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My fav 3

I just thought I would put in a quick post of my favourite 3 cards that I made this year…but it turned into 5 because I couldn’t decide…lol
What I love about each one is that they are original, colourful and have a little of my heart in each one.

And now I must go and party at the beach…it has been a hot day, and now it’s time to relax, eat and drink with friends, wade in water and watch the fireworks!

Happy New Year everyone

African Safari

 My inspiration this fortnight for FSC’s “travelling” theme is Africa.
The original idea for this theme was to represent the journey of mankind and to be transported back through time….
I had so much fun sourcing out the stamps for this.  And as much fun as it was, it was a bit of a surprise when they arrived…they were a lot bigger than I imagined.  
ALL of them…lol
But the idea for the project was in my head so I just had to go with it.
So a wall hanging it is!!!

Thankyou to my South African neighbours for all their wonderful stories and passion for their country and culture.  I really wanted to do justice to your homeland.
Thankyou to the South African teacher that I have worked with this year who tried to describe what an African sunset looks like when I asked for her advice.
 Thankyou Cindy Adkins for helping talk me through how to finish it all off, without really knowing what I was doing…and I hope you are enjoying the piece…now it should all make sense to you!
And a very special mention to the DT’s at Fashionable Stamping Challenges for their inspiration each and every challenge…there is so much to learn, but by crikey, what a talented group you are to learn from!
Pop on over to FSC and see what they have come up with this time around…stunning!

I have just done the background in DI’s, with some masking for the sun and stamped the images in black ink over the top for a silhouette effect.  The animals are on acetate. Lots of layering using papers that have been gold embossed…and finally a cardboard box (that I got from mum’s recycling) that I have painted in black acrylic and gold embossed


The stamps that I have used for this project are ~
Nude, Fern, Regal Lion, Gentle Zebra, Slately Giraffe and Serengetti Tree…I Brake for Stamps
Birds…Tim Holtz collection
Postcard…a freebie from Crafty Individuals that you get when you place an order
and random sentiments from a clear cling set that I have.

I am entering this project in the following challenges…
Anything Goes Challenge Blog ~ Anything but a Card
Simon Says Stamp and Show ~ Looking thru’ the Looking Glass…Projects with Depth 

Classic Christmas

A gorgeous card made with a “junk bow”. 
I have just finished watching an on-line class (my first one) 
with Margie Romney-Asl​ett
And Loved the junk bows, so I made a heap last night and threw one this card… doesn’t it just finish it all off beautifully???
This card is for my mum this christmas…Now my mum doesn’t like layers, or ink, or tags or tearing…pretty much everything I love to do…so I have tried for something a little more classical for her.
Simply gold embossed images from Chocolate Baroque (just my favourite ones this year!!!)
Gold edged and inked on the edges (sorry mum, couldn’t resist it lol) with vintage photo and wild honey.
Then the fun bit….the junk bow!

Corset Kaos!

Why not head on over to Fashionable Stamping Challenges and check out what wonderful projects the girls have made…The subject this fortnight is 
The girls have put together some stunning projects to inspire you, so please
be inspired and have a go at our latest challenge.
My inspiration for this goes back to my days in high school…
I was the one who needed the teacher’s help the most, the one who couldn’t thread the machine, the one who often sewed the pieces backwards and inside out…
I was always the last to leave because I had the biggest mess to clean up.
I had no idea what I wanted to achieve with this challenge (a bit like my sewing abilities!)
And when it came to bringing it all together, I realised that that was the answer…my disorganisation ~
and so this collage was born!

Cathy left a comment on one of my posts (hi Cathy), and I went blog hopping from her site and ended up somewhere that explained what a collage was…layering, bits and pieces and different textures all brought together with a common link.
My link here is the thread! Using buttons, ribbon, thread and lace to bring all the elements together my collage is complete.

The Background:
I have used alcohol inks. The tape measure effect is a tape measure stamp stamped onto tissue paper, ripped and then glued onto the alcohol inked card…and while I was at it, I added some gilding flakes with the glue as well.  I added more alcohol ink afterward to hide any tissue that was showing.
Mosaic Layer:
This is done from the same inked background card and overstamped with a stamp from my Oxford Impressions ~ dress-forms and corsetry set.  I then cut it into squares and switched them all around and stuck onto black card to form the background. I ripped the bottom and dipped it in gold embossing powder to add richness.
Is stamped in watermark on black card and embossed with gold embossing powder.  This is the cool part, I then got my embossing “pen” and added some strokes to the image and embossed again with red powder…I think this has added heaps of depth and more interest to the corset…and finally some rhinestones for bling.  I adhered this to a dress-form that I stamped onto acetate and I have raised this above the mosaic.

Then it is all brought together with lace,ribbon, threads, hessian, buttons and a tag.
 (a little complicated ~ but..) Enjoy!

Stylish Birthday

It is my turn at work to put on morning tea for one of the teachers at work (Happy Birthday Anne!)…so I made a card to go with it.  Every chance she gets, she goes up to her block at the Grampians, which is nestled in the mountains and surrounded by wineries.  Her own private retreat.  So, with that in mind I made this card.

The background is coloured with DI’s and stamped with an Inkadinkadoo stamp in black pigment ink. The vines are from a clear stamp set that I have. The words are hand made with some scrap pieces and edged with a fine liner pen to make them stand out. I have added some EP to some of the outside just to add effect, and then ripped the corners and added some embossed black card behind it…then layered onto purple cardstock.
So a simple card, with lots of colour to match the personality of the person it goes to.

I am entering this in the following challenges ~
Birthday Sundaes – Birthday card with wording/sentiment
I Did It Creations – Eat, Drink and be Merry
Paper Playtime – Say it with Sentiments 
Alphabet Challenge Blog ~V is for Vibrant