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.


2010 Gothic Arches #3 - Crowns

Here is a Gothic Arch from earlier in the year that I am catching up on for Inkurable Stampers 2010 Gothic Arch challenge - see? It's really not too late to join in - try one, or 2, or a few! The original details can be seen here.

So I noticed this theme was right around Valentine's Day, so I wanted to theme my arch around love, hearts, red.... you get the idea.

I began with white cardstock, and inked just over half the edge with fired brick DI, repeat stamped a Paper Artsy script (HP#1007) in black archival over the red, and cut a part arch out of scrap Kaiser paper which I attached on the left. The red heart is a stamp from Prima, which was stamped in Black archival, coloured with fired brick DI and crackled with Rock Candy crackle paint.

The girl is from Cats Life Press ATC stamp, the crown is gold embossed from Tim Holtz urban grunge. Finished the arch with a rubon on from Imaginisce 'baroque', alphas from Sam & Lucy, Kaiser rhinestones and pearls, a bit of stitching and a fine black outline.

Check out the dedicated Flickr group here for more Gothic Arch inspiration!


Sunday Stamper week 123

I have been a bit AWOL from the Sunday Stamper challenges over at Hel's Ink on my Fingers blog :(

Anyway, you get that sometimes ;)

The theme this week is string, and you can check out all the details here if you would like to join in. I have used Kaiser 'Rewind' Collection papers, stamps and rubons on this LO of my DS. Basically just cut stuff up, rearranged it, layered it, inked the edges (Distress Ink colours were rusty hinge, chipped sapphire and black soot).

The white stamping was done with Stazon Opaque cotton white, the other in black soot and rusty hinge. I used some black thread to highlight some of the arrows, and the alphas are BG 'archaic'. And the all important theme was string - I have used a hitch knot created in my string to hold the journal spot on over my photo.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A quick crochet project

I've been a bit awol with my papercraft (though I was busy yesterday and have some things to share really soon) as last week I needed to make a quick shrug for my daughter to wear to a party on Saturday night.

I purchased this pattern on Etsy, and purchased some Moda Vera Merino/Cashmere blend cream yarn from Spotlight.

It only took me a few days to crochet it, block it, and finish the ends - just in time for the party :)