Friday, May 28, 2010

Sketch Saturday Week 104

And here is a little 'hello' card I made for the sketch challenge over at Sketch Saturday blog this week.

I have used Kaisercraft 'Praire Lane' and 'Duchess' papers, and bazzill cardstock. The stamp is also Kaisercraft. I have stamped it with Versamark and clear embossed, then distress inked over the top to colour my flower.

The distress inks are broken china, tea dye, vintage photo, walnut stainm, and the lace effect is a Martha Stewart 'modern garland' border punch.


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sunday Stamper week 104

The challenge over at Hels Blog for Sunday Stampers this week is to rip it up and tear it up! That's right, ripping/tearing, and the use of at least one stamp.

The main image in my ATC is called 'Emily' by Paperbag Studios. Around the edges (and barely visible) are some Darkroom Door Art De Fleur Vol 2 and Basic Grey Flourish stamps. The torn out frame was stamped with Hero Arts Friends Definition stamp.

I did use some milled lavender and dusty concord distress inks, but they mostly got covered over with a few other distress inks!

To add a little interaction of my 'framed' image, I stamped and embossed another of the flower necklaces, which I embossed in black, with a sprinkling of copper (which probably isn't visible in the pictures). I then used some DMC Antique Effects black thread (this is a bit like plastic sewing thread if you haven't seen it before) to highlight her necklace, and attached the embossed flower on the outside of the frame.

Thanks for stopping by :)


Friday, May 21, 2010

Sketch Saturday Week 103

I think I'm just going to squeek in with an entry into week 103 at Sketch Saturday blog....

I really liked this sketch, and have made a card for my daughter's birthday (you can see the matching gift box I made here).

I started with Bo Bunny 'flutter butter' papers, Tim Holtz stamps (french market, urban grunge), and distress inks (faded jeans, peeled paint, mustard seed, tea dye, walnut stain).

The main image is a stamp from Inky Antics stamped in archival jet black and trimmed out. She was coloured with the distress inks, to keep my colours uniform across the card. She was popped on glue dots, with black wire added for antennae, and Tim Holtz 'butterfly' alteration die for the wings. The other papers were inked and stamped, and sewn in place. Finally I added a few rolled paper roses to finish it off.

Here is an image of the inside of the card as well... again using the butterfly die, and more inking and sewing.

Thanks for stopping by... have a great day :)


Stampotique Designers Challenge 7

Here is a sweet little gift box I made for my daughter's birthday on Monday. The template is from Splitcoast Stampers, and it is a little Party Favour box whose instructions can be found here.

I chose not to cut and curl the ends, as I thought it might not suit the style of the box in the papers/stamping I have used. The box is made with Bo Bunny 'flutter butter' papers. The panel around the middle has been stamped with Tim Holtz 'french market' and 'urban grunge' clear stamps, using distress inks (faded jeans, peeled paint, tea dye, walnut stain) and Archival Ink (jet black).

Thanks for visiting!


Thursday, May 20, 2010

A set of ATC's

I have a set of funky ATC's to show you all today. I had so much fun working on these, they were so quirky.

These ATC's all use the stamp 'smile' by Stampotique, which were all stamped using Archival jet black ink, using bazzill and Kaiser 'sublime' papers. As all my images were cut out, his hair was lost, so I replaced his hair with black wire curls on each of the images.

1 of 4 Happy Heart

I used barn door distress ink and recreated the heart on his shirt using a See D's journalling stamp as the background. The tulip is an old unkown origin stamp attached to his hand with black wire. The text is from Stampin Up and held to the ATC using DMC thread.

2 of 4 I {Heart} You

The same DMC thread was used to hand stitch the frame, and the 'i' and 'u' were masked out of a word from Kaiser 'all about me' stamps. The heart was stamped in barn door distress ink.

3 of 4 Peek a Boo

I chopped up my stamped image into body/head. The body was trimmed to appear as if he was leaning into the ATC, with his head further tilted inwards. The letter stickers are from sam & lucy, and the large letters are some unknown foam stamps which were inked in versacolor split pea and black, cut out and edged with a black pigment pen before being attached to the ATC. The border up the top was made using the teeth and heart from the image being stamped on to scrap and cut out and reassembled as a border.

4 of 4 Smile

This one used the same letter stickers from sam & lucy, and the same teeth/heart border.

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ATC - Peace

Hi everyone!

I had a play with a new stamp today, and created this ATC.

I started by stamping my main image Calligraphy Flourish Dove by Tuscan Rose on some bazzill, clear embossing and then cutting the image out. Once the dove was masked off, I distress inked around the dove with tea dye and walnut stain. I clear embossed another 2 sets of the dove - one to trim out the body, and the other to trim out the two wings. These parts were distress inked in broken china and a little walnut stain. I layered these images, using glue dots to keep the tips of the wings/tail raised.

This was mounted on some more distressed bazzill, which was overstamped with tim holtz urban grunge text and basic grey flourish stamps.

I really enjoyed watching this come together - I hope you like it!


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sunday Stamper Week 103

The theme over at Hels blog for Sunday Stampers this week was red. I was able to incorporate my red theme with a gift box to match my sons birthday card which I showed you yesterday.

The dimensions of the gift box are ATC size - 3.5" by 2.5".... so obviously, I wasn't giving him ATC's because they won't quite fit in the box! His gift was a little smaller, but it gave me an excuse to experiment with another ATC size project.

As with his card, I used Kaisercraft papers, although they are quite heavily inked, so it is hard to tell just quite what is underneath! I used Tim Holtz 'life's possibilities' stamps and Kaiser 'rewind' stamps. The clock face with inked with Fired Brick distress ink and clear embossed. I have also highlighted his age (how convenient of Mr Holtz to include the number '14' on one of his stamps!) with some circle punches.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Moxie Fab World Fabric Challenge

I joined in the Fun with Fabric challenge over at Moxie Fab World this week, when I created this tri fold card for my son's birthday yesterday.

I created pockets out of tea dyed calico scraps I found in my cupboard. Very nervously I inked and stamped them up with some distress inks hoping the inks wouldn't smudge. When I thought they were almost dry, I pressed them with the iron just to make sure the ink would stay put.

The front pocket holds two note tabs (using Tim Holtz alteration 'Tab' die) representing his age, which have been stamped as well.

When you open the first flap, it reveals another calico pocket, which is also stamped and inked, and contains a third note tab expressing his age in a different way. The front flap once opened encourages the journey through the card by using arrows to focus not only on the 2nd pocket, but also on what lies underneath the last flap.

I haven't uploaded the final photo of the inside of his card, as the weather has been a bit on the dreary side, and I wasn't able to take photos prior to writing in the card.

Tomorrow I will be back to show you a matching gift box.


Monday, May 17, 2010

Darkroom Door ATC's

I thought I would share a set of ATC's I finished a couple of days ago. These all use the same basic supplies - Darkroom Door 'venetian' papers, bazzill, Darkroom Door 'art de fleur vol 2' stamps, Tim Holtz Distress Inks (tea dye, walnut stain, fired brick) and Jet Black Archival Ink.

This is a lengthy post, but I hope you enjoy looking at my ATC's.

1 of 4 'Today'

I used Tombow pens (#847,879,992) and dove blender pen to stamp the flower heads. They were stamped twice - once to the ATC, and once on scrap card. The extras were carefully cut out, and mounted on pop dots. The stems were backstitched with DMC thread (#898).

2 of 4 'Dream'

I used the Tim Holtz alterations 'tab' die to create a mini file folder, into which it appears as if the stamped postcard has just been placed for safe keeping. I distressed the edges of the postcard stamp, and the paperclip was coloured with Alcohol Ink (currant).

3 of 4 'Yesterday'

This one turned out nothing like it started in my head! I used a See D's journalling stamp which I trimmed the lined centre from the border, and the pieces were then offset and layered and a touch of ribbon added.

4 of 4 'Cherish'

Plenty of distressing, layering, and tearing took place on this ATC. The staples were used to hold back my torn and rolled layer, and photo turns to 'hold' the post card note pieces in place.

I hope you enjoyed my Darkroom Door ATC journey!. Thanks for stopping by :)


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sunday Stamper week 102

I'm back already with an ATC for the Sunday Stamper challenge! This weeks criteria was to use gold on your project :) I really wanted to try an Asian theme on my ATC, using a few scraps of Japanese papers courtesy of my MIL. So here it is.....

Of course, the finished product barely resembles what I set out to achieve, yet I was still pleased that it looked somewhat Asian.

The stamps are from Laughing Moon (floral, the fan image on the bow shape, and the gold embossed circle on the background). The black stamping was all done using Jet Black Archival ink, and I restricted myself to only 4 Tim Holtz distress inks (shock!) - fired brick, worn lipstick, barn door and walnut stain. The black script is actually one of the Japanese papers. So I've used some DMC gold thread, and some gold embossing on the background and to highlight in the flowers. The leaves were stamped an extra copy and pop dots to make them 3D.

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, May 10, 2010

Inkurable Stampers May Mailart Challenge


The May challenge over at Inkurable Stampers is mailart. I haven't done mailart for quite some time (since way before I started blogging), and I had some new goodies in my stash, so it was fun to have a play yesterday and see what I could come up with.

You might notice the Tim Holtz alterations butterfly in there :) they are fantastic, and easy to create different effects with. I used a load of distress inks - for the background colour and for stamping with. I used a bunch of different stamps from Tim Holtz as well - both on the envelope, and on the butterfly body and wings. The flourish and sentiment were stamped with Jet Black Archival ink. To finish, I covered the cardstock butterfly with dimensional magic, and a touch of kindy glitz for pizzazz.

Do you like my mail art?

I don't have an awful lot of papercrafting visitors, but if you are one of them, and you would like me to send you my mail art, I would like to send it to you! It doesn't matter where you are, I would like to pass my mail art on to make someones day brighter :)

All you need to do, is be the first to comment on this post, telling me you would like my mail art, and the colour/s that you always return to when papercrafting. Please email me at with your name and postage details, and I will get it posted off to you in the next week.

Thanks for stopping by


Saturday, May 1, 2010

2 sketches 4 You - 2nd edition

Hi again,

I have made another card for the current 2s4y sketch challenge. You can see my first one here. This time I have kept the sketch with it's original orientation. I have gone completely different this time around - very bright and very happy.

This card uses Bazzill cardstock, and WRMK 'nonsense' papers. The flower comes from an old Stamp-It stamp called 'long stemmed trio'. I have stamped the image twice - once to overstamp with the Tim Holtz 'lost and found' words, and once to cut out and make a window to see the writing underneath. The flower was coloured with Tombow Markers and covered in Dimensional Magic to make it shine.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a lovely weekend!