Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 48
Autumn Colours

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 :) :) :)

Oh I have loved this challenge, I had an idea as soon as I saw it and it all came together just as I hoped.  For a long time now I have wanted to used the image Marilyn by Ike, it is not available in the IKEsART store but can be found here - Marilyn.

When planning this journal page I first hunted to find a quote by Marilyn which would be suitable.  I am trying to only use quotes or sayings for my kids journals which are thought provoking, help on the path to good living or turning a negative into a positive as I believe that is the best way to get over some of the things that really hurt us, a way to put them into a box as explained so life can continue without such heavy baggage.  I have found turning negatives into positives to be my salvation, for example :) without boring you lol - I had the most miserable time of my life in a convent boarding school from the age of 8 until I could escape aged 17.  I won't go into details but the experience left me shy, lacking confidence and really just wanting to find a hole to crawl into when I could be safe and not have to deal with life.  That however is not really me, from somewhere deep inside I fought back, that is the rebel non conforming me, the one who holds little respect for authority unless it is honest hahahaha.  Anyway, I was able after some time to look back on the experience and accept it as a positive by knowing it has shaped who I am now, how I deal with life now how I survive, how I remain unflappable and happy, yep her quote really is something I can relate to.  There are loads of other examples where I have used this technique to avoid sadness, hurt, disappointment etc, and for me it really works.

Oh dear, went off track there :) sorry.  Back to my journal, I found this wonderful quote by Marilyn which you can read further down the page but for now a quick step through of what I did.  I applied Gesso to my pages and then got to thinking about the text.  I am useless at hand writing and have been plying with ways to add text to journal pages other ways, so far having tried acetate, tissue and stamping, regular printer paper etc.  Today I have tried to print on the paper I plan to cover my journal pages with, some cheap fibre paper I picked up at The Range.  As you can see, my printer totally love it ahahaha, I needed tweezers to pull it out but was pleased to see it had actually printed the text the OK even if it would not eject it properly.  The concertina effect is quite cool but I don't want that am hoped stretching onto the glued page would sort that (I don't own an iron before you suggest I should have done that ).
 As you can see the gluing of the page to my book ironed out the wrinkles just fine hahaha.  Next I fussy cut the digi image, I am not colouring her as normal but going to air brush her when all the rest of the prep is done.  Added to the pages are skeleton leaves (Marilyn loved to go for walks in woods so that is an appropriate embellishment both in keeping with the challenge colours and the digi), metal flowers, metal LOVE tag and some silk leaves in Autumn colours.
I air-brushed the pages with several shades of yellow, orange and brown Promarkers including going over the metal embellishments.
 To the centre of the metal flowers I added crystals to represent diamonds - after all Marilyn sang 'Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend).
 Gold pen, more crystals and Crystal Stickles were used on the earrings.
 Here you can read the quote easily, I hope you will agree, it is a real cracker.
 After air brushing I added some bronze gilding wax to the edges of the pages and a blast of gold glitter spray for no other reason than I wanted to :)

  • Image - Marilyn by IKEsART
  • Colouring Medium - Promarkers
  • From my stash - skeleton leaves, gesso, silk leaves, metal flowers, metal love, gold glitter spray, Stickles, crystal gems, gilding wax
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Monday, October 5, 2015

Delphinium Fairy

Morning everybody, hope you are having a happy day :) :) Today I am sharing a card I have made with you using the image Delphinium Fairy by Gabriella Szabo available from the store in digi format.  
To begin with I coloured the image with Polychromos and then added a background using Pan Pastels.  I also added the leaf at the bottom of the image.  Next, using a square card blank, I cut my image to fit and fully cover the front.  Not having done this before as I do love mounting my images using dies I was struggling with the inner feeling of how flat it felt :) :) :) Next I die cut in white the Wildflower Corner die from Memory Box and then coloured the leaves and flowers using Promarkers to tone in with my coloured image and added blue embossing powder to the small blue flowers.  Finally a sentiment was added and some lace which I also coloured with Promarkers.

  • Image - Delphinium Fairy by Gabriella Szabo
  • Colouring Medium - Polychromos, Promarkers, Pan Pastels
  • Dies - Wildflower Corner from Memory Box
  • From my stash -  lace, embossing powder
Challenges entered:-

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Cause Doodle Ribbon

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 #247

Theme 'Think Pink' 

Hi folks, hope you are having a good day :) :) For my DT creation this fortnight I have the change to work with an artist I love :) CraftyGirl Creations.  CraftyGirls artwork always reminds me of my youth somehow, I think it is all the swirls and doodles that appear in her artwork :)  Anyway, this time I am using the image Cause Ribbon Doodle which is perfect for out Think Pink challenge.

I have made simple card as I really wanted the image to be the star of the show.  For the lacy edges I used Spellbinders A2 Scalloped Borders 1, a die I recently bought and I suspect if going to be a favourite :)  For the inside and middle layer of the card I used some heart pink paper I have had for ages and ages.  The two white layers are white linen card and the top layer is also white linen card covered with lace and finished off with three pink pearl brads.  The text was cut using Die'sire - Thinking Of You.

I printed the ribbon image and coloured it with Faber Castell Polychromos. Next was fussy cutting the image and mounting on white card. This was then cut slightly larger than the image. The next layer is the same heart paper I have used throughout and mounted on card before cutting.  Finally the bottom layer is white card again. The top two layers were glued together and the foam tape was used between each of the other layers so I have lots of height on the card.  To finish off the image I went over the black swirls with a white pen then added Liquid Pearls to each of the leaves and the intersections on the lattice section.
For the inside of the cut I used Spellbinders - Diamond Essence.

  • Image - Cause Ribbon Doodle by CraftyGirl Creations
  • Colouring medium - Faber Castell Polychromos
  • Dies - Spellbinders A2 Scalloped Borders 1,  Die'sire - Thinking Of You and Spellbinders - Diamond Essence
  • From my Stash - Brads, lace and Liquid Pearls
I am entering this card into the following challenges:-
Thanks for looking and hope you have a happy crafting day:)

Monday, September 28, 2015

Lil Zeba's Floral Parasol

 Morning folks and my turn to share with you a creation for this week.  Continuing with my journals for my kids I have designed this page using Lil Zeba's Floral Parasol by Heather Valentin available in both rubber and as a digi.

To begin with I coloured the image using polychromos.
Next I prepeared my journal pages with white Gesso.  Now all the time I was colouring the image the chorus from the song 'Oh What A Beautiful Morning' kept repeating in my head.  I guess that was a subtle hint that I should include the words on my journal page hahahaha.  With the chorus in mind I decided to create a background of zebra stripes and use different textures for each of the black stripes then write the text in some of the white areas.  For my textures I used black acrylic paint applied thickly (that is the shiny bit, alas could not get a good pic as the light kept reflecting off it), black velvet patterned paper, black ribbon, black lace and black beads.
 I also used black glitter.
 As the image had a button for one eye I decided to use a real button.
To link in with the button on the image I then covered the bottom left black stripe with lots more pink buttons.
A pretty simple page but at this point I felt adding anything else would just not work so walked away before I started playing and adding more items lol.

  • Image - Lil Zeba's Floral Parasol by Heather Valentin
  • Colouring medium - Polychromos and acrylic paint
  • From my stash - buttons, lace, velvet paper, acrylic paint, glitter, beads, ribbon
Challenges entered:-

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Ivy Corner

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 47
ATC Challenge - Anything Goes

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 :) :) :)

What a lovely challenge, I really enjoyed myself with this one :) Maybe that is because I am rushed off my feet at the moment with the head going in so many directions and this challenge was nice and easy and put me well into my comfort zone hahaha

For my ATC I have used the very pretty Ivy Corner digi and coloured it with Promarkers and Polychromos.  The sentiment is digitally printed.  I then mounted my image on gold paper and then a green base which I had embossed with a texture folder of burlap.  To finish off I added a wee raffia corner bow and a flat backed pearl between each break in the sentiment.  This is deliberately a fairly flat creation so it travels well in an ordinary envelope by post :)

  • Image - Ivy Corner by IKEsART
  • Colouring Medium - Promarkers and Polychromos
  • From my stash - green card, gold card, pearls and raffia

I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Monday, September 21, 2015

Poppy Elf

Morning peeps, how's your day doing :) :) :) Today I am sharing with you a birthday card I have made for my daughter using the image Poppy Elf by Mitzi Sato-Wiuff available from the store in rubber.

To begin with I coloured the image with Polychromos

Next I took some purple card for my base and added a red mat.  I then mounted my image on black, red and purple.  For the black mat of the card I first embossed it and the added some Purple Pan Pastels to highlight some of the embossed texture.  Red organza ribbon, purple lace and a string of pearls were added to form a border at the base of the card.  With these elements of the card ready I turned to die cutting and used the most beautiful poppy die by Memory Box and white card.  The die is really an outline of a poppy so I kept all the cut out pieces from the poppy and coloured them red.  The outline section of the die was then coloured with red where the poppy leaves are and green for the leaves and swirls.  Now for the finishing touches :) with the elements all stuck in place I added a Happy Birthday sentiment and a lovely red bow and finally 4 purple heart gems.

For the inside of the card I used the same colours, the black corner die is from Tattered Lace and called Chantilly Diamond.  Another 3 purple hearts were added and a few red stickles to bring the colours together in this area.

  • image - Poppy Elf by Mitzi Sato-Wiuff
  • colouring medium - Polychromos
  • dies - Memory Box Poppy, Tattered Lace Chantilly Diamond and Spellbinders Happy Birthday and Circles
  • from my stash - lace, pearls, organza ribbon, Stickles and gems
Challenges Entered :-

Sunday, September 20, 2015


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 246

Theme 'LEAVES' 

For my 'leaves' creation I first decided on a very simple colour scheme, green and white.  Next I printed the leaf digi from Coosty Creations and coloured this with Pan Pastels then sprayed with Luminart Pine Green, gold glitter spray and some varnish spray.  The veins of the leaf were debossed to darken them and I had to go over the text around the edge of the leaf with black pen as the Pan Pastels had faded it to much.  To finish off the leaf I added a wee ladybug :) :) :)
The card was made up of several layers, the base layer being green mulberry paper which I wet the edges of and frayed.  Next a plain white mount which I embossed with a leaf pattern.  Next was to die cut the quilted background using the Tattered Lace Quilted Cushion die and I then placed the outside square using another Tattered Lace die, Chatsworth Scallop Square.
To finish of my card which I am using as a notelet to write to my mother I added a very special glass pendant.  The glass is recycled and from Kenya.  I lived with my folks for some time in Kenya so I know my mum is going to like this addition.  Finally a white bow and a wee green button and there we have it, all done.

  • Image - Leaf by Coosty Creations
  • Colouring medium - Pan Pastels
  • Dies - Tattered Lace Quilted Cushion and Chatsworth Scallop Square
  • From my Stash - ladybird, button, Luminart Pine Green, gold glitter spray, varnish spray, ribbon, glass pendant, pearls and mulberry paper
I am entering this card into the following challenges:-