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“May the Wings of a Butterfly Kiss the Sun…”

“May the Wings of a Butterfly Kiss the Sun”
The challenge this fortnight at Fashionable Stamping Challenges
is to use your favourite ‘go-to’ stamp!
We all have them…those stamps that we go to often when we need them.  The good all-rounders that fill in the blank spots.
Often, for me, it is the background stamps that I go to often…
So for this challenge I have gone to my trusty leaves stamp and some butterflies.
The trick is to do something different with them so that your cards
don’t all end up looking the same…like I said…tricky!
So, with that in mind, I have stamped the leaves with white gesso, dried and then stamped over the top with Archival Jet Black ink.
Because my gesso is getting a little old it is slightly gluggy
which gives a lovely textured effect.  
When I stamped over the top in black, the textured bits look like veins on the leaves.
Now that is a happy accident!!!
For the butterflies I have stamped them on vellum 
and coloured with alcohol ink markers on the back, 
cut them out and folded them so that the wings lift up.
The effect here is quite soft and fits beautifully with the pastel tones of the distress paints in the background.
And to finish I just added a new sentiment which I think fits well.

All stamps are from Kaszazz.

So there you have it, a card made with two stamps that I use as fillers, a happy accident and a sentiment.
I hope you feel inspired to join in our challenge…you’ll
find your stamps probably still sitting on your craft bench, or sink, ready to be cleaned.
We have lots of prizes up for grabs! 
And loads of inspiration from the girls at FSC.
Enjoy!
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges.

3D at FSC

“Spread Your Wings and Fly”
It is all about 3D this fortnight at FSC
and you can 3D any object you like,
but it must be an object 
and it must have stamping on it, of course! 
The stamping must be the focal point of your creation.
This fortnight we have the super talented and so inspiring
Alison from Words and Pictures.
If you haven’t found her blog yet, 
or just want to go browsing again, 
please pop on over and leave her some love…
it’s a beautiful blog to visit.
We live is a 3D world and spend so much of our creative time putting our ideas down onto card.  
Well, not this fortnight. It’s all about shaped items.
I went to the local bargain store and found a picture frame on sale ~ ~ for half price, and thought that will do!
before
It was pretty tacky – 
that’s probably why they had reduced the price.
It was definitely in need of fixing up!
after
I decided not to colour the frame 
as I really wanted the picture in the middle to be the main focus.
Also, I thought that to add too much to the frame 
it would have been too cluttered
 and the image would have be lost.
Why is it so hard to keep it simple!
This gorgeous image (which I first saw used by Avril) has been a long time favourite of mine.
It always reminds me of Mia Farrow.
The image is totally feminine to me, seductive, quiet and tasteful with a touch of mystery.
To bring the butterflies from the image to the edge I simply used some distress stains on card
and spritzed some water, stamped the butterfly and cut it out.
There are 2 more at the bottom of the frame.
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!

“Glory on High”

Shabby Chic Christmas
 is the new challenge at FSC this fortnight.

Meaning – Shabby Chic is a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of were and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique…basically distress it, and make it look old and worn…

So, with this in mind
I wanted to create a piece that had an old and worn look to it
and with an angelic sereneness to it…
My ‘ode to Michelangelo!


My first decision was the colours…pink and grey.
Then for the background I’ve used paper from Meg’s Garden
called “The Romantic Garden.”
It has been inked and stenciled (using gesso) and stamped on.
I have used some old cardboard with corrugation in it, from my stash…
and just taken some of the top layer off and gesso-ed it
and used it as my backdrop for the main piece.

The main image is from a Stampendous stamp from the set
“Excelsis Deo” which I had seen on Joanna’s blog and I just couldn’t resist getting it.
And stamped it onto tissue paper.


Tip: heat set it so that it doesn’t bleed out.


This was then adhered to layers of toilet paper, that were dampened
and pressed together to form a kind of hand-made paper.
Some more stenciling around it to make the angel stand out more.
To shabby it up some more, I rubbed away layers of paper from around the angel
with my fingers…I love the aged effect that this created.

A sentiment from the stamp set, some holly and heaps of gesso
finished the piece off.
I didn’t really want to add too many embellishments
as I wanted the angel to stand out and be the first thing you rest your eyes on.
I think the ageing of her makes you linger and just soak up her glory
(but then, that might be just my imagination – what are your thoughts?)

The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on this theme.
Please pop on over and check out the awesomeness of the fashionettes,
 be inspired and maybe join in the fun.
Flonzcraft are our sponsors and have a generous $20 gift voucher up for grabs,
there are spotlights and a top 3 as well.



I would like to say a huge heartfelt thank you and extend my
appreciation to those of you who follow my blog!!!
You are awesome!
 Your comments absolutely blow me away.

Enjoy!

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

“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!