Sunday, March 31, 2019

CAS with Blue

 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 #55
CAS with Blue

This fortnights challenge of CAS with Blue has been chosen by Maggie.  Certainly had to get my thinking cap on for this one lol.  I ended up making two cards, the one below which I don't really like and another but it turned out less CAS and more arty so did not really fit the challenge theme so I have had to go with this one.  I did have a lot of fun making this with lots of stamping in one colour but it just feels so unfinished.  Never mind, a learning curve for me.

Challenges entered:-

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Pansy Power

 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 #54
Green and 2 Other Colours

This fortnights challenge of Green and 2 other colours has been chosen by Chriss.  I loved this challenge and it gave me the perfect push to try something new.  Sometime ago I won so Kitchen Ink layered stamps and have been itching to make something with them but keep putting the project off.  Oh the stamps from Kitchen Ink are just beautiful and if I only lived in the States I think I would be buying more.  The prize was a voucher so I bought the pansy stamp and then I added another stamp to my order too, checkout added the postage which made me gulp but I went ahead anyway knowing the stamps would be beautiful.  Oh boy, fast postage, and excellent service so no complaints but when the package arrived or should I say customs notification for payment on collection of the package I could have cried.  With the postage and customs tax the price of the stamps ended up being doubled.  Oh well, I love them and that is the main thing and I really can't fault Kitchen Ink Stamps, they are wonderful to deal with.  So here we are with my first proper attempt with the layered stamps, tons of masking and totally out of my comfort zone but so much fun in the end :)

Challenges entered:-

Tuesday, March 5, 2019


Challenge 118

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 :) :) :)

I love CAS cards but boy are they hard to do.  When I look at ideas for CAS cards for inspiration so many are just beautiful in their simplicity but when I try then look at the end product I feel it is so unfinished and it is such a temptation to add more but then it wouldn't be CAS would it :)

For my DT creation for this challenge I used one of the sock puppet images from the SOCKIES set, such a fun set of images that you just can't help smiling at.  I coloured the image with Promarkers then added a bit of shading and the knitted pattern with Prismacolour pencils.  The image was then cut out ready to go on the inside of the card.  Next I cut a couple of circular strips and coloured them to match the sockie dog and using the smallest of the circles I was working with cut the corner off the card blank.  Only a wee bit of stamping to do, the sentiment and then it was time to assemble.

  • image - SOCKIES by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Promarkers and Prismacolour
  • other items - sentiment stamp
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

  • Cutie Pie Challenge - M, 2nd Monday, must be cute - #132 ONE FOR THE BOYS
  • AAA - 2W, 3E, winner and Top Picks, strictly CAS cards - #135 One + Three* w/Optional Twist: Friends  (W1 of 2) - DIGI IMAGE + PENCILS + DIE CUTS
  • As You Like It Challenge 2W,E3 Layers One or Many (& why)  (W1 of 2) - due to the cost of postage I am trying to make one layer cards :)

Monday, March 4, 2019

Over The Rainbow

Aurora Wings

Anything Goes #75  

Time for a new challenge at Aurora Wings and this month the theme is Over The Rainbow and I have used the adorable BLEEDING HEART SPRITE DIGITAL STAMP chosen because she has 7 Bleeding Heart petals, one for each colour of the rainbow :)

I recycled the box of Ferrero Rocher chocolates I bought to fill my Christmas cracker project (well sort of recycled as I had to buy another box just to fill this one hahaha) ready to give my daughter for her Birthday.  When looking at the box I loved the moulded design and wondered what it would look like with a background behind it and WOW, I love how it added so much texture and light to the simple rainbow coloured colouring I did with Distress Oxides, so simple and yet so effective.  The sprite was coloured with Promarkers and Prismacolour pencils then fussy cut and added to the front of the box.  A simple flower die cut border finished off the ground she was standing on perfectly.  The final finishing touches of the bow from a scrap bundle of ribbon I bought and a chipboard Happy Birthday sentiment coloured with Promarkers completed this project.

Natasha's birthday has been and gone now and she loved her decorated box and the yummy contents inside :) a great success.

Items Used:-
  • Promarkers, Prismacolour pencils, Distress Oxides
Other items:-
  •  chipboard sentiment, ribbon, die cut border and chocolate box complete with mouth watering chocolates!!!

I am entering this creation in the following challenges:-
  • Stamping Sensations - M, 3E, Winner + Top 3, must use stamp (no pre-colored digis) Stamp must be focal point of project – (March) Somewhere Over the Rainbow
  • Just Us Girls W - #477 - Birthday
  • Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers 2W, C10  #129 - D is for Diet (W2 of 2) A DIET OF CHOCOLATE IS THE ONLY WAY TO GO :) 
  • Craft-Dee BowZ (M P1, E3, project must have hand-made bow) Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow.
  • The Twisted Challenges (M, P1, E3, C10) #9 - Be Thankful/Grateful + use all the colours of the Rainbow
  • Kitty Bee Designs - 2W,2E, C10 - No.137  FOOD AND DRINK (W2 of 2) 
  • Aud Sentiments Challenge 2W,E5  Must include a sentiment #221 Bingo + Add a Sentiment (W2 of 2) DIE CUT, DIGI STAMP, RIBBON
  • I love Promarkers  2W,3E Must use Promarkers, #378 - Anything Goes with option: No Patterned Paper (W2 of 2) 

Sunday, March 3, 2019


 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 #53
Sequins and/or Beads

This fortnights challenge of Sequins and/or Beads has been chosen by CG.  Oh boy, I found this challenge pretty hard until I got off the idea of making a card lol.  I gave all my sequins away a couple of years ago as I don't use them but I have a ton and a half of beads which I have collected on my travels and from charity shops etc. At the moment I am trying to make flat cards that just slide into an envelope and don't have any bulges as I am pretty mean and hate paying the ridiculous postage here in the UK for anything that does not fit through a small slot in the cardboard testing thing the post office use.  Thankfully I remembered I had a couple of dreamcatcher kits that I bought ages ago so decided to make them up.  The brown one on the right was made using only the pieces that came in the kit but for the one on the left I changed the design a bit, added my own feathers and central hanging bit with a lovely big brushed silver bead and some smaller beads in pink.  The string on the pink one was coloured with Promarkers and instead of have the beads in a symmetrical layout I just them them fall in almost as they pleased. 

Challenges entered:-