Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Beginnings

Time for another challenge over at

and this fortnight it is


We are onto the second week of the challenge so there is still plenty of time for you to enter and win the fabulous prize of $20 to spend in the IKEsWORLD store.  To win the prize or be voted in the top 3 you MUST use and IKEsWORLD digi, lots to choose from so why not pop on over to the shop and have a look around.

For my creation I opted for the forever useful, greeting card and used the digi Scheherazade.  So how I linked this to the theme of New Beginnings, well I see this as a Birthday Card or just a card to be given to somebody to encourage them through a tough time.  I live in Saudi and really could not resist this digi and knowing how some of the female species here, especially the  younger ones, are so longing for more independence and chances to learn about the world outside of the Kingdom my link for New Beginnings was born.  It takes courage to 'step out', to find out who you are, to not conform to other's wishes, to be YOU.  There are many 'New Beginnings' happening in the Middle East at the moment!!!!!

I first placed a sunrise photo I took in Kenya on my recent adventure there, behind the digi so it would show through the arches.  I digitally coloured the arches but left the rest to be completed with Promarkers later.  Two copies were printed, the one for the background and th second so I could fussy cut the beautiful lady and attach her with foam tape later.  Next I took orange card for my base layer and added a black velvet matt.  With the digi coloured and fussy cut I then added this double layer.  Next I added an orange card die - Joy Crafs Middle Fleur De Lys  which I embellished with blue Liquid Pearls to match the blue gates in the digi.  Next, I  added a veil to one side of my card, not because I personally 'cover'  it is something I am far from comfortable in doing but because there is a sense of the mysterious when you see a veiled woman, what is hiding behind, why are you hiding and in many cases when only beautiful eyes are visible a (and I don't mean to offend) sense of the erotic. Lastly I added some blue gems to cover the glue dots I had used to attach the veil.

  • Orange card from Craft Creations
  • Scheherazade by IKEsART
  • Promarkers - black, cool grey 3 4 and 5, burnt orange, starfish, caramel, cyan, sky blue and pastel pink
  • Flex markers - blush, dusky pink, linen
  • Die - Joy Crafs Middle Fleur De Lys
  • Blue Liquid Pearls
  • Black velvet, gems and material from my stash
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-


  1. This is just stunning. So love the sunset scene behind the arches. A very artistic design.
    {I would love you to take part in my 300,000 Page View Give-away. Thank you so much if you have already entered and good luck.} Wishing you a wonderful 2014 and may it be all you want it to be. Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  2. OMGoodness - this is simply amazing - just AWESOME.... I love the colouring and the choice of backing card is superb. Great use of one of your FAB photos in the background. The thought process behind this creation is fabulous. Thank you for producing something so special :-)

    Wishing you and your Family HAPPY NEW YEAR xx

    IKE xxxxxx

  3. Oh Treasure, this card has really made me cry both for its stunning beauty but more so for the very special sentiment that you have illustrated so sensitively and with so much impact. I feel very humbled that we women of the Western World have so much freedom to choose how we live our own lives whilst women in different cultures are still working towards their new day.

    The symbolism of your sunrise is so powerful and beautifully effected. Your colour scheme, so exotic and reminiscent of my impression of Middle Eastern art and architecture. Then the beautiful transparent veil moving and so creative. This card is incredibly sensitive and powerful at the same time. Lots of love always xxx ♥ ♥ ♥

  4. This is a great inspiration for how to use my photos. I travel a lot and got plenty of photos I could use this way. Thanks for sharing this idea.
    Your card looks fantastic, love the arches and the woman too. I spotted your card on MIM.

  5. Gorgeous sentiment! Lovely card. Thank you so much for sharing this with us at MIM! Remember, to be in the running to win the prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment for another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on Make It Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning!

    Good luck,
    Rene :D

  6. Gorgeous card and a Beautiful sentiment around the edge of the card! Thankyou for sharing with us at That Craft Place. Good Luck and hope to see you again in the New Year.
    Hugs Amanda (DT)

  7. This is beautiful and extremely artistic! Love the introduction of the beautiful sunrise photo. It is a wonderful complement to the design! Very nicely executed! Thanks for dropping this off by our house here at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana, Owner

  8. Back with my dt hat on:
    This is a wonderful creation with great details and perfect for our ‘ANYTHING GOES’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    {Would love you to visit my blog and join my 130,000 Page View Give-Away. Thank you so much if you have already entered.}
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  9. Gorgeous card....thanks for playing with us at Divas by Design!
    xxx Margreet

  10. Lovely card and sentiment. Thanks for joining in with the Artistic Inspirations Challenge. Happy New Year! Suz xx

  11. Oh my! I am so glad I got some time to see more of how you made this fabulous piece. I am in awe of all that you did on this. The layers, digi work, and how beautiful it came out. Wonderful!!

  12. Gorgeous card! Happy New Year to you!

  13. Beautiful and what an ingenuous way to use your sunrise photo too!
    Thanks for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create

  14. Beautiful card in sdo many ways, thanks for joining us at Whoopsi Daisy.
    Louise x

  15. This is fabulous. I love the image and the sentiments around the edges. Great colour choice also.
    Thank you for sharing this with us at Diva's by Design.
    Hugs Sharon. x
    {Nellie’s Handmade Cards}

  16. Wow, Mimi.
    What a fabulous card. The technique seems so complicated, but the result is... WOW! :D
    love the sentiment.
    Thanks for joining us at Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Challenges. Hope to see you again! :D

    Hugs, Mikha

  17. This is so beautiful card! Thanks to joining us at The Crazy Challenge!
    Good luck!!

  18. Absolutely stunning - the elements you chose to combine for your card work so VERY well together. Thanks for joining us this week at the Sister Act Card Challenge! Sheena B.

  19. WOW! What an amazing card! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Creations for our "Anything Goes" challenge. I hope you had an opportunity to hop over to the other blogs for a chance to win prizes there too. We are looking forward to seeing you in 2014.

  20. Your card is amazing! From the real photo to the veil or curtain, I can see why you made top 3 at Avenue 613, congratulations! You should join in the Quirky Crafts challenge, it is all about eyes and we allow a little backdating.

    Cazzy x


Thank you for taking the time to comment, it means a great deal to me. Hoping you have happy crafting days ahead. Hugs Mimi