Dec 30, 2012

Surprise Us!!!

Ssssh...it's Secret Santa time at FSC

Joanna had a wonderful idea of combining this fortnight's challenge with a Secret Santa draw amongst the fashionettes!

You can surprise us with any creation you like, using new stash or your old favourites...
but the fashionettes will be posting their creations off 
to another fashionette...who wont know who her secret santa is until it arrives!

So mine is going in the post tomorrow...
I can't tell you who it is going to!!!!
It's still a surprise lol (and it will probably take 2 weeks to get where ever it is going)
Oh...ok, I'll give you a clue - it isn't anyone in the southern hemisphere!


My stamps this time are some new butterfly stamps from Chocolate Baroque, the lady from Kaszazz and ivy corner from Penny Black.
Inks are DI and distress markers.
And all on specialty paper.

Please pop on over to FSC,
check out the awesomeness of the fashionettes
and be prepared to be inspired to the core!

Then create something special for us to see...
Surprise Us!
I can't wait!!!!  It is always soooo exciting... lol


Enjoy!


I am entering this card into the following challenges -

Dec 28, 2012

My Top 5 for 2012

Wow....what a year it has been!

My cards have changed so much over the last 12 months
with so many truly inspirational influences
~ The Fashionettes
~Tim Holtz 101 Chemistry Class
~ Donna Downey classes
~ and of course the inspirational blogland

A big thankyou to everyone for your input into my journey..

My favourite pics for 2012 are...

Words Of Wisdom


Colours of Autumn


Floral Fantasy


David


Summer Days


I would like to thank everyone for there support, guidance and inspiration
this year!
I wish everyone all the best for the New Year 
Bring on 2013!!!



Enjoy!


Dec 16, 2012

Summer Days!


"Mask It"
Is the theme this fortnight at FSC
You can choose the masking technique, or stencils or mask stamps...
I have chosen the technique of masking 
which is my absolutely all-time favourite technique!
And the reason is because it can add so much depth to a piece and give the impression of more layers than there actually are...I love it!!!
So I grabbed a handful of sea themed stamps
(because it is summer here...and very balmy at the moment)
and away I went!!!


I've used mostly Chocolate Baroque stamps and an ocean stamp from Cherry Pie.
The new thing for me to play with this time around is
Specialty Paper from TH.
Wow...this is seriously awesome paper - and the inks blend so effortlessly on it.
I found that I needed to be careful stamping though
as the shiny paper was a little slippery.
I guess it is a lot like stamping onto acetate.
Splattering it with water was so easy too, amazing stuff!

I used archival ink for the stamping in the foreground
 and Distress inks in the background and for blending around the shells.

Marina at Cottage Crafts is offering an online voucher to her store for the winner,
runners up and spotlights are up for grabs to!
The Fashionettes have some gorgeous inspiration for you so please pop on over to
FSC and check them all out and leave a little love...
These girls are amazing each and every time they create something!
Please be inspired and join in the fun...


Enjoy!



I would like to enter this card into the following challenges -
~ Southern Girls Challenge - Endless Summer
~ Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Favourite (theme, the sea) Favourite (technique, masking) Favourite (product, ranger inks)
~ Try It On Tuesday - Let's Get Inky
~ Fat Pages and Cards with Attitude - Anything Goes
~ Stamps and Fun = Creativity - No Christmas Cards


Dec 12, 2012

Christmas Carols

Christmas Carols

Yes, it is starting to get exciting!
Time to think of the gifts,
the food,
the alcohol...
then there are the parties, the carol singing, the alcohol....
family, friends....and alcohol (lol, yes - just joking)


But seriously...
this xmas card is one that I did in Pan Pastels.
The background was so quick and easy to blend,
I really do need to use these more!
And the beauty of it is that you can just stamp normally on it.

The baubles (Kaszazz) are masked and stamped randomly.
The flourishes go behind the masking too.
The main image is a gorgeous wood mounted stamp that I have had for awhile
and just always looks amazing.

And just a little bling to finish it off for christmas!



Enjoy!



Dec 6, 2012

Through the Eyes of a Child

Through the eyes of a child 
one sees the true spirit of Christmas.
 "Santa!"



This time I wanted to share something classical.
The love and innocence of a child,
excited through and through...
 in the arms of someone super special
with a knowing glint in his eye.
This is a card that I made for a special friend about to enjoy his first christmas with his first grandchild.
The stamp is one of my favourites from Crafty Individuals
 and the writing one is from Kaszazz.
The inks are distress and the black ink is archival.



Enjoy!





Dec 3, 2012

A Pocket Full of Posies

It is the first of the month and time for a new challenge at 

This time around it is all about flowers! Any which way you please.
There is just something so relaxing about designing a card around flowers.
They always look so pretty and feminine.


The stamp from Flonzcraft that I have chosen is 
 Rose Engraving

The background has distress inks that were then put through an embossing folder and inked again and then highlighted with gold to finish with.
The main image has been coloured with copics and distress markers.
The techniques used are masking and deconstruction.

I think this card has a real vintage feel with the burgundy and orange tones.

Leo from Flonzcraft once again is offering
$20 to spend in his online store with hundreds of stamps to chose from.
Please pop on over to Vintage Stamping Challenges and see what the team have come up with this month

Be inspired and join in our fun!!!



Enjoy!

I am entering this card into the following challenges -

Dec 2, 2012

Special Delivery!

"To Die For"
 is the challenge this fortnight at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
This one is all about using your die cut machines...or punches!

 The Stampettes have had heaps of fun coming up with some awesome projects to share and inspire you,
so grab a cuppa and pop on over to FSC and
see what everyone has been up to!


I have chosen hearts for my dies.
I have die cut patterned paper, some double-sided paper and added glitter, embossed some...
and then I added lots of sparkle to absolutely everything!

We have a teacher from work due to have a baby soon, and I am guessing a girl.
(I'm going with the old saying of 
"high for a girl, low for a boy")
We'll see if the saying is right this time lol....

I hope you enjoy the awesomeness of the girls at FSC and
are inspired to join in the fun!
The theme is open - all you need is a machine or a punch.

We are a stamping challenge so we do need to see some form of stamping on your project,
also no digi stamps are allowed.


Enjoy!


The stork stamp is one from Stampin Up and it is the only stamp used this time around.

I am entering this card into the following challenges ~



Nov 17, 2012

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

At FSC this fortnight we are celebrating the "Home"
This can be any home you like, from under the sea, to bird houses, to animal habitats, to lighthouses guiding ships, to even an actual house!
The interpretation is up to you, and Marina from Cottage Crafts is offering an online voucher to the lucky winner, runner up and spotlights are also chosen along the way.



I have made a bird house.
The idea is from Joanna who made a beautiful one recently here.
And the free template for it, if you would like to give it a go,
is here.


I thought it would be fun to go with bugs...
Dragon flies, spiders, and geckos are the stamps this time around.
I don't seem to have many suitable bird stamps
so I improvised.


To finish I used leaves as my decoration -
bare branches, ivy and gum leaves.


My final embellie is a grouping of gum leaves,
dangling from rings on the roof... 
it just seemed to tie everything together I think.

Pop on over to Fashionable Stamping Challenges and 
have a look at some of the awesome creations
that the stampettes have come up with.
Their imagination and talent is amazing and you might be tempted to join in the fun
of "Home Sweet Home"
Enjoy!
 

Nov 10, 2012

Let it Snow!

Let It Snow...

I have made another simple little Christmas card to share.

I decided to keep everything simple this year, 
so that if I wanted to make a few then I could without too much fuss.


This one is inspired by Claire from a couple of months ago.
Thanks Claire, your background is awesome!!!
 I have put my own vintage twist on it though with this gorgeous santa.

The snowflake stamps are from a xmas Chocolate Baroque set that I have,
The Santa is an old favourite from Stampers Anonymous
The inks are Distress blues and Adirondack denim
And the snowflakes are just punches and the blue ones have some pearl spray for a little glitz


Enjoy!

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges -


Nov 9, 2012

Farewell to a dear friend

Today we said farewell to a dear friend,
 Manya Dickinson.
I just want to say thanks for your friendship, cuppas and chats.
A funny rowing buddy - a little on the naughty side and heaps of fun!
And a lady through and through...


You have taught me soooo much,
lived life to the full,
and you will be so sadly missed.
I have never cried and laughed so much as I have over the last 2 weeks.

xxx



No comments necessary, just sending love.

Nov 7, 2012

Sassy Santa Wishlist

Now Wouldn't This Be Nice....

It's good to be a little sassy sometimes!!!
No matter how old you are...it is always good to smile.
I wonder if she remembers what to do with a list like this one! lol



I had to get one of the kids from school to show me how to use the digi's, poor boy...
he had sooo much patience with me.
This is just a simple little card.
The background paper has some kindy glitz added for sparkle...
The sassy lady has some on her hat as well, 
and some glaze on her earrings
I thought that if I added too much more to this that the funny side of it would get lost.
I have some single girlfriends who might get a kick out of this...
Isn't it funny how the mind stays active while the body...well...lol

Enjoy!

I am entering this in the following challenges -

Nov 4, 2012

A Christmas Wish

It's Music at FSC!
Come join in the fun, and create something based around music...
the interpretation is up to you - from a song, to a dance, to instruments.
I have chosen a christmas theme for my interpretation.
Marina at Cottage Crafts is offering an online voucher to her store for the winner,
runners up and spotlights are up for grabs to!
The Fashionettes have some gorgeous inspiration for you so please pop on over to
FSC and check them all out and leave a little love...



My piece is a canvas to decorate my home with.
I have been so inspired lately by people working on canvas so I decided to give it a go.
This one is a 9" x 12" piece.
I have layered some different blues in acrylics and inks,
stamped,
pasted a torn up hymn song (Silent Night),
inked, painted and stamped some more.
Then stencilled into the corners, and built up with texture paste and painted some more.
The bauble stamp is a new one from Stampers Anonymous which I have coloured with distress markers and coated with clear embossing powder.
The chain is a metal necklace from an op shop and I have coloured it with viva paint...
which I also used to highlight other textured areas.
The words are chipboard and have been painted, sanded and a little stickles added for sparkle
...and rhinestones to finish with!


This is a close up of some of the detail.

Enjoy!

I am entering this into the following challenges ~

Nov 1, 2012

A Very Vintage Xmas




A Very Vintage Xmas

The November challenge at Vintage Stamping Challanges is all about colour!
Red, Green, Purple and Blue!



You can use these colours in any combination you like, or use them with a christmas twist
so that you can cross another card off your list.
Join in the fun this month and be in it to win a ngeerous $20 voucher from Leo at
Leo has a gorgeous range of stamps and it seems to be growing all the time, well worth checking out!



The background card is done in the wrinkle free technique
using red, orange and greens.
The lovely lady is coloured in distress markers.
And everything is layered up with a little bling here and there
and a little sparkle too.

Enjoy!


Flonz Stamps used were:


Oct 21, 2012

Blessed Be

Halloween at FSC!

We are all in the Halloween mood at Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight
It isn't a tradition that we follow here in Australia.
But what the hell...I've given it a shot anyway!
Literally the day I finished making it one of the teachers at work joked with me 
about me giving her a card with bones and witches on it for her 50th...
so I hid it on her bookshelf for her to find!  Would you believe it took 4 days for her to discover it!!!
Just goes to show teachers use computers more than books on their bookshelves these days lol



There are a couple of  "firsts" with this card.

My first successful attempt 
at doing the marbled stains technique from TH.
For some reason...I have just struggled with this one.
I am so glad that it finally worked because
it gives just the right spooky atmosphere for what I wanted.

And my first successful go at using shrinky dinks!
Now that stuff is scarier than my card!
It was so hard to think of appropriate embellies
for this card...but mini skeletons and witches seemed just right
~ what do you think?

The stampettes at FSC have come up with some jaw-dropping creations to inspire you.
Marina from Cottage Crafts is offering a generous online voucher from her shop for the DT chosen winner.

And last but not least leave us a little bit of yourselves so we can hop on over and leave you lots of love.

This fortnight I had my first ever entry into an art show.
It was an incredible experience, and I would highly recommend it to everyone to have a go at! 
There was so much inspiration and people just having a go (including me).
I got a bit of a kick out of seeing my name in the program booklet.
Next year I will do it again for sure, with even more entries!
I also had a couple of wins in blogland...including a fabulous piece made by Hels Sheridan...
can't wait for the postie to deliver that. Thanks Hels.


Enjoy!

Stamps are from Cherry Pie Art Stamps

I am entering this card into the following challenges -
~ Simon Says Stamp and Show - Your Favourite (witches stamp)
~ No Matter Which Challenges - Halloween Creations/Colours
~ Scrappy Frogs Challenges Blog - Fall/Halloween
~ Craft Your Passion - Witches 
~ Poisoned Peas Please - Sugar Skulls/Day of the Dead
~ DRS Designs Rubber Stamps - Cats (black cat in bottom RH corner) 
~ Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog - Halloween
~ Alphabet Challenge - "S" for Skeletons, Spiders & anything Spooky 
~ Raise the Bar - Which is Witch
~ Fussy and Fancy - Anything Goes 
~ Stampin' for the Weekend -  Something spookyyyyyyyyy .

Oct 7, 2012

Autumn Glory



It is Shades of Autumn this fortnight at FSC!
A colour challenge.
You can create autumnal scenes, halloween, any thing you like really as long as the colours are those of autumn.
FSC has a great showcase of takes on this theme 
and Marina from Cottage Crafts is giving an on-line voucher to the 
DT's choice.


I have to say that autumn is my favourite time of year.
The air is crisp, the skies are blue and the heat has gone. In this card I have had a go at layering an autumn scene.
The main leaf stamps are from Darkroom Door (Leaves). These stamps were great to work with and the detail is phenomenal.
The bare branches are from Kaszazz.

The main technique this time around is with alcoholic inks for the leaves and for the background. I love the shine that shows through using this medium. The crispness of the leaves looks so real.
The birds and bare branches layer, and sky layer, are coloured with distress inks.
I think that the DI's soften the intensity of the alcohol inks
 and give a whole new dimension to the scene.

The words say Colours of Autumn and are computer generated.

And rhinestones and ribbon finish it off.

A HUGE thankyou to all my followers who have stuck with me...I have reached the 100 mark and I am so humbled and thankful to you ALL.
You wouldn't believe it but my 100th is a local from my home town! 
With blogging the world is a smaller place and everyone feels like they are only just up the road. So when someone who is actually just up the road joins in the journey it really is quite something else...
Thanks everyone!



Enjoy!



I would like to enter this is the following challenges
~ Visible Image (new challenge blog) - Inspired by Autumn
~ The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Blog - The Natural World
~ Loves Rubberstamps Challenge Blog - All about Autumn
~ Joanna Sheen Challenge - Down In The Garden 
~ Stamp with Fun - Autumn
~ PaperPlay Challenges - Shine On (the alcohol inks are on shiny paper) 
~ Simon Says Stamp and Show - Leaf Inspiration
~ MilkCoffee Challenge - Welcome Fall

Oct 6, 2012

Wild Horses

Wild Horses
 is inspired by stormy skies and wild weather 
and the unbridled rawness of horses running free.


The technique here is wrinkle free distress and I have used black soot and dusty concord 
and blended over with mustard seed and wild honey.
 This is one of my all time favourite ways to ink a background.

The horses are masked, die cut and the edge sponged with black soot.
I have kept the embellishments simple because I really wanted the drama of the wildness 
of the horses and the weather
to show through 
~ so a simple flourish and rhinestones were enough.


Enjoy!

I am entering this card into the following challenges -

Oct 3, 2012

Woohoo....My ATC Swap Arrived!

Look what the postie delivered today!
Buttons was the winner of my ATC swap a couple of weeks ago
and this arrived from her.


They look truly amazing 
Thankyou Buttons, they will be treasured
and I will definitely be taking part in future ATC swaps. 
(now that I have had a taste of it...lol)

I think what I like the most is seeing how others' creativity
is shown...
we get used to our own and it is just great to see how someone else sees things.

Can't wait to show them off to my friends   :)))

Oct 1, 2012

ANYTHING GOES AT VSC

ANYTHING GOES AT VSC


Woohoo...we are up and running!!!
 Hi and welcome to the start of a new challenge blog!
"Vintage Stamping Challenges"

We have a fabulous company called Flonzcraft who will be sponsoring us each and every month.
The winner of each monthly challenge will receive a voucher for Leo’s store for $20.
For our very first challenge we have picked one for everyone
Anything Goes

I had sooo much fun making this card...
The Gibson Girl is masked and the roses stamped behind her
and cut with a nestibility using the out-of-the-box technique.


I then stamped the rose again and deconstructed it 
so that I could add to and extend the leaves,
as well as 3D-ing the rose itself.

The background is made with distress inks in pinks and blues
using the splodging method. 
Texture paste was added through a stencil 
and coloured with victorian velvet and aged mahogany inks.
Then I got carried away...
and added more texture paste into the corners
and coloured with my new Viva metallic inks.
Gold rub and buff was finally added as a highlight.



Enjoy!

Flonz Stamps used:
Gibson Girl 01
Rose Engraving

I am entering this card into the following challenges ~
~ Sweet Stmapin' Challenge Blog - Vintage

Sep 29, 2012

Sad Story

Sad Story

I had call out of the blue the other night and I was asked if I would make a sympathy card for their friend.
The friend's son had died 2 1/2 years ago
but no body had been found till recently.

Tragically he had driven into the desert, walked off and never returned.

He loved his guitar and music
and she wanted a card made to celebrate this about him.
But no words!

It was to be an uplifting card to highlight something beautiful about their child.



 The doves are for peace of mind, one for each parent.
The colours are muted but reflect life.
And the guitar and music notes are for the young man.

I wish peace for the soul of the young man,
closure for the parents
and a life celebrated, not mourned...
and I truly hope this card reflects that.



I am entering this card into the following challenges ~

Sep 23, 2012

Alter It

Alter It
 is the challenge this fortnight at FSC!
 The DT's have exceeded themselves and come up with some of the most creative and inspiring pieces that you will see. 
Marina from Cottage Crafts is offering an on-line voucher
 to the top pick from the DT's.

The thought process behind my efforts this fortnight was a little hindered
in that I drank a few bottles of wine 
so that I could use the bottles...



then I saw an altered block of wood over at 
The Artistic Stamper by Lori
and changed my mind!!!


My block of wood was covered in gesso first and then some distress inks
~ then I changed my mind and painted over it with some metallic water-based inks.


Then I stamped some leaves onto some tissue paper and glued it around the edges of each side
 to create a frame.


I added some copper paint for some highlights and to exaggerate the wood feature.
After looking at it for awhile I decided to add some texture paste around the edges of each side, 
blended more metallic paint for lushness 
and then some gold paint for highlights on the raised bits.


Finally I stamped up some dylusional images and coloured them with distress inks, 
carefully cut them out 
and attached them to the block of wood.
I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed this project.

- stamps are from Flonz and Dylusions
- inks are distress inks and metallic inks
- wood is pine, chunky and knotted
- still collecting wine bottles...just in case...

Enjoy!

I am entering this project into the following challenges


Sep 20, 2012

ATC Swap Winner...

Drum roll please!

Congratulations to "Buttons",
 if you would like to contact me with your details 
I will post away the ATC of your choice 
for the swap.

Congratulations!

Sep 15, 2012

Pretty in Pink

"Pretty In Pink"


I first saw this stamp used by Avril in one of our challenges at FSC
 and loved it so much that I just had to get it.
It is a Lost Coast Design stamp.

It pretty much filled up the whole card (well, the size that I make anyway)
so there was no room to move...
I had some scrap cs that I had inked previously when I was first experimenting with dylusional inks
so I used this for the butterflies.
Then it was obvious to me that I needed hot pink cs to bring out the colour of the butterflies.

The small butterflies are stamped a second time, cut out and stuck on so that they lift up.
I have added some glitter on their wings.

I think the more I look at this the more I really like the hot pink.


Enjoy!

Sep 9, 2012

Good Things Come In Small Packages

"An ATC Swap"

This fortnight at FSC we would love to see what "little things" you can make.
Just so long as it has stamping on it it is elibible to win 
a wonderful prize from Marina's Cottage.

I have made 3 ATC's (my first ones)
and thought that a swap would be fun!!!
All you need to do to play... is to be a follower,
in the comments say that you would like to be in the swap...
and which one you would like to swap with.
I only have 3, so I will do a random draw for each one
for those playing...
(on the 21st of Sept)
And that's it!


All three are totally different and each reflects a piece of me.
If there is a common thread then I guess it is the colour blue, they are summery...
and lots and lots of distressing.



"Bevy of Butterflies"
Just because I love butterflies...
it represents Spring, new life and abundance!
The style of this one is using distress inks, flicking water and creating a 3D effect.


"Bring On Summer"
This one is inspired by the sea, where I live...
it is simply summer to me.
The style is splodging into ink to give a watery feel and covering with a glimmer mist.

"Tranquility"
This one has and inked and dry embossed background that has been sanded and a light covering of blue added over the top for definition.
The pins are handmade.
The overall feeling is contentment and relaxation (really!)

The idea behind this is as a follow up to the ATC box that I made a few challenges ago.
It seemed like a good idea at the time but it has been sitting empty on my bench ever since!!!
 I think it would be fun to start dabbling in swaps so here I go...

Enjoy

I am entering this into the following challenges ~


Aug 26, 2012

"Floral Fantasy"

Handmade/Floral Challenge at FSC

To know me is to know that I shudder at the thought of making handmade flowers.
For this challenge it isn't necessary to make your own,
but how would that be challenging myself?
(sometimes I wonder about myself)
Thanks Fliss for this challenge...it really was fun!

I had treated myself to the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die set recently
and found that there is a small one in the set which looks great,
so I made 3 flowers in some of my favourite colours.

Then I had to come up with a card!


I am also taking part in the Claudine Hellmuth Collage for Composition course this month
so I have tried to incorporate some of the things I am learning into this card.

And toilet paper!

Yes, the gorgeous blue and yellow background is toilet paper.
Rolled through my cuttlebug and sprayed with dylusional inks
 and a little Perfect Pearls Mist.
(thanks Shirl, our industrious leader, for that idea)
I am really liking the flakey, natural look of it.

Other details for those following are the memory box die that I have used as a flourish and heat embossed, with black embossing powder, to give an overall lushness to this piece. The three black birds were facing the other way, so I cut them out..turned them over...and black embossed them.  (It is just one little stamp).  The fairy is stamped onto some scrap alcohol ink cardstock which I lighted a little in the middle, with blending solution, to give a highlight to the image.
I love that you can go back at any time and still keep working with these inks!

One of the hardest things about this making this card
was knowing when enough was enough...

And that's about it
Just a little alcoholic ink, some dylusionals, toilet paper and hey presto!

Please pop over to FSC and check out the other incredible creations from the Stampettes.

Be inspired.
And join in the fun!

You'll have a chance at winning an on-line voucher
 from Marina's Cottage Crafts shop

Enjoy!

I am entering this card into the following challenges -


Aug 18, 2012

Sail the High Seas

"Sail the High Seas"

I was in the mood to make a card for a male...
especially as I had this new stamp that I just haven't got around to using.
So sailing the high seas it is!
It reminds me of the "Endeavour" sailing ship
when it was in our port not too long ago.



The techniques here are few as I really just wanted the main image to shine.
I have masked the shells and distressed the sentiment.
And had my first go with my water brushes to colour the image.

The sentiment and shells are from Chocolate Baroque, the sailing ship is from Crafty Individuals
and the tag is a Tim Holtz stamp.
The gorgeous paper is Graphics 45 which I came across in
Adelaide recently...I discovered  the craft store "Camelot"
and I will definitely be going back there!!!

Enjoy!


I am entering this card into the following challenges ~
~ Alphabet Challenge Blog - N is for nautical
~ Card Crafter's Circle - Rich and Earthy Colours
~ The Outlawz Challenge - Twisted Thursday (Boats, Sailboats or Canoes)
~ Simon Says Stamp and Show - show your favourite technique (mine is masking)

Aug 12, 2012

Summer/Icecream

Summer/Icecream

Wow, another FUN challenge at FSC! 
Especially as ice cream comes in so many colours these days.
(and I hear the sun came out in England)
Summer holidays are the best fun, especially for me as I live by the sea.
Where I live winter is drawing to an end,
the nights are just beginning to draw out a little
 and summer is on the way!

This fortnight I am inspired by Terry, Yvonne and Silvia who have been dabbling in dylusional inks lately
and decided to have a play too.

One of the things that I did with the inks was to dip a paintbrush straight into the bottles of ink and use this to touch up the main image
(yellow on the girls clothing and blue in the sea)
(and a little extra yellow on the banners just to lighten things up).

It turns out that I am not all that good at using paper towels to lighten things and my excuse is....
that it is due to the printed patterns on it 
(I keep forgetting to buy plain stuff)
~ so I have devised some other, trickier ways of toning things down.
I have white embossed the shells and just added a hint of colour,
added white netting,
put in some seagulls (I just took them off a Kaisercraft stamp and 3D'd them),
dry embossed and sanded the background - then flattened it again
(thanks Terry for that idea)
and finally adding some watered down gesso around the edge to look a little like melting ice-cream
(no - it has nothing to do with the seagulls!)

Check out the awesomeness of the DT's, be inspired and
join in the summer fun at FSC,
be in with a chance for a voucher at Marina's Cottage Craft on-line store

A huge thankyou to the people who have chosen to follow me recently, I will be by to see your wonderful creations too and to return the favour shortly if I haven't already!

Enjoy!

I am entering this card into the following challenges...
~ No Matter Which Challenges - Anything Goes!

Jul 29, 2012

Happy 1st Birthday FSC!!!

Happy 1st Birthday FSC!

We started all that time ago with an Anything Goes challenge,
So, to celebrate, that is the challenge for this time around!
OMG...it sure has been an amazing experience, my first DT position ever, and I haven't been kicked out!
A big thankyou to each of my DT sisters for teaching me sooo much and being so generous with your knowledge and help when I've needed it  XXX
You are an amazing bunch of ladies!

A couple of challenges ago Shirley, our industrious leader at FSC, made an ATC box,
and presented a video tutorial on it.
I have taken up the challenge of creating one this fortnight.
Let me remind you, I am a card maker...
 so this was one incredible challenge for me!!!


This is the finished product!
And yes, I am VERY pleased with myself! (pat on back)
Shirley's instructions were clear and the pause button on the tutorial was very handy.
I will only briefly describe what I did otherwise you will need a sleeping bag for a sleepover to get through it all.
I highly recommend that you give it a go and,
if you let us know about it, it could go on the FSC blog.


The front.
I started with white cs and coloured it in Old Paper DI and flicked it.
Then layered cs and papers, tearing, embossing, flicking paint, inking, stenciling and stamping as I went.


The inside I coloured in brown tones and the outside was in browns, blues and greens.


The sides.
I stamped, coloured and cut out bits to add on for decoration.
The vintage lady stamp is a freebie from Crafty Individuals, always given when you order stuff.


This is the back, which is in line with the front.  Icaras, from Lost Coast Design, is a new stamp and the OI steampunk stamp is a favourite.  I think they go really well together.


The top.
And finally flowers and rhinestones to add a little glamour.
And a little feminine touch!

It felt good when I had finished and I am so glad that I challenged myself
and stepped outside of the usual. 
Thanks Shirley for a tutorial that even I could follow!
Now all I need to do is make some ATC's...ummmm

Please stop by FSC and check out the awesomeness of the fashionettes and be inspired.
Join in the fun of our "Anything Goes" challenge 
and be in the running for a prize from Marina at Cottage Crafts.

And don't forget to pass on the love and congrats for an amazing year of awesome talent from the DT's

Enjoy!