Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Zip It!!!! - Ike's World Blog Hop

Time for another challenge over at

Blog Hop

This time we have something a little different. IKE'sWORLD has just released some fabulous new digis in the store and to show you the stunning creations the DT have been allowed to showcase them in this weeks blog hop.  The whole team is participating this week so be sure to stop by their blogs and join in the fun.  

Ike is offering one of the new images to people who Hop all the way round leaving comments on every DT post AND commenting back at Ike's World Challenge to say you have done so.

This Hop will run throughout this week, so you have plenty of time to enter. Make your way round and back to Ike's World Challenge by Midnight on Sunday 2nd FEBRUARY 2014, and then we will do a random pick from those of you who completed the Hop and let you know the Winner at our next Challenge post, which will be on Tuesday 4th FEB.

Here is a quick look at all the images being showcased today - they are simply stunning

I have never done a blog hop before so this is rather exciting for me :) :) :) I have used a way out digi called Zip It, this digi just jumped out at me as so often I speak before thinking and really should learn to zip my mouth shut hahahahahaha

I embossed black paper with a leaf design but alas it is not showing well in the photo.  I then coloured the hair on the digi digitally and printed two copies as I needed a bit of it for the zip top.  The face and eyes were coloured with Promarkers along with the tag and zips.  This card shouted it wanted real zips on it, not an easy challenge finding them though.  We only have one shop on camp and alas no zips in it but we do have a tailor of sorts and he had a long white zip I could buy.  Good old Promarkers to the rescue and the white zip was coloured with cyan to match the card and then attached to the backing embossed paper with my trusty glue gun.  I embossed the top of the zip pull with Antique Gold embossing powder and attached it with foam tape and added the sentiment tag so it would look like one of those funky zip pull which I seem to remember were around at one point in time (sure I had one on my anorak, a quilted red one if I remember correctly!!!!).  To finish off I used some peel off stickers which were also coloured with the cyan Promarker, after all, got to be nice when you are telling somebody they spoke out of turn, at least you do if you want to remain friends hahahahahahaha.  With the design having a real 70's feel I added some 70's looking flowers, again coloured with my Promarkers and added a cyan brad to the centre of each.

Now for the Blog Hop
You are here with Jane, you should have reached me from Samara's blog and Shelly is next
Good luck everybody and don't forget to return to  Ike's World Challenge to say you have visited all the DT blogs and left them some love :) :) :)

I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Lady Jane

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.

Challenge #197

Theme 'White +1'

(skin colour does not count)

Our sponsor this week is Creative Craft World with a prize of 3 Promarkers.  To win this prize you MUST use a digi from the StitchyBear Digital Outlet.  A second prize of $3 to spend in the StitchyBear Digital Outlet will be given to an entrant who does not use a SB product.

This week I had the opportunity of choosing a digi from one of our newest creators - Scrappers Delight, totally awesome artwork and a difficult choice I can tell you.  In the end I opted for 'Lady Jane'.  So why did I choose this digi I hear you say :) :) Well in the real world my name is Jane :) and as I am always losing my keys I thought it would be a bit of fun to make myself a keyring with shrink plastic for this challenge.  Alas after two attempts I still didn't like the result, colouring with ProMarkers on the plastic was not possible so I tried with watercolour crayons which looked great until the heating process.  The outcome was all my shading disappeared and the image looked so flat the only place for it was the bin.  Plan two, a trusty birthday card hahahaha.

I used used white card for my base and PaperMania Heather Paper Pack for the purple background which I stuck on card for added strength and then cut with Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Labels 1, this was to form the mount I would be working on and then attaching to the card with foam tape.  The digi was printed and coloured with ProMarkers, can you see I also added purple hair extensions in her hair lol.  To add more white to the card I used some white lacy material, it also gives a bit of texture to the card too which I love.  Ages ago I bought a role of off-white ribbon with Happy Birthday on it which I then coloured for this card, with Lavender ProMarker to match Lady Jane's dress.  By colouring on the back of the ribbon the white Happy Birthday text remained uncoloured - perfect. Next I cut the parasol die from Marianne Creatables which I decorated with Lilac Liquid Pearl and a small heart shaped purple gem.  To finish off I added a white heart button with mauve twine and some white pearls.

  • Digi - 'Lady Jane' by Scrappers Delight
  • Promarkers - Amethyst, Orchid, Lavendar, Walnut, Cocoa, Raw Sienna
  • Flex Markers - Dusky Pink, Blush and Linen
  • DP - PaperMania Heather Collection
  • Die - Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Labels 1 and Marianne Design Creatables Vintage Parasol 
  • White Lace Stickles
  • Liquid Pearls, ribbon, lace, button and pearls from my stash
I am entering this project in the following challenges:-

Monday, January 20, 2014

Waterlily Note Pad Holder

This is just a quick post as I am on kitchen duty tonight so need to get myself in there before I manage to find something more interesting to do and then the hubby won't be fed <g>.  I should add he is more than capable of cooking, he is meant to do 3 nights in the kitchen and me 3 night on the 7th night we starve lol.

What  a lovely time I had in my craft room today and for the first time in a couple of months fired up my Black Cat to do some cutting.  I made a note pad holder the other day and made an .svg file for the card and box shapes but ended up doing it by hand as it was a first attempt, from there I could modify the cutting file.  Anyway, end of that story and onto my project for today.

close-up of made flowers

Digi - Water Lily by Delicious Doodles
DP - part of a pack I bought about eight years ago but I have no idea now who it is from
Dies - crafty ann -flourish-5 and Sizzix Mini Daisies
ProMarkers - Leaf Green, Grass, Emerald, Olive Green, Aubergine, Purple and Orchid
Fuchsia Flower Soft
Pencil from IKEA - coloured with Promarkers LOL
Ribbon, gems, gold flowers, gold bead chain from my stash

I am entering this creation in the following challenges:-

  • Addicted to Stamps Challenge - 2W, Must use stamp- Challenge #74 (1st Week)Flowers.
  • My Sheri Crafts  -  2W -  #125 (W1 of 2)  Use a Digi
  • Pumpkin spice - W - #55 Buttons, Bows or Bling
  • Delicious Doodles - W, 1E, SIO – No. 71 - Easel Cards
  • SweetPea Stamps - Flower Power
  • Penny's Paper-Crafty - 3E -  Embellishments
  • Get Inky! - W, 2E - Handmade Flowers

  • Sunday, January 19, 2014

    Fairy GunGun

    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.

    Challenge #196

    Theme 'Use A Digi'

    The sponsor is StitchyBear Digital Outlet with a complete set of digi images that the team used in challenge #194. To win main prize you MUST use an Image from our store. Runner up prize for person using none store image is $3 to spend in the StitchyBear Digital Outlet. So everyone can win something ;O).

    For this weeks design I worked with the image chosen by my teamie Deborah, 'Fairy GunGun' by My Heart Pieces.  For a change I made a note pad holder, something I can tuck away as a wee pressie for somebody :) :)

    For the note pad holder, I first measured the size of the paper which would be used and then added a bit more.  Next I added 1cm to each side and cut.  I scored the 1cm sides, trimmed the corners and then folded them.  When all the sides were folded and in stuck in place I then used one of 8 1cm strips I had previously cut  with the dp and placed it on one of the outside edges.  This I repeated until all sides were covered and also did the same on the inside.  When the box was completed I cut an area out of the front so it becomes easy to get a note paper out and then stuck it to the base with double sided tape.

    The digi was printed and coloured with promarkers and then cut with another Spellbinders Die - Adorning-Squares-7.  I used navy blue card as my base to work with and covered the front and rear of the card with dp I have had for ages. Next, using Spellbinders Grand Nestibles 1 and again navy card I made the large front base which I the added corners cut with the same dp I used before, This was then embossed for a bit of texture. Next I used more navy card for  the topper and added the prepared digi which I finished off with Ice Stickles on the wings and regular Stickles for the flowers.  The design needed a bit of something else, I tried lace but that didn't work nor did ribbon or bows so in the end I settled for Spellbinders-floral flourishes.  The final bit of embellishing was to add a few flowers in the same colours as the dp used, some burgundy pearls I have at hand and some flowers on the base in the same colours as the dp.   This was a bit of a prototype and seemed to take me ages but I think I have the hang of it now so next time hopefully it will be more successful :) :) :)

    • Blue card from Craft Creations
    • Digi - Fairy GunGun' by My Heart Piece available from the StitchyBear Digital Outlet
    • Dies - Spellbinders Die - Adorning-Squares-7, Grand Nestibles 1 and Floral Flourishes
    • Promarkers - Maroon, cerise, pink carnation, gold, soft lime, primrose, grey green, olive green, raw sienna, cocoa. Flex Markers - blush, dusky pink and linen
    • Stickles, pearls, flowers etc from my stash
    I am entering this card into the following challenges:-
    Thanks for looking and hope you have a happy crafting day:)

    Monday, January 13, 2014

    Angels and Demons

    Time for another challenge over at

    A three week challenge this time as our next challenge is going to be a blog hop - great news as you now have an extra week to enter this challenge :)

    #9 Anything Goes

    We are onto the second week of our three week challenge so there is still plenty of time for you to enter and win the fabulous prize of $15 to spend in the IKEsWORLD store.  To win the prize or be voted in the top 3 you MUST use and IKEsWORLD digi, lots to choose from so why not pop on over to the shop and have a look around.

    For this weeks creation and still trying to use some of the 'darker' digis :) I opted for a digi I have loved for a long time but not dared to use - Angels and Demons.  My poor family are the recipients of my darker efforts this year so it will be interesting to see their reactions.  Now talking about good planning, this is going to be my eldest daughters birthday card for 2015 (hope I don't lose it before then hahahahahaha)

    I used black card, added a layer of green paper then the background which I had designed with the text in the position I needed.  Now I should say, Natasha is always lovely, but I know she has a really naughty streak in her so I hope she will have a laugh when she sees this, then no doubt a really honest comment will be coming my way afterwards :) :) :)  Next I fussy cut the digi as I wanted a 3d effect, this once completed was attached with foam tape.  I coloured the digi with Promarkers then had a bit of fun. The wings, once coloured had Extreme glitter added along the gone structures and then were embossed with clear embossing powder to give a plastic feel.  The hair is some coloured extensions I have at hand (yep I like coloured extensions in my own hair <g>) unfortunately I couldn't get it to curl properly following the gorgeous locks the digi has but I think it looks OK.  Next I used a feather for the angels wings which I cut up - you should have seen the mess I was in with bits of extension hair and feather cut offs flying around, sticking to my fingers, attached to the double sided tape, up my nose - just everywhere lol. Finally I added some black tulle behind the digi, buttons in the corners and gold Stickles to make headbands on both heads then placed the digi on the card.

    • Black card from Craft Creations
    • Angels and Demons by IKEsART
    • Promarkers - black, cool grey 4 and 5, caramel, burnt sienna, tan, leaf green, pear green, olive green, pastel pink
    • Flex markers - blush, dusky pink
    • Die - Joy Crafs Middle Fleur De Lys
    • Gold Stickles, Extreme Glitter, black tulle, green and gold hair extensions, feathers, clear embossing powder, pink line stickers and buttons form my stash
    I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

    Starting New

    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.

    Challenge #195

    Theme 'Starting New'

    Our sponsor this week is StitchyBear Digital Outlet with $9 to spend in the store.  To win this prize you MUST use a digi from the StitchyBear Digital Outlet.  A second prize of $3 to spend in the StitchyBear Digital Outlet will be given to an entrant who does not use a SB product.

    This week I had the opportunity of choosing a digi from Barbara Jensen and I opted for  Red Riding Hood.

    With our challenge being Starting New, I thought I would do something really different for a change.  It all stems from a friend on another DT, Samara, who I now seem to have a pact with lol - to try more 'dark' creations.  Now I know dark cards are not everybody's cup of tea but I am getting a little fed up with 'cute' and want to explore some other avenues.   I hope you are not offended by this card, it really is not my aim to offend, just create.  My poor family are going to be the guinea pigs this year so I wonder if they will still be talking to me in twelve months time hahahahahahaha.  This card is for my youngest daughter but I will have to wait till September to get her reaction.  Think the hardest 'dark' card to make will be the one my Mum gets, that is certainly going to be interesting!!!!!!!

    For this card, I first chose to use red card in keeping with the red cloke of the digi which I planned to use, then I matted a second layer with black glitter paper.  Next I coloured the fabulous digi with Promarkers and then added a bit of gold to the lace areas with my gold pen.  I then used clear embossing powder  for the corset, tops of stocking and wristbands to give a wet-look effect.  Finally I fussy cut around the outside.  I then printed the text on matching card to the base layer and cut it out with my Spellbinder Grand Circles.  I attached the text circle to the card and then attached the colourd digi on top with foam tape.  For a bit of bling I used Stickles  in various areas and Black Liquid Pearls.

    • Red Hammer card from Craft Creations
    • Digi - 'Red Riding Hood' by Barbara Jensen
    • Promarkers - cool grey 3, 4, 5, wallnut, burnt sienna, cocoa, cinnamon, caramel, ginger, ivory, crimson, berry red, poppy, lipstick red, heatwave, pale pink, oasis, gold, sunflower, mustard, tulip yellow, black and blender; Metallic -  Black and Gold, Flex Markers - dusky pink, blush, champagne and linen
    • Black and Gold Stickles
    • Black Liquid Pearls
    • Clear Embossing Powder
    I am entering this project in the following challenges:-

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

    Quilted Love

    Ahhhhhh quilts :) I can't say I have had much to do with quilts until the last few years where many of the ladies on our camp get together an make quilts.  Last year a very good friend made me a quilt, something I will treasure for many years especially knowing the number of hours spent making it.  I often use the saying 'You're a Star' and it was the star quilt pattern she used making it even more special.  Sue showed me some of the other quilts she had and a couple really caught my attention, one was an old one and Sue was pointing out the different pieces of material used, this one was left over from a favourite dress of her mums, another her sister's party dress etc., the other quilt was one she made for her son.  Sue had collected many of his t-shirts from throughout his growing up, some favourites, some being part of a team, other from schools he went to, I am sure you have got the picture. Each piece in both quilts had a memory as so from that I came up with the saying for this card.

    • Digi - Seems Like Just Yesterday by Stitchy Stamps and available from the StitchyBear Digital Outle
    • Purple card from Craft Creations
    • Patterned Paper - Paper Mania and craft magazine
    • ProMarkers - walnut, cocoa, raw sienna, caramel, moss, marsh green, pear green, purple, orchid, blush, satin and blender.  Flex Markers - linen, blush and dusky pink
    • Spellbinders - grand nestabilities scallops and grand nestabilities squares
    • Organza ribbon, green paper, vellum from my stash
    I am entering this card in the following challenges:-