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Looking Back

Looking Back
is a card that I made for the Craft Stamper,
March issue.
This card uses some of my favourite stamps…
and my all-time favourite technique of ‘masking’.
I never get tired of this technique.
Enjoy!

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.

Secret Squirrels

I’ve been having a little fun in the Craft Stamper’s November issue with my card called 
‘Secret Squirrels’

It is in the Ready, Set, Stamp section with the theme of Woodlands.
  It never ceases to amaze me how everyone can see the same topic so differently…

These stamps are all from Indigoblu and are heaps of fun when you combine them with a little masking, some drippage and, of course, some distress…
The squirrels running up and down the trees were an afterthought but somehow they just bring the whole quietness of a bare forest to life.
And we all know that there is no such thing as a silent forest!
There is always a little mischief going on…
Enjoy!

“Cherish Every Child”

Favourite Technique Challenge

Craft Stamper have a new challenge this month…

you can choose ANY technique, by ANY designer and from ANY issue of the Craft Stamper for 2014!
So that is probably well over a 100 projects to choose from.
The hard part is probably choosing one!
Then, when you enter you need to state what technique you are using, 
who the designer is 
and what issue of the magazine it is in.

And, of course…there must be stamping of some kind on your project 

~ we are a stamping magazine after all.
My choice this time is the Bleach Blocking technique
which was shown to us in the July issue by Hels Sheridan.
Just make sure you use a clean blending tool pad to spray the water onto so that it does come out onto your background.
This has fast become one of my favourite techniques to use.
It is simple, yet effective.  It adds so much depth to a card without having to be too clever! 
There was no plan to this really, but I started with green…only
because I haven’t made a green card for ages. 
Then the image (one of my earliest stamps from Crafty Individuals) seemed to fit the mood of the colours. 
Still no plan.
And that is when my mind (or the card?) took me on a bit of a trip.
 I couldn’t help but think of all the bad things going on around the world at the moment and how it is really impacting on the children.
So from that came the words and the hearts…with some grounding.
Strange how sometimes, if you let it, the card can take you on unexpected journeys…and you end up in places quite unexpected.
(The world is still a positive place)

The girls have come up with some amazing inspiration for you to check out 
so please follow the links on the Craft Stamper blog to see the fun they have had.
There is also some great ideas out in the August issue of the magazine – 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 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!
Enjoy!

Craft Stamper Favourite Technique

Favourite Technique Challenge

Craft Stamper have a new challenge this month…

you can choose ANY technique, by ANY designer and from ANY issue of the Craft Stamper for 2014!
So that is probably well over a 100 projects to choose from.
The hard part is probably choosing one!
Then, when you enter you need to state what technique you are using, 
who the designer is 
and what issue of the magazine it is in.
And, of course…there must be stamping of some kind on your project 
~ we are a stamping magazine after all.
My choice this week is “Around the House: Clean Up”
by Birgit Koopsen in the February issue.
There were so many things that drew me to this technique…
Dylusions Inks for one
and stamping with household items, which is always heaps of fun.
The instructions were super easy to follow.
I added some extra Dylusions ink to the background by using the dropper to add lines of colour.
When this ink is dry, you can add other colours on top and they take on a life of their own…
the effects are amazing!
The household items that I used were all from my bathroom: a bath plug, a lipstick lid, an eye-liner lid and a shower scrunchy thingy.
And an old out-dated credit card to add the white accents at the end.
The main image is a brand new stamp by Inkadinkadoo…
and I thought it was appropriate because it is a flower in a bottle 
(it kind of fits the re-cycling theme).

The girls have come up with some amazing inspiration for you to check out 
so please follow the links on the Craft Stamper to see the fun they have had.
There is also some great ideas out in the August issue of the magazine – with awesome prizes to be won!
PLUS:  The Design Team will have a look at all your gorgeous work and choose their top 3…a The nd 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!
Enjoy!