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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

Go Wild At FSC

Today is a very emotional time for Andrew and myself as we are saying farewell to Dot.  She will be leaving us in Melbourne and heading off to her home town in Portland.

Tomorrow sees us flying off to Singapore for 4 days on the last leg of our month long holiday.

Words cannot describe the incredible time we have had but over the coming months I will be blogging photos and hopefully albums/scrapbook pages of our amazing time with Dot and Australia.  

Thank you is not enough Dot but I am saying it anyway.  See you on our next skypeing session where we can really start reminiscing about our fabulous time together.

You are one very special lady.

Hopefully the next time we see each other will be in the UK!!!!

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We are Going Wild for this month’s challenge at FSC,

Sandra picked the theme of Let’s Go Wild and wild is where I went.

These two remind me of some of the wild party scenes that I went to in my youth.

 FSC has a new sponsor … yay our very own Dot … how amazing is that?  She will be offering a different stamp for the winner of each new challenge.

Ink Art Designs Etsy Shop

 Ink Art Designs is an Australian based Etsy shop owned and run by Dot Leathbridge.

A wide range of stamps are available which include a mixture of clear polymer and rubber.

The Etsy shop was originally started in order to offer a wider range of stamps to Australians.  It has since grown to include a world-wide audience.

FSC is also welcoming a fabulous Guest Designer who is showcasing an amazing tag for this month’s theme, her name is Elisa from 2crazycrafters.

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

Shirl

Tim Holtz Distress Oxides

Definitely look forward to April as this is when I go home, stay with the family, then trot off to Ally Pally.

Not this year, first time of missing the show since it started.  Family all flew to Spain for an Easter break plus my brother and SIL decided to go to Somerset.

What about all that money I saved? Yeah, as if … went on a spending spree at HochandaCarabelle Studio and Frantic Stamper.

Had the MISTI tool for awhile now and I have always been tempted to buy the larger version but so glad I didn’t because one of my purchases at Hochanda is the new Tim Holtz Stamp Platform … and all the Pebeo paints plus Sheena’s newest stamps and dies!!!!

Sorry Mrs MISTI looks as if you are going to be redundant!!!!

All the Oxide Inks arrived a few weeks back … it only took a week from the time I put in the order until they arrived.

Didn’t dive in and play right away, waited until I felt the time was right to have a go with them.  Made a few different makes using various colours and techniques.

 

Wanted to find out how good the image looked when stamped with the inks and also how they reacted to colouring in with a water brush.

Just took my time and slowly added water as I went along.  At each stage if I was happy with how it looked then out came the heat gun to dry.

DO’s used are: Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain also used the DI Black Soot.

Next make is completely different plus more colours used.

  The card above uses DO’s – fossilized amber, worn lipstick, broken china and spiced marmalade.

All the colours were blended onto an A4 card which was then die cut with one of Sheena’s newest dies also the Thinlits Wildflower die set.

Stamped onto some of the waste card and fussy cut the lady plus some butterflies before adding onto the card.

List of stamps used.

Shirl

 

Lauren Rose

Can you remember that it was only last year when I found out that my youngest grandaughter loved CAS cards, well wasn’t that an eye opener for me.

So glad I found out because there’s nothing worse than getting a card which isn’t really your style.

The kitten stamp was still on my desk from yesterday’s make plus Lauren’s birthday is so close that my card below has been designed especially with her CAS style in mind.  She loves cats … the family had four once upon a time but now only have two … so you can see how perfect the kitten stamp was for her card.

Chose red because her bedroom is decorated in different shades of red and looks really gorgeous.

No colouring of the cat as this would have been too fussy for her taste.

Hope she likes this card as much as the one which I made for her last year, see here.

The heart is from a PaperArtsy stamp set … see below … look at the long slim legs in the set.  Only used one of the legs so the heart could dangle from it.

The dangly heart came about because I was going to put a small stamped happy birthday beside the cat but Dot suggested a little heart.

Ran with the idea and the above is what I came up with.  Thanks Dotty.

Shirl

FSC Time And Favourite Things

 For this month’s challenge FSC wants to see Sound Of Music – My Favourite Things or Use Your Favourite Stamp which Leanne picked as her theme.

Raindrops on roses
And whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favourite things

You can either pick something from the verse above or use your favourite stamp, I chose Whiskers on Kittens.

Had so much fun colouring the kitten with water colour pencils plus the background has been created using the same colours.

Had to take care with the colouring plus how much water was added as I actually did everything on the card front itself.  This was an achievement as the card wasn’t water coloured stock plus there was a risk of pitting if I added too much.

 

Very unusual for me but I have only used two stamps on my card.   The kitten is a discontinued one called ‘Sitting Pretty’ and the quote comes from a Stampers Anonymous set … Urban Tapestry.

Would really love it if you hopped on over to see all the DT’s work as they are simply stunning.  Also don’t forget that the winner of this challenge has $20 to choose anything they like from Flonz’s store.

Shirl

A Little Birdie Told Me

Showing two more pages today from my Stamp Journal.  Not sure if you saw my other posts about this book but only stamps and inks are allowed.

Two colour ink pads were used on both pages, Memento Summer Sky and New Sprout.

For those keen eyed crafters who say they can see the colour black … this wasn’t mentioned because technically black isn’t a colour, or white for that matter.

A variety of stamps are in play on the pages and there is a list below showing but a few of what was used.

 

Shirl