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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Belly Button

 International Art & Soul, a challenge which has been put together to incorporate any type of craft, paper, wood, flowers, recycling, glass - the world is your oyster :).  Come on over an join us with you artwork :)

Challenge #17
A SPECIAL DAY



A fun card from me this time using digi called BUGABOO - stella belly button.  My eldest daughter needed a birthday card from a friend and this friend had decided the other day to go out without a bra on!!!!!!!  A lot of giggles between my daughter and this friend and a comment about a belly button also came up.  How could I use any other image for her birthday card, this one was just so perfect hahahaha.

Challenges entered:-

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Bride Time




Challenge 97
Anything Goes With an optional twist White on White

Welcome back to the IKEsWORLD challenges :)  do pop on over to IKEsWORLD to join in the challenge, it is always so much fun and  Ike produces the most amazing stamps, everything from off the wall to cute and fluffy :) :) :)


I just love this image and it is a wee while since I last used it, this challenge is the perfect chance to use it again.  The background was coloured with Distress Oxides and then I used a stencil and silver ink to add some more texture.  The image was coloured with Polychromos and then SN glitter clear pen on the scales to add the sheen.  To finish off I used some underwater themed stamps.

Ingredients:-
  • image - Bride set of 4 by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Polychromos crayons
  • other items - stencil; silver, blue and green stamp pads; clear shells, coral, fish and sentiment
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Old Boot

I had to make a card quickly to give to a friends hubby.  This friend is an old school friend who I have know since I was nine and at boarding school she was my partner in crime. We lost contact when she left the school when se was 14 for about 30 years when I found her again on the Internet through a web site I set up to track former pupils of our school :) What a great day that was :)  Anyway it is her hubby's birthday next weekend and we are all going out together so I thought I had better make a card for him quickly.  Stu loves the out-doors and his walking along with that he also studies dragonflies and lectures on them in his spare time hence the addition of the dragonfly brad on the fence pole.  I won this fab 'Old Boot' image this week from Digi Stamps 4 Joy, thank you Margy and as I promised if I could I would enter into her monthly challenge so here we are.  The background uses and image from Just Inklined called Holy Ribbon Chapel and I coloured it with Pan Pastels - new to me as I have never used them to colour and image before.  This time I wanted a very soft background and am rather pleased with the outcome.  The 'Old Boot' image is from Digi Stamps 4 Joy, I superimposed one image behind a second copy before printing.  Once printed I coloured with Polychromes and then fussy cut.  I love the depth of colouring on the boots in comparison to the soft background. To finish off I mounted the finished images on black card then a gold green metallic paper.  A dragonfly, as mentioned earlier was added to one of the fence posts and Glossy Accents were placed in each corner to keep the peel off gold line stickers secure.



Challenge entered :_
  • Digi Stamps 4 Joy - Challenge #140 - Anything Goes + optional twist of "warm colours"
  • Craft for the Craic - M, 5E (First Friday of the month) - September - Autumnal Coloured Project
  • Just Add Ink – W, - No.375 - Just Add D - DRAGONFLY
  • Cardz 4 Guyz 2W, 3E - #177 - Something beginning with letter D (week 2) - DRAGONFLY



Sunday, September 3, 2017

Lace and Pearls

 International Art & Soul, a challenge which has been put together to incorporate any type of craft, paper, wood, flowers, recycling, glass - the world is your oyster :).  Come on over an join us with you artwork :)

Challenge #16 - LACE and/or PEARLS




Always a favourite challenge of mine as I love lace and pearls on cards, they always look so elegant.  I decided to move away from my normal choices of creams or blacks and this time use silver, pale pink with some black for the contrast.  The lace is very old, a gift from my mother's lace collection she used to keep for dressmaking so many memories for me as I used it :)  

Challenges entered:-

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Over the Hill

You know when you get one of those days when you need some 'me time' but don't know what to create.  Today was one of those days so I headed over to PaperPlayful to find a couple of challenges to enter and create a card around their themes.  Sounds simple but I still had to trash my first attempt, it just did not come together as I had hoped.  Deciding not to quit I started again and totally forgot one of the challenges had to have something with the letter 'D' - blow me my first attempt was using a drill the second card I forgot the D and did cars.  It was not till I was half way through it I realised grrrrrrr.  Thankfully after moaning to hubby he came up with disc brakes as they are on a car and drew me a nice wee picture of what they look like.  Now to make them, what would work?  - Button dies lol.  I don't have many male themed cards in my stash so this is a handy one to put away and I do rather like how it turned out.  After my crafting 'me time' I feel a lot better hahahaha.


The background was created with a vintage car stamp from Papermania which I have had for ages.  I stamped a couple of spare cars and fussy cut them to use for masking.  The sentiment stamp is from and the Birthday stamp a freebie from a magazine.  Spellbinder dies were used for the topper and white circles for the disc brakes, the button die is in a packet I have and have not written who the maker is sorry.  Black ribbon added a bit of texture to the card.

Challenges entered :-



Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Athena




Challenge 96
Anything Goes With an optional twist Mythology
{popular culture, folklore, and other non-scientific}

Welcome back to the IKEsWORLD challenges :)  do pop on over to IKEsWORLD to join in the challenge, it is always so much fun and  Ike produces the most amazing stamps, everything from off the wall to cute and fluffy :) :) :)



A wonderful new image from IKEsArt, isn't she a beauty :) :) :) The image was coloured with Polychrome crayons.  For the background I masked the image and then used stamping ink to blend the green.  Next was to stencil some metallic green using a Sheena Douglas stencil.  I have the die that matches this stencil so the was cut next and covered with aged copper embossing powder.  To finish off some simple gold trim and a stamp which was free from a magazine.  Ooops nearly forgot the pearls lol.

Ingredients:-
  • image - Athena by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Polychromos and stamping inks
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Funky die cutting

 International Art & Soul, a challenge which has been put together to incorporate any type of craft, paper, wood, flowers, recycling, glass - the world is your oyster :).  Come on over an join us with you artwork :)

Challenge #15 - Layer it UP



OOOO layering is such fun especially with all the fabulous dies and die cuts around these days.  For the die cut I used Card 3 from Monica's Creative Room.  Monica is one of the most talented and generous electronic die cut creators, her dies are intricate but stunning.  For this card I started with a silver blank, the next layer was the white die cut which is almost the same as the black layer you can see in the card.  Next I used some hand made paper I collected on my travels and cut the flower shape.  The next layer is the black layer and then I added a lacy doily cut, this was a disaster as the hand made paper was not dense enough to cut properly.  In the end, to solve the problem, I glued the hand made paper to some regular 75gms copy paper and let it dry.  Cutting worked perfectly after that.  I cut the small doily out of black card and to finish off lots of glass gems.  The tag layers are hand cut and the Happy Birthday die is from Desire.

Challenges entered:-

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Dreaming Mermaid




Challenge 95
Anything Goes with an optional TWIST .... The Abyss
{or in the ocean, under the sea}

Welcome back to the IKEsWORLD challenges :)  do pop on over to IKEsWORLD to join in the challenge, it is always so much fun and  Ike produces the most amazing stamps, everything from off the wall to cute and fluffy :) :) :)


I just love this image and it is a wee while since I last used it, this challenge is the perfect chance to use it again.  The background was coloured with Distress Oxides and then I used a stencil and silver ink to add some more texture.  The image was coloured with Polychromos and then SN glitter clear pen on the scales to add the sheen.  To finish off I used some underwater themed stamps.

Ingredients:-
  • image - Mermaid 3 by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Distress Oxides, SN markers and Glitter Pens and Polychromos crayons
  • other items - stencil; silver, blue and green stamp pads; clear shells, coral, fish and sentiment
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Snarky Dog

Well here I am again playing along with Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers :) :) :) :) This time with a 3d snarky dog. Now I really don't care what people think I am pretty sure no matter how nice we are really there comes a time when we get together with a friend and just can't help ourselves finding something bitch about.  With this in mind my card is for one of those friends who enjoys a bit of the you know what over a good cup of tea or something stronger.


The paper was designed digitally along with the sentiment then printed out.  The dog digi is by CraftyGirl, isn't she sweet - the dog that is mine  you CraftyGirl is a goodun too :).  I printed the dog 4 times so I could break the sections apart and create a 3D layered furry friend.

Challenges entered :-

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Reverse Resist Box

 International Art & Soul, a challenge which has been put together to incorporate any type of craft, paper, wood, flowers, recycling, glass - the world is your oyster :).  Come on over an join us with you artwork :)

Challenge #14 - Boxes and Bags



This wee box was made from a template I used from a 2 chocolate chocolate box I was given on the aeroplane recently :) :).  I used resist embossing to create the background along with water colour paints.  The stamp is a background stamp from Leonie Pujol The flower die is from a Sheena Douglass set and also coloured with water colour paints.  I did try several ways to finish off the box, with braid and a tassel, larger lace, green and gold braid but decided to go with a simple white lace with dangly bits hanging off it.

Challenges entered:-

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Fun at the Fair




Challenge 94
Anything Goes with an optional TWIST .... Embossing



Welcome back to the IKEsWORLD challenges :)  do pop on over to IKEsWORLD to join in the challenge, it is always so much fun and  Ike produces the most amazing stamps, everything from off the wall to cute and fluffy :) :) :)


Lots of embossing happening on this child's birthday card :) Using the image Merry-Go-Round I used Polychromos and SN markers to colour.  The floor of the merry-go-round was coloured with Polychromos and to get the texture I coloured over a sunburst embossing folder.  The cloud border, saddles and base were heat embossed.  Two embossing folders were used for the background and layer behind the text.

Ingredients:-
  • image - Merry-Go-Round by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - SN markers and Polychromos crayons
  • other items - Bridal embossing powder, embossing folders, birthday die and brads
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-
  • Pile It On - M, 1st Sunday + bonus theme 3rd week, Use theme & at least one other challenge, Winners posted 2nd Sunday - July - #132 Primary Colors (Use mostly Red, Yellow, and/or Blue)
  • DL ART Thankful Thursday Challenge 2W, 3E #209 Happy Birthday (or a Thank You Card) (W1 of 2)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sisterhood

It seems like ages since I have had a chance to sit down and colour, life has been somewhat busy over the last year :) :) :).  This card has been made for my daughter's birthday, she loves owls :).  The digi stamp used is Sisterhood by Aurora Wings.


I challenged myself with this card and only used Polychromos, I do love my crayons so much but find it very hard to colour large areas with them.  To give some texture to the background I clear heat embossed using a small heart stamp.  The only other bits of embellishment are the addition of liquid pears and some lace, after all, an image like this really should hold centre stage I think :)

Challenges entered :-

  • Aurora Wings - Challenge #54 Fur and Feathers
  • 2 Crafty Critter Crazies (M, P1, E5, must have a critter) - Anything Goes with a Critter
  • Country View Crafts' Challenge (M, P1) July - Things with Wings
  • As You Like It Challenge 2W,E3 Do you prefer pearls or gems  (and Why) (W2 of 2) - It really does depend on the card and who it is for.  Pearls would be my choice over gems as I love the look of them, classy, reflect light beautifully and smooth to the touch.  Although I use plastic pearls a lot of the time I love Liquid Pearls and find them so versatile.  
  • Through the Purple Haze 2W, E3, C10 #129 Anything With Wings (W2 of 2)

Monday, July 24, 2017

It is all under the kilt!!!!

Just a very quick post as I made this card to join in with the current challenge 'Up Yer Kilt'.  I often stop by this fun challenge but find it so hard to create for lol - I just don't seem to have the right sense of humour hahahaha.  Anyway this time I felt I could join in as there is a Scottish theme which makes me happy and I do have tartan paper at hand.

Have to admit I am kind of giggling at the thought of wearing a kilt to yoga classes, bit like what what one is told to think of when having to face public speaking - just imagine you audience is naked hahaha.

I did a hut for some kilt jokes and sayings and found the one below on Pinterest.  For the images I used free shiloutette yoga people which I found at <a href="http://www.freepik.com">Designed by Pickapic / Freepik</a>.


Challenges entered :-
SoSS #89 - U is for - Up Yer Kilt

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Dies, Dies and more dies

 International Art & Soul, a challenge which has been put together to incorporate any type of craft, paper, wood, flowers, recycling, glass - the world is your oyster :).  Come on over an join us with you artwork :)

Challenge #13 - Dies



This card is for my Mum's birthday in a couple of days time and I know she is going to love it.  Mum has several poppy plants in her garden with the wonderful large poppies, so colourful and beautifully formed and great contrast to her roses :) :) :) 

For this card I used Sheena Douglas Poppy Perfect Partners (stamp and die set) and coloured the poppies with Polychromos crayons.  The background of this card has been created with Tim Holtz Distress Oxides which I have just got and have fallen in love with, so much fun to use.  I then embossed the background with a Sheena Douglas embossing folder and then enhanced the embossing with gold guilders wax.   The lace die is by Verity Rose, it looked so effective in the black on the front of the card I decided to use a remaining bit of the Distress Oxide background I made to back a second black lace cut and used this on the inside of the card too.  The Happy Birthday and Best Mum stamps are from .Making Cards issue 6.  To finish off the card I added a gold charm heart and red gems.

Challenges entered:-

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Kindness with Flowers




Challenge 93
Anything Goes with an optional TWIST .... Touch of Kindness



Welcome back to the IKEsWORLD challenges :)  do pop on over to IKEsWORLD to join in the challenge, it is always so much fun and  Ike produces the most amazing stamps, everything from off the wall to cute and fluffy :) :) :)


What can be a kinder way to cheer somebody up than to send them a card to let them know you have them in your thoughts :) :)  For this card I used 'Seeds' which is a digi with 3 seed packets on it.  I only wanted the asters so cropped the rest of the image.  The backgrounds has been created with Distress Oxides with the extra bits being used for the die cuts.  Image coloured with Polychromos and the die cuts finished off with a few mauve gems.  A simple card but I do love the colour combination :)

Ingredients:-
  • image - one of the image from the 'Seeds' digi by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Tim Holtz Distress Oxides, Polychromos crayons
  • other items - clear stamps for sentiment and gems
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Elements of Nature

 International Art & Soul, a challenge which has been put together to incorporate any type of craft, paper, wood, flowers, recycling, glass - the world is your oyster :).  Come on over an join us with you artwork :)

Challenge #12 - Elements of Nature


Oh so many ideas for this challenge it was hard to settle on a final choice.  I have not done any watercolour backgrounds for ages so for this card my final decision was based around creating my own watercolour background in my favourite colours :) :) :).  A clean and simple card using two dies - Ornate Trellis from Crafters Companion and the doily from the magazine Die Cutting Essentials; and stamps from  the Creative Stamping magazine.  To finish off I added liquid pearls in very pale blue.

Challenges entered:-

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The River




Challenge 92
Anything Goes with an optional TWIST .... Relax



Welcome back to the IKEsWORLD challenges :)  do pop on over to IKEsWORLD to join in the challenge, it is always so much fun and  Ike produces the most amazing stamps, everything from off the wall to cute and fluffy :) :) :)

I have just retuned from the Middle East permanently so back in the UK now, at least the sun is shining at the moment but I am already missing our old life.  It is pretty hard to adjust to this very different way of life here but thankfully I was thinking in advance and already had some crafty items waiting for me in my UK house (nearly all my craft items are now in a relocation shipment, some will arrive in about 4 weeks the rest in the main shipment will be with me in about 4 months).  Can't say I am feeling very creative so have gone with a heavily coloured creation using Ike's 'The River', which certainly entertained me for a few hours lol.  So why this image for this challenge, well I like to try and follow the 'twist' themes which are optional and for me, the most relaxing time is when I can escape to nature with no phone, computer or other means of communicating with the modern world.  I find I can recharge my batteries in these peaceful locations and then sort of cope in the human world without losing my rag every 5 minutes !!!!!! :) :) :)

The bird is a polymer stamp and was coloured with S/N sparkle pens, the sentiment is also a stamp and stamped with Memento black ink.


Ingredients:-
  • image - The River by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - SN markers and Polychromos crayons
  • other items - clear stamps for bird and sentiment
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hydrengea

 International Art & Soul, a challenge which has been put together to incorporate any type of craft, paper, wood, flowers, recycling, glass - the world is your oyster :).  Come on over an join us with you artwork :)

Challenge #11 - Flowers


I don't often use design paper but this time I had a sheet which worked perfectly for what I wanted to do.  The hydrangea stamp was a freebie from a magazine along with the sentiment.  I first stamped the hydrangea and then with a bit of masking then stamped the lace gold edge.  Next I stamped the sentiment (no more squint stamping like on this card as I have just invested in the Tim Holtz tool lol). I coloured the hydrengea with polychromos crayons and then finished off with a second sentiment which I fussy cut, braid and a gold mesh bow.  Oh, I forgot the bee was from the stamp set too, he is fussy cut and attached with dimension adhesive.

Challenges entered:-

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Blue Christmas




Challenge 91
Anything Goes with an optional TWIST .... Blue Christmas



Welcome back to the IKEsWORLD challenges :)  do pop on over to IKEsWORLD to join in the challenge, it is always so much fun and  Ike produces the most amazing stamps, everything from off the wall to cute and fluffy :) :) :)

I had so much fun with this challenge, not only a favourite colour theme but also a chance to get good and mucky lol.  I used watercolour paper and printed the 3 Kings images.  I then went to town with Spectum Noir tints and Brusho pigments along with my my trusty spray bottle.  It was then out with a snowflake stamp and using silver embossing powder.  For the 3 Kings I used an embossing pen to go round the edges and then silver embossing powder.  To lift the 3 Kings images a bit I then filled them with accent liquid, you can't really see the effect by you can feel it when you hold the card as they have a cool plastic feel.  The finishing off was some silver ribbon, material snowflake coloured light blue and a silver brad.  The tag was die cut and treated the same way as the card background and finished off with a Christmas peel off sticker.



Ingredients:-
  • image - King 1, King 2 and King 3 by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - S/N tints and Brusho pigments
  • other items - silver ribbon, silver brad, material snowflake, silver embossing powder, snowflake stamp, Crystal Dimensions, tag die, peel off sticker.
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Man Time

 International Art & Soul, a challenge which has been put together to incorporate any type of craft, paper, wood, flowers, recycling, glass - the world is your oyster :).  Come on over an join us with you artwork :)

Challenge #10 - For Men


A fun card to make using paper from a magazine and Sheena Douglas stamps and clock die.  The clock stamp was coloured with Spectrum Noir 1st Generation pens which I have a wee stash of and a gold paint pen.  The clock overlay die cut was cut on brown card and then coloured and rubbed with gold guilders cream to try and give the whole thing on old rusty look.  The background paper was from a magazine I bought and I then stamped Sheena Douglas cogs all over it in black and brown inks.  The quote was added to the paper and printed before I carried on with the rest of the card - holding my breath I placed the text correctly as there was not going back.  Finally the hands of the clock were cut form another die and coloured with my gold pen and a gem added, the sentiment was stamped using a free stamp from another magazine I had bought.

Challenges entered:-

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Greek Sea View




Challenge 90
Anything Goes with an optional TWIST .... Photo Inspiration



Welcome back to the IKEsWORLD challenges :)  do pop on over to IKEsWORLD to join in the challenge, it is always so much fun and  Ike produces the most amazing stamps, everything from off the wall to cute and fluffy :) :) :)




I am still trying to make a CAS card lol.  For this creation I used one of the images from the Greek Sea View series.  Following the optional twist theme - Photo Inspiration I also used the actual photo to create the colouring for design paper and the image.  The photo was placed into Photoshop and mega amounts of blurring were created to end up with a wonderfully soft line-less mix of the colours.  I then printed the paper to make the backing sheet.  Next I used the same paper (digital version) and placed Ike's Greek Sea View image on top.  It was then out with the rubber to remove all the areas of the blurred photo that I did not need leaving only the areas of the image coloured in.  The sentiment is stamped with distress inks, two colours to match in with the coloured image.

Ingredients:-
  • image - Greek Sea View by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Digital and Distress Inks
  • gems, clear sentiment stamp, Spellbinder square and oval dies
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, May 28, 2017

All stitched up

 International Art & Soul, a challenge which has been put together to incorporate any type of craft, paper, wood, flowers, recycling, glass - the world is your oyster :).  Come on over an join us with you artwork :)

Challenge #9 - Stitching (real or faux)



I had so much fun making this card :) :), the background was a large background stamp with a stitching theme which I used with gold ink.  The border was cut with a Desire die.  For the swirls I used a Clarity stamp and blue and gold ink.  I then stitched over some of the swirls with black thread.  The needle and thread die are from X-Cut and the flower dies from Desire.  The flowers were made from the scraps of card base I had left over and finished off with black Pan Pastels and Silver varnish spray.   For the sentiment I double stamped to try and give a shadow effect, have to admit I did not get it quite right but it still looks cool.  To finish off I added the blue buttons so the whole card not only follows the stitching them but also items used in stitching :)

Challenges entered:-

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Oh Seriously!!!!!!




Challenge 89
Anything Goes with an optional TWIST .... Happy 
(make someone smile)



Welcome back to the IKEsWORLD challenges :)  do pop on over to IKEsWORLD to join in the challenge, it is always so much fun and  Ike produces the most amazing stamps, everything from off the wall to cute and fluffy :) :) :)

What a surprise one day when I found Ike had messaged me with a cracking new image - 'Oh Seriously'.  Ike knows I am reliving my childhood at the moment and a dream of owning my own horse, his name is Jay.  I am also teaching wee kids to ride at our local stables so early mornings, smell of horse muck, hay etc. are all part of my daily life along with my quiet time of crafting.  The expression on the Oh Seriously horse totally cracked me up lol.  We have one lovely big 16.2 hand horse called Storm, he is a clever boy, quick to learn and so very obliging.  One day, when we were getting all the horses ready for the stables to open after the Summer break (I am in Saudi and during the Summer when temperatures are in the mid to high 40 degrees we close as it is unsafe to ride the horses in high heat). we put a lead rein on Storm to see how he would react if we used him with adult new learner riders.  His face was exactly like the Oh Seriously horse, he was so peeved and would not do anything, take the lead rein off and he behaved like the perfect gentleman he really is again.  Thank you Ike for this truly awesome image.

I finished off my card with a border I made using another of Ike's images, Laughing Horse, both this and and background of the main image were coloured with Pan Pastels to match in with the backing paper.



Ingredients:-
  • image - Oh Really and Laughing Horse by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Polychromos and Pan Pastels
  • bow
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Hot Gift Bags

 International Art & Soul, a challenge which has been put together to incorporate any type of craft, paper, wood, flowers, recycling, glass - the world is your oyster :).  Come on over an join us with you artwork :)

Challenge #8 - Hot Colours

This theme is probably my least favourite as it means I have to work with colours I am least comfortable with, I am a blue and purple lover, the calm colours, not the reds and oranges which to me are angry colours :) :) :) But what to do, it is a challenge after all and it is rather good to be removed from ones comfort zone every now and again.  I hunted through my images but there was nothing I wanted to colour with reds and oranges except flowers and I feel I have done a fair few of them recently so needed another idea.  I knew I had a bunch of design papers as I keep adding to my collection, don't know why as I don't like working with them but they do look pretty in the shop :) :) :) and when they are free in a magazine then it would be sacrilege to throw them away!!!!  A hunt through my papers found a few A6 sized sheets in the dreaded colours but so small - what to do with them.  Then a brain wave, (I get the odd one every now and again :) :) :) ) - make some really small bags which I can use to give to my friends with wee gifts inside.  I have to admit the bags were a bit fiddly to make but I love the outcome, even though they are red and orange :) :) 



Challenges entered:-

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Blossom




Challenge 88
Anything Goes with an optional TWIST .... Flying Fairy



Welcome back to the IKEsWORLD challenges :)  do pop on over to IKEsWORLD to join in the challenge, it is always so much fun and  Ike produces the most amazing stamps, everything from off the wall to cute and fluffy :) :) :)


For this card I used the image 'Blossom', a great favourite of mine and used quite a few times :) :) The image was coloured with Polychromos pencils and the flower centres with Flower Soft. I added some dew drops dripping off the flowers by using my glue gun.  The background was created with Pan Pastels and the scraps I had left over after cutting the area needed were used to make the corner embellishments.  In keeping with the optional theme of flying fairies I drew in a couple of fairies by hand  (not very good but I did try hahaha).  The sentiment was stamped using a clear stamp and the final part of the card was to carry the orange theme through by adding some orange Stickles to the corner embellishments and an orange mat.


Ingredients:-
  • image - Blossom by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Polychromos and Pan Pastels
  • extras - Dies, Stickles, Flower Soft, glue gun, sentiment clear stamp 
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Vintage Box

 International Art & Soul, a challenge which has been put together to incorporate any type of craft, paper, wood, flowers, recycling, glass - the world is your oyster :).  Come on over an join us with you artwork :)

Challenge #7 - Vintage
I don't know about you but I find vintage so dreamy and a great favourite of mine.  I usually end up making a card with lots of lace, soft colours and of course pearls.  Anyway, this time I tried something new, decorating a box I have had for a while and not got round to creating with.


I first painted the box with Gesso and then stamped my flower images in Old Paper Distress Ink, next I stamped the swirls with gold.  The flower were coloured with watercolour paints and a very very light purple was applied to the whole box.  Next it was out with the gold gilding which was applied on all the edges and embossed decoration on the box.  Finally a small wee key hole was coloured by hand.  I had such fun with this creation, it was a spur of the moment, leap out the chair and dash to the craft room before inspiration got lost, no planning, just a fleeting idea I went with and I am delighted with the outcome.  This box is for me, I am sure I will find a use for it in my craft room as each time I look at it it makes me smile :) :) :)




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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Angels & Demon bag




Challenge 87
Anything Goes with an optional TWIST .... Angels and Demons 

Welcome back to the IKEsWORLD challenges :)  do pop on over to IKEsWORLD to join in the challenge, it is always so much fun and  Ike produces the most amazing stamps, everything from off the wall to cute and fluffy :) :) :)

Angels & Demons - where do I start lol.  I know the twist of the challenge is optional but I am trying my best to follow them and at the same time make something useful, but alas, none of my family or friends are really into dark so a card is out of the making.  What else could I make, how could I get around this one - a big dilemma and really got my brain cell working overtime.  I had thought of an angel on a coffee cup, the angel good the coffee one of my demons hahaha, another thought was a chocolate bar with an angel wrapper.  In the end I decided to use Ike's image 'Angel's & Demons', a beautifully drawn image.

I have used this image a few times and always coloured her so this time am doing something a little different and using the image to make a background.  I used multiple copies of the image in Photoshop and then applied a second layer where I painted a few colours over the whole area.  I made this a 'linear burn' layer, blurred the colours and then made the layer fairly opaque so the Angel and Demon images below showed through clearly.


Next I printed my paper (A4 size) and made a gift bag. Black ribbon, a silver metal embellishment and Happy Birthday peel off sticker were added to complete the project.


Ingredients:-
  • image - 'Angel's & Demons by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - digital
  • black ribbon, silver metal embellishment and peel off sentiment
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Butterfly in Cream

 International Art & Soul, a challenge which has been put together to incorporate any type of craft, paper, wood, flowers, recycling, glass - the world is your oyster :).  Come on over an join us with you artwork :)

Challenge #6 - Wings


A very simple cream and gold card is my contribution for the International Art & Soul 'Wings' Challenge.  Sometime ago I bough the beautiful Tatter Lace butterfly die, well I bought two really and to date have not used them (I wonder how many of us have done something similar :) )  The die is so beautiful it really needed to hold centre stage so I opted for a very simple and hopefully elegant card.  The gold sentiment and swirls were stamped onto a mat which I had previously embossed.  Next the butterfly was added and some liquid pearls added to the ends of the wings.  I then mounted this on matt gold paper and then onto my cream card base.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Snowdrops

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 86
Anything Goes with an optional TWIST .... Easter or Spring Flowers

{create something that speaks from your heart and soul and screams you with the images you use

Welcome back to the IKEsWORLD challenges :)  do pop on over to IKEsWORLD to join in the challenge, it is always so much fun and  Ike produces the most amazing stamps, everything from off the wall to cute and fluffy :) :) :)


Fun time with digital :) :).  I used a free image of Ike's which was given away some time ago call Snowdrops.  The image was coloured digitally and used, not only for the centre panel but also for the side panels where I made a tiled pattern with the snowdrops.   For the background of each panel I used a texture overlay, printed and then mounted on the card with foam tape..  The text was also created digitally directly onto the card with the word Spring filled with the tiled snowdrop pattern.  A pretty simple card created mostly in my recliner while hubby was watching something incredibly boring on the TV hahahaha.

After I made the card I thought I would try something new :)  It has been many years since I bothered to paint my nails but recently I got into the gel polish craze and amateurish nail art although I am practicing hahaha.  Love that my nails last a good couple of weeks before having to do them again.  With having the snowdrops coloured digitally and some decal laser paper I bought last year with the aim of doing mugs I thought I would see if I could make nail decals.  A first attempt and several mistakes but a fun afternoon and that after all is what really counts.  So here  you are a pic of my nails, one hand complete the other awaiting the decals to be put on :)
and a close up of my favourite nail :)

Ingredients:-
  • image - Snowdrops by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - digital 
  • from my stash - alas nothing but the white card and some foam tape  for the card, nail varnish, waterslide decal paper for the nail art
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, April 2, 2017

You are amazing


 International Art & Soul, a challenge which has been put together to incorporate any type of craft, paper, wood, flowers, recycling, glass - the world is your oyster :).

Challenge #5 - Distressing



Why is it that the brain goes into overdrive at times, you look around your craft room and the ideas bouncing around mean you end up getting nothing done hahaha.  That was the case with this card :) There are so many distressing techniques, so many ideas to try but try to focus, well enough said.  In the end I used Distress Inks, distressed torn paper, and sanded the embossed leaves to distress them too.  The leaves and swirl were cut from some Gelli printed paper I had made a while ago, the flower from a scrap of material I happened to find on the chair (no idea how long it had been there as I don't use material very often so I guess this was one of those things that grew legs and placed itself there as it was perfect for what I was doing lol).  The torn paper is from a book I am busy using for a journal, with a several year project that started well then got put to one side.  There is a bit of the sentimental going on with this card, my Mum has Alzheimer's and I make her a card each week to cheer her up.  She is an amazing lady (hence the sentiment) and one of my very special best friends.  Seeing her deteriorate is so hard but hanging onto memories makes each day special and so the memories brad in the centre of the flower was the finish touch to this wee creation for her.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Rose Corner


Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 85
Anything Goes with an optional TWIST .... In Th Garden



Welcome back to the IKEsWORLD challenges :)  do pop on over to IKEsWORLD to join in the challenge, it is always so much fun and  Ike produces the most amazing stamps, everything from off the wall to cute and fluffy :) :) :)



Another wee card for my mum :) :) She loves roses so I am pretty sure she will love this one when Mr. Postman pops it through her letterbox.  The image was coloured with Polychromos and the sentiment is digital.  Once coloured and the edges distressed I ran it through a rose embossing folder and finished off with some Crafter's Companion Silver spray.  I mounted this section on pale pink embossed vellum and added pearls around the edge.  The rose die is from Tatter Lace, I had to deconstruct it as it would not fit in the original form but think the end result is rather cool.  Another pearl was added to the centre of the rose and everything was mounted on my white card base.
Ingredients:-
  • image - Rose Corner by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Polychromos and Pan Pastels
  • flower die, pearls, vellum
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Butterfly note card


 International Art & Soul, a challenge which has been put together to incorporate any type of craft, paper, wood, flowers, recycling, glass - the world is your oyster :).

Challenge #4 - Embossing

Hi there happy crafters :) I love the touch feely textures of this card and the soft blues and white give it a really fresh feel.  I used an embossing folder from Crafters Companion and coloured the embossed sections with a pale blue Polychromos crayon then edged some of the areas with a silver pen.  The flower border was the next bit done and I used the same technique minus the silver pen.  A stamped sentiment was created and die cut and added under the embossed strip.  Next I die cut a butterfly in white card and mounted it on pale blue paper, then die cut some leaves in silver and mounted this group on the card. To finish off I used silver Liquid Pearls on the bodies of all the butterflies.



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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Wind Fairy

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 84
Anything Goes with an optional TWIST .... Over the rainbow

{create something that speaks from your heart and soul and screams you with the images you use

Welcome back to the IKEsWORLD challenges :)  do pop on over to IKEsWORLD to join in the challenge, it is always so much fun and  Ike produces the most amazing stamps, everything from off the wall to cute and fluffy :) :) :)

Ike draws the most beautiful women and here is another gorgeous one called 'Wind Fairy'.  She is so beautiful I wanted her to fill most of my card space lol and then add a simple cloud background.  The Wind Fairy was coloured with Promarkers and Polychroms and the background was created with Pan Pastels.  The rainbow was printed on acetate so the image would shine through.

My Mum is getting pretty old and struggling with Alzheimer's now so each week I make a card which I can send to her.  She can't cope with long letters anymore as as she and I are separated by many miles a card landing on her doorstep each week brightens her moment a wee bit.  So this card is a bit sentimental too, one day she will no be here on earth as the Wind Fairy is how I see my Mum in her next life.  As I don't know exactly where in the universe the next life it I chose to represent it with the sky background and yes, the rainbow, this represents that one day we will meet again, that goodbye on this earth is not the end, just the closing of a door in this dimension.  While Mum and I are together on earth she has, may a time, coloured my day with her unending love, her passion for nature, her belief in living by her good values and her respect for all around her.  She is and always will be a shining example of how one should live their lives and I love her so dearly, truly honoured to have her as my Mum.  I hope this card will make her smile when she receives it by snail mail :)


Ingredients:-
  • image - Wind Fairy by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Promarkers, Polychromos and Pan Pastels
  • from my stash - gold glitter, acetate
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-