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“Sparkle In The Rain”

is one of the new stamp sets from Visible Image that I have been having a bit of fun with.
It is a silhouette stamp, but you can do so much with a silhouette.  So I thought I would show you something a little different.
For this card I used a scrap piece that had some blue Bister on it. I stamped the silhouette with Versamark, triple embossed it, cut it out, put it in the freezer, cracked it and then worked some dark blue DI into it.  This is not a new technique, but it looks quite modern on a Bister background…or you could use Brusho’s/Colourburst/or whatever you have handy.
Then I made up a background with the blue Bister.
Added a little bleach…around which I used a fine-liner.
Punched out some left over card and edged it.
And I used an “Edgy” stamp to add a little border.

For fun I would like to enter this into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – We Can See Clearly…my interpretation being the layers of clear embossing powder that was cracked and inked up.
The stamps used on my card are~

*Monoliths (MDF’s) are now back in stock.
*The shop is now open again!…and the new release stamps are now available!!!

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Words…at FSC

is the new challenge at FSC this month.
When I look back over my work, I realise that ‘words’ are not something that I use a lot of.  Not that I am ever short of a word or two, I’m just not a “Happy Birthday” sort of person with my card creations.
However, for this challenge I have gone with a Tree Poem (by Stampendous) which I think suits this challenge perfectly.
haha…still no “Happy Birthday” 🙂
The background is made with Bister and I’ve splattered some H2O’s and white paint for extra oomph.
The background is some 7 Dots paper that I had which I’ve inked up and stamped on before adding some leaves for that touch of Autumn.  
I was at Paperific (papercraft show) in Melbourne recently and got to see a lot of products IRL…a change from the internet where a lot of my purchases are made. It was so good to see what size the stamps are!!! (I know, it’s the little things).
 I saw Flitterglu for the first time and couldn’t resist buying some and using it on this card.
I also took a class with Limor Weber while I was at Paperific which was an incredible experience…she left me feeling very clever! 
And I also met some wonderfully creative Australian people.
It would be great to catch up with them again one day!!!
I don’t often work on canvas’s, but Limor helped me face my fears of BIG spaces lol…I had so much fun and learnt heaps!!!
Back to the challenge ~ 
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 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 as well.

Stamping must be the focal point on your project!

I hope you enjoy my card.

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!!!


I would love to enter this set into ~

‘And the Weather is…Perfect!’

‘Weather Forecast’
Is the new challenge, this fortnight, at FSC.
And the weather is perfect!
A balmy Summer’s day at dusk, with the sun going down, 
the night clouds gently rolling in,
no wind…no rain…

We have a small, seaside town just 10 mins down the road which we
affectionately call ‘The Wong’ and each time I look at this card
it reminds me of it.

I have kept this card pretty simple using different stamps from all over the place.
Not even any masking…just ‘pot luck’ with random stamping.
Also it is one-layer.

And another card for my ‘male card’ collection – and that’s a bonus!

For the background I have again used Bister 
as I am still enjoying these paints and what you can do with them.
I did experiment with some other backgrounds, but I liked this one the best.
And for those of you who might be wondering,
I have coloured the border using Bister and water mixed together on my craft sheet.
Our challenge this fortnight is to depict the weather somehow…
From rain or snow, to soaring heat…and anything in between.
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!


“Playing Around”

“Playing Around”
Male cards are sometimes a little tricky.
My boys’ asked if I would make a birthday card for their dad.
I don’t know about you, but going from feminine to male is like you need to flick a switch in your head and do a complete ‘about-turn’, mentally. 
Everything on this card is new. 
The background is playing with Bister, and the stamps are…well…don’t we all just get new stamps?
What is the first thing that you do when your Bister arrives?
PLAY…(of course).
I have seen so many amazing cards made using Bister and could not resist getting some in.
This card is using the Mahogany colour and is on shiny cardstock.
Using it on shiny card is my favourite way to use these powdered paints and the colour is so vibrant…
The thing for me to embrace with Bister is that
‘Less is More”
It really does go a long way…and I found that some really nice effects can come from using just a little of it.
You just need to have heaps of cardstock and time to play!
I have used a little bleach to some of the splotchy areas to help the spots stand out more.