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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:)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Peony Corner


Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 70
Travel/Holidays


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 :) :) :)

Now as we all know, females going on holiday are not much good at travelling light (well I am not anyway, I head to the UK with light luggage but boy, returning to Saudi it is fingers crossed at check in hahaha (nothing sinister in my luggage, just lots of craft or equine stuff :) ).  And so, for this challenge it had to be a case I made, truly representing me and my travels.  This case is also more travelled that you might think!!!!!  I started the project just before returning to the UK for a few weeks and did not manage to get it finished so it ended up going in the real suitcase as I guessed I would need a project or two to distract me while overseas.  Alas, time did not allow much in the way of crafting at all, a couple of easy cards but nothing that required any real concentration was all I managed.  That meant this wee case had a 6 week hibernation in the real suitcase and then returned to Saudi - a total of nearly 10,500 kilometres :) :) :) 

I found a template for the suitcase which I then cut on my die cutter using an A3 piece of card, the image was printed to fit the front of the case and attached. Everything was then coloured with Spectrum Noir inks, first problem, the inks coloured very differently on the two paper types grrrrrrr.  I then started colouring the peony flowers with Polychroms and gave up hahahaha. It was at this point the case was placed in the real case for the long journey.  Back in Saudi and unpacking eventually done (not something I like doing and tend to only unpack as I need things lol) and put the brain into action to work out how to balance the colouring of the case with the front panel which was eventually solved by air brushing with Promarkers.  Out with the Polys again and finish the colouring then use a gold pen for the dots and leaves.  The tag was made with a new die I got and stamped with a suitable sentiment, this was then attached to the case with some chain and held together with a wee brad.  The handle, before I forget, was covered with some matt gold paper.



Ingredients:-
  • image - Peony Corner by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Promarkers, Polychromos, SN inks
  • from my stash - gold stamp pad, gold pen, chain, brad, sentiment stamp
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Poinsettia Bag

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 268 Theme 

'Anything Goes with BAGS AND BOXES'


Gosh, it is ages since I have decorated a bag and that is a such a shame as I find bags so useful to add a bit of something special for those wee gifts we give :)

For this bag I started by disassembling the bag, removing the handles and opening all but the side glued area.  I then ran the bag through my embossing machine using a Tim Holtz texture embossing folder.  You can see the effect better here on the close up.

Next I used the image from the Poinsettia image and paper back by Coosty Creations and coloured the image digitally.  This was then fussy cut and adhered to the bag - should say I reassembled the bag first lol.  It was then onto mega amounts of die cutting to make all the small poinsettia flowers around the top edge.  To finish off I used silver ribbon for my bow and added two silver bells and a couple of wooden beads and then one large die cut poinsettia.  The text is from a pack I bought many moons ago, one of those packs that have 20 of the same thing in and take ages to use up hahahaha. A blast of Crafters Companion Silver spray over the poinsettias and done.
Ingredients:-
Poinsettia Digital Stamp and Paper Pack

  • Dies - Memory Box Poinsettia, Marianne Design Creatables Die - Poinsettia Straight 
  • From my Stash -  sentiment pre cut, flower stamens, silver spray, silver ribbon, wooden beads, bells, 
I am entering this card into the following challenges:-
  • Winter Wonderland - W, 3E, must be Christmas – Use Gold/Silver and/or Use Embossed Background - challenge runs till Aug 25
  • Crafty Ribbons W,must include ribbon #163 Anything Goes With Ribbons
  • Fab 'n' Funky - W,1E, C10 - #315 Christmas (Summer Break - August 16th)
  • Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge 2W, 2E, C10, Must be Christmas - #77 - Show us some Sparkle (Week 2)
  • Craft-Dee BowZ - M, E3, project must have bow - (August) Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow

Thanks for looking and hope you have a happy crafting day:)

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Pun Intended

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 69
PUN INTENDED

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 :) :) :)

OK, a little bit naughty with this one hahaha.  When I saw this challenge theme I asked Ike to draw me sellotape in a dispenser - thanks Ike for helping me out as I was totally stuck.  I do have to admit this challenge theme required a Google search for inspiration and finding this idea did make me giggle so.  Are you wondering yet what the pun is?   Should I hold you in suspense or reveal all . . . .  let me dwell on that a bit, OK that is long enough - 'sex tape' hahahaha

I printed the tape dispenser twice and fussy cut, then coloured one pink and one blue and decided on no shading for once, just straight forward easy colouring.  for the tape sections I used washi tape.  Yep a really simple card in so many respects but sometimes simplicity is the way to go and that was the case for me this time.


Ingredients:-
  • image - Sellotape by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Promarkers
  • from my stash - washi tape
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Love U

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 267 Theme 

'Anything Goes with DIES'


For my DT creation this week and our theme of AG with DIES I used one of the images from Holiday Bundle Valentine 1 by BBKakes 'Heart'.  With this being a dies challenge I decided to break the heart image apart, I printed 3 copies of the heart and cut out the sections needed which were then stuck on white card, gold mirror card and silver mirror card. I did not want to use the text in the centre of the image but with breaking the image apart and using the sections as templates to cut around this was not an issue.  I embossed the white heart section and then used a Love sentiment die from the Sue Wilson - Shadow Box Collection - Stacked Love (CED9305) and the letter U from Diamond Press Whimsical Alphabet for my text and added some gold Stickles to the arrow shaft.  Next I gold stamped very roughly around the edges of my card base, die cut 2 squares and mounted these on Gold Mirror card and embossed with a heart folder.  Next I die cut 2 hearts from Cherry Lyn Heart to Heart Doily and finally six heart buttons from Trimcraft  Buttons.  I finished off the buttons with white raffia. 

Saying as I had a spare heart from the two big heart die cuts (the bit left over in the centre) I decided to use it for the inside of the card along with the heart border die by Tattered Lace - Adoringly Ornate Edge.  To finish off I hand cut some Gold Mirror Carr and placed behind sections of the border die and used gold stamping in to roughly colour the heart left over piece, lastly I used a gold pen to colour the centre heart.


Ingredients:-
  • Image - Holiday Bundle Valentine 1 by BBKakes
  • Dies - Spellbinder Squares, Trimcraft  Buttons, Cherry Lyn Heart to Heart Doily, Tattered Lace - Adoringly Ornate Edge, Diamond Press Whimsical Alphabet, Sue Wilson - Shadow Box Collection - Stacked Love (CED9305)
  • From my Stash -  gold stamping ink, rubber stamp for border, Stickles, white raffia, embossing folders
I am entering this card into the following challenges:-
Thanks for looking and hope you have a happy crafting day:)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Just Because . . . .

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 68
A Little Bit Sketchy

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 fun with this card :) :) :) playing with my Gelli Plate.  Decided to try a gold yellow and ochre colour scheme with dark brown as a contrast.  I made two lots of papers with lots of layering of the colours, the first was on tissue paper which I used for all the front of the card and the other on regular copy paper which was not that cool so I used it to cover the back of the card. This card is pretty self explanatory on what I have done, embossing, distressing, use of gems, layering etc.  For the horse I printed on my card stock twice, the first layer used to make my mat and the second fussy cut and then sprayed with gold glitter varnish.  The base layer of printing was more to get the position right as I wanted the horse mainly on that layer but allowing the front leg to be over the sentiment.  The fussy cut horse was attached with silicone gel so I could bring it to the height of the sentiment which was attached with foam tape.


Using scraps of my Gelli printed paper that were left over to decorate the inside of the card.


Ingredients:-
  • image - Horse Running by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - acrylic paints
  • dies - X-Cut #2 rectangle-parenthesis, Cherry Lyn b127-Tropical-Flourish
  • embossing folder - Sheena Douglas A Taste of India A4 Embossing Folder Mandala
  • from my stash - gems, gold glitter spray varnish, stamp sentiment
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Monday, July 11, 2016

Flower cats

Just a very quick blog post showing a card I made this morning.  I promised myself this year I was going to try and use my regular stamps far more, ones I have inherited over the years, collected as free gifts from magazines and the other I bought before I got into the craft making world and digital images.  So here goes, I think this is the first card I have ever made using just rubber/polymer stamps lol.


I started by making a mask using acetate of my cat layout and then used tiny flower stamps which I inherited years ago and have never had out the packet.  Tim Holtz Distress Inks were used for the stamping.  To finish off I added the three wee bows and an everyday handy sentiment.


I am entering this card in the following challenges:-