May 31, 2015

"You Are Always On My Mind"

"People"
Whether it is one person or many, this is the theme this fortnight at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

A few weeks ago I went to my first ever craft retreat...OMG, how much fun are these to go to!  There were over 40 ladies in one large room crafting away without a care in the world...crafting until we dropped. 
It is fair to say that I loved getting up and wandering over in my pj's and sitting down to craft, eat, craft, sleep, and craft all over again....
This is the card that I ended up with at the end of the first day.


Once again it uses some new background ideas that I picked up from Marjie Kemper's on-line Mixed Media class.
(yep - having a ball with thinking a little differently)

I have used a honey-comb stencil 3 ways - applying ink straight through the stencil; inking the stencil, spritzing water on it and 'stamping' with it; and 'stamping' using straight water on it.

Because there is a torn piece of paper on this, I have coloured the image on this with one of the colours from the background, and on the other half I have coloured with lifting the ink with water and also using a white gel pen.

It is a play-around card, but I liked how it turned out.

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 their creativity,
 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.

Stamping must be the focal point on your project!

I hope you enjoy my card.



I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
~ Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes


May 17, 2015

"Old Favourites"

"Old Favourites"
is the theme this fortnight at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

So seek out, dust off and share the love of one of your
most favourite stamps that hasn't been used for awhile...
and join the fun!!!


For this card I chose my trusty, and long forgotten, three men stamp.
And my also little used and forgotten background stamp with the french script.

The three men were stamped onto book paper and cut out.  
And the background is full of layers using lots and lots of ink, stencils and stamping (including the background stamp) before adding the men.

I have been doing an on-line course with Marjie Kemper, here,  because I think it is healthy to just refresh and gain new ideas...
plus it is a great thing to do when you have absolutely no way of actually getting to any of the workshops...
plus I looove the boldness of her colours with ink...

PLUS IT IS HEAPS OF FUN!!!


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 their creativity,
 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.

Stamping must be the focal point on your project!

I hope you enjoy my card.




May 14, 2015

"Play It Loud!"

My baby turns 18 this month...
boy, how the time flies!!!

Seeing as how he loves to play the guitar...
VERY LOUD...
I wanted to make a card for him that suits his passion 
and this is what I have come up with.
Lots of layers of distress inks helps!
I have been learning how to create even more depth with layers through Marjie Kemper's on-line classes, here...there is always something new to learn.




I have learnt...
to shut doors when it gets toooo loud...
to let him have his space...
to enjoy every minute of it...

Happy Birthday Scott!


sssh, this is him a couple of years ago playing on stage with a bass guitar at a school concert 
- only 2 days practice at using the bass and he says "how hard can it be...it only has 4 strings"




Enjoy!


I would like to enter this into the following challenges ~


May 3, 2015

"Things With Wings"

Things With Wings 
our the latest challenge at FSC this fortnight.

Oh my gosh...it was so difficult for me to settle into one idea for this challenge.
There were so many choices jumping into my mind, from dragonflies...to butterflies...to chooks...
and then I settles on birds ~ well one bird anyway!


This arch has been a favourite of mine for some time but I have never used it as a window before.  I have absolutely no idea why not because now it just seems like a real logical thing to do.

So then the background became a patchwork of bricks to create a wall to put the window in.  
More logic.

To age the brick wall - as you do as arches are old things - I just worked the ink here and there and added a splatter stamp for extra effect (it's subtle, but it's there).

And of course there is ivy...because when things are old nature takes over...
more logic.

Then I wondered what to look at outside of the window and decided on this swallow and nest from TH...again, some of my favourite stamps.

In hindsight, maybe I should've put some eggs in the nest...oh well, next time!