Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #75

I'm back this week with another beautiful colour inspiration at the Play Date Cafe from Julie Ranae.  Rest assured, this is silver not grey :)

We are being sponsored by the fabulous Wplus9, and the Design Team each are using a set of stamps from Wplus9 for our creations this week.  I had the priviledge of using the new Flora & Fauna I set, and I have created this card.....

The card base is MME Laundry Line 'Winding Vine' paper.  I have layered K & Co Classic K  Bailey Blue Damask on white cardstock and stitched around this using matching thread.  The sentiment is a rubon from Kaiser.

For my flowers, I began by stamping the large flower spray onto dark brown cardstock, and trimming it out, trimming out the leaves as I was going.  I crocheted some leaves in silver 32 gauge wire, and wrapped wire around the flower stems.  The leaves were glued in place with Dimensional Magic.  I stamped another couple of copies of the flowers onto Bo Bunny Bashful Dot paper, and trimmed them out also.  The small flowers were gently rubbed on the back with a paper tole tool to give the petals some dimension.  These were attached to the brown cardstock copy.  Then I used the same method on another of each of the large flowers for dimension, and attached those over top of the other ones.  The spray of flowers was all held in place with Dimensional Magic.

I was a little bit intimidated by these colours when I first saw them, but couldn't be happier with the end result.  Why not take some time to pop around and see why my fellow DT girls came up with?

And keep on hopping around, and go visit our Guest Designer for this week, Dawn Woleslagle, of Wplus9 fame - Stamp Away With Me.

So get cracking with these beautiful colours for your chance at winning a set of stamps of your choice from Wplus9!


Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #74

Time is marching on, and I am back with another colour challenge over at The Play Date Cafe.  Ruby 2 shoes has put together this very fresh colour scheme for us all to work with....

This week we are being sponsored by Lizzie Anne Designs, and they have very generously provided the Design Team with some beautiful stamps to use to inspire you all.  The set I have used is called Bloomin' Doodles, and I have created this ATC...

The background is created with Faded Jeans DI mixed with some Perfect Pearls, and had white acrylic paint dragged down half of the ATC.  I created the squares using a piece of eraser and Dusty Concord DI, and outlined them in black artline pen.  I cut out some circles from paper scraps to create the large flower on the other half of the ATC.  I stamped a few flowers from the Lizzie Anne Designs set onto scrap cardstock and trimmed them out to make the small petals on my large flower.  The black flower is from the same stamp set, has been covered in glossy accents and raised on pop dots.  A bit more doodling, added a quote from Emerson, and dragged my edges through some black ink to finish.

You can win your own piece of Lizzie Anne Designs goodness just by taking part in the challenge this week.  Here is the fabby prize up for grabs (value $39.95 US)....

Need more inspiration?  Check out what the Design Team has to offer you this week....

Colleen Dietrich

Along for the ride this week we have the fabulous Taylor Usry joining us as a guest designer.  You can check out her creation on her blog The Quiet Moments.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you are all having a fabby week :)


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Stamping Queen

There are some exciting changes taking place over at The Stamping Queen - why not pop on over and have a look around?

Today I have two small projects to share with you, made from the one stamp.  It is a tiny inchie stamp made by Queen's Dresser Drawers and is called 'Little Girls'.  You actually get 4 stamps in one, but I have only used one of them today.

First up I have made this simple little piece of art using one of the images.  DI the background with Broken China and Shabby Shutters, and stamp the image with black Archival Ink.  Cover with Rock Candy distress crackle paint and allow to dry.  Rub in a little Chipped Sapphire DI to give the crackles some light definition, and finally wrap some 32 guage silver wire with beads around the image.  This is a fairly quick project, and could easily be added to an ATC or as an embellishment on a card or a scrap LO.

Next up I have used the same stamp, but have altered an old jigsaw puzzle piece.  I used similar colours as my first project just to keep a little continuity.

Paint the jigsaw puzzle piece white to cover the old image, and build up layers of paint - I used Folk Art acrylic paints and Jo Sonja pearl white micaceous pigment paint (to give a slight sheen).  I stamped portions of the same stamp into the corners of the puzzle piece using black Archival Ink, adding some black ink edges, and some dots and borders with a black artline. I stamped the image onto scrap cardstock, and trimmed out the little girl, and the saying, and stamped another image to trim out the post mark.  Attach these to the puzzle piece, mounting the post mark on an old silver circle clip, and adding dimensional magic to the quote and the post mark.  As a final touch I have added some more wrapped wire, with a bead and a charm off the wire.

The Stamping Queen has quite a number of these little inchie stamps in different themes - why not grab one, and try some mini art for yourself?

Thanks for stopping by :)


Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #73

How beautiful is this inspirational photo that the one and only Julie Ranae has put together for our inspiration!  And what beautiful colours this week :)

This week we are sponsored by DeNami Design, and we had the opportunity to use some DeNami stamps :)  I have used 'cupcake tower' to stamp and colour the cupcakes on my label, and the 'arched sweet friend' to stamp the word 'sweet' on my label.

This project was made using scraps of paper, and a little bit of lace.  The button is also from DeNami Design.  The chocolate tray was placed inside a cellophane bag which was folded and stapled before the label was attached over the staples.

Pauline Nakamura is our guest designer this week :)  Why not pop on over to her blog and say hi?  And while you're at it, here are the rest of the PDCC design team....

The DeNami Design Team girls are joining in on the colour challenge as well this week, so you can pop over to the DeNami Blog to see what they have created!  I almost forgot to mention the awesome prize you can win this week....... check it out!

Here's hoping you have a 'sweet' week :)


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Etsy Inspired Challenge #130 - Artwork by Lori

Hello my blogging friends! It is so good to be back creating again - I have been so busy with homeschooling the last few weeks, and I've finally caught up to a week where I can devote any spare time to crafting - yay!

So today I have an entry for Etsy Inspired Challenge blog.  We are visiting the beautiful Etsy store 'Artwork by Lori' - you have to check it out - she has some fantastic art there!  I have been tossing around ideas for a notebook cover, and I almost had one settled on in my head, and then I saw this challenge, and as soon as I saw this artwork by Lori, I had to try and create something similar for a notebook cover......

So here is my attempt....

I began with Bazzill cardstock, sponged on some white paint, and stamped over it in black archival ink with the Hero Arts 'friends definition' stamp.  I distress inked the edges using walnut stain and black soot.  I used circle templates to randomly draw circles which I painted using acrylic paints.  When they were dry, I rubbed some pumice stone DI over the top to take the brightness away, then roughly sketched some black swirls into the middle of the circles.  Some old Making Memories black alpha rubons, and some black stitching finished it off.

Thanks for visiting my blog!


Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #72

Welcome back to another fun week at the Play Date Cafe!

 Sarah Anderson has chosen a really strong and vibrant colour scheme for us this week....


 I used the computer to generate a 'seven' template, which was cut out of some Kaiser 'rewind' papers, and mounted on black cardstock.

As this card was for a boy (and he is ALL boy), I was a little worried about the pink aspect, so thought I would add some dog tags and introduce the pink that way....

Don't forget to stop by the DT blogs for more inspiration!

We have a fabby guest designer this week, who is a regular follower and player at the Play Date Cafe..... please welcome.....  

 And we also have a fantastic sponsor this week...

 ... who is offering up this fantastic prize....

Let's get a crackle on and see what you come up with this week!


Products Used: Kaisercraft 'rewind' papers; black bazzill cardstock; machine stitching (white); 1" circle punch; chain' pink eyelets; Tim Holtz vintage market die.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Something exciting to share...

During the week my very talented son launched his landscape photography business online Jacob Shultz Design and Photography.  I would love for you to pop on over to his website and have a little look around - just to show some support if nothing else.  I will be keeping a link to his site in my side bar if you are ever interested in visiting again.

Keep an eye out for some of my favourite images:

Walk to Freedom
Bay of Beauty

Thanks for stopping by :)


Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #71

Welcome back friends for another exciting week at the Play Date Cafe!  Wait till you see what we have lined up for you this week!  Here is the awesome inspiration picture Julie Ranae has put together to inspire you....

You might be wondering about now what is going on with all those colours....  Well, this week is a colour splash week - with a twist!  Those of you who are new to the Play Date Cafe, or can't quite figure out what is going on, a colour splash is when you use predominantly BLACK and WHITE to make your project, with just a splash of colour.  This week we are being sponsored by The Twinery, and in honour of the beautiful colours they offer in their twine, YOU get to choose ONE and only ONE colour to use as your splash colour this week.  The design team used twine from The Twinery as their splash colour.  Here is my example using 'blossom' pink twine...

You see?  Black and white, with a splash of colour!  Simple!

I have used black and white bazzill card for the card base, then layered some The Girls Paperie 'shabby flower' and Bella Grace 'swish' paper, and broken them up with a ribbon.  The white flowers are from Kaisercraft, and I have used The Twinery 'Blossom' pink twine to coil up and then stitch over for flower centres before adding black buttons.

The greeting is Technique Tuesday 'Everyday Words' by Ali Edwards.  I love black/white/pink as a colour combo, and am really happy with how this card finished up, even though it isn't quite as quirky as I had originally designed!

What ONE colour will you pick this week to 'SPLASH' with black and white?

As I mentioned earlier, we are being sponsored by The Twinery, and have a look at the awesome prize up for grabs this week....

... so what are you waiting for?  Get your skates on, check out the other designers, and get cracking on your entry!