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.


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!


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.


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



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.


Flonz Stamps used:
Gibson Girl 01
Rose Engraving

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