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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!

“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 ~

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!

“In Nana’s Garden”

“Swirls”
Is the theme this fortnight at  FSC

We’ve got a big announcement – the challenge blog now has a new website address! You can now find us at:

So join in the fun, bookmark the page and come and play!
This time I wanted to create a secret garden…
where you are looking from the outside in.
I remember when I was young (yes, I was young once!)
and would love the feeling of secretly hiding away
in amongst nana’s flowers…unseen by anyone.
Her garden seemed so huge and there were many spots to hide in.
So, with this in mind, my focal image is set back amongst
the ivy and behind the flowers.

I have used Graphic 45 papers from Ladies Diary 
to create the corners with some extra cut out for added florals.
The girl is masked and the ivy is stamped around her.
The background is created with DI, dry embossed,
and coloured up so that the swirls stand out.
 I added some orange as an afterthought to contrast with the pink and burgundy.
For more swirling and movement I decided to added a feather.
(I had a left over duck feather…lol)
My nana had chooks, so the duck feather kind of fits lol…
The stamps used are from Crafty Individuals
 and Penny Black.
Leo at Flonzcraft is offering a very generous $20 voucher
to spend in his store for the winner,
and runners up and spotlights are up for grabs to!
The Fashionettes have some gorgeous inspiration for you so please pop on over to
FSC and check them all out and leave a little love…
These girls are amazing each and every time they create something!
Please be inspired and join in the fun…
Enjoy!
I am entering this in the following challenges…

ANYTHING GOES AT VSC

ANYTHING GOES AT VSC


Woohoo…we are up and running!!!
 Hi and welcome to the start of a new challenge blog!
“Vintage Stamping Challenges”

We have a fabulous company called Flonzcraft who will be sponsoring us each and every month.
The winner of each monthly challenge will receive a voucher for Leo’s store for $20.

For our very first challenge we have picked one for everyone
Anything Goes

I had sooo much fun making this card…

The Gibson Girl is masked and the roses stamped behind her
and cut with a nestibility using the out-of-the-box technique.

I then stamped the rose again and deconstructed it 

so that I could add to and extend the leaves,
as well as 3D-ing the rose itself.
The background is made with distress inks in pinks and blues
using the splodging method. 
Texture paste was added through a stencil 
and coloured with victorian velvet and aged mahogany inks.
Then I got carried away…
and added more texture paste into the corners
and coloured with my new Viva metallic inks.
Gold rub and buff was finally added as a highlight.


Enjoy!

Flonz Stamps used:
Gibson Girl 01
Rose Engraving
I am entering this card into the following challenges ~
~ Sweet Stmapin’ Challenge Blog – Vintage