Jul 31, 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 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 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!

Jul 27, 2014

"Child's Play" at FSC

Child's Play 
is the new challenge at FSC this fortnight!

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!

Childhood is so different these days compared to how it was 
when I was little.  But I am sure that the kids of today will end up with many happy memories as they grow older.
For me, life was an adventure...everyday.
~ lots of exploring, playing cowboys and indians with my brother, yonny wars with the neighbours, neighbourhood concerts, swimming, taddy-ing, jungles, bonfires, bike-riding, go-karts 
~ the list goes on and on.
I don't think I was a tom-boy (though the block was mainly boys) because my dolls had the whole linen cupboard as their home...with many stories to live in.
Some really nice memories :)



I didn't realise how few child stamps that I had.  
Maybe because my kids are old teenagers now so it isn't really on my radar anymore.
So I have made do with a stamp that I do have.

There are a couple of first's in this make for me:
this is my first go at using a dictionary page with my stamps...
and it is most definitely something I will do again!
The main stamp is from Art Journey 
and I have just cut part of the stamped image out from the whole thing.
I figured that it is just another way of using our stamps.
In hindsight, I would add some shading around the image...so I'll do that next time.
And I've added a few ladybirds for embellies...just because it was one of my favourite bugs. It was always a special day when you found one under a leaf (true!) - plus it's a nice change from butterflies.

The background is a happy accident (is that a kind of a first?)
which I wont go into just yet as it it something that I really want to take a step further.  

So, go ahead, remember your youth, and see what you can bring to life with this challenge :)

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!




Jul 13, 2014

OMG - I'm 200 posts old...



"Time for Wine"

 I'm feeling excited and a little mind-boggled to think that I have made 200 cards and shared them across blogworld for all to see.

I really would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has taken time in their day to visit my blog from all over the world...and have give advice, guidance and encouragement...shared some pretty amazing and awesome comments...and have been friends in ways you can't imagine.

It seemed fitting to celebrate my 200th post with a celebratory glass of wine! (I know...any excuse lol)



This card was made for a friend's birthday...
it has a touch of the Mediterranean and was made for a fiery Italian 
 who loves his vegie garden and a nice drop of wine.
I love the bleach blocking technique from recent cards that I have made and thought it would have a perfect effect for this project.
 I wanted the colours to be rich and natural.
Some reverse stenciling, some subtle water colouring with DI's of the leaves, grapes and wine...and that is it.

To help celebrate my 200th post I would like to show you 2 things...
firstly, the first card I ever posted 3 1/2 years ago!
I remember making it for my niece Emma's birthday.
It does have a little ink, but not much (I guess you have to start somewhere)...this was the first stamp that I bought and I kind of thought I might get into Tilda cards.



and secondly, some fun that I had recently when I was playing around with YouTube...these are some of my cards over the last 6 months that I really like. It was heaps of fun to put together ~ and I hope you enjoy it too.





It has been, and still is, an incredible journey...with surprise twists and turns
and so many new things to learn. 
It was fun (and scary!) to look back ~ but good for the soul.

"Dreaming of Summer"

'Dreaming of Summer'

I hope that where ever you are in the world that the sun is shining.
Up North you have Summer
and down here ~ well, Summer is on our minds...

At FSC we thought that where ever you are, you might like to join us in celebrating Summer ~ the heat, holidays, chips at the beach, long lazy days, beach walks, swimming...and a nice cold beer maybe.

The stamping must be the focal point of your creation...and follow the theme and you are win with a chance of winning!

Because I live near the sea...Summer means lazy days at the beach.
So I have made a card this time around that reflects the carefree
fun of a day at the beach.


The background is made with Archival re-inkers and DI's,
and a little stamping.
The main panel was fun too...I used re-inkers and a straw!
I would've loved one of the new air things from Tim Holtz, but I haven't got one - yet.
The main image is from Crafty Individuals.

I hope that you see the fun of Summer in this.

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,

Jul 11, 2014

"The Hippy In Me"

Embossing Powder Resist
is the challenge at the Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Challenge blog this month.
All you need to do is heat emboss an image/design onto the project, then colour over the top with inks/watercolour paints.
The embossing powder will resist the inks etc, and show through.
This could be for the focal point to your project, or be part of the background.
Real stamping needs to be included as well (in case you doodled with an embossing pen for your resist rather than stamped).

My idea this time around was to instead of having the white of the card showing through, that I would have some bright colours showing. 



What people may not realise is that I always start my cards with just white cardstock.
A total blank canvas, so to speak, each time.
 
On this one I have coloured up the background with a variety of bright colours then clear embossed this Indigo Blue 'Juliet' stamp.
I did this 3 times because I kept stuffing it up...don't ask...lol

I  have used WOW embossing powder and -wow- what a difference! 
Because it is a super fine powder the detail of the stamp shows up much better.  
And you can win some if you are the winner of this challenge!!!

Next came the fun part!
I just swiped black ink straight across the whole image.
I used the edge of the ink pad to extend the black out the back and then added a flourish stamp to give the impression of hair flowing.

To finish I just added some extra flowers and butterflies and then layered the main panel on some extra bright panel that I had inked up.
And that is it!



There are some great ideas in the August issue of the magazine and
on the Craft Stamper Blog - 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 overall winner will get published in Craft Stamper magazine!
AND: the Challenge winner will be offered a Guest Designer spot for an upcoming challenge!
Oh, and don't forget to link your work back to the Craft Stamper.


Enjoy!

I would like to enter this in the following challenges ~

Jul 4, 2014

"The Aussie Outback"

Embossing Powder Resist
is the new challenge at the Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Challenge blog this month.
All you need to do is heat emboss an image/design onto the project, then colour over the top with inks/watercolour paints.
The embossing powder will resist the inks etc, and show through.
This could be for the focal point to your project, or be part of the background.
Real stamping needs to be included as well (in case you doodled with an embossing pen for your resist rather than stamped).


I couldn't resist using my new Darkroom Door stamp for this challenge with some gum leaves to create a typical outback scene.

The front panel is a one-layer piece using lots of masking.
The leaves were inked, embossed and masked one at a time
onto white card before adding the scene behind it.
Then I added the distress ink!

What I really loved about making a card this way is that I didn't need to be fussy with the inking.
Usually when you stamp an image you have to be so careful with what ink you use with your inks in case the ink runs...and be very careful with the colouring 
~ with this technique there is no running! Easy...

Because the embossing is so shiny it was difficult to get a good picture of this one.



There are some great ideas in the August issue of the magazine and
on the Craft Stamper Blog - 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 overall winner will get published in Craft Stamper magazine!
AND: the Challenge winner will be offered a Guest Designer spot for an upcoming challenge!
Oh, and don't forget to link your work back to the Craft Stamper.

Enjoy!


I would like to enter this into the following challenges ~

Jun 27, 2014

"Flowers"

"Flowers"
is the new challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight.
The stamping must be the focal point of your creation...and follow the theme and you are win with a chance of winning!

It is shocking weather in my part of the world at the moment,
surging seas, wild winds, hail and rain...even a little snow a couple of hours up the road.  
That's as close as it gets to us as we live by the sea.  
But like I always say, if I have to freeze my ... off, then I hope it is snowing somewhere!

So it was great to sit down and think of Spring flowers.


This is another one layer card with some tiny punched butterflies added on.
I have used the ripping technique (a solid favourite with me)
in pink (yes, I am still working on the 'pink' in me).
When I look at this card I think it is the total opposite
 to what is happening outside.

The flower stamps are from Darkroom Door
 and the butterfly is from Stampers Anonymous.

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.

p.s.  I hope the sun is shining in your part of the world!


Enjoy!


I would love to enter this in the following challenges ~
~ Ruby's Rainbow - Stamping


Jun 16, 2014

"Hanging Five"

"Hanging Five"
is the name of a very well-known song 
sung by the Delltones, which is just one of those summer classics.

It is only the start of winter here, but that is when some of the best waves happen isn't it?  
And when the shortest day happens next week, we are officially on the way to summer...well, in my mind anyway lol.
Those who know me well, know that I'm an optimist :)



This beautiful stamp is from Darkroom Door.
The background is done in alcohol ink, and looks amazingly like there is a sunset happening!  That was accidental, but it looks cool anyway.
Three of the surfboards are done in alcohol inks using a different style to give a marbled effect, cut out and added onto the card with magic mount for depth.

5 surfboards, so hence the title of this blog post...lol

Enjoy!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges ~

Jun 13, 2014

A One Layer Card

"Bleach Blocking"
is the theme at The Craft Stamper Take It, Make It challenge blog  this time around!



I had in mind to use this arch from The Artistic Stamper...then came the idea of making the background look like it was part of a building using the bleach blocking idea.



I have kept the same colours this time around as what I used last time.  And I have used the bleaching as you would if you were doing stenciling ~ that is, bleaching out the ink, then overlaying with the colours of the ink that was used in the first place...
in this case, aged mahogany and rusty hinge DI's.
Oh, and the light area inside the arch is bleach blocked - 3 times on top of each other - to give a light area on the inside.

The angel just seemed right for the arch 
and for the feeling of the card.
It's a stamp that I've only ever used once before...and it fitted beautifully!

The black lines were added as an afterthought (using a credit card)...you know how it is, "I'll just add this" lol ~ then you sometimes have to resist going on.
Then I thought...maybe I'll photograph it, then change it later lol

There are some great ideas in the June issue of the magazine and
on the Craft Stamper Blog - 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 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!



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


Jun 6, 2014

"With Love..."

Bleach Blocking
is the theme at The Craft Stamper Take It, Make It challenge blog this time around!



There are some great ideas in the July issue of the magazine and
on the Craft Stamper Blog - 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 overall winner will get published in Craft Stamper magazine!
AND: the Challenge winner will be offered a Guest Designer spot for an upcoming challenge!
Oh, and don't forget to link your work back to the Craft Stamper.

So often we make a beautiful background, then cover it up.
Does that sound familiar?
This time I wanted to make a background that somehow 
blended in with the design...and enhanced the stamping, somehow.



This card I have called 'With Love...'
And comes from a happy place.

To bleach out the ink you simply spray some water onto your blending tool pad, hold down on the distress inked background and hold for a few seconds...then lift.  You can let it dry naturally or,  by blotting it after 10 or so seconds, you can white it out more...so you can play with the different effects.

The lighter colours make the bleaching whiter than some of the darker colours too.

The thing that I love the most about this challenge group is the stamping...you can you use any stamps that you like!  Just so long as you do use stamps...for me it doesn't get better than that!


Enjoy!



I would like to enter this into the following challenges ~