Saturday, January 29, 2011

Inkurable Stampers January Challenge - Golden Birthday

Feels like ages since I've taken part in one of the monthly stamping challenges over at Inkurable Stampers!  Sarah is the illustrious leader and owner of the blog challenge, and she is celebrating her golden birthday this month.  Now I had never heard of this before, but my American friends tell me it is celebrated over there all the time :)  So... happy golden birthday Sarah!

Sarah's challenge for January, other than using at least one stamp on your creation, was to include something gold and gear your creation towards something birthday related.

Here is my ATC 'Party Queen' with her gold crown.

I went for an arty background, layering Victorian Velvet Distress Ink, with acrylic paints in rose garden, black and pearl white and mixing in a little texture paste (though I didn't leave it very raised).  The stamps are a real mix up - Stampotique provided the goth girl in the form of a head from 'Newt' and the body is from 'Moth Fab', Darkroom Door provided the lamps from Paris Collection, the letters for 'queen' from Essentials 3, Hero Arts 'friends definition' provided the very tiny word 'party', and the crown from Tim Holtz 'French Market'.

The girl was coloured using a cotton bud and Victorian Velvet Distress Ink, and the crown is Gold perfect pearls.  Some black artlining and white gel pen and a little sewing machine stitching completes my ATC.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #66 Who's ready for.....

A splash of colour?!  Yes that's right, it's time for another splash of colour at the Play Date Cafe this week!  Your task should you choose to accept (and why not??!!) is to create something using black and white and a splash of this awesome colour......

I have created a birthday card this week.  White cardstock was first layered on a base of black cardstock, and flourishes from Paper Artsy stamped in black archival ink.  A smaller piece of black was layered with more white and a journal stamp from Paper Artsy was clear embossed on this layer, which was then handstitched with the first splash of colour from the DMC thread.  The sentiment was stamped in black archival ink also.

I have cut a strip of black cardstock which has been border punched on both sides to create hole to attach through some crinkled white seam binding, and attached with 3D foam tape.

The flowers are from Paper Artsy, and I have made three layers - white emboss on black card, black emboss on white card, and clear emboss on white card.  Roll the petals a little for some dimension and attach a button using the same splash of colour thread.  The dragonfly is also from PaperArtsy and was first stamped and trimmed using a Tombow marker, and another trimmed out of black cardstock for a kind of shadow effect.  He was attached with a piece of wire for his antennae.

We are being sponsored once again by the fabulous Cosmo Cricket!

You can pop on over to the Play Date Cafe for more information on the challenge, find out details of the prize, or to load up your entry!  Or you can pop around to some of the other design team members blog for more great inspiration!


Products Used: Black & White Bazzill Cardstock; Stamps - Paper Artsy HP 1005,1006,1007 and HPXT 02, and Darkroom Door Yuletide Vol 1; DMC thread 3839; Tombow marker #603; Martha Stewart scallop dot border punch; Paper Artsy flower dies; black archival ink; Distress embossing ink; white, black and clear embossing powder; seam binding; wire

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Etsy Inspired Challenge #123 - Nanny's Room

The Etsy Inspired Challenge team this week is focussing in on the Etsy shop Nanny's Room.  You can see here some awesome artwork, and what great deep colour can be achieved using watercolour and pencil :)

I was inspired by the beautiful watercolours in this pendant, and also the trees that feature on it.

I have created an ATC, which I first coloured with Distress Inks using the blender tool.  I then dragged the edges in embossing ink and embossed in black.  I wrapped some white unrushyi paper to soften the background.  Using the same Distress Inks and the wrinkle free distress technique, I created a smaller panel which I mounted on black cardstock, to which I attached a black tree which I made out of wire.  Up the top is a quote from Tim Holtz which I chopped up into little pieces.

* Edited to add: "This was chosen as the winner of the EIC 123 challenge!"

Thanks for stopping by :)


Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #65

How exciting was the first week of the new design team over at the Play Date Cafe last week?  We had so many wonderful entries - and we hope you will all play again this week :)

Sarah Anderson is hosting the colour challenge this week with this fun image from artist Quentin Blake....

And this week I thought I'd step out and make a LO - my first one for this year, and something I haven't done for a while :)

The background paper has been stamped in Peeled Paint DI using Tim Holtz Love Struck and Odds & Ends stamps.  The edges of all my papers were distressed either with a distressing tool, DI or a combination of both.  Both machine and hand stitching feature on this LO.

I made the flowers using some gorgeous jute I bought while on holidays at Christmas, and I'm really happy with how they turned out :)

For the trims, I used some fabric which I gathered VERY roughly, wet and scrunched up some grey paper, and added a little green trim underneath.

Thanks so much for calling by my blog - why not pop over to the Play Date Cafe for more inspiration or information on how to join the challenge, or pop on over to one of the other design team members blogs....

And I nearly forgot to mention, that this week we are being sponsored by the fantastic Cosmo Cricket!

And up for grabs is this fantastic Mini Deck of 6 x 6 papers from the Joy Ride collection :)  So what are you waiting for?  Go craft up a storm!!


Products Used: SEI Alpine Frost ppr; Bo Bunny ppr; Scenic Route ppr; Kaiser After Five ppr; Distress Inks - peeled paint, wild honey, pumice stone; White Bazzill CS; Stamps - Tim Holtz Love Struck and Odds & Ends; BG archaic alphas; Heidi Grace chipboard letters; sewing machine and thread: DMC thread #646 and #648; fabric and trims; jute

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Lets Get Shabby Challenge # 19

Well I've only just sneaked this entry in for the Lets Get Shabby Blog challenge.  The theme was architecture, and you needed to be inspired by this picture ....

I have drawn 3 elements for inspiration - firstly the arch shape of my card, secondly the little knobby bits on the top of the building (represented by my pointy lace) and also the colours.

EDITED TO ADD:  "This received an honourable mention"

I have used Basic Grey Cappella papers for the background, the damask stamp is from Kaiser 'Dear Santa' stamps, some ribbon, lace and trim sewn on finishes the background.  The raised arch border is cream cardstock coloured up with a mixture of Distress Inks.  I stitched it on the machine before attaching to the card with 3D tape.

 I used some fabric scraps in blue to die cut Tim Holtz tattered florals, coloured some seam binding with Distress Inks and added the button.  I added some kaiser rhinestones to highlight the flourish stamp.

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, January 17, 2011

Etsy Inspired Challenge #122 - Modern Bird

Well I have spent the best part of my day working on my first entry to the Etsy Inspired Challenge Blog.  This week they are showcasing the Etsy store Modern Bird - you can find some simply beautiful sterling silver, nature inspired jewellery in this store!

I was inspired by this gorgeous necklace ....

To make this ATC ....

EDITED TO ADD: "This was chosen as the EIC #122 winner!"

The heart, the little splash of red, the overaly grey scale and even the name of the item all worked together to become this ATC.

The background began life as a piece of black cardstock, which has been dry brushed in metallic silver, coated with mod podge and torn white tissue paper, covered with black soot DI using an applicator and stamped with Darkroom Door background floral stamp in black stazon.  Then I layered some Kaiser 'After Five' paper with black cardstock cut with a scalloped edge.  I then stitched this black piece in DMC #398 thread using large blanket stitches.  The phrase is made using Darkroom Door 'All Occasions' stamps and edged using a Tombow marker (#847).  The rhinestones were coloured with cranberry Alcohol Ink.

The heart was hand cut from a piece of chipboard.  It was covered with Jo Sonja texture paste and a design worked into the paste, stipple painted with Jo Sonja silver metallic paint and sealed using mod podge.  I rubbed some black paint over the heart and rubbed off as much excess as I could.

I used beading wire, jump rings and a few beads to work up the attachment.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Welcome to the Play Date Cafe! - PDCC64

I'm so excited to be here and share my first creation as part of the new design team over at The Play Date Cafe.  If you haven't played before, or haven't played for a while, why not pop on over and see what the other girls have created for your inspiration!  If you're a regular, we'd all love you to be involved in our very first week on the team :)

This week sees a lovely muted palette put together by Julie Ranae...

 And here is my inspirational creation for you....

This gift box is perfect so many occasions, but when I was creating it, I had it purposed as a male gift box.  The tan cardstock is scored and the protruding folds lightly coloured in brushed corduroy DI.  All the sections, both inside and out were layered with white cardstock, and then each one alternating either blue or grey.  With so many layers of cardstock, this gift box is quite sturdy!

The blue sections are MME Bella Bella paper, stamped with Stampotique 'honeycomb background' and clear embossed, with the edges inked in weathered wood DI.  The grey sections are SEI Windsor paper, stamped with various images from Kaiser 'rewind' stamps in pumice stone DI.

The only other supplies I used were a little bit of blue sewing thread, some white eyelets, and some grey ribbon.  The matching gift tag was made out of the scraps left on the table once the gift box was complete!

Now how about visiting some of the other Design Team Member blogs to see what they have made for your inspiration?  All the details about how to enter can be found at The Play Date Cafe blog.

The instructions on how to cut and fold the gift box can be found at Splitcoast Stampers here.  Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Play Date Cafe - PDCC63

What a wow of a colour challenge this week at The Play Date Cafe!  Grass green, silver and gold :)  Sarah Anderson has used this beautiful water photo as her inspiration for the colours....

Why not pop on over and check out the inspiration from the Design Team?  While you're going, why not sit down with a cuppa, spend a little time crafting up a storm and join in on the challenge?

I have made a 4" x 4" card, with cardstock, Scenic Route paper and some scrap of handmade paper I've had for years.  I wouldn't normally feature this green so heavily on a card, but I really wanted to challenge myself not to shy away from the green.

I took a small piece of black cardstock and stamped a Darkroom Door 'Art De Fleur Vol 2' stamp which was covered with Ranger Perfect Pearls in Perfect Gold.  I distressed the edges before attaching to the green Scenic Route patterned paper.  I cut a piece of plastic from the packaging of some rubber stamps to the same size as the green background, and mounted it with glue dots.  I tore the handmade paper and scrunched it through my Bella ribbon buckle (silver) and attached it around my plastic and paper sandwich, then mounted it all on to black cardstock.  A few Kaiser rhinestones balanced the silver in the top corner. 

Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget - next week I will be bringing you my first project as one of the new first term designers for The Play Date Cafe!  Come along and join in the fun!


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Pocket Scroll Travel Journal

I am not a journal keeper.  I have often wished I was.  I came across a pocket scroll fabric travel journal in Issue 31 of Cloth.Paper.Scissors magazine by Leilani Pierson, and thought this might be a convenient and not-so-threatening journal to take on holidays with me.

I didn't have all the ingredients called for in the instructions, and given it was Christmas Eve, I just chucked together what I had at my disposal.  I used two pieces of fabric because the fabric was much thinner than recommended - they were dampened and inked up in layers with Distress Inks (crushed olive, wild honey, fired brick, brushed corduroy, vintage photo) until I was happy with the dried colour.  I randomly stamped a mish mash of images with black archival ink.

I embroidered around the hearts which I stamped near the outside edge with DMC thread.  To make the pages, I used old book paper, vellum, water colour paper, tags, and cut a Tim Holtz ticket strip as well.  Some of these I embossed and/or coloured, and then sewed in randomly (ok, not really - I laid them out to make sure they would all fit and look pleasing to the eye) to the inside fabric.

The front and back pieces were stitched together, as well as stitching a piece of wire in to wrap the scroll around.  A piece of ribbon attached to the opposite end holds the rolled up Pocket Scroll intact.

In the end, I didn't use the journal while we were away, though I did take it with me.  It returned in just the same condition as it left in, even though it was tossed around in my handbag for a week.  Maybe I will use it on our next holiday!


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A blog award

We have just come back from holidays, and while I was away, I received a blog award from one of the girls on The Play Date Cafe DT - thanks Ruby.  I'm not really good with these kind of things, so I'm not sure I can even accept the award, but I will share 8 things about myself to help you all get to know me a little better ;)

1.  I truly honestly dislike eating out at restaurants.  Honestly.
2.  I love (yes, love) maths.  Favourite subject at school all those years ago ;)
3.  Am a homeschooling mum of two years to my two high school aged kids - challenging, tiring, rewarding - best thing I ever did :)
4.  Am learning to speak French with my daughter - something I have wanted to do for years.
5.  I love hiking, but hate camping.
6.  My hair has never ever been this long in my life.
7.  I easily get frustrated with myself when I waste my own time.
8.  I take ages - and ages - to create something.

So there you have it - a little something about me that you probably didn't know before today ;)