Sunday, June 24, 2018

Mackintosh Rose

 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 #36
Art Nouveau

This fortnights challenge theme for our DT has been chosen by me :).  I have always loved the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles, colourful and makes great use of shape. I have chosen to use the Mackintosh Rose, a stylised rose that still holds popularity today.   My grandmother's maiden name was Mackintosh (another reason for choosing this rose to create with) and I hang on tightly to my Scottish routs.  Her father was from a small place called Boner Bridge just north of Inverness, a true highlander :) :) :) 

I started by using a die cutting design for the rose and and cut this out three times, once on black card for the background, once on silver mirror card which I then coloured loose sections with Promarkers and filled in the cut out sections of the black card with them.  The third cut was on acetate so I could make a stencil for the inside of the card.  I used black to cover the card base and then silver mirror card.  I then embossed the black die cut rose layer and embossed it with a Mackintosh Rose folder I have.  This was then attached to the mirror card layer and the areas filled in with the coloured rose sections to complete the design.  Finish off with a simple layered sentiment on the front and stencilled rose design done with Distress Inks completed the card.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Once Upon A Time with Autumn Mermaid

Such a special post for me as I am the Guest Designer for Aurora Wings Challenge #68, such a privilege.  Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity Mitzi and I hope I have done Autumn Mermaid justice :).

The theme for Challenge #68 is Once Upon A Time, and I have used the children's story "The Little Mermaid" as my inspiration.  You can read a summary of the story here.

I started by printing the image as large as I could on A4 paper and coloured here with Prismacolour pencils for this mixed media creation.  This beautiful mermaid was then fussy cut and set to one side while I tackled the background.  I used a canvas 20x50 c.m. and painted the background with acrylic paint, a first attempt for me (nothing like diving into the deep end lol).  Once painted and at a point I dared not play any more I used some gold stamping ink, a fish shoal stamp and small flower stamp to add some more detail.  When everything was dry I took the fussy cut Autumn Mermaid and sprayed the back with permanent adhesive and stuck her in place on the background.  Think I am going to keep this one but now I have to try and find a place to put her were I can enjoy looking at her :)

Close up of the Autumn Mermaid coloured image

Items used:-
Image:-          Aurora Wings Autumn Mermaid
Colouring:-    Prismacolour pencils, acrylic paints, gold stamp pad
other items:-  acrylic stamps, Stickles, adhesives and acrylic spray varnish

Challenges entered :-

Sunday, June 17, 2018


I was asked to make a Father's Day card for a friend, that did not seem to be a problem until she added she wanted a Fresian horse on it.

Oh boy, that is not an image I have in my collection and knew what I was going to have to do next - go well out of my comfort zone lol.  I asked her to take a photo of the horse, Lloyd (Lloyd is deceased and the photo needed to be taken from another photo) and I would use that to try and draw one. 

As you can see the image was very dark and lacked detail unfortunately and not much time to get her to take another one so I decided to trace the horse outline and then scan my tracing so I could turn it into a digital stamp and do the resizing for the card before I printed it.  A lot of Google research so I could fill in the detail.  I coloured the image with Prismacolour pencils and the background is created with Distress Inks with some stamped trees.  The rosette is made from a die cut and the centre I foiled the text #1 DAD.  I finished off with simple mounting in black and then gold.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:-

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Love is all around

 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 #35
Sentiment as the Main Focus

This fortnights challenge theme has been chosen by DT sister Christine,

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Hydrangea Blooms

Challenge 109
June Is Bursting Out All Over

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 :) :) :)

Ike, you are a superstar, thank you so much for drawing this wonderful digi for me to work with for this challenge :) :) :)

For the background (I meant to do music but got carried away with the flowers hahahaha) I used a leaf stencil and Distress Oxides, blitzed with some water and left to dry. Using Photoshop I placed the Hydrangea bloom three times, resizing and rotating each time.  Once I was happy with the layout I printed the image on to the background paper.  The flowers were coloured with Prismacolour pencils and the centre of each finished of with Liquid Pearls. The butterflies were cut using acetate and coloured with Promarkers, I love the translucent look this gives.  To complete the card I added a simple sentiment and then decorated the inside of the card with my leaf stencil and Distress Oxides again.

  • image - Hydrengea, by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - PrismaColours, Promarkers and Distress Oxides
  • other items - leaf stencil, Liquid Pearls, acetate, polymer sentiment,
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-