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Archive for March, 2014

“Splatter Fun”

Just Having a Bit of Fun
Sometimes we get so busy trying new things, and different techniques, that we don’t really know what it is that we actually love to do…
I have never really known what my style is, but I am just starting to
 discover what I love to do…and embrace it.
Ripping paper for a mask is one of the the things that I always love to play around with.
This card is one that I made just for fun.
The Darkroom Door stamp is so versatile and so pretty…
but I was in the mood for grunging it up a little,
so I splattered some ink and added the butterflies.
(Splattering ink is another thing that I’ve discovered that I love to do…and dripping it)
A little bleach on the words (yep…another fun thing) to bring in the white…
and some purple on the white to balance it all.
The red I thought would be a nice contrast, and it is just some barn door DI
water coloured onto the image.
Just for fun I submitted this to the Craft Stamper
and was so surprised when they wanted to feature it 
in the “Over To You” section!
For fun I would like to enter the following challenges ~


is the new challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges
this fortnight.
Sometimes when we think of silhouettes we think largish stamps with completely filled in solid shapes.
When I thought about this
(and realised that I didn’t have all that many of this style of stamp)
I thought that it can be any stamp with solid bits…not necessarily large shapes…as long as you don’t have to colour anything in.

If you use your imagination you could think of 
word stamps as a kind of silhouette…(well…maybe?)
and I used one of my favourites as my center piece.
The border around these words are made with a steel ruler
which had been run through an ink pad. 
Another clean shape!
The feather was a fairly solid shape so I used this along with the flower and a bird
which all had solid lines (with nothing to colour in!)
In fact, the beauty of using solid lines and shapes means
that you don’t need to worry about colouring at all…pretty cool hey!
For the background I used alcoholic inks and swiped specialty paper through it to give a great splash of colour against
 the blackness of the silhouettes.

I discovered this time that when you use white pen on specialty paper (and alcohol ink) it actually stays there…sometimes I have had to go back a re-do white dots when it is on other mediums – this was just a nice surprise that I wasn’t expecting.

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.
there are spotlights and a top 3 as well.



 Monoprinting with an acrylic block!
is this month’s theme at Take It, Make It for Craft Stamper
Your project can be anything at all, card, layout, 3D item etc, any theme or colour, 
Your print can be used as a background, or you could cut it up and use it in a different way!  Don’t forget, we also MUST have stamping on each entry as well, this is a Craft Stamper challenge after all!

My first DT sample, and first go at monoprinting,
was so much painty fun!!!

I have used a dark pink Viva Decor metallic paint with white gesso.
The sheen on this is gorgeous!!!
And the background has a little Pumpkin Fresco Finish paint in there too (but it is hidden behind the main piece).

The main panel is a scrap piece 
where I was just using up the left over paints 
– I liked this one because it has some areas of white in it.
The green is peeled paint DI using the ripped paper 
and water colouring techniques. 
And some dripping (just couldn’t help myself)…

The background had areas of white too but this time I went over it with walnut stain and black soot DI’s
This was the most surprising part ~ it made the monoprinting
turn into a crackle effect!!! I really loved this.

A little stamping on the background and some more painty fun with flicking paint everywhere…I was already messy with paint so I just kept going (so much fun!)

My stamps are from Art Journey.

Hop on over to the Craft Stamper Blog to see the challenge details and see more inspiring samples by the DT.
There is a limited edition paint set by Jo Firth Young to be won!


“A Rose By Any Other Name”

“Just For Me”
is the challenge this month at VSC…with the twist of making something for yourself.

I have gone with something that I just sit out and reflect on.
And because it is for me, I decided a single rose on a calming background would suit.
It is one that I can look at and feel at peace with. 

This card is meant to be uplifting,  It is a reminder to love yourself and stay positive…and trust in yourself.
The bird represents the journey that each of us are on and to not be afraid to go forth.
The sentiment is for grounding.
A little deep, but it is for me to reflect on after all…
It is subtle, but there is a heart behind the rose, found here
which I have accented with some charcoal.
There is a little bleach on the rose to act as a spotlight.
I decided to add the extra rose leaves to give a floating effect.

The background is a mixture of stamping with lids (from the toothpaste as this is a really nice size), stamping and splotches and a little ripping…
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 occasional spot prize
and there is always a top 3!

“Spring Rain”

Inspired by Water
is the theme this fortnight at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
We invite you to create absolutely anything to do with water, whether it be about the sea, 
a river, rainy days or even puddles!
I’ve done a few summery themes lately 
so I thought a change might be nice ~ so I have gone for raindrops…
and called it “Spring Rain”.
I have tried something that is new for me…
I stamped out the raindrops, scanned the image, cropped one of the drops, 
put it onto a word doc and increased it’s size.
Then printed it onto some card that had been distressed with Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough
 and Pine Needles…then smooched and dabbed it until I was happy with it.
Next I made a mask and stamped this gorgeous girl inside it,
and masked it again and stamped the flower…
yes, and masked it again and stamped the raindrops…and then the flowers behind.
I hope that all makes sense lol.
The flowers were then bleached. And the raindrops treated to a little dimension magic!
The stamps are by Ryn and the Artistic Stamper.
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 enter this card into the following challenges ~
~ Crafting for all Seasons – Spring
~ Red Rubber Inspirationals- Stamp Your Own Background