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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tickled Pink

Time for another challenge over at

Tickled Pink

This weeks challenge over at IKE'sWORLD is Tickled PINK - shock, horror - NOT pink, please no pink, I can't work in PINK lol.  A compromis is required, cerise shades of pink - yep I can go with that hahahaha.

For this card I worked with one of the new digs in the store called Shhhhhhhh, isn't she just something else.


I had so much fun with this card, a real touchy feely one, full of texture.  To begin with I designed a cutting file for the white cut out design.  Here is my Black Cat doing the hard work
 And here is the finished cut piece. It is deliberately an odd shape as the the digi will be covering a lot of this up and no point blunting my blade for nothing.
Next I printed the digi.  You can see I have added a pink shadow around the edges, this is so I can fussy cut by hand but not lose all the single strands of hair.
Once the digi was printed I coloured it with my Promarkers (oops the photo is a bit on the purple side)  Once she was coloured I then added small cerise gems to the hair, a bit of discreet bling never goes amiss.

For the dp I planned to use something patterned but unbelievably out of all the papers I have I could not match up the pinks.  I would normally match my colouring to my backing paper but this time, with putting the shadow round the digi that was not going to work.  I am a tinker for having all sorts of things tucked away that I might need one day, you know the sort of thing, see it have a plan, buy it, not use it lol.  In this case the item was some rather scrumptious fur fabric.  Well why not, great fun for a funky card hahahah. 

With the furry card base, digi and die cut ready it was time to set to work on the embellishments.  Again, problem matching the pinks in my ribbon bundle.  Oh well, back to the old solution, use white and colour with Promarkers.  The satin ribbon coloured beautifully but I knew I was going to have a problem attaching it nicely to the very textured loose surface underneath.  I ended up using adhesive spray and sticking the ribbon to card to make it easier to work with.
Now for the fun bit, with all the items created time to assemble.  I have also made a tag which says ' I have something to tell you but Shhhhhhh' - somehow this card seems perfect for a girly secret <g>  The tag was finished off with the same gems as I used for the hair and then attached it to a metal embossed plate which I feel was the perfect contrasting embellishment to go with this very pink card.
Here is a close up of the tag.
And here is a close up of the fur fabric under the die cut - scrummy yummy.
Finally, after a fun filled morning, the completed card.  Hope you like it :)

Ingredients:-
  • Digi -  Shhhhhhhh by IKEsART
  • Promarkers
  • Die by me
  • Fur fabric, gems, ribbon and metal embellishment from my stash
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Monday, April 21, 2014

SPS - Snapdragon Sprite with Baby Dragon

Sweet Pea Stamps

Hello folks, here I am again with an image from Sweet Pea Stamps.  This week is Featured Artist - Mitzi Sato-Wiuff, a stunning fantasy artist.  If you love fantasy you really need to check out her artwork, it is amazing.  I have chosen to use the image Snapdragon Sprite with Baby Dragon, this image is only available as a rubber stamp.

What a lot of fun I had using this image to make a gift bag.  I have to admit, it is not the sort of image I tend to go for but once I started colouring it I was in my element for a whole two hours and that was just the colouring lol.

So to start with, a plain gift bag.

I had decided to work in oranges - now that is a challenge for me, I can colour in blues, purples and greens but when it comes to the hot colours I seem to lose it.  As the say, practice, practice, practice.  Promarkers and the air gun attachment were used to colour the bag.
 Next I took a piece of lace and coloured it the same way as I did the gift bag.
Once the lace was dry I attached it to the gift back with spray adhesive.
To finish the main part of the bag I attached some peach organza ribbon and added Liquid Pearls around the bottom edge.
Now for the embellishments.  Another thing I am useless at is bow tying, even after lots of practice the bows look OK but nothing special.  Last night I sent a couple of hours hunting the net for ways to tie bows and at last think I have found a way that works for me, yes, I am pretty pleased with my bow this time hahahaha.  The metal love heart is from a pack I bought ages ago and just never seem to have the right thing to use them on until now :)
 Silver really was not a colour that was going to work with this card so I coloured the metal love heart with the same colours as I am using of the image.
 Next to colour the image with my Promarkers.
And here we have the completed gift bag.
I also added some skeleton leaves behind the image, nice and delicate and add some more texture without being to cluttered.
Hope you like my creation and thank you for stopping by :)
Ingredients
  • Image - Snapdragon Sprite with Baby Dragon by Mitzi Sato-Wiuff
  • Promarkers
  • Liquid Pearls
  • Metal love heart, organza ribbon, gift bag, lace and skeleton leaves from my stash.
Challenges entered

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Calla Lily Thank You

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 209

Theme 'Favourite Things' 

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 ;O).

Oh this is such a lovely challenge, flowers, it had to be flowers for me as they are one of my favourite things that I love to colour, love to draw, love to see growing, just love, love love :) :) :)

For this challenge I used the digi Cala Lily by Hope Jacare Doodles available from the StitcyBear Digital Outlet.

To make my card I first covered my card blank with some hand made paper which had leaves and petals embedded into it.  I then attached some hessian/burlap type lace stuff and some proper lace.
 Next I used Photoshop to create a mottled background behind the digi and printed
 Once the digi was coloured with Promarkers I then cut it out using Spellbinders Grand Circles
 Next I used the next size up in the Spellbinders Grand Circles to cut a hessian mount and finally Spellbinders Grand Scallop Circles to cut a mount to of the same handmade paper I used to back the card.  Once assembled I added some Bisque Liquid Pearls and a Thank You peel off sticker.
 Time to get some raffia out and make a bow to which I added some green organza. To finish off I used a butterfly charm and threaded beads, sequins and pearls to the thread.  Rather like this so will no doubt be doing it again <g>
 Here is a close up of the charm and bead strand.
Promarker colours used in this creation
 And here we have the finished Thank You card.

Ingredients:-
  • Cala Lily by Hope Jacare Doodles available from the StitcyBear Digital Outlet.
  • Dies - Spellbinders Grand Circles and Grand Scallop Circles
  • Bisque Liquid Pearls
  • Handmade paper, laces (regular and burlap), organza ribbon, raffia, charm and beads from my stash
I am entering this card into the following challenges:-

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 :)

Ingredients
  • 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' :) :) :)

Ingredients:-
  • 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 FabergĂ© 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 FabergĂ© 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>



Ingredients:-
  • 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:-