Sunday, August 30, 2020

Be Strong

 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 #91
Include an Animal

This fortnights challenge 'Include an Animal' has been chosen by Chriss.

For my DT creation I have used a stamp that I have had for a long time, totally love and yet never used until now :)   A fair bit of masking going on as the wolf was stamped first, I then restamped him on a bit of paper to make my mask, also created a mask for the moon and an inverse mask for the moon which was used twice during the card making.  So with the wolf stamped and masked I then used the inverse moon mask to colour the moon with Distress Inks.  Next with the wolf still masked I changed the inverse moon mask for the regular one and created the background again with Distress Inks. Normally I make much darker background but this one I really tried to keep light.  Time to remove all the mask and a quick bit of loose colouring with Copics for the wolf.  Next I decided to stamp a few trees so remasked the wolf and used some tree stamps from the Creative Stampers magazines sets I collect. Finally I remasked the wolf yet a gain and also used the inverse moon mask so I could spray with gold glitter spray varnish, I then removed the inverse moon mask and gave another coat of the glitter spray.   From the same Creative Stampers set I used the Be strong sentiment, stamped and heat embossed with clear embossing powder and attached with raised glue dots. A lovely relaxing card to make :) 

I am entering this card in the following challenges : =

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Warp Clock

The challenge this fortnight at I ❤️Promarkers is
 'Use a Die Cut or Punch'

and the sponsor for this challenge is IKEsART with $15 prize to spend in the store

For this weeks challenge of 'Use a Die or Punch' along with Promarkers of course I decided to have a bit of fun during play time.  Honestly, I did not really feel like any detailed colouring, my head would not settle down enough for that so instead a bit of experimenting. The other day I did a background using felt pens and water along with a plastic bag and that was such fun to do so I decided to do something similar with my Promarkers to make the backing paper.  Obviously I could not use water to spray on them but alcohol blending solution works perfectly (Isopropyl Alcohol and glycerine).  Instead of long explanations here are a few pics :

Place the paper on top of the plastic bag and allow it to soak up the ink. I did this 3 times.

The finished piece of A4 paper to be used for the card base and cut out layer.

With the backing paper ready I then stamped and die cut the egg timer and pocket watch, printed my sentiment and Warp Clock digi.  Instead of detailed colouring I air brushed the sections and put to one side while I sorted the cut out layer.

OK, I know this card is a bit off beat but just now I have no idea what the day of the week it is never mind what the time is - everything is out of kilt so to speak.  Think there are a lot of folks who feel the same, we don't know if we are coming or going lol.  Hang in there folks, all will be well in the end.

Just a quick pick to show the tools used to make this card :) 

I am entering this card in the following challenges : -

Sunday, August 16, 2020


 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 #90
Inspired by a Book

This fortnights challenge 'Inspired by a Book' has been chosen by Josephine.  I am not a great book reader, just can't sit still long enough to enjoy reading and I am not a speed reader by any means.  There are a few favourite authors I enjoy like Jodi Piccult and Val McDermid  and some memorable reads over the years - War and Peace, War and Remembrance, Animal Farm, Watership Down along with Lord of the Rings trilogy.  For my creation this fortnight I have chosen 'Watership Down' by Richard Adams as my inspiration, with the lone rabbit, deep in thought with his dreams being Fiver.  You can read more about the rabbit families trials and tribulations as they find ways to survive here 

I designed the top cut out layer which was then cut on my die cutter as I wanted a circle with a mound for Fiver to sit on.  The rabbit and tree branches are stamps are from the Creative Stamper magazine and the wild flowers in the foreground are Sheena Douglas.  Distress Inks were used along to create the backgrounds with a fair bit of masking involved as I built up the layers.  The moon has a coat of Crafter's Companion Silver Glitter varnish which I applied thickly then finished off with a blast across the whole background - the rabbit was masked yet again at this point as I don't think he would appreciate all the bling :) 

I am entering this card in the following challenges : =

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Floral Thank You

The challenge this fortnight at I ❤️Promarkers is

 'Thank You'

and the sponsor for this challenge is Bugaboo Stamps with $12 gift code for the Store 

Oh I just fell in love with this beautiful panel when I saw it and pink with grey just seemed to be the right colours to use this time.  I was itching for the image to arrive as everything else was planned in my head lol.  The image was printed along with the 2 butterflies a second time and coloured with Promarkers both regular and metallic gold.   I designed the floral edge die cut using Illustrator and then saving as an .svg file to be used with my digital die cutter and cutting it out using sticky back black felt.  The top layer butterflies were, once coloured, finished off with Crackle Dimension, shame that is not really noticeable in the pic because the look lovely in real life.  The card base was covered with Mulberry paper and then the image, border die and butterflies were added.  To finish off I used a silver peel off thank you sticker which I coloured black again with my Promarkers and finished off with a coat of Spray and Shine varnish to make sure everything was sealed properly.

This card is being entered in the following challenges : - 

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Hogs & Kisses

Challenge 135
Three of a Kind

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 :) :) :)

A pretty and simple card from me this month, how cute is this fun wee pig square, so cute I had to make a card with him and use him 3 times lol.  Not really much I can say about this card, what I have done is pretty up front an obvious I think.  The sentiment was printed digitally, the pig squares coloured with Prismacolour pencils, wiggly eyes added and small hearts cut out of the same paper I used for the base layer of the card.  Image used is the pig from the CUBIMALS set.

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

Tea 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 #89
Tea Party

This fortnights challenge 'Tea Party' has been chosen by Hazel. Oh Hazel, you certainly got my brain cell working with this one ROFL.

I used a die cutting file by My Scrap Chick called Stacked Teacups for this card.  It is a file I have had for such a long time and never used but fitted this challenge perfectly.  Now I normally plan my cards before hand but for this one I went ahead and sorted the die cutting, had great fun using Distress Inks and gold stamping to make the tea cups and assembling it but then - brain freeze, I had no idea where to go next.  In the end it was more Distress inking and stencilling for the background, stamping some lace and creating the tag sentiment and once again everything fell to bits, it looked like rubbish :(.  More playing around and at the back of my mind knowing it would be at this point I would not know when to stop adding things, what I was trying was not working, but give up is not in my vocab so a cup of tea instead and walk away for a while.  Finally I raked out some gold trim I had lying around, added a bit more gold pen and a white doily.  The card seemed more balanced so no more to be done, quick take a picture so I would stop playing with it and hope when I next looked at it I would not be throwing it in the bin ROFL.  All that being said, I did have lots of fun and got nice and inky which always makes me happy.

I am entering this card in the following challenges : =