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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.




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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
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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:-




Sunday, February 3, 2019

Challenge #51 Make Your Own Background

 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 #51
Make Your Own Background


This fortnights challenge of Make Your Own Background has been chosen by Josephine.  I had so many ideas for this fab challenge but settled on doing something totally different for me.  Texture is a big part of my crafting but this time I decided on no texture lol.  Some years ago I started making a couple of art journals for my daughters, they don't know about them and although it sounds a bit morbid these are something I want to leave for my precious babies to be found as I pass to the next life.  With that being said I should add there is no hurry to finish them lol and they have been tucked away at the back of my shelf for a long time now.

My youngest daughter loves her VW van and she and her partner are constantly fitting it out to make it more comfortable for their trips away.  This summer they toured Europe in it with their two dogs as travel companions.  When I saw the Sheena Douglas VW stencil I just had to have it and this journal page was the perfect place to use it.  For the background I used Distress Oxides to try and create a land and water effect and then used silicone stamps from one of the the Creative Stamping sets which had a map background stamp, great sentiment, travel visa stamps and the signpost.  Very random stamping as I was not in the mood to think to far ahead with this creation, just let it develop in the way it chose to go.  For the VW van I used the Sheena Douglas stencil and Pan Pastels, black first and then silver which does not really show up here but when you move the page around it catches the light in different ways giving a great effect.



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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Challenge #50 Choose A Movie

 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 #50
Choose A Movie


This fortnights challenge of Choose A Movie has been chosen by Hazel.  For my DT creation I have created a tag and used the movie theme 'Peter Rabbit'.

I have had a book of Beatrix Potter decoupage sheets for many years so what could be more perfect to use here.  It is so much fun using up bits and bobs one has and in ones stash for ages and this gift tag really has been one of those creations I could do that with.  The white embossed paper is from scrap sample paper pad I must of had for at least ten year.  The papers inside are awesome which is why I never seem to use them and also they are small sheets too.  Using a highly textured white sheet I cut my tag shape which I then mounted on green and trimmed round the edges.  It has been such a long time since I did any decoupage so throughly enjoyed doing this Peter Rabbit sheet, and although Jemima is there and not in the film I used to be called Jemima Puddle Duck when I was a wee kid many moons ago.  To finish off the tag I added an eyelet, ribbon and a metal brad tag which I removed the metal fasteners from the back.  The metal tags brads were bought in a sale many years ago, a bit of a mistake as I think over the years I have only used a couple of them. To the metal brad tag I added the Happy Birthday sentiment using peel off sticker.



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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Cats and Dogs

 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 #49
Cats and/or Dogs


For my design team creation I have used a red rubber stamp which I must have had for about 10 years and never used.  Why some may ask lol.  I bought a bunch of rubber stamp sheets which were on offer with some great images but my stamping technique was useless and I never got good results until I bought a stamping platform about 18 months ago, what a difference that has made.  For my card I stamped the image and stamped a mask for it.  Using three colours of ink I randomly stamped the corner of the card base and the image layer with a stamp from the Sheena Douglas of Crafter's Companion Textures set.  Next I coloured the image with Promarkers.  Finally I stamped the Birthday greeting on some spare card.  The card topper and the sentiment were layers onto black paper, then a light turquoise paper and finally a second black paper.  Once all the sections were complete I assembled the card.  Hope you like it :)



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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Dachshund




Challenge 116
Animals



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 :) :) :)


What a lovely challenge to begin the year, animals, mans best friends :)  For this card I used Ike's image DACHSHUND.  I have always loved this image but only used it a couple of times as I don't know anybody with a dachshund lol.  The creation of this card was a wee bit different.  I used a famous painting for the background!!! and then modified it a bit with blurring techniques in Photoshop.  Next I added the dachshund image and printed using acetate.  The image was then coloured from behind so the card top has a wonderful shiny layer.  The colouring of the image was far from easy, using several brown shades of my Promarkers but I couldn't get any depth of colour so I then added some Tim Holtz Distress Oxides applied with a paint brush to create the shadows, not a great success but the overall card turned out OK.  Once the colouring was done I mounted it on my matting and added a copper Thinking of You peel off sentiment.

Ingredients:-
  • image - DACHSHUND by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Promarkers, Distress Oxides and digital background
  • other items - acetate and peel off stickers
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-