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Archive for April, 2013

A Time for Thanks

Thank You!

I am having fun again with my Ladies Diary papers,
a bit of ink, Flonz Craft stamps!!!
and lots of embellies…
A new month brings a new challenge at 
And this time around it is Thankyou
 I have made something just to dangle from a door knob 
or a cupboard door for someone special. I think I will give it to one of my friends just to show they are appreciated and thought of…

The stamps that I have used are 
and a swirl from the damask floral curves set.
The colours that I inked up to go with the papers were DI’s walnut stain with aged mahogany over the top…
I really like this combination, especially with the pink background.
The background cardstock is embossed and inked, sanded and inked some more.
Then the papers have been inked and layered up before adding the main image.
 The damask floral  stamp has just been lightly sprayed with water and stamped into the ink around the Gibson lady for a mottled effect.
The final touch was the little hearts which have been punched out of brown cardstock
and covered with glossy accents.

Flonz has a generous $20 prize for one lucky entrant
which can be spent on a huge range of goodies from his on-line store.
And they are cheap…so you can get heaps of them!
The Design Team have once again come up with some
outstanding examples of how to showcase these stamps…
so please be inspired
and come join in our fun at Vintage Stamping Challenges


I am entering this card into the following challenges ~

FSC goes all Sentimental…

is the new challenge at FSC this fortnight.
I have chosen a sentimental journey for my piece,
however you can of course use a sentiment/sayings if you  like.
We have the wonderfully talented  Suzanne from Suzanne’s Papercrafting joining us as a GD
so please pop on over and check out her work and leave a little love.

My thoughts on this went back to the olden days in the country with many days at my nana’s house
 playing with cousins, 
collecting chook eggs, 
playing family cricket games in the back paddock
and the family feasts!
I am from a small country town where we made our own fun
and enjoyed the wide open spaces… 
– the whole town was our backyard!
It is a time long since gone, but the memories are treasures.

This piece is a collage of different elements from those days
and has been made to be touched, with lots of bits and pieces.
The main image is a Crafty Individual’s stamp
stamped in archival ink on specialty paper as I wanted to have a strong back and white image
with muted sepia tones and a little pop of colour added as a backdrop to represent the past.
This is vintage in style, though it is very different to how I would usually do it.
 I enjoyed the journey
 and hope that you will come along and play with us this fortnight.
The stampettes have once again come up with some great inspiration to tempt you into playing along…
and 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.
I am entering this piece into the following challenges ~

~ Diva’s By Design – Butterflies and Birds (I have a butterflu and a chook!)
~ Clear It Out Challenge – Anything Goes…and buttons
~ Paulaholifieldcrafts – Anything Goes
~ The Artistic Stamper – Texture
~ Challenges 4 Everybody – Anything Goes

On Your Bike…

On Your Bike
My eldest boy turns 18 this week, and seeing as he loves motorbikes,
this card is for him.
He often jumps on the back of his dad’s bike and they spend many hours “cruising” around…
and he loves it.
I hope they don’t do mono’s like I did when I was around his age!!!
I remember hair raising bike rides along 
the Great Ocean Road (I would’ve enjoyed it more if I could take in the scenery
 without hanging on for dear life!
(that’s when I got very good at the leaning part of it)
~ and mono’s up the main street…
when boyfriends showed off to their mates 
with how far they could go on one wheel, with a passenger on the back!…
it just would’ve been good to have had some warning at the time lol

 The good ol’ days!

ummm…lucky to be alive still really!

This card is done with alcohol inks in the background
and a Darkroom Door stamp.
The words are hand done and the wheel embellie is from TH to add the mechanical element
that boys seem to love.
And a little distressing for atmosphere and to add a vintage feel!
I think the worst part of bike rides is trying to get the knots out of your hair afterwards..
Happy 18th Birthday Jake!
I am entering this card into the following challenges ~

Leibster Award!

I got a wonderful email recently from the wonderful Laura from Laurart who said she wanted to give me the Leibster Award. It was such a huge honour and I couldn’t believe that someone had thought of me! Thank you so much Laura!
About The Liebster Award

It is designed to be a blog award in the pay it forward fashion. Once
you’ve been nominated, you award it to five blogs that you like (that
have fewer than 200 followers) to encourage new visitors to visit these
blogs. If the award has been received already then the nominator can
elect another recipient blog.

Rules for Acceptance

Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog.
Post the award onto your blog. Give the award to five bloggers who you
appreciate that have fewer than 200 followers. Leave a comment on their
blog letting them know that you have given them this lovely award!

My nominations for the Liebster Award

My Bird Flying Free

These are some blogs that I have been following for some time.

There is something inspiring from each of these choices…I could only choose 5 and there are many others that could’ve been added. 
Please take the time to check out these amazing artists and spread the love.

A Journey into Journalling

Is the key word for our challenge at 
Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fornight.
Wow…the talented Kate Crane, from the Kathryn Wheel, is our guest designer with some
wonderful inspiration to get your creative juices flowing…
Welcome Kate!
Journaling is a great way to throw a heap of exciting and fun inking techniques together and create layers so that everything pops out at you. 
My piece isn’t from an actual journal (because I don’t have one…yet)
but that didn’t stop me from have heaps of fun and inky messiness!
It is from my heart and says a little about my story,
and that is what journalling is all about…

Here is my attempt to explain the process…
Firstly, I had to choose a background colour!
I had passion in my mind, so I think reds, oranges and yellow are good for this.
Then the fun starts…
I sprayed dylusional inks, followed up with some wrinkle free inking for the background.
Out came the stencils, a little ghosting, some spraying, a little packing plastic with paints, and more ink.
Somewhere in there I made a heart stencil and masked it before the colours got too dark
so that more depth could be created. 
I wanted some stenciling behind the mask and some in front.
The stamped words were next, going from light colours to red.
I think with journalling you need to create a border, so out with my leaf stamp
and a little archival black ink.
The words are a favourite saying of mine at the moment and are hand written,
cut out, and edged with a fine liner before adding more ink.
And finally I wanted to add a chain to dangle the heart from…
so I punched out some little hearts in red and added glossy accents.
Gee, that was all a little wordy, but that is journalling isn’t it?
Leo at Flonzcraft is offering a very generous $20 voucher
to spend in his store for the winner,
and 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 am entering this card into the following challenges ~