Sunday, January 21, 2018


 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 #25
Do Something Digital

This fortnights theme has been chosen by Josephine :).  Digital may sound daunting but really there are so many ways to incorporate digital into your artwork.  You may go all the way and produce something that is totally digital, like a new piece of wallpaper for your computer etc. or may you will choose to use a digital element in your creation, be it an digital image, digital paper or as I have done, a digital die cut.  These cute wee baby cards are from a design by My Scrap Chick.  Quick and easy to make and a great standby to add to my collection of cards.  I have to admit I am not a lover of die cut cards but these I do find just adorable.

Challenges entered:-

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Nigerian Lady

Challenge 104
What's NEW With You

Happy New Year folks and hope you all had a magical Christmas.  We are all set up for the coming year with IKEsART and some awesome challenge themes to keep us out of mischief hahahaha.  

Ike's images are available from the IKEsART store and if you don't know her artwork do take a peek, they are super special and cover everything from the totally off the wall to the cute and furry :) :) :) 

For this challenge we were given the option of 'What's New With You' and that is such a wide open challenge, everything from celebrating the New Year down to using new items.  I have gone for the new items as hubby treated me to a  TODO machine to add to my craftroom.  I happened to mention one evening some time ago that the one thing I don't seem to have and would be rather useful was a foiling machine.  I was so keen to have one that I had not done any research, it was just something I said and one day would get around to checking out lol.  Anyway, a couple of weeks later a big box arrived at our house with the TODO in - I had to go and do my research as I had never heard of this beauty.  It is really a 4 in one machine able to do embossing, die cutting, letter press and foiling.  I doubt I will be using it for the embossing or die cutting but it is fabulous at the foiling and able to use the different types of foils on the market, the ones that are heat activated and also those that are laser printer activated.  

For this card I have followed my routes so to speak and used the image of the Nigerian Lady from the Africa World Series pack - I was born in Nigeria many moons ago lol.  The Nigerian flag is green and white so I used those colours for my card along with the gold foiling for the background to represent the gold which is abundant in West Africa, Nigeria included.  I often wonder what Nigeria would be like without corruption and religious divide- a country so blessed with mineral wealth, gold and now oil, that it should have no poverty at all.  Alas that is not the case !!!!!

  • image - Africa World Series by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Polychromes
  • other items - gold foiling, die cut corners and gold embellishments 
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, January 7, 2018

White on White

 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 #24
White on White

Happy New Year folks and hope you all enjoyed a magical Christmas.  It is hard to believe we are now starting another year, time is flying by just that little bit quickly these days :)

This fortnight theme of White on White was chosen by our DT sister Christine :).  For my white on white creation I used different types of white paper and some white material.  This creation was right up my street as I love monochromatic and the challenge delivered.  A pretty simple card using lots of dies, a bit of embossing, some very fine white lacy type material and liquid pearls.  The sentiment was foiled in silver although it looks rather dark in the photo.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Make it Sparkle

 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 #23

Oh wow, this was a push at the last minute.  I made my Christmas cake way back in July and since then it has had its weekly cap full of rum, better be a boosy cake.  This is only the second Christmas cake I have made in my life as normally our daughter keeps us some of hers but saying as we are now retired and living back in the UK and not in lovely warm Saudi any more I thought I should make the effort lol.  Yes, it is a traditional fruit cake and I can hardly wait for a piece.  The crackers were also made a few months ago and each one has a rubbish joke as a cracker is not right with anything else along with a small gift suitable for each recipient - the hubby has a lighter in his and my Mum's some Ferrero Roche chocolates.  Alas, my cracker is still empty but hubby assures me he has something to go in it hehehe.

Although I made the cake ages ago I had to leave the icing and decoration until yesterday.  It was out with the apricot jam and the home made marzipan then another first attempt at rolling the icing and draping it over the top as we see done so often on Cake Boss - that was so much easier than I anticipated.  I had planned to make the poinsettia out of thinly rolled icing and die cutting but that did not work well so the back up plan of making the poinsettia out silver paper to match the crackers had to do the trick.  For the leaves on the crackers I used lots of glitter but that would not work for the cake so for these leaves I mixed several pigments from my Brusho collection, luck was on my side and so close to the original glitter I was all smiles.  The Brusho pigments were mixed with extreme silver glue I have and then painted onto card.  Lovely and shiny and no plastic glitter on the cake - perfect.  I created the cake frill using a Crafters Companion edging die and finished it off with silver tape and turquoise ribbon to match the crackers too. The fan shapes on both the crackers and the cake were made from a trellis die and I added turquoise gems for a bit more bling. I am so glad this project turned out as planned as there really was no time if things went wrong and I have had the finished items in my mind and half made for so long.
A close up of one of the crackers, I did have 7 altogether but 2 have been sent to their recipients already.  Silver glitter paper was used around the centres of the crackers which was edged in turquoise ribbon.  More ribbon on the cracker edges and silver tape for balance and a bit more bling.  The poinsettia flowers were cut out of silver stiff paper and the leave white card then glued and dipped into turquoise glitter.  One trellis die cut was all that was needed here and as with the cake, finished off with turquoise gems.
Close up of the cake frill using a Crafters Companion edging die cut 5 times and joined together.  To finish off some more turquoise ribbon and silver tape to match the crackers.
For a bit more shine on the cake I used a silver shimmer cake spray, so hard to photograph but in real light you can see it twinkling.

And now I come to the last challenge of the year for International Art and Soul.  Our current challenge will run for one month (next challenge is on January 7th) so until then I would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and send you peaceful blessings for 2018.

Challenges entered:-

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Christmas Candles

Challenge 103
Anything Goes With a Victorian Christmas

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 :) :) :)

Ahhh, what a fab challenge to end the year, to be able to make a vintage looking card and incorporate one of my favourite textiles - lace :) :) :).  For this card I used some old digital music sheet paper and distressed the edges with Distress Inks. For the second layer I added a page curl and edge the layer with lace trim.  The sentiment was stamped on and the image which was coloured with Polychromes and then fussy was attached with foam tape for a bit of dimension.  To finish off a wee lace bow and a white rose which I coloured pink.

  • image - Christmas Candles by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Digital paper
  • other items - gold peel off line stickers and a toothpick.
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Buttons and Bows

 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 #22

I so love this wee Connie Fong image, isn't she adorable and she lent herself so perfectly to this challenge of Buttons and Bows.  A straight forward card here is pale lilac and copper.  The background was embossed and pearls added to some of the flowers.  I hunted through all my die cuts to find a flower that would compliment the flowers on the dress but would also not be overly bulky for posting. The copper and mauve paper is from Craft Creations where I bought a bunch of offcuts several years ago and am still trying to use up hahaha. 

Challenges entered:-

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Tree box

Oh what fun :) I was asked recently by C.R.A.F.T. to be a guest designer for this challenge, thank you ladies, it has been great fun.  The challenge this time is #443 - Not a Card so if you have created something that is not a card then pop on over and join in.

The Cutting Cafe is the sponsor for this challenge and I had the privilege of being given one of her fab files to work with, a Christmas Tree box which has a sliding action at the back.

and this is the view from the back showing how you access those yummy tic tacs :)

The box was not the simplest to make and did take me a couple of goes but the end result is certainly worth it.  This wee box will be given to my grandson to keep him quiet after his Xmas dinner :)

Sponsor 1: The Cutting Cafe

The winner receives 3 sets of choice from the online shop at The Cutting Cafe.
Challenges entered:-