Dec 20, 2014

'What a Year'

2014...and the journey continues...

It is that time of year again when I do a wrap up of the year that was ~ and it sure has been one of the most challenging and inspiring years for me.

I started with my 'skates on' as a guest designer 
for 'The Artistic Stamper' in England...
which was absolutely mind-boggling as I couldn't be further away from England if I tried, blogging is a wonderful thing!

Then I joined in the fun with the on-line design team
for 'The Craft Stamper' magazine...and learnt so much from an incredibly talented group of girls...

My amazing journey with Fashionable Stamping Challenges (love you girls to the moon and back) continues, and grows.  They were the first to ever take a chance on me...
and for that I am (and always will be) forever grateful.

I also made the decision to become a consultant for Kaszazz, a 100% Australian owned and operated card/scrapbooking company - and look forward to the adventure that that will be.

And I have finished the year off with being invited to be a designer for an Australian card making magazine 
(that one took me by surprise!), 
for an issue due out next year...heaps of pressure!!! 
but boy, it was soooo much fun!!!  And now I learn patience :(

And I would do all of it again in a heart-beat.

When I make cards I pretty much just do my own thing.
I still don't know what my 'style' is, but being inky and creative is still the best fun!
It is also around this time of year when I show pics of my top 5 favourite cards that I have designed this year...so here they are...




This one was made after doing Kate Crane's 'Journal Soup 2'
- and playing with 'doodling' some more.







This one is using Wendy Vecchi's special background technique.






Bleach Blocking technique.






Just some carefree Summer fun!






And I just like the message on this one...



ummmm....I wonder what next year will bring???

A huge thank you to those of you who believe in me, inspire me, teach me, support me 
and share the love each time you stop by.
Feeling blessed :)


From me and mine, to you and yours, 
I wish you all a very safe Christmas.And bring on 2015!!!

Enjoy!



I am joining in the fun at A Scrapjourney:My Favourite 5 of 2014

Dec 14, 2014

"Things are HOT at FSC!"


Heat It Up!!!
That's right...it's heat gun time
And it is our last challenge for the year.  This one will run for a month so that we can all enjoy the season, friends and family.  We look forward to seeing you again in 2015!

On with the challenge ~
there are so many things that you can use your heat gun for, and
if you are like me you probably use one with just about every project that you work on, without even thinking twice about it.

I know that it is a busy time of year, but if you need a break from the maddening crowd...and feel like a little crafty play...
then this is a nice easy challenge for you!

For this challenge I have decided to make just one more chrissy card.  I was quite taken with the idea of creating a vintagey bauble that looked real...and this is what I have come up with.


Firstly, for the background I have clear embossed some snowflakes
- heat gunned it!

Then I wrinkle free distressed it
- heat gunned it!

The small bauble (with Santa) is triple clear embossed
- heat gunned it!

The Santa image was heat-set before the embossing
- heat gunned it!

And to finish off, I randomly added some silver embossing powder on the edge of the card and bauble
- heat gunned it!

I'm starting to feel a little like 'Annie Get Your Gun' lol.

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.

Remember, stamping must be the focal point of your creation...and then just follow the theme and you are win with a chance of winning!


Enjoy!

  I would also like to thank you all for some pretty awesome comments left on my blog this year ~ you have given me encouragement and support in ways that I can't explain ~ and thank you also for taking the time to follow my blog. 
 A few people have decided to move on from here so I really do appreciate those of you who have stayed.  And a big thank you to those of you who are new to my journey...
you never know what is ahead ;)
Thank you!

...and a very Merry Xmas from me and mine
to you and yours!!!






Nov 16, 2014

Christmas Tag

It is 'Christmas Tag' time
at FSC this fortnight.

Everyone is in full swing with their xmas cards and there are some gorgeous cards all over blogland!!!
Me...I'm a little slow to get going this year (again)
and the chance to make a xmas tag really was very welcome here!


This tag has a marbled distress paint background and some 2nd generation stamping of snowflakes from Kaszazz. This Stampendous angel has been...slowly...cut out and water coloured with distress inks.  Then I decided to add some feathers to the back of her to give her that 'high in the sky' feel.

The rest is just some holly and doves and a sentiment stamped onto some ribbon that has some distress ink added to it so that it blends in with the card.
A tip with this - use Staz-on ink for this (the others run a bit).

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,

Nov 9, 2014

'War'

'War'

This card started out to be for Remembrance Day..
I have had this Band of Soldiers stamp (from Deep Red) for a little while...and the idea was to stamp it all in black and white,
ghost the Australian flag behind it and put a few pops of red with poppies in the foreground.

What happened is something completely different!!!
I wanted to show the power of war.
It isn't pretty.

I have a deep respect and gratitude for those that fight to keep us safe.
You are all heroes.



For those that have made the ultimate sacrifice....
"Lest We Forget"



Nov 2, 2014

'Unleash Your Inner Animal'

It is all about "Animals"
at Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight...
 be it wild or domestic!
For me I have unleashed my inner beast!!!  And had a wild time making this card.
You can probably tell that from the 'cheeky' fun that I had by adding a beast of the human kind...I know, it is the little things that amuse me sometimes lol.

But seriously,
the power of this card, for me, lies squarely with the tiger...and IRL he is magnetizing.


The tiger and fern are Kaszazz stamps
and the lion and giraffe are from I Brake for Stamps.
I can't remember where the man is from...

For the background I have used bleach blocking and spritzing.
Then I stamped the tiger with carnation red archival ink and lifted some of the DI off to increase his awesomeness.

The giraffe and lion were made by swiping the card through the DI's and water on the craft mat. 
I sprinkled some sea salt, and then drowned it some more, 
which had left some interesting splotches that I really liked. Then it was a matter of stamping in just the right places to capture the splotchy detail and to cut the images out.

OMG, when I went down to buy some sea salt...there were two types to pick from! Ionized and natural.  I don't even know what ionized means, so I bought the natural one.  Goodness me!

To finish, all the eyes have white marker on them to bring the animals to life.


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.

Remember, stamping must be the focal point of your creation...and then just follow the theme and you are win with a chance of winning!


Enjoy!



Oct 19, 2014

'And the Weather is...Perfect!'

'Weather Forecast'
Is the new challenge, this fortnight, at FSC.

And the weather is perfect!
A balmy Summer's day at dusk, with the sun going down, 
the night clouds gently rolling in,
no wind...no rain...
Peaceful...
Perfect!


We have a small, seaside town just 10 mins down the road which we
affectionately call 'The Wong' and each time I look at this card
it reminds me of it.

I have kept this card pretty simple using different stamps from all over the place.
Not even any masking...just 'pot luck' with random stamping.
Also it is one-layer.

And another card for my 'male card' collection - and that's a bonus!

For the background I have again used Bister 
as I am still enjoying these paints and what you can do with them.
I did experiment with some other backgrounds, but I liked this one the best.
And for those of you who might be wondering,
I have coloured the border using Bister and water mixed together on my craft sheet.

Our challenge this fortnight is to depict the weather somehow...
From rain or snow, to soaring heat...and anything in between.

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.

Remember, stamping must be the focal point of your creation...and then just follow the theme and you are win with a chance of winning!


Enjoy!


Oct 5, 2014

'Anything Goes at FSC'

It is Anything Goes 
this time around at FSC!!!
Remember, stamping must be the focal point of your creation...and then just follow the theme and you are win with a chance of winning!

Is anyone else taking part in Kate Crane's 
Journal Soup 2 online class?
I have always struggled with journaling, but I looove seeing what everyone else makes.
Kate has a way of making it sound so 'do-able'.
So this time I've decided to dive right in and put my own spin on it.
And, Woohoo...this is what I have made.



I must admit that I feel a little clever journal souping and making these owls.
And I will definitely be making more!!!

I made one just for the hell of it...then, after a few hours, I thought that I would make another one a little smaller.
Then the next morning I thought - everything needs it be in threes
so I made another one.

The owls are made the 'Journal Soup' way.

The background has been made with Bister and DI, and there is heaps of stamping and doodling in the background...oh, and a little bleach too.

The thing with doodling is that it is hard to know when to stop!
That is the fun of the whole thing...


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,

Oct 4, 2014

'The Dark Side'

The Dark Side
Today I'm sharing a card that I made this morning.
We don't really have Halloween here in Australia,
but I couldn't help but be inspired by some of the beautiful cards in blogland at the moment so I thought that I would join in.


I have made a quick background using black bister and added some light blue DI over the top to lighten it a little.
The images are just masked and a little bleach added for
that ghostly appearance of the skulls.

Enjoy?

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

Sep 21, 2014

"Trees with Autumn Colours" at FSC

'Trees with Autumn Colours'
is the new challenge this fortnight at FSC.
Remember, stamping must be the focal point of your creation...and then just follow the theme and you are win with a chance of winning!

For this card I have used a Unity stamp which I thought went beautifully with a tree stripped bare by the autumnal winds.



This card has been kept quite simple as it is more about the feeling of enjoying the breeze and embracing the season.
I quite like the simplicity and the calming feeling of peace that it brings.

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,

Sep 13, 2014

"Just a little bit Gothic"

'Just a Little Bit Gothic'
Mum...can you please make me a card?
was the request from my eldest son this week

He has a new girlfriend and really wanted to impress her...
so my instructions were that it had to have black roses and be purple.

ummm....
so I channeled my inner goth and came up with this.


Three of my favourite stamps at the moment are in this...
The arch is from The Artist Stamper, the girl from Art Journey
and the moon from 100 Proof Press (this is new and I am loving it already!!!)

The rose I just came across in my stash and I didn't even realise that I had it...but I quite like this one as it has good movement.

And the good news is that she loooved her card!
Bonus points for my son I think lol.

Enjoy!

I would like to enter this into the following challenge~

Sep 7, 2014

'Fashion' at FSC

"Fashion"
is the new challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
Remember, stamping must be the focal point of your creation...and then just follow the theme and you are win with a chance of winning!

With Fashion comes a little attitude...
(as it should)
 which you need to carry off the style.
And these girls from Darkroom Door sure have loads of style and attitude!


They are from the set, 
'Just my Style'.
Goodness, to have their figures would be awesome!
(dream on Dot)

Each time I looked at these lovely ladies I thought that they looked so classy and stylish - so the background needed a richness and attitude to match.

Then came the girls...
when I went to add colour to them I was stuck!
In the end I decided to stay with white and I water-coloured a little DI black soot 
(very watered down to create a soft grey) 
- to take off the starkness.
And a little copic magic for the skin tones.

 To finish off I simply added a touch of sparkle to each gal 
(the necklace, the hat and buttons, and on the belt and bow) 
and on some of the diamonds.

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,

Sep 6, 2014

'Bottles in a Row"

"Bottles in a Row'

I've seen so many beautiful cards around blogland that use bottle stamps lately,
but I didn't own any.  
Then Shirley, from FSC, showed me some gorgeous bottle stamps by Inkadinkadoo via Skype...
(which was so handy because I got to see their actual size)

I saw what Shirley made with the same stamp and it looks absolutely nothing like mine!  I think I need to practice embracing 'pretty' some more... 



This card uses a lot of my favourite techniques...and some new ones. like
 bleach blocking,
a little dylusions dripping (I think I am getting addicted to this),
stamping on text
and a little doodling.

It is just a muck around card that was heaps of fun to make 
and I love it just the same.
  


Enjoy!

Aug 31, 2014

"Playing Around"

"Playing Around"

Male cards are sometimes a little tricky.
My boys' asked if I would make a birthday card for their dad.
I don't know about you, but going from feminine to male is like you need to flick a switch in your head and do a complete 'about-turn', mentally. 



Everything on this card is new. 
The background is playing with Bister, and the stamps are...well...don't we all just get new stamps?

What is the first thing that you do when your Bister arrives?
PLAY...(of course).
I have seen so many amazing cards made using Bister and could not resist getting some in.

This card is using the Mahogany colour and is on shiny cardstock.
Using it on shiny card is my favourite way to use these powdered paints and the colour is so vibrant...

The thing for me to embrace with Bister is that
'Less is More"
It really does go a long way...and I found that some really nice effects can come from using just a little of it.
You just need to have heaps of cardstock and time to play!

I have used a little bleach to some of the splotchy areas to help the spots stand out more.


Aug 24, 2014

"A Birthday Card for Someone Special"

"A Birthday Card for Someone Special"
is the new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges!
Remember, stamping must be the focal point of your creation...then just and follow the theme and you are win with a chance of winning!

I picked this theme...only because it is my birthday soon (sssh)
Seeing as though you don't usually make a card for yourself though,
I have chosen to make one for my mum instead.



She can't grow plants for nuts - she plants them and then the rest is up to them if they survive or not ~ so every year she has to put in some new plants to replace the ones that didn't make it.

But she does love roses so I made a card with a single rose 
just for her.

She doesn't like any fancy cards...so I have kept this one pretty simple.
Though I did have a little fun with some grunge paste around the edges.  It is applied randomly, then coloured with DI and swiped over with the ink pad  (my new favourite thing to do). 

A little background stamping...and there you have it!
And now to hide it until her birthday.

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!


I would like to enter this in ~

Aug 13, 2014

"Summer Days"

Summer Days
is the new challenge at Vintage Stamping Challenges
for the month of August.

We are a stamping challenge so combining that with some flowers
will qualify you for this challenge.



This gorgeous stamp of the boys heading off for a fishing trip with their dog can be found here.

I thought that I would move away from the beach a little for this summer make...and head for the river!
(you can't see it, they are still on their way there)

This to me is summer all over!
Relaxation, the hot sun beating down and boys heading out to catch fish, with their dog.
Yep, you just gotta love that caveman urge of their's to catch a fish for us!


I hope you take the time to pop over to 
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 occasional spot prize
and there is always a top 3!


"Celebrate the Sun"

"Celebrate the Sun"
is a card that that I have made just for fun!

Part of the fun was with a brayer yesterday...
and it was crying out for a silhouette!


Winter is coming to and end....slowly!
and thoughts of Summer are starting to enter my head (bring it on!!!)  
o.k. so we have Spring first, but at least it wont be so cold.
Isn't it funny how whatever season we are in our thoughts often go to another one?

The background is made using Wendy's Archival colours
and brayered lavishly.
Then these gorgeous Art Journey stamps 
just seemed so 'right' for the background.

Enjoy!



I am entering this into the Art Journey "Sun" challenge.


Aug 8, 2014

"Cherish Every Child"

Favourite Technique Challenge

Craft Stamper have a new challenge this month...
you can choose ANY technique, by ANY designer and from ANY issue of the Craft Stamper for 2014!
So that is probably well over a 100 projects to choose from.

The hard part is probably choosing one!
Then, when you enter you need to state what technique you are using, 
who the designer is 
and what issue of the magazine it is in.


And, of course...there must be stamping of some kind on your project 


~ we are a stamping magazine after all.

My choice this time is the Bleach Blocking technique
which was shown to us in the July issue by Hels Sheridan.
Just make sure you use a clean blending tool pad to spray the water onto so that it does come out onto your background.


This has fast become one of my favourite techniques to use.
It is simple, yet effective.  It adds so much depth to a card without having to be too clever! 

There was no plan to this really, but I started with green...only
because I haven't made a green card for ages. 
Then the image (one of my earliest stamps from Crafty Individuals) seemed to fit the mood of the colours. 

Still no plan.

And that is when my mind (or the card?) took me on a bit of a trip.
 I couldn't help but think of all the bad things going on around the world at the moment and how it is really impacting on the children.
So from that came the words and the hearts...with some grounding.
Strange how sometimes, if you let it, the card can take you on unexpected journeys...and you end up in places quite unexpected.
(The world is still a positive place)


The girls have come up with some amazing inspiration for you to check out 
so please follow the links on the Craft Stamper blog to see the fun they have had.
There is also some great ideas out in the August issue of the magazine - with awesome prizes to be won!
PLUS:  The Design Team will have a look at all your gorgeous work and choose their top 3...and the the overall winner will get published in Craft Stamper magazine!
AND: the Challenge winner will be offered a Guest Designer spot for an upcoming challenge!

Enjoy!

Aug 2, 2014

Craft Stamper Favourite Technique

Favourite Technique Challenge

Craft Stamper have a new challenge this month...
you can choose ANY technique, by ANY designer and from ANY issue of the Craft Stamper for 2014!
So that is probably well over a 100 projects to choose from.

The hard part is probably choosing one!
Then, when you enter you need to state what technique you are using, 
who the designer is 
and what issue of the magazine it is in.

And, of course...there must be stamping of some kind on your project 
~ we are a stamping magazine after all.

My choice this week is "Around the House: Clean Up"
by Birgit Koopsen in the February issue.


There were so many things that drew me to this technique...
Dylusions Inks for one
and stamping with household items, which is always heaps of fun.
The instructions were super easy to follow.

I added some extra Dylusions ink to the background by using the dropper to add lines of colour.
When this ink is dry, you can add other colours on top and they take on a life of their own...
the effects are amazing!

The household items that I used were all from my bathroom: a bath plug, a lipstick lid, an eye-liner lid and a shower scrunchy thingy.
And an old out-dated credit card to add the white accents at the end.

The main image is a brand new stamp by Inkadinkadoo...
and I thought it was appropriate because it is a flower in a bottle 
(it kind of fits the re-cycling theme).


The girls have come up with some amazing inspiration for you to check out 
so please follow the links on the Craft Stamper to see the fun they have had.
There is also some great ideas out in the August issue of the magazine - with awesome prizes to be won!
PLUS:  The Design Team will have a look at all your gorgeous work and choose their top 3...a The nd the overall winner will get published in Craft Stamper magazine!
AND: the Challenge winner will be offered a Guest Designer spot for an upcoming challenge!

Enjoy!

Jul 27, 2014

"Child's Play" at FSC

Child's Play 
is the new challenge at FSC this fortnight!

Remember, stamping must be the focal point of your creation...then just and follow the theme and you are win with a chance of winning!

Childhood is so different these days compared to how it was 
when I was little.  But I am sure that the kids of today will end up with many happy memories as they grow older.
For me, life was an adventure...everyday.
~ lots of exploring, playing cowboys and indians with my brother, yonny wars with the neighbours, neighbourhood concerts, swimming, taddy-ing, jungles, bonfires, bike-riding, go-karts 
~ the list goes on and on.
I don't think I was a tom-boy (though the block was mainly boys) because my dolls had the whole linen cupboard as their home...with many stories to live in.
Some really nice memories :)



I didn't realise how few child stamps that I had.  
Maybe because my kids are old teenagers now so it isn't really on my radar anymore.
So I have made do with a stamp that I do have.

There are a couple of first's in this make for me:
this is my first go at using a dictionary page with my stamps...
and it is most definitely something I will do again!
The main stamp is from Art Journey 
and I have just cut part of the stamped image out from the whole thing.
I figured that it is just another way of using our stamps.
In hindsight, I would add some shading around the image...so I'll do that next time.
And I've added a few ladybirds for embellies...just because it was one of my favourite bugs. It was always a special day when you found one under a leaf (true!) - plus it's a nice change from butterflies.

The background is a happy accident (is that a kind of a first?)
which I wont go into just yet as it it something that I really want to take a step further.  

So, go ahead, remember your youth, and see what you can bring to life with this challenge :)

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!




Jul 14, 2014

OMG - I'm 200 posts old...



"Time for Wine"

 I'm feeling excited and a little mind-boggled to think that I have made 200 cards and shared them across blogworld for all to see.

I really would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has taken time in their day to visit my blog from all over the world...and have give advice, guidance and encouragement...shared some pretty amazing and awesome comments...and have been friends in ways you can't imagine.

It seemed fitting to celebrate my 200th post with a celebratory glass of wine! (I know...any excuse lol)



This card was made for a friend's birthday...
it has a touch of the Mediterranean and was made for a fiery Italian 
 who loves his vegie garden and a nice drop of wine.
I love the bleach blocking technique from recent cards that I have made and thought it would have a perfect effect for this project.
 I wanted the colours to be rich and natural.
Some reverse stenciling, some subtle water colouring with DI's of the leaves, grapes and wine...and that is it.

To help celebrate my 200th post I would like to show you 2 things...
firstly, the first card I ever posted 3 1/2 years ago!
I remember making it for my niece Emma's birthday.
It does have a little ink, but not much (I guess you have to start somewhere)...this was the first stamp that I bought and I kind of thought I might get into Tilda cards.



and secondly, some fun that I had recently when I was playing around with YouTube...these are some of my cards over the last 6 months that I really like. It was heaps of fun to put together ~ and I hope you enjoy it too.





It has been, and still is, an incredible journey...with surprise twists and turns
and so many new things to learn. 
It was fun (and scary!) to look back ~ but good for the soul.