I managed to squeeze in 6 classes over 4 days so plenty to share. My favourite class was with Sharon Newport entitled making coloured backgrounds. After the class I think it needs to say making COLOURED backgrounds, wow they were colourful. I think one of the main reasons I enjoyed Sharon's class so much was there was no pressure & it's really fun to get your fingers INKY!

We used Ken Oliver Color Burst powders (class colours as above with 2 extras I also bought, extras were Burnt Umber & Turquoise). I also played at other classes with Beck BT's Color Crush powders which were also fab. For myself I think I liked the control I got with Ken's bottles better rather than the shaker on top of Beck's wee pots. A friend of mine bought back Nuance Magical powders from the Brisbane craft show & I liked them the best as the hole you created yourself with a push pin, so it is quite small & seemed easy to control where you spread the powder.

All 3 powders are amazing though!! A little goes a long way & you can create awesome washes with water.

This piece was my favourite as it used the Alizarin Crimson, Orange & a wee tad of Lemon Yellow. Poof a bit of the powder on in different spots, then spritz with a mister bottle & let the colour reaction begin. Once dry we added a clear medium with stencil. I'm pretty sure the medium I used was my Art Basics Clear Gloss Gel - transparent. Once dry I've sponged it with my Black Soot distress ink, which has darkened all the non-gelled areas. Takes emboss resist to a new level!

This is the reverse of the page above which I touched whilst wet; 2 for the price of one!

Last but not least, love the colours in this which are so intense. Created using Violet, Pthalo Green & Ultramarine Blue.

This was the first class I've ever done with Sharon but I certainly will be looking out for her classes at SENZ 2017!

✿ Karen ✿

11 July 2016

Quick & easy colouring

Hi everyone I've been really inspired by Kathy at TheDailyMarker.com who is running what looks like a regular 30-day colouring challenge. I don't think she'll get me to colour for 30 days but maybe twice a week maybe doable. She has some fantastic ideas & helpful tips & I'm enjoying seeing a daily inspiration from her in my mailbox.

For my birthday (way back in March) I bought myself a set of Zig Real Colour Brush markers as at that time I was resisting going down the Copic pathway (as their price was scaring me). Do not ask me why but I never actually opened my box & played with them. I'll blame Distress Ink pads for that, as I love watercolouring with them.

Anyhow I thought it would be fun to have a go watercolouring the large flower and the leaves on my stamp in this month's Simon Says Stamp kit. I bought the kit for the hand written messages on the stamp set which are adorable (thanks Kristina for having such pretty hand writing), well the kit has sold out but the stamp set is still available. Well I'm really pleased I opened the box as I ADORE my ZIG Real Colour Brushes, they are so easy to blend with themselves or with a water brush. I'm sure blending with a clear Wink of Stella would also be very pretty.

Kiwis I asked Fiona at Create to order the markers for me (they cost me $140 for the 36 colour set, if I realised how much I would love them, I probably would have got the 48 colour set but there are quite a few possibilities for blending even with 36 colours, it's my understanding each brush marker can also be purchased individually). At just under $4 a marker I think these are fabulous value. The brush tip is a true brush and you can do thin lines to a broad line very easily - see the side of the box & my wee swatch too.

Stamp set: Handwritten Floral Greetings (SSS)
Ink:  Black Archival (Ranger), Soft Sky (SU!) used for the background wash, Steel Blue (SSS), ZIG Real Colour Brushes.  I played around with a few colour combos as I went along but my flowers were Bright Yellow & Orange markers & my leaves got a real good blend of  Blue Gray, Mid Green & Olive Green.
Paper: Watercolour, Gumball Green (SU!), Confetti Cream (SU!)
Other: Watercolour brushWoodland mix sequins - bought at SENZ last week from Three Little Whimzee

✿ Karen ✿