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Beautiful Butterflies

Butterfly Beginnings
is one of the new sets from Visible Image‘s Summer release 2016.
We all love butterflies don’t we?
It was a challenge for me to think up something with butterflies on it that was just a little different.
This set has 2 different sizes, the small one fits perfectly over the Butterfly INKognito set!
If you are looking for some butterfly ideas, there are some gorgeous samples from the Visible Image team on display in the projects gallery, here.
I have had a little craze on using Distress Paint lately, so this card is nearly all done using chipped sapphire, salty ocean and brushed pewter distress paint. I love the sheen that the pewter gives…just a little hint of sparkle that is really nice.
The stamping is done with distress inks – peacock feathers and stormy sky – which kind of match the paints, giving a lovely tone-on-tone effect.
I’ve used the splattered words from the Revolution set and the diamonds from the De-stressed Background set on the background.
And part of the Visometry Set 6 (the small shape) something a little different in the background.  The fun thing with this shape is that when you turn it around it has diffent visual effects…the way I have used them here has really ‘popped’ on the background!
The butterflies are stamped and embossed on watercolour card.  A little water is added to the butterfly.  The distress paint is watered down and added to the centre of the butterfly – so that it spreads out.  Fun!!!!
Stamps used are ~

 Butterfly Beginnings


 De-Stressed Background



is our latest challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
(chosen by me this time!)

We haven’t had butterflies as a challenge for some years at FSC, and I think most people have at least one butterfly stamp!  Do you?

My card fits beautifully with International Women’s Day I think…and I have really enjoyed how women of all ages are starting to embrace this time and support each other in so many ways.
A shout out to my friend Jenny who is involved with “Around the World with 80 Artists” where a proportion of the funds go to the Malala Fund to help educate girls…well worth checking out!
The stamp that I have used is a new butterfly stamp (for me anyway) from Indigoblu called “Big Butterfly”

I  made the butterfly the way I had imagined it…and then…
I had absolutely no idea what I was going to put in the background!
That’s a first for me, it’s usually the other way around.

After cutting it out I thought that maybe I could layer it up somehow…nope…it wasn’t working for me.
~  then I thought perhaps I could create a mixed media piece with it…nope…so I walked away for a day or so, as you do.
Finally, I settled on a one-layer card as the way forward for me.
So I re-stamped the whole piece again and started over. 

The butterfly is wet embossed.
The left side of the butterfly was coloured using Inktense pencils and DI (used as a watercolour)…for a punch of brightness.
The right side, which was only half inked up, was masked and stamped with the lady in grey ink and then the face stamp in black ink.
The background colours, yellows/oranges and grey, were chosen from the main image.  
Then it was a matter of stenciling, stamping with print and Finnabair circles, splats with Color Bloom spray, inked lids for circles and some spritz and flicking with bleach.  
So I guess really it is a mixed media piece after-all.
And it didn’t quite end up as a one-layer piece…as the printed circles were cut out and stuck on…so close!
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!


A LIttle Scrappin’

Having a go at Scrappin’ again!

I am continuing my scrapping journey, ever so slowly…

This time I have gone over the border and enjoyed another session with Fiona Paltridge.
As soon as she said she was doing a grunge page I just couldn’t resist!
I don’t know about you, but there is just something so relaxing and enjoyable about going to someone else’s workshop…you can just get messy and enjoy it!
Anyway, here is what I made.
I did take it home and add a little of something that I learnt from the Andy Skinner’s Book of Ruinations on-line class…and the whole page just ‘popped’ .

This picture of me was taken when I was about 1 year old in my nana’s front garden.
My nana had the best garden for kids to play in. It was so overgrown with lots of hiding places, things to explore and flowers to pick…and we picked heaps of them all the time.
The Indigoblu butterflies on this page where sprayed with lots of different sprays out on Fiona’s front lawn…which turned blue after everyone had finished (so funny).


is the new challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight.
The stamping must be the focal point of your creation…and follow the theme and you are win with a chance of winning!
It is shocking weather in my part of the world at the moment,
surging seas, wild winds, hail and rain…even a little snow a couple of hours up the road.  
That’s as close as it gets to us as we live by the sea.  
But like I always say, if I have to freeze my … off, then I hope it is snowing somewhere!
So it was great to sit down and think of Spring flowers.
This is another one layer card with some tiny punched butterflies added on.
I have used the ripping technique (a solid favourite with me)
in pink (yes, I am still working on the ‘pink’ in me).
When I look at this card I think it is the total opposite
 to what is happening outside.
The flower stamps are from Darkroom Door
 and the butterfly is from Stampers Anonymous.
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.

p.s.  I hope the sun is shining in your part of the world!


I would love to enter this in the following challenges ~
~ Ruby’s Rainbow – Stamping

“With Love…”

Bleach Blocking
is the theme at The Craft Stamper Take It, Make It challenge blog this time around!

There are some great ideas in the July issue of the magazine and
on the Craft Stamper Blog – with awesome prizes to be won!
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!
Oh, and don’t forget to link your work back to the Craft Stamper.

So often we make a beautiful background, then cover it up.
Does that sound familiar?
This time I wanted to make a background that somehow 
blended in with the design…and enhanced the stamping, somehow.

This card I have called ‘With Love…’
And comes from a happy place.

To bleach out the ink you simply spray some water onto your blending tool pad, hold down on the distress inked background and hold for a few seconds…then lift.  You can let it dry naturally or,  by blotting it after 10 or so seconds, you can white it out more…so you can play with the different effects.

The lighter colours make the bleaching whiter than some of the darker colours too.

The thing that I love the most about this challenge group is the stamping…you can you use any stamps that you like!  Just so long as you do use stamps…for me it doesn’t get better than that!


I would like to enter this into the following challenges ~