Friday, 24 October 2014

Multi- Colour Stamping

Hi there! Have you seen the challenge over at Crafter Stamper Take it , Make it challenge
" The multicoloured stamping technique!
This old school, much loved technique is simple but oh so effective! Just colour your stamp with more than one shade before stamping with it, and  the resulting image will be a multicoloured delight! Use ink pads, markers or even paint to colour the stamp, and then simply stamp away!"
Well it just so happens that this is one of my favourite techniques and they're right, it's so easy and the results can be magical! I am planning to make quite a lot of Christmas cards with this technique.



The Christmas Tree Stamp is from Merory Box and I am totally smitten with it! I used Distress Marker (Pine Needles, Faded Jeans, Dusty Concord and, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo) and stamped on Fabriano watercolour paper. The sentiment  was made with a die from WPLUS9. I matted it with dark blue card and mounted on Kraft. My new find is the Heidi Swapp white color shine spray - I can't stop myself spraying everything!!! I mixed the white spray and some dusty concord ink and splattered it on the card.

The challenge at the Simon Wednesday Challenge is to use Kraft cardstock, so this card should fit the bill. Simon Monday Challenge is Anything Goes
 so I shall also enter their challenge.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

A Runway Christmas

Hello again! Today I have made a card for the Runway Inspired Challenge. The photo inspiration is quite unique and  of course it just cries out for a Christmas card!

I used a wooden embellishment as a mask and spritzed the black card with white colour shine (it looks silver I know). I thought the triangle embossed background looked a bit like Christmas trees.
I had trouble getting a photo - too sunny outside and not enough light inside - I think I will make a light box next year.



I'm also entering this in the Simon Monday Challenge - Anything Goes.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Mixed Media Card Challenge

Hi there! I always get a little bit edgy at this time of year,  because once the final school term begins, it feels like time is accelerating! Does anyone else feel like that? One minute I'm thinking christmas is 21/2 months away and the next thing the school year has ended and the christmas countdown is on! This year it will be even more rushed because we leave for a 6 weeks overseas trip on 14 December.
So I think I may have to cut back on my crafting and start making lists and getting organised!

I do have a card to share today though for the Mixed Media Card challenge. There is still time to join in with this month's challenge - the theme is Vintage with the optional element being a *key*.
I went retro vintage this time.

I tried something a little bit different with this tag. I made a stencil with lots of keys on the Silhouette.
These are the steps I took :-
1. Use paint through the stencil (let it dry)
2. Stamp the Hero Arts Friends background text through stencil (dried with heat gun)
3. Swiped Versamark ink through stencil and heat embossed.
4. Sprayed tag with Heidi Swapp gold glimmer mist (wiped the embossed area with a wipe)
5. Stamped sentiment from Winnie & Walter
6. Embossed the base card and added bow and flower brad and key and put it all together.

There is more inspiration to be seen from the Design Team  at the Mixed Media Card Challenge and you have until 25 October to enter. 

A Piece of Sky

Hey there! We just had our first piece of Summer today and the whole family is whinging! Well except for my DH, because he never complains! It's 7pm and its still 30 degrees Celcius (86F) and we have the Air Con on!  We are now all looking forward to our holiday in the Northern Hemisphere!

I was working on a card today, using Tim Holtz Specialty Stamping paper and it was all good until I stamped the sentiment and it smudged - so my card became a bookmark!


I stamped Penny Black Botanical Notes and Flourishes Bees and Blooms and coloured the images with Distress markers and Inks.
I'm entering this in The City Crafter Challenge - the theme is A Piece of Sky and Simon Monday Challenge - Anything Goes.


Rainbow Christmas

I have been struggling with a card I really want to make and needed a bit of easy peasy play. So I pulled out my distress Ink Pads and this is the result ...


I used a stamp which I found at a local market.  I just inked, spritzed and stamped - how easy is that! Oh and then I spritzed the paper with Heidi Swapp white colour shine and a few tiny specks of black. The sentiment is a newbie from WPLUS9.
I made this with the Merry Monday Christmas challenge in mind, because their theme is non-traditional colours.
I'll also enter this in the Simon Monday Anything Goes Challenge.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Spring Butterflies

Yes today I have another butterfly card, because they make me happy! I wanted to make another card for the Craft Stamper Take it, Make it challenge, because the challenge is to use multi colour stamping and this is probably my favourite technique.


I have done many variations of this card using the most gorgeous Penny Black stamp and I never get tired of it. I would usually use darker and contrasting colours, but I have been making so many cards with Fall colours, I wanted to use colours that reflect the season in Australia. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Wet Paint.


Sunday, 19 October 2014

Watercolour Clean and Simple

Today has been a tidy up day. Or should I say, moving my supplies from one place to another and still no cleaner!
After I had done that I felt the need to make a card. I saw that the challenge at Virginia's View was about to finish and the other challenge that inspired me was the Craft Stamper challenge - to stamp with multiple colours.

I applied the ink with distress markers to the stamps and spritzed liberally and stamped on plain card. I tried this on watercolour paper, but preferred the look on the plain card.  In order to keep the card CAS, I decided to stitch a border rather than matting on coloured card.  I guess if I'd used white thread it would be even more Cas,  but I like the colour.