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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.

“Cherish Every Child”

Favourite Technique Challenge

Craft Stamper have a new challenge this month…

you can choose ANY technique, by ANY designer and from ANY issue of the Craft Stamper for 2014!
So that is probably well over a 100 projects to choose from.
The hard part is probably choosing one!
Then, when you enter you need to state what technique you are using, 
who the designer is 
and what issue of the magazine it is in.

And, of course…there must be stamping of some kind on your project 

~ we are a stamping magazine after all.
My choice this time is the Bleach Blocking technique
which was shown to us in the July issue by Hels Sheridan.
Just make sure you use a clean blending tool pad to spray the water onto so that it does come out onto your background.
This has fast become one of my favourite techniques to use.
It is simple, yet effective.  It adds so much depth to a card without having to be too clever! 
There was no plan to this really, but I started with green…only
because I haven’t made a green card for ages. 
Then the image (one of my earliest stamps from Crafty Individuals) seemed to fit the mood of the colours. 
Still no plan.
And that is when my mind (or the card?) took me on a bit of a trip.
 I couldn’t help but think of all the bad things going on around the world at the moment and how it is really impacting on the children.
So from that came the words and the hearts…with some grounding.
Strange how sometimes, if you let it, the card can take you on unexpected journeys…and you end up in places quite unexpected.
(The world is still a positive place)

The girls have come up with some amazing inspiration for you to check out 
so please follow the links on the Craft Stamper blog to see the fun they have had.
There is also some great ideas out in the August issue of the magazine – with awesome prizes to be won!
PLUS:  The Design Team will have a look at all your gorgeous work and choose their top 3…and the the overall winner will get published in Craft Stamper magazine!
AND: the Challenge winner will be offered a Guest Designer spot for an upcoming challenge!
Enjoy!

OMG – I’m 200 posts old…

“Time for Wine”

 I’m feeling excited and a little mind-boggled to think that I have made 200 cards and shared them across blogworld for all to see.

I really would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has taken time in their day to visit my blog from all over the world…and have give advice, guidance and encouragement…shared some pretty amazing and awesome comments…and have been friends in ways you can’t imagine.

It seemed fitting to celebrate my 200th post with a celebratory glass of wine! (I know…any excuse lol)

This card was made for a friend’s birthday…
it has a touch of the Mediterranean and was made for a fiery Italian 
 who loves his vegie garden and a nice drop of wine.
I love the bleach blocking technique from recent cards that I have made and thought it would have a perfect effect for this project.
 I wanted the colours to be rich and natural.
Some reverse stenciling, some subtle water colouring with DI’s of the leaves, grapes and wine…and that is it.
To help celebrate my 200th post I would like to show you 2 things…
firstly, the first card I ever posted 3 1/2 years ago!
I remember making it for my niece Emma’s birthday.
It does have a little ink, but not much (I guess you have to start somewhere)…this was the first stamp that I bought and I kind of thought I might get into Tilda cards.

and secondly, some fun that I had recently when I was playing around with YouTube…these are some of my cards over the last 6 months that I really like. It was heaps of fun to put together ~ and I hope you enjoy it too.

It has been, and still is, an incredible journey…with surprise twists and turns
and so many new things to learn. 
It was fun (and scary!) to look back ~ but good for the soul.

A One Layer Card

“Bleach Blocking”
is the theme at The Craft Stamper Take It, Make It challenge blog  this time around!

I had in mind to use this arch from The Artistic Stamper…then came the idea of making the background look like it was part of a building using the bleach blocking idea.

I have kept the same colours this time around as what I used last time.  And I have used the bleaching as you would if you were doing stenciling ~ that is, bleaching out the ink, then overlaying with the colours of the ink that was used in the first place…
in this case, aged mahogany and rusty hinge DI’s.
Oh, and the light area inside the arch is bleach blocked – 3 times on top of each other – to give a light area on the inside.

The angel just seemed right for the arch 
and for the feeling of the card.
It’s a stamp that I’ve only ever used once before…and it fitted beautifully!

The black lines were added as an afterthought (using a credit card)…you know how it is, “I’ll just add this” lol ~ then you sometimes have to resist going on.
Then I thought…maybe I’ll photograph it, then change it later lol

There are some great ideas in the June issue of the magazine and
on the Craft Stamper Blog – with awesome prizes to be won!
PLUS:  The Design Team will have a look at all your gorgeous work and choose their top 3…and the overall winner will get published in Craft Stamper magazine!
AND: the Challenge winner will be offered a Guest Designer spot for an upcoming challenge!

Enjoy!

I would like to enter this in the following challenges…

“With Love…”

Bleach Blocking
is the theme at The Craft Stamper Take It, Make It challenge blog this time around!

There are some great ideas in the July issue of the magazine and
on the Craft Stamper Blog – with awesome prizes to be won!
PLUS:  The Design Team will have a look at all your gorgeous work and choose their top 3…and the overall winner will get published in Craft Stamper magazine!
AND: the Challenge winner will be offered a Guest Designer spot for an upcoming challenge!
Oh, and don’t forget to link your work back to the Craft Stamper.

So often we make a beautiful background, then cover it up.
Does that sound familiar?
This time I wanted to make a background that somehow 
blended in with the design…and enhanced the stamping, somehow.

This card I have called ‘With Love…’
And comes from a happy place.

To bleach out the ink you simply spray some water onto your blending tool pad, hold down on the distress inked background and hold for a few seconds…then lift.  You can let it dry naturally or,  by blotting it after 10 or so seconds, you can white it out more…so you can play with the different effects.

The lighter colours make the bleaching whiter than some of the darker colours too.

The thing that I love the most about this challenge group is the stamping…you can you use any stamps that you like!  Just so long as you do use stamps…for me it doesn’t get better than that!

Enjoy!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges ~