Jan 20, 2016

A Jazzy Debut for Visible Image!

Wednesday Inspiration
for Visible Image.

  It's been an exciting time waiting for my first make as part of the Visible Image DT.  It is great to get the first one done!

There is so much buzz among the team at the moment because there are heaps of new stamps to be released next month - and they look amazing!!!  
Sneak peaks are appearing on the facebook group, there is a launch on C&C TV (in Feb) and at the UK Trade Show (also in Feb)...so lots to watch out for!

Today I wanted to do something with a little pazzazz - so I decided on a blast of music!  




These stamps were so much fun to play with!
There are more music themed ones in the collection, but I love music festivals and live bands so wanted to make a kind of raw, back to basics jazz/blues card.

I cut out a circle die and placed it in the center of the card, then inked up the background with some bright distress inks.  
The white bubbles are made through a stencil with acrylic paint.  
Then I thought I would flick some red Brusho (mixed with water) onto the card for some extra colour - and it splattered onto the white section...so I added some carefully placed red circles (through a stencil) to cover it up...
remember...
there is no such thing as a mistake - just a new opportunity!

I stamped the silhouettes, added some partial stamping of the music notes, and from the flourish stamp (around the edge), 
and the words to finish off.

When I made this card we all heard of the passing of David Bowie, so when I look at this card I think of the song "Dancing In The Street"...if you wanted to have a go at making this, you could quite easily journal the words to that song around the edge and I think it would look awesome.

The stamps used were:







Grunge Flourish





                                                              
  Play It Loud





Soul Music








Jazz It Up                                                                                                             

There's inspiration almost every day on the Visible Image blog as well as sharing of ideas and inspiration over on the facebook page.

Enjoy!

Jan 15, 2016

Believe In Yourself

Believe In Yourself

Take a stamp, anything goes!
is the theme at The Craft Stamper Take It, Make It challenge blog  this month!


There are some great ideas in the Feb issue of the magazine and
on the Craft Stamper Blog - with an awesome prize to be won
from DaliART!
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!

This is one challenge that I've been entering, 
every now and then, for some time (years)...
so it is a massive honour to be chosen by the team last November.

What made it even more special is that it was for my favourite creation this year!  
Which you can see here.

Part of winning is being a Guest Designer...
so I have come up with this card.

I have a close circle of friends who are constantly telling me to believe in myself, so, in the end, they were the words I chose for this card.  The card is a kind of message to myself...



When I was putting this card together I mucked it up sooo many times that by the time I had to repeat it - AGAIN - I decided to take pics as I went along
~ and do a step-x-step for you.
(the instructions are on each pic)

The technique is masking...
Apologies in advance for the poor photo's, but I hope you'll get the gist of it.  Cuppa ready?

Here we go! 




You can see that the mask has been used a few times!










The charcoal is only a small addition, but it makes a heap of difference I think.








Products used were ~
Stampendous: Tree Poem stamp
Stampers Anonymous:  Classics #5 stamp set
Kaszazz:  Chalk Leaf small stamp

DI:  Peacock Feathers, Spiced Marmalade, Black Soot, 
DI re-inker: Mustard Seed
Distress Paint: Picket Fence
Dylusions Paint: Black
Archival ink:  Jet Black, Cornflour 

Extras:
Stencils, charcoal pencil, white gel pen, water mister, paper toweling (for blotting), photo copy paper (for masking and printing) and patience...lots of patience!




I hope you enjoyed my first step-x-step tutorial.






Jan 10, 2016

FSC Thank You!

This month we say THANK YOU!

We would love you to join in our fun at FSC with a piece that says thank you, or gratitude.
It can be about reflecting on the past year and what we are grateful for moving forward, it can be about appreciating what we have to be grateful for, or a simple thank you!

I chose a simple Thank You.

Thank you FSC for taking me on many years ago and teaching me so much, and giving me the opportunity to meet so many amazing people...
thank you, too, for stopping by and taking the time to see what I am up to and leaving so many super kind and encouraging words...
and thank you to my friends who give me a 'kick-up-the-...' occasionally when I need it and help me to move forward when I sometimes feel stuck.
Gee, where would we be without friends!



I am still trying to find my way with what I learned at a Finnabair class.
This piece started out as a tag...then turned into a canvas...and ended up as a large card.  I rescued the flowers part, added some ribbon and material, a few splats and some stamping.
I shabbied it up a little with distressing and gesso and I am really pleased with how it turned out.

The image is a new one that I have from Deep Red.  No matter how many times I had mucked this up I was determined to use that stamp!  She is just gorgeous!!!

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 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 as well.

Stamping must be the focal point on your project!



Enjoy!