Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Sending Sunshine!

Hi there to all you folk still experiencing cold, I'm sending you some of our Aussie sunshine with a sunflower card.

I was inspired by the sketch challenge at STAMPlorations and love the sunflower from the STAMPlorations Bloom Sketches set.

I have used a Penny Black stamp for the foliage and the flower and sentiment are both from Stamplorations.  I you look closely I have used a texture plate from Papertrey Ink on the base card. The DP is from Prima. I've used a combination of Distress inks, Gelatos and Memento dye inks.
I am also entering my card in the Anything Goes challenge, which is to use STAMPloration stamps and also the Simon Wednesday challenge Spring Pinspiration.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

She Art

I altered the photo in Pic Monkey to remove the background and then using TAP  Paper,  I printed it and transferred it to a piece of calico fabric. Then I scraped some Gesso over the rest of the panel and then some distress paint. When dry, I used a stencil and gold Color Shine for the background. Then I stamped the images which are from Stampers Anonymous (sentiment) and Prima. Next I used a black marker and added some journalling. I was reluctant to do this, because I have terrible handwriting - but it's mine, so it will have to do lol!
To finish,  I dry painted some black paint around the edge for a rough frame. I was thinking about adding some stitching and more stamping, but for the moment I am going with 'less is more'.

Hi there. Sorry I've been quiet on my blog, but I'm still spending a lot of time with Mum, trying to settle her back in to home, after a spell in hospital.

Today I want to share something I created, although I'm a bit shy about doing so. I've never really been in to scrapbooking or journalling, but 2 things inspired me to create this. Firstly this photo of my beautiful daughter and secondly the 'She Art' challenge at Inkspirational.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Inspired by Tim

Hi there. I have a quick post to share a tag inspired by the Tim Holtz's March tag.

I'm staying with my Mum for a few days. She's been in hospital for a few weeks and we're hoping she'll be able to settle back in to home with some extra care.  Anyway, I only had a few supplies with me, including the Stampers Anonymous Perspective set - so I decided to play along with the things I had.

I didn't have any distress paints with me, but I had distress markers, so I went with a more watercolour look. Instead of using a stencil and embossing paste, I used a stamp and gold embossed. I didn't have any ephemera, so my tag is more CAS, but I did find some string in Mum's kitchen, so I added a bow! I am in love with this stamp set, especially the butterfly! A girl can never have too many butterfly stamps!!!

So I'll enter this in the 12 Tags of 2015 {March}, even though it's not following the technique exactly - I have another go when I get home. 

I'm also entering the Simon Monday Challenge - Lions and Lambs (creatures) and the Craft Stamper Take it, Make it challenge {Anything Goes} and the Simon Wednesday Spring Pinspiration Challenge (I was inspired by the colours).

ETA: I just noticed that the delightful Darnell has another NBUS (never before used schtuff)
challenge - yippee! It just so happens this stamp set is a NBUS, so this is my first entry for the challenge.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Another card inspired by Places Abroad

Hello again. I've been good today and took my dogs for a brisk walk (or should I say, they took me) as part of my new get healthy regime! So I'm feeling pleased with myself! Did I mention what lovely Autumn weather we're having here at the moment (sorry Northern Hemisphere buddies who are hanging out for Spring)!

After my walk, I had an idea for a card for one of the other inspiration photos in the Altenew March Challenge.

The stamped background was made with a very old Stampin Up stamp, using Versamark and Pan Pastel.
The other stamps are all from Altenew.
The flower is from Peony Scrolls and the leaves are from Lacy Scrolls and Vintage roses.
The sentiment is from Magnolia's for Her.

I am entering this in the Altenew March Challenge and the Craft Stamper Anything Goes (use stamps) Challenge.

Going Green!

Monday again! Yay! Ha, ha - I'm sorry to those of you who hate Mondays, but I'm lucky enough to be able to stay at home and I always enjoy the peace of a Monday morning! Creative time and speaking of which, I have a card to share.

It's coming up to St Pat's day and everyone is celebrating with a green theme! I went through my stash for some scraps of green DP and this is what I found. I decided purple looks nice with green, so I stamped these cute little flowers from Stamplorations Vignette: Eclectic Florals  and the sentiment from Bloom Sketches.

I'm entering this card in the Addicted to CAS challenge - Codeword *Green* and Stamplorations Anything Goes Challenge.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Tulips for Mum

I was having a little play with the Silhouette today and decided to make this shaped card for my Mum.

I was inspired by the picture in the Card Concept Challenge, but went with the bright blooms. I dry embossed a pattern on the vase and added the ribbon and lace. The tulips are made from Kaiserfcraft dp and the leaves have been coloured with Lime Color Shine, distress inks and colour pencil.
I was also inspired by the blooms in the Fusion Card Challenge.
I decided I would mount the card on a canvas and give it to Mum, who is still in hospital. I hope it is still ok for these challenges, because technically it is a card.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Can Mixed Media be Elegant?

I think so. I hope so! This is what Wikipedia says "Mixed media, in visual art, refers to an artwork in the making of which more than one medium has been employed." So I guess it can be. Sometimes though, I feel that I'm faking and should be sloshing and slopping paints and texture paste around more. What do you think?

In this card, I have slopped some paint about using my Gelliplate. I then die cut the bird with the finished result. I find that a fun way to use my Gelliplate - just playing around and using it with dies. I also got messy with the background too - I embossed a piece of white card and then swiped some versamark ink over it, missing a few places, heat embossed it with Pearl embossing powder and when it was dry,  sprayed Heidi Swapp gold Color Shine over it.  I made the gold button embellishment with paper clay and a mould from a cake shop and when it was dry I coloured it with Delicata ink.

So it is definitely Mixed Media and I think it is elegant. I think I will always be leaning toward CAS, even when I get messy!  I definitely had fun making this card!

I would like to remind you about this month's challenge at the Mixed Media Card Challenge. The theme is Spring and the optional element is *bird*. You have until 25 March to play.

I am also entering my card in the following challenges:-

The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - Birds of a Feather

Virginia's View Challenge - All Things Embossed (double embossed background and sentiment)

Simon Monday Challenge 'Bis for ...' (Bird)

Simon Wednesday Challenge Things that Fly