Feb 23, 2014

Summer Lovin'

"Anything Goes"
is the challenge this fortnight at FSC
which means you can just follow your heart and create 
anything that comes to mind.

For me...it is the drawing to an end of summer,
and for those of you up North ~ the sun is hopefully starting to pop through.
With promises of good things to come.
For me, this is a very relaxed style of card after what has been a very hectic few months.


My card is once again playing with the Wendy Vecchi waterclour
style of background...
and letting the pattern created guide what I make.
What came out was a contrast between a 
vintage style beach scene on one side...
and a light and airy, freer style of the other side represented with the flying gulls.

This is a one layer card using the ripping technique, stenciling  
and lots of masking.
And a little bleach on the water and the gulls to add some white.

The other thing that I have been up to lately,
and has been taking up a lot of my crafting time, is whaleboat rowing! 
Our boats have 5 rowers and 1 sweep which is a little different to the American style
 which has 10 people on the boat.
The Australian Whaleboat Championships were held over in Warrnambool last weekend.
I rowed for the women's team and "swept" (steered) for the mixed team.
And both teams won!!!
After nearly 2 months of training and a big weekend
I ended up totally stuffed and washed out...and a bit sunburnt!
So I really would like to share a pic of me steering the whaleboat,
I hope you don't mind...



 Turning the boat and looking for the finish line.


And me with 2 medals ~ just before I fell in an absolute heap!

Back to business!!!
The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on our 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 my card into the following challenges...

Feb 9, 2014

Carefree Days!

"Build It Up"
Using at least three stamps!
is the challenge this fortnight at FSC

The watercolour background, butterflies and casual image
give me the feeling of carefree and innocent summer days!
So if you are going through some rough weather right about now...
I hope this helps you think of what is on its way soon...



Wendy Vecchi was demo-ing the most gorgeous backgrounds at CHA
~ and I  just had to give it a go...
Ok, so maybe I don't quite have the new re-inkers (yet!)
and had to work out what the Australian version of what rubbing alcohol was...
but where there is a will there is a way!!!

My logic behind this background goes a little like this ~
I have no re-inkers...but what do we use re-inkers for?
For re-inking stamp pads with, of course!
So I swiped a little colour direct from the ink pad!
Next - rubbing alcohol!
I had no idea what this was, so friends on fb came up with 
an antiseptic called "Isocol"
which I found in the health section of the supermarket (near the band aids).

I am totally in love with this technique!!!
My tip is to follow the video as when I tried short cuts it just didn't work.
But the end results are just beautiful.

The main image is stamped...the kids masked 
and then the background inked and flicked with water.
The image is torn, and then I added a little bleach in some sections to tone down the colour and bring the white out to the edge.
The main image is a new one that I got from Art Journey called Precious Moments 
and the words are from a set called Nature Flowers
The butterflies are from a set called Just Butterflies from Chocolate Baroque.

A little flicking of gesso, some TH tape around the edge, a little freehand doodling for a border
 and there you have it.

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!



Feb 3, 2014

"It's a Man Thing"

"It's A Man Thing"
is the new theme at Vintage Stamping Challenges 
this month.

There are so many possibilities with this one...you could make a valentine's
card to your man, go sporty, cars, wild west or anything with a man in it would be fine.



When I saw this stamp set here I knew just what I was going to do.
LOTS OF MEN!
I think I used nearly every man in the set...but it was heaps of fun.

The colours I have kept with shaded bluey/greys...
everything I tried just didn't seem to look right. But I do like how the colours have come out.
Lots of masking, a little stenciling, some cracked UTEE, a little gold and of course
some hearts (because I love men!)
I think sometimes you just need to keep things simple so that the stamps can shine.

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 occassional spot prize
and there is always a top 3!

Enjoy