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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Butterfly note card


 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 :).

Challenge #4 - Embossing

Hi there happy crafters :) I love the touch feely textures of this card and the soft blues and white give it a really fresh feel.  I used an embossing folder from Crafters Companion and coloured the embossed sections with a pale blue Polychromos crayon then edged some of the areas with a silver pen.  The flower border was the next bit done and I used the same technique minus the silver pen.  A stamped sentiment was created and die cut and added under the embossed strip.  Next I die cut a butterfly in white card and mounted it on pale blue paper, then die cut some leaves in silver and mounted this group on the card. To finish off I used silver Liquid Pearls on the bodies of all the butterflies.



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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Wind Fairy

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 84
Anything Goes with an optional TWIST .... Over the rainbow

{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 :) :) :)

Ike draws the most beautiful women and here is another gorgeous one called 'Wind Fairy'.  She is so beautiful I wanted her to fill most of my card space lol and then add a simple cloud background.  The Wind Fairy was coloured with Promarkers and Polychroms and the background was created with Pan Pastels.  The rainbow was printed on acetate so the image would shine through.

My Mum is getting pretty old and struggling with Alzheimer's now so each week I make a card which I can send to her.  She can't cope with long letters anymore as as she and I are separated by many miles a card landing on her doorstep each week brightens her moment a wee bit.  So this card is a bit sentimental too, one day she will no be here on earth as the Wind Fairy is how I see my Mum in her next life.  As I don't know exactly where in the universe the next life it I chose to represent it with the sky background and yes, the rainbow, this represents that one day we will meet again, that goodbye on this earth is not the end, just the closing of a door in this dimension.  While Mum and I are together on earth she has, may a time, coloured my day with her unending love, her passion for nature, her belief in living by her good values and her respect for all around her.  She is and always will be a shining example of how one should live their lives and I love her so dearly, truly honoured to have her as my Mum.  I hope this card will make her smile when she receives it by snail mail :)


Ingredients:-
  • image - Wind Fairy by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Promarkers, Polychromos and Pan Pastels
  • from my stash - gold glitter, acetate
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-



Sunday, March 5, 2017

Fancy Borders


 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 :).

Challenge #3 - Fancy Borders

Hi there happy crafters :) Today I have a pretty simply die cut card to share with you for our Fancy Borders challenge. Now I know borders are usually on the edge but I fancied making the border a focal point on the card.  I did colour some gold peel off stickers with a green Promarker and added them around the edge of the top mat to create an easy fancy border there too hahaha.  The design paper used is from my stash but I can't remember where from, sorry.  Next I die cut my text using the same design paper and finally a flower corner die cut on white card to which I added pearls to the centre of each flower.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Coffee is a pleasure

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 83
Anything Goes with an optional TWIST .... Focal Sentiment


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 Ike, you are such a superstar, thank you for drawing the coffee cups for me :) :) :) Yep folks, I was not sure how to do the twist on this challenge and could only think of using Ike's images to make a background so I mentioned to Ike what I wanted to do and could she please draw me some coffee cups to work with :)



I used 3 of the coffee cup images from Ike and overlaid them to make a random background.  I then used distress inks to add the colour.  Next I digitally created my sentiment and again coloured with distress inks and added lace to the top sentiment also coloured with distress inks.  To finish off I used one of the coffee cup images and printed it very small, coloured it with Promarkers and fussy cut then added some gold sparkle varnish.  The final bit of my card was to add some ground coffee which is glued on with PVA.  Have to say, at this moment in time my card smell yummy, so much so I have had to go and make myself a posh coffee with real coffee, not the instant stuff :)

Ingredients:-
  • image - Coffee Cup images x 3 by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Promarkers, Distress inks
  • from my stash - ground coffee, gold glitter spray varnish, lace. 
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Monday, February 20, 2017

Storytime Together

A bit of me time and experimentation today :) :) :)  I am so useless at stamping hahaha, tried acrylic blocks, they work fine but I can't get things where I want them and can reprint if the ink is not even.  Got the roll type acrylic blocks and they are easier but I have left them in the UK so are 4,000 miles away from me in Saudi.  Have been thinking about the Misti stamp tool, look awesome but I hesitate to spend so much until I can try something similar.  Anyway, to cut a long story short I found the hack of using the IKEA Hemmingsbo picture frame and we do have an IKEA here in Saudi believe it or not.  At a very low outlay and an afternoon creating it I now have something similar to the Misti to try and improve my stamping with.


To make my card I used the stampset 'Storytime Together' by Crisalis Classics from Crafter's Companion.  The stamp successfully stamped 3 times using my new tool so I had pretty much a perfect impression.  I was so chuffed with the sentiment, managing to place the stamped text inside the stamped frame almost perfectly hurray :) :) :).  The image was coloured with Spectrum Noir Pencils.  For the background I die cut some button hearts and used them to emboss, this way I could emboss around the image with more control.  Next I die cut some Tim Holtz word sentiments and stuck them to the card ready for me to start inking.  To colour the background of the card and image layer I used Spectrum Noir Aqua Tints.  A bit of ribbon, a bow and a chipboard heart embellishment finished off the card.

Items used from Crafter's Companion:-

  • Stamp set  'Storytime Together' by Crisalis Classics
  • Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils
  • Spectrun Noir Aqua Tints
  • Neenah Classic
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Recycled sardine tin


 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 :).

Challenge #2 - Recycling

I recently started doing some nail art, more fun and yet another craft to add to my every widening passion :) :) :) I used to paint my nails on a regular basis but when I started card making I found I left marks of nail varnish on my cardstock - probably because I did not put any top coat on hahahaha.  Anyway, this summer I had my nails done with Gel polish and was in love again, so much so I had to go buy myself some Shellac and a lamp.  Thanks to Ebay my collection of accessories has grown with the addition of foil, stamping tool, stamping plates, gems, striping tape etc. and an excellent box which the hubby found in one of our local stores to keep everything together.  When I do my nails, very lazily on my knee with a tray I find my tools roll all all over the place, pesky paint brushes, orange sticks, nail scissors never stay in one place so I decided to use this recycling challenge to make myself a wee pot to hold things together while I am nail crafting :)


I embossed some gold paper to cover the tin and added lace to the top and bottom along with lace bow.  Next I added some raffia around the tin and the 3 flowers were die cut using a Desire flower die. To the centre of each flower I added some Stickles and a pearl and then added some Stickle dots in the shape of swirls although you can't really see them in the photo.

Here is my sardine tin - I had the sardines for lunch and they were yummy!!!!


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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Hanging Basket

Time for another challenge over at

Challenge 82
Anything Goes with an optional TWIST .... Nature

{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 :) :) :)

I wish I could do clean and simple but boy do I struggle with the concept. I think this is as clean and simple as I have managed to date hahahaha.  The image was coloured with Polychromos, I then die cut the square and distressed the edges, added my ribbon and gems and there we go, all done.



Ingredients:-
  • image - Hanging Basket by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Polychromos
  • from my stash - Spellbinder scallop edge die, ribbon and gems
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-