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Masculine

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 Oh no I hear you cry, not masucline!  I think that has to be the most dreaded theme around.  Having been REALLY zealous and done all my birthday cards for the year I was somewhat at a lost to what I was going to do but decided ulimately it was going to have to be an art journal page as that gives me a lot of freedom. To join in with the masucline theme pop over to  Ikes World challenges . I've chosen to use the Maori Mask from the New Zealand world series and you can get the image from  Ikes Store .  I've used a copper pearlescent paper and I've used metal embellishments to give it a more masculine feel.  I've used Derwent paint pens on the mask features, these are new to me but WOW am I impressed with them.  I find the dylusions paint pens don't flow very well and dry up quickly and easily but these are very fluid and don't seem to dry or clog up.  They aren't cheap but they are cheaper than when I was constantly replacing my Dylusions ones. I've added

Sparkle or shine

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 Oh dear, I don't mind glitter but honestly I'm not over good at using it in large quantities if I'm honest. I also saw this as an opportunity to use an image I may not normally use so I've used images from the Japan world series set which can be found at  Ikes Art Store .  To join us in the sparkle or shine challenge pop over to  Ikes world Challenges .  I've made an art Journal page and have coloured the Pagoda with Black glitter as well as adding glitter to the Japanese lady. I've then written my own quote: Everyone can take something postive and worthwhile from other cultures if only we let ourselves embrace them and their differences.  ⒸSall Baker 2022

Animals

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 Oh gosh I think we all know I absolutely love animals in particular snails and ocean life.  For this theme I've made a card to gift on world Oceans Day.   I've used the Starfish and Octopus from  Ikes Store  and you can join in with the animal theme over at  Ikes world Challenges The backing paper is some simple marble paper I've made in the summer.

Tic Tac Toe

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 Over at  Ikes World Challenges  it's time for Tic Tac Toe.  Take your pick but you do need to find three in a row from these: AS you can see I've gone straight across the top lilne with Lace, Free and Sentiment  I've cheated slightly and used a die to form my lace border and the wonderfully amazing wishing chair image for the free square can be found in  Ikes Store .  I've cheated and used a sentiment from Sue Wilson, I love her cheap die cut sentiments.

Love is in the air at Ikes World Challenges

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 Oh dear a theme of love should be very easy when Valentines falls in the month but I on the other have long since decided it's a money making con, even when in a relationship I always found it a con and actually I worked that night so it never really bothered me.   If you wish to join in do come and see us at  Ikes World Challenges  in the mean time do hang around to see the rather unusual take I've got on love. One of the things I love most in the world, other than crafting, is reading and so my love of books is what inspired this particular piece.  I'm really enjoying the freedom of playing in my art journal once more and so I've used a heart stencil and coloured he hearts using a quickie glue pen, I've then added embossing powder...this ones a glittery one by WOW.  I then heated it until they set and then settled down with a good dvd or three to colour my images.   I've used Book Den and Open book from  Ikes Art  to create this image.  I always print on craf

Sentiments at Ikes World Challenges

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 It's all about Sentiments over at  Ikes World Challenges .  Now I love a good sentiment but the issue with copyright and everyone demanding to know exactly where you got everything you say or do from today I don't take any risks in using quotes even if I know whose said it and can credit them.  I write my own and it's something I've grown to love more and more in recent years. The senitment this time reads: Lie in freshly mown grass Float away on a cloud of imagination Smell the fragrent flowers Bathe in the warmth of the sun as your cares diminish into the earth Take a relaxing breaht and smile. ⒸSall Baker 2021 To create this piece I've used Ikes Art images...the Fushia and the Snowdrop.  Both can be found in  Ikes Art Store  and some brushos...I'm in love wtih the vibrancy and depth of colour and pattern they can provide, whilst still wet I have added Mica Minerals for a pearlescent affect.  I also used vellum to print my sentiment and some gems to decorate.

Fur or Feathers

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 The challenges at  Ikes World Challenges  always let my imagination run free so it's not really surprising that I started screaming feather boxes in the early hours of the morning so loud I actually woke myself up!   I've made a box and decorated with feathers and then popped a wise owl { From Ikes ARt }tag on it.