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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Oh Seriously!!!!!!




Challenge 89
Anything Goes with an optional TWIST .... Happy 
(make someone smile)



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 :) :) :)

What a surprise one day when I found Ike had messaged me with a cracking new image - 'Oh Seriously'.  Ike knows I am reliving my childhood at the moment and a dream of owning my own horse, his name is Jay.  I am also teaching wee kids to ride at our local stables so early mornings, smell of horse muck, hay etc. are all part of my daily life along with my quiet time of crafting.  The expression on the Oh Seriously horse totally cracked me up lol.  We have one lovely big 16.2 hand horse called Storm, he is a clever boy, quick to learn and so very obliging.  One day, when we were getting all the horses ready for the stables to open after the Summer break (I am in Saudi and during the Summer when temperatures are in the mid to high 40 degrees we close as it is unsafe to ride the horses in high heat). we put a lead rein on Storm to see how he would react if we used him with adult new learner riders.  His face was exactly like the Oh Seriously horse, he was so peeved and would not do anything, take the lead rein off and he behaved like the perfect gentleman he really is again.  Thank you Ike for this truly awesome image.

I finished off my card with a border I made using another of Ike's images, Laughing Horse, both this and and background of the main image were coloured with Pan Pastels to match in with the backing paper.



Ingredients:-
  • image - Oh Really and Laughing Horse by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Polychromos and Pan Pastels
  • bow
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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Hot Gift Bags

 International Art & Soul, a challenge which has been put together to incorporate any type of craft, paper, wood, flowers, recycling, glass - the world is your oyster :).  Come on over an join us with you artwork :)

Challenge #8 - Hot Colours

This theme is probably my least favourite as it means I have to work with colours I am least comfortable with, I am a blue and purple lover, the calm colours, not the reds and oranges which to me are angry colours :) :) :) But what to do, it is a challenge after all and it is rather good to be removed from ones comfort zone every now and again.  I hunted through my images but there was nothing I wanted to colour with reds and oranges except flowers and I feel I have done a fair few of them recently so needed another idea.  I knew I had a bunch of design papers as I keep adding to my collection, don't know why as I don't like working with them but they do look pretty in the shop :) :) :) and when they are free in a magazine then it would be sacrilege to throw them away!!!!  A hunt through my papers found a few A6 sized sheets in the dreaded colours but so small - what to do with them.  Then a brain wave, (I get the odd one every now and again :) :) :) ) - make some really small bags which I can use to give to my friends with wee gifts inside.  I have to admit the bags were a bit fiddly to make but I love the outcome, even though they are red and orange :) :) 



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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Blossom




Challenge 88
Anything Goes with an optional TWIST .... Flying Fairy



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 :) :) :)


For this card I used the image 'Blossom', a great favourite of mine and used quite a few times :) :) The image was coloured with Polychromos pencils and the flower centres with Flower Soft. I added some dew drops dripping off the flowers by using my glue gun.  The background was created with Pan Pastels and the scraps I had left over after cutting the area needed were used to make the corner embellishments.  In keeping with the optional theme of flying fairies I drew in a couple of fairies by hand  (not very good but I did try hahaha).  The sentiment was stamped using a clear stamp and the final part of the card was to carry the orange theme through by adding some orange Stickles to the corner embellishments and an orange mat.


Ingredients:-
  • image - Blossom by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Polychromos and Pan Pastels
  • extras - Dies, Stickles, Flower Soft, glue gun, sentiment clear stamp 
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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Vintage Box

 International Art & Soul, a challenge which has been put together to incorporate any type of craft, paper, wood, flowers, recycling, glass - the world is your oyster :).  Come on over an join us with you artwork :)

Challenge #7 - Vintage
I don't know about you but I find vintage so dreamy and a great favourite of mine.  I usually end up making a card with lots of lace, soft colours and of course pearls.  Anyway, this time I tried something new, decorating a box I have had for a while and not got round to creating with.


I first painted the box with Gesso and then stamped my flower images in Old Paper Distress Ink, next I stamped the swirls with gold.  The flower were coloured with watercolour paints and a very very light purple was applied to the whole box.  Next it was out with the gold gilding which was applied on all the edges and embossed decoration on the box.  Finally a small wee key hole was coloured by hand.  I had such fun with this creation, it was a spur of the moment, leap out the chair and dash to the craft room before inspiration got lost, no planning, just a fleeting idea I went with and I am delighted with the outcome.  This box is for me, I am sure I will find a use for it in my craft room as each time I look at it it makes me smile :) :) :)




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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Angels & Demon bag




Challenge 87
Anything Goes with an optional TWIST .... Angels and Demons 

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 :) :) :)

Angels & Demons - where do I start lol.  I know the twist of the challenge is optional but I am trying my best to follow them and at the same time make something useful, but alas, none of my family or friends are really into dark so a card is out of the making.  What else could I make, how could I get around this one - a big dilemma and really got my brain cell working overtime.  I had thought of an angel on a coffee cup, the angel good the coffee one of my demons hahaha, another thought was a chocolate bar with an angel wrapper.  In the end I decided to use Ike's image 'Angel's & Demons', a beautifully drawn image.

I have used this image a few times and always coloured her so this time am doing something a little different and using the image to make a background.  I used multiple copies of the image in Photoshop and then applied a second layer where I painted a few colours over the whole area.  I made this a 'linear burn' layer, blurred the colours and then made the layer fairly opaque so the Angel and Demon images below showed through clearly.


Next I printed my paper (A4 size) and made a gift bag. Black ribbon, a silver metal embellishment and Happy Birthday peel off sticker were added to complete the project.


Ingredients:-
  • image - 'Angel's & Demons by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - digital
  • black ribbon, silver metal embellishment and peel off sentiment
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Butterfly in Cream

 International Art & Soul, a challenge which has been put together to incorporate any type of craft, paper, wood, flowers, recycling, glass - the world is your oyster :).  Come on over an join us with you artwork :)

Challenge #6 - Wings


A very simple cream and gold card is my contribution for the International Art & Soul 'Wings' Challenge.  Sometime ago I bough the beautiful Tatter Lace butterfly die, well I bought two really and to date have not used them (I wonder how many of us have done something similar :) )  The die is so beautiful it really needed to hold centre stage so I opted for a very simple and hopefully elegant card.  The gold sentiment and swirls were stamped onto a mat which I had previously embossed.  Next the butterfly was added and some liquid pearls added to the ends of the wings.  I then mounted this on matt gold paper and then onto my cream card base.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Snowdrops

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 86
Anything Goes with an optional TWIST .... Easter or Spring Flowers

{create something that speaks from your heart and soul and screams you with the images you use

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 :) :) :)


Fun time with digital :) :).  I used a free image of Ike's which was given away some time ago call Snowdrops.  The image was coloured digitally and used, not only for the centre panel but also for the side panels where I made a tiled pattern with the snowdrops.   For the background of each panel I used a texture overlay, printed and then mounted on the card with foam tape..  The text was also created digitally directly onto the card with the word Spring filled with the tiled snowdrop pattern.  A pretty simple card created mostly in my recliner while hubby was watching something incredibly boring on the TV hahahaha.

After I made the card I thought I would try something new :)  It has been many years since I bothered to paint my nails but recently I got into the gel polish craze and amateurish nail art although I am practicing hahaha.  Love that my nails last a good couple of weeks before having to do them again.  With having the snowdrops coloured digitally and some decal laser paper I bought last year with the aim of doing mugs I thought I would see if I could make nail decals.  A first attempt and several mistakes but a fun afternoon and that after all is what really counts.  So here  you are a pic of my nails, one hand complete the other awaiting the decals to be put on :)
and a close up of my favourite nail :)

Ingredients:-
  • image - Snowdrops by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - digital 
  • from my stash - alas nothing but the white card and some foam tape  for the card, nail varnish, waterslide decal paper for the nail art
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-