Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Inkurable Stampers December Challenge

The challenge this month over at Inkurable Stampers Blog was a colour challenge - pink, brown and cream, and you have to use a stamp of course.

I made an oval-shaped tag for my entry out of scraps of brown and cream cardstock, and I used Maya Road Clear Stamps 'Jasmine' to stamp the flowers using Tombow brown pen #879 on pink cardstock. I cut the flowers out carefully so they could be layered between and over my ovals. I distressed the front and back oval edges and inked them with the brown Tombow pen. I little brown/pink ribbon, pink rhinestones and kindyglitz to finish.


Because this tag was for someone special who challenge me to see how clever I could be with my Christmas gift giving this year, I made a matching 'sour cream container' from this tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers using an odd piece of cardstock from SEI. I altered the measurements of the container to be 12" x 8". I sealed it with a strip of brown bazzill punched with Martha Stewart 'scallop dot' border punch.


Fiona
xx

Saturday, December 19, 2009

2009 Christmas Card

This is the Christmas Card I made for our family this year (hopefully they will have all received theirs by now!).


I have used Tim Holtz 'Christmas Miracle' stamp, which I base-stamped, and, after painting a children's jigsaw puzzle piece, over-stamped the piece with part of the same stamp. I have also used Kaisercraft 'Dear Santa' clear stamps for the date and the greeting. This is nothing like the design I had in my head when I started, but I am really happy with how it turned out. The inside has a newsletter and photo, so I had no embellishing on the inside.

Fiona
xx

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Lime Tart Recipe Challenge #5

This fortnight's recipe challenge at Lime Tart was to create a Christmas project using stamping, but the stamps were not allowed to be dedicated Christmas stamps. I have made a gift box with Prima 'urban cosmos' papers, bazzill, and have used Kimberley Poloson 'flourishes' clear stamps with black stazon ink, and versamark ink. I used a Kaiser 'wish upon' rubon on the tag that belongs on the gift box. And yes, it is filled with something - handmade flowers!!

Fiona
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A Winning Announcement...

Last fortnight I joined in the Lime Tart Recipe challenge and was lucky to be drawn at random as the winner....


I received my prize this week - the December full tart kit - it is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you to the team at Lime Tart for running the challenge!

Fiona
xx

Thursday, November 26, 2009

November Sketch Challenge @ 123scrapbook.com.au

Another share, but today it is a scrapbook LO. This one is for the November Sketch Challenge over at 123scrapbook.com.au and was prepared by the talented Renee Ludlow. You can see the sketch and her interpretation here.

My LO uses a several papers from different manufacturers, but I was particularly inspired by the Crate Paper 'bliss collection' paper called impulse - that is the lovely chocolate brown one in the background with the flowers on it. My flowers in the bottom left corner were inspired by the flowers on that paper.

Thanks for a great challenge Renee!

This is my beautiful miss Emily back in June working on her first knitted scarf as part of a homeschooling project.

Fiona
xx

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Blank (all purpose) cards

I made a set of all purpose cards yesterday. Here is a picture of two of the versions - most only differ slightly in the flowers/buttons used and the position of the patchwork square, and the papers used on the inside.

These papers were the beautiful Kimberley Poloson 'Nature's Flora' range.


Fiona
xx

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Inspiration Card Challenge at 123Scrapbook.com.au

Ok, so 123scrapbook.com.au is having a big Christmas competition at the moment. As an extra to the competition you could take part in a challenge to create a card based on a picture for inspiration. Here is the picture that you had to be inspired by:

For the challenge at 123scrapbook.com.au I created a triangle card, and drew my inspiration from the colours and the buttons in the original picture. I have also made an envelope to snugly fit my card, in a matching blue.

I wanted to make a triangle card because I had seen them over at Godelieve's blog which you can visit here.

Fiona
xx

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Thank You Card

I've been busy making a few thank you cards this week. I have used Kaiser 'Esther's Guestlist' papers, Kaiser 'flower' stamp, glimmermist, kindy glitz, dimensional magic with button, thread and versamark black ink.


I was not so sure of the colours in these papers before I started, but I was really happy with how the cards turned out when I was finished.

I carefully cut sections of the flower to raise and lower different sections so the flower had more dimension.

Fiona
xx

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Lime Tart Recipe Challenge #4

Lime Tart's fortnightly recipe challenge this time was to use black and white and one other colour only. Here is a close up of one of my cards. It measures 3.5" x 3.5".



I made the black rose, and layered black and white bazzill cardstock, and used colour paper scraps and coloured bazzill cardstock to match the rose centre. I also used Basic Grey flourish stamps and Stamp-It curlicue stamp.

I needed a series of 6 cards, and made these in 6 different colour ways. Which one do you think works the best? I'm partial to the brown one and the blue one, but I'd love to know what you think...

Fiona
xx

A Winning Announcement...

I was lucky enough to be announced as the winner for the Inkurable Stampers blog October challenge to make a gift box/bag with this entry. Thank you, thank you, thank you to Rachel at Darkroom Door who sent me out this great stamp set as my prize.


I was also announced as winner for the 123scrapbook.com.au October Sketch Challenge for this entry. Thanks Wilma for the gift voucher, which I look forward to spending really soon!

Fiona
xx

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Inkurable Stampers November Challenge

So I'm back already with my twinchie challenge for Inkurable Stampers blog for November. The theme was to create a twinchie (a 2" x 2" piece of art) that was Christmas themed, and to attached it to a project - and you must include a stamp of course!


Here is my twinchie:

And here it is on the swing tag I made for a Christmas gift:

I used Bazzill and Prima Urban Cosmos 'cosmos' paper. I used the Tim Holtz 'photography' stamp for the clock face, and for the background behind the word 'Christmas' and the word 'time'. I used Kaisercraft 'Dear Santa' clear stamps for the damask images and the circle date on the tag, and Kaisercraft 'All About Me' clear stamps to make up the word 'time'.

I really enjoyed this challenge, and ended up making 3 other tags the same, but in different colourways. Thanks Sarah!


Fiona
xx

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Scraplings Tags to say Thank You

Well, Christmas is fast approaching, as is the end of the year. It is a great time to say thanks to people who have given their time up in service to someone else.


Over at Inkurable Stampers the challenge for this month is to make a 'twinchie' - a 2x2 inch piece of paper art. I will be revealing mine soon, but Sarah also talked about some other sized art pieces, including 'scraplings'. I really loved the size of these (1 1/4 inch x 4 1/4 inch), and decided I would try making some.


I had to make some thank you tags for some teenagers at church who have helped out in the creche department, and this is what I came up with (both male and female versions). I tried to keep the scraplings a bit funky and grungy at the same time. The female ones are made with Imagination Project 'Chloes Closet' papers, the male ones with a little Basic Grey 'Figgy Pudding', as well as bazzill, and Kaisercraft 'offshore' and 'friends' clear stamps.



If you like the size and want to see more, why don't you pop over to Godelieve's blog as she has some fantastic scraplings that she has made, and I'm sure they will inspire you!


Fiona
xx

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

October 1,2,3 Challenge

Over at the 1,2,3 Challenge Blog the criteria for this months challenge were:
- use 5 papers
- use one b/w and one colour photo
- use lots of tearing and crumpling

Well, this LO took me ages, but I finally got it finished in time.... and I love it! I have used Bella Damsel papers, lots of tearing and crumpling, and lots of stitching.

This is a photo of Emily from about 5 years ago (when she was about 6 years old), and she was busy concentrating on her colouring in.


Fiona
xx

Lime Tart Recipe Challenge #3

The recipe challenge at Lime Tart for this fortnight was to use rubons, stitching and buttons on a project. Well, I decided I would start my Christmas cards with this challenge, and have seen this colour combination before and wanted to try it myself.


I have used rubons as a bow and on the button, the button is the centre of the flower, and I put a few cross stitches on each side. I used my Tombow pens to colour the images.

Fiona
xx

Friday, October 23, 2009

October Sketch Challenge - 123 Scrapbook

Here is my LO I created for the October Sketch Challenge over at 123scrapbook.com.au . It was based on a sketch designed by the lovely Miss Monica . This photo was taken on our 17th Wedding Anniversary earlier this year.


Thanks for stopping by!

Fiona
xx

Monday, October 19, 2009

Get Well Card

Finally finished my homeschool preparation for term 4, and can get on with some craft.


Here is a card I made last night - it didn't finish up the way I had planned it out in my head, but I'm still happy with it!

Used up some scraps of BG Lime Ricky and WRMK papers.

Fiona
xx

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Lime Tart Challenge Tuesday

I have been very busy preparing homeschooling for next term while my kids are away on mission trip, but I have missed crafting. Hopefully I will get back to it soon.

In a moment of net surfing today I came across a new challenge running over at Lime Tart Blog each Tuesday fortnight. Interested? Check their blog out here. They are offering some fantastic prizes, and I hope I will have time to enter their fortnightly recipe challenges soon!

Fiona
xx

Sunday, October 4, 2009

World Card Making Day

World card making day was yesterday (3rd October), and Inkurable Stampers blog are running a challenge to make a card without a traditional opening (and at least one stamp of course!). Sarah made a gorgeous Tri-fold shutter card, which has maybe inspired my Christmas cards for this year.

However, for the challenge I made a swing (flip-flop) card from this tuturial at Splitcoast Stampers. The centre part has two sides - one side is visible when the card is shut, and when you open the card it flops to the other side which is where your message goes - a very clever idea.

I have used Stampin Up 'Polka Dots and Paisley' stamps on mine.

Fiona
xx

Friday, October 2, 2009

October Challenge - Inkurable Stampers

The new challenge is up over at Inkurable Stampers blog. When I saw it last night, I just knew exactly what I was going to do. Miss Emily made a tiny felted panda for a friend's birthday, and I thought this Chinese noodle box (you can find the template here) was just the perfect way to 'wrap' her panda.


The box measures only 2 inches tall. I have coloured the background, then stamped different images around the outside. It has been edged in black with a stitching line, then embellished with kindy glitz and rhinestones. The only thing I did differently to the instructions was to make sure the flaps were folded to the inside, so I had a clean/flat stamping surface.

Emily's friend loves blue, so I really hope she will like receiving this little gift!

Fiona
xx

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Christmas story mini-quilts (finally)

I started work on these mini quilts a couple of years ago. When they were all at the stage of binding the edges, I kind of put them away with only one complete, and one pinned, and the rest not touched.


Not finishing projects is becoming too much of a habit for me, so (especially now that I am homeschooling), I am trying to set a better example for my kids by actually FINISHING some things that I have started.

I always thought these mini-quilts would be a great visual way to assist in telling the story of Jesus birth.



Fiona
xx

Friday, September 18, 2009

September Sketch Challenge @ 123scrapbook

This month's sketch at 123scrapbook was put together by the wonderful Teina. I had a bit of trouble getting this LO to come together, but in the end was really happy with the result.

The photos were taken on a surprise day out for the kids last year down to the PowerHouse Museum in Sydney - Stanley and I hadn't been there since the day we started going out - so it was a special trip....

Fiona
xx

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Birthday Card

A couple of weeks ago we tripped down to Sydney to The Rocks for a homeschool excursion. We had time to wander through the markets down there, and I saw a lady who does GORGEOUS little paper tole works using postage stamps. The pictures were so tiny, and so neat - it was lovely.

I really wanted to have a try of paper toling stamps, but the size of the images makes it very difficult. Here is a close up of what I came up with...




This is the card that I placed it on - much different to my last few cards, and more toward my normal style of card marking.



Fiona
xx

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Handmade Bags for Operation Christmas Child

Well, finally the other two bags have been completed to add to our shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. I'm really happy with how they turned out - nice and strong, and double-fabric'd to last for ages. These ones will be going into boxes for boys.


Fiona
xx

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

123scrapbook.com.au Scraptwist Competition

So this is the last week in the 6 week challenge over at 123scrapbook.com.au. You can scroll down to see my previous entries.

Week 6 challenge was to use cardstock, with no patterned paper.

I also included a small element from each of the previous 5 weeks challenges into my final coaster. This picture was taken by a stranger when we went to the Cirque Du Soleil in Sydney last year. (Hence the play on words in the title Cirque-us = circus) This was such a special day for our family - we had kept the day a secret for months from the kids, and they didn't find out what we were doing until we arrived! It was a fantastic experience, and one I wanted to include in my series of coasters for the challenge.




Just in case you are wondering what they look like all together - wonder no more!

Fiona
xx


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Father's Day 2009



I was inspired by the 123scrapbook.com.au scraptwist competition (see previous post) and tried to step out of my comfort zone when making father's day cards this year. Both cards (one design for my dad and father-in-law, and the other for my kids to give to my husband) feature the use of texture paste. They are quite different to what I'd normally do, but I like them! (Hope they don't see this post before Sunday!)

Fiona
xx

Monday, August 31, 2009

123scrapbook.com.au Scraptwist Competition

Wilma at 123scrapbook.com.au has a fantastic online scrapping store, and she is currently running a 'scraptwist challenge'. It runs over 6 weeks, and each week there is a different item you need to showcase in a LO, an off the page item, or whatever, so long as you meet the criteria. Trick is, each week there is a twist. So you know ahead of time what each weeks criteria is, but you don't find out what the twist is until the Sunday, and then you have 2 weeks to complete and upload your entry. It's a great way to try new things, or to use something in a way you may not have thought of before.

I found these great acrylic coasters on ebay (which are designed for you to put a small cross stitch into), and thought I could use them for my entries on the 123scrapbook scraptwist challenge. My husband and I love to drink tea and coffee, but we have timber furniture, so always use coasters. Actually, we are still using our coasters that we received as engagement/wedding gifts 17 years ago! So this challenge will mean we will have 6 very personal coasters showcasing not only different scrapping techniques, but some special times in our family life, as well as a terrific memory of a great competition.

All of these LO's measure 3.25" square, and I can only scrap to a depth of about 3 mm. Now any of you scrappers out there reading this will go "what?" how can you restrict yourself to 3mm? It's WAY difficult. When I've used chipboard, I've had to slice it in half to make it thinner. I've had to keep most of my embellishments away from the edges (as this is where the backing seals)... there have had to be lots of considerations to get them all to fit.
Week 1
Challenge was to use paint, and the twist was to use chipboard in the raw (ie. no paint or ink or anything).
This is a snapshot of us (Em was 1, Jacob was 3) taken before an engagement party for my cousin. We don't have many pics of the 4 of us around this time.
I used a bit of paint on the background to frame the photo, and also to highlight the flowers. As required, the chipboard tag remained raw.
Week 2
Challenge was to use glitter AND embossing powders, and the twist was you couldn't use flowers.
The cog wheels were embossed, inked to make them look 'dirty', and then I added glitter to the spokes on the cogs.
This is a picture of Jacob at about 2, wearing his 'tools' which he loved playing with for many months.


Week 3

Challenge was to use rubons, and the twist was you couldn't put them on cardstock or paper.

I used my rubons on my monogram 'me' letters.

This photo was taken on a ferry ride on our last trip to Melbourne this Christmas past, and is the photo I have of me on my blog.

Week 4

Challenge was to use texture paste and the twist was you had use the paste on the background, plus on an embellishment, and you also had to use 3 photos.

I used texture paste on the background which I swept with a pallette knife, painted, inked and gouged out frames around my tiny photos. I also used the paste on my 'zzz' letters, which also had little dots scribed into them with a knitting needle, and then painted.

This is a very recent photo of my husband caught napping after Sunday lunch.


Week 5

Challenge was to use alcohol inks, the twist was you had to use it on 3 separate surfaces, and you couldn't use acetate.

I really wanted to use the inks on the actual inside lid of the coaster (which is why I bought the coasters in the first place), but no matter what I tried, I just didn't like the way it looked. So, instead, I used 3 different coloured inks, as well as gold, and applied them to the flower (it originally was orange), the letters j and y (which were originally bright yellow), and then I applied the ink around the edge of my LO, and applied it to a stamp which I used to frame my photo. I know you are not meant to use the alcohol inks on porous surfaces, but I actually love how it came out - it's like the colour changes seamlessly.

This is a photo of Emily taken when she was 6, and she was showcasing how you lose electrons on the trampoline!


Week 6

This challenge starts next Sunday - so I will be back with the last instalment of the challenge next week!

Fiona
xx

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Handmade Bags for Operation Christmas Child

Well, here are the first two (two more to go). These are oriented toward the girl boxes we have done. They are made with cotton and calico using a plastic shopping bag as a template, and are fully lined and include a gusset. These are not the standard grocery size bag, but one about 2/3 of that size. The photo was taken with a 4-pack of loo paper for representation (no, the loo paper is not going in the shoe boxes :)

If you are wondering what I am talking about bags in shoe boxes, see my previous post.


Fiona
xx

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Operation Christmas Child



Have you ever heard of this? Fill a shoebox with age appropriate gifts as per their directions, include $8 for postage, and help make a difference in a child's life this Christmas. Check back soon and I will show you some bags I am making to include in our boxes this year!

Fiona
xx

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

August Challenge - Inkurable Stampers

Inkurable Stampers challenge for August is something with a theme of music. It could be in your design, a song title or phrase, anything really that is attached to music - just make sure you use a stamp on your design!




This LO has taken me a few days to put together, but I am happy with the result. This is a little bit out of my comfort zone, but love the brightness of it (and the beauty in the photo!). Just in case it isn't obvious, my music related theme is the title of that great song "Don't worry, be happy".



Fiona

xx