Jan 11, 2015

Let's Get the Party Started!

"Something New"
is our kick-start challenge for 2015
at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
I hope everyone has had a wonderful festive season and is recovering gradually
...I am doing 'boot-camp' and rowing whaleboats again, in training for the championships coming up in February (yep - I'm a sucker for punishment), so my old muscles are a little tender some days.
But I do love the competitiveness of it all and it is a great day out.

As for xmas, not even one new craft gadget did I get!!!
  • Luckily I had a couple of stamps that hadn't seen ink, so they were perfect for this challenge.  
  • A new technique.
  • And trying to master something that has had me stumped...forever!

- and so I had the ingredients for this challenge

My new stamps are the sentiments and net stamps which are from Kaszazz.

The new technique was inking a block with some distress ink,
spraying with a fine mist of water and applying it to cardstock.
An oldie, and simple I know, but I just had never got around to giving this a go!
And I loooove it!!! Quick, easy...and it gives some white space if you don't over-do the ink.
 (less is more)
Tip: you will have left-over droplets, so use them up on your piece.
- a bit like the wrinkle free technique.

And the dreaded cropodile...which I have had for years...
Guess what! I have finally learnt how to use it!
The trick here is to not over-squeeze it...
Scary stuff though as it is usually the last thing that you do, and if you muck it up 
then you have to start all over again.
~ so bravery and belief-in-myself is paramount.
(o.k. ~ my 'plan B' was to put some ribbon through the holes, or hot-glue them them on, to disguise any mishaps)

I hope you like my card.

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.

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


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges


Shirley Chillman said...

Beautiful make Dot and can't believe such a seasoned crafter as yourself has never done the inking on a block technique before. Anyways you mastered it perfectly and made me laugh into the bargain about your crop-a-dile saga. Hope your eyes are open now. x x Mine aren't because I am just off to bed, after a few hic hic's that is x x

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

Virginia Lu said...

Truly a work of art! Love the colors, splatter and layering! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Something New” Challenge!

Tracy said...

Good luck with the training Dot! I had to come over and see this one, it is so stunning, what a fab technique. ... going to give this a go for sure. Lol at your crop of dile antics ... great post. Xxxxx

Irene Chillman said...

Beautiful card Dot,glad to hear that you have finally got the hang of your cropodile.
Irene xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Fabulous Dot! I love your inky background,- I know it's an oldie, but I too have never used it before, - you seem to have mastered it perfectly! It almost looks like a Bister background. The stamps look great too, - a beautiful make!

Belated Happy New Year to you, hope it's not too hot!! I miss summer :o(

Mrs.B said...

Fabulous card Dot, I'm another one who hasn't used this inky technique before maybe now I will. Love the design and images.
Avril xx

Claire said...

Gorgeous results from your brave experiments with those new techniques Dot, beautiful stamping
Claire xx

Amanda said...

Lol Dot first time I'd tried the block technique too. Lovely summery card to brighten our days in all the current shocking weather.
Amanda x

Meggymay said...

Love your inky background, its a beautiful card.

Joan said...

Fabulous card Dot. I love the acrylic block technique,fab quick backgrounds, love all the splats and splatter too.


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brenda said...

A very quick visit Dot, we've had no internet since Saturday morning and sounds like it's going to be off again for server maintenance but just wanted to check on your latest makes and say hello.

B x

Chana said...

Hi, Dot,

Your project is awesome and is quite appropriate for our Block Party Challenge "1001 Techniiques" over at 613 Avenue Create! We hope you will play along with ius for the opportunity to win some amazing prizes. Hope to see you there.

Chana Malkah Harris, Owner
613 Avenue Create Challenge Blog

Silvia(Barnie) said...

That's an amazing card, fantastic details.

Esther said...

Ooh beautiful card Dot - and I've never done the inky block thing either !! I'm also still using an old fashioned eyelet setter and hammer..good for getting rid of stress ! Good luck wiht the training...Esther xx

butterfly said...

Just love your golden sunflowers, and the inked block effect is gorgeous! Thanks so much for playing along at Country View Challenges.
Alison xx