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Sunday, December 14, 2014

OSAAT - Steampunk Girl

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.

We have some changes going on with the way we run the challenge, we are now going fortnightly with a prize for the random winner and badge for the Top 3 chosen by the DT.

Challenge #226

Theme 'Anything Goes with Glitter'

The sponsor is StitchyBear Digital Outlet with a 5 image December prize pack. Remember if you use one of the store items you can enter as many times as you want <g>.

This week I am working with an image from the artist BBKakes called Steampunk - 3 pc set.  In the pack there is the image, the image in a frame and the steampunk frame on its own, a really great set.
To begin with I lightened the opacity of the framed image to %30 for the no line colouring technique.
Now I have forgotten to takes pics as I was going along so will just have to mention what I did.  I covered the front and back of the book with black card which I had embossed with an Embossalicious clock folder. These were then painted with blue sparkle acrylic paint and attached to the book.  I then sprayed the front and back with Crafters Companion Silver Varnish spray.

Using a Tim Holtz Picture Wheel die on black card I then painted this with the same acrylic paint as also sprayed it with the silver spray

Next I coloured the image with Promarkers and used glitter for the hat and her clothing.

Another Tim Holtz die - Hardware Findings was used for the lock which I coloured with a red gold Promarker Metallic pen and then covered with Tim Holts Crackle Paint.  You can see the effect here.
To finish off I fussy cut the image and glued her to the front of the book, gems were added to the picture wheel and and a few more gems to the bottom corner.  Matching ribbons were tied to the spiral of the book.


Ingredients :_
  • Digi - Steampunk - 3 pc set by BBKakes
  • Spiral bound hard back book
  • Dies - Tim Holts Picture Wheel and Hardware Findings
  • Promarkers
  • Glitter spray, paint, ribbon gems etc from my stash
I am entering this book in the following challenges:-
Thanks for looking and hope you have a happy crafting day:)


SPS - Hooty So in Love

Sweet Pea Stamps

Today is my day to showcase an image from Sweet Pea Stamps called Hooty So In Love by Concetta Kilmer.  This image is being used by the whole team for our Variation Week creations.

This image just shouted Valentine to me :) :) :) now that is a celebration I love :)  I just could not resist having a blue and pink owl.

The image was coloured with Spectrum Noir Blendable Crayons.
 Onto making the card.  After having tried several different papers and none giving me the effect I wanted I ended up settling to go with mulberry paper with its beautiful texture.  The papers were only attached in the centre as I wanted the edges to flappy.
 Next I embossed the card blank with the mulberry papers attached.
 To finish off the card I printed my sentiment <g> and mounted it on the same mulberry paper combination.  Spellbinder Grand ovals and Scalloped Ovals were used to mount the image.   Now I know it was not straight, that is deliberate - no relationship is so perfect, it has it's off centre moments but working through them is the 'key' to having strong foundations and 'padlocking' the union <g>. Talking about keys and padlock, the die used for these was Cottage Cuts Lock and Key.



Ingredients
  • Image -  Hooty So In Love by Concetta Kilmer available from the Sweet Pea Stamps store
  • Spectrum Noir Blendable Crayons
  • Dies - Spellbinders Grand Ovals and Scalloped Ovals, Cottage Cuts Lock and Key
  • Gold twine and mulberry paper from my stash
I am entering this card in the following challenges:-
Thank you for stopping by and hope you have a happy crafting day ahead of you :) :)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Pixie

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 28
Merry Creepmas

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 :) :) :)
When I saw the theme for this challenge my mind was really blank - yep, I am not a 'today's Christmas' lover, far to greedy and commercial, I find 'dark' creations really difficult to do and so what is this - a combination of them both.  Time to ponder my next move.  Right, need some help, Google Creepmas.  OH! Cool, Creepmas is a rebellion against the stores starting to sell the seasonal items so early - YAY, I can link to that hahahahaha.  For this creation I used the digi Christmas Pixie, isn't se adorable and although a bit of cuteness about her there is a look that is a bit peeved off lol.  Perfect :).  Now my head is spinning with ideas on how to get the Creepmas in and all I can think of is black - all black, a celebration of doom and gloom against commercialism heheheehehehehe.  I have seen on a lot of altered items folks that seem to paint over a background which had 3d items on it.  Not having anything suitable but wanting to try this I designed my text and cut with my die cutter 'I'm dreaming of a dark CREEPMAS'.  I cut the text twice out of card so I could place one set on top of the other to make them stand out more.  The card is actually black but I lightened the pic so you can see the text.
Next to stick one set of letters on top of the other set.  To transfer them to the card blank I have used vinyl - the stuff for covering books.  Habit here, as I do a fair bit of glass etching and this is how I transfer my designs to the glass.


Paint, oooooo, paint, fun and mucky.  I covered the card blank with black acrylic paint, 
Time to work on the digi.  To begin with I went round the outside edges with a black Promarker.  I so enjoyed playing with the black paint I thought I would do the background of the digi too so as to get that wonderful dark colour which my markers or crayons don't give me.
The background was stippled, not sure if this will work but I am going to try a shaker card, again something I have not done before and am hoping the glitter will sit on the wee ridges.  Have to find out later if that will work.
Promarkers and Flex Markers used to colour the digi plus I used a Spectrum Noir white pencil for the highlights.
Out with a plastic sheet and time to make a what I hope will be a shaker box, making this up as I go along so all experimentation today :) :) :)
Not bad time to add the glitter.  Oh, rubbish, not good so I chucked that out and instead used some black and silver Flower Soft, thats better.  My initial plan was to make the box and seal it with silicone adhesive so I could fill it with baby oil and glitter to get the lovely slow snow falling look but time to let it dry etc. was not on my side.  I am off on my hols soon and need to get all my DT creations done and blog post written before I go and I only have a week left to get it all sorted.  Anyway, here you see the finished card.  I placed the digi in the shaker box, attaching it to the back side.  To tidy up the edges a bit of red ribbon and I rather like how this ended up creating a frame too.  To finish off a wee red matching ribbon.
Not the easiest of cards to photography with all the shiny black going on but I hope you can see what is going on :)


Ingredients:-
  • Digi - Christmas Pixie available from IKEsART 
  • Promarkers, Flex Markers and white Spectrum Noir crayon
  • Text die cut letters by me
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Plastic sheet for the shaker box
  • Flower Soft, white glitter and ribbon from my stash
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Monday, December 8, 2014

SPS - Blog Hop

Good day gorgeous peeps.  Just something a little different today :) :) :) Sweet Pea Stamps are having a Blog Hop where we have all created something Christmassy but without using a Christmas image - quite a hard task and great to get the old grey matter working lol.

For my creation I have used 'Dream of Iris' by Ching Chou Kuik available in both rubber and digi.  I just love this image.  I know the Iris flower is not related to Christmas in any way but the dreamy expression on this lady's face just made me think of all the kids dreaming about what goodies would be wrapped under the Christmas tree.


I am in Kenya at the moment visiting friends and a long way from my craft room.  I knew I would be itching to make something so packed a small box to bring with me to hold what I thought would be essential items lol so I thought I would share with you my mobile craft room :) :) :)
Right back to the card - here is a close up of the coloured image, I used Faber Castle Polychromos crayons.
Before coming to Kenya I did do a search for craft superstores - well you never know :)  When I lived here 30 years ago there was no such thing but to my surprise I found one this time.  Not a big shop by any means but they had a few rubber stamps and other bits and bobs and some lovely paper from Thailand which I treated myself to.  Two of the sheets have been used in this creation.
 After fussy cutting the digi (an not having any foam pads to mount it with in my box) I made small pegs from spiralled strips of paper - that worked just fine.
 Next, using a coffee jar lid and a jam jar lid for templates I drew two circles and mounted them together to make my tag.  I added some wee flowers I brought with me and the pearls in the centres of each flower have been coloured with my gold pen lol.
And here we have the finished creation.  I used some of the leaves from one of the papers and cut them out to make my sudo die cuts, added some black lace from my mobile craft room

We hope you will join in with our blog hop :) and if you would like to try out Sweet Pea Stamp images we have a discount coupon for you too :)


Please visit each of our talented team members' blogs and leave a little love - a comment on every hop post will enter you into a drawing for a $20 gift code to the Sweet Pea Stamps store! As an added bit of fun share the hop on Facebook tagging Sweet Pea Stamps for a chance for a $10 gift code to the Sweet Pea Stamps store! Winners will be chosen around the first of next week.

Sweet Pea Stamps blog http://sweetpearubberstamps.blogspot.com/
Ria http://dragonmagicscrapkaarten.blogspot.nl/
Suzi http://www.suzannebakermckenzie.blogspot.com
Holley http://holleybarnhartsblog.blogspot.com
Aletha http://ajsdesigns.blogspot.com/
Tera http://stampqueen.blogspot.com
Milo http://milolilja.net
Denise  http://thruthelookingglass-glassgraffitix2.blogspot.com/
Sande http://sandensupinat.blogspot.fi
Jane http://craftyanimal.blogspot.com    (you are here)
Nataliya http://lovecraftsforever.blogspot.com

Thank you for stopping by and hope you have a great day.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:-

Sunday, December 7, 2014

SPS Angel of Christmas Stars

Sweet Pea Stamps

Today is my day to showcase an image from Sweet Pea Stamps and I decided to work with the image Angel of Christmas Stars by Conie Fong.

To begin with I printed the image and coloured her with Spectrum Noir Blendable Crayons.  I am only learning with these crayons but do love the way they blend together although I have problems with small areas lol and seem to be forever sharpening them. Once the image was coloured I then painted the background and over the wings with shimmer paint, you can see the shimmer when you hold the card up to the light which is really cool.
Next I cut my background which I designed using gold vinyl.  I have found this is the easiest way to get lacy back gounds instead of cutting card.  I then applied this to my green covered card stock.
To transfer the die cutting from the mat to the, in this case green paper, I used cheap book backing vinyl which is easy to remove.
For the inside of the card, some more green paper, I then added gold corner stickers, the sentiment and using Spellbinders Ornate Squares I created a writing area using white card for the base.
After creating several mounts for the font in golds and greens I then created an embellishment which I think really matched the image with the clear and gold bead held in a bead mount.  To finish it off a bit of embellishing reclaimed from the wrapping of a chocolate box :) :) :)
And here we have the finished card.

Ingredients
  • Image -  Angel of Christmas Stars by Connie Fong available from Sweet Pea Stamps
  • Spectrum Noir Blendable Crayons
  • Dies - background by me, Spellbinders Ornate Squares
  • Vinyl, bead, stickers etc from my stash
I am entering this card in the following challenges:-
Thank you for stopping by and hope you have a wonderful crafting day ahead of you :)


    Monday, December 1, 2014

    SPS - To the moon and back

    Hi folks, hope you day is going well.  Time for me to share another Sweet Pea creation, this time a candle using the fabulous image Courtney McAnsh's To the Moon and Back.


    To begin with I sprayed my tissue paper with a light adhesive spray and stuck it to some A4 paper.  I then printed my candle wrapper.  I know some folks use paper when covering candles but I find this far to heavy and suspect it it a bit of a fire hazard.
    Normally I create my candle wrappers 100% digitally but many artist do not allow digital colouring of their digi images.  Recently, while in the UK I invested in the Spectrum Noir blendable crayons and wondered if it would be possible to colour on tissue paper with them as they are fairly soft.  Success :) :) After my wee practice I coloured this image with the SN blendable crayons.
    Next I removed the backing paper and attacked my low tack wrapper to my candle.
    After having wrapped it in wax paper I then used my heat gun to melt the wax from the candle through the tissue paper.  Once done, I then added some candle gold dust in areas on the background and then, finished off with some water based candle varnish for a lovely sheen.
    And here is the finished candle.
    Ingredients:-
    • Courtney McAnsh's To the Moon and Back
    • Background by me
    • Candle
    • Tissue paper
    • Candle varnish
    • Heat gun
    • Gold dust for candle
    I am entering this creation in the following challenges

    Sunday, November 30, 2014

    OSAAT - Ellie Cat

    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.

    We have some changes going on with the way we run the challenge, we are now going fortnightly with a prize for the random winner and badge for the Top 3 chosen by the DT.

    Challenge #225

    Theme 'Anything Goes with Lace'

    The sponsor is StitchyBear Digital Outlet with a 5 image November prize pack. Remember if you use one of the store items you can enter as many times as you want <g>.

    This week I am working with an image by Hope Jacare called Ellie Cat

    My sister loves cats (as I do) so I thought I would make her a wee gift along with her birthday card.  Using lace, as this is a 'Lace' challenge I first covered a tissue box with cream vinyl then applied the same lace as I am using for the card where I had used a cream base.

    Next I coloured the image with Spectrum Noir blendable crayons and outlined the swirl areas with a gold pen.  This was then framed with the Tattered Lace Oval die
    SN crayons used.
    Flowers, I need flowers and time to experiment.  I cut strips of the lace into long ribbons.  Each of these was then spiralled onto the small circles I had cut and a green button applied to the centre of each.
    There we go, not done this before but it seems to be a great way to make lace flowers.
    The Cottage Cuts leafy branch die was used for the leaves and Liquid Pearls in gold and green were added to the oval frame die.
    To finish off the box, again the leaf die and a couple of flowers.
    And here we have the finished gift.

    Ingredients :-
    • Digi - Ellie Cat by Hope Jacare and available from the StitchyBear Digital Outlet
    • Spectrum Noir blendable crayons
    • Die - Cottage Cuts leafy branch
    • Lace, buttons and ribbon from my stash
    I am entering this creation in the following challenges:-

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