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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Horse and Foal

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 73
TAG you're it

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 while ago I asked Ike if we could have some horse based images to work with and WOW was I spoilt with a lovely selection - thanks Ike :) :) For this tag I used the image 'Mother and Foal', the background was coloured with Pan Pastels and some clouds heat embossed.  Next I added some rubber stamping in black and die cuts also coloured with Pan Pastels plus a gold horseshoe.  The image was coloured with Polychromos.  Finally a wee thank you sticker was added to the tree.

This tag already has a home :) it will be attached to a wee gift I have for a friend who stepped in as foster mum to my horse while I was in the UK.  He (my horse lol) was on deaths door when I bought him in November last year and has given me the most incredible journey nursing him back to health with the help of an awesome team of friends.  So many challenges, one after the other but now we are on the final leg before he becomes a true horse in his own right and able to join the pack of other horses at the stables instead of just being surround by his human pack.  Jay, when I got him, was near to starving and had a nasty abscess on his hind quarter which took two months of constant cleaning and draining to clear up - that was after the vet released it and over a pint of puss literally came out with such force it sounded as if he was peeing.  The abscess had obviously never been treated and was deep within.  While that was clearing up another abscess developed inside his hoof, again the remnants of an old one that was never treated and was constantly reinfecting.  3 months of poulticing, cleaning, treating etc. eventually cleared that up but one of the eruption points was on the coronet band (where the hoof meets the hair line) so his hoof had two large holes in in which we have had to wait to grow out and keep our fingers crossed the hoof would hold in tack long enough that when it did break it was below the white line where the blood supply is.  All is well that ends well the hoof has now broken in a safe place and not worrying him at all, we have another abscess near where his balls used to be but quick treatment is working well and again this is not worrying him.  He has now put of weight, has an awesome shine on him and his heart has the biggest amount of love which he gives so freely even though humans have treated him so badly in the past :) :) :)


This was Jay in at the end of Nov 2105 when I go him

and this was him 2 months ago as he really turned the corner :) - not quite so skinny :)

Ingredients:-
  • image - Mother and Foal by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Watercolour pencils and Pan Pastels
  • dies - Spellbinders Scalloped Borders 1 and Opulent Circles
  • from my stash - ribbon
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Love Knot

Hello folks.  We have another challenge at One Stitch At A Time so how about popping over to see all the fabulous creations by the design team.  The prize this month is a $10 coupon to spend in the store :)

Challenge 271 Theme 

'Anything Goes with A SPECIAL DAY'

I never seem to make suitable cards for love that work for me but  think this one turned out OK, it says what it should be is not girly in the least.  For this card I created the heart shaped card base and cut on my die cutter.  The rope image from the pack was printed, coloured with Polychromos and then fussy cut leaving the background of the heart shape in tack which was then coloured with Pan Pastels.
I hessian/burlap was then glued to the large heart shape which I also cut on my die cutter, such lovely texture and the part that I think makes this card more suitable for a bloke.  I embossed another strip of card with a Signature embossing folder and die cut the Sizzix twin hearts, both of these had Pan Pastel treatment lol.  Finally the sentiment was printed, cut with an X-Cut labels die and again rubbed a bit with Pan Pastels (I was trying to get a leather look here hahaha).
For the inside of the card I went for a lightweight hand made leaf paper I got ages ago, lovely texture and by using the reverse side which is a little rougher than the front side it will be easy to write on.


Ingredients:-
  • Image - Love Knot by Coosty Creations

  • Colouring medium - Polychromos, Pan Pastels
  • Dies - card dies by me, Sizzix Love set, X Cut labels
  • From my Stash -  leaf paper, hessian/burlap, heart brads
I am entering this card into the following challenges:-

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Butterfly

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 72
THINGS THAT FLY

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 recently invested in a Gelli Plate as so many folks seem to have so much fun with it and I do love playing with paint :) :) hahahah.  For this card I used cheap acrylic tube paints, you know the sort, a box of 20 colours for $3 from a stationary shop and they work just great too.  The first layer of the printing was a mixture of red, blue and white to make a pinky mauve base and the next layer the same colours but less white and I also used the Signature Collection Butterfly Lullaby Die - Flit and Flutter for several butterflies which I laid on the Gelli Plate before putting my paper on again so I could get a butterfly pattern.  I then stamped in gold using a free stamp from a magazine.

The image was coloured with Promarkers and Polychromos and fussy cut.  Once my paper was dry I mounted it on card and die cut the shape then used Memory Box Peaceful Butterfly Wings. I did not like the butterflies as 3d on this card to removed them all so I could be left with just their outline. The scalloped edges were distressed to give more texture.  Next the sentiment was added and finally the butterfly image was added and this layer of the card added to the card base using foam tape so I had a real cut out feel to this card.  The card base is plain white linen card which I used Tim Holtz Amethyst distress ink for the edges to tone in with the paper I made.

Ingredients:-
  • image - Butterfly by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Acrylic paints for Gelli printing, Promarkers and Polychromos
  • dies - Memory Box Peaceful Butterfly Wings, Spellbinders Scalloped Squares and Signature Collection Butterfly Lullaby Die - Flit and Flutter
  • from my stash - gold ink pad, free circular/tex/butterfly stamp from a magazine, text stamp, Tim Holtz Amethyst
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Flower Tiro

Hello folks.  We have another challenge at One Stitch At A Time so how about popping over to see all the fabulous creations by the design team.  The prize this month is a $10 coupon to spend in the store :)

Challenge 270 Theme 

'Anything Goes with LACE and/or PEARLS'





Ingredients:-
  • Image - Flower Trio by CraftyGirl Designs
  • colouring medium - Luminescence paints
  • Dies - 
  • From my Stash -  black lace, ribbon, pearls. Liquid Pearls
I am entering this card into the following challenges:-
Thanks for looking and hope you have a happy crafting day:)

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Gelli Printed Doily Pillow Box

Ahhh, something a little different from me today :) I was recently a winner of the Challenge Up Your Life challenge with a suitcase box I made and today I am a very honoured to be a Guest Designer for their new challenge 'Doily'

I have so fallen in love with Gelli Printing and could not resist using this technique to make yet another box, this time a Pillow Box.


I started by making my background for both the box and accessories I wanted to use.  I first placed a layer of pearl paint which does not really show here but has a lovely sheen (where you are seeing the white areas).  Next I used turquoise paint and doilies and then the final layer was mauve paint which I sprayed with water to thin and dabbed some off before adding a wavy pattern.  I had thought I would use the left over small doilies but in the end gave up on that idea hahaha.
Next I used the Pillow Box pattern and cut out with my die cutter.  I am finding it great Gelli Printing my backgrounds on card and then using this with my die cutters, saves getting messy backgrounds :).  Using the spare background I made I cut a doily using a Sizzix die.  Onto the sentiment which is from Fiskars Make A Wish and a Spellbinder Triple Tear Doily die.  The sentiment was attached to the Sizzix doily with double layers of foam tape.  Still with background paper to spare I used the the Creative Expressions die to make my bow and the ribbon.  I coloured the back of the bow with gold paint and mounted the ribbon section on gold paper.  Finally I added some gold Mica chips on the right hand side of the box.
Now every wee box should have a gift in it so I raked out my cold enamelling kit and a copper heart blank.  Using colours to match my box I set to work.  The finishing touch was a silver flower I made from silver metal clay ages ago and was a bit of a disaster so sat around doing nothing.  The silver did not go with my box so I coloured it with gold paint.
And there we have it, my box and pendant and lots of fun this afternoon.  Thank you Challenge Up Your Life for the change be part of your DT this week :)

items used:-
  • gelli plate
  • Folk Art acrylic paints
  • light weight card
  • Dies :- Sizzix Doily, Spellbinders Triple Tear Doily and Creative Expressions Bow
  • Fiskars sentiment stamp 'Make A Wish' set
  • gold paper and pen
  • paper cake doilies
  • brads
  • copper heart blank
  • cold enamelling powders
  • silver metal clay

I am entering this project into the following challenges

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Fuchsia

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 71
SQUARE CARD WITH SOMETHING ROUND

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 :) :) :)

White space, just love it but boy do I find it hard to not remove it.  OK, so I am colour crazy and tend to colour everything but the elegance of white space is real beauty in my mind.  Anyway, for this challenge I tried my very hardest to give the white space the respect I have for it and fight the need to add more colour and texture hahahaha.

A simple card, the image was printed 5 times, one on the base mount which was then die cut and then the 4 other prints used to make the overlay circles.  I maybe should have attached each layer with foam tape to make this more obvious but I need the card to be pretty flat for posting.

Next I coloured the images and edged each circle in green along with the base mount to make the outlines more obvious.  To finish off a die cut sentiments and there we have it, nothing complicated but lots of fiddling about hahahaha.




Ingredients:-
  • image - Sellotape by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Promarkers, Polychromos
  • dies - Spellbinders Circles, Grand Labels 1 and Die'sire - thinking of you
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Ocean Blue

Hello folks.  We have another challenge at One Stitch At A Time so how about popping over to see all the fabulous creations by the design team.  The prize this month is a $10 coupon to spend in the store :)

Challenge 269 Theme 

'Anything Goes with FOR MEN'


I do love working with paper packs these days for coordinating themed papers, they lend themselves to wonderfully to die cuts :) :).
For this card I used the Oceans Blue paper pack by Panda Bear Designs, using 4 of the the 8 papers to make my themes fishing card.  Each of the paper sections were mounted on black paper after cutting and then I used some fish, a fisherman and fishing rod dies all cut in black to add more drama to the card.


Ingredients:-
  • Image - Ocean Blue paper pack by Panda Bear Designs
  • Dies - Spellbinder Squares, Memory Box Fish, Joy Crafts - Fisherman Standing and Fishing Fun Float and X-Cut labels
  • From my Stash -  black paper, birthday sentiment stamp
I am entering this card into the following challenges:-
Thanks for looking and hope you have a happy crafting day:)