Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Becca's Birthday Bash

I've been MIA again! Well today I plan to make up for it, with  3 cards - Yay!
I've been for a card-making catch up with Lyndal (of Ideas and Paper) and so I took along my box of unfinished stuff and voila!

I decided to play along with the link-up over at Becca's blog (The Damsel of Distressed)  to celebrate her Birthday. The rules are to make something inspired by Becca's mood board. Luckily I had a few things in my stash that suited this theme.

The image in this card is from Hero Arts, it's coloured with distress markers and ink and I used a Lil' Inkers die to cut the circle shape.

This gorgeous image is from Penny Black and I used Inktense Pencils and Peerless watercolours to colour the image.

The bird stamp is from Dina Wakely and the sentiment is from STAMPlorations.
It may not be obvious, but I've used foil on the bird and on the grungy background. 
So there you go Becca - 3 cards for your Birthday linky - thanks for the inspiration!

Friday, 10 July 2015

Summer Romance Mixed Media

Hi there. I have a card to share today, which I'm hoping will warm me up as it's very chilly down under in Melbourne - brrrr!

Lots of challenges have a summer theme, so i thought I'd have some fun and join in.

I stamped beach scene from kaisercraft, using distress marker directly on the stamp and spritzing.
I have used various mediums to complete the scene including distress inks, brushos and inktense pencils. I used a stencil on the sand for added depth. I was trying to get colours reminiscent of a polaroid pic - not sure if I succeeded.
The flower was cut with Silhouette using designer paper with added highlights.

I'm entering this in the Anything But Cute Challenge (Summer Romance) and the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge (Summer Days).

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Mixed Media Blues

Yay! I'm back. Have you been wondering what happened to me? Had you forgotten me?

Well, without going in to too many details, I lost my mojo, because I've been grieving due to the loss of my Mum, who passed away a few months ago. My Dad passed away last year and my Uncle also 5 weeks after my Mum. So I've been feeling sad and working out what I want to do now that my life has changed.

I'm slowly trying to get back in to crafting because that's always been such a relaxing and wonderful escape for me. I've also been remiss in keeping up with everyone else's blogs, so I hope to catch up with all my crafty friends to see what you've all been doing!

Anyhow, today I have made a card for the Mixed Media Card Challenge. The theme is really fun this month - *Blue* with an option to include a vase. There is so much gorgeous inspiration over on the blog - here and here.

I die cut lots of blooms from a Poppy stamp die and coloured them with Peerless watercolours, distress inks and Inktense watercolour pencils.  Then I layered them on a circle which had been shaped to make it pop in the centre. I added some micro beads for extra interest.
The jar and stem were drawn and coloured with Inktense pencil. I embossed the background for extra texture and added a splatter (oops - I should have done it before I mounted it on the blue card) and an acetate butterfly from Heidi Swapp for a bit of fun.

I hope you like it and decide to join in the challenge - it really is a fun theme.

I am also entering the Anything But Cute challenge - Summer Romance.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Inkspirational Fun

Hi there.  Today I'm very happy to be Guest Designer for the Inkspirational Challenge. How exciting is that! I discovered this fun challenge a few months ago and made something completely different for me and was totally amazed to be one of the top picks! You can see my creation here.  I was even more surprised when Marina asked me to be Guest Designer!

The theme this week is a word prompt and the word is  'WILD'.  I decided to use a wild animal and since I'm an Aussie, I chose a kangaroo. My design is  influenced by Aboriginal art with my own twist!

I made a kangaroo stencil and mask with the Silhouette and then used other stencils, distress inks and color shine spray   to create the patterns.  

Be sure to pop on over to the Inkspirational blog to see what the Design Team have created and join in the fun!

Monday, 1 June 2015

Mixed Media Card Challenge

Yes, it's the 1st of JUNE!!! Where is the year going? That means it is coming in to summer for a lot of you, but for some of us Winter has begun. It also means the start of a new Mixed Media Card Challenge and the theme this month is *Collage*, with an option to include a *frame*.

I had a lot of fun with this card. I didn't plan the design, so I think I can call this freestyle collage!
The stamps are oldies (but still available) from Kaisercraft. I stamped the dressform twice and used one as a mask to stamp the chicken wire, butterfly background. Then I stamped the butterfly again and fussy cut it and added some pearls. The dressform was stamped with pigment ink and the background with archival black ink. The butterflies were water coloured and I added some splatters - coz I love them! To finish,  I added a stitched border to represent my *frame*,  some buttons, the silver charm and dyed lace .

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Mixed Media Blooms

I decided to have a play with some new stencils I received from STAMPlorations and this is what I came up with.
I will list my steps to make it easier to follow.
1. I used the shutters stencil with acrylic paint and acrylic ink  and my Gelliplate
2. Using the Happy Flowers stencil I added embossing paste
(Let dry)
3. mixed up some glass beads medium with gold acrylic ink and perfect pearls and added to centre of flowers
(let dry)
4. coloured petals with Liquitex acrylic ink
5. made a spray with the same acrylic ink and water and sprayed background lightly
6. cut panel and matted with gold panel
7. embossed white card and die cut butterflies then put it all together
8. added a sprinkle of sequins and pearls

I splurged on a portable light studio the other day and have used it to take this photo - what do you think? 

I would like to enter this card in the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - the theme is *Flowers* and the Inkspirational Challenge where the theme is to use at least 3 of these 4 elements Distressing, Flowers, Embossing, Pearls.  My elements are Flowers, Embossing paste and pearls (perfect pearls, pearlised paper and pearls).
ETA: entering the STAMPlorations Anything Goes Challenge.

Also just a reminder about the Mixed Media Card Challenge. The theme is *Wings* and there is an option to use *foil*. You have until 25 May to join in the fun. You can find more inspiration here and enter your card here.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

More Geometrics

Well yesterday I mentioned I would have another geometric card to share for the Winnie & Walter The Gossip Column challenge #2 and here it is.

This is my masculine version! I used the same stencil as I used for the feminine car I posted yesterday, but this time I sponged a bit of distress ink, spritzed with Dylusions ink and then sprinkled some Brushos over it. It looks very organic, doesn't it? I made the sentiment with the W&W The Big, The Bold & The Happy digital file and then stamped the the 'friend' from the stamp set.