Monday, May 26, 2014

SPS - Gardenia

Sweet Pea Stamps

Hello folks, here I am again with another creation for  Sweet Pea Stamps.  This week is Featured Artist week.  The whole DT are creating with images by Rebecca Sinz and I have chosen to use the fabulous digi Gardenia.
To begin making this card I first designed and die cut the font panel.
 Next I coloured some lace with my Promarker.
 The lace was attached to the back of the die cut lattice front and also the inside of the card as part of this will be visible in the end design.
Liquid Pearls which I applied on each of the cross sections of the lattice.
 While the Liquid Pearls were drying I colour the digi with Promarkers
I then mounted the digi onto Mulberry paper which I had used the water method to created a frayed edge.
 Now onto the flowers - grrrrrr - what grief.  I wanted white flowers so first tried with copy paper but that looked flat, then tried with hand made paper, that looked great but not white enough.  Time to put the thinking cap on - ah!! white Mulberry paper.  Perfect colour and so delicate in appearance but with this fine paper pretty fiddly to do.  I used Spellbinders Bitty-Blossoms-6.
Next I used Spellbinders Nestabilities-Labels-20 for the inside of the card.  This was edged with Derwent Blendable crayons and Promarker.
 I assembled all sections of the card and added some luscious green leaves to accompany the hand made gardenia.  Here we have a view showing the inside of the card
and here is the front of the card showing how the lattice panel is held in a curved way, locked in place by the gardenia and leaves at the side.
Thank you for stopping by :)

  • Digi -  Gardenia by Rebecca Sinz available from  Sweet Pea Stamps
  • Die - Spellbinders Bitty-Blossoms-6 
  • Promarkers
  • Liquid Pearls
  • Lace, mulberry paper, leaves and gold peel off line stickers from my stash
Challenges entered

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Hot Chocolate

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 #214

Theme 'Anything Goes' 

The sponsor is StitchyBear Digital Outlet with the May 7 image prize pack. 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).

My mini team are using the digi 'Hot Chocolate' by Berry Dust this week and I have decided to make a bag for my Grandson :)

To begin with I used some pre die cut fur trees which I placed around the bottom left and around the side of the bag then finished off with some Christmas ribbon all the way round.
I added a verse I found, think it was from Splitcoasters which seemed perfect for the mug of hot chocolate.  Next I coloured the digi with Promarkers,  The marshmallow top section was embossed with White Foam embossing powder.  For the mug section I used Derwent crayons as I didn't want the smooth finish of the Promarkers or the depth of colour but to have more rustic look.  This section was embossed with clear embossing power for a real touchy feely effect.  The digi was fussy cut and attached to the bag with foam tape.
 Close up of the embossed mug and verse.
Time to die cut - I had planned on using pre cut foam letters but apart from not being able to find them I remembered they were only numbers anyway - not much use lol.  Using SCAL and my die cutter I took the easy route :) These were then coloured with a green Promarker and finished off with gold and clear embossing powders.
 Promarkers used
And there we have it, a quick project and come Christmas time when filled with a new mug, hot chocolate and a bag of marshmallows I hope one wee boy will have a happy smile on his face :) :) :) I did add some white pom-pom things for a bit of fun to represent snow and a ribbon to the top of the bag because I like bows hahaha.

I am entering the following challenges
Thanks for looking and hope you have a happy crafting day:)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Photo Inspiration with Ike

Time for another challenge over at

Photo Inspiration

Morning folks, hope you are having a good day today :)   It is week two of the IKEsWORLD challenge, Photo Inspiration and still plenty of time for you to enter.  Just remember, you must use and IKEsART image to be eligible for the prize.  Why not pop on over to the store, Ike produces the most amazing digs, everything from off the wall to cute and fluffy :) :) :)

Here is the inspiration photo we are using for the challenge (sorry I don't know the name of the artist, if you do please enlighten me) :)
To begin with I printed my work sheet with the digis I am using Cracker Cat and Bauble Cat, along with my basket outline, a bowl of what will hopefully be baubles to represent the bowl of fruit, part of my background paper and the photo for colour matching.  I am terrible with a theme like this, I know a photo inspiration challenge means you can you the layout, the colour etc. but I just love the challenge of trying to copy the original image :)
 Next I airbrushed the top part of my card to match the back wall on the photo.
The bowl of fruit (now baubles) was such fun using lots of Stickles hahaha
 Next I used a snowflake stamp and clear embossing powder on the red background. I did not really want this to show more just to catch a glimpse of the texture when the light caught it.
Promarkers were used to colour the pussy cats using colours from the image.
 What a silly basket thing, but I was trying to get the effect of the basket in the image, one of those soft sisel types. For this I used brown crepe paper ruffled up.
 The carpet was a dilemma, I had thought of material and also embossing some paper but when I saw in front of me a roll of embossed kitchen towel I thought I would give that a go instead.  I airbrushed it with Promarkers and later drew a sort of squared pattern on it with my black Promarker.
These are the Promarkes I have used in this creation.
 So here we have the finished composition.  I did change the green part, from the dark green I had printed to this embossed paper.  The card needed more texture and lightening and I think this works better.
I do hope the original artist of the painting won't be offended by my interpretation hahahaha

  • Digis -  Cracker Cat and Bauble Cat by IKEsART
  • Promarkers
  • Stickles
  • Other papers and ribbon from my stash.
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Monday, May 19, 2014

SPS - Serenity

Sweet Pea Stamps

Hello folks, here I am again with another creation for  Sweet Pea Stamps.  This week I am working with the beautiful digi 'Serenity' by Concetta Kilmek

To begin with my first personal challenge was to attach black hair.  I so often get this very wrong by trying to over blend using 5 grey colours plus black.  This time I decided to try something a little different - black, plus ice grey 5, 3, and 1 (Promarkers).  All the colouring was done in the greys and then I used the black with the fine nib to build up the black.
 With that done, time to colour the rest of the digi.
Phew, - eyes need a rest now lol.  OK - better and coffee drunk so back to crafting.  I started on the card base where I plan to use black card, olive green paper and black lace for a rather sexy look hahahaha
 Card put together now for the embellishing. I have mixed together gold and clear embossing powders, I don't want a solid gold but just a sprinkling.  This will be used on the butterfly which I cut with Spellbinders Les Pavilions 2.

Here is the butterfly - black for the base layer and the top layer coloured with olive green Promarker.  Both sections finished off with the gold and clear embossing powder mixture.
 A few more bits and bobs needed, Stickles, peel off sentiment (not sure if I am using gold or colouring a silver one in greens yet), ribbon and of course a tag which I have been making as I go along with the other sections.
 All done.  I finished off the inside of the card with cerise paper cut with Spellbinders Grand Labels 1and a rubber stamped butterfly which I painted with Stickles lol.
 And here we have the finished card :)

Thank you for stopping by :)

  • Digi -  'Serenity' by Concetta Kilmek
  • Promarkers
  • Die - Spellbinders Les Pavilions 2, Grand Scallop Ovals, Spellbinders Grand Labels 1 and Scalloped Circles 
  • Promarkers
  • Stickles
  • Lace, backing paper (wrapping paper), and ribbon from my stash
Challenges entered

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Fruity Babies Watermelon

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 #213

Theme 'Keep it Simple' 

The sponsor is StitchyBear Digital Outlet with a 7 image prize pack. 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).

Ah CAS, long time since I have done one of these :) :) :) This week I have worked with the digi, Fruity Babies Watermelon by Scrapper's Delights.

I needed to stop colouring the digi part of the way through as I had a printed sentiment on the card which I had not yet printed and wanted to match up the girls attire with the same colour.
 Ouch - what a rubbish pic lol but hey ho it lets you see what I am up to.  With the card blank printed and cut to size I decided to use Spellbinders Grand Labels 1 as a template which I drew round at the right hand side and cut by hand.
 OK, now I have the green on the card sentiment at hand I can match up my Promarkers for her clothes.
Promarkers used
 Once all the colouring was done I used a smaller Spellbinders Grand Labels 1 and then coloured around the edge in lime green.  Next I added some organza ribbon and coloured a pearl with my trusty Promarkers to match the watermelon.  I also lined the inside of the card in lime green.
 And here we have the Keep it Simple card.

  • digi - Fruity Babies Watermelon by Scrapper's Delights
  • dies - Spellbinders Grand Labels 1
  • Promarkers
  • Ribbon, and pearl from my stash
I am entering the following challenges
Thanks for looking and hope you have a happy crafting day:)

Monday, May 12, 2014

SPS - Forest Blue

Sweet Pea Stamps

Today is my day to showcase an image from Sweet Pea Stamps for Variation Week were we are all using the same image, Forest Blue by the awesome Ching Chou Kuik

Apart from the awesome digi I just loved the name and the thought of a blue forest for my background seemed perfect.  I love photography and take all sorts of strange things and I knew I had several images of forests.  Time to hunt one out and edit in Photoshop, playing with the colour balance to transform the photo into a blue forest.  Next I overlaid a transparent to blue gradient to enhance the halo effect on the digi.  I love doing this sort of thing <g>.  After printing the paper with the digi in place I added Crystal Stickles to the dotted halo of the digi.  Time now for a coffee break while this dries.
 There is no die cutting on this card, or distraction from the digi, I had decided I wanted the digi large (mind you that is a challenge to colour) and really be the one thing that jumps out at you when you see the card.  I have coloured her with Promarkers.
The wings caused me a problem, with printing the digi directly onto the background this meant the wings were white and in place.  I could have printed a second digi and fussy cut the wings to to late for the I have only just thought of it.  What I did instead was to colour the wings in a matching blue to the background and then used green tulle to enhance their transparency.  More Crystal Stickles added for a bit of bling.
Time to add some butterflies.  These were cut using Cherry Lyn Designs Mimi Butterflies and coloured with my Promarkers
and then finish off with more Crystal Stickles.
 Here are the Promarkers I have used in this creation.
 Some time ago I bough a bunch of velvet feel ribbon with leaves and thankfully I saw it in my box last week.  When I saw the leaves on the digi I knew I had the perfect ribbon to work with <g>.  Once the ribbon was in place I added a big blue bow and the butterflies (well only one butterfly as when I put the three on the card became cluttered).  I hope you like the finished creation and thanks for taking the time to read this, hope I have not bored you lol.

  • Digi -  Forest Blue by Ching Chou Kuik
  • Promarkers
  • Dies -  Cherry Lyn Designs Mimi Butterflies
  • DP by me
  • Stickles, ribbon etc. from my stash
Challenges entered
  • Glitter n Sparkle - W - #84 Female
  • Open-Minded Challenges - 2W, 3E  (W1 of 2) #10  Use some ribbon
  • PunkyouGirl - M, 3E, C15 (first Friday of month) must use Dark Nature style (Gothic, punk, emo, gory, steampunk, fantasy)  - May -  Things With Wings
  • Wags 'n Whiskers - 2W, 2E, SIO - No. 128 - (W2 of 2) -  Ribbon & Bling
  • Creative Knockouts W, 2E, C8 #36 Ribbons and Bows
  • Fab 'n' Funky - 1E, C10 - #215 Pretty hair
  • Nutcrafters - 2W, SIR for 1st prize, any image for 2nd Prize, 1E -  #67 Bingo* (2nd week) NO LAYERS, RIBBON OR STRING, GEMS,GLITTER OR BLING