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Archive for April, 2014

“The Birds and the Bees”

My GD stint at the Artistic Stamper,
 is drawing to a close…but you can see all the details for it here.
For my final DT piece I have created
a card that is Spring inspired.  This time I’ve played with some gorgeous stamps
from the Botanical Plate 1 and given a pictorial step x step on the base masking.
Here is the teaser…

Thank you for stopping by and looking and I hope you are able to pop on over to 
and have a closer look…and maybe even leave a little love to say that you had been.

“Flying Things’

“Flying Things”
is the new challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges
this fortnight!

We especially need to see that the stamping 
is the focal point on the project 
and that this must follow the format of the theme.
I’ve been in a butterfly kind of mood lately so I thought I would
keep it going for this challenge.
The background here is pure inky fun!
After a little distress ink is added to the card, splotching some distress stains, I’ve stamped a nice rich
flourish in matching colours.  Then I’ve added a layer with some script and butterfly stamping in burgundy.
I’m not sure about you, but I find splotching ink sooo much fun!

The main panel is a Stamper’s Anonymous stamp on cream card with some
contrasting burgundy splotching.
The butterfly was stamped again, cut-out, coloured, glitzed and matted onto
burgundy cardstock.
To finish I’ve used a little twine and a heart fastened with some stapling.

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.


“A Roman Trilogy” – for the Artistic Stamper

“A Roman Trilogy”
is my latest Guest Design piece 
This is a set of 3 cards made around a roman theme.
It be honest, it was hard to stop at three, the stamps are so gorgeous and
there were so many designs running around my head.
Here is just a snippet of one of the cards…
The cards are now on show here.
One of the things that really impress me about Jennie at The Artistic Stamper
is the quick delivery of the stamps!
Here I am at the bottom of Australia,
there she is on the other side of the world
~ and it takes only 4 days for orders to arrive!!!  Every time!
It really is a small world isn’t it.
I hope you enjoy my little journey into roman times.
Please, pop on over and see the set, be inspired 
and see where your imagination takes you.

“Bottles – Part 2”

“Bottles” is the theme this month at
The team came up with some absolutely beautiful ideas 
for you last week, with so many different, creative ideas!
You can alter one, add a label, or even use a stamp of one…
as long as the humble bottle is your focal point.  
Seeing as we are a stamping challenge, then it must show some stamping of course.
My inspiration this time came from an ad on tv.
It showed bright butterflies flying out of a jar with a black background.  
Ok, it looks nothing like the ad on tv…but that is inspiration for you ~ it can come from anywhere and take you where ever!
The idea of butterflies and a jar was well and truly stuck in my head, so I added a face, sat a butterfly on her nose 
and one on the jar. 
To have a black background seemed a little harsh. 
(though, it would’ve looked great and really emphasised the colours…ummm).
 Instead I have opted for softer colours, then
lightened the colours on the jar itself so that it was the main focus.
 I decided to 3D the butterflies outside of the jar in contrast
to the colourless flat ones inside the jar and add some glitz,
so it looks like they are coming to life.
The background is a marbled look using ranger re-inkers and DI’s.
And finally, to ground the whole picture, I added some
grey swirls to the bottom corner.

When I look at this card I think of my son…and the doctor
who is treating his depression, and her husband
who has given him a job, lifted his spirits and given him confidence.
In a way he is the trapped butterfly that is set free
and the lady is the one who sets him free.
The butterfly on her nose is him stopping by to say thank you.

This is not the reason for making the card, 
but it is where it takes me when I look at it.
I think I will give it to her as a keepsake.

I wonder, what do you think of when you see this?

If you pop on over to the Craft Stamper Blog you will see the challenge details and some more inspiring samples by the DT.
Grab your inspiration from where ever you find it, and run with it
~ and then join in the fun…that is what it is all about.

“Vintage Girl”

“Anything Goes”
is the new challenge at Vintage Stamping Challenges this month.
Everyone loves an anything goes challenge! I sure do.
For this one I made a card with lots of ink and one of my 
all-time favourite Flonz stamps.
The background is the wrinkle-free technique using distress inks,
which was stamped with the Japanese blossom stamp, with a little bleach added to white out the blossom.
Some over-stamping using writing and crackles…
a little embossing which was sanded and inked up…
and a heart stencil placed behind the girl were all used to make this main panel.
Some layers, distressing, ribbon and lace finished it all off.
The one thing that I absolutely love about VSC 
is that I get to play at “pretty” and vintage cards. 
You don’t have to do this though, 
to join in you just have to have fun
and do what ever you like this time around.
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!