Sunday, 17 September 2017

Guess who I finally met?

After waiting for so long, on Friday I finally got to meet
Dyan Reaveley!
Yippee!!! 

Was I excited?  Do I sound excited?

After picking up my friend Jenni, we headed up the coast to Pages 2 Scrap at Tuggerah
for our full day class with Dyan.

It was a day full of fun, paint, getting messy and having a blast learning new techniques.

We started with the 'baby wipe technique'
where we applied the first layer of paint with a baby wipe,
followed by another two layers using less paint each time
and mooshing it together with our fingers.
We then used a stencil to add more of the first colour.



The second lesson was the 'brayer technique'
where we applied three layers of paint using a brayer. 
We then added a pop of a fourth (complimentary) colour
using more stencils.


A similar page using the same colours became this .....


 
The third technique we covered was blocking
where we used four different colours
followed by stencilling different patterns over them using the same four colours.


Even the mop up pages look good!

There are of course, lots more pages full of these techniques and once I get a few more Dylusions paints, I'll open my journal to a clean page and play again!

I'm so glad Dyan came to Australia to do some classes.
I sure hope, now that she knows we're a nice bunch, that she will come again in the not-too-distant future.   Until next time .....

Happy Crafting!
   
 


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Instead of being late ....

Only three more sleeps to go ....,
until Dyan Reavesley's class on Friday!
Am I EXCITED?  Oh YES indeed!!!!
 
in the meantime, GULP ....



I am very good at sending off late birthday cards - oops!

The background of this card was made by blending four colours of Distress Oxide inks together, laying a stencil of the top and going back with the same colours again.

The giraffe was stamped onto the background and again onto white cardstock.  He was then coloured, fussy cut and glued directly over the first image.  He even got to stand on a piece of torn washi tape in the same colours.  An appropriate sentiment was added, a little colour was blended onto the edges and the panel was adhered to a folded white A5 card.

Stamps
Katzelkraft - KTZ168
Stampendous - Birthday Wishes

For those who read my previous blog, I just want to say I had a much better day today with no fuzzy head and no 'bleh'!!!

Happy Crafting!
 

Monday, 11 September 2017

Moth Season

Do you ever wake up feeling bleh for no reason?
This morning was one of those days, sigh!
Thankfully, things seem to have improved this afternoon, 
so I've just written instructions for an upcoming class later in September.

Meanwhile .....



..... I've been playing with Distress Oxide inks
which are heaps of FUN!!!

This is a blend of 'twisted citron' and 'spiced marmalade' ,
spritz a stencil lightly with water, and
hey presto, you have a cool and interesting background pattern.

Stamp with 'jet black' Archival Ink.
Cut the panel to size and adhere to a folded black card.
  
Stamps
Visible Image - "Glimmer of Light"

I'll be back again soon with more cards .....

Happy Crafting!
 



Thursday, 7 September 2017

Feet in the Water

Another beautiful day beckons outside,
so first up today is morning tea with my brother and our aunt
at our favourite cafe.

After that ..... it's grocery shopping - ugh!

In the meantime to cheer everyone up,
here is something I made recently for a friend's birthday.


I started with four different Distress Oxide ink colours, blending each one until I was happy with the depth of colour.  A stencil was placed over part of the background and the same colours were dabbed through creating the pattern.

The flamingo was stamped firstly onto the background and again on white cardstock.
He was coloured with Prismacolor pencils, fussy cut and placed directly over the first image.

The panel was mounted onto folded white cardstock.

Stamps
Carabelle Studio - "feet in the water"
Stampendous - "birthday wish"

Stencil
Kaisercraft - Oriental (6"x6") #IT430
Happy Crafting!
 

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Lookin' fabulous, ladies!


I spent a lovely afternoon in my friend's craft room today ....
in between chatting and a cuppa,
I inked up a couple of new stamps and spent some time colouring them
with my favourite Prismacolor pencils.


Ok, so the lighting isn't the best at night,
and they need to be finished off and made into cards
but they were lots of fun and very relaxing.

Thanks for having me Jenni, I really enjoyed my afternoon in your craft room,
(not to mention some furry friend time, as well!)

  Stamps
Art Impressions - Loungers Set
Art Impressions - "Girlfriends"

Happy Crafting!
  

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Flying!

What a beautiful day it has been today - it's almost the official end of winter,
the sun is shining in a cloudless sky, there is just a hint of a breeze 
- if only it could be like this through summer as well!  LOL!

So, what have I been up to?
Inside making cards - what else would you expect?
I did, however, sit on the front steps in the sun to eat my lunch - very nice, I must say!



Hmmm ..... I don't think I've shown this card ....
it was made for a friend's recent birthday, and now that I know he received it,
I can show it.

I don't have nearly enough stamps for masculine cards,
so when I saw this one I thought it would do very nicely.

It is stamped with Archival 'jet black' ink
and coloured with Prismacolor pencils.

Stamps
Paper Rose - Flying Through the Sky
I'll be back soon with what I've been up to, so please come back again!

 Happy Crafting!
 

Saturday, 26 August 2017

This little piggy ....

..... went to market, hehehe!!!
 
But honestly, these little piggy stamps from Stampin' Up!
are so cute, who could resist?





A few months ago I was asked if I would like to be part of the
Stampers' Challenge in Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft magazine.
Of course, I said yes, and so shortly after I received some Stampin' Up! goodies in the mail.
 
 


These cards were so much fun to put together and I can see them being used for quite some time to come.
 
I would like to say a BIG thank you to Stampin' Up! for their generosity in sponsoring this challenge!
 
  

You can see these and more samples in Vol 24 No 1, out now!

Happy Crafting!