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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Monochrome Flowers

 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 #63
Monochrome


This fortnights challenge Monochrome has been chosen by DT sister Josephine.  I just love monochromatic cards, I think that is because I can put thoughts of colour matching to one side and just play big time with textures and techniques.  Just before making these cards a little bit of happy mail fell through my door, some stencils and a layered peony rose stamp which I ordered from Crafters Companion.  What better excuse to play with the stamp than this challenge :).  I started off by choosing 6 colours for my card bases and checked that the Altnew inks I had matched up.  Next I embossed the each of the bases with a large background stamp and heat embossed with white.  Up next was to die cut the embossed layer 6 times, one for each card lol, the the plain mount.  Finally I die cut my stamping layer, again 6 times and set about doing the stamping using the Tim Holtz stamping platform. Have to say, this stamping platform is one of my biggest buddies in my craft room, until I got this I could not stamp for toffee. I had such a lovely afternoon making these and am so pleased with the outcome, pretty and full of texture cards.







Challenges entered:-

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Pyrography Keyrings

I have always enjoyed doing a bit of pyrography, nothing special but I find it lovely change from card making :).  Today I am sharing with you some keyrings I have made for the Aurora Wing FaceBook July challenge, there is still time for you to enter this challenge, just a couple of things to mention -  the challenges is Anything Goes but you must use an Aurora Wings image.  Aurora Wings FaceBook Challenge.

One of the problems about pyrography for me was finding a suitable way to transfer the images to wood, until now I have done it the old fashioned way of pencilling the back of the design and then tracing the image onto the wood but with arthritic hands that has always been a bit much for the old bones :).  I was browsing different things on the net one day and started searching for way to transfer the images and came across a video showing the use of pure acetone and laser printed images and had to give it a go.  You just needed to print you image in reverse, using a paintbrush and working in small areas apply the pure acetone gently.  Rub over the area with the back of a tea spoon until the paper appears dry and you will find the laser ink has been transferred to the wood - pure magic.  I so wanted to give this a go and had a few heart shaped keyring blanks that would be an interesting project to do.

6 different Aurora Wings images were used, firstly being resized to what I wanted on the keyrings, then printed.  I also created sentiments to go on the back of each keyring.  Next I transferred the images and then using my finest pyrography tool set about the wood burning on both sides of the hearts.

Still in an experimenting mode I then coloured 3 of the images with Prisma Colour pencils before varnishing.  Last job was to attach the keyring chains.  So happy with the way these have turned out and they will make great wee gifts for my friends, hope you like them too.


Detailed images of the front and back of each keyring






 I am entering this project in the following challenges : -

  • Crafty Creations  2W,2nd/4th Wed, 2E - Always Anything Goes 
  • Lemon Shortbread 2W, E3, no digital projects - #98 - Always Anything Goes (Week 1)
  • Get Creative Challenges  (M, 1st Mon, 3E) #82 ANYTHING GOES with optional/ MONOCHROMATIC  (ENTERING THE THREE UNCOLOURED KEYRINGS IN LINE WITH MONOCHROMATIC - thank you)
  • Stamping Sensations - M, 3E, Winner + Top 3, must use stamp (no pre-colored digis) Stamp must be focal point of project – (July) Earth Laughs in Flowers
  • The Corrosive Challenges - M, 3E - Always Anything Goes
  • We Love 2 Create  - 2W (ends Tuesday) - Always Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes
  • A Gem of a Challenge  2W, 3E  - #13 - Anything Goes (W2 of 2)

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Ruby Bubble Trouble

I am joining you today with my very first creation for the I ❤️Promarkers Design Team. When I first started colouring several years ago and was on one design team I used to set myself my own wee challenge each week or so and head over to Paper Playful to find challenges that would fit in with my 'enter 5 challenges' plan.  I would choose 5 challenges,  a colour challenge,  a Promarker challenge,  a sentiment challenge, an embellishment challenge and one other then I would make a card that would fit the 5 challenges.  Always a bit challenging but great fun and it was a super way to focus in the early days when the craft world felt like a very big place and rather daunting at times :).  I never dreamed in those days I would be on this awesome team and feel very privileged to be here now.

The challenge this fortnight at I ❤️Promarkers is
 'One For The Girls'
and the sponsor for this challenge is Bugaboo Stamps with $12 gift code for the Store 

For my design creation I have used the Bugaboo image Ruby Bubble Trouble after all, which girl does not like a lovely bubble bath to ease the aches and pains of the day and a glass of wine (or in my case coffee) to make the whole experience one of total delight :)



I have coloured the image with Promarkers (now that was a bit daunting as it is ages since I only used Promarkers on an image lol) and used Pan Pastels for the background.  The image layer was then cut and mounted on black.  Next I created the sentiment layer and lacy border using a Tattered Lace die and the HB2U stamp from Creative Stampers magazine.  I then coloured the sentiment circle and lacy border with the same Promarker used for Ruby's towel.  Next I coloured a bit of card with, you guessed it, the same pink Promarker and then embossed this using Crafter's Companion snake skin die as it at the effect of random bubbles lol.  Finally I mounted all the layers onto my card blank which I covered with a gelli print background I made a while ago and also looks a bit like bubbles.

I am entering this card in the following challenges : -

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Merry Christmas!!!

 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 #62
Christmas in July


This fortnights challenge Christmas in July has been chosen by DT sister Jennie.  Christmas cards, not my favourite thing to make but I suspect that is because I tend to go down the traditional route and at the back of my mind is a bit of a hum bug - the amount of paper and cheap tacky cards that become waste at this time of year, it just seems a bit hypocritical.  I don't tend to send Christmas cards out, instead just making a few very special ones for family.  Anyway, enough moaning lol.  This year I thought I would try a get my head onto a new level and as I have been playing so much with my gelli printing thought a few Christmas cards made using papers I created would a bundle of fun to do.  Oh so much fun, I loved making these and went on to make a couple more sets up in different designs.

For these cards I used acrylic paint for the background gelli printed papers and also for the sheets made to cut the trees out of.  The fir tree branch stamp is from the Creative Stamper magazine as is the sentiment.  To finish off the trees I added Stickles and Liquid Pearls.  The design of this card is not original, after hunting on the Internet for inspiration I used this video by Trompke - Making a Christmas Card (no.8) DIY (gelli plate) and then added my own spin.







Challenges entered:-

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Remembering Aletha

I did not know Aletha very well only having a short spell when we were on a DT together at Sweet Pea Stamps but I have heard so much of her, the encouragement she gave fellow colourists, the willingness to help with advice any time and most of all her love of art.  Her passing to the the next world came as a great shock to so many, so sudden, so hard to understand.

This hop is happening in conjunction with a very special celebration of her life and her art that her husband Bob is holding in her home city of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Please join us in honoring our incredibly creative friend Aletha.

Aletha was on the Aurora Wings DT and in her name Mitzi, of Aurora Wings has drawn this adorable digi, a wonderful Passion Flower Sprite.  Aletha loved the colour purple and had a passion for art and life so this wee sprite couldn't be more perfect with her beautiful colours and artists palette too.



I used a photo of a Passion Flower which I edited digitally for the part of the background and then coloured over it with Pan Pastels after printing.  Pan Pastels were also for the rest of the background and the texturing using a feather stencil.  The feather does not show as the stencil was overly large but no matter, the feather had to be used as feathers appear when angels are near and Aletha is a beautiful angel now.  Passion Flower Sprite was coloured with Promarkers and the sentiment topper was created digitally.  I used gold to mount the finished image which I embossed with a sun rays embossing folder and then was mounted onto purple hand made paper made from amongst other things, torn up bits of newspaper which somehow seemed very fitting for this card.

Sleep tight Aletha and thank you sweetheart just for being you.  Aletha's blog is still active if you would like to pop on over and enjoy some time browsing her amazing artwork  - 

Blog Hop







Jane Bradshaw (you are here)


Cristena Concialloni-Bagne

Jan Thomson


I am entering this card in the following challenges :-

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Do I Look Bothered




Challenge 122
Gingham/Plaid



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 :) :) :)

Such a fun card to make with this fabulous image by IKEsART.  I am not a lover of pink but pink and grey are an awesome colour combination and worked perfectly for this card. The image was coloured with Promarkers and then cut with my large square die.  I used a Happy Birthday embossing folder for the next layer and then used pink gingham to mat each of these sections.  All the card need was a bit of bling ribbon and some flowers which were white but I coloured them with Promarkers to fit in with the card better lol and the card was finished.




Ingredients:-
  • image - ANOTHER BIRTHDAY by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Promarkers 
  • other items - ribbon, flowers embossing folder
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Duncan Disorderly

Just a bit of fun today using a fabulous image by Dr. Digi called Duncan Disorderly, isn't he awesome.  Finding images for male cards is sometimes a bit hard especially if you want something a little different from the general run of the mill.


The digi is coloured using Prisma Colour pencils and the background Pan Pastels.  A simple black mount worked perfectly with the black pipes I created using a die from Memory Box.  The Happy Birthday stamp is from Creative Stampers, stamped on a Pan Pastel background and also mounted on black card.  The text by the digi was created in my software before printing and colouring.

I am entering this card in the following challenges :-


Sunflower Bunny

 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 #61
Stars and/or Stripes


This fortnights challenge Stars and/or Stripes has been chosen by DT sister Hazel. I designed my papers digitally to pick up on the stars and/or stripes theme and as the sun was shining I went with a colour scheme I don't usually use - yellow :)  The image is a rubber stamp from Crafters Companion and I coloured it in with Prisma Colour pencils.  I stamped the sentiment and then die cut it along with the image finishing off the edges with a yellow Promarker.  In keeping with the sunflower the bunny is holding I added 3 pre made sunflower flowers I have had in my stash for ages and shouted at me to use them lol.


Challenges entered:-

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Journey Home


Oh what a wonderful day :) After Mitzi's very hard decision to close the The Aurora Wings Blog Challenge a few months ago I can now break my silence and let you all know the challenge is back, how AWESOME is that.  The challenge is not a blog this time but as a FaceBook challenge, very easy to enter into and a lovely friendly community ready to say hi to you on a regular basis - AURORA WINGS FB and will go live on the first Monday of each month.  The theme will always be Anything Goes and if you pop into the Photos Section then choose Album you will find the area to enter your creative artwork.

For my first creation as part of the Aurora Wings FB Design Team I have chosen to use the image 'Journey Home' which I thought was rather appropriate as the Aurora Wings challenge journey is now home :) :) :) I do have a second reason too which is my youngest daughter is about to be deployed, she is in the British Army and so care packages will be the order of the day from home.  One of her passions is scuba diving so I know she will love this card, and knowing it is full of 'Mummy Love' too will hopefully help let her know how very special she is to me.  Although her deployment is not a 'Journey Home' until she has done her time it is a part of her journey of life which she has such a passion for.  I do love making cards with special purpose and spending that little bit extra time into creating something that has multi-layered meanings.


The image was coloured with Prisma pencils and Pan Pastels for the background, card base and die cuts with some of my every friendly Stickles for the bubbles.  The fish, oh the fish, so overworked and still not quite what I wanted but almost there.  Many years ago I had the awesome experience of swimming with a shoal of tuna fish, I was snorkeling in the Indian Ocean when I found myself surrounded by tuna, the whole area around me was a mixture of beautiful clear blue water and wonderful silver, and experience I will never forget.  The fish seemed to match my slow speed, some swimming beside me for several minutes.  I was transported to another world in both mind and body, I could imagine myself as a fish, as one of them and was held in awe that they trusted me so much to come so close, literally so close I only used my flippers to propel me along as using my arms would hit them.  OK back to the colouring, I first coloured them in light greys trying to capture the light bouncing off them as I remember the tune but that did not work, I then lines with a silver metallic pen but still not enough shine, finally I added silver from my Pan Pastels and that helped but still not enough shine.  In the end I used spray varnish and that brought them to life.  It is unfortunate the led to the problem of capturing the shine when it came to taking a photograph of the card but I hope you can imagine the end result.  I needed some texture on the card so used a die cut border which I then coloured along with the card blank base using pan pastels, the same colours I used for the background of the image.  Simple matting in black and orange for the image and with the die cut borders placed behind and then foam take to attach this section to the card base completed the project.

I am entering this creation in the following challenges : -

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Pool Party

 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 #60
Pool Party


This fortnights challenge of Pool Party has been chosen by DT sister Debbie

Debbie certainly had me scratching my head over this challenge theme as pool parties are not something we do much of in the UK.  After all sorts of thoughts I remembered I had this fabulous Mo Manning digi of a boy with his swimming ring - Bring on Summer.  I then found a free for personal use swimming pool image from Get Drawings.com  to use for my background which I added to the Mo Manning image in Photoshop before printing.
The images were coloured with Promarkers, fussy cut and and placed on my card blank when ready.  To finish off I added a simple sentiment which was attached with foam tape.

Challenges entered:-

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Cross Stitch Rose




Challenge 121
FOLDS (more than one fold)



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 don't know what was in my head but all I could think of was black and white so I went with the flow for this challenge to keep my head quiet lol.  I tend to make all my cards square and buy them as card packs, not out of being lazy I don't think but more to do with having uniform cards for selling.  Making fun shaped cards if fun I agree but for the amount of time that goes into them and often having to make your own envelope too I am not sure they are fully appreciated by non crafters to the degree they should be and they are often hard to display too.  OK, so there is my reasoning for my card not being full of fancy folds hahaha, sorry Ike and Ginny :) :)

For this card I started by folding the right hand edge of the front of my card over a third of the way.  I then covered the left side of the card front and the right side of the inside of the card with a very old sheet of design paper from one of several pads I have kicking around that don't see the light of day very often.  The image was printed out in black and die cut with a black embossed die underneath it and finished off with black glitter sticky back dots.  This section was mounted on the front of the card with double sided tape.  A very, very simple and quick card to make so I feel a bit ashamed of myself but I do love the end result and hope you do too.

Ingredients:-
  • image - Rose Stitch by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - black stamping ink
  • other items - design paper, black glitter stickers
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-


Sunday, May 26, 2019

Unicorn 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 #59
Lace and Pearls


This fortnights challenge of Lace and Pearls has been chosen by me :), I so love lace and pearls on cards but these days don't seem to make them often alas.


To make this card I first got my bundle of lace out, oh what a joy.  I collect half metres of lace material when I am out and about and this piece was bought in an Indian shop in Saudi Arabia, I just fell in love with the turquoise and gold and could not resist.  The lace was stitched to a blank base and then I added the frame on top which was made using 2 Spellbinder square dies.  This card is for my daughter and although neither of us tend to head for unicorns she came in one day and gave me this die she had bought when out shopping so I just had to use it here, on her birthday card, a nice way to say thank you :).  She also moaned to me sometime ago that I don't put daughter on cards (I do tend to put her name instead) and bought me the daughter die Christmas so again, this is the perfect place to use it.  I finished off with some other dies and flat back pearls.  All the dies were cut on white card and coloured to match in with the lace.

Challenges entered:-

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Hi there!!!

 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 #58
Ecology/Environmental/Conservation


This fortnights challenge of Ecology/Environmental/Conservation has been chosen by DT sister Sall. 



I found this challenge pretty hard to get my head around until I googled simple meanings to the theme then it all fell into place.  I chose the word Ecology, the balance of living organisms and how they use each other to continue their survival.   Bees are such an important part of our lives, without the wonderful job they do in the pollination of flowers they also give us that fabulous food item, honey, which is so good for us, for our immune systems etc. a natural sweetener which is so much better for us than refined sugar plus a whole load of other uses.  Flower in return give us so much joy in our lives with their beautiful colours brightening our days.  Of course I have only chosen this theme at a pretty superficial level but it is one that is close to my heart.

I created the background for this card with Brusho pigment powders sprayed with with water in lovely summery colours.  I then stamped the hexagon honeycomb shapes in black ink.  Next I stamped my bee, masked him and then stamped my flowers.  Colouring was done with Promarkers and when all this was done I added my sentiment.  Next I die cut my coloured image and used Distress Oxides roughly around the edges.  Rummaging through one of my drawers I found some orange mesh with white embossed bit on it so cut this to place behind my image layer.  To finish off I added some bee buttons I had, to make them flat I cut of the looped back, worked a treat :)



Challenges entered:-

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Coffee With A Friend




Challenge 120
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 :) :) :)


Oh what fun making this card and I loved the chance to use a digi Ike drew a while ago when I requested a coffee cup lol.  How cool is it to be able to use images from the past again and again.  For this embossing challenge I embossed my craft card base and then used Distress Oxides to enhance with colour the embossed bits.  The second bit of embossing was with the foiling where I used and embossing folder rather aptly with the birthday sentiment and turquoise heat active foil, love the way this turned out with just a bit of bling for the card.  The image was coloured with Promarkers, nice to have them out again, don't seem to have played with them much recently. I also used some stamps I have with a coffee theme and these were used for the coffee bean border and centre of the heart plus a sentiment for the coffee mug.  I finished off with 4 half pearls in a lovely chocolate brown colour.

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




    Sunday, April 28, 2019

    Jacquard 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 #57
    Birthday


    This fortnights challenge of Birthday has been chosen by DT sister CraftyGirl.  I had so much fun making this card and trying to get the hang of masking.  This awesome stamp was part of the Creative Stamper set with magazine #107.  The stamp so reminds me of all the needlework my Mum and Gran used to do often using images like this and a variety of stitches.


    Once I had made my masks I then got t stamping then coloured the final design with Promarkers.  I was trying to get an antique theme going on (thinking again of my Mum and Gran's needlework lol) and think, looking at the end result I did capture what I was trying to do.  A small edging stamp was used to to complete the framing of the card and finally the Birthday sentiment also from the Creative Stampers magazine.  I then used the Tim Holtz distressing tool to roughen up the edges (my stamping is not very straight on the edges so this is a cool way to disguise this and make it look part of the end result).  The completed layer was then mounted on black card.  Leaving the card base white did not look right so I ended up getting some purple children's craft paper and scrunching it up into a small ball to create a really distressed look. Once flattened out I used this to cover my card.  Finally I added some flat back pearls to the flowers and a couple of die cut butterflies in black.

    Challenges entered:-
    • Pattie's Creations - M, 2E, SIO, include an image (MUST always use digital or stamped image) – APR - No. 157 - FLOWERS   Ends May 2nd  
    • Aud Sentiments Challenge 2W,E5  Must include a sentiment #225 Happy Birthday Sentiment (W2 of 2) + A DT Call
    • C.R.A.F.T. W,5E #511 Distress Yur Project
    • Moving along with the Times 2W,3E #96 Floral (W1 of 2)
    • Passion For Promarkers Challenge W - must use promarkers - #490 - Favorite Stamp or Digi - (This stamp is certainly going to be a favourite, it is versitile, suitable for so many styles and fun to colour added to this is the memories of my Mum and Gran each time I use it )

    Sunday, April 14, 2019

    Easter Egg Baskets

     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 #56
    Easter


    This fortnights challenge of Easter is a nice easy one.  I don't give out Easter cards so for this challenge I used a super digital die cut from My Scrap Chick I purchased last year to make a small basket which I then filled with an assortment of mini eggs.  This was so much fun to make I then made a second on lol.



    I love the way this die cut basket looks like a fence and in keeping with that I coloured my card a light brown colour once cut and then rubber stamped in black with a wood texture stamp.  I then made a couple of simple labels using stamps from an Easter set I bought ages ago, another of those sale items that seemed like a good idea and this is the first time it has been used in over 5 years.  The yellow layer behind the sentiment layer on the label is also stamped and then heat embossed.  To finish off I added a simple bow.

    Challenges entered:-

    Tuesday, April 2, 2019

    Peony Corner




    Challenge 119
    Die Cuts



    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 had this jigsaw die for absolutely ages, think I picked it up in a sale knowing I had got a bargain then never used it.  How fabulous is it for this challenge :).  To make my card I embossed some design paper and used it to cover my card blank.  I then printed Ike's digital image, Peony Corner and coloured it with Promarkers.  Using the jigsaw die for the cutting of the image I then mounted alternate pieces using 3D tape. onto pink pearl paper.   Finally a small happy birthday die which my daughter gave me last Christmas, Oh and another die cut lacy square which I used under the image layer.  I have no idea what was going on when I photographed this card, so squint and I apologies for that, must have been a bad day lol.




    Ingredients:-
    • image - PEONY CORNER by IKEsART
    • colouring medium - Promarkers and Prismacolour
    • other items - sentiment stamp
    I am entering this project into the following challenges:-


    Sunday, March 31, 2019

    CAS with Blue

     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 #55
    CAS with Blue


    This fortnights challenge of CAS with Blue has been chosen by Maggie.  Certainly had to get my thinking cap on for this one lol.  I ended up making two cards, the one below which I don't really like and another but it turned out less CAS and more arty so did not really fit the challenge theme so I have had to go with this one.  I did have a lot of fun making this with lots of stamping in one colour but it just feels so unfinished.  Never mind, a learning curve for me.




    Challenges entered:-

    Sunday, March 17, 2019

    Pansy Power

     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 #54
    Green and 2 Other Colours


    This fortnights challenge of Green and 2 other colours has been chosen by Chriss.  I loved this challenge and it gave me the perfect push to try something new.  Sometime ago I won so Kitchen Ink layered stamps and have been itching to make something with them but keep putting the project off.  Oh the stamps from Kitchen Ink are just beautiful and if I only lived in the States I think I would be buying more.  The prize was a voucher so I bought the pansy stamp and then I added another stamp to my order too, checkout added the postage which made me gulp but I went ahead anyway knowing the stamps would be beautiful.  Oh boy, fast postage, and excellent service so no complaints but when the package arrived or should I say customs notification for payment on collection of the package I could have cried.  With the postage and customs tax the price of the stamps ended up being doubled.  Oh well, I love them and that is the main thing and I really can't fault Kitchen Ink Stamps, they are wonderful to deal with.  So here we are with my first proper attempt with the layered stamps, tons of masking and totally out of my comfort zone but so much fun in the end :)




    Challenges entered:-

    Tuesday, March 5, 2019

    Sockies




    Challenge 118
    CAS



    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 love CAS cards but boy are they hard to do.  When I look at ideas for CAS cards for inspiration so many are just beautiful in their simplicity but when I try then look at the end product I feel it is so unfinished and it is such a temptation to add more but then it wouldn't be CAS would it :)

    For my DT creation for this challenge I used one of the sock puppet images from the SOCKIES set, such a fun set of images that you just can't help smiling at.  I coloured the image with Promarkers then added a bit of shading and the knitted pattern with Prismacolour pencils.  The image was then cut out ready to go on the inside of the card.  Next I cut a couple of circular strips and coloured them to match the sockie dog and using the smallest of the circles I was working with cut the corner off the card blank.  Only a wee bit of stamping to do, the sentiment and then it was time to assemble.



    Ingredients:-
    • image - SOCKIES by IKEsART
    • colouring medium - Promarkers and Prismacolour
    • other items - sentiment stamp
    I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

    • Cutie Pie Challenge - M, 2nd Monday, must be cute - #132 ONE FOR THE BOYS
    • AAA - 2W, 3E, winner and Top Picks, strictly CAS cards - #135 One + Three* w/Optional Twist: Friends  (W1 of 2) - DIGI IMAGE + PENCILS + DIE CUTS
    • As You Like It Challenge 2W,E3 Layers One or Many (& why)  (W1 of 2) - due to the cost of postage I am trying to make one layer cards :)


    Monday, March 4, 2019

    Over The Rainbow

    Aurora Wings

    Anything Goes #75  

    Time for a new challenge at Aurora Wings and this month the theme is Over The Rainbow and I have used the adorable BLEEDING HEART SPRITE DIGITAL STAMP chosen because she has 7 Bleeding Heart petals, one for each colour of the rainbow :)

    I recycled the box of Ferrero Rocher chocolates I bought to fill my Christmas cracker project (well sort of recycled as I had to buy another box just to fill this one hahaha) ready to give my daughter for her Birthday.  When looking at the box I loved the moulded design and wondered what it would look like with a background behind it and WOW, I love how it added so much texture and light to the simple rainbow coloured colouring I did with Distress Oxides, so simple and yet so effective.  The sprite was coloured with Promarkers and Prismacolour pencils then fussy cut and added to the front of the box.  A simple flower die cut border finished off the ground she was standing on perfectly.  The final finishing touches of the bow from a scrap bundle of ribbon I bought and a chipboard Happy Birthday sentiment coloured with Promarkers completed this project.

    Natasha's birthday has been and gone now and she loved her decorated box and the yummy contents inside :) a great success.




    Items Used:-
    Images:- 
    Colouring:-
    • Promarkers, Prismacolour pencils, Distress Oxides
    Other items:-
    •  chipboard sentiment, ribbon, die cut border and chocolate box complete with mouth watering chocolates!!!

    I am entering this creation in the following challenges:-
    • Stamping Sensations - M, 3E, Winner + Top 3, must use stamp (no pre-colored digis) Stamp must be focal point of project – (March) Somewhere Over the Rainbow
    • Just Us Girls W - #477 - Birthday
    • Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers 2W, C10  #129 - D is for Diet (W2 of 2) A DIET OF CHOCOLATE IS THE ONLY WAY TO GO :) 
    • Craft-Dee BowZ (M P1, E3, project must have hand-made bow) Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow.
    • The Twisted Challenges (M, P1, E3, C10) #9 - Be Thankful/Grateful + use all the colours of the Rainbow
    • Kitty Bee Designs - 2W,2E, C10 - No.137  FOOD AND DRINK (W2 of 2) 
    • Aud Sentiments Challenge 2W,E5  Must include a sentiment #221 Bingo + Add a Sentiment (W2 of 2) DIE CUT, DIGI STAMP, RIBBON
    • I love Promarkers  2W,3E Must use Promarkers, #378 - Anything Goes with option: No Patterned Paper (W2 of 2) 




    Sunday, March 3, 2019

    Dreamcatchers

     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 #53
    Sequins and/or Beads


    This fortnights challenge of Sequins and/or Beads has been chosen by CG.  Oh boy, I found this challenge pretty hard until I got off the idea of making a card lol.  I gave all my sequins away a couple of years ago as I don't use them but I have a ton and a half of beads which I have collected on my travels and from charity shops etc. At the moment I am trying to make flat cards that just slide into an envelope and don't have any bulges as I am pretty mean and hate paying the ridiculous postage here in the UK for anything that does not fit through a small slot in the cardboard testing thing the post office use.  Thankfully I remembered I had a couple of dreamcatcher kits that I bought ages ago so decided to make them up.  The brown one on the right was made using only the pieces that came in the kit but for the one on the left I changed the design a bit, added my own feathers and central hanging bit with a lovely big brushed silver bead and some smaller beads in pink.  The string on the pink one was coloured with Promarkers and instead of have the beads in a symmetrical layout I just them them fall in almost as they pleased. 




    Challenges entered:-

    Sunday, February 17, 2019

    Shades of Any Colour

     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 #52
    Shades of any Colour


    This fortnights challenge of Shades of Any Colour has been chosen by Jennie.  I love monochromatic so thank you Jennie for this awesome theme :) :) I am on another couple of DT where I use digital images but colouring at the moment seems to be very hit and miss lol so I am loving being on the IA&S DT with the option to create with no commitment to colouring.  For this card I used one of craft my card blanks, such a well travelled pack as I must have bought it 12 years ago to take to the Middle East, used a couple then shipped them home again when we retired a couple of years ago lol.
    The butterfly stamp and round stamp are from a pack I got with a magazine again many years ago.  It is lovely to use up some of the items that don't see the light of day very often isn't it.  Dark chocloate brown was used for the die cutting for contrast and Altnew ink was used for the stamping.




    Challenges entered:-

    Tuesday, February 5, 2019

    Sitting Angel Child




    Challenge 117
    Blue



    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 :) :) :)

    Still trying to work on a couple of art journals for my kids, so far they have been occasionally picked up and added to over the past 3 years lol.  I am not in any hurry to finish them which is just as well.  Anyway for this Blue challenge I decided to use Ike's fab image Sitting Angel Child and create a soft blue background for her.  Since Mum died in August I keep finding white feathers everywhere, out on walks, in the garden, one in the house etc. as Mum always used to say a white feather was a sign an angel is near :)  So that pretty much explains this journal page.  I used Distress Oxides for the background which once the base layer was on over stamped with flourishes and bubbles.  The angel was also coloured with Distress Oxides and the skin coloured with Polychromes and so she had something to sit on I used white embossing powder to create a dense cloud effect then added gold and bronze mica flakes.  Using some white feathers, a lovely we wooden heart to which I added a blue heart gem blue flat backed pearls completed the right hand side of the page.  To finish off I printed my text bits and stuck them on.



    Ingredients:-
    • image - Sitting Angel Child by IKEsART
    • colouring medium - Polychromes and Distress Oxides 
    • other items - flat backed pearls, feathers, wooden heart, blue heart gem, white embossing powder, mica flakes
    I am entering this project into the following challenges:-


    Monday, February 4, 2019

    Butterfly Lady

    Aurora Wings

    Anything Goes #74  

    Time for a new challenge at Aurora Wings and this month a nice and easy theme to follow, Anything Goes.  For my DT creation I have use an Aurora Image I won some time ago and just fell in love with when I saw it, she is called Butterfly Lady and you can purchase her here.

    I first printed the image minus the wings with the background I had created.  Once printed and I have to admit here I love working digitally but I don't like the flat look of the printout so the background was only printed faintly so could then go over it with Pan Pastels and inks to give it more body.  I also printed a set of wings on acetate which will be attached at the very end. Next it was out with the foiling machine and a Birthday Wishes die.  I have yet to work out how to keep the die in the right place when foiling as the pressure of my TODO roller tends to move it.  So far the only way I can keep it almost in place is with tape but it is not totally successful.  However, the end result of foiling is just delicious, the impressions made in the card and the wonderful metallic look is right up my street.  With that done I coloured the Butterfly Lady with Promarkers and using texture paste mixed with some pigment powders in red and gold added my embossed stencilled embellishing, finishing off with red and gold flat back pearls.  Now for the bit which to me really makes this card a bit special, the wings, which I printed on acetate. Oh boy stress, I was so sure I would forget to include the tags I would need to attach them but thankfully my memory did not let me down.  The sections were cut out and using Distress Oxides I applied green and gold on the back of the printed design and sprayed with a light varnish to stop any smudging on the card.  Not easy to apply and most of this was done with my finger hahahahaha except for the varnish spray.  I then cut the sections on the Butterly Lady image where I needed slots to slide the tabs I added to the wings through and then hold them in place from behind.  The two main wings were not bad to do this with the the headpiece wings were rather fiddly.  To finish off I added some more gold flat backed pearls and the ever go to Stickles.  While all this was drying properly I coloured the card base with red ink and stamped a random design in gold.  To bring everything together before assembly I mounted my top image layer onto black card.  I love the wings on this card, when it is standing up any wee draft causes them to move just a little bit, just like one would expect wings to do in real life.



    Items Used:-
    Images:- 
    • LADY BUTTERFLY
    • Promarkers, Pan Pastels, pigment powders, Distress Oxides, texture paste, flat backed pearls and Stickles

    I am entering this creation in the following challenges:-