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!

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 ~