Dec 19, 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!

Dec 13, 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!!!






Nov 16, 2014

Christmas Tag

It is 'Christmas Tag' time
at FSC this fortnight.

Everyone is in full swing with their xmas cards and there are some gorgeous cards all over blogland!!!
Me...I'm a little slow to get going this year (again)
and the chance to make a xmas tag really was very welcome here!


This tag has a marbled distress paint background and some 2nd generation stamping of snowflakes from Kaszazz. This Stampendous angel has been...slowly...cut out and water coloured with distress inks.  Then I decided to add some feathers to the back of her to give her that 'high in the sky' feel.

The rest is just some holly and doves and a sentiment stamped onto some ribbon that has some distress ink added to it so that it blends in with the card.
A tip with this - use Staz-on ink for this (the others run a bit).

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,

Nov 8, 2014

'War'

'War'

This card started out to be for Remembrance Day..
I have had this Band of Soldiers stamp (from Deep Red) for a little while...and the idea was to stamp it all in black and white,
ghost the Australian flag behind it and put a few pops of red with poppies in the foreground.

What happened is something completely different!!!
I wanted to show the power of war.
It isn't pretty.

I have a deep respect and gratitude for those that fight to keep us safe.
You are all heroes.



For those that have made the ultimate sacrifice....
"Lest We Forget"



Nov 2, 2014

'Unleash Your Inner Animal'

It is all about "Animals"
at Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight...
 be it wild or domestic!
For me I have unleashed my inner beast!!!  And had a wild time making this card.
You can probably tell that from the 'cheeky' fun that I had by adding a beast of the human kind...I know, it is the little things that amuse me sometimes lol.

But seriously,
the power of this card, for me, lies squarely with the tiger...and IRL he is magnetizing.


The tiger and fern are Kaszazz stamps
and the lion and giraffe are from I Brake for Stamps.
I can't remember where the man is from...

For the background I have used bleach blocking and spritzing.
Then I stamped the tiger with carnation red archival ink and lifted some of the DI off to increase his awesomeness.

The giraffe and lion were made by swiping the card through the DI's and water on the craft mat. 
I sprinkled some sea salt, and then drowned it some more, 
which had left some interesting splotches that I really liked. Then it was a matter of stamping in just the right places to capture the splotchy detail and to cut the images out.

OMG, when I went down to buy some sea salt...there were two types to pick from! Ionized and natural.  I don't even know what ionized means, so I bought the natural one.  Goodness me!

To finish, all the eyes have white marker on them to bring the animals to life.


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!



Oct 18, 2014

'And the Weather is...Perfect!'

'Weather Forecast'
Is the new challenge, this fortnight, at FSC.

And the weather is perfect!
A balmy Summer's day at dusk, with the sun going down, 
the night clouds gently rolling in,
no wind...no rain...
Peaceful...
Perfect!


We have a small, seaside town just 10 mins down the road which we
affectionately call 'The Wong' and each time I look at this card
it reminds me of it.

I have kept this card pretty simple using different stamps from all over the place.
Not even any masking...just 'pot luck' with random stamping.
Also it is one-layer.

And another card for my 'male card' collection - and that's a bonus!

For the background I have again used Bister 
as I am still enjoying these paints and what you can do with them.
I did experiment with some other backgrounds, but I liked this one the best.
And for those of you who might be wondering,
I have coloured the border using Bister and water mixed together on my craft sheet.

Our challenge this fortnight is to depict the weather somehow...
From rain or snow, to soaring heat...and anything in between.

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!


Oct 4, 2014

'Anything Goes at FSC'

It is Anything Goes 
this time around at FSC!!!
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!

Is anyone else taking part in Kate Crane's 
Journal Soup 2 online class?
I have always struggled with journaling, but I looove seeing what everyone else makes.
Kate has a way of making it sound so 'do-able'.
So this time I've decided to dive right in and put my own spin on it.
And, Woohoo...this is what I have made.



I must admit that I feel a little clever journal souping and making these owls.
And I will definitely be making more!!!

I made one just for the hell of it...then, after a few hours, I thought that I would make another one a little smaller.
Then the next morning I thought - everything needs it be in threes
so I made another one.

The owls are made the 'Journal Soup' way.

The background has been made with Bister and DI, and there is heaps of stamping and doodling in the background...oh, and a little bleach too.

The thing with doodling is that it is hard to know when to stop!
That is the fun of the whole thing...


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,

'The Dark Side'

The Dark Side
Today I'm sharing a card that I made this morning.
We don't really have Halloween here in Australia,
but I couldn't help but be inspired by some of the beautiful cards in blogland at the moment so I thought that I would join in.


I have made a quick background using black bister and added some light blue DI over the top to lighten it a little.
The images are just masked and a little bleach added for
that ghostly appearance of the skulls.

Enjoy?

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

Sep 21, 2014

"Trees with Autumn Colours" at FSC

'Trees with Autumn Colours'
is the new challenge this fortnight at FSC.
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!

For this card I have used a Unity stamp which I thought went beautifully with a tree stripped bare by the autumnal winds.



This card has been kept quite simple as it is more about the feeling of enjoying the breeze and embracing the season.
I quite like the simplicity and the calming feeling of peace that it brings.

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,

Sep 13, 2014

"Just a little bit Gothic"

'Just a Little Bit Gothic'
Mum...can you please make me a card?
was the request from my eldest son this week

He has a new girlfriend and really wanted to impress her...
so my instructions were that it had to have black roses and be purple.

ummm....
so I channeled my inner goth and came up with this.


Three of my favourite stamps at the moment are in this...
The arch is from The Artist Stamper, the girl from Art Journey
and the moon from 100 Proof Press (this is new and I am loving it already!!!)

The rose I just came across in my stash and I didn't even realise that I had it...but I quite like this one as it has good movement.

And the good news is that she loooved her card!
Bonus points for my son I think lol.

Enjoy!

I would like to enter this into the following challenge~