Thursday, September 22, 2016

Ike's World

     I've been playing in the challenges at Ike's World off and on for quite a while now and today I've done three cards, each of which has an image by Ike's Art.  I tried to do a combination of styles as each image inspired me.  Let's start with the felines because you all know those are favorites of mine.  :-D

     I went with fall colors and lots of layers and I used my ProMarkers to color these sweet little guys.  Don't they just look soft enough to touch?  I die cut the image with one of my older dies from Spellbinders, then matted it with another die cut one size larger.  The sentiment is matted and that's was the smallest die from that same set.

     All the papers are scraps and I believe each one is from Stampin' Up.  I punched the butterflies from the same dp as the sentiment mat and added them to the opposite corner.

     Challenges for this card:

     My second card has Ike's magnificent Peacock and I colored it with my Lyra polychromos pencils.

     After coloring the peacock, I added glitter to the body and green part of his tail.  The image is die cut with a simple square die (QuicKutz.)  I found a scrap of peacock blue CS, tore part of each edge, and wrapped the fibers around it before mounting the image to it.  After that, I layered everything onto a kraft card base and added the sentiment and the flower embellies.

     Challenges for this card:

     The final card uses one of Ike's beautiful birds.

     To color this one, I used watercolors and a brush.  That was no easy task because I decided I wanted to do a black and white card with only a splash of one color and watercolor sets rarely have black in them.  I mixed several of the browns and dark grays together to get the shades used and I think it came out pretty well.  

     I cut the image plus the two yellow circles with a Stitched Scalloped Circle die from Die-namics.  The papers are all from the DCWV "Midnight Chic" stack.  I found that lace in my stash and decided it was perfect for this rather vintage card.  The final touch was the large, white bow.

     Challenges for this card:

     Thank you, Ike, for the opportunity to showcase some of your delightful digital stamps.  To all of you who stopped by, enjoy your visit and Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie



As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

Fabulous cards Thank you for joining us at Ike's World Challenges good luck Ginny DT for
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Sall said...

So sweet and cute. Thank you for taking the time to join in with our challenge and sharing your creativity with us, I love to see your talent and imagination at work. Love 'n' hugs Sall IkesWorld Challenges DT

*Vicki* said...

Wow Connie, these are ALL just gorgeous!! I know that the felines will be at the top of your list! :) I think that peacock is such a regal looking image with the pops of color! That bird with the lace and beautiful design are very striking as well!! These are all brilliantly done my friend! HUGS

Bunny said...

I like the fall colors with your cats. They look great colored differently with the orange and grey. Nice papers and great twine bow, too. Thank you for joining us at Come And Get It challenge. Bunny DT

Anne Temple said...

All of these are wonderful, but you know my favorite is the kitties. I think you had some kitty models help you decide the markings :-).

Linda Simpson said...

Hi Connie, I do love these fabulous cards, they are all wonderful in their own right but my favourite is the kitty cat card. Good luck in the challenges.
Linda xxx

N-Eva said...

Beautiful and pretty card. Thanks for joining us at Come And Get It challenge.Neva

Kathleen said...

A great creation, love the colouring of the bird and the pop of yellow.
Thank you for joining in our Black and White and one other colour challenge this week at Allsorts.


Susan Renshaw said...

Lovely set of cards!
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Carolina Girl (Cely) said...

wow...ok...not going to pick a favorite, but I like the lace on the bird card...very delicate. I've also loved peacock's. We use to have some in our backyard...don't ask me why. I love the cord bow on the kitty card. I can see them trying to play with it. You were a busy girl. I've been working on one silly card for 3 hours and trust me, it wasn't worth it or that great. I'll post tomorrow sometime.

Glenda Atkins said...

Awesome Connie, what diverse talent you have (each style is a delight to look at). Love them all but the design on the peacock card really catches my eye. Wonderfully done.

Donna Ellis said...

Wow! Your three cards range from darling, sweet, beautiful, breath-taking, and downright heartwarming, Connie! My fave, I think, is your sweet little bird on the end, with the lovely brown tone papers and lace! Delightful creation! The little bird really does look like it is on muslin! hugs, de

Teresa Arsenault said...

Fabulous cards. I love your bows. hugs, Teresa

ike said...

Beautiful cards and I love the different techniques and effects you have used. The peacock looks awesome and I love the bird in black and white. The little kitties are so cute and I have a teeny kitten down the garden in with my chickens that looks exactly like your pale tricolour on the left there :-D
Thank you for showcasing my images and for trying out for the DT.
Thanks also for playing along at IkesWorld Challenges and SUYP Cats Challenges.

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Connie Mercer said...

Super cute cards!!!! Thanks for joining us at Quick Quotes!!!

Elle Kay said...

Great fall colours on your first card! Love the cats! Thanks for sharing at Aud Sentiments!

Pat said...

Awesome cards, all of them! I love how you embellish each one. Thanks for sharing with us at Ike's World Challenge Blog.

Golden Goddess Designs said...

gorgeous cards! thanks so much for sharing with us at Quick Quotes this month!


Unknown said...

Fabulous cards and all beautifully coloured. Thank you for joining us at the Colour Crazy challenge Helen DT

Andrea D. La Vigne said...

These are wonderful! I especially love the first one with the kitties. Great coloring on all of your cards. Tfs! :)
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Susie Bentz: My Time to Play said...

All 3 cards are just lovely, although I have to say the little kitties are my favorite! Thanks for playing along with the Quick Quotes Challenge this month!

Oh You Made Me Ink said...

The kitty card is so cute! I love the colors! Sorry I'm so late telling you that! Thanks for joining us at HIMCR! Cyndi, DT

Unknown said...

All your cards are fab. I especially like the pussycat said very cute
Thanks for joining Ikes world challenges

Anjie said...

Fabulous make. Thanks for joining us in our Anything Goes challenge at Graph’It Markers Colouring Challenge
Anjie (DT)

Christi Conley said...

I am scrolling through the cards you have marked "felines" and I HAD to comment on all of these gorgeous cards! I truly have to get the hang of digi stamps! And your coloring is stunning!! I also wanted to say I grew up with a cat named Honey - she literally got chased into our house by one of our dogs and never left. Little did we know she was preggers, she proceeded to have a litter of kittens next to my HEAD on my bed - I couldn't figure out what all the wee mews were! LOL She got pregnant once more before we could get her fixed (they are QUICK!) and we were lucky to find homes for all the babies. She was so affectionate we named her Honey. Ok, enough of this - I am off to bed :) xoxoxo