Saturday, 25 June 2016

Imagine Crafts/CAS-ual Fridays Blog Hop

I'm participating in a blog hop showing some amazing products from two companies - pigment inks from Imagine Crafts and stamps and dies from CAS-ual Fridays:

I have used the following supplies:

Here's the card I made:

The background was done by inking up the stamp and repeatedly lining it up and stamping. I then created a background by repeatedly stamping one of the smaller patterns and cutting flowers from it and some blue cardstock.

To see heaps more wonderful work using products from these two companies, please start at the beginning on the Imagine Crafts blog. If you've started at the beginning and wish to continue down the list the next blog belongs to the lovely Lydia Evans.

Remember to leave comments along the way for a chance to win some awesome crafty prizes. Winners will be announced on the 27th June, so get hopping!

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Darkroom Door's Skateboard Photo Stamp

Love this stamp! In the new release from Darkroom Door is the Skateboard photo stamp for that difficult demographic - the teenage boy.

Here's my card:

With a little tiny bit of cutting out, there's so much scope for you to add dimension.  Here's a side view:

Pop over to the Darkroom Door blog to see more samples using this awesome stamp.

Thanks for skating by today!

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Prima Mica Powder three different ways

My parcel from Hobbysew Echuca contained a couple of pots of Prima Mica powder, so I created a set of cards showing how I used it three different ways:

Read all about it on the Hobbysew Echuca blog.

Thanks for dropping in today!

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Sacre Coeur Frame using Prima Resin Flaming Heart

I put together this frame using a bunch of Prima products from HobbySew Echuca:

The centre piece is a resin flaming heart that has been coloured with acrylic paints. There are Prima Art Stones and Mini Art Stones scattered around the heart, and everything was given a bit of a Midas touch with Prima Mica powder I made up into a spray:

I folded some stripe ribbon into a bit of a banner and added some words from the Montmartre stamp set from Darkroom Door:

Notes on how it came together can be found on the HobbySew Echuca blog.  Thanks for looking!

Monday, 13 June 2016

Darkroom Door Palm Trees Photo stamp

Darkroom Door have released yet another awesome Photo stamp - this time it's a gorgeous beach scene with palm trees. It's just waiting for you to add your own sunset with your favourite colour medium!

I added double the palm trees by stamping on acetate and layering up:

Here's a side view:

Hard to photograph, but the effect is amazing (you'll have to trust me LOL!)

This is my next card - complete with a midnight moon:

I prepared a video so you can see how this effect was created. Watch it here or click over to YouTube:

There are a heap more awesome ideas on the Darkroom Door blog, so be sure to pop over and have a look.

Thanks for dropping in today!

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Flaming Heart Canvas

I made this canvas using Prima's Art Resin Flaming Hearts from HobbySew Echuca:

Loved this process! All the details and some close ups can be found on the HobbySew Echuca blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Celebrating Stamping Mathilda

On the tenth anniversary of her blog, some artists from around the world a paying tribute to one very talented lady - Godelieve Tijskens (Stamping Mathilda).

Godelieve has been a huge inspiration to me since I first discovered her blog in 2006. It was then, and still is one of my favourite happy places on the internet. Back then she was playing with stamps from a company called justjohanna, so off I went and bought some justjohanna stamps of my own so I could create too. I was honoured to be selected to be on the justjohanna design team alongside my craft hero - I was speechless! Here are some of my cards from back then:

I now have the honour of calling her my creative team mate on another team - that of Darkroom Door. Not only does Godelieve continue to inspire me with her unbelievable talent, she has also designed some stamp sets that have automatically become favourites:

She crafts and posts to her blog on almost a daily basis, and I have loved watching her style develop and change over time. She is generous with her knowledge, posting many tutorials and revealing the techniques behind her beautiful work. Her photography is superb, and she has a blog that is separate from her craft blog to show her talents called Close Up.

Godelieve encompasses everything I love about this crafting community - outstanding creativity and a sharing nature. From her I have learned that it is more important to craft often than it is to craft a lot.

Godelieve - congratulations on a wonderful 10 years of blogging! I hope you know how loved you are around the world, and please please please keep doing what you're doing!

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Faux Metal Cards

Here are a couple of cards I made using Prima's Opal Magic paint:

Can you believe it's just plain black cardstock under there?

Details on how I made these can be found on the HobbySew Echuca blog.  Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Beetle Notebooks with Gel Press™ and a giveaway

I made a stack of these little books using a Gel Press™ plate, DecoArt paints and a Darkroom Door Photo Stamp called "Beetle":

I made a little video of part of the process, and you can see it here, or click the link and watch it on YouTube:

Watch the video and let me know what you think! Then come back here and tell me which notebook you like the best and I'll pick a couple of names out of a hat this Sunday 5th June. I'll then post a couple of notebooks out to the lucky winners! Each book has a different word on it, so it's easy to let me know which one you'd like.

Here they are close up:

Thanks for stopping by and watching my video! Good luck for the giveaway!

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Male Card with Gel Press™

Welcome to our "Just For Him" blog hop with Gel Press™!  

Please take time to hop through all the great blogs of our designers for inspiration, and leave a comment or two as you go.  Go back to the Gel Press™ blog and leave a comment telling us which blog gave you the most inspiration!  We will draw a random winner from the comments to win a prize from Gel Press™!!!

Here's my project, a masculine good luck card:

and here's how I used my 8 x 10" Gel Press™ Gel Plate to make the background:

Step 1
Gather supplies: Gel Plate, brayer, acrylic paint (Golden Quin Nickel Azo Gold, Mars Black), a page from an old dictionary, white tissue paper and a couple of stencils.

Step 2
Brayer a thin layer of Quin Nickel Azo Gold onto the gel plate, then apply a stencil with large holes. Pull a print on some scrap paper, then remove the stencil and quickly pull a print onto the dictionary page.

 The dictionary page will have large spaces with no paint:

Step 3
Apply a layer of black paint to the gel plate using a brayer, lay over this a stencil with small holes (eg cracks), lay the dictionary page over this and pull the print.

Step 4
Apply a layer of adhesive (I have used XPress-GraphX TripleTac, but you can used Matte Medium, PVA or Gel Medium), then apply tissue paper. Smooth out the tissue paper to minimise but not completely eradicate wrinkles.

Step 5
While smoothing out the tissue paper, some of it may tear. Fret not - this only adds to the vintage effect:

Once dry, this background is ready to use on a card. 

Now, here's the hop list for you to visit:

Don't forget to leave a comment or two as you go, then on the Gel Press™ blog at the end! Good luck!

Want a bonus chance to win a prize from Gel Press™?  Between now and Father's Day (June 19, 2016) create your own "Just For Him" project and post it on our Facebook page Gel Press Junkies!  Everyone that plays along will be entered in a drawing as well.  Yes, we would love you to use a Gel Press™ in your entry- but you don't have to! Just make a fabulous project featuring Fathers Day and post it!  Maybe you will win a Gel Press™! 
To qualify for the drawing: 
1) You may enter a maximum of 3 times with individual projects.
2) You must be 18 years old.
3) You must live in the USA.
4) Mentioning other products or other companies in your post disqualifies your project.