Sunday, August 19, 2018

The Lighthouse

 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 #40
Marine, Ocean or Sea

This fortnights challenge theme has been chosen by DT sister Sue.  What a great theme and thanks to IKEsART for this fabulous image which is so perfect for where I live - on the Northumbria coast where we regularly see fishing boats.  I just know this card will find the perfect recipient.

To make the card I created a DL size card out of black card.  To this I added a layer of water themed vellum ready for the image and sentiment to be added.  The image was coloured with Polychromes and mounted on black then orange backing paper.  To finish off the image I added a border of gold peel off stickers.  The text was stamped onto the vellum and embossed with fine silver embossing powder.  I then used the compass direction stamp from Creative Stampers magazine and again heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  2 small orange gems to hide the glue dots for attaching the vellum on the right side of the card completed the project.

Image used:-  The Lighthouse by IKEsART
Colouring:- Polychromes
Other items:- sea design vellum, gold peel off stickers, stamps from Creative Stamper magazine, silver heat embossing powder

Challenges entered:-

Monday, August 13, 2018


I was asked to make a card for a friends sister with a image of her horse on it.  Her horse is a black Frisian called Wolke and is now 13 years old and really is her baby :)

Now I am no drawer but with the help of my computer I was able to get a good outline shape for the horse's head and the placement of the most important bits which was a great help.  I then coloured the background using Distress Oxides but this time I used a paintbrush to get a stroked effect instead of the usual blending I do.  Onto colouring the horse's head with trepidation and a rather shaky hand lol.  Prismacolor pencils were used for this and many many breaks so I could step back from the image and come back to if fresh, I really did not want to muck this one up as it was a special birthday card.  So very pleased with the outcome, not quite sure I can believe I did it and both my friend and more importantly, my friends sister really love it, happy bunnies all round. 

Will let you into a little story now, I was given the wrong spelling of the horse's name and so it was a mad dash to sort the spelling the day before the birthday.  My friend was so upset when her dad pointed out the spelling was wrong, tears shed and she contacted me to ask if I could do anything.  It was tricky as I had used PVA glue to stick the letters down, thankfully it was just the E at the end which was originally an A.  I heated the card gently behind the letter and with my craft knife prised the A off then had to do a bit of repair work when I had accidentally lifted the colour from the background.  You can still see the mark left by the A as I had also used a spray varnish on the card but it is not overly obvious thankfully :) :)

Image - photo provided by my friend which I copied
Colour - background Distress Oxides, horse Prismacolor pencils
Other items - die cut letters, spray varnish, copper peel off line stickers

Challenges entered:-

Saturday, August 11, 2018

pink elephant

Just a quick wee baby card for a friend created today :) :).  I have had a few coordinating sheets of soft pink baby paper for years now and never used them so this afternoon they saw the light of day, I love how they match up so beautifully.

I used this adorable elephant image from Pink Gem Designs and coloured her with Prismacolour pencils.  A couple of die borders and matching paper buttons finished off with soft pink satin ribbon along with gauze behind the elephant held in place with some pink gems.  Rather pleased with how this turned out :)

Entered into the following challenges :-

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Birthday in Cream

 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 #39
Paper Pricking

This fortnights challenge theme has been chosen by DT sister Josephine.  

Ouch to my finger after this one lol,  I have not done paper pricking before so thank you Josephine for the challenge, such a cool effect but oh so time consuming :) :) :)
For this simple multi layered card I started with a cream base the added a die cut doily created from vellum.  The doily was made by using four corner dies so I could get the exact size I wanted.  Next was a scallop edge circular die cut followed by my completed paper pricking layer.  The final two layers were vellum again and a birthday stamped sentiment die cut using one of my small circular dies.  I do so love monochromatic cards made up of many layers which at first glance are not obvious so yep, I did enjoy making this one :) :) :) To complete the card lots of pearls.

Challenges entered:-
  • Crafter's Castle - M, 1st Sat., E3 - August - #8 - Anything Goes + option: Elegant or Shabby Chic
  • Always Happy Birthday (M, P1, E4, must be birthday)- August - Birthday + option Water theme