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Archive for January, 2014

Tag It!

“Tag It”
Is the theme this fortnight at
We invite you to join in the fun and see what you can make with a tag…or two…
Some of you might know that I have only ever made a tag 
when I am asked to for the challenges…up to three now!
I don’t know why I struggle with it at the time
but end up enjoying the whole process.
I’ve been on holidays from my main work
 (but filling in at a second job) for the last month or so,
tutoring and whaleboat training for the championships coming up in a few weeks time…
oh, and a little freelance designing and another card has been accepted by 
The Craft Stamper (2 submissions and 2 publications. – that just blows me away!)
But nowhere near enough play time with inks!!!
I have used a tag base from Darkroom Door
which measures around 6 1/4″ x 3 1/4″.
I am still trying to come to grips with layering up my work,
as I really like to do the one layer type of card.
But I have been taking part in the
Creative Jumpstart 2014 program
for January and have found some really inspirational ideas and techniques.
I highly recommend having some fun with the on-line classes out there
~ especially when distance is such a problem ( like for me.)
This tag is based on 
It was something new to try (for me anyway).
It involves a lot masking tape, ink and layers…perfect for this challenge!
Back to work (main job) on Tuesday so maybe I can get into more of a routine.
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.
Enjoy!

Hearts & Flowers

This fortnight at FSC we have “Hearts and Flowers”
as our theme.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day!
But seeing as I am single, with no one to send a card too,
I thought I would make a card for mum for Mother’s Day? A bit sad isn’t it! lol
I don’t mind being single, I like my independence, but sometimes it just sucks.
So…if you know any single, good looking guys who know how to treat a lady just right
~ just send them here…down the bottom of Australia!

I had so much fun making this card…

perhaps I could make some words later on and add them in a journaling  style.
There are soooo many occasions that hearts and flowers
could be used for so create to your hearts content…and please join in on our fun.
This is a stamp from Chocolate Baroque which I have been waiting to use
at just the right time…I saw it ages ago and just loved it!
~ and it seemed perfect for this challenge.
The style of this card is as a one-layer card…my favourite!
The heart was stamped first, then masked off before doing the background.
The background is done in the ombre technique using
Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet and Aged Mahogany DI’s.
I really wanted to leave some white space on my card this time
 and I thought the heart was the perfect stamp for this.
The rose is masked and coloured with distress inks.
Everything is masked off again so that I could do the wrinkle free technique 
and add some crackle stamping onto the background.
For the words within the heart I needed to create a negative mask of the heart 
and add some small print.
Oh…and a little freehand squiggling around the edges to add a border.

It is hard to believe that 3 years ago I started blogging!
There have been so many twists and turns and opportunities
– beyond anything that I could ever have imagined!
And still there is so much to learn lol…
A HUGE thankyou to all my blogging buddies and  those that give
so willingly in everyway…

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.

Enjoy!

Lavender and Lace

“Lavender and Lace”
at Vintage Stamping Challenges
Firstly I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who follows my blog.
I have just reached 150 followers and that just blows me away!!!
I love reading your comments and I love that you include me in your journey.
For some reason VSC seems to bring out the “pretty” in me.
And this challenge is doing just that…(well, pretty with a little grunge that is!)
I have been struggling getting back into stamping since xmas so it was
good just to have a play and relax with this theme.
For this challenge you are welcome to use any stamps you like,
as long as it has some stamping on it and follows the theme we are more than happy.

The tags on this are some new goodies that I got just before xmas
and have been waiting for the opportunity to use them.
I have used a Flonz stamp on the front tag called Girl with Bird on Hand
and I have added some birds from here.

I hope you take the time to pop over to Vintage Stamping Challenges
and check out the amazing talent and ideas from the team.
 Flonzcraft is offering a generous $20 gift voucher to the winner,
he offers an occassional spot prize
and there is always a top 3!
Enjoy

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges ~