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Winter or Spring at FSC

“Nature’s magic”
is what I am calling this card…it has that air of mystery and wonder when I look at it. Almost magical.
But firstly, I want to say how excited I am about a couple of visitors heading my way all the way from Ireland in a few months time.
It’s my boss!!!
Yes, Andrew and Shirley Chillman are coming to visit.
I’m trying to come up with an aussie nick-name for Shirley, but all I’ve got so far is ‘Chiller’ lol.
 I’ll keep working on that one!
Back to this card though…
It is the middle of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere,
and everyone is starting to look forward to seeing the early signs of Spring.
 This card has the bare trees, the early appearance of butterflies…
yes, Spring will come eventually.
 Over here we still have to get through the heat of Summer before some cooler nights start to kick in.
The most challenging part of this card is where to place the butterfly! 
When you stamp onto a piece of acetate you can move it around and see where the best place to put a stamp is.
The background is one of my all-time favourites –
which Wendy Vecchi came up with at CHA in 2014.
You can see the whole demo here.
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!
Just a reminder that I am a stockist of Visible Image and Stampendous stamps in Australia.
…so, exciting times ahead.  The link to both the Visible Image and Stampendous shops are on my sidebar, along with my e-mail addy for any enquiries.

I’ld like to enter this into the Craft Stamper Challenge Blog too…Anything Goes (with a stamp)

Enjoy!

Anything Goes at FSC

Anything Goes
is the theme this month at FSC.
We are all a little busy at this time of year with so much to do leading up to Christmas.
So this is a nice easy challenge to finish the year off with.
It is Summer here now in my part of the world so I thought I would share this nautical piece.
This is a card that I made for Australian Simply Cards magazine.
I love this guy, he reminds me of my father, though he looks nothing like him.  He used to work at the harbour here in Portland.
The stamp is from Stampers Anonymous.
Techniques used in this are masking, water colouring and acrylic block stamping.

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!

Under the Sea at FSC

Under the Sea
is the theme this month at FSC.
You can use any medium you like, in any format,
as long as it has stamping as the focal point 
and fits our theme ~ ‘under the sea’.
So this is your chance to show us your creativity!
It can be scrappin’, journaling, canvas’s, cards or altered art.
We would love to sea what you come up with 
(did you sea that pun?  I know…)
I’ve combined the Mermaid set with the Goldfish Pair from Stampendous for this make.
I had an idea of somehow making it look like the fish were circling the mermaid…it kind of worked…
Watercolor card was my substrate 
(sorry, I just wanted to use that word)
and plain old distress inks in twisted citrus and chipped sapphire were used. I think these colours work so well together.
I masked off the edges with stencil tape, worked out which order I wanted the images to be stamped in, then masked,
(fish, mermaid, clam, then the turtle)
and left the masks on while I inked the background.
A little extra ink splotched on with some plastic, and then some bleach.
Now, it is about at this time that I decided that I wanted more white space towards the top – so more bleach!
I like how it looks like the light is filtering down through the water.
The images are colored with Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils.
And of course a little white gel pen, because it just isn’t finished without it.
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!

Believe In Yourself

Believe In Yourself


Take a stamp, anything goes!
is the theme at The Craft Stamper Take It, Make It challenge blog  this month!

There are some great ideas in the Feb issue of the magazine and
on the Craft Stamper Blog – with an awesome prize to be won
from DaliART!
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!
This is one challenge that I’ve been entering, 
every now and then, for some time (years)…
so it is a massive honour to be chosen by the team last November.
What made it even more special is that it was for my favourite creation this year!  
Which you can see here.

Part of winning is being a Guest Designer…
so I have come up with this card.

I have a close circle of friends who are constantly telling me to believe in myself, so, in the end, they were the words I chose for this card.  The card is a kind of message to myself…

When I was putting this card together I mucked it up sooo many times that by the time I had to repeat it – AGAIN – I decided to take pics as I went along
~ and do a step-x-step for you.
(the instructions are on each pic)
The technique is masking…
Apologies in advance for the poor photo’s, but I hope you’ll get the gist of it.  Cuppa ready?
Here we go! 

You can see that the mask has been used a few times!

The charcoal is only a small addition, but it makes a heap of difference I think.

Products used were ~
Stampendous: Tree Poem stamp
Stampers Anonymous:  Classics #5 stamp set
Kaszazz:  Chalk Leaf small stamp
DI:  Peacock Feathers, Spiced Marmalade, Black Soot, 
DI re-inker: Mustard Seed
Distress Paint: Picket Fence
Dylusions Paint: Black
Archival ink:  Jet Black, Cornflour 

Extras:
Stencils, charcoal pencil, white gel pen, water mister, paper toweling (for blotting), photo copy paper (for masking and printing) and patience…lots of patience!

I hope you enjoyed my first step-x-step tutorial.

I love Paris…even in the rain!

I Love Paris…Even In The Rain

At Fashionable Stamping Challenges this month we have the theme
of Winter In Paris!

Living nowhere near Europe, and with our seasons in Australia the opposite to those in Europe,
I had to really put my thinking cap on for this challenge.
I didn’t even know whether it snows in Paris!
So, my thoughts went to what I thought Winter was ~ and any-which-way I looked at it I couldn’t escape the rain!
 So my piece for you this month has Wintry colours and rain.
The background uses purple and blue DI’s on an acrylic block that was lightly spritzed with water.
Then placed onto some white card.  
A little water flicking,
and a little bleach,
and voila, that was my background.

My writing is a little dodgy, 
but I think it suits the card just the same.

Masking is one of my favourite things to do, it adds so much depth…so
the stamping is done using masking to create layers.
Then I also used masking of the inked area to stamp some drips…to add another couple of layers!
In the end, this is a monochromatic one-layer piece.
And, even with it’s simplicity, it is one of my favourite makes for this year!
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 enjoyed this as much as me.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges~