Dec 31, 2011

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
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 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

Dec 18, 2011

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
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 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 

Dec 10, 2011

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 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!

Dec 4, 2011

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 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!

Nov 28, 2011

Stylish Birthday

It is my turn at work to put on morning tea for one of the teachers at work (Happy Birthday Anne!) 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

Nov 20, 2011

Dreaming of a White Christmas

Fashionable Stamping Challenge  
"Dreaming of a White Christmas"
 A big warm welcome to Paula, the new fashionette over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
She has hit the boardwalk full pelt and come up with an amazing have all the fashionettes!!!!
Pop in, have a look and leave some love to give her a big, warm welcome.

In my part of the world there is no such thing as a "white xmas" ~ Just HOT, HOT, HOT!
Shades of trees, a dip at the beach, plenty of icy cold alcohol and seafood and salads is all part of my xmas.
Sooo... when I sat and thought about this challenge I had to think of cold...and all I could think of was ice.
The main image has had the cracked glass technique applied to give it a crystal effect (well, that was the aim anyway) and the edges of everything is smothered in picket fence crackle paint.
The background I have used 2 snowflake punches (a large and a small one) to make a stencil and I have inked up the background with these using DI stormy sky.
More snowflakes have been punched out and glossed with modge podge and a rhinestone added.
And that is about as icy as I can make it!!!
Check out the other fashionettes to see what wonderful and imaginative creations they have come up with, then put on your thinking caps and see what you can come up with...have fun with this challenge, I did.
Xmas is xmas, so pretty much anything goes!!!

So I have basicially used 2 DI's  (the main image was done in a darker blue so that it would stand out more under the cracked glass), 2 punches, picket fence distress crackle and some modge podge and that is about it.

Nov 18, 2011

The Craft Barn "Over 600 Followers" Blog Candy!

I came across this incredible blog candy offer from The Craft Barn, via Terry's Blog, and just had to share!!!  Not that I would not love this generous sweet candy, but I know someone will be doing the happy dance.  All you have to do is to be a follower and do a post!  For a chance to win a great stash of goodies, stop by The Craft Barn!

Nov 6, 2011

"In Times Gone By"

A HUGE thankyou to Shirley for letting me write up the challenge this fortnight at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.  It was heaps of fun!
For this challenge, every time I sat down and thought about "times gone by" I kept thinking of a photo album.
And how much fun it is to look back at the past and be reminded of things and people from what seemed so long ago.  Things that we often forget.
Sometimes it is like another world, another time, another person around which things have happened.
When we remember these times it is always the good things that come to mind and bring a smile to our face.
And that is the inspiration for this card...
A little reminder that I am offering this card as a give-away when I reach 50 spread the word.

I have made a photo frame from an ivy stamp.
Picked a Tim stamp that is from a long time ago.
And put today's generations looking back at the picture.
If you look closely you can see a baby, a lady and a granddad all looking at the photo.  They are stamped onto acetate and raised above the photo to give a hovering effect, but it probably looks better in real life.  It is difficult to get a good picture when acetate is used.  The baby is stamped, water coloured with DI and stuck to the underside of the acetate.
I have only recently bought my first 3 colours of alcohol inks, so I have used them all on both glossy cardstock (that's the frame that I have cut out) and on acetate, which I used to cover over the photo stamp.  A little bit of blending solution was used to give the "spotlight" effect on the children.

Stamps that I have used include ~
Stamp It - Faith bird
??? - writing
Tim Stamps...a few
Crafty Individuals - CI 277
Artee Stamps - Miss Swanson
Imprint - Up Hill Ride
Hero Arts

Challenges that I am entering this beautiful card into include ~
Gingersnap Creations - Alcohol Inks

Nov 5, 2011

Milestone...first 50!

Yes...I am excited!!!!!!
No not quite there yet, but getting close...
 Spread the word any way you like!
Tomorrow the beautiful card that I made for Fashionable Stamping Challenges will be visible and is the special giveaway to one of my first 50 followers.
So click on the link and have a look and check out the stunning work from all the other DT's while you are there.
(After midnight Saturday night when the challenge is up)
 Their work is incredible and you will really enjoy it.
(and maybe I will have inspired you to create something for the challenge and be in for a chance to win a wonderful prize from Marina at Cottage Crafts)
Good Luck

Nov 4, 2011

xmas card 8

I saved this one till last in my series for you to be inspired by or just copy.

The only three inks that I have in the alcohol ink range (until my order arrives...soon)
So I separated the colours on glossy cardstock...pushed them all together and then inked one of my new stamps with memento tuxedo black ink.
This REALLY was quick and easy to make!!!
I didn't layer this one with mounting foam because not every card needs to be layered, especially at xmas when you are going to be posting them.
I love this card, so I have a feeling a whole heap of my friends will be getting this one...ssssh!

Nov 3, 2011

xmas card 7

No 7 in my series of quick and easy xmas cards to make.

This was my first ever play with alcohol inks....OMG so much fun.
When everyone says how easy it is to use, who would've thought that it really is quick and easy to use!
The santa is stamped over the top of some glossy card that has been worked with 3 colours of alcohol inks...
just remember to use ink that is dye based (stayzon ink will spread and run)
The yellow ink was used on glossy card and layered underneath to bring out the vibrant colours in the centre.

Nov 2, 2011


I was surprised this morning to find that now have 38 followers of my I have just decided that when I reach 50 followers, I will give away my next challenge card.
You will be able to see it on Sunday. 

So, to be fair I will put the names of all 50 blogs that follow mine into a hat ~ and draw out a lucky winner.
And it really will be as simple as that.
This is open to anywhere in the world, so spread the word if you like.
(or you might be waiting
Good luck

xmas card 6

This is the sixth xmas post for inspiration and ideas for quick and easy cards to make in a hurry.

 Just DI and stamping. The centre panel is on mounting foam.  It is all done on white card so that I can leave the middle areas really light...I guess like reverse spotlighting???
This is very easy to do, just keep the colours xmassy and you can't go wrong.

Nov 1, 2011

xmas card 5

I love these imps!

 This is my fifth card that I'm posting for you to get some inspiration from and use any which way you want...
just giving a little back for all the inspiration that you all have given me.
I love these cheeky little elves, and thought I would just do a quick DI tag and layer it up on some pattered paper.
I did this in red, and one in yellow and they both looked great too! Some had rhinestones scattered just for a bit of bling, you can dress this up any way that is your style.

Oct 31, 2011

xmas card 4

This is the fourth in my series of quick and easy cards to make...I saw this a few times on different blogs, and had a go using the stamps that I had on hand.
The border is just done with fine liner, the bell is masked and lightly sponged over to "spotlight" the bell.
DI around the edge finishes this off beautifully.

Oct 30, 2011

xmas card 3

This is the third in my series of quick and easy cards to put together for xmas.
This is a layered card.  A little time consuming in that there is a bit of cutting out to do...other than that it is easy enough.
The holly is in three layers, and coloured with copics...with some dimensional magic on the berries for lushness.
On one of the cards I distress inked the edges with barn door and it looked quite effective...and took away a little of the whiteness. But that is personal preference.

Oct 29, 2011

xmas card 2

This is the second card in a series of quick and easy cards that I have put together for you to interpret anyway you wish.
I get so much inspiration from blogworld, that I was just in the mood to give a bit back.

Oct 28, 2011

xmas card 1

I have been busy making quick and easy xmas cards for a local market that is on this weekend.  These have all been inspired in some way by all of you, but with my own twist on it, using whatever stamps I have.
They are just quick and easy cards, and I am posting them (probably one a day)  for you to interpret any way you wish....

They are not for comps, just putting some ideas out there for you .


Oct 23, 2011


Welcome to Fashionable Stamping's latest challenge..."Coffee and Cream and a Hint of Dark Chocolate"
If you are visiting my blog for the first time, or dropping by for another look, welcome! And I hope you enjoy my card.

When we were asked to come up with some ideas for challenges, I was just on my way out to have coffee with friends...
and I was looking forward to a very decadent afternoon, so "coffee and cream" sounded right to me!
The vision for this card just evolved over a couple of days, and then it was stuck in my head.
 Wow, isn't it crazy how once an idea gets inside your head, you just can't get rid of it?..that is exactly what happened this time.

I had a Joanna Sheen stamp of a cat, and thought.."cream", because we all know that
cats love cream!
The "coffee" was the fun part, mixing a strong brew and using a toothbrush to flick it onto cream card, dripping it and sponging it.
(the smell was fantastic, and I can still smell it on the card!)

So, putting it all together! I masked the tea party stamp and put the big cats behind it.  And that's pretty much it!
 The kittens stamp only had 5 kittens...and I needed more to go right across the front of the card ~ so I just stamped another lot, cut a couple out and added one to each end of the stamped image.  They have been raised on foam mount to give a floating effect, and to take away from the flatness of the masking.
The big cats were water coloured with Vintage DI to add more depth to the card.
This is exactly what was in my head to start with!

Only 3 stamps used on this card...The Tea Party (CI-269) and Kittens (CI-222) from Crafty Individuals and the Maine Coon Cat (JNM537) from Joanna Sheen.
Only 2 inks were used...Sepia Archival Ink and Vintage DI.
Ranger gold embossing powder and ribbon and pearls from my stash complete the list!

I am entering this card in the following challenges
~ Bling It On Challenges - No patterned papers
~ Moving Along With The Times - Vintage 
~ Designed 2 Delight - Cute Critters
~ One Stop Craft Challenge - No designer paper

Oct 9, 2011

"Anything But a Card" at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

A Box For My Cards.
When I first put my cards in at a local cafe/gallery to see how they would go, they were crammed into a tiny, gold and glittery box.  Belinda said that it would do until I decorate my own box with feathers, bright colours and lots of bling to show my personality...

I did nothing!

Thank goodness Shirl (our fearless fashionista at Fashionable Stamping Challenges) set a challenge of
"Anything But a Card".

Reaction 1:  I wanted to wimp out of the challenge! Big time! The truth is, I spent 4 weeks trying to come up with a believable reason not to do this challenge!!!
Reaction 2:  I could make that box that should have been made 3 months ago....
but...feathers???  bling???  bright colours???  that's right, still stalling....
Reaction 3:  I decided to just to go with it and see what evolved, maybe something that was beautiful and calm ~ like me 
(lol,...sorry, couldn't resist that!)
And I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge!        

This was the result. 

The box is a chipboard tissue box, turned upside down.  I then went and got the biggest saw I could find and shaped it so that it sloped downwards. 
I gave the whole thing 2 coats of white acrylic paint.  I left the inside white,
And sanded it.
But went over the outside in 3 or 4 different blue DI's and a purple one too.
And sanded it.
The long vine stamp at the high end of the box (on both the sides and the back) is stamped in white ink and clear embossed. And the flourishes around the rest is done in the same blues as I coloured the box in.
And sanded it.

This is a view of the front of the display box.

I just want to point out that around the top edge of the box I painted on some white picket fence paint..enough so that it dripped.
The blue distress inks have seeped into it and looks really good I think! 
There is a clearer view of this at the back of the box.

And this part of the view of the side of the box.

All around the box are stamped images from Crafty Individuals which I really like at the moment.  They are stamped in Pumice Stone DI on patterned paper and water colored with the same watered-down ink.  Blue DI edges each pic which has been distressed and layered and mounted, with some cheesecloth and ribbon from my stash, behind it.
Oh, and notice the bling...just had to have a little!

And this is a view from the back.

All around the box are silver embossed butterflies that seem to float from frame to frame to give continuance to each side. As does the ribbon which wraps all the way around.
This gorgeous image is silver embossed also.On the inside of the box I have randomly stamped butterflies as well just to draw the inside out...
I ended up sanding half of the images off so I ended up with a more muted effect.


I am entering this project in the following challenges~
Crafty Individuals October Challenge - Things with Wings

Oct 1, 2011

A Work in Progress

I have been really interested in a post by Brenda at Bumblebee and Butterflies  (thanks Brenda) who drew my attention to Cindy Adkins free tutorial on improving and enhancing the effectiveness of your blog...did I mention that it's free!  Her blog is called Whimsical Musings.  The information is sooo easy to read and follow and very practical.
So, I now have a "blog button"...if anyone would like to copy it to their blog, with a backlink back to my blog,  feel free and I would be more than glad to return the favour. I love the idea of networking and linking up with others who share similar passions.  To me it is all about learning and sharing and growing...and above all ~ having fun.

This is my blog button!

Sep 25, 2011

"Vintage" at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

"Looking Back"
 Vintage, to me, refers to past years. 
It could be childhood memories, or times before we were born. 
To me it represents innocence and timelessness.
So with this mind I have created a scene that represents a young lady's reflection to her past years and innocence. The stylish young lady is the present and the child is the innocent past.
At Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight it is all about Vintage...and how you interpret it.

Join us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and be in with a chance to win a fabulous stamp from Marina at Cottage Crafts!
The white stamping is using versamark on white card and clear embossing before inking up the card.
The child was gold embossed at the same time, so that I could mask her amongst the flowers, when I had finished using the wild honey DI I masked her again to add deeper colours around her for effect.
The lady is stamped with black Stayzon ink onto quick laminate, and gilding flakes put behind her hat band and flowers and attached to card inked in vintage stains, cut and layered and mounted. There is some random stamping using flourishes on the background card.
The stamps used are ~
Inkadinkadoo 807
Crafty Individuals CI - 277
Stamp It - Faith Bird 4472E, Micky Choo (flourish and flowers)
Butterfly Stamp - just a cling one with no name.
Tim Holtz - Birds
The Inks are Distress Inks and Stayzon Black

Other stuff used is ~
Embossing powders - clear and ranger gold
Quick laminate, ribbon and a tiny heart brad from stash, gilding flakes and rhinestones.

Sep 11, 2011

"Make A Tag" ~ at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Hello and welcome to everyone visiting my blog.
The theme at FSC this fortnight is to "Make a Tag"...and we all love this one!
I'm calling this one "Old Friend"
The Stampettes have gone all out and created some awesome tags!  They are such a talented lot of ladies.  Meet our uber talented new teamies!!! Pop on over and check them out at Fashionable Stamping Challenges. Marina from Cottage Crafts has a fantastic prize each fortnight, so ... I hope that you will be truly inspired, get the ink pads and stamps out and have a go...and, more than anything, have fun!
It's amazing how many different ways you can make a tag!

A wonderful friend of mine is moving to another city at the end of the year :(   So this tag was created with her in mind (you will be missed...)
She is British born and a has a gentle soul. A lady through and through!  I wanted to create a tag that reflected that somehow, and celebrated our friendship...ok, I love grunge, so it was I have come up with my version of  "friendly, feminine grunge". I hope you like it.
I was trying to think "outside the square" ~ so I went "outside the tag".  (sorry, couldn't resist that!)
I  had my first ever go at using DI that was mixed with water and painted onto an image. I think the watercolour effect is gorgeous, and gave me the look I was after.
There's not much to this one really ~
The inks are Distressed inks (lots of blues and browns) and Memento Tuxedo Black.
The stamps are from Crafty Individuals (main image) and Tim Holtz (a flourish).
Embossing powder TH gold, and "Alison Ellis Design" in chocolate sparkle and true blue.
A gold leaf pen for highlighting the swirls.
And torn paper from Graphic 45 - "society page"

I am entering this tag in the following challenges ~
C.R.A.F.T. ~ Challenge #119 Children
Gingersnaps Creations ~"Gal Pal"
Aud Sentiments ~ For a Girl
Just For Fun ~ Vintage
Crafts 4-Eternity ~ Brown and Blue

Aug 28, 2011

"Ribbon and/or Lace" at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

"Wish Upon A....."
Wow, what a challenge this was....but it was heaps of fun going through the op shops looking for lace...I came out with a bag full ~ and only needed just a tiny bit!

This is a gorgeous Santa Rosa stamp that every time I looked at it, I just couldn't get the whimsical feel out of my when I came across a feather boa at the op shop! 
Well, I only needed one feather really...

I hope this close up gives you feel of the whimpsy-ness.....
The lace is from a netted table piece, and I just cut around the lace bits that I wanted and put them on the card.
The gold highlights are from some TH gold embossing powders just dabbed into the corners of the main card and the centre card.  Also I used some gold leaf flecks under some dome stickers and mounted on matching blue card as a highlight, I wanted to carry the gold feel through...all the card is distressed with TH Broken China and Victorian Velvet then sprayed with a fine mist of water.
And the blue ribbon is from my stash.
Oh, and I used acetate for the wings and put some glitter glue on the back, as well as on the butterflies and to highlight the dress.

Aug 19, 2011


I had heaps of fun with DI stains with this card.  The colours are vibrant Wild Honey, Fire Brick Red and Aged Mahogany. 
The timepiece is cut out from a paper sheet, inked and covered in modge podge. It is then layered onto a circle of black cardstock which has been edged in 2 embossing powders ....I did this just to see what would happen and the effect is stunning... gold first, then chocolate sparkle on top.  The choc sparkle melts into the gold one! Beautiful. 
The corner piece is inked in the same colours scrunched, overstamped with an ornament stamp and highlighted with a gold leaf pen just gently swiped over the creases.
The checker bits are just cut out of a papers sheet and edged in Aged Mahogany to blend in.
The stamps are TH birds and Faith Bird from Stamp It, and just inked in black ink. There is some script stamping over the background in wild honey.  Oh, and the wings are from a dance sheet that I got from Artistic Stamper ( and designed by ArtyJen).

Aug 14, 2011

"Hand-Made Flowers" at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

 "Blooming Beautiful"
Hand Made Flowers is the theme this fortnight at Fashionable Stamping Challenges!!! And seeing as we are only weeks away from Spring here, I wanted to create a garden that is bursting with flowers and new just to get that to happen in my garden...ummm

Firstly, a warm welcome to my new followers, thanks for joining in!
Well this is the first time I have ever made a hand-made I decided on some grunge ones! And I think they turned out just fine. I cut out some circles, inked them up (Faded Jeans, Weathered Wood and Broken China), scrunched, unscrunched, sprayed with water and put a brad in the middle to hold together, scrunched again and then tipped the edges with more ink (phew, that was a mouthful). And then put a little Kindy Glitz around the edges.
Checkout the flowers made by the other DT members...they are Awesome!
My background papers are layered, ripped, inked with Rusty Hinge and Faded Jeans DI and then rolled.
I have taken some inspiration from Claire's last card at Fashionable Stamping Challenges, and have used acetate with tulips stamped onto it with StayzOn Ink. I have then turned it over and glitzed and inked it in patches using Rusty Hinge DI again.
The leaves are inked, scrunched, unscrunched and sprayed with water and placed under the acetate.
The tag is inked and stamped and a brad inserted.
Stamps ~ Potted Tulips (Imprint) and Misc.
Inks      ~ Distress Inks, Stayz On, Archival Denim
Papers  ~ Brazill, Creative Imaginations and KC, photocopy paper (I liked the thickness)
Misc     ~ Acetate, Kindy Glitz and brads

I am entering this card in the following challenges
Craft Your Days Away ~ Birthday Celebrations
Crafty 4 Challenges ~ Monochromatic
Marks Finest Papers ~ Distressed Card 
Sentimental Sundays ~ Flowers 
Sassy Studio Designs Challenge ~ Distress
Simply Create ~ Time to Distress

Jul 31, 2011

Anything Goes at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

This is my very first design for the new Fashionable Stamping Challenge...pop on over and check out the stunning designs by the other very talented ladies. They are sooo clever!!! Their cards are amazing.  "Anything Goes" is the first challenge.  I am looking forward to checking out all the entries that come in too. Have fun stamping! There are 2 prizes up for grabs to start with...and keep an eye out for the DT call that will be coming up soon. xxx
Thanks Marina at Cottage Crafts for the prizes
Congratulations Shirley and Andrew!

Happy, carefree, natural, precious and forever 
~ are some of the feelings I wanted to get across with this card. 
It's like it's full of nature's little secrets....playful.
I was having a play with this card by using the resist technique....the white ferns are stamped in versamark and clear embossed.
Then I have coloured the rest of the card with distress inks (some of my favourite colours).  I ironed off the embossing and then overstamped some ferns using the same inks as the background.
The butterflies are just stamped and embossed on patterned paper with some copic touch ups to add more depth to the colours.
The centrepiece is also then covered with UTEE and frozen and cracked.
The stamp is from Tim H collections.

Jul 25, 2011

New Challenge Blog

New Challenge Blog!!!
So exciting, starting this Sunday there will be a new fortnightly challenge blog for everyone into
stamping and inking!!!
Just click on Fashionable Stamping Challenges to check out the progress of the new site,
and see some familiar faces. 

Shirl  (of Shirl's Cards) and her hubby Andrew have been very busy getting it all organised and it is sooo close to being ready ~ pop over and check it out.
The Design Team members are ~ 
and Joanna who is our resident GDT member

There will be prizes for the winner chosen by the DT and occassionally some blog candy.
And a DT call coming just have to have a passion for, and love, stamping (rubber and acrylic).

Jul 17, 2011

Flying High

A friend of mine is in the outback of Australia, living his dream and I wanted to make a card that reflects the colours of the outback and the journey he is on....( he isn't a suit guy...but it's the only male stamp I had! )
I have had a real challenge with this one...It was great fun doing the background (starting with white card) and added heaps of DI ~ Vintage, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint, Dusty Concord, Broken China and edged with Black Soot...I really wanted to highlight the silhouette feel of the card. You know, I absolutely love how the ranger inks blend together so well and you can do anything with them. I then overstamped with some writing, but used the background colours to ink it up with. The birds are from Tim's collection...and I partially stamped them, die cut them and used my new UTEE and cracked it...then added it (raised on foam) above the image on the card. (gee, did that make sense?) ~ so, like a hand made embellishment I guess.  the writing is aged photcopy paper, using the same inks again, scrunching, spraying, ironing and ripping...and Black Soot around the edge to make it pop a little....Maybe good for a father's day card???

Jul 9, 2011

From Days Gone By...

I was over the moon when my first Tim H stamps arrived this week, so I combined the words and flourish with some vintage stamps that I had  (from Inkadinkado and Stamp It) and came up with this card.  There is the ripping and distressing that I love to do.  This was also my first go at relief the swirl on the right is stamped with watermark ink and clear embossed before inking up the card with Barn Door, Wild Honey, Scattered Straw and Vintage DI.  The white pearl sprays really look good with the white swirl in the background and with the lace it seems to have a nice sense of balance I think....The lace, flowers, and pearls are from my stash.  The only card stock that I used where a deep red, chocolate brown and white card...

Jul 1, 2011

And The Little One Said...Roll Over...

The teddies here remind me of when my kids were born and each were given a teddy to cuddle till they eventually broke...boys just love their teddies, don't they?
I loved putting this card together...I got some inspiration from blogworld with the cutout pieces of card (and apologies to the wonderful person who did this, I can't remember your blog to give you the credit) and some from an ad on tv which showed a slash of colour being ripped across the I picked the colours that I like to work with (broken china, chipped sapphire and peeled paint) and put those two ideas into this card.
The techniques that I love to work with are used in this card...ripping, masking, embossing, working magic with ranger distress inks and spraying with perfect pearls mist!
 The bears are gorgeous, just a simple stamp (from Inkadinkado) that has been masked and stamped five times.  I have then coloured them with copics (E000, E00, E11, E35) and the bow ties are in BG05 and YG06 - I was experimenting and found that the two colours really worked well together.  The butterflies are clear embossed on black ink on rich blue papers, and I then added some YG06 in the upper bits to blend it in with the overall feel of the card.  Oh, and the background inking is oversprayed with perfect pearls

I am entering this card in the following challenges...

Jun 19, 2011

Up, Up and Away

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I am really satisfied with how this card turned out.  The swirls are just stamped with Pumice DI onto some KC papers. The inner circle is in DI, sprayed (my fav thing to do) and DI'd again.. and oversprayed with some copper pearl mist spray. The outer circle I painted with some black acrylic paint onto the black cardstock...this gave it a real flat black finish, subtle but nice. Rhinestones and ribbon is from my stash.

Jun 12, 2011

Teddy Bear"s Picnic

 I am going to enter this card into the following comps..
This card was a lot of fun to make...these teddies look soooo cute. I have distressed some white card with Barn Door, Vintage Photo, Scattered Straw and Spiced Marmalade DI. It is put onto some dark brown CS which has been gold embossed around the edges (Tim Holtz gold embossing powder) then mounted on dark brown CS again. Then onto some red CS, then raised with magic mount. The teddies are masked, ties are in a red copic and distress stickles.  Then the lot is masked again while I sprayed some copper around the teddies.  I was attempting to get the teddies to "pop"....And it worked!  The paper in the backgrounds is just some scrap vintage paper, which I scrapped over with all of those DI mentioned earlier and adhered to dark brown CS. The flowers, buttons, and ribbon are all from my stash.  I think that just about covers it.  Enjoy!

Jun 1, 2011

Fiery Dancer

I am entering this card in~

I only recently received these stamps and have been dying to use them...the idea was to have a dramatic, fiery background in a cave setting. I guess like lava.  And then to keep the femininity through all that drama. I tried to show the strength of a woman.  I think the rose and the dancers help with this.  The stamps were masked and stamped in tuxedo black ink.  The background is wild honey stains, and fire brick red and spiced marmalade distress inks.  The cave is torn black cardstock and the rose and tags and bits of ribbon are from my stash...the words are stamped in fired brick DI and are from the dancers set.  The flower behind the rose is highlighted with stickles.  Enjoy!

May 27, 2011

Guitar Man

This card I have made for my son's 14th birthday...he has been playing guitar for 5 years so I decided to create this music inspired card. Also done in his favourite colours of blue and green.  And he LOVED it!  One of the highlights of the card is the line of music that I have stamped and gold embossed over a torn edge...sets the card off I think.  The tag is done in Wild Honey stains and Broken China DI then the blue bits are sprayed with ranger forever blue perfect pearls mist ~ then the guitar and music overstamped with tuxedo black ink.  I have also stamped some swirls in the blue DI on the pattered paper, but it isn't showing up all that well in this pic.  The music notes are half torn, and "swiped" through the droplets of perfect pearls (this adds soooo much intensity to the end effect) to again highlight the Broken China bits.  Sometimes I repeated this a couple of times, just to make it as vivid as I could.  Enjoy!

May 19, 2011

I had my first go at using some Perfect Pearls Mist ~ forever blue. It is on the tag, where I just sectioned of the areas that I didn't want to spray (kind of like masking) and sprayed over the blue distressed ink.  The "Live life to the full"  tag I used to scrape up the over spray with, and it looked really good....I did that about 3 times, and just built up the intensity.  The beautiful butterflies are stamped with black ink onto patterned paper, clear embossed, cut out and layered onto the card.