Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Pocket Watch

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 38

Welcome back to the IKEsWORLD challenges :)  do pop on over to IKEsWORLD to join in the challenge, if you use an IKEsART image you will be entered twice into the draw.  Why not pop on over to the store too :), Ike produces the most amazing stamps, everything from off the wall to cute and fluffy :) :) :)

I fancy doing something a bit different using the Pocket Watch image.  I had planned on a totally different image for this challenge but my creativity was stumped with it hahahaha and Pocket Watch just jumped out and said 'Use Me'.

Recently I have been playing around with mixed media which is so much fun and I wanted to go one step further and try embossing metal sheet (my stash has a roll of a soft copper sheet which I thought would be so much fun to try the embossing with it).

Firstly I printed the image in reverse to used as my tracing template then set to work with my embossing tool.
 Not bad but not what I wanted.  I had left the chain off on purpose as that was a bit hard to do and also ended up with a couple of holes in the copper sheet grrrrrr
 A quick chat with our lovely Ike to ask permission to change the image into a line drawing and try the embossing on my Black Cat.  What a star Ike is in saying yes as this really is out of bounds regarding TOU - thank you hunny for letting me do this :).  Here you can see my Black Cat doing the embossing for me :) :) :) Not done this before so really pleased :)
 The finished embossing complete with chain - this is in reverse as it is de-bossing at this stage, when I turn it over I will have the embossed image correctly showing.
 I cut a mount for my card and attached the whole copper sheet to it - not worth trying to cut the image out as I learnt from my hand done one that it does not work well. This seemed the most sensible way around the problem.
 Next I die cut lots of cog and some clock hands, two of each of these will be stuck together to make them much thicker.
 Onto my tag which I embossed on the Black Cat again and cut with a X-Cut die.  A card cut was also made and I will attache the two together for added strength.
Time to lay all the components onto the card to see how they will look.  For the text I used mini pasta alphabet shapes :)
 Some gause and silver chain were also added and then I painted over the top with white acrylic paint.
 Air-brushing time, a base coat of Vanilla
Then several other shades of the brown family were added.
I highlighted the text with a Walnut Promarker
 A couple of copper brads were used on the tag and the was then attached to the card with foam tape.
 I distressed some of the areas of the background trying to get a really aged look and finished off with some copper bronzing powder.  All done and having had so much fun I needed a cup of tea to celebrate :)

  • Image - Pocket Watch by IKEsART
  • Colouring Medium - Promarkers
  • Dies - X-Cut Lables, other dies by me
  • From my stash - copper sheet, brads, netting, chain, acrylic paint and copper bronzing powder
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Monday, May 18, 2015


Today is my day to showcase and image from Sweet Pea Stamps and I have chosen to work with the beautiful image Aphrodites by Gabriella Szabo which is available from the Sweet Pea Store in both rubber and digi.

This week I have decided on another candle, this image just shouted at me that it was the right proportions :)

To begin created the background and then placed the image without the white background.  This was then printed on tissue paper and coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils.

 Once coloured I then mixed some Pearl Ex powders with very watery PVA glue and painted this on the wings and the light spots.  I had a wee bit left over so also added some to the petals on the roses.  If you would like to see how I decorate my candles I have a tutorial - click here to view.

Here you can see the two side views of the candles.
 Front view of candle

  • Image - Aphrodites by Gabriella Szabo
  • Colouring Medium - Faber Castell Polychromos pencils
  • From my Stash - Candle varnish, Pearl Ex, gold wax strip, tissue paper
I am entering into the following challenges:-

Thank you for stopping by today and hope you have a happy crafting time ahead of you :) xx

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Thank you Teacher

Hello folks.  We have another challenge at One Stitch At A Time so how about popping over to see all the fabulous creations by the design team.  The prize this month is an awesome digi pack containing several images and a paper pack too - how cool is that.

Challenge #237

Theme 'Anything Goes with Appreciation' 

This week our theme is Appreciation and that can be appreciation to anyone or group of people you feel have done a kindeness, provide a wonderful service etc.  I used to be a teacher and while looking through Ken Benners images who is the artist I am using an image from this week I found a heart teacher which would work great for what I had in mind :)

To begin with I designed and die cut the accessories to attach to my card.
 I then made a tent fold card and trimmed the sides so they were slightly angled.  The bottom of the card had a section removed so the end result would look like an old easel.
 Next I covered the front of the card with brown paper and then added a black section at the top - my old fashioned black board is complete.
 The die cut sections were coloured with Promarkers.
 The image was coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos.  I then fussy cut the image removing the arms, legs and easel legs as they were just thin black lines.  I then drew these in with a black metallic pen on the card by first using my embossing tool to mark their location and shape.  With the body, blackboard, hands and feet cut out I then attached them with foam tape for added dimension.  My die cut teacher accessories were then attached to the card.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:-
Thanks for looking and hope you have a happy crafting day:)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Precious Moments

Sweet Pea Stamps

Today is my day to showcase and image from Sweet Pea Stamps and I have chosen to work with the beautiful image Precious Moments  by Charity Dauenhauer which is available from the Sweet Pea Store in digi format.

I have had this image for a while and totally forgot about it - wonder how many of us do that :) :) Anyway, I spent a weekend colouring up several images for upcoming creations and this one one of them, isn't it just so precious.  The image was coloured with Promarkers and the sun/moon was edged with a silver pen which I smudged around to try and create some flare.
 I came totally unstuck with the background, just did not know which way to go.  In the end the chalks won and I used several shades of blues.  For the final layer I put an embossing folder underneath and pressing quite hard with the dark blue chalk, rubbed over to pick up the texture. Chuffed with this, it worked a treat.
Great, the background sorted now onto the card.  Oh dear - dead brain.  I knew what I did not want to do but seemed to have no idea what I did want to do.  Several cups of coffee later I came up with a plan. This card has certainly not been an easy one by a long shot :)
I ended up going for a twisted easel card with a very lacy look just using dies. I just adore the Tattered Lace die I got on a magazine a year or so ago and for this creation I cut it three times.  Two of the cuts were left whole and the third I cut into a couple of sections and attached them to the whole die on the front.  The image was cut with a Spellbinder Oval and mounted on the Tattered Lace Antique Oval die.  To finish off the die cutting I then added a tiny butterfly to link in with the image using Cherry Lyn Designs Mimi Butterflies and used mauve card for the underside of the wings.  The sentiment was a simple silver congratulations which I had to cut down to Congrats to fit into the area created by the inner cut of the Tattered Lace Antique Oval die which is a buckle to which I threaded wide organza ribbon through.  Finishing off I added a large white double organza bow with a safety pin charm and a blue button and then a spray of pearls.

 On the inside of the card I used some blue patterned vellum and then added the third of the Tattered Lace rose cuts I made.  Some pretty ribbon with baby items was attached on the lower edge and a writing area using Sizzix - 657938 which I mounted with foam tape.  There we are all done :) :) :) 

  • Image - Precious Moments  by Charity Dauenhauer 
  • Colouring Medium - Promarkers
  • Dies - Tattered Lace die I got on a magazine a year or so ago, Spellbinder Oval, Tattered Lace Antique Oval die, Cherry Lyn Designs Mimi Butterflies and Sizzix - 657938
  • Embossing Folder - Tatter Lace butterflies
  • From my Stash - ribbon, chalk, vellum, charm, pearls
I am entering into the following challenges:-
Thank you for stopping by today and hope you have a happy crafting time ahead of you :) xx

Sunday, May 10, 2015


Just a quick post for me today :) I recently won the fabulous 'trees 22101' from QKR Stamps. I so love nature and somehow silhouette tree stamps grab me every time, so very versatile for backgrounds or like I have done today, standing proud on their own.

I am just about to return to the UK for my annual visit to see family after being in Saudi for the last 10 months and so this card will be part of a letter I will be sending my Mum, the last letter of this tour.  I know she will be so excited to receive it and also with the news inside of my date of arrival and suggestions of wee outings we can take together :)

I added a sentiment by Ansel Adams to the image and printed it. Next I chalked the background with shades of green and, using black embossing powder picked out some of the main areas so I could get a really dark black textured effect without changing the image.  Normally I do this with rubber stamps and this was the first time trying it with a digital image.  Not easy :) and my poor eyes by the end were totally struggling.
Here is a close up of the sentiment I added
With that done I then set about sorting the mounts for the card.  The base mount is Papermania paper which I then place on black.  For the ribbon I rubber stamped a With Love sentiment and embossed it to with black embossing powder to secure it and stop it smudging.  I have not stamped on ribbon before so this was a bit of fun and something I think will come in handy again.  The ribbon was white organza which I coloured with my green Promarker.
Time to get the sewing machine out, something else new for me, only done this once before.  Yep today is a day of experimentation I think lol.  Using silver thread I sewed the green burlap and the ribbon with the lime green lace underneath.
I added 3 three buttons and a black butterfly cut from Spellbinder - Les Papillions 2. With that all completed I then moved onto the inside of the card, again using the Papermania Paper for the back and a light green mulberry paper for the writing area. Both sections were also mounted on black to match the front of the card.  The final touch was another black butterfly.
All done and time for a coffee hahahaha


  • image - 'trees 22101' from QKR Stamps
  • dp - Papermania
  • dies - Spellbinder - Les Papillions 2, Labels 22 and Grand Squares
  • from my stash - organza ribbon, buttons, chalks, embossing powder and gems.
I am entering this card into the following challenges:-

Saturday, May 9, 2015

A box for my coloured images

Morning folks.  Just thought I would share something I made for me lol, not something I do very often.  Recently I seem to have coloured in quite a few images and not used them.  The other day I wanted one of them for a card and blow me, could I find them.  They were not where I thought I had left them.  After an hour or two of hunting I did find them with great relief.  Anyway, after the experience I scrapped the idea of making a card and decided to make something to store my coloured images in.  I do have another plan to make an art journal and have been hunting for ways to make the actual journal to put the art work into to, book binding etc.  One of the way I saw was to make a concertina base and then the pages can be attached to each of the slots.  So . . . . . as a practice run I have used this idea to make the insert of a wooden box I have and this will be used to store my loose coloured images.

So much fun and a almost full day project :) :) :)

I started off making the concertina base to fit inside my box

I then added A5 sheets of very stiff card to each groove and then added another layer of card to base so it would glue firmly inside my box.

Talk about working back to front as it was at this point I decided to decorate the box and make it pretty instead of just functional hahahaha.

The box was painted with Gesso and then airbrushed with yellow, green and orange Promarkers to match the image I was going to used and had coloured previously. Next I raked out a sunflower rubber stamp and a couple of quote stamps and embossed with old gold embossing powder.  The same was done for the front piece of card.
To finish off I added ribbon (you can't see it but is is under the lace), lace and pearls.  I do love hidden elements, the sort that don't jump out at you but every now and again, you know they are there but they are confident enough not to have to be in your face so to speak.
A small section of lace was added under the image and a string of pearls too.  I die cut the text 'Coloured Images' which I heat embossed with Old Gold embossing powder. I then sandpapered this to distress it and then added a bit more heat embossing powder, this time Gold Tinsel.  Finally two metal hears were added, one by the image and the other on the front of the box.

I had such a hard time not adding some hand made paper flowers as I so love them but this box needed to be strong and put up with lots of use so I felt adding embellishments that were not flat would end up making it look tatty in no time at all.  Wonder how long it will be before I change my mind and relent hahahaha.


  • Image used - Keep The Faith by Ching Chou Kuik available from Sweet Pea Stamps as a rubber stamp.
  • Colour Medium - Faber Castell Polychromos for the image and Promarkers for the background and box
  • From my stash - old wooden box, rubber sunflower stamp and sentiment stamps, lace, pearls, ribbon, embossing powders and metal hearts.
I am entering this box in the following challenges:-