May 17, 2015

"Old Favourites"

"Old Favourites"
is the theme this fortnight at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

So seek out, dust off and share the love of one of your
most favourite stamps that hasn't been used for awhile...
and join the fun!!!


For this card I chose my trusty, and long forgotten, three men stamp.
And my also little used and forgotten background stamp with the french script.

The three men were stamped onto book paper and cut out.  
And the background is full of layers using lots and lots of ink, stencils and stamping (including the background stamp) before adding the men.

I have been doing an on-line course with Marjie Kemper, here,  because I think it is healthy to just refresh and gain new ideas...
plus it is a great thing to do when you have absolutely no way of actually getting to any of the workshops...
plus I looove the boldness of her colours with ink...

PLUS IT IS HEAPS OF FUN!!!


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 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 enjoy my card.




May 14, 2015

"Play It Loud!"

My baby turns 18 this month...
boy, how the time flies!!!

Seeing as how he loves to play the guitar...
VERY LOUD...
I wanted to make a card for him that suits his passion 
and this is what I have come up with.
Lots of layers of distress inks helps!
I have been learning how to create even more depth with layers through Marjie Kemper's on-line classes, here...there is always something new to learn.




I have learnt...
to shut doors when it gets toooo loud...
to let him have his space...
to enjoy every minute of it...

Happy Birthday Scott!


sssh, this is him a couple of years ago playing on stage with a bass guitar at a school concert 
- only 2 days practice at using the bass and he says "how hard can it be...it only has 4 strings"




Enjoy!


I would like to enter this into the following challenges ~


May 3, 2015

"Things With Wings"

Things With Wings 
our the latest challenge at FSC this fortnight.

Oh my gosh...it was so difficult for me to settle into one idea for this challenge.
There were so many choices jumping into my mind, from dragonflies...to butterflies...to chooks...
and then I settles on birds ~ well one bird anyway!


This arch has been a favourite of mine for some time but I have never used it as a window before.  I have absolutely no idea why not because now it just seems like a real logical thing to do.

So then the background became a patchwork of bricks to create a wall to put the window in.  
More logic.

To age the brick wall - as you do as arches are old things - I just worked the ink here and there and added a splatter stamp for extra effect (it's subtle, but it's there).

And of course there is ivy...because when things are old nature takes over...
more logic.

Then I wondered what to look at outside of the window and decided on this swallow and nest from TH...again, some of my favourite stamps.

In hindsight, maybe I should've put some eggs in the nest...oh well, next time!

Apr 19, 2015

"Lovey Dovey" at FSC

This fortnight we are all in LOVE!!!

That's right, we have the lovey-dovey thing going on at FSC.
This is open to animals in pairs, first love, bridal and romance...
whatever you interpret lovey dovey stuff to be.

For this challenge I have decided on a bridal card.
The idea that I had was to have a plain-ish style 
but with some technique involved.
I think that wedding cards should be stylish and not over-done, but that's me...kind of classic (ummm, the card that is, not me lol)


For this card, the top layer is all in one layer.
Some of you may have heard of the 'out-of-the-box' technique,
well, this card is kind of the reverse 
so I'm calling it the 'in-the-box' technique.

It uses a heart die behind which I have put some card that has been coloured with re-inkers (Wendy Vecchi style).

On the front I have stamped, coloured with Distress Inks and used stencils and negative stencilling (is that a technique???)

And, of course, there's a little doodling to finish it off!

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.



Apr 5, 2015

"Poor Teddie"

"Sew What"
It is all about the sewing at FSC this fortnight!

Those that know me, know that I am not into sewing...at all...
so this challenge stretched my imagination a little.
(which is always a good thing)

When I saw these teddy stamps and the whole thing fell into place.
These teddies look like 'well-loved' favourite toys
that just need a little tender care and some re-vamping
- and that is where the sewing comes into it!
It kind of reminds me of the gifts we are given to us when we are a baby that we hang onto forever...
the ones that we would never ever throw out...


The main panel is done in my all-time favourite techniques of 
one-layer stamping and masking.  
They just go together so naturally and give you that extra depth and dimension to your work.
Great for telling a story with your stamping!

A little distressing, a little bleach-blocking in the background (another favourite technique), and 
a whole lot of love, make up this card.
well almost...I couldn't resist a little poking with a needle in the arm at the last minute...
(for mending purposes of course! lol)

The colours are done with worn lipstick and some vintage photo.

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.



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 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!