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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mama Fish

Hello everyone,
Wishing everyone who celebrates Easter a great holiday weekend :)
The background for this card is one of my very first experiments using molding paste and stencils. The background colour was created with Dylusions Ink Sprays. I then ripped up some decorative paper from Tim Holtz and brushed on the paper pieces with Golden Gel Medium (Regular Gel Matte). For the next layer I borrowed a friend's stencil and used a palette knife to apply Golden Light Molding Paste. When dry I did something strange and tried adding colour to the dots with Pan Pastels. It seemed to work but I wasn't happy at all with the colour choice and had no idea what to do with it next. The background sat for a couple of months unfinished until I made Butterfly Fish for another card. It didn't work for the card that I was thinking of but was just the touch I needed for this one.
The little bit of orange that I had used on the fins made it stand out and gave a little life to the colour palette in the background. Butterfly Fish was coloured with Tombow markers and highlighted with a Sakura white gel pen.
It wasn't until the whole card was finished that the dots started looking like strands of fish eggs. I imagined the Butterfly Fish guarding her young. To accentuate this idea I used Stickles to dot the centres of a few of the "eggs".
Sometimes creations really take on a life of their own. I like that.
Bye for now :)

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Hello everyone,
I can't believe how sunny and warm it is outside today! Finally!!! I must have walked down my street with the biggest smile on my face. This is a card that I made a little while ago. It reminds me of summer so I thought I would share it today.
I used Flying Hummingbird 3 and Striped Reed Set from my collection.
I've been using the same formula for my cards lately so my process for this card is similar to the last few that I've posted. Dylusions Spray Ink background. The tribal stencil is from The Crafter's Workshop.
I coloured Flying Hummingbird 3 with Tombow markers and blended the colours with water. I then added Stickles around his face to capture the iridescence that make hummingbirds seem like flying gemstones.
I also sporadically added Stickles to the background and coloured the leaves of Striped Reed Set with a green Tombow marker. To add some dimension to the card I popped up Flying Hummingbird 3 with some adhesive foam. Viola! C'est fini!
Hope you like it :)
Bye for now,

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Customer Gallery #12

Hello everyone, I hope you're doing well :)
Not much to say today so I will get straight to your art. Many thanks to everyone who has been sending in their projects! It's as if you all coordinated to send in water themed pieces. Makes for a great collection of images for the Spring!
Deb's used Raindrop Set in this textured canvas. Her blog post and an awesome step by step tutorial HERE
Jane's take on Rising Bubbles. Her blog post HERE with more close up shots of the great details in this piece.
Heike has done an amazing job of cutting out Seaweed Set (bottom right) and has used Rising Bubbles in the background. Her blog post HERE has many other projects using Original Rust (used on the anchor). Neat effect!
The last two pieces are by Sonja for a Gelli Plate workshop. She used Rising Bubbles in the first and Water Droplets 2 in the second card. You can check out her blog post HERE
Lastly, some of the happiest raindrops I've ever seen! Cornelia's blog post HERE
Hope you enjoyed this gallery. There sure are a lot of talented people out there. Keep on creating :)

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Lots of News!!!

Hello everyone,
It's the beginning of the month and I've got a lot of things to announce today. No pranks, I promise ;)
Water Droplets is Back!
Firstly, I have restocked my shelves and Water Droplets is once again available in my online shop. The are also a few other designs that have been restocked such as Dreaming Mermaid and Left Corner Mermaid. Thank you to everyone for being patient! I've sent off emails to all of you who had asked for a notification. It should be waiting in your inbox.
April Sales
This month I have discounted another three stamps by 50% for you. In anticipation of Spring I thought that Raindrops might be a good theme.
Customer Creation Draw Winner
The time has also come for me to randomly pick a winner for the Customer Creation Draw. Any sent in projects from now until the end of April will be included in this month's draw and will be announced on the first of May. This month's free stamp goes out to Frédérique!!! Here are the beautiful pieces that she sent in...

If you would like to give her a visit HERE is a link to Frédérique's blog. A big thank you for sending in your art!
Well, that's all for now. Thanks for stopping by :)