Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Play Date Cafe - PDCC61

I needed just one more tag before Christmas, so this was a perfect reason to make it :)  I have joined in The Play Date Colour Challenge for this week....

I began with a buff tag (I think it is a #4 size).  The edges were inked with Brushed Corduroy, embossed with Impressabilities 'paisley' and then lightly inked with more Brushed Corduroy to highlight the embossing.  The border is a stamp from the Kaisercraft 'Dear Santa' set stamped with Aged Mahogany and then trimmed to the shape of the stamp. 

I mounted the tag on a piece of scrap Kaisercraft 'Dear Santa' paper and trimmed it again.  I attached some Prima flowers, and the glittery button.  A nice quick simple tag in the mad rush before Christmas.


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Some EXCITING pre-Christmas NEWS!!

Woo Hoo !!

I haven't even let a peep out of the bag on this one!  I have been chosen to serve as a First Term Designer over at The Play Date Cafe!!  This is such exciting news - it's just like an early Christmas present :)

All this week the new designers are being announced, so pop on over and meet the rest of the team, and while you're at it, why not play along with the current challenge?  Come and join in the fun :)


Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Play Date Cafe - PDCC60

It's time for a splash of colour at The Play Date Cafe! This week the challenge was to use yellow with your black/white combo. Sometimes yellow can be a tricky colour to work with... I made a very non-traditional Christmas card...

I have made a recessed window card using black and white cardstock. The star is from Darkroom Door Yuletide set, is stamped in mustard seed DI, clear embossed and trimmed out. It is mounted on 3D tape in the recessed window.

Before I attached the white layer of cardstock, I stitched the inner border framing the star with yellow cotton, and I used an old brass stencil to dry emboss the little spots all over it.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

2010 Gothic Arches #8 - Children

Here is my final arch in the 2010 Gothic Arches challenge at Inkurable Stampers. You can see all the wonderful arches that have been created at the dedicated flickr group here.

I started with black cardstock for this arch. The school book lines are from a Cats Life Press atc label stamp and were stamped in colorbox frost white ink. Then I added the Kaiser sublime dotty paper. Punch some 1/2" circles in white, rough up the edges, colour half in aged mahogany and half in faded jeans.

The alphas and numbers are DD alphabet medley stamps stamped in archival black. The girl (she is from the same Cats Life Press atc label stamp) was stamped in archival black also and trimmed. Write the phrase on scrap cardstock, trim and adhere to arch. I added stitching detail in black, blue and burgundy. Attach the letters, numbers and the girl, then I added the ric rac trim and sewed it on with burgundy thread.

The gothic arches have been an epic journey for me this year, and I have tried new things - some which I really enjoyed, and others which I did not enjoy so much ;) Thanks to all of you for checking out my arches on a regular basis, and thanks especialy to Sarah for the opportunity to be her sample designer for the second half of the series.


Sunday, December 12, 2010

2010 Gothic Arches #6 - Men

Here is my arch for the theme 'men' . This is one of my catch up arches for Inkurable Stampers 2010 Gothic Arch challenge.

I started this arch by inking white cardstock in broken china and shabby shutters DI. Then I stamped Stampotique 'honeycomb background' in broken china. Inked the edges a bit more using pine needles and chipped sapphire DI.

I stamped images from Tim Holtz 'the journey' in archival black, and coloured them with shabby shutters, broken china and pine needles. The were highlighted with white/grey pencil. Attach the circles and add some stitching. The man is from Queen's Dresser Drawers (Mr Handsome), and was stamped in black archival on white, trimmed, and adhered to arch, then stitched around. The phrase comes from the same stamp, which was trimmed, attached, covered in dimensional magic, and framed using pencil.

I only have one more to show, so come back in a couple of days!


Thursday, December 9, 2010

2010 Gothic Arches #7 Women

Today I am back with one of the last three gothic arches I was behind in - women. It's quite arty, and I am really happy with how it turned out.

I began by colouring the background with Derwent Inktense pencils. Stamped the face (Cherry Pie) in archival black. I masked it off with a scrap of paper, before stamping the arch with Hero Arts friends definition in Rusty Hinge DI. Add some random stamps (Basic Gray flourish in Aged Mahogany, Tim Holtz music in archival black, 7gypsies steampunk butterfly in vintage photo, wild honey and fired brick, and DD artist spats in colorbox white).

I coloured some white scrap cardstock with the Inktense pencils, and stamped the heart from Tim Holtz Love Struck in aged mahogany and trimmed it out. Also stamped the word 'dream' from the DD artist set in a little left over coloured cardstock and distressed the edges. The heart and word were attached, and DMC #4130 thread was used to add some stitching/wrapping detail. I also used Derwent Coloursoft pencils to add highlights to the butterflies and the heart.

I'll be back with the 'men' arch in a few days. You can check out the original posting at Inkurable Stampers 2010 Gothic Arch challenge here, or the Flickr gallery of completed arches here.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Play Date Cafe - PDCC58

Hi Everyone!

I'm back with the Play Date Cafe Colour Challenge of Red and White! I have made a post it note holder to send off to a special lady in the post for Christmas, so the colours were perfect this week.

I have used thick chipboard for the front and back covers which I painted with red acrylic paint. I heat set the paint with a heat tool to get some lumps and bumps on the matte finish. The white layer is bazzill cardstock embossed with AED hot set powder, and finished with AED white fizz glitter using Darkroom Door background floral stamp.

**This made it to Cream in Our Coffee at PDCC!**
The flower is red felt, die cut using Paper Artsy floral die. One has been blanket stitched, and the top one has been gathered to create a dimensional flower, using DMC white thread. A few beads for the flower centre, and a little bit of lace finished the cover off.

Thanks for stopping by!


2010 Gothic Arches #10 - Steampunk

Well here I am with my Steampunk gothic arch :) You can check out all the arches in the Inkurable Stampers 2010 Gothic Arch challenge over here at flickr.

I have started with a black arch and a white arch. The white arch was slightly smaller than the black, and both were edge-distressed. The white layers was coloured with Pumice Stone, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain DI. The background was stamped with archival black using 7 gypsies Steampunk stamp set.

The face and clock are from Paper Artsy HP1007. The face is stamped in brushed corduroy I think and embossed with bronze, which for some reason didn't take so well, but I didn't mind the distressed look of it anyway. Coloured with Antique Linen, trimmed and attached to arch. The clock was embossed in black and trimmed, then coloured with Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy and Vintage Photo, and a few coats of Glimmermist applied.

The butterfly is and #8 button are from the 7gypsies set - the button was embossed and covered in dimensional magic, and the butterfly was stamped on to 10 Seconds Studio metal and trimmed, shaped and sanded. I also added a couple of the cogs from this set stamped on plastic, with some watch gear parts. Some chain and screw brads to finish.

Thanks for visiting!


Sunday, December 5, 2010

2010 Gothic Arches #24 - Music

Hi everyone.... :)

Now I know I said I'd be back with my steampunk arch, but the time has raced around already to the final Sunday in Sarah's Inkurable Stampers 2010 Gothic Arch Challenge. And the theme reveal for the last arch is music!

I started with cutting my arch out of white cardstock, stamping the music score in aged mahogany, and inking the edges in Victorian Velvet and Aged Mahogany. Then I added the little black rubon to the very top. The Victorian Angels stamp was stamped several times in black archival ink, and cut out in many different sections in ‘paper tole’ fashion. The sections were coloured with Victorian Velvet and Aged Mahogany and mounted up using glue dots for dimension.

The frame part of the stamp was trimmed out, inked in Aged Mahogany and Black Soot, edge distressed with my fingernail (the distresser was too much for the flimsy frame, and I had greater control with my nail). I dragged across the gold ink just to give it a more antique feel. I trimmed the frame where it fell off the arch on all corners except one, then attached my centre paper tole section back inside it’s frame. A little kindy glitz to the wings and fine black outline to the arch to finish.

Products Used:

Stamps – Stampers Anonymous ‘sheet music’, Magenta ‘Victorian Angels collage music’
Distress Ink – Victorian Velvet, Aged Mahogany, Black Soot
Black archival ink and versacolor gold ink
Other – glue dots, Imaginisce ‘go for baroque’ rubon, kindyglitz crystalline and black artline pen, white cardstock

If you are interested in seeing some of the arches that have been created for this challenge, pop on over to the flickr group here. And I will be back in a day or so with my steampunk arch.


Thursday, December 2, 2010

2010 Gothic Arches #9 Asia

Back again with another catch up arch for Inkurable Stampers 2010 Gothic Arch challenge - another theme that was scaring me - I find 'Asian' themes quite tricky to get my head around. I couldn't decide whether to go with intricate Asian, or neat and clean and simple. In the end it was a lack of Asian-influenced items that led to my decision to go clean and simple.

I have used white cardstock which was coloured heavily with barn door distress ink and a blending tool. Using the same ink I stamped some Jasmine flowers from Maya Road's Journey East Jasmine stamp set on this layer. To know where to position the stamp, I had cut another arch in plastic (yep, recycling again - more stamp packaging) and stamped some other Jasmine flowers in Black Stazon. I stamped a couple more on scrap cardstock, trimmed and adhered, one on the base layer, and two on top of the plastic layer.

I kept the layers slightly separate using well-placed glue dots. The name of the stamp set from Maya Road (Journey East) was my inspiration, so it became my text. The word 'journey' is from Tim Holtz The Journey stamp set, and the word 'east' was a portion of the Easter stamp from Darkroom Door All Occasions set. Some rhinestones set off my flowers.

I'm hoping the next project I will be showing will be my take on the steampunk arch ;)

Thanks for visiting :)


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

2010 Gothic Arches #2 - Lace

I have a few catch up arches to show you this week for the Inkurable Stampers Gothic Arch Challenge of 2010. You can see the gallery of arches so far completed by everyone here.

This was from way back at arch #2 - Lace. I have been dreading doing this one, as I just couldn't think of something to focus on..... so with all the recent foray into shabby chic, I thought I would shabby chic this arch.

The papers are scraps of Bella Bella, Kaiser and a few other unidentifiable scraps. Distress Ink the base (antique linen, frayed purlap, vintage photo) and add strips of patterned paper, torn and inked, with a strip of lace. On some spare cardstock I stamped an image from DD Tour Eiffel set, an image from Paper Arsy HP1006, and the stamp from Tim Holtz French Market set to make a couple letter/envelopes. Also stuck in a stamped phrase from the same DD set. They were distressed, and inked to age them.

I wrapped some lace around the bundle and adhered it to the arch, after attaching the flowers and button. Once it was all in place, I added some stick pins I made, a key charm and the bird (which is a Tuscan Rose stamp).

I will be back later in the week with another arch


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Play Date Cafe - PDCC57

And the colour challenge at PDCC this week is..... brown, grey and silver!

Another unusual colour combo for me - more because I didn't realise how low on anything grey existed in my stash! So that is where I started - find and utilise the grey first, and hopefully the rest would follow...

I found some old sei paper which was in the same grey tonings of Tim Holtz pumice stone distress ink. So that became my grey. The brown came from a scrap of bo bunny paper and some brown cardstock. The silver was some very very very old silver lurex thread I have been carting around for some 25+ years. (see? you should never throw anything out!!)

**This card made the Fab 4 at PDCC!**
I started with a size 8 white tag which I folded in half and trimmed the corners to make all four corners the same. I also punched through the hole to the back side of the tag for attaching to a gift. I stamped Darkroom Door Christmas dictionary stamp (from the Noel set) in pumice stone and inked the edges.

I tore some of the brown paper and cardstock and wrapped the lurex thread around it before attaching to the tag. The flower is die cut from Tim Holtz tattered floral die on the sei grey paper, stamped with the same Darkroom Door stamp in pumice stone and edged in the same colour also. I didn't want my tag to just open normally, so I scored a small section which I then stuck together to make it more like a book opening. The wordstrip is from Darkroom Door Yuletide Vol 1.

Thanks for visiting :)


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A jumper for summer?

Thought I would share with you a jumper I just finished sewing up on the weekend. I know it is nearly summer here in Australia, but I had started this project just near the end of winter and was determined to finish it before Christmas!

I have used a beautiful soft merino yarn DK weight from Sublime in a colour called Pesto. This is a Jo Sharp pattern called Laurel Hill, and I've knit the cowl neck version.

Bring on winter so it can get some use!


Sunday, November 21, 2010

100 Post Giveaway WINNERS ANNOUNCED!!

Hello and good evening!

Well thank you to all who entered my 2 giveaways that were in celebration of reaching 100 posts on my blog :)

I had sooo much fun making and packing these little matchboxes, and I hope that the winners will enjoy opening them up and discovering whats inside.... the winners were drawn the old fashioned way - names in a hat, and drawn randomly. Without further ado.....

The winner of the green, white, orange matchbox and it's contents is.....

The winner of the shabby chic matchbox and it's contents is.....

Congratulations to both of my winners. I will be in touch by email, but feel free to email me on the address in the side bar if you can't wait :)


2010 Gothic Arches #23 - Zodiac/Star Signs

Hi everyone - I am back today with the 2nd last instalment of the Inkurable Stampers Gothic Arch Challenge (sssh! don't tell anyone I've still got 4 or 5 of the earlier ones to complete!!).

OK - so, it's not too late to start the Gothic Arch challenge - I'm sure you all have plenty of time to knock off 24 arches by the end of December!! Maybe you are behind and just need to catch up? That's ok - so do I! The original post can be found at Inkurable Stampers blog here, or you can check out the dedicated Flickr group here.

This fortnights theme was Signs of the Zodiac/Star Signs - I actually found this theme really difficult, as I don't pay much attention to the zodiac, so turned my focus to the stories in the stars, and chose to focus on taurus the bull, and Orion the mighty hunter.

Products Used:

Stamps – Cherry Pie ‘diamond eye’, Crafty Secrets ‘fairy’ (for the stars), DD Alphabet Medley
Distress Inks – old paper, frayed burlap, vintage photo & embossing ink
Other – black embossing powder, glue dots, small staples, brown artist pen, dark blue cardstock and white scrap


I found this theme quite difficult. The old star map was found on the internet, I’m not sure where it came from, which I have printed out, trimmed, scrunched up, and inked with distress inks (lightly). You can see Taurus the rushing bull, and Orion the mighty Hunter holding the skin of the dead lion.

The arch was dark blue cardstock, which I stamped with stars and black embossed, then inked the edges in black soot as well. The map was attached over top and stapled. The eye was stamped and black embossed on white cardstock, but mounted on dark blue and the edges trimmed in black soot, before attaching with glue dots. The DD letters were stamped in black soot on white scrap, trimmed out and edged in frayed burlap. The ‘gazer’ letters were also mounted on dark blue cardstock before being attached to the arch.


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Darkroom Door Guest Artist - Final Christmas Projects

Today is my last showing of items I made for my guest design team position at Darkroom Door. The details on how they were made can be found at this post on the Darkroom Door Blog. I hope that through my creations it will inspire you to try something different with your Darkroom Door stamps! The other items I have made are here and here.

I ventured into recyclying with this one, stamping the main image onto the packaging that the DD stamps are packaged in. Size 4 tags were used.

And finally, my Santa ATC - I was heading for an antique-y finish to this one.

Thank you so much to Rachel at Darkroom Door once again for this opportunity :) it was so much fun!

One last reminder about my two giveaways finishing tomorrow - the little boxes are full to the brim of little goodies waiting for a new home. You can find out the details here and here.

Good luck!


Friday, November 19, 2010

Darkroom Door Guest Artist - Christmas projects day 2

Here I am back with a couple more of the Christmas projects I completed for my guest artist position at Darkroom Door. If you would like to read about how I put these together, please visit this post on the Darkroom Door blog.

First up we have a series of ATC's called 'Starlight Starbright':

And the other one being revealed today is a set of two Christmas cards I made using Shrinky Dinks plastic:

There is one more day of projects to share - come back and visit soon!


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Darkroom Door Guest Artist - Christmas projects

Recently I was lucky enough to be chosen to appear as a guest designer for Darkroom Door. Rachel sent me out some gorgeous Christmas product, and I got to work!

Here are some of the creations I came up with (more will follow in the coming days). If you would like further information on how I put these together, please visit this post on the Darkroom Door Blog.

The first thing I made was this matching tag set using size 1 tags:

I combined a number of stamped images to create this card:

And lastly for today, I used the large size 8 tags to create this set of tags:

Thanks so much for visiting, and please come again!


Monday, November 15, 2010

The Play Date Cafe - PDCC55

I found the colour challenge at The Play Date Cafe quite daunting this week. This is not a colour combination I would normally use ;) So, to be safe, I thought I would try this colour scheme on an ATC....

I started with scraps of blue paper, which I trimmed to ATC size, clear embossed my stamp and used chipped sapphire DI to colour it darker (resist). I distressed the edges and adhered it to a dark red ATC size cardstock. The tree was clear embossed on the same paper, and coloured with the same ink and trimmed - mounted on the dark red CS and trimmed again. A few red beads and red star brad and it was good to go.

The flowers were die cut using Tim Holtz tattered floral die, and the centre was made by clear embossing a circle shape stamp onto pink scrap CS and inked over in fired brick DI, then mounted on blue, then attached to the flower with 3D tape. I made a stick pin to mount through the 3D tape. The word is from Darkroom Door Yuletide Vol 1 stamps, inked and edged in black before attaching to the ATC. The other stamps were from Stamp Itd "Season's Greetings"

Thanks for stopping by!

Don't forget I have two mystery matchbox giveaways closing this Sunday. Details can be found here and here.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Lets Get Shabby Challenge #17

Today I have a little gift tag for the challenge this month at Lets Get Shabby.

The tag is made using a #1 tag, some MME Bella Bella papers, as well as some brown scrap paper. It has been distressed with walnut stain DI. There is a little stamping in there using stamps by Stamp-It (Season Greetings) and Darkroom Door (all occasions).

The challenge was all about raiding your sewing boxes - I have used buttons, thread & spool, fabric, stick pin, snap closure and twine. The flower is made using Tim Holtz tattered floral die and scrap fabric, which I lightly inked the edges of.

**This was selected for an honourable mention**

I have decorated a little match box that goes with it which you can see in this post here . Thanks for stopping by :)


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Inkurable Stampers November Challenge and a 2nd giveaway!

I'm back today with a sample for the challenge over at Inkurable Stampers blog - this month's theme is shabby chic Christmas.

I have painted a mid size matchbox with acrylic paint, and covered with MME Bella Bella paper, and added some walnut stain DI to age it a little. The stamps I have used are from the 'Seasons's Greetings' set by Stamp-It (the border stamp, joy, and background stamping on the mini tag). All stamping and inking were done with walnut stain DI. I have added some buttons, crochet flower, charms, lace, and a stick pin. The base of the flower is a Tim Holtz tattered floral die on brown scrap paper.

You can win this little beauty choc full of shabby chic items in celebration of me reaching 100 blog posts. This is my second giveaway - you can find details and enter the first giveaway by clicking here. All you need to do is leave me a comment on this post saying you want to win and you will be in the draw! The draw will remain open until 10pm Sydney Australia Daylight Savings Time on Sunday 21st November, 2010. I will announce the winner on Monday 22nd November. I am willing to post world wide.

This giveaway is now CLOSED :) Thank you for entering!


Monday, November 8, 2010

The Play Date Cafe - PDCC54 and a giveaway!!

I love the combination of colours for this weeks Play Date Cafe colour challenge - stucco orange, celery and white.

I have knitted some flowers in the correct colours using different cottons. The matchbox has been painted and covered with Kaiser papers which have been decorated with paint (acrylic), inks (distress inks), stamps (Hero Arts and Maya Road), lace and glitter (AED).

Now what good is a decorated matchbox if there is nothing inside it??!! If you stopped by my blog yesterday, you would know that I am celebrating reaching 100 posts. You can win this matchbox (this is not the smallest size available, but the next one up) choc full of delicious suprises :)

All you need to do is leave me a comment on this post saying you want to win. You don't have to blog about it, you don't have to become a follower - I'm just doing it for the fun of it. I am prepared to post world wide. The draw will remain open until 10pm Sydney Australia Daylight Savings Time on Sunday 21st November, 2010. I will announce the winner on Monday 22nd November. I will be having another giveaway tomorrow if you'd like to come back for a look see ;)

This giveaway is now CLOSED :) Thank you for entering.


Sunday, November 7, 2010

2010 Gothic Arches #22 - Mythical Creatures and... 100 POSTS!!

Hello everyone :)

I can't believe I have made it to 100 posts on my blog :) To celebrate this milestone, I will be having two giveaways this month. Please check back in the next few days to find out all about them :)

So today is Gothic Arch reveal day at Inkurable Stampers. Sarah had a guest designer this week, and you can check out Jan Smith's arch here.

I used the pattern side of cardstock for my large arch, inked it lightly in old paper and frayed burlap. The smaller arch was the plain side of the cardstock, inked in old paper and frayed burlap and the edges distressed. The bee, sheet music and ‘magical’ were stamped in frayed burlap, the honeycomb and curlicue in old paper.

The fairy was stamped in black on the plain side of the cardstock and not inked at all. I stamped a second set of her wings, which I coloured with black soot and mounted between the two arches slightly offset to represent the shadow of her wings. A little piece of the punched edge was edged in frayed burlap and attached between the two arches, a bit of edging with the sewing machine and artist pen to finish.

Products Used:

Stamps – Crafty Secrets ‘Fairy’, Tim Holtz ‘Sheet Music’, Stampotique ‘honeycomb background’, Stampit ‘Curlicue’, Queens dresser drawers ‘bumble bee’
Distress Inks – Old paper, frayed burlap, black soot
Cardstock – MME Bella Bella range
Other – Martha Steward modern garland punch, sewing machine/thread, brown artist pen, edge distresser

There is only 2 more gothic arches to go after today in the year long challenge, and you have until the end of December to complete them all.

Now don't forget to check back here later this week to see details of my giveaways for November.


Monday, October 25, 2010

Inkurable Stampers October Challenge - sketch me happy!

I made this card to inspire you all to have a go at Sarah's monthly stamping challenge at Inkurable Stampers. The theme for this month is a sketch challenge PLUS you need to use 3 stamps, and the details are here. Are you an overseas visitor? No problem! Sarah has 3 different prize categories - one especially for overseas entries. The prizes for October can be found here. What are you waiting for? There is plenty of time for you to get an entry in!!

My 4 panels began life as a single square, which was repeatedly stamped with a flower from kaisercraft. I coloured around the flowers using a Derwent Inktense pencil. I then cut it into 4 even squares and mounted on black cardstock. The panel on the left was black cardstock with Hero Arts 'friends definition' stamp embossed in white. My third stamp was 'Moth Fab' by Stampotique. This image came from a stamped image swap with fellow Inkurable Stamper Shirley a few months ago. I coloured it with the same Derwent Inktense pencil, trimmed and mounted it on top of my finished card.

The lace was Martha Stewart Scallop Dot punch on white cardstock, some dimensional magic on the moth fab girl and the flowers, rhinestones for flower centres, and Darkroom Door greeting finished my card.

Phew! That's two posts in one day - I better have a short break - LOL!


The Play Date Cafe - PDCC52

I have joined in for the first time at the Play Date Cafe colour challenge. The colours this week are pink, orange, yellow, and I have made a card for my project.

I first made some panel art (these are in the size of "MOO's" if any of you know what they are) with Paper Artsy Hot Pick stamps (#1004,#1005,#1006,#1007) - embossing them in white and colouring the background using Derwent Inktense pencils with a resist technique. They have also been stamped with more images from the same stamp sets using scattered straw DI.

**This was selected for Cream in our Coffee Honourable Mention**

The papers are from Bo Bunny Flutter Butter range, MME Laundry Line range, and Cosmo Cricket Earth Love range. The moth image is also from the Hot Pick stamps and is inked in black over the MME paper (it had a glitter stripe in it which is still glittery and shiny through the ink). The letters are from BG Indian Summer collection.

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, October 24, 2010

2010 Gothic Arches #21 - Spooky

The theme for this fortnights Inkurable Stampers 2010 Gothic Arch challenge is "Spooky". I'm sure there will be some interesting interpretations of this one! If you want to see what this challenge is all about you can visit the original Inkurable Stampers post here. If you are after some stamping inspiration, why not check out the dedicated gothic arch Flickr group here.

First I coloured my white cardstock in dusty concord, and used a cotton bud pushed in to black soot DI to draw a ‘rough’ fence. Next I stamped the pumpkin totem stamp (Cherry Pie) onto different scraps of orange cardstock, cut them out, and covered with dimensional magic. While that was drying, I used black metallic DMC thread to make a spiders web, and black stranded DMC thread to make the spider body (he was made using ‘Turkey Stitch’). I used black kindy glitz to drag inky dripping mess around the top of the arch.

I stamped the Newt stamp (Stampotique) onto white cardstock and coloured her with black soot and spiced marmalade. I made an extra stamp of her skirt to colour. To attach it without covering her hand, I simply and carefully trimmed her hand out of the base stamped image, attached the coloured skirt in place, and then attached the base hand/handbag back in place over top of the coloured skirt. Also added an extra heart to her hair for decoration. Sewed the spider body in place, added some legs, attached the pumpkins (some with glue dots for dimension) and the girl.

I hope you have some fun with this theme!


Thursday, October 21, 2010

2010 Gothic Arches #12 - Fabric

The theme I worked on this time was the 'fabric' challenge, so I decided I'd try mixed media again. Don't forget to check out all the original details of the 2010 Inkurable Stampers Gothic Arch Challenge here. There is plenty of time to join in for one or two, or even the whole lot! You can find the dedicated Flickr group here.

And on to my arch....

The background was coloured with Derwent Inktense pencils (these are new and I love them!), and used Stampotique 'honeycomb background' with wild honey DI around the edges. I handstitched a few circles in #8 cotton thread, then smooched over some texture paste which I painted with acrylics.

Once this was all dry, I used Tim Holtz flower die to cut flowers out of old book paper, and used brushed corduroy DI to colour the petals. I cut some muslin, over which I dragged the wild honey and vintage photo DI, then rolled and gathered it to form a flower centre which I stitched together and trimmed down on the back so it could be adhered to my flower. A little vintage photo distress stickles underneath the edges of the flower centre, and some net ribbon finished the flower.

The bee stamp is from Queen's Dresser Drawers, stamped in vintage photo on cream cardstock, and lightly inked in brushed corduroy.

Thanks for stopping by, I should have a card to show you early next week, and another gothic arch before then.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Darkroom Door Paris Collection ATC's

I decided to take part in the Darkroom Door ATC swap for October, based around the Paris Collection.

I created one basic ATC, but arranged half of them slightly differently - here are the two versions...

The stamps are from the Tour Eiffel set, and I have also used images off the montage sheet. Distress Inks used to colour the background and stamp the images were Antique Linen, Frayed burlap, Fired Brick, Walnut Stain and Black Soot. Other items I used were chipboard, texture paste (Jo Sonja), black & gold paint (also Jo Sonja), Tim Holtz Distress crackle paint (rock candy) and cotton thread.

The montage images were mounted on the chipboard, which was painted, a frame added, more paint, and distress crackle for shine and texture to create the montage images as mini framed pictures.

Thanks for stopping by :)


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

2010 Gothic Arches #11 - Paint

I purchased a mixed media magazine on Saturday, which I haven't finished reading yet, but wanted to try mixing things up a little on one of my gothic arches for the 2010 challenge at Inkurable Stampers.

I'm not sure how well I succeeded in mixing my media, but you have to start somewhere! First of all, the colour scheme was inspired by this blog post I discovered last week in my travels.

The background is painted in black acrylic, the stamps clear embossed, then brown and turquoise/blue painted over top, and the paint rubbed back from the embossing. I attached a little melted organza at the bottom. Over this (and framing my block stamp) I used texture paste which was painted black. The create art stamp was embossed in gold, and some white acrylic brushed over the area and rubbed back. I stamped and embossed an extra copy of the art square which was mounted with 3d mounting tape, and the stick pin (made to match the colour scheme) was attached in between the mounting tape layers.

The stamps are all from Darkroom Door "Artist" collection.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

2010 Gothic Arches #20 - Planes, Trains and Automobiles

I am back today with the new theme for this fortnight for the Inkurable Stampers 2010 Gothic Arch challenge, details of which you can find here, or the dedicated Flickr group for inspiration which is here.

The theme is planes, trains and automobiles - I have gone for the automobiles option :)

The background was coloured with Distress Inks, the compass stamped in spiced marmalade, the quote in barn door, timetable in black archival. Tickets were stamped in black and coloured in antique linen, the bottom arrow stamped in wild honey and clear embossed, the smaller arrow in rusty hinge and lightly outlined in Zebra Sarasa red pen. The truck was stamped twice – once onto white cardstock, and once on to some plastic packaging rubbish (in stazon). Both were trimmed, and the plastic was attached directly over the white version using carefully place glue dots. Carefully position the tickets, add the alpha stickers and outlined the arch to finish.

Products Used:

Stamps – Tim Holtz ‘The Journey’, Glitz Designs ‘Vintage Love Compass’
Distress Inks – Antique Linen, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Barn Door, Black Soot
Black Stazon Ink, Black archival Ink
Sam & Lucy Alphabet
Clear embossing powder, Zebra Sarasa pens, black artline pen

Can't wait to see what you all come up with for this theme!


2010 Gothic Arches #5 - Hats

I had fun making this arch - but I had to learn about Pierrot the French clown first ;)

If you are wondering what all the fuss is about with the Gothic Arches, you can visit the original Inkurable Stampers post here - it's not too late to join in! Not up for Gothic Arches? Why not visit Inkurable Stampers and take part in the stamping challenge for this month? Or you could check out the Gothic Arches that have been completed so far in the dedicated Flickr Group here.

This arch is coloured in wild honey, peeled paint and broken china DI. The man (Queens Dresser Drawers 'measure of a man') is stamped in black archival ink and mounted on black and trimmed again. The hat, hearts, tag, and script is from Paper Artsy 'Pierrot 4' set. Pierrot is stamped in walnut stain DI and are DD Alphabet Medley stamps. The single 'P' is die cut from Tim Holtz Vintage Market and coloured in broken china and covered with dimensional magic after edging with a black artline pen.

The tag was clear embossed in fired brick, and coloured with rusty hinge. Layered the elements, added kindy glitz to the clown hat, and glimmermist to the rusty hinge coloured hearts.... some scrap fibres added to the tag, which was trimmed to fit the bottom of the arch.

Thanks for visiting :)


2010 Gothic Arches #4 - Hands

Here is another catching up Gothic Arch - the theme for this one is hands.

The arch is white bazzill cardstock, distress inked in antique linen, brushed corduroy, vintage photo, and stamped with Tim Holtz 'music score' in black archival ink. The hand (Cherry Pie 'writing hand' was stamped in brushed corduroy and clear embossed on scrap cardstock, and lightly coloured with antique linen and brushed corduroy. I also stamped the pen on scrap in black soot and clear embosed it, and coloured it with pumice stone and black soot.

I cut out the hand, and cut carefully alongside the fingers that were over the top of the pen. I cut out the coloured pen and adhered it over the other image, but under the cut out fingers - so it actually appears as if the pen is being held. The alphas are DD All Occasions in vintage photo, edged in brushed corduroy, and mounted on black cardstock scrap. Finally, the arch is edged in black soot, with a fine black marker border.

You can find the details of the Inkurable Stampers 2010 Gothic Arch challenge here, and the dedicated Flickr group here.