Monday, August 25, 2014

SPS - Pink Peony

Sweet Pea Stamps

Today is my day to showcase an image from Sweet Pea Stamps for our Artist Week where the whole team are using images by Ching Chou-Kuik.  I have chosen to work with the image Pink Peony

I started off by colouring the image with Promarkers.  Once coloured I fuzzy cut the image, not an easy image to fussy cut with the strands of hair but I did not want any white paper on this card.

Promarkers used

I added Liquid Pearls to the fan and parts of the clothing.
Next I covered my card base with some gorgeous paper I bought about 4 years ago (as it is a favourite  I don't use it often <g>).  I recently bought a beautiful die - Joanna Sheen - Large Filigree Fan which I thought would be perfect for this card.  I cut the die 4 times to make the fan shape using the same cream card I used for my card blank.  Two ideas in my head, either cut the corner away as I have shown here or remove the whole section behind the fan.
After some thought I decided on my second thought and removed all the card blank area from behind the fan.
Onto the tag.  For this I used a Just Right stamp which I stamped in green and then used clear embossing powder.  This was cut out using a Spellbinder circle die.  Next I cut some of my beautiful paper in a slightly larger Spellbinder circle die and air brushed it with my Peony Rose Promarker. The final die used for the background is from Sizzix called For The Record 2
Finally I airbrushed some white organza flowers and also a piece of organza ribbon.
 Finally I assembled the card.  Inside view
 Front view.

  • Image -  Pink Peony by Ching Chou-Kuik
  • Promarkers
  • Dies - Joanna Sheen - Large Filigree Fan, Spellbinders Circles and Sizzix - For The Record 2
  • Backing paper - can't remember now sorry
  • Ribbon, flowers and organza ribbon from my stash
Challenges entered

Monday, August 18, 2014

SPS - Imortal Dreams

Sweet Pea Stamps

Today is my day to showcase an image from Sweet Pea Stamps and I have chosen to use the stunning image 'Imortal Dreams' by Charmaine Flannery.

To begin with I removed the white background from the digi making it a transparent.  The image was then placed on some digital paper (Crafter's Companion  - Nov 2012 - Autumn Floral Delight set) and I added a shadow effect.  To finish off I added a text sentiment.   Once printed I then coloured the image with Promarkers.

Promarkers used
 Next I printed the belt from the Autumn Floral Delight set twice.  On on I used eyelets to give the printed image a more realistic look. On the second I only used the buckle, this was then overlaid over the first belt section so the eyelets were behind the buckle.
 Using the blue gingham paper from the set I cut my mount for my image and used the remainder of the printed sheet to make some matching flowers using Spellbinders-Bitty-Blossoms-6.  The centers of the flowers were finished off with a wee brown bead and some stamens which I coloured with my gold Promarker.
 To finish off I added gold peel off stickers to the edges of the mount and image, some metal wings which were attached to a necklace I found in a charity shop and could not stop myself buying hahaha,  and finally some real feathers.

All done :)

  • Image -  'Imortal Dreams' by Charmaine Flannery.  
  • Promarkers
  • Dies - Spellbinders-Bitty-Blossoms-6
  • Backing paper - Crafter's Companion  - Nov 2012 - Autumn Floral Delight set
  • Feathers, wing charms, beads and stamens from my stash
Challenges entered

Monday, August 11, 2014

SPS - Pumpkin Sprite

Sweet Pea Stamps

Today is my day to showcase an image from Sweet Pea Stamps for our Variation Week.  This week all the DT are creating an item using the cute image 'Pumpkin Sprite' by Mitzi Sato-Wiuff. This image is only available in rubber.

To begin with I coloured the image with Promarkers
 Promarkers used
 Next I back my card with some green patterned paper from Papermania.  Using the die Sizzix die Frame #6 I cut the digi and also some orange paper I had.  I then airbrushed the digi background with Promarker Apple Green.  A quick rummage around in the flower box to find some peach coloured flowers and some dried leaves then the lace box to find something suitable :) :)
 The finished card

  • Image -  'Pumpkin Sprite' by Mitzi Sato-Wiuff
  • Promarkers
  • Dies - Sizzix Frame #6
  • Backing paper from Papermania
  • Sequin ribbon, flowers and leaves from my stash
Challenges entered

Sunday, August 10, 2014

White on White with a hint of Pink

What a lovely evening, sitting in my chair with my laptop and creating some computer wallpaper for the Digitally Sweet challenge <g>.  Yep this entry is 100% digital.  I would much rather be doing things on my laptop than watching television.

I decided to create some new wallpaper, a rather cool project for something 100% digital.  My only issue is the pink - just about my least favourite colour so that is a challenge in itself for me to work with hahahaha.

My wallpaper has been created using Photoshop.

To begin with I found a rose via Google which was labelled as 'Labeled for reuse'.  The image is by Michael Gwyther-Jones and can be found here.  Thank you Michael for the use of you image for my personal use wallpaper.

I placed the image into Photoshop and removed the background as I only want the rose head.  I also flipped the image.
 By working with layers creations are never ending so next I added a new layer and placed it below the rose layer.  I added a texture background and a gradient.
On another new layer I added my text, a quote by Lee Buseaglia.
Something was missing so I added another layer where I used a Photoshop brush by Obsidian Dawn. Once the brush image was placed I added some digital effects:- emboss, texture and shadow.
 And now you see my new wallpaper on my laptop screen.  Although I am not a lover of pink and have never had pink wallpaper near my laptop in the past I think I will leave this one on for a while as I have to admit I am rather pleased with the outcome :) :)  The background is much whiter than the image is showing, don't have the foggiest why my screen capture decide to give it a grey look :(

Challenges entered:-

Digitally Sweet - White on White with a hint of pink (100% digital)

Monday, August 4, 2014

SPS - Alien

Hi folks, it is my turn again to showcase an image from the Sweet Pea Stamps store, this time I have chosen Joanne Schempp's Alien.  As I am using this card as a One Sweet Challenge example I followed the theme of this months challenge - Turn Up The Heat, how about popping over and joining in :) :)

To begin with I printed the image three time, one on card for colouring and the other two to used for masking while I airbrushed the background and red planet.
 Next I coloured the image with Promarkers.  I have deliberately left the ground very pale as I did not want this to represent cold which needed heating up from the red planet, one of the takes on the theme, the other take being 'Hot Stuff' as she is rather a hot woman hahaha.  To finish off the image I used clear embossing powder on the head piece and band accessories just to add a bit of texture.
 I do love lace on a card and although this is a card made for a bloke and lace is not really their thing I do think it provides the texture to the black base card and as most of it will be covered with the image and border I think any block will just accept it and not feel it is to girly :)
To finish the card I added black line sticker to edge the image.  For the border I used the Sizzix - Deco Floral Bead die.  The text was cut using the Tattered Lace - retro alphabet die.  A few black glitter self adhesive dots were added too.

  • Digi -  Joanne Schempp's Alien
  • Promarkers
  • Dies - Sizzix - Deco Floral Bead die and Tattered Lace Retro Alphabet
  • Lace, black line sticker and black self adhesive dots from my stash
I am entering the following challenges:-

  • Robyn`s Fetish - W - #223 Square or Rectangle Cards - Your Choice
  • Crafting When We Can - 2W, 2E, C5 - Challenge #75 Bright Colors

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    SPS - Summer Daisies Flower Pot Pretties

    Here I am again with another creation, this time using Summer Dasies Flower Pot Pretties by Heather Valentin available from the Sweet Pea Stamps store.

    To begin with I printed two copies of the digi, the second copy was used to mask the first while I airbrushed the background with my Promarker.  The wee daisies at the top were a problem, I had cut them out but really they were to small so I tried using masking fluid instead, a fluid used in watercolour painting to stop the spread of the paint.  I worked a treat thankfully.  To apply it I used a toothpick :)
    Onto the colouring with my Promarkers and once completed Spellbinders Grand Scallop Ovals was used to create the mount.
    Promarkers used.
    Lots of layering for the background picking up the colours I used in the digi.
    Now for the decision, make my own flowers or use shop bought ones lol.  I opted to make my own, for the daisies I used the die Sizzix Mini Daisies and for the wee yellow ones I used Impression Obsession Layered Floral Set.  After colouring and assembling I set to with the flower centres where I used pearls airbrushed with the same Promarker colours I used in the image.  To hold the pearls in place while airbrushing I find a bit of blue-tack works a treat.
    The sentiment was printed digitally and then airbrushed.  To cut it out I used Nellie's Multi Frame Round Doily
    The image looked like it needed just something else added to it so I printed another copy, coloured two of the large flowers, the tiny daises and the snail again. These were then cut out and added as a second layer to the digi.  Alas it does not really show in the photo but in real life you can see the 3D effect.  Each of the flowers were shaped with a ball tool to dimension to the flowers and the underneath petals were trimmed away. The snail was finished off with Glossy Accents.
    One more thing to get ready, a wee butterfly so I can carry the purple colour to the upper left of the card, for this I used Cherry Lyn Designs Mimi Butterflies.  Oooops - sorry about the blurry pic <g>.  I find it easier to grab pics as I am going along as I hate writing and know some of you who read are interested in the process but sometimes I am just a little to quick to capture the moment and I guess this is one of those times :)
    To finish off the card I added a doily, string of pearl beads and some skeleton leaves.

    • Digi -  Summer Dasies Flower Pot Pretties by Heather Valentin
    • Promarkers
    • Dies - Spellbinders Grand Scallop Ovals, Nellie's Multi Frame Round Doily, Sizzix mini daisies, Impression Obsession Layered Floral Set and Cherry Lyn Designs Mimi Butterflies 
    • Liquid Pearls and Purple Stickles
    • DP- Papermania
    • Lace, pearls, doily, bead chain, skeleton leaves from my stash 
    I am entering the following challenges:-

    Monday, July 21, 2014

    SPS - Artist Week - Fire Dragon by Lisa Victoria

    Sweet Pea Stamps

    Hello folks, here I am again with another creation for  Sweet Pea Stamps.  Today I am sharing with you my DT creation for Artist Week where the whole team use an image by the artist Lisa Victoria.  I have chosen the image Fire Dragon to work with :)

    This is a rather simple card and an even more simple blog post as I am still without an Internet connection in my house and am also in the process of packing for my return trip to Saudi on Wednesday morning.

    Here is a close-up of the coloured digi.  For the colouring I used the new Spectrum Noir blend able pencils.  The first time I used the pencils I also used the blending solution which removes the wax and only leaves the coloured pigment behind leaving an effect very similar to that of our beloved Promarkers and Copics.  This time I have not used the blending solution but instead built up the image with several layers of the crayons so I can see what the different effect is.

     For the corners of the card and the flames from the dragon I have used fire coloured gold leaf which I have just bough but it is in my house and I am writing this at my daughter house (saying as she has an Internet connection :) :) :) ) and I can't remember the name of it.  I do love the outcome though and an rather glad I bought it the other day.  Now I wish I had bought more but that will have to be next year now.

    Thank you for stopping by :)

    • Digi Fire Dragon by Lisa Victoria  Sweet Pea Stamps
    • Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils
    • Dies - X-Cut for the black mount and Tattered Lace for the alphabet
    Challenges entered