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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!

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 ~

“A Traditional Christmas”

“A Traditional Christmas”
is the new theme this month at Vintage Stamping Challenges.

Yes, it is coming up to that time of the year again…when we start looking
towards making our xmas cards for friends and family.
I hope you aren’t like me and leave it all a little late
and then the big rush is on!
Every year I rush my way through the last half of November
and make a promise to myself that next year I will be more organised…
ummmm….at least I now have one card done!!!

I have kept this pretty simple because I think that xmas cards
shouldn’t be overdone…
but I still wanted to play with my inks.
So I have used the wrinkle free technique for my background
– just using blues.
Then stamped some snowflakes…using different shades of DI’s
and adding some glitter…
(sorry, it doesn’t show up in this pic, but it is pretty)
Then I finished with some holly leaves and a little ice stickles.

The main image is from Flonzcraft and you’ll find it here.
Flonz has some beautiful xmas stamps to pick from and I wish I haven’t
ordered more!

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!

“Secret Love”

Secret Love

I was asked, for the first time ever, to be a guest designer by
They surprised me with an email inviting me to be their GD
for the texture challenge (with a twist of glimmer/shine).
I gave this serious thought…like for 2 seconds…
then jumped at it with both feet!!!
I am really loving the texture of corrugated card at the moment and this time 
after covering it in tissue tape I gave it a light gesso wash…
I will definitely be doing this again as it makes a gorgeous background.
Then some torn and ripped papers, 
embossing and grunge paste make up the rest of the texture.
There is a little ink on the papers but I liked the way the colours played off each other,
so I haven’t added a lot.

The glimmer is on the heart, the beads, metal and rhinestones.
The heart is made up of an image stamped onto tissue paper and glued on,
embossed on one side with glossy accent highlights
and pearl glimmer mist sprayed over the top.
I just thought I would add this pic to show the glimmer on the heart piece.
Pop on over to the C2CU blog and be inspired by this months challenge –
the team have some awesome inspiration to share!
It is such an honour to be involved
and I thank the team for the opportunity to do something different.
Enjoy!

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

For Julia…with thanks!

A couple of weeks ago I went to a political afternoon at a friend’s house…
to meet the new local representative for Labor
as a lead up to an election that will take place later this year.
I don’t want to bore you with politics, however a little background is necessary.
In a nutshell……..3 days prior to this function, our PM (Julia),
 representing the Labor Party in Australia,
called an internal caucus meeting to decide on the party’s leader, and to end internal bickering.
The deal was that whoever lost was to leave politics.
So, as a result, Julia is no longer leading our country…and is leaving altogether.
On arriving at the function I was asked if I would design and make a card that would show our gratitude for all that she accomplished during her time as PM.
As a way of saying “thankyou”
So I said yes! Ok! It would be my honour!
Then I panicked!
Got excited…
Got scared…

I skyped Shirley in Ireland…swore heaps and said what do I do???
Her advice was to make a list of words to describe her and go from there.
And that is exactly what I did.
The common thread was her passion
~ so hearts represent the passion.
Pioneering leadership for women and copping so much flack on a sexist basis
~ that is the woman, representing suffragettes.
Her femininity
~ that is the pink and burgundy.
Her love for Australia
~ is the flowering gums
Her strength of character and nerves of steal
~ are the diamonds.
And I have left an opening to the right
~ which represents a passageway to whatever future she chooses to have.

The main stamps are from Australian companies
~ Darkroom Door for the words 
~  flowering gums from Kaszazz
~ and the lady is from Crafty Individuals 
(because Julia was born in Wales I think something from the UK is quite fitting)

 All the flowering gums are cut out and raised to add movement and life to the leaves.
The lady has been coloured with DI’s which were tinted with copper Perfect Pearls Mist, instead of water, and painted on.
Bleach was added around the flourishes for depth.
The diamonds are from the harlequin mask and I have used grunge paste and then coloured it.
 And a little glitz and glamour to finish it off.

I hope I haven’t bored you too much,

but because this card was a specific brief I thought I would explain my thinking during the process.
I really did enjoy making this card
and I am very satisfied within myself for how it has turned out.
Enjoy!