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“Poor Teddie”

“Sew What”
It is all about the sewing at FSC this fortnight!
Those that know me, know that I am not into sewing…at all…
so this challenge stretched my imagination a little.
(which is always a good thing)
When I saw these teddy stamps and the whole thing fell into place.
These teddies look like ‘well-loved’ favourite toys
that just need a little tender care and some re-vamping
– and that is where the sewing comes into it!
It kind of reminds me of the gifts we are given to us when we are a baby that we hang onto forever…
the ones that we would never ever throw out…
The main panel is done in my all-time favourite techniques of 
one-layer stamping and masking.  
They just go together so naturally and give you that extra depth and dimension to your work.
Great for telling a story with your stamping!

A little distressing, a little bleach-blocking in the background (another favourite technique), and 
a whole lot of love, make up this card.
well almost…I couldn’t resist a little poking with a needle in the arm at the last minute…
(for mending purposes of course! lol)
The colours are done with worn lipstick and some vintage photo.
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.

Stamping must be the focal point on your project!

I hope you like my card.

“Things are HOT at FSC!”

Heat It Up!!!
That’s right…it’s heat gun time
And it is our last challenge for the year.  This one will run for a month so that we can all enjoy the season, friends and family.  We look forward to seeing you again in 2015!
On with the challenge ~
there are so many things that you can use your heat gun for, and
if you are like me you probably use one with just about every project that you work on, without even thinking twice about it.
I know that it is a busy time of year, but if you need a break from the maddening crowd…and feel like a little crafty play…
then this is a nice easy challenge for you!
For this challenge I have decided to make just one more chrissy card.  I was quite taken with the idea of creating a vintagey bauble that looked real…and this is what I have come up with.
Firstly, for the background I have clear embossed some snowflakes
– heat gunned it!
Then I wrinkle free distressed it
– heat gunned it!
The small bauble (with Santa) is triple clear embossed
– heat gunned it!

The Santa image was heat-set before the embossing
– heat gunned it!

And to finish off, I randomly added some silver embossing powder on the edge of the card and bauble
– heat gunned it!
I’m starting to feel a little like ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ lol.
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.

Remember, stamping must be the focal point of your creation…and then just follow the theme and you are win with a chance of winning!

Enjoy!

  I would also like to thank you all for some pretty awesome comments left on my blog this year ~ you have given me encouragement and support in ways that I can’t explain ~ and thank you also for taking the time to follow my blog. 
 A few people have decided to move on from here so I really do appreciate those of you who have stayed.  And a big thank you to those of you who are new to my journey…
you never know what is ahead 😉
Thank you!

…and a very Merry Xmas from me and mine
to you and yours!!!

“Love Birds”

Ribbons and Bows
is the new challenge at Vintage Stamping Challenge
for the month of May.
These may not be actual love birds on this Flonz stamp (found here), but they are snuggling up
so I am imagining that that is what they are.
And with Spring coming out up North 
it seemed like a nice romantic, cuddly
Spring thing to stamp.
I bought myself a brayer last year…which I have only used once (shame, and shaking my head)
~ so on a whim I thought it might be nice to play with it.
I love the textured look that some of the rolling produced
and was really surprised by how easy it was.
Why haven’t I got into this before???
Keeping with the theme of romance, that was stuck in my head, 
I thought pinks were a pretty colour to use.
For the ribbon part of the challenge I have made a junk bow and placed a flower on it.
If you use your imagination, the junk bow is almost
like a nest!
I hope you take the time to pop over to 
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 occasional spot prize
and there is always a top 3!

Carefree Days!

“Build It Up”
Using at least three stamps!
is the challenge this fortnight at FSC
The watercolour background, butterflies and casual image
give me the feeling of carefree and innocent summer days!
So if you are going through some rough weather right about now…
I hope this helps you think of what is on its way soon…
Wendy Vecchi was demo-ing the most gorgeous backgrounds at CHA
~ and I  just had to give it a go…
Ok, so maybe I don’t quite have the new re-inkers (yet!)
and had to work out what the Australian version of what rubbing alcohol was…
but where there is a will there is a way!!!

My logic behind this background goes a little like this ~
I have no re-inkers…but what do we use re-inkers for?
For re-inking stamp pads with, of course!
So I swiped a little colour direct from the ink pad!
Next – rubbing alcohol!
I had no idea what this was, so friends on fb came up with 
an antiseptic called “Isocol”
which I found in the health section of the supermarket (near the band aids).
I am totally in love with this technique!!!
My tip is to follow the video as when I tried short cuts it just didn’t work.
But the end results are just beautiful.
The main image is stamped…the kids masked 
and then the background inked and flicked with water.
The image is torn, and then I added a little bleach in some sections to tone down the colour and bring the white out to the edge.
The main image is a new one that I got from Art Journey called Precious Moments 
and the words are from a set called Nature Flowers
The butterflies are from a set called Just Butterflies from Chocolate Baroque.
A little flicking of gesso, some TH tape around the edge, a little freehand doodling for a border
 and there you have it.
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!

“A Cold and Frosty Xmas”

Cold and Frosty Colours
is the theme this month at Vintage Stamping Challenges
This challenge runs until the new year so it is up to you whether
you make a Christmas card 
or just take a little break from the festive season and play with the colours.
It can be relaxing to just do something totally different after the big day…
However, I’ve gone with a xmas card as I am soooo far behind with these
and added heaps and heaps of sparkle.
A one layer card.

This ripped technique I first saw done by our DT sister Brenda here
and it has quickly become a favourite of mine.
I have used the cold colours of Distress Inks,
used a snowflake stencil, 
the glitter technique is from TH (Day 5 of CC102)…I love the sparkle that it adds.
~ then I’ve finished off with dripping some Fresco Finish paint and addiing a little
rock candy glitter while it was still wet.
The main stamp is from Flonz
and is found here.
My discovery while playing this time is that
when you stamp onto shiny paper with Brilliance black ink
and then over stamp with the same image ~ no masking is necessary as the ink moves aside
and makes it look like you have done the masking anyway!
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!