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.