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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


I am entering this card into the following challenges –

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
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!!!

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…


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

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!


Through the Eyes of a Child

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

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.