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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Miniature Dachshund

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge #45
PETS/ANIMALS

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 :) :) :)

While in the UK recently I bought a pyrography set, something I have fancied having a go at for ages now :), so for this challenge I found the perfect image to try my hand.  I know many folks probably do their pyrography either free hand or with their own pencil drawing to form the guide lines but for this week project I wanted to use the yummy image  Miniature Dachshund.  My first challenge was to find a way to transfer the image to my ply wood bone.  I printed the image in reverse using my laser printer to begin with and then used Modge Podge to transfer the image.

 When the glue was dry I then removed the paper carefully with water.  Now I suspected I would have a problem with the glue remaining behind and trapping the laser printed image below it - looks great if you just want to go this far but now I want to burn the wood.  As suspected I did have a problem, it sort of worked but the glue formed ridges on either side of my burn lines and sanding afterwards was a real bummer.  You can also see on the top right where I have tried to peel the glue off and ended up removing one of the ply wood layers.
 Time to try a second way of doing this :) This time I used a desk jet printed and printed on the glossy side of some vinyl protective paper (this is non-porous so the ink is not absorbed into the paper).  Very carefully I laid the ply wood bone on top of the printed paper, one slip and it will smudge lol.  In the photo below you can see the printed image, well what was left of the ink after I had removed the bone.
 Next I went over the lines of my text, paw prints and Ike's image with the pyrography tool. I then burnt the edges of the bone a bit too.  Cool, I do like this and have ideas on how to take this further in the future.
 As this is going to be a keyring I used my eyelet tool to make a hole in the soft wood and then used Modge Podge to protect the wood and make it a bit stronger.
Finally I dismantled an old keyring and used the chain section to make my dog bone into a usable keyring.


Ingredients:-
  • image -  Miniature Dachshund
  • from my stash - plywood dog bone shape, pyrography tool, wax backed paper, key chain, Modge Podge
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Monday, August 24, 2015

Carry Me Away




Continuing with my journals for my daughters this week I have used the image Carry Me Away by Molly Harrison which is available as a digi from Sweet Pea Stamps.  This journal page is for my eldest daughter who just loves horses :) :)
To begin with I coloured the image with Promarkers and Polychromos.  Gold Spectrum Noir tint was used for the top section of the wing and gold glass granules were added for a bit of texture.
With the image coloured I set to preparing the journal page with white Gesso.  While that was drying I fussy cut the image, not an easy task with all those swirls hahaha.  Out with the Spectrum Noir tints again and I used three shades of purple for the base background and then added blotches of water at the top and allowed them to run down the page - cool effect :) Black tint next and I freehand created what is meant to be a tree.  To finish the tree off I used black embossing powder in areas.  A bit more embossing powder, this time a mixture of gold and clear and a texture stamp to create the gold circle areas.
Time now to add the fussy cut image and I then finished off with some gold stickles around the mane swirls.
The text was die cut using lime green vinyl and then finally added to the journal page, that was not easy as I had used the reverse side of my cutting mat and the vinyl stuck like you know what, took me ages to remove transfer it to transfer tape but a big sigh of relief when it was done.

Ingredients:-
  • Image - Carry Me Away by Molly Harrison 
  • Colouring medium - Promarkers, Polychromos, Spectrum Noir Tints
  • Die cutting - text using vinyl
  • From my stash - gold Stickles, black, gold and clear embossing powders,
Challenges I am entering :-



Sunday, August 23, 2015

Hang In There

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 #244

Theme '4 LEGGED FRIENDS' 

To begin with for my journal page I coloured the image with Promarkers and Polychromos and also printed my text on acetate. The image is Hang in There by Digi Blessings available from the StitchyBear Digital Outlet.
I plan on die cutting a bunch of leaves so messed around with some green card and Pan Pastels to make a mottles green shaded card to work with.
 The pages of the journal were covered with some fabulous black hand made paper with gold swirl which I got ages ago and have not used in over a year :) :) Onto the black paper I used a Dreamweaver leaf stencil and the same coloured Pan Pastels.  Saying as the image is a a bush baby (I think) I wanted a night time scene so made a moon out of buttons which I will cover with gold paint later.
I didn't take a pic at the time but also added to the background was some green Glimmer Mist - looks blue but it really was green I promise you :)
 Here is the moon finished.
And here is the finished page.  The text is not very obvious, I do like things hidden away a bit so you have to look to find them, the text reads 'When life gets tough . . . Hang in there'.  The Hang in there section of the text comes with the digi and I added the start bit.  I extended the branch and added the die cut leaves out of my coloured green mottled card and also some green design paper.  Finally I added metal stars to the background.


Ingredients:-
  • Image - Hang in There by Digi Blessings available from the StitchyBear Digital Outlet.
  • Colouring medium - Promarkers, Polychromos, Pan Pastels, Green Glimmer Mist
  • Dies - Cottage Cuts bella Leafy Branch
  • From my Stash - Hand made paper, metal stars, acetate, gold paint pen
I am entering this card into the following challenges:-
Thanks for looking and hope you have a happy crafting day:)

Monday, August 17, 2015

What Matters


Hi folks, today I am sharing with you the image What Matters by Aurora of The East Wind available in both rubber and as a digi from the store.  I started by colouring the image with Faber Castell Polychromos, I then fussy cut the image ready to go in my journal.

Next I set to preparing the old book I am using for my journal by using Gesso on the pages to cover the text.  Browsing the net the other day I found this awesome background technique and for the life of me can I find it again to give credit to the person - sorry.  Anyway, the background uses crumpled up tissue paper which is applied to the page with a mixture of PVA and water, making sure you leave those crumples in :)  Once dry use an oil pastel and rub gently over the page, the pastel will adhere to the raised crumple bits leaving an awesome textured background, so touchy feely and looking great.
With the background dry I then drew some flowers to match the image and coloured them again with my Polychromos.  Next I used a dark green oil pastel to pick up the raised areas of the tissue paper.
Onto a bit of die cutting, this die is Oriental Ying Yang by Joy Crafts which I cut four of.  I then coloured them with Pan Pastels and added some silver gilding wax.
Finally, I printed my text on acetate and attached it to my page with double sided tape.  To me 'Me Time' is very important and I don't see it as selfish one bit but more a way of building my strength through finding myself (through crafting) and therefore being in a better place to help others more productively :) :) :) 
A few purple stickle swirls and border around the text and a peace brad to finish off and there we have it, all done.

Ingredients:-

  • Image - What Matters by Aurora of The East Wind available in both rubber and as a digi from Sweet Pea Stamps
  • Colouring Medium - Faber Castell Polychromos, oil pastel, Pan Pastels
  • Dies - Oriental Ying Yang by Joy Crafts
  • From my stash - Stickles, gilding wax, peace brad
I am entering the following challenges

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Carnation Bag

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 44
Fashion

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 :) :) :)

Fashion, ummmm, fashion, ummmmmm - yep, you get the idea, I had to put my old brain cell into action for this one.  I seem to have fallen out with cards at the moment so a bit of die cutting on the agenda I think.  I don't do fashion and I don't do handbags lol (I do do girly shoes when I get the chance though hehehe).  However, a bag it is :)

For this challenge inspiration I have used a great pattern from SVG.Cuts - Luxury Handbags.  I cut the bag sections using white card and then embossed the card with a Crafter's Companion leaf embossing folder.  This is a cracking embossing folder, just a section of a large leaf concentrating on the veins and blemishes found, total gorgeousness :).  Next I airbrushed with a couple of shades of pink and finally rubbed over the embossed sections with an oil pastel to pick up the textures.
Next I assembles all section of the bag adding lace to the overlay sections and pearls. With this all done I now set to colouring the carnation from the Spain Bundle, I printed two one of which I reversed.  The carnations were then fussy cut and glued to the bag.
Finally I added leaf brads to attach the handle to the bag and a pink tassel plus an opal brad to the front fold over section.
And there we have it, a pretty pink box bag ready for some goodies to be placed inside :)

Ingredients:-
  • Image - carnation from the Spain Bundle available from IKEsART
  • Colouring medium - Promarkers, Polychromos, oil pastel
  • Die cut - Luxury Handbags from SVG cuts
  • From my stash - Lace, pearls, brads, tassel
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Lil' Girl Swinging


For my easel card I have used the gorgeous image Lil' Girl Swinging by Art House Designs available from Sweet Pea Stamps, the image is in digi format.

To begin with I coloured the image with Faber Castell Polychromos.
Next I cut my easel card shape with Spellbinders Grand Circles out of blue card and embossed the base section.  For the frame I have chosen to use, Round 2 by Joy Crafts, I first cut the die and then hand cut the middle section out leaving only the frame.  The removed section is going to be used for the inside of the card.


I made my butterfly using both the die cut and the embossing Spellbinders Les Papillions - 4.  I did not find the die embossed very well no matter what I tried so in the end I used Zig glue to pick up the areas that should have embossed and added white micro fine glitter.  The Happy Birthday text was cut with Spellbinders Sentiments 1 and this was placed on a the blue card cut with Sizzix - 657938.  This was then mounted with foam tape to the inside of the card.
Finally I finished off with White Lace Stickles and Blue Liquid Pearls.

A pretty simple card but I really did not want to over embellish as the image is so pretty and really deserves centre stage :)

Ingredients:-
  • Image -  Lil' Girl Swinging by Art House Designs available from Sweet Pea Stamps, the image is in digi format
  • Colouring Medium - Faber Castell Polychromos
  • Dies - Spellbinders Grand Circles, Spellbinders Les Papillions - 4, Spellbinders Sentiments 1, Joy Crafts Round 2.
  • From my Stash -  Stickles, Liquid Pearls, micro fine white glitter.
I am entering into the following challenges:-

Birthday Cupcake

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 243

Theme 'Anything Goes with SWEET TREATS' 

Just a very quick post from me today, I am feeling rather frazzled hahahaha and totally forgot to take any pics of what I did so am going to have to try to remember what I used to make this cute cupcake card.

I have used the digi 'Birthday Cupcake by Coosty Creations which I printed twice at two different sizes and coloured them with Promarkers, trying to do my best to match up the colours with the cupcake brad in the centre.

Next I used Spellbinders Scalloped Squares and Squares to cut the 4 layers.  The bottom layer is design paper from an old magazine and the second layer is some very plain cream paper.  The top two layers with the images on were mounted on the same card as used for the card base and then I coloured the backgrounds with my Vanilla Promarker.  The cupcakes were coloured with Cerise and blow me, can't remember what brown I used.  To finish off the colouring I used a couple of Spectrum Noir crayons to help life the shadows very lightly.

Finally red stickles were added to the tops of each cupcake to represent the cherry and Cardinal Red Promarker for all the dots, again to match the brad in the middle. These top two layers were attached with foam tape. I did decorate the inside of the card too but yep, you guessed it, I forgot to take the pic grrrrrrrr.


Ingredients:-
  • Image - 'Birthday Cupcake by Coosty Creations
  • Colouring medium - Promarkers
  • Dies - Spellbinders Scalloped Squares and Squares
  • From my Stash -  Striped dp, stickles and brad
I am entering this card into the following challenges:-
Thanks for looking and hope you have a happy crafting day:)