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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Gypsy GIrl

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 80
Anything Goes or add a TWIST .... USE A BOW

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 :) :) :)

Today sees the start of the new IKEsWORLD challenge - AG twist, use a bow.  I love a challenge like this :) :) For my creation if have made a card for my mother (handy as I snail mail her every couple of weeks, she won't use email, txt etc. and I often don't have mega amounts so say so a card is about the right size to keep us all happy lol).  When Ike brought out the gypsy images I was in love, so beautifully drawn and this gypsy girl is awesome :) :) :).  For my bows, well they gave me so many problems, for the life of me could I tie three bows the same grrrrrr, then I thought to stamp bows using the pink as the background to match the card which was done using Pan Pastels and then stamp the bow in black until I realised the pattern on the bow was holly leaves and rather obvious hahaha.  In the end I used a bow die to make my 3 black bows :) :) :) (at least they are all the same size!!!)  Hope you like the end result.



Ingredients:-
  • image - Gypsy Girl by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Promarkers and Pan Pastels
  • from my stash - black ribbon, bow die, black liquid pearls, heart gems, rubber stamp sentiment
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Maasi Warrior

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 79
Anything Goes or add a TWIST .... MODERN or VINTAGE

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 :) :) :)

A very speedy card for this first challenge of 2017 - Happy New Year everybody, hope you all have had a magical Christmas holiday and send you bundles of love that 2017 is an awesome year for you :)

Yep, this really is a speedy card, time is a little short at the moment hahahaha.  I was so excited when I saw the Africa Set by Ike, Africa is the home in my heart having lived for many years on the magical continent.  For this card I hunted through my photos and have used an image I took recently in the Masai Mara (which I thought would be perfect for the image Maasai Warrior) of one of the many beautiful sunsets seen on a regular basis.  I added the image (png version) and coloured this digitally.  The saying was found on a general net hunt but I have no idea who it is by - it is very true though, there is something magical for so many people about the African Continent that when you place you feet on the land and smell the air (especially when it rains) you have warm fuzzy feelings of belonging within you - that is what happens to me anyway hahaha and I know some folks who will say the same even though they have only visited once :)

I added a few plant life border die cuts just to remove the flatness of this card, a bit of dimension always helps. Now I must apologies for the shortness of this post and I must dash off again, got a wedding to prep for in 3 days time :) :) :) (no not mine, my daughters) and still recovering from last nights New Years Eve party :)  Hugs for now everybody and keep smiling :)

Ingredients:-
  • image - Maasai Warrior by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - digital
  • from my stash - background photo, red mulberry paper
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Snowman

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 277 Theme 

'Anything Goes with LOTS OF SPARKLE'

My final creation for the OSAAT design team for 2016,  a layered card in white with silver accents in keeping with the theme 'Lots of Sparkle'.  The image used is Snowman by Coosty Creations.
This challenge will run for a whole month to give the DT a wee break over the festive holidays so you have plenty of time to join in :)

 To begin with I printed and fussy cut the snowman then coloured with Promarkers.  Next lots of silver and white glitter :).  The card base was edged with silver, just for a bit more dimension.  Two lots of die cutting using Spellbinders Victorian Medallion 3 and Tonic Studio Trellis Circle.  Both these die cuts were embellished with and/or Silver Stickles and clear glass gems.  I used a rubber stamp sentiment for the centre of the circle and used silver ink.
Once all the die cut sections were complete and in place I added my snowman using a wobble - should have taken a picture of him wobbling as he is rather cute :) :) :) but I forgot and now the camera is put away grrrrr.  

When die cutting the Tonic Studio Trellis Circle left with a pretty border circle die cut so instead of throwing it away I coloured it in silver and used it to frame a writing area on the inside of the card.  The addition of a Tattered Lace Snowflake and another glass gem brought everything together perfectly.



Ingredients:-
  • Image -Snowman by Coosty Creations
  • Colouring medium - Promarkers
  • Dies - Spellbinders Victorian Medallion 3, Tonic Studio Trellis Circle, Tattered Lace Snowflakes
  • From my Stash -  Silver pen, silver Stickles, glass gems, wobble attachment, google eyes, white and silver glitter
I am entering this card into the following challenges:-

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

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Parthenon Horse

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 78
PHOTO INSPIRATION

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 I had such a fabulous time making this card, an image in my head and it all fell into place just as planned for once.  Gelli printing, oh how I love Gelli printing :) I have a wee Gelli plate which I bought a wee while a go to see what I thought of the process and now the hubby has treated me to the 12 x 14 inch plate I am in my element as it means I can create whole sheets of paper at a time instead of the small square areas. This card is the christening of the large plate and I am smiles all over lol.

To begin with I created my background by printing an A4 sheet of linen card using colours from the photo inspiration.  Next I used a card shape die cut I have and cut with my electronic cutter. Next I printed two of the Parthenon Horse , coloured with Promarkers and Polychroms and then fussy cut.  One of the horses was for the front of the card and the other for the inside (it was a mirror image).  I did this as I did not want the white card of the image I coloured to be visible through the cut out area when you looked inside the card.  Next I use the Tattered Lace Berries die and cut three from scraps of my Gelli printed card and edged each with red, green or gold glitter.  The final bits, were a lace border die cut with gold ribbon threaded throw, a gold bow and the Merry Christmas text die cut with matt gold card.

(I left the cut out sections on my cutting mat and then using transfer tape placed them colour side up on the inside of the card.  I did loose a three bits and no matter how hard I looked to find them I couldn't, the fairies stole them is my final conclusion so I then closed the card and used the cut out sections as a template to draw round onto the inside of the card with a gold pen and coloured in the sections. With the second of the Parthenon Horse images I coloured in place a wee lace border out of the last bits of my Gelli printed card was cut and used to finish off.
And just because I took a picture of it lol here is the back of my card showing my Gelli printing :)
Finally. here is the photo inspiration for you to follow in the challenge - lots of wonderful seasonal colours :)
Ingredients:-
  • image - Parthenon Horse by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Promarkers, Polychromos
  • from my stash - ribbon, glitter, gold pen
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Ballerina

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 276 Theme 

'Anything Goes with BUTTONS and BOWS'

Oh what a lovely change to make a card like this again, I so often go straight for square lol.  This is a regular DL card from a pack I have in my stash.  For this card I have used the image Ballerina by Stitchy Stamps
I first printed the sillouette ballerina image and text sentiment on a gold patterned paper and then covered my card base with this.  Next I die cut lots of wee flowers in the same gold paper and edged the petals with a tiny bit of black Pan Pastel.  The leaves were cut from Cottage Cuts Bella Leafy Branch which I then snipped each of the branches and single leave from the main stem.  Two of these were cut in black card and when I had all my bits I then reassembled them on stems I had drawn on the card to create a floral border.  The final part of the card was to add my bow and some black buttons.
Using bit I had left over, a bit of gold paper and a couple of leafy sections I also decorated the inside of my card.

Ingredients:-
  • Image - Ballerina by Stitchy Stamps
  • Colouring medium - Pan Pastels
  • Dies - Flower die but can't remember who by grrr and Cottage Cuts Bella Leafy Branch
  • From my Stash -  gold embossed paper, ribbon and buttons
I am entering this card into the following challenges:-

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

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Cornucopia

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 77
THANKSGIVING

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 was just sitting in my craft room the other day and feeling like the luckiest crafter on earth :) :), I am so lucky hubby is such a fab supporter of my hobby and over the years I have invested every penny I have earned from my crafts back into new supplies.  I remember when I started crafting about 8 years ago that I had some basic start out supplies, a few kits, lots of paper and a head bulging with ideas.  The problem started when I wanted to do something and just did not have the basics to make my elements and I had outgrown many of the fancy items I bought in the beginning, things like punches which I never really got to grips with, fancy edge scissors which were a great idea but hard on the hands etc. Now I just seem to have 90% of what I want (guess it will never be 100% hahaha), lovely die cutters - Silver Bullet and Crafters Companion Gemini, a fab collections of dies, awesome colouring mediums, buttons galore, ribbon, sprays, varnishes etc. My craft room truly flies me away to another universe, provides all I need to forget this world for a while and recharge my batteries, a little bit of heaven.

Many years ago I used to do water colour painting but arthritis in my hands at the age of 17 put paid to that once I was in my 20's as I could no longer hold the fine 00 and 1 paintbrushes I used to use. Hubby recently bought me a tin of watercolour pencils so for this challenge I have given them a go, not as nice to use as a real tin of paints yet but maybe with practice I will fall in love :) :) :)


A straight forward card which really is all about the image - Cornucopia by IKEsART.  Image coloured with water colour pencils, background is Pan Pastels.  To finish off a double ribbon line and Spellbinder scalloped border with half of the centre die from Opulent Circles, one on each side.

Ingredients:-
  • image - Cornucopia by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Watercolour pencils and Pan Pastels
  • dies - Spellbinders Scalloped Borders 1 and Opulent Circles
  • from my stash - ribbon
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Buck Wild

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 275 Theme 

'Anything Goes with Autumn Colours'

This fortnight I am working with the image Buck Wild by Reeces Scrap Pieces, a gorgeous digital image to colour or in this case work with digitally to create a needlework applique effect.  

 To  begin with I placed the image into Photoshop and by creating multiple layers added my pattern fills for each area.  Once done I printed the image and added the black stitching lines by hand.  The image was then mounted on black paper.  For the background on the card base I used the Hexagon die by Sarah Davis of Crafters Companion and scraps of brown and yellow papers I had lying around.  WOW that took me ages but I do love the outcome LOL.  To finish off I added three skeleton leaves and a die cut called Love Land Corner by Memory Box.  I kept all the hearts that were part of the cut out design (obvious in a 'use lots of scraps day today) and used them to decorate the left side of the card.  Each heart and heart cut out area was embellished with a yellow glass heart gem.  Last bit was to ad my text using the Die'sire die, Just Because.

Inside of card - saying as I had some hexagons left over and it seemed a shame to put them in the bin I used them to add a bit of decoration and finished off the edges with lines using a gold pen.

Ingredients:-
  • Image - Buck Wild by Reeces Scrap Pieces
  • Colouring medium - digital
  • Dies - Memory Box Love Land Corner, Die'sire Just Because, Crafters Companion Hexagon
  • From my Stash -  Gold pen, gems
I am entering this card into the following challenges:-

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