Saturday, January 26, 2008

Just for FUN!

Fishy Friends 001Good afternoon everyone! 

This is a card I made "just for fun"!!  It's so great to just do something because you feel like it, not because you have to make a card, isn't it?  I was inspired by the layout & colours from a card on

Just love how it has turned out - the dazzling diamonds on the fish just really pops him.   Using a versamark pad, heat & stick powder & then dazzling diamonds is lots of fun to play with.  I cut out the fish, to create a reverse stencil - I'm sure there is a proper name for this, but I don't know what it is!   What I mean is I cut the inside stamped image of the fish out, so I was left with a square of paper, with the fish cut out from the middle of it.  Then I placed this over my fish image on Watercolour paper, that had already been coloured, and versamarked over the top of the stencil, so I just added versamark to the coloured fish.  Then I put on heat & stick powder, heated that with my wonderful heat gun ($53.95 if you mention this card-cheaper than at THE WAREHOUSE!!) and sprinkled liberally with dazzling diamonds.  The effect I think is gorgeous! 

Recipe : Stamp Set Fishy Friends ($46.95) and It's Your Birthday ($68.95).  Cardstock Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Watercolour Paper.  Designer Paper out of the Simply Scrappin' Kit ($29.95 -which I just LOVE), Ink : Stazon Black.  Blender Pen & Various watercolour crayons to colour. 

We've done the garage sale this morning - it was fabulous!   Amazing how people will actually PAY to take your 'junk' away huh??  The funniest thing...  I advertised in the paper a few things that would be for sale, one of which was our dog kennel (which we bought 3 years ago second hand for $50).  This lady ran in the gate just after we started, saying "has the dog kennel sold yet?"  Well, my husband was left still in bed at home, and was to drop the dog kennel off to the garage sale "SOON", so we rushed and phoned him to bring it NOW.  The lady was happy to wait.  When my husband walked in the gate he said "I've sold it".  Hmmm.  How's that going to work, 'cos I've already sold it to this lady.   Needless to say, the lady got it for $40.  I asked husband how much the man walking in with him was going to buy it for.  $15.  Boy, he's lucky I sold it first!!   

Also, here's the promised magic card that Alyssa was coming back to see on my blog (yesterday... hmmm)!   I have to thank first of all Cherie - who just read the instructions that had baffled not just me, but at least two other demo's as well - and made the card!  Cherie, you're just so incredibly clever, and talented, and pretty, and patient, and ....  Well, you get it!!  You're AMAZING!!  Thanks so much for inspiring me to even try again at the magic card.  Secondly, I have to thank the equally talented, pretty, FUNNY & AMAZING Jacqui!     Jacqui, you encouraged me to get on with it!   You also just read the instructions and made the card ('cos what else would YOU do??), then uploaded it as your first upload to Splitcoast Stampers!   Incredible!   Thanks for the second tutorial when I failed to learn the first one!   Thanks also for the late night texts, which just remind me that someone else is crazy enough to be still stampin' at midnight!!  Check out Jacqui's card here...

Have a fab weekend everyone - the weather here is just beautiful, so I think we're off to the pools just now!

Fishy Friends 006   Fishy Friends 004


punknscrap said...

This looks great Michelle, where did you find the instrutions? I would love the link.

Trudi said...

Awesome cards Michelle! Hope you all enjoyed the pools. See you tomorrow.

Michelle said...

Hey there Louise. Thanks for your comment. This card is listed as a Magic Card under splitcoast, with a tutorial that I found really difficult to understand (hence all the mistakes), but once you see one for real, I found it so much easier. Give it a go - you might be one of those wonderful clever people who can just do it from reading about it. That's definately NOT me! Thanks!