Jul 21, 2016

At A Glance

At A Glance
This card is made using the Glance stamp from Stampendous!
I love how this stamp has an almost 'Audrey Hepburn' look about her.

I had another play on Skype with Shirley...learning how to use the products that I've got in another way.  How to be a little bit more random in my designs...and just having great company while I craft.
I'm still learning to embrace white space...but that will come.

I have teamed her up with the Big Dots, Maple Branch and Crusade Dreamweaver stencils...these are background stencils and ideal for the layering effect that I was after.

Andy Skinner also designs for Stampendous and I have used some of his Industrial stamps to add interest to the layers of distress paint underneath.

A little bit of stamping, tone-on-tone, was done quite simply using some birthday words.

This card was pure fun to make!!!
Lots of paint, stencils and stamps.
And a whole lot of randomness.

Jul 20, 2016

She Sings

She Sings...
I have been putting together a music workshop for my ladies to do and thought I would share a card that I have made for them as part of my DT project for Visible Image this time around.

I love this stamp set (Sing), and I love the swirly music stamp from the Soul Music set - it works beautifully as a background.
No matter how many times I've used it, it looks different every single time!
This time it is tone-on-tone.

The stamps used are:


Jul 14, 2016

Sweet Sunflower

Sweet Sunflower
I thought I would share a quick card that I have made while having a crafty session with Shirley last night.
Sweet Sunflower is a gorgeous stamp from
Stampendous and I couldn't wait to ink it up!

I wanted a longer stem for this so I stamped the leaves again and attached them up-side-down to make the sunflower taller.
Where there's a will, there's a way...as they say lol

While deciding whether to put words on it or not, 
and wondering what goes with a sunflower...?
I had a Monty Python moment..as you do!
And so "Always look on the brighter side of life" 
came to mind...and now it is stuck in my head lol.

I think it is a good positive message anyway.

I've been out of action this week with a severe foot infection from a spider bite...so it was a nice cheery way to help get over it with.  Thanks Shirley for a fun session :)

Stamp used:
Sweet Sunflower RS-P221 from Stampendous!

Jul 10, 2016

Under the Sea at FSC

Under the Sea
is the theme this month at FSC.

You can use any medium you like, in any format,
as long as it has stamping as the focal point 
and fits our theme ~ 'under the sea'.

So this is your chance to show us your creativity!
It can be scrappin', journaling, canvas's, cards or altered art.
We would love to sea what you come up with 
(did you sea that pun?  I know...)

I've combined the Mermaid set with the Goldfish Pair from Stampendous for this make.
I had an idea of somehow making it look like the fish were circling the mermaid...it kind of worked...

Watercolor card was my substrate 
(sorry, I just wanted to use that word)
and plain old distress inks in twisted citrus and chipped sapphire were used. I think these colours work so well together.
I masked off the edges with stencil tape, worked out which order I wanted the images to be stamped in, then masked,
(fish, mermaid, clam, then the turtle)
and left the masks on while I inked the background.

A little extra ink splotched on with some plastic, and then some bleach.
Now, it is about at this time that I decided that I wanted more white space towards the top - so more bleach!
I like how it looks like the light is filtering down through the water.

The images are colored with Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils.
And of course a little white gel pen, because it just isn't finished without it.

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!

Jul 6, 2016

Listen to the Music...

Listen To The Music
I have been busy putting together a music themed workshop
for my local girls and came up with this as part of the set...
they are in for a surprise as I can now offer them for sale.
The girls will be happy!!!

The beauty of the Visible Image stamps is how well you can mix and match the different sets to create different looks...
everything just goes together so easily.

What I really really love about using the cassette tape 
is that you can write absolutely anything on it...
your own, personalised, title to suit whatever occassion you like.
I was toying with the idea of 'Dot's hits of the 60's'???

I was having a muck-around with gelatos for the background on this,
adding some distress inks through stencils before stamping over the top.
I think the best part of this background is that you can work it as little, or as much, as you like...in whatever colours you like.

The stamps used were:


Jun 23, 2016

Geo Flowers for Visible Image

Having fun with  my Visometry Set #1

I use to have a book that had repeated patterns in it...the idea being that you had to see what images popped out at you, then you colour it in.
This set was like that for me.

And what popped out were...flowers!

I've used the image for the flower heads, then cut some bits off an extra one that I made and turned them into leaves.

The flower stems were from the Thank You Set.  I really like how you can shape the stem into any angle that you like.

The background is a little crackle paste coloured with dylusions sprays...and a little splatter of paint.

Jun 12, 2016

Beautiful Blooms for FSC

Beautiful Blooms
is the new challenge this month at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

There is beauty in simplicity.

With this in mind, I have done something a little different to my usual style this month.
A CAS creation!  I know, shock...horror! lol

The Flower INKognito stamp from Visible Image is a new stamp in my collection and I thought it would be a great one to use to showcase simplicity.
I like how the stamp has held the original ink for so many stampings.

The main image is done using Versafine Onyx Black.  Then followed with 3rd, 4th and 5th generation stamping.  The way that some of the ink has caught around the edge of the image (probably from me pressing down hard) is a nice, though unexpected, highlight.
The ghosting of the images, when using multiple generation stamping, is best when it is not 'cluttered' with a background - so no distress ink is used on this one.

The metal leaf is textured with black and quite gesso, as is the string.

It was really...really...really difficult for me not to add more splashes, or words, or colour, or go around the ghosted images with something.  
In the end I am happy with the whole look of this CAS creation.

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 is the following challenges ~

Jun 8, 2016

Leave Your Fears Behind

Leave Your Fears
is another classically beautiful stamp set from Visible Image!

I have had my eyes on this set for awhile...
so when it arrived I was keen to ink it up.

Originally, I made this card in brown and orange tones, photographed it...
and as I was playing with my new camera 
(waiting nearly two years for the chance to upgrade after I somehow smashed the lens on my other phone)
I stumbled across how the piece looked with the 'negative' effect.
It looked amazing!!! So I have re-done it in what I saw on my phone...
hence the white silhouette, blue tones and the dark 'moon'.

The background is done with blue Distress Inks in an ombre style.
The "Leave Your Fears" set is white embossed with WOW embossing powder.
For the moon I have used the "Flower INKognito" set.
A few flicks of water, paint and ink was all that was needed as both of the stamp sets had enough dramatic effect to be the heroes on the page.

It sometimes surprises me where we get our inspiration from!

May 25, 2016

Hello! How do you do!!!

Here at Visible Image we love all things
(and me...I just love everything Johnny Depp as well)

So to celebrate the release of the new move 
'Alice Through the Looking Glass'
(with Johnny Depp in it)
we have some MAD offers on our Wonderland character stamps.

There is a massive 45% OFF when you buy all six sets.
And a fantastic 25% OFF when you buy them individually.
These prices are madder than a Mad Hatter's tea party.

The piece that I made to share with you uses the

Alice Through the Looking Glass is released here in Australia
on May 26th!
Johnny Depp!!! Just saying...one more time...

Visible Image have a wonderful range of fun stamps to choose from that are modern and quirky around this theme.  With some great sayings to go with them.  

May 21, 2016

Pretty Filly

is a beautiful filly stamp by Stampendous!

I wanted to create something that looked natural
and helped to bring out the beauty of this stamp.
So...I used teabags!!!

The teabags were left to dry out completely (for days), then gently opened to remove the tea leaves.  
You get some really interesting stain patterns and the paper is almost like tissue paper.
The stamping is done simply.  Masked off.
Then I added some DI around the image to help it 'pop' a little.
A little string, some gesso and I think the pretty filly is the hero on this piece.

Off to drink some more tea...


I would like to enter the following challenges ~