Apr 20, 2014

"Flying Things'

"Flying Things"
is the new challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges
this fortnight!
We especially need to see that the stamping 
is the focal point on the project 
and that this must follow the format of the theme.

I've been in a butterfly kind of mood lately so I thought I would
keep it going for this challenge.

The background here is pure inky fun!
After a little distress ink is added to the card, splotching some distress stains, I've stamped a nice rich
flourish in matching colours.  Then I've added a layer with some script and butterfly stamping in burgundy.
I'm not sure about you, but I find splotching ink sooo much fun!

The main panel is a Stamper's Anonymous stamp on cream card with some
contrasting burgundy splotching.
The butterfly was stamped again, cut-out, coloured, glitzed and matted onto
burgundy cardstock.
To finish I've used a little twine and a heart fastened with some stapling.

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.


Apr 14, 2014

"A Roman Trilogy" - for the Artistic Stamper

"A Roman Trilogy"
is my latest Guest Design piece 

This is a set of 3 cards made around a roman theme.
It be honest, it was hard to stop at three, the stamps are so gorgeous and
there were so many designs running around my head.
Here is just a snippet of one of the cards...

The cards are now on show here.

One of the things that really impress me about Jennie at The Artistic Stamper
is the quick delivery of the stamps!
Here I am at the bottom of Australia,
there she is on the other side of the world
~ and it takes only 4 days for orders to arrive!!!  Every time!

It really is a small world isn't it.

I hope you enjoy my little journey into roman times.
Please, pop on over and see the set, be inspired 
and see where your imagination takes you.


Apr 11, 2014

"Bottles - Part 2"

"Bottles" is the theme this month at

The team came up with some absolutely beautiful ideas 
for you last week, with so many different, creative ideas!
You can alter one, add a label, or even use a stamp of one...
as long as the humble bottle is your focal point.  
Seeing as we are a stamping challenge, then it must show some stamping of course.

My inspiration this time came from an ad on tv.
It showed bright butterflies flying out of a jar with a black background.  
Ok, it looks nothing like the ad on tv...but that is inspiration for you ~ it can come from anywhere and take you where ever!

The idea of butterflies and a jar was well and truly stuck in my head, so I added a face, sat a butterfly on her nose 
and one on the jar. 
To have a black background seemed a little harsh. 
(though, it would've looked great and really emphasised the colours...ummm).
 Instead I have opted for softer colours, then
lightened the colours on the jar itself so that it was the main focus.

 I decided to 3D the butterflies outside of the jar in contrast
to the colourless flat ones inside the jar and add some glitz,
so it looks like they are coming to life.
The background is a marbled look using ranger re-inkers and DI's.

And finally, to ground the whole picture, I added some
grey swirls to the bottom corner.

When I look at this card I think of my son...and the doctor
who is treating his depression, and her husband
who has given him a job, lifted his spirits and given him confidence.
In a way he is the trapped butterfly that is set free
and the lady is the one who sets him free.
The butterfly on her nose is him stopping by to say thank you.

This is not the reason for making the card, 
but it is where it takes me when I look at it.
I think I will give it to her as a keepsake.

I wonder, what do you think of when you see this?

If you pop on over to the Craft Stamper Blog you will see the challenge details and some more inspiring samples by the DT.
Grab your inspiration from where ever you find it, and run with it
~ and then join in the fun...that is what it is all about.


Apr 7, 2014

"Vintage Girl"

"Anything Goes"
is the new challenge at Vintage Stamping Challenges this month.

Everyone loves an anything goes challenge! I sure do.
For this one I made a card with lots of ink and one of my 
all-time favourite Flonz stamps.


The background is the wrinkle-free technique using distress inks,
which was stamped with the Japanese blossom stamp, with a little bleach added to white out the blossom.
Some over-stamping using writing and crackles...
a little embossing which was sanded and inked up...
and a heart stencil placed behind the girl were all used to make this main panel.

Some layers, distressing, ribbon and lace finished it all off.

The one thing that I absolutely love about VSC 
is that I get to play at "pretty" and vintage cards. 

You don't have to do this though, 
to join in you just have to have fun
and do what ever you like this time around.

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!

Apr 6, 2014

"Fly Free Like A Bird"

"Favourite Technique"
is the challenge this fortnight at FSC.
We especially need to see that the stamping 
is the focal point on the project 
and that this must follow the format of the theme.

In the last few weeks I have really been trying to concentrate 
and work out what it is that I really enjoy doing.
I think the beauty of what we all do is that there is always
something new "just around the corner"
for us to experiment and have fun with.

The card that I made this time uses a technique that  Wendy Vecchi
demo-ed at CHA 2014 which I found on you-tube.
It would be fair to say that I absolutely love this with a passion!

My card is also made with some of my 
new stamps that I've been dying to have a play with.
The one thing that I've really been trying to do is 
to let the colours and markings
guide you as to what you create...
and the stamps that I had picked out to start with
 were not the ones that were used in the end.
Every time I looked at the inked paper I saw stormy skies clearing...
so birds seemed to be the best choice. No ground.

The leaves are stamped and cut out from the off-cuts of the water colouring.

The stamps are from Stampers Anonymous.

The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on this theme.
Please pop on over and check out the awesomeness of the fashionettes,
 be inspired and maybe join in the fun.
Flonzcraft are our sponsors and have a generous $20 gift voucher up for grabs,
there are spotlights and a top 3 as well.

Apr 4, 2014


is the theme at The Craft Stamper this time around!

There are some great ideas in the April issue of the magazine and
~ who knew you could come up with such a gorgeous range of ideas for the humble glass!

I went all out for this challenge!
Bought a bottle of wine (only for the bottle, of course)...
Changed my mind and decided that I needed a shaped bottle!
So, back to the bottle shop for another bottle of wine...
Damn - the label I made didn't fit!

Yep, you guessed it, back to the bottle shop for another bottle of wine!

This is the finished label.
I found an old grape stamp from Inkadinkadoo, masked it and then added
an arch stamp from The Artistic Stamper "architecture" set.
Then masked this as well and added some ivy, a stamp from Hero Arts.

For the colouring I've used distress inks in wild honey, dusty concord and peeled paint.
Spattered a little water...and added some crackle stamping.

On the bottle itself I've stamped a couple of regal looking stamps from Stampers Anonymous with Versamark and then gold embossed them.
TIP:  It is best to use stamps that aren't wood mounted for this bit
 as it is difficult to use on a curved surface.

As there was a metal bit on the neck of this bottle I just covered it with some twine,
and added a cork disk, using the same grape stamp that was used on the label
- done on shrink plastic.
I read somewhere that if you colour before you shrink that the colour is more intense...it seemed to work.

TIP:  when you go to flatted the shrink plastic after heating, it is probably best to not use a 
paper back book - with a paper pamphlet underneath.
(the paper comes off! lol)

The team has come up with some very different ideas and thoughts
 to inspire you!
I hope you are inspired with these ideas and decided to join in the fun at The Craft Stamper!

Enjoy! (hiccup)

Apr 2, 2014

The Artistic Stamper GD

GD at The Artistic Stamper

For this month I have been invited to be a Guest Designer at 
The Artistic Stamper.
Those of you who know me realise that I just plod along 
doing pretty much my own thing...
so this was a huge surprise and an honour beyond belief!

I can't show you here the whole project,
but I can show a glimpse of what the project looks like.

Please pop on over to The Artistic Stamper 
and let me know what you think.

While you are there go blog hopping!!! ~ there are some amazing ideas in lots of different styles, and it's fun!


Mar 29, 2014

"Splatter Fun"

Just Having a Bit of Fun

Sometimes we get so busy trying new things, and different techniques, that we don't really know what it is that we actually love to do...
I have never really known what my style is, but I am just starting to
 discover what I love to do...and embrace it.
Ripping paper for a mask is one of the the things that I always love to play around with.
This card is one that I made just for fun.

The Darkroom Door stamp is so versatile and so pretty...
but I was in the mood for grunging it up a little,
so I splattered some ink and added the butterflies.
(Splattering ink is another thing that I've discovered that I love to do...and dripping it)

A little bleach on the words (yep...another fun thing) to bring in the white...
and some purple on the white to balance it all.
The red I thought would be a nice contrast, and it is just some barn door DI
water coloured onto the image.

Just for fun I submitted this to the Craft Stamper
and was so surprised when they wanted to feature it 
in the "Over To You" section!


For fun I would like to enter the following challenges ~

Mar 23, 2014


is the new challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges
this fortnight.

Sometimes when we think of silhouettes we think largish stamps with completely filled in solid shapes.
When I thought about this
(and realised that I didn't have all that many of this style of stamp)
I thought that it can be any stamp with solid bits...not necessarily large shapes...as long as you don't have to colour anything in.

If you use your imagination you could think of 
word stamps as a kind of silhouette...(well...maybe?)
and I used one of my favourites as my center piece.
The border around these words are made with a steel ruler
which had been run through an ink pad. 
Another clean shape!
The feather was a fairly solid shape so I used this along with the flower and a bird
which all had solid lines (with nothing to colour in!)

In fact, the beauty of using solid lines and shapes means
that you don't need to worry about colouring at all...pretty cool hey!

For the background I used alcoholic inks and swiped specialty paper through it to give a great splash of colour against
 the blackness of the silhouettes.

I discovered this time that when you use white pen on specialty paper (and alcohol ink) it actually stays there...sometimes I have had to go back a re-do white dots when it is on other mediums - this was just a nice surprise that I wasn't expecting.

The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on this theme.
Please pop on over and check out the awesomeness of the fashionettes,
 be inspired and maybe join in the fun.

there are spotlights and a top 3 as well.


Mar 14, 2014


 Monoprinting with an acrylic block!
is this month's theme at Take It, Make It for Craft Stamper

Your project can be anything at all, card, layout, 3D item etc, any theme or colour, 
Your print can be used as a background, or you could cut it up and use it in a different way!  Don't forget, we also MUST have stamping on each entry as well, this is a Craft Stamper challenge after all!

My first DT sample, and first go at monoprinting,
was so much painty fun!!!

I have used a dark pink Viva Decor metallic paint with white gesso.
The sheen on this is gorgeous!!!
And the background has a little Pumpkin Fresco Finish paint in there too (but it is hidden behind the main piece).

The main panel is a scrap piece 
where I was just using up the left over paints 
- I liked this one because it has some areas of white in it.
The green is peeled paint DI using the ripped paper 
and water colouring techniques. 
And some dripping (just couldn't help myself)...

The background had areas of white too but this time I went over it with walnut stain and black soot DI's
This was the most surprising part ~ it made the monoprinting
turn into a crackle effect!!! I really loved this.

A little stamping on the background and some more painty fun with flicking paint everywhere...I was already messy with paint so I just kept going (so much fun!)

My stamps are from Art Journey.

Hop on over to the Craft Stamper Blog to see the challenge details and see more inspiring samples by the DT.
There is a limited edition paint set by Jo Firth Young to be won!