Saturday, 27 February 2010

Purple Flowers

Again, the light is less than perfect as the trying conditions continue! I love this colour combination...but then, I love purple! Should have seen me impersonate a contortionist trying to get this photo taken without shadows and dark bits happening!

Colourbox Chalk ink, Hero Arts stamps and a Cuttlebugged background piece and Voilà!. Done!

Enjoy your weekend people!

Friday, 26 February 2010

Paint Chip Flowers

I have to apologise for the quality of photos taken for the last little while. Our light is quite woeful at the moment. It is very dank and gloomy and this is the best I can do under trying circumstances!

Again, I have used some of the new Hero Arts stamps, in the flower and the sentiment. The background was made using an old Amazing Creation block stamp and various Colourbox Chalk ink pads.

And to finish off, I have stamped on a brown paint chip, which fulfils my second challenge for Ladies Ink this month...use a paint chip! Not quite monochromatic since I used a white layer, but almost!

Heading for the weekend. I have one boy on the road today so am hoping he arrives in Rocky safely! The roads are wet and dangerous, so I am going to be in worry mode until he texts he is there in one piece!

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Little Birdie 4

A simple format, but one which draws the eye. This is the last of the little bird from Hero Arts for a while. I have enjoyed playing with this stamp, but need to explore some of the others also in the set! All the deets are the same as the previous three days.

It is still raining here and is totally depressing! I have my art room (hubby named it the dungeon and his favourite people who live in there ...his words!....the dragons!), all closed I can keep the dankness out of the card. Soggy card would not be a good look!

We have been working on the kitchen...The tiles are down and now we await the plasterer, who I believe will not be visiting for another fortnight! I cannot clean the walls and paint until the rain buggers off, so now I am at a standstill!

Maybe, just maybe, that will mean I can sneak away to do some stamping!

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Little Birdie 3

I have continued on just using the materials which were out on my work table. Repeat stamping with India ink and watercolouring using Tombow markers and an aquabrush. All stamps are by Hero Arts.

If you haven't already gone and checked out the new Hero Arts catalogue for 2010, then I would totally recommend a little visit. It is online...but beware...there is plenty to be tempting the pocket there!

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Little Birdie 2

Here is another using the Hero Arts bird and sentiment. The dots on the outer edges are also a Hero Arts stamp from a few seasons ago. The circle layers were, of course, made using the Nesties and Cuttlebug. I so love those two items. They make stamping and card making such a breeze! I have coloured the same as aquabrush and Tombow markers watercolouring.

Monday, 22 February 2010

Little Birdie 1

I received some gorgeous stamps from Hero Arts recently and this little fellow (and sentiment) belong to one of the clear stamp sets.

I stamped in India Ink and watercoloured using an aqua brush and Tombow markers. The layers were made using the good old Nesties with the Cuttlebug, with the scalloped edging being achieved using the SU border punch.

Sunday, 21 February 2010

A Serviette Card!

Hi all,

Here is a serviette card....NO stamping is on this card at all, though I did ink the edges! I have stamps which use the same images, but I needed to do a serviette card for an upcoming swap. The white layer has been Cuttlebugged using one of the new super sized embossing folders which are wonderful. I wish ALL the folders were this size! For those wondering, I have used the freezer paper method for the serviette.

Have a good one!

Friday, 12 February 2010

Love Owls

Hi all,
I received a shipment of Hero Arts stamps yesterday and aren't they just fantastic? If you want some excellent eye candy, they do have their current catalogue online....
If in Australia, I am a retailer of Hero Arts.

This card features one of their new stamps....the little lovey dovey owls. Aren't they the cutest? The branch they are sitting on is also HA, but one which I have had for ages. Same deal for the sentiment too.

I did use a Krafty Lady cloud template with Colourbox Chalk ink to lightly sponge some sky into the background. I used a reverse mask to get the colour (also Colourbox Chalk ink) onto the owls, and Tombow markers directly onto the branch to gain its colour. The sentiment is stamped in good old StazOn Black. I added some grosgrain ribbon, flower diamantes and some glitter to to the hearts.

This card also fits my Blogging Group challenge for this month...namely making a lovey dovey...oops...Valentine card without using even the merest whiff of red! Done and done before the 14th too...Brownie points for me!

Wednesday, 10 February 2010


Hello all,

Here is a Valentine's card made as a commitment for a group I am in. I had a choice of what I could incorporate, so I chose the hearts and the colours found on a playing card.

The main image is an Outlines stamp which I have stamped and embossed in black on red and on then on white cardstock. This has to be done multiple times as then you cut out all the layers. Using thin DSFT I then layered them all. The thin DSFT is best as the work doesn't become too high and awkward looking...or maybe I should looking!

I highlighted bits and pieces using H2O's and put the little greeting down the bottom with the aid of Nesties and the Cuttlebug!

Update on my kitchen...Ready to tear my hair out!....I am having trouble with splash backs if I choose not to have tiles. I did find a deadly red tile...did all the maths and then the bloke says...sorry, not available....Why, I ask, is it then on display? The only other option is glass....and truly, I need to win lotto for that! Back to the think tank to see what we can come up with. Suffice to say, I will be cooking on the dining table for at least 8 weeks...Yay!....NOT.

Monday, 8 February 2010

Busy Busy Busy

Hi people,

Just popping in to say we are busy renovating. We have spent the last few days pulling out our old kitchen. Today, I am off to select paint and to finalise the specs for the new kitchen. So, the next few days will see me at the other end of cleaning gear and a paint brush, yes, but unfortunately not of the art variety!

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Flowers by Six

Good afternoon all,

Just a simple card for today. I have used a SU stamp as the feature stamp and stamped it multiple times using a variety of Brilliance inks....They are so pretty IRL with that gorgeous sheen to them. I have added pearls to the centre of each flower and also stamped the wording in Brilliance. The maroon card REALLY is that dark!

I am busy trying to finalise details for my new kitchen so I can give the go ahead to the people who are building it for me. It is actually quite traumatising to go through all this..... So many little details...I just want it done already! We are going to pull the old kitchen out this weekend, I we have to paint the walls, tile the floor and see if anything is rotten and needs replacing...all that boring stuff....Read: Michelle doesn't like these details...she just wants to see a pretty kitchen appear!

Anyways, I will try and keep up with the flow here. See ya around.

Monday, 1 February 2010

All About Christmas

Alrighty, this brings me to the last in my series of ATCs. Last, as I do not have one single Mexican or American Indian stamp to do the remaining ATC.

This one is destined for November. The main image is by Lucy's, the sentiment by Hero Arts and the gold embossed background stamp is by Stamp It Australia. I have used DCWV card which I have sanded to get that stressed look. The Lucy's bells have been coloured with Prisma pencils and smoothed and blended with odourless mineral solvent.

Ok...I will be heading on back to regular sized artwork all sigh with relief!