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Archive for May, 2016

Hello! How do you do!!!

Here at Visible Image we love all things
(and me…I just love everything Johnny Depp as well)
So to celebrate the release of the new move 
‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’
(with Johnny Depp in it)
we have some MAD offers on our Wonderland character stamps.
There is a massive 45% OFF when you buy all six sets.
And a fantastic 25% OFF when you buy them individually.
These prices are madder than a Mad Hatter’s tea party.

The piece that I made to share with you uses the

Alice Through the Looking Glass is released here in Australia
on May 26th!
Johnny Depp!!! Just saying…one more time…

Visible Image have a wonderful range of fun stamps to choose from that are modern and quirky around this theme.  With some great sayings to go with them.  

Pretty Filly

is a beautiful filly stamp by Stampendous!
I wanted to create something that looked natural
and helped to bring out the beauty of this stamp.
So…I used teabags!!!

The teabags were left to dry out completely (for days), then gently opened to remove the tea leaves.  
You get some really interesting stain patterns and the paper is almost like tissue paper.
The stamping is done simply.  Masked off.
Then I added some DI around the image to help it ‘pop’ a little.
A little string, some gesso and I think the pretty filly is the hero on this piece.
Off to drink some more tea…
I would like to enter the following challenges ~

Ride Like A Girl

Ride Like A Girl!

Everything is quiet in the house today…time to play!!!
This stamp is from Stampendous and
caught my eye straight away.
We have a rodeo just out the road at Tyrendarra every February, and horses play a big part in the show.  It is a very horsey area!
Next year is there 100th show…not a bad effort for a population of around 240 people.
I’ve had this stamp for a few months and only just got around to using it.  It is sooo good just to have some time to play.
The background is with archival re-inkers (I just looove this technique)…with a little bling thrown on…because every girl needs a little bling.

Feel The Beat…

Feel the Beat
is a dynamic stamp set from Visible Image.
I have been having so much fun with this set.  This sample is one that I made for Create and Craft recently and I thought I would share it with you.

The stamp and words were perfect for this piece.
Load of ink, a little stenciling and a few splatters and before long there was enough atmosphere created…the stamps do all the work!

1st Journal Page Finished – Well…Kind of…

A New Month, means a New Challenge
‘Blots and Splashes’

Something a little different, from me anyway, this month…
I had a go at journalling!
I was crafty skyping with Shirley and playing with Gelatos in my journal book that has never been used.  It was a great opportunity to play and experiment with something new. 
I started out by just putting down a gelato background, then adding lots of stenciling and splots and splashes.  
Stenciling is magical on gelatos.  I only have 8 colours and I think I have used at least 6 of them on this page.  I need more!!!
  After the background was laid down, and adding lots of splashes of ink and stamping blots with Visible Image stamps, I then started wondering what to do with it???
My journal is 8″ x 8″, which is quite large for me, so I figured that I needed large stamps – so logical aren’t I?
Out came the Jumbo Grapes from Stampendous!

 They were fun to colour in.  I used my Inktense pencils.
With more ink, and more blots on the leaves.
Even though this was turned into an inspiration piece for FSC, by nature, journalling is a very personal thing.
I started thinking of the music festivals that I’ve been to over the years (logical, grapes = wine= festivals) and that is when I started turning it into a proper journal page.
I added a saxaphone player, from Visible Image, because it reminded me of a festival that I went to in Melbourne a few years back that got rained out when a freak storm hit from off the ocean…Joe Camilleri was playing the sax at the time!
Joe Camilleri heads The Black Sorrows, a favourite band of mine.
I thought I had finished…but then I decided to fill in the spaces with cut-out letters from a newspaper, making up the names of bands that I have seen.  Did you notice that I put Inxs near the wine? (I just thought it would be a funny place to put it).  I haven’t seen this band IRL, but I wish I had’ve.  They would’ve been amazing!
My bands are Australian bands, and mainly from the 80’s.  Some of them are still performing around different festivals today.

The border was done using a Dylusions border stamp.
This is my first finished journal page.
Though I get the feeling that I will be adding more band names to it over time…are any journal pages ever really finished?
It was a huge project for me which was put together over a couple of crafty skype sessions.  A big thank you to Shirley for kicking my butt to try something new!
The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on the same theme.
Please pop on over and check out the awesomeness of their creativity,
 be inspired, and maybe join in our fun.
Flonzcraft are our sponsors this fortnight and have a generous $20 gift voucher up for grabs,
there are spotlights and a top 3 picked by the DT as well.

Stamping must be the focal point on your project!