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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

London cake box




Challenge 102
Anything Goes With an optional twist Cakes

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 :) :) :)

Cakes, cakes, cakes - should one bake for this challenge or, should one buy a cake and decorate it, possibly, I don't know hahahaha.  I think I opted for the easy option here and decided to make a box of a slice of cake to go into, it saves cooking which I hate.  I had planned on one of those old 99p frozen cream sponge cakes but could not find one in good old Tesco so ended up with a lemon flan thing that looked edible.  Apart from it having sat in my fridge for a week as I seemed to have been caught up in family stuff and only had time now to take the photo so the pastry base is somewhat soggy the topping was quite nice, tasted like a good quality lemon curd, perfect for a late breakfast hahaha.



Anyway, I used the image London and coloured it digitally.  It is a great collage image of what London visitors like to see, have to admit I have not been back to London for 36 years and have no plans to return !!!! I hate the place, give me open space, countryside, wildlife (not the 2 legged homo-sapian sort) any day :) :) :).  Once the image was coloured I then used another piece of software to make it into a 'tile' and then using Photoshop created my tiled London paper.  Great fun and certainly kept me quietly occupied while in my relaxing chair watching TV one evening.

This is the image I used - London by IKEsART

And here is my made digital paper having coloured the image and created it into a tile.


The paper was printed and used to cover a die cut cake slice box I made.  A flag was made to add to the top of the box with a suitable sentiment which in this case is suitable for the challenge option them and not in the least suitable for the contents of the box. Oh well, I think this is the perfect time for the old saying - You can't have your cake and eat it Ike!!!!!!! hahahahaha

Ingredients:-
  • image - London by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Digital paper
  • other items - Lemon tart!!!!, gold peel off line stickers and a toothpick.
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The old oak tree

 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 #21
AUTUMN COLOURS


A simple but effective creation.  I was in the mood for stamping a silhouette image and have had this Sheena Douglas stamp for a while and not used it so today it saw the light of day.  I know I said simple but the trials and errors I had making the background ended up taking me a good 2 hours lol.  I first tried on some stamping card I got on my holidays down under several years ago (with being a useless stamper I hardly used this rather nice card so most of it has spent the last 7 years hiding away).  Anyway, one side of the card is shiny and the other matt and I had no idea which side to use.  Opting for the shiny side I set to work with distress inks and WOW what a result, mega interesting.  Then came the stamping and using a stamping tool to get everything position just right I moved on.  Grrrrrr, the shiny side of the paper kept sticking to my stamp and pulling it off the stamping too.  First attempt in the bin.  Then I tried again and I have no idea what I was playing at but that ended up in the bin too.  They do say 3rd time lucky and using my cheap white card I stopping trying to be so careful I succeeded.  So simple in reality and without the hiccups I would agree.  With such a beautiful tree and the vivid autumn colours I decided on the most minimum of embellishments, 3 black gems, just could not resist putting them on hahaha.  

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Let It Snow




Challenge 101
Anything Goes With an optional twist Let It Snow

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 :) :) :)


In my happy place with this bag I created just in time to fill it with some special gifts for Christmas. Oh I love birds so much and often wish I could be like them, wings to fly and explore the world with no need for all the hassle at airports and no need to apply for visas to travel :) :) :) I have used this image several times, a real favourite of mine and I think he looks wonderful on the front of the bag.  I created the Let It Snow sentiment in Illustrator and then exported as an svg. to my die cutting program.  The background paper was also digitally designed with the image of the BlueTit super imposed and then coloured with Polychromos crayons.  I bought this very odd snow stuff for my Grandson last year so pinched that back, have to admit I was rather surprised to find when I opened the bag it was all clear plastic chopped up, yucky to work with but has the right effect. I finished of with a good old tartan bow to pick up the red of the berries and represent my Scottish roots (yep I am proud of them, I originate from the Highlands north of Inverness through my great grandfather's side. 


Ingredients:-
  • image - Bluetit Rowan by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Polychromos pencils
  • other items - digital paper background, ribbon, plastic snow, Let It Snow die cut
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Christmas Owl

 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 #20
ADD A CHARM/TAG


My eldest daughter is in love with owls so what could be more perfect for her Christmas card than the Aurora Wings Christmas owl digi, isn't it adorable :)  The image was coloured with a base layer of Promarkers and then Polychromes pencils to add more depth and then mounted onto the background with foam tape.  The background was created with distress inks and then embossed with a Sheena Douglas embossing folder.  For the branch leaves I distress inked several shades of green on card and finally added Crafters Companion silver glitter spray.  The die for the leaves and pine cones was a freebie on a magazine.  Stickles were added to the tops of the pine cones and parts of the leaves to look like snow.  A simple silver bow with some silver beads along with a Christmas tree charm finished off this card.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Fasionista




Challenge 100
100th Challenge Celebration
Anything Goes

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 very special challenge, so hard to believe we are on our 100th Challenge, time just flies by these days - the first challenge went live on 11th of September 2013!!!  Ike has a wonderful pile of goodies to be won along with other gifts from friends and sponsors.  CONGRATULATIONS IKE, you are an amazing lady and it is a privilege to have been on you DT over the last couple of years :) :) :)

Ike's Candy Pile

And now for my DT Inspiration for this challenge :)

I pondered about this card and which route to take to celebrate the 100th - should it be a congrats card for Ike, and Ginny too who does so much behind the scenes with the DT, should it be a favourite image or what.  In the end I decided to use the freebie image from the first challenge that went live - FASHIONISTA'. The background graffiti paper was printed digitally after I had created the text which was white so I could colour it by hand later.  The image was printed, coloured with Polychromes and then fussy cut and attached to the background.  I coloured the text with a gold pencil and then added 3D dimensional on top to give it a nice touchy feely finish.  Finally I added three plastic dots.  A pretty simply card technically but fun to do :)  Just for fun here is the card I created for Ike's first challenge, a totally different look lol :- 


Ingredients:-
  • image - FASHIONISTA by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Digital paper, Polychromos crayons, gold crayon
  • other items -gold peel off line stickers, plastic dots
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Birthday Scuba Diving

 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 #19
NOT SQUARE OR RECTANGLE


For many years my youngest daughter has been a rugby player amongst other sports but after many injuries she decided to stop playing, she now manages the team instead.  Giving up rugby she had to replace the many hours of training and playing with some new sports hobbies, one is downhill biking and the other is scuba diving.  I asked her the other day what sort of things she would like as themes for cards now she was growing up (she is 35 lol) and the answer was biking and scuba diving - I should have guessed but I so hoped she would say, lace, flowers, pearls etc. hahahaha.  My brain had a brain freeze with her choices and so I decided to start with a circular easel card and the theme scuba diving and let the card evolve as it went along as the more I planned it the more stuck I became.  Have to say, I am rather pleased with the outcome and I know she is going to love this one.  There is a little bit of sentimentality going on, the yellow shell bead is over 50 years old, it was from a shell bead set my Grandpa gave me when I was a wee girl, treasures so often found in old bead boxes :) :) :).  The bead at the end of the bead drop is a hand made one I brought back from Kenya where my daughter was born.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Leaves Abound




Challenge 99
Anything Goes With an optional twist Autumn

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 :) :) :)



Another challenge I was a bit stuck with as I never feel comfortable working with these colours, I am a blue and purple gal hahaha.  I know so many folks love Autumn but for me it means the onset of winter with super short days and long long nights, lots of rain and wind and altogether a totally rubbish time of year weather wise so it is something I certainly don't celebrate.  I do have a good friend who loves Autumn so this card is winding its way to the USA to adorn her mantlepiece :).  Ike very kindly drew me a bunch of leaves to work with which I used both to create the collage background paper and also printed tons of leaves in a reduced size and fussy cut them to make the pile of leave which have fallen off the tree.  The background paper was designed in Photoshop and printed out with no colour, I then used my Distress Oxides to add the colour.

Rather like the outcome and throughly enjoyed all the fussy cutting of the leaves, maybe I am an oddball but I do find fussy cutting rather relaxing, maybe it is because I can have a lethal weapon (my super sharp scissors) in my hand and can snip away at my non feeling paper to relieve the pent up annoyance with society hahahaha and at least this is a legal way to relieve my frustrations hehehehe.

Ingredients:-
  • image - Leaves by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Distress Oxides and Promarkers
  • other items - Sheena Douglas 6dies
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-