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“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

I am entering this card into the following challenges –

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!!!

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)


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!

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