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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Lilac and Sage

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 a $10 coupon to spend in the store :)

Challenge 263 Theme 

'Anything Goes with STITCHING real or faux'


I don't do CAS very often as I honestly find it very difficult.  Anyway I though I would give it a go for this challenge.  The digital papers for this creation are Lilac and Sage by Coosty Creations, a 10 piece paper pack and I wanted to use all the papers lol.  I printed 9 petal shapes for my flowers, 1 in each of 9 papers and then used the last paper and another print of one of the lilac papers for my base mats.  I faux stitched each petal and clued the sections together.  Next I used an X-Cut die of cross stitch to make the stems of the flowers allowing the green paper behind to show through.  To finish off a simple sentiment die cut and three mauve/purple buttons.  I do have to apologise for the rather grotty photo, I don't for the life of me seem to be able to take a good photo today, this is the third one that is pretty useless :) :) :) 


Ingredients:-
  • Dies - XCut sewing set, Die'sire - thinking of you
  • From my Stash - buttons
I am entering this card into the following challenges:-

Thanks for looking and hope you have a happy crafting day:)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Christmas Star

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 64
At The Movies

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 boy, this challenge is really like trying to find a black cat in a dark room when blindfolded to me :)  I can rarely stay awake long enough to watch a movie from beginning to end, have not been to a cinema since Jurassic Park (the first one) was released and have no idea about 99% of who actors and actresses are (I can name a few but if I bumped into them walking down the street who not be able to put a name to their face hahaha).  So how do I tackle a movie theme grrrrrr.  One of the sayings I use a lot with folks is 'you're a star' so that links in with movie star - that ended up being my starting point.


I used the image Xmas Star by IKEsART and coloured it rather simply with Promarkers.  To finish it off I used Glass Stickles spread all over the centre area.  Next I designed my background paper using movie symbols and printed this on yellow vellum and then embossed both the background paper and the matching top layer.  I created the movie strip and cut this with my Silver Bullet, then on acetate stamped some random patterns with Memento ink.  Alas this did not dry as I hope so I then sprayed black matt on the back and finished off on both side with Crafters Companion spray varnish to make it all stick :), the acetate negative strip was then stuck to the back of the cut film strip.  I so love the way the negatives have turned out, better than I imagined.  Finally I printed my wee sentiment and then assembled my card.

Ingredients:-
  • image - Xmas Star by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Promarkers
  • dies - movie strip by me
  • from my stash - Stickles, vellum, acetate, 
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Peace

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 a $10 coupon to spend in the store :)

Challenge 262 Theme 

'Anything Goes with HOT COLOURS'


How nice to have a change :) I seem to have done so many cards with coloured images that this time when I had to work with a paper pack from Panda Bear I thought I would give a non coloured image card a go - normally I make boxes with paper packs.  This card started off with a different idea and went totally wrong so what you see here is a no planning, go with the flow and I have to admit I rather like the way it turned out.  Although it has a Chinese feel the message of peace is very dear to me with so many troubles in the world at this time.

I used three of the papers from the pack, the border dragon paper I printed twice so I could have a border on each side of my card. For the orange paper I embossed some small flowers with gold embossing powder then distressed the edges with Tim Holtz distress ink Brick Red.  The final paper I used was a pale orange with another dragon on it, I used the whole sheet of paper here but resized it to what was needed for my stamped Peace text.  The edges on this were also distressed.  Finally a rummage in my metal bits bag to find this rather smart silver embellishment with is airbrushed with red, orange and yellow Promarkers and then attached it with gold ribbon.  To finish off three more gold heat embossed flowers with red gems in the centres.

Ingredients:-
  • Paper Pack - Year of the Dragon 8.5 by 11 paper pack available from Stitchy Bear Digital Outlet
  • From my Stash - embossing powders, gold peel off lines, gems, metal embellishment, ribbon and rubber Peace stamp, Tim Holtz distress inks
I am entering this card into the following challenges:-

Thanks for looking and hope you have a happy crafting day:)

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Love Letters

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 63
EMBOSSING

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 so love embossing lol, think it is because cards are so touchy feely with embossing on them.  For this challenge I decided to try and make a very simple card with mega amounts of embossing, that worked fine but boy, trying to photograph it with all the white gave me several headaches so I apologise now for the outcome.


I used the image 'Love Letters' and added a sentiment then printed and coloured using Promarkers and Polychromos, finishing off with a gold pen and some Stickles.  Next I cut the image using Spellbinders Grand Scalloped Squares.  To emboss the background I used and Embossilicous folder and my trusty hammer as I did not want the sentiment or the image to be embossed lol.  Next I cut the brown layer and embossed this using a rubber stamp and gold heat embossing powder.  For the card base I used the same embossing folder as earlier .  The final touches - heart die by Sizzix which was cut using the brown card and again stamped and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  Next the mistake grrrrrr, I added some more gold Stickles and blob - one ugly blob amongst the neat ones.  What to do, I tried tidying it up, no joy, I tried removing it, no joy.  In desperation or many annoyance I took my finger and smudged all the Stickles into the background and then added some more gold embossing powder and heat embossed.  Well I could say it was meant to be but hay ho, accidents happen :) :) :) Each of the layers were attached with foam tape.

Ingredients:-
  • image - Love Letters by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Promarkers, Polychromos Pencils
  • dies - Spellbinders Grand Scalloped Squares, Sizzix double heart
  • from my stash - Stickles, foam tape, gold embossing powder
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Vintage Gramaphone

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 a $10 coupon to spend in the store :)

Challenge 261 Theme 

'Anything Goes with VINTAGE'


Oh how I love vintage, think I have a passion for lace, pearls and flowers :) :) :) For this Twisted Easel card I covered the front and base of the card in cream flower lace which has gold threaded in it.  Next I printed my image and text on velum and coloured the image with Promarkers and Polychromos.  I then distressed my velum with gold leaf powder on the back of the velum attached with a light adhesive spray and then used Tim Holtz distress ink pads and rubber stamps on the font to grunge it up a bit.  To finish off the front panel I then used the same lace I have for the rest of the card and added a ruffle behind the mat.  With that done I then made my bow embellishment by stringing three strands of pearls and attaching a metal charm to the end (two angel wings to represent the 'soul' in the text and a 'musical note' for the word music) and two chains of copper bead chain and the bow from the same lace as before.  I added a Tattered Lace die cut using Musical Notes in keeping with the card theme and bent it so it would look like musical notes emitting from the roses.  Next it was onto the text writing area where I have used the Spellbinders Diamond Essence doily then used Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms to make my roses.  Two further gold metal embellishments were added and a little more of the copper bead chain to make a final flourish.

Ingredients:-
  • Image -  Gramaphone by IKEsART available from StitchyBear Digital Outlet
  • Colouring medium - Polychromos and Promarkers
  • Dies - Spellbinders Diamond Essence and Bitty Blossoms, Tattered Lace Musical Notes
  • From my Stash - lace, metal charms, pearls, copper bead chain, 
I am entering this card into the following challenges:-

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Massey Ferguson TE20

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 62
Sing Us A Song

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 :) :) :)

Are you a lover of music?  I love listening to music but never pay any attention to the name of the song or who is singing it so this challenge is a real toughy for me :), I normally end up choosing an image I fancy working with and then do a hunt for a song which works with the image.  This time I think I landed on my feet hahahahaha. I fancied a male card for a change and love the image Ike has drawn 'Massey Ferguson TE20' and then my hunt on the net for a song came up with 'Big Green Tractor' by Jason Aldean


To create my card I first made my background paper using Brusho powers, these are such good fun and easy to use too.  Next I hunted out some lime green papers to add some brightness and olive/orange ribbon for contrast.  The tractor was coloured with Promarkers and Polychoroms and then fussy cut at added to the card with foam tape.  The tree was cut with a Tatter Lace die - Tree of Wonder and the text using Spellbinders sentiments. I finished off with a chipboard lamb which I coloured green (it looks more like a woolly horse to me hahaha)

Ingredients:-
  • image - Massey Ferguson TE20
  • colouring medium - Promarkers, Polychromos Pencils and Brusho powders
  • dies - Tatter Lace die - Tree of Wonder and the text using Spellbinders sentiments
  • from my stash - chipboard lamb and ribbon
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Friday, April 22, 2016

!00% digital Tamani

I am just having a bit of fun here.  Last week I made a card using the Tamini stamp and paper pack and entered into the Digitally Sweet Challenge.  Although my papers were digital the image was printed and hand coloured and the card assembled using dies, Stickles, gems etc.  I had some lovely feedback from so many lovely ladies but Granmargaret who said - 'Lovely work. Thank you for joining the challenge at Digitally Sweet. Hope to see you again next time. Next time we hope you will try to make a 100% digital project', did give me a chuckle and I decided to rise to the challenge.

So here is a digital version of the card I previous entered which was hand crafted, using Tamini digital papers and the Tamini pre coloured image by Coosty Creations.


I created most of my digital work using Photoshop - the backing paper from the pack was brought into the program and I added an embossed texture.  Next I brought in the green paper and used this to make the green border of the horizontal strip, on top of that I added another of the papers from the pack.  Next was the green paper again to make the border around the image and then the large floral paper to create the background behind the stamp.  The pre coloured image was brought in next on two separate layers, the bottom layer was faded to 20% to give the transparency I wanted and the second layer had the wings rubbed out.  To add the pearls as veins I nipped back into Illustrator and created a brush from a pearl to make my strands and then drew the pearl veins over an image of the stamp I had open.  The pearl veins were then copied and pasted into Photoshop (I am much more of an Illustrator user than Photoshop and often use that for things I know I can do in Photoshop but am more comfortable doing in Illustrator).  Back into illustrator to create the medallions using another of the digital papers and placing in a clipping mask, this was then copied and pasted on two layers in Photoshop.  Back to Illustrator to make my buttons using circles and the Compound Path tool, these were also copied and pasted into Photoshop.  For the sentiment, well, I often plan my cards in Illustrator in the evenings as I find it easy to focus when it comes to making the card through general crafting methods if I can visualise the end result, and so, the sentiment had already been created in my original planning totally digitally so I just pinched that and pasted it onto my digital card in Photoshop.  Each layer had shadows added to give some depth to the end result.  I hope you approve Granmargaret with my effort to recreate my original hand crafted card as a totally 100% digital version :) :) :)

Digital products used

Software used - Photoshop and Illustrator

I am entering this creation into:-
Digitally Sweet Fantasy Challenge