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Friday, 20 February 2015


The Harmony of Flowers

My inspiration for this card came while I was discussing 'inclusion'. As we craft, we are constantly blending colour, materials and concepts, all of which are then included within our finished project. In society a not dissimilar blend occurs with race, profession and character and yet there is so much bitterness. While in nature, it seems so harmonious, the flowers in a meadow, at the side of a road or in a garden all seem to blend within their landscape and if one listens hard one can hear them sing in the wind. 

So tomorrow as we craft lets not forget that our love of creative 'inclusion' that we can share its beauty, its calm with society and maybe help some find harmony like the flowers find in their natural habitat.

I began this project with a piece of centura pearl 28cm x 14cm which I scored (landscape) at 7cm and 14cm. I lightly marked the edge at 21cm and again on the short side at 7cm. I scored diagonally in both directions from 21cm to 7cm (landscape edge). I drew a light line from 21cm to 7cm (short side) on both sides and cut along them to remove small triangles from the corners. I then scored all my score lines and folded the card to produce a 'Diamond Spring Card'

I had some lilac printed music paper which I cut to fit the diamond section and both sides of the easel section. I fixed these in place with cosmic shimmer, and trimmed once dry. I used red tape to fix the diamond section to the easel base section at the lower triangular part.

I then stamped Wild Poppies Bottom Clear Stamp on the lower right of the diamond with Archival and coloured with Spectrum Aqua Markers. I used the Remountable Music Clear Stamp Set to stamp over the music backing paper and the Word Chain 12 Clear Stamps to stamp 'Harmony'. I stamped the instruments onto scraps of backing paper and fussy cut them before glueing tabs onto them thus letting them stand up. 

To add to the 'floral' theme I added some poppies from which I coloured with Promarkers.

Hope you have enjoyed reading this and Happy Crafting

Best wishes

Karen x

Friday, 20 June 2014

The Boys turn 17........


The boys next door are 17 today...not one, not two, but three...Yes 'TRIPLETS'!

Their mum gets me to make cards for her regularly and making them for the boys is absolutely theme and three colourways is my usual strategy. 

Knowing they are to receive their provisionals as a birthday gift I chose cars/driving as the theme this time.

Having completed the SON cards, I had to do three Brother cards but mum and I decided to personalise these with their names rather than using Brother. The campervan compliments the VW Beetle embellishment used on the Son cards.

Hope you have enjoyed looking at these.

Bye for now


Sunday, 15 June 2014


Hi Folks....

Here are a few more Father's Day cards I was asked to craft for various guys...





Five days after Father's Day, the boys mentioned above are the topic of another blog. Follow the blog entitled 'The boys turn 17....' not one, not two, but three .... TRIPLETS!


Thanks for popping in ...see you soon




                           SHARING THEIR LOVE OF MUSIC

                     SHARING THEIR LOVE OF FOOTIE



Hope you have enjoyed looking at this selection of cards...another selection of Father's Day cards will follow soon

Happy Crafting 

Monday, 9 June 2014


Hi Folks .... Thanks for popping in. I recently posted photos of this on facebook and the response took me by surprise, so I have decided to blog how I transformed the birdhouse.

Firstly I coated all of the project with Decoart Dove Grey for a base to work on. I added cosmic shimmer texture paste to the sides through a stencil. I added blue acrylic paint to the front edges of the roof and to the grooves on the roof. From my Pinflair paper pad stash I cut strips for the roof and glued them in place with Pinflair book binding glue which I also used to seal them. I used an EK Success stamp on the front and then used silver Buff-it to enhance the texture paste areas and also the remainder of the project. I distressed it all a little with distress inks. Using a Pinflair pearl wand Beads were added to the roof. Gems were added to the front eaves.
A spray of Sweet Lilac flowers were glued in place on the front along with a ribbon bow and a heart gem from my stash. 
Finally. I colored a tonic metal butterfly with the same acrylic blue paint I had used on the roof.

Hope you have enjoyed this....and thanks for poppin in.
 Take Care and Happy Crafting!!

Karen x

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

'My heartfelt wish...'

My Heartfelt Wish....

Courtesy of Papercraft Essentials magazine, I have put the Lavina Stamps cover gift to good use.

Using a piece of 200gsm Stamp & Colour Card (Stamps Away) I took a circle mask and blended tumbled glass distress ink around it. Then I blended around this with faded jeans distress ink, removed the circle mask and used spiced marmalade to blend the sun in the background. I then used a spritz solution containing gold mica powder to add a nice speckled effect. having dried this with my heat gun I was ready to start stamping.

After trying several black ink, I opted for Ranger Black Archival, though the stamps seemed to be greasy, so I cleaned them and tried again. (A little more practice required with this image...possibly too much pressure as the images are not as crisp as I would have liked).

Firstly, I stamped the fairy centrally over the sun and then the two groups of fairy wishes. I then stamped several groups of ivy below the fairy as if she were walking on ivy. I dried the images then using a Sakura pen added the birds in the background (right).

Using a quickie glue pen around the wings and on the wishes I added Hunkydory Diamond Sparkles - Midnight Black.

Once dry I trimmed the image and matted it onto black card.

The verse was stamped onto the same white card with Archival and then matted onto black card.

The image was then matted onto a 300gsm Adorable Scorable (A5 Portrait) base card and I finally added the matted verse piece.

Thanks for popping in ...
Happy Crafting!

Karen x

Monday, 26 May 2014


Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Challenge

MAY 2014

Hi Folks.......
This challenge really took me back to my school days, I remember potato printing, but also cabbage, onions and other items when I was a child?                                                                                                            
(I really enjoyed carving the potato, easier than I recall, perhaps the knife was sharper.)
Having cut my potato into three parts, I punched a butterfly template using a Martha Stewart punch and carved around this from the potato. For my second stamp, I placed a punched circle onto the potato and again carved around this. While for the third I used a scrap piece of card from which I had previously punched a star and carved the centre from this, though I decided not to use the star in my final piece.

At this point I decided to use a Stamps Away stencil to create the background, with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink; punched six more butterflies and two cherubs from copier paper to use as masks and created the background. I then took Mustard Seed to create the centre circle behind my sun having used a punched circle as a mask.

The next bit was fun, giving potato printing a go ....the potatoes (in picture above) are Dusty Concord (butterfly) and Spiced Marmalade (sun/circle) Distress Inks.  

 I dried the background a little with my heat gun and stamped the potato butterfly in the areas I had previously masked. Having dried them, I did the same with the circle (sun).

As all entries MUST have real stamping too, I decided this should be minimal on this occasion and felt an appropriate verse would suffice. So I stamped the 'Love  is like a butterfly... ' verse stamp from CraftiDevils.

I then layered the finished piece onto black card. (Right)
On the left is a section close up of the butterfly, sun and verse.

Thank You for reading my blog...Happy Stamping!

Take Care .... Karen Gartland x

Tuesday, 20 May 2014



Evening Crafters...

"You're never too old 
to set another goal
or to dream a

                                 - C. S. Lewis.

 Here I have created a wooden shaped plaque (one of several plaques created recently) - creating these can be addictive! I've used the Pinflair Buff It and Buff It sealer in the background.  Onto this I added a 'Gorjuss' decoupaged image and also 'Gorjuss' Alphabet stickers, both were twice sealed with Pinflair Glaze. I used a Pinflair Pearl Wand to create the pearls around the edge. 
I added a few Sweet Lilac Flowers which I also glazed (once) and added a heart shaped gem from my stash to the centre of the white flower.
Finally, I added the 'Gorjuss' stripped ribbon which matches her tights.

My thanks for the lovely products go to:
and to my Kraft Kave stash.

Thanks for dropping in and Happy Crafting!

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Crafty Madness: All Ballooned Out!

Crafty Madness: All Ballooned Out!: After one of my samples was shown on Barbara Gray's TV show on Create & Craft the other week, I have had some requests on how I mad...

Saturday, 18 January 2014



 These cards were ordered by a friend and neighbour, who incidentally is my best client, always gets me to make cards she needs and is always over the moon with what I produce. I have on this occasion stuck to computer or pre-printed stock.

I began by stamping the large butterfly (wood mounted rubber stamp from stash) on to 200gsm Stamp & Colour by Stamps Away with Momento Black Ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder (Stamps Away). I used Promarkers: Metallic blue, green, violet and silver to colour the image. I then secondary stamped to a piece of copier paper and cut out the image to create a a mask.
Using 'That Special Touch Mica Mask- Leafy I sponged Joycrafts warm winter colours - green through the mask. From the same ink collection I blended blue around the edges towards the centre.

Using the 'Distressed Alphabet' Stamps Away I stamped 'HUSBAND' onto Stamp & Colour card and embossed with clear powder. just above this I stamped 'Happy Birthday' using a wood mounted red rubber stamp from my stash and again clear embossed it. I then cut his out freehand. I distressed the piece with the blue used earlier from edges to centre.

Using an EK Success border punch I punched two smaller butterflies and cut from the card.

I glued with Pinflair the sentiment and the butterflies to the card. Them edged with black Promarker. Finally I spritzed with both pearl and copper mica sprays (Stamps Away). I mounted the piece onto scored and folded 300gsm Centura Pearl with a hint of silver.
Inside I compiled a sentiment from clear word stamps reading 'Love Beyond Words' 'Happy Birthday' and stamped this in Momento - Black. 


This card used similar items to the previous one:

Base Card:                   Centura Pearl Hint of Silver - scored and folded A5
Mat Layer:                   Black Pearl Card
Top Layer:                   Stamp & Colour 200gsm

Inks:                            Joycrafts - Warm Winter Colours Collection - Green, Blue & Yellow
                                   Momento - Black

Stencils:                       Patchwork Templates Collection - Stamps Away
                                   Aperture Collection Stamps Away

Stamps:                       Elegance Alphabet Stamps Away
                                   Wooden Mounted Red Rubber 'Happy Birthday'
                                   Wooden Mounted Red Rubber 'Golfer'

Pens:                           Promarkers -Summer sun (LE), Silver Metallic, Almond, China Blue, Green Shoot                                        and Cinnamon
                                   Micron 0.5 Black

Embossing:                 Clear Powder Stamps Away

I sponged through the patchwork template Stencil, dried with heat tool, edged with Micron pen, stamped 'DAD' with Momento and dried this. I stamped the Golfer with Momento embossed with clear powder and coloured with Promarkers.

I stamped the sentiment with Momento, embossed and distressed from edge to centre. Once dry I used the apeture stencils to draw round and then cut out the sentiment. I mounted this with foam tape. The edges were distressed with blue and then mounted to the mat layer. All was then mounted to the base card.

Thanks for popping in today. Hope you have enjoyed your read.

Happy Crafting....

Bye for now.

Krafti Karen x