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Saturday, 8 August 2015

It's Dare to Get Dirty time as Splitcoaststampers, our little online card making community who rewards members with a special week filled with challenges that are just for them!

And this card resulted from a little promise to be a sample maker for LMcAree's challenge this year, which inspired me to get out one of my much love Phyllis Harris Stamps.  I used both the negative and positive elements of an MFT Frame die, colouring the image so that it sat consistently across the frame and the inner square, then raising the square on foam tape to give lift to the centre of the image, and more texture to the card.

I even pulled out some once purchased and never used beads to add a little beachy girl trim to this little card... enjoy!

Thursday, 6 August 2015

DTGD15 Squiggle It Just a Little Bit

It's Dare to Get Dirty time as Splitcoaststampers, our little online card making community who rewards members with a special week filled with challenges that are just for them!

Another combined set of challenges this time from stampmomma and rainy, which allowed me to add some hand drawn touches to my card elements and get these very beautiful papers put into use as long last, not normally a fan of navy but I am loving it with all the pinks, yellow and sage in this DSP.

And I drew the outline on the little butterfly which is a precut die from my stash made with a Verve Butterfly Die... gotta love using things you have lying around!

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

DTGD15 Zoo Baby

It's Dare to Get Dirty time as Splitcoaststampers, our little online card making community who rewards members with a special week filled with challenges that are just for them!

This little creation was inspired by a challenge hosted by va.sunshine and it is everything you would expect of this papercrafter and did put me a little out of my comfort zone, head on over to the forum to understand the challenge task and why it went honk honk before it came together for me!

May I just say that I finally broke out my SU Zoo Babies that I purchased last year, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM!!

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

DTGD15 Mandarin and Pomegranate with a Dash of Lime

It's Dare to Get Dirty time as Splitcoaststampers, our little online card making community who rewards members with a special week filled with challenges that are just for them!

This card combined two challenges from Dini and Understandblue, and got me to apply ink directly to paper in place of my usual wet it down before applying it approach, and also got me to reconnect with FRUIT, of all things!  Head on over to the forum to check out all the fun and pin down the exact challenges that inspired this VERY bright card... enjoy!

Monday, 3 August 2015

DTGD15: Quatro Quatro Challenge

It's Dare to Get Dirty time as Splitcoaststampers, our little online card making community who rewards members with a special week filled with challenges that are just for them!

This year I am hosting a challenge that resulted in this card, but to find out what was needed to meet the challenge rules you will need to be a SCS Fan Club member and head on over to the forum to check out all the festivities and prizes happening this week....

I simply LOVE Paper Artsy stamps and especially the sets that allow you to mix and match stamps to make up little floral scenes, for this card I also broke out my bought a while ago and not yet used Prima Watercolour Pencils, these are lovely to use, but I am having trouble finding a good yellow in the set, I have four sets, so I wonder if there is another set with a bright yellow in it?

Anyway I managed without and got the pinks and aqua to work OK together... I haven't stopped using the pencils since their seal was broken and I have also made another card with these stamps, but that can come out of the closet another day... for now enjoy!

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

X-Press It: Pop & Shine with Tapes and Markers

Today I have a little tutorial on the X-Press It Blog that celebrates your simple creative supplies, relying on simple foam and double sided tape to add POP to your projects, and glue markers for SHINE.  Check out the tutorial on the X-Press It Blog, or ogle the eye candy here…. enjoy!



Monday, 30 March 2015

In Review: Stamping on Calico--The Nutcracker Sweet

And this is #10 and the last in my chosen selection of publications from the last little while.  To be honest I don't think these cards photographed as well as they look IRL… nothing to do with the staging which I thought was rather glorious… more to do with the chosen stamping technique which was to stamp the outline stamps on calico… the brown ink shows up nicely on the actual samples of these cards, but lost a little in translation so hopefully you can see the intent!  Thankfully the mag showed close ups of the stamping on an accompanying page…

I don't make Christmas cards very often, and certainly not months in advance… but when approached I took the challenge, building little shadow boxes out of card stock and then recessing the Nutcracker Sweet stamps… one of my favourite little rodent stamp sets… rodent stamp sets often come with a little swag of little accompaniment stamps, in this case, little bits and pieces to build present stacks, baubles, wreaths, and of course trees, I enjoyed making these and it is good to see outline stamps used without any need to colour them in… bringing them to life in different ways than traditional colouring is challenging in this era of colouring tools, but great all the same!

In saying that, three cheers for the eternal success I have when I need chipboard to be coloured in a hurry and I turn to my trusty Copics… instant rich colour, no dry time, no paint mess to clean up… and a matt finish… better than a vintage Moet really!!

Sunday, 29 March 2015

In Review: Custom Embellishments--Sweet Friends

Well this double card feature was actually published in the same magazine as the Love Birds card from yesterday, two items in the same mag, both featuring bird stamps, who would have figured that coming from me…… just about everyone I suppose!

The card at the top of this feature I started to put together for a submission call for cards that featured sequins, with the thought that I would build a fully covered sequin panel behind the branch scene, but it didn't ever grown legs with me and I ended up with a scattering of sequins and then featuring sequins in the tail of the bows on the flower element… I still sent it in at the time but ended up being asked to turn it into a feature by making another card… and it was so hard to purchase another stamp to make this happen…. NOT!!  I really do love the Wryn series by Tiddly Inks, very sweet indeed!

So I continued the hand made embellishment theme this time pairing the stacked sequins with some fancy pins and beads, great way to jazz up simple rolled flower embellishments I think… and I was happy I stuck with my principles and made the grey leaves work, I love grey, nearly as much as I love black… I haven't shown these stamps to my niece yet, not because I don't think she will like them, primarily because she will bat her eyelashes and ask for them to go home with her… not just yet Dear Miss G!

Saturday, 28 March 2015

In Review: Designing with Sketches--Love Birds

Another submission for a sketch challenge, and when this one came along it was not long after I had received a little order from over the shores that a friend gifted me for my Birthday… and it was spent entirely on Paper Artsy Stamps… I love love LOVE the line work on this stamp range/line, and have some fabby flowers that have seen ink but not air time too!

The scattering of circles in the background was perfect for the circles background stamps, and I took the Copic Colouring from the top layer of birds all the way through to the circles in the background stamping… I even used the primary green Copic to make sure the layering card matched the stamping, a sure fire way to make things match when you have already introduced patterned paper but it doesn't have the perfect shade, of green in this case…. I based the colour of the fabby and much cherished heart embellishment which is by Webster's Pages, love these!

So any stamp with a bird has me before the first hello, tweet or beak, and these little lovelies are no exception, so much fun with the jazzy tails and different belly features, I was very happy with this little card!

Friday, 27 March 2015

In Review: Guest Tutor--Multi Media

This year Australian Cardmaking Stamping & Papercraft introduced a Guest Tutor feature in the Annual and I contributed a piece that featured Multi Media or Mixed Media.  It was good to be able to show case a multilayered background and how it is brought to life with paint and washi tape and simple old circles and such… and I got to use my much love Hazel & Ruby Chevron Masks, I was ever so pleased when masks made a little come back to the market last year and these over sized chevrons are great for mixed media techniques as you can cover up good patches of them and still see the chevron pattern.

I was also more that a little happy to put my new at the time delusions stamp to use, the head and crazy hair are there in duplicate, no lazy day when you cut that hair out multiple times let me tell you, but fussy cutting is cool when the hair is crazy if you KWIM?!!

And a little shout out to my Molotow paint pens… they really came to my rescue with this piece as they had enough depth of colour that the little squishes of paint and splatters of dots held their own amongst the other bold colour blends… gotta love that!