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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Use mostly Yellow & Orange

         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 and join us with you artwork :)


Challenge #119
Use mostly Yellow & Orange
This fortnights challenge 'Use mostly Yellow & Orange' has been chosen by CG.


I just love this saying - it is awesome to be different and not follow the 'sheep' ROFL.  I created this card digitally, background like the one here are such fun to do - just blob on the colours and then play with some of the program settings to get different mixing results.  Next the birds and text were added, a very quick digital card to make but rather like how it has turned out :)   

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Anything Goes with an option of Trick or Treat {cute} Halloween

 

  IKEsWORLD

Challenge 149
      Anything Goes with an option of Trick or Treat {cute} Halloween

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 :) :) :) 


Ahhh how could anybody resist giving this wee pup a treat at Halloween, just look at that face.  Do you think a beef and pumpkin flavoured biscuit would be acceptable lol.

For this card I used Ike's Howl-oween image and digitally coloured using Procreate and added the background too.  I then exported the image to Photoshop to finish off my digital card where I have a card template made up of several layers which I can manipulate with relative ease.  Really enjoying the digital colouring at the moment lol

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Furry Friends

        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 and join us with you artwork :)


Challenge #118
Furry Friends
This fortnights challenge 'Furry Friends' has been chosen by Debbie.


I created this wee plaque of one of our pussy cats from a photo I took of him.  Lots of image editing - background removal, playing with contrast etc. needed to prepare the image for laser burning but I am so pleased with how he turned out.  I really must get round to doing his sister Bree so I have the matching pair, just wish there were more hours in the day.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Fancy Fold Card

        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 and join us with you artwork :)


Challenge #117
Fancy Fold Card
This fortnights challenge 'Fancy Fold Card' has been chosen by Christine.


Oh I do love these box cards :) :) This was a commission for a friend who's granddaughter was having her second birthday and a unicorn had to be included in the design.  It is not often I make a card that is all die cutting so this was a lovely change to the usual.   

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Anything Goes with an option of Fall/Autumn

  IKEsWORLD

Challenge 148
     Anything Goes with an option of Fall/Autumn

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 use Leaf 5 for this CAS style card and coloured it digitally using Procreate - it is rather relaxing being able to chill out in the recliner with the I-Pad and just colour :) :) Once I was happy with the image I sent it over to my laptop where I finished off the card design. I often feel I am cheating a bit colouring digitally but then I remind myself it is just another learning curve/skill and after all creating is about fun and that is what I am having lol :) xxxxx

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Birthday

       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 and join us with you artwork :)


Challenge #116
Birthday
This fortnights challenge 'Birthday' has been chosen by Chriss.

I used a lovely CCK rubber stamp image for this card which a friend gave me.  The base of the card was embossed with a snake-skin embossing folder.  Copics were used to colour the image which I then masked.  I added some silhouette stamping, masked the moon area and then used Distress Oxides for the card background and the embossed layer.

Sunday, August 15, 2021

CAS

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Challenge #115
CAS
This fortnights challenge 'CAS' has been chosen by Maggie. Just a quick and simple card to share with you this week, a simple flower and a favourite saying :) Must admit though I never pick flowers from the garden, a habit developed over many years.  Hubby won't buy flowers as he says they belong in the ground and my Mum hated picking any of her roses she grew etc. as they lasted so much longer outside where she could enjoy their beauty instead of in a vase :) 


  

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Anything Goes with an option of Animals

 KEsWORLD


Challenge 147
    Anything Goes with an option of Animals

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 :) :) :) 


Just a simple card from me this month :), I was playing around in Photoshop with pattern fills and loved how the manatee turned out with an ocean pattern filling so decided to use him for this challenge.  I kept the background really simple with just some quick splatters using a splatter brush and selecting colours that were from the manatee on a white textured background.  Yep really simple I know but sometimes simple does the trick.  I finished of with some simple text but it says everything, we all love somebody remembering us for no reason at all, just to say Hi :) :) Hope you all have a good day.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

A Mode Of Transport

     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 and join us with you artwork :)


Challenge #114
A Mode Of Transport
This fortnights challenge 'A Mode Of Transport' has been chosen by Hazel.



Just a simple digital card using an old map of England for the background and toned down with a light brown overlay.  The card backing layer has an embossed texture added for a bit of a texture feel.   The bike was a free .png download and just perfect for what I was looking for.  To finish off I created the banner layer for the text to be added and then placed my text on top.  Very simple but I rather like the outcome of this card and hope you do too :) :) 

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Use Thread or Bead

     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 and join us with you artwork :)


Challenge #113
Use Thread or Bead
This fortnights challenge 'Use Thread or Beads' has been chosen by Josephine.


I love this week box that I made on my laser and so proud of myself as it is totally my own design.  My maths is not the best so working out how to sort the placement of the holes for the side panels and size of panels so everything fitted perfectly was a real learning curve, that goodness for awesome software that helped big time lol.  The image which I etched on the lid of the box is by Aurora Wings.  Once the box was sanded, varnished and assembled I then added a some gold bead around the base which I threaded onto fishing line and then glued.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Anything Goes with an option of Christmas

  IKEsWORLD


Challenge 146
   Anything Goes with an option of Christmas

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 :) :) :) 



For this challenge I made a tea-light holder using Angel #4 Front and Back - I only used the front of the image.  I etched the Angle image onto plywood and offset the outer line to create a cutting line leaving an edge between the etching and the cut.  Next I stained the wood with Promarkers trying although not very successfully to have a shaded wood effect.  An electronic candle was placed in the candle holder section.  I really should have taken the pic in the evening when you can really see how the glow of the candle illuminates the angel.

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Red, White and 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 and join us with you artwork :)


Challenge #112
Red, White and Blue
This fortnights challenge 'Red, White and Blue' has been chosen by Christine.


Another digital card created on Photoshop from me this fortnight.  I do love playing with digital creations, something I generally find very relaxing to do.  For this creation I created a white background and added a red overlay along with embossed textures.   The blue background was created with watercolour brushes and 70% opacity as I wanted this to be strong colours but show a bit of texture.  Finally a white dandelion and some white text with drop shadow added to make it pop a bit.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Holidays, here or abroad

    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 and join us with you artwork :)


Challenge #111
Holidays, here or abroad
This fortnights challenge 'Holidays, here or abroad' has been chosen by Jennie.



For my card I used an image I coloured a long time ago by Elizabeth Bell, so perfect for this challenge.  The frame is digital, took a bit of manipulation to make it fit as it was a rectangle but I think I managed to hide where I made the split and rejoined it.  Holidays are a bit of a sad point this year but I am sure there will be chances to get down to the beach for a picnic if nothing else.  This frame is so perfect for the area where I live, all the items including the seals are pretty much on my doorstep in the North East of England.   

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Pre-made Toppers

   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 and join us with you artwork :)


Challenge #110
Pre-made Toppers (precolored images)
This fortnights challenge 'Pre-made Toppers (precolored images)' has been chosen by CG.


Just a very simple card from me this fortnight.  I have made a digital card again as I am struggling with hand colouring at the moment, between eyes that don't want to focus on fine detail and a craft room which is full of wood and my laser meaning I can't get to my card making items I am between the devil and the deep blue sea ROFL, just so thankful that I can continue to make cards digitally and have all the fun of creating without the stress of trying to get to my items etc.    

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Anything Goes with an option of Food + Drink

 IKEsWORLD


Challenge 145
  Anything Goes with an option of Food + Drink

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 :) :) :) 



Oh so much fun :) I used one of the coffee images from IKEsART I LUV COFFEE Set Set of 4 + 6 FREE Papers and added the sentiment.  I then used my laser to make this 30cm wood cut of the design.  Next I used a 30cm sq MDF board and lightly etched the coffee cup image so I could place the wood cut accurately once I had done the painting.  The painting was done using acrylic paints and the spots on the coffee cup were created by dipping the rubber on the end of a pencil into the paint and using that for stamping.  I just love this and will be putting it up in what used to be my dining room as coffee is the liquid that seems to keep me going these days ROFL.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Garden or Outside

 

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 'Garden or Outside'


We all know folks who bring sunshine into our lives don't we :)   I used the image Bertha's Blooming Box by Dr. Digi House of Samps.  Once the image was printed I coloured it with Promarkers and then fussy cut.  For the background I embossed some silver paper and then used distress oxides to help take the shine off the paper and enhance the texture.  The card base was covered with some vellum which had flowers on, not sunflowers I know but the right colour lol

and the sponsor for this challenge is Dr Digi's House of Stamps with a 2 digital images of the winners choice.

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Graduation

  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 and join us with you artwork :)


Challenge #109
Graduation
This fortnights challenge 'Graduation' has been chosen by Debbie.


I found this card pretty hard to make as I couldn't think who to give it to lol.  I guess I am old school as to me a graduate is one who graduates from university and leaving education to enter the world of work.  Both my daughters graduated last year, they decided to work after leaving school until they found their chosen careers and from there did their degrees in subjects to take them further in their chosen field.  My eldest daughter is doing here Post Grad at the moment and will complete that next year. So, back to my card, I decided on a generic card using the colours the main university in my area - Newcastle Upon Tyne and will be able to add a name if needed at a later date or leave it blank :) 

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Add a Sentiment

Come and join us at I ❤️Promarkers, our challenge theme is

 'Add a Sentiment'


I placed a digital background behind the image before printing and then coloured the image with Promarkers.  Stickles were used for a bit of extra decoration.  The image was then mounted on black card and then placed on the card base which I had covered with some lovely textured paper I have had for ages.  The image used is Party Chicks from Papernest Dolls.

The sponsor for this challenge is Papernest Dolls with a prize for the winner is 3 Digi Images.





Sunday, May 9, 2021

Your take on a Nursery Rhyme

  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 and join us with you artwork :)


Challenge #108
Your take on a Nursery Rhyme

This fortnights challenge 'Your take on a Nursery Rhyme' has been chosen by Hazel.  I have had the images of the teapot and cup for absolutely ages which I won in a challenge but never really had the chance to use them.  The images are by EUREKA STAMPS and I combined the teapot simage with the teacup image and coloured them digitally.  The background was also made digitally using a watercolour brush, just love the effect, hope you do too.  As the theme of the challenge is Nursery Rhyme, this card was designed with the rhyme 'I'm a Little Teapot' in mind.  My brother (before I was even a twinkle in my parents eyes lol) used to apparently sing this rhyme and do all the actions to it. 


I am entering this card in the following challenges :  

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Anything Goes with an option of Birds or Butterflies-Things With Wings


Challenge 144
  Anything Goes with an option of Birds or Butterflies-Things With Wings

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 :) :) :) 


Today I am sharing a card created digitally and using Quirky Parrot by Ike.  A fun bit of early morning colouring while hubby was sleeping ROFL.  I used Photoshop to colour the image and create the background using several layers.  This guy is so cute, I don't know why I have not coloured him before lol.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

A Girly Card

Come and join us at I ❤️Promarkers, our challenge theme is

'A Girly Card'


Such a beautiful image to colour, all the movement lol.  I used the image Flamenco - image no 19 by SheepSki Designs.  The image was coloured with Promarkers, I then masked the image and used Black Distress Oxide and a stencil by Sheena Douglas with gold stamping ink.  The sentiment was produced digitally when I printed the SheepSki image ready for colouring.

and the sponsor for this challenge is  SheepSki Designs  with a prize of 3 digital images from the Sheepski Designs store.
Sponsor


I am entering this card in the following challenges : - 

Sunday, April 25, 2021

A card or gift for a man

  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 and join us with you artwork :)


Challenge #107
A card or gift for a man

This fortnights challenge 'A card or gift for a man' has been chosen by Jennie


    I used a Dr. Digi image to make this card and coloured with Promarkers.  The card is for Barry who is the builder responsible for some major renovations to my Mum house which we are now turning into a holiday let.  Things started off really well but with Covid the final stages have been held up, hopefully it won't be long now till we can open the house up properly.  Just ordered a bunch of furniture which will be arriving next Sunday - so much flat pack to assemble ROFL.

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021

    Paper Piecing

    Come and join us at I ❤️Promarkers, our challenge theme is

    'Paper Piecing'



    I hardly ever do paper piecing so had a lot of fun with this challenge :) The image I used from IkeArt is African Man from AFRICA - World Tour Series Set of 5.  I coloured the man with Promarkers and then cut his had and clothes to be paper pieced.  The background was created digitally and I got it from Vecteezy.  I am pretty sure this gentleman is a Nigerian, as growing up in Nigeria this was pretty much the regular clothing of the day :) :) 

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

    I am entering this card in the following challenges : - 

    Sunday, April 11, 2021

    Winged Creatures

     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 and join us with you artwork :)

    Challenge #106
    Winged Creatures

    This fortnights challenge 'Winged Creatures' has been chosen by Christine.



    I just love how this chest turned out.  I found the pattern for the chest in a laser cutting site and the owl design as a free to use image.  With the tools I needed I then set to designing the box with the owls, name area and the trees behind the owls.  The design goes around the 4 sides of the box and was a devil to work out so the tree branches flowed properly.  Once designed, I etched and cut the design on my laser then wood stained the box leaving the owls and the band around the name take unstained - boy did that require a bit of a steady hand and lots of patience as the wood stain bleeds very easily through the wood grain.  After that it was onto further sanding, varnishing, sanding again, assembling and then a final coat of varnish.  This box was for my daughter Natasha for her 40th birthday, smiles all round as she just loved it :)

    I am entering this box in the following challenges : 




    Tuesday, April 6, 2021

    Anything Goes with an option of Springtime

     IKEsWORLD


    Challenge 143
     Anything Goes with an option of Springtime

    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 thought I would give no line colouring a go digitally using Procreate and aim for a very loose watercolour effect.  Not sure I achieved any of that lol but it was a great learning exercise and super fun.  The image used is DAFFODIL FAIRY by IKEsART.  

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021

    Ribbon or Twine

     

    Come and join us at I ❤️Promarkers, our challenge theme is

     'Ribbon or Twine'



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

    Sometimes you just need a simple card at hand with no sentiment and this is exactly where this card I have made will fit into my 'go to' collection :)   I used the super cute image Puppy Love - Heart String then went to town with the 'string or twine theme' hahaha.  Once the image was coloured with Promarkers I hunted out some orange twine and added it to the digi to create the hanging for the wee heart.  I then cut some more to the twine and added it to the top right to make the diagonal stripes.  The card looked pretty naked so I used some sticky back orange felt and cut the heart shape buttons finishing off with a few orange gems - it is certainly a very tactile card and hopefully will give the recipient a happy smile :) 
    This card is being entered in the following challenges : - 

    Sunday, March 28, 2021

    Shaped Card

     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 and join us with you artwork :)

    Challenge #105
    Shaped Card

    This fortnights challenge 'Shaped Card' has been chosen by CG.



    Shaped cards are something is so rarely do mainly because of finding envelopes lol so this was a nice change to entertain me one afternoon.  I did have to hunt the Internet for ideas and when I saw this one I just loved the look of the card when opened up.  I used some gelli printed paper I made for the design paper and embossed matt gold paper to mount it on.  The card is made from navy cardstock.  The butterfly is a Spellbinder embossing die I have had for so many years and was just perfect for the design element for this card.  I stamped the sentiment with Memento Ink and then heat embossed as the gold paper I stamped on has a finish that stopped the ink from drying fully.

    I am entering this card in the following challenges : 


    Wednesday, March 17, 2021

    Add a Number

     

    Come and join us at I ❤️Promarkers, our challenge theme is

     'Add a Number'



    Prize for this challenge is this awesome goodie pack :) 


    Oh the choices lol with an 'any artist' to use an digi from.  I have thousands collected over the years so where do I start.  One of the very first digital design artist I bought from was Digi Darla, it was just a few dollars a month and they sent you about 20 digi images which when first setting out on the card making journey was awesome.  It was a mother and daughter team that used to do the drawing but I don't think they exist any more which is such a shame :)  I coloured the dinosaur scene with Promarkers and then finished off the dinosaur with some 3D element stuff.  The backing paper was a freebie ages ago with a magazine and for once I sorted the backing paper before colouring so tried to match up the colours as best I could.  I also cut the sentiments out of the backing paper.

    Sunday, March 14, 2021

    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 and join us with you artwork :)

    Challenge #104
    Bunny

    This fortnights challenge 'Bunny' has been chosen by CraftyGirl.  I needed a note card so thought I would colour this gorgeous rabbit which is a free colouring page digitally and now I am able to print this out and add to my card base to create a quick but pretty physical card when I need it.  Although I normally use Photoshop for digital work hubby just downloaded Procreate which this was created with.  Simple basic colouring, nothing challenging but just the project I needed for a quite day in my chair lol.



    I am entering this card in the following challenges : 




    Wednesday, March 3, 2021

    Use Pretty Papers

     

    Come and join us at I ❤️Promarkers, our challenge theme is

     'Use Pretty Papers'



    This was a real challenge for me - I have several drawers with patterned paper which I have collected over the years and hardly ever use it.  Thankfully I am learning and have not bought any for at least the last 3 years hahaha.  The papers used for this card must be about 16 years old but the digi colouring is new :).  Image used is Dandelion by Colour of Love and I coloured the image with Promarkers.  To finish off I stencilled a bit of yellow onto the background to break up the white, added stickles to the dress, wings and dandelion seeds and finally some flat back ceramic gems to a couple of corners.

    and the sponsor for this challenge is Colour of Love with a 3 digital images of the winners choice.


    Tuesday, March 2, 2021

    Anything Goes with an option of Monochrome

     IKEsWORLD


    Challenge 142
    Anything Goes with an option of Monochrome

    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 :) :) :) 


    You know when you have a day that seems to come to a standstill, you can't get on with the things you were doing for one reason or another - well that is me today.  My craftroom is upside down, no space, I have things waiting for glues to dry and can't move them.  We have also stripped out our dining room waiting for the joiner to come which was meant to be today but is now tomorrow (I hope) so not only work space in the craft room taken up but so is half the floor.  I am at a standstill but Ike came to the rescue lol - instead of wasting time I decided to make this card all from my chair without having to move as it is all digital.  The background paper is from a gelli print I made, one of a batch of about 30 or 40 using up printer paper which had my daughters degree assignments on.  I loved the papers I made I decided to scan them all with the idea that I could use them for digital cards.  Oh how I love it when a plan comes together.  In my happy place too as I just love a monochrome challenge, a total favourite.  Although I normally head for purples or blues I pushed the boat out with this one and used green ROFL.  The image is "Wren' by IKEsART and the software used to create this card is Photoshop.

    Sunday, February 28, 2021

    The Natural World at Christmas

     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 and join us with you artwork :)

    Challenge #103
    The Natural World at Christmas (no robins)

    This fortnights challenge 'The Natural World at Christmas (no robins)' has been chosen by Sall.  I thought I would try stamping on wood for this challenge and do glad I did, it worked brilliantly.  



    I found a great wee box template to cut this box which is made with 3mm -ply.  It is the first time I have tried what is called, a living hinge.  Instead of creating hinges the wood is cut to make it flexible so it easily bends round curves. Once the box was cut on the laser I then wood stained the section with Light Oak to keep a natural look and then stamped a reindeer on the front and trees around the sides using Stazon.  The stamps used are from Creative Stamper monthly magazine. This is such a sweet wee box and so perfect for the Christmas dinner table with a small gift inside.  To make it more personal I would be changing the reindeer for the person's name :) :) 

    I am entering this card in the following challenges : 


    Wednesday, February 17, 2021

    Birthday with Biffo

     

    Come and join us at I ❤️Promarkers, our challenge theme is

     'Birthday'


    I can think of a few people this card would be perfect for, my hubby being one of them hahaha.  He thinks birthdays are rather over rated to the point he often forgets a family birthday - yes even mine ROFL.  For this card I covered the card base with green paper then added a layer of hand made paper which I had mounted on black paper then embossed.  Biffo by Dr. Digi was coloured with Promarkers then die cut with the square stitching die.  To this I then added the ribbon bar from a bow making die and also the die cut birthday sentiment which was mounted on foam tape for a bit of height.  It was devilish trying to die cut the soft hand made paper which I had used double sided adhesive backing on, especially the birthday cut.  In the end, after 3 attempts I left the die cut paper in the die, pressed this hard onto white card and then, with the cut still in the die used the die to cut around with my craft knife.  Worked a treat and I was able to stop any ripping or deforming of the die.  

    and the sponsor for this challenge is Dr Digi's House of Stamps with a 2 digital images of the winners choice.

    Sunday, February 14, 2021

    Off to Dinner

     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 and join us with you artwork :)

    Challenge #102
    Off to Dinner

    This fortnights challenge 'Off to Dinner' has been chosen by Hazel.  Great theme Hazel, this had my head baffled ROFL.  In the end I opted for a Dinner Invite card.


    I used some fabulous old DP from Crafter's Companion in the days when they had free digital downloads, gosh that must be about 6 years ago.  I then coloured the digital stamp Prom Princess by All Dressed Up in colours to match the paper.  The sentiment was added digitally and to finish off a wee bit of lovely pink ruffled ribbon.

    I am entering this card in the following challenges : 


    Wednesday, February 3, 2021

    Favourite Colour

    Come and join us at I ❤️Promarkers, our challenge theme is

     'Favourite Colour'




    and the sponsor for this challenge is Hetty Clare Digi Stamps with a 2 images for the winner



    I have used the image 'Celebration Cake' for my card.  Now I have to be totally honest they are not my usual favourite colours, I am a purple and blue lass lol but on the morning I woke up with the making of this card in mind my favourite colours at that moment were yellow and pink lol.  Image coloured with Promarkers, several layers to the card and some lace and a pre-made flower bouquet to finish off.  This one turned out to be costly ROFL as I have now noticed my square stitching die has stretched on one side and cannot be fixed so an online visit to Craftstash to replace the square stitching set grrrrr :) 
                                                               

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    Tuesday, February 2, 2021

    Anything Goes with an option of Tic Tac Toe


    Challenge 141
    Anything Goes with an option of Tic Tac Toe

    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 :) :) :) 


    For this months Tic Tac Toe challenge I followed the line - Embossing, Buttons, Stitching Faux or Real.  

    Ike's digi called Fat Kat was the perfect image to etch on the top of this tiny wooded bayonet box which is only big enough to hold a few Dreamies and and also closes using a mechanism which is cat proof lol.  We have a couple of adorable furbabies, a brother and a sister.  Bree, the sister is a real junk food eater but she has a figure we would all want - eat what you want and not get fat lol, oh how she loves her treats.  Often Jeeves, her brother, leaves his treats, he would rather sleep than be eating all the time ROFL so a wee cat proof pot is going to be very handy to pop his spare treats into.

    My box design is called a bayonet box and was cut using 3mm plywood on a laser.  I etched the Fat Kat image and also faux stitching on the lid and designed and cut a small cat to use as a button too.   

    After the cutting and etching the lid I wood stained it and then embossed it with gold embossing powder.


    This looked great but the embossing powder did not hold well so I peeled it away the background and really blasted the melting of the embossing powder left on the cat area until it bubbled nicely lol.  A real distressed outcome but looks cool.  Next I sorted the attaching of cat button which was also wood stained.  


    And as you can see, this really is a wee box, only big enough for a few treats - the perfect Fat Cat gift for the cat that needs to diet :) :)