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Hi and welcome to Ike's World. I AM PROUD TO BE A PREVIOUS DESIGN TEAM MEMBER FOR SMEARED INK, SIMPLY CREATE TOO,DELICIOUS DOODLES, POISONED PEAS PLEASE(now shut down)PATH of POSITIVITY, FOREVER FRIENDS DESIGN TEAM, SCRIBBLES DESIGNS, A MINION AT HAUNTED DESIGN HOUSE, a STITCHY's ANGEL at OSAAT. I am Co-Writer on QUOTH THE RAVEN and I run my own Challenge at IKE'sWORLD CHALLENGES, and SUYP Cats Only Challenge. Thanks for visiting and please drop by again :-)

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Thursday, 23 March 2017

SPRING IS COMING

Hello Peeps,
It's gorgeous here today and maybe Spring is coming after all.
I was inspired to do a card in lovely fresh colours and I used my new-ish Die and Emboss set - from Marianne .... the honeycomb one DF3404.
The image is called  'Bee Fido Puppy ' by SANDRA CALDWELL.  I did him to look like a Dalmation :-)



I used a bit of bee backing paper and some flower buttons from my stash, which I tied on with pale yellow teeny string :-) I used my tiny letter stamps to put HAP-BEE using the cut out pieces from the die and I also used the die as a stencil for the lower part of the card.

Thanks for buzzing by :-)

Challenges I am entering:

Sandra Caldwell FaceBook Challenge - Bee Silly    26/3
Aud Sentiments Challenge #176- Anything But a birthday
Crafty Chicks Challenge #343 - Punches or Dies





Sunday, 19 March 2017

HAPPY SUNDAY

Hi everyone,
I hope you are having a bit of a crafty Sunday ? :-)
I've just popped in with this little piece today cuz I have a crochet commission to do, so I am going to go upstairs and finish that in a moment.


My background is some watercolour paper from where I was messing about with rainbows the other day.
The image is from SASAYAKI GLITTER and is called 'Flower Ant'.
I coloured the images with Spectrum Noir markers on heavier weight paper and was much more pleased with the blending although a bit disappointed about the 'bleed out' on the left-hand side of the pot :-(

Thanks for dropping in xx



Challenges I am entering:





Saturday, 18 March 2017

JOURNAL JOTTING

I decided to play with some more SCRIBBLES, since I had got the folder open and came across a sweet BunnyChick and some bunnies and got this very silly idea....................



I covered my journal page is some teeny Easter egg paper and edged it with lime green ink. Then I used some stamps by La Blanche at the corners and bottom edge, using dark green ink. The stamps are NBUS that were sent to me by a crafting friend and I really like these :-)

The images are all by SCRIBBLES DESIGNS :
Hoppy 4
Hoppy 5
Joppy 6
Long Leg Easter Chicklet

All the images were coloured with Spectrum Noir markers.

Sorry I made a bit of a hash trying to mask off the right-hand page :-(

Thanks for popping in. I am off to feed cats/dog etc now :-) xxx


Challenges I am entering:

Art Journal Journey March - Out & About  31/3
Scribbles Designs Challenge #51 - Birds of a Feather





WASH MY MOUTH OUT :-)

Hello again,

I am here with my offering to the Sisters of Snark, so you must expect that I have a teensy naughty word on here as usual.................. mind you, it is only one word and it's not as bad as my last offering ok ?

I have chosen to colour up my QUEEN OF HEARTS digi - available at IKEsART, and I have used a Freebie paper and tag from MEINLILAPARK, which is just perfect for her.... crisp and clean... as opposed to her potty mouth  hahahaha :-D



I am going to have a play with my Art Journal this afternoon, so I might be back again later :-D   Thanks for popping in xxxx


Challenges I am entering:



CHALLENGE PLAY

Hello Saturday Peeps,

I am having a little play at some Challenges today.
My first card is a bit of a late St Pat's Day piece. I coloured the image with Spectrum Noir markers and made a paper pieced body with Good Luck wording in a Celtic font.
The border is made with stamped shamrocks which I then cut out and stuck individually.




My second one has a paper pieced sofa and then I coloured and printed the puppy twice, fussy cut him and mounted with foamies to make him pop out.




I shall be back later with something else :-)




Challenges I am entering:


Sending Pawprints Challenge #4 - Animal Thank You Cards

Scribbles Designs Challenge #51 - Birds of a Feather
Alphabet Challenge -  A for Anything With Wings  31/3
Cut It Up Challenge #117 - Think Green  24/3
Aloha Friday Challenges #90 - Living Things With Wings

Friday, 17 March 2017

OVER THE RAINBOW

Hello Peeps,
I hope you are getting excited for a bit of crafting this weekend ?

I am here to show you the coloured version of this week's Freebie over at IKEsWORLD CHALLENGES #84.
I have drawn Dorothy for you  as the Freebie, and yesterday I coloured her up for a piece of my own. I don't usually get to do this but here we are.....



If anyone fancies the coloured version, then just drop me an email and you can have her up until the end of our current Challenge #84 - Anything Goes - Over the Rainbow (28th March 2017).

Thanks for popping in today and I'd love to know what you think of her :-)



Challenges I am entering:

Make My Monday Challenge #41  - Colours of the Rainbow  20/3
City Crafter Challenge #353 - Photo Insp - Rainbow   22/3
Naughty or Nice Challenges # 37 - Feature a Creature (ToTo)

Thursday, 16 March 2017

EASTER PARADE

Hi there,
I have coloured up my latest stamp from BLOOBEL ready for the Easter Parade - March Progressive Challenge.
I used Spectrum Noir markers for him and his background is from MEINLILAPARK - one of her many super cool freebies :-)
I paper pieced his hat with the same backing paper but, because it is digital, I could make it really much smaller to fit with the proportions :-D
I used snippets of green and yellow card to finish him and have again had fun with my new Stitched Rectangle dies :-)




Challenges I am entering:


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

LUCKY BIRDIE

Hello again,

I have just coloured up my Stamp of the Month which is called ' Lucky Lil' Birdie by FROM THE HEART STAMPS.

I made several Patchwork backing papers the other day, so I have used one of those with lots of horseshoes on it to reflect the image. The papers are St Patrick's Day set from FAR FAR HILLS.

I coloured him with Spectrum Noir markers and cut him out with a stitched square Die from Marianne Designs.  I did his horseshoe with a gold pen but it doesn't show up well on photos.
I made some flowers and stamped out some Shamrocks for leaves. I only had little silver horseshoes, so I coloured this one with a gold permanent marker.



Thank you for coming to see me today :-) I shall be back with my Cat Challenge a bit later xxx





Challenges I am entering:

FTHS Free Stamp of The Month Challenge - March Lucky Birdy   31/3
Paper Girls Challenge #123 - Luck of The Irish


RAINBOWS

Hi there All,

Our new Challenge is up over at IKEsWORLD CHALLENGES.
We are an Anything Goes Challenge but we have an optional Twist each time and this fortnight we have " Over The Rainbow ". Obviously this can be anything with rainbows, colour, the Film - Wizard of Oz, songs about rainbows ... you get it right ?

Well - for me it just reminded me of younger days when I saw Kermit The Frog singing ' Rainbow Connection ' in the 1979 Muppet Movie. I really LOVE this little song but it always also makes me cry a bit and I honestly don't know why !!
You can see/hear him here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2DTLbTQj0I

Here is my little tribute to Kermit using an ink and watercolour paper background and a Cutting File from LITTLE SCRAPS OF HEAVEN called Lucky Frog. I did his little lucky horseshoe in gold card.


Ah well - got the box of tissues out after listening to the song again !!!  Thanks Kermit LoL

Anyways - I hope you will pop over and play along with us at IKEsWORLD CHALLENGES  - remember you don't have to follow the Twist Theme :-)
There's a new FREEBIE there for you too and a new Set over on the IKEsART FB Page. :-)

Byeee for now xxxx



Challenges I am entering:

Make My Monday Challenge #41 - Colours of The Rainbow  21/3
The Paper Girls Challenge #123 - Luck o The Irish  21/3
Shopping Our Stash Challenge #294 - Luck O The Irish - Green  21/3



Sunday, 12 March 2017

USING UP THE BITS

It's me again using up the snippets and bits from my last few creations. I am still playing with my Stitched Rectangles that I bought from FIKI and I love them :-)
I snagged a Freebie today so have decided to colour it up to match with my snippets.
I made a pansy border to go with her :-)



Image used: Freebie from AURORA WINGS - Pansy Sprite
I coloured her with Spectrum Noir markers. I wish I could get my markers to blend as well as some of the other sprites I saw in this Challenge. Maybe mine are getting a bit dry ????



Challenges I am entering:

Aurora Wings Challenge #45  - Sprite Delight  IV    12/3

STILL PLAYING WITH YELLOW

Hello Sunday Peeps,
Well - it is still raining today.... that's Day 5 non-stop !! I did actually drag the dog out for a walk in his raincoat this morning, just to get some fresh air. !

Since the weather is cruddy, I was still playing with some yellow this morning and made this Tag.

The background was stamped with a sun and a clear stamp with wording, which was sent to me as a gift from a Fabby crafting Friend :-) The package says MY ACRYLIX Close to My Heart  D1196 Floral Elements.  I found these are on eBay and Etsy.
I used two colours of yellow to stamp the word panel 4 times.
Then I used some flowers by Klever Konstruction - which were also from the same Friend. These are printed on like thick acetate and the instructions say to cut them out, heat them up and shape how you want them.  Well - that turned out to be tricky.... they blow away from the heat gun and I was picking them up off the floor and carpet and trying to shape them nicely !!!  Trickly little buggers they are !! LoL

Anyhoo - the image is a Hummingbird from Designs by Ryn at De-STEMPELWINKEL. Not sure if this is available any more as I can't find it in the Shop.
I coloured him with Spectrum Noir markers and then added some KindyGlitz. I made my own little 'wobbler' for him to make him buzz around. It looks soooo cute :-)



In this next photo I tried to flick him and grab the photo but my camera is just too fast so I couldn't get an action shot.... you can see a bit of my finger in there though, trying to make a quick exit hahahahaha :-)


I added some assorted ribbons and schtuff from my stash to finish off.
Things I used:

  

Thanks for popping in to my rain soaked world. I'll see you later xxxx


Challenges I am entering:

Catch The Bug March Challenge - Birds Bees or Butterflies




Saturday, 11 March 2017

HAPPY KITTY

My next piece for the day is celebrating my favourite colour AND my love of cats and flowers :-)
I know it's still raining and there isn't any sunshine, but I can always live in hope.
I was sitting listening to 'HAPPY' by Pharrell Williams - which just makes me smile and jig along and I started making this little piece. It was going to be a page in my art journal but after adding the flower I realized that it won't shut if I put it in there hahaha.  I am going to use it as the front of a Mini Album I think :-)
I recently saw this great Tutorial on how to make paper Dahlias so I had a go. Mine is not as gorgeous as the photos I saw but for a first try it's not too bad.
I think I made it more difficult by making it considerable smaller than shown on the TuT.   :-)

I started with a plain yellow backing and stitched a bit of plastic mesh onto it. The kitty was stamped and then I coloured his eyes with Spectrum Noir markers. I dripped some green ink for leaves and attached my Dahlia. The wording was done using a font called ' Austie Bost Kitten Klub ' - free from Fonts101.



Image from De-Stempelwinkel Plate 059 Black Magic Cats






Challenges I am entering:

De-Stempelwinkel Stampers Challenge #2 - Sunshine


A BIT OF PRETTY, PRETTY

Hello and Happy Saturday Peeps,
I have made a card for my friend's Birthday using my new cutting dies from MARIANNE design.  This is LR0454 Anja's Butterfly Die Set.
I was totally inspired by a card I saw made by Julie Price, an Australian member of the World Marianne Team, so I went along with it using bits that I had in my stash. I don't have any of those lovely bead swirls she has, but I think it's kinda OK without them  :-)
I chose to mount mine onto a large blue card.




The card is pretty big at 8" square but it is for a special friend :-)
The backing papers I used are the latest Freebie set from FAR FAR HILL  called ' Spring Mood '
The lovely bird picture in the middle is a digital scrapbook cluster I got free on a Blog Train last week by G & T DESIGNS.


     

I have to make myself a big envelope for this baby as I can't get them this big here. :-)

It's still raining today but more 'off' than 'on' LoL

***  By the way - do you think it's useful to put pictures of the products I used on the Post or is it just a waste of space/time ???  ***

I shall be back in again later  - thanks for dropping by xxxx



Challenges I am entering:



Friday, 10 March 2017

IT's ATC TIME

I'm back again today !!
I made some ATCs for a little Swap going on over at the VERA LANE FB Group:  Mixed Up ATC Trade.
The idea is to use multiple Vera Lane images on the ATCs.
I have used ' Cats and Crocks ' . I coloured the crocks and covered them in glaze and then I fussy cut all the images and stacked up the crocks. The backing paper is by MEINLILAPARK  - Cat & Tea Paper.
Now my cats have plenty of bowls of fresh drinking water but for some reason several of them will jump up into the sink and drink the water from my 'crocks' ! Don't ask me why .... who knows why cats do what they do !!!!




 On the other I used ' Lulu '. I also added ' Skull Sweater ', which I resized and just fit her perfectly over her original dress.
** I see now in the Shop that there is a special set with her and a selection of Ugly Sweaters that can be placed over her   LoL 
 I coloured everything with Spectrum Noir markers and gave her an Ombre effect jumper. The backing is a snippet of paper from my Halloween box and I made a little border using ' Freaked ' , downsized and placed together in a row.
I think Lulu and Freaked are older or were Freebies a while back because I can't find them in the Shop.

VERA LANE at Etsy.



    

Thank you for dropping by today :-)




Challenges I am entering:





THE RAIN IN GREECE .......

........ Doesn't stay mainly on the 'plains'  LoL
I tell you Peeps - it has been raining now virtually continuously for 2 days - and I mean serious RAIN !!!  The swimming pool has risen about 8 inches and is only about 1 inch from overflowing !!
That in itself is not of great concern, but after last night's rain, I thought to check the Sterna under my house. 
* these are underground water storage tanks that collect rain water from the roof for use within the house system. *
Now mine is really huge, but it was only about 4 inches from the very top - which is great for me, but not so great because it doesn't have an overflow built into it and what happens is that it finds it's way through the walls down in the basement, near the ceiling, and directly under that is where the mains electricity fuse box is !! It pours down the wall into the fuse box ! !
I have stuck towels on top and have been pumping water out of the Sterna to stop it coming in any more. The only other time it got this much water was just after I moved into the house and didn't know about what would happen. After 3 days of non-stop rain then, it totally wiped out my electricity system and stayed that way until the fuse box was dried out and fuses replaced ! Ack ! No power for about 3 days and of course, I couldn't run the pump to get rid of some of the water - so I really don't want that to happen again.
I expect we had major floods down in our main town as well. This usually happens when we have downpours anyway. I will try and find you a video if I can :-)
*** Found a photo ....
 
.... this happens a lot when it rains !!!!


This morning I snagged a gorgeous Freebie digital scrapbook set from PUBLISCRAP FORUM which was soooo right for my weather just now -  so I made this....




The wording I used says: '  Swallow flying low soon, it will rain.
' Rainy day '  and ' The Calm before the Storm'.

Challenges I am entering:


Mod Squad Challenge - Song Inspiration    (Ella Fitzgerald - Into each life some rain must fall  1944)    15/3
Glitter & Sparkle Challenge #229 - Say It With A Song   (as above)   **TOP 3**
The Crazy Challenge #243 - We Love Animals





COMMISSIONS 2

Continuing with the huge commission - these are the other cards she ordered from me :-)







This one uses a GSD cutting file from Silhouette on the front and papers from my stash.
The Baby is from the DOLLAR GRAPHICS DEPOT -  Cute Diva Babies: Girl. She was printed 4 times and then fussy cut and popped up on foamies :-)
You can get excellent pre-coloured images there which are just perfect when you are in a rush !!! :-D 





I made these using assorted dies for the flowers and leaves plus embellishments and papers from my stash. I used up the last of my shop bought small Doilies too :-(   The Antique lace came from my Brother :-)




Challenges I am entering: