Jul 12, 2015

All About the Men.

All About the Men
is the latest challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
We are now a monthly challenge blog, so we hope you have the time to join us.

When I saw this stamp from Brett Weldele it reminded me so much of my dad.  I think it has taken me about a year to actually give in and buy it.
Dad worked for the Portland Harbour Trust, helped build the silo's, worked on the wharves, was a diver and ended up on the tug boats.
I have so many wonderful memories as a kid; like trying on his diving gear, many hours down at the wharves checking out the boats and the most awesome xmas parties in the silo's themselves.
He was 'union' through-and-through (so probably explains a lot about me lol)

Anyway, this image reminds me of him so that is the inspiration for this card...


This is a large card, inspired by some new techniques that I learnt at a scrapbook workshop recently...
Isn't it funny how as card makers we sometimes find the scrapbooking size quite large, well, I found out that scrappers sometimes find it difficult to make cards - too small!  Go figure!!!



A close-up of some of the detail...

The medium used on this one is dylusions inks and water colours.



This pic shows some of the colouring with watercolours.  
It turned out a little rustic and left me feeling like an artist...and I loved how it turned out!

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.



I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
~ Craft Stamper Challenge - Take a Stamp, Anything Goes

Jul 6, 2015

"Getting Inky...Again"

Getting Inky...again!

I have been having so much fun with inky backgrounds lately!
This is a quick card that I made for a girlfriend's birthday.

It is a long weekend here and I am enjoying just having a play...I should be doing the commitment stuff, oh well...tomorrow!
Sometimes, you just have to play.


A few of my favourite things are part of putting this card together...
a good smidge of distress ink, a little dylusional stuff, 
some butterflies and a little bleach.

A bit of blending here...
and little splatter there...
and voila!




One Stamp, Three Ways

One Stamp, Three Ways!

I am on holidays at the moment...and sat down for a little play with ink yesterday.

A week ago I was lucky enough to be a winner in a blog-hop with Stampendous and won some gorgeous goodies...
a stamp,
a stencil
and a sanding block!

Yesterday I wanted to have a play with my new stuff,
 so I set myself a challenge while I was at it.
My challenge to myself was: 
~ to use the stamp 3 ways 
~ use green and yellow (as I don't use them very often)
~ and use circles (a common thread to tie the cards together)

Card 1




I used Bister background.


Card 2


With an Inky background.
I used Distress Inks for the background.


Card 3



And with lots of white space and a little doodling.
I used Dylusions for the colouring.

All very simple cards and all one layer.
Quick and easy, and heaps of fun!!!



Enjoy!


I would love to enter this set into ~


Jul 3, 2015

Have a Wonderful Day!

A quick and easy card!

Just a quick post today as I have the ladies coming over for a class and I really should be cleaning up instead on being on the computer lol!
But I couldn't resist sharing this quick and easy card with you.
I have been playing around with alcoholic inks again - just add
...a little stamping
...and a little splatter of paint
card done!


I hope everyone is keeping well in blogland
and I really do wish you all a wonderful day!


Enjoy

Jun 29, 2015

Just Scrappin'

Trying Something New
Yesterday I had the opportunity to go to a Scrap class 
with the uber-talented Fiona Paltridge 

Lots of ink, knowledge, laughter...and food!

We did a workshop on a class that she was invited to do
 at the recent Brisbane Craft Fair in Australia.
I was definitely outside my comfort zone, being a card maker and working on spaces only a quarter the size of a scrap book page, but I learnt so much. Yep - I can now do a drip!!!

So I thought I would share what I made...


That's my son Jake ( a lot younger) who had no idea what I was up to.
You should have seen his face, his eyes lit up when he saw it and he loved it!  Phew!!!

I love a challenge! (understatement) And this was definitely outside my comfort zone.
And I had the best time ever!!!


Enjoy!

Jun 14, 2015

FSC is 100! - Time to Celebrate

Welcome Everyone To FSC's 100th Posting
To celebrate our success and to say a huge thanks to each and everyone of you fashionable crafters for joining us each fortnight (many from the very first challenge) we are starting this auspicious occasion with a 'Blog Hop'.  There will be prizes on offer to go along with this weeks theme which could only be ...
'Glitz & Glamour'

Even though this will be out first Blog Hop lots of you will already be familiar with the concept.  If not here's how it works, click on the the name below and Hop to the next blog and leave them a comment.  You keep hopping until you have left all the Design Team a comment.
Leaving them a comment is important as each DT member will be doing a draw from comments on their blog's for the chance for you to win their fabulous inspirational make.  As well as one lucky winner receiving the €20 voucher to spend at our sponsor's store.
Below is the name of the DT member where you will Hop to and leave your comment (don't forget to leave one for me lol).  If you get lost you can always pop back to FSC and start over.
We have more news for you.
Starting from today FSC is changing to monthly.  Each challenge will now be starting the second Sunday of the month.
Remember, you must comment on each DT's blog to be in the draw to receive the card as a gift.

Jun 6, 2015

'That Summer Feeling'

That Summer Feeling...
To me Summer is all about the beach.

Lazy days ~ at the beach
Heat ~ so off to the beach to cool down.
Seashells ~ searching along the beach in little secluded coves.
And relaxing ~ at the beach...just watching the world go by.

aaahhh...now that is what Summer is all about!



This card was made for someone's special birthday who loves the beach too.

I hope you enjoy my card.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges ~

May 31, 2015

"You Are Always On My Mind"

"People"
Whether it is one person or many, this is the theme this fortnight at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

A few weeks ago I went to my first ever craft retreat...OMG, how much fun are these to go to!  There were over 40 ladies in one large room crafting away without a care in the world...crafting until we dropped. 
It is fair to say that I loved getting up and wandering over in my pj's and sitting down to craft, eat, craft, sleep, and craft all over again....
This is the card that I ended up with at the end of the first day.


Once again it uses some new background ideas that I picked up from Marjie Kemper's on-line Mixed Media class.
(yep - having a ball with thinking a little differently)

I have used a honey-comb stencil 3 ways - applying ink straight through the stencil; inking the stencil, spritzing water on it and 'stamping' with it; and 'stamping' using straight water on it.

Because there is a torn piece of paper on this, I have coloured the image on this with one of the colours from the background, and on the other half I have coloured with lifting the ink with water and also using a white gel pen.

It is a play-around card, but I liked how it turned out.

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.



I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
~ Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes


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 ~