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FSC “Blank and White with a Hint of Red”

‘Black and White with a Hint of Red’
is the new challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight.
If you are into Valentine’s Day cards, this one is ideal
– and if not, then you can still join in….
you can pretty much make any project you like as long as it is black and white with just a hint of red 
(not too much red though, the black and white need to be the dominant colours in this challenge).
I thought that I would make a Valentine’s card for a friend of mine
for this challenge.
He makes me laugh a lot with the weirdest jokes 
so I thought of using Charlie for this one.
I have had the TH heart stencil forever, and this is the first time that I have used it.  
It was interesting that I could achieve an ombre effect through the stencil by just adding a little more ink here and there.
And seeing as I have now learnt to use my cropodile
well…I couldn’t resist using it to add a little more red to the card…just a hint though.
And a little doodling to finish it off, just because I really enjoy it.
I hope you like my card.
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!


“Swept Off Her Feet” – CAS style!

It is Clean and Simple 
over at FSC this fortnight.
And the twist for this challenge is that it is a one-layer project too!
I have been on the Design Team at FSC for 2 years…
and I have spent ALL of that time learning about layers and embellies 
and this time around I have to tone it down.
 So funny!
However I think this style adds a freshness to a card. What are your thoughts???
I think the trick to this type of challenge is a good stamp, good colours
and knowing when enough is enough.
…And walking away (a tough one!).
This card is inspired by something that I saw in Craft Stamper
(but I can’t find the issue to let you know)…but without the embellishments.
The heart is from spellbinders, and I have inked up the inside of it
with distress stains that have been blended with a dry brush.
Black fine-liner has been offset around the shape, using the cut-out heart shape as a template.
And the flourish was added because I just had to extend it a little lol.
Extra hearts and some words are stamped in to finish it off.
The main image is from Flonzcraft and is called
The girls over at FSC have some great inspiration to help give you ideas on different techniques and tempt you into joining in the fun with us!
Don’t forget we have Saturday Spotlights, a random winner and the DT’s pick a top 3 as well.
Flonz generously donates a $20 prize to the winner,
and even joins in at times with a surprise prize…
I hope you find some time to join in the fun with us.

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.

Alter It

Alter It
is the new challenge at FSC this fortnight.
You can alter anything you like, whether it be something
old or something chipboard that has been done up,
or something from around the house…
the choice is yours!
My object is a shadow box with a glass front.
It is totally inspired from Brenda at 
Butterflies and Bumblebees and a secret santa gift that I received from her this year.

My mum has been looking at Brenda’s shadow box creation on my wall
for some time and asked if I could make her one for Mother’s Day.
In this pic I have take the glass off to photgraph it so that
I could capture the colour better.
I wanted something ultra feminine for mum
I think it captures a scene from the past quite nicely.
This is just a closer pic to show the detail of the framing of the stamp.
It is layered onto a piece of torn and inked vellum.
Please pop on over to FSC and check out the awesomeness of the stampettes and leave a little love.
They are some of the most creative people I know.
Flonz has a generous $20 voucher for the winner

along with the stampettes top pics, Saturday spotlights, inspirational pieces
and the occasional guest designer who plays along with us. FSC is a busy place to be!

For My Mum….Happy Mother’s Day!

A Touch of Elegance….
with a little lace and pearls
is the latest challenge at Vintage Stamping Challenges.
With Mother’s Day coming up in this part of the world 
I thought I would take the opportunity to make mum’s card with this challenge.
She is from a time when every Saturday night everyone followed the dance hall circuit.

I think this Flonz Image is perfect for her.

This is my first go at a twisted easel card…

The background papers are a freebie from Astrid’s Artistic Efforts.
which I have just added a little ink and stamping to.

 The top part of the card is suppose to be ultra femine…
so heaps of lace and swirls and pearls
and of course ~ the colour purple
(I heard somewhere once that older people loooove purple)

The really wanted to create a cascading effect from the top card through to the bottom front corner.
Keeping the theme flowing through.
I did grunge up the flowers a little with some gesso
(I just couldn’t resist it)
and it takes off that “just bought” look.
And heaps of hearts because I love my mum.
(does that make up for calling her old??? lol)
Flonz has a generous $20 prize for one lucky entrant
which can be spent on a huge range of goodies from his on-line store.
And they are cheap…so you can get heaps of them!
The Design Team have once again come up with some
outstanding examples of how to showcase these stamps…
so please be inspired