Tuesday, 5 May 2015


I practised adding some foils to images yesterday, because the Mixed Media Card Challenge has foil as an optional element this month. I didn't include it in my first card, but thought I should have a bit of a play. This is my 1st attempt and I will have more to share very soon.

I took some designer paper and spritzed some Color Shine and Dylusion sprays  over it to make it a pretty,  bright home for my shiny butterfly.  I stamped the butterfly  on to black card using a tacky glue and then rubbed really hard on both sides. Then I ran it through a laminator, inside a piece of paper. It's not perfect, but hey,  that's the beauty of Mixed Media! Then I added  the metal embellishment rto the butterfly and the STAMPlorations sentiment.

You can see more inspiration at the Mixed Media Card Challenge and join in the fun here.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Mixed Media Card Challenge

It's May! Yes today is the first of the month and you know what that means - the beginning of another Mixed Media Card Challenge! We had so many beautiful entries last month, full of gorgeous blooms!

This month's theme is 'WINGS', which is lucky for me, because I find it hard to make a card without adding a butterfly or a bird! The difficult part is that I have so many to chose from!The optional element is foil, which I didn't manage to include this time, but will try for next time!

This is another Gelliplate creation. I placed the STAMPlorations mask on the Gelliplate and then brayered some  red and yellow paint  over the mask. With the mask still in place I pressed a honeycomb patterened pot holder over the rest of the paint and then pulled my print. Once dry, I stamped the butterflies and coloured some with a distress marker.
I then cut the panel and sponged black soot distress ink around the edges.  Then I stamped, coloured and fussy cut  2 more butterflies and covered them Ranger Crackle Paint.   All stamps  and the mask are from STAMPlorations.

Thank you for coming to visit my blog.  If you want to see more wonderful inspiration, then pop over to the Mixed Media Card Challenge and hopefully you'll be inspired to join in.

It is Anything Goes at both the Simon Monday Challenge and the Simon Wednesday Challenge so I'm joining in with both. I am also entering the Craft Stamper Take it, Make it challenge, which is also Anything Goes. ETA: Also entering the STAMPlorations Anything Goes Challenge.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Happy Blooms and Happier Mail!

Hey there. It's Friday evening here in Australia and I've just been to the Post Office to pick up a little gift I bought myself! I was feeling a bit down the other day and decided retail Therapy would help!

But before I get to that, I have a card to share for the Muse Card Challenge.

I was inspired by the gold embossed daisies, but decided to use silver instead.  I began by using Geliplate print I'd made last week with a Stamploration's stencil. Then I stamped and embossed the daisies and added the pink, using my new Abandoned Coral distress marker. It has a very painterly look, which is what I was aiming for. The butterfly is a Poppy Stamps die-cut, which I silver embossed. The stamps  are also  from  Stamplorations.

I'm also entering the Simon Monday Challenge and the Simon Wednesday Challenge which both have an Anything Goes theme this week.

ETA: Just remembered to add this to the STAMPlorations Anything Goes Challenge!

Monday, 27 April 2015

There is Beauty in Simplicity

I just had to make a card for the Card Concept challenge, because I love the colours and patterns so much. So I rummaged through my unfinished stash and found 2 panels to suit the theme and die cut some butterflies to match. This is the result.

I've used a stencil and thicky body paint for the polka dotts and the pink pattern was made with my Gelliplate. The butterfly dies are from (big to small) Memory Box, SSS and PB. The sentiment is from Stampers Anonymous.
I was influenced by the stripes in the background, the grey polka dots the pink and white chevrons and the way all these elements were pulled together to give a CAS and classy appearance.
I think my card will be in the Clean & Layered category. I am also entering Virginia's View challenge #14 Layers & Dimension.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

From Places Abroad: China

I've been wanting to play along with this month's Altenew challenge for a couple of weeks, but have not been sure what to do. Yesterday, I just played with some Copics and this card came together without much thought.

Well, I did put some thought in to it, because I chose the Peony on purpose as it is  symbolic of wealth and good fortune in China. I chose the vibrant colours and the decadent gold from the picture.
The image stamps are from Altenew Peony Scrolls, the sentiment is from Winnie & Walter and was already sitting in my stash box, ready to be used. The red flowers are fussy cut from some Japanese paper. The twine is made from paper and I painted it to match.

I am also entering the Simon Wednesday Challenge - Clean and Simple
ETA: I'm also entering the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge -  Anything Goes
and Virginia's View challenge #14 Layers and Dimension

Friday, 24 April 2015

A Krafty Bouquet

That's the theme for the CASual Friday Challenge and I love using Kraft card, so I couldn't resist joining in.

The stamps are from CAsual Friday's Wonderful Words set - I white embossed and coloured with Twinkling H2Os. 

Bird Love

I have another colourful card to share today.  Butterfly stamps have always been my favourite, but now I have an equal love for bird stamps and find it hard to resist them. This one is from Penny Black and is perfect for use with distress markers.

I used a stencil and distress inks for the background on text dp. Then I removed the stencil and sponged and blended the colours.  I coloured the Penny Black stamp (the sweetest sound) with distress markers, spritzed and stamped. I went over the stamped image lightly with a wet brush to intensify the colour.
 I'm  entering the Fusion Card Challenge as I was inspired by the colours and Virginia's View Challenge #14 Layers and Dimension.