Saturday, 26 April 2014


The Compendium of Curiosities Vol 3 Challenge has now began, otherwise known as CC3C.
The lovely Linda Ledbetter and her cute distressing assistant Violet, over at Studio L3 have set us all off on another wonderful journey dipping into Tim Holtz latest publication. The journey will continue until we've completed all of the techniques in the book, the techniques are going to be  randomly selected every fortnight. Linda has a wonderful crew sharing their masterpieces too, so do go and check them all out. 
Tim and Mario have sent Linda, prizes for the challenge, those guys are the best!
For the first challenge the fabulously generous people over at Inspiration Emporium are offering a $50 prize! 
In respect to Tim please don't ask for the technique used; you need to get your own copy :-)

Any way onto my card, yes I've decided to make some cards for this challenge as I always seem to be running out of them. 
The base of the card has been stamped with Tim's chickenwire stamp using a selection of distress inks, then a little blending of broken china and stormy skies. The distress paints  that I used to create the technique (Paint Marbling pg.43) where Mustard Seed, Evergreen Bough, Crushed Olive and Salty Ocean, plus Broken China and Faded Jeans distress inks. I then over stamped using my favourite (at the moment) stamp set - Bird Feather and a sentiment stamp; I used a variety of distress markers to colour the stamps in, and also used the birds wing tips to create extra branches. Finally I distressed the edges of a Tim Holtz Kraft core and the top layer, added a distress inked Adage ticket and attached a distress painted word stick.

Please go over to Linda's Blog to find out how you can join in the fun.

Until next time
Karin x

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

WOYWW #255

Here's a very quick post from me before I go off to work. This is my life book creation for week 17 taught by the lovely Tascha Parkinson 

Hop over to the Stamping Ground for all the details of WOYWW
I'll update this post when I get back from work.
Thanks for looking,
Karin x

Monday, 21 April 2014

Metal Narcissus Flower Card and Ally Pally

Here's the birthday card I made for my friend Francesca, she got it a little late as I forgot the date!
The background metal got a treatment of alcohol inks and black paint. The metal flower was die cut using Tim Holtz Tattered flowers die and shaped using a variety of TSS tools, then the flower and the industrial strip also had alcohol inks then I wanted to subdue the colour on the flower center and the strip so used Decoarts antiquing cream on them. 
I've tried to shape the center of this flower like the small trumpet on Narcissus to represent spring flowers. 
I'm going to be cheeky and enter this for the Vintage Journey Challenge Spring Flowers.
If you'd like to see some tutorials on creating metal flowers hop over to Lin Brown's blog and scroll down until you see the flower power tutorials on the right hand side.

Ally Pally stash shot below

and inside the box............

Hope you have all had a Happy Easter.

Thanks for looking

Karin x

Thursday, 10 April 2014

12 Tags of 2014, April

Here's my take on Tim Holtz's  April tag. Tim's tag created using the Framework die is a little more shabby chic, vintage than mine. I've opted for a slightly brighter finish using salty ocean and crushed olive distress paint on my framework, and evergreen bough on my background along with walnut stain distress ink . The pine cone die is on my wish list so I've adapted the tag a little. 
Thanks for looking,
Karin x

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

WOYWW #253

Sorry not been around recently, there's been too many other things interfering with the creativity but I'm on holiday, so hoping to catch up with missed life book weeks and other projects. That's mostly going to happen next week but today I managed to sneak an hour to get three projects under way. Two are from life book 2014 and the other is for Tim Holtz tags of 2014 challenge. I'll upload the finished projects when completed.
If you'd like to know more about WOYWW then hop over to the lovely Julia's Blog to find out all the details.
Thanks for popping by and hopefully leaving a comment.
Karin x

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