Here are just a few of my creations - I mainly make cards, but I've been known to dabble

Here are just a few of my creations - I mainly make cards, but I've been known to dabble

Saturday, 7 March 2020

2020 Christmas Stampathon Challenge

2020 Christmas Stampathon Challenge


Hi there.  Today I would like to share with you some cards that I made specifically for the Christmas Stampathon and the other cards that it inspired me to make which I finished just last night.  



But first; "What is the Christmas Stampathon?" you might ask?  Well, it's a facebook group run by Ellen Woodbridge and Esther from Stampin Star Creations, both independant Stampin Up demonstrators.  

The challenge is to get prepared for the Christmas season throughout the year by creating cards/projects up to the end of the year.  I missed the challenge last year and only participated in a couple at the end of the previous year.  This year I decided to participate and get prepped early so I wouldn't be rushed to make my Christmas cards in December, as usually happens!  

Each of the challenges gives you until the 24th of the following month to complete the challenge, and there's none in December as the November challenge is due by 24th December.

Now, on to the first!



For January we had a sketch challenge, and I rediscovered that I really like sketches.  I also usually try to follow them as closely as possible and have to admit that sometimes I look at other people's creations and wonder how they got to there using the sketch as they look completely different.  But I know that the idea of a sketch is that it's a starting point, elements can be moved, altered etc. so I've learnt to let that go a little.  But I'm still me, so I stick to the sketch closely, lol.

For the January challenge I used all Stampin up products (it's a Stampin Up challenge) and ended up making these black, white and silver cards that I love!  The sentiment is from the SU Christmas Gleaming set.



I liked this design so much that I decided to make 9 more cards in three different colour ways: Dark blue/grey with silver, light grey with rose gold and pink with rose gold.  I'm loving the pink ones but am still surprised with how much I like the light grey and rose gold ones - a combo I wouldn't have thought of but took inspiration from the designer series paper (Die Cuts With A View/DCWV Merry and Bright 12x12 paper pad that includes foiled accents).  

Below are the one of each of the colours that I made as well as a few multi shots:













The February Challenge was proving to be a big challenge for me as you were only allowed to using stamping and nothing else... I was going up the wrong garden path there for a while which means I was colouring and die cutting various Christmas characters when I realised die cutting was out...  So I had to change my train of thought.  I had a look through my Stampin Up collection and settled on using the SU Peaceful Boughs set and a load of washi tape.  I used washi tape to mask off the edges of the card base, as well as the pine combs and sentiments and came up with another creation that I love :o)




Yeah, you can see the masking around the pine combs a little, but they're handmade cards and I think they look fabulous anyway.

So, that brings me to end of the challenges so far, stay tuned as I'll keep adding them to the bottom so that all of them are on this one post.

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Friday 10th April, 2020



Hi there, and Happy Easter Friday everyone!  Today I'm posting my March Christmas Stampathon creations.  

The challenge this time was to use non-christmas stamps!  This wasn't so easy.  At first I went through all of my Stampin Up non-christmas stamps and stamped the most promising looking ones on a sheet of A4 paper in red and green.  I was trying to get a Christmassy feel and hoping for an inspiration for a theme.  I did this a little bit over a couple of days and when I picked up Beach Happy, I'd settled on my final idea.  

When I'd finished the cards and was looking at them I thought that the red umbrella was so in your face and too bold or too much of a stand out on the cards... I grabbed my favourite white pen and drew stripes on a stamped test piece - and loved it!  Once the stripes were completed, they really tied the umbrella in with the chair and the presents - perfect!

These cards were completed using the following items:
  • sentiment from New Wonders
  • christmas lights from Sheltering Tree
  • presents made out of chocolates in the More Than Chocolate
  • christmas tree and chair from Beach Happy
  • designer series paper from Lullaby
  • gold shimmer ribbon
  • Gelly Roll 08 #50 white gel pen
  • Gelly Roll #700 Clear Star gel pen






Here is a little close up to try to show the Christmas sparkle (bling and tinsel) that I did with a sparkly Clear Star Pen.


Well, those are my March creations.  I'm happy with them and I don't mind that some of the presents are kind of floating, I think the overall impression is Christmassy so I'm calling them a win!

... and now, on to April!  (as I write this on 2 August at 1:43am! lol

The challenge:  Make 4 or more Christmas Cards using the below colour challenge.  I managed to follow the colour inspiration apart for one colour which I didn't have - Poppy Parade - substituted with Watermelon Wonder.  (Of course, I've since bought Poppy Parade and added to my arsenal/collection.)



So at first I was messing around with ideas using baubles and stamped a few in the different colours but wasn't 'feeling it'... so I stamped a few trees in the colours and that is what made my mojo fill with ideas - and the rest is history.  I ended up completing these cards using the following items:
  • Festival of Trees stamp set
  • Petal Pink ink
  • Blushing Bride ink
  • Mint Macaron ink
  • Watermelon Wonder ink
  • Soft Suede Ink
  • Gelly Roll #700 Clear Star gel pen
I think the cards are simple but I really like them.  I think having all of the trees popped on the card with dimensionals creates natural shadows which I think add a lot to the look and feel of the cards.  I hope that you like them as well!





... and now, we go to May's cards!


The challenge:  Make 4 or more Fancy Fold Cards.  

I was quite excited to do this one as I hadn't done any fancy fold cards in a while.  I sought inspiration from a few different YouTube videos and funnily enough I ended up doing a simple set of easel cards.


I pretty much knew exactly how I wanted to do these ones which is very unusual for me!  I knew I wanted to use a wreath, make it a landscape card and have it be fairly clean looking.  Viola!  I think I succeeded!  What do you think?

I completed these cards using the following items:
  • Wondrous Wreath stamp set
  • Merry Christmas To All stamp set
  • Garden Green ink (I think)
  • Real Red Ink
  • Stampin Up All Is Bright designer series paper (I think)




... and now, we go to June's cards!


The challenge:  Make 4 or more Christmas Cards using the inspiration picture below.  

I completed this challenge late (finished it today 1 August but it was due on 24th July).  I was behind doing some other challenges and just doing them in order.  For this card set I thought about the house pictured and that it was a snowy scene - which doesn't really fit with what I know living here Queensland, Australia, as I've only seen and touched real snow once - so I don't gravitate towards snowy landscapes.



I thought about what stamp sets I have (a lot!) and any that were like a house and I settled on Pretty Pavilion - which I have always called a gazebo.  It was a structure and I had the matching dies.  

My first attempt involved me stamping gray granite cardstock with the matching ink for the pavilion and then I coloured over the whole thing with a white charcoal pencil.  I really liked how that looked so I die cut them all out and moved on to the other elements.  

I stamped four christmas trees in green ink and then coloured them with a stampin blend marker using just the inked image for colouring.  I then also did some vines in the same way but didn't like how they looked on the pavillions as they covered up too much of the doorway and I wanted the tree in there.  

So, next I decided to pick up on the presents in the picture and coloured 16 of them in copic markers that were a match for kraft, Pretty Peacock, Cherry Cobbler, Lemon Lime Twist and Bumblebee colours.  

Now I had all of these lovely presents and when placed with the watercoloured trees the presents really took over and made the trees look less than I wanted them to.  So - solution - copic colour new trees.  Done!  I liked them much better when they matched the presents.  

Then I thought, it's too bare!  It needs more!  So I settled on copic colouring some ivy vines and they look great on the pavilion.  

Now I had a white card base - 'cos I use pre-cut and scored card bases in 300gsm cardstock from Blue Edge Crafts and the grey pavilion didn't look right.  So I stamped some white pavilions, fussy cut the stairs and roof from the grey ones and combined them.  

The background - well it was white and boring and blank.  It needed something.  I decided to use matching cardstock to the ink colours then I die cut a panel using the ornate layers dies in white to put the pavilions against.  

Finally I stamped the sentiment and added a few bits of bling to each tree and called them done!  I really like them and I think I've got quite a clean feeling organised way of creating my cards - I don't do very well with 'messy' elements :o)  What do you think?








Thanks for stopping by again!  Stay creative and have fun doing it!
Hugs
Karen 

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Stampin Up | Petal Palette | I just love you

G'day, today I'm sharing with you a couple of cards that I've made using the Stampin Up Petal Palette stamp set and coordinating dies.  

I decided to just colour and die cut a bunch of the flowers and see where it led me.


I ended up with 2 cards as shown below... I figure they'd both be good for mother's day or any love occasion really.  

One of the cards is portrait and one is landscape.  On the portrait (red) one, I used a couple of the left over sequin hearts from the freebie mentioned in my previous post.  To fill up some of the gaps in the landscape (pink) card, I used some black enamel dots from my stash.  Simple but effective.





Thanks for dropping by, I hope you have a great day/night!
Karen

2018 Valentines Day Card

G'day everyone, today I'm sharing with you a Valentines Day card that I made this week (even though Valentines Day has passed, there's always next year).

I was stash diving and found a free little love themed kit that I got possibly from Blue Edge Crafts, but I'm not sure as I think I might have had this freebie for a while.  

Anyway, it contained a square card, an envelope for it, a bunch of sequin-like hearts, 2 larger hearts, a white tag and some white ribbon edged in silver. 

At first, when I laid my hands on it I almost shoved it back into the random box I was looking through.  Then I thought; "I should just use it instead of hoarding it..."  and so I did :o)  lol.

In the same box I found a bunch of junk and also four 6x6 paper pads.... I had been wondering where they went!  

One of them was the Die Cuts With a View pad called The Foiled Elegance Stack which contains 24 sheets of 6x6 inch acid free foiled cardstock.  Perfect!  


There was a red foiled piece that matched the hearts in the freebie pack really well and viola! my creativity was sparked and a card was created.  I hope you like it.




Cheers for stopping by, I hope you have a great day/night.
Karen

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

#fancyfolds - Stampers Art Gallery - Mother's Day card 2018

Hi there,

I've entered this card in the #fancyfolds competition at Stampers Art Gallery on facebook.  It's a wonderful group that I found via YouTube.

This card uses some Prima Marketing papers from a collection by Frank Garcia called Wild and Free.  I fussy cut all the flowers etc from the papers and used tracing paper to trace the parts of the card so that I could put layers on there.


Thanks for stopping by, sorry I've been so absent.  I think from now on I'll just write something short and post pics, otherwise nothing ever gets posted.

Have a great day/night!
Karen

Sunday, 13 August 2017

MFT Pure Innocence: "Bed Rest" Cards

Hello!  Today I am sharing with you 3 cards that I made this week using the only My Favorite Things Pure Innocence stamp set that I have; it's titled "Bed Rest".  

I recently bought this set as I have very little in the way of 'get well' sorts of stamps in my stash.  When I first saw this stamp set, I immediately saw her in a bedroom, so that's what inspired me to make the following cards.

For the first two images, I coloured them with copic markers, listed below.  The third image was done with water colours, zig clean color real brush markers.

The first card I made has the girl in a purple bedshirt and aqua-ish bedspread.  I did this one in the most difficult way possible as I didn't want to die cut her and the bed out as the die leaves a white border around the die cut.  So, I stamped the portions of the stamp on the designer series papers (dsp) and cut the bed image OUT OF the papers!  I do not recommend you do this, it's just silly!  It turned out great, but it's a little funny as when you touch it, the image is actually indented as the background is built up around it.

Copic markers use above (lightest to darkest): 
SKIN: E21, E11, E33, R21
BED: E57, E29, E59
BLONDE HAIR: E11, Y13, Y08
PURPLE TOP: V04, V06, V09
AQUA BEDSPREAD: BG37, BG15, BG09
TISSUE BOX: Y13, YR14, YR18
PILLOW & TISSUES: 0, C00, C0, C1

For the second image, I smartened up a little and did it an easier way.  I just fussy cut the girl in bed out of the copic xpress it blending paper and stuck her to the layers of dsp on the base.  This worked out so much easier and when you run your fingers over this one, she is slightly raised above the background, which makes more sense.


Copic markers use above (lightest to darkest): 
SKIN: E21, E11, E33, R21
BED: E57, E29, E59
RED HAIR: E09, YR18, YR14,
YELLOW TOP: Y11, Y02, Y06, Y08
RED BEDSPREAD: R35, RV29, R59
TISSUE BOX: B21, B23, B18
PILLOW & TISSUES: 0, C00, C0, C1

For the third one (my favourite) I attempted my second ever go at no line colouring.  This is when you stamp the image in a light ink (usually one that will wash away with water - I used scattered straw distress ink).  The difference between no line colouring and lined colouring seemed quite obvious to me until recently when a friend asked about it.  Lined colouring has a distinct outline (like the copic coloured ones above) and the no lined ones do not have defining lines (as below).

I used a window die from a magazine that I bought from the last Brisbane Papercraft Expo (in June) and made my own curtains (and a template for later use).  I coloured the curtains in the same green combination as the bedspread and then ran it through a dotty embossing folder.

Unfortunately, I didn't record the colours used in the watercolouring this time as frankly I wasn't expecting any results worth taking note of!  I'll be sure to include them in the future though.


All in all, I'm counting this a success and will take what I learned into my next attempt at no line watercolouring - which was mainly to wait until sections are dry before colouring next to them, to prevent bleeding.  I watercoloured her on Canson 300gsm watercolor cardstock - the rough side. (I never use the rough side, and I'm not sure if that has contributed to the better results I got this time around.)

Thanks for stopping by and commenting if you have and I hope you have a lovely day!

Cheers
Karen

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Baby Card - The Paper Players Clean & Simple Challenge

Hello there!  I've been home sick yesterday and today (gladly recovered enough to know I'll be at work tomorrow) and decided to play along with the The Paper Players challenge that my friend Ina Grehan pointed me towards.  She knows I've been doing a few baby cards lately and thought to let me know about their challenge.  The challenge is titled: PP336: A Clean-and-simple challenge:

I don't really do single layer cards very often as I love die cutting images and popping them up, so this was a little step outside my comfort zone.  I even added some sequins, but hopefully not too many, lol, I left a lot of white space, so I think it's still CAS (clean and simple).

I used the stamp set from Lawn Fawn titled Little Bundle - been in my stash for a while, this is my first go at using it.  I coloured the image with some copic markers and a little gold pen on the buttons on the kids clothes.  All in all, it's the simplest card I've done in a while, and I hope you like it!  Stop by The Paper Players blog and see what the other entrants have made, and thanks for stopping by!

Cheers
Karen






Sunday, 5 March 2017

Baby Cards #TheHumanRainbow

G'day everyone!  I have been making quite a few cards that I haven't blogged about yet, so I plan to get right on to that, starting with this post, all the baby cards I have recently made.

The stamp set is by Clearly Besotted "Peekaboo".  As soon as I saw this set, I fell in love.  Now, anyone who knows me knows that I am not a baby person.  I have no kids and plod along quite happily in my life without them, but these images are just so cute!  I think I owned them about a fortnight after first seeing them, due to waiting for shipping.  YouTube has a lot to answer for in my spending habits!

I also decided to have a play with my copic markers and try to make a bunch of babies from the human rainbow - i.e. all colours of babies, like in real life.  I first heard this expression from Sandy Allnock, who is a fantastic artist that I watch all the time on YouTube.  I suggest you check her out if you've been living under a rock and haven't heard of her! lol

When I thought of doing a human rainbow I realised how I don't think I've ever seen a baby card with any other colour of baby than pink/white.  If I ever sell any of these cards one day, at least my customers will have some choice!  I wish now that I'd written down the combination of markers I pulled out, by looking at Sandy Allnocks colour chart, but it's too late now.

Please have a look below and check out the baby cards made, enjoy and I hope you have a fabulous crafty day!

Cheers
Karen










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