Sunday, October 2, 2016

Just playing with distress inks

Winter Trees

Friday was such a wet miserable day so had lots of time to have a play with my distress inks.  Made a few panels and decided to stamp some winter trees to match the day and these two are my favourites. The colours on the first one are twisted citron, mustard seed and spiced marmalade and the tree is from Darkroom Door appropriately called Winter Tree. The second card combo is peeled paint, tumbled glass, stormy sky and faded jeans and the stamp is Silhouette Oak Tree by Sheena Douglass. Nice and simple cards and helped pass a miserable wet day.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Gerda Steiner Designs Monthly Challenge

Parachute Piggy

The Freebie this month is this cute image of a pig parachuting and since I am on a roll this week with Christmas cards it had be a card to add to the pile. I printed the image twice, one for the base panel and one to colour and fussy cut. The base panel was cut to 5 ins and I masked an area at the bottom for the snow bank and used distress inks for the sky. When I was happy with the colour I stamped the tops of the trees from the SU Wonderland set in versafine black ink, removed the mask and added Shaded Lilac to the snow bank. Added snowflakes with MIC Falling Snow background stamp using SU Whisper White ink. Coloured piggy and the parachute with copics, fussy cut them out and adhered them on the card panel. The banner is from SU Hello December and the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Vintage Ornaments and I used mounting tape to adhere it for some dimension. The panel was then mounted onto a 51/4 in white card base.

The distress inks used Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Fade Jeans, Chipped Sapphire and Shaded Lilac.


Piggy: R000,30,32,C1.
Top: G03,05,09.
Harness: W5,7,9.
Glasses: N5,W10.
Parachute: C0,1,R05,09.
Banner: R24.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Outlawz Progressive Freebie Monthly Challenge


Have been slack this month on my blog but a least I managed to get the monthly challenge card done, just kept forgetting to get it uploaded. Normally it's the last day but I'm 3 days early. For some reason this month has just flown and I can't believe it's three months til Christmas. Need to get a move on with my Christmas cards. The image this month is a beautiful one from Di's Digis and I had fun colouring it with copics. If you haven't checked out the store you are missing out on some adorable images and she also has a fortnightly challenge. The card is Cas but I think it packs a punch. I printed the image twice and after colouring them both with copics, fussy one and added it to the white card with mounting tape. Added the hello with a stamp from Inspired by Stamping, adhered it to a yellow card then to a green card base. Nice and simple.


Flowers: Y11,13,19,YR14,15,26,E19, Black Multi Liner 0.03
Leaves: YG11,13,17,67.
Mouse: W01.03.05,R30.
Shadow: C01
For the ground I used a grey pencil

Monthly Actsa 1-4-1 Trading Card Swap

September Swap Art Nouveau

This month was a tricky one and it took awhile for me to come up with a suitable design. Google was a life saver and I found plenty of frames for that period to download for free. Next was finding a stamp to use with it. As we are a stamping association there has to be a stamp on the trading card and it can be a sentiment, background or image. The lovely girl image on the Melody set from Darkroom Door  was a perfect fit for the frame and I love the finished ACT. I coloured the frame and image with copics then cut out the centre of the frame and placed it over the image. Kept the colours similar to the pictures I saw on Google.

Frame: G00,12,Y00,02,YR02,07,68.
Flowers: YR18,38,E08.
Skin: E000,00,01.
Dress: YR000,12,23.
Pipes: E55,57.
Background: BG000,00

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Gerda Steiner Designs Monthly Challenge

Spring is in the Air

This adorable fox is the freebie image for this month on the Gerda Steiner Blog. With spring just a couple of days away down here in Australia I made a card with blue skies, green grass but with bare trees. Still cold here in Canberra but some blossoms are starting to bloom. I used distress inks for all the colouring, a tree die from Cottage Cutz and one from Simon Says Stamps for the grassy slope.

Distress inks: 
Fox: Tea Die, Dried Marigold, Picket Fence.
Sky: Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Stormy Sky.
Grassy Slope Mowed Lawn.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Outlawz Progressive Freebie Monthly Challenge

Woman Hear Me Roar

Love this image and my first thoughts were how confident and completely in control she looks. A girl with attitude hence the title. That Helen Reddy song sums it up beautifully. Kept it Cas so the image stands out and coloured her with copics. The stripes of card down the sides were coloured in the same colour as her dress. Love doing this so I don't have to worry about matching cardstock.


Skin: E11,51,R20.
Hair: E40,49.50,74,79.
Lips & Eyes: R56,85,G43.
Fress: BV31,34.
Flowers: Y000,04,YR02,G43,C0.
Shadows: BV0000,000.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Monthly ACTSA 1-4-1 Artist Trading Card Swap August

Enjoy the Journey


This was a fun ATC for me as I had never really embraced the steampunk look but I think I might have been missing out. Checked out Pinterest and Google then went looking for stamps. Was really surprised how many I found that was suitable and I had really not played with. Is this a sign I have far to many and should not be buying more? Don't really think that will happen. I started with a old piece of  background paper and tore it to fit a 31/2 X 21/2 piece of cardstock. Glued it down then coloured with distress inks. Stamped images from Stampers Anonymous Tiny Things and Ultimate Grunge  by Tim Holtz but it needed more so used an old stamp from Urban Stamps by Docraft called Chronology (cogs) and the small Eiffel tower by Justjohanna. The extra embellishments are from my stash and a Tim Holtz Game Spinner. The sentiment was computer generated.

Distress inks used:

Hickory Smoke
Brushed Corduroy
Vintage Photo
Old Paper
Antique Linen
Mustard Seed
Evergreen Bough