Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Simon Says ... Take a picture Challenge

Well this looked like a fun challenge, I am trying for something clean and simple, but I think I am failing miserably LOL.

This first card used so many stamp sets and inks yet it doesn't show I used three different SimonSaysStamp exclusives, with Flower Friend being the most prominent. I used a sentiment from the Music to My Ears Set and different elements from the Happy Every Day set  I also used the bird from the Hero Arts/Studio Calico - My Happy stamp set and the lady birds and butterfly from a magazine freebie Sunshine Meadows by Country Companions.

The main stamp is a House Mouse stamp Say Cheese - Maxwell which was released in 2003 and I have only been able to find it on eBay. It doesn't even appear on the official Mouse-Mouse site.

The inks are mainly Hero Arts Shadow Inks - Pale Tomato, Soft Pool & Soft GraniteHero Hues Black Dye Ink, Hero Arts/Memories Unicorn Pigment Ink and Ranger Adirondack Red Pepper

I coloured the images with Derwent Artist and Derwent Inktense Pencils, a Tombow Marvy Marker in grey and Tim Holtz Distress Markers

I Highlighted the Mouse, lady bugs and butterfly with Glossy Accents and the main flower with White enamel accents.

My second card uses the same House mouse stamp, coloured with Marvy Markers. I also Used a brayer for background with Adirondack woodlands ink pad, which I am not sure you can still get. I used a Tim Holtz Tattered Banner Die and a sentiment that I have had for so long I don't even know where it came from. I used Old Paper Distress Ink to colour it

The main picture is one of my photos. It was taken on the Murray River which is on the border between Victoria and NSW - Australia. Many a fabulous time has been spent sitting on the banks of this river. Once upon a time Paddle Steamers journeyed along this river, they are now just a tourist attraction, although some are slowly being restored to their former glory.

A close up of the Mouse and camera

The two cards together.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Simon Say's Stamp Favourite Ink Challenge

What is my favourite ink??? Like Anita Houston - The Artful Maven Haven said on her blog "I sure can't pick which one I like best"   I too struggle with choosing just one ink, I think my ink favourite type of  ink would have to be distress inks. But then I also love creating fun cards with Hero Arts Shadow Inks as well. But for this Challenge, The two inks I couldn't decide between were Tim Holtz Distress Inks Fired Brick and Vintage Photo so I made two cards using a different ink for each one. The stamped images were stamped with Black Archival Ink, another of my favourites, and I used a little smidge of Picket Fence Distress Stain on both cards, other than that only one ink and the matching distress stain were used for both cards.

The first one used Fired Brick:  Embrace Imperfection

The card base is kraft cardstock. The stamps are all Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous stamps, Urban Tapestry, Butterflies & Moths and Life is What Happens ..... I put a strip of Tim Holtz Ideaology - Tissue Tape - Sketchbook down one side I fussy cut the Butterflies and Moths stamp and used some black jewelery wire for the antenna on the top butterfly. I coated the wings with Clear Rock Candy Stickles. I cut two file tabs from Tim's/Sizzix On The Edge - File Tabs Die and used the words Embrace & Imperfection from the Idea-ology Chit Chat stickers pad. I finished off by mounting the whole thing onto black card stock before foam mounting onto the kraft cardstock.

The second card used Vintage Photo:  Time

Again the base is Kraft card stock. I used the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Pen & Pencil Stamp Set I pierced holes on one side and inserted eyelets. then tied some twine through each eyelet. I affixed the 1/2 from the Idea-ology Numerals Metal Hardware with some Long Fastners. I cut two clocks from a sheet from the Idea-ology Kraft Resist 12X12 stash I put two Metal Game Spinners onto one of the clocks. mounted everything onto another piece of Kraft Resist from the same stash. then foam mounted the whole thing onto the Kraft card stock. I distressed the card stock and inked around the edges with Vintage photo of course.

I could have made more as there are so many inks I love, but I have to stop somewhere!!! hope you like them.

Monday, May 20, 2013


There never seems to be enough time in the working week to play in my craft room. I managed to put this one together over a couple of days using my new Tim Holtz Dies and some old favourite stamps

I used Tim's Reverse Damask stamp. I inked the stamp with Forest Moss, Peeled Paint and Crushed Olive Distress Stain. placed a piece of Hero Arts Watercolour Paper over the stamp and pressed over the inked stamp to get a clear impression. I inked around the edges firstly with Forest Moss Distress Ink then with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I then used the Torn Notebook - On the Edge Die and adhered to some green card stock inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I stamped the word giggle using black Archival Ink.

I Die Cut some Brown Card stock with my new favourite Mini Clipboard Movers & Shapers Die Then distressed it using my Tim Holtz Sanding Grip.

I stamped the little girl from Tim's "The Girls" Stamp set by Stampers Anonymous using Ranger Black Archival Ink onto Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper and coloured with various Distress Markers. I placed the picture into the mini clipboard and foam mounted it onto the Reverse Damask inked image.

I adhered a wing from the Idea-ology range and added some clear gems

I loved making this card. now to find some more hours in the day to play some more!!!!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Birdman

Love this Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Pen and Pencil set, particularly the Birdman. I would hate to see the top of his head though??? eewww! I coloured him in with distress markers, fussy cut him out put foam adhesive on the back.

I embossed the card stock with with the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Gears Texture Fade then distressed the edges and around the card with Walnut stain Distress ink. I tore some paper from the Ideaology - Collage Paper Stash. and distressed it as well. I adhered the paper to the card stock and mounted the Birdman on top.

I cut two sets of metallic card stock with the "Steampunk- on the edge" Movers and Shapers Die, and foam mounted them down one side. I cut a Tattered Banner and used a combination of Ideaology chit chat words and Kaisercraft Tiny alpha stickers to complete the card.

The saying is so true, "A new idea is delicate, it can be killed by a sneer or a yawn"

Thursday, May 2, 2013

His & Hers Online Class Day 1

Here we go again. Just love these Online classes. Watching the videos, it looks so easy, you know a 5 minute card, but boy did I struggle to get lines straight and keep the card clean. I failed miserably. I smeared ink on one card that was on the side of my little finger. Then when trying out my new Green Distress Paint, I squeezed too hard and paint went everywhere, including over the new card I had just made. any way I salvaged what I could.
These two card creations (I am counting the Male and Female card from each technique as one) were based on the "same sketch" technique as shown by Kristina Werner, and the Masked border Technique as show by Jennifer Maguire

The above Technique was taught by kristina.

The Masked Border Technique as shown by Jennifer Maguire. Don't look too close, you will see where the ink on my finger smudged the card. DOH!!!!