Thursday, 23 June 2016

Mixed Media card challenge Reminder

If you have been following my blog, you will know I have been playing with Yupo and Alcohol Inks over the last few days. I think I have had my fill of this messy medium for a while. It is fun and addictive, but I need to try out some of my other NBUS stamps and mediums now.

I made this card for the Mixed Media Card challenge. The theme this month is SUNSET and the optional element is POSTAGE STAMP (which I didn't use this time) Check out my first card here.



You still have a few days left to enter the challenge - the deadline is 25 June and you can link up your card here.

Psychedelic Butterflies

Hi there! I  just wanted to share another card I made with the Yupo and alcohol Inks.

I really liked the paterns formed on this background, so I didn't want to lose any of it. The solution was to use the butterflies die from Simon Says stamp.

Oops this photo is a bit out of focus - it's not your eyes! I have used Jacquard Pinata Alcohol Inks and Copic Re-inkers to create this background. 



I am entering this card in the Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Dies Challenge and the Virginia's View - All about Colour Challenge.



Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Colours of the Rainbow


Another quick post -  2 in one day!!! 

Yesterday I felt the urge to try something new, so I purchased some Yupo (synthetic paper which is like plastic) and some alcohol inks and this is there result... WARNING- you might need sunglasses!

I used a whole pad of this paper because it is a bit addictive playing with alcohol inks - you just want to keep adding more to see how they react. This one though, doesn't have too much blending and I liked the white space. I decided it needed some bold black images to show it off. The large butterfly is from Stampers Anonn a, the small butterfly from Prima and the sentiment  is from Altenew.

I noticed that Virginia's View Challenge is back so I shall enter this card as the theme is 'All About Colour'.  I'm also entering this card in the Craft Stamper Challenge 'Let's Get Inky'.


Winter Sunshine

Hello there lovelies! We just had Winter Solstice here in Australia and after a couple of days of rain we have a glorious sunshiney day!

I received some new stamps the other day - more birds - YAY! As soon as I saw these Prima stamps by Jamie Dougherty, I knew I had to have them . So here is my first play with them.


I stamped the bird with Archival ink on Canson Acrylic/Oil sketch paper and coloured the bird using Zig CCRB marker, acrylic ink, and glitter pen. The bird was outlined with a light grey to make it stand out.  Next I stamped the flowers and hand sketched the bough. I then lightly coloured the background with Pan Pastel and then stamped some text with versamark ink and went over it with a darker shade of Pan Pastel to create interest and depth. The edges of the card were swiped with the pan pastel and some splatters finished the artsy look.
I'm entering this in the Craft Stamper Take it, Make it challenge - Lets Get Inky


Friday, 10 June 2016

Spring Garden

Hi there. It's been a quiet week here on my blog as I've been busy making decisions for our Beach House Renovation. The rear of the house got demolished this week - so there's no going back!

Winter has finally arrived in Melbourne, although we are lucky, because a large part of the eastern States of Australia had very severe weather conditions with flooding this week and Melbourne missed out. My heart goes out to those effected and also to the people in Europe who suffered the same fate.

I have previously admitted to enjoying Winter, so I'm not complaining about the cold, but the garden is looking rather bare, so I thought I'd make a bright card with lots of flowers!


I told you it was bright! The diecut panel was in my stash from the last craft retreat and unfortunately I can't remember the manufacturer. I'll update if I find out.
So this is very simple, I used ZigCCRB Markers and distress ink to colour the flowers and then spritzed with water and used a brush to blend the colours. I stamped the sentiment from Altenew using Memento Luxe Ink and then went over it again with Zig Marker to get the Ombre effect. Of course I had to add a bit of Wink of Stella for a bit of shimmer and then I was done.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:-

CAS Mix It Up - Die-cut, stamping + one other
Craft Stamper Take it, Make it Challenge - Let's Get Inky

Happy Little Stamper - Dies (Anything Goes)
Simon Monday Challenge - Summer Garden (well I guess mine could be Summer or Spring)





Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Mixed Media Card Challenge #24

Welcome! Down here in Australia it's the first day of Winter, but the card I'm sharing today is much more evocative of Summer!

Yes, it's a new month, so we are starting a new Mixed Media Card Challenge and the theme this month is SUNSET with the optional element being POSTAGE STAMP.

Now my first reaction was, how on earth do I combine these 2 things, but I scrummaged through my stash and found the stamp and some Washi tape and this is the result ....




I used some canvas card stock which works well with Pan Pastels. I began by sponging distress inks (masking the Sun) and then went over that with some red, raw umber and metallic gold Pan Pastels. Then removed the mask, stamped the trees (STAMPlorations) and some background images , including the postage stamp and then added the Washi tape. I used a distress marker and water to colour the sun. Next I sponged around the edge of the card with some distress inks and the Pan Pastels and matted the panel on a black base card. To finish off, I added the Kangaroos, cut on the silhouette and a few birds with a black marker.

I think I've done an okay job of creating a scene of sunset in the Australian Bush. What do you think?


Why don't you pop on over to the Mixed Media Card Challenge blog and see what the rest of the team have created and then if you'd like to join in the fun, link up your card here.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Wild Flowers

I made another card yesterday, using a set I recently purchased from Concord & 9th - It's called Wild Flowers. It is so versatile and lots of fun to create with.

I made some masks before I began and then randomly stamped the flowers. I decided to pull out my Copic markers, which were gathering dust and I chose the colour scheme from Designer Seeds.
The sentiment is from another Concord & 9th set.I added some clear Wink of Stellar to the highlights of the daisies - I think I need to buy shares in this company!





I'm entering this in the Craft Stamper Take it, Make it Challenge - Anything Goes.