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Sunday, October 14, 2018

African Sunset

 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 #44
Orange and Black

This fortnights challenge theme has been chosen by DT sister Chriss.  I love orange and black but it is not Halloween I think of but wonderful African sunsets hence the card I have made.  I used Distress Oxides for the colouring and stamps by Sheena Douglas, the animals and trees along with  Indigo Blue for the clouds and bushes. 




Image used:-  Pansy Perfect Partners by Sheena Douglas
Colouring:- Distress Inks, Crafter's Companion Aqua Tints.
Other items:- Lace, pearls, lattice die, birthday die cut, silicone glue, embossing folder

Challenges entered:-

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Oh Poe!!!!




Challenge 113
Oct-POE-ber - Celebrating Edgar Allan POE / Halloween



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 went all arty lol.  I started by getting a copy of the poem, The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe and using it to create my design paper using Photoshop.  I also added the IKEsART image, Lenore and reduced the opacity of this to make it more of a watermark.  Once printed I coloured the background with Distress Inks and and for Lenore I used water colour pencils.  This layer was mounted on black card and then some Tim Holtz Crackle solution was smeared around areas of the background and put to one side to dry well.  For the raven I used Ike's image Raven Poe an printed twice on two different types of black card, one matt and the other a little shiny.  With the shiny printed raven, I used the lines that would normally be used for shading and fussy cut them so, once the matt raven outline was fussy cut I could place the shiny layer on top.  With the Lenore layer dry I added so DP to the base of my card, added the Lenore layer and then the raven with his wiggly eye.  To complete the front of the card I added a Happy Birthday die cut.

Close up of the raven -  I have played with the image colour settings so the layers are clearer..


                               
I then used the DP and black paper to create a decorative edge inside the card.


Ingredients:-
  • image - The Raven and Lenore , by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Distress Inks and  water colour pencils
  • other items - Border die, sentiment die, design paper.
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Monday, October 1, 2018

Dandelion Sprite

Aurora Wings

Sketch Challenge #71 - Inspired By Music

Time for a new challenge at Aurora Wings and this month it is an Inspired By Music challenge.  Think I went a bit overboard with all the music on this card but love the bright happy feel of the end result.  The song I have based this on is 'Dandelion' by P.J. Olsson

Join in the challenge here and have lots of fun :)


I started by covering a white card blank with blue paper.  For the image I removed the background from the .jpg image I have and overlaid her on a music background I made.  The music background has areas removed to give it a bit more character.  I then added the digital text and printed.  I then set to with my Distress Inks to colour the background and for the image I used my Polychromes.  In keeping with the music them a rubber music corner stamp was used and I then embossed the four corners with silver embossing powder. This card layer was mounted on silver card.  Time for some more music and I embossed some yellow vellum with a music embossing folder, this layer then went behind the silver layer and attached to the blue base layer.  Musical note and yellow flower along with a musical note bow completed the project.  Pretty happy with the end result until I came to photograph it and it looked so very flat.  Time for a quick rethink and Flower soft to the rescue and I used this over the yellow vellum, a much better colour and the extra texture was just what this card needed to bring Dandelion Sprite to life :)

Ingredients:-
Image:- Dandelion Sprite by Aurora Wings available from the AW Store here and ETSY here
Colouring:-Polychromes, Distress Inks
Other items:- Flower Soft, music dies, mini flowers coloured with Promarkers, music corner stamp, silver embossing powder


I am entering this creation in the following challenges:-




Sunday, September 30, 2018

Pansy Birthday

 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 #43
NOT Clean & Simple - Layer It Up

This fortnights challenge theme has been chosen by DT sister Jennie. This challenge gave me the opportunity to make my own flowers using the Sheena Douglas Pansy Perfect Partners (stamp and die set).  I had tried it before but maybe I was not in the mood or just not daring enough but this time I went all out and just love the end result of the flowers.  OK so starting from the beginning, I coloured the card base and another sheet of paper with Distress Inks in the same colours I was using for the pansies.  I then embossed the paper sheet I had coloured and used this to place behind the die cut background.  To make the die cut background I used a repeating lattice die from Tattered Lace, a really handy die as you are not restricted to a card size.  I then made a square frame border to place on top which covers the rough edges and added a piece of lace to the bottom and pearls on the crossed over sections of the die cut.  Onto the flowers and boy, did I get inky lol but first I had to cut all the petals and leaves then stamp the images onto each section, for this I used Distress Inks. Next it was out with the Crafters Companion Inks which I have had for ages and a lovely big paint brush to paint each of the sections front and back and then an extra spray of water so they were lovely and wet.  Time to crumple them up to get some wrinkles into them and then open the sections up and bend into the shapes I wanted.  I left the sections to dry for several hours and then attached to the card font with silicone glue.  To complete the card I used a Happy Birthday sentiment die by Sarah Davies of Crafters Companion.




Image used:-  Pansy Perfect Partners by Sheena Douglas
Colouring:- Distress Inks, Crafter's Companion Aqua Tints.
Other items:- Lace, pearls, lattice die, birthday die cut, silicone glue, embossing folder

Challenges entered:-

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Birthday Owl

 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 #42
The Natural World



This fortnights challenge theme has been chosen by DT sister Sall.  I love a challenge like this as for me, nature cards are always a delight to make.



For this card I went owl mad as my eldest daughter just loves owls :)  The large owl stamp is from Sheena Douglas and the smaller owls used to create the background paper and inside of the card are from  The Works.  I started by using Distress Oxides to create the backgrounds then coloured the main stamped image with Promarkers and stamped the other owls with the same Distress Oxide colours used earlier.  I had lots of fun making my own washi tape using micropore tape lol and stamped 'owl always love you' again with Distress Oxides.  To complete the card for Natasha I mounted the coloured image on black and then hand made paper, added a wooden owl embellishment again coloured with Distress Oxides and a couple of black pearls.


Image used:-  recycled magazine, coffee tin and twine
Colouring:- none
Other items:- hot glue gun and PVA glue

Challenges entered:-

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Imagination


Challenge 112
Sexy September

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 :) :) :)


Oh what fun making this card, I so love Ike's female images, not OTT but they scream seduction in the most beautiful way LOL.  For this card I went with a totally different colour combo, browns, olive and burgundy.  To start with I found some burgundy paper and embossed it with a key design, this was then used to back my card blank.  I then used Distress Inks to do the background then ran this, when dry, through my laser printer to add the text ready for foiling.  Such fun adding the text with foil and great when you don't have a suitable sentiment stamp.  The background layer was then mounted on gold card.  The image was coloured with Prismacolour pencils, again not the usual skin tones as I tried to pick up some of the colours I used in the background.  Simple die cuts in gold and burgundy along with a metal embellishment completed the card front.


Ingredients:-
  • image - Girly Pin Up, by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Distress Inks and Prismacolour pencils
  • other items - gold card, key embossing folder, gold foil, Sizzix dies and metal embellishment 
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Monday, September 3, 2018

Himalayan Blue Poppy

Aurora Wings

Sketch Challenge #70 - Sketch 

Time for a new challenge at Aurora Wings and this month it is a SKETCH challenge.  So here we go with the sketch we would like you to use and we can't wait to see what you come up with and how you interpret this challenge :) :)

For my DT inspiration to get you in the mood I have used the image Himalayan Blue Poppy available here from Aurora Wings Digital Stamps and also from the Etsy store.


I chose to use the Himalayan Blue Poppy image to decorate the outer side of the circle instead of putting and image in the circle and using other embellishment on the outside.  The image was flipped so it fitted beautifully on the top left of the circle and for the bottom right I removed parts of the image so I was only left with the flowers and reduced the size.  Once that was done I printed the two bits ready for colouring.  Usually I would colour and then fussy cut but this time I was a bit concerned about the fussy cutting so did that first.  Then the fun and games began as seems to be a common trend with me at the moment.  I coloured most of the image but did not like what I had done grrrrr, so printed and cut again ready for a second round of colouring.  Now the second attempt was much better and I was half way through it when I got sidetracked and started thinking about the background.  My plan was to rubber stamp a poppy background in colours to match what I was using (fatal mistake).  I hunted through my stamp inks, nothing suitable there, Promarkers possibly but not what I wanted then I remembered I had some Aqua Tints from Crafters Companion and there I found the perfect colour.  Time to play and see what I could come up with and my stupid hand knocked over the bottle of ink and I think you can guess where it went, all over the half coloured image which I had not moved out the way - I could have cried.  Time to leave the craft room after wiping up all the spilt ink before I did something else rather stupid.  I left things for a couple of days and rethought what to do with the background - that ink went back in the drawer and won't be seeing the light of day for a wee while hahaha.  I ended up using a poppy design paper which I converted to greyscale in Photoshop and then overlaid a colour I thought would work well, hurray, got it pretty good first time.  Next was to print and fussy cut the image for the third time and get the colouring done.  All going well so far so fingers crossed it would continue and it did, no more accidents.  The images were coloured with Polychromes and completed with Liquid Pearls in the centre of each of the flowers then a blast of Crafters Companion Spray and Shine to give a nice sheen. To finish off the card I die cut a background flower die I have and trimmed it to size to fit behind the inner circle, lace was added to the top background poppy layer and this was mounted on dark maroon, then cream vellum and added to the card base.  Behind the image I added some maroon dried leaves, pearl sprays and a glass bead spray.  Finally I stamped the sentiment and added a wee pearl bow to complete this project.


I am entering this creation in the following challenges:-