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Just Playing!

Just Playing!
There is nothing quite like a cold and wet day to get you crafting!
This stamp is one from Trish Latimer’s new range…and I am having heaps of fun just playing around with it.
The background uses pink and orange Distress Paint on a craft sheet.
A little tone-on-tone stenciling and stamping brings the background to life.
The words are from Finnabair’s Don’t Forget To Fly stamp set.
The main image is coloured with copic markers…I’m not crash hot with copic’s, but I wanted to give her a solid colour. I was happy with the final look after adding a little water colour pencil to her hair and edging with distress ink. 
I would love to enter this in the following challenges ~

1st Journal Page Finished – Well…Kind of…

A New Month, means a New Challenge
‘Blots and Splashes’

Something a little different, from me anyway, this month…
I had a go at journalling!
I was crafty skyping with Shirley and playing with Gelatos in my journal book that has never been used.  It was a great opportunity to play and experiment with something new. 
I started out by just putting down a gelato background, then adding lots of stenciling and splots and splashes.  
Stenciling is magical on gelatos.  I only have 8 colours and I think I have used at least 6 of them on this page.  I need more!!!
  After the background was laid down, and adding lots of splashes of ink and stamping blots with Visible Image stamps, I then started wondering what to do with it???
My journal is 8″ x 8″, which is quite large for me, so I figured that I needed large stamps – so logical aren’t I?
Out came the Jumbo Grapes from Stampendous!

 They were fun to colour in.  I used my Inktense pencils.
With more ink, and more blots on the leaves.
Even though this was turned into an inspiration piece for FSC, by nature, journalling is a very personal thing.
I started thinking of the music festivals that I’ve been to over the years (logical, grapes = wine= festivals) and that is when I started turning it into a proper journal page.
I added a saxaphone player, from Visible Image, because it reminded me of a festival that I went to in Melbourne a few years back that got rained out when a freak storm hit from off the ocean…Joe Camilleri was playing the sax at the time!
Joe Camilleri heads The Black Sorrows, a favourite band of mine.
I thought I had finished…but then I decided to fill in the spaces with cut-out letters from a newspaper, making up the names of bands that I have seen.  Did you notice that I put Inxs near the wine? (I just thought it would be a funny place to put it).  I haven’t seen this band IRL, but I wish I had’ve.  They would’ve been amazing!
My bands are Australian bands, and mainly from the 80’s.  Some of them are still performing around different festivals today.

The border was done using a Dylusions border stamp.
This is my first finished journal page.
Though I get the feeling that I will be adding more band names to it over time…are any journal pages ever really finished?
It was a huge project for me which was put together over a couple of crafty skype sessions.  A big thank you to Shirley for kicking my butt to try something new!
The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on the same theme.
Please pop on over and check out the awesomeness of their creativity,
 be inspired, and maybe join in our fun.
Flonzcraft are our sponsors this fortnight and have a generous $20 gift voucher up for grabs,
there are spotlights and a top 3 picked by the DT as well.

Stamping must be the focal point on your project!

Enjoy!

  

Butterflies

Butterflies
is our latest challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
(chosen by me this time!)

We haven’t had butterflies as a challenge for some years at FSC, and I think most people have at least one butterfly stamp!  Do you?

My card fits beautifully with International Women’s Day I think…and I have really enjoyed how women of all ages are starting to embrace this time and support each other in so many ways.
A shout out to my friend Jenny who is involved with “Around the World with 80 Artists” where a proportion of the funds go to the Malala Fund to help educate girls…well worth checking out!
The stamp that I have used is a new butterfly stamp (for me anyway) from Indigoblu called “Big Butterfly”

I  made the butterfly the way I had imagined it…and then…
I had absolutely no idea what I was going to put in the background!
That’s a first for me, it’s usually the other way around.

After cutting it out I thought that maybe I could layer it up somehow…nope…it wasn’t working for me.
~  then I thought perhaps I could create a mixed media piece with it…nope…so I walked away for a day or so, as you do.
Finally, I settled on a one-layer card as the way forward for me.
So I re-stamped the whole piece again and started over. 

The butterfly is wet embossed.
The left side of the butterfly was coloured using Inktense pencils and DI (used as a watercolour)…for a punch of brightness.
The right side, which was only half inked up, was masked and stamped with the lady in grey ink and then the face stamp in black ink.
The background colours, yellows/oranges and grey, were chosen from the main image.  
Then it was a matter of stenciling, stamping with print and Finnabair circles, splats with Color Bloom spray, inked lids for circles and some spritz and flicking with bleach.  
So I guess really it is a mixed media piece after-all.
And it didn’t quite end up as a one-layer piece…as the printed circles were cut out and stuck on…so close!
The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on the same theme.
Please pop on over and check out the awesomeness of their creativity,
 be inspired, and maybe join in our fun.
Flonzcraft are our sponsors this fortnight and have a generous $20 gift voucher up for grabs,
there are spotlights and a top 3 picked by the DT as well.

Stamping must be the focal point on your project!

Enjoy!

Unicorn Magic

“Unicorn Magic”
This fortnight I have made a card with a new release from 
from the stamp set “Unicorn Magic”.

They have 33 new releases altogether! ~ with a lovely mix of images, geometric designs, letters and sentiments.

I fell in love with this set the minute I laid my eyes on it!
This is a simple card with a little stenciling and splattering.
The other night I was watching Visible Image on the Craft and Create show in the UK (you can do almost anything on the internet) and caught a glimpse of this card in the background (along with some others). Amazing!
Such an honour and thrill for me…especially with the time it takes to receive stamps from the half-way around the world, make a card or three, and then send them back…I think I was one very lucky girl!
The stamps used are~
*Visible Image are also at the UK Trade Fair from the 21st – 23rd of Feb.

There are so many new stamps are being released at the moment and I think you are really going to love them.  
My wish list is soooo long!
Enjoy!

One Stamp, Three Ways

One Stamp, Three Ways!
I am on holidays at the moment…and sat down for a little play with ink yesterday.

A week ago I was lucky enough to be a winner in a blog-hop with Stampendous and won some gorgeous goodies…
a stamp,
a stencil
and a sanding block!

Yesterday I wanted to have a play with my new stuff,
 so I set myself a challenge while I was at it.
My challenge to myself was: 
~ to use the stamp 3 ways 
~ use green and yellow (as I don’t use them very often)
~ and use circles (a common thread to tie the cards together)

Card 1

I used Bister background.

Card 2

With an Inky background.
I used Distress Inks for the background.

Card 3

And with lots of white space and a little doodling.
I used Dylusions for the colouring.

All very simple cards and all one layer.
Quick and easy, and heaps of fun!!!

Enjoy!

I would love to enter this set into ~