Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Help Me!!!!!

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 25
Happy Halloween

Welcome back to the IKEsWORLD challenges :)  do pop on over to IKEsWORLD to join in the challenge, just remember, you must use and IKEsART image to be eligible for the prize.  Why not pop on over to the store too :), Ike produces the most amazing stamps, everything from off the wall to cute and fluffy :) :) :)

This was a really hard challenge for me, no matter how hard I try to do dark cards my head gets all muffly and the end result never seems dark.  Mind you I don't like horror movies or even vampire or zombie series (even if they are the comical ones, I just don't get it <g>).  I used to watch horror movies until, funnily enough, my first kid was born and then NNNNnnnnoooooo they were not on my agenda any more.  I tend to fall asleep half way through and then, as I don't know the end of the story, make the rest of it up when I go to bed to sleep and dream land.  My sleep is more important that waking up with palpitations hahahaha.  I do seem to recall a few of the old classics, 'I Don't Want To Be Born', 'Carrie' - oh that flipping hand coming out the ground still sends shivers down my spine, 'The Amityville Horror' and a few others.  Well I guess I sort of based this card on what I remember from these films, blood down the walls from Carrie, when the prom hall wall start pouring blood out was a good starting point hahahaha.

Right there you have my thinking about this creation, now to find the digis to make it work. I opted for two, YAY!!! and  one of the images from the World Tour Series - Greece  pack

To begin with I used a sunset scene and added some bats.  Next I placed the YAY!!! digi (poor wee soul being used like this) and finally the top layer of the Greek house.

Next, just to recover from the image in my head I started on the base layer of the card.  Using orange card which I embossed it with a brick wall embossing folder.
 Back to the digis which were coloured with Promarkers
 Promarkers used
Now I must have really been in shock because I have forgotten to take a bunch of pics at this point of what I did grrrrrr.  For the translucent blood effect I used 3D accents and then coloured over when dry with a red Promarker.  Pretty cool with the blood dripping down the window, cobwebs and coming out the spiders mouth hahahaha.  Next I used something I have had for ages and never used, can't even remember what it is called.  It is the plastic stranded stuff that you iron and it turns into a solid form.  Probably not used it as I only own a travel iron and it probably gets used twice a year :)  Anyway, this was used for the cobwebs.  Now for something nice, a bit of quilling, not done any of this for ages either.  Rather like how the spider turned out with his wiggly eyes.
 Looking at the card it did not seem to make much sense so a bit of text was needed to bring it all together.  I cut the text in vinyl with my electronic die cutter.
 Done and dusted - hope I don't give you nightmares :)

  • Digi - YAY!!! and  one of the images from the World Tour Series - Greece  pack by IKEsART
  • Promarkers
  • Brick embossing folder
  • 3D Accents, quilling papers, stuff I used for the cobwebs etc. from my stash

I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, October 26, 2014

SPS - Acacia Fairy

Sweet Pea Stamps

Today is my day to showcase an image from Sweet Pea Stamps and I chose to work with Norma Burnell;s - Acacia Fairy, I do so love these zentangle images, so beautifully drawn and enormous fun to colour :)

I think I stretched myself a bit far with this creation, 7 hours to make and trying to colour 4 images the same was a first for me.  By the end of it, with the images being quite small my eyes were all over the place hahahaha.


To begin with I made the box using a great template which was in one of the Tattered Lace magazines. Next I removed the background from the digi and replaced it with what I hoped would match up with the card I used,  In real life the colour is not a bad match but alas under the lights when taking the photo is is showing up far more pink/red than it really is.  I then printed the image 4 times so I can put one on every other section of the octagon.

 Next I coloured the images with Spectrum Noir Blending Pencils, certainly an interesting task colouring 4 images at the same time :)  Gold pen was added to parts of the digi and the background was coloured over again with one of the crayons and with an embossing folder underneath to give texture.
Here you can see how using a crayon with an embossing folder underneath creates the texture.
With all four digis coloured I mounted them using gold card and Spellbinders A2 Fancy Weave die.
 Onto decorating the box now, I cut a total of 8 of the fancy weave sections, four for the digi backing and four to fill in the remaining four sections of the box.  Next, using a Tattered Lace buckle die and the same card I cut another 12 elements.  One of each of these will be placed around the top sections of the box and the remaining four in the centres of the non digi panels.
 A simple tag with blue gems.  The same blue gems were used to decorate the top of the box.
To finish off a big bow in gold organza and turquoise ribbon.  Two gold lilies were added to the bow and the tag hung from it.  And there we go, all done.

  • Image -  Norma Burnell;s - Acacia Fairy
  • Spectrum Noir blending pencils
  • Dies - Spellbinders A2 Fancy Weave and Tatter Lace buckles
  • Ribbon and gems from my stash
Challenges entered

Monday, October 20, 2014

Pint Sized Laura

I was asked a couple of days ago to make a couple of Birthday cards for her to give to her hubby and a friend.  The hubby is 50 (you can see that card on the previous post) and the friend is 60.  Whenever I am asked to make a card for somebody I don't know I do like to know their hobbies/likes etc. but my friend was not very helpful, the spec for her hubby's card ended up as he likes hedgehogs and put a 50 on top lol.  For this creation all she could come up with was 'he likes beer' - thanks to Just Inklined I had what I hope is the perfect digi to work with.  As my friend is German I tried to add a German feel to the card with the text prost (cheers) and by designing the dp with bottles of German beer.

To begin with I designed my design paper.
 Next I opted to make a style of card I have not done before and oh WOW - I loved working with this shape and will certainly be using it again.  I used white card which I covered in black then added my design paper on top.
Next to print and colour the digi. Oh I think I lost my brain at this point or maybe I just needed a caffeine top up because I forgot to add the text digitally and did not realise until after I had coloured the image.   To solve the problem I used my die cutter and black vinyl - a great way to get out of a sticky problem <g>
Here is the image coloured and the vinyl text added.  The image is Pint Sized Laura by Just Inklined
Image was coloured with Promarkers
A very simple topper was added which I created digitally and then used Spellbinder dies to cut.
 To finish off the digi I added red line stickers around the edge so match the red inked outline round the 60 in the topper.
 And here we have the finished card :)
  • Digi - Pint Sized Laura by Just Inklined 
  • DP by me
  • Spellbinders Circles and Labels 22
  • Promarkers
  • Line stickers and black vinyl from my stash
I am entering this creation into the following challenges:-


Just a quick post.  I was asked to make a couple of special birthday cards so spend the day in my craft room and having a ball.  This card is for my friends husband for his 50th birthday.  When I asked what theme she would like, you know the sort of thing we all like - a bit of guidance her reply was 'I don't know' hahahahaha in the end she decided on hedgehogs.

I used the digi and paper pack 'Headgehog Digital Stamp and Paper Pack' by Coosty Creations.  To begin with I printed out a couple of the papers from the pack and the digi.

 Next I prepared the sections for my card.
 I covered the sections on the front of the card with the digital papers.
 Next I printed another of the sheets from the pack and used this to cover the back of the card.
 The digi was coloured with Promarkers and Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils.  I then used Spellbinders Ovals and Scalloped Ovals to create the mounts.
 Colouring mediums used
 A little bit of distressing of the edges of the card sections to finish off.
Finally, to finish off I added a 50. Now I could have cut something out with my die cutter but then remembered I had some funky foam numbers.  Alas no 5 and 0 in the same colour but that was not really as problems.  To tie the colours into the creation I had planned on copper so coloured each of the numbers with Promarker Metallic Copper - worked a treat :)
To give a floating effect and as the person who this card was being made for requested a 50 above the hedge hog I mounted the numbers on acetate.
 And here we go, the finished project.


  • Digi and papers -  'Headgehog Digital Stamp and Paper Pack' by Coosty Creations
  • Promarkers
  • Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils
  • Spellbinders Ovals and Scalloped Ovals
  • Funky Foam numbers and some acetate
I am entering this creation into the following challenges:-

SPS - Moonlight Whispers

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 Helena Reis,  I have chosen to work with the image Moonlight Whispers.

I started by colouring the image with Promarkers. Then used a Spellbinder circle die to cut it out.
Promarkers used and my trusty gold pen
 Next I sorted my papers.  For the background I used starry night vellum and while in the draw getting that out I came across some pinky purple plastic with holographic squares.  When the light catches this it looks like there are stars lit up.  Having totally forgotten about this plastic paper I was over the moon as it was just perfect.  To add some texture I embossed one corner of the plastic with a Tattered Lace embossing folder.  For the border and the doily I used the same starry night vellum that was used for the background.  A digital sentiment was printed and cut.  I ended up not using the sentiment as this was one card that did not follow my planning.  Originally I had a song printed in mauve to fill a circle on acetate which I was going to overlay over the digi.  Alas I did not like the result, it seemed like a good idea when I thought of it but did not work out as I had hoped.  The sentiment was perfect for the song but on it's own a little cryptic so I changed to a hand stamped Happy Birthday sentiment instead.
 Here is a close up of the plastic paper which I have embossed.  In the final photo where I have used a light box this paper has become very transparent and most of the navy blue backing is shining through.  Anyway, not to worry but in real life this is the true colour.
 My attempt at rubber stamping, something I keep dabbling in but am not very successful at, I am a digi person hahaha.
The border was cut with a Tim Holtz die and I added a wee gold star and a heart to the bottom of the sentiment layer.  The plastic paper was attached to the card with the same gold stars.
Inside of the card - using the same paper as the sentiment and a Scalloped Circles Spellbinder die I created an area for a personal message.  This was edged with a gold pen and some wee dots added.  There was a scrap of the starry night vellum left, not worth keeping so I decided to cut the doily again with it (well most of the doily, the paper scrap was not big enough for all of it <g>) and cut two good quarters for the diagonal corners.
 Finished card

  • Image -  Helena Reis  Moonlight Whispers
  • Promarkers
  • Dies - Tim Holtz Decorative Strip Die, Spellbinders Circle and Scalloped Circle
  • All other items from my stash
Challenges entered

Sunday, October 19, 2014

OSAAT - Genie 1

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.

We have some changes going on with the way we run the challenge, we are now going fortnightly with a prize for the random winner and badge for the Top 3 chosen by the DT.

Challenge #222

Theme 'Anything Goes with a Butterfly

The sponsor is StitchyBear Digital Outlet with a 5 image October prize pack. Remember if you use one of the store items you can enter as many times as you want <g>.

Oh dear, crazy camera battery died as I was making this card so I used my mobile phone to take pics as I was going along.  Now I can't get the images from my phone to my laptop and it does not want to charge either - do you think I am being told something :) :) :) I will do my best to show you sections from the finished card pic as I am going along.

Anyway, this week I worked with the image Genie 1 by Scrappers Delights for our Anything Goes with a Butterfly challenge.

After colouring the image with Promarkers I then printed a large butterfly.  I cut out some of the areas of the wings of the butterfly then airbrushed.  Once all that was done I mounted the butterfly on acetate and cut it out.
For the backing paper of the card I used a butterfly embossing folder then picked out some of the areas which I added Liquid Pearls too.
To pick up the colours of the most beautiful pin I was recently given by one of our lovely teams (CraftyGirl :) :) :) ) I decided to make the used a similar coloured paper for the die leaves and airbrushed the centres of the flowers to match too.  The flowers were made using the Dogwood die by Sizzix, they were finished off with some Liquid Pearls and a pearl bead in the centres.  I also added sprays of pearls to finish off this corner of the card.
 Here is the totally gorgeous pin CraftyGirl sent me which I have placed on a sentiment tag.  The sentiment is a stamp from Just Right and I stamped it in mauve.  Lace was added to the corner for no other reason than I fancied some lace :)
 And here you have the finished card with lots of butterflies.


  • Digi - Genie 1 by Scrappers Delight
  • Promarkers
  • Tattered Lace Butterfly embossing folder
  • Dogwood flower die from Sizzix
  • Sentiment stamp - Just Right
  • Pin - from CraftyGirl
  • Glitter, lace and other bits and bobs from my stash

I am entering this card in the following challenges:-
Thanks for looking and hope you have a happy crafting day:)