Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Distressed Tag


Hi there,

Christmas tags are one of my favorite projects to work on. They are super fun because they can serve so many purposes. In the tag below  I used texture as my inspiration. To carry texture throughout, I used embossed elements, stained and dimensional ribbon, metal bells, 3D trees, and uneven application of distress stains. All of these offer texture physically and visually. You can also find my tutorial for this tag over on the Scrapbook News and Review Blog.
 

Christmas Tag by Karen Jiles Supplies Cardstock: Stampin Up; Ink, Stain: Ranger; Punch: EK Success; Embossing Folder: Sizzix; Other: Chipboard, bells, ribbon

Thanks so much for visiting today...:)

Happy Holidays,

Karen

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Card-Happy Holidays!!

Hi there,

Are you ready for Christmas? I am definitely ready, but still looking forward to a little more Christmas crafting time...:)

This is one of my Christmas cards that I created using stamps by Close to My Heart and Hero Arts, corrugated board, seam binding, and buttons. I love creating cards with fun simplistic products. The card measures 5 x 6 1/2. The corrugated board gives the card more depth and texture without adding a significant amount of weight to it. The ribbon and buttons add just the right amount of fun. The curly hemp also contributes greatly to the fun element.


I loved these trees so much that I also created a calendar card using them.

So tell me, what fun elements have you added to your Christmas cards this year?

Hugs,
Karen

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Super Cool Altered Camera

Hi there,

I would like to share one of the most enjoyable Altered Art pieces that I had an opportunity to create. It’s an Altered Camera!!! I love how it turned out. Several months ago, I was racking my brain trying to figure out what would make a great tutorial for Scrapbook News & Review Magazine. So, I visited one of the nearby thrift store in my area and ran across a few old super cool cameras. I just knew that playing with them for an Altered project would just be perfect. Well, this is the result…



When I started, the only requirement that I had was that it still needed to look like a camera in the end…I then dug through some fun stuff from my stash and pulled out some Nature related embellishments. With nature in mind, I decided that the base of the camera needed to be full of texture to compliment the nature theme. I covered the camera with cheesecloth and gesso- Love that stuff!! Then sprayed various inks on it to age it a bit and added my embellies. One of the fun things about using various inks is that you get a chance to just go wild with them until you have achieved the look you desire. I enhanced the "camera” with a brown brush marker to ensure that it was still somewhat clear that this was and still is a super cool camera. Loved the end result!

This was SUPER fun.
Thanks for visiting today,
Karen


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Altered Bottles Are Great Gift Giving Options...

Hi there,

I hope that you are enjoying the Holidays. I carved out a little time to post today. I made this Altered Bottle for a tutorial feature in Scrapbook News & Review earlier this year.  It was absolutely fun to make. I wanted to share this one prior to Christmas mainly because it's such an awesome gift giving option. The base for this altered item is an individual wine bottle that I covered with cheesecloth and then lovingly applied various mists and inks. I dug deep for these funky fibers from Basic Grey that I draped on the bottle.  They are extremely old, but perfect for this project. I combined a few old charms from my stash to make the necklace on the bottle. This was a great addition to my stamp room. I will share additional altered items leading up to Christmas, so please stay tuned.



I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed creating it..:)

Thanks so much for visiting today.
Hugs,
Karen

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Follow Your Dreams...

Hi there,

It just feels like a "Vintage"day today, so I am sharing this vintage card. I created this card for Scrapbook News & Review Magazine. I love the aged feel of the card.

I used watercolor paper for the focal image. The paper is easily enhanced due to its textured surface. I colored stamped roses with copics and complimented the card with some red gingham ribbon. The embossed text print was perfect as well. Love the card...I hope you do too.


Thanks so much for visiting today...:)

Karen

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Beach Keepsake

Hi there,

It's been awhile since I had an opportunity to post. I have been super busy with various creative things and today I would like to share an item that is dear to me in so many ways. Initially I sought out to create just a simple mixed media project and ended up with a keepsake that I will cherish for a lifetime.

I used one of my favorite photos of Chris with the girls walking on the beach. I also included some shells that we collected while there. The shells and netting were sprayed with Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays and enhanced with Faber Castell's brown big brush marker to detail the texture. A lot of love went into this and  I love everything about how this turned out. The foundation is a deep canvas panel and perfect construction for this type of project. The metal embellishments were from my stash, but most of what I used were just found objects that were perfectly themed for this. I hope that you love this as much as I do...:)

Thanks so much for visiting today...:)
Karen

Monday, April 29, 2013

Inspire card

Hi there,

I wanted to share this little card that I made for ZIG recently. I used ZIG Brushables to create the background for the butterfly. I absolutely love the water effects that can be created with the markers. The embossed layer was enhanced with a black gelato. Loved the end result!




Inspire by Karen Jiles Supplies Cardstock: Bazill, Stampin Up; Ink: Tsukineko; Embossing Folder: Sizzix; Markers: Kuretake; Medium: Faber Castell; Other: Stamp, ribbon

Karen
Thanks so much for visiting today...:)

Friday, April 12, 2013

Vintage Caged Bird Card

Hi there,

Today I am sharing a little card made for Scrapbook News and Review. I love creating vintage cards. The papers and beaded ribbon were aged with vintage photo ink. The cage and bird were lightly distressed. I added a little bling to the bird to tie in with the flowers. Loved the end result.


Supplies Cardstock: Bazzill, Coredinations; Watercolor paper: Masters Touch; Floral spray: Recollections; Ink: Ranger, Tsukineko; Die: Sizzix; Other: Ribbon, stamp

Thanks for stopping by today.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Mini Album Sneak Peek...

Just a little Sneak peek of a mini album and tutorial that will be featured in an upcoming issue of Scrapbook News and Review.  If you enjoy working with stains and inks, you will enjoy this tutorial as well as future monthly projects using them. If you haven't subscribed to the magazine, don't delay.  It's a great resource for inspiration.



Thanks so much for visiting today...:)

Hugs,
Karen

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Mixed Media Card & Awesome News!!

Hi there,

Today, I am sharing a mixed media card made for Scrapbook News & Review. It was super fun to create and I love everything about this card. I used a lot of fun products to make this card interesting. What I love most is that it's non traditional...:)




Trust Your Heart by Karen Jiles Supplies Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: K & Co; Stamps: Just For Fun, Unity, Hero Arts, Close to My Heart; Ink: Tsukineko, Ranger, Stampin Up; Paint: Making Memories; Gesso: Faber-Castell; Gel Medium: Golden; Stencil: The Crafters Workshop


Now for the  2nd share of the day...

I recently decided to try out for the Heartfelt Creations design team. I am happy to share that I was selected as a Semifinalist.  Heartfelt encourages the public to vote for 5 favorite designers from the list of semifinalists. So, please click on the link to visit their blog and cast your vote...:) When you vote, you will also be entered into a drawing to be eligible to win a $50 HC Gift Certificate.  Good Luck!!!
Voting ends April 13, 2013.

Hugs, Karen

Thanks so much for visiting today...:)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sweet little bookmark...


Hi there,

I recently created some projects for Kuretake using some great ZIG products. One of them was a  bookmark with ta Fairy Tale theme and I wanted to share it with you.

I used ZIG Brushables on the image and vintage photo ink on the embossed background. I like the water effect the Brushables created on the image. I really love sweet little projects like this. They make nice little gifts and are perfect for those that love a good book...:)




Thanks so much for visiting today...:)

Friday, March 15, 2013

Destiny Journal



Hi there,

This was one of the most fun projects that I created for Scrapbook News & Review. 



Destiny Journal by Karen Jiles Supplies Cardstock: Gina K Designs; Metal embellishments: Advantus; Hemp, Embossing powder: Close to My Heart; Stamps: Stampers Anonymous; Ink: Ranger, Tsukineko; Mists: Tattered Angels; Coils: We R Memory Keepers



I have had Ranger Distress Stains for some time and thoroughly enjoy them. Combining the stains with embossing powder to create a resist effect is so much fun. The effect can be used as a background or the focal piece. The options are endless and the final product can be very rewarding.


Thanks so much for visiting today...:)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Shabby Chic Baby Album

Hi there,

I had an opportunity to create this little album to hold some sweet sepia pool pics of the girls. It was so  much fun to make.  I absolutely love the texture throughout the cover. The inks that I used are by Lindy's Stamp Gang. I love the subtle effects of them on my projects.

If you like this project, you will enjoy an upcoming tutorial featured in Scrapbook News & Review. In the tutorial, I share how to achieve layers of texture with easy to follow steps and with widely accessible materials.

Shabby Chic Baby Album by Karen Jiles Supplies Kraft Album: Recollections; Metal words: Making Memories; Buttons: Foofala; Hemp: Close to My Heart; Ink sprays, Lindys Stamp Gang; Big brush marker: Faber Castell; Gesso: Liquitex; Distressing tool: Prima; Other: Twine, ribbon, beaded flowers, drywall tape



Thanks so much for visiting today...:)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

For My Friend...


Hi there,

I am sharing this card that was previously featured in Scrapbook News & Review Magazine.  It is titled," For my friend."  I love the card. The theme was to alter an embellishment. I altered the  button by added some gesso to it and stamping a pattern on top using Momento brown ink.  The effect was great.  To help tie in the pattern, I also stamped the pattern on the olive green cardstock layer. Sometimes it's the little details that make all the difference.



For my friend... by Karen Jiles Supplies Cardstock: Stampin Up; Patterned Paper: K & Co; Hemp: Close to My Heart; Buttons: Foofala; Pins: Maya Roads; Stamps: Close to My Heart, Stampin Up!; Ink: Tsukineko; Gesso: Faber-Castell; Other: Ribbon


Thanks so much for visiting today...:)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Fun Inky Tags

Hi there,

I am sharing these fun tags that I made for my Stampin Diva group. I love how they turned out. I even dusted off some of those lovely basic grey fibers I have been hoarding for years....:) I love creating these as gifts. They make perfect bookmarks and chunky book fillers.




Supplies Fibers: Basic Grey; Ink, Mists:Ranger; Markers: Copic; Stencil: The Crafters Workshop; Other: Manila tags

Thanks for stopping by today.

Hugs,
Karen

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Mixed Media Journal Project

Hi there,

Today, I am sharing some journal pages that I created while playing a couple of weeks ago.  Sometimes you really have to play a little to clear your head for the next task...:)

I love mixed media projects because they give me an opportunity to create without limits. There is no right or wrong way to complete it- purely a personal reflection and expression. This journal is another creative window for me.

Dance Journal Pages 1 & 2 by Karen Jiles Supplies Journal: Donna Downey; Stamp: Penny Black; Ink, Sprays: Ranger; Markers, Gels: Faber Castell; Modeling paste: Golden; Gesso: Liquitex; Stencils: The Crafters Workshop; Other: text

The base journal book was one that I picked up from Donna Downey's studio last year some time.  I had it tucked away for a special occasion. I love the book because it has several tags in between the journal pages, which adds some variety to creative process.

I used  several layers of mod podge. I wanted the pages to be stiff and able to hold the layers of ink and modeling paste that I wanted to add.  I also used gesso, text papers, stencils, gelatos, dylusions ink sprays, big brush markers, photo vintage ink and stamps.

This was so much fun and well worth the creative love put into it.

Thanks so much for visiting today...:)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Hi there,

Happy Valentine's Day!! I hope you are enjoying yourself.

I thought that I would share a new creation made for ZIG. It is a Valentine Journal made with ZIG Brushables.


I love creating with Brushables. They are so much fun to color with. The journal was bound using my Cinch and all papers aged using vintage photo ink. Love the end result!

Thanks for visiting.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Birthday Card

Hi there,

It's my birthday and I am sharing this Shabby Chic birthday card that I made for SNR magazine.



Love this card and Perfect for this day.

Hugs,
Karen

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Japanese Inspired Canvas

Hi there,

I am sharing 1 of my latest creations for Kuretake. The design team was asked to create Japanese inspired pieces. I created a canvas. I used ZIG Brushables markers to create the background. I love the markers. They are super easy to work with and perfect when trying to blend multiple colors. I also used a ZIG embossing pen to emboss details of the patterned paper that I chose to use. I love the end result.



Hugs, Karen

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Friday, January 4, 2013

2013 Wishes



Happy New Year!!!

I am hoping that the New Year found you Happy, Healthy, and Blessed! It’s amazing how quickly the years roll around again…J
I am sharing a card created using some lovely papers by Graphic 45. I have been creating Asian themed projects for the Scrapbook News & Review magazine and ZIG design team, so I thought that I would create a fun card for the SOC blog as well.  I really enjoyed how this turned out. I cut out some of the Asian elements and popped them up to add a 3D element to the card. The colors in this patterned paper were so fun and really added some great energy to the creative process.

2013 Wishes by Karen Jiles Supplies- Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper, Stickers: Graphic 45; Hemp: Close to My Heart; Ink: Tsukineko
May you all have Longevity, Tranquility, and Joy in 2013.
Hugs,
Karen