Sunday, June 23, 2019

Duncan Disorderly

Just a bit of fun today using a fabulous image by Dr. Digi called Duncan Disorderly, isn't he awesome.  Finding images for male cards is sometimes a bit hard especially if you want something a little different from the general run of the mill.

The digi is coloured using Prisma Colour pencils and the background Pan Pastels.  A simple black mount worked perfectly with the black pipes I created using a die from Memory Box.  The Happy Birthday stamp is from Creative Stampers, stamped on a Pan Pastel background and also mounted on black card.  The text by the digi was created in my software before printing and colouring.

I am entering this card in the following challenges :-

Sunflower Bunny

 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 #61
Stars and/or Stripes

This fortnights challenge Stars and/or Stripes has been chosen by DT sister Hazel. I designed my papers digitally to pick up on the stars and/or stripes theme and as the sun was shining I went with a colour scheme I don't usually use - yellow :)  The image is a rubber stamp from Crafters Companion and I coloured it in with Prisma Colour pencils.  I stamped the sentiment and then die cut it along with the image finishing off the edges with a yellow Promarker.  In keeping with the sunflower the bunny is holding I added 3 pre made sunflower flowers I have had in my stash for ages and shouted at me to use them lol.

Challenges entered:-

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Journey Home

Oh what a wonderful day :) After Mitzi's very hard decision to close the The Aurora Wings Blog Challenge a few months ago I can now break my silence and let you all know the challenge is back, how AWESOME is that.  The challenge is not a blog this time but as a FaceBook challenge, very easy to enter into and a lovely friendly community ready to say hi to you on a regular basis - AURORA WINGS FB and will go live on the first Monday of each month.  The theme will always be Anything Goes and if you pop into the Photos Section then choose Album you will find the area to enter your creative artwork.

For my first creation as part of the Aurora Wings FB Design Team I have chosen to use the image 'Journey Home' which I thought was rather appropriate as the Aurora Wings challenge journey is now home :) :) :) I do have a second reason too which is my youngest daughter is about to be deployed, she is in the British Army and so care packages will be the order of the day from home.  One of her passions is scuba diving so I know she will love this card, and knowing it is full of 'Mummy Love' too will hopefully help let her know how very special she is to me.  Although her deployment is not a 'Journey Home' until she has done her time it is a part of her journey of life which she has such a passion for.  I do love making cards with special purpose and spending that little bit extra time into creating something that has multi-layered meanings.

The image was coloured with Prisma pencils and Pan Pastels for the background, card base and die cuts with some of my every friendly Stickles for the bubbles.  The fish, oh the fish, so overworked and still not quite what I wanted but almost there.  Many years ago I had the awesome experience of swimming with a shoal of tuna fish, I was snorkeling in the Indian Ocean when I found myself surrounded by tuna, the whole area around me was a mixture of beautiful clear blue water and wonderful silver, and experience I will never forget.  The fish seemed to match my slow speed, some swimming beside me for several minutes.  I was transported to another world in both mind and body, I could imagine myself as a fish, as one of them and was held in awe that they trusted me so much to come so close, literally so close I only used my flippers to propel me along as using my arms would hit them.  OK back to the colouring, I first coloured them in light greys trying to capture the light bouncing off them as I remember the tune but that did not work, I then lines with a silver metallic pen but still not enough shine, finally I added silver from my Pan Pastels and that helped but still not enough shine.  In the end I used spray varnish and that brought them to life.  It is unfortunate the led to the problem of capturing the shine when it came to taking a photograph of the card but I hope you can imagine the end result.  I needed some texture on the card so used a die cut border which I then coloured along with the card blank base using pan pastels, the same colours I used for the background of the image.  Simple matting in black and orange for the image and with the die cut borders placed behind and then foam take to attach this section to the card base completed the project.

I am entering this creation in the following challenges : -

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Pool Party

 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 #60
Pool Party

This fortnights challenge of Pool Party has been chosen by DT sister Debbie

Debbie certainly had me scratching my head over this challenge theme as pool parties are not something we do much of in the UK.  After all sorts of thoughts I remembered I had this fabulous Mo Manning digi of a boy with his swimming ring - Bring on Summer.  I then found a free for personal use swimming pool image from Get  to use for my background which I added to the Mo Manning image in Photoshop before printing.
The images were coloured with Promarkers, fussy cut and and placed on my card blank when ready.  To finish off I added a simple sentiment which was attached with foam tape.

Challenges entered:-

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Cross Stitch Rose

Challenge 121
FOLDS (more than one fold)

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 don't know what was in my head but all I could think of was black and white so I went with the flow for this challenge to keep my head quiet lol.  I tend to make all my cards square and buy them as card packs, not out of being lazy I don't think but more to do with having uniform cards for selling.  Making fun shaped cards if fun I agree but for the amount of time that goes into them and often having to make your own envelope too I am not sure they are fully appreciated by non crafters to the degree they should be and they are often hard to display too.  OK, so there is my reasoning for my card not being full of fancy folds hahaha, sorry Ike and Ginny :) :)

For this card I started by folding the right hand edge of the front of my card over a third of the way.  I then covered the left side of the card front and the right side of the inside of the card with a very old sheet of design paper from one of several pads I have kicking around that don't see the light of day very often.  The image was printed out in black and die cut with a black embossed die underneath it and finished off with black glitter sticky back dots.  This section was mounted on the front of the card with double sided tape.  A very, very simple and quick card to make so I feel a bit ashamed of myself but I do love the end result and hope you do too.

  • image - Rose Stitch by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - black stamping ink
  • other items - design paper, black glitter stickers
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-