Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Precious Metals GD card

Wayhaaay.. how about that!!!... my card got chosen yet again as an INDIGOBLU challenge top 3, so I get to be a guest designer for them yet again, feeling honoured or what!!!
The challenge this time is "precious metals", so metallic paints, megaflakes, etc...
I cannot tell you how much fun I had doing this card, I was transported right back to my childhood days of doing wax crayon rubbings on gravestones, leaves, and all sorts of different textures....except that there were no wax crayons in this technique. I started out with a sheet of aluminium foil, I laid it over the CIRCLE DOT BACKGROUND stamp and rubbed over the top with my bonefolder, then defined the circles more with my ball tool, taking care not to tear the foil, then leaving the foil on the stamp, I gave it a coat of black acrylic paint, then added some brown, orange and teal paint, dabbing it on here and there with a sponge, when it was dry, I rubbed silver gilding wax over the surface lightly to bring out the circles. I matted and layered it with shaped die cuts, and clear embossed the same circle stamp on the top layer.  I sponged FLITTERGLU onto the dinkie FLUTTERBY stamp, stamped it onto vellum,  and added the MORRIS DANCE mega flakes....ohhh how I love that colour!!!, I cut them out and added them with silicone glue. I made the little banner using a word from the TRULYMADLYDEEPLY stamp, and added it with a couple of metal brads. 
I hope this has inspired you in some way, and would love to see your precious metals creation over at the Indigoblu Challenge Blogspot.

Monday, 27 July 2015

You're How Old!!!!

Oooooohh.... over at That's Crafty, they have launched their own range of stencils, super cute dinky ones that I just gotta have, so the theme for their challenge is stencils.  And guess what!!!... over at Mixed Media World they are sponsoring That's Crafty and are giving away 10 of the new stencils to the winner of the challenge which is all about... yes, you guessed it ....Stencils!!!. fantastic news because...aswell as having a butterfly obsession... I also have a stencils obsession too, i just think that they are so versatile, I especially love spraying through them and then mopping up the ink residue on the stencil for another card... just love em!!
For my card I have used my two favourite stencils, the Paperartsy Lin Brown circles stencil, using modelling paste through it over my brusho, ink and bleach background, then I used the fantastic large TCW trilobites stencil....oooh I just love it!!! these ancient creatures are so fascinating. Anyways I hope to be in with a chance to win all those lovely stencils, and like I gotta be in it to win it!!

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Twinchie Tiles

This weeks challenge over at the Stampotique Blog is all about "twinchies"...little 2x2" works of art. I had this idea of doing something on a 4x4" piece of card and then cutting it up into quarters to make a tile effect. 
I started off with stamping the Collage Journey stamp onto my card in portrait mode, then scraping acrylic paint with a bank card to tone down the wording. then I stamped the large Butterfly....(my fave by far butterfly)!!!  onto tissue, colouring it in and adding it to my card with matte media, then cutting it into four 2x2" squares. I made the base with the same Journey Collage stamp and some stitching, then added another tissue butterfly to the bottom. I then added the tiles, raised with dimensionals. 
I have to say I love this card....probably because it has my favourite butterfly on, but I also love the tile effect too, and the distressed effect of the scraped paint.  Is it wrong to praise your own work!!!! 

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Eyelets and Staples and Brads..OH MY!!!!

for this weeks Stampotique Designers Challenge, the hostess is the fabulous Kathi Rerek, and she is challenging us to use attachers, the older the better.  Thinking of eyelets, brads, staples, etc.  Bonus points if someone uses all three.  Extra super bonus points if someone attaches Stampotique images to each other.
Wow!!! what a challenge, I mean.... I cannot think of  the last time my stash of these things saw the light of day!!!!...but hey.that's what challenges are for eh!!. I have to admit that I struggled with an idea for this though, apart from the one idea that stuck in my brain, but required a Stampotique stamp that I don't own yet, soooo save that idea for another time!!!  the image I used is the Daniel Torrent image called HUNK.  I am loving all the doodling going on at the moment in peoples artwork, so I spritzed some gold ink through a Lin Brown stencil on top of my Tim Holtz harlequin background, then doodled around the circles with my white pen, I kinda like the outcome but on reflection, feel it is a bit busy for this image, maybe better with a butterfly image.....grrrrr....there I go again with that damned butterfly obsession!!!.
I managed to use all three attachers, brads on the crown, even a beautiful jewelled one in the centre, eyelets on the bottom of the card, and staples on the sentiment. 

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Profanity!!!!!! GULP!!!

After winning the "D is for Dudes" challenge over at the Sisterhood Of Snarky Stampers blogspot, I get to be guest designer for this weeks challenge which is "R is for Rude"!!!!!  (a.k.a. the new profanity challenge).
Well...... all sorts of ideas were spinning around in my head, and I thought of one that I actually came up with a while ago.....but never would I have dared to show it on my blog or anywhere else, but kept the idea in the back of my mind just in case anybody I knew were going through the process of I.V.F. I thought this kind of card would put a smile to their faces at a time of anxiety and apprehension!!!....and now seems like the perfect opportunity to show my card.
The cute guy is Dr Needle, a digi image from Hambo Stamps, he is just adorable, and oh my word.... when I emailed the card to Chris, I hoped that I hadn't gone too far with the profanity, but...and in her own words..."for the record, you can NEVER go to far with the profanity at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers"!!!! sooooooo.... there you are!!..... get crafting and cussing!!!

Friday, 10 July 2015


Ohhhh my butterfly obsession is still here so I just loved it when I saw that the INDIGOBLU blog challenge title was "flutterby"!!!  My Indigoblu stamp collection is growing nicely and of course I just had to have the dinkie flutterby stamp, a beautifully detailed butterfly. I stamped it on parchment paper, cut it out and added it to my brusho background with silicone glue for dimension,  I love the Indigoblu sentiment too. 

Friday, 3 July 2015

Ribbons and Bows!!

I do love to participate in the Stampotique Designers Challenge, and this week the amazingly talented Corrie Herriman is challenging us to use ribbon on our project. Well.... I'm not much of a ribbon girl....even though I have a boxful of the stuff!!!!!!!  you know...just incase!!  and I cannot bear to throw any away, especially the chocolate box bows...ooohh they are gorgeous, and already tied in a beautiful bow, I can anyone throw these things away!!!  But, like most crafters do, I hoard them and they take up precious space in my craftroom which is ever decreasing!!!!.....but back to this weeks ribbon challenge.
I have used the BOWTIE image and stuck him on my inked up stencil background, I already did a sentiment similar to this one another time,  I think it was  "I like big books and I cannot lie"!! day I may use the original words!!! hee hee. Anyways, this is as girly as am gonna get with ribbons this week.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Just FLY!!

Astrid Stulemeijer is this weeks hostess over on the Stampotique designers challenge blog and she says...."Every stamper has a little Frankenstein in them.  Give a stamp without wings a pair of them.".  such a fun idea, it is great to try see your stamps in a different way.   I have used my favourite LARGE BUTTERFLY stamp for the TINMAN'S wings, stamping them on acetate with black stazon, then cutting them out. I used a quote from The Wizard of Oz to keep in with the theme. 
Simon Says Stamp's Work it Wednesday Challenge is all about Rainbows too so yayyyy you got to be in it to win it!!! 

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Sex God!!

Just for fun,  and the sheer challenge of making a male oriented card!!!!.... I have made this card for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers  "D is for dudes" challenge. I have used the fantastic Carabelle studio XXL stamp for the backkground, it is huge, nearly A4 in size, and my "dude" is the Stampotiques  "Are My Pants Too Tight" image. I think I will give this card to my partners Son,.... he really is a Sex God!!!...(just as well that he is 30 years too young for me) !!!LOL.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Stampotiques 200th Challenge

For this weeks challenge at the Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog,  Kim Howard is the hostess and as it is their 200th challenge, she is asking us to create with celebration, anniversary, or best wishes in mind.
I have stamped the wonderful HUNK stamp, but cut off both his arms and legs and repositioned them so that he is waving and lifting one leg....hee hee!!! I know that I have added the numbers...and lets face it....nobody is ever gonna get to that age!!! well not in my lifetime anyways...unless they have a portrait in the attic!!! LOL... but I can easily alter the numbers or even have it as a Happy New Year card.