Jul 27, 2016

Fly Free

Fly Free

A couple of the new stamps, designed by Trish Latimer at StarTrishDesigns, on Etsy, arrived last week and I just had to play!

When they arrived I was pleasantly surprised.  They are big enough to use in journaling and scrappin' but okay on a card too!

While over in Mount Gambier at the weekend at a casual crafting session, I had a go at colouring this one in.  I combined my Inktense pencils with distress inks and just played.  There is something really therapeutic about just sitting with a group of chatty women and colouring in.
Time went so quickly, then it was the trip back to town through kangaroo country after dark...lol, that will teach me for talking too much!



Then I had the problem of what background to put her on.  I loved her just the way she was and wanted her to be the star...
Out came my distress paints!
I had done a similar style, here, but wanted to improve my technique with a little more white...I always seem to forget the 'white' amongst all the ink...

Enjoy!

I would like to enter this into ~
just for fun.



Jul 21, 2016

At A Glance

At A Glance
This card is made using the Glance stamp from Stampendous!
I love how this stamp has an almost 'Audrey Hepburn' look about her.

I had another play on Skype with Shirley...learning how to use the products that I've got in another way.  How to be a little bit more random in my designs...and just having great company while I craft.
I'm still learning to embrace white space...but that will come.


I have teamed her up with the Big Dots, Maple Branch and Crusade Dreamweaver stencils...these are background stencils and ideal for the layering effect that I was after.

Andy Skinner also designs for Stampendous and I have used some of his Industrial stamps to add interest to the layers of distress paint underneath.

A little bit of stamping, tone-on-tone, was done quite simply using some birthday words.

This card was pure fun to make!!!
Lots of paint, stencils and stamps.
And a whole lot of randomness.


Jul 20, 2016

She Sings

She Sings...
I have been putting together a music workshop for my ladies to do and thought I would share a card that I have made for them as part of my DT project for Visible Image this time around.


I love this stamp set (Sing), and I love the swirly music stamp from the Soul Music set - it works beautifully as a background.
No matter how many times I've used it, it looks different every single time!
This time it is tone-on-tone.

The stamps used are:




Enjoy!

Jul 14, 2016

Sweet Sunflower

Sweet Sunflower
I thought I would share a quick card that I have made while having a crafty session with Shirley last night.
Sweet Sunflower is a gorgeous stamp from
Stampendous and I couldn't wait to ink it up!


I wanted a longer stem for this so I stamped the leaves again and attached them up-side-down to make the sunflower taller.
Where there's a will, there's a way...as they say lol

While deciding whether to put words on it or not, 
and wondering what goes with a sunflower...?
I had a Monty Python moment..as you do!
And so "Always look on the brighter side of life" 
came to mind...and now it is stuck in my head lol.

I think it is a good positive message anyway.

I've been out of action this week with a severe foot infection from a spider bite...so it was a nice cheery way to help get over it with.  Thanks Shirley for a fun session :)

Stamp used:
Sweet Sunflower RS-P221 from Stampendous!


Jul 10, 2016

Under the Sea at FSC

Under the Sea
is the theme this month at FSC.

You can use any medium you like, in any format,
as long as it has stamping as the focal point 
and fits our theme ~ 'under the sea'.

So this is your chance to show us your creativity!
It can be scrappin', journaling, canvas's, cards or altered art.
We would love to sea what you come up with 
(did you sea that pun?  I know...)


I've combined the Mermaid set with the Goldfish Pair from Stampendous for this make.
I had an idea of somehow making it look like the fish were circling the mermaid...it kind of worked...

Watercolor card was my substrate 
(sorry, I just wanted to use that word)
and plain old distress inks in twisted citrus and chipped sapphire were used. I think these colours work so well together.
I masked off the edges with stencil tape, worked out which order I wanted the images to be stamped in, then masked,
(fish, mermaid, clam, then the turtle)
and left the masks on while I inked the background.

A little extra ink splotched on with some plastic, and then some bleach.
Now, it is about at this time that I decided that I wanted more white space towards the top - so more bleach!
I like how it looks like the light is filtering down through the water.

The images are colored with Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils.
And of course a little white gel pen, because it just isn't finished without it.

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!

Jul 6, 2016

Listen to the Music...

Listen To The Music
I have been busy putting together a music themed workshop
for my local girls and came up with this as part of the set...
they are in for a surprise as I can now offer them for sale.
The girls will be happy!!!

The beauty of the Visible Image stamps is how well you can mix and match the different sets to create different looks...
everything just goes together so easily.



What I really really love about using the cassette tape 
is that you can write absolutely anything on it...
your own, personalised, title to suit whatever occassion you like.
I was toying with the idea of 'Dot's hits of the 60's'???

I was having a muck-around with gelatos for the background on this,
adding some distress inks through stencils before stamping over the top.
I think the best part of this background is that you can work it as little, or as much, as you like...in whatever colours you like.


The stamps used were:


Enjoy!