May 21, 2014

Happy Birthday!

This card was made for a good friend's birthday.
and I thought I would share it.


The main image is done on shiny card so it was a little hard to photograph.
I was going to add colour, but in the end I think it is just as effective in black and white, so that it how it stayed.

It is fun to just have a play with your stamps.

Enjoy!


I would like to enter this into the following challenges.

May 18, 2014

3D at FSC

"Spread Your Wings and Fly"

It is all about 3D this fortnight at FSC...
and you can 3D any object you like,
but it must be an object 
and it must have stamping on it, of course! 
The stamping must be the focal point of your creation.

This fortnight we have the super talented and so inspiring
Alison from Words and Pictures.
If you haven't found her blog yet, 
or just want to go browsing again, 
please pop on over and leave her some love...
it's a beautiful blog to visit.

We live is a 3D world and spend so much of our creative time putting our ideas down onto card.  
Well, not this fortnight. It's all about shaped items.
I went to the local bargain store and found a picture frame on sale ~ ~ for half price, and thought that will do!


before

It was pretty tacky - 
that's probably why they had reduced the price.
It was definitely in need of fixing up!


after


I decided not to colour the frame 
as I really wanted the picture in the middle to be the main focus.
Also, I thought that to add too much to the frame 
it would have been too cluttered
 and the image would have be lost.
Why is it so hard to keep it simple!




This gorgeous image (which I first saw used by Avril) has been a long time favourite of mine.
It always reminds me of Mia Farrow.
The image is totally feminine to me, seductive, quiet and tasteful with a touch of mystery.




To bring the butterflies from the image to the edge I simply used some distress stains on card
and spritzed some water, stamped the butterfly and cut it out.
There are 2 more at the bottom of the frame.

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!

May 9, 2014

"Bee My Honey"

"Potato Stamping"
is the theme at The Craft Stamper Take It, Make It challenge blog  this time around!



There are some great ideas in the June issue of the magazine and
on the Craft Stamper Blog - 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 overall winner will get published in Craft Stamper magazine!
AND: the Challenge winner will be offered a Guest Designer spot for an upcoming challenge!

I have a friend who has bees on his property and I was taken into the world of millions of bees one day.  
While checking for honey, I was surprised by how grungy
the busyness inside the hives looked. 
(it's not as pretty as what is in the jars on the supermarket shelves)
I was the helper who had to stand and hold the boards while he checked what was going on honey wise...and I needed to think "happy thoughts" while being covered in swarming bees 
- I was told that happy bees don't bite through the suits! 
That blew my idea of being safe inside those white suits.



The bee and drips stamps I bought after that experience.
But for some reason I haven't been able to find a stamp of honeycomb...so...I have made my own for this card!
I know it looks a little basic, but I think it is effective as part of the background for this one.
No photo of the potato stamp this time 
because I kind of squished it.

For the background I used my roller to apply the ink which give beautiful texture which came up surprisingly well with a little distress ink over the top.


Oh, and I wasn't bitten!

Enjoy!


I would like to enter this into the following challenges ~


May 5, 2014

"Love Birds"

Ribbons and Bows
is the new challenge at Vintage Stamping Challenge
for the month of May.

These may not be actual love birds on this Flonz stamp (found here), but they are snuggling up
so I am imagining that that is what they are.
And with Spring coming out up North 
it seemed like a nice romantic, cuddly
Spring thing to stamp.


I bought myself a brayer last year...which I have only used once (shame, and shaking my head)
~ so on a whim I thought it might be nice to play with it.
I love the textured look that some of the rolling produced
and was really surprised by how easy it was.
Why haven't I got into this before???

Keeping with the theme of romance, that was stuck in my head, 
I thought pinks were a pretty colour to use.
For the ribbon part of the challenge I have made a junk bow and placed a flower on it.
If you use your imagination, the junk bow is almost
like a nest!

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!



May 4, 2014

"Circles"

"Circles"
is the new theme this fortnight at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
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.

The globe, clocks, spotlighting and stencils
are just a few things that come to mind...

I've been quite taken with the Dina Wakely faces lately
so I decided to use one for this challenge...and add circles into the background for a bit of fun.


Loads of depth has been built up with the wrinkle-free technique and  using a circle stencil in the background.
Then stamping with lids of different sizes seemed to be a nice way to bring the circles forward.
There is even a little journalling of circles to accentuate the lines around the words. 
These lines are made using an old credit card...very handy!


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!

May 2, 2014

Potato Stamping

"Potato Stamping"
is the theme at The Craft Stamper Take It, Make It challenge blog  this time around!



There are some great ideas in the June issue of the magazine and
on the Craft Stamper Blog - 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 overall winner will get published in Craft Stamper magazine!
AND: the Challenge winner will be offered a Guest Designer spot for an upcoming challenge!

It was great fun to make my own stamp...which was a first for me!
The nearest thing to doing this was when
I was in grade 6 at primary school 
and I had to do lino-cutting for an art class.



The leaf in the background was made by me!
I think there has been many times when I've gone to use a leaf
in one of my designs and can never find quite the right one.
So I was able to make this one with just the right
amount of movement in it that I wanted.

I think the trick is to not think about it too much.
Just do it!
First just do a rough plan on some scrap paper, keep it simple
~ and go for it.



This is pic of the "stamp" that I made! Cool hey!
I found that by cutting off all the outside bits made the shape 
easier to see 
so that I could place it on the card.  
And it worked beautifully with both Adirondak inks and Distress inks.  
In the end I used DI's purely for a colour match with the green 
 DI background.
Just keep some paper toweling handy so that you can stamp off the excess ink 
and to help keep the stamp from being too wet.


If you pop on over to the Craft Stamper Blog you will see the challenge details 
and some more inspiring samples by the DT.