May 25, 2016

Hello! How do you do!!!

Here at Visible Image we love all things
(and me...I just love everything Johnny Depp as well)

So to celebrate the release of the new move 
'Alice Through the Looking Glass'
(with Johnny Depp in it)
we have some MAD offers on our Wonderland character stamps.

There is a massive 45% OFF when you buy all six sets.
And a fantastic 25% OFF when you buy them individually.
These prices are madder than a Mad Hatter's tea party.

The piece that I made to share with you uses the

Alice Through the Looking Glass is released here in Australia
on May 26th!
Johnny Depp!!! Just more time...

Visible Image have a wonderful range of fun stamps to choose from that are modern and quirky around this theme.  With some great sayings to go with them.  

May 21, 2016

Pretty Filly

is a beautiful filly stamp by Stampendous!

I wanted to create something that looked natural
and helped to bring out the beauty of this stamp.
So...I used teabags!!!

The teabags were left to dry out completely (for days), then gently opened to remove the tea leaves.  
You get some really interesting stain patterns and the paper is almost like tissue paper.
The stamping is done simply.  Masked off.
Then I added some DI around the image to help it 'pop' a little.
A little string, some gesso and I think the pretty filly is the hero on this piece.

Off to drink some more tea...


I would like to enter the following challenges ~

May 15, 2016

Ride Like A Girl

Ride Like A Girl!

Everything is quiet in the house today...time to play!!!
This stamp is from Stampendous and
caught my eye straight away.

We have a rodeo just out the road at Tyrendarra every February, and horses play a big part in the show.  It is a very horsey area!
Next year is there 100th show...not a bad effort for a population of around 240 people.

I've had this stamp for a few months and only just got around to using it.  It is sooo good just to have some time to play.

The background is with archival re-inkers (I just looove this technique)...with a little bling thrown on...because every girl needs a little bling.

May 11, 2016

Feel The Beat...

Feel the Beat
is a dynamic stamp set from Visible Image.
I have been having so much fun with this set.  This sample is one that I made for Create and Craft recently and I thought I would share it with you.

The stamp and words were perfect for this piece.
Load of ink, a little stenciling and a few splatters and before long there was enough atmosphere created...the stamps do all the work!

May 8, 2016

1st Journal Page Finished - Well...Kind of...

A New Month, means a New Challenge
'Blots and Splashes'

Something a little different, from me anyway, this month...
I had a go at journalling!

I was crafty skyping with Shirley and playing with Gelatos in my journal book that has never been used.  It was a great opportunity to play and experiment with something new. 
started out by just putting down a gelato background, then adding lots of stenciling and splots and splashes.  
Stenciling is magical on gelatos.  I only have 8 colours and I think I have used at least 6 of them on this page.  I need more!!!

  After the background was laid down, and adding lots of splashes of ink and stamping blots with Visible Image stamps, I then started wondering what to do with it???
My journal is 8" x 8", which is quite large for me, so I figured that I needed large stamps - so logical aren't I?
Out came the Jumbo Grapes from Stampendous!

 They were fun to colour in.  I used my Inktense pencils.
With more ink, and more blots on the leaves.

Even though this was turned into an inspiration piece for FSC, by nature, journalling is a very personal thing.
I started thinking of the music festivals that I've been to over the years (logical, grapes = wine= festivals) and that is when I started turning it into a proper journal page.

I added a saxaphone player, from Visible Image, because it reminded me of a festival that I went to in Melbourne a few years back that got rained out when a freak storm hit from off the ocean...Joe Camilleri was playing the sax at the time!
Joe Camilleri heads The Black Sorrows, a favourite band of mine.

I thought I had finished...but then I decided to fill in the spaces with cut-out letters from a newspaper, making up the names of bands that I have seen.  Did you notice that I put Inxs near the wine? (I just thought it would be a funny place to put it).  I haven't seen this band IRL, but I wish I had've.  They would've been amazing!
My bands are Australian bands, and mainly from the 80's.  Some of them are still performing around different festivals today.

The border was done using a Dylusions border stamp.

This is my first finished journal page.
Though I get the feeling that I will be adding more band names to it over time...are any journal pages ever really finished?

It was a huge project for me which was put together over a couple of crafty skype sessions.  A big thank you to Shirley for kicking my butt to try something new!

The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on the same theme.
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 picked by the DT as well.

Stamping must be the focal point on your project!



Apr 27, 2016

Classic Visible Image

It's in the Eyes

It is my turn over at Visible Image...and I couldn't resist playing with the Vision INKognito set!

This eye has had me transfixed for sooo long.  
The challenge for me was to show it a little differently. 
The girls on the Visible Image team have inspired me to go that bit brighter...occasionally.

The colours for the background are made using Ultramarine brushos. 
I only got this colour because the store was out of the turquoise one (which I really, really wanted...and still do!)
However, I discovered that it disperses into purple and blues!!! 
I looove how it does that!
...and the blue becomes a bright sky blue when you add a little bleach.  So I ended up with my turquoise shades anyway!
Sometimes with the other colours the bleach leaves white splotches, but for some reason (must be a science behind it) not with this one.

After experimenting at the kitchen table I have made a few discoveries ~
 Less is more!!! 
Less is more!!!
Less is more!!!
You can blot it with paper toweling at any time to stop the blending process, which can lighten the intense colour, or...whenever you want to stop the process and keep the colour - then hit it with the heat gun. have choices.
And the colours are amazing!

The eyes were done with Inktense pencils in colours to match the brushos.
And I touched up the background with a little Wilted Violet DI, taking to the top and bottom corners and to blend out the blues and purples of the Ultramarine.

The stamps used were:
Vision INKcognito set and Ink Splats.  Both awesome stamp sets!

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Apr 25, 2016

Anzac Day in Australia

Today is Anzac Day here in Australia.

It is a day that we pay our respect, and say thank you, to all those who fought for our country in all wars, who served and gave their lives for our freedom.

Today's date commemorates the Gallipoli landing by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (ANZAC).
45,000 young men died in that effort, and many more survived horrific conditions to pass on the legacy.

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."

I don't very often make Australiana cards, but I was away at a craft retreat this weekend (I call it 'card camp'...though most there were scrappers) and after I had finished what I had intended to do, and was just relaxing, my thoughts led to Anzac Day...and I came up with this.

The stamps are by Kaszazz.

 The Australian flag is a stamp that I've had for a while and wanted to use, which then led to the kangaroo and emu being used.  
They are on our coat of arms because they are indigenous to Australia and both can only move forward.
The hat, an akubra, is the closest stamp that I could find to an army hat.
And the gum leaves gives grounding and takes a little of the formality away.

A little history:
The Union Jack on our flag represents our British history.
The Southern Cross (constellation of stars) can only be seen in the Southern Hemisphere and represents where we are geographically.
 The commonwealth star (bottom right) has 7 points and represents the unity of the 6 states and territories that make up Australia.


Apr 15, 2016

I'm Published!

Woohoo...I am so proud to be in this month's
Love Cardmaking magazine (issue # 9) here in Australia!

It is a LOT of work, but WOW...when you see it in print it feels absolutely amazing!!!

Feeling chuffed???

Apr 14, 2016

Fun with Gelato's

Fun with Gelato's

I've been busy skyping Shirley again!  I think I am enjoying the 'empty nesting' far too much...
During the Summer holiday's a friend gave me some gelato's as a gift and no matter what I tried I couldn't get them to work in the same way that you see in blogland.
But, last night, I had a play with them and Shirley was kind enough to explain how much fun they can be.
I'm hooked!!!

Now please don't be too critical.  This is my first attempt.
I could've gone on and on mixing the colours, it is very addictive and so much fun.
I NEED MORE!!! (I only have 10 colours)

The card took me all of 15 mins to make, and I think that is about the quickest card I have ever made.  Ever.
Thanks Shirley for introducing me to something new (that in itself is always exciting).
And thank you Kathy for treating me to them in the first place.

The stamps on this card are from Finnibair.

Apr 13, 2016

Monolith for Visible Image

I'm Feeling the Beat
at Visible Image this fortnight!

Visible image is on Create & Craft on Saturday the 16th of May!
I've had a sneak peak at some of the samples made...
and my wish list is just growing, and growing and growing...

There is a selection of old and new stamps this time I had a little fun with the music ones on one of my MDF Monolith stands.
It is difficult to know the sizes of things on-line.  On these ones I have designed onto card that measures 16.5cm x 9.6cm and then attached to the stand.  This gave me a little space around the edge.

I started by giving the MDF 2 coats of black gesso because I wanted it to be really black!
On the first one that I did (here) I gesso-ed the stand and base separately and then assembled everything...this time I glued in the stand first and then gesso-ed it.  I found this a lot sturdier, without the wobble that I had on my first attempt.  
In hindsight, if I had've been less impatient it might have been better ;)

The bright background is made using Alcohol Inks - with some smooching and dabbing. and a little Mustard Seed DI for highlights.
The drummer, edging and music is stamped on with archival.
Then I added some gold embossing around the edge to match in with the stars and words 

This side of the monolith is also on glossy card.
This time with archival re-inkers.  Some stenciling over the top and, again, silhouette stamping with archival.

2 different techniques on glossy card.  
All brought together with a common theme, edging, stars and words.

To finish I covered the center panel with some tissues and had fun flicking Dylusions paint (which roughly matched the colours on the monolith) onto the base.
I saw Mark Alexander do this last time on Create & Craft...
so I couldn't resist giving it a try on this.  I love the pop of bright colour that it gives on a black background.

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