Friday, 30 December 2016

Tim Holtz - 12 Tags of2016 - December

It's been a while since I had the chance to play with ink and paper. What better reason to get out my goodies than to make a tag for the last Tim Holtz - 12 Tags of 2016 ........on the last day of the year.

For the background, I wanted to use a lovely open weave hessian I had recently purchased. I did stencil it but it wasn't very obvious. I dabbed white acrylic paint across the tag and splattered it on the greens. I don't have the shadow press goodies (yet!) so used what I did have. I love the Holiday Greens dies, such beautiful shapes. Have purchased the mini version of this set too. I like how the tag turned out..........................

Thanks for dropping by and Happy New Year in advance :)

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Theme 'Powder Powder'

I joining  SSS Monday Challenge once again. This week's theme is 'Powder Powder' which is to use Embossing Powders or Pigment Powders on your project.

I used a mix of Brusho powders on the background, and the Tim Holtz Crosshatch Frameworks die cut. The Brusho powders are a joy to use, shake on and spray a little, or a lot. The serendipitous result is fabulous every time. 
I did heat emboss white script on the background too.
The flowers are from an old Hero Arts stamp and die cut set. 
I have used TH Sizzix tag and words dies, and Chit Chat sticker. 
Also used Kaisercraft printed embellishments from a pack. 
Orange dots are Enamel Accents, a wonderful product.
I do love challenges with wide parameters, just create!! Wonderful. 

See you again soon. Happy creating!

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2016 - September 2nd Tag

 I have another tag for Tim Holtz's 12 tags 2016 September

This is Tim's tag.

I made another tag to see if I could master the Alcohol Ink Resist Technique, and I did!!  One butterfly, some stars, hearts, text, and a sentiment. What I love about the technique is, if you don't quite get it right the first time, you can reink over the resist area and do the technique again. Botched Yuppos can be reinked and used again.. Amazing product and great technique.
I normally use blues or browns so red is a real change for me.

From Stamp/Stencil Sets. Stamps Postal, Perspective and Butterfly
The film strip is from the 'Lost and Found' stamp set. I stamped the image on a piece of acetate then cut around the image. 
'Everyday' is from the Friendship words set.
The numbers are from 'Parker' dies. Not sure who made these.
Distress Inks, markers
Alcohol Ink Yuppo

See you next month :)

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Theme 'Inspired by Music'

Today's tag is for SSS Monday Challenge with a theme of 'Inspired by Music'.

When I first saw the theme for the challenge I thought, I have no idea what I could do for a music theme. Then, the first line of Adele's song 'Hello' came to mind, followed by the tag almost exactly as you see it now.
Hello, it's me...........................  A wee bird calling to his mate.
The bird and tag are done on watercolour paper and are coloured with distress inks. I stamped the bird a second time and just cut and coloured a second part to his beak so it looks like he was singing.

Clearly Besotted Miniature Florals Collection II
Sissix Friendship Words
TH Bird Crazy Stamps and Dies, Floral Garden Stamps - Birdhouse pole.
Kaisercraft Fine and Sunny - Birdhouse and Clouds
Distress Inks, stains and markers

Thanks for dropping in.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2016 - September

Today I have another tag for Tim Holtz's 12 tags 2016 Series. This is Tim's tag.

I am still collecting my Tim Holtz products so have substituted and played to get the effect for this month's tag. My Yuppo paper arrived yesterday, after the tag was done, so there may be another tag for Sept. As I was trying out techniques I made two tags. 
For this tag background, I used Tim's Technique then added stamping, stenciling, and splatters. 
The umbrella man was created with shiny board, methylated spirits and alcohol inks. I remembered how these products acted for the polished stone technique from 8 or so years ago. I added alcohol ink to a felt pad with a little MS (methylated Spirits) and squished the ink on the background. When the background was dry, I took my umbrella man stamp and using my finger, I smeared the surface with MS then quickly placed the stamp on the background and left it there for several minutes. The edge isn't as crisp as Tim's image but I still like the effect. I used a jelly pen to add a bit of sharpness.
I used a mask and stamped the background with teal text. 
The stars and numbers were too detailed for the MS technique so these are stamped in a slightly translucent white pigment ink. This sort of gave the same effect.
I have added machine and hand stitched 'x's' and straight machine stitching.
The film strip is from the 'Lost and Found' stamp set. I stamped the image on a piece of acetate then cut around the image. The numbers were found at the end of film reels when they weren't spliced!! 
'HERE' is from the Friendship words set.
The numbers are from 'Parker' dies. Not sure who made these.

This is the first tag I made. I embossed the script on the background then embossed the umbrella man over the top.

Until next time, happy crafting.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

SSS Monday Challenge - It's a stitch up

The theme for the SSS Monday Challenge this week is to use Sewing or stitching in some form.

I love to use fabric and stitching with paper. The background is a piece of Hessian cut and frayed a little larger than a piece of calico cut with a TH tag die. If I had canvas available I would have used that. I stitched the two together then added some gesso. This stiffened the piece to a large degree. I stamped the background and the dress form using The Dressmaker stamp set from Oxford Impressions.

I added colour using Distress Inks and Markers. Hand and machine stitching also added.

Oxford Impressions - The Dressmaker
MFT Rolled Flower Die.
Sissix  Thinlits Friendship Word Block
TH Idea-ology Label Letters
Hand dyed wool, lace, calico, hessian, trims.

Thanks for stopping by.

PS So delighted to add this was Spotlighted!!

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

12 tags of 2016 - August

Last night I made a tag for Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2016 - August.

I have stuck very much to Tim's tag configuration. The Honeycomb die is the only one of this series I own and I love the layout. I have added a stamp in the background and stenciled glue for gold leaf.
I have used my own dyed wool and a bit of fabric for the texture. The brayering took a bit of mastering but when I did EXACTLY what the tutorial said, it worked. Haha. I just love the murky colours so much.

Tim Holtz Frameworks Honeycomb and Tag Collection dies, Distress inks, Lost and Found Paper
Simply Graphic 'Openwork Foliage' and 'Autumn Leaves' dies
Rebekah Meier Stencil Sketch Grid
Christine Adolph Shore Cliff Collection 4 in one stamp
Sentiment Computer

I hope you will stop by again.

My new Mixed Media blog

Hi! Welcome to my second blog.

After much deliberation, I have decided to start a second blog, 'Puddling With Ink and Paper'.
I feel my venture into mediums other than cards should not be on 'Karen Creates Cards', my current blog. My mixed media looks so different from my card style, I just thought they looked very odd together. So, the new journey begins alongside the old one.
The 'Puddling' part of the name comes from my childhood nickname. When I was 3 years old, our next door neighbour named me Jemima Puddle Duck, after the Beatrix Potter character. It was the 'puddling' part that fitted my character, and still does. My mother has called me Puddle Duck, or just Duck, ever since and I am now 60!!

I started into Mixed Media back in 2004. This lasted for about three years until my Quilting business totally took over my life. Back then, I made ATC's, collages and postcards and swapped them with people from all around the world.  A lot of fun. I still have folders full of other people's art!!

Here you will find mixed media, and maybe a few shabby and vintage items. My creativity is mostly driven by online challenges simply because the talented designers are so inspiring, the deadlines help to reduce overthinking, and they keep me focused on one thing at a time. 

Projects arriving soon.... :-)

Happy creating
Karen D