Friday, 21 October 2016

Robin hanging

Hello lovely peeps and welcome to my new email follower :)

I've got a bit of sad news to bring you today.

As my elbow is being stubbornly slow to heal I need to cut down on my DT commitments, so I took the reluctant decision last Friday to step down from the Polkadoodles Design Team.

If I'd stayed on this would have been my post for the new challenge starting today, but instead it's a little 'farewell'.  Thank you so much to Nikky for having me on the team, you are a fantastic bunch and I've made some lovely crafty friends. 

So, onto my make - a little canvas hanging using the Festive Christmas stamps and co-ordinating CD 

I started by covering a 5"x5" canvas with Buff Titanium and White Titanium acrylic paint

and then some positively ancient red paint

Once I was happy with the background I dabbed the tree stamp in some green paint and stamped onto the canvas with it. This wasn't entirely successful as the paint didn't stay wet long enough.

I mixed the paint with some DecoArt stamping medium and tried again. This was a bit more successful although it will need a bit of filling in.

I stamped the robin with Black Archival Ink

and coloured him in with acrylic paints.

I touched up the trees with a bit more green paint and added white 'snow' highlights then added a sentiment from the CD, covered in glossy accents. The ribbon, berries and jingle bell are from my Christmas stash.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
The Ribbon Girls ANY IMAGE
Crafty Ribbons #172 Anything Goes..with ribbon or lace
ABC Christmas Challenge U is for Under the Pile (old Christmas stash)
Craft-Dee BowZ  CDB42 Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow
Not Just Cards  #38 Anything Goes
Creative Artiste Challenge #19 "Anything Mixed Media"
Happy Little Stampers (Mixed Media)  nature
Moving along with the Times # 31 trees and/or leaves
Creative Craft Cottages Challenges #75 use ribbon 

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Thursday, 20 October 2016

New Home for Leonie

Hello lovely peeps, I hope you are well.

Thank you to everyone who has sent me well wishes over the last several weeks while I have been recovering from my elbow operation. Progress has been slower than I'd thought but I have to keep hoping I will recover the strength in my arm. I had a follow-up with the surgeon last week and he thinks I may have nerve and/or muscle damage so I am waiting for some tests (not sure I want to know the results ;D )

Anyway, I'm still managing to do a bit of crafting so that is keeping my spirits up :D
Here is the second card that I made for the launch of Leonie's new stencils/masks and stamps last week.

First I inked up part of a stamp from the 'Flower Burst' stamp set with black memento ink and stamped it in the centre of a 5"x5" card blank

I then drew in the 'snail' body with Ice Grey 5 Promarker and coloured in the shell with Tan, Cinnamon and Walnut

To do the wording I masked off individual letters on the stencils and stamped through the aperture with the scribbly circles stamp (from the same set)

Tip: draw a horizontal line in pencil along the bottom of the card to help line the letters up

I did one letter at a time and drew in outlines with a fineliner pen, using the stencil as guide.

To write Home I used the o,m, and e from the Memories stencil and H from Laugh

and for 'new' I used the n and e from Imagine and an upside down m from Memories

To finish the snail I added tiny black pearls for his eyes and stamped the dotty squiggle for his slime trail (with added Clear Overlay Sparkle pen)

And there he goes, off to his new home

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Addicted to Stamps and More #216 Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft  #38 AG always
That's Crafty! Challenge Blog clean and simple
Artistic Stampers  Patterns
Happy Little Stampers (Mixed Media)  nature
Noor! Designs UK #23 CAS OR FULLY LOADED
Squirrels Not-So-Random Challenge #2 one colour
Glitter n Sparkle #210 AG

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Friday, 14 October 2016

Tumbling Leaves for Polkadoodles

Hello lovely peeps

It's challenge inspiration time at Polkadoodles today where the theme as always is 'Anything Goes' and the Design Team theme is 'Autumn Colours'
I love the colour of trees in the autumn so for my inspiration card I've stamped a few tumbling leaves using the poinsettia leaf from the new Festive Christmas Soup stamps. .

I used sticky notes for the masks this time and coloured in the leaves with diluted brushos

I added some sparkle with a clear glitter pen (Crafters Companion)

The sentiment was printed from the Daisydays CD straight onto some watercolour paper and I extended the twirly bits with a black fineliner pen.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-

Crafty Friends Challenge #42 autumn colours  
 The Crafty Addicts #26 AG/Autumn Colours
Open-Minded Challenges #10 Thanks/Thanksgiving

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Magic Peacock for Leonie

Hello lovely peeps

 Woo hoo! Leonie is on Hochanda TV with a new launch this evening. Do you remember her first launch back in April with the masks, stencils and zentangle stamps? She has extended the range with 6 fabulous new masks/stencils and 6 new stamp sets to match.

I would like to say a big thank you to the lovely Emma at Crafters Companion for sending me this kit. She knew my arm wasn't recovered enough to do much in the way of samples but thought I should have it anyway. How amazing is that?

Of course, with such beautiful products I couldn't resist having a little play, and after looking at the stamps the first thing that popped into my head was a peacock. I wanted the background to be vibrant so I dug out some bright acrylic paints and my Gelli plate.

I started by placing one of the 'Magic' masks face down onto the plate

I put some small puddles of paint on my craft mat and ran my brayer through them to get an ombre effect. After brayering the paint onto the gelli plate I took one of the new stamps and pressed it into the paint several times (quickly removing the paint from the stamp in between impressions).

I lifted off the 'magic' mask and took a print by placing some 7" square card on top and rubbing firmly all over.

I stamped the squiggly circles onto the print with Black Archival ink

then covered it with a sticky-note mask and stamped it again to overlap the first one - this forms the peacock's tail. I also stamped one of the paisley images over the top to make the peacock body

I couldn't find a suitable stamp to use for the bird's head, so I drew one on myself

Peacocks have an amazing crown of feathers coming from the top of their heads and I found a semi-circular stamp to suit - I 'inked' just the outside part of it with a black Spectrum Aqua marker

then drew in some lines to attach the feathers to the head

Some rough lines for the legs and feet...

then I coloured in between the feathers with a Graph'It marker (8140)
Note: I used archival ink to stamp the images to get a good crisp impression, but this bleeds if you colour with alcohol markers, so be careful to colour in between the lines to avoid smudges.

The 'magic' outline from the gelli plate print was a bit fuzzy in places, so I placed the stencil over the top and traced around with a black fineliner pen to give it some definition

I coloured in the rest of the peacock with markers 1180, 7130 and 7170 and added a little bit of sparkle with Leonie's yellow glitter pen. Some second and third generation stamping around the bottom balanced out the image a bit, then I trimmed the edges of the print and mounted it onto a 6" square card blank.

My teamies Nick, Jane, Elaine and Natalie have some gorgeous samples to show you too. I have links to their blogs on my sidebar --->

 Leonie will be back on Hochanda tomorrow (Friday 14th October) at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and 7pm.
You can watch Hochanda live online, Sky channel 663, Freeview 85 or Freesat 817.
I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
 Inky Chicks #73 Animals
Stamps & Stencils elements of nature
Happy Little Stampers (Mixed Media)  nature
Creative Artiste Challenge #19 "Anything Mixed Media"
Creative Fingers #117 Anything Goes
 Crafting from the Heart #131 Anything Goes 
Through The Craft Room Door - Always Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge #24 Anything Goes
Classic Design Team Challenge #7 AG
Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Snowflake Stocking for Leonie

Hello lovely peeps, and a very warm welcome to my new followers.

 Just popping in to tell you that the lovely Leonie Pujol is launching some new stamps and embossing folders tonight at 8pm on Hochanda. I don't have any samples from the new launch to show you as I am still on a break following my elbow op. However I have it on good authority that the new products will go very well with the Christmas Entwined Dies :D

This is one of the samples I made for the launch of the dies

To start off I blended some Peeled Paint distress ink over a 7"x7" piece of Sheena's stamping card, then flicked a wet paintbrush over it and blotted with kitchen towel. I stamped the stocking border stamp over the card several times using black Memento ink and then stamped a sentiment from the Christmas Greetings set onto a scrap of white card and cut it up. I drew lines on with a black fineliner so it looks as if the sentiment is hanging from the stocking washing line.

To do the stocking I used Leonie's Snowflake Base Die to cut some snowflakes from off-white card, and glued  them onto burgundy card stock

I then cut this into a stocking shape using a Sizzix Bigz die

and ran it through my ebosser with a Sizzix embossing folder called 'Happy' to get a knitted effect

I've finished off with some adhesive gems and velvet ribbon.

My teamies Nick Roberts, Jane Royston, Elaine Mellor, and Natalie Ellis
will be blogging some of their makes at 8pm tonight to coincide with the launch.

 Leonie will also be back on Hochanda tomorrow (Thursday 6th October) at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and 7pm.
You can watch Hochanda live online, Sky channel 663, Freeview 85 or Freesat 817.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog #298 Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge 14 Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers (Christmas) Embossing
The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up #22 Anything goes

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Saturday, 1 October 2016

The Cats Whiskers

Hello lovely peeps

 It's the first Saturday of the month so it's time for a new challenge at Crafty Calendar. The theme this time is 'Halloween' and our sponsor is the fabulous All Dressed Up

For my inspiration card I have used the girl from Boo I Can See You. I coloured her in with Graph'It markers 9502, 9505, 9507, 9509, 3430, 3470, 3480,  4115, 4155, 4180

I've layered her up on papers from My Minds Eye, die cut some letters using a Quickutz alphabet and added a pawprint stamp (Hobby Art). I thought it needed a little something else though, so I added some 'whiskers' that I cut from black craft wire :D

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Open-Minded Challenges #9 halloween/dress up
Retarte  #86 - Anything Goes twist halloween
Crafty Girls Creations  #26 Anything Goes
All Dressed Up  Anything Goes (Always)
Creative Craft Cottages Challenges #72 Anything goes
Little Miss Muffet Challenges  #147 - Anything Goes (always)
 Crafty Creations #325 Halloween
Love to Craft #3 Anything Goes
Ching-chou Kuik Digital Stamps halloween
Doodle Pantry  #22 Anything Digital Goes
Classic Design Team Challenge #7 Anything goes 

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Friday, 23 September 2016

White Poinsettias for Polkadoodles

Hello lovely peeps

It's time for a new 'Anything Goes' challenge at Polkadoodles, with the optional theme of Christmas.
I was lucky enough to receive the gorgeous new Christmas stamps and co-ordinating CD which Nikky launched last Friday on Create and Craft, so I have used these for my inspiration card.

I was a bit stumped again this week on how to I was going to physically make my card. I wanted to combine a stamped poinsettia with one of the background papers from the CD, but I knew my hand/elbow wouldn't be up to cutting out the flowers for layering on top. Luckily, Pebeo drawing gum came to the rescue (more on that in a minute).

To start off, I dragged the turquoise snowflake paper into CraftArtist and sized it to 6"x6". I then brought in one of the lovely sentiments and converted it from black to white before splitting it into two halves and positioning it over the paper. I printed the project in black and white onto copy paper to make sure it was the right size for my card.

I laid the copy paper over the top of some watercolour card and drew some lines around where the blocks of text were, leaving slight indentations on the watercolour card underneath. Now that I knew where my poinsettias could go, I started stamping.

The set doesn't include a poinsettia flower, but you get three different leaf/petal shapes to 'build' your own. I used the largest leaf/petal first, stamping it onto the watercolour card with Dove Grey Stazon. Since the petals needed to overlap I needed to mask some of them off, and this is where the Pebeo Drawing Gum comes in.

After I had stamped each petal I painted the gum over the top and waited a few minutes for it to dry before doing the next one. Although this was quite time consuming it did give my elbow some much needed rest periods*.  Obviously, if your hands are up to it, it is a lot quicker to cut out masks from sticky notes.

* I am under strict instructions from my physiotherapist not to overdo it. Spoilsport ;D

 Once I'd finished building the flowers, I printed my backing paper and sentiment over the top of the watercolour card (I used 160gsm because my thicker watercolour card will not go through my printer).

Dab off any remaining printer ink from the masked flowers and then rub off the drawing gum.

I added some definition to my poinsettias by painting them with Spectrum Aqua markers
(Jasmine, Moss and Black)

I cut this down and glued it onto a 6"x6" card blank, and added a bit of sparkle with a Wink of Stella pen.

The centres are polystrene balls from my old beanbag which I glued on with Cosmic Shimmer.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
That's Crafty! Challenge Blog Christmas in September
Winter Wonderland two Dies and or Add some Sparkle
Addicted to Stamps and More #212 Make your mark
Inspiration Destination  #104 Always Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart #128 Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge 14 Anything Goes 

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x