Monday, April 14, 2014

SPS Variation Week - Easter Blessing by Katerina Koukiotis

Sweet Pea Stamps

Hello folks, here I am again with another creation for  Sweet Pea Stamps.  This week is Variation Week and the team are working with the digi Easter Blessing by Katerina Koukiotis.  This image shouted vintage to me and I fancied going with a monochromatic theme too, trying to capture and aged appearance.  Not sure I managed what I was trying to do lol.

I started by printing the digi and colouring with Promarkers,  I then used a brown stamping pad around the edges after I had die cut the digi with Spellbinders Grand Labels 1.
 After spending ages trying to find the right backing paper and not winning I decided to make my own.  First I stamped with the same brown ink I edged the digi cut out with.
 Next I de-bossed the paper with an Embossilicious folder and air brushed with Promarker Walnut to tone the yellow cream paper I had used and bring it more in line with the colours I had used to colour the digi.
The brown base mount was a bit plain so I covered it with copper/bronze angle hair then it was time to hunt out some lace and then ready to assemble.
 The card needed something else and after thinking about flowers etc. I settled for a Marianne die - Branch 2.  I stuck the same copper/bronze angel hair I had used for the base mount and the same card together then cut.  And here we have the finished card.

Thank you for stopping by :)

  • Digi Easter Blessing by Katerina KoukiotisChallenges available from Sweet Pea Stamps
  • rose rubber stamp but I can't remember the company - it was part of a collection on a large sheet.
  • Die - Marianne Design Craftables - Branch2 and Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Grand Labels 1
  • Promarkers
  • Clear embossing  powder
  • Brown stamping ink
Challenges Entered:-

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Crafty Honeys Painter

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.

Challenge 208

Theme 'Use A Digi' 

The sponsor is StitchyBear Digital Outlet with a 7 image prize pack. To win main prize you MUST use an Image from our store. Runner up prize for person using none store image is $3 to spend in the StitchyBear Digital Outlet. So everyone can win something :)

For this week I chose the digi Crafty Honeys Painter by Scrapper's Delights available from the StitchyBear Digital Outlet for our mini team to work with.
For the background I die cut some house and roof shapes.
Next I coloured the houses with various shades of red Promarkers, and other colours for the roofs, windows and doors.  The card I used was a glossy type and not great to colour on but perfect for die cutting so a bit of a compromise here.  As I was aiming for a sketchy cartoon feel I did not think it mattered that the Promarkers would not blend well on this type of card stock.  To finish off I used Ice Stickles on all the windows, go to have that bit of bling :)
The next step was to airbrush my background, red top and bottom as I am going to add red lace here and a sky effect in the middle.
Time to assemble the background with the lace, houses and a sentiment road band which I created digitally and printed.
Digi colouring time.
I forgot to take a photo of the digi when I had finished her (coffee was calling hahahaha) so have had to crop her out from the finished card to show you the red Liquid Pearls I added and also red Stickles which I lightly painted on her dress and the end of the paintbrush.
 And here is the complete card - yes ladies, when it is your birthday you have every right to 'Paint the Town Red' :) :) :)

  • Digi - Crafty Honeys Painter by Scrapper's Delights
  • Die cuts by me
  • Promarkers
  • Ice Stickles
  • Liquid Pearls
  • Lace
I am entering this card into the following challenges:-
Thanks for looking and hope you have a happy crafting day:)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Everything Easter - Sinful Beauty

Time for another challenge over at

Everything Easter

Morning folks, hope you are having a good day today :)   It is week two of the IKEsWORLD challenge, Everything Easter and still plenty of time for you to enter.  Just remember, you must use and IKEsART image to be eligible for the prize.  Why not pop on over to the store, Ike produces the most amazing stamps, everything from off the wall to cute and fluffy :) :) :)

For this challenge I have used the digi Sinful Beauty, a bit odd for Easter I know but when I saw the challenge theme I had an idea lol.  Some time ago I bought some cardboard eggs to decorate and promptly put them away and forgot about them until now.  My hubby is not into recieving daft items (he likes cameras, computers and chocolate). Well I can't afford to buy him the cameras he likes, and he builds his own computers but chocolate I can do so this is for him (well he can have the contents I am keeping the fake Faberg√© egg for myself after the contents have been devoured)!!!!

OK, so how did I put this one together.  I started with a pre made cardboard egg which I bought ages ago.

Using acrylic paint I had mega amounts of messy fun painting it.  Purple for the outside and chocolate brown inside.

Next I sprayed the outside with Glitter Mist
For the decoration I first marked out the top and bottom sections of the egg using something I bought about three years ago and have never used.  It is meant for marking up areas ready for punching.  Must say, it came in really handy today for this this project.
Using line peel off sticker I created a sort of quilted pattern.  I then used diamonds (well glass really but lets pretend they are diamonds hahahahaha.  Once every thing was attached I finished off with some decoupage varnish and put to one side to dry.
Time to move onto the digi.  I created an egg shape which I coloured brown and added the text 'I can melt your chocolate any time'.  Next I placed the digi and printed.
Out with the Promarkers to colour the digi.
I mounted the coloured tag onto brown card, added an eyelet to the top and attached to a tassle which was threaded through a hole I made in the top of the egg.  To tidy up the edges on the egg I added a rather scrumptious button using silicone adhesive.

Here are some photos of the fake Faberg√© egg from the outside.

 I filled the egg with chocolate - yummy
Now when my hubby get the egg and removes the lid the tag inside will be lifted too with my special message to him.  Yep that should put a smile on his face for the day and hopefully please him so much I will be rewarded with a reprieve from kitchen duty for the next few days <g>

  • Digi - Sinful Beauty by IKEsART
  • Pre made cardboard egg
  • Promarkers
  • Peel-off Stickers
  • Glass gems
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Glitter Mist
  • Decoupage Varnish
  • Ribbon, bead and tassel from my stash
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Monday, April 7, 2014

SPS Shikoba by Charmaine Flannery

Sweet Pea Stamps

Today is my day to showcase an image from Sweet Pea Stamps and I have opted to use the digi Shikoba by Charmaine Flannery.  I love American Indian themes and dream catchers too so in this card I was in my element, what a stunningly beautiful digi to work with :) :)

I make a lot of my own digital backing papers for my cards, although the paper quality of most bought backing papers is far superior to my 120gms weight I print on I find I buy packs of papers and many don't get used. Last week I could not find a spotty paper in the colour I wanted so tried something I had seen a few folks do - use ink in an embossing folder to create a textured background with two or more colours.  For this card I have done the same thing but tried with three different colours.
Here is the finished paper where I have gone over it again with the same three colours to shade the embossed bits too.
Next I printed two copies of the digi and fussy cut one to use as a mask.  I then used the same ink pads as were used for the backing paper and blotched them around.
Now to start colouring the digi with Promarkers
And here she is completed.  I then cut the digi with Spellbinders Grand Scallop Ovals
The dreamcatcher die is by Cherry Lyn.  I planned to use one completed die and only the circular section of the others.  They were all cut using copper metallic card and then airbrushed with two colours of Promarkers.
Oh I do love lace on cards so here I have just applied white lace to one corner, trying not to make it to obvious but just adding a different texture.
Now the dies are dry, time to put the main one together.  A gem brad was added to the centre and a few drops of Cinnamon Stickles which I also added to the coloured digi.
And here is the completed card.

  • Digi - Shikoba by Charmaine Flannery
  • Promarkers
  • Die -  Cherry Lyn - Dreamcatcher, Spellbinders Grand Scallop Ovals
  • Embossing Folder - Embossilicious
  • Stickles, lace and brads
Challenges entered

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sweet Pea Book

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.

Challenge #207


Our sponsor this week is the StitchyBear Digital Outlet with a prize of $9 to spend in the store.  To win this prize you MUST use a digi from the StitchyBear Digital Outlet.  A second prize of $3 to spend in the StitchyBear Digital Outlet will be given to an entrant who does not use a SB product.

For this weeks challenge I have used the digi Sweet Pea by Stitchy Stamps and available from the Stitchy Bear Digital Outlet.  Instead of making a baby card with this adorable digi I decided to try something new.  A few weeks ago I picked up a pre made book, the type I think are for decoupaging as I thought it wold make a nice change to making cards all the time.  I had in mind it would be perfect for a special birthday, baby or Christening project.

I started off by painting the whole book white.
 I then covered the back with so pale green leaf organic paper which a friend brought back from Thailand for me, what a lovely gift <g>.
 Next I printed the verse and digi. The digi was coloured with Promarkers and then both sections were cut using Spellbinders Labels 1.
 Out with some baby ribbon and flowers which I airbrushed with the same Promarker colours as I used in the dig.
Next some lace and the same treatment - airbrushed with Promarkers.
With everything ready it was time to assemble.  I added a ribbon bookmark with a nappy pin at one end and two small mauve hearts.  I also airbrushed the sides of the book to give the impression of pages.
 And here is the finished project :)  I also added Liquid Pearls around the two cut out areas for a bit of glam <g>

  • Digi - Sweet Pea by Stitchy Stamps and available from the Stitchy Bear Digital Outlet
  • Cardboard book base
  • Promarkers
  • Liquid Pearls
  • Ribbon, lace, charm, bow flowers from my stash
I am entering this project in the following challenges:-

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Easter Chick

I am feeling very privileged to be asked to showcase this lovely Easter pre coloured sheet available free from This is something new to me and certainly handy for a quick card.  The sheet is a freebie from

It shouted Shabby Chic to me so that is the style I am going to try to achieve.  First I embossed some cream paper for the background.  After printing the sheet I cut out the elements I wanted to us then rummaged in my lace stash to find so lovely broad lace. Finally I put together some flowers and a pre made bow.  With everything now ready it was time to assemble.

  • Pre coloured sheet of images from
  • Flower embossing folder
  • Lace and flowers from my stash
Challenges entered