Thursday, 25 August 2016

Seize The Birthday - Tags


It's time for Seize The Birthday, and for this challenge, our optional topping is Tags - large or small, on a card or on their own.

I've created a tag using one of the techniques from Tim Holtz' Creative Chemistry 103, and added a double-layered butterfly (Tim Holtz) and sentiment (Neat & Tangled).  I coloured some tape using the  same colours I'd used on the tag and butterfly.  It looks a bit dull and grungy on the photo, but it's prettier in real life.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration, and play along.  If you don't want to use a tag, you can still join in as long as it's a birthday project.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

STAMPlorations Inspiration #92


It's Tuesday so it's Inspiration day over a STAMPlorations.  I've been playing with my newest obsession, PaperArtsy Infusions, which are very similar to Brusho powders, except that they also contain walnut stain crystals that dissolve at a slower rate than the colours.

I ended up with several sheets, so I diecut one of them using the CUTplorations Crazy Stitched Rectangles, stamped and fussy cut a dragonfly from The Bee's Knees Winged Things, from another sheet, and mounted them onto two-tone card which is blue with a gold sheen, difficult to capture on camera.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the Design Team, and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $10 gift voucher.

I'm entering my card into CAS Mix Up where this month's theme is Stamping + Sprays + Your Choice (die cuts).


Monday, 22 August 2016

The Mixed Media Card Challenge - Reminder


Are you playing along in our Rainbows challenge at The Mixed Media Card Challenge?  Our optional element this month is Dragonflies.


My newest obsession is PaperArtsy Infusions, a mix of dye colour particles and walnut crystals.  I was only going to buy two or three colours, but I couldn't make my mind up, so I bought the set of 12 :)

I wet a strip of the mixed media paper and sprinkled the crystals on, spritzing and dripping, then wet another strip and moved on to the next colour, until I'd made the grungiest rainbow ever!

The dragonflies, from The Bee's Knees Winged Things, were stamped on another sheet of Infusions-filled paper and fussy cut.  I splattered some gold mica sparkle on the background, and added Wink of Stella to the main dragonfly and Stickles to the two smaller dragonflies.  I just stuck the dragonflies down by their bodies, and lifted the wings for dimension.

You've still got time to join us - bring your rainbow with you!

I'm adding this to CAS Mix Up where the theme is Stamping + Sprays + Your Choice (Fussy Cutting).


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Creative Chemistry 103 and a couple of sneak peeks

I've finally finished my Creative Chemistry 3 homework for Day 5, which was all about Alcohol Inks and Yupo.

Another day full of new and old techniques.

Painting stamped images (sssshhh, don't tell Tim - that's not one of his stamps, but the gallery is already closed so these are just for me and you to look at); blasting with an air duster; and a great video from Kristina Werner for her technique.  Again, if you're wavering about this course, just go for it, it's incredible value for all the techniques and tutorials that you get.

A couple of sneak peeks:

I'm over at A Sprinkle of Imagination with a couple of Scribbly Birds,


and I'm over at STAMPlorations with Artsy Tribal Doodles.


Pop on over to take a look :)

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

STAMPlorations Inspiration #91


It's Tuesday so that means it's inspiration time over at STAMPlorations.  Today I've paired the butterflies from Becca's new set, Buttercups and Butterflies, with some images from my set, Winged Things.

I started by stamping the solid butterflies in Versamark and embossing them in white, then I sponged several colours of Distress inks over the panel and flicked water over.  Once all that was dry, I stamped the Winged Things images in Versafine Onyx Black, and the text from Mixed Media Elements in Versafine Smoky Grey.

A bit of sponging through ARTplorations Dots All Over finished off the panel, then I added three more butterflies, and the CUTplorations Happy die cut.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the Inspiration Team, and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a gift certificate.

Friday, 12 August 2016

STAMPlorations Release Week Hop


It's wrap-up day for the STAMPlorations release week, and today the Inspiration Team get the chance to show you what we've created with each set in the release.

Monday saw the release of my new set, Birds of Paradise with matching dies (all of the new sets are being released with matching dies).  Here's another card for your delectation and delight :)


On Tuesday, Shery's set Bloom Happy was in the spotlight.  Here's my card:


On Wednesday the spotlight was on Becca's set, Buttercups and Butterflies.  I've used the buttercups, but I can't wait to create with those butterflies ;)


Yesterday saw the spotlight on Deepti's new set, Tweet Love.  Those gorgeous blanket-stitched images!


Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog - after you've left me a comment ;) - for some fabulous inspiration from the rest of the team and your chance to win prizes on the hop.

Craft Stamper Reminder - Stencils and Masks


Are you playing along at Craft Stamper Take It, Make It?  This month it's Take a Technique, and we want you to use stencils and/or masks along with your stamping.

Our sponsor is GioGio from GioGio Crafts and one lucky random winner will get these four stencils from GioGio's range:

The winner chosen by the design team will have their winning project published in Craft Stamper magazine, a feature post in the magazine, and a future guest design spot. Pop on over to the blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the design team, then join in to win!

I've used my new Birds of Paradise set, and ARTplorations Tribal Triangles stencil with clear embossing paste.

Pop on over to the Craft Stamper blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the Design Team, and join in for your chance to win!