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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Dippy Duckz

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 66
Be Independent

Welcome back to the IKEsWORLD challenges :)  do pop on over to IKEsWORLD to join in the challenge, it is always so much fun and  Ike produces the most amazing stamps, everything from off the wall to cute and fluffy :) :) :)

When I hear the words 'be independent' I always think of 'standing on your own two feet' and that was the starting point for this creation.  So when in life would one gain their independence - for me that is an 18th birthday when by law you are independently responsible for all your own actions and can no longer have somebody else take the blame for your mistakes!!!!!  I wonder how many of us dreamed as kids of the day when we could make our own decisions regardless of the consequences that led us into deep water as we grew up :) :) :).

Anyway, for my creation for this theme I have made an eighteenth birthday time to leave the nest card using Dippy Duckz by IKEsART.  The image was created initially from a photo of a pond which I then digitally made into a greyscale drawing through some Photoshop add on tools.  I then added my ducks and printed.  Lots of colouring on this one lol using Promarkers and Polychromos.  The main duck at the front was printed and coloured 3 times and then decoupaged and attached with a double layer of foam tape.

Ingredients:-
  • image - Dippy Duckz by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Promarkers, Polychromos Pencils
  • from my stash - Snow Writer
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Love You Flowers

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 a $10 coupon to spend in the store :)

Challenge 264 Theme 

'Anything Goes with LAYER IT UP'



I had this creation all planned in my head and some lovely layering using my Spellbinder when we had a 'passing' in the house.  After two surgeries to mend a broken handle my Spellbinder gave up the ghost with a broken gear - :( :( :( one very sad bunny.  On a brighter note this happened on the same day I got an email from Crafters Companion re the launch of the Gemeni, is that perfect timing or what.  Now I have to wait to get to the UK to collect the big box from my daughters lol.  As you can see I am working well in advance of publication dates, I won't have time to craft when back in the UK as my time is already fully booked so must get my DT commitments done now :).  My saving grace is that I also have an electronic cutter so used a super square mult layered design from Monica's Craftroom.  The layers were cut in alternating mauve pearl card and white linen card.  The image used is 'Love You Flowers' by Reeces Scrap Pieces, one of three in the digi set.  I printed the flower nine - yes nine (well it is a Layer It Up challenge!!!!) and then decoupaged each layer removing one petal at a time.  Each layer was added to the one before with a glue dot as I did not want to much height at this point, the layers below were all attached with foam tape.  I also designed the With Love sentiment and this was also cut with my cutter and attached to the card with foam tape.



Ingredients:-
  • Image  -  'Love You Flowers' by Reeces Scrap Pieces
  • Colouring medium - Promarkers and Polychromos
  • Dies - Monica's Craftroom
  • From my Stash - just the card :)
I am entering this card into the following challenges:-
Thanks for looking and hope you have a happy crafting day:)

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Opposites Attract

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 65
Opposites Attract

Welcome back to the IKEsWORLD challenges :)  do pop on over to IKEsWORLD to join in the challenge, it is always so much fun and  Ike produces the most amazing stamps, everything from off the wall to cute and fluffy :) :) :)


I often think of cats and dogs as being the opposites of family pets with their very different requirements and generally depicted as not being the best of friends (have to admit I don't see that in real life lol), anyway, that is the basis of the opposites theme for this challenge.  I followed that through by using opposite colours on the colour spectrum - purple and yellow.  The layout was also based on opposites as you can see.  I designed the papers using the basic colours and added cat paw prints to the purple paper and dog paw prints to the yellow paper.  For the die cut in the centre I again used half purple card and half yellow card.  To bring the whole them together I included the sentiment - Love knows no bounds which I felt sums up so many of the unities we see across all plains of live where what is seen as an opposite and assumed should not get on works out just fine.


Ingredients:-
  • image - I Bopz U by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Polychromos
  • dies - Monica's Craft Room
  • from my stash - lace
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Angels and White Feathers

I was sitting alone at home this evening and had the urge to make something for the Digitally Sweet Challenge going 100% digital :).  This will be turned into a card for my Mum who is not very well at the moment.  The rose is taken from a photo my Mum took of one of the many roses she grows in her garden and is not able to enjoy at the moment.

Following the theme of Green, white and one other colour - I first created my background by using a pattern brush in Photoshop and several shades of green on a white background, I then blurred the artwork to make a soft but textured base and added a gradient - transparent to pink.  I then duplicated this layer and reduced the transparency and resized the paper to give the overall impression of a glassy border with the darker paper inside.  next I imported the rose photo and removed the background.  The feather, a white one as this represents an angel close by which my Mum needs at this moment in time was created using a Photoshop brush from Obsidian Dawn.  The text was then added in white with pink outline.


Challenges entered:-
Digitally Sweet - Green, White and one other colour

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Lilac and Sage

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 a $10 coupon to spend in the store :)

Challenge 263 Theme 

'Anything Goes with STITCHING real or faux'


I don't do CAS very often as I honestly find it very difficult.  Anyway I though I would give it a go for this challenge.  The digital papers for this creation are Lilac and Sage by Coosty Creations, a 10 piece paper pack and I wanted to use all the papers lol.  I printed 9 petal shapes for my flowers, 1 in each of 9 papers and then used the last paper and another print of one of the lilac papers for my base mats.  I faux stitched each petal and clued the sections together.  Next I used an X-Cut die of cross stitch to make the stems of the flowers allowing the green paper behind to show through.  To finish off a simple sentiment die cut and three mauve/purple buttons.  I do have to apologise for the rather grotty photo, I don't for the life of me seem to be able to take a good photo today, this is the third one that is pretty useless :) :) :) 


Ingredients:-
  • Dies - XCut sewing set, Die'sire - thinking of you
  • From my Stash - buttons
I am entering this card into the following challenges:-

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

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Christmas Star

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 64
At The Movies

Welcome back to the IKEsWORLD challenges :)  do pop on over to IKEsWORLD to join in the challenge, it is always so much fun and  Ike produces the most amazing stamps, everything from off the wall to cute and fluffy :) :) :)

Oh boy, this challenge is really like trying to find a black cat in a dark room when blindfolded to me :)  I can rarely stay awake long enough to watch a movie from beginning to end, have not been to a cinema since Jurassic Park (the first one) was released and have no idea about 99% of who actors and actresses are (I can name a few but if I bumped into them walking down the street who not be able to put a name to their face hahaha).  So how do I tackle a movie theme grrrrrr.  One of the sayings I use a lot with folks is 'you're a star' so that links in with movie star - that ended up being my starting point.


I used the image Xmas Star by IKEsART and coloured it rather simply with Promarkers.  To finish it off I used Glass Stickles spread all over the centre area.  Next I designed my background paper using movie symbols and printed this on yellow vellum and then embossed both the background paper and the matching top layer.  I created the movie strip and cut this with my Silver Bullet, then on acetate stamped some random patterns with Memento ink.  Alas this did not dry as I hope so I then sprayed black matt on the back and finished off on both side with Crafters Companion spray varnish to make it all stick :), the acetate negative strip was then stuck to the back of the cut film strip.  I so love the way the negatives have turned out, better than I imagined.  Finally I printed my wee sentiment and then assembled my card.

Ingredients:-
  • image - Xmas Star by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Promarkers
  • dies - movie strip by me
  • from my stash - Stickles, vellum, acetate, 
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Peace

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 a $10 coupon to spend in the store :)

Challenge 262 Theme 

'Anything Goes with HOT COLOURS'


How nice to have a change :) I seem to have done so many cards with coloured images that this time when I had to work with a paper pack from Panda Bear I thought I would give a non coloured image card a go - normally I make boxes with paper packs.  This card started off with a different idea and went totally wrong so what you see here is a no planning, go with the flow and I have to admit I rather like the way it turned out.  Although it has a Chinese feel the message of peace is very dear to me with so many troubles in the world at this time.

I used three of the papers from the pack, the border dragon paper I printed twice so I could have a border on each side of my card. For the orange paper I embossed some small flowers with gold embossing powder then distressed the edges with Tim Holtz distress ink Brick Red.  The final paper I used was a pale orange with another dragon on it, I used the whole sheet of paper here but resized it to what was needed for my stamped Peace text.  The edges on this were also distressed.  Finally a rummage in my metal bits bag to find this rather smart silver embellishment with is airbrushed with red, orange and yellow Promarkers and then attached it with gold ribbon.  To finish off three more gold heat embossed flowers with red gems in the centres.

Ingredients:-
  • Paper Pack - Year of the Dragon 8.5 by 11 paper pack available from Stitchy Bear Digital Outlet
  • From my Stash - embossing powders, gold peel off lines, gems, metal embellishment, ribbon and rubber Peace stamp, Tim Holtz distress inks
I am entering this card into the following challenges:-

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