Sunday, August 31, 2014

SPS - Gears and Glass

Sweet Pea Stamps

Today is my day to showcase an image from Sweet Pea Stamps and I have chosen to work with the image Gears and Glass by Meredith Dillman.  I followed this month challenge theme for this creation of 'The Holiday's are Coming'.  As I keep saying I am not a lover of Christmas and I have to admit I don't like Halloween either, I guess it is because the kids have grown up and at the moment we live in different countries, the kids in the UK and hubby and I are in Saudi Arabia just now.  Anyway, back to my creation, during holiday festivities there are always lots of parties going on so my card is party based :) with the floral background representing leaves and flowers falling for Autumn and the lovely lady all dressed up in her finest attire for Halloween and Christmas parties.  Hope I get away with my off the wall thinking hahahaha.

To begin with I printed and coloured the image with Promarkers.  I then added clear embossing powder to her shoes and holographic embossing powder to her wings and the lights.  Trying something new, I distressed the edges with the Tim Holtz distressing tool - very odd to use but easy peasy.
Promarkers used
There is not much work in the embellishing of this card, just some lace and a border which I added text to before printing.  A couple of corner dies (Tattered Lace) and that was it.  However not an easy card in my book, the image took me about 2 hours to colour, so quick on the card, timely on the colouring :)

  • Image -  Gears and Glass by Meredith Dillman
  • Promarkers
  • Dies - Tattered Lace corners
  • Backing paper - Crafters Companion
  • Lace and buttons from my stash
Challenges entered

Friday, August 29, 2014

Bicycle Made For Two

Well I just can't remember when I last made something that was not for a DT so this morning was a pure joy.
For this birthday card I first embossed some lime green paper with a chevron pattern.
 Next I mounted the embossed paper and some blue card on the green card blank.
Oh I don't like this - the green card blank look as if it had been ironed so flat.  Right how to solve the issue.  Out with a stencil and airbrush with a dark green Promarker - thats better <g>
 A while ago I made some texture paste so, on a piece of mottles brown card I applied some round the edges.  This section will represent 'dirt' on the card later.
While the texture paste was drying it was onto colouring the digi - Just Inklined's Bicycle Made for Two. This image came on a Just Inklined CD I bought last year in their sale, isn't it just brilliant :) :) :)
 Promarkers used.
 Now the textured paste part was dry I airbrushed it with two shades of brown Promarkers.
 Next I rubber stamped trees in greens and blacks and embossed with clear embossing powder.  Some brown gingham ribbon was added and the the 'dirt' layer.
 TO finish off I created a sentiment to around the base of the digi and fussy cut the digi (that was not a good idea - it took ages, but I think it was worth all the effort.


  • Digi - Just Inklined's Bicycle Made for Two
  • Rubber stamp - Scenescapes trees
  • Promarkers
  • Embossilicious embossing folder
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Ribbon and texture paste from my stash
Challenges entered:-

Monday, August 25, 2014

SPS - Pink Peony

Sweet Pea Stamps

Today is my day to showcase an image from Sweet Pea Stamps for our Artist Week where the whole team are using images by Ching Chou-Kuik.  I have chosen to work with the image Pink Peony

I started off by colouring the image with Promarkers.  Once coloured I fuzzy cut the image, not an easy image to fussy cut with the strands of hair but I did not want any white paper on this card.

Promarkers used

I added Liquid Pearls to the fan and parts of the clothing.
Next I covered my card base with some gorgeous paper I bought about 4 years ago (as it is a favourite  I don't use it often <g>).  I recently bought a beautiful die - Joanna Sheen - Large Filigree Fan which I thought would be perfect for this card.  I cut the die 4 times to make the fan shape using the same cream card I used for my card blank.  Two ideas in my head, either cut the corner away as I have shown here or remove the whole section behind the fan.
After some thought I decided on my second thought and removed all the card blank area from behind the fan.
Onto the tag.  For this I used a Just Right stamp which I stamped in green and then used clear embossing powder.  This was cut out using a Spellbinder circle die.  Next I cut some of my beautiful paper in a slightly larger Spellbinder circle die and air brushed it with my Peony Rose Promarker. The final die used for the background is from Sizzix called For The Record 2
Finally I airbrushed some white organza flowers and also a piece of organza ribbon.
 Finally I assembled the card.  Inside view
 Front view.

  • Image -  Pink Peony by Ching Chou-Kuik
  • Promarkers
  • Dies - Joanna Sheen - Large Filigree Fan, Spellbinders Circles and Sizzix - For The Record 2
  • Backing paper - can't remember now sorry
  • Ribbon, flowers and organza ribbon from my stash
Challenges entered

Monday, August 18, 2014

SPS - Imortal Dreams

Sweet Pea Stamps

Today is my day to showcase an image from Sweet Pea Stamps and I have chosen to use the stunning image 'Imortal Dreams' by Charmaine Flannery.

To begin with I removed the white background from the digi making it a transparent.  The image was then placed on some digital paper (Crafter's Companion  - Nov 2012 - Autumn Floral Delight set) and I added a shadow effect.  To finish off I added a text sentiment.   Once printed I then coloured the image with Promarkers.

Promarkers used
 Next I printed the belt from the Autumn Floral Delight set twice.  On on I used eyelets to give the printed image a more realistic look. On the second I only used the buckle, this was then overlaid over the first belt section so the eyelets were behind the buckle.
 Using the blue gingham paper from the set I cut my mount for my image and used the remainder of the printed sheet to make some matching flowers using Spellbinders-Bitty-Blossoms-6.  The centers of the flowers were finished off with a wee brown bead and some stamens which I coloured with my gold Promarker.
 To finish off I added gold peel off stickers to the edges of the mount and image, some metal wings which were attached to a necklace I found in a charity shop and could not stop myself buying hahaha,  and finally some real feathers.

All done :)

  • Image -  'Imortal Dreams' by Charmaine Flannery.  
  • Promarkers
  • Dies - Spellbinders-Bitty-Blossoms-6
  • Backing paper - Crafter's Companion  - Nov 2012 - Autumn Floral Delight set
  • Feathers, wing charms, beads and stamens from my stash
Challenges entered

Monday, August 11, 2014

SPS - Pumpkin Sprite

Sweet Pea Stamps

Today is my day to showcase an image from Sweet Pea Stamps for our Variation Week.  This week all the DT are creating an item using the cute image 'Pumpkin Sprite' by Mitzi Sato-Wiuff. This image is only available in rubber.

To begin with I coloured the image with Promarkers
 Promarkers used
 Next I back my card with some green patterned paper from Papermania.  Using the die Sizzix die Frame #6 I cut the digi and also some orange paper I had.  I then airbrushed the digi background with Promarker Apple Green.  A quick rummage around in the flower box to find some peach coloured flowers and some dried leaves then the lace box to find something suitable :) :)
 The finished card

  • Image -  'Pumpkin Sprite' by Mitzi Sato-Wiuff
  • Promarkers
  • Dies - Sizzix Frame #6
  • Backing paper from Papermania
  • Sequin ribbon, flowers and leaves from my stash
Challenges entered

Sunday, August 10, 2014

White on White with a hint of Pink

What a lovely evening, sitting in my chair with my laptop and creating some computer wallpaper for the Digitally Sweet challenge <g>.  Yep this entry is 100% digital.  I would much rather be doing things on my laptop than watching television.

I decided to create some new wallpaper, a rather cool project for something 100% digital.  My only issue is the pink - just about my least favourite colour so that is a challenge in itself for me to work with hahahaha.

My wallpaper has been created using Photoshop.

To begin with I found a rose via Google which was labelled as 'Labeled for reuse'.  The image is by Michael Gwyther-Jones and can be found here.  Thank you Michael for the use of you image for my personal use wallpaper.

I placed the image into Photoshop and removed the background as I only want the rose head.  I also flipped the image.
 By working with layers creations are never ending so next I added a new layer and placed it below the rose layer.  I added a texture background and a gradient.
On another new layer I added my text, a quote by Lee Buseaglia.
Something was missing so I added another layer where I used a Photoshop brush by Obsidian Dawn. Once the brush image was placed I added some digital effects:- emboss, texture and shadow.
 And now you see my new wallpaper on my laptop screen.  Although I am not a lover of pink and have never had pink wallpaper near my laptop in the past I think I will leave this one on for a while as I have to admit I am rather pleased with the outcome :) :)  The background is much whiter than the image is showing, don't have the foggiest why my screen capture decide to give it a grey look :(

Challenges entered:-

Digitally Sweet - White on White with a hint of pink (100% digital)

Monday, August 4, 2014

SPS - Alien

Hi folks, it is my turn again to showcase an image from the Sweet Pea Stamps store, this time I have chosen Joanne Schempp's Alien.  As I am using this card as a One Sweet Challenge example I followed the theme of this months challenge - Turn Up The Heat, how about popping over and joining in :) :)

To begin with I printed the image three time, one on card for colouring and the other two to used for masking while I airbrushed the background and red planet.
 Next I coloured the image with Promarkers.  I have deliberately left the ground very pale as I did not want this to represent cold which needed heating up from the red planet, one of the takes on the theme, the other take being 'Hot Stuff' as she is rather a hot woman hahaha.  To finish off the image I used clear embossing powder on the head piece and band accessories just to add a bit of texture.
 I do love lace on a card and although this is a card made for a bloke and lace is not really their thing I do think it provides the texture to the black base card and as most of it will be covered with the image and border I think any block will just accept it and not feel it is to girly :)
To finish the card I added black line sticker to edge the image.  For the border I used the Sizzix - Deco Floral Bead die.  The text was cut using the Tattered Lace - retro alphabet die.  A few black glitter self adhesive dots were added too.

  • Digi -  Joanne Schempp's Alien
  • Promarkers
  • Dies - Sizzix - Deco Floral Bead die and Tattered Lace Retro Alphabet
  • Lace, black line sticker and black self adhesive dots from my stash
I am entering the following challenges:-

  • Robyn`s Fetish - W - #223 Square or Rectangle Cards - Your Choice
  • Crafting When We Can - 2W, 2E, C5 - Challenge #75 Bright Colors