Jul 27, 2014

"Child's Play" at FSC

Child's Play 
is the new challenge at FSC this fortnight!

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!

Childhood is so different these days compared to how it was 
when I was little.  But I am sure that the kids of today will end up with many happy memories as they grow older.
For me, life was an adventure...everyday.
~ lots of exploring, playing cowboys and indians with my brother, yonny wars with the neighbours, neighbourhood concerts, swimming, taddy-ing, jungles, bonfires, bike-riding, go-karts 
~ the list goes on and on.
I don't think I was a tom-boy (though the block was mainly boys) because my dolls had the whole linen cupboard as their home...with many stories to live in.
Some really nice memories :)



I didn't realise how few child stamps that I had.  
Maybe because my kids are old teenagers now so it isn't really on my radar anymore.
So I have made do with a stamp that I do have.

There are a couple of first's in this make for me:
this is my first go at using a dictionary page with my stamps...
and it is most definitely something I will do again!
The main stamp is from Art Journey 
and I have just cut part of the stamped image out from the whole thing.
I figured that it is just another way of using our stamps.
In hindsight, I would add some shading around the image...so I'll do that next time.
And I've added a few ladybirds for embellies...just because it was one of my favourite bugs. It was always a special day when you found one under a leaf (true!) - plus it's a nice change from butterflies.

The background is a happy accident (is that a kind of a first?)
which I wont go into just yet as it it something that I really want to take a step further.  

So, go ahead, remember your youth, and see what you can bring to life with this challenge :)

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!




Jul 14, 2014

OMG - I'm 200 posts old...



"Time for Wine"

 I'm feeling excited and a little mind-boggled to think that I have made 200 cards and shared them across blogworld for all to see.

I really would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has taken time in their day to visit my blog from all over the world...and have give advice, guidance and encouragement...shared some pretty amazing and awesome comments...and have been friends in ways you can't imagine.

It seemed fitting to celebrate my 200th post with a celebratory glass of wine! (I know...any excuse lol)



This card was made for a friend's birthday...
it has a touch of the Mediterranean and was made for a fiery Italian 
 who loves his vegie garden and a nice drop of wine.
I love the bleach blocking technique from recent cards that I have made and thought it would have a perfect effect for this project.
 I wanted the colours to be rich and natural.
Some reverse stenciling, some subtle water colouring with DI's of the leaves, grapes and wine...and that is it.

To help celebrate my 200th post I would like to show you 2 things...
firstly, the first card I ever posted 3 1/2 years ago!
I remember making it for my niece Emma's birthday.
It does have a little ink, but not much (I guess you have to start somewhere)...this was the first stamp that I bought and I kind of thought I might get into Tilda cards.



and secondly, some fun that I had recently when I was playing around with YouTube...these are some of my cards over the last 6 months that I really like. It was heaps of fun to put together ~ and I hope you enjoy it too.





It has been, and still is, an incredible journey...with surprise twists and turns
and so many new things to learn. 
It was fun (and scary!) to look back ~ but good for the soul.

Jul 13, 2014

"Dreaming of Summer"

'Dreaming of Summer'

I hope that where ever you are in the world that the sun is shining.
Up North you have Summer
and down here ~ well, Summer is on our minds...

At FSC we thought that where ever you are, you might like to join us in celebrating Summer ~ the heat, holidays, chips at the beach, long lazy days, beach walks, swimming...and a nice cold beer maybe.

The stamping must be the focal point of your creation...and follow the theme and you are win with a chance of winning!

Because I live near the sea...Summer means lazy days at the beach.
So I have made a card this time around that reflects the carefree
fun of a day at the beach.


The background is made with Archival re-inkers and DI's,
and a little stamping.
The main panel was fun too...I used re-inkers and a straw!
I would've loved one of the new air things from Tim Holtz, but I haven't got one - yet.
The main image is from Crafty Individuals.

I hope that you see the fun of Summer in this.

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,

Jul 11, 2014

"The Hippy In Me"

Embossing Powder Resist
is the challenge at the Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Challenge blog this month.
All you need to do is heat emboss an image/design onto the project, then colour over the top with inks/watercolour paints.
The embossing powder will resist the inks etc, and show through.
This could be for the focal point to your project, or be part of the background.
Real stamping needs to be included as well (in case you doodled with an embossing pen for your resist rather than stamped).

My idea this time around was to instead of having the white of the card showing through, that I would have some bright colours showing. 



What people may not realise is that I always start my cards with just white cardstock.
A total blank canvas, so to speak, each time.
 
On this one I have coloured up the background with a variety of bright colours then clear embossed this Indigo Blue 'Juliet' stamp.
I did this 3 times because I kept stuffing it up...don't ask...lol

I  have used WOW embossing powder and -wow- what a difference! 
Because it is a super fine powder the detail of the stamp shows up much better.  
And you can win some if you are the winner of this challenge!!!

Next came the fun part!
I just swiped black ink straight across the whole image.
I used the edge of the ink pad to extend the black out the back and then added a flourish stamp to give the impression of hair flowing.

To finish I just added some extra flowers and butterflies and then layered the main panel on some extra bright panel that I had inked up.
And that is it!



There are some great ideas in the August 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!
Oh, and don't forget to link your work back to the Craft Stamper.


Enjoy!

I would like to enter this in the following challenges ~

Jul 4, 2014

"The Aussie Outback"

Embossing Powder Resist
is the new challenge at the Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Challenge blog this month.
All you need to do is heat emboss an image/design onto the project, then colour over the top with inks/watercolour paints.
The embossing powder will resist the inks etc, and show through.
This could be for the focal point to your project, or be part of the background.
Real stamping needs to be included as well (in case you doodled with an embossing pen for your resist rather than stamped).


I couldn't resist using my new Darkroom Door stamp for this challenge with some gum leaves to create a typical outback scene.

The front panel is a one-layer piece using lots of masking.
The leaves were inked, embossed and masked one at a time
onto white card before adding the scene behind it.
Then I added the distress ink!

What I really loved about making a card this way is that I didn't need to be fussy with the inking.
Usually when you stamp an image you have to be so careful with what ink you use with your inks in case the ink runs...and be very careful with the colouring 
~ with this technique there is no running! Easy...

Because the embossing is so shiny it was difficult to get a good picture of this one.



There are some great ideas in the August 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!
Oh, and don't forget to link your work back to the Craft Stamper.

Enjoy!


I would like to enter this into the following challenges ~