Mar 29, 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!

Enjoy!


For fun I would like to enter the following challenges ~

Mar 23, 2014

"Silhouettes"

"Silhouettes"
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.



Enjoy!

Mar 14, 2014

"Monoprinting"


 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, 
AS LONG AS YOU HAVE USED THE MONOPRINTING WITH AN ACRYLIC BLOCK TECHNIQUE ON THERE SOMEWHERE!
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!


Enjoy!

Mar 10, 2014

"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!

Enjoy!



Mar 9, 2014

"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.

Enjoy!


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges ~
~ Crafting for all Seasons - Spring
~ Red Rubber Inspirationals- Stamp Your Own Background

Mar 3, 2014

Exciting News!

OMG...
Just a quick post because I am toooo excited to think!
After happy dancing around the house on my own, with the kids thinking that I am crazy
 ~ and keeping things quiet...
I am so proud to announce that I am now on the Craft Stamper Take It Make It Design Team, 2014!
along with 8 other ladies.
Geradine Carruthers - http://gers-blog.blogspot.co.uk/
Nataliya (aka Frau_Muller) - http://fraumuller.blogspot.co.uk/

I am looking forward to the adventure that lies ahead.
Wish me luck!!!

Deep Breath

No...back to happy dancing!!!




Mar 2, 2014

Vintage Babe at the Beach

"In The Holiday Spirit"
is the theme this month at Fashionable Stamping Challenges...
due to xmas being so close, this challenge will run for a whole month
without the pressure of xmas being in the way.
Remember, if you have a crafting moment or two...
and need to just unwind...
you can enter up to 3 times.

My piece this time around made me think of my holidays that 
start in a couple of weeks (6 weeks off woooohoooo).
As it is Summer here, the natural choice was to 
create a beach scene. 
I only live one block from the sea so a lot of my
holidays are spent sun baking and walking at the beach
~ and coffee-ing with friends at the beach-side cafes.


Picking the scene was the easy bit...with summer and holidays nearly here...
and this gorgeous stamp that I bought recently.
Then I came across a brilliant tutorial here by Leandra at PaperArtsy!
The rest just fell into place as I went along.

I have all these Fresco Finish paints, but haven't really used them all that much
~ so it was a great opportunity to just have a play.
And I absolutely love the vintage feel that the crackle background gives.

I still struggle with the embellishment side of things.
And admire those that use them so skillfully!
I went with adding more seagulls that extend the edges
 and just a little frantage (something else that I don't use all that much)
to add a pop of white to blend in the white seagulls.
I know what you are thinking...and I thought the same afterwards...
but the frantage does remind me of something else.
That's just part of summer too I guess!

Thanks Kaye for passing on the shells to me rather than throwing them out.
They finished this off so well.

There you have it...a relaxed beach scene, Dot's style!

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.

Enjoy!


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges ~