Saturday, 14 November 2015

Loll's 12 Tags of Christmas

Hi there!.  I'm so happy and excited to be a guest designer this year for Loll's wonderful Twelve Tags of Christmas. I hope you've been following her event because this year, Loll is showcasing even more guest designers - 2 each day, along with one of her own. Today is Day 10. 

To make my tag, I began by creating a water-colour wash on some water-colour card stock and then, when dry, I die-cut the tag. Next I sprayed a bit of Heidi Swapp Color Shine for  a bit of a shimmer. Then I stamped some background 'Christmas' text with distress ink, for more depth. The foliage was die cut and coloured with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.
The Kookaburra was die cut from patterned paper and white card.
The sentiment is cut from patterned paper, because I thought the red and white looked more festive.

Have you ever heard the Aussie version of Twelve Days of Christmas? There are several different versions of kookaburras laughing, koalas cuddling, and dingos dancing etc. So many Australian animals it can get confusing ... but lots of fun too. I based my tag on one version, 'On the 1st day of Christmas, my true love sent to me .. a kookaburra in a Gum tree.' The most common version starts with an Emu up the gum tree, which I thought would look a bit strange, because everyone knows Emus' can't fly, but that shows the Australian sense of humour!  

I hope my tag looks festive, but also evokes the type of Christmas we have Down-under, due to it usually being hot!

The best part of Loll's event is that you can join in the fun and win prizes too! Here's how to play...

Make a MIXED MEDIA Christmas tag (any size, any style) and link up here.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

More 'L' Letterpress Play

This is a very quick post, but I just wanted to share some more of my results from testing out my new 'L' Letterpress toy tool. It definitely is messy and I've noticed that the big plates are easier to manage, without accidents, than the very small Christmas plates. But hopefully practice will help.

So first I tried the red on watercolour paper and that looked yuck, so If I'm using red, 
it will have to be on Letterpress or thick white card stock.  
Next, I tried the Kraft, which is 300gsm and I love the possibilities!
Next I tried the teal on the watercolour paper and that looked good.
 Then I decided to try adding a bit of navy for an ombre effect and that made me HAPPY!
 I think if I try this again I'll have to use 2  acrylic blocks and 2 rollers so I don't waste ink 
and get it muddy.

So what do you think???

I'm also very relieved and happy to have received my parcel from Papertrey Ink - I'm so excited and will have to put aside some time to make Christmas goodies over the next few days!

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Testing 'Letterpress'

Hi there! Just popping in to say hi! I've been busy getting ready for a market, which is happening this weekend.

I recently bought the Lifestyle Crafts (WE R Memories) Letterpress kit and I fully expected to be disappointed - I new it wouldn't be anything like what you can get in shops, because hey, they are made with professional Letterpress machines. I've been putting off using it, because I thought it would be fiddly and take me a while to work it out. However, today I watched a couple of videos and then gave it a go and I am pleasantly surprised and look forward to having more time to play!

      I apologise for the quality of the photo. I'll give you a better look when I turn them in to cards.

Monday, 2 November 2015

The Mixed Media Card Challenge #17 (FAMILY)

Hey there! It's November! Can you believe it?! A new month means a new Mixed Media Card Challenge and this month the the is 'FAMILY'.

I began with one of my stash of Geliplate backgrounds, made with acrylic paint,  bubble wrap and stencils on core board.
I then used some distress ink  to stamp some script to create a bit more depth. I used alphabet stamps and a Winnie & Walter stamp to create the sentiment and embossed it to make it stand out more. The bird is from Stamplorations (The Bees Knees) and was stamped on black card, white embossed and fussy cut. To finish of I used a Copic Outline pen to create a border on the panel and a frame for the word 'family'. Then it was mounted on a white card.
When I'd finished, I realised I'd forgotten the arrows, but in a way the leaf outlines look a bit like arrows!

Now it's your turn. I hope you will join in the fun - you can enter the challenge here and get lots more inspiration from the design team.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Spring is in the Air

I thought I should make a card and pop it on my blog, before I am forgotten! I'm working on trying to get more balance in my life and create at least one or 2 days a week. Now I just need to find my Mojo!

This card is inspired by an earlier card I made, which you can see here. I was asked to make 3 cards, the same as the original, but I didn't have any of the designer paper left, so I did a watercolour background using distress inks and Gansai Tambi paints. On this card, I decided to add a bird, rather than a flower.

The bird imaged is from Inspired by Stamping and  I've coloured on the back of the fussy cut bird with Copic markers.
The embossed background is one of my new favourites. 

I am entering this in the Simon Monday Challenge - the theme is Throwback - we are challenged  to choose a previous challenge! I chose a theme from July this year - No Ordinary Paper. I love stamping and colouring on vellum.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Mixed Media Card Challenge - Orange & Black

Hello strangers! Well I'm back from my Italian sojourn and have lots of wonderful memories.  I can definitely recommend getting an apartment and living like the locals - next time I'll stay for longer and maybe it will be a villa!

Now on to my card. The theme this month at the Mixed Media Card Challenge is 'Orange & Black' - perfect for Fall and Halloween. The optional element is glitter.

I decided to use some of my new WPlus9 stamps - Autumn Leaves and a NBUS die for the black butterfly. The sentiment is also new - it's from Inspired by Stamping, an Australian company.
Now when you look at this, you might not think it is Mixed Media, but I've used dye ink, and Memento Luxe (orange) and the outlines have been embossed with metallic embossing powder. I've also added some splatter with the memento luxe ink and perfect pearls and added Wink of Stella to the butterflies.  So although it doesn't look very artsy, it still fits the criteria*.
I really love Memento Luxe ink, because it is thick and when it dries it feels like paint!
I have included shimmer as opposed to glitter, by adding the perfect pearls and Wink of Stellar.

You still have lots of time to join in the challenge - the deadline is 25 October. Click here to add your card to the gallery.

I'm also adding my card to the Fusion Card Challenge, inspired by the colours in the photo.


Straight up, a mixed media card is a card that is created using a variety of mediums.

For this card challenge blog*, it means using any of the following in addition to the usual stamps and inks:

  • Mediums that add texture. Some examples: fabric, stitching, embossing paste, texture gel, gel medium, modeling paste, gesso, textured paper, glitter, found objects
  • Mediums that give dimension. Some examples: die-cuts, chipboard, embossing powders, epoxy/thick stickers, embellishments, found objects
  • Mediums that allow you to use (and even combine) different techniques. Some examples: watercolor, pastels, alcohol inks, markers, chalks, acrylic paints, oils, crayons

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Mixed Media Card Challenge Reminder

Hello there. We had a dreary, cold start to the day, but the sun is now shining, so I was inspired to make another spring themed card. Yes, for my Northern Hemisphere visitors, I live in Australia, so it's spring down here!

This card also serves as a reminder for the Mixed Media Card Challenge, which has an easy theme this month - FRIENDSHIP - and an option to include ribbon, which I only remembered when I was taking my photo!!!

This is the process I followed:-
1/ Used a Stamplorations stencil and distress ink to sponge the green border on the left of card.
2/ Stamped the vintage script
3/stamped the flowers and the bird using distress markers
4/Used a brush, water and markers to colour the images
5/Die cut butterflies and coloured with distress ink and wink of stellar for shimmer.
6/Die cut a branch to make a stencil and then using distress markers, brush and water added the branch
7/ Machine stitched a border and added sentiment
8/mounted the watercolour panel to a base card of shimmer blue card stock
9/added some crackle paint to the bird

Well I hope you like my card, which will be heading off to a special friend!

The Mixed Media Card Challenge goes through to 25 September,so you have plenty of time to join in the fun

I am also entering this in the Simon Monday Challenge, Trio of colors and the Simon Wednesday Challenge, Make it Colorful