Jul 13, 2014

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.

"Dreaming of Summer"

'Dreaming of Summer'

I hope that where ever you are in the world that the sun is shining.
Up North you have Summer
and down here ~ well, Summer is on our minds...

At FSC we thought that where ever you are, you might like to join us in celebrating Summer ~ the heat, holidays, chips at the beach, long lazy days, beach walks, swimming...and a nice cold beer maybe.

The stamping must be the focal point of your creation...and follow the theme and you are win with a chance of winning!

Because I live near the sea...Summer means lazy days at the beach.
So I have made a card this time around that reflects the carefree
fun of a day at the beach.


The background is made with Archival re-inkers and DI's,
and a little stamping.
The main panel was fun too...I used re-inkers and a straw!
I would've loved one of the new air things from Tim Holtz, but I haven't got one - yet.
The main image is from Crafty Individuals.

I hope that you see the fun of Summer in this.

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,

Jul 11, 2014

"The Hippy In Me"

Embossing Powder Resist
is the challenge at the Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Challenge blog this month.
All you need to do is heat emboss an image/design onto the project, then colour over the top with inks/watercolour paints.
The embossing powder will resist the inks etc, and show through.
This could be for the focal point to your project, or be part of the background.
Real stamping needs to be included as well (in case you doodled with an embossing pen for your resist rather than stamped).

My idea this time around was to instead of having the white of the card showing through, that I would have some bright colours showing. 



What people may not realise is that I always start my cards with just white cardstock.
A total blank canvas, so to speak, each time.
 
On this one I have coloured up the background with a variety of bright colours then clear embossed this Indigo Blue 'Juliet' stamp.
I did this 3 times because I kept stuffing it up...don't ask...lol

I  have used WOW embossing powder and -wow- what a difference! 
Because it is a super fine powder the detail of the stamp shows up much better.  
And you can win some if you are the winner of this challenge!!!

Next came the fun part!
I just swiped black ink straight across the whole image.
I used the edge of the ink pad to extend the black out the back and then added a flourish stamp to give the impression of hair flowing.

To finish I just added some extra flowers and butterflies and then layered the main panel on some extra bright panel that I had inked up.
And that is it!



There are some great ideas in the August 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.


Enjoy!

I would like to enter this in the following challenges ~

Jul 4, 2014

"The Aussie Outback"

Embossing Powder Resist
is the new challenge at the Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Challenge blog this month.
All you need to do is heat emboss an image/design onto the project, then colour over the top with inks/watercolour paints.
The embossing powder will resist the inks etc, and show through.
This could be for the focal point to your project, or be part of the background.
Real stamping needs to be included as well (in case you doodled with an embossing pen for your resist rather than stamped).


I couldn't resist using my new Darkroom Door stamp for this challenge with some gum leaves to create a typical outback scene.

The front panel is a one-layer piece using lots of masking.
The leaves were inked, embossed and masked one at a time
onto white card before adding the scene behind it.
Then I added the distress ink!

What I really loved about making a card this way is that I didn't need to be fussy with the inking.
Usually when you stamp an image you have to be so careful with what ink you use with your inks in case the ink runs...and be very careful with the colouring 
~ with this technique there is no running! Easy...

Because the embossing is so shiny it was difficult to get a good picture of this one.



There are some great ideas in the August 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.

Enjoy!


I would like to enter this into the following challenges ~

Jun 27, 2014

"Flowers"

"Flowers"
is the new challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight.
The stamping must be the focal point of your creation...and follow the theme and you are win with a chance of winning!

It is shocking weather in my part of the world at the moment,
surging seas, wild winds, hail and rain...even a little snow a couple of hours up the road.  
That's as close as it gets to us as we live by the sea.  
But like I always say, if I have to freeze my ... off, then I hope it is snowing somewhere!

So it was great to sit down and think of Spring flowers.


This is another one layer card with some tiny punched butterflies added on.
I have used the ripping technique (a solid favourite with me)
in pink (yes, I am still working on the 'pink' in me).
When I look at this card I think it is the total opposite
 to what is happening outside.

The flower stamps are from Darkroom Door
 and the butterfly is from Stampers Anonymous.

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.

p.s.  I hope the sun is shining in your part of the world!


Enjoy!


I would love to enter this in the following challenges ~
~ Ruby's Rainbow - Stamping


Jun 16, 2014

"Hanging Five"

"Hanging Five"
is the name of a very well-known song 
sung by the Delltones, which is just one of those summer classics.

It is only the start of winter here, but that is when some of the best waves happen isn't it?  
And when the shortest day happens next week, we are officially on the way to summer...well, in my mind anyway lol.
Those who know me well, know that I'm an optimist :)



This beautiful stamp is from Darkroom Door.
The background is done in alcohol ink, and looks amazingly like there is a sunset happening!  That was accidental, but it looks cool anyway.
Three of the surfboards are done in alcohol inks using a different style to give a marbled effect, cut out and added onto the card with magic mount for depth.

5 surfboards, so hence the title of this blog post...lol

Enjoy!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges ~

Jun 13, 2014

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...


Jun 6, 2014

"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 ~

Jun 2, 2014

'Summer Blooms'

'Summer Blooms'
is the new challenge at Vintage Stamping Challenges
for the month of June.
We are a stamping challenge so combining that with some flowers
will qualify you for this challenge.

This rose stamp is one of my all time favourites 
from Flonzcraft (though there are a few that are my favourites)
and you can find here.



It was a challenge to use it in a way that I haven't tried yet.
So this time I have used it stamped onto a 
mixed media background.
I have applied grunge paste with a palette knife,  
and a little more through a stencil before covering with gesso
and Fresco Finish paint...then stamping of course.

I hope you take the time to pop over to 
and check out the amazing talent and ideas from the team.
 Flonzcraft is offering a generous $20 gift voucher to the winner,
he offers an occasional spot prize
and there is always a top 3!

Enjoy!

Jun 1, 2014

Anytime Is The Right Time

"Clocks"
is the new challenge at FSC this fortnight.
The stamping must be the focal point of your creation...and follow the theme and you are win with a chance of winning!
The theme being absolutely anything to do with clocks!

I have been inspired this time by a couple of fun ink effects that I have seen around this fortnight...
so I thought that I would combine them 
and see what they looked like.

I looove how there is always something new to try.


One is to use the stencil itself as the stamping tool.
Kind of like reverse masking I guess?  Just add water!
This looks even more effective when you blend 
some DI's over it a little.

And the other one I had no idea how to do so I ad-libbed a little.
Again using Wendy Vecchi's new inks...after mixing the inks on the craft sheet, instead of swiping the card through it, I scooped some up on my palette knife and applied it to the card that way.
This turned out to be a great idea as I could control
the amount of white area more.
I think this is a great idea for smaller cards.

Again, I have embraced "white areas" (scary)
and a first for me was not using any BLACK! Yikes.

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,