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.

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 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 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 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!