Monday, April 20, 2015

SPS - Ancient One

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 Ancient One by Joanne Schempp which is available from the Sweet Pea Store in both rubber and digi.
I have not tried mixed media like this before so be gentle with me :) :) I am in awe of some of the mixed media projects I have seen on the web and just could not resist giving it a go.  To begin with I printed my image, well two as I was thinking about having another Joanne Schempp image of the sail ship in the background but had not totally made up my mind.  The idea soon flew out the window and I decided I did not need it.
 Next I raked out a whole load of dies and double cut them using stiff white card.  The dies I used were Tattered Lace Retro Alphabet, Memory Box Splash Border which I cut up into two sections and also used the spiral excess bits of the die and finally Marianne Designs Creatables Anchor.  I also added some Flower Soft and some bead and metal shells.
 I don't have many supplies for this sort of project as not much is available in Saudi Arabia, or a least I have not seen many products around but I do have some white acrylic paint so that is what I used to paint over the background ready for airbrushing with Promarkers later.  Next I coloured the image with just one colour of blue Promarker, trying to build up the colour but using several layers.
 Onto the background, I first masked my coloured image and set to with the airbrushing in two colours of blue, one was Bluebell but I can't remember what the other was lol - afraid I was having to much fun to remember to write down what I had used.
 Next I stippled some PVA glue in areas and then stippled with silver bronzing powder on top. I added lots of Pearl and Silver Liquid Pearls to the digi.
Not quite happy with the digi so using the darker of the two blues I used for the background I added a bit more depth to him.  Finally I added a silver ships wheel charm and three brads. A blast of Crafters Companion Silver Varnish and all done.  This decorated mat was then mounted on a silver mirror card mat, a navy corrugated mat and then a mauve mat. The group was them attached to my navy card blank.
For the inside of the card I used Spellbinders Labels 1 and a Spellbinder embossing folder.  A bit more of the silver bronzing powder and another anchor completed this section.
 And here we have it - a rather funky man card.  For a first attempt I am pretty pleased with myself and most of all I had amazing fun, getting covered in paint and glue I felt like a kid all over again, such a fun day :) :) :)

  • Image - Ancient One by Joanne Schempp
  • Colouring Medium - Promarkes, acrylic paint
  • Dies - Tattered Lace Retro Alphabet, Memory Box Splash Border, Marianne Designs Creatables Anchor and Spellbinders Labels 1
  • Embossing Folder - Spellbinders Seashells
  • From my Stash - Silver Bronzing Powder, Liquid Pearls, shells, metal shells, ship wheel charm and brads
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, April 19, 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 #235

Theme 'Anything Goes with DAUGHTERS/GIRLS' 

For my creation this week I am using the gorgeous image Blossom by IKEsART.  To begin with I designed some design paper and added a daughter poem to it.  I did not want the poem to be obvious but act more as a texture to the paper. I also printed the image twice as there is a fair bit of fussy cutting on this card.  Both of the images were coloured with Promarkers.
 Next I covered my card with my design paper and folded the front section over ready for cutting.   Using Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Labels 1 I completed my card blank.  I have not done this before so am rather pleased with the outcome although the die was not quite deep enough to go through 3 layers of card stock.  It did leave a good enough impression so easy enough to finish off with a pair of scissors.
 Lace was attached to the right hand fold of the card and then it was time to fussy cut.  First I used clear embossing powder on the properly coloured flowers and then I cut them out.  NextI cut the base layer normally and attached the cut out flowers to this.  The sentiment was generated digitally and coloured with a stamp pad of the perfect colour - lucky there :)  To finish off I added some gems flowers and leave and small bow.

  • Image - Blossom by IKEsART
  • Colouring medium - Promarkers
  • Dies - Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Labels 1, Ovals and Scalloped Ovals
  • From my Stash - lace, gems and bow
I am entering this card into the following challenges:-

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

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Fairy 6

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 'Fairy 6' by Amy Brown which is available from the Sweet Pea Store in rubber.

 Bit of an experimentation day.  A while ago I made some of my own texture paste using talcum powder, white acrylic paint and PVA glue.  It worked OK and I seem to have loads of the stuff. It has been sitting in a sealed container for the last few months and today I thought I would used it again and try it with an embossing folder.  Alas it had dried out a bit so I poured some Mod Podge in and mixed it up - yummy, great texture and nice and sticky.  Oh dear - a bit to sticky for the embossing folder so that idea was scrapped, it looked good until you lifted the top off the folder and then all the pattern vanished and I was left with some wonderful spiky textures but that is not what I wanted lol.
 Time to rethink.  I smoothed out the paste again and this time tried with a rubber stamp.
 Much better and I did have lots of fun too.
While this was drying it was onto the digi which was coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos
Now I have my colour scheme onto the DP, this was a freebie from a magazine but I have no idea which one as I kept the papers and threw the magazine away ages ago.  Fancying a bit of sparkle I used the same rubber stamp and some Enchanted Gold embossing powder.
With the texture paste now dry I airbrushed it with my Promarkers to match the colours used in the digi.
I fussy cut the digi and oops - brain not engaged.  Overhanging the frame the ends of the wings are a single line with a wee spiral.  The only way I could think to get around this was to chop the spiral bits off but I felt that was not being true to the digi.  My final solution was to attach gold wire and when dry, recreate the spirals.
 Here you can see the finished result of the wire on the wings.
I cut the shape I wanted of the texture paste section and finished it off with lots of gold trim and gold organza ribbon with  bow.
 Next was the sentiment, nice and simple as there is enough going on with the card as it is.
The inside of the card was covered with the same DP as used for the front but I did not heat emboss this.  For the writing section I used the Spellbinder die A2 fancy weave - 4.
The final decoration on the front of the card was some rather funky green and blue netting I found down in the local market.  This was held in place with pearls.  Something was missing so I opted to add another gold embellishment using the die Marianne Design Craftables Flower Border Oval to which I added some Mirror Gold embossing powder and picked out some of the shapes with my gold pen.  Some Micro glitter was added to the wings of the digi.  Phew, done :) :) :) 

  • Image - Amy Brown's Fairy 6
  • Colouring Medium - Faber Castell Polychromos, Promarkers and O2 shimmer paints. 
  • Dies - Spellbinders Cirlcles and A2 fancy weave - 4, Sizzix Scalloped Circles and Marianne Design Craftables Flower Border Oval
  • From my Stash - Texture paste, ribbon, pearls and the fish net stuff :)
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

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Happy Himalayan

Happy Himalayan

Sweet Pea Stamps are sponsoring the As You Like It challenge and on behalf of the Sweet Pea DT I have created this candle :) :) using the fabulous image Happy Himalayan by Concetta Kilmer which is available as a digi.

The theme for the AS YOU LIKE IT CHALLENGE is 
'Use either alcohol markers or DI inks (either markers or painting with reinkers)'

I thought it would be such fun to do this wonderfully cool cat for my sister who is a real pussy cat lover.  I love cats too lol but alas at the moment don't have a furry friend in the house although that will change when hubby and I return to the UK from working overseas - something to look forward to.  Decorating candles is so much fun and I do get carried away with them as I find they make great gift and are a lovely change from making cards with the digis.  With fire safety being an issue I have spent a lot of time hunting out safe items to use to avoid any accidents, would so hate to be the cause of a fire in a house.  The only part of my candle that is unsafe is the bottom where I tend to use lace or ribbon but this is so far away from the naked flame that the candle would be throw out long before it became an issue. I tend to use large candles as I find them so dramatic when finished, this one is about 11 inches high.
 The image has been coloured with Promarkers.  I generally use coloured pencils to colour my candle wrappers as Promarkers are a bit difficult to work with on tissue paper but this challenge requires alcohol marker or DI inks so Promarkes it is, just as we all love a challenge don't we :) :) :)
And here we have the finished candle.  If you are interested in how I do my candles I have a wee video tutorial you can watch, it is easier than me explaining every step each time I publish a candle :) - Candle Wrapper Tutorial

  • Image - Happy Himalayan by Concetta Kilmer
  • Colouring Medium - Promarkers
  • From my Stash - IKEA candle, candle varnish, gold wax trim, gold pen 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

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Blow Me A Kiss

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 Blow Me A Kiss  by Lynne Stansbery which is available from the Sweet Pea Store in digi format.

I started by colouring the image with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils.
Next I needed some green card as my card base but did not have the colour I wanted so out with a white sheet of card and airbrush it with my Promarkers.
 Next I cut my card blank with my die cutter and a design I created.
Next I embossed my contrasting mat with an Embossilicious folder.  I then distressed the edges and added some very slinky lace behind.
 Now for some flowers.  I have used flowers I bought but I removed the centres which were an orange/yellow and did not fit in with the colour scheme of the card and replaced each centre with a dark pink pearl surrounded by pale pink pearls.
For the inside of the card I used the Spellbinder Oranate Square die.  The front of the card was finished off with a bit more lace, a Birthday sentiment and a luscious bow, with a few more pink pearls dotted around for good measure.
And here is the front of my Spring themed Birthday Card

  • Image - Blow Me A Kiss  by Lynne Stansbery
  • Colouring Medium - Faber Castell Polychromos pencils and Promarkers
  • Dies - Spellbinder Adorning Square, Grand Squares and Label 20, floral card shape by me.
  • From my Stash - pearls, ribbon, lace, sentiment peel off.
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


Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 35
Things With Wings

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 :) :) :)

I have gone a bit made today I think in making two cards for this challenge, just could not decide if I wanted leopard or zebra hahahahaha. Think I had planned to get really mucky today so with the help of adhesive spray, gold leaf sheets, black glitter, super strong glue I think I achieved my aim - I am covered in sparkly bits that are so stuck on me I think only a hot bath is going to remove them and there is gold leave rubbed into places it does not belong hahahaha.

Being in an adventurous mood I am making a couple of easel cards using acetate, something I have wanted to try for a while and the image I am working with is one of the shoes from the 'Shoes Set of 4' by IKEsART.

To begin with I cut my white card blank and then cut the same size using acetate.  The acetate blank was attached to the white blank with permanent adhesive spray.  This way I have created the area to write the card on the inside leaving the top and the fold section free for decoration.  I had to do this as both cards are using fur fabric and it would not be very satisfactory to create a writing area on this surface.
 Next I printed the shoe image and sections of the wings which I will be paper piecing
I have had some gold leaf sheets for ages but I was unable until last year to find an adhesive that would work with them.  Then I forgot all about them till last week hahahahaha so this week I am using them for the first time.  To practice I cut a couple of doilies and glued them together to make them good and strong.  I will be cutting the lacy sections and using them but the inner bit is for the bin.
 Next I cut each of the lacy sections, some I stuck on the shoe to give an embossed effect and the other I set to playing with the gold leaf before copying the process on the shoe.  This Flitter Glue is brilliant but oh wow - is it sticky and what a mess I was in and loving every moment of it.
 Success, and oh so gold, loving this effect.
 This test piece was then used on the sentiment.
I then covered the main part of the shoe in the same way.  For the sole and heel I used black glitter and then added some black lace to the soul too.
 Onto attacking the zebra card.  I used embossing powder on the soul and heel and then using my fun way of only embossing in some areas embossed the main part of the shoe with my embossing folder and rolling pin.  More fun hahahaha.
 Here you can see the finished embossing.
 Next I used a black metallic Promarker and went over the embossed sections, I did not want shine on this shoe, more or a material look.
To finish off both cards I added my wings, both shoes have paper pieced wings.  The gold and black shoe has gold edging and black glitter.  The base of the card was then finished off with some black sparkly ferns, a gold rose and some small gold beaded stems. I just love the way the sentiment seems to be floating in mid air :)
 The inside of the card was finished with a simple paper layer which I designed in Illustrator.
 The zebra shoe was finished off with paper pieced wings, each having magenta edges, edged in the black metallic Promarker and coloured in with my ordinary black Promarker.  This time to finish off I added a string of pearls, yummy zebra bow and three white roses which I coloured with my magenta Promarker.
 Inside of card

  • Image - 'Shoes Set of 4' by IKEsART. 
  • Colouring Medium - Promarkers
  • Dies - Spellbinders Circles and Fantastic Flourish 3, Sizzix - For TheRRecord 2
  • From my stash - animal print fur fabric, gold leaf, adhesives, pearls, gems, flowers, ribbon, metal holder etc.
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-