Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New Fairy

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 41

Welcome back to the IKEsWORLD challenges :)  do pop on over to IKEsWORLD to join in the challenge, just remember, you must use and IKEsART image to be eligible for the prize.  Why not pop on over to the store too :), Ike produces the most amazing stamps, everything from off the wall to cute and fluffy :) :) :)

Ahhh what a lovely challenge this is and I am wondering how many of the DT will go dark :) - I am so useless at dark, keep trying to think what to do and my mind goes totally blank hahahaha so for this fantasy challenge I reverted back to my normal comfort zone - fairies.  For this card I have used New Fairy.

I wanted a bright background so designed my paper digitally and then printed it.  I then stamped a rubber stamp fairy on it several times and embossed with holographic embossing powder.  This was not to have a very visible image but to add a twinkle when the light catches the card and when you look closely you can see what the design is. I do love some hidden bits in my cards which are not immediately noticeable.  The embossing powder also gave a lovely touch feely texture to the dp.  Once this was done I got out the sewing machine and with silver thread sewed a border in regular stitch and then went round again with zig-sag stitch.  Part of the way through this my machine decided to break grrrrrr - the whole section inside that hold the bobbin and spool fell apart and was in three sections.  No hubby around to fix it as he was at work so had to do it myself.  An hour later, success and feeling rather chuffed with myself.
I have only made one shaker card before and was not very impressed with my result that I have not made one again.  However, the other day I saw this way of making a shaker card that made total sense using dies and it made total sense so wanted to give it a go again.  I printed my sentiment on a lighter version of the dp that I designed and then cut with a couple of Spellbinder circle dies.  This was a bit of a boo boo as I should only have cut the larger circle at this point but never mind, live and learn.
 Next I used one thick piece of white card and some thinner mauve card to cut four more circle frames and then the larger circle only to cut an acetate circle.  The top mauve frame that will be placed over the acetate circle was heat embossed with the holographic embossing powder.  I glued my base sentiment circle onto my card and then the white frame around it.  On top of the white frame I glued two of the mauve frames.
 To finish off I then added some silver stars and tiny pink stars, then glued the acetate circle on top.  Finally I glued the heat embossed mauve circle - yep I love this way of making a shaker card, it works lol.
 Next I got out a string of iridescent beads I had and glued them around the outside of the the circles.
 Onto colouring the fairy using Promarkers and then I used the holographic embossing powder again on the wings.
 For the top corner a chance to use some metal flowers I have and in the centre of each one I glued a larger iridescent bead.
 Just one flower for the bottom corner with an iridescent bead in the centre and then a few more of the beads to make a crystal rock for the fairy to sit on.
 I went to town with the embossing powder on the inside of the card as you can see hahahaha
 And here we have it, the finished card.

  • image - New Fairy by IKEsART
  • DP by me
  • dies - Spellbinders Circles
  • from my stash - silver thread, embossing powder, stars, metal flowers, iridescent bead chain and loose beads, acetate
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Monday, June 29, 2015

Mother and Baby GIrl

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 Mother and Baby Girl  by Conie Fong which is available from the Sweet Pea Store in as a digi and in rubber.

This card is for a friend of mine who is just about to have a baby girl in the next week or so.  She is keeping very quite about what she and her hubby are going to call their baby daughter so I couldn't add the name to the card lol.

To begin with I coloured the image with Promarkers

Using the colours I have chosen I am trying to have a vintage feel to this card but the mum to be is far from girly or vintage.  She does wear a lot of fawn colours so I am hoping with all the lace etc I am adding to the card she will still like it.  Maybe I can call it funky vintage lol.

To make the frame for her I used the die cArt decorative Oval Frames and then attached white lace behind the frame which I ruffled.  A couple of flourishes were cut using Crafty Ann -Flourish-5.  All these sections were airbrushed with Warm Brown 5, 4 and 3 Promarkers.
For the card base I used brown paper and then pink card which I embossed with a Tattered Lace embossing folder. Some rather special lace was added along the bottom. Next onto the digi, with her
coloured I then fussy cut her.   Some lace I had which was the perfect colour was placed at the back of part of the frame and then up to the top left edge of the card.  I made some roses from hand made paper using the Spellbinder die Bitty-Blossoms-6 and then added a pram charm, baby girl ribbon bow and some pearl strands.  Liquid Pearls were added along the bottom of the Mums dress to hide the join where it meets the frame and to balance the out I also added some Liquid Pearls to the lace edges of her dress and the babies dress.
 The inside of the card was finished of with some design paper I had floating around and the writing area created with die Sizzix - 657914 which I then air-brushed with my warm brown Promarker.  The flourishes on the front were a bit big for what I wanted so I had trimmed them down, no point in wasting anything so I placed them on the inside :) :) :) .

  • Image - Mother and Baby Girl  by Conie Fong
  • Colouring Medium - Promarkes and chalk (chalk was used for the flowers)
  • Dies -  cArt decorative Oval Frames, Crafty Ann -Flourish-5 and Spellbinder die Bitty-Blossoms-6 
  • From my Stash - lace, charm, peel off sticker sentiment, peals sprays and ribbon
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, June 28, 2015

On Your Bike

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 #240

Theme 'Red, White and Blue' 

A very simple card with lots of layers.  I started by colouring the image BSA Bike by Sentimental Susan available from the StitchyBear Digital Outlet.  The image was printed using the no lines technique with about 50% opacity.  Faber Castell Polychromos  and a silver pen were used for the image.  I embossed the white mat and the top three mats were all mounted with foam tape between them.
For the inside I used a chipboard die cut of a motorbike and used it as a stencil so I could airbrush over it - that really was fun :) :) :)
 Inside of card
 Front of card

  • Image -  BSA Bike by Sentimental Susan
  • Colouring medium - Faber Castell Polychromos and Promarkers
  • From my Stash - red, white and blue card, motorbike stencil.
I am entering this card into the following challenges:-

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

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Home, Family, Blessings . . .

Hi there peeps :) :) Today I am sharing with you a card I have made for my Guest Design spot with Inky Impression using a wonderful sentiment called Home, Family, Blessings.  I just loved the words on this sentiment when I read them, so very true.

The theme this week at Inky Impressions is 'Embellish', nice and easy so I hope you pop on over and join in the fun too.

Folks who know me know that I normally have lots of pics showing how I put my card today but at the moment I am in a bit of a pickle hahaha.  I returned to the UK last week from Saudi for a short spell home to see the family and so have a very limited of supplies and space to work with.  I did do some craft Internet shopping before leaving so have some dies to play with and bits and bobs of oddments.  No complaints though, I love the challenge of creating with limited items around, really gets the creativity going as I am sure you all know :)

Anyway for this card I cut my base card and attached some pink gingham vellum.  Next I die cut some dark gray card and embossed it with and Embossilicious folder.  The dies are from Spellbinders and I used some pink chalk on the white cuts.  The sentiment was printed and then cut with one of the middle sized dies from the set.  In keeping with the theme 'Embelish' I found a bit of pink ribbon that was perfect and last year I had bought some self adhesive pearls which I forgot to pack and take back to Saudi with me, how lucky is that :).

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Silver Flute

The image was printed onto some background paper I designed, simple but with a great texture pattern and just enough not to distract from the beautiful image.  The inside of the card was designed using the same digital paper with a simple addition of a black bar.  Next I coloured the image with Spectrum Noir markers and then finished off with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils.  For the background of the image I used my new Spectrum Noir inks, just one problem, the paint brushes that come in the sets are all much bigger than I usually work with and I don't have my fine paintbrushes with me at the moment, think I will have to go and buy a couple :) :)  Once the colouring was completed I then mounted both sections onto black card. To finish off the front of the card I used a new die I have just got and made my black paper bow and edging.  I can see this die is going to be one of my favourites as I am totally useless at tying bows lol.

 inside of card

To begin with I coloured the image with Promarkers   Faber Castell Polychromos

  • Image - GABRIELLA SZABO - The Silver Flute available as a digi
  • Colouring Medium - Spectrum Noir markers and inks, Faber Castell Polychromos pencils
  • Dies - Filigree Bow
  • Digital Design paper - by me
I am entering into the following challenges:-

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A Man and His Grill

I love a man who will do the cooking as the kitchen and I don't like each other very much hahahaha - yep, chef in the house is the perfect handy man to have around!!!! :) :) :) And so, that leads me onto my card, the ideal chef in the garden cooking some wonderful burgers, sausages etc. on the BBQ - I can smell it now and my mouth is watering :)

To begin with I coloured the image with Promarkers and  Faber Castell Polychromos
For the design paper used I rummaged through all my freebies from magazines which I hardly ever use, I remembered seeing in the past a great arty leaf paper in dark browns and greens which I hoped would be perfect.  Luck was on my side, it was not my imagination and it worked perfectly.  I also used one of the sentiments that came with the free paper ' My Hero'.  To mount the image I used some black paper which I corrugated with a machine which I bought on a whim but really don't like much :( :(, the second matting used is a dark red hand made paper.  Black peel off line stickers and corners were used to finish off the mount.
For the My Hero sentiment I die cut some silver metal foil using the Tim Holtz Vintage Lace border die and then coloured the metal with my black Promarker.
Here is the inside of the card using the same dp as the front and then adding a writing area with Spellbinders Adorning Squares.
I made my sentiment and mounted it on the the red hand made paper.  For the leaves I used die -Crafts Too Leaf Flourish.

  • Image - 'A Man and His Grill' by Lynne Stansbery 
  • Colouring Medium - Promarkers and  Faber Castell Polychromos
  • Dies - Tim Holtz Vintage Lace border, Spellbinders Adorning Squares and Circle, Crafts Too Leaf Flourish
  • From my Stash - dp, metal, peel off line and corner stickers
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

Earth, Wind, Fire and Water!!!!!!

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 40
Earth, Wind, Fire and Water

Welcome back to the IKEsWORLD challenges :)  do pop on over to IKEsWORLD to join in the challenge, just remember, you must use and IKEsART image to be eligible for the prize.  Why not pop on over to the store too :), Ike produces the most amazing stamps, everything from off the wall to cute and fluffy :) :) :)

Talk about a challenge to get you thinking - this one did the trick and another out of the box creation from me hahahaha.

I asked Ike to draw me an image of a gardener for my idea (at the time of writing this post the image is not in the store).  The gardener represents Earth, well what better way to play with the earth than to plant and grow something.  I wonder how many folks have bent over and - woops - a little air pops out giving one the shock of ones life hehehe, well that is exactly what happened to my gardener.  Now for the fire, well that is easy, that methane is flammable as far as I know (but not learnt from experience I should add). What could be handier in a garden than a sprinkler to put out the fire and there we have it Earth, Wind, Fire and Water, an odd take on the challenge theme but I had so much fun :) :) :)

To begin with I made a wee sprinkler out of Sculpie, once it was cooked I coloured it with a silver paint pen and a green Promarker. I do apologies for the blurred pic - got a bit close with the camera as it is so small.
 Next I designed my dp and used a clipped section to add the .png version of the image which I then coloured my image with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils.  Other sections of my card were also printed.
To make the smelly wind I cut some thick vellum in the shape of a gust of wind and used some petal dies for the flames which I coloured with Promarkers.
 With the 'hot air' and flames in place I added my sprinkler and used Crystal Stickles to represent the water.  For the hose pipe I used a large green paper clip cut and bent to the size and shape I wanted.
 Inside of card
I mounted my image mat on green card and outlined in green peel off stickers.  The leaves in the background were die cut with Marianne Design Craftables - Branch2 and I used Spellbinders Scalloped Circles and Circles for the sentiment topper.  Finally the text 'You're in your ELEMENTS was added'.  And there we have it, my out of the box creation for this challenge, hope you have had a bit of a giggle :)

  • image - not yet in store
  • colouring medium - Faber Castell Polychromos pencils and Promarkers
  • dies - Marianne Design Craftables - Branch2, Spellbinders Scalloped Circles and Circles
  • from my stash - DP by me, peel off line stickers, Sculpie, paper clip, Crystal Stickles, vellum
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-