Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Feathered Heartfelt Thanks

I've been having a bit of a clear out of the craft room - selling some stamps and punches I no longer used (and in some cases had never used at all...).  I made some thank you cards to go with the stamps. I had some backgrounds from when I started practicing with Distress Oxides which weren't good enough to use as backgrounds but felt like I didn't want them to go to waste so I stamped some feathers and heat embossed them in white. I will have to say fussy cutting 18 feathers wasn't the best of ideas - in hindsight I should have picked a stamp with a matching die. But I love these gorgeous feathers, so it was worth the fuss(y cutting).

After I had all my feathers embossed and cut, I die cut a square mask to ink through to create the backgrounds. I used different combinations of Oxides and splattered some water to create those gorgeous water splatters. Then I added some of my new washi tape before attaching the feathers and stamping the sentiment in Versafine black.

I'm linking up with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge where the theme is Birds of a Feather and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge where the theme is Add a Sentiment. I'm also linking up with CAS(E) This Sketch.

Card: 350 gsm white card, 
Stamps: Trendy Feathers 2, Fond Expressions 2
Ink: Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark, Distress Oxides Fossilised Amber, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Wilted Violet, Worn Lipstick
Other: Papermania Seafoam white embossing powder, Washi tape from my stash

STAMPlorations discount code: If you want to save 20% when shopping at the STAMPlorations store you can use the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. The code cannot be combined with other discount codes. 

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Cling Wrap Distress Oxide Rainbow

I decided to treat myself to some of the new Distress Oxides colours - well, I realise they aren't really all that new anymore, but I just haven't gotten around to buying them. It was so much fun unwrapping them and of course, I immediately wanted to try them out.

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I was playing around earlier with the cling wrap technique, inspired by the CAS Mix Up challenge. As I had some cling wrap on my desk I thought I might as well use my new inks to try it out. I used a very light grey card as the background for the inking. I inked a rainbow of Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Lucky Clover and Twisted Citron on cling wrap and spritzed generously with water before pressing the card against the cling wrap and scrunching it around to create the creases. I might be a bit biased as rainbow is my favourite colour, but I love the way it turned out. As the challenge is Cling Wrap + Stamping + Your Choice, my choice is die cutting.

When I saw the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches I thought that would be the perfect way to highlight the pretty panel and not distract too much from it. I'm also linking up with Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers where T is for Technique (although without any snark this time... my sentiment stash is sadly lacking in Snark which I need to rectify!) and Shopping Our Stash where the theme is "Out with the old, in with the new". My old is my old STAMPlorations dies and stamps as well as those rhinestones which have been around for aaaages! The "something new" is the new (to me) technique. My stash was a bit low on Birthday cards, and this is a great versatile one.

Card: light grey card, black card, shimmering white card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Blossom Overture 
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distress Oxides Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Lucky Clover and Twisted Citron
Other: STAMPlorations Happy Word Die, adhesive rhinestones from my stash

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Cling Wrap Tag Card

Are there any specific housework/DIY things you hate in particular? I have one thing, which is actually not a really big chore, but I have it tagging along on my to-do lists for months at a time - checking the tyre pressure on my car. It takes me less than 10 minutes to do, but I just can't make myself do it. Silly, isn't it? Well, today I felt like I have earned an adulting gold star as I finally dragged myself out into the driveway and I was able to (finally) tick the task off my to-do list for a while. Obviously, I rewarded myself with some chocolate, as you do.

In addition to some other adulting stuff, like preparing healthy meals for next week (tomato and olive stuffed aubergines and a mushroom stew, in case you were wondering) I did get some play-time in the craft room. I was super excited to try the Cling Wrap technique from this month's CAS Mix Up (there are instructional videos on the challenge website). I just love the inspiration from this challenge, it's so much fun to try some of the new (to me) techniques. My "your choice" for this card was die cutting

I created two panels, the one to the left in the picture using Distress Oxides and the one to the right using Distress Inks. I added Perfect Pearls to the water I used to spritz the inks to create the silvery, shiny pattern on the panels. I love the look!

I then used the largest of STAMPlorations Luggage Tags Nesting Dies to cut a tag from the panel I created with Distress Inks. I then die cut some flowers and leaves from coloured card using the Trendy Spring Blooms Dies. Last, I die cut a sentiment using Hugs Word die from a piece of grey card I had stamped using Flutter Zen Row and which was going to be part of another project but that never worked out. Waste not and all that...

I'm also linking up with Just Us Girls where Anything Goes and AAA Cards where the challenge is to be inspired by the quote "Let today be the start of something new" where my something new is of course the new technique I tried in this card.

Card: white shimmer card, 300 gsm Daler&Rowney card, scraps of yellow, green and grey card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Flutter Zen Row 
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Mustard Seed, Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries
Dies: CUTplorations Luggage Tags Nesting DiesTrendy Spring Blooms Dies, Hugs Word Die
Other: Perfect Pearls

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Floral Birthday Wishes

I've been busy crafting lately, but most of my efforts have gone into my new Bujo, which is going to be full of rainbow colours and unicorns (Hello, my name is Karola and I have a substance abuse issue when it comes to rainbow colours....). Last year I tried to have a dignified and mostly black and white design and I didn't like it, in fact, I disliked it so much that towards the end of the year I really struggled to even write in it at all. Therefore I'm going overboard with colours this year, and bought a bunch of unicorn and rainbow washi tape. I've already created some weekly spreads and reflected over my goals for 2018. If you follow my Instagram you may have seen the first page of my Bujo. The image is from the lovely "Keep Calm and Colour Unicorns" colouring book my other half got me for Christmas, and I can tell you I've been colouring a lot of unicorns lately. I just love the image! Oh, and you can find me as @invisiblepinkuni on Instagram in case you want to see what I'm up to.

Anyhow, on to today's main topic, which is a birthday card I made for my grandma who is turning a respectable 93 years old in a few week's time. I was inspired by the beautiful bright colours over at House Of Cards and the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches. I'm also joining in with the Birthday theme over at CAS Watercolour and Anything Goes over at Seize the Birthday. I stamped the gorgeous STAMPlorations Bloomtangled ATC#2 stamp in Versamark and heat embossed in silver. Then I watercoloured the image with Distress Inks. I splattered some left-over ink on some white shimmer card (the shimmer is so subtle you can't see it in the image but it has a very light shimmer in real life). Last, I added the pink strip of card as per the sketch, and stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in silver. 

Card: White shimmer card, Daler&Rowney 250 gsm watercolour paper, scrap of pink card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Bloomtangled ATC#2, sentiment stamp is a really old one I have bought in a stamp shop back home in Finland many, many years ago...
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Mustard Seed, Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Shabby Shutters
Other: Papermania Silver Embossing Powder

STAMPlorations discount code: If you want to save 20% when shopping at the STAMPlorations store you can use the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. The code cannot be combined with other discount codes.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

January STAMPlorations CAS Challenge - Anything Goes With Silver

I hope you have had a great start to the new year. I'm still recovering from Christmas, and judging by how hard it's to do up my trousers at the moment I am predicting a long and painful recovery. Did I mention I'm wearing a skirt right now? And eating leftover chocolate... Hi, my name is Karola and I have a chocolate abuse problem. Anyhow, maybe I can distract myself from stuffing my face by crafting? It's time for the January STAMPlorations CAS challenge! This time our optional colour twist is Silver. You can use any products you want, and remember that the colour twist is optional. The only rules are that you have to create a CAS card, and you have to link to the challenge graphic to be eligible for the prizes.

I was happy to move on from Christmas card production and use some light pastel colours for the new year. I used one of the fabulous new stencils from Sanna Lippert called Evolution. I inked through the stencil with Mustard Seed, Cracked Pistachio and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide which blend so beautifully even on the cardstock I used which I have to admit is not the smoothest one. I then spritzed some water with a watercolour brush to oxidise the inks in splatters. I then stamped the sentiment from For the Birds and added some grungy borders from Mixed Media Elements in Versamark and heat embossed them in silver. 

Card: 250 gsm white card
Stamps: STAMPlorations For the BirdsMixed Media Elements
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Mustard Seed, Cracked Pistachio, Worn Lipstick, Tsukineko Versamark
Stencil: Sanna Lippert designs Evolution
Other: Papermania Silver embossing powder

STAMPlorations discount code: If you want to save 20% when shopping at the STAMPlorations store you can use the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. The code cannot be combined with other discount codes.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Bujo overview 2017

This was my "Hello 2017 intro
page at the start of the bujo"

Not many hours left in 2017. This would be the time to look back and evaluate things. To be honest, I think my theme for 2018 will be "The best is yet to come" and I will leave 2017 behind without too much introspection. 

Dear 2017, we had some good times, we had some bad times. We had some fun times, we had some sad times. I don't expect 2018 to be anything different - Life is a rollercoaster, you just have to ride it. 
One thing I did was I managed to keep a bujo through the whole year, and I also managed to create an intro page for each month in my bujo. Many of them are a bit more mixed media than I usually do, so I had fun experimenting with them. They are all below, warts and all. Next year's bujo will be unicorn themed. Fancy that? 


In January I was inspired by night skies and tried to paint some northern lights in watercolour.  Let's just call it an experiment and leave it there. February was my first and I think so far only attempt at using Distress crayons. I discovered they are not my medium of choice although others seem to get some really great results with them. 


March was a bit of a mess. Not sure what look I was really going for there. April turned out quite pretty, lots of stamping and masking using STAMPlorations floral stamps followed by watercolours.


May was fun, well anything with rainbows is fun isn't it. Distress inks and a STAMPlorations stencil and die. June was one of my first plays with my new Distress Oxides. They blend so beautifully.


July was all about colouring outside the lines - a big mess with watercolours really. August is a page from the STAMPlorations Bloomtangled colouring book. I treated the page with clear gesso and then coloured with watercolours. That was super fun.

September and October are also pages from the Bloomtangled colouring book, both coloured with Sharpies. September was supposed to be grunge but it's more of a mess. October is the first time I dared to try my new lettering skill. Let's just call that a work in progress, eh?

 November was Distress inks through a stencil and a bunch of die cut leaves I had left over from another project. December I have to admit I didn't have any time between manic work and preparing for Christmas to really do anything other than using an old card front from a card I didn't find any recipient for. Thought I might as well get some use out of it.

Now it's time to say goodbye to the old year and the old bujo. I managed to finish with 2 pages left in the notebook. I have a pink Rhodia Goalbook for next year, I can't wait to tuck into that. See you next year, and wishing you a lovely New Year's Eve, whatever you decide to do. I think we will do a repeat our last year and fall asleep on the sofa at 10pm.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

4 Crafty Chicks - Glitter

It's time for my last post as the December Guest Designer at 4 Crafty Chicks. Thank you so much for having me, Dear Chicks, it's been a blast! This week we are challenging you with a Glitter theme. 

I decided to create a glittery scene with some super cute Lawn Fawn penguins. I started by inking up white card with pink, purple and blue Distress Inks. Then I die cut the background using the Snowy Backdrop die and the Stitched Rectangle dies. I also die cut the mountains and snowy hillside borders. Then I stamped the adorable penguins and coloured them with Copics. Last, I attached everything to create the scene. I adhered the background onto silver glitter card, and die cut the sentiment to up the glitter factor.

Thank you again to the ladies from 4 Crafty Chicks for the chance to design for you. I'll see you around, and I can't wait to see what challenges you have in store for 2018!

I'm linking up with the following challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations - North Pole

Card: 250 gsm white card, Hobbycraft 190 gsm white card, grey card, silver glitter card
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Snow Cool, Winter Penguin and matching dies
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Inks Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar, Dusty Concord, Broken China, Blueprint Sketch
Dies: Lawn Fawn Stitched Mountain Borer, Stitched Rectangles, Snowy Backdrop, Stitched Hillside borders, Scripty Merry