Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Gel Press® Butterfly Cards


I have a post up on the Gel Press® blog showing how I made these cards:

I used some bright Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powders over some gel prints, then cut them out with a KaiserCraft die. The sentiments are from Darkroom Door stamp sets.

Pop over to the Gel Press® blog to see the tutorial.

Hope you're having a wonderful crafty day!

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Darkroom Door's VW Photo Beetle stamp

This is the card I created using Darkroom Door's cute new Photo stamp VW Beetle:

I went for a more vintage look for this image - my Dad used to own one of these when I was born and with his recent passing I have been in a nostalgic mood. I wish he'd kept that car to hand down to me, but I remember him complaining it sounded too much like a sewing machine LOL.

This is such a great image - the rest of the girls have gone to town with it! There are some fabulously bright happy samples on the Darkroom Door blog if you'd like to check them out.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Fabric Heart Decorations with Gel Press®

I used my Gel Press® plate to create these little fabric heart decorations:

I will use these to decorate gifts I plan to give in the coming weeks. They'll look fabulous tied onto a gift bag made from kraft paper!  Here's how I made them:

Step 1
I used my 8 x 10 Gel Press® gel printing plate, calico fabric and acrylic paint from DecoArt. I don't plan to ever wash these, so fabric medium is not necessary.

Apply acrylic paint to gel printing plate. I created a unique design using string and thread:

Once the fabric was printed and dried well,  I folded each strip in half and drew heart shapes on the back. I didn't use a template as I wanted each heart to be unique.

I then stuck a pin through both layers of fabric and cut each heart shape out. Then I turned the shapes over and repinned them. I even cut little heart shapes from the left over bits of fabric - these will be used in a future project.

Step 5
At this stage, I decided the shapes needed a little more detail, so I stamped some images on them using black and plum ink. I used a sewing machine to stitch the matching shapes together, and stuffed them with hobby fill before stitching them closed.

I added some twill and a fabric flower so that they're ready to use as a gift tag decoration:

Thanks for looking.

You can find loads more ideas on what to make with your Gel Press® gel printing plates on the Facebook group: Gel Press™ Junkies, and YouTube channel.

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!