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“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.

“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.


I would like to enter this in ~

“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.

I am entering this into the Art Journey “Sun” challenge.

“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!