Monday, May 29, 2017

Circle Scribbly Bird Card

Hello friends! I hope your weekend was a good one. Here we have full summer and the days have been really warm. It's lovely, apart from that I caught the cold that both boys had in last week. We still had a fun weekend with swim and soccer practice and an outing to a nearby town yesterday. It was Mother's Day here yesterday.

This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog we are all about circles with our We Are Going Around In Circles theme. Don't miss the last project of our May guest designer Dr Sonia, aka Cards, Crafts, Kids Projects.


Layers of ink - Circle Scribbly Bird Card by Anna-Karin

As you might know, I love circles, and use them often and for this week I decided to go all out and layer a lot of circles, with a circular card as my base. The card was inspired by Wendy Vecchi's wonderful Circle Collage Background stamp, and everything was coloured with Dina Wakley's Scribble Sticks. I am sorry for not having taken step photos this week, I was both in a hurry and not feeling very well.

Layers of ink - Circle Scribbly Bird Card by Anna-Karin with Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks

The focal point of the card is one of Dina's Scribbly Small Birdies, stamped on watercolor cardstock. Behind the bird, you can see one of her Circle Patterns, stamped on the same cardstock.

Layers of ink - Circle Scribbly Bird Card by Anna-Karin with Wendy Vecchi's Collage Circle.

The first circle of the card was embossed in Tim Holtz Ringer folder, coated with gesso and then coloured with Scribble Sticks. After using water to turn them into watercolors, I added some more color to the circles. It was stitched to the background. Next layer is a vellum circle embossed in the Tiny Dots folder. On top of that, you'll find the Circle Collage Stamp, also colored with Scribble Sticks.

Layers of ink - Circle Scribbly Bird Card by Anna-Karin

I also added a number brad and layered some twine underneath the bird.

Layers of ink - Circle Scribbly Bird Card by Anna-Karin

Finally, I found a scrap piece of Simon Says Stamp Clipping Hearts on my desk and glued that to the card too.

I really hope you will join us in our We Are Going Around In Circles challenge. As every week, you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.




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Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Exploration Journal Page

Hello friends! I hope you had a fun weekend. We enjoyed the lovely spring weather and the fact that it doesn't get dark until late at night. I love looking out my window and still see light in the sky. 


This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge we have a Little Critters theme. Don't miss checking out the project of our May guest designer, Dr Sonia, aka Cards, Crafts, Kids Projects.


Layers of ink - Exploration Journal Page by Anna-Karin in Dina Wakley's Media Journal

I was planning a different project first, but when I spotted these beautiful On the Farm stamps by Tim Holtz, they reminded me of walks I used to take while visiting my grandmother, sometimes across fields where cows were grazing. She always made sure we kept a safe distance from the cows, and I think that she had once had a scary experience crossing one of those fields. I thought it was a great adventure. 

The page was done in Dina Wakley's Media Journal, which I am really loving to work in. Here I used one of the canvas pages. 

Layers of ink - Exploration Journal Page by Anna-Karin in Dina Wakley's Media Journal

The page had been partially covered with gesso earlier and I wanted to test how the Scribble Sticks would look on top of it. I scribbled on the page and then used a paint brush and water to turn them into watercolors. I was really happy with the result and I like the combination of the brighter smoother color on the gessoed areas, and the more textured look on the raw canvas.

Layers of ink - Exploration Journal Page by Anna-Karin in Dina Wakley's Media Journal

The page were stamped with the ledger and text stamp from On the Farm, using Red Geranium and Black Soot Archival Ink. I stitched around the page with embroidery floss.

Layers of ink - Exploration Journal Page by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Critters stamps.

I stamped the animals on Specialty Stamping paper with Black Soot Archival Ink and coloured them with Distress Markers. At the bottom of the page, there is a strip of Eclectic Elements fabric and a piece of lace trim.

Layers of ink - Exploration Journal Page by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Critters stamps.

The stacking of the animals was inspired by an ornament a friend of mine gave me long ago, and which hang in our kitchen.

Layers of ink - Exploration Journal Page by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Critters stamps.

Using Distress Markers on these vintage style images worked well. I also stamped a word and placed it above the rooster.

Layers of ink - Exploration Journal Page by Anna-Karin

I thought the stacked animals fit so well with this great quote, and stamped it on a manila tag. Design Tape and ephemera embellish the tag. The design tape has the same pattern as the fabric at the bottom of the page.

Layers of ink - Exploration Journal Page by Anna-Karin

I used labels to write some memories and also added some more ephemera pieces.


I really hope you will join us in our Little Critters challenge. As every week, you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.




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Thank you for visiting today!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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