Sunday, 31 July 2011

Card for Fashionable Stamping Challenges

As I was in the mood for creating a card today I thought I would join in with a new challenge blog fashionablestampingchallenges
The theme this week was easy, "Anything goes". No digis are allowed, so really stamping only.
I used a Bo Bunny Time Piece stamp set and created my background with distress inks Victorian Velvet, Chipped Sapphire and Weather Wood. I also used a Stempel Glede stamp and a Judikins stamp embossed with clear embossing powder for the background. The Lock and Key are part of the time piece set. I grunged them up with distress stickles and various colours of Perfect Pearls.

My first post for Snazzys

Today is the first time I will be posting in my new job as DT member for Snazzys. Here is just a little sneak peek.

To see the full post and also see the great projects of the other DT member hurry along to the Design Team Blog
Hope you feel inspired and have a wonderful Sunday!!

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Exciting News!!!

This morning I can finally reveal that I am a proud Design Team Member for a wonderful company called Snazzys
This family run business is owned by Val and Don who will shortly be opening a brand new online shop.
Today our new design team blog has been launched by Gillian our DT leader
Over the next few days each of the DT members will be introducing themselves to you with some of their projects. The other two members are Paula and Lesley
If you don't know their work yet, go check them out!!
To see the new blog and keep up to date with the Snazzys Stamping and Scrapbooking shop, go to the new blog right now, you'll find them here: Design Team Blog
Hope you'll come and visit us and leave a comment. I will be posting on Sunday the 31st

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Wedding Lay Out

I am not really a scrap booker but often admire the work of some of the amazing scrapbookers out there and I certainly LOVE many of the wonderful scrapbook papers that are available.
Having said all that, I did want to create some LOs from all the hundreds of wedding photos we now have of my son's wedding, so here is the first one....





The papers I used are mainly from the Prima Botanical Collection with some elements from Pink Pailee's Butterfly Garden and Bo Bunny's Gabrielle papers. I was amazed how colour wise they pretty much all fitted together.

Monday, 25 July 2011

Wedding Day

As some of you will know, it was my youngest son's wedding this weekend.
I don't usually post personal photos on my blog but thought I would make an exception this one time as I know some of you would like to see some of the photos.

Two pictures of the happy couple.



Two proud families, the Australians on the left, the Scots on the right

The Australian bride among the members of her new family, brother in Law, father in law, uncle and cousin all wearing the traditional Maclean kilts

A truly Scottish wedding as you can see.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Wonderful post

Today I received some amazing post. 3 ATCs as returns from Marion who organised a great swap this summer called Mona and Friends.
This one was from the wonderful Martina


The next one was from Fiona Randall. I did not know her work at all, so it was great to get to see her work this way.


Finally the last one is from Xela


Aren't they just great. I really want to thank Marion for organising this great swap and sending me these wonderful returns!

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Steampunk themed book card


Been busy creating a "book card" with a steampunk theme. A book card is a card with a cover and a kind of shadow box inside. I found the idea for this on the blog of a brilliant Swedish blogger that also does quite a few videos on Youtube. You can find out more here
I decided to put this card in for one of the challenges over at gingersnap creations. The theme there is cogs, wheels and watch parts. It's the spicy supply challenge which closes on August 7, just in case you are interested in playing. I used papers from Graphics 45 Steampunk and Renaissance collections. The gears are chipboard pieces from Imaginarium Design, a brilliant Australian company. I coloured them with distress stain in vintage photo and then used perfect pearls and some vintage photo embossing powder on them to give them the metal effect.

This is the inside

and this is the inside



and finally a side view.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Charms for a swap in my art group

My friend Wanda is hosting a charm swap in one of my art groups. The charms are to be made with stamped shrink plastic. I made three so far, they were great fun to do and a great way to use some of my larger stamps which I don't use very often



Monday, 11 July 2011

Monthly Journal Prompt for July

My friend Roc posts a journal prompt every month, (you can find a link to her blog along my sidebar). For July the prompt was "If you had 3 wishes, what would they be?"

Well, of course all of us have lofty wishes for world peace, happiness for all, no more hunger in the world, those certainly are wishes that I carry in my heart everyday of my life. Journaling however, is also something personal, so I decided to journal about more personal wishes for this particular prompt.

The background was created with the usual, - acrylic paints, gesso, old book pages, stamps, stencils and spray inks,wax creations, charcoal pencils and pens.
the colourful words from Tumblefish Studios at Deviant Scrap
The images came from Altered Artifacts. The border came from a sheet created by Gail Smith from Shabby Cottage Studios

Please click anywhere on the picture to see more detail.

Thanks for visiting and have a great week

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Shrine dedicated to womanhood

I have been learning how to make shrines from Christina Zinnia Galliher in one of my art groups Roses on My Table. (She is an amazing mixed media artist who also offers a class at Artful Gathering). If you are more interested in getting your degree in art, check out mfadegree.net!
The shrine is made from foam board, covered in tissue paper, different acrylic paints and then embellished. I am planning to make 4 shrines, dedicated to the 4 different stages of womanhood, maiden, bride, mother and wise woman. Traditionally in ancient Celtic religion each of these stages had it's own feast day, the maiden or virgin on February 1 was Imbolc, the bride or temptress on May 1, Beltane, the Mother on August 1, Llamas and finally the wise woman or witch on the eve of October 31, that's the one we all know as Halloween of course, its old Celtic name was Samhain. This shrine is dedicated to the stage of the young innocent girl. The white roses are for purity, the other bits symbolize the innocence of childhood for me.







One last thing I wanted to tell you about, a new art blog is going to be created, please see below


You can find out more about it here

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Teepee card

The other day I found this great tutorial on Youtube on how to make teepee cards. You can find it here

These cards are great as they are eye catching and easy to display, yet you can send them flat in an ordinary envelope.

I used paper from the Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden line. The stamps used were from Stempelglede and Crafty Individuals. After stamping I cut them with the largest of the Spellbinders nestabilities labels Four die. Here you can see each of the three sides.


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Just got a whole lot of new stamps from a brilliant place called the Stamp Smith. This is the image that I first saw on Docraft and really liked. I asked the friend who has used it in an ATC, where she got it. Well she borrowed it from a friend who got it from ebay as a one off. But.... it had a title. I googled the title, and hey presto found the site. They have great stamps and offer a really friendly fast service. I highly recommend them!

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