Jan 18, 2017

The Tweedles

Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee
have caught my eye at Visible Image this fortnight.
The stamp set has one tweedle on it, but if you white out the pupils of the eyes and redraw them with black fine liner, then you have them both!


Finally I overcame my 'fear' of using the gelli plate and had heaps of fun creating some backgrounds.  The background behind the background was an off-cut of one of these. 
I don't know what I was so afraid of!

The tweedles were easy to colour in and easy to cut out!
Love that!


For me, I have been adding to my stock and now have quite a good range of Visible Image stamps for sale in Australia....so, exciting times ahead. The link to the Visible Image shop is on my sidebar, along with my e-mail addy for any enquiries.

Stamp used was:











The Shop is where you will find everything with ease.

Social Media Links are...

The Blog...
Our Facebook Group: where you can enter our monthly 'Show & Tell' challenge.
Our Facebook Page: with exciting giveaways every week.

You can also follow on...
Pinterest
Twitter...and
Instagram



Enjoy!

Aussie Blog Hop


Welcome to a new monthly blog hop!

This is an Australian hop hosted by the lovely Julie Makela, from The Stencil Specialist, for Stampendous.

This competition is open to Australian residents only.

Up for grabs is a generous prize 
~ the gorgeous Sunny Vase stamp set and matching Sunny Vase die set.
(love this set)

Here is how it works...
all you need to do is leave a comment on this blog (click on the 'comment' link at the bottom of this post and leave a comment) to be in the draw to win BOTH prizes...
An extra entry is given for each of the designer's blogs that you leave a comment on (listed below).
My blog = 1 entry
3 blogs = 3 entries.

The exciting news is that there will be a new hop in the last week of each month.


I have 2 inspiration pieces to share with you showing different ways of using the Sunny Vase set.


Card 1.



Card 2.



Stampendous products used are:

DCS5094 Sunny Vase die set


CRS5094  Sunny Vase stamp set












Click on the links below to be taken to some awesome inspiration,
 leave a comment,
 and increase your chances of winning both these sets:

The closing date for this hop is the 31st of January.



A little about me...
I am a Stampendous Educator here in Australia.

I'm also a stockist of Stampendous stamps in Australia and run a business called Ink Art Designs - feel free to contact me at dleathbridge@hotmail.com for information/prices regarding Stampendous stamps.


You will find more of what I create at the following social media links:
Facebook
Facebook Group which is all about products and sharing information

Good luck!!!




Jan 8, 2017

Winter or Spring at FSC

"Nature's magic"
is what I am calling this card...it has that air of mystery and wonder when I look at it. Almost magical.

But firstly, I want to say how excited I am about a couple of visitors heading my way all the way from Ireland in a few months time.
It's my boss!!!
Yes, Andrew and Shirley Chillman are coming to visit.
I'm trying to come up with an aussie nick-name for Shirley, but all I've got so far is 'Chiller' lol.
 I'll keep working on that one!

Back to this card though...
It is the middle of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere,
and everyone is starting to look forward to seeing the early signs of Spring.
 This card has the bare trees, the early appearance of butterflies...
yes, Spring will come eventually.
 Over here we still have to get through the heat of Summer before some cooler nights start to kick in.



The most challenging part of this card is where to place the butterfly! 
When you stamp onto a piece of acetate you can move it around and see where the best place to put a stamp is.

The background is one of my all-time favourites -
which Wendy Vecchi came up with at CHA in 2014.
You can see the whole demo here.

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!
Just a reminder that I am a stockist of Visible Image and Stampendous stamps in Australia.
...so, exciting times ahead.  The link to both the Visible Image and Stampendous shops are on my sidebar, along with my e-mail addy for any enquiries.

I'ld like to enter this into the Craft Stamper Challenge Blog too...Anything Goes (with a stamp)


Enjoy!


Jan 4, 2017

Heralding in the New Year

Herald In The New Year

This jazz player from the "Jazz it Up" set seemed like the perfect way to kick off the new year.
I hope everyone had a fantastic night for the New Year's celebrations, partied hard and stayed safe.
For me...it was down at the beach, slouching back in a camper chair and letting the fireworks fall down right over the top of me. Catching up with old friends, meeting new ones and having a couple of quiet drinks...it was another great night of seeing out the old and heralding in the new year.


This is the beginning of my 2nd year with Visible Image and I can't wait to see what exciting things Mark and Helen have in store for us all.
Mark and Helen have also settled into their new HQ and are raring to go.

The background for this one is quite simple, using alcohol inks. 
The brightness of the colours make the silhouette of the jazz player stand out.  This Jazz It Up set has been a favourite of mine since the very beginning...so versatile and full of fun! 
I love the new additions to this set and what has been introduced across the whole range at Visible Image.  The new stars from the Feel The Beat set were a perfect finish for this card.


For me, I have been adding to my stock and now have quite a good range of Visible Image stamps for sale in Australia....so, exciting times ahead. The link to the Visible Image shop is on my sidebar, along with my e-mail addy for any enquiries.















The Shop is where you will find everything with ease.

Social Media Links are...
The Blog...
Our Facebook Group: where you can enter our monthly 'Show & Tell' challenge.
Our Facebook Page: with exciting giveaways every week.

You can also follow on...
Pinterest
Twitter...and
Instagram





Jan 2, 2017

Australian Stockist

Ink Art Designs

About a year ago I began my own paper craft business, 
here in Australia.
It's called Ink Art Designs. (as in my blog name)


My business isn't all that well-known, however seeing as I've been gradually building up my stamp stock levels, now seems to be a good time...being the start of a new year...to put it on my blog.



There are links at the top of my side-bar which take you to both the
Stampendous and Visible Image
shop sites to see what is available. 
Along with contact information.
Prices vary between companies and size of stamps, and are available upon request 
(as I don't have a web store...yet)

What isn't in stock, I can certainly source for you.

If you live in Australia
and would like access to these products...
please contact me (details on the side-bar)

Freight is free on purchases over $50 AUS within Australia.


Thank you, 
Dot

Dec 11, 2016

Anything Goes at FSC

Anything Goes
is the theme this month at FSC.

We are all a little busy at this time of year with so much to do leading up to Christmas.
So this is a nice easy challenge to finish the year off with.

It is Summer here now in my part of the world so I thought I would share this nautical piece.


This is a card that I made for Australian Simply Cards magazine.
I love this guy, he reminds me of my father, though he looks nothing like him.  He used to work at the harbour here in Portland.
The stamp is from Stampers Anonymous.

Techniques used in this are masking, water colouring and acrylic block stamping.


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!

Enjoy!

Dec 7, 2016

Dragonflies

Dragonflies
Having fun with the new dragonflies from Visible Image!
As there are now small ones in the set, the set is so versatile.


This card uses the acrylic block technique as a background with some dragonflies stamped and embossed with white EP.
The ink used is Color Burst. I love the intense colour that this product has!

The words are also stamped with the same ink.
After seeing/reading somewhere that you can spray your stamp lightly with water and mix colour onto the stamp with your finger, I decided to give it a go with the words. No different to what you do on the acrylic block...just using a stamp instead.
The multi-tones that came out on the words was amazing!!!
And as long as you don't have it too wet, then the words are quite crisp.

This is my final DT make for this year for Visible Image.
I would like to wish everyone a very merry xmas.

Take care!

The stamp set used was:

Live In The Moment









Show & Tell Monthly Challenge details: http://visibleimage.co.uk/challenge 






Enjoy!

Dec 4, 2016

Beach Huts

Beach Huts
Local artist, Kerri Humby, was offering an art class locally
that was about painting beach huts using acrylic paint on canvas.

Making cards is my thing, using stamps...
painting images, with paint and a paint-brush is way out of my comfort zone!
When using a paint brush you use it like a paint brush
- not a pencil
So hard!!! lol

Kerri has a very quirky style which really appealed to me...
and sooo very patient!
She needed to be.



This subject is close to my heart, with lots of fantastic memories at the main beach in town having a row of beach huts.
They have been gone for many years now, though some are still scattered around the country-side, 
painted up in bright colours, looking like new.

This was soooo much fun!




Nov 27, 2016

Hello, Hello, Hello

Hello, Hello, Hello

Stamp designer, Susanne Rose, has designed some unique and fun stamps which are available through Rubber Dance.

After purchasing a couple of sets that really caught my eye, it was time to play...


The background is painty and the giraffe is water coloured.
There were some fun background stamps in one of the sets, perfect for a little background interest.

A parcel arrived from Shirley recently which included a gorgeous card made with some Stampotique characters. It was started during one of our Skyping sessions. So my card was inspired by her card which you can see here.  

There are plenty of other stamps in the sets made by Susanne...
so more playing coming soon.


Enjoy!


Nov 26, 2016

A Little Pixie Love


A Little Pixie Love...

This is a quick card made playing with stamps from the Pink Your Life range at Stampendous.



The background is distress ink rolled onto card with a brayer. 
The colours used in the background have been picked up and used on the hearts, flowers and main image.

The pixie was placed at the bottom of the circle to give the look of him being grounded to something. 

Distress inks have been used in 2 ways - blending and as a water colour. 

The Mushroom set of stamps has some interesting stamps on it that can be used in so many different ways. Here it is used to hang the hearts and to add background interest with drops of circles.




Products Used:

Enjoy this little bit of pixie love...