Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #79

Well hello again, it is time for another colour challenge at The Play Date Cafe!  This week Sarah Anderson has brought us some homely warmth in our inspiration picture....

We are sponsored this week by Hero Arts who are offering a $25 shopping spree for the winner, and I have been fortunate to work with the fabulously frivolous "Birds & Branches" set.

I have created this dimensional sideways opening card, with paper piecing and glue dots.  The papers are a mixture from Scribble Scrabble 'bric-a-brac' and 'nanas trunk', Making Memories 'mistletoe', Kaiser 'After 5 collection', and Bazzill cream cardstock.  The were layered and distressed, the edges lightly inked in pumice stone.

The seam binding was coloured with shabby shutters distress ink to match the green, and a few ribbon scraps to tie the other colours in.  The centre picture panel was raised on 3D tape for extra dimension.  All stamping was done with black archival ink, and the stems of the flowers were dotted with a green Zebra Sarasa pen.  You can see in the shadows the inside has been decorated to match the front.

Our design team has been hard at work this week with some wonderful projects for you.....

Our guest designer this week is the wonderful Kelly Rasmussen, and I'm sure you will want to check out her blog to see what she has come up with to inspire you.


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

An early Christmas tag - TSQ

Decided this year that I am not going to leave my Christmas projects until December.... so we'll see how that goes ;)  I have a fun tag to share with you today.  The background is distress inks (spiced marmalade, crushed olive and broken china) first applied with a blending tool, then swiped over with the ink pad to give the darkened stripes.  I have used an old circle stamp from Maya Road 'Blossom Circles' and white ink to make the spots behind the 'ho ho ho' (from Darkroom Door yuletide vol 2) - but you could use any piece of foam to do this.  I have stamped over these with black archival using my new favourite stamp set 'Journal Impressions' by Paper Bag Studios.  These circles were highlighted with a white gel pen.

Stampotique's 'Mort had a Pin Curl' was stamped in black archival on scrap cardstock and coloured with Derwent Inktense & Coloursoft pencils.  Once he was attached to the tag, I added some rough cut felt and a pom pom for a hat, and gave him some definition with a black artline.  I also added the border with the artline.

If you are looking for Stampotique stamps in Australia, pop on over to The Stamping Queen and have a look at what is available.  These fabulous Journal Impressions circles also came from The Stamping Queen - keep your eye out soon for more projects featuring this fantastic stamp set real soon!


NOTE: This project was created for The Stamping Queen DT.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #78

Hello blogger friends and welcome to another beautiful colour story at The Play Date Cafe!  This time chosen by Julie Ranae.....

In Australia we celebrate Mother's Day in early May, and I have used this weeks colours to make a mother's day card. I began by cutting a bunch of squares from some Bo Bunny paper and distressing the edges and adhering these to some red cardstock.  I framed each of the little squares with DMC thread #3326 which were tied off with knots in random places.  These 2 layers were then attached to a base of Kraft cardstock.

I stamped the flower (MME flirty 'play') using stormy sky distress ink.  After trimming it out I edged it with the same ink, attached it with a little ribbon underneath, some Heidi Grace heart pins and a button.  The greeting is from Darkroom Door all occasions.

This week we are being sponsored by Market St Stamps, where you have the chance to win a fabulous prize!

Our guest designer this week is the lovely Hannah Craner and you can stop by her blog Sherbet Blossom and see what she's been up to with these pretty colours.  And here are our regular designers bringing some special inspiration your way this week.....

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi!


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Stampotique Designers Challenge #28

The challenge over at Stampotique Designers Challenge this fortnight is to use newsprint/old book pages as part of your creation.  I have made an interactive wiper card (from this tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers).

All background colouring was done using Adirondack color wash sprays.  I have used two pages from old books - the first is the one I have coloured blue and is from an old 2nd hand book, and the other is the piece of ledger in the centre of my card - this came from a very old ledger book that used to belong to my grandmother - I did not want to rip it up because it holds so much sentimental value, but I also remembered that she used to let a certain little granddaughter (who SHALL remain nameless!) colour in it, and I found a corner of one of those ripped/coloured pages to add to my card without altering the integrity of the book.

The stamps on the front are from Darkroom Door  'mail art', Stampotique 'honeycomb background' (on the blue book paper)and 'Eric' (his feet/socks as part of the border), and Making Memories foam alphabets stamped in frost white ink (colorbox) on black cardstock outlined in green Zebra sarasa pen (kind of looks a bit like felt).

When you open the card, the panels on the left and the surprise pop up reveals more color wash sprays, and stamps from Stampotique 'smile', 'welcome door' (behind the greeting) and 'honeycomb background' as well as Darkroom Door 'all occasions' for the greeting. 

I had so much fun getting inky (literally) making this card, and am so happy with how well the action of the card works!

Thanks for stopping by :)


Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #77

This week Ruby2Shoes has brought us this delightful colour challenge inspiration picture....  couldn't you just imagine yourself sitting back in this beautiful place?

 This week we are being sponsored by the fabby stamp company The Greeting Farm, and the Design Team each received one of their fun stamps to work with.  The stamp I received was 'Friday', and I have created this tag....

I began with a Size 8 white tag, which I inked with bundled sage and an ink blending tool.  I then used a square lid pressed into the bundled sage to stamp some small squares down one side of the tag which I highlighted with white gel pen.  I added a little bit of scrap MOD paper and inked the edges of that as well, and then went around the complete tag with black soot.

I added a few strips of kraft cardstock and over that my cut out 'Friday' stamp which had been embossed in black and coloured with Derwent Inktense pencils.  The letters are Tim Holtz Vintage Market die cuts in white cardstock, and lightly edged in black felt tip pen.   Final touches were the Kaiser green rhinestones, the jute string, and the string flower which I had made previously and had tucked away in my stash.

You can check out what the rest of the PDCC Design Team came up with.....

We have Jessica Diedrich guest designing with us this week, so why not pop over to her blog  The Whimsical Butterfly  and see what she has been up to?  And don't forget to get in and have a go - you could be in the running for a $25 gift certificate to The Greeting Farm!


Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Stamping Queen and Stampotique

I love love love Stampotique stamps, and I had this quirky idea for a notebook cover, but it took several sessions to get it looking just the way I wanted.

My daughter and I are learning French, and several times a week we do testing to try and reinforce what we are learning in our bookwork.  I have used the Stampotique 'Eric' stamp on my French inspired notebook cover.  I tried to keep my colours subtle (antique linen, pumice stone, frayed burlap, weathered wood distress inks) which were dragged over a dampened piece of cardstock.  I overstamped the blue area with the diamond pattern from Tim Holtz French Market in weathered wood, and the left side with the script stamp from Tim Holtz urban grunge in frayed burlap.  I accented the diamonds with white gel pen, added some Tim Holtz flourishes in Color Box frost white pigment ink, and stitched around the edges.

The title was printed from the computer and trimmed out and highlighted in white gel pen once it was attached to the cover.  The words on the left are Darkroom Door Paris Vol 2 wordstrips, and the images are Darkroom Door Paris Montage sheet images.  The words were mounted on cardstock and the edges distressed.  A little bit of twine was knotted and attached before the stitching was complete.

Eric was stamped separately on cardstock, and his clothing items were paper pierced on paper scraps, and a little bit of Derwent ColourSoft for his hair, scarf and skin.

These Stampotique images bring so much fun to your projects, and you can find a selection of them right here in Australia at The Stamping Queen, and 'Eric' is one of those available right now!

Thanks so much for stopping by :)


Friday, April 8, 2011

CPS 212

I tried to make a 'quick' card for this weeks Card Positioning System sketch challenge 212....

I don't do 'quick cards' very well......

Here is the sketch....

And here is my interpretation.....

The patterned papers are from Basic Grey 'Indian Summer', which I have layered up with some cardstock and an old scrap piece of paper from Chatterbox.  Most of the edges have been distressed and inked with either scattered straw or walnut stain.  A little bit of sewing, some jute string in orange, and a couple of buttons finished it off.  The greeting stamp and the little butterflies both came from Darkroom Door 'All Occasions' set.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Play Date Cafe #76

What a fabulous bright colour inspiration we have at the Play Date Cafe this week.  Thanks to Sarah Anderson for choosing such happiness this week!

The project I have for you this week is a little different....

I have crocheted a butterfly, and added just a smattering of beads to complete the look.  This has been attached to an alligator hair clip. (I think you call these barrettes in America?)

This week we are joined by Tracy Evans as our Guest Designer - don't forget to check out her blog :)  Our sponsor this week is - you can pick up a $10 voucher to spend in their online store if you are the chosen winner this week :)


Our regular designers all have something wonderful to share with you this week, and you can check them out here....

I would love to see what you come up with this week!


NOTE:  The pattern for this butterfly can be found at dishclothdiaries.blogspot and is for personal use only.