Friday, 24 January 2014

Who would like a Scary Story?

That is the theme of the current challenge at Left of Center Creative Challenges where we are sponsored by the fabulous Ike's Art and I have gone a bit arty for my card this week!

One of the fabulous facebook groups that I belong to had a little tutorial on using distress inks, water, and a few other bits to make interesting backgrounds for our cards - this was led by the fabulous Zoe Russell and I had a play along and ended up with a few different backgrounds and this one I thought would be great for today's card.

I have used the Ike's Art image 'Hatter' which depicts the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland - I only recently read the original novel and found it a tad darker than the Disnified version of my childhood! I have also recently been watching YouTube videos of Dyan Reaveley for Ranger Inc and so my card has become a mesh of both Zoe and Dyan - thank you so much for the inspiration ladies!

I have used the Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Weathered Clock die on the card and the image is coloured with Promarkers and fussy cut. The background colours were Stormy Sky, Crushed Olive and Wild Honey with the edges coloured with Dusty concord and Black Soot before mounting onto the card. The dots are a Visible Image stamp called Retro Dots and have been embossing using Purple Heat it Up embossing powder. The white pen throughout is a Uniball Signo white pigment ink pen. I really hope you like it!

I had so much fun making this card! Even my 12 year old son was asking about making a card since this is a good bit different from things he's seen me making before. I image that you'll be seeing more like this from me!

I'd like to enter this card into the Ike's Art challenge this week - Anything Goes.
It's also Alice in Wonderland inspired songs at Musically Challenged this fortnight - my favourite band are called Terrorvision and one of their greatest songs is called 'Alice What's the Matter?' which I always took as a reference to Alice in Wonderland feeling lost and confused. The song begins with the line 'Tick, tock, tick, tock, Alice What's the Matter?' Hence my using the clock on the card with the Hatter. I will also enter this into the Simon Says Monday Challenge - A is for 'Alice'

Thanks for looking!
Mo xxx


  1. I love this Mo!! Fab background which gives a wonderful funky feel to the card, very apt I think for the "Alice" theme as I've always thought it was a tad psychedelic anyway lol xx

  2. Fabulous card Maureen, love the colour combo, it goes fab with the theme!
    Thanks for the mention :D xx Zoe xx

  3. gorgeous hun love the colour scheme - fab job xxx

  4. Awesome, I love this image. I am into these cards. Great job! Cheers, Holley

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  6. Maureen I just wanted to say thank you for choosing my card as one of the top five over at Left of Centre.
    Your card here is gorgeous, so love the vibrant rich colouring.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  7. This is fabulous great background.
    Linda xxx

  8. Love this card Mo, can tell you had great fun making Terrorvision too, saw them at Scarborough a few years ago! Have a lovely weekend!
    hugs Jo x

    1. So glad someone appreciated the Terrorvision reference! :) thanks x

  9. Love this card. The gorgeous colours in the backing really makes that gorgeous purple pop out of the card! Love your couring of the great image as well.

    <3 & hugs
    Lisa xxxx

  10. WoWza - this is gorgeous.... just look at that colour !!! Superb background and amazing pop to it :-) Thank you for joining us over at IKE'sWORLD CHALLENGES :-)

    IKE xxxxxxxxxxx

  11. Love the colours and how you have used the stencils, gorgeous . Julie xxx

  12. ohhh wow this is really fabulous! Just love the background you have created. Just perfect for this image!

    Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at Ike’s world challenge. Hope you will join us next time DT Crafting Vicky

  13. What a wonderful card! The purple is so striking and love the weathered clock! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  14. Oh I just love this Mo, but then I am very partial to purple so that caught my eye first. Beautiful constructed creation too :) :) :) Thank you for joining us for this Ike's Challenge Anything Goes and good luck hun. Hugs Jane xxxx

  15. hahaa, I was just over at MCC and when I saw this I thought hey, she should enter. Okay a bit behind, but love this card. Great colors and a wowo to you for going out of the comfort zone. Awesome, great writing and a super outcome. Love it Maureen. Oh and thanks for entering you awesome card here at Ike's World Challenges. GL! Shoni, DT

  16. This is really awesome! I love the colors. Your background is fabulous. Thank you for playing along with us at Musically Challenged!:) And thank you for explaining your song inspiration!