Feb 3, 2016

Live In The Moment

New Stamps, New Products!
It is all happening over at Visible Image at the moment...
with lots and lots of new stamps (yummy)
and something else altogether completely new ~ MONOLITHS.

Monoliths are MDF boards which come with a stand.
You can work on both sides.  
~ and that is double the fun!!!
You can even use them as a kind of mood board ~ so either side reflects a different feeling...there are soooo many possibilites...
They are perfect for anything mixed media.
And they come in packs of 5.

Oh, and not so big that you can't use your stamps on it,
in fact...they are specifically designed for our stamps! 

So here is my first MONOLITH.


After I did this I then did the other side ~
and forgot to take a pic.  Sorry about that.

Stamps Used:
Live In The Moment (new ~ & available for pre-order)

This side was sprayed with some mica's from Finnabair,
and the other side was dribbled with some alcohol inks...in similar colours.
I wanted it to be similar, but different - if that makes sense.

The butterflies were stamped onto tissue paper and then applied.
 To finish, I decided to paint around the base and edges with some black gesso...
ooops, sorry, I didn't take that pic either...

Visible Image will be on Create & Craft this Valentine's Day
(11am) for those who would like to see Pauline play with the new products.  
With the time zones, we are 11 hrs ahead here, so I will be tuning in at 10 pm and watching Mark and Pauline ...I still haven't got around to blowing ink around through a Bic pen yet after the last show!  
It is on my to-do list though.

It is absolutely awesome to be able to see what people look like and hear the sound of their voices...
it makes the world that bit smaller I think.

  • SO, new stamps (pre-ordering is under way)
  • new MDF boards
  • Create and Craft on TV (Feb 14th, 11am)
  • and the UK Trade Show (end of Feb)
~ are all things happening with Visible Image over the next few weeks! Busy times!!!  
And it's so exciting to be a part of it all.


Enjoy! 

Jan 20, 2016

A Jazzy Debut for Visible Image!

Wednesday Inspiration
for Visible Image.

  It's been an exciting time waiting for my first make as part of the Visible Image DT.  It is great to get the first one done!

There is so much buzz among the team at the moment because there are heaps of new stamps to be released next month - and they look amazing!!!  
Sneak peaks are appearing on the facebook group, there is a launch on C&C TV (in Feb) and at the UK Trade Show (also in Feb)...so lots to watch out for!

Today I wanted to do something with a little pazzazz - so I decided on a blast of music!  




These stamps were so much fun to play with!
There are more music themed ones in the collection, but I love music festivals and live bands so wanted to make a kind of raw, back to basics jazz/blues card.

I cut out a circle die and placed it in the center of the card, then inked up the background with some bright distress inks.  
The white bubbles are made through a stencil with acrylic paint.  
Then I thought I would flick some red Brusho (mixed with water) onto the card for some extra colour - and it splattered onto the white section...so I added some carefully placed red circles (through a stencil) to cover it up...
remember...
there is no such thing as a mistake - just a new opportunity!

I stamped the silhouettes, added some partial stamping of the music notes, and from the flourish stamp (around the edge), 
and the words to finish off.

When I made this card we all heard of the passing of David Bowie, so when I look at this card I think of the song "Dancing In The Street"...if you wanted to have a go at making this, you could quite easily journal the words to that song around the edge and I think it would look awesome.

The stamps used were:







Grunge Flourish





                                                              
  Play It Loud





Soul Music








Jazz It Up                                                                                                             

There's inspiration almost every day on the Visible Image blog as well as sharing of ideas and inspiration over on the facebook page.

Enjoy!

Jan 15, 2016

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.






Jan 10, 2016

FSC Thank You!

This month we say THANK YOU!

We would love you to join in our fun at FSC with a piece that says thank you, or gratitude.
It can be about reflecting on the past year and what we are grateful for moving forward, it can be about appreciating what we have to be grateful for, or a simple thank you!

I chose a simple Thank You.

Thank you FSC for taking me on many years ago and teaching me so much, and giving me the opportunity to meet so many amazing people...
thank you, too, for stopping by and taking the time to see what I am up to and leaving so many super kind and encouraging words...
and thank you to my friends who give me a 'kick-up-the-...' occasionally when I need it and help me to move forward when I sometimes feel stuck.
Gee, where would we be without friends!



I am still trying to find my way with what I learned at a Finnabair class.
This piece started out as a tag...then turned into a canvas...and ended up as a large card.  I rescued the flowers part, added some ribbon and material, a few splats and some stamping.
I shabbied it up a little with distressing and gesso and I am really pleased with how it turned out.

The image is a new one that I have from Deep Red.  No matter how many times I had mucked this up I was determined to use that stamp!  She is just gorgeous!!!

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!



Enjoy!

Dec 18, 2015

Visible Image DT!!!

It's official!!!
I am so excited to share the news that I am now part of the incredible Visible Image design team...
(pinching myself crazy!)

Thanks Mark and Helen for letting me be part of what is going to be one-hell-of-a-ride.


They have the most amazing stamps (check out that eye!) and I can't wait to start sharing them with you.

You can meet the rest of the uber-talented Design Team here.

did I mention that I am excited!!!


Dec 13, 2015

Make Your Own Background

Make Your Own Background
is our latest challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

I had some serious fun with this one!
Shirley (industrious leader at FSC) and I had a rare Skype-crafting session where we just played and got messy.  Good ol' fashioned fun.
And this canvas is the result.  My first one!  
You can see Shirl's project here.

It is so funny when people are creating together and then what they come up with are poles apart.  
We all see this when we do classes or workshops.  And this is exactly what happened this time.
Thanks Shirl...it was so much fun!  It just goes to show that you can work around time zones...that anything is possible if you want it to be.  I can't wait to do it again.

Inspiration for this is from a recent day of workshops with Finnibair who is on tour in Australia and New Zealand at the moment.
Luckily she was touring within a few hours of where I live and couldn't resist the opportunity to go and play.


My canvas has lots of layers in the background, and even more on the top.
Finally the idea of layers is starting to make sense to me...lol.

The background has dimension from modeling paste, ribbon, paper and hessian.
And the top is just anything I could lay my hands on really.
Maybe I went a little over-board with the shimmer spray...well, why not!  It was sooo much fun!!!

It isn't a work of art, more like a 'work-of-fun'.
All in all, I am more than happy with how my early attempts at working on a canvas has gone and I am keen to give it a go again real soon...especially as I am now on Summer holidays!
I love this stamp set and am keen to experiment some more with it.

The stamps were bought on the day and worked beautifully on this canvas. 
They were stamped onto tissue paper and then placed where I thought they should go.

I have learnt that canvas's aren't that scary after all (most of the time).  

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!



Enjoy!

Dec 5, 2015

A Little Over Emotional...

I thought I would share a canvas that I did at a Finnibair workshop recently.
We were so fortunate to have her touring Australia and New Zealand...
and I was even luckier when she came within travelling distance for me to attend.
So I went for the day.

This is a double canvas that we did in the morning session, 
called 'Over Emotional"
I need to add some pics to the one from the afternoon session, so I will post that too when it is done.


When I look back at this I see where I lacked a little confidence.
I would definitely do it all again...
 it was heaps of fun and something I will remember for a very long time.

Finnibair has such a creative mind, it was a great experience.

I would highly recommend that if you are thinking of going along to a workshop...
and you are umming-and-arrring...
just do it!
You sure wont regret it.


choosing colours.
One day I will invest in an apron!


 concentrating hard!


The group...a really lovely bunch of ladies!
Outside, under the shade of a gum tree, by the Wimmera River.




Enjoy!

Nov 9, 2015

A LIttle Scrappin'

Having a go at Scrappin' again!

I am continuing my scrapping journey, ever so slowly...

This time I have gone over the border and enjoyed another session with Fiona Paltridge.
As soon as she said she was doing a grunge page I just couldn't resist!

I don't know about you, but there is just something so relaxing and enjoyable about going to someone else's workshop...you can just get messy and enjoy it!

Anyway, here is what I made.
I did take it home and add a little of something that I learnt from the Andy Skinner's Book of Ruinations on-line class...and the whole page just 'popped' .



This picture of me was taken when I was about 1 year old in my nana's front garden.
My nana had the best garden for kids to play in. It was so overgrown with lots of hiding places, things to explore and flowers to pick...and we picked heaps of them all the time.

The Indigoblu butterflies on this page where sprayed with lots of different sprays out on Fiona's front lawn...which turned blue after everyone had finished (so funny).

Enjoy!



Nov 8, 2015

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~

Oct 11, 2015

Change of Season

Change of Season
is the new monthly challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

In my part of the world we have beautiful Spring weather starting to kick in with blue skies and new leaves bursting out on the trees.
And flowers....lots of flowers!!!
So for my piece this month I am inspired by what is around me.


I found this gorgeous paper from Bo Bunny in my stash with butterflies on it and thought it would make a perfect backing for my stamping.
 I added some little circles which is a Finnabair stamp and stamped over some words from an old book...words that I thought represented Spring; spring, south, warm, sunshine, delight and birds.  These were coloured and added in among the other circles which were added with gesso.

 Instead of using ink I have water-coloured the sunflower.

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 enjoy my card.