Mar 22, 2015

"May the Wings of a Butterfly Kiss the Sun..."

"May the Wings of a Butterfly Kiss the Sun"

The challenge this fortnight at Fashionable Stamping Challenges
is to use your favourite 'go-to' stamp!
We all have them...those stamps that we go to often when we need them.  The good all-rounders that fill in the blank spots.

Often, for me, it is the background stamps that I go to often...

So for this challenge I have gone to my trusty leaves stamp and some butterflies.


The trick is to do something different with them so that your cards
don't all end up looking the same...like I said...tricky!

So, with that in mind, I have stamped the leaves with white gesso, dried and then stamped over the top with Archival Jet Black ink.
Because my gesso is getting a little old it is slightly gluggy
which gives a lovely textured effect.  
When I stamped over the top in black, the textured bits look like veins on the leaves.

Now that is a happy accident!!!

For the butterflies I have stamped them on vellum 
and coloured with alcohol ink markers on the back, 
cut them out and folded them so that the wings lift up.
The effect here is quite soft and fits beautifully with the pastel tones of the distress paints in the background.

And to finish I just added a new sentiment which I think fits well.

All stamps are from Kaszazz.

So there you have it, a card made with two stamps that I use as fillers, a happy accident and a sentiment.

I hope you feel inspired to join in our challenge...you'll
find your stamps probably still sitting on your craft bench, or sink, ready to be cleaned.
We have lots of prizes up for grabs! 
And loads of inspiration from the girls at FSC.

Enjoy!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges.

Mar 8, 2015

"(I love) the Flower Girl..."


SPRINGTIME 
is the new challenge at FSC this fortnight!
If you make a project with anything that is fresh, sunny, colourful or even with flowers,
then you will be up and running for this challenge.

I would like to thank everyone for your awesome comments last time, it blows me away each and every time how supportive and caring the crafty/bloggy world is!

My gosh, is it just me, or does this year seem to be flying past very fast at the moment?
It is actually Autumn here, but Spring is such a beautiful time of year
~ lots of fresh new leaves on the trees, birds everywhere, baby animals, flowers and SUNSHINE!

For my card this time I have gone with fresh and green.


 Mowed Lawn Distress Ink isn't a colour that I have used much of...
but I thought it would be perfect for this card
as it is the juiciest and greenest ink that I have!!!
To set it all off, add freshness
and to make the Mowed Lawn stand out more 
I have complimented it with black and white .

This stamp is by Kaszazz - she is a beautiful stamp just on her own,
so I have left her plain. 
With a hint of green on the garland in her hair and on her dress.  Nothing fancy.
She reminds me of the song about "The Flower Girl" which is now stuck in my head! So here is the link to the song.

The background is made using an acrylic block.
And the flowers coloured with Alcohol Ink Markers.
And for those following my blog regularly - yes, I have used my crop-o-dile again,
 this time for something different in the center of the flowers :)

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.



I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Feb 22, 2015

"Goodbye to Summer...."

'Goodbye to Summer...'
things are heating up in this part of the world as Summer draws to an end, so I have made a card that shows what Summer is to me.

But before we get onto that, some challenge details for FSC...
The theme at FSC this fortnight is to colour an image in your favourite way.
OMG...there are sooo many choices.  I love scraping a little DI onto a craft sheet, spraying with a little water and picking it up with a water brush and colouring it onto an image.  
You can make the colour bolder or tone it down, or mix it with other colours...
I use this colouring technique a lot - so that is what I have done for this challenge.

But there are so many other choices you could make
~ alcohol ink markers, re-inkers, DI stains...
Pretty much anything that has tones can be used to colour with.



It has been a mild summer down here by the sea
but there have still been plenty of balmy days...and typical seaside weather.
I made this card as a farewell to Summer, 
and as an excuse to use some new stamps that I have bought.

The pelican I love because we have pelicans down by the water.
The blues because the sea here in Summer is sooo blue...and I have spent a lot of time on the water with my whale-boat training.
(ps: we won the Australian Whaleboat championships last weekend, so all that training paid off)

The background was made first by stamping a Kaszazz word stamp with picket fence distress paint so that it would act as a resist.  
Then it was inked up, water- flicked and some extra DI "painted" on with a water brush 
around some of the words
- to give them more depth and ground the letters.
It kind of has an embossed look when in reality it is flat.
The pelican on a post, and shells, were coloured with DI's too.

And I couldn't resist a little bleach splattered on the front panel.

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!


I thought that I would share a couple of pictures of our team at the Championships last weekend...that's me standing up!


Moments after winning the championships
That's me yelling at the team, or should I say 'gently coaxing' them???.lol





Enjoy!


Feb 13, 2015

"Love is in the Air"

Love is in the Air!
and I am feeling all romantic...


The animal in this is a wombat...which is an Australian native animal.  And the stamp is from Kaszazz.
All the rest is doodling.

This is quite a simple CAS card...but you know, sometimes,
 'simple' is simply beautiful.

To all the romantics around the world I hope you have an amazing Valentine's Day!


Enjoy!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges...

Feb 12, 2015

"Surf's Up"

Surf's Up
Here in Australia we are almost saying goodbye to Summer :(
I can't say that it has been much of a Summer though in this part of the world.  
Maybe it will just come late. (yes, I am an optimist)

I was reading The Craft Stamper and was reminded about using
the picket fence resist technique...and decided to have a go.


My imagination got carried away, as usual, and I went for an
Hawaiian sunset effect...using a silhouette stamp.
I love how the picket fence comes through to the front.

A little flick of water here, 
a few drops flicked on with the festive berries DI there,
 and the paint did all the rest!

I hope you enjoy my card.


I have put this into the 'made by me' section of The Craft Stamper website

Feb 8, 2015

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!


Enjoy!


Jan 25, 2015

"Numbers"

'Numbers'
~ as long as you have a number somewhere on your project
then we hope that you will join in our fun at Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight.

 Recently, I saw a beautiful technique on you-tube using the 'Bokeh' technique.  
It looked like something different to have a go at so I have used it here on this card.


I quite like it...

It has a very soothing feel to it IRL.
If I were to do anything different, then next time I think I would do it over the whole card instead of just a strip.

I don't know about you, but sometimes I find the white inks/sprays a little frustrating as they fade and take up the colour of the ink underneath...this technique is a natural way to use that to an advantage.

I will definitely give this another go...and maybe in another colour?

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!


Enjoy!

Jan 11, 2015

Let's Get the Party Started!

"Something New"
is our kick-start challenge for 2015
at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
I hope everyone has had a wonderful festive season and is recovering gradually
...I am doing 'boot-camp' and rowing whaleboats again, in training for the championships coming up in February (yep - I'm a sucker for punishment), so my old muscles are a little tender some days.
But I do love the competitiveness of it all and it is a great day out.

As for xmas, not even one new craft gadget did I get!!!
BUT
  • Luckily I had a couple of stamps that hadn't seen ink, so they were perfect for this challenge.  
  • A new technique.
  • And trying to master something that has had me stumped...forever!

- and so I had the ingredients for this challenge



My new stamps are the sentiments and net stamps which are from Kaszazz.

The new technique was inking a block with some distress ink,
spraying with a fine mist of water and applying it to cardstock.
An oldie, and simple I know, but I just had never got around to giving this a go!
And I loooove it!!! Quick, easy...and it gives some white space if you don't over-do the ink.
 (less is more)
Tip: you will have left-over droplets, so use them up on your piece.
- a bit like the wrinkle free technique.

And the dreaded cropodile...which I have had for years...
Guess what! I have finally learnt how to use it!
The trick here is to not over-squeeze it...
and KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN!!!
Scary stuff though as it is usually the last thing that you do, and if you muck it up 
then you have to start all over again.
~ so bravery and belief-in-myself is paramount.
(o.k. ~ my 'plan B' was to put some ribbon through the holes, or hot-glue them them on, to disguise any mishaps)

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!


Enjoy!


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges

Dec 20, 2014

'What a Year'

2014...and the journey continues...

It is that time of year again when I do a wrap up of the year that was ~ and it sure has been one of the most challenging and inspiring years for me.

I started with my 'skates on' as a guest designer 
for 'The Artistic Stamper' in England...
which was absolutely mind-boggling as I couldn't be further away from England if I tried, blogging is a wonderful thing!

Then I joined in the fun with the on-line design team
for 'The Craft Stamper' magazine...and learnt so much from an incredibly talented group of girls...

My amazing journey with Fashionable Stamping Challenges (love you girls to the moon and back) continues, and grows.  They were the first to ever take a chance on me...
and for that I am (and always will be) forever grateful.

I also made the decision to become a consultant for Kaszazz, a 100% Australian owned and operated card/scrapbooking company - and look forward to the adventure that that will be.

And I have finished the year off with being invited to be a designer for an Australian card making magazine 
(that one took me by surprise!), 
for an issue due out next year...heaps of pressure!!! 
but boy, it was soooo much fun!!!  And now I learn patience :(

And I would do all of it again in a heart-beat.

When I make cards I pretty much just do my own thing.
I still don't know what my 'style' is, but being inky and creative is still the best fun!
It is also around this time of year when I show pics of my top 5 favourite cards that I have designed this year...so here they are...




This one was made after doing Kate Crane's 'Journal Soup 2'
- and playing with 'doodling' some more.







This one is using Wendy Vecchi's special background technique.






Bleach Blocking technique.






Just some carefree Summer fun!






And I just like the message on this one...



ummmm....I wonder what next year will bring???

A huge thank you to those of you who believe in me, inspire me, teach me, support me 
and share the love each time you stop by.
Feeling blessed :)


From me and mine, to you and yours, 
I wish you all a very safe Christmas.And bring on 2015!!!

Enjoy!



I am joining in the fun at A Scrapjourney:My Favourite 5 of 2014

Dec 14, 2014

"Things are HOT at FSC!"


Heat It Up!!!
That's right...it's heat gun time
And it is our last challenge for the year.  This one will run for a month so that we can all enjoy the season, friends and family.  We look forward to seeing you again in 2015!

On with the challenge ~
there are so many things that you can use your heat gun for, and
if you are like me you probably use one with just about every project that you work on, without even thinking twice about it.

I know that it is a busy time of year, but if you need a break from the maddening crowd...and feel like a little crafty play...
then this is a nice easy challenge for you!

For this challenge I have decided to make just one more chrissy card.  I was quite taken with the idea of creating a vintagey bauble that looked real...and this is what I have come up with.


Firstly, for the background I have clear embossed some snowflakes
- heat gunned it!

Then I wrinkle free distressed it
- heat gunned it!

The small bauble (with Santa) is triple clear embossed
- heat gunned it!

The Santa image was heat-set before the embossing
- heat gunned it!

And to finish off, I randomly added some silver embossing powder on the edge of the card and bauble
- heat gunned it!

I'm starting to feel a little like 'Annie Get Your Gun' lol.

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!


Enjoy!

  I would also like to thank you all for some pretty awesome comments left on my blog this year ~ you have given me encouragement and support in ways that I can't explain ~ and thank you also for taking the time to follow my blog. 
 A few people have decided to move on from here so I really do appreciate those of you who have stayed.  And a big thank you to those of you who are new to my journey...
you never know what is ahead ;)
Thank you!

...and a very Merry Xmas from me and mine
to you and yours!!!