Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Play Date Cafe - PDCC61

I needed just one more tag before Christmas, so this was a perfect reason to make it :)  I have joined in The Play Date Colour Challenge for this week....

I began with a buff tag (I think it is a #4 size).  The edges were inked with Brushed Corduroy, embossed with Impressabilities 'paisley' and then lightly inked with more Brushed Corduroy to highlight the embossing.  The border is a stamp from the Kaisercraft 'Dear Santa' set stamped with Aged Mahogany and then trimmed to the shape of the stamp. 

I mounted the tag on a piece of scrap Kaisercraft 'Dear Santa' paper and trimmed it again.  I attached some Prima flowers, and the glittery button.  A nice quick simple tag in the mad rush before Christmas.


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Some EXCITING pre-Christmas NEWS!!

Woo Hoo !!

I haven't even let a peep out of the bag on this one!  I have been chosen to serve as a First Term Designer over at The Play Date Cafe!!  This is such exciting news - it's just like an early Christmas present :)

All this week the new designers are being announced, so pop on over and meet the rest of the team, and while you're at it, why not play along with the current challenge?  Come and join in the fun :)


Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Play Date Cafe - PDCC60

It's time for a splash of colour at The Play Date Cafe! This week the challenge was to use yellow with your black/white combo. Sometimes yellow can be a tricky colour to work with... I made a very non-traditional Christmas card...

I have made a recessed window card using black and white cardstock. The star is from Darkroom Door Yuletide set, is stamped in mustard seed DI, clear embossed and trimmed out. It is mounted on 3D tape in the recessed window.

Before I attached the white layer of cardstock, I stitched the inner border framing the star with yellow cotton, and I used an old brass stencil to dry emboss the little spots all over it.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

2010 Gothic Arches #8 - Children

Here is my final arch in the 2010 Gothic Arches challenge at Inkurable Stampers. You can see all the wonderful arches that have been created at the dedicated flickr group here.

I started with black cardstock for this arch. The school book lines are from a Cats Life Press atc label stamp and were stamped in colorbox frost white ink. Then I added the Kaiser sublime dotty paper. Punch some 1/2" circles in white, rough up the edges, colour half in aged mahogany and half in faded jeans.

The alphas and numbers are DD alphabet medley stamps stamped in archival black. The girl (she is from the same Cats Life Press atc label stamp) was stamped in archival black also and trimmed. Write the phrase on scrap cardstock, trim and adhere to arch. I added stitching detail in black, blue and burgundy. Attach the letters, numbers and the girl, then I added the ric rac trim and sewed it on with burgundy thread.

The gothic arches have been an epic journey for me this year, and I have tried new things - some which I really enjoyed, and others which I did not enjoy so much ;) Thanks to all of you for checking out my arches on a regular basis, and thanks especialy to Sarah for the opportunity to be her sample designer for the second half of the series.


Sunday, December 12, 2010

2010 Gothic Arches #6 - Men

Here is my arch for the theme 'men' . This is one of my catch up arches for Inkurable Stampers 2010 Gothic Arch challenge.

I started this arch by inking white cardstock in broken china and shabby shutters DI. Then I stamped Stampotique 'honeycomb background' in broken china. Inked the edges a bit more using pine needles and chipped sapphire DI.

I stamped images from Tim Holtz 'the journey' in archival black, and coloured them with shabby shutters, broken china and pine needles. The were highlighted with white/grey pencil. Attach the circles and add some stitching. The man is from Queen's Dresser Drawers (Mr Handsome), and was stamped in black archival on white, trimmed, and adhered to arch, then stitched around. The phrase comes from the same stamp, which was trimmed, attached, covered in dimensional magic, and framed using pencil.

I only have one more to show, so come back in a couple of days!


Thursday, December 9, 2010

2010 Gothic Arches #7 Women

Today I am back with one of the last three gothic arches I was behind in - women. It's quite arty, and I am really happy with how it turned out.

I began by colouring the background with Derwent Inktense pencils. Stamped the face (Cherry Pie) in archival black. I masked it off with a scrap of paper, before stamping the arch with Hero Arts friends definition in Rusty Hinge DI. Add some random stamps (Basic Gray flourish in Aged Mahogany, Tim Holtz music in archival black, 7gypsies steampunk butterfly in vintage photo, wild honey and fired brick, and DD artist spats in colorbox white).

I coloured some white scrap cardstock with the Inktense pencils, and stamped the heart from Tim Holtz Love Struck in aged mahogany and trimmed it out. Also stamped the word 'dream' from the DD artist set in a little left over coloured cardstock and distressed the edges. The heart and word were attached, and DMC #4130 thread was used to add some stitching/wrapping detail. I also used Derwent Coloursoft pencils to add highlights to the butterflies and the heart.

I'll be back with the 'men' arch in a few days. You can check out the original posting at Inkurable Stampers 2010 Gothic Arch challenge here, or the Flickr gallery of completed arches here.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Play Date Cafe - PDCC58

Hi Everyone!

I'm back with the Play Date Cafe Colour Challenge of Red and White! I have made a post it note holder to send off to a special lady in the post for Christmas, so the colours were perfect this week.

I have used thick chipboard for the front and back covers which I painted with red acrylic paint. I heat set the paint with a heat tool to get some lumps and bumps on the matte finish. The white layer is bazzill cardstock embossed with AED hot set powder, and finished with AED white fizz glitter using Darkroom Door background floral stamp.

**This made it to Cream in Our Coffee at PDCC!**
The flower is red felt, die cut using Paper Artsy floral die. One has been blanket stitched, and the top one has been gathered to create a dimensional flower, using DMC white thread. A few beads for the flower centre, and a little bit of lace finished the cover off.

Thanks for stopping by!


2010 Gothic Arches #10 - Steampunk

Well here I am with my Steampunk gothic arch :) You can check out all the arches in the Inkurable Stampers 2010 Gothic Arch challenge over here at flickr.

I have started with a black arch and a white arch. The white arch was slightly smaller than the black, and both were edge-distressed. The white layers was coloured with Pumice Stone, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain DI. The background was stamped with archival black using 7 gypsies Steampunk stamp set.

The face and clock are from Paper Artsy HP1007. The face is stamped in brushed corduroy I think and embossed with bronze, which for some reason didn't take so well, but I didn't mind the distressed look of it anyway. Coloured with Antique Linen, trimmed and attached to arch. The clock was embossed in black and trimmed, then coloured with Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy and Vintage Photo, and a few coats of Glimmermist applied.

The butterfly is and #8 button are from the 7gypsies set - the button was embossed and covered in dimensional magic, and the butterfly was stamped on to 10 Seconds Studio metal and trimmed, shaped and sanded. I also added a couple of the cogs from this set stamped on plastic, with some watch gear parts. Some chain and screw brads to finish.

Thanks for visiting!


Sunday, December 5, 2010

2010 Gothic Arches #24 - Music

Hi everyone.... :)

Now I know I said I'd be back with my steampunk arch, but the time has raced around already to the final Sunday in Sarah's Inkurable Stampers 2010 Gothic Arch Challenge. And the theme reveal for the last arch is music!

I started with cutting my arch out of white cardstock, stamping the music score in aged mahogany, and inking the edges in Victorian Velvet and Aged Mahogany. Then I added the little black rubon to the very top. The Victorian Angels stamp was stamped several times in black archival ink, and cut out in many different sections in ‘paper tole’ fashion. The sections were coloured with Victorian Velvet and Aged Mahogany and mounted up using glue dots for dimension.

The frame part of the stamp was trimmed out, inked in Aged Mahogany and Black Soot, edge distressed with my fingernail (the distresser was too much for the flimsy frame, and I had greater control with my nail). I dragged across the gold ink just to give it a more antique feel. I trimmed the frame where it fell off the arch on all corners except one, then attached my centre paper tole section back inside it’s frame. A little kindy glitz to the wings and fine black outline to the arch to finish.

Products Used:

Stamps – Stampers Anonymous ‘sheet music’, Magenta ‘Victorian Angels collage music’
Distress Ink – Victorian Velvet, Aged Mahogany, Black Soot
Black archival ink and versacolor gold ink
Other – glue dots, Imaginisce ‘go for baroque’ rubon, kindyglitz crystalline and black artline pen, white cardstock

If you are interested in seeing some of the arches that have been created for this challenge, pop on over to the flickr group here. And I will be back in a day or so with my steampunk arch.


Thursday, December 2, 2010

2010 Gothic Arches #9 Asia

Back again with another catch up arch for Inkurable Stampers 2010 Gothic Arch challenge - another theme that was scaring me - I find 'Asian' themes quite tricky to get my head around. I couldn't decide whether to go with intricate Asian, or neat and clean and simple. In the end it was a lack of Asian-influenced items that led to my decision to go clean and simple.

I have used white cardstock which was coloured heavily with barn door distress ink and a blending tool. Using the same ink I stamped some Jasmine flowers from Maya Road's Journey East Jasmine stamp set on this layer. To know where to position the stamp, I had cut another arch in plastic (yep, recycling again - more stamp packaging) and stamped some other Jasmine flowers in Black Stazon. I stamped a couple more on scrap cardstock, trimmed and adhered, one on the base layer, and two on top of the plastic layer.

I kept the layers slightly separate using well-placed glue dots. The name of the stamp set from Maya Road (Journey East) was my inspiration, so it became my text. The word 'journey' is from Tim Holtz The Journey stamp set, and the word 'east' was a portion of the Easter stamp from Darkroom Door All Occasions set. Some rhinestones set off my flowers.

I'm hoping the next project I will be showing will be my take on the steampunk arch ;)

Thanks for visiting :)


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

2010 Gothic Arches #2 - Lace

I have a few catch up arches to show you this week for the Inkurable Stampers Gothic Arch Challenge of 2010. You can see the gallery of arches so far completed by everyone here.

This was from way back at arch #2 - Lace. I have been dreading doing this one, as I just couldn't think of something to focus on..... so with all the recent foray into shabby chic, I thought I would shabby chic this arch.

The papers are scraps of Bella Bella, Kaiser and a few other unidentifiable scraps. Distress Ink the base (antique linen, frayed purlap, vintage photo) and add strips of patterned paper, torn and inked, with a strip of lace. On some spare cardstock I stamped an image from DD Tour Eiffel set, an image from Paper Arsy HP1006, and the stamp from Tim Holtz French Market set to make a couple letter/envelopes. Also stuck in a stamped phrase from the same DD set. They were distressed, and inked to age them.

I wrapped some lace around the bundle and adhered it to the arch, after attaching the flowers and button. Once it was all in place, I added some stick pins I made, a key charm and the bird (which is a Tuscan Rose stamp).

I will be back later in the week with another arch