Friday, July 30, 2010

Sketch Saturday week 113

I have used the sketch over at Sketch Saturday this week to make a welcome baby card. I twisted the design around to suit my image :) This is a little bit funky for a newborn welcome, but I know the people who are receiving it will not be offended ;)

I have used MME Bella Bella, Basic Grey and scrap papers, as well as Bazzill. The cute little guy is a stampotique stamp called 'smile', and the greeting is from Darkroom Door 'all occassions' set. He is stamped in archival black ink, and coloured just with pencil. A little kindy glitz, and then he has been covered in dimensional magic to make him pop. A few buttons and thread to finish it off.

That's two posts in a day! Have a great weekend everyone :)


Sunday Stamper week 113

I tried something a little different for my Sunday Stamper entry this week.... a post card. The theme this week is Love and/or Life. My post card measures 6 x 4 inches, and the reverse side has an emblem stamp with the details of the occasion it is being used for written in it, with just the one half of the back to write in (much like a postcard....)

Lots of Distress Inks (shabby shutters, peeled paint, forest moss, stormy sky, faded jeans, chipped sapphire) and Tim Holtz stamps (urban grunge, lost & found, french market, life's possibilities) and the Tim Holtz flower alteration die.

Thanks for visiting :)


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Stamping Queen July ATC's

Last week I received my first stamp from The Stamping Queen. Did you know, if you purchase anything from the store this month, you can go in the draw to win not only these 4 ATC's, but the other 8 from the Design Team as well?

This month we are featuring stamps from Catslife Press, and the one I am featuring is called Two Dolls Film Strip.

Here are my first two ATC's, called Her Way and His Way:

I have used a load of Distress Inks on these (stormy sky, chipped sapphire, crushed olive, forest moss, walnut stain, antique linen, tea dye, and fired brick on the dress). I used the two heads, and the bodies as guides to create outfits for my dolls. The cardstock is mostly scrap cardstock and papers, some have been run through Tim Holtz embossing folders. A bit of trim here and there, and the lettering on the signs are Carolees Creations alphas. I used a Tim Holtz flourish stamp to add definition to the sky and script for the grassy knoll.

My third ATC is called Chick Flick:

The background is stamped with Tim Holtz lost & found and urban grunge images, and distressed inked in spun sugar, victorian velvet and walnut stain. The embossed film strip is distress inked in vintage photo, with the Cats Life Two Dolls stamped as part of the film strip. The girl doll is embossed and raised on a flower to highlight the chick flick theme. The title alphas are from Sam & Lucy.

The fourth ATC is called Hangin' Around:

Scrap cardstock again, distressed with broken china and stormy sky inks. The doll heads are inked in shabby shutters distress ink. Sam & Lucy alpha stickers again, using a circle as a template for their placement. Some ribbon and the green thread is Anchor Marlitt #1011 - it has quite a sheen while still being very soft.

Why not pop on over to The Stamping Queen and see if you can't find something there you'd like to have in your stash?

Thanks for stopping by :)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Sunday Stamper week 112

I just realised how many weeks I've missed over at Sunday Stampers :( I've been busy preparing for a new term of homeschooling, so I haven't got quite as much done craft wise as I would have liked.

Hels' challenge this week was to focus on 'journey' and/or 'believe'. I had a mailart envelope to make, and seeing as though it was going on a journey, that is the one I chose to do.

Kept things simple - Distress Inks (wild honey, scattered straw, crushed olive, vintage photo), black archival ink, stamps from Tim Holtz (urban grunge and lost & found) Darkroom Door (artist and background floral) and Kaiser (rewind collection).

Envelope was inked up first, then I smooshed on ink using the applicator foam to my background stamp so it wasn't so wet and applied it to the envelope. Then stamped some images around the edges.

And tomorrow my envelope will leave for it's journey......


Friday, July 16, 2010

Inkurable Stampers July Challenge

Sarah is running a colour challenge over at Inkurable Stampers this month. Purple/green, lavender/lime..... you get the picture ;)

When I got these Utopia stamps from Kaisercraft, I always knew it would only be a matter of time before I created a 3D image from them. I thought the challenge at Inkurable Stampers was a great opportunity to try it.

I began with this tutorial for a recessed window card from Splitcoast Stampers.

I used the large flower, corner flower, and leaf stamps from the Utopia set. I used black archival ink to stamp on Kaiser sorbet and lilac avenue papers (plus some bits and piecese from the scrap pieces). Once they were all cut out, I edged them all with peeled paint and dusty concord distress inks.

I have used glue dots and 3d mounting tape to raise my flowers, while using double sided tape to keep the flower centres lower. The greeting is from the Darkroom Door all occassions set.

The card was finished with kaiser rhinestones. This was definitely labour intensive, but I am pleased with the result. I love the recessed window - will definitely be doing this style again :)


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Stampotique Designers Challenge 10

I'm back today with an entry into the Stampotique Designers Challenge 10. This week you had to include a Stampotique stamp, and base your creation around the theme freedom.

I have made an ATC (I know, I kind of went outside the dimensions with my image - is this allowed in ATC rules ???) I was going for a juxtaposition between free/wild. My wild 'Newt with Lunch Box' stamp and the freedom represented by wings. My ATC is called 'Born to be Wild Free'.

** Edited to add: This was chosen as a favourite

I started with the 'Honeycomb Background' stamp from Stampotique, which was clear embossed. I then distress inked the background (spiced marmalade, crushed olive, spun sugar, scattered straw, victorian velvet, walnut stain) and then overstamped the corners with the same stamp, clear embossing with victorian velvet and spiced marmalade, and a little rock candy in those same corners. Then I tore it up, and mounted part as the background, and a small piece in the top corner, with a piece of Bo Bunny scrap paper imbetween.

'Newt with Lunch Box' was stamped with archival ink, and coloured with pencils and tombow pens over the top. The word 'wild' was crossed out using DMC antique thread E310 and an over-sized, crooked cross stitch, and replaced with a back stitched word 'free'.

The wings were die cut using Tim Holtz Alterations butterfly out of a piece of firm plastic from a stamp packet (honestly - I saw Tim do this....) They were inked with Alcohol Ink (lettuce, butterscotch, wild plum and gold mixative) and the tips stamped with stazon using the 'honeycomb background'.

Thanks for sticking around if you got to the end of my post today ;)


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Cards for Grace

OK.... so I've not joined in a card drive before....

If you are interested, check out Jennifer McGuire's post about the Cards for Grace card drive here - but hurry, cards need to be received by the end of July for this one off card drive for a little girl whose twin sister Ellie recently passed away from cancer. Just a little something to brighten her day....

I hope it was ok, but I actually followed a sketch for sketch saturday week 109 when making this card. The papers were left over Kaisercraft Utopia papers. The flower stamp and bug stamp are from Heidi Grace 'sweetest bug icons', the message is Darkroom Door 'art de fleur vol 2' and the spot under the bug was stamped with Hero Arts 'friends definition' stamp.

The images were coloured with pencils, and inked in Distress Ink 'broken china' and a little bit of black verscolor around the edges. I had to add some kindyglitz because it was for a little girl, and the bug and the message have been filled up with dimensional magic.

I usually like to make separate entries for challenges, but I hope Hels is OK that I include this as my entry for Sunday Stampers week 109 as well as I used pearls in my design.

Have a happy day everyone :)


Crochet Hat

So here's something a little different.....

A quick make from a skein of Cascade Yarn 220 wool in a colour called Vashon Island Heather - it is the most gorgeous dark dark brown and was a delight to use.

So this is a Newsboy Hat.....

Complete with a single tassle on the side....

And what is more - she loves it!