Monday, August 30, 2010

Sketch Saturday Week 118

Well, it is Father's Day here in Australia next Sunday - so I have used this weeks sketch for my Father's Day card.

I have used Bazzill, some old Paperloft paper, and a scrap of Basic Grey paper. The house stamp is an old Dinkum Inkums stamp (one of the first I ever owned!), the birds are from a Tim Holtz set of clear stamps, and the greeting is from Darkroom Door.

I have distress inked the image place with antique linen, pumice stone, tea dye, vintage photo and walnut stain, and stamped the house image in walnut stain. The birds and greeting is black archival ink. Some stitching (machine and hand) and a layer embossed with a Tim Holtz texture fades embossing folder give this card some dimensional elements. I also used a little Rock Candy crackle paint around the house image and rubbed some more walnut stain ink into it once it was dry.

Are you looking for another blog challenge to be involved in? Why not pop on over to Inkurable Stampers blog? Sarah runs a monthly stamping challenge, with great prizes - including a category just for international visitors!


Sunday, August 29, 2010

2010 Gothic Arches #14 - Numbers

I'm back this afternoon to share the next theme in Inkurable Stampers 2010 Gothic Arch challenges, details of which you can find here. The 14th theme is "numbers" - there are so many ways in which you can interpret this theme, and I can't wait to check out what you all come up with! I've taken a bit of a play on words approach to mine...

Antique linen, rusty hinge and vintage photo inks applied to arch. Glimmermist was sprayed on to scrap white card and left to dry. Once dry, it was lightly coloured in antique linen and tea dye inks, then ‘Emily’ stamp was applied in vintage photo. Once it was trimmed, I gently added a little more vintage photo around the edges of the bow and her shoulders for depth.

The flourish was stamped in rusty hinge (on scrap paper first so the colour was not so intense) and I also used the ‘Emily’ stamp in tea dye (again on scrap paper first) – this faint image of ‘Emily’ was meant to add to the feeling of ‘one’ (almost as if a shadow of oneself). The ‘one’ comes from DD alphabet medley set which was stamped on some of the leftover coloured card from the ‘Emily’ stamp – it was edged in vintage photo ink and attached. The words around it were handwritten on – I didn’t want to overpower the arch with stamped words for the saying.

The trim was made with brown metal in the Martha Stewart punch, which I then added little dots to sections of the pattern and gently rubbed off some of the colour to reveal the shiny silver underneath. A small portion of the trim was cut out and adhered to the top of the arch. Finally, I used a brown artist pen to ‘frame’ the very edge of the arch.

Products Used:

White Cardstock
Stamps – Paperbag Studios ‘Emily’
- Tim Holtz Urban Grunge (flourish)
- Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley
Distress Inks – antique linen, tea dye, rusty hinge, vintage photo
Black Archival ink
Glimmermist – iridescent gold
Martha Stewart ‘modern garland’ edge punch
Ten Seconds Studio – metal and tools
Faber Castell brown artist pen

If you'd like to see some of the other arches that have been created during the year, pop on over to our dedicated Flickr page :) What are you waiting for? Go get creative!!


2010 Gothic Arches #13 - Christmas

So Christmas in July is a little late this year - lol :) Pop on over to Inkurable Stampers here if you want to find out what this is all about. Or over here to see the dedicated Flickr group on the Gothic Arches that have been created so far.

My arch was cut from MME Bella Bella. On the reverse side, I added pumice stone around the sides and top, and fired brick across the bottom, lightly edging it all in forest moss. I used the small script stamp from Hot Pick #1007 to stamp down the right side of the arch in forest moss (this was off-stamped on scrap paper and then I ‘huffed’ on it so that the colour was not quite as intense). I used a flourish in pumice stone for the left half.

The calendar was masked off, and the right side of the arch masked off, and using archival ink I stamped the calendar so it was peeking out just near where I wanted the Santa positioned. Santa was stamped in archival on scrap white, cut out, and attached after the rubons were adhered. Finally attached the star charm using a jump ring and eyelet so it hung nicely in the gap above the word. The last thing I did was take a fine black marker pen and carefully drew a frame around the edge wherever there was no embellishing.

Products Used:

Stamps - Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous ‘Christmas Miracle’
- Basic Grey ‘Flourish Edges’
- Paper Artsy ‘Hot Pick #1007’
MME Bella Bella and scrap white cardstock
Distress Inks – pumice stone, forest moss, fired brick
Black Archival Ink
Other – Kaiser rubons, charm, eyelet, jump ring

Stay tuned later today for the next them to be revealed!


Saturday, August 28, 2010

Announcing.... 2010 Gothic Arch Challenges

Just thought I'd stop by and let you all know that Sarah at Inkurable Stampers is running a year long Gothic Arch challenge - each fortnight reveals a new theme, and at the end of the year, you will have completed a variety of 24 different Gothic Arches :)

Why am I telling you this when it is AUGUST already?? Sarah has asked me to help her out setting some examples as each new challenge is due. Think it is too late for you to join in?? No way! I have only just started, and so I am waaaay behind where most everone else is. It's not too late to join in, and share your Gothic Arch art with all of us in a dedicated Flickr group :) The best part is, you have until the end of the year to get on board with the rest of us. Still feeling the pressure? No need! Why not just join in with one or two of them?

Need some more information? Want to see what Sarah has already done? Want to check out the dedicated Flickr group? Read on and click away :)

with guest artist Jill Geraghty-Groves
with guest artist Jill Geraghty-Groves

Tune in tomorrow to see challenges 13 and 14 revealed!!! And don't forget to stop by the dedicated Flickr group to see what everyone has been up to!

And if you're in for another challenge, why not pop on over to Inkurable Stampers and participate in the monthly challenge - there is always great prizes on offer :)

Thanks for stopping by :)


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A craving for crochet....

or maybe just the necessity to gift someone ;)

Any which way, I finished this shawl about a week and a half ago. It is made out of the most luscious crimson coloured silk/merino blend - very light and airy.

I purchased the pattern from here, and the yarn from here.


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Inkurable Stampers August Challenge

Anybody up for a challenge? Why not head over to Inkurable Stampers this month (you still have time!) and try your hand at some resist techniques with your stamping - Sarah always has great prizes on offer ;)

And here is what I have created for my resist technique entry this month. It is a card - yes it has another recessed window feature - I really am loving this technique :)

**Edited to add: This was chosen as the Australian Winner. Thanks Sarah :)

So I have used two resist techniques on my card. The first is stamping with versamark and clear embossing, then inking with distress inks. Hopefully you can see two layers of resist with this technique - there is the white flourish in the top corner, then after I had applied a small amount of distress inks, I embossed a couple extra flourishes nearby (which are a lighter shade of red) before applying more distress ink over the top.

The second technique was using a white crayon to highlight the little birds in the grass and the dragonfly wings before distress inking over those as well. The DI are barn door, fired brick and walnut stain on Bazzill white, mounted on Bazzill black. The stamps are my very new Paper Artsy stamps - Hot Pick sets #1004; #1005; #1006.

The beautiful shiny rose is made with Ten Second Studio metal, backed in cardstock which has been inked and stamped as well, even though you can't see it. The petals are Paper Artsy flower die cut, which matches the flower from the Hot Pick set. You might be able to see some of the features added to the rose in this image....

Thanks for stopping by, and why don't you join in the fun at Inkurable Stampers this month?


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Stampotique Designers Challenge 12

I've only just made the cut off for the Stampotique Designers Challenge this week. The challenge set was a sketch challenge, using Stampotique Stamps.

Recently I made a recessed window card (you can view it here) based on this tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers. I really enjoyed it, and wanted to use it again, so I have employed it on this card.

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

The front 'flap' of my card is actually a quarter inch thick. Stampotique 'Eric' is stamped to a separate 'flap' in the middle of the card so he is visible through the 3 recessed windows. I have given him a happy birthday sign to hold, and re-stamped his hand on scrap and mounted it over top of the sign handle. He was coloured just with pencils, and stamped with black archival ink. The centre 'flap' then opens as you would a normal card to the panel where you can write.

I have used Bazzill cardstock, and patterned cardstock by Scenic Route and some scraps.

Thanks for stopping by :)