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“Lovey Dovey” at FSC

This fortnight we are all in LOVE!!!
That’s right, we have the lovey-dovey thing going on at FSC.
This is open to animals in pairs, first love, bridal and romance…
whatever you interpret lovey dovey stuff to be.
For this challenge I have decided on a bridal card.
The idea that I had was to have a plain-ish style 
but with some technique involved.
I think that wedding cards should be stylish and not over-done, but that’s me…kind of classic (ummm, the card that is, not me lol)
For this card, the top layer is all in one layer.
Some of you may have heard of the ‘out-of-the-box’ technique,
well, this card is kind of the reverse 
so I’m calling it the ‘in-the-box’ technique.
It uses a heart die behind which I have put some card that has been coloured with re-inkers (Wendy Vecchi style).
On the front I have stamped, coloured with Distress Inks and used stencils and negative stencilling (is that a technique???)
And, of course, there’s a little doodling to finish it off!
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.

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.

“Vintage” at VSC

“Boudoir Belle” 
Vintage is old-world, pretty and feminine – and nothing says it more than a belle!
This month we would love to see some vintage cards at
Vintage Stamping Challenges,
maybe even using some of your new stash if you like.

Vintage is sooo much fun and can be many things, 
so I went for sexy, in an old-fashioned way!
I’ve had this stamp a little while but haven’t had the courage to use her…
until now. And I thought she would be perfect for this challenge.

Flonz craft has some gorgeous vintage stamps to choose from,
 and I have used the Girl Reclining On Couch as my main image.
The new stash that I have used is a selection of Graphic 45 papers
that arrived just before xmas…
so I decided to try and create a boudoir scene!

The girls have gone all out to inspire you this month
with some incredible vintage inspiration!

Flonzcraft is generously offering $20 to spend at their online store,
along with the Highly Desirable pics
and Flonz himself (Leo) pics his favourite too!
So please come join in the fun of vintage
and see what you can create.
I am entering this into the following challenges

Blessed Be

Halloween at FSC!
We are all in the Halloween mood at Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight
It isn’t a tradition that we follow here in Australia.
But what the hell…I’ve given it a shot anyway!
Literally the day I finished making it one of the teachers at work joked with me 
about me giving her a card with bones and witches on it for her 50th…
so I hid it on her bookshelf for her to find!  Would you believe it took 4 days for her to discover it!!!
Just goes to show teachers use computers more than books on their bookshelves these days lol

There are a couple of  “firsts” with this card.

My first successful attempt 
at doing the marbled stains technique from TH.
For some reason…I have just struggled with this one.
I am so glad that it finally worked because
it gives just the right spooky atmosphere for what I wanted.

And my first successful go at using shrinky dinks!
Now that stuff is scarier than my card!
It was so hard to think of appropriate embellies
for this card…but mini skeletons and witches seemed just right
~ what do you think?
The stampettes at FSC have come up with some jaw-dropping creations to inspire you.
Marina from Cottage Crafts is offering a generous online voucher from her shop for the DT chosen winner.

And last but not least leave us a little bit of yourselves so we can hop on over and leave you lots of love.
This fortnight I had my first ever entry into an art show.
It was an incredible experience, and I would highly recommend it to everyone to have a go at! 
There was so much inspiration and people just having a go (including me).
I got a bit of a kick out of seeing my name in the program booklet.
Next year I will do it again for sure, with even more entries!
I also had a couple of wins in blogland…including a fabulous piece made by Hels Sheridan…
can’t wait for the postie to deliver that. Thanks Hels.

Stamps are from Cherry Pie Art Stamps

I am entering this card into the following challenges –
~ Simon Says Stamp and Show – Your Favourite (witches stamp)
~ No Matter Which Challenges – Halloween Creations/Colours
~ Scrappy Frogs Challenges Blog – Fall/Halloween
~ Craft Your Passion – Witches 
~ Poisoned Peas Please – Sugar Skulls/Day of the Dead
~ DRS Designs Rubber Stamps – Cats (black cat in bottom RH corner) 
~ Sweet Stampin’ Challenge Blog – Halloween
~ Alphabet Challenge – “S” for Skeletons, Spiders & anything Spooky 
~ Raise the Bar – Which is Witch
~ Fussy and Fancy – Anything Goes 
~ Stampin’ for the Weekend –  Something spookyyyyyyyyy .



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.


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