Saturday, 24 December 2016

Layered background!

Helloooooo I feel so privileged to be part of the Stencil Girl's Christmas Blog Hop!! You will find all the details you need below to enter the 'giveaway' :).

One lucky winner will receive a $75 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND a £50 Gift Certificate for PaperArtsy!!

Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your chance to win!
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Friday, December 30th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced onStencilGirl's Facebook page and PaperArtsy's blog on Sunday, January 1.

Without further ado below is my contribution of using one of my own PaperArty's stamp sheets with some of the fabulous Stencil Girl's stencils :).

One of the things that I really got into a few years ago after being a bit dubious of them was stencils and since then I tend to use them with most of my creations. I love how they can add texture and interest in an entirely different way to when we use stamps for this same purpose.

For this card I chose to incorporate four different stencils by Stencil Girl Products to create all my background interest and kept the stamps purely to add all my foreground imagery. (Often I will use stamps to add further background interest but due to all the layering with the stencils I felt it wasn't required here.)

I chose to combine my EKC03 stamp set along with the fabulous stencils by Stencil Girl Products.'s how I went about creating the card!

 Step One: Paint a 10.5x21cm white panel with Fresco Finish Dusty Teal paint. Ensure the panel is dry then mask off sections of the top and base with sticky notes. (I masked off approx 2cm at the top and 3.5cm at the base.

 Step Two: Take the large L169 Crackle stencil, place over the panel and sponge through Snowflake Fresco Finish paint. Heat set.

 Step Three: Place the top edge of the S142 Bubbles stencil with the edge of the top sticky note and tape into position with low tack tape. Add another sticky note at the base of the stencil then sponge through Hint of Mint Fresco Finish paint. Heat set.

 Step Four: Remove the stencil and extra sticky note and low tack tape and sponge a very light layer of Hint of Mint over the panel between the two original sticky notes.

 Step Five: Stencil in some foliage using S078 Swatton Flowers along with Dusty Teal Fresco Finish. (As you can see I used some low tack tape to mask off certain areas of the stencil.)

 Step Six: Here's what it now looks like. After evaluating it I decided that there wasn't enough contrast in colour between my first two stencils - the crackle one and the bubbles one.)

 Step Seven: So...........I popped the bubbles stencil back over my previous stencilled circles and once again held it in place with some low tack tape and added an extra sticky note to the base before sponging through Beach Hut Fresco Finish - directly on top of the circles I had previously stencilled with Hint of Mint.

 Step Eight: After heat setting I then began stamping my composition with Jet Black Archival onto the panel; still with the original two sticky notes in place. I also stamped two images of the daisy heads  and some butterflies onto a piece of Smoothy card.

 Step Nine: I painted the imagery on the panel and the extra stamped bits using Fresco Finish paints in Snowflake, Dolly Mix, Amethyst, South Pacific, Zesty Zing, Pumpkin Soup and Pearl Glaze (for the butterfly wings).

 Step Ten: Heat set the panel. Remove the sticky notes and this time use them to mask off the stamped part of the panel. Take the S279 Night Sky stencil and sponge through Dolly Mix Fresco Finish to decorate the top and base areas of the panel. Heat set.

 Step Eleven: Paint a strip of Snowflake Fresco Finish along the base of the panel, heat set and then stamp the wording with Jet Black Archival ink. Add some doodled lines using a 0.3mm black multi-liner where the different parts of the panel meet each other and under the wording and then paint between these lines with Snowflake Fresco Finish.

Step Twelve: Add some shadowing around the stamped imagery using a Black Soot Distress Marker and lightly add some colour to the wording using Mustard Seed and Seedless Preserves Distress Markers. Take an opaque white pen and colour in the middles of the Dolly Mix stars.

 Step Thirteen: Adhere the panel to a same size card blank. Cut out and mount the daisy heads and butterflies to the panel and add some Stardust glitter glue for sparkle!

Many thanks for visiting! I hope you like the finished item!

Don't forget to leave a comment (preferably a kind one!!) before you leave and hop on over to Emma Godfrey!


Monday, 21 November 2016

November class for The Craft Barn

Hi everyone,

Just stopping by to let you know that I have my next class for The Craft Barn on Sunday 27th November 2016 will be my last one until April next year!! Recently I've been finding it hard to fit everything in so from April next year my classes for The Craft Barn will be held every two months.

For my November class we will be playing with my latest flower themed stamp sheet EKC03 and some metallic and starlight paints.

If anyone fancies it click here for more details.


Sunday, 20 November 2016

Delicate colouring with alcohol ink pens

Helloooooooo!!!! Yes I know it has been a while but I am just stopping by to let you know that I have done a little step by step blog post on how I use Copics over on PaperArtsy's blog :).

Monday, 19 September 2016

My two new stamp releases!!
This flower set (EKC03) has been designed to work with my previous two sets thus allowing lots of different compositions to be achieved when using them altogether. Once again I've drawn the elements with straight stems so that they can be manipulated and bent when placing them onto an acrylic block thus allowing greater versatility! Plus the flowers and the leafy sprig can be joined up (using very simple masking) to achieve taller flowers etc... And of course I included some extra imagery such as the tiny butterflies and little flower heads to give more options for your stamped compositions :). 

As well as my flower stamp sheet, I have also designed a winter one (EKC04) full of snowflakes (as you can see!) - I just love snowflake stamps so it just had to be done! I've varied the size and the designs of them all to give greater versatility - meaning that they can be used to create backgrounds or used as main imagery. The two different curved garlands at the top of the sheet have been designed to work with each other, simply by layering them up - which you can see on the card I made for this launch over on PaperArtsy's blog…/new-pa-products-by-kay-carle…. I've included two different styles of dotty borders which can be used to dangle the snowflakes from to make them hang from the garlands or I thought they could also be used as stems to make snowflake flowers by bending them before stamping them out. There are also two different sizes of dots to create snowy backgrounds and a beautiful snowy swirl. 

You can find stockists of these sheets by visiting PaperArtsy's blog and scrolling down to the bottom of the post.


Saturday, 17 September 2016

New stamps by me!!!!

I am super, super excited to share that I have designed another two stamp sets for PaperArtsy - a flower based one to go with my existing two stamp sheets and a winter/Christmas based one.

Below is a little peek of each of them!!

To find out more please head on over to PaperArtsy's blog where you will see piccies of the sheets along with an idea or two on how to use them!!!

I hope you like them!!!!


Monday, 15 August 2016

August Class for The Craft Barn

Hellooooo!! It's been a while hasn't it??? So sorry about that - I've had lots going on!! For those of you who don't yet know I joined Hunkydory's TV demo team in June and have been having lots of fun since doing shows both for the UK and the USA :).

Anyway today I wanted to share my project for my forthcoming class for The Craft Barn on Sunday 28th August using JOFY's two new A5 stamp sets, Fresco Finish paints and Distress Inks.
As you can see from the photo we will be making some little noteless and decorating a box to match to put them in so that they would make a nice gift to give to someone. For details on how to book please click here. You will also find out more information as to where it is held which is at Lingfield's Community Centre.

I hope you can join me!!


Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Canvas Class at The Craft Barn 26th June

Helloooooooooo - it's been a while hasn't it!!  I've been busy beavering away in the background!!

I never thought you would ever hear me say this but I have a class coming up at The Craft Barn painting on 'canvas'!! I have always been a dedicated 'carmaker' but since getting into acrylic paints I've been branching out!!

So if anyone fancies joining me at Lingfield Community Centre in order to paint a pretty canvas using a combination of JOFY stamps and mine then click here to find out details on how to book!!

Meanwhile here is a little peek at part of the canvas!!

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Step out for PaperArtsy

Hi everyone. Just stopping by very quickly to let you know that it is my turn to create a little something for PaperArtsy over on their blog.

If you'd like to head on over there you'll find a stepped out creation featuring one of my stamp sets along with some other fab PA stuff!!

Sunday, 15 May 2016

May Class at The Craft Barn


Just stopping by to share the cards that we'll be making at The Craft Barn for my Infusions Class Part 2 on Sunday 29th May 2016.

We'll be starting with this pretty pastel card

and then taking it one step further to make this one
For details on how to book click here.


Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Demo at Sharon's Card Crafts

Hellooooooo!!! Just stopping by to let you know that this Thursday (5th May) I shall be demoing with some Crafter's Companion goodies at Sharon's Card Crafts in Swanley.

A few piccies of some of the cards I'll have with me -

 Made using Aqua Tints with Leonie Pujol's masks/stencils and co-ordinating stamps along with Downton Abbey Filigree dies.

 Made using Aqua Tints with Leonie Pujol's masks/stencils and co-ordinating stamps along with one of the new Die'sire Create a Card base dies.

 Made using Aqua Tints with Leonie Pujol's masks/stencils and co-ordinating stamps along with one of the new Die'sire Create a Card base dies.

Made using Aqua Tints with Leonie Pujol's masks/stencils and co-ordinating stamps along with Downton Abbey Filigree dies and one of the new Die'sire Create a Card base dies.

I will also have with me the brand new Gemini machine!!


Friday, 29 April 2016

Darting Dragonflies

As promised I am back with another Hunkydory Stylish Silhouettes make.

I just love how because of the quality of Hunkydory's foiling and laser cutting that you can so easily make a quality looking card with the minimum of effort and hardly any materials!! This card only used a 7x7 card blank and one of the foiled sheets out of the 6x6 pad and a couple of laser cut dragonflies!!
The stamps used are from the Wishes On Wings Floral Wishes stamp set - love this one!! All the colouring was achieved using Copics. I kept the laser cuts plain for this one and mounted them with the reverse side showing as I liked the scorched detailing on this side that the laser leaves behind!!
All of these fab new products are now available direct from Hunkydory Crafts :).

Hope to be back again soon with some more makes!!


Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Sweet Like Honey

Hi everyone. It's no secret that I just love the quality of Hunkydory's products so recently I had a play using their new Stylish Silhouettes along with their Wishes On Wings foiled 6x6 pad and matching clear stamps which all recently launched on Create and Craft.
This card uses a combination of the foiled pad, one of the matching stamp sets and a couple of the Stylish Silhouettes laser cut sheets. All the imagery was coloured with Copics. As you can see I coloured in the foiled honeycomb with yellow and orange Copics and also lightly stamped and embossed the background using VersaMark and Crystal embossing powder.

Stylish Silhouettes are a brand new release from Hunkydory - these are beautifully laser cut imagery which are just so intricate. I loved playing around with these products!! The bee (holding the trail of the word) is one of the fabulous laser cuts as too is the Sweet Like Honey sentiment. All the other imagery was taken from the matching clear stamp sheet and coloured with Copics.

A really simple card which was a joy to make thanks to the quality of Hunkydory's products.

I've made quite a few cards so I will be back to show you another one soon!

Meanwhile just a heads up to let you know that next Thursday (5th May) I will be demoing the new Gemini machine along with some of the new Die-sire Create a Card Bases, Downton Abbey Filigree dies and Leonie Pujol's masks/stencils and co-ordinating stamps at Sharon's Card Crafts in Swanley.


Friday, 15 April 2016

Infusions Class at The Craft Barn

Today I thought I'd share with you the card we will be making at my next class at The Craft Barn (Sunday 24th April 2016) using my new EKC01 stamp sheet for PaperArtsy along with a mixture of PaperArtsy's brand new Infusion range (consisting of a powdered watercolour stain along with Walnut Crystals) and Fresco Finish paints.

There are just a couple of spaces left if anyone fancies it? Click here for details on how to book.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Another Demo Panel!

Hello!!! I thought I'd show you another demo panel that I'll have with me this Saturday at Birds in the Barn - this time using my EKC001 stamp set along with Blackcurrant Infusions with Hint of Mint and Dusty Teal Fresco Finish paints and Lin's fabulous PS001 stencil - love this stencil and currently can't do without it!!

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Demo at Birds In The Barn

Hi's been a while again hasn't it????

I'm just stopping by to let you know that this coming weekend I will be demoing at Birds In the Barn (Marks Tey, Essex) this Saturday (2nd April) and teaching a workshop on the Sunday (3rd April) using my new stamps and PaperArtsy's Fresco Finish paints.

Here's a little sample of what I'll be demoing on the Saturday - PaperArtsy's brand new Infusions along with my stamps and Fresco Finish.

I am definitely loving this combination!!

Monday, 7 March 2016

Mother's Day Card

Hi everyone.

I had really meant to keep posting on here but time always seems to be against me!!  As you may have noticed I've been tinkering around with the look of the blog and it is currently in a 'changing state'!! 

One of these days I may get myself organised!!  But until then I thought I'd share Mum's Mother's Day card that I created this year using both of my new stamp sets for PaperArtsy.

 This ended up being an A4 size card as Mum had requested that I use both sets of my stamps when creating her card this year! I really had great fun creating this and was really pleased with how it turned out.

The background was created using PaperArtsy's Fresco Finish acrylic paints along with one of Lin Brown's stencils PS001 - I just love this stencil - it seems to go SO well with the Alliums!!

All the foliage and grasses were stamped using Memento inkpads and the main flowers were stamped and embossed using VersaMark and White Detail embossing powder.
 Colour was added to the flowers using a mixture of Fresco Finish paints and Copics.
As Leandra (Mrs PaperArtsy) has named me the Flittery Glittery Princess the finishing touch just had to be some sparkle with a little Crystal glitter glue and along with some tiny little rhinestones glued into the individual flower heads of the Alliums.

I'll try and post again soon!!!


Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Framed Tile Pictures

So....................I've been asked if I can show/tell how I made these framed tile pictures that Leandra showed on the video release of my launch night which you can find here.
I'm afraid that I don't currently have a step out for these - I am planning on making some more of these in different colours and hope to do a 'step out' then but it won't be for another couple of months. So meanwhile this is what I did...... I began by sponging on Snowflake Fresco Finish onto a 4"square plain glossy ceramic white tile  and then built up my design in much the same way as described for the heart fridge magnet in the previous post.

My first idea was to use the tiles as coasters but as soon as I tried to brush on a sealing glaze it began to remove the paint so I had to change my mind - hence making them into pictures!

Below is how the Cosmos tile looked before it went into the frame.

And the Allium tile -

I would still really like to make these into coasters but I need to find a way of sealing them successfully and I don't really like the idea of mixing up some sort of resin as that sounds a bit of a palaver!! I did wonder about a spray on sealant but I need to find one that won't mind water and heat - if anyone knows of anything that would be appropriate please do let me know!

Unfortunately once they went into the 6" deep box frames (which I purchased from Hobbycraft) you could no longer see the Lilac Fresco Finish that I had edged the tiles with.

A closer shot for you -

And here's the Allium one -

They still look pretty but not as pretty with the lilac edging showing!!

I promise that when I next decorate another tile I will take step-by-step photos so you can see the process but in the meantime I hope this helps!