Friday, February 25, 2011

Etsy Inspired Challenge #127 - Claylicious

I can't believe how many weeks have slid by since I last played along at Etsy Inspired Challenge.  I love trying to do some arty things with this challenge - I don't know why - I think it is because I am inspired so by the Etsy artists that are being featured.

Without further ado, this weeks Etsy Inspired Challenge is featuring the Etsy shop Claylicious - yep you guessed it, this etsy shop is all about clay!  This is the awesome piece of art that I was inspired by this week...

My eldest brother is turning 50 soon, and there is a long standing banter between us with him being the eldest and myself being the youngest.  I knew I wanted to do something with a real wow to mark this occasion, and poking a little fun along the way was inevitable.

The inspiration picture from Claylicious inspired me to write my own little words of wisdom for my eldest brother :) I used Fimo to mould little squares in a terracotta colour.  As I went, I used the Darkroom Door 'Alphabet Medley' stamp set to squish letters into each square as needed.

Once baked, they were painted with a few coats of acrylic paints and allowed to dry.  Then I went over them with black paint, painting the letters carefully, and smoothing out and removing excess black paint.  Once this had dried, I varnished them with mod podge and attached them to some black cardstock.  You might be able to see that I stamped little coloured squares on the inside to match the front.

I have spent ages on this card, and had an absolute ball doing it!  I think it was a bit therapeutic playing with clay this week!  I'd love to know what you think of my 'artsy' card.  The message reads (just in case you can't make it out) "forty nine plus one makes fifty years of happy birthday"

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #70

This colour combo sure is bright and happy - thanks Ruby2Shoes for putting this together!

I have gone for loads of white space on this card, because I wanted the focal point to be around the flower.

This is the first time I have tried making a Japanese origami flower, and the fabric I chose was slippery and silky, but I'm really happy with how it turned out - especiall for the first one!  I used a little bit of twine from The Twinery to attach my button, and the seam binding is coloured using tumbled glass and broken china distress inks.

The card base and tags are made from Kaisercraft Sublime paper, and white cardstock, with the greeting from Darkroom Door set 'all occasions'.  I used a black artlinepen to 'draw' a sewing line around the edge if the white cardstock, as i didn't want the added texture effect of stitching with a machine.

 Please visit the DT girls and see what they've been up to....

We are fortunate to be sponsored by our guest designer this week Maria Gurnsey, with Ippity Stamps!

You could win these great prizes....

So hurry on up and get your entry in!

** EDITED TO ADD:  I have had a request on how to make the flower, or where to find instructions.  There are many instructions already available on the internet.  If you search for Kanzashi fabric flower tutorial, or something similar, I'm sure you will find a lot of responses that will help you on your way.  You may even find some you tube videos on them as well.  I did not follow any one tutorial which is why I did not post a link to anywhere **


Products Used: Bazzill Cardstock black/white; Kaisercraft 'sublime' paper; distress inks - tumbled glass, broken china;  The Twinery 'honeydew' twine; corner rounder; Darkroom Door 'all occasions' stamp set; fabric; button

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger

I have been wanting to play along at Moxie Fab World's Tuesday Trigger for a while, and with this trigger picture, I couldn't pass up the opportunity!

I wanted to make a cover for a notebook, which I knew was going to get a lot of use, so I didn't want to over embellish it.  Just in case you wonder what I was inspired by - it was the blues, creams and browns, as well as the stripe on the pillows, and the florals.

I began with Bazzill cardstock, and the other papers were MME Bella Bella papers.  I created the dark stripes with Weathered Wood DI, edged the brown with Walnut Stain DI, and coloured the seam binding with Antique Linen DI.  Finished the blue stripes with a bit of machine stitching for texture.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #69

What an exciting week for you we have this week at the Play Date Cafe!  This is the first of our special weeks this year, and we are combining challenges with CASE Study Challenge - why not take some time to read about it and check out both challenges - there are awesome prizes up for grabs!

Iwona Palamountain (aka Chupa) is the owner of the CASE Study Challenge, and is also our Guest Designer this week.  Make sure to stop by and give her some love!

And now onto this weeks awesome inspiration picture...

I was inspired by all the shabby chic entries last week, and wanted to get involved in all this shabbiness, and this is what I came up with.  The roses and card base are made from Scribble Scrabble Nana's Trunk Collection paper (both sides), edging was done with pumice stone distress ink.  The cream and green are MME Bella Bella papers.  The cream has been stamped in Tim Holtz Music Score using frayed burlap distress ink and edged in antique linen and pumice stone distress ink.  The green was stamped with Basic Grey flourish edges using forest moss distress ink and edged in pumice stone distress ink.

The little girls are a section of Magenta's Victorian Angels Collage Music stamp, stamped in black archival and trimmed out.  Add some machine stitching, some trims, and layer it all together.

We have some awesome prizes up for grabs this week.  We are being sponsored by Ippity Stamps, and they are offering this stamp set to the winner of the Play Date Cafe Challenge this week.....

 and this prize to the lucky winner who takes part in both the Play Date Cafe and CASE challenges this week....

With all this goodness on offer, why not grab some crafty goodness and get creating?  If you need more inspiration, check out what our fabulous design team girls have on offer....

And don't forget our Guest Designer, Iwona Palamountain (Chupa).


Products Used: Papers - MME Bella Bella Papers, Scribble Scrabble Nana's Trunk Collection; Stamps - Magenta Victorian Angels Collage Music, Basic Grey Flourish Edges, Tim Holtz music score; Distress Inks - antique linen, pumice stone, forest moss; black Archival ink; Tim Holtz tattered florals die; ribbon; trim; sewing machine & thread; black kaiser pearls.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Inkurable Stampers February - make a bookmark challenge!

How exciting!  The challenge for February over at Inkurable Stampers is to make a bookmark, of your choosing, provided of course you use a stamp :)  I have always wanted to make one of these corner bookmarks, so I set to work straight away!

The papers I have used are all from the same Kaisercraft range, but I picked them up last year from their factory outlet and don't know what the name of the range is!

I have stamped the Hero Arts 'friends definition' stamp as my background in black archival ink.  I used the applicator to apply a little black soot distress ink to the edges.  I used the sewing machine to add a sewn border.  I stamped Stampotique 'Newt with Lunch Box', Stampotique 'Welcome Door', and a quote from Paper Artsy 'Hot Pick 1004' on scrap white cardstock in black archival ink.

I attached my background piece to the corner bookmark catching in a piece of white lace, added the trimmed out Newt, also trimmed out the two words and edged them in black before attaching.  Then I took a black marker and just doodled a little around the words and the Newt just to create a little extra shadow effect, then took a white gel pen and drew some hearts along the top edge of the book mark.

Can't wait to find time to use it now!


Catered Crop Follow the Recipe #5

Well here is a fun challenge I stumbled upon last week.  Catered Crop are hosting a follow-the-recipe challenge, and this is week number 5.  Here is my card:

I have chosen the following ingredients to incorporate into my card....

  • Color Mediums – Copic markers, black or blue ink (black ink)
  • Tools – art sponges; square or scallop die cuts or punches; embossing folders (edge punch)
  • Shapes hearts, swirls and scallops (hearts, scallops)

I had loads of fun putting this card together, thinking about how it would be interpreted as a recipe in it's own right.  So, here goes, this is my recipe if you are interested :)
  • Cardstock – dark brown, watermelon, soft honeycomb, sage green
  • Pattern Paper – soft swirls/flowers
  • Stamps – child, heart, greeting
  • Color Mediums – Derwent Coloursoft pencils, Distress Inks
  • Tools – sewing machine, square or scallop die cuts or punches, edge distresser
  • Embellishments – thread/cotton
  • Techniques – doodling, repeat stamping, hand stitching
  • Theme smile
  • Shapes hearts, swirls and scallops, circles
  • Other dimensional tape

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Saturday, February 12, 2011

CPS 204

I wanted to play along at the challenge at Card Positioning Systems blog last week, but I ran out of time :(  So this week I was determined to take part.

Here is the sketch....

And here is my interpretation...

I began by sewing strips of 7gypsies Avignon papers to the cardstock base.  I stamped the image from Paper Artsy HP 1007 onto some scrap SEI Windsor range paper.  The edges of all the strips and the image were distressed using a distressing tool and some pumice stone distress ink.  I embellished the stamped image with watch parts, DMC thread, rock candy crackle paint, a safety pin and chipboard shape.

Once dry I mounted it on more cardstock and then attached it to the card.  The sentiment is from Darkroom Door all occasions set, distressed with my fingernail and more pumice stone ink.  I added a few rhinestones for a little more texture.

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #68

It's time for another beautiful colour mix over at the Play Date Cafe!  If you haven't played with us for a while, or haven't played at all, why don't you jump on board with this beautiful inspiration picture by Julie Ranae....

I took a brief break from card making for my creation this week.  Every now and then I just have a passion for making a pair of baby booties. This seemed like a good week to pick some colours perfect for a little girl.  Out came some yarn scraps and the crochet hook and this is what I put together for your inspiration.

And before ANY of you ask, I am definitely not on the pregnancy path!

We have a fantastic guest designer this week, one that I'm sure many of you would be familiar with - it is none other than Kazan Clark!  Please pop around to our other designers and check out the scope of beautiful projects up for inspiration this week...

And our guest designer this week...

Thanks for stopping by :)


Pattern Information:  These crocheted booties/cross-strapped sandals were made from a pattern purchased on Mon Petit Violon etsy shop.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Stampotique Designers Challenge #23

Well I am back with a card for you today.  I didn't think I was going to make the deadline for this challenge.  I've had an idea for it for ages, but that changed a couple of days ago, and as I was working on it - it morphed into this!

Edited to add:  This card made top 3 at the Stampotique Challenge

The Stampotique Designers Challenge this fortnight is a Stampotique only week - which means you have to use Stampotique stamps on your entry, and the added challenge is orange and turquoise.  I love these colours together :)

I have roughly cut circles in patterned paper, roughed up the edges with my nail and added a little distress ink to soften the edges.  Some of the other circles were made with twine and yarn.  The stitching was done before attaching the circles.  I used Stampotique 'Smile' stamp for one of the circles, and highlighted it with orange thread.

I also used Stampotique 'Honeycomb Background' stamped with antique linen DI to soften the empty corners.

Thanks for stopping by!


Products Used: Stampotique Stamps 'Smile' and 'Honeycomb Background'; Papers - Bazzill, 7 Gypsies Avignon, October Afternoon 'collectors item'; Distress Inks - Antique Linen, Pumice Stone; BG Capella alpha stickers; tnread; sewing machine; twine; yarn.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #67 *Reminder*

I'm hoping to be back in a day or two with a new card that has been brewing in my head all day, just need to find the time to sit down and create it!

In the mean time, I just wanted to do a quick reminder that Ruby2Shoes is hosting her first colour challenge over at The Play Date Cafe this week :)  Why not pop on over and check out all the details, and get your entry in!  There are some great Ippity Stamps up for grabs for the winner this week!


Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #67

And this weeks challenge at the Play Date Cafe comes courtesty of Ruby2Shoes!  How gorgeous is this inspiration photo?

I began with a dark red cardstock base and lightly blended Black Soot distress ink on the edges, and machine stitched around the edge.  I then took white cardstock and rounded the corners and stamped the valentine stamp in Fired Brick distress ink then roughly machine stitch a heart around the stamp.  Then I masked off the heart and stamped the love definition stamp in Black Soot distress ink.

Die cut some Tim Holtz stickets & stamp the love ticket in black soot, and blend some fired brick ink on the edges and staple to attach.  Stamp some hearts in spun sugar & fired brick distress inks on scrap cardstock.  Roughly cover the stamped design with dimensional magic and set aside.  Stamp one more heart on scrap cardstock in Colorbox royal blue.  Apply rock candy crackle to this heart, and rub in faded jeans distress ink once the crackle is dry.  Attach all hearts with pop dots and glue dots for dimension.

Die cut some Tim Holt vintage market alphas to spell u-nique.  Colour the first U with the royal blue ink, and the rest with spun sugar and edge in fired brick distress inks and attach.

We have a great sponsor this week - It is Ruby2Shoes, with some Ippity stamps!

And take a look at these great prizes up for grabs:

Why not pop on over to The Play Date Cafe for a look at all the details on entering the challenge, or check out the inspiration from the other design team members!

Thanks for visiting!


Products Used: Bazzill Cardstock; Distress Inks - black soot, fired brick, spun sugar; Stamps - Tim Holtz Love Struck; Die Cuts - Tim Holtz ticket strip, vintage market alphas; Colorbox royal blue ink; rock candy crackle paint; dimensional magic; staples; machine & thread.