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Time Waits For No Man

 For this month’s challenge FSC is going with the theme of ‘Time Waits For No Man’ which has been picked by Moi.

Rather than making a card I decided to play around in my art journal using my DO’s – wild honey, peacock feathers and twisted citron.

Stamp used is from Katzelkraft but there is another side to this page with more stamping which will be shown later as an inspirational piece for FSC.

Would really love it if you hopped on over to see all the DT’s work as they are simply stunning.

Ink Art Designs Etsy Shop is sponsoring FSC and they will be offering a stamp for the winner of each new challenge.

Shirl

New Distress Oxides In Play

 For this month’s challenge FSC is going with the theme of ‘Use Your Inks Anyway You Like’ which the lovely Dot picked.

My card below uses inks from the 1st set of Distress Oxides – vintage photo, iced spruce and fossilized amber.

Also rearing their heads are inks from the new 2nd set – frayed burlap and antique linen.

My preferred choice of card, for inks, is watercolour cardstock which I use a lot more of since the stamp positioners came into play.

Ring stamp is from Stampers Anonymous and I did the Iron Off Embossing Technique so that everything lays flat on the card with no shiny bits.

The other stamp is from Dina Wakley.

Would really love it if you hopped on over to see all the DT’s work as they are simply stunning.

Ink Art Designs Etsy Shop is sponsoring FSC and they will be offering a stamp for the winner of each new challenge.

Shirl

Water And Inks Doing All The Hard Work

It’s that time again to show the class project for last week which is all about watercolouring.

You can get some lovely textures ebbing and flowing within your card with such little effort, the water and inks do all the hard work for you.

For my background I wanted the card to be very tonal so only used three colours from the same family of brush markers.

I never refer to black or white when mentioning colours because this is a very grey area.

– black is the absence of colour and is therefore not a colour –

– white is the blending of all colours and is a colour … go figure.

 

The layering up embellishments are from corrugated card and some stamping.

Shirl

More Gelli Plate

For last week’s class the girls all used their Gelli Plate for the first time with inks.  This week they worked with paints.

As you know, when teaching a class, I always start something to show them what to do but never finish it until after the class.

It was such a gorgeous afternoon that I didn’t get to finish it so worked on it this morning.

Added some Distress Oxides for extra colour and hi-lighted the edges with white chalk paint to give everything a rather shabby distressed look.

Below is one of the cards that the girls made on Saturday.

Shirl

FSC Has Gone Fishing

 For this month’s challenge FSC has “Gone Fishing” which the lovely Yvonne picked as her theme.

It’s a long time since I have just sat down and coloured in with my Tombow and Marvy Le Plume Markers but that’s exactly what I did with this card.

Can you believe that in all my collection of stamps the only two fishing themed ones that I have are the same as my teamie mate Dot.

She put her card into the FSC gallery before moi so I decided to totally change direction with my piece.

The ole grey cells really had a work out with this theme … (wish the body could say the same).

Totally pleased with the outcome plus sooo relaxed and chilled after the colouring session, even Andrew liked this one.

Phil who comes to my crafting classes lent me the ‘Gone Fishing’ stamp … thanks Phil.

The rocking chair is from Art Impressions as are the grasses and little flowers.

Mr Bird is from Hobby Art but the hat and boots is an Impression Obsession stamp.

Would really love it if you hopped on over to see all the DT’s work as they are simply stunning.

Ink Art Designs Etsy Shop is sponsoring FSC and they will be offering a stamp for the winner of each new challenge.

Shirl

Gelli Plate

Last week’s class was all about how to use the Gelli Plate.

We made some lovely backgrounds which meant that the girls went home with three very different cards.

We have a gorgeous little art shop in town and Sara, the owner, ordered in enough Gelli plates for all the girls in my class.

Had my usual play around after the class and wahoo the Distress Oxides came out, can’t wait for my new set to arrive from Art From The Heart.

Worn lipstick and fossilized amber are the colours used for this card.

Distress Oxides work really well on the Gelli Plate, my only advice would be, just take your time and steady with the water.

Stamped the girl image with DO worn lipstick, she stamped really well.

Stamps are from from Stampers Anonymous and a Dylusions one, die is a Sizzix Thinlets set – Mixed Media #4.

Stencil is a Crafters Workshop called, Ravenscape … only used the bird part and did some doodling inside.

Shirl

Tag Art

Whilst in my craft room watching Andy and Tracy on Hochanda yesterday, saw a tag that I had started but not finished so decided to have a play with it.

 

Shirl

All About The Leftovers

It wasn’t just about the cards in the class on Saturday but also with regards to the leftover paint and ink which is usually always left on the craft sheet.

The girls were asked to bring along their Art journals so they could mop up their leftovers in it.

This also gave the girls homework.  I asked them to finish their journal pages at home, bring back next week, then we could see how each completed their pages.

My finished pages, hopefully it’s a little inspiration, especially for Phil,  lol … (she’ll understand).  Worked on my mop up pages after the class had finished.

 

 

These are the two cards I taught in the class.

 

 

A few of the stamps we used.

 

Shirl

 

FSC Just Loves To Be Feminine

 For this month’s challenge  FSC says “Make It Feminine” which the lovely Avril picked as her theme.

This adorable little girl is just about my favourite stamp of all time.  She must be the most well used in my collection.

A very simple card from me today … oops I was just about to say … no mixed media in sight … which would be silly right because as we all know mixed media is a broad definition that covers many arts and crafts.

Started by making a frame with a Spellbinders die then embossed with a folder.

Stamped the I Love Paris onto some coloured cardstock and placed behind the frame.  To finish I layered the other stamps over the top.

Would really love it if you hopped on over to see all the DT’s work as they are simply stunning.

Ink Art Designs Etsy Shop is sponsoring FSC and they will be offering a stamp for the winner of each new challenge.

Stamps used …

Shirl

Vintage Shabby Chic Frame

Back to reality after our fabulous holiday, the first thing that greeted us was the ceiling in the hallway nearly falling down

Didn’t even faze me, I felt so chilled and relaxed that it just went over my head (lol excuse the pun).

Our son JP plus Clare, Alex and Lauren decided to visit for a holiday last week and OMG they were all little troupers.

He repaired the ceiling and the rest of the family dived in and brought the garden up to scratch.  We also had a few pot holes in the driveway so my grandson Alex got stuck in and repaired these.  Lauren also did her bit by keeping both the fur babies amused.

One of the hi-lights of the week was a fabulous day in Dublin last Tuesday but sadly they are back home now and I miss them tremendously.

Back to the Australian holiday.

When driving from Melbourne we called into the most amazing craft shop called Create On Ormond in Geelong- bought a few goodies plus two wooden frames.

Started altering my frame at Cockatoo Down Farm … the craft retreat we went to (a whole weekend of crafting heaven and fabulous company).

Turned my frame to the back and used the recessed side to work on.

Finished her off when I got home with Shabby White Frantage and other elements.

Shirl