Friday, January 24, 2014

Celebrating Australia

...as we celebrate Australia Day this weekend I wanted to share with you some Australasian Stamps being released by Close To My Heart on the 1st February - yes!! you beaut dinky di Aussie stamp sets! There are 5 sets in this collection they include both our flora and fauna, indigenous icons, fun animal caricatures and some good old Aussie slang in the form of praises. They are all perfect additions for your scrapbook layouts or greeting cards.

We quite often have Kookaburras visiting our backyard and I have to say they are most definitely my favourite Aussie bird.....there are more colourful and pretty birds in Australia but you can't go past a laughing Kookaburra! As you know my card creations are usually pretty and pink but I really wanted to use more authentic bush colours for these cards....not sure they are my style but I am happy with the rustic appearance.


This piece of artwork was my January class kit and it was a huge hit with my card making groups - and I don't think there are too many ladies in my workshop groups that don't own the Always Grateful stamp set now! Creating the scene for this card was very easy - an area masked with a circle then lots of sponging of ink - simple but effective!


.....and because it was so quick & easy I thought I would duplicate it using the Aussie Salutations  - C1585 stamp set and create a scene with the Kangaroo image....same card just a slightly different look.


...and while you thought I may have abandoned my signature love of "pink & pretty" - nothing could be further from the truth LOL!! The wild flowers in this gorgeous stamp collection (Australian Thanks - C1586) were simply begging to be coloured in with shades of pink and that they were!! :)


I have a feeling that Olive Cardstock and Chocolate Woodgrain Washi Tape are going to be featured very prominently in my Aussie Card Designs - ideal colours for our Australian landscape.

I hope you have enjoyed this little preview of the new Aussie stamps - I will share some more of the collection over the coming weeks and I am happy to take pre-orders if you want to celebrate a little bit of Australiana in your own paper craft creations.

Enjoy your Australia Day Celebrations!

8 comments:

Bev Lang said...

Thank you Chris, love your Aussie designs. Thanks for sharing.

Wendy said...

Chris, once again, GORGEOUS! And so you. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing talents. X

Julie Mc said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all of them! The colours work so beautifully together (even if they are not all pink!). Thank you so much for your inspiration xx

Veronica said...

Simply beautiful! Can't wait until I get mine.

Doreen Watkins said...

Ohhh, Chris, these are absolutely beautiful! I love your work, as usual. You truly are an inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing!

The "Scramp" Champ! said...

You've out done yourself on these cards Chris! Absolutely GORGEOUS! You have such an eye for matching colour and design. I love seeing your stunning work.

Karen Pedersen said...

You are just flat out amazingly talented! If you are coming to Convention this Summer, I'd love to meet you! Thanks for the inspiration! I think I need these sets. My son is actually serving a 2 year mission for our church in Australia right now. They would be perfect for the scrapbook!

Hall of Indulgence said...

Love the colour combos and design ideas - especially the use of woodgrain washi - thanks for the inspiration.