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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Ballerina

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 276 Theme 

'Anything Goes with BUTTONS and BOWS'

Oh what a lovely change to make a card like this again, I so often go straight for square lol.  This is a regular DL card from a pack I have in my stash.  For this card I have used the image Ballerina by Stitchy Stamps
I first printed the sillouette ballerina image and text sentiment on a gold patterned paper and then covered my card base with this.  Next I die cut lots of wee flowers in the same gold paper and edged the petals with a tiny bit of black Pan Pastel.  The leaves were cut from Cottage Cuts Bella Leafy Branch which I then snipped each of the branches and single leave from the main stem.  Two of these were cut in black card and when I had all my bits I then reassembled them on stems I had drawn on the card to create a floral border.  The final part of the card was to add my bow and some black buttons.
Using bit I had left over, a bit of gold paper and a couple of leafy sections I also decorated the inside of my card.

Ingredients:-
  • Image - Ballerina by Stitchy Stamps
  • Colouring medium - Pan Pastels
  • Dies - Flower die but can't remember who by grrr and Cottage Cuts Bella Leafy Branch
  • From my Stash -  gold embossed paper, ribbon and buttons
I am entering this card into the following challenges:-

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

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Cornucopia

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 77
THANKSGIVING

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 was just sitting in my craft room the other day and feeling like the luckiest crafter on earth :) :), I am so lucky hubby is such a fab supporter of my hobby and over the years I have invested every penny I have earned from my crafts back into new supplies.  I remember when I started crafting about 8 years ago that I had some basic start out supplies, a few kits, lots of paper and a head bulging with ideas.  The problem started when I wanted to do something and just did not have the basics to make my elements and I had outgrown many of the fancy items I bought in the beginning, things like punches which I never really got to grips with, fancy edge scissors which were a great idea but hard on the hands etc. Now I just seem to have 90% of what I want (guess it will never be 100% hahaha), lovely die cutters - Silver Bullet and Crafters Companion Gemini, a fab collections of dies, awesome colouring mediums, buttons galore, ribbon, sprays, varnishes etc. My craft room truly flies me away to another universe, provides all I need to forget this world for a while and recharge my batteries, a little bit of heaven.

Many years ago I used to do water colour painting but arthritis in my hands at the age of 17 put paid to that once I was in my 20's as I could no longer hold the fine 00 and 1 paintbrushes I used to use. Hubby recently bought me a tin of watercolour pencils so for this challenge I have given them a go, not as nice to use as a real tin of paints yet but maybe with practice I will fall in love :) :) :)


A straight forward card which really is all about the image - Cornucopia by IKEsART.  Image coloured with water colour pencils, background is Pan Pastels.  To finish off a double ribbon line and Spellbinder scalloped border with half of the centre die from Opulent Circles, one on each side.

Ingredients:-
  • image - Cornucopia 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, November 13, 2016

Buck Wild

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 275 Theme 

'Anything Goes with Autumn Colours'

This fortnight I am working with the image Buck Wild by Reeces Scrap Pieces, a gorgeous digital image to colour or in this case work with digitally to create a needlework applique effect.  

 To  begin with I placed the image into Photoshop and by creating multiple layers added my pattern fills for each area.  Once done I printed the image and added the black stitching lines by hand.  The image was then mounted on black paper.  For the background on the card base I used the Hexagon die by Sarah Davis of Crafters Companion and scraps of brown and yellow papers I had lying around.  WOW that took me ages but I do love the outcome LOL.  To finish off I added three skeleton leaves and a die cut called Love Land Corner by Memory Box.  I kept all the hearts that were part of the cut out design (obvious in a 'use lots of scraps day today) and used them to decorate the left side of the card.  Each heart and heart cut out area was embellished with a yellow glass heart gem.  Last bit was to ad my text using the Die'sire die, Just Because.

Inside of card - saying as I had some hexagons left over and it seemed a shame to put them in the bin I used them to add a bit of decoration and finished off the edges with lines using a gold pen.

Ingredients:-
  • Image - Buck Wild by Reeces Scrap Pieces
  • Colouring medium - digital
  • Dies - Memory Box Love Land Corner, Die'sire Just Because, Crafters Companion Hexagon
  • From my Stash -  Gold pen, gems
I am entering this card into the following challenges:-

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

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Nicole

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 76
REMEMBRANCE / MILITARY TRIBUTE

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 bought the most gorgeous poppy die (Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Collection - Exquisite Poppy Die Set) which I have been itching to use and here I have had the perfect chance :).

Ike has been a real superstar here as I wanted to make this card for my youngest daughter, Nicole, who is in the British Army.  Most of the image I see around for Remembrance are American themed as in the dress code which would not work this time so I asked Ike if she would draw my daughter in her British military uniform from a photo I have of her taken on the day she completed her Phase 2 training and became a fully fledged army girl.  My daughter is the one on the right :).  For the image I asked Ike to have Nicole saluting.

It only took a day or two and Ike got back to me with a wonderful image, very casual with a pose that in the real military world would be totally unacceptable and probably lead to a real ticking off with the big boys.  Ike, I think was worried it was overly casual but I would not let her change it, the image had the Ike feel through and through and no disrespect is intended in any shape or form.  If anybody is offended I apologise.




I coloured the image with Promarkers and Polychromos then attempted a field of poppies as the background using Pan Pastels.  Next the image was fussy cut and placed on the background.  The poppy sections were die cut and then each petal edged in black, the centre of each poppy was finished off with a black half pearl bead.  The leaves and text were also die cuts.

Ingredients:-
  • image - Nicole by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Promarkers, Polychromos and Pan Pastels
  • dies - Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Collection - Exquisite Poppy Die Set, Sizzix - 657939, Spellbinders - Victorian Medallion 3, Crafts Too Leaf Flourish, X Cut - Alphabet 
  • from my stash - black pearls, Memento Ink 
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Floral Vintage Mini Album

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 274 Theme 

'Anything Goes with RECYCLING'


Take 2 of my effort for this challenge.  My first effort ended up in the bin lol - I made a box and covered it with sweetie wrappers which I have hung onto for about eight months. Unfortunately the week before making it I had a massive tidy up and threw all but three of the papers out - as you can imagine with just three sweetie papers to cover a box it was rather sad.  So now we have my second attempt, a mini album made from the inner tube of some cling film but into four sectons (I never think to keep toilet roll tubes grrr).  This really is a mini album lol but rather cute. After cutting my tube into four sections I covered each part with papers used from Floral Vintage 1 by Coosty Creations.  Next I used some old card I had printed unsuccessfully but did not chuck out cut my front and back covers plus four tags.  These were also covered with papers from the paper pack.  All the pages and tags were then rubbed around the edges with a gold ink pad.  Last week I got some great sentiment rubber stamps in the post so these were used to stamp text on each page and tag.  On the back of each tag I added a small plain die cut in which a personal message can be written.  Each of the page holders then had the same embellishments added, offcuts from some rose and gold lace, Memory Box Elegant Scrollwork die cuts which I then painted with a gold paint pen and white lace flowers with pearls in the centre.  The front cover page was given a little more treatment with a rose and humming bird which I made from clay and moulds I have for silver clay, these were then coloured with Promarkers and my gold paint pen.  I then used one of the papers again and mounted it on a bit of card to die cut my daughters initials N. B.  The tags were embellished with gold peel off stickers.

Front and Back Cover
 Next Page

Next Page
Next Page
Next Page

The reverse side of the tags

Close up of the clay rose and humming bird I made

Ingredients:-

  • Colouring medium - 
  • Dies - Memory Box Elegant Scrollwork, Tattered Lace Alphabet
  • Stamps - various sentiment rubber stamps from different companies
  • From my Stash -  clay rose and humming bird, lace, vinyl stickers, gold paint, gold pen, rubber sentiment stamps, lace flowers, eyelets, cling film tube, scrap card, 
I am entering this card into the following challenges:-
  • Addicted to Stamps 2W  Must include Stamping (no precolored digi's) #134 Lots of Layers + a Stamp (W2 of 2)
  • Amusing - W, 2E, no digi - Anything Goes with a Rubber Stamp
  • Pile It On - 2W - Use theme & at least one other challenge, #120 Scrap and Cutoffs (W1 of 2)
  • We Love 2 Create  - 2W, 2E, F, SIO - Always Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes
  • Alphabet Challenge - 2W, 1E, - (W1 of 2) - R for Recipe* (use at least 3 ingredients from the grid)
  • Quick Quotes - M (first Friday of the month), E1, SIO - No.68 - October - Stamps and Embellishments
  • Creates and Makes M, 3E, last Tue - Anything Goes with optional: Use Ribbon/Lace
Thanks for looking and hope you have a happy crafting day:)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Spooky Love

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 75
SPOOKY LOVE

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 DL card for a change lol.  The background was created with yucky acrylic paints I have, they are very thick and plastic so not nice to work with but boy do they add texture to the end result :)  I know my end result is not very spooky (I see that as the dark side) but hopefully the essence of the card is spooky enough.  The image is an old one of Ike's :) :) Alice cat which I coloured to look like a tiger of sorts hahahaha.  Lots of die cuts finished off the card, a spider with googly eyes, spiders web, bats and sentiment.  The web die cut is from Sizzix the rest I made myself.






Ingredients:-
  • image - Alice Cat by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Promarkers, acrylic paints
  • dies - Sizzix web die, the rest made my be and cut on my Silver Bullet
  • from my stash  - googly eyes, gold pen
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Thank You in orange and purple

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 273 Theme 

'Anything Goes with HALLOWEEN COLOURS'



This fortnight I worked with the Lil' Monsters Paper Pack by Panda Bear Designs.   I only used two of the papers from the pack but there are 6 papers.  The thank you card was designed digitally (I am not a fan of Halloween so don't participate but a thank you card is always needed :) ) in three sections, the top layer, the base layer and the inside.  This was so I could add a bit of dimension to the card with the top layer.  The front of the card was finished off with black Stickles along the border between the orange and the purple.  I felt rather guilty with so much digital work but it is a great way to work with digital papers :) so I then made something I have been wanting to try for a while - lolly pop stick bracelets.  I printed two strips of the same paper which I had added a black design to the purple paper and 'Live....Love....Laugh' to the orange paper.  The stick were soaked in hot water and when soft enough were then wrapped round a furniture polish can to dry into the correct shape.  I then covered the outside of the bracelets with the digital paper, varnished then added black wool borders to both and another coat of varnish.  

Ingredients:-
I am entering this card into the following challenges:-

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