Dec 31, 2013

Celebrating 2013

A couple of years ago I decided to pick my favourite top 3 pieces
from my year's adventures in blogland...and so the tradition continues.

Firstly, a huge thank you for all your support, awesome comments, advice
and your friendship.
I have laughed and cried along with your journeys.
And invite you to continue being part of mine.

Bring on 2014!
Lots of exciting things are just waiting to happen.

My favourites for this year are....






ok...so there were 5 picks...
I just couldn't decide lol


Enjoy!

Dec 29, 2013

Raspberry, Choc and Cream...

 It's a colour challenge at FSC this fortnight!

Raspberry - Chocolate - Cream

(Yummm...sounds like ice-cream doesn't it)
Which is perfect for our weather down south at the moment. 
It is a scorcher today ~ so Neapolitan  ice cream sounds soooo good!



It has been great to have the time to play with some new stamps and create a collage.
When I added the harlequin stencil I noticed how it makes the face come forward...
that was unexpected, but I quite like it.
I have added some raspberry DI to the stencil and to the butterflies.


I hope everyone has had a wonderful xmas followed by a relaxing few days...
I know that my thoughts are definitely on exercise now 
~ ummm...but I think I need to do more than just think about it...

The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on the theme this time.
Please pop on over and check out the awesomeness of the fashionettes,
 be inspired and maybe join in the fun.
Flonzcraft are our sponsors this fortnight and have a generous $20 gift voucher up for grabs,
there are spotlights and a top 3 as well.


Enjoy!



Dec 4, 2013

"A Cold and Frosty Xmas"

Cold and Frosty Colours
is the theme this month at Vintage Stamping Challenges

This challenge runs until the new year so it is up to you whether
you make a Christmas card 
or just take a little break from the festive season and play with the colours.
It can be relaxing to just do something totally different after the big day...
However, I've gone with a xmas card as I am soooo far behind with these
and added heaps and heaps of sparkle.
A one layer card.


This ripped technique I first saw done by our DT sister Brenda here
and it has quickly become a favourite of mine.
I have used the cold colours of Distress Inks,
used a snowflake stencil, 
the glitter technique is from TH (Day 5 of CC102)...I love the sparkle that it adds.
~ then I've finished off with dripping some Fresco Finish paint and addiing a little
rock candy glitter while it was still wet.

The main stamp is from Flonz
and is found here.
My discovery while playing this time is that
when you stamp onto shiny paper with Brilliance black ink
and then over stamp with the same image ~ no masking is necessary as the ink moves aside
and makes it look like you have done the masking anyway!

I hope you take the time to pop over to Vintage Stamping Challenges
and check out the amazing talent and ideas from the team.
 Flonzcraft is offering a generous $20 gift voucher to the winner,
he offers an occassional spot prize
and there is always a top 3!

Nov 17, 2013

"Glory on High"

Shabby Chic Christmas
 is the new challenge at FSC this fortnight.

Meaning - Shabby Chic is a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of were and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique...basically distress it, and make it look old and worn...

So, with this in mind
I wanted to create a piece that had an old and worn look to it
and with an angelic sereneness to it...
My 'ode to Michelangelo!



My first decision was the colours...pink and grey.
Then for the background I've used paper from Meg's Garden
called "The Romantic Garden."
It has been inked and stenciled (using gesso) and stamped on.
I have used some old cardboard with corrugation in it, from my stash...
and just taken some of the top layer off and gesso-ed it
and used it as my backdrop for the main piece.

The main image is from a Stampendous stamp from the set
"Excelsis Deo" which I had seen on Joanna's blog and I just couldn't resist getting it.
And stamped it onto tissue paper.

Tip: heat set it so that it doesn't bleed out.



This was then adhered to layers of toilet paper, that were dampened
and pressed together to form a kind of hand-made paper.
Some more stenciling around it to make the angel stand out more.
To shabby it up some more, I rubbed away layers of paper from around the angel
with my fingers...I love the aged effect that this created.


A sentiment from the stamp set, some holly and heaps of gesso
finished the piece off.
I didn't really want to add too many embellishments
as I wanted the angel to stand out and be the first thing you rest your eyes on.
I think the ageing of her makes you linger and just soak up her glory
(but then, that might be just my imagination - what are your thoughts?)

The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on this theme.
Please pop on over and check out the awesomeness of the fashionettes,
 be inspired and maybe join in the fun.
Flonzcraft are our sponsors and have a generous $20 gift voucher up for grabs,
there are spotlights and a top 3 as well.

I would like to say a huge heartfelt thank you and extend my
appreciation to those of you who follow my blog!!!
You are awesome!
 Your comments absolutely blow me away.


Enjoy!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges ~

Nov 5, 2013

"A Traditional Christmas"

"A Traditional Christmas"
is the new theme this month at Vintage Stamping Challenges.

Yes, it is coming up to that time of the year again...when we start looking
towards making our xmas cards for friends and family.
I hope you aren't like me and leave it all a little late
and then the big rush is on!
Every year I rush my way through the last half of November
and make a promise to myself that next year I will be more organised...
ummmm....at least I now have one card done!!!



I have kept this pretty simple because I think that xmas cards
shouldn't be overdone...
but I still wanted to play with my inks.
So I have used the wrinkle free technique for my background
- just using blues.
Then stamped some snowflakes...using different shades of DI's
and adding some glitter...
(sorry, it doesn't show up in this pic, but it is pretty)
Then I finished with some holly leaves and a little ice stickles.

The main image is from Flonzcraft and you'll find it here.
Flonz has some beautiful xmas stamps to pick from and I wish I haven't
ordered more!

I hope you take the time to pop over to Vintage Stamping Challenges
and check out the amazing talent and ideas from the team.
 Flonzcraft is offering a generous $20 gift voucher to the winner,
he offers an occassional spot prize
and there is always a top 3!


Nov 4, 2013

"Follow Your Heart"

"Stamping With No Ink"

We have a new challenge this fortnight at FSC
which is stamping without using any ink...
but you can use inks for the background if you like.
Some ideas are using any type of paint, sprays, gesso,  bleach and so on
for your stamping.
It's a perfect opportunity to play with embossing folders and papers!
Or if you have dabbled a little with mixed media this is a perfect opportunity for you to have a play and experiment with other mediums...and have heaps of fun!



I had no plans for this piece...but I thought I would like to use a stencil that I hadn't used yet.
After inking the background I coloured the stencil in
 using Brilliance black and a stipple brush.
Some new stamps arrived a couple of days ago so I used the butterfly...
then added another one...
and then added another one - because it's always better with odd numbers
- using black gesso painted onto the stamp with a brush.

Still no plan...

Using black gesso as my "ink"
I did some crazy stamping that I saw Finnabair do here.
And because I had no plan...I used a stamp that said "just because..."

This is when I walked away
came back a while later and decided to turn it into a journal style! And one-layer.
(YES A PLAN!!!)
Soooo...some splats with distress stains, a little stenciling, some dripping of some watered down gesso, some bleach around the body of the image and on the butterflies, some splattering of white acrylic paint and rings of white Distress Paint  using texta tops.

I added some ivy along the bottom for balance and stenciled a heart around one of the butterflies.
I like how it gives a focal point for the girl to be moving towards.
 (and yes, I did think of that before doing it lol)

I decided to call this one "Follow Your Heart"
as that is how it was created.
Not everything we do has a reason...and is just because...

The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on this theme.
Please pop on over and check out the awesomeness of the fashionettes,
 be inspired and maybe join in the fun.
Flonzcraft are our sponsors and have a generous $20 gift voucher up for grabs,
there are spotlights and a top 3 as well.


Enjoy!


I am entering this into the following challenges ~

Oct 26, 2013

"It's Raining Men"

It's Raining Men

I was browsing through fb this morning and came across a link  
to a blog exploring Mixed Media called "Contadinak".
I watched the video and it showed how you can use a heat gun in your artwork.
(along with heaps of other gorgeous techniques too)
Well...I got thinking...
I should be able to adapt that aspect to a card.
What I did had nothing to do with the video
(which I highly recommend!)
but it reminded me of how we can use techniques, take bits and pieces
 and change them to suit our own styles.




I loved the effect of using the heat gun, 
so I will give you a step x step tutorial on how I made this card.

1.  Cut a piece of glossy cardstock (14.5cm x 10cm). Use Alcohol Inks following Tim Holtz's mono-print technique from CC102.  I used a squiggle of Copper mixative with Rust, Butterscotch and a couple of drops of Caramel AI. This dries within seconds.
2.  Drop 3 or 4 drops of blending solution into the center of the cardstock. Let it spread. This creates a spotlight effect. 
3.  Stamp the boys (from the "Friends 2" stampset by Art Journey) in the center of the card. Then stamp again each side of this to form a row of men.
4.  Cut out 3 masks of this image and place over your stamped images.
5.  Flick white acrylic paint over the background. I found that by picking it up on a medium sized brush and tapping it firmly onto the back of my hand worked fine.  This part of the process was quite messy, so allow plenty of room and use newspaper under your card.  Flick Mocha Mouse and Pumpkin Soup Fresco Finish acrylic paint until you are satisfied with the effect. I also flicked the bristles with my finger for a finer splatter effect.
6.  Using a heat gun, holding it close to your card, and in a continuous motion, randomly apply the glue along the top of your card. Start at one side of your card and work your way right across to the other side. You can move it backwards and forwards as you go to create more interest. Then turn your card around and repeat along the bottom.
7.  To finish the card I squirted some Rust AI onto a piece of felt (just folding it over, there is no need for a blending tool) and in a dabbing motion apply some colour along the top edge, using the glue as a boundary. I rubbed the glue carefully with this colour to make it stand out more.  Dab the colour in this area as much as you like as it created a mottled effect which looks great.
8.  Mat onto some black cardstock.

Enjoy!


Oct 20, 2013

"For the Love of Paris"

"For the Love of Paris"

Welcome to a new challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
This fortnight it is to make a card...
so it can be any style of card that you like, any technique, any theme ~
 as long as it is a card...and of course uses stamps!

For my card I decided to have a go at 
a vintage Parisian theme.  
So romance, vintage/shabby chic, femininity and softness are what came to mind for me to create.
I've admired this style so many times and finally found the stamps to do it with.


The main technique is masking with only a few embellishments.
I borrowed the stamp (isn't she beautiful), and created a one layer design.  
I had fun water colouring her with DI's 
and creating some interest with the folds in her gown.
The background is built up using Victorian Velvet and Dusty Concord
on shiny cardstock.  I like the soft effect of bright colours on this card.
Stencils were used to add the diamonds (clear embossing before the inking)
and then a little over-stamping with Watering Can Archival - added for interest.
I looove this colour! 
Butterfly tape was incorporated down the sides.

The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on this theme.
Please pop on over and check out the awesomeness of the fashionettes,
 be inspired and maybe join in the fun.
Flonzcraft are our sponsors and have a generous $20 gift voucher up for grabs,
there are spotlights and a top 3 as well.


Oct 15, 2013

Tim's Class Day 4

CC 102...Day 4

I'm just a little slow getting started with my technique pieces for this class,
but I have made a start!!!
And with Day 4 as I have the stock for this one.

The "Monoprint Technique"
really caught my eye to start with and I looooove it!!!
So I made 3 very quickly


Each one uses the same colours in different amounts.
As they had a different feel about them I gave them
a different topic each.

The moment of magic for me was when my son 
reluctantly came over to give his opinion on it
and spent the next 5 minutes in awe of each one and
twisted his head from side to side to revel
in the hologram effect that was created.

It was a hit!
Thanks Tim.



Enjoy! 

Oct 12, 2013

"A Touch of Autumn"

"A Touch of Autumn"

It is Spring in my part of the world, 
however the autumnal cards that are around in blogland
at the moment have been so beautiful and inspiring.

This card is just a muck around piece combining a lot of different ideas
that I have come across. 
The colours though are what I love the most.

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Stamping inside of a stencil is a really fun thing to play around with
(this one is a stamped Darkroom Door leaf which I cut out).
I've left the background fairly plain as I wanted the focus to be on the
leaves and images in them.

Enjoy!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges ~

Oct 10, 2013

"A Little Flirt"

"A Little Flirt"

I was in one of those cheeky moods when I made this card.
A little on the sassy side, but all in good fun...


I have used a new stamp from the Stampsmith which just cried out 
for a little attention!

And I love the colours.

The techniques are ripped paper and then colouring,
 using a heart stencil 
and also using bleach.


Enjoy!


I would like to enter this into the following challenges ~

Oct 7, 2013

"Feminine Beauty"

Feminine Beauty
is the new challenge this month at Vintage Stamping Challenges.

I have some gorgeous silhouette stamps from Flonzcraft
and I had the idea of using them in white instead of the usual black.
This then lead to the idea of a Wedgwood type of card.
Simple elegance is the look that I was after.


For this card I have inked up the background and front panel
in a mixture of blue DI.
I stamped the crackle onto the background to break it up just a little.
The flowers I made myself (yes, I am slowing getting the hang of it!)
The main image can be found here.
Being in a Wedgwood style, it was extremely difficult to not add 
extra bits!!!!!!!!!!! It was all about the white on blue.

I hope you take the time to pop over to Vintage Stamping Challenges
and check out the amazing talent and ideas from the team.
 Flonzcraft is offering a generous $20 gift voucher to the winner,
he offers an occassional spot prize
and there is always a top 3!

Enjoy


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges ~

Oct 6, 2013

"Out On The Farm"

"Out On The Farm"
It is time for another challenge over at 
and the theme this time around is Stenciling/Masking.
And it is World Card Making Day too...so a great time to join in the fun!

This one is for my friend Glenda ~
she lives in a shed out on her farm and always
has eggs for me ~ I love seeing her chooks
just wandering around every time I go to visit.
Especially when there are little chicks!
I'm always greeted with hugs, a chat, coffee, 
her latest cooking invention, laughter 
and a wander through the gums out the back of her property.
Time always flies and we both get to stop and relax a little.


For this card I have used the mini gears stencil which I strayed with some
dylusional ink and then went over the top of it with
the mini cells stencil with DI.
I masked off the shed and chooks and water coloured them with DI.
The colours were chosen to represent the harshness
of the Australian outback and its relentless heat.
I have used a little bleach on the barn and chooks to add some depth.
The gum leaves add the contrasting colours.

The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on this theme.
Please pop on over and check out the awesomeness of the fashionettes,
 be inspired and maybe join in the fun.
Flonzcraft are our sponsors and have a generous $20 gift voucher up for grabs,
there are spotlights and a top 3 as well.

Thanks Glenda for being such a good friend.

Enjoy..And happy World Card Making Day everyone xxx


I would like to enter this into the following challenges ~

Oct 1, 2013

"Secret Love"

Secret Love

I was asked, for the first time ever, to be a guest designer by
They surprised me with an email inviting me to be their GD
for the texture challenge (with a twist of glimmer/shine).
I gave this serious thought...like for 2 seconds...
then jumped at it with both feet!!!


I am really loving the texture of corrugated card at the moment and this time 
after covering it in tissue tape I gave it a light gesso wash...
I will definitely be doing this again as it makes a gorgeous background.
Then some torn and ripped papers, 
embossing and grunge paste make up the rest of the texture.
There is a little ink on the papers but I liked the way the colours played off each other,
so I haven't added a lot.



The glimmer is on the heart, the beads, metal and rhinestones.
The heart is made up of an image stamped onto tissue paper and glued on,
embossed on one side with glossy accent highlights
and pearl glimmer mist sprayed over the top.


I just thought I would add this pic to show the glimmer on the heart piece.

Pop on over to the C2CU blog and be inspired by this months challenge -
the team have some awesome inspiration to share!
It is such an honour to be involved
and I thank the team for the opportunity to do something different.


Enjoy!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges...

Sep 22, 2013

"Fallen Angel"


It's all about Autumn Colours

Autumn is my favourite time of the year.
The intense heat has gone, the days are sunny and calm 
and the nights are a little cooler.
The grass stops growing, the weeds slow down and 
the nights draw in.
Everything seems at peace...

The colours of Autumn can be intense, bright, and in stark 
contrast to the slowing down of the season.


This card has the intensity of the Autumn for the background
and the softness of the sepia in the front
to give the contrast and contradiction of the season.


I really wanted to show you the background for this piece...
one, because you can't see it when the toppers go on...
and two, because I made a mistake - can you see it?

I accidentally used the embossing folder the wrong side up on one side...
so the left-hand side is backwards, and on the right-hand side it is the right-side up.
I loooove how it turned out though
and I will definitely be making this mistake again.
When it is lightly sanded, the two halves blend into each other very subtly I think.


This is just a close up of the leaves
which have been stamped with Archival Potting Soil,
then spritzed with copper glimmer mist 
and then with heirloom gold.

The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on this theme.
Please pop on over and check out the awesomeness of the fashionettes,
 be inspired and maybe join in the fun.
Flonzcraft are our sponsors and have a generous $20 gift voucher up for grabs,
there are spotlights and a top 3 as well.

Enjoy!


I would like to enter this into the following challenge ~

Sep 8, 2013

"Modern Milly"

Can U Resist

Woohoo, another challenge is up and running at FSC!!!
And it is all about resist this fortnight.

You can use any resist technique that you like...as long as you state what it is, 
and of course use a stamp, then you can join in the fun.


There have been some truly amazing cards being made lately
using stencils...so I wanted to get some new ones and have a little fun!
After going into both of the scrapbooking shops in town and asking about stencils...
I was greeted with blank looks and the owners weren't really interested in finding out more
about the products...not one question! Hard to believe isn't it!
And one of those shops is closing in a few weeks...ummm

So on-line it had to be ~ and I was thrilled when they arrived this week. 

I have kept this simple.
The girl mask was used first...I stamped some writing in Versamark and then clear embossed.
 Black soot was then applied so that the writing would pop.  
Which it did after wiping away any excess ink.
I then used the reverse mask to cover the inked area, 
added the mask for the background words
and inked again.
I've dribbled some black paint and
splattered some red and black paint. 
And to finish off I've added more text in black archival
and randomly scribbled around one side of the mask
because I wasn't game to go all the way around lol.

The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on this theme.
Please pop on over and check out the awesomeness of the fashionettes,
 be inspired and maybe join in the fun.
Flonzcraft are our sponsors and have a generous $20 gift voucher up for grabs,
there are spotlights and a top 3 as well.

"In the Garden"

In The Garden
 

In my part of the world Spring is definitely in the air!
To this little butterfly (me)
that means 2 things ~ weeds and mowing!
So I stepped back for a moment when I made this card 
and reflected on the quiet time in the garden.
This image from Flonzcraft was perfect for what I had in mind
and can be found here.


I love the techniques on the background on this card.
I have added some inked up paper to some corrugated card
and then stripped some away...and then I also sanded some back.
I love the texture it has created and it is definitely on my "do again" list!

The heart is die cut and then swished through some ink on a craft mat.
The image is only lightly coloured so that it stands out more against the grunge background.

I hope you take the time to pop over to Vintage Stamping Challenges
and check out the amazing talent and ideas from the team.
 Flonzcraft is offering a generous $20 gift voucher to the winner,
he offers an occassional spot prize
and there is always a top 3!


Enjoy!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges
Flonzcraft is offering a generous $20 voucher for the winner,
he offers an occassional spot prize and
there is always a top 3!
- See more at: http://rexbythesea.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/things-and-wings.html#sthash.SHqLFTzq.dpuf
I hope you take the time to pop over to VSC
and check out the amazing talent and ideas
from the team...and leave a little love.
Flonzcraft is offering a generous $20 voucher for the winner,
he offers an occassional spot prize and
there is always a top 3!
- See more at: http://rexbythesea.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/things-and-wings.html#sthash.SHqLFTzq.dpuf
I hope you take the time to pop over to VSC
and check out the amazing talent and ideas
from the team...and leave a little love.
Flonzcraft is offering a generous $20 voucher for the winner,
he offers an occassional spot prize and
there is always a top 3!
Enjoy!
- See more at: http://rexbythesea.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/things-and-wings.html#sthash.SHqLFTzq.dpuf
I hope you take the time to pop over to VSC
and check out the amazing talent and ideas
from the team...and leave a little love.
Flonzcraft is offering a generous $20 voucher for the winner,
he offers an occassional spot prize and
there is always a top 3!
Enjoy!
- See more at: http://rexbythesea.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/things-and-wings.html#sthash.SHqLFTzq.dpuf
I hope you take the time to pop over to VSC
and check out the amazing talent and ideas
from the team...and leave a little love.
Flonzcraft is offering a generous $20 voucher for the winner,
he offers an occassional spot prize and
there is always a top 3!
Enjoy!
- See more at: http://rexbythesea.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/things-and-wings.html#sthash.SHqLFTzq.dpuf

Aug 25, 2013

"Sew and Sew"

Sew and Sew

I do own a sewing machine,
it is at the bottom of my bedroom cupboard.
It comes out every year...or two...
and I have to spend an hour reading up how to thread it 
before I can go ahead and start doing the mending 
~ which takes about 5 mins...

I just don't sew...
so when this challenge came up at
Fashionable Stamping Challenges
I decided to represent all of you non-sewers out there...and fake it!
And that's ok!!!
It even has a fancy name...faux stitching!


This card is my take on a card created by Kay Carley in The Craft Stamper.
I just used the stamps that I had ( from Crafty Individuals - CI 226)
and added my own flare to it (a little ripping in this case).

You see this is a challenge for anyone, 
You can follow the theme, or do some sewing on a card, or make a sewing project 
or follow my lead and fake it
~ as long as there is some stamping on it and you are having fun
then you can play along too.

The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on this theme.
Please pop on over and check out the awesomeness of the fashionettes,
 be inspired and maybe join in the fun.
Flonzcraft are our sponsors and have a generous $20 gift voucher up for grabs,
there are spotlights and a top 3 as well.

Aug 22, 2013

"Swept Off Her Feet" - CAS style!

It is Clean and Simple 
over at FSC this fortnight.
And the twist for this challenge is that it is a one-layer project too!

I have been on the Design Team at FSC for 2 years...
and I have spent ALL of that time learning about layers and embellies 
and this time around I have to tone it down.
 So funny!
However I think this style adds a freshness to a card. What are your thoughts???

I think the trick to this type of challenge is a good stamp, good colours
and knowing when enough is enough.
...And walking away (a tough one!).


This card is inspired by something that I saw in Craft Stamper
(but I can't find the issue to let you know)...but without the embellishments.

The heart is from spellbinders, and I have inked up the inside of it
with distress stains that have been blended with a dry brush.
Black fine-liner has been offset around the shape, using the cut-out heart shape as a template.
And the flourish was added because I just had to extend it a little lol.
Extra hearts and some words are stamped in to finish it off.

The main image is from Flonzcraft and is called

The girls over at FSC have some great inspiration to help give you ideas on different techniques and tempt you into joining in the fun with us!
Don't forget we have Saturday Spotlights, a random winner and the DT's pick a top 3 as well.
Flonz generously donates a $20 prize to the winner,
and even joins in at times with a surprise prize...

I hope you find some time to join in the fun with us.


Enjoy!



Aug 17, 2013

A Different Kind of Vintage...

Charlie

I had a play today with a new stamp...my first one from The Stampsmith.
Sir Charles  Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin was a comic actor
back in the early 1900's.
When film was in it's early development, was black and white
and speechless...where we had to read the subtitles as we watched.
This is where I took my inspiration from for this card.


I have kept the card in black and white and tried to create
an aged, scratchy and vintage feel to it.

I have scratched off some shine from glossy cardstock 
and applied some Black Soot  Distress Ink.
Then I did some overstamping in the new Watering Can Adirondak Ink.
Charlie is stamped in Jet Black ink onto glossy cardstock
(a little messy ~ patience required in abundance for this)
and layered up with some TH filmstrip which I had purchased with
a win I had a little while ago (thanks Terry!)
To finish off I added some distressed bits of tissue tape to parts of the edge.

When I showed my son he laughed...so I guess
Charlie has an ageless appeal.


Enjoy!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges ~

Aug 5, 2013

Wings and Things...

Things and Wings
is the new challenge at Vintage Stamping Challenges
this month!

We had a great response to our last challenge with some
awesome entries...so I hope you come along and play again.
remember you can use any stamps that you like...
in any style that you like!


My card this time around is me having fun with ink!!!
 I decided to use orange and burgundy colours again...
because I just love this colour combination.
Gum leaves aren't usually a burgundy and orange
 but I wanted something dramatic...not wish-washy.
They have been lifted with a little magic mount.
The birds were bleached out...and I quite liked 
the mottled effect so I left them as they were...
just adding a little stickles.



This time I remembered to take a picture of the background.
I had so much fun just mucking around with ink,
layering up some stamping and stencilling in different colours
and splattering a little bleach.
Then came the moment when I realised that I had over done it
so I added some more ink

The bird stamp from Flonzcraft can be found here.

I hope you take the time to pop over to VSC
and check out the amazing talent and ideas
from the team...and leave a little love.
Flonzcraft is offering a generous $20 voucher for the winner,
he offers an occassional spot prize and
there is always a top 3!


Enjoy!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges...

Jul 30, 2013

Friends...

"Friends"

I made this card on a lazy Saturday afternoon and on a whim
 I emailed it to The Craft Stamper.
It is inspired by Kate Crane (The Kathryn Wheel)
and was created around the time that we were designing cards 
for our journaling challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

Low and behold....they made contact and wanted to publish it!!!
Happy Dance number 1.


It was heaps of fun to make!
The main image and sentiment are from Art Journey...
and I just can't get enough of this stamp ~ I love it!

I wont get to see it for another 2 months
because that is when it is released here in Australia.
But the girls at FSC have been keeping an eye out for me
and Avril took some pics of it for me and sent them to me.
Thankyou so much Avril x


 For now this is as close as I get to it.
So funny really.
It was a genuine shock when I realised that it was the Editor's Choice, 
and a whole page!!!
Happy dance number 2.

Happy dance number 3 will probably be in a couple of months time!


Enjoy!


Jul 29, 2013

Life is Beautiful

Script/Book/Pages/Print
For our new challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges
we ask you to have fun getting creative with all sorts of text pieces.

I have loved looking at the amazing pieces that people have created using this style
but have never had a go...
so I am thrilled to bits to finally get into ripping into some pages...
I don't know about you but I found ripping a page out of a dictionary
 a little naughty, but strangely liberating
(it helped heaps that it was only an old dictionary that I purchased from an op shop)


The background on this card started with a torn dictionary page
glued onto some cardstock.
Then I thought I would add some patterned tissue paper.
I left a couple of white cardstock areas clear...
then on with some blue and peacock feathers DI..I love this colour!
Then I stenciled some grunge paste through a harlequin mask
(another favourite of mine)
and coloured it again with DI.
I really liked how it looked and let it sit for a day untouched...
just because I liked it just as it was.

Suddenly I remembered that I hadn't actually done any stamping yet...
and seeing as it is a stamping challenge at FSC I reluctantly added some swirls.
I finished it off with stamping and masking some butterflies, cut them out
and mounted them onto black cardstock and just cut around the inside...leaving the edges black.
I attached these along with a lovely cut out from some graphic 45 paper.

Oh, and I added a couple of butterflies onto the top corner to balance it all out.

I hope you enjoy this card as it was heaps of fun to make.
 
Flonz has a generous $20 voucher for the winner
along with the stampettes top pics, Saturday spotlights 
and the occasional guest designer who plays along with us. FSC is a busy place to be!

Please pop over to FSC and check out the awesomeness of the stampettes!!!!
They are amazingly creative people with some wonderful ideas.


Enjoy!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges ~