Monday, July 15, 2013

Introducing Inkurable Artistry!

Hello blog readers!

It's been a long time between posts!

Lots of exciting things have been happening behind the scenes - and I am excited to announce my new venture - Inkurable Artistry - focusing on Mixed Media, Rubber Stamping, Card Making and Art Journaling - and the most exciting part - an online store coming very soon!!

For now, you can stay up to date with all my upcoming classes, as well as special events that I'm hosting, by checking out the Inkurable Artistry Facebook page.

Speaking of events, if you love mixed media and you live on or near The Central Coast NSW you may be interested in attending my Mixed Media All Day Stay and Play event on Saturday August 10th 2013!

Here is the flyer:

It promises to be a fabulously creative, messy, fun day! Spaces are limited and bookings are essential.

Stay inky!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

A Jar Full of Happiness!

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and a few days to relax and unwind. :)

With the new year fast approaching, talk has started about things like Project Life or Project 365 etc where you chronicle your whole year either daily, weekly, or monthly using scrapbook pages or photographs etc. I find these types of projects a little too time consuming and I never have enough time or patience to follow them through!

When I saw a friend post the following picture on her Facebook page just before Christmas, I knew I wanted to do this instead:

Such a cool idea! We should all focus more on the good stuff in our lives instead of the bad stuff. So much more achievable than the other yearly challenges around - i.e it doesn't have to be every day, and it's quick and easy - just scribble down some happiness, maybe a date and time, then fold it up and whack it in the jar! Too easy!

Imagine the possibilities - you could add movie tickets, other ticket stubs, a receipt for something awesome you bought - anything that makes you happy!

It also makes an awesome inexpensive gift! I made up a jar for each of my sisters for Christmas - here they are:

I bought the jars from Hot Dollar. A pack of bright post-it notes and a funky pen went inside. I created the labels with some Stickyback Canvas. I sprayed them with Dylusions sprays, used some stencils, and some Tim Holtz foam alphabet stamps. A bit of ribbon for the sides of the label and a bow at the top and they're done! I also attached a note to explain what to do. They looked great and my sisters loved them!

I'm yet to decorate my jar but I will share it here when I do. ;)

There's still plenty of time to make your own happiness jar! Give it a go!


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Vintage Christmas Cards.

I love making Christmas cards - and there is something so special about receiving a handmade Christmas card in the mail.

I made these Christmas cards last year for a class that I taught. I didn't get a chance to show them here last year, so what better time that now?! LOL!

I used stamps from Darkroom Door, and papers from Graphic 45.

Only 2 more sleeps until Christmas! I'm excited - are you?


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Ho Ho Mo!!

My usual style is very inky - lots of stamping, inking etc etc. So when I show you this next card you'll probably find it hard to believe that I made it!

There is no stamping, no inking, nothing messy at all! I got the idea from a graphic I saw on an email I got and ran with it. My friend loves Mo's, so I knew exactly who this card was going to when I made it. Here it is:

I cut the moustache out of Bazzill cardstock from a moustache cut out that I had in my stash (or stache?! LOL!). I mounted it to the card front with foam mounting tape.

I even got my cuttlebug out and cut some lettering for the inside. I also had a santa die and a rudolph die so I used bits of each of those to create this on the inside:

See - I told you it was nothing like my normal style!!

It's good to get out of your comfort zone every once in a while. :)


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Mixed Media Christmas Cards!

Hi everyone! If it's your first time here, welcome!!

Here are the Mixed Media Christmas Cards that I created for the Scrap-it TV 2012 Christmas Special!

They were so much fun to make! Definitely quirky and not for the faint-hearted! LOL!

If you saw the TV special, thanks so much for watching! I hope you enjoyed my segment and are looking forward to getting messy!

As my Christmas gift to you, I have created a FREE* full colour printable instruction sheet for you to download! (PDF format).

Please stop by the comments section and say Hi if you have downloaded the instruction sheet and let me know what you think! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. :)

I hope you enjoy creating your own cards, or using the techniques to make other projects! I'd love to see them if you do, so feel free to leave me a link here in the comments section so I can check them out!

Merry Christmas everyone, and thanks for visiting!


* Please note that it is free for personal use only.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Oh-Sew Inky Cards.

I just love having fun with my stamps and creating fun, quirky cards.

One of my favourite classes that I taught this year was my "Oh-Sew Inky" cards. I was really happy with how they turned out, and I just loved seeing the faces of my students when they got to play with lots of inky techniques and colour combinations! Some in the class were brand new to that level of inkiness and it was so fun to see them really let go and have fun with it!

Here are my cards:

We used Distress Inks for the backgrounds using a Tim Holtz technique called "Wrinkle Free Distress", and of course lots and lots of stamping!

Stamp brands included Darkroom Door, Dylusions, Catslife Press and Stampers Anonymous.

I chose an orange/yellow/pink combination for my cards, but some students chose other combos and it was fun to see the different creations!

It was these cards that inspired me to create the Mixed Media Christmas Cards that will be featured in tomorrow night's Scrap-it TV Christmas Special! Check back after the show to download a full colour instruction sheet for the cards featured on the special!


Friday, December 14, 2012

Getting Inky again with Darkroom Door - Part 2.

As promised, here are the cards I made using Darkroom Door's new Corrugated Iron Background Stamp!

I absolutely love all the Darkroom Door background stamps - they are definitely the favourites in my stamp stash. The Corrugated Iron background stamp is really cool - as you can see it looks great on both male and female cards, and used either portrait or landscape orientated. The best thing about the DD background stamps is that they are large enough to cover an entire A6 card front. Awesomeness!

Here are some close ups of each card:

If you'd like to learn more about how I made each card, or to see what other girls did with the same stamp, head on over to this post on the Darkroom Door Blog.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Getting Inky Again with Darkroom Door - Part 1.

Whilst I was away from my blog, a lot of stuff happened!

But one of the biggest pieces of news is that I left the Darkroom Door Creative Team. Unfortunately working full time and pressing family commitments meant that I had to give up something I really loved, so it was with a heavy heart that I left the team just over a year ago.

However, I was recently asked to be a guest artist using some of the stamps from their latest release and I was thrilled to get inky again!

Here is a card I made using the new Kombi Photo Stamp:

To create the background I stamped the Darkroom Door Scratched background stamp onto white Specialty Stamping Paper with Tumbled Glass Distress ink. Once dry I sponged over the whole piece with Antique linen distress ink. I then added some Tumbled Glass and Vintage Photo Distress inks around the edges.

The image of the surfer looking out into the sea is a Darkroom Door Photochip from the Seaside collection. I distressed the edges with a distressing tool and adhered it to my background.

I stamped the Kombi stamp using Jet Black Archival Ink onto Specialty Stamping paper. This paper is great for getting clear crisp images from your detailed stamps, or stamps with large sold areas like this Kombi stamp. I coloured the image with Distress markers (Tumbled glass for the Kombi and Pumice Stone for the wheels and bumper bar). I cut the image out and adhered it to the front of my card with double sided foam mounting tape.

I cut "sun, sand, surf" from the Seaside Wordstrip and inked around the edges with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. I mounted it onto a piece of dusty blue cardstock (the same cardstock that I used for the card base) and adhered it to the front of my card.

I'll come back tomorrow and share some other cards I created using the fabulous Corrugated Iron Background stamp. :)


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Scrap-it TV 2012 Christmas Special!

Hello again everyone!

I'm back!

I know, I know, I haven't blogged in aaaaaaaaaaages! Life got in the way. But I have a bit more spare time now, so I'll be blogging a lot more often!

There is so much to share from the time I've been AWOL, but the most exciting news is that I will be on the upcoming Scrap-it TV Christmas Special!

Tune in to TV4ME (free to air channels 64 and 74) at 6pm this Sunday 16th of December to see myself, Rachel Grieg, Dawn Lewis, and Lisa Pate show you how to create some gorgeous Christmas projects!

The special will be repeated all the way up to Christmas day, so check your guides for details!

Here's a sneak peek of my Mixed Media Christmas Cards:

They're not for the faint-hearted!!

There will be a PDF instruction sheet to download, so check back here after the show to download your free copy!

We filmed the show at Darkroom Door HQ - the girls and I had such a fun day! Here's a pic of us in our festive best:

And here's a pic of me:

I was recovering from a really bad head cold / chest infection at the time, so I dread to hear what my voice sounded like!!

The special will feature everything from Christmas cards to Christmas Crackers, scrapbook pages, wall art, gift wrapping ideas, and more!

So mark your calendars - 6pm 16th Dec 2012 - TV4ME (free to air channels 64 and 74)!


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Orange, Black, and White ATC's.

Recently I hosted an ATC swap at Inkurable Stampers for it's 3rd Birthday. The theme was the Inkurable colours - orange, black, and white. We had people join in from all over the world!

Here are the 2 different ATC's I made for the swap:

For this one I used stamps from Darkroom Door, Stampotique, and Martha Stewart. The background features Gothic book text, Distress ink, and Alcohol ink splatters.

This time I used stamps from Stampotique, Darkroom Door, and I think the cat was a Hero Arts one.

All the ATC's in the swap were awesome - you can check out the whole collection here.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!