Sep 28, 2016

Autumn/Fall Fun

The new "Four Every Season" stamp set from
lets you explore each of the seasons.
It uses a bare tree that you can embellish with the other stamps in the set to bring each season to life...with different types of leaves that you can play with.

This time around I have chosen Autumn.
I thought it might be kind of nice to go through each season as they arise throughout the next year.

Autumn is when we have the Autumn Equinox, the beginning of when the days become shorter than the night.
A transitional season heading towards Winter.
My favourite season of all. Sunny days, blue skies, cooler nights.  An end to the heat of Summer.

For this piece I wanted to show the vibrant colours that we see on the leaves as they begin to change and fall.
I have used Color Burst because of their intensity of colour.
The block of colour is done with the colour applied to an acrylic block...which is heaps of fun!
A CAS card.

Stamps used are ~

Sep 14, 2016

Jump For Joy!

Tomorrow Doesn't Exist
is one of the new Summer release stamps from Visible Image.
What I really love about this set is the carefree and positive message that it puts out.

I had so much fun putting this one together!
The background is built up with stencils and gelatos and then stamps.
I have found that the Imagine Dream Inspire word stamp set makes a wonderful addition to that has become another layer on top of the stencils.
The main image and words are from the 
Live Like Tomorrow Doesn't Exist stamp set.  

The words from the set were made on a scrap piece left over from the main panel.  Nothing goes to waste lol.

What I love about gelatos is how you can just wipe away the colour with baby wipes, or damp paper that is what I have done with the large dots stencil and around the edge of the words.  I l love the faded effect that you end up with.

Extra white is added with some white acrylic paint for circles and a white gel pen for highlights.

*A handy tip that I have discovered when using silhouette stamps is...
just stamp the image into Versamark first and wipe of lightly on your arm...then add your black ink!  I use Versafine.
(I think I read that somewhere on you-tube)
It stamps beautifully this way.

The stamps used are:

I would love to enter this in the following challenges ~
Make My Monday - Autumn Colours
Craft Stamper - Anything Goes with a Stamp


Sep 11, 2016

Autumn Colours at FSC

Brown, Red, Yellow, Orange
It's time for a new challenge at FSC
and this month it is a celebration of the vibrant colours of Autumn.

I have been just plodding along in my art journal this month with my gelatos and stencils and finished with this page...
there wasn't any plan, just going with the flow.

This page started out after watching Mary Beth from Stencil Girl on one of those live broadcasts... I just collaged some washi tape, tissue paper and a pic from a newspaper.
From there it was layer upon layer of different stenciling with gelatos and baby wipes.
As we are a stamping challenge, I added some vines and a fern (which created a nice lay-back kind of border)
and some tone-on-tone words using some Visible Image stamps.

The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on the same theme.
Please pop on over and check out the awesomeness of their creativity,
 be inspired, and maybe join in our fun.
Flonzcraft are our sponsors this fortnight and have a generous $20 gift voucher up for grabs,

there are spotlights and a top 3 picked by the DT as well.

Stamping must be the focal point on your project!


Aug 31, 2016

Beautiful Butterflies

Butterfly Beginnings
is one of the new sets from Visible Image's Summer release 2016.

We all love butterflies don't we?
It was a challenge for me to think up something with butterflies on it that was just a little different.

This set has 2 different sizes, the small one fits perfectly over the Butterfly INKognito set!

If you are looking for some butterfly ideas, there are some gorgeous samples from the Visible Image team on display in the projects gallery, here.

I have had a little craze on using Distress Paint lately, so this card is nearly all done using chipped sapphire, salty ocean and brushed pewter distress paint. I love the sheen that the pewter gives...just a little hint of sparkle that is really nice.

The stamping is done with distress inks - peacock feathers and stormy sky - which kind of match the paints, giving a lovely tone-on-tone effect.
I've used the splattered words from the Revolution set and the diamonds from the De-stressed Background set on the background.
And part of the Visometry Set 6 (the small shape) something a little different in the background.  The fun thing with this shape is that when you turn it around it has diffent visual effects...the way I have used them here has really 'popped' on the background!

The butterflies are stamped and embossed on watercolour card.  A little water is added to the butterfly.  The distress paint is watered down and added to the centre of the butterfly - so that it spreads out.  Fun!!!!

Stamps used are ~

 Butterfly Beginnings

 De-Stressed Background


Aug 21, 2016

Just Playing!

Just Playing!
There is nothing quite like a cold and wet day to get you crafting!
This stamp is one from Trish Latimer's new range...and I am having heaps of fun just playing around with it.

The background uses pink and orange Distress Paint on a craft sheet.
A little tone-on-tone stenciling and stamping brings the background to life.
The words are from Finnabair's Don't Forget To Fly stamp set.
The main image is coloured with copic markers...I'm not crash hot with copic's, but I wanted to give her a solid colour. I was happy with the final look after adding a little water colour pencil to her hair and edging with distress ink. 

I would love to enter this in the following challenges ~

Aug 19, 2016

With Sympathy...

is a stamp from Stampendous! which is just perfect for a Sympathy card.
I made this card for a dear friend who lost her father recently...

I'm blogging it because it is my first tentative steps at using my new Gelli plate.
The background is made by simply rolling some shades of archival ink onto the plate with a brayer, stamping onto it (which lifts the ink off), and stamping with fresh ink (which adds ink on).

It is water coloured with abandoned coral on a craft sheet with a little water.

Then edged with a white gel pen.

Oh, and some splatters of the stronger abandoned coral and a little white acrylic paint...and edged with abandoned coral. 

A simple card,
but then that is all you need for a Sympathy card after all...

Stamp Used:

Aug 17, 2016

Ancient Skull

Mr Bone Jangles

It is my turn over at Visible Image today and I have gone over to the dark side with Mr Bone Jangles...well, the 'ancient' side anyway...
It turns out to be perfect for my son's girlfriend's birthday!
She is into skulls and the colour purple.

For this card I have used a background technique that uses wax paper and an iron!
The last card that I made used a sewing's good to know that my household items are good for crafting too lol!!!
What I like about this technique is that you will end up with a different look each time you do it.

The detail of the crumpled wax paper is given more definition with my Inktense pencils.

Add a little stenciling and some black edging and I have come up with a real ancient feel to the background.

The tooth is coloured with a gold gel was an after-thought, but I like it anyway.

Stamp used:


Aug 15, 2016

FSC Resist Technique

The Resist Technique
is the theme for this month at FSC.

I have done the unimaginable this month...
and got out my sewing machine!

Those that know me, know that I don't sew.
It surprised me that I remembered how to thread the thing up
because I can't remember how many years it has been since I last used it.
Usually I have to sit and read the instructions each time, so it kind of puts me off using it...but this time I actually did it!

And I discovered that the best part of sewing on cards is...
you can go crooked!!!
It adds to the rustic look with a little distressing going on :)
I am guessing that the machine will stay out for awhile and you will see some more "embellishments" of the crafty kind for a little while.

My favourite thing on this is the little leaves.
It is where I felt a little bit 'arty' with my Intense pencils
and coloured over the inking to give them some extra colour and a more autumnal look.

For my make I have used Distress Paint as my resist element.
The leaves were a silhouette which is ideal for this method.
The eye landing on a leaf was sheer luck...but I like how it looks.
The background is done using an acrylic block.
And highlights where added here and there with Inktense pencils.

The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on the same theme.
Please pop on over and check out the awesomeness of their creativity,
 be inspired, and maybe join in our fun.
Flonzcraft are our sponsors this fortnight and have a generous $20 gift voucher up for grabs,

there are spotlights and a top 3 picked by the DT as well.

Stamping must be the focal point on your project!


I would like to enter this into the following challenges ~

Aug 3, 2016

Mr Bone Jangles

Mr Bone Jangles
is one part of the new Summer release for 2016, by Visible Image.
Isn't he just gorgeous!!!

I decided that he was a fun loving kind of a rose between his teeth seemed really logical.  Simple masking did the trick.
I think he looks like he is smiling!!!

The background is the first time that I have played with my new Colour Burst powders and I decided to apply it using an acrylic block...adding a couple of drips.

Having words in the background from the Imagine Dream Inspire set helped blend in the skull that was stamped onto bookpage.

The stamps used are:


Jul 27, 2016

Fly Free

Fly Free

A couple of the new stamps, designed by Trish Latimer at StarTrishDesigns, on Etsy, arrived last week and I just had to play!

When they arrived I was pleasantly surprised.  They are big enough to use in journaling and scrappin' but okay on a card too!

While over in Mount Gambier at the weekend at a casual crafting session, I had a go at colouring this one in.  I combined my Inktense pencils with distress inks and just played.  There is something really therapeutic about just sitting with a group of chatty women and colouring in.
Time went so quickly, then it was the trip back to town through kangaroo country after, that will teach me for talking too much!

Then I had the problem of what background to put her on.  I loved her just the way she was and wanted her to be the star...
Out came my distress paints!
I had done a similar style, here, but wanted to improve my technique with a little more white...I always seem to forget the 'white' amongst all the ink...


I would like to enter this into ~
just for fun.