Sunday, September 26, 2010

2010 Gothic Arches #19 - All About Me

This is such a fantastic theme to explore. I can't wait to see what you make with your 'All About Me' theme :) Will you include a photo of yourself? Something that is important to you? A favourite thing?

Because this was such an individual challenge, you won't find the details on my blog of how I put this together - you can visit the Inkurable Stampers blog post about it right here for that information. Instead, I thought I'd walk you through the elements of 'me' that I have included on my gothic arch - hope you enjoy the journey :)

* The colours - In the recent few years I have developed a passion for brown - I have discovered I wear it better than black, and that I am slowly changing my wardrobe to a more muted palate. This is a favourite combination of mine - brown, green, pink and cream to keep it fresh.

* I love texture

* the shabby style - this is for my daughter who recently made her first shabby piece and her first gothic arch and inspired me to try it as well

* through my torn window - I love to make 'handmade'. Funny story here - I love to visit markets (especially craft ones) - but am often disappointed in myself because many times I walk away thinking - I can make that, but never do. I love the thrill of visiting a market and seeing something that is handmade that I cannot figure out how it was made :)

* The button - not so unique to me, a love of buttons developed from running my fingers through my paternal nans button box.

* The crochet - an ability taught to me by my maternal nan - hours spent watching her crochet countless granny squares, and sharing with me the joys to be found there.

* The ruler and (?) knitting needles - I'm not sure if they are needles, or if they are meant to be pens, but in my mind they represent a pair of knitting needles. Another wonder my maternal nan nurtured at a young age.

* The mannequin - a tribute to my mum. (don't cry mum if you read this) Although her work as seamstress happened before my time, her stories of making beautiful dresses in the 1950's always made me want to sew. I thank her for at least instilling in me enough sense to be able to give sewing a go when the urge presents itself.

* The cross stitches - hiding, but not forgotten. The importance of doing it 'just right' shared with me by my paternal nan, even if it made my pop a teensy bit jealous.

* The art splots, brushes and calligraphy pen - I learnt to calligraphy well enough as a teen to write out my own wedding invitations in some form of script. The art brushes - well, they're always fun to play with, and who wouldn't wish to be able to draw/paint really well ;)

* The flowers - I love to have fresh roses from the garden brought in to the house.

* The music score - I had to put this one on there.... oh well.... a tribute to learning to play the organ when I was young. And for my son who plays guitar.

and hiding inside the door....

* Hiding because it's kind of tucked away from most people - I have long wanted to learn to speak French, and now that I am homeschooling, my daughter and I have started to learn it together. The woman looking wistfully, the Eiffel Tower, and the clock to represent time. That's me... one day.... maybe....

But wait! Did you think I had forgotten one sparkly thing?

* The pink rhinestone necklace - well, these are to represent diamonds. A few years ago I developed a fascination of pink diamonds, which didn't take to long to take hold in me that I really wanted one. Two Christmases ago, my husband wrote me a beautiful little story and sent me looking for a hidden gift. Unbeknownst to me, he had had me a beautiful pink and white diamond ring made over the internet and phone with a jewellers in the Kimberley's (in outback Western Australia for overseas visitors). I am so fortunate to have such a wonderful man in my life. One day, so he tells me, he's going to take me to the Kimberley's in person :) woo hoo!

Well, if you've stuck around, thanks :) I hope you all found something here to inspire you today.

Sarah's 2010 Inkurable Stampers Gothic Arch challenge is still powering along - you have plenty of time to still join in, even if you only want to do one or two arches. We have a dedicated Flickr group where you can display your creations, and I'd love to see some of your work over there. Maybe you have a story to tell with your "All About Me" challenge.

So what's stopping you? Get crafting!!


Monday, September 20, 2010

Anyone got room for shoes?

Show your love of shoes over at Inkurable Stampers this month! The theme is shoes - make a shoe, create a LO featuring shoes - the ideas are endless! You can check out Sarah's shoe links here.

I have some inspiration for all of you! I have been willing summer on (if you are an overseas visitor, we are just starting spring in Australia) and have created this thong/flip flop/sandal to help you get in the mood for Sarah's challenge. You have until the end of September to enter, and she has great prizes, including a category just for overseas entries! What's stopping you? Strut your shoe style!

I have used craft foam and this template for my shoe, which measures just short of 4 1/2 inches in length. The stamps are from Heidi Grace 'Reagan's Closet' set, stamped in stazon black (it fades a little on the craft foam as it dries). It was coloured using plain old metallic gel pens.

Gently slice the openings for the ribbon, taking care not to tear the foam. I cut a shoe template from white cardstock which I adhered to the bottom of the craft foam just to hold it solid, and keep the ribbons in place. I topped it off with a handmade beaded flower on the front. I'm thinking this would make a great embellishment for a summer LO.

I'd really love to see you have a go at this challenge - it is so easy, and there are heaps of different ways you can interpret it :)


Friday, September 17, 2010

A little birdie told me...

that I have been chosen as one of a number of guest designers for Darkroom Door over the coming months....

you can see the full list of designers here...

stay tuned :)


Monday, September 13, 2010

Simon Says STAMP-tember blog hop!

Today I have a holidays inspired ATC for you called "Is It Time". This is my entry into the Simon Says STAMP-tember blog hop which starts here and finishes here. Great prizes are up for grabs along the way!

I have used stamps from Tim Holtz - The Journey, and Christmas Miracle. I have white embossed the starts from the Christmas Miracle stamp on my base layer. On a piece of scrap Kaiser paper I have stamped the whole image in black archival ink. I tore a section out and slightly skewed this layer to reveal the white stars. The edges were inked in Tea Dye, Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo distress inks, and the Santa was stamped on scrap and mounted on top of the base layer with glue dots for dimension.

I also stamped the calendar on scrap and punched out the '25' with a small circle punch, which I then layered on brown cardstock and cut out and re mounted over the base calendar - then added some dimensional magic to make it pop.

The clock and hands and the words were from 'the journey' stamps - I just cut out the words I wanted and dragged the edges across the rusty hinge ink pad. I made sure the o'clock hand was pointing toward the '25' on the calendar. A black kaiser rhinestone was holding my clock hands in place.

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, September 12, 2010

2010 Gothic Arches #18 - Flowers

Hi everyone!

Todays theme for the Inkurable Stampers 2010 Gothic Arches challenge is flowers - and this is my sample. This brings us back up to date, so it will be another 2 weeks before there is another theme revealed! How are your arches going? There is plenty of time to catch up - it's been great seeing your arches in the dedicated Flickr group :) The original details of the year long challenge can be found here, and you have still got time to play along :)

I die cut heaps of flowers, and stamped them in archival ink (black) with the quotes from each of the stamp sets. I then coloured the reverse side of the flowers in distress inks (one colour per flower). The flowers are made similar to the method Tim Holtz uses, however, I started from the inner part, and as I wanted to add an extra layer, I just wrapped it around and glued it with dimensional magic layer by layer. Once dry, I cut down the waste on the back so my flowers weren’t too tall. They were still too tall, so to disguise it, I decided to make my arch a recessed window.

If you have never made a recessed window, you can check out this tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers to see how to make a basic square recessed window. I have used the same principal, except my window is only 1/8th inch deep, and I had to sketch the fold and cut lines myself to make it fit the arch shape perfectly. Also, because of the extra pressure of the curves, I attached my external flaps underneath my arch base, then adhered another arch base to lock those external flaps securely in place.

I made the sign with a piece of scrap and the secret garden stamp from the Paper Artsy set, distressed the edges and dragged the edges through black ink. The frame was coloured and the sign attached to the frame before folding and attaching in place. The edges of the frame were dragged with black versacolor ink, and the internal flat layer (to help the recessed part stay in place) was coloured to match the frame and outlined along its edge in black marker. The flowers and leaves were hot glued randomly in the recessed window (ok, so I did lay it out to make sure I was happy with the randomness... lol) and the butterflies and dragonfly were attached with dimensional magic.

And here are the products I used:

Stamps - Hero Arts Friends Definition
- Darkroom Door Artist
- Paper Artsy Hot Picks #1006
- Paper Artsy Pierrot #4
- Tim Holtz Lost & Found
Distress Inks – Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, Stormy Sky
Black Archival Ink
Black Versacolor Ink
White Bazzill Cardstock
Tim Holtz Alteration Die - flower
Charms, Dimensional Magic, hot glue, black brads, edge distresser

I hope to see some some of your interpretations on this theme really soon!


Sunday, September 5, 2010

2010 Gothic Arches #17 Metals/Metallics

I'm back for the last time today to show the final of three Gothic Arches I have been busy with this past week, for the Inkurable Stampers 2010 Gothic Arches challenge. We are finally caught up to date, and there will be a reveal of a new challenge next Sunday, and then following fortnightly after that until the beginning of December. It really isn't too late to join in, and you can find out all the nitty gritty details in the original post here.

This theme was metals/metallics and could include something metal, or even just some metal colours.

I was aiming for a French white/cream feel to this arch. I began with two arches in white. The base one was stamped in the French script repeatedly down the side in antique linen ink, and the edges distress inked in the same colour. The top layer was stamped and clear embossed using the scroll stamp, gold stamped and embossed chandelier, antique linen distress stamped the diamonds, a couple of antique linen flourishes (these are hard to see), and the words in antique linen across the bottom with the focus on ‘Paris’. The edges, mostly around the scroll stamp, were inked in antique linen after the embossing was complete, before the other stamps went on. This layer was adhered over top of the bottom one, first rolling the cardstock inward and attached with mini brads. The cardstock was rubbed with a small brayer (? – I purchased this tool years ago to give Paper Tole a try, and is used to coax the paper into a curved shape) which made the cardstock easier to roll.

I masked around the Eiffel Tower with sticky tape before inking my stamp with stazon, which I then removed to stamp my image onto the Ten Seconds Studio metal. The stamp didn’t come out really black (I think due to the time it took me to remove the sticky tape), which I was really pleased with, as I was concerned about the tower being too black on this arch. I used the metal tools to mark in some designs onto the Tower, and then lightly rubbed the surface back to reveal some shiny metal underneath the colour. Final touches were the jump rings, charm, and partial border.

and these are the products I used:

Tim Holtz Stamps – Urban grunge, French market
White cardstock
Antique Linen Distress Ink
Stazon Black Ink
Versacolor gold ink
Gold & clear embossing powder
Ten Seconds Studio Metals & tools
Jump rings, charm, mini brads, brown artist pen

It really isn't hard to do, and the size of the gothic arches is very flexible. Check out the Inkurable Stampers dedicated Flickr group for inspiration!!

Up for another challenge and the chance to win a great prize? Sarah at Inkurable Stampers will be revealing the new theme for her regular stamping challenge really soon!

Thanks for stopping by :)


2010 Gothic Arches #16 Birds

Here I am back with the second of three reveals for the Inkurable Stampers 2010 Gothic Arch challenge - full details from the start of the year can be found here.

Firstly I applied distress inks (lightest to darkest, top to bottom) on the arch. I then stamped the entire background in stormy sky with the flourish stamp. I used some Feathers yarn wrapped around cardboard pressed into chipped sapphire and stamped this across the lower third of the arch, then used a little of the Japanese paper over top for some texture. I covered the bottom roughly with tombow glue, and slid my arch into a stack of beads, and covered with dimensional magic when it had dried. I used the flourish in black as a space filler on the left and right, then smooshed the rock candy crackle paint in the centre.

The bird was stamped with versamark and embossed in black embossing powder on scrap cardstock, cut out, and adhered with glue dots around the top of his body to keep him off the arch slightly. The quote was also stamped and clear embossed on scrap in stormy sky and distress inked. Finally I used a black liner pen to frame the edges of the arch and quote where there was no image.

And here are the products I used:

Distress Inks – tumbled glass, broken china, stormy sky, faded jeans, chipped sapphire
Stamps – Paper Artsy Hot Pick 1005 (bird/flourish) Hot Pick 1004 (quote)
Versamark ink
Black archival ink
Black & clear embossing powder
Japanese paper
Rock Candy crackle paint
Tombow glue, beads, dimensional magic, Feathers yarn

The Flickr group showing all the so far completed arches can be seen here.

I'll be back later with the final of the reveals for this week.


2010 Gothic Arches #15 - Keys

This is the first of 3 Gothic Arch themes revealed on Inkurable Stampers this week (this brings us up to date - yay!). If you are interested in joining in, you can visit the original post to find out all about it here.

The base layer is Kaiser, overlayed with a smaller trimmed arch in white which has been coloured using antique linen, tea dye and vintage photo. Once this was completely dry, I stamped the damask image in versamark and hot set powder, which I covered with brown flocking powder – it didn’t take everywhere, but I was happy with the distressed appearance of it. I then used the two key stamps with walnut stain ink and randomly stamped from both ends of the key for a focal border.

The image comes from art-e-zine, and was edged in vintage photo and mounted on dark brown cardstock. The quote was typed up on the computer and printed out, and lightly sponged in antique linen and the edges dragged across the walnut stain ink pad.

I have used:

White & brown Cardstock & Kaiser Cardstock scrap
Stamps – Kaiser ‘Dear Santa’ (damask image)
- Kaiser ‘Empire Collection’ (key)
- The Girls Papierie ‘Paper Girl’ (Key)
Distress Inks – Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain
Versamark Ink, AED hot set powder, flocking powder, charm, ribbon

Why not pop on over to the Inkurable Stampers dedicated 2010 Flickr group and see some of the work that has already been created?

I'll be back in a while with the next arch that was revealed today.


Thursday, September 2, 2010

2010 Gothic Arches #1 - Butterflies

So I was able to squeeze in this Gothic Arch - it was the very first theme of the Inkurable Stampers 2010 Gothic Arch series.

I used two arches in Bazzill White - the first was inked in antique linen, pumice stone and vintage photo distress inks and stamped with the flower from Paper Arsty Hot Pick #1006 in vitage photo and became the base layer. The second arch was lightly inked in antique linen, old paper, pumice stone and the Hero Arts friends definition stamp stamped in vintage photo. It was then partially torn and adhered over the first layer.

The flower is Stamp It Dainty Daisy - it was stamped multiple times on scrap cardstock and coloured with scattered straw, wild honey, spiced marmalade, rusty hinge, shabby shutters and forest moss. The images were cut out and partially adhered on top of each other (so the petals and leaf points are raised off the arch).

The butterfly is from the Tim Holtz alteration die, coloured in broken china, faded jeans, dusty concord and chipped sapphire. The body was stamped in Darkroom Door floral background, but I'm not sure it shows up so well in the picture. A little wire and beads, and alphas for the word 'papillon' (French for butterfly), and finally a brown artist pen to lightly draw around the outside of the arch.

Have you checked out the dedicated Flickr gallery yet? There are some awesome pieces of art there to inspire you! And it's not too late to join in!