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~

Sep 7, 2014

'Fashion' at FSC

"Fashion"
is the new challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
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!

With Fashion comes a little attitude...
(as it should)
 which you need to carry off the style.
And these girls from Darkroom Door sure have loads of style and attitude!


They are from the set, 
'Just my Style'.
Goodness, to have their figures would be awesome!
(dream on Dot)

Each time I looked at these lovely ladies I thought that they looked so classy and stylish - so the background needed a richness and attitude to match.

Then came the girls...
when I went to add colour to them I was stuck!
In the end I decided to stay with white and I water-coloured a little DI black soot 
(very watered down to create a soft grey) 
- to take off the starkness.
And a little copic magic for the skin tones.

 To finish off I simply added a touch of sparkle to each gal 
(the necklace, the hat and buttons, and on the belt and bow) 
and on some of the diamonds.

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 6, 2014

'Bottles in a Row"

"Bottles in a Row'

I've seen so many beautiful cards around blogland that use bottle stamps lately,
but I didn't own any.  
Then Shirley, from FSC, showed me some gorgeous bottle stamps by Inkadinkadoo via Skype...
(which was so handy because I got to see their actual size)

I saw what Shirley made with the same stamp and it looks absolutely nothing like mine!  I think I need to practice embracing 'pretty' some more... 



This card uses a lot of my favourite techniques...and some new ones. like
 bleach blocking,
a little dylusions dripping (I think I am getting addicted to this),
stamping on text
and a little doodling.

It is just a muck around card that was heaps of fun to make 
and I love it just the same.
  


Enjoy!

Aug 31, 2014

"Playing Around"

"Playing Around"

Male cards are sometimes a little tricky.
My boys' asked if I would make a birthday card for their dad.
I don't know about you, but going from feminine to male is like you need to flick a switch in your head and do a complete 'about-turn', mentally. 



Everything on this card is new. 
The background is playing with Bister, and the stamps are...well...don't we all just get new stamps?

What is the first thing that you do when your Bister arrives?
PLAY...(of course).
I have seen so many amazing cards made using Bister and could not resist getting some in.

This card is using the Mahogany colour and is on shiny cardstock.
Using it on shiny card is my favourite way to use these powdered paints and the colour is so vibrant...

The thing for me to embrace with Bister is that
'Less is More"
It really does go a long way...and I found that some really nice effects can come from using just a little of it.
You just need to have heaps of cardstock and time to play!

I have used a little bleach to some of the splotchy areas to help the spots stand out more.


Aug 24, 2014

"A Birthday Card for Someone Special"

"A Birthday Card for Someone Special"
is the new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges!
Remember, stamping must be the focal point of your creation...then just and follow the theme and you are win with a chance of winning!

I picked this theme...only because it is my birthday soon (sssh)
Seeing as though you don't usually make a card for yourself though,
I have chosen to make one for my mum instead.



She can't grow plants for nuts - she plants them and then the rest is up to them if they survive or not ~ so every year she has to put in some new plants to replace the ones that didn't make it.

But she does love roses so I made a card with a single rose 
just for her.

She doesn't like any fancy cards...so I have kept this one pretty simple.
Though I did have a little fun with some grunge paste around the edges.  It is applied randomly, then coloured with DI and swiped over with the ink pad  (my new favourite thing to do). 

A little background stamping...and there you have it!
And now to hide it until her birthday.

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.


Enjoy!


I would like to enter this in ~

Aug 13, 2014

"Summer Days"

Summer Days
is the new challenge at Vintage Stamping Challenges
for the month of August.

We are a stamping challenge so combining that with some flowers
will qualify you for this challenge.



This gorgeous stamp of the boys heading off for a fishing trip with their dog can be found here.

I thought that I would move away from the beach a little for this summer make...and head for the river!
(you can't see it, they are still on their way there)

This to me is summer all over!
Relaxation, the hot sun beating down and boys heading out to catch fish, with their dog.
Yep, you just gotta love that caveman urge of their's to catch a fish for us!


I hope you take the time to pop over to 
and check out the amazing talent and ideas from the team.
 Flonzcraft is offering a generous $20 gift voucher to the winner,
he offers an occasional spot prize
and there is always a top 3!


"Celebrate the Sun"

"Celebrate the Sun"
is a card that that I have made just for fun!

Part of the fun was with a brayer yesterday...
and it was crying out for a silhouette!


Winter is coming to and end....slowly!
and thoughts of Summer are starting to enter my head (bring it on!!!)  
o.k. so we have Spring first, but at least it wont be so cold.
Isn't it funny how whatever season we are in our thoughts often go to another one?

The background is made using Wendy's Archival colours
and brayered lavishly.
Then these gorgeous Art Journey stamps 
just seemed so 'right' for the background.

Enjoy!



I am entering this into the Art Journey "Sun" challenge.


Aug 8, 2014

"Cherish Every Child"

Favourite Technique Challenge

Craft Stamper have a new challenge this month...
you can choose ANY technique, by ANY designer and from ANY issue of the Craft Stamper for 2014!
So that is probably well over a 100 projects to choose from.

The hard part is probably choosing one!
Then, when you enter you need to state what technique you are using, 
who the designer is 
and what issue of the magazine it is in.


And, of course...there must be stamping of some kind on your project 


~ we are a stamping magazine after all.

My choice this time is the Bleach Blocking technique
which was shown to us in the July issue by Hels Sheridan.
Just make sure you use a clean blending tool pad to spray the water onto so that it does come out onto your background.


This has fast become one of my favourite techniques to use.
It is simple, yet effective.  It adds so much depth to a card without having to be too clever! 

There was no plan to this really, but I started with green...only
because I haven't made a green card for ages. 
Then the image (one of my earliest stamps from Crafty Individuals) seemed to fit the mood of the colours. 

Still no plan.

And that is when my mind (or the card?) took me on a bit of a trip.
 I couldn't help but think of all the bad things going on around the world at the moment and how it is really impacting on the children.
So from that came the words and the hearts...with some grounding.
Strange how sometimes, if you let it, the card can take you on unexpected journeys...and you end up in places quite unexpected.
(The world is still a positive place)


The girls have come up with some amazing inspiration for you to check out 
so please follow the links on the Craft Stamper blog to see the fun they have had.
There is also some great ideas out in the August issue of the magazine - with awesome prizes to be won!
PLUS:  The Design Team will have a look at all your gorgeous work and choose their top 3...and the 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!

Enjoy!

Aug 2, 2014

Craft Stamper Favourite Technique

Favourite Technique Challenge

Craft Stamper have a new challenge this month...
you can choose ANY technique, by ANY designer and from ANY issue of the Craft Stamper for 2014!
So that is probably well over a 100 projects to choose from.

The hard part is probably choosing one!
Then, when you enter you need to state what technique you are using, 
who the designer is 
and what issue of the magazine it is in.

And, of course...there must be stamping of some kind on your project 
~ we are a stamping magazine after all.

My choice this week is "Around the House: Clean Up"
by Birgit Koopsen in the February issue.


There were so many things that drew me to this technique...
Dylusions Inks for one
and stamping with household items, which is always heaps of fun.
The instructions were super easy to follow.

I added some extra Dylusions ink to the background by using the dropper to add lines of colour.
When this ink is dry, you can add other colours on top and they take on a life of their own...
the effects are amazing!

The household items that I used were all from my bathroom: a bath plug, a lipstick lid, an eye-liner lid and a shower scrunchy thingy.
And an old out-dated credit card to add the white accents at the end.

The main image is a brand new stamp by Inkadinkadoo...
and I thought it was appropriate because it is a flower in a bottle 
(it kind of fits the re-cycling theme).


The girls have come up with some amazing inspiration for you to check out 
so please follow the links on the Craft Stamper to see the fun they have had.
There is also some great ideas out in the August issue of the magazine - with awesome prizes to be won!
PLUS:  The Design Team will have a look at all your gorgeous work and choose their top 3...a The nd 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!

Enjoy!